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Month: August 2009

Nodame Cantabile – Rhapsody In Blue

Nodame Cantabile – Rhapsody In Blue

The following is George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue, melodica (pianica) version. The video is extracted from Nodame Cantabile live action drama. Enjoy!

P.S. I would be grateful if somebody can lend me his/her copy of Nodame Orchestra LIVE! CD.

Gabriel’s Oboe/Nella Fantasia

Gabriel’s Oboe/Nella Fantasia

I first heard this song on a CD in bought in Malaysia last year. It went into my successive MP3 players for months before disappearing back into the massive library I have. This song (Gabriel’s Oboe) popped out again when I began watching Beethoven Virus. It was used as a (successful) piece in the first concert that the “amateur” orchestra put up. It is piece that touches your heart deeply. It is originally for the film, The Mission (1986), serene movement of the oboe propelled it  to be a song with many artistes, orchestras covering it, playing it. The original lyrics, in Italian, were only added in after Sarah Brightman relentlessly requested the original composer, Ennio Morricone for permission. The lyrics were written by Chiarra Ferraù (via). The song with words is titled, Nella Fantasia. Here are some of the renditions of the piece.

Capital Punishment? What’s that?

Capital Punishment? What’s that?

This movie (Buta ga ita kyôshitsu) is Japanese children’s take on capital punishment, although it is on a pig they raise. An extract from IMDB:

The most special scenes are the 5-minute and 15-minute real-time, documentary-like and thought-provoking classroom debates in which students spontaneously discuss if they should eat the pig. While shooting the two scenes, seven cameras operated at the same time. Besides, the debating scenes were not rehearsed. Only given partial scripts without lines assigned to them, students had to discuss the issue with their own arguments, which makes the movie authentic and distinguishable from other typical animal movies. The debating scenes shot in a documentary-like style also remind me of The Class, a French movie with non-scripted classroom discussions.

By the way, the official website link displayed in the trailer is down. They did not renew the domain.

Marital Rape

Marital Rape

Men, Women Divided Over Sex Bill
By Nikia Deveaux
Tongues are wagging over a proposed amendment to the controversial Sexual Offences Act, which has men and women all over The Bahamas sounding off.

The bill, which is designed to outlaw marital rape, was tabled in the House of Assembly last month.

However, many Bahamian men, like taxi driver Pemmie Sutherland, say the bill is “simply unnecessary.”

“It is ridiculous for them to try to make that a law, because I don’t think a man can rape his own wife. After two people get married, the Bible says that they become one – one flesh. How is it possible to rape what is yours?” asked Mr. Sutherland.

Elvis Russell told the Journal that he does not support the bill either because there is no such thing as rape within a marriage.

“Even if a woman says no to her husband it still can’t be considered rape because she is his wife. He already paid his dues at the church and she already said ‘I do,’ so from then on, even if [a man] forces sex on his wife, it isn’t rape,” he said.

Despite popular belief that most women are in support of the bill, there were quite a few Bahamian women who share Mr. Sutherland’s and Mr. Russell’s views.

Deanne Sweeting said that she strongly disagrees with the bill and does not understand why so many women are supporting it.

“I disagree with the bill because I disagree that a man can rape his wife. The Bible tells me that a man’s body is his wife’s and her body is his. How could he rape her?” asked Ms. Sweeting.

Coralee Clarke told the Journal that although she is not married, she believes that a man is entitled to sex from his wife whenever he feels like it.

“If a man wants to have sex with his wife he is supposed to [have sex with her] regardless of what the circumstances [are]. I don’t see why he should be charged with raping his own wife, she is never supposed to say no,” said Ms. Clarke.

“If I were married and my husband wanted to have sex with me I wouldn’t stop him, [because] I’m not supposed to, even if I was tired or feeling sick, I wouldn’t tell him no.”

However, there are many men and women, who support the government’s decision to change the law and said that no one should be forced to have sex against their will.

Nona Smith explained why she supports the amendment.

“I think the bill is a very good thing because I believe that a husband can rape his wife. No is no. I don’t care if you’re married or if you’re not married. No is no, and once you force yourself on someone, whoever it is, it is rape. I agree with the bill 100 percent,” she said.

Sergio Burrows and Dr. Rudolph King agree.

“Rape is rape, you can’t change that. If someone says they’re not ready or willing to have sex and you force them to, that is rape. Even in a marriage, forcing a person to have sex is still rape,” said Mr. Burrows.

Mr. King said “No means no…even in a marriage. If I don’t feel like having sex today and you force me to have sex then it’s rape. Although I might be married to you, it is still my body.”

