R.E.M – Imitation Of Life

R.E.M is an American rock band formed in 1980, Athens, Gerogia, consisting Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Bill Berry (drum and percussion)..

R.E.M is considered as one of the first popular alternative rock bands, with “Radio Free Europe”, being their first released single back in 1981..

“Document”, their 5th released album was the breakthrough album for being their first million-copies selling album in 1988..

In 1992, they’ve won 3 Grammys, Best Alternative Music Album (Out of Time), Best Short Form Music Video (Losing My Religion), and Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals (Losing My Religion)..

With their successes, I’ve only started to notice them in 2001, with this single “Imitation Of Life”, from their 12th album “Reveal”..

According to Micahel Stipe, the entire video only took 20-seconds to shoot..It’s very obvious that you can see from the video, everything is being looped forwards and backwards..

The video is especially noticeable because of Michael Stipe’s spastic movements..

If you like this song you might also like “Driver 8″ from their 3rd album “Fables Of  The Reconstruction”..

Enjoy the music video and lyrics of “Imitation Of Life” by R.E.M..

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R.E.M – Imitation Of Life

Charades, pop skill
Water hyacinth, named by a poet
Imitation of life.
Like a koi in a frozen pond.
Like a goldfish in a bowl.
I don’t want to hear you cry.

Thats sugarcane that tasted good.
Thats cinnamon, thats Hollywood.
C’mon, c’mon no one can see you try.

You want the greatest thing
The greatest thing since bread came sliced.
You’ve got it all, you’ve got it sized.
Like a Friday fashion show teenager
Freezing in the corner
Trying to look like you don’t try.

Thats sugarcane that tasted good.
Thats cinnamon, thats Hollywood.
C’mon, c’mon no one can see you try.

No one can see you cry.

That sugar cane that tasted good.
That freezing rain, that’s what you could.
C’mon, c’mon on no one can see you cry.

This sugarcane
This lemonade
This hurricane, I’m not afraid.
C’mon, c’mon no one can see you cry.

This lightning storm
This tidal wave
This avalanche, I’m not afraid.
C’mon, c’mon no one can see me cry.

That sugar cane that tasted good.
That’s who you are, that’s what you could.
C’mon, c’mon on no one can see you cry.

That sugar cane that tasted good.
That’s who you are, that’s what you could.
C’mon, c’mon on no one can see you cry.

Plane Spotting @ KLIA With MAS

PLANE SPOTTING FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU~!!! *raise your hands up in the air and profusely shaking crotch*..

It’s been some time since my last Hard Gay gesture..FUUUU~!!!!

Last Saturday, 22nd of August 2009, was the day where I go against all odds to wake up at 5.30am, instead of going to bed at that time (which I’ve been doing in recent days)..

That is also the day after I’ve awaken for 32 hours for my final 2 papers, before going to bed at 1.30am on Friday midnight..

Dale was the driver that day, fetching Wingz, Jess, and yours truly, from Cheras all the way to KLIA..

Million thanks to MAS for getting permission for some of us, so-called photographers to shoot at KLIA runway..

By right and by law, pedestrians are prohibited from stopping at the roadside and taking pics of the hangars and runway in KLIA..

With MAS’s PR department, we were able to do so, and to be able to attend it, MAS selected a group of about 20 so-called photographers for this event..Thanks a bunch..

The meeting was suppose to start at 7.30am but due to the early-ness of the meeting, some of us arrived a bit late and some got lost..

Then we gathered up on a hill facing the runway..

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*Some of us*

The hill was quite strategic because it covers the runway..Unfortunately, we couldn’t really see planes taking off nor landing because it’s in the middle of the runway..

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*MAS Kargo hangar*

Soon after that, the PR people, Jonathan, Jung Yee, and Salina, asked the officers on-duty whether we could go to another site that could feed our fetish, somewhat..

The officers right on asked us to hop on our cars, drove all the way to somewhere behind LCCT, where we were just beside the runway..

Quite close indeed..

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*MAS plane taking off*

This photo is taken from my many batch of bursting photos..Very hard to capture it as it was moving quite fast, very good for panning..

With the range of our lenses, even zoom out to maximum of 210mm or 300mm, we couldn’t really focus on the plane..

A lot of cropping needed to be done..

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*High up in the sky*

The weather on that morning was quite gloomy all the way..It made the background wasn’t really that great due to the dark clouds..

