I worry about petty things, what to pack when travelling, whether or not I can pull off that hairdo and whenever a hairdresser dismisses my style I figured, she knows better.
I worry about petty things, what to pack when travelling, whether or not I can pull off that hairdo and whenever a hairdresser dismisses my style I figured, she knows better.
mine is André (it's Hebrew and stands for virile man, a man's man if you will) very popular in France and in Portugal it's a cool name. i happen to love it altho there are far too many andrés around me and it gets annoying i wish my name was a password you know? but that is a pretty name. i would not say Japanese now but if i had to guess i'd never have said Malaysian. that one surprised me. and your mom's? or was it your dad's idea to name you something magical? it is truly a beautiful name. it's not common at all. i like it. my middle name is Mântua (Portuguese translation of Mantova, the Italian small town that appears on the Shakespearean tragedy 'romeo and juliet') and the last name is pretty common and it's Spanish and it's Garcia.
Thank you, I'm glad you think fondly of my name :D. And Andre IS in fact a good name. I love it too. It was quite popular in Malaysia too at one point. Parents are amazing sometimes at naming their children :D. It was my father who named me, though I would say that I'm glad he chose Syimi and not Syima, which would be pretty common around here, so I kinda understand those annoying little things when it comes to name. I get mistaken for a 'Syima' many times just because they thought it was a spelling mistake. But I guess ppl have caught up with time, and my name has become more common than before. But that's amazing your middle name is a 'shakepearean' town name! So I suppose you're from Portugal? Still living there?
it is a cute and uncommon name. hence my appreciation for it. really? syima is nice too altho it reminds me of Disney's Simba. how cool would that be? born and raised. yup. still living here and i suppose i would not live anywhere else, they dont' call it home for nothing :P yep my ancestors were chased by this king and moved to Mantova, then they returned to Portugal and they changed it to Mântua, it's a noble name.
Simba...would be...tragic though if teased LOL. I've heard of Mantua before but not sure of Mantova? This is kinda sad to reveal that my shakespearean knowledge is almost nil. I appreciate the lit but never cared to do much research about it. I guess that was the 'push' I need?? lol. But yeah, thank you for that enlightenment :)) I've never been to Portugal but that's something I'd wanna do someday. I hope to cover most of Europe. Soon I hope. Though I love living in my own country, I longed to try living somewhere else in the world. Cos that would be amazing for me. Hmm.
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantova (Mantua is its name in Latin, and Mântua is its Portuguese name, Portuguese is one of 5 languages that comes from Latin hence the similarity). My Shakespearean knowledge IS nil, so don't be so hard on yourself. Tried to read Hamlet but gave up after 2 or 3 pages, that old English bewilders me. Sorry to sound so dunce. I'd love to come to Malaysia. why? Kuala (sounds like Koala and i love those fluffy creatures) Lumpur and those gorgeous towers called Petronas Towers that appeared on one of my childhood favorites 'entrapment'. Simba if teased? did not get that one. I love the name simba (altho it would suit better a pet than a human granted...) and i love the film altho it's a Tezuka rip off. One thing i always loved about reading (better or as much as the reading itself) was looking after things that the reading had suggested you know? sometimes so much that i loose interest in the book and get fascinated by whatever i'm looking for...you're very welcome. thank you for yours as well. I've never been to Malaysia non plus. That's very far. I only know España, France, England, Scotland and Morocco. And when i say 'know' i'm stretching the truth a bit. i mean i been there. So i've yet to meet your continent. Were you from exactly? ///Btw thanks for the follow. I loved that final hmmmmmm. was that you saying 'hum hm, nice post Syimi, nailed it!, *fist pumps* ':P ? i'd love to live elsewhere too, for a period of time, i just love Lisboa too much for that. you know?
