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Project 365 - Photo #273

Hmmm... Perhaps I'm slow. But there's a Starbucks drive-thru outlet in Klang Valley!!! Too bad it's in Setia Alam. I hope there will be more Starbucks drive-thru outlets throughout major cities in Klang Valley soon.

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2nd visit: Restoran Andes - Western, Local, BYO @ Aman Suria

My first visit to Restoran Andes was to celebrate David's birthday two weeks back. :)

Restoran Andes - Western, Local, BYO (no corkage!)
K-G-11, Jalan PJU1/43, Aman Suria, 47301 Petaling Jaya.

Business Hours:
Monday till Friday: 12pm-3pm & 5pm till midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 6pm till midnight


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This time round, I bring my sister for dinner.

Pork Chop

Pork Chop is served with one of these side dishes of your choice (chef's rice or spaghetti or fries or mashed potato). My sister chooses spaghetti and black pepper sauce.On a side note, if diet is a concern or if you don't like deep-fried food, you might want to give this dish a skip. However, for those who love their meat fried and flavorful, you might like this dish.

Sausage Wrap with Bacon & Buns

I have this dish for dinner - grilled sausage wrapped in bacon and served with caramelized onions, lettuce, and mayonnaise on two slices of white bun. I don't quite like french fries for dinner, so the waiter suggests mashed potato as substitution.

Sausage and bacon -- a heavenly combination!


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Project 365 - Photo #272

Beauty Sleep - A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" by Cameron Dokey.

Synopsis

"Once Upon A Time" is Timeless

The Princess Aurore has had an unusual childhood. Cursed at birth, Aurore is fated to prick her finger at age sixteen and sleep for one hundred years -- until a prince awakens her with a kiss. So, to protect her, Aurore's loving parents forbid any task requiring a needle.

Unable to sew or embroider like most little princesses, Aurore instead explores the castle grounds and beyond, where her warmth and generosity soon endear her to the townspeople. Their devotion to the spirited princess grows as she does.

On her sixteenth birthday, Aurore learns that the impending curse will harm not only her, but the entire kingdom as well. Unwilling to cause suffering, she will embark on a quest to end the evil magic. The princess's bravery will be rewarded as she finds adventure, enchantment, a handsome prince, and ultimately, her destiny.

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Project 365 - Photo #271

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - Attended SMCKL #9: Check-in to Social Media in Malaysia at Plaza IBM.

Panel of speakers:
1. Azizi Jennis, @djmorituri (Head of Online Services at DiGi)
2. Asif Khan, @asifmumtazkhan (Internet Monitoring Service Manager at Asia Media Monitors)
3. David Lian, @davidlian (APAC Social Media Practice Lead at Text 100)

Check out smckl.org or @smckl for more info about the event.

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Movie: Devil (2010)

Bad Things Happen For A Reason

Devil (2010) is a supernatural thriller based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan, who's also one of the producers.

This movie has a very simple plot: Five strangers -- three men and two women with guilty pasts -- a
mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green), a security guard (Bokeem Woodbine), a salesman (Geoffrey Arend), an old woman (Jenny O'Hara), and a young woman (Bojana Novakovic) -- are trapped in an elevator and begin to die one by one. One of them is the Devil.

The twist comes at the end of the movie -- the Devil/villain is revealed as one of the group who's thought to have died in the beginning of the movie.

Here's an excerpt of an interesting review from IMDb:

"The movie addresses the notion that nothing is ever coincidental, especially if powerful negative forces like the devil decide to walk the earth and claim a few souls, while at the same time having fun toying with their prey. The real draw is how visually arresting this movie is in capturing fear from within close quarters.
The strength of the movie lies in Shyamalan's story, which is deceptively simple, yet highly effective in weaving all the plot threads together, and the linking up of the characters so crucial in providing a satisfying finale."

This movie ends with an apt quote, narrated by one the characters in the movie: "If the Devil is real, God must also be real."

So, do I recommend this movie? I'd say, yes. Give M. Night Shyamalan's story a chance if you're a fan of supernatural thrillers. :)
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Project 365 - Photo #270

Australian nougat -- confectioneries made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or hazelnuts), and sometimes chopped candied fruit. Yummy!

