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Meme & Stephen Chow

Some photos of Stephen Chow when he came over for the CJ7 interview with us. He is so thin and his teeth is so straight and white! He is a natural talent, even during a normal conversation, he is really funny, most of the time not on purpose.

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I was tagged by YTSL for a meme on Six Unimportant Things About Me. To be honest, I don’t really know what is important and what is unimportant. Often times, things that I thought is important turns out to be unimportant and vice versa. I guess life is like that. We always oversee things that is important as unimportant, such as calling our parents once in a while so that they know what you are up to, keeping a good diet, drinking more water, etc. And we also confuse ourselves on things that we thought is important but is in fact unimportant, such as being overly stingy, mixing with the wrong friends because we thought they will bring us wealth and fame, stabbing people’s back for advantage, over-partying, etc. Anyways, here is what I thought is unimportant about me:

1. I like to mix my rice with a lot of gravy, curry, sour-chilly gravy, etc. But for really good quality rice, I like to enjoy the rice on its own.

2. I am beginning to get addicted to “Revive”, the isotonic drink by 7-Up.

3. I thought I can write stories and make movies.

4. I have always wanted to be a monk but lack the guts and will to actually do it.

5. I think I have speech impediment.

6. I love to smell books.

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Got tagged again

Last week was really a hectic week. We brought in the two leads from CITIZEN DOG and did a press conference and a screening of that movie in GSC Mid Valley and then the next day, fly to Jakarta with them and hold another screening and press conference there. The lead actress (Jeed) is just so tall and skinny and the lead actor (Jean) carries a mini guitar with him everywhere he goes. He is a member of an underground band in Bangkok and composed one of the songs in CITIZEN DOG. Wisit is supposed to be here but he has fallen quite ill and lost half his weight already.

Ok, I got tagged by YTSL again. It requires that I name six weird things about myself. This is going to be a problem because I consider myself absolutely normal and uninteresting. My life is one where I could afford nothing much and had to fight for everything with my own bare hands. Somehow, thanks to the protection from the All-Mighty and with a bit of luck, I managed to pull through and find something in this life. But these are not really interesting things because I could not really afford to be interesting.

The most interesting thing in my life is that I found my wife whom I find is the most interesting person I know. She is the most humble person I know but has stuffs in her head not many people can imagine. I really hope someday those stuffs from her head gets on paper or on screen so that people can take a peek into this absolutely magnificent and creative mind.

Ok, so much for this sentimental stuffs. Here are the six things about myself that I consider weird.

1. If I am interested in some things, I spend a lot of effort and money in getting to know that thing better. I will go over the internet, ask people, buy lots of books etc. At first I did not think that this is weird because I assume every person will do that for things that interests them. Apparently, this is not generally so. In the process, of course, I burnt holes in my pocket.

2. I like to smell books. I just love the smell when I flip through books. I got this thing when I was studying last time. I somehow imagined that the smell will make my brain remember what I have read before. So, it is somehow revision by way of smell. It became a habit and now I smell books.

3. I always imagine my own funeral and sometimes the imagination gets so real, it became scary. These imagination sometimes comes with its own soundtrack too.

4. When I was a teenager, I blast Beethoven’s 9th Symphony into my ears when I get angry. I practically hold the two speakers and put it right next to my ears and put it on full blast.

5. While I was in the military band during my school days, we had always to stay overnight in school for the next day’s function. There was once when we heard the sound of chains just right outside the classroom where we slept. Not enough of chain sounds, we heard bangings on the door and the walls just outside. This is my nearest encounter with the other world. My school used to be the Japanese army camp during the second world war and apparently many people were killed there.

6. I thought walking through the Catacombs of Paris was quite weird.

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Tagged

I’ve been tagged by YTSL via her blog. So here goes:

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

I am a big Stephen Chow fan and I have watched most of him films over 10 times. If I were to choose one, then perhaps it will be THE FLIRTING SCHOLAR.

2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.

I really can’t recall but my strongest impression was to have watched Lubinghua over 5 times in the cinema that can seat easily 500-700 people but for each of the session, only 4-5 people were watching the movie. I watched that movie while I was still in Form 4 (16 years old).

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.

Stephen Chow.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.

No one in particular. Jim Carrey, perhaps.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.

The whole swan poem and barbeque chicken wing song sequence in FLIRTING SCHOLAR. And I quote from various Stephen Chow movies in my daily conversations with like-minded people ;-)

5(a). Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

The Phantom of the Opera. But am loosing them now… :(

6. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.

Same as above.

7. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.

My Neighbor Totoro. (I would love to choose this movie but YTSL has already chosen it!!!). Well, maybe now, TOKYO STORY by Yasujiro Ozu.

8. Name a movie that you own.

I wonder what does own mean here. If it means owning a copy of the homevideo, I do own about 600 of them now but that is the only type of owning I can afford. From those, to choose one, perhaps the APU TRILOGY by Satyajit Ray.

9. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

Nicholas Tse. I think he is good.

10. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

Nope.

11. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.

CLAIR’S KNEE

12. Ever walked out of a movie?

Nope. But wanted to once but couldn’t because it was a screening with the Director and stars….

13. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.

Lubinghua

14. Popcorn?

For light movies only but subject to popcorn quality.

15. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

Average about 2 times a week.

16. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?

MR. BEAN’S HOLIDAY which I thought was superb.

17. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

No special preferred genre (except horror which I cannot watch) but I am a sucker for Romance.

18. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

I have no idea. I have definitely watched some movies while I was 5-6 years old but have no idea what it was.

19. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

NO PROBLEM – a local Malay movie. Was literally sick for a few days after watching it and I could not escape from the cinema.

20. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

BLUE VELVET.

21. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?

I avoid horror movies if I can. The twins in THE SHINING freaks me out.

22. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?

Many but the latest one that got my bottoms off was KUNGFU HUSTLE.

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Some things that make me happy

I have been wanting to do this for quite some time and especially so after my geeky friend’s entry in her blog but never really wanted people to know too much about what makes me happy and then find a way to blackmail me. Well, since I am in the mood now, in no particular order and surely not exhaustive:

– Having dinner with my parents, wife, brother and sister in my hometown in Ipoh, enjoying my mom’s cooking, especially “Choy Keuk” (sometimes known as “Suen Lat Choy”) – a dish prepared from a variety of leftover food cooked over several hours in a pot, “Ku Lou Yuk” – small pieces of pork marinated and fried and then stir fried in tomato ketchup paste and this is sometimes referred to as “Sweet and Sour Pork”, “Mui Choy fry pork” – pickled vegetables stir fried with small pieces of lean pork, and tops with ABC soup – carrot, tomato, onions and toufu boiled with a handsome portion of pork ribs.

– Waking up in the morning and realise that it is a holiday. Raining outside and with my wife sleeping soundly by my side, I pull back the blanket and go back to steal some sleep, knowing that I can have a late breakfast eating “Pan Mee” in Balakong and after that, with no firm plans in mind – perhaps finishing some of the short stories that has been lying on the bookself or perhaps watching some DVDs that I have reserved for days like this, or perhaps go shopping with my wife, or perhaps go to the bookshop and pick up some magazines, then buy some food and cook at home, or perhaps to study that Avalanche variation of the Joseki that I have somehow forgotten.

– Hanging out with friends that I like and talk about nothing in particular, the conversation flowing effortlessly and seamlessly, from topics ranging from what is happening to our first girlfriends now to why we think the current government sucks to why we think Vivian Hsu is cute.

– Playing a good game of Weiqi with a good opponent, getting chased around the board and then I discover a brilliant tesuji that saved my stones and captured the opponent’s stones and thus winning the game.

– Reading a good story and realised that a drop of tear is forming and about to drop, or feeling like jumping up and dance around the room, and then knowing that I have stored many more books like this that I have not read.

– Finally got hold of a cotton bud to cure that itch in the ear that has been bothering me for a while.

– Watching a great movie and sat motionless for 30 seconds after the credits roll thinking how great that movie was and wanting to tell the whole world to go watch that movie.

– Crossing out the tasks list and everyone in the team knows exactly what they are doing and supposed to do and in the process, achieves some remarkable feat, earning the company some insane amount of money and the team gets credited for doing so and can expect a good bonus.

– Listening to Mahler’s 9th symphony.

– Ironing clothes and the smell of freshly pressed clothings.

– Teasing my wife.

– Reaching a foreign land during winter and smelling that winter air, getting confused about the temperature and wanting to take off the scarf because it may not be very cold afterall. The sound of snow everytime I walk on it and not too far away, a hot cup of chocolate is waiting.

– Something that I have been looking for for a long time suddenly popped up unexpectedly.

– Watching the fishes swim and realise that they have grown bigger.

– Receiving a letter in the postbox from a far away friend or relative and wonders what is inside.

– Reading Calvin and Hobbes

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Yellow Chicken

Buy this DVD set from Borders World Cinema selection! Yellow Chicken (cantonese for “Wong Kai”) War Collection directed by Yellow Chicken, includes IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, AS TEARS GO BY, DAYS OF BEING WILD.

I thought I misread but they are really referring to Wong Kar Wai. With this coming out of Sight & Sound, it is a real embarassment, although it is only an advertisement. Shouldn’t someone knowledgeable check the copy before printing with a quality control process as superb as we see how they do it in THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA? And these are supposed to be people in the business ;)

Just for fun, I run a search for Wong Kai War on Google and my my, what a fun surprise!

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Holiday Seasons

Happy Deepavali & Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri!

So many things are actually happening and I am struggling to keep up. But I am quite happy with the job, at least for now, and the boss is great. Besides learning from him the finer details of business, I got a refresher course on Sun Tzu’s Art of War, The Book of Five Rings and Marketing 101. The amount of learning that happened in these first two weeks were incredible.

I have had so much Malaysian food now that I think I should stop eating so much for a week or two just to detoxicate my body or simply just let it rest for a while from an excessive intake of pork, for example. The mamaks were great but I am having worse stomach aches after each mamak session compared to when I was in India. Perhaps I was being really careful while in India, especially the water.

On the movie front, I am aching most of all to watch Tsai Ming-liang’s latest film “I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone” and my most awaited DVD is Béla Tarr’s “Satantango” which will be released in its full glory in November 2006. Tarr’s fans, pre-order now!

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