Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lost....

sorry guys, been abit lost as of late.

Hope to be back soon....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Looking forward to : resident evil:After Life

seems abit matrix like, here's the latest trailer.

Something to look forward to? Probably.

Monday, June 21, 2010

MunY Movies: Toy Story 3 - 3D

Did you enjoy Toy Story and Toy Story 2? Do they bring back memories for you? Well, Pixar is back with the 3rd installment of the Toy Story franchise. And I'm so glad they did.

Almost every year, I look forward to Pixar's animated feature. Because they are not only movies, they are stories told by excellent story tellers.

A year ago, I paid extra $ to watch 'UP' in 3D. This year, again, I forked out extra $ to watch another Pixar animated feature.

Last year, I said I'd prefer non 3D. The feeling is the same this year. I didn't like the glasses dulling down the colors of the movie, but didn't give me the exact 3D experience I was hoping for.

But back to the movie, Pixar brings Toy Story back after 9 years since it's sequel. This time, with a darker storyline.

Andy, the toys' owner, is now grown up and is ready to goto college. The toys, faced with either life in the attic or becoming landfill, decided to take a 3rd option.... donation to sunnyside daycare center.

Woody and Buzz returns, with Slinky, Mr and Mrs Potato, T-rex and Jessie. This time also joined by Barbie. Yes, Barbie finally arrives in toy story playing the blonde that she is.

Thinking the day care centre is a heaven for unwanted toys, the group soon finds out a darker side of the new toys they meet. Do not want to put any spoilers out here, so really, go watch it.....

Pixar captures the essence of emotions between owner and toy so well, I heard a few sniffles nearing the end of the movie. Did I choke up? OF COZ NOT. ehem....

The only warning is to watch it on a day when children and toddlers are unlikely to be present...... if you want to enjoy a disturbance free movie. Can't fault the kids as they get excited about the characters on the big screen, you can only fault the parents for not telling them better.

My Verdict: one of the best movies I watched this year. yes, BEST.

Watch it if.....

You love Pixar movies
You want to feel warm and fuzzy at the end of a movie
Because it's just that good.... just watch it.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Having Fun at work?

Steve Jobs: I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get to come in and work with some of the most brilliant people in the world. We play in the best sandbox...

Recently I saw this excerpt from the D8 interview with Steve Jobs.

Made me think of my own job and work environment.

Used to be alot of fun, still fun today. But could be better. Yeah, everything could be better.

But having fun at work is probably one of the most important things to really consider. And when I say having fun doesn't mean smoking up and going into work all high.

Enjoying the experience, the people, and environment...... it makes all the unbearable annoyances.... bearable I guess.

I remember my fist 2 years with the company, it was fun at work, even though there's the pressure of daily numbers.... there was still a bunch of friends who'd have a smoke and play 'six degrees of Kevin Bacon'. After that, the learning and the 'circle of trust' made for a totally new fun experience.

'Stress is a figment of your imagination' - words uttered by someone truly legendary... in my mind at least.

Then came India, also alot of fun because it was a new country, new environment, and a whole team of awesome people.

And coming back, having a team of great people working together with me...... still fun.

Friends betting that you'd throw a punch at the annoying man at work..... well... ok, fun.

Comments like, 'Mr B, you're a bit soft there' uttered during conference call makes for big laughs!

Am I still having fun at work? probably, just need to find that happy place again soon.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

MunY Movies: Prince of Persia, The Sands of Time

Did you play the game prince of persia on your PS2, PS3 or PC? I didn't, but I heard enough of it from friends that made me curious about the movie. And you know what they say about curiosity......

Prince of Persia, the Sand of Time is a summer flick to replace the likes of the pirates of carribean franchise. That is of course my humble opinion...... but did it manage to do that?

The trailers were actually quite superb, but then again, i've been fooled by trailers more than once. But I still go back for more.....

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Prince Dastan, an adopted prince, because the king saw him throwing apples at the royal guards.... no, that's a sign of courage, not stupidity.... but if at just that moment, the king was not looking, he'd be handless.... now that'll be a sign of stupidity alright.

