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Reclaim

reclaimThe name didn’t scream much detail. Reclaiming what? A house? Money? It was just a word. I didn’t think about it. The movie started when the couple drove up to this city where they were meeting the foster kid. After paying what seemed like to be a fortune, they got the kid. I was wondering, what could possibly happen in this movie. They got a kid and now they are a happy little family. I looked at the cursor which has moved an inch from the screen and thought woah, something awesome will surely happen. So they were almost set to go to start a new beginning at their country. But, since they had to wait for the kid’s passport, they couldn’t just go.

The movie started taking shape when the kid disappeared from their apartment. Apparently she was reclaimed. That’s what the police told them.

See it was this “game” where fake group of people claiming to be important people make a fake, real looking website and gets money when the kids are “adopted”. The poor innocent kids are kidnapped and brainwashed to play the “game”. The movie portrays the couples’s struggles in getting back the child. Why don’t you watch it to get a better explanation. The ending is really cool. When you think all the chaos is over, it starts all over again and the bad guy keeps on coming, chasing after you. Seriously, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Overall it’s a good watch. It opens your eyes to this horrible world even more and keep you pondering about the poor little kids that are kidnapped all over the world for all kinds of purposes. Just think about it. If its shown in movies, how awful would it be in real life.reclaim_deponline_6

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iZombie

dltgbigt0oyayt3nywbbI have recently started watching a new series. “izombies”. If you haven’t watched it, I’m afraid there’s going to be some gruesome spoilers in this. Yeah gruesome, ‘cause they eat brains. Why do zombies always love the brain? Zombies in walking dead also ate brains right. I don’t know, never watched it. It didn’t really appeal to me. But now I’m thinking of watching it this holiday.

So this izombie is mainly about this girl Liv, who was a resident at the hospital who happened to go to a boat party that went Kaboom. That was where she was scratched and turned into a zombie. Since then her life capsized completely. She broke off her engagement, went all pale and withdrew herself from people and transferred to a morgue. Yeah a morgue! Free brain buffet pretty much all the time. She worked as a forensic analyst and helped her cop boss solve crimes. Here’s the interesting part. When she eat the brains, she gets their character and see memories of them. Pretty cool power for a zombie huh. I have a feeling everyone’s going to know about her little secret pretty soon.

So about the bad guys. The big bad one is scratching everyone and turning them into zombies. So that he could get big bucks buy selling brain food to them. His main food supply is kids from a foster home who he’s kidnaping. The biggest shock was when I found out that the Head of Police is Team Zee too. Haha, you should totally watch this. It’s so zombifying! ( that’s not a real word)

I really want to see a real morgue now.

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A Flash Back

I am bored and I really want to write about something. So here are some stories that I once read.

fearstreeFear Street

When I was in primary school I always see my brothers reading this book which they got from the Library. So when I was in grade 8 I started to read this series which was written by R.L. Stine. It was pretty exciting at first but later, after one year or so, it became a little bit childish for me. Because it was the same thing over and over again. In every part, there would be the bad guy who will appear in the first few pages of the book. He will be the last person you would expect. But it will be kinda predictable. There would be some “psyco killing spree”. Like I said, it was exciting at first and I really enjoyed it but it got outdated for me.

Goosebumps was also written by that author but I didn’t find that book that much interesting as it was written for much younger kids. However I do remember reading a book from that series. It was fun, since there were clues written at the bottom of the page and you have to choose the next page according to the instructions given.

3 investigatorsThree Investigators

This was a brilliant series. Maybe because the protagonist was intelligent as anyone can ever be. I had the first part of the series at home and my brother got me the other books from the Library. This series is about three friends who start an investigating club of some sort. It was really interesting as they each has a secret symbol to draw on walls when they go exploring different areas. Each of them draws a different coloured Question Mark as their symbol, indicating that they had been there. This was really helpful as one of them got lost and others were able to find him because of it. (forgive me for my memory is a bit fudged.)

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*sigh* love the days I read this. I remember going through this series in the AEC library. It was on the first shelf, right next to the windows on the corridor side. Don’t know how the place is rearranged now. It was well,, how do I put it….hmm..a cute series. I still remember the author! Carolyn Keene. I read some elder version parts as well.

