Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas, Australia & Rainbows

First up, MERRY CHRISTMAS to one and all reading this! Christmas this year has been crazy and there were moments of nostalgia where I wonder if I will still be ard for Christmas next year and this strengthened my resolve to make Christmas this year one to look back upon. And to some extent, it has been one for the keeps. Like Christmas shopping where I met some students, brought back good memories of previous semesters. Orchard was hectic as always. Glad to have had JR ard me to keep me sane while the preparations were ongoing. Thank you Dear! :)

Christmas Eve was busy and hectic and the intermittent rain throughout the day was not helping as I rushed about collecting and buying last minute gifts for the guests. Back home, I was stuck in the kitchen for most of the day, till the rest of the family arrived and everyone tucked in. The last of them left at 11 plus, which left us to clear up some and JR arrived soon after. Poor boy, some of the food were already cold by then. But he still tucked in with gusto and made conversation, like the trooper he always is. Christmas came and though at that time it has lost some of its lustre as I was tired, I was glad to have ushered in Christmas with JR and my family. Passed to JR his gift before he left and opened my gift as well since I did not know if we were going to meet on Christmas. It was a donation made in my name for a Koala hospital in NSW, Australia. Although it was v different from all the gifts I recieved this year and some friends expressed disappointment at the lack of "splurging", I think I am trying to get used to it and the gift does reflect JR's personality, more of a giver and altruism.

Christmas day dawned and I was still tired from the activities on Christmas Eve. Still, I dragged myself out bed and met BFF C for Zara sale, though I din get anything... as usual. Sigh. Spent the afternoon having tea with C at HV. We talked abt future plans. current hopes and friendships. Came away from our session with new insights and am greatful to have a great friend like her. Rushed back and prep-ed for my Christmas meet up with JR. Waited for him while he tried to settle some stuff on my behalf. He really did not need to do so, but he did it anyways, and I appreciate it a lot.

Had a harried dinner before going for Australia. I had hopes for the movie as I loved Baz's previous works, esp Moulin Rouge. Australia did not disappoint and though it was different from the rest in terms of cinematography and themes, no Le Grand Amore between Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, which could have been played up more; the theme of racial distinction and caste system then against the background of outback Australia in the 1930s and 1940s was tastefully done. I loved Nicole's outfits and costumes, and her luggage when she first arrived in Darwin was v nice - classic and classy! It was 3 hrs well spent, Nicole played her role as a aristocratic lady well and Hugh was brilliant as he took on his role of a rugged cowboy dealing with his own internal conflict of identity and discrimination. There was an audible reaction from the audience when Hugh Jackman appeared all smart and dashing in a white tux. Haha. My fav song was also played several times in the course of the movie, and coupled with JR's gift, suddenly occured to me how much of Australia was in my Christmas this year. The song Somewhere Over the Rainbow reminds us to hold on to hope even when times are bad, a lesson we can all learn from when we are faced with challenges and the future looks bleak.


All in all, Chrismas 2008 was spent with loved ones and friends, with frantic rushes to and fro in between. Am grateful to my loved ones and those who love me as well. Thanks for the well wishes and dropping a line to congratulate me on my new relationship status. Wish me luck and wish us well dearies! :)

Here are a few of my fav versions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. You know a song has made it when it has stood the test of time and are made in diff versions and across genres. :)



Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz (which by the way Hugh Jackman had a role in the play)



Eva Cassidy's version - more haunting and wistful



Scrubs - Acapella version



Celtic Woman - an Irish girl group, v clear distinct vocals

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high.
There's a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue.
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.
Someday I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Away above the chimney tops.
That's where you'll find me.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then - oh, why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow,
Why, oh, why can't I?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Till there was you

Been trying to put my thoughts down for the past few days, but the strain of grading has taken its toll and I often find myself still in work mode and slamming into the dreaded writer's block. But I shall give it a try anyways, to slowly ease myself into writing mode with some non work related stuff.

