Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
|And my passport haz a new chop. Yay!|
To be honest, I never knew Batam could be so much fun though. Maybe it's because we have a friend who is a local as our tour guide (as the rest of us can' speak Bahasa Indon and not many people understands English there). Or maybe it's the group of friends that we went with and the activities we did.
We played poker in which we can put in bets going up to hundred thousands because it is in rupiah.
"Hey, how much you won yesterday?"
"Oh, no much, just 71K". Too bad it's not 71K SGD.
We visited the beach.
And le guys decided to go on a banana boat, because we all love bananas.
With the exception of me, sadly, because I have clear instructions from my parents not to touch water because of my inability to swim. And also because I preferred orange to bananas. Sorry inside joke.
The beach isn't exactly the best beach that I've seen before but it's acceptable. At least it's still better than the over-hyped Sentosa beaches (yes I have a deep resentment going on for Sentosa beaches). And we did not really go down to swim so there's not much to comment.
We also ate awesome seafood together on a wooden restaurant just next to the sea.
One million two hundred sixty four thousand and five hundred bucks. The bill itself is already a millionaire.
And to top it all off, we had an awesome karaoke session during the final night too!
|le star struck lovers on a duet|
|and le sexy topless beach guy on a guitar|
The room even had its own built in bar!
But perhaps the most awesome thing is not the room itself but rather the fact that the karaoke room is not just any karaoke room, but rather a room located in our friend's house. Yes, the karaoke room is part of the house where le friend stays and its not a public commercial one like those you in places like K-Box. Awesome right? Reaffirms my stand that I should get rich one day.
All in all, it was a fun trip. There were loads of cheap food, cheap stuff and tons of fun stuff we did and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Would definitely want to go on a trip like this again.
Oh, I forgot that we also went for massage, but it was very painful for me which is why i did not include it in.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|Who knew angels had an anime version?|
|I should have so totally gotten her number... but I was too excited at that time to think about that|
|Handsome face in the circle|
|le pop up|
|Listen to the cute angel and start voting today!|
Friday, May 18, 2012
|Aside from killing people, I've also been spending a lot of time on top of buildings|
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
|The garden of Eden, an artist's illustration|
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Growing up, I had always wanted a lot of friends. Somehow, I came to equate the number number of friendships that one has with one's self-worth, thinking that if a person has little friends, something must be at fault with the person's personality. I yearned to be popular, to be well known, and I'm pretty sure many of us do too. Some strive to be as friendly as possible to as many people as possible, thinking that the more friend they have, the better. The assumption goes that if you have loads of friend, you would not be lonely and would always have company.
I used to envy those who are popular. People who are well known by others, who can chat with whoever they meet and who have a bulging friend list in Facebook. I often think that they have a better life than me, because they often have loads of friends to depend on and their schedule is often filled with outings with friends.
While having a supper with my old school mates today, coupled with some discussion I had during my Penang trip, I realized that perhaps it's not the number of friends you have that matters but rather it's the depth of your friendships that are important. You see, all of us have a limited 24 hours per day. No one has more, no one has less. If we choose to invest our time in getting to know as many people as possible, we wouldn't have time to get to know our friends deep enough to make that friendship count. The more friends you have, the less time you have for each of them. And when it comes to quality of a friendship, it always fall back on the amount of time you spent with a particular person. No matter how likeable you are, when you always only say Hi and Bye to your friend, that friendship will definitely be a superficial one.
Which is what I came to realize this vacation. I found out that even when you are popular and very well known, most of your friendships would be superficial. And often when it comes to group outings, sharing of secrets and holidays, only close friends are invited. What matters is the depth of friendships you have. Though you may not have many friends, you could always depend on the few friends you have to do anything, even burying a body.
Take my form 6 friends for example. Even after so many years apart, we could still sit together like the old days and chat as if we're still together in school. Nothing's changed.
So I guess I have to stop trying hard to get to know everyone and just be happy for the few friends I have. Because for me, it's the quality of friendship that matters, not the quantity.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
It's great though, hanging out with friends, having heart-to-heart talk, enjoying ourselves without the slightest worry for tomorrow. We drank, ate, sang and even shot each other (in laser tag). An awesome break from the six months of studying and stress.
I can't wait til the next round of trip.
Labels: Life Updates
Saturday, May 5, 2012
|Gaming like bosses in the hostel student's lounge|
|My name is Lukey, and my glasses is the epitome of my handsomeness|
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The reason why I had a fun day today was because I had the chance to visit the newly refurbished GV cinemas at Jurong Point to watch one of the highest anticipated movie of all time with the longest running buildup, The Avengers. That's two good things happening in one day. Watching an awesome movie and watching it in a newly renovated cinema.
|GV Jurong Point, after 3 months of renovation!|
|The post-renovation + Labor Day effect: The amount of movie goers is too damn high!|
Equipped with the all the latest features like the wall-to-wall Spectro screens, the 7.1 Dolby premium grade EAW sound system, wider legroom and stadium style seating, GV Juroing Point aims to provide you with the best possible movie experience ever. The whole renovation caused more than $4.5 million after all, mind you.
