Do you have a friend like KY?

One day KY buzzed me on MSN. He asked, “Do you read e-books?”

“Sometimes,” I replied. “Why?”

“Oh, e-books are great. If you have an e-book reader, you could practically have an entire library on the go.”

I paraphrased a little, but the point is, he went on for about 10 minutes elaborating on the greatness of e-books.

Then finally he said, “Okay Suan, I’m tired of going the roundabout way of saying this, but I’m going to give you an e-book reader.”

“Oh.”

Suanie's iRiver HD from KY

I love my funny friends :)

FOR SALE: Frosty the One-Door Fridge

Meet Frosty.

Frosty the One-Door Fridge

For years, Frosty has served my refridgeration needs and served it well. She is from the Samsung family who make rather excellent devices, such as in the case of my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Indeed, there are not enough accolades for the Koreans. After all, the nation that produced gamers who cleared Diablo 3 in just 5 hours of its release deserve nothing but the highest praise.

Jalhanda!

As a one-door fridge, Frosty is designed for space maximisation best suited for the single person or a happy couple. Or anyone really, who can’t have a lot of things in their homes. Frosty comes with the usual egg compartment and a couple side pockets that no one really knows what they are for. As you might see, I keep a packet of Japanese curry in one small pocket, and a tube of tomato puree in the other. I’ll probably never use them again but that’s the beauty of owning a fridge – the ability to change your mind should you have sudden cravings for Japanese curry or a tomato-based dish later on. Pre-expiry dates, of course.

For the wider, deeper pockets, I have dried goods (green beans, barley, scallops, oyster and other typical Cina-stuff). I also keep assorted sauces there because I have the most unfortunate habit of buying too many fancy dressings that would never be used more than thrice. If you don’t want to be like me, avoid the food section in M&S… or risk falling prey to gorgeous packaging.

Frosty has a vegetable box that I mostly use for storing beer. From this point onwards, you should know that Frosty has also been keeper of all things pork, both cooked and raw. Whoever is Frosty’s new owner would receive a clean (and cleaned out) fridge, but if things like imaginary lingering pig’s DNA offends you, you should probably consider looking for a less exciting fridge ad.

A ‘chilled room’ drawer lies just below the freezer. I am sad to say that I overestimated the weight of an item and thus it caused a couple cracks to the slide-out drawer. It is most certainly still usable; in fact currently it stores half a packet of tofu puffs, and some lower end newly-purchase Emmental cheese. If you buy Frosty, the Emmental cheese is yours too for FREE!

And now, Frosty’s Freezer. The most fought-for space inside Frosty. For an older fridge, the freezer works exceedingly well. Unfortunately as an older model, it builds ice BUT it’s easily de-frostable with just a push of a button. My housemate and I use it mostly to store ice cubes, though currently I have some Terengganu-bought lekor in there. Should you be moved to buy Frosty, I might be moved to fry you some of the utterly delicious, cannot-be-found-in-KL lekor. Might.

What else should you know about Frosty? Hmm I think she’s almost perfect except for the chilled room drawer cracks. My fault, entirely. Also sometimes the light doesn’t work but only once in a while. I’ve never figured out why, maybe it’s time for a new bulb? Perhaps you’ve noticed my foot at Frosty’s door .That’s because I was trying to take a photo of the inside, and I had to make sure that the door doesn’t swing back to close again. If you missed the not-so-subtle point I was trying to make, the door swinging part works.

So, how much do I want Frosty for? I scoured the Net (Lowyat.net, har har) and came to the conclusion that RM300 is a reasonable price to ask for Frosty, given her older age and good working condition.

But being Malaysians, I know how we’ve to ask for a cheaper price even though the price is already cheap. It’s okay, I do that sometimes then hide myself from society for a few days in disgust, ashamed of my cheapo-ness which is most likely a racial genetic trait.

Hence if you were in front of me and we were discussing Frosty’s selling price, I’d imagine the conversation to be as follow:

Me: Frosty’s yours for RM300!
You: Har? So expensive ar? Cheaper can or not?
Me: How much cheaper you want lehh…
You: Cheaper la, we fren fren mah.. can lah…
Me: Haiyah, you ah.. ok lah gua kasi fren punya harga.. RM250!
You: Aiyoh boss… kasi murah sikit lagi la…
Me: Wah gua kasi lu manyak murah, lu mau murah lagi kaaa??
You: Boleh laaaa kawan mah..
Me: Ok ok BEST AND LAST PRICE! RM200! Mali PJ angkat.

