Creative Business, Movies, Books & TV Shows

The Big Short

A few days ago, I watched The Big Short, a comedy-drama based on a true story depicting the global financial crisis of 2008.

You must be asking: Huh? Comedy drama? Financial crisis? Boring?

I must admit that I had mixed feelings when reading the film’s introduction. I see-sawed between comedy (hate) and finance (love). What a wonderful surprise to find the film absolutely entertaining and memorable! Somehow, the light-hearted aspects of the film had contributed much in making this otherwise very technical and tedious topic… understandable, interesting and human?

The Big Short is fantastic and will definitely be on top of my movie list for a while.

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Macbeth

I just finished watching the movie, Macbeth. Despite having non-Scottish actors playing the main roles, I find it quite an enjoyable film. The plot and twists of this short tragedy is just as enticing as the other Shakespearean plays I used to watch on TV in the 80s. What a beautiful performance of the English language and literature! Such mesmerizing dialogues!

What can I say? I am a fan since my teenage years.

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Missing Comic Book

I purposely walked to the library early this afternoon to borrow the fifth comic book from the series Amoras. But damn, I can’t find it! I asked for assistance, but after a minute of searching, the librarian just told me that the item is probably misplaced somewhere in the library. No extra effort in looking through her computer records to seek out more information. This did invoke some Sabah flashbacks…

As payback, I borrowed 7 items (6 of them comic books) and hauled them all home. I refuse to return empty handed.

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Amour

When I read the synopsis of Amour, I thought I will be needing a hanky or two. The story was realistic and in your face because growing old and becoming weak are inevitable facts. Throughout the film, the emotions were powerful, touching and tinted with a bit of surrealism. Amour is profoundly beautiful and thought invoking.

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Cookbooks To The Rescue

When I started learning Dutch seven years ago, I borrowed children’s books from the library. The simple reading material helped. Eventually, I moved on to comic books and fairy tales. As my Dutch vocabulary grew, cookbooks appeared on my reading list and were here to stay. Nowadays, I can read and understand books on various topics such as art, economy, investments, and so on. Cookbooks have helped bridged the gap between picture books to financial analysis.

I have used the same method when learning English and Malay. Unfortunately, it did not have the same result or effect with the Chinese language. Although I have learned enough Chinese in primary school, allowing me to speak it well, memorizing the characters (hence reading and writing) poses an entirely different challenge. I sometimes wonder whether things would have been different if I had more Chinese literature available to me while growing up. Who knows…

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Wild Swans

It took me a while to finish reading Wild Swans. The main reason being that this book is not my usual fare of science fiction. Reading is made slow when one has to digest a lot of unfamiliar and complicated stories. My grandparents never experienced this time in China because they have left for South East Asia in search of a better future. The events in Wild Swans made me wonder what happened to theĀ family whom stayed behind. How unfortunate it is that there is no one left among my extended family who can recall nor tell me stories about life in the Middle Kingdom.

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