Monday, April 14, 2008

Two movies and a free lunch

Weekend sped by quickly. On Saturday I wanted to donate blood but was the plan was thwarted by heavy rain. I may be benevolent, but not that benevolent to brave heavy downpour just to go the bloodbank.

Anyway, I was invited to attend a talk on landbanking, by Walton International. I am already quite familiar with the concept, as I have heard about it 4 years ago when I was still in KL. I had wanted to invest then, but didn't due to lack of money as I just started working then.

I am considering that again, but of course not without taking into account its risks, especially in these uncertain economic times.

As such, I was there at the Meridien Hotel more for the free food. The spread was quite delicious. I liked the cordon bleu chicken and the fruit tarts the most. And there was wine flowing freely.

After that I watched Untraceable with James and Benji. The movie wasn't too bad, but the the story and editing could've been tighter. It was pretty slow at parts.

Sunday came and the skies were clear, so I was at the bloodbank to fulfill my role as a lifesaver, as Nyk calls it.

On a related note, apparently the Thais are finally waking up to the discriminatory wordings of the blood donor form. Taken from Trevvy:

The Red Cross of Thailand said that it would change its screening process for blood donors to address concerns from activists who said the system discriminated against gays, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Red Cross requires donors to fill out a form to assess their risk of disease.

Gay-rights activists had complained that one question, which was meant to target people more likely to have diseases transmitted by sex and drugs, had effectively blocked all gay men from donating by only asking about same-sex relations.

"We didn't mean to hurt anyone," said Soisaang Pikulsod, director of the Thai Red Cross National Blood Centre. "It was just to ensure the highest possible safety of our patients."

The Red Cross will rework the form to include more questions about all types of sexual behaviour, gay or heterosexual, that could increase the risk of diseases such as AIDS, she said.

Nathee Teerarojanapong, a gay activist who complained about the questioning, urged the Red Cross to focus on screening out anyone with risky sex and drug habits, instead of singling out gay men and women.

"Sometimes gays want to do good things too," he said.

My sentiments exactly.

Watched Definitely Maybe in the evening. It was pretty good, though it wasn't so much a romantic comedy as it was portrayed in the trailer. You can read all about it here if you are interested.

I enjoyed the movie, as it was very realistic in its story, about a guy reminiscing about his three ex-girlfriends and figuring who he truly loves. Though Benji and James felt that the protagonist was screwed up and led a complicated life. But hey, life IS complicated and screwed up.

This weekend will be my last at my current residence. Looking forward to waking up to smoke-free air.

Have a great week ahead!


William said...

Hope the Land Bank thing has good returns.

Mr Alanis Morisette is hawt!

Jaded_Jeremy said...

Chey, you should have posted this earlier. Wasted my energy e-mailing you.

I like Definitely, Maybe. It's not fantastic but sweet, and with rather well placed humourous chats. I'm a sucker for sweet movies :-)