Archives for August 2008

felt i should jump on the 080808 bandwagon

… and update my blog. The Beijing Olympic Games begins today, right? Trust the Chinese to select such a date. Yesterday my sister asked me if I knew what time the opening ceremony starts. I told her I have no idea because I don’t care about the Olympics (in so many words). I think she rolled her eyes, but I couldn’t be sure because I was already telling her about the small shelves that I want to get for my bedroom.

The only time I was excited about the Olympics was when Tiesto played a 90 min set in Athens in 2004. The album unbelievably outstanding, I think I had tears in my eye.

Tomorrow I am watching Wall-E at 1U. It’s a charity screening, tickets bought by TNB in support of the Malaysian Nature Society. I’m bringing Ryan along, and after that we’ll be meeting up with Peter Tan and Wuan somewhere @ 1U, most likely at Waffle House between 12.30 – 1 pm. Come join if you like.

Watched The Mummy 3 with le Spongefox and Rach. If you have yet to watch the movie and would like to watch it, you should stop reading this post just about… now.

I read countless reviews on the movie, and how sucky it was, Brendan Fraser was only cashing a pay cheque, bla bla bla. They were all correct. But because of those negative reviews, I went into the cinema hall with high expectations that it would suck. And it pretty much did! The cast members had absolutely zero chemistry. You can’t pay me $100,000 to believe that Brendan Fraser and Mario Bello’s characters were a loving married couple. It was very difficult to take in that Brendan Fraser didn’t seem to age at all padahal his son was so grown-up. Luke Ford should get another day job. Most of the CGI was colourful, but unbelievable. Did I mention Luke Ford? Well he should never speak Mandarin again, ever.

Jet Li, Anthony Wong and Michelle Yeoh were great though. I guess not so much Jet Li lah, since his acting has always been wooden anyway. But when he could be bothered to fight… sigh I live for those moments.

Despite noobness in the acting and plot, I really enjoyed watching it. Hah! One of those no-brainer, don’t have to think at all kind of movies. I even enjoyed watching the cringe-worthy moments, because I kept laughing to myself thinking how cheesy everything was. Damn best, I tell you. I think I am going to watch The Mummy 1 and 2 at home tonight.

Admittedly I am a bit slow, but I just found out that you can purchase tickets and select your own seats via GSC’s website. I have been living in the past when you call to book movie tickets via the phone for too long. This is so much fun! The site’s a bit slow to load though.

Sometimes I wished I had enough balls (figuratively speaking) to tell the people seated next to me/ behind me in cinemas to shut the fuck up/ stop kicking my chair. Too many people are immune to angry glances.

Need to spend some time and rearrange my blog’s categories, etc. And to delete irrelevant entries from back when. Need to clean my room and throw out a lot of stuff. Need to finish writing *that* blog post. Need to figure out what to eat tonight. Need to get a haircut.

Oh yah, remember my review on Chris Blake’s Wave? Hah! Guess he found my review, read it and liked it. Check out what he blogged on his MySpace ๐Ÿ˜‰

*kembang beribu juta*

Oh while still on the entertainment topic, I am watching the making of LOTR 1,2,3 again. Bit by bit la, there are 7 DVD discs in total. Why not watch the *actual* movies instead of the making? Well, I’ve seen those a few times too. But I always love watching ‘the making’ more, because they went on great lengths about the fine details of things. Costumes, make-up, sound, miniatures, special effects… it allows me to better appreciate the movies; like a documentary on actual places and events, and not something from Tolkien’s mind.

Also maybe because I can’t stand Liv Tyler, and I’ve always thought that Arwen should not have so much screen time. Cate Blanchett played an elf too, but she didn’t speak as if she was out of breath all the time. Don’t like, don’t like.

But my biggest grip with LOTR: RoTK was the near-ending, when Aragorn was crowned and Elrond brought forth Arwen. Then Aragorn rushed out to take Arwen into his arms and they kissed and every man, woman, hobbit, elf and dwarf smiled and clapped their hands. z0mg, worst scene ever, makes me hate RoTK the movie. Why couldn’t Peter Jackson make them hold each other tightly and leave it at that? Makes me wish that a fell beast would crash land there and then and wipe them off the face of Middle Earth.

