Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year Resolutions - version 2009

First of all, let me clarify. I'm not big on resolutions. Maybe it's because I don't see a point to it.

In 2008, I didn't put any resolution. I knew what I wanted to achieve but I didn't put it down on paper or anything.

Why then am I starting one for 2009? Well, I think it's good to have something to aim for.

I know there are alot of ways to make resolutions. Some people put down as many as possible, but don't achieve all of them. This type of mentality is the 'Aim high high, achieve just right' mentality, the person will be satisfied because he/she would have done more vs having only a few resolutions and not achieve all of them.

Me, I like things simple. Call me lazy, but I think identifying a few key things in your life you want to achieve and have pin point focus to meet them is more meaningful.

So here I am, afternoon of the final day of 2008. Thinking about my resolutions for 2009.

What do I want out of 2009?

  1. Return to Penang or anywhere in Malaysia. So I could be nearer to my family and friends.
  2. Take care of my health, this means eating right and have a fair amount of exercise.
  3. Read more. After coming to India, I started reading more than I ever did back in Malaysia. Have to keep this up and continue to improve on it.
  4. Reconnect with people. Yes, i'm lousy at keeping relationships. Either with family or with people. So will actively get in touch with people I lost touch with.
  5. Travel. I am ashamed to say, for 2 years in India I have not been to many places. And also the same could be said for the rest of the world. So next year, I'll try to at least travel twice out of where I'm stationed.
Ok, there you have it. My resolutions of 2009 and my last posting of 2008. Let's hope for a great run, and keep our chins up despite all the gloom and depression around us.

cheers and happy new year!

The year that was 2008 for MunY

Ok, time to do a review that was 2008 from my personal perspective.

Yes, there are major events that happened all around the world. But the self centerness in me will only write how some of these events affected me personally.

Let's see, in no particular order.

  1. I started Yay! 
  2. 2 excellent Superhero movies in the form of Iron man and The Dark knight that I totally enjoyed.
  3. Malaysians finally made their voices heard, but voting for the opposition in many states. Good on you!
  4. Witnessed the most amazing opening ceremony for the Olympics in China.
  5. See saw oil prices in 2008, good thing I don't have a car. But Air travel did get more expensive for me.
  6. Terrorist attacks! Bombings in Bangalore, I was at a mall just next to a bomb. Then the Mumbai terrorist attack on 27th Nov.
  7. My best friends got married. Got to be 'best man' for the first time in my life.
  8. Bought an expensive Nokia phone, and turned out to be a lemon. And Nokia India's after sale service sucks. I was without my new phone for 2 months. 
  9. Traveled to Mumbai and Delhi for the first time, though didn't see much because I was there for work.
  10. World wide financial meltdown. I saw my personal wealth shrank by 30% because of currency fluctuation. 
  11. Barrack Obama became first black US president elect, and Luis Hamilton the first F1 world champion. Thus I dub 2008 the year of black power.
  12. The year of the netbooks, every friggin manufacturer out there is making out. Small, cute and running XP. Should I get one too?
  13. First time that I have housemates, and with them the final few months of 2008 in India was a blessing. 
  14. My personal relationship reach a milestone of 3 years. The longest relationship I've been in though part of it was long distance.
I won't say 2008 is a forgetful year, but it's not a memorable one either. All in all........ just normal. Here's to 2008, and hoping 2009 brings better tidings.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Same Shit Different Day (SSDD)

'Same Shit, Different Day' or more commonly known as SSDD among my friends and colleagues.

First heard it on Shawshank Redemption, uttered by the ever legendary Morgan Freeman. But really only registered to me after I started working in a call center.

Yes people, I worked in a call center and tried to peddle off computers to white people down under for about 2 years. During that time, probably all or most of my colleagues groaned and complained. Including Moi. The sales targets, the pressure from the manager, the office politics, the office affairs....... it is just a pile of dung. But it wasn't that bad, cause of the people that were went through the dung with me was one cool crowd. :)

Well, 5 years later. Here in India, it is still SSDD. But this time, I'm all alone. But thanks to technology, you could still rant to people far far back home. Yesterday and today could probably rate highly in my shit list, was it the worst? Probably not, but they are contenders.

I went through so much shit in the last 2 days, even if Megan Fox were to strip naked in front of me and ask me to ravage her I'd probably take a rain check. (what do you mean say NO? I'm just tired, I'm not insane! It's Megan Fox for crying out loud......)

Well, 2008 is almost coming to an end now. Will 2009 bring the same amount of shit as 2008? Probably even more, but the best approach is to just get your hands dirty and enjoy it. What's the point of complaining about the shit when you are already knee deep right?

And I think having it SSDD is better and SDDS..... that would be a real bummer!

Here's a toast, to 'SHIT' in our lives that makes us appreciate other things in life more.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Accents that we hear....

So I went to hard rock for dinner last night. Yes, there is a hard rock cafe. No I did not take any pictures because I did not take my camera with me. Yes, I am lazy. :P But you can have a look at the pictures from my house mate's blog here .

Anyway, while we were dining inside hard rock. We were seated next to a table of 4 Indian dudes, a very beautiful Indian lady and an American I think. And one of the dudes was talking in this thick English accent to the lady...... if you were on a phone with this guy, you would probably think he is a balding white dude with a beer belly from Birmingham.

Not a tinge of Indian accent. What Indian accent you ask? You know, the type of accent that most of you ask me how am I able to understand while I work here.

 I have to say though, sometimes there are harder accent to comprehend, like Irish or Scottish. Have you ever watch Jamie Carragher's interview, bet most people are not able to catch what he's mumbling.....

But let me get back on topic, the question of accent has always been a hot topic of discussions amount youths back home in Malaysia. I remember some friends coming back from their overseas study either from America or England after only a year and spotting heavy accents.

But interestingly.... friends who went for studies in India never picked up Indian English accent. Why is that? Really, Why is that?

Is it because when you are speaking in an English or American accent you sound more sophisticated? And when you speak in Indian accent you might be seen as a mockery?

Anyway, I am first to admit I am guilty of both. But all in good fun. I always do the British and Indian accent thing when talking to a friend who lives in London, so we can make some really politically incorrect jokes. And also the American accent when talking to some foreigners here in India. But I am proud to say I have stop on the latter. Yes, I,m still doing the Indian and British accent act once in a while.

My point really is, let's not get upset over people who try to speak in American or British accent. Just always bear in mind, that in a blink of the eye, he or she could revert back to the phua chu kang or samyvellu form. :)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Movie discrimination?

I am a self professed lover of movies. Every week I try to support the cinemas whenever a new movie is up and showing.

