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Movie Review: I, Robot

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Just got back from another movie session, this time I, Robot. In a nutshell, the story takes place in the year 2035 in Chicago, where robots are an everyday household item and everyone trusts them, except for one paranoid Chicago Homicide Detective Spooner (Will Smith). The story basically begins when he gets a call to investigate a crime he believes perpetrated by a robot.

This action/sci-fi flick lives up to my expectations with Will Smith giving his usual quirky one liners. The CGI in this movie is quite good with details focusing on the robots integrating with the human society. Ooo.. I love the Audi concept car used in the movie, wish they can start manufacturing it in my lifetime. Anyways, this movie really makes the audience think about the pros and cons of technology and how it can evolve for the better or worst of the human race. Overall, it’s an entertaining movie for me, not a dull moment.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Cast : 3
Sound : 4
Picture : 4
Storyline: 4

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Wisdom Tooth *ouch*

Friday, July 30, 2004

Removed my wisdom tooth yesterday and it was an experience I would not want to go through again unless it's a life or death scenario. The dentist took almost an hour to removed the tooth as he claims that my root was to bulky, thus he had to split the tooth in half and remove it one at a time.. ouch.. the sound of the whole procedure was so so scary.. hearing makes you twitch.. heheh.. anyways.. thank God everything is ok.

Today, I still feel numbness on my cheek and sighh.. only poridge for the next few days. It still hurts tough, but thanks to the painkillers, it makes things much much easier. hehe..
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Football board

Thursday, July 29, 2004

I've just created a new message board dedicated to the beautiful game! It's located atSudden Launch. It's geared towards discussion and sharing of toughts on the game. Yeah I know, seems like I have nothing else better to do.. haha.. Oh well, we shall see what happens to the board.

I've recently downloaded this software 'Pocket Lamp' for the pocket pc. It's a simple software that generates a white screen with the highest light setting, thus transforming your pocket pc into a source of light. It's not that bright but it's quite handy as a temporary source of light if you ever need it in dark places.. you never know.
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Holiday: Penang

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

I went to Penang over the weekend with Maria. It was a refreshing trip for both of us as we've been working our butts off for the last 6 months. We stayed over at my cousin's place at Gelugor. The last time I visited Penang was a little over 15 years ago and the developement of the state is obvious with many new highrise apartments and highways on the way.

The one thing about Penang I find amazing is the fusion between the cultural and the modern aspects of the city. Many colonial buildings are preserved and some are still being restored. You can still see trishaws roaming in the city and road side food stalls... everywhere!! While we're on the subject of food, I think Penang live up to the reputation of being the 'makan' heaven of Malaysia. My cousin took us from Gurney drives' hawkers to Air Itam's laksa, we just ate and ate the whole trip. hehe..

Amogst the place we visited were,
1. Gurney drive, the bak kut teh is good and don't miss the hawkers.
2. USM
3. Air Itam laksa, hears that it's been there for > 30 years.
4. Fort Cornwallis, now restored and privatised. Entrance fee costs RM3.
5. Batu Ferringhi, the veach in Penang.
6. Little India, lotsa Bollywood VCD and Cds here!!
7. City Hall and the banking buidings.
8. Khoo kongsi, a clan house in Penang.
9. Char Koey Teow, at Lorong Selamat.
10. Hawkers near Sunway Hotel. Nice if you want variety.
11. Botanical Garden. Lots of monkeys!! Just don't feed them and you're okay.

Hmmm.. that's all I can remember. I noticed there are many espeacially those from the mid east. Overall, it's a great short holiday. 3 days is too short, should've spend at least 5 days.. then it wouldn't be so rush. Sigh.. back to work tomorrow.
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Movie Review: King Arthur

Thursday, July 22, 2004

On the way to work this morning, I was driving behind a police car and I noticed on the rear windscreen, SMS POLIS 39988. Wow! I didn’t know that our Police force are keeping with the times. That got me thinking, how does this sms service work? Do I just write a message and wait for their response? or is it more like an info-line service? It’s 70 cents per sms anyways, must as well just call 999.

