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Ladies Who Read Comics…

Are the sexiest ones. Or so they tell me.

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28th of August was the Read Comics In Public Day and seeing that my friends and I are big fans of comic books, we decided to do just that and take pictures of ourselves and do what we do best; post the pictures online.

I met Raven Silvers, Seriously Sarah, Joelyn Alexandra and Avariel at train station as we’d planned to go to The Mind Cafe for a day of crazy gaming and comic book reading. Everyone either brought their own comics or borrowed it from those of us who have too many.

reading The Long Halloweenjoelyn reading Fantastic Fables

I brought with my The Long Halloween. It’s been in my to-read pile for almost a whole year and I thought, this would be the best time to get my reading done. It was a good read and I think I should get the others in the series.

Joelyn didn’t bring a comic book of her own so Avariel lent her the extra one that she brought.

reading Empoweredreading Fullmetal Alchemist

Sarah decided to go with Empowered Vol 4. I’m not sure what’s so special about that particular issue. I do have the first two volumes of Empowered but I’ve yet to read it. That seems like a habit with me.

Manga does qualify as comic books too and that was what Avariel read. She brought with her one of the issues with the original covers of Fullmetal Alchemist. I must say that I’ve never read the manga since my sister preferred the anime over the book.

One of the main reasons why we did this was to get more people, especially the ladies, to start reading comics. Comics aren’t just for pre-pubescent boys and nerds. They’re for everyone and please, if you tell me that it’s only for males, I will smack your face so hard, you’ll look like Little Nicky.

Anyway, here are more ladies who read comics. So ladies, don’t feel alone. There are more of us out there than you realise. All you need to do is just to reach out and contact us.

Sidenote: I read Final Crisis yesterday and it was a total mind-fuck. I had a headache when I finished it.


Surreal Feeling

As I got ready for work today, it feels different. It feels like another morning but yet, not really, like I was at home and yet, not. I don't understand it either. The only way that I could describe it is, as if I was back in Australia, getting up and getting ready to start the day in a country that isn't mine but at the same time, with a sense of being at home.

It could be the non-Singaporean English being spoken on TV (I was watching a UK cop show on cable) or that everyone in the house was fasting, except for me but what ever it was, it felt very surreal.

This surreal feeling makes me feel like something good is about to happen. I don't know what it is but I feel good. The last time I felt like something exciting was about to happen, it did. I'm hoping that this will be the same.

I'm hoping this feeling will last the whole day since it makes the day more interesting, going around with this surreal high that I have.


Since I’m Stuck At Home…

I’ve been sick these past few days. Being a germ factory means that I can’t go out and meet my friends, so it’ll be the best time to kick back, relax and catch up in the thins that I’ve missed, namely reading my ever growing pile of comic books.

Almost every week, I would go down to the comic book store to pick up my single issues but I don’t usually have the time to read them. That does not include the trade paperback copies that I have as well.

Here’s a partial list of the comics that I’m planning to go through today, if possible:

Return of Bruce Wayne, issues #3 & #4 of 6
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The one and only Batman, lost through time, trying to make his way back to present-day Gotham. This apparently comes after Batman & Son and Final Crisis, both of which I have yet to read.

Batman Beyond, issues #3 & #4 of 6
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Terry McGinnis, my ultimate favourite Batman. I’d enjoyed the animation series very much but this comic version has some ugly drawings, in my opinion.

Red Hood: The Lost Days, issues #3 & #4 of 6
red hood #2 of 6red hood #3 of 6
Jason Todd, the Robin after Dick Grayson, coming back from the dead. So what happens between his death and when he comes back being the brutal vigilante, Red Hood?

Wonder Woman, issue #601
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I just bought this to see how her new costume works out for her.

True Blood, #1 & #2
true blood #1true blood #2

I enjoyed the True Blood series more than the books. We’ll see if the comics are as good as the show.

The Long Halloween, Final Crisis, Batman: R.I.P and Batwoman: Elegy
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I you hadn’t realised by now, I have a thing for Batman and the rest of the Bat family. I would say that majority of the graphic novels and comic books that I own are Batman and family-related. Obsessed much?

Anyway, I’m going to spend the rest of the day, lazing around in bed with my reading material.


So, The Last Airbender Movie…

the last airbender

Despite all the bad reviews and all the things that I’ve heard people say about the movie adaptation of it, I went to watch it last night. Dude wanted to watch it after reading a seemingly good review of the movie in a magazine. I thought, why not.

