Library books

Yesterday I went to the library and picked up a couple books (yes, in fact the library actually has books! *gasp*):

Stephenie Meyer – Twilight Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
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Ivanka Trump – The Trump Card Sophie Kinsella – Twenties Girl

I just realized they are all written by female authors. Have you read any of these? Reviews/opinions? (No spoilers please.)

Where are you going, little mouse?

As some of you are aware of, I will be participating in an exchange program next term at the University of Hong Kong. I’ve been asked many times why I wanted to go on exchange, and why I picked Hong Kong. Choosing HK was more for practicality than anything. I wanted to be in an exciting global city with a significantly different culture than here in Toronto, yet I needed to be able to get by without having to learn a new language. (Getting away from the notorious Canadian winter was a bonus.) As for ‘why exchange?’, that is a little harder to answer.

I gave people some pretty random explanations, like how I was bored last term, because I wanted cultural exposure, experience a new school, or “cuz it sounds fun”. Those are not untrue, but probably not the real reasons.

Around springtime, I might have been going through some kind of mid-mid-life crisis with mixed thoughts about what I’ve done and achieved so far in my twenty-ish years. I found the answer to be ‘not freaking much’ and labeled my life as rather unremarkable. Also it seems that this entire year has been a test of my breaking point, with its many joys and disappointments, successes and failures, which shook me up a little.

I’ve always been content with a ‘make do with what life hands you’ kind of adage. Then I realized I wasn’t satisfied. There was so much out there that I needed to experience, so it felt suffocating to stay in the same town, with the same people, living the same life. I felt like those around me were sprinting past, making their own routes through the landscapes, while I was just plodding along the beaten path. Being younger than most of my friends only added to my innate fear of being left behind, which I suppose finally got the better of me. I couldn’t sit around passively hoping for anything to pop up – I’d have to reach out to opportunities myself.

Excusing the sheer cheesiness, I guess the bottom line for why I wanted to go on exchange is some soul-searching. I want to discover, meet new people, do random things, make mistakes, learn from them, become a more worldly person. It’s partially a challenge to myself, to be thrown into a brand new fast-paced environment without any crutches, and keep my head above water. Five months is not nearly long enough, but I’m hoping for the dizziness of the experience to set me straight. I can barely take the monotony anymore, and I want a complete 180, but still be able to find my way back. Although this is my home and I’m surrounded by family and friends here, it somehow still feels empty, so I just need to leave for a little while.

And wouldn’t you agree that it’s the picture books you read as a child that leave the most lasting impressions?

Serena vs. Robin

I don’t usually do posts like this, but as you might be able to tell, I kind of have no life these days and hence am running low on blog ideas. So the other day I was watching Gossip Girl (“How to Succeed in Bassness”) and drooling over Serena van der Woodsen’s (played by Blake Lively) a-ma-zing top:

"Damn straight this shirt is awesome"

"You did NOT just diss the shirt... Dress... Thing."

It’s a Nanette Lepore Darjeeling Dress in Ebony. I think the design is really fun and suits her physique and personality quite well. (Then again, it’s Blake Lively. She can wear a tye-dyed tablecloth and still look hot. As long as you don’t focus on her face.)

So then the other other day I was watching How I Met Your Mother (“Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”), and what do you know, Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smulders) is working the Plum version:

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Barney has a great expression here

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Screw Call of Duty, I want *that* game for Christmas

I don’t usually notice the fashion behind TV shows, but the bead pattern on the front is so gorgeously distinct. This of course prompted me to squee like a fangirl then sigh wistfully over how well both of these leading ladies strutted their stuff. I must be starting to take a fancy towards all things shiny, bejeweled, sparkly, glittery, sequined, and embellished.

I am a bit divided on this. I like the rich plum colour a lot more, but I wish Robin wore her hair up (just this once, come on!) to show off the flattering neckline cut. Serena did, but that frizz in her lazy ponytail kinda makes it seem like she’s fresh off a toasting session on the electric chair. Penny Poll for your thoughts?

Who better razzles your dazzle?

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