I had a really tiring weekend. Glad it is all over and I can go back to normal life. I hate being so busy and running around and my whole brain contains just task task and endless task. It's so good to feel relatively more relaxed again. Normal, everyday life is what I prefer and desire.
We decided it is hard for us to point to a horse that does not exist. Therefore upon budget approval, we have decided to purchase a horse mascot for $1,299 plus shipping to be used during our Mulan musical in Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Here is the picture of the horse:
Mulan will be riding on the horse with fake legs, her real legs being the 2 limbs of the horse. One more person is needed to be the horsehead. Do we have any volunteers? I know this is a tough task as you will be trapped inside the mascot for a while, being hot and sweaty. But think about the rewards of being the one and only ride for Mulan - this is going to be an experience you will never forget the rest of your life. You will no doubt be the main attraction during the entire musical as audiences will focus their attention on the biggest and most animated piece on the stage, therefore completely stealing the spotlights of Mulan and the rest of the cast.
When you see the horse on stage this week during practice, please DO NOT PANIC. It is merely 2 person running around with the mascot on. Please help them get up if the mascot falls down. Your full coorperation is very much appreciated. Patting the horse on the back is encouraged. Just make sure you pat it gently to avoid making it a mad horse and therefore endangering Mulan.
Finishing a recent japanese drama series Attack No.1. The story is about a highschool volleyball player who goes through a series of tough trainings and competitions to mature in skills and mentally. During the course of competitions, she has to deal with separation of good friend, death of another good friend, the danger of disbanding the volleyball team and various obstacles. It is a very encouraging drama. To be honest I think this drama is better than 'Dai Cheung Gum'. Not to take away anything from the super-hot and famous korean drama, but I prefer something faster pace, have nicer camera angles, better cast, better storyline, encouraging mood, upbeat character etc.
Character illustration is especially good in Attack No.1. Every character, including the side characters, have very definable character traits. It is a joy to watch because you can easily recognize different characters and get involved into the drama.
Recently I have been able to track down and meet up with old classmates both from primary school and college. It is a very refreshing experience. Although losing touch for many years, one getting back in touch it is easy to be friends because of similar background. Sometimes with people I have no connections, it is hard to open up oneself because you don't know a lot of things about that person. But when you connect with the old classmates, it brings back a lot of memories. Maybe very dumb and silly memories. Or just bits and pieces. Or things you did stupidly at school. Or maybe fond memories of that secret admirer. Nevertheless I have the sense of familiarity lacking in making completely new friends.
If any of you are reading this (or will read), thank you for your friendships! I do treasure it very much, although I must admit I am a lazy person to keep in touch with people in general. I must do a better job with keeping in touch.... :)
This is a recap post. Last Saturday I went fruit-picking with some friends. We ended up picking up more than 40lbs of fruits! I was a bit bored at times because they kept picking and picking and never really want to leave, with the sun high above the skies.
Anyways, the fruits are excellent. We ended up eating a lot at the spot. Next time should bring a portable electric fan. For those around the bay-area last weekend - you know how hot that independence day weekend was!
An interview with the creator of Nintendo's widely successful Mario Brothers and Zelda. Miyamoto san is a revolutionist with a brilliant mind and always in the innovative forefront. Cool insights on industry trends and directions of future video games. Read the article and pick his brain :)
Watched Batman Returns on Independence Day. It was quite a good movie. I like the fact that this Batman movie goes back to the Tim Burton root of episode 1&2, which is of a dark and serious nature. Unlike the previous 2 Batman movies which features lots of villians and gadgets, Batman Returns focuses on the life of this rich young boy Bruce Wayne - How Bruce saw his wealthy and important parents' murder; the discovery of Bat Cave; Bruce's friendship with Rachel; Bruce's quest to strengthen himself with the shadow ninjas for years in a tibet-like mountain temple , Bruce's initial fear of bats etc. Lots of conversation between characters in the first part of movie.
