Went to KLCC to watch the movie yesterday alone.
After buying the ticket, I dropped by Sony Style to buy a rechargable battery pack since I have extra time.
The movie was great, with lots of plot twists and humourous as always.
In this installment of the movie, the director seems to put more attention to human values and feelings, which is a good thing. I do not want to talk much here. Go watch the movie if you can.
My favorite actors of the movie goes to Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush. Particularly Geoffrey Rush as the Captain Barbossa.
Oh yar... one advise... Stay until the end of credits. Got some surprise there. I like to watch credits, therefore I didn't miss the ending.
I still remember after I finished my degree, I've decided to move to Setapak and settle there. There and then I want to find a band that I can relate to. I've been searching for bands that plays J-rock and for the first few months, I still can't find one. So I ended up joining JUNK.
Towards the end of August, my brother happened to stumble across a friendster bulletin that says there's a band playing Jrock is looking for a guitarist and ask me whether I wanna try this band out. I did.
I managed to chat with the band members on MSN prior to our first jamming. Quite nice.
Wow, it's almost 2 years already I'm with Mage.
The music of MAGE is somehow heavily influenced by J-rock music. On some occasion, other elements too. Check out Mage's Myspace.
From left to right :
Moon (vocal), Ichiro (guitar), Gene (drums), Chit Wei (bass), Me (guitar)
Picture was taken after our gig at the Laundry Bar @ The Curve in March 07.
Not so official biography of Mage (copy and paste from Myspace)
Formed 2004, founded by Moon, the vocalist and the main composer of the band.
1st generation Mage ended by August/September '04 as the bassist left the band. The following month, new bassist Chit Wei joined the band, 2nd generation Mage was born. 2005 August/September, New guitarist David Join the band and the band now consist of 5 members.
15th March 07 - Harajuku Night @ Laundry Bar, The Curve
Bands : Mage, Strawberry Jam, Haze feat. Miniature Garden
4th November 06 - Jrock Kingdom III @ Halo Cafe, South City Plaza.
Bands: Mage, Brave, Rade
Guestbands : Hybrid, J'misquall, Haze feat. Miniature Garden, StrawBerry Jam
22th April 05 - Jrock Kingdom II @ Paul's Place, Old Klang Road
Bands : Mage, Brave, Rade
26th November 04 - Jrock Kingdom I @ Paul's Place, Uptown Damansara
Bands: Mage, Brave, Rade
Jan 2004 - Oct 2004 :
UCSI Rock Festival
UCSI Prom Night Function @ Palace of The Golden Horses
Battle of The Band @ KDU
Check out Mage's performances in Youtube
For those gamers out there, you might have heard this song before. Moon Over The Castle is the theme song for a car racing game on Sony Playstation consoles called Gran Turismo.
I first heard of this song when I was playing the first Gran Turismo on the PlayStation 1 console. The song straight away got my attention even it's the first time I heard it in 1996. Then I went on to search for the mp3 for this song and still couldn't find it until 2 years later and then only I know the song is called "Moon Over The Castle".
The composer for this song, Masahiro Andoh is the guitarist for T-Square. Apart from composing music for this game, he composed the soundtrack for Arc The Lad as well. This song has gotten me in T-Square even until now and Masahiro Andoh is one of my favorite musician of all time.
There you go.. the footage from the Gran Turismo 2 featuring the song.
and another one, a cover of my band - Hybrid on the same song
yet another one, a cover of me playing the song. Recorded this morning.
Went to gym yesterday and joined the BodyStep class for the first time.
I got a bloddy hard time following the moves. I can't coordinate my hand and legs well hahaha. I'm definitely not a good dancer hahaha.
More information on BodyStep is here ....
Imagine David doing those moves, you must have think it's funny...
Another side note, the arrangements on this whole record was done by the conductor, Shahrdad Rohani. Impressive work.
I still remember that I saw this VCD when I was back in Thailand visiting my relatives there in 2002. Out of curiousity, I played this VCD and soon was addicted to it. My Thai aunt even gave me this original VCD.
It's a very well done recording.
Some of my favorite track in the VCD, including Santorini, Within Attraction and etc.