What’s your most-hated scene in any movie?

chris blake – wave

In one of Sashi’s blog posts, he included a video and called it “Biggest Regrets” . I followed all the necessary links, and found out that it was a proper music video for a Chris Blake song, titled ‘Someone Else’.

Clicked on link, clicked on link, clicked on link. Landed on Chris Blake’s MySpace. Listened to ‘Someone Else’ on repeat for the rest of the day. Told random people about it. Clicked on link, got to his CDBaby page. Clickety click, thought it over for a long while, clickety click, made payment etc. Now I own a legit copy of Chris Blake’s second album, Wave ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chris Blake Wave
Well, I chose the ‘no plastic cover’ option

In a nutshell, I find his voice rather husky; perhaps not as soothing as Jack Johnson’s (then again, not many people are) but no less relaxing to listen to. Someone reviewed this album on-line (can’t locate the link now, sorry) and said this, “The lyrics are simple, straightforward, and sweet as are the melodies and harmonies.” I couldn’t agree more.

Some of my favourite tracks:
(which you can listen to at his MySpace or on CDBaby)

The first track Phantom Love is a slightly guitar-heavy, can be a bit commercial rock-ish. The nearest similar song I can think of now is Chris Cornell’s You Know My Name. Maybe some of the guitar stuff they did in Audioslave. But lyrics-wise, not as dark lah. Following that is Party On The Last Iceberg, a song about environmental concerns. At first I thought that this song was damn weird. Like some robotic chant that is terribly annoying and stupid. After a while (4 hours, maybe?) it grew on me and now I really like it. Well, when I first heard Coldplay’s Speed of Sound, I hated it with a vengeance. Then I saw the light.

Trains and Blow Away have a distinctive 90s feel to them, sort of fit right in with Blues Travelers. Don’t know why, but I always feel like listening to Howie Day’s Collide after ‘Trains’. Mean It Now, a beautiful harmonisation with these simple yet poignant lyrics, “Ah the perfect embrace, but let me see your face, and the crease above your brow, that says you really mean it now”. You can imagine the scene in your mind.

I guess the #1 crowd pleaser is Someone Else. “Goodbye, she said to me.. so how was I to know she didn’t want to go… I stepped aside so she could leave… never thinking if I held her then, she’d never leave again…”. Brought a scene from the movie ‘The Parent Trap‘ to my mind, when the divorced couple rehashed the past:

Nick: Why did you leave?
Elizabeth: Why didn’t you come after me?
Nick: I didn’t know you wanted me to.

I know a couple of people I can dedicate the song to! Hah!

There’s also this number in the album, How Journey Saved My Life. I can’t make sense of it, not being a Journey fan/ didn’t grow up in that era. Steve Perry is a big thing? Har? It’s like telling fans of those pseudo rock band wannabes with band members wearing way too much eyeliner that they should appreciate Jakob Dylan. Well okay, maybe not exactly the same. Anyway that’s the only song I skip in the entire album.

Well, that’s it. Not much of a review, I know. Who really cares? Just wanted to get the word out that I have this CD and I love it. And to prove a point to the movie and recording industry (yes, here’s me waggling my finger at you giants and moguls, pass me another delusional pill) that people do part ways with their money, but only if the products don’t suck. So stfu about piracy being your biggest headache; you have bigger problems than that.

the birthday boy with his birthday cake

We had a little party for Ryan on Sunday. Funnily enough, none of his friends were there ๐Ÿ˜› So I guess it was just an excuse for the grown-ups to get-together, and gobble up the ‘taufu far’ made by my brother-in-law’s mom. Heavenly!

As mentioned earlier, me and my eldest sister got him a specialty cake by Min. I brought FA with me to collect the cake, so it could sit on her lap while I do my usual F1 stunts. Min asked me what Ryan likes, and the first thing that came to me was ‘Cars‘. Maybe I am out of touch with him, seeing that he loves guns now. But a cake that resembles a gun seems wrong for a 3 year old, no? Anyway Min got to work on the cake, and…

Ryans birthday cake by Mamamin
Click on the photo above for a larger version

The above is a scene from Cars the movie, when Lightning McQueen fell into the ditch in an unsuccessful attempt to win at a race against Doc. Mater stood by, ready to fish McQueen out. Everything is edible, except for the toy cars and the paper signboards, hand-made by Min.

