Berlin Berlin here I come, to you!

•September 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

UPDATE!! Best Short Film 2nd Prize!

Hello! Sorry it took me a while, but the filmmakers got the Best Short Film 2nd Prize at the 3rd Asian Hot Shots Berlin, yes yes, the festival I was talking about below… see it?

So happy for the filmmakers. I think it was also an audience award they said… that means the film really connected with the Berlin viewers too! How nice! Good good! Thank you to you Berlin friends!

Hello to you!

The filmmakers just told me that the short film is selected for COMPETITION in the 3rd Asian Hot Shots Berlin, this coming October! 2010!

Wow! Berlin! Where is that?

I also can’t go… keep telling me for what? So busy with my life until I have no time to update this blog. Sorry about it okay?

I have been too busy really… so many nice shows to watch lately….

Bye bye and thank you to you!

– 陈嫂

Wow! My hero Jet Li is a Singaporean! So nice! Gong Li too?

•August 3, 2009 • 1 Comment

So nice!

Wait wait… let me contain my joy first….. will write more later!

– 陈嫂

Screenings at Sinema Old School

•May 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

SIP screening

Hello to you!

Update:

Do check out below for ongoing screenings at Sinema Old School. There are 2 screenings in July too!

http://www.sinema.sg/oldschool/category/calendar/


My short film about me, yes about me, is screening at Sinema Old School this June. Yes yes, this month. You can find out more at this site:

http://www.samp.sg/

Or just click on “Madam Chan Screenings!!!” on the right of this website. Can see can see?

If you can, please do watch it ok? I will thank you to you first!

– 陈嫂

I Got An Award??

•May 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hello to everyone! Sorry sorry I have not been updating…. I’ve been busy checking out newspapers for deals for short tours. Lately I just felt like going on short trips… nothing much to do in Singapore, so boring…. so I decided to look around for deals.

My recent 3D2N Malaysia tour (late last month) of that island (still can’t remember the name) was really fun! Just spent my time doing nothing…. look at people having fun on the beach… looked at monkeys having fun in the trees…. Nothing to do at all but so much fun!

Food was good, and cheap too.

And I finally found out what I missed out while I was away!

The people I worked with on my short film called me in early April. They told me there was this Film Festival awards night or something, and asked me to attend. Attend what?? I don’t even know what they were talking about. But anyway, I couldn’t make it at all, because I have already booked that tour to Malaysia.

But aiyah!! They called me when I got back and said I should have cancelled the trip and attended the award ceremony. Why, I asked? They said it’s because I won the Best Performance award for my short film!

Huh? What award? For the acting? Huh?

I thought they were bloody joking. Think I am old and I can be easily deceived is it? Think I’m some stupid old lady? Think I will hand over my life savings to some random person who tells me he has a magic stone? Think I will step into the lift when there is on one else in there except for a Raffles Institution school boy (but actually, my son told me not to, till now I don’t even know why…what’s wrong with Raffles Institution school boys?)

I didn’t believe it when the filmmakers told me that. I’ve never even won anything in my life, let alone an award for my acting! It was my first time acting and I got an award for that? Oh, Really?

But then I thought to myself…wait, they won’t lie to me. Why would they?

But somehow I still didn’t believe them… I am just an amateur, my acting skills are nowhere near those excellent actresses from Mediacorp, so how can I win anything for that? Right? I can’t even act as well as that, that lead actress from my favorite show Little Nonya…what’s her name? Yeah, Jeanette Aw!

Too bad she didn’t win any awards recently during the….the…. oh, Star Awards!

I am not even as talented as Fann Wong. She can act way better than me! She can laugh or cry or act fierce or pitiful, all while maintaining her flawless forehead. No wrinkles or anything, how do you beat that!? Wait, I can’t even compare myself to her!

In fact, I can’t even compare myself to any of those Mediacorp actresses! All of them can act so well! That’s why I love to watch the Chinese Drama series…. the acting is so real! The dialogue is so true to life you know! Their facial expressions are all so dramatic, their eyes so revealing!

But when the filmmakers suggest we have dinner together so they can hand me the trophy, I started to think: “Is this for real?”

And it was REAL!

Last week, we met up for dinner, and there it was! The trophy! I was shocked! I really did win Best Performance! I am truly speechless!!

This is really the first time I have won anything in my entire life! SO HAPPY!

So Jeanette, don’t be disappointed! I am sure you’ll win something someday! It’s just a matter of time! Look at me! I’m 72 and I have an award to my name!

It’s just acting by the way, what’s so difficult about that?

Oh, here are some of the photos of the dinner, and the TROPHY!

