47 Ronin

I missed Keanu Reeves! This was a movie that I was waiting for since the moment they announced its release.

When you watch the trailer and see the posters everywhere and they look so awesome, it gets you so hipped up it’s insane. Heck, it was a full house. Seriously, the cinema was full! There was no place left empty and we were lucky we had reservations made from the day before.

It looks awesome right?!?

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Well, the posters LIE!!! The guy with the tattoos had 2-3 lines and only a 3 min screen time, yet he is on every freaking poster and has no importance whatsoever to the plot. He’s just there because his appearance is eye catching. The Demon also has a few scenes, but again he’s not important to the plot. In fact, they should’ve put Hiroyuki Sanada (who plays Oishi), Tadanobu Asano (who plays Lord Kira) or Ko Shibasaki (who plays Mika) on the posters. They had a bigger part in the story and it would’ve been fair to us, the watchers.

It wasn’t fair, because I was expecting this amazing movie with awesome action scenes. It never happened. It was so straight forward it was sad. They could’ve done so much with the story. I was actually thinking they had two good options: either go for the traditional Japanese way of storytelling (for example the amazing “Seven Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa)  or they could’ve went full Hollywood and just add crazy action and amazing visuals. 

It wasn’t horrible, but it was not what they marketed. I do like watching trailers, but I feel this was the biggest deceit ever.

 

Oh well, I shall live…

Fangirl mode on!

I have so many things to be happy about, yet just one thing gone wrong and my entire good mood went away. So, at the moment I’m trying to get back to my happy place.

I mean, I should be happy. I’ve seen a movie that I wanted to see since last year (when we saw the first part), I have a new game to play, new clothes, I’m free for Christmas and right now I am enjoying my weekend (which is in the middle of the week).

Saturday & Sunday were awesome on so many levels for me.

On Saturday, after work we went out. We had dinner at a chinese place and went to see “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“. I never knew I had a fangirl inside of me that just needed activation.

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First of all, the amount of screen time Kili received in the second part was incredible. They probably realized the power Aidan Turner has on the female population and took full advantage of it. I mean, I have his face on my phone screen. I’m not like this, I swear! But my good he has such a nice eye smile.

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*Instant death*

But back to the movie itself..

I was surprised to see that in the cinema there were parents with kids, old people, couples, friends. I mean this movie was for everyone. It was fun, it had a little bit of romance thrown in, a lot of action (the barrel scene was funny, Legolas being a ballerina and all that), drama and of course the ending that probably killed everyone since it will take another year for the third part to come out.

Still, at the end I heard some people saying they didn’t enjoy it. I was shocked, but then again I recognize the type. The ones that are never satisfied by anything, and always find something to complain about, so they don’t actually count.

Moving on, on Sunday we had a mini team building. It was fun to hang out with people from work. We had dinner, went to laser tag and even karting. There was no difference between us and the little kids that were running around in the arcade. Sometimes, I thought we were worse. Of course there were minor incidents, hitting each other, crashing the karts, little things like that.

We were supposed to also go to a movie, but it was getting late and some of us had work the next day and we just separated around midnight. That was the sad part, but we’ll have other team buildings not to worry.

Oh, and Christmas came early this year for me and Johnny. New clothes, including underwear and socks (it wouldn’t be Christmas without them), a new watch for Johnny, a PS3 for the both of us, and lots of games. My favorite is Kingdom Hearts.

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I used to play this game when I was in high school, but along the way I got addicted to it and they took it away from me. I can totally understand them, but now they have no power over me. I shall play till my heart is content, or till I get annoyed with a certain level that I can’t pass.

Overall, things are great. The fact that I won’t have a full vacation and won’t be able to celebrate the holidays properly shouldn’t count that much. I should try to get the best out of it.

Mission accomplished

I am pretty proud of myself today. Tired but proud.

I woke up this morning with just one thought: I need to clean. That’s what I did till now, I cleaned our two bedrooms and I managed to throw away so many useless things. I got rid of old bags, shoes, empty boxes and all the small things that we just didn’t need but were taking up space.

It’s amazing how many things just one person can collect over the years. And there was so much dust. It was everywhere, including on me. After I felt satisfied with the result (and when I was too tired to continue) I took a long bath. Somehow all the cleaning reminded me of a nice scene from a certain movie:

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Even if I only had one day off from work where I could relax, I don’t regret anything. I really needed to just clean and declutter our personal space. It was getting to the point where we didn’t have room for us to stay.

