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tree of life - Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 9:21 PM
They came and they went with plastic bags full of red succulent desserts.  Rambutans.

Just a few days ago,  a gutter cleaner's suspicious behaviour outside my house drew the ire of my dogs.  Apparently, he was attempting to pick the fruits from the tree whose branches and fruits had grown over the fence.  I asked him to leave politely and he only did so after awhile.

Then came the surprise visit by my relatives from my grand-aunt's side.  This happened last Saturday.  Though they were my seniors, my uncles and aunties, we chatted and joked about everything from global warming, the private lives of media artistes to politics and the state of education today (well, of course!)  The session ended with harvesting the rambutans off the tree in the front garden that had been in existence since I was a child - if my memory serves me right.


My direct uncle and aunty mentioned something I will never forget.  Time and again, when the rambutans are in season, strangers will appear and troll on the fruits from the outskirts.  They did nothing to stop them.  Their main rationale - there are plenty to go around.

This reminded me of communal living in villages where people share the things they own with neighbours - the well, the fruits of the harvest and so on.  What about the water hole where animals, both predators and prey, gather (at different timings of course) to drink.  Nature provides and rewards everyone - not just those who had put in effort to maintain the rambutan tree.  Even in biblical days, the poor were allowed to pick the remains of the harvest at the fringe of fields so that they will not go hungry.  In fact, I believe that there is a law that permits them to do so.

I am truly humbled by this village experience.  :)  
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bust - Friday, January 13, 2012 @ 10:43 AM

Thanksgiving episode.

She makes my day - the one and only Ellen.  Always ready to make light of events to brighten up our lives.

This is a bust of her mother made from  pure whip potato among other crazy ideas on recycling Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.

Beginning each morning on Ellen just after the amLIVE morning show here just makes my day.  
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Contraband - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 10:16 PM




Some say a leopard never changes its spots.  


For Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg), a former legendary smuggler, he had failed to ditch his connections despite having cleaned up his act.


His crack in the wall - a member from his own litter, a bored and reckless brother-in-law.


His panacea - back to his familiar hunting turf of smuggling counterfeit bills.






The non-stop action in CONTRABAND rolls 110 minutes altogether.  There are neither the machine-gun dialogues like that in Sherlock Holmes nor the intriguing WHAT-THE-HELL-HAPPENED??? plot twists of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.  As long as you suspend your disbelief, the all-too-coincidental action scenes will be a breeze.



A noteworthy mention is the credible performance by Sebastian (Ben Foster), who evokes great thespian depth as he wrestles between light and darkness over his friendship with Chris.  If you are one of those who are numbed by incessant GTA scenes of gun and car action scenes, Foster is the gem that had saved the movie for me.    

What about sexy Kate Beckinsale from the UNDERWORLD franchise?  She may be eye-candy as kick-ass vampire killer in the previous, here as Chris' wife, her character is a mere blood-splattered wallpaper.


All in all, if you are looking for a brainless action-packed session, CONTRABAND is a fitting choice to unwind after a very stressful day at work.  3/5 stars from me.  

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Love Generation - Sunday, January 8, 2012 @ 6:20 AM
Gona bike later!
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Reading - Thursday, January 5, 2012 @ 5:41 PM

They are contented just to lie around as long as I am nearby - that is, after their hyperactivity has settled.  
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free - Sunday, January 1, 2012 @ 12:01 AM

It feels good
to be free.
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