Monthly Archives: December 2008

‘Click’ Some Thoughts 0

Today was I having a rerun of some movies I got stored on my hard disk. And it just so happens that most of the movies i have are comedies with Adam Sandler starring in them. Which got me watching his movie ‘Click’ again. 

Adam Sandler is best known as the movie comedian. Hard to actually take most of his films seriously since they are always shown in a lighthearted manner. However i think that is the best thing about the stuff he’s done so far. Like ‘Click‘ and ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan‘, both touched on certain topics that left poignant thoughts in your head. 

What I just adored about ‘Click’, was despite all the goofy moments, words and actions. In the end there was a stronger message that Adam was hoping to share with it. Which was family comes first before your work or career. I think every one can relate to that problem. Do you pick your career or do you pick quality times with your family? Even more so when you don’t just have one family but you also have the family of a partner. Just too many things to consider – on that note anyway. How often do we just go through life not really enjoying it with your loved ones. Just watching it pass by because we are rushing to get to some bigshot promotion or whatever it is that one aims for. It’s a good thing for one to just sit back, take a breather and spend time with the things that matter. 

 

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‘Click’ touched me, like no comedy movie has done. And even though I’ve seen it easily 4-5 times now. It still makes me tear at the part where Adam’s character, Michael Newman, finds out that his father had passed away so he goes to the last moment he saw his dad. The last time he saw his dad it ended on a bad note because he was on ‘autopilot’ causing him to only be bothered about his work. That was also the last time he heard his father say he loved him. 

Another part of the movie that got me tearing again, was the very ending when he was trying to catch up with his grown up son who was about to leave the hospital. The shot and set up was fantastic. With him running in the rain to get to his son, Ben and when he ends up tripping over his feet. He has to squeeze every once of his energy to scream for Ben. Ben suddenly drops the umbrella and runs to Michael. That cracked and moved me. 

I feel this is his best work in terms of acting anyway. Sure may not be that different, but i just love movies that make you think about life. Topics that touch right here at the heart. It’s movies like – in my opinion – that stays close to home and makes a difference in lives.

Click is a great for a laugh and also for some good loving thoughts on family.

7 Things Guys Don’t Have To Do 205

I’m a fan of Miley Cyrus and I do enjoy her cutesy wutesy song ‘7 things’. While browsing on Youtube today I found this parody of the song uploaded, directed, edited and sung by this Youtuber called Venetian Princess. Her real name is Jodie Rivera.

Most of her videos are parodies of a number of music videos. She does have a couple of her own songs and music videos though.  She’s terribly pretty (that’s a good thing not a bad thing :P) and her lyrics have some great humour to it. 

This song is just cute. Not poignant or anything just cute. Since it talks about the 7 things –  or rather more than 7 things – that guys don’t have to do, but girls do them. All because we wanna look good for the men. lol. Typical. 

Here are the lyics to the Miley Cyrus – 7 Thing – Parody. 

7 things that guys don’t have to do!
ouch!
ouch!
Its time for me to say this;
addressing all you guys.
Except for all you Drag Queens
who deserve a nobel prize
But the straight guys,
they don’t realize
what we go through
Everyday;
and its alot.
Now its time for
all us females
to remind you
just incase you all forgot.

 
THE SEVEN THINGS THAT GUYS DON’T HAVE TO DO!
1. Shave Legs
2. Give Birth
3. Aunt Flow
4. Wear Skirts
5. Wax Armpits
Hey it HURTS!
6. Wear pantyhose
7. Paint your toes too!
8. Wear high heels
9. Pluck brows
10. skip meals
11. Count pounds
12. some girls have to carry heavy mounds! -_-”

 
…We’re way past seven now, but
ill keep going anyhow!
13. Uncomfy thongs
14. Tight bras
15. Tampons
16. blow your money on beauty salons
17. Flat Iron burns
18. And health concers 
from hair dye fumes! 
… and the reason why we do the crazy things that we do!- We do it for you. ^_^

 
Sometimes we’re hard to deal with
That- we can’t deny
Just think of what we go through
See- thats the reason why…..
(repeat)
—The End—

See all the things we ladies have to go through!!

So don’t complain next time! Hmph :P

What I also love about this youtuber is that she gives credit where it needs to go. For all the people that helped her make the video. and of course after parodying a video, she will encourage viewers to go to the real artists website/page whatever. 

