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Monday, September 23, 2013

they are amidst !



I was at the checkout of a K-Mart.  The cashier rang up $46.64 charges. I gave her a fifty dollar bill.  She gave me back $46.64. I gave the money back to her and told her that she had made a
mistake in MY favour. She became indignant and informed me she was educated and knew what she was doing, and returned the money again.  I gave her the money back, same scenario!

I departed the store with the $46.64.

They Walk A mong Us and Many Work Retail

I walked into a Starbucks with a buy-one-get- one-free coupon for a Grande Latte.  I handed it to the girl and she looked over at a little chalkboard that said 'buy one-get one free'.  'They're already buy-one- get-one-free,' she said, 'so I guess they're both free'. She handed me my free Lattes and I walked out the door.

They Walk Among Us!

One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when one of them shouted, 'Look at that dead bird!' Someone looked up at the sky and said, 'Where?'

They Walk Among Us!

While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning.  She asked, 'Does the sun rise in the North?.  
When my brother explained that the sun rises in the East, and has for sometime, she shook her head and said, 'Oh I don't keep up with all that stuff.'

They Walk A mong Us!!

I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, 'The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.' He responded, 'Is that Eastern or Pacific time?' Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, 'Uh, Pacific.'

They Walk Among Us!

My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk.

They Walk Among Us!

My friends and I went out to buy beer and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%.  Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount.

They Walk A mong Us!

I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area, so I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up.  She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands.  'Now,' she asked me, has your plane arrived yet?'

They Walk Among Us!

While working at a pizza place I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. 'Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.'

Yep, They Walk Among Us!

They Walk Among Us, they Reproduce and THEY Vote!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

slipstream

Pete Teo:
 I saw a 30 minute newsreel more than a year ago. Shot at Malaya’s Independence ceremony, the archive film was in poor repair yet the spirit captured was unmistakable. I was struck by how people’s faces were more open then, how proud their eyes were and upright their stance – especially when held spellbound by Tunku Abdul Rahman, whose Proclamation Of Independence declared us to be: “…forever a sovereign democratic and independent state founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people…” That was in 1957. Although we would only become Malaysia in 1963, Tunku’s Merdeka speech clearly outlined the foundations of our country. Yet subsequent years have often seen us falter in the high principles that he envisioned. To the extent that modern Malaysia is a mixed bag of beauty and filth, I began to wonder if Tunku was alive today what he would make of us. I concluded that perhaps it would do us good to listen to him again. Thus an idea began to take shape… It occurred to me that I should make a time machine: a temporal device to transport Malaysia back to the days of its founding. In times of heightened political, religious and racial tension, perhaps time-traveling to where we began would be good. It might remind us of our greater commonality instead of our petty differences


 

 SLIPSTREAM” 
WRITTEN BY PETE TEO  PERFORMED BY MELINA WILLIAM 
See how you go slipstreaming on.
 Past crimson rose and fields of gold.
 Along these fallowed steps to your heart 
Where you did find me there 
And I did come so far 
 People are you coming with me? 
People are you coming with me? 
 So now we go through wind rain sleet and snow. 
The love we speak is more than they’ll ever know. 

 My thoughts:
 Moments in the video that is thought provoking and poignant, to decipher what we individually see in the imagery.
 Brilliant imagery and visual story telling on how the story of our nation enfolds post merdeka ..with a multi diverse cast all of which who in one way or another have a contributing stake in the shaping of our country’s identity..whether through politics , arts and entertaiment , sports and collectively moulded Malaysia into what we are today.
 As we watch the video , note the expressions of solemnness and eager anticipation on the faces of David Arumugam /NameWee , whereas Nazir Razak (would like to think that he also represents Najib in this image) / Liow Tiong Lai , Sofea Jane and Saifudin Abdullah had a look of relief / joy and of course suppressed excitement eagerly awaiting the moment of declaring independence for the country.
 Ambiga ..still has that endearing no-nonsense look on her as she observes the historic moment in the making..
 NameWee serious and solemn expression captured on his face almost boyish like innocence in the serious expression.
 Michelle Yeoh… waiting elegantly .
 Tengku Razali and Lim Kit Siang (political opponents from both sides united in one common voice of being Malaysian) seems to be savouring the moment as it builds up , as their smiles seem to be suggesting.
 Noticed that Namewee is seated in a multi racial mix of a songkok wearing Malay pak cik and a Indian gentleman plus of course the Malaysian Chinese Namewee . Truly a accurate depiction and representation of the 3 main ethnic groups waiting to celebrate the moment together and of course with the other minorities in one voice and mind. ..
 All who are present at the stadium real and “added on” , eagerly anticipating the declaring of Merdeka..of their nation that they are yearning to chant together in sincerity and passion.

