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who do you think will make it big?

I helped to create a page for Patrick Teoh on Wikipedia.org (for fun, no profit, needs some clean-up or maybe lots of it), and in the process got him involved. Erm, I mean I have to right, seeing that there’s no available similar documentation available that chronicles his previous works. I didn’t listen to him when I was growing up, mostly because I was so engrossed in Singapore radio (from Johor mah). But I’ve heard of the man, know enough to know that he is a local celebrity of some sort, then got to know the man via TV Smith, he’s fun.

Anyway I staged a mini-interview with Patrick last week (that included a damn funny short clip of him claiming not to know why he was fired from TV3 for Wikipedia citations ;) ). It was really interesting to learn of his work in radio, seeing that he’s a radio legend in Malaysia throughout the 70s, 80s and mid-90s. Seeing him rack his brains trying to remember details for questions that I asked (especially dates) was funny.

I also googled a bit to get more information on Patrick (again, for citation purposes). Some articles that are available on the Net mentioned his various works, including being owner/ manager of a pub and inviting a singer to perform when very few people would have him. I also learnt that he started ADDaudio, a post-production house that I greatly like today. Little bits and pieces such as the reason for his leaving radio and termination from TV3… well all the interesting stuff.

While adding stuff to the Wiki page, I was thinking of Patrick’s past, and what he is today. Sort of like, wow how fun it would have been to know him back then, at the height of his career, just to keep track of it. I can’t describe exactly what it is, other than a moment of wishing I was there when all those stuff were happening. At the very least, I wished I had listened to Radio 4 ;)

But throughout this whole reminiscing thing, I thought of Swifty, a.k.a. The Great Swifty Speaketh, a.k.a. Edmund Yeo, a.k.a. a film director/ producer who also blogs. Honestly the dude irritated me at first — I mean, the amount of narcissism on his blog! Fuwah, felt like slapping him, kan? Heh.

Then I began to talk to the guy on MSN, and he kept bugging me to watch his short films. I was like, err.. no. Then I was invited to watch ‘Love Conquers All‘, and so I asked him to come along, knowing that he is an indie/ independent (well not so much now) director/ producer and would probably enjoy this kind of artsy local stuff. That was my first time meeting Edmund in real life, and I found him a rather enthusiastic chap whose informed thoughts and opinions on the local movie industry came tumbling out faster than he could speak :P

He also presented me with two DVDs of his short films — Girl Disconnected and Vertical Distance. I watched Vertical Distance first because it was more fun. It’s about a guy who feels insecure because he’s shorter than his girlfriend, and I really really liked it. Fun and sweet.

I’d put off from watching ‘Girl Disconnected’ for a myriad of reasons, even though it was more popular than ‘Vertical Distance’. Then last week Edmund gave me a DVD with the final cut of ‘Girl Disconnected’, and last weekend I decided to plonk my arse down to watch it.

I was mesmerised at how talented the fucker is.

Dude’s only 23 years old too.

So yeah, I think he will be big. And I’m glad to know him while he’s still relatively unknown, and here’s looking forward to tracking his career.

ratatouille a.k.a. the rat movie = awesome!

Suddenly I realised that I have been using the word ‘awesome’ in almost every part of my life. How awesome it is that such an awesome word is created to express the joy of someone or something that is totally awesome? Baffles me too.

Anyway this is going to be a very short one. Last Thursday, we were invited to a screening of Ratatouille; hosted by Intel to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Intel Core Microarchitecture. Quite a nifty idea — the premise of the movie that something so small could do something so great. I thought the introduced connection was smart :)

Ratatouille

By the way I’ve been calling it ‘the rat movie’, because I can’t spell ‘ratatouille’ without looking up the dictionary. I know how to pronounce it though, since it’s splattered all over the promotional posters. But since I can’t spell it without making some extra effort, I’m not gonna, so when I have to type it out, I’ll just refer it as ‘the rat movie’.

Basically, the plot lifted from IMDB.com:

Remy is a young rat in the French countryside who arrives in Paris, only to find out that his cooking idol is dead. When he makes an unusual alliance with a restaurant’s new garbage boy, the culinary and personal adventures begin despite Remy’s family’s skepticism and the rat-hating world of humans.

So here’s my verdict:

Animation: Pixar outdid itself again… AWESOME!
Voice talent: Bunch of unknowns who are often always better than famous type celebs… AWESOME!
Storyline: Your typical family relationships, some humorous parts here and there… AWESOME!
Everything about the rat movie: AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!

My thanks to Intel for the tickets (nice cake by the way, too bad we never did get to sample it ;) ) because I HEART HEART HEART the rat movie! I am getting my entire family to go watch it, and will get a copy on DVD for Ryan as soon as humanly possible. Hopefully that will get him off the CARS phase because to be honest, I am pretty sick of CARS by now.

