Sunday, February 25, 2007

Will be away for at least a month

Hie, I'm updating this in Summit USJ's dodgy cybercafe.

I haven't told most of you guys, but I've got myself some kind of a job with a production crew. I can't tell you since I've signed a contract to keep it confidential, but I can definitely say that it is one very interesting job :)

Basically, I've a month of 'probation' with this guys, and I basically wouldn't have enough time to blog. Even if I do, it will be all text and no pictures. And still be nothing about the job I'm doing.

Ivan will take over this blog until my return to cyberspace. Hopefully he does a good job entertaining you guys and not just putting up sponsored blogs ><

It'll be the most interesting 30 days I will ever have.

So till then, have fun!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Coming Soon: Kuching Bloggers Meet!

Yeap, another big kuching bloggers meet is coming to, well, Kuching town!

Still not convinced? Read Robin's marketing reasons on why you SHOULD go.

You will fall in love with the scenery.

So make sure you are free for this. Put that down on your calendar and be there, or be square!

Please contact Frankie or Ann or if you like, stroke Robin's balls to reserve your spot for the night yea. No last minute nonsense yea...unless you are on a sex vacation or something.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Price Tags and “Gold Class” stickers doesn’t always mean it’s a good wine.

One thing about me is that I tend to think that wines with a high price along with stickers that shows the wine has won awards usually mean it is a good product.

Not always true.

Some time ago, I was having a Mahjong session with my brother, my cousin and a friend we all knew. All of us would occasionally agree to play the game (of course, with some money la) and take the whole Saturday night for it. We’re also quite fond of wine, so along while one of us would screamed “Pong!”, another one would usually slip his glass of wine while thinking of the next tile to throw and hoping for luck.

So one Saturday night, my cousin brought one kind of wine (though it seems that his taste is a little…different from the rest of us) while I brought one wine from Perth prior to the night as a gift for my brother.

We had our session, and after several rounds and unfortunate losses, we decided to test my cousin’s wine first.

The first wine was the Magpie Estate ‘The Thief’ Mourvèdre Grenache Rosé 2005.

Looking at the cover itself, you would be forgiven that Batman would never consume such wine that represents The Penguin / Two Face fusion.

And neither would his alter ego Bruce Wayne drink it as well, for he has the elegant and refined taste that this wine simply lacks.

‘The Thief’ was unanimously agreed by all four of us to be rough and dry. In short, crap. That RM89.90 tag from Denise store just didn’t seem right for this product.

So another few rounds came by, with my cousin winning it big and I struggled to slow down my diminishing tokens. Another break from the game, and I happily took out the wine I brought in Perth.

The second wine was the Margaret River Watershed Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2002.

Brought since July 2006, I had a lot of hope for this wine to taste really good. Not to mention that this Watershed had this cliché “Gold Class” that screamed credibility and a AUD$60 that made my wallet much, much lighter. However, I had my curiously on the cover I interpreted as “I’m alone at home, confined to an empty room so I shall drink this and hanged myself to death”.

Well, you guessed it. It was a disappointment.

It didn’t really quite lived up to its reputation, at least to us. It had more flavour and depth to the taste, but its roughness wasn’t too far off from the previous wine.

Both wines didn’t help my game in any way, and when Ivan SMS-ed me to say he was drunk; I just had to ignore him and let him puke in paradise.

It was a disappointing night, not just for the wines but also my losses from the Mahjong game were quite discouraging. My cousin came out as the only winner for the night thanks to his “5 tai” win. Thankfully I wasn’t the biggest loser.

Luckily my brother, being a great chef he always was (and always will), smartly used the remaining Watershed wine to create a wonderful red wine sauce for a baked meat and bacon he made several weeks later. At least my gift did not gone to waste!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

“Welcome to Air Asia AK5159”

Hey guys, miss me? :P I miss you guys, though I wouldn’t be updating often for a while.

I was down in KL last week for a couple of job interviews. One’s a phone call away, while the other…well, let’s just say the boss’ face changed the moment he knew I can’t start work for him immediately.

Anyway, a silly thing happened on the way to take my flight. I was supposed to get to the plane via Kuching Airport’s gate A. While waiting, a flight attendant made an announcement that we could start lining up. I was daydreaming, so I didn’t pay any attention to her and just assumed that it would be my flight.

While lining up though, I felt something strange. There were as many people sitting down as people lining up. I wasn’t really sure what was going on, but I decided to just line up anyway. However, my heart kept telling me that I might have made a mistake. So while another flight attendant checked my IC, I asked him if this was the flight I needed to take.

Being a typical lazy, angry-over-his-paycheck Malaysian, he just said “Yes”.

So I took that as an assurance and went on walking down the stairs, towards the plane, and climbed the stairs to the plane’s entrance.

When I went into the plane, I saw this really cute air stewardess greeting me. Foo yoo, for once Air Asia have a really chun chick on the plane! And yes, no excessive makeup on her!!

For the moment I thought I am going to enjoy the best flight I had with Air Asia for a long while….

….until the pilot made an announcement.

“Welcome to Air Asia AK5159 to Bintulu”


I checked my ticket. It reads “AK 5205”.

I walked out of the plane, heads down. One supervisor called my name out “Mr. Ah_Mike, you masuk salah plane la! Flight ke KL belum dating lagi! 20 minit kemudian baru datang tau tak?” (Mr. Ah_Mike, you entered the wrong plane la! Flight to KL has not arrived yet! 20 minutes later then it’ll come do you know that?)

Yea, like I need to know that now.

I got some stares and giggles when I walked up the stairs back to the sitting area. Words cannot explain my shame here.

When the actual plane arrived, I did the standard procedure again. The supervisor was smiling at me as I walked up the plane.

And you know what, while there were 3 air stewardess on my plane to KL, one had way too much makeup, another looked like she haven’t had sleep for months and the last one…well, I can’t comment.

To make matters worst, I had to sit with a bunch of Angkatan Tentera soldiers on a holiday!

And to cap out a miserable day with Air Asia, some fucker stole my “No, it’s not your bag!” tag on my luggage as I picked it up from the LCCT airport. Oh, and my Ipod had no battery while I was on the Airbus’ hour-long journey to KL.

I threw my ticket in disgust.

Lesson: Never bloody daydream at the airport. Unless you’ve never been to Bintulu.