This young lady from Vietname is now busy recording her first album and one of her songs entitled ‘Somewhere Else’ is currently ‘the’ song on Samsung Behold cellphones.  Go check out her official site here at VPrincess.

WordPress 2.7 207

Upgrade.. yet again. While I don’t like it when I have to upgrade my wordpress. I must say that I quite like the new interface of WordPress 2.7. This is already the second time that wordpress has upgaded it’s layout this year and waddya know just before Christmas. WordPress present for wordpress bloggers. hehe. 

It may take a while, to get used to it but so far I love the new layout. This is what it looks like on my dummy wordpress admin dashboard. 

 

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Let’s take a look at the latest dashboard. Firstly, everything is now ajaxified. You can drag and minimize the topics most important for you. Under screen options you get to pick what you want to see on your dashboard. The latest addition to the dashboard is ‘quickpress’, allowing you to write an instant post without having to go to the write post page. Nice but instead of having the tags section, I would’ve preferred for it to be the category section. 

I used to love the plugin Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu because the old interface didn’t have the drop down option. They’ve now gotten rid of the top selection menu and put it all as an ajax sidebar on the left. Not bad. Btw if you are having troubel seeing the dashboard menu, it’s due to the Ozh pluging still activated. Deactivate it and all will be fine again. While we are on the topic of plugins, fantastic to know you can now search and instantly install a plugin into your wordpress rather than going through the ftp way. Can ya see the install button… ooh goosebumps on how instant it can be. I’m such a geek!

 

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Another thing that is a great feature is that this wil probably be the last time we have to do our own means of upgrading wordpress. Now there is an option on the menu under settings that will allow you to an instant upgrade. 

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The last thing which i find superbly cool. Is that when you click on the post page. You will all your drats and published post on one page. Great and even better, you can do quick editing on the main post page, instead of having to open up the actual editing page. Before I had the plugin Admin Management Xtended. Don’t need that anymore, since it’s now integrated with the new wordpress 2.7. Woots! Goosebumps again!

 

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These were tha main things that caught my attention for wordpress 2.7. If you want to know more or find out about the latest features for it go to this link WordPress 2.7 Coltrane. Or better still just watch this video, if it doesn’t take too long to load. 

 

Should you upgrade your wordpress? Well no harm in doing so but even I’m not upgrading my aronil.com site yet. Just cause i want to test it out a bit more first. Get familiarised with the new features. Maybe I’ll upgrade when my site is due for payment or something. Overall the new interface is pretty rocking!

Anger Management Workout 3

Question. Should you or should you not work out when you are feeling a bit peeved? 

I did ask this of my friend who’s entire lifestyle is purely about working out. He thinks it’s the best time to, and I felt otherwise. I figured it won’t be such a good thing to workout when you are angry. My rational is that when you’re mad, you don’t really think straight and that goes the same for when you are working out, carrying weights or whatever. I’d think that you’d just wanna carry something and then really just throw it around. 

Well.. I proved my thought wrong. Cause today I was just all steamed up. I usually allow my tempers too cool off after a while. But this one kept on pursuing my head for reasons I shall not reveal. My first thought when I felt the blood rising to my brain causing it to go into anger mode, was to just run. Run run run run. 

And that’s what I did. Suited up immediately in trackbottom and my fav sweat top -then I just hit the threadmill. It helped too that I had blasted on some of my workout tunes that just fueled me even more to sweat all that annoyance out. So I walked fast, jog and then sprinted for a good 25 minutes.. i think. I had pause in between. 

That didn’t soothe me either. Grabbed my car keys, water tumbler and drove to the gym at raintree. Hit the eliptical machine and stayed for a good 32 minutes, completing exactly 400 calories. Still not enough. Did weights – chest press, dumbbell flies, and some abs. I was pretty beat by now. Bought a can of vege oranged juice to plant back some sugar into the body.

Came home… still mad. So I ran for another 5 minutes. That really took it out of me then. 

Conclusion: Workout cause it’ll take your mind of things. However do a reality check. I still kept pushing even though my body was tired. I think that was on pure adrenaline there. Now I’m super tired as I’m typing this, but I felt like writing this down. Just to either remind me how dumb it was to just workout for a good portion of the day. Or to just prove that it’s great for a cool off.

