Thursday, December 25, 2008

Kurisumasu Ometedo!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Selamat Hari Natal!
圣诞节快乐!
Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal!
メリークリスマス!
즐거운 성탄!

It's time for my annual 'Santa bashing' because Christmas has taken a completely different turn from the real reason of the celebration. Well, I did this bashing last year and the comparison between Santa and Jesus was clear enough to prove that Jesus is Almighty. Personally, I do not believe in this fluffy bearded man in a striking red suit. The thought of it is actually pretty scary. URK.

Things that I find are completely irrelevant during Christmas:

1. Santa Claus -- According to my reading, he was probably a character drawn from the inspiration of St. Nicholas of Myra who gave generously to the poor. But, at the same time, parallels have been drawn between Santa with the German god Odin. That's paganism for you. In Denmark, he is an elf called Tomte or Nisse. The red-suited man was actually created by Thomas Nast for a Coca-Cola promo. And this heavyset man is flown by reindeers (?!) Rather ridiculous.

2. Snow -- Yeah, it snows in the US and all but I don't think it actually snowed in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

3. Lame "carols" -- Frosty the Snowman?? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer??

4. The colour red and green -- Oops. (see above) But, seriously, why red and green?

5. Christmas trees -- Tree worship is a pagan practice. But, I can't see what a conical-shaped tree is related to Jesus.

Well, there are probably more. Call me a Scrooge or hear me go 'bah humbug' but, I believe that Jesus is the reason for the season.

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Christmas this year has been tame for me. I skipped the shopping for friends this year. Sorry. But, no one stated that it is a rule to give presents during Christmas right? I didn't get many this year. I guess the "give-to-receive" formula works. Haha. Thanks to KJ, Sean, Padré, Shao, Adelyn, Sam and Leland, Lai Yee and Yian, Nic, Kirsten and Joo Lee. If I left anyone out, sorry and thanks.

Playing for Christmas was no easy feat, since I'm so rusty. Qi Vin gave noob me a prep lesson that was basic but enough to boost my confidence a little. Although unintended, it was a nice Christmas gift. With the rally so near and my drumming still so weak, there's no time for play!

Merry Christmas!
God bless us, every one. -Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol

Monday, December 22, 2008

장jang! 근geun! 석suk!

It's pretty unlike me but on a night of channel surfing, I stumbled upon the Korean channel KBS. They were screening the show 쾌도 홍길동 / Sharp Blade - Hong Gil-Dong.


Hong Gil-Dong is a fictitious character from an old Korean novel - The Story of Hong Gil-Dong, written in the Joseon Dynasty by Heo Gyun. This sageuk series is based loosely on the novel and brings out a more playful side to it. It mixes fun elements of the modern world (Gil-Dong's sunglasses and break-dancing at the municipal) and modern Korean slangs. I only managed to catch the last few episodes, unfortunately.

Gil-Dong, played by Kang Ji Hwan is the illegitimate son of a minister. However, because he is told that he cannot accomplish anything in life, he grows up lazy and troublesome. He bumps into a monk who sees potential in him and trains him up in martial arts. Soon, Gil-Dong realises the injustice in this world and begins fighting for the oppressed through his rebel group - the Hwalbindang. He is likened to the Korean version of Robin Hood.

Heo Yinok, the female heroine, is portrayed by Sung Yuri. She is a naive and carefree girl who is unaware of her past - she is a minister's daughter and her parents were murdered. She befriends Gil-Dong and develops feelings for him and he reciprocates her feelings.

Cold and calculating is the first impression that Lee Changhwi gives. The emo prince, played by 21-year-old Jang Geun Suk, carries the burden of a dark past. His older brother, the current king, attempted to murder him. Changhwi is planning a revolution to overthrow the cruel king. Based on the inscription on the Sain Sword, he is the rightful heir to the throne. He forges an alliance with the Hwalbindang and develops feelings for the bubbly Yinok.

Everything's not too bad with a little jest here and there, but I DON'T LIKE THE ENDING. What? Changhwi (turns his back on the Hwalbindang) and his army just wipes out the HBD and they just die. HMM. Not satisfied.

All the characters are well-portrayed but I like Jang Geun Suk the best, although his role does not require much expression except for being emo most of the time. He's young and although I'm not the type for real-life bishounen, Jang Geun Suk is an exception. :) And he sings and plays the guitar. :) Plus point.



Yeah. I have to admit. Kinda pretty boy.


But it don't matter. 'Cause me likey.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

On the Roulette

There is only one word to describe the whole Macau trip - WAHH! Let me try to summarise the whole trip in a pictorial and captions.

