Archive | January, 2007

Movie Review – The Departed – It’s Teh Good

The Departed

‘The Departed’ is set in South Boston, where the state police force is waging war on organized crime. Young undercover cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate run by gangland chief Costello (Jack Nicholson). While Billy is quickly gaining Costello’s confidence, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department.

I heard a lot of people saying this movie wasn’t that good and that the original (Infernal Affairs) was much better, so I wasn’t expecting much when I watched it finally.

Suffice to say I pleasantly surprised to find it was a truly excellent movie.

IMDB backs this up, as the movie has gone virtually straight in at the number 76 spot of the best 250 movies of all time.

I have watched both Infernal Affairs I and II but haven’t yet watched III (apparently ties up some lose ends).

Some people say the time transitions in The Departed aren’t very smooth and somewhat confusing, but I have to say it left me a hell of a lot less confused than Infernal Affairs did.

I mean what’s the nonsense with changing actors completely when the character gets 5 years older? It totally threw me off!

Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio played their respective roles excellently, battling against each other through-out the movie.

The Departed

I’m glad to see Leonardo DiCaprio getting some good roles again, he’s been making a comeback since Catch me if you can and The Aviator. I also knew he was a good actor since I saw What’s eating Gilbert Grape.

I thought Jack Nicholson was also excellent as the mob boss Costello, he plays that certain kind of sociopath psycho very well, a lot of people complained it was a bad choice and compared to Eric Tsang..But remember this movie has been changed and a lot of the Asian cultural references had to be removed as they wouldn’t be understood, nor be relevant.


The cinematography and direction was of course excellent as expected by Martin Scorsese.

The irony of the whole storyline will of course be familiar if you’ve seen Infernal Affairs and this movie does delivery it all, it’s hard hitting and gripping.

If you haven’t watched it, I recommend it.

If you think Infernal Affairs is better…I disagree, in some ways Infernal Affairs is better..but in more ways it’s not.

So The Departed wins.

I give it a gripping 9/10, one of the best movies of 2006.

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The Downfall of Malaysia My Second Home Program (MM2H)

Ah once again another case of something fucking up due to corruption/stupidity/greed etc etc.

This time it’s the Malaysia My Second Home Program (MM2H), you can read about this crap over here at the original site.

Malaysia My Second Home Programme is promoted by the Government of Malaysia to allow people from all over the world who fulfill certain criteria, to stay in Malaysia as long as possible on a social visit pass with a multiple entry visa. The Social Visit Pass is initially for a period of ten (10) years (depending on the validity of the applicants’ passport) and is renewable.

The basic premise is, if you stick RM300,000 in a fixed deposit you get a social visit pass for up to 10 years.

It seem as though some hanky panky has been going on though, fingers in the piggy bank mister?

The news report is kind of shocking too, it’s apparently so messed up…they can’t even tell us what happened? You can read about it from The Star here.

Among the requirements for those intending to make Malaysia their home under the programme is for those below the age of 50 to have a fixed deposit of RM300,000 in a local bank. They are allowed to withdraw up to RM240,000 after one year on condition that the money is invested in Malaysia.

“Unfortunately during this transition period (one year), some of the officers from a department did something which is not nice for me to sa

I can guess it’s one of the following:

1) Officers taking bribes so the applicants don’t have to make the full deposit, just immediately put the RM60,000 in
2) Officers taking bribes so the applications don’t have to make any deposit at all
3) Applicants making legitimate deposits only to find their money has disappeared
4) Applicants withdrawing their RM240,000 only to find it’s rapidly shrunk
5) Something else fishy

Whichever it was, this is a fine case for transparency, they should tell us exactly what has transpired, who was responsible and how long they are going to be in prison for..not some shite like this.

“A few officers from the department have been sacked for not following the stipulated rules and regulations on fixed deposits,” Tengku Adnan told reporters after launching a six-page special supplement entitled “Panorama 6” for the Japanese market in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2007 at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.

He said he did not want to discuss or elaborate on the problems within the department as the matter was being sorted out.

There seems be another related problem with the agents that ‘help’ people with their MM2H applications…or help relieve them of their money anyway.

As for the local agents appointed by the ministry to help foreigners with their MM2H applications, he said some were charging up to US$15,000 (RM52,500) for their services.

“The agents are only allowed to charge a maximum of US$2,500 (RM8,750) but some of them are known to have charged between US$10,000 and US$15,000 (RM35,000-RM52,500).


The whole thing seems like a huge stinking scam anyway.

Other mentions:

Where’s the Transparency?
Relaunch of MM2H

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Singapore – Little India

After visiting Bugis Street I proceeded on to Little India, which is located just behind around Jalan Besar.

There’s a Little India MRT station so you can get off there if you wish to visit. It’s a very vibrant area with a lot of colours, sights and smell. With hustle and bustle everywhere, even better during the time I was there was Deepvali, so it was lit up very nicely too.

As you can see it was quite hazy while I was there..

Happy Deepvali



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Say NO To Adsense/Adverts On Personal Blogs

If you’ve noticed I’ve removed all the Adsense from this blog!

Say no to Adverts for personal blogs, yah!

I’ve also moved the referal stuff down to the bottom of the sidebar so it’s no in your face anymore, I do support Firefox so I might move that one back up.

We’ll see.

You can use this button to support the cause 😉

No Adverts!

