All posts for the month April, 2013

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Published April 30, 2013 by pink sapphire

Brighton Rock is my literature text for ‘O’ Levels. It’s really not an easy book for a 16 year-old. Always wonder why this book was chosen. I wished that I had all the guides then that now I can find on the internet.

The book is about a teenager Pinkie, the new leader of a gang, who tired to cover up his crime by getting married (to Rose) but ultimately died in the end. And the person that kind of pushed Pinkie into his loveless marriage and his untimely death is Ida, who wanted to expose his crime of murder.

The book was first published in 1938. (Wow! That’s a long time ago!) and I found out recently too that there were two movies, a play, a musical and a radio dramatisation based on the book.

The 1947 version movie clips

The 2010 updated version movie trailer in a more modern setting.

邂逅 – Encounter

Published April 27, 2013 by pink sapphire

Encounter (邂逅) is a xinyao (新谣), that is a Singapore  ballad. Xinyao is a genre unique to Singapore and was started by a group of Chinese stream students during the early 80s.

Encounter is a duet by Eric Moo (巫启贤)and Huang Hui Zhen (黄惠祯). I really like the song. It feels so refreshing, pure and artistic. The Chinese vocabulary used was so poetic and literary. I still don’t know the exact meanings of some of the words in there. In 1983, it made it to the Mandarin Pop charts.


邂逅 – Encounter (Music – Eric Moo, Lyrics – Huang Hui Zhen)


The following video is a re-recorded 2003 verson.  The female part was sung by 马毓芬.

刘家昌- Liu Jia-Chang

Published April 26, 2013 by pink sapphire

Liu Jia Chang is a talented man, a famous composer. He composes song as well as writes lyrics too. He had about 2000 compositions in the 20 years (70s-80s).

He is born in China in 1943 but went to Taiwan to study at age 19. Later he went to sing western songs at night clubs. Later he got involved in the music entertainment industry and made his name there. He also got in acting and movie direction.

He has many songs that I like that he composed either the whole song or just the music. And he sings some of his songs too as well as singing duets with his students. His voice is soothing and he sings well too in ballads. He had a number of students and many of them were famous in the 70s to 80s. Jenny Tseng, Feng Fei Fei, You Ya, Fei Yu Qing and Liu Wen Zheng are just some of them.

Following are some of my favourites:

1. My Home Is There  我家在那里  (Music/Lyrics – Liu Jia Chang)

This song is an OST from the Chinese movie “Late Autumn” 晚秋.

2. Sea Gulls 海鸥 (Music – Liu Jia Chang, Lyrics – Sun Yi Bian (孫儀))

3. Wrapped inAutumn  秋缠  (Music/Lyrics – Liu Jia Chang)

This song is an OST for the Chinese movie of the same name.

4. Plum Blossoms 梅花 (Music/Lyrics – Liu Jia Chang)

An OST song for the Chinese movie of the same name.

5. Full Moon at Western Wing 月满西楼 (Music – Liu Jia Chang, Lyrics – Qiong Yao 琼瑶)

An OST of the Chinese movie with of same name.

6. Just Live a Day for You 只要为你活一天 (Music – Liu Jia Chang, Lyrics – 林煌坤)

7. Deep deep Courtyard 庭院深深 (Music – Liu Jia Chang, Lyrics – Qiong Yao 琼瑶)

This was used as an OST for both the movie and drama versions of the same titles.

 An OST of a Chinese movie of the same name in 1971

 An OST of an 80s Taiwanese drama series of the same name.

Many of his songs are sung by his students and other singers.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Published April 25, 2013 by pink sapphire

This is a book I studied in school for literature when I was fourteen.

It is a story about three pets, a Labrador, a bull terrier and a Siamese cat, and how they find their way home across the Canadian wilderness.

From then on, I have a special fondness for golden retrievers because of the Luath, the labrador, who is kind, loyal and helpful.

They are beautiful to behold, cuddly to hug and safe to be around them.

Found out that they had a movie on the book.

