Sunday, April 26, 2009

N.E.R.D.

Call me "NERD".

I have been studying. The only thing that's on my mind is chemistry and pure mathematics. Indices, logarithms, relative atomic masses, mass spectrometer, emission spectrums..

Sounds heavy. But I'm actually enjoying this whole process of studying for the first time. Let's hope it stays on.

Mr Ang of the 3-hour Math Mania Marathon tuition is quite good and his mathematical problems are challenging but sitting on a hard bench for the entire marathon does no justice to my bottom. I quote the Chinese guy behind me: "Sit until my backside is burnt."

Good stuff: I've been offered a scholarship in the form of a 100% tuition fee waiver to study Cambridge GCE A-Levels in KTAR Kuala Lumpur. Undecided.

Bad stuff: I failed to gain a place for architecture in UiTM, which means I have only 5 shots left for my IPTA admission, of which, only 2 are for architecture.

On Friday, I received a sudden SMS from Kay Lynn:
2nite gt infernal affairs le. Ur beloved shawn yue! Nyek nyek! :)

Haha. I couldn't help but break into a huge grin. Karjie and I watched the whole of Infernal Affairs 2 for the second time enthusiastically despite knowing the whole plot. The whole very exciting plot. :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sunny Skies Make Good Pics!

Mel came back to Ipoh just recently and she stayed over at my place which a a great bonus to this long holiday. Adelyn, Mel and I went to the St. Peter's Church fair together and after leaving we hung out for several hours in the crowded Jusco. It's good to have a car and be able to drive. It makes hanging out so much easier. Oh, and I've got Melissa drooling over Kim Beom from Boy's Over Flowers as well! Haha.


Well, I'll be going to Mr. Chin's chemistry tuition in an hour's time and I'm a little nervous because I think the class has started and I'll be lost. Gotta go prepare for now!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Greasy Hair & Empty Roads

About late last year, I wrote about Infernal Affairs II (and Shawn Yue!). I finally caught the first film of the trilogy today. The 2002 crime-thriller Infernal Affairs is the sequel of IA2 starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Chan Wing-Yan and Andy Lau as Lau Kin-Ming. Shawn Yue portrayed the younger Yan while Edison Chen was the younger Ming in IA2. Spoilers ahead!


It has been 10 years since policeman Yan has been sent undercover into the triads and triad member Ming has infiltrated the police force. After the police academy principal Yip died, only Superintendant Wong (Anthony Wong) knows Yan's true identity. The long years have caused a deep longing in Yan to resume life as a normal citizen. A deal between triad leader Hon Sam (Eric Tsang) and Thai cocaine leader is interrupted by SP Wong and his team through Yan's tip-off using the Morse code. It dawns upon Wong and Sam that there is a mole on both sides. They can see the cards of their opponents, but they cannot see their cards. The plot thickens as both Yan and Ming are put in charge of eradicating the moles (themselves).

According to Wikipedia, tonight's film showed the alternative ending created specially for mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore, mainly to please the mainland officers by affirming that crime does not pay.

Overall, it was good but I got bored halfway. The plot was simpler compared to IA2. Plus, there was no Shawn Yue; just mere flashbacks. Tony Leung is a good actor, undeniably. But what happened to the clean and styled Yan despite being a triad member, now? Aiks.


The death of SP Wong was similar to Yip's - sudden and tragic - with Wong being thrown out of a high rise right onto the taxi which Yan just exited. The killings in IA2 were more discreet compared to this but not bloody like Shinjuku Incident. Knowing that Yan died (oops, spoiler!) does not make me excited for IA3.

A scene after interrogation after the cocaine deal is busted.

SP Wong: By the way, whoever loses the game will die.

Hon Sam: Let's see when you're gonna die.

SP Wong: Smiles and stands to shake hands with Sam.

Hon Sam: Ever seen someone shake a corpse's hand?

SP Wong: Laughs.

How morbid.

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I failed to get into the Matriculation Programme but, I'm happy. I also am not shortlisted for Universiti Teknologi Malaysia's (UTM) architecture diploma interview. So, I've begin studying Form 6 Math on my own. But, I can't seem to get it. Real numbers, closure law, associative law... Hmm.

A mighty applause to the MGS CF for the wonderful Easter Harvest Event on the 17th of April. I wanted to drive to MGS today, but as a new driver, the thought of jams on the way was daunting. Before leaving home, I prayed that God would clear the jam. And true enough, there was barely any cars on the stretch of road all the way to MGS. Praise the Lord! Bruce Almighty parted the sea of cars, God wiped out the sea of cars! As Dad said, "See how much God loves you?"

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Shinjuku Accident

I have never watched a Chinese (or non-English) films in the cinema before. However, by a turn of events, I ended up joining Phui Yan and Yee San for the US$ 25 million Shinjuku Incident with a stellar cast of Jackie Chan, Daniel Wu and Fan Bingbing.



In the 90's, there was a flood of Chinese illegal immigrants in Japan. Steelhead (Jackie Chan) headed to Japan in search of his girlfriend Xiu Xiu (Xu Jinglei). He joins his timid friend, Jie (Daniel Wu) and settles into life as an illegal immigrant in the Shinjuku district. However, he finds out Xiu Xiu has already married Eguchi (Masaya Kato) - a yakuza leader and has borne a daughter. Jie, on the other hand, undergoes a drastic emotional change after he was badly disfigured and loses a hand after being beaten up by a fellow Chinese with yakuza protection. After saving Eguchi's life, Steelhead is drawn into the triad world as Eguchi's alliance. He gains legal status in Japan and power over several territories together with his fellow immigrants. They promised peace and unity in their territory, but as usual, power brings in moral decay.

