Some Shows Make me Laugh

DISCLAIMER: I don’t think it’s morally nice to laugh at other people no matter what the situation may be. Sometimes we simply can’t help it, and it should be OK as long as it’s not done with a malicious intent.

Today is usually the day when I post reviews – if you look at my past post and the days they’re posted on. This post is not really a review and is not particularly long either. Nor does it have images attached.

Tonight – as it is almost 8 pm as I type this – I want to recommend to some of you, an easy way to make yourself laugh. That is by watching the auditions to shows such as So you think you can dance, ____ got talent, and other similar competitions.

You don’t need to watch the whole competition show, as not all of it is funny – just the auditions are. My partner made me watch two episodes of auditions for the dancing show … I must say my stomach was hurting because of so much laughing. -does it mean that if I continue, I will get a 6 pack sometime in the future? Talk about easy workout! LOL –

The producers would have spoiled us if they showed the performance of all those that passed the auditions. Not to mention that others that “think” they can dance [and in reality they have no idea what dancing is] might not get the message right.

For starters, there was a guy who said he’s been dancing all of his life … in his room o.o and that he won dancing competitions … except he had no way of proving it. People like this have nothing to do with such auditions – they waste their own time and that of the judges and show producers.

Did I mention his routine could not even be labeled as “dancing”? He was hilarious to begin with. His confidence was to be admired – I wish I had it, to be honest. His self-awareness was nowhere in sight, sadly.

This guy was a lesson and a message for many other people who might think of themselves too highly and are not looking in a mirror too often or simply need a new mirror since theirs is broken.

So, my advice to you is to watch these auditions, even the competitions. Laugh at those people [with no mean intentions], be thankful it wasn’t you making a fool of themselves. And if you happen to know someone with a particular talent – let them know if there is something they could improve or if they should be searching for a new passion. You can help those you care about become better simply by watching such shows.

See you next time!


©2013 – present. The Owner Travels To. All rights reserved.

Advertisements

Reading manhwa – Sarasah -spoilers-

You probably do not remember a very old post of mine where I was telling you I read comics – this one here. More precisely comics created in East Asia or related to that region.

This time I want to talk about a South Korean comic, Sarasah by Ryu Ryang. It’s actually the 2nd volume of the series because we couldn’t find the first one.

This is a 10 year old manhwa – it was first published in South Korea in 2007 and the English translation [the version I own] dates back to 2009. This comic is targeted towards teenagers – and more specifically teenager girls. You can read more about it here.

Despite me not having the first volume, the back cover has a little presentation of what the story is all about, making it easier to understand or figure out what we missed on. Reads: left to right, unlike manga (from Japan).

Warning! spoilers ahead!

The main girl character, Ji-Hae, likes a boy at school, but he somehow doesn’t want to know anything about her. She then somehow travels back in time and finds herself in the ancient Korean kingdom known as Silla. This is where and when most of the action takes place. 

There’s no coincidence for it either: it is at this point in time when Ji-Hae and Seung-Hyu (her love interest) met for the first time (in their past lives) and their interactions led him to not ever like her (no matter how many life times they spend together).

The story is pretty difficult to explain, however I wouldn’t like her either if I were him. She seems a bit too clingy and stuck up on him, and much like a stalker. What guy or girl likes this kind of person? The behavior is only acceptable when displayed in moderation after all and generally only after the 2 form a stable couple.

There is a guy who seems to like Ji-Hae, and that is Bub-Min. He tries to help her get closer to her love interest, but it’s mostly because he’s pretty much sure she won’t succeed. As a result he helps her enroll in the military though she has to pretend she’s guy. 

What I liked:

  • the time travel theme – there are several comics and shows that involve some time travel of sorts. People generally seem to have a little obsession with this theme, and as a result many works have been created. Some are of course better than others.
  • the art – South Korean comic artists are generally pretty skilled at creating eye catching characters. Well, if you like manly looking men or guys, then this comic is not for you. However we need to remember that for the longest time in history, the kingdoms that formed what we know today as China and both Koreas, valued their long hair on both men and women. For a person to cut or shave their head was a very big form of punishment, an insult and was disgracing to the parents. Only monks and nuns were expected to have a shaved head.

