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Sunday, July 31, 2011

[GREETINGS] Selamat hari berpuasa


Can't believe Puasa month is here already! Anyway to my Muslim friends, happy berpuasa. Looking forward to Hari Raya and the cookies! But darn! My favourite nasi lemak stall may be closed!!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The definition of raw


Frankly I am sickened by the idea of presenting the freshest food on the table, literally as you can see in the following videos. Oh, don't say Koreans and Japanese only, even Chinese! How barbaric! Imagine doing that to a cow or a pig or a duck or chicken or fluffy rabbit!! What is so delicious about that? As long as the fish was not floating with its tummy facing the sky at the time it was to be cooked is fresh in my opinion. Sick! Absolutely sick! And don't say these are reflexes. I doubt it!









Saturday, July 23, 2011

RIP Amy Winehouse


I mean next to Heath Ledger, this celebrity death is totally shocking to me but then... would have expected that! I mean I thought she was living clean? WHAT A WASTE! She was a great singer!

RIP Amy Winehouse. Just 27. What a waste.


New avatar!


I have decided to update the passport picture representing me. I actually made a GIF version, inspired by Harry Potter you see but darn it! None of the uploads allow for GIF so back to muggles type picture. I didn't change my avatar's looks but just the hair and make up. I really like this hair. Hopefully you will see this new avatar reflected on every social site but I am still wondering how on earth Jaynestars manage to display my avatar and now how I can change it? I don't remember there's one account to change all social network profile picture.

Update
Needs some adjustment. Too tired, maybe later. In fact I think I will change the badge as well.But I gotta say this; my avatar may not be pretty but she has character! Her face... very chok don't you think?

Muggle version

Potter version


HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 [O]


Just saw Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows part 2 and whilst I gather my thoughts and emotions, I can safely say this director has tried his best in giving hogwarts its true look for the past 3 movies. I like the fact Neville and Snape were given their moments and especially Snape's which was very very touching with almost word for word adaptation. Also the deaths, the resurrection stone scene and surprisingly the epilogue worked better in the film than in the books where thankfully the writer decided to cut out a few children. What wasn't good was the mood; even after 19 years all three did not manage to find their humour again. Rather bland serious ending. What was missing which would have made this ending more bittersweet was Harry touching his scar. The dragon scene was amazing and the entire special effects was top notch. Everyone had their moment; from the teachers to even Mrs Weasley, finally! Was like a huge reunion show but I didn't notice Percy. Fans even got the Neville-Luna romance which was never in the books. I like that. I would have loved Harry marrying Luna; they seem to have far more conversation than Harry and Ginny. I also like how Narcissa just took Draco home, just like that they walked away from Voldemort.

As for what I didn't like was the entire Dumbledore/Aberforth/Grindewald/Ariana missing story. It was pivotal in casting a shadow of doubt on Dumbledore's character and how Harry struggled with trusting Dumbledore and explains why Dumbledore never accepted the position of Minister of Magic, his crooked nose, why he put on that Riddle ring that cursed him, why he said Harry was a brave boy, etc. It also has a connection with why Harry accepted his fated destiny; to die with dignity and casting a spell over the entire school with protection from his sacrifice, like his mother did for him. I would also love to see more of Snape and Lily backstory instead of just what was shown. The wit were all gone. Even at its most serious moment, the book still had some witty moments but the ones in the movie seems drained, gone. tired. I would have wanted the dialogue between Dumbledore and Harry at King's Cross to be more, a more lighthearted Dumbledore explaining to Harry everything he has failed to explain when he was alive instead of what was shown. It was pivotal moment; and yet so fleeting. I know there is a lack of time but story integrity can't be sacrificed. But the worst was the elder wand; the movie showed Harry snapped it into 2. If I remember correctly, Harry's wand was snapped into 2, couldn't be fixed, Harry was very upset, he lost his owl, his broom, his friends and now his wand which he was very fond of. He used Draco's wand throughout and in the end in what I felt was the book's proper ending was him using the elder wand to fix his own wand, and he will later put the elder wand back with Dumbledore and make sure no one will defeat him in future so as to possess the elder wand. The stone was left in the forest, lost forever. He only retained the cloak. But the movie seems to suggest you can just break the wand by hand, seems so flimsy, so careless, when wand should have its own magic, not so easy to break. I didn't like the movie's ending at all and would have wished for the original which was the ending I really loved from the book before the amateurish epilogue.

