Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Why Do I Like Patrick Jane?

First of all, who the heck is Patrick Jane? Well, this is how Wikipedia describes him:

" Patrick Jane is an independent consultant for a fictionalized version of the California Bureau of Investigation, and helps by giving advice and insight from his many years as a fake psychic medium. He uses his keen powers of observation, deduction, and knowledge of social engineering coupled with his genius to help lead the investigations. "

And here is how someone else's post (which I stumbled upon through the link of a picture of Patrick building a sandcastle) about 'The Mentalist' retells Wikipedia's definition and expounds a bit more:

" Patrick Jane used to make lots of money pretending to read minds and communicate with the dead. Then the serial killer Red John slaughtered his family and now he is a consultant with the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation). So, Jane is essentially an emotionally damaged, tortured woobie with a tragic past. He isn't very good at following rules and when he finds Red John he's "gonna cut him open and watch him die slowly like he did with my wife and child". He can also be a bit of a bastard and gets punched in the face a lot. "

Now we've got that clear, let's talk about why I'm writing this post. 


From seeing the previews and "Can you spot the mistake?" mind-twister commercials three weeks before the start of the series aired on StarWorld, I was super excited to watch 'The Mentalist'. 

And finally, this April 13, it came on, just after our usual episode of 'Monk'. Five minutes in, I told myself straight away that I had a crush on Patrick Jane.



Reason #1:

Well, the very first thing that got me was his wit, positivity, and unpredictability. 

I mean, most of the time we love people who are spontaneous, optimistic, and do random stuff at the right place and right time, right? (Wow does that actually undermine the meaning of random? xD). Yep. Next reason.

Reason #2

Immediately after the first impression, my thing for blue eyes and suits - plus that disarming smile. We cannot forget that disarming smile.

(pictures cannot do Patrick's smile justice - so you can look at him eating an ice cream instead)

(WHATEVER. GIFs can do the job anyway)

To quote what followed that excerpt from someone else's post,
" Important things to know about Patrick Jane: Once you have seen him smile, you will spend the rest of your life trying to make him do it again and again. This is probably one of the reasons for why he is so good at manipulating people. "

Reason #3

His character has a LOT of depth. I tried to read up on his past without seeing much of the spoilers, and about his personal styles/skills/personality over at Wikipedia, which made me think how intricately orchestrated Patrick is behind the way we see him. I mean, this got me thinking while washing the dishes, before going to sleep, looking at my math tutor's diagrams, sitting on the balcony and staring at houses, yep loooool.

Some other side-subjects I researched and mulled over because of him were of ethics, psychology, social engineering, and our capacity to judge others.

Reason #4

Then, there is how Patrick uses his skills to solve cases. 

He plays mind games and hypnotises people to get evidence and manipulate them (much to the annoyance of Teresa Lisbon, their unit's leader); has lots of hare-brained ideas - LOTS I TELL YOU (but most of the time his ideas are right); pisses his colleagues off (especially Teresa, though it's obvious from the 1st episode he has an affinity for her #INSTANTSHIP)

Reason #5

…but my favourite way with which he solves a case is when he gets real with the victims or the victim's loved ones and tells them stories about his past.

Patrick Jane: I have a daughter about your age, if I hadn't caused her death. Her and her mother.
Frankie O'Keefe: How? Patrick Jane: Out of arrogance. Stupidity. I made an evil man very angry and he killed them to make me sorry for what I'd done. And I am sorry. Being sorry is a far worse punishment than being dead. Everybody dies. Very few people ever feel truly sorry for the bad things they've done.

Hm. (Apparently, Kyle, one of my friends, told me he "couldn't see that dialogue happening in real life", while I saw it as a part of a deep conversation that often happens in fictional worlds where I usually am, and very rarely in real life.)

But there were some other questions his character asked me, questions like: why does he lie to know the truth, why does he like pushing the boundaries, does he like impressing people with the flare and flourishes of his work because he's actually very sad, is he revealing his past to certain people just to let them know his story and that he is a man who feels with them, or is it how he manipulates them to tell him the truth, what are his real goals, is he trying to fix himself, is he a truly broken man?

Even if I didn't know the answers to the other questions, they helped me answer the last one, and the answer is yes. 

Shane Claiborne said that, "People are drawn toward folks who have it all together, or look like they do. People are also drawn towards folks who know they don't have it all together and are not willing to fake it." 

That's why I think Patrick's brokeness is the most attractive thing of all, in a painful and sad way, because he at least has an idea of how it is to be human, however the appearances may seem. #wellthatescalatedquickly

So yeah, those are my reasons. And sorry guys, haha, this was for the sake of a blogging challenge I'm doing, and I wanted to do it right.

Till the next fictional crush,

OH, before I can forget, inspiration for my current theme comes from my friend Julia Alvarez's blog, "get it together, bud. hang tight!", which needs about 125729311 Liebster Awards! Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration, Julia :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

5 Fascinating Incidents That Happened at The Art Market

Last week, I finally had the opportunity to visit The Art Market, which I had been pining to go to for months! 

The Art Market is, basically, an art market. 
Plus, it takes place every first Saturday of the month at The Yellow House, which is a snazzy and sophisticated restaurant. So, I knew the Art Market would also be a snazzy and sophisticated event. 
There were 5 interesting things that happened when I visited, which amazed my little, easily-amused fourteen year-old mind…

1. ArtLab

The first stall we visited was that of ArtLab's. I'd researched them a few months back, after seeing them featured in one of my favourite publications, and loved and respected them instantly. So seeing them there made me know I would like being in the Art Market immensely :D

Their approachable stall guy approached my sister and gave her two stickers of some illustrated faces, asking in Neplish, "Timi - you know who they are?" 

