I am The Shai.

Saturday, October 29, 2005


When your friend is over the moon, you should smile and be proud of that friend and share the moment. Friends are not people who share your joy today and abandon you tomorrow.
They remain with you for a lifetime.

To 4 people in particular,
Mamat, the boy who has to go under the boss' table and eats nasi without rice,

Mak Limah, the girl who used to lead a band called "H***Y and the Pussies",

Lenny, the boy who should have cried with chocolate cake in his face,

Mak Bedah, the girl who calls you "Bodoh!" in your face,

I am extremely proud of you. The right things have been proven.

To the rest who did not stop short at making the night a magical one, congratulations and thank you!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Tom-Yum-Goong Review

Sheesh. I forgot to also mention that I was assigned to review Tom-Yum-Goong.
It opens 3rd November 2005.

If you're interested to read my take of the movie, click on the poster below and you'll be directed to my review on the MovieXclusive.com website!

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Tony Jaa!!!

I'm not particularly into Muay Thai or flying kicks and such.
Nonetheless, Tony Jaa, the star of Ong Bak was in town recently to promote his latest movie, Tom-Yum-Goong.
Richard and I were there to cover the event held at the Oriental one fine afternoon.

Below are some pictures I took during the event courtesy of Richard's camera.
More pictures coming soon when the article is up on the MovieXclusive.com website.
And yes, I became photographer for a day! Hyuk hyuk!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ramadan Reflections: A Brief

This Ramadan has gone by oh so quickly. Most of it has been spent outside of the house.
This is also the year of the record number of times I've broken my fast in a cinema.
Or outside the cinema with a burger.
Work commitments and all but I'm not particularly complaining.
In fact, this year's Ramadan's not that tough at all.

Anyways, managed to join the relatives for a family gathering to break our fast at my uncle's place. And I had these two angels of mine around. Weeeeeeeeee~

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I'll be back with more stories people. Apologies for the lack of updates. Extremely busy rushing out the script and work.

Saturday, October 22, 2005


Changed my desktop to this nice serene scene from the upcoming Elizabethtown.

And I can just imagine Mei and Peiyu laughing their asses off, probably knowing believeing in their hearts that I'm no more a seekrit/closet Orlando fan.

For the record, I've never been one okays?

And I don't have anything against him either.

*Tries not to imagine Orlando in speedos*
*Glares at Richard*

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Thursday, October 20, 2005


I just had to blog this.
It's funny how you wait all day long for that one thing to happen and it occurs when you least it expect it!

Love Changes Everything...

I don't usually post lyrics of songs on my blog or anything but I couldn't get about to writing an actual entry. I also don't know why lah. It's been 2 busy weeks at movieXclusive and I still got a lot of writing to do. So, just wanted to share with y'all this song.

While reading through the message boards over at IMDB.com, I found a board under the upcoming Pride and Prejudice link asking what song would suit Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy's predicament or love (whichever way you look at it) and someone suggested this song.

Love Changes Everything sung by Sarah Brightman
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Lyrics: Don Black & Charles Hart.
Show: "Aspects of love" (1989).

Love, love changes everything: hands and faces, earth and sky.
Love, love changes everything: how you live and how you die.
Love can make the summer fly, or a night seem like a lifetime.
Yes, love, love changes everything, now I tremble at your name.
Nothing in the world will ever be the same.

Love, love changes everything: days are longer, words mean more.
Love, love changes everything: pain is deeper than before.
Love will turn your world around, and that world will last forever.
Yes, love, love changes everything, brings you glory, brings you shame.
Nothing in the world will ever be the same.

Off into the world we go, planning futures, shaping years.
Love bursts in and suddenly all our wisdom disappears.
Love makes fools of everyone: all the rules we make are broken.
Yes, love, love changes everything: live or perish, in its flame.
Love will never ever let you be the same.
Love will never ever let you be the same.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

This Think Thingy

Sometimes I think I think too much.
I think that what I'm thinking has a lot to do with thinking too much.
But I think the things I'm thinking about are things I should think about. (Well, not all. I think.)
Some think that thinking too much might lead to the unthinkable.
But I think you think I've got something to ask you about thinking.
Have you ever thought of thinking what it is you're thinking?

Monday, October 10, 2005

Of terrible tots and wet socks...