Mini update: 0_0 I got sent a photo of the cake… see how awesome it is :D Actually not a good idea for me to be looking at cakes now… kempunan.

The Intel Core2 cake

The rat movie is my current favourite.. until we get to watch Bourne Ultimatum. Fuck Rush Hour 3, go watch the rat movie!

what are you listening to right now?

What: Ash’s Girl From Mars.
Why: Emo.
Elaboration: Released in July 1995, the popularity of ‘Girl From Mars’ lingered well into 1996. I was 15. Circa Oasis. Circa Blur. Circa Pulp Fiction. Circa Smash Hits. Space. Weezer. (More awesome) Green Day. Stupid ‘Peaches’ song. And that ‘Lump’. Supergrass.

In short, AWESOME BRIT POP! Awesome time of my life too.

Then Britney Spears came into the picture and fucked up the music scene as we knew it.

Serena, please come on-line.

Related: Tied To The 90s

a worthy campaign by honda malaysia – save the sumatran rhino!

Today I am going to write about the Sumatran Rhinoceros.

A Sumatran rhino in the wild
The Sumatran Rhino is dying out! :(

Since 1990, the Sumatran Rhinoceros (scientific name: Dicerorhinus sumatrensis, local name: badak sumbu) has been identified as ‘the most seriously endangered species of large mammals in the world’. In other words, out of the five rhinoceros species, the Sumatran Rhino is one of the four that is critically endangered. Any more poaching and habitat loss, it would end up like the dodo.

Why should you give a darn? Hmm… good question. Well, if I were to have my own children, I would want them to be able to see a rhinoceros in real life. Not in pictures, not in movies, not flash animated, but in the flesh, even if I would have to drag them to a zoo (“what mom, actually going OUT?! That is so medieval…”).

A Sumatran rhino saying hi
A Sumatran Rhino saying hi…

The last time I saw a rhino was at the Perth Zoo. It was a Southern White Rhinoceros, it was big and rather smelly (I mean, what did you expect?), and… that’s it. The kids there loved the giant, and I could only imagine our kids experiencing the same feelings of awe when seeing a real rhino at the zoo. I am not sure if there’s a Sumatran rhino in our local zoo, maybe it’s time I go visit Zoo Negara…

The Sumatran rhino is considered a Malaysian heritage because it’s the only rhino species found in Malaysia. Among the 5 existing rhino species, the Sumatran rhino is the smallest in size (weighing between 600kg – 950kg), but no less in stature. It is estimated that there are only 300 Sumatran rhinos left in the entire world. Could be more, could be less, most likely to be less. Doesn’t help that their lifespan is about 50 years, and it takes a long time for them to breed…

WWF folks measuring the size of a rhino footprint
Some folks measuring the size of a Sumatran rhino foot print…

As mentioned earlier, the two most damaging reasons why the Sumatran rhinos are endangered are:

1) Loss of habitat, due to excessive and illegal logging
2) Poaching, mostly ‘thanks’ to the perceived value of its horns

In traditional Chinese medicine, the rhinoceros horn in powdered form is prescribed for fevers and convulsions. The rich would prefer to buy the more expensive rhinoceros horn (Wikipedia.org cited it to be at least US$200 per gram), rather than the cheaper substitutes like water buffalo horn. I think you can see an example of such beliefs in the ‘cooling water’ being sold in abundance everywhere…

Well, all these and more are threatening the lives and very existence of the Sumatran rhinoceros. Sien is an understatement.

Honda-WWF Rhino Rescue Project

With all that in mind, Honda Malaysia took the initiative to partner with WWF Malaysia. Together they came up with a 5-year project to save the Sumatran rhinos. The collaboration includes a contribution RM 5 million over a span of 5 years, as well as various activities and campaigns to raise awareness about the endangered Sumatran rhino. Something like this blog post, and I hope I’ve done my part :)

Save Our Sumatran Rhinos logo
Be a Sumatran Rhino friend!

Honda’s Rhino Rescue Project was initiated in 2006, and the cause is considered to be one of the most challenging conservation efforts. Well for the sake of the Sumatran rhinos, I hope the project succeeds, and that they would continue to commit to the cause long after the project’s time line.

