Ran through a few trailers for upcoming movies on YouTube and nothing seemed interesting (is anyone else sick of superhero flicks yet? No?? Mmkay), until I found this (via another site). Now this is something I really want to watch.

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Ask the way to the spring

Moving Water by Jalaluddin Rumi

When you do things
from your soul,
you feel a river
moving in you,
a joy.

When actions come
from another section,
the feeling disappears

Don’t let others lead you
They may be blind
or, worse, vultures.

Reach for the rope of God
And what is that?
Putting aside self-will.

Because of willfulness
people sit in jail,
the trapped bird’s wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.

The anger of police is willfulness.
You’ve seen a magistrate
inflict visible punishment
Now see the invisible.

If you could leave your selfishness,
you would see how
you’ve been torturing your soul

We are born and live inside
black water in a well.
How could we know
what an open field of sunlight is?

Don’t insist on going
where you think you want to go
Ask the way to the spring.
Your living pieces
will form a harmony.

There is a moving palace
that floats in the air
with balconies and
clear water flowing through,
infinity everywhere,
yet contained under a single tent.

Stumbled upon this poem and it really resonated with me, in particular:

Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go. Ask the way to the spring.

Hopefully you, too, may find something of value in it.

Nature Man


Nature Man while traveling through a town witnessed a lightning strike that destroyed the town’s dam. Acting quickly, Nature Man transformed into his super powered state and used his control over electricity, water, love, and earth to divert the flood and save the town. However, no one saw Nature Man save the town so he simply returned to his normal form after saving the day and left without seeking glory or fame.

I lol-ed, but then realised this would happen in a realistic superhero movie.


Vampires & Superheroes*

So vampires. They got these long fangs, sticking out of their mouths rite? So how do they talk without ever getting some kind of speech impediment? You never hear a vampire lisping in movies, ever. They’re always these sexy, suave creatures, luring young, nubile women into their lair.

And they live for thousands of years, can you imagine the amount of cleaning and washing and grooming they have to do, day in day out? Don’t they ever get sick of it? I’m surprised they don’t kill themselves after looking at dirty dishes for the nth time**.

Anyways, back to the fang business. I know in movies the fangs are always retractable. Same like Wolverine’s claws. And like most of the other mutants and superheroes, they always gotta look like humans, or retain their human form like, 90% of the time. I mean, can you imagine Wolverine going about his day with his claws out, all the time? Eating a sammich, opening doors, scratching an itch. Ouch.

Speaking of superheroes, ya never see ’em doing much besides brooding and fighting. They gotta eat too right? And pee. How does Batman pee in that suit? Pee flap? Some kind of tube contraption thingy in his suit…? Maybe they all get some kinda Super Pee Holding ability along with their main superpower.

And don’t get me started on the female superheroes’ outfits. I’m okay with them being skimpy (they look good and besides, who’d wanna fight in a shabby overall, looking like a dump?), but with the big boobs they all seem to have, the outfits just don’t seem like enough to keep em babies secure enough, ya know what I’m saying? In real life, they’d be bouncing around, enough to distract the most serious super villain. I’m guessing duct tape, or Magical Bra.

Then ya got the super strength thing going on. How do the supes get so much strength without an increase in muscle mass? They gotta come from somewhere, right? Maybe super strong muscle fibres? And when they punch something real hard, that must hurt like hell, cuz for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, no? Maybe they also have a reduced number of pain nerve cells. I guess that helps when you crash down six floors of concrete when fighting, and not even an “ouw”. I guess that’s just not cool.

I know, I know. Movies are not real. Why make movies so realistic when people watch movies as a form of escapism? I guess it just gets boring after a while, ya know? They tell the same story over and over again, and people die, but not really. Then you have the villains who’s just evil for no good reason. Sometimes I just go like, “Wait, why is he evil again in the first place?” Okay there are exceptions, but IMHO they’re few and far in between.

