83rd Annual Academy Awards Oscar 2011 Nominations

Saw this in the news the other day on the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards to be held on February 27th 2011 at Hollywood. It's THE award show to watch and learn who will receive the highest honours in movie making. 

The official poster

A quick search on the net educated me on what the academy awards is all about as well as the Oscars awards that are presented on that glamourous night. I remembered following the live telecast every year on TV, and it is a rather luxurious and fancy show. The most anticipated moment would be when the invited announcer reads the line "And the Oscar goes to...."

Oscar Statuettes
Upon further digging, I found out that they have already announced the Oscar nominations last week on January 25th. This is where the hype builds up until 27th February's climax. Going through the list, I realize I have watched some of the movies with nominated awards, but there are some I haven't even heard of, which brought me to reality, that I was not as knowledgeable in the movies as I thought I was.

Anyway I wish to share the list with everyone here. Do check it out below, and tell me if you've watched all of the movies listed for Oscar nominations! Don't mind the long post, I wanted to include everything!

Sourced from www.oscars.org 

Actor in a Leading Role
    * Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
    * Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
    * Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
    * Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
    * James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role
    * Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
    * John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
    * Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
    * Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
    * Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role
    * Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
    * Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
    * Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
    * Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
    * Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role
    * Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
    * Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
    * Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
    * Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
    * Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film
    * “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
    * “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
    * “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction
    * “Alice in Wonderland”
      Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
    * “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
      Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
    * “Inception”
      Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
    * “The King's Speech”
      Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
    * “True Grit”
      Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

    * “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
    * “Inception” Wally Pfister
    * “The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
    * “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
    * “True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design
    * “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
    * “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
    * “The King's Speech” Jenny Beavan
    * “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
    * “True Grit” Mary Zophres

    * “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
    * “The Fighter” David O. Russell
    * “The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
    * “The Social Network” David Fincher
    * “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Documentary (Feature)
    * “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz
    * “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
    * “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
    * “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
    * “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)
    * “Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined
    * “Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined
    * “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
    * “Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
    * “The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing
    * “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
    * “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
    * “The King's Speech” Tariq Anwar
    * “127 Hours” Jon Harris
    * “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film
    * “Biutiful” Mexico
    * “Dogtooth” Greece
    * “In a Better World” Denmark
    * “Incendies” Canada
    * “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

    * “Barney's Version” Adrien Morot
    * “The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
    * “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)
    * “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
    * “Inception” Hans Zimmer
    * “The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
    * “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
    * “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)
    * “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
    * “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
    * “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
    * “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Picture
    * “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
    * “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
    * “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
    * “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
    * “The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
    * “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
    * “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
    * “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
    * “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
    * “Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Short Film (Animated)
    * “Day & Night” Teddy Newton
    * “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
    * “Let's Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
    * “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
    * “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)
    * “The Confession” Tanel Toom
    * “The Crush” Michael Creagh
    * “God of Love” Luke Matheny
    * “Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
    * “Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing
    * “Inception” Richard King
    * “Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
    * “Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
    * “True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
    * “Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing
    * “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
    * “The King's Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
    * “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
    * “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
    * “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects
    * “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
    * “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
    * “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
    * “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
    * “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
    * “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
    * “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
    * “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
    * “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
    * “Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
    * “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
    * “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
      Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
    * “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
    * “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
    * “The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

Celcom Sim Card Failure

How long does an average postpaid simcard, or any simcard for that matter lasts? A year, 5 years? I find it amusing that in recent years, I've faced multiple simcard failures. A total of 4 sim cards died on me, and 3 of it weren't even mine, but of my supplementary lines. I'm using Celcom Postpaid by the way.

Sim card #1 - (Main number) Died on me after 2 years of usage in 2010.
Sim card #2 - (1st supplementary number) Died on my dad after 8 months of usage in 2010.
Sim card #3 - (2nd supplementary number) Died after 6 months of usage in 2010.
Sim card # 4 - (Main number) Died on me after 5 months of usage in 2011.

All the time these simcards were housed in their respective phones. In my case, it never left my iPhone. So how does it just die off? Ok, maybe I might have used my iPhone too extensively, but how do you explain the other 2 cases. My dad rarely uses his phone, and the majority of his calls were from family members.

