Sunday, January 11, 2009

City Of Glass - Second Best Chinese Movie (after Comrades)

In a Nolstagia mood. Suggested to HK that we watched City of Glass. My third viewing. The last was about 6 years ago.
Such a perfect movie - the scenes of Hong Kong and London are beautiful, and the entire movie is stylish, artistic and full of tension. Many sentimental and touching scenes. And Leon Lai is as usual superb!
The accompanying music too is wonderful. At various touching moments, the director preferred silence over music. I thought it was exacting. Couldn't resist but ordered the soundtrack online immediately.
My favourite chinese movie - next best only to Comrades, Almost a Love Story.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Now listening to....

Ella Fitzgerald's In A Sentimental Mood, so different from Roberta Flack's rendition....

In a sentimental mood
I can see the stars come through my room
While your loving attitude
Is like a flame that lights the gloom
On the wings of every kiss
Drifts a melody so strange and sweet
In this sentimental bliss
You make my paradise complete
Rose petals seem to fall
It's all I could dream to call you mine
My heart's a lighter thing
Since you made this night a thing divine
In a sentimental mood
I'm within a world so heavenly
For I never dreamt that you'd be loving sentimental me

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Happy New Year 2009

We had pot luck at home, with about 20 odd friends to join us in ushering in the new year. Almost everyone brought chicken; curry, tandoori, roast and percik. But we didn't mind. They were all good! The popular dish was hubby's rendang pork and his famed salad. And I cooked chicken and spinach pasta for the kids.
The kids went wild as usual. Just before midnight, they popped the party crackers. Then we rushed out to view the fireworks.
Pauline, Andrew, Penny and Kok Wai stayed till 3am, looking through my albums of old photographs. We laughed over the incidence of the watermelon.
When we saw the last guests out, the house was left with an aftermath of mess; toys mingled with colourful confetti everywhere. But no matter. We loved the lingering trace of an air of festivity......

Fantastic Weekend January 3rd & 4th

Was back in Penang last Sat for Swee Hoon and Philip's wedding held at Gurney Hotel. Beautiful wedding! And the bride was lovely! Great to meet up with so many friends. Thanks to Fern and Dhinesh who gave me a lift to the Hotel.

After dinner, went out partying with Nazu and Jo and others till 4am, first QE2 and then Soho's! 3 whiskies later and I am almost high! No, can't do this too often, my bones can't take it!

Lunch the following day at Secret Recipe and my hospitable host then drove me all the way to Autocity so I could meet my dad who drove me back to KL.
What a fantastic weekend!

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