Introducing one of my favorite track on the record.
Do take note of the drum battles and violin battle towards the end. Impressive
JUNK .... is actually the first band that I joined after I graduated around 2 years ago. After I moved to Setapak after my graduation, I've been trying hard to find a band that I can join and play. After posting a post asking anyone being a T-Square fan and wanted to jam their music, here comes Eugene replied that he wanna give it a try. And so we met at one of the studio (now called CSI) in Subang Jaya.
And there I met Brett, one of the good drummers that I've ever met. And so we jammed for quite some time and manage to join a charity gig to raise fund for Reuben for his medical treatment.
Our line up was Eugene on bass, Brett on drums and I on guitar. We're a 3-piece band. Playing a few songs from soundtracks, Time Lapse Consortium and T-Square. It was my first ever underground gig in KL. It's truly unforgetable.
Picture from our one-and-only first gig.
After then due to time constraints we seldom meet anymore, except through MSN. Then we have Davin, another brilliant guitarist joined in to play for a short time before departing to work in Germany and since then Junk has been in silence.
In early March, I've always been wanting to meet up again with Brett and play the musics that we liked. So we had a jamming at Ampang and manage to play back a few of our old song with another bassist, Choong How. However, due to his studies, we have to suspend the jamming while waiting for him to finish his thesis and Viva.
Currently I have manage to get another guitarist to join us, Chee Choy. So we'll be having a jamming session this coming 2nd June with the new lineups. I hope the band will stay on and we'll have more chance to perform.
Oh ya, we're still looking for suitable keyboardist. So gimme a buzz if you're interested.
Today, the CARI forumers had a 2nd CARI Jamming.
It was quite fun as we were having an extensive time of free jamming and playing around messing up the songs. The jamming session was recorded and available in DVD ;-).
After these 2 jamming sessions, I found out that I really lost my rock touch. Perhaps it's due to I listened too much on groovy songs and T-Square. Perhaps I should go back sometimes.....
Anyhow.. here are the pics... courtesy of Silver
Click for the larger pic
I found this interesting writing from an email from a friend. Quite interesting and feel like wanna share it with you guys.
In Malaysia , the average family income is RM3,000 /month (where father works, mother doesn't).
I understand there are many families whose monthly income does not reach RM3,000, but, to make things simple, let's take RM3,000 as the figure.
Ok lah, right?
Okay, let's start rolling with a family which has Papa, Mama, 1 daughter and 1 son. Ngam-ngam ....
Electricity and water bill: RM100
(No air-con, No home theatre, No water heater ... ok?)
Phone bill (Telekom): RM100
Meals for a happy family: RM775
(3 meals on RM25/day, RM25 for 4 persons...?)
Papa makan / teh-tarik during working hrs: RM155 (RM5/day, RM5 ... can eat what?)
Car repayment: RM400
(A proton saga aeroback, 7 yrs repayment)
Petrol (living in city, traffic-jam): RM300 (go to work, bring son to school, only can afford one car running)
(kids, wife and myself)
House repayment: RM750
(low cost housing repayment for 30 yrs,
retired still have to work to pay!)
(got that cheap meh? i don't think so)
Older children pocket money @ school: RM20 (RM1/day, eat bread?)
School fees: RM30
School books and etc: RM100
(always got extra to pay in school)
Younger children milk powder: RM50
(cannot have the DHA, BHA, PHA one, expensive)
(shampoo, rice, sauce, toilet paper)
Oh wait!!! I have to stop here, so...
no movie @ cinema,
cannot go Park walk during weekend (petrol expensive), no chit chat on phone with grandparents, and etc...
Let's use a calculator to total up... WALAO EH! Shit! RM3,610 already...
EPF belum potong, income tax lagi........oledi RM3,610 ...
How to survive lah tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekalian ???
Our Deputy Prime Minister asked us to change lifestyle?
How to change? Don't eat? Don't work? Don't send children to school and study?
Besides that, I believe in Malaysia population, there are millions of rakyat Malaysia which still don't earn RM3,000/month!!!
What is this? Inilah Malaysia Boleh... Sorry... it should be Malaysians Boleh , because we're still alive and kicking!!
