Constant Gardener – A Case of Undying LOve

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Constant Gardener – A case of undying love?

Finally caught this oscar nominated show over the weekend..

The biggest draw-factor is none other than Ralph Finenes. This bittersweet actor has got my attention for his memorable roles in ‘TheEnglish Patient’, ‘The End of The Affair’. His eyes seem to convey those despondent moments without fail…like Tony Leung in ‘The Mood for Love’.

Summary : Constant Gardener is about a guy looking for answers to his wife’s death.everything in this movie is a mystery. There is the political  world involved, the local prejudice, etc.

After this, we’ll be left wondering why does such things happen in other parts of the world?  why would people have this kind of marriage? why would someone die for fighting justice? why is there so much unfairness in the world?

This is a really dark depressing movie.. I end up feeling kind of useless at the end of the show, knowing that things like this is still undergoing in other parts ofthe world…Life is cheap, they say.

As for romance factor, the English Patient still wins hands down. However,comparing this with Brokeback Mountain & Syriana in the Oscar Nomination 2006, I thought this show is a really  beautiful masterpiece.


The Making Of A Bookworm

The making of a bookworm…

Was actually out for lunch one day – when the lure of the neighbourhood library seems to beckon me. ended up with ‘Marrying Buddha’, ‘The Diva Wears Prada’, ‘Watermelon’,could have more if not for the limit on one card. Borrowing books is like shopping without paying.

Managed to complete ‘Marrying Buddha’ by china author, Wei Hui, who’swell-known for her controversial book ‘Shanghai Baby’ – which was banned inChina, for whatever sensitive issues it had. Remembered reading ‘ShanghaiBaby’ once, but guess it din leave much of an impression since i can’tremember any of its contents. Guess ‘Marrying Buddha’ was kind of similar – a girl looking for love in New York & all the SATC experience – not explicit, still a bit obscure & vague, as if its written for specific conservative audience. Of course, certain parts of the story is quite interesting, esp the one on the jade in the shape of the egg – thou shalt not disclose further here thou. At first i thought i’m reading one of my gf’s regular emails to us in the past…there’s also some interesting excerpts taken from well-known philosophers like’Lao Tze’, from movies or books like ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’…

well, with one down, left 3 or 4 to go, including one lent by a friend. Ifyou are reading this, pardon my slowness, will try to finish your book byend Feb!


Ikoi Vs Hanabi

Valentine’s Day started with a 3-some lunch at Ikoi Restaurant @ Miramar Hotel (off Havelock Road)

Spur of a moment – decided to eat at Ikoi for lunch. No surprise, it was fully booked as usual.
So ended up sitting at the bar..  What a waste, there was no kawaii chef to drool at. 

So I ended up having full concentration on the food instead – chawamushi, sashimi, ebi tempura…all my favourtive, & sushi is nothing without Sake.  Of course, some wise ‘ass’ in the group ordered Hot Sake in such a hot weather?! Well, it’s my 1st time trying sake, just thought it taste like volka, thought it’ll taste better if it’s cooler ;D

         Next stop, next day – ended up at Hanabi Restaurant @ Odeon Towers (near City Hall). The range is not as expansive as Ikoi.  Besides sashimi,everything comes with something else, such as ebi tempura comes with veggie tempura.This is certainly a drawback for me since i’m kind of anti-veggie. And the Soft-shell crab comes with rice…er…how does one eat buffet if i’ve to stuff myself with rice? But my friends are commenting, that only Hanabi serves grilled fish,chicken etc.  Maybe they’re right, but seriously, I can’t imagine eating cooked food, or chicken in a Jap restaurant (= personal prejudice, i know)      

As my favourite motto goes, since in jap restuarant, must do what the Jap do! – have some Sake of course!  First, we have a disappointing 14% sake, hence decided to try something else. We ended up choosing a ladies’ drink called ‘mei jiu’, otherwise known as plum juice .  This is a ladies ladies drink served in a bottle equivalent to a 250ml small sized evian, with large bottle of water, with lemon slices, plums & ice at the side. What’s that for? mixing??! Cos there’s  no indication of any % on the bottle thou.     The ‘ya ya’ factor in us- decided to try this MeiJiu plain without any mix!! Whoooaaa! Big Mistake!! It is 40% strong !!!  With a potential ‘red’ flags hanging over our heads,  we ended up mixing everything in.. We have totally underestimated the power of a small potent drink  called ‘Ichiigo‘  (* not strawberry). If we have it plained and not stirred, we would have been knocked out cold.