Whether papa can cook without the main ingredient- CRAB
Published Year: 2016/October
Title: Mother Knows Best
Location: Singapore HDB/ Sheng Shiong Supermarket
Genre: Drama/ Comedy/ Family
A true story based on the head of family trying to prove his ability to cook however, a problem occurs to the main ingredient he works so hard for.
Family always despises Mr Ng for not being able to cook and doesn’t do anything at home. The constant nagging got him fed-up as well as upset and disappointed in himself. While all these negative emotions start pouring in, he overheard the programme on television introducing Singapore’s famous dish-Chilli Crab. Instantly, he decided to prove everyone wrong, he called up both he’s parents for dinner. Determined to show off his cooking skill with Singapore’s famous Chilli Crab. Not he’s usual self that day, Mr Ng went for groceries shopping buying all the ingredients and patiently selecting spices that he is so unfamiliar with. Before cash out he went to choose he’s most important ingredients for the Dish-Crab. Satisfied with his purchased, he happily carried all the ingredients home. Once home, as usual he places the live crab in a low bucket and place the bucket in the balcony. Similar to what Mrs Ng usually does, Mr Ng innocently thought that putting the crab on the balcony is to not dirty the kitchen, but because everything is first to him, and him being not an attentive person. He forgot to close the balcony low window.
Mr Ng started chopping the onions, washing the chilli, grinding the chilli paste he invented. Satisfied with his preparation, it’s time to bring out the main lead-Mrs Crab. With he’s mood up, heading towards the balcony. Before even reaching it, he saw the final moment and last sight of Mrs Crab. Mrs Crab thought she was heading for freedom, eventually she fell out of the balcony low window falling to its death.
Shock and speechless with the sight and the thought that he loses his main ingredient for he’s cooking show tonight, he stood there dazed for a second. Which he then rushes to the fridge to look for alternative ingredients, but was welcome with a nearly empty freezer. With very minute passes the meeting time gets nearer and nearer before his parents arrived. Supposedly a day for him to show off his cooking skills and prove everyone wrong left him with a heart filled with panic. Panicking, a sudden angelic ray shine through the side.
Putting his pride down, he walks towards that angel with 50 dollars in hand. Begging for rescue. Mrs Ng replied with a smirked.
The whole idea I want to create would be a simple story with comedic effect. While brainstorming, I recall this incident that happen to my dad before and instantly I decided to use it.
Initially the idea of my story ends at the moment when the crab fall out the window. But upon sharing it with my friends and teacher Ru Yi, the response I get are pretty dull. Therefore teacher Ru Yi suggested that think about the 3 act structure and I could use the falling off scene as my climax and have a resolution to end the story.
Comments I receive from critic day:
Classmate: The kwangsoo theme became a form of signifier. The moment you hear the song everybody recognized it.
Classmate: The uses of kwangsoo theme is a good use because it doesn’t need words to express the emotions and story
Teacher Ru Yi: This is an story filled with alot of emotions of the main character, so probably including some images of the character expression can be a benefit.