Thursday, April 24

Brick Mansions: Dynamite Combo of David Belle and Paul Walker

A very good morning every one! Gosh, it's 12.10am and I had just took my bath, after returning home from a movie date with Nuffnang. So, I am waiting for my hair to dry, that's why I turned on my laptop and start typing. This will be a review written in memory of my beloved idol, Paul Walker.

Brick Mansions is a remake (American version) of District 13. Brick Mansions is an area surrounded by brick walls as it was deemed a very dangerous neighbourhood. The residents of Brick Mansions majority consisted of thugs, robbers, addicts and all those nasty neighbours you can think of. The story begins with Lino (David Belle), one of our Hero, who is waging a one man war against the kingpin of the local drug syndicate, Tremaine Alexander (RZA). Then comes along, Damien Collier (Paul Walker), a mole/policeman/sheriff who upheld his duty as a law enforcer in anti narcotics department. It was revealed that Damien has a deep grudge on Tremaine, over his father's death. 

Brick Mansions is filled with action packed parkour stunts, by David Belle (one of the parkour founder). The swiftness, agility, and strength was really fascinating. To add to bonus, Paul Walker comes into the movie as a strong, athletic, capable police officer. There's so much of action that it feels like viewers are exploding from the actions itself. There's guns, bombs, rockets,  fighting, vertigo inducing jumping scenes.

The plot was somewhat familiar, because it is a remake of District 13 movie. The overdose of fighting scenes of cops versus the villains do remind me very much of Jackie Chan's Police Story. The core is the same - a very responsible and dedicated policeman versus the bad, corrupt and nasty organizations.

Overall, it is a satisfying movie to watch. Brick Mansions was Paul Walkers final COMPLETED movie before his death in November 2013. It saddens me to see his final piece of action - to see him looking suave in coat, with brown eyes and dark hair, then remove his contact lenses and bathe, and emerge as the Golden-boy Paul Walker that we have always knew him. There's a lot of Paul Walker's goodness in this movie. You get to see him as one of the bad guys, a super incredible cop, and then a fighter! 

I miss you Paul Walker! I can't wait for Fast and Furious 7 to complete. *sobs*


Tuesday, April 22

Mabul Island, Semporna: First Time Exploring The Underwater World (Day 4)


Sorry for my delay in updating this blog. Things got so busy because I've been baking lately. I am still contemplate whether to reveal my "cake" here. Well.. Ok just in case you have missed out my previous blog posts on Mabul Island, here are the links!

After undergoing multiple training sessions with our instructor, we began to truly enjoy and look forward to every trip we have underwater. Setting up the heavy gears did not become a chore, but instead, we all looked forward to hear our instructor, Benjamin's roaring voice "Students, GEAR UP". As I'm typing this, I swore I had missed him and his voice. *teary eyed* Gosh...Come to think of it, "Teacher's Day" is coming in May. Ah.. Maybe I should get a Teacher's Day gift and post to him? LOL

Benjamin told us to learn and practice the skills he taught us. If we manage to keep our composure, and do the right thing, he will reward us with some photos of us. Then on our 4th day of dive, he nonchalantly took out his camera! YAY!! I guess we must have been a bunch of outstanding students that we earned a photography session with Benjamin. For your information, one of Ben's many talents was underwater observation and photography. He can spot many weird sea creatures, such as kecik-mayong (very tiny) sea horse and sea lice (direct translation of kutu laut). To have our photos captured by him was an honor.
( p/s anyone who knows what kutu laut is called in English please drop me a comment HAHA..)

Roaring to go...underwater!
So, basically, after few days of dive, how do I feel?

I was very enthusiastic. There was two moments which I still could feel the "adrenalin rush" until today. The moment we put our fins on, right hand hold the inflator, and left hand holding my mask and regulator. Count 1, 2, 3 roll back from the boat! 

When I'm all in the water, my second most "panicky" moment was when we descend, and when the water level was between surface and water. From the surface, you will see as though it was really shallow, everything is OK. But once your head is underwater, it seems so blue, so deep, so eerie. But keep calm and my body adapted to this whole new world that I have never experienced before.

