EXILE ON FENGLUCIA

Life on an alien land

I was in love with a whirlwind, and I must spin a net big enough to catch it out of my head.

—F. Scott. Fitzgerald 

Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It’s a sad season of life without growth… It has no day.

—This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Rosalind: I'd rather keep it as a beautiful memory - tucked away in my hear.
  • Amory: Yes, women can do that - but not men. I'd remember always, not the beauty of it while it lasted, but just the bitterness, the long bitterness.
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • "Beauty means the agony of sacrifice and the end of agony..."
  • "And Amorty we're beautiful, I know. I'm sure God loves us-"
  • "He loves you. You['re his most precious possession."
  • "I'm not his, I'm yours. Say something sweet."
  • "You."
  • "What?"
  • "You. That's what's sweet - you're sweet."
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Rosalind - You're not sentimental?
  • Amory - No, I'm romantic - a sentimental person thinks things will last - a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't. Sentimental is emotional.
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why don’t you tell me that ‘if the girl had been worth having she’d have waited for you’? No sir, the girl really worth having won’t wait for anybody.

—This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A great portrait of the #wetland #ecosystem #heron #mallard #turtle (at Lost Lagoon)

A great portrait of the #wetland #ecosystem #heron #mallard #turtle (at Lost Lagoon)

Finally saw #orcas in their natural habitat. It’s a dream come true! They are such magnificent creatures and really only belong in nature not any aquarium. (at Strait of Georgia)

Finally saw #orcas in their natural habitat. It’s a dream come true! They are such magnificent creatures and really only belong in nature not any aquarium. (at Strait of Georgia)

久石譲

—旅路 (夢中飛行)

Finally got my hands on a copy of the soundtrack composed by Joe Hisaishi to Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises. This movie is greater than Disney’s Frozen in every way. 

The path to full-time employment is treacherous, I need literature for guidance.

The path to full-time employment is treacherous, I need literature for guidance.

Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes

—Oscar Wilde

Sometimes you do let people down. But not always.

25 years, I have lived for a quarter of a century.

It is always a cliché to say that the passed time felt like a blur, but it is still the truth of how I felt. Whenever I’m walking outside in a cool early evening, my mind would subconsciously take me back to the first summer in which I arrived in Toronto. That would be three weeks from now six years ago. That’s almost a quarter of my life. Once again, it felt like a blur. 

The reason that I had been AFK for more than half a year was because I was at the last semester of my college education. It was not the one I aimed for when I arrived in Toronto, but circumstances changed and I had to improvise and adapt. I’m relieved to say that I graduated, though not particularly excited. As the real challenge now I’m facing is to get a job and start my career. 

As I was busy with school, I didn’t have much time to read for leisure. But I did pick up the hobby of reading comic books. 

Even though I watched a lot of superhero movies, they never really intrigued me to learn more of the superheroes themselves. It was not until I played the Batman Arkham game series (Arkham Asylum and Arkham City) that I was absorbed by the depths of characters I see not only in Batman, but the villains he fights against as well. I was lucky to delve into the universe of DC not too late after their release of the New 52. Started with Batman, I then read about the Justice League. From there, Superman, Aquaman, and recently the Flash. Green Lantern is almost a whole other universe that would take me a lot longer to catch up. 

I resisted reading superhero comics because I thought they were too powerful. But was I wrong. They all have humanities within them that makes them vulnerable, relatable, and ultimately lovable. Bruce Wayne is constantly plagued by the memory of witnessing the murder of his parents at a age. He adopts the disguise of Batman to instill fear into the enemies of the city and deliver justice upon them. Superman is the Yang to Batman’s Yin. Raised by human parents, Clark Kent trusts that there’s always good in people. He uses his strength more to raise hope rather than to simply dominate. Born to a human father and an Atlantean mother, Arthur Curry struggles between two worlds. Despite being Aquaman, he is not always able to protect both worlds. But his father taught him that he should always try. Barry Allen, other other hand, believes he could fix everything by being the Flash. But as fast as he is, it is still not possible.

That is why I am so hooked with this world. Aside from reading about the awesomeness of these superheroes, one could learn a lot life lessons from them. No matter who you are, no matter what world you are from, and no matter what power you have, life is, and will always be full of challenges. All one could do is overcome fear, hope for the best, run as fast as one can, beat the waves, and soar towards the sky.image

I would like to end this blog entry with quotes from Nightwing #29:

A lot of things go through you mind

You start to question what you’ve become

What you could have been

What some say you should have been

You worry you haven’t done enough with your life

That your parents wouldn’t be proud of you

You swear you’re going to do better

You’re going to be better

You’re going to build a legacy

But sometimes you don’t get the chance

Sometimes you do let people down

But not always 

stormbornvalkyrie:

And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours.

I’ll be back writing on my blog fairly soon.

(via raedenzen)

Walking in the #fall (at Monocliff Provincial Park)

Walking in the #fall (at Monocliff Provincial Park)

Carla Bruni

—Chez Keith et Anita

Put on her music and read Hemingway