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This is a one shot post about my hobby. I will be using random words together with few to a lot of bad grammar. Thus, I apologize in advanced for such problem. Also for few ignorant things that might occur in this post (as I am not a fully modded super-geek in gaming), I apologize for that too.

Role-playing game has been the best of gaming genre that I ever played. Starting back in my childhood, at age around 7-8 years old. I bought a book that give us a table in the beginning of the book, and then a story begin that take us to assume a role of last warrior, Lone Wolf from a magical school embarking on a journey to defeat the “evil lord” that kill everyone from the school. Within this book I can choose different choice that take me either to next page or or few pages in the back that ultimately show what is the choice I made. And when I entered a battle, I have to use some mathematical senses and dice rolling method to fight the enemy, and with that I will know – in gambling senses – the outcome of my battle. (For more information: wikipedia)

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Here is the uncool thing: because the book was in Malay, and because I am lazy so much, I never really follow the rules in the book and read it through from the beginning to the end. Also, since there is so many books spawn from the series, even until he is no longer a normal soldier and have turned to a grandmaster Yoda level, I gave up. There are few of my friends that took it seriously, yet they still gave up in the end.

It wasn’t later than that I learned about Final Fantasy, a series of RPG video games by Square-Enix (Used to be called SquareSoft before the emerging). Before the the year 2001, I always came to my friend house to check him out playing Final Fantasy VII. That was all I can do until I bought PSone in 2001. But around that time Final Fantasy IX was released, so I was stuck with both game and also my PMR (a mid-school examination).

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After the PMR ended in September 2002, I started playing Final Fantasy IX, which I have played it half way before the exam. I played it almost 24/7 I recalled it again. And what did I get in the end?

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When the game finished, I felt a strange surge in my body about the game. I can even remember how I felt sad when the game finish. I want something more from the game. I felt satisfied with the game. But I didn’t played it again, I move one with the greatest hit of Final Fantasy, FFVII.

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It didn’t took me a long time to finish the game. Together with a guidebook, I mostly finish all the side-quest and the main quest. But at the end, I never felt the same feeiling with finishing FFIX. Probably because for FFIX, it was my first time playing RPG. Probably. But in any ways, FFVII was a greatest game of FF by far (not until I encountered FFXII).

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Then in 2003, I bought a PS2, after few month and years waiting for it (I got a good marks in PMR). And my first grab of many games: Kingdom Hearts. There was also FFX, but I was less enthusiast with it compared to KH. Kingdom Hearts brought me to a new level of RPG after quite a while of hiatus after FFVII.

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Why wasn’t I felt all that good about FFX? It has a good camera option, a smooth CGI, a good and beautiful looking characters. But I believe it was deluded by KH and and the blitz ball side-game. I hate the blitz ball. Also the grid system that need you to have certain crystal to level up. Not to forget also the dark theme of the story.Yet I think I want to look at it  again some other time. Maybe I might get the feeling again. Sometime in the future, perhaps.

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Not to forget also, a tactical action game, Metal Gear Solid. I was enjoyed and thrilled with this game when I played it in PS emulator in PC. But the quality was low, and stupid. So I played it again in PSone later, and I can consider it as the best game series in my gaming years.

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Now in this unstoppable changing in gaming generation, new platform and games coming out, but only few games that I’m looking forward: Final Fantasy versus XIII, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. But to play both of this game, I need to start saving from now, and maybe after I begin to work in the next two years. All of this can wait. Yes, I have to have patience. Not to forget also few RPG tactical game in PC that are now absolutely ridiculous in the computer specifications (Crysis, Fallout 3, Gears of War, etc.). To play the latest games, you need to spent thousands amount of dollars to get a good PC to play the game. But not to worry, even that is also in my long term list. Buy the disk now, and played it in few years later. LOL.

What is my gaming experience basically? The first game I ever played when I was young, after my father brought back a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) look-alike (I believe it was replica, made in China probably) was Tetris. With it then, I played few other games, swapping catridges with my cousin that included Contra, Mario, pin-ball and few others that I forgot the names. Then came PC games, cheap PC games such as Dragon Lair, Prince of Persia and a game that is almost like Contra, however I forgot the name.

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Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

Then in 2000, I got a Gameboy and with it I played the sensation hit of that time, even now – Pokemon (short for pocket monster). I was so obsessed with it, that I was able to collect all 245 Pokemon together with my friends. Now I wonder where did I put my Gameboy…

Then PSone came shortly after that. Final Fantasy IX, VIII, VII, MGS , WWE (it was a hit for some period), Legend of Mana, Breath of Fire, etc. (I basically forgot the least best).

