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The pork patty is well-seasoned, but I'd like it to be more succulent and perhaps wrapped with a strip of oily bacon? I should have asked for mustard sauce for the steamed vegetables, or at least some butter to taste. A sprinkle of pepper on the fries would add points to this dish's gastronomic appeal.
The meat patty is made from beef and spices. Love that sizzling feeling on my tongue. A combination of coleslaw and potato salad looks overwhelming but it cools my palate and prepares me for more yummy bites.
Venue: Fat Spoon @ Damansara Uptown
Curry and fried rice - the perfect comfort food for the tired soul after a long day at work. Every mouthful is satisfying. Ahhh... the carbs. :)
I love macaroni since young. I've always been fascinated by the shape and texture of the pasta. This dish is a heaven-sent gift to us who love beef, spices, and pasta. I'll definitely recommend this dish to anyone with the same taste and passion for spicy food.
Last Man Standing (1996) is an action movie with intense gunfights set in the Prohibition Era.
Synopsis: A gunman for hire, John Smith (Bruce Willis) stops at a ghost town called Jericho as he travels through Texas to Mexico. Jericho is run by two rival mafia gangs - the Italians, led by Strozzi (Ned Eisenberg) and the Irish, led by Doyle (David Patrick Kelly).
Both gangs have a truce but tensions still run high. Smith begins to seize the opportunity to play on both sides for money. However, he becomes too involved and the situation spirals out of control when everyone wants him dead for good.
Here's a verdict from the Internet: Last Man Standing is such a desperately cheerless film, so dry and laconic and wrung out, that you wonder if the filmmakers ever thought that in any way it could be... fun. It contains elements that are often found in entertainments - things like guns, gangs and spectacular displays of death - but here they crouch on the screen and growl at the audience. Even the movie's hero is bad company. The victory at the end is downbeat, and there is an indifference to it. This is such a sad, lonely movie.
The comment is pretty straightforward but it sums up the entire movie. In my opinion, the sole redeeming value of this movie is the presence of Bruce Willis as the hard-to-die Smith. Well, Christopher Walken as Hickey, one of Doyle's right-hand man, gives up quite a fight too.
If you want to watch some really intense, bullshit gunfights with style and charisma, you might like this movie.
Synopsis from GSC: Young Chef Huang (Namewee) struggles to get his restaurant business going because he cannot adapt to the 'localized' cooking his patrons are looking for. However, contradict to his unpopular cuisine, he is also well-known as 'Hero Huang' in the local neighborhood where he carries out good deed in helping the community until he met Xiao K (Karen Kong) who got him into deep trouble.
In order to get his life and the restaurant business back on track, Chef Huang must now seek help from a mysterious hawker stall lady (Adibah Noor), who summons him to embark on the extraordinary journey of his life. During this self-enlightening experience, he will also meet many 'local heroes' each lending their support to help him re-discover his roots and the real hidden message of 'Nasi Lemak'.
Here are some excerpts from the original article found here that pretty sums up the entire movie.
- Wee Meng Chee - better known by the alias Namewee - characteristically pulls few punches in Nasi Lemak 2.0, an unusually daring exploration of a tide of racial distrust that has stoked concern in multi-ethnic Malaysia.
- The comedy, named after the national rice dish and which opened last week, takes an unflinching but ultimately fond look at many of the racial stereotypes that Muslim-majority Malaysia's various ethnic groups aim at each other.
- "My message is that the system in Malaysia is unequal... But when we live together, we eat together, there is no racism. I want to show the real Malaysia, how we live together. For 1Malaysia to work we have to be treated equally. I just want to share my music, my creativity with my true feelings without hiding anything," says Wee.
- Nasi Lemak 2.0 was aimed at internet-savvy Malaysian youngsters fed up with official calls for unity by the Malay-dominated government that has been in power for decades.
- With its cast of local stars, song-and-dance numbers, martial arts routines, and numerous jokes drawing on current events, the movie has proven a hit with some, and Wee's Facebook page has been bombarded with supportive postings.
- Nasi Lemak 2.0 may not be perfect, but it has its moments. It's a Malaysian movie, yes, but it is out to make us take a good hard look at ourselves... and laugh.
Fright Night (2011) is a comedy horror vampire movie, the remake of the 1985 original movie of the same name.
Synopsis: Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) discovers that his new neighbor next door, Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a vampire who's killing people in the neighborhood, including his schoolmates. No one understands his predicament, including his mother (Toni Collette) and his gorgeous girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots). He turns to the Peter Vincent (David Tennant), a flamboyant, self-proclaimed vampire killer and Vegas magician, to help him take Jerry down.