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Facebook's "Photo Memories" feature is crap

One of my recent Facebook statuses is this: "I officially declare my HATRED towards Facebook's "Photo Memories" feature that appears on the top right navigation bar when you're viewing your own or others' Facebook albums."

Note: The said feature is highlighted in a red box in the screen capture above.

Why? The reason is so darn simple. I hate to see photos that bring back bad memories being displayed randomly anytime they like. I don't see the need to display photos from ages ago just to get people ticked off!


One friend commented that this isn't her favorite feature either and she wonders if there's a "Hide" button available, to which I reply:

"Even if there's a 'Hide' button, it doesn't hide the fact that the feature is still active on others' Facebook pages. I came up with a few not-so-courteous solutions:

1. Un-tag yourself from photos that you don't like to be tagged.

2. Ask the fella who's tagged in photos that you hate to see in whosoever's album to un-tag himself and/or herself.


3. Ask the whosoever who posted photos of whosoever you hate to delete those photos from those albums.

Note: Problem is... I haven't implemented the above solutions yet. To be more accurate, I don't have the guts to do so... yet. :("

Hmmpphh! Facebook has nothing better to do, is it?
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What's your love language?


Source: The 5 Love Languages™ 

Everyone has a love language -- a primary way of expressing and interpreting love. People are usually drawn to those who speak a different love language than their own. We all identify primarily with one of the five love languages: 

1. Words of Affirmation

Actions don't always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, "I love you," are important -- hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.

2. Quality Time

In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, "I love you," like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there -- with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby -- makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful.

3. Receiving Gifts

Don't mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous -- so would the absence of everyday gestures.


4. Acts of Service

Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an "Acts of Service" person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: "Let me do that for you." Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don't matter.


5. Physical Touch

This language isn't all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face -- they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive.

So, what's your love language? Take this assessment to find out. :)


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Weekend DVD: The Experiment (2010)

Everyone has a breaking point.

The Experiment (2010) is a thriller based on Oliver Hirshbiegel's original German movie, Das Experiment (2001).

26 men, including Travis (Adrien Brody, Predators (2010)) and Barris (Forest Whitaker, Repo Men (2010)) responded to an offer to earn $14,000 in two weeks by participating in a behavioral study. Little do they know that they will become subjects of a psychological experiment to study aggressive behavior in an artificial prison setting. These men are chosen to simulate the roles of guards and prisoners, prompting a host of dark consequences.

The story is based on an incident at Stanford University in 1971 in which an experiment that sought to find out how ordinary people would react in a prison situation went horribly awry.

Having said that, this movie does provide an interesting premise.
A bunch of strangers, all attracted to the $14,000 payment, and all they have to do is to spend two weeks in a prison environment. Sounds like an easy deal, right?

However, on another note, this movies also provides a rather disturbing insight about human being's true nature and behavior, and group dynamics. What will happen if a group of people of different personalities are confined in a stressful environment for a certain period of time? What will happen when certain people become power-crazy and start to assume leadership? The movie has the answer.

A good watch on a weekend. :)
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Project 365 - Photo #269

A mini Crocs keychain. The pink Crocs is mine. The orange Crocs is David's. ^_^V

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World's Tallest Indoor Tube Slide @ Empire, Subang Jaya

While spending time doing nothing at Empire, Subang Jaya, David and I stumbled upon an interesting indoor structure that spirals from the ground floor to the top floor.

According to this bunting, this interesting spiral tube structure is called LeX Slide: World's Tallest Indoor Tube Slide, brought to us by LeX and will be opened to public on 1st October 2010.

Take a look at the photos below.

I think it'd be good to check it out when it's opened to the public! Do you dare to try it out? :D


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Project 365 - Photo #268

This is Roxie, Cheryl's pet hedgehog (hedgie). She's 8-week old and still a bit shy to meet "meddling" humans. :P

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Project 365 - Photo #267

M&M's colorful candies!