Watching movies are quite affordable still in Malaysia. Here in Bangalore, watching a Hollywood movie is around RM16 after conversion while the bollywood movies are cheaper.

Why am I writing about this today? Recently quite a few blogs that I read raised the issue of Malaysian authorities' proposal to increase prices of Hollywood movies to help boost the local movie genre.

Rm20 to watch Hollywood movie?

Like many other blogger, I disagree with the proposal.

1. The local cinema business today is already suffering due to piracy(online and physical), don't add to their misery
2.The local movie industry in Malaysia does not produce enough movies in a year to justify this move.
3.Most of the locally produced movies are so bad that some people would rather go blind than watching them.

From my personal point of view, no matter how expensive Hollywoods movies are, people will still watch it. The locally produced ones however..... no matter how cheap in comparison, will still not be watched if it continues to be a lame duck.

Yes people, we are bigots when it comes to movies. But there is nothing wrong with that, it's just the natural law of selection. Select the good, and weed out the lame.

So to anyone in the government who is still considering this proposal, please chuck it and go do something productive. And to the peeps in the local movie industry, look at how you improve your movie making skills and looks for appropriate areas to cut costs. Cutting cost does not mean lower quality of your movie, but just trimming down unnecessary spends i.e after parties, efficient shooting etc.

I'm no expert, but this is my honest opinion. Stop being a lame duck and blame everything else, buck up Malaysian movie industry! I'll start supporting you when there's something worth supporting.... unlike cicakman.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry X'mas my dear friends....

It's that time of the year again...... 7 days before the new year starts, and when people shop without any guilt.

Yes sir, it's Christmas.

For the past 7 years, ever since I started my working life I've spent x'mas with mostly friends and family. This year, it's slightly different.

This year I'm in Bangalore, and loneliness gets amplified during the festive seasons. Good thing is, I have my housemates, who are from Penang, in Bangalore this year.

Without them here, I'm sure it'll be a boring and lonely X'mas.

We just finished a nice pre-x'mas Dinner in BBQ nation, an indian style bbq eating place.

My gf on MSN just said i'm celebrating a black x'mas this year..... I think that's racist. hehe.... but aptly put. 

So here,I 'd like to wish you, my dear friends and readers. A merry x'mas and a season of joy and laughter.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

MunY Movies: Yes Man

Another weekend here, another movie to watch. And this time it is Jim Carrey's latest flick, Yes Man.

The funny man is back again to entertain us with his brand of comedy.

Plot of the movie, Carl Allen, a loan officer, is alive but not living his life. He makes up excuses to avoid friends and social obligation, saying no to every possible thing in life.

Then he attends a seminar, where he is challenged to say yes to everything. If he says no, bad things will happen. So Mr Allen starts living life with 'Yes', meets the love of his life, gets promoted, becomes happy. The End.

The story, is simple. The movie is light and funny. If you're feeling down due to reasons like no pay increment or laying off, this movie is a great remedy for the depression. It's not THE funniest comedy of the year, but it's here at the right time.

However.... yes... there is a however. For those of you who've seen Liar Liar, this movie will give you a sense of dejavu. Both movies are very similar in terms of story arc development and moral take away.

My rating for the movie: Average
If you like Jim Carrey, watch it.
If you need amusement, watch it.
If you feel down, watch it.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Aliens in India

So what's your idea of an Alien?

this one?

this one?
I've been living here for almost 2 years now, and year over year.... I have to renew my employment visa to stay in In Dee Yah. Else I'll get deported and lose me job.

Today is the first time I read the small print on the application form for Visa extension....

'To be filled in by an alien desiring to extend stay in India"

Yes folks, I've been an alien for 2 years and I only found out today.

Now where's my mothership? Take me home....

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Big Bang Theory made me ROLMAO

Ok, so maybe yesterday I went overboard on my emotional rampage. Thanks for asking, i am OK now.

Thanks to the Big Bang Theory. No, not that theory that created the universe. It is this....

4 Geeks, 1 pretty neighbor and a whole loads of laughs. Yesterday's episode got me laughing from beginning till the end.

Currently in it's 2nd season now, there are 5 characters but the show's 2 key characters Dr Sheldon Cooper and Dr Leonard Hofstadter are the ones that make the show o-so-funny.

It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but boy-o-boy this is definitely one of my favourite shows atm. Everyweek I look forward to the geeky jokes and the oh-so-awkward moments when these braniacs try to navigate around the opposite sex.

And which show has 4 grown men dress up in a Flash costume just for holloween? LOL

I know a few of my friends are totally enjoying this, so I thought I share it with everyone. Here's a short clip from the first episode.

And if that didn't convince you, try this one.....Titled: Halo is better than sex

So if you have the time to pick this up, you should definitely watch it. Power to the geeks!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Penang Hokkien, Part Three


Direct English Translation: Pig's Penis
Actual meaning:  Frustrated or in the state of emotional constipation

Verb : I damn dulan the bloody idiot who promised to get things done, but instead went home and 5pm sharp sharp and left shit for me to clean up. Then because of him, other people dulan me cause they thought I did not do my part.

This is more of a rant than a language lesson, because I really feel 'DULAN' that some people at work can just choose not to do anything and leave for the day. Yeah, your life is more important than mine. Sure.

I don't know if it's because these people don't think or they choose not to. If I had the opportunity to bloody pry open their brains like Sylar does to his victims, I'd do it. f-cking a-holes.

And to quote another colleague of mine about this person.

'He has a face that only a mother can love'

Grrr.............. *end of rant*

Face of Dulan-ness

Monday, December 15, 2008

Economy Vs Playboy... who won?

It's a TKO to playboy, with a blow under the belt to the symbolic bunny.....

Now who would have thought? Are men less horny with less money?

How many house bunnies will lose a roof over their heads?

Will they outsource the models to India too?

And how many of these girls and parties will Hugh have to cut?

We all know times are bad now, and every single company is trying to stay afloat. So who's next? Penthouse? Hustler?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

In the state of no power....

It's ironic after watching 'The day the earth stood still' I had to endure almost a full day without electricity.

Just incase you do not know what I am talking about, and I do not want you wasting your money to go watch the movie, at the end of the movie all of earth's power and communication went offline. Hence the title of the show....

I think electricity is one of the things I used to take for granted when in Penang, power cuts are rare and probably do not happen unless TNB(Malaysian Power Company) is doing some repairs. Upon moving to Bangalore, I had to get use to the idea of not having electricity for at least an hour a day.

There are reports on CNN and other news network, that India's infrastructure is not able to cope with the country's growth. That is why, the common man suffers.

