Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Who Moved My Cheese?

"Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us."

A.J Cronin

I know my mum was very disappointed when I told her that I will not be celebrating Christmas either in Kuching or Penang this year. I decided to have a quiet X'mas in KL - to rejuvenate, re-energise and "reshape" my body, mind and soul. Huhuhu ... sound so holistic. In actual fact I was having the time of my life, indulging in sinful luxury of sloth -"eat, sleep and shit" - just like Jimmy Hiew will described it. 4 days into the lazy mode ... now getting out of bed already felt like hard labour. So much of the idea of "reshaping"... makinlah I "out of shape". Oh I am so going to Hell!

All my half-read books. As of today, just finish the first 2.

Many people will think I might be out of my mind - celebrating X'mas all alone. Just imagine yourself celebrating Hari Raya - far away from home or sebatang kara. Anyway, one thing I am proud of being "Mie" is that I can choose to celebrate either Chinese New Year, Christmas or Gawai Dayak (Harvest Festival) so I'll make it up to my mum next year CNY. I have to admit though that I really miss my Gina and little Maegan. Especially when my mum relate to me the story when Gina mispronounced "Grandma is tired" to "Grandma expired" and how she tried to help my sister Florence putting Maegan to sleep, ended up being the one sleeping.

I have good reason for a "Silent Night" Christmas this year. I have come to a point in my life when I found "my cheese" is depleting and if I don't start playing "Scurry" and "Sniff" then I will ended like Hem when my cheese moved. I started noticing it when I found myself kept "procrastinating" applying for Masters. Then the dilemma of doing it locally or overseas. But yang paling-paling need my special attention - do I want to settle down? (I do, I do, I do, I do -Mamma Mia!)

Honestly 9 years ago, I made a 10 -year master-plan for my life ending 7 September 2010. Part of that plan was did my Masters and settle down with 2 babies (hehehe) before age 33. But then of course, sometimes many things never go as planned and I did have my lowest moments which affect that master plan. Unfortunately during those meltdowns, you just didn't have the energy to review the changes and execute alternative plans and so I ended up asking myself last birthday ... what next? But you knowlah ... typical "Mie" ... I will think about it next year (just like the line in Gone with The Wind)

I haven't drafted the next decade plan yet. But I am definitely not going to lead my life AUTOPILOT. Kena travel lah tahun depan ... kena test international market pulak (bak kata si Jethro and Emel).

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Avatar - Best Movie in 2009?

Initially, I had no intention to blog about this movie at all .First, because I never anticipated to watch this movie. Secondly, sci-fiction was never my cup of tea after 1993 (the year I suffered a long, hot fever - which totally transformed my liking from everything scientific to everything artistic... ke I baru blossom into a woman huhuhu ) and finally, lately other than Jerry Bruckheimer ... I rarely associate the quality of films based on who's who in Hollywood, not even Mr Spielberg. I prefer to watch the movie first and form my own opinion ... of course, marketing-wise ... James Cameron will still draw audience to the cinema, but will they watch it again?

Well, Guy Next Door got 4 free tickets for the pre-screening of this movie yesterday at GSC Pavillion... u know after spending more than RM 600.00 on dad's platinum CIMB credit card beli barang hantaran. So I told him yesterday ... "make it a habit" hahaha ... We went together with Sam and Mr Energy Saving. Realising that the official release of this movie is tomorrow (17 Dec) in Malaysia I don't want to miss the chance to be one of the first people to blog about it ...

Sam's comment : "I think this movie will easily be the best movie for 2009"
Mr Energy Saving's comment: "I find this movie interesting. Maybe because I seldom watch movie kot." Hehehe

As for me, suffice to say I didn't came out from the cinema "starry-eyed " or neither was I moved by it. I was definitely very impressed with the 3D effects and photorealistic CGI. It was as if viewers were part of the movie... seriously ... there was a scene when the Na'vis (a sentient humanoid race on a lush jungle covered satelite of Polyphemus called Pandora) were riding on an ikran (a pteranodon-like mountain banshee adapted for flight) doing the sky-diving .... I was really, really "gayat" ... That's the wonder of modern technology in movie making, using streoscopic cameras to stimulate human sight!

