Sunday, December 25, 2005
and now, the end is near.

1010hrs

Listening to:



Tommy heavenly6 - Tommy heavenly6 (2005)



Merry Christmas to all! This 991st post on Blogdrive shall be the last. Please update your links to the brand new link! Watch the new space for Christmas Eve pictures, other assorted stuff, and my year-end awards!

Once again, I thank you all for reading my mundane ramblings. ;)


Thursday, December 22, 2005
the chronicles of narnia: the lion, the witch and the wardrobe.

2305hrs

Listening to:



Alex Parks - Honesty (2005)



An excellent album from a refreshing female vocalist... perfect for a rainy night like this.

Earlier today, we caught one of our last movies of 2005:



The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

agent s. had been anticipating this C.S. Lewis adaptation for a few months now; I even bought her the novel to read on her Japan trip. As for me, well, I'm no fantasy fan, nor am I big on animal films, or worse still, films with talking animals. So it was with a healthy dose of skepticism that I walked into the cinema.



The story begins in 1940s England, where children are being sent to rural parts of the country to avoid bomb raids during the war. Among these are the Pevensie kids: (from left) Lucy (Georgie Henley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Peter (William Moseley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), who now have to live in a huge mansion with an elderly professor.



It is in this mansion that little Lucy stumbles upon a wardrobe one day, and this magical wardrobe leads to the magical world of Narnia. There she meets Mr Tumnus (James McAvoy), a part human-part goat creature. However, what she does not know is that Mr Tumnus is supposed to bring her back to the evil White Witch (Tilda Swinton).



The White Witch has put a spell upon Narnia for a hundred years now, making it permanently frozen in wintertime. According to a mysterious prophecy, the only ones who can save Narnia from this icy fate are "two sons of Adam, and two daughters of Eve". Guess who? ;)



Unwillingly, the Pevensies are drawn into battle with the White Witch and her troops. Luckily for them, they have most of the animal kingdom on their side - rhinos, cheetahs, a beaver named, erm, Beaver, and most importantly, king of the jungle Aslan the majestic lion (voiced by Liam Neeson).



The story was originally written as a children's book, and as such the storyline is a simple good-versus-evil type thing. However, I would not recommend bringing your kid brother/sister for this movie, as it gets pretty dark and violent in some parts.

But for me, the best parts of the film had to be the scenes where the children interacted with the talking animals. The beavers and Aslan, in particular, seemed so life-like! Such is the wonder of animatronics and CGI nowadays. (y)

I must also say that all four young leads do an admirable job of holding the film together. There's something about British kids and their crisp accents that make them very charming... heheh :P



Thankfully, the movie is not as long as its title, and the crescendo scenes of epic battle between Aslan's forces and the White Witch's troops will keep you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll after just over two hours in the cinema. All in all, a highly enjoyable film! Now I want to read the other six books in the Narnia series. ;)

Lester's rating: 4.5/5 stars!


Wednesday, December 21, 2005
ten more days.

0816hrs

Listening to:



John Mayer Trio - Try! (2005)



WIth just 10 days to go before the end of the year, I'm trying to cram in as many albums for my year-end review/awards! Also concurrently listening to:



Texas - Red Book (2005)

and



Ryan Adams - 29 (2005)

This year, I'll only be reviewing and handing out awards to artistes who have put out albums in 2005 that I've listened to in full. It's going to be exciting! Watch out for it. ;)


Monday, December 19, 2005
joke of the day.

2359hrs


I'm really warming up to Wordpress! Please do visit the new site, heheh. I may not be writing here much longer. :X

In other news, here is the joke of the day, copyright of me:

Q: What do you find in Jurong in December?
A: Science Santa.

Now tell me that's not funny! Hahahahaha XD


an announcement.

1552hrs


I will be moving : the cool blue submarine : to a new address soon! Over the next two weeks or so, I will start to post over at the new site to test out the interface and stuff. Auto-redirection from this page will begin on January 1, 2006. Do leave comments to tell me what you think of the new page... thanks for supporting me and my ramblings at Blogdrive for the past 27 months. :)


Sunday, December 18, 2005
SPECIAL FEATURE
happy 60th, dads.

text by hucks || pictures by shucks and tmlee


This was a really special weekend - my dad celebrated his 60th birthday with more than 40 members of the extended family.

 

Nope you're not seeing double! My dad's twin brother also celebrated his birthday. Heheh. :)


The festivities began early Friday morning. While some worked:



... others just slept.



But generally, everyone was in a pleasant mood.



Case in point: my four-year-old niece, who normally doesn't like to talk me, suddenly became my new best friend. Haha XD


Our chalet was a stone's throw away from Pasir Ris Park, which seems to be very quiet compared to the East Coast.



We saw a rainbow after the rain! :)



But the beach was really appalling. NEA, do something! (n)



I had a great time cycling with my dad; it's the first time we've ever done so. He hadn't cycled for more than 10 years, and now he wants to go regularly! Haha XD


On Saturday evening, all the relatives were invited to the chalet:



The big buffet. Food was pretty yummy...

Time for some group shots!



My sister, Dad and Mum, me, and agent s.... I like this photo :)



My uncle with his wife, kids and grandkids. Quite a crowd! :P



And here's the birthday boys and their families.



They really look alike, don't they? I wish them good health and prosperity (ie. strike 4D/Toto/Big Sweep) in the years ahead. :)



Saturday, December 17, 2005
seaside weekend.

1443hrs

Listening to: Merry - Refrain ~doyoubi no namida~





I'm writing this at a chalet by the seaside. :D

My dad is celebrating his 60th birthday this weekend... so there's going to be a birthday party this evening. All the festivities will be documented in the next post! In the meantime, have a good weekend everyone!


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