Archive for March, 2016

March 25, 2016

headscarf

I’m not sure if I have written this before, but this idea has lingered in my mind for a long time – why are headscarves adorning our Muslim ladies’ heads are so plain? I mean, are they prohibited to add some ‘corak-corak yang menarik’ (translated as ‘interesting patterns’) like some Spiderman covers or Pokemon or something like that? Or perhaps simply just some abstract shit?

I had a conversation with a Muslim colleague of mine the other day and confirmed that this is not common. Headscarves usually come in plain single colors and are supposed to be decent. Then I somehow told her that I’ve seen some fancy headscarves with Pikachu on it, which kinda surprised her shitless. I later gave it a thought and realized that I might have not seen those before, and it was probably all in my head… ingrained for so damn long that I couldn’t differentiate if it was a memory or just an innovative idea in my head.

So, why is that? If it’s about decency, how can Spiderman be not decent? If the ladies are allowed to wear makeup, what aren’t they allowed to have ‘corak-corak yang menarik’ on their headscarves?

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March 14, 2016

“The Hateful Eight” (2015)

When a Tarantino flick gets out, you can best bet your ass that I’d flock to catch it. Has always been a fan of Tarantino and will always be. When “The Hateful Eight” got out, I was all so excited about it. I didn’t read a shit to keep the suspense up, and hell, kept me glued it did. It’s a western flick, just like the one before it – “Django Unchained” (2012). Only that it’s heaps better than Django, despite what people have been saying. I felt that it’s much simpler, and the plot blended very well with Tarantino’s way of storytelling. For the first time in many years, I felt Tarantino has got back his “Pulp Fiction” days mojo. I like Tarantino because he doesn’t give craps about getting his flick R rated, the guy just wants to keep it original and let his creativity flow. Welcome back, Jimmy.

The story revolves around a female murderer called Daisy Domergue, who was on her way to get her ass handed back to her through the hangman’s noose at a town called Red Rock – brought possible by her captor, John “The Hangman” Ruth, who’s a bounty hunter known to have the fetish to deliver his bounties alive for the noose (hence the nickname). John Ruth, chained to Daisy the prisoner, is in a six horse carriage in a heavy blizzard, when a black bounty hunter called Major Marquis – who’s also heading for Red Rock to deliver his dead bounties – blocks their way to request for a hitch. Reluctantly, John Ruth agrees to pick him up… only to stumble into another hitcher, Chris Mannix, who claims to be the new Sheriff of Red Rock on his way to be sworn in (coincidentally, who also will be the one to pay for the bounty, once he becomes the Sheriff). Now, with the blizzard getting worse, they travelling group (inclusive of the stagecoach driver) decided to detour to an inn-like shack called Minnie’s Haberdashery, only to discover a few shady characters in it instead of Minnie the owner and her husband. And here it goes on, the tale of the 2 bounty hunters in that treacherous shack, with the plot of having to deal with Daisy Domergue.

In the story you’ll find deceit & treachery, gun fights, murder & violence & gore, profanities & racial slur, and dark comedy. It’s one of the best flick in 2015, only bested by Mad Max, in my humble opinion. The whole plot if you think of it, is kinda similar to that old Chinese flick “Dragon Gate Inn” (1967), which was also remade by Tsui Hark as “New Dragon Gate Inn” (1992) – you know, standoff between shady characters in an inn, with treachery & deceit, and ended into a full scale fight between all characters. This is like the gunslinger version.

8 out of 10 (a must watch if you’re a Tarantino fan, a must avoid if you’re sensitive to gun violence, gore, violence against women, usage of coarse/vulgar language, sight of excessive blood)

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March 12, 2016

the teambuilding mate with gray split ends

…is a bitch.

One of my teammates in the teambuilding event. Middle aged, skinny top half, cellulite ridden bottom half, with gray split ends hair that looked like wild reeds growing out of a prison compound. Very asserting character, and couldn’t stop being a dominating mom in the team. As if having the experience of giving birth and schooling a couple of brats gave her the wisdom to control everything under her will on this planet.

Had a tough time dealing with her bullshit through the whole teambuilding event, but it culminated with a coconut eating event (it’s one of the activities in the teambuilding, don’t ask). Objective was simple – hack, drink the water and eat both coconuts’ flesh completely in the shortest time. I guess the organizer thought that city dwellers like us would struggle to do this, having had our food/drinks served most of the time at fancy food courts.

