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Last Flight on Jaya One

Posted by munchkines on February 27, 2009

Today is my last day in Jaya One. To tell you the truth, it’s not easy for me to leave. Lots of good memories happened here. The time spent together is very valuable. The person that I will miss the most will be Vivian. Yes, me might still spend time together but it will different already. And there will nobody for me to argue with anymore, like arguing with Zura. Then there’s Jessie, the Dettol woman. She mistook Dettol with Listerine, gurgling it without noticing the text on the bottle. Then there’s also Lorraine, who always get ‘educated’ by Andrew.

I really had a good experience working in Jaya One. How I wish I never had to leave this place. But I understand the company’s situation with the current economic issues now. So this is the chance for me to grab more and better opportunities. At the moment, I will concentrate more in my bowling since there are lots of tournaments for me to participate. Hopefully by middle of March, I will be having a job for me to survive.

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The Punisher: War Zone

Posted by munchkines on February 27, 2009

Last night, I watched the latest movie that was just out in the cinemas, The Punisher: War Zone. To my opinion, it is one hell of a movie. The action was good but it is only suitable for adults as most of the scene is gruesome. Imagine that an elderly lady’s head is hacked? Anyway, the whole story is about The Punisher (Frank Castle) protects the city from the ruthless mobs but the people of New York is not accepting him. I think most of the comic superheroes life is like that. Just look at Batman, Spiderman and all those other superheroes, they are having a hard time adapting to the normal living.

I wouldn’t say more about the movie. Just check it out yourself. It is worth the money to spend on this movie. Hopefully you all will enjoy it as much as I do.

Infamous vigilante, anti-hero Frank Castle is six years into his vengeance driven zeal as the Punisher when he brutally assaults a “beat the rap” party for notorious mob boss Gaitano Cesare. During the course of the massacre, he hideously disfigures overeager gangster Billy Russoti and murders a mafia lackey who turns out to be an undercover FBI agent.

Agent Paul Budiansky, the ex-partner of the undercover Fed, joins the NYPD’s “Punisher Task Force” to help bring Castle to justice, once and for all.

A facially mutilated Russoti recovers from his run-in with the Punisher with revenge on his mind and recruits a massive army of psychotic killers, gangbangers, and mobsters under his new alias “Jigsaw.”

Distraught that he has now become the very evil he swore to battle, Castle is content to hang up his guns and quit the justice business for good. However, plans quickly change once he learns that Jigsaw has not only kidnapped the surviving wife and child of the dead federal agent but now has also freed his committed psychopathic brother, James aka “Loony Bin Jim.”

Forced back into the war, the Punisher now has to face off against Jigsaw’s formidable army in order to save the lives of an innocent family his actions put in the firing line “Clock’s ticking.”

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The Beauty Of Love

Posted by munchkines on February 27, 2009

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand it’s own way. Love is not irritable, and it does not keep record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices when truth wins out. Love never give up, never loses faith, is always helpful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever”

HeartsLove comes in many interpretation to many different people. Love can be a beautiful thing but it may also be ugly. Love is a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection and attachment. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure to intense interpersonal attraction. Love is not a single feeling but an emotion built from two or more feelings.

As an abstract concept, love usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love to the nonsexual emotional closeness of familial and platonic love to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.

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The Day When Everything Is Not Right

Posted by munchkines on February 26, 2009

DepressionHave you ever noticed that sometimes life is really crappy? Most people experience times when they feel crap. This can mean different things for different people. Feeling crap might include feeling sad, angry, stressed, or fed up. It might also be a sense of not feeling like yourself or feeling physically sick. I had my portion of feeling crappy a couple of days ago. Everything doesn’t seems right for me. I was so stressful and lots of unhappy things happening throughout the whole day. Today I would like to share with all of you on why do we feel crappy and how do we cope with it.

Why You Might Feeling Crappy?

Sometimes it is difficult to work out why you are feeling crap. Identifying the things that are contributing to the feeling might help you to work out how to deal with it. Remember – it’s just a feeling and is likely to pass.

  • You have experienced one or several big or small stressful events or tough times.
  • People around you are experiencing tough times. It is not uncommon for other people’s tough times to influence how you’re feeling. This may be because they are people you care about and it is hard to see them unhappy, or the way they are coping with their tough times means they are difficult to be around.

Not being able to identify the reason for how you are feeling is not uncommon. Factors that might contribute to feeling crap include:

Social Factors

  • Family problems – parents getting divorce or fighting, step family issues.
  • Problems at school, uni or work – bullying, dealing with expectations/pressure.
  • Relationship or friendship problems – breaking up with someone or fighting.
  • Moving into a new house.
  • Starting at a new school or job.
  • Being a carer or living with someone with a mental or physical illness.
  • Feeling bored or unstimulated, e.g. in the school holidays.