The Director hands me the Trophy!

Me, the Director and my Trophy!

Me, the Producer, and my Trophy!

Me, the DP and my Trophy!

Me and my Trophy!

my Trophy

Usually I look grumpy, but for a change, my photos here have me smiling.

– 陈嫂

Aiyah! What did I miss?

•April 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hello Hello,

It’s Monday night… 27th April….Just came back from a 3D2N tour of Malaysia. Went to some island…. but, but… Can’t remember the name..

Very tired now. The ferry ride sure made me sleepy….

Then the filmmakers of my short film called me today and told me something….

Aiyah! What did I miss???

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Oh yeah! By the way, the Substation (Singapore) will be screening my short film MADAM CHAN, along with the 8 other short film finalists of the 22nd Singapore International Film Festival again on Sunday, 10th May. Go go check it out if you have not seen the films ok?

Details on their website!

http://www.substation.org

Must go, ok?

– 陈嫂

Screenings at the 22nd SIFF

•February 25, 2009 • 3 Comments

HELLO TO YOU!

There is an additional screening available!

Title: Singapore Short Film Competition – Finalists
Date: 19 April 2009
Time: 7.15pm
Venue: National Museum

Sorry sorry for the late notification. Do catch it if you can! Thank you to you!

Do check back regularly for other screenings happening around. Or join my Facebook group to be updated! Thank you to you!

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HELLO EVERYONE!

How have you been?  I hope everyone is happy, okay? Don’t let the economy bring you down, ok?

The filmmakers just told me that MY short film will screen at this year’s 22nd Singapore International Film Festival in April. Wow. Ok! That’s nice.

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There will be 3 screenings – under the  “Singapore Short Film Competition – Finalists” screenings. alongside 8 other finalists. Nice! Think I will go and make some friends!

I was passed these 2 links about the screenings and festival:

http://www.filmfest.org.sg/displayFilm.php?filmID=30&filmCat=4

http://www.filmfest.org.sg/index.php

Go, go! Go and check it out ok? Thank you to you!

– 陈嫂

The 3-Day 2-Night Trip Was Nice! Part 3

•February 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hello everybody! So sorry so sorry I have not been updating my website. First of all I want to wish everyone a good 2009! Happy New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

Didn’t have time to write because I spent the past few months busy watching The Little Nonya on Singapore TV, you know, that drama serial about the Peranakans? Whoa, the show so exciting! I love the beautiful sets, the beautiful clothes and how pretty all the actresses looked in them! So envious, makes me want to wear the kebaya too! I also love the story of The Little Nonya! Very easy to understanding, which is good for an old lady like me. It’s easy because it’s the same as most other popular drama serials from Asia, like that recent Korean period drama about that girl who can cook real well? Can’t remember the title, some Da Chang Jing or something like that.

Whoa, must go and buy the dvd of The Little Nonya, so I can watch it again and again and spot more similarities!

Sorry the other time I did not finish up telling you about my 3D2N trip, right? Hmm..where was I? Oh yeah… So the 3rd day, we all went back. That’s pretty much it. But it was a nice journey back home because the bus we were drove along the expressway, allowing me to soak in some scenic sights. I like to look at trees going by when I sit in the bus. I can often see shapes in the form of animals appearing on the trees. So beautiful. The bus went by many roads that I have not been on before…like the ECP, AYE or something. The ECP has the best view! I can see so many cranes and unfinished buildings. Ah-Yoke says they are building some casino in Singapore?

Really? A casino? That’s good news! Now I don’t have to keep asking her to bring me to Genting Highlands to gamble. I have always wanted to try a proper casino. Now all I can experience is gamble with the other senior citizens at a HDB void deck near my place. 20 cents, 50 cents, some even bet $1. I think we cannot gamble openly in Singapore..right?

But no problem, because we are smart. We don’t put the money on the table. We just write down the amounts on a piece of paper. We have escaped so many times already! I think the police came by 3 times last year but can never catch us. Then they will always just go to the nearby coffeeshop, buy coffee, and then sit in their car for a long period of time. I don’t know if they are watching us from their car (which is parked nearby our void deck), but they sure have patience waiting around for so long. Can stay inside their car for up to an hour sometimes. Sometimes they don’t even move at all, and stay very still.

But luckily the senior folks are smart. They say the policemen always pretend to sleep in their cars. Their head will either be leaning back, or their face downwards, but they are actually peeping at us. So we always wait for them to move off first before we take our cards out again.

Wow! Our policemen are really so well trained! No wonder I feel so safe in Singapore.

