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.
Felipe Massa of Ferrari finished third in 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“.
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。
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.
My insight of The Picture of Dorian Gray. To read on