Thursday, April 28, 2011

Places We Should Have Gone

One of my favourite videos from Wongfu Productions.... I secretly think it's the best.

(FYI Wong Fu Productions is an independent production company that creates short films, music videos and vlogs on their own. Starting out as dormmates, Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang, have made the company what it is today. Their videos have Asian touches, which is part of their appeal I guess.)

Was scouring their Youtube channel after I enjoyed their video, Strangers Again, when I came across this little piece. Enjoy! :)



Love the music and the scenery. Actor and actress are just normal people and their parts were filmed in just ONE NIGHT. Read the Director's Commentary here for more information behind the scenes.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cleanliness is the best policy

Why dads should wash their cars and not leave them to collect dust if they have itchy-fingered kids:


You know we love you, Daaaaaaadddddd!!!!! ♥

Can't Wait For Lie To Me (2011)!

Remember this? *points at sticker on my make-up box*


Ah, those were the days. Back in 2007, Princess Hours was all the rage and I remembered how I paid some girl to burn them for me and Korean dramas (VCDs) were 200 bucks per box for originals. 'Course they're a lot cheaper now thanks to the wonders of Internet streaming and the birth of the DVD. This was also Yoon Eun Hye's breakout role in the K-drama story. Her dramas are usually hits and misses for me. She always does a rotten drama after a good one. So hopefully her latest will be the bomb!

Am totally looking forward to Lie To Me, airing in South Korea this May!


Looks totally cheesy but heck, it's YOON EUN HYE! And Kang Ji Hwan! Though the former's popularity alone is more than enough to guarantee the success of a drama. I don't know much about the plotline, except that it seems a li'l rushed which makes me go uh-oh.

I do hope they won't resort to writing silly unnecessary plots to keep the story going even though the production is rushed. Ho hum. We shall have to see!

Monday, April 25, 2011

K-Movie Review: Petty Romance [2010]


One of the funniest Korean movies I've come across so far. Just when I thought it couldn't get any funnier, it bowls me over in another fit of chuckles. I expected a few laughs but this was a riot!

Choi Kang Hee is GENIUS at portraying her character of a sex-columnist-turned-manhwa-storyboard-writer (FYI, manhwa=Korean comics). And Lee Seon Gyun (RAWR) is as arrestingly charismatic as per usual playing an erm...erotic manhwa writer in dire need of a writer 'cause his stories suck. How can a plot like that not be funny??? Especially since the 'sex columnist' is a virgin, who bases all her knowledge on women's magazines?

Previously acted together in My Sweet City (2008)

This was for me what I was hoping Cyrano Dating Agency would be like for me (which was a snorefest or maybe I expected too much). Maybe the drama wrought out at the ending felt a little random but it's expected in every Korean movie ever made. I really liked the use of comic strips and effects bordering on anime in this movie.

Damn women's magazines!!

I'm trying not to spoil it for anyone, but I loved the hot chocolate scene as well as watching the heroine fumble to prove how 'experienced' she is. (My sis thought I was crazy, shrieking by myself at the computer... =_=')

Highly recommended for lovers of the genre!!!

I heard this song on 2 Days & 1 Night just now. It's called Hawaiian Couple by Humming Urban Stereo and it's the soundtrack for the movie My Love (also starring Choi Kang Hee and eep! Reaper Boy from 49 Days!) :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wish I was at the KL Bieber concert!


I have never seen Malaysia get so excited over a singer. Justin Bieber was definitely more popular than David Archuleta and Bruno Mars when they came over!!

From flashmobs,



To Hitz.fm playing Bieber songs all day yesterday AND tweeting about it like crazy,

Good Charlotte frontman, JOEL MADDEN, was there for a special appearance singin' Don't Wanna Be in Love and Selena Gomez for support (my sister's a big fan of Selena),



Malaysia's very own, MizzNina, opened the show with her hit song, "What You Waiting For",

Here she is, doing a sound check before the show


Even Daphne Iking was tweeting about the rain and how she salutes anyone who can come to a concert with high heel and falsies. Wakakakakaka!!

