Back with Prezzies...

Before heading back to KL for the weekend, there was a bombardment of calls asking me to buy this and that (ciggies and alcohol tops the list). I got calls from people I know, and calls from people I still have no slightest clue who they were. Someone even called me ‘Rashid’ and asked for a carton of ‘Marlboro Lights.’ What, I’m now the ‘Labuan Pimp’ or something?! Anyway, went shopping to get those stuff you guys requested (see how good a guy I am? Bank money into my account NOW). Here’s what I got:

So many chocolates for SL: Want 'Cadbury's' Turkish Delight flavour? Or Peppermint flavour? How about Black Forrest? So many to choose, all for you ~~~ Only RM8.50 each, KL is selling for RM16.50 I think...

More chocolates for SL's sister, MM: Rich Strawberry chocolates and choco bombs from popular Japanese choco & shacks maker, 'Meiji'. Only RM7.50 each!!!

Japanese plum drink for QT: Sweet and sourish taste, but VERY nice to drink!!! Must try, must try ~~~ but its RM4 per can. But I think it's worth it!!!

Taiwanese (I think) beer for Dav.Q: Dunno nice anot ah, you said you wanted something unique, so I got this. Don't kill me if not nice ah !!

And of course, something for my mum and dad: 'DOM Benedictine Liquor'. It's medicine but it has 40% alcohol. Hmmmmm, now i know why it's so 'good'....

I think thats all I can bring over back to KL, I think anymore I'll be shot by customs officers. So, Jaq, Greg, BT, TK, Pique and the rest, but worry your 'Chivas' bottles are safe with me...for now.

The 2nd Coming...Back to KL That Is....

It’s the time of the month again (no, not those girly periods) but it’s time to head back to KL again!!!! 1st of May is Labor Day and it falls on a Thursday, so why not take leave on Friday and also Monday to get a super long weekend? The plan makes perfect sense to me and hence, air plane tickets are booked, annual leave are booked, and ¾ of my brain are already in KL thinking of what to do (and eat) already. Only few days to go, so see you guys in KL!!!

Arrival: 30th April, midnight.
Departure: 5th May, 6:00pm.

JCo donuts here I come againnnnnn ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Videos & Photos of KL Freeze in Unison @ Pavillion, KL

I’ve done something that I regret terribly. I should have been there, but I couldn’t. I would if I could. How can I be so useless? I’m so sorry. On Sunday, the 13th of April, it happened. It happened and I wasn’t there. It became one of the biggest regrets of my life…I didn’t make it to the ‘KL Freeze in Unison Gathering’ @ KL.

If you don’t know what this is, it’s basically “where human beings get together to do something in unison, without speeches or reference to their age, color, sex, beliefs and background.” In this case, we just freeze and stop moving for a certain time, in a public place and humiliate ourselves silly by being public art pieces for normal people to ‘admire’.

Jason, KT, Josh, Katie and BT were really into this bizarre idea and were dragging me into it. We heard of this freeze thing looooong time ago and really wanted to do it in KL (I know Josh did it in Singapore). I myself was going ape-crazy with this too, I even followed the whole thing on ‘Facebook’, where the whole ‘event’ started. From a simple invitation to join and to the actual revealing of the gathering date and place, I followed it all over ‘Facebook’. But sadly, as some of you would know, I’m still in Labuan (crap!!!) and couldn’t make it.

I heard the freeze location was at the entrance of ‘Pavillion’. Sorry guys for not being there. I wish I was there, really!!! Hope to get your pictures and reports on it soon!!! In the meantime, I share with you videos of what unfolded that day, thanks to ‘the Zestful One’:

So cool so cool. For pictures, click onto randomalphabets' website.

Anyone else out there froze their butts in this event?! Lemme know, I would love to know you and to get more info on this amazing (if not daring for Malaysians) experience!!!

Jom Ketam !!!

Back to my memoirs of Labuan life, yesterday I and a few of my SLB buddies decided to go out for dinner, and one of them suggested KFC. Good God in Heaven, WHY??!! I mean, considering we had a car and all, why not go somewhere far from our usual hotspots (i.e. Financial Park & town area). I suggested seafood (naturally) and lo & behold (I’ve been that a lot lately. I wonder why. “Lo & behold, it’s 5pm and time to go home. Lo & behold, I found that piece of sock that went missing since last century. Lo & behold, it’s time to shit. Etc, etc, etc. I’m just simply using for the sake of using it. Genius at work, obviously), anyway, a local buddy had a light bulb moment and we ended up in ‘Anjung Ketam’.

So where is this ‘Anjung Ketam’ restaurant you ask? I don’t have the slightest clue, mate. I asked the driver on the location, and all I got was some vague directions and heard ‘Tanjung Aru’ somewhere in between his sentences. Ring any bells? Not mine, nope. But I noticed its kinda near to the airport, so there you go, go crazy searching for this place, just don’t end up on the airway strip.

