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Fun. Fun. Fun. I can't wait to start working for a production house. Can you imagine.... every day would be like last Saturday... Heaven man, Heaven!
The atmosphere is very different compared to any other meetings I attended because it was very non-political. There were no procession, no entourage and notably no ass kissing (sponsors)
Yesterday, it was announced that they are demolishing the old prison because it was considered an eyesore. I was livid when I heard the announcement. Pudu Prison is a heritage site so how can it even considered as an eyesore? It's not hard to read between the lines though, I'm sure we are all thinking the same thing: valuable land = redevelopment = profit = duh. My cousin Hariz supported the demolition. He said we shouldn't keep old buildings because it serves no purpose to us. I disagreed.
"So should we throw away photos and journals of our ancestors? We might as well kill 'purpose-less' folks at the old folks home."
And these KL teenagers, sure they are not literally killing their grandparents but they are killing any chance of learning anything from them by shutting them away from their lives.
Is that how we view things of relatively old age now? And is it the same attitude we opt for older people who we think will not serve us any return benefits?
Will Internet kill the video star?
I had an amazing birthday. It was fun, exciting, guilt-free and exhilarating all bundled up in a cool Levi's recycle bag. My last few days were filled with one of christian's greatest sins: gluttony!
I had more than enough pasta carbonara, mee hoon sup (lembu), ribs and a dozen of japanese dishes. I felt very blessed to be surrounded by my beloved family who loves me unconditionally.
The highlight of my awesome birthday was something I've been wanting for ages. Since the age of 11, I've always wanted a G-Shock watch. Every year, I would reserve a G-Shock watch as one of my birthday gift wishes (which never came true). As I get older, I only mention G-Shock in passing, thinking that it's good to keep my dreams alive just for the sake of it. Like last year, I jokingly listed G-Shock watch on the FOUR GIFTS I WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE:
Who would've known that 13 years later, that dream came true and I'm now a proud owner of a Tough Solar G-Shock watch!
Dreams DO come true.
My favourite writer Haruki Murakami is from Japan. My favourite mangaka Tsugumi Ohma (Death Note) is from Japan. Even one of my favourite film directors Kiyoshi Kurokawa is Japanese.
It is suffice to say that Japan plays a big role in influencing the way I approach my art. My most admired trait of Japanese people are their inventiveness. Films like Cure, Battle Royale, Suicide Club and Tokyo Story (Ozu's) helped shaped my approach in filmmaking.
I also love their work ethics. I once watched a documentary about a filmmaker's life in Japan. Basically the camera crew followed the filmmaker around for one whole day to discover where he gets his inspiration (because he is so awesome) When they arrived at his home, I was surprised to find out that he lives in a small but practical apartment. This revelation sent shivers down my spine.
Here is a blockbuster film director who can easily afford a luxurious condominium or bungalow house in the village but he decided to live in a small apartment. Why? He said because his enjoyment doesn't come from the size of his living room or his furnitures. I can vividly remember the subtitles "My bliss comes from my art and its process."
I bought audio lessons and I am currently learning how to speak Japanese to prepare for my one week trip there this September. I also find it odd that some of the most exciting things that comes in mind when I fantasize about going to Japan are the pod hotels:
Criss-crossing roads for pedestrians:
and their street performance and cosplay exhibition at Harajuku:
Hah! Watashi wa jōdan o itte iru!
That's more like it. Shugoi desne?
Uneventful lunar eclipse. We had Paddlepops.