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Thursday, September 29, 2005
  Somebody Help Me !!!!
Bear with me for a while here...
At least until the end of November 2005.
(S**t, The Chronicles of Narnia pulak..)
Dunnolah, mebbe aku malas nak blog bila dah masuk bulan Ramadhan nanti...

Your best match is Draco!
Which Harry Potter Guy are you Most Compatible with?
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Sesapa ada kengkawan yg sama fanatik (aku fanatik HP, mcm mana sesetengah org fanatik ngan football), tolong le bagitau aku.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
  I Need My Dose of Anything Harry Potter !!!
1. Name: Zack
2. Age: 28, soon to be 29 in October.

3. Which of the characters do you most relate to?

Ronald Weasley, because he comes from a big family (7 of them compared to 9 of mine). Aku faham camne perasaannya dtg dr keluarga yg besar tapi sederhana (hand me down stuffs, standing in your elder sibling’s shadow, kehidupan tak berapa mewah berbanding anak2 orang lain). Yup, aku juga akan berasa cemburu tgk kengkawan rapat aku yg otaknya bergeliga (Hermione) dan kaya/ terkenal (Harry).

4. Who is your least favorite character?

Ada a few characters yg aku nyampah gila dalam filem/ buku. Peter Pettigrew, dah la traitor, huduh gila pulak tu. I think I prefer if if stays in his Scabbers form sampai bebila pun… Yup, since I’m reading the 5th book now, Dolores Umbridge, cikgu Defence Against Dark Arts yg ‘dipinjamkan’ oleh Ministry of Magic. The bitch of a witch ! Tensionnya aku tgk dia torture Harry dalam Detention. And Gilderoy Lockhart, for being such a jerk in the second book.

5. What would you see when you look into the Mirror of Erised?

Another sister/ brother for Ikmal….

6. What would your boggart be?

Just like Mrs Weasley’s boggart in TOOTP – dead family members/ loved ones. Tak tau kalau aku boleh terima hakikat tu. And dunno whether I have the strength to conjure the patronus charm to overcome it…

7. Dark Magic: Tell us your thoughts. Is there such a thing? Or is magic only dark because of the motivation behind its use?

Yup, just like the Yin and Yang, there are two side of all things – magic alike. It depend on your niat, actually. It is what you make of it. Kalau niat baik, baik le jadinya. Kalau tak.. just look at Anakin Skywalker (oooppss, tak relevan here !).

8. What is your favorite non-Harry Potter book? Quote something from it and tell us why you chose that line.

Considering my current read, it would be a tie between Da Vinci Code & Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.
Fave line ? Haha, there’s one line uttered by The Hassassin – something like – ‘I’ve done my battle, now you are my reward”. Phoar ! Sexy ! There. Takde apa2 yg tersirat. I don’t like to read between the lines, nor do I base my life decisions from some pulp fictions.

9. You are sitting in your house common room when you notice that another student has left a book lying on the table. You pick it up and realize it is their personal diary. What do you do?

Aku tengok sapa punya, and pulangkan balik la kat tuan dia. No, I won’t read it. Aku hormati privacy org lain, dan aku expect the same from others.

10. Would you use an Unforgivable Curse under any circumstances, and if so, what would those be?

Avada Kedavra ? Hmmm… only if my life or my family is in danger.

11. Do you think Harry was right or wrong to use his cloak to get to Hogsmeade in the 3rd book?

Since Uncle Vernon tak nak sign the guardian permission from, I think it’s ok for Harry to go there un-noticed. Takkan la nak lepak Hogwarts sengsorang sementara kengkawan yg lain syok2 enjoying themselves with butterbeer and stuff..

12. What's one thing you would do if you knew you would suffer no consequences from it?

Speak my mind out. Like in public or whatever.

13. Someone has graffitied a hateful remark about your House on one of the walls in the Great Hall. Luckily for you, you overhear a conversation between House elves who witnessed the perpetrator, and you alone know who did it. What do you do? What if the remark had been done by another house, and was about a house that wasn't your own?

House meeting !!
I would tell the Head Boy and we’ll come up with a suggestion on what to do.

14. What do you really think of Snape? Is he fair in the things he does?

Snape is sexy. And quite difficult to predict (I mean, I mistook him for the real villain in the first book). Aku rasa dia ada elemen2 tak adil dalam mengajar, which affects the performance of his students in Potions class. I mean, look at how he treated Hermione (for being a mud-blooded muggle), Neville Longbottom (kesian budak ni, dah la lemah semangat) and how he always favour Draco and others from the Slytherin House. But then what would you expect from somebody in Slytherin…

15. Do you like the idea of a school being split into four separate houses? What about school unity?

Unity is one thing, tapi aku rasa penting jugak utk students dibahagikan mengikut rumah. Ala, mcm sekolah biasa la, ada rumah hijau, rumah merah, oren, kuning, etc. Penting utk memupuk semangat berlumba-lumba dalam semua bidang.

16. Which are more important: Friends or Family?

Both are equally important. But then, blood is thicker than water. Apa pun, aku tetap utamakan family.

17. Some people think the Weasley twins are funny, while others find them mean spirited. How do you feel, and why?

Funny as they are, aku tak nak jumpa atau terserempak si kembar Fred & George ni. Kotnya terkena barang2 joke diorang, mampus aku hidung berdarah tak henti2… but then, I really love the Weasley brothers (except for the snobbish Percy). Really looking forward to see who will play Bill Weasley in the upcoming HP movies).

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Bill Weasley - Fan art from weasleynetwork.org
(a great site for all things Weasley)

18. Do you consider a first impression to be the only impression a person can give? Why or why not?

There’s a saying – You’ll never have the second chance to make the first impressions. I totally disagree with this. Especially if the impression is not intended to be. Kali pertama jumpa kau mungkin nampak pendiam/ sombong tak banyak cakap, tapi if were give the chance and time you might discover that someone can be funny, fun-loving and kind-hearted.

19. What would you be willing to die for?

Religion. Family. Country. In that order.

20. If you died, would you want to come back as a ghost? Why or why not?

No. Aku nak bersemadi ngan aman…

21. Hermione has asked you to support S.P.E.W. (read: flagged you down and cornered you with a box of buttons that she shakes in your face to "entice" you to join). What is your response?

Join aje lah. I have nothing against House-elfs being slaves to their masters. Maybe they were born to be slaves, and thoroughly enjoyed that, and that gives them some sort of satisfaction. Phew, I’m starting to sound like a Malfoy already..

22. What field of study would you most want to enter into, and why, once you graduated from Hogwarts?

Like Bill Weasley, I would probably work in a bank. Tapi bukan mcm Goblin kat Bank Gringotts tu la..

23. True or False: Rules are meant to be broken. Explain.

True and False. Without rules there would be utter chaos. And rules that are too rigid will bring out the rebel in me. Two word though – Common sense.

