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It’s 7th Anniversary of My Blog…Awesome!!!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2015 by vincentloy

Arrgghh…it’s Monday back! Monday blues…But wait, I shouldn’t be moody on this day that is supposed to be very special to me as the person behind this blog. Why? As the title of this post is very obvious already, my blog is marking its 7th anniversary on this day, 28th September 2015. My blog here was first created on the same date exactly seven years ago back in 2008. Time flies…and yet, I’m still here frequently updating my blog with strong passion after all these years.

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On this day seven years ago, I made an important decision that added a new chapter in my life. Creating this blog is like giving birth to a vital piece of mine online that exists non-physically but stay strong in my mind, and hopefully unforgettable to my blog readers out there. Visiting and updating my blog has been part and parcel of my life in the past seven years and will continue to be like this for many years to come. Running a blog is easy, but keeping it frequently updated is a great deal.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my blog readers especially the ones that come back to visit more than once, my admired blog followers (over 200 as of current), those who left comments to my posts, and also those who just pass by my site for less than a few seconds since they also aided to generate higher number of views to my blog. A very big ‘Thank You’ to you all from the bottom of my heart.

7 years may not be very long, but I do realize by now how many hours and how much effort I have spent on producing over thousand of blog posts here so far. As of now, I have written a total of over 1650 posts, and I plan to end the year with at least 1700 posts. That’s quite an easy goal to achieve since there are still three more months left before end of 2015. I spent in average 40 minutes for a single post. Hence, we have 40 x 1650 = 66000 minutes. Divide that by 60 and I get 1100 hours. That’s how much I have spent on my site, not even yet adding in the time I put to clear up spams, approve comments, reply to feedbacks, check blog’s statistics, updating my blog’s header, check notifications, etc.

Truly dedicated on this blog. And for that reason, I think it’s necessary for me to feel proud and happy of what I have done on getting my blog to this far. It’s worth celebrating, but I’m not going to hold any banquet or party yet (since it’s still a small and a humble blog). A GIF image of fireworks display here will do. And by the way, do you realize that my blog’s header for this particular month (can be seen at the top most part of my site) shows a number ‘7’ which indicates the 7th anniversary my blog is celebrating today. Haha…Anyway, let’s share an amazing trivia here; Google is celebrating its 17th anniversary yesterday, Facebook had its 11th anniversary early this year, Youtube is founded 10 years ago, Apple’s iPhone first introduced 8 years ago, and my blog isn’t bad for being around for 7 years already too (eventhough it is much lesser known…haha).

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It’s certainly a meaningful anniversary on this day for me! Love it. You too…enjoy your day! And thanks again for your continuous support to my blog…

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Mooncakes…my favourite.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2015 by vincentloy

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival (or Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival or whatever you called it) to all my Chinese families, relatives, friends, neighbours, colleagues, or whoever out there reading this and do celebrate it! The festival which falls on the 15th day of the 8th month on Chinese lunar calendar is one of the most important festivals in Chinese tradition. It is even made a public holiday in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. But why not in Malaysia too? Hmmm….we felt sad of not getting a holiday for this major festival.

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Anyway, forget about holiday and let’s put our focus on the positive meaning behind this celebration. This Mid-Autumn Festival is meant for whole family to gather together under the bright full moon, and is emphasizing on three fundamental concepts; gathering (family and friends), thanksgiving (give thanks for the harvest or for harmonious unions), and praying (moon worshipping in hope for conceptual or material satisfaction). Let’s make it simple; it’s all about family harmony. So, please do stay with the family today (it’s convenient since it’s Sunday and everybody is not going to work or school) and enjoy dinner and chats with mooncakes tonight. Kids can have fun and play lanterns and candles tonight.

Leave your tablets or smartphones away and indulge in the true meaning behind this wonderful festival. Have a try on delicious mooncakes, a bakery product which is specially made for this celebration. Now, there is a lot of variety to the flavours of mooncakes available for sale from many different brands here in Malaysia (Kam Lun Tai, Tai Thong, Overseas, Baker’s Cottage, etc). I love mooncakes, and since I can only eat them for only a short period of time in a year, I would be willing to buy many of them. Recently, not only I do bought two boxes of mooncakes from Tai Thong that cost me over RM100 (even after discounts) and additional two boxes of jelly mooncakes (another RM64 spent), but I also sometimes bought some mooncakes from a hawker stall that I frequently visited to buy my breakfasts in weekdays.

