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Sometimes I wish we could just pretend,
Even if for only one weekend
So come on, tell me,
Is this the end.
    (Lily Allen)

It is way too idealistic to believe that beautiful things last forever. No, they don’t. Something that’s beautiful, like fireworks, or sky-writing, isn’t meant to last forever, but just long enough for people appreciate. Everything is like a fireflies, which glow and dim.

Sometimes I find myself sitting back and reminiscing,
Especially when I have to watch other people kissing.
                            (Lily Allen)

We all want to go back to a time when ‘everything is great’, when we were happier. However, the happier time we had, the sadder it is to reminisce. Being nostalgic about the past, surely prevents one to move on, by sending him/ her to his/ her imagination-land, leaving him/ her to chase the ‘shadow’.

Some people handle love and never try
I can almost fly with your wings to set me high.
                                             (Daoko)

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How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d
(Alexander Pope)
This Alexander Pope’s quote is an interesting one. In general, it is about the chaste women devoting their lives to serving God, and cutting themselves off from real life. They are happy, because they can be ignorant to the burdens, and negativity in real life. The vestals, and the world don’t think about each other. The ‘eternal sunshine’ in line 3 refers to a mind that does not dwell on tribulations from the past and dissociates itself from anything from reality, thus being able to experience the true bliss, the true happiness. And therefore, they are able to accept every prayer, and they are able to demit themselves from their unrealistic wishes.
I like this poem, because it can serve as a comfort to individuals who are suffering from emotional problems. Well, is detaching from reality the best way of escapism? It may be a short-term remedy, but in the long run, you still need to face the problem, yourself. Running away from the problem never helps, because the ‘eternal sunshine’ in the poem is unrealistic. Everyone has problems that he/ she has to deal with. That differentiates our life stories, as we are all different, and we have different chapters in our lives. A successful life belongs to the ones who can overcome difficulties, and enjoy life while surrounded by obstacles, any time, anywhere.

I remember it hurts, looking at her hurts…

There are two types of people: hopeless romantics and realists. A hopeless romantic is one who gets convinced that it is destiny putting him/ her with a particular someone; while a realist just sees that face, and just packs the other person in every other one he has seen before. (Stuck in Love)

A hopeless romantic can easily get hurt, and well, maybe…. Well, I used to be towards the romantic side but well… yes, reality does check in. It is definitely a lesson learned. Was going to say the more beautiful a memory is, the more painful it is to leave. This is pretty much true, but well, life is only meaningful when you can convince yourself that it is.

Anyway, I mean, life is a journey, and we are all on this ride. Moving on is a compulsory process. No one can be with you forever. The truth is, we come to this world alone, and we leave this world exactly the same way. But all I would say, is that ‘You were that pure, lovely, little apple of my eyes’, and that pureness, and loveliness shalt never fade.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
(Shakespeare, Sonnet 18)

P.S. A good song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPD-a1FjUtU

“Love is an ugly, terrible business practiced by fools. It’ll trample your heart and leave you bleeding on the floor. And what does it really get you in the end? Nothing but a few incredible memories that you can’t ever shake. The truth is, there’s gonna be other girls out there. I mean, I hope. But I’m never gonna get another first love. That one is always gonna be her.” (Little Manhattan)

I used not to feel that much for the quote above, because I used to be a hopelessly romantic cheeseball, who would think everything is possible with enough love. Is love about going extra miles even if it hurts? Maybe it is. But is it worth it? I don’t know. Something happened lately, and it made me think again, about many things. Reality checks in, because we are all travelling through time together, in the real world. Is love about finding the courage you didn’t know it was there? Yes I guess, but well, kinda pointless at the same time, no? Well, somewhere a million miles away, a girl I like is going down her road, and I am stuck on mine. We are on different roads, she and me, two ships that passed the Sheep Meadow. Well, it’s a pain with no name.

Anyway, it’s new year, happy new year to everyone, and I don’t mean to spread the negativity. But yea, it’s a new year, new me! Positive atmosphere is needed! As I mentioned before, all of us are travelling through time together, all we can do is to do our best to relish, this remarkable ride (About Time). We need to make everyday count, and we just have to try to live everyday as if we’ve deliberately come back to this one day to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of our extraordinary, ordinary life.

“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.