Oh, Ah-Yoke’s husband took some photos of Sentosa. I was so mad when I saw them! He is so stupid, doesn’t know how to take pictures at all! Instead of capturing me and Ah-Yoke on the beautiful beach, he took some photos of some construction site! And I wasn’t even in it! What is so nice about construction sites? Did he have to take photos of them? I mean, construction sites are everywhere now. Once I step out, there will be some construction going on. I don’t know what they are for though, but they are everywhere. So why the need to take photos? Moreover, Ah-Yoke’s husband used to work in construction sites!

Ah-Yoke says he probably missed working at the construction sites. She told me he found it very difficult to carry on as he couldn’t keep up with his other workers. His other workers are younger, and are much cheaper too. Ah-Yoke says her husband’s Mandarin is not as good as most of his co-workers, and although his English is as basic as some other of his co-workers, he also found it increasingly hard to carry on.

Ha! So useless that man! No wonder he plans to retire soon.

Now you look at his ugly photos! You judge for yourself here:

I think Ah-Yoke did manage to take some proper photos. I will try to get it from her and load it up here. Okay?

Sorry again I have not been writing much! Getting old…. But I will write soon again! Thank you to you!

– 陈嫂

The 3-Day 2-Night Trip Was Nice! Part 2

•November 2, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Hello! It’s me again! Did you watch MY trailer yet? Is my acting good? They told me they are thinking of cutting another trailer…I told them not to make me look so annoying this time round… Am I that annoying?

Oh, where was I? Oh yeah, let me continue with my recent 3D2N tour of Singapore – MY country!

The 2nd Day started early. We went to Kusu Island, somewhere south of Singapore. It’s been ages since I’ve been there. I remember tons of people would make their journey there every year to offer prayers to the Gods, but I think it’s only during a specific period, late September maybe? Fortunately we went there during the off period. And it was really quiet. I thought we were dumped on some island, because there was practically no one there except for our tour group, plus a huge family who practically occupied the whole beach area. They put up tents, and mats on the grass. The whole atmosphere was like a village! So very nice! How I wish I have a big family like them. So many kids running and playing on the beach, so many friends to chat with while sitting on the mats, so carefree with nothing to do and worry about.

Okay. Back to the tour. Kusu Island’s wishing well is still there, and I immediately wished for blessings for my good son and his family in Australia. Good health for him and my dear grandchildren. I wonder how old they are now…. It must really be hard for my son to work overseas and take care of his family at the same time. I told him so many times to come home and work. But he said it’s better working overseas

That is not true! How can it be better overseas I asked him. The Singapore government takes good care of us Singaporeans. They make sure every Singaporean gets the opportunity to have a good life. They provide us locals with good and systematic education, and equal entry opportunities to the universities. They also pick foreign students, give them scholarships, let them do the same for free.

The government also provides cheap, heavily subsidized and affordable HDB housing for Singaporeans, so cheap that Ah-Yoke tells me over 10,000 people would pay $10 each to apply for just a handful of HDB flats, every time. She says that’s why HDB can afford to give discount for every flat buyer, because $10 from each applicant each time would amount to more than $100,000. Wow! So nice of HBD to do that, isn’t it?

IT is so good and easy to be Singaporean, that EVERYONE is, and can be a Singaporean now. Ah-Yoke says there is a Croatian (don’t know what that is, I think it’s another word for Ang Moh) living in a condominium in her neighborhood, and he is Singaporean, with a pink identification card. That is so interesting!

Ah-Yoke told me it is very common now. She says Singapore is a global city and the government is encouraging others to be Singaporeans. Our population needs to grow. That is good. A bigger population of Singaporeans is always good, isn’t it? I said to Ah-Yoke, with all the new Singaporeans, especially the males, we will have more people protecting the country too, just like how my son went to the Army for National Service when he turned 18. He is Singaporean too, it’s his duty. I’m so proud of my son. And I’m sure the parents of these new male citizens will feel the same too.

But Ah-Yoke also told me most of these new male citizens are way too old for National Service. Aiyah, what a waste! They should become Singaporeans earlier! So stupid of them! I heard National service is fun. So fun that Singaporean men look forward every year to go back for Reservist, some In-Camp Training (don’t know what they call it now). And the Singapore men have to do that for about 10 years (some even 13 years!) after their 2-year full-time obligation. So exciting!

I heard each year they will go back for up to 2 weeks (sometimes 3 weeks). Sounds fun! They get a break from working in the urban jungle, and go relax in the green green jungles. My son says he dislikes going back for Reservist when he was still in Singapore. I ask him why? He says every time he has to go away, his workload piles up, and his foreign boss gets mad. I ask him, aren’t there anyone else in the company who can help him with the work while he is away?

