Banana Me-nions

Posted: 29th November 2016 by Jacky Yong in Silly me

The bananas in Malaysia is a unique type of people found only in Malaysia and in perhaps too in Singapore. They are named because of their inherent appearance; yellow on the outside, white on the inside. That means they look like a typical Chinese (yellow) on the outside, but on the inside they are exactly like a mat salleh, or Caucasian. (As opposed to a coconut, brown on the outside, white on the inside, the Indian equivalent). They are ethnic chinese who grew up on English-speaking environments, be it from their parents or education system. But at the same time, they still receive strong influence from their traditionally strong Chinese background, especially their grandparents who instill within them the values of seeing life from a china-man.

The root of the banana chinese in Malaysia goes all the way back to the formation of the Federation of Malay States in the early 20th century. At that time, life as a migrant chinese coming from Mainland China was tough, earning a meagre living scrapping off the lavishness of the British, being their servant, cook and coolie in tin mines. To them, the British were highly revered upon, so it is natural that they encouraged their school-going children to learn up the English language as much as they can, in the blind faith that they may enjoy good life in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

The sigh

Posted: 28th May 2016 by Jacky Yong in Silly me

I must have been only 16 or 17. I usually sleep on the main living room alone on the floor, on a simple mattress. I like it because it is most windy and cooling there.

I remember one night, I was forcing myself to stay awake throughout the night. I was a rebellious little bastard, doing one of my projects or something. I know that my grandfather would wake up first to go to the market, then followed by my father some 30 minutes later. And so like clockwork, I heard their alarms going off. I heard my grandfather first going through his morning ritual of going to clear his bowel, brushing his teeth and finally wearing a shirt to the market. I can still remember that thick smell of his Brylcreem hair cream when he waddles out the door as he passes by me.

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Updated DNS320L firmware and this happened!

Posted: 18th April 2016 by Jacky Yong in Computers
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Previously I was on firmware 1.03. I saw this update for 1.07 and I downloaded it. Although the release note didn’t highlight anything that I like, I downloaded and installed it anyway. I installed it, but whaddaya know, the WebUI became this!

ShareCenter

What the heck happened? I left it overnight, thinking maybe there is something wrong with the harddisk being too hot or something. But when I turned it back on the next morning, it was the same thing!

Hang on, a bit of googling revealed that it’s just a cache issue. Right-click, refresh, and I’m back in business! Phew!

The Kid from Big Apple – Major Tear Jerker

Posted: 18th March 2016 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows
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I am not afraid to announce that yes, I cried watching the movie “The Kid from Big Apple”, several times! The movie is a real tear-jerker, even for big grown up men like myself. I’m pretty sure that by the end of the movie, there were not a single dry eye in the cinema hall that night.

The movie was actually a last-minute decision. Mei Fen suddenly decided to watch it on Thursday evening, even though we have already watched Kung Fu Panda 3 on Wednesday night! I have sworn not to take the kids to the cinemas anymore because Yan Yan is really good at throwing tantrums. But the queen has spoken, and it was more of her type of movie, not mine.

We went to Subang Summit, because all other cinemas were already full. The movie began simple enough, a mother decided to drop her daughter at her father’s place. Except that the mother has not seen her father for 12 years and she borne her child overseas alone. The problem with all youngsters nowadays is how stubborn they are when moved out of their comfort-zone and into a totally strange place. And this young westernised girl, Sarah Lin (played by a very talented Sarah Tan), speaks only English. With the very traditional minded grandfather providing for her needs, this young girl had no choice but to warm up to him.

Grandpa bringing the kids to have fun - Picture from The Star

Grandpa bringing the kids to have fun – Picture from The Star

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Mermaid – typical Stephen Chow

Posted: 7th March 2016 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows
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Movies weekend again for me and the two kids! As promised to them, I brought them to watch The Mermaid. The legendary Stephen Chow does not appear in the movie, but his signature style can’t be mistaken. If you have watched his last few movies like CJ7, Kung Fu Hustle or Shaolin Soccer, you’ll know what I mean.

