Archive | April, 2008

You are still my champion!

Hanis – 3rd place *sigh*

Hanis at MDG Finale

Why like that one?

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Hennessy Artistry at Zouk with DJ Andrew K & Keri

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago the 2008 Hennessy Artistry parties would be kicking off in KL and Penang – 18th & 19th April.

I attended the KL party on April 18th with a whole lot of other famous bloggers and we partied the night away in the VIP section with plenty of tasty Hennessy cocktails (Hennessy and Ginger Ale rocks it).

Anyway the party was at Zouk – Jalan Ampang right in front of the Iconic KLCC Towers. The party itself was actually down in Velvet.

Hennessy Artistry at Zouk KL

The crowd where there signing up, those who signed up online, invited guests and VIP/Media.

Crowd Outside

Atmospheric entrance to Zouk.

Entrance to Zouk

DJ Keri was there of course singing with a rocking orange wig and corset..

DJ Keri at Zouk - KL

She looks better in the magazine pics really 馃檪 But then she has been married 18 years and has two kids – not bad eh?

DJ Keri at Zouk - KL

These two were the only ones really dancing during DJ Keri’s set, the dance floor was pretty quiet.

Dancing

VJ Callen working the visuals.

VJ Callen

Bloggers rocking the dance floor.

Bloggers Dance

Keri finishing up her set.

Finishing UP

Lot’s of teh femes bloggers.

Bloggers

Simon Seow, Jen Kin Yat, KY and FireAngel.

After that DJ Andrew K started his set and the place started moving, he played some pretty sweet tunes I have to say.

DJ Andrew K

He really got the dance floor rocking and the party rocking.

Zouk Hennessy

Lot’s of booze – yay!

Hennessy V.S.O.P

Plenty of hot babes.

Hot Babe

Discussing Drinking?

Discussing Drinking

Just Drinking!

Just Drinking

And of course happening party people!

Party People

Party People

Party People

The dance floor was pretty packed by then and the party was in full flow.

Dance Floor

Ladies were working the podium.

Ladies Dancing

And word up to my British homeboy James!

James and his MAD FACE

I think it’s only healthy to end the post with some cleavage…so here you go.

Cleavage

It was definitely a rocking party and I’m looking forwards to the next Hennessy event.

You can view my full Flickr set here:

Hennessy Artistry at Zouk – April 2008

And you can read some more here..

FireAngel
Kimberlycun
Suanie
Jen Kin Yat
Simon Seow
missvickz
eiling

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We Ate This Updated – Segambut Seafood Noodles!

One of my favs last time before it became too expensive, still visit now and then for some very satisfying seafood curry noodles.

This is the plain soup type – packed full of seafood!

Segambut Seafood Noodles

More here:

Restoran Yu Ai – Segambut Seafood Noodles – Chow Yang, SS2

*Please comment over at We Ate This!*

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Royal Perak Museum (Muzium Diraja) & Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah

Nearby to Masjid Ubudiah there are some other interesting sites like the Muzium Diraja Perak and the Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah.

Seen as though we were nearby we dropped by, sadly the museum was closed on Sundays.

Just grabbed a quick shot of it over the fence, its pained in the royal perak colours.

Royal Perak Museum (Muzium Diraja)

A very cute building it was, after that we headed over to the Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah which was a beautifully laid out place. It somewhat reminded me of Putrajaya though.

Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah

Wide angle power!

Water and Palms

The fountain was beautiful.

Fountains

And there were some very nice leading lines.

Leading Lines

It was very very hot then as it was reaching midday, we headed back to Cinta Alam for lunch then to one final destination before coming back to KL.

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Movie Review – Rendition – Human Rights!

Rendition

A thriller that centers on Isabella El-Ibrahimi, the American wife of Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi, who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. Isabella desperately tries to track her husband down, while a CIA analyst at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to the man’s unorthodox interrogation.

There seems to have been a spate of politically driven movies especially regarding the middle-east conflict and similar matters. It’s to be expected I guess with the current climate, it is after all what is on peoples’ minds.

Movies such as Babel, Syriana and even Constant Gardener come to mind as they all deal with conflicts.

Extraordinary rendition and irregular rendition are terms used to describe the apprehension and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one state to another and the term ‘torture by proxy’ is used by some critics to describe situations in which the U.S. has purportedly transferred suspected terrorists to countries known to employ harsh interrogation techniques that may rise to the level of torture. SOURCE

Scary eh? Basically you can be taken from anywhere to anywhere without ANYONE knowing about it.

Rendition tells a story, some may say an almost real story of an Egyptian man seized by the US government for no apparent reason..his case is very similar to the real life case of Khalid El-Masri who went through a similar experience due to one different letter (Al-Masri vs El-Masri).

The characters are strong, especially Omar Metwally as El-Ibrahimi, you can almost feel what he’s going through.

Omar Metwally in Rendition

Supporting are Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The movie does make you think, is it ever right to torture another human being? Is what the US considers anti-terrorist action fair and just?

Do human rights matter when it comes to saving thousands of lives?

These are questioned that may be raised in your mind when watching this movie, to me that’s a good sign..it means it’s provocative and it touches on some fairly sensitive points.

