Game of Thrones: Rhaegar Targaryen

Yes, I am a Game of Thrones fan. If you’re like me, welcome to new misery of 2 years long wait until next season. Huff. But, I think it will be worth it, though, since HBO has been delivering killer show so far. So, let the long wait begins.

Anyway, what I want to highlight the most is the appearance of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen! (It genuinely took me years to correctly spell ‘Targaryen’ without cheating) I can say he’s my favorite character as of late (since, Rob Stark and Oberyn Martell were brutally killed off), plus he’s already dead, so I would not be depressed if George R.R. Martin killed him off (not sure, though).

Why he’s my current favorite character in Game of Thrones right now? Because, the author presents him in layers upon layers upon layers, just like peeling an onion.  His character is never directly described. It was always through someone else’s opinion. Some who harbors deep resentment towards him and some keeps him in loving remembrance. Isn’t it a genius way to present a character?

Honestly, I still can’t put a stand on whether I think Rhaegar is a ‘good’ character or ‘bad’. I can only say that he’s intriguing. What we can be sure of is that he cared about the White Walker’s return but he also caused the end of his house as well as the collapse of Westerosi politics. First of all, he was described as a great but ruthless fighter. He was thought to kidnap a lady from a noble house (Lyanna Stark) and raped her after he ignored his legal wife that caused her humiliation in a prestigious tourney. The statement made his image even worse. But then, the former Kingsguard who served in his father reign said all good things about him (Barristan Selmy), ‘Rhaegar never liked killing, he loved singing’, even his little sister was surprised by this, because all she ever learned of his late eldest brother is that he was similar to his late father, The Mad King. So, I thought that he might be a good prince but the incest blood got him crazy somehow like some previous Targaryens before him. Then, it turned out that he didn’t kidnap Lyanna, he married her secretly and they had a son. He loved her and she loved him. Okay, then. He’s probably a hopeless romantic but still an asshole for leaving his wife for no clear reason (so far). Then, we know more about him reading a prophecy of a three headed dragon. He thought that the dragon is his 3 children, but his first wife can only bore him 2 children. There might be something more behind his annulment, then. What else can we learn about him? How is the real Rhaegar Targaryen? Continue reading “Game of Thrones: Rhaegar Targaryen”

Breathe (Song)

Another day. Just believe.
Another day. Just breathe.
I’m used to it by now.

Breathe is a song by a French band called Telepopmusik. If you’re a 90s kid, you might know them. The song was launched in early 2000. I don’t know much about genre, but I am sure the song is somewhat techno. I remember in early 2000, bands that experimented with techno sounds were starting to get major. The song has relaxing ambience to it. Well, it is called ‘Breathe’. It has been my favorite song ever since.

Just recently, I heard a cover of this song, in a mall somewhere. I didn’t realize it was Breathe cover until it almost ended. The song was very upbeat, and once again I don’t know what kind of genre that is, but I love it! You can say that I’m currently addicted to it. After hearing it a few times, I noticed a Balinese Gamelan[1] element in it, which makes it more eclectic. It turned out that the song was released in 2012 and the band that covered it was an Australian band called, New Navy. But, too bad, the band disbanded few years ago.

I especially like the lyrics. It was about getting back up. It was about how to overcome sadness and dealing with anxiety. It opens with some misfortune at the beginning of the song, adding a little background to the story. Then it escalates to acceptance then constantly moving in with the theme. Just breathe. Just believe that there’s still another day. So, just breathe. If you can breathe well, it means you’re alive and healthy, and that’s more than good. Continue reading “Breathe (Song)”

All The Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See is a Pulitzer Book Winner 2015 for fiction aaaand I don’t read Pulitzer books. Well, call me shallow but, I really can’t enjoy Pulitzer books. I think I’m not sensitive enough for that, I am too barbaric, I guess.

Whenever I see Pulitzer books hanging in front of a book store (usually in best sellers shelf), I would just pass them by. But, somehow I am intrigue with this one. It has been on the front shelf of many bookstore for forever and everyone seem to read it, so I thought why not give it a try.

This post contains SPOILERS, by the way.

First of all, if you happen not to know what this book is about, here is the synopsis from goodreads.com :

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

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Mercusuar (Song)

My friend suggested me to watch this mini webseries called “Sore” (which means afternoon, when the sky about to dusk). It was actually an advertisement for a diabetic sugar product but the storyline is quite unique. It was about a future wife who travelled to the past to find her younger-self husband in order to correct his unhealthy habit. My friend was so fond of the series that she developed an admiration for the director, Yandy Laurens (And I also have to admit that I like his style, too), so that she searched for anything about his work, past as well as future. Then, she found out that he directed a music video for one of our country’s celebrated singer – song writer, Kunto Aji, which was launched in late April. I watched the video and listened to the song for the first time and I was in love with it!

