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30 July 2009

Sweet!


Took this picture at my warehouse which also stores other people's stock.

Wanted to do yet another "Guess What Is This?" but I supposed this is just too easy.

Yup. What you see is white sugar. A mega shit load of it.

Each bag you see there is ONE FRIGGIN TONNE OF SUGAR. Yeah... 1,000 kg!!

So multiply that by the number of bags you see and multiply again by the number of them that can't fit into the picture.

If I were an ant, I would have die and gone to heaven.... multiplied by the number of bags.

- Voxeros

28 July 2009

Boy Slashed At McDonald's

Poor little boy has the unfortunate luck of having glass rained on him due to a bad glass door.

But what caught my attention is the emphasis that McDonald's is a family-friendly place and this type of incident should not happen.

My question is that what has a restaurant being family-friendly or otherwise got to do with a faulty glass door?

Yes, granted that the restaurant is liable to pay for the child's medical expenses but surely it is unfair to bring in "family-friendly" as some sort of yardstick?

I mean it is not like McDonald's have any testing equipment to QC their glass panels. They rely on their contractors in good faith that the glass panels are up to specifications. The contractors in turn rely on the manufacturers in good faith too with all certifications in order.

Or it could be a case of the contractors trying to cut corners and bring in tempered glass panels that are of sub-par quality just to save the extra buck?

In any case, I think it is unfair to jump right at McDonald's throat over the questionable quality of the glass panels. A full investigation is in order and fingers should only be pointed at the end of it.

Well, as much as McDonald's is my least favourite fast food joint, I felt that I should speak up for them. Perhaps they have closed-circuit TV footage of what actually happened?

- Voxeros

1. Pam left...
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 4:28 pm
true... v true. trying to make a link to sensationalise it lah... not so exciting if say person gets cut by falling glass in raffles city, metro, cold storage.


2. Kee left...
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 5:23 pm
The glass may have embedded impurity call Nickle Sulphite which can cause spontaneous schattering. I know some expert who can use high tech equipment to scan these installed glass for safety reason.
regards,


3. CoWg0eSm0o left...
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 1:26 pm
eh...u think McD like voting station, got CCTV monitor entrances meh? Mee Pok mai hum. =P


4. merryfeet left...
Monday, 3 August 2009 12:08 am :: http://merryfeet.blogspot.com
Yup I saw tht article over lunch at work. :/ I wonder what happened to the $T's reputation for being a spreadsheet instead of a tabloid. When I saw that headline you posted I thought it came from our beloved gossip sheet T&P, similar article to the $T's one.


5. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 6 August 2009 9:35 am :: 
Pam: If not enough exciting enough, then don't report it lor. I am sure there are plenty of stuff out there that are more newsworthy to put on print.

Kee: Hi Kee, welcome to the blog. Yes, the keyword is "expert" whom McDonald's and its staff would have to rely on to ensure quality of the glass panels are up to spec and not they themselves.

CowGoesMoo: Petrol stations and warehouses are not voting stations but somehow they have CCTVs installed right? I don't see the harm of adding a couple of CCTVs at the entrances for security reasons. Besides, it is relatively cheap these days to set a network of them up.

Merryfeet: Well, there is a reason while it is also affectionately called the $hitTimes.

24 July 2009

Female Games






If I were to sum the film up with an analogy, it would have been eating a bowl of soup noodles with a fork.

You have in front of you, a bowl of goodness but all the tastes just falls away the moment the noodles touched your lips as all the soup have drained away by then.

I can't even describe how bad it was.

Sorry, Sheylara. I am not going to sugar coat this unlike the rest of our more diplomatic friends who praised the film regardless.

((( Spoiler Alert ))) 
The film opened with two girls who supposedly are great buds together heading up to KL to seek assignments from a casting director based there.

Along the way, the director is trying to tell us that these two girls while having the same immediate goals ahead are vastly different people.

One pees in the bushes, the other can't. One loves to swim in the sea and under the sun, the other don't. Get the picture?

