Malaysia Day was on Monday, 16th September 2013; so I took the opportunity to go back to Jitra, Kedah. Since Kakak has to go back every weekend to breastfeed Raess, she joined me going back (partly it can save budget as well; along with Rifqi).
Happy Malaysia Day! 16th September 2013!
Raess Nafiz & I. My cute second nephew.
On the way back from Jitra to the central region, we dropped by at Tanjong Malim since Kakak was curious about the famous Yik Mun Pau which is heavily associated with Tanjong Malim. Yes, the chinese name invited ambiguities-due-to-religion-issue; so we Googled information to verify it. My search found this URL address of Tanjung Malim official site : http://mdtm.gov.my/pauyikmun; recognizing the halal-certified by JAKIM; so my sister and I thought it was OK to venture to the popular Pau – although when I told a few of my colleagues in school today about this little eating adventure, it received a few mixed remarks due to their ambiguities over “the names” and the so-called heathen connotation and doubts. Well, my sister and I are particular with food but when there are evident that provide us to alleviate the doubt, we settled for that; especially when I see JAKIM certification exhibited on the wall of the restaurant. Still, it is prerogative…..
The famous Tanjong Malim’s Yik Mun Pau!
Halal logo at the wrapper.
The Pau. For me, they were just OK but Kakak loved them so much! They are soft in comparison to other Pau.
Yong Tau Foo.
Anyway, for me it was just an OK but my sister loved the pau and Yong Tau Foo.
Rifqi taking opportunity to be the center of attention since now Raess is the youngest member in the family. (,”)
Rest at Serendah and then resume journey to send Kakak to Tabung Haji HQ since Abang Zam is working overtime as the Hajj season is approaching. I love the ambiance there. It exudes ethereal and tranquility. (,”) Dined at the nearby Manhattan Fish Market at Ampang Park and then off for social rendezvous!
I was adamant to watch “Vikingdom” since I am a KRU avid fan for their endless effort in putting Malaysia into the world cinematic map. Furthermore I enjoyed watching their previous out-of-cliche Malay language films adventures as per “Cicak Man” (Refer to my blog entry at : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/malayan-lizard-cicak-man-2-black-planet-planet-hitam/) and also “Merong Mahawangsa” at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/the-malay-bloodlines-chronicles-majestic-minangkabau-regalia-seri-menanti-old-palace-spirits-of-northern-kingdom-hikayat-merong-mahawangsa/. But for “Vikingdom” – although I think that the theme of adapting the Norse folklore into the silverscreen is somewhat unique and seemingly appeal to the international audience, the narration of the sequences were frail and messy. Yes, I know that the budget for the movie was small in comparison to Hollywood action pack movies and the idea to produce such movie is commendable BUT the CGI was somehow seemingly like a straight-to-the-video; the costumes which were supposed to blend with the story seemed so apparent like a costume-made-for-Halloween (take note of the red color of Thor’s beard!); and the selection for the actors to play the role. I know that Dominic Purcell made it OK in “Prison Break” but to select him as the protagonist of the movie was somehow a wrong choice. He seemed emotionless without really portraying the essence of being Erick The Bloodletter (we didn’t feel the agony!). Although I love KRU and their endless momentum to catapult Malaysia to international stardom, “Vikingdom” isn’t my cup of tea. Sorry. I give 3 stars outta 5.
Familiar shooting location at Kellie’s Castle, Perak!
Beauty and brawny but fail to impress – Dominic Purcell, Natassia Malthe & Jon Foo.
Busy day! (,”). P/S : Anyway, prior to the screening, we had to stand up for National Anthem. I saw a few people REFUSE to stand still ( a nerdy guy) and two girls laughing and snap pictures. I got angry that HISSED at them THREE TIMES throughout the song; and then I blabbered things in English (surely these are people who thought they are too elitist to be typical Malaysians; hence only speak English). By judging from the faces, they only speak manglish maaa…. Ngongkoi! (Stupid in Hokkien!) Such assholes! Sheesh!
Conan Stevens as Thor. He looked the part but unfortunately, the costume designer dyed the beard and the hair TOO BRIGHT – unnatural look! Suit for Halloween costume, though…. Sigh….