Sunday, 13 January 2019

Week 2, 2019


  • Saw both Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns this week. But now I have to binge watch my regular shows, back from the year end hiatus. 
  • While it's great that AirAsia is not passing on the klia2 fee on to customers, but wasn't there supposed to be a departure levy later this year...? 
  • Few people have been sacked and/or arrested for insulting monarchy. 
  • Kinda sad but okay with Criminal Minds getting renewed for an upcoming final season. To say that show is troubled would be putting it mildly. 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Mary Poppins Returns

Used the MBO birthday voucher to redeem a ticket to watch Mary Poppins Returns on Wednesday night (otherwise the showtimes was gonna be after 9 p.m. from Thursday onwards). Apparently I could use the other one for another movie if I so choose, but let's see if there's another movie that I would want to watch before the month is up. 

Also almost missed the beginning as I had a brain fart and had held on to the GSC ticket stub from the night before which had different hall number. Yep #oldliao

I haven't seen Mary Poppins since I was a kid myself, so I went in pretty cold. 

  • Yep, that was really Dick van Dyke dancing on that desk. He's one spry nonagenarian. 
  • Being under the weather didn't help when the tear-jerker songs started... 
  • Definitely didn't expect to see Angela Lansbury in this. 
  • Or Meryl Streep, either, though I don't know why I'm so surprised. 
  • Ya they were not kidding about Lin-Manuel Miranda's accent in this movie.
  • Has Colin Firth ever played a bad guy in his career? I can't remember. 
I liked it fine, but I'm glad that I didn't really pay money to watch this too.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Aquaman

For the life of me, I can't remember if I ever saw the old school Aquaman or the Super Friends cartoon back in the day like I did with the Marvel ones. But yeah, for decades Aquaman has always been the butt of pop culture's jokes (especially on Robot Chicken) because it seems like all he can do is talk to fish. 

Which was why they were shrewd in having the really shredded Jason Momoa be Aquaman, to dispel that image out of people's heads. 
  • Am I the only one that recognised that bit of Sigur Ros music in the cold open? 
  • Also, Nicole Kidman's fight scene is pretty snazzy, considering how little time she had to prepare for it. 
  • How did Randall Park score a gig in both MCU and DCEU lah?
  • Giggled every time I see Dolph Lundgren on screen as Mera's dad with his fade of red hair (in case you missed the resemblance?). Never mind that the man is quite smart IRL. 
  • If we haven't seen that mother twist in Ant-Man and the Wasp, I would say that's a really good reappearance of Atlanna... 
  • Did anyone seriously thought that Atlanna was gonna go in the Trench without a fight?
  • For once, Willem Dafoe wasn't the foe. 
  • I forgot that Julie Andrews had a voice part in this movie... guess where. 
  • Have to like that the Karathen likes to give sick burns to whoever tries to claim the trident first before fighting them off like flies. I suppose when you have all that time to think them up... Actually how did it know about Arthur if it had been in that uncharted territory for thousands of years? 
  • I was half expecting Atlan to be a zombie and have one last fight or something. Cis. 
  • The subtitles suddenly changed to bahasa istana toward the end... 
  • Of course they had to reveal the iconic Aquaman look....
  • Have to like that they have a line to explain why they can breath on the surface (only higher born Atlanteans can) and how to disable the Atlantean troops that came to shore... 
  • Was I the only one that suddenly had a seafood craving when they invaded the Kingdom of the Brine? So much crab... 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Riding the KTM ETS

The last time I took the interstate train was when I was a kid travelling with my mum, bro and grandma up to Alor Setar to visit my dad when he was posted there (last posting as a civil servant) and she's not one for driving long distances. Third class tickets on the overnight train, I think.

It was Mum's idea to take the train to Butterworth instead of driving or flying, mostly because of the senior citizen discount (my full priced ticket was RM77 one way). It takes about 4 hours 15 minutes from KL Sentral to Butterworth, which is about the same amount of time as driving. And everyone gets to nap, so yay!

