Sunday, October 28, 2007

Reign Over Me

Jim & I were over at Chris' (Jim's sister) today for a late lunch with the family. On our way back from picking up the pizza, Chris & I decided to stop at Blockbuster and rent the movie "Reign Over Me".

The movie starred, Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Liv Tyler and a few other popular actors. It's about a man (Don Cheadle) who ran into his college roommate, Adam Sandler, who lost his wife & 3 daughters on 9/11. He rekindled their friendship and helped his friend (Sandler) work past his lost of his family.

It was a pretty good movie. A little long and the middle part of the movie kinda got a little boring for me but alll in all it's good. You might shed a few tears at the end.

Friday, October 26, 2007

You Kill Me

We saw the movie, "You Kill Me" earlier today. We thought it was pretty good. It's a dark comedy starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson and Bill Pullman.

Ben Kingsley played a drunk assassin who slept thru his last job. His boss told him to get sober so he moved from Buffalo to San Francisco where he met Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson and Bill Pullman. A few "events" ensued and......

The movie is pretty good especially if you like dark humor....

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

World Series '07

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Tonight is the start of the World Series between the Colorado Rockies & the Boston Red Sox. Which team will win? Jim thinks that the Boston Red Sox will since they won their last World Series 4 years ago. As for me, I don't really care though it would be nice if the Rockies win since this is their first time in the World Series....


UPDATE:
Oct 24: Red Sox won 13 - 1
Oct 25: Red Sox won 2 - 1
Oct 27: Red Sox won 10 - 5 *Looks like the Boston Red Sox is going to win the World Series this year
Oct 28: Red Sox won 4 - 3 BOSTON RED SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

1408

Jim & I just finished watching the movie "1408" starring John Cusack & Samuel L Jackson. It's a horror movie based on a Stephen King book. Though I am not a big fan of horror movies, I do like Stephen King's and I think this movie was pretty well made.

Those of you who knows me know that I watched the movie behind my pillow(s)..penakut...he he he.

John Cusack (used to have a big crush on him when I was younger *wink*) was good in it and so was Samuel L Jackson, though he did not have a very big role in it.

John Cusack played an author who writes about haunted hotels. Samuel L Jackson was the manager at the Hotel Dolphin where John Cusack stayed in room 1408 which supposedly is haunted.

Pretty cool (scary...to me anyways) movie...Watch it....

** Other recommended Stephen King's movies..

- "The Shining" (both the movie with Jack Nicholson & the tv version with Steven Weber are good)

- "Pet Cemetary"

- "Cujo"

- "The Stand"

There are a few others which I can't think of the titles at the moment

Saturday, October 20, 2007

How My "Sons" Wake Me Up in the Morning - A Depiction...

video

Jim sent me this email and it somewhat of a true depiction of how my two "sons", Sammy & Tiger, would try to wake me up in the morning, though it's a guy in the video and the last bit isn't true...at least I don't think so...he he he

Friday, October 19, 2007

J.K. Rowling outs Hogwarts character By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

* I read this on Yahoo news a few minutes ago. What a surprise....

NEW YORK - Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall.

After reading briefly from the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she took questions from audience members.

She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds "true love."

"Dumbledore is gay," the author responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."

Dumbledore's love, she observed, was his "great tragedy."

"Oh, my god," Rowling concluded with a laugh, "the fan fiction."

Potter readers on fan sites and elsewhere on the Internet have speculated on the sexuality of Dumbledore, noting that he has no close relationship with women and a mysterious, troubled past. And explicit scenes with Dumbledore already have appeared in fan fiction.

Rowling told the audience that while working on the planned sixth Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," she spotted a reference in the script to a girl who once was of interest to Dumbledore. A note was duly passed to director David Yates, revealing the truth about her character.

Rowling, finishing a brief "Open Book Tour" of the United States, her first tour here since 2000, also said that she regarded her Potter books as a "prolonged argument for tolerance" and urged her fans to "question authority."

Not everyone likes her work, Rowling said, likely referring to Christian groups that have alleged the books promote witchcraft. Her news about Dumbledore, she said, will give them one more reason.

"Vacancy" & "4:Rise of the Silver Surfer"

We saw both these movies, "Vacancy" & "4: Rise of the Silver Surfer" this week. All I have to say is that both movies sucked...bad, especially "4:Rise of the Silver Surfer"

"Vacancy" is a thriller/slasher/horror movie starring Luke Wilson (I do think he's cute *wink*) and Kate Beckinsale. Though I consider both of them good actors, this movie just doesn't do it for me. They played a couple whose car broke down in the middle of nowhere (haven't this been done so many times before?) and had to spend the night in the only motel available. While watching movies in their room, they realized that the movies shown was actually taped in the room they were occupying. The normal thriller/slasher stuff ensued after that and then blah, blah, blah and more blah....

