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“Evolution? they said to themselves. Who needs it? What nature refused to do for them they simply did without until they were able to correct the gross anatomical inconveniences with surgery.”

- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Pound them to oblivion!

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Some divide using religion, some stands divided because of beliefs but in the face on onslaught of our very way of life and liberties, let us all stand united in the face of humanity and compassion, both of which transcends religion and beliefs. Whatever you beliefs or religious faith, come on, be loud and be clear on your condemnation of the actions of those islamist terrorists. It isn't a criticism against Islam or Muslims. Calling them islamist terrorists are simply identifying them as the very group who misuses the name of Allah the merciful. Whatever they did is not merciful but contrary to the very fundamental teachings of all religions; be good, be kind, be generous. I despair at how many big nations are not taking a clear stand against ISIS. It is a hydra and the only way to stop it is to destroy it, eliminate it and then break them. It will be difficult but perhaps the world will unite in the face of not only adversity, but a murderous faction consists of psychopaths who kills not for their so called religious faith, since they too kill others who professes the same faith but they kill simply we have let our guards down. They are not above using young children as suicide bombers and I can never understand why anyone can be brainwashed to believe such crazy ideologies that goes beyond their religious faith. God in any form will never ever condone such actions. Speak up! Speak loud! Speak clearly! There was 9-11. Now there is Paris. In between so much more. How much more of this abuse, this slap, this insulting derogatory F.U must we stomach before we admit by our reluctance and disunity we have given them the advantage? Fellow friends, especially  Muslims, time to stand up and make your dissents be heard. What is there to fear? The world is behind you. Clearly ISIS does not represent you. Instead of fearing reprisals, stand with humanity and have courage. Faith lies with those who are brave and compassionate. Light always triumph over darkness. I believe that. I believe in my Muslim friends. I believe ISIS can be subdued. For those who thinks any action now is vengeance, it is not. It is uprooting the grass. It stopped being personal. It is now global necessity. Like how you eradicate small pox or whatever disease that affects the young, the old, the infirm, the healthy, of any race, gender and religion, ISIS is that disease. Any religious fanatics is that disease. Some fanatics may not join ISIS but if they praise the jihadi johns, they might as well get that membership. This is not a rant against islam, be very clear about it. I condemn islamist extremist terrorists and if you don't, I see your true character. It is a simple equation.

Three Meals A Day : Fishing Village

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I am not into K-dramas lately, and rarely watches K-reality show except for 1 Night 2 Days or its variant, The New Journey To The West. But the other day I caught half an episode of Three Meals A Day : Fishing Village Season 2 in M Channel which has English subtitles and I recognise one actor who was from Season 2 of 1N2D whom I quite like. The next thing I know, I chased down Season 1 and watched it without subtitles and felt like I knew what was going on. The concept of the show is so simple, that even the super cruel PD aka Na PD admitted he never forseen it to make any impact but it did make an impact in the ratings; like major impact. I myself am perplexed why I enjoyed watching it so much. Maybe because it is essentially a cooking show but not very scripted and shows a life I kinda like; by the sea. It comprised of 3 actors, 2 of whom I do not know. One cooks (aka wifely stuff), one fixes stuff and catches stuff (aka husbandly stuff) and one is perpetually on standby to serve the other 2 (aka sonly stuff). Their rule is; eat 3 meals a day using available ingredients. Can't buy them, but can use whatever is in the garden, on the beach, in the sea. And my god, I could spend 1 and a half hours watching one go fishing, one chopping and dicing, the other washing pots and pans. For me they do such mundane stuff and I see so many eating; 3 times, munch munch and yet, I am absolutely hooked. 

First of all, the guys are easy on the eyes. I love how in reality shows, the K-actors always ask "Are you wearing make up? Did you go to the salon?" to the other MALE actor. Because in reality show, it is expected for them NOT to wear make up. Some of these are actors who are reliant on looking good and yet in such shows, they dress simply, use a cap to hide un-permed hair, less make up, etc. When interviewing, they do not hesitate to use lip gloss. Or ordinarily, do the 3 steps facial cleansing routine, or cologne. Mind you, MALE actors ok?

