Will the real Coconut Shake please stand up?

>> Friday, August 16, 2013

You know, I've heard people talk about The Coconut Shake in Melaka and I thought to myself, hey, I have a lot of relatives from my dad's side there. Maybe I can find this refreshingly sounding beverage while down there for a visit, usually for Hari Raya or weddings and such. I even suggested as such to my mom.

"Anak Tok Itam pun ada jual coconut shake ni. Nanti mama bawak pergi balik raya ni" (My grandfather's brother's (it boggles the mind!) child sells coconut shake. I'll take you there during Raya festive period), said my mother.

Oh, cool (no pun intended)! What are the odds?

What are the odds indeed. My relative have always lived in Klebang, arwah Tok Itam was a fishermen, and the famous Coconut Shake is called "Klebang Original Coconut Shake". It took me a few minutes to connect the dots.

O-oooooooo. Well, this is embarrassing. My parents, uncles and aunts have all gone there but I have yet to partake in this local delicacy, which I intend to remediate as soon as possible. And if, in the attempt, I over-corrected myself i.e. overindulge, well, just consider it one of the sacrifices we make in the name of familial bond.

Holy sweet nectar fit for royals, batman! I finished like two of these babies in one sitting. With half a nasi lemak bungkus, despite only having breakfast less than a couple of hours ago, I might add. There were other light snacks to choose from as well, various types of local kueh, mihun bungkus etc. And did I mention it was cheap as well? 6 shakes and 2 nasi lemak bungkus at only RM15.60? Technically, we could have gotten it for free, but business is business, family is family, right? Anyways, we got one shake FOC, so that's alright.

Head stuffed with cotton and a belly-ful of icy goodness, as we were headed back to Kuala Lumpur, I noticed there were other so-called coconut shakes along the way. Now, I'm not saying that anybody should just take my word for it that Klebang Original Coconut Shake is the best coconut shake in Melaka (JB and Singapore - hehe I just had to add). By all means, please support the local economy and purchase any one if it strikes your fancy.  All I'm saying is... will the real Coconut Shake please stand up!


The Conjuring: Movie Review. No Spoiler!

>> Thursday, August 15, 2013

Now, being a Malaysian, I can honestly say that Hollywood horror movies rarely scare me. I mean, sure, jump-out-of-your-seats-cheap-surprise-tactics, maybe. But scared? Puh-lease. I grew up accepting the fact that if I play hide and seek from dusk onward, the infamous hantu tetek (erm, a ghost who has huge pair of breasts) will hide me in her bosom and no one will be able to hear my cries of help as, I  imagine, I am being crushed to death by mammoth sized knockers.

Top that, Hollywood!

So when my sister tells me that I have to watch The Conjuring itisthescariestmovieever since Britney Spear's debut movie Crossroads, needless to say, I am more than a little skeptic.

Thus, skeptically and with as much skepticism that I can muster, I looked it up online. No lame Hollywood ghost story is worth the money, time and hassle, I figured. If I was going to bother with finding a baby sitter for my kids, dress up and eat a bucket load of popcorn, The Conjuring better received at least a Fresh certification on Rotten Tomatoes. It did. Standing at 86% from both Critics and Audience.

Fun fact, did you know that this was based on a true story from the case files of paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren? So was Black Hawk Down, you say, and we all know how "true" to actual events that was. Alright, how about I tell you that it was directed by James Wan, a Malaysian-born Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director who directed the film Saw? I mean, nobody knows horror better than us Asians, is there? Co-incidentally, James will also direct the next Fast and Furious project, so suppose I should re-phrase it as nobody knows horror and dangerous-rempit style driving better than us Asians, is there? But that is neither here nor there.

Amidst much rambling, the question remains, is this movie scary and should you go and watch it? The answer is Kinda-yes and Yes! The scare are a-plenty and unpredictable. More than once my actual scream of fright was drowned out by the voice of arguable manly shrieks that immediately afterwards are accompanied by nervous laughter. Yeah, I'm talking to you, Mr I'm-too-macho-to-show-fear-in-front-of-my-girl. I could totally smell the fear coming off you. It's a mixture of anti-antiperspirant and urine leakage, in case you were wondering what fear actually smells like.

Is this movie up to par with the Thai version of Shutter? Probably not. No Asian ghost would have been that easy to defeat. But The Conjuring does give it a run for its money. So, if you have trouble staying awake at night, or you think that an antique wardrobe with a creaking door would look amazing opposite your bed, this is the movie for you.

Final note of advice, if you are the jumpy type, you might wanna pass the popcorn bucket over to your less jumpy buddy. Trust me on this one.  


Drop. Dead. Tired.

>> Friday, February 15, 2013


Here come the pain. Pass the painkillers, please... 


