23 August 2014

#thecolorrunMY #happiest5k !


Have you ever joined a colour run? (or a "color" run, for those who uses American English but who cares?)

It's a fun run. If you ever get the chance to participate in one, my advice is to just go for it.

You may end up with colours on your shirt, on your hair, heck, even somewhere on your face but it's a fun experience so why not?

I joined one organised by The Color Run last Sunday. So I ended up looking like this:


I seriously love the light blue colour. Y U NO GIVE ME MORE LIGHT BLUE.

And my mom and aunt...



Well, my aunt has the tendency to gain others' attention, hence the purple wig.



The after-party of the 5km run involved people throwing coloured powder (some kind of flour and it's not toxic) at random strangers. People are fun that way. So everyone ended up with colourful shirts and skin.







There's also this 



Trampoline jumping as they throw a handful of colours at you..



and also bungee running, which was quite... funny.



There are even people to blow the powder off you with leaf blowers! Wow

If there's another colour run near the KL/PJ area in the near future, I'd definitely go again. 

The only thing about this colour run was that it was located at Padang Merbok and the phone signal there isn't very good. I tried to call and meet up with my friends who joined but I didn't manage to find them nor leave them messages. :/
Oh well.

P.S. I'd like to update more often but school work and tests are killing me. I'll try though :)


4 August 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy



Another surprise for me as I checked my phone after school on Saturday. Guardians of the Galaxy! Have to thank my bro for pestering asking my mom to buy tickets for the movie.

So we went to the quite new Encorp Strand Mall at Kota Damansara. There aren't too many shops there but they have a TGV Cinemas and Subway and Starbucks and Coffea Coffee..

Anyway, back to the movie.

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To be honest, I wasn't keen on the movie when it was first announced. I was thinking, "Oh darnit, another superhero movie from Marvels. Don't they have enough superheroes on screen already?"

I was wrong.

Gamorra, Rocket Raccoon, Spider-Man and Nova as they appear in Ultimate Spider-Man

I was busy flicking the television a week before and I stopped on the Disney XD channel. It was showing The Ultimate Spider-man and well, I'm a cartoon person. The episode that I was watching featured the Guardians of the Galaxy and it was quite interesting, especially with Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
And the show after The Ultimate Spider-man was Marvel's Avengers Assemble. It was also an episode of a collaboration with the Guardians of the Galaxy. I have to say that it's cool and funny. I also found out from my bro that there's also a collaboration with Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. 
Go Disney.

That was how I switched sides.

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Also, a 8.9/10 rating on imDb! I couldn't resist.

If you are a first timer, there are basically five members on the team, namely Star Lord (a.k.a Peter Quill, played by Chriss Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista).



In order to not spoil the whole movie, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is about when the group first met and the friction between them before they settled down and got used to each other. It's hard to imagine that they worked together marvelously even though they wanted to kill/harm each other when they first met.

Cast and Crew Shoot Scenes for The Movie Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians of the Galaxy movie is also something new to me as I've never seen so many coloured extraterrestrials in a movie. A cartoon maybe but in a movie, it seldom happens. Most of the movie is either in outer space or in Xandar, the home of the Nova Corps, which is an intergalactic police force.



My favourite character has to be Groot. He doesn't speak much and his vocabulary is limited (all he could manage was "I am Groot") but he is sweet and is such a softie. Director James Gunn said that Vin Diesel voicing Groot is astounding. I personally feel that Groot has a big heart, with him giving a flower to a beggar girl and also his will to protect his friends, especially Rocket, even though he was dragged into all of this by Rocket. And well, he's kind of cute. (so is Rocket but Rocket is, well, a noisy one)

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Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), the main antagonist of the movie. A Kree radical who wants to destroy Xandar.



Nebula (Karen Gillan), Gamora's sister, who's also quite the antagonist.



Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker), leader of the Ravagers.



Korath (Djimon Hounsou).



The Collector, Taneleer Tivan (Benicio del Toro), is also present in this movie. My first glimpse of him was during the credits in Thor: The Dark World. It was pretty creepy then, with the exquisite creatures and items.

