three friday mice

I’ve been watching ‘Journey To The West‘ with Ryan because; (a) I have the (legit) VCDs, and (b) each episode is different hence eliminating my boredom from having to watch the same thing on repeat.

Xi You Ji is one of my favourite series, apart from the Condor Heroes trilogy and Yong Zheng Wang Chao (even though I didn’t understand most of what they were saying and had to ask my mom to translate the proverbs and what-not). Now, I only watch the 1986 version because I think every adaptation after that is absolutely crap. Except for the Stephen Chow ones, but those are comical. My brother-in-law dislikes it though, as he thinks that it’s too draggy and the effects corny and crappy. I love everything about it. Something from my childhood :)

Journey To The West
Zhu Bajie and Sun Wukong

IMO, Liu Xiao Ling Tong IS the Monkey King. Dicky Cheung can go play with his Lego.

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I work with people in possession of very odd sense of humour.

Deep Throat wi-fi

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After watching The Dark Knight on Tuesday, I finally decided to watch Batman Begins yesterday. Brilliant, just brilliant! Except for the Katie Holmes part, so I think despite Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance which I think was blah, the latter was definitely a better choice. Well, anyone but Katie Holmes and Katherine Heigl. Can’t stand both of them.

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Tomorrow is the Hennessy Artistry @ Bkt Kiara. The only famous peps I know who are going to be there are Flo-Rida and Nuffnang bloggers ;)

Regarding Flo-Rida… I didn’t know who this cat was until I heard him on the Howard Stern show. Shows you how in touch I am with popular culture. But because I heard him on the show, I know that he lost his virginity at 13, and recently had a tryst with 11 women in Hawaii. I also know that he brought $5k in singles and had Stern throw the money like rain during his performance. Very theatrical. If he does that tomorrow, I’m keeping the dollars.

There was also an stripper awesome at moving her butt-cheeks one at a time, but I doubt that will happen here.

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If you are an avid reader of my blog, you’d know that I’ve ditched Sitemeter in favour of Woopra. And the reason I know I have avid readers is because some of you come here a few times a day, possibly in hope of an update. And the reason I know who refreshes my blog like mad is because Woopra tracks live visitors and also tags them. This is more fun than Google Analytics any day.

It has been one week since I’ve installed Woopra, and here’s a screenshot:

Suanie's Woopra
Click on the photo above for a larger version

Only thing I can’t quite figure out is the timezone. I set it to +8, but I think it lags by a few hours. E.g. Visits after 12 midnight our time still count as hits for the previous day, until 4 – 6 a.m. (don’t know, didn’t check properly). Any one encounters the same shit? Help please? It’s not *very* important, I suppose… as opposed to finding a cure for cancer. But it still bothers me.

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I hate the Twitter whale.

the dark knight premiere

Well, my Batman haiku contest was a smash hit; at least I think so anyway.

Thanks to Nokia (M) (and Text100 (M) of course ;) Libby I love you), I had a ticket for myself and 6 very beautiful and lucky readers to watch The Dark Knight yesterday evening at the GSC Signature cinema.

6?! WTF? Heh, well, initially I had two. Then I received another 2. Then at the very last minute I received another 2. If you didn’t win, well there were a LOT of good entries :) I think the best one was submitted by Sashi:

Fog covers the night
As she tucks herself in bed
The clown prince cackles

Screams kill the silence
The world holds its breath, as the
dark knight is summoned

She is saved, but just
The bat and the joker in battle
Blood will spill tonight.

Unfortunately I was being kiamsiap and was giving the tickets out in singles and Sashi didn’t want to go by himself. On hindsight I should have given him the two last minute tickets, but it slipped my mind. Sorry love. I got him to pick 2 winners though, and he chose Heng Woon and Tiffany. Heng Woon’s entry made me LOL so hard, I have to post it here:

batman is so cool
with robin oh them lovefools
brokeback mountain 2

The rest were Zewt, Izad, PY and Amelia. Was more than lovely to finally meet Zewt and Izad in person after stalking their blogs for ages.

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At the entrance where I posed with the two Jokers.