"Simba if teased? did not get that one" oops sorry, I just meant that it'd be tragic to be teased "Simba" lol, that was just my imagination running wild traumatized by childhood nicknames. Not important. Anyways, Tezuka?? tsk, did not know that one *takes note*. You're not a dunce! I thought that was my role! Haha. I do understand about discovering things from books. That's what I did when I read this book called "the late hector kipling". I literally roamed about in Tate Modern in London just to see those paintings he mentioned ughh, that was great though. I mean, the feeling :D, Not a great reader I must admit, but I do love to read, so I read things that I find important/interesting enough for me without wasting any time on anything else lol. The only europe I've been to were the city of Paris, London and Rome. I want to see more of course. Right now I live in Kuala (or KOala) Lumpur. Never seen 'entrapment' though erk. Well "Lumpur" means mud in my language actually, soo..lol. And "Kuala" is supposed to be, what, estuary? < google-translated that actually. KL (short name) is very hot. I mean, literally. I'd love to live in a cooler cities (setting my eyes on Japan actually), I mean of course nothing permanent, I can't be away on a foreign land for too long, I'll miss a lot of stuff, food especially lol. But I've never been so attached to my own country though, at least probably not as much as you love Lisboa. Idk, maybe cos I never see myself belonged anywhere, really. And that final "hmm"? (not a fist pump at all no) was me thinking longingly of the idea of moving away from here actually. More of a sigh. Again, I sigh a lot, sorry. Not a good habit I know. And thank you for following me, I don't update much though :/
sorry for the late reply. i eventually had to go to sleep. was actually nearing 8 in the morning back here. // ah yes yes to be teased as simba. sure, now i get it :P yup. altho it's a cute tease no? i mean it's something nice. it's a good film character. it's a survivor and a fighter. i would like that. it's empowering i think. not shameful, in my opinion. oh kids used to tease you when you were a kid? that's bad. sorry to hear that. Yup. He had a tv series called 'kimba the white lion? = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4GR0DconsU/// (this one is the bestvideo for you to judge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72AVvgRNf2Q) btw i LOOOOVE 'the lion king' and i did watch the show 'kimba the white lion' while growing up, did not bother me then (i did not connect those dots as a kid). anyway i just found out this recently as I tried to purchase the film on dvd for years and read a lot about the film and then I stumbled upon this film and I was like, what? I felt ashamed. I still like the film but for someone as me to know that one of my all-time favourite films was in fact a rip-off of a show broke my heart, and since i studied film it made me realize how unfair Disney was. They should have asked for permission or written 'an adaption of' if they wanted to adapt to americans, no problem, but stealing blatantly and then say 'who me?' is disgusting. I had far more respect for Disney than that. The video also suggests that Disney even rips off of their own previous material, which is silly and insane they have so many creative people working for them, why would they need that? And there's the whole Don Bluth thing? I think many times the corporate powers that be intervene far too often and far too selfisly and forget the art thing. I don't get it. There's more to life than making a buck, right? The earlier Disney's were works of art. This was a disgrace. Tezuka did not even wanted to prosecute Disney as he respected him so much. Were this the other way around, Disney would have crushed the japanese. A putrid stain on Disney's reputation for high-quality animation and originality. Altho that was always debatable. The more i read the less I like Disney. There are things you're better off not knowing, right?//How come you would be the dunce? You haven't said anything remotely ignorant or coming off from that place, at all. //never heard of that book? but i can tell it was a great read since you roamed London because of it. that's awesome. til this day i feel guilty for not going to tate gallery you know? my mom and sister did go tho. i tried to see the museum of moving images to see an exhibit but the tour i wanted to see had been canceled years ago. and it was on the other bank of London. besides it was featured proeminently on 'matchpoint' a film i LOOOVE. and i missed seeing alfred hitchcock's house too. i was but a kid. but i did see the museum of natural history twice. i really love that museum. Not much of a reader myself. I think I have ADD or something that affects my concentration. I can't seem to finish a book. Sometimes I just put a book down and my mind wanders you know? My mind flies on its own. I wish I'd read more. I do. So you're Malaysian and you already saw 3 of the most important capitals in Europe? Now that's astounding. You're way ahead of me , then. Oh you live in Kuala Lumpur huh? Do you like the towers? I love'em. Am a nut for skyscrapers. Maybe a frustrated want to be an architect altho I lack all the skills needed to pursuit such a career, but I think i've got a good eye, cinema has trained me I think. 'entrapment' stars catherine zeta-jones, and the lovely sean connery it's honest good clean fun and nice entertainment and it's on your town, so yay. check it out. so muddy estuary would be an accurate translation of kuala lumpur huh? KL is hot? Aha. Here Lx is short for Lisboa as well but we don't use it much tho. I see. Is Kuala Lumpur hot hot, or is it more like moisty, sticky, humid-y? Is Japan cool? Tokyo with all those inhabitants must be super hot due to the emission of polutant gases no? Yes i get you. me neither. i was in glasgow for 3 days and i was terrible homesick you know? and i was out for THREE days. so you're more of a citizen of the world like Socrates said huh? Oh i see it was you pondering was it? But why a sigh? A sigh denotes frustration does it not? Like you wished you'd already be out from Kuala already. No need to apologize, I sigh a lot too. Portuguese people sigh a lot, it's our melancholic way or maybe it's the nostalgia thing. I dunno. You're quite welcome. We've been having wonderful chats back and forth. I appreciate your energy. Doesn't matter if you update or not. We had this conversation, that in itself has more valuable. That's what I aim for here, connect with people, make friends, share life experience and views on life, culture, love, etc etc. kiss kiss.
