Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009, Exit, stage left

Last day of 2009. Gosh. Wow. Hmm. Time flies. Where did it all go? 

As I sit here in my new room pondering the year that was, I just can't help feel a pinch of relief that this year is almost over. 

Two Thousand and Nine and best be described as a year of changes for me. I got myself back to Malaysia, I moved from my old house of 30 years to a new house with my family. I became responsible for a team for the first time and saw a whole bunch of people leave (yes, I'm a slave driver). I went to Sydney, US and Shanghai for the first time in my life. 

I think those were the significant highlights of the year for me. 

Thing I did not upkeep well is this blog, and it's unfortunate that I lost the zest to write. The posts dwindled from 12-15/ month to the measly 1-3/month that you are seeing now. 

Need to regroup, and restart. And I think 2010 will be a good way to start it.

Read an interesting article the other day, Carpe Diem, maybe tomorrow. Interesting read, and it reminds us of the things we put off till tomorrow to do. And I sure as hell am guilty of that. Maybe tomorrow, Maybe next week, maybe next month, maybe next year(!!!). As a friend told me, and a very old Chinese saying, 'how many 10 years do you have in life?' or in English you'd just say, 'you only live once' 

Not going to set resolutions this year, as I didn't fully achieve the ones I set last year. So going to try to keep the 3 that I did not do, and adding one more, which is to keep this blog going so as to keep my mind going. 

Happy to year to everyone, thank you for your love and support. See you next year! 

Sunday, December 27, 2009

now I know why movies here gets 'cut' so badly....

I've always wondered why our movies get censored beyond recognition when it shows in a cinema..... now I know. (this is old news, just been on my mind a while)

A Younger Censorship board

PUTRAJAYA: For the first time ever, the Film Censorship Board will have members aged below 55.
Of the 16 new members appointed yesterday, four were from the pri­­vate sector — the youngest being a kindergarten teacher aged 31.

Holy cow, all this while, the friggin Malaysian censorship board is run by dinosaurs! (no disrespect to the elderly). A kiss here, they censor. A name with 'devil' in it, they censor.

They say 'First Time Ever' like it's something to be proud of.... boooo

Let's hope, that movies in 2010 do really get a 'fair' assessment from THE BOARD.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

MunY Movies: Sherlock Holmes

It's been a while since I last wrote, feeling abit rusty. Have not kept to the promise I made to myself when this year started, so I thought I start here, with Sherlock Holmes.

A holiday movie starring Robert Downing JR and Jude Law, directed by Guy Ritchie, it's a movie I've been looking forward to since the middle of the year.

Well, let's just say the wait was well worth it. 

Sherlock Holmes, the detective most of us read while growing up. The one detective that uses his superior intellectual and awesome power of observation to solve cases beyond the common man, is brought to life by Robert Downing JR. Another outstanding performance by RDJ, he is the ideal person to be playing the legendary detective.

Playing the role of Dr Watson is the ever charming Jude Law, different from the Dr Watson that I've always had in mind. Short and fat with a mustache, but I'm sure the ladies do not mind seeing him taking up the role of Holme's trusty sidekick. 

I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone, but it's definitely an evil plot to take over world that need Holmes and Watson  to solve. Apparently, the police back in the 1800s did not have CSI abilities like the ones Grissom or Horation possesses. 

Guy Ritchie puts his signature on the movie, some may argue that his style of directing may not be best suited for the introduction of Holmes to the big screen but I think he did a good job.If you've watch Snatch and Lock,Stock and Two Smoking barrels, you'll feel right at ease watching this movie Don't expect Michael Bay type of action, you'll be disappointed. 

Some argue that this is better than Avatar this holiday season, for me, the jury is still out. Weighing more towards Avatar for the best winter holiday movie just because of it's sheer effort.

My Rating: excellent watch, should not miss it this holiday.

Watch it if
You are a fan of RDJ
You just like a good mystery/detective movie
You liked Snatch and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels 

P/S Rachel McAdams is also in the movie as Ms Adler, but her role was reduced to merely fringe character and produced little chemistry with RDJ..... 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Muny Movies: 2012

Everybody loves a big disaster movie, and it doesn't get bigger than the latest end of th world flick by Roland Emmerich, 2012.

Plot is simple and straightforward, the world is coming to an end by 21-12-2012 based on the Mayan predictions. So the film starts with a discovery of super sun flares and increased earth core temperatures in 2009, and hence starts the plan to save the human species. 

The movie is 2hours and 40 mins long, but you don't really feel the length of the movie because of it's awesome scenes depicting the destruction of big cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington and so on. 

Danny Glover plays the President of the US, a black president, hmm..... does that sound familiar? In the film he is also the last US president, because once the world ends, there will be no United states of America. 

John Cusack and Amanda Peet plays the role of normal American divorced family brought back together by the tragedies of the disaster. The fights and arguments we go through as a family seems petty once an event as huge as end of the world comes knocking on the door. So try to forgive and do right by the one you love, you'd never know when the earth is gonna split up and swallow you in, or a tidal wave that's gonna come rushing in and drown you out. 

'all the technology that we have today, and the Mayans already saw this coming few thousand years back', this was definitely a fav line of mine from the movie. So what did human do with their technology in this movie? They build arks to ensure the survival of not only the human species, but also animals that would probably not survive the 'big cleansing' 

So where does religion fit into the movie. In a particular scene, you will see people at the vatican, praying... when suddenly a crack appeared on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the whole Vatican city came collapsing down. So, you tell me if prayers are going to help during the end of days? Probably spiritually..... the phrase, 'you can run, but you can't hide' comes to mind. 

I'd recommend the movie as a watch, awesome special effects. The script has nothing to shout about, but just watching some of the amazing scenes is well worth the money paid to watch it on the big screen. 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Credit card pains from the budget...

Recently in Malaysia's Budget 2010, one of the key discussion points of many working class people, and undoubtedly of employees of the banking industry, is the RM50 charge for each credit card owned.

I have had many passionate discussions with my better half about credit cards, the pros and cons of it. This move by the government moves the score more to the Cons column.

The PM thinks that this will curb and reduce credit card debt. He may be right, but it's also a burden for people like me who use the credit card for it's convenience. Not to say I have alot of them, I cancelled most of my credit cards back in 2007 and 2008 because the bank that issues them was providing really crappy services. (ask me and i'll tell you which bank it is)

But then again, the PM might be wrong too. People who needs credit will continue to get more cards to cover debts, and the Rm50 charge will only add on to those debt. It's definitely something up for debate.

This will be a burden to the employees of the credit card dept. As if their jobs are not hard enough, the new budget just made it harder. So do you think the banks should pass this cost to the consumer, or should they absorb the cost to ensure continuity of growth for their credit card business? Or either that, just give a huge credit line on one single card.... that move of course, has it's own risks too.

What about the banks that promised free for life credit cards? Will they start charging the customers who signed up based on that understanding? Would it be a breach of contract? Or does the government ruling turmp all prior contracts? I'm curios, still trying to find out the answer.

If you know, educate me. I'd like to know too. 

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Shopping? Do we really have to?

The answer is apparantly a big YES for bfs and husbands out there.

But the big question I have is, why?

I walk into shops seeing really sad faces of men waiting for their better half frolicking over dresses, shoes and bags.

Does the shopping experience increases if the bf or husband is there? Or is it they are needed there to pay the bills?

Women will tell you that they want you there for your opinions, but in reality most of them already know what they want. Wouldn't it be better to shop with women friends instead? They should be able to give better opinions than fashionably challeneged men. No?

And when I mean fashion challenged men, I mean me. No doubt.

Men and women shop differently. Men goes in, lock on target, buy and leave. Women on the other hand.... I call it shotgun shopping. They land everywhere, except for electronic shops that is.

