If You Find A Wallet On The Street, 2016 Edition

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Step 1

Look for an identity card with the person’s name on it.

Step 2

Search on Facebook for the person. The identity card found in Step 1 should help you to pinpoint the exact person (occupation, school, etc), in case of name conflicts.

Step 3

Facebook message the person and / or any mutual friends.

This is arguably the fastest way of getting in contact with the person in need, without all the red tape involved in police reports or official channels. Assuming he or she has Facebook, of course – or it can be replaced by any other social media channels.

Or you can keep the wallet. Shame on you, scum!

This post was inspired from the recovering of the author’s own wallet just this week.


Movie Review – Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange left me feeling uncanny at the end of the show.

Telling the tale of a successful, arrogant neurosurgeon who lost the use of his hands in a car accident, the movie wasted no time in introducing us to the powers that the sorcerors at Kamar-Taj holds, with a starting action sequence that leaves you at the edge of your seat. The visual effects of the multi-dimensional buildings and conjured weapons were stunning, and will definitely leave you at the edge of your seat wanting more.

The Ancient One modifies the dimensional forms in a city. Photo credit: YouTube

I was especially impressed with the psychedelic scenes when Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) was first projected into the colorful dimensions by the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). These scenes were not shown in the trailers and definitely threw me in for a surprise, and I enjoyed the visual presentation, vivid colors and transitions.

Something along this line. Photo credit: vice.com

The battle scenes to me were a mixture of ups and downs. While I hold my praise for the stunning CGIs and details in the conjured spells and wormholes, the battle choreography felt a little static, as most scenes relied on fighting each other with the conjured weapons, which I felt could have been explored in a more innovative manner – most of the time, fights were carried out with blades, shields or spear-like weapons. I’m no expert in martial arts, but the idea of being limited only by your own creativity in weapon selection thrills me a lot (think Green Lantern); although Doctor Strange might not want to proceed in the humorous direction, it certain could have done better in this area.

The climax action scene was done beautifully, sans the final confrontation. Photo credit: YouTube

The disheartening thing, however, was the failed attempt by the movie to portray the grey area in the moral compasses of the “good guys”. The questionable decisions made by the Ancient One were revealed in a non-shocking manner due to the excessive amount of foreshadowing going on; this reduced the intended off-balancing impact on the internal moral scales of the audience. Furthermore, Strange’s love interest, Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), felt a little forced into the movie’s plot – my best guess is that she was meant to be the person that Doctor Strange turned back to for help and as a means for his repentant and changed nature to surface, and that was not reflected convincingly in the storyline.

Misplaced chemistry? Photo credit: savoringthegood.com

Overall, Doctor Strange is an enjoyable piece in the theatres due to its quaintly charming CGI that is a joy to be expertienced on the big screen – but its straightforward and simple origin story may leave the audience desiring for something better.

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She has a bubbly personality. She pocks fun at the little screw-ups I make during our conversations, then giggles away in a manner that drives me to retaliate with a teasing of my own. She’s always eager to talk to me about the latest happenings in her life, as she remembers the captivating minutiae of the events unfolding around her – the jokes made by her friends, a comedy video on YouTube, the other night at a dance class. It’s a constant reminder to myself to be more in touch with daily life, as I’m often busy with my grand theories of self-improvement and working hard. After all, what’s life without the little things?

She is peculiar in a quaint way. For someone who’s always in high spirits, her appreciation of the gentle, aromatic tea reveals her softer, reserved personality; one to stay at home and be comfortable with solitude. The innate content she displays when conversing about Chinese history sheds light into her artistic, history-appreciating side – a multi-disciplinary perspective into her character. Further concocted into the mix is her inquisitiveness; she speaks about the daily knowledge she gained with such passion and curiousity, never dulling our exchanges.

She is not afraid of challenging societal stereotypes and traditions. She questions human behaviour and the motivation behind how people behave whilst attempting to understand them; building up her emotional intelligence in the process as she tries to communicate with people in a tactful way, rendering her pleasant to talk to. Her empathy towards those around her also drives her to delve deep into her own emotions and beliefs, and reflect upon them; through which the most engaging conversations happen as we discuss about friendships, relationships, sexuality and peer communication, and the rationale behind why people belong to a certain inclination in these topics.

She is honest and direct about her feelings. In the sea of humans trying to protect their own emotions for the fear of being judged, she stands out by believing in straightforwardness as a prime value for effective communication. We minimize the guessing games when we talk to each other, and be upfront about not feeling well emotionally to prevent misunderstandings. At the same time, she processes situations logically and stands strong with her point of view on matters, and her ability to reason makes her even more attractive as a conversationalist.

She is more than meets the eye, and one that I will cherish for life.