What I'm Into // Equip + Inspire Vol. 2


Hey, friend. Welcome to Volume 2 of Equip + Inspire! This post is also part of Leigh Kramer's What I'm Into link-up. It's my first time to join the link-up and I love being able to visit more blogs and seeing what others have been digging. Here are the nuggets of gold that held my attention this month.



MUSIC


 

One of my favorite bands is Anathallo and it was a sad, SAD day when they broke up. They're one of the rare indie-folk-alternative hybrids that truly breathe out poetry in their songs. Fortunately, The Hubs found Typhoon, which totally reminds me of Anathallo. Their album Live at the Crystal Ballroom can be downloaded for free so you can sample their tunes. Good, good stuff.

We also recently purchased Atlas Genius' Inanimate Objects. I really liked their When It Was Now album--the song "Trojans" never fails to get stuck in my head like a fly on ointment. The Hubs liked it, found Inanimate Objects, we streamed the first two songs and decided we're gonna buy it. The 80's vibe is strong with this album.

BOOKS:

  
It's been difficult to read for pleasure since the trimester is coming to a close. I have 2 major papers and 2 book critiques all due this week, and if it wasn't for the Pomodoro technique, I would be in a hot mess right now. But it's hard for me to read just to give meat to my papers so I decided to pick up a few books for leisure. 

I recently finished Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. I've seen it on shelves since it first came out but I didn't read it until this week. It's a fast-paced book (faster than Ready Player One) with a taut plot. I read it so quickly that I felt like there was something missing after I finished, even though there seemed to be no loose ends. Perhaps it was just too clever for its own good but I still liked it.

Tom Rath's Eat Move Sleep was just okay. The chapters are divided into three big ideas with a summary in the end and much of the material is common sense and/or easily accessible online (it's just that he probably did the work of compiling it for you). I enjoyed the quick information in each chapter and some of it has inspired me to continue pursuing a healthy lifestyle, but Rath doesn't tell us groundbreaking stuff. If you just need some solid reminders, this book might be for you. However, re: food, I would recommend resources on intuitive eating so as not to demonize food. A good place to start is Lauren Cash's website, Breathe and Nourish.

R.S. Sugirtharajah's The Bible and the Third World is technically one of my required readings for class (and one of two books I'm critiquing). I must say it's very thought-provoking. The way he wrote the history of interpretation in the Third World hits home for me because I live in a postcolonial country, now with strong ties to its former colonizers. 

FILMS

  

Between Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant, I think the former is the better movie. But it doesn't change the fact that The Revenant's cinematography, minimalist soundtrack, and A+ acting make it an incredible movie. Hats off to Leo for finally getting that Oscar. Mad Max was just an entirely different beast in all its postapocalyptic glory.

Yesterday, The Hubs and I finally watched Michael Mann's The Insider. Mann directed one of our other faves, Heat, starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. The Insider is based on this Vanity Fair article about whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand and his battle against Big Tobacco. The acting and cinematography were all masterfully done--in true Michael Mann fashion, he turned an arduous legal battle into full on suspense. The scenes take time to develop but they are never boring. 

Finally, one of our other recent views is Sicario, directed by French Canadian Denis Villeneuve. Prior to Sicario, we watched his other film Prisoners (starring Hugh Jackman) to get a feel of his directing style. Villeneuve is similar to Mann in that they both know how to make suspense look so stunning. These directors and their team really grip you. 

Sicario deals with the dynamics of the drug war in Mexico and the U.S., particularly the ethical consequences of being a part of the war (whether you're on the side of the law or the drug cartels). Lines are blurred and beliefs are questioned. Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin all deliver brilliant performances. 

This was a month of intense and suspenseful movies for us.

PLACES


The Coffee Library here in Baguio City. I have to visit at least one more time before we leave! It's a great place to hang out, they have good Vietnamese and Filipino food at affordable prices, and they serve legit Vietnamese coffee!

MISCELLANEOUS

I'm currently thinking about purchasing the 6-month set of Powersheets by Lara Casey. I listened to the audio book version of Make It Happen since I've been seeing it all over the blogosphere. I appreciate Lara's vulnerability in the earlier chapters. What she shared on overcoming fear and living life on purpose, I've picked up from other resources. The most valuable part of the audio book for me was Part 4 when I actually get to apply what I've learned.

The last few chapters of Make It Happen were designed to work with the Powersheets, so much (if not all) of the questions and steps in the book can be found in the worksheets. I'm glad that the book itself goes through the process so I have an idea of what to expect with the Powersheets. Lara put all of my questions and the things I value the most when evaluating life into an amazing system (and tool). I'm convinced that the worksheets are just what I need for an integrated goal-setting system and memory keeper.

I'm also thrilled for the release of the Couples Powersheets (as indicated by Lara in this post). My husband and I love setting specific goals so this might be good for us to try. I'm still on the fence about when to buy the worksheets (6-month set) since international shipping can be pricey. If all goes well, we'll be in the States by May so hopefully I can order by then in time for June, the mid-year mark. It would be perfect timing if that happens, since I'm sure I'll have updated goals as I adjust to living life abroad.

What have you been getting into this month?


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