Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Reaction after reading the book.
It was so sad. Of course, I can’t afford to spill out what and why I react this way especially for the benefit of those who are still on the verge of finishing the book. Nevertheless, it still didn’t hold me back from reading the second installation. I am very much excited to continue the breath-taking journey of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and the rest of the gang in Panem.
Is it a good read? Well, since it spurted out a revealing emotion, of course. It is a good read.
Before moving on with “Catching Fire”, I think I will watch the movie again–not to bitterly compare what’s there and what’s not. I’ll watch it because it has been closely faithful to the book. Especially the lines and words that were clearly uttered by the characters.
Question: How do you find it yourself? (1 as the lowest; 10 as the highest)
Book: ______ ; Movie: ______
This Earth Hour 2012: 8.30pm, Saturday 31 March, celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world by switching off your lights for an hour, then go beyond the hour.
From its inception as a single-city initiative — Sydney, Australia – in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour 2011 created history as the world’s largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 135 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the one thing that unites us all — the planet.
How will you participate to this event? Or will you even pay attention to it? What will you be doing at this time period? Will it affect to the global energy conservation? Will it pave the way for crime rate to increase? Or will it do nothing at all?
Many questions. Many answers. Many speculations. Many possibilities.
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I took a swift catch of my breath when I read a blog post by Seth Godin that says:
I’m not writing to maximize my SEO or conversion or even my readership. I’m writing to do justice to the things I notice, to the ideas in my head and to the people who choose to read my work.
This is exactly what I’m doing. I don’t really care if I don’t have multimillion readers to write for, countless hits and visits to expect each day. I don’t even earn from this blog, after all. What I benefit though is the beauty of freely sharing my knowledge and how I experience life in this world, as I see it.
Admittedly, it sends an electrifying smile whenever I see the icon beside the “New Post” of the upper right corner, turn to orange. Likes and comments inspire me to blog for more. I love writing and I believe that if I’ll continue this literary journey of artistry, I will be able to hone this and eventually, master.
In retrospect, it’s truly helpful if we don’t pressure ourselves with the hit counters and all those shenanigans. This is for the reason that it may compromise the quality of blogs we produce. Mediocrity. Oh, I hate this word.
When we blog, let’s blog with purpose. Not in purpose. And yes, there’s a difference.
When your faith is challenged, how will you respond?
When I was in high school, basketball was my sport. Yes. It was, until such time I realized that my parents aren’t too tall and I guess I’m better off with other sports–like badminton, table tennis, and ultimate frisbee. I’m not underestimating myself. And it’s never about self-pity. It’s just a simple realization of my strengths.
Anyway, it still didn’t hold me back from appreciating the NBA. Yes, I am an NBA fan.
The Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada. On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, which the NBA now regards as the first game played in the league’s history. (Click here for the history of NBA)
It so amuses me every time I watch a player smash a dunk or strikes a three-pointer. Unlike any other sport, it sends butterflies in my stomach. Overtime! Especially in overtime games. And the playoffs which leads to the championship!
As for my favorite NBA team–well, teams: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, and recently, New York Knicks. I usually spot my favorite team when my favorite player is there. Rajon Rondo, Dirk Nowitzki, Jeremy Lin.
Sometimes we know that we’re on the right path when things don’t make sense. When they don’t make sense at all.
It pressures you. It excites you. Above all, it stretches you. This is exactly how you expand your territory. You will no longer trust with your own guts. Instead, you will be clinging on to your faith. Holding on to what you believe in because you know, deep in your heart, that you cannot do it alone.
When you are in a quandary, how do you respond?
Don’t panic or get in a flap. Take a breathing space. Pause. Pray. Then, respond.
And remember that, “All is well.”
It takes an inspiration to ignite the fire of creativity.
Also, remember this:
Creativity is not about thinking outside the box. There has never been a box.
Imagine a world without the internet. Imagine a world without any opportunity to post a blog, update a status, and press in a tweet. Well, I couldn’t even try to imagine.
It’s so depressing when we don’t have access to the internet. And that’s what I’m experiencing now. I feel like a paralytic or a cripple who can’t do anything but stare blankly in an oblivious realm. And yeah. That’s pure exaggeration. But how else can I feel?
I’m now blogging via an office desktop (which is connected to the direct server, ergo with internet) and it’s still an auspicious chance to at least blog. This has already snapped in my wiring–blogging–and I wouldn’t try to miss a blog with a slight hindrance of internet disruption. No wireless fidelity.
But of course, life goes on and on.
Segue: I so love the Hunger Games. I’m currently reading the book. <insert smiley> I’m at Chapter 23 already, over 27. I’ll blog about it when I’m done. I’m even hyped up for the second installment, Catching Fire. Excited much.
It’s a great day. Thank you, Lord.