The flow is good and the camera work is absolutely stunning, it’s beautifully filmed. The soundtrack goes along with the movie well.

The only flaws I would say are the lack in character development of Mrs El-Ibrahimi and the agent played by Gyllenhaal. You never really get to understand these characters or find out who they are.

Even so it’s worth a watch, I give it a strong 7/10.

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World Lupus Day – May 10th & Anything Butterfly Contest

World Lupus Day is a global awareness effort and is coming soon on May 10th, Malaysia is participating with a charity initiative driven by Shutter Asia in conjunction with Persatuan SLE Malaysia.

World Lupus Day Malaysia

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You can read more about Lupus here at Lupus Malaysia.

To raise money for we will be running a photography contest with the theme of “Anything Butterfly” – this is not limited to macro so go wild. It’s up to your interpretation.

First Prize:
Nikon D60 DSLR Camera with kit valued at RM 2,588

Second Prize:
Nikon D40x DSLR Camera with kit valued at RM 1,888

Third Prize:
Coolpix P5100 camera valued at RM 1,048

Five Merit Prizes:
Nikon CF Sprint IV binoculars valued at RM 198 each

Fifteen Consolation Prizes

Download your entry form here: World Lupus Day Entry Form

You need to submit the entry form with a minimum donation of RM10 before April 30th.

Photographs for entry MUST be taken between May 1st and May 7th and entered by May 8th 5pm. An exhibition and prize giving ceremony will be on May 10th and the exhibition will continue until May 18th. More details here.

So do enter, and keep May 10th free to support Shutter Asia and Lupus!

If you don’t mind please blog about this too, even if it’s just an aside and forward this to any friends you have that are interested in photography.

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Visting Masjid Ubudiah – Kuala Kangsar Mosque

Apparently the most beautiful mosque in Malaysia and of the most photogenic mosques in the World! Quite an accolade for humble Kuala Kangsar.

We took a trip out there on the second day of our outing as it’s fairly close to Sungai Siput, we reached there with the beautiful early morning light hitting the sides of the golden domes.

It was breathtaking with the pure blue skies. I hope I’ve captured some of its’ beauty here.

Basking in the light

Basking

Long Shadows

Masjid Ubudiah

Powerful Symmetry

Powerful Symmetry

Beautiful Minarets

Minarets

So Peaceful

Peaceful

Beneath the Sun

Sun

Pure blue

Pure Blue

Reaching Heaven

Reaching for Heaven

It was a splendid place to visit really, if you are in the area do check it out. Early morning or late afternoon would be the best times.

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Some Macro at Cinta Alam

During the weekend trip I had the chance to do a little bit of macro, I did wonder into the trees but there were just too many mosquitoes…and damn they were hungry.

I had a little look around the compound but there weren’t many subjects and it was super hot..I was of course using the cangih milk bottle diffuser!

The kitchen towel at the front was torn though so it was a little bit harsh, I might try two layers next time for extra diffusion..am out of practise too. Anyway here’s what I managed to come up with.

Tiny Grasshopper

Tiny Grasshopper

Shiny Spider

Shiny Spider

Long Legs

Long Legs

Colourful Fly, there was a blue one, red one, green one and this gold-ish one.

Colourful fly

Green Damselfly

Green Damselfly

Fruit Fly or Wasp?

Fruit Fly or Wasp

Soft Beauty

Soft Beauty

That’s all for now!

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The Streets of Ipoh

So last weekend a group of us from Shutter Asia headed out to Perak for a weekend away from the city, the occasion was the 1st anniversary of the forum!

We were staying at Cinta Alam Kelimat Eco Village, nearby Sungai Siput.

A short stop at Ipoh on the way for some food and street photography! It’s a great old city so it’s good to capture some of the details and faces there.

Family Time

Family Time

Decrepit

Decrepit

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Movie Review – Hitman – Agent 47 – Damn Cool!

Hitman - Agent 47

A gun-for-hire known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as ‘The Agency’ is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe.

I was a great fan of the Hitman (Hitman: Codename 47) games even though they were ULTRA hard….1 life, no saves, no waypoints. You have to nail the level perfectly in one shot to proceed, and damn were they hard. It was the game that introduced bullet-time too (slow motion).

I was looking forwards to this movie for some time but only just got chance to watch it, I was expecting it to be pretty bad…as most game to movie efforts so far have been poor at best. I was pleasantly surprised as it was actually quite good.

Sure it’s not going to win any Oscars..but it’s worth watching to see Olga Kurylenko naked, man she’s smoking hot.

Timothy Olyphant played Agent 47 very well, he had the character nailed down…the other characters in the movie were a little weak but it was interesting enough.

Timothy Olyphant as Hitman Codename 47

The plot was ok, the action was good (would have preferred if it were a little more graphic) and the pace decent enough. The movie somewhat reminded me of the Bourne trilogy, the style and the story too.

All in all it was an enjoyable Sunday evening movie, not too heavy and not too crappy. If you’re a fan of the game or a fan of these kind of movies it’s definitely worth a watch. Don’t expect anything ground breaking.

I give it a cool as ice 6/10.

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