It's my 3rd day in Cambodia and I'm sound and safe.
Visited some new wats... and revisited some old ones as well....
Met some nice frens along the way....
AND I missed The Amazing All-Star and tomorrow I'm gonna miss American Idol as well. Oh yeah.... say what you want, I'm an immature TV couch potato or reality TV show junkies I dun care.
Take k everybody.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Chinese has a saying 吃过翻寻味 haha..... It means after eat, you look for the same lingering smell (ok, lost in translation).
Nothing much, it's just that I'm gonna take a short break to a place I had been before this. Hence no postings (maybe...) in the next 6 days.
OK, FINALLY THE AMERICAN CAME INTO THEIR SENSES...... SANJAYA IS IN THE BOTTOM THREE
However, my big scare came true again. Lakisha is in the bottom 3 as well. I kinda expect Chris instead of Blake in the bottom 3. Think maybe the whole stand-up for his nasal singing voice and the whole confusion about Simon's insensitivities to the victims of the VT tragedy did help him.
Anyway, the BOTTOM 3 : sanjaya, lakisha & blake
Shrek 3 made some promotion with the appearance of Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith, the Shrek creator Jeffrey Katzenberg. A definite watch indeed.
Martina McBride performed to a standing ovation (well, tat's the routine in AI right? but she's good).
OK, the most important thing is SANJAYA IS OUSTED. Justice prevailed, not personal attack but his voice just couldn't bring him further.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
1. Phil Stacy - A Keith Urban number
He opened the show with his best performance so far and apparently he suited this genre as his whole performance is very good. Oh yeah, personally I think getting rid of the cap and appearing shaved is a good move.
2. Jordin - Broken Wings (Martina McBride)
A brave attempt to sing the mentor's song and she WOWed me and blowed me away!!! And having Simon said, "This is the 1st time since I met you, I think you can be the next American Idol", that is really a great boost for her since she was a regulars in the bottom 3. Hope she sailed through convincingly this time.
3. Sanjaya - Let's Give Them Something To Talk About
He did a bandana, terribly no doubt. And he's clearly very smart in using the media and people's attention to his everything EXCEPT his voice. I hope this will seal his fate in the bottom 3. Ryan was overly protecting him and Simon called him "big mouth".
4. Lakisha - Jesus Take The Wheel (Carrie Underwood)
My fear came true. It's always scary for the Black female contestant when it came to country music, and it had always been if you watch the previous seasons. Vocally she's the weakest among her own performances all these while. Her voice sounds different when the chorus came... Hope she can lift herself from the bottom 3.
So-so and with his entry to last week's bottom 3, I personally think he'll be too, this week.
WOW!!!!! She's the most consistent one among all the contestants. No wonder Simon said he saw some TINA TURNER in that performance too!!! Melinda !!!!!!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Updated the movie review of The Squid and The Whale, The King and the post on the HK Film Festival.
Sabah's political scene is in the limelight recently with the resignation of Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat from the state's cabinet and accepted by Pak Lah himself. Bet more new will come later.....
Monday, April 16, 2007
The "Peggie-gang" who attended the wedding ceremony in the church.
1st (L-R) : Yee Sun, Chui Li, Mak Wai Wai
2nd (L-R) : Tong Siau Fui, Lawrence, me, Donny
3rd (L-R) : Kenneth , Lee Shau Yee, Kok Leong
Peggie walking down the aisle happily
Sunday, April 15, 2007
1st of all, Astro is cheating us by not showcasing the show as LIVE as it claimed!!! It's censored and they should pay us the money back!!!
Daniel Wu started the ball running by winning the new director award via 四大天王, since I haven't watch it, so no comment. Presented by 林嘉欣 刘若英 (coming soon...........)
I'm damn tired after watching the show and will post completely when I have time later....
However, some moments I just have to write it here........
Moments I like during the show:
1. When Lau Ching Wan got the long-overdue Best Actor Award, it was sooooo touching. His speech is short and sweet and with all the punches too. His win is somehow equivalent to Teresa Mo's win last year for Best Supporting Actress.
2. When Anita Yuen Wing Yi talked about the fans-star relationship. She's back....
1. Like the new MC combination of the fat guy in Kung Fu Hustle Chan Zhi Chong 陈子聪, Zheng Bao Yi 曾宝义 and Nick Cheong Ga Fai 张家辉. However, they should not emphasis and keep reminding everybody that they're not professional MC and may make mistakes. Once is enough but keep repeating that? And Nick is not doing any good by READING from the script card, yeah... understand that he's nervous in addition to the MC jobs as he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor as well. I mean, you can be inexperienced but must be professional lah.
