Monthly Archives: May 2009

Time waits for no one

If you happened to gain a special power which allowed you to go back in time, what would be the first thing in your mind? Would you go back to the past so as to prevent some terrible mistakes that you have made from happening? I surely would and so would many other people, I believe. But someone somewhere would be likely to suffer as a result of this fortunate ability.


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In consolation

Yesterday while I was checking out a number of blogs about Thailand, I chanced upon a very sad story about a Thai boy who had committed suicide at school. The entry is on Thai-blogs written by a teacher who works there. The demise of this boy has touched me and unsettled me. Consequently I spent all night until the early morning thinking about this calamitous occurrence. Strange as it may sound, the death of someone with whom I have no connection whatsoever, has affected me inwardly to a certain extent. I have been dwelling on this, trying to get a picture of the boy’s last fleeting thoughts. But no one, including his parents, ever knew what was in his mind.

Young people who are inexperienced in dealing with emotions when their feelings have been hurt by something will find it hard to overcome that negative intensity. They can be too overwhelmed with gloom-ridden thoughts. One bad incident can be a big deal for them. When this happens, kids who are not very good at expressing themselves may continue to brood and dwell on all the bad experiences that have occurred to them. One thing may lead to another, like a magnet sucking in all sorts of bad things into their minds. There is no denying that the unexpected loss of a loved one is the worst punishment that any parent can experience. No one ever wants to see their children suffer under any circumstances, let alone see their kids struck down in such a dreadful way. The family will never get over this reality.

Talking about recovering from this terrible episode, his friends and classmates must almost certainly be devastated. To see the friend that they used to play with end his life in such an unfortunate way will have a lasting effect on these children’s mentality. I hope that their parents and teachers will devote time to counselling them. I offer my sincere condolences to all affected by this tragic deed.

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I need a day to decompress

I have been learning like mad since I came back from my holiday. I have been stretching myself too much trying to gain knowledge for the past few weeks and feel too exhausted to keep it up. It gets more and more difficult to concentrate on what I am studying. It is time for me to mellow out a bit.

Initially, I was going to write something to make fun of the Eurovision song contest; to say how cheesy the event was, but yesterday I was slightly sick with a bit of a headache and nauseous feeling. I ended up doing nothing in particular except for sitting in front of the telly and watching some evening programmes for a couple of hours. As the time passed the pain in my head gradually eased away, as did the day, leaving me without the chance to do more productive things.

Today I am determined to do nothing at all apart from indulging myself in reading “Audition”. So far the story has developed slowly and it will continue at a steady pace until it reaches the climax and its shocking ending. As I watched the film adaption of the book, I already know what will happen. Knowing what it is all about spoils the book a bit; yet the novel is still a good read. Just so that you are aware, there is also an upcoming movie adapted from another book of Ryu Murakami called, “Coin Locker Babies”.

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How camp is Eurovision?

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Another Murakami

“Audition”, as seen in the clip, is a 1999 Japanese movie directed by Takashi Miike which is based on Ryu Murakami’s novel of the same title. I have watched the film version a few times and I think it is one of the best psycho-thriller movies I have ever seen. Recently, I have been reading the English translation of the book, which was published earlier this year. I bought it a few months ago but have not got very far yet. To be continued..

And it continues: Aoyama, a documentary-maker, was asked by his son if he had thought about getting married again. He then got together with an old friend and former colleague at a bar. When the discussion turned to the subject of remarrying, his friend suggested holding a fake audition to find a suitable candidate to be his new bride. From many women who came to the auditioning process, one lady stood out; her name was Yamasaki Asami, who was thought to have similar traits to his deceased wife. Aoyama was delighted to have found the woman he had been looking for but she turned out to be more than he had bargained for.


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I briefly saw a report on the Sky News channel about a pregnant British woman who has been sentenced to death in south east Asia for drugs smuggling. I did not know which country this woman was to be executed in. I thought it was Thailand, so I decided to check out the full details on the website. But it is not Thailand.

According to the news, this story is happening in Laos. I reiterate: the case is taking place in Laos, not in Thailand. There has been a campaign to save her and her baby from being shot by firing squad. However, that is not what I am discussing in this topic. The thing I want to say is that some of the Brits who commented on the story do not even know that Thailand and Laos are totally different countries. One person even called on people in Britain to boycott Thailand if this woman is executed! And I want to know why exactly people should boycott Thailand? What has this frigging incident got to do with Thailand? If the person who posted that comment requested a boycott against ignorance, I would definitely join the campaign, given their stupidity. You can read the news and comments via the link.

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