The Fellowship of the Ring

Today I finished “The Fellowship of the Ring“, the first book of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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I’m actually happy that I finished this book because it has been on my reading list for a long time. The truth is that even till this date I have not seen “The Lord of the Rings’ movies because I wanted to read the books first.

I was really inspired to read “The Hobbit” before starting reading “The Lord of the Rings”. “The Hobbit” shows how the hobbit (Bilbo Baggins to be more precise) ends up with the ring, “the ring to rule them all“. The first book of “The Lord of the Rings” starts in the Shire (the land of the hobbits), 50 years later after Bilbo Baggins gets the ring from Gollum and leaves it as a heirloom to his nephew Frodo Baggins.

And in come Gandalf and the hobbits are off on an adventure of a lifetime.

What is really nice about “The Fellowship of the Ring” is how much the beginning of the book resembles “The Hobbit”. When Frodo & co where leaving from the Shire I was remembering about Bilbo first time out of the Shire along the dwarfs. In a weird way you get a nostalgic feeling and its hard not to compare Frodo with Bilbo.Then again, Bilbo was hired as a master thief, not knowing the perils that he might encounter (OK, he knew about the dragon), whereas Frodo is more or less aware of the power of the Ring and he knows he is in danger.

The only thing that I didn’t like about the book was the lack of dwarfs. Really now, one dwarf is not enough for an adventure.

What I would like to say from the start is that Tolkien is really awesome. And, I actually found one of the most awesome tributes made for him on Tumblr:

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Basically, what J.R.R. Tolkien did was to create a new world and he didn’t create the world for others, he created the world for himself. Because of this, his creation is truly wonderful.

Tolkien describes everything to the smallest detail and its really hard not to let your imagination run wild. I actually lost track of time a couple of times reading “The Fellowship of the Ring” and twice I almost forgot to get ready for work. Good thing I’m by nature a lazy nature and getting ready to go to work takes 10 minutes.

I actually cannot imagine how many hours this man spent writing these books. What most intrigued me the most is the songs. Almost every chapter has a song or two, and some of them are in elvish.

I’m thinking of taking a small break before starting the second book. It took me a month a few weeks to finish one book and I would like to give my imagination some time to rest. That I don’t want to finish the series too soon. I just want to enjoy them as much as I can.

~~~ Source of pictures: 1, 2, ~~~

I Miss You (Korean Drama)

I actually made time in my hobbies/free time schedule for Korean dramas. Even if most of the Romanian TV channels air daily Korean dramas I never actually have the time to watch them.

My only option is to watch them online if English subtitles are available.

Last year I watched one Korean drama “Lie to Me” and even that series I was unable to finish. So, while I was looking up again the entire series for “Lie to Me” I started watching the recently completed series “I Miss You“.

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I only watched the first two episodes of the drama. Each episode is one hour long.

I must say the first episode was very confusing. In the first 20-30 minutes a lot of things were going on and it was hard to tell the relationship between the characters. But I managed to figure out what was going on.. eventually.

Basically the “plot” starts with two different situations:

  • Soo-Yeon (played by Kim So-Hyun) is a 15 year old kid who is bullied at school because of her father is a murderer. Also, her home life with her mother is not actually very pleasant since they are barely scrapping off  and the entire world seems to be against them.
  • And there is Jung-Woo (played by Yeo Jin-Ku) who comes back to Korea from America wanting to be more closer to his family. But what he doesn’t know is that his family is in a feud over a huge sum of money.

And around this time Soo-Yeon meets Jung-Woo. They have a rough start since Jung-Woo ignores Soo-Yeon after he learns about her father but soon has a change of heart. Then they start hanging out and Jung Woo even protects her as much as he can from the bullying at school.

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Then, they grow up and lose touch with each other.

The second episode ends with the grown up version of Jung-Woo (played by Park Yoochun) sitting on the stairs of Soo-Yeon old home just contemplating his memories and wanting to reunite with his old love.

The first two episode were really cute to watch. For the time being I am enjoying this drama and hopefully the next episodes will be as interesting.