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The most dangerous guy

PS2 hit me in 2003. Titles included Onimusha (1,2,3, Dawn of Dreams), MGS2 (Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater), Kingdom Hearts, Silent Hill 2, Katamari, Medal of Honor, Zone of Enders, FFX, FFXII (the best yet in my experience – whole new level and I love the concept), God of War 1 & 2 (the best!!), Shadow of the Colossus, etc.

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Right now, I have a Nintendo DSi, a new hand-held console from Nintendo, one of the oldest gaming company that still survive until today with their genius gaming platform. But due to financial problem, I can only afford one game now, The World Ends With You and I’m still working on it. One of the coolest thing about this game is I have to stop playing for a few days so that I can level up by shutting down the console. What a unique game.

Well, now hoping for the future, Final Fantasy versus XIII, I will definitely play you!

I love games made by the Kingdom Hearts developers team.

Disclaimer:

All images are from Google Images.
Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts are all belong to Square-Enix
God of War belong to Sony Game
Metal Gear Solid belong to Konami
Katamari belong to Bandai – Namco

Beautiful, yet Dangerous; you never defeat her in the game
Beautiful, yet Dangerous; you never defeat her in the game

Post ini tiada kaitan dengan lagu “Pupus” nyanyian Dewa. Post ini adalah bertujuan mengisi masa lapang dengan mengemaskini atau in English people say updating.

In Ottawa, I have short supply of money thanks to the self convincing method of not working despite of 2 months freedom. Beginning of 31st July, I’ll be traveling across eastern Canada and down to New York. The plan was devise by Ariff Shazwan, a man that had a dream of traveling across Canada by train during summer, but the plan failed as it cost lot of money and time. Yet, me, the writer had done it in winter and set a record as the first Malaysian students (well, I wasn’t alone) in Canada that ever did it (I assume – masuk bakul angkat sendiri).

About the traveling that will be coming is less than a month, I am afraid of two things for this trip. One, monthly living allowance that I received won’t be enough for the trip and two, the pandemic H1N1 flu.  The whole traveling cost I believe will consume all my living allowance and in the end I wont have enough money to keep me survive, especially for the research project in late August.

For the pandemic case, most of my friends have convince me that chance won’t come again for a short period. I know what I’ll be doing will create “anger” in an unforeseeable future, but for conclusion, I’m going to New York this August. I hope that Allah will protect me from whatsoever danger and virus upon us.

Next, I would like to talk about Death, the pattern of death.

Sounds heavy isn’t it? I am not a good thinker in this topic nor do I have any idea what the hell am I talking about. But I couldn’t imagine how a friend of mine, once was a healthy cherish girl now has gone after few years of suffering. I haven’t met her for 7 years (I’m 22 now, it’s been a while), and the next news I heard about her last year was that she is sick. I don’t know what kind of cancer that she has, but she has undergone treatment over treatment to cure the cancer, and it did work. However in the end, she suffered again somehow and I don’t know what is the reason.

The shocking news came after my friend, which I haven’t chat for almost a year talk to me about this matter. We were chatting early in the morning about her, and after 6 hours later the news came in that she was no longer with us. That was a second time after my grandma’s death that I felt such feeling of not knowing what to do, what to say, and what to think other than sadness and confusion. Damn!

May Allah bless her soul and live in peace with other taqwa people.

This is how life is, everything come and go. We on the other hand has to continue living all the way until our time comes.

It has been almost one month since the last post, and almost 3 weeks since my spring course started. Yup that’s right people I can speak a little bit of Spanish right now, but not really fluent of course. Just few words that has been taught in the class.

Back to the title of this post, I just wanna share few things that has been happening lately. Starting with my Bermuda field trip, friends Graduation day, my birthday party (small party), summer blockbuster movies, and music.

Bermuda

The trip in overall was awesome. Despite of some “motion problems” on the boat, but overall, I did my best to make the trip enjoyable. Let me summarize what we did for the marvelous week:

