Archive for March, 2007



13
Mar
07

SPM Galore

The yesteryears: “Mom! I got 12A1s for my SPM!”This is what we have now: “Oh Mom! I only got 17A1s, short by two only…”This world has gotten crazier by the year. During my time, the most As a student managed to score was only 17 A1s. Unfortunately even today, that number still remains the same. None can break themselves for the stigma of having horrendous 17 subjects for your examinations. It seems impossible to take all of those, especially when those undertaking subjects are mainstream and requires countless hours of studying. Unless you are taking those silly subjects of such as ‘Bread Baking’, ‘Shirt Seaming’, and ‘Origami’ (I am not sure about the existence of ‘Origami’ subject though but it might be in the list), you might get a shot in getting those huge bulk of good grades in your result slip. Just for the record, SPM is a Malaysian equivalent to the British GSCE.Now, here is another God-forsaken scenario. Nadiah Amirah Jamil had a smirk on her face as she and her parents were photographed for the papers’ publication. It was claimed she was not pleased with her result but also not disappointed by it. Yeah, right! I am not resounding some envious statement here. All I got to say about this is that her below-par achievement is a total let-down as the local paper kept on bragging her possible success to fork out straight A1s in all of her 19 subjects. Then here comes reality. She was only able to get 14 A1s and 4 A2s out of those 19 subjects, leaving a sole B3 for ‘English for Science and Technology’. But honestly, even I was not able to produce an A for the damn subject. I mean, how ridiculous it is to have another subject for English that was supposed to be designated for the teachings of Science but having endless gibberish on those general knowledge in environment and technology instead. And thus, the name ‘English for Science and Technology’. She even had two books published for her achievements she had done during her earlier secondary education. And we are talking about “motivations for success” kind of book. Oh God! This highly publicized lass eventually hit the dirt. Her not-so-excellent success was overshadowed by even more extravagant achievements as repeated by Yeo Jie Ming (from Penang) and Melissa Sia Ying Ying (from Sabah). These two are the ones who managed to nail all those 16 A1s, which is better than having just 14 A1s and bragging-rightfulness of 4 A2s. And I repeat, it’s a repetitive success. As statistic is concerned, Sabah had produced quite a number of high-achievers for SPM throughout the years. But the one who really stood out is Siti Fatimah Mukhtar (from Kelantan, again) who scored 17 A1s and an A2. Definitely a wow factor. But somehow, in Melissa’s case, she is the youngest to score an exceptional 16 A1s.

My SPM resultsFinally, I managed to score the best result ever!!!Somehow no one is able to overcome that illusive 17 A1s barrier. How’s that for the cynical arrogance! But the local paper (it was mentioned that the paper responsible is Utusan Malaysia) and the parents are to be blamed for the over-glorified statement about Nadiah. Nadiah claimed that she did not propagating about having all A1s in her 19 subjects for her SPM examinations. And another nut crack case. Jabez Ho is saying 16 A1s are not enough. He is not satisfied with a B grade for his ‘Music’ subject and submitted an appeal for the paper. If this is to be changed (for the better result of having an A, of course), Jabez will scored a straight 17 A1s for this time. He also mentioned that Nor Amalina (another 17 A1s star in the SPM Hall of Fame from the year 2004, which also happens to be my SPM year)was his idol and inspiration for success. What is so disgusting bothering me about it is that Nor Amalina claimed her glamour only in the SPM level but fell to shame when she was kicked out from her college of choice in London, Cheltenham Ladies College. Well good luck there, Jabez.So final question here is, what is the whole deal of getting so many As in your examinations? Some seek fame for the exemplary achievements displayed, some seek self-satisfaction, some are doing it for the excuse of “I can do it too because my next-door neighbour can do it”. Even the Ministry of Education is actually not encouraging students to take so many subjects as it deemed as useless. For once, I agree with the Ministry of Education about this issue. So what is the whole point exactly? Having more As does not mirror the possible success in the future, not to mention of getting a better job. Believe me, unless you get the job that suits your interest, the job that you are having or will be having is a total crap. Passion is the drive. So don’t do ambitions simply because it is popular. Choose with your heart, aim for the job that appeals more to you. So back to the real topic. Now we get things down the wire. We witnessed the astounding Nor Amalina a few years ago and now, she’s back to rot after dropped out from her college of choice. Sitting for many paper for your examinations is an apparent trend of students these days. But it’s justified alright. You do gain the popularity at the end of the day and the extra merit is you will be more hardworking than ever in order to achieve those ambitious results. But do bear in mind, this is a cruel world. No matter how hard you work for the countless numbers of As in your examination but in the working field later, the spectrum changes altogether. If you are in for success, you better work yourself out to get the goal that you are aiming for.