Grandmaster Ip Man 0

Been a while since I wrote a review on any movie I think. Today i met up with Zawen, my workout si fu (lol) and Nicholas, who both work with me for motion capture. We’ve got a long end of the year break so we decided to just chill and hang out by watching the movie Ip Man. The latest kung fu movie starring the wonderful martial artists actor Donnie Yen

I feel that Hollywood has seriously spoilt us when it comes to fabulous fight scenes. We are so used to seeing some gun fight and big armies fighting with one another, that we fail to appreciate hand to hand combat. Probably also cause th eonly type of fighting styles I’ve scene lately on the big silver screen are Jackie Chan’s and Jet Li’s, both martial arts masters of their own. 

Ip Man or also known as Grandmaster Yip Man, is a semi-biographical movie about the first martial arts master to teach the popular Chinese kung fu called Wing Chun. Ip Man also happens to be the mentor of the infamous Jeet Kune Do  master Bruce Lee

 

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The movie is set in Fo Shan, China, has a pretty basic storyline, and most the story is all in the action. The movie tells the story of how Ip Man, born of a wealthy family revolved his world around just practicing his martial art form. In the 1930s, when China was still peaceful and not under the Japanese occupation, Ip Man was a man who refused to take any students under his wing. According to the movie there were tons of other martial arts school, all teaching their own type of kung fu, but Ip Man’s fighting style was still the best out of all. It is only when the Japanese conquered China and took over Fo Shan, that Ip Man realises he has to do something for only he was strong enough to stand up to the Japanese. Not too sure about historical facts here, but that’s how it goes. He’s resilience against the Japanese gave encouragement to the Chinese and made them rebel against the Japanese, by not letting them just treat them as their lackey. 

 

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The movie has many great moments. Donnie Yen, did extensive research on his character Ip Man. Pressure can definitely be felt for Donnie, since Ip Man’s real son Ip Chun served as a consultant for the film.  I think not many people know Donnie for his acting abilites but more for his martial art skills. Which makes Ip Man interesting, cause while you see hardcore fight scenes. You also see Donnie doing a fantastic job of showing the calm yet you can get an understanding for his character who wishes to do nothing protect his family and mind his own business.

Here’s the cast list. 

 

   

[L-R] Donnie Yen: Yip Man;  Simon Yam: Zhou Qing Quan; Fan Siu-Wong: Jin Shan Zhao; Li Qi Long: Green Dragon;  

 

   

[L-R]  Xing Yu:Master Zealot Lin ; Gordon Lam Ka Tung: Li Zhao ; Lynn Hung: Zhang Zhang Yong Cheng;

I couldn’t find any other good picture of the guy playing General Miura. Don’t know if he is really part of history. You build some sort of relationship too with this character. While he’s a cold Japanese general, he still has a big lean towards honor. He enjoys watching fights which is about the skill. In comparison to his henchmen who is just an evil subordinate.

 

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The soundtrack is a beautiful score too. Composed by Kenji Kawai, the person who also composed Ghost in the Shell. I can’t wait to find it and buy it. This will be great for workout music. 

Do go catch Ip Man. Even if all the facts aren’t 100% real, it’s still great to instill the want to know more about the legend of Wing Chun, martial arts and even a bit on Chinese history. Ip Man the Grandmaster is now no longer a hidden legend :)

Hedgie Cuteness 15

I found this ball of cuteness through Larissa’s twitter update. I enjoy looking at cutesy stuff every once in a while. For my friends who know me well, they know the minute they show something cute – be it a puppy, kitten or just some animal that is darn cute. I will go into baby talk mode. Like so..

OOoooohhh aawwreeennntt chyyyewwww the qqqquuuttesst Thing…. EeeeeeeEEEEE… hoootta ji ji ji ji

*** squeeze cheeks cause I just can’t stand the cuteness***

This photographer, BlueLunarRose was waiting for the lil baby hedgehogs to come out. He/she managed to take some snapshots of this adorable looking baby.  Here here, lemme share! Go check out her shots on flickr. You can see all the hedgehog photos here.

 

Cute Smile by BlueLunarRose.

Aiyoooo I’ll faint from it’s cuteness!!
You wake me up to take that picture ! by BlueLunarRose.

More from my baby by BlueLunarRose.

 

My Love (and Yours) by BlueLunarRose.

Thanks BlueLunarRose for putting a smile and giggle to my day!

 

Hahaha it’s amazing, I really don’t know how one can describe cuteness. Seriously. And they say cute means ugly but adorable.. there sure is nothing ugly about things that are cute. They are just qeeewwwttt.