Plastic Memories Review

If you knew that your loved one has not got long to live, how would you two choose to spend the remaining time together?

Plastic Memories is a series with the protagonist, Mizugaki, working in a company called Terminal Service One. The story takes place in the near future, in which human works alongside androids which look exactly like humans and have human emotion and memory. Those androids are called Giftia. However, the catch is that  Giftia can only live for a maximum of 81,920 hours, and if they pass their expiration date, it causes personality disintegration, memory loss, and outbreaks of violence. This is when the Terminal Service comes into play, as the company retrieves Giftias who are close to the end of their lifespans from their owners, and erasing the Giftias’ memories. As Mizugaki works in the company, he sees a lot of different ways of human to say goodbye to their androids, and this is how the story begins.

The relationship between human and robots (or other non-human creatures) has always been a popular topic in sci-fic works (e.g. Frankenstein).However, what makes Plastic Memories different is that: unlike previous works, Plastic Memories neither discusses the existence of ‘spirit’ in Androids (or robots, not sure how they differ), nor explains whether the creation of androids or robots would bring catastrophic consequences to human-being. The sci-fic element in the story is basically the coating for it to develop its main them about life and death, about separation and such.

This is a rather flat anime when it comes to the plot. However, this is why I quite like it. There are many flaws in this anime indeed and I can only rate it ‘slightly above average’. However, I’d still like to recommend this to you because of the messages portrayed in the anime. When Mizugaki works for the Terminal Service, he saw many different reactions of different people when they have to say goodbye to their androids: some want to escape from the reality by running away from the Terminal Service team; some pray for miracles to happen; some feel betrayed by the android…. Then, how would Mizugaki react when he is in the same situation? No spoiler here, but what would you do? Yes, the value in this anime is the positive message behind it. I hope that if you do watch it, you will learn to treasure every day of your life afterwards!

The resonance and meaning you get from a film, is the real reason why you would like a film so much: it could be from a very astonishingly beautiful scene, a very poetic plot, or a very cheesy character.

I have heard that Your Lie in April is a touching anime about piano. As a wee pianist, I decided to give it a go. I was utterly shocked with my eyes moist after watching it. It’s a very, very beautiful series.

As long as you are a person, there must be a time when you lie, no matter whether it is a lie of good intention, an evil lie, or a lie to cover the other lie. There are many different lies in the world, and there must be a story behind every lie. Your Lie in April, is a story, about a beautiful, but sad lie.

This series is not a simple story, not a simple love story at least. It is a story about growing up. The series uses music as a mean to portray the plot, and the soundtrack of the series is just amazing. Yes, music is for people to hear, and is a way to respond to the hope, fear, or any emotions of people around you.

‘Sadness makes one grows’. Kaori’s death makes Kōsei grows up, and it takes Kōsei out of his shadow. The theme of ‘keep going no matter what comes next’ just comes out of the screen and get injected to my heart. The young Kōsei sets Kaori a goal of her life; and the wee grown-up Kaori rescues Kōsei from his shadow, taking him back to the right track of his life. The two people help each other at different times, with different things, is this not what growth mean? People get together, helping each other to grow: in your life, there must be some people around you, while no one can stay with you eternally. This is the colour of life, making life interesting, making every moment treasurable. At the end of the series, Kaori, who rescues Kōsei from his shadow, has already passed away. Kōsei, however, cannot dwell in the loss anymore, because in his heart, he knows that living and blooming his life in a world without Kaori is the best way to respond to her love and help.

For this story, it is suitable to have a tragic ending. The tragic ending elevates the series to a higher level, giving an after-taste of the story. The plot itself is not that innovative, and it is easy to spot the tragic ending from around half-way through the series. Whether a series/ film with a predictable plot depends on how it is portrayed. For this series, I’d say that it was done perfectly. Songs, sound effects, drawing…. everything is significantly above average, and it succeeds on giving me teary gas and keeps me in the plot a day after watching it.

After reading the last letter of Kaori, Kōsei wipes his tear away, and continues to go back to his life.  ‘Spring will be here soon. Spring, the season I met you, is coming. A spring without you…is coming.’

I rarely watch anime films because most of the times, in films, I look for depth. It wasn’t until I knew the renowned anime directors Makoto Shinkai and Hayao Miyazaki, that I found quality-deep anime films. Today, I’ll give a little review of the film Children who Chase Lost Voices.