Well, it's a thing that'll continue to go on. Men or boyz who just started dating, there's no escape. Take the hit and seal the deal, or don't take the hit at all....and roll the dice.

Shopping, in my opinion should be mostly a women only activity. So ladies out there, be nice to your man or partner who are allergic to shopping. Set them free....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I am still alive....

Just thought I update this 'commitment' of mine so that friends and readers still know I am alive.

It's probably been 3 weeks(?) since my last update, bogged down by work, moving and life.

Bogged down by life??? I must be crazy right? Better to be alive than to be dead, that's what I always tell myself.

So I'm moving, from my resident of 32 years, I'm moving. It's going to be bittersweet when that moment arrives, but I'll accept it with earnest. Light shopping, bed shopping, furniture shopping...... I should've been doing this way earlier.... just never got down to helping my mom with it. Sorry moms!

At work, you can say things are pretty chaotic. People leaving, people joining, idiots that make your life difficult. I can't believe how some people can be all knowing one day, and amnesiac and stupid the next. I am trying not to figure that out, I hope some of those people wake up before their face gets bashed in. Coz they need to know, the things they do are low impact and high nuisance..... ergh..... where's wally when you need him?

And life, ah life.... it's a bed of roses. I wonder who thought up that phrase, cause a bed of roses with it's torn still on is not comfortable at all..... but it's something that comes with a rose, until u slowly trim them away. At the moment, learning how to deal with the torns...... and eventually I can admire it's beauty without getting pricked, albeit with some scars to show......

I am, trying, to get back onto the discipline of writing. I will find time, I know I need to. For my own sanity. I'm glad for friends who are with me, both physically and mentally..... The light is there, we just need to find it. Keep on searching, it'll show up.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Corporate moroness 270909

This is a classic case of how dysfunctional corporations are. So boys and girls.... If you wrote in corporate rat in your 'what I want to be when I grow up' essay. Expect the most outragous moronic stuff to happen in the world we call corporate......

Sunday, September 13, 2009

MunY Movies: The Ugly Truth

The Truth is always ugly, that's why lies are a much better and elegant solutions. People don't want to hear the truth, they can't take the truth. You remember 'A few good men' ?  Ok, this is not a review for a few good men, but the romantic comedy, The Ugly Truth.

this is the official movie poster

But I like this.... the promotional one

Starring Grey's Katherine Heigl and 300's Gerrard Butler, the movie is your standard romantic comedy with the usual formula of girl detest guy, guy doesn't care much for gal, guy and gal works together, guy suddenly finds himself falling for gal, gal also unsuspectingly fall for guy, drama entails, both parties part ways, both party gets back together. They live happily forever after?  Sounds familiar?

Katherine Heigl is her usual sunshine blondy self, what's there not to love about her? Loved her since the Roswell days. Gerard Butler...... is ...... erm..... another guy with facial hair. Tries to play sensitive type, didn't think he carried it well, should keep to swords and chopping off heads.

Movie starts with Katy Perry's Hot and Cold, in between there's Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine, and also another good song by Flo Rida Right Round. So that's something that a little enjoyable.....

The movie is also filled with sexual innuendo, and with the Malaysian censorship board, there's a few jokes that was missed.... I hate the stupid censorship board. If anyone has the email or phone number to the director please let me know.... I want to tell him that he should either fix the process or just fire himself. What's the point of rating the movie and still censoring it beyond recognition?

Anyway, sidetracked.

Is the movie watchable? probably. Is it worth 10 bucks? Probably not.....

My rating: So-So kinda chick flick......

Watch it only if:
Your gf insist that you watch it with her
You like Katherine Heigl and like to see her moan and scream to orgasm at a dinner table (think when harry met sally)
You are a hopeless Romatic Comedy fan and must watch every single one of those movies out there....

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's Friday, smile!

The weekend is finally here. It's been a long and tiring week. Both mentally and physically.

Friends continue to tell me how emo I am. Can't help it, part of life. Losing people is a difficult thing to deal with, may it be from work or life.The only thing I can tell myself is that I choose how I want to feel.

Interestingly, colleague of mine told me he's surprised I'm still so upbeat after the week I had. Guess it's a matter of perspective. Take it all in stride and learn from it.

So today morning, while looking at what to wear. I picked the fcuk superman T. I think subconciously need to tell myself I can be strong.

I had this questioned asked to me before, 'you think you're superman ah?' I never answered directly, but I try my best to be as close to one. Haha.... Delusional indeed.

More challenges to come, no doubt about that. I leave you with my quote.

'plan for the worst, hope for the best, burn through the rest.'

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

O nine O nine O nine

Gosh, it's such a big deal I just can't not write about it.

9 in the Chinese culture signifies longevity, and with that, alot of chinese couple think that today's a good day to get married. I just think the couples just want an easy date to remember their wedding by. Guys thinks it's easier to remember, and women think it'll be harder for the guys to forget.

500 couples in Malaysia getting hitched today, heard it on the radio while driving to work.

Sis mentioned that means 1000 people not working today, and that's not calculating friends and family going for the ceremony. Productivity lost? probably? Happiness gained? Yes.... for now... until someone flips and throws in the paper. :P yeah, i'm cynical. sue me.

Radio also mentioned that this morning, 200 couples getting married will be taking their photos together. Ah... everyone sharing their happines...... and 10 years later when you try to find yourself in the photo, you can't. The joy of mass marriages.

Another random thought moment.

Time to get back to work.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Random thoughts 080909

This morning I posted this on my blog, though I didn't get alot of response on my blog itself, I did manage to get some friends telling me what's gone missing in my life.

Other half, Youth, Passion, sense...... are the few things that they mentioned. And some of it actually strikes a chord, and it also reflects what others are feeling.

Youth, definitely something that's too short, and not well appreciated enough. Only when it's gone you go in search of it. Men do it by either seeking companion of a younger partner or a sports car(ok, that's mid life crisis), Women probably try a little bit of cosmetic surgery..... But then, this is just my personal opinion.... in my own demented way.

Passion flickers, I don't think I lost it. It's just dimmer at the moment. So many things to do, so little time. And Microsoft is not making my life any easier. No, their current operating system is not giving me any troubles....... the new one that is 'launching' is sure adding to the stress-o-meter. bah.

Friends around me been telling me that I've been >Emo than usual. Well, probably am. Might just need to get less constipated and visit the toilet more often.

Maybe hang upside down more often as well to make sure blood gets into my head.

When will I win the lottery? Don't know why this cross my mind, since I'm not big on gambling. Maybe it's time to try my luck? Or is it an indicator to my own personal boredom that I'm trying to find a little risk in life? Lotto? Risk? yeah...... i'm outta my mind...... maybe I should try high stakes poker?

I need to start writing better stuff, this is just bullshit to fill up my personal commitment to my blog..... so time to get cracking.

But again, thank you all always. For your support. I'll really miss it if it goes missing. 0_<

Ever woke up in the morning feeling like something is missing?

Had that feeling this morning. Looked around, most of my stuff are still around.....

So it's not 'stuff', then what is it? Something is definitely amiss.

Shrugged it off.... And now on the way to work. Abit dazed. Didn't work last night coz tm nut was down.

Will see if this feeling continues to haunt me as I descend to nothingness.

I love my job.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

MunY Movies: Imagine That

Now what if your daughter's imaginary friends was the key to your success? Imagine that! That's the tagline to the latest Nickelodeon movie.

Story is about a very busy financial trader, Evan Danielson(Eddie Murphy), who also has a 7 year old daughter with an attachment to her 'googaa'(blanket) and imaginary friends.

Evan starts getting tips from her daughter's imaginary friend about stock and company tips, which makes him the talk of the financial trade industry. By doing so, he spends more time with his daughter, which he never did previously..... and so rediscovers the importance of fatherhood.

