Mar 30, 2012

Mirror Mirror

OMG!!! Movie Makers are getting so smart these days! The way old gaudy annoying and choking fairy tales are taking a sophisticated twist is impressively amazing!

After being blown away at how well Tangled was directed, Mirror Mirror takes the spot of my favourite "New Age Fairy Tale"! The cast was simply spectacular.. They were all my favourites!! And having all of them in one movie was like having all my favourite pizza toppings in one.

Selecting Armie Hammer (love his accent after watching his double act in Social Network and yes his gorgeous looks too) as Prince Alcott was the best decision made and this act for Julia Roberts opened a new dimension to her acting skills! The dwarfs were tactically great and depth full and rather handsome too. Sean Bean! made my heart palpitate.. I meant it in a wonderful way although I wonder why he constantly has a constipated face from that of Game of Thrones. The costumes were lovely and the setting and script were witty, smart and touchy.

I hated Snow White as a kid you know. A pathetic young princess who needed to be saved by a pair of royal balls (I wasn't so shrewd back then but at such a tender age, I always wondered why ladies had to be depicted as dependent and weak more so being brought up by a strong woman in my life). However, the plot of Mirror Mirror flipped my regards for this classic a complete 180 degree!
Anyway.. since I never do write the plot in any of my movie reviews on my blog, I'm not going to do it now. You'll just have to watch it and bedazzled with the new directions.

Jason and Wilhelm Grimm who wrote Snow White back in 1812 would be smiling in their graves if they saw how their classic evolved in the 2nd decade of the new millennia! Alleluia for that..

The release of Mirror Mirror would definitely see a significant rise in 'fairytale humbug' converts like me!

French Italian British Indian

If she had to choose between rice and curry in an Indian restaurant she would ask for Tosai or Brata instead. If she was at a Chinese restaurant, she would opt for steamed pau or noodles. But what she loves the most are French Pastries and Italian Pastas! My 8 year old sweetheart Isabelle has it in her head that she'd rather be French or Italian than Asian! The only Indian bit in her is her love for Tosai and Egg Bratas.

Today's movie outing led us to Deli France with Chicken cheese croissant and Sultana Croissant along with a glass of Pineapple Juice (her personal picks not mine). It was a delightful breakfast for her that it's almost time for dinner now yet she still says thank you for breakfast!

I guess that's probably why I craved for these similar foods being pregnant with her. She was moulding my diet to suit her palate even at the foetal stage of her life! Impressive!

Anyway, I only decided to go to Deli France out of my many choices because I knew I'd be impressing her! Hehe ;-)

Mar 29, 2012

Can you show me the direction to Feng Shui..

I always believed Feng Shui made a lot of people spend a lot of money altering the things around them in order to bring in the right energy to attain peace and prosperity, but after reading this particular book by Sara Porter on Simplified Feng Shui for Interior, Health, Wealth and Happiness, my perception of what I believe Feng Shui should be was reaffirmed.

She addresses the principals and tools in Feng Shui in regards to relationships and your home by simple, almost cost free methods to drawing a healthy Chi energy within one self and those around as she explains the elements responsible in adding this attraction.

One very distinct point that captured my utmost attention was how to avoid bad chi by taking arguments outside the home. Not just your arguments with your family members, but the arguments that outsiders, extended family members, or visitors bring to battle using your home. Your home, your house - is your sanctuary! It is the space where you take control of the good and bad chi that lingers in it. If someone walks into your home with a bad chi in them, they will naturally extend it to those around them and when signs of this are exhibited, take charge and block out that bad energy that can disrupt the peace in your own home. If others come into your abode to battle their fights, ask them to leave!

The other thing that got my attention (actually the entire book was great but I'm only emphasising on a few pointers) was cleanliness. The way you keep your house, says about the conditions in your being. This must be another form of languaging if you've read my previous post. If you live in a clutter, your internal being is also living in a clutter. If you feel like life is choking you, declutter the space around you and this will assist you in decluttering your life. That includes decluttering the people that are hindering you from attaining good chi.

Children! Unconditional love is the first and foremost need for them. Placing conditions on who they are and not accepting them for their unique way of being in the world will damage their inner self which in turn will adversely affect their personal chi energy. Make time for play with them to unwind and have fun together. Include music in your relationship with them.

This are just a few I want to write about that truly cost nothing to help flow in the good chi. There are many tools to promote good energy but I believe the greatest tools are within us, our intelligence, our intuition, our logic and common sense, our passion, love and warmth and our sense of respect for ourselves and those around us! The physical tools would be your brain and your heart! You could breakdown an entire house, to rebuild it to the angles and directions of Fung Shui, spend a million dollars on a water feature on eastern side of your house or a gold chandelier in the southwest direction of your home, place wind chimes, bakuas or gold coins at the northern positions, you could just about do anything your wallet permits you, but if you fail to realign your thoughts, your character and your perseptions, you become nothing more than a rich idiot who's value for life is limited to the value of his buck!

A man living in an empty shack could have more good chi than a man who lives in restructured multimillion dollar house.

To me, everything starts from within and not the other way around. Feng Shui - the system of arranging a person's life and living space to optimise and harness the flow of positive energy STARTS WITHIN YOU!

