Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekends. :: Thesis :: Half-Blood Prince

I've often wondered: are books/films a reflection of what we are or what we might be? Sounds rhetorical, as we are the ones creating books and films. But can books/film reflect the worldview of a select few to the masses and thus influence them?

The last week has been brain crunching time, with me doing up the references for the sup, which is good idea on her part, given the number of revisions; also submitting applications and exemptions. Been working on my methodology as well and I like this part of research as it is original work and I get my hands dirty with thinking up methods and ways of improving sampling. I dun mind hard work, in fact, I relish it, knowing that it is put to good use and it's a good test of my mental dexerity.

Friends do not know the details of my research but they have played a huge role in keeping me sane. Ok, actually keeping me addicted... haha. My fab five introduced me to Citadels, a strategic card game... shan't go into the details, but it was addicitive enough to keep us up playing all night! Unfortunately we can only indulge in this during the weekends, where we play till the next morning. The planning, strategising and to some extent, second-guessing each other's game and strategy. Somehow I believe that first time beginner's luck is at play as well, which explains how I managed to edge in a couple of wins. Playing against friendly opponents in a wonderful atmosphere of comaderie and hospitality (ok, the homecooked food and vintages helped as well). :) But as my schedule gets busier, we shall have to play by ear. But good times peeps, good times. Helps as well tt I work on my thesis at night, which helps me stay up during the games. J got a new game last week - Saboteur, looking forward to another session to try it out!

Got my bridesmaid dress last Sun... after an all night Citadel session... and it was great meeting the babes for the fitting session, received positive feedback for the dresses, looking forward to the wedding in Dec and other occassions to wear the other dress I bought... hard not to when everyone was gushing over it... Helped in my already wavering mind... haha. As mum wld say, I'm young only once.... might as well make the best of it. ;)

C and I got the tics for Half-Blood Prince last Sunday for today. I had managed to read the book before the movie and was thus duly disappointed when I saw that q a few of the most significant scenes have been cut out.

**SPOILER ALERT**
Even characters like the Minister of Magic were not included, scenes like the school battle scene weren't included, as well as the sloppy job on Dumbledore's death... what happened to the funeral?! I was looking forward to that actually... Also, existing characters were quite bleah, especially Ginny, I thought she was more spirited and sassy in the book and previous installments? Even new characters were more subdued, I felt they could have further played on Greyback?

But then again, it was two and a half hours and they probably decided to focus more on the BGR aspect: Lavender Brown was a hoot! :) I also felt that besides the choppiy flow of he movie and the fact that we have been waiting longer than expected for this installment, the audience expected more from the movie. On a more positive note, I felt that this installment was definitely more dark, with this sense of heaviness. And while watching the movie, I felt that the sense of bleakness does reflect to some extent the heaviness inside me, because of the crazy events recently... and in the light of the Jakarta bombings on Fri. I was surprised when he told me on Fri when we met for another lesson that after a period of relative peace, it has happened again. Kinda makes me understand y more friends are not in favour of having kids. At times like this, craziness set in and nothing really makes sense anymore. To quote Arthur Weasley in the movie. "Times like these, dark times, they do funny things to people. They can tear them apart. "

And it is in these crazy times that we need inspiration to go on. Although it sounds incredulous to derive hope from children literature (again that point is debatable), I feel that it is during these times that we need hope. Children literature like Harry Potter depicts the world as not always bright and cheery, that dark times do come, but at the same time, it conveys the message that we all need hope and it is the hope that good will ultimately prevail, even though that may not always happen, that keeps us going. Along the way, we learn that what is right or wrong may not always be clear, that circumstances might force us down certain routes and we might be stuck in situations where we do things against our wishes (ahem... Snape), but in the end, it helps to have our own moral compass and accept the bad stuff while cherishing the good stuff... like dropping by to check out 1 Caramel after the movie! Highly recommend the place for cakes and tarts... hope they come out with macaroons at some point! Pics up on FB soon!

Very tempted to go on a trip with a friend at the end of the year. He's been v accomodating and he knows the country well enough... but still, there are other stuff, including finances and other stuff to consider. He's been a good friend through the recent tough times and it's rare that we find travelmates with whom we can relate on so many levels. Am sorely tempted, but we shall see how it goes. Hmmm.

