Thursday, August 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
It was a trip down memory lane, memories of yester-years, of my youth, in fact, for most of us above 30 years old; it should be a beautiful collective memory.
It was a massive global hit and single-handedly turned Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet into Hollywood royalty when it was released 15 years ago, yes more than a decade ago, unbelievable right? [Mummy Eliz wondered if Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are going to catch this 3D version of Titanic, and what would be going through their mind if they are catching it.] Leonardo DiCaprio looks much younger and handsomer than I remembered [Gosh, I’m falling in love with his character all over again] and Kate Winslet seems really girlish and innocent next to the Oscar-winning actress she is today.
Mummy Eliz caught it at that time, and it did live up to her expectations then. Before viewing it, many friends already were raving about it non-stop, and having the soundtrack "Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you" on repeat mode on their computers while they were doing lab work and project work at Nanyang Polytechnic. [Unbelievably, no one ever complain, probably everyone craves for a love as deep and as self-sacrificing as that, and were willing to make do with the comfort of the song in the meantime while slogging through tertiary school.]
At that time, despite already knowing the gist of how the ending would be, the movie still left a deep impression on Mummy Eliz, she knew Jack was going to die, and every time she thought Jack would not make it, he made it.
And now, on the 100th anniversary of the ‘Ship Of Dreams’ ill-fated maiden voyage, 'Titanic' makes its triumphant return to the big screen in all its 3D glory. And it was with great anticipation, as Mummy Eliz can share this award-winning classic with her dearest daughter, Princess Chelsea.
~ A classic movie poster ~
Mummy Eliz must say, revisiting the film had been a great joy, it’s a little like meeting up with an old friend and despite a 15 year gap, it seemed like only yesterday that Mummy Eliz first saw Kate Winslet stepping from her car and staring up at the huge ship from underneath the brim of her majestic hat. Just that scene alone reminded me why Titanic was such a phenomenon. It was powerful.
Seeing it once again on the big screen really does lend an epic feel to the movie that is lost on television.
The 3D aspect is most powerful in the epic scenes. The shot of the ship, the hull steering straight into an iceberg and desperate passengers scrambling for their lives are even more enthralling and horrifying in 3D and you cannot help but feel like you are a part of the movie rather than just a spectator.
'Titanic' has not lost any of its magic in the 15 years since it first burst onto our big screens. It looks as fresh and impressive as it did then and more like a new blockbuster than a re-showing of an old favourite.
Nothing looks dated in the movie, and the only thing that reminded me it was not a new blockbuster was probably the fact that now, I have my dearest daughter next to me, enjoying the show as much as I do. If not for that, I would probably think I got into a time travel tunnel, and am back in those youthful days.
And Princess Chelsea sat glued to her seat, totally drawn into the storyline. That’s how good it is.
Friday, December 30, 2011
What we say: “You can cry all you want; I’m not going to pick you up again!”
What we think: “This is breaking my heart, but all those experts can’t be wrong.”
What the child thinks: “They don’t love me. They don’t care about my suffering. Mommy is perfect, so there must be something wrong with me. I must not be worthy of anybody’s love.”
What we say 20 years later: “What on earth do you see in Tom? How can you let him treat you like that? Don’t you know you deserve better than that?”
What we say: “No more nursing. You’re too big for that now!”
What we think: “I’d like to continue, but I can’t stand all this criticism from my relatives.”
What the child thinks: “I’ve just lost the most important thing in my life: the long periods of cuddling and the food that felt best inside me. I must have done something terrible. I must be a terrible person.”
What we say 20 years later: “Why are you drinking so much?”
What we say: “You can’t come into our bed anymore. You won’t be lonely. Look, here’s a nice big teddy bear to keep you company!”
What we think: “Grandma thinks there’s something wrong with having you in our bedroom. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s more important for us to please her than to please you. Anyway, this teddy bear should make you happy.”
What the child thinks: “It isn’t fair! They get to cuddle with a real person. They don’t know me very well. They don’t care about my feelings. Oh well, at least they gave me this bear.”