Been pretty busy bursting my brain and balls, well, at times for the latter, working on my scripts and stuff.
If you haven't heard, I'm now officially pet-less.
The last of the hamsters died way back in May as did my stingrays by July.
We offloaded our tanks to charity and I've decided to adopt Mandalay, my little white tiger which you can find on the side bar on the right there.

Now, I had initially wanted to write this entry on Childrens' Day but considering how I got caught up with work, I never got about to doing it.

'Tis no secret that I had my field practicum attachement or internship (for some of ya..or ITP or SIP lah) last semester. And if you don't it by now, no, we Early Childhood Educators, DO NOT get paid AT ALL for our services. 'scept for that $30 to buy our materials with, which we had to spend at least $30, failing which, we had to return whatever that was left.

Moving on, it was definitely a highlight being attached at NTUC Childcare Changi Airport. Haiya, the perks lah! Air-conditioned, a lot of space, places to choose from for lunch, the works.
Ran into some minor problem with the principal for a short period and all but the teachers are all damn encouraging lah. Eventually ironed out any creases and things became quite smooth with the centre's understanding that I was busy with the musical and all.

I shall stop briefly to show y'all a picture from our trip to the new National Library building, in which, the tots are actually behaving themselves for once! hahakz.

The lil' ones at NLB

Now, My lecturer, Mrs. Koh, had, to my knowledge, chosen me to be one of her supervisees (if there is ever such a word). Meaning, she would come down to the centre and supervise me herself! Don't get me wrong, she's a nice lady but don't cross her. Oh golly gees!

Anyways, to cut a long story short, I only managed to conjure an art corner that was convincing enough and the dramatic corner, well, was, urm...lacklustre?

So, she made me do it again and this time with much encouragement and some help from the teachers, things went very well!
A good kick in the butt to create a spark did me good. One of the teachers helped me with a tree and suggested making other stuff and next thing I knew, I was suggesting ideas of my own.
And the end result was so splendid that I actually surprised myself.
Well, everyone else was just as surprised to see what they corner had been transformed into. And some people say miracles don't happen aye?

Here's some pictures:

"Come on in..."

"Scary Waggly Icky Yucky Insects!"

The Jungle/Forest whatchamacallit

I had about a week and a half to recreate the corner, keeping my children in total suspense as to what it was. They were not even allowed to step in and all. And they couldn't decide whether it's a forest or a jungle and I left it at that. Best to let their imaginations run wild and free!
In all honesty, until today, I still cannot believe I did that with my hands.

While I had taken the K2 class, I became quite attached to the K1's because they have their nap time in the same room as my class. And more often than not, I liked going over to the toddler's and playgroup children to disturb them for the heck of it. Ok, so not during their nap time but some of them reminded me of my own nieces and nephews.
Anyways, I did not manage to take pictures with any of the younger ones but here's some of the K1's who were in attendance that day.

K1 girls

From Left: That's Irene, Xuan Xuan and Tania!
Middle (L-R): That's Annabel and Pei Lin!
From Right: Kai Xin with the pose and Joey!

K1 boys

Adriel's the little poser on my lap.
Wei Jun's the other one on my lap.
Irfan's the one bending over.
Zhi Yao's right behind me and
Daryl's the one in specs!

And here are the terrible tots of mine who I miss so dearly.

K2 Girls

Erny Daniella's the one standing on the extreme left, a natural dancer and wants to be a police officer! The one slightly hidden behind her is the quietest one in class, Si Chih, who wants to be an art teacher! And there's Julia who likes to draw me and wants to be a nurse, and that's Joyce, the "when-I-want-to-irritate-teacher shaiful-I- keep-saying-I-don't-know" girl! Hahakz. No surprise what she wants to do. "I don't know."
The one with the peace signs is Genevi, the one who can read very well and wants to be a teacher. Next to her is Arika, the one who's gonna do what I like most, a drama teacher! That's Charlene right next to her, an only child who wants to be an ice cream girl! Hahakz. And that's Qian Hui. the shy one who wants to be a nurse too.
The other girl not in the picture is Deanna, the one who likes to tug on my sleeves. She wants to be a vet.

K2 Boys

And these are the ones guilty of wanting to make things hard for me but lovable still all in all. Right at the back with his hand in an Ultraman pose is Philip, who has an adoration for snakes and wants to be a Chef! The next boy at the back is Adam who just wants to do his own things some times and he wants to be a pilot!