Am in a greedy mood... will thus post a song which came up in a dicsussion during last Sat/Sun Citadels session... thanks S for remembering the singer... din realise that it was such a popular ktv song, re the response from ex students and ktv regulars when I posted this link on FB. Enjoy. :) Also crazy busy week ahead, more crazy busy than usual, with lessons, appointments, a wedding (can't wait to meet S n G! ) and lotsa stuff to take care of, with Homecoming next Sat.... do come down if you can make it! :)


古巨基 情歌王 (劲歌金曲2) 歌词
(Forever love 王力宏)
爱你不是因为你的美而已
我越来越爱你
每个眼神触动我的心

(两个人的烟火 黎明)
最爱你的是我
否则你怎麽让我
否则我怎麽可能赴汤蹈火
你说什麽都做

(如果.爱 张学友)
如果这就是爱
在转身就该勇敢留下来
就算受伤就算流泪
都是生命里温柔灌溉

(童话 光良)
我要变成童话里
你爱的那个天使
张开双手
变成翅膀守护你
你要相信
相信我们会像童话故事里

(很爱很爱你 刘若英)
往更多幸福的地方飞去
很爱很爱你只有让你拥有爱情
我才安心

(我愿意 王菲)
我愿意为你我愿意为你
我愿意为你忘记我姓名
只要你真心拿爱与我回应
我什麽都愿意 为你

(好想好想 古巨基)
好想好想 好想好想
好想好想和你在一起

(明天我要嫁给你了 周华健)
明天我要嫁给你啦
明天我要嫁给你啦
要不是你问我
要不是你劝我
要不是适当的时候你让我心动

(不得不爱 潘玮柏/弦子)
天天都需要你爱
我的心思由你猜
i love you
我就是要你让我每天都精彩

(阴天 莫文蔚)
开始总是分分钟
都妙不可言
谁都以为热情它永不会减
总之那几年
感性赢了理性那一面

(飞机场的10:30 陶喆)
baby baby baby baby
O baby baby O baby
是不是拥有以后就会开始要失去
我给你的越多
你却越想要躲
爱已无法回答所有的问题

(那么爱你为什么 黄品源/莫文蔚)
离开你是傻是对是错
是看破是软弱
这结果是爱是恨或者是什么

(你怎么舍得我难过 黄品源)
最爱你的人是我
你怎么舍得我难过
对你付出了这麽多
你却没有感动过

(爱我别走 张震岳)
爱我别走
如果你说你不爱我
不要听见你真的说出口
再给我一点温柔

(让我欢喜让我忧 周华健)
就请你给我多一点点时间
再多一点点问候
不要一切都带走
就请你给我多一点点空间
再多一点点温柔
不要让我如此难受

(原来你什么都不想要 张惠妹)
原来你什么都不想要
我不要你的承诺
不要你的永远
只要你真真切切爱我一遍
就算虚荣也好,贪心也好
最怕你把沉默,当做对我的回答
原来你什么都不想要

(用心良苦 张宇)
你说你想要逃
偏偏注定要落脚
情灭了爱熄了
剩下空心要不要

(祝福 张学友)
伤离别离别虽然在眼前
说再见再见不会太遥远
若有缘有缘就能期待明天
你和我重逢在灿烂的季节

(吻别 张学友)
我和你吻别在无人的街
让风痴笑我不能拒绝
我和你吻别在狂乱的夜
我的心等着迎接伤悲

(把悲伤留给自己 陈升)
能不能让我陪着你走
既然你说留不住你
回去的路有些黑暗
担心让你一个人走

(征服 那英)
就这样被你征服切断了所有退路
我的心情是坚固我的决定是糊涂

(听海 张惠妹)
听海哭的声音
叹惜着谁又被伤了心

(味道 辛晓琪)
像你身上的味道
我想念你的吻
和手指淡淡烟草味道
记忆中曾被爱的味道

(我怀念的 孙燕姿)
我怀念的是无话不说
我怀念的是一起作梦
我怀念的是争吵以后
还是想要爱你的冲动
我记得那年生日
也记得那一首歌
记得那片星空
最紧的右手
最暖的胸口

(领悟 辛晓琪)
我多麽痛的领悟
你曾是我的全部
只愿你挣脱情的枷锁
爱的束缚任意追逐
别再为爱受苦

(月亮惹的祸 张宇)
都是你的错在你的眼中
总是藏着让人又爱又怜的朦胧
都是你的错你的痴情梦
像一个魔咒
被你爱过还能为谁蠢动

(我们的爱 FIR)
我们的爱
过了就不再回来
直到现在
我还默默的等待
我们的爱
我明白
已变成你的负担
只是永远
我都放不开
最后的温暖

(你把我灌醉 黄大炜)
你把我灌醉你让我流泪
扛下了所有罪我拚命挽回
你把我灌醉你让我心碎
爱得收不回

(眼泪 范晓萱)
oh 眼泪
眼泪都是我的体会
成长的滋味
oh 眼泪
忍住眼泪不让你看见
我在改变
孤单的感觉
你从不曾发现
我笑中还有泪

(情非得已 庾澄庆)
只怕我自己会爱上你
不敢让自己靠的太近
怕我没什么能够给你
爱你也需要很大的勇气

(你是如此难以忘记 梁朝伟)
你是如此的难以忘记
浮浮沉沉的在我心里
改变自己需要多少勇气
翻腾的心情该如何平息

(心太软 任贤齐)
你总是心太软心太软
把所有问题都自己扛
相爱总是简单相处太难
不是你的就别再勉强

(Forever love 王力宏)
forever love forever love
我只想用我这一辈子去爱你
从今以后
你会是所有
幸福的理由
forever love
forever love
forever love

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