Saturday, September 22, 2007

Good Bye Harry!


*WARNING: may contain spoilers!*

I'm not saying that Harry dies..(though you might already know how the book ends..) I'm just saying good bye to Harry, Ron, Hermione and the others in JK Rowling's magnificent world, who have kept me company through sleepless nights and boring days at work...for these past few years. I feel like I've known them for years...

Yes, I finished reading Deathly Hallows about two weeks ago and have come to terms that there will be no more of Harry Potter to look forward to. Well, the movies are still there, of course... For those of you who have read Deathly Hallows, what did you think? I thought it was a brilliant conclusion to the series. JK Rowling managed to tie up all the loose ends and bring everything full circle. Reading parts of the book was really intense. On some parts, I felt this strange feeling of 'beaming with pride' and 'having a warm glow in my heart' like I was Harry's mother..oops, sister .... or something..

The parts that I loved the most were : the 7 Harry Potters, The Break In and Break Out of Gringgots, The Battle for Hogwarts, the Room of Requirement and of course the final battle between Harry and Voldermort. I also loved the fact that many of the previous characters such as Oliver Wood, Katie Bell, Cho Chang and even Percy Weasley made their reappearance...ooh and Hermione's little beaded handbag as well! Hermione was pure genius in this book!

Several characters did perish..and none were actually resurrected, as some had speculated.

I liked the 'Nineteen Years Later' bit at the very end....Yes non-HP readers, there is a 'into the future' epilogue...wanna know who hooks up?? I can already imagine what that should look like in the final movie....and if they don't stray too much from the book and manage to keep all of it in, it's gonna be one heck of a brilliant movie to look forward to! Who cares if it turns out to be 3 or 4 hrs long.....

For all my raving about the book, my hubby has taken it upon himself to start reading it as well.. (heeee! ada jugak org lain baca buku aku tu akhirnya...) He started by reading the final few chapters...so he knows the ending. And now he's reading it from the start.. :)

Now..I'm starting to have a crazy school girl crush on Daniel Radcliffe...he is after all and will always be..Harry.

Oh look, even Yasmin is in on it....


Good Bye Harry....

Our Children

As I was driving yesterday, I heard this ad/message on the radio, sounding something like this..

"Times have changed. Our children are not safe. Please don't allow your children to go to shops, pasar malam, or anywhere alone. Please don't leave them unattended..."

This is, of course, in the wake of the recent discovery of a little girl's body in a gym bag, brutally murdered and sexually assaulted. The body has now been claimed and confirmed to be that of Nurin Jazlin, a girl who went missing after going to a pasar malam alone, about one month ago.

I still remember seeing her parents plea on the news, that first day after Nurin went missing. My immediate thoughts then were 'how could you let her go alone...' but I also remember thinking 'I'm sure she's ok, they'll find her...' How wrong was I...

Yes, times have changed. But I don't think it was ever OK to leave your child alone, unattended... Last night's news reported that Nurin's parent might be charged with negligence... Though I partly feel that they should've known better, I'm sure that losing their beloved child is punishment enough.. What scares me the most, is the fact that there are opportunists out there..on the watch...with cruel intentions...even (or especially) on unsuspecting, innocent children...

Alfatihah Little Nurin. I don't even want to imagine what you went through before your death. I pray that your parents get through this...I pray that they find who did this to you...I pray that no other children will experience what you did... I pray for the safety and well being of my own little sweetheart and that God give us the hindsight and guidance to be the best parents we can..

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Cinta & Perpisahan

I saw this video in theyogainstructor's blog and i just had to post it as well. Loved it. Thought it was beautiful. The song, the musical arrangement and the singer's not bad as well (even if he does sing with his eyes closed! plus he looks so much better with the short haircut). I didn't know that Cinta won Best Picture in the recent FFM awards. I'm so happy it did. It's really a gem of a movie with a great soundtrack as well.

On that note, I lost my soundtrack CD of the movie :( I think I had it in my old CPU at the office and didn't realize it was still in the CD slot when the CPU went kaput. It was taken away by technician dudes and when I asked them, they said they didn't find any CD in the CPU. My hubby said of course they would say so! Hmm...I'm still silently hoping that I've actually misplaced it and it's somewhere with my belongings....