Archive | October, 2011

Singapore’s 4th Love & Pride Film Festival

26 Oct

Singapore 4th love and pride film festival

Last week was Singapore’s annual Love & Pride Film Festival! The event ran for a week, hosted exclusively at GV Grand at Great World. They did include a good line-up of  films such as the The Kids are Alright and I Love You Phillip Morris. And then there was Private Romeo which was never screened in Singapore before. Adding to the list were 2 HongKong films – Permanent Residence and Amphetamine.

Having a hard time trying to fit our schedules, as well as the fact that tickets were snapped up so quickly, we ended up watching only Permanent Residence.

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Permanent Residence revolves around a gay male, Ivan, falling for his straight friend, Windson While Windson is obviously attracted to Ivan, he refuses to admit his sexuality throughout the show and reciprocate the love. The movie build up was slow and there was no big climax. Pretty enjoyable for me and I liked the way the switch in languages from Chinese to English to Cantonese transitioned smoothly. With some heartbreaking scenes which were conveyed so well, this movie didn’t fare too badly. Plus Sean Li (starring as Ivan) is quite an eye candy too. What I didn’t fancy was the ending, as well as Osman Hung (starring as Windson) singing Truly Madly Deeply in substandard English (eeks!). They could really have saved the trouble and used the original.

This non-mainstream show is quite a thing. Film-maker Scud also produced Amphetamine which I was dying to catch during LPFF! Having missed it, I might just resort to looking for the DVD online. His movies are one to watch out for!

Humanity is Dead

25 Oct

SAVAGELY BEATEN, TIED TO A LAMPPOST AND BURNED ALIVE

A gay man who was killed and left at the side of the road with ‘horrific’ injuries could have been the victim of a homophobic attack, it has emerged.

It’s believed Stuart Walker, 28, was beaten and burned alive before he was tied to a lamppost and left there in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His charred remains were found by a member of the public at 5am on Saturday in Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Full article at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2052522/Man-beaten-burned-alive-victim-homophobic-attack.html#ixzz1bkspWrBx 

 
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Who would imagine that hate crime could lead to such acts of monstrosity. Sometimes I wonder what has become of mankind.
 
Is there really a need for such intense hatred? Hatred for the social group who might be different in race, religion, sexual orientation?
 
How does anyone sow the seeds of abomination for people whom they barely even know? And to carry out such drastic acts is beyond my imagination.
 
Sigh sigh, enough of these pessimistic thoughts. I still have a flicker of hope that love exists!
 
 

Old School Love

21 Oct

Saw this in the news yesterday, and it’s been making its rounds.

Despite everything that’s going on in the world, it’s comforting to know such love still exists..

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Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands

The couple died an hour apart.

A devoted Iowa couple married for 72 years died holding hands in the hospital last week, exactly one hour apart.

The passing reflected the nature of their marriage, where, “As a rule, everything was done together,” said the couple’s daughter Donna Sheets, 71.

Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma, 90, left their small town of State Center, Iowa, on Wednesday to go into town, but never made it. A car accident sent the couple to the emergency room and intensive care unit with broken bones and other injuries. But, even in the hospital, their concerns were each other.

“She was saying her chest hurt and what’s wrong with Dad? Even laying there like that, she was worried about Dad,” said the couple’s son, Dennis Yeager, 52. “And his back was hurting and he was asking about Mom.”

When it became clear that their conditions were not improving, the couple was moved into a room together in beds side-by-side where they could hold hands.

“They joined hands; his right hand, her left hand,” Sheets said.

Gordon Yeager died at 3:38 p.m. He was no longer breathing, but the family was surprised by what his monitor showed.

“Someone in there said, ‘Why, then, when we look at the monitor is the heart still beating?'” Sheets recalled. “The nurse said Dad was picking up Mom’s heartbeat through Mom’s hand.”

“And we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom’s heart is beating through him,'” Dennis Yeager said.

Norma Yeager died exactly an hour later.

“Dad used to say that a woman is always worth waiting for,” Dennis Yeager said. “Dad waited an hour for her and held the door for her.”

