Friday, December 29, 2006

monologue : sorry I'm late

Sorry I had problem with my computer and couldn't write any entry. I'm gonna keep writing so don't forget me!

Merry Christmas to you all (too late...? so it's for the next 2007 Christmas) and happy holiday.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

film : a perfect world

A perfect world is a film directed by my beloved Clint Eastwood starring Kevin Costner in his best role.

Basically, the film is about the relationship between Butch (Kevin Costner) and Phillip. Butch escaped from the prison of Texas with a guy and both kidnapped a boy called Phillip. And then they start a journey, and the chief Red (Clint Eastwood) follows them. Actually it is almost a road movie.

Volver made me cry after years of drought in my eyes, but I made a river with this film! I didn't cry so hard these years!! As the affection grows between them, the film drops you into the film. It also combines drama with good sense of humor, that is why it is easier to feel near to each character. We can see how they rely on each other and finally find their heart filled emotionally. And our heart do too.

Fatherhood and the nature or origin of criminal minds are also important thematic in the film. I think Clint Eastwood is smart in his description. He's always like that. That's his stamp.

The boy is charming and Costner is in his best. All his haters have to watch this! And special mention to Laura Dern who played Sally. She and Clint made me laugh a lot.

Well I was angry and blamed on me because I missed this film all my life. That's unforgivable!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

one shot : little herdsman

Mongolian boy and horse. This picture should be one from some festivals. That tough horse conquered the world once. That tough boys are teached by big fathers how to ride a horse. I think the boy remains the greatness of the Empire.

travel : Mongol

The three main attractions of Mongolia, or Mongol as I like to call the country, is Genghis, wild nature and the nomadic lifestyle.

Ginghis made Mongol great and this reason is enough to visit there. The wild nature and the nomadism are also his background, so I guess everything is connected.

The most interesting thing in the Mongolian nature is that it is almost untouched. So every place in Mongol would be wonderful, it should be like feel the human emptiness in the never ending land. So inner, so deep, so private. This is one of the highest country, the temperature changes a lot during the year (so is summer the best?), but it seems like it rains a little, so blue sky is guarantied.

The population is about 2.7 million, half of them still chooses the nomadic life, using the famous ger as the house. I really would love to meet them and somehow feel that, although I'd like to see them untouched forever (what is already not). I heard that in the nomadic people, there is no real conception of ownership of land. I wonder how it is possible. A woman married with a Mongol said that the Mongols are the most civilized people in the world due to their respectful thoughts. Perhaps that makes sense. As simple like that.

Gobi desert

Historic Karakorum

Friday, December 08, 2006

person : Ginghis Khan

Mongol was always interesting to me because of the steppes and nomad life. So I had to know something about the most important person of all Mongols, Genghis Kahn. The man who built the greatest empire of whole world and history. Hero and god for Mongols, founder of a royal dynasty for Chinese, barbarian for the rest of Eurasia. At the end of the day, he was a clear-minded strategist, Mongols believed him and deserves to be reminded.

Thus recently I finished reading a book called GENGHIS KHAN LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION by the author John Man (well actually it took 6 months... I am not good reader), I guess it was great introduction to his history. I hardly knew anything about him but the fact that he was a special figure.

He united his people. His way was sort of take part of us or die, you decide and he conquered much of Eurasia (China, Russia, Persia, etc.) and his heirs even arrived to Hungary, just to make a big summary. That helped international trade and the world developed a lot. But his moral values were quite important. He respect all type religion and beliefs, everything which concern to self improvement was right. The royalty was the most important thing to him. The treachery was definitely condemned, even when Genghis sees that the enemy's leader betrays his people, that was the most awful thing to Genghis:
No wonder that to Genghis loyalty was the moral equivalent of gold, hard won, easily lost.
It seems that all Mongols, in present day, conserve that value, I heard a lot. Beautiful people, aren't they?

Also his mysteries are addictive, the more you research, the more you want to know about his secrets, which is unknowable, at least undiscoverable. And I wonder what would happened if his heirs continued the conquest toward Western Europe. I'd like to know, or I wouldn't. I don't know...