Thursday, December 31, 2009
I recently watched this movie and it was marvelous! I especially like the storyline - appreciate those around you and those who matter most to you - although the story was a little draggy before the tsunami hit Haeundae. I could feel the story crawling from one scene to another, trying to introduce too many characters to fit into the 120 minutes runtime. I just wish the tragedy scene is prolonged but the movie was absolutely and undoubtedly good. This 2009 movie was directed and written by Je-gyun Yun lined up Kyun-gu Sol as the hero named Man-shik and his girlfriend Ji-won Ha as the heroine named Yeon-Huai.
Heaundae is a popular vacation spot, a beach city in South Korea attracting millions of visitors every year. A geologist who is an expert researcher in tsunami, gained interest especially after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 had alerted the authority of a possible hit in Haeundae. Not believing him (the usual plot in disaster movies) the authority did not take heed of his warnings. True enough, a 500 miles per hour super-tsunami mercilessly hit Heaundae and took with it lives of the innocent - those who matter most to the characters in the movie.
What I like about this movie is the good full of expression actors (I think this is the best part in watching Korean movies - I have not watched many but all the Korean movies I've watched, the acting was good). Another thing I like is the twist where both the hero and the heroine died in the second wave of the tsunami.
What I do not like is, like I mentioned before, the focus of the story was not on the tragedy. Only less than half an hour before the movie ends the tragedy took place and everything happened too fast. It would be better if the movie had focused on the misery and the mishap. However the special effects on the camerawork of the tsunami were indeed excellent! It has the quality of a Hollywood made movie. Hollywood, introducing you to your competitor!
My recommendation - go watch this movie. It's worth your money.
p/s photos copyright of the respective owners.
Kal El turut berkongsi kesedihan rakyat Indonesia di atas kewafatan Pak Gus Dur, mantan Presiden ke empat (1999-2001) republik itu. Moga roh Almarhum dicucuri rahmat dan dilindungi Allah SWT. Moga segala amal dan jasanya diingati dan menerima balasan setimpal dari Allah. InsyaAllah.
Takziah dari Kal El untuk seluruh rakyat Indonesia.
Jenazah Almarhum mantan Presiden Republik Indonesia KH Abdurrahman Wahid @ Gus Dur sedang diusung menuju mobil jenazah untuk dibawa ke rumah duka di Ciganjur, Jakarta Selatan.
Photo (c) Foto.detik.com
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It was Alvin and the Chipmunks and of course like the first installment of my all time favorite cartoon series when I was a kid (the first movie was better and funnier, I think!) we both enjoyed and laughed out loud especially when the female chipmunks were introduced as 'The Chippets' - somehow it brings a dirty meaning to those who understand what Chipet means hehehehe. (If you don't know gofind out) - well, when we were kids our minds were not as corrupted to even think the group's name sounded dirty... ish...ish...ish...naughty us! Overall, the movie was fun- who wouldn't enjoy the cute voices of The Chipmunks and The Chippets?
To note that was the first time I went to the movies on a wheelchair. TGV (at least at KLCC) is OKU friendly as they had ramps to the movie houses and they have seats specially for OKUs.
Before the movies we had dinner at Chili's. Heheheheh mana lagi kalau tak kat situ kan bila dah ke KLCC. I had the Cajun Ribeye Steak and KN had what else, the Country Fried Chicken. For starters seperti biasa, menu wajib - Nachos but this time with added Fajita Beef - hmmmm Chili's menu seems to change quite frequently lately ni... kejap-kejap lain and honestly I miss some of their old line up.
It was a fun night and KN promised to take me out to watch Muallaf sometime soon! Can't wait lor...
p/s I purposely spell Chippets for the kick - the correct spelling is Chipettes.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Gambar: kat opes yesterday in one of my uniforms. Macam keje kat justice league pulak rasanya. Hehehe. Merry Christmas Malaysia!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Gambar: tengah dialysis pagi ni. Kat mana? HOSPITAL ampang. Sigh hospital, hospital, hospital! Tak leh ke dialysis kat pavillion ke, kat gsc ke, kat red box ke?
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Gambar: Kal El in one of my uniforms. Hehehe just imagine la baper banyak baju with Superman emblem yang Kal El ada muahahahah.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Aduhai HKL oh… HKL!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thank you to the ever helpful and friendly staff at CAPD. I will indeed miss your hospitality.
