19 March 2014

"Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる)" by Hirokazu Kore-eda

I haven't watched all of Kore-eda's movies, but I have watched a few in the past. In each of his movies, I am always amazed by children's eye level of his cinematography. I watched "Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる)" at TIFF Lightbox yesterday.

If my friend didn't text me about this movie showing a day before, I would have missed the opportunity to watch this then. There were only 10 some audiences including me in the theatre. I don't want to make any spoilers of the story, but I really enjoyed the traditional, monotonous, and slow Japanese movie format and scenery of streets in Tokyo and suburbs in Kanto region. The scenes with the car made me recall the time when I was small and on the back seat of my dad's car on our way home from grandparents. Kore-eda is really great at expressing children's feelings and emotions.

27 February 2014


I have purchased a domain name again and I started to use Wordpress to exhibit my artwork. Let's see where this takes me to.


25 January 2014

It's a Sony

Excluding some headphones I have purchased, I think this is my first Sony product after my MD (Mini-Disk) player back in the 90s. In 2000, I hated Sony's strategy to exclude Macs as Sony wanted to sell its PCs, Vaios, so I didn't purchase any Sony products. As we can see now, that was a bad decision and Walkman was totally killed by Apple's iPod.

The reason why I bought a Sony product after a decade was that I got really interested in the wearable and waterproof MP3 Walkman last year and I finally purchased it today. Waterproof? Yes, you can listen to music while you swim! Though, I don't swim often enough. I will use this in the gym and I will not need to care about the headphones and the code anymore. It is quite comfortable and light to wear and also you will be surprised how good the sound is. Yes, "it's a Sony" after all. The quality of the sound is great.

Yes, there are cons as well. If you are used to Apple products, the instruction really sucks a little. Some information is missing as well (e.g. Content Transfer, I had to download this from Sony Asia website after Googling). The buttons are kinda too small and not intuitive. Again, though, these cons also remind you Sony's good, old "it's a Sony"-get-used-to-it kind of attitude (better or worse, lol).

I highly recommend to runners and swimmers. It was secretively on $10 off sale at Futureshop so I can sense that they will have new products coming out soon?

Sony's revenge in the market may follow?