Friday, December 31, 2010

Vissi d'OST # 1 : Introducing "I live for music inspired by motion picture."

Happy New Year, all my fellow bloggers and my beloved readers!

I wish you all a magical and inspiring new year!

Well, new year, for most people, it's all about a "fresh start", right?

a start of something new.

So, on the 1-1-11, I'm introducing you a new section of my blog.

It's called "Vissi d'OST".

starting with a question ;

"Have you ever had a song from a movie that you just saw recently stuck in your mind all day? Or some music score that keeps playing over and over in your head and makes you wanna see that movie again?"

some may say 'yes', some may say 'no'.

But for me, it happens to me...most of the time.

"OST" stands for "Original Soundtracks".

So in this section, I'm bringing you songs from various movies. All the songs that have influenced me and inspired me. As you know, I'm a big movie geek and also a music freak. And these 2 things can't be separated.

Songs that the filmmakers wisely put in their films are the most practical tool to capture the atmostphere of some certain scenes so that the viewers can enjoy the feeling conveyed through the acting and dialogues better and easier.

So, here's the first song for this entry : "Come pick me up" from Ryan Adams

One of the collection of freaking good music from the motion picture "Elizabethtown" (2005)

Everyone who has seen "Elizabethtown" must remember this memorable moment when Drew (Orlando Bloom) and Claire (Kirsten Dunst), two lonely stranfers who met on the flight to Elizabethtown, were talking on the phone all night, sharing their stories, getting to know each other. And later, they decided to come out to meet each other at dawn. That's when the song is played. slow melody with the air of country song and with the feeling of loneliness shouting "come pick me up".

That's simply unforgettable.

Well, I will leave you with the song.

Be inspired,

Eva S

Claire: "Don't forget! 60B!"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Vissi d'arte # 14 : Intriguing exotic inspirations

Odds and ends from the roadtrip

Vientiane - Laos - Dec / 2010
Nong Khai - Thailand - Dec / 2010
Chieng Khan - Thailand - Dec / 2010

"What are you waiting for, Russian ladies?"
Russian doll on a souvenir stall - Vientiane - Laos

"Aimless watch"
a random lady doll in a streetside stall - Vientiane - Laos

"Never get lost, pal"
Two frog sculptures on the top of a tourist attraction sign - Nong Khai - Thailand

"Ancestor's treasures, tourist's souvenirs"
ancient coins and buddha images at a souvenir shop - Vientiane - Laos

"Roadside atelier"
a random street artist studio - Chieng Khan - Thailand

"The is where I was, where I am, and where I will be"
Laos's l'Arc de Triomphe, as the country was once a colony of France - Vientiane - Laos

"Pilgrim's carriage"
Tuktuk - Vientiane - Laos

"Playing Caravaggio"
Me, tried to make a Chiaro scuro shot of my brother and cousins - Chieng Khan - Thailand

Inspiration is really everwhere. The only thing that matters is how you see it and capture it. So just tie your shoes and grab your camera.

Eva S.

All photo credits go to me ;D

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vissi d'amore # 14 : Toys' stories

Toys. The first extravagant items we want since we were little. I had heaps of toys when I was young. As time goes by, some toys were replaced by books, cosmetics, electronic devices or video games. But for some people, their toys have never left their places.

Toys are one of my passions. As in my previous entry about Underground Toy exhibition that I accidentally found.

Toys have stories of their own. Mine too, they have a lot to tell; the story of how they were found, the atmosphere of the place where they came from, the feeling of the person who gave them to me, etc.

My favourite ones are figurines, especially figurines from movies. The rarer they are, the more precious they become and in the same time, the older they are, the more precious and rarer they become...

"Gollum" From The Lord of The Rings : The Two Towers.One of the items in my rare collection. This one I got in 2002 from The Extended DVD collection. This limited edition could worth a lot in the next 10 years!

Some travelled across the sea...

"Harry Potter figurine". It was a gift from UK from my highschool best buddy. The year the first movie was premiered.

Some didn't come easy. Some took months of searching...

"Mr. Spock and Spock Prime figurine" I just got these two guys recently. As the movie (Star Trek - 2009)was launched last year, it was quite impossible to find these two main characters. But after months of searching, I got them! (But I still can't find Captain Kirk)

By looking at one's toy box, it's fascinating how a piece of toy can tell so much of its owner. whether the owner is a boy or a girl. how they treat their toys. what's their passion in life. Some love girlish dolls because they adore beauty. Some collect figurines from their favorite movies as they want to materialize the feeling that a movie brings. Some born to be an architect, that's why they always carry a bucket of legos with them everywhere. etc.

And here's the fun part...You can create your own story with your toy.

...Or like me, when I brought fairy tale to the next level!

Although they are not Ken and Barbie, they can make a lovely couple, right, Tinker Bell?

So no one is too old for toys. Keep your toys, especially your childhood toys, close to your heart for they can be a gateway to bring you back to those good old days.

Eva S.

(photo credit - ME)