Celcom Sim Card
My dead Celcom simcard

Due to this, I had to face the inconvenience of driving to the Celcom branch in Ampang, braving the traffic jam, just to replace my simcard. For all my troubles, I could not get a direct answer from the personnel in charge when I asked what went wrong with my simcard. Celcom doesn't even take back the spoilt sim for failure analysis.

Currently Celcom only warrants the first sim card failure, subsequent failures will be charged. I wonder if other telecommunications companies (Digi, Maxis) faces this same issue? 

A Simple Meal On A Rainy Day

It has been raining like the whole day, since yesterday evening if I'm not mistaken. Imagine waking up in the morning, and realize you do not have to work, while the rain pours outside your window. Well, that was the scenario for me this morning, and the bed beckoned me back to sleep.

Anyway, I woke at around 9.30am, checked this blog for any new comments, checked my friend's blogs, logged in Innit, checked my mails, checked Facebook, etc etc. At around lunch time, I was still reluctant to go out to get lunch. Lucky for me, my fiancee whipped up a simple meal to stuff my stomach with. Thank you, I really appreciate you for not letting me go hungry.

Anyway have a look below at my humble meal for lunch today. I'm full now. Thanks!

A meal for rainy days
Don't get me wrong, normally she will cook up some super 3 dishes meal on weekends, but it so happened the weather today was a bit too comfortable to whip up so much food. Oh and coupled with the fact we haven't done our weekend groceries shopping.

A Visit To Nuffnang KL Office

Last week, got myself a free Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid Sim card courtesy of Nuffnang, Well, in the same email, I was requested to collect it from Nuffnang KL office. Now, I've never been to their office before, but with some help from Mr Google, and my trusty Garmin GPS, I reached my destination safely.

Nuffnang Sdn Bhd (762669-K)
12B-5 & 12B-6, Heritage House,
33 Jalan Yap Ah Shak,
50300 Kuala Lumpur,
Office No : +6 03 2694 8828
Fax No : +6 03 2694 8824

Nuffnang KL office is housed in this big building named Heritage House. It does look kind of "heritage"ful? I managed to take a few pictures of the building, as well as Nuffnang office itself further down.

Nuffnang office
Heritage House
Upon entering the office on the 12th floor, 12B to be exact, I was greeted by one of staff there. A sweet looking lady who had to come to work on a weekend just to pass some freebie to guys like me. I was thankful Nuffnang allowed me to collect the sim card today as I don't have the time to travel here on a weekday.

The office was painted in bright orange, with open desks for all the hardworking staffs. Nobody was around though due to it being a weekend today. Thanks Ms Sweet looking (she mentioned her name was Ms Yuen I think, I'm sorry for being a forgetful uncle!)

Nuffnang office

Did you know Nuffnang has this colorful wall called "Nuffnang Footprints"? It's a wall for visitors to Nuffnang to leave their footprints or mark, to be exact, a piece of paper. Some visitors were so creative as to leave pictures on top of their colorful papers.

Nuffnang office

I find the Nuffnang Footprints rather creative and cute by the way. In fact I was so interested in it, that I left one piece of paper myself. I wasn't very gifted in arts, so I just did a simple one. Have a look below.

Nuffnang Best Blogger

What can I say, I hope my small footprint will remain on Nuffnang's wall for the next millennium. Or at least for the next few months!

Freebies At Sungai Wang Plaza

Freebies! Who doesn't love freebies? Well, I was at Sungai Wang Plaza today, and it so happened at the centre court, there was an event organized by Circle Media sponsored by Wing Heong BBQ Meat. Unfortunately, this time, the freebies was for non-muslim only, as it contained BBQ dried meat.

Freebies At Sungai Wang Plaza
Queuing up and filling up the form

As usual, everytime I see people handing out free stuffs, yours truly will get curious and try to get one himself! So, I joint the queue which grew very long, very quickly. All we had to do was to fill up our name, IC and email id, and each of us got one bag with a slice of dried meat in it.

Freebies At Sungai Wang Plaza
Some of the CNY deco at SG Wang Plaza
Freebies At Sungai Wang Plaza
Free Stuff!

Now if only they have these type of events daily at all shopping complexes. Oh, this reminds me of the food section when I go groceries shopping where the promoters hand out free food samples!

Wangsa Bowl At Wangsa Walk Mall

TGIF! Thank God it's Friday again! Today during my lunch break, which was longer than usual due to Friday prayers, I joint my colleagues for a round of bowling. The venue was at Wangsa Walk Mall. They call the bowling alley "Wangsa Bowl". The place is fairly new, so the atmosphere and colours are still vibrant.

