not a happy camper

SINGAPORE: Overcrowding at Singapore’s beaches has led to the National Parks Board (NParks) introducing a new permit system.

NParks says the number of campers have doubled in the past few years, hitting some 12,000 last year.

And to control the numbers at the beaches at Changi, East Coast, Pasir Ris, Sembawang and West Coast, campers will have to apply for a permit from mid—April onwards.

NParks says reducing the number of campers means more space can be freed up for others. – Source.

let me repeat that sentence again. NParks says reducing the number of campers means more space can be freed up for others. so nparks, does it mean you want to clear space so that you can have more space for more people to camp? apa motive ni?

seriously, what the fuck lah dei?!

the hazards of love

wtf

“hari raya” family photo gone wrong. hehe. via photo booth.

by now, people would’ve probably spread, blogged, tweeted and most probably even mailed on the decemberists new outake – the hazards of love.

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to be frank, it takes a whole lotta effort to listen through the songs. very ambitious, very tedious, very tiring. at times, even irritating, especially with the loud metallic guitar twangs. probably because i never expect that to be coming out from colin and gang and some others.

sputnikmusic says it best,

the story revolves around a couple made up of a human woman named Margeret (as sung by Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond), and her lycanthrope lover William, who haunts the forest by Margeret’s home town. A raft of other characters – including a jealous rival for William’s affections and a marauding murderer – seek to keep the couple from being together, despite Margeret bearing William’s child. When you’re inspired, you’re inspired, I guess. Meloy apparently originally planned this as either an operetta or a musical, before quite sensibly deciding it wouldn’t work and allowing the songs to grow organically. The storyline, then – sometimes hard to pick out, very easy to ignore entirely – becomes entirely secondary to the music. Music which, by the way, is frequently astounding.

still trying to grasp all the songs, but the wanting comes in waves / repaid is really amazingly good. very paranoid androidish operatic soundscape one. listen to it. many times. and it’ll slowly grow on you.

2009 seems like a great year with all these muziks coming in. it’s only march, and 2 albums have already given me the twingles.

guessed you should’ve known the other one by now. 🙂

mantra

So there’s my point of view. I don’t know who’s going to bother reading it. Sometimes I feel sad – it’s never easy moving to a different country – and sometimes I miss Singapore, which I know deep inside has so much potential. Singapore has so much talent, and so much to offer. But it is heading in the wrong direction: it’s turning into a materialistic, bigoted, regressive society where individuals are not valued. Where people don’t dare to be different, and don’t want to think for themselves. commenter on sg.

aptly said, what i can’t put in words. and each day i’m awake, i do intend. the grass may not be greener on the other side, but at least you can do whatever you want with that grass.

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ok before the green thing takes place, i am stunned.

TRENT IS COMING TO SG!!!

*doing the morbid fan screaming and fainting mode*

shifting goal posts

Who Really Is To Blame
I’m blaming all of United woes on AIG and those ridiculous bonuses.
Mike (Straw grasping) Garcia, Toronto

now, now a word of advise to the pool fans – relax. don’t go overboard. the last time pool went on a scoring rampage, they went for a good 2 weeks international break and came back firing blanks after which. remember 2 seasons ago? after the drubbing of derby county? hopefully you still do.

if you are still trying to figure out why they are scoring by the bucketloads, lemme sarip give the simple reason – they simply do not have to. pool vs villa games are always in favor to pool anyway. reason being? villa don’t play aggro footie, unlike other teams. easy peasy. look at the past results. there are some teams that pool tend to do well (e.g. villa) and bad (e.g. irritatingly boro). so do the math. another reason why they are firing on all cylinders? because nobody expects them too. pool tends to do well when nobody expects them to do well, or in this case, win. technically. we’ll see how the famous pool choke hold will come to make its appearance once they are expected to grind out a result. i’ve been too long as a pool fan to acknowledge the high hopes feeling and then having theheart crushed to pieces when you expect them to do well. we are so used to disappointments. heh.

and that will be the time when the usual suspects will make your heart boil and your mind spinning.

i’m looking at you dirk kuyt and to many an extent, the stubborn rafa.

sick degrees of separation

i like monday nights.

tv-wise that is.

