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Smurfs: The Lost Village NEW Trailer #3 ‘Lost’ (2017)

In Smurf Village, the Smurfs live peacefully among themselves. Their leader is the wise, eldery, and a bit overprotective, Papa Smurf. Some of the Smurfs include the klutsy and slow-witted Clumsy Smurf, the intelligent and eccentric Brainy Smurf, the strong and gutsy Hefty Smurf and the beautiful Smurfette, who feels out of place in Smurf Village as the only girl. Smurfette was created by the villainous wizard Gargamel from a lump of clay, but was redeemed by Papa Smurf and became part of the village. Gargamel makes it his mission to capture the Smurfs, steal all of their essence, and become the most powerful wizard in the world.

After a fun day with Clumsy, Brainy and Hefty, Smurfette sees a blue creature hidden by a leaf and follows it straight into the forbidden forest, which Papa Smurf forbids the Smurfs from entering, believing the creature to be a Smurf. She loses sight of the creature but she, Clumsy, Brainy, and Hefty, who followed Smurfette, discover a hat that was dropped by the possible Smurf. They end up being captured by Gargamel and at his castle, Smurfette ends up inadvertently revealing the hat, enabling Gargamel to mix up a brew that causes him to locate the village on a map. Soon enough, the Smurfs escape and return to Smurf Village, where they are reprimanded by Papa Smurf for disobeying his orders and confines them to their houses while dismissing their claims of a lost village filled with Smurfs.

However, Smurfette, still wanting to find her place, sneaks out into the night, with Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty volunteering to come with her. Gargamel soon discovers them trying to find the lost village and heads out with his cat Azrael and giant bird Monty to stop them. The four best friends follow the map and end up in various predicaments and misadventures, like being attacked by monster flowers and getting caught in a stampede of luminescent rabbits, one of whom they befriended and named Bucky, who helps them on their quest. After setting sail on their handmade raft along the river, they encounter Gargamel, Azrael, and Monty. Following a brief chase, Gargamel was thrown out of his own raft. Hefty and Smurfette convince the others to help save him. They do so but instead of thanking them, he pushed them out of their raft, leaving them to plunge down a waterfall.

Meanwhile, back at Smurf Village, Papa Smurf tries to reconcile with Smurfette over his actions on the previous night, but soon discovers that she, Brainy, Hefty, and Clumsy are gone, so he sets out to find them and set things right. Back with the Smurf group, after surviving the waterfall and washed ashore, they are soon captured by the leaf-covered creature from earlier along with a few others and they soon reveal themselves to be female Smurfs. They are taken to their village, which is called Smurfy Grove, in the trees and get to know all the girl Smurfs, including the leader Smurf Willow, the tomboyish Smurf Storm, the hyperactive Smurf Blossom, the gentle Smurf Lily and the music-loving Smurf Melody. They all welcome the Smurfs, especially Smurfette, to their humble home. After a while of showing them what they do, Smurf Storm and Clumsy come back with her telling that Smurfette was created by Gargamel. Before they can attack her for being considered a traitor, Papa Smurf appears, and the female smurfs accept him into their home. Then, Gargamel comes and destroys Smurfy Grove, capturing all the Smurfs, all except Smurfette, who is now alone, feeling guilty for her actions. However, Brainy’s pet Snappy bug shows her a picture of her and the others, and she soon realizes that she is not a real Smurf, and heads back to Gargamel’s lair with Snappy and Bucky to save the Smurfs.

At Gargamel’s lair, where all the Smurfs are, Brainy makes a plan to escape. Papa Smurf hears their plan and he and Smurf Willow decide to help them. Hefty, Brainy, Clumsy, and some of the female Smurfs succeed at the plan until Gargamel and Azrael spot them and put some of the female Smurfs and Clumsy into his Smurfilator, extracting their essence. Smurfette appears, tricking Gargamel that she wants to be an evil smurf again. When Gargamel tries to turn Smurfette into an evil smurf, he realizes that Smurfette is absorbing his magic powers instead. The lair explodes, sending Gargamel, Azrael, and Monty into a lake. Unfortunately, Smurfette has reverted to her original lifeless clay form. Back at Smurf Village, all the Smurfs mourn the loss of Smurfette. Using their energy, Smurfette comes back to life and becomes a real Smurf again, and everybody celebrates. After which, Smurf Village and Smurfy Grove become united with each other and Smurfette finds her purpose, being anything she wants to be.