2. Anita Yuen 袁泳仪 came out to talk about the recent hoo-ha about Andy Lau's fans' father who committed suicide and the fans herself making so much headlines after that demanding apology from him. It's like a support voice for Andy though the little segment made the ceremony changed its tone to very dark and serious. No right or wrong but I like Anita's voice delivering that. Some actors can just act with voice, think Sylvia Chang 张艾嘉.
3. And as expected, the success of The Departed and Martin Scorcese's Best Director award gets prominent indeed continuous mention throughout the ceremony and it's hard not to feel that the slumping HK movie industry needed some Botox dose to revive its glory days and this came at the perfect timing. But too much of the mentioning is quite sickening.
4. Lau Ching Wan's 刘青云 long-overdue win was the highlight of the ceremony. He said that he deserved a long acceptance speech and the crowd applauded to that. He was nominated for 7 times already and like what happened to Teresa Mo (nominated 8 times), this deserving win further prove that you have to wait for the win and most of the time, the winning film may not be the actor's best work. Haven't watch his winning film though. Oh yeah... thank god Aaron Kwok didn't win haha.... I know it's a biased opinion but his consecutive win in Taiwan's Golden Horse enough lor....
5. Gong Li 巩利 won Best Actress for her outstanding boobs performance in The Curse of the Golden Flower. She managed to outdo Teresa Mo in 大丈夫2 , Rene Liu in Happy Birthday 生日快乐 , Li Xing Jie 李心洁 in 鬼域 and Liong Lok Si 梁洛丝 in 伊莎贝拉
6. I personally think Jay Chou's win (again, thank god he didn't win the Best Supporting Actor for his wooden performance in Golden Flower) in the Original Song category is practically due to his star power. Songs wise, I think the original song in The Banquet sang by the China singer, 张靓颖 is way much deserving as the Best Song in Movie. Jay's entry 菊花台 is a good pop song with Chinese musical instrument composition but didn't compliment the movie as the song in The Banquet did. I still remember the song at the end of The Banquet with Zhang Zi Yi and bulu romaku meremang. The performance of ALIVE is very refreshing though they are never the favourite to win the category.
7. As a award show, this is indeed quite boring. The presenters were mostly uninteresting and unfunny unlike last year with Sandra Ng and Carina Lau.
We were Team #1, well for being the 1st team to register. Took this shot for compensation of never gonna get the 1st placing haha.......
Friday, April 13, 2007
The whole group sang Bailamos...
Out of nowhere... even he appears with Gwen Stefani weeks before, Akon is onstage again hm....
Simon was red-faced when being poked fun about having to wear a bra. And Ryan is asking him whether a 20mil offer will make him sing onstage so.... expect some singing by Simon. I think the show is sensing its formulaic frame and tried to spice it up by doing something different.
And Tony Bennett the legend himself is such a sport. He acted as one of the rejects being condemned by the 3 judges and that's so funny.
J. Lo is taking the opportunity to promote her Latin album, going back to her root, which is a good move since Beyonce is all over the place...
OK, back to the business.....
Bottom 3 : Phil, Hailey and.... Chris (oh.. tis is very unexpected!!!)
Ousted : HAILEY
Thursday, April 12, 2007
It's the LATINO sensation this week, with J.Lo as the mentor.
1. Melissa - Sway
She has to do SEXY but she is not the material. I mean it's quite hard for someone with her personality and physical attributes. She sings well as usual but it's her comment of Simon's not-so-positive remarks that's the highlight of her whole performance. "Well, at least he has the chance to say something"
2. Lakisha - Conga
She chose to do some vocal acrobatic with the fast-lyric belting singing. And for the first time, Paula gives constructive comments, she said Lakisha's being safe. Wow.... impressed by Paula.
3. Chris - Smooth
Originally a collaboration of Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana, he managed to inject some modern uber feel to the performance. That's mostly because Sway and Conga are old songs. Clever song selection.
4. Hailey - Turn the Beat Around
A Gloria Estefan signature. OK, this lass know how to flaunt her asset as in her sexy legs but her maneuver of the stage is too blant and careful, I mean she moved around too cautiously yet too rushing like she's gonna catch her all-that-too-important flight to meet her dream guy. Vocal wise, it's Hailey.
5. Phil - Maria, Maria
Another Santana tune. Dun really like it. However, it made me think of the other ex-Idol in previous season, Mario Vasquez who I think will be able to carry this tune better. Well, it's quite difficult to pull the lationo feel.