have three sheets, thirsty traveller, samantha who, it’s always sunny in philadelphia, etc. even though i’ve to switch channels every now and then, esp during commercials. not gratifying though.

i love three sheets if you mind, thank you very nice.

and there’s lonely planet’s six degrees too.

yesterday’s episode they were showing asha gill prowling across kl. (it’s only come into mind that the episode is so dah lama basi already. my bad. im bad with tv actually)

ok fine, probably good. until that reshmanouruahhskxxkapalabutohakjskjas fella came onto the screen. actually a lot of the time. urgh. so asha was doing this was doing that and pooom she was suddenly in this club where she was brought onto the stage to answer some cheesy questions from the mc. which happens to be ferhad. one name. i wonder why.

i can see from the clip this asha gill was actually reserved when this ferhad was facing her. crossed arms, disinterested look, quickly running off the stage. well who wouldn’t? with an irritating mc like who wants to be pretentiously cool, even terrapins on one leg will dash across. he is very tak boleh angkat.

next scene, asha was talking to this cute chick. actually look more like the sevensetsofparallel girl. yes you. no offense though. ada resemblence i tell you. betul, tak bedek.

and so both of them talked. and asha finally looked relaxed. and this cute chick was talking about kl yadda yadda yadda, and she invited asha to come visit her house the next day. she mentioned a ranch. A RANCH. IN KL. pukimakdatok. cute chick AND freaking rich BUT looks the unpretentious lot . what. a. combo.

pap pap pap pup pup pup. commercial break here. commercial break there. (i actually like those jeniffer adams commercial. ok easy reason. she’s cute.)

moving on…

so suddenly asha was driving. an old school volvo. nice. and she was talking about this girl, names alyssa. father’s a diplomat, environmentalist, and mak datok abundance of expensive cars and the tak boleh tahan huge house. she welcomed, wore all white, hair tied with you know that straight little fringe hanging about and greeted with the voice that has a tersendat hingus blocked in the nose type but actually no hingus. you get the drift. probably she just woke up.

her dad suddenly appeared, and wow, he’s shy of the camera. low-key person and freaking rich. respect! showed family albums, family’s polo team. wow. then followed to her room, showed her impressive walk-in wardrobe and asha almost got an orgasm. then she revealed she’s already married. awww. which lucky guy actually dapat kawin ngan dia nih. mesti gerek nye orang. pasal seeing the family and all that so cool and releks and unpretentious – except for her friend that irritating ida nerina – everything was jolly golly. she can even play a mean game of polo. WHO IS HER HUSBAND NIH?

and then suddenly got a group of guys kicking and juggling a football. probably her brother. but somehow there was this silhoutte that seems familiar. big guy likes to wear tight clothes who think he’s very macho but actually looks fat, short crop of hair, very nak tunjuk tunjuk…..could it be? COULD IT BE? OH FUCKING HELL! IT IS! IT’S THE F(*&^%^&* BUAH LAICI FERHAD?! what the hell was he doing there? gardener ke? cook ke? dreber ke? or maybe the karoke singer of the day ke?

SKALI ITU DIA PUNYA LAKI DARRRRRRRRR….

maccow! he? HE?! married to the cute chick who’s rich but so unpretentious (on screen at least) with a very cool dad and has a ranch in KL?! what has the world gone to?! i have the feeling the asha gill was also surprised of this. i think. “alamak! this guy again?! i was running AWAY from him yesterday!”

that’s not all. when asha was about to make a leave, this bombastic singer actually got the nerve to bring on his homeys and do the acapella thing in front of the camera and he, yes he really must, grabbed the cute chick who’s rich but so unpretentious (on screen at least) with a very cool dad and has a ranch in KL, and sing to the top of his lungs.

as if we are impressed.

look. it’s enough already yer a freeloader, it’s more irritating to see you singing to the max to showcase your “talent” in front of the viewing public. we. dont. want. to. see. that. it is a travel showwwwwwwwwww…not aaaaaa singggginggggggggg showwwwwwww….weeee ddddoooonntt waaaannnntttt yoouuuuuuu toooooo sinnnnngggggggggg likkkkeeeeeee tttthhhhhhaaaaaatttt.

