Thursday, December 26, 2013

Do you want to build a snowman










Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Strange Case of the Zombie Apocalypse

Zombies scare me. Of all the nightmares that I recall, zombie nightmares are the most prevalent, aside from random nightmares about people chasing me around. I had a conversation earlier with a friend, who mentioned that he would blast the zombies away if ever there was a so-called "Zombie Apocalypse". That got me thinking. Why is our culture so obsessed with the zombie fantasy? Why is this subject so pervasive that it has spawned a whole "culture" and "phenomenon"? 



These questions plagued my mind for an entire afternoon, which was flooded by numerous questions. Why, whenever I had a zombie nightmare, was I always a survivor? Why, in people's imaginations, were they always part of the small group of survivors who have to battle against the hordes of zombies? We are all aware that zombies were once humans who lost their sanity. Then why is it that we never perceive ourselves as losing to the battle that we call the zombie apocalypse? This led me to ponder over the root of the entire issue. What did the zombies represent in our culture? Why are we so afraid of the zombie apocalypse happening? 

I believe that every "monster" in society, be it a zombie or even Godzilla, has a reason for its being. These monsters were invented, and remained prevalent in society simply because they each represent a fear inherent in every human being. Godzilla's creation stemmed from the Japanese fear of American invasion. This struck a chord with the rest of the world simply because every country in the world is afraid of invasion and perhaps, colonialism. Now, zombies, in this sense, would probably represent a global fear shared by every human. The fear of losing your humanity, or essentially, what makes you human. What differentiates us from other animals is our intelligence. Now imagine losing that, and having to base all your actions not on logic, but on instinct. This is but the beginning. The scariest part about zombie-ism is the aspect that causes a person to lose not only his or her intelligence, but his or her instincts as well. Lunging towards a moving car in a bid to devour some of that juicy juicy brains within would constitute a severe lack of instinct. 


Despite the origins of the zombie being that of Haitian Voodoo, the definition of the modern zombie seems to have deviated greatly from its roots. The original zombie was meant to be the "Undead", a corpse that has risen from its grave, losing its humanity through death. The modern zombie, on the other hand, appears to be a human being that has been defeated from a deadly virus and can be cured. The fact that the modern zombie can be cured seems to be evident of a common hope that exists among people today. In a sense, it represents a newly found optimism in modern society that had not existed in the past. 


The undifferentiated common fantasy, or confidence, to be the survivor in the case of a zombie apocalypse, is therefore derived from people's desire to become a hero, to represent the hope that the modern zombie phenomenon has paved the way for. That could also explain why superhero movies are gaining so much popularity recently. After all, who doesn't want to eventually save the day? 


So much logic disputes that a zombie apocalypse would never survive, much less succeed. Zombies are intrinsically human. They harbor no weapon against wild animals, or even against potential danger like the moving car I mentioned previously. Their sole weapon is their brutality, and perhaps, their teeth (Which are depicted in films as having the ability to rip open a human body, but in actuality, is probably blunt with the exception of "canine" teeth). Without their sense of logic and instinct, how do these defenseless creatures stand a chance against their armed and sane counterparts? Besides, a virus that spreads through biting simply isn't feasible. What then, when all humanity is gone and the only living creatures on the planet are zombies? Most viruses simply cannot survive without a living host, much less the zombie virus. 

Perhaps no one will ever know for sure whether the zombie apocalypse might happen, or how long the phenomenon in films and books will prevail. But one thing is for sure, in the case of such a situation actually occurring, pray hard that you'll be in the proximity of a zombie-blasting weapon! 


And since its Christmas, here's a picture of a winking Santa Claus! ;)

Thursday, December 19, 2013


"But Arwen went forth from the House, and the light of her eyes was quenched, and it seemed to her people that she had become cold and grey as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Then she said farewell to Eldarion, and to her daughters, and to all whom she had loved; and she went out from the city of Minas Tirith and passed away to the land of Lórien, and dwelt there alone under the fading trees until winter came. Galadriel had passed away and Celeborn was also gone, and the land was silent.

