Friday, June 25, 2010


Lost sleep. Over designing.

I planned to just skip dinner (or at least have something small and light) and have some apple cider vinegar before going to bed early. Then I chatted with a close friend, and I felt refreshed again. It was a delight chatting with him. We didn't chat for long (line problem+low credit). Managed to say good night before being cut off. Hahaha.

Afterwards, I rummaged through the piles of reading material in my room and got hold of back-issues of Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar. That's where my blood and adrenaline rushed full speed from the inspiration I got from perusing the magazines. I recalled a friend of mine ordering a pair of custom made shoes with naked ladies on them, and I set off to work immediately. But the first few drafts were HIDEOUS. The girls were disproportionate. The features weren't balanced. Earlier, I said to myself that no late-night Internet, but I just had to tame this wild mind of mine and went downstairs to research the naked female body. First stop: HENTAI MANGA. Where can you find a larger-than-life (haha) cartoon depiction of the human female? So I went on and downloaded a few pictures as reference. After that, I read some articles on Yahoo and, before finally settling down to drag myself to bed.

I planned to draw the figures first thing in the morning, but I just couldn't sleep knowing that the design is awaited by a friend. So instead of bed, I put on the music in my phone (through earphones of course) and set off drawing, until 5am. THEN I was rested enough to get woozy and sleepy.

Now I'm sleepy. Hope I don't sleep halfway through the Friday sermons.

Happy Friday. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Clive Cussler's Treasure

I'm currently reading this book now, and I have finished 95% of the book. It's an old tome I found in my mom's precious stash of novel classics. And I must say, that stash is a final frontier of books. Plenty of literature to immerse myself in. I just hope that I have the time, concentration and commitment to finish them. Now to think about how to bring some back to UTM as leisure reading...


(picked from Wikipedia)

The book starts with a historical prologue in which Julius Venator a Roman along with a group of Roman soldiers and slaves, sail in a fleet of ships ferrying the treasures from the Library of Alexandria before its destruction to a secret location to be buried in underground caverns. After the treasures are buried the people, the Roman soldiers, and slaves are all slaughtered by the natives. While one small ship manages to get away, they never reach land and the secret of the treasure is lost.

The story then shifts to an envoy of the US President having a secret meeting with a would be Aztec dictator Topiltzin. He kills the envoy, and sends his skin and heart back to the President.

The plot then shifts to a Middle Eastern terrorist secretly hijacking a plane carrying Hala Kamil, the new United Nations Secretary-General, the hijacker bails out of the plane after ensuring that the plane crash lands in Greenland, where Dirk Pitt, Al Giordino, and Rudi Gunn are trying to locate a sunken Soviet submarine. Also in the area is Lily Sharp, who discovers an ancient coin. They rescue Hala from the plane wreck. As the plot unfolds, several more attempts are made on Hala’s life, since she is trying to stop would-be dictator Akhmad Yazid from taking over Egypt. Dirk is distracted by the promise of treasure, however. Locating a shipwreck in Greenland, they soon find a tablet detailing a mission to hide the treasure of the library at Alexandria. As Dirk, Al, and the Special Operations Forces rescue Hala Kamil from a hijacked ship in the Straits of Magellan, Hiram Yaeger locates the treasure -- in Texas. The final stretch of the novel involves Dirk trying to hide the treasure from Yazid and his brother, Topiltzin, a would-be Aztec dictator. Eventually, the treasure is discovered and Yazid, Topiltzin and their henchmen are killed.


The historical reference is lovely. And I am very attracted to the author's profuse use of similes to make estimates, measures, and images (especially those of things that the everyday person doesn't normally observe) easier to understand. It is written in the classic method (I don't know what it's called) so there is a stark difference to modern literature. And this is a book that is not exclusively categorized in the modern sense; modern lit is put into one category and it is exclusively that; Treasure, on the other hand, is written with quite a broad categorization. It contains history, technology, politics, current issue tie-ins (at least for that era) and a sprinkling of romance. The protagonist is supported by a host of great supporting characters, each a specialist in their field; thus it doesn't make this book a one-man success, but relies on the cooperation of multiple individuals. Furhtermore, the action is portrayed in such a way that I can't help feeling like I'm right in the fight-scenes itself.

While reading this book, I already wish that it has a movie made. It would be nice. Isn't that what moviemakers are currently into, literature and TV tie-ins?

running through my mind

(trying out new font)

*unlucky in love.*

*why can't i do things for myself with feeling guilty?*

*what to do with my unruly mop of hair?*

*why do i have to rein in my thoughts and feelings when others are unleashing theirs?*

*wow, it's the time to return to utm again.*

*forbidden love.*


Monday, June 21, 2010

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In Love...Again?


Kuching Inspirations

Kuching Trip 13th - 19th June 2010