14 Sep 2014

Tian YaKe Ban Mian, Chow Kit.


After so many movie reviews and stuff, let's talk food.

A few months ago, my mom's colleagues introduced her to this authentic traditional pan mee place in Chow Kit. Since then, I've pestered her to bring me there but obviously those attempts were wasted as she had no idea how to get to that place.

My first trip was a spontaneous one as she and her colleagues picked me up from school one random day. I was expecting a small shop at least but well, it turned out that it is a roadside stall.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against roadside hawker stalls. I think that some of the best food are found at hawker stalls.



Notice those umbrellas at the bend of the road? There's where the stall is!





Ban mian, pan mee.. They are the same thing, if you are wondering.

The photos here are from my second trip there, about 2 months ago (oops.)



I've always love the irregular hand-pinched noodles for my pan mee. Sometimes I even help out in the kitchen at home just for this particular dish.
You don't have much choice here. They only serve hand-pinched soup mushroom pan mee with veggie. The price of a small bowl is RM4.00 whilst the bigger bowl is RM4.50. 

I prefer mine with an egg, which costs a little extra but totally worth it. You can add in lime too but I'm not a huge fan of it so none for me. There's chilli sauce too but despite the fact that I enjoy spicy food, I don't like the taste of chilli sauce .-.



The first time was superb but it kind of deteriorated the second time I went there. Perhaps it was the shocking number of patrons the second time round. It was a very hot day but it didn't discourage the people who made up their minds to have lunch there.


Zoomed in, again and again..


The first time we had our lunch there, the noodles were not too soft but a little chewy as I like it. The mushrooms were tasty and lovely (A LOT of mushrooms). Fried onion sprinkled on top of the noodles added to the taste and to be honest, it was quite divine.

However, the second time was not so satisfying. The noodles were a bit soggy and that spoilt the whole thing. The soup was not that good either. I believe that the stove fire was a little too much.



No kidding. These people didn't mind the heat at all as there aren't any cooling fans there. I'll give it another chance as the first time was really, really awesome. 

Side note: I shouldn't post close-ups of food at 11pm in the future, since I've vowed to not take supper unless it's really necessary .-.


Food: 8.5/10
Ambiance: 5.5/10 (come on, you are not looking for a fine dining ambiance so why do you care about this section)
Price: 9/10
Service: 7.5
/10
Overall: 7.6/10
(for reference only)

Tian YaKe Ban Mian
Lorong Haji Taib 5, 
Chow Kit,
50350 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Operating Hours: N/A :( Leave a comment below if you have an answer.


13 Sep 2014

等一个人咖啡。 Cafe.Waiting.Love.


So, this will be a dual language post. (OK, now it sounds like a TV audio choice)
It's a first for my blog though!
The reason I want to do this is because the movie Cafe.Waiting.Love is a Chinese movie so I'd like to post in Chinese too. For an English translation, please scroll down.

这篇会特别些..
由于《等一个人咖啡》是部中文片,我会以中文为主 :3 但还是简体字啦不好意思。



“每一个人,都在等一个人”

我真的很少看中文电影。但预考过后我们这班人就跑到了附近的电影院去看《等一个人咖啡》,我本来虽然不怎么想看这部电影 (我还想看别部之前还没看的电影)但为了跟随大众我只好去看这部电影。
之前问了看过这部电影的朋友,她们都说很好看而且很搞笑。我就因为“搞笑” 这形容词而进去看了。

看了这部电影后,我认真觉得这部由九把刀的小说改编的电影票房成绩果然不是盖的。

虽然说这部电影跟小说里的情节不完全一样(看了小说的朋友说的),但如果把它完完全全当作一部独立的电影而不是小说改编的电影的话.. 我真的觉得这部电影很值得一看

电影里搞笑的情节真的很多很多但催泪的部分不会过多,就那种心酸酸的感觉..



这部电影是讲述一位女大学生李思萤(宋芸桦)到一家名为 “等一个人咖啡” 的咖啡厅打工后的故事。她在那里认识了阿布思(赖雅妍),一位什么特调咖啡都能做得出(又很帅)的拉子。
她也在那里认识了等一个人咖啡的老板娘(周慧敏)及因为与朋友打赌而留级了七年且非常阳光的阿拓(布鲁斯)。



在咖啡厅里,她知道了等一个人咖啡的老板娘及咖啡厅背后老板(张立昂)的故事、找到了喜欢的男生... 结果发现他不是想象中的普通..

在电影里,还有许多很搞笑的配角,连蓝心湄跟李㼈都在电影里有许多搞笑的对戏。哪有电影片名叫做《屎就在心中》的啊..

就算你不是很喜欢看中文电影,这部电影真的很不错,而且有不少朋友都去看了第二次呢!那天,几乎被我们学校的同学包场了,出了电影院看见了不少熟悉的面孔..




[ENGLISH VERSION]

I'm not usually a huge fan of Chinese movies. This movie, however, is an exception. It is a romantic comedy if you are wondering about the genre. I was reluctant at first but I couldn't pass up on a comedy and of course, my friends are all crazy about it so I've decided to give it a try. The cinema was full of students from my school that day. Familiar faces all around.



So anyway, back to the movie. Cafe. Waiting. Love is a movie based on one of Taiwan's best-selling author, Giddeon's novel of the same name. The plot of the movie is quite different from the one in the novel, so says my friend who read the novel. If you look at it as an individual movie, I think that it's pretty awesome.

Cafe. Waiting. Love is about a university student Li Si Ying (Sung Yu Hua), who found a part time job at a cafe named "Cafe. Waiting. Love". She met A Bu Si (Megan Lai), the barista of the cafe who is a remarkably handsome tomboyish girl and also the lady boss (Vivian Chow).
She also met a guy who likes to make ridiculous bets with his friends and often ended up looking silly, A Tuo (Bruce).

《等一个人咖啡》玉女斗艳 周慧敏赖雅妍狂飙戏

After a month, she found out about the tragic love story of the lady boss and the boss (Marcus C). Since then, the lady boss would just sit by the cafe window and is trapped within her memories of the boss.

Even though the story is a little teary, there's a lot to be laughed at, since it is a romantic comedy. Taiwanese actors like Pauline Lan and Lee Luo have hilarious scenes too.



Many of my friends went for a second round of the movie and they love it so much. So, even though you are not a huge fan of Chinese movies, you could try this movie as it is both funny and a little teary (actually, more on the funny part).

In short, it is an awesome movie.

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23 Aug 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 Aug 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.

Guardians Imax Image

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)


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31 Jul 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...

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