Spring

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I got these two Korilakkumas as gifts. Matcha affogato at a café.

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Showing my love for my husband. Izaya loves fatty tuna

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Cherry blossoms – something to look forward to every year!

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Book Review: Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women is a collection of seven short stories written by the famous writer, Haruki Murakami. Murakami’s original works are in Japanese, and his books have been translated into 50 languages. I read the English translation.

Can we take a moment to appreciate the front and back covers? The back cover starts with the word, 女 ‘woman’ and it transforms into a puzzle piece. The front cover depicts a man with a puzzle piece missing. He is a Men Without Women.

Haruki Murakami is my favourite contemporary writer. He often writes about the themes: isolation, loneliness and loss. These are stories of men who have lost important women in their lives, sometimes to other men, sometimes to death or due to complicated reasons. The impact of these women lost and gone forever cut deeply, and sometimes life will never be the same again.

I was pleasantly surprised at how different each story is. I really enjoyed reading six of the seven short stories, which is a really high number. My favourite story from this collection is “Kino.”

Murakami often writes about sex, so don’t be surprised about that if you read his works. I started reading his novels when I was in high school. Another common feature in his works is that the endings are often open to interpretation. You may be disappointed at the endings of some of these stories, or really confused. However, he gets you to think critically about the stories which draws upon your imagination and creativity. As a reader, you are an active agent.

This was a really quick read, which shows how invested I was in these stories. I love short stories because they are little gems. I recommend Murakami’s books because his writing is engaging and because he really brings his characters to life. I believe that he has a lot of knowledge on human emotions. Every time I read his books, I gain new perspectives.

Songs I’m Listening to this Week

I’ve been listening to old-ish songs.

1. The Oral Cigarettes – Kyouran Hey Kids!

Catchy song, opening of Noragami Aragato.

2. Yorushika – Say It.

Upbeat song but the lyrics are sad.

3. Kenshi Yonezu – Eine Kleine

4. Len Kagamine – Untitled Song 

Vocaloid song. I really like the humming.

5. Zeru – Summertime Record Acoustic Ver. 

Zeru is a cover artist, but I like his version the most. His cover of Untitled Song [Nameless Song] is great.

Most of these are sad, but I find that sad songs can sometimes be calming or lift your mood.

Leaving Twitter

In August 2018, I wrote a post about my feelings towards Twitter and how much I hated it. It took a while, but I’m done with Twitter!

Reasons #3, 5 and 8 (unpleasant interactions, people complaining, and negative news) became the norm on my feed. Did I really want to open an app just to feel worse about people and the world? 

A note: 3-4 people would reach out to me regularly and ask if I was alright. I was actually puzzled about what made them concerned, but it’s because my tweets were negative. To me that is normal because I am a pessimist…. I mostly update my blog when I am in a good mood and/or if I have the energy to sit down and write. Twitter, on the other hand, is quick and easy. I can tweet something wherever I am, any time of the day because it only takes a few seconds to send out a tweet. Leaving Twitter would remove a platform for me to be negative and cynical, which is probably the best for me and others so they don’t have to worry.

Removing myself from that toxic environment will probably lift my mood in the long-term, and I’ll have some free time cleared up.

To breathe well is all I want

I feel like I’m being overly dramatic about this, but seasonal allergies + dust allergies + being sensitive to perfumes and foods with strong smells are a form of suffering. I don’t expect most people to understand, but my nose is blocked. My lips are dry. My eyes are swollen and itchy. My complexion is bad, I look like poop. That’s not the extent of it. A filter is applied here.

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Tbh, I’m not sure if mouth masks help

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It’s the same gif I used in June 2017 when I complained about allergies then.