Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal!
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.
The hotel casino. The second Chinese character is the 'Yi' character of my name.
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 KongThe Disneyland Line
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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'll be going for my Undang soon. Hopefully, I'll have someone to accompany me. :)