In Between Floors

This was much more enjoyable than I expected it to be. The trailer looked amusing but I’m accustomed to local movies (or just indie movies in general) being a bit of a let-down so I went in with low expectations. The story is short and simple: An “Ah Beng” guy (Alvin Wong) gets stuck in a lift with a “banana” girl (Dawn Cheong).

I really don’t know if anyone outside of Malaysia/Singapore will really get this movie. I don’t know if someone of non-Chinese descent would entirely understand the points being made in this movie. But I certainly did find many things in the story relatable on some level. (Probably because I am one of these “bananas” although I don’t have as pronounced an accent as the girl in this movie does.)

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P. Ramlee the Musical

Short version: P. Ramlee the Musical is based on P. Ramlee’s life, and tells of his rise to fame and how that affected his relationship with each of his wives. I was quite impressed by it.

Longer version:

I think I’ll break this down by topic…

Story

It was, at its most basic, about P. Ramlee and his three wives. All the action in the story comes from his interactions (or lack thereof) with his wives. There is no Big Bad Guy trying to destroy his career or anything like that. The Big Bad Guy might be said to be his ambition and his career, as it was his busy-ness that left him little time for his family and resulted in two divorces. It was a little long (each act ran about 1.5 hours, making it 3 hours in total!) and I put that down to the fact that they wanted to include so many of his well-known songs as well as several original ones written for this musical.

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Langkawi: Day 1

I meant to make just one post for the short Langkawi trip but as I have assignments to grade and other things to do, I haven’t found the time to look through and edit all the pictures I have. So I’ll have to make three separate posts instead of one I guess. (Anyway I’m having something of a writer’s block lately – don’t know what to blog about. Maybe this is a good thing after all haha)

We stayed at a house belonging to a friend’s family. It was an interesting looking house (which I can’t show here to maintain their privacy), and we slept amidst the sounds of insects and frogs. I’m sure there were mosquitoes too but we escaped them thanks to mosquito netting. It was unfortunately rather humid, what with there being no fan or air-conditioning to help air circulation. But I’ve been in worse places. *thinks of nights spent in hot stuffy tents on camping trips…*


This is what the view from the top floor looks like when rain approaches from afar.

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Broken Bridges

Perhaps this ought to have been called “Burning Bridges” instead of Broken Bridges.

It’s the story of Ming, who dreams of escaping his small-town life in Ipoh and making it big out there in the city. He first encounters problems with his friend, Leong, and his father, neither of whom see why he should want to leave home. But leave he does, and then he returns a decade later as a representative of a big company that wants to tear down the old marketplace and develop the land. Sadly, Ming’s return is no bed of roses. Things seem to go well for a while, and a romance surfaces, but then everything collapses around him…

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2013 Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration

This year’s Heritage celebration was better than last year’s due to a combination of (a) a few more interesting events, (b) better planning on our side, and (c) either slightly less people around or better spacing of the event locations (or maybe both). Oh, and (d) significantly better weather. Actually, the weather was nearly perfect considering our climate: it was cloudy in the evening, which meant it was relatively cool, and though it drizzled a little bit, the rain somehow didn’t raise the humidity levels. I call that excellent weather.


The main gateway at somewhere around 6.10pm. Prettier than last year’s, but not prettier than the 2011 one.

I consider this cloudy light just about perfect lighting for outdoor photography (for people like me who don’t possess high-end DSLRs and fancy lenses anyway) – not too bright, not too dark.

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Romantic Fools

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Romantic Fools is a barrel of laughs. I went to see it just now and really did enjoy it.

From genius New York playwright Rich Orloff, Romantic Fools is a comedic revue consisting of 12 two-character sketches about love, dating and romance. Directed by Reza Zainal Abidin, Romantic Fools will be led by an all-star cast featuring KL’s Queen of Comedy Joanne Kam, and renowned actor Tony Eusoff as the leads, with cameo appearances by Chelsia Ng, Iedil Putra, Megat Sharizal and Sarah Shahrum.
(Taken from Penang PAC’s website.)

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Princess Wen Cheng


I am happy to report that I was impressed by Princess Wen Cheng. It’s no wonder that this production travelled to perform in Taipei, Beijing and Xi’an. It is good. By no means perfect, but practically on level with the average West End production.

In a nutshell, Princess Wen Cheng is the story of the Tang Princess Wen Cheng who was sent to marry the Tubo king.

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Empress Wu

Empress Wu is an original musical based on the life, loves and times of China’s first and only female emperor, who had ruled the country with an iron fist more than a thousand years ago. … It was China’s golden age and the Empress held together a sprawling empire against external  threats and internal court intrigues. Not unlike the other emperors, Empress Wu’s ascent to power was littered with acts of betrayal and treachery but also of honor and loyalty. A controversial figure condemned and praised by historians in equal measures, the Empress enjoyed supreme power. She was ambitious and ruthless. A visionary. An autocrat. And ultimately, the symbol of female defiance in Confucian China.

(summary taken from the programme)

I shocked my family by saying that I think Paper Crane was better than Empress Wu. Let me explain why I think so.

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