12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Last one! Credit to you if you stayed with me this long. =)

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, Day 7 HERE, Day 8 HERE, Day 9 HERE, Day 10 HERE, and Day 11 HERE.

DAY 12. What are you grateful for this Christmas?

Every night when I say my prayers, I list ten things I am thankful/grateful for. I’ve been focusing on doing it for about a month now, and it really makes a difference in perspective.
With the annual celebration of the birth of our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus coming up, it is a time to remember all the things God has done for us, and thank him for them.
This year, I am thankful for the following (not a complete list):
  • My sister and her fiancée having a safe trip to America
  • My career/work getting on track
  • Health improving (whole family)
  • Able to catch-up with friends a bit more
  • Learning more about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and everything
  • Chatting with new people I’ve met through this blog
  • Brother taking a break from his job to work and relax overseas
  • Being able to teach scripture to kids in schools
There are so many things to be thankful/grateful for, and this is just a short list of them.
What are some of the things you’re grateful for this Christmas? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Almost there!

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, Day 7 HERE, Day 8 HERE, Day 9 HERE, and Day 10 HERE.

DAY 11. What was your favourite childhood Christmas present?

The other day I read an article about a couple who bought ~300 presents for their kids for Christmas. As can be expected, the internet had a lot to say about it. While some were saying they can do whatever they want with their money, others pointed out that spoiling children is akin to abuse.
When it comes to my family, sometimes too much emphasis was put on the presents – when we were little kids. Being a single parent, Mum always felt like she wasn’t doing a good enough job, and tried to show us her love in that way. I still remember being a little kid telling her she didn’t need to buy so many presents. Now I’m not saying we got anywhere near as many (after all, we didn’t have enough money for that, anyway), but this history comes to mind when I read this question.
Despite all the weight Mum put on our presents, I don’t really remember any from my childhood that was my favourite.
I love all the gifts that I get, but what I remember more about the day, are the jokes we share and the games we play.
What was your favourite childhood Christmas present? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, Day 7 HERE, and Day 8 HERE.

DAY 9. Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?

In my family, our get-together time is at lunch. With my sister and her fiancee getting married next year, I don’t know how long before little kids are added and they are spending holidays away, so I am thankful they will be coming.

My grandma – 93 years old – is having lunch with us, and is always a hilarious companion.
My mum, of course, and my brother has postponed his overseas trip so he can spend Christmas with us.

That’s pretty much it.

Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner this year? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

The Longest Week (2014) – Review

As seen on CinemaParadiso.


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What is it about attractive, rich, men who refuse to grow up that entertain us so much? These characters have run wild on Film (from Arthur Bach in Arthur to Tony Stark in Iron Man) and Television (Joey Tribbiani in Friends and Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother), increasing in popularity especially in the recent years. The Longest Week attempts to make us root for characters we would hate in real life, but while the comedy aspects hits their mark, the film unfortunately lacks in the more dramatic moments.

Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman) lives the ultimate life of luxury. He wakes up in his lavish Manhattan Hotel, dresses in only the best clothes, and spends his days doing absolutely anything he wants. The only problem is that his parents will no longer fund his aimless existence. Within a single week, Conrad no longer has a home, no longer has money, and no longer has his wonderful life. His writing career barely lifts off the ground, and he resorts to ‘bunking’ with his best friend Dylan Tate. And, just when he thinks it cannot get any worse, he finds himself in love with Dylan’s girlfriend.

The Longest Week’s cast-list boasts quite a few talented names. Jason Bateman has really surged in popularity since his role as Michael Bluth in Arrested Development (2003-2006, then 2013). He has gone from film to film, even taking jobs behind the camera, but has not been able to find the same success. I have only recently heard the name ‘Billy Crudup’ – who plays Conrad’s friend in the film – yet now it seems his name is everywhere. He has already been in three films this year, where he never played the same type of character twice. Unfortunately, though the cast are known for their ability to deliver great performances, they struggled with the script to make the characters work.

The cinematic style Peter Glanz offered for this film appears to borrow greatly from other filmmakers. While he is skilled enough to make them work, once again, it is the heart underneath that lacks, and his filmic attempts ring fake. The dialogue is shockingly cliché at times, and the characters don’t manage to progress, just exist.

As many others have pointed out, The Longest Week is essentially a film about rich people with petty problems. For some projects, this works, but it needs to have heart. This film never established that vital element, and instead it works more to alienate the audience.

The film has been waiting to be released since its completion back in 2012, and the fact it was finally dumped into cinemas clearly is not a sign of confidence.

As with all movies, opinions are subjective, and what reviewers denounce, will always find some enjoyment from some cinemagoers.

2 out of 5 stars

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE.

DAY 3. Your favourite Christmas recipe/food.

I’m not really into cooking. No one in my family really is. As I said in my last entry in this challenge, on Christmas we have a normal dinner, but go out for a buffet lunch.

I do like candy canes, though.

What about you? What is your favourite Christmas recipe/food? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: Gareth RodesmrDeeeN, and Virginia.

#ISurvivedHighSchoolBy

Twitter is often overcome by hashtag trends. I don’t regularly participate (because it is mostly about bands I don’t follow) but this time I was drawn in.

I don’t know if it was limited only to Australia, but on my feed came #ISurvivedHighSchoolBy. Not only does it make all those memories flood back to me, but I really enjoyed seeing the funny and friendly tweets from people sharing their own experiences.

My favourites include:

(Ah High School Musical, I love you so much!)

 

And from the same twitter account:

 

Let me tell you quickly about my high school experience. I wasn’t a popular kid, I wasn’t a sport kid, I wasn’t really anything. I did very well in my classes but wasn’t the top, and I had a group of friends, but I wasn’t the loudest. For the most part, I couldn’t care less about high school and all the drama that usually went with it. There were no romances, no real character changes, nothing.

Year 12 came around and I was getting sick of all the student politics and petty friendship quarrels. Part of me still wanted to be in those groups with those friends, but for the most part I wanted to be out and enjoying grown-up life. My sister is older than me and I would text her every lunch period, hoping she could somehow take me away from all of it and suddenly get me into university (little did I know a lot of the same stuff happened there too – except it was the teachers that were extremely petty).

This is what got me through the hard times: my sister (and mother and brother, of course), and my aspirations for my future. Looking back, I’m glad I learnt those hard and frustrating lessons in high school, because it makes life now all the sweeter. Things haven’t always been great, but I now get paid for my writing, and, as you can see, I have my own blog (for which I have many plans for the future – but you’ll find out about that later).

So, drop a comment below and tell me what got you through high school!