Don't worry about being late, it's the time difference ;) and I was quite free yesterday so I could reply almost instantly if not instantly, heh. Feel free to reply (or not) anytime :D I swear I won't hold any grudges ;p - So now I know about Kimba omg. I srsly wouldn't have known! I've always hated remake, especially american ones. But I don't hate all remakes, just unneccessary ones. Although Lion King was one of my fav cartoon I've to say. Sorry I don't know much about Disney and Don Bluth? I'll look into that (promise), this is getting more and more interesting. I mean I remembered reading something about Ghibli Studio sending some sort of a Samurai Sword with the message "no cuts" to some american producers lol. I love that kind thing. Anyway, I'm really glad you mentioned that attention thing about reading. Cos I have the same problem too! I mean, maybe not ADD per se but I easily lose focus when reading, and nowadays, even when watching films. But my way of dealing with this is usually to start them few pages (for books) or few minutes (for films) in. You know, usually, I choose to start at those interesting parts and go back to the beginning once finished. Idk, it's only recently that I developed that habit, but somehow it worked for me, so yeah, that's one way I think. Btw, The Late Hector Kipling was written by David Thewlis (the actor). I mean, it was his first book and I had some kind of a crush on him so that's why I read it. And it was great, one of those books I can't put down. And after that I started reading Murakami, but that's about the only good books I've ever finished. I've started like 5 books since probably 3 years ago and have yet to finish one since. And all of last year, I haven't been able to watch any good films. I only started again this year, which was sort of a sudden thing. Idk how that happened but I'm glad it did. And of course I knew Entrapment cos of the huge buzz it gets when Malaysians first knew Connery and Zeta Jones was coming to film that, lol. Sort of a Malaysian thing, idk, maybe the same for every nations lol. They start to get interested when some part of them was involved. In this case, their country (or city) haha. I didn't mean to sound bitter about it but that's how Malaysians are. I bet they don't even remember a thing about that film lol. But that wasn't the reason why I didn't watch it. I'm just not a big fan of either of them (I know..it's Sean Connery, I'm but a bit ashamed of it, haha not really, well, actually I am.. a bit..lol) - Yeah KL is all that, muddy-sticky-humid hot. And I tell you, it's reallllyy that hot. Not Paris-Hilton-hot. As for Tokyo, well, I've a bit of attachment to Osaka btw. Osaka's a bit slower than Tokyo, but still, a big city. I love languages. I learned french for a bit, then I fell in love with Japanese. I'm probably quite good with languange, at least better than average? Idk, I just got so interested in them but due to my bad attention span, I lose focus quite easily. But I'm still quite emersed in Japanese right now. I hope it'll last. Haha. And Japan's a four-seasoned country, so they must feel a lot like Europe, only full of Asians..lol. And they have the highest level of politeness. Not quite the friendliest, but mostly because they're shy people, not rude. But I guess it's improving nowadays. I just had wonderful times there and I'll definitely go again. I'll definitely go to Hokkaido by underwater train and watch the sunrise as they arrive to the station from under the sea. That'd be so romantic ughh I'm sure I'll cry when I see that. Or maybe I won't and stay asleep the whole way lol. But London was a great city though, I love the people, they're so nice. That was my impression anyway. I actually went to Tate using Matchpoint map as a guide!! lol. What a world, that's one of my fav movie too! I love Woody. My sister and I went just before she got married. One of the best experiences of my life T_T *sigh* But yeah, we got so homesick that when we got on the flight home we were so thrilled to be having all things Malaysian T_T..how silly, but it was great. Hmm, citizen of the world, I like that..Socrates said that huh. I need to read him more (lol). Wow, it's getting longer and longer huh..glad I'm having this talk with you. Like a sigh of relief?? or something... :D, nice feeling..or "ii kanji" (in japanese) --muahs!--