Then there's the cooking. To see a model like actor like Cha Seung Won who is able to cook so well, he must have his own cooking show. All his food looks simple and yet so very delicious. I mean for once I genuinely salivated over the food I see. I love to see how K-entertainers will unashamedly drool over food when they're very hungry and they will ask to be fed and I love to see them enjoying their meal without fuss or hesitation or drama. And they actually eat all the time at proper times at proper place with rice and all and yet maintain their slim figure because they eat small portions. Half a fish shared between 3 grown men. Seriously! The kim chis look seriously drool worthy. Cha or Chajhumma (love the moniker!!) even made bread, jams, pizzas ... whatever is asked by Na PD, he did it, with limited resources.

Then there's the McGyver moments by Yoo Haejin, the only actor I know from the 3 thanks to 1N2D Season 2. I always liked him. He has such old mannerism but very very fit man who hikes and eats heartily. I like his sincerity and genuineness and it shows in here more than anywhere else. He is also inventive with his ability to fix stuff or make racks, etc. His fishing skills however needs an urgent upgrade.

Finally I love the comraderie between the 3 men, especially with their adopted son whose name I only know as Hoojoon. He is not young; he looks young but he is 30 I believe. He does stuff quietly and without fuss. When people try to jostle for attention, he is one guy who is content with standing at the side and yet still stand out because his adopted mother, Chajhumma always look to him for approval with every first bite of the food. I love how he ended up smiling when eating good food or is on standby with the chopping board or onion or knife. One time his mother was in the other room speaking on the phone and the son heard a sound and immediately sat straight up in attention and asked "Yes?" when he realised he wasn't called, mother was on the phone. It shows at one hand who is the feared one, on the other how diligent he is at his duties which is mostly play with dog, fetch stuff, wash pots. Wash a lot of pots.

There are also a cute dog and a sly cat but overall, it makes you wonder, how can such a series even be entertaining, more so a ratings hit? Well you gotta watch to know why. It is just so magnetic, so addictive.

I really don't know why or how Na PD did it but I suppose it helps that Cha Seung Won is easy on the eyes and he actually makes cooking so sexy and masculine. He even did it in pink gloves and some very ugly clothings. In fact in Season 1 he had his porn-stach too.

Why ah? Why is it so addictive huh? Oh god, I am still salivating over the food I see. Wow.

What I don't like is why blur out certain parts of Cha Seung Won? Well I looked and looked and then I realise the mosaic covers are to cover his tattoos. Seriously? And originally the "son" is played by another actor who was edited out completely from episode 1 of Season 1 because he had a scandal; for not paying tax. And that tax scandal wasn't his fault, probably overlooked and he had fully paid his tax. I don't get the small whiff of scandal and poof, edited out.

Like how they joked in The New Journey To The West; gambling habit is scandal. Fine. Did not pay tax a scandal. Fine. Divorced from wife, also a scandal. Breaking up with girlfriend is also a scandal.

Getting ridiculous.

Ghostly encounter, or maybe just paranoia

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Been reading about First World Hotel at Genting Highlands being the most haunted hotel in Malaysia. I haven't been there for many years and was there couple of times when it first opened. Other than the fact that the rooms are basic and exceedingly small, never had any bad experience there. But am not surprised about being most haunted since it has a casino and people with crippling debt probably kill themselves there. I do remember staying in.. I can't remember was it Resort Hotel, also Genting Highlands and the windows are all locked shut. Now I think about it, I understand why.

And googled some more and am reading a lot of ghostly and frightening encounters at Ria Apartments, ALSO at Genting Highlands. And then there's even more for Amber Court Apartments. It is situated near Genting Highlands and not exactly there, new the golf club and is cheap. Read how everyone or almost everyone had spooky encounters and all disliked the place for its sparse, old furniture and badly maintained place. Really?

Well, I thought I was at Ria Apartments but now that I recall, I stayed at Ria Apartments, many years ago and it was rundown but nothing creepy. The one that now I remember is Amber Court. I remember I was there with my family when it first opened many many many years ago. I mistaken that for Ria Apartment but Ria Apartment is at Genting Highlands, a bit down but can walk to the casino and all but Amber Court is the one where we will have to drive up for can't remember how long but much much further. I didn't experience anything but my elder sister and mom did, or rather a feeling and I guess it is time I tell the story. No ghostly apparitions but something near.

