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My Impression of Survival Family

I recently watched this 2017 Japanese movie called Survival Family, directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. It starred Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa, and Wakana Aoi. I watched the movie on my flight back from Tokyo to Toronto, and overall, I enjoyed it.

The story is about Yoshiyuki Suzuki (played by Fumiyo Kohinata), and his family as they try to adapt to living after a nationwide blackout seemed to have occurred with no logical explanation. I found the movie to be interesting in a sense that before the blackout occurs, we see a glimpse of what life is like for the Suzuki family. All of the family members relies on the convenience of technology, whether it is using the elevator, computers, phones, or TVs as an example. The son (played by Yuki Izumisawa) always have music playing on his headphones, and when the blackout occurs, he hears the ambient nature sounds to his surprise that he had never paid attention to in the past. There was another scene where a customer was trying to …
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My Impression of Downsizing

I recently watched a 2017 film titled Downsizing, directed by Alexander Payne, written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, and starred Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig.

The synopsis of the movie is about Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and Audrey Safranek (Kristen Wiig), who decides to sign up for the "downsizing" procedure as a way to start a new happier life together to get away from the stress of their everyday life in Omaha. The downsizing procedure was discovered by scientists in the movie with their motivation of wanting to decrease humanity's footprint on Earth in an attempt to conserve resources to better the environment. To prevent spoilers, I'll leave the synopsis at this point to not ruin any surprise if you do decide to watch it.

My thoughts about the film was surprising. I honestly didn't have any expectations of the film prior to watching it. I had seen one trailer, and didn't think about it but was intrigued by the premise of …

Flash Fiction #59

Prompt: Tell a story of a new relationship from both people’s perspectives. Here’s the catch: there should be no scenes between the two of them. You can only use descriptions to other characters, diary entries, thoughts, dreams, and anything else that doesn’t involve contact between the two main characters.

Hope you enjoy~!


I always see her every morning on the bus to school. It was love at first sight. I usually stood opposite of the rear exit door, and every so often, I would take a peek at her sitting in the back row reading a book. On hot summer days, the window would be open slightly to let in the fresh air and I loved her long silky black hair getting brushed around by the breeze. Once or twice, I had a feeling that our eyes established a connection and every day I would try to get the courage to approach her to start up a conversation. However, I could never do it.

Every day, I see a boy looking over in my direction. He would look at me, and then look away before I could l…

Day 5 [Burnaby]

I was up late trying to record something for this secret project that I'm doing with a group online. I was originally hoping it would take at most 30 minutes, but before I knew, it took 2 hours. I was pretty tired afterwards, and passed out when I got to bed. Hopefully, my part in the video is fine as it is. Knowing what you want to do, and coming up with a plan. I wish that I knew exactly the life plan set out. I have a vague idea of what I want, and the next step is figuring out how to get there. The thing is... my motivation can be up and down. Some days I can be really productive and not be phased by anything, while other days, I feel like a potato. Is it a sign that I'm unsure of what I really want, or being comfortable, still lamenting over the past? I honestly don't know. It's just something for me to think through...

Another inspiration for my stories have been from a singer named Kina Grannis. I first heard about her from her acting debut in a web series calle…

Day 4 [Burnaby]

Today we went down to the Quay at New Westminster. It was a cloudy day, but the probability of precipitation was 40% which was in our favour as it didn't rain when we were outside. We walked along the boardwalk, and there was a very tall Tin Soldier statue along the way! That surprised me. We ate lunch at the River Market where there was quite a few number of shops in there like Thai, BBQ, gelato, and Mexican food. I had a pad thai tofu, which was yummy.

Later on in the day, I took a walk in the ravine park near the neighbourhood again and decided to venture a bit deeper on the trail. Along the trail, I didn't see that many people compared to yesterday but I did see someone arrive to go to the tennis courts to play by himself. There was an elderly couple doing laps around the parking lot. While strolling on the trail, I stopped to take in the environment and noticed the birds chirping somewhere. Then the loneliness had set in. I get that sort of feeling when I walk around alon…

Day 3 [Burnaby]

Today, we moved from Fort Moody to a place in Burnaby. It was relatively a short drive, and the place that we are staying at have two artists (sculptures). The wife sculpts smaller items, like cups and plates, while the husband sculpts the bigger pieces like statues. Overall, it's a nice place with all of the basic essentials already in place, which is nice and convenient. Just about 10-15 minutes away by foot, there was a nice park to walk on the trail. The trees all look so tall, and if you stop and listen to nature, you can hear all sorts of things. The wind. The small creek trickling down. There was this particular intersection heading out of the neighbourhood with no lights in our direction. The street that we wanted to turn on was so busy that it didn't really allow us to turn left safely. After the fact, we found out that for the particular intersection, it is recommended to get out of the car and go to press the walking signal to force the lights to turn red for us to …

Day 2 - [Port Moody]

I took a walk around the small town about east from Vancouver. There was about a 3 km trail around Burrard Inlet that linked about 3 parks around the body of water. It was an interesting sight to see patches of the ground in the middle of the inlet with Canadian Geese chilling on them. I suspect that today was a low tide. I saw several joggers and cyclists on the trail, and they were signs saying that it was a Terry Fox Training Route. I haven't seen that name since I was little. Along the trail, I saw a sign of a potential black bear sighting with rules to follow if you unfortunately come across a bear. I had never seen such a sign before on trails that I visited, so it took me for a surprise.

In one of the parks near the pier, there were so many children running around playing. Then I saw groups of about 3 kids with a piece of paper and pen writing something before running off. I assumed that they were doing some kind of treasure hunt, and it reminded me of when I was little whe…