  • pretty easy to read – most comics are easy to read, after all. One targeted towards teenagers is even more easy to read.

What I disliked:

  • the main girl character – I mentioned above why I disliked her. Nothing more to comment on that.
  • the talking cat – there is a talking cat character in the story, and he is Ji-Hae’s pet. He acts entitled and arrogant, but it’s mostly to teach her some manners or a life lesson (or so I believe).

Rating and recommendations: I rate it 4 stars out 5, and I recommend to those interested in manga, anime, history, East Asian culture, or even time travel.


© 2013 – present The Owner Travels To. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – The Fool

Ah! the Fool! First card of the deck. And full of symbols. I feel this deck has more symbols than others, and some cards too are ‘heavier’ in meaning than others.

We see a young girl almost throwing herself off of a beautifully decorated column [or is it a column?] A fox looks at her, almost wondering is she’s going to go through with it or not. Some birds fly around her and a few hold onto some red ribbons, as if trying to stop her.

Looking close at her face, I almost feel as if she thinks “whatever happens surely will be better than my current state.” I wonder if she really considered all the dangers, or if she really is prepared to face all the consequences?

Some insight from the official page:

It begins with a whispered voice. Serpentine, the song threads through her days and her thoughts, beckoning. Come…come…come…. “Where?” she asks, curious, but there is no response.

She ignores the summons, until one day that siren song unexpectedly explodes and fills her to the brim. Its pulse is undeniable. “Where?” she asks again, and this time the steady beat of her heart is the response.

[…]

Meaning: The Fool is a symbol for new beginnings and adventures, pleasure, passion, thoughtless and rash. Like the Fool, you may stand upon the precipice gazing out into the unknown; and there is either an oblivious foolishness to the terrible plunge you may experience, or else a wild spirit of adventure and great faith and knowledge in that which can and will bear you up and guide through the times to come. There are unlimited possibilities opening up for the seeker.

Some insight from the now closed tarotforum forum:

By silvercrow: “she knows she will be protected. The birds will carry her, the hands will catch her. The fox, her guide, will guide her in the right direction. Below her is love, butterflies, flowers and light, but there’s also bees which can sting and sharp rocks which can hurt as well as darkness and shadows.

By r0sered1ster:the stone monkeys she stands upon, one with a heart, one with a rose and one with a butterfly. Signifying the courage, beauty and transformation she will encounter on her way

By snyc: “So the red ribbons held by the birds that surround and hold The Fool make me think of the sensory ties that hold The Fool back, which are so easily broken if only The Fool has the courage. (These ribbons are also shown in The World, but in The World they have been broken and are wrapped around her arms.) Finally, I view the statue that The Fool stands on as representing memories of the past, visions of the future, feelings, and desires.”

I view The Sun as embodying purpose, and since the right foot is often the foot that takes the first step, now I think that it means the call of purpose is what drives The Fool to take the leap, to take the first step off the cliff…

By kloeyy: “It really gives me a new perspective on the blind faith and the stirred emotion to feel compelled to step forward or leap into the unknown.”

Some more ideas from psychic-revelation.com:

In terms of finances, the Fool is an extremely positive card. You can expect increase, and furthermore, you will find it in yourself to know that no matter what happens financially, that you will be all right and will “come out on top.” Trust yourself, work hard, and you will do better than you expect.

Some ideas from destinysspiritualjourney blog:

The first thing to be noted about The Fool, is that it is the ‘zero’ card of the major arcana. The Major Arcana, represents important major life influences and is also sometimes seen by readers as a journey, through each and every card in this arcana. I always imagine The Fool as the first card in the tarot deck, some view The Fool as neither first nor last, but as the character wondering through the major arcana. The Fool is the one who experiences the trials of all the cards.

