It is so nice to be able to catch up on all of the things that I have put off for the better part of a term. Just having the chance to spend a bit of time laying in bed, reading a book and sipping coffee in the mornings, lingering over long lunches and indulging in all of my personal vices...ahhhh... it is truly heaven on a stick.
I really don't envy people that only get four weeks of leave a year, it is bloody criminal. Four weeks a year is really not enough leave to sate anyone's need for a break. Only 20 work free days out of 250 odd possible work days per year is ridiculous. Who came up with the five day working week anyway? It is clearly not a very balanced set up is it? Four on and three off seems a bit more fitting, and if you are going to put in five days a week, then you should get a couple of weeks every quarter to recharge the batteries and indulge in doing fun stuff. Besides it is also the time when everyone's kids are on holidays, and it seems so unfair to make parents miss out on valuable holiday/bonding time with their kids. We need to have another look at this crappy annual leave system, I would guarantee that people would be a shit load happier if they got a break every quarter, and probably a lot more productive too.
My holiday breaks are like holy days to me. I use them to the very best of my ability to not only take some rest and recovery time, but to also reconnect with family and friends and to get some purely self orientated things done. I am a huge advocate for doing things that serve no real purpose but to make you feel good; self time is vital to a happy and fulfilling life.
Since holidays started five days ago, I have started a new painting and a new novel, almost completed knitting a scarf that I started about a year ago and binge watch a couple of TV series. I have managed to frame the art pieces that I brought back from Singapore, and I finally got all of my photos developed from the trip too, just need to put them into an album now. I've had a delicious lunch with a friend, gone shopping, cleaned the house from top to bottom, stripped and cleaned out the spare room wardrobe and of course, gone to the movies. Not what I would I call a waste of time, and God I am thankful for the time to do it!
Been a while since I saw anything at the movies that I deemed good enough to put onto my Hall of Fame list, especially a children's film, but it has happened. If you are taking any kids to see a movie these holidays, I cannot recommend this film enough, it is amazing. Go see it on the big screen while you can.
Release Date: 2016
Running Time: 101 mins
A magical and beautifully constructed movie from Laika, the same company that produced Coraline and ParaNorman. Directed by newcomer Travis Knight, this is truly enchanting and entertaining viewing. The stop motion animation is just dazzling and the heart felt story line is touching without being sappy.
Young Kubo must find three magical pieces of armor to stand any chance of defeating the evil Moon King, Raiden. With the help of a grumpy monkey and a beetle that has no memory recall, he must conquer his fears, uncover the much needed power items and also discover the truth about how things came to be the way that they are.
Like all good adventure tales, there are three main tasks to be conquered before the final showdown can begin, and here they play out to perfection. Strong voice performances are delivered by Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Art Parkinson as Kubo.
This is the type of story telling that I long for in children's cinema; filled to the brim with fantasy, over flowing with self discovery and the overall visual experience is second to none. This is a wondrously executed piece, and an absolute must see cinematic experience, don't miss this gem.
FINAL SAY: If you must blink, do it now.
5 Chili Peppers