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“One doesn’t have to experience death, to understand the preciousness of life’

This is the sentence that popped up to my mind after watching the film ‘Colorful’ (2010), an animated film, but also one of the deepest films I have ever encountered. The story is set from the protagonist’s point of view: the ‘I’ in the film is a dejected soul, who got a chance to go through life although he didn’t want it. He was placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who committed suicide before the dejected soul entered his body. No spoiler here, but this setting is pretty interesting.

As a film about suicide, ‘Colourful’ portrays precisely how and what makes people suicide (problems from schools, and family mostly), and ultimately brings out the theme that ‘humans are not just comprised of a single colour, but with so many different ones, whether they are bright or dull’. Compared to the school problems, I would think the family problems in the film are relatively more worth mentioning.

Makoto’s family is comprised of problems: the dad rarely goes back home for dinner; the mum is caught ‘cheating’; the brother only cares about himself…. However, after the suicide of Makoto (eventually not dying as his body is then occupied by the soul), there are observable changes in the family: the dad comes back for dinner everyday; the mum cooks all the meals and becomes a full time housewife. They seem to realise that family is a crucial to a person’s mental health. Family, friends, and everyone we encounter in our lives, make us who we are, giving us the colours of our lives. A person’s existence is not ONLY related to himself, but also the people around him.

To conclude, ‘Colourful’ is quite an outstanding piece of work in my opinion. In a 2-hour period, I felt like I had attended a lesson about life. Sometimes, life can be tough, but we should never forget that there are always people supporting us, and those challenges are what make our lives colourful. “One doesn’t have to experience death, to understand the preciousness of life”, I did not jot this down right after the film. But I will always remember it.

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Alcohol

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So, whether alcohol is good for health, has been a controversial topic since years ago.

Someone has done an experiment, with a glass of water, and a glass of alcohol. Then, he put worms into the two glasses. He found that, the worms in the water glass kept swimming; while the worms in the alcohol glass struggled for a bit, then died.

Therefore, alcohol is good. Because if you drink more, you will not have worms in your belly.

Recipe for Stress

So today, I’m going to share my recipe for Stress. If you fancy a small plate of stress for your tea, or lunch, you can use my recipe.

Ingredients:
A)2 x 3000-word essays from University
B)1 x 3000-word research proposal
C)English dissertation
D)Plans for postgraduate study
E)Plans for work after study
F)Plans for settling down in somewhere I like
G)Consistent performance for table-tennis league matches

Steps:
1. Leave A) to 3 or 2 days before their due dates
2. Panic because B) is soon due as well
3. Start cutting A) in pieces and try to swallow them
4. Mix B) with C) because they are supposed to be the same, and cut them down and season them with your sweat and tears.
5. Put D), E) and F) aside as you wouldn’t have time left to take care of them.
6. Rely on teammates for G) because it is a team game and you are too tired to play any good games.

There you go, a recipe for stress, bon appetit.

Being taken over by The Fear

Lily Allen’s The Fear can probably be crowned The National Anthem of the 21st Century.

‘I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny
I want loads of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them’

These opening lines cannot be more real. People nowadays don’t give a crap about anything other than money. It’s easy to say we shouldn’t be too materialistic, but it’s hard to put this principle into life. At the end of the day, money means power, and it gives you a very comfortable life. It’s difficult, if not impossible, not to be engulfed by the greed inside us. Again, at the end of the day, ‘I’m not a saint but I’m not a sinner’.

‘And I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
‘Cause everyone knows that’s how you get famous.’

This is exactly the view of the majority people I believe. We don’t seem to care how we get money, we don’t care about whether it’s ethic to do something in exchange of fame, glory, and eventually money. Is it the correct mindset? I don’t know. Living in a corrupted world, I don’t know what is real, and what I meant to feel anymore.

And here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25QrnxD-NB4 you get to hear the great national anthem of the 21 century.


I do admire Lily Allen’s ability to write lyrics in a very very poetic form (at least to me it is so poetic). But the most important thing, is I think she does write people’s heart. I personally think, she did write a lot that reflects my life. The Fear is one of them, The Littlest Things… ehm… I may probably have encountered something similar.

Well, listening to Lily Allen’s at least gives me some comfort, so I know there are people outside who could still see the truth.

‘Sometimes I find myself sittin’ back and reminiscing,
especially when I have to watch other people kissin
Sometimes I wish we could just pretend
Even if only for one weekend
So come on, Tell me
Is this the end?
I was so lost back then
But with a little help from my friends
I found the light in the tunnel at the end’

Haven’t reported about my self-trip in Copenhagen on this blog, so here I go.

