“some of us are looking at the stars”

From my all time favourite movie–Cinema Paradiso…

Alfredo: Once upon a time, a king gave a feast. And there came the most beautiful princesses of the realm. Now, a soldier, who was standing guard, saw the king’s daughter go by. She was the most beautiful one, and he immediately fell in love with her. But what could a poor soldier do when it came to the daughter of the king? Well, finally, one day, he managed to meet her, and he told her that he could no longer live without her. The princess was so impressed by his strong feelings that she said to the soldier: “If you can wait 100 days and 100 nights under my balcony, then at the end of it, I shall be yours.” Damn! The soldier immediately went there and waited one day. And two days. And ten. And then twenty. And every evening, the princess looked out of her window, but he never moved. During rain, during wind, during snow, he was always there. The bird shat on his head, and the bees stung him, but he didn’t budge. After ninety nights, he had become all dried up, all white, and the tears streamed from his eyes. He couldn’t hold them back. He no longer had the strength to sleep. All that time, the princess watched him. And on the 99th night, the soldier stood up, took his chair, and went away.

Toto: [later in the film, Toto gives Alfredo his interpretation] …In one more night, the princess would have been his. But she also could not possibly have kept her promise. And it would have been terrible. He would have died. This way, however, at least for 99 days, he was living under the illusion that she was there, waiting for him.

Alfredo: Do as the soldier, Toto. Go away.


8 thoughts on ““some of us are looking at the stars”

  1. Hi, I am a Malaysian girl who will always visit your blog whenever I open my PC and surf the Internet. I am very happy to leave a reply here. Can you reply me also at emerlinekoh91@hotmail.com or leave a comment at my blog ( http://infinitysignatures.blogspot.com ) so that I will be extermely happy and excited to receive your message. A hello and I am Sharon are also enough. Thanks…
    I am waiting and looking forward in eager anticipation to get your mail:)))

  2. hi i’m liying living in singapore. i always loved your shows, they were very nice! 😀 actually i have a dream, which is to study in japan.. and i heard you’re on a scholarship there.. so can you provide me details on like how to go there to study? and to get scholarship etc.. thanks! all the best for your studies! 😀

  3. Hi Sharon, i’ve always been a great fan of yours and watching 播音人’s repeat, i’ve once again been reminded of you. Hope you are doing fine over at Japan! I’m so envious that you are at my favourite countries with many of my other idols. がんばってね!

  4. 七夕。。


    Final-exam starts next week.
    Battle begins.

    Who cares about the milky-way anyway?

    Christ was 33 when he was crucified. Monsieur Abrigal said.

    3 essays.

    I should be crucified.

    Kant. Marx.
    Where is the inspiration you promised?


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