Films update: May – July 2017

I contemplated putting a trailer for each of this film too (embedded on to here for your convenience) but then it’s too difficult to choose just one trailer! xD I mean, there is a trailer on the IMDB page, which is linked for each film anyway so hopefully that’s good enough!

Also, a warning to say that my rambling will contain spoilers of films, not just the ones that I watched but any other that I think are related to these films! So please be warned!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (5 May)

You wouldn’t believe how much I was looking forward to this film, considering how I felt about the first GotG.

It’s not that I didn’t like the first GotG, I just didn’t like it as much as other people… I’ve heard quite often how GotG Vol 1 was the best MCU film for the past few years and I just can’t agree with that. Sure it was fun and it does have a great soundtrack, but I was underwhelmed with the film as a whole. Especially the climax, it didn’t really hit my expectation. That dance-off bit? Threw me off and made me go, ‘WTF?! They can do that in a film like this??’

HOWEVER, there was a lot of hype for GotG Vol 2 and from the little promotions that I saw, it looked promising.

(I actively avoid promotions of films I definitely want to see so that the film can surprise me as much as possible. It hasn’t always worked out well but I’m still happy with this method for the time being. I definitely avoid movie trailers as much as possible because I find watching them can spoil the film for me.)

Back to GotG Vol 2. As I have mentioned in my previous entry, I hit the cinema as soon as I came back from Qingyuan which was the day the film was released in China as well. I was super jealous of lune, who got to see the film more than a week before me because the film was released one week earlier here in Thailand!

So I went the see the film with two friends. Only one was coming for sure in the beginning but I met up with Kathleen for dinner and she ended up joining us.

GotG Vol 2 definitely exceeded my expectations. Baby Groot is AMAZING. I love him so, so much.

AND YONDU. The Mary Poppin comment was just gold. AND THEN HE GOT KILLED OFF?!? WHY?!?!?!? So yes, I ended up crying again in the cinema. It almost became a thing now that going to the cinema with me might end up with me crying. ^^” BUT IT WAS SO SAD. I lost it when the other Ravagers turn up to pay their respect to Yondu and set off fireworks. Just thinking about it now gives me a bit of goosebumps…

I find the Ego’s arch and Rocket’s a bit cliched but it was still fun. The two hours passed by quickly, I enjoyed the film thoroughly and, of course, stayed right through to the end for all of the end credits.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is definitely one of my favourite MCU films now. 🙂

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12 May)

Here are the reasons why I wanted to go see this film:

1. I love Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim

2. I like myths and legends like King Arthur

3. apparently it got a great cast…?

4. er, did I mention that I like Charlie Hunnam?

You can imagine that I wasn’t really expecting much. I haven’t seen any of its trailers at all either so wasn’t sure what to expect (I didn’t even know that Jude Law is in it!).

So you can imagine my surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

I’ve got to say, the humour is right up my alley. I laughed and snorted so many times in the cinema and I was hooked for the whole film! It was clichéd, of course it was. But I love clichés when they are done to my taste 😉

And yeap, the cast was fantastic. Not everybody will like it as much as I did, but I’m sure as hell very glad to have gone see it in the cinema!

I also found out later after I came out of the cinema that it was directed by Guy Richie, who also directed the two Sherlock Holmes films with RDJ and Jude Law! I actually really liked the first Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed the second one too so I think I do quite like Guy Richie’s films. It also made me go ‘ohhhhh, duh’ because the slow motion sequences in King Arthur were definitely similar to the ones in Sherlock Holmes.

Also, I didn’t know that Charlie Hunnam was in Queer As Folks UK version!!!

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (26 May)

I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to go see this film to be honest. I mean, I was going to but I wasn’t dying to see it. The first three Pirates of the Caribbean were good, #3 is my favourite which may surprised quite a few people. Apparently, many liked that film the least. But I loved the battle scene in the end and I liked how Will and Elizabeth Turner’s arc.

#4 was underwhelming for me so I wasn’t expecting much from Dead Men Tell No Tales. It got a good cast with Javier Bardem but I was mostly excited for seeing Orlando Bloom as Will Turner again! And that Keira Knightley would make an appearance as well! I kept waiting for her and I was almost annoyed that she might have not made it into the final cut because she did came up right at the end didn’t she? But then there was that post-credit scene as well… So happy for that.

Brenton Thwaites aka Henry Turner was also very easy on the eye. I’m glad that he’s joined this crew. Even if I found his arc to be almost exactly the same as Will’s during the second and the third film. Which, c’mon guys, can’t you come up with a new plot or something??

I wasn’t really a fan of Carina Smyth aka Kaya Scodelario though. I don’t know… her character annoys me even though she’s supposed to be a strong female character who is very much into science… I loved Keira’s Elizabeth Swann and she became a very strong female character. Kaya’s Carina, not so much to my taste for whatever reasons…

Anyway, I’d still go to the cinema to see the 6th one though if they ever come out with it. I am kinda curious to see where they would go with that post-credit scene.

 

Life (27 May)

It was a long weekend during that time (the Dragon Boat Festival I think) but none of my friends were around for that much so I thought, I’d go to see another film. Life got both Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds in it. And it’s a sci-fi. Sure, IMDb has the film as ‘Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller’ but surely it can’t be that scary.

