Sunday, December 27, 2009
Besides Lynn, many other who transferred with us graduated too.
The only reason that I am still staying for one more semester is because if the Senior Showcase that I will be performing in New York during March. Since I am still waiting for that, I might as well just take a couple more elective classes and try to absorb as much as I can while I am in school.
Congrats to the above, Wei Jun, Lynn, Buttercup Jeong, and others who are not in the picture, Bobo, Yenni, Yih Wen, Carmen, and etc.
Wish you all well with the next step in life!
Amin, Lynn and I
Dad and Mum came all the way from Bangladesh and Malaysia to attend the graduation and help Lynn move to New Jersey for a new start.
Cheers to the Fresh Grad!
Officially a jobless person!
We took turns giving dedications and of course shots right after.
Dad and mum were awesome sports that night, they practically did everything we did!
It used to be 4 people in 3 locations.
Now that Lynn is in New Jersey, our family of four is officially separated in four different places.
It's great to be together again.
That's us and Lynn's luggages.
Wish you all the best in your job searching and grad school applications, we all have faith in you.
I'll be thinking of you when I get back to Kalamazoo in my big Queen sized bed all alone at night with no body warmth beside me.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Why can't I live like most people my age, carefree and not have to think about the kind of stress that I am going through right now?
Some are just born lucky. Not that I feel ungrateful with what I am already blessed with, I just wish that some things would be different. Maybe I'm just greedy. Yea, probably so.
Oh how I wish that ..........
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I cannot imagine getting married at such an early age, maybe it's culture, or just the way I think, but I can never give my heart to someone, and settle down forever, and for always, until the day I die, not at least until I have a stable job and I am financial independent, probably independent enough for my future fiancee and I to buy our own property.
Too high of a demand? Hmm... I guess I am just realistic.
Anyhow, my dear friend Cait is finally getting married. She is the first friend among my age group (she's only a year older than me) to get married. I think it's cool, her current husband is already working, so it's about time. Cait has been crazy enough to plan and organize a wedding despite our intense senior year curriculum, and we just thought that we could take a little stress away by throwing her a small simple Bacholerette Party in honor of her last days of being single.
Friends, Snacks, Wine, and love.
The Pre Party was hosted by Kayla.
All of us blowing on little penis whistles. ;)
It's awesome that it was not a regular wild party of strippers during the Bacholerette Party. I think what matters most are friends and support *at least for my Bacholerette Party if I ever have one*
Cait, Emily, and I, Cabaret Buddies. We'll be performing next year in March together to raise funds for our New York Senior Showcase.
Sammy, Cait, Billy, and moi *heart*
Congrats Cait Ryan!
You are officially a married woman as I am blogging right now.
Lots of Love
damn... Now I feel like getting married.ugh.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I got extremely excited when I heard that this was coming out in the US soon.
China 450AD, the dynasty was under constant threat from ruthless Rouran tribe. With such a major security threat at hand, the Chinese army conducted a nation wide draft.
A retired soldier named Hua Hu insisted on enlisting again to serve his country. Mulan (starring Vicki Zhao Wei), his young daughter was intelligent and skilled in martial arts. But as a girl, she couldn’t be enlisted. Unable to bear the thought of her father suffering, Mulan got her father drunk, dressed as a boy and entered the army to take his father’s place.
Through the harsh military training, Mulan proved to be a courageous and unstoppable, and always helped others to fend off the army bully. She gained the attention of Wentai (starring Chen Kun), the battalion’s Vice Commander. They soon developed a mutual admiration.
However, Mulan was in constant danger of revealing her gender. When Wentai ran into her bathing by accident, Mulan was fortunate enough to escape without exposing her identity, but Wentai was determined to uncover the woman hiding among the troops. To make things worse, the army bully had lost a jade pendant and a strip-search was ordered. Terrified to reveal herself and tarnish her father’s reputation, Mulan admitted the theft and was sentenced to death. In prison, she told Wentai the truth and he promised to keep this secret till the end.
When Rourans launched a surprise attack, Wentai released Mulan from jail to let her flee. But Mulan stayed for a battle and decapitated the Rouran General. Her life was spared of this merit and even promoted to be Vice commander. Together, Mulan and Wentai fought through various battles, and their friendship gradually turns into romance.
However, the Rourans were getting stronger as their Prince Mudan murdered his father and seized the throne. Facing an unprecedented scale of attack, Mulan was vastly outnumbered, and both her love and brevity were put to the ultimate test. Would she sacrifice true love for the peace of her nation?
The thundering of hooves, the clashing of swords, the battle cries of thousands… Ah, the war epic has taken root in Chinese cinema in recent years with films like "The Warlords", "An Empress and the Warriors" and of course, the seminal "Red Cliff". Pardon us if any new additions to this genre is no longer greeted with the same level of anticipation and enthusiasm- the glut of such films has diluted our excitement over any future "Red Cliff"-wannabes.
Jingle Ma’s take on the classic heroine "Mulan" arrives at such an inopportune time- even more so considering how its lead star Vicki Zhao Wei looks like she had just walked off the set of "Red Cliff" and into that of “Mulan”. Yes, there are uncanny similarities in the costume and production design of both films, though Jingle Ma has come forth to say that it is only coincidental. But no matter- while both films have something to say about war, their stories are quite different from each other.
