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    Saturday, May 28, 2005
    Title : Aurora IX
    Time : 2:15 pm

    Earworm: The Way We Were

    arms, legs, neck sore from Thursday's bouldering, which was a total disaster for me. all i got was blisters and one huge bruise on my left knee in all its technicolour glory. meh.

    Friday, 27th May
    jol hurrying me to go down for breakfast in the morning. checking frantically whether i forgot any costume.. white outfit, check, blue tie, check, black long sleeved shirt, check. court shoes.. in mel's locker. spare clothes.. check! mum and sis coming all the way down for guitar concert! sweet... then i get to spend a nite with em coz they're going home the next afternoon.

    the morning was spent going thru the concert, SYF pieces, soundcheck, technical run thrus... after lunch had full dress rehearsal. snapped some photos along the way. silver shawls, black hats, bandannas given out. disaster: brit's alto string broke! had to blow balloons before we're being released. mel accused mar of having failed as a human being coz she can't blow balloons to save her life! lol... mar was the balloon lady instead, holding on to balloons lest they fly all over the place and burst.

    dinner at hawker stall opposite school. sucky noodles. mar indulged in her current sea coconut craze. girls had to go put on makeup, brit already has natural foundation.. lol! i think i slathered on a bit too much foundation, look like a ghost under the terrible lighting of the audi toilet. but helen put more colour back onto my face with blusher. mel repaired my unevenly applied lipstick. hopeless at makeup!

    all too soon, senior ensemble had to line up outside the audi, wishing each other good luck, mel going round hugging people... listening to a1's I Still Believe backstage, which was actually the music for our slideshow. initially wondered why they got such a cheesy song but realised the bittersweetness of it all when the song finished with It's not the end, let's start again, I still believe... and it's our cue!
    i totally messed up The Way We Were, fingers frozen at the slow part even, so disappointed with myself. i think we were also nervous that our playing was very soft because we were afraid of playing the wrong note! Chim Chim Cheree (from Mary Poppins) was messy also. SCREW IT! felt like our practises gone to waste. but then it was only about 2-3 weeks of practise for the SYF ppl? vowed to do much much better for SYF performance later.
    the junior ensemble played Always With Me from Spirited Away and another song from Jap drama Under One Roof. heard from Pat later that they were much calmer than us. played better too. happy for them but sad for us.
    Other performances were by NTU guitar club. didnt get to see them during full dress either. Father and son from Toa Payoh guitar club... which i was completely blown away by the 7 year old prodigy during rehearsal. he played like a pro! every note rang loud and clear, his fingers did all the fancy sliding, pull-offs, hammer-ons with such ease. i was so impressed! oh his father was not bad too =p
    erm.. also dubious performance by Temasek Primary 5 kids, singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. yeah, the cuteness wore thin during rehearsal coz i don't think they can sing. must be collaboration between the twin prez.
    Chief Instructors performed La Carmencita (sp?) dun think they rehearsed enough but given the time limit, i suppose they did ok.
    During interval, Wen, Chibix and YY came over and gave me this huge bouquet of flowers! A white lily surrounded by individually wrapped pink roses and some small white and purple flowers adorning them, all wrapped in yellow and blue gauze tied with blue and pink ribbons! i was sooo touched.. my first time receiving flowers ya know... =p thanks guys!
    After interval was the band performance. Sam, Marcus, Kent on guitars and Ming Xiu on drums. Clara lead vocals. her voice is totally suitable for cranberries songs. padme also added a nice touch as backup vocalist. During Dreams, Miak geared all the guitar seniors to take placards and glow sticks to cheer for the band. had ROCK ON DUDES formed by glowsticks pasted on cardboards. (Miak reproached Clara later for saying 'this is spastic' into the mike when she saw us lol-- have the rock diva attitude as well) sang along to the chorus of At Your Side. felt a tad embarassed at the looks we're getting for shrieking. then when the song is ending felt very extra standing in front of the stage and clapping our hands!
    After that was small group of year ones performing Please, Mr. Postman. thought that song had a lot of potential when they played for us in the recital room. but again, lack practise i suppose.
    Then, it was us with the SYF pieces. Dance of Yao was very well received. *huge sigh of relief and beam of pride* The audience tickled by the cymbals and burst into applause right after we finished. Yh later remarked this was the only song with expression tho. and Besame Mucho was too fast, too short.
    Finale was Mexican Hat Dance. someone came in before the bass! but dont think the crowd noticed hehe... OLE! after a few 'encores' we did the TJ cheer and Thunderation, where kent was squealing for us to watch out for the guitars! angel gave me a rose from her and fc, jol, yh, ck, gorilla gave us roses too. KY had this cute card made for me. fung also gave a rose together with scandalous partner zen =ppp THANKS!
    after all was over, speeches made by YT and meng, rushed to put my guitars back in Mozart Room so i can go off with my family. Brit saw me in a hurry and was a true gentleman (haha im surprised!) and carried two of my guitars! with his in tow, but i didnt stay to see how he managed to lug three of them upstairs hehe.
    Had supper at newton circus since staying at Asia Hotel which is near newton MRT> introduced sis to stingray. later in the room looked thru the pix taken and the video of the concert. in silent mode tho, since there were no speakers.. weird looking at myself. reminded me of kindergarten days when my dances were videoed. actually hate looking at myself with a blur face. cringe when they keep focussing and zooming in on me. ah well, dad msged the next day to say he and grans were much impressed by the performance. so it's all good.