Upon arrival, the place just hits me with a sense of nostalgia. It’s similar to restaurants in Port Klang, where the eatery is on a wooden platform extended onto the sea, so the view as you guessed it, is mesmerizing. If you are lucky and arrive early, you will catch views of fishermen mending their nets and glimpses of their catches for the day, catches that would probably end up on your dining table if you are eating there. Hence, freshness is guaranteed.

Looking around the place and I noticed that this place is packed to the brim with customers. A chat with my local buddy and he mentioned that this place is so popular, it requires customers to place table bookings at least a few hours in advance, otherwise be prepared to wait for long periods. That being done will not even guarantee you getting a table; you will need to book ONE DAY in advance to be on the safe side!!! Blimey, it’s like Christmas Eve in KL everyday for this place.

I noticed the place is packed with locals (coz they speak with a certain dialect) and lots of ‘semenanjung’ people (coz they just can’t stop talking about comparisons between Labuan seafood and Semenanjung seafood), and also a few foreigners that successfully found their way to this place.

My local buddy, being the ‘happening’ and well-connected guys that he is, managed to convince them to give us a table and we ordered steamed crabs, curry crabs, ‘ikan bakar’, steam fish, and a few local fish dishes that I can’t remember the name. 30 minutes pass and lo & behold (here it is again) the food arrived and it looked…...ordinary. Hahahah. Maybe my expectations were WAY high considering that you need to book tables to eat here and all walks of life come here to eat y’know. No matter, good food ain’t about the looks right? I stuffed my mouth with my first bite of the curry crab and OMIGOD…it tasted…ordinary hahahah. Seriously ordinary. In fact, everything tasted ordinary except for the steamed crab, although plain, but it tasted yummy as any freshest crab would taste. But besides this, everything else was normal tasting dishes that you can get anywhere in KL really…

Later the local guy told me that why the steam crab tasted so good and the curry crab doesn’t is because they used crabs caught from the sea for the steam crab dish. As for the curry crab or any crab dishes that requires lots of cooking, they use crabs caught from land, swamps, lakes or whatever. And I told the local guy that as long as it’s not from some ‘lokang’ with a river of piss running though it, then it’s fine by me!!!

Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to snap many photos, coz for one I didn’t bring my digital camera and two, I will look silly taking photos of food while eating coz remember, people from this part of the world aren’t used to blogging yet. But I really felt like needing just one shot of the food, just one. So, I sneakily pretended I was texting someone with my handphone and ‘curi-curi’ captured one photo:

Normal leh? Sadly, it is…

Spent the night chit-chatting and one of the SLB guys within our group who is also from KL agreed to what I said about the crabs being ‘so-so’, “the taste biasa sajalah, tapi bezanya ia memang fresh saja” (the taste is normal only, just the difference is that its really fresh). So there you have it, folks. Although this is just one of the many seafood outlets in Labuan, I’m sure there are other places that are better than this….perhaps?

Until next time.

Only in Scotland...

I heard this from a friend in Britain and he swears that this is true...It was even shown on TV during those talk shows over there. I dun have the video but this is what happened:

Bono, lead singer of the rock band ‘U2’, is famous throughout the entertainment industry for being more than just a little self-righteous.

At a recent ‘U2’ concert in Glasgow, Scotland, he asked the audience for total silence.

Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands, once every few seconds. Holding the audience in total silence, he said into the microphone:

“Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.”

From the front of the crowd a voice with a broad Scottish accent shouted and pierced the silence:

“Well f**king stop doin’ it then, ya evil bastard!!!”

Only in Scotland…

Darth Vader's Comeback Vid After Retirement

I'm in a movie-ism mood this week, and as I was surfing the terrains of digital fun at youtube, I bumped into this video which I found to be absolutely hilarious: no, it's not another baby dropping moment from Britney 'Blondey' Spears, but IT'S THE STAR WARS GANGSTA RAP video!!! WOooordddd up my Vader BRotHEr from AnotHEr MoTher (and planet)!!! :

May the BIATCH be with you!!!!!!!!!!!

Iron Man in Full Flight !!!

A new movie clip of the upcoming ‘Iron Man’ movie starring Robert Downey Jr. had surfaced and OMG, I think this movie is gonna kick-ass. It shows Tony Stark aka 'Iron Man' testing out his new iron suit in full aerial flight. BUT, as usual with Hollywood these days, whenever movies initially seem to be cool, it screws as up big-time with the actual movie and leaves us with a pile of shit in front of our faces for us to ponder (i.e. ‘Cloverfield’). Check it out anyway:

Here are some happy snappy snaps from the actual movie. Sure looks pretty, hope the final product rocks….

'Transformers 2' Movie Details!!!!