The story of "Mulan" begins with a lesson on filial piety- Hua Mulan, the daughter of a retired soldier, takes her ailing father’s place when he is conscripted to fight in the Wei army following the invasion of the Rouran tribal people. War however turns out to be much more terrifying to Mulan than she thought, and it is through this lens that “Mulan” contemplates on the costs of war, as well as the value of patriotism.
In between, Mulan will fall in love with her battalion’s Vice Commander, General Wentai (Chen Kun) despite her father’s advice that feelings have no place on the battlefield. Of course, anyone who has watched a Jingle Ma film will know that Ma is not a subtle filmmaker- and "Mulan" is no exception. What scenes of romance between the two follow a decidedly consistent approach for emphasis- a firm hug, cue melodramatic music, and then a tear trickling down the cheeks.
Unlike other Jingle Ma films however, "Mulan" is not sunk by his perennial heavy-handed approach. The canvas Ma paints on this time is much broader and that extra breadth affords him to paint a much more complex picture of love. Against the backdrop of war, Mulan’s expression of love for Wentai becomes more than mere sweet-nothings, but sacrifice, the sacrifice of one’s life for someone you love. Love too comes with choice, as Mulan is made to choose between her love for someone, and her love for her country. Indeed, this rich backdrop lends much gravitas to Ma’s portrait of love- no doubt one of the favourite subjects of his films.
That’s not to say that "Mulan" is without its missteps- in fact, it takes the almost 2-hour long movie about an hour to find its footing. Mulan’s act of piety for her father is at a mere ten minutes of screen time too quickly glossed over, leaving Jingle Ma to focus its first half on Mulan’s gang of friends in the army- among them Fei Xiaohu played by Jaycee Chan. Unfortunately, his attempt to inject some form of humour into the story at this point falls flat, and gets tiresome after a while. But perhaps the most baffling choice he has made is to cast Russian singer Vitas as the rival army’s servant boy- the blond-haired boy completely out-of-place in the film.
Thankfully, Ma doesn’t make a wrong casting choice for his lead actress. "Mulan" is anchored by a strong performance by Vicki Zhao Wei, the wide-eyed expressive star vividly portraying her character’s sorrow, anguish, fear and terror. One can’t say the same about her physicality though, judging from the number of cutaway shots in the film during the battle scenes. This too is not director Jingle Ma’s forte, and audiences who have seen "Red Cliff" will likely be unimpressed. But one would do well to remember that Ma’s breakout film was the tearjerker "Fly Me to Polaris"- and his perpetual subject of love in his films since finds a more than comfortable home in the story of "Mulan".
Now do you feel like watching it?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
An eye sore.
Dance Kaki Cheryl, Darlynn, and moi with my new 5 inch Aldo heels.
Cheryl and I had our own little podium, spotlights and fan because we were awesome like that :)
Lynn and I sipping on our Dirty Girl Scout which is an awesome mix of vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, Bailey's Irish Cream, and white Creme de Menthe that give a little minty taste.
Thanks Amin for the drink!
From left, moi, Yasir, Darlynn, Amin, and SimpleCheryl
Tried to do the usual High School Musical Jump...Lynn's famous *walking into the light* shot
Since this semester was nothing but a ride on the Struggle Bus, it was one of the happiest breaks days of this semester. We all really needed to get out of school for a while.
That excludes the fact that I spent so much that weekend, and now I'm taking extra shifts and working my butt off at the cafeteria.
Totally worth it!
Then, it snowed.
First, pretty flakes that lasted over night.
Then, a snow storm.
Before we knew it, a Blizzard!!!!!
And school was closed for a day because it was too dangerous for students and staff to drive to campus.
So far, I've not fallen yet. Let's keep it that way.
The bridge that I crossed every morning to get to campus.
Streets covered with snow.
Looks pretty, but NOT easy to drive in.
I just had my first snow driving experience 3 hours ago, and because of the snow and black ice, I got my room mate's car stuck on a slope for about 30 minutes. Thank goodness a guy came by and poured salt on our tires to melt the snow, and after a long time of pushing, and rocking the car, my roommate and I managed to push the car up the hill.
Not a fun experience, especially when the car tires get you all wet with icy cold watery mudd and slush!
Monday, December 07, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Students, Broadway star connect with audience in "Late Night"
December 04, 2009, 2:29PM
|“Late Night Broadway” — Graduating seniors of WMU’s music theater performance program perform show tunes with Broadway star Julia Murney (“Wicked,” “The Wild Party”)|
9 p.m. Dec. 3-5, Williams Theatre, Gilmore Theatre Complex. $20, $15 seniors, $5 students. (269) 387-6222,www.wmutheatre.com.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night
Tonight’s the night night
Let’s live it up
I got my money
Let’s spend it up
Go out and smash it
Like Oh My God
Jump off that sofa
Let’s get get OFF
Gosh, I am so excited. It finally hit me. I am finally a senior. Less than 6 months to graduate. Where do I go from here?
We'll be performing our Senior Showcase tonight, the same Showcase that we'll be performing in Spring in front of Casting Directors, Agents, and other important people in the industry.
OHMYGAWD I am overwhelmed right now. This is it.
We have been working with Broadway Star Julia Murney for the past few days since coming back from Thanksgiving Break and it is the most amazing educational experience that I have ever had in my entire theatre life! No I'm not exaggerating.
She's just brilliant. So specific, she's like a walking book of acting choices and ideas.
Despite being big a** Broadway star, she is incredibly down to earth and it just inspires me even more.
Here's her short clip in Sex and the City.
Wish my legs broken!