24. You have one day to live. How do you spend your last day alive?

Bertaubat. I don’t wanna go to hell.

25. Finally, what house do you think you belong in?

Ravenclaw. I’m too unpopular to be in Gryffindor, too cool to be in Hufflepuff and too good to be in Slytherin.

Phew.... tak sabar rasanya nak tunggu the 4th movie - Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire which will open on 18th November. ..

(Questionnaire from livejournal)

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  Hari Nih Kubikel Aku Ibarat Dunia Post- Apocalypse
Entah kenapa CD ROM drive aku mcm tersampuk ke hapa sebab dah dua hari aku dok ulang main Best of Mawi World asyik ulang dgr Intifada ngan Seroja ngan Aduh Saliha pastuh semalam aku try nak pasang CD Soundtrack Initial CD takleh pastuh aku try pulak Best of Offspring takleh jugak pastuh aku try pulak Soundtrack Great Expectations takleh baca jugak arrgghh tak puas hati aku try pulak CD Best of Mawi World skali lagi pun takleh kuar pape pun arrrhhhh tension CD ROM drive aku dah gila jap lagi aku nak call Tech Support.

Sekian sahaja rambling aku dan CD ROM drive aku yg tersampuk aura Mawi World hari ni.

PS : Sunyi gila kubikel aku hari ni yg ada cuma radio dr kubikel abg sebelah dok pasang Radio Muzik ke hapa ntah aku tatau lagu menda diorang pasang walaupun kekadang ada lagu2 yg best dr Spyder (Tam Rules !)Audioslave Yellowcard Good Charlotte Rasmus dan Keane.


Monday, September 26, 2005
  So You Are THE Rock Star !
When Fortune knocks…

One thing that sucks about NOT having Astro at home, is not being able to see/ hear/ enjoy this guy in action….

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Hell Yeah ! J.D Fortune is THE MAN. But really, I don’t know how he fares compared to the late Hutchence. Guess I just have to wait until one of the free tv’s screen this show. Which is like...whenever. S***t…

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  So You Wanna Be A Rock Star ?
Rock School (2005)

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Teaching kids the basics: Power chords, head banging, and being a rock star.

In a nutshell : Sebuah documentari mengisahkan ttg real-life Paul Green’s School of Rock Music di Philadelphia, dan anak2 muridnya dalam lingkungan umur 9 hingga 17 tahun.

Mama’s dua sen : Gila. Opening movie-nya saja dah membuat aku terpegun (CJ, guitar prodigy berusia 12 tahun ‘menggoreng’ tune Black Magic Woman oleh Santana). Seriously, aku takkan serahkan anak aku pada Paul Green ni. He’s one egomaniacal musician-turned-music-teacher dan cara beliau mengajar anak2 muridnya..hmmm aku sendiri takut ! He uses anger to motivate his students, and spews out abusive words like nobody’s business. Located at his cramped studio (aku suka hiasan dindingnya), seramai lebih kurang 120 murid berusia 9 –17 tahun mengikuti kelas muziknya (lepas waktu sekolah), di mana mereka akan diajar ttg Led Zep, AC/DC/, Santana dan Frank Zappa.

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Si kembar cilik yg rock !

Filem arahan Don Argott ni banyak memfokus kepada kaedah pengajaran Paul Green, dan beberapa anak2 muridnya yg agak pelik. Contohnya, Will O’Connor. Cara dia menceritakan kisah hidupnya juga membuatkan aku mengerutkan dahi (dia dilahirkan secara caesarian kerana pelvis ibunya terlalu kecil dan lehernya terjerut dengan tali pusat; dia juga pernah beberapa kali cuba membunuh diri). Aku juga suka tengok si kembar Tucker yg cute tu. Dan emaknya yg sempoi gila (Soccer mom without the soccer, kata Paul Green). Btw, bagi yg dah tgk filem ni, mereka tu, dua2 lelaki, okay. Dan kehidupan ‘lain’ Paul Green (he’s a devoted father of a son, lebih kurang baya anak aku- haha, kelakar gila tgk dia ajar anaknya sebut ‘Jethro Tull’ dan bermain gitar kapuk !).

Fave scenes : Everytime they went on stage. And that trip to the annual Zappanalle Festival in Germany, during which the kids perform the uber-complicated “Inca Roads” in concert with veteran Zappa sideman Napoleon Murphy Brock, who incites the crowd into bows of unworthiness. And any scenes with the Tucker twins.

Mama bagi : ****/*****. We’re not worthy !

Official website : http://www.rockschoolthemovie.com/

The School of Rock (2003)

Rock isn't about getting an A. Sex Pistols never won anything.
Freddy Jones

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In a nutshell : Down and out rock star Dewey Finn (Black) gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. Using the identity of his flatmate, he takes a job as a 5th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight.(From imdb dot com)

Mama’s dua sen : Semalam kali ketiga aku tonton filem arahan Richard Linklater ni. Kali ni di DVD. Dan aku tak pernah jemu melihat telatah gila Jack Black dan anak2 buahnya dalam perjalanan mereka menyertai Battle of the Bands tu. Pure talent, I’d say, memandangkan bebudak ni mmg bukan pelakon professional (eg, in real life Zack Mooneyham si prodigy guitarist, mula bermain gitar pada umur 3 tahun dan kini mempunyai band sendiri).

Babak paling aku suka : Mr S giving homework to his students. Dan scene masa guitarist No Vacancy cuba ngorat Ms Mullins tu.. haha kat atas stage pun lagi kelakar gila mamat tu…

Mama bagi **** ½ / *****. Rock on !

Well, apa pun, aku takkan encourage sangat anak aku utk menceburi bidang ni. Kalau setakat suka2 takpe. As a hobby. Aku sendiri akan ajar pasal Led Zep, Deep Purple, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc. Kalau nak gitar ke, amp ke, aku akan belikan but not as a way of life. Not as a rocker in the entertainment world. I mean y’know rockers la. Life diorang camne. Sapa nak doakan aku kalau aku dah mati nanti…


  Woo Hoo !!!!
Bagi yg terlupa nak tengok/ takde Astro kat rumah (mcm aku) / asyik menikmati persembahan dari Nita dan Daniel dalam Malaysian Idol Finals…

sila klik sini -- > Kunci Khazanah Finals

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Betul Zack, Abg bukan tak nak tengok, Abg terpaksa jadi juri malam tu. Tak percaya, cuba tanya Kak Gee dan Paul nih…

Perasan la lu, Zack, boleh blah...

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Thursday, September 22, 2005
  Bite Me !
The Sexiest Vampire. Ever.

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Deacon Frost (Blade)

Runner ups :-

Valek (John Carpenter’s Vampires)
Santanica Pandemonia (From Dusk Till Dawn)
Selena (Underworld)
Balthazar (Constantine)
(ok, ok, the last one may not be a vampire, but he’s too damn sexy to ignore)


  Agent Yg Kau Takkan Jumpa Dlm Kunci Khazanah
Ode To The X Files

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Agent, agent, RM20, RM20, confirm !!!

