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The 25 Things Meme from Facebook

Well I haven’t done a Meme for AGES (December 2007 was the last proper one) and this one has been going around Facebook like mad so I thought I may aswell post it here too.

1. I was born in Wales and have the most typically Welsh name ever – but I’m not really considered Welsh as I lived there less than 2 years and don’t speak a word of Welsh (ok maybe 2 words).

2. I have a huge folder full of martial arts, close protection and unarmed combat certificates but I avoid confrontation at all costs.

3. I’m a loner and 3 is my favourite number.

4. I love purple.

5. I hate that fact that every time I spell something correctly it get’s underlined in red because dictionaries default to US English.

6. I love learning about things to the point of obsession, I become totally immersed and sometimes lose focus of everything around me.

7. I am very slightly dyslexic – but it’s not serious enough to effect me badly.

8. I really really really love eating and cooking. I think they are two of the most passionate activities in life.

9. I used to think I could dance like Vanilla Ice and I knew ALL the lyrics to Ice Ice Baby.

10. I prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it.

11. I used to be horribly caustic, sarcastic and horrifically blunt. I’ve toned down a LOT.

12. I have done most sports to a decent level but at the moment I look like I’ve never done any sport in my life.

13. I wish cars in Malaysia weren’t so expensive.

14. I have no tattoos or piercings – sometimes I think I should have though.

15. In England before I smoked everyone always asked me for cigarettes because “I looked like a smoker”. So I started smoking.

16. In clubs in England everyone always used to ask me for drugs because “I looked like a drug dealer”. So I started….not going to clubs.

17. I really have low tolerance for stupid people, ok I generally have a low patience level.

18. I have grown to love shopping for clothes.

19. I am still debating if I should shave all my hair off or not.

20. I’ve driven my car round Sepang F1 circuit.

21. I’ve had a fight in a nightclub when I was about 18 and jumping kicked a girl in the boob by accident.

22. I had my first proper job when I was 14 in a computer hardware store on Saturdays.

23. I’d like to take photographs good enough to hold an exhibition one day in the future.

24. I’m friendly with the guard in my Apartment block and I lend him DVDs so he can improve his English and move to Belgium.

25. I could fill way more than 25 points.

Well there you go, if you want to do it and post it on your blog – go ahead!

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Happy Chinese New Year 2009 – Year of the Ox/Cow

Happy Chinese New Year 2009 - Year of the Ox/Cow

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

Hope you’re ready for the reunion dinner tonight, everything is prepared and bought.

You have your new clothes for tomorrow and everyone is in a festive mood.

If you’re driving anywhere, drive carefully!

And if you drink, do so responsibly.

Have a wonderful holiday even if you don’t celebrate and enjoy the time with your family, friends and loved ones.

Gong Hey Fat Choy!

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Moms Trip and Desa Park City

Here’s Mom, Me and Jean at Desa Park City – they both love it there too, so let’s hope I can win the lottery and afford to live there one day!

Mom, Me and Jean at Desa Park City

The ladies are having a great time so far, they just got back from a 3 day trip to Singapore – they had fantastic weather and no rain.

I’m going to take them to the KL Hop on Hop Off Bus so they can have a proper city tour. I hope the weather holds up so they can have a nice view from the top of Menara KL.

Tomorrow night we’ll be going for a friends wedding then Sunday night it’s CNY Eve Reunion Dinner time. Then Jean is flying back on Sunday night…it was supposed to be Monday but my Mom booked the ticket at 00:30 on Monday which although technically is Monday is really Sunday night.

Have a great weekend!

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Batu Caves and Busy Busy Busy!

Sorry for the lack of updates but what with this and that and my Mom AND my Aunt being here, I haven’t really had time to sit at the computer.

And it’s tiring entertaining all the time! Enjoyable, but tiring nevertheless.

I leave you with a picture from our trip up Batu Caves yesterday night.

Batu Caves Rays From Heaven

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Mom and Jean are off to Singapore early in the morning so I might have a bit of time over the next couple of days to catch up with things online. Until then stay tuned and go read my Archives 😀

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New Trainers – Reebok Hex Ride Rally II

It’s been a long time since I wrote about buying new trainers, more than 3 years in fact when I bought some pimped up red and silver Nike Air Run Dual-D.

Nike Air Run Dual-D

That was around 3 pairs ago I guess, after that I had a silver and raspberry pair or Reeboks which were nice but had a hard piece at the back which popped out after only a few months and started giving me blisters (no pics of them, they are already long gone).

My really old stinky Reeboks totally lost it too at Chiling Falls when the sole came off.

Sole OFF

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Sepilok Jungle Resort – Checking in And Relaxing & Review

So we arrived at Sepilok Jungle Resort in the middle of the afternoon, we had some time to relax. We took dinner at the restaurant inhouse – it was actually pretty good and quite cheap.

I love this fern they serve there, they call it Sabah Vege (Sayur Manis) – delicious!

Anyway we had some time to read our books, and for me to wonder around and take some pics, play with HDR bracketing and my Cokin filters.

Sepilok Jungle Resort is a decent place, the accommodation is simple and clean enough, it’s not a luxury establishment – but it does offer rooms with air-con and it’s extremely near to the Orang-Utan sanctuary.

