Monthly Archives: September 2008

Singapore Grand Prix 2008

I was filming in Malacca the past couple of days and when I returned, I fell into my regular habit of browsing quickly through the headlines dominating our ST for the past few days, just to get an idea what I’ve been missing in Singapore. There was quite a bit of coverage on the F1, which was a breath of fresh air from the tainted milk scandal in China. I know I mentioned in my most recent 8DAYS interview that I am not quite excited about the Grand Prix, but I am taking back my words. All that news coverage and gripping pictures of the cars, the drivers and their teams has got me very enthusiastic about Sunday’s race. Never mind that roads are blocked off, or that it takes an unusually long time to travel through town. When I watched the practice session on Channel 5 last night, it was love at first sight. There isn’t a better place to hold the race because watching the cars zoom past all those familiar buildings that we’ve been made to study for History in secondary school, all traffic/road/mall inaccessibility grievances gave way to pride and respect for Singapore and the people who invested time, money and strength on the planning and infrastructure of the first night race.

It was somewhat surreal from the aerial view, because what struck me most was the warm lighting from our famous landmarks like the Supreme Court, against the bright lights of the track and the crawling traffic along the ECP, against the super cars racing underneath. It’s one of those mental pictures that will stay in my head for a long long time.

Aerial view of the race track.

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes narrowly beat title rival Felipe Massa by just 0.080secs in the first session.

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes narrowly beat title rival Felipe Massa by just 0.080secs in the first session.

Felipe Massa of Ferrari finished third in Session Two.

Fernando Alonso in his Renault, clocking the fastest timing for Session Two

Fernando Alonso of Renault, clocking the fastest practice timing for Session Two.

This is why Singapore Grand Prix 2008 matters.

I haven’t got tickets to watch it live at Marina Bay, so I will have to content with watching in on Channel 5. Now I am truly a victim of the “Magic Bullet Theory“.

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自由自在

最近的我过的很写意,没有压力,没有束缚,想做什么就做什么,根本就不去想太多。在这段期间,我不时会担心,“哎呀,我会不会在浪费时间?“ ”我是不是该做些有意义的事?“ 或“我是应该去处理一些该处理的事。” 天啊,现在提到都觉得自己很uptight。

回头看自己,我怀疑以前的习惯有多少是属于自己的?还是我所培养的习惯都是因为被影响而根深蒂固?我相信不断求上进是很重要的,不过,不是每天做有意义的事,或增加知识才算过的充实吧。人本来就应该过的快乐,过的自由。当然我也不可能让自己太放纵,因为就很容易懒惰,只是想让自己的身心健康,不要被人世间的事压着连气都透不过来。

现在世界有点乱,很多人都在烦恼,担心经济,担心未来。我呢,也有受到影响,不过我只想每天过得快乐,不去想太多,反正一切都是短暂的。既然没有所谓的永远,那就不用把一切看得太重。

这么说会不会显得我很无知呢?呃。。。这是我的选择,没有对也没有错,只有后果吧!把该做的尽全力做好,其他的就别去想它,这就是我目前的宗旨。

Self-Portraits

或许我们都有一副肖像,反映着我们丑陋的一面。而这副肖像是我们锁在一个没有人能看到的地方,因为我们不敢面对,不敢承认自己如此的不完美。渐渐的,我们把它淡忘了,以为自己可以行善来弥补罪恶。至到一天,当我们卸下蒙着双眸的那块布时,才发现自己的肖像已经面目全非。

看了这本书后真的领悟到,人可以躲得了一时,躲不了一世。你们如果看了这个故事有任何见解,不妨和我分享哦!

This is a brilliant book which I bought some years ago, but left untouched on my shelf. Recently, I decided to finish it and although it was a book written in 1891, the themes and human emotions explored are truly timeless.

The story is about obsession and how far one is willing compromise his integrity, his worth for the superficiality of physical appearance. Dorian Gray had his portrait done by a painter, Basil Hallward, who was infatuated with the young man and as a result produced one his finest works ever. Gray meets Lord Henry, a friend of Hallward, who shares his somewhat self-indulging world views that eventually lead to Gray’s moral decline. The disintegration of Gray’s values shows up in his portrait while none leaves its mark on his youthful face that remained so even as the years go by.

I heard Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Caspian) is going to play the movie adaption of this story by Oscar Wilde. I can’t wait, not because it’s Ben Barnes, but because I want to see the story come to life!

Ben Barnes, starring as Dorian Gray in the movie adaption of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Ben Barnes, starring as Dorian Gray in the movie adaption of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

My insight of The Picture of Dorian Gray. To read on

感受真心

美国有很多节目让人民有平等的机会表现才能,成为明日之星。我并没有追看这些节目,通常只是茶饭后的娱乐。今天看了这个表演之后,眼泪不停流。因为他是那么用心的唱。他的外表并不出色,不过他就是凭着一份孝心,希望能做一件让他母亲引以为荣的事而感动了我。他的发音或许并不完全准确,气也或许因为激动而拉得不够,不过我从他的歌声感受到他的情感,他的诚意,尽管我不知道他在唱什么。这就是音乐的奥妙。

他和其他参赛者不同,因为他少了自我,少了刻意打扮,和炫耀的表演。也因为这样,他是那么的自然,那么的真诚。

这,我领悟到了。

真的祝福他,希望他能如愿以偿。