Horror Cartoon Movies

Whenever I’m in a bad mood, I would open my laptop and search for a nice cartoon movie. It helps me forget my problems and escape reality for a while. I was a little bit surprised and disappointed with two cartoon movies I’ve seen recently. Perhaps, it was my fault that I did not check the plot before I watched these movies but I still believe that these kind of films are not suitable for young audiences.




When Coraline feels neglected by her workaholic parents, she decided to explore their new home, an old, huge, dilapidated apartment. While exploring the house, Coraline finds a small door sealed by a brick wall. She later dreamed about the same door where  a mouse woke her up and she followed it to the small door which leads to the Other World, a parallel world where everything is perfect and where her parents pay attention to her. All the people surrounding her have a more entertaining version in the Other world, however, their eyes are buttons and not real ones.

Despite of warnings from her neighbour and a black, stray cat, the only creature who can cross the other world from the real world, Coraline continues to go to the Other World at night to escape the boredom of real life. When the Other Mother invited her to live in the Other World forever, she must decide if she stays in the Other world with her perfect parents in exchange of sewing buttons on her eyes, like the eyes of everyone from the Other World. When Coraline demanded to return home, the Other Mother angrily reveals her true self. Coraline realized that the Other World is not perfect after all.

Monter House


When Dj’s best friend Chowder’s ball accidentally landed on Mr. Nebbercracker’s lawn, an elderly neighbour who hates children, DJ tried to retrieve it only to be caught by their grumpy neighbour. During the confrontation, Mr. Nebbercracker, unfortunately had a heart attack and was taken away by an ambulance. Now, there are stories about the old house of Mr. Nebbercracker being haunted and while investigating the mysterious disappearance of the people who vanished outside the old house, DJ and Chowder found themselves trapped inside.

Well, they’re not as scary as a typical horror film I’ve seen but they are still creepy and I’m sure I won’t be able to stand watching these movies if I watch it as a kid. Moral lesson: Try to do a bit of research before watching a movie. It will spoil some scenes but at least you know what to expect.


*This post was retrieved from my old blog written on Jul. 1, 2013.

Unsolved Mysteries

The disappearance of flight MH370 still remains a mystery years after it vanished, leaving the world wondering what could have happened the night it left that caused a huge airplane to suddenly disappear. I constantly check the internet about updates and new theories regarding the missing plane. It’s actually easy for me to believe the conspiracy theory about the plane being in Diego Garcia as there were no debris to prove that it went down to the bottom of the Indian Ocean. But aside from the mysterious disappearance of MH370, there are other mystery cases that interest me and vow to follow the story until the time the truth comes out.

1. The location of the lost continent, Atlantis

The  legendary continent that was believed to be as big as Libya and Asia Minor combined, tragically sank in a single day and night. The only historical account of Atlantis could be found in the book of Greek philosopher Plato, Timeus but historians failed to prove its existence and believed that Atlantis is a metaphor used by Plato to describe the Athenian government. But with all the natural disaster that could have happened in the olden times, a sunken city like Atlantis is not impossible. In search for the location of the sunken city, National geographic made an amazing documentary.

2. The Remains of Noah’s Ark The story of Noah and the ark is written in the book of Genesis, where God gave Noah an instruction to build an ark in order to save his family and other living creatures from the great flood. Searches for the location of Noah’s ark were conducted to know if there is a hidden truth behind the story or it is plainly a myth. An earthquake revealed a boat-liked formation on top of a mountain, not far from Mount Ararat, where the ark was believed to have rested and is now named as Noah’s Ark National Park. Whether it is the remains of the Ark or just a natural formation, I want to visit the site someday and hope that it will be proved and be officially accepted as the true remains of Noah’s ark.

Possible location of Noah’s Ark

There is a hypothesis that Noah came from the lost city of Atlantis and evacuated from the island during the island’s doomsday.

3. America’s Unknown Child (The Boy in the Box)

 In 1957, a dead body of a young boy, about five years old, was found inside a discarded cardboard box in a secluded road in FoxChase, Philadelphia. Years after the incident, the identity of the boy and who left him inside the box is still unknown, making the case one of the longest unsolved cases in the history of Philadelphia. Going through the articles gathered in the internet, I believe that the foster family has something to do with the boy’s death. To find out more about the case of the boy in the box, visit the official site of the America’s unknown child.

4. Mystery of the missing Sodder children

They were believed to have perished in the fire and local officials announced their death but eyewitnesses claimed that they were abducted. Almost seven decades later, the fate of the children is still unknown. The parents died without knowing the truth behind their children’s disappearance and why there were no remains of dead bodies found in the burned house.

Billboard of the missing Sodder children

To find out more about the Sodder children, visit this site.
5. Sandy Hook elementary shooting 

His behavioral problems might have caused Adam Lanza to shoot twenty school children and six adult staff members but the reason behind choosing Sandy Hook elementary school as his target and what triggered him that day to be insanely violent will always be a question. This happened while I was still a college student and I could totally see myself in Adam Lanza, a boy with a hidden life. As they say, don’t judge someone’s silence for weakness, no one plans a murder out loud.

*Photos belong to their respective sources. They are not mine unless otherwise stated.

Fortune Cookies

I went to an all-you-can-eat buffet today and I was given free fortune cookies.I love these cookies and sometimes keep the notes as souvenir.

It was only today that I became curious of the origin of the fortune cookie and tried to search in Google.

According to the article written by Borgna Brunner, Fortune cookies were invented by Americans. One history of the fortune cookie claims that David Jung, a Chinese immigrant living in Los Angeles and founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, invented the cookie in 1918. Concerned about the poor he saw wandering near his shop, he created the cookie and passed them out free on the streets. Each cookie contained a strip of paper with an inspirational Bible scripture on it, written for Jung by a Presbyterian minister.

Another history claims that the fortune cookie was invented a Japanese immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara. A gardener who designed the famous Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. An anti-Japanese mayor fired him from his job around the turn of the century, but later a new mayor reinstated him. Grateful to those who had stood by him during his period of hardship, Hagiwara created a cookie in 1914 that included a thank you note inside. He passed them out at the Japanese Tea Garden, and began serving them there regularly. In 1915, they were displayed at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, San Francisco’s world fair.

A mock trial was even held to determine the origin of the fortune cookie.

Anyway, I’m grateful to whoever invented this cookie. I can’t imagine eating in a chinese restaurant without a free cookie after my meal.

A Walk In The Park

One of the best things in Athens is the availability of parks and playgrounds in every town.

Today, I visited a nearby park and had the chance to take some photos. It’s the same park where I used to jog as a preparation for the 5k marathon.

The park has a large area surrounded by pine trees. It even has its own mini zoo.

Pet owners usually take their dogs here for a walk and kids would play mostly in the afternoon.