The Boss Baby – 2017 Movie

A man named Tim Templeton (Tobey Maguire) tells a story through his imaginative point of view as his seven year old self (Miles Bakshi) who lives his days having fun with his parents, Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow), and wishes it to be just the three of them forever. However, one day, Tim is surprised when a business suit-wearing infant shows up in a taxi at his house and Ted and Janice proudly call him Tim’s little brother. Tim is envious of the attention the baby is receiving, not to mention suspicious when the infant acts odd around him, but his parents, being blind to the baby’s eccentric behavior, try to convince him that they will grow to love each other.

Soon, Tim learns that the baby can talk like an adult (Alec Baldwin) and he introduces himself as “The Boss Baby”. Seeing an opportunity to be rid of him, Tim decides to record a conversation between him and other toddlers who are over at Tim’s house for a meeting (under the guise of a playdate by the parents) to do something about how puppies are receiving more love than babies. The Boss Baby and the other infants catch Tim with the recording and after a chase scene throughout the backyard and the house, the tape is terminated after The Boss Baby threatens to tear up Tim’s favorite stuffed animal, Lamb-Lamb. With no evidence to support him, Tim is subsequently grounded by his parents for his actions during the chase between him and the infants.

The Boss Baby comes to Tim and has him to suck on a pacifier that transports them to Baby Corp, a place where infants with adult-like minds work to preserve infant love everywhere. They are virtual, so they cannot be seen or heard. The Boss Baby explains to Tim that he was sent on a mission to see why puppies are getting more love than infants. He has infiltrated Tim’s residence because his parents work for Puppy Co., which is unleashing a new puppy on the day that employees take their children to work. The Boss Baby also explains that he stays intelligent by drinking a “Secret Baby Formula” which enables a baby to act like an adult. However, if a baby does not drink it after a period of time, he or she reverts to a regular baby. He hopes to receive a promotion after dealing with Puppy Co.’s new puppy, but when they overhear Boss Baby’s boss threaten to fire him for not bringing in information, thereby stranding him at the Templetons, he and Tim agree to work together to keep that from happening.

After appearing to have patched things over, Tim’s parents lift the grounding and take them to Puppy Co. for “take your child to work day”. While there, they slip away and find what they think is the plans for a “Forever Puppy”, but it turns out to be a trap set by founder Francis E. Francis (Steve Buscemi). They discover that Francis used to be the head of Baby Corp. (and Boss Baby’s idol), but was forced out when it was discovered that his lactose intolerance kept the secret formula from working properly. Vowing revenge, Francis founded Puppy Corp. and intends to have the Forever Puppies overshadow babies by stealing Boss Baby’s serum bottle and infecting the puppies with it. Tim’s parents go with Francis to Las Vegas, and Francis has his brother pose as Tim and Boss Baby’s babysitter to keep them from interfering.

Without a steady flow of serum to keep his intelligence in check, Boss Baby begins reverting back to being a normal baby. Despite this, he and Tim manage to evade the “babysitter” long enough to get to the airport, but are too late to intercept Tim’s parents. Upset, Tim blames Boss Baby for using his family for his own ulterior motives, for which Boss Baby, after some hesitance, apologizes. After sneaking on a plane for Elvis impersonators bound for Vegas, they stall Francis’ presentation when the brother (disguised as an Elvis impersonator) unwittingly gives away their plan.

Furious at their interference, Francis proceeds to lock Tim’s parents up so he can burn them with exhaust from a rocket used to launch the Forever Puppies. Tim and Boss Baby fight with him, and then push him into the formula. Boss Baby opens the rocket to let the dogs out, so they can save Tim’s parents. After he successfully does that, he returns to baby state while still on the rocket, but Tim sings to him with a family song to show his appreciation, causing him to jump off of the rocket before it launches. Francis, having reverted back to baby form, attempts to attacks them again, but his brother interferes, stating the he’ll “take better care of him” now that he’s a baby again.

Boss Baby gets promoted, and Tim goes back to being an only child, but Tim and Boss Baby, having grown closer, start to miss each other. Boss Baby, fed up, decides to be part of the Templeton family. He returns to the Templeton family as a regular baby named Theodore Lindsey. Tim, now an adult, has an older daughter and an infant daughter, who acts exactly like Lindsey did when he was Boss Baby.

