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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Scale”

Hey ho! It’s me again 🙂

Another post for weekly photo challenge, this time for the theme of “Scale”! I decided to use picture of Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy, which was taken from a hill next to the port. From above, we can see colorful buildings and boats which look small and cute (it might not be the right word, but anyway). It’s amazing how some things could be perceived differently, depending from which angle you are looking at it. Hope you like this picture as much as I do!

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TV Series Review: “Stranger Things” (Season 1)

Release year: 2016
Creators: The Duffer brothers (Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer)
Status: Season 1 (2016), Season 2 (2017), Season 3 (premiere 2018)
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown

Yes, I am late by a year to watch this great TV series, but as people said, better late then never 😛

Stranger Things is a Netflix original series which released on July 2016. Taking a set in fictional rural town of Hawkins during 1980s, the first season of this series was focusing on the investigation and searching of a missing boy, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). It was a regular day for Will and his friends: Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo). The four boys had been playing Dungeons and Dragons (got to find out what game this is about!) at Mike’s house for 10 hours straight before being told to go home since it was already late. In his way back, Will encountered something which prevented him to reach home that night.

The absence of Will only realized in the following day when his mom, Joyce (Winona Ryder), was about to wake him up in the morning. Joyce then frantically requested investigation to Jim Hopper (David Harbour), the chief of police department in Hawkins. While the investigation process ongoing, the other boys decided to find Will by themselves. That’s when they encountered a little girl with shaved head, lost and frightened because she’s being chased by bad guys. Little did the boys know that she will be the key to all mysteries which would come later in the story.

I just finished watching Season 1 marathon yesterday and my  very first thought was: give me back Eleven! I fell in love to this character so much, not only because she has the power (girrrlll powerrrr…. yeah!!), but because she is growing beautifully as a child and as a person. Millie Bobby Brown portrayed this character so well, I ended up believing Eleven since the very first time of her appearance.

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Badass Eleven – love her!

There are couple of things that I enjoyed from this series:

  • The plot: I simply love it. When I first read the brief synopsis of this series, I was thinking that it sounded quite familiar and not entirely new. It reminded me a bit to X-files, so I was not sure what to expect. The Duffer brothers offered me more: it had the flavor of X-files and ET without copying any aspect of both movies. I was infatuated and could not stop watching the episodes, wondering where the direction will go
  • The setup: Rural areas in the 1980s became the perfect set for this series. If I recall, it was also the time when movies about science fiction and supernatural stuffs were booming, particularly in US.
  • The characters: It’s kind of funny, but somehow I like most of the characters in this series. Obviously, Eleven and the boys are the ones I like the most. They were what you expected from a group of curious teenagers with very normal friendship (lots of arguments yet ready to support each other whenever required). Hopper stole my attention once he became himself and did things with his ways. I even like Steve (boyfriend of Nancy, Mike’s older sister) because he was honest and nice, even though sometimes he acted stupidly (lol).
  • The cast: I really love Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour in this series. I think they did a very good job since the first episode and I expect they will do the same in the second season
  • The sound and music: It has enough spookiness without making you jump from your chair every time the monster appears in the screen

Kudos for the Duffer brothers who have successfully written and directed this series. They prepared a great start for this story and I am looking forward to what they will offer next. Overall, I can say that this is one of the best TV series I have watched so far (to be fair, I have not watched many TV series in the last two years). I will start  the second-season-marathon shortly and post my review afterward.

My rate: 4 out of 5 stars

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Temporary”

Sometimes I want to cry looking at my blog which I imagined to be updated regularly, but in the end becoming semi-hiatus because of my laziness (I tempted to defend myself that I was totally busy with work in the beginning). Since I am still thinking what to write in my next post, I will start with my favorite entry: weekly photo challenge! 😛

Referring to the theme of Temporary, I immediately remember on beautiful Sakura which I (luckily) witnessed during my trip to Japan. Only bloomed in spring, it is one of those natural events that (I think) everyone should consider if she/he gets the chance.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

I am a relatively simple person with a common interest on book and traveling. Buying books has been a guilty pleasure for me because I feel some kind of satisfaction everytime I do it, and the pleasure even doubled once I finish reading the books. It does not always happen linearly since I have less time to read lately due to my work and other things, but for sure it will be part of my life which will always bring small happiness in my heart â˜ș

Traveling is just amazing. I enjoyed the experience and new knowledge which I got when I visited new places and met new people. After hiatus for a while, I think it’s about time for me to pack my bag and go wandering again, this time with my significant other 😄

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

For the Weekly Photo Challenge of Unusual, I chose some pictures taken during my stay in Switzerland. I went to Charmey, Gruyere, with my friends to watch DĂ©salpe, a major celebration that marks the end of the Alpine summer pasture season. We enjoyed a parade of cows decorated in flowers going through the village  together with the breeders who looked very happy and excited with the celebration.

