Sunday, August 31, 2008


4bia comprises of 4 different stories of 4 different lives by 4 different directors. The first story, "Happiness", is about an injured girl and an anonymous textmate. The second story, "Tit for Tat", is about a group of school bullies who pick on a kid that exposed their drugs. "In The Middle" is about 4 boys who are out in the forest for a camp, and "Last Fright" is about the encounter of a mistress (stewardess) and a princess (the wife) on a flight.

So here I go again with another Thai horror movie. I'm not really a big fan, it just so happened there's nothing else to watch on a late saturday night. Cathay and PS were so packed that we settled for front row seats at PS. The biggest mistake.

[Spoiler Alert]
Anyway, the 1st and 2nd story were full of bullcrap. Worthless. Nonsense. The first story was entirely shot in the girl's apartment with she as the star of the entire movie. How cost-effective. Long story short, her dead textmate haunts her and throws her off the balcony. End of story.

The second story is about a group of bullies who pick on a kid who exposed their drugs. Long story short, they thought they killed the kid but he comes back for vengeance and kills them all through black magic. End of story.

The 3rd, I must admit, was really hilarious. A group of boys who go out for camping and water-rafting who all end up dead. End of story.

The 4th, which is my favorite, is about a stewardess who serves a princess on flight. So funny that a princess was taking a normal plane (with no one on board but her) with a single flight attendant. When I say normal plane, I mean like a Beoing 737 or something but empty. Should'nt a princess be taking a private jet??!

Anyway, it turns out the stewardess is the mistress of the princess' husband. The stewardess poisons the princess. Princess dies after landing. Princess' remains are flown back to her country. Princess' body is seated on the plane (No kidding, they literally sat the dead body on the seat with a seatbelt - So f&%king hilarious! - and told the stewardess to watch over it). There was a scene where the stewardess was holding an axe to "kill' the dead body. How in the world can you kill someone dead?? Long story short - stewardess ends up dead. End of story.

So if you want to watch a movie where everyone ends up dead then watch 4bia. Hehe. I don't want to be too critical because after all horror movies are supposed to be fun. I mean asian ones at least. They usually either elicit laughter or depict the usual scare tactics. That's just my opinion. But kudos to the cinematography. World-class, I must say.

Credits to

On a side note, my own phobia is Acrophobia (Fear of heights) & Claustrophobia (Fear of enclosed spaces). One time I almost freaked out in the MRT when it stopped in the tunnel due to technical problems. Also, for some reason, I always find myself dreaming of falling from really high places.. Hmmm.. gotta check dream catcher for the interpretation..

Credits to ducktourer in Flickr

Can I just say there was this group of dark-skinned men, the ones who usually stink up the MRT (I won't mention the race as I don't want to get sued or imprisoned but I'm sure you know who I'm talking about), who were so freaking noisy and inconsiderate in the cinema. To make matters worse, they were right beside me. One time I got so pissed I "shhh-ed" them even if they were seated next to me. But the hell they cared because they kept on chattering like noisy bitches. Damn. These people are so uneducated. So annoying. Go be noisy in your own country, not here in Singapore.

My rating for 4bia - 2.5/5
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

California Pizza Kitchen, Forum Shopping Mall Orchard Road

Friday night. Time for another sumptuous meal. Hehe. So like our usual dilemma, we didn't know what we wanted to eat.We were considering of going to Holland Village to avail of the 1-for-1 voucher at an Italian restaurant but we didn't know how to get there from Orchard road.

So I dug deep into my tummy to think what was I craving for...

Tortilla Chips! So all the way from Plaza Singapura we walked to the other end of Orchard to CPK. It was probably a good 2 km walk - perfect to work up an appetite. (As if I have to.. haha)

Now CPK has been one of my favorites even way back in Manila. Whenever my budget permits, I would go to CPK for a reward meal. I even celebrated my first bday in Singapore in CPK. Naturally, I was expecting another glorious meal.

For starters, we ordered "Spinach Artichoke Dip" ($13.90) - Menu says "Served hot with blue & white corn tortilla chips".

This is where everything started to go downhill. The tortilla chips were NOT hot at all. Not even warm. In fact, they tasted old. So old it wasn't crispy at all. I really wanted to complain. But it's not really my habit to complain when I eat out. If it won't kill me, I'll just let it go. Besides, I really didn't want to spoil my mood, even if my appetite was already spoiled.

Next we had "The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad" ($16.90) - Chopped lettuce, black beans, sweet corn, jicama, cilantro, basil, crispy corn tortilla strips and Monterey Jack cheese tossed together in our herb ranch dressing. Topped with chopped BBQ chicken breast, diced tomatoes and green onions.

