Sunday, December 18, 2005

Firefly : Ep 1 - Serenity

Anyone even remotely interested in sci-fi fare should go and watch Firefly. This series has the potential for a cult (if somewhat cliche'd) following!

The first thing that will suck you in is the theme song which is a sweet country style ballad. The imagery and CG effects is somewhat reminiscent of recent sci-fi revivals like Battlestar Galactica, with slick high-def closeups and fast camera movements.

The story is par course for a sci-fi flick. There is the 'evil' alliance (huh?) and the rag-tag crew of a renegade ship (sounds familiar?).

Anyway, its a good watch. The characters are a lively (somewhat motley bunch), with lots of potential for development. I'd love to see how each character is expanded upon throughout the season.

Not a Kimchi in sight!

Went out for a team lunch with my colleagues from the office. Our destination, the Seoul Bulgogi outlet at Plaza Pantai (near Kerinchi LRT station).

Now, this is the first time for me. I didn't know what to expect. The only Korean food I know is Kimchi (that spicy fermented vegetable dish). Okaaaay...

So I was pleasantly surprised. It turns out, 'bulgogi' or Korean BBQ is an interesting mix of steamboat and yong tau foo. A bit of marinated beef, chicken and seafood and the usual yong tau foo fare. All served raw, to be cooked at the communal steamboat and hot plate grill at the center of the table.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Jose and His Amazing Technicolor Overcoat by Mario Rosenstock

What can I say, absolute genius! This guy just hits the right notes and even the old gaffer likes his song parody.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Satay Kajang Hj Samuri is now in Tmn Melati, Hulu Kelang!

This is going to sound commercialised, but I like Satay Kajang, particularly, Hj Samuri's (notwithstanding the environmental offence hoo haa). Anyway, I used to have to travel either to Awan Besar (KESAS Highway) or Restoran Jejantas Sungai Buloh to get my fix. Now, with the opening of the Tmn Melati branch, its even closer than ever! (from my house). My only worry is that, initially it'll be such a big hit that it'll be congested and takes forever to get a seat...I mean, its Hj Samuri! Woohoo! (edit: some people may digress and swears off Hj Samuri. There are probably better tasting satay out there, but right now, Hj Samuri fits the bill - for my taste buds!).

I do marketing, and I just marvel at the potential of the Hj Samuri 'brand'. I wonder if Hj Samuri is thinking about franchising!? Can I sign-up?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Fellowship of the Twin Towers!

I'm kinda absorbed in all things Tolkien, foremost of which is his literary masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. The White Tree of Kings, in the courtyard at the uppermost level of Minas Tirith is the symbol of the strenght of men (the free races of Middle Earth) and as such, plays an important role in rallying the tattered spirits of men facing the full might of Sauron's armies.

To some extend, I can draw parallels to what is happening in our world, where a group of people band together for the strenght that each offers, to face the harsh realities of our existence.

For that, I offer my thanks and salute' to my friends, my captains, my kings! My friends from yore (you know who you are), we've been thru a lot together. Thank you!

To the Fellowship!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Star Wars escapism, online!

I know, people will point out to me the virtues (or lack thereof) of Star Wars Galaxies, the Star Wars MMORPG that's available online now, but I have my reservations about the game. After World of Warcraft, my expectations for a subscription based game is pretty high.

However, there's no denying the fact that I'm a Star Wars fan. I wouldn't so much as declare I'm a downright fanatic, but its pretty close (althought no contest against the likes of the Star Wars zealots and the purist!)

Anyway, put my 2 loves (read: passtimes or hobby) and you have one hell of a combination. I mean, virtual avatar/existence and the Star Wars universe! What more could you ask? Other than a virtual Carrie Fisher of course!

Anyway, here's a mug shot of my current foray into the virtual Star Wars universe courtesy of Star Wars: Republic Commando for the PC, published by LucasArts.

Politics Commercialised OR Commercialised Politics? Take a guess!

Look at what I found when I attended a relative's Raya Open House. Amazing, and disturbingly frightening at the same time!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Puffy cheeks? How's that?

"Nuff said!"
Everyone we meet is immediately taken in by the ginormous puffy much so, it is perpetually red, from being pinched! Poor kid!

Speaking of which, the whole clan got together last weekend for my cousin's wedding. It is a rare sight indeed to see all my Uncles & Aunties under one roof again.