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Friday, June 11, 2004 0 comments
Currently listening to: Reptilia - The Strokes
Man i love these new sleeping pills - wheeee!!! :)
Or would those be the anti-depressants?
So how's everybody doing? Good? That's greeeeeaaaaaat! (remember - eat your cereal kids!)
So anyhow, what have i been up to today? Lets see, woke up pretty late today. Unfortunate because i was supposed to keep Zamil company for his Malaysian Idol first round audition in the morning. Come to think of it i was also supposed to take the Ford for servicing in the morning as well... damn, better do that early tommorow then.
*sets clock (useless gesture that it is - better take an extra sleeping pill methinks)*
Well, managed to catch up with him and his friend (her name escapes me at the moment - Amy?) for a halal chicken rice lunch just after the audition - and he's through the first round! Congrats Zamil!!! Knew you could do it! And by the sound of it, its a pretty thorough first round vetting process with people apparently being sent off by the hundreds... Still, the next round (before he even gets to appear on TV) will be on Sunday morning in front of the actual tournament celebrity judges, so give him some good wishes ok people? ;)
GOOD LUCK ZAMS!!! (pheh. Like YOU need it!) ;p
Oh, and on a side note Zamil has actually updated his blog. On the downside, he's still labouring away on his Bali trip which occured about a month ago... Dude! Just start from the present! I think we'd all like to hear about your first hand Malaysian Idol experiences!
Now where was i? Oh yeah... Went to Starbucks with them after lunch where we chatted about our different (or rather, not so different and eclectic) musical tastes, and were enthralled by various ghost stories related to us, first hand apparently, by Amy (?). I still don't buy it - seeing/feeling is believing as far as this sceptic is concerned!
Oh wait, isn't scepticism the first step towards religion? Hmm...
Anyway, i went to the opening of the Animated Movies Festival opening at the HELP Institute (doncha love that name?) with my mother as it was part of the French Arts Festival. The festival is basically following five themes each of which can be caught at the following times over this weekend:
SATURDAY, JUNE 12
2pm - Modern Tales
4pm - Whodunits & Chases
6pm - Familiar & Unusual Worlds
SUNDAY, JUNE 13
2pm - The Menagerie
4pm - Taking Flight
Basically each theme consists of between 5-10 short animated films (which total up to about an hour per session) based around that specific theme, and admission is thankfully FREE! Yay! I personally wanted to see the Whodunits & Chases as that one seems to have the greates amount of japanese anime influence in it, but circumstances tommorow prevent me from doing so - damn. :(
The one we got to watch at today's opening was Taking Flight which consisted of nine films based around the theme of flight, both figuratively and/or literally. I'm not going to do a seperate review for this (there are NINE films after all) but the main issues presented were those of dreams, freedom, spirit, spirituality and... well... birds. Different artistic styles were taken in each film, some being hand drawn (or even water coloured - beautiful effect!), computer generated, or even done with stop motion clay figures. And obviously the styles in which they were done were very different as well with, for example, La Grande Migration being a hilarious take on the migration of birds (especially their navigational skills! You'd have to see it to understand what i mean, LOL!) to the very surrealist inspired Revolution which (i think) dealt with the oppression and control inherent in today's society as told by a... er... flying coathanger. Yes. It was very surreal. ;)
Personal favourite has to either be Le moine et le poisson, which entertainingly dealt with spirituality, or Paroles en l'air which was a touching short story about paper aeroplanes and the messages they can send. There WAS one major hitch during the show though - they screwed up the 35mm projector at one point and left the audience to wait for about 20 minutes! The French ambassador's nerves were beginning to fray during this time which, aside from some amusingly snide remarks in French, must have left the director of the HELP Institute sweating! Heh, i should know - i was sitting right in front of them! ;p
Came back home and watched more TV - specifically City Of Ghosts (pretty good movie, won't get into it here though) - and... yeah. That's about it! ;)
Tomorrow looks to be a busy day as well... Aside from taking the car for servicing at 7am (there is no God! *sniff*) i've got a French exam at 4:30pm, followed by a show at the Petronas Towers that is displaying the skills of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (the string instruments to be specific - note to self: buy tickets for the Count Bassie show!) followed by my going to Zouk, courtesy of the Alliance Francaise, to watch DJ Cam on his Liquid Hip Hop Asian Tour. Sweet, my first time at Zouk and i'm going VIP! :)
Erm, which brings me to the next problem - since my mother's not coming along, i'm able to bring one guest, preferably female who can be passed off as 'Mrs Pincon', which will save me the trouble of getting the invitation changed in the afternoon... Any takers? :)
Well, let me know 'k?
*Phew* And that was it!
Name: Patrick Pincon
Studied at: Monash
Work: Business Development
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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