Wangsa Bowl

It was fun, especially when playing with colleagues. We took up a total of 5 lanes, and the time just flew by. Before we knew it, it was time to rush back to work. Anyway, one of my colleague played above average today, and wanted to get his score card up, so to make him happy, have a look below.

Fun times

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Won A Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid Sim Card With RM100 Credit

Again, I'm pleasantly surprised today with another email from Nuffnang. They have been very nice to me recently, with all the movie premieres but I think this takes the icing on the cake.

A brief background story is in order. On the 11th of January, Nuffnang held a contest on Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid. All us Nuffnangers had to do was to leave a comment as creatively as possible on why we want to experience Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid. I love doing comments contest as it is much simpler than writing a full fledged blog.

Have a look below on my entry for this short contest.

# Isaac Tan Says:
January 21st, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Why do I want to experience Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid?

Come on! My middle name is Tune Talk, they call me Isaac “Tune Talk” Tan! Say what? Yeap, you heard it right, say my name, call my name, utter my name, and don’t get it wrong!

And why in the world do I call myself that? That’s because I want to always experience the excitement that Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid gives me. That exhilarating feeling of being able to call all my bros and sis at a call rate of only 16 cents/min. And if I’m at the movies, I could just sms them at 5 cents per sms. They don’t call Tune Talk the CHEAPEST mobile prepaid for nothing!

Guess what! Another one of the perks of having Tune Talk as my middle name is that I get a chance to win free Air Asia E-gift vouchers! Flying in the blue skies is so going to get me plus points among my friends.

An experience I wouldn’t miss for the world! Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid, now that’s what I’m talking about.

Well, thank god my entry was chosen to be one of the 50 lucky Nuffnangers to win one Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid Sim Card with RM100 credit preloaded. Thanks Nuffnang! Now I will need to figure out where is Nuffnang's office to collect this.

I like this email

40 Drunkards In A Room

What do you get when you stuff 40 dudes (plus a few dudets) into a room and give them lots of alcohol on the pretense of having a Chinese new year gathering plus farewell party plus birthday celebration? Well, you get a lot of red faces plus a hell of a noisy room!

Well, there we were at Six Happiness Restaurant near Ampang Waterfront from 8.30pm until 11pm having fun, singing away. I think it was fun as it gave the chance for everybody to release the tension from work and just let go. Oh, I forgot to mention, this was a Chinese New Year yearly gathering with colleagues, except this year there was a farewell included for one of the bosses, plus 2 birthday boys.

My dear colleagues

I wanted to take a picture of the dishes, but due to the number of guys at each table, the moment the food was served, it was snapped up before you could say "Kampai!"  I did manage to snap one picture of the birthday cake.

What can I say, I love my colleagues, especially when they're drunk! Gong Xi Fa Cai guys! We did take a group picture, but it was taken using another colleague's DSLR. Maybe I'll update this post with the picture once I sober up a bit.

If I Were In Burlesque

A week back, I joint another one of Nuffnang's contests to win movie tickets. This time, the contest was fairly simple. All we had to do was to leave a comment in their website by completing the sentence "If I were in Burlesque, I'd be a star because..." as creatively as possible.

It sounded simple, but it gets harder if you're a guy. Come on, the stars of Burlesque are mostly ladies, beautiful ladies, so how does a guy become a star in Burlesque? Well, my comment for the contest entry is as below. Don't laugh too loud.

If I were in Burlesque, I’d be a star because I’m just like the girl who started from scratch, and climbed her way up to the top! However I’m the male version of the hot chick Christina Aguilera, let’s refer to me as the cool HUNK, Isaac Aguilera! 

Initially, nobody would even notice me serving up their drinks as the bartender. Oh, I haven’t told you yet? In Burlesque, I start off as the bartender, shaking up those cocktails while moving to the rhythm of techno, electronic, and pop music. 

Yeah, then it dawned upon me one fateful day that I deserve to have a spot with those guys prancing on the stage. Come on! I’m a much better dancer and singer than they’ll ever be. My moves on stage is beyond comparison. 

To cut the tale of Isaac Aguilera “The Star” short, I caught the eye of Burlesque’s owner, and the rest was history! I’ve graduated from the bar, to the gliterry stage, showing all of my superstar moves. Can you hear the crowd scream my name?!

