Sunday, 24 July 2016

Week 31, 2016

Rain this week, the cool weather beats waking up hot, sweaty and grumpy.
  • I suppose it makes sense for Prentiss to come back to the BAU (albeit in guest star capacity), given what the next season is going to be about. 
  • Parking in downtown KL is now up 150% - first hour parking in some places is now RM2 compared to cents per hour before. People are pissed, but it's mostly people who work in the area who otherwise have no access to public transport. 
  • Between the RNC and SDCC, I rather hear SDCC news. 
  • I wonder how heavy a bamboo wife is... 
  • Saw Ghostbusters.
  • Grandmother's (flexible) birthday BBQ on Saturday.
  • Met up with the collegemates on Sunday.

Thursday, 21 July 2016


I don't really remember much of the first two live action Ghostbusters movies, mostly because I was too young when they were first out in the cinemas, and on TV afterwards as reruns in the years since... I don't think I ever sat through an entire movie? I was also way too young when the first cartoon series was first on TV, but I was (sort of) the right age (?) for the last cartoon series, Extreme Ghostbusters (look it up), which I kinda enjoyed, but don't remember the end...? 

So when news got out about the all-lady reboot and the backlash from the misogynistic asshole trolls, I was (at most) like, "ehhh..." probably because I wasn't that all attached to Ghostbusters to begin with, or even thought about it much since Extreme Ghostbusters back in the day.

I choked up a little when I first saw the trailer for THIS Ghostbusters recently (again, I don't look for trailers online, I watch them in the cinema).
  • I'm sure it would be fun to watch in 3D and all, but no. 
  • The third act was probably the reason Chris Hemsworth agreed to play the himbo receptionist (and during the credits, haha). Even Janine was more competent than this one :P 
  • Got to say... nice to see a clean shaven Hemsworth speaking with his own accent.
  • Kate McKinnon - funniest thing ever. 
  • Sat next to this kid who was holding on to his parents for dear life. Another generation of kids traumatised by the Ghostbusters
  • Plenty of cameos to watch out for... that is if you're familiar with the SNL universe. But if you're not it's okay, because SNL wasn't really a thing outside the US anyway, so.. 
A fun and 3 8 movie to watch, just not for the under-12s.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Week 30, 2016

Rain... it finally RAINED this week - whee!

  • Got my order of instant 3-in-1 Chatime milk tea from 11street: There were about six variants, but only got three. 
  • Pokemon GO was all the rage (haha) this week. 
  • Saw Our Kind of Traitor

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Our Kind of Traitor

It's Skarsgård vs. Skarsgård as The Legend of Tarzan (starring Alexander) is in some cineplexes and markets against a big screen adaptation of John le Carre's Our Kind of Traitor (with his father, Stellan). 

Why did I go see this smaller movie? Well because if I don't, there'll be more mindless movies than there are now. 

The only cineplex that's screening this movie near me was (surprisingly) Tropicana City Mall, but only at 8.30 p.m. I missed the early moments of this movie because I spazzed, forgot my wallet and had to go back to get it and come back again. I know, nyanyuk already.

The room wasn't exactly packed, but plenty of uncles and aunties there. There was an uncle in the same row who acts like he's never been in a cinema before - phone not on silent, commenting way too loudly at the screen, etc. 
  • I was mostly distracted by the hair in this movie - Ewan McGregor's floppy hair and Stellan Skarsgård's curly mane. 
  • Also... Peregrine "Perry" Makepeace? Finally a male character with a name more ridonkulous than any Bond Girl name ever. Don't get me started on his trying too hard to be the hip professor with the super casual wardrobe compared to Naomie Harris (who's character is a barrister/lawyer, so that kind of makes sense). 
  • Of course the party trick would come in handy later in the movie... 
  • Waitaminit, is that Damian Lewis's actual speaking voice? Also, the glasses are like, no bueno They look like auntie eyewear :P
  • Thankfully the cussing was left in, because there was a bunch of cuts which left me very the confused. 
  • For a bit there, I thought the guy playing the Prince was a bearded Jamie Dornan. 
  • Waahh... the French Alps. Very pretty. Also, ridiculously good cell reception :P 
I don't read John le Carre, so I'm not that invested in this movie, but must show support a little bit lah. There are worse ways to kill a couple of hours. Obviously not for the small children. 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Week 29, 2016 - Long Raya weekend

Because Raya was on Wednesday and Thursday this week, civil servants got Friday off, giving them a five day weekend (if they hadn't already taken Monday and Tuesday off too). And also some private companies too. If you got a five day weekend - I hope you had fun.

Just my luck that Raya is on the same week as 4th of July - there's nothing new on TV. Had to resort to watching shows I otherwise would not have time to watch... like Drunk History or Unwrapped 2.0.
  • I should go to Bookfest Malaysia on a weeknight more if I knew it was going to be less chaotic and crowded than on weekends or public holiday (it's always around a school and/or public holiday). The Raya exodus helped in that it didn't take me that long to drive to KLCC on a weeknight.
  • Won a box of assorted tarts from Ling's Kitchen (who make lovely dessert tarts). 
  • Went to Pyramid one of the days of Raya, and went to Midvalley on Friday. Yep, I was one of those people who's work closed on Friday. 
  • Some study claimed that eating pasta doesn't make you fat, so keep calm and eat pasta? :P
  • Thought Raya was a good time to get things like pillows and quilts cleaned at the local coin laundry. Went again a couple days later when Mum wanted the sofa covers clean and boy, dragging those things myself is a pain in the bottom. 

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Week 28, 2016

Weather this week: still no rain. Great for laundry, not so much for everything else :P 

The Raya mass exodus has started for people who got (probably) the entire next week off. Meanwhile, I'm just looking forward to the sweet, sweet empty roads.

  • Dragged myself to the recent Valiram sale, which thankfully was open to midnight. 
  • The extended LRT line finally got started this week, which is great for people in Subang, Puchong and erm, beyond to go to KL and all that.
  • Petrol prices finally went up this month. The giveaway was the line at the petrol station since morning :p
  • Went to Bookfest on Sunday, only mostly bought stationery :P 

Friday, 1 July 2016

Hammam Spa, Bangsar Village II

Finally found an excuse to check out the original Hammam Spa in Bangsar Village II because they had a weekday-only Ramadan promo (don't know if they had it in Publika, but I would imagine so) on Friday night. The only snag was driving to Bangsar from PJ during rush hour and also the Ramadan bazaar there, making free street parking bays rarer than hen's teeth for that time of the week. Parked at the cheapest place I know: the parking lot underneath the dilapidated hawker centre, which is a bargain at RM1.50 an hour compared to either BV or BVII. 

Got there early enough for my appointment. Didn't get an actual Moroccan hammam lady this time, which was a tad disappointing. I don't know if people have complained about being completely naked, but the paper underwear stayed on for the hammam and was only disposed of in the end. The gommage was okay, but thought could be more, erm, productive (I did tell her to really go for it). My mistake was touching my face with my soap-covered hands, and as it turns out, I don't really have the patience when it comes to the body masque bit, which is a necessary evil considering how raw you would be after being scrubbed. 

The only comforting thing was the mint tea and baklava afterwards, before the massage. 

The massage was okay, but could be better. I think my massage got cut short because by the time I left, it was about 9.45 p.m. I get wanting to people to leave so you can close, but still... >.<

Wouldn't really want to come back again; I was treated better at Publika even though I mostly ever only went for the promos. 

Miscellaneous observations: 

  • It wasn't completely soundproof - I could hear someone in the wet area squealing like a cat getting bathed.