Psychological Factors

  • Stress or Anxiety – stress can come from many different sources, eg. exams, parents, teachers or your own expectations, pressures at school, work or home.
  • Grief or loss – the death of a loved one, or the end of a relationship or friendship.
  • Depression and other mental illnesses.

Physical Factors

Physical or biological factors might also influence your feelings and reactions, and how you think about things and yourself. Physical factors might include:

  • Not eating well.
  • Not getting enough exercise.
  • Not getting enough sleep.
  • Drugs or alcohol.
  • Illness – being sick, or fighting off illness, can make you feel run down and unwell.
  • Chronic illness or other medical conditions.
  • Hormonal changes in females during your menstrual cycle can make you feel crap. This may happen a few days before you get your period and you may not make the connection immediately.

What To Do If You’re Feeling Crappy?

When you feel crap, you might feel the urge to lash out at someone or something, even if they had nothing to do with your feeling. Here are some ideas that might stop you from lashing out and to get to a happier place.

Get Informed – Once you work out what might be causing you to feel crap, you can do something about it. On the Reach Out! site, you’ll find heaps of info on different issues, including depression, family, and relationships. You’ll also find suggestions on how to manage stuff and where you can get help.

Talk to Someone – Talking to someone you feel comfortable with, such as a friend, parent or counsellor can be a great way of expressing your feelings. These people are also well placed to help you identify why you are feeling crap and help you work out strategies you might use for dealing with it.

Get Some Head Space/Chill Out – Sometimes getting some head space and a change of scenery can be helpful. This might include going for a walk or listening to your favourite music, reading a book, going to the movies – whatever works for you.

Express your Feelings – Writing down your feelings, using scream it/dream it, or keeping a journal, can be a great way of understanding your feelings and a particular situation. It can also help you think about alternative solutions to problems. Other ways you may consider to express your feelings can in a way that won’t cause bodily damage to yourself or another person. Try yelling or crying into a pillow, dancing round the room to loud music, or punching a pillow.

Look After Yourself – Feeling crap may be your body telling you it needs to take time out, and pushing yourself might just make things worse. Take time out to spoil yourself by doing something that you usually enjoy. Even though you might not feel like it, exercising and eating well can help. Getting plenty of sleep can also help. Exercise helps stimulate hormones, such as endorphin, which help you feel better about yourself and your life. If you haven’t done a lot of exercise before, it might be a good idea to start doing something small a couple of times each week, such as a 15 minute walk or 2 or 3 laps of a pool. Visiting your GP for a general check up can be a way of making sure there isn’t any physical problem.

Get Creative! – Find things to do to distract yourself from feeling crap and that get you thinking creatively. This can be chatting to friends on msn, going for a walk, playing a game. Even though you might not feel like it at first, it might be enough to shift your mood.

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol – Try not to use alcohol or other drugs (including lots of caffeine or other energy boosting drinks) in the hopes of feeling better. The feeling is usually temporary and the after effects often make you feel worse.

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The Pink Panther 2

Posted by munchkines on February 26, 2009

Pink Panther 2Recently I went to the cinema and watched The Pink Panther 2. It was hilarious and funny. I really like Steve Martin and this time, they included a Bollywood star to play as the supporting cast, Ashwarya Rai. I will not say more about it, just watch the movie and you will know what I mean. Below is the review of the movie and the main casts:

In this sequel to the 2006 hit THE PINK PANTHER, Steve Martin is back as the less-than-smooth Inspector Clouseau. This time around, he matches wits with Chief Inspector Dreyfus, played by fellow… In this sequel to the 2006 hit THE PINK PANTHER, Steve Martin is back as the less-than-smooth Inspector Clouseau. This time around, he matches wits with Chief Inspector Dreyfus, played by fellow comedic genius John Cleese. THE PINK PANTHER 2 also features returning stars Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer, as well as newcomers to the series Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, and Aishwarya Rai.

When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond, Chief Inspector Dreyfus is forced to assign Inspector Clouseau to a team of international detectives and experts charged with catching the thief and retrieving the stolen artifacts.