O hail the Speedo lad;
And the brainy Agent Scully;
Boy, it’s true they made me mad;
Combusted by the telly.

Flukeworms, Tooms and monkey pee;
Not to mention Roland Fuller;
And dead green men in Anasazi;
Beam me up to Vancouver!

It’s really hard to comprehend;
When science and spook collides;
But it’s sure is good to have a friend;
Who’s always by your side.

So never mind the Government;
Or the Cigarette Smoking Man;
‘Coz where the X Files are concerned;
I’m devoted to the end!

* my full name here *(lupa gila nak letak pseudonym !), Muar

(Ed : Way too much time on your hand…)

This ode was published in Galaxie magazine a few years back. Tak ingat pulak the exact date. Any ex-X-Philes in here? Care to share ?

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  Music Sooth Even The Savage Beast...
Do What You Want
(best dgr masa buat homework Maths, at full volume)

hey, do what you want

but don't do it around me
idleness and dissipation breed apathy
I sit on my a$$ all goddamn day
a misanthropic anthropoid with nothing to
say what you must, do all you can

break all the f***ing rules
and go to hell with superman
and die like a champion ya hey!

hey, I don't know if the billions will survive
but I'll (still) believe in God when one and one are five
my moniker is man and I'm rotten to the core
I'll tear down the building just to pass through the door

From the album : Suffer

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(Pic from eil dot com)

Phew, tak tau la kenapa semenjak dua menjak ni, ada dua lagu ni asyik terngiang2 kat telinga aku. Satu, this song, dan satu lagi is a catchy punk tune from the Offspring – What In The World Happened To You ? dr album Smash. Sayangnya the best of Offspring CD aku takde lagu tu, yg aku ada cuma kaset Smash jek, huhu..takleh dgr kat office…

First time I heard this song was during my college days and tak sangka it has been around since 1987. Just like Offspring’s frontman, Dexter Holland, Greg Graffin, the band's frontman, holds a masters degree in geology from UCLA and Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell University. Wow, tatau kenapa aku begitu teruja ngan punk guys with good educational background with good credentials to boot…si Jason Lo pun mungkin termasuk jugak le, but then he’s not from my favourite genre of music..

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  Nerds v Geeks
Geek vs Nerd ? Which one are you ?

From Wikipedia…

A nerd is an intelligent person fascinated by knowledge and learning. In contrast, a geek is a person merely fascinated by technology. Not only that, but many geeks also watch cinema movies or read fiction books. A typical geek's brain probably has active both its logic and imagination centers, while the brain of a nerd may have an extremely active logic centre and an underperforming imagination centre.

Usually most nerds like technology, too, but their primary focus is on theoretical knowledge, mostly on scientific topics. Watching movies or reading fiction books is not part of the nerd culture. True nerds read 1500-page science books and rarely go out with friends (if they have any).

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Who are you calling nerd, nerd ?

Both nerds and geeks are ambitious, but in different ways (Geek: "I want to make money with my great programming skills!!", Nerd: "I want to become a famous scientist, more famous than Einstein!!").
The life of a nerd is about accumulating knowledge. Nerds rarely think of using the knowledge they possess. Geeks, on the other hand, do use their knowledge and apply their technological skills in their daily life.

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Hermione Granger & Klaus Baudelaire; a few of celluliod nerds.

It is possible for a nerd to have a geeky side. Similarly, some intelligent geeks may have some nerdy characteristics, such as a special interest in science. Actually most nerds and geeks share many common characteristics.

A geek usually has more social contacts than a nerd, but both geeks and nerds have poor social skills. Both geeks and nerds are proud of their superior intelligence, but usually nerds are more intelligent than geeks.

Nerds like to use their real names on the Internet, often abbreviated as a three-letter acronym formed from the initials of their first name, middle name and last name. Nerds may also form nicknames which may include or be based on their real names, but they never or rarely hide their real names. Geeks on the other hand prefer to hide their true identities and use nicknames, often based on science fiction stories or operating system mascots.

Although nerds and geeks have similarities, they often dislike each other. However, they know that they can enrich themselves via their interaction (for example, a nerd may know perfect Computer Science and Mathematics, while a geek may possess superior programming skills).

Mainstream culture hates the geek and nerd subcultures, but after the emergence of computers society started to accept geeks out of necessity (because of their technological skills). Nerds, however, are still shunned by the society (except possibly posthumously, or if the nerd is forced to make their ideas public and said ideas have a positive effect for society at large).

Whatever the society thinks of them, both nerds and geeks are proud for what they are.

Hmm.. judging from the characteristics, aku rasa la, aku ni 50% Nerd, 50% Geek. Dah lama aku takde kawan rapat (a homo sapien, in flesh n blood), chit chatting like normal people do. My life dah confined to work/ home/ blog/ anak, sometimes i think it's quite hard to strike a conversation with a REAL people in the REAL world. Ala.. mcm Ah Keong dalam iklan Streamyx tu. I think I'm just like him, only takde balak2 cun menjerit/ pengsan atau berlari2 mengejar aku...


Wednesday, September 21, 2005
  SMS-lah Awek-awek Bolehland !!!
Tiga aweks menggelitik di kaca TV anda !!!
Atau, kalau belum puas lagi, di handphone anda !!!
Jgn lepaskan peluang keemasan ini !!!

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Huh ?
Wtf is going on here?
Trend ke hapa benda ni?

Mula2 kita ada Impian Illyana (Impian Bimbotopia kata Sang Dubuk). Sekarang tak cukup lagi mencabar mental aku, tiga lagi awek2 cun muncul dengan dilemma masing2.

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Illyana dan kakak2nya. Tolerance level – 75%. Still ok.

I mean, decision kecik2 mcm tu pun, nak tunggu org lain sms and decide. I mean wtf, man. Camne kalau dah masuk the REAL WORLD, and face the real deal. Make real decisions, mcm mergers or takeovers or other urusan negara and shits like that? Talk about female empowerment! Ada ke orang yg akan tolong SMS-kan decision yg akan dibuat ? Camne kalau keputusan yg dibuat mendatangkan lebih banyak keburukan ? Now I know why aku beli DVD player in the first place…

Shittier is, these programmes come with a contest. Utk Trio, ada hadiah Kenari, tapi tak tau le aku sanggup tengok that so-called sitcom. Dgr lagu temanya je seperti menggaru papan hitam dgn menggunakan kuku yg dah dua minggu tak potong…

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The SYT from Salon - pic from Star Online

PS : I may sound a bit harsh, tapi after dgr filem mcm Salon (directed by Woo Ming Jin) nak kuar, I mean, c’mon la. Takde ke filem/ citer yg potray successful women dlm industri lain, y’know, like accounting ke, engineering ke, medicine ke, teaching profession ke (bukan mcm cikgu cikgi Sembilu 2005, ok), government agencies ke? Apa ? Kehidupan diorang tak mencabar ? Kalau buat filem panggung kosong ? Oh. Patut la…


Friday, September 16, 2005
  The Movie Meme
Kalau rajin, buat la kat blog korang...

