Thursday, June 28, 2007

Turismo Internazionale and the 56 hour itch ... and counting!

This has got to be the most beautiful car i have ever seen..... The Alfa 159ti (Turismo Internazionale) .. Its a piece of art on wheels. .............Cleanup on aisle six!........
Last tuesday i woke up with a itch... it started on my fingers... then next thing you know my whole body was on fire.... then it started to swell but thank god it wasnt like Will Smith in the movie Hitch... although that would have been funny... I dont know of any know allergies that i have in terms of food but i remember i was bitten once when I was 10 and my whole body swelled up... I didnt see what bit me though... So im guessing something bite this time too...
I have never felt this itchy in my whole life... and i cant remember how it felt during the time i had chickenpox when i was a little kid...... its like my whole body is not fire... Anyway im on medication right now... but i dont see any difference...

Sunday, June 24, 2007


First of all I would like to apologize to Sabrina for not informing her that there was a treasure hunt last Saturday the 16th of Jun. In my defense let explain that I only knew about it the day before and also participation was limited to only 50 teams of 2. It was organized by some division of the malaysian tourism board or something like that…. actually I am not really bothered by the details… all I know is that it was not organized well… and in fact it wasn’t even a treasure hunt… it was called a shopahunt… yes… a shopahunt. It was organized to commemorate the start of the MALAYSIAN MEGA SALE!!!!....

Well let me just say that I spent the best of the afternoon running around like I was 21 all over Bukit Bintang. ….It’s midday Saturday… at the start of the MALAYSIAN MEGA SALE… and we’re running around in Low Yat, Sungei Wang, Lot 10 and Berjaya TimesSquare…… going through 60 treasure hunt question puzzlely things…. Oh wait!… there was 60 questions but they were not treasure hunt question puzzlely things…. Dono and I soon realized this wasn’t the normal treasure hunt that we have heard or participated before…. On our first round in Low Yat we had the task of looking for product or shop slogans in the whole mall….. and it was the same for all the other malls that we went to… …. In the end we only managed about 80 something points but the top 20 teams were 90 something points and above…..naturally we were disappointed but more so with the questions.

All we needed to do was be able to spot a product slogan …some were in posters the size of a shopping bag…. A feat only a true shopaholic woman’ who can spot a hot deal in a sales bin from an escalator away… Its no wonder why the top 10 teams were women…….. it was after all a SHOPAHUNT

Have been hooked on the series The West Wing for the past few weeks… I find the drama to be really really compelling and I am flabbergasted by the script. I’m into the second session already…

Meanwhile catching up with movies is getting harder and harder nowadays and it makes it worst when the movies are crap…… The week before last it was Pirates 3… so many unnecessary plots and scenes… uncharacteristic characters… its just so bad I don’t know where to start… even good performance by a talented assemble of actors could not save the black pearl from sinking… and almost 3 hours later we leave the theater… oh wait!... the cineplex, feeling frustrated…. 4/10 for me

This week it was Fantastic Four 2…. First I must say that I liked the first one… I thought it was really enjoyable… and judging it by the thriller I was impressed by The Silver Surfer… but I guess it was not to be… because the movie sucked …big time …and even thought I am a big Jessica Alba fan … and me thinks her great body looked really good in that blue suit……………… ………………………. Sorry, a little distracted there…. Actually she looked horrible in her second outing… stupid hairdo matched with an unflattering hair colour was horrible and what’s with that tan… actually it was the hair colour that caused her to look more tanned then usual and the blue contacts didn’t help either… …errrrr…what were was I writing about? ...oh…right… Fantastic Four 2… well it was bad with a capital Z…. 4/10 for me.

On the DVD front I managed to sample an interesting spy movie called The Good Shepherd. It was surprisingly good but beware, its very slow moving but it builds up very nicely… The only thing I did not like about the movie is Matt Damon …..he was not convincing enough to portray a covert founder of the CIA… very weak… anyway my take …6/10

I finally watched Apocalypto…. It was so well made I was like woah!!! Cool!… but I don’t know what the hype was all about making it in a long lost mayan language… … because I believe the movie’s plot is so downright simple… you could watch it with the volume down and still understand what was going on… Anyway ….. it was a refreshing take on an over used plot… 7/10 for me.

I don’t know if I have said this before but I hate Nicolas Cage full stop….. I hate that he tries so hard to be an action hero star… don’t believe me… just look at his track record as an action star… I rest my case… so guess what I went and did… I went out and bought 3 movies I haven’t watched that has Mr Bone head…. The Wicker Man, The Weather Man and the Lord of War…
So far I watched The Lord of War and I must say its pretty good… but its strives to be a cool movie… and that it is ……. but it just isn’t cool enough. One down two to go… 6/10 for me…
Gonna catch Transformers this week... fingers crossed....