Kidz Paradise @ The Mines

>> Thursday, February 14, 2013

The memory is this post is tainted by the absence of photos that I was not able to take due to my phone being comatose, but I digress.

As was the norm, on or a few days after pay day, I wills scour online deal sites for a good bargain. My logic is, if I splurge on good deals while I am still flush, I can always use them later once I'm broke. Ta-daaaa! Anyways, in line with my logic, I purchased an online voucher for Kidz Paradize for a mere RM10 when the actual price is RM38 for all day access. Score! I can cough up to RM10 per hour per child at one of these indoor playground parks so I consider quite a big deal.

Image 2On the day my phone was supposed to be discharged (yeah, right), we went to Mines with the kids. Unfortunately, we would not be able to spend an entire day there but I was determined to at least get my money's worth. According to the voucher, it is located in Level 4. Cool. No problem. I know The Mines like the back of my han... *looks at back of hand* gee, I wonder when that mole got there. I'm in trouble aren't I?

For the uninitiated, yes, there is a Kids Activities centreplacething near the bowling area. Don't. That's not the one. It is a small room about the size of my bathroom and charges like RM2 per hour. The actual Kidz Paradise is located in the new wing (you know where Carl's Junior is? Except on the 4th floor). However, if you had to cross a bridge to get there, you've probably gone too far and is now reading this in Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC). Sheessh. This is hard. I hope that helps, somehow *sheepish*

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vN49p0a6yDc/TrgNzoYoDlI/AAAAAAAAC4g/95kDKFbBz6c/s1600/RainbowBriteStarlitepic.jpgDespite the kind-of hidden location, what a sight for sore eyes it was. All candy colored and everything. I felt like I had stepped into the world of My Little Ponies or even Rainbow Brite! If you don't know what those are, you're probably too young. Le sigh.

Since it was on a Saturday, and more importantly, the day before Chinese New Year, the place was half full. On the other hand, it was also half empty, depending on your point of view *wink*wink*. Oh, and my second impression of the place? Not so great, on the security side.  There were less than a handful staff managing the place, but even then I think they could have done a better job at the reception area. It was disorganized, and almost anybody could have walked in and out with a child. Unhappy Mama is not happy. Did I also mention that you need to wear socks? Yeah, you do. But it's for hygiene purposes so that's fine. The not so fine bit is that if you didn't bring your own, it's RM4 per pair.

Note to self: Bring own socks!
Image 5Inside, it was a magical, pastel-colored wonderland. Filled with wondrous and yet sometimes confusing piece of plaything that appears to serve no purpose whatsoever if the bewildered looks on the children's face were anything to go by, but hey! We're here, there's lots to see and things to do, so let's have at it!

Image 3The sand (I think it's burnt paddy carcasses, if that's the right term for it) pit was an endless source of amusement for Syakirah and Asyraf, and eventually, Baybe and me.We could have spent hours just scooping the sand-thingy into the windmill-thingy. It was strangely therapeutic.

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Children of the 80s! If anybody remembers a children game show called Funhouse, you will be super excited to see this feature. Ahhh, to be small enough to go through all the obstacle courses, that is the dream.

Unfortunately we weren't able to stay long since we had to go back to MIL. So it is with heavy heart and dirtied socks that we left Kids Paradise. Will I come again? Well, Groupon? What say you? 


All of the King's Horses and All of the King's Men...

>> Monday, February 11, 2013

... could not put my Nokia C7 together again.

Since my last post since oh, I don't know... forever ago, was about my so-called smart phone, I feel it is only apt that I announce our trial separation in the consecutive post. Our tentative reunion date is on the day after Valentine's Day. Alas, but we could not share the bonded love between human and so-called smart phone device on the same day that the rest of the world does, but maybe that's for the best. Our love has run its due course and now is the time to end it gracefully.Up next... Iphone 5? Mwahahahahaha *echoing evil laughter*

The part that tickles (hah!) me most, is when I took it down to one of the booths at Mines, the person behind the counter (whom I had mistakenly assumed was a techician - never again!) said, in the most confident-I-am-more-IT-savvy-than-thou voice...

"Ini kalau bukan software isu, mesti hardware isu punya.."
Subtitle: If this is not a software issue, it must be a hardware issue

Haiyaaaa! Like that also can-ah?? My blood go upstairs like this you know!

Unfortunately there is no use crying over spilt milk, as they have successfully reformatted my firmware, which did not solve the issue by the way. After replacing some power chip thingamajig, they were not able to put my touchscreen back together again. Go figure. A-aaaaaand since it was the day before the International All-Things-IT Public Holiday a.k.a. Chinese New Year here in Malaysia, thus we are back to my initial gripe.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
Just call me Humpty. 

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