Friday, September 19, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Werewolf Boy (2012 Movie)

Sometimes, I wonder why I do this to myself. I do. OK fine. Eye candy. LOL


I didn't intend to write anything about the films and series that I happen to watch but the reason why I have decided to put my thoughts into words is because:-

  • Song Joong Ki's eyes. jekkrhjsdafhkawrhlkisfiopewhlkznf. FYI, he doesn't have a script. Throughout the movie, he says nothing. He may have no lines but when he does speak, it kills your heart. 
  • I want to kill the writer. The ENDING. Don't leave me hanging there, dude. I want a clear answer and don't freejing leave it to my fojing imagi-frekking-nation!
  • This movie is going to last with me like another movie which I will mention a little later.
  • It's one of the closest thing to a horror movie anyone's going to catch me watching. I am just your average RomCom lady. FYI, moths scare me. So there.
  • It screwed my idea about 'love' and what it means
The other movie that left a deep impression with me is quite similar but different and it's a 2004 film called 3 Iron. 3 Iron has an 87% rating on RottenTomatoes and and A Werewolf Boy receives 100% on the same site.

I will let the poster of 3 Iron tell you the story. The wife may be hugging her husband but she is really kissing another man behind his back. Looking at it, one might think it is a story about adultery but it is not because the husband can't see the man behind his back. Gosh. I know. I lost you, right? LOL


And ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present to you....the cutest, prettiest (don't you just hate it when men look prettier without makeup than you do?), puppy-dog-eyed werewolf. Ever. 


Robert Pattinson, kindly step aside with all your sparkles and stuff.

It's a love story that is not even a love story because it is more of a pet story. I don't think you can find a more docile werewolf in this world. Hang on, wait. Werewolf in this world. Right. Sorry. 

But as docile as he is, he is an animal on the inside and the animal within is triggered only when his loyalty to his 'owner' Suni is challenged. 

Basically, two people found something in one another that filled a void in their lives. Suni, her depressing outlook about life and loneliness. Chul-Soo, his fragile state of affairs, lets just put it that way. LOL. I knew it was going to be a sad story because it is easy to come to a quick deduction that werewolves and humans don't make babies. But sigh....why CAN'T they make babies?! It's FICTION. Go the Twilight direction, at some point I found myself thinking and wishing. 

Werewolf Chul-soo learns humanly ways from his owner, how to brush his teeth, write, table manners and how to reward others for a job well done. Human Suni teaches her new pet how to 'wait' (stay or stop) and when to 'go ahead' too and whenever he does, she rewards him with a pat on the head.



A few scenes were so cleverly played out that I had to stop for Kleenex breaks. It broke my heart into one million pieces and I didn't even have time to put my broken heart back together before Song Joong Ki's puppy-dog eyes are staring at me again.

If anyone dares to put metal locks around Song Joong Ki's neck and chain him to a bed again (filming or not) is going to face the wrath of his fans. I felt like jumping into the movie to remove the metal clads myself because he was sitting there with his sad face and metal locks around his NECK. >:(((((((((((

As with 3 Iron where both the leading characters have absolutely no lines, Song Joong Ki have very few lines too. But with those eyes and his actions, he made viewers feel scared, laugh (so many cute~~ moments there that I had to pause a few times and hit the replay button), and cry. 


Park Bo Young did a credible job as the depressed lady and pet-trainer/owner/master except for a few scenes which I felt was a bit of a stretch/exaggeration but at the right time, right moment, she did well.  

The story is a love story of sort but I am not really convinced about this because to me, Werewolf Chul-Soo is loyal to the person he has decided to make the center of his Universe. Human Suni struggles to keep him by her side because he is a bloody.......dangerous.........pet.

People were so quick to draw a comparison between this show and Twilight (I subconsciously did as well) but this show has 0.000000017895478362% likeness with the American version. Think of pitbull pet. Or an Alsatian with an ability to look at you with the eyes of a toy poodle and patience and obedience of 47 Maltese dogs.

One would expect the girl to be completely helpless and dependent on what the Werewolf would do for her but no. In this case, Suni had complete power. She is not a helpless maiden although she is sick. This story defies the conventional direction a movie like this would take. Think Edward Scissorhand.

