Sunday, 14 January 2018

Week 2, 2018

The way people are going on about this week's cold wet snap, it was as if the "winter" from GoT finally arrived. Bitch please, it's at best cool and not freezing. Up in the highlands, you probably have an excuse to bring a jacket MAYBE... 
  • Coin laundry business must have been booming this week, particularly the dryers.
  • It might have been a few years since anyone's seen the legendary Daiso lady detergent, but IT HAS FINALLY BEEN SIGHTED.... in Atria. Bwahahaha....!!
  • They gonna open an MBO in Atria. Which kinda explains why that uppermost floor is still unoccupied. 
  • When did A&W started selling porridge and croissants one? 😕
  • The John Wick spin off show is happening... yay!
  • I dunno how they're gonna reboot The Avengers (not the Marvel one)...

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Week 1, 2018

Three day weekend, 4 day work week. You can do the math. 
  • SOCSO/PERKESO is trying to go the EPF/KWSP route by trying to get employers to submit and pay for caruman online. But hilariously enough, the new portal has been under maintenance this week (and the whole week off before that for the upgrade) and was only up a few minutes before crashing again. 
  • Goodbye, Ampang Park..? It closed in the new year to make way for MRT station construction. 
  • Someone finally uploaded episodes of Top Chef Junior (first 7 or 8 of them, anyway) online. Not as adorable as Masterchef Junior (because the age range of the young cheftestants are 11 to 13), but the energy is just adorable. 
  • Project Runway All Stars is back...!!
  • Still nothing I want to watch for free in the cinema. But it's still early yet. 
  • Only birthday related thing redeemed/used so far is at Sephora and Watsons. 
  • I dunno if it's a good or bad thing that MBO is gonna be in Atria. For one, the street parking is gonna be annoying AF because I know I not the only cheapskate that would rather park outside than pay parking inside. Let's just wait and see how that goes. 
  • But on the plus side, first hour of parking is now free in Atria, so... whee? But the RM50 minimum still applies for second hour parking. But great if you are just gonna be in and out for something or other. 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Week 52, 2017/Week 1, 2018

Another 4 day work week. Had enough and took a last minute half day off on Friday. Spent most of the long weekend checking out the post-Christmas sales and dodging the crowds.

Next week school starts again. Oy vey.

  • Redeemed free oysters at Shucked (three of the cheapest kind on the menu, so don't get the hopes up). The catch is you have to sign up to their newsletter and to receive the email from them about it. 
  • Laura Mercier in Malaysia has a change in management starting in the new year, so the various standalone outlets have been having a "moving out" sale for the last month or so. It's reached the point where the holiday gift sets are also on sale now since Christmas has come and gone. So I finally got the powder gift set at a 30% discount that I wouldn't have paid full price for before Christmas. 👻

2017 Roundup

So-so year in general.
  • This year's birthday landed during CNY, but I don't remember now if people doubled up on the angpow or not. 
  • Paul Boulangerie and Laduree did open in Pavilion this year. Not sure when Dean & Deluca's opening, but my guess is probably in the new year. 
  • Chatime came back after the dispute, but in fewer places than before. 
  • 4th Coldplay concert!
  • Finally got to watch Eddie Izzard live!!
  • Also saw Kathy Griffin perform in Singapore.
  • Saw Vir Das.
  • The MRT opened this year, making it easier for people who don't live closer to the existing rail lines to travel around without having to clog roads.
  • PJ is back to using scratch off parking coupons after the service provider fucked up with the parking machines. But that's not getting enforced until the new year, so it's been free parking in most parts of PJ for quite a few months now.
  • New Agong, new official birthday. Which most people won't care about cos it's typically on a Saturday.
  • Changed telcos after 15 years.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

2017 Read and Heard

  1. Kate Beaton - Hark! A Vagrant
  2. Sam Hepburn - Welcome to Agency X
  3. Lat - Town Boy, Forever Lat
  4. Gemma Correll - The Secret Diary of Tiddles, Aged 3 3/4
  5. Jennifer Cargiulo - Diary of an Expat in Singapore
  6. Alton Brown - EveryDayCook (epub)
  7. Alison Bechdel - Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For (CBZ)
  8. Russell Lee - TSGS 25
  9. Dana Thomas - Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster (epub)
  10. Philippa Gregory - Three Sisters, Three Queens (epub)
  11. Sonny Liew - The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (PDF)
  12. Sarah Andersen - Adulthood is a Myth (PDF)
  13. Judd Apatow - Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy (ePub)
  14. Terry Gross - All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists (ePub)
  15. Marc Maron - Attempting Normal (ePub)
  16. Jian Goh - Once Upon A Miao 2
  17. Nixon Siow - Like That Also Cannot, Ah?
  18. Eila Mell - Project Runway: The Show That Changed Fashion
  19. Johnny Lau - Mr Kiasu: Everything Also Like Real
  20. The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up : A Magical Story (CBZ)
  21. Evangeline Neo - Eva, Kopi and Matcha 2.0
  22. Niki Cheong - Growing Up in KL: 10 Years of The Bangsar Boy
  23. Jit Murad Plays
  24. Daniel Kibblesmith, Sam Weiner - How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can't or Shouldn't Try to Win At

2017 Movie Roundup

Number of movies seen this year: 15. Sad, but on par with previous years. Kinda realising it's also a lot of comic book movies (oklah, a third).