Why is the Fool the one experiencing the trials of the cards? Because humans are Fools without no life experience. Humans are designed to make mistakes in order to become wiser or better people.

On this blog, I am the Fool, sharing my experiences through life – more or less. I was born a fool and I will die a Fool, and there is no shame in that.


© 2013 – present The Owner Travels To. All rights reserved. The green texts belong to their respective creators, reproduced here for learning purposes.

The Great Gatsby -impressions and maybe spoilers-

Today’s post will be rather short and sweet. And will also lack pictures.

I believe it was last year or 2 years ago that we watched The Great Gatsby movie. It was some time after its release, but the hype was still there among its fans. After watching it, I decided to read the book as well – since they say the book is better than the movie.

I liked the movie quite a bit. I liked it because of the fashions and the opulence of the yesteryears. I also like how in the past people cared more about their image and reputation.

The book however – the book! Don’t get the wrong idea: I disliked the book! The author needed more lessons on how to write! Thankfully it is an easy read, but if you suffer from OCD, you’ll most likely feel the way I did towards the book.

If you ask me, all the copies of this short novel can be burned on a big fire.

I can understand how many people feel they can relate to the main character especially since the events are narrated in a first person manner, helping the reader “get lost in the book.” BUT… not me.

I got irritated because the time in this book has no laws – or works by different laws, like I mentioned in my previous book review. The author uses some phrases that make me think several weeks have passed, only to later reveal that only some 2 or 3 days passed. WHY? HOW?

When writing, you can’t do this. This method is much more fitting in a movie where the passing of time can be represented in more ways or is not always relevant.

There’s an accident happening towards the end of the story. The way the events around it are described in the book  … makes one think the novel was written or taking place at the end of the 20th century not at its beginning. The movie represented the scenes in a much better way.

RATINGS: no stars for the book [can I give -10 stars though?] and 1.5 stars for the movie, maybe even 2 stars because of Leonardo DiCaprio. He seems to be making all the movies a bit better. If you want to read it, better pick any other book. Even the first Twilight book is better than this one.


This post was a mostly a rant because I simply can’t understand why others praised this novel so much. I don’t get it. If you read it and liked it, please tell me why: I want to see your point of view, I really do.


©2013 – present. The Owner Travels To. All rights reserved.

How To Read The Tarot

I know you were expecting a presentation of one of the cards or one of the symbols. That’s brewing for next week [hopefully].

This week, I will help you “learn how to read the tarot” cards. The process is rather long, but it can help you see other aspects of a situation, or new ways of doing the same thing.

DISCLAIMER: The links provided are the ones I use the most in my journey to ‘learn’ how read my deck. Other websites do exist, and other forums are even open and active. I just got used to this one and the site itself is 21 years old – this should count for something.

I will have to tell you from the start that not everyone can do it, and most definitely not with all the decks. Or perhaps they just didn’t discover the right one yet?

[boring backstory]Many years back I had an oracle deck, and the meanings of each card was pretty straight-forward: whatever you saw on the card was the meaning. I didn’t need to elaborate novels around the spread. When I first decided to have a look into the tarot, I felt lost and I didn’t understand anything, and there were many hidden messages to be discovered. I thought I could never do it.

I still wanted to own at least one deck – and I hoped for a pretty one – and then, earlier this year it happened, if you remember my online shopping haul post.

Luckily I got this deck now older, when I understand more things, when I have generally more experience. This helped me a lot with learning how to read this deck. I first went on the official website, and then I found this forum where they were discussing each card. However, if you have more decks, or if you feel like the interpretation given by others doesn’t click with you, there’s another method!

ONE OF THE STEPS

Take each card and analyze it: see what message it has for you, based on the image. It’s perfectly fine to create keywords you associate with each card. Do try to write the meanings in an easy to flip through notebook. Though, depending on how much you write, a ‘regular’ size agenda or notebook should do.