So the photo above is the result of cropping, level adjustment, and curves adjustment as well..

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*Some snack courtesy of Salina from MAS*

Thanks a lot to Salina from MAS for preparing the snacks, home baked orange and chocolate muffins, and some hotdogs..

It’s very nice of her for doing it, and she’s the one who’s fasting! LOL~!! STIM~!!

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*Maneuvering*

Caught it maneuvering, somewhat..

Other than all these highly processed photos due to the weather condition and usage of lenses, I’ve played a bit with Continuous Shots a.k.a burst mode..

With this Continuous Shots and with the help of Photoshop, I’ve made them into GIF images..

Recently I have a new fetish, that is Continuous Shots, or Stop Motion or Time Lapse works..Whatever you call it..

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*Aaron skodeng-ing the plane*

Aaron was standing at the edge and I saw the plane incoming..So I tried to get a bit of angle from this photos..

Continue on~!!! There are 5 more GIF images..

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Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia, Tanggal 31 Bulan 8, 57

Sudah sekian lama saya berfikir untuk blog dalam Bahasa Melayu, akhirnya saya telah melakukannya..

Sempena Hari Kemerdekaan pada bulan Ogos ini, saya memutuskan untuk memaparkan pemikiran saya dalam Bahasa Melayu, untuk masukan ini sahaja..

Setelah 52 tahun kita mencapai kemerdekaan, isu-isu sensitif seperti isu perkauman, hak istimewa bumiputera, dan sebagainya..

Pernah sekali kaum Cina dihina sebagai pendatang asing oleh salah seorang wakil rakyat..

Pernah juga kaum Cina dituduh menghina agama Islam dalam pelbagai cara, bunyi azan terlalu kuat mahupun suatu organisasi Islam itu satu organisasi yang melampau (ekstrim)..

Saya sebagai orang Cina, tidak pun berasa apa-apa melalui tuduhan tersebut kerana semua itu menunjukkan pemikiran yang cetek daripada penuduh-penuduh and berkenaan..

Bukan saya hendak menuduh mereka pula tetapi kalau difikirkan dari aspek yang lain, dari aspek yang dikatakan begitu mulia, 1Malaysia, isu perkauman tidak harus dibangkitkan lagi, apatah lagi tuduhan-tuduhan yang melulu?

Saya bersekolah di sekolah kebangsaan dan telah memupuk persahabatan dengan murid-murid Melayu khususnya, di dalam kelas saya..Segalanya berjalan lancar, persahabatan yang tiada motif tertentu, begitu suci sekali..

Apa? Nak bahas pula bahawa isu kemelayuan tiada kaitan dengan isu Islam pula?

Saya faham juga serba sedikit mengenai hal Islam, dari sabar tu separuh dari iman (betul?), tiap-tiap malam selepas berbuka puasa adanya sembahyang terawikh, dan sebagainya..Amat umum sekali..

Kalau nak dibincangkan pasal isu Kartika jika dia patut disebat akibat meminum arak, saya tiada pandangan langsung..Itu adalah hukuman yang ditetapkan oleh Mahkamah Syariah..

Saya tidak tau langsung apa-apa tentang Undang-undang Syariah..Tetapi jika difikir dari pandangan seorang orang awam, hukuman sebatan terhadap kaum wanita hanya kerana meminum arak, adalah agak serius..

Itu pun boleh tahan lagi..Agaknya 6 sebatan kalau tak silap saya, jika nak dibandingkan dengan pemberita di salah satu negara di Timur Tengah yang dikatakan perlu menanggung hingga 3,000 sebatan kerana memakai seluar dan bukan pakaian menyerupai burqa..

Nampaknya, saya telah menyerong dari topik asal saya..Kita berbalik kepada 1Malaysia..

Bagaimanapun, konsep 1Malaysia hanya dapat direalisasikan jika pihak kerajaan memahami perkataan Malaysia tersebut..

Orang Malaysia merupakan suatu istilah yang ditujukan kepada setiap warganegara Malaysia..

Mengenai isu istilah BM, harus dipanggil Bahasa Melayu atau Bahasa Malaysia..

Pada firasat saya, isu ini adalah sia-sia sahaja..Ia tidak harus dibahas dengan begitu keras sekali..

Kalau nak diletakkan BM itu Bahasa Melayu, saya amat bersetuju kerana Bahasa Melayu itu dirujukkan sebagai satu bahasa rasmi, yang digunakan oleh orang Melayu..

