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.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Diwali!

Being here in India during this festival time of the year gives your perspective of the scale of celebration.

Back in Malaysia, you know it's diwali because it's a holiday. And if you have friends of Indian ethnicity you will probably be invited to their homes for some delicious India sweets and Muruku. But overall celebrations are toned down.

Here in Bangalore, you can hear firecrackers blowing up and people are out and about doing shopping in their brand new Saris or Kurtas. The mood of festival celebration her is definitely ten folds of what I've felt back home.


So To all my friends and readers out there who celebrates Diwali, I wish you a happy and prosperous Diwali.

May the light of fortune shine upon you and your family, and bring along wealth and happiness in the coming year.

Happy Diwali Y'all.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Penang Hokkien, Part two

So it's been a while since I updated my Hokkien language teaching posting, last seen here in this post.

So today, I will impress upon you some Hokkien acronyms commonly used in Penang.

PSPH - Pao Sua Pao Hai (pronounced: Bow Su-ah Bow Hi)
Direct translation would be Cover Mountaint Cover Sea.
Usually used when someone ask of your job in a company, the poor soul that gets paid peanuts and has to do everything from cleaning the toilets to booking the hotel for the bosses affair.

LPPL - Lam Pa Pa Lan (pronounced: Lam Pa Pa Lan)
direct translation would be balls hitting against the Penis. (hokkien experts correct me if i am wrong)
Usually used in a context when someone said or done something that has no fruitful outcome. ending up at the beginning.
Example:
Your manager says, 'I understand tomorrow is your *insert important date here*, and I totally support you taking leave, but can you come in tomorrow and finish this work first till 4pm before going on leave?'
You think, ' Niama,LPPL'

LKBS - Luan Kar Beh Si (pronounced: Lu-aunt-car-bay-see)
direct translation: noisy until want to die/
Used in a context when someone is very annoying or keeps on nagging to the point of irritation. Or can just mean very noisy. The die part is just to add to the dramatic effect of hokkieness.
example:
Mother: nag nag nag nag nag........
gf: nag nag nag nag nag nag....
boss: nag nag nag nag nag nag
you: ok ok, I will drink more water, be more romantic and ... boss... I have no idea what you are nagging about. LKBS!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chicken and Duck Talk

Ever been in a meeting room, where you don't understand the words that are coming out of people's mouth?




Oh, no. I'm not talking about the ones that shits out of their mouth, and talk a bunch of nonsense. I'm talking about genuinely not understanding the language.

Being here in India, it should have happened sooner. But because most of the time people here speak in English I've gotten by.Until today.......




I was in a corporate meeting with a bunch of our partners, and 90% of the time they were speaking in Hindi. I tried to keep up but in vain. All my fault for not taking the initiative to learn the local language.

India's a fascinating country, people in the south i.e Tamil Nadu mostly only speak Tamil, people up North i.e Delhi speaks only Hindi. The linguistic scene here is like Rojak, fill with many different fruits but ultimately tied together by the prawn paste. (you can tell I'm missing Penang food here)

Before coming to India, I thought people here speak only Indian. Like you know, the french speaks french, the english speaks english, and the Malaysian ministers speak crap. No? My bad... sorry, can't help not taking a swipe....

Lesson here is to learn more language, it could either save your life or get you an additional discount off that bag you're planning to buy from the market through some local language bargaining.

What does Dr M and Cows have in common?

They could be MAD one time or another....



Dr M: Reduce wealth gap to narrow race gap - The Star Online

Undeniably, Dr MAD is a major force behind Malaysia's current success and I have total respect for what he has done for the country. But I think as age catches up, his marbles are falling all over the place. And he probably needs a hearing aid..... cause he's not been hearing what the people of Malaysia's been saying.

All races living in this country will refer to themselves as Malaysians once the economic gap between them is reduced, says former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

I refer to myself as a Malaysian, which person born and living in Malaysia doesn't do that? Did he mean just because I'm poorer than some Malaysian Malay or Malaysian Indian that I don't refer to myself as Malaysian? I don't go around telling people I'm a chinese living in Malaysia, do you fellow Malaysians? So who are those that Tun MADhatir is referring to if it's not you or me?

There will always be economic gaps in a democratic (or semi one) country, that's the whole point of capitalism. People who work HARDER and are MOTIVATED will get richer, those that are just LAZY and UNINITIATED will continue to stay poor.

