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Book Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

“Memory is a funny thing. When I was in the scene, I hardly paid it any mind. I never stopped to think of it as something that would make a lasting impression, certainly never imagined that eighteen years later I would recall it in such detail. I didn't give a damn about the scenery that day. I was thinking about myself. I was thinking about the beautiful girl walking next to me. I was thinking about the two of us together, and then about myself again. It was the age, that time of life when every sight, every feeling, every thought came back, like a boomerang, to me. And worse, I was in love. Love with complications. The scenery was the last thing on my mind.” 
― Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood
“No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without wa…

Haruki Murakami: A Legend

Haruki Murakami is the most amazing author I've ever come across. I still remember clearly when I first found out about him in my college creative writing class while we were reading fiction. The first piece I read by him was Super- Frog Saves Tokyo. His writing style and technique caught me on the first sentence. He pulls the reader right in with the first sentence having the reader begging to more and not be able to put it down until it's finished. 
I think the reason that I am such a huge fan and nerd of his work is because his dialogue and details are so down to earth and anyone could connect to them. The situations in his works can happen to anyone at anytime. He reminds me greatly of John Steinbeck. His use of realism is so frightening haunting in each novel. I love his choice of music that he brings up in the book. His writing and dialogue is so insightful. 
I think it's his way telling the stories. Most of his novels revolve around self-discovery from the main cha…

Bubbly Bubbly, bubble tea

I love bubble tea. Sometimes it's known as pearl milk tea. I can't recall the last time I had a cup of these but the taste is still reachable if I think about it really hard. This little drink isn't too pricey and the tapioca pearls at the bottom are so chewy and yummy. I think my favorite would have to be the original pearl milk tea (above pic) or the green tea one. 
These little drinks are so yummy during the summer months and can quench your hunger and thirst with a single sip. I could eat those chewy tapioca pearls all day if I wanted to! This drink comes in so many different flavors as well. However, I am loyal to green tea and that'll never change no matter whatever drink I have. You should see the lines at old Chinatown during the summer. The lines lead all the way down the street with people just waiting for a cup of these little babies.

Karma Adds Up

Karma. Not everyone concerns themselves with this word or its true significance. Karma exists in every religion and they all come down to knitting good karma during this life, so you won't carry a heavy burden in your next one.

I believe that karma never goes away. It is like the shackles and chains that bound you to your burden until you cleanse your soul of bad karma that you gathered from past lives. Karma is the shadow that you can never toss  away because it is what defines each and every human being. You can try to ignore it and not attempt amends. However, what would you do if you were unable to find a job, unable to find a true friend, unable to survive in society? All these aspects have to do with karma. It's not a matter of luck or blessing but rather on how you lived your past life. If you were a good moral, good deed person, who always strived to help others and be selfless.

It may sound hard but anything is possible if you put your head to it. I believe that. Kar…

Writer's Block Moment

Writer's biggest obstacle isn't whether they can write a good tale, have good plots, have captivating characters, but it rather lies with having a writer's block moment. You can be sitting in front of whatever utensils you use for writing and your mind is at a blank. You can have the most intriguing story down on paper but suddenly realize you hit a brick wall. It can be because your neighbor's construction next door is driving you bloody mad, or you woke up and really don't know where to pick back up your eagerness to continue the tale.
I woke up today to such a state of mind. I tried reading the two novels which I have been reading, which are Anna Karenina by Tolstoy and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Tolstoy's writing has always been reading but difficult for me to concentrate. Murakami's writing also catches my interest in the first line. That's the difference between writers. It all lies in that first line in the book.

I felt that it's not…

Master of Words = The Writer

Yes, it's difficult to find a job as a storyteller in today's society. However, storytellers is one of the most important that society lacks. Yes, there are a ton of authors, essayists, novelists, and critics in the world. However, they all write to impress and go with whatever bandwagon the rest of the authors are going in. 
I don't approve of this type of thinking at all. Think. What is the true meaning of storytelling? I am a storyteller myself and wish to do that for a lifetime. I want to have a unique and distinctive voice from the rest of the bandwagon. I want to tell stories of topics that belong to me. I want to share my life with the world through characters I've created. In return, I hope the next generations to come would learn from these lessons and learn not to make the same mistakes as I.
I believe one can't become a storyteller without reading tons of books themselves on the first hand. However, those who have experienced a lot have a ton of tales t…