In the operation theater tadi riuh dengan gelak tawa. I was sedated but not enough to make me sleep. So i was awake the whole time and when asked how the op felt, i said it felt like my tummy was being butchered macam daging korban. That statement had had the whole OT staff burst into laughter termasuk ler yang kene sembelih tu. Tengok tu, kecik je wound dia. Hopefully esok bleh balik.
Adeh next week kene admit lagi sekali. Nak buat angiogram on the right arm for fiatula insertion pulak. The doctors couldn't find a pulse - hmmm dah mati ke aku ni sebenarnya?
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
So, this weekend we went to The Curve in Damansara. I was on the wheelchair and KN pushed me. Jalan-jalan pusing-pusing window shopping and we went to Metrojaya to shop for my uniform - Superman emblem t-shirt la what else heheheheh and I bought three pairs! Memang seronok. I had the time of my life. Right now I am eying the Superman shoes and sling bag - i wish they have a back pack soon.
Before that we had a quick lunch kat area bawah Curve tu, stopped by to get myself a glove for dialysis (refer previous entry ada gambar Kal El pakai glove hitam. Tu ler dia heheheh) After Metrojaya we went around The Curve to window shop then stopped by Pet Safari kat Ikano to get pet food tapi takde stock pulak. Singgah the Centre Court at The Curve and snapped some photos (eeee tak suka gambar tu sebab of the IJC kat my neck showing and I looked so fat due to fluid overload) and then stopped by Starbucks Coffee... yummm yummmm (patut la selalu fluid overload kan hehehehe)
We had dinner kat Ikea. Kal El apa lagi ordered meatballs with mustard and chili sauce while KN had Herb Chicken. We shared our drinks - how romantic. We jalan-jalan kat Ikea bought some needed things for the house and then pi kat the small mart kat Ikea tu and bought some biscuits and the ever famous almond chocolate pie... double yummy (ahahahah lepas makan tu mesti naik blood sugar Kal El)
All in all, I had a very happy weekend. Thanks KN for finally taking me out. I know I can be pathetic sometimes crying over trivial things but u need to be in my shoes to know how dreading my life is to be trapped within the four walls of our bedroom every day of my life. This weekend means a lot to me. Thanks dear.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
One - it's a hospital. So apa-apa masalah (like sudden drop in blood pressure or Hb (Hemoglobin) level, dorang akan cepat bertiindak compared to other private, non-hospital dialysis centres. this isi because they do not have resident doctors. Nak amik darah pun result berhari-hari baru dapat. Ampang Hospital is a Blood specialist hospital, therefore any blood samples taken in the morning, the results will be out by afternoon the latest.
Two - It's considered near jugak la to Bukit Antarabangsa and it's between home and work. So KN can drop me off on dialysis days and later pick me up (or papa picks me up and send me home)
Three - It's a government hospital. So, with my OKU card from Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat, I am entitled to free treatment. Dah tak perlu susah-susah nak apply for socso or any other forms of help. Leceh and takes time. Even if I have to pay it is really cheap - RM13 for hemodialysis treatment - sapa nak kasi lah?
Four - The staff nurses, medical assistants and PPK staff there are very good in their jobs and friendly too. Memang macam satu keluarga yang besar, boleh gurau-gurau, gelak-gelak and they are very sincere in the things they do for patients. Kalau kat dialysis centres lain, from what I have experienced before, tak berapa closely knit.
Five (reason paling best!) - They serve food! Dah la free, dapat meals pulak tu masa tengah dialysis... kekadang mee hoon, nasi goreng, nasi lemak, sandwiches hehehehehe...
While I was waiting for my tankcoff insertion in January I did my dialysis kat Hospital Ampang jugak and now when I return 8 months later, the staff still remember me and they treat me well. Bukan senang nak diterima buat dialysis kat sini sebab waiting listnya amat panjang and they do tight screening and filtering to the well deserved people to be treated here. I am just very lucky because I am considered a CAPD failure case and such cases are transferred to this place for dialysis treatment. Alhamdulillah.
p/s I will be away this coming Monday onwards (hopefully for not very long) for my tankcoff removal surgery. Do pray for me. Thank you.
ku diuji dilukai
masih lagi ku bertahan hingga kini
bertahan demi cinta pada yang ku sayangi sekalipun pahit
selagi ku mampu bertahan
selagi itulah jua
tidak sekali aku tunduk mengalah
di mana pun berdiri
akan tetap ku genggami
selebihnya aku pasrahkan
biar pun sungguh perit
menanggung beban yang menghimpit
ku tetap gagahi
selagi ku mampu bertahan
selagi itulah jua
tidak sekali aku tunduk mengalah
di mana pun berdiri akan tetap ku genggami demikianlah sayang
selagi...selagi itulah jua... tunduk mengalah
di mana pun berdiri akan ku tetap genggami
selebihnya aku pasrahkan
Photo (c) api.ning.com
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Everything we ordered were tasty and pleasing to the taste buds. We'll definitely come back for more! This was our first time dining at Black Canyon Coffee and International Thai Cuisine. I remembered having coffee at their Summit USJ branch many-many years ago and never remembered there were Thai or Western Cuisine being on their menu.