Well, I was wrong.

I should have listed to IMDb.

It was a horror film for me. *shudders* I almost left the cinema a couple of times as I was watching it. I had my hands covering my eyes for about at least a quarter of the film. It was terrifying.

I think the story line has a good philosophical approach, but the execution of it was too much for me. And having Ryan Reynolds done that much promotion for this film was a bit misleading.

Well, actually, I only saw him in one clip with Jake Gyllenhaal for this film and that was the WIRED Autocomplete clip but he was on the poster with Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal when he was the first to die and the other two were there right to the end! So yeah, misleading promotion stuff. I was very shocked when Ryan Reynolds’s death scene came because, as I’ve mentioned before, he was the first to die!! ^^”

I managed to stay through to the end because I needed to know how it ends. (Kudos to the twist at the end where it wasn’t the ‘happy ending’ we were expecting.) And Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting was superb in my opinion. I really liked his character.

Anyway, I think Life was a good film but the genre just wasn’t for me. And I have learned, the hard way, to listen to and trust IMDb.

 

(I’ve left this entry unfinished for a long while, and I’m not sure it will be finished tonight. I just want to contribute to it and see how far I can take it.)

 

Wonder Woman (3 June)

Oh, this film. There was so much hype around it and I was super excited for it even though I knew that setting too high an expectation can be the cause of disappointments. So I tried to keep cool.

The film came out on Friday 2nd June, but there was a work social event so I had to postpone it to the next day. (I also had something organised with friends in GZ since that was my last weekend on my own there but I had the afternoon free so I hit the cinema!)

I went to see it with friends and I was blown away. The film definitely met the hype and exceeded it to me!

I loved, loved, loved Gal Gadot. I think she was perfect for the role. She was my favourite part of Batman V Superman and I was a little afraid that she might not be as good in her own film. I was wrong. She was perfect.

And then Chris Pine. Chris. Pine. Urgh. He was so gorgeous, both physically and in character. It was heartbreaking that his character died because WE NEED MORE STEVE TREVOR DAMMIT.

I also loved the line, “I wish we had more time.” That hit just the right spot. The “I love you” after that, not so much. I though that was a bit of an overkill.

Themyscira was absolutely breathtaking on the big screen. And the Amazonians. So. Much. Love. For these ladies.

Oh! I also loved the fact that the war is WWI, and not WWII. I feel like we have enough of WWII on the big screen now.

So yeah, I absolutely loved this film. Even though I am an MCU fan, Wonder Woman was definitely one of the best superhero films I have ever seen. Possibly my favourite. May be. I can’t quite commit to that yet. ._.

 

The Lost City of Z (4 June)

As you can see, I went to see another film the very next day. Perks of having a cinema so near by!

Not going to lie, the main reason I was interested in this film was because Tom Holland was in it. xD So imagine my slight disappointment when I found out how little he was in it ^^”

Charlie Hunnam was still a joy to see though I’m not so sure about his character as a whole. RPattz and Sienna Miller, though, they jumped out from the screen to me. Really liked both of their characters.

I found the pace quite… slow and the the film, monotonous…? I supposed I was hoping for a more Indiana Jones type of film with a bit more action, rather than a biographical drama. My bad on that part since I didn’t allow myself to look up what the film might be like in details or even see the trailer. All I had was the title of the film and the posters. ^^”

Tom Holland was a joy to see though! Especially when he was a bit more grown up in the film, wearing leather boots xD Not a fan of the facial hair though.

The ending was also a bit bizarre. I was expecting a bit less of an opening ending? I had to come back and googled what actually happened, lol.

So another film I walked out of the cinema, wondering what I had just watched ^^”

 

Despicable Me 3 (17 June)

I was originally going to take (drag) my sister to go see Wonder Woman in the cinema but then I realised that Despicable Me 3 was in already. So I asked her to choose, and of course, she picked Despicable Me 3. T^T (lol)

I had a good time watching it though. I laughed with it and squeed over the minions and was quite entertained. I think I prefer it to The Minions Movie as well, lol. Steve Carell was great as Gru, as per usual. He’s becoming more and more attractive now that his hair is greyer. A silver fox indeed!

 

The Mummy (18 June)

Ah, now this was one that should have been promising. With a new Monster Universe and a great cast, I felt compelled to go see this first one in the cinema. Lune wanted to go see it as well so we saw it together with another friend. And I supposed I was entertained while I watched it but Tom Cruise, man. I’m not so sure about you…

I liked Russell Crowe and his character though and Jake Johnson! I’m glad he was brought back from the dead! lol (Sorry I don’t even remember your character’s name, Jake. I promise I really did like your character! Totally shipped you with Tom Cruise’s character xD)

If I have the time, I’ll probably go see the next one as well just because I do like the action-monster film.

Oh! Also! I recognised the scene that was shot in Oxford even though it wasn’t mentioned at all in the film! Well, I wasn’t sure whether it was really in Oxford or not but I was sitting there, thinking, that looks awful lot like The Radcliffe Camera, xD.