    still one more performance for guitar during SYF closing ceremony... really dun wan it to end...
    Sunday, May 22, 2005
    Title : Bananas over Bananas!
    Time : 1:40 pm

    Earworm: Girl~~Destiny's Child

    got this from an email from zebra...

    This is interesting. After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas. Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    > > Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

    > > PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    > > Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

    > > Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    > > Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    > > Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    > > Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

    > > Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    > > Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

    > > Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

    > > Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    > > Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

    > > Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

    > > Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    > > Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    > > Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    > > Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    > > Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine,"eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    > > Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

    > > So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

    PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! This point applies to FUNG!! lol
    Saturday, May 21, 2005
    Title : May the Force be with you...
    Time : 9:50 pm

    Earworm: Sunday morning~~Maroon 5

    College day this morning. reported at LT2 at 8am but already a long line of seniors waiting to register. skip the boring bits to the actual ceremony instead. chamber ensemble opened it with some soothing music but not much people paying attention to them sadly. soon, it was my turn to take the best science student award. saw the girl who got best arts student receive this huge crystal bowl. but didnt register in my mind that im supposed to get the same stuff. so after receiving my plaque, just walked right off the stage. did wonder why there were some laughter. found out later that its actually the guy behind me forgot his crystal thingy too but when called back he just shrugged it off and walked right off stage!
    but my blurness was also coz i thought there won't be enough time to change into my SYF costume. so ran all the way to the holding room and then to toilet and back to the room again, actually with some time to spare. didnt get to practise the piece together with the conductor but our performance turned out alright and we received thunderous applause which was quite rewarding. they made us stand there and sing the college anthem after tho. before the performance kee liang came to me and told me i forgot my prize! then mrs goh asked was i too shy to get it? and informed me to get it from mrs. beetsma and mrs. than later.. whoops!
    went to the HOD Arts room and mrs beetsma said something along the lines of 'bloody idiot' to me. 'best science student who don't even know how to recieve award. I'm so angry with you! don't want to give you your award!' to which mrs. than quipped, 'let's give her the trophy, but we keep the cheque for ourselves'. all in joking manner, gave me both the heavy trophy(which had my name carved onto it!) and the $100 cheque later. just had to grin and bear the admonishment.