You see, here in Bangalore, the government will systematically do power shedding from time to time, up to 8 hours a day to certain areas of the city. And it gets more frequent during Summer time. (Yes, there are seasons here in India too....) It is currently considered winter.

Why more frequent during summer? Because people start using more air contioning devices that sucks up more energy.

I do however have some back up that last around 2 hours or so with minimum power usage. That means no TV, fridge is off, only 1 to 2 lights at night.... Yeah, it's a tough situation.

But it makes me think, we have become so realiant on electricity what happens when it all goes away. No TV, No Internet, No phones....... total digital blackout. Ever wonder what would happen?

I know what I'd do, if I am in Penang. Go to the nearest beach, build a campfire, and enjoy the darkness fo a while.

Don't ask me what I'd do after that, cause I haven't thought about it. :)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

MunY Movies: The Day the Earth Stood Still

The movie made me stood still. No, not because it contained thought provoking issues or has a large amount of special effects, but rather at how lame I felt at the end when the credits roled.

Apparently the movie is remake of a 1957 movie of the same title. This I didn't know.

I walked into the movie only knowing the below few facts:

  1. Keanu Reeves and Jeniffer Connoly in the movie
  2. It is a science fiction movie about Aliens, cause I saw the trailer.
  3. The movie tickets are going to cause me about USD5 each.

After watching the movie, this is what I found out (*warning*spoilers ahead):
  1. The movie plot is about an alien Klaatu and his big ass robot GORT that comes to earth to give us humans our report card.
  2. Since us humans are destructive and on the path of killing earth, they decide we fail and should just wipe us off.
  3. But because we humans are able to change, the Alien decides to give us another chance by pressing the 'kill all humans' pause button.
  4. And we continue going back to killing ourselves... wait, that's not part of the movie... it's still on going.
  5. Jaden Smith(son of Will Smith) and Katie Bates are both in the Movie.
  6. Keanu Reeves speaks Mandirin in a funny accent.

The 'idea' of the movie, though not a new one, is good. But this remake version is just plain average. The directors try to make it into an action flick, but did not really manage to bring it to 'die hard' or 'Independence Day' level.

Just try to imagine the show being a mash up of 'War of the Worlds' + 'Mars Attack' ?My housemates probably wonder why I dragged them to the movie and wasted 2 hours of their time......


My rating for the Movie: Bad
Watch it only
If you are a fan of Keanu Reeves (his acting sucked big time in this movie though)
If you have nothing better to do and wanted to skip work for 2 hours
If your intention is to go to a movie to make out with a girl and no intention of watching it

Friday, December 12, 2008

Suitable for college reading only...

Found this site, Blog Readability Test . So I'm curious to know lah, what my blog readability is.... so type in and check lor.

Mana tau, only suitable for College reading only. But I'm ok with it lah, since I'm not planning to write any serious stuff anyway. College, I can live with.... Elementary School.... that's abit hard to swallow.

Not sure what I'm talking about? check out this link.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I'm Leavin, on a jetplane....Goin back to In Dee Yah.

Going back to India to work shouldn't be a different feeling for me, since I've done it several times. But some how, this time around, it feels different.

Post Mumbai terrorist attack, alot of reports about rising tensions between Pakistan and India....  So this trip back is with some trepidation.

I am currently sitting in Changi Airport, having an 8 hour transit. The last time I was here in Changi airport for an 8 hour transit was 2 years back, during my first trip to India.

The feeling then was rather different, it felt like I was embarking on a new adventure, the unknown and mystic land of India. Now, after almost 2 years, and with tragic events happening all over India, the feeling of weariness is setting in. Doom and  gloom hovering over alot of heads.

While I was back home, people started asking me when I'll be back for good. I never really gave a clear indication of when, because during economic times like these, there is never a certainty. But I remain hopeful, that the day of my return is not too far away. You also hope for me too k?

See you all again, my friends & my Penang.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wedding Daze

I've been missing for a week now, and if you were wondering where I went, wonder no more. :) Been busy helping 2 of my closest friends with their wedding stuff.

Yes, they got married to each other. It's quite cool, seeing friends getting married to each other. Jokingly we always said that only 1 angpow is needed instead of 2.

First of all, need to congratulate CH and HL. You guys are like Rachael and Ross, Posh and Becks, Homer and Marge..... I wish you all the best in life and a happily ever after.

My memory of CH and HL's first meeting was way back in 1997, here in Penang, in a cool little shack called the birdcage. That place is now a furniture shop, but their relationship is still going on strong.

During that fateful meeting, 3 words got uttered that will forever change the their fate and ring out through eternity.

'You again ah?'

It seems that the 2 of them just met not long before, when I had to meet up with V and I dragged CH along for courage and company. Yes, it was an innocent time back then.

It's funny how fate works, 2 of them went to different places. One in UK and one in US for years, not meeting. But we Penangites just get drawn back to Penang like Bees to honey, eventually everyone came back to Penang. But it could also be fate playing his hand...... and Penang is just the enabler. :)

I remember the 2 of them, trying to be cheeky and kept their relationship under wraps from friends. And one fine evening, in the coffee house in shangri-la hotel(now known as Traders Hotel), they 'informed' me and Ed that they were together. Of course we already knew by then given the obvious signs *wink*

And the rest was of course history, alot of laugthers, alot of fun and alot of emotions.

The culmination of the relationship is the wedding on 051208, when CH and HL stood in the middle of the garden, with 7 groomsmen and 7 Bridesmaid toasting in the sun, exchanged their vows to love and cherish each other for the rest of their lives.

I think during the ceremony I heard coughs coming from sceptics that sounds like *don't do it* *ack ack*, but that didn't stop CH to take that final step.

So Mr and Mrs Wong CH, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. It is truly my honor, and again I wish you, with all my heart, the best in life and the all the happiness in the world.

CONGRATS YOU 2!!!! :) :) :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

MunY Movies: Twilight

Ok, so this is going to be my book and movie review of Twilight.

It just so happens I picked up the book around 4 weeks ago and finished it only sometime last week, and I watched the movie today.

Twlight is first of 4 books by Steph Meyer. The other 3 are new moon, eclipse and breaking dawn.

I picked up the book only knowing that it involves vampire and was expecting an Anne Rice type read. Oh boy.... I was so x 1000 wrong! Instead of thrilling and ominous, I got sweet valley high.......

So walking into the movie, I was already expecting the same. The first hour of the movie is exactly like the first 100 pages of the book. It was like watching paint dry for me.... although I believe it will appeal to alot of tween readers and movie goers.

