Mad Men

Mummy-hood is rather exhausting. You want the baby to stay small and cute for ages but can’t wait for her to grow past the 2 or 3 hour feeding schedules.

I have been rather lax with my postings lately. Blame it on the baby’s 3rd week growth spurt. Yes, they have charts to tell you which weeks your baby will likely have growth spurts and the next is between week 5 and 6. And the baby obediently follows these charts!

Its a countdown of a mere 3 days before I can hit the showers and take a real bath with regular water. And from then on, back to my twice daily showers and clean hair. I’ve not been out of the house for a few days now, the dreary, wet and wintry weather would not permit me to sit at the local coffee place where I can ‘goyang kaki’ (relax) for about an hour each time.

To keep me sane during 30 minute breastfeeding sessions every 2-3 hours, I’ve taken to watching continuous episodes of the Golden Globe winning Mad Men series. I know Mad Men has been around for a while but I never got round to trying it out. Finally, I’ve checked it out, starting with the Pilot Season 1 episode.

I like this poster

I find this series to be quite brillant. It revolves around Don Draper, a Creative Director at an Ad Agency in the 60’s era. Costumes and scenes are enacted in the 60’s as well and everyone, everywhere is smoking. In bed, in restaurants, in offices, next to children and even the pregnant lady smokes. Not an exemplary show for good health but it captures very interesting blatant issues in the 60’s that would not happen today – an example is the harassment that women get and the lowly role of a woman in office those days.

It is very much a conversational piece, if you like alot of talk. Fortunately the main lead Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is reallll easy on the eye and the women of the show are beautiful as well. Alot of the clothing shown are gorgeous flare skirts with cute cardi’s, headbands and perfectly coiffed hair – ala Louis Vuitton (Marc Jacobs) this season.

The main lead character, Donald Draper (Jon Hamm) - cigarette always in hand

The beautiful January Jones as 'Betty Draper' - wife of Don Draper

The voluptuous Christina Hendriks as Joan

Some of the cast of Mad Men

Just googling their list of awards – wow! They are really on to something! I guess their acting, storyline, cinematography and costume efforts have been appreciated! Best television series (drama) for 3 years in a row!!!

Wikipedia  Golden Globe Awards for Mad Men

2008

2009

2010

  • Best Television Series – Drama (win)
  • Best Actor – Television Series Drama – Jon Hamm
  • Best Actress – Television Series Drama – January Jones

For more info on their awards, click here.

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Vampires

My blog is drier than a desert.

I am back to my blog, recently being terribly UN-inspired by the lack of events in my life other than keeping tabs on the time I’m sleeping and the amount of walking I have each day plus my bowel movements. My other half hogs the TV most of the time with his new Ps3 game “Modern Warfare 2” which is he trying to finish in record time. Not that watching repeats on FOXTEL is any fun either. I can only stomach so much of E! entertainment and old reruns of FRIENDS.

I have been indulging in a bit of ‘chic lit’ lately, i.e. novels for young women mostly romantic – books that are read by 20 year olds. I must remind myself sometimes that I’m pushing 30! (which is the new 20’s I HEARD – and like to believe) and having a baby soon. Will my life ever be the same again? Do you think my ‘old life’ could resume itself magically after baby comes? What a minute – I cannot recall my old life anymore, anyway!

I finally got the chance to watch TWILIGHT’s 3rd installment – Eclipse, yesterday. Apparently, tickets were fully sold a month before in Melbourne. After watching it last night, I really dont know what the fuss is all about! I get goosebumps (not in a good way) when I see Kristen Stewart’s romantic scenes with R-Patz and subsequently with the constantly shirtless Taylor Lautner. (By the way, I’m for team Edward while Ronnie is for team Jacob – the underdog sympathy syndrome its called).

The movie was slow (not as slow as the previous New Moon, fortunately – which didn’t even warrant a trip to the cinema) and draggy and the action scenes were too short. Too much Bella and Edward mooning about, I’ll say. Maybe I was drawn to the amazing fact that these 3 young kids are up to earn about US$25 m (thereabouts or more) each for this movie! What is a teenager to do with so much dough? Don’t tell me you receiving USD25m in your bank account (literally overnight) will not change you or change your outlook in life just a little bit?

Enough Jacob-Edward, Jacob-Edward already!*

Whats with the onslaught of Vampire movies lately? We just watched another DVD called Daybreakers – whereby the whole world turns into vampires and there are only a few humans left and how they defended the planet. What is this attraction to vampires? I blame it all on Edward (R-Patz) and that smouldering eye look.

http://gossipteen.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/edward-jacob-bella-eclipse-movie-photos.jpg

The Karate Kid

The karate kid.