Pic used in the same shopping haul post.

ANOTHER STEP

Do simple readings with just 1 card or maximum 3 cards. These readings can be for yourself – daily or weekly- or for other people. Do try to remember the “standard” meaning of the card, and see how does it apply to the situation.

At the beginning of October I started to pull out a card in the morning, and I’d only look at it in the evening. I want to ‘test’ the accuracy of the reading by how well did the message apply in my life that day. Yesterday’s card was “the Hermit” and it applied really well – I basically was the Hermit yesterday.

ADDITIONAL STEP

Buy a tarot reading guide, or find one online. I started, but not finished this “21 ways of reading a tarot card.” Apparently this is a book by Mary K Greer [and I honestly have no idea who she is]. Her method seems very good for those cards that you have a more difficult time understanding.

I believe her method also includes a notebook, so do make sure you have one handy. Since the guide takes you through 21 stages, I can’t possibly imagine anyone going through the process 22 times [just for the Major Arcana] and even less for the whole deck. Luckily, you can apply the method to an oracle deck as well.


©2013 – present. The Owner Travels To. All rights reserved.

I read too: reviewing Angels by Marian Keyes

Today is the day I post my reviews, and previously, I only wrote about movies. But I also read … granted, slowly and rarely, but I do it.

The last book I read is called Angels and is written by Marian Keyes.  … And let me tell you from the start that this  title couldn’t me more misleading. Click-bait much? I’m so unhappy with this book, I don’t even know what to start with.

Spoilers ahead? Yeah.. spoilers.

The story is told from Maggie’s point of view, making her the main character. She and her husband Garv live in Ireland, and despite being married for some time now, she’s not as happy as she’s like to be. One evening she discovers by accident that Garv has an affair, and blinded with jealousy she flies to Los Angeles. There, she stays with one of her childhood friends who tries to become a Hollywood script writer.

Somehow things happen, and Maggie ends up sleeping with most of her friend’s friends, regardless of their gender. She even ends up thinking that she meant something for one of them, only to realize later this was not the case.

Towards the end of the story, she even meets her high school sweetheart who left her without saying good-bye. Because years have past, and she had no closure, she couldn’t really forget about him. Once they talk, she realizes just how lucky she was not to marry him, but Garv

.

Her husband also flies to LA to try and win his wife back. And he does … but mostly because Maggie saw she was far better off with him than with her first lover. We can easily say there’s a happy ending for everyone involved, yay. 

What I liked:

The happy ending – I never really cared about how a story ends as long as it was a good read or watch. However lately I like happy endings. Or at least an ending where we know exactly what happens to the characters.

Pretty light read – the book is 20 cm long, 13 cm wide and 3 cm thick, with soft covers – something less than 500 pages. For a decently thick book, this novel makes an OK read for summer or even colder autumn days when you want to stay curled under a blanket with a hot drink and relax.

It touches the subject of abortion, and how a pregnancy can change a person’s life for ever, regardless of keeping the baby, deciding to have an abortion, or having the baby and putting it up for adoption. It doesn’t go too much into details but I think it’s relevant and eye opening enough.

I liked how Maggie remembers all the nice things Garv did for her throughout the years. Perhaps he really loves her – despite the little cheating on attempt. Cheating is bad, there’s no excuse for it, but maybe could be forgiven if the partners really try to rebuilt their relationship..? I don’t know. All I know is that the trust once broken, is really hard to get it back. Those who cheat on their partners don’t really know it, and having it shown in a book can open the eyes of some. (I think.)

What I disliked:

Sigh. The writing is not the best. The author didn’t pay enough attention to details. In this universe, time is a mysterious thing – just like in The Great Gatsby book (I will write about it maybe next time, I’m not sure). The whole story takes place in a little over a month, with the epilogue some 6 months later. At certain moment, they let the reader believe that about a week has passed, only to reveal that it’s been only a couple of days! HOW???