Total number of films I own on DVD/video

Last time aku check, aku ada around 18 folders of VCD’s (satu folder ada lebih kurang 18 films, semua filed according to genre – Comedies (3 folder), Chick Flicks (2), Sci-fi, Horror/Thriller, Action-Packed, etc). As for DVD’s, lebih kurang 200 titles. Yg ni aku dah tak kuasa nak susun dlm folder, just letak dlm proper box, and filed according to alphabetical order. Yeah, yeah, I’m a neat freak…

The last film I bought
Blue Velvet on DVD. Suma pasal si Fadz & Nazim Masnawi la…

The last film I watched

5 films that mean a lot to me (in no particular order)
Spirited Away
Inside I’m Dancing
8 Mile

5 films I don’t mind watching over and over.

Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Napoleon Dynamite
Aku No. 1

Who would you cast to play yourself in the movie version of your life ?
My life is TOO boring to be made into a movie. If I have a choice, it would be the late Jack Nance ;-)

Tag 5 people and have them put this in their journal/ blog
You, Know, Who, You, Are, my Constant Readers…


  Ancient Brotherhood, Dead Popes and One Helluva Ride ! !
Just my dua sen kalau novel Dan Brown - Angels & Demons difilemkan…

Robert Langdon
Tak tau la, but imho, A&D ditulis dgn gaya yg agak ‘lain’ compared to DVC. Mungkin nak capture audience yg lebih luas kot. I mean, Langdon dalam DVC digambarkan mcm nerdy professor yg agak clumsy. Dlm A&D, he’s one hell of a swimmer, and yes, he’s involved in one-to-one battles with the villain. For DVC, Hanks is the perfect Langdon, tapi for A&D, aku rasa Sam Neill/ George Clooney/ Liam Neeson lebih seswai. But then, who am I to break the million dollar franchise….kan, En Ron Howard !

Vittoria Vetra
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Anita Caprioli

The brainy beauty in shorts. Yoga meister and like Sophie Neveu, she was raised without a mother. Compared to Princess Sophie, aku rasa VV lebih oozing dgn sex appeal. Other choices would be, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sophie Marceau, Monica Belucci (MB maybe kena kurangkan ke’solid’an body-nya utk watak VV yg slender)

The Hassassin
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Arnold Vosloo

wtf? Typical villain – Arab ? Shit. Aku terpaksa gambarkan watak ni sebagai non-Arab as I read this book, sbb kalau tak, aku takleh nak ‘feel’ the story. The Hassassin is black, big-sized, and liked to reap his ‘reward’ after a battle. THAT, makes him so sexy. And speaking of sexy villains, aku cuma terbayang dua orang dlm kepala – Oded Fehr atau Arnold Vosloo. Drool….

Carmelengo Carlos Ventresca

Watak nih agak muda (around late 30’s), so maybe the most suitable person to play him would be Ralph Fiennes atau Jim Caviezel. Jejaka2 berwajah2 klasik dan berkarisma.

Maximillian Kohler

A tie between Ben Kingsley and Sir Ian McKellen.

BBC reporters, Gunther Glick & Chinita Macri

Dalam kepala, aku cuma ada Simon Pegg dan that lady that played Shaniqua dlm filem Crash tu.

Dua sen anyone?

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  Meme On Life
Got this one from Coy (babynwatashi dot blogspot)

mari kita bermeme

20 years ago, 1985
A too-tall-for-her-age kid, with wavy hair, whose biggest fear is missing the school bus. In year 3 of Sultan Abu Bakar Girls' Primary School, Muar. Loves Thundercats, MASK, Misfits of Science, and aspired to be a doctor when she grows up. Oh, yeah, Mom gave birth (again !!) to my 7th sibling. Huhu, it’s tough being the big sistah !

10 years ago, 1995
First year student of Diploma in Accountancy in (then) ITM Shah Alam. Hated the course so much, she displayed her rebellious nature by turning into music. LOUD music. Managed to get the Deans List twice, though. Enjoyed extracurricular activies outside the course more than studies. Participated in almost everything under the sun, just like in high school. Held various posts in the accountancy faculty, residential college and the compulsory extra-curricular activities, except for sports.

5 years ago, 2000
A freshie in one of the middle-sized audit firm in KL. Known as the token Malay auditor (who managed to stay there for MORE than 3 years in an audit firm) Promoted twice in the course of 4 ½ years. Met Abah Ikmal in 2001, the workaholic, then stationed in Jerantut as a Special Administrator for one of the company’s client.

3 years ago, 2002
Got hitched ! Wedding in January, Ikmal Haniff came into this world after 10 months. Officially a Chartered Accountant (the letter came while she was in confinement). Joined Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and bagged home RM8k.

Last year, 2004
Quit my job after a tumultous year of increasing number of (and complicated-ness) accounting standards. Feeling so stressed out, she broke down and cried on the stairs of LRT Titiwangsa. Spent the next 6 months temping at a multi-national shipping firm in Subang before joining this (then) listed property developer. Haven’t looked back since then.

This year, 2005
Discovered the whole new world of blogging. Participated in Kunci Khazanah and took home a 4WD. Anak, masih satu. Life goes on as usual in Zacksville.

Next year, 2006
Planning for another offspring, hopefully. Still in the same company. (Hmm.. aku ni realist sikit la. Tak berani nak plan for the future in a long term basis). I believe in Murphy’s law.

Ten years from now, 2015
Trying to lead a healthy, cancer-free life. Or better still, trying to stay ALIVE ! Still in Malaysia, and hopefully boleh jadi somebody by this time…and yes, I hope by this time aku tak payah kerja teruk2 lagi.. just concentrate on my sons and daughters (kalau ada la).

Who to pass this one to : All my Constant Readers (u know who u are). Enjoy !


  Tak Yah Beli Jam Kot...
Aku rasa mcm tak perlu beli jam baru.
(Sila beli majalah Klik keluaran terbaru)
(covernya warna merah hati, dgn dua idola Korea yg aku tak ingat namanya)
Buka muka surat 96
Contest result Initial D
Hadiah Utama – Sebuah jam tangan G-Shock bernilai RM499

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Woah ! (Bukan jam sebenar...)

Beserta hadiah sampingan bernilai RM100.
(Aku harapkan peluang bersarapan pagi ngan Edison Chen, makan tgh hari ngan Shawn Yue, dan buffet dinner ngan Jay Chou… but dream on la Zack…)
Cis, ingat makan jek kau nih…

Thanx a lot to the awesome Klik team at Karangkraf (keep up the good work !) and the guys at Audio One Entertainment (my second win from AOE – the first one is the grand prize for LOTR: ROTK contest kat Berita Minggu. You guys are awesome !! Thanks !)