Church Bells

Have you ever noticed how church bells haunt you when you hear them? Whether you live by a church, passing by a church, or sitting in a church, doesn't it's sound send chills down your spine? Yesterday, I was waiting at the 147 bus stop and suddenly through my earphones, I heard the sound of church bells in the distance. I used to leave near a church and took that sound for granted. 
However, I guess it's because I am older now that I realized how peaceful and soothing it is to hear the sound of church bells suddenly. When the bells drown out the music coming from your earphones, your body just goes stiff as you listen to that sound. How many times do you have this moment of silence in a day? How many times do you pray per day? When was the last time you stopped at a church for more than gossip on a Sunday morning?
The crisp, spiritual sound a church bell makes shouldn't be taken for granted or lightly. It struck me like a jolt of lightning as I reflected on where I a…

Purple and Blue

Purple is the color of good judgment. It is the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation. Purple is one of my best friend, Yvette's favorite color. She is always has a peaceful mind. Her judgment is clear and concise to the point. She always reminds me to think about things from a view I never thought of. She always persuades me to make a better judgment and she has amazing judgment on people. Who knew colors could say so much about a person?! 

Blue. Blue is the coolest color - the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. The ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven. Blue symbolizes the Virgin Mary. A pure blue is the color of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. Blue is often the chosen color by conservative people. Blue is the calming color.
I am always full of inspiration and sincerity. I am not sure about spirituality though. I am al…

Us Against Nature

Have you ever wondered how small we are in front of the force of nature? I took this photo when my mom was under this beautiful tree trying to pick a branch to bring home. See how the branches all lash out like a huge umbrella or a young kid stretching out their hands and legs freely? How long has it been have we, adults, been able to stretch back and grow and relax. How long has it been since we accepted that we will one day grow old and wither away. How long has it been that we must fight under the blazing sun to sprout and plant down firm roots?
Humans if compared to nature are fragile beings. Humans break down and fall down even more times than nature does. Yet they never fully recover. Nature does. It recovers and is reborn again and again endlessly in a new place or old. They don't give in or give up in weather or if they are stripped of their leaves or bulbs. They continue to bloom, fight to stay bloomed in the roughest storms and temperatures because they want to shine.

Semester is over

Yay, the semester is over for college! Time to kick back and get the hours of sleep that were lost during the semester. It's time to reflect on how one did this semester. It's time to remember the laughter, the stress, the dramas during the semester, and the friends that were made. There are people who are transferring to other universities, some that remain behind, some that decided they need a break. There is finally the moment where we can catch our breath as students before the next semester starts. 
In my opinion, when a semester ends, it is similar to losing a dear friend. We've been on this road, writing each day of our lives with a certain routine. Now that there's a chance to relax, we don't really get used to it or we feel rather uneasy. That's just my opinion anyways. 
When my finals were over on Thursday, I felt that the ball had dropped from my hands and dribbled away from my possession. Say goodbye to the school, to this life, to this routine unt…

Relationship deal breakers...

Coffee Talk: Relationship Deal Breakers

Smoking is the first main thing I cannot stand. 

 I have broken off with a guy my mom set me up with because he made so many assumptions when I didn't reply to his text or return his phone calls. I got so mad. Because first of all assumptions are a bad habit, secondly, don't assume anything about someone you don't even really know? I can withstand a lot about any guy. I mean as long as you don't smoke, you're not a jackass, it's all good, right? 

However, when you start making assumptions when I didn't reply to your text for a few hours is ridiculous. I am busy and my life doesn't revolve around you. I have my own circle of friends and own way of doing things. I just got so mad at him and you wouldn't believe the assumptions he was coming up with. 

The third thing I cannot stand is a paranoid mother. His mother. They are freaky and stressful to face. That was the type of mother my ex had and boy did it end in a cr…

Coffee Talk: What Decade Do You Wish You Lived Through?

Coffee Talk: What Decade Do You Wish You Lived Through?

There are too many decades I wish to go to and live in. However, if I must pick one then I want to go back to ancient China or Victorian England. Why ancient China because I want to wear those beautiful robes and have though hair stixs in my hair. I want to learn the way of their way of living and be able to portray my skills. I want to meet a man who'll take my breath away with his intelligence. I want to relive history.

Victorian England because the gowns girls wore were just gorgeous and I would love to have a British accent! I want to see how it was really like to live in that era rather than reading and watching it on tv and in books. I want to rise up like one of Jane Austen's girls and speak my mind and be as free as the wind. Go to balls in beautiful gowns. See the beautiful countryside. 

Don't you feel like sometimes you aren't meant to live in this decade? Your skills would be more useful in another time wi…

Bulbs of Spring

Spring. Spring is the season where new hope arises after the bitter winter. It's also the season where we have to start reflecting and planning on what we have done on life and where to go.

Spring gives new life to plants, animals, infants, but it gives us a second chance too. A chance for us to make amends, to pick up our speed in life, to find a goal in our life, and to enjoy the great weather.

It is important to plant a good seed in the spring season and hope it'll sprout into a beautiful flower. Take the right first step and surely something fruitful will come out of it.

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