  • In Saturday the day we arrived, we checked in the Bermuda Institue of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) with empty stomach they only served us sandwich and few chips plus cookies. what the hell right? but yet we still got a good supper / dinner that evening after we got back from St. Georges, a nearby “old” town close to the BIOS station.
  • The next day was the day we start snorkeling, but not from the dive boat in the middle of the ocean, instead we snorkel close to the ocean, at a place call Whalebone Bay. That day wasn’t really good for me because of the foggy mask thus I can’t see anything underneath. Then I learned that our spit is the best solution to the problem. The thicker your spit is, the better. After the snorkel, we headed back to the station and look underneath microscope the sediment sample that was collected at the ocean floor of the bay. After the lab process, at night we have short lecture about what we learn and what we will see tomorrow. This schedule is continuous for the rest of the week.
  • Then come the worst day of my life. With a strong arrogant, I didn’t take the motion sickness pills before the trip, and the result? Guess for yourself. With the dive boat, we went to few places near the east of the island to do some snorkel and diving. The water was cold and freezing, and the wave was intense. Since I’m not a good swimmer, it was so hard for me to go across. Furthermore, there was this stupid jellyfish that is call Portuguese Man of War that is deadly, so what we have to do was swim around it try not to get sting. This is where the motion problem came in: I took of my snorkel (the breathing tube) to catch some good breath, and wham! the wave hit my face reall hard and I swallowed mouthful of seawater. Then I start to feel uneasy. Once I got on the boat, I couldn’t hold it anymore…
  • For the following days, I took precautious step to eat the pills before every trip on the boat.
  • On Thursday, we were allowed to wander in Hamilton, capital of Bermuda. So Harold, our Bermudian friend took us to few beautiful spots in the island, and take a ferry back to Hamilton. It was a best thing that I did in Bermuda (not the lab thing, darn prof).
  • One thing that I don;t like about the trip was changing time. He (our prof) said the night before that we depart at 9 a.m, but then he change again the nex morning 15 minutes earlier. Every single f**king day, and that really didn’t make me happy. I have to do a bussiness after every breakfast, but he disrupted my mood every day. I felt really pissed that day when he really change the time on the spot that morning after I carefully plan my time. Idiot.
  • Most things in Bermuda are crazy expensive, and the food is hell expensive than the clothes.
  • The best moment of my snorkeling experience: a sea turtle sitting in the middle of two pinnacle reef looking at us with its cute face.

Birthday Party

Since my birthday fell on Friday, my friends, all Asians (duh) decided to throw a BBQ party and anticipated surprise birthday cake. It was nice of them to do that, and I was really happy that day despite we have wait every five minutes for it to be served.

Summer Movies

I watch three movies so far, and I don’t know if I can watch more (but Transfomers 2 is in the compulsory list – I’m gonna be in Ottawa that day, so careful Ottawa people) since the theater is far and the taxi cost is not cheap.

Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons

I was excited by my friend that keep saying the movie is awesome and yada-yada. But what the hell, it wasn’t the great that I anticipated. The movie compared to The Da Vinci Code has less puzzle to be solved and somewhat straight forward to me. I just don’t feel any kind of emotion arousal in the cinema aside of the air conditioner in that place. The movie does have moral that we can see and interpret easily unlike Star Trek, but yet the pace and the story blend wasn’t feel right for me. I can’t comment more on this but the movie is okay but not that good.

Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation

The movie has good cinematic movement and great special effect with human expression of apocalyptic future, but no dramatic moment that can intertwined the whole movie. Christian Bale has a less cinematic appearance (I think) than Sam Worthington, but anyway I can say that the movie is good because of them. The pace of the movie is good, I felt enjoy by the action sequence, but at the end I felt empty again just like watching A&D (above) and depressed by the feeling that there’s gonna be another terminator movie to explain why the hell Arnold’s 3D recreation is evil, not good.

Star Trek

Star Trek

Nuff said, I have been waiting this movie since January this year, and the anticipation is worthy. This movie is so awesome (despite of empty philosophical meaning unlike The Wrath of Khan) that the whole pace, the comic relief situation and the characters are well blend together with the special effects that really open up the whole Star Trek Universe again to the new modern audience. This movie is enough to fill the “emptiness” of my summer movies (plus Transformers 2 perhaps).

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

21st Century Breakdown

This album contain the same sound and political / rebel lyrics as the previous American Idiot. I felt down at first, but after few perticular songs, I have to admit that the album made me smile for a day. Particular best tracks : Viva La Gloria, Before The Lobotomy, Last Night on Earth, 21 Guns, and American Eulogy.

Thats all folks for now.

Adios.

All posters from IMPA Awards.

Giler lah blog ni. Tahap kemalasan nak update tu satu percintaan yang tak berkesudahan. Sampai esok pun masih ‘macam’ tu jer.

Today is Thursday, yesterday was Wednesday. Everyone knows that, duh. I woke up this morning and went to the gym to have a squash with my friend, probably the last time I can see him since he is graduating this year. Last night I went swimming, and to my oblivion, I can float! Haha, now I am so excited about the trip to Bermuda, which will be this Saturday. My butt and hand are sore right now, probably of not doing any warm up before the swim and badminton game last night. I cannot even lift any weight right now. Damn.

So I won’t be here next week, and will be back here in May 9th, starting my spring course in May 12th. Yet I still need to work on my culinary so I can have variation in my meal everyday. Ni tak, hari2 kicap, telur, nasi and ikan masin. Ikan masin tu buat sedap jer, tapi takder pun. Kentut pun dah bau kicap. Tensen.

So far my result is Alhamdulillah. But still waiting for some more, and it will be terrible I can guarantee it to you. 

Takda apa nak cerita pun kat sini. Movie pun takda mood nak buat review. Daily life, takda apa yang menarik. Sapa lagi yang singgah sini baca blog malas nie?

Adios.

Finally, with the freezing temperture outside which remind us that the summer time is over, here come Autumn and following next as always (as the Earth keep doing it things) is Winter time, then winter break, then christmas, and so on. Anyway, not here to talk about Earth Science stuff, but reviews for movies that I’ve watched during summer break in Malaysia. The cost to each show is RM 10 in average, depend on cinemas type and day. For students, I encourage you to go to GSC since it provide discount to students everyday, but that if you brought your student ID to convince the akak working at the counter.

The list that I present here is created by timeline of my three months summer break. It’s a lot, I calculated again (pre-writing process) and came out surprisingly (but not really) = 12 movies. That’s not a lot really, I think. Maybe someone can do that in a month, I believe (if there is any). So, here it goes (WARNING: CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT WATCHED ANY OF THEM):

The Chonicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

I watched it week after I got back. So bored at home, I decided to go to cinema, and lucky enought it was playing that day. The story is a sequel of the earlier Narnia series: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It follows the 4 siblings back to Narnia after few years past in Human world, but 400 years in Narnia. When they got there, everything was changes and most Narnian live in the dark or underground to protect themselves from the humans that are known as Telmarines. The king, which called as King Miraz has a plot to make his son as the succesor and kill the Prince Caspian, supposedly the true heir of the throne. So, the movie goes on with the Pevensies try to save Narnia and help the Prince Caspian to get his right again as the true successor. The king plot to destroy the Narnian cause the Realm of Narnia plunges back to War, just like the previous one, but this time with human versus weird creatures, rather than creatures versus creatures.

The overall plot of the story is, ermm not bad I think. The maturity of each character is the best point to look at than the previous film, but not all. Peter Pevensie overgrown energy and pride cause him few regrettable moment in the movie, especially during the assault that cause unnecessary losses. The fight between him and the King Miraz is the highlight of the show, but sometimes it made me wonders how come he is so strong to fight an adult, but yeah, he is an adult. What the hell am I thinking about? The action sequences during this fight is just brilliant. Love it, just like the Gladiator.

The character Edmund Pevensie is the best I observed. There are few parts that show him as the true saviour of the Narnian, rather than his brother and Prince Caspian. When Peter is almost succumb to the temptation of the White Witch, Edmund destroy her without slightest feeling of mercy. Throughout the movie, he also shows quite impressive characteristics, such as reminding Peter to smile at the Narnian to give them confidence.

The story also shows how children can go to Narnia and start killing people. Haha. This is what I got after reading few reviews off the net. The bad side of the movie, yup. While at that point, Aslan the Lion still shows the religious (positive) symbol of the whole story. I kinda forgot how he make the hint to Lucy Pevensie to search him if she believe enough in him. (something like that) Just like you belive your own God, or Jesus which is the aspect of the whole Narnia series created by C.S. Lewis.

Overall, the movie is worth watching, but little bit radical for kids to watch as there are slaughters of creatures and humans, yet still fun for us to look at the CGI effects in the movie.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Yeah, he’s back after almost 18 years absent. Same actor, Harrison Ford to play his role, but different time and setting for rapid evolution of the world. The story follow the lives of Indy as the archeologist and part time teacher in the post World War 2, which nuclear bombing is the main sensation of that time. I don’t know how to go elaborating the plot of the story, but I’ll point out few good and bad things (yes, that’s what I should do in a review, idiot me).

The character of Indy, as what people already spotted has matured over past few years (between the third and this movie). No longer acting out of ordinary whithout proper concious, he now knows ho to control over-agrresive Mutt (which turned out to be his son), and think about others safeties first. Despite his old age, he’s still strong enough to fight the Russian soldier in the crowd of wild ants down the South America ( I forgot the place). The ants are so ridicilously huge, they even eat human alive. The other characters such as Mutt, a funny young guy with his motorbike, a Grease that’s what people refer to that type of guys during the 50’s. He is not an archeologist like Indy, but valuable enough to be put in the movie as a reliable sidekick. The comeback of Marion Ravenwood also a good point in the story. Since Indy not young anymore, he cannot jump on any young woman, as it wouldn’t fit the wiser character. Her funny characterisation is what make the story goes without bore interruption. Overall, the characters are good to observe as you go through.