Apparently Platinum class means it has fewer stops than the Gold class. From KL Sentral to Butterworth, one takes 4 hours 4 minutes, the other 4 hours 14 minutes.

Boarding at KL Sentral felt a bit cattle call-y - it's like people are rushing to get on despite having assigned seating. I don't even want to imagine what it's like if it was free seating.

The trains are air conditioned (so cold that people are wearing outerwear despite it being hot as balls outside), bathrooms are clean enough if you're desperate, and of course, there's a F&B counter... 



You could bring your own snacks/meals, it's not Air Asia. The lasagne was okay. Hot drinks were of the instant variety, so bring your own if you're particular. 

If you're able to sleep on trains, good for you; I could only manage cat naps both ways despite bringing a neck pillow along. 

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Week 1, 2019

Holy shit, it's another year! 

Was in Penang for about 3 days with the 'rents and I came home with whatever URTI my mother had before we left and possibly bed bug bites. Cis. It'll be a miracle if it's (the URTI, not the bed bug bites) gone by CNY. But the two day work week this week was stressful AF. 

On the plus side, I can finally use the birthday movie passes I have from two different cineplex chains. 
  • Been catching up on the second season of Top Chef Junior this week. 
  • Also, the all winner season of Project Runway All Stars has started, with not just winners from the American show, but also from other countries. 
  • You have until next weekend to give H&M your unwanted fabric for double the 15% discount vouchers that they give out when you dump them there. Considering the quality of the clothing, well... 
  • Does anyone still do their CNY clothes shopping around this time of year? 

Monday, 31 December 2018

2018 Roundup

If you're reading this, I'm in Penang (I think) and won't be back until the 2nd, so... Happy New Year!

2018 (for me and also, in general), in a nutshell:
  • Whoda thunk that democracy still worked in Malaysia - after 61 years, the ruling party is now the opposition. 
  • Some idiot has been trying to get their Bird (electric scooter service) registration verified using my email address. I've complained to Bird about this and I've also since blocked those emails.
  • Adios GST, hello again SST.... sayonara pink tax!
  • At least this year I learnt closing procedures with EPF, SOCSO, etc. 
  • Kinda sad that some famous people died this year - Dolores, Bourdain, the Old Man from Pawn Stars, Stephen Hawking, Stan Lee... 
  • Whoda thought that Sinead O' Connor would convert to Islam...? 
  • Lush Cosmetics finally opened shop in Malaysia, but prices are either equivalent to Singapore prices, or worse. Me, I'll just wait for a sale. 
  • Cold Stone and Dean & Deluca finally found its way to Malaysia.
  • The In-N-Out Burger pop up was an interesting experience.
  • Filled my one wedding a year quota. 
  • New Queer Eye reboot! 
  • Tested the after-sales service of both Tumi and Furla this year. 
  • Comedy: Saw Russell Peters (again), Margaret Cho, Jo Koy, Jimmy Carr, Sharul Channa, Kavin Jay's TGV tour
  • Concerts: James Blunt, Franz Ferdinand (again)
  • Only saw 5 theatre productions this year. 
  • Several bouts of URTIs and post nasal drip this past year... 
  • Nasi lemak burger madness.
  • There's finally a second comedy club in KL. 

Sunday, 30 December 2018

2018 Movie Roundup

Number of movies seen this year: 16. The JOP promo made it cheaper to watch the shittier movies on weeknights.

Movies I Liked/Liked Fine (Free or Otherwise):
  • Black Panther
  • Tomb Raider
  • Red Sparrow
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Deadpool 2
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • The Girl in the Spider's Web
  • A Simple Favor
  • Darkest Hour
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
Could be Better?
  • Peppermint
  • Johnny English Strikes Again
Glad I Didn't Pay to Watch: 
  • The Commuter (don't hate it)