What we say 20 years later: “I know you’re upset that Tom broke off with you, but is that any reason to overcharge your credit card like this? Will all this stuff make you feel better that someone left you? When did you become so materialistic?”
What we say: “You know you’re not supposed to hit your brother! I’ll give you a spanking you’ll never forget!”
What we think: “There must be a better way to handle this, but it’s what my dad did, so it must be right.”
What the child thinks: “I was so upset with my brother I hit him. Now Dad is so upset with me for hitting, he’s hitting me. I guess it’s okay for adults to hit, but not for kids. I wonder what I should do when I get upset? Oh well, one of these days I’ll be an adult myself.”
What we say 20 years later: “A barroom brawl? Adults don’t hit people just because they’re upset. I never taught you to resort to violence!”
What we say: “Well, this is a big day for you. Don’t be afraid. Just do everything your teacher says.”
What we think: “Please don’t embarrass me by acting up at school!”
What the child thinks: “But I’m afraid! I’m not ready to leave them for so many hours a day! They must be getting tired of me. Maybe if I do what the teacher says, they’ll like me better and let me stay home.”
What we say 20 years later: “What?! Your friend talked you into taking drugs? Do you do what everybody else tells you to do? Don’t you have a mind of your own?”
What we say: “Your teacher says you aren’t paying attention in class. How will you ever learn anything important?”
What we think: “If my kid never amounts to anything, I’ll feel like a failure.”
What the child thinks: “I’m not interested in the things the teacher talks about, but I guess she knows best. The things that do interest me must not be important.”
What we say 20 years later: “You’re 28 years old an you still don’t know what you want to do with your life? Aren’t you interested in anything?!”
What we say: “You broke another dish? Oh, never mind. I’ll wash them myself.
What we think: “I know I should be more patient with you, but at least this way the dished will get done.”
What the child thinks: “Boy, am I clumsy. I’d better not even try to help anymore.”
What we say 20 years later: “You want that job but you won’t even apply for it? You should have more faith in yourself!”
What we say: “Go out and play with your friends – You’ll have more fun with them than hanging around here all day.”
What we think: “I know I should spend more time with you, but I’ve got so much to do. It’s a good thing there are so many kids around here.”
What the child thinks: “I want to do things with Mom and Dad, but they’re always too busy. I guess my friends like me better.”
What we say 20 years later: “You never call us or come to see us anymore. Don’t you care about our feelings?”
What we say: “Please leave the room, dear. Your father and I have something personal to discuss.”
What we think: “We have some secrets we’d rather you didn’t know about.”
What the child thinks: “I’m not really part of this family.”
What we say 20 years later: “You’re in prison?! Why didn’t you tell us you were having problems? Don’t you know there are no secrets in families? We tried so hard. Where did we go wrong?”
Monday, November 7, 2011
"Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood"
"Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves." --Marcelene Cox
Strictly speaking, one night was spent on the coach. So it’s not as long a holiday as it sounded.
Our stay was at an apartment, complete with a kitchen, a living room, two toilets, a bathtub, complete with a Victorian style outer building appearance.
It was a little rush, and we wished we could take it slower; the café in the tea plantation, overlooking the hills of tea shrubs was worth another good hour. But instead, we were given only 45 minutes to savour it all.
~ We finally reached! ~
~ In the van, getting ready for our tour ~
Photographs do it no justice at all; one would need to be present there physically to take it all in, the rolling hills of tea plantations, wow, and such a contrast from the concrete jungle Singapore.
~ At the tea plantation ~
~ Enjoying a cup of tea at the Ummph Tea shop ~
~ Does his glance tell you that he adores his sister? ~
~ What kind of pose is this? ~
In the hotel near to our apartment, we saw a real fire-place, burning with logs from rubber trees. And the kids got all excited. It’s our 1st time too, a real fire-place. How would Santa come then? Would he get burn?
~ The fireplace ~
~ The street where our apartment is on~
~ Our living room ~