Our politicians must be mad!!!!
Please forward and comment boleh or tak boleh. No wonder so many Ah Loong around..
He missed out the tolls, maintenance and etc. Hehehe.
Do comment whether boleh or tak boleh ... :-)
dots food for thought
Another post on one of my respected Malay female singers.
Ning Baizura is no stranger to those who follow closely with Malay music scenes. After some research from wikipedia, her music background was interesting. Unlike those mediocre chinese pop singers you see in chinese music market nowadays where those know how to write a few songs, have a decent look but sucks at singing can be a singer already. Shame....
Ning's voice has a distinctive tone to it and you can immediately recognise her voice. Her singing technique is superb. Just listen to her album, you'll know the reason why she's one of the Diva singers in Malaysia.
(Quoted from Wikipedia)
Ning Baizura Bt Sheikh Hamzah (born 28 June 1975), known as Ning, referred to as Malaysia's "Soul Queen" or the "Malaysian Madonna". She was born in Kajang, Malaysia and is of Arab Malay and Pakistani Javanese descent.
Ning started singing professionally at the age of six by recording radio and television jingles and began formal studies in voice at the age of nine under the renowned Indonesian opera linguist and soprano Siti Chairani for five years. In that time, she also sang with the National Choir at the Akademi Seni Kebangsaan, and was offered a full scholarship in music at the prestigious Vienna Conservatoire (which she had to unfortunately turn down). At the age of 16, Ning had won the 'Best Artiste Development' award at the prestigious Voice Of Asia Competition.
Ning crossed over into the commercial scene in 1992 and became a recording artiste under various international labels (Sony, BMG, AMS Records Japan, and currently Warner Music), where she recorded within the genres of pop and R&B. Her discography includes nine full studio albums (two of which are full English albums), as well as numerous compilations. Ning has also won various industry awards and prizes, and has performed in the UK, Italy, France, China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Ning is best known for her live stage performances, an extensive repertoire and her versatility especially in cross-over projects. She is also an actor and has taken roles in a musical, seven major films, a short film and several tele-movies. Most significant is her critically acclaimed performance in the short film 'Malaikat Di Jendela', directed by Osman Ali. The short film had participated in several film festivals in Cannes, Rotterdam and Singapore. Beside singing and acting, Ning is also a violinist and played 1st violin in the National Youth Orchestra in her teens.
She has been the brand ambassador for several brands in the Malaysian and Singaporean market, most significant among them are Sony Truvox (1992), Guess? (1994 - 1999), Addidas (1996 - 1998), Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix (2003 - 2004), The Singapore Tourism Board (2004)and TIME dotNet Berhad (2003 - 2005). She also has had strong brand associations with Christian DIOR couture, Christian DIOR parfums, the Carat Club and REDKEN in the past. Ning is currently the brand ambassador for SSANGYONG and was recently appointed the Judo Ambassador by the Judo Association of Selangor to create awareness of self-defence for women.
In 2006, Ning has set up her own recording company, 'Artiste United Records (AUR)'. Her stable of artistes are her proteges, Nicolette Palikat or 'Nikki' from Malaysian Idol Season 1) and Yanie (from Mentor Season 1). Ning is currently in the midst of recording her latest studio album.
I'd like to share one of my favorite Ning's song, called Selagi Ada Cinta. A song written together by her and Malay music industry lovebirds, Ajai & Nurul.
The arrangement is very good and compliments the song very well. A job well done.
SELAGI ADA CINTA (Ning Baizura/Ajai/Nurul)
Telah ku lakukan semuanya kasih
Telah ku korbankan segalanya
Namun ku sendiri tak pernah mengerti
Apa yang engkau fikirkan
Apa yang engkau inginkan
Ku tahu kau tak pernah setia (kasih)
Ku tahu diriku tak bererti
Namun ku sendiri tak pernah mengerti
Apa yang engkau fikirkan
Apa yang engkau inginkan
Selagi ada cinta di hatiku
Selagi ada rindu yang membara
Selagi air mata ini mengalir
Kau tetap di hati ini
Cintamu tetap di hati
Selagi ku mampu bertahan kekasih
Jangan sampai cinta tiada lagi
Jika memang cinta tiada lagi (kasih)
Tinggalkan aku sendiri...
