Jul 26, 2010

Spotted in the Gallery!

Spotted some of my friends in the Star Tour Gallery looking all gorgeous and glammed up! :D

Kaelynn

Jolene

Wei-Li

Ciciz
(Daryl's friend)

I even spotted students from Dr. Mai's Interactive Multimedia class! hehe. :)

Kim

Allysa

Everyone looks so prettyyyy. :D :D :D

Hugs n Kisses,
Di

Jul 23, 2010

My Star Experience

A while back I blogged about the CLINIQUE Star Tour 2010 that is happening now and I've been waiting since then for the roadshow to come to MMU Cyberjaya. :D

Got to MMU around 10am and they were just getting the place ready. :)

Jul 22, 2010

Manhattan Fish Market

Was invited by Renee darling to join her and a group of food bloggers for a special food review sesh at The Manhattan Fish Market in e@Curve.

We were invited to try out Manhattan's new Lunch Rush Hour menu (promotion now till 8th of August 2010) for dinner. haha. Sandra and I were a little late thanks to the crazy after office hours jam from Cheras to Damansara.

When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the organizers and treated to a soothing cool refreshing drink.

The Citrus Mint drink is a MUST TRY. Especially on a typical hot Malaysian day. Fresh (homegrown) mint blended with crushed ice and lemon juice. Just oh-so-heavenly. :)

It was a thirst quenching start to a scrumptious dinner that awaited us.

Jul 16, 2010

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Thanks to Adverlets.com I got to watch The Sorcerer's Apprentice a week before it releases in Malaysia. :D


Here's the plot summary by Walt Disney Pictures:
Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Cast:
Nicolas Cage as Balthazar Blake

Jay Baruchel as Dave Stutler

Monica Bellucci as Veronica

Alfred Molina as Maxim Hovarth


Gregory Woo as Sun-Lok


Teresa Palmer as Becky


Toby Kebbell as Drake Stone

The rest of the cast:
Alice Krige as Morgana
Nicole Ehinger as Abigail Williams (Little Witch)
Omar Benson Miller as Bennet (Dave's roommate)
Ethan Peck as Andre (Becky's friend)

Review:
I won't go into detail on the storyline and spoil you. So these are just my views about the movie.

Very honestly, I'm on the fence with this movie. I neither love it nor hate it. haha. This is a movie that is entertaining and engaging in that it is fast-paced, action-packed and comes with a splatter of mild comedy. The only pet peeve I have is the overused plot of how the world is going to be destroyed (it always is) and a stereotypical nerdy guy is destined to save the world but doesn't want the fate that he has. And of course there always has to be the "out of his league" hot chick (remind u of another movie starring Jay Baruchel?) that the nerdy hero loves and now he has to save the day and get the girl of his dreams. Owh and there's a love triangle that caused the bitter rivalry between Balthazar and Horvath. :-/


The first thing that came to mind when I heard of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was the 1940 animated short in the Disney film "Fantasia". And it was cute to see that this movie paid homage to the famous scene where Mickey Mouse uses magic to control the mops and scrubs but it all goes out of control. Very nice touch. :)


Comedy wise, the movie relies heavily on Dave Stutler's nerdy antics with his Master Balthazar, stammering lines when talking to Becky and generally nerdy awkward moments (which seems like second nature to Jay Baruchel). There's also Maxim Horvath's helper Drake Stone the narcissistic British sorcerer-turn-stage magician performer as a sort of comic relief character. Generally, it's not that the movie wasn't funny, it was...erm...there just weren't many "laugh out loud" moments though I did chuckle quite a bit throughout the movie. :)


I kinda felt confused at one point because I thought that the Grimhold (the Matryoshka Dolls or Russian Nesting Dolls) contained evil sorcerers in each layer, and that each sorcerer "released" should be more powerful than the previous. Well, the inner most doll contained Morgana who could raise the dead and destroy the world. So naturally I thought that after Maxim (the first to be released), the others would be harder to handle...but alas I was wrong. :C Kinda sad because I felt the "Little Witch" Abigail could have been a potentially eerie nemesis. Heck, after the movie...I don't even know what powers she has...or had (to be precise).

My favourite parts in the movie have got to be the dragon bits. Once when the dragon ring "comes alive" and wraps itself around Dave's finger (as seen in the trailer) and another time when a huge dragon chases and attacks Dave in Chinatown (also shown in the trailer).


The visuals in the movie are of course very "magical", for a lack of a better word. hehe. Gotta love the car morphing scenes and all the magical stuff they do in this movie. For that 2 hours, you feel like you're immersed in a world where magic is real. And well, they did say it was partly scientific (something about physics and using more than 10% of your brain).

In a nutshell:
I don't usually give ratings but this movie was a 5/10 for me (as mentioned I'm on the fence).
Ups: Very cool "magic" effects, dragons are always awesome, movie is fast paced and action packed.
Downs: Wasn't too fond of the nerdy-boy-turn-savior-of-the-world-and-gets-a-hot-chick cliché, the other bad guys could have been developed better.

Overall, The Sorcerer's Apprentice is definitely enjoyable and entertaining as long as you aren't particular about the cliché parts I mentioned earlier. :)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is set to be released in Malaysian cinemas on the 22nd of July 2010!

Hugs n Kisses,
Di

Photos source: IGN.com

TM UniFi

Last Thursday I received a call inviting me to attend the social media briefing of TM's UniFi July Rollout that was held at La Bodega BSC.

I was curious about TM's UniFi service so I dropped by to find out more. Kepoh a bit. haha.

TM had also set up a promo booth within BSC.

