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Oct. 19th, 2008

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Blog Block

The paradox of blogging (for me at least) is that the more that goes on in my life - and, presumably, the more there is to blog about - the less inclined I am to blog. And the last few weeks have been relatively busy, eminently bloggable and definitely memorable.

Oh well.
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Sep. 11th, 2008

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Sekrit Meem Thing!

Gacked from bravecows .
There are 30 questions.
Answer each question with one name.
Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing the meme.

01. Regina
02. Whoa, lotta ppl. Er, Lyn See? (Standard 1)
03. Nope
04. Sham!
05. Alvo
06. E-lin
07. Sis-in-Law
08. bravecows ... not that we ain't close now, but I think it woulda be been fun; and we prolly would've got more writing/drawing done!
09. None at the moment, I don't think
10. Ade does a brill job
11. Seetyan (crushes, more like)
12. Kim
13. Hahah, also Kim
14. Kim (I lazy lah)
15. Nah
16. Charly
17. also Charly
18. Jon
19. Yvonne
20. munchoong !
21. PCK
22. Moose
23. Er, my boss, lah
24. Faizah
25. Robert
26. Er.
27. Dunno lah.
28. Hee, Damian. Any jaunty anime character! :)
29. Pass!
30. Man, am I glad most of you aren't gonna read this, lol!

You have to do the meme in order to know what I said about you. This is because it's a secret meme!
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Aug. 26th, 2008

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Heck, I'd put off Procrastinating too, if I could!

I have Things To Do. Why am I not doing them? :(

Aug. 19th, 2008

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Movie Day Out: Wall-E

I love this show so much, I'm making it my "Best Movie of the Year"!

It made me laugh, then cry, then laugh, then - rinse and repeat, you get the idea. Most importantly, it made me completely not feel like I was watching a movie the entire time I was watching, which is my personal criteria for the best sort of movies. Spoiler warning. SPOILERS.Collapse )

I will probably watch this again in theatres. Make sure you do as well.
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Aug. 16th, 2008

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TV Day In: The Middleman

Nine episodes in, I guess I like this show.

The sets and props are cheap, the acting passable and the writing smugly verbose; not to mention how it blithly tramples over all the lines between respectful homages, knowing winks and blatant rip-offs with every other campy pulp culture reference out there. It's consciously hip (if only in its own mind) and fatally nerdy at the same time. I guess that makes The Middleman my kind of show.
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Aug. 3rd, 2008

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Teacher, teacher.

I've started work at Taylor's College.

So far, so good.

But tomorrow is my first class (History or Architecture 101) and I am somewhat nervous.

Alvo sent me this clip, which helps a little, I guess. How am I gonna develop a British accent in just a few hours?
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Jul. 30th, 2008

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Post-Exam Yays!

The written papers have come and gone

... and I don't really know how they went.

Ask me again in three months.
(Or, y'know, don't. Especially if you see me not bringing it up, okay?)

My new job starts this Friday (end of the week, but beginning of the month!). Unsurprisingly, I guess, just the thought of having a healthier work/life balance is threatening to tip it over to the other side: am brimming with new ideas, projects, plans for world domination, etc., before i even step into my new school-marm shoes. Ah, what glorious freed up mindspace can bring you.

Kind of in the same vein, my lunch time conversation also touched on the topic of whether one should seek money over time at this stage of our lives. And then the wise man told me, "time can make you money, but money won't get you more time.*"

And we drank to that**.

* hopefully not to be pissed off watching reality shows and playing Mousehunt."
** me - kopi ais, him - chinese herbal tea.

Jul. 22nd, 2008

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Movie Day Out: The Dark Knight

Judging from the waves of raves I've been reading online, I'm going to be in the unpopular minority of those who are approving, but not overwhelmingly impressed by the new Dark Knight movie.

Full disclosure: I wasn't all that wowed by Chris Nolan's first bout with the Batman either. I appreciated it for sure, and was astounded by the care, craft and respect that went into bringing to life a cherished childhood myth. But it left me cold, for reasons I didn't care to examine at the time. Maybe it was Rachel Dawes, all plot device, no character, and rather blandly portrayed in that first movie. Maybe it was the ho-hum storyline: I didn't need to be retold Batman's origin and was never a fan of Ras-al-Ghul as a credible Batman villian. But whatever, it was well put together and I had every reason to expect to love the next installment.

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Jul. 17th, 2008

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My idiot box is malfunctioning.

Yesterday, munchoong made an incensed blog entry about the latest political developments and, when I asked him about it, declared that it was our moral responsibility - short of breaking any laws - to voice out our feelings about the latest sandiwara that is Malaysia politics.

Oh, hell. Sure, why not use our so called freedom of speech while it lasts?

Personally, I think that it's annoying and I am tired.

Government, I think, should be one of those watchable but not very good day time soap operas on TV. Diverting - you'd watch it, but only if you had nothing better to do and half an hour to kill - but not something you'd even casually bring up in conversation unless the weather was being especially unremarkable. Once in a while, they'd have sweeps (elections) and the publicity machine cranks up: "Next season, newer, better, stronger than ever ..." while the lead actors do the baby kissing and photo ops - but we all know it'll be the same vapid scripts as before. That's okay, though, because it's been playing forever now - our dads watched it, and their dads before them - and we're used to it and it wouldn't be quite the same if it went away.

And then what did they have to do? After the last sweeps (a.k.a. General Elections Number 12), Malaysian politics officially jumped the shark. Instead of the inane pap and vague buffoonery we've all come to know and expect, it's been "sexed up" beyond recognition! At the beginning of the season, for example, they start off with a violent murder mystery to get your attention ... which everyone promptly forgets about and shows no signs of being wrapped up satisfactorily - Irritating! Characters come into the plot with major revelations, only to contradict themselves and disappear without trace - wtf? And, guys, we all know that having a gay character is all the rage these days, but that does not excuse the sheer laziness of rehashing a storyline we know and remember well from ten years ago. Really.

Someone fire that J.J. Abrams guy, already. He's just not the writer for the job.
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Jul. 4th, 2008

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Movie Day Out: Wanted

Cheap movie day has gone big! Our expedition last time round consisted of no less than TEN people! (Okay, so I didn't know half of them, but friends of friends count, right?) We saw that much hyped summer blockbuster: Wanted.

Wanted
Maybe this movie is yet another unsought verification that I am all growed up: I found it difficult getting excited over Wanted. Sure there were those incredible visual spectacles that made you gasp on occasion, and I liked how well the story held together coherently and never lost sight of its own internal logic (silly and flawed though the premise may be - nay, IS!) or the motivations of the few, important characters. (Most of my friends know that few things irk me as much as the lack of internal logic*!) Taken on its own terms, Wanted is impressively well put together. I liked it, but I couldn't love it.

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* Except for anime... you have to make an exception about logic for anime. Otherwise, your brain hurts.

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