Sunday, 19 April 2015

Week 16, 2015

Cray cray hot during the day, only for it to rain cats and dogs in the late afternoon.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Record Store Day 2015 at Teenage Head Records, Subang

Record Store Day (RSD) is something I always hear about and wished I could get my hands on some of the special releases, but until a few years ago, doesn't happen in Malaysia. 

Read online that this independent record store in Subang will be celebrating RSD with live performances, etc. 

What the heck, I checked out Teenage Head Records after lunch and it was busy - there's a food stall across the street, there's a couple other stalls selling stuff. Getting there was the easy part, but the parking situation is just cray cray. Luckily the shop is located away from the main road and would probably be not as busy on Saturdays or something, I would think...?

It was stuffy inside the store because it was so crowded with at least some of the people there waiting to catch the next live performance by local indie darling Liyana Fizi. Good to know that I wasn't the only one sweating while browsing. 

Even with the crowd, I managed to browse what I could. They not only carry preloved LPs, but also LPs by current artistes. And of course, used cassettes and CDs. Saw more than one copy of U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb while I was browsing... 

What did I come away with? This... 

My first ever physical comedy album - Jerry Seinfeld's I'm Telling You for the Last Time, which I've heard before, but hey, comedy albums are like hen's teeth in Malaysia. Not exactly what I expected to find there, but heh. 

That said, will definitely go back again and spend more time than I did today. Maybe when it's not terribly crowded..? Tengoklah cam mana.

Teenage Head Records
20, Jalan SS 14/1, Subang Jaya, 47500 Selangor
Closed Sundays

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Week 15, 2015

Apparently the current heat wave is conducive for durians. Well, I don't see the point of having heaty-ass durians in this hot as heck weather. 
  • If you want to check which local eateries are charging GST, service charge or both, you can check this out. 
  • There's gonna be an Olive Garden in Malaysia. I've always heard of it (easy late night monologue fodder), but have never been in one ever. 
  • Saw the local production of David Mamet's Speed the Plow on Thursday (opening night). Luckily I didn't double book myself because...
  • I finally got to watch Russell Peters perform in Malaysia on Friday night. 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Russell Peters Almost Famous World Tour

The last time Russell Peters came to Malaysia, I couldn't go because I knew I would be out of town that weekend. But this time I got in on the "fan" presale action and got myself the best seat I could the cheapest I could get it. (I'm not a huge enough fan to want to pay so much to have him talk to me). 

Anyway, drove down despite the Uber promo (which went into surge by the time I wanted to leave) and found parking somewhere on the perimeter of the Shah Alam stadium closest to the smaller Malawati stadium. (Okay, I was just following some of the other cars and not Waze instructions, or else it would've taken me forever to get in and out of the designated parking areas)

Food situation outside was just... long lines everywhere and some of the vendors ran out of some (if not all) of their food. The lines were also pretty long at the portajohns. Basically there wasn't enough food vendors for everyone, I think. Despite having had dinner at home, I wanted some Nathan's hot dogs but I really can't deal with the line. If nothing else, at least people were lining up for their food and not bumrushing it. Also saw that tee shirts were going for RM80, in case anyone wanted to know. 

Skipped the food when I saw this... O.o
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I saw why there were still so many people still outside - most of the cheaper seating all had to go through this ONE entrance -_-" You would think they would open more entrances for the hoi polloi in case of an emergency (lucky there wasn't a fire or what). This lady was nice enough to let me in in front of her who didn't seem to know that the bag checks were not just for cameras, but also stuff like water bottles (which she had on her). I told her to just stuff it in her bag, out of sight because they only take cursory looks, and left her to deal with her bottle as I went through the bag check in one piece (brought my camera in its pouch, but never took it out).

Found my nosebleed seat quickly, but was seated next to this weirdo guy who took his shoes off and was barefoot for most of the show and doesn't seem to understand the concept of personal boundaries. I was less than a couple feet away (pun intended) from this guy's feet. He also reminded me of my awkward cousin. 

While people were getting situated inside, there was an actual DJ spinning records (DJ Spinbad) for quite a while before opening act Gregg Rogell came on around 8.50 p.m. and did 30 minutes. Pretty funny set.

View from my nosebleed seat - it wasn't obstructed, and I could put my feet up on the railing
Didn't have to wait too long before Russell Peters finally came on and did almost 90 minutes? Like what I heard and read, some of that time was spent interacting with the people who paid the RM500 for him to make fun of them.  

When he took his final bow, I high tailed it out of there before the congestion started and was home pretty quickly. 

The good: The comedy, thank goodness.

The bad: Everything else - traffic management, not enough food vendors (and the lack of preparation on their part because some sold out quickly), crowd management for attendance of this scale was abysmal - three seating classes having to go through a single entrance. The event planning was pretty horrible. And this wasn't the first time Russell Peters performed at this very stadium. Next time just tukar venue saja lah.

