My favorite it girl. She doesn't know she is an it girl yet..but she will be. Resilient, cultured, honest, brave and oh, so stylish! #martalvarado_
Mi "it girl" preferida. Ella todavía no sabe que es una "it girl"...pero lo será. Resistente, culta, honesta, valiente y oh, con tanto estilo!! #martalvarado_
"The Big Fish". I am a very popular writer among fishes. Here I am, mingling with fans after taking part in a Fishing Film Festival in Malaysia. Ah, fame is insufferable. You can't even enjoy a moment of snorkeling on your own.
I, once, dreamt of China.... A pine tree sways. Black-tiled eaves carve a clean arc in the sky. Pink blossoms surely on a white wall. The jagged gray rocks. The lover. His long silk robes....
Oh, I,once, dreamt of China.
"A Night at Zhengyici Peking Opera" (2009). Synopsis: When young Isobel falls for Jin Wang Li, the most famous opera singer in 1930's Peking , her boyfriend, a sly-hairy-alpha male-Caucasian, has a fatal heart attack: "Sly Caucasian boyfriend: you..with a Mainland Chinese guy??? That's impossible!!! Everybody knows that white women don't sleep with Mainlanders!!
Isobel: Oh dear..! You'll never know what it feels waking up and stroke such a soft, sumptuous golden skin....
Sly Caucasian boyfriend: Aaaarghhh!!!
Zhengyici Peking Opera Theatre dates back to the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1661-1722) and it is one of the oldest wooden structures in China. Holds regular performances of Beijing Opera and......extraordinary things happen once you step in.
Address: 220 Xiheyan Dajie, Xuanwu District, Peking.
"Marxist Interior". An elderly lady once invited me to drink tea in her old house, somewhere South of China.
Me: Auntie, do you still believe in the Party and revolution?
Auntie: No at all, but better red than eating KFC.
Horror stories I: Based on true events. On your left, Kate Middleton, a British princess. On your right, Kate Evans, a British working class mother. Princess Kate got the best medical treatment to deliver her baby boy. Working class Kate is struggling to keep her baby boy Evan alive. Doctors decided on their own Evan is not worth living and denied medical treatment for him. Not happy with that, doctors don't allow working class Kate to take her baby boy to another hospital to seek for treatment. They don't even allow her to take her baby home.
Because life is sometimes more horrific than fiction.
I am taking Artistland naturalization interview right now. I have been rejected twice. Some questions are a bit tricky.
Artistland officer: What do you expect from your screen writing?
Me: I expect to create a meaningful script which reaches the biggest possible audience--
Officer: WRONG! A meaningful script will never reach a big audience. It is a truth universally acknowledged that audience is utterly brainless.
Me: Mmm.., I want to create a blockbuster and gets a lots of money--
Officer: WRONG! Artistland's citizens do no work for money. Making money is vulgar.
Me: But I need to eat three times a day--
Officer: This is a fundamentally bad habit. Sorry, we have to reject your application. NEXT!!
Artistland foreign office, April 2018
Zen Master: "A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving"
Disciple: I see.. But what happens if you are married to a very organized guy, you have only four days holidays and a limited budget?" Masters and disciple, somewhere in Cambodia.
Former Malay Film Studios at 8 Jalan Ampas, Singapore. A reminder of the Golden Era of Singapore Film. Hope it is not going to fade away.
Antiguos estudios de cine malayos en el numero 8 de la calle Jalan Ampas en Singapur. Testigo de la Edad de Oro del cine de este paìs. Ojalà sea protejido como patrimonio artìstico.
"Bun&Bony. An incredible love story". (The Guardian, 21/03/2018)
These two bunions met more than forty years ago and they are still in love. "Nobody is perfect - Bun explains- I think the secret for a longlasting relatioship is to love the other as it is, don't try to "fix" your partner ". "Having common interests for entertainment helps too -Bony adds- when we were younger we would watch MTV together. Now we love watching Youtube videos of our favorite music". "Juan &Juanita. Una increìble historia de amor" (El Paìs, 21/03/2018)
Estos dos juanetes se conocieron hace ya mas de cuarenta años y siguen tan enamorados como el primer dìa.
"Nadie es perfecto -explica Juan- creo que uno de los secretos para una relaciòn durarera es no intentar cambiar al otro". "Tener pasatiempos en comùn ayuda mucho tambièn -añade Juanita-cuando èramos mas jòvenes veìamos la MTV juntos, ahora nos encanta ver videos de nuestra mùsica favorita en Youtube".
"My Life as a Telephone During The Cold War", short story based on actual events. Saigon, 1971. "Ma vie comme un telephone durant la Guerre Froide", petite nouvelle basèe sur des faits rèels. Saigon, 1971.
"Mi vida de telèfono durante la Guerra Frìa", cuento corto basado en hechos reales. Saigòn, 1971