Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
OK, I will stop being neutral, I would like to say, vote for Anwar. I am not totally convinced of how he can turn the country around but at least he's a good choice compared to Arif Shah who represents the racist-corrupted regime BN and UMNO. And again, with change, there's hope. And it's this hope that sparked me to believe that we can be a nation of one Bangsa Malaysia.
To the racist corrupted regime, this is for you.
(I took this picture in the Basilica in Grenoble where a contemporary art exhibition was held, aptly dedicated to the racist corrupted regime)
I will wait patiently for the sms informing me of the result of this Mother of All Election while pondering where to go exploring in Paris....
Sunday, August 24, 2008
GO read the blog of KickdeFella who was publicly condemned by Pak Liar for flying the flag upside down in his blog. This particular post is interesting.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Fascinated and Overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity.
Foie gras, creme brulee, beach, sun, tanning, Chateau d'If, Notre Dame de la Garde, Grenoble, Marseille, Saint Jean en Royans, Paul Cezanne etc etc......
I'm too overwhelmed and full of eating. Updates especially photos... soon. Gotta sleep. Gosh, must have been gaining few kilos at least hahaha....
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
OK, my trip this time was again blessed with good people I met along the way so far. And my host in Montpellier is one fine example of that!!!! Olivier is a complete anti-thesis of me but at the same time quite alike me in some ways. He is quiet, not excessively and VERY generous (these are the parts similar to me haha...)
I stayed with him (I know him from CouchSurfing) for 3 nights and he's indeed an interesting guy. He likes Chinese culture well, he has a Chinese girlfriend and he has Chinese character Tshirts. I got to know that he's practising Mandarin from his profile in CS and unfortunately, we didn't manage to practise a lot haha... He cooks too!!! Thanks to him, I tasted rachlette and of course nice desserts which he love. Went with him for a French dinner in which he patiently explain the menu to me for about 15mins and the waiter came to take our order for at least 2 times but we haven't finish the explaining session. He introduced me to the "looks like coffee-smells like coffee" drink chicoree which I'm shamefully drinking one cup every morning.
He's very knowledgable in the culture of France and answered lots of questions from the ignorant me. He's well equipped with suggestions of places to visit and go, not only in Montpellier but other part of France as well. Thanks to him, I embarked on an exploration of the "fake-painting" in Montpellier on my last day there.
Oh, on the last night, he offered me a free ticket to watch a movie. I did watch a movie in Indonesia before I mean how different can The Mummy 3 can be in Indonesia besides the seat was much better than Malaysia's but watching a movie in France? Haha... but tat didn't seem to be a problem for me, well not because I'm fluent in French in 3 days but the movie we watched was Wall E, which hardly has any dialogue at all so the French dialogue didn't bother me that much. And it's a good movie too!!! Of course the cinema is nicer and more comfortable but the price also higher. The discounted ticks is 6.70euro but the full fare ticket will be about 9euro, about RM45.
I really thank him for his hospitality and wish him all the luck in his future plan working nearer to his girlfriend. Montpellier definitely very enjoyable to me thanks to his friendly and comfortable couch!
Monday, August 18, 2008
interior in the brand new 737 of Ryanair
stansted from the flight
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The Euro 5.20 breakfast I took while waiting for the bus from airport to Montpellier. Yes, at 5.0 exchange rate, a croissant, a mini cup of Kopi-O and orange juice costs me RM26.
9 days, 8 golds and 7 world records = Michael Phelps and I say wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also Usain Bolt from Jamaica stormed into 100m world record EFFORTLESSLY!!!!!!!!!! And I mean REALLY effortlessly!!!!!!!!!! Watch his clips and you will know. And he still has another 200m bid which proved to be elusive to most athletes previously.
And now I'm waiting anxiously for the mouth-watering Chong Wei-Lin Dan match. I just hope Chong Wei played his BEST game ever and whatever the outcome, may the best man wins "uncontroversially" haha...you know what I mean....
This time around, there’s a special segment done on LOVE. Yeah, the gallery explored the topics and love is the theme. A video presentation conducted on the portrayal of love in the drawings and notably a project by Yoko Ono called Secret Piece III, 2007. It’s actually a collaboration of the masses where visitors wrote on a stick-on note and paste on the canvass before being shipped to America for her to complete the piece. She actually asked for photos to be stuck together too but few follow the instruction. So, imagine looking at a giant drop-me-a-message notice board filled with love messages or just imagine reading the vandalized carvings on certain trees in the public park you get what it is all about.
And art appreciation is being done in its best here as I saw. On the day of my visit there was a workshop for children and also one together with their parents. 2 falicitators took turn to talk to the children and asked them questions on one of the paintings. The painting referred is one with kids as well (you gotta engage the audience with similarities right?), music box, food, a bird in the cage and also a cat. You will be surprised to see how kids “interpret” the paintings and it’s surely an eye-opener to what kids pay attention to. The whole session is open and the kids were sitting in front of the painting and their answers induced laughter and amusement from the public and not to mention some awed feeling by the children’s innocence and creativity. The facilitators also treat the kids as adult in the way they ask questions such as “What do you think the cat wants?” instead of the superficially-cheerful-but-mindlessly-dumbing tone and cutesy facial expression that you always watch in the kids programme. I know children like things fun and active but it doesn’t mean that they can’t be serious right?
I wish our museums or galleries in Malaysia do the same thing to encourage more art appreciation. Being the typical Malaysian, I already had countless excuses or reason why it can’t be done. First of all, most of the administrators in government bodies/department in charge of museums and galleries are not artistic or at least “know” about art. Most (at the risk of generalizing or stereotyping but I’m referring to majority) of them are just graduates from unrelated course who can’t find job in the market place. How to educate the public on art if the educators themselves know nothing about it??? And also if the session is ever being conducted, it will be one way session with the facilitators become “lecturers” and no feedback from the audience. Haven’t we see enough of this?
Passing the day slowly with no specific plan in mind, how luxuriously stressless is that??? I just need to reach Stansted airport by midnight where I sleep for the night before catching a flight to Montpellier.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Amended : The title should be seventh lunar month instead of eighth.
The date itself is the perfect blend of superstitous element which sounds good to the Chinese tongue haha...me included.
The opening well is grand though I think YiMou overdo in the puppet and some solo dance segment. The opening 2008 pax drum sequence was stunning. The brush-writing-dancer segment was kinda haunting yet captivating and endless claps should go to Mr. Li Ning who "fly" around the stadium with wire hanging around his waist to do the sky-walking routine to light the torch!!!
Well, my mom said a tad boring with serious stuff on Chinese culture and civilization. But I am glad it was done without the cliche-overdone elements such as tanglung/lanter, dragon dance and yes....surprisingly panda!!!!!!!!!!! And also..... where're the 5 fuwa??? Maybe closing I guess...
The ASTRO stopped the live after Jackie Chan, Karen Mok, Sun Nan and Han Hong sang a number, much to my dismay!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, not that I like to hear Jackie's singing......
Oh, Malaysia's squad uniform is BORING and the color is SO DULL!!!!!!!! Well, not that the China's contigent is anywhere better though you can't deny that their yellowish-orange and red were sharp among the other contingent's color.
The medal chase began!!!!!!!!!!