The World Cup Bar Scene

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the World Cup brings people together. Even in countries where football is not a popular sport, bars which show live broadcasts of the World Cup games are packed with people. Watching a game live in a bar is always exciting, with people energetically cheering for their favourite teams.…

World Cup Boozing

Suffering from sleep deprivation and possibly a slight hangover from last night’s World Cup drinking game.  It was England vs. Germany, and just to make things even more interesting – as if they weren’t already – we decided to drink shots of soju when:  1) a goal is made, 2) a player makes a corner kick…

Rain

The weather here is crazy this time of the year. It is now the “rainy season,” which starts around the end of May and lasts till around November or December. Now it rains like there’s no tomorrow everyday at around 5:00 p.m., or sometimes, late in the evenings. With the rains come heavy traffic, minor flash floods…

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Written in the style of a classic “whodunit” mystery, “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” is narrated by heroine/chemist/amateur sleuth, Flavia de Luce. “Sweetness…,” book one of a 6-part series by Alan Bradley, set in the 1950’s English countryside, lays down the foundation for the quirky set of characters of the novel who,…

Vernon God Little

“It’s hot as hell in Martirio, but the papers on the porch are icy with the news.” Recipient of the Man Booker Prize in 2003, Vernon God Little is a dark comedy which pokes fun of the “redneck” American culture. Tagged by many as a cross between Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye,…

The Blood is the Life!

Three weeks after starting, I finally finished Bram Stoker’s Dracula! It was interesting at times but dragged most of the way. The diary format made it easy to read, but the story progressed rather slowly. If I had read this novel in the 1800’s or early 1900’s, when the idea of blood-sucking vampires was relatively…