Quote of the day:
“Humility is no substitute for a good personality.”
– Fran Lebowitz

It’s already the 50th day of the year.. How time flies. Chinese New Year 2010: Year of the Tiger has successfuly made it’s first 5 days through without any natural disaster occuring. Right, my entire family went back to Negeri Sembilan on the second day of CNY. The first day, I actually received RM1,000 in cash from my father, a big wow considering that the amount I received last year was only RM500. Nonetheless, I received RM200 plus from my other relatives.

A couple days before CNY, I took my first experience into watching two movies consecutively. The end result, total exhaustion, but I guess it was very well worth it. Earlier that, I also got this Classical Guitar For Dummies book, which didn’t turn out as bad as it looks. Rather, the terminology seemed as though it was for experts. Either way, the two movies were True Legend and Valentine’s Day.

Now this one was slightly more interesting. An ensemble cast, meaning many stars, but it was overrrated somehow.. Critics gave a 3 of 10 rating for an apparent reason. The plot is as follows:

Valentine’s Day has several plots running alongside each other which all take place during Valentine’s Day. All the characters are connected in some way to another character. These connections are revealed gradually through the film. These are the main plot lines:

On an airplane to Los Angeles, Kate Hazeltine, a captain in the U.S. Army on a one-day leave, meets Holden, who has recently become single again.

In Los Angeles, florist Reed Bennett  eagerly proposes to his girlfriend Morley who accepts his offer, much to the surprise of Reed’s friends Alfonso and Julia . Morley changes her mind, and Reed discovers that the others always thought it would not work out, and he wished they would have had told him.

Julia, a primary school teacher, has recently fallen in love with Dr. Harrison Copeland, but does not know that he is married. Reed finds out when Harrison orders flowers for both his wife and for Julia. Reed warns Julia (who, as suggested by Reed, plans to surprise Harrison by flying to his supposed business trip destination), but she cannot believe this and goes anyway. However, at the hospital where he was supposed to work she asks the nurse at the counter if he is around, and she says no. She asks if Harrison is still married to a woman named Pamela, and after hesitation, the nurse tells her the truth. She realizes the truth, and tearfully leaves, heading back to Kara’s Party. Dressed as a waitress Julia makes a scene at the restaurant where Harrison dines with his wife. Julia ends the scene with giving back the toy Harrison gave her that morning. Harrison’s wife, Pamela recognizes the toy.

One of Julia’s students, young boy Edison, orders flowers from Reed, to be sent to his Valentine. There is a delay in the delivery, but Edison insists that Reed delivers the flowers the same day. They are for Julia; however, Julia suggests to Edison to give the flowers to a girl in the class. He gives the flowers to the girl in his class, and she accepts it.

Edison’s babysitter Grace is planning her first sexual encounter with boyfriend Alex. The planned encounter goes awry when Grace’s mom sees Alex naked, playing his guitar and rehearsing his song written for Grace. Meanwhile Edison’s grandparents, Edgar and Estelle are facing the troubles of a long marriage. Grace explains to them that she wants to have sex with Alex, and says, “It’s not like you are going to sleep with the same person for the rest of your life.” This upsets Estelle and leads to her telling Edgar about an affair she had with one of his business partners while he was away a long time ago.

Grace’s friends, Willy and Felicia are experiencing the freshness of new love, and have agreed to “wait” to have sex. Willy gets Felicia a large white Teddy Bear, and she gets him a track shirt with her lucky number on it. They are both interviewed for the News, and talk about their love and support for each other.

Sean Jackson, a closeted professional football player, is contemplating the end of his career together with his publicist Kara and his agent Paula. Kara, a close friend of Julia’s, is organizing her annual ‘I Hate Valentine’s Day’ Party but is starting to become interested in sports reporter Kelvin Moore who has been sent out by his producer Susan to cover Valentine’s Day because of a lack of sports news, and shares the mutual feeling of dislike for Valentines Day. Paula has recently hired a new receptionist named Liz who has recently started dating mailroom clerk Jason. Jason is first shocked when Liz turns out to also be a phone sex worker (operating her mobile phone at random places; surprising people around her), and not telling her, and assumes she is cheating, but later accepts it.

At the end, it is shown that Holden was recently single because he broke up with Sean, but Holden goes back to him because Sean finally came out at a press conference. Kate returns home to greet her son, Edison. Grace and Alex do not have sex and plan to wait it out, after the mishap with her mother running into him naked with a guitar. Kara and Kelvin kiss each other. Both Julia and Reed realize they have feelings for each other and kiss on the bridge by his house. Morley is shown walking alone with her dog. Dr. Copeland is shown watching TV in his apartment with an empty pizza box, and an empty side of the bed, signifying his wife realized what was going on with him and Julia, and presumably left him. Willy drops Felicia off at her apartment and they say goodbye with a passionate kiss. Felicia then goes home with a warm smile on her face. Estelle and Edgar embrace at the Celebrity Cemetery during a movie, and plan to say their vows to each other again. The movie ends with narration by a radio host who says all people just want to hear three words on Valentine’s Day: “Let’s get naked!”

The entire plot sparked my mind for a few days, even up to now. Least to say, I’ve to wait a little longer. School is starting to become a very large obstacle, but sadly, it is necessary. I watched 72 Tenants of Prosperity as well earlier in the morning. A comedy directed by Eric Tsang in Mainland Hong Kong, the movie shows the lives of 72 tenants in rent and have to deal with it as it slowly rises up. To make things interesting, two families were competing in a series to see who could sell more mobile phones.

Next off, I bought Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time for PS3 two days ago. So far, I’ve finished about a third of the main story. The weapons were improved, the story got more epic and the game was just upgrading itself over time, literally. Lastly, my uncle dropped by to stay overnight and they’re probably awed out by the fact I’m living somewhere really opposite to where they used to live.

Chinese New Year was fun. But I guess I didn’t manage to fill out my Valentine’s Day at all. I contacted Amanda on Valentine’s Day itself only to find out she was a few hundred kilometres away during the moment I called. Nonetheless, it wasn’t much to expect.. After all, I did call somewhere past midnight..