Cast Role
Steve Martin as Inspector Jacques Clouseou
Jean Reno as Gendarme Gilbert Ponton
Emily Mortimer as Nicole Nuveau
Andy Garcia as Inspector Vincenzo Brancaleone
Alfred Molina as Inspector Randall Pepperidge
Ashwarya Rai as Sonia Solandres
Yuki Matsuzaki as Kenji Mazuto
John Cleese as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus

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Coca Cola Macam Ni-lah MTV

Posted by munchkines on February 25, 2009

Coca ColaAs I am posting this blog, Coca Cola is shooting their latest MTV in Jaya One. I had to wake up at 4.30am and be at the site at 6.00am. God! I only had 3 hours of sleep. But it is my responsibility to be at the site to supervise the setup. The storyboard of the MTV is about how Coke can make people feel refresh after having a drink. The main features of this MTV will be Dafi from Akademi Fantasia Season 5 and Shila (daughter of ND Lala). And for this MTV, they hired at least 20 extras. And there are about more than 20 scenes will be shoot in Jaya One. Main locations will be in front of Hanazen Japanese Restaurant, Secret Recipe, Gemini Creations and DucKing. They even build a bus stand for this MTV.

Below are some pictures taken during the shooting of the MTV:

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And during the shooting, there were a lot of beautiful, young girls that makes me lose control. Being “young”, it’s not easy to control my male hormone. I even passed my number for them to call me if there are any casting for me to attend. It is my dream to be a model cum actor. Hehehehe…

Dafi is a nice young chap. He even remembers me being his cyber friend in Nana FC. Even before the shooting starts, he greeted all the extras with a big smile. Not forgetting Shila, she is also very friendly. Unlike some other young artiste who thinks that they are already a ‘STAR’ and act snobbish to their fans.

The shooting estimates to end at 8.00pm. If it is not done by then, it will be carried forward to the next day. Unfortunately, I will not be around to supervise it. Sad…. because there goes my chance to get to know more girls.

That’s it for now. Will be updating soon enough. And once the MTV is aired, I will be posting it in the blog. See you all again!

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Valentine’s Day

Posted by munchkines on February 24, 2009

Valentine's Day

The time has come again. Every year, millions of people around the world celebrate this special occasion on 14th February, the Valentine’s Day. It’s kind of amazing on how loving and caring people can be on this particular day. Here, I will talk more about Valentine’s Day, what can we do to spend time with our love ones on the particular day.

According to legend, the holiday has its roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis/Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. As Christianity came to dominance in Europe, pagan such as Lupercalia were frequently renamed for early Christian martyrs. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be the feast day of the Roman martyr Saint Valentine, who lived in the 3rd century.

Which St. Valentine this early pope intended to honor remains a mystery. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third St. Valentine almost nothing is known except that he met his end in Africa. Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on February 14.

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270. The history of St. Valentine’s Day has two legends attached to it – the Protestant and the Catholic legend. According to both legends, Valentine was a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage for young men and was executed by the latter. Although many scholars agree that Lupercalia was moved from Feb. 15th to the 14th and was Christianized by associating it with this St. Valentine character, it is still unclear just who the historical St. Valentine was. One school of thought believes that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. According to church tradition St. Valentine was a priest/bishop of Rome in about the year 270 A.D.

At that time the Roman Emperor Claudius-II who had issued an edict forbidding marriage. This was around when the heyday of Roman empire had almost come to an end. Lack of quality administrators led to frequent civil strife. Learning declined, taxation increased, and slumped to a low, precarious level. And the Gauls, Slavs, Huns, Turks and Mongolians from Northern Europe and Asian increased their pressure on the empire’s boundaries. The empire was grown too large to be shielded from external aggression and internal chaos with existing forces. Thus more of capable men were required to be recruited as soldiers and officers. When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus, will not make good soldiers. He believed it made the men weak. So to assure quality soldiers, he banned marriage.

Valentine, realized the injustice of the decree. Seeing the trauma of young lovers, he met them in a secret place, and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. He defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. But Claudius soon learned of this “friend of lovers,” and had him arrested.

While Valentine was in prison awaiting his fate, he came in contact with his jailor, Asterius. The jailor had a blind daughter. Asterius requested him to heal his daughter. The Catholic legend has it that through the vehicle of his strong faith he miraculously restored the sight of Asterius’ daughter, a phenomenon refuted by the Protestant version which agrees otherwise with the Catholic one. Just before his execution, he asked for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to her “From Your Valentine,” a phrase that lived ever after. Another legend has it that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. However, this legend is not given much importance by historians. Probably the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one not focused on Eros (passionate love) but on agape (Christian love): he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

The emperor, impressed with the young priest’s dignity and conviction, attempted to convert him to the Roman gods, to save him from certain execution. Valentine refused to recognize Roman Gods and even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully. What happened was what was to happen. All attempts to convert the emperor failed.

On February 14, 270 AD, Valentine was executed. Valentine thus become a Patron Saint, and spiritual overseer of an annual festival. The festival involved young Romans offering women they admired, and wished to court, handwritten greetings of affection on February 14. The greeting cards acquired St.Valentine’s name.

