Persepolis

February 29, 2008 at 12:25 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Was looking for the toilet during my last trip in Hong Kong and after relieving myself, I got back my mood to look around the shopping centre. This interesting movie poster for a 2D animated film caught my attention like a magnet. Didn’t know what is it about, but the chinese title said, “Growing up in Iran” and it got numerous international film awards. That immediately got me curious and I told myself I must watch it if it comes to Singapore!

 poster
It’s hard to get 2D animation nowaday with the trend going for
heavily CG 3D ones. And to do it in black and white! Bravo!

Back home started to surf the net and knew that it will be screening in February here. At the same time, I also realised that it is an adaption from the grapic novel of the same name by Marjane Satrapi and that its cover is a very familiar one in major bookshops.

So during the weekend, finally watched the movie and yes! I’m going to give it two thumbs’ up! Dun believe? Watch the trailer here!

Persepolis is a biography of the author growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Clever, fearless and outspoken, the little Marjane challenged many “social guardians” and even loved punks. As she grows older, her unconventional behaviours caused her worrying parents to send her away alone to Austria for safety reasons at age 14. She has to endure discrimination and misunderstandings, before being accepted into the society but she found that she has never been really integrated fully. Her homesickness brought her back home to her family. However, she finds herself a stranger in her own land too. So at age 24, after a failed marriage, she made the tough decision to leave for France, optimistic about her future.

So this is roughly the synopsis of the movie adaption. The movie is tightly scripted and although the background revolves around a dark period of the country, it tried to balance up by not letting the mood of the movie be too solemn with witty lines here and there. The raw black and white feel suits the story well too, with the occasional sprinkle of colours outside Iran where the mood is less serious. Overall, a good movie and I will certainly like to read the graphic novel if I get hold of a copy!

Go see it yourself now!

P.S: Just realised that payment with some credit cards for movie tickets entitles you a discount! I paid $8 for a weekend ticket. You only pay $6 for weekdays ones!

Faces of Youth – Chingay Parade of Dreams 2008

February 28, 2008 at 12:54 am | Posted in itchy backside | 2 Comments
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The last time I viewed the Chingay Parade should be a couple of years back when I happened to pass by Orchard Road and stopped to view it from amongst the crowd. This year we made it a point to head down early to catch some exciting performances near the Esplanade Park. We were quite lucky to be able to secure relatively good spots despite the great turnout.

Chingay 2008 was a dazzling experience! From the deafening F1 racing car performance to the colourful floats, costumes and music, being at the actual parade certainly beats sitting at home watching the live telecast. You can really feel the warmth and vibrancy of both the performers and the audiences!

“Youth” seems to be the buzzword after Singapore’s success in bidding for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. So naturally our ItchyFingers will put our focus on them as they are the future of our country! 

cheers
Youth is our best assets!

 fei fei
More cheers!

 sea
Sea of dreams... 

beauty
Sea of beauties...

girl
Young and pure…sweet!

 viking 
It’s never too young to fight! 

jap
Self-indulgence! This japanese guy was lip-syncing while dancing along,
enjoying the attention from audiences and especially the photographers!

 indian
Indian prince 

It’s good to be physically young, but the young at hearts were equally shining at Chingay!

fly 
Great footwork!

 indian2
I like his flowers…:p

 flower
Gorgeous flower head gear 

mousie
A great Year of the Rat ahead! 

And lastly, a cute mousie for all!

 mousie2
It’s great to be young! 

Also see related posts:
> This is Where the Flowers Have Gone – Sentosa Flowers 2008 #2
> Where Have All the Flowers Gone – Sentosa Flowers 2008 #1

This is Where the Flowers Have Gone – Sentosa Flowers 2008 #2

February 22, 2008 at 11:36 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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The horticulturists and designers displayed their creativity by presenting many interesting shapes and animals, all using flowers. Some of them saw long queue of people waiting to pose for pictures. These are some of my favourite ones.

butterfly
Blur blur looking butterfly

caterpillar
This caterpillar’s head moves up and down!

duckie
A baby swam among a family

These must be the most popular shape and most people’s hot favourite especially during the festives season! Many people queued to take picture with them and many were even hugging them! 😀

ong lai
Lucky! Lucky! Huge pineapples taller than human made out of chrysanthemums!
Pineapples are called “ong lai” in hokkien, which sound like “luck comes”.
They actually smelled so nice cos of the fresh flowers

Besides flowers on display, there were many other eye catching and lovely sculptural pieces.

tortoise
Tortoise! My favourite animals! 😀

rabbit
Happy family

froggy
Kiss the frog and your Prince Charming will appear!

bird
Exotic African birds

rats
The year of the Rats

girl
Flower girl. Sweet!

bear
No, this was not part of the show. Just a poor bear left behind by
the owner. I hope the owner will see it here

No flower show will be complete without flower fairies. Saw a total of three walking around in stilts..er, actually they looked more like clowns from the circus…haha

fairy1
Skinny panda eyed fairy

fairy2
Phantom of the Opera fairy

fairy3
A job-better-left-to girls fairy

Flowers filled the ground at Sentosa Imbiah Lookout and you wished you were allowed to bring along your beloved pet dog for his morning walk. Well, fret not. You could always get yourself a balloon pet as companion!

doggy
The big eyes seems to be shouting, “Bring me home! Bring me home!”
Aren’t they adorable? Notice they have legs?

cat
Cat, dog, pandan, even dinosaur balloon pets!

moo
How about Daisy the cow?

tortoise
I want this!!!!! In fact all of them are so cute I want them all!
But like real pets, they dun come cheap 😦

Having quite enjoyed myself admiring these beautiful flowers despite the heat and humidity, as well the last minute weekend crowd, I am sure I will be back next year for more!

standee

Also see related post:
> Where Have All the Flowers Gone – Sentosa Flowers 2008 #1

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