I still remember its catchy tagline since childhood days:

English: Melts in your mouth, not in your hand!
Bahasa Malaysia: Cair di mulut, tidak di tangan!
Chinese: 只溶在口,不溶在手!

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Movie: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (精武風雲:陳真) (2010)

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (精武風雲:陳真) (2010) is Andrew Lau's latest action epic movie that thrives primarily on Chinese nationalism during the era of the Japanese's invasion in Shanghai, China.

Chinese language movies that demonstrated nationalist sentiment seems to be dominating the industry these 2-3 years. Furthermore, it seems that Donnie Yen stars in almost of them -- Ip Man (2008), Ip Man 2 (2010), and
Bodyguards and Assassins (十月圍城) (2009).

Donnie Yen also stars in a wuxia actioner in 2010 --
14 Blades (錦衣衛). Although not a nationalist movie, it's nonetheless an action movie that causes the audience to go gaga with his action choreography.

Legend of the Fist: The Return if Chen Zhen
is set in Shanghai, a city in China divided into different expatriate territories in the 1920s.

According to history, the British, Americans, French, and Germans stay as neutral as possible to avoid the Japanese. The ruthless and ambitious Japanese didn't hesitate to eliminate anyone, including foreigners who came in the way of their plan to conquer the disunited China, known in that era as Sick Men of East Asia
(東亞病夫).

Side note: This reminds me of an English-Chinese-Japanese movie -- Shanghai (2010). However, this movie is a fictional tale with less portrayal of nationalism compared to romanticism between a Chinese lady and an American man.

Let's come back to Legend of the Fist. A disguised Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen) returns to Shanghai
after serving in World War I in France. He quickly befriended Mr Lau (Anthony Wong), Casablanca Nightclub's boss and smitten by Kiki (Shu Qi), the nightclub's famous singer. At the same time, he's a superhero donned in a black suit and mask who's doing his best to save those whose names appeared on the Japanese's assassination list.

I agree with this review from IMDb by moviexclusive: Chen Zhen's motivations for leading the resistance -- other than teaching the Japanese that "Chinese are not the sick men of Asia" -- aren't exactly clear. It's also tricky because the audience isn't led to feel the level of indignation as Chen Zhen is supposed to, the kind of indignation that made the Ip Man films so satisfying to watch at the end -- so the climax between Chen Zhen and an entire dojo of Japanese students and their master just doesn't turn out as emotionally rewarding as one would expect it to.

Chen Zhen sees Donnie Yen at his most suave and charismatic (even looking convincingly like he can play a piano). He's also a much better actor now, and the dramatic scenes possess none of the awkwardness that used to dwarf his earlier films. Perhaps most importantly, the exhilarating action sequences show that he has lost none of his mettle as the best martial arts star in Chinese cinema right now. For a younger generation who may not have seen Bruce Lee and his nanchucks in the original "Fist of Legend", Donnie Yen's take on Chen Zhen is iconic enough to leave a lasting impression.

In a nutshell, I'd say, if you're a fan of Donnie Yen, you shouldn't miss this movie. :)
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Dinner @ Kushi Q, Tropicana City Mall

Had dinner with sister at Kushi Q, Tropicana City Mall. This little outlet is easily located nearby Ninja Joe. We decided to give it a try because we ran out of idea about what to eat for dinner. :P

Kushi Q is famous for its Japanese grilled mini skewers. According to Foodpoi, Kushi Q is Malaysia's first outlet that serves Japanese Yakitori on auto griller.

Note: Yakitori is similar to Malaysian satay.


Kushi Q's set meal options are interesting. If I remember correctly, there are 6 main sets altogether. Each set comes with a combination of different kinds of grilled meat, i.e. chicken, beef, and seafood. Then, you can choose a sub-set that you appeals to you the most.

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Now, let's have a look at my dinner set.

Set A: Chicken Set with 3 Grilled Chicken Skewers

This is the main course. The fine print beneath the photo of the main course states this: Main course + any one of below combination.


So, for the combination (sub-set), I choose Set A3 that comes with Zaru Soba, Hot Spring Egg, Seaweed Soup, and Green Tea (refillable).

Here's how Set A3 look like. Two slices of watermelon are served without extra charges.

