Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ShakespeaRe-Told (2005)

The British definitely have this wonderful way with words. Their warped opinions and ridiculous comments are told with an absolutely straight face, like they're talking about something completely serious but it's all hogwash. I guess that's why it's called British humor. I never truly realized how amusing it can be until I watched The Importance Of Being Earnest which is truly rib-cracking (stars Colin Firth and Rupert Everett)!

Anyway about BBC's ShakespeaRe-Told, I think it's really good! Basically, it's the modern re-telling of four plays allocated to the present day, which are Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer's Night Dream and Macbeth. I can see the difficulty in adapting these stories to present life but they did it so artfully and slipped in lines from the play here and there. However, sometimes the original ending is tweaked a bit to fit our modern way of thinking.

The Taming of the Shrew was hilarious! Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter is completely FEARSOME here as the Shrew, you only have to watch the first five minutes to see how horrifying she is for such a small person! Rufus Sewell did a commendable job here as Petruchio (No other man has ever looked so charming in drag and eyeliner) who eventually 'tames' his scary wife.

Haven't seen Billie Piper since she was a popstar...

Much Ado about Nothing was better than I originally thought. At first I was so turned off by the male lead (a pasty potbellied Englishman with ginger hair!) but he sort of won me over by the end. Billie Piper was truly moving here, maybe in Shakepeare's time, sure, public humiliation befits the loose medieval woman, but in modern times, women won't stand for that kind of crap anymore. I don't wanna give away too much but suffice it to say that I'd still recommend this to anybody! ^^

Midsummer's Night Dream seems alright so far, but I'm only halfway through. Macbeth, true to its reputation, is a lot darker with James McAvoy starring as Macbeth. Keeley Hawes (Wives and Daughters) is in this too as his ambitious wife and so is a side-burnless Richard Armitage &hearts as the guy who brings down Macbeth! Mr Thornton shall always have a soft place in my heart... :-P

Picture credits: BBC

Monday, June 28, 2010

The World Has Its Shine...

There's been a lot of sad news lately in the newspapers. People losing their minds, siblings who don't get along, seriously dysfunctional families and other maladies in our struggling and sometimes admittedly strange, society. Stories that make feel so lucky and thankful for all the blessings I have.

The movie Shutter Island gave a really strong message about how a person shouldn't ignore their close ones who start showing symptoms of mental instability. These people need help. Like the news about Johnny Dusok in The Star this morning. Who murdered his roommate and slashed his stomach, then stood on a high-rise building, bleeding, asking police to shoot him. He jumped.

I think we should take a small moment everyday to count our blessings even if a small few may have everything you thought would ever make you happy but really, they might not be happy at all. You might be happy as you are and not even know it. :)

I don't know why Asian families tend to be so close-knit but I think it's a good thing. Watching Judge Judy, Americans baffle me sometimes with the way some of them can sue their own mother, brother, sister, lesbian ex-girlfriend for debt (is there a price on family?) and other situations that completely overstep moral grounds. Some people are completely heartless.

On a lighter note, I'm kinda excited to be going home next month! I can finally celebrate my birthday at home! And see my dogs again! And exert my big-sis authority over my bratty little sisters, muahahahaha.... Plus, my sweet old granny is turning 80 this year! Love you, Nenek. &hearts And I don't wanna miss anymore weddings! (Missed quite a few...) I've been gone so long since college, there are new shopping malls I haven't walked into yet. Like Asia City (I know, it's old) and Suria Sabah. 1 Borneo, I can count how many times I've been there with one hand. Not enough!!!

Lucky-poo, you better not be obese when I get back!

Sabah, sweet Sabah. :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Southern Vampires are back for Season 3

True Blood Season 3 is back on, raunchier than ever -- beginning with Bill's disappearance and the shooting of Eggs from last season. The town is currently struggling to get over the OTT craziness that was Season 2. A reminder that this show is absolutely NOT FOR KIDS.

Why am I drawn to this HBO show? Heaven only knows. Because if there is a TV show where the sh!t can hit the fan at any given moment, it's True Blood. On the other hand, I love Vampire Diaries for the teen drama, it's like One Tree Hill with fangs. Remembering how out-of-control the last season of TB was, I wonder how unhinged this season will be. Bring it on I say! ^^

I have a horrible foreboding for the direction they're going with the character Sam Merlotte (the shape-shifter, I used to like this character a lot). *SPOILER* Are they seriously gonna turn him gay after 2 seasons? Is it compulsory to introduce a gay character in every American TV show? =_= *END OF SPOILER*

Two faces I was actually glad to see was Alexander SkarsgÄrd as Eric Northman and the ruthless Queen of Lousiana, Sophie Ann (Evan Rachel Wood)! Anyway, I'll probably be following this show when I have time in between work and drama-watching. The incredible one-liners just can't be missed! XD


P.S. In all likelihood, a condensed version of this season will start airing on HBO Asia soon.

