Friday, 30 June 2006

Deceptively Underwhelming Autobots

The Visitor was right. The supposed 'biggest movie of 2007' from Dreamworks is SOOO going to suck. they're going to bloody MURDER The Transformers with a slipshod action-fest directed by a hack director who only knows how to blow things up.

After you see the supposed teaser trailer (available at the official site at http://www.transformersmovie.com), you'll be thinking: WTF? THAT'S IT?!?!???

And then you see the name 'Michael Bay' plastered all over the place, and you'll think to yourself...

OH. MY. GOD. This movie is SOOOO going to suck.

Thursday, 29 June 2006

A Little Bit about This Blog

Well, a few of my blogging friends have gone and uprooted their blogs because of er.. lack of privacy due to immense popularity. It seems that real life was also catching up on their blog life. Sigh. So sad.

Anyway, now, I know that 'blog' and 'privacy' don't exactly go hand in hand, after all if you're writing stuff on the internet, you're BOUND to get people reading it right? But then, I also think its sad when a blog has to be shut down or loses its character just because more and more people are reading it, or when it affects the bloggers real life as well.

Which is why the reason I've been keeping this blog sort of er.. semi-anonymous (if you try, it IS pretty easy to find out who I am actually) is because I really don't want anyone to know about it. Yeah. Duh. That's why - no pictures, no personal stuff, no names.

Yeah, I know. I'm being hypocritical. I DO want people to read the blog, but I also don't really want it to be TOO popular. I'd rather remain a low-key, unpopular blog with a small group of friends reading it than have a HUMONGOUS audience with LOTS of people reading and saying things like "YOU'RE SO PRETTY!" or "YOU'RE THE BEST!" or "THAT'S THE FUNNIEST POST YET!" or "FIRST COMMENT!" but not knowing whe the hell they are or why they are here.

You see, that way I can do basically whatever I want with the blog without fear of any 'repercussions'. (As it is, I already tread very carefully with it. You don't want me to get any more fearful of any consequences, trust me. I'm a real chicken when it comes to things like that).

To me, this blog is kinda like the more experimental part of me as a writer than anything else. I use it to I write all the stuff I can't write about on the job. I experiment with reviews, writing styles, and even pictures. I couldn't care less about typos (unless it really bugs me) and I don't have an editor breathing down my neck about deadlines or lack of research. Heck, sometimes when I come up with a particular post that I particularly like, I even try to adapt and polish it so I can send it in as work.

Yeah, I like writing, can you tell? I prefer reading blogs that have good writing over blogs that rely too much on pictures. And here, I can get creative, do stupid stuff like translating movie quotes into BM, and lust over Angelina Jolie without an ENTIRE NATION reading about my fantasies of Jessica Alba in a Cheetara suit. Er. Did I say that out loud?

Anyway, that is why most of the time you don't see me blogging about my personal life (unless its suitably cryptic), the people around me (unless they're already out in the open), work (unless I'm gloating about free movies) and so on and so forth. And also why I am so anal about people taking my picture at blog meets and posting them on their blogs. Sorry lor, I not photogenic mar. :-)

And also, if ever my cover is in danger of being blown, I shall go back to writing elaborate posts about fantasy novels and obscure emo rock bands. That should keep the traffic suitably low. hehe. And if all else fails, I'll let The Visitor loose on you.

Anyway, if you know me in real life, I'd appreciate it if you er.. don't use my real name, don't post any pictures that equate me with 'eyeris' or heck, and try not to give away anything remotely personal about me. Can ar?

But if you meet me in real life, DO come and say hi lar. :D

Wednesday, 28 June 2006

The King of Randomness

Last night we met the King of Randomness.
Randomness in different threads in different directions
Yellow won, Red fell, Blue marched on.
Slightly hungover, due to slightly strange reasons.
Tired, worn out and a little dizzy.
Need sleep, less football,
More food and coffee not helping,
Beer much appreciated, last minute work not.
Belgian Choco in a cafe,
Ugly chick in silly jeans.
Last night I met the King of Randomness,
This random note is not for him.

Tuesday, 27 June 2006

Superman sucks, But The Movie Rocks



Yes yes, I've seen the new Superman movie. TWICE. Now who wants to touch me? I SAID WHO WANTS TO FECKING TOUCH ME?

Ok, note to self, not all South Park quotes should be used in everyday life.