Doe-eyed kids
Doe-eyed school children part of the conservation efforts.. raising awareness, that is

To end, here’s a summary of past events for the Honda Malaysia & WWF-Malaysia Rhino Rescue Project:

  • January 2006 – Launch of Rhino Rescue Project
  • June 2006 – WWF-Malaysia First Photo of Sumatran Rhino in the Wild
  • October 2006 – Feature Article on Rhino Rescue Project
  • November 2006 – Interview with WWF-Malaysia Team Leaders
  • January / February 2007 – Honda Malaysia School Programme to 4 Primary Schools in Klang Valley
  • April 2007 – WWF-Malaysia Captured First Video Footage of Sumatran Rhino in the Wild

Upcoming events:

  • August / September 2007 – Honda Malaysia School Programme to 8 Primary Schools in Klang Valley
  • January 2008 – Honda Malaysia School Programme to 4 Primary Schools in Johor Bahru
  • March 2008 – Honda Malaysia School Programme to 4 Primary Schools in Penang

Good luck :)

Almost almost end note: You can read more about the rhinoceros and Sumatran rhino on Wikipedia.org here and here. More from other blogs: Nuffnang, Suet Li

Almost end note: Do check out their flashy website here: http://www.honda.com.my/rhino. There are some stuff that you may find interesting, e.g. one single recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes. Heh, I spent a significant amount of time on the website yesterday ;)

End note: If you are a blogger and want to be a Sumatran Rhino friend (for what purpose you ask? I just think it’s cool ;) ), you can put up a small banner on your blog to show your support for the worthy cause. You can hotlink and obtain other information you need here.

iyer, i hate random salespeople and telemarketers!

I’m not feeling well lor. So I must blog to feel better. Herro I am Dr Suanie.

Sometimes when there’s no one in the office, I have to get the door and answer the phone. I paling tak suka people at the door who waste my time. Granted, everyone is trying to make a living, but I also have to make my living you know. When my colleague whose table is in front of the door is not there, I will have to get up and actually WALK to the damn door to open it and listen to what various salespeople and evangelists want.

NO I DON’T WANT YOUR PRODUCTS NOR DO I WANT TO ATTEND A CHRISTIAN TALK!

But they don’t seem to understand. Despite my bitching here, I am always very nice to them in person, listen them out until I get their point, then politely telling them that no, it’s okay but thank you. The ‘buat faham’ ones would either say ‘thank you for your time’ and give me a leaflet and leave, that’s great. The ‘buat tak faham’ ones would insist on talking and talking and talking some more that I had to speak up a bit so I could get a word in saying, “NO IT’S OKAY WE DON’T NEED THIS NOW, THANK YOU!”

Damn sien. I put up a smart-ass sign on our door but it doesn’t seem to work. Can’t tell you what it says la, else salespeople who read my blog who came to my office would know, and then return to deface us or something :P

Then today there was someone on the phone…

Me: Hello, [company's name].
Someone: Hi can I speak to your boss please? Is he in?
Me: I’m sorry, he’s not in.
Someone: Is he not in yet or is he out of the country?
Me: He’s not in.. can you call back tomorrow or would you like to leave a message?
Someone: Okay I’ll call back. By the way, what is your boss’ name?

At this point you’d feel suspicious kan? I’d initially thought he knew my boss, but now I’m guessing not…

Me: Who is speaking please?
Someone: I am so-and-so from so-and-so (never heard before)
Me: Oh okay, why don’t you call back tomorrow?
Someone: What is your boss’ name? I have something to discuss with him…
Me: May I ask what is it about? (yes, I am this polite over the phone)
Someone: It’s actually a business proposition… and I would very much like to speak to your boss about it.
Me: Well he isn’t here so you will have to call back again.
Someone: Yeah I will, but can I know what is your boss’ name ar?
Me: Sorry I can’t give that information to you.
Someone: Har I only want to know his name also cannot ar?
Me: Yeah, sorry I can’t give that information to you.
Someone: Okay.. so weird one.

WEIRD?!??! HERROOOOOOOOOOOOOO!?!?!?! YOU PRETEND TO KNOW MY BOSS THEN HIS NAME ALSO YOU DON’T KNOW THEN YOU EXPECT PEOPLE TO SIMPLY HAND YOU THEIR BOSSES NAMES OVER A SILVER PLATTER MEH?!!??!?!?? WHAT THE FUCK YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE.. STUPID AR?!

Sigh geram. I think I’ll go home and bully Ryan now. Byes!

ryan the camho

Whenever Ryan hangs out with me in my room, he would always touch my stuff. My make up lah, my perfume lah, my nail clipper lah, my laptop lah, my books lah…

One of my possessions that he adores playing with is my mobile phone, a Sony Ericsson K750i. He also recently discovered how to remove the lense cover, and…

Ryan camwhores...

I swear he took these himself.

Ryan camwhores again!

Puppy eyes. Check.
Sultry lips. Check.
Emo look. Check.
15-degrees angle. Check.

Sigh, what a perfect camho he is. I wonder who he learnt it from… :P