Ryan with his birthday cake
The birthday boy with his birthday cake!

The cake was most delicious! We got the moist chocolate, and it was very rich and rather awesome, heh. You can get your own specialty cake from MamaMin, just check out her blog and Flickr for oodles of photos.

As for Ryan, the kid grows up so fast. His punches are beginning to hurt. Wish I could freeze him at 8 months old.

maybe it’s just me, but i feel a bit cheated here

So Maxis sent me a booklet filled with discount vouchers for things such as hotel rooms, mobile phone accessories, clothes, food, spa.. those type of things. Normally I discard these things as I can’t afford RM1630 for a 4D/3N stay at Club Med (not including club membership fees), even if getting there and back is free. Well, that was just an example taken from the booklet lah.

But my dearest Pinky just informed me that she will have a week off in late August, as part of her transition to a new job. As she thinks that I am a rather awesome person, she wants to spend that week in KL/PJ with me. She also suggested a trip to Penang, as she has never been there and would like to go try their most wonderful and delicious local fare. After all, appreciation for good food is just one of the two traits we Malaysians share with Singaporeans; the other being giddy with happiness at securing a good (usually shopping-related) bargain.

I remembered the Maxis discount booklet, and something about cheaper rates for a hotel room in Penang. Turns out that the voucher is for the Parkroyal Hotel in Penang. The offer states that you can ‘get a 50% discount on accommodation and receive a complimentary upgrade to the next room category’. Sounds rather awesome, right? I’ve stayed at that very hotel before, and it was a really nice experience.

So I checked out the website, and the rate for a ‘Deluxe Twin-Bedded Seafacing Room’ costs RM420 per night. Fantabulous! Upon confirming the dates and rates with Pinky, I called the hotel to book our room.

“RM 450++ a night AFTER discount.”
“Huh but the rates stated on your website is RM 420.”
“Oh, those are website rates. Already on promotion.”

1. I know that rates on websites are always slightly cheaper. But by a full half price?
2. *Already on promotion* did not appear anywhere on the site
3. I am more stunned than angry.

So maybe it’s just me. But I still feel a bit cheated. And friend told me that I should blog about it, so here it is.

on-line road tax renewal via myeg… nice!

If you’d remember, I had the opportunity to cam-ho with Maya Karin earlier this year. She wore a red hot leather suit and was friendly in person. If you need to refresh your memory (and another chance to be totally and completely envious of me), here you go:

Suanie with Maya Karin
Maya Karin with Suanie. Maya Karin with Suanie. Maya Karin with Suanie… ๐Ÿ˜›

Months passed and now I can finally reveal the reason she wore that red hot leather suit. It was all for MyEG‘s services; MyEG is a local company set up for Malaysians to perform on-line government transactional services via its E-Government initiatives. Which means that using MyEG, you can do stuff such as renew your road tax on-line, opt to collect it at the nearest e-Service centre (full list available at the website) or have it delivered to you (with a minimal delivery charge) and you’re good to go!

How does this work?

1. Go to http://myeg.com.my. See the ‘Road Tax Renewal’ link on the right hand side as exemplified by this lovely screenshot below that I took? Well, click on that.

myeg-1

2. If you’ve bought your car insurance earlier, you may proceed with this step รขโ‚ฌโ€œ fill out the form with your details and submit your request, then make payment etc. If you have yet to purchase your car insurance, this won’t work for you (as I found out by experience). See no. 3.

myeg-2
Click on the image above for a larger version

3. If you’d like to renew your car insurance via MyEG (currently they offer CIMB’s Aviva Tafakul Berhad and Maybank’s ETIQA Tafakul Berhad), click on the ‘CLICK HERE TO BUY INSURANCE’ link on the main MyEG page, or the link from screenshot no.2. Enter your details etc, then I guess you’d be able to make payment (via credit card, pre-paid payment or direct debit) and stuff. I don’t know because I am a spoilt brat who has someone to do all these things for me. You, who may not enjoy my lot in life, you who have to do all these tedious but necessary things in life yourself, now have the option to do it all on-line and have everything delivered to you ๐Ÿ˜€ Lucky you, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well I think it’s pretty straightforward. You can also check for any outstanding JPJ or PDRM summons and make payment for them; unless it’s an expired warrant, then you’d have to make your way to a traffic police counter near you. In any case, they have a pretty good FAQ, you can check it out here.

