Wednesday, February 20, 2013

20130220 | Journal Entry

If you haven't already known, I am a Mongolian Turkish school alumna; even after graduation our female teachers and resident advisers (Turkish students who are studying in Mongolian Universities and staying at our dormitory) invite us over dinner or tea for some quality time and just talk. Isn't that nice? We get so much kindness towards us and I, sometimes, get a little bit ashamed that I am not able to return the favour.

Yesterday, some of our ablas invited 09' and 10' alumni for a dinner at the new dormitory for the university students studying in UB and graduate from MTSs. While having some tea, one told us that we are constantly getting older an younger, and older and younger, and older and younger; when you get into elementary school you're the youngest and then 4th grade you're the oldest, in middle school it's the same, in high school it's the same, in uni it's the same, in work field it's the same as well if you don't end up working in a same place for 20 years, which is not likely in these days.

Don't worry about getting old, or time is slipping through our hands. Every day is a new experience and you're a rookie. We haven't reached the place where we can say "The best and most memorable days are still ahead of us." is not true anymore.

- Anu

P.S. Happy Birthday Terka!!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars | Read Log

So this time, I am doing a video talk on the latest book of best selling author John Green - The Fault in Our Stars with my fellow book lover - Indra. (Nomin comes in too)
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs ... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
Hats down to Mr. Green, here is my video talk on my favourite-John-Green-book-so-far.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tim and Becca - Maneater (Nelly Furtado / Panic! At The Disco) | Song of the Day

I've recently found two great YouTubers: Tim, who is an amazing film maker, and Becca, who possess a great talented voice. The video on Becca's channel (Anavae) of them covering Nelly Furtado and Panic! At The Disco 's Maneater mash-up has been watched over and over again for the last couple of days. It was obvious that filming this video without any edit was a challenge for them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Anu Watches

When I was informed that Emma Watson was starring in a small, independent film - The Perks of Being a Wallflower based upon a novel, I had to read the novel and then definitely watch the movie once it's available. I was not disappointed for sure. My favourite quotes from the novel/film includes: We only accept the love we think we deserve. Here is a video talk/ramble I just did on the title.


Monday, February 11, 2013

An Abundance of Katherines | Anu Reads

An Abundance of Katherines is fictional and technically-young-adult-but-can-be-read-by-anyone novel published back in 2008 by the very talented best selling author John Green. Here is what it says on the description on Goodreads:
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgon - but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predicability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.
And here is my video rambling on the title work for over 3 minutes, which was just lovely. Ugh. Hope you're having a good Lunar New Year.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Norwegian Wood | Anu Reads

Norwegian Wood is Haruki Murakami's fictional work published in 1987 about a first year student Toru Watanabe's life story over a short period of time beginning from his high school years up until mid college years. (Click here for the Goodreads page of the book.)
Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressure and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman. 
A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming of age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.
Here is my video talk on the title itself.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Back to Uni Bag

Tomorrow is my first day of the last semester that I'll be an undergraduate student and I cannot help myself but feel a little nostalgic. Anyway, I am packing my bag for school and I thought I would share it with you.

The gadgets that are always with me : my mobile, kindle, headphones and a flash drive | You can't go without the notebooks : a journal (paperblanks) for the novella I am working on, a binder for class, 2013 planner (paperblanks) and a small journal (paperblanks) for things that don't fit anywhere else, and yes I love paperblanks

Some nick-nacks that all they girls carry around : hand-sanitizer, perfume, hand cream, lipstick, pouch, mirror, lip balm, tissue and some bunch of gums | others : wallet, tumbler and a Swiss army knife that I cannot part with

Enjoy your class,