Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January in Overview

Since it's the start of a new year, I thought I'd shake this overview up a bit. Not too different, I suppose—and I am still trying to find a format that I like—but I do feel like a bit of a change. The beginning of 2017 was quite hectic for me, but I'm starting to sort things out for the future. I've been neglecting the 24 before 25 list entirely and getting back to some comfort reads and watches. Food-wise, I really haven't been holding back, so I probably need to exercise and cut back next month. Otherwise, this has been a month of action and less of ponder, so there's really nothing I'm excited or thinking about.


Currently reading
On Goodreads, it's stated that I'm currently re-reading Mister Monday, the first instalment to Garth Nix's The Keys to the Kingdom series. Although that is true, I put it on hold for a while because I was re-reading an old favourite from my manga collection, Gatcha Gacha (Indonesian version titled "Love Me Or Not," for some reason). It's a yankee-styled love comedy of a serial monogamist, a gorgeous yet brutal girl, an awkward-in-love class president, a good-for-nothing delinquent with a dark past and, well, let's just say the story unravels unpredictably. Yes, both are re-reads.

Currently watching
In terms of films, I watched a couple inspiring ones this month. Eddie the Eagle, for example, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. Not only was I inspired by Eddie's tremendous and rock-filled journey towards the Olympics, I was also awed by Taron's amazing acting. If I had to compare, I feel like it has similar feel to One Chance. There was also The Hundred-Foot Journey, which tells the story of an Indian family who opens a restaurant in France right across the street from a one Michelin-starred eatery. It has a similar feel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and, to me, Ratatouille. I'm not sure if it's based on true story, but the storyline is definitely true to life.

In terms of series, I was in an anime mood this month that I watched several titles—as recommended by Firu. The one title that stuck by me—because of how crazy relatable the story is—is ReLIFE. Derived from a Japanese webtoon series, ReLIFE tells the story of a 28-year-old guy who re-lives a life as a high schooler as part of the ReLIFE experiment. Thanks to a pill developed by the company, he regains his outer physique from his adolescence. Feeling like he has a dead-end job at a convenience store, this experiment is supposed to teach him what he lacks as a member of society. Now you tell me, if you wouldn't want a pill yourself.

Currently listening
Bump of Chicken. Why? Because they perform the first OP and ED for 3月のライオン (March Comes Like the Lion), which I've been watching since last month. Firu introduced the band to me years ago, actually, because of this song they performed with Miku Hatsune. Not a fan of Miku myself, but lately I found myself drawn towards their pieces, such as Answer, Fighter and Go. Their is something hopeful about their music. Just a tune that I could listen to forever.

Highlight of the month

Snack shopping with the family // lunch aesthetics + current read // finals BTS (illustration) // finals BTS (photography)

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