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Mooncakes taste good and I especially like the original ones (lotus paste with yolk). I also enjoyed the snow-skin and the durian-flavoured ones. But buying many of them is very costly now. My wallet hurts. If I’m not buying them, my home would be empty without any mooncakes to taste (all my other family members didn’t really quite like mooncakes), and that would make the festival ’empty’ and ‘meaningless’ to my family. Anyway, I really ate quite a lot of mooncakes this year, since my generous colleagues were offering mooncakes in the office many times recently. I’m not tired of it (just like how I’m not tired of eating my favourite durian…haha).

Anyway, Happy Mid-Autumn Festival once again!

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Movie reviews for ‘Everest’ and ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ (2015)

Posted in Miscellaneous on September 26, 2015 by vincentloy

Two more movies watched before the end of the month. That’s another accomplishment since by now, I have already watched 40 Hollywood films released this year. There are many more great movies coming up by the year-end including some epic productions like James Bond’s latest movie ‘Spectre’ and sci-fi epic ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and Oscar-favourite films like ‘The Danish Girl’, ‘The Revenant’, ‘Steve Jobs’ and many more that would have my attention before the awards season. I guess after all the interest in movies this year, the final number of 2015 films I have watched would be about 70, and that’s record-breaking for me. But right now, let’s talk about the two recent movies I have watched; ‘Everest’ and ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’.

‘Everest’ is a disaster drama and an adventure thriller film based on the real events of 1996 Mount Everest disaster which killed eight people in their summit attempts. The movie had a great line-up of cast that includes Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, etc. A movie about people encountering snow storm while climbing the world’s highest mountain should be full of jaw-dropping sceneries and breathtaking actions. While the movie delivered on giving us amazing views of the Mount Everest and its surrounding landscape, the plot isn’t strong enough to put me to the edge of my seat. It means it didn’t meet my expectation.

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Well, since it is based on real events, and so there is more attention given to the emotional and moving scenes in the movie rather than dramatizing things which may hurt feelings of the victims’ families. But since I’m up for a movie and not a documentary for a disaster, hence I prefer they intensify things up so that the story will be continuously exciting. But this movie ain’t going in that direction and simply just focuses on the harsh conditions that affected all the climbers. For me, that’s not enough to pull off for an epic film. The acting is all good since the cast is of all professional actors and actresses. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Everest’ a total of 7.2.

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ is a dystopian sci-fi action thriller film based on novel and is a sequel to last year’s ‘The Maze Runner’ movie. The story continues directly after the Gladers led by Thomas having successfully escaped the maze. They now face a new set of challenges on an open desolate city of ruins. Well, previously they encountered creatures that are half robotic and half spider look in the maze, and now they faced basically nothing but some bad guys and huge group of zombies (named the Cranks). I didn’t expect to see a zombie movie (I didn’t read the novel). I thought ‘scorch trials’ would expose the main characters to extreme heat, glare and their impacts. But nope…not that one.

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But hey…including zombies into this is also a good move. If not, we would be not interested to see the main characters only being chased by gun-holding men. This sequel provided more action-packed sequences and I enjoyed them. Some chasing scenes are really heart-stopping and things are getting more intense. Besides that, more information is revealed on the whole programme behind the maze and this scorch trials. All of that will be answered in the final third film which is scheduled to be released in 2017. This sequel so far is considered fast-paced and is on par to its predecessor. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ a total of 7.4.

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Reason I’m here in Thursday’s afternoon is because it’s holiday!

Posted in Interesting Encounters on September 24, 2015 by vincentloy

Yup…it’s another holiday and that’s why I’m here blogging in the afternoon of a non-typical Thursday when there is no need to go to work. First of all, I would like to wish to all my dear Malay friends, Selamat Hari Raya Haji! Many even took a day of leave tomorrow so that they can enjoy a long four days break till the end of this coming weekend. How nice is that! But I’m not one of them since I didn’t apply for any leave. But hey…I would have to just work for a day tomorrow and then weekend comes again. This is a short week for me since I took MC on the past Monday too as I felt ill.

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Eventhough this week may not be the best for me since I felt sick but it should be good for most others due to the holidays (this week is also school break for all children) and also the clear sky we get to observe back beginning this week. Yes…we are so happy that there is no more haze around us. No more inhaling of smelly air and I can enjoy back my clear view of KL’s skyline every morning in the train while I’m on my way to work. Today, while we are happy that it is gone, I went out just now and observed that the haze appears to be coming back…not again!

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It’s been about a month already that I did not watch any TVB drama. I did watch the first episode of ‘Every Step You Take’ starring Moses Chan and Myolie Wu. Myolie already left TVB station and so I would like to watch some of her last series. However, the plot seems not engaging to me and I stopped watching the series after its boring first episode. As for the other airing drama named ‘Momentary Lapse of Reason’ starring Louis Cheung and Tavia Yeung, I’m not excited with Louis having first male lead role so quickly and so I didn’t plan to watch it either. However, reception is quite good for this drama but as soon as I felt wanted to watch it, the series already ended. So, forget about it then.