Chul-soo's extraordinary strength is his weakness. Suni's challenge is to teach him not to resort to violence and to ignore his killer instinct even when her life is being threatened or when he gets angry. He manages to obey each and every one of her commands except for one. And it took its toll on the bond that they built and shared. Ideally, if Suni were to remain together with Chul-soo in the end, they had to be able to survive independently and should be able to protect each other when the time calls for it.

In this couple-dynamics, Suni has to try very hard to get Chul-soo to find other ways to communicate. Chul-soo should also, considering the fact that Suni is sickly, be able to know what to do when the time calls for it. There are scenes showing us that that may not be completely possible. In the way, Werewolf is almost completely reliant on Suni for survival while Chul-soo's only way of protecting her is his physical strength.

What tears my heart into a million pieces is that despite that one time he listened to his instinct, he obeyed the one single careless command that she tossed him. She made the mistake of undermining his loyalty and obedience.

STOP READING HERE SPOILER ALERT. If you intend to watch the film after reading all of that up there and you hate spoilers, I suggest you stop reading right here and go watch it. This is a blog post and I intend to rant so...hahaha....if you don't care or don't intend to watch, please proceed if you want to.

Don't be fooled by this Twilight-Americanized trailer



This trailer is a more realistic one



END OF WARNING.

START OF RANT.

Stories like these will make people think and think and think and think about the ending and the possibilities that the writers should/could have come up with. Viewers of A Werewolf Boy were totally wrecked with the ending, to a point that the producers had to placate people with an alternative ending. After watching the alternate ending.....fudge it....I prefer the original ending because IT....DOESN'T....CHANGE....A....THING.

Anyway, you know where this is going. We all want a happy ending whereby making WereBabies is as possible as painting your fingernails. Why can't the writers take a page from Twilight? LOL

Or even 3 Iron! The ending to 3 Iron is also a bigggggggg stretch because Jae Hee actually (I am not even sure what he did to himself, really. Watch the film and come back to me with what the answer could possibly be) became invisible and stayed with the woman in the end. 

Werewolf Boy didn't even attempt anything like that. The intention is clear that Werewolf Chul-soo will remain waiting. It leaves viewers wondering if Human Suni will come back based on the fact that she refused to sell the house in the end. Did she come back? Why was the last scene is one of Chul-soo making a snowman all by himself? 

See? That's why the writer deserves a slap. So many ways to make it more pleasant for viewers to swallow it and he doesn't. He is a very cruel man. Hahahaha

I think 'Kitario' (wait) and 'Kajima' (Don't go) will have very deep meanings for me now.

p.s. The delivery of the Werewolf Chul-soo's 'Don't go' kills. *Kleenex* The timing is flawless.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Women Who Don't Want To Sign Up For Motherhood

When it comes to babies, everyone's expected to go 'awwwwww.....' so cute. Or with pets, I am sure people face the same type of expectation. If the expected response is not forthcoming, you are perceived as 'cold' or 'heartless' or 'inhumane'. How can people not awwwwwwww at kids and pets? They are cute as buttons, right? CUTER than buttons, by the way.

Well.....no.

There is this perception that women are born to naturally have maternal instinct and want to have babies. I think this is so far from the truth that I caught myself laughing. Sure, if you tell people you don't want to have kids, they will say something along the lines of 'selfish', 'full of yourself' or just 'alien'. Everyone wants to have kids. Or once you have kids of your own, your whole world will change and your maternal instincts will emerge and consume you and make you not recognize yourself.

Well, the latter is kind of true. But not everyone wants to have their life change and their maternal instincts emerge and consume them. LOL.

When I was younger, there was a colleague of mine who hated children so much that she said that she would deskin little babies and deep fry them. I am not lying. I was so shell shocked that I remember it to this very day. She has a kid of her own now and it IS LIKE ALLLLLL OVER FACEBOOK and stuff.

Guess her world changed and her maternal instincts emerged and it consumed her. See? It could happen like that. LOL

I think everyone's a little different at different phases of their lives. I had my kids when I was 26 and everything after that point in my life revolved around keeping us alive and happy. And clothed and healthy and fed and going to school and not being beaten up by other kids and have money and not watch too much YouTube and having good friends and being disciplined and a wholeeeeeeeee bunch of other stuff.

