February 21, 2009

《古灵精探》 (2008)

Posted in Drama, Entertainment at 11:36 pm by ryushin

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郭晋安 于子朗
郭羨妮
刑晶晶
马国明
成家隽
胡定欣
刑佩佩
梁家仁
于大海
曾华倩
于子晴
郭政鸿
张正义
罗敏庄
彭美云
冼灏英
谢小凤

Hmm, its been a long time since I’ve visisted this blog, partially due to busy schedules. Oh well, I forgot how long ago it was that I finished watching this series, and I only wrote about this now, so it is… gonna be very brief.

Basically the background of the story is like this. Some members of the police force are kind of unwanted by their superiors due to different reasons. So they were reformed into a new team under the guise of spearheading a new unit, called the D.I.E. (Death Investigation Extension). The 2 main leads started off bickering with each other and never saw eye to eye, but they ended up developing something for each other 😀

The story is told in very distinct cases (as with most of these such investigation stories). And as it goes on, the team started to work better and better together in solving mysterious and mind-boggling cases. How did they manage to do it? Well… one of the guy have something of a clairvoyance ability after an incident. He can receive psychic signals that the deceased left behind through objects. So it was something new, though I found it to be too corny in many cases…

The ending though, was what really turned me off. The version of the ending I watched is the sad one. It was crappy because the kind of ending was really unnecessary… wth

Would I recommend this show? If you have nothing better to watch, go ahead. There are many moments of comedy too. For the more serious people, I guess its better to give this a miss.

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February 9, 2009

Five Hungry Men

Posted in General at 11:39 pm by ryushin

The day started with an anticipation for buffet. This time, our mighty consortium of strength five, selected Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Lao Bao as our latest target. Thankfully between lessons I still ate a considerable portion of rice. Because, as we were much later to find out at our disappointment, the xiao long bao buffet at our target starts at 8.30 pm, which was almost 2 hours later as at the time we stared into blank spaces with mouth gawking wide.

What do you wanna do with five hungry men? No way are we to wait for 2 more hours (even though that would be even more reason for a buffet). Abit of fiddling around and we ended up at ThaiExpress. Lets take a look at what we ate.

Zong and Dom started with Phat Thai Neua, which is Thai fried noodles with seafood. It smelled quite nice, in fact most of the food here can be considered rather high-scoring on the taste dimension. Jiahao had Pad Si Ew Neua (Thai stir-fried beef kway teow). As usual, he gobbled down the food like he had not eaten for 10 days. Ken ordered Pad Si Ew Talay (Thai stir-fried seafood kway teow). Yay, I think I have learnt a few Thai words (which I will no doubt forget soon).

Now for me! It is the focus of attention on this night. I’ve got myself a plate of Sen Lek Kee Mao Gai (spicy stir-fried stick noodles with chicken). Nicknamed “drunken fire noodles”, as Thais believe only beer can put out the flames in your mouth after eating this deceptively mild-looking noodles. (Wait, does that mean I win them?!)

And what a blast! It was definitely spicy. I could see the chilli slices dotting the noodles landscape as if it was a minefield. The smell, woot. Now that is friggin’ nice lah. Hahahahaha. The store manager kind of saw and ooh, someone attempted this item today when the waiter served the food. But I kind of feel a weird sense of ego when waiters occasionally look back and have some kind of puzzled face when they realised my water does not need refilling. (Bashes myself)

We then ordered 2 appetisers to share (after our main course yea). But then again what constitutes main course becomes a blurred line if we were willing to fork out more money. Basically we got Poo Tod Kratiem Phrik Thai (soft-shell crab with our chef’s secret batter) and Kanom Pang Na Kung (prawn toast). Felt abit cheated by the prawn toast though… the picture looked alot better than what eventually went into our stomachs. But the soft-shell crab was indeed quite satisfying in terms of taste, though we would have liked a bigger portion. Oh yea, free sweet tapioca for payment using DBS card. That was very nice too, especially after my hugely spicy meal.

Overall I think ThaiExpress kind of rocks as a mid-range restaurant. There seems to be decent selection of spicy and non-spicy food going around. I should try some others next time 🙂 Btw, I noticed their staff service level was of excellent quality indeed.

February 1, 2009

My Chinese New Year 2009

Posted in General, My Life, Mind & Heart at 12:16 am by ryushin

Chinese New Year has become somewhat of a SOP for me. Meet relatives, greet, collect red packets, have reunion dinners, being asked the same things over and over again – particularly NS and education. Amazingly, no one bitched about BGR this year round.There is little festive mood to it. Perhaps the pursuit of academic excellence has taken its toll.

I think our society has become less collectivistic on a whole. I can almost feel the invisible veil of barrier between cousins. A multitude of reasons definitely accounted for this, a major one being that we are all now so distinct, so different, leading so varied lifestyles. Interactions seem to be aligned towards topics of formality now.

Is that strange? Not really. While they say blood is thicker than water, the proximity between close buddies appear to be far smaller than for familial ties. People often claim “hey its the generation gap”. But the very same effect occurs between cousins who are but a few years apart. Why? Because we only meet almost once a year now? I see my bro everyday, and he see me everyday, but its probably safe to concur that we see each other as enigmas.

No matter what is the true reason, we are here to support one another. I struggle to think of the last time I shouted at my bro, and the last time he shouted at me. Now that is a positive sign. Have we grown up? Perhaps… but the occasional raising of the voice at parents still occur. Hmm, I’ll like to think that its not because I am rebellious. It is because I am still human, I am still deeply affected by the threads that weave between us. I love you daddy mummy.