2 Jan 2015

Common etiquette - queuing.

Warning: This will be a post with rantings. If you're not up for some complaining, kindly scroll by :)

So, my friends and I were taking the monorail at Jalan Imbi after our karaoke session a month or two back. It was about 7pm (which is one of the busiest times on weekdays) and we knew that it would take a while to get to KL Sentral. I expected a lot of queuing and people and therefore, I hate monorails but I did not have a better alternative because I live quite far away.

What I want to say is, I don't mind the queuing too much. The thing that annoys and frustrates me is that Malaysians don't seem to understand the act of queuing. I mean, shoving and pushing has become a norm when getting on the monorail.

I bet many Malaysians who has taken public transport (especially monorails) encountered this unethical situation. If you have not: Imagine that you are on one of the monorail platforms filled with people and every time a carriage appears on the platform, a block of people behind you starts pushing you towards the carriage already full of people. If (unfortunately) your stop is at one of those platforms mentioned above, you'll also be agonised as you'll have a hard time squeezing yourself out. When people are busy shoving their way in, they don't care about the people coming out of the carriage. I've also encountered a few people who'd gotten so displeased by the situation that they'd just snap angrily at the people desperately trying to push their way in.

Sure, there are good officers to help out during the peak hours but not every one obeyed their instructions nor felt thankful for their help. In my case, I'm grateful because without them, it'd be more chaotic and of course, I've been saved from the constant pushing of the crowd of people behind me more than once.

It's so frustrating that Malaysians will just barge in from nowhere just to get in front of you. I had even encountered someone who was way behind me but selfishly pushed his way to the front, claiming rudely that he had "waited for an hour" when the officers questioned him. Obviously, that was an outright lie as I had waited for just 45 minutes. (Well, there was a little maintenence that day) I heard him later on the same carriage talking to his friend using foul language and complaining about the officer questioning him as though he was a gangster of some sort. Trying to be cool, I guess. It didn't work.

Even though you have waited for an hour, you have no right to cut the queue! The people in front of you may have waited twice as long as you! That attitude is just so wrong! You should not cut queues no matter the line is long or short.

And this morning, a lady holding her child rudely cut in front of us just when the monorail arrived at the platform. I mean, I dont mind as there was still space in the carriage but COME ON, AT LEAST SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR YOUR KID. It's not even peak hour. Tsk.

Honestly, I'm just so tired of Malaysians not knowing how to queue. I know that monorail carriages are short compared to LRT carriages or KTM carriages but without the constant shoving and displeasure, it will be a more comfortable experience for locals and tourists alike.


29 Nov 2014

Disney's Big Hero 6.

"Hello. I am Baymax. I'm your personal healthcare companion"

What would you do if you have a robot who hugs you when you are cold or feeling sad? Or a robot that will help you reduce your pain and suffering?

In the futuristic world of San Fransokyo, Tadashi Hamada (Daniel Hanney) invented an inflatable robot which could do all of the above. His brother, Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is a boy genius who graduated high school at the age of 13. (why cant I. -sigh-)

Some badass stole Hiro's microbots, which could be controlled by neurotic activities and is super cool, and Hiro's brother died in the process.

So, a very upset Hiro partnered up with the adorable Baymax (Scott Adsit) to find his brother's killer, along with the help of a few of Tadashi's friends: Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), GoGo (Jamie Chung), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and Fred (T.J. Miller).

It is inspired by the Marvel's superheroes of the same name. (I prefer Baymax as a huge huggable robot instead of a dragon. oops)

The movie is super cute if you like animated movies and not detest childishness.

"So are you saying that a man in a Kabuki mask attacked you?"

And Mochi that cat. THE FLUFFINESS!

I think the plot is pretty average, with the vengeance and all, plus an unexpected villain. However, I'd say that you'll enjoy the laughs from the movie.

Here's why you should love Baymax if you havn't already.

The movie debuted Fall Out Boy's Immortals, which is pretty addictive for me. Most of their songs are so catchy!

So, I guess that is all for now. Hahaha I can't say anything much cause I'm biased towards cute things.

