Monthly Archives: July 2014

Be Surrounded by Positive People

In all matters, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. In the same manner, also try to surround yourself with positive people, friends who bring out the best in you and for you, not against you or try to talk you down to feel superior. Stay away from negativity, even your own family if they constantly talk you down or you just feel depressed being around them. If you can afford it, and have a good friend to help, then stay together and get out of the house of war. It is not good for the soul to be talked down all the time in favour of other siblings who may be the favourite in the family. You have to love yourself and take care of yourself, because no one else can do this for you. In times of stress, talk to God and pray for guidance, for the Holy Spirit to be the beacon of light to guide your life in this complicated world. Most of all, strive to be happy.

Cheese Baked Fish at The Ship

Above is cheese baked fish in a scallop shell at The Ship along Jalan Sri Bahari in Penang. The cheese was simply ambroisia and infused with the fish for a sumptuous meal.

This is cheese baked spaghetti with chicken strips, tomato slices, julienne onions, lots of cheese and of course not forgetting spaghetti. This meal can be ordered from Max Gourmet Restaurant at the seventh level of Gurney Plaza besides Golden Screen Cinemas.

This was ordered from James Foo Western Food at Penang Times Square ground floor. The chicken chop was drizzled with lots of delicious gravy with cubes of carrots and onions. The food is reasonably priced and not too expensive.

The dish above was ordered at Uncle Albert’s Restaurant at Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong. The is a generous portion of potatoes and green beans.

The meal above was during lunch time at Uncle Albert’s. The fish fillet was big with generous portion of fries.

The flowers on display during the opening day at James Foo Western Restaurant in Penang Times Square.

Transformers Age of Extinction

Sixty-five million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, beings known as the Creators detonate many “Seeds”, wiping out most life on Earth. In the present, a geologist named Darcy discovers a dinosaur corpse covered in a strange metal.

Four years have passed since the Battle of Chicago. Cade Yeager, a struggling inventor, and his friend Lucas buy an old truck to strip it for parts in hopes of sending Cade’s daughter Tessa to college. Cade soon discovers that the truck is an injured Optimus Prime and repairs him. Meanwhile, Cemetery Wind, an elite CIA unit headed by paranoid agent Harold Attinger, has been tasked with hunting down the remaining Decepticons. However, he also secretly hunts down the Autobots. With the aid of the Transformer bounty hunter Lockdown, they ambush and brutally kill Ratchet when they found him hiding on a stern of an abandoned ship. After locating Optimus in Texas, the unit and Lockdown travel there and threaten Cade, Tessa, and Lucas. Optimus comes out of hiding and attacks the operatives, allowing Cade and his friends to escape. They are saved by Shane Dyson, Tessa’s secret boyfriend, and after a lengthy chase they escape. However, Lucas is killed by Lockdown’s grenade. Optimus rallies the last remaining Autobots: Bumblebee, Hound, Drift, and Crosshairs. Cade hacks into a drone he took from the attack in Texas, and learns that the remaining member of the Wreckers, Leadfoot was killed and that Cemetery Wind is working with a corporation called KSI. They decide to infiltrate KSI headquarters in Chicago for information.

Meanwhile, Joshua Joyce, the head of KSI, shows Darcy that he has perfected transformium, a codeable, molecularly unstable metal that the Transformers are made of. He has imprisoned Brains to decode dead Transformers’ brains and utilize their data for the human-created Transformers. He shows Darcy his prized creation, Galvatron, who was created using data from Megatron’s brain.

