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Friday, November 11, 2005

A Riddle...

I have a riddle which I hope most of you guys can take some time to ponder on it and think of the answer:
Here goes,

What is greater than GOD,
more evil than the DEVIL,
The poor has it,
The rich need it,
And if you eat it, you'll DIE??

Heehehe...enjoy figuring this out....pretty simple...according to a study conducted, 80% of the kindergarten kids got the answer compared to 17% of Stanford University seniors....hehehe....I got the answer instantly too....am I a kid??Hehe.....leave it to you guys to think it over....have a nice day!!~:D

Chicken Little...A Little Chick with BIG Ambitions

CHICKEN LITTLE...the latest "chicky" flick from Disney...animation. As a big-time Disney fan...I felt compelled to share my thoughts and views on this 'little' movie which I watched last Monday.
The story revolves around Chicken Little (Duh!~) which is a little white chick(obviously) living in Oakey Oaks with his only remaining relative, his Dad, Buck, who used to be a famous all-time baseball player in their local neighborhood. He goes to the only school in town and hangs out with a bunch of rowdy misfit friends; an Ugly Duckling, Runt(a paranoid and overly anxious pig) and also Fish(a fish which could miraculously survive with a bowl of water covering his face and only gurgles all the time in communicating). They were labelled as the unpopular group in their school....and even the school practises the double standard culture...yeah, the PE teacher actually divides the basketball groups to the popular and the unpopular...hahaha:D Then there's the Mutton Language class....by Mrs. Woolsworth who teaches them to translate the English language to the Mutton Language(sheep communication talk)...and typically everything sounds like "baa....baaa..." Getting interesting, huh?
Well, the story starts with our little chicken who rang the school bell at the top of the school building to alert the whole town about the sky falling. The whole town ran into a havoc and reporters rush all the way to the scene, equipped with their cameras and crew, eager to capture the so-called "HOT" news. However, when they arrived to hear the absurd story by Chicken Little, they came to conclude that it was just an acorn falling on his head which he mistakenly thought was a piece of the sky. Everyone was disgusted and accused him of lying and making a mountain out of a mole hill....causing much disgrace and dismay to his father who immediately apologizes and brings his son home.
To come to the worst, the reporters actually made so much fun of the matter that they decide to ridiculously make it into a film and the town was all over Chicken Little for some time. Our plucky chick did not let this get into his way and he finally stood up and quoted his favourite phrase; "TODAY is a brand NEW DAY". He was determined to put the past behind him for a brand new start and marched heads up to school; however, things do not turn out the way he wanted them to be and he ended up losing his pants on his way to school. He got into his locker and turned his Maths scratch paper into his pants for the day. Then he decided to go all out for the local baseball team, in pursuit of his dad's footsteps. However, big Rooster Dad will not hear of it and tells his son to stay low after all the commotion he caused with his sky falling incident.
Chicken Little was disappointed but still tried out for the team, although he was definitely super tiny for his size and the baseball helmet actually fell over his small head and even the baseball bat seems larger than him. The coach always made him stay on the bench while counting on his favourite player whom he looks forward to grabbing the MVP(Most Valuable Player) award of the year; the famous Foxy Loxy who scorns at Chicken Little and his friends most of the time.
Chicken did not let anyone stop him and he had his chance one day when he miraculously made a victorious hit and made it to the home run and won the game after losing for the first two hits. Everyone started seeing him as a hero, much to Foxy Loxy's dismay who insists that it was just a lucky hit. All of a sudden, our little chicken turned from a zero to a hero and big Dad was so proud of his son. It was a funny scene where Chicken Little sang "I am the Champion"...and dancing around on his bed.