双星情歌 许冠杰之歌 – The Love Song of Two Stars (Two Stars Love Song)

Published April 23, 2013 by pink sapphire

I really like this song by Samuel Hui. It has such a beautiful melody and refined lyrics. The lyrics contains literary and poetic vocabulary and imagery that makes the song so special. And I didn’t know some of the words in song as they are not common in everyday language.

This song is an OST in the 1974 film “Games Gamblers Play” (鬼馬雙星).  He composed the music and wrote the lyrics of this song. he is such a talented man who sings well too.

My Journey in Korean Drama Viewing – 2008

Published April 23, 2013 by pink sapphire

Next was “My Girl” in 2008. I watched it because of Lee Jun Ki, who had left me an impression when he came to here to promote his film “King and the Clown” in 2006. It was featured in an article on the local paper. The story seemed unusual as it is about the story of an abnormal relationship between the King and the beautiful clown played by Lee Jun Ki, who has an exquisite look. I enjoyed watching the drama as there is good chemistry between the two leads Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae.

Then came “The Legend” in August. I have always like the stories based on Greek and Roman mythologies. This is a story about the reincarnated son of the heavenly god, the god-chosen king, his four guardians from heaven and his love relationships with the reincarnated fire-goddess and her sister, the reincarnated earthly wife of the son of the heavenly god. It’s interesting as there is a mix of mythical and magical  elements in a historical setting. My heart went to the poor fire-goddess who had missed out on the love with the son of  the heavenly god in the past and once again could not spent much happy times with her beloved in the current life. I think she is really unfortunate and it’s a sad life for her. I am a little confused though about the phoenix and the fire element in the story. There are also the fight for control and power between the princes and conquests to unite all the tribes.

And the OST – A Thousand Years Love Song was sung by TVXQ. I didn’t know TVXQ then, but the song is nice and kind of sad. It suited the story in the drama well.

The main casts: Bae Yong Joon, Lee Ji Ah and Moon So Ri

After watch this drama, I understand why Bae Yong Joon is so popular.


My Journey in Korean Drama Viewing – 2007

Published April 22, 2013 by pink sapphire

After Princess Hours (Goong) in 2006, I watched two other Korean dramas in 2007.

As I like Goong very much, I went on to watch Goong S in 2007. It’s quite nice too but I like the original Goong better. I think Joo Ji Hoon and Yoon Eun Hye made a great couple in the drama. The second lead Kim Jeong Hoon left an impression too.

During that time in 2007, promotions were going on for the film version of Hwang Jin-i by Song Hye Kyo. So when the free-to-air Channel U broadcasted the drama version by Ha Ji Won, I went to watch it. I enjoyed the drama version much better than the film version (which I had watched much later). The young man playing Hwang Jin-i first true love left an impression on me. I only got to know who he is three years later. He is none other than Jang Keun Suk.

I gave “Coffee Prince – The First Shop” a miss then as I didn’t quite like the idea of Yoon Eun Hye dressed as a boy and behaving in a rough manner.

My Introduction to Korean Dramas

Published April 20, 2013 by pink sapphire

The first Korean drama I came across was An Autumn’s Tale by Song Seung Hun, Song Hye Kyo and Won Bin in 2002. It was already the last few episodes.

Then in 2006, Jewels in the Palace was very popular. But I didn’t follow it. Tried watching a few minutes here and but I wasn’t interested.

Then came across an article and a picture of the cast of Goong, Princess Hours, in the papers about up-coming local TV broadcast. The story-line sounded interesting. And it became the first full Korean drama that I had watched.

Princess Hours (Goong) OST – 당신은…나는 바보입니다 (I’m A Fool) by 심태윤 (Stay)

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

Published April 20, 2013 by pink sapphire

Can’t remember when I first hear this song, probably in my late teens. I used to think that the Righteous Brothers were black men because they sounded so good and soulful to me.

I like the feel of the emotions conveyed through the melody and lyrics.

This song became popular again after it was being featured in the film “Ghost”.