I had a wonder around the compound and found this interesting old building.

Old Building

Then I had a play with my Cokin filters, please note none of these pictures are created with Photoshop or any imaging software (apart from the first in the first triptych) they are created by using a combination of graduated and solid filters.

First one (from left to right) – Mild HDR, Tobacco Grad + Reversed Blue Grad, Tobacco Grad + Solid Yellow (Larger here).

Cokin Filter Triptych

Second one (from left to right) – Tobacco Grad + Reversed Blue Grad, Solid Yellow + Blue Grad, Tobacco Grad + Solid Yellow (Larger here).

Cokin Filter Triptych

My favourite is probably Tobacco + Yellow Solid.

After we had dinner, the restaurant food was cheap, pretty fast and definitely edible. Plus it’s like eating in the middle of a jungle which is cool.

Sepilok Jungle Resort Restaurant

Hmmmm coffee!

Sepilok Jungle Resort Restaurant

You can find more reviews and ratings on Sepilok Jungle Resort here:

Trip Advisor

The other main choice is Sepilok Nature Resort, there isn’t that much difference – they are both walking distance to the Orang-Utan sanctuary.

I have to say though I have no complaints about Sepilok Jungle Resort, I’d stay there again no probs.

You can find all posts on my Sabah trip here:

Sabah 2008 Trip – Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu

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We Ate This Updated – Restoran Teow Chew Meng – Mee Sua Tow

Nice place to eat but tends to make me hungry too fast afterwards, love their assortment of side dishes.

Restoran Teow Chew Meng - Aman Suria/Sunway Mas - Mee Sua Tow

More here:

Restoran Teow Chew Meng – Mee Sua Tow – Aman Suria/Sunway Mas

BTW please leave your comments over at We Ate This and not here – Thanks!

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Movie Review – In Bruges – Black Comedy

In Bruges

Bruges, the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travellers from all over the world. But for hit men Ray and Ken, it could be their final destination; a difficult job has resulted in the pair being ordered right before Christmas by their London boss Harry to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks.

This is a movie I’ve been meaning to watch for a while, one of the top rated for 2008 and scoring 8.1 on IMDB puts it at #227 in the top 250.

Assassin, romantic European location, good actors – surely a winning combination right?

I’d categorise it as something of a black comedy, it’s actually quite a deep movie about relationships, self awareness and guilt. Don’t expect any flashy action sequences or super cool assassinations because there aren’t any. It’s no Leon that’s for sure.

It’s pretty slow, there’s a LOT of character building, so the pace especially in the first half can become a little tiresome. The characters are good though and the dialogue is witty and quite snappy.

Thankfully the cinematography is spectacular, it’s really beautifully shot and I expect a large influx of tourists in Bruge after this!

Colin Farrell and Breednan Gleeson are great as the pair of hard-nuts trapped in a fairytale city ‘enjoying’ their holiday, you could say they equally share the main role.

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges

They play a pair of hardened Irish killers for hire until the thumb of a maniacal cockney boss named Harry, the story unfolds in the second half of the movie so I won’t spoil it by elaborating here. It most definitely Colin Farrell’s best role for a long time, he really makes you think about the character he plays.

It’s funny in part, sad in part and the fleeting action sequences are well done.

Ralph Fiennes shows his acting versatility once again by playing the straight line cockney mob boss Harry Water.

Ralph Fiennes - In Bruges

This movie might remind you somewhat of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and the good stuff from Guy Ritchie, the characters are endearing. To me it’s not a cult classic though, there’s nothing different or outstanding about it.

It doesn’t have a strong or unique style either visually or in terms of dialogue. It is however actually a very dark movie if you think about the concepts involved.

One thing I noticed though is the musical score seemed completely out of place in this movie, perhaps they ran out of budget for the music?

I guess my expectations were too high, don’t get me wrong it’s a good movie and definitely worth watching.

Personally I give it a worth watching 6.5/10 – but don’t expect too much.

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Welcome 2009!

Well here we are, 2009!

Screwed up any cheques yet? I haven’t hoho, well I haven’t written any cheques – but that’s beside the point.

Hopefully it’ll be a better year this year, more productive, more prosperous and more fun! It’s been pretty relaxed and quiet so far, Mom is coming in about 2 weeks so that’s something to look forwards too. Then the scorching hot part of the year we like to call Chinese New Year at the end of January, another quiet period to look forwards too and definitely the best time of the year to explore KL city (yay no traffic!).

I haven’t really made any resolutions this year, as I don’t any year…I think if you want to do something, just do it, why wait until a certain date to try and give yourself more ‘incentive’. I do plan to exercise more though and I already have been eating less. I want to try and take more photos too! Must keep the passion alive.

I wish there less mozzies around though, it’s like a feeding frenzy every day around here and I’ve heard quite a few people have come down with dengue lately – so be careful!

If you’re up for some reading, some of the best advice I’ve seen compiled from 2008 can be found here:

Things I’ve Learned and Loved in 2008

And if you’re born under the sign of Aries (as I am) and you believe in astrology (I don’t, but hey it’s worth hoping) it looks like it might be a good year for us:

2008 Aries Horoscope and Monthly/Yearly Astrology Forecasts

Anyway Happy New Year to everyone and hope your January has started off well.

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