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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Compiling my own memories from Jan to April 2018

Haven't updated in 4 months since 2018 started? Insane. So many things have happened!

A brief trip in Tokyo during the first week of 2008. (brief appearance on NHK too)

A trip to Europe in February for the Swiss premiere of AQERAT (it was my first time in Switzerland and the experience was awesome).

Also stopped by at Berlin Film Fest before Switzerland for the first time since 2009.

Started March with the Malaysia International Film Fest and the Malaysian premiere of AQERAT, met Ann Hui and Christopher Doyle at the closing ceremony!

A day after the ceremony, and a day or two before my own birthday, I received a "Most Outstanding Filmmaker" award from the Malaysian Chinese Film Association during their annual dinner. I was really just there for the food, and to meet up with film friends, didn't know they were giving out awards. -_-

Ended March with a film shoot in Hokkaido.

Now, April, I gave a talk at the University Malaysia Sarawak last week. And I served as jury member at the Mini Film Festival, which is a short film festival that is run by students and lecturers in UNIMAS for the last 14 years. It's quite inspiring that such a festival can last for so long. It sure lasted longer than... KL International Film Fest (that one lasted for two years).

The crazy thing about the talk in the university was the growing realization that some of my very first short films, like CHICKEN RICE MYSTERY (which I screened to amused audiences) and LOVE SUICIDES, were done 10 years ago.

10 years ago, I didn't even think that I would be talking about my works 10 years later.

But I guess back then I was just trying to finish the damn films without thinking that much, just like what I do now. It's always strange to slow down, and then realize the passing of time. Even this journal, despite my lack of updates, it had really been around since 2004...