Friday, December 21, 2012

Of Eowyn and Faramir

I have read a lot of stories and in them i found many, many adorably awesometastic couples, from Gone With The Wind to The Hunger Games, but there is always one couple whom I adore to pieces, and the book from which it sprang from was not of romance or chick lit but surprise, surprise, of fantasy genre.
Yes, the couple is, as stated in the title, Eowyn and Faramir from the trilogy of Lord of The Rings.

I know, many would say, "What?! Didn't know they are a couple..." That's the problem when people only watch the movies. And 3 movies does not justify the greatness of LOTR. There were many important narratives skipped and nonexistent narrative added (Arwen uugh..)

The readers are introduced to these two characters in book 2: The Two Towers though they never met. 
LOVE this drawing!! Left, Boromir, and right, Faramir!
Faramir, the son of the Steward of Gondor, is left to keepsake Gondor from intruders or attack from Mordor and the All-Seeing Eye of Sauron after the death of his brother Boromir. He has all the duties thrust upon him yet he is the most splendid man in all of Gondor. He once catches Gollum but softly lets him go. He catches Frodo and Sam and when he hears about The Ring, he rejects it totally, which shows contrast to his brother. However, his father, the ruling steward of Gondor, blames him for Boromir's death (bad parenting here) and wishes they had changed places (omg) When finally Faramir falls under the shadow of the Nazgul that his father realises how much he loves his son (sob sob)

While Eowyn is a maiden who lives in distressed in the castle of Rohan, looking after her deteriorating uncle. She is in pain because she wants to escape the shackles that detain her-she longs to serve in the war like any other man but her obligation as a woman and princess leaves her be at Edoras. She falls in love with Aragorn, who understands her and treats her. But when Aragorn rejects her and leaves her to go to war, heart-broken and having no reason to live, she disguises as a soldier and goes into the Pelennor battlefield, in which, she single handedly kills the Witch-king Angmar (this is pretty awesome) and gives the decisive win to her side. She falls sick like Faramir as she had been under the Shadow (it's like a curse, near death effect, people under The Shadow would feel like dying and wants to die)

In the third book, they finally meet in The House of Healing. Both of them, Eowyn of Rohan and Faramir of Gondor are from two allied nations, they stay in the house, recuperating from the Shadow. At first, Faramir pities Eowyn, because she always looks sad and looking out to go to war, to death (an effect of being under the shadow and killing Angmar) but they talk to each other, share their fears and concern and finally they fall in love. It was so sweet actually, you have to read the book to get it.

I love this couple because:-
1. Both ARE great characters. Though you may call Faramir flat, but he is a round character. Eowyn is of course a dynamic character and she is pretty badass, just like Faramir. They are a balanced couple, not one is greater than the other. This is a stroke of genius from JRR Tolkien!
2. Both have gone through so much. They both have felt unloved and been taken for granted. 
3. Both are noble characters. Eowyn, defending the ruin of Rohan from Wormtongue and Faramir from his psychotic father.
4. Both have hobbit fans-Eowyn has Merry's and Faramir has Pippin's loyalty.

Let me end this fanshipping with a few drawings of this ultimate couple

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Why I adore Rose Tyler (2)

Well, she said, and I quote "No one upsets my mom" to the man who, well, upset her mom. That quote just reeks Buffy-ness and badassery. Followed quickly by this image

A few minutes after the quote above, the man who upset Rose's mom, apparently, in an altercation with an alien (it's Doctor Who, what gives) loses his true love, and Rose quickly goes to his side to calm him down. I really, really love her compassion. No wonder Tenth loves her so.

Images from Doctor Who, Series 2: Love and Monster

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Adorkable Rory...

The Doctor : You are going to fire me at a planet? That’s your plan?
                     I get fired at a planet and expected to fix it?
Rory           : That is slightly your MO.
The Doctor : Don’t be fair to the Daleks when they are firing me at a planet!