Which is actually not a bad thing, especially if you are a fan. I am not particularly a fan, and so are my kids. They have never experienced Stephen Chow movies like I did when I was a kid. To be honest I would prefer his earlier styles (Fight Back to School series, Flirting Scholar, Justice My Foot, Royal Tramp series, God of Cookery). His earlier movies has more of those “Cantonese only” kinda joke, jokes specific to Cantonese as a dialect. It loses its meaning once converted to Mandarin. His later movies has lots of physical slapsticks kinda jokes. Not only that, they are gross and has lots of blood. The first thing my daughter asked me when the movie ended was “Do you think the movie was funny or scary? I think it’s scary, there are so many blood!” She’s right, it has so much blood, it’s starting to look like a Freddy Kruger movie fest! Read the rest of this entry »

Ola Bola Revisited!

Posted: 11th February 2016 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows
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OMG, I’m watching Ola Bola for the second time! And this is the best ever! Why, well read on!

It was the 3rd day of CNY. We’ve got nothing much to do in Sagil, so I suggested to my father-in-law that I bring them to watch Ola-Bola, since I know he’s a football fan, he’ll be able to identify with those players more than I can. So I bought those tickets, and along with my brother-in-law, we went to Melaka and had our dinner before the movie starts.

Since this is the second time watching this, I kinda notice things that I didn’t notice there before. The Milo cans in the fun-fair, the sew-machine, the hair-styles of the characters, the motorbike and the cars. The fact that they can even find those in working condition is an amazing feat! I was also in-tuned to the scores in the movies. I was in awe when the camera flies across vast padi fields, wet marsh lands and the mountainous rail track, I also tuned in to the riveting soundtrack, almost with the similar thunderous drum roll of John William’s Jurassic Park score. Kudos to the amazing talent of the music soundtrack team!

I also can’t help noticing the jerky panning of the drone camera used in the shots, can you find it in the movie? I wonder why they didn’t smooth it out post-production.

My father-in-law’s comments later was that it was not really accurate, it was the chinese guy who scored the final goal. And he was right. There’s a lot of buzz in Facebook lately saying that the director bend the history, but earlier in the film, he has already stressed that the movie is “inspired from a true story”, and not really a documentary. So chill lar….

When the movie ended, as was before, the crowd clapped their hands. I felt goosebumps in my skin. This is the second time they are doing it, every time without fail. Someone later told me that the applause was even greater in Bangsar, the Indian crowd cheered loudly! When the lights came out, somebody came up in front with a mic and asked us if we enjoyed the movie. Then to the surprise to everyone of us, the director and cast of Ola-Bola came to the front and greeted us! OMFG, I’m so psyched! They handed out caps and souvenir for us. And we also had a chance to take pictures with them! YAY!

Cast of Ola Bola! OMG!

GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL!!!!! I will believe again!

Ola Bola – A truly historical moment in time

Posted: 8th February 2016 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows

Well done Director Chiu, you’ve done it again! After wow-ing us with pass blockbuster films such as Woo Hoo and The Journey, he returns with another cinema hit. Unlike his previous films, this time it’s a non-CNY themed movie, and non-fully chinese movie, which is good. He managed to break his mould and do something different for a change. And something different he did, I believe no one in Malaysia has ever done a football-themed as good as he has done.

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What the heck is Ketuanan Melayu?

Posted: 17th September 2015 by Jacky Yong in Current Affairs

Just what the heck is this so-called “Ketuanan Melayu” that these red-shirt jokers are fighting for? The very meaning of this phrase is demeaning and reeks of racism.

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Advertlets is dead!

Posted: 6th September 2015 by Jacky Yong in Computers, Silly me
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I can’t seem to find their website anymore! (I remember it was www.advertlets.com) Damn, I only managed to earn about RM50 from them, and that took me a long time. Anyway the hell with them, I need to start looking for more established ads out there.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Posted: 28th August 2015 by Jacky Yong in Silly me
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I have just put down what is literally the best book that I have ever read, PERIOD. I’ll be honest, I’m not a heavy reader, being a full-time daddy wrings you dry of any free time. But Steven King’s version of time travel really works for me!

Before you go on, I’d like to warn you that this article is intended for those who have read the book. If you have not and you intend to read it, please do yourself a big favour and ignore this article.

I’m not going into details of what the book is all about. For that you can Google it. But I’m going to tell you how I felt immediately after reading it, while the emotion is still fresh.

In short, I LOVED IT! It’s a huge book, more than 800 pages of pure madness. It’s a slow read, I think it took me 6 months to finish it, with what little time I have in between my free time. Although the book is about time travel, there is plenty of drama and romance thrown in. I can’t help feeling sad and pity for the protagonist when

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