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Now, let's have a look at my sister's dinner set.

Set B: Chicken + Seafood Set with 3 Grilled Chicken & Seafood Skewers

My sister chooses Set B that comes with seafood.

For the combination (sub-set), she chooses Set B3 that comes with Zaru Soba, Hot Spring Egg, Seaweed Soup, and Green Tea (refillable).

Here's how Set B3 look like.

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There are no service charge (10%) and government tax (5%) on your bill. So, diners are encouraged to practice tipping. You'll find a bottle at the payment counter for this purpose. I think this is a pretty neat idea. Malaysians should learn to be more generous in tipping. :)
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Project 365 - Photo #266

A series of things happened today. All I can say is, "Duh..." Clients are cool, colleagues are fabulous. The public is... (give 'em a SMUG look).

"God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble." - James 4:6, The Bible // Remember that, ALWAYS.

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Project 365 - Photo #265

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 - Mini gathering at Gabriel & Shawnae's place for a mini Mid-Autumn Festival celebration with tanglungs and mooncakes. :)

There are a few more photos on my Facebook album.

Note: Photos are taken with my Nokia E71. Photo quality would have been better if I've a better camera phone or better, a proper camera. :P

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Hopeless Klang Valley highways & traffic

Original Photo

Being caught in traffic jam on any highway in Klang Valley is a nightmarish affair and I'd not hesitate to do my very best to avoid this from happening. But... I ain't always that lucky.

Here's an account of how unlucky things could turn out to be.


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Part I: Tuesday, 21 September 2010, morning

Supposed route: Kelana Jaya (SS7/19) -- Taman Perindustrian Puchong -- Kelana Jaya (SS6/12)

Supposed highways: Two of Klang Valley's most prominent highways, i.e. Federal Highway and Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)

What really happened:
- Traffic was rather smooth from Kelana Jaya to Puchong.

- Traffic from Puchong back to Kelana Jaya was nightmarish. The whole LDP was super jam after exiting the Puchong toll booth till SS6!

- So, I took a left turn into Sunway, bypassing Sunway Medical Center and Sunway Pyramid, cut into Federal Highway and went up the ramp that leads to Digital Mall before heading back to SS6.

- This route was definitely longer and more time-consuming but definitely better than staying stuck in the jam on the whole stretch of LDP.

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Part II: Tuesday, 21 September 2010, evening

Supposed route: Kelana Jaya (SS6/12) -- Solaris Mont Kiara

Supposed highways: Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Federal Highway, Kerinchi Link, New Pantai Expressway (NPE)

What really happened:
- After exiting the Kiara toll booth, I was supposed to go straight into Mont Kiara before heading towards Solaris Mont Kiara.

- Dunno what happened, I went into Sri Hartamas, got caught in a massive traffic jam under one of those many confusing flyovers, and took a left turn into Garden International School, which happened to be a turning too early to get me on the right track to Solaris Mont Kiara. From then on, I got lost on a weird, tiny road full of cars and potholes into Segambut, then Bandar Manjalara.

- When I finally managed to get out of that area with the help of David's colleague over the phone, I've been "gallivanting" on the road for almost one hour. O_O

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Part III: Wednesday, 22 September 2010, midnight

Supposed route: Solaris Mont Kiara -- Taman Desa

Supposed highways: Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Federal Highway, New Pantai Expressway (NPE), and/or Kerinchi Link

What really happened:

- I didn't know how to use Kerinchi Link to get from Mont Kiara to Taman Desa. So, I drove all the way back to Kelana Jaya via LDP starting 11:20pm. Idiot me.

- Then, after exiting LDP, I could choose either the Federal Highway or the NPE to get to Taman Desa. Since it was already midnight, I took the risk and choose the notorious Federal Highway.

- Fine. Some idiots who were assigned to "smother" the highway with black tar decided to close all 4-5 lanes into one pathetic lane just before the turning into Mid Valley. I needed to get pass this stretch of the highway to get me to the Seremban-Melaka highway that will lead me to Taman Desa!

