Sunday, September 24, 2006

The week that was

Been really busy with after-work activities till I have no time for myself, or even to blog.

Monday: Watched The Banquet with my colleague. Visually pleasing, but story and plot are non-existent. The sets were elaborate, but borders on artificial extravagance. And they don't seem very Chinese to me.

Characters were hard to relate to and their actions were difficult to comprehend. No one to ogle at, as Daniel Wu wasn't the main character. ;P His character was weak and seem to lack purpose but merely to move the story along.

Overall, 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday: A Malaysian friend called up last minute to have dinner. I didn't know where to go, so I asked a colleague and she suggested Pasta Cafe at Takashimaya. Food was OK, nothing great about it. The restaurant serves Italian food, but with a local twist like Sambal Seafood Spaghetti.

The friend, who is also a blogger, shall remain unidentified. I was glad to know him a little better. We've met and spoken twice before, but didn't have much chance to talk. He's a really nice person with a wonderful boyfriend.

I took a picture of the dessert. It looks better than it taste though.

Wednesday: Had lunch at a Thai restaurant near my work place, as I was being adventurous. I ordered the Tom Yam and it was OK. Nothing memorable and definitely not worth the $7. Five dollars maybe.

It doesn't look very apetising, does it?

Thursday: Went for taichi class.

Friday: Watched the most hyped and successful local musical production of the year, Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress.

The set was really good, the main character was excellent, the songs were great. There were betrayal, treachery, humour and drama. The actors and actresses played their roles really well.

It was my first time at the Esplanade Theatre and I must admit it is a really nice hall. It is like the Petronas MPO. Much better than Pentas 2 at KLPac.

I thoroughly enojoyed the musical.

And today, I watched The Host.

Although it is a monster movie, it is not a run-of-the-mill type. There were lots of humour, a little too much for my liking as the situations that the characters were in were serious and life-threatening.

It's a quirky movie; my friend found it strange. It's a movie with lots of heart and drama, about a father's never-ending search for his daughter who was taken away by the monster. Very realistic and gritty.

There is also an underlying theme of the failure of the government to do what it is supposed to do, which is to serve its people. And the obstacles of bureaucracy.

Highly recommended.


defiant85 said...

Wow. Super busy aren't you these days.

And here I thought, what's new with Derek. :P

MrBunnyBan said...

*poke poke* Everywhere you go, you find shows. Found kaki who like them as well?

FamezGAY said...

uhmnn taichi? duhz.. I thought most gays will join bodystep or other class.. ahaha woa so is taichi fun?

lainieyeoh said...

hmm. i actually *miss* takashimaya. strange. for me. not usually a mall person.

KinkyPugKevin said...

ahhh this is one blog i haven't visited...

Babymicrophone@LiveJournal said...

Wow the food looks great! Yummy!

Hope you are enjoying your weeks here! Life is so short! Better make sure you pack it in!

Banquet I thought was above average. Plot...was inspired from Hamlet. Check it out.

lainieyeoh said...

kevin: quite surprising, considering it's you :P

josh kimura said...

no wonder, looks like a very busy day.

savante said...

Damn. I wanted to watch that Empress stage show!

AJ said...

taichi? i used to do it with my granny! Honestly, haven't been here in a while, glad you're doing well tho!