The downside of the movie, for me is the whole theme of alien thing. A kingdom being built in the past by aliens which has a crystal skull, and highly magnetized? There has been few weird thing in the past movies too, but an alien theme, is not good at all. The story CGI over excessice toward the end is not bad, but kinda ran away from original Indy element. However most of the stunts done in the movie is real. Praise for that. And yeah, for the nuclear scene, it was damn good, but can somebody really survives from that crash, trapped in the lead refrigerator?

Iron Man

An awesome film. Okay, i’m gonna go short this time. Time is running out.

The effects in the movie wasn’t that bad, compared to Spider-Man of course, but the morality in the movie is a best highlight. How the character, Tony Sparks (Played by Robert Downey Jr.) developed into a responsible man, the Iron Man is what make the movie worthy to see (the development of the character just like the Batman Begins). Not just that, the effects, wait a minute, I just talked about it. What other thing can I point out from this movie? Why is the movie get a higher rating from Rotten Tomatoes? To think back again, Transformers has a good CGI too, but it still get a lower rating than Iron Man. Why is that?

Owh man,  I have nothing to point out anymore. One thing for sure, the movie is great!

Wanted

An action packed movie that is worthy to watch, especially for those that like gun fighting, bullet-time effects and impossible bullet curve techniques. Yes, the highlight of the movie is the bullet curve method. The shooters, assassins I mean can make the bullet travel into a curve path, not just that it can go into circle path too. Owh, they can snipe you from a ridiculous distance.

The story, originally was a kind of superheroes type of movie. In the comics, the character wears suit when doing their job, but to make the movie look realistic (depsite it unrealistic bullet curve) the director make them wear normal cloth. The story follows the life of Wesley Gibson (played by James McAvoy) from a cubic-space worker under a fat irritating boss to a super assassin, just like his father. He is one of the few people that can increase adrenaline when facing danger and become fully sensitive to surrounding so that everything will go slow and shooting a person is nothing like pulling up your pants (what kind of metaphore is this?). As the story progress, nothing is good enough to be point out to make it better than any assassin type of story.

Anyway, Angelina Jolie is the principal actress of this movie, so most of the cinema was filled with guys. No, I was there because I have nothing to do before the next show that I supposed to watch. What is the show? The next one of course.

Sepi

A romantic film directed by Khabir Bhatia. My favorite director following his success with his previous movie, Cinta.

This story is seperated into three different parts, each with different characters, but intertwined together that made the whole story complete. The first part is about a guy named, err, I forgot (played by Afdlin Shauki). This is the only part of the movie that the plot is funny and eat me inside. This guy, you see cannot find a perfect match to be his wife, while all of his bestfriends already married. One day, he meet this woman that carry a scent of Camelia (is it?), his favorite one. Then suddenly he fell in love with this woman, typical for a guy that live in the desert (you know what I mean). Surprisingly, this woman is on the verge to get married soon. So he pissed off with his life and decided to make a relationship with this cazy woman played by Nasha Aziz that amired him since college. Eventhough she is a crazy woman, but my God she is so lovely and beautiful. Okayh, I’m off my concious right now. Then as the plot grow, he witnessed an accident that bring us to another part of the story about the accidentee (I know this is wrong but I can’t think of any good name to call). Argh, I’m not gonna tell the whole story.

What made me impress with this movie, as other works from Khabir is the shots of Kuala Lumpur. If you look with your own eyes, you cannot believe how beautiful KL inside the movie. The angle, the mood of the scene is amazing. Not to forget too is the third part of the story, which turn out to be kinda twisted ending (her boyfriend is nothing but an illusion) and that what makes me love the movie.

Sorry tho, no poster for this movie. Hua2.

The Incredible Hulk

One thing I like about this movie is the comeback of Hulk’s angry emotion. I got excited everytime I saw him turning green. I want to be green too.

Edward Norton is the man. He made this movie (I believe he’s one of the writers too) unlike the previous Hulk movie which stars Eric Bana. His emotion toward this story is great. I can feel the cumulated anger in him every time he about to go mad. Tim Roth hunger for power is also another key player to keep this movie goes. The fight between Abomination and Hulk is also fantastic, but the way it ended its not enough. I was kinda disappointed for a while there, two seats away from the screen. The chasing sequence in the movie wasn’t that bad, running here and there, nothing that can made me feel bored (chasing sequence is the good element to make somebody feel suspence).

