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The Water Diviner – "I don’t do movie reviews" review

Emotional.  Beautiful.  Rugged.  

The opening scene, in the Turkish trenches, makes a big statement that this is not your typical ANZAC movie.  It’s something different.  Obviously.
And then Russell Crowe…maybe a little oddly if you don’t know one of his first movies, his first scene made me feel some childhood nostalgia.  He even has a Koolie this time round too.  (A type of Australian working dog – the movie I’m thinking of is The Silver Brumby; he had a Koolie then too)
Russell’s Joshua Connor is raw, real, a man who is not afraid to do everything to find his sons.   Though the movie starts off being about his story of searching for his sons, it is obvious that is a much bigger story and in a sense it seems to be more a story about the war from the Turkish side.  
The woman he meets at the hotel he is led to has lost her husband to the war and her story becomes entwined with that of Connor’s.  
And then the Turkish officers that Joshua “befriends” in a sense.  Seeing the events of Lone Pine from their perspective and the war that is still going on in the former Ottoman Empire is heart wrenching and extremely moving.
This feels like a movie about lost love, and the importance of remembering those who have lost their lives on both sides of the war.  It’s also about hope.  
I know this review doesn’t make much sense, but it’s late at night; been put together piecemeal as I watch, and I’m crying because it’s so beautiful and moving and yes…. Ugly crying.
Best movie.  

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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 8

Something you’re currently worrying about

To be honest? I’m worrying about my health, which isn’t hard to do considering the way my body is at the moment.  Feels like my hundredth bad cold in the last few months; my hand kinda swelled up probably due to having my bandage on too tight; and my left knee/leg is giving me grief.  
What is there not to worry about?  On top of that it worries me when it makes other people worry about me.  If that makes any sense.  
I don’t know.  I try not to let things worry me too much.  When I do feel like I’m worrying too much I stop and pause and remember that I don’t have to do this alone.  I have God.  And I have my family and friends.  
But it is easy to get down on oneself.  I feel I’m letting myself down and others sometimes.  I mean, I know I can’t control getting sick but I’ve already had so much time off work….it makes me feel bad.  I mean, it’s the hazard of working in my chosen profession, but it doesn’t make it any easier to feel good about it.
I love my job; that’s a given but you would think that over the four almost five years I’ve been in the industry I’d have built an immunity to getting really sick.  
It sucks that I get sick so easily and then add this whole getting tendinitis thing in my left wrist and the whole of my left side of my body being stuffed-ish.  It’s frustrating.
So, yeah that’s what’s worrying me.  My health and how its impacting my ability to work and actually enjoy my work life and feel like I’m contributing to my full potential.  
(I know there’s nothing to feel bad about.  If I’m sick, I’m sick and there’s no point in making it worse and/or making everyone else sick)
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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 7

Your opinion on cheating on people.

This shouldn’t even be an opinion.  It should be a fact:
There is NO excuse to cheat on the person whom has trusted their heart to you.  
Let’s set aside the notion of an open relationship because in that situation cheating isn’t an issue.  (Though I don’t agree with open relationships…I think that defeats the purpose of a relationship with someone.)
Cheating causes harm.  If you’re in a situation where you think that cheating is ok…if your relationship has got to such a point that you believe it’s the only way out…then you have a problem.
Don’t allow your relationship to get to this point.  Instead TALK to your partner, work through the issues together, and if you finally cannot reconcile your issues, then make the decision to part ways.  
Do NOT cheat.  It is not the solution.  
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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 6

The person that you like and why you like them

The person I like? Is this in reference to the person I’m in a relationship with because if so….

That would be my boyfriend.  On an aside it sounds weird saying boyfriend, considering our ages….
Anyway, this isn’t answering the question.  So…why I like them.  Well, let’s get something clear, first.
Liking and loving someone are actually separate things.  You can love someone without liking them.  But, it’s hard to like someone you don’t love.  With that in mind, here’s why I like my man.
He gets me. Even when I don’t understand myself.  By that, I mean he can tell when something is going on with me and he draws me out when I need it most.  And I think that’s a great thing.
To think we’ve been together just under four months and he gets me like that.
Oh and I like his beard 😉
Haha. 🙂 
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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 5

5 things that irritate you about the opposite/same sex

I think I’m going to just change this to 5 things that irritate me about other people because I honestly can’t think of ten things that irritate me about specific genders.

