Mosaic Festival at the Esplanade

The mosaic music festival was fun to watch yesterday. There were many different types of genres of music going on simultaneously in the different parts of the esplanade building.

I was bumming around yesterday and decided to roam around just for the heck of it. Initially I thought of attending a talk conducted at Suntec City but I found out that I was too late then I thought maybe I could go to the hospital to donate blood. Then I found out that it was closed.

Finally, I let my legs take me where it wanted to go and finally I ended up at the esplanade. Boy was it full of life with loads and loads of people. Some were wearing casual – typical jeans and tee shirts, but there were many well heeled people in an almost formal attire of heels, dresses and jewellery. But they all looked to have some fun.

I was standing by the foyer, overlooking the sea and I saw a crowd with some comperes talking to the crowd and I approached it and saw that there will be a band starting. A group started and played the samba and salsa music. The hypnotic rhthymic beat made everyone in the mood. It even made some people stand up and dance to the music too! It certainly felt very festive.

As far as my eye could see, there were people everywhere. From the completely full cafe’s alone the esplanade, to the entire granite seatings by the sea.

I felt quite lonely tho as everywhere I saw, everyone walked in two’s. Everyone! From the point where I walking from the foyer to the other end of the bridge. Till I even got teased by complete strangers for walking by myself.

But anyways, I’m sure Cart would have loved to see the music festival. Him being an avid music lover and that his ultimate favourite band, the Pat Matheny trio, was playing here too during the mosaic festival. He would have gone wild!


Finally someone with naturally volumed hair like me

I then went in the building and there were flamenco dancers and guitarists. And I watched the dancers clapping their hands and sang lyrically in a language I couldnt understand.

So very cool. Yes I liked it. Couldnt find the jazz section, I bet that would have been cool too. I liked acid jazz – brand new heavies is one of the bands that I liked to hear. Maybe they’d have that in next year’s mosaic festival

I not stupid, hor!

Quick post

Got me a free movie ticket (yay!) and we watched I not stupid 2 at the Jurong East Entertainment complex.

Touching movie, a tad bit contrived and unrealistic in many of the scenes but overall, it was a good show. Guaranteed to be a tear jerker.

I especially liked the conversation between the little boy and his dad, when the little boy was found out stealing some money. I also liked the open dialogue interview with people during the intermission.

Good movie.

It was so good that I fell down the cinema stairs while rushing to go to the toilet at the end of the show. Beautiful purple bruises on my thigh …

Chronicles of Narnia

Warning : Contains spoilers from the movie. But if you’ve read the book, I think you’ll know all the spoilers anyways 😛

Back when I was 14 in secondary school, there was a passage in my english book about a little girl who entered a wardrobe and found herself in a wintry forest.

She then encountered a half-man half goat for the first time and soon they became friends. And later on,walked hand in hand to his little house and had tea together.

I was transfixed at reading the passage.

Unfortunately for me, the passage ended there. And I saw the title of the book, right at the end of the passage : The lion, the witch and the wardrobe. I needed to know the story continued. Desperately needed to know. The school library didnt carry that book.So I scoured the biggest libary that I knew of, the Jurong Libary and lo and behold! I managed to find that particular book there and fell in love with the book instantly.

It was hard not to like the book. It was magical and fantastical. The idea of magic, and talking animals and children being the brave, and independent souls was very appealing to me. I could hardly put the book down.

And to my pleasant surprise, there were 6 more similar books that was installed that chronicled from the birth of Narnia, (The Magicians Nephew) till the end of Narnia (The last battle) all of which, I devoured. In fact, I loved the books so much that its sort of been my all time wishlist to have the complete (unabridged) book in hardback.

I re-read the entire chronicles again recently and again was immersed in the storyline. Which got me really hyped up to watch the Chronicles of Narnia movie, which is currently being shown in the Singapore cinemas.

Finally! I’ve been waiting for so long for a Narnia movie to come out! What took them so long? I remember that there were a Narnian mini tv series that was produced by the BBC a while back. Unfortunately I wasnt quite impressed by how the sets looked like. The lady of the green kirtle from the story, the silver chair, didnt look menancing when she turned into a giant serpent. Instead, it even looked comical as she looked puppetish and odd!

But anyway, coming back, I thought it was a pretty good movie. For most of the part, Disney got it right by being true to the story. Details such as Peter’s shield which had a red lion. And Maugrin was the type of wolf you’d believe to be the witches sidekick. Mr Tumnus looked the perfect fawn (but he might seem a little too old)

The characters were well chosen. Lucy (with her freckles) was adorable. Susan and peter wasnt quite the person I’d imagine to be but they were befitting for the roles. Even Edmund looked like the rebel.