I'm glad this tasted great - as always. A good save from the pathetic tortillas. My only comment was the mediocre piece of lime. C'mon, if you're going to give me a piece of lime that's smaller than my thumb, might as well not give it to me at all. Seriously, when I squeezed it, there were more seeds that came out than lime juice.

sorry. forgot the digicam again.

Lastly, we had "Original BBQ Chicken Pizza" ($19.90) - CPK's most popular pizza, introduced in their restaurant in Beverly Hills in 1985. Barbecue sauce, smoked Gouda and Mozzarella cheeses, BBQ Chicken, sliced red onions and cilantro.

Now I specifically remember saying we want it Neapolitan style - thin crust and crispy. I don't know how the waiter or the cook can miss a word such as "Neapolitan", if I said "crispy" or "thin" they probably could have missed it. But Neapolitan?!

In short, our pizza was soft and soggy. I should have just eaten gardenia bread with toppings if i wanted a soggy pizza.

All in all, I was pissed. Of all the times I ate at CPK, they decided to screw up this one time. The one time where I will feature them in my blog for the very first time.

Eversince I've been reading Waiter Rant (look for the link in "My Reads"), I've been extra careful not to piss off a waiter. Unless you want spit on your food. Plus, I always make it a point to say "Please" and "Thank You" - which I always do anyways.

One thing I am proud of is that my parents taught me to always "Smile", say "Please" and "Thank You", on top of knowing how to say "I'm Sorry".

But no apologies to CPK. Here is my disappointed rating:

Ambiance - 3.5
Service - 1.5
Food - 1.5
Presentation - 3
Value for Money - 2.5

ADDRESS#01-42, 583 Orchard Road, Forum The Shopping Mall
RESERVATIONS 68360110/63399883(delivery)

"Live, Love & Eat!"

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Jumbo Seafood, Riverside Point

We arrived in Singapore from Genting around 9pm and it was really in our agenda to head straight to Jumbo across Clarke Quay for a late dinner.

We got there before 10pm and was relieved to know they were open till midnight. Since it was the last night of our guests, we were eager to fill up with yummy seafood.

Peanuts "on-the-house".

Chili Crab is a must in Jumbo. I really don't like shelled seafood that much but the sauce is perfect with the bread. Or on top of steaming white rice.

I really love this bread. It's dough is the same as "siopao" or "pau" then it's sinfully deep fried. So the outside is crispy but very chewy in the inside.

Gotta order that extra sauce..

I have to say Jumbo has one of the best, if not the best, Cereal Prawns around. You can even have the shell on your shrimp removed. This is probably my favorite out of all the famous Singaporean dishes. If I'm not mistaken, the shrimp is sauteed in butter with nestum cereal and dried curry leaf. Must Try!!!

Mee Goreng is another famous Singaporean dish. I don't think these Malay-style noodles are a signature dish of Jumbo because we've tasted way better mee goreng at the hawkers.

A happy satisfied bunch. hehe

We spent around $120 for the entire meal. Not bad to think we had crab and shrimp. Plus there were 6 of us. AND most of all, Farida treated us the meal. hehehe. So all the more better. Jumbo was a perfect meal to cap off our short vacation and to celebrate the despedida of our guests.

Robby, our Highschool classmate & Johann's close friend, paid us a quick visit as he was in Singapore over the weekend.

Here is my rating for Jumbo:

Ambiance - 3.5
Service - 4.0
Food - 4.5
Presentation - 3.0
Value for Money - 3.5

30 Merchant Road # 01-01/02
Riverside Point Singapore 058282
Tel: 6532-3435 Fax: 6538-3433
Business Hours: Lunch 12.00pm - 2.30pm Dinner 6.00pm - midnight

"Live, Love & Eat!"

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We weren't planning to go to Kuala Lumpur, actually. But on our first day in Genting, we were lazy from lack of sleep plus the cool climate makes you want to do nothing. So we decided to take the Genting Skyway to lounge and sit around while taking in the view. Then we realized that KL was a bus and a train ride away, plus Johann, Mike and Aileen haven't been there. So off we went..

The first time I went to KL was on a business trip late last year and I was alone. Honestly, that time, I got bored in KL. So might as well give it another shot now that I have company.

The bus ride was probably a good 40 min ride. Perfect for a power nap. True enough we were all fast asleep, and snoring (or was it just me, haha).

The LRT ride was probably around 15-20 mins. It was very convenient because it brought you straight into KLCC Mall, right under the Petronas Towers. And that's exactly where we wanted to be.

We were lucky that the clouds held up the rain until we could finish our photo session. (As you can see, the rain was really waiting to fall with the dark clouds)

The Petronas Towers are really breathtaking. Even if i've seen it before, I still can't help but be in complete awe. The soaring metal and glass structures are just amazing. Hands-down, one of the best man-made wonders of the modern world.

