Friday, April 22, 2011

Taking an inordinate intermission from packing, haha!
Wanted to take the chance to say that music boxes enchant me.
Flipped a couple open today and peered in eagerly to study the manifold mechanism.
It works like this:

There is a golden cylinder that revolves around at the prepared pace when the music box is opened. As the cylinder spins around and twirls, there are subtle indentations upon it which strike a row of keys that produce sound -- sort of like how a piano progresses.

I really have to pack now, bye, lovelies!
By the way, lovelies, it's EARTH DAY TODAY!
I love the Earth. I've been thinking of how I can put this down into writing but I think it's too personal.
The Earth is so beautiful; there is no apt description for it.
It's something perceived within the mind, I think. You know how when you're at the seaside, or sniffing the scent of grass into your nostrils, or standing at the supreme of a mountain and feeling so near to the nature, and that palpation it gives you is so personal, it's what makes you go all reticent, all conservative, and it makes you reflect, makes you remember, makes you regret, but also makes you content, complacent and fulfilled in a way that only you can feel.
That's all I'm going to say.
Bye for now!
Hi, my lovelies.

I apologize for the rather lengthy absence in blogging! I've been busy.
I'm going back to Taiwan tomorrow for the first time in over 2 years, which is really lovely because I miss it so much! I wonder how it's changed!

I'm currently reading: "The Portrait of the Artist as a  Young Man" by James Joyce. I also intended on tackling "Dubliners" (by him as well) over the Easter break, so I borrowed a fattish volume containing the two books above.

Now, I don't mean to be superficial, but I sort of regret borrowing the huge volume instead of the two separate books. For 4 silly reasons...
1. I prefer the covers of the two separate books.
2. I prefer the font of the two separate books.
3. I prefer clutching 2 books under my arm.
4. The cover of "The Portrait of the Artist as a  Young Man" was a gorgeous lime green that matched my wristband and contained 100% recyclable material.
Well, that was me being perfectly honest!

I'm glad I've got the book though, I'm going to really enjoy reading over the holidays.
I'll be getting a load of reading done -- hours on the plane, train rides, and when I'm having chill-time in hotel rooms or at my relatives' homes.

I'm bringing my notebook there so I can write everyday, too! Will be writing a lot. This is a good time to mention that I'm going to go see the 'cloud sea' up on Alishan. It will be beautiful and I'll be wanting to write down how it was the moment I see it. Very excited. I remember planning a Taiwan soundtrack to bring with me so I could listen to songs during my trip, but I don't think that will be happening.

Over the summer, I'll spend my Dymocks coupon to buy 1 or 2 books and also tackle "Odysseus" which is curiously lying at home! Great!

Well, before I go, I wanted to share the things I learned about my name and birth date today, but then realized that it will probably make you uncomfortable (as it had slightly made me) and for safety reasons, I'll choose not to, haha!

I'll say that I agree with some of it and disagree with the rest.