My all time favourite childhood crush on Daniel Larusso in the 1984 version of the Karate Kid – leading to over and over repeats of the tape then. So obviously I’m well versed with the sequences of both Karate Kid 1 and 2. I couldnt help comparing the old school version to the new one starring little cutesy Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. I guess the new karate kid is really a children’s movie – Jackie Chan or not.

Do you remember the ever famous whatchumacall-it butterfly arms 1 leg kick stance in the original karate kid movie *

And the highlight of the new karate kid 2010 movie? The part where sifu Jackie Chan trains Jaden Smith to hang up his jacket (put it on, take it off, hang it up, put it on, take it off, hang it up!) for days on end. This is a fantastic training lesson for my hubby so he’d pick up his clothes off the floor on a daily basis!

Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in the Karate Kid 2010*

Unfortunately, there wasnt a butterfly 1 leg kick in the new version, neither was there a wax on, wax off scene either!

Ip MAN 2

I had the privilege to watch Ip Man 2 pretty early on…the theme of the movie seemed generally more light hearted in the sequel but the fight scenes were just as graceful (if i can use that word) as the previous. I felt as if the Wing Chun type of kung fu is similar to a type of dance! What I’m sure is Mr Donnie Yen’s winning points was his emotionless and calm face (and notice he never makes sounds while punching/kicking?) during his fight scenes. It seems he never breaks a sweat and is never out of breath or cut or chopped or bloodied even during a fight with 15 attackers holding machetes.

Some information I took from this website: http://planowingtzun.com/pwt/page_sub.php?page_id=12

Wing Chun is Simple, Direct, and Efficient.

Wing Chun’s purpose is to stop an attack as fast as possible, by any means necessary, without compromising the user’s safety.

Wing Chun is…

  • low, crippling kicks
  • eye gouges followed by the fastest punches in the world!
  • knees and elbows that are always in range and never miss their fragile targets
  • proprietary Chi Sau and Chi Gerk training to overwhelm the attacker’s body and mind

In short, Wing Chun is the most efficient Un-armed fighting system ever devised. Sure, there are other Effective fighting systems. But none tops Wing Chun for Efficiency.

Why clutter your mind (under stress) with a Rolodex of techniques? Do More With Less!

  • One kick (Stomp or Thrust Kick)
  • One punching method (Chain Punches)
  • One defensive position (1350 Rule)
  • One Response for every scenario (Universal Solution)

Wing Chun’s efficiency is rooted in Scientific concepts that take the guess work out of Practical Defense:

  • The Wedge Theory – Use the 4 dimensions like a snow plow!
  • Magnetic Zone Theory – When and where to strike, and with what!
  • Center Line Theory – Beat him to the next punch with positioning!
  • Continuous Forward Spring Pressure – Persistence that finds openings!

Wing Chun has a limited selection of tools but knows when and how to use them with devastating effect. We use ‘specificity with variety’ to train the same tools over and over for a variety of scenarios (thanks Bud Jeffries!). Our Multi-Range Effectiveness includes:

  • Stand-Up to Groundfighting
  • Single and Multiple Attackers
  • Visual and Tactile Stimuli

So that’s what Wing Chun is. What is it NOT?

  • No kicks above the waist
  • No exotic, immobile stances
  • No wild, wasted movements
  • No acrobatic or aerial displays
  • No Bare Feet
  • No Nonsense

Bruce Lee with the Grandmaster Yip Man (looking pretty frail)

I like this pic of Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung because, to me its rare seeing Donnie Yen as anyone BUT Ip Man and modernly dressed*

*http://kungfusweden.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/ip-man-2-2/

Korean cuties

I see these 3 cute actors on most weeknights in a very pariahly-named Korean series called “The time between Dog and Wolf” – dont know how they’ve dreamt up such a title but mostly, the show is interesting. Never was a fan of Korean series because they usually make people cry alot – but here I am blogging about them, a product of my lonely weeknights. And no, the taps havent turned on yet – I’m on Disc 4 out of a zillion.

Nam Sang Mi

Name: 남샿미 / Nam Sang-mi
Date of birth: May 3, 1984
Place of birth: South Korea
Height: 163cm
Weight: 46kg
Blood type: A
Profession: Actress & Model
Star sign: Taurus

Family: Older brother
Talent agency: Yuleum Entertainment
Education: Dongdeok Women’s University

Definitely a pretty boy

Definitely a pretty boy

Name: 이준기 / Lee Jun Ki (Gi) / Lee Joon Ki (Gi)
Profession: Actor, model and singer
Birthdate: 1982-Apr-17
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Height: 178cm
Weight: 66kg
Star sign: Aries
Blood type: B
Family: Younger sister
Talent agency: Mentor Entertainment
Education: Seoul Arts University (Acting major)
Hobbies: Martial arts (Tae Kwon Do 3rd degree, Hapkido 1st degree and Taekkyeon 1st degree) and watching movies
Languages: Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and English
Debut: Model for clothing brand “So Basic” (2001)

Cute!