 

(It’s been a long while (again) since I was last writing this entry but I’m back again to try and get it finished!)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (16 July)

Oh. My. God. I had to wait so long to go see this film. This was when my back was not cooperating and I couldn’t sit for too long. I was initially going to go see it on Friday 7th of July, then I moved it to the weekend, then the following weekdays until I could finally sit long enough the following weekend. Urgh.

Even my sister, who was not a fan of seeing films, got to go see it before I did. (Because I gave her an idea to go see a film with a friend whom she has kinda grown distanced of but were meeting up and she didn’t know what to do when they hung out.) The silver lining of this whole ordeal might be how much she loved Spider-Man after having seen this. And how she’s been converted to an MCU fan ever since. She has now seen all of the MCU films and have been watching Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We now fangirl over MCU things together. It’s a bit of a dream come true to be honest, xD.

But I digress.

The film! It was a bit cliched but then I really do think that Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man so far. For once, he actually looks like an awkward teenager! I loved Michael Keaton as Vultures, he’s such an amazing actor. It was an absolute joy to watch him.

I had to stifle a squee when I saw Coney Island during the climax! My Brooklyn Boys reference! And then the end with Tony and Pepper!! Eeeeeeee

I don’t ship that many canon-pairing but Pepperony is one of them. ❤

 

Dunkirk (27 July)

Ah, Dunkirk… I will confess that I went to see purely because of the male, British cast. ._. (I found someone jokingly called it DNK48 and yeah, I love it and have used the joke myself!) I especially loved Tom Hardy and James D’Arcy in this. And the way the film developed is quite cool with the 1 week before, then 1 day before then 1 hour before. Took me a bit to get on with the programme, but once I did, it was cool to see things panned out from different POVs.

The film itself was on the stressful side for me. I was on the edge of my seat and I was emotionally invested in it. I didn’t realise how little ‘actions’ there were and a lot more emotional things. It was, after all, a war film.

 

So there it is! Finally, I’ve caught up to… July ^^”

Since then, I’ve been to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Baby Driver and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Oh, it’s never ending with this film review entry, isn’t it? xD

I’ve just enjoyed going to the cinema to see films though, especially this year. I also have no problem going to the cinema by myself which makes it so much easier to just pop into the cinema, by a ticket and just go and enjoy a film! I definitely have at least 3 more films I have my eyes on to go see before the end of this year…

Let’s see how many films I’ll see in total in 2017!

Anyway, I am exhausted today so I’ll sign off here. Hope your week is going great!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – it’s been raining a lot in Bangkok at the moment. I think this is the 3rd grey day we’ve had in BKK, which is quite unusual! It does mean that it’s cool though, so I’m not complaining.

 

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Life update: From May to now

I’ve just finished posting the latest Japan trip’s entry, but I thought I’d keep on with another blog entry. Better keep the momentum going xD I’m really not sure how to start or what to include so we are just going to let my fingers take over and see where they take us?

  1. I went to Qingyuan on a work trip for 3 nights, 4 days in the beginning of May. It was probably the only trip I’ve made into rural-ish China during my two-year stay in GZ. I was a bit apprehensive at first but it turned out to be a good trip.
  • We did some hiking, kayaking (which I didn’t do) and painted walls of a nursing home. The highlight of the trip for me is probably tea leaves picking and then getting to see how the leaves were processed. I even brought the finished tea leaves back home to Bangkok!
  • Also, another colleague that went on the trip with me was one of my closest friends in GZ so that made the trip even better. We made a great team 😉

2. Went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 as soon as I got back from the trip and my goodness, it was amazing. I definitely enjoyed it way more than the first one. (I didn’t really like the first one, the climax had me go ‘WTF?!’.) I think I’ll make another entry just for films because I’ve seen a lot of films since then. Anyway, this film got me into 80s music. The soundtracks from both Vol 1 and Vol 2 are amazing, though I probably prefer Vol 1.

3. I discovered laser tag. xD I know, I know, it’s not really something full grown adults should be into but I really enjoyed it. I’ve done it 3 times in a space of… a month? It’s a great way to work out! And I never really thought that I’d be any good at it but I’m actually ok with the aims. I’m also very competitive… xD

4. I’ve started driving! Well, I took driving lessons for about a month and managed to pass my driving test on Wednesday! I’m so happy and proud of myself because it’s been getting a lot more difficult to pass a driving test here in BKK and I’m not sure how I managed on my first go.

  • The staff there basically said that, on average, about 12.5% of people pass. We can take retakes but the place is so far that it would be so much of a hassle to go. I passed the written test last month, took it even before I started my driving lessons xD That was ok, I’ve discovered an app that gave me questions to try and that was a really great way to revise. I also had to sit through about 5 hours of orientation. That, wasn’t fun.
  • The practical driving test, I wasn’t so good at each maneuvers during my driving lessons. I wasn’t confident at all so it was such a great surprise that I managed to pass them on the day! Such good luck. The driving lessons themselves were nerve wrecking, obviously, but I’m not adverse to the idea of driving anymore. I was actually more nervous taking the test than taking the car out to drive on real roads xD
  • Don’t think I’ll be getting my own car yet but I’m glad I’ve finally gotten around to getting a driving licence.

5. My family and I went on a beach vacation at the beginning of this month and I enjoyed the first 3 days immensely. I swam twice a day, 15 laps each and was at 7.5km record. Then I went and threw my back out somehow.

