Updates On Last Week of 2019 And First Day of 2020

Hey peeps, I am back after a week of busyness in the last week of the last decade.  Almost the entire Yap family from near and far came together and had over a week of celebration and merriment – from Christmas to Boxing Day to pre-wedding dinner to the church wedding,  hubby’s birthday and finally the culmination of all the excitement on the first day of 2020 – the Yap’s first wedding of the new decade, the wedding of hubby’s cousin, Melissa.



Besides pigging out every single day (though mindfully on my part) with relatives, I am so enervated from the lack of sleep the past one week.  Part way through the wedding dinner last night, hubs booked Grab for me and the girls to go home while he stayed on at the hotel until the dinner ended around midnight. We only managed to clamber onto bed at 11-ish p.m.  and I was already up at my usual school-going day time of 4:30 a.m. to get the girls ready for their first day of school after  a 6-week break.

This year will see Alycia’s last year in high school, first year of morning session for Sherilyn after 2 years of afternoon session and Cass’ last year in primary school. Cass miraculously managed to remain in the first class this year!

This morning, Alycia bugged me to chauffeur her to school instead of taking the school van as she wanted an hour extra of sleep in the morning after a late night.  So I sacrificed another day of exercise just to make my eldest happy on her first day of school.

I still managed to squeeze in 15 minutes for a quick walk on my Peace Path before rushing home to begin my Grab mum duty. This path never fails to give me the quietness and serenity I need every morning.

Now let’s talk food! Here’re what we’ve been digging into the past 8 days:

Pot-luck Christmas dinner at hubby’s aunt’s house on 25 Dec 2019:

Sumptuous Christmas lunch at Khan’s Restaurant & Cafe @ Sphere, Bangsar South after church service on Christmas day. It’s our second North India lunch in a week. The first was at Tasty Chapathi and I think I’m now hooked on North India cuisine!

After a heavy lunch, hubs dragged us to Sunbather for coffee, cakes and ice-cream, diet be damned! Another feast was awaiting us in the evening!

To be continued with more food pix in the next post  😬

Happy blessed New Year to all my readers!



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4 Hollywood Trends Worth Watching

2019 was a seemingly great year for pushing boundaries in films. Music, technology, British and female influences all took a share of the increase in popularity and the trend appears to be on the rise.

Music in the Movies
Producers like Heather Parry have been pushing through hits like A Star Is Born since 2018 and the past few years have been chock full of musical films and biopics. Director Dexter Fletcher followed up the success of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody with Rocketman, the story of Sir Elton John. In 2020, David Bowie and Dusty Springfield can expect to receive their due with Stardust and So Much Love, respectively.

Technology
Technology continues to reinvent in seemingly unimaginable ways. Virtual and augmented realities are giving world-builders new platforms to create immersive experiences for consumers. Experimentation is generally much more welcomed and brands are using this opportunity to tell their stories and reach customers. Low-budget movie makers are taking advantage of streaming services to get exposure. Indie studios and A-list actors are skipping theaters and DVDs by launching films directly to platforms like Netflix and Amazon Originals.

British Invasion
The world seems to be in love with the English accent. Outlander, The Crown and Black Mirror are a few examples of major British productions achieving popularity in the US and around the globe. Even retro hits like Absolutely Fabulous are still alive and kicking, releasing specials as recently as 2012.

Women Directing Women
Women are continually rising both on-screen and behind-the-scenes in Hollywood, and 2019 was no exception. Box-office smash Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, was co-directed by Anna Boden. Miss Bala, a Mexican crime thriller, was directed by Catherine Hardwick and cast Gina Rodriguez in the title role. Greta Gerwig, director of Lady Bird, re-envisioned Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, released on Christmas day.

Storytelling has typically been a favorite escape for many people and movie buffs can generally expect that 2020 will continue to bring new and inventive changes, enhancing the cinematic experience.

 

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What Does a Producer Do?

All kinds of things, really. It depends upon the particular project. Essentially, producers like Heather Parry are ultimately responsible for everything that goes into a film, from the initial concept to the finished product and the marketing.

Initial Stages
Before a movie or television show can be made, someone has to start the ball rolling, and that person is the producer. The first step is to arrange contractual agreements to use the source material for the original concept. Then the producer must locate and secure funding for the project. Once the financing is in place, the producer must hire writers to create a script, a director and heads of all of the crew members.

During Filming
It is the producer’s responsibility to supervise all daily operations during filming. This can involve everything from the shooting locations to the catering to watching the dailies—raw footage from that day’s filming. The buck stops at the top and successful producers know how to delegate so that everything runs smoothly.

Post-Production
After filming is over and the crew and actors are finished and on to other things, the producer shifts to overseeing post-production activities. This means working closely with the editor whose job it is to make the cuts and combine the sections into a cohesive, working film. The producer is also in touch with the composer and sound crew who add that crucial emotional impact that can make or break a film. If the film calls for special effects, the producer oversees those, as well. And as the final touches are being added before release, the producer must work closely with the folks who are marketing and distributing the movie or TV show.

If that sounds like a lot to do, that is because it is. Talented producers are worth their weight in gold—Oscar and Emmy gold, that is.



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