Cute!

Name: 정경호 / Jung Kyung Ho (Jeong Kyeong Ho)
Also known as: Choung Kyung Ho
Profession: Actor
Birthdate: 1983-Aug-31
Birthplace: South Korea
Height: 184cm
Weight: 73kg
Star sign: Virgo
Blood type: B
Talent agency: SidusHQ
Education: Joong Ang University

http://www.koreandrama.org/?p=446

Quantum of Solace

Daniel Craig does it again….of course, bring in the beautiful babes and you get a 007 original movie.

The plot was so so in this movie, but the action scenes would leave you breathless. I’m not giving any spoilers but the car chase was a great opener. Olga Kurylenko as the kick a$$ babe was not disappointing, and she’s gorgeous! You saw her in Hitman recently. She’s somehow got a bit of an oriental look, but I dont know why she’s so tanned in the movie….maybe sunbed overkill?

The 'kennot-die' man and his lovely kick a$$ companion. Daniel Craig and Ogla Kurylenko

The 'kennot-die' man and his lovely kick a$$ companion. Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko.

Here’s abit of info about the beautiful Olga Kurylenko:

Date of Birth

14 November 1979, Berdyansk, Ukraine, USSR [now Berdyansk, Ukraine]

Birth Name

Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko

Height

5′ 10″ (1.78 m)

Mini Biography

Olga Kurylenko, a Ukrainian-born actress and model who grew up in poverty sharing a Soviet flat with her aunt, uncle, grandparents and cousin, is now starring as Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig. 

She was born Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko on November 14, 1979, in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Her mother, Marina Alyabysheva, divorced her father, Konstantin Kurylenko, soon after her birth. After the divorce, her mother struggled to survive as an art teacher. Young Olga Kurylenko was brought up by her mother and her grandmother, Raisa. During her youth, Olga had a humbling experience of living in poverty; she had no choice but to wear rags and had to darn the holes on her sweater. During the years in Ukraine she studied art, languages, did 7 years of musical school studying piano and went to a ballet studio until 13.

At age 13, Olga and her mother made a trip to Moscow. There she was scouted by an agent who approached her at a subway station and offered a job as a model. Initially, Olga’s mother was suspicious, but eventually Olga made a good career choice and took training as a model in Moscow. By age 16, she was ready for the next step. She moved to Paris, learned French in six months, and was signed by the Madison agency. At age 18, Olga appeared on the cover of Glamour, then she graced magazine covers of Elle, Madame Figaro, Marie Claire, and Vogue, and also became the face of Lejaby lingerie, Bebe clothing, Clarins and Helena Rubinstein cosmetic companies.

In 1999, Olga married her friend, French photographer Cedric Van Mol and divorced him 3,5 years later. One day Olga presented herself to an acting agency. Eventually, she swapped the catwalk for celluloid, and her acting career took off. In 2005 she made her film debut as Iris, a sensual beauty in Annulaire, L’ (2005) by director Diane Bertrand.

Olga’s cinematic roles have been notably steamy, and her natural beauty and explicit nudity attracted the attention of the male audiences. She appeared opposite Elijah Wood in Paris, je t’aime (2006) and as Sofia in Serpent, Le (2006), then co-starred as Russian beauty Nika Boronina opposite Timothy Olyphant in Hitman (2007). She also appears as Mina Harud in the indy surveillance-thriller Tyranny (2008) and is billed as Camille, the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace (2008), a sequel to Casino Royale (2006).

Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1385871/bio

I like the old “harpoon on a swiss army knife” trick…

I like how Mr Maxwell Smart talks into his nice vintage looking, suave and super shiny man shoes, and look well composed at the same time. He looks at Agent 99 and scoffs “You mean, you don’t have this? HMM!” and rolls his eyes. The ‘harpoon in a swiss army knife’ trick was lamely ingenius, don’t you think? OOhhh no, this ain’t any old swiss army knife…

The remake of the 1965 Get Smart in 2008 starring gorgie Anne Hathaway and Steve Carrell was hilarious, in most bits. For those of you whose seen it, go down memory lane and check out these old pics of the original Agent 86 and 99.

Agent 99

Agent 99

Don Adams - Agent 86

Don Adams - Agent 86

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