Friday, October 31, 2008

Photo from A Softer World

I imagine Lulu having these thoughts when I get married.

Listening to: -

Friday, October 24, 2008

Here's Ricky Gervais and Thandie Newton on the Graham Norton show. Norton produced a script for the Sarah Palin porn film. Thandie Newton makes a great Sarah Palin and Ricky Gervais is just awesome.

Have a good weekend!

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Desk, Jalan Bukit Bintang / October 2008

I can't do this sitting at desk all day/writing to sound kool/eating _____ (mamak, McDs, Carls Jr, kuey teow, cake, ice cream).

Listening to: -

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Josephine, Wedding Cocktail Party / September 2008

At the bank today...

Them: Ada credit card?
Me: Ada.
Them: Ada bank lain?
Me: Ada. Maybank.
Them: Dah kahwin?
Me: Belum.
Them: Duduk rumah sewa?
Me: Tak.
Them: Ada car loan?
Me: Tak.


Them: Office kat mana?
Me: Bukit Bintang.
Them: Naik lrt?
Me: Tak, drive.
Them: Oh pakai kereta family lah.
Me: Ye.


Them: Writer ni kerja apa ye?
Me: Er.
Them: *blink*type*blink*type*
Me: Tulis untuk magazine.
Them: Oh. Sila deposit minimum Rm20 ke dalam bank akaun, terimakasih.

Listening to: Intervention by Arcade Fire

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Photo by Myra, designed by Fahmi Reza / October 2008

It's Thursday! Three reasons to be happy about Thursday:
  • One day closer to the weekend - work's been crazy. By tomorrow I would have written ten articles (and some short blog pieces) within five days. That's a record of all sorts for Cik Myra. A pat on the back, please!
  • Emergency Festival! opens tonight! A must-see, must-visit, must-participate multi-arts festival happening at the Annexe. The space looks awesome! Propaganda Room's fake wall made of stacked paper is quite a sight. I still can't get over it. Must try at home. I'm very excited and I'm really proud of the team. Woot, you fllers!
  • I was born on a Thursday. heh.
Listening to: -

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Subang Jaya / October 2008

Somewhere between catching frogs and having full length conversations in my head, I saw Kheng polishing his ice cream cart. It was one of those slow, rainy Sunday evening and I was feeling lonely. At first I sat and watched him from afar, enjoying the silence that was strangely comforting. With a small hope of starting a conversation, I then moved my chair closer to Kheng. It annoyed him the same way you'd feel if someone was reading over your shoulder.

Me: It's my first day of job tomorrow...


Me: Quick, wish me luck.


Me: You know, I have to write a whole bunch of stuff for them. They have this section called 'Trial Run' where they test products, you know, like different heart shaped milk chocolates or antacids. You'll never believe what they've asked me to do...

[one Mississippi... two Mississippi... three Mississippi]

Me: Ketchup! Of all things... I don't even like ketchup. I mean, don't they all taste the same?? Anyway, I'm only telling you because I was-

Kheng: Trying to get some sympathy?

Me: Yes. I'm feeling restless.

Kheng: People go through it [starting work] all the time. What makes you so special?

What he said left me speechless. I wanted to kick him in the balls for saying it without even looking at me but he was right. Feeling embarrassed and slightly hurt, I got up to walk away. Before I could reach the door I heard Kheng say, "I'd sympathize with you only if you were still at home, in bed, doing nothing. Good luck and have a great day at work tomorrow."

Listening to: -

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Kheng / Your madder's house / October 2008

Meet my new tenant - Mr. Kheng... but since we're pretty chummy (I'm giving him a discount on his rent), you can call him Kheng. Nothing more, nothing less.

As you can tell, he's an ice cream vendor on a bicycle. I'm a bit skeptical about his bicycle. The bicycle doesn't have a bell and the right tire frame is slightly crooked. "What's your problem?," he asks when I voiced my observation. Kheng takes a last puff of his cigarette, puts on his Nobita hat and rides into the sun. As much as I admire his confidence and determination, I can see him riding his bicycle in circles.

Damn tire.

Anyway, Kheng, as I've tried to figure him out, is a one-man show. Just look at him. Imagine cycling from one neighbourhood to another in a suit and bow tie! You might start to question his fashion sense (and blushed cheeks) but he's quite famous. The young and old are his loyal customers. If they're lucky, as I've just discovered, Kheng will spew quotes or random animal/environment trivia he collected from BBC's Planet Earth. If they're not, he'll just hand them the ice cream cone, take their money and ride into the sun.

[to be continued]

Listening to: -

Monday, October 6, 2008

Photo from Gabriel Gomez / Caracas, Venezuela

Designers in Caracas have designed signs for sloth crossing. Proyecto Yagrumo together with the local council have been installing these signs where sloths, or Perezas, use to cross the road.

The campaign includes a 'how to' should you find yourself confronted by a sloth:

It's good to know that I'm the only person who's fascinated with sloths :D

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Photos by Hyzein, Patrick, David, SK, Andrew, Graham & Michael / Bon Ton Langkawi

Last night's hotel hunting (for a family trip in December) brought me here. Boy and girls, say hello to the Bonton Resort and Restaurant, home to 8 beautiful antique Malay houses nestled in a coconut plantation.

The 8 villas, all facing the pool and lagoon, are individually designed and decorated with colorful bedding, furniture, etc. From 60 year-old fisherman's house (Yellow Orchid) to a 100 year-old ketua kampung house (Cahaya Villa - fits 4-6 adults), the Bon Ton is air-conditioned, hooked up to the Internet and 5 minutes away from the sea. Best of all, each house comes with selipar and sarong!


My favourite villa:

The pool:

Chin Chin (Asian Bar):

The view:

So how much does it cost to sleep in a sarong in a kampung house?

Oh only between RM 490 - RM 1160 per night.

*cricket* *cricket*

Say what you want to say... I still think it's a gem!

Listening to: The Sound of Music

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Komik yang dipinjamkan dari Jebon (sila ke sana kalau nak kad Raya imaginarinya). Oleh kerana sudah tak berpuasa, anda boleh lah gelak-gelak dan cakap "macam sial!".

Anda cool kalau anda boleh menghayati lawak macam haram ni.

Selamat Hari Raya. Maaf zahir batin.