Movie of the Week: Wildling (2018)

wildling_pic01.jpgA story about a girl whom her “Daddy” keeps locked at an attic and raises her with a fear of a child-eating monster living outside in the woods. He does everything he can in order to hide her origins, but at the age of 16 her “Daddy” attempts suicide and Anna has to face the real world. She’s rescued by a police officer (Liv Tyler) and moves in with her. But she doesn’t fit in…

I’ve seen worse, but wouldn’t watch this again. The Wildling tells a horrible story of puberty by mixing Josef Frizl, Carrie and Twilight, with a touch of Indiana Jones.

⭐️⭐️ / 5

New York Highlights

New York 2018-11Finally had the time for putting together the best things I managed to see here. I easily could have spent three weeks in New York, but as I only had two weeks of vacation (and wasn’t ready to spend all my money on traveling) I only had four full days in the Big Apple. And as sadly, my flight from Florida was delayed for 18 hours, so I lost pretty much a full day of time.

Also, I would have loved to just stroll around the city with my camera without too much planning. And the bad weather had an impact on my trip too. Next time I might skip the sun and beaches of Florida and head straight to New York, everything you can ever want is there. I actually lived in Larchmont, about 30 mins from Manhattan for a year, working as an Au Pair, so I’ve spent quite a lot of time in the city back in the days and never got bored. So this is what I managed to see and experience!

Public library

New York 2018-2I actually ended up here after escaping the rain into a clothing store in the next block… I started checking on Google Maps to see if there was anything interesting near by and The  New York Public Library seemed like a nice option. Luckily, I didn’t get stuck there for too long like the group in The Day After Tomorrow. But it was amazing to see, would love to study in a place like this. New York 2018

Chinatown

New York 2018-3Something I wasn’t particularly interested in when living in the US, but something I became super interested in after living in Shanghai. Felt a little bit like home with so many people not speaking good English, everything written in Chinese and shops full of Chinese souvenirs. My brief exploration of Chinatown was amazing. I had lunch in a Chinese restaurant and simply explored the Chinese culture in the middle of New York City. New York 2018-4

Coney Island

New York 2018-5Another thing I never visited back when living in Larchmont. I love amusement parks and fairs. Sadly the weather ruined everything as it was super cold and nothing was open. But Coney Island was, for sure, one of the prettiest places I’ve seen in the US. Would love to visit it properly on a better weather. New York 2018-6

Museums

 Museum of the City of New York  I took a quick visit here after reading there was an exhibition of photographs by Stanley Kubrick. I was interested to see how one of the greatest film directors of all time started his career by working for Look Magazine. I really liked the photographs documenting the city life in New York back in the late 1940’s.  New York 2018-7

New York 2018-8As my time in New York was very limited, I had to choose carefully which museums to visit. I didn’t want to visit the ones I had already been to, and having always had an interest towards the Native American cultures, I chose to visit National Museum of the American Indian.New York 2018-9It was mostly native american artifacts and I found it interesting, but most likely wouldn’t visit again. Instead, I definitely would visit again American Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art, which I visited years ago. One day just isn’t enough for either of them, but I wanted to focus on new destinations this time.New York 2018-10I also did a bunch of shopping at Macy’s after realizing how much better the prices were there than here in Sweden… And I took day trip to Larchmont to visit the family I lived in back in the days. It was crazy to see how much the kids had grown and to realize how fast time flies. And after all this, with just under 1 000 000 people, Stockholm felt tiny.

Book of the Month: Tunne lukkosi

This one was on my reading list for a while. Tunne lukkosi gained a lot of awareness in Finland and as I’ve always been interested in psychology I had to read it. And now I finally did. I was actually surprised that I could find it at a library in Sweden. Without getting to know the topic before hand, it first seemed familiar, until after a brief googling I found out that tunnelukko was just a Finnish term for life traps. And about a year ago I had read Reinventing your life by Jeffrey Young, a book that had a very similar content, but was still different enough to keep me interested in Tunne lukkosi.Before, or at the beginning of the book, you’re recommended to take a test in order to find out which life traps are present in your life. The test is included in the book, but I found an easier online version as well. If you don’t mind reading the book more than once, or are willing to go back and forth, you might not need to take the test at first, but if you’re planning to read the book through once, taking the test before hand will guide your reading and you’ll know in which parts to focus on.

Life traps are developed during childhood as coping mechanisms and some of them are harmful in our everyday lives even as we grow up. Thus, becoming aware of them and eliminating them will teach us to function better in difficult situations and might increase our happiness. The book presents techniques on how this can be done. Making notes and keeping a mode diary is an important part of this. Compared to the piece written by Young, the techniques presented by Takanen felt a bit softer and going back to the unpleasant situations of one’s childhood included a role of a more responsible parent, instead of an almost aggressive one, as it felt like from time to time when reading Young. I’d recommend this book for pretty much anyone who’s willing to look back into their childhood and grow as a person today. We all have life traps, some more subtle, some more visible, but it’s always useful to look inward and see how we can function in a more constructive and more responsible way.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5