Gemma Aterton stars as Princess Tamina, the guardian of the mystical dagger, and also Prince Dastan's love interest in the movie..... Gemma Aterton was previously in the movie Clash of the Titans, where her role, same as this movie, feels...... insignificant. She started off the movie with promise.... but as the movie went on...... she turned from fierce protector of the dagger to damsel in distress..... yawn.

Oh, Ben Kingsley also stars in the movie. And before Prince Dastan figures out who the villain is, the audience would've know far earlier when they see Ben Kingsley in Adam Lambert's eyeliners....

Any movie that touches on the topic of time travel is always cool..... but very hard to pull off.... and I feel it's the same with POP, TSOT. But if you don't think about it, sit back and relax.... the movie does it's job of entertaining you with special effects, breath taking scenes, Jake G (for the ladies) and Gemma A(for the gentleman).....

Is it a must watch? The jury is out on that one. Really depends on personal preferences...... I know there'd be alot of people out there that'll be giving it the thumbs up.... for me, the only response was the one I put up in facebook. 'MEH'

My Rating: Standard Blockbuster movie..... watchable.....

Watch it if
You are a fan of the game
You have the hots for Jake Gyllenhaal (both men and women) cause he is super buffed up.

You want to take your 3-6 year old kid to annoy the row sitting in front of you

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

All is LOST.....finally....

I am talking, of course, about the series finale, one of the most talked about TV series in the past 6 years.

Frankly, I did not watch the show until it's final season. I did not watch it when it first debut back in 2004, I did not watch it along the years, I did not watch it when I was in India...... I just did not watch it.

Then one day, after returning from India, sitting in the living room of my new house, tuned into channel 701 on Astro. It captured my attention, I sat up, and that one single episode blew my mind. And the rest, as we all say it, was history..... at least for the past year.

I already had the first 3 seasons of lost on my hard drive, I did not download them, I had them for 3 years, passed to me by a friend. But did I go back and watch every single episode before diving into season 6? No.... I watched episode 6x00.

Yes, Episode 0. What's that you ask? It is an episode, which sums up the past 5 seasons in less than 60mins. Is it even possible? Well, it sure did it for me.

I find the show interesting because of the characters, the story.... and most importantly.... the music. The music along the show could give me goosebumps.... yes, they were that good.

Alot of people told me that they are lost when watching LOST. Well, I'd still recommend it.

The final episode was heartwarming and probably tear jerking to some. (not me, :P)

For the final episode, I avoided all online chatter of the show, and it's a good thing none of my friends on Fb actually watches the show so no one could really spoil it for me.

Was it a great finale? I think it was adequate. The story telling was great like all the other episodes, and it provided the right closures and left some of the story to the imagination.

What will I do next now that the show is over? Why, get the Blu-ray and watch it from the beginning of course. :) Lost marathon, anyone?

looking forward to these 2 movies....

Inception

with Christopher 'The Dark Knight' Nolan directing Leo 'Titanic' Dicaprio and Ellen 'Juno' Page in this sci-fi thriller..... and with the sound track sounding like The Dark Knight's...... what can I say?



Splice

The trailer looks interesting, the poster looks ok. And starring Adrien 'kiss halle berry at the Oscar' Brody... not a big fan of his....... but then it's sci-fi..... It's human cloning, and I just recently finished reading Y-The last Man. what can I say? I'm a big geek at heart.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The evolution of alcoholic drinks in my life...

Back when I was 5 years old, I had this.






Then when I reached my teens, it was this. (hmm... kinda giving away my age with this)








And just before college, I had this.






Then when needing to feel more grown up, I turned to these.






And when I started working, we went on these....


God forbid that my liver hates me the most during those years..... 'You make me work overtime you son of a bitch!' I hope you puke your guts out and drown in them!!!! - note to liver, 'sorry'


then after puking too often, I decided to cut down and goto this in moderation....


No more drink till you drop, no more loud music.......


It's funny when I think back to all those years of drinking, each alcohol kinds of depicted a certain stage of life for me.


Not saying I don't drink beer, hard liquor or Shandy anymore... I love shandy. But it's just the progression and evolution of my drinks.


I know I had not posted something for quite sometime now, so hopefully the inspiration comes back so I can continue where I left off.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

MunY Movies: Clash of the Titans

Oh, how the greek gods have fallen. Clash of the Titan totally dumped them from Olympus to the pits of hades, in my humble opinion.