Parade of cows wearing flower crown and big bell passing a village was completely unusual for me. I commonly see cows only in the farm, and it was not wearing anything on its body, let alone a flower crown 😂


Ah. I miss Switzerland. Hopefully I can visit it again sometime in the future 😊

PS. I just have to post this picture because they were so cute and I miss these boys a lot. I suppose two little boys hang out with beers were also unusual for me (lol!). Don’t worry guys, their parents finished their beers before they posed 😂😛

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Review: Dunkirk


Year: 2017
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Hardy

This movie refers to Battle of Dunkirk, a military operation that took place in Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France, during the Second World War. The battle was fought between the Allies and Nazi Germany. As part of the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defence and evacuation of British and Allied forces in Europe from 26 May to 4 June 1940 (wikipedia).

I have been a fan of Christopher Nolan’s work ever since The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, hence I was expecting a lot from Dunkirk. Well, I was not disappointed at all! In fact, I really really like this movie! It is brilliant in all aspects: the storyline, the cast, the cinematography, the music; each piece fits beautifully and creates a beautiful mosaics for audiences.

The movie started with a story of Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), a young British soldier who tried to leave Dunkirk. Trapped in the island with other 400,000 devastated soldiers who also wanted to go home, Tommy had to find a way to ensure he would not be part of those unlucky troops who might be left behind. Trying his luck, he quickly picked up a stretcher to bring a wounded soldier to medical boat, hoping he could sail away with the medical team. Unfortunately it didn’t work and forced Tommy to find another way to save himself. While Tommy was struggling in the land, in the skies above, Spitfire pilots Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden) took off to Dunkirk to protect people in the island by shooting down enemy planes. Limited fuel and wave of enemy planes did not make the job easy for both of them. In the sea, Mr. Dawson (Mike Rylance) together with his son, Pete and his friend George, headed off to Dunkirk in his boat to save as many British soldiers they could get. They encountered a shell-shocked soldier on a wrecked ship and took him aboard. When the soldier discovered that Dawson was sailing for Dunkirk, he tried to take control of the boat and accidentally pushed George down to the lower deck. The latter got severe blow to the head and lost his sight. All three events seemed not related at all, until the truth appeared in the middle of the movie.  

It was brilliant. The fact that the movie tells a story of three different events in parallel actually blows my mind. In the beginning I thought everything happens in a sequence manner, which means one event after another. However in the middle of the movie, I (and I believe everyone else) noticed the oddity of the flow when similar event happens again, but this time from different person’s point of view. That’s when I started questioning if those events were actually happened in different timeline and somehow linked to each other. This so much reminds me to Inception in which Nolan was playing with the concept of dream and reality, which linked back again to time. Seems the concept of “playing with time” is one of Nolan’s favorite, which in a way can be classifed as his signature on his movies. 

I love the cinematography and the sound of this movie. Everything was just perfect, not less and not too much. Sometimes in a war movie, I feel like the sound was dominating a bit too much (which I expect) to give more impact to the audiences. Watching Dunkirk, I  still feel the same impact with less attack to my eardrums. The casts are great, each one of them played a very convincing role which pushed the story moving forward. Fionn Whitehead was basically Tommy in my eyes: a young soldier who was trying to leave Dunkirk by doing anything he could. I feel like I am part of his “virtual” team: supporting him along the way and feeling nervous everytime he tried to do something to gain his freedom. I could totally relate to Mike Rylance’s role as a dad who wanted to do something in behalf of his soldier son who passed away in the war. Mr. Dawson’s story was told in a simple yet effective manner which makes me symphatized even more to him. Surprisingly, I love Jack Lowden’s Collins character, whom I find somehow interesting, though he only appeared in less than a 30% portion of the movie. 

Overall it was a very good and entertaining movie which for sure lasts in my mind. Nolan obviously had a job well done. No doubt it gets my 5 out of 5 stars rate.