Looks good, try it ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a pretty good time to do so too, because MyEG is currently running an introductory promotion that allows you to stand a chance to win a FREE road tax renewal. You’ll need to renew your car insurance using MyEG, and… follow the instructions at this page. Looks no-fuss to me. Or you can call them at 03-78018888 if you have.. uhmn problems doing things on-line.

This promotion ends on the 31st August 2008. You have… *looks at calendar* one month left. Get on with it already!

some people are not made to encourage

Suanie: I found out something great today!
Robocop: Something great?
Suanie: Yes.
Robocop: Tell me.
Suanie: It’s going to sound boring, but it’s exciting to me.
Robocop: That’s ok, everything I say seems like that to me (in retrospect). Go!
Suanie: Textures and layering in photoshop! ๐Ÿ˜€
Robocop: .oO( not gimp … )
Suanie: No. Gimp sucks. Anyway…
Robocop: .oO ( gimp opensource )
Robocop: So you’re proud of your textures and layering? I expect you’ll be using textures and layering on your blog now.
Suanie: Well… here.
Robocop: What am I supposed to see?
Suanie: Starbucks mug
Robocop: Yes, I see that.. oO ( …and? )
Suanie: There’s a layer of texture!
Robocop: .oO ( what’s she talking about? )
Robocop: like the interference ?
Suanie: Yes. It’s from another image.
Robocop: Looks like we’re looking through a dirty window?
Suanie: I smashed them up together
Robocop: hm. *pats you on the head*
Suanie: Don’t want to talk to you!
Robocop: Suan… you write beautifully. Probably, if you use the hell out of it, photoshop or whatever evil closed image software photoshop-look-a-like you use: you’ll be very impressive and an artiste! But for now… dirty window.

10 short friday notes

1. It’s FA‘s birthday tomorrow! It’s Ryan’s birthday on Sunday! One is a never-ending ranting (though recovering alkie) beeyatch, and the other is learning to wield a plastic sword.

Ryan handling a plastic sword
Hiyakkkkkkkkkkkk!

2. Check out this article on Life at Cuil. Do you think all the pampering will be worth it?

3. My eldest sis and I are getting Ryan a cake from Mama Min. Can’t wait to collect the cake!! Will reveal which design I ordered next week ๐Ÿ˜€

4. If you refer to something as a ‘black hole’, are you being racist? Goodbye common sense, hello absurdity.

5. (Sort of) celebrated Kim‘s birthday last week by stuffing our faces with bbq-ed crabs at Klang. I like the photo below:

Crabs galore! Suanie, KY, Kimberlycun, Ringo
Me, KY, Kim and Ringo. Click on the photo above for a larger version

6. Have so many blog posts to write but got lazy. Which reminds me, I’ve yet to complete my Hong Kong trip journal thingy. But lazy. But.. must.. chronicle… (still lazy). Also, my memory seems to be deteriorating. Age thing?

7. Hey it’s the beginning of the Hungry Ghost Festival! I hate this month, because I’d start seeing things that I made up in my head. Blah.

8. Maxis charged me RM1.40 for a 6m44s call to the Streamyx hotline. Internet at home is still rather fucked. I don’t care, I think it’s only right that TM gives me back my RM1.40.

9. Someone posted this on the Nick DiPaolo forum with the subject, “Why I am never going to prison”…

10. A couple more hours till the end of the world. Doomsday, Last Day, Armageddon, whatever. But there is hope! A spaceship awaits to take passengers to another planet where life is going to be pretty much awesome. However in order to secure a seat, you will need to have hardcore sex with Verne Troyer. Would you shag him or would you rather die?