Category Archives: world

Feb

不知不覺就過了二月立春,過了人生的第x的十年。

比別人慢了好幾年,才看完巾幗梟雄。雖然站在四奶奶與柴九這邊,但實在覺得謝雪心把大奶奶演得絲絲入扣。謝雪心和熬嘉年的母子實在演得太好了。我老是注意旁邊的綠葉多過主角,就像我愛吃窩邊菜一樣。

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最近老是頭痛,不知怎麼辦。

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Just read an article of a book titled Crazy Rich Asian, written by Kevin Kwan, a descendant of  an OCBC banker.  Background of the story is set in Singapore, about very rich people. The book is a bestseller and is going to be made into a movie. I might borrow the book from the library. Not incline to buy book at the moment, mainly no space.  Besides, I have reservation contributing money if the book portrays a negative image of Singapore. The Singapore I grew up in is a country where most people work for a honest and humble living.  I might be wrong and ended up loving the book. 

 I first heard about Crazy Rich Asian from Ryan Higa’s Twitter asking Asian to audition for roles.  I didn’t pay much attention to it then because I have very little interest in the life of Asian American, filthy rich or dirt poor. In fact, I am put off that people from various ethnic group and various culture of the Asia continent is pigeonholed into a group called Asian in USA. Chinese, Japanese, Korean are different. Philipinos, Indonesian are different. Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani are different.  

Anyway, hope that the book is good and the movie is successful. For a start, I respect that the movie make a stand by not whitewashing the roles. 

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I want to start jogging again. 

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Memories of 2016

Joseph Schooling won Singapore first ever Olympic Gold. 🏊🏼🏅🥇

Carrot cakes. 

Euro 2016. Paris. Avignon. Marseille. 

Trucks attacked Nice and Berlin. Various other terrorist attacks in Europe. 

The US election that dragged on for too long with unsatisfactory outcome. 

Brexit

Iceland’s claps. 

Mr Nathan passed away.  RIP.

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds ~ May the Force be with you while You are Singing in the Purple Rain. Let’s dance in Freedom. Always. 

Pokemon Go. I walk and catch and hatch and evolve. 

10,000 steps every day. Rain, shine or even when I fell. 

Piano Tiles 2. 

陈国邦。相约星期二。八时入席。名门暗战。寒山潛龍。大太監。

Clear clutter. Sort of. Bye bye my TV 😢

Hold the Door. 

Youtubers – Trainer Tips, Ryan Higa, Dan and Phil. 

Rob has a Podcast. 

Business Class. 

Clutters and random stuff

Cleared some clutters in recent months. Get rid of exercise machines that I no longer use. Reluctantly threw away my 20 year old TV. The room looks less messy. Need to rearrange some stuff but all plans on hold because of back injury. 

Enjoyed Survivor 33 and Adam is a well deserved winner. Reality can sometime be more scripted by a higher being than reelity. Such a pity his mum is not able to witness him winning but at least he got to see her before she passed away.

My mind is very chaotic.  My cluttered mind is preventing me from working efficiently. It is worrying as there are still so much work to be done with one week of 2016 left. Too many nitty gritty stuff and deadline occupied my mind and I don’t have enough space left to think about US election result, Berlin attacks. There were so many terrorist attacks this year that I sort of merge them altogether to form distorted memory.

All the worries are the reason why I still play Pokemon. While walking and catching, I zoned out and manage not to think about work, family etc. 

141 caught

Finally caught and evolved all the Pokemon that can be caught in SG. 

My feet are painful from all the walking and chasing. I have been to most of the places that I caught the rare Pokemon, but there is a difference between casual jog /walk  to the places and sprinting to the spot beating against time. I love the joy of catching a new Pokemon. Even though the feet are painful, it is still a great distraction from mundane and grinding working life. I love anything that is a portal that help me escape from the real world, whether it is books, movies, augmented reality game.

I finally find the time to blog after I sort of catch them all (excluding the regionals, legendary etc). Have not read a book, watch a TV show series etc. I finally cleared my bills today and have a good nap. 

I have not watch  a single episode Pokemon cartoon when it debuted in the 90s. I was still in the early part of my working life then and cartoons have no place in my heart. I was resistant to Japan culture then.  I have overcome my dislike of Japan in recent years and come to appreciate the beauty of Japan and its pop culture. Finally, started following Ash in his Pokemon training. The internet is a tardis that allow me to go back to an old timeline to enjoy something that I have missed out in the past. Perhaps, because I have caught the Pokemon, I really enjoy the show. 

Whilst playing the game, I have heard a lot of judgemental comments from strangers and coworkers. Why feel more superior that you are jogging while I share the same place with you  as I catch the Pokemon ? Public place is for everyone.  Also, if you don’t get it, you don’t get it. So, please stop asking why  am I playing/still playing the game. Every adult is a child once. 

I read my last blog which mentioned about the mass shootings and terrorist attack. After I completed my augmented reality game, I realised that reality still sucks with the explosion in Manhattan.

Update

Bought The Land of Stories but have not read it yet. So many distractions –

太陽的後裔 – finally watched the show. Beautiful scenery. It is a nationalistic show wrapped in a romance story. 

Piano tiles 2 – trying to get free songs every night

Work – getting busy again

八時入席 – daily show to distress

Pokemon Go ! – walked a lot, which is ok because I have been taking 10k steps most days. But soles have been aching for several months.  Really enjoying catching the different pokemon. 

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Bought Mayday’s 自傳 and realised no Chinese titles. 動物派對during cheered me up on the way to work. 

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Too many mass shootings / terrorist attacks in Nice, Paris, Munich, Japan and US. 

6 Aug 16

Olympics Ceromony

Pokemon Go !

Just Rock It !

A day to remember 

1989

There were two significant events in 1989.

4 June 1989 : Tiananmen. The revolution is not over. History is repeating itself today. The Hong Kong students are still occupying the streets. 25 years ago, I was 100% on the Beijing students’ side. Now, I am not so sure about the current Hong Kong situation. Mixed feelings of not my problem, part supporting the students in ideology and part feeling bad for the people whose livelihood are affected by the standstill.

9 Nov 1989 : Berlin Wall collapsed. I had not travelled out of my country in 1989, no CNN nor internet. When I saw people hand in hand standing on the Berlin Wall on TV, it was such a huge impact on me and I still remembered being elated. It still moved me whenever I came across photos or news about Berlin Wall.

Fast forward 25 years, daily grinding work has taken my soul. I am not able to feel angry, happy over current events that take place in other places. I know there are some subconscious feelings buried in the conscious numbness, I am just too tired to dig them out.