Once he infiltrates the facility, Cade finds the KSI scientists melting down Ratchet’s head. Infuriated, Optimus and the Autobots storm the facility, break Brains out, and start to destroy it. Joyce stops them and explains that humans don’t need Autobots anymore, as they can create their own Transformer soldiers. Disgusted, the Autobots leave the facility. Attinger forces Joyce to launch Galvatron and Stinger to pursue the Autobots. Galvatron and Optimus battle before Lockdown shoots Optimus. Tessa gets trapped and she, along with Optimus, are brought aboard Lockdown’s ship. He locks Optimus in the middle of his trophy room, which also carries the Dinobots, legendary knights that Lockdown imprisoned. He explains that the Creators want Optimus back. Before he leaves, Lockdown gives Attinger a Seed, a bomb that can cyberform any area of land, giving Cade, Shane, and the Autobots time to board the ship. Cade and Shane save Tessa, and, with the help of Crosshairs and Bumblebee, are able to escape. Shortly after, Hound and Drift save Optimus and escape before Lockdown’s ship enters deep space. Optimus and Brains reveal that Galvatron is Megatron reincarnated, and that he has been manipulating KSI to make an army and steal the Seed in order to wipe out humans and create more Decepticons. Cade warns Joyce, who retreats to Hong Kong with Darcy and his business associate Su Yueming to get a military extraction, thus betraying Attinger.

In Beijing, Galvatron activates by himself and corrupts all prototype Transformer drones to do his bidding. One of his minions shoots down the Autobots’ ship. Hound and Bumblebee jump out and struggle to protect the humans. Knowing this, Optimus releases and tames the Dinobots. With their help, they destroy Galvatron’s army. Lockdown then appears and uses a magnetic weapon in an effort to reclaim Optimus and the Dinobots. However, Optimus destroys it and proceeds to fight Lockdown. Cade tries to help but is held at gunpoint by Attinger. Seeing Cade in danger, Optimus kills Attinger, which allows Lockdown to gain the upper hand and impale Optimus with his own sword. Cade and Bumblebee distract Lockdown while Tessa and Shane take the sword out of Optimus, who proceeds to kill Lockdown. Galvatron retreats, vowing to battle Optimus another day. Optimus sets the Dinobots free before flying into space with the Seed, sending a message to the Creators to leave Earth alone and that he is coming for them.

Went to KL on Friday

I went to KL last Friday for the day and returned to Penang at night. We went there to collect a cheque, but alas, it was not to be. The client has no money and is waiting compensation from the insurance company. So, this will take months to settle for the balance payment. Money is difficult to come by nowadays with projects stuck with cash and owners not willing to pay for whatever reasons. I have to be more cautious now with my expenditure and I cannot afford to just splurge anyhow I like. I pray for prudence and to not dress up to get rich. Also collected 5 letters from home with a replacement Citibank credit card.

Angelina Jolie Maleficent

Maleficent first appears in the film Sleeping Beauty in King Stefan’s castle by means of supernatural teleportation during the christening of Stefan’s daughter, Aurora. Her appearance is preceded by a gust of wind and accompanied by a streak of lightning and her signature green flames. She is outwardly courteous, but implies she is offended that she did not receive an invitation to the ceremony like the other fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. When she asks the king and queen why she was not invited, Merryweather speaks up and tells Maleficent that she was “not wanted”. Shocked (or pretending to be shocked), she turns to leave this “awkward situation,” hoping that the king and queen will apologize for not inviting her. When the queen asks her if she was offended by this, Maleficent denies it and offers to bestow a “gift” on Aurora to prove she “bears no ill will”. Maleficent says that Aurora will grow in grace and beauty, “beloved by all who know her” as well, but to punish the king and queen for their insolence, she places a curse on Aurora so that before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, the girl will “prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel and die!” Merryweather, who still has a gift she can use, weakens the curse so that Aurora will fall into a deep sleep instead, with only a kiss from her true love needed to awaken her.

