how September grew! and yet not quite

I just finished this book.

It was such a beautiful read, made me happy, made me sad, made me realize that this book had so many lessons one could learn from. Definitely something I would let my children read when the time came.

The twist at the end, not too shocking – almost expected, really. It’s like Narnia meeting Alice in Wonderland, with a dash of the Wizard of Oz. Was surprised at the mention of 付喪神 and I thought it was a rather interesting touch to the otherwise very Western-influenced creatures and stories.

You know how some books are filled with such magic that only you would understand how it captivated you and pulled you in, that you cannot find the words to express it? That’s how I feel (and know) I’ve read a great book.

And aside from the mountainpile of sparkly vampirey books that are classified as “young adult” books (shudder in horror now!) there are a few good reads such as this one that truly deserve to be there, and that there should be more people wanting to read these kinds of books. I have some faith yet.

Really glad that this book will have a sequel coming out some time in October or so =)

on bravery

When you are born, your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything.

But as you get older, your courage attracts gunk and crusty things and dirt and fear and knowing how bad things can get and what fear is like. By the time you’re half-grown, your courage barely moves at all, it’s so grunged up with living. So every once in awhile you have to scrub it up and get the works going or else you’ll never be brave again.

Unfortunately there are not so many facilities in your world that provide this service. So most people go around with grimy machinery, when all it would take i abit of spit and polish to make them paladins once more, bold knights and true.

Wise words from a soap golem named Truth, to a little girl named September.

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morning habits

Recently I’ve been cultivating a new habit – waking up wee bit earlier to curl up and read a book before I head off to work. I love this feeling – definitely something I’ll keep up.

Right now, I’m reading “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making”. Whimsical, and quaint.

But truthfully, I bought the book because:

  • The girl is named September
  • She is curious, and loves adventure (wanderlust!)
  • She has wit
  • Is bold, and unafraid.

Something about that last point brings this to mind:

“All children are as such – mostly Heartless, but she is somewhere in the middle.”

And does that not remind me of someone I know quite well? =)

butterscotch

It’s been awhile since I’ve placed shirohiro on a desk… it’s usually sitting on a chair… well I came home to a much more neatly organized room – this is usually a good indicator that guama was here. =P

The wind’s blowing pretty fiercely tonight – which reminds me of the classic line,

“‘Twas a Dark and Stormy night…”

Oh! Which reminds me – at lunch, we were talking about girls/boys’ schools versus mixed schools… and somehow, somewhere along the line we got to telling ghost stories that people hear of in school, to some super creepy abandoned hospital in Thailand where there’s this really really old wheelchair (made of wood) that moves on its own accord! Apparently some daredevils heard of the story and decided to check it out, and there are videos on it too! @__________@

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A colleague I really wished I got to know better is leaving for good tomorrow. lesigh.

Somehow I can’t help but feel heavy-hearted. I know I’ve been through these kinds of situations before, but I guess there is no such thing as a perfect workplace and perfect colleagues. In search of the next greener grass field, we move from place to place till we find that one thing (or several things, really) that keeps us there.

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Somehow, it’s always fun going grocery shopping – even funner still when someone else is there to buy you stuff you’d normally not buy XD So among the other things, I bought a little box of Ligo Raisins! Don’t tell me that doesn’t bring you down memory lane when you were a kid XDXD And a loaf of Gardenia Butterscotch bread, I really love the smell and to hell with the calorie count (not like I’ve ever paid *that* much attention to it anyway)

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I want more Gregory Macguire books! Last weekend we stopped by the Curve – headed to Borders to check out what other titles look like fun to read, and I chanced upon some of his books. daammnnn I want moarrr~~

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And my virgin experience with the iPad on Tues (or was it Wed?) was totally coooool~~ It really does have a solid build like the reviews say. Mainly I was looking at the various apps and I was surprised to find I actually knew *how* to make those effects come about! I feel so proud! XD The book I was reading really made some points click together XD Not a fan of the smudge-inviting surface, but that’s what touch devices are all about, isn’t it?

Explored the e-Reader, and some other apps downloaded by the boss on the device. The games are fun, making full use of the accelerometer and the popover menus and all the other fancy stuff. Was a pretty fun tool to do some oekaki-ing, and the digital keyboard app was fun (makes me miss my piano! *sob*) The user interface was quite easy to understand, and the keyboard response was accurate and surprisingly nice to use! (Was using the Notes app just to see what *else* it could do)