Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Magic Trick Gone Wrong

Rowan Allen is a friend of ours. He is a traffic reporter here in South Australia and it was his birthday the past weekend.

We had a blast at his party. The food was plenty and the conversations crazy.

One of his friends performed a fire show. Unfortunately, I left my own digital camera in our unit so I had to content myself with Steven's mobile phone camera.

This video is not for the faint-hearted but I am sure you will definitely laugh at it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dexter in the Clouds

It is getting colder in Adelaide as winter approaches. It is good that it has been raining as well so the parks and gardens are greener.

I do not like the cold. I will always be the stereotypical Asian island boy toy. I will always like the beaches and warm water of the ocean.

But last night, I asked Steven to show me a fog. I realized that there could not be a fog at night but we were able to find some low clouds. We drove and drove and drove.

So here I am looking like I am doped.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (novel)

The Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite movies of all time. I have the extended editions and theatrical editions of all three movies. I have watched the movies more than ten times so when I found out that the UniSA Magill library has copies of the books, I immediately borrowed "The Fellowship of the Ring".

Tolkien is a true genius. He created a world that is totally alien and at the same time, totally familiar. He created maps of a world that fans of this book wish existed. He created creatures and characters that is rich with history and emotions.

The words are impeccable. Tolkien can weave desires and passions so intricately in the songs included in this novel. The descriptions are very scary because of the details and sometimes, I wonder if they really existed.

Of course, the novel is richer than the movie version but it is not really fair to compare because it is a different challenge to adapt this tale on the big screen. I have to say though that the relationship between Sam and Frodo is gayer in the novel than in the movie.

I read this book while going to and from the university. It is nice that I can take myself out of the bus and into a world where I can have a threesome with Legolas and Aragorn while Merry and Pippin are egging us on.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

My First Autumn

This is my first autumn. I know it is strange for people living in the northern hemisphere (that gives you an idea of the demographics of my readers) to read that but I live in Australia. We have everything upside down here.

Yesterday morning, I saw condensation coming out of my mouth. I have experienced this only a few times in my life, most of which was the times I was working in a fast food restaurant that had a walk-in freezer.

When I go out, I could feel my own face getting colder and colder. The sun is out and yet my exposed skin feels damp and cold.

I am here typing in my lounge and I am wearing a jacket, pants and socks. I am still cold. I wonder how my body reacts to winter.