Monthly Archives: August 2011

Saiunkoku Monogatari- Next Manga and Anime on List

A recent visit to a friends house opened my eyes to one of the storylines I terribly adore and brought back the need and want to read mangas again!!

Description taken from Baka-Updates:

“Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne’er-do-well ruler to govern.

Shurei enters the palace as Ryuki’s consort, but he has yet to seek her out. It is rumored that men, not women, share the emperor’s bedchamber. Shurei must think of a way to stop the emperor from shirking his responsibilities, but she has to find him first!”

So now Im looking for places to download and/or read it online! What makes me more interested is this song from its ost. Listen to it, its a sweet song, called Hajimari No Kaze Yo by Ayaka Hirahara.

Eid Mubarak

To all Muslims around the world, a very Happy Eid Mubarak! May this be a beautiful and amazing day for everyone!

 

Awesome TV series to follow;

 

Certainly not in any order of priority as favorites, but the first three series are definitely my all time favorites and as everyone knows, nothing ever tops Friends!! I only saw two seasons of Prison Break [and have heard they are the best anyway] and am so looking forward to the new season of The Mentalist coming up soon! The Mentalist has even inspired me to take up reading books on Body Language, an endeavor I will follow up with practice and further reading on Cold Reading, hehe!

1-Friends

Six young people, on their own and struggling to survive in the real world, find the companionship, comfort and support they get from each other to be the perfect antidote to the pressures of life.

2- Prison Break

An engineer (Wentworth Miller) installs himself in a prison he helped design, in order to help his brother (Dominic Purcell), a death-row inmate who insists he did not commit the crime for which he has been sentenced to die and help him escape.

3- The Mentalist

After a serial killer named Red John murdered Patrick Jane’s wife and daughter, Jane dedicated his life to hunting down and killing Red John. To that end he gave up his lucrative pretense of being a psychic and joined the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a consultant to the team responsible for investigating the Red John case, led by Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon. Using Jane’s exceptional gift for observation and his mentalist tricks, the team is able to close an unprecedented number of cases, but Jane’s unconventional and often outright illegal methods also bring much censure down on Lisbon’s head, making his assistance both a blessing and a curse. Meanwhile, the hunt for Red John continues…

4-Game of Thrones

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. The dominant families are the Houses Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between these clans, and with the remaining great Houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest North. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

5-Brothers and Sisters

The story of the drama surrounding a family’s adult siblings.

6- Desperate Housewives

The “normal” suburban life for a group of close-knit housewives takes a dark turn when one of their closest friends mysteriously commits suicide. Now while trying to deal with their own hectic problems and romantic lives, each year brings on a new mystery and more dark and twisted events to come. Life behind closed doors is about to be revealed as suburban life takes a funny and dark turn.

For future viewing, my hard disk has already been stocked to the limit with

Breaking bad, Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Criminal Minds, Rome and White Collar, and after recently finishing Mentalist, I am having trouble deciding what to watch next! For the time being, I have simply decided not to see anything so as to not spoil the fun in the other series’s until I get into the proper mood to enjoy it!

An Architect’s Life

Picture taken from:http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/vician/vician1104/vician110400011/9323232-architectural-plan-technical-project-drawing-technical-letters-close-up-architect-at-work-divider-la.jpg

“Architects design the structures in which people live, work, shop and play. They are involved in all phases of the project — from the initial project specifications created in the office to the actual building of the structure at the construction site.”

From http://www.ehow.com/info_7823577_architect-job-qualifications.html

Almost everyone knows what an architect is and does. In the engineering and technical terms, it is called design; an architect designs a space that is comfortable to the user, in more than one sense. In the layman’s terms, it is a scribbling of lines, which, to my utmost amusement, I have heard several people to this day easily say “That’s so easy, even we can do it!”  Whether you’re sitting in the hallways of your university campus from morning to evening producing sketch after sketch in first year, or sitting in the studio in third year all day long scribbling designs and concepts, shuffling between creativity and standards and trying to find common ground between design and the client’s conditions, or whether you’re staying up day and night for two weeks before the final date for submission finalizing and polishing your work till you’re satisfied; to the world out there, all an architect does, as the world sees it, is draw lines.