Comments!: The movie is drama-filled and Jackie Chan (for once) doesn't partake in any show of martial arts. Sure, he does fight, but it was far from kung fu, which created a different twist to it. There was lots of violence - blood and gore - especially the part when Jie loses his hand. They actually showed the bloody stub! I couldn't help but find Wu's Phua Chu Kang-curled hair funny. After his disfigurement, he adopted a sort of Harajuku fashion and become all emo and narcotic-filled. The audience was more tickled by it than anything else.


One of my favourite characters would be Kitano (Naoto Takenaka), a detective who crossed paths with Steelhead several times while giving chase to a group of illegal immigrants. A grudging respect develops between the two of them. With Steelhead's help, Kitano is able to break a major narcotics case involving the yakuza.

Masaya Kato who plays Eguchi - head of Sanwa-kai - has an air about him that makes you unable to hate him despite being the baddie.

Overall - action, drama and blood - this movie kept me entertained for the whole 2 hours. Certainly better than 'Twilight' where I kept checking my watch.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I.HUNGER

Life is back to normal after the ACS production. Overall, the performance was pretty alright. I would not say that I've learn much from this as drums were kept minimum. However, it was something different playing for a drama. I've made several friends and acquaintances, and most of them are really funny and nice to have around. Unfortunately, I've got no pictures, only this one of the white drums in my little corner.


I'm still searching for scholarships but I can't find any. I guess I've ran through every possible scholarship on the net. I'm even applying for environmental engineering. HMM. Well, I'm pretty positive that I'll won't make it to the UK unless JPA grants me one. Bellerbys and Abbey are way to heavy on the money purse. :(

Since I'm so free now, I'm contemplating attending Form 6 tuition. Chemistry's settled. It's just Math, Physics and (perhaps) Biology. Dad thinks I should take 5 subjects for STPM. He sees a doctor, I see architect (or something else).

On a happier note, I WANT KIMCHI. My initial prejudice towards Korean food due to its unattractive presentation (as seen on TV) is now dispelled because I love the wonderful taste of kimchi jjigae. Dad took us out to Tomi Japanese Restaurant the other day and we had kimchi jjigae or kimchi stew. It tasted exactly like Sakae's Spicy Hotate Kimuchi Soup. (Note: "Hotate" is actually scallop.) Currently, I'm finding out how to make kimchi jjigae but where do I purchase kimchi itself?

KIMCHI!!!
Photo courtesy of http://koreancooking.xanga.com/.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Angel Angles

The Angel of Music sings songs in my head,
The Angel of Music sings songs in my head..


GET OUT!

I've been busy since my involvement in the ACS play - The Phantom of the Opera: The Musical. Going in in the early hours of the morning and returning late. Being the drummer, it can get pretty boring as this is a classical production but nontheless, it's a whole new experience for me. The songs are repeatedly playing in my head which is quite insanity-inducing. Currently I can hear the cast sing Prima Donna.

Prima Donna,
First lady on the stage,
Your devotees are on their knees,
To implore you..


I just got back from tonight's show which was good, but the Friday show was better. Hopefully, tomorrow's show will be superb! I'm off. Tired and that old shoulder injury is flaming up. Good night!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

BIG God and BIG Idiots

HONOUR GOD WITH YOUR REQUESTS.

If you think God is big, you will have no qualms of asking Him for big things. But if you think you should only ask for small, tiny things, it means God is small to you.

Thus in view of the recent JPA interview, I believe that there is no harm in asking God for the seemingly impossible - studying architecture in the UK. To me, the interview was fine, but, it may be a different story to the panel.

I was striken with a minor stomach ache on the way but by the grace of God, it was miraculously gone by the time I reached. Most of the girls were dressed in baju kurungs. I refuse to conform to the stereotypical Malaysian interview fashion!

I was placed together with Wai Nam (from Batu Gajah), two AMC girls and a Nibong Tebal Malay boy. Our panel was made up of Dr. Sani from UIA, a JPA guy and Ir. Muiz and they were nice. The topics given were:

1. Do you think that toll rates should be maintained or abolished?
Abolish the tolls within the states! For example, toll collection between Seberang Prai and Bagan Ajam - totally unnecessary. But, keep tolls from state to state. Just lower the rates since there are thousands of people commuting using the PLUS highways daily.

2. What do you think about the negative effects of the internet? What should be done?
I believe it starts from the household. Parents should monitor their children's usage of the net or put the PC in a public area of the house eg. the living room. The government should not be the one to impose censorship on the net. Different people have different moral standards. What if those in the censorship board were extremely conservative? That'll be restriction of freedom for most.

3. Is Malaysian sports up to par? How do we make it better if no?
In the case of football, get rid of the prima donna attitude! Don't do it for the big bucks. Do it for the country. Coaches, reiterate it constantly into the brains of the players (if they do have one). In the case of badminton, Lee Chong Wei's first round exit in Hyderabad could have been prevented if the team management was better. When the All-England was held, everyone wanted to go to Birmingham but nobody wanted to go to India. Where's the commitment? Athletes also should know better than to eat outside food too.

So, since my God is BIG, please God, let me go to UK soon!

On another matter, I was driving home from church after service with KJ and Sean. This Malay guy tried inching his way out of Jusco. When I stopped, he didn't move, but, as I moved on, he started moving, so, I veered out of the way. Later before the traffic lights, he overtook me and flashed the finger at me. I almost flashed it back at him, but I thought about my brother in the car. Okay, control. **** you, loser.
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