Tinggalkan cintamu kasih
Selagi ada cinta di hatiku
Selagi ada rindu yang membara
Selagi ku mampu bertahan kasih
Ku terima segalanya
Walau hatiku merana
Check out her site here.
I went to clinic yesterday for dressing as usual.
The wound has closed up. Now waiting for the nail to grow back.....
I'd like to thank God for bring someone who is responsible to look into my toe.
I'd like to thank Dr Harjeet Singh from the MEDIVIRON CLINIC in Genting Klang for the patience throughout these 4 weeks.
He's the friendliest doctor that I've seen so far.
I'd like to thank friends, colleagues, bosses that cared for me.
Thank you to all of you.
Adibah Noor is one of my respected singer in Malaysia.
She came into my attention when I saw her perform on TV in one of the live shows. Previously she acted in a few commercials in TV3, which is quite good and funny. Didn't know that she's a good singer....
So I'd like to share with you guys a song from her called Terlalu Istimewa, meaning Too Special. It's a beautifully and nicely written song. Much better than those crappy shitty chinese pop songs nowadays where noobs can be singers.
My interpretation of the song is about a mother who lost her child, staring at the child's picture, then all kinds of feeling and memories keep coming back.
Lagu : Azlan Abu Hassan
Lirik : Adibah Noor
Ku tatap gambar wajahmu
Sinar mata itu
Pesona yang membelai
Tiap yang memandang
Hati jadi salju
Kau terlalu istimewa
Kasih dan sayangmu terpancar
Tiada batasan terus membara
Terkilan rasa jiwa
Inginku lihatmu dewasa
Ku pasti kau berbahagia
Duduk di sampingNYA
Tak tertanggung rindu
Tawa mengusik jiwa
Go support her....
Check out her site at http://www.adibah-noor.com
Nothing much to do. So played around with Adobe Photoshop and modified my own pictures.
Today, a few folks from the Musician's Thread in CARI Chinese forum came out for a jamming meet in Setapak. I was one of them.
The meetings started at 4:30pm. Around 30 people turned up. Quite nice. Met a few good players. And I happened to have a chance to test Rossie's Keeley modded DS1. It was superb.
During the jamming, I was transformed from a guitarist to a bassist, playing bass for other groups. And lastly, I only managed to play guitar for 1 song (not even the solo part was played by me). Nevertheless, it was funny and fun.
Will post up the pics later once I got it from the organisers.
We'll be having another round of meeting next week at Subang Jaya... Stay Tuned.
Pic courtesy of Silver
Today while on Youtube, I found an interesting video on the Apostasy.
According to Wikipedia, Apostasy (from Greek αποστασία, meaning a defection or revolt, from απο, apo, "away, apart", στασις, stasis, "standing") is a term generally employed to describe the formal renunciation of one's religion, especially if the motive is deemed unworthy. In a technical sense, as used sometimes by sociologists without the pejorative connotations of the word, the term refers to renunciation and criticism of, or opposition to one's former religion. One who commits apostasy is an apostate, or one who apostatises. In older Western literature, the term typically referred to baptized Christians who left their faith, thus, according to some Christians, were never "Christians" in the first place. Apostasy is generally not a self-definition: very few former believers call themselves apostates and they generally consider this term to be a pejorative. One of the possible reasons for this renunciation is loss of faith, another is the failure of alleged religious indoctrination or brainwashing.
Many religious movements consider it a vice (sin), a corruption of the virtue of piety in the sense that when piety fails, apostasy is the result. However, most converts to a new religion can also be considered apostates from a previous belief.
Several religious groups and even some states punish apostates. Apostates may be shunned by the members of their former religious group or worse. This may be the official policy of the religious group or may happen spontaneously, due in some sense to psycho-social factors as well. The Catholic Church may in certain very limited circumstances respond to apostasy by excommunicating the apostate, while the writings of both Judaism (Deuteronomy 13:6-10) and Islam (An-Nisa 4:89) demand the death penalty for apostates.