A couple of months back, while still in a bad place in my life, I had penned a sad, very personal entry asking when does love end? Did not think it was a good idea to publish it, and I do not think that I ever will. But on a happier note, I've moved on from that to asking myself these days: When does love begins? Of course the cynic in me makes light of the notion of romantic love, much to the chagrin of some ppl around me who are fervent supporters of that notion. While I still do not take back my skeptical stance, I think the past month has made me rethink the notion and what it means to me.

Again, names shall not be mentioned... yet, but close friends and family are keeping their fingers crossed for me, and I thank God for having such a great bunch of ppl ard me. I shan't go on espousing the numerous qualities which have attracted me, as well as touched me, but suffice to say that I've regained my balance in life these days, lesser roller coaster of emotions thanks to this new source of stability in my life these days, and a welcome one at that.

Friends have been badgering me about Zoukout: I think I will give Zoukout a miss (actually I've never been a Zoukout kinda gal) and sorry peepz, am taking myself off the guys' lists of dates for Christmas and NY parties this year as well. My 24th, 25th and 26th are booked by friends and family this year. :)


Finally grading's done, but I've a presentation to prepare for next Wed, Christmas shopping (Need to get a gift for an imaginary friend!) and back to more applications and thesis work!But since I need to get all these done, might as well get them done in a positive state of mind yea? :)

One my fav songs from my fav show in the 1990s (now tt period seems ages ago doesn't it?), a lovely song, simple and sweet. Can't find a clip of that online, so I shall make do with this version by the Beatles. Can't wait till we meet again! :)

Till There was You Lyrics
Artist(Band):The Beatles

There were bells on a hill
But I never heard them ringing
No I never heard them at all
Till there was you

There were birds in the sky
But I never saw them winging
No I never saw them at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
They tell me in sweet fragrant meadows of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No I never heard it at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
They tell me in sweet fragrant meadows of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No I never heard it at all
Till there was you

Till there was you

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Time to move on

The past weekend was supposed to be a mini break off from work, but the thing about my job I guess, is that work never really ends. It begins the moment you wake up, with emails flooding in and calls and smses, which is why I do not leave my mobile on at night, in fact, I look forward, on some nights, to switching it off and pre-setting it to switch on at a certain, less ungodly hour. After grading this week, I have more applications to send off this week as well as preparations for a presentation at Ngee Ann next week. And Christmas shopping AND organising the Christmas party for my extended family - my mum's usually takes a backseat so it's a mad day of rushing and collecting and cooking and making sure that everything goes well. Which is y I totally get it when I watch films where families go mad with Christmas preparations. Ha.

The weekend began on a disappointing note as orginal plans had to be scrapped. But I realise that in the end, it's not really the Where that matters, but Who you did it with. Though saying seems definitely easier than putting it into practice. Ha. I think I had one of the best weekends in eons, not just because of the food we shared, but also how we checked out the nooks and crannies of my hangouts. Some places did bring a tinge of nostalgia because of others whom I've checked them out with, but in the end, Spore is really that small and we just have to move on.

Which is a v apt theme these days for me. Not just moving on with grading, moving on from disappointment and anger to bliss and a good rest which I've not had in AGES, but also moving on to 2009, moving on to other people who've been a rock for me during the past month, moving on to other areas of my professional life, and moving on through the wilderness out there which holds my future.

Yes, it's time to make an effort to move on, as scared as I might be. Just give me some time to take a deep breath first.

On a lighter note, I tried my hand at matchmaking this weekend, only to have it flop miserably, as BFF C told me tonite, "do not tease guys who you like!" to which I responded, "like? I might have fallen for that unfortunate guy!". Ha.

