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I love your little flaws

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I giggled out loud when I saw this on last Sunday’s PostSecret.

Poooooooooot! Prooooot poot!

This postcard reminds me of a few funny nights we once had and how this line from her became a classic between us: ‘Your fart cuts through the silence of the night.’

Reading the post again is making me grin very sillily! 😀

P/S: On Sunday morning, I came across this story from Romance of the Three Kingdoms of Chinese history. It tells of Liu Bei and how his marriage to Lady Sun came about.

During the fierce struggle for land and power, his rival Sun Quan adopted Zhou Yu’s ‘beauty scheme’ to seize control of Jing Province from Liu Bei by luring him to Jiangdong under the pretext of marrying his younger sister Lady Sun to affirm the Sun-Liu alliance.

Sun Quan planned to then hold Liu Bei hostage in exchange for Jing Province. So he requested for Liu Bei to travel to the province in secret and they would be able to discuss the marriage in private.

However, Zhuge Liang foiled Zhou Yu’s scheme by asking Liu Bei to proclaim his impending arrival to Jiangdong loudly to whomever he meets and wherever he goes. A large entourage set off with Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang, who distributed wedding cakes and gifts to the commoners they met on their journey, while receiving well-wishes in return. Liu Bei told everyone proudly that he was in love and on his way to marry the love of his life and bring her home, where they will spend the rest of their lives in bliss together. He was determined to be open about everything, so he had nothing to hide.

Soon, the good news spread and reached the ears of Sun Quan’s mother, who was furious that she was not informed of the pending betrothal of her daughter to Liu Bei. The matriarch demanded that Liu Bei should be brought to her, so she could reject his proposal.

Sun Quan was aggrieved that his covert plan had now been exposed and that he had no choice, but to receive Liu Bei and his entourage with hospitality of a welcoming host.

When Sun Quan’s mother met Liu Bei, she was impressed that he was honourable, virtuous and kind. In short, he was an excellent match for her beloved youngest daughter.

And so, the marriage became reality. Liu Bei left Jiangdong, having successfully sealed a political alliance with Sun Quan, and returned to Jing Province safely with his new bride.

Smart huh? Now I want to find the book and read more about it.

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Champagne rings

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How do you define love?

Haha, did that throw you off guard? That sounds totally deep and philosophical, isn’t it? So I had a lovely day out today. I have decided that my new favourite thing to do is watching afternoon movies on weekdays. Ticket prices are lower than usual and the crowds are almost non-existent.

But you would have to turn your tolerance level up several notches because there will be middle-aged couples who do not understand cinema etiquette of NOT picking up a call during a movie. In fact, they are probably ignorant since they do not even silence their phones before the movie.

And do you have any idea how loud these old fogeys talk? LOUD. Like THEY HAVE TO SPEAK IN CAPS KIND OF LOUD. Because they are nearly deaf, that’s why. It riles me up just talking about these inconsiderate assholes again. First, they disrupt my enjoyment of the movie. Then my anger distracts me from focusing on the movie because I’m trying to get these assholes to shut up.

Maybe next time instead of “SHH-ing” and “TSK-ing” them, I should let out a string of expletives loudly. Two can join in the game of “Let’s see who can be a bigger asshole and ruin the movie for everyone”. Right?

Ok enough, back to the Chinese film I watched. Love (2012) is about the love stories and relationship up-and-downs of eight people and I love it, even though some details were a bit farfetched. I literally laughed at loud at certain scenes and went “awww” at some loving moments portrayed in the film.

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The opening credits are whimsically beautiful and the soundtrack is delightful as the film introduces us to the eight main characters who unknowingly cross each other’s paths while figuring out the meaning of love in their lives.

The love story arc that I particularly like is between Zoe Fang (Shu Qi), an older jaded lady who is used to a luxurious lifestyle from going out with wealthy men only and Kuan (Ethan Juan), an inexperienced naive younger boy who believes in true love. As they got to know each other, she realised she could be herself when she was with him. Whenever she spent time with him, she felt carefree and a sense of innocence that she thought had been lost.

After a few months of self-imposed separation, she met him by chance at an event and it was there where she proposed to him with a “champagne ring”.

After he returned her proposal with a handmade ring of his own, Kuan said: “你的未来全包在我身上了。” (I will take care of your future for the rest of my life.)

Zoe replied: “我不接受包养,我只接受爱。” (I don’t accept such [material] support, I only want love.)

It made me smile.

P/S: Another standout quote from the movie was from NÄ«, a young girl who confronted her best friend over a betrayal. It reminded me of a conversation I had with someone about her flaws. What a coincidence.

“我很挑剔,我很难搞,我讲话难听,我常常脸臭,可是那就是我啊。我就是没办法像你一样听话,顺从,又牺牲奉献。就因为我没有这么伟大,我就不配爱人,就不值得被爱吗?”

[Images via Laughing Squid and Chinese Movies]