People rarely have kids at 26 these days. More than 46. I was 20 years too early, frankly because my kids have outgrown me in height and growing mustaches while most of my friends are learning up on potty training. Sorry, friends. I have forgotten about potty training and I no longer want to recall them.

I am done. Outta there. Listen, if you worked yourself into a frenzy trying to get out of a dark maze, would you want to get back in there and reminisce about how dark and creepy it was in there? Exactly. LOL. Not that parenting was creepy but....there is no manual for that shit. It's scary that you are in charge of those cute-as-buttons lifelines and there are no f-g instructions.

The point is that parenting isn't a kind of deal that everyone SHOULD or HAVE TO sign up for. It is something we do because we want to have a family. It consumes your everything so, it is quite understandable that it isn't exactly the kind of life package people want to have on their bucket list.

Some people have kids and do a crappy job at it (like leave their kids in a car in the middle of a parking lot while they shop in the supermarket {fumbducks}and forget that they have kids with them...I don't even want to get there) that they SHOULD NOT have kids at all.

There are two more things that I want to say and I can log off.

  1. You don't have kids to keep the guy. This is not a TVB or SBS or KBS or ATV drama. You can't change a bad personality with your womb. Or what comes out from it. 
  2. Parenting isn't an experiment that you can abandon once you think 'ahhhh....this formula is not working'. It is not a science experiment. 
And that's it. It is raining here right now and what a nice change from the stuffy weather recently. I will leave you here with the video that prompted me to write this. 




XOXO,
Marsha

p.s. I was a little miffed at a friend who loosely commented that I lived like a 'hermit' after having my kids like I didn't have to take care of my kids all the time, without help and needing to work at the same time after I said that I went off shopping with a friend the whole day. That....came from a very inexperienced human being. Good luck to his future children.

p.p.s I am, not saying that being a parent is a bad thing because my kids have enriched my life in so many ways that I don't have words to describe it. They have filled every single void in my life by just being here with/for me.

p.p.p.s Women should not be coerced or forced to WANT to have kids. Your womb, your life, your call.

p.p.p.p.s How come I said I had 2 more things to say before ending the post and I continue to have this many p.s's?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Don't Criticize Malaysians

Actually, I don't even remember that Malaysia is approaching its Independence Day. Independence from what? LOL. My personal opinion? We would have been better off with Great Britain. Imagine. We are using pounds right now. Bigger than USD. Hahaha

Anyway, this is just a short observation. In general, Malaysians should never be criticized. You can't. It's too sensitive. It is precisely this culture that is going to lead it to its demise. If it isn't already demised.

In recent memory, I was working with some Malaysians (as opposed to working with people from other countries, which is what I have been doing for more than a decade now. Not just Americans, but people from Australia, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Korea) and it appears to me that Malaysians are always in a desperate need for people to butter things up for them.

It's great to have colleagues praise you and work with you in total agreement all the time but when I work with people from other countries, people question me. I got offended and mad sometimes. But I learned that that is how we grow and become better. We become accountable for what we do.

We are not prepared.

We are not prepared to face criticism. When we do, we:-
  1. Deny it, right off the bat
  2. Sue the shit out them
  3. Quit
  4. Insult them back
  5. Publish a status update on Facebook
  6. Tweet it
  7. Run off into the sunset and publish said picture on Instagram
As much as I would like people to think that I am f-g flawless and have never faced criticism in my life, I can't. But I think my experience tells me that I should stand there and listen. And pay the price. This is what humility is all about. No one is always right. No one is always wrong. If something is wrong, say you are sorry, correct it and move on.

I am trying to be really subtle here since we are approaching our country's birthday and all but I think we all know what I am trying to say. LOL.

The current legal slaughter against people who had something to say about our country is an example of how Malaysians typically do things. Supremacy should never be questioned. You will face the consequence of standing up to a supreme force if you dare question it.

If you dare say anything, you face sedition charges. If you search 'sedition' on Google right now, Teresa Kok's face will pop up in the search result.
In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.
In fact, this blog post might be considered Seditious too since I am already talking about sedition. It is seditious to talk about sedition when one is not in agreement with acting against sedition, no?

I am not being seditious lah. I am saying you should not criticize Malaysians. Read the title of this blog, please. So sensitive.