But I have to say that the book gives you a better description of events and feelings compared to the movie. They did alter a few scenes in the movie from the book, but I guess that is inevitable. Just like the harry potter series, if they tried to cramp every single aspect of the book into the movie, the length of the movie will be at least 5 hours or more.

Story Sypnosis: Isabella Swan is a human high school kid, Edward Cullen is a non human high school kid who's been 17 for 'awhile'. Theirs is the story of forbidden love, romeo and juliet.... how will the ill fated relationship draw out....?

In the first few scenes, where the Cullen family showed up.... the make up artist really tried TOO HARD to make them look pale. I wonder if they used the same make up artist that did the job for the Joker in Dark Knight..... Eventually they managed to tone done on the white face paint.....

The only scene I really enjoyed is when Bella went over to the Cullen's to meet the 'family'. Let's just say a few vampire jokes and meet the parents joke tickled my bones.

And because this is the first movie of four, you will probably see the sequels to it in the future.

So why did I go watch the movie even though I've read the book? My better half convinced me that it will be a good movie to watch together, and who am I to argue with my better half?

My rating for the movie: Average watch
Watch it if you are a girl.
Watch it if you like love stories.
Watch it if your better half asks you to.

Until the next movie, cheerio!

No more surprises? I Lied.....

Yes, in quoting Britney Spears. 'Oops, I did it again.

Remember I said I promised my gf I will not surprise her again in this previous post? Well.... I lied. But don't worry, my dog is still alive.  :-) 

I was 'suppose' to arrive in Penang, Friday 830p.m. But instead I got in at Friday 930 a.m. :) And by 12pm I gave the customary 'surpise!' call to my gf, with the customary response of 'I so hate you now!' from her. *grin*

So how did I manage to pull this off even though I sent through my itenary, with Singapore Airline's email confirmation on it?

Well, it is really like opportunity presented itself.  The flight I got booked on got cancelled by SIA, as they had to offer me a new flight. So I kinda used the post mentioned above as a red herring to erase any doubt that I will be arriving on the planned time. kekeke....

And I just took the first confirmation from SIA, sent it to her and that put any doubts to rest.

Guess after this, it's going to be really hard for me to do a 'surprise' again since she'll be very dilligent in her efforts to foil my efforts. hehe.  Boy that cried wolf, that's me.

It was all in good fun though, and I hope she sees it that way. :) 

Friday, November 28, 2008

Traveling during times of chaos... and being home in Penang

So as I am writing this, the horrific event in Mumbai is still ongoing. The last time I checked, the death toll is at 109. For me, I am just glad that I'm home... Yeah baby! I'm home!

But travelling during intense time like these gives you perspective of the peace we take for granted everyday. At the Bangalore International Aiport, you could see intensified security efforts. As I walked into the waiting area after passing through Imigration, you could see travellers sitting around the public TV area just watching the news that's only broadcasting about the Mumbai terror attacks.

It's definitely a scary time to be in India.

Did I mention I really dislike taking the midnight flight out of Bangalore? I only got like 2 hours of sleep due to the time difference and that in result zombifies me for the entire day. I just feel like zzzz.......

So why did I take this flight? Well, SIA cancelled the original flight I booked for Friday morning flight. When they called and informed me of the cancellation, they 'offered' me a change to a Thursday or Friday night flight. I wanted to take Friday but was told it is fully booked. I mean, wtf? Why did they 'offer' me Friday if it's already fully booked??? Weird.

So I got into Singapore today at 6am in the Morning, the lack of sleep guided me to the nearest starbucks counter and I gulped down a cuppa Cafe Mocha. My first starbucks in 2 months, and it was well worth the S$4.8 paid. After that it was fulfilling all the shopping requirements that was requested upon me.

Moet Champagne - check
Return to Tifanny's Charm Bracelet - check
Virginia Slim Methols - check

I did the shopping in my daze, oh I just wish I could just lean on one of the pillars in the airport and just drift off to zzzz land. But wait, what is this is see? This dude walking like 100meters in front of me suddenly starts puking water on the pillar!!! Shit!!! Thank god it's not like the gooey type of puke with chunks of food on them.... Then the dudes continues walking and when he reaches the next pillar, he goes again! It's like a scene out of the horror movie 'price of darkness'!

After the second puke he decides to rush off to the washroom, good thing there were no collateral damages when water came gushing out of his mouth. No man or animal got hurt, only the pillars at Terminal 2 in Changi Airport. So the next time you think about sitting down at a pillar in a crowded airport........

So after 2 hours of loitering in Changi, it's time to fly back to Penang! Slept halfway through the flight, so that makes my total sleeping hours to 3 hours....... still need at least another 2 at least......

Then when I reached Penang International Aiport, I see a lady holding a paper with my name and 4 other people on it. And this is right off the plane, not at the waiting area but just right after the connecting tube from the plane. First thought running through my mind? Busted! Wait.... but for what? I didn't take anything illegal back, or did I? That was the monologue running through my head at the time.

Well, turns out..... SIA screwed up my baggage and sent it to KL instead! This is the first time an incident like this has happened to me while flying with SIA. One of my friends in facebook actually commented that the current chaotic situation had led to this series of unfortunate events.

Well, good thing is they've finally delivered the bag to my residence and I have clean underwear now, also I got additional 90 minutes of Shuteye when my work laptop battery died on me.... coz my adapter is in the luggage lah. Now I have to get back to work because I have the power adapter to charge my work laptop.

But before I sign off, remember I said I won't surprise my gf again in this post? I lied. :P Write more about it in my next post. :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Another terror attack here in India.....

Another terror attack here in India, this time in Mumbai.

Terror Attacks in Mumbai, 90 dead over 900 injured

And to think I just got back from Mumbai 24 hours ago from a meeting. Another close shave, just like the time when there was a terrorist attack in Bangalore.

Just this morning I have 2 friends asking me if I am alright. Well, yes I am. Since Mumbai is 1 and half hours flight from Bangalore the Terrorist didn't manage to get me. *whew* Thanks guys for caring! My mom and dad might not have seen the news yet.

But it beckons the question, 'Is it still safe to be here in India?'

Every other month I've seen reports of terror attacks here, and this is the worst so far. Is the economic crisis bringing out the looney bins?

Btw, you can blame everything from natural disaster to infertility on the economic crisis now.

'Why are you not hitting your sales numbers?'
answer: economic crisis causing clients to cut spending

'Why can't you get it up tonight honey?'
answer: economic crisis causing stress on little bob

But I digress...... back to terror attacks in India. After this round for attacks, makes me wonder how long more should I be staying here? I don't know, maybe I should start talking to my boss about moving back.

It's a good thing I'm flying back tomorrow, at least I'll be away from all these craziness for a while.