Dialogue taken from Series 7: Episode 1

Just another reason to wub Rory Pond

Rory Williams. Sigh

Why I adore Rose Tyler

My Most Favourite Female Companion So Far...!

Henry van Statten: Who exactly are you?
The Doctor: I'm the Doctor and who are you?
Henry van Statten: Like you don't know. We're hidden away with the most valuable collection of extraterrestrial artifacts in the world and you just stumbled in by mistake?
The Doctor: Pretty much sums me up, yeah.
Henry van Statten: Question is, how did you get in? Fifty-three floors down, with your little cat-burglar accomplice. Quite a collector yourself. She's rather pretty.
Rose Tyler: She's gonna smack you if you keep calling her 'she'.
The dialogue above was taken from series 1 episode 5: The Dalek

First time I think Rose is awesome. Till now. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Whose Job Is It?

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, 

Anybody, and Nobody.  There was an important job to be done and 

Everybody was asked to do it.  Everybody was sure Somebody would 

do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody 

got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job.  Everybody 

thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody 

wouldn't do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when 

Nobody did what Anybody could have done.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bolehkah menggunakan produk ciptaan Yahudi?

1)     Bolehkah menggunakan produk ciptaan Yahudi?
Kesimpulan bagi soalan ini telah saya ulas panjang lebar dalam artikel terdahulu. Kesimpulannya, adalah dibenarkan untuk umat Islam membeli, menjual, menggunapakai produk ciptaan bukan Islam termasuk Yahudi, selagi mana ia dalam ruang lingkup yang halal.
Nabi Muhammad SAW juga diriwayatkan dalam hadis yang sohih telah berurusan dan membuat transaksi jual beli dan cagaran dengan seorang yahudi, iaitu :-
‏أَنَّ النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم اشْتَرَى طَعَامًا من يَهُودِيٍّ إلى أَجَلٍ وَرَهَنَهُ دِرْعًا من حَدِيدٍ
Ertinya : "Sesungguhnya Nabi SAW membeli makanan dari seorang Yahudi dengan pembayaran secara bertangguh, dan mencagarkan baju besi baginda SAW" ( Riwayat al-Bukhari, no 2326, 2/841)
Tambahan dalil boleh dibaca dari link artikel saya yang lalu di atas. 

Copy pasted from Facebook, Yahudi & Status Hukum by Ustaz Zaharuddin

Jews, Judaism and Zionism

It's disheartening and sad that people still cannot differentiate between these 3.

Jews are the people, an ethnicity. It's an ethnoreligious, which means an ethnic group of people whose members are also unified by a common religious background. And look what else is listed as ethnoreligous..

Judaism is the religion.

Zionism is is a form of nationalism of Jews and Jewish culture that supports a Jewish nation state in territory defined as the Land of Israel. Zionism was established with the goal of creating a Jewish state.

Which mean, a jew might support zionism. In fact, it might be the opposite.

So before you become an antisemite, think again.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Favourite Doctor Who Quote (1)

"When you run with The Doctor, it feels like it will never end. But however hard you try, you can't run for ever. Everybody knows that everybody dies, and nobody knows it like The Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark, if he ever, for one moment accepts it."
 -River Song, Forest of The Dead, S4Eps8.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Favourite Speech in TDKR

In case u don't know what TDKR is, it's The Dark Knight Rises. That excellent closing movie on Nolan's Batman Trilogy. Though I must admit I enjoyed The Dark Knight better but TDKR has a beautiful speech (it has a lot, but this one grips my heart) It was said by Alfred to his master, enunciated perfectly by Michael Caine, of his worries and his hopes for his master, who seemed to have this fatalistic attitude towards life

ruce Wayne: There's nothing out there for me.
And that's the problem. You hung up your cape and your cowl, but you didn't move on. You never went to find a life. To find someone...
Bruce Wayne:
Alfred. I did find someone.
I know, and you lost them. But that's all part of living, sir. But you're not living, you're just waiting, hoping for things to go bad again. Remember when you left Gotham? Before all this, before Batman. You were gone seven years, seven years I waited. Hoping that you wouldn't come back. Every year I took a holiday, I went to Florence. There's this café, on the banks of the Arno. Every fine evening I'd sit there and order a Fernet Branca. I had this fantasy that I would look across the tables and I'd see you there, with a wife, maybe a couple of kids. You wouldn't say anything to me, nor me to you, but we'd both know...that you'd made it, that you were happy.
[we see flashback of Alfred seated in a café, spotting a couple at another table, thinking the man is Bruce, but as the man turns Alfred sees that it's not Bruce]