It's a very predictable story, but Eddie Murphy is a riot and he makes it work. Yara Shahidi who plays Olivia Danielson (the daughter) is also very cute and likable.

The movie reminds us of how we prioritize our life, or how we get lost in our careers and pursuit of wealth, and forgetting the other more important things in life. Family, friends, loved ones...... we make excuses not to engage, and yet try to make it up by telling ourselves we are doing the right thing for their future...

It's a movie that definitely very light and enjoyable, suitable for family viewing together. I did see alot of parents and their kids at the movie, and that warms my heart on a cold rainy day like today.

My rating: I said it above, light and enjoyable. The money paid is well spent.

Watch it if
You are a Eddie Murphy fan
You want to have a nice family outing with your kids or parents
You just want to feel warm and fuzzy at the end of a movie

Monday, August 24, 2009

MunY Movies: Up (3D)

Up is Pixar+Disney's 2009 animation offering to us. So far I have not been dissapointed by Pixar's animation and story telling abilities, and with up they continue that streak of successful movie that tugs at your heart.

Up is a story about love, life and promises. The first 10 minutes of the show really did it all for me, the remaining 86 minute of the movie was just to fill it up.

The story of 76yr old Carl Fredricksen, how he met his wife, who shares his interest for adventure. How they planned their whole life on going to South America to 'Paradise Falls'. But life happens, and the money they save is needed for life's different needs. They grow old together, have fun together..... But unfortunately, Ellie, Carl's wife.... had to move on earlier.

Trying to fulfill his promise to his wife, he gets a gazillion ballons, ties it to their home and UP he goes. Along the new adventure, he meets an Asian Kid, Russell, a wilderness scout of sorts, and finds friendship and companion.

It's a movie that really tugs at your heart. Reminds you of how life just passes by, and how we should live life and go with the flow....

This is also the first time I'm watchign a movie in 3D. Not really worth it because there aren't really that many 3D effects that will make you go 'wow'. So I'd recommend sticking with the normal version instead.

My Rating: definitely a must watch

Watch it if
You loved the past Pixar movies
You have kids and it's the holidays
You just want to have a fun day at the cinema

Saturday, August 22, 2009

walking in the rain....

Last week, I talked about going for a morning walk every weekend here.

So this morning I tried to keep to my regime. The elements were out to stop me.... rain started pouring at 230am in the morning, and yes, I was still up at that point in time.

So crossing my fingers I hoped the rain would have stopped when 7am comes. But I knew the challenge would be climbing out from bed on a cold morning, just like it was last week.

It did stop raining, but the sky was cloudy, ready for another downpour. Mother nature was either out to stop me from getting my exercise, or testing my will and commitment to it.

As I was getting ready to go, my mom, being a mom and ever considerate, told me not to go since it was going to rain. And given normal circumstances, I would probably have taken her advice and just went back to bed.

But this time it's different, I had a point to make. I wanted to make sure when I say something, either to someone or about something, I keep that promise.

So, being the unfilial son that I am. I went ahead without taking heed my mom's advise. Oh boy....

As I reached the botanical gardens, you could see dark heavy looking clouds hovering above the hills, about to burst at any moment. At that point I could just turn the car back and go home.

I didn't. Forged on I did instead.

Surely enough, as I stepped out of my car. The rain came pouring down without mercy, splish splash all over. I took my umbrella, and walked into botanical gardens.

It's eerily quiet even though the rain was pouring away, because normaly there would be alot more people walking or running. But the rain made the the garden so beautiful..... and I was walking alone taking it all in.

Then it struck me it's the 7th month of the lunar calendar, will I run into anything unexpected? nah.... I told myself. This blog would have been more interesting if I did 'bumped' into something, but matter of fact is, I didn't.

actually when I said there were no other people walking, I was wrong. There were people like me, walking in the rain with an umbrella.

One thing I really don't like, is walking in wet socks and shoes...... but I did it anyway. 3 rounds around botanical gardens, and I'm happy I did it.

Try to wake up tomorrow morning again to do it..... Let's hope mother nature is kinder tomorrow.

Friday, August 21, 2009

MunY Movies: G I Joe

The GI Joe cartoon was enjoyable for me when I was a kid. Now that it's made into a big screen movie with ultra super cool GFX, hot looking female actresses, totally awesome looking weapons..... does it still work for me?

Well, the answer is yes and no. Let me tell you why....

I walked into the cinema with very low expectations, was expecting the worse because all the bad hype and ugly looking suits......

Checking rotten tomatoes, it only received a 37% rating for the movie goers..... so is it worth the watch on the big screen?

I think it is, if watched on the right day. (meaning discount day)

Action wise, it was packed from beginning to the end. One might have mistaken for going into the wrong movie in the first 5 mins because the backdrop was a 17th century castle with people in 17th century clothing talking in 17th century scottish accent.

Well, it was 17th century for the first 5 mins....... anyway........

The movie goes about how this super secret band of soldiers assembled from across the world tries to overcome an evil plan by weapons builder MARS. Predictable, alot of flashbacks to tell the characters background, and only a very late showing by Cobra commander....

The money scene is the one in Paris, with the chase sceen in suits and alot of car crashes ending with the destruction of the Eifel Tower. (viva la France!) What? It's not a spoiler, it's all over the trailer lah.... oh, you've not seen the trailer? Sorry !

The movie left itself to comeback with a sequel.... how I won't tell because I don't do spoilers. (ok, maybe I do. A lil bit here and there)

My ratings: Decent watchable action flick

Watch it if
You have been and still is a GI Joe fan (donno many out there)
You are just nostalgic of your childhood
You enjoy action flick with alot of explosions.... (though not as many as transformers)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Life Happens.....

It's only Tuesday, and I feel like I've been knocked down by Mike Tyson at least 20 times. Ok, maybe I'm exageratting, but I sure feel all the life sucked out of me today....

Still have 99 unread emails in my mailbox after 12 hours of work and non-stop con calls. Ah, the pleasures of life I signed up for.

Going through some tough times at work, people moving out of my team, non-stop requests from different people sitting in different locations, firefighting on an hourly basis...... it's stuff you only dream of doing. :)

Life sometimes just happens, you know? Or more appropriately, when you don't know it.

People come into your life, becomes a big part of it, and suddenly, they leave.

And these are things we can't control, we can't control how other people feel, sometimes we can't help or control how we feel about certain people.

Yea, I'm mumbling really vague stuff here. In my work induced stupor.....

But we make the decisions, to stay or to go. And for me, I'm making that decision to stay for as long as I can. And as long as you let me stay in your life, I'll try to keep my promises and commitments to you.

Life keeps on happening, we can't stop it. 'Life is like white water' , it's never easy, we just need to take it all in. Good or bad. We just need to smile and keep on marching ahead.

Life is not measured by how many achievements we have, but by the challenges we overcome.

Go live life, good night.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

MunY Movies: District 9

District 9 is not a ulu kampung area in the inner parts of Perlis, it's the latest Sci-Fi movie to hit the Malaysian cinamas this week.

Being abit lazy and tired today, I decided to shamelessly take the sypnosis from rotten tomatoes and paste it here.

Genre master Peter Jackson produces this science-fiction film, the directorial debut of Neill Blomkamp. In District 9, South Africa has become a haven for refugees--from outer space.

Yeah, I think that sypnosis is a little bit too short too. So let me elaborate abit more....

Aliens have landed, not in New York, not in Washington, no where in the USA. This time round, they are in Johannesburgh, South Africa. They are not here to blow up the white house or take over the world, they are just lost. So what do we humans do for them? Throw them into a refugee camp and treat them like thrash....