The title itself, ‘Mercusuar’ means ‘Lighthouse’ in Indonesian. This song reminded me of the short poem that I wrote in mid. 2016. And it captures the exact feel:

To you
I feel like coming home
If that’s not love
I don’t know what is

I was so happy finding out about this song. The fact that it was lyrical (unlike most of current popular song) adds to my appreciation. Instrumentally, the song is very relaxing and somewhat dreamy, the vocal was done by one the best vocalist in the country, and most importantly, the lyrics is utterly satisfying (I love songs with good lyrics). All and all, it became my new favorite that I play it over and over and over again. Continue reading “Mercusuar (Song)”

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies is one of my favorite HBO series. It is a one season show with 7 episodes. The finale was aired last Monday (2 April). This series is also based on book with the same title, authored by Liane Moriarty. By the way, this is a SPOILER-FULL post.  Plot from HBO.com

I read the book right before I watched the pilot episode. I watched the trailer of the series then I thought ‘is it some kind of rich soap opera with pretty shots?’. The story looked like it was going to be ‘Desperate Housewives’-ish vibe. I watched Desperate Housewives and quite liked it for the first 3 seasons but currently I just don’t have the mood for that. Then, I saw the cast list; Reese Witherspoon (as Madeline MacKenzie), Nicole Kidman (as Celeste Wright) and Shailene Woodley (as Jane Chapman), and I was like, ‘wait, Shailene Woodley?’ then I googled about the show and decided that I’m going to watch it.

But first, I have to read the book.

I finished the books in two days. It was such an easy read and I found it very dreamy. I loved how Moriarty described the settings, the neighborhood, the school, and all the people involved. It felt like Monterey was such a beautiful place to live and it actually exist somewhere in the world (the neighborhood, I mean, Monterey(s) do exist). And the series brought them to life with its beautiful rich simplistic shots. I would want to live there and be one of the moms! I would be drinking coffee in Blue Blues, reading books and eating some muffins, listening to the sound of breaking waves while waiting for my child at kindergarten. Sigh, I can already sniff the ocean.

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The Moms at Blue Blues

Anyway, back to the story. The setting of the place was in Monterey, but in the book it was Monterey, Australia (Liane Moriarty is Australian) and in the series it was Monterey, California, so the series was like the American Version of the story. There were also additional and eliminated characters in the series but the main characters are the same and it didn’t change the major plot. My favorite additional character is Joseph from the theatre, just because the actor who played it was super hot but I kind of disappointed that Saxon Banks didn’t really exist in the series (in the book Saxon Banks was actually Perry’s cousin whose identity he stole when he met Jane). And there is no Erotic Book Club. I’m kinda looking forward to that actually. Lol.

Plot-wise, this is what I feel about the series compared to the book: Continue reading “Big Little Lies”

Big Fish (The Book)

My distant relative visited me a few weeks ago. She knew I like to read, so she gave me her book: Big Fish by Daniel Wallace. It was actually her mom’s book, but she told me that her mom wouldn’t mind if she didn’t bring the book back home. That was why she gave it to me after she finished it. Yeay.

This is the official synopsis from Amazon.com: In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that’s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father―this indefatigable teller of tall tales―before it’s too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward’s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father’s great feats, and his great failings. The result is hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous.

I have never read the book, but I have watched the movie way back when I was in high school. I liked the movie a lot but it never occurred to me to read the book. Now, when I read it, I cried happy tears. Why didn’t I read this before? It is like a piece of magic for a bittersweet relationship between father and son. While the son (William Bloom) tried so hard to understand his father, the father (Edward Bloom) tried so hard not to be understood, but to remember and be remembered as is. It made me feel like, huff, humans, why are you so complicated yet beautiful in a way?

The book described the relationship so intimately in a very distant way. It is metaphorical, comical, ethereal and just simply beautiful. It gave a different perspective to look at closure and affection and love. And above all, it’s all about love; do people try to understand each other because they love them or people love each other because they understand them? Humans are cute, right? Continue reading “Big Fish (The Book)”

Rage over Recent K-Drama

First of all, yes, it is filled with spoilers!

I have been obsessing over a K-Drama that recently ended. From all of my encounters with K-Drama, I have never been as obsessed to as this one. Yep, it is the Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. Basically, I love period dramas. Anything with royal families, Kings and Princes (as well as Queen and Princesses), battle for thrones, you name it, I dig it. This drama has it all. It even has not just one but 7 Princes fighting against each other. Not to mention that their robes are sometimes color coded! And how I love color coded characters (I know, I’m weird).

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Wang Won, Wang Eun, Wang Jung, Wang Wook, Hae Soo, Wang So, Baek Ah, Wang Yo. Choose one! or more :p

For heads up this is the synopsis of the drama, copy-pasted from Wikipedia. During a total eclipse of the sun, a 25-year-old 21st century woman, Go Ha-jin (Lee Ji-eun), is transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty. She wakes up in the year 941, in the body of 16-year-old Hae Soo and there, she encounters the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family. She initially falls in love with the gentle and warm 8th Prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha-neul), and later Wang So (Lee Joon-gi), the fearsome 4th Prince who hides his face behind a mask and is given the derogatory label “wolf dog”. Meanwhile, rivalry and politics ensue among the princes, in a fight for the throne, as Hae Soo finds herself unwittingly caught between it all.

To be honest, despite of its interesting plot why I was hooked to this drama is partly because Kang Haneul’s character Wang Wook was too captivating for me. My God! He wasn’t the most fortunate character, though. Tough luck. But, until the end, he has always been my favorite Prince. Continue reading “Rage over Recent K-Drama”