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Nov 30, 2016

Cold Feet

Cold Feet
By Chongchen Saelee

In the white frost covered earth
A budding light of sun emerged
Reaching for life in new warm air

It stretched its fingers and petals
Yellow and golden with red specks shimmering
Dancing with the dry blue despair

The wind swirled down and scooped it up
Cold, no, warm, no, ice, no heat
And hand turned pale next to cold feet

Nov 29, 2016

Nongshim Shrimp Cracker Asian Snack Review

Nongshim is known for their instant noodles, but they also make snacks like this Shrimp Crackers. Find out what it tastes like!

Nov 27, 2016

The Robin And The Frozen Nest

The Robin And The Frozen Nest
By Chongchen Saelee

Miles Longman found joy bathing in golden yellow sunlight early in the morning overlooking his many acres of wooded land covered in snow. He particularly enjoyed the friendly robins chirping even in freezing temperatures, as though there wasn’t a care in the world. Miles would dress in heavy winter clothing and trek up the snowy hills to visit some local robin nests. The robins had grown familiar with him in their habitat that they expected him every morning. Miles had watched generations of robins grow in his backyard for over 20 years.

This particular morning, Miles found a frozen robin’s nest dangling off a branch. It seemed as though a snowball fell into it, melted and refroze as ice. The nest was pretty much an ice cube with tiny frozen blue robin eggs inside. However, Miles witnessed a strange phenomenon. The mother robin would continue to nurse her frozen nest. She would return with twigs or leaves and continue to build the nest. Miles heart would sink as he watched. He wondered if the robin knew her eggs were dead. more »

Nov 27, 2016

Wisconsin Winters And The Fall

Wisconsin Winters And The Fall
By Chongchen Saelee

My chair is warm other seasons
When I sit and sip and stare
Out my writing room window

Wisconsin winters creep in, of course
Biting, dry, crackling cold air
Theatrical but silent with a bow

And the heat from my lamp stops
Before it tires battling the chill
Of the mighty season known to kill all

But in my chair I wrap myself
Double layered sweaters and blankets and socks
To cough, to cushion myself for my fall

Nov 25, 2016

Pocky Cookies & Cream Flavor Baked Bread Stick Snack Review

Finally, my Pocky reviews are up. Check out my review for Pocky Cookies & Cream flavor!

Nov 23, 2016

Vita Guava Juice Review

Check out another flavor of Vita. It’s Vita Guava Juice flavor. Find out what I think about it.

Nov 21, 2016

Pretz Tomato Flavor Baked Bread Stick Snack Review

Another Pretz flavor review! This time I review their tomato flavor baked bread stick snack. Find out what I think about it.

Nov 18, 2016

A Contract With God Trilogy (1978-1995) By Will Eisner Review

A Contract With God Trilogy
Published from 1978 to 1995
Books by Will Eisner

Review by Chongchen Saelee

Man, first off, what a depressing overall story. Will Eisner’s epic story revolves around the tenants of a neighborhood on Dropsie Avenue, somewhere in New York area. It starts out with the day to day living and MISERY of early inhabitants in early 1900s. Everyone seems to be miserable or suffering because of an economic depression.

The first book, “A Contract With God”, focuses on tenants and their lifestyles. Needless to say, most if not all end in very depressing ways. more »

Nov 18, 2016

Vita Lychee Flavor Juice Drink Review

Here is my review of Vita, same company known for their popular Vitasoy line of soybean drinks, but their juice and tea line. This review is for their lychee flavor drink. Check it out!

Nov 17, 2016

Neuromancer (1984) By William Gibson Review

Neuromancer
Author: William Gibson
Published in 1984

Review By Chongchen Saelee

“Neuromancer” is the chosen template for modern sci-fi stories since it’s publication. It seems every modern sci-fi story from The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, etc, all borrow heavily from Neuromancer. If not the exact storyline, they borrow the speculative Asian culture imagery. But masquerading around as a futuristic caper story, Neuromancer is actually more like a crime noir story, since main plot device involves protagonist Henry Dorsett Case’s lost love Linda Lee. It bookends the whole story, although executed kinda sloppily.

Overall plot revolves around “cowboy” or what we call these days “hacker” Henry Dorsett Case, a 24-year-old thin druggy white guy. He lives a dangerous lifestyle in a dangerous futuristic world that resembles modern Tokyo. Case makes a living hacking into computer systems and otherwise cyber espionage. He spends that money on drugs and prostitutes. Of course future drugs don’t just come in the form of chemical substances, for those with man-machine interface built into their heads, they can get high off of “microsoft” which is essentially programs that scramble their brains temporarily. Mind-blowing, right? more »

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