Monthly Archives: December 2008

Don’t call yourself a film journalist…

…when you do not have the decency to say thank you or refer to the source of the information you use. However you try to spin it or add extra detail to that entry of yours, you are still plagiarising other people’s  ideas. I do not think anybody would mind if you simply made reference to where you obtained the information, even though your blog gets advertising income for writing about Thai movies. It is not only a question of taking advantage of other people, even worse, it is also theft.

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An invisible wave keeps assaulting my emotions

Yesterday was not too bad, despite having to put up with things that I do not normally do. To me, this time of the year is usually tedious. Thank goodness Christmas does not happen every day. On the other hand, I quite understand that, to many people who have been busy all year, this season is a good time for them to have the opportunity to rest from their banal daily lives and spend time with their own families, irrespective of whether you want to see them or not. Personally, I do not mind at all but I would not wish to do something like this every day. It is just nothing to write home about, though not quite as dull as ditchwater!  Soon, the day will be over and tomorrow I will be able to return to my usual routine. I only wish that the day would past a little more quickly. Sigh…

This morning when I woke up, straight away I was assaulted by the memory of that disastrous boxing day when the Asian tsunami hit Thailand and other countries in the region. I remember very well that on that day, I was emotionally engaged in this horrible event even though no one I know got caught up in it. I was genuinely and deeply upset by the tragedy. I can only hope that a devastating event like this will never happen again in the future.

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The happiness of Kati – trailer with English subtitles

This Thai movie is based on the S.E.A Write Award winning and well-received novel of the same name written by Khun Jane Vejjajiva, also known as Ngarmpun Vejjajiva, a sister of the current Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The story is about a 9-year-old girl, whose mother, whom she has not seen for almost five years, is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a severe illness. Kati travels to meet her mother and be there with her during the last weeks of her life. There she learns the reason why her mother left her behind with her grandparents and she also learns that she has the chance to meet the father she has never known. You can read more about the book via the link. The movie is scheduled to be shown in Thai cinemas nationwide on 8 January next year. There is also an English translation of the book which I happen to have a copy of, in case foreigners want to read this poignant story.

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My favourite new dance routine

Kawaii is a Japanese word which means cute or pretty. And I think the word is appropriately used in relation to the Japanese, as they are such lovely people, and to their popular culture which is so endearing and interesting. Because of this, I suppose, lots of Thais, including myself, are nuts about many cool things from this likeable nation.

Last weekend, I came across a Japanese band, called Sweet Vacation on NHK World, Japan’s public broadcast TV channel which appeared unannounced on Sky last week. The band consists of two members: a Thai female lead singer who sings brilliantly in Japanese, and a Japanese male musician. I do not know much about their music but I find their songs, like the one in this video, very catchy. While I was listening to it, I felt like shaking my body and dancing with the tune although I cannot understand the lyrics; and in fact I do not need to either. I am still able to enjoy this tuneful song.

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Christmas chore, completed by a very unreligious person

Lately I have not been very busy doing anything; as a matter of fact, I have never done anything at all for other people. Thankfully, Christmas is arriving this week and it gives me the opportunity to put this right, albeit in a small way. At least, I am pleased with my good gesture.

I finished Christmas shopping, buying gifts for people, a couple of weeks ago. Today, I have just finished writing all the cards that I am going to give to people I know well and to others whom I do not know quite so well. It is a thing that the native people do here, so it will be a good idea for me to play along. Actually, I think Christmas is a good season, when families get together and are happy, despite having to put up with your own people! It is times like this that make me think about my own family and the people that I left behind.

I was not born a Christian. In fact, my parents are Buddhist, consequently, religiously speaking, I am supposed to be like them. But I am not a religious being. Thus I am free to appreciate other people’s way of life and their traditions. And my folks never minded other people’s beliefs either. When I was a kid, they even let me have a great time at the local Christian school on Christmas night, as long as I behaved and respected the place.  There are some differences between my childhood Christmas and the proper western style Christmas. Then, I was not aware of the significance of this tradition. I simply went and just enjoyed the many entertaining things provided by the school on Christmas night such as games and a funfair. Nowadays, I have come to realise that instead of just taking, I should give people something as well; cards and presents on this special day even though it is only a small thing that I can do for them. I do not mind at all.

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I can’t live without a kiss!

I have not been able to concentrate on writing a single thing on my blog for quite some time, albeit I have plenty of things to say. These days I have been suffering from psychologically negative thinking. To put it simply, I am in a really bitter mood about many things, people and society. I just could not force myself to write in that kind of state. But today, for some reason, I am feeling a little bit better. I hope this positive mood will last. Watching the clips of people kissing might have been the source of the remedy. They definitely seem to ease this terrible attitude of mine. A great kiss would certainly solve my problem!

I do not know which of these two YouTube videos is better. I cannot decide just yet. The straight kiss is tender, but the gay kiss is so hot. Maybe I should do an experiment myself to find out which is the best. Looking at them simply puts a big smile on my face and surely makes my day. I have a strong urge to clutch someone in my arms and give them mouth-to-mouth right now! So, kiss me!

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The Baader Meinhof Complex

I want to watch this German movie. It looks interesting. Yet again, another German filmaker re-examines the turbulence in the country’s twentieth century. In recent years, German movies such as Downfall, the story about the final twelve days of Hitler in his Berlin bunker, have received commercial and critical acclaim around the world. Another example is The Lives of Others, a political thriller about the East German Stasi responsible for observing and spying on a famous couple but who later became more and more caught up in their lives. And this latest cinematic offering from a German director is, again, sure to make an impact.

The movie has been released in UK cinemas nationwide. I have not seen it yet and I will wait until the DVD comes out. Yesterday I got the book written by Stefan Aust. The synopsis on the back cover indicates that The Baader Meinhof Complex is about a group of young people, most of whom were from solid, middle-class backgrounds, who took the law into their own hands and by means of arson, bombing, kidnap and murder sought to alter the direction of national, and indeed international, politics. Sounds familar? No, they are not the PAD! It is said that they were Europe’s most notorious terrorists. This is an absorbing true account of a radical group of young people who tried to change the country and the world.

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