The second part of the movie has a lot more actions. Talks about the shadow ninjas want to destroy Gotham City and Batman needs to stop them. Overall it is a very well-balanced movie with different ingredients to make this an very entertaining, serious, but packed with contents and actions. The only downside for me is that the movie sometimes is not very logical. Why Bruce as a billionaire will go thru all the hassle to be Batman, get all injured to save the city? Why can't he use his money to do something instead? How did that Bat Tank get away from all those police in the first place? it smashed up the freeways and police cars but the police couldn't find a clue as to its whereabouts?
I think the actors did a decent job in the movie. Not anything memorable, but ok. Lots of big-name movie stars: Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Michael Kane, Morgan Freeman. They all did a decent job in the movie. Nothing spectacular though. However they are all secondary compared to Batman starring Christian Bale. A relatively young actor which I am not quite familiar with his works.
Overall a well-made movie. As a long-time batman movie fan I have to watch it. It's a very serious movie with only occasional one-liner jokes, and the jokes are not exactly very intelligent. But for an entertaining movie, it is worth the admission of a $6.25 matinee on an independence day afternoon. SUrprisingly the theatre was quite packed although the movie has been out for at least 3 weeks.
Went to a restaurant in San Francisco downtown with friends on Saturday night. The name is The Stinking Rose and they serve mainly garlic dishes. When we arrived, the place was jam-packed with people waiting to be seated. We reserved in advance so fortunately only needed to wait for about 10 minutes. The waiter led us into an inner area of the restaurant which is decorated like cubes with red curtains. Some of us felt it was like a gypsy setting where the fortune teller asks you questions in an enclosed area. The table was so small for the 5 of us but we somehow managed to put all the food which came later on the table although it was a bit jammed. It is a small restaurant but filled with energy. The patrons there are very bubbly and conversations were loud. Also there were a few birthdays so the place was very energetic indeed.
First thing we had on our tables are bread. Ordinary bread, but with some garlic sauce. We ended up consuming 4-5 plates of bread just because the garlic sauce was really excellent. Then the appetizers came and they are mussels and shrimps. Both are good and cooked with garlic (what else?) and some wine. Then the main dishes came - a crab, some prime-rib with garlic mashed potato, lasagna with probably garlic inside. We had a very full stomach afterwards. No one could take anymore deserts although the waitor just asked along as usual. Interestingly, when we were ready to leave there were still people waiting to be seated. I think it was after 9pm already.
Yes, the garlic effect was quite strong and the day after my mouth was still filling with the 'aftermath'. Interestingly, there were a few couples I saw in the restaurant having dinner that day. You wouldn't think couples would go to a garlic restaurant...kind of smelly if trying to kiss or smell garlic when being intimate :)
From time to time, I feel foreign to the place I am currently living. Which is United States, and the bay-area.
July 4th is coming. It is a day to celebrate the independence of united states a few hundred years ago. To me, it is just another day of vacation from the busy work life. So maybe there is fireworks, but this fireworks is never as exciting as those fireworks I see in Hong Kong. I am technically an American, but I don't feel like one. Sometimes I feel I don't know what I can contribute to this country. So many willing and talented people. Who cares if there is one more me or one less me? I'd rather help and do things which people have not done. Or tasks or projects which people rarely touch on. I guess I am the type of person who compliments others.
I do miss Hong Kong. Although my parents are here in the states, I miss everything about Hong Kong. The people, the food, the streets, the busy lifestyle, even the dirty street. Afterall i spent the first 18 years there. Maybe I am not a die-hard Hong Kong-nese, but that feeling of belonging is always there.
People ask me why I don't go back to have a vacation. I found myself always have an excuse not to go - other vacation spots are more exciting, no vacation days, no time, too hot in summer etc. Maybe I shouldn't be so lazy. Maybe I really should take a week off and go back to Hong Kong just to meet some people and walk around the place I am most familiar with.