Thursday, April 24, 2014

Unhappiness is...

... reality falling short of our expectations.

That's what I realized from watching 500 Days of Summer.

It's true, though, isn't it? So I guess the moral lesson is to not have high expectations? Like with me and that movie.

See, years ago, a close friend of mine said she didn't like that movie, so I decided not to waste my time on it.

Flash forward to many years later, to my roommate mentioning that it's one of her favorites. That intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot, but still keeping my expectations down because of the mixed reviews.

And you know what? I LOVED IT! It's a beautiful film that shows what happens in a relationship when one loves more than the other, juxtaposing the happiness of the early stages with the moroseness of the latter days and using numbered days to show the timeline. It is funny and heartbreaking and relatable.

It is now one of my favorite films too. I wish I had seen it sooner.

So I guess another moral lesson is that when someone shares a review, or advice, always take it with a grain of salt, because what he says could not be true for you. And this is applicable not just to movies, but to everything in life.

Anyway, since we're talking about 500 Days of Summer, I'd like to share some of my favorite quotes from that movie:

This is a story of boy meets girl.
The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie 'The Graduate'.
The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing.
Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for.
This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.
Tom: What happened? Why - why didn't they work out?
Summer: What always happens. Life.
Technically, the girl of my dreams would probably have like, a really bodacious rack, probably different hair.. and she'd probably be a little more into sports. But truthfully, Robin's better than the girl of my dreams. She's real.
Tom: You never wanted to be anybody's girlfriend and now you're somebody's wife.
Summer: It surprised me too.
Tom: I don't think I'll ever understand that. I mean, it doesn't make sense.
Summer: It just happened.
Tom: Right, but that's what I don't understand. What just happened?
Summer: I just... I just woke up one day and I knew.
Tom: Knew what?
Summer: What I was never sure of with you.
Tom: You know what sucks? Realizing that everything you believe in is complete and utter bullshit. It sucks.
Summer: What do you mean?
Tom: Oh, you know, destiny and soul mates, true love and all that childhood fairy tale nonsense. You were right, I should have listened to you. What are you smiling at? What are you looking at me like that for?
Summer: Well, you know, I guess it's 'cause I was sitting in a deli and reading Dorian Gray and a guy comes up to me and asks me about it and... now he's my husband.
Tom: Yeah. And... so?
Summer: So, what if I'd gone to the movies? What if I had gone somewhere else for lunch? What if I'd gotten there 10 minutes later? It was - it was meant to be. And... I just kept thinking... Tom was right.
Tom: No.
Summer: Yeah, I did. (laughs) I did. It just wasn't me that you were right about.

It's a really awesome film. No wait.... don't expect it to be. Go watch it and decide for yourself.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Throwback - Back in My Day


- We had cassette tapes instead of CD’s or Itunes. When I wanted my own copy of a song but didn’t have enough money to buy the album, I would wait for it to play on the radio and record the song playing on a blank tape. I also did this with songs on my favorite cartoon show which happened to be a musical, Jem and the Holograms.

- If I wanted to watch a TV show, I had to know when exactly it was on by using the cable guide, clear my schedule for it, and make sure I had no other competition for the TV. I think 90% of my fights with my brother were over the remote.

- Pictures were usually reserved for special occasions, because film was expensive and not everyone owned a camera. When a picture was taken, we wouldn’t see it until days or even weeks later, after the camera owner had finished the entire 12 or 24 or 36 shots of the film and had it developed. Sometimes we’d discover to our chagrin that the photographer was terrible at taking pics and had cut off other people's heads, like this:

... or that the film had been exposed and ruined all the pictures. Usually the first shot of each roll would be part exposed and ruined, like this:

- When I wanted to use a computer, I had to go to the school’s computer lab or rent a PC in an internet cafe. There was no social media yet, so I wasted my time forwarding emails to Yahoo groups or chatting on MIRC.

- Cell phones were outrageously expensive. Only two of my classmates had one, and I wondered why they were constantly dialing. Turns out they were texting. *facepalm*

- We took down notes in class using pen and notebooks, and teachers wrote on a blackboard or manila paper for their lectures.

- When we had a project that needed research, such as a term paper, we went to the library and used the card catalogue to locate books. If the book we needed had been checked out by someone else, there was nothing we could do but cry. Actually it wasn't just school-related learning that was limited, but all kinds, like this comic aptly captures:

So... what was it like back in your day? Please share! :)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Short Hair

My long hair was annoying. It was too thick and heavy and hot and I kept tying it to get it out of the way. One day I decided I had had enough and headed to a salon to have it chopped off. 

As the hairdresser snipped off my locks, I wished that all things in life were as easy to change as your hairstyle. Snip... goodbye, heartbreak. Snip... so long, failure. Snip. Snip. Snip. 

Now I understand why they say this is therapeutic. It's nice to imagine all your problems falling away with your old hair. 

New hair, new life. Maybe. Hopefully.

And Easter means new life too! Talk about perfect timing.

It feels great to have a lighter head of hair. The last time I had short hair was five years ago, when I first arrived in Singapore. 

I really hope I don't have regrets about this. But as the wise Sabrina the teenage witch once advised to her best friend, "Hair grows."

And that's it, I'm keeping this post as short as my hair.

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