Thanks to Nuffnang, I'm going to be able to catch another movie premiere this coming 7th February 2011, and the movie is Burlesque!

Invitation Email from Nuffnang

Check out some of the pictures from Burlesque below.


Nifty moves

Weird Place For A Car Number Plate

Today, I came back from lunch to see this car which strikes me as being quite interesting due to the way the owner placed his car number plates. Have a look below.

If you haven't noticed, his number plates were propped up inside the car, and not fixed outside as per normal. Interesting and it made me think of the possible reasons he or she may have done that. It didn't take me long to figure out the reason. The owner just changed his original myvi rear bonnet to an imported Passo rear bonnet. What he didn't do was stick back the Perodua emblem, and get a number plate holder!

Cheap And Tasty Chinese Dishes At Wangsa Maju

I just had to blog about this place, especially now with the increase in food prices. For the past few months, I've been eating my dinner more times than the occasional treat at this roadside chinese restaurant / coffeeshop. The restaurant is located in section 2 Wangsa Maju KL, in Taman Desa Setapak. To be exact it's just beside Guardians.

Anyway, I had my dinner there again, ordering my favourite, which was the sweet and sour fish. Have a look below on the portion, I ordered the smallest portion because there were only 2 of us.I love the way they cook the fish, crispy on the outside, yet we still can taste the tender fish meat inside.

Sweet and sour fish
We ordered 1 plate of rice to share, because the serving of the rice is huge to say the least. For me, I am not able to finish one plate of their rice. We only ordered 2 dishes because if we had ordered a third, it would have been too much! The second dish was the "Kong Pou Toufu", also the smallest serving. The toufu tasted great, but a tad too little.

Kong Pou Japanese Toufu
I could eat here everyday. The reason being, they actually cater for the students living nearby and the prices are really very reasonable. Wangsa Maju is home to hundreds of students who study in nearby colleges, majority from UTAR (Tar College). The total damage for tonight was just RM 12.80 for two. Rm6 for the fish, RM6 for the toufu, and 80 cents for the rice. Pretty reasonable if you asked me.

The Green Hornet Premiere

I just came back from the premiere showing of The Green Hornet sponsored by Nuffnang. Nuffnang was so generous as to give out these free tickets tonight. This was the 3rd premiere screening that I have attended in a row courtesy of Nuffnang, the first was The Season Of The Witch, second Faster and tonight's offering The Green Hornet.

Nuffnang Staff
Mr Ticket Issuer (Robb)

As usual I was there early, the ticket counter was to be opened at 8pm for the 9pm show. I reached at around 7.40pm.

The Green Hornet

This round I was lucky to be one of the first few in line, and got myself a cute little freebie. Only the first 10 or so in line got it. Until now I'm not really sure what it is, should be a torchlight of some sort. I'll need to get some batteries in it before it'll function. Have a look below.

The Green Hornet
Back to the movie, a word of advice, don't go into the cinema expecting The Green Hornet to be a "Batman" superhero type of movie. Instead think along the lines of "Rush Hour". The Green Hornet is an action comedy, with the emphasis being on comedy. We have Seth Rogan playing Britt, the green hornet character and Jay Chou playing his sidekick, Kato.

The movie starts off showing Britt being the regular playboy millionaire's son having a fun time in life, that it until his dad gets murdered. The bumbling goof then meets up with Kato who together with him starts off their alter egos as the green hornet and his sidekick. The sidekick does not have a name by the way, but Kato was the one who had to save Britt's behind all the time. Three quarters of the show had me feeling quite irritated with the way Britt playing the green hornet.

Anyway, moving along, the green hornet poses as the bad guys at first, in order to stop an even badder dude. There are lots of laughter throughout the movie as we see Britt goofing up all the way until the end where he suddenly shows his heroic side. I prefer Kato as the brilliant sidekick who invents the green hornet's cars, guns, gadgets and can fight his way against all the baddies.

Overall a rather fun movie to watch, but not very memorable. Jay Chou did a good job here portraying the cool sidekick, while Seth Rogan just comes off as being the funnyman. Somehow, I don't really fancy my green hornet superhero being played by a funny guy.

