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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Two years after the Battle of New York, Steve Rogers lives in Washington, D.C. and works for the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. while adjusting to contemporary society. Rogers, along with his S.T.R.I.K.E. team and agent Natasha Romanoff, is sent to liberate hostages aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel from Algerian pirates led by Georges Batroc. Mid-mission, Rogers discovers that Romanoff has another agenda: to extract data from the ship's computers for S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury. Rogers returns to the Triskelion, the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, to confront Fury and is debriefed about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites and designed to preemptively eliminate threats.

Fury, unable to access the encrypted data that Romanoff recovered, becomes suspicious about Project Insight. On his way to rendezvous with Maria Hill, Fury is ambushed by assailants disguised as police officers, led by a mysterious assassin called the Winter Soldier. Fury escapes, sneaks into Rogers' apartment, and warns Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised. Fury hands Rogers the USB flash drive that contains the data from the ship before being gunned down by the Winter Soldier, who escapes. Fury dies in surgery, and Hill recovers the body.

The next day, Rogers is summoned to the Triskelion by senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce. When Rogers withholds Fury's information, Pierce brands him a fugitive. Hunted by the agency, Rogers meets with Romanoff. Using data in the flash drive they discover an old S.H.I.E.L.D. underground base in New Jersey. There, they activate a supercomputer containing the preserved consciousness of Arnim Zola, who reveals that since S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded after World War II, HYDRA has secretly operated within its ranks, sowing global chaos in the hope humanity would willingly surrender its freedom in exchange for security. Rogers and Romanoff narrowly escape death when a S.H.I.E.L.D. missile destroys the bunker.

Rogers and Romanoff enlist the help of Sam Wilson, a former military parajumper whom Rogers befriended, and acquire his powered "Falcon" wingpack. After deducing that senior S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell is a HYDRA mole, they interrogate him until he divulges that Zola developed a data-mining algorithm that can identify individuals who might become future threats to HYDRA's plans. The Insight Helicarriers will eliminate these individuals around the world with their satellite-guided guns.

En route to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Rogers, Romanoff and Wilson are ambushed by the Winter Soldier and Sitwell is thrown into oncoming traffic. During the fight, Rogers recognizes the Winter Soldier as Bucky Barnes, his old World War II comrade, before being captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. They are rescued by a disguised Hill, who leads them to a hideout and Fury, who had faked his death. Fury plans to sabotage the Helicarriers by replacing their controller chips.

After members of the World Security Council arrive for the Helicarriers' launch, Rogers reveals HYDRA's plot to everyone at the Triskelion. Romanoff, disguised as one of the Council members, disarms Pierce. Fury arrives and forces Pierce to unlock access to S.H.I.E.L.D's database so Romanoff can expose HYDRA by leaking classified information. After a struggle, Fury shoots Pierce dead.

Meanwhile, Rogers and Wilson storm two Helicarriers and replace the controllers, but the Winter Soldier destroys Wilson's suit and fights Rogers on the third. Rogers fends him off and replaces the final chip, allowing Hill to take control and have the vessels shoot each other down. Rogers falls from the Helicarrier as it crashes into the Triskelion, where Wilson fights double agent Rumlow, who belonged to Rogers' S.T.R.I.K.E. team. Rogers lands in the Potomac River and is rescued by the Winter Soldier, who then disappears.

With S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray, Fury destroys the last traces of his identity before heading to Eastern Europe in pursuit of HYDRA's remaining cells, under the cover of his apparent death. Romanoff appears before a Senate subcommittee and later gives Rogers a dossier on the Winter Soldier program. Both Rogers and Wilson decide to track down the Winter Soldier.

In a mid-credits scene, Baron von Strucker, at a HYDRA lab, proclaims that HYDRA has not finished its fight with S.H.I.E.L.D. before looking at two prisoners: one with superhuman speed, the other with telekinetic powers. In a post-credits scene, the Winter Soldier visits the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Steamboat at Tapinluo

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Tomorrow, I shall be going for a dinner steamboat meal at Tapinluo Restaurant in Penang Times Square. The soup was just ambroisia! Fried garoupa, salted fish, yam and bean curd skin are cooked together to make the broth and brings out the awesome flavour to whet your appetite for more. The secret is in the soup and the pot is charcoal heated, which brings down costs in an electric cooker or gas cooker. The traditional way of making steamboat certainly makes Tapinluo very attractive as a small restaurant right in the heart of Georgetown. It is opened from 3:00pm until 1:00am in the wee hours of the morning to cater to a wide variety of patrons.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