I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you except pain and tragedy, and I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.
[Alfred turns and leaves]

Of course that was my favourite speech and not my favourite scene, because my most  favourite scene in the entire movie is the almost final scene, when Bruce gives his old caretaker what he ever wants from him

we see Alfred in Florence going to a cafe and as he drinks his coffee and looks around he stops, smiles and nods, we see Bruce is sat at another table with Selina, he nods and smiles back at Alfred, happy that Bruce has fulfilled his wish, Alfred gets up and leaves;

And for that TDKR is poignantly awesome ;_____; 

Sunday, September 30, 2012


This is not only for the pretty. Sailor Pluto is the Guardian of Time..

THIS is my personal list and it is comprised of characters I watched. As I do watch a broad variety, this list would be a mix of characters from many cultures and genres, meaning, he or she might come from series or anime.





A Collection of Time Travellers:-

I thought this cosplay of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was pretty cool, and they reenacted that scene beautifully, and i love the tone of Chiaki's hair ;)

Have Kim Boong Do, Will Time Travel

The Doctors of Doctor Who
Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor, when she dreams of him  T_T
The  younger and latest portrayal of Kyle Reese
Ron and Hermione YAY!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bridal Mask (Gaksital) review

I’m gonna write a review of a long Korean drama that I watched and followed since day one. Ok, I kid, I started on episode 3. I was vehement becuz I am not the kind of people who like to watch contemporary setting of a drama-sageuk and those traditional dresses make me go WHOA with amazement. Sometimes I think I live in the wrong era cuz I love to watch (and read) movies and books with historical settings since I was small. So much so I’m surreptitiously surprised I didn’t end up in the history department!

Back to Gaksital, or Bridal Mask, that I wanna pour my thoughts in. 

It’s about the struggle for a free nation by the Joseon people (that’s how Korea were called by their colonialists back in those days)by a masked fighter called Gaksital, meaning bridal mask, cuz he fights dem Japanese wearing a bridal mask and traditional white hanbok. Korea was colonized and oppressed in every damned way by the Japanese (hello we share the same colonialist, albeit for a few years) But true to fashion, er drama-sense, our hero is actually not a born and bred hero. Far from it. Well, he does come from a noble family entrusted with the mission to protect King Gojong but when it failed, the whole family flee and his father died, Lee Kang To is left with his elder brother, Lee Kang San and his mom. They live a very hard life and Kang To had to work harder everyday to support his brilliant elder brother to university. But one day Kang San is caught getting involved with rebellions and is tortured so terrible he becomes crazy. That was the last straw that breaks Kang To that he turns to work with the Japanese police force to feed his family.

When Gaksital appears, the police force is in a frenzy to capture him. Gaksital, like any other celluloid hero, is elusive with incredible martial arts-able to jump from tall buildings(yep) and flip through bullets (yep people). Gaksital always outwit the police force and Kang To is assigned to capture him. Little did he know that the true identity of Gaksital is (wait for it…) is his own brother, who pretends he’s mentally ill so he could be Gaksital without being investigated. But as the story goes, Kang To causes his brother’s death and in doing so he then takes up the mantel, er, mask and becomes the second Gaksital, to finish up his brother’s work, only he realizes that Joseon needs him, and he realizes that he plays a larger role on determining the fate of his people…

Kang To grows up with his best friend, Shunji Kimura, who later becomes a sweet kiddy teacher while Kang To is the grumpy screamy violent police officer. But when Kang To discovers Shunji’s brother, Kenji, kills his mom (oh noes) in rage, he goes and kills Kenji in gaksital costume, incurring eternal vengeance and wrath from the nice and demure Shinji. So Kang To has to hide the fact that he’s Gaksital from his bff while trying to save the country. Matters become worse when Kang To’s childhood sweetheart, Mok Dan is also coveted by Shunji. Oh then a lot of twist and turns that would make you go sleepless, I kid you not.

