Sunday, 22 November 2015

Week 47, 2015

End of the school year for most school kids this week. Good on them, I guess.
  • Found out too late there was an In-N-Out pop up store in downtown KL this week, but not in a tourist-y area, or else people would've known about it sooner.
  • Gave myself a 4 day weekend just because. Instead of sleeping in, I actually woke up before noon to get some stuff done. 
  • Tried to go to the new IKEA store, but between the horrendous traffic and road closures... now I probably won't go ever.
  • Also lined up to check out the model X-Wing from the upcoming Star Wars movie at Midvalley because the IKEA thing didn't pan out.
  • The Soup ending its run next month :( 
  • Godiva jumping on the soft serve ice cream trend...

Friday, 20 November 2015

Popular Warehouse Sale, Viva Home

Since I had the day off and was done sending the car to the service centre (was advised to come early as it's a major service so I could leave by lunch, so I woke up earlier than I would and hauled ass), so I dropped by the members' preview of Popular's warehouse sale happening in Viva Expo Mall (a mall primarily known for home furnishings, but a lot of companies have been having their warehouse sales there in the last few years). 

Of course because most kids have started their school holidays, there's a lot of those (and their parents) there when I got there around 2 something. Didn't take me long to get through the English section of the sale and since I skipped about half the place, I spent more time in the stationery section. 

And then I decided to finally check out and THIS HAPPENED.... two different ladies with not one, not two, BUT SEVERAL baskets full of stuff taking up two of the three cashiers in. I don't know if they were buying Christmas presents or what, but... oh my crap, it's times like this I wish there were express lanes or something. One of the ladies even brought LUGGAGE to haul it all in. Waited what felt like FOREVER because of these ladies. It also took the supervisors way too long to figure that out and to redirect the long queue behind me. To say I was so close, and yet so far doesn't quite cut it :P

And no, I didn't care as to how they loaded everything into their cars, either. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Week 46, 2015

It's pretty much monsoon season these days, which I suppose is way better than the haze. 
  • Finally saw Spectre this week. 
  • Also finally sold my Xiaomi Yi Action cam at a slight profit (very little, really; but still cheaper than the prevailing market price, AND it's still not yet available on Xiaomi Malaysia online store) to this obnoxious, inconsiderate guy on Carousell (getting a PM at 3 a.m. that said "Hello...?" after the previous one at 1 a.m. when I'm trying to sleep was not appreciated) which I wouldn't bother with, but because he poney-ed up the cash first so I dealt with it. 
  • Also selling a bunch of stuff on Carousell - check me out here!
  • Deepavali was on Tuesday, so some people took Monday off for a long weekend. Nope, didn't think of that myself sooner. Oh well. 
  • Holiday drinks have made their appearance again! Yay? 
  • Which also means Starbucks has both their holiday merch and 2016 planners out. No way I'm about to spend money on 12 Grande-sized drinks.

Friday, 13 November 2015


I can't believe it's been several years since Skyfall - I thought it was much more recent than that. FINALLY got to watch Spectre this week because I can't stand not reading much about it before going in. And of course, some parents thought it was fit for their kids to watch this, dunno what went through their minds with the gorier scenes.
  • I don't think Daniel Craig has ever been in the opening credits/theme song himself until now. The naked ladies, yes. Have any of the others? Dalton, I would think. Not a huge fan of the song. 
  • I got used to a sandy blonde Bond, but has anyone else? 
  • That is A LOT of extras in that cold open, CGI or not.
  • Nice to see Dame Judi Dench M again... albeit in a video message. Wonder how much was she paid for the screen time she got :P
  • I don't care what anyone else says: Bond is wearing ladies' sunglasses :P
  • I didn't know you can do a loop-the-loop in a helicopter. Of all the places to fight in, they had to fight on a helicopter that had no doors. Well okay, even if it had doors, they probably would've been kicked out pretty quickly, so.. 
  • There was no way Bond was warm and cosy in that outfit was out in the snow... just saying. 
  • Wow, a clinic for rich people on the snow capped mountains. Talk about fancy.
  • Anyone who's ever seen Sherlock would know that Andrew Scott is not there as the good guy. 
  • For all the hoopla about Monica Belluci being the oldest person to play a Bond girl/lady (and older than Daniel Craig, some more), she was only on screen for 10 minutes, tops. 
  • Those are some really expensive cars to do a chase scene in... 
  • There's so many nods to the other movies in the franchise, you can read all that on IMDb. But the ejector seat and parachute was hilarious. 
  • For all the jokes about Bond being with ladies young enough to be his daughter in these movies, at least Lea Seydoux is less so..?
  • The torture scene in this one doesn't shine a light to the ball crushing in Casino Royale :P
  • Mr Hinx just gouges people's eyes out and hardly shines a light to Oddjob and Jaws. 
  • At least M, Q and Moneypenny got some action scenes to do in this movie? But there was no way Ralph Fiennes's M could've gone so far after the car crash, I'm just saying.
  • I thought the trenchcoat Moneypenny was wearing looked like Burberry :P
  • C must think M is a total moron for not thinking that the latter would search the office for guns and remove the bullets..
  • Wah, Bond just shoot shoot at the helicopter with a HANDGUN to take it out of the air... liddat also got ah?
  • Can Bond's suits get any more erm, fitted?
  • Okay, that reveal about Christoph Waltz's character in the last third of the movie was a bit WTF. Highlight for spoilers - He and Bond were foster siblings, with the guy killing his father and faked his own death because the dad and young James were too chummy with each other? WTF... 
  • Totally forgot about Blofeld and his white cat from the earlier Bond movies, which you wouldn't recognise until the last 20 minutes of the movie. 
Anyhow, fun movie. If you're a fan, go watch this. 