It's me!
 Initially, school of fishes frightened me. I was afraid that maybe come of these organisms may attack me. But I know I can wipe those silly thoughts away, when I see those fish, octopus, squids and divers were happily roaming around. The water visibility was so clear, I felt secure. The thing that I should be afraid of is to NOT damage any of this natural treasures.

Bro Alex 
 I've seriously never seen turtles (in the sea) before coming to Mabul Island. During my first dive here in Day 2. I remember vividly that there was THREE CRAZILY HUMONGOUS TURTLES lying around an artificial shipwreck. Benjamin wanted me to hold onto the ship and look at the turtles, but I gostan because the turtles were so big that I worry if it farted on me, I would WHOoooooooooooshhhhh back to the surface!  I was scared. But he pulls my hand and for one whole minute, me and one of the Giant Turtles there had eye-to-eye contact! The turtles were very gentle, and polite. Some kind of stupidity got the better of me, and I opened my mouth (which was supposed to be occupied by my regulator) and said  "HELLO TURTLES" 

That was the most stupidest thing I've ever done. I really did that gesture and tone without thinking as though I'm talking to Fluffy, my rabbit. Then the sea water oozes in my mouth and I nearly choked. My whole mouth cavity is salty now. Well, then I realised that, my throat isn't that dry anymore after that incident! Breathing on regulator will make our throats dry and sometimes we will cough underwater. Ben did tell us to sip some water in to stop our throats from being dry. So, this is how it helps!

TianChad and his newfound pet Mr. Squishy
 Turtles were everywhere. Just before this photo was taken, we spot an eel with it's head sticking out from the sea bed and its mouth wide open. I swore that I saw that eel has teeth! Ewww.. I was really intimidated, because its head was so thick and large, and god, I wouldn't want to know how long its body is!

Mr Squishy and its new found pet, TianChad

Oh boy, there's so many TianChad photos here. This must be a record breaking attempt to capture NON-SELFIE photos of Tianchad. hahahaha... TianChad must be some reincarnation of a sea monster or something because he glides and rolls, and swims like he's home. I'm glad he left his camera on land for once, because otherwise he would have selfie with Nemo, Dory, Squishy or SharkbaitHooHaaHaa...

TianChad the Captain Merman
 So this is Wern, my sister. I don't know whats wrong with her, but perhaps she has a lot of fart inside her intestines that she couldn't sink during our initial dive trip. Not to underestimate her, she swims like a polite woman. She's the real epitome of a person who conquers her fears of water. She is really afraid of water. Like SERIOUSLY! The only time I see she enjoys water is during her daily bathing sessions, other than that, water is her nemesis.

Wern, the polite diver

During her Day 4 of diving in Mabul, she triumphed against her fears. Now's she's all addicted to diving and cant wait for the next trip!

Wern, main cast of "Triumph In The Sea" drama. LOL
So overall, It was a fantastic experience that money can't buy. In our daily routine of life, some thoughts come and go, I blabber whatever that comes to my mind. In the water, with the regulator stuck in my mouth, I became more aware of what's on my mind. Every little thing I see, and something will come into mind. Every moment is preserved in me in that way.

So, as I promised. Here's a video of our trip, specially recorded by Cikgu Azhar. To be honest, everybody that I met in Spheredivers Lodge seems to be really talented. Azhar Adnan seems to be a serious person, someone not to be messed with. But at the end of the day, all hell broke loose and he was a really funny dude! His photos were all so amazing, you can check out his Facebook here.

OK..this shall practically end my dive experience, storytelling session. I do have more photos of Mabul to share here. So till then. *Waving Goodnight To Everyone*


Thursday, April 17

In Remembrance of Yang Berhormat Karpal Singh (1940-2014)

It's a sad day where I woke up and found that The Tiger of Jelutong, the one known famously for his bravery and wisdom, had passed away in a car accident. Yang Berhormat Karpal Singh was one of Malaysia's most prominent politician and lawyer. Although that he was against the government, his efforts and years of hard work, fighting to upheld the Democracy that he believed in was respected by me and many others. 

I pray for him and his family during this traumatic period. May God bless Yang Berhormat, and do Rest In Peace. 

Thank you for everything that you had done, to help the minority in the country.