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..Munirah - Zainal wedding, Dewan Sivik, P.J

Phew, finally an update. A lot of things happened while I was 'away'. I'm starting to get busy with my studies. Tonnes of text books and reading materials to read. I'll probably need to shove aside some of the books on my reading list. Busy days ahead until Hari Raya I guess..

And thanks to the bloody Internet connectivity. My home Streamyx connection has been terrible the past few months. I can say it's the worst since using it for the last 5 years or so. I've really had enough of TM Customer Support's troubleshooting guide. I wanted to call TM awhile ago to ask how many calls have I made since May cos they haven't really fixed the problem til now, but the line was busy then and so I gave up after three attempts. Damnit.

Hmm, time's up. Later.

Anwar Ibrahim - Shabery Cheek debate

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Anwar - Shabery live debate on Astro Awani channel 501 and TV9, organised by Agendadaily.com (image credit: Malaysiakini)

After watching the debate, "Hari ini membentuk kerajaan, esok turun harga minyak", I think it was pretty obvious that Dato' Seri Anwar was the better person. Though Dato' Shabery did brought up some good points, it was no match to the points and details raised by Dato' Seri Anwar. I doubt any UMNO supporters would claim that Shabery 'won' the debate. I'd say Shabery has failed in his duty as a representative of the government to explain the rational and the reason of the government's policy to increase the price of petrol. By saying this I am not implying that I agree with the petrol increase. It is just that Shabery was not convincing enough. I shooked my head in disbelieve when he spoke again and again about the 1974 demonstrasi mahasiswa issue for the third time toward the ending speech. What has this got to do with the deba…

Pay Less Books Sale!

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..'Pay Less Books' Clearance Sale, Bandar Bukit Puchong


..4 books for RM4! I would've probably bought more if not because of the heat and the crowd in the small shop

This is quite a long overdue blog entry. All because of the bloody Internet connection lately. The book sale was last week (4-6 July 2008). Anyways, thanks to 'ain for informing me about the clearance sale. This is definitely the clearance sale not to be missed. Here are the books that I've bought home happily. Some of the books might be useful for my research material and there's one which I gave to my sister who is expecting a baby boy somewhere in mid August or early September;
1. Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything - Steven Levy (1994)
2. Crusaders and Pragmatists: Movers of Modern American Foreign Policy - John Stoessinger (1985)
3. The Unfinished War: Vietnam and the American Conscience - Walter Capps (1982)
4. Operating Instructions: A Journal of M…

D-War: Dragon Wars

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Plainly speaking, War of the Dragons or D-War: Dragon Wars (in North America), directed by Korean director, Shim Hyung-rae, is such a stupid movie. This is definitely the worst movie that I have watched in 2008 so far.

Save for the stunning technical and CG effects, the storyline sucks big time. What's the point of having good effects and all but had an incredibly weak storyline? A good CG effects can never replace a movie storyline. In addition to the ridiculous storyline, the lead characters were poorly developed and there was simply no real climax in the movie.

What was supposed to be a 'war of dragons' turned out to be a just a fight for a few minutes between the evil and the good Imoogi towards the end. And I was like, oh is that all?

According to Wikipedia, this fantasy-action film was Korea's largest-budgeted film as of 2007! It is a dissapointment I think for them to spend such a great sum of money to produce this kind of low quality movie. This Korean film whi…

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Dr. Farish Noor and books

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..the blogger, Dr. Farish Noor (sporting a new beard) and Suraya (surprisingly, I bumped into my ex-schoolmate, Suraya at the end of the lecture)

This is actually Dr. Farish Noor's third OtherMalaysia.org Lecture Series held at The Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur. I missed out the first two series due to my Saturday classes. After looking at the topic of the lecture, "Of Rajas, Dewarajas, Maharajas and Kerajaan: 4000 Years of Feudal Politics in Malaysia and Southeast Asia" on Facebook, I didn't think twice and decided to attend it. Although I often disagree with some of his "liberal minded" writings especially his views on Islam, the notion of the 'Malay' society, the Allah-Malay bible controversy and etc, published on Off The Edge magazine; I still regard him as one of the most prolific writer in Malaysia. I think it's the same case as Hishamuddin Rais, in which, I don't have to agree with much his writings to actually enjoy rea…