Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Anyway, I finished watching two movies yesterday. Firstly, Date Movie. I found it very entertaining. Very good use of music. The use of Kelis' "Milkshake" at the opening dance sequence (think Austin Powers) was perfect. Not forgetting The Pussy Cat Dolls "Don't Cha" at the Sophie Monk (she does a mean Elle Driver) entrance scene and the cat lady's (miang giler muka dia) muy romantico dinner with Jinxers. I loved it.
The second movie was "The Nun". It seemed promising at first, but forgettable. Reminded me of those straight-to-video horror stuff.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Why is it that when I go to site A, there will be nothing going on, but when I go to site B, people from site A will call and I have to do things via "remote control", which I hate. Ugh. My telephone etiquette is lacking. Or more accurately, my patience is lacking.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Since I'm on the subject of fairytales and such, Hoodwinked is also a good rewriting of the classic "Little Red Riding Hood". Much humour here. The story is retold 4 times from the prespective of Red, The Wolf, Granny and the Woodsman.
Still, my all time favourite has got to be Hans Christian Anderson's Little Claus And Big Claus. The humour is very dark. Death is mentioned so non-chalantly in the story, like how Big Claus is tricked by Little Claus into killing his grandmother (whacked her head with an axe) to sell for a bushel of money. These are the morals we should teach our kids. A must read!
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill;
Weird guitar solo;
Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill;
Sex with a lady with bad makeup;
Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill;
Weird guitar solo; Kill;
Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill;
Sex with "Mother Nature"; Kill; Kill; Kill;
Warning: Spoiler ahead!;
Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill; Kill;
Weird guitar solo.
The scenes are all messed up, ancient characters, modern settings; and vice versa. It got tiresome after a while.
Memorable quotes: "We made love once, doesn't it mean anything to you?", "My penis stroked your hole and it felt good, nothing more".
Friday, May 26, 2006
Lunch was on YS today. A nice Vegetarian Thali from Buharry @ Asian Heritage Row. A posh area with restaurant like "Co Chine" and "Ye Chine". See the pattern? The set was great, not so overpowering like the one I had at Sangeetha @ Lebuh Ampang (also compliments of YS, :)). Standard stuff, dhal, yoghurt, dessert, curried chickpeas, etc. The service was good and organized. They use the billing and ordering system similar to those at Pizza Hut. Siap dengan touchscreen sekali. Should revisit the place in the evenings. Should be very happening...
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Had chapati for lunch again today. Tarmesh @ Jalan Berangan. My colleague from Hyderabad says its quite authentic. I don't know about it being authentic or not, but the food is good. The thing that caught my attention was a cup of spices at the cashier. It looked like some strange mini alien pods. Ugh. My colleague told me to try it. Apparently it's a breath freshener. You put a spoonful on your palm, then you dump it all in your mouth. Then chew slowly. You know what? It tastes exactly like Hacks. After some googling, I found out that the spice is called fennel. Not bad, not bad at all.
But I'm keeping my eye on the MyTeam Vs Malaysia match in Bukit Jalil on the 28th of May. With the stupid Lanter Festival using a big chunk of parking real estate and my previous experiences of soccer matches in Bukit Jalil (a story which involves a Swiss girl from Lucerne, money and the police, I'll tell it next time, heh), the traffic will hell with too many cars and road closures, the LRT will be congested and crowd will be like locusts. I'm gonna hide at home on that Sunday.
Update on 29/05/2006: MyTeam lost 2:1. Number of spectators: 70k.
Work started late at about 8:20pm. Lotsa problems accessing the servers. Remote here, then remote there. A confusing arrangement. I was getting pretty restless by 9:30pm. Have you felt irritated looking at somebody do something that you could much faster? I felt like grabbing the mouse from the guy's hands. But I didn't. By 10:00pm, I'd pretty much resigned to my fate that it was gonna be a loooooong night. I was guiding the guy at the side, and I found that my voice had lost its vitality. I was in no hurry anymore. No more gritting of teeth. Luckily, the whole fiasco ended by 10:45pm. Quickly rushed to catch the train back.