If you want to get to a better place, don't sit on your butt and wait for someone to take you there. Run to your destination, even if you don't have shoes and the roads are scorching hot. It's an idea called sacrifice. niama, get used to it.

I'm fed up. Really am.... no more preferential treatment please. We can all live in harmony. Peace.

p/s can someone remind Dr M to take his pills in the morning?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How F1 and the US presidential election will affect the world economic crisis...

The US elections is 2 weeks away, and the Obama vs McCain race is reaching it's penultimate state. Just like Hamilton vs Massa in F1, the winner will be crowned 2 weeks from now.
I can't remember who or where I heard this from, but the fate of the world lies on the outcome of the US presidential election. And someone went as far as telling me only Obama is the only one that can save the world now from financial meltdown.
So what does that make him?
Obama Man!

And I found this article online 'Obama promises 3 day weekends under presidency'. And the article goes as far as to say that he will extend it to the entire world!!! What a chap.

But I am sure, all of you would be thinking... '3 day weekend'..... now wouldn't that be just wonderful.... *WAKE UP!*

Maybe Najib should try promising 3 day weekend, that might just win votes back to Barisan. :) and also add a day of holiday when F1 is in town so Malaysians can go....

So let's keep an eye out, in 2 weeks time.... a New F1 champion and a New US President will be revealed!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

MunY Movies:Body of Lies

Espionage, Spies, Terrorist, the middle east..... sounds familiar? It probably is.

The most recent memory of mine on a terrorist movie from the land of the free is 'The Kingdom', but 'Body of Lies' is more reminiscent of the movie 'Spy Games'.

Body of lies, sounds like a movie with so much potential. Based on the international best seller by David Ignatius, directed by Ridley Scott of 'Gladiator' and 'American Gangster' fame. The movie also boast big name actors the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, both heavy weights in the moviedom.

My thoughts on the movie:
Interesting, well paced in the beginning, loads of action sequences, gruesome torture scenes and ok acting.

Russel Crowe plays the role of Ed Hoffman, CIA biggie that gives orders through the phone to the guy on the ground in the Middle East. That would be Roger Ferris, played by Leo DiCaprio.

His mission, if he chooses to accept, is to get one of the terrorist head honcho, Al-Saleem, who's been blowing up places like Amsterdam and London out into the open. To avoid any spoilers, I will not tell you if he was successful, and how he tried to do it. You'd have to go watch the movie or just search the internet.

But in order to do that, he has to hook up with the Jordanian secret service, which is called something else that I don't recall. I wonder if Malaysia has a secret service, most probably will be full of overweight guys sipping teh tarik on a daily basis while listening to hitz.FM to see if there are anti-racial messages being sent.

source:www.movieweb.com
Dicaprio seems to be getting into similar roles these days, first it was blood diamond, then the departed, now body of lies. They all feel the same..... maybe it's just me. You tell me after you watch it.

source:www.movieweb.com
Crowe didn't really do too much in this movie.... just a overweight and disconnected American white guy in Washington trying to play chess with real people's live, but not much impact from his role.

source:www.movieweb.com
Special mention to Mark Strong who plays Hani, head of the Jordanian secret service. He can pass of suave and complicated Middle East James Bond... no, he is not the villain.

If you like a spy movie full of action, you should try to catch it. The show is not too lengthy, around 120minutes. Or if you are just a dicaprio fan, you can probably use that as an excuse to go watch it.

Not sure when this will show in Malaysia, believe the censorship board is going to have to delete quite a number of scenes and explicits from the movie. And given the nature of the show touching on Islam terrorist, not sure if it'll show at all. But they did let 'The Kingdom' goto air, so let's hope this will get to Malaysian shores as well.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Karwa Chauth Festival

Yesterday, Karwa Chauth was celebrated in some parts of India.

Wait, what's Karwa Chauth you ask?

Karwa Chauth is a traditional Hindu Festival for married women. Married Women fast one whole day without food or water for the long life of their husbands. The ritual signifies extreme love and devotion to the husband.- Source Wikipedia

There's a traditional tale behind Karwa Chauth as well, which you can read by here.

So as my colleague was dropping me off yesterday, she told me about the festival and because she's pregnant she can't fast the whole day. So the mother in law gave some advise about eating fruits only for the whole day.

And when she finished explaining why married woman fast, my first reaction was,

'So if the wife wants the husband to die early, they just don't fast issit?'  

Let's work out the math here, wife hates husband -> wife eats lots of her favorite food -> husband dies early -> wife gains a few pounds -> wife gets inheritance from dead husband -> wife goes for slimming session -> wife hooks up with new man.