(Have since read complaints online about how people on the sides couldn't see the huge screens or hear anything at the nosebleed levels)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

David Mamet's Speed the Plow, KLPAC

Bought a ticket some weeks ago to the local production of David Mamet's Speed the Plow after the early bird ticket sales had passed (still kicking myself for missing that), so I had to pony up the full price of RM68 for the ticket. But it's not often one gets to see Douglas Lim in a play play, let alone both him AND Gavin Yap together on stage (24 years since they last worked together, I read somewhere in the press), so what the heck. 
A short play that revolves around whether to produce a ‘sure-fire-hit’ type film with a very big star or an enlightening, philosophical, intellectually rewarding movie. With a little sexual blackmail in the shape of an ambitious personal assistant, the crackling exchanges between two producers, Bobby and Charlie, is quick, witty, outrageous and very, very funny. 
Featuring Gavin Yap and Douglas Lim, a hilariously funny and wicked tale about the battle between art and greed, set against the modern movie making business. Directed by Paul Loosley.
After driving through the heavy rain to Sentul and was a little soggy walking from the carpark, I wasn't exactly in the mood to donate RM20 for a show programme. 

Saw a whole bunch of Malay students downstairs and I stupidly thought they were there to watch Uda Dan Dara playing upstairs, but no, they were there for the Mamet play like I was. I wonder what's in it for them. I have to give them props for eating takeout McDs at the resource centre. 

Snuck a picture of the stage before the show started
Some aunties took the free seating literally and sat on two of the three seats clearly marked "RESERVED" (usually for the director and his plus-one) - no idea if they really didn't see it or "made dunno". The director could've just asked them to move, but he didn't and they just sat someplace else. Have to give the man props for that. There were also cameras recording the performance in the front row. I was seated along the aisle on the third or fourth row. Wasn't exactly full house, but there were plenty of people.

I was fine with how they kept to the script as it was written and hadn't adapted it or anything. 

I had read that the dialogue delivery was supposed to be fast paced, but I certainly wasn't expecting it to be at the speed everyone was going at, and the play finished about in about an hour, give or take 5 or 10 minutes. People were laughing at the low brow, like the swear words and stuff. If the text of the play was harder to find, I'd be upset. There was also some fake punching in the third scene, and the fake blood was still a little too pink from where I was sitting (which I forgot to write in the feedback form after the show). I was also home before 11 p.m.

It's currently running at KLPAC's Pentas 2 until the 15th, so you still have some time to go catch it, details here. I found out last night that they're adapting the play for the big screen, but seeing as how short the play is, I suspect it might be a "loosely based" sort of movie. If you qualify for the ticket concessions or have nothing better to do or are fans of the cast members (Amelia Henderson is pretty IRL), GO FOR IT.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Taste Test: Brand Castle In The Mix Candy Cane Brownie Kit

Bought a couple boxes of Brand Castle Candy Cane Brownie mix as they were on clearance at RM5 a box in Cold Storage back in December. 

Add a festive touch to warm, delicious brownies! Contains brownie mix, vanilla frosting mix, and peppermint crunch. Makes 8 - 12 brownies.

Finally opened one over the weekend. Instructions were pretty straightforward. Glad they have instructions for fudgier brownies (don't get me started on cake-y brownies), which I went with.

Brownies: I burned the top of the brownies probably because I preheated the oven way too long when I chucked the pan in. Mum noticed the smoke coming from the oven (I was in the bathroom) and I got it out toot suite. Didn't really need to check the done-ness since they were barely an inch thick (I wanted fudgy, not cakey), but I had to make sure. Tasted fine. 

Frosting: Way too much work, having to cream the butter (unsalted, duh), deal with the icing sugar, etc. Just as well that they included sweet ass frosting to cover up the burn. The brownies by themselves were also not too sweet, which I guess that's where the frosting comes in. Also came out a bit too yellow and not frosty white like on the packaging. It can't be due to too much butter, I would think. 

Only had corn and rice flour in the house instead of plain flour (for the buttering and flouring of the pan), so I substituted with corn flour there and it was fine. Also covered the pan in foil before I butter-ed and flour-ed it for easy removal and clean up. Anyway, burnt brownies and too-sweet frosting is not gonna stop me and the sibling from finishing the batch (16 pieces with six cuts) over the next few days. Methinks next time I'll just leave the frosting out with the next box :P

I wouldn't have paid full price for this, but I probably won't buy this if I ever see it again on the clearance shelf.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Week 14, 2015 - Happy Cheng Beng Easter

It's Cheng Beng (well, technically on the 10th, but stretches to 2 weeks before and after) and it's also Easter weekend. For how hot it gets during the day, I'm always glad when it rains... except when I forget an umbrella in the car or something. Now that sucks like nuts.
  • GST finally kicked in 1 April. Unfortunately for some people, it wasn't a joke. 
  • Been playing the online lat-tali-lat on local Xiaomi website in anticipation of their Mi Fan Festival event next week. If you have an existing account, you can login to play (10 times daily) for prizes like vouchers and stuff. So far I've gotten some cash voucher coupons, but I was definitely most excited about the FREE delivery coupon, which means I don't need to reach delivery minimum, yay!
  • I want this quick cook pasta like, YESTERDAY.
  • Won some eye makeup which I'll probably never use :P Don't remember when I joined or why I did so, either. 
  • Finished Jon Ronson's new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed