rain rain go away, fuck off and never come back

Yesterday I drove nearly 3 hours getting to and back from Hulu Kelang via the MRR2. If anyone needs further proof that our road system and planning is crazy, please go take a cruise along the MRR2. Heavy monsoon rain or not, the ins and outs are so badly implemented, creating countless bottlenecks that don’t make sense.

We also spotted one of these phony Syabas water pipes that dot Cheras’ skyline…

Humongous phony water pipe along MRR2
Ugly or fucking ugly?

That monstrosity sits atop a Syabas water storage tank; the entire structure must be more than 2 times the height of most buildings in Cheras. I can’t begin to describe how ridiculous the whole thing is.

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Before the drive to Hulu Kelang, I was at Lucky Loke @ SS3 waiting for KY to have his late lunch. It was raining heavily when I reached, and it progressively got worse. Suddenly a few customers dashed outside because…

October rain - SS3
Jakun people never see rain before?

We saw some people at a house further down the road trying their best to keep the flooding in their house at a minimum level.

October rain - flash flood 01
Hard at work

October rain - flash flood 02
10x optical zoom rocks

I read that Kg. Chempaka got the worse of it. Luckily the rain wasn’t so bad today.

On Friday evening, I was driving home taking my usual route when I realised that I could be very well and truly fucked. It was raining fell beasts and the road in front of me was flooded. I had no choice but to keep going; at one point I could feel the water swirling underneath my car. Two things that kept playing in my mind were:

1) “Remember to keep pressing the gas pedal if you are ever stuck in a flood… this is to keep the water out of the exhaust pipe,” said Dad a few years ago.

2) I didn’t renew my flood insurance for this year.

you are more likely to die from a car accident than wi-fi radiation

It’s true. FA nearly died this morning and she is none too happy about it. It’s not a surprise really, seeing how many people bribe their way to obtain a driver’s license in this country. It has been over a decade since I sat for my driver’s license test, but I still remember the case of a woman in my batch. I guess she was in her mid-thirties or early-forties, couldn’t read or understand much Bahasa Malaysia and had some eyesight problems. Not the type that requires spectacles mind you, but the type that makes you unable to differentiate between red, green and yellow. But guess what? She passed all her tests! :D

When I sold off my Proton Iswara a couple of years ago, it fetched a slightly lower price. After discounting the price reduction from a major car accident (somehow they always manage to find out, even after you sneakily fixed up the car to be all nice, functional and pretty), the used car dealer told me the price she was buying it for, and “it’s less a bit lah… because Johor plate number mah. People here don’t want one… “.

I don’t know if you are guilty of the following, but I am. Whenever someone is being an asshat on the road, I’d look at the car number plate. If it’s not from KL or Selangor, I’d angrily mutter, “Damn Penang/ Johor/ Melaka/ Terengganu etc drivers…”, never mind that I am far from receiving the Model Driver of the Year award. Hah, don’t lie, I know most of you do that too!

Penangnites have a reputation for being efficient or terrible drivers, depending on how you look at it, that is. Have you driven in Penang Island before? You must try it someday — it is truly an experience. Part of the problem is because of the poor road system and planning (same problem we have here in KL), and the other part is… I don’t know, insane drivers’ genes maybe? Let’s not even begin to talk about the motorcyclists.

Have you ever been in a car accident? I have, and I am very happy that I can be here to blog about it (as opposed to blogging as a ghost). But seriously, what are our chances of not getting ourselves into car accidents, huh? Huge torrential rains that totally fucks up your line of sight. Vehicle owners who don’t take care of their vehicles, resulting in damaged brake/ indicator lights etc. Cars and vans more than 20 years old still zipping around town, with owners almost harbouring a death wish (because it wouldn’t matter if the vehicle is totaled). Motorists and passengers not wearing seat belts, motorcyclists and passengers not wearing helmets. Motorcyclists who do not use the motorbike lanes and insist on taking up the entire lane by driving at 30kph. Motorists who drive at 40kph when they should be driving at 90kph. Motorists who drive at 140kph when they should be driving at 90kph. Not to mention our brilliant road and town planning that sees you ending up in bottleneck traffic jams around the city.

How badly did you curse when you found yourself inching along Federal Highway, only to find out 8km later that one single stalled car was the cause of your time loss and aggravation?

Ah well. Like I said, I am probably no less innocent than you on the road. Looking at statistics, I might end up flattened on a Malaysia road one day. But I still have to get around, so like it or not, I’ll have to take my chances.

I’ll tell you this much though — I feel safer staying at home being on-line via Wi-Fi than driving on Malaysian roads. The same reason why I feel safe using a mobile phone (of course I don’t use just any ciplak brand ;) ), and when I nuke leftovers using the microwave.