i hope you have the sentiments with me on this. and dude, please, dont wear your clothes too tight. i beg you. you are not usher. say that 1000000 times for 12 hours each day.

by the way, after last sat’s romp in the theatre of dreamers, i have a suggestion to all premiere league teams for next season. for next season, all teams should have grey in their away kits. seems the devils have an abundance of dissillusionment ( is that a word) when grey is put up in front of them. maybe they only see the world in black and white. probably. just a suggestion.

ok bye.

the big blue dong

watchmen

i was never part of the cool clique to absorb the religion that is the watchmen. possibly ‘cos i don’t have much money to purchase it. oh well. but i was bought into the hype when they were showing the trailers.

only until i know that abang zach is directing it, i have my serious doubts of him doing any movies. really. so i have serious doubts about this being bogojangles without sammy.

however, due to the strenous drama that was held over the weekend (cue: parents), i decided i was not cut off for work today, had an appointment with my (current) favourite doctor today (i waited for 4 hours. if you know, you’ll know. clue: tampines), and plumped for a seat to watch the watchmen in-oh-so-crowded-lunchtime-crowd-which-also-happens-i-didnt-realised-it’s-the-school-holidays tampines mall. and ramen ten sushi really sucked. i know. you are in a ramen shop, you better order ramen, not romen.

ok back to the movie.

first mistake: i didn’t know it was 3 hours longish.

second mistake: zach snyder really needs to write better character driven stories, even though this was adapted from the book, but puhlease…

third mistake: what’s with the soundtrack? yes, classics all. but, trying to really up the ante on the look-at-this-and-listen-to-this-cos-it-is-fucken-cool, made me really uncomfortable. so uncomfortable, i have to shift seats whenever a song came out. sounds of silence should better be observed please. how ironic.

also:

what is the role of the jupiter girl? or is she the silk spectre? i don’t know. please help. but yes, what the hell was she doing in there for? i dont understand. *slut*

i think it is high time i go and read the book to understand more.

speaking of buying books, i trod around R.I.T.A. (rock in the tampines area. ok old lame reference) and bumped into this unpretentious video shop that is laser flair. what a name. i was looking for a bookstore actually, but can’t find one. are there any bookstores in tampines by the way? with all the malls, i can’t seem to find one. amazing. don’t start with nlb. i still owe them tons of money. hehe.

ok so with laser flair. i stepped in, saw vcds were selling @ 6.95 each grabbed 5 of them which i have for so long wanted to watch but never did / or wanted to keep for keepsakes, and now i am a happy camper. just to let you know the five titles:- liar liar, letters to iwo jima, flags of our fathers, inside man and hotel rwanda. good stuff, yes. all man, very man. sans the big blue dong.

losing faith

was reading with interest on the case involving mediacorp battling with astro asia networks over its logo in high court today. question is: why now? the weird thing is astro’s logo looks so much diff when compared to cna’s when in actual fact cna’s looks way similar to that of adobe’s. no?

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seriously? the first time sarip saw cna’s logo way back in ’99, sarip thought cna had flipped adobe’s logo 180 degrees. the nerve! at least astro’s logo has the effort of putting swirls in it!

anyway, there was a report today reporting on singabore’s dubious promotion to number 10 in the world’s costliest cities ranking. and lo and behold, instead of reporting the concerns of its citizens, the 2 hosts on prime time morning singapore were more concerned on how this status will affect foreigners’ sentiment of making business here. *fair enough – they do provide business to this country and yadda yadda yadda.* but the blatant straight remark on the foreigners’ sentiment as its main priority and not to reflect on its own citizens first just shows how this place is more concerned on what others will think of us and not how we feel about everything that is going to affect us here.

it hurts sarip so. does sarip’s sentiment and others who have been living here all their lives matter less than what foreigners will think?

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by the way, who wants to bet with sarip that after yesterday’s “trouncing” of real madrid, liverpool will choke at old trafford and lose its match against united (finally i will my respects to sir alex ferguson but not to its “fans” yet who somehow went missing in ’05 & ’06)?

***ooops. (if only pool can play against “top” oppositions each week. they seem to only do well against teams whose arrogance frequently sits on the stratosphere.)