its been a nostalgic few weeks. a few days ago, we were discussing Growing Up.
it was a show i used to watch back in sec sch. i remember i used to sit without fail to watch this dramatic drama. as soapy as it was, i still liked it. maybe i found some connection. to the ways of the lives the characters led. the way the father stringed and saved money and yet wanted to give the best for the family. the way the mother always gave in to the kids and yet felt helpless. i dont have that many brothers and sisters as the show did, but if i did, i used to imagine that it’ll be just like that. under all the fights and quarrels, the biased decisions and punishments, lay the primal love they had for each others. i even remember the episode when lim kay tong wife died, everyone on the show cried. and so did i. and im not even a cry-er. the theme song just stuck to me. so even though others laugh at my choice in TV series, i really still felt something with Growing Up.
i wanted a compilation of this for my birthday last year, but, Mediacorp will obviously have superiority over whether it’ll give out CDs of this long running series. amazingly, they started putting it on TV recently, and i vowed to record every single episode of it. and i faithfully did so, until maybe the viewership became lower than miserable and then they changed the timeslot to some afternoon ones, which then i missed recording cos i found out too late.
i really really really want a compilation of that series. it’ll just mean so much to me that i have it cos i think it’s one worth keeping. its a piece of singapore’s past. just like how i’d like to have the chinese drama series on the bukit ho swee fires.
but i doubt many will remember that. i think its worth keeping. just as valuable as keeping our old dollar notes.
speaking of singapore dramas, i remembered mediacorp’s (then knows as TCS i think) attempt at creating our very own Singapore Superhero – The VR Man!!!!
i tried to find the original VR man on youtube, but apparently it was such a failure, no one even bothered to record it! it was that big a joke!
here’s the Noose version of the VR man. and yes, it was really that lame!
and the man behind the mask? actually supposed to be this guy called James Lye, which i guess only my generation ppl will remember. (not that im that old)
urgh… honestly? he kinda looks like doped guy…
a colleague reminded me of this talkshow he did with this other host, Loretta Alabons, but she seems to be off the chart cos i cant find her image at all! i guess maybe she got married and changed her surname…
the other thing that came up this week was the olden day comic book. i used to read the Beano. hung out in the library when i was in sec 1 and read the new editions week after week.
Ivy the Terrible.
i tried to have a go at it yesterday at the sch library, and i found myself just flipping through the pages, trying to figure out how in the world i found The Beano funny in the first place!
other ppl just preferred reading The Archies though.
but if i must say what’s been the most nostalgic, i have to say its The OC. it had been a few years since the last season of The OC ended and i did ask for the series for my birthday last year. so when i did get The OC for my birthday last year, i was thrilled. but i didnt actually get the time to sit and watch it. until for some reason, the long weekend holidays this yr got me started on them recently. and living through my memories of watching The OC has been fantastic.
its this story abt ryan (the adopted kid, who fight with ppl who look down on him but still saves the day) who lives with this adopted (perfect) family who has a biological son, Seth (the almost useless kid) who has this secret crush on his childhood sweetheart, Summer (who doesnt even know he exists) until Ryan comes along and gets the attention of Summer’s best friend Marissa (the girl who overdosed on drugs, got drunk, almost got shot at, shot ryan’s brother, and still found time to be her high school’s ‘the-girl-to-be’. and eventually died on her graduation night with the drammatic car explosion behind ryan who was carrying her away)
ryan and marissa just had this want-to-be-with-each-other and yet couldnt ever decide what they want really wanted. and till the end i wanted them to eventually end up together. but watching this series the second time this time round, i have a different feel for it. and its nice to see flashbacks on how ppl grow up.
i just finished watching the final episode of the final season. the 92nd episode. and i just ended it with a smile. im so grateful i got to watch it all over again. and the person i like the most now, is actually Summer (real name, Rachel Bilson A.K.A, the girl who acted in The Jumper). she was probably the most stable person, who character was most lovable and it felt like she really was just being herself.
anyway, i enjoyed compiling this and reliving my memories as i was doing this… i guess, memories are what make us feel what we feel isnt it…
here’s a short clip on the last couple of minutes of the 92th episode.
and my favourite line from The OC?
“they say no one is older than a high school senior, and no one younger than a college freshman”
miss that period, and you miss a whole deal of memories……..
Happy weekend everyone.