The vision I saw that summer morning in my house in Red Lake County, Minnesota, I still can recall. I was on my bed, woke up so lazily. My blurry eyes pictured my mother, in a sweet white dress. She came to me and I can remember her smell. Somewhat between white musk and vanilla. White musk from the dress she wore, the scent of softener she used for the laundry. She was smiling to me, stroking my hair, and pinching my cheeks softly. I was humming. Apparently, my favorite vanilla smell is from her wrinkly hands. I asked her what’s for breakfast today. Vanilla pancakes, sunny-side up, and milk, she answered.
Suddenly I could catch the greasy taste of those nasty half-cooked egg-yolks mixed with a glass of fatty and rich pasteurized cow milk inside my sour mouth.
Have you ever seen something really, really weird, odd, ugly, full of chaos, yet it’s apparently very addictive and you ended up liking it so much? Die Antwoord is one of a few things that made me feel that. I’ve heard the name of this South African hip hop group for many times yet just got the chance to listen to one song last night (I Fink U Freeky; you can watch and listen from the embedded video above), and fell in love with it! I love how this weirdly cute small family work together. Yes, two members of Die Antwoord, The Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, who apparently are couple, have their baby kid appears on their music videos sometimes! Another thing, what catches my ears and eyes are some South African elements they put, those anti-establishment styles (they called it as ‘Zef’), ‘The Hills Have Eyes’-like freakishly awesome talents, and oh, the only pretty thing.. that nymphet-cutiepie Yo-Landi and her obsession with rats :)
I have never been impressed with people’s wealth or money. The things that impress me much and can make me feel jealous easily are just people’s achievements, amazing skills, and experiences.
If you are looking for a good, heart-warming family movie, just pick Always: Sunset On Third Street (2005, Japan). The story is about the life of several people of a community in Japan who are connected to each other during the post-war in Tokyo. The setting is in 1950s, when Tokyo Tower is being built. This movie made me smile happily and cry, then jumped me back to joy for the next second, just like what you expect from a good family movie. This movie apparently is a trilogy, which unfortunately I just happened to watch the first two (Promised to watch the last one soon!). Watching Always: Sunset On Third Street brought me back the same nostalgic feeling I had when I read Andrea Hirata’s Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops the novel, not the movie.. the movie sucks!). I could also find some similarities between them. Yet juxtapositions aren’t welcomed here because I don’t want to compare both of these masterpieces I loved!
I can say that this year’s one-week summer break was.. well.. awesome (despite of the broketipsyandultrabored part on the last night of the days). I volunteered for this International Debate Education Association Asia Youth Forum (IDEA AYF), which at first I likely to cancel. This event was held from 14-27 May 2012 at Pattaya for the first ten days and Bangkok for the rest. The good thing about joining this is that it’s like a paid vacation for me since they provided all the accommodation, food, as well as the lodgings :P. They even gave us extra payment, which actually was not much but still okay (Hey! I volunteered, money does not matter! :P). Even though most of the times were quite boring, I was happy since I met a lot of new people, which made me realize how the world is actually very small. It is just funny to meet a person that you used to know before, or a person from another country who knows your long-lost friend from your hometown. The more you connect the threads between you and your acquaintances, the more you understand how great the networking nowadays.
If you want me to be hyperbolic, it’s already thousands times for me telling my teenage sister how I dislike her attitudes on social media, especially Twitter. Her immature attitudes for being so lazy, underestimating herself, and projecting her unstable feelings. How I could know she is so lazy and unstable, you might wonder. It is all can be shown from her tweets. All of those useless ramblings and rants made me mad sometimes and I could not do anything but to give her some words through personal messages.
Yeah, my mature-enough teenage lady sometimes can act like a grumpy little kitten, virtually. Although my mom and auntie said that she studies very hard at home (sometimes she slept late night to study), I just could not believe them. I ended up judging her and comparing her with her friends who seemed work harder than her. And again, how I could know her friends work harder? It’s all based on twitter, again. Well, I often see such young teenagers (my sister’s friends) tweeting like “Have been working five hours for this project! Oh! I do really need to sleep! No time to eat” and all those gibberish overloading my timeline. It is actually very funny and I don’t have any sympathy for them at all. Instead of tweeting to show how busy they are, they can actually use that wasted time to sleep or eat or simply taking the right way to rest, Am I right?