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Malaysian Comedy Pest 2002

27 January 2002 18:31

Whoohoohoo! I've never laughed so hard for four straight hours in my lifetime ever! And I never thought I could break a sweat from laughing too! I just came back from watching Malaysian Comedy Pest 2002 at The Actor's Studio, Bangsar. It was certainly worth all the money spent! The performers, Patrick Teoh, Comedy Court, Harith Iskandar and Afdlin Shauki, are certainly the best and just damn good! How I wish there were more performances like this! Patrick Teoh kicked the show off introducing the line up and also a cheque presentation to Vision Homes in Ipoh, to which proceeds from the show are forwarded to. Comedy Court (featuring "Two Indian Fellas") then took the stage and they had a skit in which a female reporter from the BBC came down to Malaysia to interview the person on the street. They mocked just about every Malaysian on the street that we'd typically find (a Chinese businessman, a Malay politician, an Indian lawyer, a Chinese pimp and two Auntie characters) and it was certainly dead on! (One of their more memorable lines being "Malaysia, truly Asia!", "Can lah!") Harith Iskandar was up next with his stand up comedy act which again pokes fun at Malaysians. Guys learnt a thing or two from his "Zen of Stillness" in a relationship! After the intermission, Patrick Teoh and Jo Kukathas took the stage, first Teoh as himself and Kukathas as a Y.B. (Yang Berhormat) in a talk show skit and then Teoh as a Security Guard and Kukathas in a character that can be implied as Dato' Shahrizat Jalil (her favorite line being "You are so ignorated/ignoration!" just brought the whole house down!) was in a cloning lab/clinic. Afdlin Shauki was definitely the best of the best! His jab at himself for being fat, his liking for Angelina Jolie, at Siti Nurhaliza (complete with a parody of 'Percayalah'), some inconviniences faced by our Sikh friends after the events of 9/11 (with his spoofing R. Kelly's number to "How I Wish I Can Fly" and Britney Spears' "I'm A Slave For You"), and the rendition of "We Are The World" as would be sung by the original artists, Bollywood artists (imagine We Are The World sung to the tune of "Mein Shayar Tou Nahi" from the movie Bobby), Hong Kong artists and of course, Malaysian artists (We Are The World to the tune of S.M. Salim's Apa Dah Jadi, Search's Isabella, Ella's Layar Impian and Raihan's Bismillah!). Man! Never had I thought Malaysian comedy can be this good! All the thumbs I can get up to all of them for putting a blast of a performace!

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Bosses are biggest help desk bothers, says survey

26 January 2002 15:15

Came across this piece of write up whilst checking up on stuff I'd miss during the week. I'd say, how true! I can relate to the experience at various points in time, past and present. Whenever a Company Big Shot has a problem with the computer, we're supposed to drop everything and attend to the issue at once, only to find out that the person forgot to issue the "Save" command, plug in a cord, move the mouse back to the center of the mousepad after it got to the edge (okay, so I exaggerated the last one there! still...) etc. etc. Compared to five years ago, software developers have made such big strides in making their products as user friendly and smart as possible, yet people still fumble about. I guess my theory on "Make something as idiot proof as possible and they'd come up with better idiots" holds true then. Heh!

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Of Bad and Irritating Songs

25 January 2002 03:27

Ickk! Did the deejay really have to play that "Can't Get You Outta My Head" song by Kylie Minogue in the morning when people are just about to wake up? That song really lives up to its name. You know how the first thing that you listen to in the morning can stick in your head for the rest of the day? Well now, I just can't get the bloody ditty out of my head! And it's pissing me off! While we're still on topic, there's another song I heard the other day that made me cringe, "Stupid Cupid" by Mandy Moore. Why oh why does she hafta squeal the 'cupid' part in the chorus?! It's worse than the sound of fingernails across a blackboard, if you know what I mean. Urgghhh! Alright, alright. Something to calm me down...

