An Eulogy.

The man I chose to remember today is a man with a big heart. 

I’m deeply sorry that I couldn’t carry myself to your funeral. The truth is, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.

The truth is, I wasn’t strong enough to put another dead body down the hole – especially when that body is you. 

Do you remember the first day we met? You were eager to talk to me. I didn’t know it then but somehow, you find solace in my presence. Perhaps it was my non-judgmental nature that’d drawn you. And from that point, you tailed me like a puppy. You were there during my hardship like a good friend that you are; ensuring my laundry is done, ensuring the house didn’t become a dumping site, ensuring I laugh at your silly jokes, ensuring I eat, ensuring I don’t do anything stupid. 

You’ve shown me care and showered me with kindness at a time I had very less of either. 

Did you not break my heart? Yes you did. You made terrible mistakes. You made reckless decisions. You abandoned your friends. You abandoned your family. 

But I am not here to condemn the past. I am here to remind everyone that we too have made mistakes. And each of us have learnt from our missteps and grown from it. I believe, so did you my friend.

Do you remember what you asked me the first time you saw me by your hospital bed? 

“Why did you show up after what I’ve done to you?” My answer was simple.

“Do you remember that night we drove to Shah Alam and you made a promise to me? Do you remember what you promised? You promised that if I die, no matter where you are, no matter what you’re doing, no matter who you’re with, you will come to me, to bathe me, to clothe me, to send me to my burial, and to pray for me, no matter how far we’ve grown apart. This is me returning that promise.

It was that precise moment, when you began sobbing uncontrollably that I knew you regretted everything that has happened. I held your face, and I said, “I forgave you a long time ago.” I meant it. I did. I wouldn’t be there if I didn’t.

I came to see you a couple of times after that. You were making progress and I was hopeful you’ll get back on your feet.

One day, you texted, “I miss you. Please come back.”

I forgot to reply your message because I was swarmed with work but I had planned to visit the hospital as soon as I can.

But I was too late. 

Before I could see you, I received the news of your passing. 

Know this: It broke my heart when your dying wish was to see me, and I failed to fulfill it.

I’m deeply sorry my friend. I’m deeply sorry. 

I know you are at a better place. I wish you had more time.

I will always remember you in my prayers.

I am ready to say my goodbye now.

RIP MH.

#moviereview Bombshell.

The main stars of Bomshell: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie

Summary: 

Bombshell is based on the true events of the Fox News scandal that saw multiple women allege they had been sexually harassed by former Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes. Theron and Kidman play two women who have previously accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment – former Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson respectively. Robbie plays a new fictional character named Kayla Popsisil, a Fox News associate producer who in the trailer is seen going to the network’s now infamous second floor. 

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#moviereview Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The new Star Wars film will be the final installment in the nine-part Skywalker epic started in 1977 with George Lucas’ film Star Wars: A New Hope.

Summary: 

The Rise of Skywalker follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron as they lead the Resistance’s final stand against Kylo Ren and the First Order, who are now aided by the return of the deceased galactic emperor, Palpatine.

Verdict:

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#moviereview Last Christmas.

The flick stars Emilia Clarke as a disillusioned Christmas store worker who forms a relationship with a mysterious man (Henry Golding) and begins to fall for him; Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh also star.

Summary: 

The story begins with a homeless Katarina wrecking everything she touches blaming on bad luck. She soon befriends Tom, a stranger idling outside her store and slowly, her life changes for the better. She fall in love with Tom, but soon discover the pain of rejection.

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#moviereview Jumanji: The Next Level

Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black return as the Jumanji avatar.

Summary: 

When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But everything about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover more obstacles and more danger to overcome.

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#moviereview Knives Out

The film stars A-listers, including Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon and Christopher Plummer

Summary: 

The film opens with the death of famous – and fabulously wealthy – murder mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Plummer), who has apparently slit his throat on the night of his birthday party. A week later his family, plus trusted nurse Marta (Ana de Armas), are called back to the house to answer the police’s questions. Also present? A mystery man who sits in the back of the room and taps on a piano key whenever he wants a specific question posed.

Verdict:

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#moviereview Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

Cate Blanchett as Bernadette Fox, an architect, a mother and a wife who hates people, hates leaving the house, and more than anything, hates the other parents at her daughter’s school.

Summary: 

Adapted from a 2012’s novel of the same name by Maria Semple, the film revolves around an agoraphobic architect who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

Verdict:

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#moviereview Doctor Sleep.

Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrence / Doc, a man with psychic abilities who struggles with childhood trauma

Summary: 

This horror drama is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Stephen King, a sequel to King’s 1977 novel The Shining. Years following the events of The Shining, a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.  Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran (in her feature film debut), and Cliff Curtis also stars. [5]

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A Man named Hashim.

Before me, at a little distance, reclined a lanky man, with a chiseled, wrinkled face, and a stern expression. His head was very grey; and his whiskers, which he wore only around his face, like a frame, were grey also. He was a fan of printed shirts. He was my father. 

He hunched a little when he walks. He barely talks but when he does, he is warm and friendly. Father enjoyed teasing others, a trait I inherited and practices often. He was the kind of man who would drop pinches of salt if you sleep with your mouth open. He was the kind of man who would take your most feared animal and throw it on your lap.  

Father was a storyteller. He was in the army before he retired. He’d fought the Communist, the Japanese and lived to tell the tale. I love his ghost stories – never fail to send me to bed with nightmares. He was also fearless. I remember a tale of how a banshee was flying over his head and instead of running for his dear life, he would chase the banshee with his bicycle. And after the banshee has landed on a tree, he would shake that tree just to make himself laugh. Yeah, crazy, ballsy daddy.

Father doesn’t speak much. He would stare at me without saying a word. I used to think that there was something wrong with me as a child – as if I was an embarrassment. I used to think that he doesn’t want me. I don’t remember ever getting a hug from him. I don’t remember ever being kissed on the cheek. And I don’t remember ever being told, “I love you, son.” 

Maybe, that was the army in him. Maybe the war had damaged him in some way. But he was gentle, soft spoken. I don’t remember being beaten by him. Not even being screamed at. And although he has questionable ways of showing affection (he never fail to get me durian cracker – my favorite childhood snack – every time he comes back from town), he was always and forever will be, my father. The father who put roof over our heads, the father who put food on the table, the father who put all 7 children through school, the father who, despite having very little, has given so much for his family. 

And for those sacrifice dad, I salute you. You’ve been more of a father than anyone could ever hoped for. I love you too.

RIP HI. 

#moviereview Playmobil: The Movie

The main characters of Playmobil, voiced by (from left) Gabriel Bateman, Jim Gaffigan, Lino Disalvo, Anya Taylor-Joy, Daniel Radcliffe

Summary:

Based on the German building toy Playmobil, this animated adventure comedy tells the story of Marla and her younger brother Charlie who were transported into a Playmobil universe after an encounter with a lighthouse figurine at an exhibition for Playmobil. Would they be able to escape back into the real world?

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