Of course, there is a bigger subplot brewing, but to tell it here is to give the story away. I would rather not do that, because I'm recommending this movie to all you Sci-fi fans out there. 

The movie is shot in a very unique manner, first from a CNN-like news view and then documentary view.... and then later from a first person point of view. Movements of the camera may cause dizziness to some viewers not used to the rapid pace of change....... 

As far as summer flick goes, this one rates 88% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter.... and that's very good. The only other movie I remember rating this high was Star Trek. 

Was it enjoyable? Yeah, definitely. The story is intriguing, pace of the movie is well done and some scenes are absolutely priceless. (some girl behind me commented that it is one of the most disgusting movie she's seen.... bah, what does she know?)

My Rating: Pretty decent watch, a must for sci-fi fans out there

Watch it if
You like Peter Jackson's stuff (you will not be dissapointed)
You are an alien-phile and can't get enough of them green men with tentacles
You want to watch something different from your average pop corn movie

Time out to enjoy a walk

After a week away from home, and hearing a vey inspirational speech from Nigel Marsh, I decided that I just gotta take a time out from the madness that is work and return to some normalcy.

So yesterday evening I decided on goin for a walk in Penang's Botanical Gardens. Getting out of bed was the first challenge of the day, the cool weather that came along after the rain made it extremely difficult to crawl out of the warm and cozy blanket.

But I prevailed, willed myself to a 4 round walk, a few cramps(yes, that's a sign of how unfit I am) and a renewed appreciation of mother nature.

I want to do this week in week out. So I better, and for friends out there that can help out, FB me, shame me, remind me, it will help this friend of yours live longer.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Carless and I could care less

Being back home in Penang for 3 months now, I still don't own a car. If you ask any penangite, they would tell you it is essentialy to have a car in Penang to go around.

Fortunately for me, I get to carpool to work with my sister, and she lets me use her car whenever she is not using it.

I've been told repeatedly from people around me, 'get your own car! Be a man' but I still see no incentive to buy one.

But I may soon need to start looking and most probably purchase one soon. As I may not have a transport to work due to some unforeseen but not unplanned circumstances.

I am not sure what type of car I should get, as long as it gets me from point A to point B at the lowest cost. Pride is the for the young and restless out to prove a point.....

But whenever I say a Myvi, friends tell me they do not see me in that car or that I'm not a myvi type of guy....

So what type of guy am I? Or more specifically, what type of car guy am I?

I'm still trying to figure out, but maybe you can tell me what type of a car guy you see me as?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

MunY Movies: The Proposal

Sandra Bullock makes a come back after a 2 year hiatus, together with Ryan Renolds in The Proposal.

And whenever we think of Sandra Bullock, the first thought that comes to mind is.... ? The Romantic Comedy Genre.... But the truth is, her last movie in 2007 is the thriller/drama 'Premonition'. And remember the Net? So she's quite.... erm.... versatile?

But the truth is, Romantic Comedies are best suited for her. And The Proposal is no exception.

It's a chick flick, 100%. So for those 'I'm too man to watch it' guys out there, stay away..... at your own loss.

I think it's refreshing to go watch a romantic chick flick once in a while. Sure, it sets really unreasonable expectations for women watching it, but that damage has been done 10,000 movies ago. So don't worry about that and bring your gf/wife/partner to watch this movie. Brownie points for ya for sure.

Checking out Rotten Tomatoes, the movie only garnered a 44% approval from viewers. I think that's a fair rating. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie, it's just not one that I would rate in the high percentile.

So what's the movie about? Margaret Tate(Sandra Bullock) is a successful book editor, and she is about to get deported from the US of A because her Visa is about to expire. That means losing her job and everything else she worked hard for. In comes Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), Margaret's executive assistance for the last 3 years, who she gets to marry her to ensure she stays in the US.

To avoid the immigration dept detecting the fraud marriage, Margaret travels with Andrew back to Sitka, Alaska for Gramma Paxton's 89th birthday. During the weekend there, she finds the thing she's lost for a long time. Family. And of course, she falls in love with Andrew.

Predictable? Yes. But we still lap it all up. Cause we are suckers for emotional stories of love and comedy. And I am a fan of both Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. (If you did not watch Van Wilder, I'd recommend it)

Betty White who plays Gramma Annie is also a riot to watch. If you watched Boston Legal before, you would know what I mean.

My Ratings: Average Good

Watch it if
You want to score brownie points with your gf/wife/partner
You are fan of Sandra Bullock in the Romantic Comedy Genre
You just want to have a good laugh and a stir of emotions

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mobile blogging

Been trying to do this for a while, I'm finally able to blog from my phone! Could've done it alot earlier but I thought I waited for this. Awesome....

This is the work of either a very passionate Zack Efron fan or very angry hater of the 17 again star.

Tongue or's both disturbing.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

MunY Movies: Land of the Lost

Did you know that Land of the lost is a remake of a 70s TV show of the same name? I didn't, not until I saw behind the scenes on E!

This time, Will Ferrell stars in this big screen remake of a TV show. And I know alot of people do not like his brand of humor, me included. But after a number of bad summer movies, I kept an open mind going into this one. I mean, how bad can it be right?

To my surprise, I was well entertained throughout the movie. I don't remember when was the last time I laughed this hard or loud in a cinema, and yes, it could possibly be that the bunch of bad movies have soften me up to like Will Ferrell's brand of comic.

Starring together with Will Ferrell is the lovely Anna Friel. For those of you who went, Anna 'Who', Let me jog your memory.

Did that help? Probably not....... but I'm sure it jogged something else for the guys....

Anywayz.... I first noticed Anna Friel in the movie Goal and Goal 2, playing the gf of Santiago Munez. She next appeared in the TV series Pushing Daisies as the resurrected Chuck. She's British. That's all I'll say about Anna Friel.

The movie is about Dr Rick Marshall, who finds a way to travel through to alternate realities with his super gay boombox like dimensional transporter of sort. The adventure beginz when they visit a 'cave' in the middle of the desert in a 'routine' expedition and end up in the land of the lost.....

I'm not big on talking too much on a comedy, so I'll leave it at the synopsis. But the overall feel of the movie is quote 70s and retro, so it's fun.

My Ratings: Go watch it, I think it's worth the time and money for a good laugh this Summer. (the aircon's a bonus)

Watch it only if
You find the picture above of Anna Freil intruguing and want to see more of her
You want to see a book titled 'Matt Lauer Can Suck it'
You want to see a T-rex/Will Ferrell smack down

Harness the power of SALE!!!

It's that time of the year, where you see big signs with bold fonts calling out 'SALE! x% Off'!!!

The species we all call Woman will lose all ability to think logically and start spending with no hesitation. That is the power of the word 'Sale' and '% off' in the same sentence, my theory is that it is a secret code that triggers some long hidden program in the brains of the female species....... but it's just my theory..... don't blame me for that. You can still call me crazy though.

Ok, so what does this post has anything to do with that? I just got back from a shopping trip with my gf in Queensbay mall, and there are loads of other women there frantically taking out their credit cards and pushing them towards the cashier like it is some plagued ridden item......  begging them to quickly charge the items they are purchasing so they can move on to their next purchase/conquest.

So base on my theory, there should be some other way to apply this primitive DNA coding already build into Women. We could probably help out the men in the world who are ready to find a mate, but are having difficulties doing so.....

Wedding and matchmaking agencies could also harness the energy of the sale to help out their clients....

Gents and Gents, I give you........

ta-da! Use this knowledge wisely.

*disclaimer* Any harm or damage done to anyone is entirely their own fault, and may not quote this post as a reason for said harm and damages..... (also, you may not whack the writer for such a lame idea. he's bored)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bon Odori Penang 2009

Bon Odori Festival is a Japanese Buddhist observance honouring the spirits of ancestors, who return once a year to visit their families.