I love it. Every.dem.episode. Every.heartbreak. Every.Revelation. I’m a sucker for redemption story so Gaksital is my thing. I almost didn’t watch this cuz I didn’t like the 1930s. Capital Scandal made it worse. But once Kang To is on the screen, everything becomes alright LOL

I love it when the make Kang To’s character goes into a progression of some sort. In the beginning 6 episodes he’s so unlikable, with his penchant for screaming and kicking people in his rage (he even kicks his sweet brother ohmygawd) and with zero patriotism-he lives only to survive and patriotism is such a luxury and what happened to Kang San is a cautionary tale for him. But after the death of his family, he returns to his original self, and he learns to be a better person and more selfless. At first he just pities the weak and the oppressed but he then grows to be a bona fide freedom fighter you couldn’t be prouder when he beams and smiles for his country.

Shunji, the antagonist, starts out as a sweetheart that wouldn’t hurt a fly even if the fly goes kamikaze on him. But amazingly he flips out after his brother’s death and swears to avenge him. He becomes more cruel and clever as days pass and he really is a match to Kang To’s cunning and witty maneuvres. (and to think this is the same guy who cries on the bicycle with Kang To sobbing on his back)

Kang To and Shunji, shaken by the death of their loved ones, take different projections in their later life. Kang To becomes kinder (and happier) and more dedicated but Shunji becomes obsessed, possessed and calculative (and miserable). Mok Dan, the object of both’s affection is the daughter of the leader of freedom fighters, so no marks for guessing who she falls for.

So, episode by episode, we get this awesome cat-and-mouse game as Kang To and Shunji try to take the upper hand against each other. What is incredible is since episode 10, Shunji has guessed that Kang To is Gaksital though he can’t prove it. To me this kinda writing is awesome! I mean they’re best friend and all but both of them didn’t let that friendship fool them. As long as nobody shows his card, Shunji pretends he doesn’t suspect Kang To is Gaksital and Kang To doesn’t let his guard down either (well, only in a few occasion, where Mok Dan is concerned, since he’s just so deeply in love kinda thing, which I kinda dig, especially when he’s so pitiful, having lost everyone he loves, kinda like Harry Potter, you know)

Then we have Kang To trying to save his people by being Gaksital, serve the freedom fighters missions and all while trying to keep his cover when working as a police officer in the Japanese police force, and also romancing Mok Dan. Oh, and Mok Dan was separated from Kang To since small so she doesn’t recognize him, but she has a tremendous crush on Gaksital, but hates Kang To to the core, since Kang To is this evil police officer in the beginning, remember? And Shunji tries to avenge his brother while upholding his family honor, and at the same time tries his hardest to win over Mok Dan’s heart from Gaksital. Phew.

There are many scenes that I like for so many reasons.

In episode 7, the first time Kang To dons the gaksital mask, after killing Kenji, while running from Shunji, Kang To falls from a cliff into a river. Now, water is a superloaded metaphor, not to be taken lightly. We see him inside the river and Mok Dan is running away in a field elsewhere but she stops in her track, as if she hears something. You know what she hears? Many interpret it as Mok Dan’s instinct that someone she loves is in danger but I beg to differ. I think Mok Dan’s intuition is that someone is returning to her, meaning Kang To. THE Kang To that she knows and loves in her childhood. That young, brave, kind and unselfish Kang To. You know the thing with water is that it washes away all the dirt. Yes, this is the falling into the river for. Kang To is ‘cleansing’ himself, and his original self returns to him.