Thankfully, Jerry the vampire in Fright Night is not Edward the sparkly vampire in Twilight. Jerry the vampire sounds really funny but he's one mean old vampire who enjoys feeding on youngsters.
In fact, this movie cleverly balances horror and comedy; suspenseful moments of scares, blood, and gore are tamed down with some laughs here and there. That's a pretty good treat.
Also, the cast is good. You won't be disappointed with their performances, especially Colin Farrell. As Jerry the vampire, he doesn't have to do anything, he just stands there, stares at you, and that's enough to freak you out. He's the kind of vampire who doesn't need to act all sparkly and pretty. Well basically, Colin Farrell bathes in his role like the character bathes in human blood.
David Tennant and Anton Yelchin give pretty memorable performances, especially when the duo teams up to take Jerry down in his nest/lair.
Overall, this is an entertaining vampire movie, one that freaks you out and at the same time, makes you laugh. Do watch it.
Pulse 3: Invasion (2008) is a sci-fi horror movie - the third release after Pulse (2006) and Pulse 2: Afterlife (2008).
Synopsis: It has been seven years into the invasion. Four-fifth of the world population has died from a deadly plague spread through the Internet. Survivors fled the cities and stay in refugee camps devoid of all kinds of technology, now a taboo.
Justine (Brittany Finamore) dreams of a life beyond the mundane refugee camp where she's staying with her foster parents. One day, she discovers an old laptop and someone named Adam (Rider Strong) is waiting for her online. He wants to meet her but she has to go into the city.
Fearful yet curious, Justine follows her guts to meet Adam. What awaits her in the city is beyond what she could have possibly imagined. It's up to her to make the choice to succumb or survive.
Here's a blunt review from the Internet: This movie is heavily panned for the screened shots and a story that makes no sense. I have to agree with it. The synopsis sounds promising because post-apocalyptic themes are always fascinating. However, if the storyline doesn't make sense, all you get is an unacceptably nonsensical movie.
Well, Pulse 3 couldn't seem to make up its mind to be a true sci-fi or supernatural horror movie. The dead comes back to terrorize the living via technological devices but the "science" behind this just doesn't seem to work.
Anyway, this is a straight-to-DVD release. Good for it to do so.
Interesting find during our weekend trip to Bintulu last weekend. For the past 20 years, I didn't even know there's a cineplex in Bintulu! So, there's actually a kinda dilapidated Sky Cineplex in town center.
More photos from the trip: Trip to Bintulu (15-17 September 2011)
Bibimbap at Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with sauteed and seasoned vegetables, gochujang (chili pepper paste), fried egg, and minced chicken. You can opt for beef if you like. I love the color combination of this dish - colorful and very appetizing.
Here's a recipe I found online: Beef & Vegetable Bibimbap
Sujaebi is a type of Korean traditional broth dish consisting of hand-torn dough flakes and various vegetables such as carrot, zucchinis, and potatoes. The broth is flavorful with seaweed, clams, and prawns. This is a lovely dish that soothes your throat and warms your tummy. A perfect meal on a rainy day.
Here's a recipe I found online: Simple Sujaebi
This is Salt Baked Chicken Noodles at Chef Kit's Salt Baked Chicken, Damansara Uptown. Salt Baked Chicken is the direct translation from Yim Kok Kai (盐焗鸡). I like the herbal-ish soup served with salt baked chicken slices and fat juicy beansprouts. Also, the zesty green chili and garlic paste that comes with the noodles is delicious!
How to go there: Look out for a BHP station on your left while you're heading towards One Utama along the LDP. Turn left at the station. Chef Kit's restaurant is located about 100 meters further down, same row as The Ship.
This is 沙锅饭 (pronounced as sha guo fan) or Claypot Rice sold at a China Chinese stall at Medan Selera Taman Desa. Fragrant rice is served in a small clay bowl. The bigger claypot serves very flavorful soup with seaweed, fuchuk slices, vegetables, and chicken popcorns. Then, there are also 3 types of condiments - dark soy sauce, Shanxi vinegar, and oily chili paste. A bit pricey though for hawker food - this whole set costs you RM7.50 at the moment.
Apollo 18 (2011) is a sci-fi horror movie based on the premise that the officially canceled Apollo 18 mission was actually launched in December 1974 but never returned, and as a result the United States has never launched another expedition to the Moon.
Synopsis from IMDb: Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.
As a mockumentary found-footage style movie, Apollo 18 is rather similar to The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and Paranormal Activity. So, the entire storyline is fake and the only "real" aspect is that some archival footage from NASA of previous Apollo missions are used in a few sequences.