[Almost two months, damn I'm a meanie] Of course I do worry. We were chatting like newly weds and then I stopped this abruptly. I got very tired and I had far too many problems to deal with on my life (on MUBI too), to be able to have peace of mind to reply decently to this. Almost two months, you did not DESERVE this. My bad. I mean that. Bad people make me sad and then I get zero motivation and turn into a zombie: that’s my lame explanation. No other. It was not the time difference, besides I pull all-nighters like all the time. And I had a long-distance relationship (she lives in LA and me in Lisbon) so I know a little something something vis-à-vis the time difference. Fret not. I will always reply, even if I took a year. Am sorry you had to wait. Sorry if this made you sad your made you feel like I did not care (true am just a random guy online but I like to reply asap, you know?). I always think ALL remakes are unnecessary. But that’s just me. If they want people to re-watch a film, re-release it, dust it off, remaster it and bam. Good enough. No? (feel free to comment on my wall as well, it’s open to all friend and foe). Altho I don’t see as an actual remake more like a cheap imitation or a tentative of creating something original. It’s still a classic, only one with a dark secret. I don’t hate ALL remakes either, I just prefer original films and if remakes are to be made, make them good. Not too much to ask. I’ve dreamt about ‘Lion King’ for 20 years straight right after I saw it on VHS (my mom did not allow me and my brothers to see it on film, she said it was far too violent). I only saw it on film when the 3D version (not dubbed either) came out in 2012 (my mom had purchased the DVD for me and my brothers in late 2011) , after being sold out and out of print for years. Don Bluth was a prodigy that eventually left Disney and created some of the best animated features around. From ‘An American Tail’ (my first film – I saw it on the theatre when I was just 2-years old) ‘The Land Before Time’(VHS too I loved this one too), ‘Thumbelina’ (one of my all-time favourite animated features – my mom took me to see this on a reprise theatre, we eventually bought the tape and wrecked it after seeing it so so so so so so so so so so so so many times), ‘A Troll in Central Park’ – one of my most beloved VHS tapes while growing up), etc etc. I’m glad you think so both my topics of conversation and myself are interesting. So are yours and so are you.// Studio Ghibli was bought in late 90’s by Disney; in ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ on the international trailer, they actually had the nerve of saying “Walt Disney presents”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UibodUGoL4M as if they had anything to do with the actual production of the film. They only distribute it around the world, period. That story is about ‘Mononoke-hime’ production and boy did they cut it Courtesy ok wikipedia: Miramax Films, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, purchased the film's distribution rights for North America. Miyazaki met with Harvey Weinstein, Miramax's chairman; Weinstein demanded that edits should be made to Princess Mononoke. In response, Toshio Suzuki sent Weinstein a katana with a message stating "No cuts." The English dub of Princess Mononoke is a translation with some adaptation by fantasy author Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman. The main changes from the Japanese version are to provide a cultural context for phrases and actions which those outside of Asia may not be familiar with. Such alterations include references to mythology and specific names for groups, such as Jibashiri and Shishigami, that appear in the Japanese version, which are changed to more general terms, such as Mercenary and Forest Spirit, in the English version. The rationale for such changes is that the majority of non-Japanese viewers would not understand the mythological references and that the English language simply has no words for the Jibashiri, Shishigami and other terms. Miramax also chose to put a large sum of money into creating the English dub of Princess Mononoke with famous actors and actresses, yet when they released it in theatres there was little or no advertising and it was given a very limited run, showing in only a few theatres and for a very short time. Disney later complained about the fact that the movie did not do well at the box office. In September 2000, the film was announced for release on DVD in North America exclusively with the English dub. In response to fans' requests to add the Japanese track as well as threats of poor sales, Miramax hired translators for the Japanese version. This plan delayed the DVD release back by almost three months, but it sold well when it was finally released. I had to look around for a copy of the film with the original japanese track. On film I saw it two times but dubbed in English (I hate the English dub).