All seems well and Dad seems all happy and life does seem to be perfect for our little hero; until again he saw the sky falling into his bedroom this time and he turns all panicky again. He knows he is not wrong this time as the piece of so-called "sky" is in his bedroom this time and it is right before his very eyes. BUT, the big question is his reputation has just changed for the better at the moment and Daddy may disbelieve him again. Agitated, he decided to call up his pals, Ugly Duckling, Runt and Fish who happen to be singing Spice Girls "Wannabe" karaoke version at Ugly's home. They went over immediately and was amazed at what they saw. Ugly Duckling proposed for Chicken to tell his dad who refused immediately and then Fish was morphed into the UFO thingy which caused all of them to chicken run after their friend. They were led to a spaceship or an UFO and stumbled upon a conspiracy to destroy the earth. They panicked and ran away when they were discovered by the aliens and a little alien decided to follow them, unbeknownst to them.
The aliens pursued them and Chicken Little ran to the school building and rang the bell again, again causing a huge commotion. The aliens were disturbed by the noise of the bell and retreated, thus the crowd came to nothing again and accused Chicken Little of causing havoc for nothing. Then Chicken Little found the baby alien and soon after, the aliens were back, for an intervention/invasion into Earth to search for their baby alien and Chicken was all set for a mission, to protect baby alien and to deliver him safely back to his parents' arms. Chicken finally made his Dad understand that he needs faith, trust and communication from him and he will proceed to his absurd mission even without his Dad's support this time. Dad relented finally and together, father and son made through the alien's laser attacks and delivered their baby alien back to the parents whereby the invasion stopped immediately.
They thanked Chicken Little and explained that the map which they mistakenly thought was a conspiracy plan for the Earth destruction was actually a map for the acorns they were so interestingly looking for for decades and travelling through the other planets was futile in their search. They will stop by Earth each year for the acorns and thus, finally the town understood Chicken's story. Their heroic mission was filmed by Hollywood this time, portraying Chicken Little as a big Chicken, muscular with a damsel in distress by his side, his ever faithful companion, Ugly Duckling....a Happy Ending....as usual, for Disney movies.
Being an all-time Disney fan since I was born(hehehe.....metaphorically speaking), I have little doubt that I will be disappointed with most of the Disney movies I watch....that's from my standpoint alone, you guys may have different views. I enjoyed the movie....anyhow, I watched it without expectations and I ended up having a good time, and it still puts a smile on my face when I think of the little chicken which was so determined in everything he does.
To make it simple, the show has a very simple storyline which makes it all entertaining and the message behind the story is also not too complicated to comprehend. I particularly admire and was struck by Chicken Little's character as he proved that nothing is impossible....which coincidentally is my motto;) At the same time, he is small in size...but it did not stop him from pursuing dreams which are big for his head and he never gives up. His determination and positive outlook in life truly struck me and I am definitely proud of this little chicken. In his case, size really doesn't matter...the will and determination is what that matters the most when it comes down to doing something.
Runt is also another cute character whereby he is often panicky over small things but he gets motivated by songs....hehehe.....i remembered the scene where he turns all heroic when he was told that he will survive.....and he started singing "I will survive...":)
Ugly Duckling speaks a lot...making her points until people have to literally shut her up and FISH, well, all he does is just gurgle and not much significance in the movie, he's just echoing whatever the others say anyway:P
Overall, a pretty entertaining cast in addition to the creative and imaginative settings they have for the movie...imagine a chameleon for a traffic light....:D
So, all in all,be positive, live life cool and always remember....."TODAY is a brand NEW DAY"...*wink*

Thursday, November 10, 2005

If Tomorrow Never Comes...

