saturday 10 may 2008

Leaving for Port Dickson for the Tiesto rave in a bit. In the meantime, here’s a photo of Ryan in his specs.

Ryan in specs

If he’d understand the meaning, I’m sure he’s all for the background message, “Protect Your World. Help X Out Cervical Cancer”.

quick one on the apostasy decision

Only a very quick one, because I have shit to do. But I was reading Malaysiakini’s interviews with various MPs on whether ‘they’ should be allowed to leave Islam, and I am wondering why no one just say it out straight.

Like it or not, a lot of people (note that I am not saying ‘all’ but ‘a lot’; I know a mat salleh who converted BEFORE he met his Malay wife) go through the conversion because they want to marry and spend the rest of their lives[1] with the ones they love[2].

THAT’S IT! END OF STORY, SEKIAN TERIMA KASIH.

If they didn’t give a shit about their religions before, what makes you think they’d give a shit about their religions after?

So to Shafie Apdal who is the BN of Semporna (where’s that ar?), you are right to say that people cannot force people to embrace Islam. BUT their willingness to embrace Islam is because… well you can’t marry a Muslim unless you are a Muslim (by name) bla bla bla. SAY SO LAH. But if you want to make an in-depth research on why they want to renounce Islam in the first place, let me know okay so I can go bid for the very lucrative research project.

[1] These days it’s about 5 years
[2] This one will be 3.

the big screen

Been busy lately. Kept meaning to update properly but we all know where good intentions end up (in my stomach, if you really need to know). Got a few things to get off my chest though, else I’d be constantly thinking about wanting to blog them and it’d bug me until I do.

Movies watched:

27 DRESSES. Stupid betul. Why anyone thinks Katherine Heigl is any good after ROSWELL is beyond me. She is my least favourite actress and character in GREY’S ANATOMY and she was rather blah in KNOCKED UP but luckily Seth Rogan saved the day (he should really stop giving interviews though — what an annoying nervous laugh). In 27 DRESSES, she langsung tak ada chemistry with James Marsden and that kind of suck. What made HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS a more enjoyable chick flick was that Kate Hudson and Matthew ‘I Cant’ Spell His Last Name Without Googling’ had something going on. I don’t care if they wanted to kill each other on the set (which I don’t know anything about; just saying), they sure didn’t act like it on-screen. Anyway if you are thinking of getting 27 DRESSES for a weekend movie or something, don’t. Get THE WEDDING PLANNER instead — same type of storyline, funnier, better acting, slightly better chemistry between Jennifer Lopez and Matthew What’s His Name, so there.

ENCHANTED. Didn’t really leave much of an impression on me, but I remember I smiled during some parts of the movie. I think there was singing.

WAR. Me and KY were at the Mac Shop @ Pavilion, and the trailer for this movie was stored in one of the Macs. KY opened the file and we watched in trailer in salivating wonder. Maybe it was the quality of the iMac, maybe it was that Jet Li did not bother to speak in English at anytime during the trailer, which is a 1000000000% plus. Anyway I liked the movie and I don’t know why its rating on IMDB is not higher. Seriously, you don’t give a shit about the storyline and who spoke better Japanese bla bla bla when you have Jet Li and Jason Statham fighting each other z0mgwtfbbq!

P.S. I LOVE YOU. Never really minat Hilary Swank. Don’t know why lah, just never took a liking to her. It was years back but I could not bear to watch BOYS DON’T CRY till the end. Anyway within 15 minutes of this movie, I was tearing up like a kid who got her candy snatched away then punched in the stomach then kicked to the curb then left to the vultures. At the end of it, I was so overwhelmed by my emotions that had built up throughout the movie and settled on my head, heart and shoulders threatening to erupt ala Krakatoa that I went out of my room, out of the house to the garden and walked in circles for about two minutes. Then I went back up to my room and listened to Howard Stern, and all was well with the world again. Really, some movies should come with an over-emo warning sign.

THE KITE RUNNER. I managed to score some free tickets thanks to the All-Malaysian Bloggers Project. The movie was touching and awesome. After that I read the book, which made me appreciate the story more. You should do it in the same order as me — movie first, then book (if you have yet to read it). Why? Because my mom read the book first then watched the movie, and she was not as moved. Btw KY cried a bit during the movie because “Men have feelings too, you know.”

THE BUCKET LIST. The only good that came out of this was the song ‘Say’ by John Mayer. I don’t know lah… two big ass names, but I just didn’t feel it lor. They just didn’t feel like friends to me, it felt as if they were just going through the motions… The whole storyline was also rather abrupt.

SYDNEY WHITE. Watch SHE’S THE MAN. It’s miles better. You know, if you are into this kind of no-brainer fluff.

LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN A MUSLIM WORLD. Try harder. Okay well, I know the whole argument about the hidden meanings and subtlety of jokes and satire and shit, but 98 minutes of Albert Brookes in his whiny Marlin voice made me seriously contemplate undergoing a gastric bypass. Now, THAT is a hidden joke.

you are not cool if you have not watched ‘the chicken rice mystery’

Remember this post?