The thing about Justin Bieber's My World concerts is (according to my li'l sis), he picks one lucky fan to be his "One Less Lonely Girl". This was Malaysia's one less lonely girl:

:-)

His Malaysian fans look so cute wearing his signature colour=purple.


Hope to see you again soon in Malaysia, Justin!!

P/S: Excuse the fangirliness in this post. I do realize there are certain age-related issues here, *ahem*, but the boy is still a darling. And a lot of people who have watched his movie say they are amazed with what he went through, from a boy who came from a town with 32,000 people to garnering over 9 million followers on Twitter. #NEVERSAYNEVER

Image source: Hitz.fm's FB Page, MizzNina's Twitter and JinHitz's blog

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Blues

When the mundane gets even more mundane, what shall I do?

Might be heading over to New Zealand in September for the Rugby World Cup (like I know a thing about rugby) just to show some home support for the Malaysian team! Plus my aunt's married to the Sabahan rugby coach (main reason for going). It could be really interesting...right? 'Cept people say the night life in NZ is zzzZZZ.

And when I think of New Zealand, I think of...


and



and of course...


Middle earth!!!


I do know a few people who are happily studying/working there so I'm sure there must be more to do there than meets the eye... Like getting a cool Maori tattoo! Or the wonder that is crêpes! Or good old-fashioned hiking!

Before I end this post, I know a lot of people are busy cramming for finals, with last minute presentations, tests and projects before exams in a couple of weeks so I wish you all the best!! (I secretly can't wait for uni hols to start to I have my friends back again. :D)

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Malaysian International Dive Expo 2011

Coming soon!


DATE: 1st-3rd July 2011
VENUE: PWTC, KL

SO TEMPTING!


For more information:

MIDE Facebook
MIDE Website

Flashback: Teen/College Comedies

If you were born in the 80's and grew up without watching any of these teen/college comedy flicks, then you have missed out! Well, you haven't missed much I suppose but these were fun to watch back in the day and still are! I still like 'em better than what passes muster for teen flicks nowadays. *cough*twilight*cough*

Here are my Top 15 teen/college comedies!

1) National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)

Van the Man, man about campus and King of Coolidge College. This guy knows all the tricks, all the moves and knows just the right thing to say. And Tara Reid was still hot. Van Wilder, I crown thee Best College Flick ever! Seriously, I wish college was like this.

2) The New Guy (2002)

Where DJ Qualls teaches us there shouldn't be a social hierarchy in high school and an important message about bullies. Bring on the funk.

3) She's All That (1999)

One of the many Freddie Prinze Jr movies that made him drool-worthy and the object of many a girl's teenage fantasies. Is popularity really what it's made out to be be?

4) Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (1997)

Awwww, don't we all wish we could one-up all the bitches and jocks from high school ten years later? Nerds rule! Kristen Bell's You Again reminded me of this movie.

5) Dude Where's My Car? (2000)

ASHTON KUTCHER and SEAN WILLIAM SCOTT made it difficult for me to order takeaway from a drive-in with without smirking. And theeeeeeennnnn???????? Ridiculous in extra-terrestrial proportions. A recent similar movie would be The Hangover.

6) The Sweetest Thing (2002)

Just one of the slew of Cameron Diaz comedies that came our way after There's Something About Mary. Not exactly a teen or college flick but it rocked all the same! I love it when they sing a song in a movie, that's what makes them so epic. In this case, it's Aerosmith!

7) Heartbreakers (2001)

You know what, I kinda like Jennifer Love Hewitt as a bimbo. She has never been funnier! Hats off to Sigourney Weaver as her con-artist mum and Ray Liotta for that LOL fish-shooting scene on the yacht.

8) Eurotrip (2004)

Made college more fun. And the name, Scotty, a household name in college dorms all over the world. FIOOONAAA!!

9) Clueless (1995)

Did anyone else for Paul Rudd's eyes in this one? So deceiving (like Jared Leto's in Urban Legend). One of the best coming-of-age films out there and a classic. Also increased usage of the term, sporadically.

