Friday, November 26, 2004

Look Again Reviews

Yes, it's time once again for Look Again Reviews.

Look Again Reviews.
Because review really means to look again.

Well, there was this nice movie on at 11pm last night on the Disney channel. Don't ask me what I was doing up at 11pm. Actually, I think it was two nights ago, 11pm, and actually ended yesterday morning. At around 12:15.
Anyway, the movie was called The Country Bears. Technically, I'm not sure what the show was actually called, because I missed the first part. But it was still a good movie.
The movie's about this half-human, half-bear person... er... thing... called Barry Barrington (this is true, I didn't make his name up, however lame I may be) who lives with this human family. He finds out he's adopted and goes out to seek his destiny. His heroes are a band called "The Country Bears", and he decides to go to Country Bear Hall to seek his destiny.
When he arrives, Barry finds out that the place was going to be torn down. So he decides to get his favourite band back together to do a farewell concert to save the Hall. This is harder than it seems, with the bears being older and er... crankier... than they used to be.
A hilarious show, with great music and an all-star cast. Some you don't know, but the more popular ones you might are: Queen Latifah and Elton John.

OK, that's the story, now on to what I really want to rave about: the music.

The music was fantabulous, and I don't think that's even a word. The music choreographers and producers really did a bang-up job with this one. The show's soundtrack mixed country music and instruments with pop music, disco, and even a bit of rock. I bet few of you have ever seen a fiddle being used in a rock piece before? Well, it was, and it sounded great. Even if you think the idea of watching a movie about humans in bear suits is disturbing, I suggest just listening to the soundtrack. *sigh* I can't even type anymore. It's that good.

OK, see ya when I... er... blog again...?

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Bugged - in both senses of the word

I feel overworked. That's how you are supposed to feel when tracking down an unknown killer on the loose.
OK, so there isn't a real killer. Puh-leeze. Can't you people take a joke from a child with an over-active imagination?
Anyway, I am tracking someone down. Someone you 3 billion people with Internet access probably don't know. And some of you who know about my blog will probably be stunned. Because I am looking for a girl.
It's not what you think. Here's the background information.
Casefile: File No. K0L239L
Operation: LAPINE
Ooh... sounds like a detective story... and of course, you'd be right.
Anyway, this mysteryous girl messaged me in KoL a week before my trip to Perth after watching a short movie on the day of the GEP Public Speaking Competition.
More information on:

  1. Kingdom of Loathing
  2. Public Speaking Competion
  3. Movie
Moving on...
So, she messages me without any form of identification whatsoever. I try to track her down, but to no avail. I leave for Perth, confused and helpless.
However, when I return from Perth, Peter says that he managed to "extract" a little information from her. A cryptic clue about my kindergarden yearbook and the seating arrangements...
This is my only lead. I begin ransacking my own house, looking for the yearbook. Unfortunately, I could not find it. Sigh.
Which leads me here. I am scouring the Internet for the picture... the picture which holds the true identity of mysterious Agent Lapine...

Sorry... got carried away... Heehee...

Anyway, I dreamt up this nice little scene of my serach. I am an amateur scriptwriter after all. Note that anything from this point on is truly fantasy. Nothing of the below has happened. NOTHING.

Casefile: File No. K0L239L
Operation: LAPINE
Dateline: 21 November 2004

"Evening, Chief."
"Evening, Ernie. What have we got on the Lapine situation?"
"Nothing, Chief. We've tried everything. But we still can't find the book."
"Well, well. She's proving more evasive than she looks."
"But Chief, you haven't seen her yet!"
"It was just an expression!" I sighed. "Alright, what have we got?"

"Nothing, sir. Only the cryptic clue. The one about the book."
"Okay... How about the bugs?"
"None sir," said Ed. "We've got about a hundred possible sites, but no distinctive targets. There's this rumour, though, that -"
"Enough on that," I snapped. "This is getting serious. Redouble all surveillence, 24-7. I want satelllites 6 and 42 on this. Check any possible paper trails. Phone bills, credit card bills, etc. Ed, activate and deploy a DNA scan. I don't care how long it takes, just do it. I want a surveillence team on every suspect house. Ernie, see if you can't find the book. Prepare Operation Heart Transplant just in case. Edna, get full Internet surveillence, especially in KoL."
"Do you want to get the press, sir?"
"Not now. It can wait a few more days till it goes public. We'll find out who she is..."

