Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wonderful Tonight - A Cover

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MUM & DAD!!!
This post was supposed to be up on 24 March, but your daughter here was half-dead with assignments...

I know my guitar play and my voice doesn't even do Eric Clapton and the song any justice...
But the lyrics reminds me of my parents...
*I changed some of the lyrics to suit you guys better ya*
Therefore, I want to dedicate this song to your love for each other ;)


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From many years of your marriage,
You have taught me care,
Pay attention to the details of life;
You have taught me to smile,
Even when life is upside-down;
You have taught me to trust,
To place my faith in another being;
You have taught me tolerance,
No matter how annoying the little habits are;
You have taught me forgiveness,
No matter how huge the fight was;
You have taught me to look beyond one's face,
And look into the beauty of one's heart;
You have taught me the greatest gift in life,
You have taught me to love.

Mum & Dad, without you guys, I will never be who I am, where I am now.
THANK YOU!!


Friday, March 26, 2010

When It Rains, Friends, Lovers or Nothing

I am totally in love with these two beautiful songs these days... Like playing them alternately on loop forever...

This one is by John Mayer...
Friends, Lovers or Nothing...
Definitely best performance I've watched so far... Love the sign language! Like so sweet!


Take a listen at John Mayer's Heartbreak Warfare, Who Says, and some older ones like Slow Dancing in the Burning Room... Definitely put me in a mushy lovey dovey mood!

This one is by Paramore
When It Rains... Acoustic version...
I like this version better than the hard rock one... Not like the original is not good.
This one just gives me goosebumps!


I personally find their albums very entertaining, especially when I am studying. Gives me the Omphm! The other songs that I strongly recommend are... wait... their entire albums!

Enjoy!
*Dear readers, yours truly Ryanne is half-dead loaded with assignments and tests... Forgive me for the very slow updates...*

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Charlie and Drew

A little restless today. So I YouTube "So You Think You Can Dance" and found this pair!


Most beautiful lyrical piece I've seen!
And their wonderful flow! Just great!


This one is a slightly comical one. But look at the techniques! Wonderful ballet dancers with great basics!

I WANT TO DANCE LIKE THAT!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

I downloaded this movie because of its very interesting title. This one has been sitting in my hard disk for quite some time until this evening, I thought that I could deal with some serious movie.

A Brief Interview With Hideous Men, has no specific storyline. It is about Sara (Julianne Nicholson) doing a research on feminist movement by looking at men. And the whole movie is just men talking about their fantasy, their relationship, what they think women want, and what they feel about things. There were a few observations from Sara's own eyes, like her professor, the men in the coffee shop, her own failed relationship.

The guy who shouted "Victory for the forces of Democratic Freedom" when he climaxed in sex.
*I would probably castrate the guy if this happens to me* just joking~

Two educated men in suits that curse like truck drivers
and talked about how they f***ed girls.

This is one intense soul searching movie. It poses a lot of questions. There are no definite answers or a solid confession, or a guideline on how women should want, or act, or perform. These are just questions and thoughts posed by men, and the movie totally leaves the thinking to the audience. In my case, I started thinking what I want or how my actions affect men. The audiences get to form their own opinions, and make their own conclusion.

Two guys discussing about what they think women think or want.

I felt like I've watched a documentary narrated by different people instead of a movie. The interviews and scenes were so nicely edited that whatever one person said can be connected to the next. And there were certain scenes, where one expects the answers, and suddenly, the interview was cut and we were brought to another subject. Only in scenes later were certain questions answered by some other character or by a totally unrelated scene. I feel that it is a very good way to intrigue audiences and keep them on the issues.

My most memorable scene was the one where an old black guy talked about his father's job as a waiter in a glamorous men's toilet. He hated his father for his job, for serving other with fortitude, for cleaning after other white men with no dignity. In the same scene, the father narrated his own life, saying that he was doing it for his children's future. It felt almost ironic to me.


How the father serves while the son (in blue shirt) narrates...
It is a flashback so brilliantly portrayed!

The most memorable scene...
Father and son, standing opposite each other...
Father (in white uniform) saying how much he loved his children that he can take the humiliation of his job;
Son(in blue cardigan, and flashback) saying how he hated his father for having no dignity.
Sad but wonderfully brilliant juxtapositioning!

Another sequence that caught my attention was the one where three different men told their girlfriends in three different situation, perhaps, even at a different time, that they cheated, with the same way of saying it. The script was so nicely written and believable that for a moment, I really start to stereotype guys as shit holes who cheat and tell their girlfriends the same things.

If guys know that it is almost unacceptable for a lady to accept the fact that he is cheating, why cheat in the first place?
And why try to soften the fact that he cheated on her with sweet words in order to save the relationship when he knows that she is going to freak?
Why cheat in the first place if you want to save the relationship?

