Film Filled Weekend

I went with my mom to see two films at the CAAM Fest in Japantown this weekend. I haven’t gone to the film fest in years, and was eager to check out what was going on. Back in college, I volunteered at the film fest, and got to watch a lot of the films which was fun. Of course, at the time, I didn’t think it was that cool. But, now that I am older, and more mature haha, my views on things have changed a bit.

It didn’t take me too long to pick which films I wanted to see. Two stood out to me right away, and so that was that. Beijing will always be my home away from home, and as funky as the city is, and isn’t, it will always have a piece of my heart. The Road to Fame was a film I wanted to check out because it was about China, and also about the new generation of Chinese kids.

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I really did not know what to expect from the film, mainly because it was a documentary, and I wasn’t sure what kind of angle the director was going to use in telling this story. As an only child myself, I know that I am spoiled, and I also know that my parents would do anything to make sure I am happy and safe.

The Road to Fame is a coming-of-age story. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical Fame—China’s first official collaboration with Broadway—by the senior class at China’s top drama academy as their graduation showcase. The whole process lasts about 8 months, and in the film you watch as five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate. Many of the students come from affluent backgrounds, while others do not have the luxury of family connections and money. And of course, all the students deal with the reality that after graduation, they may have trouble finding work.

Living and working in Beijing, I met many people who were only children, and noticed that they had similar attitudes to the students in the film. Because their parents give them everything, a lot of my co-workers were a bit selfish, and did not deal with stress well. They also talked about money like it was nothing, and could solve any problem. Guanxi really is the only way to get any where in China, and many of their parents had a lot of connections. As an American, I did not have any connections really, and had to figure out how to live in China by myself. I did not have anyone help me try to deal with problems I came across, and had to move around, and manage by myself most of the time. Beijing is such a big city, and it is a city where you can lose yourself, or become someone you don’t even recognize. The youth of China now are wanting to live their dreams, and also many do not understand the China of the past, and believe that their parents do not understand them. But, that’s basically how it is here in the States as well. Young people always think they know everything, want everything now, and think their parents are backwards and not cool. I can talk about this forever, but I think I will end it here for now. The Road to Fame was a brilliant documentary, and I hope that it will show on PBS soon. Check it out if you have the chance.

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Hacked

I almost got fooled today when I was online. But Ha! Not this time, Mr. Hacker. I randomly got a message on Facebook today asking me for money, and I was a bit confused. I was not aware that my friends mom’s account got hacked, so I actually listened to this person typing to me. Many things were weird, and I went with my gut feeling, that this person was no way in hell my friends mom. I can be quite the sucker though, so I have to be more careful. My email got hacked a couple of weeks ago, and now this, ah! What happened to privacy? There really is nowhere to be safe online anymore.

Nothing else too exciting has been happening lately, though now that July is here, things may change. My good friend will be visiting me soon, and then the craziness shall commence. We need to relive our Beijing days, and all the fun-ness that came a long with our study abroad adventures. Time really does fly when you are having fun.

I am glad that the Giants finally broke their 6 day losing streak. The guys looked pretty down when they were sitting around in the bullpen. Well, this is a new month, so that means it’s time to start a winning streak! The A’s have been playing insanely good, and I had so much fun watching them beat the Cardinals up.

I need to get back to yoga, because lately I have not been calm nor relaxed.

Happy Holidays!

It’s Christmas Eve in the city, and what a wonderful day it is. The sky is blue, and the sun is out. This is my first Christmas home in 3 years, feels kind of weird, but nice at the same time. The past few Christmas’s I have been in Beijing, enjoying the holidays with my Chinese friends. I think Beijing may even be more Merry than here in SF. I remember the holiday decorations being up around town all the way until Chinese New Years. I don’t miss the chilly, cold, dry weather too much, but I do miss my time there. I am very thankful, that I had the opportunity to study and work there these past few years.

Yesterday, was a disappointing day in football indeed. I was sad, because two of my favorite teams both lost. Both games were a bit  painful to watch too, but I did watch them till the very end. The New York Giants really need to win next week! And the 49ers need to win next week too, if they don’t want to be eliminated. All I can say is that, man those fans in Seattle were super loud, and I am sure it was hard to concentrate. Everyone has already started to hate, but I guess that is to be expected.

Okay, I hope everyone has a Happy Holidays. Here is to Good Health, Peace & Joy!

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Freezing

The past few days in SF have been super duper cold. This is my first Winter back in SF in a few years, so I forgot how damp it gets. When I was living in Beijing, sure it snowed for months, and sure I did do a lot of slipping and sliding, but I survived. Actually to be honest, I kind of miss the snow, and miss how the air smells when it does snow. My friends in Beijing are all freezing their booty’s off now, but haha so am I.

Today is a sad day. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families in CT. I am absolutely heartbroken. I think Andy Borowitz’s tweet said it best. “Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I wish metal health care were as easy to get as, say, a gun.”

Well 12-12 has gone, and come. Yet, here we are still. I guess life goes on.

Winter Splinter

Well the holidays are slowly creeping up, and whether we are ready or not, the year is quickly coming to an end. I went to my dentist this morning, and saw that the office was all decked out. They had a tree up, with decorations and all, and were blasting X-mas tunes. I have a love/hate relationship with my dentist, but today, he was rather nice. Should I be scared?

Last night at yoga, I had a pretty good practice. I am beginning to get my three-legged dog down. So far my yoga mat is doing okay, and I think the rubber smell is starting to fade. My yoga gloves are serving me well, and keeping my sweaty hands in check. There are times where I think I’m slipping, but then again, I think it’s my finger tips.

Just last weekend my good friend Steve was up here. Haha, oh how things never change. Our friendship is an unique one I would have to say. I am not much of a talker, so with Steve, I just let him talk, while I listen and laugh. It really is nice to have friends who just accept you for who you are. I was lucky enough to find them in Beijing, and lucky enough to have them here in SF.

Well now the Giants have almost got their old team back, and just recently  resigned Ryan Theriot. Yay! Ah, I still hope they get Brian Wilson back.

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