What an excellent bargain! Anyone? Let me know.

Note: Frosty has gone to a hopefully better home. As she’s a fridge and not a pet/child, I don’t expect her new owners to write. Thanks all :)

When things don’t quite gel

Road near Belimbing, Pahang
Taken somewhere in Belimbing, Pahang

Sometimes things come together, sometimes they don’t
We do what we can, pray for a helping hand
Sometimes we are blessed, sometimes we are not
Keep on believing anyway.

Meanwhile in Pagoh…

Bent steel street lamp

I wonder what happened there.

I watched Prometheus so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Just so we’re clear, this is a very short profanity-laced post about the shit movie that is Prometheus.

*spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert* *spoiler alert*

Am I getting old(er) or did Ridley Scott run out of ideas? Or humankind has plateaued in commercial movie making that I really have seen it all? Has the world become so hung-up on big names that x film by a famous director can’t possibly be that fucked up? Are the advertising people from an alien planet that when they gather to think of ways to market the product, they do not take into account what the movie actually is about?

Ohh look signs and symbolisms. Ohhh this is supposed to mean something. That dot back there in the most obscure of places has the deepest meaning that would change the face of the universe, if only they knew. Read behind the lines of the lines of the fucking lines. You know what?

FUCK.THIS.SHIT.

Yes it would be fucking revolutionary if you did this say, pre-JJ Abrams. Whoah then all that obvious hints about there’s more to the surface shit would be like, blowing my mind. BUT WAIT A MINUTE RIDLEY SCOTT. Along came JJ Abrams with Lost and Fringe and that means you’re toast. Can’t use the same shit anymore. Yes yes of course Alien was groundbreaking in 1979.. wait a minute, that was 33 FUCKING YEARS AGO!!! THE WORLD HAS MOVED ON TO BETTER BIG BUDGET MOVIES AND SO SHOULD YOU!!!

(Except for Wrath of the Titans. Boy, was that movie maximum shit or what.)

The only good thing in Prometheus was Michael Fassbender who probably researched his role by watching Brent Spiner as Data on repeat.

Let’s be clear: Prometheus didn’t start out too bad. Then it fucked up in the middle and at end, it was nothing but a big pile of stinking fly-infested maggot-ridden @#*(@#)@)($&@#$*

AND ME WATCHING IT ON IMAX 3D MEANS DOUBLE THE BIG PILE OF STINKING FLY-INFESTED MAGGOT-RIDDEN @#*(@#)@)($&@#$* !

Piece of shit. Fuck off Prometheus. I’ll never believe in the Ridley Scott hype again.

Nah, link to a blog post talking about the hidden meanings in Prometheus. Doesn’t excuse the piss poor crap that is the movie though. *link*

Of pau, mantou, Mom and fillings

I love my Mom. I also love pau jokes. So I told my Mom pau jokes. She laughed so hard that I got a bit worried till I realised she wasn’t going to get a stroke or something, then I joined in the laughter :D

Q: Char shao pau and mantou went to watch a sad movie. Char shao pau cried, but mantou didn’t cry. Why?
A: Cos mantou got no filling.

Q: Char shao pau and Da pau went to watch a sad movie. Char shao pau cried but Da pau cried harder. Why?
A: Cos Da pau got more filling.

Q: Char shao pau and Kou rou pau went to watch a sad movie. Char shao pau cried but Kou rou pau cried and cried and cannot stop crying. Why?
A: Cos Kou rou pau cannot contain his fillings.

Q: Char shao pau and Lin yong pau went to watch a sad movie. Char shao pau cried and cried but Lin yong pau laughed and laughed. Why?
A: Cos they got different filling.

Notes for those who caught no ball:
-: pau/ pao/ bau/ bao = buns
-: Char shao pau/ Char siew pao looks like this: *click*
-: Mantou looks like this: *click*
-: Da pau/ Da rou bao looks like this: *click*
-: Kou rou pau/ kong bak bao/ kong ba pau looks like this: *click*
-: Lin yong pau/ lotus seed paste bun looks like this: *click*

So, at the launch of José Cuervo Reloaded…

So this is the first time I’m blogging about an event that I didn’t attend (because I was at Brewfest) but I saw the photo attached with the press release and had a chuckle.

José Cuervo Reloaded, The Pool, Ampang 2012

Cool or what? It also reaffirmed my thoughts as to why Carlsberg Malaysia is forging ahead because the top people are not afraid to get down and groovy for the sake of the products. Good on you folks :)