03 1 / 2013
by Alec Ash
As with dog years, so is it with China years – one here is equivalent to several in America and Europe. When it comes to pace of change, no one else holds a candle really. The Chinese just fit more in. (The velocity of change is evident everywhere, as per the above photo taken inside one of China’s new superfast trains.)
I returned to China after two years away. It’s like leaving London shortly after the millennium and coming back for the Olympics. Recognizable, but look closer and you notice all the new things.
It’s the same with people. In two China years someone will have moved town three times, burned through as many businesses, got married, had a kid, got divorced and become incredibly fat. Meeting old Chinese friends feels like like lunch with a schoolmate after a decade.
i need to go back to China, live in the cities and rural counties to experience and witness all that have been changed. 接接地气～～
31 12 / 2012
2013 New Year Resolution:
- Love God more, and experience life more extensively;
- Be more humble, open and respectful; Meet and talk to people from various background;
- Think thoroughly;
- Work out the career plan for the next 3 years. Make the plan consistent but keep it relatively flexible;
- Improve time management ability;
- Do my best whatever I do;
- Be more brave, try things I had fear for;
- Travel more often, keep curiosity and deepen my perception about this world;
- Be grateful;
- Attract and spread positive energy; dispel and control negative energy;
- Be more loving, giving and forgiving;
- Shorten the time needed to recover from any frustrations;
- Go over the Bible within 6 months, read 2-3 books each week; memorize good quotes when necessary;
- Keep watchfulness and work diligently;
- Learn one more foreign language this year;
- Keep myself updated with the world; read news everyday;
- Develop and maintain good thinking habit: come up with 1 creative idea each week ( do some research, and process thinking) and keep a record;
- Do sports more often;
- Use money wisely;
- Gather best people around me;
- About Photography: Change the attitude first: A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera, not a creature that produces visual illusions, thus, learn to appreciate any forms of beauty that are true to nature, and accept imperfections; Improve photo shooting skills: Apart from mastering cameras, reducing photos that are superficially beautiful, but producing more that fully express what I feel, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
30 12 / 2012
1. Les Miserables
"The novel’s literary shadows are deepened by the ever-lurking presence of the law’s condemnation, by the tension between who we are and who we were. "- L. Michael Morales
If I took only one enlightenment in my own pursuit of Christianity out of this monumental literature, it will be a deeper understanding about love, grace and the meaning of salvation, which allows people to renew themselves from a shameful past. Law is important, and always necessary, but separating law from love does no good to one’s transformation.
Although some movie reviews give a pretty low rating, it does not hurt this movie being my favorite one of the year. I watched the 25th Anniversary opera after the movie to make some comparisons. Interestingly enough, Eponine was the only actress carried over from the opera. So glad Tom Hooper did not choose Taylor Swift… I have to admit the movie did a much better job in stage setting, story telling, mise-en-scene, acting performance, costume design etc, although the singing part might not be as outstanding as it was in the opera since most actors do not have professional singing experience.
2. Life of Pi
“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi
I was very much impressed by Ang Lee’s movie making effort as this brilliant movie.
Shipwreck, a commonly seen topic in Hollywood movies;survival, also a commonly seen outcome, however, a survival with a dangerous animal is not common at all. Life of Pi once was commented as the most difficult novel to make into a movie.
Journalist: Are you afraid of failure?
Ang Lee: I am, but only fear brings me excitement and encouragement. Just like the boy in the boat, the tiger keeps him alert to make a living. He can never survive without the tiger. To me, I need such watchfulness as well to expand my knowledge and keep me working diligently.
3. The Artist
A silent cinema. This Academy Award winning film uses very little high-tech. It’s about modernity bowing down to the tradition.
Everything is as good as the Lord of the Rings trio , but I cannot believe Peter Jackson made this book into 3 movies????
"a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes"—IMDb
6.Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
If someday when you wake up, only to find that your memory of someone has been erased, but the most painful part is that you are still in love with him/her, and maybe too late to correct the mistake….
7. Late Autumn
Too slow….but a good movie tells a story of a Chinese female prisoner and a Korean player met in Seattle.
8. Confessions (告白 Kokuhaku)
9. The Prestige
I don’t think Batman is my favorite Christ Nolan movie of the year. It’s so exciting to see Wolverine and Batman become rivals of one and another in magic.
10. Double Exposure
Bingbing Fan does not only have a beautiful face, a stunning figure, she’s also a top actress in China. Her role kinda reminds me of Edward Norton in Primal Fear.