7. Jordin - The Rhythm is Gonna Get You
Again, another nothing-special performance. She was asked what kind of music genre that she want to do next week and she chose 80's!!! And I totally agree!!! It will be fun to see lots of big hair and padded shirts with lotsa fluorescent
8. Blake - I Need to Know
J.Lo's beau, Marc Anthony's signature. I think he's the best of the night. All said.
9. Sanjaya - Besame Mucho
I can't help but anticipating his performance and Ryan intro him as "the embodiment of the Latino passion"? Another fave song of mine was BUTCHERED by Sanjaya.
And he keep a moustache this week, a way to divert ppl's attention to her meagre vocal perhaps? Simon said, "And I'm gonna hate myself for this, it wasn't horrible"
Sanjaya is really getting the nerve of the American with tonnes of fiasco such as www.Votefortheworst.com (where Sanjaya topped the chart) and Howard Stern's campaign to ask Americans to vote Sanjaya as a way to dismerit American idol.
AND AGAIN MY PREDICTION : Bottom 3 will be Hailey, Phil and Jordin. Maybe either one of Melissa or Lakisha will be bottom 3 but my bet is that Hailey will be out.
Cast : Laura Linney, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline
Remarkable acting chops by the kids. Touted to be the director's own experience with childhood scarred by the parents' divorce, this is a very good and realistic portrayal of the life awaiting the children as a result of the divorce. A good movie, neglected by most.
Cast : Gael Garcia Bernal, William Hurt
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I remember : You don't matter! You don't matter if you don't vote!!! So, to all those eligible Malaysian who has not register as a voter, please do.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
My idea of an ideal Sunday? Lazying around if I have the chance. But my apartment needs serious cleaning, scrubbing and sanitizing after being ignored since CNY. Oh yeah... occasional vacuum doesn't count right?
After the morning spent with cleaning and having a short nap in the hot mid-afternoon, the tummy gave a wake-up call. Having sudden craving for some macaroni. Moderately delicious with maggi chicken cube, some frankies and slice-fried egg with abalone mushroom. I guess what it lacked is some greenies. Not in the pic is some unseeded grapes and a can of ever-dependable Anglia Shandy. Oh.. no wonder I'm 70kg now hahaha......
I'm looking 4ward to a raining afternoon with a cup of hot Nescafe with a book in hand and Ella Fitzgerald or Stacey Kent playing.
HAPPY EASTER DAY
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Bought this along time ago. Started this first though didn't manage to finish it. Ironically, I finished his other works first, i.e. Latitude and Longitude (LaL - his article on 9/11). And now still reading his The World is Flat.
I like his writing on the globalisation. As with LaL, I'm quite reserved with his tone on the American role in the world especially his undertone of US of A as THE superpower. In a way, it really tested my ability to embrace other people's opinion but hey, I succeeded and I finish the book and it did open my eyes to other opinions.
And yeah.... I'm gonna finish The World is Flat too. It costs me RM89.90 for God's sake!!!
Friday, April 06, 2007
Back to Happy Birthday, all the cast gave commendable performance, even Louis Koo. Yeah... even Louis Koo. Look for the later part of the movie where Rene was calling Louis in her car. Her performance was priceless. The only qualm I had is that the VCD I rented was in Cantonese!!! Rene's Mandarin is soothing and exudes such meaty performance and I had to endure her being dubbed in Cantonese. It's the same as listening to Gong Li speaks in Cantonese in The Curse of the Golden Flower. The strange thing is that I remembered Rene was speaking in Mandarin while Louis in Cantonese in The Making which I saw in TV sometime ago....
Synopsis in Chinese (sorry to those who can't read)
每年的生日，小米（劉若英飾）都坐立不安的等待著一封風雨不改的電郵，一封從小南（古天樂飾），一個她從來無法忘記的人寄來的生日電郵。這次，滂沱大雨之下，這封電郵遲了42個小時。 小米與小南被大學同學公認為會是最早結婚的一對。小米是個從沒安全感的女孩，因為害怕失去；小南是個受歡迎的男孩，他一心愛著小米，然而他從不能搞懂小米的想法。小南往外國升學後，二人分手了，卻仍然保持著相互取暖、比好朋友好的朋友關係。無論小米和小南身邊出現多少情人、無論小米怎麼口口聲聲的說她不會嫁給小南，身旁朋友都深深感到，小米只愛小南，小南也只愛小米，總有一天他們會名正言順的走在一起。 然而畢竟，他們盼望的都沒有來臨，一天，小南竟說自己將要結婚。小米這才醒覺，這一次，她是真真正正的失去小南。唯有……
She was one of the richest woman in Asia, with fortune about 3 times more than Queen Elizabeth. She controlled Chinachem Group which later expanded the business area into property as well. Her life was full of drama and she was one of the famous focal points of the media, especially in Hong Kong. She was kidnapped with her husband for sky-rocketing ransom figure but released. A few years after that, her husband was kidnapped again but never being released. This led to a long court-case with her father-in-law over the massive fortune and business empire left. She lost the control of the fortune once but fought back and was given the right during the second time of the legal proceeding.