OK, from this point on, it is NOT fiction anymore. Phew!
Well, OK, the story's a bit overrated, but it is nice that at least SOMEONE still remembers me from my days in kindergarden. Whee! Now I know I'm not alone in this world... =P

Friday, November 19, 2004

The holiday's over... there, somewhere... Part 2

Day 4 - Margret River
Trout farm today. I thought it was a bit fishy. This farm breeds fresh trout to be sold to restaurants in the area. I got to feed some fish :) Ooh... the fish were greedy! It's true! Once the food pellets hit the water, SPLASH! It was like pirahnas attacking a carcass. I got to catch some fish. There were some trout that learned to come to people when they approached. Ha! The farm owners could then easily net them out!
Ooh... we also went to Lake cave. Everyone keeps calling it Jewel caves but it's actually Lake Cave. I know. The guide said so.
Anyway, it was a-maze-ing, pardon the pun. It was huge! If only they could have installed and escalator...*sigh* then we wouldn't have to climb down all those staris.
There were huge stalactites and stalagmites - normal features in caves. There were also "straws". They were called straws because they are thin, hollow stalactites. There was also this huge structure that hung from the ceiling with no support. I can't describe it, but it was cool.
P.S. In case you don't know, stalactites are those stuck to the ceiling. Stalagmites are stuck to the ground.

Day 5 - Emerald Lodge
Whee! Today we went to the Margret River Cheese Factory, Leeuwin Estate Winery, and best of all, Margret River Chocolate Factory. And the greatest thing about all this is:
Yes, that's right. FREE SAMPLES! OK, so it's not so good in the winery, but how about the Chocolate Factory! Whee! That's mainly what we did today, just eating and eating =)
Oh, and we climbed to the top of this 20 metre rocky outcrop near the coast. It was exhilarating! The wind was trying to blow you off if you stepped too close to the edge. Whee! What fun!

Day 6 - Last Tour Day
We went to see one of the world's longest jetties today. It was 2km long out to sea. Unfortunately we could not get to the end, but I got some great pics =)
We went to Mandurah as well. It's spelled Mandurah, but pronounced Man-drah. We went on a dolphin cruise. I snapped 4 dolphins, but missed on when they came right up to the boat. Drat!
Since the land in Australia is very cheap, the houses along the river were all expensive and expansive - if you get what I mean. There was one mansion where the owner spent 2 million Aussie dollars for his 12 hundred square metre mansion, and only he and his wife live there. What do they do with all the other rooms? I mean, a dining room can only be so big...
Most of the houses had a private yacht. OK, at least they were boats. Private boats. That's right. Yachts aren't so small. Right? Or are they...
That was our last day with the group. We had extended our visit and was quite sad to be leaving the rest of them. *sigh*

Days 7 - 9 - Perth
On the last days of Perth, mum went shopping. Again. Nobody stopped her. Even when we went to Freemantle, the closest city to Perth, she still went shopping at the Freemantle Markets. Shopping... isn't there anything better?
On the return trip I again managed 6 hours of computer gaming!!! but the games weren't as good. We came back on SIA's Jubilee, by the way. *hint*

Stuff I can't put into one day because this is mostly reflections and afterthoughts and stuff and hey this is a really long title isn't it I mean who would want a ridiculously long title for the heading of this tiny section in this huge blog and so anyway on to the actual section
Now, where were we? Ah, yes.
Perth's free city bus service, the CAT or Central Area Transit, is the best. It's free, a bit crowded, but it's a nice name. CATS. Meow! They're colour-coded, so there are red CATS, blue CATS and yellow CATS. Quite odd colours for cats. It would be better if they were white, brown or black. Have you ever seen a blue cat?
Australians have the most relaxed lifestyle in the world. They have the best working hours, and every day, 5 o'clock is beer o'clock. No wonder Mr. Singh likes it so much.
But seriously, Aussie folks are generally the best people in the world. They always say, "no worries," after every sentence (no offence) and are kind and thoughtful. And funny. You can't forget the humour.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

The Holiday's Over... There, Somewhere...

I'm back from my 9 day visit to Perth and South-western Australia. It's a beautiful place, and I'll be blogging it as a day by day account. Whee! What fun.
P.S. Sorry it's so late!