It was a Pan-Asian vs Plain-Asian rivalry at first where Pan-Asian character Alexia (played Evelyn Maria Ng) has everything going for her while Sandra (played by Sheylara) being the supposedly less commercially marketable Plain-Asian one was struggling just to barely keep up, even when sexual favours was thrown in.
So the resentment turned into jealousy and jealousy into rage. The whole rivalry was brought to a boiling point with a fight scene in the KL back alley.

Perhaps the best part of the film was the fight scene that was so real that one of the passer-by Auntie stepped in to break up the fight, not knowing that it was just a film shoot. Yeah. Auntie got her 2 minutes of fame as the footage was kept on.

Back to the story...

As a result of the fight, both were booted out of KL as they headed back to Singapore but only after killing the casting director. Was the body in the suitcase that they set fire on? Maybe? Maybe not. Well the rest of us prefers the latter as we are trying to make sense of whatever logic the movie has to offer.

So the scene cuts to Sandra and her husband getting into a fight as the latter correctly guessed that the wife slept with another man while up in KL.

This is when it all starts to go downhill which wasn't a really long trip to the bottom anyway. So out of the blue pops out the husband? Huh? Where did this guy come from? No head no tail just appear like that?

Same goes for Alexia's female lover who the scene cuts to her bedroom. Another no head no tail of event sequence logic. OK, so there was a female-on-female love scene for like 5 to 10 minutes of the entire movie and suddenly this flick is "the first contemporary Singaporean film to portray female homosexuality"?? Just like that?

Finally, it ended with a nude Alexia lying on the bed waiting for her supposedly second lover.

OH COME ON! Was it even necessary to have her out of her clothes? What real purpose does it serve? You mean to tell me that the story goes entirely the other way had, she lie on bed completely clothed?

Sounds to me the director deliberately put it in so as to get the R-rating which for some illogical rationale makes the film more "risque", "edgy" and "artsy"?

BOLLOCKS.

To me, film is a story-telling session. Be it commercial or indie, you have to tell a story properly. Regardless. It is basics 101. It seems to me that the director is just being tardy. There is no heart in this film.

The storyboarding was not done properly, if any to begin with. I doubt if anyone scripted the dialogues and just left it to the actors to figure it out en route.

The flow of the scenes is jagged akin to putting together a jig-saw puzzle.... with a hammer.

A lot of issues were opened but left unattended. The director may say that it was deliberately done so to leave it open ended for the audience to draw their individual conclusions.

Talk Cock lah.

I will believe that something is deliberately left open ended only when I am convinced that there is a way to close it.

Sadly in this flim, I was not. It was like a person answering your question with another question when it was so obvious that he did so because he was clueless.

OK, enough of the film. Next was the panel Q&A. That was another highlight of the night.

You should have been there to see these people talk!! Aiyoh. They speak as if they know more about the film than anyone else. Even the actors themselves!!

"Hi, I am a literature student, blah blah blah......."

"Hi, I am a film student, blah blah blah...."

I tell you, I rolled my eyes sooooo far back that my eye sockets hurt.

So? The rest of us peasants cannot appreciate the film better than you ijjit?

By the way, it was a Friggin Fish Farmer that pointed out to everybody that the casting director was killed in the movie. I'd bet 99% of the audience didn't catch that.

I didn't although I did notice the blood stains when the two girls were hugging in the bathroom which finally made sense when the very clever Fish Farmer helped me piece everything together. I don't need my hammer liao.

I-S magazine gave the film 1/2 star out of what i presume to be 5 stars maximum.

The magazine editors are real softies. Really.

*****

Dear Sheylara,

I hope you had fun in this production but it was a valiant effort that bore no fruit. I am sorry that the director did not step up to the plate to contribute as much as you have.

Perhaps, you should choose your scripts and directors more carefully next time.

p.s. this is just my humble 2-cents which I am sure 1,001 people out there would readily disagree with me. Let's just call it a difference of artistic opinion. Wokay?