Anyway, like I said, I've already seen Superman Returns, twice, ahem; and I have to say that for a movie about a guy who flies around in blue tights and wears his underwear on the outside, it's a pretty damn good movie.

Like I said before HERE, I've never quite liked Superman in the first place, but I have to say that the movie DID give me renewed faith that a man could fly.

The minute the opening credits came on and that iconic theme music came on.... it was pure magic. Remember the feeling and tingle up the spine you got when you saw Star Wars for the first time after 20 years on the cinema, with that HUGE Star Wars logo on screen and the theme music kicking in as well? That's how I felt during the opening credits of Superman Returns.

Anyway, I'm not supposed to give away anything, and am committed to keeping my mouth shut in reviews until the movie is released, but lemme just say this for now: SUPERMAN is THE superhero movie to beat this year. And it's better the second time you watch it. :P

Now, go away and let me gloat in peace. :D


PS: Oh, and I swear I heard a collective sigh from all the women in the audience when Superman made his first full appearence. Hehe.

Monday, 26 June 2006

She-Ra and Cheetara Battle the Blue Vendetta

In view of the Transformers movie coming up next year, I figured the following live-adaptations SHOULD be made as well. And yes, almost all the sexy female characters are played by Jessica Alba.

Thundercats: The Pussy Wars

Premise: The Thudercats have defeated Mumm-ra once and for all, but Panthro (Vin Diesel) decides that being a BLACK panther and all, he is destined for a life of evil, so he forms his own Lightningcats group (with members like Pussyla, Kittykat, and Milo-Meow) and challenges Lion-O (Andy Lau) for ownership of the Sword of Omens. And since Panthro is the one who built the Thundercats' vehicles in the first place, he goes and builds his team even BETTER vehicles and whops Lion-O's ass.

Chances of Success: Who cares if it sucks? I couldn't care less about the other characters, I just wanna see Jessica Alba in that skin tight cheetah suit as Cheetara. Meow indeed. (though the actor who plays Lion-O will probably have to put up with expanding sword jokes for the rest of his life)...


She-Ra: The Gap of Eternia

Premise: He-Man (The Rock) has disappeared after his relationship with Man-O-Whore.. sorry, War (played by Sean Bean), broke down, and so the Sorceress (Cate Blanchett) bestows the power of Grayskull upon the Princess Adora (Jessica Alba) who alternates between saving Eternia from Hordak (Christopher Walken) and shopping at the Gap of Eternia .

Chances of Success: They made a He-Man movie, which was pretty crap (please lar, a movie about a wussy prince who turns into a pro-wrestler by waving a sword around? and ORCO? What were they THINKING?). But I'm guessing that a movie about She-Ra, with Jessica Alba again, would do a lot better, because, hey, at least she has REAL boobs...


Jem: The Comeback Tour

Premise: The 90's have not been kind to Jem (Jessica Alba) who has been singing in pubs and sleazy karaoke bars on Jalan Petaling for the past decade since her super-computer Synergy became obsolete. Then, Apple offers her a Job, and she discovers the iPod-Mind, which happens to be a sophisticated global network comprising of all the iPods in the world that form a live collective mind (that strangely only likes Kenny G songs). With the help of iPod-Mind (voiced by Hank Azaria, DOH!), she reforms her band the Holograms, and embarks on a mission to eradicate illegal music downloading.

Chances of Success: As long as Jessica Alba does a lot of dancing in skimpy costumes, I suppose no one would complain about the lame storyline...


M.A.S.K.: Macabre Mask Massacre

Premise: The leader of M.A.S.K., Matt Trakker (Matt Damon) is bored, because after defeating VENOM in the TV series, he has had nothing to do since. Plus, the rise in oil prices worldwide has cause his petrol station business to go bankrupt. In a bid to revive his business, he decides to put his canggih MASK vehicles to good use and attack Russian oil lines to get more oil; specifically those owned by the evil Romannov Abrahamamarich (Tom Hanks, with Da Vinci Code hairstyle). On the way, he reunites with Gloria Baker (Jessica Alba) who serves no purpose in the movie besides wearing skin-tight racing costumes, and wearing masks (and nothing else).

Chances of Success: Not very good. Because putting Jessica Alba in a MASK practically defeats the purpose of having her in the movie in the first place. Unless that racing outfit has a low plunging neckline.