Terima kasih daun keladi, kalau boleh, bagilah saya menang lagi…

Btw, Lin (my fellow contest-lover), aku rasa slogan Melayu aku lebih laku la dr slogan English…

PS : Klik isu yg ni best. Among others, ada citer pasal Land of the Dead, si gondol dr Felda Taib Andak, PLP, Born Into Brothels, dan giant poster of Hilary Duff).


  All Things Just Keep Getting Better ?
Last week, as I was about to enjoy my weekly dose of the Fab 5, aku terperanjat jap. Eh? Where are MY Fab 5?

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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (UK)

Oh, diorg buat UK version. On a longer note, WOW's associate producer in London, Johnni Javier, reviews the cast. And man, I have to agree with this guy…

"Personally, look-wise, I wouldn't want to 'do' any of them, but then I'd only really want to do Jai & possibly Kyan (yesss!!!) from the US version. Personality-wise, they're OK. I mean, I didn't like Carson the first time I saw him. Julian, the Carson of the UK, is this wee-little guy who is camp as Christmas but already quite endearing. The way he takes his little mini dachshund Lulu everywhere helps. (Duh, another Paris Hilton ?)

Peyton, the shaved head American (Michael Stipes lookalike) food & drink guy, is more toned-down and comes over as just a nice guy and the most down to earth and straight-acting of the bunch. Jason, the culture one, has that young Corbin Bernsen look and is up for a laugh. Interesting that they chose an Australian for culture, 'cause we know that goes hand in hand. Dane Bailey (muka cam Nick Carter), also Australian, does the interiors and is the boring, no-personality. He probably comes over the most as having attitude. Funny, though, that in pop-bitch yesterday there was a posting that claimed he used to be a high-class hooker (huh ?). Not sure about the 'high-class' but then let's face it, it's London and half the scene queens have done rent one time or another. And Tristan Eves, the grooming guy, didn't have much of a look-in, so didn't really get much personality across on this one, so verdict still out on that one.

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THE One and Only Fab 5 for me, please!


Tuesday, September 13, 2005
  Oh, Macam Tu Rupanya Org Buat Rubber Kat Pensel Kayu 2B...
Eraserhead (1977)

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Henry Di Alam Fantasi ?

In a nutshell : Is it a nightmare or an actual view of a post-apocalyptic world? Set in an industrial town in which giant machines are constantly working, spewing smoke, and making noise that is inescapable, Henry Spencer lives in a building that, like all the others, appears to be abandoned. The lights flicker on and off, he has bowls of water in his dresser drawers, and for his only diversion he watches and listens to the Lady in the Radiator sing about finding happiness in heaven. Henry has a girlfriend, Mary X, who has frequent spastic fits. Mary gives birth to Henry's child, a frightening looking mutant, which leads to the injection of all sorts of sexual imagery into the depressive and chaotic mix. (From imdb.com)

Mama’s dua sen : Kali pertama aku nonton filem ni, aku cubit lengan kiri. Sakit. Yup, aku bukan bermimpi. Namun, filem Lynch kedua aku ni (yg pertama aku tonton ialah Dune), really gives me the creep. Dibuat ala2 seramimpi, kita rasa seperti ada di alam tersebut. Bersama2 Henry, keluarga Mary X yg pelik (lepas ni aku fikir dua kali sebelum makan ayam golek as a whole), dan bayi (?) tu. Arggh, kalau korang lemah semangat atau tgh mengandung, aku tak syorkan filem ni. Sampai sekarang aku terbayang2 bayi yg tak serupa bayi tu. Terutama masa “Oh my, you ARE sick”. Terperanjat beruk aku sekejap…

A cult favourite, filem ni dibuat dalam tempoh 5 tahun, dan skripnya hanya 20 muka surat. Dan sampai sekarang, Mr Lynch refused to say anything on the movie. Suasana yg creepy, dgn sound yg haunting (mcm déjà vu la, aku pernah dgr kat Dune), and equally creepy characters. Selain bayi pelik tu, satu lagi watak yg menakutkan bagi aku ialah wanita penghibur Henry dalam radiator tu. Dan sperma gergasi. Dan ketika kepala Henry yg telah putus diproses menjadi pemadam getah di atas pensel kayu 2B yg dah lama aku tak pakai tu. Arrgghhh, seramnyer !!!! Nasib baik aku guna mechanical pencil !!!

Mama bagi : *****/*****. An original masterpiece in horror ! Nak lagi, Encik Lynch !!!!


Monday, September 12, 2005
  Suratan Atau Kebetulan ?
Your Brain's Pattern

You have a dreamy mind, full of fancy and fantasy.
You have the ability to stay forever entertained with your thoughts.
People may say you're hard to read, but that's because you're so internally focused.
But when you do share what you're thinking, people are impressed with your imagination.
What Pattern Is Your Brain?

What pattern is your brain, guys ?


Wednesday, September 07, 2005
  Le Parkour & YA-MA-KA-SI !!
Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes (2001)

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In a nutshell : They don't believe in the law of gravity and they don't care about the law. Paris' youth idolize them. The police hate them. They are the Yamakasis, modern samurais, warriors in the war against the ghetto's dark and sad reality. With acrobatic skillfulness and adrenaline pumping belief in their own immortality, they throw themselves out from incredible heights, and jump from roof to roof. Locked doors and "No Trespassing"-signs are irresistible challenges. Sky-high buildings are only made for one thing, climbing. But one day, one of their young fans try to imitate a stunt and he falls down. Now there's only one thing that can save his live, an unbelievably expensive operation, an operation the Muslim family to the boy under no circumstances can afford. This is when the wealthy upper-class in Paris will experience, that advanced security systems isn't enough to keep out the Yamakasis ! (Thanks imdb.com !)

Mama’s dua sen : Ha ! A refreshing change from the usual Jackie Chan/ Jet Li action flick. Gang Yamakasi tediri drp mereka yg benar2 berbakat dalam bidang parkour (an extreme sport; a discipline more comparable to martial arts; to others an art form akin to dance, a way to encapsulate human movement in its most beautiful form. Parkour also inspires freedom; being free in an urban environment designed to trap, not restricted by railings, staircases, even buildings (from Wikipedia) --mereka bukan pelakon professional, dan dengan sentuhan Luc Besson, filem pertama Yamakasi ini mejadi amat menarik utk ditonton berulang kali. My favourite Yamakasi would be Le Arraignee (aka The Spider) dan Baseball. Lain2 gang mereka ialah Sitting Bull, Rocket, Tango, Zicmu dan Ballet. Wow, these guys are Nike’s ad dream come true. Seven guys dari berbilang bangsa, bersatu di atas minat yang sama. Cool gila.