Winning parties = food companies and slimming parlor
losing parties = Divorce lawyers...... oh, and not forgetting the dead husband too.

So married men out there, if on the 17th of Oct you suddenly see your wife taking larger input of food.... it's a red flag! (only applies to some parts of India yo)

Friday, October 17, 2008

How the Economic downturn is affecting me and Russell Peters

This coming weekend, I had plans to go watch Russell Peters perform live here in Bangalore.

You don't know who Russell Peters is? Have a look at the below video.




He is a comedian, just in case you have not figured it out yet. His material if performed in Malaysia might land him with an eventual coffee session with the men at the ISA. But he is the type of comedian that Malaysia lacks. We so badly need to laugh at ourselves these days.

source: www.ticketpro.in

The tickets to the show are priced at Rs2000 or USD40. Given the current economic situation around the world, and if my mom knew that I was about to spend USD40 to go listen to an Indian dude trash out racist jokes about Chinese, Indians, French, Africans..... she would go, 'boy ah boy, economy boh ho(not good). Can save how much tor save how much lah. Mai luan luan kai(don't spend unnecessarily).

True, with the current economic situation, it's hard to justify spending USD40 to listen to a dude on stage. But it is also at this point in time I need some comedy in my life to cheer me up. As I was doing the 'should I, should I not' routine. This happened....

source: www.ticketpro.in

SOLD OUT! NIAMA!!!! 

Lesson from this is, no matter what the economic situation, you should 'just do it'. \

And like what Russell said, 'Be a man, do the right thing!' (watch below to understand)



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My home pt 1

These chairs are the ones that's been in my current home forever.

In a short few months time, we will be leaving this place I've come to call home for the past 30 years. A home I truly love.

Hard not to get sentimental, so I thought I start a series and countdown till that day comes.

To quote my sister, 'you need to be rich to be sentimental'.

Well said sis, well said.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

3 years and counting....

Happy Anniversary dear.... thanks for all the love, patience and food you've chucked my way.




Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Reasons you wanna get rich

Today at work, amidst all the chaos and confusion of the corporate mail. I received this email

Title: Reasons you want to get Rich
Please list down below at least 5 reasons you want to get rich

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

end of email

So go ahead, list down the reasons you want to get rich and then read on.
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Done yet? not yet? here are some inspirations to help you along the way.

your dream car

Your 2 carat diamond wedding ring

Your dream house

your dream bag (yes girls, I know you all want this)

Your dream galSSSS (yes guys, I know you all want these)


Turns out the email has nothing to do with you wanting to get rich, but some type of jedi mind-fuck test to see which category of person you are.

Here are the categories:


1st - Deliver under expectation
So if you provided less than 5 answers, you are a slacker. And under a working environment, you would be=lose money for your company

2nd - Deliver as per expectation
So if you provide exactly 5 answers, you are a sheep. Because the type of person that delivers as per expectation is only knows how to follow orders, and is = low return investment for your company.

3rd - Deliver beyond expectation
If you provided more than 5 answers, congratulations. You know you are ambitious and definitely wants to get rich to fill your empty soul, oh and it is also = CREATE VALUE, HIGH INVESTMENT for your company

so which category am I in? take a guess?

yeah, I only replied with 5 answers.

1. Be Happy
2. Be Healthy
3. Be Content
4. Be able to help people
5. Be Happy

Yes, I got too lazy to think of the fifth reason... :P

But then again, if you put 10 reasons, and all of them are the same, like... be happy. Then you'd still fall into category 3.... nutz....

Leave a comment, I want to know what are YOUR reasons of wanting to get rich. :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Do we have Ministers with the right qualitfications?

Comparison of Education between the PMs and FM of Malaysia and India, and you can decide which country needs to desperately recruit/nurture talent in the political arena.

Malaysian PM
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
BA Islamic Studies - University Malaya
source: Wikipedia

India PM
Manmohan Singh
Ph.D from Oxford University
Source:Wikipedia
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Malaysian Finance Minister
Najib Tun Abdul Razak
Degree in Industrial Economics - University of Nottingham
Source:Wikipedia

India Finance Minister
P.Chidambaram
MBA - Harvard University
Source: Wikipedia

If that's not enough to convince you, just look to our neighbours..... Singapore.