    guitar 3 and 4 off to NYDC @suntec for lunch!
    shared a spicy BBQ chicken sandwich (nice foccacia bread) with nicole. skipped desserts coz feeling a bit full and had lemon shiver for refreshments instead. tried some of the potato salad (tastes delicious too) and the desserts super rich. prices a lil on the steep side. watched a video or rather slide show of pics with SYF pieces and crazy screaming of the school anthem after SYF on jeffrey's laptop, courtesy of miak. after lunch, had some silly games and mixed melted choc ice cream with parmesan cheese, spices and tobasco sauce for penalty. luckily i had to leave for Star Wars @ cineleisure before i kena. =p
    suntec is huge. had bongoman to lead me out lest i get lost. went to the bus station opposite but only one bus going to orchard. so took cab for fear of being late. who knew only ck was early, seven others late too. so missed first 5 mins of the movie, later someone remarked that it didnt seem like a Star Wars film coz didnt see the words at the screen 'A long long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..'
    basically the special effects were amazing. sets were in all its grandeur. lightsabre duels were exciting. but thought general grievous (with his irritating coughing) was too easily defeated. the four lightsabres wielded by him were cool tho, altho less than 5 mins 2 of em got chopped off by obi-wan. Jol sitting beside me flinched everytime there was the line "May the Force be with you" or "You don't know the power of the dark side" coz it reminded her of the mad star wars fan cum bio lecturer mr ng. lol. but she was a new fan after the movie. was particularly saddened when the Jedis were betrayed. and the younglings murdered. noticed that only creatures (wookies) didnt turn their backs on Jedis, the rest who did were humans.
    love scenes cringeworthy. sample:
    Anakin: You are so.... beautiful
    Padme: That's cos im in love
    Anakin: No, I'm the one who's in love with you
    Padme: Are you saying love had blinded you?
    Anakin: No, I didnt mean that...
    Padme: But it's probably true
    What the??? corniness amplified when padme died in childbirth coz she 'lost the will to live'
    Hayden Christensen's acting cannot make it. a movie critic's scathing remark was 'merely saying he's wooden would be an affront to puppets everywhere'. he says lines like 'this is outrageous.' yes, with a monotonous full stop, not an indignant exclamation mark.
    luckily he has better co-stars like ewan mcgregor. and loved all the yoda fighting scenes =) overall rating: 4/5
    after the movie, had dinner at rather sucky food court. then jol, kl, brit and me wandered around heeren and gramophone. took neoprints at heeren. machines spouting jap at such a quick pace that brit cant decipher in time. and i can only read bits of jap that is in chinese characters. so hopelessly we punched in random buttons. voila, it's para-para style with figures dancing in the small screen and they squeak 3,2,1 go! and the shutters went off! in the middle a curtain came down on me and jol too, like totally unexpected! but had a great time laughing anyway.
    Friday, May 20, 2005
    Title : B-ball champs!
    Time : 10:50 pm

    Earworm: We are the champions ~~ Queen

    the inter-JC basketball boys finals (Temasek Junior College vs Hwa Chong Institution) was rather overhyped by the school (they put much less emphasis on badminton which both boys and girls made it into the semi-finals) like it was made compulsory for the whole school to support basketball while only 3 classes were selected to go for badminton. also with all the speeches about its been 20 years since TJC last got the trophy, 15 years since we last entered the finals...
    buses arrived at 2.15pm, but how to accommodate the huge swarm of students? impossibly squeezy, the whole thing was totally disorganised and left many disgruntled students making their own way there by public transport. only managed to get on after 3pm. missed the 1st quarter and got there a few minutes into the 2nd quarter.
    nonetheless, it was still an exciting match. when we arrived, TJ had a huge lead but HC quickly caught up and overtook us. didnt realise that the 3rd quarter was in session, thought it was the final one. and TJ was down by one point! so i was screaming for them to score one last basket but realise my fears were in vain hahahaha... the clock was set to 10 mins again.
    was a gruelling match. had TJ cheers.. let's go TJ, let's go! T..T..T..T..JJJJ!!! was kept on the edge coz TJ kept missing the free throws but in the final minutes, ronnie suddenly was on a scoring streak. scored a 3 pointer and was on a roll since then. final score 73-65.. we won!! i was part of a historic event!! haha.
    but a bit of a dampener had to rush back for practise with mr. liaow by 5.15pm. took the first bus back with a lot of year one Student Councillors who were bursting with mad energy, singing crazy cheers and the school anthem, was a tad reminded of the SYF day..
    after practice, about 9.30pm.. went out to suki sushi with mel,mar and brit. was near closing time already and the conveyor belt of sushi stopped working soon after we placed our orders. sad. didnt really like my chicken katsu don. bored everyone by making them wait for me to finish and taking painstakingly slow bites. brit timed 7 mins for 5 bites. left a lot of rice behind. by the time reached hostel was tired out.
    Sunday, May 15, 2005
    Title : Another Birthday
    Time : 5:02 pm