Satu jek aku tak setuju, iaitu keputusan mereka utk merompak dari golongan kaya (juga board of director sebuah hospital), demi menyelamatkan Djamel, kanak2 yg critically injured tu. Yeah, juga babak dimana mereka menyelamatkan Fatima (emaknya si Djamel), yg ingin membunuh diri kerana takut anaknya tidak dapat diselamatkan. Aksi yg hebat, ia disulami dengan laungan azan. Haunting scene, that one.

Oh yes, filem ni juga memperkenalkan aku kepada Gustav Klimt, yg mana lukisan beliau ‘Mother and Child’ menjadi profile blog aku sekarang.

Mama bagi : *** ½ / *****. 5 * for actions alone.

Les Fils du vent a.k.a The Great Challenge (2004)

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In a nutshell : French youngsters who are into extreme sports go to Bangkok and get in trouble with the local triad mafia, just because the training ground they use happen to be on their turf. Without really having anything to do with it they get into the gang warfare. And without choosing any sides they try to fight a way out. (To cheh, imdb.com !)

Mama’s dua sen : Haha, aku terjumpa filem kedua geng Yamakasi ni last week, dan terus beli ! Well, just a regular action movie, para pelakonnya terdiri dr geng2 original Yamakasi. Cuma dlm filem ni, mereka memegang watak yg berbeza, dan dgn tujuan yg berbeza (jln cerita, of course la berbeza!). Kehadiran seorang awek eksotik (Elodie Yung) memeriahkan lagi filem ni. Jalan ceritanya ? Mcm filem2 aksi tipikal, cuma mungkin sbb aku minat ngan geng Yamakasi ni, jadi menarik pulak…The story isn't very spectacular, y’know, the usual good vs evil stuffs, the good guys kalah dulu, pastuh menang, then the sexy babe hooked up with one of the guys, etc, but the fighting and acrobatics are awesome ! Reminded me very much like Ong Bak’s Tony Jaa. In fact, lebih menarik kalau Boonting himself dijemput berlakon dalam filem ni, mesti best gila !

Mama bagi : *** / *****. Loved the scaffolding fight scene !!

Banlieue 13 (2004)

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In a nutshell : The story takes place in 2010, in a slum called "Banlieue 13" where the inhabitants live by the sword, after the official police left the place. There's one guy who thinks he can change the world, but his power isn't enough and then he gets reinforcement in the form of another great fighter for peace. (Terima kasih imdb !)

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Mama said : Satu lagi filem aksi Parkour dgn sentuhan Luc Besson, arahan Pierre Morel. It’s action from start to finish ! Filem ni juga memperkenalkan aku kepada Parkour extraordinaire - David Belle dan Cyril Raffaelli, which were awesome in the fight and flight scenes. Seperti biasa, mereka bukan professional, dan dgn subtitle yg mcm sial (aku terpaksa agak2 apa diorg ckp, the movie’s in French), lakonan mereka mmg agak kayu. But then, who cares ! I just watched this flick for all the hard-core action !

My fave scenes : The fight scene between Leito and Damien. Kewl ! And yeah, any scene yg ada adik Leito tu. She could pass for the next Syarifah Aleya ! And yeah, speaking of which, in the movie, she’s been captured and put on a leash for 6 months, (trademark Luc Besson ? Also seen in Danny The Dog a.k.a Unleashed) tapi karakternya tak traumatized pun ? Helluva girl dat one !

Mama bagi : *** ½ / *****. Sigh, I wished I was 6 kg lighter dan muka setebal 5 inci… boleh aku practice parkour kat kawasan Bukit Bintang nih….

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  Naked-ness Is Not Wearing A Watch On Your Wrist
I’m really missing something right now. My RM300 Roscani watch, to be exact. Worn since 1998, it was one of the prizes I’ve got in Pop Kuiz (Aznil was the host then), and ironically, I loved it very much, considering that I am the type of person that’s not too keen on wearing a ‘feminine’ watch.

I lost it on the way to a wedding in PJ a few years back, and God knows, I have searched high and low for it (in the car, that is). Or maybe I have accidentally dropped it on the roadside while stopping for refreshment? Either way, the ‘los’ one has not been ‘faun’ until today (sori ye Afdlin, I used ur terms).

And since then, I’ve been on and off relationship with watches. Every now and then, I would stroll along the notorious Petaling Street, hopping from one (fake) brands to another, but hell, the search for a life-time companion seems futile until now. So far, I’ve been with a (fake) Guess?, Omega and apa lagi aku dah lupa, but after a while, when the batteries wear off, I would just throw ‘em away (these watches biasanya one-off). S**t, I really feel like a two-timing playgirl in the watches world.

Sigh... sementara tgh ada duit ni, aku teringin sangat nak beli one of those Mickey Mouse watches. I’ve had one when I was a kid, but that model dah obsolete la (the one you have to manually wind up from time to time, remember or not, Coy?). Am really thinking of buying one right now, tapi masih belum ketemu the right model. Aku dah kuar masuk banyak kedai, tapi most of ‘em takde jual that kinda watches. I went as far as the World of Cartoon, tapi yg ada cuma saiz budak2. Frust betul…

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Bob Langdon/ Dan Brown, you’ve unleashed the kid in me…

So please, Constant Readers, sesapa ada suggestion or recommendations on where to buy such watches (model, brand, price), please, pretty please inform me. I feel really ‘naked’ without a watch on my wrist right now…

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Monday, September 05, 2005
  Heart, Be Still... For The Love of Books Part 2
Haha, kalau nak tgk aku gila mcm mak datin masuk kedai emas, just send me to Pay Less Book stores. My favourite is the one in Ampang Point, which is also their biggest outlet so far. Wow, I dunno about you guys, but THIS is book heaven for me, walaupun buku2 yg dijual adalah buku second hand. Kalah Kino, MPH atau Borders ! (I mean, if I wanna browse thru’ the latest best sellers, aku akan pergi ke kedai2 buku ni, tapi kalau aku nak BELI buku sebagai koleksi library aku, aku akan beli di PLB). Last weekend, aku beli 10 TPB’s (trade paper- backs), seven of ‘em dah jadi movie. Antaranya Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, Laura Zigman’s Animal Husbandry, Thomas Kenneally’s Schindler’s List, Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (novel by a Native American, Sherman Alexie,yg telah difilemkan sebagai Smoke Signals), Mary Reilly, Like Water For Chocolate, dan banyak lagi. Dan boleh teka berapa aku bayar untuk kesemua buku2 ni ? RM24 !!!!!!! Kenapa ? Tak percaya ke?

Image hosted by Photobucket.com I got this one for a mere RM2.40 !!

