Monthly Archives: August 2007

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“Stray” in Smallville

This entry is to remember that the episode “Stray” has moved me to tears both times I watched it.

And look at the chold actor now!

Hairspray

Roll on the wigs and throw away those sticky, pesky gel, ladies and gentlemen. ‘Coz there is a new movie in town that will set your bad hair day straight. Hairspray is a delicious, honey-coated movie that will keep your fingers snapping and body swaying.

Right from the “Good Morning, Baltimore” opening chorus right down to the showdown where Travolta strut his her stuff on the dance floor, the show is a combination of outrageous retro costumes, funny punch lines and society norms we are too busy to ignore.

Showcasing a stellar line up of actresses and actors so dazzling in their dance steps and songs, this is one movie which will have your roaring in laughter and make you wish you can jump into the screen to join them.

The movie reminds me of Chicago, but instead of jazz, HairSpray brought rock and roll back in fashion.

Being big is in, babe. Bring it on!

Phuket, here I come!

It’s official – I am going to Phuket for my next holiday. A grand total of 5 days starting 6th Sept.

This will be my third trip in 12 months! Haha, I really love the place. My second trip wasn’t as enjoyable, so I am hoping to make up for the lost fun this time.

Hope the weather will be fine by then. It is a low peak season after all.

And see you, Ash!

881

Some claimed it to be the best movie made in Singapore, ever. A story close to the hearts of many, well, heartlanders. Of reality and spiritual worlds, of rich traditions and colourful splendour.

I went to catch 881 and left the cinema teary eyed but sorely disappointed.

No, don’t get me wrong. I am sure the movie brings a lot of meaning to many of those whom seem to enjoy the show much more than I did.

I am sure my zero knowledge of Hokkien language and the lack of “getai” culture in Malaysia contributed to my lukewarm response to the entire show.

In all fairness, I must commend Royston Tan for a job well done. The subtle yet creative introduction at the beginning was a classic touch. The scene where Little Papaya slowly lose her hair while hugging and singing with Big Papaya was the best of the show.

And of course, Aunty Ling’s performance was heart wrenching (just imagine a perpetually happy, bright person croned a sad piece and end up sobbing in silent). Qi YuWu’s stony role was perfect for the deaf-and-mute Guan Yin.

Beyond these, little left much impression on me. And I am I the only one who found the incessant reference to “techno” and the cheesy duo Durian Sisters a tad annoying?

Oh, the soundtrack is pretty good. Worth checking out.