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Then there are the Lizzie Mcguire and Michelle series too. Oh and lets not forget the glitter girls’ secret password “GG”. Haha miss you my glitter girl fan, S. Just love those stories as well. I love the reading time where we take the stories from the reading box and read for 10 minutes every day before the class starts.

 

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Triple Reviews

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Expelled is a different movie I have watched quite recently. First I thought that this movie will mislead the mischievous teenagers of this century. They are already sharp witted and daring enough that they don’t need any more brilliant ideas about getting expelled. Indeed the Protagonist is an intelligent prankster who manage to get him suspended and expelled without even letting his parents know about it. So there I was sitting, wondering what good will come out of a movie that shows these types of behaviors. Then I realized that this is a remarkable film for the parents and teachers. Most of the parents are naïve. They think their children are too innocent to break the rules. Maybe because of this film their minds will broaden and make them think about their children more seriously. And for all the students who think that school is not cool and studying is a waste of time, Felix has something to tell you. “I don’t want to spend my whole life behind a desk, nor do I want to spend it in jail”

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The Right Kind Of Wrong

This movie is mainly based on the wife who writes a blog about the annoying habits of her husband. She named it “Why You Suck”. It was quite interesting. I was like, wow, how is this going to turn out. Well the very first interesting thing that gripped my attention was the way the names of the cast were shown. It was very unique compared to other movies I have seen.

About the movie, well, the film starts with a divorce and the wife continues to pursue her writing career by writing a book about the reasons why her husband suck. It was quite a challenge for this husband to go out in public surrounded by hushed tones and judgmental looks. Imagine how you would feel if someone broadcasted all your negative traits in the very negative way. Unlike us, he was courageous to go out there. So this film depicts the path taken by the dishwasher after he falls in love with a bride at a wedding. According to him his marriage didn’t work because the wrong between them wasn’t the right kind of wrong.

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Safe Haven

Unlike the other two movies, I didn’t watch this one out of boredom. Ever since I saw the ending of this movie (the part where she reads the letter) I have searched for it. It was really beautiful. It was the type of movie that is peaceful and romantic and a bit mysterious. This movie reminded me of “The Lucky One”. This is about a women who finds a safe haven after she runs away from a “nightmare”. There, she falls in love with this man who fathers two children. But will she be able to hide her deep dark secret? The fact that his wife fought cancer adds the emotion to this movie. I have to admit it’s a bit frustrating when cancer is always involved in most love stories. Later I found out that Nicholas Sparks wrote it. Oh of course, I should have known, no surprise there! By the way, in case you are interested, Robin from “How I Met Your Mother” starred in this movie!

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Korean Times

imagesI still remember someone saying Korean dramas are awesome and now I have to agree with that. I once watched Blazing teens from POGO. It was about Yoyo competition. And I think it was Korean. Other than that, the first Korean series I watched is Heirs. I will try to be discrete as possible, so I could not to spoil it for anyone who is planning to watch it

Heirs

PinocchioIt’s about extremely wealthy families and how people are discriminating against each other. Eun Sang and Kim Tan’s love story unfolds as the series move along. It was not long before Young Do enters into that love triangle. Rachel continues her grudge against Eun Sang for she was the reason her engagement broke.

So in summary let’s say:

  •     Kim Tan and Eun Sang forever love,
  •     Young Do got mommy issues,
  •     Rachel’s grudge against the lower class Eun Sang,
  •     a mime of a mother and
  •     a “mother in house arrest”.

Pinocchio

So then there is Pinocchio, the next Korean series I watched. I recently watched the 10th episode and I have to admit it was better than Heirs. The first episode was enough to make you fall in love with that. The storyline is completely marvelous! With the addition of humor, and sprinkle of romance here and there made it absolutely perfect!

I really like how they invented this Pinocchio Syndrome. It’s really fascinating. Without this syndrome the series would have worked but it would be have been raw and bland. This series got all the ingredients in the correct proportions. Curious? Why don’t you see for yourself?

However, I just don’t get why Choi Dalpo ( oh my god he’s so cute) wasn’t curious to solve the Mystery of his brother right at the instant they meet. The fact that he let the mystery hung in midair seems just…..well I didn’t expect that. I think. :3dfg

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The Fault in ‘their’ Stars

perex_navineFinally, I read it and it was amazing. (10th October)

I couldn’t believe my eyes. I opened the package and there it was! The book I hear a lot about. I took it out and immediately sent a thank you to my sister E. I haven’t read a novel in a long time and with the familiar book-ish smell it felt so good to hold one in my hand. However I kept the book for a few days until I got a peaceful good day to read it.