Generally, it has been a wonderful trip, probably one of the best I’ve had, in terms of everything, like the environment, the sight, the food, and the people. But there’s a little tips, when Danish people tell you that it is a 10-minute walk, it never is!)

Of all, my favourite place in Copenhagen, is Nyhavn. If you receive a postcard from Copenhagen, 90% of the chance is that you’ll receive a postcard with the picture of Nyhavn. Yes, it’s such an icon of the whole city, because of its gorgeous view. With the aid of being able to drink on the street legally, you can easily get a pint, and walk along Nyhavn, and you take life to another level. Alternatively, get a beer, and go for a boat trip, and enjoy the sunshine. (But be careful, the boat trip lasts about an hour and a half, so, remember to go to pee before getting on the boat or else you’ll have to hold it for the whole trip!)

11406880_10207179653758351_1295753500730975823_n<—————- Mr. Chan enjoying the beer in Nyhavn.

The second most favourite place of mine is probably the Dupong bar, the Ping Pong bar. It’s probably due to the reason that I play table-tennis back in Aberdeen too. So I found the bar so cool, with people playing Round-The-Table. Of course, with some basic skills I’ve got, I won quite a lot of rounds! 😀 Proud of myself, woohoo! What you do there, is to pay a deposit of 25 DKK, and get a bat, and when you return the bat, you get a drink. Good deal, right? 😀

11063754_10207205129155220_9088689442069545768_n <——— Mr. Chan winning the round-the-table, Congratulations Chan!

Yea, I told people that I didn’t play table-tennis much, and I didn’t know the basics, they thought I just came from nowhere. But then I won more and more, and at the end of the night, I mentioned to a girl that I would have to go back to training when I’m back to Aberdeen. She was surprised ‘Oh, so you ARE the table-tennis champion!’ haha It was such a scene!

The Little Mermaid is a famous tourist spot in Copenhagen. Well, yea, it’s quite a nice statue and it’s always crowded with tourists. But, well, near the statue, I found 2 real Danish Little Mermaids! They were way better than the statue, methink!
11008606_10207335193246741_8801911471354020317_n <—— Mr. Chan found the Little Mermaids in Copenhagen!

So, it has been really a good time for me, and I’d like to go there again soon! I love Denmark, and probably man SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES! 😀

Copenhagen trip

Never thought a solo-trip could be so fun. It was the first time travelling alone for me, but it allowed me to make a lot of new friends in Copenhagen!

Copenhagen is indeed a lovely place, in everything. Nice weather (except for the day I travelled back to Aberdeen). People are nice and friendly too, you could literally get to where you want without even reading a map, because people are so nice that they can take you to the place.Out of all the places, my favourite one is Nyhavn (the most likely place you will see when you receive a postcard from Denmark). Get a beer, walk along Nyhavn, you can’t find anything better.

Of course, there are more than Nyhavn. Tivoli Garden is what I love too. As an amusement park, it is suitable for people at any age because the entertainments of any aspects are being taken care of. Carlsberg Brewery is good, although it’s not my favourite brand of beer.

The bar DUPONG is definitely what I’ll recommend. A bar with table-tennis being a main theme, with people playing table-tennis at a very warm atmosphere. Although I went there alone, I didn’t feel being left out. I felt being part of the group. And of course, I got friends and good memories there!

Copenhagen is probably one of my favourite places now. I like it so much, that I think living there would be a very good idea. Well, maybe one day, I can have my own place in Nyhavn, so I can enjoy the good seaview everyday?

Maybe, I’d like Denmark more than UK?

 

 

Having studied English literature for two and a half semesters, I genuinely think that the creative pick-up lines nowadays can really be categorized as ‘literature’.

Literature comes from human life, just as Wordsworth claimed, poetry should come from rural life. John Keats had a humble life, and became a great writer. What does it tell us? Literature originates from human life, as writers get inspired from what they see in human life.

Pick up lines, or chat up lines, are as Wordsworth mentioned, human language, as they are actually uttered by normal people. One of my favourite writer, John Keats, also included a pick-up-line-like line in his letter to Fanny Browne, saying ‘I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.’ He, as a Romantic writer, is, in my opinion, the beginner of the pink-up culture, a good, healthy, and sensible culture. I would imagine that, Wordsworth, who also agreed that literature comes from normal life, would love the pick-up-line culture, and expand the lines into rhymes, rhymes into poems, poems to a poetry collection. Yes, pick-up poems, pick-up books, pick-up passages that would help you through the ice-breaking process, and kill the dead air.

