Friday, December 18, 2009
It is by pure chance that I managed to watch this show in Bali. Was supposed to watch this film for some pre-training program but couldn't get my hands on it before I left for my holidays. It just so happens that the villa which my family were staying in had this title in their DVD collection! And so I watched it in Bali.
It is only after watching the show, did I realise this is a multiple Academy Award winner. This show is a adaptation of the same titled novel by Ken Kesey.
This post is meant as a reflection rather than a review. For reviews, please google/yahoo/ping/whatever for the film title and there will be umpteen search results.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I am sure I touched and pressed you more times than any other objects daily.
Always giving me the information that I need.
And somethings details that I rather not have.
Information to make big decisions,
Other stuff, just for the heck of it, you gave.
To convey my emotions and intentions
And to receive love, care and... instructions.
You are blessed with every function a man can wish for!
Except for the gadget his job prohibit.
Nevertheless you gave your due.
And revenge I will seek, to my last bit.
Rest in Peace my dear friend.
To cut the long story short, I absent-mindedly left my handphone on a rack and left the shop. 5-10mins later, I discovered the lost and immediately went searching for it. Mrs Pancakes called through the phone but no one answered. Hoping some good soul who find the phone will answer it and return it to me. She kept calling while I went around searching. After a couple of minutes, the phone was switched off. *Liaoz....* So I immediately suspended my SIM card. Crap.
And for those who thought that I was joking.
As I was waiting there for the nice officer to complete my report. This man came in and said that he had been blackmailed. Being the kay-poh me, I immediately tuned my attention to the conversation. Apparently a Chinese national called this man and said his daughter is kidnapped and demanded $30,000 in ransom. Being the typical father, this man immediately rushed down from his place of work and while trying to contact his daughter went to withdraw the money. Lucky for him, he found his daughter safe and sound before the drop-off. It was one of those scam.
Initially I felt super tiny at that point of time. What is a lost handphone compared to this man's case? I was a bit embarrassed actually. But as I sat there waiting, hey, if we don't stop minor/trivial cases like a lost handphone, it might just encourage the f***er to go on to bigger things like this scam. Immediately I felt better. Seriously.
As I mourn for the lost of my phone and the data that went with it, I hope my friends' details are safe.
And yes, I take this as a message from above..... so I pre-ordered my iPhone. :)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
1. Be a little involved. No matter how bad you think things may be. Do not totally stay out of it. Maintain that little stake in it. That will force you to keep looking at it and updating yourself so that you won't be caught outdated. I guess this caught my eye as it is quite applicable to me!
I love my friends. And it is always sad to move on from one phase of your life to start another. It's sad, but it's necessary. You know deep down, some of the people that you are super close with, will slowly drift apart as you see each other less and less. (I am not referring to those special friends that you always feel close to. Those are a special breed. Treasure them.) I keep myself in touch with people that I seldom see by dropping a birthday note. This is no easy task, but I like to do it as it gives me a chance to exchange a few messages with them! (and thus catch up).
So keep that little stake in your friends. Be it a festive greeting or a happy birthday. It goes a long way.
2. The art of communication. Well, you can be full of substance and your content is rich and totally make sense, BUT if you do not know how to deliver it, that's the end of the story. This is in comparison with someone who has average content and is one helluva of a presenter. Guess who will catch attention and be remembered better? Well, life's not fair. :)
3. A simple life? You need to be rich to lead a simple life? To be able to do whatever you want and not worry about making a living. And still being able to give back to society, be filial to your parents and make plans for your children. That takes a lot. Interesting concept to ponder about.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Finally found time to go to a movie with Mr Pancakes on Saturday. Been so busy and caught up with work these couple of weeks. Not a fan of MJ myself, but grew up listening to his songs, witnessed his rise and his fall. Fond memories of performing one of his songs with my class back in the secondary school days. We even won the competition! :)
The show basically was a compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of MJ as he prepared for his show in London. I remember expecting the show to just be a 112-minute concert, but as the show went on, I realised that it was a learning experience for me and it got me to do some self reflection. At the end of the show, I was convinced that MJ is deserving of his title as The King of Pop.
Definitely, the music was an important part of the show, as expected, there were his greatest hits and famous dance moves, but what made an impression was that throughout the show, when MJ was involved in the making of his concert, there was not a single sign of a man who was sick or dying. MJ was in top form. His passion for his music, his involvement in every detail of the production, high expectations of his band, his dancers and especially of himself. He is really a perfectionist. The special effects, the choreography, the sets, the dancers, he only expected the best and I must say, he did have the best. Despite this, he was a still a very humble man, never for once did he seem to lose his temper when things did not go the way he expected.
What amazed me was that even during rehearsals, once the music came on, he seemed to take on a totally different personality. He was electrifying on stage just as he was 20 years ago. There were no signs of exhaustion, illness, whatsoever. I was trying hard to find signs of his illness throughout the entire show, but saw none. Maybe its just very good editing, but if it were real, it was truly amazing. It then dawned on me that maybe, MJ's passion for performing and music had, for that period of time when he was totally immersed in his performance, transform him into a different person, such that he was so filled with energy, even in his 50s and going to die. A person's mind can sometimes be so powerful. You must really see it to believe it. The power we have when we love what we do, can change our entire being.
That got me thinking. Its about time that I give serious thought to what I want in life and where my passion lies. I want experience what MJ feels when he is on stage - that passion, that drive, that love for what he does.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Oh man, did I learn more than what I thought I would.
Past vs Present (PvsP) is only in its second year following a very successful first year. I did not have the priviledge to join the team from the on set as I have previously committed to training the handball youth team.
Anyway, I opted to do publicity, something which I had never done before (ziying please don't kill me now. ha. ) and I had just picked up photoshop and wanted to put my skills to test. To stretch myself and of course to learn new things. Besides, I figured, in case I can't join the team for meetings and stuff, due to work, I can still work at home doing up the artwork.
After I realised I will be away longer than I would like to, I quickly rop in Weiliang, my brother of almost 13years now, to help with the stuff while I am away. What a great move it turned out to be! That bugger ended up designing the event t-shirt. Ha. Solid job. And we still make a good tag-team after so long.
#1: what we did for KR was like a small cousin of PvsP. But then again, the resources available is very different. even though they are similar events, but as you scale things up, the dynamism and things to consider is very different. It is not a linear expansion but a exponential one. and because of the scale of the event, KR seemed more family and personal as compared to PvsP which can stretch over a few generations. So i guess each to its own merits? Maybe (and hopefully) KR alumni sports day will one day grow to that of PvsP.
#2: The leadership in the committee shown was amazing. Especially ziying and gloria. I personally thought it wasn't easy to lead a group, negotiate with the school, the alumni office and main sponsors, and on top of that manage the committee which consisted of people older, in a very well balanced way. "Fearless Leadership" was what I wrote in my little notebook the first time I met up with the team. Incredible. I am not sure if I could have pulled off the whole thing at my age. Well done girls.
And ziying did exercise trust quite wonderfully. Trusted our (professional) decisions and last minute suggestions for the change of shirt colour and sizes. "Delegate tasks to people. And trust them to do their job."
#3: The decision to down-size the t-shirts ordering was done with good faith. But on hindsight, we could had maintained the sizes. What is worse? To end up with sizes that are too small or sizes that are too big? Well, the former happened during the event and many ended up without the correct sizes (and not very happy.)
#4: The canvassing team was the bomb too! How do you secure that kind of things in such a short time?!?!? And the pitch and organisation was top class.
#5: It is a pity that I could not get to know the full team but I had the chance to really see some of the team at work. Freddie, both kailings, davin, rachel and wang hao and some which I do not know their names (*sorry!) and of course the chairwomen were really into it. You can see it in their eyes and their actions. I have to admit the energy did rub off. "Take full ownership!" was what went into my notebook.
And of course there were things here and there that I picked up but the 5 above were essentially the main stuff.
And yah. It was a nice little dinner gathering that we just had. :)
Thank you Team. It had been great. Three cheers to us!