Friday, December 29, 2006

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Food Watch: Madam Kuan's Nasi Bojari is surprisingly good. The beef rendang was very tender and the taste 'just right', and while I don't usually like sambal, the prawn sambal was quite good. As for the fried chicken, well, you can never go wrong with deep friend chicken, especially a huge one ;p. But being the complainer that I am, for the price of RM 19.90, I would rather they give 1.5x the amount of rice, a bit more rendang, and perhaps another piece of prawn to add to the measly 2 in the sambal.

I also noticed that the lady sitting beside me was eating an enormous plate of Cantonese Fried Noodles (or Wat Dan Hor). While I'm usually against paying so much more for the same food that I can get outside for less than half the price, I acknowledge the difference between a expensive plate of Wat Dan Hor and a cheap one. The expensive one has more substance. And of course you're paying for the environment as well. Not to say that the cheap one isn't delicious of course. I must try that the next time I'm at Madam Kuan's, and that better be before I leave for Melbourne again.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

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Food Watch: I love Maggi Goreng. Transforming an innocent packet of Maggi into a plate of superb goodness, with each mouthful of flavour and texture exploding in your mouth, bringing you to eternity and beyond, and then back again, takes incredible skill. So good that I wanted to order a second plate, but unfortunately, I was too full.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

My phone was paid the ultimate compliment when I brought it out to snap this photo:

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"Aiyo, why you bring your camera wan.." -Wuan Zhu.

The custard cake that she made, with the Cadbury ice cream was divine. The sweets are fake though ;p.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Food Watch: A 6-inch Subway in Malaysia costs about RM 10. TEN. It's not even a foot long and it costs about 3 times as much as a random plate of char kuay teow or chicken rice. Now I'll never get to compare the Subway in Malaysia with the Subway in Melbourne.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

It was Shealtiel's birthday dinner the other night, and I met up with some friends, some of which that I still keep in touch with relatively regularly, and others that I haven't met since Form 5, which was about 4 years ago! People like Vern Lynn, Victor, and Ooi Keong. Good to know that everyone is doing their own thing in their own ways and eventually becoming the good and respectable people that they are.

We drove down to Teluk Gong to have dinner at the Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant.

See that fish? I polished nearly the whole thing myself because everyone else was too busy with the crabs ;p

And then we adjourned to Svenson's in Subang Parade to chill and have ice cream.

Some of Ooi Keong's pictures are awesome.

Food Watch: Dinner was great and went down well. The ice cream afterwards was a good finisher to round off the night.

Saturday, December 9, 2006

If I could think of a better title for this, I would

If this were a world of fantasy, we could pick our own heroes from movies to battle it out with each other, so:

Cicak Man


James Bond

Who Would Win?

Food watch: I cannot see what the hype surrounding the KFC Zinger MaxX. For all purposes, its just a piece of chicken fillet, some lettuce, a piece of cheese, and some mayonnaise sandwiched between two buns. But I do like the packaging of the Zinger MaxX and the Cheezy Wedges.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Happy Birthday Lindsey

Today I inadvertently belatedly celebrated Lindsey's birthday without even knowing it! Jian Ming and the rest tricked me by saying they were going to 'meet up for lunch' but apparently they were also going to celebrate her birthday...*

*... ok wait, that's nonsense. What actually happened was we met up for lunch and also celebrated Lindsey's birthday which was on Monday which I didn't know about. There was no trickery involved.

Thus, Happy Birthday Lindsey. Woo hoo.

Hmmm, that looks like a cake..

Food watch:
The Char-Kuay-Teow-in-disguise Vietnamese Seafood Fried Noodles that I had in DuViet in Bangsar Village was surprisingly fragrant, smooth on the tongue, and contributed – together with a slice of birthday cake and a cream puff – to a satisfied stomach. However, Yours Truly could not help but wonder whether spending the same amount on four KFC Zinger Maxxes would have been money better spent.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

The Paradox of the Stage Magician

Magicians protect their secrets not because the secrets are large and
important, but because they are so small and trivial. The wonderful effects created on
stage are often the result of a secret so absurd that the magician would be
embarrassed to admit that that was how it was done.

-Alfred Borden, in The Prestige

I'm not the sort of person that minds knowing the ending of a story before I even watch it. I like knowing what's going to happen. I feel that, this way, I'm able to see many more nuances of the story while I watch it through the first time, and this, for me, is a wholesome and enriching way of enjoying the story, be it a book or a movie.

I watched The Prestige about 2 weeks ago, and I entered the cinema without any expectations whatsoever, namely because I did not know what the story is about.
I left the cinema with a sense of awe, I thought it was a great movie, so great that I decided to go buy the book.

I finished the book yesterday, and I must say that The Prestige is one story that you absolutely must NOT know the ending, as it would spoil the show altogether.

Even though the movie was based on the book, the producers of the movie has taken many liberties to change the storyline so much that its a whole different story altogether, only keeping the main 'secret' intact. Major events happened differently, and even the ending is different. However, having watched the movie and thus knowing the 'secret' already, I have to say that the whole experience of reading the book has been spoiled for me.

Thus, I need someone who has not yet watched the movie to read the book and tell me what they think of it. However, in doing so, their experience of the movie, if they so choose to watch it later, will then be spoiled. And that would be a waste indeed.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Too much time on my hands

I wonder how long I can keep this up with random postings. Its been 3 days plus 1 already, and its still active.

So its the holidays and I've too much time on my hands. I've been surfing the net much more than I would have done normally, and I found out that Taylor's College (where I did my GCE 'A' Levels) recently staged The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. Now that I've left Taylor's for about 2 years already, this shouldn't mean anything to me whatsoever, but coincidentally, I attended the same play by The Chinese Theater Group of Melbourne University recently as well.

Now I don't understand any chinese, and the play that I watched was in chinese but I still went because of 3 reasons. The reasons are (not necessarily in any order of importance):
1) My friend was the producer (or was it co-producer?) of the play
2) I'm a fan of Agatha Christie
3) They had English subtitles

I now want to say that the guy who was controlling the screen
projecting the subtitles could and should have done wayyyyy better. Those of us who didn't understand chinese had no idea what was being said during quite a few moments in the play because he did not change the subtitles fast enough.

That being said, it was a great play nevertheless, although I was a bit disappointed with their ending
as I felt it had a lot of loose ends unexplained and did not quite capture the essence and lacked the power of an Agatha Christie 'explanation', if you know what I mean.

I would have loved to have attended the play by Taylor's College, not because I didn't like the one that I watched, no, but I really would have appreciated the opportunitiy to see an interpretation of the play by fellow Malaysian students. There are some of the pictures of the Taylor's College play available here and although I do not know very much about taking photographs, and I do not know this guy, I must say that his pictures are awesome. A picture is worth a thousand words. How I would have loved to be there.

I don't really have any pictures of the Melbourne Uni play except for this crap one taken by yours truly....

...but this is a wallpaper taken from the Chinese Theater Group Website:

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And finally, (and I just can't seem to resist doing this), food! This I just had for lunch:

Sarawak Mee, from a foodcourt somewhere in Taman Desa.