You can copy and paste this code to get the banner:

Anyway…now it’s gone I noticed the pages load much faster, and it looks neater of course.

I did it as an experiment anyway, it didn’t make much money, I can show you exactly how much in fact.

Adsense -

Yeah this is over almost 2 years, kind of sad eh.

(No this is not against the Adsense TOS – As long as you don’t show eCPM or CTR you are ok).

You agree not to disclose ………(b) click-through rates or other statistics relating to Site performance in the Program provided to You by Google; …….However, You may accurately disclose the amount of Google’s gross payments to You pursuant to the Program

So yeah you can say I’ve been there and done that.

I think personal blogs shouldn’t be polluted with ads, that’s why I never put anything else in here like Chitika or similar, I just have Text Link Ads which I’ll keep as they are very unobtrusive.

If you want to make money from blogging, get a domain, and create a real blog on one subject with niche content and real quality articles.

If you blog about a variety of subjects and personal stuff, don’t bother with ads as it’s just annoying and slows your site down.

It doesn’t really earn anything, this money I earned from this domain is barely enough to pay for the hosting.

Personal blogs are destined to make little or no money due to the way contextual advertising works. If your subjects are too scattered your ads won’ be properly targeted so you’ll get all the non-targeted adverts which have horribly low eCPM rates.

So do everyone a favour and take the 3 embedded adblocks out of your posts and get a real job, or make a real nice blog if you do want to make money from the intrawebnets.

Anyway don’t be a sucker, remove your ads.

BTW do keep commenting please, it makes me so happy 😀 That means comments that are relevant to the topic, not just random shite 😛

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Out with the old, in with the NEW – IV

Ah finally I got around to replacing my poor old mouse, you might remember I did write about what a terrible condition it was in and how it stopped charging…

Rusty MX700

My Poor old Logitech MX700 Has Gone Rusty!

After that I even went and bought some new rechargeable batteries for it, but that didn’t help.

It came time to retire the old MX700, my favourite mouse so far!


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Help the Flood Victims in Johor Directly

A bro of mine with a big loving kukujiao is setting off down to Johor again to give some aide directly to the flood victims (On the 27th January, this weekend).

So get your donations moving fast!

Rather than giving to some organisation which happens to get siphoned off to buy durians for some minister…I prefer to give to this guy and his kind hearted 4×4 drivers who are willing to drive down and lend a hand.

I shall then use the money to go buy stuff and then sent them down south. An update on the first batch of stuff we brought down was that all are passed out to the families around that Kampung Jawa area, the uniforms we brought to school there and passed out to those who came to school without wearing school uniforms.

The details for payment are available here.

Send your donations to the details in the post above.

Notice: Please retain the slip, and those who transfer, please print the receipt or print screen.

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Porn up Rape Down! Malaysians Need MORE PORN

With all this serious shite going on, I thought I’d better post something pseudo-politic and pretend that I know everything about everything like all those socio-politikus bloggers..

Anyway the point is a recent academic paper was published (this is not some tabloid crap article) that porn means less rape, I tend to agree.

The incidence of rape in the United States has declined 85% in the past 25 years while access to pornography has become freely available to teenagers and adults. The Nixon and Reagan Commissions tried to show that exposure to pornographic materials produced social violence. The reverse may be true: that pornography has reduced social violence.

In laymans terms:

More porn = more wanking = more wanking = less horny feelings = less rape!

I’m a genius.

Funny enough the BBC also asked is porn good for society?

But frankly..this is a serious issue, the rape rates in Malaysia are terrible, I believe this is due to the closed nature of society and the religious state government which marks any close contact as haram.

This makes people sexually repressed, humans have to fuck, men need to have sex it’s a basic function that needs to be satisfied, if you don’t give them the societal freedom to satisfy their base urges…they will do what they have to do.

And rape someone, maybe it’s their daughter, or sister, or mother..or some stranger.

But it will happen, and it does happen…all the time.

Porn is closely linked to this, if you are horny watch some porn on TV and jerk off, don’t go and rape someone.

The paper is located here

BTW please do comment on my blog more, I know loads of people are reading..I thrive on comments, more comments = more motivation to post..I like things to be interactive

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Singapore – Bugis Street

A while ago I was in Singapore so I decided to head to the famous Bugis Street market, and on from that to Little India as it’s nearby.

Again I was limited to a 50mm and a 90mm prime at this time as I had no other lenses!

Bugis Street is an explosion of colours, smells and tastes with all kinds of things on sale and all kinds of characters selling them.

I managed to capture a little bit of the hustle bustle and what was going on there, a little bit of street photography 🙂

This is the famous Bugis Street market, always busy..

Bugis Street

Bugis Junction, just outside where you come off from the MRT.

Bugis Junction

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Pussy and Pink

A while ago I was at Peter’s place to help with his car, which was rather unsuccessful…so I took some pictures instead.

From now on I shall catch up with processing my pictures and uploading them as I am months and months behind. I’ve been too busy with other stuff lately.

Introducing Pussy and the Pinks.

Thirsty Cat

This shot is my current wallpaper


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I hate that shitty preview shite.

Take it off your sites you assholes.


I don’t want to pop up in my face when I run my cursor over some anchor text so I can see the link location in my status bar.

It disrupts my reading.

I don’t know why you use it anyway as it takes traffic away from your site, not brings it.

You may well think it’s cool and “web two point oh”..

But it’s not it’s just gay and annoying.

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