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12
Mar
07

The Departed (movie review)

Finally I got time to watch The Departed. And here is my review (may contain spoilers).

This film by Martin Scorsese had proved another point to Scorsese’s brilliant directing. And here is the rip-off. Being adapted from the Hong Kong movie, Infernal Affairs, this remake is indeed a total copy of the original. Undermining those minor changes to the storyline, the plot is definitely the same. This is rather a let-down, given that the story is predictable and lame. I am saying this because all of those lame Hong Kong movies are very lame and appeared consistent to each other with their boring police and triad battle storyline. But what is different about Infernal Affairs, however, is that it is the first movie involving spies on both sides of the police force and the triad. Lame, I have said to those Hong Kong movies (the last time I watched on TV was last month during my holidays, and I was quick to turn the channel) but the obvious differences that Scorsese made in The Departed are the violent scenes that remarkably Scorsese and the well written script. At least, for once, Leonardo DiCaprio is not talking rubbish. What I really admire about this movie is actually the script writing. It is among the best so far (in my interpretation, of course).

So what is the whole deal of The Departed? Given the vicious gunfights expected between the battle of the police and the mob, the movie is indeed a bloodbath. So Infernal Affairs to The Departed? I was guessing The Departed is about those countless death as a result from the mob’s dominance, which was hinted throughout the movie. But the screenplay writer, William Monahan, claimed that it is about the people who are departed from their actual job and deal themselves into something else. And he also claimed that he did not referred (and not even ever watched) the original adaptation of Infernal Affairs. Well, I don’t speak Cantonese anyway. So I won’t be able to get a clue of what are they talking about. The only ridicule flaw that I came to light is the excessive use of profanity, specifically “fuck” and “cocksucker”. And here I go, what the fuck? Is Monahan fuckin’ nuts? Is Scorsese fucking accept those fucking script? And even those fucking cast of this fucking movie! They don’t give a fuck about talking all of those fucking bullshit. Are they fucking lost their mind? So fuck it. I mean, I better stop it.

The Departed
Ouch! That’s gotta hurt… a lot!

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10
Mar
07

How I Might Look Like

Struck by boredom, I tried to entertain myself by the adequate dosage of internet. So I was browsing through some funny sites and I stumble upon this particular (interesting) one. MyHeritage is a web page dedicated to genealogy and one of its special feature is this celebrity face match-up. All you have to do is to upload your picture and leave the rest of the recognition, matching, and tracing works to them. Of course I have a try on this cool feature. Scrolling through my picture album, I just grab a recent mugshot self-portrait which I considered as decent. Result?

Me... and Madhuri DixitIntroducing the new me, Madhuri DixitWTF?! Me in likings to Madhuri Dixit? Just in case you do not know, Madhuri Dixit is a Bollywood star. Yeah, an Indian movie star. The bit is Madhuri Dixit was one of Miss World 2004 finalist. Oh God! I never felt so “pretty” before in my life. However the match-up is only 66% of similarity. Obviously not satisfied with the results, I uploaded yet another picture. This time though, I put up an old picture of mine, when I was in matriculation studies.

Me!I used to look like thisAnd I wait… never to expect the bizarre outcome. Believe me, it’s very bizarre.

