Quickie about the new Transformers movie!

So here are some of my thoughts after watching Transformers: Age of Extinctions:

1. Oh Michael Bay, you did it again!
2. Those scenes – panoramic view of a wide open space against the orange, sunset sky and killer soundtrack.. seen them in past Transformers movies, see it again here. I’m pleased to see those!
3. Mark Wahlberg was born for this role – he’s just perfect in here!
4. Those Autobots!Β 
5. OMG, the cars!
6. Love, and I mean LOVE the slow-motion scenes during intense battle action! It’s signature Transfomers too to capture the transforming action and fighting scenes in slow-mo! It’s just soooo cool, I’m a complete sucker!
7. Oh, I wish the Dinobots had more scenes in the movie, because they are badass!Β 
8. Bumblebee is still so cute and endearing as ever.
9. Some parts in the middle are kinda draggy and the story isn’t the best overall.Β 
10. But then again, I’m still thoroughly entertained by this movie! So much explosions, so much adrenaline, I expected nothing less!
Here is a picture of me being all fangirl in front of the 3D movie poster!
So my verdict? Well if you love Transformers for the same reason I do: for the action, you will definitely love this too! I’m not very familiar with the characters, so I can’t really make any critics – you have to ask my boyfriend on that. And trust me, he has A LOT of comments about the loop holes in the movie, but if you ask me, I wasn’t thinking of any loop holes because I was too busy being excited to see Optimus Prime save the day once more!

Movie Day Sunday & Happiness Project – Day 49-50

Sunday is really a day to relax and unwind. And today I had the most awesome movie marathon with some DVDs I rented from the video store. In the afternoon, I saw “Everybody’s Fine” starring Robert DeNiro, Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore. Let me just say first that I love drama, especially those about family. “Meet The Parents”, “The Family Stone”, and “Click” are just some on-top-of-my-head examples of the family movies I enjoyed tremendously. I mean, I guess it’s something that we can really relate to, ‘cos everyone has a family, right? It’s also always just very heartwarming and makes you feel either really good, or really sad.

You can’t go wrong with a cast like this, really. Robert DeNiro, just like Dustin Hoffman, I think, always make great father figures in movies. They are very believable and all the while the movie was playing, I couldn’t help thinking of my own dad and how much the character reminded me of him. The movie had some really sad and heartfelt scenes, and at the risk of sounding like a crybaby, I did sob my eyeballs out a few times.

It’s about a father with four grown-up children who lives at different parts of the US. He recently lost his wife, so he lives alone now and at one weekend, he’s trying to gather all four of his kids to his house for a meal. But they all cancelled at the last minute, so he decided to pay each one a surprise visit despite his health condition. Along the way, he discovered that his children aren’t as happy as he thought they are, in terms of marriage or career. Everyone keeps acting as if everything is fine because they don’t want to worry or disappoint him. But all he wants is just for his kids to be honest with him, and for them to be able to talk to him like they did with their mother. In the end, something terrible happened that brought them together as a family.

You know, I’m not a story teller for a reason. I’m crappy at explaining things! I can’t do it enough justice, so go ahead and see it for yourself. To me, it’s really good.

In the evening, I saw “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Wow, I’m really impressed with the quirky and unusual animation, and it’s a really funny and entertaining movie. When it showed in the cinema, I wasn’t that much interested to see it because, I don’t know, I’ve seen the trailer and it didn’t really show me anything interesting, except for the animation. I had no idea what the story was all about. I guess it’s the same as “Up”, though? You can’t tell a single thing from the trailer but the movie turns out to be so brilliant.

I probably shouldn’t judge a book by its cover from now on! Speaking of George Clooney, I have yet to see “Up in the Air”, and I really, really want to see that! Did you guys see any good movies this weekend? I wanna hear about it.

Alright, it’s almost 11 pm now and I’m gonna read “Juliet, Naked” for a bit before going to bed. Another week of work ahead!

If you are still breathing maybe it is not such a bad day after all.

Happiness Project – Day 36

Chilling Sunday

1. Enjoyed great fried rice with mushroom for lunch while watching Arrested Development. Season three!
2. Received some good news from someone. Will fill you in with the details once everything is confirmed.
3. Paid my phone bills, which is a good thing, right? πŸ˜‰
4. Today marks the end of the long weekend, it’s time to slave away and make some money again!

I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.

Happiness Project – Day 34-35

Smile Friday ~ 28 May 2010

1. Woke up really, really late. The first since I could remember. And it felt great!
2. Saw more ‘Arrested Development’ episodes. I know I’ve said it before, but the show is simply hilarious!
3. Went out for dinner at this new Chinese restaurant where we had this awesome dishes. Really yummy! Couldn’t walk properly after that.
4. Got myself a top. Hey yeah, the Great Singapore Sale has started!
5. Dropped by to the video store to rent some DVDs. Movie night!