// I had to, it’s one of my worse issues. I kinda hate it. Yeah me neither I don’t know if I’ve got ADD or not, I just can’t finish a book, versus finishing every movie, true, I’m at a theatre, how hard is that? Not that hard. I wish there was a venue where I could do just that, read and read and read. Without distractions and with want and desire, you know? Yes. Start it slowly. Yeah, no argument there. Oh in books too? I mean going forth (read interesting bits) and then going back? That’s different. I don’t do that now. My problem is that I re-read the same bit of the book several times but I can’t seem to get past a certain part, and then. something deviates my attention, and my mind wanders and my concentration’s broken and that’s the end of the reading session for me. That’s my ‘issue’. Don’t see films at home, so that’s not an issue for me.// No way? David Thewlis writes books? Wow, Now I’m interested. As well you should. He’s fucking cute too. I feel you. No explanations needed. Murakami, huh? My ex loved him. I never read anything by him. I’m a blatant ignorant when it comes to books though. I read a bit of Vercors’ ‘Les Hommes Dénaturés’ on a music fest. About the only book I go back and try to read a bit of, you know? (just discovered a film was made out of it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skullduggery_%28film%29) Don’t know about you, but I don’t like to see the books that I love (those ‘happy’ few) adapted on screen.// Aha so you knew ‘Entrapment’ I love it too. One of my most loved films when I was a teen, had such a crush on Zeta-Jones. Nah all countries go ape-shit if a major Hollywood production is dead set in rolling a film in your country. We’re all like kids in the candy store. It’s only natural. No? ‘some part of them’, you mean as background extras starring in the actual film, is that it? Awesome. Who wouldn’t be? And in this case it’s both their country and city (Kuala Lumpur, god I love that name). I did not perceive any bit of bitterness coming off of you, relax. Maybe some of them do, maybe some of them do not. No problem there you not being a fan of neither. It’s ok. I was a new fan of Zeta-Jones and I went to see the film because I had a crush on her, and I liked the trailer and there were gadgets and it had a James Bond-Mission Impossible vibe to it, and I like Connery quite a bit, although I’ve not seen that much into his body of work on film print, am afraid. ‘muddy-sticky-humid’ seems like a quite graphic and accurate picture of one’s climate. Don’t envy you tho. Hate the moist, the humid, the sticky. ‘ew., and mostly the hot weather. Am more like a cold, leaves on the ground, kinda guy. Now I know. What do you do to keep cold? Other than fans and a/c? You go swimming? To pools, lakes, rivers, to the sea; what? You stay in? AAHHAHA ‘Not Paris Hilton, hot” ahahah that was hilarious. You have an attachment to Osaka? My my, aren´t we fancy :P Slower? Meaning what? The pace of the city? Or is life slower there? Is that what you mean?// So you learnt huh? Can you see movies without subtitles or you’re not there yet? Wow that’s nice. But I don’t speak Japanese, only English, French and Spanish (I can get average Rome-like Italian) and my native tongue (Portuguese). But no oriental languages tho, am afraid. So you found helpful to learn foreign languages to deal with your focus problems, is that it? Has it helped you any? Hopefully it will and if it doesn’t then it doesn’t. Don’t worry about it. Yes Portugal is a four-seasoned country as well, although, as I was saying early to my mom, the seasons kinda disappeared on us, due to the global warming, we have a hot season that can pop up in March or late October and then get rain showers in mid-august. Weather is weird these days. “only full of Asians” ahahahah, I guess it stands to reason, since it’s Japan. :P Yes I’ve heard that before. Had an American teacher that once forgot his walkman on a Japanese train station, he went back for it and it was lying on the very spot where he forgot it. Impossible to happen in Europe. Not that we have that many pickpockets but let’s say we’re a bit more greedy. I’ve been burglarised quite a few times. Wallets mainly. And a set of keys too. I had nightmares over them getting inside my home. I misplaced them on the locker room of my tennis club, silly me. Yeah I know. I’m like that too. I’m way too polite but I might come off as rude, as per my huge