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Movie: How Are You, Dad? / 爸, 你好嗎?

5 Jul

Sadly, I missed out on the Taiwanese Film Festival this year, and there was one film that I most regret not seeing. As a girl, it’s a given that I have a complex  relationship with my mother – being Asian just makes it so much more twisted. However, as the relationship with your mother which is defined early on in life, the relationship with your father is defined much later on, and is more difficult to put into words.

“How Are You, Dad? / 爸,你好嗎?” by Taiwanese director Tso-Chi Chang reflects and explores all that’s left unsaid in ten gentle, poignant short stories about father and child. Building on the themes of family and identity that have characterized Chang’s works, the anthology assembles a moving and realistic portrait of fatherhood, and the love, memories, and misgivings that come with the package. (via yesasia.com)

Other than the silhouette of his silent back as you walk behind him, what else can you remember about your father?

Fatherly love is perhaps one of the most difficult to express in words—genuine but distant, subtle but deep; beneath that unrelenting tough image of the father often hides an emotion warm and affectionate.

Featuring ten stories of ten fathers from all walks of life,《How Are You, Dad?》shines light on this intimate but much unmentioned love. Whether they are dangerous gangsters, poor villagers that could not afford their children’s medical expenses, or a famous celebrities with soaring careers but a broken family, they all share one common role—they are all fathers, and they all love in different ways.

At the end of the film, you may find your deepest memories resonating and converging into a single simple but genuine calling: “How are you, Dad?”

Length: 120 minutes
Director: Tso-Chi Chang
Cast:  Jack Kao, Fan Chih-Wei, Teresa Ji, Chang Chea

About Director
Tso-Chi Chang graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts  from the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, specializing in films and drama. His script for the film《Midnight Revenge》, written in1991, won the Government Information Office’s Outstanding Screenplay Award in Taiwan. Since then, Chang’s works have been well received by film critics and shine in both domestic and international film festivals. His style of magical realism helps him to establish a unique position in Taiwan’s film industry.

Awards and Honors
2008 The 13th Pusan International Film Festival - A Window on Asian Cinema
2009 The 11th Taipei Film Festival - Closing Film

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Smells Like a Beach

5 Jun

I can’t believe it’s June already. And like you, I can’t believe that though it’s technically summer, it’s still raining. Accuweather predicts that in the next 15 days, 11 will have some form of precipitation. *sigh* There goes half of June. With that said, as a seasoned Vancouverite, I just shrug my shoulders, make sure I’m properly layered for the day and pack an umbrella.

But don’t despair! Summer will come soon – it has to eventually. All I’m doing is mentally and physically preparing for it because when it hits, I will want to enjoy every moment of it. How I’m physically prepping for summer? Getting highlights, a layered cut for those easygoing waves, putting on a touch of bronzer everyday and starting the self-tan process. How I’m mentally preparing for summer? By smelling it.

As I get older, it’s less important for me to smell good than it is for the fragrance to conjure up a mood,  invoke a feeling, rekindle a memory or transport me somewhere other than here. I wear Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil on those cold rainy days because it adds a warmth to the dampness, prefer Carriere by Gendarme for those morning meetings and dab on Comme des Garcons Kyoto as it reminds me of my grandfather. But I’m digressing… again.

During the summer, I don’t let Coppertone do the talking, I get my fragrance to. Here are my picks for summer, or for now if you want to sniff, close your eyes and dream of sunny days to come.

Estee Lauder Azuree from Tom Ford Collection (fragrance and body oil) – when this launched in 2006, the perfume forums went crazy, it instantaneously sold out, there were waiting lists at all the department stores, eBay was selling at ridiculous prices and I stocked up like a mad woman. Why? It wasn’t because it was by the sexy Tom Ford, or because it was in stylish retro turquoise/gold packaging, or that it was limited edition… it was because it smelled like “white sand beaches, azure waters and sultry afternoons that go on forever.” It didn’t smell like the beaches of Miami or Mexico, but of beautiful, tanned people without a care in the world sunning in St. Tropez or the Cote d’Azur. It’s my staple fragrance for summer because the fragrance is sophisticated and subtle enough for work, and layered with the body oil it’s sexy enough for play. In 2008 it was reincarnated as Bronze Goddess (without Tom Ford), which it still remains today, but was reformulated with less Tahitian gardenia and more coconut.

Beach by Bobbi Brown – this is a more sophisticated beach scent that’s more Atlantic East Coast than West Coast or anything tropical. Think sea and salty – the Hamptons or Nights in Rodanthe.

At the Beach 1966 by CB I Hate Perfume is Bobbi Brown’s Beach + (more) Coppertone.