Starring part terminator, part naavi Sam Worthington, movie is a remake of the 1981 movie of the same name. Movie also stars recognizable names such as Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton.

In case you don't recognize the name Gemma Arterton, formerly from Quantum of Solace, she will again appear in another summer blockbuster movie alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia. So keep an eye out for her. Frankly, she's not my type but she might tickle your fancy.

Liam Neeson plays Zeus, and he is clothe is BLING armor that really really hurt my eyes. That is not the Zeus I know. While Ralph Fiennes plays Hades, lord of the underworld, where he tries to petrify human beings to his submission by releasing the Kraken unto Argos.

Oh, did I forget about the leading man? Sam Worthington.....  he plays Perseus. The bastard son of Zeus, Demi-god that slays giant scorpions, rides a pegasus, beheads Medussa and destroys a kraken. Yes folks, that's the gist of the story. Sounds awesome? well, it's not.

The story telling is poor and the movie badly edited. I think Percy Jackson and the lightning thief might even be better than this, again, in my humble opinion. The director tries to educate the audience on Greek mythology by having a voice over at the beginning of the movie, but fails to further bring cohesiveness to the rest of the movie.

For people who are expecting a fantasy genre extravaganza, I suggest to lower expectations, or just probably not watch it at all in the cinema.

My ratings: Epic........ fail.

Watch it only if
You are deeply entrenched in Greek mythology  and must see every single movie with the mention of it
You watched the 1981 version and would like to have a compare
You want to see Sam Worthington wear a skirt and dance around with a shiny sword

You've been warned.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

My thoughts on Performance Reviews

I have gone through several performance reviews through out my time with the company, usually only requiring me to just listen and provide some feedback to my manager about my thoughts on the assessment.

This year's been abit different for me, I had to provide performance review to my staff. As a first time people manager, it was a learning experience for me.

This year was particularly difficult, as the economic environment, though improved globally, still has effects on business worldwide. So there were some tough news to be delivered to my staff across the region.

Everyone on the team worked really hard through out the year, and trying to deliver news that are not ideal can be really difficult. I tried to be as fair as possible, but it is always difficult. So one thing I learned through the process, is to not only manage expectation, but to have a constant development review with my staff moving forward.

Time needs to be invested, from both manager and staff. This gives a good compass to your staff on your expectations, and the requirements from yourself. This is to avoid any ambiguity on performance and expectations.

In a large corporation, I've seen at many times, that expectations are either incorrect from a staff, or direction unclear from the manager, that causes the loss of key talents. And retaining talents should be one of the key priorities of the organization, because for me, I believe, people are asset.

My advice to people who aspire to be successful:
1) Stay passionate, and keep on learning daily.
2) Be humble. Whatever you think you know, there will always be someone who knows something you don't. So keep an open mind.
3) Be detailed. As the saying goes, 'Devil is in the details'. There are too much fluff out there, to rise above it, you need to put in the work and get into the details.
4) Be patient. If you are doing all the right things, you will be recognized. Even if you don't, your personal growth will get you to a better place.
5) Be paranoid. Yes, they are all out to get you. No, I'm kidding. But always be on alert, remember, calm before the storm. So always be prepared, check and always check again.
6) Trust and earn trust. Be sincere, to people you work with or for. If you are insincere, people can see and sense it.

You are your biggest roadblock to success, always reflect and work towards improvement. Always keep on asking yourself, 'what can I do differently to improve?'. Having a victim mentality, will only get you no where.

I'm still working on how to improve daily, and I've been told I'm too anal. I call it perfectionism. :P

Sunday, March 14, 2010

MunY Movies: Green Zone

Did you watch Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum? Did you like them? If they answer is yes, then you should probably consider watching Green Zone.

Starring Jason Bourne, oh wait, Matt Damon..... Green Zone is a story set in 2003 during the invasion of US troops into Iraq to stop Saddam and retrieve WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction).

*Spoiler Alert*

There are many conspiracy theories on the attack of Baghdad, the movie written by Brian Helgeland and directed by Paul Greengrass tackles one of them.

Matt Damon plays Chief Roy Miller, who has been deployed with his troops in Iraq to recover all the WMD based on the 'reliable' source received from a top secret source from teh white house named Magellan. However, all these sites turned up empty of WMD and he starts questioning the intel.