The whole point of the movie, however, is to show that all guys are the same from a girl's perspective. Good educated guys in suits are assholes and they cheat, while the normal average guys spend most of their time getting intimidated by smarter girls and feel insecure about themselves. I don't know how true these feelings are, or if they represents the insecurities most men felt. But I think that this movie is a great one as it provided a glimpse into how modern feminism and strong iron ladies have affected these men.

Ratings : 8.5/10.

Girls, this is a movie that will raise quite a number of issues for us to ponder on. Guys, please watch this with an open mind. There might be some stereotype or there are some issues that hit you right in your ego, but take a moment to acknowledge your own fear and to acknowledge that there are SOME men on there feeling this way.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

MGS Girl Guides Camp 2010

Finally, I hijacked some pictures from Facebook and some of my own improved photoshop-ed pictures.

Tadaa~
This is MGS 4th Girl Guides Annual Camp 2010!
*Let me SS a bit... I started the first Guides camp in 22 years of MGS history. Damn bangga it is held annually now!*

Let the picture do the talking...

Flag ceremony test that almost drove Mei Ping insane!
By the way, I totally do not agree with lowering the passing standard to accomodate higher passing rate of people who almost don't know how to raise a flag.
Imagine the embarrassment if we actually send you to international events.


Good old days of making gadgets and tripods...
I miss those days man!

They climbed up Bukit Bangkong...
Too bad I didn't join due to my own insanely busy uni schedule

Reaching the top!
Left : Ms Sawaran, Ms Komathy, and the bunch of insane senior Guides.

Organising committee and campers!
Great job to these Guides!
Proud to say that they did a better job than I did!

Yi Ying and her partner in crime!

Trying hard to start the fire...
I only joined the campfire on Saturday night.

The fire was so small at the beginning.
*OMG.. Guides who don't know how to start campfire. Shake head*


Until grow a little bigger

Until so BIG... Almost charred the porch roof!
*Raining mar... So have to start the fire in the porch lo*

The no more pictures for campfire night...
Cause I was too busy eating...
Whoever's idea it is to marinate the chicken with curry powder and kicap with no honey for BBQ, eh, actually your recipe not bad ar!

I hope to join you all next year, as a full-fledge guider myself!
Thanks for the wonderful time girls!

Salam Kepanduan ;)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Time To Update

I took a look at my last post and realised, it has been more than one week since I last updated my blog!
Compared to my insane daily updates, this is like... HoR is DEAD!!

This is because I have so many midterms and quizzes and assignments, and presentations to prepare for. I am literally carrying a mountain-load of work!

But I did went to my secondary school's campfire night. It was a three-day camp but due to busy schedules and assignment meets, I only showed up for the campfire. It was the BEST four hours in like, three weeks! I met my Guiders, Ms Sawaran and Ms Stanee, and of course my beloved juniors Mei Ping and Yi Ying and Kai Qi and many many more of them! It was almost amusing that these new young guides don't know how to start a campfire! It is true that every empire has a rise, a climax and a fall. Really glad that I lived in MGS Guides' rise and climax. At least we produced several good quality guides who went as far as international events in my years!

Sorry people, the picture quality was bad because it was too dark... So no pictures T_T

After next week, I should be able to take a very very short gasp of air from all these work. I really wanna go shopping, watch a good movie in the cinema (the last time I went to a cinema for a movie was three months ago, thanks to someone who reminded me last night *Bluek*), treat my brother to a Secret Recipe cake (since he has been talking about it forever), go to a live performance in Station A (any other recommendations on live cafe music in Ipoh?), and SLEEP!!!

For the time being, I shall take a break from my studies and read some other casual stuff. I am currently reading Freedom Writers' Diary, a collection of diaries from students in Long Beach about discrimination and world peace. Suddenly feel like wanting to reread The Diary of Anne Frank. The last time I read the book was when I was in Form 2 or something. Still too young to understand the issues in it. I think now I am much more mature in thinking to really understand and appreciate the book. Hopefully the library has it! ;)

As for now, I'll better go back to my mundane chores...
Till the next update (I hope soon... )

Saturday, March 6, 2010

You Make Me Weak At The Knees

I was listening to the What Goes Up OST and found this jewel!

This is an instrumental piece by Electralane. Absolutely adore the catchy beat and the brilliant piano play. It is really simple basic melody but the mood it sets, and the "cheekiness" in it. AWESOME!!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Salt

I am so watching this
*Fingers cross that Hollywood didn't blow this one out of proportion with cheating trailers!*


Release date in US is 23 July 2010.

Who play a spy better than Angelina Jolie? *Besides Jennifer Garner that is*
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