He told me: “Yeah sure, those guys who don’t have to go for Reservist.”

Really? I thought ALL MEN in Singapore have to go for Reservist? I thought ALL SINGAPOREANS with a pink IC have to? Regardless race or religion? Regardless whether they are born and bred here, or the NEW citizens? Aiyah! That is not very nice to the new Singaporean males, isn’t it? They won’t get the chance to play with guns, and wear military uniforms. What a pity! Everybody must be given the same chance, don’t you think so?

My son didn’t say anything. He doesn’t want to talk about the government. He says no point, because they will always say they are right.

He says I won’t understand. Aiyah, never mind then. I am too old to bother anyways. As long as I have local TV drama to watch, why bother with so much about the government?

The government are such good people! They also create jobs for everyone, even for senior citizens like myself, I told my son. How many other countries would encourage us senior citizens to work longer, and work and work and work again? So nice of them to create jobs like food court cleaners for us, and…..

…AND many many other jobs!

A good number of us senior citizens are even self-employed! We have soda can collectors, cardboard box collectors etc. The soda can collectors go around in their trolleys or bicycles, and they go through the numerous trash bins for cans. The cardboard box collectors hang around shops and wait for the shopkeepers to dispose unwanted boxes. After that, they will try to sell these collectibles for a few cents. I think these 2 jobs are the most popular ones because I have seen many of them around in my neighborhood, and other neighborhoods too. Must be very competitive!

The government always takes care of us senior citizens. They keep giving us money every year. This year I received $120 from them to spend, for free! So nice of them! I’m still thinking of how to spend the money! Ah-Yoke says we should go try the new Singapore Flyer, some giant turning wheel she said, ONLY $30 per person. She also said a BIG group of us can squeeze into each car, so we can take beautiful pictures altogether. Good! And after that I would still have $90 left for the year! So what is not good about coming home to Singapore?

The government says they will always take care of Singaporeans FIRST. That’s why I told my son he doesn’t have to worry about work here, jobs are always available, right? So many that even everyone else is coming here to work. My son can easily walk into any company and get the top jobs. Moreover he has experience working with foreigners, so he can easily communicate with the many foreign bosses who are already here in Singapore! But my son says he earns more in Australia. Really? Ah-Yoke told me Singaporeans here earn a lot too! The bankers, the executives, the lawyers, the government ministers.

See? So I tell my son all the time. Why not come home and work? The government will surely take care of true blue Singaporeans. Especially so if you are good in sports. I was watching a lot of TV during the month of August, some big sports event. I think the 3 Ping-Pong Singapore girls won something, right? Wow, so clever these Singapore born Girls! So good in sports! But I find it very difficult to remember their names. Don’t they have dialect names like all of us Singaporean Chinese do, like Lee Kah Hwee or Wong Ah-Yoke?

If only my stupid and useless daughter is as good as them in sports! Unlike these Singapore Ping-Pong girls, my useless daughter only knows how to speak English. I am so disappointed with her. If she was good in sports, she wouldn’t have to run off to Canada with that stupid Caucasian husband of hers!

KUSU ISLAND. Ah…. the temple’s still there. And everything looks clean and green. The beaches are cleaner than Sentosa’s Palawan Beach. I could tell because the children from the big family were enjoying themselves so much. They were even cleaning themselves with bars of soap with the sea water when they were done with their games. Kusu Island is really a nice place to visit for a day away from the city. They even have a hawker centre there, but I didn’t get the chance to check out the stalls because we had to catch the ferry back to Singapore. The China girl tour guide who was with us that day was rushing us. So annoying! She was saying something in Mandarin I think…but half of the time I didn’t understand what she was going on about.

Ah-Yoke passed me some photos she took of the island.

Eh? How come she didn’t take a photo of the hawker centre? Stupid. Also, the lady is the tour guide I was talking about. All she did was stand around doing nothing! Annoying!

It was HOT as usual that day. When we got back to Singapore, we headed straight back to the hotel, but it took a long time because we were stuck in a jam right outside the Marina South Ferry Terminal. I don’t know why, but I heard Ah-Yoke’s husband complaining about the trucks, cement mixers, lorries and construction in the area.

I thought we were going to have some nice dinner at the hotel, but the stupid tour guide bought us to the nearby Kopi Tiam food court. I was so disappointed, but Ah-Yoke told me to just enjoy the food there. At least they have Dim Sum, Fish Ball Noodles, Japanese, Korean, Chicken Rice etc….all the usual stuff that you can find in any other food court in Singapore.