Looking at environmental designs like this reminds me of the assignments I had during my degree. Designing exhibition booths for our campaigns in 3D and making a walkthrough. Those were the days. :)

The service at La Bodega was exceptionally good. Servers always within an earshot, constantly cleaning up our tables, refilling our drinks and very accommodating. :)

Of course, the organizers were all very friendly as well. :)
Interesting choice to have the briefing here, TM wanted a chillax style briefing which was nice.

Yummy yummy buffet spread. :3


The lemon tarts were so so so good!

Before the start of the briefing, I had the privilege of sitting next to Mr. Razlan (former editor of The Star Online) who happened to know my friend Victor Yap (cos they both used to write for The Star InTech). Of course, he filled me in on how Victor used to be such a good boy and is totally different now. hahaha.

Thank you for keeping me entertained with your stories and making me feel at home Mr. Razlan. :)


The briefing was done by Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, Group Chief Executive Officer, TM and Ahmad Azhar Yahya, HSBB Programme Director, TM.

Key points of the briefing:
  • TM is on track to meet premises passed target for 2010 - 750,000 premises passed
  • Service availability expanded to cover 22 TM exchange areas in July and on track for a total of 48 exchange areas by end 2010
  • Service coverage now goes beyond Klang Valley to cover industrial sites in Penang, Johor and Kedah.
  • Customer channels increased from 6 to 23 TMpoints.
  • Upcoming introduction of online customer portal.
  • UniFi sales steadily increasing and billing will commence in July.
  • Service installation capabilities being progressively ramped up.

To elaborate more:

UniFi, for those who aren't familiar, is Telekom Malaysia's High Speed Broadband (HSBB) service that combines or unifies your Video (for residential packages), Internet and Phone service. In general,

Video: 
HyppTV or Internet Protocol Television which provides you...
Video On Demand, Live TV and an inter@ctive channel.

Internet: 
High Speed Broadband with upload/download speeds of 5Mbps, 10Mbps or 20Mbps depending on the package you choose. Also download limits will be imposed from 1st Sept 2010.

Phone:
(Residential) Free unlimited calls to TM fixed line nationwide, flat rate 10sen/min to all mobile and other fixed lines nationwide, normal IDD rates.
(Business) Free DECT phone, flat rate 5sen/min to TM fixed line nationwide, flat rate 15sen/min to all mobile and other fixed line numbers nationwide, normal IDD rates, Favourite 5 numbers: 3sen/min to TM fixed line nationwide, 12sen/min to other numbers nationwide.

For more info just check out the UniFi website, http://www.unifi.my
Might I add that the homepage is very much like the websites from FWA. Very cool. :)

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So anyway, the main purpose of the briefing is to inform everyone that UniFi is now available in 18 more areas (which brings the total to 22 areas nationwide), these new areas include:
Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah
Bayan Baru in Penang
Senai and Permas in Johor
Wangsa Maju
Sungai Buloh
Puchong
Cyberjaya
Putrajaya
Damansara
The full list of areas can be found on www.tm.com.my
(when will it come to Cheras? *sad*)

Owh and from July onwards, existing UniFi subscribers will begin paying their monthly subscription fees. Previously early birds only had to pay their old streamyx fees and didn't have to pay for the UniFi subsciption.

TM will still be continuing their incentivisation policy for new UniFi subscribers, who will enjoy no charges for installation, equipment or activation until further notice. There is also no deposit required.

Contracts for UniFi standard service subscription are a minimum of 24-months.
Those who have existing streamyx contracts can convert it to a UniFi contract (I think there's a small fee involved).

UniFi is currently offered via 3 residential packages:
VIP (Video, Internet, Phone) 5 @RM149/month
VIP10 @RM199/month
VIP20 @RM249/month

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...and 3 business packages:
BIZ5 @RM199
BIZ10 @RM599
BIZ20 @RM899

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Some info on HyppTV:

Some FAQ regarding installation:
  1. During the installation process, what will be expected of the homeowner?
  2. Homeowners should read, understand and acknowledge all important notes highlighted in the application form regarding the service. In other words, be sure to read the FINE PRINT. :) Homeowners also need to be present during the installation process. The person who is gonna use the service the most should be around so that you can be sure the installation is done correctly. According to TM, you can schedule a weekend appointment if weekdays are not convenient. 
  3. Will TM carry out concealed wiring for the installation?
  4. No. You'll need to get your own contractor or one from TM's approved list however charges are not covered by TM. TM will provide externally mounted wall wiring which will be enclosed in a plastic casing.
  5.  How long will a typical installation take?
  6. For landed properties, 5-8hours. For high-rise buildings, 2-3hours.
  7. Any installation charges involved?
  8. No. But take note that if you have confirmed an appointment and there's no one at the premise when the installation team arrives(resulting in a cancellation or postponement), there's a penalty fee of RM100.

Some contact info if you're interested to subscribe to UniFi:

Call Centre Tel: 1-300-88-1222
Monday-Friday (9am-9pm)
Sat (10am-6.30pm)



TMpoint locations:
  • TMpoint Bangsar, Jln Telawi 5, Bangsar.
  • TMpoint Taipan, Jln USJ 10/1A, Subang Jaya
  • TMpoint Damansara Utama, Jln SS21/1A, Damansara
  • TMpoint Shah Alam, Seksyen 11, Shah Alam
  • TMpoint Muzium, Jln Raja Chulan, KL
  • TMpoint Menara TM, Jln Pantai Baharu, KL



Thank you TM and Hill & Knowlton for inviting me to attend the briefing. :) 

Hugs n Kisses,
Di

Jul 10, 2010

WIP - Peas in a Pod



My current side project: Making Peas in a Pod (Toy Story 3) felt plushies. :D
hehehe.
Still learning how to sew/stitch (hence the amateurishness.) and I'm only working on this when I'm bored of my usual routine. :p

Next few posts will be on:
1. TM Unifi
2. Manhattan Fish Market food review

Hugs n Kisses,
Di

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