today I recognise the transportive power of music and its effect on me. very grateful for its ability to bring me back in time and allow me to relive and feel certain memories and emotions. also immensely grateful for the massive variety of music made conveniently accessible via tech … this song above brought me back to Hallward, final couple of months in Notts studying for finals
been in a nostalgia-filled funk as the Beeston Buddies gathered on Saturday night for a few hours of what we do best — Resistance and drinks and nonsense until 3am, plus I saw La La Land on Friday evening (date night! ♡). I found it simple, easy to watch, despite the nature of the film (a musical) not filled with tropes and cliches, very well directed, and beautifully shot. I found some parts a little draggy — it’s not as tight as many other critically-acclaimed movies are but perhaps it’s not meant to be? don’t know, not a critic, not knowledgeable enough to comment on the merits/demerits of ‘tightness’, should probably read more — and it’s certainly not a ‘deep’ film with a ‘heavy’ subject matter / commentary on society / humanity, but I do still think it is worth watching, and it’s certainly not vapid as one may expect a of a ~romantic~ film especially one with a title like La La Land. I hardly ever feel inclined to rewatch films and I really want to rewatch it, I think because I want badly to feel again how I felt in the cinema. it was incredibly touching. definitely also helped that it was set in LA, one of my favourite stops in the states, I have such romantic memories of that sprawling, beautiful, hazy, congested, shiny city. music was amazing too, bloody earworms!
so many other films I want to see —
- Moonlight — Mahershala Ali + Best Picture (that massive blunder tho…)
- Manchester by the Sea
- The Salesman —
- The Lobster — been sitting on my desktop for the longest time…
this weekend I’m going to see Explosions in the Sky for the first time in my life finally after missing them at Glasto and I have a feeling it’s going to drown me in feels. cannot wait
I finally did it!!! drove home solo at night from Xianrong’s place! I’ve always feared driving at night because of visibility issues. but I took the plunge and I’m really glad I did — had to do it sooner or later anyway. it wasn’t easy overcoming the fear though, kept putting off leaving every fifteen minutes. so yes. +1 to life achievements!!!
this weekend was a weekend of tiny victories. I was very bummed about having to do work, again I also put it off — was meant to do it on Saturday afternoon but didn’t. thankfully I managed to finish it today. yeah, finishing it rather satisfactorily is pretty victorious imo haha got to enjoy my evening! seems like I work best when there’s some time pressure, ha.
speaking of procrastination, I’ve been postponing my CFA study plans. I was meant to begin in the first weekend of Feb, but I still haven’t done anything. I know I will regret this in time to come. I should really do this coming weekend, though it’s going to be a little tough since I’ve got plans, but hahaha ok no more excuses. anyway even if I don’t complete all I’ve tasked myself to, some progress is better than none!
what happened the past week:
- got xr hooked on jamie xx’s remix of take care
- Lin flew to Germany 😥 I felt so worried and sad before she left! but now I’m cool haha. so envious tbh, yes I’ve had my time, still…
- received swimwear in the mail!!! kekeke
- signed a package with a new studio, Yoga Lab! it’s at Duxton which is terrific — I’ll pass Hattendo otw from work LOL pre-workout snack how bou dah? *u* they’ve got a studio in the east as well, apparently it’s super nice cannot wait to checkit teehee
- finally wore my new shades out FINALLY ah I love it sooo muuuch
- parallel parked at frkn turf city without too much hassle — AW YISS. MAKIN’ SUMMA DAT LIFE PROGRESS
aite peace have a great week ahead everyone!
felt temporarily at peace and hopeful thru putting aside responsibilities, ha. definitely not a sustainable way to live…will have to figure some way out of feeling trapped. the day I dread Monday has finally come. not sure if it’s a sign for me to change my environment or work on my attitude/mindset? a fair bit of reflection to be had…
anyway. this article (every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons) is well-written and is something I would refer to in future, don’t want to forget it so I’m cataloguing it here