Okay, my fingers are numb now. Come back soon to read more okay? Thank you to you!

– 陈嫂

The 3-Day 2-Night Trip Was Nice!

•October 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

It was short. Just 3 days and 2 nights. But I got to see many places that I haven’t seen in ages.

On the first day, we went to some prime district private housing estates. I tell you, those houses are so big, I bet they have several kitchens in there. They also have huge gardens, and oh, a few maids to water their plants too. That is good. I will die if I have to do it myself. Just watering the few pots of plants out in my corridor is killing me.

Not forgetting the number of cars they have parked in there too! Posh-cher, Lambo-what-ni, Rolls Roy, Mercedis, I don’t know what were the other names of the cars. I didn’t see them though, the bus we were in went by too fast.

Ah-Yoke did managed to snap 2 pictures of the houses I’m talking about here. Especially the one with the Singapore flags…she told me there were so many cars parked inside. Must be some important government person. So rich! He can actually buy so many cars!

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We went to Orchard Road after that, but it was raining, and in the end we just sat down somewhere near Wisma Atria. Nothing interesting at all. I couldn’t see much, just mostly construction going on here and there. The pavements were narrow, and too many people around.  I also don’t know why people like to go there and just sit around, especially at Lucky Plaza. So many ladies just sitting around chatting and eating. Don’t they have families to take care of?

But unlike me, they have many friends, male friends especially. But those male friends of theirs somehow look different from them. Hmmm…

In the afternoon we moved on to Sentosa. Wow. Actually, it’s only the second time I’ve been there. The first time was just before the cable car accident. Can’t remember, but I think some ship thing was too high and it got hooked up with the cable. That’s why I didn’t want to sit in the cable car. When was the last time they changed the cables?

Luckily, this time they have some monorail or something. Very nice, just like the MRT. I got to see the island properly for the first time. Again, a lot of construction going on, what are they building? Messed up the whole place. They said Sentosa is a beautiful island. But I only saw cranes and lorries, trucks and men. A lot of them. And I couldn’t understand a word coming out of their mouths.

We walked a long way from the station to the beach. Palawan Beach I think. It was so hot I thought my blouse would catch fire. My head was getting dizzy. To make things worse, this stupid cafe nearby was blasting music so loudly the whole time we were there. Only Ah-Yoke can take such torture. If it was classical music, it’ll be fine. But not some noisy tech-what music please!

I didn’t know Singapore has such nice natural beaches. The sand is so soft, but the water is dirty. I could tell from where I was sitting. I wonder why those people enjoyed swimming in it. And a lot of people too! Noisy kids running around, lazy Caucasians lying around. Don’t they have somewhere else to go in Singapore?

Before dinner, we went to the Arab Street area, where the Sultan Mosque is. Boring.

Luckily the dinner was good! They brought us to this place in Pasir Panjang called Manhill Restaurant 喜临门大饭店.


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Their paper wrapped chicken is unique, even better than my own. I was happy because it has been a long time since I had a meal with so many people together. I also found out they have Cantonese Opera performances, but not when we were there. I told Ah-Yoke to bring me to the restaurant again to catch it. I love Cantonese Opera!

Okay, I am tired. I will tell you more about my trip later. Come back soon!

– 陈嫂

It’s Here!: 陈嫂 Madam Chan Short Film Trailer

•October 20, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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HELLO EVERYONE!!

They just uploaded MY, YES MY film trailer on youtube! You can watch it in high quality (that’s what they said, don’t know what i means), just click on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QYh0xu6p-k

Go watch go watch ok?

Or if you’re lazy, here it is, just click on “HQ” also. :o)

Wow, it sure is weird watching myself on screen. But it’s a nice feeling too!

– 陈嫂

Our home? Or your home?

•February 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Our home? Your home?

I really don’t know………

– Wong

To Do List

•October 23, 2008 • Leave a Comment

1) Watch MediaCorp drama series every night. Very exciting. The one with Fann Wong (don’t know the title) is really good. Fann Wong is good too. Her complexion is flawless, especially her forehead, unlike the wrinkled face I have now.

2) Wait for my dear son to call from Australia after the show, or sometimes before. He’s with his family & working there now.

3) Help my son think of which big house to buy. The area I visited on the tour is nice, Cluny Park I think. Quiet and spacious. Not like those usual HDB estates – crowded and dirty. I think my son should be able to afford a big house anywhere in Singapore. He is rich like most Singaporeans. $400,000 to $500,000 is enough to buy a big house, right?

4) Think of what to do…