~~~Pictures source: 1, 2 ~~~

Bibliophile 2013

Bibliophile – n. lover of books; one who loves to read, admire and collect book

I present you my 2013 reading list, in no particular order:

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
Maigret Loses His Temper by Georges Simenon
Maigret on the Riviera by Georges Simenon
The Friend of Madame Maigret by Georges Simenon
The Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
Evil Unde The Sun by Agatha Christie
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
After The Funeral by Agatha Christie
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Third Girl by Agatha Christie
Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie
The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
The Moving Finger by Agath Christie
The under dog and other stories by Agatha Christie
The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
The Two Cases of Danwell Strong
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
A walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
A bend in the road by Nicholas Sparks
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Cocosatul by Paul Feval
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Much ado about nothing

It’s not even the end of January and I already feel myself stuck in a rut. But then again, January has always been a “dead” month for me.

Well, I can’t actually say it was a dead month since I did went on vacation, read books, worked my ass off (at work and at home). But, I just feel unfulfilled like all that I did so far is insignificant. And its a real unfair feeling since I know I had fun even when things didn’t went as planned.

I don’t know, I’m being weird today.

I feel unfulfilled yet when I try to make a list with things to do (for end of January-February), this is what comes out of my head:

  • use the photo camera and actually take photographs
  • take lots of photos of Marlanu’
  • macro photography
  • find online programs to edit photos besides Photoshop
  • select photos to print out
  • make a Bibliophile list to ease things when picking new books to read
  • clean my bookcase
  • clean my portable hard drive
  • clean my netbook drive
  • update my MP3 player list
  • find new music and artists
  • watch “Lie to me” till the finish
  • start watching “I miss you
  • make a list with all Korean drama’s that I want to watch this year (a realistic list)
  • get all the Korean dramas that I want to watch this year
  • renew my subscription at the library
  • try not to fail to many exams this semester (update: 4 exams down, 2 to go)
  • a post with all my stitching projects that I’m working at
  • get a haircut
  • go to the gym more (we have a new gym at work but all places are filled up for the next 2 weeks T_T  actually managed to sign my name twice next week and once for the week after)
  • shave my legs (brace yourself.. it’s still Winter)
  • make lots of quality posts on the blog (about what I have no idea)
  • throw away stuff that I no longer use from my room
  • visit a memorial house during the weekend
  • re-start the Japanese lessons (and as promised post the lessons)
  • use my free time more wisely

See, it’s only silly stuff. I’m such a weird cookie today. I even stayed 10 minutes figuring out what to name this post and nothing came out.

Somehow, I think I should just get some rest.

 

 

Wonder Girls no more?

Wonder Girls were my very first K-pop group. They were the ice breaker to Korean music, movies, culture and heck even the language. If someone asks me about the Wonder Girls this is the image that I have in my mind: Sun, YeEun, SoHee, SunMi and YuBin.

This is my “original” Wonder Girls.

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This was way back in 2009. And till the current date their songs (Nobody, Tell Me and the very recent songs from 2012) have been on my MP3 player list and they will probably still be there for a very long time.

Yet, I have a feeling that the Wonder Girls won’t be making a comeback any time soon which is really a shame. They are probably the most awesome girl groups that ever existed.

First it was Hyuna, then it was SunMi and now its Sun. Basically, the members left and are leaving due to personal reasons:

  • Hyuna left because of health issues but managed to make a comeback with another group;
  • SunMi left because she wanted to continue her studies and at that time the group was in America trying to enter the American market;
  • Sun is getting married next week and will take a very long leave to basically enjoy her newly married life.

I am really happy that their agency allowed them a freedom that is very rare to find in Korea, especially if you’re an idol. They are allowed to chose their path in life and are even given the opportunity to make a comeback.

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At the moment, the other members will have solo activities to focus on so I’m expecting SoHee to take part in different movies, YeEun will most likely focus on her musical show that she’ll be part of for the next two months (and on her singing career) and then there’s Lim and YuBin that have no plans (at the moment).

Even so, I’ll most likely wait patiently for news of their individual activities and for a group comeback. I’m sure that many fans will do the same. And just for the old days, here’s “Tell Me”.

Source of the pictures: 1, 2

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