January 2008


1. CJ7 (长江七号)

I’m a gigantic fan of Stephen Chow 周星驰!

Love all his nonsensical but super duper funny movies!

Was telling my sis that I should write in to MediaCorp and ask them to rerun his movies instead of all the horrible HK movies that are on TV every weekend. She just glared at me and said, “看到都背了,还重播!”

So it means that I’m definitely going to catch his new movie! It’ll be released on 7th Feb (Thurs) which is 大年初一 and the day I’ll watch it. 🙂

周星驰, 我来也!

And how on earth can you miss out this adorable alien dog??? *awwww*

 

2. Kung Fu Dunk (功夫灌篮)

Chinese martial arts + basketball + Jay Chou 周杰伦 = Must watch 必看

Need I really say more?

It’s released on the same day as CJ7: 7th Feb. It’s going to be a fight but I’m hoping Stephen Chow can win haha. I’ll definitely watch this though.

 

3. Jumper

Opening on Valentine’s Day (14th Feb, Thurs) is this sci-fi thriller featuring Hayden Christensen (most famous for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars movies) and Samuel L Jackson.

It’s about a young man discovering that he has a special ability to teleport himself anywhere (due to a genetic anomaly). He grows to learn that this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between “Jumpers” like him and those who have sworn to kill them.

I’m a fan of movies involving genes and/or special abilities like teleporting. In fact, if I’m to be given one special ability, I will choose teleporting without any hesitation haha. So I’m going to watch this movie for sure even though I’m not a fan of Christensen. Anyway the very lovely Rachael Bilson from the O.C. is in it.  

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Ok, this next movie is not released in the coming month. Instead, the Kite Runner will be shown in Singapore tomorrow, 31st Jan (Fri)

I read the book also titled “The Kite Runner” (written by Khaled Hosseini) not too long ago and it was breath-taking. The storyline didn’t really appeal to me initially. It tells the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir’s father’s servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule, to try to make up for what he has done.

Doesn’t sound exciting? But believe me, once you start reading the book, you’ll be hooked. The author provides an educational and eye-opening account of Afghanistan’s political turmoil, while developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over. It’s an amazing read. No wonder it’s one of the top 3 best sellers for 2005 in the US. Now I’m on the NLB‘s waiting list for his 2nd book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and the book’s so popular that I’ve been waiting for quite sometime!  

Not sure if I would watch the movie though. Not because the reviews are lousy. I read that the movie is as touching as the book. And that’s exactly what I fear. When I read the book, there were points when I’d to close the book and stop reading because I was on the bus and my tears were this close to dropping. I’m totally certain that if I watch the movie in the theatres, I’ll come out with a red nose and swollen eyes. Might be a hysterical sight. -.-

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That’s a total of 4 movies, i.e. a movie per week. And I haven’t even watch 27 Dresses! And to mention ALL the exciting movies that are coming out for the rest of the year, like 10,000 B.C. (6th March), The Spiderwick Chronicles (13th March), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (29th May), Sex And The City: The Movie (29th May), Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (10th July), The Dark Knight (17th July)!!!!! And these are only the few that I’m definitely interested in!

What a great year for a movie buff like me! I can foresee where all my money is going to!  

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*sigh* One of the young Nanyang Polytechnic guys who died in the car crash that took place at the notorious Devil’s Bend of the former Grand Prix track at Old Upper Thomson Road turned out to be my sis’ junior and friend in Mayflower Secondary School.

Singapore is really damn small. Everyone in the news always happens to be a friend’s relative or friend or friend’s friend. Will just happen to be related somehow. By the time my sis knew about his death, he was already cremated. Not sure if there was any funeral (there might be any considering his age), but my sis would be too distraught to go to his funeral anyway.

I remember him, you know. The cute and plump little boy who kept on smiling and fooling around. Well, that was at least 2 years ago as my mei-mei is already in university, but well, from what I’ve read from the papers, it didn’t seem that he had changed much.

*sigh* So young, so fine. What a pity.

I can’t imagine the guilt his friend, the driver, must be facing and will probably face for the rest of his life, but what’s done has been done and there’s no possibilty of reversal. It’s too late, and too cruel, to blame him for the deaths of his two close friends. It wasn’t intentional, even though almost downright stupid. I just hope that he can live with his mistake for the days to come.

And may this tragic accident be a strong reminder to all those out there. Every decision has a consequence. You have the right to choose, but also remember that it’s you who have to face the music in the end. Is it worth it ultimately?

Be safe, people.

Source: Straits Times

Just want to share with everyone these intriguing research findings that are hot from the stove: Don’t Worry, Be (Moderately) Happy.

In short, the researchers, from the University of Virginia, the University of Illinois and Michigan State University, found out that people at the uppermost end of the happiness scale (i.e. those who report that they are 10s on a 10-point life satisfaction score) are in some measures worse off than their slightly less elated counterparts (those who are 8 or 9 out of 10).

There is a common assumption that happiness generally correlates with all kinds of positive measures. Which means that the happier you are, the more successful you are in terms of money, employment and relationships. But the research team predicted that mildly happy people may be more successful in some realms than those who are very happy, based on the idea that the latter may be less inclined to alter their behavior or adjust to external changes even when such flexibility offers an advantage.

Indeed their research showed that the 10s earned significantly less money than the 8s and 9s. Their educational achievements and political engagement were also significantly lower than their moderately happy and happy-but-not-blissful counterparts.

In the more social realms, however, the 10s were the most successful, engaging more often in volunteer activities and maintaining more stable relationships. They also scored significantly higher on things like gregariousness, close friendships, self-confidence, energy and time spent dating. Reviews of studies linking health and emotions show that for people who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses, being extremely happy doesn’t always improve survival rates. This may be because the elated don’t worry enough about issues that can have profound implications for their ability to survive their illness.

