Wednesday, September 02, 2015

So I found the culprit who has been terrorizing my spinach plant

And there he is. Trying to look all sweet and innocent and all when he has been chewing on my sweet potato leaves and spinach plant.

Do not be deceived by those orange eyes. He may be tiny - less than an inch long - but boy, does has he got an appetite!

And don't worry. I did not kill the poor, frightened thing. I gave him a real long scolding and sent him on his way. I have a sneaking suspicion though, that this is not the last that I see of him. Hm.

My chili plant is flowering!

This chilli plant was also a gift from SS and came to me as a wee little thing in a tiny polybag. For lack of pots, I transferred her into a small pot when I got home, only to realise that this girl is going to out grow her pot in no time!

That was how I learnt the hard way how sensitive and tempremental a chilli plant gets when she gets repotted too many times. I thought she would be happy in a nice big pot now but noooo... she has decided to sulk on me. What did she do? She refused to grow. Don't get me wrong. She did not wither or die or anything like that. She just did not grow. She stopped growing. She neither got bigger or smaller.

And she stayed that way for a long, long time. Weeks and weeks. I gave her compost and fertilizer but she just refuses to grow. I moved her pit around to different spots in the garden but nothing. So what did I do to a child throwing a tantrum? Mama leaves you in the corner. You can come out when you have calmed down.

And then one day, she did. A few extra leaves decided not to sulk anymore and popped out. I moved her around and I guess she found a spot she liked and got taller. And then, what is this? Flowers! Little yellow flowers smiling back at me!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

What About Now by Bon Jovi

Yes, Jon, now this one is much more your style than your past, like, two albums. At least. I’m sorry, but Lost Highway (2008) just whooshed right pass me. The Circle (2009) had one or two strong songs in it, but the rest were just so trying. So trying to fit in into this generation. Trying to hard. But why are you trying to fit in when you were such a magnificent trailblazer to begin with?

And that is why How About Now is refreshing. Not prefect. Not quite living up the glory days of Crossroads (1994) or These Days (1995). But oh, such a nice, nice effort. It is absolutely delicious to hear all those guitar solos back. And more soulful lyrics. The deeper kind. The kind that, well, you’ve gotta be a tad weathered to be able to understand and appreciate. The metaphoric kind. Weaved between rock and roll.

Favourite songs on this album: Because we can (Track 1), What about now (Track 3), Pictures of you (Track 4), Amen (Track 5), What’s left of me (Track 7), Thick as thieves (Track 9), beautiful world (Track 10) and Every road leads home to you (Track 16). As you can see, I found this album very listenable overall. But oh, I practically broke my repeat buttons on Pictures of you (Track 4). Love it.

If this is an upward slope Bon Jovi is taking, I say keep it up!

Moon Landing by James Blunt

To me, is is so awesome to find that JB has found a balance between his deliciously depressing songs and more hopeful and uplifting tones. It is my opinion that he has found a good balance of both worlds in this album.

Favourite songs: When I find love again (Track 2), Face the sun (Track 3), Bonfire heart (Track 5), Heart to heart (Track 6), Miss America (Track 7), Sun on Sunday (Track 9). See? Mix of his signature sad songs and happy stuff. I highly recommend looking up JB’s piano versions of Face the sun, Miss America and Sun on Sunday. As for the other songs, I enjoyed the track versions and acoustic renditions equally.

Well okay, there is actually something that bugs me. That CD cover. Creepy. A floating head by any other name is still a floating head.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The book thief - A novel by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is, by far, one of the most heart breaking story I have ever read. Beautifully written and deeply provoking, I took a long time to finish the book. On one hand, I am a slow but steady reader. On the other hand, the story is such a heavily moving one. The kind that stirs a raw sense of humanity.

I started this story just weeks after a hard, awakening trip to Berlin, where I learned about the devastation of the Nazi regime and its prosecution of the Jews. So it seemed timely to start this book, as if to drive home the point that racism and war is never ever the answer.

I love the voice narration of Death in this book. Death looks at life and humans both lightly and deeply. The constant. The constant observer. The constant destination - in whichever way, form or manner. 

A highly recommended book. But a word of caution: I don't think the story is for everyone. Not many historically laced stories are. It is heavy. So heavy. And weighs heavily upon the soul. But if it is for you, it is a truly, truly increadible read.