~The insights of crappy Jasmine gal~

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thoughts on life

The recent Japan crisis has led me to the profound questions like the meaning of life. I have wondered constantly if I die tomorrow, what regrets will I have?

Then I realised I will have plently. I will regret not eating what I want, not travelling to where I want, not meeting friends enough and not spending enough time with my family.

So what's the point of working so hard now if you may just lose it very soon? I am once again reminded of the Fisherman story that I have read online before.

The Fisherman

An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The investment banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, "Only a little while."

The investment banker then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"

The fisherman said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The investment banker then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening and spend time with my family, I have a full and busy life."

The investment banker scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to a big town and eventually to the the city where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise."

The fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

To which the investment banker replied, "15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the fisherman.

The investment banker laughed and said that's the best part. "When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions?...Then what?"

The investment banker said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings and spend time with your family."

So I hope you will learn to love yourself abit more. Go out and do what you want today as you may not be able to enjoy tomorrow well. Cherish all the time you got. But I am not asking you to quit your job and stop working, ok? Just learn to appreciate what you have and smile everyday! :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Movie Review: Forever 《我爱你爱你爱你》

I received an invite by omy to watch the movie, "Forever".

Since she became a flower girl at the age of eight, Joey has been in love with the idea of finding that special man and being his bride. So much so that she got a job as a video consultant at the Wedding Education Department (W.E.D.).
There, Joey shares the art of getting and marrying a man, through her romantic 'faux' wedding videos, which are screened to young singles all over Singapore. But the idea of fantasy and reality are blurred as Joey falls madly in love with Gin, a handsome music teacher from Taiwan. They appear together as bride and groom in a landmark W.E.D video that will serve as a prelude to their upcoming nuptials.

But soon her bubble is burst. A beautiful girl, Cecilla, claims to be Gin's real fiancée while Gin claims that his affection for her was strictly for the video. Not letting her childhood dream go, Joey pursues Gin to make him see that she is his true bride as she sees his true heart. As her work mates, family and Gin begin to find out who she really is, will Joey's relentless drive to restore the happiness and joy she once knew also be her ultimate failing and undoing?

Movie Website: http://www.foreverthemovie.com.sg

I have not seen the first film "Gone Shopping" by the director, so I walked into the theatre half expecting to watch a normal love comedy. After watching, I have mixed feelings about it. There are instances of humor implanted throughout the film which left the audience laughing. However, we are also frightened off by the story plot where the female lead behaved like a stalker.

Frankly speaking, I don't really understand what the film is talking about. Is it true love is all around? Or everyone is too concerned with trying to find the RIGHT ONE in their lives that they can't see other important things? The ending left one even more confused as we are not sure if it is part of the female lead's imagination or that the male lead finally sees her as his true love.

Although I know the director wants to present a film that is different from the usual box office movies, but we need to face the fact that audience will not buy tickets to see a movie that only the producers can appreciate. At the very least, I won't watch it again.

I do need to applause at the effort for the songs written for the film. It is rather fitting for the film and will makes a nice soundtrack.