Because, come on… seriously? You and I are more likely to die from a car accident than Wi-Fi radiation.

Read this: Wi-Fi – Penang gov’t doing the right thing

eyeris is so great

Eyeris is so great, his world is a flood and he slowly becomes one with the mud.

Eyeris is so great, he lost his religion while in the corner and in the spotlight.

Eyeris is so great, he’s been drinking wine in Hotel California since 1969.

Eyeris is so great, he will try to fix you.

Eyeris is so great, his friends are so depressed and he feels the question of their loneliness.

Eyeris is so great, he started a revolution from his bed.

Eyeris is so great, he’s got a black magic woman.

Eyeris is so great, he burns down the highway skyline on the back of a hurricane.

Eyeris is so great, he’s got on hand in his pocket and the other giving a peace sign.

Eyeris is so great, he has no time to say goodbye.

Eyeris is so great, he’s halfway there and living on a prayer.

Eyeris is so great, he killed the radio star.

Eyeris is so great, he moved the refrigerators and colour TVs.

Eyeris is so great, he woke up before September ended.

Eyeris is so great, he shook his meat to the beat.

Eyeris is so great, he knows why Samson loved Delilah.

Eyeris is so great, he’s signed sealed delivered and yours.

Eyeris is so great, he sleeps with common people.

Eyeris is so great, he stopped a baby’s breath and a shoe full of rice.

Eyeris is so great, he found what he was looking for.

Eyeris is so great. I like Eyeris because he is so great.

suanie has a new croslite aoi bag from crocs!

One fine day KY asked me for my office address. I gave it to him… then thought about it and asked him why. He said that someone wanted to send me something. Not being able to handle surprises well, I bugged KY incessantly to tell me who it was. Finally he told me to stfu and wait for it (or something to that effect). Okay lor.

Then on Monday afternoon, someone appeared at my office bearing a large box.

Suanie's surprise gift
Said large box

The ‘delivery boy’ was actually Kong, co-owner of PRkraft. He’d wanted to send it over by courier, but apparently the only working counter had a long ass line. So he decided to self-deliver instead. So nice, heh.

Crocs Croslite Aoi bag in Lime
It’s a Crocs bag!

My belated birthday present from Kong (and Crocs ;) ) turned out to be a a Crocs Croslite bag! It’s a new line of bags made using Croslite, the same material used to make their footwear.

I googled a bit and found that there are 3 Japanese-inspired styles — the Ayame, Iroha and Aoi (which I received). Ayame and Aoi have 10 colours to choose from, and Iroha has 11. Each bag retails for RM 129.

Suanie with a Crocs Crosslite Aoi bag
Me with my Crocs Croslite – Aoi bag

Well, thank you very much for the present :D

morib beach photos

As mentioned earlier, we went on a road trip to Morib beach.

Pantai Morib Oct 4th - 18 Setting sun hidden by clouds
nmch, the sunset was hidden by clouds

20 photos from the trip at my Flickr set here.

updates (mostly for my mom’s benefit)

… actually, not that she really cares because Ryan’s with her in Batu Pahat. He has not been enthusiastic to speak on the phone with me – which is a great thing because it sorts of shows that he’s having a great time; which is a lousy thing because he should be missing me like mad!!! Or at least suck up to me a bit because:

1) He will come back from Batu Pahat
2) I frequently babysit him
3) There are certain advantages to sucking up to me, because he being a 3-year old cannot afford certain things such as a RM 2.50 el cheapo badminton racquet.

Hmph.

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I had a wonderful birthday week, thanks to the wonderful people in my life. The lots and lots of birthday wishes on Facebook, MSN, via SMS etc. My eldest sister gave me a Nike Up Or Down EDT and a Nike deodorant, my second sister gave me a bottle of DNKY’s Delicious (Red) and cooked an awesome birthday dinner. Erna belanja-ed me lunch at Kiku Zakura where we over-ordered and overate. Spongefox belanja-ed dinner at William’s. David Lian belanja-ed lunch at Kanna @ Sek. 17. Your votes for my 88db.com entry; I lost but thanks for helping ;)

Suanie's birthday lunch at Kanna
Spot David Lian!

Thank you all :)

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Last Saturday after dinner to celebrate my brother-in-law’s grandfather’s birthday (he turned 98!!), I hopped over to ORANGE for the Hennessy Artistry party. Didn’t stay long for various reasons, but did some camwhoring with the usual suspects.