What’s funny is not that people ridicule our work and efforts like that, but that they close their eyes to the effort and work that has actually been done in the backdrop of those “lines”. Undermining the efforts of an architects work like that is the same as ridiculing an artist for his paintings that “never make sense”, or a doctor of medicine for prescribing medicine that “anybody could prescribe”. No work in the world can be measured on a scale of easy-hard or good-bad in comparison to others. Every work has its own essence. A fireman may not be the most wanted job for people, but do those who have never come across this profession realize the danger firemen put themselves in every time they are called to put out a fire and have to walk in it? Even the most basic of mannerisms requires that a person polite to another, no matter their background or status. Rather than demeaning and undermining the work and effort that has been made for the achievement of architectural feats, its best to leave each profession to be critiqued by its own experts who know the backstage as well as the back of their hand! Making jokes makes the whole scenario even more interesting; After all, architecture is a fun job and fun comes in all forms. Most architects make jokes themselves regarding their profession, yet on a closer look, those jokes are rather harmless and creative. After all, injecting a syringe into a patient may seem like the easiest task a doctor has to undertake when giving medicine or taking blood, yet a slightest mistake in it can cause the patient a lot of pain and bitter memories. A small mistake on the architects behalf can bring about chaos in the form of loss of life or collapse of design. Conclusively, whether its an architect, a doctor, a fireman, a clerk or a simple mailman, no job in the world is simply “easy” or “not really needed” or something that any other person of another profession can perform.

As the wise say; “If you seek respect for yourself  from others, give them respect first!”

Picture taken from:http://rlv.zcache.com/do_not_disturb_architect_at_work_mousepad-p144763264510164013trak_400.jpg

Here’s a picture I found on Google and really enjoyed!

Picture Taken From: http://adsoftheworld.com/files/images/themple.jpg

 

To end the post on a friendly note, here’s a few funny takes of an architect’s job:

From my experience, I can safely say, life as an architect is definitely hell, but a lot of fun and a lot of hard work! 

A simple question without an answer!

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What’s better, being a kid or a grown up? What do you prefer more, innocence of age or mastery of charm and intellect? Everyone loves the child inside them, wanting to be carefree and enjoying the warmth of our little worlds in our parents warm embrace. Yet again, just as enjoyable is being the master of your own will, being the way you want to be, having what you want to have without any qualms; regrets or issues be damned until reality calls in. Still, whats the more enjoyable moment, when your in your mothers warm arms feeling safe and secure or standing on your own in the world having achieved something and feeling like you were on top of the world?

What do you think is the best time in our lives, the innocence and wonderment of our childhood, or the power and prestige of our adult life? 🙂

As for me, I’m still undecided. My childhood hasn’t been very exceptional or fun either, but there’s always the charm of being free and ignorant. My adult life is still pretty much in the beginning [I’m 23] and I’ve only just stepped into the real world, so I cannot really say which part of life makes me more envious. Maybe one day Ill be inspired enough to find an answer! Till then, I’d love to know how others perceive their lives!

Architectural Marvels – I [Bridges]

The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge

The chinese are fast becoming the frontier state around the world, starting to lead with its economy, policies and now, even architecture! To this day, China and its neighbor Taiwan have some of the best architectural structures to boast about; the Taipei 101 and Shanghai World Trade Center, alongside many others. Another addition to this list of achievements is now the longest Sea Bridge in the World; The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge!

Don’t think about crossing it on foot, it’s the length of a marathon. At 26.4 miles long, it is five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais. The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26.4 miles long and links China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao. The road bridge, which is 110ft wide and is the longest of its kind, cost nearly £1billion to build.

A bridge over misty waters: The immense £1billion structure which is supported by more than 5,000 pillars stretches for 24 miles along China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao, cost £960million and took four years to build!!
Stretching beyond where the eyes can see!
 The suspension beams form an imposing sight as the reach through the clouds and look down upon colourful flags marking the bridge’s grand opening
Twenty-four miles of fresh untouched tarmac stretch from Qingdao to Hungdao
Map of the Bridge and its running area

Yet the Chinese are not to be outdone by themselves! As they would have it, this marvelous engineering feat will only hold the record as the longest sea bridge for a few years – it will be beaten by another Chinese bridge in the next decade. Last December officials announced workers had begun constructing a bridge to link southern Guangdong province with Hong Kong and Macau. Set to be completed in 2016, officials said the £6.5billion bridge will span nearly 30 miles. It will be designed to cope with earthquakes up to magnitude 8.0, strong typhoons and the impact of a 300,000 tonne vessel.
Yet again, both structures will still be dwarfed by the longest bridge in the world, also in China. The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is an astonishing 102 miles in length.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the next best marvel that China will bring us!  ^_^

The Asian Addiction – II

 

 

 

 

 


 Part II of the Addiction; Dramas:

Full House- The first Korean Drama I ever saw! 