When it first opened, the same older sister booked the place for one night stay. Usually we locals don't stay at Genting more than a night. Anyway it wasn't convenient so basically had to take bus or drive up and down to the main area which is the Genting Resort itself. Pretty cut off and isolated in its own strange location but cheaper and plenty of rooms.

The first thing I noticed about the room is, yes the furniture was new (so you can imagine how many years ago it was since most blog posts are about how run down the place is) but they were all haphazardly arranged, as if no concern where to put, just chuck it here and there. The rooms may be plenty since it is an apartment but very cramped due to the haphazard furniture. I don't like sleeping facing a mirror and here it was, a bed facing a mirror. Anyway I was very tired so my family went out (mom and 2 sisters) and so I was alone and frankly, nothing happened. No sounds or voices. Maybe because it was still new and so not very "occupied".

Anyway family came back, watched TV whilst I sit at the balcony outside sipping tea alone. The thing about this apartment is the balcony faces the hills. Many may think in the morning that it is nice but at night, it may be little eerie. I was happily sipping tea staring at the hills in front, nothing in particular, nothing nice to look at, just staring at the void when my older sister suddenly cried out to me to come back in, like urgently. Didn't question why and so went in. She said nothing. At night sleeping, I like to switch off the lights and yes I hated the stupid mirror where I can see myself lifting my arms and all, since I can't sleep. I could hear the wind howling outside because strangely, the room has a small window, tiny window above the beds and it wasn't opened, that was what I remember but I remember wind howling and all. I didn't even know it was windy. I do specifically remember looking at my mom, got moonlight shining in and so the room wasn't pitch black and I do remember seeing my mother sleeping soundly. You see, my mom was with me in one room, my two sisters in the other, two single beds when suddenly my mom cried out to me to switch on the lights. I refused. She was panicking and I was kinda worried since I was clueless so I then switched on the lights and she said leave the lights on.  Fell sleep.

Next day packing since one day trip and kinda notice the bed is stained red, like blood. I just assume someone had period but to my mom she felt exceedingly uncomfortable and frankly never seen my older sis and my mom leaving the place as fast as they could. My oldest sis and I didn't have such feelings. My oldest sis especially, since she doesn't believe in such stuff. She always say human beings are scarrier.

Back at home, comfortable and feeling protected and all, my mom and older sis finally told their tale of uncomfortable feeling.

I did remember telling my older sister that I didn't quite like looking at the dark hills. Other hills are ok but that one was like a void, like emptiness, nothing pretty. My older sister then told me she urged me to come back in when I was out there sipping tea looking at the hills because for a moment, she had this feeling of dread that I was gonna jump from the balcony. She panicked eventhough I had no intention of jumping but she felt like I was gonna do it.

Then my mom told me in the room that night, she couldn't sleep, her eyes wide opened. She suddenly felt heavy, and that she felt someone was in the room, other than me. I did remember seeing her sound asleep but my mom said she was never asleep. She did say she saw me lifting my arms and all, which was what I did but I insisted I saw her sound asleep! Anyway she grew very scared, she felt like she was being watched and all and that was why she quickly cried out to me to switch on the lights. 

No ghostly encounters but just a feeling. Since it was a new hotel then, maybe by the time everyone blogged about that place, someone or some things may have moved inside. To tell you the truth, I didn't like the hotel at all. I remember telling my sisters when we were leaving to never rent that place ever again. At that time I thought it was because of the haphazard placement of the furniture but now that I recall, it was a feeling that I did not recognise back then. An uncomfortable feeling, not quite fear but something was not right.

But I stress, I was alone in that apartment for a few hours, nothing bad or untoward but yes now I think about it, there was this uneasy feeling.

[O] LORD OF SHANGHAI / 梟雄 [2015][TVB]

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This is a collection of various commentaries and opinions about this series under one post. If you see this at the top, this means it is updated. For more under this post, do click Read More link. I welcome your comments and your thoughts as well so do use Post A Comment and do indicate which episode you're talking about. Since this is a threaded comment system, you can reply directly to any given comments you wish to reply to. SPOILERS ALERT!!