The origins of the Guardians of the Galaxy, well... I didn't know much about their past to start with so this is quite informative. I don't have the time to finish all the Marvel comics so movies like this are just so helpful (oops).

Still, the movie is funny and thrilling. Just awesome! My bro and I had quite a good time. The same couldn't be said for my mom as she's not a fan of sci-fi. (sigh)


-photos Googled-


31 July 2014

22 Jump Street

Even though I have not watched 21 Jump Street, I jumped at the opportunity to watch 22 Jump Street, which was released in Malaysia 2 weeks ago. Geddit, "jump" and "Jump Street"? OK, I'll admit it, it's lame.



There are of course a few reasons that made me want to watch this movie in the first place.
1. It was decades since I last watched a comedy in the theaters.
2. It has good ratings, like 7.8 in imdb. Positive reviews too.
3. Come on, it's Channing Tatum.
Maybe number 3 isn't that much of a reason to support my cause but still...

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Since it was the Raya holidays, mom and I went for a quick movie. I had a cold then but cracking up made me feel better. Three cheers for comedies!



For those who missed out 21 Jump Street like me, Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) went undercover in a high school after the Jump Street program restarted. Eventually, they managed to capture the drug dealer and his supplier after a few ups and downs in their relationship (professionally speaking, of course).

22 Jump Street Poster

After their successful undercover op at a high school, Schmidt and Jenko are assigned to uncover a drug ring in a college after a student died from overdose. Their assignment from Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) was to look out for the WHYPHY supplier. So, they chose to go to college as "Doug" and "Brad".

Anyway, it was a little obvious that these two are undercover cops but they managed to pull it off...



There are just too many funny parts in the movie. One of my friends told me that he literally couldn't stop laughing from the beginning of the movie to the end. Lots of cracking dialogues and also a lot of swearing, which automatically gives it a 18 rating in Malaysia. Oops.

Darn, even the credits are hilarious. There were mock sequels from 23 Jump Street to 40-ish Jump Street, from exchange students, to culinary school students, to action figures and animated series. Officially the best end-of-film credits EVER.

Most critics say that 22 Jump Street is wackier than 21 Jump Street. Maybe I should catch 21 Jump Street sometime soon, just to verify the fact...

-images Googled-

22 July 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Sorry to say that I've missed out the Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie, even though I've read one of the books a year or two back.

This sequel to the rebooted movie back in 2011 is the top grossing movie this week! So a couple of friends and I decided to watch the midnight show last Saturday.



The story so far: Caesar, a highly intelligent chimpanzee whose mother was a test subject for finding a cure to Alzheimer's, escaped from the primate shelter he was placed in and released the ALZ-113 which increased the intelligence of the other apes overnight. However, the drug is fatal to humans and was released throughout the world by an infected man.

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In this movie, Caesar leads a tribe of apes in the woods 8 years after the incident. Humans were almost wiped off the face of the planet because of the ALZ-113 Virus and its effects.

"In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race." - imdb.com



Having so many apes in a movie may be quite disturbing to some as almost a quarter of the movie was in ape sign language (with subtitles of course). Well, the story was a good one anyway.
Talking apes in movies are quite new for me. This series is also something new and not your typical mythical creatures' / vampires' stories.

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It's hard to make a movie revolving around animals, you know. To make if lifelike is really a hard chore. Nevertheless, they succeeded. The apes look so dang real.



Apes or humans, we are all driven by greed and the lust for power. Caesar once thought that apes are better than human but it turned out that apes could also betray his trust.

I love movies with something more than just fancy graphics and good-looking casts you know.



Highly intelligent apes versus humans, will it come true one day? Will apes live alongside humans then? Or will they overpower us?

Cast (from Wikipedia):
Andy Serkis as Caesar, leader of the apes.
Toby Kebbell as Koba, Caesar's second in command.
Nick Thurston as Blue Eyes, Caesar and Cornelia's son.
Karin Konoval as Maurice, Caesar's friend and advisor.