Suanie with Jokers
Me with Heng Woon and Bob! Click for a larger version

I thought Bob or Ringo was going to clinch the contest, until we saw KlubbKidd in his splendiferous Joker outfit (complete with a Joker card!). Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to snap a photo, but I’m sure they will be floating around soon.

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I am still taking in the movie. Didn’t watch Batman Begins (too much talking, I was in a foul mood and couldn’t stand the yakety yak but yes someday I shall watch the entire movie) but I LOVED The Prestige. Uh, so my thoughts, eyeris-style:

– Maggie Gyllenhaal was a bit blah
– Unfortunately Christian Bale was also a bit blah though less blah than Morgan Freeman, and it pains me to say that because I think the world of his acting (in other movies). Well I guess he’s rather limited in this role in this particular Batman movie, and he did his best considering the limitations. But that’s just me lah.
– Gary Oldman FTW! Michael Caine for the second win!
– Hahaha Edison Chen wtf!
– Woah, that batpod is too awesome for words… it can do *that*!
– After watching Hellboy2 and Wanted last weekend, I think TDK is a real movie. Hellboy2 left me a bit empty because a lot of things were just so abrupt (love the director though) and I hate the kind of ending in Wanted. TDK reminds me of the good old days of movies – proper beginning, proper plot, proper ending. You’ll have to be on the same wavelength as me to understand this, even if you disagree.
– There are some movies you can’t miss on the big screen. TDK is one of them. Sex & The City, The Happening and X-Files are not.
– It was a long movie. 2.5 hours not including trailers and ads. I only realised this after my bladder nearly ruptured at the end credits.
– That was why I did not see the tribute/ credit to Heath at the end of the movie. Because you know, trying to save my bladder…
– I don’t know what to make of Aaron Eckhart’s character.
– Overall TDK was a great, badass movie. Loved it x1000. The buzz surrounding it for months was more than justified.
– Heath Ledger IS The Joker. Not saying this just because he’s dead (because some dead people become more (in)famous after, uhm, their deaths) but because…

You’ll have to watch it to find out. Words fail me when it comes to his brilliance.

Then you’ll agree with me, perhaps more fluently than my lame attempt at being coherent.

I wasn’t really trying.

hk june 08 – things you can buy with money

Since the free holiday was for 4D3N, I asked if we could extend one night, the first night’s accommodation duly paid for by ourselves. Horng helped us to book our first night at the BP International Hotel along Austin Road. For the amount we paid, it was rather worth it. I read some reviews that complained the rooms were small. Herro, you are in Hong Kong?!

In a summary (because I can’t remember details now) Bossini was the most awesome of all awesome shops in Hong Kong! Not only they have my size, their apparel is dirt cheap compared to what I’d have to fork out here! Something that would fit me nicely + doesn’t look like crap would cost like RM60 and above here. I got it for RM25 at Bossini!

Even their Marks & Spencers was cheaper. Geram!

Spotted somewhere in Mongkok, cracked me up:

Hong Kong June 2008 - Cheapy videos
CHEAPY VIDEOS FTW!

In the long ass e-mail that Su Ann sent me about Hong Kong, she mentioned Pottinger Street and angels’ wings. Thought we’d check it out.

Hong Kong June 2008 - Pottinger Street
Pottinger Street, Hong Kong

Saw angels’ wings for sale for about RM30. Called FA to ask if she wanted one. Got one for myself, wonder when I would be brave enough to wear it out in public.

Went into a couple of shops selling leather jackets. Sorely tempted because… I don’t know, would sound cool to be able to say, “hang on, let me grab my leather jacket”. Then again, reality sets in that I live in a hot ass tropical country. A raincoat would be more practical.

Bought a cheap ass umbrella because I couldn’t stand the drizzling rain fucking up my line of sight (glasses).