Hennessy Artistry @ Orange 01
Taken with a Polaroid camera, I scanned it when I got home

Hennessy Artistry @ Orange 02
With Elaine and FA

I made my exit as The Dey performed their first song. So I still have no idea who Shayne Ward is, and I absolutely do not give a…

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Speaking of Shayne Ward, someone asked me if I would be interested in interviewing him for a magazine. So I checked out his entry on Wikipedia, read it through and presented my sample questions. That someone shuddered and would probably never ask me to interview anyone ever again :D

Look, the kid may be the greatest singer since Freddie Mercury, the greatest songwriter since Bob Dylan, the Adonis of this generation, whatever. So he attempted to jump-start his pop star career in 2002, right? So he won the X-Factor in 2005, right? Then in 2006 he wrote and published his autobiography?!? What the…

Why does that tick me off? The same reason why I’m pissed about singers and bands releasing their ‘Greatest Hits’ padahal they only had about 2 or 3 albums before that. The nerve, the gall, the arrogance… How do you say ‘seriously, who the fuck do you think you are?’ in 10 languages?

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I didn’t have to work on Tuesday, so I could go pick up KY from his office for dinner that evening. The roads to and in KL were a dream! Never felt so happy driving around KL before. We had dinner at Wan Hou Steamboat Restaurant; ze pork balls were simply too awesome for words! You must try it if you are in the area.

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Jaime and Janice’s brother, Gerard (aka Calvin) got married on the first day of Hari Raya. I was supposed to go over in the morning but I overslept by an hour, and decided it would be rude to just crash. He had his wedding dinner at Rick’s Cafe Casablanca that evening.

Janice and Suanie at Gerard's wedding
Janice and I

Didn’t stay long because the pins holding my hair together were cutting off blood supply to my head. Two Panadol Actifast and 80 mins of sleep at KY’s transformed my face from the grumpiest piece of shit you’d ever encountered back to my usual awesome self.

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FA‘s friend from Colombia, Juan was in town and she invited me to their outings. So we had Paulaner @ Bavarian Bierhaus, The Curve on Thursday evening, and Kilkenny at Champs @ Centrepoint, Bandar Utama on Friday evening.

Juan, Victor and FA at Champs, Bandar Utama
FA with her uni mates, Juan and Vincent

Hah! The first Colombian I’ve met and talked to! Heh, it was lovely meeting you :)

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What I watched on the idiot box:

The Tattooist: I didn’t realise that the main actor was the same main dude in Roswell, the TV series from years ago! Wahey! Actually the movie was a bit stupid. Some dude with a past unintentionally unleashed an evil spirit determined to go on a murder rampage. Then there were a lot of things that didn’t make sense. For example, more than one person in a row go to the tattoo parlour not knowing what they want, allowing the tattooist a free hand in the designs. Then the tattooist really does it free hand, no need to sketch beforehand on a tracing paper and transfer it one! Wtf? I watched Miami Ink you know!! Well, 60% stupid lah. I liked the part where they showed Jason Behr’s naked butt :P

Wall Street: Charlie Sheen was so young o_0! Daryl Hannah was blah. Someone should remake this movie. In today’s world, it would be faster, more complicated, more ruthless, more everything! Like, Jason Bourne meets Wall Street. That would be fun.

Black Sheep: Hahaha, this was a bit stupid but damn funny and enjoyable! Forget the lousy rating over at IMDB — you should watch it, if only to see the special effects by Weta Workshops.

True Blood: Never liked Anna Paquin, still don’t really fancy her. But I find this new series interesting, especially with the cello sounds whenever something creepy is about to happen. In fact, I’ve dumped ‘Ugly Betty’ for ‘True Blood’, and I really loved ‘Ugly Betty’. Unfortunately its first episode of the new season seems well and truly lame, and that’s not a good indication for the rest of the reason. Not worth my time and effort.

Anyone has The Sopranos Season 6 and is willing to lend it to me? :D

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KY had to go to Computer War for something. While waiting for his something, he spotted this truly awesome copywriting work at the back of a device:

Awesome copywriting
A for amazing!

Just had to share, you know :)

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Yesterday Rachel, KY, LucyLiu and I went on a mini road trip to Morib. The last time I was there was in April, so I had quite a time trying to remember the correct turnings and what-not. Got owned by a young Indian chap at a shop, when one of this two directions took us to a road that seemed to lead to a plantation.

Suanie at Pantai Morib
Suanie at Pantai Morib… again

Took a few nice photos. Will upload them on Flickr and create a set for it when I can be arsed.

We had dinner at Restaurant Kang Guan at the bridge entering Pulau Carey.

Seafood dinner at Kang Guan, Pulau Carey
Dinner!

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K, dowan to blog already. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL last night is calling me :D