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The Raven and The Writing Desk

Guess what I did today!

Yup! I went to watch Alice in Wonderland (3D) since it came out today in Singapore and it’s my no-lab week! It’s really really really awesome I’m telling you. Totally live up to the hype. The 3D effect is gorgeous and didn’t leave me dizzy like Avatar did (FYI, in my humble opinion, this movie is better than Avatar. However, they each have their own charm).

I’m honestly surprised about how much I love this Alice movie because well, I (used to) have….an aversion to Alice. Mainly because of this person:

Yup, Disney’s animated Queen of  Heart. So the story is, when I was a kid (probably around 6 or 7) my mom bought the laser disc (remember those?) for Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. I watched and to put it gently, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. The Queen of Heart was a horrid horrid woman I’m telling you. She keep on screaming and ill-treating all those people. She just won’t stop. And then there is the nasty flowers, the confusing blue caterpillar and the mean evil walrus. Plus that end scene where everyone is chasing Alice and shouting for her to be captured. So yeah… I didn’t like it and begged my mom to never make me watch that ever again. Trust Tim Burton to turn something I hate to something I love haha. Well, actually if I hadn’t watched that movie as a kid I might not dislike Alice. After all, the book is part of a genre I love (quirky, weird, fantasy world with scientific allegories? Sign me up!)

So, after watching the movie, I became very curious about the book and wanted to read it so I went to Page One. I ended up with this haul:

Yup I bought four books. Those are:

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You

by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

I’ve been wanting this book for so long! What is there not to love about it? The illustrations are lovely and it is an encyclopedia of faerie! (I’m currently looking for Faeries by Brian Froud, hopefully it is still in print!)

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton

I’ve said this before and I will say this again. I love Tim Burton.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll

Now, you are probably wondering why I brought two copies of Alice. The second book is actually a print of the original manuscript written and illustrated by Lewis Carroll himself to be given to Alice Pleasance Liddell, the girl who was the inspiration for Alice. Here’s a look inside the book (picture from Wikipedia):

Amazing isn’t it? It possess such a precious charm that I couldn’t resist buying it haha.

Speaking of purchases, here are the few items I’ve bought recently:

Skull earphone

I bought this from a vendor in my school and I love love love it so much! It’s comfortable, the sound quality is good and it is really cheap (less that $30)! Plus, the skulls are awesome ^_^

(L-R)

Adzuki Bean and Rice Shower Gel ( Spa Wisdom Japan)

Japanese Cherry Blossom Bath and Shower Gel

Adzuki Bean and Rice Washing Grains (Spa Wisdom Japan)

Japanese Cherry Blossom Puree Body Lotion

All of them are from The Body Shop. I’m telling you, my guilty pleasure is toiletries. I love soaps and shampoos much more than I love make up and perfume and Body Shop is pretty much my favourite place to buy toiletries ^_^

Wow, that is a long post! Okay, going off now to admire my books! ^_^

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Last of the holidays

Gah, the holidays are ending and I’m going back to Singapore tomorrow 😦 My mom and my sister are going to Bali tomorrow (Dad’s having a company meeting there, he’s probably in the plane now) and I can’t follow cuz I gotta go back to Sing 😦 At least there’s the tattoo convention to look forward to.

I wanted to post these photos after New Year’s Day but, heh, I forgot. These are the fireworks that was happening literally outside my house (Really, my family spent the entire night watching them from my balcony). My sister took these from her phone:

Pretty, isn’t it? After which we had our first drink of the year:

Rum and coke! It was really nice, probably my favourite alcoholic drink haha! And then from 2nd – 4th Jan, my extended family went to Pelabuhan Ratu (Queen’s Harbour in english) for some family gathering. I will post pics after I got them from my sister.

Well, that’s all the news from me so far I guess. Oh! I’ve finished my first book of the year: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Translated by Richard Howard)

My cousin lend it to me and I read it in under an hour! It is a very poignant, simple and charming book. Certainly a classic 🙂 I am currently reading ‘The Enchantress of Florence’ by Salman Rushdie and so far it has been wonderful

It has a Renaissance feel and I simply love the way he write. Very poetic in a certain way. And this book somehow reminds me of ‘The Historian’ by Elizabeth Kostova, which is another favourite book of mine (Highly recommended!)

Okay, mom’s calling. Dinner time!

Books

Finished reading Temple by Matthew Reilly! Been waiting so long to read it, one of the reason I can’t wait to come back home haha. Still reading Area 7 now by the same author.

Okay, here’s a list of books I’m planning to read during this holiday:
Library of the Dead
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Pride and predjudice and zombies
The Death Maze
Nefertiti

That’s all so far. Not that many, and quite a few of them are re-reads. I like to re-read the books I’ve read ( I’ve probably read Temple thrice now), unlike some people I know. Which is why I prefer buying books rather than borrowing them from the library.

I’m so happy that I finally have the time to read again. I truly love reading books 😀