Jitra, Kedah is actually an ideal place for people who like country-side residence but also a blend of urban in between. It is a hybrid of urban and rural; sub-urban will be the correct terminology. Despite the rapid growth and constant building constructions in every nook and cranny, Jitra still retains the virgin jungles and woods in certain area (apart from paddy-fields) and one of the renowned area is “Hutan Lipur Bukit Wang”.
I’ve been hearing the name for ages; ever since I was in primary school and as I flipped the kiddish magazine “Dewan Pelajar” (Ayah bought tonnes of them for my sister and I; monthly editions), I saw an article about Bukit Wang in Jitra and the reputation as an idyllic recreational park. Since Mak’s hometown is in Jitra, we used to go back to Jitra all the time BUT never ever been there. So, since my parents already moved here for like 9 years for good and I haven’t been there yet, I asked my friend, Kod to bring me there; just to have a little peek about Bukit Wang and all its hypes and hullabaloos.
On whole, the place was quite nice; it was created as per au naturel-recreational-picnic spot in Ulu Yam. There were alleys and pavement walks built along the stream and the formation of rocks were quite impressive. Carved and arched in the most natural way. Unfortunately, the place is smeared with reputation of Leptospirosis BUT we could see a few families having picnic there! Nevertheless, the place was actually very big but we couldn’t explore it all. No wonder it hubs various type of birds! I saw in Hor Kee’s album (he was my Penang Free School senior) as he is an avid avian-lover; BEAUTIFUL BIRDS!
The scenic view of Bukit Wang, Jitra. Abandoned but beautiful though there are quite a few renovations taking places now; to erect chalets and upgrading the design of entrance.
Went to Jitra Mall and we had lunch at this stall near Hari-Hari shop and I have to say I love the “Nasi Ayam” & “Laksa” (yeah, I know I eat A LOT these days! Hahahaha!). Simply Kedahan ambiance there. We managed to catch Disney’s latest flick which is “Wreck-It Ralph” and I have to say that in animated feature film, Disney still RULES!!!! Dreamworks, Twentieth Century Fox or whoever that tries to venture in animation MUST LEARN from Disney! The dialogue, the comic punch-lines, the settings, the plotline, the evolution of each characters and of course the moral fibres are just FULFILLING & GREAT! No more, no less… just nice!
Basically, it tells story in the game world where characters become their own instincts once out from the human’s eyes. Ralph is the “bad guy” who wrecks the apartment in the game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.”. He is tired for being loathe by the other characters in game and kinda jealous seeing Felix being hailed as hero and always getting the medal. Ralph decided he also wanted to have that acknowledgement and began his quest to gain a medal.
Ralph voiced by John C. Reilly; and Vanellope voiced by Sarah Silverman.
So he had this crazy idea of entering other games that could provide him a medal. So, he went to “Heroes’ Duty” which is a very high definition and gutsy-and-gungho military-combat-against-the-cybugs; led by the hard-ass Sergeant Calhoun ( I LOVE HER COOL & KICK ASS CHARACTER!). Without Ralph, the game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.” was in the brink of being ‘unplugged’ so Felix went out to find him; only fail to discover and found out that Ralph had ended up in another game called “Sugar Rush” where girls racers competed with each other in the land of candies, lolipops, popsicles and honey dews; ruled by King Candy. Throughout the adventure, Ralph met a ‘glitch’ in “Sugar Rush” named Vanellope Van Schweetz and the journey discovered the truth about King Candy and changes Ralph’s life.
The scene at “Hero’s Duty”. Amazing! Very hardcore and sombre.
Scene at “Sugar Rush”. Very bubble-gum!
I guess the idea of this film is to believe in yourself and BE YOURSELF. Accept your flaws and embrace your weaknesses because that is what make you unique and who you are. I was almost touched by certain scenes when Ralph had that monologue with himself and when he finally discovered himself, it was really touching. And for that, I give this film 4.5 stars outta 5 stars! Dreamwork has to learn from Disney on how to narrate animated feature; if one were to compare “The Rise Of The Guardians” with “Wreck-It Ralph”! (,”)
Sergeant Calhoun. A kick-ass spunky woman. I LOVE her character. So cool!
P/S : Anyway, the short film shown before “Wreck-It Ralph” entitled “Paperman” was awesome! Simple, black-and-white, no-dialogue-with-merely-expression BUT very beautiful and kinda romantic too (I am not a romantic weeper; but this one is just nice)! Kudos to Disney!