Dreams.

So I had a weird dream last night. The exact details escape me but I still remember the GIST of it.

I was invited to sit for a job interview as the assistant of some guy who is the son of this person who invited me. So there I was, sitting in the living room of their massive house, when the Dad says to me, “He’s gonna like you.” I don’t know what he meant by that but I didn’t mind at all. In my mind, I pictured the son to be “Ian Somerhalder” for some weird reason. I have no idea why him. I’m not even a fan or anything. hahaha.. When I asked what their line of business was, he said they were in the “airplane business.” Odd. Of all industries, why airplane?

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It makes me wonder what type of subconscious thought I have since these are things I don’t even consciously think about.

“Job Interview” – I probably have some thoughts of finding a new job, maybe in the near future or maybe just in general, looking for something more fulfilling.

“He’s gonna like you.” – I don’t have a boyfriend. I’ve never had one. Because of this, I think other people are more frustrated about it that they take it upon themselves to find a fine, young lad for me. I mean, I don’t mind it’s just that sometimes they do it in such an unwelcome, intrusive manner that I tend to refuse before it even happens.

“Ian Somerhalder” – No idea why popped up in my dream at all. I do watch The Vampire Diaries but I haven’t exactly watched in months ever since the previous season ended. Is it my subconscious’ way of saying, “Get on with the next season! I want to know what happens to Damon.” Hmm..

“Airplane Business” – I am not in any way interested in airplanes so it beats me as to how that could’ve come up in my dream. It’s probably just a frustration that I wasn’t able to go back to my home country with my Dad yesterday.

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Dreams have always been an interesting subject since they are very difficult to explain and at times, they appear to be the window to knowing the future. It doesn’t make sense and it is probably just our minds looking for plausible connection but sometimes we do use our dream to predict the future no matter how nonsensical it may be.

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[BOOK] An Abundance of Katherines.

An Abundance of Katherines - John GreenThis book by John Green is about a guy named Colin whose ex-girlfriends have one thing in common – their names: Katherine. His adventure and story start to move along as he goes on a road trip with his friend to move on from his heartbreak caused by Katherine XIX (his 19th Katherine). On this road trip, they end up at small town in Tennessee where they are offered jobs by one of the townspeople as History Chroniclers of the place. During their stay there, Colin decides that he wants to leave a mark in this world, being the genius that he is. He thus starts making a mathematical formula to calculate who is most likely to be the dumper and the dumpee in a relationship, using his past 19 relationships with Katherines as his basis.

To be honest, I liked the story. It was funny, light, sincere and an easy-read.

Colin, despite his above-average intellectual gift, is like everyone else who also tends to feel insecure, unimportant, neglected, and unloved. He represents the part of us that questions the loyalty and love of the people around us, most especially our friends and family, who are wired to think we are special in every way even if everyone else in the world deems us not. Each of us has berated our family’s undying support for us at least once in our lives, claiming them liars as we ourselves falter to believe in our own capabilities. This self-doubt makes us believe that what others see in us is false and mere pretense in the name of love and friendship.

NinthMelody rating: 3.5/5
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It’s been awhile since I actually read this book so I don’t remember the details anymore. And spoiler alert, it has a happy ending. So if you don’t like happy endings, look elsewhere.

[BOOK] 1Q84.

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I’ve heard many people say that Haruki Murakami is a wonderful writer. I was intrigued and so I tried one of his books when I saw it was on sale in Books Kinokuniya (rarely happens). This book is 1Q84.

This is one long book, I tell you. It is divided into 3 shorter books but the one I purchased is the full-length, 3-in-1 kind. So yes, it was pretty thick. Anyway, I had no idea what to expect from this book since the synopsis was pretty vague. I just knew it was about this character who finds herself in a different world (too much like the real world) so suddenly that she doesn’t even realize it until some details and facts contradict with what she has always known – like the existence of two moons.

What I liked about the book was the way the chapters are alternated from one character to another. First chapter is from Aomame’s perspective, the second chapter, from Tengo’s perspective, and so on. This goes on for the rest of the book except in the third part where we see another character’s perspective – Ushikawa’s. This really helps build a bigger, vast universe and that despite the two characters living in separate settings, their worlds eventually collide just as what the readers have all been rooting for since the very beginning. The road was long for the two characters, but they eventually reach their destination.

What I didn’t like about the book: Hmm… let’s see… it was so freaking long! You know that road the characters took like I said above, it’s as long as the Great Wall of China! Normally, I appreciate long books especially if the story requires it. You know that feeling where you want to finish the book, yet you don’t want the story to end? I had a different feeling for this one. I wanted to finish the book because I wanted the story to end. The story actually warranted for a long narrative. However, I felt like the length of the book was wasted on things that did not seem as important as the actual information the readers wanted. The book was abundant in long, winding descriptions about little things – a book, a cup, the air, etc. The important answers, however, were left unanswered and that left me unsatisfied until the very end. I felt cheated as I was left yearning for something I know I am never going to get. I know now exactly what “Hazel” felt when she read that book, An Imperial Affliction, which ended abruptly and she felt she needed to write to the author just to get some answers out of him. It really is frustrating! Sorry about the “The Fault In Our Stars” reference. But really, that’s exactly how I felt, although not to the point where I would write to Murakami just to shake the answers out of him (since I would probably have to learn Japanese first).

All in all, I would give this 3 out of 5. It was promising; it just didn’t perform as well as it should have. The ending felt too rushed and squeezed in a tiny can of sardines when in fact it could have made use of a huge barrel.

NinthMelody rating: 3/5