Pleasant Saturday ~ 29 May 2010

1. Finally got our Bintan pictures, which brings great memories πŸ™‚
2. Cous cooked this really nice tom yum soup for lunch. Then we ate together while watching Glee!
3. Went to town and tried out this Indonesian cafe at Somerset, which supposedly is really good. They actually sell martabak! In case you don’t know, martabak is one of my favorite food. I’m actually quite impressed, although it’s still not as good as the one I have back in Indo, it’s quite authentic and delicious!
4. “Baby Let Me Sing You A Song” really cheers me up at night! What do you think of it as my wedding song, people?

Take me to Boston. πŸ˜‰

Happiness Project – Day 33

1. Filling in media role today for work ‘cos the media person just left the company. I was much busier, but if I have to take the positive, at least time passed faster that way!
2. Had nice catch-up dinner with Jeremy. I haven’t seen him in a few months! So it was great seeing him again, we should do our usual tiger-session next time.
3. It’s the Idol finale tonight, and the show was packed up with great performances! It was more of a tribute to Simon than the actual finale show. But the montages they put of Simon were so funny!
4. Congratulations, Lee!

5. It’s Thursday night! It’s the long weekend! I can’t be happier!

Happiness Project – Day 28-30

22 May 2010

1. Came back from work on time and took a ride from my dear colleague from office to home, which means I saved about an hour of otherwise commuting time by train!

2. Went for BBQ at Sophia’s place and enjoyed good food with good company. Thanks, babe!

3. I invited Wazzy for the BBQ and I finally met up with her after a long time! It was really great catching up and hanging out with her again.

4. Went back quite late and ended up skype-ing with a friend of mine. Went to sleep happy, and even happier that the next day would be Sunday!

23 May 2010

1. Went to the airport to pick up our favorite aunt and uncle and had nice lunch beforehand at a new place at terminal 2 which we’ve never tried before!

2. We came back home and had great talk with our aunt and uncle while watching rerun of Idol. Once again stroke by the gorgeous sight of sparkly-eyed Lee!

3. Had an awesome dinner at Shokudo! We ordered so much from the Caesar salad to sushi to omelets to teriyaki to sukiyaki and man, it was sumptuous!

It has been a great weekend, albeit too short!

24 May 2010

1. It’s a new week! I’m keeping my spirit high for this short week of work!

2. Enjoyed a nice dinner with my aunt and uncle, sis and cous. Family time is just priceless.

3. Lil’ sis is coming home today, and I’m excited for this week to end!

You do what you love, and f*** the rest. πŸ™‚

Happiness Project – Day 19

1. Yeay, it’s Thursday! My last day of work this week!
2. Felt very productive at work, accomplished lots of stuffs! It’s a busy day, but a good kind of busy, you know?
3. Went back with my friend, and she dropped me at Newton while I cheerfully made my way back home thinking of the great weekend ahead!
4. Sitting here blogging, still feeling over the moon. I know I should start packing soon, but I’m just gonna do it like I always do: at the very last minute.
5. So excited of the getaway to Bintan! I am so going to relax and be pampered!

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness, and just be happy. πŸ™‚

Happiness Project – Day 14 & 15

It’s the weekend! The things that made me happy:

1. My amazing skyline poster is finally up!

I’m so in love with it. πŸ™‚

2. Cous cooked this really nice soup (with potato, pasta, macaroni, carrot, chicken, sausages,.. drooling yet?) for dinner.

3. Went for movie with a friend and saw Iron Man 2. It’s really good! To be honest, I still like Kick Ass better, but Iron Man is definitely entertaining, plus Robert Downey Jr is just really, really, really cool in there.

4. Had a nice talk and a cocktail or two at Tapas Tree afterwards. We walked all the way from Marina Square to Clarke Quay! To me, that was a personal achievement. Definitely made for the record book. πŸ˜‰

5. Watched the second season of Survivor on youtube while having lunch this afternoon, which was a total pleasure. Food and television are such understatement pleasures in life.

6. Went for a shopping spree at City Hall with Sis! We wanted to look for nice swimsuits and beach wear for our Bintan getaway next weekend, but of course, we ended up buying totally different things. Sis got a jacket and a dress, I got a top, casual dress and shoes. Totally no beach wear and definitely no swimsuits. Nevertheless, I’m happy! Shopping does that to people.

7. We had this really fantastic Japanese food dinner at this fancy restaurant in Suntec. Tried many kinds of yakitori, salad, beef steak, and others. Man, that was a good dinner!

8. Came across this song, ‘Something Good Can Work’ by Two Door Cinema Club and now it’s stuck in my head and it’s making me happy!

You can turn off the sun, but I’m still gonna shine.

I know what I did last night =)

Hi all! I wanna blog about the great day we had yesterday at East Coast! Anyway, we were all in dire need of physical exercise. I’ve probably ballooned for a few more kgs ever since I started working and thus, stopped running and working out.