Luckily the parking lot at Bukit Jalil was well-lit. A stupid Lantern Festival caused a large section of the nearest parking lot to be closed. Had to walk, walk, walk to the isolated carpark. But then I can't really complain, KCK practically limped all the way to the station with me. I should've dropped him off at the Seri Petaling station this morning. Another example of my thoughlessness. Next time...
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Sorry for the atrocious formatting of my last post. I couldn't get the "valign=top" working properly for the table. And as to why the table
is so narrow, I can't explain that either. I suck at HTML. So difficult to blog through blogger. Have to resort to Flickr or through e-mail.
sheer entertainment value. I caught just one episode of
Misi: X-Ray and I'm totally hooked. Here's a
|(Danial drives up to Marissa's place, she meets|
him at the porch
|Marissa:||Eh, Danial. Masuklah rumah.|
|Danial:||Tak. You beritahu|
I, betul you tak cintakan budak Aidel tu. You masih cintakan
|Marissa:||Cinta?! Kalau maksud cinta|
you adalah seperti mana you cintakan ke-ego-anmu,
maksudnya I cintakan you (What!?). Sudahlah Danial, itu hal
saya. (Marissa walks away, annoyed)
|Danial:||Hei, kamu ikut saya!|
(Danial pushes Marissa into his car)
|Marissa:||Eh, kamu gila ke! Ikut kamu|
ke mana! (Marissa gets out of the car)
|Danial:||Kita ke hotel! Saya|
tunjukkan betapa saya cinta kepada awak! Kamu tu hak saya!
|Marissa:||Hak kamu! Hidup I|
adalah hak I sendiri! (Marissa walks away
|Danial:||MARISSA! Kamu nampak batu|
ni! Batu ni yang kau nak pulangkan kepada Aidel! (Danial throws
the magic crystal to the ground, and stomps it to pieces, while
Marissa gapes in disbelief)
Fantastic. Just look at the name of the characters. "The Invisible Man" meets "Sembilu". Stay tuned for a recap
of last year's winner, Ustaz Sufi.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
New Lifestyle: Lotsa standing around and waiting. Wondering why the trains going the opposite direction are always empty and much more frequent. Lotsa jostling and pushing into already packed spaces. The design of the monorail is just screwed up. Much real estate is taken up by the seats in the middle of the train (to cover up the giant tyre below) and a lot of people who take the monorail just aren't very considerate. They just won't file in to make more way for the other passengers and won't file out to make way for those alighting. They like to block the doors and block the area towards the middle of the train. The problem is so bad that the monorail staff have to herd us in. I once overheard a British tourist remark, "I feel like a cow..." (a word of advice, tourists should stay away from the monorail during rush hour). Yeah, the only thing missing is a cattle prod.
New Mobility: They really shouldn't connect the monorail to the LRT lines if the monorail can't handle the volume of passengers. It's practically a bottleneck. It's especially bad between Hang Tuah and Raja Chulan. Semua berasak-asak masuk, then after those stations, lengang. Avoid those stations at all cost. Since the trains that stop between those stations are usually packed like sardines, commuters have started to adapt. If you wanna go from Hang Tuah to Raja Chulan, just take the scenic route from Hang Tuah to Maharajalela, then to Raja Chulan. It reminds me of Star LRT commuters from Bukit Jalil who travel down to Seri Petaling just to get a seat.
At Times Square and want to catch the Star LRT home? Walk.
At Sungei Wang and want to shop at Times Square? Walk.
At Hotel Istana and want to buy some souveniers at BB Plaza? Walk.
But it's raining! I should take the monorail. Walk!
Monday, May 22, 2006
Anyways, I've never actually "bought" a cellphone before. It takes me ages to actually decide to buy anything. Call it fickleness (I'm a Libra), call it kiam siap-ness. It took me a year (one year of nagging from SK and JM) to buy my Canon A80. I was convinced after being told that my phone looks like crap (secondary concern), the buttons starting acting up (way annoying) and the other part supposedly can't hear me (I have yet to confirm this, but I'll take SK's word).
Here's my cellphone chronology:
1) Nokia 6150 - Compliments of my brother. Still in my drawer. It needs a rubber band to keep it alive.
2) Nokia 3210 - Compliments of my brother-in-law. A very good phone, hefty. Lost at the hands of a burglar.
