Sunday, October 09, 2005


Teachers On Strike
Teachers went on strike on Friday. Hopefully, this will be resolved this upcoming week. But I don't think so. I hear some teachers were passing out homework for the next month. Ugh... that is NOT GOOD.

Hung out with Vin and we went to Vogue Cuisine for dinner. Checked on my dad's place. He put a lock on his bedroom door so I could not look for my mother's dvd. After dinner, we were going to have bubble tea but there was no parking so we ended up at Aberdeen and had Starbucks.

Went over to mom's place to help prep for Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday. We ran errands, picked up some veggies for dinner. Help prep for soup.

Watched "Three Times" starring Shu Qi.

On Rotten Tomatoes:
From VIFF:
Three Times Zui Hao de Shiguang [THREE] Taiwan, 2005, 131 min, Color , 35mmIn Mandarin with English SubtitlesDirected By: Hou Hsiao-HsienPRODS: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Hwarng Wern-YingSCR: Chu Tien-WenCAM: Mark LeeED: Liao Ching-SongMUS: Lim Giong, Li Kuo-Yuan, K-B-N, The PlattersCAST: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Mei Fang, Di Mei, Liao Su-Jen, Chen Shih-Shan, Ko Yu-Lun

Shu Qi, in tight, lime-green satin pants, cleans up the pool hall and impulsively pots a couple of balls; on the soundtrack, The Platters are singing "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"... Three Times is Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s most seductive film in some while, full of small, magical moments which capture fleeting pleasures and transient emotions. Hou says that the film’s Chinese title (it translates as "The Best of Times") has, for him, the specific nuance that evanescence is precisely what makes experiences special: we cherish memories because they come from a past that has vanished.Each of the film’s chapters ­ all three starring Shu Qi and Chang Chen and with the same supporting cast ­ is set in a different year. The pool hall turns up in 1966, and it’s easy to figure out that this represents an episode from Hou’s own adolescence: Chang Chen is a kid on his military service, chasing Shu Qi from one pool-hall to the next. In 1911 (the year of China’s first revolution) she’s a tea-house courtesan worrying about her prospects of marriage and he’s her regular customer, an activist who visits Taiwan between fund-raising trips to Japan and dangerous forays into China; he turns a blind eye to her needs. And in 2005 she’s a bisexual rock chick (actually a singer who keeps having epileptic episodes) and he’s a photographer; both are involved with other people when they begin their dangerous liaison. Fashions in "love" change through the years, Hou suggests, but love stays the same. Selected Filmography: The Boys from Fengkuei (83), A Summer at Grandpa’s (84), The Time to Live and the Time to Die (85), Dust in the Wind (86), A City of Sadness (89), The Puppetmaster (93), Good Men, Good Women (95), Flowers of Shanghai (98), Millennium Mambo (01), Café Lumière (03) Sponsored By Fairchild TV

I'm not so sure how I rate this movie as yet. I really went to watch the movie because of Shu Qi and it was on a weekend. The Vancouver Film Fest is almost over. Last day is October 14. I almost want to take a couple of days off so I can catch a couple of more films. I went with Hannah and Vin. She is such a sweet girl. I can not believe how grown up she looks. The first time I met her, she looked like a girl and now she's looking like a young woman. After the movie, we went over to Oakridge to kill some time as Donna and Zamyla invited us over for Thanksgiving Dinner. They have a 20 pound turkey. That was really nice! As Kay and I are going to miss out on turkey as my mom did not want to make turkey this year. Kay was quite disappointed. So it was perfect. And we have not seem Donna / Zamyla in ages! It was really great to see them. We were so stuffed! We only had 1/4 of the turkey. There were 3 adults, 2 teens, and 1 child. Only a quarter of the turkey was eaten! But it was so good. Gosh, we are pooped!

I haven't been sleeping well. The last couple of nights, I have been falling aslep around 2am or 3am (that was last night). I have been thinking about my dad and his stupid friend Thomas. Teachers being on strike. Property in Vancouver is going up again! So many things on my mind. It sucks when I can't relax. Oh well, I will try to get to bed earlier tonight. I need to RELAX.

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