A Dog’s Purpose 2017 Movie

Bailey is a Golden Retriever whose life is shown from his birth to his death and to his reincarnation through four different dog breeds. Each time he is reincarnated, it tells his story from life to death, except in the latest life, where he meets his original owner again.

The movie begins in an unspecified year during the 1950s. It is then that the narrator canine begins and ends a very brief life as a wild puppy who is whisked away to the dog pound and quickly put to death. The beginning of his next life is very clearly tied in to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. As a growing young doggie, Bailey is spotted inside a locked pick-up truck on a hot summer day and is rescued from certain death by a young boy named Ethan and his mother. As the years pass, Ethan grows into a strapping high school football player who falls in love with his classmate Hannah. But events take a dark turn when Ethan’s alcoholic father shoves his mother to the ground in a drunken rage. Ethan orders his father to leave and never come back. A vindictive classmate later throws a lit firecracker into Ethan’s house as a harmless prank which unintentionally results in a catastrophic fire. This would surely have resulted in the deaths of a sound-asleep Ethan and his mother were it not for Bailey’s quick action in rousing them from their beds. Ethan badly fractures his leg, however, during the fall from the second-story window, ending his dreams of an athletic scholarship, and he must go to agricultural school instead. Self-pitying and embittered, he breaks off his relationship with Hannah before leaving for college. Sometime afterwards, an aged Bailey slowly expires at the veterinarian’s office after sharing an eleventh-hour teary goodbye with Ethan.

Bailey reincarnates into another dog life, a female German Shepherd K-9 named Ellie, while remembering his previous existence. Ellie is working with an officer, Carlos, from the Chicago Police Department, sometime in the early 1980s. The two form a close relationship which ends after Ellie jumps into a rushing river and saves a kidnapped girl from drowning because he is then shot and mortally wounded during a struggle with the armed kidnapper who was a moment away from killing an unsuspecting Carlos.

Reincarnated in the mid-1980s as a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Tino, he forms a bond with Maya, a college student in Atlanta whom he helps to find true love. Maya marries and has a beautiful family who all love the Corgi. As he lies dying of old age in the late 1990s, Tino thanks Maya for giving him one of his best lives.

Tino is again reincarnated to a Saint Bernard named Buddy, only to be taken in by an abusive and neglectful “trailer trash” couple sometime during the next decade. Buddy is eventually dumped in an abandoned lot by the alcoholic, roughneck young man and reluctantly sets off in search of a new life. He gradually makes his way to the country area where his first life began without even realizing at first where he is headed. He joyfully reunites with his old master Ethan, who is now at the far end of middle age, living a lonely solitary life and apparently broken in spirit. Ethan, of course, initially has no idea who this wandering Saint Bernard really is and hands him over to the local animal shelter. But he soon has a change of heart and reclaims him. Buddy, sensing that he has finally found the purpose in life that has long evaded him, finds a way to reunite Ethan with a widowed Hannah, and they eventually get married.

At the movie’s end, Buddy finally convinces Ethan that he is Ethan’s beloved childhood pet by performing some tricks and responding to key phrases that were known only to the two of them all those many, many long years ago.

Going for SuperStar Libra Cruise

I just came back yesterday after a visit to Nilai via Firefly, boarding at 7:40am and reaching Penang at 11:00pm the same day. Rested for a while at our KL condo and collected the access cards with photo for $10 for 2 cards. Did a delivery order and invoice this morning and played a game using Nestle vending machine which gives out either a can of Nescafe or a packet of 3 sachets of coconut flavoured coffee powder mix. Tomorrow, will head to Penang Port to board a SuperStar Libra cruise ship for Cruise to the High Seas for 1 night while enjoying free dinner, magic shows or just relax at the deck enjoying the sea breeze as it cruises along.

Why Your Kids Should Experience Balloon Wonderland in 1st Avenue Mall

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1st Avenue Mall is just a stone’s throw away from M Mall and is located near KOMTAR and Prangin Mall. Among the 3 landmark buildings in its vicinity, it is the latest building to add to the attraction, being completed a couple of years back, from an open sandy carpark. Frequently, there are balloon wonderlands with various themes being held here, which I believe is from the same establishment company.

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There is a full size inflated dinosaur with lots of colourful balloons for your kids to enjoy. There are also flying pterodactyls suspended from the ceiling with balloon clouds as part of the attraction. Your toddlers and kids will surely enjoy this largest balloon wonderland in the north in Penang at 1st Avenue.