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Mr. Peabody is a talking dog who is the smartest being in the world. As a puppy, he was rejected by every potential owner, leading him to devote his life to science, athletics, and technological discoveries. One day, Peabody finds an orphaned infant and legally adopts him under the name of Sherman. He tutors Sherman through a series of adventures throughout history with the use of the WABAC, a time machine and his greatest invention. After narrowly escaping the French Revolution, Sherman starts his first day of school and falls into conflict with classmate Penny Peterson, who he innocently showed up in history class with his first hand knowledge of George Washington. Penny bullies and humiliates Sherman, insulting calling him a "dog" for being raised by one, which provokes Sherman into biting her. Peabody visits Principal Purdy about the matter, but is confronted by Ms. Grunion, a bigoted child and family services agent who threatens to reclaim Sherman if an upcoming home inspection is deemed unfit for him.

Peabody invites the Petersons over for a dinner party to mend fences between the children. While Peabody charms Paul and Patty, Sherman is left with Penny. Sherman reveals the WABAC to Penny after she calls him a liar about his first hand knowledge and they joyride in it, despite Peabody's warnings. Moments later, Sherman seeks Peabody's help to retrieve Penny, who refused to leave her engagement with King Tutankhamun in Ancient Egypt. Penny learns that she will be killed upon Tut's early death and is dragged to the wedding while Peabody and Sherman are trapped in a tomb. They escape and impersonate the god Anubis to call off the wedding. Their cover is blown at the last second, but they escape in the WABAC along with Penny.

With the WABAC low on energy, the three stop in Renaissance Florence to seek the aid of Leonardo da Vinci. While Peabody and Leonardo build a contraption to recharge the WABAC, Penny convinces Sherman to explore Leonardo's workshop with her and they bond by using Leonardo's flying machine without permission. They crash-land and Leonardo is thrilled that the machine worked but Peabody is angered by Sherman's disobedience. Returning to the present, Penny reveals Ms. Grunion's intention of reclaiming Sherman. An argument ensues between Peabody and Sherman while the WABAC draws near a black hole. They escape but crash-land in the Trojan War, where an upset Sherman runs away to join King Agamemnon's army. When Peabody and Penny come to retrieve him, they find themselves in the battle and Penny becomes trapped in the Trojan horse as it races toward to cliff. In a rescue attempt, Sherman and Penny are saved, but Peabody appears to have gone down with the horse and is presumed dead.

Desperate to save Peabody, Sherman and Penny return to the present minutes before Sherman returned the first time to get Peabody to remedy the situation. However, the present copies of Peabody and Sherman show up, along with Ms. Grunion. Grunion attempts to reclaim both Shermans, which causes them, along with the copies of Peabody to merge and disrupt the space-time continuum. Grunion makes another attempt at reclaiming Sherman, hurting him in the process, which causes an enraged Peabody to revert to his natural instinct and bite her. As Grunion informs police, Peabody, Sherman, and Penny flee to the WABAC, but are unable to travel back in time as several historic figures and monuments rain down into the present. The WABAC eventually crashes and Peabody is apprehended by Animal Control, who plan on euthanizing him for assaulting Grunion. Sherman protests by explaining that everything that happened is his fault and declares that he would rather be a dog as good as Peabody than a person. Moved by his speech, every historical figure concurs, including the Petersons. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Bill Clinton support Peabody's legal custody of Sherman and award him a presidential pardon.

When a vortex in the space-time continuum rips open, Sherman pilots the WABAC while Peabody handles the computations intending to travel to the future by a few minutes and undo the damage with success. The historical figures and monuments return to their respective times, with a smitten Agamemnon dragging Grunion with him, the latter swearing vengeance on Peabody. Although it appears Peabody and Sherman are lost, they return spontaneously as The Petersons look on and celebrate. Sherman, closer to Peabody than ever, returns to school where he has become a good friend with Penny. Meanwhile, time periods are contaminated with modern traits and Grunion marries Agamemnon.

