La Vita e Bella

Just finished watching this movie, directed by Roberto Benigni.

(just finished last week-ish….it’s been a busy month) :0

The main storytelling character died.

He actually died.

You know, in a movie, sometimes there’s that scene where the main character should have died, and in the end, he comes out because he got away.


So there was this one scene where the dad/storyteller/protagonist tries to go save his wife from being gassed in a concentration camp, and he gets caught by a guard, who’s about to shoot him on the spot, then another guard comes and tells him to go somewhere else, and you think he’s getting away, but then, the guards switch places and the main character is led away behind a building, machine guns fire, and only the guard comes back.

So I was waiting and waiting until the end of the movie for the protagonist to re-appear out of nowhere.

And I’m still waiting.

It was really a great movie. Poignant, and not cliche, touching, and not sappy.  Gentle, but not too slow.

This movie was recommended to me by my one of my friends, who is also a serious movie buff. (I think it’s a trend. Movie buffs have easy-going personalities, and are good conversationalists.  Hence, I prefer to spend free time with these people.  Therefore, two things. I am also easy-going (maybe sometimes) and a good conversationalist (thank you, it’s an art).  Secondly, I would say I am a movie buff too, but we all know that that isn’t true.  I can’t even say I’m a book buff, because I have niche preferences in what I read.

Anyway, the answer to the question, “did you watch___” is inevitably no.

So I’m collecting another list of movies that I need to see before next year.  This list includes Inglorious Bastards, the Batman series directed by Christopher Nolan, La La Land, Moonlight, and The Tiger and the Snow.

Now, I have a few questions.  If you watched a movie every day, wouldn’t you get confused eventually, with certain scenes and certain characters that are playing similar roles? I mean, I even sometimes get confused between characters in novels.

I also don’t know how your eyes can hold up to watching a movie every day.

Furthermore, I’m not gonna lie, I prefer active interaction with real people—like, if I have free time, I would rather play sports outside with other people, or go hiking. or play a board game or card game, or cook something. Watching movie on computer by myself is great once in awhile, but not three times a week.


The library

“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”
Shelby Foote

When people write about meeting their significant other, there tends to be a sentence in their soliloquy about “finding exactly what they needed without looking for it.”

Well, what about finding what you need because you knew exactly what you needed and went looking for it?

I needed to boost my flagging academic morale.

I’m hitting a plateau in my computer coding–the novelty has worn off and now it’s kind of a chore, but it’s still a struggle to follow what’s going on in class every single time.  As for architecture, it seems like I jumped off a diving board into what I thought would be a medium-sized lake with a lot of cute fish and small water animals in it, but actually I jumped into a really big lake with no clear bottom and too much algae.  Trade theory is so-so, and trade law is just a real humdinger.

So I went to find the foreign language section of the library.

As soon as I entered the room, I knew it was the right place.  The smell alone was comforting.  The library is kept completely pure, as if characterizing scent was a disease to be obliterated.  Except for in this room, which smells like old books.

now pardon me while I shout at you for a bit because it’s super exciting:

There are four complete–not half-rows, but complete rows  of foreign language books.  One row is for TOEIC prep, and then, after that, the fun starts.  Japanese takes up more than half a row.  I found BOOKS PUBLISHED IN THE 21ST CENTURY (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) to learn Thai, Indonesian, and Turkish.  There was also curricula for Russian, Spanish, French, and Kiswahili.  Kiswahili….

And if that wasn’t good enough, they have books to learn minority languages in China, as well as minority languages in other countries.  I found a book to learn Aymara–an indigenous language of Peru. When your library is willing to stock books like that, you know you’re at a nice school.

And of course, I had to check out the learning Korean for foreigners section.  I found several different curricula that I’d like to check out and browse through–a lot published by Ewah, some published by Yonsei, and even one published by the Korean Broadcasting Service!!!

😀 😀 😀


AND, they have two rows worth of guide books for international travelling, written in Korean!



Room 402. My thoughtful spot.

Mission accomplished.  My morale has been boosted quite high.