And the newly renovated cinema is that awesome until Untie Lucy, Singapore's famous local celebrity, decided to pay it a visit herself (or himself?).
|Auntie Lucy taking photo with a young fan|
|Auntie Lucy being Auntie Lucy in the cinema|
Alright, enough bout the cinema now. On to the movie review (some spoilers included, so you might want to stop reading if you hate spoilers. But then again, what's there to spoil anyway? We all know from the trailers that Loki comes, intends to enslave Earth and after numerous battles, the Avengers defeats him. Simple right?).
For a movie that receives an incredible amount of hype and publicity prior to its release, I would say that the Avengers movie did indeed live up to expectations. It could be better, but for an epic movie like this, it's already quite good.
One of the things that I liked most about this movie is its character development. Like many fans out there, I had gone to the movie expecting heroes like Hulk and Thor getting all the screen time, due to their powers while people like Hawkeye or Black Widow would basically have nothing much to do. After all, when you're facing an army of otherworldly invaders, how could archery or two pistols help you? Besides, when you have Robert Downey Jr on screen, his charisma would easily overpower most of the actors. So I sort of expected unequal screen time among the characters to be a major flaw in this movie. Turns out I was wrong.
I think the production crew made it a very good point not to let one or two heroes dominate throughout the entire movie before they started shooting and they did a beautiful job with it. From the start to the end of the movie, each character was given an equal amount of emphasis and development. Their personalities, struggles and background were highlighted evenly in the movie and as you watch it you can feel for each of them.
Even in the final battle scene, where you would expect Hawkeye, Black Widow and Captain America to be pretty useless against the big ass monsters, turns out that they're not. Each character has their unique role to play during the conflict and there was no incident of like Hulk smashing through everything during the entire sequence while you wonder where Hawkeye had went.
|Yep, even Hawkeye looked cool during the fight|
Which is what I liked about the movie a lot because I feel that the crew really had put in a lot of effort to make all members of the Avengers shine without sacrificing any of their personality or back story and by the end of the movie, you find yourself being attached to not just one or two characters but to the team as a whole. For that, I admire the production crew. And also the actors. For managing to bring out the best of their characters without any compromises. Simply marvelous.
The battle scenes were orgasmic too. If you ever wondered how would real life look if superheroes decide to battle it out, this is the movie for you. The action, the explosions, the excitement would just make you go wow. The scenes of Hulk fighting Thor, where Thor teams up with Captain America and other similar scenes is just simply superb. Even if the whole movie sucked (which it did not), the action scenes alone are worth dying for.
|Spoiler: That shield can withstand Thor's frigging hammer!|
Storyline wise, the movie also manages to tie every loose end up. Why must the aliens invade America when there's so many other places in the world they can go to? Answered (Hint: Stark). What are the roles played by nations across the world? Answered too. What are the motives of Loki wanting to specifically target Earth when there's other worlds to invade? Also answered. The story's pretty conclusive too, if you decide to took at it. Not only that, the movie manages to deliver sufficient comic relief at the right moment rather than giving you a full 2 hour plus of pure action and fighting. There were jokes, struggles, action, suspense and even WTF moment that keeps you wanting more. It's a great movie alright.
My only complain about the movie is the lack of realism. If you have watched the movie and paid close attention to the details, you would notice that during the final scene in New York when the aliens invaded and start shooting lasers and blowing of everything in their sight, you would expect to see at least some civilian casualties, for example a poor guy getting shot or maybe one of two dead persons lying on the road.
But for the whole final fight scene, there was literally no civilian death count. ZERO. There's a lot of people running from the monsters, standing in the buildings when they shot at it, standing amidst the explosions and lasers but none got killed. It seems like as if everyone escaped and the mayor proudly announces tomorrow that despite the huge amount of material loses, no one got killed! How awesome is that.
You would have expect that when aliens come invading, they would at least bother to target the people they're supposed to conquer, instead of inanimate objects like cars, windows and lamp posts. It feels as if they director was going for a Disney like movie if you ask me, where no one is supposed to die (okay to be honest there were deaths in the movie, just not the part where there is supposedly a war going on).
|Devastation like this and no civilian deaths|
But all in all, it's a great movie that did not disappoint. The action scenes were heart stopping, the comedic reliefs were funny, the personal struggles and conflict were real and don't seem fake and by the time the movie ends, you'll be thinking "So fast?". And like every other Avengers movie, there's a post credit scene, which most likely will hint at a second movie with a new villain. And then it's orgasmic action heart-pounding hilarious superhero movie again.
A 8/10, if you ask me.