November 15th, 2015

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Movie Review: 'Our Times' 《我的少女時代》

Hi people!

During the Deepavali holiday, Shen and I caught 'Our Times'
《我的少女時代》, a movie that was highly raved by others.

Apparently, it's a movie that would make you cry and some of my friends even watched the movie again because it was just too good. Naturally, I was very curious about this. Shen is awesome for watching this with me even though he had to sit through a chick flick. THANK YOU!! :D



Poster credits to goldposter.com

'Our Times' brings us back to our younger, schooling days when we have our first crush and first experience of innocent puppy love. To some extent, it reminds me of another movie called 'You are the Apple of my Eye' 那些年,我们一起追的女孩but I like 'Our Times' better because the story was told from the perspective of an ordinary girl - a story that we ladies can resonate with.

In this movie, an ordinary high school girl named Lin Truly (played by Vivian Sung) had a crush on the most popular guy in school, Ouyang Extraordinary (played by Dino Lee).

At the same time, the school's bad boy and troublemaker Hsu Taiyu (played by Ta Lu Wang) was interested in the prettiest girl in school, Tao Minmin (played by Dewi Chien). Together, Truly and Taiyu decided to work together to help each other win their dream dates and in the process, they learn a thing or two about true love.



Photo credits to thepoppingpost.com

Now, I know this sounds like a cheesy plot but thankfully, the movie wasn't as cheesy as I thought.

I'd have to disclaim that this movie was definitely a more 'ladies' movie because yes, ladies love chick flicks and it allowed us to reminisce our secondary school days when we were young and innocent. Besides, we're not complaining when there are eye candies in the movie. Dino Lee looks really good with the 'M-shaped' hairstyle that was so popular in those days and in fact, much better than his usual MTV look.



Photo credits to taipeitimes.com

Even though this is a Taiwanese movie, there were some familiar scenes that we can relate to as well - the walking by hallways just to catch a glimpse of our crush, the studying in McDonalds' together with friends, collecting postcards or stickers of our pop idols and the dolling up to impress our date, only to end up looking a lot older than we are.


Photo credits to hpility.blogspot.com

Like Truly Lin, I used to be a dorky girl as well (except that I was less dramatic) who had a crush on a handsome bad boy during my secondary school days. I noticed him during assembly and hoped that I could one day become his friend.

Interestingly, I got to know him through my school channel on Internet Relay Chat (IRC). IRC was also rather popular back then before MSN Messenger came about. We chatted online and decided to meet up during recess time. I was so nervous and worried that a handsome guy like him would not want to be my friend after he sees me but interestingly, my worries were uncalled for because we became quite close. Even though he was interested in the other popular girls in school, I was happy to just be his 'sister' and his 'confidante'. We aren't in contact now but it was definitely one of the more interesting moments in my boring, nerdy school life.




In essence, I didn't cry but I love the heartwarming, bittersweet moments in this movie. I also love the theme song and have been looping it even before I watched the movie.

If you're interested to watch this movie, be sure to catch it soon before it goes off screen! :)

Disclaimer: Movie review is based on personal experiences.
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Event: 'The Hunt for the Red Lion' Documentary Screening @ National Library Board

Hey people!

In early November, I was at National Library Board for the 'The Hunt for the Red Lion' Documentary Screening, thanks to an invitation by The Influencer Network.




'The Hunt for the Red Lion' is a 30 minute SG50 documentary film that aims to show that Singapore's history is interesting and dynamic, with possible alternative interpretations to it.

The film also suggests that Singapore may already have multi-cultural communities since a long time ago.




'The Hunt for the Red Lion' was initiatied by Eric Ng & Elango S/O Athiramulahi Letchumana and eventually produced by Oak 3 Films.

That night, Mr Eric Ng (left) provided a brief introduction of the film prior to the screening and shared with us some of the questions he had about our history.

As for Professor Miksic (right), he was one of notable academics whose opinion was sought in the film.



Photo credits to The Influencer Network.

As kids, we learnt in school that Sang Nila Utama saw a lion on Temasek island and decided to name the island 'Singapura'. We also learnt that he travelled to Temasek because he was bored and was attracted to our white, sandy beaches.

Comparing the Malay Annals, Chinese source materials and Indonesian source materials seemed to suggest that there may be more than meets the eye.

Because the truth is, there were no lions living in Singapore back then. In the Malay Annals, Sang Nila Utama described the animal as a 'Lion' with a red body and black head which also did not fit the description of a lion. What could he have seen then?

We invite you to watch an alternative interpretation of our history through a 30 minute film embedded below.




Feel free to also support the film's Facebook page here. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Event and film feature are based on personal experiences.