The three fairies hide Aurora until her sixteenth birthday passes while an angry Maleficent realizes her instructions to her goblin minions were wasted for most of the sixteen years, as the goblins focused on searching for a baby the whole time. Maleficent blasts lightning at them in her fury, and then instructs her pet raven Diablo to hunt down the now adolescent Aurora. Once he succeeds, Maleficent visits Aurora on the evening of her sixteenth birthday in a form of a will-o’-the-wisp, hypnotizing Aurora before luring her to a remote tower and transforming into a spinning wheel. Aurora pricks her finger on the spindle, fulfilling the curse.
Maleficent’s dragon form as in the climax of the film

To ensure Aurora will not be immediately awakened, Maleficent and her goons trap Prince Phillip, Aurora’s true love, and take him to Maleficent’s castle in the Forbidden Mountains. She taunts Phillip before she retreats to her own tower, explaining that she intends to leave him in her dungeon for 100 years, and then free him (if he is still alive then) on his way to awaken his true love after he has aged and she has not. She leaves satisfied, saying, “For the first time in sixteen years, I shall sleep well.” After Maleficent leaves, the fairies then free Prince Phillip of his chains and they escape the dungeon, fending off repeated attacks from Maleficent’s minions which are thwarted by the fairies’ magic. In the process, Merryweather turns Diablo into stone.

Maleficent soon discovers that the Prince has escaped from her dungeon, and is equally furious to see Diablo’s fate. She ascends to the top of the highest tower of the castle. She summons lightning bolts and spells at Phillip to hinder him, including a forest of thorns (which Phillip is able to overcome), before personally dealing with him by transporting herself in front of King Stefan’s castle, blocking his entry. She tells him that he shall have to fight her, and “all the powers of Hell” and transforms into a huge dark dragon. Though she overwhelms him, and it looks like Phillip is about to meet his death, the three fairies transfer some of their power to Phillip’s sword as he throws the weapon into her heart, fatally wounding her. As she falls forward, she attempts to devour him, but misses and falls off the crumbling cliff to her death. She disintegrates into ash, leaving only her cloak with the sword still embedded in it as it blackens, signifying that the evil Maleficent is now truly dead; her evil influence eternally terminated.

My Birthday Yesterday at Foong Wei Heong Restaurant

I celebrated my birthday yesterday at Foong Wei Heong Chinese Restaurant at Sri Bahari Road in Penang. My parents, youngest sister and best friend came along. The dish above is four seasons consisting of stir fried scallops garnished with vegetables, honey coated fried chicken, spring roll and mayonnaise prawns. This dish cost $60 and enough to serve 5 of us.

Gold Choice Gourmet Coffee was open last month in Penang Times Square and they offer barrista classes on how to serve gourmet coffee. They are a franchise business with several machines for coffee making costing in the range of thousands and easily 4 thousand upwards. I guess the boss must be quite wealthy, because they close rather early compared to the surrounding places and by 9:00pm, it is already closed.

The above was ordered at Chinese Recreation Club where my friend is a lifetime member with no monthly charges. It is called green dragon vegetables stir-fried with garlic and garnished with stripes of red chilly. It tasted rather crunchy and soothe the palate.

This is one of my favourite dish – stir-fried egg with chunks of crab meat, dried scallops and water chessnut, garnished with julienned lettuce. Depending on who takes the order, the dish can taste as ordinary as fried egg or a gourmet dish with lots of crab meat chunks.

This is the first time I ordered and tried the Indian curry prawns with fried bun that was crusted on the outside. The bun was superb when dipped in the curry and the flavour melts in your mouth. The prawns were large and I think could be Tiger Prawns.

The food taken all together where we had our dinner at Chinese Recreation Club recently.

Chess Free

There are many games you can play online, either using the computer or your smart phones by downloading games apps. One of them is Chess Free, and you can click on the link to find out more information and to download the game and try yourself. What’s more? It can be one player or two players game.

Should you be bored, then it might be time for some fun and entertainment by playing computer games. This will definitely give you hours of pleasure to kill time. The game is easy to download and runs on cross platforms like Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. With this in mind, you can be assured of cross browser compatibility.