  • Or, well, some muscle inflammation in my back. It started with an ache on Wednesday. By Thursday, I was pretty much in pain. I had to sleep on my stomach and sitting hurt. Standing and walking was ok. I ended up sleeping on the floor on Thursday night because the bed was too soft for my back.
  • I woke up on Friday feeling much better and I was optimistic. Then I sneezed while I was on my feet. Oh. My Goodness. The pain that went down my legs almost had my knees buckled. Nope. Back to square one. Or even worse.
  • Long story short, I’m still not feeling 100% now and it’s been almost a month. I was so made at my body because it’d stopped me from going to see Tom Holland until more than a week later than everyone else. Urgh. I haven’t felt this betrayed by my own body for a long time.

6. I’ve also been on another trip last weekend to the North Eastern part of Thailand. It consisted mostly of us eating and sitting in a van ^^” We visited a few temples though and saw my aunt and uncle-in-law who moved up there about 6 years ago. This is a customary, twice-a-year trip for my family. It’s good for the soul and mind. We were very lucky to have moved the trip up to last weekend from this weekend because a water reservoir broke yesterday and many of the roads are underwater.

7. I’ve mentioned seeing GotG Vol 2 in the beginning of May so I want to just make a list of films I’ve seen. I will hopefully go into more details in some other entry.

Huh, I just realised that I kinda like seeing my films back-to-back, lol.

Overall, I’ve seen 14 films in the cinema so far this year (this may possibly be a new record). That is, on average, 2 films a month. I kinda discovered the joy of going to the cinema on Friday night too late during my time in GZ. It was so convenient having a new cinema within a 15 minutes walk from my apartment. Hence me going slightly overboard with the number of films in my last couple of months in China xD

There are quite a few more I want to go see this year too. I wonder how many films I’d get to see in the theatre this year.

 

So yeah, I think these are all that I want to have written down as an update in my blog. I’ll try and see if I can do a whole entry about my thoughts on all of the films I’ve listed out here.

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

Dating Profile Quiz

Nope, you didn’t read the title wrong. I took a dating profile quiz, lol. I stumbled upon this while going through old journals and saw my results from, er, 8 years ago. I gotta say, I don’t think I’ve changed that much… My ‘date’s profile’ on the other hand o.O

So here are the results:

Your dating personality profile:

Liberal – Politics matters to you, and you aren’t afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.
Intellectual – You consider your mind amongst your assets. Learning is not a chore but a constant search after wisdom and knowledge. You value education and rationality.
Adventurous – Just sitting around the house is not something that appeals to you. You love to be out trying new things and really experiencing life.

Your Top Ten Traits

1. Liberal
2. Intellectual
3. Adventurous
4. Big-Hearted
5. Wealthy/Ambitious
6. Practical
7. Traditional
8. Outgoing
9. Stylish
10. Athletic

Your date match profile:

Intellectual – You seek out intelligence. Idle chit-chat is not what you are after. You prefer your date who can stimulate your mind.
Practical – You are drawn to people who are sensible and smart. Flashy, materialistic people turn you off. You appreciate the simpler side of living.
Conservative – Forget liberals, you need a conservative match. Political discussions interest you, and a conservative will offer the viewpoint you need.

Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Intellectual
2. Practical
3. Conservative
4. Traditional
5. Adventurous
6. Big-Hearted
7. Athletic
8. Outgoing
9. Religious
10. Stylish

Take the Dating Profile Quiz at Would I Date You 

 

I think my traits are pretty accurate though I didn’t realise that I would be considered this liberal, lol. The fact that ‘Conservative’ made it in the Top 3 of my match’s profile though, that threw me off completely. I don’t think I want a partner who is a Conservative.

I would like a traditional person, but if they are conservative, then there will be fights when it comes to political debates. Nuh uh. There are certain values I will not compromise and I don’t think I would be able to be able to be partnered with someone who do not share those values.

(Well, that got deep and personal, lol.)

Anyway, here are the results from 8 years ago.

From July 2009

It’s funny that ‘adventurous’ has made it for both times, lol. I would have never described myself as ‘adventurous’, but considered the fact that I have survived China, may be I am 😉

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – so many things to update on, so little motivation to do so, xD

PPS – Saw Spider-Man Homecoming on Sunday! FINALLY. It was great, I loved the final quarter of the film. Cannot wait to see more of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. I love his Spider-Man.

PPPS – I had some sort of a muscle inflammation with my back muscles and I couldn’t bend down for about a week in the beginning of this month. And then I had muscle aches from other parts which had to work harder to compensate and urgh, it was not a pleasant experience. I felt helpless and frustrated. And then just lazy ^^”

 

Life update, June edition

Oh wow, it has been a long while hasn’t it? Though is it really a surprise? *looks up at the blog’s name*

Still, a lot has happened since the last entry. The most important thing would probably be that I’ve moved! My contract has ended in Guangzhou and I am now back in Bangkok. New job will start in August so I hope that I will have time to catch up on other things. Like blogging. (lol)

I’m also excited to be back in the land where vpn is not needed to get on social medias. I’ve missed going on IG on my mobile phone and I am now back on Twitter! (I’m blaming lune on that but I kinda enjoy it… I forget sometimes though that I have Twitter now so I seem to tweet in waves, lol.)

