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vAsh to Meet Simon Russell Beale

15 Mar

I was catching up with my friend vAsh via Facebook chat yesterday who is currently based in Singapore. I casually asked how far he is from the Esplanade Theatre where the Singapore Repertory Theatre is in residence and where The Bridge Project is headed next from March 26-31. He said he lives about 20 minutes away, and goes there every now and then when he fancies a walk. In a calm fashion and without any hidden agenda or selfish motives, I mentioned that Simon Russell Beale will be performing in that theatre in a couple of weeks. All I said without going into a lot of detail was that SRB is my sweetie. And vAsh decides and does this:



The universe is bringing us together! It’s meant to be! First it’s Abigail in New York, now it’s vAsh in Singapore!

Bebe vAsh, thank you for doing this and I am expecting a brilliant review!

Oh I just love my friends!

Filmstalker at the BAFTAs

8 Feb


My good friend Richard Brunton, owner of Filmstalker, whose excellent blog is the only film blog I visit, will be at the BAFTAs tonight to cover the event live.

So follow the BAFTAs on telly and then join us for the live blogging at Filmstalker.

Fearless forecast: Big winners for tonight will be Slumdog Millionaire and Kate Winslet.

Gobbets – Andrew Orange

23 Jan

How quickly one forgets people when one moves on.

Feigned Mischief

12 Mar

I get a lot of quizzical looks when I give out my email address to people. Feignedmischief what? You’re full of mischief alright, I remember a friend saying then trying to tie it with the feigned bit. Is it just a play with words, or is there more to it?

Now I don’t want to go into so much detail because that’s the fun of not giving too much away. That’s why I really found it amusing that fellow filmstalker and friend Ramchandra, who is polishing up on his vocabulary decided to feature the word feign in his own blog and inadvertently discussing feignedmischief in his article:

What about you, what did you make of feigned mischief?

In and Around the Lake District

28 May

Bank holidays. If youre from then UK then you know that it is synonymous with having a long weekend, short break, or for some, just simply a time off. I very rarely spend my bank holidays travelling but for the 2nd May bank holiday weekend which fell on the last Monday, some  friends of mine have decided to go and explore the Lake District.

It was my cousin’s wife who organised the trip from booking our accomodations and the itinerary for the entire 3 days. Now I have been informed that there will be a lot of walking, climbing and trekking involved and I came out in the open and said that I am only going to be walking on a flat surface thank you but surprised even myself.

If you’re a member of Facebook and youre one of my friends, then you will be able to see some of our wonderful photos, but here’s some to see now to whet your appetite and just maybe it will make you want to explore the beautiful Lake District as well.

With A Little Help from my Friends

7 Apr

I used to be obsessive-compulsive about cleaning. I nearly drove my whole family crazy when I was still back home with my incessant pleas for them to tidy up their rooms after I’ve been around to clean it.

I just cleaned everything in my path as if I were on a mission. I used up all the cottonballs and Green Cross rubbing alcohol to disinfect frequently used items such as phones, computer keyboard, or what-have you. My room which I shared with my brother Morning is always immaculate, his wardrobe has always got neatly packed clothes, even his necktie collection was well organised, thanks to his dependable roommate Ate. The bathroom and toilet which is shared between us siblings is always squeaky clean and there is not a single hair that you can find on the tiled floors, or the sink. I regularly bleach the marbled floors throughout the family house and have learned to use floor wax to make the floors shiny. Sounds like a pretty domesticated girl I would become until I moved to the UK.

All of a sudden when I moved away from home, these good traits and skills I have learned just stopped happening altogether which in turn drove my new flatmate Eppie to madness. We would have endless squabbles about how I always messed up the reception room, I always left a mess after using the bathroom, and whatever else you think I should have done that I didnt. You can say it, I was fast becoming the flatmate from hell. Eppie put up with this and we managed to live harmoniously (sometimes) for 5 years until she got married.

When I moved to this flat in Victoria Park 2 years ago now, other friends of mine from the congregation gave a helping hand. I had my cousin Jon and his wife Greyz also helping me out, with Jon doing some lawnmowing whilst Greyz and myself putting away boxes, setting up the PC, and cleaning at the same time. You would think that now I was living on my own things would change, actually no, it didnt. Now that there’s nobody there who would be pressuring me to tidy this or tidy that, I had even more excuse not to always do it, to leave cleaning or just about any household chore for later, but now that I am moving flats again in 3 months time,and I have a party Sunday night, my old flatmate felt I would need help. So we organised to have a sort out day of my possessions and at the same time the cleaner that lived in Eppie’s body and soul came alive when she also chose to help me clean the flat. Another good friend, Wendy, joined myself and Eppie as she helped prepare some of the dishes I am making for my all-girls get together tomorrow night. We’ve also discovered another one of Wendy’s talents last night and it was truly impressive.

To Eppie and Wendy, thank you so much for helping me out. I know I made you girls work very hard yesterday but it was so nice to have your company again and I must admit, it feels good walking around my flat knowing it’s looking much nicer, cleaner, fresher, so yeah, I will wait till you come back and clean it again. 😛

Happy 1st Anniversary to Filmstalker!

9 Mar


It is no secret that I love films. If you have long been visiting my site you can see that the main activity here are my film reviews, and this was borne out of my interest in film blogs that started in 2004. There was one particular blog (whose name we will not mention) that caught my eye and felt at home with straight away. Soon enough I became one of its regular, avid supporter, posting several hundred times a day. One of its resident writer really impressed me with his style, his sense of humor that he effortlessly incorporates in his creative topics, and the mix of articles he used to feature, to put it simply, the overall excellent quality of his posts truly appealed to me. Now that writer was Richard Brunton, and since then our online friendship has begun.

For some reason which I can not go into detail here, Richard had to leave that blog and eventually I also packed it in as I felt it wouldnt just be the same without him there. So I was contented browsing other film blogs but other than that I didnt really want to be involved and then one day Richard drops the bomb on me that he has decided to come back to film blogging, this time though he will be running his own site and so Filmstalker was born on March 9, 2006. And what a year it has been.

It has been a good journey since, and I’ve never had so much fun on the Internet having really intelligent discussions about films with real movie fans, not just those with some subjective opinion, but actually knows what they are talking about. And this I think is the legacy that Filmstalker was able to build in the 12 months it has been online – a really good community of not just screaming fanboys (although I dont mind some of them) but movie fans who really know their movies. Another impressive thing is the censorship that Richard routinely does on the site, making sure that expletives are deleted, so you are assured that it’s smut-free which is actually refreshing, as you hear foul words spoken every day, so why would you want to read it every day too? I still find it amazing that all this hard work is done by Richard alone. But I am sure he will appreciate it a lot if you visit his site, participate in the discussion and be a part of this thriving community of filmstalkers.

So to my friend Richard and FILMSTALKER, congratulations and wishing you a lot more years of great writing, and looking forward to you quitting your day job and just doing what you really love and being handsomely paid for it. It will happen, I believe it!