Sarcasm overload here but read it whatever way you like. I am late for work and am going to spend the day with work, mom and kids.

XOXO,
Marsha

p.s. Pleasant weekend ahead, folks.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Too many times

Too many times, i found myself caught up with the opinion of others. People always thought of me as strong and independent. It is during those moments that we need understanding the most.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Cry - The Book I Want To Throw Away

I bought this book because....well, the story sounded interesting. Not gonna write anything more than....I hate it. LOL.

It's a psychological thriller that challenges your own sound mind. I read books because they are either interesting, funny, has got a catch, a crime novel that makes sense and is educational, gives me insight into another person's world or mind, challenges my imagination or inspirational.

This book challenges my sound imagination in a terribly wrong way. It's a book I want to give away. For free. Takers?




There is nothing wrong with the writer but there is something wrong with the characters. When I read, I absorb and I feel like a part of the story. It's a psycho-thriller, by the way. It might even make a good movie. It is something like a really saddening Korean drama. Yeah...something like that. The characters are out of their minds, thinking in a berserk way. Everyone going nuts because of a mistake. One small mistake and everything kabooms. Yeah, something like that. 

I didn't want to be in any part of the story. Not as the shopkeeper not the beat-up car that they drove.

To make it short and sweet, these are the kind of books that I keep around me.




Food. Yoga. Humanity. Kindness, Happiness and more food.

That's the way I like my books.

Funny. I am currently reading a funny novel right now but it is nowhere to be seen. T.T

Anyway, it's been a very good weekend so, let's look forward to the weekend weekday with a positive light.

Who wants this The Cry book please let me have your address, I will send it to you free of charge. That's how much it disturbed me. LOL

Love,
Marsha

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Mind

Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox. If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form. - Buddha

Friday, July 18, 2014

Netizens Can Be Crazy Scary On Social Media

I do not wish to put the photo here because of 2 reasons:-

1. I think she got the message
2. It would give her extra popularity

Anyway, I am talking about the CDM25 incident. For those of you non-Malaysians or people who are curious, you can check anywhere, ANY social media or even Google, you can find it. LOL. #IBelieveInYou

In the nutshell, there was this lady who was driving her brand new Peugeot around with the number plate CDM25 (hence the hastag and keyword) one fine day when someone gave her a fender bender. She basically went completely bongcus and someone got it down on video and posted the thing on YouTube. She took the senior citizen's car keys away, demanded RM2k for repairs (like REALLLYYYYYYYY????!!!! HAHAHA), swung a steering wheel lock around and hammered the thing at the elderly man's car multiple times.

She was basically behaving like a woman having her period. Anyway, that didn't take the cake. She hurled racial insults at him like 'You are Chinese, I know your INTENTIONNNNNNN!' and 'He's Chinese, he is a crook'.

Well.

Nice.

Anyway, a lot of people have that covered. In fact, she achieved (sort of) celebrity status by being interviewed by famous people and even got on air with a local radio station.

Shakes head.

So, I am not gonna write about that already, you can find it all if you have social media. Or Google. Or a smartphone....time to ask Siri or Galaxy these questions. LOL. What I am going to write about is that netizens are sometimes really scary.

This woman was hunted down in less than 24 hours, her home was revealed, and all her personal information including personal identification, place she works at, her business Facebook page, what she ate for dinner the night before. This is really FBI and CIA stuff we are talking about....just using the internet.

I applaud these people. In the case of CDM25, she deserves it (although I have to admit that we have to toe the line so that we don't turn in cyber bullies).

This reminds me of something that happened last year in the KPop world which really just....made me see the world in black and white. Too much colors. I am a fan of some older KPop bands which includes the likes of Shinhwa and TVXQ. So, last year, rumors of one of the boys from TVXQ was dating started popping up on Tumblr and Twitter. I got curious (like everyone else who use these social media sites but not like I care if one of them is dating they are not monks).

Just like the instance of CDM25, the mystery-solving skills of these people is mind-blowing. They managed to point out who the person is based on this picture. They were not just guessing. They were prettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy darn SURE that it was him in this girl's picture. She posted it because she wanted to share pictures of her 'home-cooked food' with her followers.

Ta da!


I am telling ya...these people are simply amazing. I love Changmin but I can't even tell it's him. On a spoon.

Incredible, right?