This year I believe is the 13th year that Penang is celebrating Bon Odori.

This is my 3rd time to Bon Odori, usually not a big fan due to the weather and crowd, this year I decided to brave the humidity and the crowd just for the heck of it.

I left early around 8pm, but here are the stuff you get to see at Bon Odori:

Cute little Japanses kids, that gets hounded by photographers all day long..... poor kids

The popular goldfish game, which I have no idea what the name is..... I have 3 with me, one just died... so 2 left....

Japanese Merchandise such as paper dolls

.... and ceramic dolls

Lady death made an appearance (Cosplay??? Stockings in this weather? Thumbs up)

Can't be at a Japanese Festival without Japanese Beer

Loads of food to eat.....

The Penang Chief Minister was also there to give his blessings and talk about our food....

Performances by Japanese Ladies.....

And drumming by kids.....

This man has very big balls that he's showing off by bouncing them around.......

Last but not least....... Ninjas made their appearance.......

MunY Movies: Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Everything is a trilogy these days, even digitally created ones are jumping on the trilogy bandwagon. Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 3rd installment to the popular Ice Age franchise.

This is my second movie review for the day, and so far this summer, only one movie lived up to my expectation. And this is not it.

Ever notice how cartoons these days have alot of adult inuendos in them? Are they trying to cater to a broader audience or are the kids these days growing up that fast?

The 'herd' is back, with Manny, Ellie, Diego and Sid living in the the post 'melt-down' era of the Ice-age. where Dinosaurs are supposed to be extinct. Wonder what movies are telling our kids these days....

Manny and Ellie are expecting a baby, Diego the sabertooth tiger is losing his edge and wants to leave the 'herd', and Sid the sloths wants to be a mommy because he doesn't want to feel left out once the baby mammoth comes along for Manny and Ellie.

He stumbles across 3 dino eggs, hatches them and becomes mommy to 3 baby T-rex.... until the real mother comes along and takes all of them, including Sid, into a lost world.

So in order to save Sid, the 'herd' goes to the lost world of Dinosaurs and tries to rescue Sid. You can pretty much imagine how the story goes.

The most interesting character must be the insane Weasel the herd meets along the way named Buck. Stuck in the land of the lost, and taking a page out of moby dick, Buck is out to hunt for his white dinosaur that took his eye......

It's a family flick, so don't expect too much.

My rating: Average only...........

Watch it Only if

You want to experience it in 3D (which I should have done, damnit)
You want to take your kids out (make sure they don't pester other patrons)
You are a fan of Ice Age (HUH? Are there any out there?)

MunY Movies: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is another highly anticipated book to film adaptation that many fans and movie goers are waiting for, but like many of the adaptation through out this year...... it's disappointing.

HP & THBP is the 6th installment of the Harry Potter series, so for the non-HP fans and readers, catching up will be necessary before watching this.

Though I mentioned that the movie is disappointing, it is not a bad movie overall. I guess it lands in the average basket for me, while alot of other feedback from friends gave it a thumbs down.

I read this book a few years back, and the only memory of the book is the end, which will be a big spoiler if I mentioned it here.

Though the director could not capture the full essense of the book into the movie, he pace of the movie was done well during the 2hour 33 minute ordeal.

With all characters all grown up, teenage angst and hormones are splashed all over the movie. The innocence giving way to teenage hormones, and it plays well with all the actors and actresses growing up too.

All in all, I'd say potter fans will still want to watch it. (this includes people who read the book as well)

As for non-potter fans and normal movie goers, if you did not read the book or watched any of the previous movie....... I suggest a refresh before going to the cinema to catch this installment.

My rating: Average watch, reading the book is definitely better

Watch it only IF
You are a Harry Potter fan
You watch the first 5 movie and want to continue watching this till the 7th
You want to take your kids to watch it because they love harry potter....

Saturday, July 18, 2009

scratch that doggy!

ok, I could not think of a proper title for this so you can flame me all you want.

The Monday that passed by was a public holiday here in Penang, and it just so happens that my friend's dog, appropriately named Indy had the coughs and needed a trip to the vet.

Indy is a hyper active Jack Russell, and the reason my help got enlisted was that there was no way in hell my friend could survive alone with the dog in the car while driving to the vet.

This is Indy.

Don't let the size fool you, he is one heckuva active and strong fella. 2 grown men almost could not contain him.

As a result, this is how my hand looked like just after the vet visit.

I got Tatted by a dog..... not my proudest moment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

crossdressers beware!

Woman dress like man can get fined too ah?

RM25 fine for cross-dressing


JOHOR BARU: A 26-year-old man was fined RM25 by a Magistrates Court here on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to dressing up like a woman.
Sutesa was charged with committing the offence at a back alley in Susur 4 along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak here at 1:40am on July 14.
Magistrate Hafizah Johor Ariff Johor issued the maximum RM25 fine for the offence, under Section 21 of the Minor Offences Act 1955, which includes a 14-day jail term if the fine is not settled.
Sutesa paid the fine.

Ridiculous.......... what will they do next?

Monday, July 13, 2009

MunY Movies: Public Enemies

Public Enemies is a movie you should not try to watch if you are hoping for loads of actions, because there is only one word for me to describe the movie. SLOW.

Johnny Depp takes on the role of John Dillinger, a bank robber during America's great depression era. One of the many criminals during that time, this movie tells about the (short)life of Dillinger and how his actions lead up to a Federal law that created the FBI.

Another big named actor in this movie is Christian Bale, who plays FBI special agent Melvin Purvis. Bale now has 2 bad summer movies on my books. This and Terminator.

I really don't want to spend too much time talking about a movie that I caught my gf dozing off to. I was also rather uncomfortable at the pace of the movie that lasted for 2 hours and 20minutes.

If you really want to watch it, wait for it on DVD or watch it off a plane when you are travelling. I don't recommend to watch this movie in the cinema....

My Rating: Slow...... and below average. I give it 3 Yawns

Watch it only if :

You are a fan of Johnny Depp
You are a fan of Christian Bale
You are a fan of Michael Mann's movie directing....

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Greener Pastures

Today, I was at the pantry when someone asked if I have move to greener pastures.

Guess my response?

'The pasture is greener because there's more shit there' :)

Ah..... life at work.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The 2009 Wimbledon Men's Championship

After last year's epic match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, this year's final served up another great match between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.

The total duration of the match :

The final score: 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6 and 16-14

The Winner : Roger Federer

And history was made.

It was a real test of mental strength for both players, and an amazing display of athleticism to last up to the whole duration of the match.

It was nailbitting stuff for supporters of either camp, but for the neutral I'm pretty sure they were thinking 'somebody please just win it already'. here's an example.

In the end,  Federer won @ 130am Malaysian time. And it was definitely a match worthy of making history.

Thank you for the entertainment, and it's time to sleep.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

anniversary missed........

on 28th of June 2009, it was the one year anniversary of this blog. However, because I was caught up with work and travels that I totally missed that milestone.

My blog is 1 year old!!!

My first actual post then was warning the danger of smurfs to children, if you have not read it. click here

At that time, I was still in India, and having free time on my hands I thought I start my own blog to express myself in the digital world and share my totally crazy mind with friends and family.

But since then, I have not really been that creative. Some ideas come up once in a while, but I have to say I have yet to live up to my own potential.

Now, some of you might just say I'm just too demanding of myself and I am a perfectionist. But I think there are alot of stuff that I could be doing here that I've not put my heart and mind into yet. I need to find that niche for myself.... and expand upon it, and at the same time, be a digitally responsible netizen.

So what's been my top content? it's Achmed the dead terrorist, you can find it here.

I'm still amazed that I've reached a total of 190 posts as of today, and I hope I can continue this even though work has been piling.