The 8 travellers Yoyo-ed to LCCT but much to our disappointment, our flight was delayed by an hour due to heavy rain. Thanks for praying.

On board the plane, it was fairly alright except that I suffered from the adverse effects of changing air pressure. The temperature was a cold +/-15 degrees Celcius but my Relient K-like parka kept me warm. Our hotel was the Grand View in Taipa Island. 4 stars. Macau SAR is made up 3 islands - Macau, Taipa and Coloane.

The hotel casino. The second Chinese character is the 'Yi' character of my name.

Landslide???

If you thought KL was bad, think again.

The following day, we headed to to neighbouring Hong Kong and Disneyland, where I became a kid once more. It was just so great. And the route I worked out was correct! Future tour guide in the making. :) Mom, Dad and my aunt couldn't join us in D-land unfortunately as Mom suffered from motion sickness from the ferry ride. PTL she's fine now.

Canton Road, Hong Kong

The Disneyland Line


Here, I leave you pics from D-land.




My SAKAI sister.

The first show was the Royal Ball in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle where Princess Aurora and Prince Philip appeared.


Then, we went for the Festival of the Lion King in Adventureland which was a spectacular play of lights, powerful vocals and stage effects. All the performers were great but Scar was the best. I've got no pics of the show though. My cam doesn't capture well in the dark.



At Main Street, USA, we lined the street for the LET IT SNOW Christmas Parade. There was even foam-like snow falling on us. The floats.. thumbs up!





Recognise these guys? They're the toy soldiers from Toy Story.

We also had the opportunity to enter Mickey Mouse's house which is only open on Christmas. Everything in there is made out of plastic. The guy elf in there was so cute with his prancing and pointy ear, but I haven't got my pic with him yet.

In Tomorrowland, we played this shooting game - Astro Blasters which was so addictive. You, the space cadet, have to shoot all the Z's of Emperor Zurg while seated in a moving 'space ship' (I think).


Astro Blasters!


Night fell and the whole place was lighted up so beautifully.



KJ and I drove a car in Autopia, where I sucked badly at driving. How am I going to pass my driving? Haha. Then, the grand finale - a pyrotechnic spectacular.



The next morning was a day on Macau Island. We visited the Ruins of St. Paul which was once a college but was destroyed in a fire, leaving the facade. The Museum of Macau which is located on the Hill of Monte Fortress held lots of the colourful Chinese heritage.


The Monte Fortress.

We had the Macanese 'lok lok' which is not as fun as our Malaysian version. The 'ngau chap' (beef stew with stomach) was fantastic. Itadakimasu!

The night was spent at the Macau Fisherman's Wharf, a huge area that is sprawled along the coast of Macau Island.




Giant guitar!

Currently, I miss the Macanese weather a lot. It's super hot here, so all I wanna do is sleep. The food there isn't spectacular though and almost everyone there is smoking like chimneys. The whole city is well-planned and beautifully landscaped. It's relatively clean compared to Ipoh and the roadways are pedestrian-friendly. Not to mention, there are barely any traffic jams as most Macanese depend on the reliable bus service.

I love it there and I wouldn't mind going there again for a much longer trip. Oh yea... I didn't get to meet Shawn Yue there. No fate no fate.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Flight to the Land of Portuguese Egg Tarts

I'll be heading to KL at 9 am tomorrow and flying off to the Land of Portuguese Egg Tarts. YUM. As excited as I am, I'm not sure whether I've packed sufficient (thick) clothing and other necessities.

Macau has overtaken Las Vegas as the gambling hub and who knows? I may strike JACKPOT. Ka-ching! I'll come back 100,000 patacas richer. Haha. After a tedious online research, I managed to work a proper route from Macau to Hong Kong Disneyland. Let's hope it's right.

Qi Vin is back and he has put me up for the morning Christmas service. Hopefully, Yi Wen the Drum Noob will get in touch with the drums before Christmas. And ou... the rally.

I can smell the tempting aroma of the yummy egg tarts beckoning me. So for a good day tomorrow, I'd better sleep now. See you on the 18th.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Answers for Questions

I'll be departing for Macau on Sunday. We're planning to hop on a ferry to the neighbouring Hong Kong for a day in Disneyland. The question is:

How do we get from the Hong Kong ferry terminal (Tsim Sha Tsui) to Disneyland? Which is cheaper - the MTR or taxi? Please do help. Thank you. :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Prep

I've been helping out in the Christmas event and I did up the Lighthouse sign board. Joy, Adelyn and I rushed in the last hour to make the basic board. Unhappy with how it looked like, I kidnapped the board home to spruce it up a little.