As expected, bitch with gray split ends stepped out and boldly told everyone to calm the fuck down (when nobody was panicking). She declared that she’s had loads of experiences when it comes to hacking coconuts, and she’s gonna be in charge of cutting one of them (well, only 1 participant is allowed to hack 1 coconut). She told me to just follow what she’s doing (I was in charge of hacking the 2nd coconut) and everything would be fine. So I asked what’s her plan, just to see what she’s gonna say – she outlined that she’d hack a hole on the top, finish the water, and hack a bigger hole to get to the flesh. I disagreed with her, much to her surprise (perplexed reaction, like she’s just heard her kid talking back to her)… I’ve hacked my fair share of coconuts myself, so I was kind of an expert.

“No, that won’t work”, I said.
“Why it won’t work? I’ve done this many times. You need a bigger hole to get to the flesh!”
“You drink the water, and you split the damn thing. You then eat from each half, like a bowl.”
“That won’t work. Splitting it is not easy, and time consuming”
“No, it’s going to be faster.”

And we both knew it was on, middle aged uncle (me) versus middle aged aunty with split ends (her – she’s much older). Getting to the water part was easy. Just hack a hole and insert straw to drink. But when it comes to getting to the flesh, bitch with gray split ends tried to what it seemed like violating the coconut to have a bigger asshole, and the end result looked amusingly like a coconut that was bit open by a fucking beaver. The fibres of the husk dropped all inside the bigger hole, which was not big enough to fit in a spoon. Bitch continued hacking until the coconut was badly mangled.

I on the other hand, made a hard chop at the top center (with the hole), pressed down the chopper with my weight to make a 70% downward split, put the chopper away and pulled apart the 2 halves like they were beef flaps. The splitting took no more than 10 seconds. I was already finishing the flesh when the red faced hag was still violating the coconut. She was later heard disclaiming her epic fail with a pathetic – “I was given an older coconut! It was tougher!”. Bitches. They never want to lose and they never learn.

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March 7, 2016

act of desperation

Recent headlines in Malaysia – some top echelons of the Malaysian opposition party were seen in a press conference together with ex-PM Dr. M and his son and some other old BN farts, in a desperate attempt to seek some attention or gain empathy to oust the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, after a few failed feeble attempts.

Here’s a piece of news today, one of the opposition leaders trying to justify the orgy the other day [source]

‘It is time for us to move on’
SHAH ALAM: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali says it is imperative that everyone moves forward to save Malaysia, rather than dwells on the past.

The Selangor Mentri Besar said although he had a close relationship with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he was serving then deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the reconciliation that took place last Friday was nothing personal.

It was about saving Malaysia, he said.

Both Azmin and Dr Mahathir had attended a gathering along with political figures from both sides of the political divide to initiate a citizens’ declaration to demand the removal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Azmin also said it would seem curious for him to work with Dr Mahathir when the former prime minister had sacked his boss Anwar in 1998.

“I served a senior Umno leader (Anwar) for 13 years. Of course, I (also) have a close and personal relationship with Dr Mahathir for many years.

“We were at the citizens’ gathering as Malaysians representing different political parties, ideologies and different civil societies in the interests of the nation and the people.

“It is not about personal choice. To me it is a matter of principle,” Azmin said when met after flagging off the Women’s Marathon 2016 here yesterday.

“What happened in 1998 I certainly cannot forget. Nobody forgets the history. It is for us to learn the lesson.

“But we need to move forward and I think it is time for us to move on,” he said, adding that the reconciliation was “good for the country”.

Azmin said more meetings on the citizens’ declaration would take place with all leaders who had signed the document.

Here’s what I don’t understand – if Najib is such a bane to UMNO or BN’s existence, why do the opposition guys wanted to oust him out so much? Wouldn’t leaving him to continue the bad work be a boon to the opposition? Why orgy with the UMNO has-beens to oust the PM? Won’t they just replace the position with another nincompoop?

It’s like wanting Kim Jong Il to step down, only to be replaced by his corpulent son with a worse hairstyle. Don’t you guys see the problem? It doesn’t make sense. Oh, but what do I know, I’m just a goddamn engineer.

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