Anyway, here's a post full of lovely reads and obsessions and stuff worth seeing.
A Girl's Guide to the Internet
Oh my lord, this was a good piece. CLICK HERE to read about this ambiguous thing we call the internet. Here's a little sneak peak:
No one checks your Facebook profile as much as you do. The internet is basically a person standing alone in a huge, mirrored room looking at endless reflections of themselves.It also says this thing about how you, in a way, don't exist if you're not on social media. Based on the amount of time we spend looking at who's tagged in what in our feeds, or snapchatting people because we're bored - often the people who enter our minds are the ones present in our phones. I've forgotten all those people I once knew in primary school who don't have social media, yet I remember all the ones who do, who I follow or befriend online. But in a way it also doesn't matter, because these people I'm talking about are distant in my past and probably shouldn't be wasting my time, entering my mind. So in a way, all this social media business is about creating a nice narcissistic little profile for yourself so that other people will remember you.
And now my sister is playing 'I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream' or whatever song those lyrics came from. I can practically hear Aurora singing them in my head and it's driving me crazy.
To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang
Watch this video to listen to the best slam poem you will probably ever hear. Asians in mainstream media is an idea that has been entering my mind a lot lately. As I've grown older, I've begun to find answers as to why I spent years of my life unknowingly resentful of my cultural identity. Looking the way I do, of course I've encountered people who assume things about me before they've even met me, based upon stereotypes of people who look like me. In fact, with the nuances of my life being affected by these stereotypes on a daily basis, I've become very familiar with them. I've even unknowingly gotten into the habit of seeing other people of my race with the exact same assumptions based on stereotypes, which makes me a hypocrite. I need to fix that. And where do you think these stereotypes came from? The media of course. There's never an Asian in the media, and whenever there is, they're always served in the form of a big fat stereotype.
Update: My sister has finally stopped, which means I have no excuse to not be studying, but whatever...
The Old Disney Channel
Okay, I know this isn't really a link, but I've been weirdly obsessed lately. Check out THIS ACCOUNT on Instagram (@childhoodmemorie.s) and you'll see what I mean. Back in the day, Hannah Montana, the Suite Life of Zac and Cody, Wizards of Waverley Place, That's So Raven, H2O Just Add Water, Sonny With a Chance and a whole bunch of other shows were such an important part of my life. And now, five years later, I just want to watch it all again. I want to live it all again. They were truly good shows and I don't understand how I was able to forget them so easily for so long. I don't think you can ever grow out of good memories.
Okay, so this girl who used to go to my school is a model, and she shared this link on Facebook of an article she was featured in, called 'Up and Coming Australian Models' or something like that. One of the girls in the article was this girl Kawani (CLICK HERE for her Instagram) and she is honestly gorgeous. It's weird because I see this girl who used to go to my school, and this girl Kawani, and they're the same age as me except they're also models who see themselves on walls when they walk into shops. This girl Kawani has even walked for Chanel in New York or Paris or something and that's just crazy. It's also weird seeing how the modelling world is a small world after all, with all the people being somehow related to each other if you stalk them on Instagram for long enough, and they're all also somehow related to the girls who were on Australia's Next Top Model as well. The thing is, they also have the most awesome discovery stories. Like apparently the girl from my school was approached while she was getting frozen yoghurt, and Kawani was discovered while swimming at a BBQ? Wow I have too much time, and clearly my procrastination skills are great. Too bad my study skills aren't.
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
The first time I encountered a version of this text, I saw it on a list for chick flicks. Boy, was that misleading. It's definitely not a chick flick, is what I'm saying, and going in thinking it was, of course I came out not liking the movie one bit.
Then I watched it a second time out of curiosity and a weird craving to do so, and I'm not sure what I thought about it, but I certainly didn't think I would ever encounter it again.
Now my English teacher is asking me to read the book. I started it a few days ago and I couldn't put it down. I'm not going to tell you what it's about, because if you read it you'll be surprised the same way I was when I watched the movie. The blurb gives nothing away and I'm not about to. I just recommend you to read this, and you'll feel a lot of feelings. Trust me. It's good.
And I think I'll leave it there. Good night. I'm going to study now.