Some say it's Blair Witch meets Alien. Well, sort of. What else can you do on the moon apart from planting the U.S. flag, gathering moon rocks, routine expedition chores, and communicating with Earth about the expedition's progress? In fact, it can be quite monotonous and dull. So, there must be some form of alien existence to spice up the storyline which is confined to mainly two astronauts.
By the way, you won't be able to guess the aliens' whereabouts and the astronauts' fate until the final 30 minutes or so. From then on, the suspense level increases and it climaxes with a sad yet expected ending.
Overall, if you like mockumentaries, you might want to watch this movie.
I always love having a cuppa hot Teh Si (tea with evaporated milk) at Chinese kopitiam that serves hot beverages in vintage cup and saucer. It reminds me of my late dad. He used to drink Kopi O Gao (thick unsweetened coffee) in similar cup and saucer. I love these memories. They keep me warm. :)
I really like these weird bird names listed under "My friends" section: talkative parrot, fat chicken, night owl, cute penguin, shy ostrich, pretty peacock, invisible chick, smart crow, fierce eagle, evil bat, ugly duckling, skeleton birdie. The adjectives suit each of them and I like invisible chick the most.
But then again... why is bat listed together with the birds? Bats fly but they are mammals, not birds. :P
*humming the tune silently*
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Mi Cili Potong (Noodles with Chili Slices)
I'm glad that mee in Sarawak isn't the yellow mee used in almost all fried mee dishes in West Malaysia.
Mee or Mi Cili Potong (Noodles with Chili Slices) is a type of local dish that resembles Mee Kolok and Kam Pua (Dry Noodles). The noodles are generously mixed with lard, chili slices, and served with roast pork and a sprinkle of spring onions. It's cheap, i.e. only RM2.60 per bowl and it's definitely perfect for breakfast.
This is Bihun Cili Potong (Beehoon with Chili Slices). Its ingredients are the same, i.e. lard, roast pork, spring onions, and it's also only RM2.60 per bowl.
Nice memories. This is the toolbox with its tools that my late dad used when he fixed broken things in and around the house.
Today, his future son-in-law is using the same tools to fix some broken things in the same house. I'm glad he has scored some brownie points with my mom, a lady of few words. Unspoken approval from her I suppose. That's good. :)
Tomato Mee's gravy is too sweet to my taste. The amount of tomato ketchup and sugar should be reduced. Mee Soup Special comes with pork innards and special herbal-ish soup. Both are priced at RM4.50 per bowl, not cheap.
In fact, only local delicacies such as Mee Kolok and Kam Pua (Mee Kering) have lower prices, i.e. between RM2.50 to RM2.80 per bowl.
Synopsis: A reputable stockbroker, Manson Law (Lau Ching Wan) is injured in a car crash when he's trying to avoid from being followed by an unknown person. An officer from the Anti-Terrorist Force, Ho Chi-keung (Louis Koo) who's assigned to investigate the case found military surveillance devices in Manson's car. He soon discovers that a mysterious guy named Joe (Daniel Wu) is the one who's spying on Law and other members of "Landlord Club", a legendary club with members from top business tycoons and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong who have the ability to control the stock market.
The rest of the cast are Hong Kong's famous veteran actors - Kenneth Tsang (曾江) as Uncle Tung, the ruthless leader of the "Landlord Club" and the eldest among the club members; Bowie Wu Fung (胡枫) as Joe's deceased father, also an ex-member of the club; and the rest ot the members - Felix Lok (骆应钧) as Chan Chim, Kong Ngai (江毅) as Uncle Sing Wan, and Samuel Kwok Fung (郭峰) as Mr Lin. These TVB familiar faces whom we grow up with really give this movie a huge boost to its rating.
Here's an interesting review from IMDb:
The topic of inside trading hits timely with the audience, and the film attempts to remind yet again the facts about the ills to the stock market - numbers are fixed by the few in power, and that the sub-prime fallout owes much to the policies of the US government.
What's interesting is that unlike other films about inside trading, Mak & Chong (directors) injects a sense of patriotism by highlighting the battles won by these now evil men in the early days of Hong Kong's stock market - the powers they earned by having fought off foreign investors in attacks to crash the HK stock market turned these patriots into monsters.
This plot point connects much more strongly to the audience than all the convoluted trade jargon and scam tactics we see in similar films, and reinforces the trade-mark "Heroes gone bad" character development Mak & Chong have used repeatedly since Infernal Affairs.
Overall, this movie is solid commercial stuff that should entertain mass audiences. Pretty much as good as the original, with the added bonus of more action. Read more here.
Respire (2011) is a supernatural horror movie.
Synopsis: The ancient Romans believed that the soul escaped one's body with the last breath and it was said to hold the power to cure disease and prolong life. Based on this belief, Dr. Kaminsky conducted experiments to harness the power in the last breath in the 1930s but he was murdered.