10) Bubble Boy (2001)

Nothing can ever make me see Jake Gyllenhaal as a stud after watching this movie. Not even his 6-pack in Prince of Persia. Nuh-uh. Endearingly offbeat and fun with it's own lessons to be learnt, this goes down in my Hall of Fame for all time favorite movies.

11) Josie & the Pussycats (2001)

More Tara Reid hotness! And I loved all the songs that came out of this movie like Pretend to Be Nice, 3 Small Words and You Don't See Me. Gotta rewatch this one!

12) Princess Diaries (2001)

Which girl did not feel a connection with this movie? Of being invisible, awkward and unattractive as a teenager. Anne Hathaway's breakout role. And who knew M&M's on a keyboard could be so adorable?

13) 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

An ode to Heath Ledger. Whenever I miss him, I just rewatch him charming the pants off Julia Stiles with his very bad karaoke of Can't Take My Eyes of You in the sports field stands.

14) Mean Girls (2004)

Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams shot to popularity with this movie that likens high schools kids with the wild animals of Africa. High school can be cruel to an outsider when you don't fall in the right stereotype. I can't count the number of times I've watched this one! :D

15) White Chicks (2004)

Truth be told, I never caught the bug about this movie but even though I didn't like it much, I could recite from it because it seemed the whole class could too. Like "oopsie, I had an oopsie!" and "you little chocolate man!". So in terms of pop culture references, this one could take the cake. Plus I will never be able to listen to "A Thousand Miles" the same way again.


Originally this was supposed to be a very short list but it gradually got longer as I thought, "I just HAVE to add this!" whenever a much-loved flick came to mind. I suspect there are more but this is what I can think of at the moment from the top of my mind.

I would add Easy A to the list especially since I really enjoyed that one but it's too new!

If you have any other additions, feel free to tell me in the comments!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

I blame the weather

The road to heaven is not always clear or straight.

Couldn't resist posting this screenshot of 49 Days (Episode 6). She's doing something as ordinary as taking out the trash but I like how it seems like she's walking towards a back-to-front sign of a place called 'Heaven'.

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"Heaven. Hell. Limbo. No-one even knows where we're going. Or what's waiting for us when we get there. But the one thing we can say, with absolute certainty, is that there are moments that take us to another place. Moments of Heaven on Earth. And maybe for now, that's all we need to know." - Denny Duquette

Friday, April 01, 2011

When will it change?

PTPTN sucks. I mean, like not as in I owe a shitload of money for my studies which I have to pay back, but in the way they prioritize Bumis over non-Bumis to get the 1% ujrah loan conversion from the usual 3% interest rate.

Seeing other people not getting what's open to you simply because you're born with it sucks. Seriously, my fellow 'Bumis' (Malays, Kadazans, Ibans and other ethnic minorities of Sabah and Sarawak), do you really feel happy receiving all this when it's apparent that it's wholly unfair?

Answer this whosoever is in charge of these things:

Is it fair that Muslims get to build mosques left and right whereas it is difficult to get permits for other places of worship to be built legally, and not in some second floor shophouse? Should I even mention the defaced bibles of Kuching?

Is it fair Malays are prioritised in organ transplants when non-Malays make up the larger share of people who actually DONATE their freakin' organs?

Is it fair that non-Bumis have to work that much harder for whatever promotions there are to be had in a government-run workplace? Which they don't get anyway despite the years they've put in?

1Malaysia my tush. I don't know how they can keep bleating about the word when it isn't even practised here.

I don't even know how to be truly happy in this country when my conscience pricks me everytime I see this happening. In Sabah, I barely notice it. Thank bejeebus.

*end of rant*

P/S: Just in case it isn't inherently obvious, I'm Bumi too.

*UPDATE* 03/04/11: Good news on the Bible issue! :) There might still be hope yet.

*UPDATE* 09/04/11: A friend of mine recently got exempted from his PTPTN study loan for graduating first class! Glad to see they made good on that promise because I think a move like that will be a really good incentive for students to get exemplary grades, hence the increase to our country's brain pool.