    Earworm: Caught up ~~ Usher

    After guitar prac in the morning, mel and me went to swensen's to celebrate KL's 19th! met up with the rest, had to get a table of 11... bday girl was totally gorgeous in black top which is somewhat like a halter and lurvly black skirt with purple butterflies/flowers. most of us ordered baked rice, some pasta. and shared an Earthquake with 8 flavours of ice-cream-- cookies and cream, coffee, raisin, pistachio almond, mint, the rest diff types of choc.. with huge dollops of whipped cream and cherries. was in the process of melting when served so 7 of us dug in like hungry ghosts. quite uncivilised hahaha. KL got the firehouse special on us. which didnt look v. special coz we expected some fireworks but it was just a small candlle on a chunk of banana!
    after a filling lunch, walked to plaza singapura to shop and get haircuts for sf,jol and kl. kl had a funky do and sf an out of bed look, quite difficult to maintain tho. while jol's hairdresser was comically enough the same one she had last year when she gelled her hair. their bantering was super hilarious. at first her hair was like no diff and ppl commented on the other two's new hairstyle but not hers (=P) but later at night see the diff, much thinner hair. mel and fc were busy scouting around for 19 prezzies for the bday girl in carrefour. in the end, at midnight, we presented her with all of them, taking her down memory lane haha...
    1- baby food (strawberry yoghurt flavour)
    2- baby spoon
    3- baby fork
    4- kodomo lion toothpaste and toothbrush
    5- bubbles
    6- colouring book
    7- finding nemo stickers
    8- pencil
    9- sharpener (the kind with the mirror!)
    12-sanitary pad
    14-facial wash
    15-nail polish
    17-seventeen mag hahahaha
    18-last year gave edi haha
    19-the curious incident of the dog in the night time

    memory failed me at the blank lolz.
    Saturday, May 14, 2005
    Title : Una Voce
    Time : 5:13 pm

