Wawako's Log - 19 July to 25 July - The Era 2010 World Tour by Jay Chou !!
The week begun with a nice surprise from Cathay Organization which offered 40 000 tickets free for grabs (complete with popcorn and a drink) in commemoration of their 75th anniversary. Cathay Organization was actually game enough to provide quality movies like - Despicable Me, Prince of Persia - Sands of Time and Ip Man 2 etc. Thanks to E's efforts, we managed to get tickets to the Korean movie - The Blood Pledge.
The Blood Pledge is the 5th movie in the horror stories series where the setting is an all girls high school. The movie started out well with suspense and suitable scare scenes. However, I found the last 15 mins of the movie a total disaster - an epitome of K logic which I can never understand. *Spoiler alert* - If your best friend comes to u and let you know that she is saying goodbye to you for the last time as she is going to commit suicide as she is pregnant -- what would you do ?
A - Advise and convince her that there is no problem that cannot be solved.
B - Tell her that you would commit suicide together (companionship suicide) with her because you are her best friend.
I think most people in the correct state of mind would go for Choice A - which is more positive and seriously suicide doesn't help anything at all. However, like what S and some others say .. to carry on the story .. K Logic have to come into play and the "ghost to be" chooses B instead. Lazy to spoil the rest of the story, but fundamentally I disagree with the choice as I don't believe throwing your life away is the way to go. In addition, although Choice B is good fodder for a twist in the story -- i it may not be the best for the Korean society at large. The suicide rate in Korea is high as it is and I guess they don't need another movie to instill ideas of suicide companionship into the minds of the audience.
Tuesday was conclusion of 孙协志 and co's attempt at 我要唱下去。 The songs that were tested were simply way below the standard of the trio (especially for 孙协志 who has done consistently well in 百万大歌星). They cleared the various stages with relative ease. However, the last challenge question for $50 000 (that was to be donated to charity) was some song by 梁文福。 I mean WTF how can u test your overseas guest on 梁文福 ? I mean I have nothing against 梁文福 but I don't think he belonged to the age where internet was the rage and overseas promotion was a must for singers. 孙协志 did not attempt the song as he did not hear of it before and the trio had to settle with $1000. Looking at 孙协志 who was close to tears for having failed the charity cause; one cannot help but wonder if more could be done by not doing such a low stunt. The program tries to position itself that they are very willing to donate the money. However, testing overseas guests on such a question is simply unacceptable. We should show more 度量 & 气度 as hosts-- something that we seriously lack by giving a sure die route for the trio. I stopped watching the show there and then and I am considering a possible boycott of the show following that episode cos I am quite disgusted by the actions of the programme.
Wednesday was a learning day - I learnt the difference between General Insurance and Life Insurance. GI and LI have different functions and I guess everyone needs a good and truthful adviser to bring them through the technical and present the facts in layman's terms.
Thursday was energy conservation day as I needed to store energy for Friday~~ Dinner was a homely affair with takeaway from the tze char store and managed to do some affairs after dinner too.
Friday came and it was the HIGHLIGHT of the week !! The long awaited -- Jay Chou - The Era 2010 World Tour !! In view of the crazy queue for the tickets the last time round, I decided to take half day leave to get the concert merchandise. Met a friend during lunch, another friend during the queue and my ex colleague at Leisure Park !! ^^ It was a highly emotionally charged day as I experience fatigue from lack of sleep due to cough, excitement at meeting my friends. some degree of frustration at the long queue, disappointment when the musical box was sold out -- by the end of it when I met S before the concert my batteries were running quite low
Seriously, I think Jay's acting in 刺陵 and his image costume for 苏乞儿 was a disaster. TOTAL DISASTER (The word "disaster" is a gross understatement) . Hence, this concert was for me an erasure of the crap movies and a re-installation of Jay as THE ONE.
Jay did not disappoint and he simply worked his magic to make me fall in love with him all over again. When he started singing 爱在西元前 -- I nearly cried. That song is my all time favourite and that was the first time that I was hearing it LIVE !! During his 范特斯 concert, I hoped that he would sing this song but he did not. Jay singing this song after 10 years was like a superb surprise for me !!! My hours of listening to that song can be counted in the hundreds . I listened to it during my poly report writing days and exam studying periods where I needed a high level of concentration. It was also the song that I listened to when I slept and the song that woke me up daily. I think no song would ever replace it in my heart as it reminds me of my dreams, my efforts and the feeling of peace whenever I hear it.
Before my emotions could settle down from hearing 爱在西元前; Jay continued to belt out 我不配。 OMG .. I was simply overwhelmed. 我不配 - a song that stirs many complicated feelings and bring back many memories - for many reasons known and unknown to me. Hearing these 2 songs LIVE .. I think I got back my ticket worth =)
Saturday was a day for stoning as KTV with S after Jay concert ended at 0400 hrs and I only slept at 0600 hrs. I woke at 1130 hrs and it was a day of rolling about followed by dinner at Marina Country Club in Sengkang in celebration of the birthday of the Maple group.
Sunday was a special day for E as it was the first birthday that we spent together in person and not via some MSN connection. We watched Inception and the open ended ending leaves much room for imagination. It was super fast paced and a very intricate movie - no spoilers here cos the movie is too good to be spoilt - go watch it and be caught in the powerful web that the producers try to put you in. Ellen Page in Inception was a plus point -- It took me a while to recognize her and I think she is slowly shifting towards more matured roles. It's something like Dakota Fanning was actually in Twilight as Jane - something that I never suspected at all as she blended in too well.
All in, this week was fulfilling and highly therapeutic in stress relief -- largely thanks to Jay Chou. A bit sorry to E as the concert dates clashed with E's birthday. Let's hope that the next Jay concert would not clash with E's bday again. Oh ya .. If Jay is willing to 耍双节棍 at the age of 40; I would definitely want to watch !! Till the following week where registration and training to get fit should start soon !!