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Postcards and Stamps from the Other Side

Stamps

Snail mail makes me happy.  Since I was a child, receiving correspondence was the highlight of my day.  I love receiving packages, letters—even if they’re ads—, and postcards.  I love postcards, especially carefully written and decorated postcards with beautiful images and stamps.  When I learned about Postcrossing, I knew I had to give it a try.

I’ve been on Postcrossing for six years, even though I deactivated my account for most of that time.  Postcrossing is a website where you can exchange postcards with random people.  Recently I activated it again, and I’m loving it.  The trick is to take it easy, and send the postcards gradually, not immediately.  That way you don’t waste so much money on stamps and postcards.  I learnt this the hard way.  In the end you will receive the number of postcards you’ve send that are registered by the recipient.  To this day, my postcards have traveled 378,678 miles.  Isn’t that exciting?! Continue reading

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Las dos caras de la violencia en “I Saw the Devil”

Dejando a un lado el hecho de estar académicamente inclinada a la producción cultural coreana, las películas de este país dividido forman una parte importante de mi iniciación en los filmes violentos.  Recuerdo querer aumentar la cantidad de películas vistas (siempre ha sido un reto personal) y recorrer los pasillos (físicos o metafóricos) de la secciones de películas internacionales buscando aquélla que sería mi próxima víctima.  Si me interesaba el título, observaba la portada y leía detenidamente la sinopsis.  En aquel momento no me importaba quién produjo la película, quién la dirigió o quién la actuó.  Si me gustaba lo que había en las letras y las imágenes o si había leído algo interesante en la Rue Morgue o en la Fangoria, la selección de la víctima concluía.  Ya en mi espacio personal, recibía lo que el filme me diera y esto siempre consistía de emociones que surgían de cualquier extremo imaginable: desde miedo e incomodidad hasta carcajadas y lágrimas de felicidad.

Así fue que en algún momento de 2011 me topé con I Saw the Devil (2010).  Tras haberla visto en la Rue Morgue (#108, enero/febrero 2011), la encontré en Netflix y, sin pensarlo dos veces, comencé a verla.

Imagen promocional de I Saw the Devil

Ciento cuarenta y dos minutos más tarde, recuerdo haber pensado: “Yo no estaba lista para este ride.”  Continue reading

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(Daily) Makeup: Summer 2015

A little over a year ago, I blogged about my makeup routine during the disgusting months of higher temperatures (June, July, and August).  A lot has changed since that post: I got diagnosed with mild rosacea, some of the products I was using started to break me out and/or I got tired of using them, and I switched to (mostly) cruelty-free products.  Here’s the updated list of makeup and skincare products I am using during these summer months.

Summer makeup choices

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Halloween in July

The last couple of weeks I’ve been having a hard case of homesickness.  But not from my actual home.  Instead, I miss a place of autumn, coldness, gloominess, and the real feeling of Halloween.  This feeling has been exacerbated by Tumblr and all the perfect pictures of a season I haven’t yet experienced at its fullness.

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Inspiration: Park Chan-wook


Yesterday I rewatched Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance Trilogy—Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), and Lady Vengeance (2005).  I hadn’t watched Mr. Vengeance (2002) so I took the time to watch them all, back to back, as a background exercise for my thesis research.  Because of this six hours of audiovisual enthrallment (two hours per film), I decided to make a post about Mr. Park.  Even if I didn’t want it to, he has become a big part of my life—personal and academic.  Continue reading

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My Hannibal [Love] Story

Promo image of the TV series

I first knew about Hannibal (2013 – ), an adaptation of the characters developed in Thomas Harris’ novels, when it was in the post production stage.  I remember I was looking through Mads Mikkelsen’s IMDb page—yes, I know of Mads since I saw him in Valhalla Rising (2009)—when I noticed that he was going to be Hannibal Lecter in an NBC’s TV series.  I didn’t know what to expect…  I didn’t even cared to remember the premiere date.  I didn’t know who produced, who directed, or who was writing.  All I knew was that Mads was a great actor who would probably create an amazing portrait of Hannibal the Cannibal.  Continue reading

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