 Then comes a panoramic shot of KL skyline of the 60s ..(1.17) back then as the cries of Merdeka rang out from the stadium. ( this is a good footage comparison to the enhanced images later in the video)

 Another favourite thought provoking and endearing scene is of Marina Mahathir and Nurul Izzah ( children of the political nemesis of each other.. today both of these ladies much loved and popular with the people in their own right ) crossing a busy street together. holding arms looking out for each other, and with the Arch in the background with the message ” Bersekutu bertambah mutu” . Quality in Alliance”. A message of reconciliation in the image , that doesn’t get better than that. (2.10)
 Then followed by a scene of the couple from the movie ” Sepet”. (2.15) An interracial love story that ended in tragedy. Directed by the much loved and acclaimed Yasmin Ahmad. But in this image, the couple had a baby in their arms.. An alternate happy ending. A poignant message that there is hope for us yet in our Malaysian multi ethnic and cultural backgrounds as we interact amongst each other.

 Then of course comes the footage of Tunku Abdul Rahman preparing the declaration of “MERDEKA” , and against a surrealistic misty backdrop of the post modern KL skyline with the outline of the twin towers faintly visible.
Like a prophetic optimistic futuristic visual projection of the direction of where our nation’s capital and country will be headed post independence.

 Who can forget the glory days of our country’s football in the era when Santokh Singh (2.36) combined with Soh Chin Aun was defending our Malaysian team , it was almost an impenetrable wall . And looking at that big strong ,friendly aged and mellowed Santokh Singh gazing back at us with his ” dignified resilience , strength , maturity and commanding respect with his presence . Such are the qualities Malaysia can do with as a nation.


 The late Yasmin Ahmad (3.34) with a ”child in her arms”.
Another very poignant image that can be significant as she is so fondly known for her distinctly down to earth film productions that had a very Malaysian flavour of a multi racial Malaysia.
 Her movies had been able to touch many hearts and minds of our nation’s people. Her productions are well known in Malaysia for their humour, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers although in Malaysia some of her productions were deemed controversial for skirting taboo subjects.
 Many of her “babies” went on to become multiple award winning short or feature films and documentaries locally and internationally.
 Here we see Yasmin cradling a child asleep in her arms -  feeling protected / safe / secure as to his/her position in the world.
How we wish that the child in her arms is the metaphor of Yasmin’s imaginings of a multi cultural diverse society she yearns to see accepted .
 That child can also represent the future generations of Malaysians , “mothered and nurtured ” by Yasmin ‘s ideals of a Malaysian psyche.

 Finally as the video ends , take in the few seconds of silence and ponder on the background scenery of a modern but fuzzy KL city skyline and even as KL tower comes into view… The Silence lets you witness the images and contemplate how far we have come since the ringing of the Merdeka chant from Tunku reverberating from Stadium Merdeka.


 –Slip Stream is very much A feel good video to watch , reminding us of what being Malaysian is. If only we have full length movies produced with this theme of reminding us of the wealth of our cultural diversity and help unify us as a nation with a common identity.

 Why can’t we have more movies that go this direction in creating inspiration and love for our country and also acknowledgment of our diversity as the source of our strength.? This is indeed a very Malaysian production reflecting the creativity of our home grown talent. 

Well done to Pete Teo and his Malaysian team 

 CAST LIST featured in the video: spotted in order of appearance -

 David Arumugam (of the Alleycats) at 0:50 – looking very sombre.
 Nazir Razak and Liow Tiong Lai and Sofea Jane at 0:54 
 Ambiga Sreenevasan at 0:57. with the endearing no-nonsense expression on her face. 
Namewee at 1:04–also serious and somber looking to almost a point of reverence 
 Saifuddin Abdullah 1 .06- relaxed and calm look as usual 
 Jo Kukathas at 1:11.. quaint hat amongst european crowd 
 Lim Kit Siang and Tengku Razaleigh at 1:12 . both have a smile that seems to suggest that they are enjoying every minute of the historic moment.. Sitting next to each other . Suggesting perhaps that despite idealogical or political differences and inclinations is no reason for not getting along if they united in the common cause of being Malaysian first.
 Michelle Yeoh at 1:14. looking elegant in relaxed anticipation. 

 Marina Mahathir and Nurul Izzah Anwar at 2:10. liked this scene a lot as they cross the busy street looking out for each other

 Jinniboy (of Youtube fame) at 2:15 merdeka ! 

 The couple from Sepet The movie 2.16 couple re emerge with a baby in their arms suggestive of a happy ending after all. alternate conclusion to the tragic ending . If only real life imitates art. 

 Santokh Singh 2.36 may be aged and mellowed but still projects formidable strength and resolve simply by a glare at the camera. 
 Pete Teo 3.20 has to sneak himself in to this much loved video he directed and produced and play a part and deservingly so.
 Ramli Ibrahim 3.27 icon of the art of dance in Malaysia


 Yasmin Ahmad 3.34 multiple award winning local and international film maker of movies that has a social message which has resonated with viewers especially her Malaysian productions.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

tanda putra podcast review

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Tanda Putra written review : /fit-for-golden-raspberry-award-biggest-box-office-flop/



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