Daily Prompt: Pick A Word. Google Image Search. Write.

So the prompt basically tells us to:
“Pick a random word and do Google image search on it.
Check out the eleventh picture it brings up.
Write about whatever that image brings to mind.”

My word is “SHERLOCK”.

BBC Sherlock, because “brainy is the new sexy”.

This is obviously the Nth time people are trying to remake the legendary, one-of-a-kind consulting detective – and by far one of the best I’ve ever seen. It is, after all, the work of British telly masterminds Moffat and Gatiss.

And a proof that one doesn’t need more than 3 episodes per season to make a sensational show.

The picture above is from the first episode in the first season, titled “A Study in Pink” (deriving from “A Study in Scarlet”).

Considering the title of each episode parodies the title of the original work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the case and quotes are super canon in a new, excellent way. Obviously the extend of research they’ve done is incredible. Also the fact that they can make Holmes use an iPhone plus a beardless Watson work is refreshing.

The casts!
Benedict Cumberbatch makes an amazing Sherlock, Martin Freeman makes a strangely heart-breaking adorable Watson (MY REICHENBACH FEELINGS), Andrew Scott makes a mad Moriarty, Lara Pulver makes a smexy Adler, Rupert Graves makes a fun Lestrade with his famous “NOT MY DIVISION” line, and Gatiss himself makes a sassy Mycroft.

The Sherlock fandom is seldom trolled by both Moffat and Gatiss, last time with the 3-word spoiler for the 3rd season.

“Rat, wedding, bow.”

While Gatiss had confirmed that “The Empty House” will start everything, the rest are speculated to have “The Sign of Four” and “His Last Bow” as the origin of 2nd and 3rd episode’s storyline.

So we’re gonna see Moran taking a revenge on our favourite detective in the 1st episode.

And then John’s wedding with… some woman, because in the original work there are like 6 unspecified spouses of his. Since Mary Morstan is the one mentioned in both “The Sign of Four” and Guy Ritchie’s version, I’m expecting to see her in the 2nd episode.

Now, “His Last Bow”. I don’t want this to be the last episode but the last keyword is scaring me.

My favourite episode is still “A Scandal in Belgravia”, which is the 1st one in the 2nd season.

I’ve loved Irene Adler since I first read “A Scandal in Bohemia”.
I like Rachel McAdams’ Adler, but I think Lara Pulver hit the spot.

Although I’m a bit disappointed that in BBC Sherlock Irene Adler lost to Sherlock, because in “Bohemia” she totally kicked Sherlock’s butt, hence her nickname “The Woman”.

It’s like… Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law versus Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman all over again.
I flailed at Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock, but I scream for Moffat and Gatiss’.

Since the second Guy Ritchie movie and BBC’s second season ended up with their interpretations of “The Final Problem”, needless to say the 3rd movie and the 3rd season will focus on “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”.

For now, all we can do is… flail, re-watch all the episodes, make up theories about how Sherlock faked his death, write fics to alleviate our Reichenbach feelings, and wait until 2013 when the 3rd season kicks off.

I am Sherlocked.
Are you?


Weekly Writing Challenge: I Wish I Were

Writer’s block.
This is a failed attempt to get out of it.

I wish I were taller,
so I don’t have to tiptoe when I want to whisper in your ears.

I wish I were sarcastic,
so I know what to say when you mock me about it.

I wish I were less proud,
so I can reply when you tell me those three words.

I wish I were a risk-taker,
so I don’t have to think twice when you asked that question.

I wish I were there with you,
just so we can have those all over again.

Daily Prompts: How many languages do you speak? Do you wish that number were higher?

Prompt taken from Plinky.

First thing you should know: I’m a nerd.
I’ve loved learning foreign languages ever since I knew English (which is my second language by the way).

In a way it makes me feel like I’m abroad whenever I hear someone speaking not in my mother tongue, and God knows how much joy travelling brings me.

So number one would be Indonesian.
Although, quoting what my head of faculty told me when I was working on my thesis…

“Just write it in English. Your Indonesian is so messy.”

That’s how bad my writing skill is in my own language.

Number two would be English.
My English is not perfect (whose is?) but I have to thank my Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings novels for this one. Believe me when I say I learnt English from them more than 12 years of puny English classes in school.

As far as fluency, I’m gonna stop here. But as far as limited vocabs and grammars and more, this is how far I’ve gone.

Number three is… Mandarin Chinese.
Took courses when I was in elementary school and took more classes in the last months to review them.
Probably the most ludicrously hard one – and yes, I’m talking about the intonations.

Number four, Japanese.
2 years in junior high. Hiragana, katakana, a bit of kanji and a lot of songs copied from romaji to them… and a lot of Nodame Cantabile. Well at least I’m not that clueless in this one.

Number five, French.
After one year, to sum it up… je ne comprend pas Français.

Number six, Korean.
Again all I remember are the basic phrases and how to read hangeul in song lyrics.

Number seven… a little bit of this, a little but of that in German… Croatian… Tagalog… and Turkish. These can’t actually be counted because all I can manage were swearwords and some other I learnt from the movies on the telly.

Do you wish that number were higher?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Kahve ©mk17design

Kahve ©mk17design

This is my “cheat sheet” when I was in Turkey.

Containing a list of Turkish words and phrases, my tour guide handed me one and I spent like half an hour memorizing them all because I’m too lazy too even cheat when I need it.

Ended up being the only one in the group who actually remember everything by the end of the day.

Türkiye, seni seviyorum!!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Cappadocia, Turkey ©mk17design

Cappadocia, Turkey ©mk17design

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

LED ceiling at Yeosu Expo 2012 ©mk17design

LED ceiling at Yeosu Expo 2012 ©mk17design

Jakarta Culinary Festival 2012: Grand Opening Expo.

The post is written to fulfill the weekly writing challenge.
This week’s theme: “And Now For Something Completely Different”.

I have been posting pictures-only posts in this blog, and the challenge is to post something totally different. Thus this report of a magnificent event I attended a few days ago.

It felt good writing this after a very long time without proper blogging!

JCF 2012 promo poster

JCF 2012 promo poster

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