I'm hoping for the best, and my prayers go out to all those in Mumbai right now. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Citi bailout, my relief...

So I have not been writing since my last post. Why? Standard answers would be work and laziness.... and it was both.

I just got back from Mumbai on a late flight and super tired from a full day's meeting today and retail shop visits yesterday. But I had to say I at least felt relieved on the way back.

Not because of work being done, because work can never finish in hell. Yes, I work for the devil. Who doesn't? No, the reason I felt relieved is knowing that when I got back here in Bangalore my $ in Citibank's saving account is still there.

Citi Dodges bullet

Not to say I have millions of dollars in the bank, but it is hard earned blood sweat money over the past 2 years here in India afterall. My sister likes to call it my 'lou por pun', but to me, it's just the MunY survival fund or my financial report card.....

The sheer anxiety that the current economic environment is just unprecedented, for me at least. And it could be my fault for not spreading my savings and investment in other financial institution, and laziness plays a part in that. But boy o boy, it sure is time to start spreading out your eggs in alot of baskets.

Crossing my fingers that we all weather through this storm, and come out wiser...... without having to pay too much a fee for the learning.

2 more days till I go home, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee......

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Surprises are no fun?

Surprise! is a concept I never really warmed up to.

Imagine this happening.....

I'm not the type of person who plans for surprises or fond of surprises. Although I appreciate the idea that one goes through to do something nice for another person, I also think surprises should be kept to a minimum.

Between me and my gf, she's the one with the better affinity for surprises. She's always advocating the idea. Well, me being me..... this always become a debate.

Yes ladies, I know you all like to be surprised with nice gifts and gesture. And if your partner is romantic enough he or she will spend time and effort to plan a pleasant surprise for you. But...... you would still like to have an idea of what that surprise is, right? Women are complicated....

Anyway, between Sept 07 and Sept 08 I've managed to surprise my gf at least twice. 'How?' you ask? Well, for me it was simple. I was already planning trips back home during those times, but I lied through my teeth so she would not expect and suspect me.

Well, you would have thought she would be happy and all to see me right? Hah! Wrong!

This was how the conversation went:

Me: Hi dear! I'm back!!!
Gf: What?!@#! Boh Ah Kai!!!(No brains) Why never tell me?

Me: ......... surprise? :P

Oh yeah, same conversation happened this year in Sept too.Dejavu? Perhaps... and this time I had to delete a comment from my blog to avoid detection! Sorry Ling Tze!!!  

So why did I bring this topic up?

Because..... you see..... in 8 days time I will be flying back to Penang to attend 2 of my dearest friend's wedding. And since the last trip, I swore on my dog's life to my gf that i will not surprise her again. (Don't go telling my dog)

But this time round, my gf just won't leave me alone. She keeps on thinking I'm just going to pop up a week earlier and do the whole surprise thing again!

No matter how hard I try to convince her, she won't believe me. That's the consequence of crying wolf more than once I suppose. So 3 days back I told her I'd send her my itenary, but between work and sleep I forgot all about it.... oh boy, did I ever get the evil MSN stare. She really thinks that I'm trying to trick her... again!

So finally, after hurling theories of me trying to buy time so I'd show up in Penang by tomorrow and me trying to fake a flight itenary, today, at 8pm IST I finally sent it after countless attempt to interogate me for the truth.

So people.... Lesson is, surprises can be good.... and bad. But most importantly, the good ones are mostly  determined by your partners... you have no say. :P

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Still the same old issues in Penang.....

Why can't we all learn to live in harmony? Is that not the picture we try to portray to the outside world?

Living here in India, I get to see alot of 'Malaysia, Truly Asia' ads flash by on CNN. And it always reminds me of good old Malaysia.

Then I go online, and see this on The Star Online.

Muslim Groups lodges report against Penang Deputy CM

It seems it's a respond to Ramasamy's comments about an imbalanced race ratio working in the civil service.

Niama, why lah why? Don't they know an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind?

UMNO dudes, don't get angry ... get even. If you think the statement is in fact untrue, get data to prove Mr Ramasamy wrong.

Maybe he shouldn't have mentioned UMNO, maybe all he should do is state the fact that there are more Malays in the civil service today... that would seem fairer no?

So maybe he should apologize to UMNO, but only if you have the right facts to show him. That indeed, over the past 50 years, the ruling party at the time did try to foster civil service blooming with different race and culture.

And about apologizing, maybe Ramasamy can take a page out of UMNO's playbook? Just follow former Bukit Bendera UMNO chief Ahmad Ismail's course of actions. Don't remember, read them here & here.

End of the day, we just want a peaceful country to live in. Regardless of Race, Creed or Religion. Don't you guys effing get it? Stop stirring the friggin pot already. Bunch of Morons.... :P

Sunday, November 16, 2008

MunY Movies: Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace, the 22nd Bond movie, exceeded my expectations. I liked it.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as a pouty lipped 007, and the movie follows through from the final scenes of Casino Royale. So if you did not watch Casino Royale you might get a wee bit confused by the turn of events.

The movie is excellent, all types of chasing. Car chase, Boat Chase, Plane chase, Man chase, Girl chase.... you name it, it's all there in Quantum of solace. you get to see the thrashing of an Aston Martin in the opening sequence.

And what is a bond movie without the ladies, right?

Introducing Olga Kurylenko. If she looks familiar, you would have seen her in the movie Hitman back in 2007 & *update* Max Payne in 2008(have not seen this, thx to Doris for pointing it out). And I've seen some people say that she's not attractive enough to be a bond girl, those are statements I have to utterly disagree with. Though she has a hard name to pronounce, she is hot, sexy and Russian. If I had to use one word to describe her, it would be 'Fuyoh!'

Then there is the brief appearance of Gemma Arterton, not seen her on any movies before. The bond movie also didn't do her justice with the image above, and giving her a name like 'Fields' and very little airtime. She'll probably be best remembered as the 'Oilfinger' girl in a 007 movie instead.....

And of course not forgetting Dame Judi Dench. She of course plays M, boss to 007. THE lady that's constantly in Bond's business. In one of the scenes, when Bond took a call from M, someone asked him 'your mother called?', Bond retorted with ' She wishes'. Classic....

But I have to say one thing about the movie, WHERE THE HELL IS Q???? Not there in CR, not here in QOS...... It is mandatory in a bond movie to show all the cool spy gadgets created by Q for Bond.... Bring Q back please.

What about the villians this time round? I think they were a bit not up to the villian par for James Bond movie, and his sidekick has a haircut borrowed from the three stooges.
Dominique Greene, Villain and Environmentalist.
Villain's sidekick, the fourth stooge.

