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Writing this from KL...

Just wanted to tell everyone and remind myself that I totally love my job.

May I never, ever, ever, have a different job because I never want to do anything else in life but this job.

I have perserved and now I am a director.

I am a TV director...

My Top 10 episodes of LOST
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Now that "Lost" is over after 121 episodes, we can all probably agree that there isn’t any one secret. That there is not a unified field theory for Lost, nor do we think there should be.

Regardless, it is the end of an era and TV history is made.

For record sake, here is my Top 10 episodes of LOST (the finale not counted)

10) "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1): One of the best pilots ever produced, introducing 14 characters with an ease. Sadly, many other shows tried and couldn't, so this pilot stands alone.

9) "Happily Ever After" (Season 6, Episode 10): It's rare that one episode of TV can crystallize a whole season and make it make sense by the time the finale swings about, but this one did as Desmond journeyed to the flash-sideways universe and had a vision of a friend's death and a woman's love that caused him to find a new purpose. Swooningly romantic and evocatively shot, this is the possibly the most crucial hour of the final season. If you cannot remember this episode, watch it again before the finale. Then, everything will make sense.

8) "There's No Place Like Home" (Season 4, Episodes 12 and 13): There are some fantastic moments here, like Penny's boat showing up or the island disappearing, the freighter exploding, Michael's death. Jin's staus uncertain..woah

7) "... In Translation" (Season 1, Episode 16): Before Desmond and Penny came along, the story of how Sun and Jin rediscovered their love was the best romance on the show.

6) "Ji Yeon" (Season 4, Episode 7): A tricky and excellently created structure with Jin who isin flashback, and Sun who is in flash-forward. By the time you realize this, the episode's deeply emotional heart hits you harder that Jin was dead all along. This is how deception can hit you hard and leaves you distraught.

5) "Exodus" (Season 1, Episodes 23 and 24): The finest hour of the debut season, this finale contains moments soaring with hope -- the launch of the raft -- and full of despair -- the Others seizing Walt. In a way, the story of the series begins here, and everything that came up until this point was just a long prologue. A 22 hour pilot!

4) "Ab Aeterno" (Season 6, Episode 8): It wasn't everybody's favorite, but the show's journey back to the 1800s gave the series an epic, romantic sweep it rarely has. Furthemore, I'm a sucker for the Latin gimmick.

3) "The Candidate" (Season 6, Episode 13): This one has some heart-rending moments -- Said, Sun and Jin's death, anyone? The Sun and Jin death scene on it's own will go down in my memory as one of the saddest moments on TV..and Jin never met Ji Yeon! What a tragedy!

2) "Through the Looking Glass" (Season 3, Episode 22): Coming at a time when the series needed to prove it wasn't just a one-trick pony, "Lost" unveiled the biggest twist in its history: Some of the castaways got off the island. And now they had to go back.

1) "The Constant" (Season 4, Episode 5): Desmond and Penny's story became the heart of "Lost" so quickly that it's easy to forget they weren't always there. This episode, climaxing with a phone call that was as moving as anything the show had done. "The Constant" is an hour of pretty heavy science-fiction, what with the time travel, but it's also an hour that wears a full, beating heart on its sleeve!

I like Desmond, Jin and Sun very much, so I am probably biased.

So here's to LOST! There would probably never be another show like it again.

Lost
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After 6 years, my favourite show will end in 3 episodes and 4 1/2 more hours.

Lost is ending.

In today's Episode, "The Candidate", 4 characters died within 10 minutes of each other, which has left me quite distraught. The episodes features the highest ever amount in any one episode

1) Sayid Jarrah was first as he sacrificed his own life in favor of saving the other people’s lives by running away to the back of the sub with the bomb



In the end, he proved to be good. Following his actions in the war, this was a man that believed he was eternally damned. Even when he fell in love (Nadia, Shannon), he was around when those women died. These tragedies allowed Sayid to wallow in his own form of self-pity.