Singapore PM
Lee Hsien Loong
Masters Degree in Public Administration - Harvard University
Source: Wikipedia

Singapore Finance Minister
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Masters Degree in Economics - Cambridge University
Masters Degree in Public Administration - Harvard University
Source: Wikipedia

I am sure Abdullah and Najib is doing a 'great' job right now, but I've personally seen some minister's education qualification in Malaysia to be shameful.

Personally, don't like talking about politics. But if you give it a long and hard thought, where are all the talents that the government funded?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tagged by WQ

Name: Mun Y
Sisters: 1
Brothers: 0
Shoe size: not too sure
Height: tall enough to reach the cookie jar now
Where do you live: In-Di-Yah

Favourite drinks: Coke, Cafe Mocha from SBC, Pur Er Tea
Favourite breakfast: Toast Bread and half boiled Eggs

Have you ever

Been on a plane? yes
Swam in the ocean: yes
Fallen asleep at school: yes
Fell off your chair: yes
Sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to call: yes
Saved emails? yes

What is your room like:no mirrors, full of comics, 2 laptops, single bed so 2 ppl can cozy up on

What’s right beside you: casper the ghost

What is the last thing you ate: Kiwi

Ever had

Chicken pox: Yes, best time of my life coz i got to skip school

Sore throat: seldom
Stitches: no
Broken nose: no,

Do you
Believe in love at first sight: not anymore now that I'm 28
Like picnics: only if I don't have to prepare anything and it's not raining. :P

Who was, were
The last person you danced with: my doggie, husky
Last person who made you smile: My silly gf
You last yelled at: the TV during a football game between Liverpool and Everton

Today did you:
Talk to someone you like:yes
Kissed anyone: no
Get sick: does a stiff neck count?
Miss someone: yes

Eat: definitely

Best feeling in the world:doing a number 2?
Do you sleep with stuffed animals: no
What’s under your bed: mike wazowski
Who do you really hate:no one, too much burden and waste of time

What time is it now?: 10:52pm IST

Random:
Is there a person who is on your mind now: no
Do you have any siblings: yes
Do you want children: maybe
Do you smile often: not really....
Do you like your hand-writing: no friggin way.... worst hand writing in the world

Are your toe nails painted: nope
Whose bed other than yours would you rather sleep in:Rhona Mitra

What color shirt are you wearing now: white with tintin on it

What were you doing at 7:00 p.m. yesterday:walking home
When did you cry last: When The Dark Knight showed in Bangalore

Are you a friendly person:I think I am....

Do you have any pets:yes, my pet mongrel husky

Where is the person you have feelings for right now?Penang
Did the last person you held hands with mean anything to you now:yupz

Do you sleep with the TV on?:yes
Have you ever crawled through a window?:don't have any windows that can fit me

Can you handle the truth?: what truth? like waking up from the matrix kinda truth? no.
Are you too forgiving?: probably

Are you closer to your mother or father?:I'd have to say mom
Who was the last person you cried in front of?: christian bale and heath ledger
How many people can you say you’ve really loved?: my fingers and toes combined.. and more

Do you eat healthy?: now? yes...

Do you still have pictures of you & your ex?:yes, it's lying somewhere in the shoebox
Have you ever cried because of something someone said to you?:yes, when morpheus told me I am the one

If you’re having a bad day, who are you most likely to go to?:no one, don't want to spoil another individual's day
Are you loud or quiet most of the time?:both, depending on mood. (emo nia)

Are you confident?:yes

3 things I was doing 10 years ago:in college, working in cyberjacks Penang, playing foosball, magic cards and counterstrike
snacks I enjoy:pringles and soft baked cookies
3 of my bad habits:cold exterior, too aloof, sarcastic

3 places I have lived in:Penang, KL, Bangalore

4 people I tag: CK Goh, KY, Cazzy, LingZie

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Conflicted or Confused.... you decide

Conflicted/Confused

Good/Evil

It's a fine line, isn't it?

My personal opinion, good and evil resides in all of us.

Beautiful thing is, we are given one power.

The power of 'Choice'

:)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Just doing something Silly

Remember this clip from the series Friends?



I saw it on TV rerun the other day and thought to myself, 'when was the last time I did something silly?'

My girlfriend will say, 'all the time'.... ok lor. :P

I find as we get older, we tend to be more cognizant of other people's opinion. Like our bosses, our colleagues, our partners..... That's why we stop doing silly things. I use the word silly, because it's not harmful and could be just fun to do.

Do you feel trapped? stressed? depressed?

Why not take pause, do something silly and see if it helps? :)