Let's take a moment to ponder on this...life is pretty ironic; things happen around us everyday and yet we take them for granted. Pretty much in a stride as we view them as part of our routine...just like our own existence in life. We wake up every morning, go to school/work, come home, watch tv and sleep and the cycle continues for 365 days. If we stop to think of it, we should realize how fortunate we are to still see ourselves each morning....and be there to go through the everyday routine cycle. I am sure most of us have heard about people dying in their sleep....or perhaps some supernatural explanation as in the body astral travel experience...a little absurd perhaps for the non-believers and skeptics.
Anyway, the point is, we do not know how fortunate we are until we actually face crisis in our lives or death-threatening situations...and then we start to count our blessings.
Ronan Keating's song "If Tomorrow Never Comes" actually gives us an insight into this scenario...to think that today may be our last and to focus on what we should do to live today to the best...in his song, he actually voiced that we should tell the person we love that we love them...or to specific, that special someone because we may not live to tell them tomorrow. I like the pace of the song...and I've heard a dedication on the radio once; where a guy called and told the DJ that he's stuck in a traffic jam on his way home and he wants to dedicate this song to his wife waiting for him at home with the message that he's thinking of her and that he loves her very much. When I heard of the dedication, I was a little taken aback as this song does not sound appropriate to be dedicated to a wife waiting at home....somehow it just seems that he's conveying the message to his wife that he may not make it....a death will somehow to me:P Freaky but to think beneath it all, he just wants the wife to know that he loves her very much and he just wants her to know that fact.
Now this song replayed in my head....and it just hit me..not the lyrics, but the title...and now we could actually come to terms with the song that different individuals can have different interpretation/perspective revolving a single song. The reason the song title relate to me today is because I actually survived an accident...yeah, no kidding. I was driving to work this morning and it was raining...the road was pretty wet. I assure you that I was not speeding or anything like that..in fact, I would say I drove at a pretty reasonable speed and kept to the highway codes for the speed limit. I reached a roundabout and that was where it happened. I passed the first part of the roundabout; the first traffic light, then as I approached the second traffic light, there was this metallic brown Wira which was also driving in the middle lane while I was in the left. I drove past him and all of a sudden, I felt my car being pushed and then my car just spun. I hit on the brakes and gripped my steering. My car halted to a stop. I was stunned for a second and I drove my car to the side of the road, got down and examined my car while the other car stopped at the other turning of the roundabout. A kind Samaritan on a motorcycle, or actually a pakcik, stopped by and enquired about my condition, telling me that I was pretty lucky to be unhurt. At the same time, I was thankful that my car was also unhurt and everything was fine. The other drive, also another Malay pakcik(a govt servant I think, judging from his dressing), came over to check on me and he was also relieved to see that I was unhurt and my car was in a good condition.
After further assurance/examination that my baby(car) is fine, I got into the car and drove towards my destination. As I was driving, it suddenly hit me that I was really very lucky...to be alive....it may be a minor spin but thank God, there were no oncoming cars, otherwise, only God knows what may become of me right now. I could have hit the railing or go off the road and may just.....die on the spot....freaky but a realistic possibility. Then I also recalled how calm and collected I was at the time, funny now that I think of it...I was in fact TOO calm, somehow I don't seem to realize what has happened....in such a daze that I just make it seem like it's some kind of routine to just get down and check on my car...it never occurred to me that I was actually in an accident!!!~~ Man, this thought is really scary....but come to think of it in an optimistic manner, I am actually steady in handling this and yeah, God gave me a second chance. He was there....I believed that GOD was the one who shielded me from any harm and also my car...I believe HE was there.....that's why there were no major injuries and no oncoming cars...HE protected me:)
Anyhow, I realized that there are many people out there who truly cared about me and loved me for who I am....and I also realized that I have many people around me whom I should cherish and yeah, what if tomorrow never comes? And as Chicken Little says, Today is a brand new day...never thought I would actually use this phrase in deep meaning after watching the movie and using it for motivation. Now the meaning tilts slightly to...yeah, It's a really brand NEW day for me....I am given new life.....and I feel that we should always live our life to the fullest and live everyday like it's the last that we do not have any regrets by the end of the day;)
Tell your loved ones that you love them....Communicate with people....do not suppress your feelings to your inner self..life is too short to let opportunities pass by...so, live once again and be ALIVE!!!!
So, Carpe Diem and enjoy your life!!:D