So we wasted no time in taking turns posing for the camera. Times like these, I'm grateful that Johann and Mike are crazy about photography so they can take magnificent shots with their Nikon D40 & D80 cameras.

According to Wikipedia, The Petronas Twin Towers (also known as the Petronas Towers or Twin Towers), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the world's tallest buildings, before being surpassed by the Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings and office building in the world.

All that posing really made us hungry. Thank god I never chose to become a model. hahaha I wish. So we headed off to the Food court at the top level of Suria KLCC Mall.

I was craving for some pasta and was more than happy to gorge on spaghetti and meatballs. This plate was realllyyy good. The white sauce balanced out the sour flavor of the tomato sauce and the rich taste of the meatballs.

Johann found this treasure. Kyros Kebab. Seriously, in all honesty and unbiased judgment, this piece of gem was the best gryo, shawarma, or kebab (or however you want to call it) that I have ever tasted in my whole 27 years of existence. YUMMM!!!!!

You could choose between chicken, lamb or beef but of course beef was the best choice. The beef were like meatball kebabs all stuffed in the bread. We wanted to buy more to bring back to Genting but we were so full after eating that we didn't bother anymore. Now I regret that decision.

It was fun to be able to have lunch and shop around in KL on a whim. We spent most of the afternoon in KL then headed back to Genting before dusk. Next time, we plan to go to KL at night so we could witness the majestic Petronas Towers all lit up.

Now I realized that travelling with companions really spells the difference. As I've said, the last and first time I went to KL, I was bored to death but this time I really had fun.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Genting, Malaysia

It's confirmed. The First World hotel is indeed Multi-colored. The paint made the building, or I mean hotel, look like it was 20 or 30 years old. To think it was only completed in 2005 (as stated by the Guiness Book of World Records, as shown below).

Other than that major boo-boo, I would say Genting was FUN, FUN and FUN! :-) The weather was unexpectedly very cold. I really didn't imagine it to be that cold. To think I only wore cargo shorts.

The Five Star Coach (ehm, that's the name of the company. don't intend to brag hehe) going to Genting was not as nice as the one going back, but it was more spacious and as comfortable. Equipped with LCD TV and personal entertainment.

If not for the multiple stops including the immigration, the duration of the journey would probably only be 5 hours as compared to 7.

Have you ever seen a front desk this long?? how else do you expect to service 6,000+ rooms right? :)

Johann, my twin bro, and I.

One of our 2 mini-Deluxe View rooms both situated on the 4th floor. Mini because it was so damn small. No wonder they could fit 6,000+ rooms there. Oh well, budget travellers can't be choosers.

Thanks Mike for the nice shot! hehe

Our first meal in Genting - Marrybrown. Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken. So-so.

The view was spectacular. Genting is more than 4,000 feet above sea level and I really think we were on top of the clouds. Look at how the clouds looked like an ocean made of cotton.

Genting Skyway - Southeast Asia's longest (3.8km) and the world's fastest (6 meters/second) skyway system.

We were lucky the weather was clear so we had a great view of the rainforest. Plus it was really high up the ground. Freaked me out a bit. Im really afraid of heights. Yikes.

I have never seen so much Squid and Sugar in my whole life! hehe.

Breakfast at Resort Cafe in Resort Hotel. Zach told us not to take breakfast at First World because the place would be so packed and food would be scarce. So Resort was a good choice, the buffet spread was not bad for 10 dollars worth (though we did get free vouchers along with the hotel booking).

Eiffel Tower in Genting. Nice try. Hehe

Most of the first day we actually spent in Kuala Lumpur (posted in another entry), so we only got to quickly enjoy the outdoor theme park on our last day. Quite a rush as we had to check out by noon and get to the bus by 2pm.

Space Shot was the most thrilling of all the rides. Plus the view was breathtaking. I almost had a heart attack actually haha. Too bad we had to fall in line for an hour just to get on this. Next time we should really take the rides early in the morning.

Flying Coaster was very unique but not as thrilling as Corkscrew and Spaceshot. But not bad for the experience.

Corkscrew was my second favorite. While we were in line, it looked kinda lame but once we were on it, it was really so much fun. Or maybe I just love rollercoasters too much..

Waving Goodbye! Aww.. So sad. All good things come to an end.

I really commend Five Star for their ultra-comfortable coaches. It really made the trip worthwhile and stress-free. We were so relaxed during the road trip that we took it as a chance to rest, when normally the road trip itself would really tire you out. The seats could almost recline 180 degrees and the huge windows allowed you to see the magnificent view along the way.

I guess I underestimated Genting. I could'nt help it because of the horror stories I heard and read that Genting is old and needs a whole lot of renovation. Well, Genting is old in a way but because there were so many things to do, it didn't really matter anymore. Plus I had fun at the Casino and won 150 ringgit hehe.

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