Cheers.

Jay "My Eye Sockets Still Pain" Walk

*****
Image Credit: http://southeastasiancinema.files.wordpress.com
- Voxeros

1. Naiveguy left...
Friday, 24 July 2009 11:17 am
That bad eh.... I thought of going to watch this but we ended up watching Harry potter instead


2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 24 July 2009 11:30 am :: 
Naiveguy: Go and support support Sheylara lor.


3. Hamie left...
Friday, 24 July 2009 6:44 pm
i laughed until the ants in me house got scared till they peed siah! your comment surely, must be far more entertaining than that show lor. i'll save me moowee money to read your free commentary. gam siah ah!


4. JayWalk left...
Friday, 24 July 2009 7:20 pm :: 
Hammie: I am an ardent supporter of local arts especially theatre. Film not as fervently but still a supporter nevertheless. But this one really gives me nothing to support other than the chiobu Sheylara is a friend lor.

So in a way, I feel really bad that I have nothing good to say. Naiveguy and wife and BFF probably won't want to go liao. Aiyoh. I affect their box office revenue liao. Wait they go home hungry how? But on the other hand, I don't want to pretend that it was good and give pats on the back to eng siew people leh.

Speaking of ants and pee. You know you get ants when there is pee from a diabetic.

So I wonder, what if the peeing ant itself is diabetic. Then what?


5. Hamie left...
Friday, 24 July 2009 7:40 pm
ant-nibalism lor. common in the world of ants anyway. treat it as.......dessert? ngiak ngiak ngiak. oh, i is the evil.......


6. Hamie left...
Friday, 24 July 2009 7:46 pm
no scared, if chio enough sure got royston tan or jack neo grab one. ah boh, go study some more then work in some company. and in the meanwhile, learn to sing and join competition.
but must learn mandarin well lah, else peeper laugh, how? =P


7. starmist left...
Saturday, 25 July 2009 10:55 am
hmm...i intend to catch this the coming friday....


8. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 26 July 2009 10:11 pm :: 
Hamie: I think Jack Neo is the only commercially successful one but it is hard to break into their already established stable of talents.

Royston.... I think he still have a long way to go before his films can really pay the bills.

Starmist: Perhaps the problem with me is that I went in with too high an expectation? Maybe you'd enjoyed it more now that your expectations are lowered.

I say, go see it and share with us what you think too. Also support support Sheylara a bit lah.


9. L Kit Yan left...
Sunday, 16 August 2009 5:53 pm
Yar lor! Why can't local filmmakers make films like Transformers 2?


10. JayWalk left...
Monday, 17 August 2009 11:36 am :: 
'L Kit Yan: Meanie you!

19 July 2009

Chinese Burger


Contrary to popular belief, Hamburger did not originate from Hamburg, Germany. Instead, it's Hamburg, New York, USA.

Anyway, spotted this sign at a Kopitiam around Clementi Avenue 2 and I thought to myself.

If the Americans have the Hamburger and even our Malay brothers have their Ramly Burger, how can we lose out so easily?

We also must have our own burger!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you our Chinese burger. The KONG BAK PAO!!!

hahahaahahah.....

It's has be decades since I have had good KBP. My last recollection was the MacPherson Market when I was a kid. It was a ritual to be eating there on a regular basis.

There was no air-con, just fans high up in the ceiling under the sweltering noon sun. It was a time before food courts and the tables were all the foldable types and stools, metal and stackable.

Another icon there etched deep in my memory was the pen salesman that peddles Parkers, Cross, Duponts from table to table at the market.

Back then the Zebra Sharbo pens was all the rage. It touted to be the first ever pen to have the option of a ball-point pen and a mechanical pencil in the same pen. I remember my dad suckered into buying one as he succumbed to the temptation of the TV commercials that were airing them at $16 and $25 relentlessly.