- Havoc man! I nearly died of exhaustion the moment I reached Taman Desa. It was 12:20am. Another wasted hour on the road. O_O

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Conclusion: Klang Valley highways and traffic are seriously unfriendly and hopeless! Hmmpphh!
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Revisit Chayo, Kelana Mall for Northern Indian meals

I'm still in love with Northern Indian meals at Chayo, Kelana Mall, SS6/14, Kelana Jaya. Kelana Mall is located in the vicinity of LDP Giant and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak.

Check out my previous visits to Chayo:
Masala Tea & Mushroom Fried Rice
Yogi Tree Tea & Palak Paneer with Basmati Rice
Korean Bowl Rice with Tom Yam Curry & Mixed Vegetables Paratha with Yoghurt & Dhal
Tofu Buji on Toasts & Broccoli Soup

Here's yesterday's lunch.


North Indian Lunch Set

This lunch set comes with white rice/chapati (your choice), a bowl of raw cucumber, tomatoes, and onions, a bowl of yoghurt, a bowl of stir-fried vegetables, and a bowl of dhal. For drinks, I choose Spiced Tea. You can choose Masala Tea too if you like.


Here's the dhal. From my previous visits, Chayo's dhal was cooked with green beans. For yesterday's, it was lentils. Anyway, I love their flavorful dhal regardless of the bean types. :)

Come and visit Chayo for their healthy and delicious vegetarian meals!
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Project 365 - Photo #264

Tuesday, 21 September 2010 - Attended BBQ potluck by the poolside at Prima Ria Condo, Jalan Dutamas Raya (behind Solaris Mont Kiara) with a bunch of old and new Twitterjaya friends. :)

There are a few more photos on my Facebook album.

Note: Photos are taken with David's Nokia X6. Photo quality would have been better if I know how to operate it more skillfully. :P

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Movie: Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

All Bets Are Off

After watching Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), here comes Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).

Synopsis: The outbreak of the deadly T-virus in Raccoon City has spread and destroyed the world, turning mankind into flesh-eating zombies and land into barren desserts.

Alice (Milla Jovovich) travels alone in the desserts for years to avoid Umbrella Corporation. While traveling through the Nevada Desert, Alice meets a convoy of human survivors led by Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and her fellow survivors in Detroit five years ago, Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and L.J.
The convoy decides to travel to Las Vegas for fuel and food supply before heading to Alaska, an area believed to be isolated and uncontaminated.

Meanwhile, in an underground facility of the Umbrella Corporation, Dr. Isaacs continues his research of domesticating zombies with the anti-virus and cloning Alice to produce a cure.

Things become ugly when Dr. Isaacs manage to track down Alice and send a hoard of super zombies after her and the convoy of human survivors. Alice must save herself and the survivors in her attempt to take down the Umbrella Corporation.

I would safely say that Extinction is a better movie compared to its prequel, Apocalypse. More emphasis is given to Milla Jovovich's superior combat skills as a superhuman against super zombies.

In Apocalypse, the emphasis on Alice is slightly diverted due to the existence of the equally skillful Jill Valentine. In Extinction, although there is another character called Claire Redfield, her existence doesn't overshadow Alice. Furthermore, Alice's superhuman abilities have developed at a geometric rate and thus she's so much tougher.

Overall, two thumbs up! I can't wait to watch Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)!

Update:
Watched Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010).
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Project 365 - Photo #263

Dear Elba 3.2L,

You've been faithful to me and my sister for the past one year and four months. Please stay so and don't die on us anytime soon. :)

Cheers,
Your Owners

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Albert Einstein & God


Note: From an email.

An Atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to his class on the problem Science has with GOD, the ALMIGHTY. He asked one of his new Christian students to stand.


Professor: You're a Christian, aren't you, son?
Student: Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD?
Student: Absolutely, sir.

Professor: Is GOD good?
Student: Sure.

Professor: Is GOD ALL-POWERFUL?
Student: Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who're ill. But GOD didn't. How is this GOD good then? Hmmm?
(Student was silent)

Professor: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is GOD Good?
Student: Yes.

Professor: Is Satan good?
Student: No.

Professor: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From... GOD...

Professor: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this World?
Student: Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.