I don’t think I can even think of five.

Anyway, here goes…
What irritates me about people? 
First of all, people who cut you off on the road for no reason at all.  Basically Perth drivers irritate me….
Second, people who are arrogant and think they are all that.  When really they’re not.
Third, know-it-alls.  I am guilty of being this type of person though, so I’m trying not to judge.  
Four, atheists who verbally attack Christians for their beliefs.
Five, anti-vaccine advocates.  
Well that was actually quite easy… 
And definitely pertinent to my thoughts at the moment.  

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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 4

What you wear to bed

Getting really personal, hey?
Well this really depends on the season, or weather, or what I feel like.  But, generally I wear nighties, or pyjamas,  or tracksuit pants if it’s really cold, like last night.  Even with my electric blanket on…
When it’s really hot…well.  Usually just a light nighty.  Though, if I’m going to be entirely honest, I have on occasion gone just the underwear route.  
Too much information?
Well, I am into honesty.  🙂
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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 3

What kind of person attracts you?

Attraction is a complex thing, because it includes many different emotions.  Obviously society seems hung up on sexual attraction and how people respond to the opposite or same-sex, and my answer to what kind of person attracts me in that sense is probably many-fold.
In hindsight, I’d have to say from face value someone who isn’t Asian (for anyone who doesn’t know, I’m Chinese born Australian), someone who is taller than me, someone who has a personality that matches mine somewhat.  Someone who is willing to allow me to be myself and not want to change me.  And someone who loves God.
And I’m blessed to have that one person in my life that fits all that.  
Moving onto general attraction though.  Because we can describe the way we make friends and acquaintances in similar ways.  We are attracted to people platonically as well and that’s a more difficult thing to explain.  
But then again, perhaps not.
I’m attracted to people who share common morals, values and beliefs; people who have a sense of humour; people who love God and are passionate about serving Him.  People who can sing are a bonus 😉 
All my friends and acquaintances these days fit the bill.  So, I’m blessed in that way.  🙂 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 2

How have you changed in the past 2 years?

Taking stock of where I’m at right at this moment, compared to last year, is quite enlightening.  I feel a little more confident and definitely a lot happier and content than I was at the same time in 2013.  And definitely more so than I was at the same time in 2014.
I’ve grown closer to God as well, and my vision of the future, at least as far as the next year is concerned, has a lot more clarity than before.  
Sounds vague, hey?  Well, to put it in a nutshell: I’ve gotten closer to God and am more content than I was two years ago. Because as we all know happiness is fleeting.  True joy is everlasting.  

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30 Day Blogging Chalłenge – Day 1

I haven’t blogged in a while, so I figured I would remedy that by starting a 30 day challenge.  So, without further ado… 

Day 1

Weird things you do when you’re alone

This is something I haven’t given much thought to; however, putting my mind to it there are several things that I do that some people may find odd.  
1.  I read books out loud.  I’m currently reading James Dashner’s The Maze Runner and I just read it out loud.  Not to anyone, remember this is something I do when I’m alone.  I remember mum catching me out reading books out loud when I was a teen and she told me to stop because it was silly and that no one reads books out loud.  However, I like doing it for some reason…not sure why?  Perhaps I like hearing myself using different tones of voice depending on how I interpret the writing, or dialogue.   Who knows.
2.  I wander around my apartment.  Not for any particular reason.  I just do.  
3.  This one is connected to number two, sort of.  An extension of it, I guess.  I turn on my iPod, putting my earbuds in and pace around my living room, telling myself stories in my head.  Most of the stories feature the Rebels of Scotland who are my own creation.  But, always to music.  This probably means something.  Maybe I should just bite the bullet and write about The Rebels.  I do know them the best after EP and the rest.
4.  I sometimes stand in the middle of my living room.  Doing nothing.  Just standing there.
5.  I will sometimes sit in front of my laptop after my shower with just my towel wrapped around my waist.
6.  The last thing I do that some may consider weird, and that I know is really a bad habit, is that I will sit and pick the skin on my hands and feet.…and I can waste hours of time doing that…. Without even realising.  It is kind of a problem.