Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Simple Message On The Eve

"This story is based on two things:
The actor's real life regrets about his late father; and a Japanese poem by Shuntaro Tanikawa, written for the poet's late father."
Yasmin Ahmad

Try to spend a couple of minutes to watch this one. Trust me, the wait for the video to load is certainly worth it.


Another thought-provoking Petronas ads from Yasmin Ahmad for the Chinese New Year celebration this year. Just like me, being separated thousand of miles away from home, you may not be able to spend time with your parents and loved ones, but a simple phone call once in a while will definitely brings a lot of happiness and delight to them. At the end of the day, you won't live with regrets anymore because you know you'd done your part. That's what my mom always tells my siblings and I about the things she'd done for our late grandpa when he was still alive. The ads itself is enough to bring across the message, which never fails to make me shed tears everytime I watch them.
Touching and meaningful.

16 comments:

specialhuman said...

Yasmin Ahmad is a talented advertisement director who successfully captures the soul of Malaysian's culture.

Oriental, Original, and heart warming. :)

MichelleG said...

awwwww *hugs*

Endoru said...

Yeah, I guess almost every modern Chinese family faces the same dilemma stated in this video, where newer generations doesn't seem to be patient enough with the older ones, probably just because of some pride in us, not wanting to be honest or perhaps it is quite our nature to be hot-tempered. Good video to share around. Yasmin has definitely captured the sentiment value and that blows my heart away for you know I've lost my grandma (Dad's side) and grandpa (Mom's side) lately. For my side, it is me being the eldest grandson and my duty not done better.

calvin said...

@ specialhuman:
only if every malaysian shares the same thinking as hers, our country would be a much better place to live in =)

yet, some people can still question her credibility and work. now, who is the one promoting racial integration and harmony, and the one trying to do the opposite? think about it.

calvin said...

@ michelleg:
*hugs back*

calvin said...

@ endoru:
for us who come from a chinese family background, i guess it is uncommon for us to express our love to our parents and family members through words. just ask yourself when was the last time you say the three magic words to your parents. i'm not surprised if most of us will say that they never did that before. it just feels weird, isn't it?

i admit that i'm short-tempered as well, but as much as i dislike my own attitude, i'm trying to show a good example to the rest of my cousins as the eldest grandson when i'm dealing with the elderly.

your story about your grandma reminds me about my late grandpa who passed away when i was still in kindergarten. my mum asked me to spread some jasmine flowers on the body of my late grandpa before the funeral, but i insisted because i was afraid. perhaps i was still small that time that i didn't understand the meaning of death, but when i recall that again today, i realise that i should've done what my mum told me to do. no matter what, i will never get to do it again now that my grandpa is gone forever.

chwk87 said...

happy cny!!!

Endoru said...

Yeah, I can express freely about how much I care to my sister through my blog and e-mails but when it comes to my parents, it will always be like "暗黙の了解" and I feel that it would actually mean more if we would be able to just squeeze out some courage to utter those words. It is a mutual problem among generations.

Setting an example has always been a role for the eldest. I guess all of us have to just play our role properly for the sake of everyone.

Anyway, Happy CNY ! :)
Thanks for sharing the wonderful video.

calvin said...

@ chwk87:
happy chinese new year to you as well :)

calvin said...

@ endoru:
perhaps it's time for a change? =)
happy chinese new year to you too!

Endoru said...

Perhaps from our generation and beyond. :)

breachno said...

happy deepavali

ns29 said...

the last sentence almost make me drop my tears
the last but not least things for cny, a nice ads from Yasmin Ahmad.

calvin said...

@ endoru:
it's will be hard to expect an instant change, but anything is possible :)

calvin said...

@ breachno:
deepavali valthukal =)

calvin said...

@ ns29:
i guess that is why we all love yasmin ahmad so much. she never fails to come out with such touching ads over the years =)