Since I’ve watched the original series, everyone told me that I will most probably be disappointed with it. They changed too many things and basically destroyed the whole series. So I was forewarned. I went into the theatre with no expectations what so even.

I won’t say that I was pleasantly surprised by the wonder of it because I wasn’t but I must say that it was watch-able and I didn’t fall asleep.

Sure they changed a lot of things, like the races of the nations and dropped all the funny bits that make the series so wonderful but the movie also maintained the core story line of the series. It’s like watching Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince all over again, where they picked all the highlights of the book and made it into a two and a half hours movie. The Last Airbender was basically all the important parts of all 20 episodes of the first season, dropping all side stories and side quests, and condensing it into 103 minutes.

There are, of course, some cheesy dialogue and there’s something about the acting, I just can’t put my finger on it, that feels so unnatural. It’s not really bad acting but everything seems forced. Also, movie-Zuko was a whiny ass bastard. Cartoon-Zuko was whiny, yes, but he was angsty like any exiled 16 year old would be but movie-Zuko was very prone to monologuing and whining. That bit irritated me some.

The part they did get right was Princess Azula’s psychotic nature that was done very well by the actress who portrayed her. All that madness was conveyed in that smile and the mad look in her eyes.

Dude wished that the movie was longer but I think that the length was just right. Any longer and it would have been draggy.

So, should you watch it? I’d say, watch it and make up your own mind. Just try to remember that it’s an adaptation not a translation of the series onto the big screen. Expect things to change. Though, having an Indian man named Zhao is rather odd.

To end the post, here, have a trailer.


Caramelised Onions Aren’t Weird Food

Last week, I was craving for caramelised onions but I just didn’t have time to make any. Someone asked if there was even such a thing. My jaw dropped and I couldn’t believe that they had never heard of caramelised onions before. Seriously, what kind of burgers have they been eating?! What’s even sadder, a simple Google search would have led the person to not just the existence but also on how to make them.

A friend said that not that many people know about it. Most probably they’ve had it; they just don’t know what it’s called. I just think that it’s sad that people don’t seem to bother to want to find out what it is that they’re eating.

Anyway, here’s a video on the proper way of making caramelised onions.

I’ve seen some cooking shows where they added brown sugar to the onions and that made me want to scream. Adding brown sugar to it is like adding caramel to the onions and not letting the onions cook in it’s own sugar, which is basically the WHOLE POINT OF CARAMELISED ONIONS!

Ahem. *steps of soap box*

From a link that someone posted up on twitter on how to make the In-N-Out Double, Double Animal Style burger at home. There’s one bit in there where the writer mentions on making the caramelised onions the way you would for French Onion soup; deglazing the pan when the sugars start coating the bottom of the pan. I think that this sounds like a very interesting method and I’m dying to try this out.

So, now I know how to make caramelised onions and I bought a jar of pickled jalapeño peppers yesterday. All I need is time to make my own burgers. It will be awesome, with awesome cheese, home-made patties, wonderfully toasted bread, veggies enough to put in a salad, lovely caramelised onions and jalapeño peppers. I just need sliced pickles. Just thinking about that makes me want to drool and that’s not a good thing, especially seeing that I’m fasting.

So yes, caramelised onions are the base for a lot of recipes but personally, I prefer them in my burgers.


Wishing

At this present moment, I'm at work, supposedly looking busy and doing work related things but as in the previous posts, I'm having trouble trying to focus on what needs to be done. Instead of being here, I so wish that I'm some place else where I can gather my thoughts and figure out what is wrong with me. May be there isn't but heck, everyone needs a break from everything once in a while.

I wish that I'm at a coffee place that serves wonderfully brewed coffee, not too heavy on the milk and  sugar. A place that welcomes you into it's freshly brewed coffee-scented embrace,  with a good selection of pastries and cookies and power points for the notebook computers. I would sit with a cup of coffee with my notebook, observing people and their antics, writing down little plot ideas or a short story if the mood strikes me.

I wish that I was lying in a hammock by the beach, enjoying the wonderful sunny weather and the cool breeze, closing my eyes and relaxing, not thinking about work or anything much for that matter. With a cold drink in hand, I'd just laze about for a while.

I wish I was anywhere but where I am I right now.