Tyra BanksThis is how I might look like…Yes, this is Tyra Banks. This one is definitely a shocker. I never imagined myself to look like Tyra Banks. And this time, it’s a 78% match-up. A very high percentage. So that does it. The conclusion is I have a feminine look and it’s a good looking one too. But I do notice the flaw of this awesome tryout. If you position yourself to a different angle or distort your face a bit or even edit it with some Photoshop™ touch-up, you will have different results. Nevertheless this website is good enough for you to fool around and make those silly comparison with those I’m a famous bitch celebrity.


The National Film Censorship Board had a change of heart, apparently, when they had finally give Tsai’s I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone another chance to make it to the local big screen. But here’s the catch (duh!). It is limited to art house cinemas and not without cutting out some unwanted scenes. Yeah, the usual no-strings attached conditions. Read here for more. 

09
Mar
07

One Lousy Weekend… Again

Yes, again. Another lousy weekend. Well there are the usuals; the seemingly endless notes to study and to revise on, then the good-for-nothing all-day-long epidemiology lecture, and as addition, crappy internet connection. Just as I was on the boost for the blogging passion, I had to face the unnecessary obstacle of not having internet for this weekend. Somehow I am connected now but it is not at par of an excellent performed speed. That is translated as slow video loading from Youtube and interrupted internet radio streaming. Oh this is SO hateful. Needless to say, one lousy weekend.


300“Very nice… How much?”

300Gorgo (lady): Honey, don’t forget to wear your armor.Leonidas (guy): What?! No way! The guys will call me sissy later!

300Not the usual boy band cover album out thereAlas, the movie ‘300’ made its premiere. Too bad that the absence of cinema in the vicinity failed me to make a review on the movie that I had been anticipated for. Roughly this movies is the ideal fusion of cinematography of ‘Sin City’, the iconic hero figure equivalent to ‘Gladiator’, and the war storyline of ‘Troy’. Check our local times for movie screening. I will watch the movie, once I have the chance for it.

05
Mar
07

Unjustified Ban

“After 15 years abroad, Sarawak-born director Tsai Ming-liang came home to make a film in Malaysia.Now that he is ready to screen it here, the National Censorship Board has banned it.”This is an excerpt taken from The Star Online. The film entitled, ‘Hey Yanquan‘ or ‘I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone’ is yet another victim of atrocity of the National Censorship Board (NCB). It is acknowledged that movies that is considered as indecent and immoral for the local society will be banned for screening. This includes movies that may content possible sentiments of violence, sex, defamation, and racism. The big problem here is that this movie does fall in any of those categories. And if it should be categorized as such, there is simply no concrete excuse to ban this movie altogether. The director insisted on depicting the movie in regards to Malaysia, though the setting is in Kuala Lumpur. The theme, as claimed by Tsai, is about human relationship and the need for man to find love, warmth and someone they can depend on.Apparently NCB had their eyes blinded by the fact of the achievements of this film, which includes several Golden Horse awards from Taiwan and even granted an exclusive premiere at the Venice International Film Festival last year. This is not the first time such acclaimed local film gotten axed by the nanny NCB. Even the movie ‘Cepet and ‘Gubra‘ were almost banned for local screening. What NCB needs is a change of attitude and the spectrum of thinking. They never had an open mind to accept the universal idea of a movie. Instead what NCB should ban is ‘Cicakman‘, ‘Fantastic Four’, and ‘Happy Feet’ for being too ridiculous for public viewing. So what, I don’t enjoy such films. Yet how come other movies that is so great that it’s award-winning, being banned in this country? The worst of this matter is that this movie is locally produced and is not recognised by its own motherland. The menacing NCB must be stopped at all cost. People like them is the reason why this nation will never achieved the developed nation status by 2020. Read more about this.