Smurfs: The Blue Vendetta

Premise: Starring the Blue Man Group as a trio of Smurfs - Brainy, Grouchy and Clumsy - who are the sole survivors of The Blue Plague unleashed by Gargamel (Alan Rickman), and embark on a mission of vengence. Rumour has it Rebecca Romjin is in talks to play Smurfette because she still has a lot of blue body paint leftover from the last X-Men movie.
Chances of Success: Very good, cos' there's nothing better than seeing hundreds of annoying Smurfs being annihilated.

Friday, 23 June 2006

Autobots, Transform, and ROLL CAMERA!

If you hadn't guessed by now already, I've been really busy the past few days rushing deadlines for stuff on the Big Red 'S'. And I'm incredibly sick of him right now.

Doesn't mean I won't be watchingthe movie again next week though. Teehee.

Anyway, Let's look ahead to 2007, shall we? Lots of cool movie coming out next year. There's Spider-man 3, Ghost Rider (though with Nick Cage in it, I see it going the sucky Daredevil route), Sin City 2 (it IS coming out ext year right?) and of course, THE one movie I'm looking forward to next year, regardless of whether it'll suck or not. The one movie that has more than meets the eye...



Ok, so it'll most probably suck, especially with that hack Michael "Armageddon" Bay directing it, but who cares? I just want my Optimus Prime, goddammit!!!

Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Superman made me Super-busy

After what I went through today, this is what I would like to do to Superman:



Don't ask.

Tuesday, 20 June 2006

Nac Mac Feegle!!! The Big Wee Hag is back!!!

WOOHOO! Head's up, people, everybody's favorite witch (no, not Hermione Granger) - Tiffany Aching is coming back on 28 September 2006, along with her host of Nac Mac Feegle!



Synopsis (from Amazon.co.uk):

Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch - now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance - the crossover from summer to winter - she does what none has ever done before and leaps into the dance, into the oldest story there ever is, and draws the attention of the wintersmith himself...

As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions? Even with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle - the fightin', thievin' pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their 'big wee hag' ...

Thanks to Daphne for the head's up. Daphne's a new Discworld convert... well, only the witch books... but she's a BIG fan of Tiffany.

Don't know what the fuss is all about? Go check out my reviews of Pratchett's last Tiffany Aching book: A Hat Full of Sky.

And to see what other Terry Pratchett books to read, go to this post: Terry Pratchett must-reads.

NAC MAC FEEGLE!!!!!

Monday, 19 June 2006

Happy Second Birthday to Eye on Everything!!!!!

This blog is two years old today! Woot woot!

Wow, When I started this, I never knew it'll last so long. What was initially a book blog has pretty much branched out into a lot of nonsense as well.

Anyway, I asked you guys to tell me what to blog about today, and most of you wanted me to talk about... my larling.

-_-"

What the heck you all wanna know about her for huh? Wanan stalk her ar??? She's all MINE! MINE I say!

*breathe in, breathe out.*

oko, I tell you what. I'll go through all the comments from the last post, and then I answer the 'requests' there one by one, ok?

lets start with the non-larling questions first, ok?

Amelia: What about blogging about all the folks who've left comments here on what u shld blog about - what they probably look like (if u don't already know) or what they do for a living (if you don't already know that too)?
That's the best Idea yet! And that's what I'm doing now! :D :D

Vincent: Blog about how you wished you could turn back time and support Manyoo instead.
Dude, I'd much rather go back in time and make sure Man Utd were never formed in the first place...

Tigerjoe: Hows about a photo of your nipples?
What, and lose my readership forever?!?!?!?

Sic6sense: about your 'first time'. :p
My first time was 12 years ago, in a nice hotel, and with a bottle of beer by my side. Man, that was one boring first World cup final...

Titoki: Your darkest secret.
My darkest secret? I have a thing for girls in glasses wearing white shirts, cheongsams or kebayas... :D

Cyber-red: i got a fantastic idea - we round out all the bloggers we know and stick your muka in our blog and dedicate to you
..... oi oi oi ... NO PICTURES! -_-"

Amelia: Or u could get into the heads of all ur figurines and what they think about EoE celebrating 2 years of existence?
Unfortunately, all my figurines are sulking because I haven't rearranged them in months, and hence they are all covered in dust... AHCHOO!!!