Day 1 – Perth
Today is the big trip – and I don’t mean falling down. With Dad complaining about airport tax and mun complaining about duty-free shopping, I was glad when we finally boarded the plane. There was an underlying reason to that as well. 6 HOURS OF COMPUTER GAMING!!! - something very rare and quite unbelievable.
After 6 HOURS OF COMPUTER GAMING!!! we landed in Perth at 2:30pm local time. Since Perth’s time is same as Singapore’s time, there wasn’t really any jet lag. Our first day in Perth was a free-and-easy, so, naturally, mum went shopping. There is something I don’t get about shopping – you walk for miles to look for the one item that is cheaper than all the others, when you can buy the first one you see and save all that time but lose 5 cents. Where’s the cents – I mean, sense – in that?
That night we checked into the Grand Chancellor hotel. It was quite cozy and nice, but the TV only had a couple of channels. It was cold too. Very cold. The air-conditioning wasn’t working properly – or should I say, working too well. Only after donning 3 layers of clothing and two blankets could we sleep properly.

Day 2 – Albany
Breakfast at the Chancellor was quite OK. We spoke to members of our tour group for the first time. It was a small group – only ten people, including my family of four. The group was very pleasant, but I won’t mention any names in case they wish to remain anonymous.
Our tour guide, who will only be known as "Jeff", was very funny, entertaining and knowledgeable.

"The best tour guide we ever had!" –Me
More details later on.
First, we drove through King’s Park in Perth. Jeff told us that the trees growing by the side of the road were Lemon Scented Gum trees – and they were full of oil. When a bush fire started, these trees would explode in a huge ball of flame. Wow!
It was a five-hour drive down to Albany. I slept most of the journey – the cold must have seeped into my clothing and disrupted my sleep the previous night. We stopped at certain places on the way – roadside restaurants, gas stations, and there was a roadside stop, where Jeff taught us a bit about bush plants. There was a plant had leaves that were square. A bush fire had recently plagued the area, and all the tree trunks were charred black. Poor trees! But Jeff said that some trees needed fire to propagate their seeds. Cool!
Oh - we also went to the Gap. It's a huge sheer drop off a cliff face at the southern-most point of Western Australia. Fortunately, nobody fell off. The wind there was terrible. No, not smelly - not THAT kind of wind. It tore at your cheeks and tried to literally blow you away. Also closeby was the Nautral Bridge - a huge stone structure carved from the lving rock. As its name suggests, it was shaped like a bridge - and arch to be more exact.
Nothing else today - just driving. We stayed at Comfort Inn Motel - not bad. The beds were soft.

Day 3 - Karri Valley
Today was a great day. We drove through the forest towards Karri Valley. The trees were huge - over 40 metres. Called Tingle trees and Karri trees, they are almost 3 metres around. Huge!
We went to the 60-metre Glocester Tree, used for spotting bush fires. I wanted to climb to the top, but the sign said: "NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN". Bah. WE took a nice pic, though.
At the Tree, we fed some Rainbow Lorikeets. We bought some seeds from the old man at the park, and the birds came swooping down. Thery were quite tame, and landed on my hand to feed. There was a whole flock of them, swooping down like a multi-coloured air squadron. And they were selfish too. Only one bird per hand. Anyway, it was a great experience, and even better when one of them landed on my head. Whee! I got some great pics. :)
At night, when you look up at the sky, you actually see stars. Not like in Singapore where all you see is darkness and the occasional skyscraper rooftop. A million pinpricks of light, all across the sky. It makes you wonder, whether there is alien life out there. Yes, I know, all you skeptics out there. But just think of it. You can already see so many stars. There must be millions more. And even though the chances may be slim - 1 in a million. 1 in a billion. 1 in a googolplex - the chances may be like chucking a million piece jigsaw puzzle off a plane and it all joins together when it hits the ground. But there is still that chance.
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Geddit? Stars! =P

Anyway, I'll be posting this bit first. Catch Part Two coming very soon!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

I'm Packing it in

Argh... having writer's block... I've always known I was a blockhead... Ugh...

Trying to write a script for OM. Gotta get it done by today - tomorrow's the trip. Argh... that's the problem of trying to write a script on an unfamiliar plot. Urgh... Hen, if you're reading this, then sorry if I can't send you the script by today. Eek!

Nothing much today except packing... though I'm not a packrat yet... *sigh* even my puns are getting lamer. *sighsagain*

You may have noticed links to my friends' blogs over on the right. I'm trying to revamp my blog with help from Shaun over the holidays.