Conversely, some atheists and agnostics use the term "deconversion" to describe loss of faith in a religion. Self-described "Freethinkers" and those who may view traditional religion negatively may see it as gaining rationality and respect for the scientific method.
The reliability of the testimonies of apostates is an important and controversial issue in the study of apostasy in cults and new religious movements.
The difference between apostasy and heresy is that the latter refers to rejection or corruption of certain doctrines, not to the complete abandonment of one's religion. Heretics claim to still be following a religion (or to be the "true followers"), whereas apostates reject it.
The term is also used to refer to renunciation of belief in a cause other than religion, particularly in politics.
Other terms to describe leaving a faith and the associated process are treated in religious disaffiliation.
The video below shows a real life case happaned in Malaysia, where the religious law went overboard to ignore the Constitution law and the basic human right of a mother to take care of her child and husband.
Another video regarding the Truth about Apostasy and Islam.
My prayer is to the victims of those who hunger for power and control. May the Lord comfort in this time of trial and tribulation.
Thanks to ahboy. He helped me to edit my pic. Very nice.. I like it...
But he mistyped the names.......
Yay! I finally got myself a MIDI controller.
Today, I went to Berjaya Times Square first to meet up with Akira. Had a quick lunch at McD and then headed straight to SMX to get the MIDI controller.
(The MIDI controller is at the bottom and my Line6 POD XT live on top)
Close up shot of the MIDI controller
Hoohoo.. I can start doing my own music projects already... Gonna play around with it. :-)
I would like to thank Gary Chua for willing to invest 50% in the gear, this helps me saves a lot. And really big thank you to Akira for helping me in transporting this big toy and the stands back to my house and thanks for the nice chat we had.
Me on my way out to Times Square... shot at Genting Klang
Today, my housemates and I went to Jogoya at Starhill Gallery for a Japanese Sushi Buffet... yum yum... I'm not going to talk much here and i'll just leave it to the pictures to do the talking.
We paid for around RM68 per pax, so we went there and eat what we can....
I was hunting for Salmons.......
The cold department ..
The appetizers ..
The sushi ..
The deserts ..
Part of my meal ..
.... There goes my workout.... hehehe
Well it's 1st May today and it's a holiday (well .. to most part of us).
Went to Cheras Leisure Mall to catch a movie with my CG group members. We watched Wild Hogs.
(Quoted from Wikipedia)
SPOILER ALERT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Woody Stevens (John Travolta), Doug Madsen (Tim Allen), Bobby Davis (Martin Lawrence), and Dudley Frank (William H. Macy) are four successful middle-aged suburban men in Cincinnati who find themselves frustrated with the pace of daily life. Woody is a formerly rich businessman who now finds himself alone and bankrupt. Doug is a dentist who can’t connect with his son and misses his college glory days when he was called “The Golden Knight.” Bobby is a plumber who’s often bossed around by his wife. Dudley is a computer geek who seeks to find a woman in his life. Their one collective hobby has always been to ride together on motorcycles around the city. They even have leather jackets with their biker gang name, “Wild Hogs,” stitched on the back.
After Woody finds out that his marriage is ending in divorce and that he's bankrupt, he suggests that the Wild Hogs embark a cross-country road trip on their bikes to seek adventure. After some hesitation from the three others, the four agree to the trip and set off on their Harley-Davidsons.
The road trip is filled with humorous moments. For example, when they cosily sleep close to each other, scantily dressed, a policeman (John C. McGinley) tells them this is lewd and lascivious behavior, but it turns out that he is only teasing: he is gay and actually jealous. Later the four go skinny dipping, but are very uncomfortable when a family goes swimming. When the family discovers that the four men are naked they feel very uncomfortable too and leave. The policeman appears again; he also undresses and joins the four men, showing sexual interest in them; this makes the four feel uncomfortable again, and now they leave.
The fun soon ends when the foursome stops at a small New Mexico bar and stumbles onto a real motorcycle gang called the Del Fuegos. Del Fuego leader Jack (Ray Liotta) tricks the foursome into a bum motorcycle trade, then tells them they should leave before something else bad happens. The Wild Hogs leave the bar without Dudley’s bike, with the Del Fuegos claiming the Wild Hogs are nothing compared to real motorcyclists, such as Damien Blade, the biker who founded the gang and built the bar.