I thank you call for your past and continued support, even if it's only during your lunch time or before you sleep. I hope that I'll be able to bring more to the table in the coming 2nd year. :)

MunY Movies: Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen

After much fan fare and anticipation, I finally caught the much hyped about Sequel of Transformers. Aptly names Transformers 2, Revenge of the fallen.

Since the last movie, Megan Fox became the hotest female on earth,Shia LaBeouf starred in Indiana Jones and the world got plunged into economic turmoil.

But heck, Michael Bay still went ahead with his multimillion dollar production, and movie fans sucked it all up.

Sure, if you are reading reviews, they are all saying that transformers 2 is a dud. No substance, and just sequence of blurry motion made to induce dizzyness from the Audience. But those are the critics, and they rarely have the same taste of mere mortal movie goers.

All I've heard are people watching it twice, or planning to watch it a second time here in Malaysia. The reason they are citing, not intellectual stimulation, but rather entertainment worthy.

You get to see alot of more robots this time round, mostly decepticons, where you get to see the the constructicons destroying the pyramid (which is already in the trailer). Also, prepare to see lots and lots of explosion. Yea, that should've been expected from a M.Bay movie. But this time, they planned for the biggest explosion scene ever in the middle of the dessert.

So overall, it's visually and audiobly entertaining. As a customer, you would feel satisfied having paid for the ticket to watch it in the cinema. But if you are looking for a movie that is thought provoking and intellectually stimulating, avoid this at all cost.

My Verdict: Good...... enough for summer movies.

Watch it if
You want to see how Megan Fox is able to arch her bodies in impossible ways

You just want to know what the big fuss is all about this transformers thingy
You need some mind numbing entertainment

Saturday, July 4, 2009

I found where Donald gets his haircut....

Yes, I finally know the secret to Donald Trumps hair cut.

Want to look like this and be rich, powerful and erm... good looking?

Go here.... it's in Sydney. TRUMPS Hairdresser

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Back from Sydney

Yes, I have dissapeared for a week. Family wanted to call police, thought I was kidnapped. Silly them, who would want to kidnap me? Silly in a very warm family loving way.....

Was on working trip for the past week in Singapore and Sydney, just got back today. Dang tired. Just wanted to update and let everyone know I'm still active.

Yes, blog duties have been ignored. Hope to resume normal service soon.

For now, this is for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Heading down under....

I am on the road again..... this time on the way to Sydney.

Yea, seems like I've been travelling non stop since I got back from India. Well, if the job calls for it....

But this time round, it got me abit worried. With H1N1 rampantly spreading, and hot spot being Australia right now. It begs the question if this is the best time to go there.

With it being winter and temperatures hovering between 9-18 degrees..... the flu blug is espcially potent. And I'm not a big fan of the cold weather.

Initially had to go there for almost a week, now it's getting cut short to 4 days.

So now with the flu formerly known as swine getting more rampant, I find myself more paranoid as ever. Every person with a sneeze, cough or running nose will get a second glance from me. You just can't be too careful.

Do I have my mask on? yea, I do. And I feel so invincible because people can't see my face! Muahahha.... ok, that's crazy talk.

And I had to miss Transformer 2 because of this trip.... argh. ok ok, yes, my priorities are different. sue me.

Let's hope I come back with pigs following me. :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Penang's progress....

It's been kind of an embarassment when Singapore MM Lee Kuan Yew mentioned that Penang has not progress for the last 20 years or so....

It's even more embarassing now that the people responsible for the 'progression' of Penang dares to defend the lousy work they've done. I think they are just delusional if they think that in the past 20 years they have done alot of Penang.

Being a die hard Penang kia, I just can't swallow the type of bullshit they are trying to feed the public. If Penang had been under steady progression over the past 20 years, we would have alot more going on right now.

As it is, public transport is almost non existent. Infrastructures are in a mess and opportunities getting lesser. So tell me, besides the key move of making Penang a manufacturing hub a long time what else has been done?

I have seen an exodus of people from Penang to KL because there are better opportunities there. As it is, Penang is a great place to stay, but not a great place for career opportunities.

Some people may argue the fact, but I believe alot more could have been done if the brains behind the operations did the right thing for the state and not for themselves.....

And to criticise the current administration may be harsh at the moment, given the shit they need to unravel from the previous ones.....

So let's be sensible here, ask this question, did the previous administration really bring the progress they should have to Penang?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

MunY Movies: 17 Again

Ever thought of going back to highschool again? So just you can do everything else differently to ensure your life goes right?

In 17 again, Mike O'Donnell(Matthew Perry/Zac Effron) gets to do just that.

I have to admit, the movie is quite good. I know alot of you guys out there are unwilling to go watch this movie because Zac Effron is starring in it. But as far as a fun movie goes, this is top of my recommendation to anyone looking for a simple and uncomplicated movie for the weekend.

Story is about Mike O'Donnell, a high school basketball star who had to give up his dream of sports stardom and college because he got the love of his life pregnant. 20 years later, at 37 years old, stuck in a deadend sales job, marriage on the verge of divorce...... he gets a second chance, transformed back to his 17 year old self, and goes back to highschool to makes thing right with his kids and wife.

Some really fun stuff in the movie. Star wars fan may or may not be delighted with the light saber fight scene between Ned(mike's best friend) and Mike.

Some slutty teenage cheerleaders trying to get Zac Effron to not 'respect' them..... you'll catch this when you see the speech Zac was trying to give to these girls about self respect. It's hillarious.

I really don't have anything bad to say about this movie, because in the sea of summer movies so far.... this one is refreshing.

My Verdict: Good Watch

Watch it because
Zac Effron is in it and he is a very handsome boy/man
Matthew Perry is in it and he is always the funniest friend character
It's just a friggin relaxing movie to watch

MunY Movies: Drag Me to Hell

With work responsibility taking up my time, I have become the classic case of a man who neglects his personal life. And that can make you feel a little lifeless.....

Ah, but thanks to weekends.... there's an opportunity to recuperate. And what better way to watch a horror movie and scare yourself silly to make sure you're still alive.

So decided to head to the cinemas to watch Sam Raimi's Drag me to Hell.

The movie stars new comer to the lead role, Alison Lohman, previously in non noticable roles in Big fish... and other non worthy mention motion pictures. There's also Justin Long who play's Alison's bf in the movie...

So how was the movie as a scarefare? Did Saimi get it right? With his experience with the 'evil dead' series, one would expect him to hit this nail on it's head....

Well, unfortunately for me, I was tired, so was my gf who was watching this with me. And watching a horror movie with her is always a boon for the cinema because she closes her eyes through half of the movie....

But ultimately, the movie came in abit flat. Yes, it did solicit a few jumps off the chair and accelerated heartbeats during the movie. But it is not what I would call a classic 'scare you till you shit your pants' type of horror movie.

Don't get my comments up there wrong, I think it's just the right dose for people like me with a weak heart and do not want to get nightmares during the oh so little sleep time I get.

For those of you wants the story line, it's about  Christine Brown, a loan officer who gets cursed by a gypsy woman after her loan application got denied.....

The curse develops in 3 days, so Christine needs to find a way to get rid of the curse before she gets...... what else.... drag into hell......

that's pretty much the whole gist of the story, to find out more, go watch the movie. Is it worth the Rm10 to watch it in the Cinema? The verdict is on the fence. But hey, let's support the local cinemas abit, don't want them closing down....... if that happens, where do we go for our summer blockbusters right?

My Verdict: average watch

Watch it only if
You want a good jump out of the chair
You are on a date and hoping to get some hug or hand time with the girl/guy you're out with
You just want to support the cinema industry...... zzzz....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Passing English...