Friday, June 15, 2007

Grasshopper 3 : Rise of the Insects

Yet more grasshoppers invading my garden.... this time its a different kind of species. It seems to like munching on the leaves of my coin plant.... I guess they are not Indian Grasshoppers then..... hmmm lets see... The Chinese consider the coin plant to be a symbol of prosperity..... I just like the coin shaped leafs..... hmmmm.... so can these be Chinese Grasshoppers then....???
I was going thru some of my old pictures and since we are talking about insects I thought I'd put up the picture below. I have always hated taking pictures of butterflies. They never stand still long enuff for me to take a decent picture of it.... I guess i never had the patients. Then one day last April I went outside my house to wait for the sun to set... with camera ready at hand i waited but to my disappointment the sky just fizzled and died....
Then just as i was heading back into the house I notice these two butterflies just sitting quietly on this flowering plant..... even though light was fading fast... I slowly went closer and toke a few shots about 5 feet away.... .... then I went even closer some more and took more shots.... to my surprise they did not even budge.... so i went closer and closer... until finally after about 30 shots later i was about 6 inches away from these two little butterflies which were a no bigger then a 10 cent coin .......

The shots were really underexposed because the sun had already set and slowly got dark so I had to brighten the photo alittle and incressed the colour and contrast a notch or two... Im sure all of you know by now that these pictures where taken in Marco mode. Make sure you know the minimum and maximum distance your camera can go to take go macro shots...

Friday, June 08, 2007

Nothing better to do!

Found an interesting quiz while visiting Lived’s blog

You scored as a Maximus

After his family was murdered by the evil emperor Commodus, the great Roman general Maximus went into hiding to avoid Commodus's assassins. He became a gladiator, hoping to dominate the colosseum in order to one day get the chance of killing Commodus. Maximus is valiant, courageous, and dedicated. He wants nothing more than the chance to avenge his family, but his temper often gets the better of him



Captain Jack Sparrow


Lara Croft


James Bond, Agent 007


Batman, the Dark Knight


Indiana Jones


The Amazing Spider-Man


The Terminator


William Wallace


El Zorro


Neo, the "One"


Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
created with

Seems to be a tie between Cpt Jack Sparrow and Maximus but a tie breaker question gave me this result. hmmm actually I'd rather be Batman... kekeke


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Grasshopper 2

like a bad sequal to a bad movie i found two grasshoppers on my curry leave tree..... this means war!!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

New Batteries!!

(that pesky bird at the top right corner is annoying me)

I am trying to regularly go hiking again at Gasing Hill. I have to start recharging my batteries to keep myself at least relatively fit. Every Saturdays at 7.00am, I try and get my lazy ass up to start my hike at 7.30am. Chelva joins me regularly and sometimes one of my bosses follows us too. We hike about 20 to 40 minutes thru the many routes in Gasing Hill. It tends to get a little crowded on the weekends but comfortable enough for a decent hike. Parking can be a pain and the people who live there are either used to the crowd or just plain fed up with the lot of us…

People from all works of life and age converge there. Its quite embarrassing sometimes when a senior citizen passes you on the hike and then continues on thru the other routes while I crawl out to the exit..keke. Those aunties and uncles are pretty fit I tell you. There are also the usual Tai Chi people near the playground and some sort of Dog Loves group who bring their pet dogs along on their hikes… Its cute looking at the canines hike along the trail …. But then we see their owners with ziplock bags picking after their pooches shit!…eeee!

Decided to take my camera along last Saturday, and managed to take some interesting pictures.

(A Sesendul Tree one of the oldest in Gasing Hill; Some of the trails have been washed away by erosion)
This small little waterfall is part of a river... actually more like a stream which runs along Gasing Hill. When taking pictures of flowing water, try slowing down the shutter speed to highlight the movement of the water. ... Idealy set shutter speed to 1 or 2 seconds and aperture to anything smaller or equal to F8. Since my camera's capabilities are limited this was taken at half a second F4.5 Its best to use a tripod but i didnt bring mine so it took like about 10 tries to get a steady shot. I even tried resting the camera on a rock but that didnt work either..... (mental note: bring tripod next time).

(Close up of a ginger plant flower and another one growing between a srub. Again the close up shot would have been better if I had my tripod with me)
(I didn't even notice that criket until I posted it here)
(Evenbetter than Spiderman 3)

Sunday was a drag… just could not get ourselves out of bed… and when we finally got ourselves out of bed we decided to go to IKEA just to look-see-look-see… yeah right… we bought a couple of things but most importantly I bought the light fixture with for some reason I can seen to find anywhere, even at hardware and electronic stores… I can now finally put up that Peter Hoe lamp cover we bought with our wedding gift vouches we got last year.

Changed the Satria’s battery which I bought on Saturday just before it started to rain… heavily I might add… It seemed to have rained the whole weekend which from what I heard caused a number of flash floods around klang valley…

Now if you are ever planning to change your car battery by yourself, always remember to remove the negative cable first then the positive. And when connecting them to the new battery, do the reverse…. positive first then negative. Your alarm might arm itself so make sure to off the alarm before you open your doors. The clock and your radio stations will have to be reset too.
My camera's batteries are behaving themselves after i did an overnight discharge. So i guess i dont have to buy new once... well.... i wait and see..