Not saying that a day in the beach last evening has made up for any of my extreme pigginess for the past 2 months, but hey, at least it was something. (you all must love me for my positiveness, right?)

Started the day by going out for lunch. We figured it wasn’t wise to head over to the beach when it was scorching hot out. And it was hot like an oven. Forecast said it would be a sunny day, definitely a good day to spend cycling under the sun.

This was us on our way out to lunch. We did some grocery shopping too afterwards, and the supermarket was super packed! The queues for the cashiers were like the longest snake you could ever think of. Chinese people really do take their lunar new year seriously. I know we are chinese too by race, but I feel so out of touch with my roots that I almost feel like a traitor to the culture or something.

Both my sisters in purple.

At about 4ish pm and the sun looked a little kinder, we set out to East Coast! I was so excited because..well, I’m always happy with anything involving beach and the ocean. (I should be a Leo instead of a Capricorn, don’t you think?)

I was slightly nervous though, because the last time I went cycling with friends, I failed…miserably. I haven’t been on the bike for so long, and I thought I could easily pick up where I left off. There’s a saying “it’s just like riding a bike” for a reason, isn’t it?

But long story short, I was on the bike for probably 5 seconds before I pointed it straight to the tree and I fell. It didn’t hurt more than it embarrassed my soul. For the rest of the evening, I pathetically rode behind my friend in a tandem bike. What a total loser!

And so we arrived at the beach! The smell of the ocean excited me, I was back to being 14 years old in the presence of such beauty. I was singing along until this came!

The bike that once defeated me. Now it was time for my redemption! Revenge! I must conquer this bike and I wouldn’t stop otherwise! My little sister, Meli, was learning how to ride a bike there too, because apparently to my surprise, she didn’t know how to.

My cousin was patiently teaching her while I was circling around in my bike too to test the water. I started out shaky and my hands were trembling, making the bike unstable. But I finally got the hang of it, and after a while, it was no problemo! Wooooo, so happy!

After the warm-up, off we went to cycle away! Loads of people were there, building camps and tents, having BBQs, walking their dogs, jogging, playing skateboards and merely just sitting around to enjoy the scenery. It was truly an idyllic evening. I was over the moon!

At the pier, the furthest our bikes could go. We went cycling for two hours, and as you could see, we had sweat all over our faces.

“We did it!”

It has been an awesome evening, but then we were hungry! Off we went to this place my colleague recommended once. The place was in the middle of nowhere, but it had famous spicy chicken wings in various levels. My colleague said she tried level 5 and nearly died. She said she had flashes.

Anyway, we ended up trying level 3 and 4 and if we weren’t already full, we would have tried the next few levels, because level 4 was still okay for us. But we ordered pizza as well, and we were stuffed! Next time we definitely wanna try level 5 onwards.

I loved the bar though, it had that homey, intimate feel to it. And it was funny when I ordered a beer, the waiter came back to me and asked about my age, rather shyly. I answered, “23” and asked, “how old do you think I am?” He laughed before saying, “16…”

I didn’t know if it was a compliment or not, but really, it’s one thing to look young, it’s quite another to look underage! I was almost insulted! But then I took a sip of that Hoegaarden and I was content. Ha!

Now a full and happy bunch.

What a Saturday! If only everyday could be spent like this. πŸ™‚

Weekend in pictures

Weekend is a major family time here in my household. So if you’re interested in being a part of this family, you ought to empty your calendar every Saturday and/or Sunday. Weehee.

Personally, I’m loving this tradition because all of us are doing our own things during the weekdays and sometimes we don’t really have enough quality time to spend together. And that’s why weekends are important for us to let loose, catch up and have fun. Do things we love doing, whatever weird they may be, like playing charade in the train, challenging each other scrabbles, and other “more-normal” activities like watching movies, exploring town and finding new places to indulge in our love for good ol’ food.

Whereas they may be a conflict of interest with friends over which movie to watch, it almost never happens with my sisters and I, because we have exactly the same taste in film. Okay, not ‘exactly’, but roughly the same. They will never make me watch Paranormal Activity, or trick (and guilt-trip?) me into seeing something scary, because they hate that stuffs too. In short? We’re always eager to see the same movies, and that’s a lot of a helluva relief.

Last weekend we got to see both Evangelion 2.0 and A Christmas Carol, and both are really awesome.

Because we love our new Canon camera, these are the pictures taken from last weekend with the sisters!

You know, I can never say how lucky I am enough to have my sisters around.

What about you guys? Did you have a great weekend? I hope so. I’m heading home tomorrow morning for a week or two, so I don’t think I’ll be able to update this blog during that time. But I’ll keep my tweets goin’! (There’s a link in the sidebar, follow me!)

See you soon! Love you long time. =)