Manakala Bahasa Malaysia, dirujukkan sebagai suatu bahasa rasmi yang digunakan oleh setiap warganegara Malaysia..Nak senang didengar, Bahasa Malaysia namanya..Nak serong sikit, bahasa rojak namanya..

Bahasa Malaysia merupakan bahasa yang diguna dan boleh difaham oleh setiap warganegara..Oleh itu, pada pendapat saya, Bahasa Malaysia boleh jadi penggabungan beberapa bahasa utama Malaysia, seperti berikut..

“Ah neh, kira..Teh O Ais satu, char kuey teow satu”..

Dalam ayat ini, ia telah memuatkan ketiga-tiga bahasa utama dalam Malaysia, iaitu Tamil, Cina, dan Melayu..

Itu merupakan satu contoh kasar yang dipinjam dari bahasa pasar..Bagaimana pula dengan penggunaan bahasa yang lebih formal?

Perkataan seperti ‘konsisten’..‘Konsisten’ merupakan adaptasi Bahasa Inggeris ‘consistent’ yang membawa maksud pelakasanaan sesuatu kerja yang melihatkan keputusan yang agak mantap dan selari dengan setiap keputusan-keputusan seseorang atau kumpulan..

Dari situ, perkataan ‘adaptasi’ pula adalah perkataan Inggeris ‘adaptation’ yang membawa maksud penyerapan seseorang, haiwan, alat, atau perkataan asing yang diubahsuai supaya disesuaikan dengan keadaan semasa..

Ada juga perkataan-perkataan seperti ‘komen’ (comment), ‘globalisasi’ (globalisation), ‘fermentasi’ (fermentation), ‘impak’ (impact), ‘implikasi’ (implication), ‘modenisasi’ (modernization), dan sebagainya..

Pada pendapat saya inilah yang dikatakan sebagai Bahasa Malaysia, penyerapan bahasa asing ke dalam Bahasa Melayu..

Perkataan-perkataan tersebut bukannya tiada perkataan Melayunya sendiri..‘Komen’ dalam Melayu adalah ‘cadangan’, ‘impak’ adalah ‘kesan’, ‘modenisasi’ adalah ‘permodenan’, dan sebagainya..

Mungkin perkataan seperti ‘globalisasi’ tiada perkataan akar yang digunakan dalam Bahasa Melayu, tetapi penyerapan ini saya tidak berapa setuju bahawa ia adalah Bahasa Melayu yang asli..

Jadi, apa kata kamu sekarang? Adakah Bahasa Melayu sama dengan Bahasa Malaysia? Saya rasa tidak..

Bagaimanapun, saya mengucapkan tahniah kepada warganegara Malaysia kerana dapat menyambut kemerdekaan untuk 52 tahun dan berharap Malaysia dapat menerajui era kegemilangan yang lebih baik daripada sekrang, terutama sekali isu perkauman..

The Ugly Truth Premiere Screening

It’s a premiere screening of another chick flick..

Now that I think of it, chick flick is the category that I’ve watched the most, second to horror, if not more than that..

I don’t know why but I always relate my personal life in a way or another with most of the chick flicks that I’ve watched..Now I feel a bit sissy..

Anyway, I’m giving away 5 pairs of passes to the premiere screening of The Ugly Truth which is on 8th September 2009, 9.30pm at Cathay Cineplex Damansara, courtesy of Sony Pictures..

Just leave your name and e-mail as part of the comments and you are on the way to receive FREE movie tickets..

It’s a first come first serve basis, where first 5 commentators will receive a pair of the movie tickets!

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The Ugly Truth, is a movie that I reckon to be a good movie, starring Gerard Butler (300, P.S I Love You) and Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, Grey’s Anatomy)..Who doesn’t want to see the King Leonidas, ruler of Sparta in a chick flick? I’ll be the first in line!

This movie is very much related to the theory that I’ve been believing since Primary school days..Hatred between a man and a woman will eventually become love, in its own way, or something like that..

I’ve always thought that when you hate a person, you’ll always think of him/her..From there, it’ll blossom into love..Lovely~~

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Well not that I know how the story goes and I’m definitely not giving out any spoilers..

To know the truth, you have to watch The Ugly Truth to find truth coz the truth is out there *X-Files theme playing in the background*..

Check out the trailer..

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Watch the official trailer HERE..

