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The Ultimate Vampire Book

vintage classics draculaBram Stoker’s Dracula was the book that started it all. They made so many movies out if it and of course, so many different shows and stories/novels based on the idea that the dead can come back to life, with a hankering for human blood.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time. It was while I was reading The Historian that I decided to get a copy of Dracula for myself. I wanted to know what was so interesting with this story that there’s been so many different remakes/re-writes about it?

I’ve seen the movie. It was sweet and lovely. A rather good love story, I might add. So how different could it be, right?

Wrong.

The book was nothing like the movie at all. Sure, the book and the movie started out the same way, with Jonathan Harker going to Transylvania to meet the Count to get him to sign the papers for his new property and the ordeal that the poor man had to go through just to come back to England. While I read the book, I had scenes from the movie play in my head. However, the relationship between Mina Harker and Dracula are totally not what it’s like in the movie at all.

I have problems reading some parts of it, especially the dialogue and the portions written from Abraham Van Helsing’s point of view. The sentences are convoluted and may not be what see as grammatically correct, but seeing that I’m not an expert in the English language, it could be correct and I’m just an ignorant fool. Anyway, I’m attributing the strange sentence phrasing to the fact that Van Helsing, being Dutch, may not be a native English speaker.

Overall, I did enjoy the book very much. I would have loved it more if the book was more violent and bloody but I don’t think that that was the writing style back then in the 1800s. I definitely have to re-read the book again to pick up on the little things that I might have missed when I read through it the first time; just like what I did when I read Tolkein’s Lord of The Rings.

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Back To The Radio

With the slow, agonizing death of my classic iPod’s battery, I’ve been going around without a music player for a while and I’ve been missing having music with me. Dude lent me his cute little Creative Zen but at only a 2G capacity, I miss having so much music at my fingertips. The one thing that I do like about this little player is the radio function. It’s been a really long time since I’ve tuned in to a local radio station for an extended period of time.

Usually, I’d only listen to the radio when I’m in the lab, since it’s always on if someone’s in and it’s always that one particular station but recently, my colleagues had been changing the radio station quite frequently and I actually found a radio station that I actually like.

The station plays a lot of the current music. At the present moment, that’s what I’m looking for, something that doesn’t put me to sleep and keeps me bouncing while I’m doing my work. Nothing like fast pace catchy music to keep you motivated at work. The only problem with listening to the radio is that I never know the title of the song or who the artist is.

At this present moment, I’m listening to this:


Whinging, Because I Need It

These past couple of weeks have been hectic. Work basically drained so much of my energy that I barely have energy, or time, to do anything else.

The flash fiction that is due tomorrow isn’t going to get written because well, it’s due tomorrow and I haven’t even started writing yet.

Most importantly, my school stuff has been in the back burner for a while. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I’m supposed to read on. I should at least do a rough draft of my protocol but the perfectionist in me wants the complete, perfect protocol. It feels like an albatross hanging around my neck.


On top of that, work wise, so many things that need to be done and I’ve only got 2 hands.

I really don’t feel like doing anything productive.

GAH! Seriously. I need more time and motivation to get things moving.

To make up for this whinge, here’s a clip from my favourite Buffy episode.


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.