White Devil
  • Living. Loving. Learning.

    with faith, hope and love.

  • On reading:

    She read about people she could never be, on adventures she would never have.
  • On bishounen:

    Nobody understands my obsession with fictional men.
  • On friendship:

    Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." - C.S. Lewis

Manga: White Devil – The Life and Legend of Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor is quite the legend in Christianity missionary circles. He was the one credited with opening up China and helping the spread of the gospel there. I guess, in some sense I “owe” my faith to him. My grandparents were from China, and in fact my grandfather was adopted into a Chinese Christian missionary … Continue reading

Book: Border Town

First book of 2014. Yay! I picked up this book on a whim at the library, firstly because it was short and also written by a Chinese author (Shen Congwen). I thought it would be interesting to read a few more Chinese books this year, just to get a better picture of what Chinese literature … Continue reading

Candide

Book: Candide, or Optimism

When one thinks of philosophy, one thinks of how dry and boring it must be. Apparently I was wrong, very wrong indeed. Voltaire is a philosopher that I have come across in a number of other books. I have always wanted to give his works a try but I never expected it to be so … Continue reading

The House in the Sand

Book: The House in the Sand

The last Neruda book for a while. This is a little different as they aren’t poetry per se, but more of prose poems. It’s full of descriptions of the different things that Neruda has collected in his house at Isla Negara over the years. Absolutely beautiful and poignant. It’s the closest I have ever felt … Continue reading

Book: Winter Garden

Long story short, this probably the least memorable poetry collection by Pablo Neruda that I’ve read so far. Don’t get me wrong, his writing is still beautiful, but the words and poems didn’t jump out at me like before. There were still a few amazing phrases that linger, but as an entire collection I didn’t … Continue reading

The Book of Questions

Book: The Book of Questions

Tell me, is the rose naked or is that her only dress? Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots? Who hears the regrets of the thieving automobile? Is there anything in the world sadder than a train standing in the rain? Pablo Neruda’s The Book of Questions consists of 320 questions with no answer. These … Continue reading

Book: The Separate Rose

To Easter Island and the presences I set out, fed up with doorways and streets, to search for something I never lost there. The Separate Rose is a collection of poems by Pablo Neruda on Easter Island. Written in two voices – Men and The Island, it invokes such imagery of the island. It feels … Continue reading

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Anime: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

I’m not sure what it says of me when the first anime I watch for the new year is Free! Don’t get me wrong, I love sports anime and have watched some really interesting series. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of Prince of Tennis and Eyeshield 21, not forgetting some of the more mature and … Continue reading

Israel

Here’s to 2014

2013 has come and gone. It’s been an amazing year. I finally have a driving license which is incredible, especially on my first try. I put on braces, which has been difficult but I’m looking towards the end goal and not the process. I  was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding which was both a … Continue reading

Book: Still Another Day

So long, visitor. Good day. My poem happened for you, for nobody, for everyone. Still Another Day is a collection of poems written by Pablo Neurda nearing the end of his life. It was written in the short span of two days and contains various themes present in his earlier work as well. Some of … Continue reading

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