I think that’s why humans and mutants /superheroes can’t get along. People just can’t relate to them. Make them do more human things. Give them quirks. Give them pets. Make ’em go “Aaaaww” over cat pictures. Then invite us to their favourite cafes, and we can talk about mommy /daddy issues, and bond over pet peeves, like how much it sucks when the wifi is down. Is this so hard to do, Hollywood?

*Alternate article title, Why The Incredibles is the Best Superhero Movie

**The most realistic vampire movie I’ve seen to date is, What We Do in the Shadows, a Kiwi production. Not as polished as what Hollywood churns out, but a gem in its own way.

***Misfits gets an honorable mention. But it’s a TV series and not American.

Liver Flush, Round II


Starting my first day of liver flush today, drinking lots of yummy apple juice.

After my first attempt at the flush last month, I’m now the wiser and feel more confident, especially as I’ve been cleaning my colon out, properly, with the help of my colon hydrotherapist. Burnt a hole in my pocket, but so worth it. Got a lot of worms and other unidentified things out (yep, I’ve been going through my poo with a stick. Fun!). Oh, I also passed a few stones here and there, from the first flush, so they did get stuck on their way out.  Suffice to say, I’d be wary of doing any flushes without cleaning out my colon now.

Aaaaand for those of you who are wondering why there’s an image of a moon on the top of the post, instead of something like a liver or pictures of my stones from the first flush (I doubt you’d want to see it but I do have em. Just sayin.), the full moon has been traditionally associated with cleansing and letting go (pun unintended) of things that no longer serves us. So I thought it’s quite apt, since it’ll be the full moon tomorrow. Plus, it’s pretty.

Stay safe guys, there be werewolves out there.

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Liver Flush – Final Day & the Aftermath

So I finally did the liver flush and it went well. Well, sort of.

The good news is, I got a lot of stones out, about 300 – 500 I think. The bad news is, I had a “complication” after the flush – constipation.

I actually felt great right after the flush (a little tired, but I felt a sense of wellbeing and… peace). The nightmare came later, which I think was triggered by the food I ate on the day after the flush – I had a peanut butter sandwich and I guess this triggered my gallbladder to produce more bile, thereby pushing more stones out and these guys got stuck in the colon. And so I became constipated for a few days, my stomach became so big I looked 6 months pregnant. I drank some Epsom salt solution and it helped a little (it’s a laxative so I did manage to have bowel movement), but I was still bloated…

…and so I decided to get a colon hydrotherapy* done. Thankfully, that solved the problem.

Regardless, I’m really happy with the results and I’m planning on doing another flush in a few weeks time. After the flush, I noticed that my tummy became flatter, I had more energy and most remarkably, I thought my mind became clearer.

I still have a long way to go, since the recommendation is to flush until you don’t see anymore stones coming out (about 6 – 8 times, depending on individual). But the benefits really make the whole thing worthwhile**.

I did have another, err… notable, experience doing the flush. I remember having another “emotional release” during the pre-flush day (if you remember, I talked about this in my previous post), this time involving a very old friend and high school sweetheart. It was really weird because we only dated for a while in high school and have remained good friends ever since (though not particularly close), and I have not seen him in a long time.

So, that makes two cases of emotional healing involving exes. Anymore and I might just name this, The Flush of Boyfriend Past.

Til the next flush, I’ve signed up for a series of colon hydrotherapy session (it’s awesome y’all!), but that’s for another post. I’m gonna make my exit now #pun (right, I’ll show myself to the door).

*Strictly speaking, you are supposed to clean out your colon thoroughly (via colon hydrotherapy, colema or enema) before and after the flush, but having read that some people have had successful flushes without one, I decided to forego that. Oh and my mom, who did the flush with me, didn’t have any issues at all post-flush, despite getting a lot of stones out too. So it really depends on the individual I’d say.

**Not that it was difficult to begin with, the only thing I found hard to deal with was the nausea that comes after drinking the olive oil and lemon juice mixture (which by itself was really delicious). IIRC this is because when you ingest the olive oil, your gallbladder gets prompted to produce a lot of bile so you can flush out the stones, but if your colon is congested, the bile gets pushed back up (so again, clean your colon before doing the flush).