Eat. Pray. Love.

Just caught the show with Chings, missed the first part since I cleverly mixed up Cathay Cineplex with Cathay Cineleisure. Thought it was a good, reflective chick flick. Made me feel compelled to set aside some time to discover Italy because it looks too charming, the food looks exquisite as well. Other than that it also made me realize that we do need to set aside time to breathe. As an undergrad in Singapore it’s all too easy to get caught up in finding your place in society, chasing career ladders and what not. I too, would like to travel alone, make new friends, and discover what I’m like while I discover what the world’s like.

But alas, let’s get to that once I’ve found the time to fill up some job application forms.

While Googling for an appropriate visual I chanced across the one I have shamelessly direct plucked off a blog. Please read the entry that accompanies the visual – it talks about how Hollywood idealizes Asian countries. Here’s an excerpt – it’s a good read.

She tries not to be the foreign tourist but she does spend an awful lot of time with the expats whether it’s the Swede in Italy, the Texan in India or the Brazilian in Bali. The natives mostly have clearly assigned roles. Language teacher. Hangover healer. Dispenser of fortune-cookie-style wisdom. Knowledge, it seems, is never so meaningful as when it comes in broken English, served up with puckish grins, and an idyllic backdrop. The expats have messy histories, but the natives’ lives, other than that teenaged arranged marriage in India, are not very complicated. They are there as the means to her self discovery. After that is done, it’s time to book the next flight.

So yeah that’s what it seemed like.

But still, I’ve been bought over by the idyllic scenes of Bali and Italy. Not so much India – they pulled the poverty card a la slumdog millionare once again.

Some good quotes –

  • This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.
  • Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.
  • To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.
  • I met an old lady once, almost a hundred years old, and she told me, ‘There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who’s in charge?

Sounds like a good read.

On another note, Javier  Barden looked absolutely gross in the movie.

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