Packing up and moving was stressful. And I realised now that I shouldn’t have left it so late but my excuse was/is that I was waiting for two more suitcases! I’ve managed to forget at least two things in GZ and I’m kinda kicking myself over them. But hey, a lesson’s learned.

Also, my suitcases and luggage allowance was up to the brim! Had to open the suitcases up by the check in counter to transfer stuff from one suitcase to another because one of them was too heavy ^^” (There is a limit to 32 kg per suitcase… mine was 35kg in the beginning ^^”) That was probably the first time I ever had to do that. Well, there’s a first time for everything eh?

But now I am back in BKK and I suppose I’m kinda stuck in the in-betweens at the moment. I’m the only one in the family on vacation at the moment so I’m still kind of stuck with a routine. But at the same time, I’ve got a lot of time on my hands to do… something. Hence getting back to blogging (and also because lune has reminded me that I’ve got a blog to kind of keep xD)

Oh! I’ve been called down. I’ll (hopefully) come back with more interesting things to blog about later on this week but you know me… It may be another month before I emerge once more xD

 

With love,

From BKK

April update, films wise.

And it has been a while, hasn’t it? xD I also just found out today that I can access WordPress freely in GZ. Huh, didn’t realise that before…

I was about to give up posting a blog entry today but it looks like I haven’t got any excuse anymore ^^”

Today’s blog is all about films I have seen recently though. I pretty much hit the cinema to see practically a film each week.

A warning, this entry will contain spoilers because I don’t think I can rant about these films without going into the details.

Anyway, it started with Logan.

Logan

I didn’t plan to go see it until it came out to raving reviews. Even then, I thought may be I’ll see it on a plane when I get a chance or something. And then a Friday night (10 March) freed up so I thought, why not go see a film?

It was a choice between Logan and The Lego Movie: Batman. I’ve never really seen any of the other X-Men films, not even on TV. Well, not all of the movie in one sitting anyway. So really, why go see Logan? And I did enjoy the first Lego Movie so may be I should go see that.

But the reviews were so good, I thought I should give it a go. And boy I wasn’t disappointed. I was already dabbling in the X-Men fandom (I have a weakness for Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr) and so I found myself being emotionally invested in these characters. The tears came when Charles died and I don’t think it stopped. The tears kept coming and I started to sniffle and really, by the end of the film, I was a mess.

My eyes were swollen and my nose, red by the time we came out of the cinema. It was one of the best experiences, even if it was heartbreaking, I’ve ever had watching a film.

 

The week after, though, was a much anticipated and awaited film for me: Beauty and the Beast live action.

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Oh my goodness. It. Was. Amazing. Fantastic. Breathtakingly beautiful.

It was everything I hope a Disney film would be. It was visually stunning, I love the costumes and the sets. Emma Watson was born to play the role Belle. I can’t get enough of Luke Evans and Josh Gad as Gaston and LeFou. The casting was perfect.

Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth. Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts. Ewan McGregor as Lumière. Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza. Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe. Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette. Kevin Kline as Maurice.

Absolutely perfection.

The songs. Oh, don’t let me get started on the songs. From Belle, to Be Our Guest to the famous Beauty and the Beast. I sang my heart out in the cinema. Or, well, as loudly as I think I could get away with in public. Although, I would say that I prefer the original version from the 1991 animation, I still enjoyed it nonetheless in this film.

The one song I prefer the Live Action’s version to the animation is Gaston. I didn’t remember the song Gaston at all from the 1991 animation but I absolutely LOVE it in this film. Easily my favourite song from this soundtrack.

The new songs didn’t really made that much of an impression on me. Though How Does a Moment Last Forever really grew on me after seeing the film the second time and now I love it as much as the other songs mentioned earlier. Evermore, not so much. I still found it too overly dramatic for my taste.

Ah, I didn’t mention anything at all about the Beast, did I? Well, aesthetically, I prefer the Beast from the animation. May be it’s because I’m more used to the Beast looking like that. The CGI didn’t bother me that much since how else were they going to make the Beast? So considering the difficulties of the task, I was completely fine with how it turned out. I just feel indifference to how he looked.

Dan Stevens though, oh Dan Stevens is a completely different story. I do much prefer him with short hair but he was a fantastic casting choice too. I have such a great time watching his various interviews to promote this film.

I, sadly, missed the first five minutes or so of this film during our first viewing, we were late. However, I did get to see it a second time in Bangkok when I went home for the Tomb Sweeping holiday so it appeased my appetite for this film 😉

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Mind you, I still contemplating looking up if the film is still available around here or not because I wouldn’t mind going to see it again… I just love this film that much. And I got to see it in 3D when I saw it the first time around, and 2D for the second time.

 

Anyway, the last film I saw was Kong: Skull Island.