     There at last when the mallorn-leaves were falling, but spring had not yet come, she laid herself to rest upon Cerin Amroth; and there is her green grave, until the world is changed, and all the days of her life are utterly forgotten by men that come after, and elanor and niphredil bloom no more east of the Sea."

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nobody likes me, everybody hates me

"Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
Guess I'll go eat worms,
Long, thin, slimy ones; Short, fat, juicy ones,
Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms.

Down goes the first one, down goes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm.
Up comes the first one, up comes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm.

I'll cut their heads off
suck their guts out
and throw their skins away
Surprising how us girls can eat
worms three times a day
That's how we get our wiggles."

Repercussions

Hurting somebody that means a lot to you comes with repercussions, despite however unintentional the act may be. Perhaps the mere mention of past experiences caused me to make an unwitting decision to forgo restraint on my behavior, and in consequence, defiled the most precious trust that someone placed in me. I am riddled with an intense sadness and guilt that overwhelms me. Repentance does nothing to assuage the waves of hurt and pain that have assaulted me the entire night that I couldn't sleep. 

Forgiveness will. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Rainbow Connection





"Someday we'll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me."

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Malaysian Food Diaries

So I just came back from Malaysia a few days back. I had been to Kuala Lumpur for a few days of relaxation and good food. It was also my first time taking a short distance flight to Malaysia, perhaps the only one besides the one I took from Seoul to Jeju. 






















Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Nutcracker



Today I went to watch "The Nutcracker" by the Singapore Dance Theatre! 




It was amazing. The dances were well choreographed and I was very much impressed by the skillful dancers who performed so gracefully. 





I had seen a movie about The Nutcracker many many years ago, and all I remembered about the plot was the nutcracker turning into a prince. So when I went for the ballet, I was clueless as to what the plot was about. Normally I would read up about the ballet first, but this time I was so overwhelmed by exams (My last paper was yesterday) that I simply did not have the time nor mood to research beforehand. 

Had a wonderful night with an incredible person watching a fantastic performance. 

Here's a picture of a reluctant Sushi and I to end this post. Hahaha.










Friday, December 6, 2013

Wallflower


Do you see me standing there in the corner
I was alone, I always am at these big parties

Watching you, watching everybody
Wishing I was more outgoing
Wishing I was dressed up pretty

Wallflower, I'm not here, no one sees me
Wallflower, I'm by myself, please excuse me

But there you were
Standing in your own corner
Your eyes were wide
Tired, fading, just like mine
We could be the best of friends
I'm sure of it
But I'm too shy to
Cross this crowed room
Besides

Wallflower, I'm not here, no one sees me
Wallflower, I'm by myself, please excuse me

Help me leave this corner of the room
I'm reaching out to you
Cause I've got things
I could talk to you about
And we could be
Wallflower friends 'til the end
Wallflower friends 'til the end
I'm sure of it

Wallflowers, we're not here, no one sees us
Wallflowers, we're together, please excuse us



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Listless

Staring at my computer screen with no seeming notion of the fact that I have one last paper tomorrow. It really really stinks when most of your friends have completed their final exams, but you're still struggling with that one impending paper that looms over you like a dark cloud. Seriously. 

I feel so listless at the moment. Suffering from a lack of motivation. 

Emptiness. 




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

When You Say Nothing At All

So the other day I attended Ansel's wedding. It was such a beautiful and touching wedding. 

Heading for the tea ceremony ~







We were told not to look directly at the bride when she entered the house, for fear that it would create "conflict" in the chinese context. I was really majorly curious about the bride's wedding dress and it took me so much effort not to look! Haha. 

After the tea ceremony, we headed to the Singapore Island Country Club for the wedding lunch ~



Chilling around before the lunch began. 





It has been a sort of tradition for us to order red wine and Sprite, and then mix the two. It would create a "cocktail" effect haha. But we would always get judged by the waiters and waitresses. It tastes awesome though!


There was a live band at the wedding, and they accepted song dedications. We dedicated "When You Say Nothing At All" to the lovely couple. The band took quite some time before they started on our dedication, by which time we had been impatient and sent forth our dedication twice hahaha. 

Here is the song:





Some of the food we were served.



Okay bye~