Why the stories had to be changed I didn't understand. I did understand why Voldemort's death had to be so dramatic even if in the book it was mundane which was how I liked it. I would have loved Harry exposing Snape as the actual good guy in front of everyone from the school when he was having a duel with Voldemort instead of what was shown in the movie. The movie was entertaining, dramatic, at times good and the director did what he could with the amazing materials, making Hogwarts seem so real, so huge, but again the story as in the book, the core story about the hocruxes, the elder wand, the deathly hallows were all fleeting, sacrificed for dramatics. The last book has a good story and I especially love the whole deathly hallows and its significance, the master of death and how both Voldemort and Harry sees the idea of death. Voldemort sees a master of death as someone who is immortal and so he did many terrible things to achieve just that but Harry, through Dumbledore and the many secrets he had to find out on his own realised Master of Death is someone who accepts death, has no fear of death. That was no conveyed in the movie properly and to me that is the entire 8 movies' failure; to capture the essence of what makes Harry Potter such an amazing series of books and why JK Rowling is deservingly a billionaire.

If you are confused, just read the book. If you have never read any of the books, try the 1st book and read in sequence to understand the story, the plot points, the connections. Believe me, the 7 books may not be the best books you have ever read but they will definitely make you a fan and make you read and read again. If they don't, I can only say you're a literature snob with very little taste in what makes a good book.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Coordinated terrorist attacks in Norway


I am in shock. Terrorist attacks, I understand but... in Norway?! What is going on?! Read news here. This is just insane!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gone and back again : Of HK and Macau


Just came back, after a 30 min delay at the airport, then another 45 min delay inside the plane. A day of delays, not sure why. So how was my trip? I was so tired by the 2nd day I was literally crying. My feet really really hurt. HK is hot, but cooler than KL although it rained everyday. I had some great food, was staying at Kowloon and basically had a great time despite the rain. Their taxi drivers are very very professional and we can really learn from their MTR and LRT concepts; big towns, MTR, smaller towns, LRT. And whoeever says Yuen Long is village must be thinking of another Yuen Long. The Yuen Long I saw was HUGE although old. However it was very charming, the LRT station right in the middle of a busy street and frankly the moment I stepped off the LRT I fell in love with Yuen Long. For once I could see the skyline without hurting my neck and though old, it was full of character. And the people were much friendlier.

Not that HK people are rude. Not at all! But they're not very approachable but exceedingly efficient. The only HK people I didn't like was the civil servants; in particular the immigration officers, ironically the first people you see when you enter the country. You want friendly HK people? Try 7-11. They have 7-11 everywhere! Love the Coca-Cola Slurpee! Super awesome! Anyway, excellent taxi drivers, love the LRTs, the food for the most part were excellent with the best Chee Cheong Fun I have ever had with some very cheap but delicious soy sauce chicken wings (3 for HKD12 - where to find?!). Yes HK sounds expensive, but the food aren't expensive at all if you aim for the smaller establishments. The taxi sounds expensive but HKD18 can get you a long way. HKD7 for one large slurpee. For me, the price is ok because if you compare to Malaysia, their portion is double ours. Their one wanton is 3 times our size. No need to even ask big, small, etc. They do eat a lot by the way.

But the hotel room was super small. I am now prepared for my Tokyo hotel room. It was so small, I nearly tripped over my baggage and guess where I fell? Either the TV or the bed. It was THAT small.

I also went to Macau for 2 days, 1 nights. Room 3 times the size, so it was good. Everywhere is casino. Frankly I had no feel for Portugese architecture and worse, their street names are either in Chinese OR in Portugese. Do they know Portugese?! The weather was terrible. It was not just hot, it was like having the hot sun following you everywhere. I got sunburnt. And there was no wind, none at all. If Tokyo is this hot, I will die. The pork chop bun was excellent, the milk dessert was super excellent but the rest was expensive and smaller portion. They don't have subways,not that I can see but they have efficient bus service and let's just say they're not rude, but totally and utterly indifferent. If tourism is their 2nd main business (casino being the first), they need to buck up. We specifically asked the bus driver to just inform us when our destination has arrived and guess what? Never inform, missed 2 stops. HK at least have notices, etc. Why can't they just install some announcement devices in the bus? For me seen one structure, seen them all. And if I wanted to see, I can go to Melaka and I never enjoyed Melaka. Frankly I had a terrible time, I hated Macau, the novelty with casinos just ran out after I've seen 2 casinos.