- image Googled-

26 Nov 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - part 1

Apparently, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - part 1 has the biggest opening in 2014.

I've been a fan of The Hunger Games series since a few years back when the first two books were released. I was thrilled when they decided to shoot a series of movies based on the trilogy. To be frank, the prices of the books skyrocketed when the first installment was on the big screens. I bought those books at a promotional price back in 2010 and to see them rise that high up two years ago. Wow.

After finishing the books twice, I guess I knew how the story would go. My friends and family members who are lazy enough to not read the books would want me to tell them the storyline and plot and how it would end. I don't always spoil movies for them but well, since they asked for it.. One of my friends was shocked when I told her the guy she admired very much in Catching Fire (the second installment) will die in the end.. Well, I'm not saying who died. You'd know if you read the books haha

So, the movie.

We watched it back-to-back with Big Hero 6. I guess you could call it a mini marathon? Or is two movies to short to be called a movie marathon? I don't really know.

Ah. Even the logo is impressive. So fiery. So rebel-ish.

The teaser from a few months back. Much wow. SO MUCH WHITE, IT IS BLINDING.
Peeta Mallark (Josh Hutchinson) did not make it out of the dome in the 75th Hunger Games and got captured by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) instead and is used for propaganda to stop the rebellions' plans to overthrow the Capitol.

On the other hand, the Mockingjay and the face of the rebellion, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is in District 13 with her mother (Paula Malcomson), Prim (Willow Shields), and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) after the Capitol bombed the whole District 12, where she used to call her home.

District 4 tribute Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and District 12's Haymitch Albernathy (Woody Harrelson) is also at District 13 with Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), ex-Head Gamemaker who was secretly a rebellion leader.

President Coin (Julianne Moore) is the head of the rebel army in District 13. It was thought that District 13 was bombed and destroyed years ago but they survived and built underground tunnels and homes.

Hmm. What else?

Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) got a new look in District 13, way different from her Capitol days.

Quite a number of new characters are introduced in District 13, like Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson) who is an Avox (someone who had his tongue cut out).

I guess that I like the movie but..
There are just so many innocent deaths. And a lot of bombing.
President Snow gets on my nerves (which i guess was the main idea).

It's kind of dark too.

I don't know. I just get so sentimental nowadays.

And personally, I really like Jennifer Lawrence's version of The Hanging Tree in the movie despite her having dreaded singing the song. She has a strong character and I like this girl so much. Very much. I mean, she's has her own style and she's not as fake as some other celebrities.

Random news: Guy in Thailand used the three-finger salute in a protest. Whoa.

In the rolling credits, there's also a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away early February. Thank you.

The next movie is scheduled for sometime about this time in 2015. I've also read reports that there will be other spin-off movies too. (I hope that that is true)

- images Googled or from the Official THG FB page -

And, of course, if you are looking for trinkets or accessories, visit my Instagram / Facebook shop!

17 Nov 2014

TiPsy Brew O'Coffee, Setia Walk.

After Big Spoon, we hopped to our next destination at random (well, still somewhere in Setia Walk)

How do you like your coffee? Hand dripped? Siphoned?

The first thing that I'd notice when I pushed open the front door to the cafe was the aroma of the coffee. That heavenly divine smell just called to every part of me.

There are even books hanging from the ceiling! (hello phone camera)

As I said in the earlier post, it was a weekday noon and we decided to relax a little and talk over food.
There aren't many people in the late morning and we felt ever so comfortable and cozy there. It's simply a lovely place.

Well, the menu gave me a tiki kind of feeling. You know, like at an island and you have these huts made of bamboo and.. you get the point.

Coffee. Well, I feel that I'm in love again.

They sell puddings, cakes, brunch, etc. but we just had coffee and cakes.