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

I’m particularly bias actually, since I’m liking a movie because of the director. And yes, Guillermo del Toro is one of my favorite directors. Why I liked his movies is because of his pure imagination of mystic creatures (Pan’s Labyrinth just amazed me). The asthetics look of the creatures and the beginning sequence of the movie is my highlight of the whole movie. At the beginnig, del Toro uses wooden army (CGI of course) to introduce the back story of the story. It’s just amazing, I love it a lot. Then he bring up the underground market scene, which comprises of many weird creatures with each different and unique look. The death angel created by del Toro is just enough to make me feel agitated on the seat.

The fight sequence is awesome. With that big body, Hellboy can move like shit. Overall, the movie is good. With few unsucessful love theme between Liz and Red, and Abe with the Princess Nuala, the movie is one of the best for summer 2008.

Hancock

A short, not so good movie to watch. The only thing that make this movie good is Will Smith and Charlize Theron. The whole plot of the movie, nothing is good. I mean the theme of the movie is good enough, about how the superhuman felt down by the community, get drunk most of the time and then become helpful after his manager help him to behave. But that’s all thanks to the great performance by Smith. So, no further comment on this movie.

The Dark Knight

I’m gonna make a super-review of this movie later, but not today. It’s the best movie I watched during the summer, and the best yet in my whole movies experience.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor Dragon

Why do I even bothered to watch this movie at first place. The first and second one wasn’t that bad, but this one it’s just sucks. Weak plot and weak effects, this two thing is just enough to make me feel boring with the movie. Actors and actresses were good, feel happy to see Brendan Fraser as Rick O’Connel on the screen again. The humours is good to keep me entertained, but the whole plot, sigh.

Wall-E

Nothing is lame, boring, not good, sucks and all kind of thing that can associate with negative view with Pixar’s movies. Wall-E as expected, the best animation of the year (for me). As the movie is family oriented movie, everything was kept simple and easy to understand. The comedic situation of Wall-E and EVA is fantastic. The question to know why EVA was there on the Earth full of garbage is a good thing to make we continue watching and feel excited. Then we were brought to human situation which at the beginning of the movie, no human can be seen as they have left the Earth due to mass production. Due of high technolgy created by human that make them use less energy to move, every single human on the ship was effing fat. They couldn’t even moved from their seat and get themselves up after falling down from the automobile chair. What a sad situation to look at in the movie, and yes a good point that was made by the writers of the story. Thanks to robots, we humans are becoming lazy.

The animation quality, as other Pixar’s movie, nothing is not great. It is a worth movie to watch again sometime. Even robots can feel love, why not us?

Star Wars: Clone Wars

I was expecting something great from the movie, but I was wrong. I watched a cartoon version few years ago, and the action was so damn cool, but nothing was shown in the movie. A lame plot building, good fighting scene, but overall it’s totally for kids enjoyment. For the Star Wars fans out there, you can use this as one of the collection, but never will it be a favorite one.

Wowh, that was a long post. I almost lost ideas what to write with this so many English words. Yet, I still need to write about The Dark Knight later, but for now this is what I can do to keep my post thread going. Have a good weekend everyone, and chow~

I’m back in Canada for my third year of study. Another 2 years to go and done. But as usual, we have to face so many obstacles in studies and life. That is the normal course for every human being. Anyways, I wanna skip that part first and continue what I left unfinished. I hate myself for being a person that can’t finish the job that I’ve started. For example, right now it has been 4 months since I started reading The Black Book novel. I  tried to get it every time I went to bed, but after 4 to 5 pages, I’ve long gone into the dreamy world of letters and confusion (yes, the novel is so hard to understand, I mean the plot that the writer puts up). Forget that, here goes my final tourism destination for this year’s summer.

Langkawi for the second time. Hua, hua, sorry about that guys. But personally speaking to my mates that travel with me during the middle of June, we had a very good time compared to this one. August is the  beginning of raining season. I stayed there for 4 days, but 2 days gone because of rain. The activity, as usual an unfigured by me, again is Island Hopping. The same spot: Dayang Bunting, Eagle “Fiding” and Beras Basah. But this time, I get my revenge swimming in the sea uninterrupted by the stupid Landak Laut at Beras Basah. Less pain, more gain. But not every revenge is a sweet revenge, after 10 minutes of swimming, rain started pouring down and heavily for another 20 minutes.

Jetty At Dayang Bunting

Jetty At Dayang Bunting

We stayed at a free apartment, of Ariff courtesy. We had our dinner at, well first night at a restaurant near the airport, second night at home due to heavy rain, and third night…damn, I forgot. The evening after we finish our trip of Island Hopping (that is the scond day we arrived in Langkawi), all of us tried to go to Beras Terbakar, but since Amir’s dad is driving, we couldn’t say much (I can’t say much), we just hanging around Pantai Cenang, viewing people in the sea swimming happily while spotting dark cloud in the horizon. Then all of us went to the apartment and called it a day.

