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Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim friends!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2012 by vincentloy

Here I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! May this Raya comes with full of love, peace and prosperity…

Balik kampung…oh,oh,oh…balik kampung…it’s a very famous tradition for majority of the Malays here in Malaysia to return to their hometown to celebrate this very big occasion together with their older family members back in village. It’s a good tradition. I believe it must be quite a good atmosphere having to celebrate Raya in ‘kampung’ (stands for village) environment which is much more friendly, happening and harmonious. But the journey back to hometown must be quite troublesome due to inevitable traffic congestion on highways caused as many people would be driving back also around the same time. May you have a pleasant and safe drive home.

Well, it’s also a good time to take a break from works and the busy city life, and to get ample of rest while enjoying the precious time with family, relatives and friends. For the other Malaysians not celebrating (like me, a Chinese), we would take this opportunity to send warmest greeting to our Muslim friends, visiting Raya bazaar or to attend open house if invited. If not, then we would still fill up this break with leisure activities, or even going for travel. Forget about work at this moment. Let’s give ourselves a rest! Even I can also feel the festive mood of this Raya celebration now as I heard multiple fireworks explosion everywhere from my home.

Muslims finally ended their fasting month and there arrived the first day of Hari Raya celebration for them today. May you enjoy this Raya festival to the max! Many would be taking a break this whole week long eventhough the public holidays only fall on Monday and Tuesday. Who doesn’t want to take this opportunity to take longer break right? But for me, I would be getting back to work this Wednesday. Hope that these few days wouldn’t pass quick. I believe most would think like mine too. Happy Holiday to everyone!

Last but not least, I wish to send my greeting once again to all Muslims around the world, particularly Malaysians; Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri for the year 2012! Maaf Zahir Batin…

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Movie review: Ah Beng The Movie – Three Wishes (2012)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2012 by vincentloy

Am I a bit outdated to have only watched ‘Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes’ just now? It’s a local production from Myfm and Astro, and is released in conjunction with the previous Chinese New Year celebration. It’s already over two months and the festive mood is gone, but the movie still works well on delivering meaningful messages to the viewers. Even our Prime Minister watched the movie on its premiere last time, and so I gave a chance for this film.

I personally don’t like ‘Ah Beng’ character because that character is too dumb and idiotic. But I think Jack Lim, whom is a famous DJ from Myfm portrayed the character so well and successfully indulge himself into that character until to the point, that I started to dislike Jack Lim just as I dislike the ‘Ah Beng’ character. I have watched some episodes from the series version of Ah Beng and I find it to be too brainless and absurd. Somehow, it still gets entertaining and hilarious at some moments.

Back to this movie, it’s about a man granted three wishes and is sent to many years later to get to know the fate of his wife and his only son, realizing that he needs to change his character for his family in future. Well, the story is not only about that. There must be involvement of those similar faces, particularly some of the DJs from Myfm involved in this movie. Well, these supporting characters did manage to pull the story up successfully, and if the movie is without them, the outcome would be much ‘quieter’, dull and boring.

Well, the movie delivered meaningful messages to the viewers from some emotional and heartfelt scenes; particularly from the part when the group participated in a competition to win the cash prize to help their friend in bone marrow surgery. The singing scene is a memorable one, and that certainly brought up my reputation towards the movie, away from those silliness aspects. Finally, there is something serious and emotional going on. The song sang by them especially by Ah Yoke herself is nice and lovely.

The plot is also quite engaging. Perhaps the climax would be the car chasing scene, but I think that part is a bit ridiculous and doesn’t fit really well into the whole flow of the story. The movie is on the right track on delivering moral values, and it emphasized on the essence of having dinner together as that is an important Chinese tradition especially the reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year. Overall, it’s a good local production and there is not much silliness attached to Ah Beng that annoyed me sometimes. I can see the effort, but still the quality of getting funny is not there, but I think that is not the main selling point of the movie. But I still wish for something hilarious like those in Hong Kong Chinese New Year movies, but turned out none. Nevermind…I rate the film a total of 7.2, and it’s quite a good rating already.