When I went back to HK for 1 final night, I was so happy. I feel I could really live in HK, and if I do, I will want to live in Kowloon since it is so quiet but near the busy Mongkok or better yet, Yuen Long even if everything is old.

By the way I walked in I can't remember which street, Miu Kai? Anyway I saw stalls after stalls selling sex toys! And I saw people buying and the sellers so professional!

As for toilets, HK exceeds my expectations. Our cleanest toilets is I suppose at Gardens Midvalley BUT their usual toilets are cleaner than that! Dry, no smell, always there's the toilet paper there, cool. The toilets... wow. Even the Miu Kai public toilets was not the cleanest, but to me very clean! Even got classical music playing in the toilets!

Anyway what I can remember of this probably last trip to HK?

LRTs. I love the LRTs.

Food! Excellent!

Iced Lemon Tea, the best there is.

Coca-Cola slurpee!

Kowloon, quiet but charming.

Talllllllllllllllllllll buildings, even the top is covered in mist!

excellent taxi drivers.

Protests everywhere. Who says HK people is not vocal politically and socially? Very very vocal.

And Yuen Long. My best memory is Yuen Long. I just love that place.

Some pictures of some food and some other stuff.

FOOD!
Food ordering can be very confusing in HK, especially in big restaurants, with their many types of specials, prices, hours, etc. And many forms to fill and mostly all in Chinese. The captains weren't helpful in that regard, and some waiters can't even speak proper cantonese, which surprises me but then I suppose not all speak fluent cantonese.



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COCA-COLA SLURPEE!!
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STAR GAZING
Didn't see one star at all at any place, in person.


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Martin Yan (L), Chow Yun Fatt (R)
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Louisa So (L), wall of pictures (R)

All at a restaurant in Yuen Long



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The very young Tam Pik Wan, at Heritage Museum, quite a fun place



FUN STUFF!
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Harry Potter stamping thingy


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Harry Potter "Diagon Alley" display at Times Square. Got more pictures but lazy to upload. Quite possibly one of the fun-nest place to be in. There was a hogwarts train outside the shopping complex. So many people, and some girls even dressed up for the occasion although they would have been expelled from Hogwarts for dressing that way. They were giving away free movie postcards but alas, by the time I got there, all finished. And yes, I was probably the oldest lining up for the stamping thingy.

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Liza Wang

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Looked very carefully at the poster, huge mistake "Surtitles"? I swear I saw "No Hawing" on  a sign in a major MTR station

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Mahjong centre at Temple Street

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HK night view. Why so blurry? Because the taxi was going really fast!



Monday, July 11, 2011

Harrehhhhhhh!


Harry! Harry! Harry! Harry! Harry! Harryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(But I will be in HK!!!)

Harryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

We are a VERY prepared nation!


1 demonstration on the 9th of July and almost half of the city is roadblocked since 7th of July.

[ADD] What a joke of a reaction! Let them be! I was watching Transformers 3 on the 9th, and from what I read, the whole thing was like as if Decepticons landed in central KL! Totally unnecessary overblown reaction. And you must look at this picture; the old lady put me to shame. Maybe I should have been in the rally, which started out like a huge gathering and ended up like mass prison breakouts, all because one party overreacted. And the rest of the world laughs at us. It was peaceful, would have stayed peaceful without those tear guns adn from the looks of it, water spraying. Now I read over 1600 people arrested, yellow and red shirts. Let them march, let them chant, and you won't need to arrest a single person. Not like they were rioting. It looks like a riot simply because tear gas and water were used. What a reaction!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dear Gregory Lee...


Dear Gregory,

In response to the heart breaking and devastating news here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and I am sure many more coming soon, I have said many many things in each of these posts, but I think the wise words of John Legend sums up your feelings right now and my hope for you;

It gets harder every day, but I can’t seem to shake the pain
I’m trying to find the words to say, please stay
It’s written all over my face, I can’t
Function the same when you’re not here
I’m calling your name but no one’s there
And I hope one day you’ll see nobody has it easy,
I still can’t believe you found somebody new
But I wish you the best, I guess.