Now, there is this one latest series that began airing this week titled ‘Captain of Destiny’, a time-travel drama starring Ruco Chan, Grace Chan and Tony Hung. It is one of the four grand TVB anniversary dramas this year before the year-end Anniversary Awards. I’m looking forward to this one since its first few episodes are quite good. Once I finished the series, I would be as usual posting a review for this drama. The last TVB series of the year before the awards that I would watch is the highly anticipated ‘Lord of Shanghai’ drama starring Anthony Wong, Kent Tong, Wayne Lai, Myolie Wu, Kenneth Ma and Ron Ng. It’s coming up right after ‘Captain of Destiny’. I’m now back to the mode of catching up to drama episodes every day.

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So fast it’s almost end of the month already. We are now heading to the last quarter of 2015. It seems that there is so much that I have to do in these few months before next year like preparing for my Master study next year in Australia and organizing own trip to Singapore this December. I guess you would have know these if you are a frequent visitor of my blog. And did you know that in few more days, my blog would be marking its 7th anniversary. Time flies. Okay…that’s it for my blog post today. Happy Holiday!

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Getting myself sick again…and then there’s just one movie for this weekend.

Posted in Miscellaneous on September 20, 2015 by vincentloy

Hmmm….really hate it…hate it when you are getting sick in a weekend. Weekend is the time for me to relax and enjoy but that is not what I’m going to experience in this current weekend as I get cold and my throat isn’t feeling well again. Just not long ago (I guess only a month ago), I felt into the same illness. And now, it came back to hit me. That’s too frequent. But if I’m to think of it positively, then getting ill during weekend is actually on the right timing since the break allows me to rest more and hopefully recover from the illness.

Meanwhile, I’m currently organizing a trip to Singapore with my parents on this coming Christmas holiday. This would be my first time taking charge of a trip and also paying all of the charges of the trip. This would also be our first time not following any group tour when going oversea for a vacation. It definitely hurts my wallet especially in the present time when SGD is so high compared to RM currency. Anyway, I’m getting rid of my ungenerous attitude and would spend in hope of a nice short 4 days 3 nights trip to Singapore.

Well, we have been to Singapore before for several times but in those occasions, we didn’t really truly visited the country which is just not far south from us. We only spent very short amount of time everytime we went there in the past. On this coming Christmas holiday, hopefully the trip proceeds smoothly as we are planning to visit many tourist attractions there like Marina Bay Sands, The Merlion, Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Sentosa Island, S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore Flyer, etc.

On the other hand, I have only manage to watch one new movie this weekend, which is one lesser compared to the previous 2-movie per weekend routine I have recently. The movie is ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’. It is a youth comedy drama film based on a novel of the same name that debuted in 2015 Sundance Film Festival to a standing ovation. It eventually won the grand jury prize in that festival. Looking from all the positive reviews it had, I will certainly go for it as this movie reminds me of another successful youth film last year titled ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. But in the end, I think ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is better.

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Anyway, ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ is also worth to watch as it delivered some kind of uncommon charm and insight. It tried itself to stay away from typical romance storyline from two good-looking teenagers and I buy that idea. In this movie, high schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds himself altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. No boring romance here as it is all about friendship and its impact to one’s life even after your friend has passed away.

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I learnt some meaningful messages from this movie. The cast also did brilliant job in their respective roles especially Thomas Mann as Greg, the main lead. Well, he is another young breakout star to watch for. However, this movie looks not as good as it seems from my perspective. The plot is not dramatic or engaging enough and I somehow isn’t much ‘connected’ to the movie in many parts. The sad scenes in the end are also not that moving and didn’t reach my expectation. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ a total of 7.0.

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Malaysia Day, a day which is supposed to remind us that we are all Malaysians, but the red-shirt rally planned today goes against it.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2015 by vincentloy

Ahh..it’s a nice Wednesday when you don’t need to wake up early to go to work. It’s holiday in conjunction with Malaysia Day celebration. Today marks the 52nd anniversary of formation of Malaysia since the country comprising of Peninsular Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak first became official in 16th September 1963. Singapore was part of Malaysia back then but it withdrew to form its own nation two years later. The island republic did marked its 50th anniversary in a grand-scale celebration not long ago.

