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Movies

- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Black Swan
- X-Men: First Class (James Effing McAvoy. Michael Effing Fassbender.)
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
- Water for Elephants
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Inglourious Basterds (2,000 times over)
- Pulp Fiction
- Crazy, Stupid, Love (RYAN. RIPPED. GOSLING.)
- The Help
- The Conspirator (JAMES. MCAVOY. IZ. LOVE.)
- The Change-Up (Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman)
- Horrible Bosses
- Larry Crowne (forgettable & forgotten)
- Tatsumi
- Marie Antoinette

/2011

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Books

Have you read more than six of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only six of the 100 books listed here (not sure how true this is but who cares, it's fun).  Instructions: Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

 Those in red are what I wanna read. ………..Someday!

 
Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings; JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre; Charlotte Bronte (GCE A Level textbook but I doubt I really digested/read it. I HATED it.)

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (Wasn’t charmed by it. Pun intended.)

To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee (Can’t remember much though)

The Bible

Wuthering Heights; Emily Bronte

Nineteen Eighty Four; George Orwell

His Dark Materials; Philip Pullman

Great Expectations; Charles Dickens

Little Women; Louisa May Alcott (Tried to get through it but couldn’t.)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles; Thomas Hardy

Catch 22; Joseph Heller

Complete Works of Shakespeare

Rebecca; Daphne Du Maurier

The Hobbit; JRR Tolkien

Birdsong; Sebastian Faulks

Catcher in the Rye; JD Salinger

The Time Travellers Wife; Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch; George Eliot

Gone With The Wind; Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby; F Scott Fitzgerald (Text at Uni or A Levels, I can’t remember.)

Bleak House; Charles Dickens

War and Peace; Leo Tolstoy (Would like to read, but doubt I have the patience.)

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams

Brideshead Revisited; Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment; Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath; John Steinbeck

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Lewis Carroll (Downloaded it into my phone but it was only a chapter so I didn’t bother. *Excuses, excuses*)

The Wind in the Willows; Kenneth Grahame (As a child.)

Anna Karenina; Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield; Charles Dickens (A half picture, half word book) XD

Chronicles of Narnia; CS Lewis

Emma; Jane Austen

Persuasion; Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; CS Lewis

The Kite Runner; Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli's Mandolin; Louis De Berniere

Memoirs of a Geisha; Willaim Golden

Winnie the Pooh; AA Milne

Animal Farm; George Orwell

The Da Vinci Code; Dan Brown (I’m too dumb and have far too short an attention span for it.)

One Hundred Years of Solitude; Gabrial Garcia Marquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney; John Irving

The Woman in White; Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables; LM Montgomery

Far from the Madding Crowd; Thomas Hardy

The Handmaids Tale; Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies; William Golding (I watched the movie when I was young too, does that count?)

Atonement; Ian McEwan

Life of Pi; Yann Martell

Dune; Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm; Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility; Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy; Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind; Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale Of Two Cities; Charles Dickens (GCE O Level textbook. Loved it!)

Brave New World; Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; Mark Haddon (Twice!)

Love in the time of Cholera; Gabriel garcia Marquez

Of Mice and Men; John Steinbeck

Lolita; Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret History; Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones; Alice Sebold

Count of Monte Cristo; Alexandre Dumas

On the Road; Jack Kerouac

Jude the Obscure; Thomas Hardy

Bridget Jones's Diary; Helen Fielding

Midnight's Children; Salman Rushdie

Moby Dick; Herman Melville

Oliver Twist; Charles Dickens

Dracula; Bram Stoker

The Secret Garden; Frances Hodgson (It came in a book and audio tape which we read/listened to all the time when we were young. And this is why I know the author is Frances Hodgson BURNETT. Ha.)

Notes from a Small Island; Bill Bryson

Ulysses; James Joyce

The Bell Jar; Sylivia Plath

Swallows and Amazons; Arthur Ransome

Germinal; Emile Zola

Vanity Fair; William Makepeace Thackeray

Possession; AS Byatt

A Christmas Carol; Charles Dickens

Cloud Atlas; Charles Mitchell

The Colour Purple; Alice Walker

The Remains of the Day; Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary; Gustave Flaubert

A Fine Balance; Rohinton Mistry

Charlotte's Web; EB White (Sad, no matter how many times I read it….)

The Five People You Meet In Heaven; Mitch Albom (Sat through 20 pages or so. YAWN. Mitch Albom sucks.)