Movies I Liked/Liked Fine:
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Logan
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • Atomic Blonde
  • The Hitman's Bodyguard
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle 
  • The Foreigner
  • Thor: Ragnarok
Was fine, but could be better?/Meh
  • Allied
  • Baby Driver
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Justice League
Glad I Didn't Pay to Watch
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (even though I kinda liked it)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (?)

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Week 51, 2017 - Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve. Happy/Merry Christmas. Traffic in the Klang Valley's pretty deserted... unless you're heading to a mall for erm, last minute Christmas shopping. Unless you're looking for some really last minute bargains or what not, DON'T DO IT!! 

Repeat for New Year's Eve next week. To those of you on leave until next year, good on you. I still have to go back to work next week. Kinda glad/annoyed that it's a 4 day work week, though. 
  • Bought a ticket to see Russell Peters for next year.
  • Kinda glad that EPF contributions is going back to 11% next year if it means I don't have to submit paperwork either way. (Didn't do the 8% and had to submit a form everyone has to sign off on saying to keep contributing at 11%). 
  • It took MBPJ long enough to roll out (haha) the complimentary rolling garbage bins in my neighbourhood, weeks after members of the extended family got theirs.
  • Built in WiFi adapter in the laptop finally crapped out after 2 years and change. The cost to change it was RM150 in Digital Mall. The poor guy had to almost completely take the laptop apart a couple of times before everything worked again. 
  • New passport update announced recently. I'll probably get that one when I renew next year. 
  • Got my prize of cleaning products this week 😛

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Russell Peters' Deported World Tour ticket presale

This morning was the erm, fan presale of the upcoming Russell Peters' KL gig next year. 

Perhaps due to the complaints about the crowd management in Malawati stadium last time, this time the show is going to be at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil (fka Putra Indoor Stadium). I haven't been back to Bukit Jalil specifically for years now (driving past on the Bukit Jalil highway en route to Mines doesn't exactly count), especially that stadium. Ticket prices were RM198, RM298 and RM398, and that was before fees and taxes. When it comes to comedy shows, I'm usually more of the mid range budget - not too cheap for nosebleed seats, but not flush enough for the expensive seats. And the guy makes fun of people in the front rows. So that's not even an option. 

The ticketing system this time was new to me, but if you tried to get tickets to Ed Sheeran or whatever in the past, you had more experience with it than I did. I checked the seat map and ticket prices beforehand the night before to see what's at stake. 

Once you key in the presale code, you have two options: either you pick, or let the system pick. At this point in my life, all I want is an unobstructed view, even if it was gonna be across the field from the stage. So I picked a front row seat in a section that people weren't also frantically trying to buy themselves (you can tell when someone's also sitting on those seats because you can't pick them). Which took probably under 5 minutes. When I went with having the system pick a seat for me, I was put in a virtual holding room, like the Coldplay ticket craze of 2016. When you buy the ticket, they also asked for name and IC number (so that it would be printed on the ticket as a scalping countermeasure?), but I seriously doubt that anyone would be cross checking IDs at the door, that would take too long.

In case anyone else was wondering, there's GST charges and "additional fees" (whatever that meant). But I'm still not sure if they'll email the actual ticket before the event or if you have to collect at the door. I would rather it be the former cos the latter WOULD SUCK BAAALLLLSSS if 16,000 people had to collect at the entrance at the same time.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Sunday brunch at Vila Danieli, Sheraton Imperial KL

Had a voucher to redeem (no, not a Fave coupon, but they're also on there if you're looking) and it was probably the last Sunday ever to use it for the Sunday brunch. (Can't use for Christmas and New Year's Eve, etc etc), which is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. I was just annoyed that street parking wasn't an option cos it's all blocked for some stupid shoot.. or a tonto lie. WTF.

Vila Danieli is on the 5th floor of the hotel and located next to the pool. Besides the buffet spread, there's also dishes from the ala carte menu that you can order, which might take some time cos they're made to order. Trying to avoid carbs at this buffet was a tall order because you know what Italian cuisine is like - loads of carbs and dairy. 

Nice ambience, food was okay; but service could be better; getting someone's attention was difficult even though it wasn't even a full house. 

Brings to mind the Godfather movies?

Would skip this chocolate calzone personally, but I didn't order it

Prawns were overcooked as they were annoying to peel

Also took this chance to redeem a complimentary bottle of house wine, which we could also bungkus cos me and the sibling aren't wine drinkers.

Not this one, but it's bigger than it looks.