Archive for February, 2007

Babel

I just watched Babel on Tuesday night with my friend at Shaw Lido. It was my 2nd time watching a movie here in Singapore since I officially moved here in November 2006.

The movie is, as expected, very very good. As the tagline promised, it shows our inability to communicate with others (due to physical disability such as the deaf-mute Japanese girl or just a mental block due to cultural/racial/religious difference).

But what really struck me from this movie was the insensitivity of the passengers in the bus with Brad Pitt/Kate Blanchett. Did anyone notice that none of them offered to help Richard (Pitt) take care of Susan (Blanchett)? Instead, it was the bus guide that stood by Richard throughout the whole ordeal. Not one of them came down with the couple to the doctor’s hut, not one of them offered any help nor offered their sympathy and sat with the couple while waiting for help. Instead, they all just sat in/around the bus and then finally decided to leave the couple alone in the village. The entire time, they acted as if Pitt/Blanchett was a burden to them as opposed to a friend in need.

Is this the level of individualism in our society? That at perhaps someone’s darkest hour, we still manage to put me, myself and I first?

asti

Quotes — Tata Young

I just found this quote from Cleo magazine, Singapore. In reply to the question about her ideal man:

“I must be his first priority — I can never take a guy who is selfish”
–Tata Young

Hmm… Some serious self-reflection is needed here.

asti

Singapore Life

Just want to share the good news: I’m starting to feel at home here in Singapore. It’s taken its time (3 months to be precise), but I’m finally there. The travelling certainly didn’t help, but I’m not complaining — travelling is afterall still my first love! And perseverance pays: I am slowly adjusting to my life here. Establishing my group of friends and slowly exploring Singapore.

My life here certainly is limited (1 year only) and so I’d like to make the most of it. I know I missed out a lot from my UK experience, where after 5 years I still have not made my way to Wales, Stonehenge and other places. But no regrets, I still had the time of my life there!

And now, it’s the next chapter: Singapore! It’s finally begun…

asti

My dedication

And so.
After many mornings, afternoons and evenings spent on thinking i should create a blog, I finally managed to find the courage and the strength to start one.

Oh, I have had one previously (blogs.warwick.ac.uk/aasra), but alas, my fear of losing the initial blogging drive — much like the fear of breaking my new year’s resolution (one of which is to write this blog!) — came true and I stopped.

But my recent move to Singapore created a new, and stronger, reason to create another one. It’s not for my personal record, nor for me to share and discuss my views on the world. True, those are good reasons.

But they are the by-products.
The main aim: to keep in touch with the people I love and care for.

For my family in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, United Kingdom.
For my friends I made in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, on the plane, at an airport, in the doctor’s waiting room.

And for future family & friends.

I am not the best person when it comes to keeping in touch. True, I send sporadic group emails but they are just not the same as a regular update as if we were still meeting each other regularly like before.

And so.
I hope this time I can keep my promises to you to keep in touch.
All my love.

asti