Parents Only: 套 Rubbers (Movie)

Since I return to work, I have been very busy day in day out (You can read about my typical working day over here). On weekends, Chubby and I couldn’t really find time to date too as he is either busy with his assignments or we are busy with our house hunting. So that day when he told me he was invited to the movie premiere of “套 Rubbers”, I was very happy to join him though I didn’t know what the movie was about (except it being a R21 local production). 

The gift we received at the premiere. No prize for guessing what is inside.

I was really glad that we manage to attend as the movie was funny and entertaining. A welcome break from our hectic schedule.

The film is made up of 3 short stories that are not related to each other except that they all involve a common object, you guess it, condom. And the stories are all set on Valentine’s Day.

The first story is about an old couple, in their 60s, where the wife was throwing a tantrum at the husband as she found out that the husband had just engaged a prostitute. It then brings out how they forgot about their love for each other in the beginning. This short story reminds me that I should not take Chubby for granted and that we should work together to nourish our love for each other.

The second story is about a single career woman in her 30s and a durian flavored condom. It shows the desperation of single woman on valentine day.

The last story is about a young man who refuses to put on condom while having sex with his girlfriend. And was later punished for it in the most absurd but funny way. 

This is a comedy with underlying messages for the viewers. Hence, don’t go in expecting some “artistic” film. Singlish and coarse language are used but makes the film feel closer to home (at least for someone from a Chinese speaking average family like me). So if you have time for a movie date, do go to the cinemas to support our local film makers. The movie will open on 30 April in the Cinemas.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We were at the premiere as Chubby “funded” the film through Indiegogo and they gave him tickets to the premiere.

Parents Activity: Interstellar (Movie)

Watching movie is a very common activity that couples in Singapore do. Before the kids came along, we were movie junkies that visited the cinema almost every week. It doesn’t help that Chubby came from the film industry and hence is always on a look out. For me, I go for stories that touches my heart. Like reading a book.

Now with kids, watching movies has become a luxury activity. Hence, we are now more selective of what we watch. And I will like to introduce “Interstellar” for parents out there. The movie is pretty long, coming close to 3 hours, so it’s not something you can sneak out to do while the kids nap. But still I want to introduce this movie because I think parents will really appreciate it.

The movie is set in the future where the resources in the world has become so scarce that people went back to basic. That is farming. Long gone are the dreams of innovations when people can’t even fulfill their basic needs. There is this girl who think there is a “ghost” inside her room and wants to communicate with her. And through the “ghost” her father (an ex Nasa pilot) and her was brought to a secret camp where NASA now resides. The professor invited her father to join in their expedition in search of a new planet that will save human race. The father was reluctant to leave his family behind but eventually agreed because he wanted to leave a better world for his kids. And the show went on to talk about his father expedition.

*Spoiler Alert*
There was a scene that make both Chubby and myself cry. The scene is about how the father arrive at a planet, but due to gravitational force, a minute on the planet is equal to years on earth. The father thought of ways to reduce the time he need to spend on the planet, however, due to some accident they had to stay on the planet for an hour and arrive back at their main spaceship some 23 years (earth time) later.

When the father reached the spaceship, the first thing he did was to watch thru the videos his kids sent him. He saw his boy met his girlfriend, got married and even had their first kid. While he saw that his daughter is now the same age as him. The age where he left.

This scene simply blow up the relativity of time, especially for us parents. Very often we have our own things to do, or own life that we want to lead. We thought we will just be away from the kids for a while. But to the kids, this few minutes or few hours is actually very long. Before you know it, you are missing on some of their milestones.

I’m not suggesting that our life should revolve around the kids that we lose ourselves. But having give life to a being, we must seriously consider what are the priorities. Can certain gathering be re-arrange at a timing where the kids no need you? Can the game that you want to play wait till the kids fall asleep? Can the drama series you want to watch be put on hold just so you can play with the kids while they are awake?

What do you think? Do you have any good tips to help busy parents like us to spend quality time with the kids and yet still have a decent life of our own? Share it with us here.