Another writing mistake, was the description of the drive along the long LA avenue. We’re presented a scene seen from above – something that Maggie couldn’t have seen because she was in a car – forgot if she was driving or was being driven.

Speaking of driving, it seems the author doesn’t really know that driving on the left and on the right are quite different. Maggie drives in LA, and though she’s not used to it manages to get to places. What worries me more than the character getting lost is that if the police had stopped her, I think she would have been in quite a lot of problem. I know that at least when a person used to drive on the right, is required to have an international driving license when going to a country where driving happens on the other hand. I doubt Maggie had it.

The fact that Maggie had so many one night stands because she was emotionally confused. The happy ending of the story makes it seem that “it’s OK to sleep around while married if you’re distressed, if you end up with the person that makes you feel happiest.” It is not OK, especially because she thought her husband did it – points to double standards which are not OK.

Misleading title. I thought the book is with supernatural beings. I’m not even sure what the title referred to.. The City Of Angels? Who was even an angel is this story? IF you ask me, none was an angel or innocent – maybe just Maggie’s friend, Emily.

Rating: I give this novel 1.5 stars out of 5. You’re not missing out on anything if you don’t read it. If you do/did read this novel – will you share your impressions?

I saw IT (2017) – movie review and spoilers

Last Friday night we went to the theater to see the remake of the movie IT, an adaptation of the book by the same name written by Steven King. We went to the 7:30 pm viewing and we were surprised by the number of people showing up to also see it: 4, not including the two of us.

Our seats were right next to one of the couples, and the other couple was sitting more towards the middle rows. Our seats were on the very last row – one of the best places to watch a movie at the theater.

At this point, I should warn you that the spoilers and impressions will begin, so if you don’t want to know, you must click away. DISCLAIMER: I have yet to read the book, so my opinions are based simply on the 1990 mini series and the new movie.

We all know what the story is about:   a clown called Pennywise terrorizes the kids in a town in Maine. Because what’s more scary than a clown offering you balloons, right?

This version is of course a little different than the original, and the differences are more or less subtle. For starters, Pennywise has a more pointy hair-do and a deeper shade or red as hair color than the original. The makeup is also changed a bit, and I think the costume’s color too.

His eyes stood out the most though: very vibrant and golden/orange in color. However, Tim Curry – the original IT, gave his approval to the new Pennywise.

We also notice that the action takes place at the end of the eighties and not in the sixties like in the book. This can only mean the we’ll see these kids defeat the monster in a 2016/2017 setting.We also notice some scenes are missing -one of them being that of Pennywise coming out of the shower drain.

These are just some observations, and not a critique to the movie. The actors did a good job, but sadly I couldn’t shake off just how the two actors portrayed Pennywise.  It wasn’t just the appearance, but the whole vibe, demeanor. Tim Curry’s interpretation was just pure evil, he didn’t have time to waste chatting with Georgie. What he wanted was just just scare the living shit out of the kids and viewers.

Bill Skarsgard shows us a sad, lonely clown, eager to make friends in a way. His gray somewhat fitted outfit makes him look more like a puppet than a monster. Maybe this was the whole idea after all. His vibrant eyes were unsettling. A+ for the eyes though.

I also have the feeling that less balloons were used in this remake than in the original.

I found the movie to have more gore scenes than scary scenes. Just one scene really scared me – when IT grabbed Beverly. I actually jumped out of my seat at that point. This should say something, LOL. Another more scary scene was when some of the kids entered the abandoned house and they got separated.

What I liked and disliked at the same time was that I didn’t get as scared as I expected to. Tim Curry did manage to scare me a lot in the mini series. The bullying parts was something triggering for me, and very disturbing – most likely because this is something that happens in real life anyways.

I will give this remake 4 stars out of 5 because I simply expected a bit more. It was somehow flat, emotionless. Maybe if more creepy music was played throughout, it would have managed to scare us more.


©2013 – present the owner travels to. All rights reserved.