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I didn’t think that the film would be released in China because I saw no promotion for it until the day I went to see Logan and saw its trailer being shown in the waiting area of the cinema. I quickly remember what the released date in China was and made plans accordingly xD

I have a thing for monster films (love Pacific Rim and do enjoy watching Godzilla), so I know that this will be up my alley. And it got Tom Hiddleston. I was sold. xD

And Tom did not disappoint! He was in his own, British, accent glory and his pec. His pectorals. And it was very classy of Tom because he was still wearing a shirt for the whole film (I think). But it was a very skin-fit shirt. I can pretty much see the outlines of his muscles. It was glorious. And that facial hair in the his first scene. *dead*

There was Samuel L. Jackson and I really like John C. Reilly’s role in this film. So yeah, I will be keeping an eye on this franchise!

 

Recap:

10 March – Logan

17 March: Beauty and the Beast

25 March: Kong: Skull Island

2 April: Beauty and the Beast

I don’t think I’ve ever hit the cinema this often in my life before! xDDD

 

I’ve also seen Moana on the plane back to Thailand and Jackie on my way back to GZ. It’s been a pretty film-packed month or so!!

And on that note, I’ll sign off here. Didn’t sleep much last night or the night before so I really should be having an early night tonight.

Hope your week is going well!

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – Crosswalk Musical Beauty and the Beast is an absolute gem. I’ve seen that clip so many times on Youtube that I can pretty much recite most of the dialogues. So freaking funny!! James Corden is blimming amazing. ❤

Otanjoubi omedetou ne lune~

It’s lune’s birthday today! It’s another year where we’re not in the same country to celebrate together but here’s another blog entry for you and let’s do something special when I’m back in BKK!

I went back to reread last year’s entry to see what else I would like to mention on this special and I’m glad I haven’t told this story yet.

(This was the story that popped into my head just as I started writing this entry but I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t mention it last year. I must have saved it for later xD)

I almost broke my right arm when I was in 6th grade. And I said ‘almost’ because the bone wasn’t quite broken but I needed a cast for 2 weeks. I tripped and fell one morning (I think it was a Tuesday…?) so I had my arms out when I landed. Apparently that was enough for a crack. I didn’t know there was something wrong with my bone yet, it just felt sore and I could extend or bend my arm completely.

So my mum took me to the hospital the next day and the x-ray revealed that I needed a cast. For two weeks, I couldn’t write anything because I’m right handed and that was in a cast and a sling.

Lune was the one who copied my notes down during those two weeks. She had to write 2 copies, one for her and one for me, for every lesson. Including my homework diary.

And what was I doing? I was reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban under the table.

Yeap. I was that kind of friend. xD

But seriously, I love her to bits. And the fact that she worked double so I could build this passion for Harry Potter back then, I knew she was a keeper.

(Well, I didn’t quite realise it back then but I’ve known for a long while now that she’s one in a million.)

I hope I haven’t told this story yet… I kept feeling like I’ve typed out this story before into WordPress. But even if I did, today deserves a repeat anyway! xp

So honey, you are 28 now! We’ve known each other for nearly 17 years, that’s more than half of our lives but I hope there will be many, many, many more to come. I am so lucky to have gotten to know you from a young age so you have been with me so almost every significant things in my life.

I wish you the happiest birthday and that good health is with you all throughout this new year. I hope we can make more fantastic memories together like when we went on a trip together last June.

(Heck, we are planning a new mega trip now! Super excited for it!)

แฮปปี้เบิร์ดเดย์เน้ เปลี่ยนมาอวยพรเป็นภาษาไทยบ้าง เหมือนที่ลงบนเฟสไป ขอให้เนยมีความสุข สุขภาพแข็งแรงๆ แล้วตอนกลับไทยไปฉลองกันๆ :DDD

Lots of love ❤ ❤ ❤

From GZ

[30 Day Writing Challenge] Day 28

First of all,  here is the list of all of the 30 day challenge I am doing at the moment.

Secondly, it has just come to my attention that I shouldn’t name all of these entries “February Writing Challenge” because it will overrun into March! So I’ve been going back to change as many entries as I can… ^^” Nearly done now but I think it’s time I tackle today’s challenge first.

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Dear diary,

I’ve just finished reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret that belongs to my sister and Ginny had a diary so I want one too. I’m reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban now. Can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen!

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X(

I finished reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and my sister won’t let me read more!!! She’s so mean! She said I’m too young but I can totally read it! And I can’t get it from the library because it’s in the section for the older kids! I don’t know why my sister has to act like she’s mum. But she tickles my neck and sleeps with me until I fall asleep so I’ll forgive her.

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😦

My sister’s going away again. I’m so sad. Who am I gonna play with and sleep with and who’s gonna scratch my back now? I don’t want her to go but mum says she has to. Why do she have to??

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😀

My sister’s coming back tomorrowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww We’ll go out and eat and play and she’ll tuck me in bed againnnnnnn yayyyyyyyy

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😀

My sister’s letting me read the rest of Harry Potter books!! YAYYYYYY But it’s only because my teacher’s says it’s ok and my friends are already reading it. She’s so strict but now she can’t say no! I can’t wait to find out what’s gonna happen!

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😦

Sister’s working a lot especially at night time. I really don’t like it but mum said that it’s good for her job. She still wakes up to go send me to school on some days though. But she doesn’t like to talk in the morning and she doesn’t like to play games or let me listen to music or watch anything together often

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:(((

My sister’s moving to China. She’s got a job there. Who am I going to bug now to watch Arashi or the Youtubers together?? Especially now that I’ve managed to get her to like some Youtubers. She still hasn’t warmed up to Joe or Caspar though but I will keep bugging her to watch the funny ones with me!