 

The addiction for the television media began about two years ago when I encountered my first drama experience in the form of Full House which my friend gave me after her cousin brought it back fromChina. Even though it wasn’t very diverse in culture and hence every bit relatable and funny, it did highlight some of the aspects that made the foundations of the Korean culture. Story wise it was the ages old plot, but direction and acting wise, it brought things to a new level so that there was a different freshness to the whole storyline, best of which was the fact that the whole pace and characterization was not very deep but extremely relatable and hence thoroughly enjoyable. Every friend of mine who later on got hooked to Korean dramas also had their start from Full House.

 

Over time, I came across many other series and many other genres and time and again developed obsessions with many series that were truly genius or relatable and gave new meaning to the whole expression of drama watching for me. Though time has changed the trend and storylines and paces of dramas a lot in the recent years, in the four years I’ve been addicted, I’ve had many favorites in every genre, be it romantic, comedy, action, thriller or even family dramas. With passing time, K drama land just gets better and better in many aspects and I am thoroughly enjoying the sensation of being obsessed and going into the depths of a drama and its characters. Some of my favorites over the years:

Insoon is Pretty

Personal Taste

I am Saem

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

You are Beautiful

Dream High

49 Days

City Hunter

Soon, Ill have drama synopsis and recaps coming up! Wanna catch a drama? There’s many a sites where you can watch them online or even download them and watch them (I prefer and use the second option! Allows as many re-watches as you want, hehe…)

Popular watching sites are Youtube, Mysoju, Veoh and Viki. Downloading can be done from various forums that host the dramas on different servers. The sites I use are myasiancinema.com and d-addicts.com. Check out a drama, you wont regret it! ;]

THE ASIAN ADDICTION


 The AA is a disease that has plagued me for more than six years now. It started the same way any other illness would; a small infection grew steadily over time, expanding its roots where it has now finally risen to the point where it requires daily doses of its own special medicine, otherwise my whole existence seems to slump down in to the depths of darkness and despair, verging on the point of insanity. People around me avoid me and call me nerdy due to this very reason and this illness has also caused me to become unable to be comfortable with people easily and I am thus, unable to easily make friends or even start up a conversation without giving my illness away. I’ve been left crippled in many cases so I hardly know anything more than what is in regards or relationship with AA. And today, it has reached such a point that even if I wish to be cured, the addiction has left me incurable and there is no way I can free myself from the clutches of it. This disease, unnamed until it affected me, has earned the name AA from me, which is the short of Asian Addiction. What plagues me is nothing but the obsession and addiction of Asian Media.

Part I of the Addiction; Comics:

 

Ruroni Kenshin- An awesome tale of Samurai life in Japan when the new era was beginning to settle in

I was first introduced to the world of Asian Media when my friend introduced me to it when we were in 10th grade. At that time, we were new to the world, so the simplest of things, short comic stories; known as Manga, Manhwa or Manhua depending on the region it belongs to, was all we pursued. And being youngsters in 10th grade, our minds were like those of newborn babies when we first encountered this world and hence, we read even the simplest of stories with great enthusiasm and anticipation. This exposure allowed me to develop both the sense of a story in my mind, and an understanding of the different cultures that existed out there in the world, and after fifteen years of living in a small contained world, I opened my eyes to the world that existed outside my own.

At first, all mangas and manhwas seemed like the product of a genius, and without realizing it, I consumed more and more without even realizing my dosage was harming me, in every sense. I developed an addiction for it, and after some time, normal and typical stories no longer appealed to me. I needed more, and I needed better. In these times the shift where I graduated from the mangas intended for sixteen year olds, and stumbled across Alichino. To this day, it is one of the best mangas I have read, in terms of drawing and story, and its one of my greatest regrets, like all other fan girls out there, that the series was never finished. It truly was the work of an artist and a story teller, and the story itself was creative beyond words. Sadly, it still stands where it did five years ago. With the passage of time, I stumbled across many more brighter and complete works, and so, in league with typical romance shoujo, I started exploring fantasy, fiction, adventure, comedy, tragedy and any other genre I found interesting so that by the time I matured from this choice of entertainment, I had already read more than hundreds of comics, with some of them leaving an impression on me for forever, thanks to their wonderful art, strong storylines and deep characters.

Some of the mangas/manhwas I fell in love with are listed below:

Goong

Vampire Knight

Alichino

(So far, one of the best art styles I’ve seen in mangas…  A pity the writer gave up on the series…)

Fuushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden (Not Fuushigi Yuugi!!)

Ban Hon Sa

Mind you, there’s a whole world out there that will astonish and amaze you if you move to explore it and these are merely a few of the series that I have completely fallen in love with! If your interested in following mangas and want some good titles, keep posted on the blog and you’ll see some of the awesome-st title recommendations and spots where you can get your fill of mangas! I may even upload some of my favorite titles for download! ;]

Also, keep checking back for the upcoming Part II of the Asian Addiction – Dramas! ^_~

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