Do not underestimate the structure and techniques in pick-up lines, as far as I know, a successful pick up line is usually a highly metaphorical one, hopefully rhyme a bit. For example, ‘If you can build any kind of ship in the world, what would you build? I would build a relationship!’ This one is quite a metaphorical one, it may take the hearer a few seconds to realize what happened, its construction is detailed too, putting the ‘ship’ into the word ‘relation’ to make it work, clever. If you have read the poetry of Keats’, you would also find his work is as this line, highly metaphorical. So how can you not call good pick-up lines literature? The line ‘I have got XX kg of muscle of steel, and sex appeal.’ shows that pick up lines can rhyme. No matter how Wordsworth put forward the idea for blank verse, lines that rhyme are always better and more memorable.

Pick up lines are usually successful in making the hearer laugh, and it is usually the first step in building the possible ship, what ship? Relationship. But if you are going for one, don’t quote from Shakespeare for a pick-up line, because it is highly risky. Remember a quote from A Mid Summer Night’s Dream? ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.‘ It can be seen as offensive. And for Much Ado About Nothing, ‘For which of my bad parts didst thou fall in love with me?’ Do not try it either, you might get a reply with the title of the play, ‘Just that one, but then I knew it was Much Ado About Nothing.’

Pick-up lines are generally inspired by creativity and the texts you read, the more you read, the more things you can make reference to. For instance, if you do not know anything about the Science, you can never come across the line ‘Hi, I need to accuse you of causing Global Warming because you are too hot.’ Wordsworh’s companion Coleridge is correct, poetry, or perhaps literature, is as logical as Science, but just deeper as it includes Science. There should be a course in English Literature degree called ‘Pick-up course’, because it is an integral part of ANY LITERATURE in the world, and is potentially a new favourite genre of literature. Yes, I am sure if a person can create a pick-up poetry, pick-up story, pick-up biography, or maybe a pick-up novel, he can probably be crowned as the next Keats!

 

 

I was looking for movies that I wanted to watch, and ‘Up in the air’ caught my attention, probably because of George Clooney. I thought it would be a light movie, but I believed that movies with George Clooney could not be that shallow, so I gave it a go. Indeed, it was a lot deeper than I thought.

The movie is about George Clooney doing a job telling people on behalf of their companies that they are fired. It is probably one of the hardest jobs ever, telling people that they lost their job. Rhetorical techniques are definitely required for this. If you are looking for a movie with good speeches, this is it.

The ‘Backpack’ speech about commitment is the centre of the movie, and it is somehow inspiring. I will put the full speech at the end of this entry, but there are a few lines that caught my attention. He said ‘Relationships are the heaviest components in our lives‘, and that human should be alone, should try to avoid commitments as the more commitment we have, the less we can  do, and ‘the slower we move (meaning the less we do), the faster we die’. Well, everyone is born with commitment, we can hardly eliminate every commitment we have. Family is likely to be the first commitment we have, then as we grow, we have friends, schoolmates, and when we leave school, we have the commitment of work, then when you meet your Mr./ Mrs./ Right, you will have commitment as a boyfriend/ girlfriend, then the commitment of marriage, followed by commitment as parents…… Although as Gabe in ‘Little Manhattan’ (2005) said, ‘We come to the world alone, and we die in the exact same way’, those commitments come with our lives, the only way to avoid them is to die. George Clooney is right in the speech, commitments and relationships are the heavies components in our lives, as commitments come with responsibility, like a buy-one-get-one-free deal. The more commitments you have, the more you have to do. What do you get in return? It gives you consistency in your relationships, so you would not be like being so popular one day, and being ignored completely the other day, just like what happened in ‘500 days of Summer’. I think it is necessary to have some commitments in life, especially for family, and for your future family. If you do not commit yourself into a relationship, you probably end up regretting, as you will just live in your own world, and be so independent, while sometimes we are better together with some people. That’s the afterthought of the movie, and here is the inspiring ‘backpack speech’, enjoy it:

‘How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to feel the straps on your shoulders. Feel ‘em? Now I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life. You start with the little things. The things on shelves and in drawers, the knick-knacks, the collectibles. Feel the weight as that adds up. Then you start adding larger stuff, clothes, table-top appliances, lamps, linens, your TV.
The backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. And you go bigger. Your couch, bed, your kitchen table. Stuff it all in there. Your car, get it in there. Your home, whether it’s a studio apartment or a two bedroom house. I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now try to walk. It’s kind of hard, isn’t it? This is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis. We weigh ourselves down until we can’t even move. And make no mistake, moving is living.
Now, I’m gonna set that backpack on fire. What do you want to take out of it? What do you want to take out of it? Photos? Photos are for people who can’t remember. Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn. In fact, let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. It’s kind of exhilarating, isn’t it?
Now, this is gonna be a little difficult, so stay with me. You have a new backpack. Only this time, I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office, and then you move into the people that you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your cousins, your aunts, your uncles, your brothers, your sisters, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend or your girlfriend.
You get them into that backpack. And don’t worry. I’m not gonna ask you to light it on fire. Feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake – your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. Do you feel the straps cutting into your shoulders?
All those negotiations and arguments, and secrets and compromises. You don’t need to carry all that weight. Why don’t you set that bag down? Some animals were meant to carry each other, to live symbiotically for a lifetime – star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not those animals. The slower we move, the faster we die. We are not swans. We’re sharks.’

