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Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Beginning

My first class at uni starts tomorrow.

Say wha?!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!! The fact that I'm on my way to experiencing the uni life where almost everything's going to be completely, unpredictably different, from high school. New people, new environment, new facilities and such and I've never felt SO thankful and blessed. 

As cheesy as this sounds, it's been a wild ride like a roller-coaster- from working my butt off for the DSEs to nervously and intensely receiving the results in my hands, leading to the Main Offer results and then finishing up to now, where I'll be starting a new chapter of my life and I've never felt so grateful. I just wish my dad was here to witness everything and see how excited I am to push through.

It's going to be a bit weird though, getting used to how uni/college is like. I mean, like I said, it's fully, 101% percent nothing like high school where you literally have no option over which classes you want to take or which of the school's facilities you want to use at anytime you want. In university/college, you have full control over almost everything (especially since you get to pick from a list of different timeslots of each courses and basically make your own schedule) and where you want to be (you get to go anywhere inbetween breaks. ((mostly 4 hour breaks haha) Want to go to the caferteria and eat? Then go. Want to grab a coffee on the way to class? Hell YEAH! HAHA) Want to take a deep shit? You're not allowed...jk). Basically, everything won't feel forced because you'll get to do whatever YOU want. It all depends on you and what you want to do to achieve the best uni life, Simply put, independence is where it's at. 

Also, I'm going to experience all these with two people whom I've known for quite a long time, one of whom has been one of my best friends since we exited the womb (okay not really, S2 to be precise). I've also met a few great people from the orientation camp that I participated in, and all the tiring but worthwhile briefing seminars, that I think I'm going to enjoy being in classes with.

I'm taking around 5 courses this semester; and I'm planning to minor in journalism if possible (being a magazine journalist has always been my dreaaaaam! which is why I've signed up for uni in the first place. Well that's basically the only reason!) 

By the way, I don't exactly have the best social skills so some tips on approaching people would help??? god I am honestly the most awkward human being, with no charisma or whatsoever. *kills self* 

I'm excited to learn, to grow, to blossom (physically impossible). Lol :p

Ella

September Playlist:
Eh, I'm literally, believe it or not, listening to the classic The Four Seasons by Vivaldi right now.. 

ps. all my previous posts have been reverted to drafts, some of which are extremely embarrassing! I'm starting fresh. :)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Movie Review: Spud (2010)

Spud, a South African coming-of-age comedy film based on a novel by author John van de Ruit, is about young 14-year old John Milton (Troye Sivan)’s very first year at an elite boys boarding school in Durban who is about to enter a whole unexpected world of growing up, puberty and of course, girls. When he first arrives in school, “Spud” was already given to him as a nickname by other mischievous boys as a result of his delayed puberty and that what’s underneath is “like a spud”. From there, his journey at Michaelhouse begins, with him fully knowing that he’s somewhat different from the other boys especially in terms of his appearance and the fact that he has yet to experience puberty. Thus, challenges are in store for him for the beginning school year.
It may sound like your very own typical cliché plot: growing up, school, bullying. Anyone may have already witnessed the same story and problem in any teen movies even when it comes to teenage boys and their desire for girls. It’s nothing new. But Spud opens up with its mixture of non-stop humor and quirkiness, making the whole film have a creative take on the distress of adolescence, let alone John’s challenges with being different, school, girls and discovering more in life which director Donovan Marsh successfully manages to convey.
John’s arrival at school throughout the beginning of the film already brought me to laughter. While he and his mother (Julie Summers) are being escorted by a senior student, he looks around his surroundings in confusion and complete unfamiliarity. His mother compliments his son as a singing angel. Unexpectedly, the senior student then turns around, looking down and winking at little John with a sense of flirtation, “I like choir boys”. The camera focuses on John’s reaction, an amusing look of little disgust could be seen and the what-did-you-just-say kind of vibe could be felt. Right then, I knew I was in for a very great, real comedic film.
Take note that Ruit’s novel is in a diary format of John Milton and this film adaption well captures the journal-diary concept where the film evidently conveys his experience in the chronological order of the school semester, which is effective in making the audience feel that they are part of John’s school journey from beginning to the end. John’s narration can also be heard in the background. Sivan’s tone, however, I feel is not engaging enough at times, lessening the film’s level of excitement and humor.
Nevertheless, Sivan’s acting skills and singing talent still make up for it. In the film, we see John auditioning for a school play in order to fit in and later then ends up with the role of a main character. A good singing voice is certainly a requirement in order for John to be landed the role. And I am glad that Mr. Sivan was chosen for the role of young John Milton because his smooth-sounding voice and cover of “Amazing Grace” in the film was enough to make me moved, as well as his innocent-seeming performance that captures John’s character as somewhat, to a small extend, an outsider and a character of quiet nature compared to the other boys who are extremely loud and would do anything to get their hands on someone.
The film takes place around the time period of Nelson Mandela’s release from jail so expect a few references to Mandela and the issue between inequality between whites and blacks. Though this does not mean the film will convert to a political, serious story at any point of the film nor will lose its humor aspect, because again, we see John standing up all of a sudden in a debate between a teacher and a student, giving a loud remark regarding being white, “I’m embarrassed to be white and when I leave school, I’m going to be a freedom fighter!”, followed with a wide shot of the whole room in utter awkward silence.
Similarly to The Perks of Being a Wallflower (which is also based on a novel), Spud includes mentions of literature and books. John Milton is being assigned classic novels written by famous writers like Charles Dickens by Mr. Edly (John Cleese), just like how Charlie in Perks is being assigned to read To Kill a Mockingjay and other remarkable novels by his English teacher. These two both learn things about life through such novels. It definitely would be interesting to see how these two compare with each other.
Another thing great about this film is that we really get to see John’s growth development as he turns from someone who seems clueless and can easily be a target to teasing and physical bullying especially from the perspective of the other boys, to a strong-willed growing man who discovers much more about “bromance”, family, love and life. We also get to gain several thoughtful and meaningful quotes from John’s “diary” through his narration, all influenced by what he experiences. One quote that truly touched me at the end was, “God’s greatest gift is choice…but sometimes, God gives us no choice. He deals us the cards, we play them”.
Spud is not your ordinary, average coming-of-age film. It brims with humor, heart and lessons.
This film is rated M. Mature content and some sexual content.