05
Mar
07

False Alarm

The campus authority tried to pull off a joke to the students early just now. Coincidently, they are attempting it during the festivity of the 15th day of the Lunar New Year a.k.a. Chap Goh Mei. And so I was, doing my own business, indulging myself into Death Note anime via YouTube, and that’s when it happened. The alarm bell rang. I shrugged it off in the beginning but as the alarm persisted on, my curiosity grew as well. I went to have a check. The first thought that had crossed my mind was a fire drill. That’s a no-brainer to figure out anyway. This is when the joke comes in. The electricity went out – including my laptop as I took off the battery out, relying solely on the main power. All the videos that had been loaded were gone. Damn! Sick joke… I headed on to grab my mobile phone and my wallet. Cibai. As if there is no other time to do the fire drill. At least I was not the only one complaining.

Burn...Some kind of joke for Chap Goh Mei? Is that a coconut? Or Kenny Sia? Pun intended.The fire truck came minutes later after the “victims” safely evacuated from their respective residence. Fire was set ablaze. What a cheesy gimmick. And surely I was not willing to entertain the whole scenario any further. After checking the names for inspection, we went straight back. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I repeat, nothing gained. Just another waste of time on saving our asses from those imaginary fire.

Just for showNo fire extinguisher allowed. Supposedly to accelerate the imaginary fire.

Water!Maybe this will help.

04
Mar
07

Weekend Blues

This is only a feedback post as a support for my friends.Weekend slumber – the only means of escapade for the students in this campus. Frankly, this does not apply to the students community only, even the white and blue collared workforce are benefiting from it. On my personal view, I simply won’t allow any annoying and unwanted interruption during these valuable times. But not this time. My weekend ha finally been violated. No longer a virgin. Okay, I exaggerated on the latter but there is no denying to this. Lets begin with it. Firstly, there is this one particular class that goes by the name “Epidemiologi” or Epidemiology in English (so as to understand, duh!). The given slots were on Mondays at 8am to 9am, and Tuesdays at 8pm to 10pm. Honestly speaking, I might not be able to attend the morning class as I am not a morning person – I always have troubles waking up early in the morning. So night classes are suited well for me. Yet these classes are never a reality. The whole class was on an apparent cancellation. I gave a thought that this course may be canceled altogether. Save those last prayers. The lecturer in-charge, finally, made his appearance. This person is a devil in human form. He indulges into sex and lust while enjoying himself on people’s suffering. And what I meant was the students’ sufferings. Hence, the wheel of misfortune was set to motion.My friends and I have a habit to sign for attendance for the early part of the class and skipping it during the middle of the session. My friends did that. I had the intention myself later on after their act. When I was about to make my move, the lecturer made a sudden on-spot quiz. What the… and I was totally not prepared for it. And so, being a devil as he is, he walked up the lecture hall towards my side at the back side. He was querying about my friends whereabouts. I was tongue-tied. I weakly replied,”I don’t know. He just went out like that…”Do add that fading trail of that sentence. I really said that. Clearly unsatisfied with my lame answers, he asked for my friend’s name. Just to notify that only a friend of mine was the sole scapegoat. The other made a lucky break for it. Hesitated but intimidated. I had to give out his name, though I was not willing to sale off my friend just like that. Suddenly this might make up another version of the movie ‘The Departed’. I was swift to give my friend an alarm call to come back. And so he did – thankfully. I had no resentment against that lecturer before this. In fact I was not bothered. But the circumstances of today’s events had changed my mind. I had to be more cautious if I should considered on skipping his stupid, lousy, useless, good for nothing, fucking class. Even worse, I had to betray my friend. Though forgiven, I was still not happy about it. Obviously not happy about it. Read Ah Tat’s blog and Wai Yeap’s blog for better rendition.


My DVD goodiesPirated goods. Good for my money. Bad for the industry.Yay! Got my DVDs for the movies that I wanted badly, ‘The Departed’ and ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’. When you notice the odd-looking cover of it, it is pretty obvious that it is a pirated copy. Never follow this bad habit. Support the industry. Buy the original products.




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