(Up in the Air 2009)

So…. are we swans, or sharks? Try to think about it 🙂

My friend invited me to watch one of the most popular movies, Interstellar. I rarely watch movies beyond Romantic Comedies, and of course, the poster of this movie would not attract me at the first place, I would probably have categorized it as ‘An Alternative Star War’ if I did not watch it.

This movie was a surprise. I saw IMDB rating it 9/10, I thought it would be purely because of its technological effect. But it is not purely that.

I am not doing a spoiler here to piss of people who are going to watch it. But this movie is filled with love and philosophy. The love between the protagonist Cooper and his children is so real, that I believe many audience would cry in some particular scenes: like when his daughter Murph tried to make him stay; when he watched the videos that his children (son and daughter already) sent him, realizing he missed too much of his life already; and of course, when Murph asked him not to see her die at the end. All those scenes were done perfectly, to touch the audience’s hearts.As Brand said ‘Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.’ Yes indeed, all of Cooper’s sacrifice, was for his loved ones, his family, Moreover, the effects and soundtrack of the movie also contributed to this.

Cooper’s sacrifice, is supposed to be great, as he sacrificed the time with his family, for the sake of human future. If I were Cooper, I would definitely not go for the task, but to stay. Aerosmith’s ‘I don’t wanna miss a thing’ would be why I would choose to stay. But what would you choose, between staying with your family, or going to try ‘overcoming’ the impossible and save the world? I found this movie quite philosophical. Over years, human has had a lot of great developments, especially in the scientific field. We were meant to be born on Earth, but now we have ways to leave it and explore the universe. It is probably out of topic, if the life here is alright, why do we still spend our resources on scientific developments? On searching for another planet that we can move to? Scientists always claim that they think outside of their life span for great developments. What if, we all stop our scientific, or technological developments, and have no improvment at all? Life would still remain the same, we still live happily according to what makes us happy. This would also rule out the possibility of having more destructive weapons being invented in the world, thus making the world more safe. I do not really have a stand point here, but this movie reminded me that, probably if we all live like what people did in the ancient world, we would have more natural resources, less pollution due to what technology brought us, thus having a safer, and a more stable world……. Yes our life would be less entertaining, but at least we would not be like Cooper in the movie, having to sacrifice a lot just to find another place for human to live. Remember, technology and science are some of the culprits of getting the Earth to an end.

Anyway, Interstellar is a touching, and a quite philosophical movie (Definitely better than the movie ‘The Philosopher’). Watch it, and tell me what you think if you wish to.

My Dream Life

People have different attitudes towards their dream life. Some of them wanna be extremely rich; some wanna be famous; some wanna be powerful or something…. For me, despite the fact that I shared many ‘practical’ methods to get rich, my dream life is pretty simple.

First of all, of course I need to be good enough to support myself and my family (my future family). So for this, I will need a relatively good job with some not-too-bad income. My wife and my children would live in a house, while I will get my parents another house, and we all live in Scotland. Although I mentioned that I wanted a big house like the ones in Rubislaw Den South, I know it might be tough to achieve. I don’t put high hope in it, because the more hopeful I am, the more disappointed I may be, and what’s the point of putting myself into disappointment? I just need decent houses, warm and nice, maybe not so posh.

I will be good enough to support the living of my whole family. My wife (not sure who yet, but I am more into sweeties than hotties haha) will be a housewife taking care of my children, my parents would visit many different places as they have free time. My kids… um… they would definitely be encouraged to play some Ping Pong, I am sure they would be good players!

What else? ah my job. I actually don’t really mind the job I do, as long as I don’t hate it and it gives me enough to support my family. Probably I would like to do something related to writing, because I think writing is interesting; or maybe teaching? I think teaching is alright. But of course, I am not a workaholic, so I want my future job to give me enough time to relax as well. I would, of course, carry on to play Table-tennis! Hopefully by the time I turn 35, I could get some individual medals. I would keep on playing the piano too, because I like it, and I would sometimes like to share the harmony I play! 😀

Well hope it all goes well, and no one knows the future, maybe I’ll be so famous in the future, and the world would change a bit because of me! 🙂