"4:Rise of the Silver Surfer" is the sequeal to the "Fantastic 4" movie starring Ioan Gruffudd (Mr Fantastic), Jessica Alba (Invisible Girl), Chris Evans (Human Torch) & Michael Chiklis (The Thing). Though I wasn't too impressed with the original movie, this sequal is even worst. It looked like the producers/writers threw in a few lines (stupid lines, that is) just so that they can have a sequel. Yes, there were a few cool special effects in it but that doesn't mean anything if there is no plotline and the acting was so bad. Neither of the actors, Julian McMahon (Dr Doom) & Doug Jones (Silver Surfer) included, were very interesting.

I definitely would not recommend either of these movies....

Wedding



Congrats to my cousin Hazel & her new hubby, Alex on their wedding. Moga bahagia ke anak cucu.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy Birthday Ali














HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY to my youngest cousin, Ali (far left)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Colbert announces presidential pursuit - Jake Coyle

NEW YORK - Stephen Colbert has announced his candidacy for president on "The Colbert Report," tossing his satirical hat into the ring of an already crowded race.

"I shall seek the office of the president of the United States," Colbert said Tuesday on his Comedy Central show as red, white and blue balloons fell around him.

Colbert, 43, had recently satirized the coyness of would-be presidential candidates by refusing to disclose whether he would seek the country's highest office — a refusal that often came without any prompting.

Shortly before making the announcement, Colbert appeared on "The Daily Show" (the show that spawned Colbert's spin-off) and played cagey, claiming he was only ready to consider a White House bid. He entered the studio set pulled by a bicycle pedaled by Uncle Sam and quickly pulled out a bale of hay and a bottle of beer to show that he was "an Average Joe."

Colbert said his final decision would be announced on a "more prestigious show," which turned out to be his own.

"After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call," said Colbert.

His recent best-seller, "I Am America (And So Can You!)," allowed him to mock the now-standard approach to a White House run, complete with a high-profile book tour.

Colbert said he planned to run in South Carolina, "and South Carolina alone." The state, one of the key early primaries, is also Colbert's native state. Earlier this week, South Carolina public television station ETV invited Colbert to announce his candidacy on its air.

Exactly how far the mock conservative pundit planned to stretch his impression of a presidential candidate wasn't clear. Colbert rarely breaks character on camera, including at his memorable speech at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner last year.

The Comedy Central host has often mobilized his fans ("Colbert Nation"), encouraging them to vote to have a Hungarian bridge named after him, for example, or to vandalize Web site Wikipedia.com with his version of "truthiness" and "wikiality."

Colbert said he would run as both a Democrat and Republican. He earlier explained the strategy: "I can lose twice." He claimed three running mate possibilities: Colbert-Huckabee, Colbert-Putin or Colbert-Colbert.

Minutes after announcing his presidential pursuit, Colbert welcomed CBS political analyst Jeff Greenfield to ask how he had changed the race.

"This is going to be one for the books," said Greenfield.

A spokesman for Colbert said he would be unavailable for further comment Tuesday evening.

In a guest column for Maureen Dowd in Sunday's New York Times, Colbert wrote: "I am not ready to announce yet — even though it's clear that the voters are desperate for a white, male, middle-aged, Jesus-trumpeting alternative."

Happy Birthday Asrolf

HAPPY 36th BIRTHDAY to my cousin YOF (Asrolf), my partner in crime when we were younger.... he he he

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Arizona Diamondbacks

Last night the Arizona Diamondbacks lost their 4th and final games in a best of 7 games series against the Colorado Rockies (1-5, 2-3, 4-1 & 4-6) which means that the Colorado Rockies will be in the World Series against the winner of the Cleveland Indians vs Boston Red Sox series.

I was happy & sad when the Diamondbacks lost last night. I was sad because I live in Arizona and would like to see them win another World Series. I was HAPPY they lost coz they made such a big deal when they won against the Chicago Cubs (my favorite TEAM!!!) in 3 straight games. They were making fun of the Cubs fans since we haven't won the World Series since 1908. Can I say KARMA!!! Coz the very next series they (Diamondbacks) lost!!!!

One thing I find interesting is that I live(d) in all three cities where the three teams call home. I lived in Wheeling (surburb of Chicago, Illinois) when I went to Roosevelt University and Jim & I got married in Chicago. 5 months after we were married, we moved to Arvada (surburb of Denver, Colorado) while Jim was doing his post graduate studies at the Colorado School of Mines. Then in late 1999 we moved to Mesa (surburb of Phoenix, Arizona) where we still live now.

Though we live(d) in all three cities, the Chicago Cubs remains my true team. I can see why Jim loves the team since he was born and raised in Chicago. As for myself, I first fell in love with the team when I was doing my A-Levels in Holland. The main reason was that I liked the little Cubbie that they have for their logo. I thought the Cubbie was really cute...Then when I came to the US to further my studies I get to follow the team even more since I was studying at Southern Illinois University. I got to really love the team when I started going out with Jim.