Mar 28, 2012

Languaging Via Fashion

This is a new thing I've learnt - LANGUAGING. Somehow the more I read into it, it doesn't seem so new after all but rather SEMIOLOGY in a modern light.

Shohamy in her book Language Policy - "Expanding Language" clearly states how language users have the flexibility and freedom to use language as they see fit. She also examines the expansion of language through multi-modal representations known as LANGUAGING. How language spreads beyond words and other linguistic markers such as food, clothes and fashion, architecture, visual and image and even numbers.

So how powerful is LANGUAGING through clothes and fashion as a linguistic marker?

We all know fashion is an expression of ones self. The way you dress says a lot about you. Historically we've seen men and women dress to show their status in wealth and power, in feminist moves, in sexual representations and simple modesties or as a form of resistance.

So much story is revealed in ones clothing about themselves. It has transcended from portraying power and wealth to being the transmitter of moods, emotions, profession, identity and ideologies. If you're feeling vibrant and energetic, you'd choose the outfit that shows that and if you're sick and tired of routines, HELL! You'd appear to work in your Pajamas if you could! It's your freedom to choose although this freedom has its limitations and boundaries that helps control peace and balance in the society we live in.

So is it safe to say, you are who you dress? You silently speak out to those around you through your wardrobe and that's the linguistic approach when LANGUAGING through clothes and fashion come to action - your clothes do the non verbal communication for you.

I guess then if you're feeling extravagant today, it wouldnt hurt to dress like Cleopatra, right? Humm! Then again I wonder how Lady Gaga feels on a day to day basis. LOL!

Mar 27, 2012

Ha! Ha!

Everybody Wants To Love And Be Loved

No! I know it's not Valentine's Day, but the recent limited edition DVD advertisement on Astro for Lady And The Tramp which is accompanied by the song Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson has such a catchy tune that I just can't get it out of my head!

"Everybody everybody wants to love, everybody everybody wants to be loved... Oh oh oh! Oh oh oh!"

It's stuck on me and I kind of like it actually. Isn't it true, as much as I hate having to talk about Love (I don't know why) end of the day it just boils down to this 4 lettered word that has the power to change anything in this world if one places faith in it.

Love is the purity amidst the stains of our life. It's our strength when weakness befalls us. Love is gentle in the roughness of our insecurities and comforts when we have lost hope.

Somehow it makes me wonder how the worst possible things can also come out of this magical energy when one kills, steels and destroys for love.

Maybe that's the part that tells you everybody wants to love AND be loved! It would make one do anything even the unimaginable to attain this jewel! What is love if it is concealed within oneself, not shared nor received to be felt? RIGHT?

Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson
We have fallen down again tonight
In this world it’s hard to get it right
Try to make your heart feel like a glove
What it needs is love, love, love

Everybody, everybody wants to love
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Everybody, everybody wants to love
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Happy is the heart that still feels pain
Darkness drains and light will come again
Swing open up your chest and let it in
Just let the love, love, love begin

Everybody, everybody wants to love
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Everybody, everybody wants to love
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

oh everybody knows the love
Everybody holds the love
Everybody falls for love

Everybody feels the love
Everybody steals the love,
everybody heals with love
Oh, oh, oh, oh, just let the love, love, love begin

Everybody, everybody wants to love
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved
Oh, oh, oh, Just let the love, love, love begin

Everybody, everybody wants to love
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved
Oh, oh, oh, Just let the love, love, love begin

Everybody, everybody wants to love
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Everybody feels to love
Everybody steals to be loved
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Everybody, everybody wants to love (oh everybody)
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved (oh everybody)
Oh, oh, oh, (oh everybody) oh, oh, oh (oh everybody) oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh.
Everybody, everybody wants to love (oh everybody)
Everybody, everybody wants to be loved (oh everybody)
Oh, oh, oh, (oh everybody) oh, oh, oh (oh everybody) oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh.

Mar 26, 2012

Say (by John Mayer)

Take all of your wasted honor
Every little past frustration
Take all of your so-called problems,
Better put 'em in quotations

Say what you need say!

Walking like a one man army
Fighting with the shadows in your head
Living out the same old moment
Knowing you'd be better off instead,
If you could only . . .

Say what you need say!

Have no fear for giving in
Have no fear for giving over
You'd better know that in the end
Its better to say too much
Then never say what you need to say again

Say what you need say!

Even if your hands are shaking
And your faith is broken
Even as the eyes are closing
Do it with a heart wide open

Say what you need say!

Mar 22, 2012

Itchy Itchy Chickenpox

So far this month of March has been about enduring the itchiest virus and the first to get it was my CJ which subsequently got passed on to Belle and now my littlest one of all AJ who seems to be the one hit by the VZ virus the worst of all.
They have missed school, swimming, tuitions and gymnastics so that they won't have to spread it to others.

Anyway.. I wish to say thank you to all those who sent their well wishes to me, who constantly kept in touch to know if my kids were coping well or not, who offered their help and to those who climbed up the neem tree at Taman Kanagapuram so that my children can be treated.
God helped us through all of you.
A million thank you is not enough, but I hope you would accept it for now.
Love you all.

The book below was bought many years ago and it came to practical use this month.. Kiddos enjoy reading it as it made them laugh while it educated them on Chickenpox.

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