‘Cause everybody knows, that nobody really knows
How to make it work, or how to ease the hurt
We’ve heard it all before, that everybody knows
Just how to make it right, I wish we gave it one more try
One more try
One more try

‘Cause everybody knows, but nobody really knows

I don’t care what the people say
They brought it all in anyway
Baby don’t fill up your head with he-said, she-said
It seems like you just don’t know
The radio’s on, you’re tuning me out,
I’m trying to speak, you’re turning me down
And I hope one day you’ll see nobody has it easy,
I still can’t believe you found somebody new
But I wish you the best, I guess.

‘Cause everybody knows, that nobody really knows
How to make it work, or how to ease the hurt
We’ve heard it all before, that everybody knows
Just how to make it right, I wish we gave it one more try
One more try
One more try
One more try
‘Cause everybody knows, but nobody really knows

Oh I wish you’d understand
Oh, just an ordinary man
Wish that we had known

Everybody knows, but nobody really knows
And I know one day you’ll see, nobody has it easy
I still can’t believe you found somebody new
I wish you the best, I guess.
‘Cause everybody knows, that nobody really knows
How to make it work, or how to ease the hurt

We’ve heard it all before, that everybody knows
Just how to make it right, I wish we gave it one more try
One more try
One more try
One more try

‘Cause everybody knows, but nobody really knows

I think right now you're still at the stage of


I still can’t believe you found somebody new


but when the tears have ended and reality has sunk in, perhaps you will go


But I wish you the best, I guess.


There is always someone better out there.

Sincerely,

Funn Lim
From Malaysia who has been following your news pretty intensely because I am a ke-po-chi


HK, here I come!


I will be going to HK from 13th July to 19th July for I suppose food trip. I will be stopping by to see the Harry Potter display at Times Square. So there won't be much updates for these dates. Hopefully I can take some nice food pictures and post them here or in Sik Bao Lor.


TABLE OF CONTENTS : The single most useful blog script, ever!


It is very difficult to implement scripts into blogs if you don't know how, even with detailed instructions. Blogger seems to love the words XML not sparsed or whatever nonsense. I am however extremely happy I found a very small but useful script that suits my blogs perfectly; one that displays my entire blog's contents either by dates or by labels, which is dead useful for a big blog like mine, and most useful for my Reviews Database. My only regret is I didn't not put the name of reviewer into the title of the review, so from the long list, you won't know who wrote what. WAIT! You can find all reviews under reviewer's name if you look at LABELS! Yeah! Anyway, for the blogs I have implemented this awesome table of contents. However, the table of contents script only works for one blog, and can't combine all blogs into one. A pity. Anyway, some samples...

THIS BLOG

ARCHIVED BLOG (for older posts of this blog)

REVIEWS DATABASE (dead useful for this one!)

ALL ABOUT MASHA

Awesome eh? You will also find the links to Table of Contents in the tabbed table under Links.

You got a blogger blog? You want this script? Because it only uses the PAGES section, no need to change or add to your template, at all! Want? Ok! Just change yourblog.com to the URL of your blog. By the way, whichever is newly posted post will have the NEW word marked next to it. Dead useful I tell you! This fantastic script is from www.abu-farhan.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS BY LABELS
<script src="http://www.abu-farhan.com/script/daftarisiblogger/blogtoc-min.js">
</script>
<script src="http://yourblog.com/feeds/posts/default?max-results=9999&amp;alt=json-in-script&amp;callback=loadtoc">
</script>

TABLE OF CONTENTS BY DATES
<script src="http://abu-farhan.com/script/daftarisibloggerarchive/tocbyarchivemin.js">
</script>
<script src="http://yourblog.com/feeds/posts/default?max-results=500&amp;alt=json-in-script&amp;callback=loadtoc">
</script>

SOME TIPS
You put the script (dates or labels) to the PAGES element, meaning log into Blogger > EDIT PAGES > NEW PAGE > Save to either link manually or sidebar but heed my advise, choose save link manually and link it anywhere else later.

If you put this table of contents page to your main blog where your table of contents is about, that would be too cumbersome because imagine with all your other posts, there's this long table of contents post. So my advice is create a new BLOG and use it exclusively for that table of contents, like how I am doing. Just make sure you got your blog URL right in the scripts.


The end is near!


Harry Potter... is... ending...soon!!!!!!!!!



Saturday, July 2, 2011

IMPORTANT NOTICE


I am still here. But my progress is hindered by the fact that my really old computer is dying. It is frequently shutting down and I plan to but a new one so I don't suppose you will see much progress with this blog for the next 3 months or so. Much apologies but please, don't go away! Just drop by once in a while, ok?