Friday, June 25, 2010

My One Week in KL: Buys & Finds

Hey hey! Just back from KL... I'm sort of relieved to be able to resume my online life (geek alert!) even though I'd love to shop and browse some more in KL... Cotton On seems to be the 'in' store in KL now to students or people with a limited budget. I didn't know this Australian brand was so cheap but it is. Cheaper than Giordano and about the same price as PDI. Everything there seems to be made for warmer climes and caters to Australia's current fashion trends - lotsa tights and high-waisted skirts. Bought some things here and Isetan.

Topshop and Zara were equally lovely too with the prices to match. I need these places to be on sale before I will even consider buying anything from there. I also couldn't pass by Etude House without buying something from there (Park Shin Hye and Jang Geun Suk used to endorse this brand!). Heard a lot of good reviews about their BB cream but I doubt it would fit my skin tone. So I made do with this!!!

Nail polish.Lol.

Met up with my good friend Vivian in KL too and had lunch at Pasta Zanmai in MidValley (not halal sadly) but I loved their fusion food! (Though the unagi pizza was quite a stretch even for me). Sweet!

I also finally found a copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South at Borders Bookstore! At last!! *happiness* If any of you have read my past review of the BBC miniseries North and South here, you'd understand my joy. &hearts Reading e-books just ain't the same as holding genuine bound pages in your hand, tucked up in your favourite cosy reading corner.

The moment I reached KT, I got fleeced by the teksi sapu man at the MPKT bus station. RM25? Are you effin' kidding me? Then I knocked out for 6 hours at my house (hate buses, can hardly sleep in 'em) and my rumbling tummy led me to Giant, where I got mildly sidetracked at the DVD store and walked away with these...

Crows Zero 1+2 (Modern classics!) and Tokyo Sonata! (I bought the latter because Yankee-kun to Megane-chan's Chiba stars in it. Real name: Koyanagi Yu) These are the latest additions to my K-movie and J-movie stash. Ah, Vanessa, will you ever outgrow these? I still prefer buying CDs and DVDs to downloading (but I still do) in case my hard drive goes KAPOOF like last time.

My back was giving me hell in KL for some unknown reason. I HAVE AGED.

Till later days!

P.S. Brazil vs. Portugal tonight!!! Might have to resort to staring at the orange gigolo tonight since Kaka got red-carded.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Football Fevah (is catching...)

I must be hanging out with the wrong people here. WHY IS IT THAT NO ONE I KNOW HERE APPEARS TO GIVE A S*** ABOUT FOOTBALL? Or maybe it's unusual that I'm actually taking an interest in the World Cup this year? It only comes every four years and this is usually when I'll join my dad watching football and betting on whatever team he's not betting on, bwahahhahaha... This year, I'm inspired by the amount of support coming from South Korean citizens that I've decided to support South Korea!!! (Though I definitely do not like Super Junior's World Cup song much...)

I catch all the games with Asians in it (LOL), my friend thinks I think like a communist in the days of Japan's takeover of Asia. Hmph. Anyway, it's largely because I enjoy and respect their culture so much. I even supported North Korea last night with Brazil, they looked so military-ish and their coach was so round and kept pointing here and there (like Shinchan!) but that was before I laid eyes on Kaka. I'm SOLD! He looooooks way better than that orange gigolo.

Things I noticed in the World Cup (a girl's perspective)

1. South Koreans have really supportive fans!

2. If you mess up at the World Cup, they'll never let you live it down. (Eg: Robert Butterfingers Green) My dad thought he ought to be shot. XD But I wouldn't give him a hard time over that as long as he doesn't repeat it.

3. Brazilians have a really graceful way of playing the game, it's really nice to watch.

4. Some of them play like they've got something to lose. Like Fabiano (Brazil) who looked pretty agitated last night (HE PLAYS DIRTY). And the North Koreans. There were funny rumors that Kim Jong Il's gonna do something if they get beaten at the World Cup. It's a pity though that they didn't win because the match isn't going to be televised in North Korea if they lose.

5. Watch out for blond Japanese men.

6. KAKA is HOT. And well and truly married. Still easy on the eyes though.

7. Germany was awesome!! Either that or Australia was just really bad.

I think I only caught five games altogether. I want to watch Spain tonight but I have a stinkin' bus to catch tonight to KL (*sob*SPANISH MEN*cough*). So I'll probably just see if Chile lives up to their boasts.

KL here I comeee!!! Again. Probably won't be blogging for a week. I'm kind of lazy and feeling completely out of it this month (someone is putting me in a really bad mood). But it all changed yesterday when I got my first paycheck! *happiness*

But after paying bills, the feeling died. Figures.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Why I Love Twitter

1. You can post all sorts of things that your parents, siblings, colleagues, lecturers, boss, distant relatives and friends can't see unless they follow you on Twitter or stalk you on a regular basis.

2. You don't have to crank up your brain for ideas to write a long post on your blog because there's a 140 characters limit.

3. You can follow really cool famous people and have a glimpse at what an ordinary day is like for them. My favorite Malaysians on Twitter are Khairy Jamaluddin (incredible sense of humor!), Andy from Estranged (whom I follow based on purely superficial reasons, hee hee), Marion Caunter, Daphne Iking, Jason Lo, Henry Golding (for much the same reasons as Andy), the beautiful Jojo Struys and many others. I suppose a lot more famous Malaysians have Twitter but I don't bother to follow them... Take your pick.