So during one of his operations, he comes face to face (almost) with the Jack of Clubs, Saddam's top man General Al- Rawi. But instead of taking in the POW, Special forces show up and takes them away from Chief Miller and crew.

Smelling a rat, Miller starts investigating with the help of CIA Martin Brown and confirmed his suspicion with WSJ journalist Lawrie Dayne, that info from the white house was not realible and the reason US went to war with Iraq was based on a lie.

Clark Poundstone(Greg Kinnear) is the controversial figure in the middle of this conspiracy, and will stop at nothing to keep everything under wraps.

So did Chief Miller manage to get the truth out there? That Bush made the wrong decision, on making the wrong war? Well, partly yes and partly no. You'll have to watch the movie to know what I mean.

My verdict: good action movie with a good pace and suspenseful storyline.

Watch it if
You are a fan of Matt Damon
You are a conspiracy theorist
You just love to watch war movies, regardless if it's Vietnam or Iraq

Saturday, March 13, 2010

MunY Movies: Alice in Wonderland

If you feel like falling through the rabbit hole, and remembering childhood bedtime story telling... Alice in wonderland is the movie for you to watch this March.



This time, directed by Tim Burton, Alice in wonderland is brought to you in his vision. Tim Burton's movies have always fascinated me, ever since the first time I watched Beetlejuice back in 1988. (don't forget the 1st and 2nd Batman movie too... )
Special effects were used to make Johnny Depp's eye larger.

This time round, he's brought Alice in wonderland to life. With Mia Wasikowska(try saying that 5 times fast) as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the white queen..... this is cast that is pretty solid.
really liked all their acting in this movie

Story brings Alice back to Underland(wonderland in her younger days) after 13 years, where she is required to slay the Jabberwocky. Upon her return, she is met by Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Mallymkun the Dormouse, McTwisp the white rabbit and Uileam the DoDo bird.

And along her journey, she meets up again with Absolem the Blue caterpillar, Chessur the Chesire Cat.... goes to the tea party where Mad Hatter and the March Hare was partying away.... in a rather torn down party environment.

So she retrieves the vorpal sword, slays the Jabberwocky, the white queen returns to power, the red queen is banished forever. Very fairy tale like I must say, and a very different version of alice to the one we all grew up with.

I loved the pace of the show, the animation and the world of underland is definitely a true trademark of Tim Burton. If you liked Edward Scissorhands or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this world will feel very familiar.

My verdict: Entertaining movie for anyone between 6 to 60.

Also, stay back to listen to the song at the end of the movie..... I loved it. But if you don't wanna, here's a sample from YouTube.



Watch it if
You are a fan of Tim Burton movies
You and your kids love fables, and want to see the characters like Chesire cat, blue caterpillars come to life
You want to see a true shining star in the form of Mia Waskowska (hope to see more of her)

Monday, March 8, 2010

And the Oscar goes to.....

So another year, another glitzy show at the oscars.

Unfortunately for me, I did not get to watch the Oscars. Not during the live show, not during the repeat telecast at night?

Why? Cause I don't subscribe to Astro's Starmovie channel on Ch412. :( Tried to look around for the torrent, but could not find it. Next stop will be online streaming sites...... right after this little article.

Friends who know me know that I watch quite a number of movies, but probably not to the extent that I only hide out at home and become a movie hermit. Last year served up quite a number of cool movies, and now it's award times!

And really, the only Oscars we really care about are best movie, right? no.... ok, ok. So i'm over simplifying again. :P

But because I'm too lazy to write about the whole ho-hum of the event (even though I heard Alec B and Steve M did a great job of hosting the show), I'm just going to write about the nominees for best movie of the year.

And they are:

Avatar (watched)


The Hurt Locker (have it, waiting to watch it)


The Blind Side (watched)


District 9 (watched)


Up in the Air (watched)


Inglorious Basterds (have it, don't know when i'll watch it)


Precious (have it, erm... abit too heavy for me)


A serious Man (don't have it, not sure if i'll watch it)


An Education (same as the above)


Up (watched, I don't usually miss pixar cartoons)



For the first time, there were 10 nominees. And some of them pretty heavy weights in the box office.