    Earworm: Dancing in the moonlight ~~Toploader

    had rehearsal for college day in the audi yesterday. only guitar the earliest performing group assembled there. yet very unappreciated. the teachers asked us to keep quiet too during their rehearsal which is rather in shambles. everything so messy. backstage crew especially very irritating cannot get number of chairs right.
    after rehearsal *hoped* that we'll get let off early by not by any chance according to the prez' rules. gah... choir concert starts at 8pm! wanna get good seats. oh the day before TT ed just asked me to write an article for the school mag. ha.. like suddenly im in TT again, rmb last time chief reporter told me oh im sure you wouldnt want year twos to write articles right? did i say that? anyway, agreed coz i like writing, not coz im doing any favours.
    we're let off about 6.30pm, pinched food from library buffet in canteen. went to bedok to buy flowers for mar's choir pals. brit commented so cheap wrapped in newspaper. but hey, its the thought that counts, girl.
    somehow dawdled til its like 7 plus when we wanna get onto a cab. the queue at bedok interchange was quite long so we went opposite the road and almost immediately got one. with the cab driver complaining all highways jammed, we prayed we'll get there b4 7.45pm.
    got there. but the doors still not open. very stuffy, the turnout was good. can see many ppl from other jcs and sec schools. we also in school uniform coz someone lazy to change and someone was in dreamland.
    saw the bouquet YY bought for izzati.. sooo beautiful.. white roses wrapped in soft purple gauze paper.
    the three of us managed to get a good seat. not long after 8pm, the choir opened with a sweet, soothing song, followed up by two fast paced Christian-themed songs, didnt really like the year two pieces unfortunately. the 2nd song they performed was better tho, a melancholic She's like a swallow wonder why the choir seems to do lotsa religious/spiritual songs. and a bit lacking in expressions lah.. save for one cute junior =p but just before the intermission they performed their SYF piece Bin-nam-ma which totally blew me away. it was powerful, engaging, dynamic, simply fantastic! some of the actions were a bit comical tho. =p but WHY didn't they get gold with honours???
    after that was the alumni. loved their songs, had a light airy feel to them. and beatboxing by Charles.
    then came the musicals medley (West Side Story, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera, vocals not all that impressive but still entertaining nonetheless... i liked 'tonight' from west side story. a song full of hope. it was their encore piece too. so ended the concert, and rushed to give Iz her flowers with YY, but she also busy giving out her own flowers lol.
    since the whole world was waiting for me and mar, we hurried out of the hall and went round being lost looking for the mrt station. then decided to eat at newton circus but being a buncha directionless fools went away from newton Mrt and realised there's no food place to be seen so walked back to where we came and there it was! just outside the station. doh. was around 11pm when we finally got our meal. shared stingray with mar, fc, kl. mel had oyster omelette with mar. the guys had stingray and murtabak and satay. i had some desserts too--think it was sea coconut and longan.
    past midnite when we arrived back at hostel in cab and stinking of satay fumes =/
    Thursday, May 12, 2005
    Title : The distraction of guitar
    Time : 3:19 pm

    Earworm: It's all about you~~McFly

    my econs tutor recently sent an email to my mum about how my performance was only average this year compared to the 'fabulous' job i did last year. which i was a bit puzzled by coz my essay marks were still hovering around fail or scraping past whereas my DRQ scores have improved. maybe it's coz i stone more and answer less readily in class? but that's also coz the topics are getting harder what... so generally u need more time to analyse/understand as well. so she goes on to blame it on guitar, saying that im distracted by it coz of SYF and now the upcoming concert on 27th may. can't say that i agree to that, but she was ready to pounce on me for questions and when my answer is a tad delay she'll go 'what's happening to you??' that's not to say she's not a nice teacher but she gotta lower her expectations for me i think! but i admit, i haven't been preparing so well for her lessons. like when she asked me to do some homework on budget airlines, i totally forgot! haha so here's some BBC news item to alleviate some of my guilt.

    India gets new budget airline
    India's newest budget airline operates its first flight on Monday from Mumbai (Bombay) to hi-tech hub Bangalore.
    The country has forecast that its airline sector will grow at 20% a year amid growing economic prosperity.
    Kingfisher Airlines, which held a lavish launch on Saturday, is run by Kingfisher beer owner Vijay Mallya.
    Models work as flight attendants on the airline while its planes have seat-back entertainment systems. Its rivals include Jet Airways and Air Deccan.

    "We have extremely attractive and well-trained flight attendants," Mr Mallya, chairman of United Breweries, told Agence France Presse news agency.
    "We have a brand new fleet of aircraft. We have individual entertainment systems where every single seat has video screen."

    Mr Mallya also predicted rapid growth for the airline, saying: "I will have 11 aircraft in the air by this year itself.
    "We will have another six next year. By 2010, we should have 55 planes flying. My vision is to make Kingfisher the largest private sector carrier."
    Other companies planning to enter the Indian aviation market in the coming year include Spice Air, Go Air, Indigo, Indus One and Air One.
    Aviation minister Praful Patel predicts that passenger numbers will rise to 50 million in five years.
    Air Deccan, which has been in the Indian low-cost air travel market for a year-and-a-half, responded this week by announcing fares as low as one cent.
    On taking delivery of a new Airbus A320 in April, Kingfisher Airlines said in a statement it would introduce it in May and add a new A320-232 aircraft every month during the remainder of 2005.

