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?