This is very interesting, isn’t it? You must be wondering how happy you should be then. I think as long as you are an 8/9/10, you are doing fine. Don’t worry if you are a 10, cause that doesn’t mean that you will die earlier! In fact if you are a 10, you won’t be worrying about this cause you should be very optimistic and definitely not a worrier! Like what Ed Diener (Illinois psychology professor and author of the study) said:

If you’re worried about success in life, don’t be a 1, 2, 3 or 4 (on the 10-point scale). If you are unhappy or only slightly happy, you may need to seek help or read those self-help books or do something to make yourself happier. But if you’re a 7 or 8, maybe you’re happy enough!

Me? I think I’m an 8.5, so that makes me very rich and healthy in the future! 🙂

 

It turned out that my client who came last minute yesterday was a very nice gentleman. Although he said previously that he would come at 230pm, being retired and probably really free, he actually came at slightly after 1pm. Not wanting to interrupt my lunch (which he believed would be from 1-2pm), he actually just sat around reading his book. He waited until an hour later before giving me a call to inform that he was already here!

I was genuinely surprised and told him that he didn’t have to wait (especially for such a long time) and could have just informed me, but he simply said that he didn’t want to disturb me. Haha so sweet and considerate. I would have stopped my lunch halfway just to see him first because I think customers always come first, and it’s not right to let customers wait unnecessarily. I mean I can always continue with my lunch after I settle the client in. I don’t always like how my colleagues let their customers who come during their lunchtime wait while they’ve their lunch.  Especially when our customers are not exactly normal customers if you know what I mean. 

Well, anyway back to my client. When we were chatting, he told me how his “missus” (that was how he called his wife) died of heart failure 5 months ago. Instantly, my heart went out to him. If there’s one thing in life that I’m most terribly afraid of, it won’t be heights or butterflies or losing my hair (even though I fear all of these as well). It would be the loss of a loved one, which I feel painful just to think about it. Yet, the way he had talked about his wife’s death is so peaceful and calm. I guess Time can wash part of the pain away, and perhaps he has found peace with the undeniable fact. But it’s all of this that makes me feel even more for him.

Later on as my boss was talking to him, I saw for the first time that he had 2 wedding bands on his ring finger. One was his and the other was his wife’s, I was sure. I felt a twinge of pain in my heart then. He must have loved his wife tremendously. Suddenly I thought of all the coming years that he is going to spend by himself and I felt sad. After all, he’s only 60. There’s probably another 10 to 20 years ahead of him. Yes, he has children but they’ve their own families now. I don’t think that they are neglecting him but a lot of parents don’t really like to interfere with their children’s lives. I think he’s such a good parent, and nowadays he spends his time doing voluntary work and reading. Very meaningful indeed.

My work makes me realize the importance of a life partner. Especially one who can stay by your side and supports you when you are old and ill. Now we might not be able to see the importance. I’ve friends who find meeting up with their boyfriends on a daily basis annoying and unnecessary, often questioning the purpose of doing so. “每天见面不会很无聊 meh” is something that I hear frequently. I myself find it scary having to face the same person every day for the rest of my life. I’m afraid that the love and passion will gradually turn into something habitual, and eventually even loathing. But just like what people say (including my mum), marriage is a gamble. Because you’ll never know if he’s really the right one until you try. Well, it’s a gamble that I’ll be glad to take on one day. Eventually.

I’ve seen far too many old people who are sick and single, with no one to take care of them, to give them moral support, or even to talk to. I always wonder if they were to be given a second chance, would they choose not to marry again? I’m not implying that the purpose of getting married is only to have a lifebuoy for you to hold onto when you are old and sick. But I think if you can find the person whom you really love and spend the rest of your life with, it seems to be the most beautiful thing in the world.

What happens then when your other half leaves for a better place before you do?

Well, life has to go on because if your other half really cares for you, then this is what he or she will hope for. And if you feel the same for him or her, this is what you will do. It will be hard but it can be done.

Yesterday I saw him reading his book at a corner of the room. I thought I could sense loneliness even by looking at his back. 5 months have passed and he seems to have gathered his life back together again. As hard as he may be trying, I suspect that there’s always this little part of him that is still hurting. From time to time, this will seep out of his peaceful front. I wish that I could have said more to him, but I’m not good at consoling people.

Whatever that has happened or will happen, I only wish the best for you, Mister. All the best.  

I read this quote by Heath Ledger in last Sunday’s LianHe ZaoBao.

I’m not good at future planning. I don’t plan at all. I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. I don’t have a day planner and I don’t have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.

                    – Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008)

Maybe I’m right after all.

Some of us spend so much time and effort planning for the future, and neglecting the present, when we have no idea what plans the future has for us.

It’s wiser to live for the moment than to spend every living moment planning for the future that might not come.

At least this is what I think.

Oh golly, this is just the funniest thing ever…

Just when I thought that this poll would be the only one that my company would ever be doing just because it was the start of a new year, they’ve come up with a second one! And it’s even more hilarious!!

I don’t even drink coffee!!! -.-

Looks like the monthly poll’s here to stay. 🙂

Remember the last time when I commented that possums are hardly cute (except for the pygmy one)?

Actually it was Cute Overload who instilled that idea in me *I insist on this notion*. But well, look what they’ve come up with now?

Isn’t this hair-grabbing, eyes-wide-open, jaw-dropping adorable?! *grabs hair, eyes wide open, jaws dropped*

People at Cute Overload have decided that the Great Possum Debate is officially over (yes, there was such a debate over at the website), and it’s 100% official now, peeps – possums are officially cute.  

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