Like Lord of The Rings, Avatar also introduced new fictional language - the Na'vi language, devised by linguist Prof. Paul Frommer of the University of Southern California. It has a vocabulary of about 1000 words, its phonomes include ejective consonsants (such as the "kx" in "skxawng"- try to pronounce that!) that are found in the Amharic language of Ethiopia and some of the Maori's in New Zealand.

Both Sam and myself agreed that the Elvish language of the Lord of The Ring sounds softer and romantic huhuhu!

And I was wowed by Neytiri facial expression - especially the pained expression when she explained to Jake Sully that in Omatikaya's tradition - when a male Na'vi is a declared a man, he could get himself a woman and start introducing the Na'vi females to him. Cover line lah ...

There was also a part when she was crying hysterically after her Hometree was burned down by human, the part she felt so hurt after finding out who Jake Sully really was and of course, the part when she cried when her father died. I never felt so move by an animated character before hehehe. Should see how Sam mimicked the Na'vi hissing ... if his skin colour is blue (with his cute "fangs"), he'll pass as the Avatar.

What really put me off was the message and dragging storyline. At first, I thought the director might hit home run when he introduced the character Jake Sully, a former US Marine who was wounded and paralysed from the waist down which through a genetically-bred human-Na’vi hybrid body known as Avatar, enable him to walk again . I was hoping that the director would expand the Jake Sully's Avatar character "who appear to be real but do not exist in the physical world".

Somehow, the plot twisted into a love story - the same formula in the movie Titanic which later turned very environmental.

I think the message of Avatar should be that - we shouldn't be afraid to show who we really are, in the real world. U know ... the concept of Avatar itself - a representation of ourself like in the Yahoo Messenger and Sorority Life on Facebook, which actually never exist in the real world. Sometimes I wish I was really Misz Donna - my Avatar in Sorority Life. Sexy, have $3,000,000.00 in bank, have 4 boyfriends (which I bought), got 11 rides including a private jet and a hummer and my wardrobe full with designers brands..

Boy was I really put off by "save the jungle" message! So the anti-climax ... anyway, for the adrenaline junkie ... the movie might save your RM 10,000.00 to buy a SOL parachute for a paraglide hehehe ... gerenti gayat!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cuti- Cuti Malaysia (Overture)

Hello everyone ... lama tak update blog nie yer. Jangan khuatir, penulis tak ke mana-mana. Cuma sekarang busy banget dengan tugas-tugas rasmi dan tak rasmi sebagai PTD, ejen insurans bertauliah (harus highlight gitew), Inspektor Perumahan (ala-ala Gerak Khas), photographer kenduri kawin dan yang terkini dalam my resume ... penari Cuti-Cuti Malaysia hahahaha!!! Thanks to Datin Zaitun ...

Biasalah menjelang hujung tahun, ramai lah sedara mara dan member-member I dari "oversea" yang mengunjungi Hotel ForTUNE Park. Hujung tahun jugak baru i terhegeh-hegeh nak fulfill my insurans kuota for year 2009 and submit final sales untuk naik sebagai Agency Manager untuk CNI business I. And nak dekat-dekat hujung tahun jugaklah ... I tiba-tiba nak buat kerja-kerja kebajikan sambil bekerja. I bukak balik 22 kertas siasatan pemajuan tanpa lesen, get blessings and consent from my Timbalan Ketua Pengarah to assist in facilitating the victimised purchasers and hasilnya .... akak jadi ala-ala Inspektor Aliza dalam Gerak Khas and bekerjasama dengan Commercial Crime Bukit Aman ... tak sangka, its a syndicate!

Whatever it is ... 2009 is a good year for me in term of personal achievements. All I need to do is just give it a thought and sweat. More stories coming so stay tune!

P/S : Lupa nak citer pasal Auntie Lisa kan ???

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