Listening to Olivia - Bizounce

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Drowned World Concert

24 January 2002 06:25

I was watching Madonna's Drowned World Tour concert on HBO last night. Dang! Can that woman really perform! The whole concert had a very theatrical feel to it and the songs she chose to perform were very well coordinated and staged. I really liked the part where she and the rest of the dancers were "flying" about the stage ala Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Sure beats Siti Nurhaliza's attempt at that! Heh! Imagine a 40-something year old woman kicking the ass of a 20 year old girl doing the same thing. Not to diss Siti or anything (I think she's done a wonderful job so far) but she oughtta try being a bit more "agressive" when performing. Yeah! I have this thing about agressive (and intelligent) women! Dunno why! I just dig 'em!

Ooh! Got two tix for Malaysian Comedy Pest 2002 at The Actor's Studio, Bangsar this Saturday! Reviews have been good so far. Can't wait for Saturday, man!

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Selamat Pengantin Baru: Cobou & Azlina

20 January 2002 17:50

I was up at Selama, Perak (just some 30kms north of Taiping) this afternoon to attend a wedding reception of one of my juniors at Purdue. So, Cobou & Azlina, didoakan semoga bahagia berkekalan ke anak, cucu, cicit, di dunia dan akhirat!

As usual, whenever us ex-Boilermakers get together, it's bound to be a gathering of several hours! So right after the wedding we stopped by a couple of places, namely Bukit Merah and Taiping. We eventually left Taiping at about 10pm and I made it back to Kajang at about 1am after sending Shida home. Gee! I thought days like this would end once I graduated from Purdue. Heh! Talk about nostalgia! :P Oyez, pictures are here. (Bogo: I'm keeping my word on not sending out email to check out those pictures! :) )

Aight, three weddings so far this year and we're barely into the fourth week of January! So, who's next then? :P

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Addicted to P2P

16 January 2002 17:25

Hmmm! I dunno whether I should rejoice or regret over my recent discovery of the Morpheus/Kazaa file sharing service on the Internet. Yeah, I know it's been in existence for quite some time already but I just stumbled onto it when I read some news about it being touted as the next Napster. Anyways, without realizing it, I've been downloading some 700MB worth of stuff using the service over the past 4 hours (I'm fortunate enough to be using a satellite broadband service at the moment)! Just what did I download, you ask? Music video MPEGs, full TV shows episodes (MPEG4 and DivX compression is doing to video what MPEG Layer 3 (MP3) did to audio), etc. Just like how Napster/Audiogalaxy did for audio files, this service handles even more! On top of the usual audio stuff, it also does peer to peer file sharing of video files, executables, etc. I did notice some warez floating about the service as well. Those copyright enforcement bodies are already making noise about its existence. I dunno how long this thing's gonna last but I suppose I'm gonna make use of it while the taking's good! :P I'm catching up on those music videos that we're deprived of watching here on this side of the planet (there's a dearth of r&b, hiphop, alternative music videos here since MTV Asia and Channel V almost constantly feeds us with bubblegum pop (read boyband) stuff. On the other hand, I gotta watch the time I spend on the Net. This thing can be quite addictive!

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Monday Stress

15 January 2002 15:18

My assignment in Bangkok is essentially done already so now I'm back working at KL again. If there was ever a time when I'm not glad to be back on home soil, this would be it. It took me a frickin' hour and a half to reach the office via KTM & LRT this morning. After about eight trains had passed on the opposite side of the tracks (the one heading towards PJ) only then did one actually arrive, which by then was really packed like sardines (reminiscent of those days of the mini-buses). *Sigh* First the roads now this? Will there ever be a day where I can actually go to work in KL without stressing myself up? I'm seriously getting tired of this commute thingy. A couple of months back, I was forced to drive myself to work every morning for about 6 months and I really loathe the experience. Why? 'Cos it takes a bloody hour to get thru a 10 mile distance! And don't get me started on my having to put up with other road users! By the time I make it to the workplace, I'm already too riled up to actually sit down and start working right away. And the cycle continues every day. I was thinking taking the trains to work would be the better way. Well it was, but not today it seems. I'm just hoping it's just one of those days.

It's just one of those days
Where ya don't wanna wake up
Everything is fucked, everybody sucks.
You don't really know why
But you wanna justify rippin' someone's head off
No human contact
And if you interact your life is on contract
Your best bet is to stay away motherfucker!
It's just one of those days!