Actually, kalau rajin browse (the owner of fingers of steel mcm aku, cuma guna jari jek – hey ! utk pilih buku atau DVD la…), kau boleh dpt National/ International Bestsellers, Booker /Pulitzer Prize winner, dan berbagai2 lagi. And I managed to get Buddies, a novel by Ethan Mordden (said to be one of the most prolific gay writers around), hehe, boleh la compare ngan NZ’s works dalam Daging Salai tu…;-)

And yes, Ikmal pun suka ke sini. Suka berlari2 along the aisles, sampai aku nak pilih buku pun susah… And yes, books for kids kat sini….fuh.. rambang mata nak pilih. All at a very affordable prices!

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  Bahasa English Dulu Dapat Berapa ?
Got this one via e-mail last week... sampai sekarang aku senyum sengsorang...

Seorang pemandu yang berbosskan org putih dari Amerika sedang membawa bossnye.. tiba-tiba kereta dihadapannya berhenti mengejut menyebabkan dia telah menyodok kereta tersebut. Pemandu tersebut pun meminta maaf dari boss nya....

Pemandu: Sorry Sir, I brake brake, do not eat. After I check the wheel no flower again. (Maaf Tuan, saya brek-brek, tak makan, selepas saya cek tayarnya tak ada bunganya lagi)

Orang putih tu pun mahu keluar dan ikut sama marahkan pemandu kereta dihadapan. Tapi pemandu tersebut menghalangnya...

Kata pemandu tersebut: Don't enter mix, Sir! The bring that car if not wrong I, is the children fruit from manager moneys, he stupid doesn't play! Let he taste. (Jangan masuk campur, Tuan! Yang bawa kereta itu kalau tak salah saya, anak buah dari pengurus kewangan, dia memang bodoh bukan main... Biar dia rasa)

Besoknya si pemandu tak masuk kerja, lusanya,bila dia masuk kerja, si boss orang putihnya bertanya:

Boss : Why didn't you come to work?

Pemandu : I am sorry boss, my body is not delicious, my body taste like enter the wind. (Maaf boss, badan saya tidak sedap, badan saya rasanya macam masuk angin)
  Jgn Panas Punggung Ye, En Winterbottom...
9 Songs (2004)

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(The two leads - Matt & Lisa, fully covered, which is only in 25% of this movie)

In a nutshell : Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love affair with Lisa. They meet at a mobbed rock concert in a vast music hall in London. They are in bed at night's end. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs. (Thanks, imdb.com !)

Mama’s dua sen : Duhai En Punggung Musim Sejuk (buat stail Roslan Aziz), kenapa la kau buat filem ni ? Heck, it’s sex, sex and more sex (graphic ones pulak tu…) Aisey, kalau aku nak tgk people f*****g, I’d buy porn CD’s. Kalau aku nak tgk konsert rock, I’d buy Franz Ferdinand/ Super Furry Animals etc punya CD’s, and if I wanna watch some documentaries on the North Pole, aku boleh tgk kat National Geographic, my dear. Lebih informative. And yeah, mana ada Claudia Schiffer ? (She posed topless on the cover of the DVD). Aiyaya.

Mama bagi : ** / *****. I dunno about you guys, but personally, aku tak suka filem2 sex yg bertopengkan art/ indie. Mindless crap. Period. Buang duit aku dan all my 69 minutes of it.
And yeah, this is my first encounter with an uncircumcised (adult) p***s, which makes me shudder till today...


Thursday, September 01, 2005
  Sepetang Bersama Fandy dan Garin Nugroho
Got these two VCD’s masa balik Muar last weekend. Damn, tak cukup duit nak beli Ca-Bau-Kan !

Kiamat Sudah Dekat (2003)

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In a nutshell : Fandy merupakan seorang rocker (sang drummer utk kumpulan rock-nya) yang dibesarkan di US. Pada satu hari, secara kebetulan, kasut beliau telah dicuri oleh seorang budak bernama Saprol, lantas menemukannya dgn Sarah, anak gadis Haji Romli yg bertudung. Bertekad utk memenangi hati Sarah, Fandy sanggup memenuhi syarat2 yg diberi oleh Hj Romli, iaitu berkhatan, belajar solat, mengaji dan the final test….ilmu Ikhlas. Pada masa yg sama, Hj Romli juga ingin mempercepatkan pernikahan Sarah dengan jejaka pilihannya iaitu Farid, mahasiswa yg belajar di Mesir. Dgn bantuan Saprol, berjayakah Fandy ?

Mama’s dua sen : Hmm.. susah jugak aku nak bagi pendapat kpd filem religious komedi ni. Kind of oxy-moronic, kerana filem2 keagamaan yg biasa aku tonton adalah dalam genre yg serius. N’way, filem ni ditayangkan pada masa yg sama dgn Ungu Violet, dan dengar2, tak mendapat sambutan yg meenggalakkan. Filem arahan Deddy Mizwar ni (DM juga memegang watak sebagai Hj Romli) dibintangi oleh nama2 yg aku tak brapa kenal – Andre Stinky (?), Ayu Pratiwi, antaranya. And yeah, Dewi Yull. Soundtrack-nya ? No signs of Melly Goeslaw here, just some rockin’ tunes from Fandy’s band – Donkoll (aku lupa siapa penyanyinya).

Fave scene : Babak Fandy ‘berdoa’ di tepi laut, yg mana scene tersebut di juktaposisi dgn scene Sarah sedang berdoa selepas solat..peh.. aku pun nak meleleh…Banyak jugak scene ‘mencuit hati’ iaitu semasa Hj Romli bertanyakan Fandy sama ada sudah berkhatan atau belum….

Mama’s rating : *** / ****. Suwer…Kiamat sudah dekat, men…

Daun Di Atas Bantal (1998)

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In a nutshell : Award-winning film by Garin Nugroho, menceritakan ttg kehidupan anak2 jalanan di Indonesia, Kancil, Heru dan Sugeng. Juga kehadiran Asih, si penjual batik (Christine Hakim) yg berperanan sebagai ‘ibu’ kepada anak2 ini.

Mama’s dua sen : My first attempt to watch a Garin Nugroho film. Well, agak sukar ditelan. At first, aku ingat nak tonton ngan Ikmal (he’s wide awake masa tu), tapi opening scene-nya membuatkan aku menutup kembali VCD player. Too brutal. Too sad. Too real. Even budak Eric Fuzi dalam filem Neon pun kalah. I mean, they are REAL street kids, with baju compang camping, terlibat dalam aktiviti2 kurang sihat (hidu gam, self-piercing, skodeng, you get the picture)…Kinda reminds me of the runts kids in City of God.

Sedih. Walaupun anak itu rezeki dr Allah, namun my personal opinion is that certain people mmg tak patut ada anak. Yg hidup merempat. Hidup melarat, dan akhirnya menjadi kurap kepada masyarakat. Ada atau tiadanya mereka, tak siapa ambil peduli. Ah, reality mmg memeritkan…

Leceh, ‘coz VCD ni takde subtitles, so it’s kinda hard to hear (and understand) what they’re saying. Ada beberapa scene juga yg aku tak faham (scene budak dok dalam lubang? Why are they killed ? For insurance money?)