Jason Clarke as Malcolm, the leader of the small group that formed a strong bond with Caesar and the other apes.
Gary Oldman as Dreyfus, the leader of the remaining human survivors.
Keri Russell as Ellie, a former nurse at the CDC, and Malcolm's wife.
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander, Malcolm's son.

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21 July 2014

Signature by The Hill, One Avenue Hotel.


Guess whose birthday was it last Wednesday? If you said yourself, well, happy belated birthday to you. 
Well, I had a pre-birthday celebration with my mom and siblings and my godparents since it was a public holiday on Tuesday.

Mom booked a table for us at Signature by The Hill, which she had had once or twice. Fancy.



Even the sign is elegant.





Located on the Sky Floor of the One Avenue Hotel next to One Utama, patrons could enjoy their meal from 29 floors up. Dining on ground level is too mainstream huh.

The place is just so classy and lovely. It had been such a long time since I had dinner at a posh place so high up. The last time was... uh, on top of Taipei 101 four years back (such a wonderful experience).





Soft Shell Crab Salad (RM 22).
Well... more soft shell crab? .-. I accidentally took a little too much and that left others with just a little soft shell crab and lots of greens.



Scallop Black Aglio Maki (RM 45).
Basically squid ink pasta with scallop and Tobiko caviar. The thing is, squid ink pasta is one of my favourite dishes and I've developed a liking for aglio olio nowadays. What can I say? I love this dish. The grilled scallops and caviar were fresh and the spaghetti was such a delish!
However, the olive oil could be cut down just a little. I know that olive oil is good for health but the oily feeling doesn't go well with me.



Duck Breast with Spicy Apple Sauce (RM 45). 
The duck was undercooked for me. I don't really like that half-done taste, especially duck. The mashed potato and apple sauce were wasted as the duck didn't really hit home. We did manage to finish it though.



Lamb Shank (RM46).
The lamb was awesome and it did not have any weird odor whilst some other places serve lamb with an odor. Even my mom who is not a fan of mutton said that it was good. The gravy and mashed potato goes well and the presentation is simple but nice.



Alla Carbonara (RM 26). 
We substituted the beef bacon with chicken. Spaghetti , garlic, creme, and mushrooms made up this dish. The sauce was not too creamy or else it'd be unbearable (I couldn't stand thick creamy sauce that makes you want to stop eating). Fresh mushrooms are also a plus.



The Signature Grilled Salmon Pasta (RM 45). 
Initially, we didn't go through the description that carefully and we thought that it was tomato based. Turned out that it was indeed tomato based but it has a mild spiciness to it. Grilled salmon was perfect and the spicy tomato sauce is something that I would have again.



Earl Grey Lavender Tea (RM10)
As ladylike as I could get. I had a cold then and was quite terrible-looking so I ordered a cup of tea to soothe myself. Sigh.



The Latte (RM10).





Here's the Trio Brulee (RM19)
A few friends asked me where the brulees were from after I posted them on Instagram that night.
No. The green one is not green tea nor matcha, but something ginger-ish. We assumed that it was ginger-flavoured. Is there such a thing? 
The coffee brulee is topped with coffee beans. The amount of coffee is just right. Awesome!
And of course, the classic creme brulee. :3













Magnifique view, right?

(here comes the unexpected bokeh spam)





OK. Actually just posting 2 of the bokeh photos.


Random blurry effect. Looks like little flames. Whoa.



Played a while with light trails, again, without a tripod. Tripods are just so inconvenient .-.
Seriously I love this photo.


Food: 9/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Price: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5
/10
Overall: 8.3/10
(for reference only)



Signature by The Hill
Sky level, 
1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama 
47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Lunch: 11:30AM – 2:30PM (Monday – Friday)
Dinner: 5:00PM – 2:00AM  (Monday – Sunday)
Reservations : +6016-2291 505  (make a reservation!)
FB: Signature The Roof
Web: TheRoof.com.my



Anyway, if you havn't notice the watermarks on the photos... It was kind of a spur of the moment thing and I do not know how long would it last as I'm not a very hardworking person. Working on a logo too but there's still quite a lot to do, with school and piano exams and did I mention that I got an online accessories shop set up with a friend of mine? Till the next time then!



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