Lily: Liverpool! The most fascinating subject on earth.
But I already do that all the time on Hantu Bola.... :D

Erna: Seriously, you could just blog about all the best and worst times of your blog. Best being all the hot chicks linking to EoE and worst maybe being the dumb dingus komplening about how some reporter wasn't writing about the 'serious' bloggers. Hee hee heee.
Best time? er. I'd say the best time for the blog was the 2005 Girls of Blogosphere calender. and the Kempen Ber-belog Dalam BM during Merdeka Day 2005. Worst time? when I had to freaking do some silly 'cleaning up' for a storm in the teacup. As for that dingus. well, the word DINGUS says it all right?

Crash Athenos: blog about...hmmm, aahhhh, errr what ah...
OOOOOO! Ini manyak senang! HMMMM! AHHHH!! ERRR!!!! :D

Lyn: blog about Peter Crouch. oh wait, no... blog about Vincent.
Peter Crouch... Go Hantu Bola lar. as for Vincent.... er... no thank you... Besides, he's in freaking GEHBENG. Let's not torture him further. BUAHAHA!

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And now, the Larling requests....

The Visitor: blog about your gf la for once.
Yeah, but if I did that, I'd be going on forever...

Jacy: yalor....ur lovelife la. always larling larling je.
Larling is good mar.

Yungjie: Not just about larling , how about going deeper ? XD
Er.... I think not, dude...

Scorkes: yes, blog about your larling le, hehe! and please, no nipples!
See above. And no, no nipples, for sure. GAH!

lips: no, i like the larling idea! LARLING!!
ok ok. enuff oledi. see next question.

Mi Ki: Hmm..how bout how/where/when you guys met? A little "8" but just going with the majority =0)
How? er... I approached her. Where? During an inter-universiti conference. when we met? er.. three years BEFORE we got together. teehee. Ok, that's all you're getting out of me. BLEH.

Ok fine, my larling is very cute, vely pwetty, and has a vely cute smile. I also love her vely vely much. Mushy enough for you guys? :D

There, satisfied? That's all I'm saying about my larling. Wadaya expect? This IS a semi-anonymous blog after all mar... if say too much afterwards blow my cover how? hehe.

Friday, 16 June 2006

Tell me what to blog about when EoE turns two!

With the World Cup going on, I've been spending more time updating the Hantu Bola blog a lot more than this one. Also, I've been a little too busy to think of things to blog about here.

Not that I don't HAVE anything to blog about, I just malas wanna sit down and write about it.

So I shall leave you with this filler post, while I get the bulk of my work done first. Oh, and watch football. That too. lalala.

Oh, and on Monday, this blog would have been in existence for TWO WHOLE YEARS already. Amazing.

So, instead of thinking of something significant to blog about on this er... somewhat momentous occasion, I'd like to hear from all five of you readers of this blog...

WHAT would you like me to blog about on Eye on Everything's second anniversary post?

All suggestions in the comments please. See, I'm so considerate. I think of you guys too. MUAHAHA.

okok, back to work...

Thursday, 15 June 2006

Join now to Become the Next MALAYSIAN (book) TITLE!

Free stuff is always nice.

Free stuff is even better when you don't have to do anything for it (wait a sec, that's why it's called 'FREE' in the first place, right?

Ok, so this time around, you DO have to do something for the free stuff that is being offered, but at least you don't have to jump off buildings or sing infront of Fauziah Latiff to get it.

No, all you have to do is think of a TITLE for a BOOK.

Yes, a TITLE for a BOOK.

LYDIA TEH's book, to be exact.

In her own words, on her blog:


I’m working on my next book which is a sequel to Life’s Like That – Scenes from Malaysian Life. The manuscript is at the publisher’s and work is in progress to have it released early next year.

I need a catchy title that will help it whiz off the bookshelves but I’m a bit short on ideas now. That’s where you come in. Suggest a title for my book. It can be wacky. It can be a metaphor with a twist. It can be short. It can be long, but not too long. It can be something that zaps into your mind or one that reveals itself after some thoughts. There are only two no-nos: it musn’t be crude and it shouldn’t have any reference to food (eg. Malaysian Morsels.)


What do you get for coming up with that title? Well, an autographed copy and a mention in the book.

What, you were expecting a million bucks Ferrari or an all-round trip to Hollywood (don't bother, it sucks anyway)?

Besides, how often do you get mentioned in a BOOK for goodness' sake?