Half-done and still pretty unattractive.

My messed up study with all the art junk. The floor is a mess of glitter.

Close shop. Time to hit the sack. ZZZ

Ultra Long Tag by Sab

Random order!

1. Karjie
2. Chin Hui
3. Shao Wen
4. Sam
5. Navin
6. Krishan
7. Kay Lynn
8. Phui Yan
9. Adelyn
10. Di-yan
11. Jess
12. Sab
13. Vincent
14. Weng Hong
15. Jason
16. Mel
17. Daniel
18. Zhi Hui
19. Yi Li
20. Jo

1. How did you meet number 18?
School. My classmate in Form 3 who sat next to te noisy Chin Hui. Like to makan in class.

2. What will happen if you have not met number 17?
A large part of my childhood would not exist. My childhood buddy. :)

3. What if number 9 and 20 dated?
That would go against God's Law.

4. What if number 5 and 10 dated?
That..*speechless*

5. Describe number 1.
My sakai shorter older sister who is smart, efficient and is definitely a good catch (so she says). XD

6. Do you think number 8 is attractive?
Haha. Of course, once you get to know her very interesting personality.

7. Describe number 7.
My AJK Utama partner - Kailan. Looks lurus and is lurus, but she's great.

8. Do you know any family members of 12?
Ahaha.. no.

9. What languages do number 15 speak?
English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese.

10. Who is number 9 hanging out with?
Me. Haha. Joy, the church fellas and the Sc4 fellas.

11. How old is number 16 this year?
17

12. Who's number 2 favorite singer?
Eh.. I dunno.

13. When is the last time you spoke to number 13?
Thru SMS on Friday night.

14. Have you ever dated number 4?
Sam?!

15. Would you ever date number 19?
If I liked girls.

16. Is number 3 single?
Haha. Of course.

17. What is number 10 last name?
Ho

18. Would you be in a relationship with number 11?
I'm already in it. Friendship. :)

19. What is the school of number 13?
Sam Tet

20. Where does number 6 stay?
First Garden or Silibin area. I'm always lost there.

21. What is your favourite thing about number 5?
She's fun and distracts me from the stress of school. Her house is always open for me to bunk in and she's my cooking mate! She helps me with my dog phobia.

22. Have you ever seen number 14 naked?
OF COURSE NOT.

Question 1: Do you think you're HOT?
What kind of perasan question is this...?

Question 2: Upload a favorite picture of yourself.



Question 3: Why do you like that picture?
My alter ego. SWT. Meh Meh. :)

Question 4: When was the last time you ate pizza?
A few hours ago.

Question 5: The last song you listened to?
Give Until There's Nothing Left by Relient K

Question 6: What are you doing right now besides this?
Online reading

Question 7: What name would you prefer besides yours?
Yi Wen's sufficient.

People to tag:
Weng Hong, Karjie, Yukana

Question 8: Who is number one on your list?
Karjie

Question 9: Who is Number 3 having a relationship with?
His piano and Christmas jazz pieces.

Question 10: Say something about number 5.
Fellow debater who seems to be eternally bonded to Taiping.

Question 11: How about number 4?
Sam: The pro guitarist and relatively safe driver.

Question 12: Who is number 2?
Babi Chin Hui.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Artistic Flairs and Writers' Block

Pretty busy being out the past few days, but, slightly boring. There was Karjie's class barbecue which I was somehow involved in. We went rush shopping for ingredients and made orange jellies till late at night. And I wrapped Mrs. Chin's fruit basket. Oh, she'd better love me.

I carved this orange while cutting them up.

There was Steven's dinner night, but, being the banana that I am, I couldn't understand what people were saying. The food was so-so and it was an assembly of a LaLa congregation. I think my contacts could pop up. Eye contamination. Sorry, but no pics.

I went with my aunt to the Shekinah bookstore and I saw this:


It was the kindergarten Christmas party today. Since Dad is involved, I was roped in. My bicycle's acting in the drama. So, I can't go cycling till after Christmas. :( And Dad gave away all our kid soft toys to the kindy. :(



just like yours.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Oddity

It was Undang Day. One of the weirdest day ever and also the most boring. I expected to go through the 5-hour lecture alone, but it turned out that Ka Yee was there too. We had to take our thumb prints down and I expected what would happen. My finger print did not match my MyKad print. When my prints were scanned, it turns out that I don't have any print pattern. Odd, huh? It happened before when I applied for my passport.