Why is this even a discussion? Because I've been reading it in the newspaper and listening it to the radios the last 2 days, and can't believe the comments that are coming outta certain people... you probably think they've exchanged their buttholes with their mouths.

What in the world are they thinking??? We are talking about a passing grade here, not asking the students to become scholars of the English language. Why are there so many protest about making it 100% mandatory for all high school student to pass this subject before obtaining their certificate of graduation????

Situations like these really explains the state of our great country..... the other day, I was at a certain government department, and the person I was asking for help walked away after she asked me ' you tak cakap Bahasa Melayu ker?' and my answer was no.

How are we suppose to promote Malaysia as a 2nd home to westerners when the people who serve the people are unable to converse in English?

How do you think these students are going to get hired by MNC if they can't even speak decently in English?

I just hope the authorities wake up and do the right thing. First, to fix the students..... please fix the teachers....

Saturday, June 13, 2009

On my way back home....

After one whole week(almost) in Austin, I am on my way back home.

Did I get to see alot during my trip? Not exactly, because for most of the time I was cooped up in a meeting room with a bunch of people looking at either really secret secret stuff or some guys praising themselves for a good job they didn't do.

It was however, an interesting trip to meet up with people you probably worked with for many years but have never met. And also the sharing of different perspective is very enlightening.

The part that suck is after a whole day of meeting, I still got to check emails as Asia starts working. No rest for the wicked?

I did manage to take some pics of some of the places I went, so hopefully I can get them up because i am way way way behind on my personal commitment for this blog.

I am currently again sitting in Narita typing this as I wait for my transit to Singapore. 2 hrs, not enough for me to go out to sight see, but long enough for me to get bored. Reaching singapore at midnight and have to spend the night at the aiport. Booooo!

Bright side is, I still get to have my Sunday. :) See ya all soon.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

No Free Internet.....(almost)

After 6 hours of flight, I am now sitting in Narita Airport in Tokyo waiting to transit.

Manage to catch some zzzz, but still pretty zoned out. Hopefully I can sleep longer on the next flight.

When I first got there, all the shops are still closed. Unlike the ones in Singapore, which goes full force by 630am.

So I whipped out my..... laptop and tried to find a wireless connection. Yes, I found one. Unfortunately, It is not free.

I think I take free internet connection for granted, cause everytime at any airport it is usually free.

So what did I do? Walked around, read a magazine...... zzzzzz...... no, did not sleep.

And how am I using the internet now you ask? Well, it seems like the Yahoo! Japan cafe here gives free 40 minute internet access to junkies like me. And here I am, getting my fix......

Do I need rehab? bah...... that is for ppl like Amy Winehouse and Lindsay Lohan.

Till my next update.... c ya.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

On my way to Obama land....

Am sitting in KLIA at the moment, have to take a >20 hour flight to the US of A.

And I'm flying AA, coach.

Yes, unfortunately. There is no mroe biz class flights for mere mortals like me. In the current economic environment, corporate hamsters like me needs to abide by the wisdom of the executives.

It's gonna be tough, I was told by many people. I'll find out pretty soon.

What got me really pissed was I didn't get my agency to put me on SIA instead. That would have been alot better.

Not going to write too much now, let's see how the flight goes from here to Narita.

Will update if I can get connected!

Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

US Visa application - done and dusted

Well, I'm heading to the US. And let me tell you, it's been busy and crazy trying to get this done.

I only got told that the whole travel was approved last week, and in between last week and now, I had to get a flurry of activities done, and on top of that try to meet my daily and weekly work commitments.

First of all, let me tell you, applying for a US visa is kinda intimidating. The FAQ I read before going for the interview really gave me an impression that they don't want people to get in.

well, as for me. I had to in the past 5 days since Friday, get my photo taken, book a flight down to KL, prepare all the necessary documents, follow up with my US counterparts for invitation letter and fill in 30 over questions on a for.

It's been tiring as hell, and that's why I've not been updating. Creative juice aren't flowing here because my new job is sucking the life outta me at the moment.

Hope to get things in order, else I foresee myself burning out and whittling in the next 2 months or so.

Going to Austin for a week, hopefully this trip will bring more insight and connect me with the right people to work with.

As for now, the only thing that's suffering is my personal life. And I really gotta work on getting that balance back.

Hope to be updating back here soon again.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

MunY Movies: Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation is the 4th installment of the Terminator franchise. Humans facing off against machines, who's going to win the war?

To be frank, I was waiting for this movie with abated breath. But it turned out to be a rather dissapointing affair. Yes, that's my verdict of the movie, and you can take it to the bank.

'The End Begins', hell, the end should have stayed with T2. 

The movie continues after the Skynet has awaken and gained consciousness, knowing that humans are it's main threat. It decides to nuclear most of the world. The year now is 2018, leading the resistance against the Machine is the much balihooed John Connors (Christian Bale), after surviving 2 terminators..... yes, 2.... in T2 and T3 only, he is not fighting a whole bunch of them.

This movie you get to see the predecessor to the T800, the first terminator played by Arnie, along with other machines like the 'hunter killer', a flying plane like terminator set to seek out humans and kill, and motonators which looks like racing bikes with guns.

*spoiler alert*
In an attempt to kill John Connor, Skynet has come up with a devious plan of infiltrating the resistance with a new breed of cyborg. In comes Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a death row inmate that was supposedly executed in 2003. But before dying he signed his body away for the worthy cause of science, and the price of a kiss from a cancer dying Dr Serena Kogan (Helena Bonham Carter).

He is the first of the infiltator cyborg and the only of it's kind. Basically, he is the 6million dollar man...... or the bionic man.... I don't know, it's all very confusing. Why is skynet not controlling him/it?

Arnie makes an appearance courtesy of computer generated graphics as a T-800 terminator.

John Connor blows up skynet in Los Angeles, nukes it bad. But the war is not over, because skynet's global connection is so strong that it can't be destroyed......


Not impressed, wasn't really entertained. So far, all the summer flicks, with the exception of Star Trek, has been dissapointing.

Oh, one more thing. I don't know how this movie got the U rating...... the Malaysian censorship board is whacked. You could put monkeys in there and get more accurate ratings.

My ratings: Average

Watch it only if
You are a fan of McG's directing
You are a fan of Christian Bale
You are an absolute terminator franchise fan

Monday, May 25, 2009

Take Ownership

 Well said..... well said...... 
Just love them Dilbert comic strips, it's a reflection of true corporate life.
Let's say it together now, 'Take Ownership!'

Sunday, May 24, 2009

MunY Movies: Night at the Museum 2:Battle of the Smithsonian

Did you watch the first movie, Night at the museum? Did you like it? If you did, you will probably enjoy the sequel Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Ben Stiller reprises his role as Larry Daley, and 5 years on, Larry is no longer a nightguard at the Museum of Natural History in New York. He is now a budding business man/Innovator.

The movie brings back old characters such as Teddy Roosevelt(Robin Williams), Jedediah Smith(Owen Wilson) and at the same time introduced new ones such as Amelia Earheart(Amy Adams) and General Custer(Bill Hader). The Villain this time is Kahmunrah(Hank Azaria), the evil ancient Pharoah that wants to take over the world, along with the cohorts of Al capone, Ivan the terrible and Napoleon.

So in order to save the world and his old friends, Larry has to suit up in the nightguard's uniform, infiltrate the smithsonian and retrieve the golden magic tablet that makes everything come alive when the sun goes down.

Personally, I felt the first movie was better.(Mostly true for all movies....) This sequel felt slow and dragged out for me, not much element of fun. Sure, giant talking statues and 2 monkeys slapping ben stiller around might be funny, but it's not THAT funny.

I think family with kids will enjoy it, the movie is an hour and 45 minutes. Should be shorter if you cut out the credits.