PS: I suppose I should mention that you're supposed go to Lydia's blog HERE, not give ME the titles.... After all, it's not MY book that needs a title...

Wednesday, 14 June 2006

The LA LA LAments: The Final Lament

Now that I've recovered from my jetlag (slept 12 hours straight, with one stop in between to watch Brazil nearly lose to Croatia), lets get back to regular blogging transmission, shall we?

I found it quite ironic that I was sent to the US to er.. appease me after not getting a certain something, when the one I REALLY wanted to go to was in SPAIN last month, and when the US was actually one of the last countries on my list of countries to visit.

But anyway, I got my visa, and was in LA LA LAnd for a week, so oh well, I'm not complaining. Well, not much anyway.

So, here are the er... 'observations' I made when I was in the mighty US of A:
  • They are blissfully ignorant of the World Cup (For more, see my Hantu Bola post HERE and HERE, or read about it from the Americans themselves HERE (thanks to Suanie for the link) )
  • I've never seen so many fat and obese people in the streets in my life. And I've never felt so much like a stick figure in my life.
  • The nation is obsessed with BIG vehicles. The CARS, the trucks, the RVs, the limos... it's ridiculous! They complain that the petrol prices are high, but STILL they have no qualms about buying big, powerful cars and trucks that guzzle petrol faster that a jet plane. No wonder they had to go to Iraq for oil.
  • There is a kind of 'aura of superiority' in the air everywhere you go. You know that superior 'I look you down' feeling you get when Singaporeans talk to Malaysians? Take that, and multiply it by infinity (to take into account the number AND er.. body mass of the entire population of USA.)
  • Beer and Liqour is ridiculously cheap. IF you earn US Dollars, that is... but even if you don't, it's still one heck of a lot cheaper than in Malaysia...
  • The traffic in LA is probably worse than KL in some parts. Even KL doesn't have traffic jams that stretch for MILES and MILES EVERYDAY on the freaking FREEWAY.
  • The food is blah. OK, I only tried a bit of it, but so far, I think Mexican food is ze best there.
  • It truly is the land of capitalism. Everything is so over-commercialised there, TVs are filled with commercials, and every where you look, there is an ad/commercial/promotion. I mean EVERYWHERE.
  • I don't know. I was quite bored in LA, mainly because I'm not the nightlife kind of person, preferring to visit old, traditional and cultural old buildings than vibrant nightclubs to drink myself silly. That's why I still prefer Europe to US anytime.
It says a lot about how much fun I had there when the best 'sight-seeing' I did there was at the San Diego Zoo, and not LA or Hollywood (which is an even worse money-grabbing, tourist-suckering place than Sentosa Island, IMHO),

Now, the US is a BIG place, and granted ,I was only there for a week. I'm sure I'd enjoy the national parks, the zoos, and probably cities like San Francisco, New York or Washington DC more; a lot more than LA, that is.

But still, I'm not sure I'm gonna be in a hurry to visit the US again, unless I'm there to visit my sister (who made this trip a lot more enjoyable, to tell the truth), or for work. For travelling and sightseeing purposes, give me Europe anytime, man.

Monday, 12 June 2006

The LA LA Laments: Babies in a Zoo

I went to the San Diego Zoo on Saturday on my first free day of this trip, and I was suitably impressed by it. So far, the best zoo I've been, next to the Singapore Zoo (which I have to grudgingly admit was pretty damn good too).

The animals seemed to have been very busy in the months before I got there, because there seemed to be a heck of a lot of babies. There was a baby deer:



A baby giraffe:



A baby anteater:



A baby pig:



Even the birds had been busy:





And so were the monkeys:



And gorillas:



But of course, the CUTEST baby of all belonged to probably the cutest animal in the world, even though it may be a GIANT BEAR.



Meet the latest baby panda in the San Diego Zoo, sleeping in a tree when I took this picture....

If I'm not too bored or jetlagged tomorrow, I'll post the other pictures....

Yes, I'm coming home in two hours time....

Sunday, 11 June 2006

The LA LA LAments: This Way to the Wokcano!

I just got back from the San Diego Zoo today, and am dead tired fro mwalkign around the place. I've got lots of cool pictures from there, but am too tired to blog it now, so I'll just do a short post on some stuff I saw...

While on the road to San Diego, I saw a few kids at intersections doing this:



Apparently, this is one of the fastest growing ways of marketing in the US, and those kids are actually paid about nine bucks AN HOUR jsut to stand there and wave those arrows.

