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Blue Gate Crossing Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Posted by dragonzlad in Life in General, Reviews.
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I had a quick look at the another Taiwanese movie called ‘Blue Gate Crossing’. It centres on the relationship between two teens – a boy and a girl. The movie is another rather typical fare of coming to terms with being gay, very much like the previous Taiwanese movie I watched – Eternal Summer . However, unlike Eternal Summer, there is no complicated triangle relationship in this movie although there was a tinge of it. Another main difference in the show is that the story tried to deal with the gay issue from the girl’s perspective, which may be to the dismay of the gay population given that the actor is a dimpled-smile cute lad.

Blue Gate Crossing                          The girl and her lad

It is a simple and rather predictable story saved by the way it was produced. There is something about such Taiwanese movies that draws me. Maybe I am a sucker for sweet innocent shows. Did the girl save herself from a tortured life of finding true love while being gay? Or did she suppress her liking for girls to live a normal life? Well, I am not about to spoil it for you in case you haven’t watched it. Further review at IMDB but be warned – its review could be a spoiler! In any case, the movie reminded me of this pair of siblings.

The sister is quite openly butch with a girlfriend that pops over to the family home ever so often. The brother is openly hostile to the sister and her supposed girlfriend. I find it sad that the brother is unable to accept her for who she is and support her to be the best person she can be, be it as a gay person or not. I think the brother believes that it is a choice in life to be either gay or straight (“nurture” advocate)and blames her for choosing the other camp. The tense relationship and the mutual dislike (bordering on hatred) is certainly making their mother upset and I can see that there is nothing she can do to change the situation. But I wonder whether she did persuade her son to accept the sister as she is. Perhaps, it is more complicated than that as the siblings didn’t grow up well together. I personally see her as a person with good potential if she is in the right company and channels her energy productively. This makes me wonder whether sometimes it is easier for an outsider to accept a gay person than a person who is related to that gay person?

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Our Happier Lives (?) Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Posted by dragonzlad in Life in General, Rantings.
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I have taken a hiatus from writing since my last entry almost a month ago. It seems to be the case whenever I’m in Singapore. I guess I never felt inclined to write about the “normal” things that happen, and most often than not, they are normal. But I did reflect on how Singapore is faring currently. The economy for the last quarter has shown improvement, thanks to the construction and finance industries. The construction industry has not seen such high activity levels since pre-financial crisis days. This has translated to better business sentiments and general sense of optimism amongst Singaporeans. Many have been upgrading their properties, with the rich buying new developments at record psf prices and sending property sale and rental prices north.

Besides focusing on the economic front, the government has also placed much emphasis on the arts, cultural and entertainment scene in an attempt to make Singapore a fun place to live and work in. But I wonder, despite all these good things in their lives now, are the locals actually benefiting from it or the expatriates? Has our society evolved to be more gracious? Personally I do think that we have. Unfortunately, the presence of  much needed foreign workers seemed to have marred this somewhat. I say this because I cringe whenever I see a certain country’s nationals speaking loudly and their uncouth behaviour which early generations of Singaporeans probably exhibited (and some probably still do today). There was a recent article in the forum pages of the Strait’s Times which highlighted an unfortunate incident in a bus. Apparently, a Caucasian woman (she certainly do not qualify to be called a lady) was ranting madly and loudly at the bewildered (or nonchalent?) and seemingly Singaporean passengers about how coarse Singaporeans are, how unhelpful they are etc etc. It seems she was unable to get some help when she asked for it. But surely it did not warrant that appalling response from her. I wondered if she had stopped to think whether the person(s) she spoke to in the bus before a raving mad behaviour were Singaporeans. If they were not, it should not be surprising to get no response from them as most of them so not understand English! Much like any other cosmolitan city, we have a large proportion of people from other countries. Lately, we have a significantly large population of mainland Chinese here, and nowadays they are not discernable from Singaporean Chinese based on dressing (oh yes, there was a time when one could pick a mainland Chinese out from the crowd based on that!). It is only through their speech (often loud) can one tell them apart.

There was also a recent discussion about repealing the gay sex laws in Singapore. I was personally interested in this as I do have gay friends (who probably will live their lives as they deem fit regardless of this law). Unfortunately, after doing a survey, the government felt that it was not the right time to repeal the law which means sex between consenting males (of legal age) is still against the law. This discussion goes to show that it is never easy to differentiate between right and wrong, or, moral and immoral. Who are the best judges for such matters? The general public, grassroot leaders, religious leaders or political leaders? Is the non-gay public so afraid of the hedonistic lifestyle that apprently characterises gay people that they think the rest of the non-gay population and the impressionable young will be swayed to the “dark side” if gay sex is made legal? Personally, I think we have not progressed much despite having done so in other areas like the arts. I feel that it is a basic right of a citizen to live the way they want. I wonder why nobody question the potential mental anguish and harm that can be imposed on such people to live a life that they do not believe in? I wonder how many people have grappled with the mental anguish to be told that one is a sinner (by the Church) if one is gay when one does not choose to be. Surely the mentally weaker ones will fall into depression in time? Is medication an answer then? What are the fundamentals of our society? In any case, I suspect whatever the outcome of such discussions is, live will go on with the government closing an eye to this issue.

Anyway, these are my personal thoughts and not meant to incite whatever nonsense that disagreers may charged me with.

On a happer note, I can finally breath a sigh of relief and stop my job hunting – I’ve found a job!