Professor: So who created evil?
(Student did not answer)

Professor: Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the World, don't they?
Student: Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them?
(Student did not answer)

Professor: Science says you've 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you. Tell me, son... Have you ever feel GOD?
Student: No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you've ever heard your GOD?
Student: No, sir.

Professor: Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of GOD for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.

Professor: Yet you still believe in HIM?
Student: Yes.

Professor: According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my Faith.

Professor: Yes, Faith. And that's the problem Science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?
Professor: Yes.

Student: And is there such a thing as Cold?
Professor: Yes.

Student: No, sir. There isn't...

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events)

Student: Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat. But we don't have anything called Cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can't go any further after that. There's no such thing as Cold. Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat. We cannot Measure Cold. Heat is Energy. Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater)

Student: What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is Night if there isn't Darkness?

Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the Absence of Something. You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light... But if you've No Light constantly, you've nothing and it's called Darkness, isn't it? In reality, Darkness isn't. If it is, you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you?

Professor: So what is the point you're making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is, your Philosophical Premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you're working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there's Life and then there's Death, a Good GOD and a Bad GOD. You're viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can't even explain a Thought. It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing. Death is Not the Opposite of Life, just the Absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your Students that they evolved from a Monkey?

Professor: If you're referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do.

Student: Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this Process is an On-Going Endeavor, are you not teaching your Opinion, sir? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?

(The class was in uproar)

Student: Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?

(The class broke out into laughter)

Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it?... No one appears to have done so. So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you've No Brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable)

Professor: I guess you'll have to take them on Faith, son.

Student: That's it sir... Exactly! The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that Keeps Things Alive and Moving.

That student was ALBERT EINSTEIN.

*jaw drops*
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Movie: King of Fighters (2010)

King of Fighters (2010) is live-action movie based on the successful The King of Fighters series of fighting games.

I've also watched another two movies of similar genre: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) and Tekken (2010). And oh... I didn't watch Dragonball: Evolution (2009). So far, none of these movies are good enough to give us the "wow" factor and make our jaws drop in awe. Sigh...

So, what's King of Fighters all about? Here's the movie's synopsis: To realize his dark and ambitious plan to
become the King of Fighters, the evil Rugal (Ray Park, Darth Maul in Star Wars) hides in the dimensions of underground fighters while trying to unleash and garner the power of an ancient evil force called the Orochi.

The last surviving descendants of three legendary clans -- Chizuru Kagura (Françoise Yip), Kyo Kusanagi (Sean Faris), and Iori Yagami (Will Yun Lee) -- have no choice but to put aside their ancestors' dispute and join forces to stop Rugal before it is too late.
Mai Shiranui (Maggie Q), an undercover CIA agent assists them in this perilous journey of saving the world.

Get ready for lotsa adrenaline rush and girl power in this movie from Chizuru & Mai, the good girls; and Vice (Bernice Liu) & Mature (Monique Ganderton), the bad girls! Besides that, nothing much to shout about. There is basically not much story to tell in this movie and its cinematography really needs improvement. Too many close-up shots and shaky camera movements during intense fight scenes give me strained eyes and a slight headache.

Well, this is not a movie that you must watch unless you happen to be a
fan of Maggie Q and/or Ray Park. :)
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Movie: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

My name is Alice and I remember everything.

It's unbelievable that I haven't watched any of the Resident Evil movies. So, knowing that Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) is being shown in Malaysian cinemas now, I begin to watch the Resident Evil series, starting with Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004). Well, I still missed the first movie though. :S

Synopsis from IMDb: Alice (Milla Jovovich) awakens from a terrible sleep to find her worst fears realized -- the bloodthirsty Undead, which she and the now-annihilated squad of elite military fought to destroy, have been unleashed on the city that surrounds the secret facility of the Umbrella Corporation. Discovering she was an Umbrella experiment, Alice has been bio-genetically enhanced with new strengths, senses and dexterity -- and she will need them.