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 Movie

In the future, robots known as Sentinels are exterminating mutants, and humans that dared to assist the mutants and harbor genes that lead to mutant offspring. A band of mutants manages to evade the Sentinels with the assistance of Kitty Pryde, who can project a person’s consciousness back in time to deliver warnings. Pryde’s group convenes with Storm, Wolverine, Professor Xavier, and Magneto in China. Pryde sends Wolverine’s consciousness back to 1973 to prevent Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels. Following the assassination, Mystique was captured and her DNA used by Trask’s company to create Sentinels that are near-invincible due to their ability to adapt to any mutant power. Xavier and Magneto advise Wolverine to seek out both of their younger selves for aid.

Wolverine wakes up in 1973 and travels to the X-Mansion, where he encounters Beast and Xavier. Beast reveals that Xavier’s Institute for Gifted Youngsters closed after most of the teachers and students were drafted for the Vietnam War. A depressed Xavier has been abusing a serum which Beast created to enable him to walk, causing his telepathic powers to be suppressed as well. Wolverine explains his mission and persuades Xavier to help free Magneto from a prison cell beneath the Pentagon, where he is being held for allegedly killing President John F. Kennedy. They succeed with the help of Peter Maximoff, a mutant with superhuman speed.

In Washington D.C., Trask unsuccessfully lobbies for his Sentinel program with Congress. Meanwhile, in Saigon, Mystique prevents William Stryker from appropriating a group of mutant G.I.s for Trask’s research. Mystique investigates Trask’s office and discovers he has been capturing mutants for experiments. Xavier, Magneto, Beast, and Wolverine fly to Paris to intercept Mystique. In Paris, Mystique impersonates a Vietnamese general to infiltrate a meeting with Trask, who is attempting to sell his Sentinel technology to communist nations. Xavier, Magneto, Beast, and Wolverine arrive as Mystique is about to kill Trask. To ensure that Mystique’s DNA can never be used for the Sentinels, Magneto tries to kill her, but she flees out of a window. The fight spills onto the streets and in front of the public, allowing both Magneto and Mystique to escape.

Although Trask is saved, the world is horrified by the existence of mutants. President Richard Nixon approves Trask’s Sentinel program and arranges an unveiling. Trask’s scientists recover Mystique’s blood from the street. Meanwhile, Magneto—who has recovered his telepathy-blocking helmet—intercepts the prototype Sentinels in transit and laces their polymer-based frames with steel, allowing him to control them. At the mansion, Xavier stops taking his serum and slowly regains his mental powers while losing the ability to walk. Through Wolverine, Xavier speaks to his future self and is inspired to struggle for human-mutant peace once again. He uses Cerebro to track Mystique, who is heading to Washington.

Nixon unveils the Sentinel prototypes at the White House as Xavier, Wolverine, and Beast search for Mystique. Magneto commandeers the Sentinels and attacks the crowd, then sets a stadium around the White House as a barricade. Nixon and Trask are taken to a safe room, accompanied by the Cabinet, Secret Service officers, and Mystique disguised as a Secret Service member. Wolverine and Beast try to stop Magneto, but he pits a Sentinel against them and throws Wolverine into the Potomac River. In the future, the X-Men make their final stand as a large army of Sentinels attacks the monastery. In 1973, Magneto pulls the safe room out of the White House and prepares to kill Nixon and his Cabinet in front of the world. Mystique, disguised as Nixon, shoots Magneto with a plastic gun. Xavier persuades Mystique not to kill Trask and allows her and Magneto to flee. Mystique’s actions are seen as a mutant saving the President, leading to the cancellation of the Sentinel program. Trask is arrested for attempting to sell American military secrets.

Wolverine wakes up in the future and finds Iceman, Rogue, Colossus, Pryde, Beast, Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Xavier alive. Back in 1973, Mystique, impersonating Stryker, takes custody of Wolverine after he is pulled from the river.

In a post-credits scene, a multitude of people gathered in a desert pray to En Sabah Nur, who is using telekinesis to construct a pyramid as four horsemen keep watch nearby.

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