Somebody asked me why there ain’t no more movie updates or stuff like that. Well, stress levels are dramatically rising, and my seat at ‘Schlumberger’ is getting hot. Really hot. Close to boiling point actually. As such, I didn’t had the chance to update my blog as much as I like to. But no matter, whenever I get the chance, this blog will surely be updated.

And that chance is now. No, not another ‘what-I-have-done-in KL’ post, but an actual movie post (this is for you, Nik, JoL & SC). And it’s not just another movie, it’s a movie with big bad freakin’ robots and it’s none other that Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers’. The sequel, in fact. Yes, ‘Transformers 2’ is already penned and soon to be in production. Although yet to be finalized, audiences will expect to see something more massive than what they have seen in the first movie, something huge, something freakin’ big is coming to town!!! :

Actual movie studio rendition of possible look for ‘Devastator’.

‘Devastator’ will be on the big screen!!! If you don’t know anything about the ‘Transformers’ universe (shame, shame on you!! Slap yourself silly 100 times!!!) it’s a giant robot merged together from other robots called ‘Constructicons’, as in the cartoons namely ‘Scrapper’, ‘Bonecrusher’, ‘Scavenger’, ‘Mixmaster’, ‘Hook’ and ‘Long Haul’.

It will be interesting however to see what Michael Bay and his bombastic gang of explosion experts will be calling these new robots, as they had screwed-up the correct name of 'Brawl' instead of 'Devastator' (‘Devastator' is by right supposed to be the robot in the above picture, not a tank as in the movie). Will Michael Bay gets his facts checked and straight in time for round 2 of more metal bashing goodness? Only he knows.

No ‘Dinobots’ are in the sequels, however it is rumored that a robot transformed from an aircraft carrier will be in the movie too. My memory is not as good as it used to (although it was never good in the first place), but I don’t remember an aircraft carrier robot in the cartoons. Maybe it’s a creation from the comic book universe, and Bay wanted it to be merged with the sequel? Anyone knows if there’s an aircraft carrier robot to be found in the ‘Transformers’ comic or toy universe??!!

Besides the newcomers, the regulars of ‘Optimus Prime’, ‘Starscream’ and ‘Bumblebee’ (YES!!!) will be back, and of course, Megan 'Foxy' Fox will act as nice fillers in between the robot action. New human characters that will appear are such as:

CHUCK - Sam's roommate at Princeton that runs a conspiracy theory website. A funny guy that is shocked to see his conspiracy theories come to life.

PROFESSOR COLAN - Sam's physics professor at Princeton. An arrogant intellectual who compares himself to Einstein and also wears leather pants to school to look cool. Only in Michael Bay movies, folks.

MOMMA SIMMONS – Momma to the first movie’s Simmons character, she's a tough and sarcastic momma that runs a deli/butcher shop with her son in Brooklyn in this sequel.

Mr. GALLOWAY - National Security Advisor and presidential liaison.

Ms. THERESA - Sgt. Epps' (from 1st movie) wife, a comedic character that is sassy, sexy and classy. She also has 4 kids. Bummer.

MASSIVE DYNAMICS CEO - Corporate CEO appears in front of congress to testify (for something that is still not yet clear).

TEXAS CONGRESSMAN - Investigating the purpose of the "Automated Defensive Initiative" developed by Massive Dynamics, acting on behalf of the Congressional Committee.

FBI DIRECTOR – Filler character that is to give a press release to assure the public they are in safe hands against the robot attacks.

CNN REPORTER - Reporting on incidents related to the robots, i.e. missile strikes and bombings in various cities.

U.S. MILITARY LEADER – A tough military character with a great sense of humor.

UK SPECIAL FORCES LEADER – Just simply a kick-ass cool character.

In fact, I actually had a copy of a draft story for ‘Transformer 2’. Yup, the entire ‘Transformers 2’ story is in my hard drive. I took a peak at it, and good God it felt like its a fanboy’s first wetdream.

I just hope Michael Bay pulls it off again in ‘Transformers 2’. I practically fell in love with the first one, although it’s not perfect, but it sure was close (I watched it 8 times in the cinema & 9 times on DVD, and I’m not done yet).

But with America facing so much attacks and since they have ‘Autobots’ protecting them 24/7, I went around town to see whether Malaysia have it’s own ‘Autobots’ to protect our beloved tanah darahku. I know they are out there…you need more than what meets the eye to spot them, a secret fanboy’s autobotic sixth sense…and lo and behold I actually found one!!!! BEHOLD:

Autobot ‘Saga perWira Gen negative 2’. Look!! It even has a black speaker box as its voice to confront the deadly bad ‘Decepticons’: “Mana I.C??? Tunjok I.C!!! RM50? Ok, Jalan.”

I feel so safe already. To sign off, here's some a retro moment for all fanboys out there: the cartoon theme song!!! WoOooOOO-HoOooOoOo !!! Until next time !!!

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