After the whole thing was over, we had to queue up to 'thumb' out again. The lecturer began shouting out "Yi Wein, Yi Weing, Yi Weng!" All the funny pronounciations. Everyone stared at me and laughed also as I walked hurriedly to him. I got to skip the long line and sign out without giving my prints. Then, Mr. CantoMotorbikeBoy came and added to the weirdness of the day. Eeeyuck. Weird, weird.

Rain, rain go away. I wanna play captain ball. The Korean actor hair is no more. But, it's plain weird now. HMM.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Movie Review - Twilight


I finally watched Twilight, the highly anticipated show from Stephenie Meyer. It wasn't a show that I really wanted to watch but oh well.. I read the book about a year ago and I envisioned Mr. Edward Cullen to be this strikingly handsome guy. But, OUU.. the casting does not fit my (high) expectations.

Pattinson. Certainly not my choice for Edward.
He looks to 'woman' to play this vamp of a guy.

Embarassingly, for Edward, his dad Dr. Carlisle beats him by 1000 times. The whole cinema went "WHOA!" when he appeared. Agreed. Even Jasper looked better.


I would say that the whole movie was pretty normal. Several parts weren't included. Like when Jasper went amok upon smelling Bella's blood etc. Even mild scenes were cut out which left us all going "huh?". The only part that was pretty interesting was the game of baseball. Other than that, the show rates up to only 4.5 stars out of 10. No recommendation from me unless you think Pattinson is hot. If you think (your imaginary) Edward is hot, don't watch it.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Weekend of Food Food Food

Early on Saturday morning, I was ready to leave the house with Jason for morning prayer. I locked up and threw the keys back inside. Then I realised the gate was still padlocked. #@%*! Jason laughed as I attempted to climb over the gate. Fortunately, Mom woke up and gave me the keys while laughing. Ah... Then, the two of us and Adelyn walked all the way to church. :) All these things are possible with me. Haha.

It was a day of love and celebration as Gavin (who happens to be my cousin) got married to Evelyn. The wedding service was held in church and was pretty informal. Both the bride and groom shed tears. Gavin even serenaded Evelyn with a meaningful song.



The Serenade


Then, there was the wedding dinner at night in Casuarina. There was praise and worship. It was the funniest and longest wedding dinner I've ever attended. There were games, speeches, Gavin singing again etc. Fortunately, I had company over the phone. XD It lasted till 11:30 or so. Congrats to the newlyweds!

We celebrated Karjie, Kaufoo and Aunty Lee Wah's birthdays together.





I've been eating through the weekend and last night was no exception. Uncle Benjamin's maid of 10 years was leaving for Indonesia so he threw a small party for her. She preaches and serves in the Kebaktian Bahasa Malaysia in church. Pastor Ashok actually prayed for her in BM and he was good.


I'll be going for my Undang soon. Hopefully, I'll have someone to accompany me. :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Step to Liberation

After 2 years of kindergarten, 6 years of primary schooling and 5 years of secondary schooling,
SAYA SUDAH MERDEKA.

After everything, instead of going out, I went with Mom to Tesco, errands.

I finally got contact lenses. After 11 years being spectacled, it feels odd and empty. My nosebridge also merdeka. I took a whole wonderful 45 minutes or so running eye tests and trying to fuse a bowl-like lens with my eyeballs. I also discovered that I have astigmatism and my power shot up to 650!

Next, is to get my hair cut. As Adelyn said, "Now with contact lens, you look even more like Korean actor." And my classmates, "Bae Young Jun."


Do we look alike??? Err..

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Drum Talk

Since only EST is left, I've begun watching drum vids on YouTube. I'm not really updated in the drumming scene (drum fests etc), but I decided to check out Tony Royster Jr., a pretty reknown drummer in drumming circles. He endorsed my Vic Firths.



That's how I got to know of him. As Qi Vin said, "This fella, young drummer, very good." And I have to agree.

Royster is only 24 years old and began drumming since he was 3. He's often referred to as a "prodigy" by his fans. He won the 1995 Guitar Center National Drum-Off competition in Hollywood at only 11 years of age! He has played for big events like the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards and PASIC (Percussive Art Society International Convention), and big people like Jay-Z and Hikaru Utada. He was also voted as the #1 Up and Coming Drummer in the Modern Drummer magazine.

He plays for the American R&B band Imajin and LazyEye.

Just a short vid, but it's awesome.




happy drumming!

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