I have to say, it's pretty brilliant. just take one big Arrow with your store's name on it, get one kid to hold it and stand at a junction, and there you have it, an instant advertisement.

If you did this in Malaysia, you wouldn't have to pay any money for Ad license to the Gamen, because you can jsut pay the kids, and then if MPAJ or DBKL come and chase them, they can just cabut fast fast.

Oh, and in La, I also saw this sign, one of the coolest names I've seen for a Chinese restaurant:



then again, it seems as though almost EVERY Asian restaurant here has the word 'Wok', never mind that japanese Sushi restaurant don't even USE woks...

Friday, 9 June 2006

The LA LA LAments: The Church of Battlefield Earth

Every country I go, I always seem to take pictures of houses of worship. Temples with beautiful carvings, Mosques with beautiful domes, churches with beautiful domes/stained glass/statues, and even synagogues with... er.. what do they have in synagogues again?

Anyway, I'm in LA, the land of Hollywood, so it's only natural that I take pictures of the most hyped up religion in recent years, the one that has Top Gun couch jumpers going ballistic over parodies of the religion, that has Pulp Fiction assasins-cum-disco-dancers making, Battlefield Earth, and the one caused Chef to be killed off on South Park.

Behold, the church:



And conviniently located opposite street is the L. Ron Hubbard Life Memorial exhibition. Wow...

I wonder if the Cruiser's star was in the vicinity as well...

The LA LA LAments: Seeing Stars Under My Feet

So. Today, I went to this street:



And when I got there, I saw stars. No, I wasn't coshed on the head, and I didn't see any celebrities either. What I DID see, were these:



and these:



Walking along Hollywood Boulevard, reading out the names and seeing how many I could recognise was quite fun actually.

I especially liked this rather special looking moon:



I thought it was nice that the star in honour of the first moon mission would be so nicely surrounded by stars as well. Nice touch, that.

I also thought it quite funny that these two stars were side by side.



Look! Up in the sky! It's a Big Bird! It's a plane! It's...

Ok, maybe it's not so funny after all.

Then, there was this star:



I think it was in front of that Grauman's Chinese Theatre thingy. Can't remember. Would be another nice touch if it was though...

Up next, my obligatory picture of a church....

Thursday, 8 June 2006

The LA LA LAments: One Small Glimpse of One Big City

I'm still tired and sleepy, but at least I managed to see a little of the city.

I though my hotel would be in the center of the 'happening' spots in LA, but NOOOOO, we're appparently stuck all the way across town from Hollywood, in the office district. That explains why all I see when I look out the window are ugly black blocks of office buildings. Even the closest shopping mall was blah. sigh...

Lucky, it pays to have relatives in places you. My beloved sister and husband dropped by for a visit just now, and we took a drive around the city (more like got lost around the city, but never mind).

Anyway, I managed to see a small part of this incredibly vast city (by my standards, that is). I saw Beverly Hills, the famous Troubadours club (where lots of bands apparently were discovered), the Roxy, the place where Eddie Murphy apparently got busted for picking up a hooker; the department store where Winona Ryder got caught shoplifting, and... oh well. It's Hollywood after all.

I haven't seen the Hollywood sign itself though. Damn. Oh well, Tomorrow lor...

I realised something while on that drive though - I'm not gonna be able to do what I usually do when I get to a foreign city: WALK AROUND.

Nope, walking is pretty much out of the question, unless I wanna drop dead from exhaustion before I even reach where I wanna go.

So, the plan tomorrow is to get the cab to drop us at the Kodak theatre, and then we'll walk from THERE instead.... I did see a few places I'm hoping to have time to go to, among them this place called Amoeba Records, which is this HUGE records store with LOADS of second hand CDs. Would be cool to see what I can dig up there.

Ok, time to get over my jet lag first. it's already 11pm here, and my eyes can't stay focused any longer.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Longest Day of My Life. Literally.

Today has been the longest day of my life.

LITERALLY.

My flight started at 9:40am in the City of Mud ON THE SEVENTH OF JUNE, involved a short stopover in the City of North Platforms, and finally ended almost 20 hours later in the City of Angels, at 3pm in the afternoon ON THE SEVENTH OF JUNE.