3) Samsung SGH-N620 - Compliments of DiGi.
4) Samsung SGH-X700 - Compliments of SK and JM.
See a pattern forming?
a) A Taoist temple
b) Balai Bomba
c) The Stadhyust (relocated from Melaka)
As you can see from the pic, the whole colour scheme of my street is *really* screwed up. A little sky blue, a little pale yellow, a little white, and whole big chunk of red. Welcome to Kindergartenland.
Friday, May 19, 2006
May her soul rest in peace...
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Do I look at it. Nope.
Do listen to the wisdom its trying to impart on me? Nope.
After bouts of frantic rushing and meeting deadlines, I have begun to savour the times when there is nothing much to do. But sometimes, the hours just go by so slowly... Perhaps I should stop procrastinating and update that document...
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
I've finally gotten around to trying out the food at Nippon Yatai Mura, the restaurant with the Tanuki (Japanese raccoon-dog, can also be seen on Kameya near Federal Hotel) as its logo. A quick Mother's Day lunch. The food's really quite good. The soup bases are very good. Had Kyushu Ramen, Kimuchi Nabe and a soft shelled crab temaki. The crab was a tad too oily. Strangely, they don't serve Tanuki Ramen. Still, I would like to try out the other ramen on their menu. I kinda miss Jakarta's Ajisen Ramen. But then, not quite enough to wanna go back there...
Overall a very nice dining experience except for the fact that there was this little girl sitting 2 booths away from us who kept on playing peek-a-boo with me and yelling "UNCLE" at the top of her lungs to get my attention. She was so cute with a big mop of hair on her head, but not cute enough to make me not cringe at the call of "Uncle". C'mere, I'll wring your little neck. Heh.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
This is what I get for skipping P.O.L. (People's Own Language) classes on Saturdays during my primary school days. Always ending up at my classmates house nearby playing "Bare Knuckle", "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "De-Cap-Attack" on his Sega Genesis.
All the strokes are wrong, and the characters are just... I remember having to write my Chinese name on the blackboard and the teacher remarked, "Are you writing or are you drawing grass!". The idiot. I hated that guy.
My brother found this in Endah Parade, Seri Petaling. Really had a hankering for lemang since raya. The rendang tok was wicked too. Too bad the palas was a let down. I gotta haul my ass back to the East coast for some decent Malay food. It's been 6 years...
Monday, May 15, 2006
My mother was invited to the launch of an "anti-snatch theft handbag" a few months back and this really piqued her interest. So, my sister recently bought her one for her birthday. This "innovative" handbag features a detachable strap. So if some guy comes along and grabs the strap, he'll only get strap while the bag falls to the ground. No points for guessing that the design is useless if the guy snatches the bag and not the strap. But that's besides the point. As one can guess, the bag must be designed so that the strap is strong enough to withstand everyday use, and on the other hand must be weak enough to detach when snatched. Unfortunately, this is a another case of "good design, bad material". After less than one week of normal usage, the strap is now perpetually in "snatch-theft" mode. It comes off every now and then (unless perhaps it's a orang halimunan snatch thief that we are not aware of). After inspecting the stupid thing, I found that the hole for the metal stud is now loose as the material (some spongy, cheapo stuff) is already deteriorating. What a disappointment.
Update (2006/05/16): I went back to store and got a replacement! The supervisor was very nice. No questions asked. Practically unheard of in this day and age. Asked me to come back ASAP if the replacement is also defective.
PS: The manufacturer did not reply my irate e-mail.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Back to the glorious food. Some establishment by the side of Old Klang Road near the Taman Desa turning. Everytime I pass by that stretch of road I would curse the people who park their cars and hog the road (OKR is a highway now, no less). But as fate would have it, I had to park there as well. Oh well. Had a nice dinner of steamed chicken, sweet & sour pork, kailan and steamed egg (way too salty).
For some reason, my tummy was not content, so we headed over to Sri Petaling for mamak food. Another round of cow's milk pulled tea, milo, ABC, thosai and naan. Fantastic. Oh yeah, and SK got "molested" by the Indian waiter after asking if the bananas on the table were free. Haha. Headed home after that.