So here's the deal, just in case you have not heard.
The Hurt Locker won best movie, Sandy Bullock got her first golden statuette for her role in the Blind side, Jeff Bridges won for Crazy Heart, Mo'Nique for Precious and Christoph Waltz for Inglorious Basterds.

Some movies mentioned above did not even show in the cinemas here. So now that it's got 'oscar' recommendation, I'll bet it'll start showing up on DVD racks all over and the guy with the funky hair will try to sell it to you with his thumbs up saying, 'Oscar one ah, must watch!'

So at the end of the day, the real winner? DvD peddlers? nah, it's for the love of the movies. So if you really like them oscar movies, go watch it. Legally or illegally, it's up to you. :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Never piss off your P.A...

No matter how powerful u think u r..... U r not. The PA holds the power. Be kind!!!



Friday, January 29, 2010

A Malaysian Valentine Gesture?

Today in the Star paper, this article Bare your love this Valentines Day, Female Student Urged is the most viewed.

It makes you wonder if times are really bad that these type of 'promotions' are urged. But it's not totally a bad thing for men if you get what I mean. ;)

However, my favorite part of the article?

State Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) director Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi said:
“We will not allow Muslim students to be taken in by such celebrations that deviate from the teachings of Islam.”

First I thought to myself, how are they going to prevent?

Then, I wondered...... how they are going to check? hmmm..... 

I'll leave it to the authorities to figure it out. ;)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

MunY Movies: Legion

Only two words. Legion sucks! Ok, you can continue reading if you want to find out why I think Legion is such a bad movie....


The only part of the movie that is worth watching is in the trailer, and that's how I got suckered into watching this movie starring Paul Bettany and Dennis Quad on a Friday evening. Here, let me put it here to save you the money that you should put into your child's education fund instead.




The synopsis of the movie reads,from IMDB: An out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in humankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner with the Archangel Michael

The out of the way diner is aptly named paradise falls, but I think it should have been named Epic Fail instead....

The movie feels more like a zombie movie rather than a fight for the survival of mankind. Human beings getting 'possessed' by angels. You can see the 'possession' is like how an agent in the matrix would take over a body. Is there no longer originality in the world of movies?

God is angry at man, for failing his expectations. And hence, the way to kill all human being is to ensure that a baby that is not supposed to be born is kill off. So who does god send to kill off the baby? Angels..... nice, very nice.

Angels that crawls on walls, tears of throats, uses a kitchen knife to kill people...... oh how the holy have fallen?

Not agreeing with god, Michael the Archangel comes to earth, tears off his wings, hijacks a police car and drives to the middle of the dessert to protect the unborn child from angel possessed humans hell bent on getting into the diner.

oh but wait, once the baby is born. None of these normal angels can kill the baby, it can only be killed by an archangel. And who else but Gabriel, with steel wings and a morning star, swooping in to do the deed.

So did the baby die? No, not even after a car crash and angels attacking it.

And there was a conversation between Michael and Gabriel at the end of the movie, which sounds more like whiny teenagers arguing over a guy/gal in a love triangle.

Gabriel: Why? Why did he choose you? I obeyed all of his orders.
Michale: Yes, that is why. You gave him what he wanted, I gave him what he needed.

sheesh.

And since when is god gender specific? ok, I will not open this can of worms.

Watch it only if
You like Paul Bettany/Dennis Quaid
You like zombie type movies
You don't believe me and would like to watch it yourself

P/S the kid from fast and furious 3 is in the movie too, but didn't do much for the movie anyway.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

You know times are really bad when.....



And that's all I have to say about that.

*yes, lame post. but sometimes a comic strip says a thousand words*

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MunY Movies: Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire's Assistant

Vampires are all the rage these days. You have the emo boy vampire from the Bella n Edward show, and then you have the ones with the southern accent on HBO, and of course the lovey dovey ones on that right Diaries on the CW.

Last weekend, I went for another vampire movie. Cirque Du Freak. Another book adaptation.


I didn't read the book. So I didn't really know what to expect. The poster looks like some cheesy b-grade movie that was shot on a $50 budget.

But names like John C Reilly, Salma Hayek and Ken Watanabe were front and center on the poster. Making me wonder if they were just actors/actresses with the same name as the ones that are really famous.

Nope, it's them. I'm surprised and intrigued.