And mum said she’ll come back home often… I hope China’s fun. We are going to go stay with her for 3 weeks.

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China isn’t fun. We don’t really go out at all when my sister goes to work and the wifi is so bad. Even though she lets us use her laptop it’s still not so fast and I can’t watch anything on Youtube :((( And when my sister comes back, she’s working!

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Dear diary,

My sister’s coming back to Thailand today! 😀 Finally! So we can go to Central World and eat expensive Japanese food again! xD Apparently she’s been into Alfie’s vlog so may be we can watch some together.

Oh! And I got to ask her to help me get some books too. She’s always nicer than mum when it comes to buying new books. Yay!

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Day 28 —You read about yourself in your brother/sister, girlfriend/boyfriend’s diary.  What did you read?

I’ve tried my best to write from my sister’s point of view, but man, it’s hard!

So yeah, 2 more entries and I will be finished with this challenge~ Whoo! And it’s also the end of February. That’s 1/6 of 2017 already gone… wow… Time really goes by much faster when you are older, lol.

Hope you all had a great Tuesday~

With love,

From GZ

[30 Day Writing Challenge] Day 27

As always, here is the list of all of the 30 day challenge I am doing at the moment.

Here is my attempt for today’s prompt.

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It was a sunny day, perfect to spend in a water park. I was very excited because I’d never been to a water park outside of Thailand before.

There were slides that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go on yet but I think I should give it a go. The current ‘pool’ looked great as well. You could just float around without having to swim.

I did end up going on the water slides. It was super scary in the beginning but after I got over my fear, sliding down was a lot of fun.

I always panicked a little when I didn’t have all of the control. However, at the same time, I liked the thrill of coming down a slope. So to me, a big slide was a bit of a conflicted feeling. On one hand, I was scared about it. On another hand, I couldn’t wait to feel the wind in my hair and the swoop in my stomach.

There were many other people my age on this trip too and we had fun together. However, I still ended up in the current ‘pool’ alone. I wanted to explore the water park and this ‘pool’ went all the way around it. There were many places where the slides ended up in this ‘pool’ too.

I was swimming along just fine, until I reached one joining point.

One minute I was above the surface, doing just fine. And then somehow, I got swept under.

The sound quietened under water and I could hear the rushing of my own blood through my ears. I could see underwater and I knew that I only had to kick my legs to the surface.

But somehow, the current kept sweeping me under. For a moment, I was sure that this was it. I would struggle but I wouldn’t be able to get to the surface. And I would drown.

It was strange how quiet it was. The panic was there but so was an odd sense of calm.

And then I somehow made it to the surface. The crazy thing was, I could probably stand in that ‘pool’. It wasn’t deep at all. And the current wasn’t too strong that I couldn’t stay in one place. Also, it wasn’t like I couldn’t swim or was a weak swimmer.

I had been swimming from the beginning of my primary school and I was in Middle school then. I was a pretty strong and confident swimmer.

But water was a dangerous thing. You only needed 2 inches of water to drown.

So I gasped for air and made my way to the edge.

May be that was enough fun in the water for one day.

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Day 27 —Make up a near-death experience (unless you have a real one).

If you have read my other post for this challenge, you would probably have known about this story already. I tweaked it a bit, filling out the details that I couldn’t remember and tried to make it a bit more dramatic.

But yeah, I remember this. The almost drowning and that thought that may be this was the end. It was pretty scary. I’m glad though that it hasn’t put me off swimming. It’s just made me more careful about it.

It’s Monday and it’s passed 9pm so I’m going to sign off here. I almost forgot that I had this entry to make as well… ^^”

Hope you all had a good start to the week!

With love,

From GZ

PS – super busy day with full day of work and then had to go out for work in the late afternoon too. Very much looking forward to sleep now. zzz

[30 Day Writing Challenge] Day 26

As always, here is the list of all of the 30 day challenge I am doing at the moment.

It’s a non-creative one so here is the prompt:

Day 26 —Write about your worst habit.

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Oh this one is super easy. The name of my blog should be a giveaway.

My worst habit is, absolutely, procrastination.

I do not work well without a deadline. I’ve been swamped with work recently because this exact habit. I know it’s bad and I know I should do something about it, but I keep putting that off too.

I always have things that gravitate me away from work. The motivation to do any work is difficult to come by unless it’s a deadline. I can’t even work with a self-imposed deadline because, deep down, I know that I can postpone it.

Mind you, the high I get when I do do work before the deadline is looming is pretty sweet. Just, not good enough to get me addicted.

I wonder if I’m slowly getting better at the self-imposed deadline… May be. I find that not letting myself think of the ‘real’ deadline helps. And I keep trying to remember how great it is to feel that high when I finish work early.

Hopefully, I’ll get better at not procrastinating.

Because most of the time, I end up doing something completely useless or even pointless. Like re-watching things on Youtube for the fifth times and just let time slips by. Or scrolling down my home feed on Facebook and just stares aimlessly at the posts. Or scroll down my own timeline to see the same thing for the hundredth time. It’s definitely not a healthy habit.