Watched "Kung Fu Cult Master" at home. I couldn't help myself. Watched till 1:00am! Was still buzzing after that. Couldn't get a good night's sleep. I wonder if it's the tea or too much qi...
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Mum's birthday bash started off at Amarin Heavenly Thai, MidValley Megamall. The big SIX ZERO. When we were young, we often think of aging as a distant process that doesn't really affect us. But recently, I've recently admitted that I'm really relatively "old" and with this fact, my mum would definitely be "older". She has really aged, but gracefully. Really should spend more quality time with her.
Back to the food review. Amarin's a nice place. Never crowded. Lotsa wood, ambient lighting. Simple decor. Managed by S.E.A Cuisine Sdn Bhd. They operate more than 10 different Thai restaurants around town. Had a shock when I looked at their business card.
I for one over-ordered. The waiter wasn't very helpful in telling me that we had ordered too much. But then, it was a table of six and there were four guys. Apparently we all had small appetites. We forgot to factor in the mixed appetizer platter and the spicy beef salad, in addition to the other main dishes.
We had green curry, asparagus with prawns, beancurd with hot basil leaves (looked more like burnt curry leaves), duck with thai sauce (wanted to order the naked duck, but the waiter convinced me otherwise. Kinda like the naked duck, but clothed. :P) and Tom Yam (Talay, Goong -- on hindsight, should've shared the portions) and Tom Gha Kai.
The food was good, but a little too overpowering for my palate. Went around MV for a bit after dinner. Decided against watching a movie (the crowd and no good movie to watch). Headed home to stuff our faces more. A 1kg Chocolate Hazelnut cake, red wine and red eggs (compliments of SK)! The party ended at midnight. At 12:05 am, I remembered that I didn't pass my mum the birthday card I got her.... recycle?
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Spent the day watching Flight Plan and some episodes of Gantz. Flight Plan is OK, but Jodie Foster has really aged. After watching 3 consecutive episodes of Gantz, I have found that it is starting to annoy the hell outta me. Not even heaving chests and gratuitous violence could save it. Too little happens and the script is fluff and repetitions. Lotsa screaming at each other. Lotsa standing around. ?!?!.
Ate at Jogoya. Compliments of SK. Celebration dinner. RM88++ per pax. Ouch. Found on the back of the moist towelette -- Jo - A place to go; Go - A place where the king goes; Ya - Shop. One has to pay up front. Pengz. After paying, then only one can expect to hear greetings from the staff. As one is ushered into the dining area, you can see a giant projected clock on the carpeted floor. Probably a time slot reminder. Lots of wood, dark, marble-like materials. The floor is cement. The food counters are all sprinkled between dining areas. At the fringes you get private dining rooms (party of 9 and above) with weird names like Strength, Happiness, etc (reminiscent of the floors in Starhill, e.g, Adorn, Indulge, etc. Not for the illiterate). They feature one-touch sliding glass doors to filter out the noise. I don't see a particular flow to the layout, but each table does come equipped with a recommended food plan. Firstly, one is recommended to wash ones' hands. This is no problem as sinks (big, slab-like squares) are found everywhere. The plates are all found under the counter, a deviation from then norm.
The taste and variety of the food is not exceptionally good when one compares it with other Japanese buffets (factoring in the price, of course). The sashimi / sushi counter is a disappointment. However, you get plenty of fresh oysters, bamboo clams, escargot, crabs (king crabs are reserved for VIP members -- entah how one qualifies). The Wine Chicken is also great, with a subtle taste. The dessert counter is fantastic with tiramisus, mousses, cookies, cheese cakes and puddings. The ice cream is also great -- Movenpick of Switzerland. Great sour flavours to end a heavy meal, e.g. strawberry, lime, passionfruit. Other conservative flavours include chocolate and caramel. The other different thing about Jogoya is that it serves coconut water and fresh fruit juices. You get non-watered down watermelon, starfruit, honeydew , lime, etc. One complaint I have is that some food is *really* salty. One-way-trip-to-hypertension salty. The fish head soup and the buddha-jumps-over-the-wall both taste like concentrated brine water. I don't think I'll be dining there again. Oh, how I miss Munakata's ala-carte buffet... Oh yeah, photography is phohibited in its premises. To the hell with that. I have some here!
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