Wednesday, February 27, 2013

CNY I: Mass & Movie

Red Cross by williamnyk
Red Cross, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.
Chinese New Year decorations at my church this year was a bit more low key. Initially they had calligraphy stuck all over the place, but sometime last week, it was removed. Wonder if its the close proximity of Lent. A departure from the usual practice, no giant couplets was put up beside the crucifix. Instead, they draped red cloth around it. A breath of fresh air. During the spring cleaning before christmas, I thought I saw giant joss sticks wrapped in oil paper, but that didn't materialize, so I guess I was mistaken. As usual, there was the rite of commemoration of ancestors after a reading from the Book of Malachi. And the priest handed out red packets with money and Bible verses in 'em. Blessed mandarin oranges were also distributed and there was a lion dance outside. The choir also surprised us with MyFM CNY songs. Lunch was at home since we had loads of leftovers. And mum did boil a pot of barley with beancurd skin and gingko nuts. Yummy stuff. Also got a pack of dim sum from a church member. We were supposed to go The Gardens Mall to watch BeautifulMale perform, but with all the cleaning up and stuff, we missed it.

Blessed

Red Packet

Motif

Our movie in MV was for 17:15, so we left the house at 16:00. Been ages since I watched a movie at MV. Bought the tickets the night before. Had Apollo's expert opinion on which hall and row to choose. I suspect he knows which seats have bad springs or which carpeting smells. There were six of us and I needed to split into two rows. Thanks to some imperfect algorithm in the GSC app, I could not buy certain seats because it would not allow me to leave seat gaps in a certain way. Get this:

AVAILABLE SEATS:
X X X A A A X X X
A A A A X X X X X

ALLOWED:
X X X O O O X X X
O A O O X X X X X

NOT ALLOWED:
X X X O O O X X X
A O O O X X X X X

Legend: X = Taken; O = My Choice; A = Available

My first time seeing the newly-renovated section with its criss-crossing bridges ala The Gardens Mall. Tickets were for "Hotel Deluxe", starring Theresa Mo and Sandra Ng. Heavyweights, both. Not exactly the funniest movie, but one scene in the movie had the whole cinema in stitches. A bit sad la kan, just one scene? By the time we got out, it was dinner time. Not that many choices to choose from so we just ate at Zun Express. The food was just average. My brother still had stomach capacity, so he packed a nasi dagang from Belanga. Took very long for them to process his order. I suspect they were cooking the curry from scratch. Didn't loiter after dinner, but I did get to spy upon a twinky gay couple who were locking arms at the elbow and one of them was wearing a very eye-catching giant polka-dot blazer. So rare to see such openness in KL.

Peacock

Vintage

3 comments:

Twilight Man said...

Errrr. I found the red cloth to be funny hanging that way. I think it would look nice if it was above the cross.

nicky05 said...

I find the movie normal only. But the whole cinema found hilarious. :S

William said...

@Twi:
Maybe there is some kind of rule to it

@Nicky05:
Haha. Don't be so uptight. :P