Friday, December 15, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW - "WONDER"


I was already at AEON Bukit Indah on Tuesday but the whole shopping mall was in total darkness. The next day on Wednesday, the power disruption was still ongoing. Finally on Thursday 14th December, I managed to get to AEON Tebrau City to watch this movie after school.

WONDER is a story of Auggie who had a disfigured face as he had gone through numerous surgeries since birth. His mom home-schooled him but decided to send Auggie to a real middle school and then all hell broke loose. He was badly bullied by his classmates and life was miserable and that was the price he had to pay for being different.

I will not disclose more but this is the movie you should go and watch, and don't forget to bring a lot of tissue paper or your handkerchief. There are just too many scenes that will make you cry a river.

There was this very small scene when the family pet dog died. At night, when the father was alone, Auggie saw him crying. I unashamedly burst into tears - because when I was staying in the ward recently, my cat died at home. You need to have a pet to understand.

Most of the movie critics, including Rotten Tomato, awarded "Wonder" four stars. The plot is actually quite simple, you need not to think so much but just sit back and enjoy the story. Even though this is a tear-jerker film, you will still leave the cinema feeling good. You will also get to see Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson playing a more serious role.

Now I have to get the novel of the same title the movie is based on.



Thursday, December 14, 2017

LOSARI BEACH EARLY IN THE MORNING


14th OCTOBER 2017 ~ I went to Losari Beach which was situated very close to the hotel very early in the morning on the second day. This was about 6:30 a.m, and Makassar uses the same time zone as Malaysia. However, geographically it is situated on the further east of longitude so 6:30 a.m. in Makassar is already like 7:30 a.m. in Malaysia.






There were already people at the waterfront but not many so I could really enjoy the pleasant weather and the scenic view of the sea and the sky. 
















These places were filled with stalls, chairs and tables when I was here the evening before. It was magically transformed into a clean and clear place early in the morning.


















Too bad we could not have this kind of waterfront in the city of Johor Bahru. The development has robbed the Lido Beach and the Straits of Johor from the people. I am quite sure the locals would love to have a place where they could walk, run or just sit by the sea in the morning and evening. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MY MAKASSAR GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE - EATING GRILLED FISH ON BILI BILI LAKE


14th OCTOBER 2017 ~ We were supposed to stop at Bili Bili Lake on our way back home but then the traffic was quite bad so it was already dark when we arrived there.We still stopped at the stalls by/on the lake for dinner.


Not much could be found about Bili Bili Lake on the Internet but I read from Wikipedia it is actually a dam that serves the purpose of flood control, hydroelectric power and irrigation.


There were many restaurants there but visitors were expected to sit on the floor while enjoying their meals - hence the name "Lesehan". [Learn a word a day!]


The freshwater fish was chosen by the guide, Mr. Abd. Rahman, as he should know better which fish would be good.















I always have doubt when it comes to eating freshwater fish as it tends to have this extreme "fishy" taste. However, this one was really good and the thick and soft meat was delicious, without that prominent fish smell.





The fish came together with "sambal" [squashed chili], strips of young mango and fried water spinach. It was such a healthy dinner I had had.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BUYING MARKISA IN MAKASSAR


14th OCTOBER 2017 ~ When in Makassar, you have to buy this fruit locally known as "markisa", or passion fruit in English. To get the best and cheaper passion fruit, then you would have to go to Molina which was located at a much higher ground with cooler temperature.











 The orange and green fruit hanging is the passion fruit. The orange one was sweet while the green was sour. That was my first time in my life tasting a passion fruit and it was real sweet.



Of course there were other local food items that could be bought from the stall by the roadside. However, I just bought the passion fruit to bring back home and it was still good after three days.

Monday, December 11, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW - "MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS"


When I cannot travel during the school holiday, I would have to find other source to entertain myself. This was one movie I managed to watch last week at MBO KSL Mall, and at the same time, I had to redeem the points accumulated from my member card. [READ: Free]


Adapted from the novel of the same title by Agatha Christie, this should be a drama when a Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, tried to solve a murder case on the train "The Orient Express" through deduction. There were many speaking scenes, which younger generation would not like but I found listening to the dialogues was really amusing as one had to get all the information (to solve the case) from all the interviews done.

another failed selfie
For once, this was a movie I enjoyed watching without being distracted by all the CGI effects throughout. And there were big names starring, like Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Penelope Cruz. I am now thinking of getting the novel to read.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

MEETING OLD FRIENDS AT/OUTSIDE LEGOLAND


Quite a number of my (old) friends and their family members had come to Johor Bahru to enjoy themselves at Legoland theme park. Today, another friend, Puan Azwan Shaiza Nizam and family were here and it was the best chance for us to meet up. She is an ex-coursemate from UPM TESL class of 1993. The very last time we met was in Melbourne in 2009, when she was studying there.








They actually wanted to visit me at home (who is recovering from my recent sickness) but there was a reason why the timing was not that right. They would have problem coming over as there was a big event going on at my neighbour's place tonight.

Thanks Puan Azwan and family for the brief time spent at Old Town White Coffee at the Mall of Medini. Hopefully you will come to Johor Bahru again some other time.