Monday, December 31, 2007

Twenty Two

Twenty two significant events that happened to me this year:

1) Getting my driving license after six years of waiting (ask Ivan why!)

2) Becoming a cast of the 8TV reality TV show "Please Give Me a Job!"



3) Met and taken a photo with the babelious Miss Hypertune 2006 Carace Kwan...



4) ...only to lose the precious picture as well as ALL of my pictures in Australia to a harddisk failure!

5) Settled down in Subang Jaya with a two-timing landlord and two funny housemates.

6) Attended my graduation in KL.



7) Drinking pure vodka in Sunway Pyramid while playing bowling...and left wasted at the front of Starbucks Pyramid.



8) Becoming an uncle to Annabelle Cheng.



9) Made a lot of noise at Bangsar while watching Chelsea VS Manchester United FA Cup final.



10) Upset that some fucker took 1 piece of my car tayar and replaced it with his flat tayar.



11) Was at the "So You Think You Can Dance" finale.

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12) Attended 8TV Wet 'N' Wild party with my PGMAJ friends and pose with Belinda Chee :)



13) Furious with some idiot that wreaked my car when it was stationary and I was out BBQ-ing with my colleagues.



14) Went to Port Dickson with the Dizfunqtional crew and having a great time.



15) Had some retro night with the same crew.



16) Drove Jason's car in Malacca just to watch the Manchester United youth team.



17) Had a blast putting Jack 'O Lanterns around SS15 Subang Jaya.



18) Took up an acting course in KLPAC and having tons of fun learning.



19) Falling in love with someone who's deeply in love with her bf...only to hurt myself and being such a fool.

20) Been job-hopping.

21) Had a miserable birthday, only to had the best party on Hong Wee's birthday two days after mine.



22) Realizing that I need a self-exploring trip next year.



While 2007 gave me a lot of interesting moments, I can't say 2007 was a better year than before...maybe I know why, but only a privileged few would know. So I hope 2008 will be better.

Happy New Year everyone. May your 2008 be a well and happy year.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Yam seng? What yam seng?

Of all the weddings I've been to, I would remember this particular wedding for several unorthodox yet interesting reasons.

Two weekends ago, I attended my landlord's wedding at Tai Thong restaurant in Jaya Square.



I was particularly the last one to arrive, as I overslept! Thankfully, I still managed to come right before the wedding couple made the appearance on stage. Sitting together with me are my two house mates and a bunch of people I don't even know.

There was a hot chick sitting in front of me though. Ah, I expected good times ahead :)



The nine-course meal served at the restaurant was quite good. Either that or I was too hungry. So hungry that after the first dish I've not even bothered to take pictures of the remaining eight dishes.

I made quite a mess on my table though as I accidentally spilled a bowl of vinegar on the table. Great. That wasn't what I needed to impress that hot chick. -_-

Halfway though dinner, the MC announced the crowd to prepare for the most memorial part of any wedding dinner; the Yam Seng (Chinese for toast).

I love yam sengs. To me, there's this feeling of togetherness when the crowd cheers the couple for good luck, prosperity, have many kids...and all that sweet words. Besides, it's a good reason for me to scream my lungs out and have a good time with it.

When a wedding couple is on stage, it is normal to see their respective parents be up on stage as well. However, for this wedding not only was the wedding couple's parents up on stage but so was their uncles, aunties, nephews and nieces and their dogs and cats! OK, the four-legged relatives weren't there but to see so many people standing on stage was something I had not seen in all of the weddings I've attended.

In my mind, I thought we're gonna have a hell of a time screaming "Yam Seng!"

Surprisingly...I was wrong.

It wasn't loud. It was...subtle. It was as if most of the crowd don't even dare to say "Yam Seng!" Some old grannies even looked around like they're lost in this fantastic tradition.

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I swear to you, I felt my table was the loudest. And we're like the last table at the far corner.

Oh well, at least I know I was at the "happening" table. That was confirmed when the wedding couple came to our table to have the complimentary "Yam Seng" for each table.

As I gotten to know the people at my table, I managed to talk to the hot chick. Camilia's the name, and she's....married! AH, the world's not fair!

After knowing her a lil' bit, I discovered that I could not challenge her when it came to alcohol. From the 3rd dish onwards, she requested whiskey on the rocks and she was drinking it like it was water. If that was nothing, she then told me that she loves mixing beer, wine and anything hard liquor together all the time!

7-8 glasses of whiskey later and she was still as fair (though she was getting bit loud and chatty) as she was before the the first glass.

Lucky husband of hers.

To top up the night that was full of surprises for me, the wedding night finished by 10.12p.m. That was like the fastest time ever for me to leave a wedding night.


The funny people
Standing L-R: Erik, Juliet, Me!, Paul (the groom), Chooi Kuan (the bride), dunno her, dunno him, Ali's date, Ali
Sitting L-R: Forgot his name, lucky bastard, Camilia the alcoholic hottie


Well, I hope my wedding would be more happening and louder than this one.