Pinky told me to go to Stanley. It was a great suggestion, so thank you Pinky ;) I didn’t know about Stanley, so was rather surprised to see that it was popular among tourists. Walked around the place, went to the market where I got this:

The Starry Night on a skirt
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night on my skirt

What? I think it’s awesome :D

Also spotted this shop:

Hong Kong June 2008 - shop in Stanley
Alibaba, Stanley, Hong Kong

… where I bought the ballet shoes and high heels and I absolutely LOVE them! Should have gotten more :( Another reason I love them so much is because they stock my size (and above). It seems that Hong Kong women were born with small feet and will die with small feet. When I ranted about this with one of the shoe shop’s proprietor, she exclaimed, “Why, it’s only recent years that shops stock size 39 or 40! Last time the biggest size you could get was 37!” -_-”

While I was looking for pads for Dance Dance Revolution for my boss (because real men prance about on Styrofoam), something in a shop’s window display caught my eye, and I HAD to get it or DIE!

Death Note L toy
It doesn’t look good now… but wait!

Death Note L
Ta-dah!!!! Click on the photo above for a larger version

Death Note L - no brainer
Proof that you don’t need brains to be a great detective

:D

I guess that’s about all that matters.

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All blog posts on this trip:

hk june 08 – the obligatory ‘i waz there’ photos
hk june 08 – food food food
hk june 08 – things you can buy with money
hk june 08 – what little alcohol tales
hk june 08 – when relieving yourself is not a relief

Flickr set for Hong Kong 2008 trip

bits and friday pieces

Well, I confiscated the sword after Ryan hit me with it. Then he intentionally toppled his dinner over, and I made him stand at the corner. Of course he cried.

Here are photos that I meant to post and blog about, but I think it’s too late and I got too lazy. So, randomness ensues…

Us at the Tiesto party @ Port Dickson. We decided to take the old road (to eliminate possibility of traffic jam along the highway) and ended up in the middle of nowhere. Hilarity ensued.

Tiesto at Port Dickson
With FA, Sam, ST and Janice

With Heather at the HAPPY prize giving event where we watched some really ingenious videos. Heather’s now living it up in Shanghai, in a position that would kill most of you with envy.

HAPPY event - Suanie with Heather

Me with Wenqi and Mike Yip at the Malaysian Dream Girls finals. Photo stolen from Mike, obviously.

MDG Final - WenQi, Suanie, Mike Yip

Me with Sheryl at the MDG Final. She’s my junior in high school and we went for Young Buddhist Fellowship activities together. She’s now living it up in Singapore.

MDG Final - Suanie and Sheryl

The last photo I had of Faez before she moved to Amsterdam for work. Jealous, envy, jealous, envy, hate hate hate!!!

Faezah

Me with Val when she was back for the holidays. Now back in Perth where I hope she’s having the time of her life.

Val and Suanie

Adrian the Pinoy snorting salt.

Adrian

Actually I just wanted to update to play around with Woopra, heh.

bits and thursday pieces

I bought cheese. As I was paying for it at the counter, I spotted a cheap ass toy which I thought would be nice for Ryan. It was a plastic sword, one of those real flimsy, made in China type. Keywords: cheap, toy.

He loved it.

This morning on GTalk:

Ryan’s mom: The sword is a BAD idea
Me: What happened?
Ryan’s mom: Hit my face with the sharp end. He’s now nursing 3 welts on his arm and leg. That’s not for poking me. That’s for hitting the maid 3 times so I hit him 3 times.

Whoops. Sorry.

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I (finally) found out why the difference between the album version of “I’m Yours” and the one I’ve had for so long. I like the latter more; clean, simple and unpretentious as it is, no need for complications as the lyrics and tune more than bring the poetry to life.

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A couple of photos I took when I was back in Sri Gading, BP a couple weeks ago. They don’t mean anything, I guess; you’ll have to be there to appreciate the whole picture.

Broken bridge in Sri Gading
Broken. Click on the photo above for a larger version

My uncle’s kedai runcit is at the far end.

Shops and houses along a drain in Sri Gading
What tales they could tell. Click on the photo above for a larger version

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My Woopra account has been approved. Yay! Then as I tried to log on to the desktop software, it says that servers are down for maintenance. Figures.

