How I Saw More Women-Directed Films in 2016 than in My Entire Life

“How many female film directors can you name?” asked my friend.

  1. Sofia Coppola
  2. Kathryn Bigelow
  3. Andrea Arnold

I was stuck. I had no problem rattling off names of famous male directors. Yet, I don’t even know enough female directors to count on one hand.

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How I Stayed Sane during Typhoon

I never thought that I’d be sharing a holiday with a typhoon. It was like having a crazy distant relative crash your wedding out of sheer boredom.

This happened on my recent solo holiday in Japan. The day Typhoon Mindulle landed in Tokyo was the day that I was supposed to be flying off to southern Japan.

The morning of the typhoon, the weather was still mild. It made me positive that my flight would go as per scheduled. Only when I started watching the LIVE weather report that I became worried.

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Photography by Olivia Griselda. Tiong Bahru.

Singapore & Its Kraftwerk Quirks

I had just come back from Kraftwerk concert in Singapore’s Esplanade, and boy, I was impressed! While the 3D visuals were rather disappointing, I did experience several goose-bump moments. That was a testimony to how much better their electronic music sound live.

My phone photography wouldn’t do justice to Kraftwerk’s concert. So, I’m posting two photographs taken in Singapore’s Tiong Bahru area instead. They are my little tributes to Kraftwerk. The top picture is for the song “Autobahn” (German for motorway), while the bottom picture is for “Tour de France” (LOL).

Although Kraftwerk does not produce new songs these days, I would still recommend seeing them live. Their music and show are art by themselves. Besides, the band is a major influence to many of today’s pop music, from Coldplay to Jay Z, from Daft Punk to Kanye West.

Photography by Olivia Griselda. Tiong Bahru.

 


Tiong Bahru, Singapore

Singapore - City Hall

Day 125: Escape

I quit my job last month, and for a while, it felt really nice to have a break. But, as some people would say, you can never have too much of a good thing. I have reached the stage where my weekdays just roll into weekends. Not a good sign.

When I was at my job, I kept thinking that once I had quit, I’d have more time for writing screenplays. Now that I’ve quit, my time usage has rather been sub-optimal. Yes, I am keeping myself busy as I apply for jobs. Yes, I’ve been taking free online courses on Coursera (highly recommended!), finishing my comedy web series (please ‘LIKE’ Facebook page for updates!), and learning how to edit videos on Adobe Premiere Pro. Yet, I still haven’t written much in the past month.

This makes me realise of the danger of looking at life with a short-term perspective. It’s like how Fridays are the only things people look forward to in their lives. At this rate, I’ll never get any writings done.

I am going to create a proper schedule, so that I could properly set time for writing, learning and getting creative. When 2013 is over, I do not want to regret not organizing my time better for the things I love.

Meanwhile, I’ve promised my Mom that I’ll get a job by the time she visits me again in Singapore. One month.


Asian Civilisation Museum, Singapore.

Singapore Botanic Gardens. Photography by Olivia Griselda.

Day 124: The Bench Moment

I have to admit: I have a certain fascination with park benches. Blame it on films such as “500 Days of Summer” and “Forrest Gump”.

500 Days of Summer Bench

Forrest Gump Bench
It is the fantasy that, when you sit on an isolated bench by yourself, a (attractive) stranger of an opposite gender will come to take on the bench’s other half. As you start talking with the person, you realise that both of you get along really well. Some magical conversations ensue.

Of course, such things are called fantasies for a reason. These things don’t always happen in real life, but they can occur from time to time.

Of the bench encounters I’ve had, only one has been memorable thus far. It occurred two years ago in Prague, Czech Republic. The bench was on the hill of Schoenbornská Zahrada. I was resting after a long walk, while the man was taking a cigarette break. The park provided us with an escape from the urban life. We spoke for close to an hour about life in general. After our descent down the hill, we came back to the reality of Prague, and we parted ways. We didn’t even exchange names the whole time.

Here’s to many more interesting bench encounters in life.


Botanics Garden, Singapore.

Nha Trang, Vietnam. Photography by Olivia Griselda.

Day 123: Deep Blue

“When the tides of time turn against you,
And the storms of life sink your boat,
Don’t cry and scream and holler,
Just turn on your back and float.”

Quoted from American sitcom ‘The Honeymooners’

Nha Trang, Vietnam. Photography by Olivia Griselda.

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Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Chinese Chess in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Photography by Olivia Griselda.

Day 122: Quit Playing, It’s Tea Time

Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of toast and tea.
— T.S. Eliot

Nha Trang, Vietnam.