Saturday, March 17, 2007

300: Review

I watched 300 at Golden Village Tampines yesterday.

An absolutely visually stunning movie. Go and watch it in the cinemas if you haven't seen it yet.

The movie is an awe-inspiring retelling of the battle of Thermopylae, how a group of 300 Spartan soldiers fought off the vast Persian army.

One thing that I would like to concentrate on in this review is the parallels between King Leonidas' offer to bow down before Xerxes and Jesus' temptation by Satan.

Those scenes illustrate perhaps better than a reading of the Bible does. It illustrates the temptation for Leonidas to take the easy way out rather than to take the tough stand against evil.

In the same way our King and Lord, Jesus had to take a stand against Satan. He could have achieved victory on this earth easily but he didn't. He chose to die on the cross for our sins.

And just like Leonidas, we remember Jesus' death and sacrifice as he commanded us through Holy Communion to do it in remembrance of him.

On a final note, the imagery of noble warriors fighting even unto death reminds me of the calling of Christians to live their lives on this earth nobly to fight the good fight. We will die one day. The message of the world is to enjoy and live life comfortably. But a warrior looks forward to living a life and finishing it well. We are warriors in this life. We are soldiers in the army of Christ. Let us live like and die for a greater cause other than ourselves.

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Nokia Mobile Music Bus


Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

This is a photo taken while I was on the Nokia Music Mobile bus.

It was Bus 132 taken on Sunday from outside Grace Assembly at Tanglin towards Orchard Road.

It's like one big sofa. If there was someone else with me on the bus, I would have reclined all the way and slept and asked him to snap a photo of me lying horizontally all the way on the bus.

Cool bus. Wish they had more seats like this on the buses in Singapore.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Makeover Shot

head shot

Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

Had a "complimentary" makeover and photo shoot at Naughty by Nature on Tuesday.

They actually wanted to sell me a lifetime membership of makeover/photoshoots at $3100.

A search on Google for "Naughty by Nature Singapore" brings up forums declaring the hard sell tactics they pressure you to buy their membership.

At the end of the session and sales pitch, I only offered $50. Case closed immediately.

But they still kept their promise to give me 2 of the photos during the photoshoot.

Very timely though, because I needed it to update my profile at Asian Actors Database. This is part of God's timing.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Each Day Is An Audition

Continuing on my thoughts that life is one big drama.

I realize that you do not become a manager. The day you are promoted to be the manager, the director, the CEO is not the day you become one.

You become whatever you want to be little by little every day. To become a CEO, behave like one, think like one, way before you get chosen or promoted to be one.

Actors that prepare diligently for a role spent a significant part of their time researching whatever they need to play. If they have to play a drug addict, they will have to research the way they think, how they walk, their gait, how will they react when offered help, how they will react when people do good or bad things to them, what their motivation, etc is.

In the big drama of life. The greatest thing we should realize is that we are our own casting directors. We can choose what role we want to play in the drama of life. We can say, "change the script, this isn't working out for me. I don't want to play the loser in life anymore."

Each day is then an audition. You choose to be whatever character you want to play in life.
You have to get into the role. You have to research your role. You become what you want be little by little each day.

So what role do you want to play in life?