And I like how the movie sets up the platform for the next one, the 2 villains up there are just henchmen of a larger organization called quantum. So the next 007 movie should be a blast, well, that's what I predict anyway.

Back to Quantum of Solace. My ratings for it: Good.

So if you like Bond movies, watch it.
If you like action movies, watch it.
If you like hot girls, watch it.
If you like Daniel Craig, watch it.

Until the next Bond Movie.... I leave you with a quote from the Villain, Dominique Green. Can you guess what resource he is referring to? :)

Dominic Greene: This is the world's most precious resource, we need to control as much of it as we can.

MunY Movies: Eagle Eye

When the first few scenes of Eagle Eye started, first thought that went through my head was 'not another US-Terrorist movie?'

I walked into the Cinema not reading any reviews or spoilers, so I really didn't know what to expect from the movie.

Only with the Knowledge that Shia LaBeouf(of transformer and Indiana Jones fame) and Michelle Monaghan (last seen in Made of Honour) is starring, and that it was on the US#1 movie list for some weeks. I was in for a thrilling ride.

The cast is rounded up by Billy Bob Thorton(Monsters Ball), Michael Chiklis(Fantastic Four) and Rosario Dawson( MIB II). Respectively playing FBI agent, US Secretary of Defense and US Airforce officer.

Plot is about 2 strangers, Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman getting thrown into a situation that would make the viewers think there is a planned terrorist attempt on US soil. They both get calls from a Woman voice with the tone similar to my very aggressive and instructive GPS guiding system.

The movie gives you a feeling of 'Big Brother'..... where your every single move and conversation can be recorded through surveilance machines or cellphones, and your behaviour and temperament can be analyzed through social networks and online patterns. Scary....

*Spoiler Alert*
If you do not want to know more about the plot of the movie, stop here and surf to other nonsensical articles I have in my blog.

Eagle Eye is actually a reference to a US developed super computer, ARIA. It controls everything from your microwave to your vibrators. It's primary function is to keep an eye out for terrorist activities and keep America safe from threat.

But when the US president made a WRONG decision to take out an innocent village, thinking the head of a terrorist group was there, ARIA determines that the current US govn is incompetent and a threat to national security... something like the Bush administration.... and decides to take them all out.

That's when Jerry and Rachel gets thrown into the plan to execute the President of the united states by a rogue computer.

It's hard not to see the subtext of the story telling, where it is saying the CURRENT US president made some really bad call, and should have been taken out alot earlier. I guess you know where the political preference of the writers lie. :)

The movie has some pretty cool chase scenes filled with Adrenaline pumping action, and the movie keeps you guessin until the end. Acting on the movie will not win any Academy awards, but I'd recommend watching this in a Cinema or a good surround sound system to enjoy the effects.

So if you are looking for some action thriller to pass your boring evening while your partner is out and about with friends..... this is a movie that worth grabbing off the shelve and watching.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Secrets are a powerful and potentially dangerous...

BOMBS! Secrets are like ticking bombs, you never know when they are going to blow up. And the more you have, the more deadly they are.

Everyone has secrets, it's part of human nature. We can't help but to keep certain info out of the limelight, or from certain individuals because it could be devastatingly harmful if used incorrectly.

For those of you that remember the x-filomania back in the 90s, the key phrase 'trust no one' seemingly keeps on reminding us the ugly nature of the human species.

There's an old chinese saying, 'If you do not want anyone to know, best not to do anything at all' ... loosely translated. Like having an affair, cheating on your girlfriend or betraying a friend. Secrets can hardly be kept under wraps, another old chinese saying goes, 'paper can not contain fire', eventually.... it gets out!

A moment of madness is all it's needed to have a sercret exposed. Human nature is such that we feed on other people's secret, curiosity has fueled the human race for ages.

Recently there's been some scandals involving Malaysian students in a video, and also a famous blogger about his personal life. Ever wonder how those secrets got leaked? I'm sure the person in question never intended to have their secrets revealed.

With technology today, nothing is really private anymore. Your life is like the gossip column in the newspaper if someone seeks to make it so. That's why I have friends who shun any social networking sites in fear of exposure.

Sometimes there are secrets we hope we never should have learned, because with them comes a burden. You never know when you might say the wrong thing, or because the info may bring you or your loved ones in harm's way.

Carrying any secret with you IS a burden, it's could feel like an elephant sitting on your chest. So when a friend tells you 'eh, you want to hear a secret?' Think carefully about the responsibility and burden that you might be heaped upon before saying yes.

Is this friend worth your effort to keep a secret? Or is this just another grapevine type news about someone whoring about in the office?

Ignorance is bliss, to a certain extent..... I guess.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Nokia India sucks!!!

I want to rant, and this goes out to Nokia India. You suck!

Your support service is a joke, and the people you appoint to do the job are a bunch of lazy ass and nonchalant imbeciles.

It took you 4 weeks to tell me my phone is in a state of non repair, another week to tell me I have to wait another week to promise me a new phone. And when I got my phone, it was not a new phone, but a phone that's been used by some Indian dude.

He took pictures of another Indian dude doing some stuff to some other Nokia N95 8GB, and also had like 171 Indian or Bengali songs loaded onto the phone.

This is unacceptable service, and I'm going back to the service center to give the manager there a piece of my mind. But I know all he'll do is shake his head and tell me there's nothing he can do, in his so ever nonchalant manner.

If not for my trusty sony ericsson K700i, I would have blown my top alot earlier.

Why don't you invest some of those marketing $ you use to convince us how good you are, and pour it back into training your support staff and partners?

Nokia India, you suck. Period.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Najib T-shirts? Anyone?

In a recent article from the star online, Don't get carried away with Obama, Kelantan Umno liaison chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa mentioned he prefered Malaysians to wear T-Shirts bearing Datuk Seri Najibs name.

So I thought to myself, that's a great idea! Can make a ringgit or 2 off Najib-mania!

This is what I think the T-shirt should look like.

As suggested by Annuar, 'Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Soon to be our next PM & UMNO president'
Please support our 'admired' leaders through action of consumerism. 
On a totally unrelated t-shirt design to the one above......

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Week in Review - Hamilton, Obama and Flying pigs

Normally I would not do a week in review but this week saw a few historical events unfold.

In my earlier post, How F1 and the US presidential Election will affect the world economic crisis... I touched on both the possibilities of a new F1 champ and US president.

Let's start with F1.

on Nov 2nd, in Sao Paulo Brazil, Lewis Hamilton became the youngest F1 World Champion at the age 23years, 8mths and 26 days. And though race should not be a base of discussion, he is also the first black driver in F1 to become a world champion.

