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February 11, 2009

Posted by ash in about Movies, art & anime!, Fashion, beauty & health.

This has been a slow week. Mainly because I worked 1 extra day over the weekend and in consecutive action. Sunday saw me spend my day in a remoted Bangkok studio from 10 am in the morning all the way to 1.30 am. I heard that’s where they made “Ongbak”. Not that I have any interest. By 12 midnight I was shivering with cold and was feeling my contacts sticking to my eyes. The shoot was interesting no doubt, but checking every frame against the storyboard and fearing that my boss would hang me over an unsatisfactory end product was enough to tire me out. The next day I came back to realise that I was walking into a Monday office. Very scary to realise that the week is just going to start after you have already worked more than 12 hours. So I must say, kudos to those people who work weekends and go through nights of not sleeping just to finish their work. I only do this once in a while but some people have jobs which require them to put in such effort almost every time.

Watched “The secret life of bees” on the plane. It was SOOO good. I see Dakota Fanning in a different light now, as the reviewer of the movie puts it, she is “truly amazing” and shows a maturity beyond her age. I used to think she had only 2 expressions when she was younger. (1) Wide-eyed and silent (2) Screaming non stop. But she is really good in the movie, her expressions are poignant and natural, with just enough emotional intensity required without over-acting. Jennifer Hudson was not bad but Alicia Keys was just so beautiful I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Actually I could not remember much from the book, it was 5 or 6 years ago. Either Topo or Fur lent it to me…but watching this movie made me want to read the book again.

There’s a lot of stuff at Bangkok airport but all I buy is cosmetics. Not because it’s cheaper, but just because the Bangkok that I know consists only of the airport and my subsidiary office. So I try to indulge in a little self gratification everytime.  My latest buy is the Shu Uemura UV make up base. Very fun to use and even more fun to watch the Thai salesman desmonstrate the product. Very effeminate. And I was jealous of his good skin and nice hair!

I have been cabbing to work everyday. It’s been 1 month since I last took the bus, I don’t even dare to calculate the cab expenses. Actually I know the cab expenses, seeing how empty my bank account is….I really really must try to wake up!

Seriously I am worried about my health. I find that I grow lethargic easily and am always feeling fatigue. I also start to feel cold in air-conditioned places these days really easily. At night I have insomnia and in the morning I can’t wake up. Frequently I suffer digestive problems and end up throwing up or something. Yesterday night I was also taken by a sudden bout of stomach cramps and nausea. (I will SLAP anyone who dares to make a corny joke about pregnancy here)

My boss is coming in 5 minutes time. Cue for me to run.



1. topo - February 11, 2009

it’s me! i still have the book. i guess it’s time for a re-read 🙂

2. cynthia - February 15, 2009

Hey Ashley, just wanted to advise you to take your health problems seriously because they sound like a chronic illness. I know because I suffer from them too. It started not long after I moved to Japan. My health has been rather weak all along & the change in environment & climate (especially winter) really affected me. But since turning to TCM & doing yoga, my health has improved a lot. You should consider looking into them.


3. ash - February 16, 2009

Hey Cynthia, nice of you to drop by 🙂
Yes, my friend also advised me to turn to TCM. (Do they have TCM in Japan?) I was so much healthier back in Sendai, it was the food and the long distances I had to walk which kept me very healthy. I guess a tiring office job and Singapore weather and food just turns things upside down.
Thanks for coming by to read my blog every now and then, お互いに頑張ろうね!

4. cynthia - February 17, 2009

Yeah, there’s 漢方 here, but ridiculously overpriced. I don’t understand why just because it’s Japanese & comes with better packaging entitles it to be so expensive. I usually get my supplies from back home. Say, a bottle of medicine costs less than $10 in Sg, but costs more than ¥7000 here, and they both work the same!

I’m the opposite of you. I feel better in warmer places!

Take care & try not to let your job wear you down. こっちも同じ!

5. ash - February 21, 2009

7000 yen for a bottle of S$ 10 medicine? My god. I forgot how expensive Japan is, more so for Tokyo.
Anyway what are you working as now? Sometimes I really marvel at how you cope with a working life in Tokyo…that’s way out of my league man. The stress the rigidity the rules…even working in a Jap co in Singapore is sapping me dry…can’t imagine how stressful it is for your side.

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