The question about how we look at life and death, the living and the dead, has been debated over centuries. People have come across many answers, but there are no answers at all. But this is a question related to all of us, who are living. The film itself, is about the separation, and the connection between the living and the dead. Yep, I am not intending to include any spoiler here. But this is a very inspiring, and deep film, with a very strong second-half producing ‘teary gas’.

‘The stars in the sky are like the people we miss, always being there in our heart’ The film produces a few good questions for us to think about. Is it right to accept someone’s death, or does it mean we will forget about that dead person? Or is it only the living people who are the important ones, and the deceased are no longer relevant? Interestingly, the film raises the questions, but do not quite provide answers, and that’s what I think is the most inspiring from the film, as it inspires you to think.

My favourite quote from the film is ‘Living your life and carrying the sadness of the loss, is a curse, but is also a blessing’. Yes, it is only you have lost something/ someone, that you would understand the aspiration, and the happiness of a reunion. ‘Parting is for reunion’, that sounds pretty ridiculous. But it may well be better having this thought when facing every sort of parting in life.

Here, is the very good theme song for the film for you to enjoy (with great lyrics):

 

It has been quite a while since the High School Musical (HSM) trilogy, but it’s always been one of the ‘Brightest’ series of films I’ve ever seen. Brightest? Yes of course, it gives you fantasies that rarely come true: like meeting a girl from a karaoke and it lasts from high school age to university. Not saying it’s impossible but it’s just not the usual case.

Well, although it’s not quite realistic, it still has its value in my opinion. I would think HSM is actually quite romantic in its way. It’s not like a very very cheesy ‘you-jump-I-jump’ that sort of stuff, but just the scenes like the dancing/ music scenes are romantic. Here’s one example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCa8pxUtN1s

Also, it’s not only the relationships portrayed in HSM that makes me like it, the friendship too. The struggle of friendship and relationship in HSM can somehow be quite realistic I guess. Sometimes when you want to get something, you have to give something up, so….. but of course in the film it all gets settled at the end. But it’s not quite easy in real life. And of course, there are much more struggles for students that are entirely not mentioned in HSM. But well, it makes the audience happy, and that’s what films are supposed to do! 😀

The story of a robbery

So a group of robbers decided to rob a bank one day. As they approached to the bank, the leader shouted ‘Freeze! Do not move! Money belongs to the country while the life belongs to you!’ So the people inside did not dare to move and just lied down. One of the robbers is a university graduate. He asked the leader ‘We should count the cash we have got now so we know how much we have robbed and can divide them easily!’

The leader argued back right away, saying ‘Are you serious? It takes forever if you count it now! If you want to know how much we have robbed, just watch the news tonight you retard!’ (This is called experience, sometimes working experience is important)

After a day, the news report said there were £10 millions being robbed in the robbery, while the robbers could only count £2 millions from their loot. After a while, the leader finally understood what happened, as he sighed and said ‘Ahh we gambled our life just to get £2 millions, while the bankers earned £8 millions from doing nothing like us. Nowadays being tricky and clever is the way to get rich.’

Well, that’s the end of story. All I want to say is that, nowadays, earning money that gives you a good life is a lot harder than it used to be. Nowadays there are 4 main ways to get rich:
1) Born rich —> I lost at the starting line
2) Working at least at the managerial position —> Could still work but this way will be eliminated soon.
3) Investment —> The ongoing way to get rich, it is wise to at least learn about the stock market, and do it in a sensible way.
4) Start up a business —> Has always been a way to give you some wealth, but takes some efforts and risks as it can either be so successful or extremely terrible.

Working hard is crucial, but unlike in the previous years, hard-work does not really help much for people to create wealth. Considering people actually get rich from selling air, it is all about the brain nowadays. Intelligence and creativity have always been important, but now they weigh even more than hard-work. Even if you work more than 50 hours a week in a shop, you probably still struggle to pay your mortgage. While if there is a ‘click’ in your mind, and you start up something that the society adores, even like selling-air, you can really end up having a huge amount of money that you cannot even finish spending.

Well, that’s a chance for anybody, considering even selling air can really give you some money. I hope it will be me, who can have a click in my mind, and become the ‘modern day Gladiator’.