The final race is one of the most dramatic race I've seen, with the championship only decided in the final 30 seconds of the race. I was on the edge of my seat during that final 30 seconds, definitely a moment to remember.

Then following F1, it was the US Presidential election held on 4th of Nov.

Alot of expectations for Senator Barrack Obama going into this election, consensus was that he, without any unforeseen circumstances, should become the next presidential elect.

And America did not disappoint, by voting Obama to a landslide victory over his rival John McCain. Making him the first non-white president to take the oval office, though as many reports put it, race was not a factor during the election. If you believe it so to be true.

This also prompted the Malaysian PM to make a comment that a non-Malay PM is also possible in Malaysia..... yes, I believe it can happen! .That is also when genetic research advancement can make pigs take flight.

So 2 historic events that prompted my friend to call this year, 'The year of the blacks'. With the Venus sisters meeting in the final of Wimbledon and Venus eventually taking the title.

So I guess my prediction weren't that far off, now only if I could channel those clarevoyent powers of mine to predict the next lottery numbers......

Ohm..... mali..... mali.... Ohm........

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Have you met 'Dexter'?

When I mention the name Dexter, what image pops up to mind?


I think most peeps with kids at home with cartoon channels might think so, from the cartoon series 'Dexter's Laboratory'

But today I am talking about a different Dexter.

This guy.

Dexter is an American TV drama series currently into it's 3rd season, on the premium cable channel Showtime.

I stumbled upon the show one day when most of the TV series were on summer break and I needed new entertainment.

Not doing any background research and having absolutely no expectation of the show, it was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter analyst working for the Miami police department by day, and serial killer by night.

Yes, you read it right, SERIAL KILLER. But he only goes around killing bad guys that the law can't get, sorta like a vigilante superhero, just that he uses knives to cut up people and throw them into the deep end of the sea.

The show is definitely rated by me as excellent watch + NSFC (Not suitable for Children), not unless you're planning to plant ideas of serial killing into your kid's head as cool and acceptable.

I find the show interesting because, after watching so many tv series involving crime scene investigation and criminal profiling, this show gives the views and perspective from the serial killer instead.

The cast is fairly unknown in this region of the world, but I think the chemistry works well between all of them.
So if you have some time during the weekend that you want to pass, but not wanting to do any strenuous activities. Head on to the DVD store and pick up season 1 of Dexter. It's worth the kill watch.

Here's the trailer from Season 1.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Flu Virus! Attack!

Weather in Bangalore is changing, and I saw this coming a few days back when the sneezing started.

It was 'ah-choo' nation since Sunday, and today it's full blown attack by the flu virus. It's like the sneezing was a call to arms by the virus and once the flu army built up and overpowered my antibodies, I went down like the titanic.

My head feels like a ton of bricks and there are like hundreds of Congo drummers beating their drums inside of my head causing this massive headache that I've been experiencing the whole day.

Being alone in a foreign land when you are sick is the worse feeling ever, cause when you're home and if you're sick you still have your love ones to take care of you. But when you're all alone..... it sucks.

So I'm on alot of vitamin C and water for now, hopefully I'll recover by tonight and get back to work in the morning. The life of a corporate rat, the wheels keep on spinning and you just have to keep on running.

I'm going to bed now, been sleeping for the past 8 hours during the day. Hope that I'll still doze off after medication.

See ya all soon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

You know times are bad when.....

....... you get into office in the morning and you see emails from your CEO and VP telling you big stuff like consumer confidence index ah... GDP growth ah.... budget control ah....

While reading the email, I noticed how well the words and sentences are crafted. I read stuff like, 'Streamlined workforce' (read, same amount of work, less people).... reduce non-people spending (read, less dinners and parties)

The last time I remember something like this was when I first joined the company back in 2001 during the dot com bust. That time I learned a new 3 letter word. No, not T.I.U or D.I.E. I found out what VSS meant.

Today, on top of Voluntary Separation, I learned a new phrase Involuntary Separation.

Voluntary Separation is like when celebrities are splitting up, and they use the words 'separation by mutual consent'. In actual fact is that they find each other surplus to their lives and no longer need the burden of each other, so both parties choose to part ways peacefully with a nice severance $ package for one party. Or the other way you can look at voluntary separation is that the company makes life so difficult for you that you WILL volunteer to separate yourself.

Voluntary Separation, the Dilbert Way.

Involuntary Separation is like Beyonce's song 'to the left'. The company out right tells you that you're no longer needed, kicks you in the balls and throws your clothes out on the street for you to rot in the financial winter.

Involuntary Separation, the Dilbert way.
There's also mention of unpaid leave for employees.... not a bad option if you don't have any financial burden.

Let's hope we all weather the storm, and come through this with as little bruises as possible.

Monday, November 3, 2008

F1 World Champion: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is 2008 F1 World Champion!!!

Two words to sum up the race : Friggin Amazing.

One of the most dramatic finish to a race I've seen.

If you missed it, try catching the highlights.

It came down to the final lap and the final 30 seconds to determine the world championship.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Hokkien Mee in a Packet

When you are living abroad, you tend to have a nostalgic needs for food that reminds you of home.

If you are from Malaysia, you'd probably be thinking Nasi Lemak, Bah Kut Teh, Nasi Kandar and so on...

Taking it a step further, if you are from Penang, you'd be thinking of Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Curry Mee, Char Koay Teow, Chee Cheong Fun, WantanMee, Rojak, Curry Mee, Hillside uncle burger, Penang Road Chendol, New World Park Ice Kacang...... and so on... but I digress.

If you are in a country where there's a Chinatown you might still find some of the above mentioned food. But living here in Bangalore there is NO Chinatown. Where are all the Chinese?!!?!??!

So what do I do when I think of food from home?

Many months ago, I have one of my friends or aka noodle mules bring me some instant noodles from home. You must be asking, 'Don't they sell instant noodles in India?'

They do, but the texture of the noodles here are very different from what I'm used to and the taste is also something that needs to be acquired.

Ok, getting back to my 'noodle mule' story. My colleague brought me Cintan Mee and other stuff like Bak Kua(dried bbq pork). And inside the 'home package' also sat this packet of wonder....

'Penang Har Mee'
Slogan: Ho Liao! (translated as 'very good')

Oh man, 6 months away from home and finally tasting this for the first time.... It was heavenly. No, it was not better than sex, but it was definitely heavenly.

Inside the packet it comes with your standard Ajinomoto that makes it oh so delicious, just ignore the balding effects afterwards.

Seasoning powder and Chili powder for the oomph!