Gid called me today and said that DT asked me if I wanted to re-film some parts of the movie. If you don't know what the movie is then I suggest you visit some of my friends' blogs to get a rough idea. If you don't know what a movie is, then I suggest you get an education. Or a dictionary. I may be blogging the movie some time after Perth.

Anyway, DT said that some scenes of the movie could be re-shot. He's thinking of entering it in the Young Filmmaker's Competition. Wow. This is big. I'm totally in shock. It's a bit like the Oscars, but downscaled. Oh well, have to see what happens when I get back from Perth.

Oh, did this quiz from Packrat's blog.

Wow. I'm Bill Clinton. Now I just have to get myself re-elected and control the whole of the USA. ;) Just Kidding ;)

And this is my final post for 9 days. See you in Perth!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Mapping of the Minds


Sorry, just contemplating the fact that WE WON! a bronze award for the mindmapping competition held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. By "we" I mean Shaun, Herrick and me. Or is it I? Not sure about the grammar on this one.


Can't... control...


Poor Herrick. He wanted to see ACS(I) trashed again.
As Darren subtly put it:" Who the heck wants to mind their map? Or map their minds?" Still, that's what we did, and...


Ungh...gotta stop doing that...
Anyway, there was a problem. We received a nice laminated certificate. Which is the problem. How can they expect three people share 1 certificate? Shaun says he will photocopy it and send it to us, so, problem solved.

After this, Herrick and I went to Gid's house and ransacked the place, beat him up and stole his stuff. Nah, just kidding. Gid downloaded this demo of this game called Evil Genius and he showed it to us. Since the description would go on for several pages, you are advised to check out this other link after you've clicked on the first one.

Oh, I'll be gone from the 5th to the 14th of November. I'm going on a vacation to lovely Perth. I'll blog my experiences when I get back.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

OM - Outrageously Mad

Applehead organized an OM meeting today. With Gid and Josh there, there was obviously a massive amount of havoc. Gid kept drawing smilies on everybody's arms, legs, and other appendages, like necks. Applehead "got dem pissed durin the meetin cos we were gettin nowhere at one stage...yeah, i got kinda angry wif"

Anyway, I wasn't at their last OM meeting, so I technically got filled in today. Messy work, like I said. I have deduced that the Chaos theory is a combination of Gid, Josh and Zac with an angry Applehead.

Demel says:
"Problem with the followers is that they don't stand up enough. Problem with the leaders is that they're too dominating. Problem with Josh is that he just slacks most of the time."

In other unrelated news, Uncle Edna 3 - Rise of Mastermind sent its first part out today. Get ready for more mind-blowing action, lame puns and very stupid names in the third adventure of the Uncle Edna series!

P.S. Sorry to Applehead if i kept his identity too well and if I mentioned him too much in this blog...

Cool Book

My first blog will be about this great book I read. It's called The Paranormal Puppet Show, the first book in The Invisible Detective series by Justin Richards.

Taken from the back:
London, today: When fourteen-year-old Arthur Drake shelters from the rain in a dusty shop, the last thing he expects to find is the dusty casebook of the Invisible Detective. It was written in the 1930s, but it's in his handwriting...

London 1936: the Invisible Detective can solve any mystery, great or small - but no one's ever seen his face Truth is, the detective is the creation of four extraordinary kids who combat crime in his name...

When a spooky exhibition comes into town, the gang must deal with disappearing people, faceless bodies, amd some very deadly puppets... Can the Invisible Detective thwart a plot to bring the whole country to its knees?

Taken from me:
This book is even partonized by Anthony Horowitz, author of the bestselling Alex Rider series. It has an excellent plot - as in, everything connects with one another. Also, it has that "Show don't tell" style of writing so you can make your own connections. The feeling you get when you make such a connection is undescribable. Also, it manages to shif between the plots of the present time and a time of the past - so well that you don't forget what happened in the last chapter.
This is a marvellous book and I recommend it to anyone who likes to read a good book.

The Beginning of a New Era

Welcome to the beginning of a new era. Tonight, a new blogger comes to the web. He is - Uncle Edna.

Oh come on, R-E-L-A-X, keep it cool. I'm just going to be blogging a bit about myself from time to time. My friends all know who I am, but to narrow it down for you, I live in Singapore. That should narrow it down to about 4 million people.

Oh, I almost forgot - be prepared for some outrageously lame puns. They're my life. Don't complain if I administer a PUNishment too PUNy to contemplate. A double PUNchline!

Have fun reading!