Went to the movies yesterday with Shan. Reuben, Aravind and Karu to watch King Arthur. I heard a lot of bad reviews prior to the movie and thus, my expectations of the movie have been lowered. The movie is set in 452 AD where, Arthur is a conscript in the army of the Holy Roman Empire and is assigned to protect a Roman outpost at Hadrian's Wall with his knights Lancelot, Gawain, Galahad, and Bors from the threat of Woad barbarians (led by Merlin). The story gets interesting when, a Roman bishop shows up on the day before Arthur and his knights are to earn their freedom, and sends them on a dangerous mission deep into Woad territory and if that’s not bad enough, the Saxons are invading from the north, killing everything in their path.

The movie is not as bad as I expected. The story is actually not too bad but the fact that it’s suppose to be an ‘epic’ film doesn’t quite click. The battle scenes are tame compared to the likes of LOTR or Gladiator, and the characters are not really well developed, hence the audience doesn’t get the feel of the characters. Of course there must be one comedian in the movie, and this comes from likes of the bear like Bors. Take note on how he calls his children. Overall, the movie isn’t all that bad and it’s actually quite entertaining if you don’t expect too much from it.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Cast : 3
Sound : 3
Picture : 3
Storyline: 3.5

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Lesson for the day...

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Wow.. it's been raining the whole night and this morning, the weather is really good; cloudy, drizzly and wet. Reminds me of Melbourne during winter. Anyways, here is today's story.

Doneky Part I

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!


Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Doneky Part II

The donkey later came back and bit the $**t out of the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.


When you do something wrong and try to cover your @$$, it always comes back to bite you.
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Game Review: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Monday, July 19, 2004

This game has been keeping me busy at nights for the past 2 weeks. This is the first Game Boy Advance (GBA) game I’ve actually tried playing and surprisingly, it’s really good. The game plot is pretty simple, it revolves around Mario and Luigi’s attempt to catch the villainous Cackletta, a powerful sorceress from a neighboring Kingdom, who steals Princess Peach's voice and replacing her fair speech with explosives.

At first glance, the graphics and the plot seems a bit childish, however, the ingenious storyline with an excellent sense of humour and an interesting gameplay makes up for it. As with all RPGs you start off with basic moves and will gain special moves and tools as your experience level increases from combat. Not only will the game test your reflexes, your mental ability would be challenged as well with many mini-games found through out the quest.

I’m 2/3 done with the game (I think!) and I really enjoy playing the game. I would recommend it to anyone who owns a GBA and haven’t played a good GBA game for a long time.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Graphic : 4.5
Sound : 5
Gameplay : 5
Storyline: 4.8


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Top 3 news last week

3. Nope, that's not the Explore Races' route marker, it's the new 'Beware of snatch theives' signboard.
2. One hand baggage rule will be enforced from 1st August in KLIA. So if you're planning to bring your China (red, white and blue) plastic bag, CPU, rice cooker or guitar on board the plane... don't bother.
1. Crikey! Four UFOs has been sighted in KL, particularly in the vacinity of the Klang river. If you spot any of these Floating Objects, please contact the wildlife deapartment. DO NOT APPROACH the objects.

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TV Review: Malaysian Idol (11 of 33)

Saturday, July 17, 2004

was watching Malaysian Idol earlier, quite dull I would say. There were no audience, the stage were as if it was setup in the last minute and overall, it lacks the lustre and splendor of American Idol. The contestants however, were pretty good with most of them opting for 'safe' songs. Oh well it's the first season anyways, hopefully things will pick up.
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muahahaha... relocated!

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Just found out that I can actually blog from my pocket pc via a program called 'Pocket Blog'. Therefore , I'll be closing my Xanga account and relocating it here at

It's been awhile (1 year) since I posted up anything.. haha.. it's called lazy and too busy. We shall see what happens this year..

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