I knew that the faces were present-day Nepali heroes, and were part of their project, Prasadwhich aims to inspire the Nepali youth and Nepalis abroad to lift up Nepali society through their art - so I told him we weren't Nepali, and started a good conversation, which led to Mom buying a print and Stall Guy giving me one of each sticker (woo yas~)

One found a good home, inspired me to make my violin case a work of art, and reminds me of my belief that giving my talent is a prasad (offering) to the One who deserves all :))

2. H11235

I was about to move on, but then Stall Guy told me one of their artists, Kiran Maharjan, aka H11235, was there too (like right next to him). 
From there I didn't know what to do next, because H11235 was my favourite ArtLab artist but I wasn't sure if I was a full-on fan and deciding if I'm a fan of one thing weighs heavily on my judgement, and I'd just learned H11235's real name from one of the prints on the table, which would've satisfied my curiosity, but meeting him irl? 

guys, sorry, I couldn't pick a single GIF, but I assure you, this was what I was doing inside my brain and that I am weird

Well, I wanted to tell him about how much I loved one of his murals, which I would always take note to admire every single trip to and from my violin rehearsals. 

Awkward Sam
But all I got out was a phrase that included something like, "You did that mural with the girl with the *waves hands and emphasises word* hair, ayt?" 

Awkward Sam, why is it that you always like to come out on moments like this?????

Man! Anyway, H11235 is an outstanding artist who greatly contributes to the Nepali art scene, and I'm super inspired by his work and passion - even though I blew my first impression, I hope to meet this amazing dude again (Kathmandu's a small place yo xD)
Lol, but he gives an imposing first impression irl, so I couldn't help but draw his face with how I recalled it ahahha --->

3. Word Warriors

This was the third booth I dropped by. One of the dudes at this table wagered the postcard below for my reading skillz. After years of trying to read painfully small letters, undecipherable prints, and segas semte rcesxx, I was able to read it all in one go with little difficulty. 

True to his word, he gave the card and a remark of amazement for my feat, plus a remark, which I chuckled at, "I'm going to pay for this", to his stallmates. That meeting also persuaded me to check out their organisation, Word Warriors, "a Kathmandu-based group of young poets leading the spoken word movement in Nepal. We have been performing, conducting events, competitions and workshops, all over Nepal, sharing the platform that spoken word provides for youth expression and voice." 

The first time I heard about 'poetry slam' was at a Pecha Kucha event four years ago, and it has progressively been piquing my curiosity. I dunno, I might go for it because of this c:

4. Looking at other stalls

We pressed on to see the other stalls, managed by an array of magical people, with an array of magical things. I was a cheapskate didn't have enough money to buy the other stuff I admired from a distance (I regret not talking to those artists, at least), like…

  • a chill dude's framed art which reminded me of chill, deep, amazing, and angsty Wattpad book covers, which was refreshing to see irl
  • pretty buttons I did not know the meaning of
  • a hipster dudette's photographs, and prints with a few rude words but were funny o_o
  • a city engraved in stone
  • a big tuk-tuk canvas
  • a poster with a deep quote about buying from an artist
Anyway, here's the picture of all the stuff I got:


5. Interpretations

I also found myself wondering about deep stuff, like, the state of and glory attached to being an artist, how interpretation and understanding was key to connect with art, what I could do to let the artists know without words that I was a true admirer, if I was really a true admirer, if I was overthinking about it all, and if the state of and glory attached to being an artist didn't really matter. 

Really, all these thoughts washed over like a big wave in my head, but then they were just drowned out by a tidal wave of one thought: Live in the moment
Sometimes I can see myself visiting past experiences or exploring new notions to understand what's happening before me, but I think the best approach to understand is to really just live in the moment. So that's what I did and that's how I recall this experience to you :)

All in all, going to the Art Market was one of the best Saturday afternoons I've ever spent.
It was where us patrons were privileged to appreciate, admire, and enjoy  the showcased creative genius, where the artists received the honour due them by their hard work and releases of imagination, and where we all enjoyed and celebrated art! Totes looking forward to go to the next one.

"Everyone is an artist" (Joseph Beuys),

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Asa Butterfield appreciation post

So, there are only less than 6 hours of Asa Butterfield's eighteenth birthday.

Last Sunday, I came up with some sort of plan to celebrate it by watching all the (3 ahaha) movies I had with him in it, but I ended up just watching two and making some fanart on the way.

As those movies have inspired and moved my life and the way that I look at life in general, so has Asa, too, of course. After all, he's the actor that made those movies work for me, and I can't imagine anyone else who'd take the roles of his characters so fittingly. He's genius, he's one-of-a-kind, and I admire how from a very young age he became successful as an actor by being terribly good at what he does.

I also consider Asa Butterfield as one of the most beautiful human beings on the planet. I mean, wouldn't you easily fall in love with how all of his features - the shape of his face, the colours of his complexion, hair, and eyes - coalesce to make some kind of perfect? Although true beauty has been compromised by flaw, Asa Butterfield is pretty high on the list of the things I appreciate often because he reminds me that true beauty is intended to have a perfect glory.
Beauty's intended glory yas

And it's amazing to watch all the movies he's starred in so far, and how his characters' purposes vary: from a small boy who is oblivious to how the world works but has a world of his own (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), to a teenager who is oblivious to how the world works but has a world of his own (X+Y), and from two children (Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, and Hugo) and a teenager (Ten Thousand Saints) dealing with responsibilities they're supposed to carry, to a teenager with the weight of the world on his shoulders he can't carry alone (Ender's Game). Amazing.

Well, it's pretty hard to believe that this boy's leaving childhood forever, but who even knows what brilliant future is ahead of him? 

So yeah. Asa, cheers to 'a new chapter' of your life, never stop giving your all, and may the blue in your eyes never fade.

With the love of your Asanators,