2) This was followed by Frank Lapidus who is knocked out by a door as it gives way to the water.



Always good for a wise crack to lighten the mood, we'll miss this pilot, about whom we must wonder: why was he on the island? We never got a real flashback, his presence never served much of a point. Will we ever learn more about this character? Or was he simply around so we would believe the castaways might leave via the plane because a pilot was among them?

and then

3) and 4) Jin and Sun Kwon





Their reunion lasted a week, but their death will be remembered for a lot longer than that.

Why was there no mention of Ji Yeon? As admirable as it was for Jin to remain with his wife, I was distracted by the thought that Sun should be pleading with Jin to leave, for the sake of their daughter.

The tears Lost fans will shed over this couple's passing speaks as much to the show's brilliance as it does to the pair's love. It's impossible not to think back to the first season, where Sun and Jin weren't close, where the former had recently contemplated leaving the latter, and where the latter didn't even speak English.

6 seasons later, they became one of the most iconic couples in TV history with the most succint of lines in their death.

Jin: (In Korean) "I won't leave you. I will never leave you again. I love you Sun!"

(cue music and tear ducts)

It may just be a TV show, but it's brillant and I am utterly gutted.

The death of Edie Britt in Desperate Housewives last season barely made me sad for more than an hour or so...the deaths of Sayid, Lapidus, Jin and Sun made me so distraught, I can't do anything else now.

On that note, I did write a Jin and Sun tribute 2 seasons ago.

http://slwcheong.livejournal.com/66255.html

This time, the death is for real.

-sigh-

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Wow.

It seems that there are some people who are actually reading my post...people whom I don't know.

This is bad, yet mildly interesting.

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This is a not-so-famous song written by Michael Jackson...

It's sung by his nephews and himself on backing vocals.

Other talented members of the Jackson family...who have not tasted the same success as him...


Started a new blog
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I have started a new blog.

http://seaninsydney.livejournal.com

As you have guessed,it is for my chronicles of my Sydney stay as a Masters Student in Film Studies at the University of Sydney.

I have used up all my free space on this blog and hence, the move, so I have decided to use that one, exclusively for my Sydney stay.

So, add me friends and readers...(however few there are)

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This is amazing!


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This song is my latest obsession...I play it on loop!



Today's the Macy's Day parade.
The night of the living dead is on it's way...
with a credit report for duty call.
It's a lifetime guarantee.
Stuffed in a coffin 10% more free.
Red light special at the mausoleum.

Give me something that I need.
Satisfaction guaranteed to you.
What's the consolation prize?
Economy sized dreams of hope.

When I was a kid, I thought...
I wanted all the things that I haven't got.
Oh, but I learned the hardest way.
Then I realized what it took...
to tell the difference between thieves and crooks.
A lesson learned for me and you.

Give me something that I need.
Satisfaction guaranteed...

'Cause I'm thinkin about a brand new hope.
The one I've never known.
'Cause now I know it's all that I wanted.

What's the consolation prize?
Economy sized dreams of hope.
Give me something that I need.
Satisfaction guaranteed.

'Cause I'm thinkin' about a brand new hope.
The one I've never known.
And where it goes...

And I'm thinkin' about the only road.
The one I've never known.
And where it goes...

And I'm thinkin' about a brand new hope.
The one I've never known.
'Cause now I know it's all that I wanted.

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"Soon we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi, soon we will have revenge." - Darth Maul

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Wow! Check out Yasmin Ahmad's latest advert for MCYS...BRAVO! KUDOS yet again to Yasmin Ahmad. simple commercial, a thousand meaning..impactful. Oh boy! I think another viewer's choice award is in the works...just give it to her already!

Beautifully captured while subtly sending the message that interracial marriage is going along well and fine, and a granted thing in Singapore.




But yes, it occured to me that I love my wife for her imperfections as well...whatever they are, however many there are...

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