Thursday, March 30, 2006

Current update - 30/3/06

Read: The Death Collector by Justin Richards, Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Reading: Chronicles of the Chinese Emperors by Ann Paludan, East of Eden by John Steinbeck
CD: none
Favorite song: Talk by Coldplay
Played: Luxor and Tumblebugs (I finished all the levels!)
Watching: The Drew Carey Show, The 4400, Apprentice 4, American Idol 5, Monk, The Amazing Race 9, and America's Next Top Model 4

No. of times asked if I have a boyfriend: 7
No. of times asked when I will get married: 23 (approx)
No. of times asked when I will have kids: 2

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Last Stand

I was surfing the net, looking for new kiddie movies to watch out for when I discovered that I can check other movies as well like X-Men 3 for example.

Hohohoho.... boy can't wait for this movie.

The third instalment is about a pharmaceutical company discovering a 'cure' to supress the mutant-x gene permanently. Of course, Magneto in protest, waged a war and it's not just talk this time.

Jean is back as Phoenix and if what I see is correct, she's joining Magneto. Beast is on the Xavier team with Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) doning the blue skin. He may have the poise but I don't think they make him big enough. Another new addition is Angel. For this you must check out the trailer. His wings is awesome. He's played by Ben Foster, the guy who played Russell, that blurry boyfriend of Claire in Six Feet Under. Interesting to see how this one turns out. But he can play that brooding, depressing character very well.

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Unfortunately, Halle Berry is still Storm. She changed her hairstyle again. You can go bald if you want Halle, you still don't make a good Storm. What an insult to Storm, my favorite X-Men.

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Another favorite of mine, Gambit will not make an appearance because Josh Holloway, whoever the hell that is (he's from Lost), turned down the roll because he thinks that this character would be too similar to his character on Lost. Mmmm... I don't watch the show, but does Sawyer (his Lost character) go around speaking French, calling people mon chere, and throwing energy-charged cards around the island? I know the show is weird but I don't think it's that weird. What bums me out is that the producers didn't look for any other actor. How hard is it to find a tall, dark, mysterious guy who can speak a decent Cajun and looks good in a trench coat? Maybe they want to save him for the next one. I mean, if they're going to throw out all their trump cards, what would they have left for the next one, right?

The only time that I love the mention of the word war is in terms of movies. With the raging war between man and mutant, between mutant and mutant, you can expect more characters surfacing in this movie. It's like that scene in Star Wars II, when we get to see a group of Jedis fighting. It's something that's never been seen before. I bet you're gonna have fun identifying all the different mutants and their powers. I remember being so excited when I saw Jubilee in X-Men 2. I didn't get to see her in action but I was still giddy. Which reminds me, I got to 'gilap' my X-Men knowledge.

I caught the X fever tonight. Suffice it to say, this is on my desktop now.

I want to post more pictures but there's a problem in loading. I'll put them up tomorrow or whenever I get online again, whichever comes first.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

American Idol 5

This year's American Idol Final 12 is quite good I must say especially the guys. I always look forward to guys night. And that Taylor Hicks is pretty something.

Top 12

There are may talented girls too but then I feel like I've seen them all before. Paris is standing on a very thin line between great and annoying for me. When she sings, she's great but when she speaks, she's annoying. She has a deep singing voice but where did that squeaky voice come from? While Lisa is just not matured enough to make some impact. Katherine was fine on the first few shows. But on the third week she was just..... too..... gedik! That's what my nieces would call it. I know she did well but does she have to be so.... so..... gedik! Kellie is nice and sweet but I don't think she's flexible. I can't see her belting any other song than country. And what's with the kangkang move? Mandissa has a very good voice, I must admit. Her rendition of I'm Every Woman was marvellous. If she can bring it on every single week, she might have a chance to win this. Melissa...sigh... why bother. She would be the first to go. I'd rather have Ayla in the top 12.

Bucky is an interesting person to have on the show but then he's like Kellie, not flexible. Ace... God! Ok he is cute but he's a Backstreet Boy. He's a boy band material. Nothing special in him. Hopefully he will go out quickly. Now Taylor... He's from a whole different planet and I mean that in a good way. Yeah, he's a bit weird with that Ray Charles move he makes everytime he's on camera. You know that slight tilt to the right (or left depending on where the camera is) and hugging himself. But he's from a different breed of singers. I don't think he can win this but I can't get enough of him and I want him to stay as long as possible. Kevin Kevin Kevin... he's another cute one too, in that 12-year-old-cute sense. And he does look like Chicken Little. And he's not gonna last long either. Elliot has the best voice in the bunch. He's Moody Mood was so amazing. It was even better than Brian McKnight when he sang it in Q's Jook Joint. He may look like a troll but he has an amazing voice. Hey, the World Idol looked like a hobbit right? He has a shot. He's biggest competitor would be Chris. He has a stage presence, he can sing and he looks great. All he has done so far is rock so I'm looking forward to see him do Stevie Wonder today.

