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The State of Sydney – 23 Sep 2009

On Wednesday last week I woke up in the morning to find all the windows in my house glowing red. I mean blood red. Not sunrise red. Later I went out into the orange wilderness, dust and wind. The streets looked deserted and there weren’t many people around. I went to work anyway. Good old […]

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Disney Literature Challenge

Sarah Miller started Disney Literature Challenge last year and I’d been waiting for a chance to jump in! This time it will be official, for I just finished A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. (Surely you knew it was made into a Disney movie?!) I love love love Disney cartoons, though mostly the old ones […]

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Silk by Alessandro Baricco and the Movie

The Book Written in fable style, Silk tells a story of a silk merchant in southern France who is appointed by people in his vilage to make a long voyage to Japan in search of good quality of silkworms, as there’s an epidemic that ruins the regular supply of silkworms in their neighbourhood countries. And […]

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Mailbox Monday: Books Alive Campaign, Indonesian Writer, and More

It’s books galore! Okay I actually acquired these books in the past 3 weeks or so, but was late in posting them, so let me do them in one go! First is the result of Books Alive campaign in Australia. They compiled a list of 50 Books You Can’t Put Down (check out the list […]

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Movie Mini-Review: Dolls

Dolls Japanese, 2002 “Westerners loathe the notion of death. There is no reason. Life is considered to be something meaningful. There is no religion which justifies the notion of death. In Japan, there’s no philosophy. So death seems something sublime, once it’s decorated with an ornament like love. You’ll find something creeping towards you and […]

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Sunday Salon: RIP Short Story Sunday etc

RIP Short Story Sundays (hosted by Carl) I thought I’d mention a couple of stories that I read this week that coincides with RIP spirit. I’ve just finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote and one of the short story that comes with the book is House of Flowers, which I thought had a bit […]

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Mack, David

Kabuki: The Metamorphosis by David Mack

I first heard of Kabuki from Carl’s blog and picked it up from the library not long ago (a review that makes me run to the library to get a copy is sure one hell of a great review). Somehow my library had only Kabuki: The Metamorphosis, which after halfway reading I found out was […]

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Movie Mini-Reviews: Jin-Roh, An Autumn Afternoon, Cheri

A few movies that I watched recently: Foreign Movies Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Japanese, Released: 1999 Japan, 2000 US A world in future dystopian Japan where Little Red Riding Hood is a bomb-carrier terrorist and Wolf is elite government army. Red and Wolf are involved in political mess that bring them closer as two wounded […]

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China Challenge: Embracing Roots

My grandfather from my dad’s side came to Indonesia from China by boat in his youth carrying a single suitcase. Only in recent years that I knew at that time he also left a wife and two children. He later married my grandmother and never went back to his birth country. He’s my closest link […]