First of all, an introduction of Cirque Du Freak books. Taken from Wikipedia.

Cirque du Freak (Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare in the United States) is the first novel in The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan. It is part of the "Vampire Blood Trilogy", which comprises the first three of the 12 book saga. Cirque du Freak was first published in Great Britain by HarperCollins in 2000, and was later published in the Vampire Blood Series in 2003 and 2004. Cirque du Freak is now a major motion picture.

This installment of the movie shows Darren Shan, a straigh A student, and his friend Steve, a rebel at school going to a freak show that comes to town. Not know what awaits them.

Darren, who is fascinated by spiders, steal ones from a vampire during the show. And the Consequence of stealing that spider? Steve getting a big bite from it, and doesn't end up with any spider powers. So in order to save Steve, he makes a deal with the vampire Mr Crepsley to be his assistant, and to be turned into half a vampire.

And hence his journey begins as a freak show of the cirque.

The movie was..... meh. Didn't like it, not worth the $10 ticket to watch, definitely not on a weekend. Acting, if there was any at all, was not apparant to me.

Watch it only if
You want to see Salma Hayek with a beard.
You can't get enough of vampire movies.
You just want to see John C Reilly not being stupidly silly.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

When the photogs strike!





So what do you do if it is a Saturday, you have nothing better to do, you have a DSLR camera lying around collecting dust, and there are friends who ask you to go on a photoshoot? You go obviously.

Waking up at 6am in the morning was definitely how I planned my Saturday when the first week of 2010 started. I would have probably be lazing in bed until 10am and then crawl out of bed to find food after the stomach starts growling.

However, instead of taking the lazy routine. Alf, Joe and I headed down town for a photoshoot with a very sporting couple. Alf was kind enough to come over my place to pick me up. (I know I know, I need to get a car)

We stopped by Joe's and jumped into his car and headed downtown. The sun was just rising as sprint along the Jelutong expressway. Met up with the sporting couple that Alf have somehow convinced to do this photoshoot with us.

It was a beautiful day and the sky tells it all.




The experience of shooting live people was interesting and to a certain extent intimidating. I mean, what if we fxckxd it up? (we didn't, obviously. ok ok, still a looooong way to go)

Alf was the main guy of the day, you can see he was really into it.


Scouting locations, dealing with the sun light, struggling with the humidity, enduring a stupid lecture by the 'tour guide' of Cheong Fat Tze mansion...... you name it. All key and important lessons learned though, and we're still trying to get the hang of stuff.

Where are the pics we took you ask? Well, it'll be up...... soon...... where? Will let you know.... soon.

P/S the first picture on this post was just something random I took, just in case you were wondering...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Higher price, less sugar? hmm..

The year 2010 started with sugar prices here in Malaysia rising as much as 20sens/kg.

The first thought on my mind? Prices of food is going the same direction, mainly drinks we so adore in kopitiams. Will our beloved teh tarik cost more? How about that cup of Kopi-O that we enjoy every morning?

So far, no price increase..... yet.

This morning, saw an article in the paper stating that some groups are happy with the price hike on sugar because it will deter people from drinking beverages with high sugar content. And I think to myself, 'really?' Or will coffee shops start putting less sugar into the drinks to maintain the price? (no, I don't think so too)

So it's a burden that will get passed onto the consumers, mainly you and me. But makes you wonder if the prices for drinks will be raised by 10sen, and that essentially is an unjustified price hike if it's 20sen/kg sugar price hike.

But that's what usually happens, the coffee shops will whine and moan about their profits getting thinner, but in actual fact these are the best opportunities for them to increase margins. So I really hope that they don't increase prices on drinks so as to not burden the consumer.

Well, if they do, let's just order water instead. That's a health improvement and a way to show your dissatisfaction with vendors who increase their prices on drinks.

Places like sega fredos Belissa Row will tell you they don't serve water because they are out of glasses, that happened to me on X'mas eve. What a lame excuse..... but they'd serve you coke in a hearbeat instead. WTF? At least charge for it, some customers really do want to drink water, on top of the beer and other drinks they ordered.

Anyway, less sugar means healthier lifesytle, and smaller % of diabetes.

P.S Don't go taking a bunch of sugar packs out of starbucks just because it's free now...... yes, the thought did cross my mind. :P