Apa pun, aku bagi filem ni **** / *****. Beautiful portrayal of the ugly side of life. The side yg kita biasanya tak tau, dan tak nak ambik tau…


  The Most Dreaded Four-Letter-Word
Cinta Itu Ibarat Kurap, Semakin Digaru Semakin Sedap...

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Cinta ibarat sekotak coklat; kita takkan tau apa kita akan dapat…

Haha, kalaulah aku si watak utama siri reality TV Mencari Cinta, susah woo..among the criteria to win the heart of MamaIkmal…(hey, I can dream, can’t I ?)

Hadiah pertemuan
Out : Flowers, stuffed animals, jewelleries.
In : DVD’s, books, chocolates !!! And a temporary bracelet tattoo. (I've always wanted one of these..)

Makan malam :
Out : Candle-light, romantic dinner, with Sahri crooning Sonata Musim Salju. PM.
In : All-You-Can-Eat buffet - Western + Chinese + Italian + lotsa desserts ! Boleh tapau.

Kebolehan/ bakat :
Out : Karaoke, esp. lagu2 otai (“I did it myyyyy waayyyyyy”) Foul. Silap besar.
In : Kebolehan mengaji dan berzanji dgn menggunakan suara dr perut…dan mestilah gondol dan berasal dr Felda Taib Andak.. hoi ! Gila ke? Sorry, sorry, terlebih2 pulak…

Hmmm… patut la awal2 lagi kau dah tersingkir…;-)

Apa pun, Abah Ikmal tak pernah perlu membuat semua tu utk memenangi hati aku. Just a simple, hardworking guy yg sayangkan keluarganya. THAT, my friend, is enough to make me say ‘Aku terima nikahnya…’ (aisey, mcm aku pulak yg salam Tok Kadi, ye lah, takkan nak cakap ‘I do’ pulak kan?…).

Clichéd, tapi itulah kita. Semuanya nak tiru omputeh. Kita, as Malays, masih ada tatasusila dan adab sopan. Tak perlu rancangan reality atau undian sms utk mencari jodoh. Pada aku, jodoh pertemuan, ajal, semuanya di tangan Allah. Hmm, bab ni mmg aku berfikiran old school sikit. Biarlah. Biarlah Elly terjun dgn (Joe) labi-labinya…


  I Beg To Differ, Mr Flowerdew
"Economists are people who work with numbers but who don't have the personality to be accountants."
- Unknown

Researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have found that the stereotypical belief that accountants are boring has a real scientific basis.

John Flowerdew, of the university's department of English and communication, analysed the language and communication of tax accounts in a major company and found that the "dull and uninspired, jargon-heavy language", is partly responsible for accountancy's turgid image.

"They sat together as a group with their desks facing each other while the tax manager had her office apart from the tax accountants," he writes in the journal Writing in English for Specific Purposes.

"On that particularly rainy day the accountants started their morning by checking e-mail and quietly eating their breakfast at their desk.

"For the first hour that the observer was there, the accountants worked quietly at their desks seemingly unaware of each other, busy computing through tax computation schedules, fidgeting with calculators and putting data into their computers.

Source : The Daily Telegraph

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Wtf ?

Well, aku takkan argue with an equally boring scientist. It’s just like the pot calling the kettle black.

Are accountants really THAT boring? I beg to differ, Mr Flowerdew. Masa kerja, I think we number crunchers can’t escape from being that boring human being poring over 2-inches-thick reports and ledgers while our fingers are busy clicking away on the calculator (usually the size of calculator tokay balak). Speaking of which, kalau korang nak tau if someone is a number cruncher, look at how s/he selects a calculator kalau nak beli. Bukan saiz atau berapa banyaknya functions yg diorang cari, tapi more on ‘sedap tekan tak’? Unless you are a financial planner la.. then you will need a DIFFERENT kind of calculator, specially made for FP’s (sampai sekarang pun aku tak reti nak guna Abah Ikmal’s CFP calculator… phobia!). And atas meja mesti ada a mug of Nescafe (for most of us, teh tarik or Milo boleh mengurangkan daya konsentrasi), and some sweets to chew whenever ada assignment yg agak mencabar (biasanya Mentos).

For me, it it the nature of the profession yg membuat accountants (nampak) boring. I really missed my ex-colleagues kat audit firm dulu (mostly yuppie lengchai’s and lengloi’s). Masa kerja, I really admired their accounting and auditing skills, they are really well-versed in this field, but when it comes to having fun, diorang pun tak kalah ! Really missed them, though.

Further reading…

The full news
Tired of lawyers’ jokes? Here’s sumthing (no) different…
Hmmm.. movies on accountants? I don’t think so…
Interesting site on accounting (duh, an oxymoron..)
Boring? Hmmm…
More good (and serious)stuffs on accounting.

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  I Heart Mawi… So Sue Me !!!
Setelah kena penangan aura Aduh Saliha dan Seroja di VCD konsert Final AF, sekarang aku tau kenapa…

Pakcik sebelah rumah (which is an ardent-mosque-goer) perlu di umpil dari sofanya ketika jiran2 sibuk membuat persiapan kenduri kawin, hanya kerana tak nak miss diari AF hari ni…

Kakak Asst Mgr yg dah dekat separuh abad tu (dan anak bujangnya baru nak menjejakkan kaki ke IPT) berhenti jap kat kubikel aku dan bertanya “Awak tgk tak Konsert AF mlm tadi”, tapi terus berlalu sambil berkata “Ala.. akak lupa awak takde Astro” dan terus mencari ‘mangsa’ seterusnya utk berdiskusi ttg persembahan pelajar2 AF…

Jiran sebelah rumah memasukkan Astro, semata2 nak mengikuti perkembangan terbaru AF, walaupun pada zahirnya, duit tu lebih layak dimasukkan ke dalam tabungan anak2nya ke sekolah kelak…

Dua Senior Manager aku yg kamceng tu (dan kedua2nya wanita lewat 30-an yg dah punya tiga anak), kalau berbicara ttg Mawi… kalah budak2 remaja.. dah tu, sibuk burn CD lagu2 Mawi…

Yeah, hundreds of thousands of fans (and millions of SMS’s) can’t be wrong. And, yeah, the gondol Felda lad looked muuuuccch better on stage (rather than the pics in newspapers and mags).. and yeah, once he opened his mouth to sing… heaven.. it’s like the Nabi Yusuf – Zulaikha story. Nasib baik aku dah potong bawang (dan kisar cili siap2 petang tu…).

Kekdg aku rasa ada blessing juga aku takde Astro di rumah. Kerana, jika tidak, mungkin aku juga gila seperti mereka…

And yes, I would definitely buy his CD bila keluar nanti…


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