HAPPENINGS ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day is the day where couples and families go out and celebrate. Be it having dinner together, or exchanging gifts, most of the shopping malls and outlets are taking advantage of this particular day. Here are some of events and promotions that might interest you to spend with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

Acoustic Jaya

Held in the heart of Jaya One, “Palm Square Presents” is a fresh new weekly event featuring local performing artists in all manner of sin, from singer-songwriter sessions to stand up comedy.

Palm Square presents Acoustic Jaya is a free-to-play outdoor concert, live and under the stars, that happens every first and last weekend of the month. Acoustic Jaya was created as a live and free music series featuring the most original and independent singer-songwriter talents in the Klang Valley. The series aims to offer these young and gifted artistes a creative community space to call their own and to bring their music to a brand new audience in PJ.

Tony Selvaraj

Tony Selvaraj

On Valentine’s Day, Acoustic Jaya presents Tony Selvaraj, a self-taught musician who plays the guitar, the bass guitar, drums and numerous percussion instruments. He started writing his own songs at the age of 17. Having co-founded the Da Funk Project and Da Praise Project, he is currently a full-time musician and music teacher attached to the Trinity Community Centre, The Acts School of Arts and KLPac. He is also a member of the Young Kuala Lumpur Singers. Recently, Tony was the band singer and guitarist for Broken Bridges: The Musical here at KLPac.

Candlelight Dinner – BBQ Chicken @ Jaya One

Looking for a place to have candlelight dinner? And to many choices to choose from? Bring your loved ones to BBQ Chicken and impress your partner with the tasty Korean Charbroiled Chicken and get entertained by Tony Selvaraj, who will be performing for Acoustic Jaya.

Located in the heart of Palm Square, Jaya One, BBQ chicken is supported by a proven operations and management system. BBQ Chicken is a trade brand name under the management of Genesis BBQ (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, successfully obtained HALAL certification from the recognized Islamic bodies in Malaysia. Book you place now as it is only limit to 14 tables. Table for two for just RM69.99 including soup, salad, choices of main course and dessert.

BBQ Chicken

Jaya One
No.12-G, Block M Jaya One
No.72A Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603-7954 8722

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Numbers Can Be Powerful

Posted by munchkines on February 24, 2009

As stated in the header, numbers can determine your future (to some certain extend). Right now in Jaya One until 14th February 2009, a group of people called Visiber is giving free reading based on your birthdate.

I had my birthdate read last week and to my suprise, at least 60% of what they read about me is true! It’s kind of amazing though. Never thought that numbers can be such a wonder. If you guys would like to know more about it, you all can visit their website http://www.visiber.com. If not, you all can come to Jaya One to get your free reading.

Visiber

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A New Me in 2009

Posted by munchkines on February 24, 2009

Hey all… today is the first day and the first time I’m writing in a blog. I have never done this before and I was thinking how nice is it to share the journey of my life with my fellow friends.As to most of you who knows me, I am a bowler. I am still bowling and also a coach. I am currently working as an Events Executive in Jaya One but will be leaving soon due to economic situation that doesn’t allow me to stay in the company. If you would like to know more about Jaya One, you can visit their website at http://www.jayaone.com.my and feel free to check out what’s happening.

4 months in Jaya One has make me a better person. I met new friends and old friends where we always spend time together eating lunch, go for yam cha and also movies. And I have gain weight ever since working here, all because of my colleague Andrew Stephen Lau. He inspired me to eat because whatever he eats looks delicious. Then there’s also Vivian, Jessie, Lorraine, Lennard, Amber and my dear old friend Sandie.

It was fun working here in Jaya One where there were lots of events happening such as Passionately Pink Carnival, Malaysian Rally Championship, Natural Face Search, Halo! Let’s Eat Music Festival and not forgetting Acoustic Jaya, the one and only free open-air acoustic performance by indie artistes like Izzy Mohd, Azmyl Yunor, Nick Davis, Ian Chow, Estrella, Loudspeaker and much more to mention.

Natural Face Search

Natural Face Search

Hot Pink Carnival

Hot Pink Carnival

Halo! Let's Eat Music Festival

Halo! Let's Eat Music Festival

Acoustic Jaya

Acoustic Jaya

Since I am leaving the company soon, I hope that we can still maintain the closeness of our friendship and keep on hanging out together whenever we have the time. I’m not sure where I will be heading to next. Maybe as a coach for Negeri Sembilan, or maybe I would like to venture into PR or events industry. As for now, wait for more posts from me. Signing out from the desk of Mustafa Yassin.

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