This metaphor is continued beautifully, when Kang To wakes up at the hospital. He walks from his bed to outside of his room, his surrounding is very unclear and hazy, and everything is heightened. He is wobbly and his feet could barely sustain him and he falls to the floor. He is behaving like ‘a newborn baby’-everything in his surrounding is new, and vague and unfamiliar to him and he’s very weak and he’s all wobbly like a baby. This is the symbolism that Kang To has been cleansed and born anew and that the audience will get a ‘new’ and better Kang To. Such powerful presentation.

Another scene is between DamSaRi, the leader of the freedom fighter and Kang To(KT), when he asks DamSari (DSR) why does he fight a losing battle. At this point of the story, KT is deep in his Gaksital act but having nobody to explain or tell him anything about this fight, he relies on DSR to tell him that there’s a reason to this madness(of defying the imperialists). and DSR does not let the viewers down. He compares the struggle for independence is like an egg clashing with a boulder. The egg may be brittle and easily broken but it is still a living thing. One day it will hatch while the boulder is a dead thing and enough friction it will become sand one day. So powerful an analogy to be used and very impressive.

And of course I love the romance. I don’t know but some people might find the romance subdued but tis not the case for me. I find Kang To-Mok Dan’s love story to be good and more realistic as they live in a chaotic and turbulent era. There are not many scenes of them spending time together, in fact, because Mok Dan is highly sought by Shunji, they meet just for a few minutes on the tram or at the hospital bed, and they only hold hands but gawds I feel for them so bad it hurts

Which is why the final episode made me cry like kerrazy when Kang To loses Mok Dan after she is shot. A very potent scene as Kang To weeps on Mok Dan’s grave but Baekgun, Kang To’s Alfred, urges him to stand up and fight for his people. And KT remembers what MD tells him before she fades away, to live and be strong. So he wipes away his tears and stands painfully. He is now a full freedom fighter, having lost everyone he ever cared about (honest to god, no kidding) and he lives only for his people (but killing MD hurtz. I hurtz T____T)

Besides the powerful narrative and appealing cinematography (wanna go to Korea now!) the OST is also great!! Some people might find the OST blaring especially during the action sequences but I lurve lurve it! But my favourite pieces are the OST titled ‘Holy’, ‘Right Beside You’, and ‘You in My Arms’.

 And the acting is top notch! My heart fluttered every time KT appears on screen. He’s really gorgeous and he can goddem act! Whenever he’s in pain I flinch and when he cries oh it’s so sad. I had not felt this for a long time, only once with My Sassy Girl’s Chun Hyang’s Lee Mong Ryong. Joo Won, the actor, breathes purrfection. He’s intense and sharp but demure and sweet when he needs be. And Park Ki Woong who plays Shunji almost matches Joo Won’s performance. I almost pitied him at the end, ( I never pitied vile people) so that’s good. And Ji Se Yeon who plays MD, many hated her, but really, she’s still new, and to be pitted against that smouldering sexy of a man that is Joo Won and that consummate perfectionist Park Ki Woong, I think she handled it well. Sure, she could emote more, but her character is not the point of the story isn’t it (*vents* me a KT-MD shipper) and MD sure is purrty. I like her. She has this ethereal charm and winning smile. I wish to her all the best in her future endeavour and please, dramagods, can we have her with Joo Won next time in a rom-com? Please purty please with cherry on top?
credit to soompi forum

In conclusion, as shallow (and dense) as I may seem from my review, go ahead and try watching it, especially if history is your thing, you’ll be rewarded.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Boy With The Bread

I am soo falling in love with Katniss x Peeta. And I adore The Hunger Games Trilogy. It has a mix of everything-history, satire, parody, love, romance, family, hurt, survival. And I genuinely enjoy how the writer, Suzanne Collins builds up the romance between Katniss and Peeta. They make me have sleepless nights.

Yes Katniss, DON'T. I guess the poster above will be [SPOILER] very significant in novel 2 [SPOILER] which makes me wonder if she knew what will happen when fire meets bread

                                         This is eaxctly how iI imagined it LOL