- Voxeros

1. Razlan left...
Monday, 20 July 2009 11:24 pm :: http://www.razlan.name/blog
Oh yes, I remember this. They are too die for! But one portion of this = one week in the gym. If you are watching your diet, strike this off.


2. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 21 July 2009 12:54 am :: 
Razlan: No problem for me. I'd glad do an extra week of gym anyway.

14 July 2009

Classic Plurk From Serendipity

 

This is an absolute classic and a keeper.

Damn funny.

p.s. this is an extract. I have removed the non-relevant responses to the same thread. Click the screen capture above for the full plurk.

- Voxeros

1. ahtiong73 left...
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 8:19 am
heh.. I do test her patience dunch I???


2. serendipity left...
Sunday, 19 July 2009 2:15 pm
I HATE YOU!


3. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 19 July 2009 6:11 pm :: 
Ahtiong73 & Serendipity: BUAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAH!!!!

12 July 2009

POSBank Run For Kids 2009


As it turned out, the shoes were left in the gym and ended up in their lost-and-found section which I managed to retrieve 2 weeks later.

Fortunately, I was able to run in today's POSB Run For Kids 09.

Yeah. I got my shoes though I almost couldn't find my number bib. Well almost.

The morning turned out nice and cool with a light drizzle with the occasional flash of lightning.

In all, the whole event was badly organised as no one seemed to be around to guide the arrivals of the runners.

I guess most of us just did the logical thing and just walked over the the starting line which the flag off was a bit later.

I started off slow as I don't see the need to have to jam myself with the eager pack. It's not like I am going to win this thing anyway.

Not knowing the route as in run the route before certainly has its disadvantages as I have no idea how to pace myself.

So I just agar agar try not to run too fast or risk running out of gas towards the end.

At the 5km, I clocked at 27 min 42 secs on my watch. Not bad. A bit faster than I would have "budgeted".

Then I started to struggle as I find myself unable to sustain the speed that I was running. Worse it did not help that I have to climb a flyover at the 6km mark.

By the time, I hit the finishing line, I mistakenly thought I finished in 1 hour 01 min 02 secs. I was sorely disappointed as I did not expect my timing to be to off.

I kept thinking about it throughout the day, scratching my head how the heck did I take more than 30 mins to clear the remaining 3 km?

So by the time I got home after tennis (yeah, I went on to play tennis in the afternoon. I am so going to die tomorrow), I rechecked my watch only to see my timing to be 44 mins 42 secs.

Ok, I don't feel so bad now. =)

- Voxeros

1. msvindicta left...
Monday, 13 July 2009 1:49 am
8k's super impressive already, don't give yourself so much stress over the timing!
i wld die if i ran 8km. 0.0


2. Mistress Grace left...
Monday, 13 July 2009 9:34 am
Kauz... 44 mins for 8 KM I dont want to do any runs with you lah.. Basket sipei pressure! I buy u your breakfast... Hahahah :P


3. sunflower left...
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 11:24 pm
Woot! Pro Jay! walk 44mins for 8km... become stronger though you are older now.


4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 20 July 2009 12:10 am :: 
msvindicta: I think my timing is decent and possibly not going to obsessed with improving it.

Mistress Grace & Sunflower: To be honest, I have doubts over the accuracy of the timing. Shall find another 8km and do it all over again.


5. Mistress Grace left...
Tuesday, 21 July 2009 4:36 pm
Sure do another 8Km but hor, leave me out of it Heheheh Dun want to run with u..


6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 24 July 2009 11:47 am :: 
Mistress Grace: Lai lah... mai shy wokay?
 

06 July 2009

Dumbass Of The Week XI

 

So some dude participated in a discussion on Plurk and got into some difference of opinions with a few folks in there.

And it just so happened that the two or three opposing views are part of the CowboyBar , then suddenly the rest of us are all "scums and villains"?

So we are now down to name calling now?

Ok. Fine. Here's one for you.


DUMBASS.
 
- Voxeros

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