Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Danny Collins

Going to the movies for me is very much about entertain-ment. I seldom critique a movie and I seldom ponder too much about the juxtaposition of reality and fiction that is inherent. I am there for all intent and purposes to have an enjoyable evening out.
Having said that, there are at times, lessons to be taken away from a movie. The optimist in me will always appreciate a redemptive message, if there is one. I may also entertain the thought of what might have been, if different circumstances had led us to make decisions that might have resulted in us having taken a different path in life. One thing I know for certain though is that we are masters of our destiny. Sure I believe in fate, but I also believe that the choices we make in life are very much within our control. We are responsible for our actions and we ought to accept the resultant outcomes of those actions. There is however much life ahead to be lived. For me, the aim is always to embrace the good that life has to offer and to discard the baggage that hold us back.
Danny Collins was indeed a pretty good watch. And a meaningful conversation over teh tarik after the movie isn't too bad either.
Danny Collins, the movie.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Catching Up In Penang

Whenever I go on a work trip to a locale where I have friends, I always try to make it a point to meet up, either for a meal or even if it is only for a quick coffee. One can always find some free time if one really wants to. So I ended up having supper with Suan Bee, C Hun and Andy when I was in Penang last month.

Without fail, Suan Bee and C Hun will always bring me to a 'Hokkien Mee' stall that I have not been to before and this time was no different. I can never remember the names of the places, and I leave it to these buddies of mine to keep track. This time round, we were joined by Andy and we adjourned for coffee and cake after supper.

Great conversations are the hallmark of great friendships. Effortless bantering and multiple topics of interest make such catch-ups much enjoyable and refreshing after a day of work meetings. Indeed, such gatherings make work trips that much more pleasant.

Andy, C Hun, Suan Bee and I at China House in Penang, Malaysia.