Chili Oil and Soya Sauce for the taste

These are what we call 'Ewww Chang' in Penang. Or Fried Oily onions. (correct me if I'm wrong peeps)

The end product on a cold saturday morning will look like this.

*Eggs not include in packet

Enjoying this on a cold weekend morning while watching Grey's Anatomy or CSI is bliss. If you are more creative, you can add prawns and vegetables like the packacing suggest.

So if you are from Penang and you are planning to travel overseas for a long period of time, you can pack a few of these and cook them instantly when you're feeling nostalgic about home.

It's not the real McCoy, but it's as close as it gets. And it's for lazy people like me who can't cook even if his life depended on it.

So now I'm just waiting for Chendol in a Packet, Laksa in a Packet, Wantanmee in a Packet.... you get the drift...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!

In 2002, while me mom and dad were away in Shanghai. A good friend of mine suggested to do a halloween party at my place cause the house is old, big and has long grasses growing out from the garden. (yes, I was not very good at maintaining the house. :P )

It was the whole she-bang, fake mummies, witches finger biscuits, sound effects, tombstone..... alcohol... and other 'stuff'

But no one came dressed up as anything then.

6 years down the road, and I'm here in Bangalore thinking if I were to goto a Halloween Party, what would I go as?

Why so Serious? Let's put a smile on your face. HHOEHOEHOEHOEOHEHOEHEHEH.

Yeah, me and the other half of the world. :P I would have probably tried Achmed the Dead Terrorist, but I don't think I'd want a guy sticking his hand up my arse while I shout on the top of my lungs, 'Silence, I KEEL U'

Materials needed to become the joker:

1. Green Hair Dye
2. Red Lipstick
3. Loads of white powder
4. some really big eye liner....
5. Purple attire
6. last but not list, an evil grin

If you're planning to go out as the Joker tonight and need the ringtone, you can find it here.

Happy Halloween Peeps!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Morons of Malaysia: Umno Tanjung

A day or 2 back, I woke up in the morning and did my usual nasties and surfed onto thestar online.

I saw this title: Boycott Malay Daily, Lim urges Penangites

Now why would our dear CM asked us, the ever harmonious people of Penang to boycott a paper, let alone a Malay one?

Turns out, Morons are at work again.

No, not Mr Lim. But the members of MoM again barfing shit out of their mouths. I went over to Utusan Malaysia and saw the article below (in Malay)

UMNO Tanjung persoal papan tanda pelbagai bahasa / UMNO Tanjung questions motive on Multi-language signboard

In the article, the Moron in question questions the motive of the Penang government in putting up multilanguage signboards around Penang. Further calling the Penang state government a party that raises insignifcant ideas and issues to only obtain favarobility of certain races in the state.

I mean..... WTF???

Why are you morons fanning the flames unnecessasry?

This is what they said:

''Jika sebab pelancongan pun memang tidak boleh terima kerana pelancong datang negeri ini untuk mengenali keunikan negara kita bukannya hendak tahu pasal jalan.

''Lagi pula bahasa bukan isu kepada mereka kerana bahasa Melayu menggunakan abjad-abjad Roman dan itu sesiapa pun tahu baca, jadi papan tanda jalan bukan satu masalah," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Loosely translated to, Tourism can't be accepted as a valid reason because tourists come to Malaysia to experience it's uniqueness and not to know about it's roads. Furthermore language should not be an issue because the Melayu language uses Roman alphabets and everyone knows how to read them therefore the signboards are not an issue..... - deputy head of Umno Tanjung Raja Munir Shah Raja Mustapha

If this is not fanning the flames, I don't know what is.

Come on guys, it's a valid reason. I also support to have directional roadsigns to have Malay/English wordings on them. A guy from China won't know what Kanan or Kiri means.

UMNO dudes, no need to get all worked up..... Let's all live in peace.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Chilling out at Olive Beach, Bangalore

So it's the day before Diwali, a few of my friends from out of town flew in early to mix business with pleasure.

A year ago, we went to this place called 'Olive Beach'.

So why did we decide to go back to the same place? Because it left us with such good memories that we had to do it again.

Described on their website as,

' a rustic hideaway where good food, laughter, culture and conversation come together in a delightful Mediterranean melting pot. A place where beautiful people meet to celebrate life's simple journey'

They essentially have 3 branches across India, Mumbai, Delhi & Bengaluru and they are multiple award winning restaurants.

The branch in Bengaluru is described as:

'Bengaluru's legendary chill Maadi(just chill, dude!) essense finds company. The Olive Beach: an old bungalore renovated to adorn the mediteranean villa by the beach look....'

You can read more bout it here.

Let me tell you about the Sunday brunch in Olivebeach Bengaluru.

As you walk in, you will see deco of Mediteranean influece....

But I like to call this place Gaijin nation. Why? Because it is a place where white dudes come to congregate on a Sunday afternoon.

see the table next to us fill with Gaijin.

Moving on to the food....Like Megan Fox, it has a nice spread.....

Assortment of Cheese, bread, meat, pasta, seafood, dessert......

Fried Calamari & cooked crayfish

Fresh Grouper with Mashed Potatoes

Fresh Oysters

Fresh Prawns with Mashed Potatoes

Strawberry cream tarts

Mocha Cream Brule

Pretty cool spread huh? But that's not the highlight yet...... As all Sunday brunch goes, it is not complete if it is not with..... Free Flow of Alcohol!!!

Yes, as soon as you sit down the on your table the waiter serves you a orange martini.
You can order anything from Beer to Mojitos.

Deadly combination - Tobasco Mojito

Chilli Martini???

But the group of us decided to go with way of bond, Martinis... Shaken... not stirred.

Enough martinis to turn you into Amy Winehouse.

Loads of flavor, Appletini, Orangetini, Chocolatetini, sex-in-the-city-tini.....

But the interesting one was when the waiter came to us and offer us, 'That Some Poo' Martini. Yes, you read it right, 'That-some-Poo' Martini. So did we taste the poo?

oh yeah! And it was the best Poo ever (not to say I can tell... never tasted poo before). Turns out.... it's actually Passion Fruit Martini!!! Just a matter of Chicken and Duck talk. That-is-sure-Some-Poo. Hah!

Too bad it's not mango season, else we'd get some Mango Martini and daqaries too.
We finished it all... and some more.

Good Food - Checked!
Laughter - Checked!
Culture(alcohol) - checked!
Coversation - checked!
A place where beautiful people meet to celebrate life's simple journey? - checked! (after that much alcohol, everyone's beautiful)

What's the damage? Rs2000 per head, but definitely worth it as we sat from 12:30pm to 5:30pm... having some major good times.