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!!!! :) :) :)