Miami Glow by Jennifer Lopez – I would never admit  that I own a JLo fragrance, but I have a soft spot for this one. It’s perfect for those really hot days/nights when you’re drinking sangria on the patio at Havanas with your girlfriends, smokin’ a cuban or flirting with a hot boy toy. It’s exactly what the name implies: Miami = coconut + suntan lotion + fruity drink with a cocktail umbrella. Wear it anytime or anywhere else, and you’d be deemed a social and olfactory menace. Yes, it’s that offensive. Sadly, it’s been discontinued but you can still find a few bottles at Shoppers Drug Mart and other drugstores.

Articles:

If you’re interested in reading more about scents and places, you’d like this article by Chandler Burr. He has also written about the conceptualization and development of Hermes Jardin sur le Nil for the New Yorker, and recently published the ‘must have’ list of salty/beachy/ocean scents for summer. If you want to get away, Elle magazine has a great perfume guide for travelling around the world without leaving your desk.

Why the only newspaper I will ever read…

10 May

is the New York Times, moreover, the MASSIVE Sunday Edition that will seriously take a whole Sunday to read. The other news media outlet I read to catch up on mundane local news is 24 Hours because it’s no fuss, compact, and free.

I love the New York Times, as well as New York Magazine. Not because it’s about New York (oh it’s so much more than that), but because it is SO well written, so intelligent and so interesting. If I could take 5 items with me to a deserted island, it would be moisturizer w/sunscreen, designer sunglasses, lipbalm w/spf, laptop w/internet connection and a subscription to the Sunday Edition.  Ok, so I kinda cheated by combining things.

So I ventured out early last Sunday to buy it. As of 10am, 2 places were sold out. When finally I got my grubby little hands on the 2.25″ thick paper, I was appalled to hand over $10.00 CDN. With a sigh I realized that I would have to treasure this moment because I will never buy this in print again, and vowed to read EVERY last word from ads to fine print.

As of today, I’m still reading it.

But it’s not about news. News is pretty much already old once it’s printed – it’s the opinions and the articles that don’t go stale. I’d buy it just for NYT Magazine and the Style mag- those are going on the coffee table.

Take this A-HA! moment I had while reading this interview with Charlaine Harris, author of True Blood:

Why do you think vampires are omnipresent in popular culture?
People are really interested in the concept of eternal youth in this plastic-surgery culture. Vampires never die.

A-HA!

Now that was worth my $10.

And I haven’t even started on the infamous crossword yet. If you like the NYT sunday crossword, you’ll like Wordplay, a movie that focuses on the man most associated with crossword puzzles, New York Times puzzle editor and NPR puzzle-master Will Shortz.

So my meltdown was predicted

23 Mar

by Georgia Nichols on my birthday:

Pisces:

Caution today! It’s all too easy for you to suddenly have a meltdown. (You know who you are.) Long-buried tensions might suddenly surface. Before you know it you’re reverting to childish behaviour patterns. The rest is downhill from here. Oy!

So true.

What I would be…

23 Jul

…if I were better at math: A forensic accountant.

Random thought: Baby names

16 Jul

If I have twin girls I’ll name them Tinsley and Dabney. How fabulous, eh?

Quote of the Day: Victoria Beckham in Allure August 2008

16 Jul

On how she’d describe herself: “I’m incredibly ordinary, a normal-looking girl, and I just make the best of what I have.”

I say: “EXACTLY! Finally someone who understands!”

Wiki article: The “half-your-age-plus-seven” rule

6 Jul

Age disparity in sexual relationships

Wise diet words

2 Apr

“Eat breakfast like a king,
lunch like a princess
and dinner like a pauper.”

If I were to get a tattoo…

17 Sep

I’d definitely get it from this guy…

Tashi Mannox – http://www.tashimannox.co.uk or http://www.inkessential.com/

A bit of his bio: TASHI MANNOX was born in England and has studied an eclectic range of artistic disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions, in his Journey as a painter and calligrapher.After gaining a BA[Hons] degree in Fine Art, TASHI became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan order, at the age of 22. For seventeen-years he apprenticed under the direction of a master of Tibetan art, studying temple decoration and the sacred art of Thanka painting and directing his own artistic projects TASHI MANNOX entered a Buddhist retreat, where he stayed for four years, working on ancient Tibetan texts and training as a scribe in the highly-disciplined, multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.Traveling to India, he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit – an artistic form preserved by only a handful of practitioners in the world today. Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training – and a highly-developed, spiritual awareness, formed through years of practicing meditation and Buddhist philosophy.Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training – and a highly-developed, spiritual awareness, formed through years of practicing meditation and Buddhist philosophy.

The beauty of his talent… and the type of work I’d like done: