Sep 30, 2010

Media Watch - me style

Once again a blog challenge has beaten me and I'm giving up on #30daysofme. To be honest, I'd rather not complete it haha ;-) Anyway, the reason I took up the challenge was to get me to write again. I know I've said this a million times before, but writing for work really takes the joy out of writing sometimes. I'm too mentally exhausted to critique anything or feel passionately enough for any issue - which is quite sad, I must admit. *end whinge* But I read this article and it annoyed me a fair bit…well, enough to make me want to write about it.

‘Adopted girl banned from entering Australia because she's classified an immigration threat’

Makes you want to click on it, doesn’t it? Do It! But come back…I have more to say.

Sep 22, 2010

Day 13: #30daysofme

The Task: A letter to someone who has hurt you recently

I've thought long and hard about this one but there's no way I can write this without giving away more than I am comfortable with. So, I'm sorry but let's just jump to Day 14 okay?

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends

Sep 21, 2010

Day 11: #30daysofme

The Task: Another picture of you and your friends

Getting demanding about the photos aren't we? Struggled to find another photo that didn't show any faces etc. But anyway, here we go:

Yes, that's me in the middle with two of my friends. We did a bit of Japanese traditional dancing for a while. :)

P.S. This should have been posted before but internet troubles - sorry!

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends

Sep 20, 2010

Day 12: #30daysofme

The Task: How you found out about Blogger and why you made one

I'm assuming this means "how you found out about blogging in general" because my first blog wasn't on Blogger. I was in Year 12 and used to waste a lot of time on MSN Messnger & MSN had this new feature - it was called Spaces or something... can't remember. I think it was the first stages of MySpace. Anyway, I had a random blog there which I abandoned after some time. I started blogging because finishing school felt like the end of an era. I would be leaving behind friends I had known my whole life and I was worried about the change that college life would bring. To try and make sense of all my emotions - I started blogging.

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends

Sep 18, 2010

Day 10: #30daysofme

The Task: Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad

A post about music. Woo Hoo! So a lot of the music I listen to is "comfort" music and I listen to it irrespective of my mood. So whether I'm happy, sad or bored - I can always listen to Jack Johnson & Coldplay.

Music almost always makes me happy so when I'm happy so when I'm happy, I listen to absolutely everything from dance music to old school rock, Jack Johnson to Muse. Anything goes, really.

My number one 'Sad' song is "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. Emo, I know but whattodo.

When I'm bored, I like listening to anything that is up-tempo. David Guetta helps ;-)

Hmm, when I'm mad I usually like to listen to something that calms me down or puts me in a better mood. Dance music is good. Jazz works well too as does Jack Johnson & Billy Joel.

I don't know what "hyped" means in this context, so I'm just going to ignore it.

On a self-congratulatory note, I've posted for 10 days straight! Very proud of myself :D

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends

Sep 17, 2010

Day O9: #30daysofme

The Task: Something you’re proud of in the past few days

Absolutely nothing spectacular has happened in my life in the last few days.. But I guess I could say I'm proud of my gymming efforts in the last few days. I've really pushed myself and I feel really great about it :)

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends

Sep 16, 2010

Day 08: #30daysofme

The Task: Short term goals for this month and why

The only goal I have this month is to do a complete cleanout of my house - really, really needs it.

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends

Sep 15, 2010

Day 07: #30daysofme

The Task: A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you

Words. They have the biggest impact on me. I identify myself as a writer first, so that makes sense doesn't it?

I've always loved words. There are words I like, words I dislike. Words I use. And abuse. Then there are words I avoid. There are words I use when I write but never use colloquially and vice versa.

As part of my Bachelor's degree, I had to study the History of English Language and while a lot of it bored me to tears, I loved learning how to identify the origin of words in the English language. For a long time even after I finished uni, I would quiz myself trying to figure out if words were French, Latin or even one of Shakespeare's creations ;)

Like I said before, I love and collect quotations. They inspire me, move me, make me think and sometimes just make go "awwww"

I love word games. Especially Scrabble.

I used to read the dictionary for fun. (Try not to judge me :P) and is the first bookmark on my web browser. I even follow @thewordoftheday on Twitter.

While I have a general interest in understanding different cultures - words, the way they are used and often the differences in connotation in different cultures are particularly fascinating for me.

Words &'s something special ;-)

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends

Sep 14, 2010

Day 06: #30daysofme

The Task: Favourite super hero and why

So far this challenge has been pretty easygoing but this "favourite super hero" post had me stumped. I don't have a favourite superhero (well, not the comic book type at least) but as I have mentioned before, I'm a total Harry Potter fangirl so for the sake of this post, he is going to be my favourite super hero. I know some of you will argue technicalities but well, Harry can do magic - that is just as super hero-ic as a man who scales buildings arachnid-like or the Last Son of Krypton .

Why do I love Harry so much? Because he's awesome of course. What? That's not reason enough? Okay...
  1. Magic, obviously! No matter how old you are, magic is always cool plus wand-swishing and Latin spells only makes it cooler! Who wants to flick the switch when you can say LUMOS; or why would you open a door when ALOHOMORA is so much more fun! ;-)
  2. Harry is the "Boy who Lived" - he is the Boy Wonder of the Wizarding World but he is still so humble. Humility is underrated but it is so important. It is why I love Roger Federer so much. It's why I respect Rafael Nadal and can't hate him even when he beats Federer. (It's Grand Slam time - the tennis references are inevitable).
  3. Harry is a very loyal friend (e.g. Ron and Hermione) and very passionate about his close relationships (e.g. Sirius or Dumbledore). I'm a typical Aquarian and have lots of friends however I always keep everyone at a bit of a distance (especially as far as my emotions are concerned) until I can figure out if I want to let them into my "inner circle". I value loyalty in friendships & relationships and once you're part of the inner circle, I will go that extra mile for you without hesitation, so Harry's loyalty and passion are endearing.
  4. Invisibility! I read The Invisible Man when I was in primary school and if I could have one super power, I would love to be invisible. I would love to steal Harry's invisibility cloak.
  5. Harry's a good person, he's a hero but he's not a goody-two-shoes and I love that. Sneaking out of Hogwarts with the Marauder's Map or stealing potion supplies from Snape's cupboard - being mischievous makes him more fun and lovable.
There are many more reasons why I love Harry Potter but I'll stick to just 5 for today.

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends.

Sep 13, 2010

Day 05: #30daysofme

The Task: A picture of somewhere you’ve been to


This is a picture of Wategos beach at Byron Bay from my last trip in April. TO say I love Byron would be an understatement. Yes yes I know, it's become very yuppie, has way too many tourists, is overpriced... and all that. But Byron's inherent hippie-ness appeals to my inner flower child.

This post is part of the #30daysofme blog challenge I'm doing with some friends.

Sep 12, 2010

Day 04: #30daysofme

The Task: A habit that you wish you didn’t have

I think I'll just do this later....

...... Get it? Get it? Get it? ;-)

Sep 11, 2010

Day 03: #30daysofme

The Task: A picture of you and your friends

This one was tricky because I prefer not to put up personal photos on my blog. But anyway, here we are:

I love I love this photo. It was taken at Ilaeria's Hen's night.

Sep 10, 2010

Day 02 - #30daysofme

The Task: The meaning behind your Blog name

LegallyAlien - hmm, pretty self explanatory, no?

Well, like many other things in my life, my blog name was inspired by song lyrics. The song here is 'Englishman in New York’ by Sting.

"I'm an alien
I am a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

Wikipedia explains the meaning of Legal Alien pretty well.

I am a legal alien – in Australia and in India too. I guess moving to another country made me realise that “home” (i.e. India) will always be home because that is where I grew up but at the same time, it will never be the same home again. Does that make sense?

In the same way, while Australia isn’t the “home” I grew up in, after 3.5 years here, despite its alien-ness, it will always be home to me.

I have two homes and no home

I realise that for the rest of my life, I will always be slightly “alien” wherever I go and I like that. I guess as an immigrant, being a bit of permanent misfit comes with the territory. So being “Legally Alien” is now a permanent part of my identity and hence, the blog name.

Sep 9, 2010

Day 01 - #30daysofme

The task:  A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

So this is a badly cropped pic of me. This was taken by Ilaeria at a recent Hot Pot party at a friend's house. I look like quite the expert at Hot Pot-ing but in reality, I'm far from it.. ;-)

So Fifteen interesting facts huh? Wow... this challenge doesn't ask for much does it? Anyway, here goes...
  1. I'm a pop culture and news junkie. I love knowing everything about EVERYTHING. I thrive on trivia and random facts.
  2. I want to adopt a girl at some point in my life; when *I* grow up that is. 
  3. It may come as a surprise to people who've only known me for the last few years but apart from my shoe obsession (that's a birth defect) I used to be very, VERY tomboyish. I had very, very short hair (Rihanna short sometimes) & owned 1 dress, a couple of skirts and 10 pairs of jeans. Not sure what happened there.. ;-)
  4. I love technology, tech news, gadgets, and anything tech related. I get this from my Dad. 
  5. I love Harry Potter. So. So. Much.
  6. I'm very indecisive
  7. I'm crazy about dogs & can't wait to get one again 
  8. Incorrect grammar drives me insane
  9. I can read & speak 3 languages (English, Bengali & Hindi) but can't write in my mother tongue, Bengali *hangs head in shame*
  10. I don't believe in astrology or anything but I have fun analysing people based on their zodiac signs. Sometimes the personality traits are spot on.
  11. I can't get through a day without music - the genre doesn't matter. Music is all about how it makes you feel and a lot of the time it's about the words too. 
  12. I love quotations & "collect" them. Yes, laugh. I have 4 journals full of quotations. 
  13. I have a Bachelor's degree in English Lit & sometimes I really wish I'd done my Masters in Lit. Reading & then being critical about what you read - pretty much a dream uni course ;)
  14. Sometimes when people talk, certain words or phrases they use trigger off songs in my head. If I know them well enough, I start singing aloud otherwise I sing in my head. 
  15. I don't like cricket. Yes, really. I used to, but that was a long time ago. The only sport I really follow is Roger Federer, ah, sorry, I meant tennis.
There! All done :)

Blog Challenge: #30DaysofMe

This #30daysofme blog challenge seems to have become pretty popular on Twitter and I have been convinced by @blauerpunto, @ilaeria @agentK and @jethrocarr to do it too. Considering I've been incommunicado on my blog for quite some time now, I figured it was worth a shot.

Anyway, so this is an outline of what you can expect on the blog for the next 30 days

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Blogger and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Your favorite song

The challenge starts today so I'm following this up with Day 1's post very soon