Less than a mile away, Woody stops, disgraced at what just transpired. He tells his friends that he will walk back and reason with Jack for the bike. But when Woody gets back to the bar, he builds up his courage and cuts the fuel lines to every gang member’s motorcycle in the parking lot before exiting with Dudley’s bike. He returns to his friends with the bike (to much astonishment) and explains that he simply threatened the gang with legal action should they not turn over the bike. At the nervous Woody’s request, they quickly leave the area. Jack orders his gang to follow the Wild Hogs, but when he errantly tosses a cigarette, it hits gasoline on the ground, which triggers a chain reaction that blows up the entire biker bar. The Del Fuegos swear revenge, getting to work on repairing their vehicles.
Meanwhile, because of Woody’s insistence that they should not stop for any reason, the Wild Hogs run out of gas and are forced to stop in the small town of Madrid, New Mexico, to wait overnight for the fuel station’s opening. The four are first mistaken for actual Del Fuegos and feared. Once the mistake is cleared up, the Madrid Sheriff (Stephen Tobolowsky) tells the Wild Hogs that the Del Fuegos terrorize the town yearly and the small police force - who received police training by beating the video game Doom - is unable to do anything about them.
At a chili festival that night, Dudley meets Maggie (Marisa Tomei) and immediately is smitten with her. As he courts her, Bobby comes across two Del Fuegos in town (who have spotted the Wild Hogs and informed Jack). Thinking himself untouchable, because of Woody’s previous “legal action” explanation, Bobby humiliates the two bikers. Under orders from Jack, the two Del Fuegos refuse to do anything, but instead get humiliated and simply leave the area. The town praises all the Wild Hogs as saviors, thinking them a friendly biker gang who can protect them.
Dudley spends the night with Maggie. The next morning, The Del Fuegos arrive en masse and Jack yells to the townspeople that his gang will slowly destroy the town until the Wild Hogs come out to fight. Woody reveals he lied about the biker bar incident and his friends are disappointed with his deceit. When the Del Fuegos start to wreck Maggie’s diner, Dudley goes out to meet them. The rest of the Wild Hogs arrive to back up Dudley and a four-on-four fistfight begins between four Del Fuego bikers and the Wild Hogs. Easily outmatched, the Wild Hogs are beaten up, but refuse to stay down and see the diner destroyed. With their dignity on the line, they continue to get up and take punch after punch, much to the amazement of Jack. Just then, the townspeople all arrive carrying makeshift weapons and defend their new friends; they demand the Del Fuegos leave the Wild Hogs alone and get out of town. The situation is defused by the arrival of Damien Blade himself (Peter Fonda). Blade chastises Jack and the Del Fuegos for picking on four men and the townspeople, and reveals he actually thought his bar was crap and insured it for twice what it was worth (and we also learn that Jack is actually Damien's son). The Del Fuegos, feeling guilty, leave. In a salute to Easy Rider, Blade tells the Wild Hogs that they need to "lose the watches," referring to the scene when, just before departing on their cross-country chopper-born odyssey, Wyatt (Fonda's character), takes off his watch and throws it in the dirt.
Bobby and Doug’s wives arrive in town. Bobby tells his wife that he dislikes her controlling him and the two reconcile. Doug impresses his son by telling him of the adventures. Dudley says he will return to town soon to enjoy time with Maggie. The four head for the Pacific coast.
During the closing credits, a fake episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where the Del Fuegos are given a brand new bar is shown. Jack holds back tears unsuccessfully.
SPOILER END !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've been quite a fan of Tim Allen since I started to see him in Home Improvement. What caught my attention is that the movie has a good soundtrack. I'd buy the movie soundtrack if they ever release one.
I'd certainly recommend this movie. If you're a person that's lost on your purpose in life and don't know what to do, go for this movie. It will enlighten you up. If anyone wanna go watch this movie and need a company, find me. I don't mind watching it again.
My look today before going out....