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Learning to camwhore with Malaysian Dreamgirl

Today has been procrastination day - for some reason I couldn't get started on anything really... so I've spent most of my time watching Malaysian Dreamgirl (Actually that was yesterday, while writing this I further procrastinated by camwhoring)

I'm not that interested in models and so on, but I like to watch a Malaysian show - the people all seem a bit more real and close to home. The concept of the online reality show is interesting and they are doing a good job overall. Though the bits they have between scenes, the speeded up shots of KL are kind of boring I find - I mean, who needs to see more traffic jams?? Also the relentless plugging of various corporate interests (Beautilicious, Lim Kok Wing, etc...) is tiring.

I like seeing the bits with photo shoots, when they are talking about how to do the poses, etc. It's interesting to see all the work that goes into presenting oneself as a model; and I understand more why some girl bloggers like to try out their different angles and all that when they are camwhoring. In fact, it makes me feel like trying it out a bit - just out of interest and for fun, though it feels kind of silly to me :-P

OK - there you go, me camwhoring. Conclusions: yes I am getting old! Too much smiling and wrinkles shoot across my face like Freddy Krueger or something! Solution? Only show small photos where it’s difficult to make out too much :-D

Which is my best profile? I have no idea - they all look pretty dodgy to me! What do you think?

Back to MDG: I particularly liked the photo shoot in series nine with Jimmy directing them, he explains well what he wants and why he’s doing it; the catwalk episode was OK too, though one of the models looked scarily thin; the other one seemed to be a very conscientious teacher though.

As for the competition. Who would I vote for? I guess Juanita, Dawn, or Shasya would be in my top list. I find Ming kind of boring, and Farah looks so just so uninterested in it all.

Another thing I'm curious about (and why I started to write this post actually) - the MDG film streams really well, much better than YouTube etc. Even when some other sites are taking ages to download - the most obvious reason I can think of is that they pay streamyx to guarantee them full speed on the network. If that's the case, then network neutrality is already history in Malaysia; not good :-(

myBlogS 2009 - Update

The myBlogS 2009 survey has been running for two weeks now, and I'm really happy with the response so far - 329 responses!! :-D :-D

So, to everyone who has filled it out so far…

I was so stressed at the beginning! Just hoping that it would reach at least 100, which my supervisor had said was the absolute minimum.

But it's not over! It's open until the 10th April, and the target is 500 responses.

It's important to have a lot of responses because no one knows exactly who all the bloggers are in Malaysia, so you can’t do a stratified sample (e.g. for Malaysia, you make sure you have a 50/50 divide of male and female, apprx. 60% Malay, certain percentages of old and young, etc.) that would help to make sure the results reflect the overall population of the Malaysian blogosphere. So the more people who answer, the less likely that there will be bias from a particular section of the blogosphere.

I can't tell you any of the results so far, because that might influence the results if you haven’t done the survey yet, but I can say this:
Saya memohon maaf di atas ketiadaan versi Bahasa Malaysia untuk borang kajiselidik ini kerana tidak mempunyai kemampuan serta pengetahuan untuk penterjemahan. Saya berterima kasih jika anda mencuba dan kerjasama serta jawapan anda amatlah saya hargai.

Seriously, I wish I could have it in Chinese and Tamil too, but I just can't do it now :-( I hope that maybe in future I'll be able to collaborate with someone to redo it in other languages.

Click here to do the Malaysian Blog Survey 2009 now! You can win Platinum Movie Suite vouchers too :-)
And it's not just for bloggers, but for anyone who reads Malaysian blogs.

A big shout out and Thank You! to everyone who has been kind enough to spread the word about the survey - by email, or on their blog:

• Domeless w0nderb0y: ~~ DragonBall Evolution Premiere Screening ~~
• ? ?w?s?më??ss ?år?? ?: Dragonball Premiere Screening
• Abdullah deserts loyalists?; Book launches with Zaid, Nik Aziz, Anwar; Blog survey
• kuE: of blogging & law—
• Open Heart, Mind & Soul: To all..
• The Ranting Cynic: myBlogS 2009 - Malaysian Blog Survey 2009
• The Tiny Tapir: Malaysian Blog Survey - Free movie tickets!
• w w w . x e s . c x: eLawyer Law Conference 2009 - Blogging & Law

and last, but not least
• Malaysiakini: Vox Populi
The Star
The Star Malaysia, announcement of myBlogS 2009

(if I've missed anyone out, please tell me and I'll add you in)

*Update 31/03/09*: • Itulah Aku: Malaysian Blog Survey
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eLawyer Conference - Be informed!

Last Saturday I attended the ”eLawyer Law Conference 2009 - Blogging & Law”. It was interesting, I got to meet up with some bloggers and also (of course) tell people about the survey – myBlogS 2009 (there are 151 responses so far – have you had your say?).

When I arrived I first spotted Suanie, then also Foong Cheng Leong and Nizam Bashir. I always have difficulties remembering Cheng Leong’s name, because I really knew him first (before I met him) as ‘xes’ - which is his blog that has been around a long time. I had met them before at the Bar Council Blogging and Defamation Forum, so I was familiar with quite a lot of what they said, but it struck me again that spreading this information around is really important for bloggers. I find that there are still too many bloggers who seem to think that just because you’re online, suddenly there are no laws and you can start to act (figuratively) like Marv from Sin City.

