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[ red_a02 ] Shuzhen – The first episode was a lot of fun, cos it had an interesting cocktail of sexual tension and smooth fight choreography. This episode is like the awkward aftermath...
27 Aquarius 13 18:13
[ vermilion_2 ] YAPX – I understand that most of your stories are dialogue-based and heavy on retorts and counter-retorts. This one felt unnecessarily circular. It starts with a cool premise: a killer/villain/vigilante uses Lent to swear off something that should be second nature to him (I suppose), and then talks about a story. The link between the two (giving up killing & the story) isn’t a 100% fit. Maybe instead of “let me tell you a story”, it could be “hey, you see I even passed a guy up for death today!” or equivalent. Something to drag Lorelei into the banter and the premise. // That’s my only complaint. I’m not a big fan of dialogue-based stories, but I can make a exception for this.
14 Aquarius 13 08:03
[ 130204 ] YAPX – Good pace, good characters, great dialogue. The thing I like best is a combination of the three: how you build up their pseudo-relationship through all that back-and-forth exchange. Somehow, you craft a unique, strange relationship: from any one point in the story, both of them are manipulative, victimised and hypocrites - though not all at once. // On word choices, I felt you could change the word “janitor” (“cleaner” or “uncle” would’ve given a different, but more acute local flavour to it). Mostly because, it’s connotes an added level of difference through: class. Whether or not you intended it, by portraying the “janitor” and “student” you bring out the fact that he’s stuck there socially in all sense of the word. It made the part where he says he reads books during weekends completely out-of-context and weird. // Also, there’s too much “sliding” in and out of the room. Not sure if that’s intentional repetition, or just a lack of other words. // I thought that the girl’s own background is pretty compelling. Even after everything, I can’t tell if she’s speaking the truth. Because I’m all for unreliable narrators and characters, I can still find her well-thought out. But other readers might lose patience or wonder at her sudden change of heart at the final moment.
04 Aquarius 13 08:48
On New Year’s Eve, the television was on in the background, and I heard mayhaps a minute of the Countdown show; two lines from Gurmit Singh. Both of which were in broken English.
Not Singlish, mind. Not proper, grammatically accurate Singlish. Broken English, of the “I are Gurmit Singh” variety. If he was a cat it might have been funny.
When I was younger (so much younger than today), I would have dismissed this as symptomatic of the inadequacies of local media. That would be before I knew there was someone to blame.
Fuck you, you sanctimonious pricks of the Speak Good English Movement.
The Blame Game is properly played by going uphill slightly past reason, but not too far beyond, which led me to ponder exactly which Ministry is the bowel that is behind the release of this Movement.
Censorship and Propaganda, of course, comes under the loving auspices of the Ministry of Information and the Arts (the Arts, right? Figures.).
It is an open secret that MITA, while publicly a “Ministry”, is run by a department of the ISD, which itself comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs, which is under Minister Wong “You Can Call Me Al” Kan Seng.
First he lets a terrorist run free, now he allows some woefully unequipped actor to host one of the most watched local English TV shows (probably). Is it time that Minister Al calls it a day? He’s had a good run, I’m sure, so mayhaps he should leave now, with his dignity still relatively intact.
Just a few months ago, Some Dumb People were dancing around a tin of Milo. In public! They were allowed to do this (Satanic?) ritual for entire minutes before they got arrested.
Dr. Chee has his moments.
We all make mistakes, but – and here we simply have to face facts – it’s failure after failure over there.
We all make mistakes.
How much further must we slide into barbarism before Minister Al realises that he’s past his prime?
It’s always the women who suffer.
340 words / 1967
“It’s as I said before,” she whispered. “You aren’t afraid of anything, are you?”
“What does it matter if I am or not ?” I shrugged. I took her arm and drew her to the passage.
“We are the things that others fear,” I said. “Remember that.”
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