We would go to their games every year. When we lived in Wheeling, we would take the el-train down to Wrigley Field (home of the Cubs). We would sit on the bleacher section and watch them play. Sometimes we go home reeking of beer, not because we drink them, but coz some fans behind us would be so drunk that they spilled beer on us. There is nothing compared to the experience of watching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

Then, when we moved to Colorado, we would go to their games when the Cubs come over. And when we moved to Arizona, our dreams would not have come any better since the Cubs have their spring training at Hohokam Park just 8 miles down the street from where we live. We would go to their spring training games every year as well as during the regular season when they come to play the Diamondbacks.

Life is sweet for me where the Cubs are concern...Only one thing would make it perfect...winning the World Series...Lets hope that 100 years will be the longest since they won their last World Series...

GO CUBS!!!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

I Am America (And So Can You)

Jim & I were at the mall earlier today and bought this book, "I Am America (And So Can You)" by Stephen Colbert. For those of you who don't know who Stephen Colbert (shame on you!!! he he he) is, he has a show called "The Colbert Report" which airs nightly on Comedy Central (channel 51). Just by noticing that the show is on Comedy Central explains that his show is meant to be a joke. He makes fun of the right-wing conservative Republican talk shows like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly.

I am on the 4th chapter of the book right now and have been laughing my head off since I first read the inside jacket...Get the book if you can...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Nostalgia...


*I received this email from a friend and thought I'd share it with you, my fellow bloggers...

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's

First, we survived being born to mothers who had no full time maids/cooked food/cleaned the house while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate cheese , sweet dishes and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking .

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a local bus/train was a special treat. We drank water from the tap and NOT from a bottle. We would spend hours on the terrace under bright sunlight flying our kites,without worrying about the UV effect which never ever effect us. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate pastries, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...... WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours repairing our out dated bicycle and scooter out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms........! WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were never given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, we made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Cricket League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them!
CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Salam Aidil Fitri

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri & Maaf Zahir Batin to all my family, friends and fellow bloggers. Kalu ada yang terkasar bahasa, terusik hati etc Yin hulurkan tangan mohon maaf. To those yang balik kampung tu, please drive careful...better later than....

Tahun ni raya kat US la nampaknya. Insya allah ada rezeki tahun depan Jim & Yin balik la kot. Panjang umur kita jumpa la nanti...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Britney vs Diana

In a recent interview Britney Spears had likened herself to the late Princess Diana. I burst out laughing when I heard her say that coz that is the most unrealistic comparison between the two. Yes, both are famous, have 2 sons and hounded by the papparazzi all the time but that is where the similarities end.

Britney is a train wreck waiting to happen. Well actually, it already happened. She is a selfish, no talent, drug & alcoholic "famous" person. With the prospect of losing her sons, which she now already does, to her ex-husband, she still thinks of herself. Maybe because she was so used to having her way that she thinks she is above everyone else.

I am not saying that Princess Diana is perfect...she has her flaws too. But for Britney to think that she is like Princess Diana is such an idiot thing to say. I don't see her volunteering for any good causes or visit any of those poor unfortunate people. All she cares about is booze, drugs, and/or sluty outfits. I think she is hoping that the judge would have her ex-husband take custody of the kids coz then she won't have any responsibility for them. She can go out and have a good time getting drunk and have her vajajay photographed by the papparazzis.

I am just venting here...I feel that a lot of celebraties are clueless with what's going on with the rest of the world. To them, they are the center of the universe and the rest of just just revolves around them....


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs lost their bid to the World Series last night when they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 3 straight games in a best of 5 series (3-1, 8-4, 5-1). As always, the Cubs fan had high hopes for their favorite team and yet again the team disappoints them and the curse of the Billy goat lives on. The last time the Cubs had won the World Series was in 1908 and that was almost 100 years ago!!!

Both Jim & I are big Cubs fans, Jim even so since that was where he was born. Every year we would go their spring training games which happens to be not far from where we live in Mesa as well as during the regular season when they come here to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. Every year we would hope that they would do well and be in the playoffs but every year they disappoint us. This year looked like they might be able to make it since Lou Piniella took over as their manager and yet again they disappoint us. The Cubs players have more experience than the Diamondbacks and still....they disappoint us. As a true Chicago Cubs fans, Jim & I will still root for them no matter how bad they do. Lets hope next year is our year. It will be 100 years after all.......

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

"Knocked Up" & "Bug"


We saw both "Knocked Up" and "Bug" over the weekend. I really enjoyed "Knocked Up" (Katherine Heigl & Seth Rogen). The movie is really funny and I couldn't stop laughing. I recommend this movie for anyone who wants a laugh.

As for "Bug" (Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr.) it was an interesting movie. I did like it though towards the end of the movie, I got a little disgusted. Certain part of the movie is a little confusing but all in all it is pretty good

The Visit

Elaine (my cousin Yof's wife) came over for a visit on her way to Malaysia on Friday, Sept 28. She was only able to stay for one night coz the next day she flew to San Diego to visit some of her friends there before flying back to Malaysia on October 1. I was really happy to see her. It felt good to have one of my relatives come to visit us.