Tomorrow, we all planned to go to Machincang Cable Car, but then due to the freaking rain, we aborted our plan and went to Tanjung Rhu. Lets get the details. The rain started early in the morning, by 10 a.m. it started to slow down, so we decided to get out of the apartment and tour around the so called Largest Shopping Mall in Langkawi, which as big as Selayang Mall. After the rain stopped, which is around 11 a.m. we all went to Tanjung Rhu by taking the old road, passing the old houses and villages, taking the natural suasana kampung, permai desa. Haha. Around 12 p.m. to our disappointment, the rain started again. By the time we arrived at Tanjung Rhu, the rain was heavy. Despite of that, I was awed by the place’s beauty. Okayh, here come the serious part, a tragedy occured here, at one of Tanjung Rhu’s restaurants. Not going to share the “real” detail here, skip it for the sake of mankind (i.e. for the sake of Ariff). We decided to come again in the evening before the sunset, if that we can’t get onto the Cable Car.

After Jumaat Prayer, we grab our wet clothes and went back to cable car, and to our dissapointment, the cable car can’t operate due to the heavy fog at the top. So, we all went back to Tg. Rhu. The ocean at that time produced a scary waves near the shore. By the look of it, only a good swimmer can get into it. I can’t since I don’t know how to swim. So began our project of “Gambar Lompat” and I don’t have the experiment results right now, so we have to wait for a month (the guy in charge has difficulty in connecting to internet).

Tanjung Rhu is so cool with naked eye

Tanjung Rhu is so cool with naked eye

Next day, was our last day. It was Saturday, and the weather was the best, despite of the heat. One of the thing that pleased me in this tour for second time was that I able to do some shopping for my Sis and Mom. Then I know that Langkawi is the shopping heaven for my Mom, and it would be hell for me if I enrolled into MRSM Langkawi. Owh yeah, for this tour, I managed to take the ferry instead of Airplane, and it’s not a pleasure experience. For the first half of the day, before we dapart to Kuala Lumpur, we tried our luck again for the Cable Car experience, but unfortunately, like the rest of us expected, it was full and packed with human. Darn school holidays.

Look at that

Look at that

With that, my summer holiday ended with *somewhat* a blast. Dilemma. I wish that I can hit Redang someday…

Last week was my week off from high civilization and dusty atmosphere of KL. It is not an escapism (or some call it retreat) from the rough life of hectic city. But rather a team building camp sponsored by Petronas and under the coaching of Outward Bound School located in Lumut, Perak. I thought that this camp is a government of Malaysia or any Petronas small division company that is designed to give such training to us. But Outward Bound (OB for short) is an international organization that has it roots in Malaysia for 54 years. Older that Malaysia it self (by 4 years). I’m not gonna babble much on this stuff since my two dearest friends already put up their “awesome” experience in their blogpost. I think I’m gonna give some interesting point that I discovered while I was there.

The participants are divided into 2 major groups, and several “watches” in each group. Total watches = 5. The name was derived from Malaysian Greatest Peaks, such as Tahan, Bubu, Yong Yap, Irau, and Gading. Mine was Tahan, and consists of 6 girls and 7 boys. To my surprise, few people in Tahan are my closest friends, and I have no trouble to blend in (tak kekok lah nak di katakan). Amar and Bart is already my closest partners from STE last 2 years; Afiq, the guy that was kind enough to give me shelter while I was in London last year. I met Keith while I was in WDC (but he has no memories of me); Lutfi a steady and smart guy when I knew him better day by day, and Akmal the funny (that’s all to him) man. The girls are Azy, a girl with perfect English accent; Nadya from CSM; Nis from Missouri; Nabilah together with Norehan from Warwick; and Pam Wen Ai from London (I think she’s in the same school with Azy and Akmal). Enough with introduction, lets move on.

Third day was the beginning of my 2 expeditions in OBS, and it was Kayaking around Pangkor Island (it was named as “Cultural Visit to Pangkor Island”). The day before we had a capsize training in case for any kayakers capsized in the middle of the ocean. Then the trouble came to me again for second time (the first was at Pulau Kapas last year). I was seasick!! Fricking shit trouble for me, and my partner too. I am so sorry. During the training, my kayak was drifted because of accident, and I swam with all my energy for it. Because I’m not a National swimmer, I was terribly exhausted! Then when I have to climb back into my kayak, I have no strength left, and gedebush! Malu aku. Haha. Let’s forget about it, and move for the real kayaking.