OK, this may be dismissed as the trivial post regarding some reality TV show but what the heck? I enjoyed the show no matter what.
The theme was American standards and the contestants were mentored by the legendary Tony Bennett. So, expect lotsa jazz and swing and big band!!!! My fave!!!! And the contestants were not disappointing as almost most of them performed well. My run-down as followed:
1. Blake - "Mack The Knife"
He started the show brilliantly. Nice vocal accompanied by slick and smooth dance move. Great.
2. Phil - "Night and Day"
I always have some reservation about his vocal though Bennett thinks he's a great singer. His rendition of Night and Day can be summed up by Simon's comment, "It has all the joy of someone singing in a funeral parlour" And I couldn't agree more.
3. Melinda - "I Got Rhythm"
She had a blast and she's a bomb (taking cue from Randy). I LOVE her. She exudes so much confidence and charm during her singing though when not singing, she kinda lacks it. Some memorable remarks from Paula Abdul, "your performance has a beginning, middle and end" which drawed irks from Simon who said, "Which song has no beginning, middle and end?" Also another good remark from Simon, "I don't think we have anything to criticize you anymore?..... You know, we want to be mean occasionally"
4. Chris - "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Nice polished performance. He'll definitely get around very much anymore.
5. Jordin - "opss.... I forgot the title"
She sang well indeed but personal notes, I couldn't remember well cox I think her selection of song is not really well-known. Having said that, it's a nice controlled performance (again, like Randy said) and draw another quote from Paula who said she's a magnet of joy and Simon was caught laughing on the camera when she said that!!!
6. Gina - "Smile"
She's totally gonna be ousted. No doubt about it. Not very much about singing but I think she lacks the persona that can charm the audience. And choosing a ballad, no matter how beautiful it is (taken from the final scene of a Charlie Chaplin's movie, Modern Times), in the middle of nice swinging, fun and cheeky numbers is definitely risky especially there's no WOW factor in the performance.
7. Sanjaya - "Cheek to Cheek"
To me, he dun bother about the singing anymore. He focused on the performance package, which includes his attire and hair-do which I can't comment as I'm no fashion expert here. Like what Simon said last week, "You live in your own world. The audience like you. Good luck". And this week, Simon said, "Let's try different tactics this week. Incredible". And my God, he literally butchered one of my fave song Cheek to Cheek.
8. Hailey - Ain't Misbehaving
She worked out the crowd and yes, she dressed sexily. Simon said, "You have nice legs". Cheekily performed, I think it's quite a good performance.
9. Lakisha - Stormy Weather
She closed the night's show WITH A BANG! I like her and Melinda very much but after few performances, I prefer Melinda more as Lakisha looks a bit tensed when singing and seems doesn't enjoy it as much as Melinda. Having said that, she's a powerful singer which deserves to stay much longer in the competition. Simon said, "Sassy great performance"
RESULT : Hailey, Phil and Gina in the bottom three and Gina was ousted.
P/S : I'm not that fond of Gina all this while but she bowed out gracefully. I mean the song itself was such an irony to her departure. Smile? Means that she has to smile (well.... unwillingly?) though it's a sad moment for her. And the lyrics didn't help much too !!!!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
In Sandakan, there are few graveyards but the biggest and oldest one will be the Bak Gong San (BGS) which is incidentally the name of so many graveyards in Malaysia. My family used to wake up VERY early (and I mean real early like 3am) and go to the market to buy things needed for the praying. However as time goes by, the things needed became simpler and more practical nowadays. I still remember my father used to purchase a packet of Lucky brand ciggie to burn for my grandpa (Chinese old traditional practice : They believe that burning anything will send those stuff to the other world to be used by those who passed away or sell salty duck egg). I wonder if you can find any Lucky brand now.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Picturesque Ha Long Bay 2
Picturesque Ha Long Bay 3
The morning has broken. Taken in front of the hotel we stayed in Cat Ba island.
The hotel we stayed in Cat Ba Island.