The Green Hornet

Lion Dance At Centre Court Midvalley Megamall

Tong Tong Tong Chiang! The sound from the drums were deafening at around 2pm today at Midvalley Megamall. There was a lion dance troupe performing at the centre court, the crowd was already very big by the time I reached. Hence I could not get a nice shot, but I tried my best to squeeze in.

Lion dance in action

Midvalley Megamall's chinese new year decoration this year was red themed. Red, red and red everywhere. The lion dance really liven up the atmosphere of the shopping mall, lifting everybody's shopping spirits. The whole lion dance took a good 25 minutes. Check out the pictures below of the crowd.

Loud drums for the CNY spirit!

Well that's about all guy and girls. Just wanted to share what I experienced today at Midvalley. I think they will have this lion dance everyday until chinese new year. Oh, and if you want some free mandarin oranges, be sure to wait till the lions finish dancing then collect from their mouths.

CNY Deco

Orlando Clothes Shopping Day

That was the day I went from being "surviving financially" to "broke financially". The story was, I needed some new clothes for my wedding, work, etc, and the last time I actually went clothes shopping was like a hundred years ago.

One fine weekend, I went with my future wife to Sungai Wang Plaza to do exactly that, clothes shopping. The Orlando shop was located in Sungai Wang, a quiet little unassuming shop. Little did I know this shop was going to take hundreds of my hard earned cash. Ouch.

Orlando Clothes Shopping Day
Orlando Boutique at Sungai Wang Plaza

I was impressed with the quality of the shirts. The price wasn't very cheap but that's what you get for quality, I suppose.

Well, one thing led to another, and I ended up forking out close to RM660 for everything. Mind you, this figure was after discounts. And to think I just wanted to get 1 or 2 clothes for myself. Below were all the items we got that day, inclusive of 2 gifts (1 set box of Orlando pen, belt, and wallet, and 1 box of Thomas London belt). We got a few shirts for our parents as well (2 shirts for her dad, and one for mine)

Orlando Clothes Shopping Day
So little yet so much
For me!
Just for the record, I list down the items I got and the prices for it. Thanks to my future wife, she managed to pick for me the best looking clothes.

Orlando Clothes Shopping Day
Itemized billing. 

PTPTN Confirmation On Lowered Interest Rate From 3% to 1%

End of last year, 2010 I was getting quite depressed over my Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) Repayment. If you were to check out that link, you'll notice I owe them RM75k already, an increase of RM11k from my initial debt of RM64k. It's not I don't pay back at all, it's just that I was not paying back regularly.

At that time, I made it a point to apply for the interest change to PTPTN. A 1% interest rate is definately better than 3%, that's a reduction of 2%!. Initially when I took up this loan in 1999 it was at 4%.

I submitted the application mid of last month, and was pleasantly surprised when PTPTN sent me an email yesterday confirming that they have already changed my interest rate. Sweet.

Email confirmation
So for those that have not applied for the rate adjustment, you could do it now. But bear in mind, from what I heard, PTPTN may start auto cut from our monthly salaries very soon.

Tokyo Disneyland

I had the chance to visit Tokyo a few years back for a business trip, fully paid for by my previous company. What do you do when you're in Tokyo? Visit its attractions of course! And visit I did, one of them would be Tokyo Disneyland.

Tokyo Disneyland
Me against the backdrop of the disneyland castle

Don't mind me, I had these pictures in my PC hard drive for years, and since it's the weekends, I took the opportunity to share it here on my blog.

Tokyo Disneyland
The tickets prices weren't very cheap

A brief background on this place, Tokyo Disneyland is a 115 acre theme park located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. If compared with the other Disneylands in other countries, this one could rank one of the smaller Disneylands, but the fun and magic remains the same. It was the first Disney parks to be built outside of the United States and opened April 15th 1983.

Tokyo Disneyland
Disneyland Tokyo

I cannot remember exactly how much I paid to enter this place, but if I'm not wrong it was close to RM100, around there. I went with my colleagues early in the morning and could actually spend the whole day there. Disneyland may be very attractive to young kids, but personally in my opinion, as an adult, the excitement was just not that high.

The weekend crowd on that day was overwhelming, packed to the brim. If you don't believe me, just check out the number of baby trolleys parked outside every attraction below. Imagine the amount of babies in Tokyo Disneyland that day! I think if all started crying, my ears would have gone deaf.