Listening to: Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff (My official Monday morning anthem)

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Scenes Of Bangkok - Part 2

10 January 2002 19:18

Part 2 is now available by clicking on the header above. Again, it features more of those things that caught my eye as I was going from one place to another in Bangkok. Among them, an ice cream shop, roadside noodle stall and typical Bangkok traffic. One of the more interesting ones is the exterior of a pub called The Metal Zone. There's this huge bronze statue of a dragon as well as two statues of warriors that made it stand out from the rest of the buildings on the street where the apartment I'm staying at is located. Check it out!

I'm also frickin' tired at the moment. Two consecutive days I was forced to wake up in the wee hours of the morning and retire close to wee hours of the next morning! Ugh! I used to be able to stand those long waking hours (my longest being 64 hours!) but of late, I'd rather hit the sack than stay up. I used to do crazy things back then. Back at uni/college, I'd get out of the house at 2am (yes -- two in the morning!) and rollerblade till dawn, especially during the summer. Ahh! Reminisce!

Now playing - Mary J. Blige - Reminisce

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Another Busy Weekend

7 January 2002 18:07

I made it back to KL for the weekend again. I know, I should use the opportunity to explore Bangkok a bit during the weekend but I got good reasons to come back to KL this time around.

Reason #1: My old friend, Eany, who now lives in the US of A is down in KL for a visit with her fiance, Thane. It's not always someone from the other side of the planet comes by for a visit so that alone was reason enough. Anyways, she dropped by the house with her folks sometime Saturday noon and then later in the evening, a bunch of us (Alvin, Yen, Geok Shin, Dipen, Grace & hubby, Sheryl, Shane, and obviously Eany and Thane) went to Bangsar for dinner at Madam Kwan's. It was certainly a reunion for all of us. The last we met each other was when we were still at secondary school (high school to you Yanks! ;) ). We just went from one story to another catching up on each other's stuff and all. So much water under the bridge. Then noon today, Geok Shin, Eany, Thane and I met up again. This time at KLCC where we had lunch and then some Italian exhibition going on there. I later brought them up to the 64th floor of Tower 2 where I work at. I know it's kinda lame bringing friends to your workplace but hey! Considering the Twin Towers' Skybridge is on the 41st/42nd floor, and is located in between the two towers itself, I'm guessing anybody would go for the view from the 64th floor anyday! Anyways, the pictures are here.

Reason #2: The launch of the teen portal, Xfresh.com. The whole thingy was the brainchild of Teejay (also a Hitz-dot-FM radio deejay) whom I had the privilege of working with while I was at ASTRO. He and the rest of the crew (Albert, Andy, Shaz, Febster, Nadia, Irma, Puppster, Evan, etc.) has worked their asses off to get the site to where it's at and the results are simply midblowing! Teej was quite insistant that I make it to the launch so I kept my promise there! Mind you, this whole thing (from management to marketing to operations, etc.) is being run by teens and it's just amazing! I'll post those pictures taken from the launch sometime soon. :P Too tired already at the moment. Just made it back to Bangkok a couple of hours ago (Gee! Those frequent flyer miles are sure racking up good!) and in desperate need for some shuteye. It's already Monday at this time of writing! :(

Listening to: Linkin Park - Points of Authority

Update (Jan 20, 2002): Yeah, I know this has been long overdue but here it is anyways. You can stop now, Evan! :P

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Scenes of Bangkok - Part 1

4 January 2002 14:01

Aight! Here they are. Some (limited) images of Bangkok that I've come across so far. I know they're nothing much out of the ordinary but that's just as much Bangkok that I'm privileged to see in between my work assignments and stuff. I would definitely be taking more (hopefully interesting) pictures of this place.

Oh yeah! I've stumbled into what I would consider a "happy" accident. Whilst tweaking the settings on my digital camera (a Nikon Coolpix 775), I managed to get it to take some nightshots which I previously thought was not possible with this camera! Coolness! I was already contemplating on selling this one and getting a Coolpix 995 instead but I guess I just don't have to now! Heheheh! Anyways, the results of it can be seen in the photoset.

Happy accidents are almost like epiphanies to me. They obviously don't happen that often but when they do, boy! Does it really get you off the rut or something and just kickstarts you off!

Listening to: David Gray - Babylon

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