Sunday, June 29, 2008

What are the "10 Promises to My Dog"? | A promise not to watch at Golden Village

Well, I'm never a dog person myself. More a cat person. Anyway, managed to watch the Japanese movie "10 Promises to My Dog" or "10 Promises between Me and My Dog" (Official site here, unfortunately not in English) and I must say the ChannelNewsAsia article, "Sensitive souls, get ready your tissue!" does not exaggerate. Throughout the movie, many were heard sniffing & the sounds of tissues being pulled out were evident.

Good to know we all do have feelings. Heh.

Anyway, I've been hunting on the Net about the list of the promises, but the closest I could find is the followings:

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Regular separation from you will be painful and can even cause depression. Think before you buy me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me don’t be impatient, short-tempered or irritable.

3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back, respect is earned not given as some sort of inalienable right.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. I am not capable of understanding why I am being locked up. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment and friends. I only have you.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your tone. “You only have to look at my tail” to know that.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget, if that treatment is unjust or bad, it may spoil the special bond between us.

7. Please do not hit me. I cannot hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I don’t ever want to feel the need to do that.

8. Before you tell me off me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be wrong with me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food or I’ve been out in the sun too long, maybe my heart is getting old and weak, or maybe I’m just dog-tired.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and will also want care, love, and affection.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, Irrespective of what you do I will always love you.

The wordings are not exactly the same. Perhaps the show is based from that Ten Commandments From a Dog's Point of View. Oh well, to do more search on the Net...

PS. And a promise not to watch at Golden Village? That's because the advertisements shown before the movie are unbearably A LOT!! Okay, I'm making a comparison here with Eng Wah & Cathay.

PPS. Thanks to Nicholas who pointed out the 10 promises from the movie official site. Here they are:
1. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

2. Place your trust in me. It's crucial to my well-being.

3. Be aware that however you treat me I'll never forget it.

4. Before you scold me for being lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when it's speaking to me.

6. Remember before you hit me, I have teeth that could hurt you, but that I choose not to hurt you.

7. Take care of me when I get old.

8. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I have only you.

9. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me.

10.Go with me on difficult journeys. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember I love you...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yes, she's got to be the YOUNGEST SingTel Grid Girl.

Just take a look at her (the first photo below) posing nonchalantly in front of the SingTel Formula One Simulator...

Nah, just kidding. She's just a passerby's daughter. The parents ought to be nearby because she didn't look scared or lost. (For completion sake, though, you can find the SingTel Grid Girl Finalists here, which is part of SingTel Race 2008 event.)

The photos were snapped at Causeway Point Shopping Center yesterday. I like the second photo because it captures how the young and old alike were interested on the simulator racing car. Can be much better if the very old ones happened to be in the picture.

The third image has the staff patiently explaining about the simulator to the two little kids. I guess. Either that or he just kept a close watch of what the two children were doing. Heh.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Ignorantsoup's "Why I love M1" is under category "Pornography"???

Clicked The Ignorantsoup's post "Why I Love M1" and was surprised to see how that particular page was considered "pornography" by FORTIGUARD or FORTINET. =(

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lost in "The Fountain" | Why Wolverine may indeed be immortal

Totally. Watched the movie, "The Fountain" starred by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. It was one confusing show as the main characters, especially that of Hugh Jackman was featured in 3 different time lines spanning over one thousand years: past, present & future. In the past, he lived as the conquistador, in the present as the scientist and in the future as the astronaut (although it takes me some time to accept that with him practising meditation & tai chi in the space?! And his space ship is a bubble with a dying tree as his other cargo).

The following exchange reminded me of one character namely John Locke from the TV series, LOST.

Quoted from "The Fountain":

Dr. Lillian Guzetti: Tommy, no one invents new drugs overnight, no one! You're not being rational. You can't fix everything!
Tom Verde: Don't tell me what I can and can't do.

Now compare that with Locke's regularly spoken phrase: "Don't tell me what I can't do".

Well, I won't say it's a case of plagiarism. I'm just amused to note the similarity of the characters. Both seem to be men of faith & both are facing the challenge to unravel a mystery which until now stays a mystery. I watched "The Fountain" till the end & I had no clue. Perhaps I should try to get the graphic novel version of "The Fountain".