    oh also found out from the beta board today that im in for bouldering during the sports carnival. wanted to join rockclimbing but then it's on friday (guitar concert day) and the prez doesn't allow us to join =( sad... on tues also it rained and its the last week of PE elective (yep, bouldering) so we couldnt climb the rock wall. and i was this close to finishing one route but alas... not with jelly arms.
    Wednesday, May 11, 2005
    Title : movies galore
    Time : 10:05 am

    Earworm: Mr. Brightside~~The Killers
    Currently reading: Zoe~~ Dirk Witternborn

    argh my blog is going obsolete again! let's see... recent movies watched: the interpreter with mar and brit on... was it april 30? ate dinner at suki sushi @ cineleisure. finally psyched myself up for japanese food... rather turned off by the barfing experience in genting like 5 years ago. one of my first taste of japanese food that's not teppanyaki too... seems like my two eating companions are well experienced in eating sushi, listened to their recommendations. they both ate some red baby octopus which i didnt dare touch. according to brit its poisonous in large amounts??!! in the end i ate some eel which tasted quite pleasant, some shrimp sushi, salmon and rather sickeningly sweet tofu. unfortuntately my stomach didnt quite agree with me after that. same thing happened to mar too, tho hers was much more delayed reaction. lol.
    went into the movie theatre 5 mins late... met yen roo and chui fen on the way in but they were just milling around and not watching any movie. our seats were right in the front row, on the left block. had a bit of a crick in my neck after watching. the acting was good, dialogue can get a bit too political and left my mind reeling trying to catch up with whats happening. sean penn's character has rather lame lines. like 'this is how u put down a gun'. the explosion on the bus was spectacular, but the movie seem to lack some elements that will make it more exciting. it was not climatic enough i guess. rating: 3.5/5

    on monday (may day holiday), went to the Times warehouse sale with mar, brit and jol. wasn't as good as the MPH one.. jol ordered her Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book tho. due out in July 16th!

    this is the cover jol bought

    this is the american cover

    i like this the best tho. it's the british adult cover
    i picked up 3 books for $10 (the amber spyglass-Phillip Pullman, it's the third book in a trilogy, too bad i can't find the other two, crime fiction Right as Rain by George P. Pelecanos, and the book im currently reading) and brit twice the amount but both mar and jol didnt find anything they liked.

    last saturday, been trying so hard to get people to watch Kingdom of Heaven together. rejected so many times by excuses of 'not interested, no money, no time, F.Maths test! going for CCC...etc u get my drift' so anyways, went with KL and SF. headed first to wisma atria's topshop to buy thongs for KL's cheerleading seniors =p later ate at delifrance where sf professed that she can't wait to get into a relationship! Shockers! i always thought she was the anti-men type, since she always condemn males to be liars, cheaters.... hmm but then again noticed she got more boy crazy recently (Allan Wu?)
    the movie was sold out and we could only manage to get tix for 7.50pm coz the next was 9.45pm. we had single seats at the side in the same line. pathetic. it was a first not to sit next to someone i know in the movie theatre. popcorn was passed from front to back hahaha.
    was disappointed by the movie. blame it a bit on tired eyes that i felt like sleeping an hour or so into the movie. but yeah, orlando looked good =p (another of his love scene got scissored) but his portrayal of a 'reluctant hero' was notconvincing enough. the storyline was also not powerful enough and the acting seem a bit forced some times. couldn't get the significance of the role of the princess at all, other than being the love interest. during battle scenes, the camera just pans in on her looking melancholic/worried/wondering when the goddamn movie will end... oh and she cuts her hair in the middle of the battle. go figure. rating: 2.5/5 or 3 coz of dishy orlando lol.
    later at night subjected my tired eyes to more torture by watching Coach Carter. im just a movie junkie. not that its that bad a movie tho. just didnt find the 'inspirational part' that my friend raved about thats supposed to motivate us to do our homework. yup, thats mainly the flaw, not inspiring enough. but samuel l. jackson's acting was great. rating: 2.5/5