Tuesday, 7 June 2016

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It's a Tuesday and my final and hardest test begins at 11:15am tomorrow, yet here I am blogging instead of studying.  It's spontaneous and at a majorly inconvenient time as usual.  I can't even think straight because my sister is playing the trumpet in her bedroom next door.

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.


KAWANI

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.

Love,
M

10 comments:

  1. Disney Channel!!! I miss the shows I use to watch, I think I'm going to binge watch some Disney channel shows soon! For sure going to check out the girls guide to the internet.
    Thanks M!

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    1. Having a disney marathon sounds good to me. It's amazing how these shows designed for kids can still bring us so much enjoyment when we watch them again at this age. I can't tell whether it's because they were such good quality, or because we're nostalgic.

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  2. Isn't it the weirdest thing, to see people you went to school with doing some big things out there and here you are still struggling to polish up on your study skills?Lol. I KNOW THAT FEEL!!!!But don't worry,we always 'lowkey' compare ourselves to almost everyone, especially on the internet even though we shouldn't.Because essentially we're all such amazing people with our own unique quirks,on our own unique and magical journeys.Granted school tests aren't so magical but don't be too hard on yourself :) Ps. Zach and Cody was lit!I think that was one of my fave disney shows if not my most fave.And thanks for the links!

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    1. EXACTLY!! Sure some people are doing some amazing abnormal stuff with their lives based on their appearances or passions or talent... but they're just people after all, and they don't excel in some areas that I do in. But it's still cool to follow different people on the internet and see what they're up to, even if you are low-key comparing yourself.

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  3. I miss the old Disney channel, too. I loved watching the Suite Life, That's So Raven and Kim Possible! Nowadays I can barely keep my cool whenever the kids I'm babysitting watch Disney Channel-- boy do they not know the quality that the shows today's are lacking. I've actually heard of Never Let Me Go, but I haven't taken a stab at reading it yet... I think I'll be able to read that next on my summer TBR pile, actually! Hopefully your finals go well!

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Haha whenever I see today's Disney channel I think the exact same thing, but do you think the kids before us were thinking that about our Disney channel? Maybe it's more that we grow out of it, but the nostalgia and memories from back then are what make us think our shows were better. Although, to be honest, the shows you've mentioned are pretty great, and Lab Rats and Best Friends Whenever have NOTHING on them.

      Definitely read Never Let Me Go! I finished it last night and it was great.

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  4. Hannah Montana was my favorite show. The nostalgia I feel just watching that.

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  5. I miss the old disney channel, That's so Raven was my life!

    www.57-days.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I miss those good old days. And I love how attached we could get to TV shows even then.

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