Invitations will be sent out on 3rd September 2009 via email..Do check your email on that weekend..Set a reminder on your mobile if you are forgetful! :P

If you are the unlucky ones, do check out the blog stated in the movie poster for more ticket giveaways!

All the best baby~!!

I Don’t Want To Rest In Pieces Like Final Destination

This is a true story..Seriously..

Few years back, my friends and I had BBQ with few friends of mine..That time my hair was still short, spiky short..

We set up the fire pit on the roadside in front of the house gate..Everyone gathered and we talked, ate, and laughed..

Then a friend, I shall call him Mr C, suggested that we have a bit of ghost stories..

Considering he was in the boys scout, there are plenty of eerie ghost stories to be told..

Then, he started with something like this, I couldn’t really remember..It’s definitely not the same story but about the same concept, I guess..

Once a upon a time there was a hut in the rubber tree plantation cum thick forest..

In the hut, occupied by a mother and the daughter..Both of them were isolated from the others as they are rubber tappers and were given the hut to stay in..

So one night, after the mother and daughter finished their dinner, they cleaned the dishes and going to call it a night..

Suddenly, someone knocking on the front door..Knock knock..They got curious because there weren’t many people visit them unless it’s the end of month to collect the latex from the trees..

The daughter opened the door, peeked out..No one was there..Maybe it’s just some twigs or branches dropped from the trees, they thought..

Soon after they closed the door, someone, or maybe something, knocked on the door again..

Felt weird, this time the mother opened the door..Again, no one was there..

The mother thought it must be some wild animals running around and hit the door, just to make her and the daughter feel relief a bit..So she closed the door..

Not long after that, a knocking sound is heard again..They got scared, really scared..Goosebumps all over their body..

“Who’s there??”, the daugther asked..No answer..Knock knock, again..

“Oi chee bye..Who’s there lah??!?!??”, the daughter yelled a bit..Still no answer..Knock knock..

More goosebumps..They looked at each other, nodded, a sign of agreement to look at the door together gather..

They walked slowly to the door, the knocking sound is getting louder and harder..

The closer they got to the door, the louder and harder the knocking gets..

Frightened and trembling, they mumbled some verses from the Quran, braved themselves to open the door as there’s nothing to be afraid other than the Almighty God..

The daughter placed her hand on the door knob, the knocking sound stopped..

Then she opened the door, both of them peeked out of the house, slowly, slowly, slowly..

Then suddenly..

WAAAHHHHHH~!!!!!!!

Mr C shouted ‘WAAHHHH’ and I got frightened coz I was too concentrate in his story..

Worst of all, another friend, Mr P, sitting beside Mr C, was holding a camera, it was a film camera..Snap snap snap..

It was a planned ghost story just to scare people and at the same time snap pic of the people to see their reaction..

SHIT~!!! Caught in the act~!!! Few days after that, he got the films developed, and the result?

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It’s real yo..Look at the tense nerves on my neck wtf..

Nuffnang Ogawa @ Pavillion

Last week on 12th August 2009, Ogawa brought about a group of bloggers for a get-together dinner to introduce its new massage chair..

First we were treated with dinner at TGI Friday’s in Pavillion, buffet style..

A brief introduction by Robb and Ogawa rep about what can be expected on that night..Sounds fun..

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*Thomas sharing his thoughts*

After the dinner, the whole bunch was split into 2 groups..One group headed to the Ogawa shop and another stayed to play some games, which I was in the second group..

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*Ogawa EyeTune*

The two eventual winners, Pamsong and JunJun-Riko, walked home with an Ogawa EyeTune, an eye massager with a built-in MP3 player..

Then it’s our group’s turn to try out the massage chairs! Wooo hooo..

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*That’s me trying out Smart Mate and Jun trying out Sensual*

The one I’m trying, Ogawa Smart Mate, has Dual Action Massage Mode, which combines kneading and tapping actions together with simultaneous rolling actions to work on the body’s main reflex points..

It also has Air Bag Massage, a total of 10 air bags concentrated on the calve and leg areas and 2 on the seats to relieve aches and tiredness on the lower body and legs..The Vibration Mode also gives almost the same function as the Air Bag Massage..

Ogawa Sensual, is a massage chair that is targeted on patients suffering from myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism..

The massage chair has the benefits of prevents computer-related ophthalmic diseases, soothes osteoarthritis, and restrains neurasthenia, helps improve sleep quality..

Move along to see the newest massage chair in their product-line..

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