I haven't been much of a reader when younger. But here are some
books I've read recently: The Omnivore's Dilemma, Born to Run, A
Random Walk Down Wall Street, A Doctor in the House: Memoirs of Tun
Dr. Mahathir, 1Q84
I love watching foreign films, art films, anime (Cowboy Beebop,
Ghost in the Shell, Miyazaki's stuff, Evangelion), Malaysian films
(Talentime, Sepet) and Chinese films (山楂树之恋 - Under the Hawthorn
Tree, 80后 - Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting, 一个陌生女人的来信 - Letter
from an Unknown Woman, 阳光灿烂的日子 - In the Heat of the Sun) especially
those set in the Cultural Revolution. I am fine with stuff coming
out of Hollywood but they are definitely not the only stuff worth
Korean movies are pretty awesome, some recent gems: Mother (Madeo)
and Lady Vengeance. A classic would be Memories of Murder. A pretty
quirky movie (without dialogue) would be 3-Iron.
Some TV shows: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Suits,
Spartacus, Smallville, X-files (oh ain't that old).
Music that inspire me: Rock, Post Rock, Jazz/Blues, Asian-pop (for
keeping to my roots :p), soundtrack for Japanese
Food: Japanese/Korean food, meaty stuff, Tex/Mex...
And am still looking for a good italian pasta and definitely don't
mind some good salmon sashimi and butter fish. Oh yea, and Ox
tongue, teppanyaki style, is quite good.
I also miss quite a bit of food from China, while I was in Beijing,
like the large selection of different hotpots, Mala Xiangguo, Mala
Tang, Xinjiang food and Sichuanese food.