Archive for May, 2015

A Rose

One time this afternoon my reverie suddenly took me back to one particular incident in February 2012. I was homestaying in Revesby under an Egyptian architect. I did have a place to stay during the first few weeks I arrived in Sydney but circumstances I wished I could have prevented earlier would come to pass anyway, prompting my transfer to a homestay setup in another area of NSW. It was bittersweet; so was the weather about a week into my stay in Revesby. Going into March the rain frequented the area and as if to add insult to injury, the cold was unforgiving as well. 
Even though I had been reminded of the tarot card The Hanged Man to stay put so painful events can unfold on their own without my intervention, I was unrelenting in my deep-seated anger. It was the perfect time to burn bridges and unsolicited advice from a super nice friend would fuel my desperation. 

The rainy weather seemed to last for years. It struck me today that I would often see a rose by my window. The Egyptian homeowner has a small garden outside extending to his backyard. Even though I always pull the curtains together, I would still get a glimpse of the rose between the gap of the curtains. I never thought much about how this rose could be offering me hope back then until today. After my two-week homestay there, I noticed few rose stems have grown taller and joined the one rose that kept me company. 

There’s a reason why I was reminded of that memory from 3 years ago. The rose by my window was a subtle reminder to find consolation and hope but I could not appreciate it at the time. 


I am not fond of movie reviews so I’ll just write about my personal impressions about movies that have come out here in my city for the past two weeks.

Mad Max: Fury Road

I vaguely remember the Mad Max movies in the 1980s as being starred by Mel Gibson and I have heard it was a cult classic. I’ve seen the trailer a few times for Mad Max: Fury Road and doubted myself to be able to appreciate a post-apocalyptic theme. But I was floored from start to finish with MM:FF as everything was in constant motion while delivering a storyline as consistently moving. I love the play of duality being shown in the movie – the arid desert they travel through during the day and the soft bluish moonlit atmosphere at night, the patriarch-ruled Citadel and how women came out of hiding to fight as well. Nothing about the movie was as barren as the desert they traversed in.

Pitch Perfect 2

I had planned to watch PP2 first before MM:FF but it ended up the other way around and because as an afterthought I considered MM:FF to be a real cinematic gem, I had to postpone watching Pitch Perfect 2 for 4 days even though I had been looking forward to watching PP2 for months.

I was a Glee fan and it wasn’t hard to love the sequel to Pitch Perfect. I ROTFL’ed throughout the whole movie as that is what it’s supposed to accomplish.


It’s no secret I love Jason Statham’s movies even though I’ve seen few where he’s ill-fittingly starred in. On the other hand, I like to see actors not being typecasted too much so Spy was refreshing to watch because Statham’s role is toned down from the usual action star types we see him in. It was my first time to see a Melissa McCarthy movie and I first thought it was an interesting combination. Three days after watching the movie I still find myself secretly laughing at funny scenes from the said movie. Very entertaining!


Without reading too much into the movie subject, I knew Tomorrowland would appeal to the never-give-up daydreamer character in me. I watched this in Dolby ATMOS (my first time to watch in this technology) and I could say my money was worth it, although sometimes I get this feeling that the science of Tomorrowland was too much to squeeze in a two-hour movie. It made me miss Disney World, too.

Until next movie-viewing!


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