Maybe I had my hopes up. At first, the book didn’t strike me as fabulous as I have thought it would. Or maybe it could be because of the school days. Anyway, I started to fall in love when they were about to leave Indianapolis. Amsterdam is magical indeed. I really love that trip. Even the flight part.

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I could picture Amsterdam so well. It felt as if I went back in time into this peaceful, beautiful, wonderful place. The elm trees, its seed falling through the air, the beautiful canals, and the view from the outdoor restaurant was so breathtaking. ( yeah i saw :P) I just loved those scenes. Their silly yet so meaningful conversations included.

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Can u relate? I just love this!!

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

When Peter Van Houten said this, I didn’t get it. Even after I thought about it later, still couldn’t get it. It was when Hazel read her eulogy I understood what it meant. And it was a beautiful quote indeed. Plus this is my favourite one as well.

Speaking of Van Houten, he was nothing like I expected either. I imagined a very decent man in a suit who would be really glad to meet them. I don’t think anyone would have imagined him as a drunk. Hats off to John Green!

So many things crossed my mind as I was reading it. I wondered how my life would be if I were blind. Poor Isaac. It must be so hard for him even with user-friendly computer systems.

“When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on , I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him (Augustus)” That was my favourite and most touching line from him.

This is interesting, don't you agree?
This is interesting, don’t you agree?

As Augustus was getting sicker and sicker, I was unable put the book down. I was bracing myself for a massive tragedy with each turning page. When he was at the gas station, losing consciousness, I thought that was it. I thought he was going to be admitted in hospital and die right away. What a relief it was when he didn’t die! However it came as a sudden shock in Chapter 21 when I read the first sentence. I re-read it unable to believe that he actually died.

The world’s not a wish granting factory indeed.

I am going to watch the movie soon. And the best part about watching the movie after reading the story is, finding out if the characters you had dressed in mind appear the same or different.

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PS: Cool bookmarks. Okay? At first I couldn’t figure out what this was about. I thought the bookmark was saying “Ok, you wanna stop reading for now and place it here? Okay… “Even after Gus says, “Maybe Okay will be our ‘Always’”, I still couldn’t figure it out. It was actually much later. Actually when an FB friend upload her PP with this “Okay, Okay?” it finally HIT me. I was like, “wow, how could I have been so stupid. It was right there the whole time!”

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Hollow Tree

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“Young Adventures- Hollow Tree” by Enid Blyton. This is a story my sister, A, gave me when I was a kid. Those are the times I was so addicted to reading stories. I am really sad I don’t get time to read a good book now.

This book is about three children; a brother and a sister and their friend Laura who find a Hollow tree in the woods. The two siblings have an aunt who is very mean. She got really mad when they went to the school trip without her knowledge. Who could blame them? They are kids, of course they would want to go on a trip just like their classmates. They had to go in secret because their cruel aunt refused to pay for the trip. I love the part where they earned the money. They weaved baskets and filled them with raspberries and their friend helped them to sell those in her mother’s yard sale. How sweet!

Main plot:  Their heartless aunt decides to give them away to foster care, so they run away from their home and take shelter in the tree house.

So about the hollow tree. The three kids go to the woods to play very often. And one day they see this huge oak tree in the middle of the woods. They bring candles along with some pictures of them and transform that tree into a lovely home to live in. Rugs and cushions were used to cover the floor of the tree and to make them feel at home. And what’s more? They take cookies and candies to eat, Stories to read while lying on the grass. They take a small kettle to boil water so that they could make hot chocolate! They have their evening tea up in a big branch. Just imagine! How wonderful would that be? The fresh breeze and the picturesque view. There’s a pond near the tree where they go to swimming once in a while. I love when they have picnics with the delicious short eats. Once they had sandwiches, cherry cakes, jam tarts, chocolates and lemonades. *sigh* such delicious words eh?

The whole description is so amazing. It made me want to live with them. Enid Blyton’s stories are fantastic when you are a kid. She makes you want to get inside the pages of the book!

So this wonderful book. It was so interesting that I finished it within days! I read it a couple of times back then, and I still have it. Should I give it to some other kid so that he/she could experience the joy I did?

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