Mr. Burrows and Dr. King said they have no problem going against the norm and disagreeing with the majority of men who find the bill unnecessary.

They said if a man is not raping his wife, then he should not be threatened by a law that protects women from being raped by their husbands.

State Minister for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner said that over the summer months, the government would host a number of consultative meetings to better inform the public on exactly what the amendment entails.

Extracted from here on 19 August 2009.

From here we can see that there are two school of thoughts regarding this issue.

  1. What mine is mine, I treat it/him/her in the way I like. This view is commonly found in the Bible. It can be childish or immature.
  2. A crime is a crime, no matter the circumstances.

I feel that these views is applicable in local situation, given that AWARE is driving a petition and awareness on ciminalising marital rape. I recommend people to watch The Rape Trap. It is a Hong Kong film depicting a lady going into a false marriage for monetary gain but ended up being rape and given no recourse in law when she retaliated. It has at least a M18 rating. I did not complete the film as it was just random clicking at AVNZ.tv.

Big Bang – Haru Haru 하루 하루

Big Bang – Haru Haru 하루 하루

Both videos are different music videos of the same song. I prefer the first one as it tells a sad story of the girl not wanting her guy to know about her illness and get hurt due to it. His friends played along but ended up telling him. However he did not manage to say his last goodbye.

떠나가
ye finally i realize that i’m nuttin’ without you
i was so wrong forgive me
ah ah ah ah –
파도처럼 부숴진 내 맘
바람처럼 흔들리는 내 맘
연기처럼 사라진 내 사랑
문신처럼 지워지지가 않아
한숨만 땅이 꺼지라 쉬죠
내 가슴속엔 먼지만 쌓이죠 (say good bye)
네가 없인 단 하루도 못 살것만 같았던 나
생각과는 다르게도 그럭저럭 혼자 잘 살아
보고싶다고 불러봐도 넌 아무 대답없잖아
헛된 기대 걸어봐도 이젠 소용없잖아
네 옆에 있는 그 사람이 뭔지 혹시 널 울리진 않는지
그대 내가 보이긴 하는지 벌써 싹 다 잊었는지
걱정돼 다가가기조차 말을 걸 수 조차 없어 애태우고
나 홀로 긴 밤을 지새우죠 수백번 지워내죠
돌아보지말고 떠나가라 또 나를 찾지말고 살아가라
너를 사랑했기에 후회없기에 좋았던 기억만 가져가라
그럭저럭 참아볼만해 그럭저럭 견뎌낼만해
넌 그럴수록 행복해야돼 하루하루 무뎌져가네
oh girl I cry cry yo my all (say good bye)
길을 걷다 너와 나 우리 마주친다해도
못 본척 하고서 그대로 가던길 가줘
자꾸만 옛 생각이 떠오르면 아마도
나도 몰래 그댈 찾아갈지도 몰라
넌 늘 그 사람과 행복하게 넌 늘 내가 다른 맘 안 먹게
넌 늘 작은 미련도 안 남게끔 잘 지내줘 나 보란듯이
넌 늘 저 하늘같이 하얗게 뜬 구름과도 같이 새파랗게
넌 늘 그렇게 웃어줘 아무 일 없듯이
돌아보지말고 떠나가라 또 나를 찾지말고 살아가라
너를 사랑했기에 후회없기에 좋았던 기억만 가져가라
그럭저럭 참아볼만해 그럭저럭 견뎌낼만해
넌 그럴수록 행복해야돼 하루하루 무뎌져가네
나를 떠나서 맘 편해지길 (나를 잊고서 살아가줘)
그 눈물은 다 마를테니 ye (하루하루 지나면)
차라리 만나지 않았더라면 덜 아플텐데 um
영원히 함께하자던 그 약속 이젠
추억에 묻어두길 바래 baby 널 위해 기도해
돌아보지말고 떠나가라 또 나를 찾지말고 살아가라
너를 사랑했기에 후회없기에 좋았던 기억만 가져가라
그럭저럭 참아볼만해 그럭저럭 견뎌낼만해
넌 그럴수록 행복해야돼 하루하루 무뎌져가네
oh girl i cry cry yo my all say good bye bye
oh my love don’t lie lie yo my heart (say good bye)