I know. We should hire these people to find missing jets and hunt down terrorists.

The internet. You have to love it and hate it.

Love,
Marsha

p.s. Today is a really sad day to wake up to. Heard about MAS airliner was mindlessly shot down. Another MAS incident in a single year and it's only July. Man. I send my deepest condolences to families and friends of those affected. This is a f-g shitty year for Malaysia.

p.p.s. I have to send out a condolence to myself because just found out that a friend, her husband and little baby were on the flight. Stinks, I tell you.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Malaysian Homeless People and Soup Kitchens

It sure took me some time to write something about a topic that's sent my country, Malaysia, into quite a bit of a shock.
The reason for the rising number of homeless people in the streets of Kuala Lumpur is the same as everywhere else in the world — urban migration for better economic opportunities, wage stagnation and rising costs of living. Rising rent, utility costs and fuel costs mean that low-income individuals who were previously able to rent rooms in the city are now no longer able to afford the same.
The authorities are basically saying two things:-

  • People are homeless because they are lazy
  • People who provide free food for these people are committing crimes
No matter how many times I try to look at the whole issue, I just can't find logic in it. People who made these sweeping statements have not BEEN down to the streets to see how bad things are for some of these homeless people. They have not have to sleep on nothing but cardbox boxes. It is not like they have to, you know what I mean?

But the rest of us who have faced hardship, abandonment, helplessness, health issues, fear, and sadness about not being able to pick ourselves up....we have. We have seen what the bottom of the pit looks like. That is why we go out of our way to do something to help these people, not because we want to encourage them to continue being homeless and helpless. 

The point is to give them hope. There ARE people who are willing to help. There are people who do not think things are over for them. There is still a tunnel to climb through. Climb. In the meantime, here's some food.

I do not see why these soup kitchens have to be ordered out of town and thought to be committing a crime when they do that.

There are homeless people everywhere. Even in established nations like United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, you name it they have it. It is not something that is unique to Malaysia. In fact, if you want to look even closer, I have seen aunties in Hong Kong collecting recycled items to sell, dressed in shrubby clothing and pushing a cart along the walkway. I have also seen some artists trying to make a living off the streets of Singapore. I have also seen beggars in dark subway tunnels of South Korea, on the wet stairs who look like they needed a shower ten days ago, heads bowed and begging.

We should have more compassion and a heart. I hope the few heartless authorities will find a heart in the left chest cavity of their bodies soon.

And Kudos to the advert people of Nandos who came up with this advert. 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Life gets dull, get creating

I don't know when I started looking for home-made or hand-made soaps but I think it has something to do with the time when I was looking at the sheer the number of empty but still-usable pump bottles of shampoos and shower creams that were emptied out.

I felt like...damn, that's a waste. It's gonna end up in the ocean. In some whale's stomach.

So, I try recycling them and stuff which is something each and everyone should do anyway, right? Let's all try and make an effort. Bottom level.

Anyway, I got interested in buying home-made soaps and looked at some videos and reading stuff that I can get my laptop and phone on and decided to go for a class.

The class ain't cheap. But OK, it's an investment of sorts. For the family. For me and my kids.

The class was really eye-opening. Never knew that you had to deal with such corrosive stuff when dealing with soap. My class was for Cold Press soap-making process. We had to deal with NoAH (Lye) which is super alkaline. I thought acid was bad, alkaline was good.

Thought shattered.

Another thing that really opened my eye? THE. MATH. THE MATH.

I am a writer. A words person. Words, stories and poetry keeps me captivated.

Numbers zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

But the amazing thing is that I kept up. I came home, I did my own calculations (although there is a website, as I have discovered, that does the whole thing for you) and I managed to kill the thing. Kill the whole calculation process.

It depends on what you want your soap to be like, you see. If you want to soften your skin, to clean your clothes, to clear out acne, to have therapeutic effect or to just clean your dirty self...it all boils down to the kind of oils you want to use.

And the amount of corrosive stuff.

And the amount of liquid/milk/super fat/whateverYOLO

Anyway, it was really fun at the workshop. I guess I did it because it is a kind of outlet that I can find during a really dead-end day.

This was fun.

Here's my soap. It looks like cake, it's not. I need to wait 4-6 weeks before I can use it.


Love,
Marsha