Happy International Women’s Day! Today, might not be a holiday but every day is women’s day and you can be amazing every day.
And to inspire you and your series binge cravings, here are the Netflix series for you to watch and learn what it takes to be a woman.
1. The Crown
This is a historical drama covering Britain’s monarchy. How much is it accurate to reality is unknown but the creators did their research through interviews and accounts of people who know the royal family. Queen Elizabeth’s marriage to Prince Phillip in 1947 to the fourth season about Lady Diana Spencer’s marriage to Prince Charles. Not only is it visually stunning and well-acted, but it portrays the different plight of women in the family across generations and how they cope together (and separately) in such demanding and public life.
You will understand the burden of Queen Elizabeth especially at the beginning of her marriage. You will look into other female icons such as Margaret Thatcher maneuvering politics, Princess Margaret’s life in the public eye, and Lady Diana herself with her marriage. In this story, you will learn that women of all social status face conflicts differently in their lives.
Set in the 19th century, the series is based on the series of novels by Julia Quinn. It centers around the Bridgerton family where they are struggling with their own personal conflicts and finding true love. Like the novels, each season will focus on one Bridgerton sibling and their journey. Julia Quinn brought to life the characters with such personality.
However, the focus lies on the women. We all know that women did not have it easy back then and Quinn depicts the realism of this time period without sacrificing their empowerment. To the uninitiated, this might sound like your typical romance novel. But the author addresses plenty of issues in a tongue-in-cheek way that you can’t help but feel entertained. The Netflix series only just released their first season focusing on the first daughter of the family.
The season follows Daphne Bridgerton as she struggles to find a husband in a punishing and scandalous world of debutantes in London. There, she meets Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings whom she strikes a deal to con the ton to get herself the best match. Aside from Daphne, you can also see her sister, Eloise struggling with the reality of her sister’s fate that would soon be hers. Eloise is like Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet longs for independence and freedom from marriage. Despite the time period, Bridgerton successfully creates charming and relatable female characters that will keep you glued to your seats.
3. The Queen’s Gambit
Success, depression, and substance abuse – Elizabeth Harmon from The Queen’s Gambit will make you learn a thing or two… and not just about chess. This miniseries based on the novel by Walter Tevis. It is a coming-of-age period drama about an orphaned chess prodigy on her rise to the top. She is also struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.
Now, whether you are an addict or not, there is a lot to unpack in this short seven-episode series. This drama deals with relationships, how to handle success at such a young age, and emotional stability. Despite being set in the ’50s and ’60s, it is still relatable in our current time period. Ana-Taylor Joy’s portrayal of the character recently won her The Golden Globe. The desire for success and materialism, this show teaches us to value relationships with our loved ones and mental stability. Like it or not, money cannot buy anything.
4. Money Heist
Speaking of money, this series about a band of thieves stealing money might be an irony in itself. This four-season long series is on Netflix and still ongoing. It is the only one on this list that is not in English. But subs overdubs, okay!
The story follows a genius man known as The Professor planning a unique heist to a huge sum along with a group of men and women he recruits. Although all of the characters are interesting to follow, we’re focusing on the women. The women of Money Heist are absolute powerhouses. From the thief’s side, we have Tokyo and Nairobi. Tokyo is dealing with guilt from her past and protect her love. Nairobi’s heart-wrenching motivation in getting back her son is absolutely moving. And not forgetting The Professor’s love interest, Raquel, a charismatic police negotiator as they both entangled in this game of cat and mouse. Each of these women has interesting stories to offer and Money Heist is an absolute must for those who like a fast-paced story.
5. The Witcher
Based on the novels by Andrej Sapkowski and the best-selling game series of the same name, the story follows the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia. However, despite its name we’re focusing on the female character, Yennefer. She provides an interesting glimpse into the duality of womanhood. Although she appeared a bit later as the story focuses more on Geralt, Yennefer steals the show with her heart-wrenching backstory and eager motivation.
People might start watching because of Henry Cavill, but they stayed for Anya’s Yennefer. Either way, you can watch the first season on Netflix. The second season is expected to come out later this year so we can keep our fingers crossed to see more Yennefer in the future.
There Are Actually Many Bridges Made In Malaysia And These 5 Are Some of Them
In Malaysia, there are actually so many bridges that have been made in many places. Each of the bridges made has its own uniqueness and also specialties because they have their own uses towards the communities. From the earliest arch and beam bridges to the newest suspension and truss bridges, these are some examples of bridges in Malaysia.
We build bridges to span obstacles, be it a valley, waterway, or another road. A bridge’s function designates its design. A bridge can be temporary, or it can last for millennia. Many Roman bridges are still standing today. No surprise then that bridges often become iconic landmarks for their region.
