THE GOOD STUFF: OF TRAVELING AND GEEKING OUT
Talking about and planning on going to Thailand. Getting some writing gigs. Delving deeper in coding. Planning the launch of the newsletter, Sub Rosa. A local trip to somewhere cold and rustic.
I am a creature of habit, but there is a part of me that just wants to go pack my bags, hop on a bus or a plane, and go somewhere else. No plans, no itinerary. I’m quite surprised how there are times when I can easily chat up strangers. I love learning things when I converse with people. I love hearing about their lives and points of views. It widens my horizons in some ways. It makes me feel closer to humanity. (Isn’t that weird? That’s a weird thing to say, I know.)
Seems like everyone I know is going to Dubai. They tell me to go there, go to Dubai. But a huge part of me is being pulled to Thailand, specifically Bangkok. I want to see the temples there, taste the food, feel the heat of the sun and the kiss of the wind on my skin, go shopping, check out their markets, soak in what their nightlife has to offer, get dazzled by all the lights and sounds at night as I explore places. (Clearly, I am looking forward to their nightlife. Haha.) I want to experience their culture.
DATING DISASTERS: A SNEAK PEEK (BUT NOT REALLY)
Now turn the dial, switch the channel, and listen to this: I’m just a girl, standing across this guy, silently wishing for him to start talking about other things besides his car and how wealthy he is. Half the time, I try to brush off his hand suddenly reaching out to touch my thigh and then giving it a squeeze. ON THE FIRST DATE. (Third date, max.) And I haven’t even given out vibes that made it okay to do that. I am very particular about personal distance when it comes to the first couple of dates, so I know that. I’m sure of that. Ha! The tales to tell that I have regarding dating disasters are not nothing. Never nothing. They’ve gotten to a ridiculous point that I just gave up dating for months, even years. And when I did go out on dates after a long, long time of hibernation, SURPRISE! I get basically the same scenarios. I get the same things and yet each time, I still get surprised that it happened to me.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: SOMETHING HAUNTING AND BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS SO GO READ IT NOW PLEASE!
I recommend Kate Mosse’s “Sepulchre.” It’s got this hypnotic, mesmerizing feel to it. As the story jumps from Paris during the 1890s to Paris 2007, the words do not lose its almost magical feel. It’s a mystery story unlike any I have read, mostly because of the way it was written. Here is the plot summary:
In 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother arrive at the home of their widowed aunt in Rennes-le-Bains, in southwest France. But nothing is as Léonie had imagined. Their aunt is young, willowy, and beautiful, and the estate is a subject of local superstition. Villagers claim that Léonie’s late uncle died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre on its grounds…
More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in Rennes-le- Bains while researching the life of Claude Debussy. Haunted by a Tarot reading she had in Paris-and possessing the mysterious deck of cards-she checks into a grand old hotel built on the site of a famous mountain estate destroyed by fire in 1896. There, the pack of Tarot cards and a piece of 19th-century music known as Sepulchre 1891 hold the key to her fate-just as they did to the fate of Léonie Vernier.
MORE RECOMMENDATIONS! MOARRRR!
I also recommend Kygo and Selena Gomez’s new song, “It Ain’t Me.” Everything about it is absolutely perfect. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I suggest you do that right now.
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Lastly, what would this website be if I don’t throw in something horror? Here are 5 creepy Japanese clips. It’s totally up to you if you want to watch it alone.
And that’s it for me for now. The five days away from work is now behind me and I am back to reality.
P.S. I hope you had a good weekend!