Having endured two weeks’ dreadful examinations, I was exhausted from the late-night cramming and rote study, both mentally and physically. So the weekend that has just passed and the coming three days are like sudden windfalls to me, arriving at the right time for me to take a rest and do things I surely love. Here are what I have done during the weekend.
1. The Amazing Spiderman
I didn’t intend to watch The Amazing Spider-man initially because after watching so many similar, repeated superhero movies, be it Spider-man, Iron man or the hodge-podge The Avengers, I grew kind of bored of this genre, which always features a freakish superhero and a monstrous villain who wants to mow down the New York City (or Chicago in the case of Transformers III). Also, the name The Amazing Spider-man got me frowned: the word ‘amazing’ seems to suggest that this movie is the copycat sort of thing of the Spider-man franchise. With all these musings, I had decided to watch Abraham Lincoln: The Vampire Hunter, which blends fantasy and history together interestingly.
So when I went to the cinema and was going to buy the tickets, I realized that I forgot to bring my ID, for The Vampire Hunter is an NC 16 movie. As a result, I could only watch nothing but The Amazing Spider-man. And this turned out to be a mind blower.
The storyline takes an unusual pathway compared to the other superhero movies: Peter Parker, the Spider-man in disguise, did not start out as some freakish scientists or involve in some freakish scientist projects. He was just a normal high school humble guy, beaten at times by the sportsmen in his school. When he was accidentally bitten by a spider and discovered with ecstasy the unusual power that he possessed, he started to think whether he could use such power to do good deeds. So he learned how to camouflage himself by wearing the loose mask at first, and later the tight red-and-black costume that we are familiar with. He also made the gadgets to splurt the web-line and installed them around his wrist. Everything seemed much authentic and down-to-earth compared to the previous Spider-man series, and the audience could be related to Parker too, as he is just a normal guy.
The plot is well-woven. Each character has one kind or another relationship with one another, making all characters interrelated. So killing one would mean to bring loss to another, either a villain or a good guy. And the very interrelationship between characters magnified the sacrifice and loyalty displayed at the end of the movie, blowing the audience away with the intensified emotions and the heightened theme of unity and the good against the evil. I was moved in the scene when the injured Spider-man swung across the crane jibs belonging to the men whose son Parker had saved and reached the evil tower of life and death.
On a side note, the actor and actress are better than the two in the previous Spider-man movies.
2. Garden by the Bay
Singaporeans are pragmatic and creative. Bestowed with limited resources, Singapore strives to diversify and expand its economy by upgrading its tertiary sectors to attract more tourists to the island-city. The two IRs have been bold enough; the supertrees in the Garden by the Bay are just wonders. Nestled between the sumptuous Sands and the seafront, the 1-billion-boosted Garden by the Bay is the home to over thousands of species, be it natural or artificial – the supertrees.
(the picture is taken from http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html)
With a structure of over 40 meters high, the supertrees are cladded in greenery. Numerous pots containing orchids and other flowers are installed on the ‘tree’ trunk. The vertical projection of the canopy makes a stretching gesture, as if wealth comes from the sky and can be hoarded within the canopy.
Such a marvelous creation draws tourists in drove. When I visited there yesterday in rain, hordes of tourists were not slightly deterred by the bad weather, taking pictures in front of the supertrees or relishing delicacies in the eateries near the supertrees. And in the good weather days, the number of tourists will be whopping.
Singapore is just like the supertrees, growing from nowhere but stretching itself to reach the sky. Created on the basis of innovation and technology, the island-state is taking in the nutrition from its vibrant economy and stable society, reaping benefits from the tourists and the gamblers, growing high inch by inch. Good luck Singapore!
3. Concert in Singapore Botanic Garden.
What is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in a sunny day? Listening to a concert in the center of a forest. This was what I did today. The Singapore National Youth Orchestra threw out a free concert in the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage in Singapore Botanic Garden today from 5:00pm to 6:00.
Luckily the weather was good: sunny and warm. Bounded by small hills, the stage is nestled well in the center of a lake, facing the valley. When it was time, droves of people settled down upon the lawn facing the stage, spreading out picnic mats. There were families, lovebirds, and people going alone like me. The sky was crystal blue, birds hovering above, the scent of soil and grass permeating.
Being only a philistine, I was only familiar with two of the compositions, one from the Pixar movie Up, the other one Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Regardless of whether I could understand or appreciate the music, I was truly immersed in this special experience. Music came from afar blended with the rustling sound of trees and buzzing sound of the people around me, with the scorching tropical sun above, I felt surreal and magical. But it was a pity that I don’t understand music, or I would have enjoyed the forest concert much better. : (
Here are the pictures
Many people came in three or more, scattered across the lawn
People sitting on the picnic mats, drinking or chatting leisurely. The stage is in the middle of the lake.
An European lady savoring the music with wine accompanied