Leave
Yeah, Finally I realize that I am nothing without you
I was so wrong, forgive me
Ah ah ah ah~
[Verse 1; GD + TOP]
My broken heart like a wave
My shaken heart like a wind.
My heart vanished like smoke
It can’t be removed like a tattoo
I sigh deeply as if a ground is going to cave in
Only dusts are piled up in my mind
(say goodbye)
[GD Rap]
Yeah, I thought I wouldn’t be able to live even one day without you
But somehow I managed to live on (longer) than I thought
You don’t answer anything as I cry out “I miss you”
I hope for a vain expectation but now it’s useless
[TOP Rap]
What is it about that person next to you, did he make you cry?
Dear can you even see me, did you forget completely?
I am worried, I feel anxiety because I can’t get close nor try to talk to you
I spend long nights by myself, erasing my thoughts a thousand times
[Chorus]
Don’t look back and leave
Don’t find me again and live (on)
Because I have no regrets from loving you, take only the good memories
I can bear it in some way
I can stand in some way
You should be happy if you are like this
I become dull day by day (eh eh eh eh)
Oh girl I cry, cry
You’re my all, say goodbye…
[Verse 2; SR + DS]
If we pass by each other on the street
Act like you didn’t see me and go the way you were walking to
If you keep thinking about our past memories
I might go look for you secretly
[GD] Always be happy with him, (so) I won’t ever get a different mind
Even smallest regret won’t be left out ever
Please live well as if I should feel jealous
[TOP] You should always be like that bright sky, like that white cloud
Yes, you should always smile like that as if nothing happened
[Chorus]
Don’t look back and leave
Don’t find me again and live (on)
Because I have no regrets from loving you, take only the good memories
I can bear it in some way
I can stand in some way
You should be happy if you are like this
I become dull day by day (eh eh eh eh)
[Bridge; DS + SR]
I hope your heart feels relieved
Please forget about me and live (on)
Those tears will dry completely
As time passes by
[YB] It would’ve hurt less if we didn’t meet at all (mm)
Hope you will bury our promise of being together forever baby
I pray for you
[Chorus]2x
Don’t look back and leave
Don’t find me again and live (on)
Because I have no regrets from loving you, take only the good memories
I can bear it in some way
I can stand in some way
You should be happy if you are like this
I become dull day by day (eh eh eh eh)
Oh girl I cry, cry
You’re my all, say goodbye, bye
Oh my love don’t lie, lie
You’re my heart, say goodbye.

Lyrics from jpopasia.com

Passed

Passed

Yay!!!! I passed the 3 papers! So much for worrying.

results

So now what? I have to come to terms that the next set of exams will cost me 10% more than I expected. They raised the price. And oh, one of the next few papers does actually fall on my ORD date.

Singapore Army Half Marathon

Singapore Army Half Marathon

ssbr poster nicholas koh v2
I did the 21km run in 3 hours 17 minutes and 29 seconds. It doesn’t sound fantastic. But I completed it. I hit the wall at the 14th kilometer. After trying several times to run again, my legs threatened to cramp. No amount of Salonpas, isotonic drinks or even bananas helped. Oh well, I just got to blame myself for just running 6km routes for the already sparse training sessions. Oh, I lost the race chip. The following table is the timings I took while running. The markers are the signboards on the lamp posts that marked the distance.

Distance (km) Timing
2 13’ 10” 55
4 18’ 14” 14
6 18’ 23” 45
8 17’ 06” 53
10 17’ 00” 38
12 23’ 24” 55
14 16’ 23” 33
16 18’ 59” 88
18 21’ 25” 47
20 23’ 22” 04
21 9’ 59” 16
Total 3 17’ 29” 58
Interesting scenes and sights:
  • At about 6km, around the expressway, there are a lot of guys running into the bushes. They went into there to relief themselves.
  • At about 8km, around the entry into East Coast Park, the guys from SCE put up an excellent water point. Not only it is clean, but it is also efficient.
  • At the 12km point, I bumped into Nathaniel, a JC schoolmate. I ended up walking along with him, resulting in lost time. Well, it is a rest time too anyway.
  • At the 14km mark, there was this Caucasian guy who would run alongside with several runners and cheering on the rest. It is unique in Singapore. He did it unconditionally. Only if there is such culture here, we would not have any problems being not motivated. The organising committee had to go to the extent of getting performers to play to us, to support and motivate us along the route.
  • At the 20km point, I noticed that there is a guy limping beside me. Chatted with him. Apparently, he had cramps at his knees before and intended to complete it for an off by his superiors. Cheap thrill. OK, OK. It is a good motivator for some units. We encouraged each other and we managed to hit our respective timings. 😀

I was bashed by the run. So tired that I decided to take a cab back home. I am tired still.