In betweem, there was a lot of restless tossing and turning, and countless repeat watches of the best bits of King Kong and The Incredibles (Somehow, I didn't feel up to watching Big Momma's House, Pink Panther or Failure to Launch), about five cans of beer and two glasses of wine, and a lot of toilet breaks.

Now all I wanna do is sleep. The hell with sightseeing. I go plenty of time for that later...

Oh well, that's it for my first ever 36 hour-day. Can't wait to go back to not having enough hours in the day.

Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Stars, Stripes and Planes

Guess Where I am now?



What, not easy enough for you? Still donno? sigh...

Oh Well, here's another clue then:



Yup, I'm leaving on a jet plane to see a bird, no, a plane... aw heck, you get the picture.

Anyway, if I don't update in the next few days that means I don't have Internet....

Tuesday, 6 June 2006

See Erna the Vamp here...

See Erna:



See Erna's Lips:



See Erna pimping the Musical that she is performing in HERE.




See Erna blog about said Musical HERE.

See Erna in trailer of Musical HERE.

See Erna in the musical, the Boat People at Panggung Bandaraya, 9-13 August 2006, details HERE!

Now, imagine Erna acting as a vamp in said musical....

(In case you hadn't caught on already, you're supposed to go to all the linked HEREs. Doh!)

Monday, 5 June 2006

Toink Toink.

Toink Toink bleh.
Fanalusa toink tuk tuk bleh.
Bleh kabuhaya doi doi.
Fuyor Watanatakata, toink.
Satayana satayani bleh.
TUK TUK TOINK!

Saturday, 3 June 2006

Chasing Snow Patrol Cars with Eyes Open

It's been awhile since I've been compelled to buy an album AND listen to it over and over again without skipping any songs.

the last one I did that with was Green Day's American Idiot album, which I listened to non-stop (by that I mean I did not even take it out of my car CD player) for more than two months.

Granted, Snow Patrol's Eyes Open will probably not break that record (already, I found myself skipping a few songs), but it was still worthy of several continuous loops.

Some people have said that the entire Eyes Open album sounds too much like certain songs on their last album Final Straw. To tell the truth, I only remember three songs from Final Straw - Chocolate, How to Be Dead and Run - and I have to agree that many of the songs on this new album sound remind me of each of these three songs, in one way or the other.

Undoubtedly, my favorite song on the album (like many who've heard the album) is Chasing Cars. Some people might complain it sounds too much like Run, but I prefer to think of it as kind of a 'sequel' to Run. From the steady intro, the slow, deliberate verses, the gradually longer choruses, and the final, glorious burst in the end; the song reminds me of Run, but then also complements run perfectly (try playing the two songs back to back, and you'll see what I mean).

Then, there's the fifth song, It's Beginning To Get To Me. I must confess that I didn't really notice this song until the third listen, and then it really DID begin to get to me (sorry, couln't resist). The chorus is achingly catchy, the beat reminded me of Chocolate, and the lyrics are a tad depressing, but somehow, I just couldn't stop listening to the song once it got to me (ok, last one I promise).

It's one of those songs that I'd add on my list of songs with my self-coined moments of 'musiclarity', and in this particular song, it's that final chorus line "You are the only thing that makes sense, just ignore all this present tense" that gets me. Don't ask me why, its just something in the way it's sung, and the way its different from the previous choruses that makes me like it so much.

Other notable songs on this album include that duet with Martha 'sister of Rufus' Wainwright - Set The Fire To The Third Bar (I love her voice on this song, complement's Lightbody's nicely); Hands Open (which was the first song I ever heard from this album, thanks to Clash on Red104.9), You're All That I Have (which also kinda reminds me of Chocolate), and You Could be Happy. The other songs are great too - I found myself humming the tunes outside the car even though I didn't even know the song's names...

All in all, this is a pretty good album if you liked their BIG hits from Final Straw. If you like Britpop/Emo/stadium anthems, this is a good album to get. Just don't complain that they sound TOO MUCH like Final Straw though...

Friday, 2 June 2006

Cute chicks with guitars. Yum.

Ok, now THIS is seriously sexy:



Cute chicks with guitars. Yum.

The heck with car show girls. Gimme a cute chick with a guitar anyday. We need more rocker chicks. Seriously.

(Picture as taken from Albert's Glaring Notebook Cube blog post on the Rock Chic's Night Out, 'A Celebration of Rock Ladies'. More pictures of chicks with guitars and er... drum sticks HERE.