Plus I still have the afternoon free so I can just sit back and watch some TV. Overall, today was a good and productive day.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

I should be at work right now but I made a bad decision yesterday: I ate something I shouldn’t have and here I am, enjoying my extended weekend.

Since I have plenty of time to waste and no way of going out, I’ve decided to watch a Bollywood movie. I had so many to pick from but I wanted an oldie sKuch Kuch Hota Hai it was.

The movie stars Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan and a lot of ’90 fashion. In fact there was so much ’90 fashion it was actually embarrassing at one point.

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This movie was a big hit back in its day. It has all the elements of a Bollywood hit: a love triangle, tragedy, children and songs. Quick summary:

During their college years, Anjali (Kajol) was in love with her best-friend Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), but he had eyes only for Tina (Rani). Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina’s eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali.

I liked the movie, it was fun to watch but there were so many moments when I felt like Bollywood would incorporate anything in movies without taking in consideration if actors can do it or not. I almost stopped watching the movie after the first basketball scene between Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali (Kajol). I’m not asking for perfection from a Bollywood movie, but at least make them practice till a decent scene is shot.

It was clear they never played basketball until this movie…

It was an OK movie. I really can’t complain, I wanted something to fill up my time and the movie did it. I must admit I skipped some parts of the movie (songs, or the running in the rain scenes) because it was a bit tiresome, but over all it was good. I got to see a Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan movie, so that was nice as well.

It’s very cold

We had the first snow of the season a few days ago. It was quite nice during night time since everything was covered in snow. The morning was disappointing since  the snow melted away and it was a depressing sight. That’s why winter in the city will never compare with winter at the country side.

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I’m hoping this year I shall have a few days off for the holidays since last year I managed to work on every single holiday possible or known to man. But, I’ll know for sure on Monday. Till then, I shall watch movies (Bollywood, Korean and whatever I have saved on my hard drive) and knit.

Yup, I managed to finish a pink scarf for me. It’s really funny, since its pink as pink can be and all my winter clothes are dark colored. Of course Marlanu’ assisted me, making sure I won’t dare move until I finished the scarf. At least he kept me warm.

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I don’t mind that the new scarf doesn’t go with anything, I was just practicing for the real deal: a gift for Johnny. I always wanted to get him something that he will like and appreciate. But I failed miserably each time. So, this year I’m going for handmade, the element of surprise and just enjoying holidays the two of us.

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I wonder if I will have time to finish the scarf for John till the 6th of December, in time for St. Nicholas? Something tells me after work I will be staying up just to knit on it.

Boy Meets World

I missed watching a good TV show. I really did! With all the crap that is on TV right now, no wonder we only keep the cable for the Discovery and cartoon channels.

I am very grateful for people bringing up old TV shows to the attention of the world, because this is how I found “Boy Meets World”.

Boy Meets World is a TV show that started in 1993 and ended in 2000. It was never aired on the Romanian cable (which is a pity). I started watching the series about 2-3 months ago (I will be forever grateful to the Internet). It has 7 seasons per total and I am currently at the 5th season. I don’t want it to end.

It’s about a weird kid going through school and life, with funny situations and with awesome life lessons. This one is just a small example of what people today are missing.

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Why can’t they make shows like this one anymore? Seriously, what happened to television. Especially sitcoms like this one. Why did they stop making them?

Besides enjoying this series, I also feel in love with the actors. Never heard of them before, but now I can recognize them without any problems.  They are serious actors and such awesome role models, both in character (in Boy Meets World) and in real life. My favorite by far is Topanga Lawrence played by Danielle Fishel. She’s everything that today’s society tell us not to be, and yet she still is a beautiful woman.

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I also loved the fashion of that time, with large sweaters, lots of layers and just the lack of technology, especially of cellphones. Whenever I watch a new episode I get a trip down the memory lane, back to my very fun and weird teenage years.

I now understand why people get depressed when an awesome show ends. I still have 2 more seasons, what will I do after that? I need to find more awesome shows like this one.

Movie night

This was a nice weekend. It might’ve been gloomy, I might’ve been lazy but it was a nice weekend altogether. Not even the constant rain could dampen the mood. In fact it was awesome that it rained, we cuddled in bed with Marlanu’ while we watched TV.

