Month: April 2011

The Reds

Serve the People, Serve the World

I was deeply intrigued by Mao after reading not once, but three times, the novel Wild Swans – which recorded the stories of 3 generations of Chinese women. He’s a dictator of course, and Hanee, upon knowing my choleric nature (and read the book too) dubbed Mao as my ‘idol’

So that’s why when I came across this mug, I could not help but taking this photo. Well, though we can’t and won’t agree fully with Mr. Mao, I’m pretty sure what’s written there is true.

Serve the people, serve the world.

Tawau: Random Capture

Random Capture: Tawau

I could not afford a proper touristy trip during my stay in Tawau for a night a few days ago, but I did bring back random things like this to KL – a handwritten airplane ticket.

The first of its kind, in my modestly-numbered air travels.

p.s. The system was down at that time.

p.p.s I like the low-energy Tawau airport, for its low air-conditioner use.

Wanita dengan Batu di Tangannya

Hampir di penghujung waktu solat Maghrib di One Utama, saya duduk di saf kedua sementara menanti masuk waktu Isyak.

Wanita di saf pertama, berjubah seluar nuansa hitam sedang sedia berdiri mengangkat takbir. Telekungnya pendek separas leher, tudung Turki yang dipakai dijatuhkan menutupi bahu. Bukan kebiasaan orang-orang tempatan.

Dia tunduk rukuk.

Kemudian mahu bersujud.

Pantas tangannya meletakkan seketul batu kecil warna kelabu-coklat pada tempat sujud, dialih cepat ke genggaman tangan ketika kembali duduk, hampir-hampir sahaja saya tidak melihatnya.

Hati berkira-kira mahu melabel.

Oh, prejudisnya saya.

Bukankah dia masih menyembah Tuhan yang Satu?

Merong Mahawangsa: A Review

This is not much of a reflection the way I normally write for films I saw, just another review.

I went to see Merong Mahawangsa yesterday, also known by its other title ‘The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines’.I was enticed by its trailer to be honest. so I got my brother to accompany me and there we were, in a cinema for two hours.

In summary:

1. The part of script, which is in Malay is incredibly beautiful. It had me fall head over heel, and almost moved into tears, even with the opening line. My brother kept saying that the narrator did his best job in touching hearts with that. Kudos to the scriptwriter.

2. The part in English I would say, falls pale in comparison to the Malay dialogues. It is really sad that I wish the whole film was in Malay, because the English dialogues are ruining it big time. I have always hated, and could not even finish, films with such setting which fail to have scripts with relevant style of language. It doesn’t make sense to have Lord of the Rings in our current, modern tone of language.

3. Too much background music perhaps? The learned ones would have appreciate it, but I don’t. Could not tolerate having background music all the time its cheesy, it’s like ‘I need some music to distract the audience for the tasteless scenes I’m making’

4. Some discontinutity between scenes, sudden changes of background sound..I guess I didn’t enjoy it.

5. Because of some lame scenes in it (mostly due to the dialogues), I have the urges to get out of the cinema almost instantly. But then I recall paying 11 bucks so I persevered. It is almost the same feeling I had when I went seeing Percy Jackson (one we chose randomly, of course).

6. Khir Rahman was marvellous. Perfect performance. Can’t say I don’t like seeing him on screen, though I would not see his film ‘….Dalam Botol’.

7. But hey, two thumbs up for the CGI and of course for the superb Malay lines.

That’s all. Out of MYR11 I paid, I’d rate this film as MYR5-worth one.