4. You can keep up with the latest scoop or the latest goss on your favorite TV shows!!! By following their main cast on Twitter. For Glee, loads of them have Twitter (Harry Schum Jr. is my fave though) and for Vampire Diaries, there's Nina Dobrev (Elena), Ian Somerhalder (Damon) as well as Katerina Graham (Bonnie).

5. If you're into politics, you can follow your fave politician, lol! I don't care much about political crap so I just follow Najib and Obama on Twitter (I'm probably following their secretaries or PR person). Sometimes I think they get Twitter just to show people that yes, they are getting with the times and to show people how diligently they're working for YOU.

6. Follow MAS or Air Asia on Twitter to get the latest news of discounts, offers and free seats!

7. You can see what a majority of the Twitterverse is abuzz about today by checking the trending topics. Like some sportsman halfway across the world. Or Biebermania. Or the hilarious age of Yorais! I can never forget that one. If you're someone in a high position, NEVER diss social networking sites, it will come back to bite you in the ass. The man even has his own hashtag, #yorais.

8. Keep up-to-date with the latest scientific findings or news all over the world. They're even faster than the news because they're still unofficial statements.

9. You know that old adage, anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung? In a literal context, anything I deem too silly to write as a Facebook status update, is tweeted. To preserve myself from having to join the Facebook group, eh? kena delete.

10. A lot of Korean artists have taken to using Twitter recently. I don't understand Hangul but who cares?! Kekekeke.... There's always the pictures or Google Translate.

Ah, Twitter. Is anyone looking forward to the first World Cup with Twitter?

"A little birdie told me..."

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Stuck in Rut

I'm going crazy out of my mind with boredom here. If anyone happens to be trolling around in Kuala Terengganu in the midst of the uni holiday season, you're welcome to dig me out of my hobbit hole. I find myself rapidly becoming a taxi service here, lol. I don't really mind. I only charge food. Any takers? :P

Just the other day when I was chatting with a friend who's also living alone here and he was going crazy too, singing to himself, washing clothes and skulking around online. It's like the life of a lotus-eater (READ: Lazy person devoted to pleasure and luxury) and it's not the kind of life I want for myself. I'm patiently waiting for humanity to slink back in my life again once the semester starts.

Work has been slow this month and I'll be free by the 15th! Looking forward to that and seeing everyone in KL. Though I'll be lugging a lot of baggage because I've been ordered to pass some things to my little sis who'll be starting her first semester of diploma in KL soon. Gosh, I wanna stick with them there too. But I'll be going home first because I miss my doggies. And old friends. And oh alright, my family too.

I'm currently watching this jdorama called Sunao ni Narenakute. It strikes a chord with me despite being snooze-worthy in the first episode. It's about a group of people who know each other through Twitter and who become sort of a life support for each other in their hardships. All of them are pained lonely souls in different ways and I like how they're there for each other despite only knowing each other through Twitter. There's also shades of Densha Otoko here (sometimes I feel like my online life is threatening to take over my entire life, especially now). Please don't be another Last Friends. ^^

Cast: Eita (Last Friends), Ueno Juri (Nodame Cantabile), Tamayama Tetsuji (first I've heard of him but HAWT), Seki Megumi and Hero Jaejoong (W00T! Coz I used to be a DBSK fangirl).

I amaze myself sometimes with how I manage to insert drama-related news in supposedly normal posts. Maybe my normal posts are all drama-related. *guilty laugh*

I Knew I Loved Katy Perry For A Reason

I want her shoes.

It's moments like these where I knew they had to be a reason why I liked Katy's songs so much. Love her electric blue hair! (Not even once in a blue moon will I ever try that out. Pun intended.) I can't decide whether I like this or the LED light-up dress she wore back in May better.

Maybe one day if I'm ever in the grips of a dastardly evil villain (in a surreal alternate universe), either Katy Perry or the Wonder Girls will swoop in to save me. Although Hit Girl pawns them all any day.

So, you wanna play?

You have to see her in action in Kick Ass if you haven't already!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Chick vs. Dick

June already!! Graduation just around the corner! :-)

If you think this is gonna be some smarmy post about the never-ending amount of differences between the sexes, you might be disappointed.

Chick vs. Dick simply put, is a Singaporean online TV show (since 2008) starring Paul Twohill and Kay Kay. My sis told me to watch it, apparently my family thinks they're funny. And they are!!! Vaguely. In a very Singaporean way, not very unlike Malaysians, 'cept we don't swear or flash that much skin on TV, lol. (Not that I'm against it, kekeke... It makes TV a hecka more interesting.)

I only watched the episodes about flowriding (Wave House Sentosa looks like fun!!!), frog challenge, accents and the dating challenge, all of which were very amusing. If you're looking for some quick, closer-to-home entertainment, catch these two sparring at aside from many other shows! Not a fan of Xia Xue's show though.

P/S: I found the Persuasion episode to be particularly funny!!!