So yeah, I’m hoping to slowly cut-back on my procrastinating habit. I suppose it’s not the worst habit in the world because I do still get work done in time. However, I stress quite a bit so when work swamps me I get stress and I really only have myself to blame. Also, this habit leads to a lot of my own creative things get the backseat.

This writing challenge is a good thing for me actually because I got quite a bit of things I wanted to write done. So having a challenge like this is good. I don’t think it’s sustainable for me to do forever, however, may be being firm on updating at least once a week would be a good thing. There are definitely a lot of things I want to write about on my blog.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it for my worst habit in my opinion.

I am definitely a professional procrastinator.

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Not quite making it to the 500-word mark but I don’t want to just drag it out. I also should get back to work. Procrastinated the whole day yesterday, even though I didn’t even leave my apartment. So have quite a bit to get done today. Thankfully, already done a quarter of the work and it’s only midday. There is hope… ish. ^^”

Hope you guys are having a lovely weekend!

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – My landlord wants to sell the apartment so people has been visiting my place. A lady turns up this morning to look at the apartment. Ok, that’s nothing unusual. She also brought me some food for breakfast… ok, that’s quite kind of her.

She’s also really friendly, trying to talk to me in her broken English. I’m always a bit more awkward at these things so I just replied with short, simple sentences or smiles.

And then her friends turn out to be late so she’s been waiting in my living room for more than 2 hours now. Now this is the first time it has happened… ^^” The bright side of this is that it actually made me get on with work. The down side is I was planning to work on the desk in the spare bedroom but now I can’t because I don’t want to leave her alone in my living room.

She told me that they are coming at half past twelve so I’m hoping they would turn up right about now, lol. *Fingers crossed*

 

PPS – My healing toe isn’t too pleased with the coldness… The bright side, though, is that I can wear my house slippers again! I need it to keep my right foot warm…

Also, finally the sun is out and it’s pretty windy. So the perfect weather for doing the laundry ;D

 

 

[30 Day Writing Challenge] Day 24

As always, here is the list of all of the 30 day challenge I am doing at the moment.

Not a creative one, thank goodness, because I’m running out of time and I would like to post this before midnight!

Day 24 —Write about the longest amount of time you’ve ever gone without sleeping.

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This is a bit funny because I was talking about this story just an hour or so ago! I think, the longest amount of time 

Nope, wait, I don’t think that is right. The time I was thinking about, I think I skipped a night of sleeping (was staying out, hanging out and having fun with my uni friends), I got naps in the next morning so that can’t be the longest.

The longest I ever went without sleeping was actually before that. I didn’t sleep the whole night, then was awake for the whole of the next day too before crashing at about 8pm…

It was the night before my university interview. I was jet-lagged but still managed to be pretty coherent the day before my interview. I was given a room to stay for free for one night at the College and I met up with 2 friends from school. One was there for an interview as well while the other was already in the first year there.

The one that was already a student there was being our guide and took us around the city. He actually stayed behind so he could meet us and took us around, it was really kind of him to do that.

Anyway, he took me to see some of his Thai uni friends too. I think it’s safe to say that all of them became my friends during my time at uni there later xD I was offered some food to eat but I was tired (jet-lagged) so I declined and then I got dropped back at my room.

But I was so nervous that I couldn’t sleep. At all I think. I had so much nervous energy and nothing that I did could calm me down. My favourite CD didn’t help and what was worse was that I ended up feeling hungry after around midnight. I, of course, had no food and I gotten so desperate (remember, nervous energy) that I decided that it was the right thing to do to go back to my friend’s friend’s room and ask if they got some left overs for me.

I must have made some fabulous impression then. XP

Anyway, the people were just taking off to leave but the owner of the room was kind enough to find some food for me (some sausages) that I gobbled down. And then I must have went back to my room and still, no sleep.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t sleep a wink that night, didn’t feel so good but still went to breakfast in the Great Hall. I don’t actually remember that breakfast…

I then went to wait in one of the common rooms for my time.

And then I had a test at 10am. That, I remember. I also remember that the guy who was suppose to be supervising us ended up falling asleep. It didn’t matter though because we were all furiously working through our paper that no one was bothered to cheat.

The test was one hour long and then I walked to my interviewers’ room and wait. I could hear an interview being conducted inside and I had to wait for quite a while. And then the girl came out and wished me good luck. I was told to wait for a few more minutes before the interviewers came to get me.

It took a couple of questions for me to loosen up and relax in the interview, but I remember forgetting that it was an interview half way through. I definitely felt really great when I came out. Not because I was sure that I’ve done well (I felt like I couldn’t answer many of the questions) but because I was so relieved that it was over and that I’d learned something new that day.

The sky was blue and the weather was perfect when I came out. I met up with my dad at our meeting place and we went to the train station together to take a train back to my aunt’s place.

I’m pretty sure I was running on adrenaline for the rest of the day and then crashed that night, lol.

So even though I feel like this is probably a pretty tame experience, I think this is the time I have stayed up the longest.

And all in all, a very good experience for me.

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It’s a good thing this prompt was an easy one to churn out too so I’m going to hit post now and if there’s anything else I want to add, I’ll come back and edit it xD

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – TGIF!