14 June 2008

Orchard Central

Orchard Central. Yet another new mall under construction from Far East Organisation.
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I had dinner at Shashlik for the first time in years. I had the meat solianka soup and the carpet bag steak which were alright. I have many happy memories of the Troika restaurant in the DBS Building at Shenton Way and faint memories of its earlier incarnation in the old building which replaced was replaced by Liat Towers.

13 June 2008

I haven't watched 'The Happening' yet but I think M. Night Shyamalan is not unlike Tim Burton. These two directors have great technique, (pacing and suspense for Shyamalan, art direction for Tim Burton) but they have problems with scripts and plotting. I find that they do not know how to develop their plots and end their movies. I am very alright with tragedies, films with ambiguous endings and so forth, after all, I have watched a lot of European art house fare previously and I will still watch them given time and opportunity. However, a bad ending is a bad ending and Burton and Shyamalan are masters at lousy endings. I will try to watch 'The Happening' if I can find the time. His technique and ability at creating an intriguing premise and conjuring a sense of dread are compelling enough for me.
Some of my replies to comments are somewhat late, usually a few days to a week but I will almost always reply. Thanks for offering your points of views and comments. I appreciate them.

12 June 2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le papillon)

I watched this on DVD tonight after missing it in the cinemas earlier this year. This film chronicled the life and experience of the French editor of ELLE who was paralysed after a massive stroke. His struggle and his coming to terms with his condition were at times moving and at times detached. 6.5/10.
I am very pleased with Microsoft Publisher 2002. It has served me well, being extremely flexible and easy to use.
I was at the National Museum late in the afternoon yesterday. The installation exhibits were underwhelming to say the least.

11 June 2008

Batman Begins

I finally watched this Christopher Nolan vehicle last night and I thought this story-driven comic adaptation was far superior to the lacklustre Tim Burton movies of the eighties. Nolan tempered a 'realistic' touch with the surreal gothic cityscape of Gotham City without the mis-castings, awkwardness and silliness of the original Burton fiascos which were commercial successes. Despite the initial mumbo jumbo in the form of soundbites uttered by the mentor figure initially, this could hardly be out of place when juxtapositioned in a film with a justice-seeking character dressed in a tight bat suit. The ending was somewhat anti-climatic but my sister had shrewdly observed that this had set it up for a sequel! 7/10.
L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential, a convincing police drama with strong plotting, had me mesmerised by the myriad characters, the swift pacing and plotting. Eleven years ago, I had missed this film which was based on a book of the same title by James Ellroy. I finally picked it up on DVD at HMV for $14.95 this afternoon. 8/10.

10 June 2008

I was appalled by something in a blog that I had read. I was both saddened by the savage act that was described as well as the mode of reporting of that act. In addition, one of the responses was utterly missing that point and instead chose to attack something else. Anyway, I would not be reading that blog anymore.

No, I would not be mentioning names or anything, it would not matter anyhow.
Last night, I met Benjamin for the first time in about fifteen years or more. I could not believe it had been that long. It was great to know that he was doing well.

I had my first MOS Burger in about six to eight years. And well, it sucked. I guess one might had had good memories of good burgers from the past but sometimes, the reality could be very different especially when better burgers like those from Carl's Junior had arrived on the scene.

09 June 2008

What a weekend! Firstly, Federer was crushed by Nadal in the French Open. My take is that Federer lacked self-belief when it came to facing Nadal on clay. Weird. A mental block?

Well done Ana Ivanovic! A new Grand Slam champion! A new world number one! Exciting! A wide-open field!

Meanwhile, Hamilton crashed out! Splendid! And his apology to Kimi was so half-hearted that it was equivalent to the Japanese's response in the aftermath of World War II. Well done Kubica! It is such an open season but I expect the superior McLaren and Ferrari cars to rack up the points as the season continues. Hopefully, Hamilton comes up empty-handed again.

For Euro 2008, my prediction, France to win despite a problem in scoring. The team I support? Italy. However, I doubt if Italy will make it far. I do hope though. I also expect Germany to perform.

08 June 2008

Werner's Oven

I was just at Werner's Oven at 6 Upper East Coast Road tonight. German food! I had a garlic sausage dish with sauerkraut and potato salad, apple and blackcurrant juice, and a few other items. My friend had the pork knuckle. Not bad at all. I like the food.

We had the following:

Fried Camembert - $8.80
breadcrumbed cheese served w/ cranberry sauce

Wild Garlic Sausage - $18.50
w/ sauerkraut & potato salad

Knusperiege Schweinehaxe - $19.50
crispy pork knuckle w/ sauerkraut & mashed potatoes

Rote Grutze Berry Sago - $6.0
w/ vanilla sauce

There was even a bakery there!


I picked up the new Ladytron album 'Velocifero' at HMV this afternoon! Woo! I can't wait. I also picked up the rather ordinary Goldfrapp album 'Seventh Tree'. I had heard a leaked copy a week or two before the release then but I wasn't particularly excited. I waited till now before making a purchase. I won't be touching the new Madonna release, I had heard a little of it including the lead single. Ugh.

The first single from the Ladytron album appears to be 'Ghosts'.

I also picked up some DVDs, mainstream Hollywood fare which I missed on the big screen, 'Casino', 'Lost in Translation' and 'Batman begins'.