In the heart of the ravaged Raccoon City, a small group of uninfected people, including Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), a recently demoted member of Umbrella Corporation's elite Special Tactics and Rescue Services team, and S.T.A.R.S team leader Carlos Oliveira, fight for their lives against swarms of Undead and the deadlier and faster Lickers. Running out of luck and resources, the group is rescued by Alice, and they begin to wage an exhilarating battle to survive and escape before the Umbrella Corporation erases its experiment from the face of the earth...

Surprisingly, I find myself enjoying this fast-paced and intense zombie-cum-apocalypse movie. Contrary to my initial belief, this movie doesn't have much blood and gore fest, much to my relief. Milla Jovovich and Sienna Guillory, the two female lead actresses are hot in action in all sorts of adrenaline-pumping stunts and impressive weapon handling. Two thumbs up!

Now, I should find time to watch Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). ;)

Update: Watched Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).
Update: Watched Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010).
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Project 365 - Photo #262

A beautiful, dead moth. Peaceful yet sad...

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Attended a hometown friend's wedding at Equatorial Hotel, Malacca on Saturday (18 September 2010).

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My latest interest in health drinks - Organic Black Soybean Powder by Mildura Organic, sold by COSWAY.

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Pan Mee @ Ceggo Food Station, Taman Danau Desa

Today's lunch is pretty satisfying as David and I find ourselves drawn into this interesting Pan Mee restaurant called Ceggo Food Station.

Address: 15, Plaza Danau 2, Jalan 5/109F, Taman Danau Desa, KL (behind Hong Leong Bank, next to Korean Mart).

Check out Ceggo Food Station on Facebook and their website - Ceggo Pan Mee.


There are a few Herbalife containers used as chopsticks and tissue holder on each table. An interesting drink called Herbalife Tea Mix is on their drinks menu as well.

Somewhere on the wall, I spotted this enticing advertisement about "The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Pan Mee" (Traditional Pan Mee with a punch of Dragon Fruit, served with fresh juicy Tiger Prawns). Power! It's not served every day and their latest promotion is on this Friday, 17 September 2010, 11am-12pm and 1-2pm.

Here's the list of a variety of Pan Mee dishes at Ceggo Food Station - Special Spinach, Tomato, Pumpkin, Malat (Spicy), Traffic Light, "Loh", and Fried Sui Kau. You know what? I don't mind revisiting this restaurant again and again till I savor all of them! :P

For today's lunch, David and I opt for the not-so-regular Pan Mee dishes. I have the Pumpkin Pan Mee whereas he, the Tomato Pan Mee.

Tomato Pan Mee
Tomato Pan Mee is served with delicious tomato-ish broth with a slight tinge of sweetness and sourness. Packed with lots of vegetables, including tomatoes, carrot slices, and a few stalks of cauliflowers and broccoli, this is definitely one of the not-so-regular Pan Mee dishes that you must try!

Pumpkin Pan Mee
I love pumpkins and I'm so delighted to be served with a bowl of steaming Pan Mee swimming in a creamy broth that smells so good! Like Tomato Pan Mee, it's also packed with vegetables. However, I can't seem to find any pumpkin chunks. Perhaps the goodness of pumpkins are all in the sweet-smelling and tasty light yellow broth. I wonder if they will add pumpkin chunks if I ask for them next time.
This is also definitely one of the not-so-regular Pan Mee dishes that you must try!

Seriously,
I don't mind revisiting this restaurant again and again till I savor all of their Pan Mee dishes!

I did! Check out my second and third visit.

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Three kinds of bookmarks from BookXcess:

1. Book Thong: The maroon ribbon thingy with little silver-colored charms on both ends. Got this when David bought books worth more than RM100. Well, actually the overall cost was more than RM150. By spending the first RM100, he's eligible to sign up as a BookXcess member! *happy*

2. Paper Bookmark: It comes with a quote, "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." Victor Hugo

3. Pandanus Bookmark: Here's a description, "Crafts of the Hma' Meri - Derived from the traditional handles of the bujan lipo' pouches, these open-work pandanus weavings were first produced in 2007. There are more than ten variations, including alphabets." Got this from a lucky draw (Hari Raya & Malaysia Day promo's last day) for spending more than RM100 in a single receipt.

That's how I spent my Malaysia Day's holiday :)

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