PS. What are the odds the villain in Bond 25 is just going to be Spectre's No. 2 guy? Anyone? 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Week 45, 2015

Some people are on a long weekend already with Deepavali being on Tuesday.
  • Got myself a seat in the nosebleeds for the Instant Cafe Theatre's D’STATE OF D'NATION reunion/anniversary show at the PJ Civic Centre next month. If you're a fan of the local English performing arts scene, this is a must go! 
  • Weird Kickstarter projects this week: Music for Cats (which has gone past its goal) and the Stache Shield (still hasn't reached its funding goal... makes for a great gag gift, I guess). 
  • No Urbanscapes this year; it's coming back again next year. 
  • I learned from NCIS this week that that knock is called "Shave and a Haircut". Go look that up. 
  • I actually want these socks :P
  • I didn't know they used fish bladders to filter Guinness...?

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Week 44, 2015

Loads of rain this week. Real or not, quite frankly I don't really care.
  • Saw The Last Witch Hunter.
  • Bought a chocolate cheesecake from Uncle Tetsu this weekend because as there was a 20% off promo for the next few days. Fortunately it didn't involve being stuck in line forever: Walked up, ordered, paid, and was told to come back to collect at a predetermined time, which wasn't that long. If you like Japanese style light and fluffy cheesecakes, this is okaylah.
  • Attempted to go to this food fest that's near the Taman Jaya LRT station, but the traffic situation (and everything else, based on the Facebook event page) was so crap, decided to just go someplace else for lunch. 
  • Managed to sneak in going to a couple of warehouse sales over the week, namely the MPH Distributors sale and the Anya Hindmarch one :P 
  • Drove my mum to the warehouse sale in Wisma GBA in Puchong early Saturday morning and between us, bought Loacker (mum), candy (both), gum (me), McCormick spices and other condiments (me).

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Last Witch Hunter

I usually don't care for Vin Diesel enough to watch anything he's in, so why I paid actual money to see The Last Witch Hunter is beyond me. Maybe it's the sleep deprivation, or because it's not already a sequel, prequel of any existing movie franchise (although they're looking to make one out of this movie) or based on anything printed. 

  • Abu Dhabi Air, HAHAHA. Talk about fake airline names..
  • I thought the flight attendant Kaulder flirted with in the beginning was SNL's Cecily Strong :P 
  • Vin Diesel calling Sir Michael Caine "kid" cracked me up. 
  • Michael Caine is just playing Alfred again... and like some commentors on IMDb, I also think this is one of the "for the money" roles too :P It's just as well that he doesn't do chat shows..
  • How is it that when you're 800 years old, you presumably have time to accumulate your wealth and assets? Even in the Twilight series (books and movies), the Cullens were rich because they had the time to make their investments, etc. Is there such a thing as a poor immortal? 
  • I think I can see why Elijah Wood wanted in on this movie... 
  • Does Rose Leslie herself have a IRL speech impediment (it sounded like a lisp, but again, what do I know?) or is it her character's? 
  • The Witch Queen heart being linked to Kaulder's immortality reeks of the Harry Potter as a Horcrux bit in the series, except here... if you kill the heart, you kill Kaulder. 
  • 36, 37 Father Dolans is a lot. I'm guessing it's FATHER DOLAN and not a "Dolan" as the press about this movie wants us to think. 
  • I'm not sure having your first American movie debut covered in prosthetics and makeup is the way to go, but hey, what do I know? 
  • If they're trying to make Chloe the witch his love interest, it's just plain creepy - she's young enough to be his great-granddaughter or something many, many times over. 
It's entertaining in some parts, but the movie as a whole could stand to be a lot better, especially the writing (the plot holes here are bigger than the holes on Swiss cheese). I don't know if this will be a launchpad for a new movie franchise since the ending makes it so, but based on the box office earnings... I dunno. Not holding my breath on that, haha.