Tokyo Disneyland
Babies everywhere!
Tokyo Disneyland
Entrance to Tokyo Disneyland

One of the first monuments that greeted me when I entered was Mr Walt Disney's statue with Mickey mouse. A quick check on the internet gave me this fun fact. Did you know Walt Disney did not allow a statue of himself while he was alive? But now, we can remember him and his little buddy Mickey forevermore.

Walt Disney

The place was seriously kid oriented with all the bright colored buildings, crazy wordings, heck even the food menu was spiced up to cater for every kid in us.

Tokyo Disneyland
Fancy some liquid fuel for breakfast?
Tokyo Disneyland
In the mood for some Christmas fun?

Overall, it was a fun visit, would be even better if I was 10 years old. Pretty good experience, if this was one of the smaller Disneylands, I can't wait to visit the other larger ones in the future. Have a look at more lovely pictures I've taken below.

Tokyo Disneyland
Colourful elaborately styled buildings
Here, there, everywhere
Tokyo Disneyland
More colorful kiddy stuffs

Won 2 Tickets To The Premiere Screening Of The Green Hornet

Thank god it's Friday! TGIF. I've always loved to utter this every time the end of the week is here. Come on, who doesn't love the weekends? But today was even lovelier because of the email below.

The email

Thanks to Nuffnang, I will get the chance to attend another movie premiere. This time it is going to be for this new movie "The Green Hornet". How did I get this tickets? Well it was a contest conducted by Nuffnang, and 70 winners would be chosen to get these tickets. My blog entry was lucky enough to be picked to win.

Link to my blog post for  this contest - If I Were The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet

De Palma Ampang Preview Of Linton University College

I was called to join in at an education preview conducted by Linton University College held at De Palma Hotel Ampang last Tuesday. The preview was scheduled to start at 8.15pm at level 1 of the hotel, Nuri 3 conference room.

It was my first time to these type of education previews and also my first time to De Palma Hotel Ampang. It's a pretty decent hotel, located in Ampang. A total of 26 families arrived to listen to the education talk conducted by my uncle Twinny. The hall was suppose to fit only 55 people, but we had up to 65 people hence it was packed. One family took an average of 3 seats comprising of the parents and their sons or daughters.

Education Preview
The talk went on for the next 3 hours. My uncle, the speaker have great skills in public presentation as he could keep the audiences' attention for 3 hours. Overall it was a good night, and I must say every family sitting there learnt a lot about the courses offered and also gained knowledge about our current education environment. As for me, I'm glad to be able to sit in and learn how to give a good public speech. I wonder when will it be my turn?

Full house

My Ride Auto Grooming Wangsa Melawati

I have always been kind of lazy to wash my car, not so much of laziness but the lack of space. My rented house in Wangsa Maju does not give me much open area to wash it. Therefore, I'm always on a look out for good, affordable and most importantly clean car wash outlet.

Well for the past 2 years or so, I've been a loyal customer of this outlet in Wangsa Melawati. The name of this car wash outlet is called My Ride Auto Grooming, which is kind of familiar if you ask me. It reminded me of the MTV show "Pimp My Ride". But most importantly is the service and effort they put in to ensure your ride is clean and shiny when you drive out of the place.

My Ride Auto Grooming
My Ride Car Wash Outlet at Wangsa Melawati
My Ride Auto Grooming provides a multitude of services and items other than the car wash itself ranging from waxing and polishing to car carpets. I've utilized the polishing services on a few occasions, and they never fail to impress. I was there 2 days ago to give my car a good washing when I decided to take some pictures of the outlet. The last time my car had a bath was like a month back, you can imagine the amount of dirt on it.

My Ride Auto Grooming
The waiting area
I am recommending this place for those who live nearby, probably around Ampang, Gombak and Wangsa Maju area. The reason being, the effort these guys put into cleaning your car is really worth the money you fork out. For example, my rims are white, so I usually emphasize to any car wash I go to to clean it properly. All other car wash outlets I've been to never does a good job here, as in there's always dirt left. When My Ride guys clean the interior of the car, every inch of the car was covered. I actually found it tough to find fault with their work.

My Ride Auto Grooming
My Car in Various Stages of Bathing
All these for a price of RM10 inclusive of interior vacuuming (For a medium sized car). Not dirt cheap, but also not expensive, as the standard prices for a car wash in KL nowadays range from RM8 to RM30.