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We had pizza, went to the park, went out with family and for the first time ever we saw 2 movies in a roll at the mall. We saw 2 Guns and Riddick 2. The movies were great and all, but I am starting to hate going to the mall to watch a movie. There is always someone that hits my seat, or multiple people speaking on their phone or even speaking in general.

It’s annoying and I feel like going Hulk on them. I can dream, can I?

Still, it was funny. I also noticed that I was the only one there that didn’t gave a rats ass about appearance. There was me: jeans, sneakers, a baggy sweater and no make-up and then there was everyone else. Sometimes I think I pay to much attention to this, but its weird being the only one with a fresh face and not dressed to impress. I even get crazy ideas like I am a slob and that’s why I’m the only one. I can’t be the only one, can I?

Oh well, I will live.

This was an awesome weekend, and something tells me that it will be a while till we repeat the experience.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

I got feelings watching this movie. It’s amazing how many memories a simple Anime can bring back.

I missed Dragon Ball, that’s a fact. I’m very happy they released a new movie this year but my God it was so tame compared with the original series. No kinky jokes, no Bulma nudity, Vegeta was transformed into a wuss, Goku into an “idiot who only thinks about fighting” and the rest of the characters were there just as a background.

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Then again its hard to make a good Dragon Ball movie since the fights take most of he screen time. As Johnny said, in this movie the first part is about Bills (The God of Destruction) eating different things while thinking about Super Saiyan God and the second part has the fight between Goku and Bills.

Still, it wasn’t bad.

It a was a good trip down the memory lane. The graphics were cool, but I seriously had a problem with Goku’s pink hair. Why pink? Why?

Oh well, at least the gave Vegeta and Bulma more importance. Yet, it didn’t feel like Vegeta and Bulma. I mean if Vegeta wanted to slap Goku, he would slap him. He wouldn’t command Bulma to slap him, no matter how scary she may be to Goku.

I’m sorry, I can’t help it. I love so much the original DB and DBZ, that anything after that kinda irritates me. Its fun to watch the new movies and all, then the inner geek in me comes out and starts complaining.

Don’t mind me, just watch and enjoy the movie.

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Source of gif and picture: Tumblr, Real Otaku Gamer,

YesStyle Package

I promised myself a while ago that I shall act and dress more feminine, that I will take better care of myself. Believe it or not, that is really hard, especially when time is not your friend.

Dressing like a young respectable woman, making sure your skin is soft and nice, applying make up, taking care of yourself in general takes a lot of time. That an the fact that in Romania good quality clothes & make up are very expensive makes it even harder.

Lately, all the make-up I bought was from online stores. Its much cheaper and this way you can take your time and pick whatever you want, without having to worry about the store clerk giving you weird looks. I know, I’m weird myself but I am one of those people that hates going to the mall. I hate it because it looks like a fashion show. I’m not saying that people should dress like they are going to Walmart but even so, its intimidating to see the effort some people put into their appearance just to eat at McDonald’s.

With clothes its a bit more tricky.

You see, you need to know your body when you buy clothes without trying them on. You need to know your measurements, what style flatters you and you need a little bit of luck.

On that note, I can honestly say I really got lucky this year when I ordered from YesStyle. I managed to catch the sale period and I even got free shipping. It was one of the best buys I made in the last few years. It took me two weeks to decide on what to buy and another moth for the order to be shipped to me, but I bought Autumn clothes when people were making plans for their summer vacation so the shipping time didn’t affect me in any way.

I bought 5 things:

1. Drop-Shoulder Knit Top, this is a quirky piece of clothing  and its exactly as on the website.

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2. Set: Belted Cardigan + Camisole. I actually ordered the biggest size on this item. I was afraid that the sizes wouldn’t match, and heck Asians are very slim, I;m not. So, Its a bit large one me, but still nice.

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3. Geometric Print Sweater. This piece will determine me to keep my belly flat.

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4. Keyhole-Back Knit Sweater, my favorite of them all.

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5. Buckled Canvas Backpack

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I’m really happy with the quality of the clothes and I actually can’t wait to wear them. Next step, purchasing shoes and then I shall never have to go shopping again. My little PC will do everything for me. I can dream right?!?