Standing on the far left is Ze Feng who wants to be a police officer, the one with the claw is Ting Yan, the K1 Chinese teacher's son who wants to be a doctor by day and a footballer by night. The one with the fist is Shi Wen who wants to defend the nation and next to him is his friend, Benjamin who wants to take it one step further by being a General! Right behind me is Dallen, the one who wouldn't let me go on my last day and he wants to be a police officer too. And last but not least is Mr. Xavier Tan. Why call him that? Coz he wants to be the President of the the Republic of Singapore.

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How can I not miss such children?
At 6, they have such ambitions and dreams, for which I'm glad to hear about.
These are my little Mr's. and Ms'.
I miss their giggles whenever I address them in that manner.
I miss their tugging at my sleevs.

Hell, many at times they've tested my patience but they've always, time and again, found the ways to make things better again. Never failing to put a smile on my face no matter how bad my day could be.

Sometimes, I feel that it's such a thankless job. Childcare teachers work darn long hours and it's not like they rake in the big bucks. No, for most of them, they do it because they simply love children. What other reason could be there when:

Having to wash them (I don't have to coz I'm a guy. it's the LAW people) , having to feed them (at times) Going home with rice on your shirt and you not knowing it. You step on what seems to be a mixture of mashed rice and whatever dish it was on your socks. Getting your socks wet. Getting stains on my jacket. Having to wipe a child's pee in the classroom, who did it like a stealth expert by the way) Having to tell them to wipe their booger of their nose. Making them happy, making sure they learn and most importantly, making sure they're safe.

I respect the teachers who continue to do this day in, day out.
For I am flawed and nowhere near the eagle's nest yet.

Friday, October 07, 2005

April Snow Premiere Coverage!!!

Ok, so my coverage of the event in the previous entry is now up on the movieXclusive.com site.
Click on the poster to read the article!

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

April Snow Charity Gala Premiere

I just finished writing the coverage on the Charity Gala Premiere of April Snow.
The full report will be up on the movieXclusive.com website soon!

Meanwhile, enjoy the pics below!

April Snow!!!

Joon's Family - Bae Yong Joon Fan Club of Singapore

Pan Ling Ling

Huang Bi Ren and company

Interviewing Priscelia Chan

Fanboy Richard and Margaret Lee

Lina Ng and Me

Apple Hong and Me!!

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Exam Results.

Everyone's talking about the exams.
Rudely awoken at 8am by the SMS service.
I passed. Woop-de-doo.

Mediocre grades.
Not that I quite care.
Just wanted to get this semester over and done with.

I don't know why I'm blogging about this.
I've got better things to talk about.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

GOAL! Review

Finally, after a long leave of absence, I've returned with a proper review from the cinemas.
And thankfully enough I was assigned to review GOAL! Oh, the sheer joy of it!

Anyhoo, to read my review over at movieXclusive.com, click on the poster below!

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Monday, October 03, 2005

What is Happiness?

Hmm...The mind's a bit stuck with the writing, so I came up with this. You're free to do your own take of this ladies and gents.

1. Happiness is eating a tub of Rocky Road ice-cream w/out bothering what people say about my diet.

2. Happiness is putting a smile on another person's face.

3. Happiness is giving when I'm supposed to be taking.

4. Happiness is holding your hand when we take a walk.

5. Happiness is to watch movies and make movies all day long.

6. Happiness is when you can still have a good time without having to spend money.

7. Happiness is getting a message from someone I haven't heard from in ages.

8. Happiness is when I meet Felicia Chin. Heh.

9. Happiness is when I lose myself in my thoughts and musings.

10.Happiness is bathing in a sea of chocolate.

11.Happiness is every time Newcastle United scores a goal.

12.Happiness is when you SMS or call.

13.Happiness is walking in the rain without an umbrella.

14.Happiness is to be patient when gossip and malice arrive.

15.Happiness is when a child makes me smile again no matter how angry I am.

16.Happiness is a group of friends who believe and have faith in me.

17.Happiness is when I'm with family.

18.Happiness is seeing my parents' faces beam with pride of me.

19.Happiness is smiling even when I'm second best.

20.Happiness is respect for my noble teachers.

21.Happiness is when I write.

22.Happiness is when I start building castles out of bricks and stones.

23.Happiness is humming along to a song whether you know the lyrics or not.

24.Happiness is when one person sings and everyone else joins in the fun.

25.Happiness is peace of mind.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Malaysian Film Festival Coverage

Malaysian Film Festival

My report on the Malaysian Film Festival held recently is up on the movieXclusive website!
Click below to read!

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