First came the Affogato with Valrhona Dark Chocolate (RM19.10).
I just have to say that I love it very much. The ice-cream is a Forty Lick Valrhona dark chocolate and well... I have a soft spot for Valrhona. Damn. Even though I've recently had Valrhona at the TASTE MIGF 2014 event, I still crave for it. It's just so indulging. I'm in heaven :)
It appears that the affogato here lived up to its name. (once again, I'm in love)

Then their Halloween special - Strawberry Latte (RM 9.90)
Yes, I said Halloween. (this post is soooo overdue)
The presentation is so nice! It really was not unlike Halloween. Looks a lot like blood in a chalice. The strawberry at the bottom of the glass and the strawberry ice cubes, together with the latte is neither too sweet nor too bland. We were very satisfied with it.

Next up, the Blueberry Cheese (RM 9.90)
The Snoopy next to it is just adorable and it seemed as though it was bored waiting for us to finish taking photos of the cake and urging us to eat the cake (nah, just my imagination talking).
The blueberry cheese was not too sweet, just the way I like it. It was also moist, unlike some other drier varieties I've had.

And the Toffee Banana (RM 9.90)
One of my friends requested for an art of five girls (cause there were five of us) and we really didn't expect this! Hahaha it's really cute and thanks for the effort guys! We love it so much even though it wasn't a portrait of us :P

What can I say, banana is one of my favourite fruits. They were definitely generous with the bananas. And I didn't get much as the cake was gone after I had a mouth or two. Darnit.

Oh well. Someone recently took a liking to posting my photos on social medias so I've decided to put a nice photo of her instead (see how good a friend I am).

-the two pix above from An Shi-

Spongebob shirt. Yes it is.

Taking photos before eating. Checked.
Crazy photo techniques. Checked.
Have a great time. Checked.

Food: 8.5/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Price: 7.5/10
Service: 9/10
Overall: 8.5/10

(based on personal experience)

TiPsy Brew O'Coffee
C-07-G, Block C, 
Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, 
Pusat Bandar Puchong, 
47160 Puchong,

Tel No.: 03-58790790
FB page: TiPsy Brew O' Coffee
Operating Hours: 
11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Tue - Fri)
9:30 am - 11:00 pm (Sat - Sun)

Big Spoon, Setia Walk.

So, a few friends and I went to Setia Walk for cafe/restaurant hopping. First and foremost, I felt thrilled as I've never been to Puchong for food before. And it's with friends. Yippee!

That said, here's one of the stops we've made.

With all the fuss about Boat Noodle (being small portions of noodles in huge bowls) and mini-sized food, we decided to have a go at Big Spoon, Setia Walk (obviously serving small portions of noodles in big spoons)

They only have two main dishes there, the chicken cold noodle and also dumplings. They have rice wine soup too but we only had the chicken cold noodles, which are RM1.90 each.

There are two kind of sauces (or in this case, oil) to add on the chicken noodles. The yellow one (Szechuan peppercorn) makes you feel numb and the red one (red chilli) is spicy, as the labels said.

For me, well, the red one.. is a dangerous one. I'm good with spicy food but it numbs the tongue long after the meal so beware. You've been warned. I only had a few drops of it and well, it's quite an experience.

Apparently, it's a Szechuan cuisine and the chicken cold noodles are not really my thing. 
Drizzled with their homemade sauce, the cold noodles are served with shredded chicken and cucumber, and also some spring onion.

To be honest, I'm not a fan of icy cold noodles but the springy noodles here are the best part of the dish. The homemade sauce of the noodles is quite weird for me. I couldn't exactly describe the taste of it. A little sweet and that's all I could say. 

You may or may not like it, so why not just try it and decide for yourself?

It was a weekday morning and there weren't many people there. I find it a good place to sit down and talk to friends. And that was what we did over our short stop.

P.S. I love it when you could order a few dishes here and there and share it with your friends. This way you'd be able to get more variety and not get bloated!

Food: 6.5/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Service: 8.5/10
Overall: 7.5/10

(based on personal experience)

Big Spoon
D-7-G, Block D, 
SetiaWalk, Persiaran Wawasan, 
Pusat Bandar Puchong, 
47100 Puchong, 

Operating Hours: 11am - 10pm
Tel No.: 012-357 5865

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