That night I ordered The Golden Chicken Purse as appetizers. It was fat and filled with succulent chicken pieces and vegetables. Real tasty!
For mains, I had the Black Canyon Special Beef Steak and KN had the Terriyaki Chikcen Steak set with Strawberry Delight. I ordered Phuket Paradise for my drink. Both dishes were tremendously good and definitely tasty. The Black Canyon Special Beef Steak came with a bowl of FOC soup. Diners would have three choices of soups and I ordered Cream of Chicken - believe me, there were, really were pieces of shredded chicken in the soup - yummy!
I really recommend dining here. I would come and so will KN to try their other offerings on the menu. Price wise too, not too pricy, very affordable. We spent RM80 for two persons dinner compared to RM100++ if we go to other places in the city. Wow this was really a great dining experience.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I love the soundtrack in this movie and I just love the movie sooooooo much! Well, it wasn't the best movie I've seen but the storyline was good - a non-virgin admitted to be one and sacrificed to satan - so she turned into a vampire like evil monster that feeds on boys - hehehehehh monster gatal neh - but I just her teeth when she feeds! Classy!
Here's a synopsis of Jennifer's Body from IMDb:
Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) is the sexy, popular captain of the high school cheerleading squad. All of the girls want to be friends with her, and all of the boys want to have sex with her. Jennifer's friend since childhood, Anita "Needy" Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfried), is a nerdy, substantially less popular, "plain jane" student. Jennifer ends up as the sacrifice in a Satanic ritual, held by a rock band, hoping that the sacrifice will increase their chances of getting a record deal. The ritual goes horribly wrong, causing Jennifer to get possessed by a demon and start feeding off of the boys in her high school; First seducing them to get close, and then consuming them in a manner similar to that of a Succubus. It becomes Needy's goal to stop Jennifer from killing more of her classmates.
Demon possession, devilish cheerleaders, and Satanic rock stars are all on the chopping block with this horror comedy from the production team behind Juno. Screenwriter Diablo Cody provides the script, with producing duties handled by Jason Reitman and Dan Dubiecki. Girlfight's Karyn Kusama directs the Fox Atomic production
Remember, she's EVIL... and not just high school EVIL
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Memandangkan Aidil Adha selama 3 hari, kiranya masih belum terlambat untuk Kal El mengucapkan Selamat menyambut Hari Raya Qurban 2009. Moga segala pengorbanan yang kita lakukan selama ini diberkati Allah dan dibalas dengan balasan yang setimpal. InsyaAllah.
Rindunya Kal El pada Kaabah...
Yes I was away, neglected this blog and again, hospitalised.
Remember I once wrote about getting CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis) treatment for my ESRD (End Stage Renal Failure)? After 8 months the treatment failed and I had to return to Hemodialysis - hence the ugly IJC sticking out of my neck (again) and machine dependent once more. I am now back to doing dialysis at a dialysis center 3 times a week and 4 hours each time - what a drag!
My peritoneal lining is the kind that is highly absorbent. So I couldn't use the lower strength 1.5 dextrose solution for dialysis and the dwelling time could not be more than 3 - 4 hours. This means I cannot dwell the dialysis solution in my peritoneal lining overnight. If I did, the solution that went in is 2500ml and the solution that comes out the next morning is less - the difference is absorbed and causing fluid overload. The same goes if I am late doing an exchange, for example if I am out for meetings, shopping etc. Using higher dextrose solution (2.5 and 4.25) wasn't good for a diabetic like me as well as the sugar content in my body will be constantly high.
One good thing is that KN is lifted off the burden of carrying the 24 (12 kilo boxes each) every month and my Livvy too I'm sure would be happier! I too would be hospitalised less often (I really hope) because each time my body is overloaded with fluid I would have to be attached to a machine for about 3 days (yes, no moving or walking around, and no going to the toilet too! Ridiculous right?) I just hope this HD (hemodialysis) treatment would do me good. InsyaAllah.
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