What the fuck...why am I talking about my expectations right now!?

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Extra Joss!

There's this power drink that was recently available in Malaysia. This drink called "Extra Joss Maxx" is a product of Indonesia and apparently they're the #1 power drink in Indonesia, beating even the almighty Red Bull (Is it true?).



Even Christiano Ronaldo endorses the drink!



Out of curiosity, I decided to try it out. I would need the longer lasting energy anyway as I was typing this entry at work.



After a good slip of it, all I can say was...it tasted like a light version of Red Bull.



I am disappointed with the taste of Extra Joss, considering that at RM2.50, I would rather spend 50 cents more for Red Bull.

Then again, I brought this can specifically for an online contest from Extra Joss.



It's called the Extra Joss Challenge.



The contest is quite simple: You need to punch some animated monsters and gain as many points as you can. Gain the highest points in a week and you'll win yourself an Ipod Nano Video...cool! Be the highest points throughout the contest and you even win yourself a Nokia E90! Wah, I want!



So the monsters in this beat em' up game included an eagle and a bull...which I believed it's an indirect reference to Livita (Taisho) and Red Bull!


Taisho and Red Bull...eat your hearts out!

One monster can't be killed though, which was the "Dyha-Man" that was supposed to represent dehydration.



You can kill the monster though by using the Extra Joss power-up, seen at the bottom-left corner. This power-up would also restore your energy meter to full bar. By default you only have three cans of power-ups to begin with, and your energy meter would actually GRADUALLY DROP as you go on getting points!

According to the game manual, you can gain more power-ups by either some viral marketing to tell your friends to click on a link (in which you gain 1 power-up per unique click), or just buy Extra Joss and put in the code number to the game (3 power-ups for RM2.50).

The people behind this game sure know how to increase the sales of Extra Joss. Cheeky.


So blatant advertising.

So I did my viral marketing, and hit the limit of 15 power-ups I can have in the game. I know I am good in these kinda games...I am so ready to win the Ipod!



After like 5 minutes into the game, I used up all my power-ups.

My points: 1650
My best rank: 92

BABI, HOW TO WIN THE PRIZE LIKE THAT!!!!?

Anyway, just click on this link to play the game yea? Trust me, it'll be fun :)

Hurry, contest ends tomorrow!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

KLPAC Scene Study class overview

Weeks ago, I attended this acting class in KL Performing Arts Centre. Yea, I want to be in a Maggie Mee commercial so I need to brush up my acting right?

At RM450 for a 6-week course I couldn’t say it was cheap, but I know if I don’t take this course this year then I never will in the future. Besides the fact that this particular acting technique called “Practical Aesthetics” was used by the babe-licious Jessica Alba, I don’t know what to expect.

Okay, I do admit that I was fantasizing Jessica Alba to be my teacher la…

Anyway, I don’t know shit about theater acting and all. Heck, I don’t even know where KLPAC is located at the time.

As I discovered the place though, I tell you I immediately fell in love with the surroundings at KLPAC. The main entrance to the place had this long and winding road that really made me wanna sing the Beatles’ The Long and Winding Road.


"the long and winding road...that leads to your door..."

It was a park that reminded me of Melbourne; single tall trees, vast landscape that you can play Frisbees with your pet dog, a beautiful pond (sadly it was kinda green…) with tasty-looking ducks and fishes. The buildings at the location were impressive as well; the old British colonial building as well as the elegant KLPAC building itself was a sight to behold.


More magnificent than the buildings was the class itself. Initially the first class session (conducted by David Lim) was ridiculously boring; it was like I was back in secondary school listening to some History crap! After the long lecture on the history of acting and the theory on how “Practical Aesthetics” was developed…blah blah blah…only then the class had gotten way more interesting.


taken from www.ugwug.blogspot.com

Throughout the course, I learnt to analyze a particular scene with questions like “What is the character’s action?” and “What is the character’s stake?” as well as having an “As If” which was relating a character’s action to something that you can relate in your life. Also, there’s a fun exercise called “Repetition”, which pretty much help improved my observation skills. The point: A lot of thinking required to act! Okay, so acting wasn’t all that easy either….

The value of this course though wasn’t just on the teachings itself or the certificate that I would receive at the end of the course; it was the people I met there. These classmates are the main reason why I enjoyed this course so much; every single time I went for class I would always had a good dose of laughter. Prefect after-work stress reliever I tell you :)


Playing as Chandler of "Friends"

Oh, not to forget the hot chicks in the class! :) :)


The babes behind "Kill Bill"

During the last day, the we showcased a presentation to our invited friends. Our presentation would show people a bunch of scenes from various shows we chose to play and act out. I started the play screaming at the audience as O-Ren
Ishii of Kill Bill, followed by being Ricky (American Beauty), Hitch (Hitch), Jack (Sideways) and Chandler (Friends). And how did the presentation turned out?