 梟雄 / Hiu Hung

English title
Lord Of Shanghai


Broadcast period
26.10.2015 until TBA

Cast-Character & Synopsis
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When was the last time I ever said "WOW! So many people! Can't remember the names!!" for a TVB series? Never until now.

Anyway no recap. But I am doing a "Anthony Wong Chau Sang Flawless Acting Watch" which basically means I am watching him in every episode hoping each episode he exceeds my expectations with one singular moment of greatness. Just one, I am not greedy. Like Francis Ng, Anthony Wong gracing our TV screen is a blessing for all. He may not be a handsome guy or young or the slightest bit humble or friendly, but man can he act! Subtle and yet everything. Wayne Lai next to him seems a tad amateurish! But just a tad. Delicious combination. Kent Tong is the weakest of the 3 but even he is ok since he never was famous for his acting (more famous as the man who drove Barbara Yung to  suicide even if that is not accurate at all or maybe the love rat and even that is also not quite true). Anthony wasn't always a great actor, like Sean Lau and Francis Ng and Tony Leung and even Stephen Chow, they all started at TVB and they were mediocre actors once but with great potential even if they weren't exactly heartthrobs level. They weren't Andy Lau. But look at Anthony now! I wasn't planning on watching this series but I was hooked after episode 1, simply because of the level of performances I see and also so many people!Hopefully the story justifies the level of talent we see onscreen.

So let's begin with my "Anthony Wong Chau Sang Flawless Acting Watch". I hope I can fine screencaps but somehow I don't see those bothering with screencaps will ever watch this show let alone screencapture his scenes. 

The momentum is still high with some amazing performances even if some strange editing. Like how the scene of opium burning happened and then our 3 tycoons had a meeting and Anthony informed them the central government has taken the opium. Very strange. And how Ron was talking to Anthony and suddenly out of nowhere some flashback scenes involving Myolie that has ZERO connection to what was going on.

But other than that, wow... Wayne is indeed a rabid dog!

Anyway Anthony is still going strong, alternating between smiling to showing that disgust on his face, all subtly done. Best?

Three tycoons having  a meeting where Anthony informed them the opium had to be taken by the central government's guards and he found out before that someone stole the opium and it was some commander (from the war lords) who took it who had info from someone... and he was casually pointing to Wayne... 

Brilliant moment, how casual and yet how obvious and everyone's expression was simply fantastic.

Maybe too early to tell, and some dodgy editing and then there's Myolie but overall, very entertaining so I am enjoying it before it goes insane. Even Ron is good.


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This is a collection of various commentaries and opinions about this series under one post. If you see this at the top, this means it is updated. For more under this post, do click Read More link. I welcome your comments and your thoughts as well so do use Post A Comment and do indicate which episode you're talking about. Since this is a threaded comment system, you can reply directly to any given comments you wish to reply to. SPOILERS ALERT!!

The episodic reviews in here are for episode 20 and onwards. For the previous episodes, please go to


English title
Captain Of Destiny


Broadcast period
21.09.2015 to TBA

Cast-Character & Synopsis
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More Writeups
First Impressions and full episodic thoughts from Episodes 1 to 20 can be found HERE. This present post will have my brief write ups from episodes 20 onwards.

No one dies except those stupid admirals who tried to kill perfect Man Ho. What a stupid ending. I jumped a few episodes so I still don't get how come cool killer Bowie is suddenly nice guy Bowie and whether whatever he did in the first few episodes really happened. I mean he did shoot those people. I am thinking if I should watch the last few episodes. I am fed up with this series. This series don't deserve Ruco, the perfect specimen in this series filled with so much flaws.

I can only say skip unless you love Ruco because this has his best performance todate and proves why he must be cast in a male centric palace intrigue series and yet skip because he is supported by such weak casts and even weaker story that in the end it feels like he is the only guy who turned up having done his homework and even helped complete the workbook for the teacher.

Yes, the story is THAT bad.

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