All in all....I'm a fan of Taylor Hicks but I think Chris or Elliot will win this. But I always like the underdog so this year I'll be rooting for...


Monday, March 06, 2006

4 faves: A meme

Four Jobs I've Had: (I thought this is about 4 faves. Jobs is not really a fave. Oh well.)
1. Student assistant - when I was studying in US I worked at the university library, the medical library to be exact. Have to shelve a lot of big books and journals. It's like getting paid while doing exercise. Wish I can say I met a lot of cute doctor but it never happened. I think I saw 1 cute doctor who looked like a better version of Sunjay Dutt. Then I changed to the Reprographics Dept. The dept responsible in turning newspapers into microfilms. Almost all of the Malay Malaysian students worked there. Interesting job, great colleaques, great boss. Good times.
2. Management Trainee - I sold those Domino's card, TGV cards. I could have knocked on your door once.
3. Clerk - at a local bank. Spent 3 boring years there until I can't take it anymore.
4. Bookstore assistant - my stepping stone into book retailing. I was fortunate enough to be given a chance to work at a small children's bookstore. Interesting job, helped a lot with what I'm doing right now.

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over
This is hard. I definitely have more than 4. I will approach this question like this, if I stumble upon a movie while channel hunting, what movie will make me stop?
1. The obvious choice - LOTR. I lost count to how many times I've seen it.
2. Dead Man Walking - Sean Penn is superb in this one. Just can't help but feel sorry for him and be happy that he found redemption in the end even though he did a most despicable thing.
3. Finding Nemo - It's soo cute! and funny of course.
4. The last one... this is so hard! How do you chose one from many? OK. I will put my favorite movie from my favorite star - Benny & Joon. There.

Four Places I Have Lived
1. My current house
2. Muar
3. Shah Alam
4. Lexington, KY - I wanna go back!!!

Four Television Shows I Loved to Watch
Another difficult one. I definitely have more than 4 for this one too.
1. CSI
2. Law & Order - the original one. I never saw the spin offs.
3. The West Wing
4. Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien - I wanna go back!!!

Four Places I Have Been On Vacation
1. Grand Canyon - The most photogenic place I've ever been to. I don't have a better word to describe it. What you see in the pictures, is what you get when you're standing there plus the awe of being there in person.
2. New York - went there 3 times in 1 week. All because we always missed the ferry to Ellis Island where Statue of Liberty is located. Regretted that I didn't go to the NYPL and Art Museum.
3. Washington DC - on 4th of July some more. Went to Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial where Jenny ran across the reflecting pool to get the attention of Forrest Gump, Smithsonian Museum (of all the museums lined up over there, I walked into this one. I didn't know the significance of the Smithsonian at the time), took a picture at the FBI building, lepak at the field near the George Washinton Monument and wait for the fireworks to start. Didn't get to go to Arlington, a shame. Could've visited Kennedy's grave.
4. Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls - after NY we drove to Boston and went north to Canada. Travelled westward towards Niagara Falls and made a few stops along the way. Best trip I've ever been on.

Four of My Favourite Dishes
1. Sweet and Sour Chicken
2. Nasi Pattaya - whenever I go to a new place, I will check if they have nasi pattaya.
3. Yong tao foo
4. Nasi ayam - when nothing is appealing, nasi ayam is the way to go.

Four Websites I Visit Daily
1. yahoo.mail (obviously)
2. - the best resource for movie and tv lovers.
3. - it has the best search engine. You don't have to know the title of a song. Just enter a phrase and they will get it for you, provided that it's in their database. Even if they don't, you can send lyrics to them. They also have a Winamp plugin. Install it and it can display the lyrics when the song is played, like your very own karaoke at your PC.
4. - homepage to For Better or For Worse, my favorite strip. I visit this monthly to catch up on the lives of the Pattersons.

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now
1. In a peaceful park, the weather's fine, sitting under a tree, reading.
2. In my room, in MY own house.
3. Somewhere in the past, witnessing a historical moment
4. In a movie theatre

Hope this is good enough for the whole month of March.