Whereas in the TV series, LOST, it is enough to say that despite it being in the midst of season 4, I'm still LOST...

PS. Part of the title, "Why Wolverine may indeed be immortal". Yeah. Can't resist it. Okay, warning / a spoiler alert.


The Hugh Jackman character of the past eventually discovered the Tree of Life & drank the sap out from the tree after seeing how one drop of the sap caused a rapid growth of plant nearby. In the movie, he was shown to be dead afterwards as the trees & plants grew rapidly out from his body & mouth. Not a pleasant sight for sure.

But his life of the past was also part of the novel that his dying lover in the present penned. And that last chapter (chapter 12) was actually unfinished.

So imagine Jackman may not actually be dead. He may indeed become immortal & the effect of the sap from the tree of life could have mutated him & endowed him with healing power.

Nah. Ridiculous. That kind of crossover may not work afterall. The Fountain as a graphic novel is from DC/Vertigo & Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the X-Men series is from Marvel.

And how many of the crossover of these two really work in the past?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

$7 movie ticket for "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"?

Yes. Eventhough the show is on weekend. The photo as shown above. Too good to be true?

Indeed. The tickets actually cost $8 each. Got them using a movie gift card from Eng Wah at $32 and it will allow you to watch four movies at any time of the week.

However I don't really get why the price printed on the ticket is $7. Perhaps last time the gift card cost $28. Just like it is now $35--up from $32--as shown in their website.

Monday, June 09, 2008

"Shop till you drop" may be such a bad phrase afterall.

No, I don't intend to blame the Great Singapore Sales nor the overcrowded SMRT that caused one lady to faint in the train between Orchard & Sommerset earlier tonight. Perhaps she was just unwell.

She had her hands full of shopping bags. She stood alone in a train full of passengers. And she fainted.

She did that in such a slow motion. One second she was standing as silently as the rest of us. The next second she slowly slipped onto the floor.

It was a sad sight as she was clearly trying to maintain her consciousness as she gasped for air. It was heart-warming to witness how other passengers reacted promptly to empty their seats & guided the lady to sit or to lay on them. (She insisted to just occupy one seat and not to sleep on the rest, by the way.)

She weakly shook her head when one old lady asked her whether she had someone to call to. She nodded--visibly in gratitude--when two other passengers offered their help to bring her out to the next stop to get the SMRT staff's assistance.

And in the next stop, they went out without much problem despite the train being overcrowded as other passengers (those who were standing) making a way for the two samaritans assisting the lady to leave the train.

No, I am not one of the two, if that's what you are wondering. Thus, the story stopped here and no continuation to what happened to her.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Working title: "Shots From Dusk Till Dawn"

“Shots From Dusk Till Dawn
That’s what I thought to name it,
But copyrighted?

Friday, June 06, 2008

You illiterate, fireopal?

Oh wait, maybe you're going to lament too about how the bank sent the card without accompanying information. Please lah, no such thing. Read the letter and the fine prints, you dodo.

Firstly, there's no such thing as "Red Platinum". Check out the definition of 'platinum': here.

Secondly, the card that you received is called "UOB NOW Debit Card" and it is "an ez-link card, a debit card and an ATM card all rolled into one." Yes, the card does have the function of an ATM card in contrary to your misleading statement that it "Worst still it cannot be used as an ATM card."

Thirdly, while I agree with your unhappiness about the cost incurred for every auto top-up transaction for the card when you are using it as an ez-link card, do you have any idea that it is not UOB to be blamed? Thank EZ-Link, instead.

Fourthly, of course it is much better if the UOB sent you a mail or an email prior to giving you the card. However, in reality (wake up, fireopal!), it will surely cost more. Yes, hate to burst your bubble, but UOB has customers other than you. You want a personalized mail or an email? That will cost you. And that fee is very likely transferred to customers in the end, resulting to higher annual fees.

PS. No, this post (unfortunately) is not sponsored by UOB. Let me just say that I have a sense of loyalty to the bank ever since I enjoy a discounted rate of movie tickets. Heh.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

In a search of the Beauty.

Just open your eyes
in a search of the Beauty
for she's everywhere.

PS. Should have been able to take the photo clearer, but the butterfly shyly flew away. She's a tease, alright. Just one shot I had. Oh well, anyway I'm glad I didn't use the flash.