After about 4 hours since the start of our expedition, we a re assigned to stop at a narrow beach to eat our lunch. Just before that, we have to raft to wait for the capsized guy to be save. It was that time I *bluekk* and all the kuew teow for breakfast came out, drifted by the waves. After that, I have my focus and energy back, and I start to unleash the power and paddled fast enough to get to the shore and ate my lunch. It was that lunch, the only lunch that I thought to have such a tasty rice. I never taste any good rice before this and after that. Betapa laparnya aku time tu.

After the lunch, we have to continue our kayak again for another 5 hours, against the current (because the water level was raising that time since the sun is on top of my head), and received the prize match that day: SUNBURN. I was totally hangus that day, and you won’t even realize that while kayaking. During this 5 hours that Norehan (my greatest kayak partner) and me have our limit tested. We were told that to kayak to the white tower (the tower was just barely a silhouette at that time), and we did. The tower wasn’t on the shore, but in the ocean, so we were told again for second time to go the Telekom tower (which is a silhouette from the white tower). While we all stopped to wait the guys behind (Harun and the gang), we realized that we were drifted backward by the waves. @#$%^&!!!. So all us at the front decided to keep on paddling and let the late guys towed by rescue boat. Slowly we can see a villa on the hills near the shore. As we kept paddling, we realized to our amazement that the building still keep is small size!!! That moment too, me and Norehan found ourselves are far separated from the herd; the others were moving along the shore, but we were moving across the middle of the strait!!!!. That time I was no longer in the seasick mode, I was invigorated by the villa and Peter the Sea Captain (he can cross the channel from our right and join back the herd with no difficulties, WTF??). Me and Norehan were no longer in easy mode, we push ourselves to the limit and paddle sampai nak tercabut lah lengan. I was cursing the villa with all my heart content (I swear that one day I’m gonna buy/reserved the villa for my future), and the kayak program for wasted 9 hours of my life with sitting in the kayak. Slowly the villa became bigger to our view and Alhamdullilah we managed to join back with the captain. But not yet, the shore was not our main destination, we have to go around the corner. The direction was: go around the corner and along the shore you will see a big coconut tree. So we all move along the shore, past the corner but WTF there was no single coconut tree spotted along it. It was further front, past another corner!! The sea water at time was no longer crystal clear, and there it was finally few tall coconut trees. All of us arrive there safely and stay for the night (not gonna elaborate the campsite as it was hellish) and kayak back to OBS next morning.

The second expedition was Jungle Trekking. Earlier I point out that there were 2 groups divided. During our Group 1 kayaking, Group 2 was having their trekking to Teluk Batik. So vice versa, when we were trekking they all have to kayak the same way we all did. Not to give in to their complains about trekking (beg berat lah apalah semua), we all point out with our kehangusan that kayaking was $%^&* hellish that trekking. Yes it was. Jungle trekking was not enough to test my limit compared to sea kayaking. Yes it is true that the bagpack was heavy like shit, but since I have good spirit with the jungle (no seasick when walking :p) Tahan was the first watch from Petronas scholars gang and the second (we lost to first group of SIA) to arrive at the campsite. But then, to our disappointments from the kayaking redemption, we left all the not-so-important food (Milo, sugar) for the evening. Since we all arrive early, all of us have nothing to do to kill the time, so the boys went to the Lake (it was actually an abandoned mine) and having a blast berendam dalam air tasik yang digunakan untuk cuci periuk. The previous group say that the campsite was like hell, but hey, compared to the Shawal Beach it was heaven. That night we all play few teka – teki games (all of them were lame) and planned for our performance for the last night.

That’s all the few things I want to share about OBS. The performance was OK, but not enough creativity (only those who understands laughed). Effort was given from all of us. That’s a good point in team building (that’s what they wanted). But despite all the teams effort, there is always an accident among them that widen the crack from the long history. Why is life so complicated? Why can’t we all go on living with the life that we all have long time ago? Those happy faces, the happiness we all had, why does it gone just like that? What force exist in such world to grab it from us like it is made from nothing? Or does it really exist? Does the happiness exist in human heart, or mind? Or is it just some small thought come out from the tiny compartment of our brain? Or it is true what I’m typing here, or just my random thoughts while listening to Aku Skandal Acoustic by Hujan? Or are you reading it carefully or is it just some funny idea that dwell in your mind?

Life is simpler than we thought, we are making it too complicated…

(this post has no pictures since I didn’t brought my camera and the guy who is in charged can’t be reached)