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a little less than the girl next door

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haven't friday-ed for a long time huh!

from fridayfiver:

1. Who do you live with?
my family, which consists of dad, mum, sis, yati, guy (cat) and random nameless fish.

2. Do you like who you live with or do you want change?
i'm about 80% happy with my current living arrangements, but i could always do with change, in fact that'd please me too.

3. Describe the ideal roommate:
first for the safe answer: my sister's pretty ideal, and it's true! next for the relatively controversial one: max chiu. fullstop. at least for now. nobody's perfect but he's about as close to ideal as a guy could possibly get, haha!

4. How much sleep did you get last night?
approximately four hours.

5. Where would you love to play hide-and-seek?
in the toilet! seriously, my sis and i tried it out before several times when we were much younger. you could try blend in behind the toilet bowl, hide behind the shower curtains, or attempt climbing walls like spiderman. bwahah!

from thefridayfive:

1. What book or books were special to you in your childhood?
elizabeth enright's the four-storey mistake, rumer godden's the story of holly and ivy, and roald dahl's boy.

2. What was particularly special or memorable about those books?
i must have said this tons of times before, but here's all of it again: (1) the four-story mistake is about the homey adventures of a family of four or five children moving from the suburbs into a house in the country, how they adapted to the environment around them, etc. (2) the story of holly and ivy is a christmas story about an orphan, holly, who gets lost on her way being sent to another orphanage on christmas eve. she peers into a toy shop full of secretly alive and talking toys and spots her dream doll, ivy. wandering in the streets that evening, she has encounters with the village policeman and his old wife separately. they are, of course, childless and longing for a kid, and the story ends with them adopting her before the stroke of midnight and her getting the doll for christmas. (3) boy is a sort of "autobiography" of roald dahl's childhood in oslo and wales. the chapters are crammed full of details and humour. i totally love it.

what was particularly memorable about these books was that they sparked my visual imagination. i would lie on the bed, read a passage or two, then close my eyes to picture that scene with all the minutest details, adding my own little bits in. that probably contributed to my shortsightedness eventually. but 'til today, i still love children's storybooks and their beautiful descriptions and all.

3. Have you re-read any of them as an adult?
of course! and tons of times too!

4. If so, were the books as good as you remembered them?
yes. of course, i was able to finish them a thousand times faster, skimmed through most of the little descriptions that used to fascinate me, and no longer close my eyes to imagine. but they still bring back a wave of nostalgia. and roald dahl's boy never fails to make me laugh even after all these years.

5. What do you think about movies being made out of children's classics (like the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of The Rings, etc.)?
you mean you regard lord of the rings as a children's classic??!? but seriously, i think it's good. (for me, i don't have to bother reading the book.) the downside is, (1) the product of the movie-making is usually never as beautiful or wonderful as that of your own imagination when you first read the book. and (2) if you watched the movie before reading the book, it serves to limit your imagination, such that as you read, you would be predisposed to picturing only what appeared on-screen, rather than some visual image plucked out of nowhere. also, (3) it would do to bear in mind that movie and book are essentially two different products, hence they would have two different stories to tell. it's not a matter of originality anymore, rather, maybe, the way the story is being told. imho.

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