These are 5 examples of bridges in Malaysia:
1) ASEAN Bridge
The Batang Baram Bridge or ASEAN Bridge is the longest bridge in Miri Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. The bridge is located along Miri-Baram Highway. The ASEAN Bridge is located approximately 2 km upstream of the New Miri Port Complex. The bridge and access road directly link Sarawak with Brunei across the Batang Baram via the existing Immigration Checkpoint at Sungai Tujuh. Construction of the ASEAN Bridge and access road commenced on 17 January 2001 and was completed in August 2003. The bridge is designed in accordance with the latest British Standard BS 5400. The bridge has 19 spans with a total of 1040 meters.
2) Iskandariah Bridge
Iskandariah Bridge or Sultan Iskandar Bridge is one of four major bridges in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia with the other one being the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge. The 308-meter bridge crosses the Perak River near the town and is made out of steel. The bridge remains the longest steel arch bridge in Malaysia. Traffic on the bridge, however, was greatly reduced when the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Bridge a little further downstream was opened to traffic in 2003 in conjunction with the completion of the North-South Expressway.
3) Seri Bakti Bridge
The Seri Bakti Bridge is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The bridge links the secondary road to Seri Satria, the Deputy Prime Minister’s Residence, connecting the Government Precinct in the north to Precinct 16 in the south. The concept design was developed from several shorter spans, with a precast pretension “Super-T” beam slab deck with spans up to 35 m (115 ft). The total structure length is 270 m (890 ft). There are dual two-lane carriageways, 2 m (6.6 ft) median, walkway, and cycle track.
4) Putra Bridge
Putra Bridge is the main bridge in Putrajaya, Malaysia. It is analogous to Khaju Bridge in Esfahan, Iran. With a span of 435 meters, this bridge connects the Government Precinct to the Mixed Development Precinct and links Putra Square with the Boulevard. It was constructed in 1997. The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Boulevard. This huge three-deck bridge provides vehicle, monorail, and pedestrian access. Besides providing the link between Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 on the Core Island, it has been designed to be a special feature of Putrajaya. The piers also accommodate fine dining restaurants within its main pillar supports.
5) Sultan Ahmad Shah II Bridge
Sultan Ahmad Shah II Bridge or Semantan Bridge is the longest highway bridge in the East Coast Expressway network. It bridges the Pahang River in Pahang, Malaysia. This 700-meter bridge was opened when the East Coast Expressway was built. It crosses the Pahang River, the longest river in west Malaysia. At the entrance of the bridge, there are 2 elephant trunks that symbolize Pahang. There also many colorful lights around this bridge. This bridge was opened by Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah on 22 April 2004. Near the bridge is the Temerloh Rest and Service Area.
This Filipino Man Has The Largest Collection of Fast Food Toys In The World
We all have memories of going to fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC and get free toys buying their meals. A man from the Philippines has the largest collection of fast food toys in the world.
Percival Lugue, has been collecting toys from fast-food chains since he was five. Now, at 50, he holds the Guinness Record for the most fast food toys in the world with over 20,000 of them.
Although most of the 20,000 toys in Percival’s collection come from personal purchases, he admits that he did have some help from friends and family. Sometimes he would “guide” them toward helping him, by inviting them to have lunch at a fast-food restaurant, and would manage to complete a whole set of toys in one sitting.
Ever since he got his first toy, he always took care of them. “The toy is like a storyteller in itself. It gives me a glimpse of that particular period when I got it, the story of what’s going on, what are the incidents that are attached in the acquisition.”
Working as a graphic artist, he has a three-story house in Apalit, Pampanga Province to store his collection. He dreams of putting the toys on display and gives people a chance to ‘revisit their own childhood memories’.
Truly Unexpected! Cats Used To Deliver Mail In A City In Belgium
Before email and modern transportations, carrier pigeons are used to deliver mail as well as horses, camels, dogs, and even reindeer in Alaska. However, did you know in Belgium, cats were used to deliver the news?
In 1876, members of the Belgian Society for the Elevation of the Domestic Cat trained 37 domestic cats to deliver mail in the Liège. Waterproof bags with letters tied around the cats’ necks and they were driven out of the countryside. Once within five hours to destination, they make their way and found their way back in 24 hours.
This scheme however never got its full potential as it lacks inefficiency.
In 2007, Gretchen Lamont wrote The Mail-Carrier Cats of Liège a book about the whole affair. Because quite a few details about the origin are missing. Although, some say it is slightly fictional.
It is quite possible that the Belgian Society for the Elevation of the Domestic Cat got its inspiration for the mail cats scheme from a practice called cat racing, which was supposedly popular in northern Europe around the 1860s.
In a book by Harrison Weir called Our Cats and All About Them, the first cat to make its way home won a prize hamper of ham, sausages, cigars, and other goodies.
It is still practiced until recently at the annual Curruñao festival in San Luis. However, in 2013 the festival was suspended for animal cruelty. Peruvian magistrate Maria Luyo was quoted as saying the event “caused grave social damage and damaged public health” in her ruling – good news for animal-lovers everywhere.
Source: The Culture Trip
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