Our Astro cable broke and we spent the past weeks re-watching our favourite movies, which we have many in common. One of my favourite is this French production of Dai Sijie's Balzac and the little seamstress.
The story is told by one of two young men who were sent to a rural
mountain village to be re educated in the 1970's. The seamstress in the
film's title is a girl from the next village with whom the boys plot
to read outlawed books by Balzac and Dumas in a quest to 'educate' her
and to reveal the world beyond the mountains to the young girl.
Ultimately, the boys lose the girl they love to her quest for self
The scenes is beautifully filmed, I am especially fond of the ones
showing man-made structures - a stone footpath obediently following the
ridges of the hills; a mountain shack dwarfed by the backdrop of rocky
Monday, January 27, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
So, I offered to design and build one for him with the help of Joel (high school graduate) and Sean (Architecture student). I sketched out some ideas based on simple joints and off the shelf materials to achieve a departure from 'closed' boxes for the shelves, opting instead for one that snakes its way from top to bottom.
|The finished product|
Monday, January 13, 2014
We sent Sara off to serve her National Service duties on the 4th of January, she will be stationed at the Rembau Camp in West Malaysia for three months. For most of that time, we will not have contact with her as phone usage will be restricted. We spend a lot of time together as a family so not being able to 'chat' with her will be difficult for all of us.
True enough, her first week was quite stressful for her as she tried to get used to the hours, the routine and the monotony of endless seminars about patriotism. I told her that she will start enjoying it once the physical training starts.
|Sara is far left|
After the weekend visit from Mom and grandparents, she cheered up somewhat as can be seen from this photo with her dorm-mates.
Last night, we received this photo - it looks like the old Sara ("hiao-lok" *Hokkien slang) is back!
|the trademark cheesy grin|
Monday, January 6, 2014
Resolutions? there are so many. Highlights of the previous year? there are even more and too self indulgent to list.
Except for one - a little cardboard model made by an architecture student. It is a model for an installation - he used it for discussions with his tutors. They liked his idea, so he made a larger final model and thought I might like to keep this little one.
He didn't say why he gave it to me, whether it was for Christmas or my birthday - but you know how it is when boys communicate with their fathers.