24 January 2006

superb instant noodle packaging

As my boyfriend (who wants me to call him 'A' on my blog--how very James Bond-ish) and I were having a very cheap but surprisingly comforting Boy Scout dinner of instant noodles and pork & beans earlier this evening, I happened to glance at a small body of text located at the side of A's noodle cup:

Did you know that in the Philippines, Filipinos were introduce to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans. Philippines is the world's 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK.

If I were the head of this instant noodles manufacturing company, I wouldn't be this eager to publish trivia about the country's supposed reputation as a nation of capable English speakers--especially if the people in charge of quality control on product packaging in my company can't even get their English grammar right.

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While having dinner, I was also mulling over the credentials of Akiva Goldsman (the screenplay writer for that wretched Da Vinci Code movie) and how his screenplays turned out in general:

Cinderella Man - good, good movie
A Beautiful Mind - a brilliant piece of work
I, Robot - hmmm, not a very exact adaptation of Isaac Asimov's book
Practical Magic - so-so
Lost in Space - what the fuck?
Batman Forever - ?!
Batman and Robin - ?!?!?!?!?!

Seems like an occasional hit-and-miss guy to me. We'll just have to see how his other upcoming screenwriting efforts (e.g. Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice and Superman Returns) will turn out.


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