My Rating: Average watch

Watch it if:
You want to have a fun time with your family
You want to see Ben Stiller getting slapped around by 2 monkeys
You are a fan of Amy Adams (she's cute)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Status update

No, I'm not married. My status is still legally not married, or if you have to tick something on a form, it'll be categorize as single.

However, a friend of my recently got her status changed legally, to married. Good for you Jar. Congrats.

Anyway, did not manage to update much. The first 10 days back in Penang has been crazy.

Work has been non stop, con calls from Mondays to Thursday every evening....  it's mind blowing, and not in a good way.

Alot of challenges coming up, high expectations and a short timeline to execute is a formula for unprecedented pressure. *wipe sweat off forehead*

I've been in Singapore twice in the last 12 days, before this, the frequecy I goto Singapore is about once a year. When I first moved back, I thought I get to at least 3 weeks to stay put for 3 weeks before I start travelling again.....

No such luck, now it's a mad rush to get a US Visa...... Is it a good idea to go now with all the H1N1 happening? Reminds of a SARS back in 2003 when I had to cancel my trip to Singapore Magic Grand prix tournament..... let's see where this goes.

Got all my stuff from India shipped back home, no problems with the customs since I don't have any 'Special' DVDs. Got most of my stuff unpacked.

It's been a tiring week, hope to get a day's rest and jump back onto work.......

I'll be writing more again.... soon.....

Monday, May 18, 2009

'Special' DVDs?

Today, I got a call from the relocation company handling my personal stuff that are being shipped back from India.

This was how the conversation went:

Courier lady: Hello, Mr Tang. My name is xxx and i'm calling from xxx company. We are managing your personal items from India.
Me: Oh good, when will it be arriving?
Courier lady: We expect this Wednesday morning, will you be available?
Me: No, but can my family member take delivery of the items?
Courier lady: No problem.
Me: Ok, good. Anything else?
Courier lady: err.... yes Mr Tang. We need to know if you have any items that are not listed on the manifest?
Me: Huh? What do you mean? All the items are on that list.
Courier lady: Oh, I mean. Do you have any unlisted DVDs or CDs in your shipment?
Me: oh, no. Only the PC CDs that comes with the PC.
Courier lady: errr..... I mean do you have any 'special' CDs or DVDs in there?

At this point, I thought she was mentioning pirated DVDs or CDs, since the authorities are so rampant on cracking down.

Me: Oh, no. I didn't bring any pirated DVDs or CDs back. I only support Authentic items. All 'lesen' one!
Courier lady: errmm.... ok. Good that you don't have any pirated DVDs or CDs lah, but do you have any 'SPECIAL' DVDs or CDs?

At this point, I finally understood what the lady meant. She did not want to mention pornographic or illicit items, or she just don't know how to mention them.

Me: Oh, 'SPECIAL' DVDs and CDs issit? No lah, I don't have any of those.
Courier lady: Oh, good lah. If got you let us know so we can make preparation before going to the customs.ok, thank you Mr Tang. *click*

After the call, it got me thinking? What did she mean by preparation? hmmmm........

Sunday, May 17, 2009

TMNut and Pos(not)Laju is lame lame lame

Sometimes you wonder, if the management hires and companies here in Malaysia lack the right brains... it's a reflection of how far behind our country has become.....

During the weekened, I went to TMNut and Pos(not)laju to do 2 seperate task, one is to upgrade my broadband connection and the other is to pick up a registered mail that I missed in the morning of Saturday.

Well, the ladies sitting at the service desks were taking their own sweet time, took 40 mins before I got to my turn even though there were only 6 numbers ahead of me. hmm.... am I being to harsh, resolution time of 7 minutes per customer ain't that bad now is it? Anyway.... I didn't manage to get to get my phone line updated because the account is in my dad's name, and they won't let me do the upgrade even though I have all the details like IC number and account numebr available..... 'it's our policy sir' , well, Your policy SUCKS TMNet. Ever heard of something called the internet? or phone? Saves you cost and increases your efficiency....

Then it was Pos(not)Laju, I went there, passed the slip that the postman left behind in the mornign. tick tock tick tock, the lady that took my slip went to the back and took like 20 mins before retruning with 2 envolopes. She probably went back to one of the rooms and did something funky before deciding to come back out with my envelopes...... What type of frigging service attitude is this anyway? 

That's pretty much it, but I think I would have to live with this. Because with the people they are hiring and running the company....... in any other country they'd be out of business, but hey, we're in Malaysia. So continue with the Malaysia Boleh!

MunY Out!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

MunY Movies: Angels and Demons

Did you read the Angels and Demons book? If yes, then you can probably skip the movie.....

This movie is the adaptation of the Dan Brown book of the same name, after the release of Da Vinci Code 2 years ago, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard teamed up to bring us the other Dan Brown movie that may or may not cause controversy amongst Men and Women of Christian faith.

The movie starts off with the death of the pope in the vatican city, then flips through to CERN Science institution in Geneva, where scientist are trying to create the big bang, or the god particle as they call it to define the creation of the universe. Fast forward, scientist killed, highly explosive Anti-Matter (which is the opposite of matter) is stolen and the Vatican City is now under threat by it's old enemy, The Illuminati.

Enters Robert Langford, harvard professor, expert symbologist and excellent riddle solver. Enlisted by the Vatican city to help discover the location of the anti-matter, he goes on a chase around rome to find the path of illumination. Along these path, 4 of the preferetti, the preferred cardinals that could possibly take over as the pope, will be killed every hour from 8pm till 12pm......

To avoid giving away too much of the story, Professor Langdon manages to solve most of the puzzle, get to the bad guy in the end and save the vatican city.......

So why did I watch the movie after I have read the book? I was intrigued on how the director plans to show the vatican city, sistine chapel and other religious places in rome when they got denied permission to film due to the controversy of the story. And after Da Vinci code, there was no way the vatican city will allow Ron Howard to film there......

Well, I found out how...... not entirely, but I saw what the did to get at least the scenes in place. All through out the movie I had a pre-determined scene in my mind, but I guess the movie can't cater to every aspect of the book. They did change how and where the story started, and how the story ended..... so that kinda disappointed me abit....

At the end of the day, it was an entertaining movie, better than Da Vinci Code for sure. A story that is easier to follow, and you get to find out what the Illumati is and see the Ambigrams. (see below) The ambigrams are words and carvings that looks the same from both angles.

My rating: Good watch, standard summer flick

Watch it if
You have not read the book
You are a fan of Tom Hanks
You are like me, read the book, and curious to see if the movie turns out like what you have in mind....

MunY Movies: Star Trek

Admittedly, in the past, between the 2 'Star' franchise, I am a bigger fan of Star Wars and knew little of Star Trek beyond James T Kirk and Mr Spock. But Star Trek 2009 sure helped tip the scale in favor of the trekkie franchise.

I have to say, the movie is one of the best I have seen this year. Yes, I have said it. It totally blew me away, from Story to soundtrack, it was just way beyond my expectation.

If you always thought of Star Trek of a movie for the geeks, I urge you to have an open mind. This particular movie will provide you a whole new perspective of the trekkie franchise.

A fast check to rotten tomatoes and it's showing a 91% approval rating, pretty darn good.

The story pretty much gives you a background to the character, but in a whole new different way. And thanks to J J Abrams (Lost, Cloverfield) directing, you get to experience the drama and suspense on this big screen galore.

On the day I went to the movie, I had a con-call up till 9pm, and the movie starts at 9.40pm. I was pretty much tired out by the time I reached the cinema after a long day of work, but after the show I just didn't feel the fatigue anymore......

Go watch it if
You are a Star Trek fan
You are not a Star Trek Fan
You trust me, and I'm telling you. It's that GOOD. You don't wan to miss it