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.


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