A Cat in a Book

Last week, on my way back form a short holiday in Germany, I and my friends were browsing in the airport bookshop. One particular book seemed to be beaconing me. Yes, books do beacon, occasionally and those generally turn out to be books well worth a read. This book, titled “The Cat Who Saved Books”, had a very aestethically pleasing cover with a ginger, tabby cat. I have a bit of a “thing” for ginger tabby cats so this, in addtion to the title, was definitely a sign ๐Ÿ˜€ The story seemed to be right up my alley too. It turned out to be exactly that, a “heartwarming story about finding courage, caring for others –ย  and the tremendous power of books”, as it says at the end of the short introduction. I read the whole thing on my flight back, ha. I felt the story was rather “Japanese” in essence and will probably not suit for everyone, but I liked it a lot. Oh, and I think the Finnish translation of the title actually fits better, being “The Cat Who Protected Books”.

I’m quite painfully aware of lack of posts in recent moths, so why am I blathering about a book instead of something drama related? Well, the author is Japanese, Sousuke Natsukawa which sortakinda ties up with the general content of this blog… and there might be others who’d possibly feel like checking the book out. It would actually make a pretty good short drama. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m hoping to get back on track with dramas and blogging in general at some point, just not sure when. At least I’ve finally started to feel like I would be up to writing about dramas again. The first half of this year has unfortunatey been more of the same – work pretty much sucking all energy out of me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

A Totally Random Kpop Post^^

Gosh, I LOVE this song! It’s been on repeat since yesterday, I just can’t stop listening to it. Love everything about it, even the lyrics are meaningful. But then, B.A.P are know for social commentary in their songs.

Annnnd, Bang Yong Guk is back, bless him. Hope he doesn’t overextend himself this promo round as panic disorder is not something you can just casually shrug off.

They’ve also released the dance version and needless to say I love the choreo too. ๐Ÿ˜€

Content robbers afoot :(

One of the more unsavoury features of the internet life is that if you share something freely, there are always those who will exploit your generosity and swipe the contents for their own use, usually to gain something from it.

Unfortunately Mr Kwon @ Dramajjang (among several other k-ent bloggers) has had many of his post contents stolen by one of those pesky sites (zkpop.com) that copypastes other people’s lovingly composed thoughts and passes them as their own. I have no intention of visiting the place to see what they’ve actually got there but I’m pretty sure it’s full of ads (and possibly other less bening things – ewww… I feel dirty just by having written that) to earn money. Sites like the aforementioned have always been around in some form or other and like cockcroaches they’ll probably survive a direct hit with a nuke so getting rid of them is neigh impossible. All one can do is try to make people aware so that they don’t visit sites (hah, I wrote ‘shaite’ first, how apt) like these even accidentally.

Here’s a link to Kwon’s original post.

Another post by Kwon, after he’d done some seluthing to find out how the thieves operate to hide the fact that the content is not theirs.

A very informative post by NeeNee @ Asian Addicts Anonymys about content theft and plagiarism.

Sunshine Award 2015

Woot! Another award? ๐Ÿ˜‰ The lovely Mr Kwon @ dramajjang has nominated me for a Sunshine Award. Thank you, Sir! I try to do my best with the answers.

As per usual, I’ll opt out of nominating anyone. I just don’t have enough new ‘friends’ to pass the baton to. Besides, I seriously suck at figuring out what to ask, ha.

So, on to my aswers then.
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You are my sunshine…

Dang, this was totally unexpected but I have been nominated for Sunshine Award by snow at The Drama Corner. Thank you kindly, it’s an honor and I’m not worthy. ๐Ÿ™‚

I gave it some serious thought but I decided not to nominate anyone. I’m a perennial drive by lurker so my active blogroll is pretty short and the blogs I’m more familiar with already have a nomination or three.

Anyway, here are my answers to snow’s questions:

1. What is your favourite thing to do when you are not watching dramas?
Reading. It’s hard to remember a time when I did not read and there was a time I hardly did anything but on my free time. I love books and bookshops + libraries are one of my favourite places to be. Hours can pass by while I’m browsing and reading. I’ve never warmed up to the electronic versions of books like Kindle etc. I’m old-fashoned that way.

2. Which is your all time favourite movie in the following categories: [1] Thriller [2] Romance [3] Comedy.
Gosh, this is a hard one as I’m really not all that into movies in general. I wouldn’t say these are my all time faves but more like some of the memorable ones; [1] LA Confidential [2] Dating the Enemy (Australia) [3] Allmost anything by Monty Python^^

3. Your favourite book.
Too many to mention. I don’t have just one favourite book but a whole catalogue, LOL! From the ones I’ve read recently, I really loved The Best Laid Plans and The High Road by Terry Fallis. They are freaking hilarious! I laughed till I cried so.many.times. Political satire is not easy to do but this guy is good.

4. Your go-to drama.
I think… either Stranger than Paradise or Beach Boys – depends on the mood.

5. In your opinion, the best drama couple isโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ
As a non-shipper I don’t really pay all that much attention to the pairings but I do rather love An Lei/Yi Kang @ The Pursuit of Happiness

6. What is the best smell in the world?
The way a forest smells in different times of the year. Right now it’s the slightly tangy, fresh smell of early autumn. Mmmmmm… love it.

7. Your dream pairing for a drama.
Me and UTW? XD This is not exactly a pairing but I’d love to see Eric, Jung Yoo Mi and UTW do a remake…ish of The Pursuit of Happines.

8. Your favourite character from Friends (if you havenโ€™t seen it, then from any other American T.V. show)
Probably Phoebe, ha.