Sing:"I'm wishing for the the star...I'm trying to believe..."

In a word: AWESOME! Almost all of us performed at our best…some even became the character rather than acting as the character! It was an experience to watch…and yes, someone recorded the whole presentation so I’ll do what I can to get hold of the video.


(From left to right) Linora, Grace, Ah_Mike, Suni, David, Juliane,
Stephanie, Min Li, Adrain & Gambit
MIA: Wei Jun, Salleh, Khairul

I believe you should give this class a go, regardless of whether you know nothing about acting or not. It’s worth something to learn…and it’s more worth to know people and build up your circle of friends. So do check up www.klpac.com.my and sign up for their newsletters…I’m sure the next David Lim’s Scene Study class would come again next year!


Part of the play.

Now, I shall wait for the audition for the next Maggie Mee commercial!


Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump!....

Read more about the course from Linora's blog here and Min Li's blog here.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

So goodbye my lover 2

My dearest,

When I first met you, I thought I found the one,
Ever since what I went through with my former love,
Sure, you acted tough when we first dine,
In the end though, you accepted what I could give.

In the early times we had, I was in hardship,
It was the time where I was in the deep,
In the happy times with those that define friendship,
It was the time where I knew I was far from a creep.

Somehow though, as time flew quickly,
Our relationship faded slowly,
Something like puppy love really,
Our love sure looked silly.

I knew my passion for you faded away,
But I never wanted to lose you that way,
I talked to you about our love that day,
But I should have known it was D-day.

Let's not deny that you treated me like shit,
That's OK, I could take the heat,
Let me however explain one bit,
That you're like a fucked-up bitch, got that?

In the end, I never did hate you,
But I knew it was over,
In the end, I never respected you,
And I know you will suffer.

Monday, November 26, 2007

My (belated) Birthday Night!

Two Saturdays ago, I celebrated my birthday along with Daniel's birthday (we are just two days apart) at Joshua's crib. Joshua became the chef for us and our guests, while our other friend Yi Xin became the official photographer for the celebration.



The night got off to a slow start. The first guest was Grace, my "date" for the night.


The Iron Chef

The next guest came like almost an hour late. Ah, the wonders of Malaysian timing.


The Paparazzi Man

The next guest, Kenneth arrived...



...as well as Yun Hui, who wore a hot black dress just for me!



Then the other birthday boy arrived with his date, Amylin. Daniel gave me a trailer cap as a present while I got him...nothing. Damn bad of me right? :( But then it was the other way around last year...*ahem*


Don't they look alike??

Anyway, so with small group of guests, we began our feast.



Grace and I didn't had lunch earlier...so imagine the "torture" we had just to let Joshua do his "waiter-job" of serving our meals. The wait was worth every second though, as his dishes (consisted of baked chicken with dunno what, angel hair spaghetti, mash potatoes and salad) made everyone as happy as the Laughing Buddha.



Cheers to good food and good friends!

So after dinner, we played two games, one called "Ha, Cho Meh?" (Ha, What You Doing?) and "007". To summarize the games, it was all about confusing the players and getting them to drink wine / Ribena-vodka as a punishment.

I tell you, we were laughing like hyenas just playing these games.

Not long into the game, Jin Li arrived. More confusion, laughter and alcohol is ensured.


The Chicks

Most of the night was pretty much spent playing the confusing games. While Grace left the scene early to meet her man (*sigh), along came Xin & Xiao to join the fray. Woan Shue came as well, and replaced Yi Xin as the camera person.



Joshua's sister Serah joined as well. She fared much better than Joshua, who had been punished a lot more than the birthday boys! So not right....



Then came the latecomers Ivan and Chloe, who both "replaced" Kenneth and Yun Hui, who both had to leave for clubbing with another group (ah, so the dress wasn't for me....)


Meet the Replacement...

Jin Li then came up with another fabulous game called "King's Cup". Basically, it's a series of mini-games that we had to do (and drinking for obvious punishments). Couple of rounds into the game, Jin Li had to go back home for curfew reasons :(


Beside a hot babe and I miserably came up with a stupid pose...-__-

But the game goes on. And to my delight, a picture of Woan Shue (finally!)



As the game went on, we laughed harder and harder. Here's one example of "Rolling On Floor Laughing":


ROFL!

You know it was an awesome night too went you get rare expressions like this one:



The game went on till...2.30a.m.



When the game was finally done for, we cleaned up the place and talk cock till 6 bloody 30 in the morning!

Well, I am very happy that the night was fantastic :) And I am sure Daniel loved the birthday night too.

No birthday cake, but I blew a virtual candle...wishing for one dream to come true. OK, I lied; it's several dreams and some unrealistic ones. Whatever.

While I can't say this year has been all that good to me, celebrations like these do make my 2007 a year to remember.

I mean, check out my expression and you know what I mean.



For your info, I was not drunk that night. Serious.