Instructions

Here are the instuctions for visitors with kids. It is only RM 12 per entry for 15 minutes per session for balloon pool and 5 minutes for dinosaur virtual reality experience. It is opened to kids from the ages 4 – 12 only and those toddlers below 85 cm, should be accompanied with a parent.

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There are also balloons sculpted together into a huge tree trunk with leaves at the center. To make it even more fun, look for a golden balloon or ball and win a prize. You don’t have to worry if you miss this dinosaur balloon wonderland as there will be more wonderlands held frequently at 1st Avenue Mall by the event organizer, Visual Art Decoration.

Flowers Time

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Here is a myriad of flowers with splashes of colours, like an artist’s palette of colours, neatly arranged in anticipation of the queen and also for the opening of M Mall, placed near the entrance and beside the spa that is about to open on the ground floor. The bouquets do not look cheap and they consist of a repertoire of various flowers with different colours and types all set up together on a stand.

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Above is another photo for your eye candy. It certainly is refreshing to see God’s natural creations put together for an important function such as this. I love flowers and will never fail to take loads of photos of them in different shots. Hence I quickly snap up these photos before the flowers dry up, wither and look brownish.

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And while you are here, enjoy the snapshots that I have taken using my iPhone 6 which has a very good camera function. One can just easily share the pictures via email and save into your computer for further editing like adding my trademark blog name, resizing, etc.

Was in Genting Awana a Few Days Ago

I was in KL for business and went down to Melaka and Johor before heading back to KL to stay for 1 night and then off, we went to Genting Awana Golf Resort Hotel to stay for a night. All the hotels right at the top of the mountain were fully booked, leaving only Awana still available midway to the top. The good thing is that it comes with breakfast for our superior deluxe room with 2 queen sized beds. Our room was relatively larger than the next room which looked rather cramped inside. Just opposite Genting Awana, there were major construction going on and perhaps they are building another hotel to cater to the increasing demands of the tourists. The number does not seem to abate despite lack of room freebies and breakfast in First World Hotel.

My Video of Disney on Ice: Under the Sea

Above is a snippet of Disney on Ice showcasing Under the Sea theme held recently at Penang’s very own SPICE. I uploaded the video to Youtube before meal and just came back from lunch and voila, it was 100% uploaded. Later on, have to input for GST after getting all the letters of tax invoices, etc. My spouse just attended All Souls Day with his relatives, cleaned up the graves of the departed, offered fruits, flowers, prayed, etc. The show lasted about 2 hours with 15 minutes intervals for rest room time. I bought a bag of pop corn for $35 that comes with a small cute blue Disney carrier bag that was put somewhere in the house. My spouse had just gone out again to meet up with a local potential client in a hotel.

Booked Disney on Ice next week at SPICE Penang

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I just booked Disney on Ice 2016 in SPICE Arena, Penang on a Sunday, 27th March which is just next week. There are 3 shows per day. The 2 tickets with GST cost me RM 296.36 which is quite near to the front view and the third most expensive ones. Did not intend to pay too much for direct front view and prefer to watch from the top of the spectators’ seats for a top view. This is not the first time we are watching an ice skating performance. We have watched previous ones like Beauty and the Beast and now the theme is mostly on Frozen.

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Tomorrow is my youngest sis’s birthday and we will celebrate in Fong Wei restaurant. Thereafter, there is a talk on M-Points at Penang Times Square for its members and those who are interested at 7pm. I joined as a member, having paid RM 4,500 or equivalent to USD 1k in this money game which is a bit like shares which can split its points, redeem for gifts at M Mall in Penang Times Square, and also go for overseas tours plus other features.

Went to the Pavilion in KL

Pavilion is similar to Gurney Plaza in Penang, an upscale shopping mall but it was much bigger in space and shopping lots. There was an SK-II cosmetics promotion recently on the ground floor and having visited the tour, I was given a bottle of jelly beans, a bouquet of flowers and key-chain. Very generous of them, despite me not purchasing any cosmetics from them. It was our first visit to Pavilion and we dined at Dragon-I Restaurant where I had the abalone set. I have been to other major shopping malls in KL, namely, 1-Utama, KLCC Suria, The Curve, The Gardens Mall, Empire Shopping Gallery, Sunway Pyramid, amongst others.

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