Well it was actually preparation for my very short role in Swifty‘s short movie, The Chicken Rice Mystery. You see, I’d bugged him to put me on a cameo role for a while now — you know, one of those keh leh fei walking in the background or one of those other dining patrons… you get what I mean.

But teh gr8 Swifty decided that I was worthy enough to make a longer appearance in his movie, and cast me in a minor role, complete with lines and shit. So one the day of the shooting, I popped by his house, was told by teh director what to say and how to act and that was it. Eunice put aplenty paint on me face…

Chicken Rice Mystery - Suanie make up
Give it to me baby, aha ahah! Photo by Nikki Tok.

… I rehearsed a bit with my ‘brother’ Aron Koh and then the camera rolled!

Chicken Rice Mystery - Aron, Ming and Suanie
I do look fierce when I am not smiling. Photo by Nikki Tok.

Now that it’s over, I can say this with a straight face: FROM EXPERIENCE (ahem ;) ) acting isn’t easy. There’s the nerves and it gets in the way of trying to remember your lines along with the facial expressions and body gestures that go along with them. I guess it shouldn’t be a problem for professional actors. But you know the cliché of women being able to juggle a few things at one time? Well, I don’t fit into that.

(Though it doesn’t mean that local actors can get away with being so shitty.)

So it was fun and quite an experience. I do wish that I was not so nervous and scared, and of course now looking back, I could have done a lot more with the role. Oh wells. Swifty did some awesome editing with the movie so I didn’t come off looking too bad. My favourite characters in the movie are Lai Meng (grandmother) and Teck Lai (1st uncle). If you do not know wtf I am talking about, go watch The Chicken Rice Mystery at the BMW Shorties 2008 website!

Chicken Rice Mystery - screen shot Suanie 1
Screen shot of me, stolen from Shadowfox

Chicken Rice Mystery - screen shot Suanie 2
Screen shot of me, stolen from Shadowfox

Instructions:
1) Go to http://www.bmwshorties.com.my
2) Click on ‘VOTE NOW’
3) Click on the last thumbnail in the gallery
4) Click on ‘WATCH NOW’
5) Click on ‘VOTE THIS’ ;)

Of course feel free to watch the other movies selected as finalists in the BMW Shorties 2008. I am just trying to make use of my blog readers to vote for the movie that I am in ;)

Heh heh.

suanie ate raw fish for the first time!

Those who know me know that I am not one for raw fish and meat. That is why Japanese buffets are wasted on me, and I am usually not that excited whenever anyone suggests eating at a Japanese restaurant. But I still go lah, because there are other things to eat mah. Besides more often than not, it’s the company that matters ;)

KY got invited to a food review thingy at Rakuzen, and he ajak-ed me along. Haaaaaaaaaaahhh apparently NOT because I am his back-up plan ;) Anyway we ate at Rakuzen a couple of weeks ago with some other noobs, so I was happy to go along because the food I had was pretty good.

The night before, I mentally prepped myself to consume at least ONE piece of raw salmon. As I keep telling people, it’s more of a psychological barrier than anything else; it took me a couple of years before I could eat medium steak, and more than that before I could stomach ebiko. So forgive me if I seem overly spirited about this whole eating raw fish thingy, but it was a pretty historic thing for me!

Rakuzen - Chef Fai
Chef Fai and his offerings

We were presented with 4 dishes — sashimi moraiwase, sashimi salad, dragon roll and tempura. Apparently the sashimi moraiwase is really worth the money because the cost of the ingredients isn’t cheap, and the profit is only marginal. KY enjoyed it tremendously, as he wolfed down most of the stuff on the plate.

Rakuzen - dragon roll
A sinfully delicious dragon roll

My favourite has to be the dragon roll — not only because it was something that I could consume without over analysing, but because it was truly and satisfyingly delicious. I don’t remember the exact price, but it’s worth it.

Rakuzen - sashimi salad
A beautiful sashimi salad before the sauce is poured

The sashimi salad was rather awesome. Again I don’t recall the price, but I remember it being worth the money as they throw in bits and pieces of tuna, squid, lobster meat and salmon alongside the fresh and crunchy greens, topped with a couple fat slices of raw salmon. Okay so maybe my first experience of eating raw fish happened at the first time I ate at Rakuzen where we had the same dish, but that doesn’t count because I didn’t know I was eating raw stuff.

Rakuzen - the salmon sashimi that Suanie ate
Hello there!

After a while, I psyched myself up and ate the little bugger in the photo above. As I chewed it for the first time, I felt a bit sick in my stomach, but quickly reminded myself that it was all in the head. Which it was, because it didn’t taste half bad as I’d imagined. Everyone around me always gushes about raw salmon being creamy and buttery… I even had a second (small) piece later on just to make sure that I remember the taste and feeling.

Okay lah, I am still alive, didn’t have indigestion or anything. But it’s not something I’d order for myself in the future lor. Which is a good thing, because this stuff ain’t cheap ;)