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I am not going to say who, I am not going to say what. But I was at a couple of places not too long ago, and for various reasons mostly to do with personnel, they didn’t leave me wanting more. Great shame because they had so much potential. Can’t say that it’s a total waste of my time though, as I went home equipped with new knowledge (on how not to … ).

Potong stim, I know.

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Watched Hancock courtesy of Nuffnang on Monday night. Terima kasih sekian banyak.

I think there’s no more stones unturned when it comes to Will Smith’s acting. Same can be said for Tom Cruise. Once you’ve watched enough movies starring the two of them, you know what each facial expression means, and you can even predict how they would react for this or that situation. For example, when Will Smith’s character was at a sharing session, his lips pouted defiantly when it came to his turn. HAPPENS ALL THE TIME IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS I TELL YOU! No mystery left lah.

Admittedly Hancock is not The English Patient. Hmm.. okay, bad example. Well, insert title of a movie that has more hidden meanings than you’d care for here. It was meant to be an entertaining summer flick, and for that it did the job well.

I want to watch Hellboy2! And Sepi! And The Mummy 3!

the dark knight. exclusive premiere tix by nokia. win it!

If the title sounds similar to that of FA’s, it’s because I can’t think properly and it’s only Monday. So don’t care lah, she didn’t copyright it also :D

ANYWAY…

TDK - JOKER

I am going to the premiere screening of The Dark Knight on the 15th July, thanks to Nokia (M) who likes me enough to include me in their event. Rather excited because I think this one will be badass!

Very happily, Nokia (M) likes me even more to give me TWO/ DUA/ LIANG GE movie tickets for my blog readers. So either one or two of you (depends if I’m giving out the tickets per pair or not) will get the good fortune to hang out with myself, KY, Fireangel, Ringo, ShaolinTiger, eyeris, David Lian and Kimberlycun at the premiere screening of The Dark Knight on the 15 July 2008 (Tuesday, 8.45 p.m.) at the GSC Signature cinema, The Gardens, Midvalley. We probably won’t talk to you much because the invite(s) include dinner at Paradiso, The Gardens, Midvalley at 7.30 p.m. as well as a chance to win a brand new Nokia N95 8GB for those who come dressed as any characters in Batman.

And now, for ze contest…

Truth to be told, I am rather sick of the ‘why and how Suanie rocks’ contests. I *know* I am awesome; I just don’t need any more validation of my awesomeness (until further notice).

So for a chance for you to win either ONE or TWO tickets (depends on how much I like you; it’s my contest after all) to the dinner + premiere + possible Nokia N95 8GB, here’s what you have to do:

Write a haiku on Batman/ The Joker/ the Batman series/ whatever related to Batman. FYI a haiku comprises of 3 lines; 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Jangan salah tafsir…

If your haiku is too awesome for words, you get the ticket(s). Contest deadline is 13 July 2008 (Sunday, 11.59 p.m.). E-mail me your entries, and please include your contact number. My decision is final, so please do not stop talking to me if you do not win.

dr vagus & kristin’s wedding / wi-fi detector t-shirt

Last Saturday saw me and FA in Seremban to attend Dr Vagus and Kristin’s wedding dinner. It was my first time meeting them. I was supposed to meet up with DRV when he was back in Malaysia a couple years ago, but that one tak jadi because iShy (‘cos he was with a lot of friends). So this time meeting him was at his wedding dinner. Hehehe.

Well, it was lovely meeting you both :)

Suanie and Fireangel with Dr Vagus and Kristin
Me, Kristin, Dr Vagus, Fireangel

Okay if you’d read my previous post, you’d see that I wore the same baju to the last two wedding dinners I attended. I think I am just going to make this my official ‘wedding dinner’ baju as to eliminate the headache of what to wear, what goes with what, etc. Life’s hard enough as it is.

I’d also tumpang-ed Dr Vagus to get me the most awesome ThinkGeek.com’s Wi-Fi Detector Shirt, something that I’ve wanted in forever but could not get because they do not deliver to Malaysia / Singapore.

Suanie's Wi-Fi Detector t-shirt from ThinkGeek.com
The force is strong…

I think it’s DAMN cool :D Kegembiraan tak terhingga!!!!!