What a nice feeling when it’s just the middle of the week and yet you don’t need to go to work. For children, their holiday is extended to two continuous days since all schools in several states including capital, Kuala Lumpur were closed yesterday due to the worsening haze. The Air Pollution Index on yesterday’s midnight reached very unhealthy level, hence resulting in closure of schools in badly affected regions. Now, I felt jealous to them for having so many holidays as the kids would also be enjoying a whole week of break next week too.

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It’s Malaysia Day and it is supposed to be the day to remind us that we are all Malaysians. We are all united and live harmoniously among each other in this nation for many decades. We should not be divided to Malays, Chinese or Indians, as we are all simply Malaysians. With the past Bersih 4.0 rally held on 31st August (on Merdeka Day) to call for clean and fair government that saw turnouts of huge number of Chinese, some Malay-based organizations saw red over it and considered that as the threat to the Malays. Another brainless mindset going on….And so, these organizations would be organizing a rally today calling for gathering of all Malays to counter the yellow (Bersih) rally by wearing red.

Bersih 4.0 rally came with a clear positive objective: to call for transparent leadership and clean government. That’s a logical reason behind the organization of this demonstration. Now, there is this red-shirt rally that acts as an anti-Bersih movement. So, does that means that these people want a dirty government and a corrupted prime minister? Since when the Chinese threaten the Malays? Honestly, I only felt the otherwise and we just live with it and move on. I wonder what these organizations are thinking? Or are they not using their mind for once at all? These people are just blindly supporting the government without trying to evaluate things for a second. I’m not even going to elaborate all the racist actions these people did. If not, it would be a novel written here.

Let’s say no to racism and say no to this kind of red-shirt rally. This is pointless. Even former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir said it is meaningless and should not proceed. What all Malaysians should do now is to stay strong and united in this time of fragile economy, low ringgit value, high cost of living, and negativity to our national image thanks to all the scandals involving our Prime Minister Najib that are known worldwide now. Why is he still up in the post? What a thick-skinned man with an overly-spending wife.

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Anyway, Happy Malaysia Day! Besides than a public holiday to be happy for, there is nothing to celebrate or be proud of on this very special day anymore as long as the present government is still here leading the country to a dark corner.

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Back with 2-movies routine per week.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2015 by vincentloy

My weekend won’t be boring as long as there are new movies for me to watch. As the title is already very much self-explanatory, I’m back to the lifestyle when I will watch 2 new films by almost every weekend. That’s a good thing for me as a movie fans since this will adds up to a huge number of movies that I would have watched by the end of this year. For this weekend, I have watched ‘Contracted: Phase 2’ and ‘American Ultra’, and here’s a quick review to both the films.

In the first ‘Contracted’ horror-thriller film, a woman is infected with a unique sexually transmitted disease which turned her into a zombie in the end after a long and slow process of disgusting transformation. Well, the ‘transformation’ parts are great as it displayed how the disease slowly took over her body and finally her whole in many terrifying scenes. In this sequel that continues right from the first one, the attention is now on a man whom was in love with the previous infected woman and had even had sex with her. Hence, he is now infected too, and is on his way to search for a cure to the virus.

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I do like the idea of expanding this story into more sequels but this ‘Phase 2’ isn’t as good as its predecessor. Well, they shown a lot of disgusting stuff again (that’s really horrible-looking but that’s what makes this kind of film a standout…and the effects are cool) but the story is like going no where besides than having the disease spread over to few more people with very little excitement. Disappointingly, there isn’t any intense plot development too and the climax is being too simple. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Contracted: Phase 2’ a total of 6.8. I think that there would be Phase 3 and maybe even more too, creating a franchise of its own that started out quite well but slowly growing into nothing more than a typical zombie flick.

On the other hand, ‘American Ultra’ is an action-comedy film that starred Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. This pairing reminded me of 2009’s ‘Adventureland’ which is another comedy film and starred both of them as a couple too. Now, the story is about a stoner (Jesse) who didn’t know he is in fact a government agent and is targeted for extermination. However, he is too well-trained and too ‘high’ for them to handle. Plot looks interesting and yes, I’m having quite a fun watching this movie. Quite entertaining but still couldn’t manage to go beyond the average.

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Both Jesse and Kristen delivered fantastic performances. If you think this kind of action-comedy movie doesn’t requires acting skill, then you are wrong. Besides that, this kind of role suits Jesse very well (still thinking of his incredible performance as Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network’), and he nailed it again. Kristen had also improved. The only things that I find unnecessary in the movie is the over-excessive depiction of violent, gory and bloody scenes and also the huge budget spent on the sets in the end that are quite pointless. I’m also wishing for more ‘crazier’ action sequences actually. Nevertheless, the movie is still fun to watch especially on a Sunday’s night before you get ready for another long week of work. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘American Ultra’ a total of 7.1.

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