Saturday, May 29, 2004

It's the weekend, and here I am nursing a tension headache at home on a Saturday night. Sigh.

Am actually seeing close to 30 cases per shift at my current department, despite the occasional parent with a thousand questions about the most minute details, or infants with fevers whom I can't clear from my list because they just fail to produce any urine even after 5 hours of waiting. Yes, 5 hours. 300 minutes. Count them. Solution? Believe it or not, in-out catheterizations. My first cath of a tiny 3 or 6 month old made me extremely nervous ( ack, what if I damage something?! ), but it's surprisingly a lot easier than adults, with their urethral strictures, hypertrophied prostates, uterovaginal prolapses and what not.

So Fantasia Barrino has been crowned this year's American Idol. I didn't really like her at first -- especially after her outburst at Simon early in the competition -- but she's mellowed over the past few months, and worked hard to become the victor. Will I buy her album though? Err, sorry, nope. The only Idol worthy of my money so far is Clay Aiken. :)

Singapore Idol auditions commence 5 June. No word about my roster as yet, but if I'm free, I'll be dropping by SUNTEC to catch the action, plus some chow for my celebratory birthday dinner. Need to finish a roll of film so I can develop my photos with the Tenors too, heh heh.

More VCD / DVD reviews:

Intolerable Cruelty -- disappointing, considering it's from the Coen brothers. I like George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, but the story made no sense to me...

Paycheck -- hey, not bad at all. Okay, so the ending was hokey. But the premise is interesting, and no matter what the critics say, I'm a Ben Affleck ( and Matt Damon ) fan for life. So there. :)

Cold Creek Manor -- Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff and Juliette Lewis in a thriller that just never seems to take off. A dream home being threatened by a jealous psychopath? I prefer "Pacific Heights" any day ( Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith ).

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- Not as terrible as I expected, but is there something wrong with my VCD, or is it supposed to look colourless all the time? Shane West and Stuart Townsend look really good. Yeah, that's my summary of the movie. :P

Identity -- John Cusack, need I say more? Quite unique, good twist at the end, but on the whole, pretty forgettable. Good way to spend 90 minutes of idle time.

Under The Tuscan Sun -- Love this one! Kinda like "Chocolat", only set in Tuscany. Diane Lane shines in her lead role, and the scenery is breath-taking. Primer for my Italy trip next year maybe? :D Get a load of Raoul Bova, who plays the very delectable Marcello. Is it getting hot in here? ;)

I bought the DVD for "LOTR: Return of the King". Haven't sat down for a full viewing yet, but once I get a day off, I will. Have been selecting various scenes to savour again -- the lighting of the Beacons, Aragorn's walking the Path of the Dead, Shelob's Lair. Wow, it's just amazing how much I love this film.

Nip / Tuck

If you haven't started following the series yet, I strongly urge you to do so ASAP. It keeps getting better and better, I tell you! And Julian McMahon ( Dr. Christian Troy aka the pai kiah -- Hokkien-speak for "bad boy" ) is drop-dead gorgeous ( to me, anyhow ). Last night's episode had a scene where he was forced to seduce a patient so she would drop a 10 million dollar lawsuit against him and his partner. Priceless!

The Joint Venture

My apologies for sounding like a broken tape recorder, but I'm excited, so shoot me.
The site is up, woohoo! We're testing it out, then it'll be all systems go pretty soon. Very promising. Watch for regular updates.

Movie quote time

From "Under The Tuscan Sun"

Frances ( played by Diane Lane ): Do you know the most surprising thing about divorce? It doesn't actually kill you. Like a bullet to the heart or a head-on car wreck. It should. When someone you've promised to cherish till death do you part says "I never loved you," it should kill you instantly. You shouldn't have to wake up day after day after that, trying to understand how in the world you didn't know. The light just never went on, you know. I must have known, of course, but I was too scared to see the truth. Then fear just makes you so stupid.
Martini: No, it's not stupid, Signora Mayes. L'amore e cieco.
Frances: Oh, love is blind. Yeah, we have that saying too.
Martini: Everybody has that saying because it's true everywhere.

Have a great weekend!

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