As nice it was to imagine the story in my head. It was also quite exciting to see it on the screen.

Thus majority of it, the movie followed the book well. However, for people having read the book (and loving it) – there definitely there will be some qualms about it because some of the scenes that has been imagined would be differently perceived by other people.

For example, I thought all these while Aslan was supposed to be pronounced as Az-lann. In the movie, his name was pronounced as Asz-lahn. but thats just a minor disgretion.

And there are some additional scenes which did NOT come from the book. For example, the beginning part of the war planes, it took at least 15 minutes which continued further on to the parting at the train station scene, though touching, wasnt really talked in the book. I felt that it wasnt quite necessary to the movie.

I also felt that there wasnt much character development in the movie which was quite a letdown for me because there wasnt enough time to connect with the different characters and to get to know them better. My brother, Nazry, who was watching with me at the time, thinks that they had to cut everything down to fit a time frame but if they can do movies like King Kong and Lord of the Rings and even Titanic in 3 hours, why cant it be the same for Narnia too?

In the movie, as wonderful as the creatures were and as well crafted they were. There just wasnt enough time for me to connect with them.

There’s no fishing scene with the beavers! Edmund was riding the sleigh instead of running. How come the santa claus scene with the talking-animals celebrating was taken out? There was no scene where Aslan chides Lucy to help the other wounded battlers. Oh sacrilege!

And there’s hardly any explanation for anything. So I pity anyone who didnt read the book first because I’m sure quite a few would be lost about the plot. There’s no explanation about the deep-magick at the stone table. I am sure that the audience would go “Huh? What was that all about?”

Everything seemed so rushed, and that was my major grouse with it.

But there were some scenes which I enjoyed – the sacrificial scene, which looked quite eerie and befitting. All those goblins and hags and trolls chanting evilly while the witch plunges her knife down in Aslan’s body.

The battle scene was beautifully done. Seeing all those centaurs and other creatures poised and them fighting was really spectacular. Those who have watched the Lord of the Rings will probably see alot of similarities in the battle scene though. Being produced by the same people who did LOTR. Moreover, a small trivia fact – C.S Lewis and Tolkien were friends. They could share the same ideas at the same time. Perhaps Chronicles of Narnia could even be LOTR for kids.

Coming back to the movie, the star of the show and what takes the cake was the white witch herself. I find it amazing to find her so appealing. Cound it be so wrong for me to even LIKE the white witch Jadis?

Personally, she looked pretty (gasps) and she actually looked more like a fairy godmother than an evil witch in the movie. I couldnt help but stare at her fashionably stylish dreadlocked hair and awesome dresses. Her makeup choice is impeccable and during the battle scene, she rides a carriage, driven by polar bears! How cool is that? People usually would have ridden in a horse carriage but not Jadis. Nooo … she’s too cool for that. Only quality polar bears will do.

She exudes cool factor, truely.

And man, her fighting moves. The lady doesnt bat an eye and even though she wasnt the Jadis that I imagined her to be, I thought that she was awesome. Just look at how she swings her swords and her magic staff. Like a true professional. Sarumen cant hold a candle to her.

All in all, it was a pretty good movie. I have to confess though, I wasnt happy at the fact that it was now $9.50 an entry to watch the movies now. Movie prices are too steep these days. It doesnt really justify it. I even saw chinese subtitles every now and then (not all of the part of the movie) making me even question about how original the footage was … Ah .. but I dont have a 10 000 inch television screen so for the wide screen experience, why not?

Anyways, talking to my dearest about the book made me realise how many people think of it having Christian influences. I wasnt able to see it previously mainly because usually I’d take a story “as it is” without comparison.

Aslan, he says, is the son of God. In the book he is referred to as the son of ‘the emperor over the sea’. He was a lamb in the 5th book (a christian symbolism. And in the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, he was sacrificed. And then he was resurrected again.

And in the final battle, where the 7 friends of Narnia was in the final world where they entered through a stable. Peter says “he says he didn’t expect that a stable could have such a big place inside and then lucy says in my world i heard that once, a stable contained someone bigger than all of us.

Dearest : And where is Jesus born?

I could see the comparison now. And I feel that it is interesting to note. But I dont think C.S Lewis had the intention to convert people while he was writing the book. To me, it was a story of courage, bravery and loyalty in a magical and fantastical place. No hidden agendas.

Anyways, more on the reviews for the movie here. They could talk about it far better than I could 🙂

What would Bon Jovi sound like in Malay

Wow, it looks that I’ve been tomorrowed for my post About the man I call my dearest. How exciting! Thanks Crunchy Green Apple for linking me up! You’re such a pie 🙂

Tomorrow.sg was a website that features blogs from Singapore. Browsing through the pages, made me see that there are many many many talented and creative people in Singapore. It was amazing and I loved reading through them.

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Compy is having more problems than ever
. When you least expect it, working on photoshop or typing on the computer. She’ll just go BEEP! And then restarts on its own and then insists that my boot disk has an error. How could it be? I’ve installed xp in you so many times, enough to run about 20 windows xp computers.

Clement thinks that it could be because of my motherboard having problems. Well, he’s the Technical Assistant and smart at these kind of technical things. So if Clement says that it’s the motherboard, guess that’s the problem.

Thing is, I just changed my motherboard less than a year ago. With a new hard disk drive, a new graphics card. Those cost me half a month pay and really hurt my heart so bad.

And honestly, I don’t like the fact that every few months or so, I’d have to go and spend a lump of money to fix the computer only for it to be spoiled again. And again and again.

Am I such a rough computer user? Worse than my wearing of shoes?

Worse thing is the dependancy that I have on it. I have to work with it. and my hobbies revolve around it. Don’t think that it’s possible to live without it even if I don’t want to. We really are tied down by our computers.

The computer is like a girlfriend. You have to invest in her. And then she’ll ask for more and more.

Good grief my LCD monitor isn’t working well either. After a while, it’ll blank out and just doesn’t display anything. Isn’t there anything that works around here any more?

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!?! I LOVE YOU BUT I HATE YOU!! HOW COULD YOU!!! AAARRRGHHH!!!!

Ahem.

Anyways.

Spent my entire afternoon backing up my important documents. Wasn’t easy trying to save over 10 gigs of data in 700mb cd-r disks. But I saw some interesting things in there that I never thought I’d see.

Children nowadays. Really no respect for their elders. How could Nazry take a picture of me while I’m sleeping? When I was young, we never did anything like this. We respected our elders, walked 10 kilometres to school barefooted! Carried water from the well at 5 am! Chopped wood to make breakfast!

People could edit the pictures of me for goodness sakes. I would never do anything like that.

I think that’s a very malicious thing to do. Don’t you?

Saw this vid clip: Thank you for loving me by Bon Jovi from Zila’s blog.I like the song and the location. And it made me reminisce of the time when I at the Fontana di Trevi.

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know Bon Jovi’s sister. Her name is Ann Jovi.

I’ve got a few gripes about the video clip though. It made it seem that there wasn’t alot of people in Rome. Rome is crowded! It was hard to move around at that area with all the other tourists and buskers.

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See this running bride? In real life, that’ll never happen because of the massive amount of people there. I would think that the situation will be a little something like this:

Bride reads sms from the groom. “Mt me 2pm @ D trevi. We’ll fnly b marrd. I lub u”

Bride : Oh my gosh, its already 1.45 pm. I’m late!

Run. Run. Run.

Groom : I hope she gets here on time. Wow so many people. (Pushes) No. I DON’T want to buy your magical flowers that will give me good luck! Go away!

Bride (finally arriving) : So tired. I hope he didn’t make me run for nothing! That man, always sends me last minute sms. WAH! So many people! How on earth am I going to meet him? (screaming) Darling! Where are you?!

Groom : I’m right here!

Bride : Where? Where?

Groom : Here! (waves desparately)

Bride : Oh no! I don’t see you? When will I see you again? (tears) We’ll never be married.

Groom : Arrrghh!! NOOOOO!!

Inspired by Nong

Thank you for loving me (the remix)
By Marina Noordin

Susah gua nak cakap
Apa yang aku nak cakap kekadang.
Tapi takde orang kat sini.
Cuma kau dan aku
Kau tengok lampu tu?
Kunci pintu tu.
Kita tinggalkan dunia ni
(Inallillah ..EH! Salah!)

Apa yang aku ader nak bagi kau
Adalah lima perkataan ni
(pasal duit blanja dabess!)

Tima kaseyyyy
Pasal kau cinta gua
Ko jadi mataku
Bila aku rabun

Kau bagi aku CPR
Bila aku semput

Tima kaseyyy
Pasal kau cinta gua
BEB!
Tima kaseyy
Pasal kau cinta guaa…

Better stop before I ruin the song even further.

Original Lyrics here

And better end my blog here too. I’m going crazy! Crazy! CRAZY!

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Hidup Rock!!!

Kung Fu Hustle!

What can I say, if you liked shaolin soccer, I’m sure you’d like this too. Its really funny 🙂 And I really enjoyed watching this with Julie and Hema even though we had to sit smack right in front of the theater since it was jam packed with people. It was worth having to have my neck craned up and slouched like that.

Basically, the movie is about a trenchcoat and hat wearing gang who brandished axes. They were called the “axe gang” They happened to go to a village where there were hidden surprises in them.

Anyways, watch it .. its funny 🙂