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Faraway Tree collection; Enid Blyton (I don't think?)

Heart of Darkness; Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince; Antoine de Saint Exupery

The Wasp Factory; Iain Banks

Watership Down; Richard Adams

A Confederacy of Dunces; John Kennedy Toole

A Town Like Alice; Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers; Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet; William Shakespeare (GCE A Level text, yet again! There’s method to the madness.)

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory; Roald Dahl (I heart Roald Dahl!)

Les Miserables; Victor Hugo (I watched the musical *twice* in a single run when it came here, does that count?!)

  

TEN books. I suck. So many of them I do wanna read…..

 

Credit: KRRB

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The World

On another note, there is SO MUCH left to learn about the world, history, culture. I wish I could delve deeper into each and every topic I would like to know about.
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I could consider Buddhism

This is why Buddhism pwns:

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and Elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. " 

Sakya Muni Buddha
(The Anguttara Nikaya / The "Further-factored" Discourses)  


Buddhist monk burned himself to death in 1963 to protest anti-Buddhism in South Vietnam.
He was re-cremated but still his heart remained intact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Qu%E1%BA%A3ng_%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c

I consider myself half-Buddhist: While I do agree with and (try to) follow the basic principles, I do not agree fully with the religion and I do not practise it wholeheartedly. It's the only religion that lets you question though, and that actually has Science as a skeleton (for lack of a better way to phrase it). It doesn't encourage blind faith and actually acknowledges that we have a brain of our own to think with, which is more than I can say about some other religions.


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An Update?

Stuff:

1. I'm in the midst of preparing a super long and detailed write-up with pics about Ookii (i.e. thesis) but I've only just begun.
2. I'm totally lost on what to do for the trip with my mom. Either the timing of the tour sucks or she's not v keen on the location or I've been there, done that.
3. I still look in Ookii's cage direction whenever I wake up and whenever I reach home. It's hard to break the habit. His cage is still sitting there in a pile. I'm in denial about removing it.
4. I helped a blind man just now. Some people think it's ok to just stare at these lost, blind people and not lend a hand. =\\\\\\
Other people think it's ok to stare at us when I'm holding onto him and steering him around. I wish Singaporeans were less apathetic and cared more for others.
5. I think being blind is a lot worse than a lot of other disabilities. (Or the worst of.)
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2 years, 10 months and 9 days old...

At what point do you let go?

The idea of putting him down never crossed my mind till I saw the state he was in just now. Yes, he is very tired, very slow, apt to have his eyes closed, with wrinkly, leathery skin, and he had diarrhoea again today. I brought him out to pat him and as usual I turn him over. His diarrhoea is in a large amount, same as yesterday. I take my baby wipes and wipe his chest, which is soiled with shit. I wipe his hands, which are yellowish and brownish, soiled with shit too. He hated it and bit me. Many times now. I wiped his arse. I pulled the shit off his fur. I pulled the shit out of his arse. He hated it so much. Then I realised the extent of his arse problem. The skin that's supposed to be inside is hanging outside, all flappy. The poop is brown, grey, with tinges of red. I don't know where it all came from. I don't know what it means. I know that if I bring him to the vet, all they'll give him is Baytril, which I already have, and did give him 2x over the past 4 days. I don't even want to continue the Baytril; it's not helping and he abhors it. I poke his eye inadvertently whenever I feed it to him. He struggles like crazy and in the end succumbs, but I don't know if it helps.
Seeing his flappy skin just now just made me want to put him down. I've never wanted to put a pet down before, and I've never had to do it. I've always been against euthanasia because I want the animals to fight for their lives. Who are we as humans to decide that they don't want to, or can't live anymore? What if they want to carry on, miserable as they are, but we take away that chance to live, from them? Just because we own them doesn't mean we have a right to decide when they should go... At times like these, my religious beliefs in Buddhism kick in. Though I'm not a pious or true blue believer, I do believe in karma. I feel that perhaps this is their karma. And that by suffering they pay off some of their debts so they don't have to suffer as much in their next life. Perhaps they won't even have a next life. I am only human; I have no right to decide for them.
Yet, seeing him suffering like that makes me wonder what sort of life he is living. That since he is my pet, shouldn't I give him the best? And like someone told me, that it's about quality of life?
I don't think a vet can even tell me if it's a suitable time to put him down.

For now, I'll just grapple with myself.