I also met kruel74 for the first time, and DiEsE - I forgot to take photos with them though (tsk tsk – lose two points for not being a proper blogger :-P). kuE and CurryEgg were also there, and have done a pretty good job summarising what was said in the two talks; I have also talked about some of the issues before (link above), but here are the ones which stuck in my mind:

First of all, Eddie Law opened the conference and explained what is all about; mostly it’s for lawyers and law students (job announcements, online resources, etc.), but there are also some useful services for ordinary Joes and Janes like you and me.

Legal Q&A: you can submit legal questions and get a professional opinion.
Find a lawyer: you can search for a lawyer near you, and with a particular specialism
S & P Legal Fee Calculator: this will calculate legal fees for Stamp Duty and Sales & Purchase agreements.

Then we had the main talks.

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I’m a Musicon Celebrity thanks to Maxis Broadband

Nuffnang is at it again! This time there's a chance to go the Nuffnang Music Bash 2009.

The theme is "how you wish to be treated if you’re a celebrity" - so I thought about it… You see, my problem is that I don't really look like any celebrity, and I don’t have all the extra accessories to dress up and everything. I asked WW, 'Which celebrity has short hair?' – she looked at me and said 'David Beckham' (which shows just how blind love can be! :-))

So Beckham it was. As you probably know, Beckham is famous for being metrosexual, leading the way for the 21st century man. A famous early episode was when he appeared with Victoria while wearing a sarong. Of course, being metrosexual he wasn't wearing one of those boring checked ones, but in fact had a more exciting woman’s one.

Notice the football and the tattoos (just have to remind you just in case you don't see the resemblance with Beckham :-P)

So, if I was Beckham, I would want to be pampered in the best spas, and get massaged in a Balinese garden with frangipani flowers strewn around, perfuming the air with their delicate fragrance

And of course, how could I do without the face mask? (infused with gold particles of course)

Not forgetting the manicure and pedicure, of course. Add a glass of champagne and - metrosexual life, here I come!

Hehe, so there you have it – my life as Beckham, being massaged, manicured, pedicured, relaxing in pamper-tastic spas and drinking champagne :-D

(With thanks to WW: makeup artist, creative director and multi-talented extra :-))

OK you may have noticed a problem, which I noticed too late. Nuffnang says they want 'Musicon Celebrities', so does Beckham count?? On the other hand, they say "Take a picture of yourself dressed up like a celebrity or impersonate any celebrity you want" – so I dunno… But I do want to go to the party! Please!!

Kim Jong-il eats pizza

Kim Jong-il, aka 'The Dear Leader', is a despot who lives in a world of luxury while presiding over famines, poverty and despair. Not to mentioning being responsible for kidnappping, blowing up a civilian airplane, and having a ridiculous perm

Apparently, he is something of a superhuman, for example writing six operas in two years and - when he was born - "The event was reportedly marked by a double rainbow, and a bright star in the sky." (BBC).

The personality cult of the Kims in North Korea is in many ways a reproduction of pre-existing religious practices - photos are treated with the reverence of religious icons and/or ancestral tablets and his presence is (reportedly) an occasion for emotional outbursts.

Not much to laugh about there, really, but this comment by an Italian chef made me laugh:
In 2004, he described to the BBC how he had given lessons to three army officers who took copious notes and asked detailed questions such as how far apart olives should be placed on each pizza.

Mr Furlanis said Kim Jong-il may even have visited one of the training sessions, being held on a ship anchored offshore.

"I am not in the position to say whether it really was him, but our chef, who had no reason to fib, was, for the space of several minutes, utterly speechless," Mr Furlanis said.

"He said he felt as if he had seen God, and I still envy him this experience." (BBC, emphasis added)

Hehe :-D

My food fetish - Cili goreng!

Banana leaf is one of my favourite foods, and whenever we feel like eating out, I'm almost inevitably (and boringly) going to suggest "Banana leaf!".

So last Sunday, we decided to check out a banana leaf place near our house. We walked there - a walk of about 15-20 minutes through the suburbs of Kelana Jaya (and I should have put on some suncream, as I ended with a very red neck!). On the way we saw this unusual frontage on a house
Suburban house with Lord Ganesh, Malaysia

closer up, you can see how it's an elaborate scene with Lord Ganesh - apart from that the house looked completely normal though.
Suburban house with Lord Ganesh, Malaysia

We got the the shoplots and ordered daun pisang, as well as some fried tengiri... yum...
Banana leaf aka daun pisang dish, Malaysia

One of the things I like best about banana leaf are the extra bits that come with - fried potato chips, pappadom, and especially cili goreng!!
Banana leaf aka daun pisang dish with cili goreng, Malaysia

Man, I'm drooling just thinking of them. Cili goreng are chilis that have been dried in salt, which draws salt inside the chili; then they are dropped into boiling oil, and scooped out as soon as they rise to the surface. Delicious, and although you can buy them in some shops, they are the best when they have been freshly cooked.

The meal for two, with two pieces of fried fish and two drinks each came out to RM22, which is OK. I didn't do a proper blogger job of getting a photo of the sign/getting the name and address (tsk, tsk) - but here's a map of where it is.
Kelana Jaya map banan leaf restaurant

And here's a close up of that cili goreng again - oOOOooooohh it's sooOO hot :-P :-P
cili goreng, salted dried and fried chili, Malaysia