Just Came Back from KL

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I just came back from KL last night, having reached home around 2:00am in the morning. We started out at 9:00pm right after a late dinner due to work and printing of enquiries in the Subang apartment. Had a busy time in KL, traveling to 4 different places using our GPS installed in our smartphones to look for directions. We attended 2 interviews and hopefully, will get the projects in due time. I bought 2 bars of Cadbury chocolates and promptly put them in my hand bag for emergencies like lots of work and site visit and to kill off the hunger pangs during lunch hour. My colleague is just too committed to his work that lunch takes secondary place. He can afford to skip lunch to work, but not me.

Monday, March 24, 2014

More Work Today

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Today I have lots of work and they must be completed within a certain time. I also have to go for my physiotherapy due today at the Adventist Hospital. Money is not easy to earn and comfort is the greatest killer of success. When you are used to comfort, it is not easy for you to dirty your hand and get down to doing real work. I also have been sleeping more now in my comfort zone, but it is my colleague who is a workaholic that gets things done, since helming the company some 11 years back. Yes, that's how long I have been working in the same company since early 2003.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Now in KL

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I am now in KL, having arrived around 12:00 midnight last night by car, traveling from Penang after dinner. We stopped for a break in Bukit Gantang and Ulu Bernam for nature's call. There will be a meeting tomorrow with a big developer and also a school. I also hope to view the Main Place condo in consideration of renting it out if the amenities are good. The present place needs lots of upkeep and repair which is not worth our time since we come here once a week for a couple of days on average. Just pray and hope that my colleague will have some wisdom in managing the finances with positive net worth and not negative or zero!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hazy KL

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I came back from KL last night and it was very hazy. The haze level was above 100 and this is considered unhealthy due to open burning in several spots. 31 schools were closed in the Klang Valley area yesterday. Well, I just stayed overnight there, collected a cheque and then headed back home to Penang as soon as possible. I also bought a cheap mask for $1.50 each and wore it on the way back to Penang from KL to Tapah. Farmers are openly defying the authorities by burning the forests in Cameron Highlands for future farming and this contributes to more pollution and haze. As of now, I shall just stay indoors, read the news and check out on what's happening to MH 370 which mysteriously disappeared without any distress signals.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Opportunities to Make Money Online

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I am pleased that there are several opportunities to make money online, albeit a little low. The tasks come now and then and you have to work hard. There is no free lunch on this planet earth, unless you are married to a millionaire! Or born with a silver spoon in your mouth, of which most of us are Not! Hence, with education and some hard work, we can make it by acquiring relevant knowledge and skills to arm ourselves with more opportunities online like writing gigs, blogging, image editing and more. We also have to keep our blogs fresh with new content to leverage on earning an income and make the internet our cash cow.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Rude Assistant

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Last Friday, I went for my physiotherapy round at Penang Adventist Hospital under Sing Nee, my physiotherapist. Since I sort of like her service and besides being hinted to give ang pow, I gave her a twenty dollar ang pow quietly. Unbeknownst to me, her assistant, Carol did not fully go out of the room and saw my giving of ang pow to Sing Nee. Well, the following treatment, Carol came to the room to collect payment early while I was still undergoing treatment and when I went out, she said loudly fifteen and sniggered as if hinting to me to give her RM 15 ang pow for doing next to nothing. My one time ang pow to Sing Nee was a gesture of appreciation and nothing more. However, I noticed the treatment was different and less attentive after giving of the ang pow. The following up treatment, was fine but as I came out from the toilet, Carol colluded with another colleague to throw her shoes directly in front of me as if making a bold statement that she is serious in getting her $15 ang pow. I personally don’t deserve such rude treatment and will be going for many rounds to physiotherapy at Penang Adventist Hospital. If this one Carol wants to be downright rude, then may I suggest that she starts looking for a new job elsewhere. After all, I am a paying customer while she is just a paid staff and has no business to be rude to patients to harass me for her ang pow! I give to whom I like and should have the freedom out of appreciation and satisfaction.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cards Against People

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When I was small and still a primary school student, I have played different types of card games like Memory, Ginramy, amongst others. It was fun playing with my sister and mum and we all had a good time. Those were the days of carefree life. You might like to know that there is now a new game called Cards Against People which was created by a group of High School alumni as a party game for a celebration. It was financed through a global crowd funding website knowns as Kickstarter sometime in 2011. Just click on the link given to find out more information.
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