Fast forward to almost 80 years later, Susan Jordan (Tracy Teague), the owner of a local novelty shop happens to own an antique box once belonged to Dr. Kaminsky. Raif Collins (Mathew J. Wright) and a couple, Alex Poe (Vince Eustace) and Ruby Wilkins (Ellie Torrez) show much enthusiasm to buy the box from Susan. Susan finds herself in serious trouble when she uncovers the secrets the much coveted box holds.
This is not a high-budget Hollywood movie and there are no A-list stars but the brilliant storyline is good enough to hold your attention. The opening sequence of the movie is the best part of all. Beautifully and silently paced, it shows the transition from the 1930s to current day, thus giving us a clear background of the entire story.
Despite having a promising storyline, the cast's performance fails to do the movie justice. The younger teen stars don't do much except being stupid and annoying. Nothing to shout about the main characters' performance as well.
I seriously wonder if there will be a remake of this movie by Hollywood's big production houses. There's much potential for a more serious and terrifying movie with solid performances from more experienced stars.
Overall, I think this is the kind of movie that you might wanna watch just for the sake of killing time.
Contagion (2011) is a thriller movie about a fast-moving global pandemic that causes worldwide panic and fear as international medical organizations races to find a cure.
Synopsis: Upon returning from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) becomes sick. Her husband, Mitch (Matt Damon) figures it's nothing to be too concerned about but normal flu. Beth and their young son soon die unexpectedly.
Over the next few days, more and more people become sick and die from similar illness. A global pandemic soon begins. Dr. Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leads the investigation to trace the pandemic's source. Working closely with him are Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) and a scientist, Dr. Ally Hextall (Jennifer Ehle). On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO) sends Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) to Hong Kong to track down possible origins.
At the same time, a freelance blogger, Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) adds to the confusion of uncontrollable panic and fear as he accuses government elitists and pharmaceutical companies of exploiting the situation in order to milk maximum profit from the inevitable release of a vaccine.
First of all, don't expect an apocalyptic movie with exaggerating outcomes that seem far too unlikely in real life. The outbreak in this movie is called MEV-1 and it's compared to outbreaks in our real life - e.g. SARS, H1N1, and the Spanish flu that claimed 50 million lives in 1918. This gives the audience a disturbing sense of panicky and thought-provoking realism, "What if this really happen? What will our response be?"
Another thing is about the truly impressive array of stars - Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, etc. Some of them have rather short screen time but they play significant roles in the overall storyline. This contributes to both the strength and weakness of this movie. Its strength is the number of diverging subplots starring different stars that contributes to a realistic, interesting, and powerful story; its weakness is the restricted and rushed character development due to the big number of the main and supporting characters.
Overall, despite being not as exceptional as expected, this movie does make us think twice, thrice, or perhaps more about people sneezing, shaking hands, and anything done in the public. It's indeed scary.
Your Highness (2011) is fantasy comedy movie filmed in Northern Ireland.
Synopsis: Thadeous (Danny McBride) and his brother Fabious (James Franco) are the princes of the Kingdom of Mourne. While Fabious is handsome, courageous, and well-liked by the people; Thadeous is lazy, irresponsible, and useless.
Upon returning from a successful quest, Fabious wants to marry Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) whom he rescues from the evil warlock Leezar (Justin Theroux) and his witch-mothers. However, Belladonna is recaptured by Leezar who's attempting to fulfill a prophecy of a warlock having intercourse with a maiden when the two Moons converge, thus begetting a dragon that will allow him to take over the Kingdom of Mourne.
Fabious and Thadeous embark on a journey to rescue Belladonna and they are joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman) who's seeking revenge for her father's and brothers' murders.
This is a very stupid movie. It mocks everything related to the medieval era - kings, princes, princesses, knights, monsters, evil wizards, witches, etc. with exaggerating sarcasm and cynical humor. Also, this movie can pass off as a mild porno movie minus hardcore graphical scenes. There are just way too many unnecessary jokes about men and women genitalia, intercourse, etc.
I couldn't understand why A-list actors such as Natalie Portman and James Franco would even bother to star in such a dumb movie with a useless plot, silly acting, and horrible script.
Anyway, if you like this genre of movie, I mean brainless slapstick comedy, you might just need to sit back and enjoy the sheer stupidity of it.
This is our certificate of completion of the Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC) mandatory for couples intending to conduct their wedding ceremony in the Catholic church.
Our wedding will be conducted at St. Ignatius Church, Petaling Jaya next year (2012). Now we're shortlisting possible venues for our reception as well as guest lists from both sides of the bride and groom's families and friends.
Nine more months to go and our journey of life together shall begin. :)