shyness you know? You are so lucky to have been to Japan as a young woman. I envy you, but then it’s on your neck of the woods, so I guess it’s rather close. For me it’s like on the other side of the known world, you know? ‘underwater train’- what a poetic description. And I love that name Hokkaido. That reminds of Chihiro (‘Spirited Away’) and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxHKulvuRhk// “That'd be so romantic ughh I'm sure I'll cry when I see that.” I’d cry as well. That would suck if you’d sleep through it, now wouldn’t it? I liked London but I did not love LOVE it. I preferred Paris, but Londoners were quite nice to me yes. There was this guy at Virgin Megastore who welcomed people (now I know that there’s such a job; back in the day I was a 20-year old boy) and he asked ‘how was I doing’ and I took it as a compliment that he’d say hi to me. Suppose I’m THAT much insecure. Could not visit Tate Modern ‘cause I was on the other bank trying to see an exhibition on film that already closed down years ago. I was so bummed out. When I reached my mom and sister Tate was closed. Damn. And I was getting good moving around London via subway. That I did like and the Museum Of Natural History is one of my favourites. Went there 2 times, felt like a little kid at home. Playing around. AMAZING. That I did love yes. I love ‘Matchpoint’ as well. Great that you did use it as your guide. You’re awesome. I love Woody as well. Oh did you now? How old is your sister? Yeah I was pretty homesick as well and food on the UK sucks ass. It’s awful. But it’s good to travel too. I like the anonymity of it all. You can fuck around all you want to. Now if I went there, I’d see ‘Blow up’s garden, Hithcock’s films locations, where he lived, Banksy stencils, Tate Modern, Saatchi gallery so many things yet to see, huh?// Yeah Socrates did say that. ‘I’m a citizen of World’ he felt he was way more than a citizen of Athens, he was, after all an Earthling. So do I, so do I. Although I’d say we have time, right? We ain’t dead yet. It is getting longer and longer. As far as Microsoft Word is concerned this comment is 3 PAGES long. Now top that ;) For me a sigh is a good thing. Unless it’s a sigh accompanied with eyes rolling, right? But when I see it’s like proof of longing, of nostalgia, or else it’s proof of happiness like oh she’s so nice to me *sighs*, you know? ‘ii kanji’? what is that? –muahs to you too *****
you probably will. it'll feel different but familiar and that's i think the marking of a good classic. oh, DEFINITELY listen to your moods. i have committed that mistake of trying to watch something while i'm not in the mood (i'm wondering when i'm going to be in the mood to finish "gone with the wind"). ah, you want to watch "charade"! the first ten-fifteen minutes of that are really fun and so is the whole movie. :]] lemme know if you're wondering about anything else! :]]
i've always loved black and white so i never understood how no one else couldn't but i guess, direction would be better for you on this because direction is in exact equivalence of cinematography and if there's a good cinematography in a black and white film -- you'll probably like it a lot better. hitchcock is great and deserves his praise but i would never rave about him. i would say if you like the heiress, you should stick with william wyler. he has some other great films like "the letter" and of course "roman holiday." have you figured out what kind of old movies do you like? sometimes it's worth watching something you don't enjoy to find out what. like for me, i can't stand silent movies and it took me a few times to really understand i didn't like ANY of them. and i don't like the big technicolor productions back in the day.
i haven't watched as many as i liked. i have yet to watch all of the top movies for each year in the golden age. :/ yeah, if you re going to get into classics, find an actor you really like and stick with them (but watch their well reputed movies -- i believe almost every actor of that generation was in a mediocre film because those contracts were bitches!) that's what i've been doing. i found out i love me some audrey hepburn, bette davis, olivia de havilland, jimmy stewart, bogart, and cary grant. though i also really like ingrid bergman too. ;D ---- or if you're not as heavily into actors and their roles, stick with a director you really like. billy wilder and william wyler are the top ones for me too though i love hitchcock too (but not in an obsessive way as the other two xD).
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