you just might make me believe


what's your mode of transport?
mine is the sun.
when it rises dripping from
the sea when it falls like honey on
the trees when it swallows up
clouds my soul moves with it.

mine is you.
when you lift your eyes
when you look straight ahead
when you try to speak my
heart moves with you.



where the river always flows
7:21:00 PM
Saturday, August 01, 2009
bop to the top
i like the new ndp song. i don't care about the nonsense that yes, perhaps it may be a ploy for the ndp organisers to be seen as current and 'hip' (who actually uses that word in real life anyway? "Hey check out my ipod. It's so hip right?" eww.) and that Electrico's using it to gain more publicity. but hell, what's wrong with a little publicity. they need all the publicity they can get. plus, i don't care if it sounds like a something from Snow Patrol or Coldplay. what i like about it is that it fulfils the 4 rules of NDP songs: it's catchy, remember-able, sing-able and SO MUCH BETTER THAN LAST YEAR'S- which for the life of me, i can't remember what THAT song was or the previous previous year's one was.

my laptop's gone psycho again. last sem it was the hard drive that went crazy. this sem, it's probably the screen. this of course had to happen NOT during the THREE MONTHS holiday but the week before school officially reopens. i think my comp found out that i was boycotting Acer products, that's why it's punishing me like this.

so now, the screen goes blank whenever i switch it on so i have to plug it into my bulky desktop monitor which annoys me to pieces especially when i have to do my least favourite part of school- CORS. technically i have 4 semester's worth of module points to spend so it should be a piece of cake right? WRONG. i still get nervous, feverish and on the verge of a heart attack whenever i log on and start looking at the bidding points. and the worse part is that there's so many things to choose from. maybe if i had no choice, it would be better.


and. throughout this whole week, there was a major onslaught of leading men.
i have a crush on Aaron Eckheart again. it's so nonsensical how a guy like that can be so adorably charming in his movies i've seen- No Reservations, Batman: Dark Knight (he was Two-Face remember?) and Thank You For Smoking. like move over George Clooney, i'll pick Aaron any day. and then there's that mysterious Johnny Depp who looks so good i wish i could eat him in Public Enemies. and and Stephen Moyer from True Blood. hottest vampire ever. plus Daniel Radcliffe is starting to look so cute and he's turning out to be a great actor through his roles as Harry. i'm glad he got over that wooden-ness and awkwardness of the earlier movies. and finally, Richard Gere. ok i know he's damn old but my mom made me watch Pretty Woman with her over and over and over and over again so i kinda had no choice especially when he looked SO DAPPER in that grey tux.


on more somber news.
Yasmin Ahmad always had been and always will be, in my opinion anyway, the most promising and inspiring of Malay directors of her generation.

she didn't let her films and adverts fall into the cliches of the melodramas and weak plots of the throngs of Malay movies flooding the industry today. neither did she falter in the light of the conservativeness of her many critics. she showed life as it is, and not as it should be.



(Petronas Advert) Malaysia's Independence Day




of all her movies, her second- Sepet- is still my favourite today because i'm still moved by how refreshing the storytelling and the cinematography was when it came out. it was a simple love story that had immense depth and heart, just like her. while it may not compare to the deliciously epic Puteri Gunung Ledang- the only other Malay movie worth mentioning as it pays homage to the traditional Malay culture, classical language and history so beautifully - it's just as worthy in it's own right. she made us smile, laugh, cry, even sing. the rawness and sincerity was what made her films so special.



(Patronas Advert) "Forgiveness"- Hari Raya Aidilfitri




it's sad that we should lose such a talented storyteller, for it is for young people like us, worldly cosmopolitan english-educated-but-remembering-our-roots Malays who dare to dream for so much more for our mothers and fathers, that her stories would continue speak so vividly to and through us.

Semoga dia kembali ke pangkal Tuhan yang Maha Kuasa dengan selamat dan menerima sepenuh-penuh kerahmatan-Nya. Insya'allah. Al-Fateha.

the late yasmin ahmad and me

Allahyarhamha Yasmin Ahmad
1958-2009


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one last Yasmin Ahmad tribute. in the light of the coming Ramadan fasting month
(yes, it's a happy one)



honesty is the best policy