Also managed to catch Taiwanese movie Cape No.7 - an utter last min decision, who says I can't do spontaneous?! :p I liked the movie a lot, was really grateful for the subtitles, though I think that some of the nuances were lost on me as JR beside me was laughing at some moments and I turned many times to see if BFF C was as lost as I am at the romance storyline. But I think that is a nice indie flick nonetheless. The romantic themes were lost on me, but I appreciated the love-hate relationship that the Taiwanese have with the Japanese and keeping their indigenious culture alive, something which I've noticed and also mentioned in one of my MTV term papers years back in 2005 with BFF T. I also liked the familiar faces in the movie - Van, also known as Fan Yi Chen, and Shino Lin, two singers which I really like! Lotsa comic relief yet undertones of national pride, sense of family and belonging come through via the characters, I think this is worth a watch.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Particularly love this song done by this little girl, called Da Da in the movie, the song seems nonedscript by its own here, but in the movie, she sang it in the elevator with a bunch of loud, brawdy guys who quietened down and started to tap their toes to her singing, with their reverie broken when the lift stopped and an awkward pause as they regained their brawdiness. The stark contrast between the brawdy men and the nochalant little girl who managed to silence them by just singing this pretty funny song was priceless!

海角七號-愛你愛到死(大大).mp3 -

爱你爱到不怕死
但你若劈腿 就去死一死
woo~~爱你爱到不怕死
Baby 爱我请你让我疯狂一次

Friday, December 5, 2008

First post for the last month of the year!

December has finally arrived, without much fanfare for me as I've been down with a bout of flu and cough and other nasty stuff. Been hacking my lungs out and a diet has been imposed on me - no heaty foods... but me thinks tt I've been having a "cold" flu! Haha.

STILL grading NM2219 projects, the reports have been alright but the ABs have been a real pain, have to trudge through over a hundred of them! E has been pitying me and he says tt he has no idea how I've gotten thru them so far, given the sheer amount... but he's been a great partner this sem and I'll miss him next sem! :S

S passed me an aimated gif that he did of me from my pics in FB, really nice, it's not on my desktop but I will post it up soon, hope his Love Amplified concert last Sat went well! :)

Just saw this mtv today... I <3 Elva and I'm glad that she is back making her music! This songs aptly sums up what I've been feeling for the past month. Lotsa stuff going on, which has given me hope and food for thought, though I've been in the dumps for most of this year, like BFF C mentioned, 2008 has been a tough year for us, year of major changes, heartbreak and little pockets of happiness. Maybe like the lyrics below suggests, I dun have the courage to think too much about certain things right now. I will dedicate a post on it once I'm done with grading and official work stuff. :)

冲动
作词:葛大为/黎沸挥 作曲:黎沸挥
编曲:林于贤 制作人:陈伟

很感激这城市拥挤的交通
让你我 还能多相处几分钟
人潮中 怕失散所以轻轻拉你的手
一刻不放松 不放松

忍不住想要爱你的冲动
不确定你属于我会有点寂寞
你给的幸福在我心中 自由走动
抚平我每一个伤口

忍不住想要吻你的冲动
不确定我的执着能让你感动
我只能相信自己感受 不怕失落
关于你的一切 我想要比谁都懂

我的心是被你设定的闹钟
提醒我 想你的时间不够用
为什么 平淡的事情现在忽然生动
是你改变我 你改变我

忍不住想要爱你的冲动
不确定你属于我会有点寂寞
你给的幸福在我心中 自由走动
抚平我每一个伤口

忍不住想要吻你的冲动
不确定我的执着能让你感动
我只能相信自己感受 不怕失落
关于你的一切 我想要比谁都懂

你是情人还是朋友还没勇气想得太多
你的世界如此辽阔 我会在哪个角落

忍不住想要爱你的冲动
不确定你属于我会有点寂寞
你给的幸福在我心中 自由走动
抚平我每一个伤口

忍不住想要吻你的冲动
不确定我的执着能让你感动
我只能相信自己感受 不怕失落
关于你的一切 我想要比谁都懂