The inseparable couple was engaged and married within 12 hours in 1939 on the day Norma Yeager graduated from high school.

“She graduated from high school on May 26, 1939, at about 10 a.m., and at about 10 p.m. that night she was married to my dad at his sister’s house,” Sheets said.

The vibrant duo had a “very, very full life.”

They worked as a team. They traveled together, they were in a bridge club together and they worked in a Chevrolet dealership, creamery and other businesses together.

“They always did everything together,” Sheets said. “They weren’t apart. They just weren’t.”

Dennis Yeager described his father as an “outgoing” and “hyper” man who was still working on the roof of his house and sitting cross-legged with no problem at age 90.

“The party didn’t start until he showed up,” he said. “He was the outgoing one and she supported him by being the giver. She supported Dad in everything. And he would’ve been lost without her.”

Dennis Yeager said it is strange today to go into his parents’ home and see the “two chairs side-by-side that they sat in all the time,” empty. He said it was in those chairs that his parents cheered on the Arizona sports teams they loved and rarely missed an episode of “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Price Is Right.”

According to their orbituary, besides their children, the Yeagers are survived by her sister, Virginia Kell, and his brother, Roger Yeager, as well as 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Their grandson Randy Yeager said he has been inspired in his own 13-year marriage by his grandparents’ loving and lasting marriage.

“Grandpa and I were talking this summer about all of the people getting divorced for this reason or that and he mentioned that nobody stays together anymore,” Randy Yeager wrote to ABCNews.com in an email. “I told [him] that my wife Mara and I would never be getting a divorce and he said, ‘That’s because you’re old school, like me!’

“That was one of the greatest compliments I could have ever received and one I will strive to live up to for the rest of my life,” Randy Yeager said.

The couple were put in a casket together holding hands for their funeral this week, but are being cremated and will have their ashes mixed before burial.

“All their life has been together,” Sheets said. “So, when it came to the funeral home, the family asked, ‘Can we have them put in the casket together holding hands?’ Because that’s the way their life was.”

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If only life was still as simple as in the past.

Weekly Photo Challenge | Possibility

19 Oct

Embracing all possibilities!

 

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Santorini, Greece

Dream far, dream big

18 Oct

“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams”

– doug ivester

Grousings of The Pain(t)ball Amateur

16 Oct

My first encounter with paintball took place 2 weeks back. After hearing ‘horror stories’ about how strenuous the game was, the possible pain and its aftermath, my enthusiasm dropped to zero.

The game was almost cancelled cos 15 minutes before our time, it was still pouring heavily. Thankfully (or not), the rain stopped. The weather was humid and it didn’t help that the field was muddy and slightly flooded at some areas.

Getting all prepped up!

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Tip #1: Never wear jeans to play paintball. It restricts your movement and it’s tough to crouch low and run at the same time, making you an easy target (i.e.ME)

Stuffy Headgear – perfect for smelling your own breath

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Trying out a few shots beforehand

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Posing while we still can

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Tip #2: Never wear white, red or blue or any other bright colours. We were easily spotted most of the time, while those in black or grey, it seems like they were never in the game at all.

My battle scars – at my thigh

PhotobucketIt didnt look too bad at first, then it start turning into a weird shade of yellow-purple-black. This took two weeks to finally disappear.

Tip #3 (for the unadventurous): Be a coward, hide and shoot. Why run around and risk getting shot at?

I guess for the experience, this wasn’t too bad.

If only the weather was better, so that we didn’t have to splash around in muddy water and kneel in mud.

If only the headgear was less suffocating, so that we wouldn’t have to literally hear ourselves breathless.

If only the pellets hurt less, so that our bruises wouldn’t hurt like a bitch and temporarily disfigure us.

If only…

Oh wait, paintball in an aircon environment! I think that would work fine for me. Till then, I don’t see a reason why I would put myself through paintball anymore. Make that PAINball.

Weekly Photo Challenge | Comfort

15 Oct

strawberry strudelComfort food?