Archive for November 2011

Mercedes SLS AMG from Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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I was watching the latest Transformers movie, Dark of the Moon and I couldn't help but notice this one hot car. Mercedes Benz SLS AMG.

It was supposed to be a gift for Carley from her boss Dylan (played by Patrick Dempsey) but it turned out to be Soundwave, one of the Decepticons.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG. Here's the red version of it. It's creamy white in the movie.

I just love its curved gullwing doors which is probably Mercedes SLS AMG's trademark.

Nikon D800

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I know I just upgraded from a D90 to a D7000 but why am I excited for a new upgrade? It's just Wow. Nikon is rumored to launch a new model, the Nikon D800.

This rumored Nikon D800 DSLR is packed with great features, having a massive 36 megapixel sensor. It offers the same feature as that of D3s, having 51-point AF. Compared to D700, this is rumored to be smaller and lighter.

Nikon will probably release it next year only. That's just a wild guess because nobody knows when it's going to be launched. But I guess everyone who's itching for an upgrade just buckle up and must hold off til this new model, Nikon D800 comes out.

Rumored price of D800 is said to be around $3900.

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The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey

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Just found out the LOTR crew got to New Zealand to shoot The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey in June this year.

I saw this video of The Making of The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey, on Day 1.

I had goosebumps all over. It brings so much Lord of the Rings Trilogy crazy memories. And yes, I think, I am going to get crazy again.

Here's the video of the Day 1 of the making of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Are you excited? Because I know I am. :D

Puss in Boots

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A friend sent us a message. Puss in Boots in One Utama, free tickets, on November 22nd, would we like to watch? Of course we would. I know the kids would love it. The showing will be at 9:30pm but well, the kids don't have classes anymore so it's okay, I suppose.

"Puss in Boots", is a 3D animated adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation, the makers of the "Shrek" series. Directed by Chris Miller ("Shrek the Third"), and produced by Guillermo del Toro ("Splice", "Blade II", "Pan's Labyrinth"), the feature stars Antonio Banderas as Puss and Salma Hayek as the love interest, Kitty. The film is based on and follows the character of "Puss in Boots" from "Shrek" and his adventures before his first appearance in 2004's "Shrek 2". The prequel's story centers on the swashbuckling cat and how he comes to meet Shrek and his friends, while introducing its colorful new characters.

I am excited to watch Puss in Boots with the kiddos.


This was us before the premiere of Puss in Boots at 1 Utama. The kids truly had fun with the movie. Heard Samantha laughing a lot! Thanks Bernice for the free passes for the premiere of Puss in Boots the movie at 1 Utama.

Tailored Fit for Baby Bumps

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Getting pregnant does not mean giving up your being a fashionista or a stylista. Fashion after all knows no size, age, state or condition you are in. Many baby bumps have been romped off in stylish maternity clothes, many stores and brand companies have specially made maternity dresses and have catered to this part of the population.

So those who are having a baby soon will no longer have to worry about fitting in their skinny jeans or tank tops as there are lines of these clothes tailored fit for pregnant women. Some can even be used even after pregnancy so your money is all worth it.

Mission Impossible | Ghost Protocol

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And who doesn't like Tom Cruise' Mission Impossible movies? I have seen all and glad to know there is going to be another one coming out soon.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

When a terrorist bombing destroys the Kremlin, the United States government initiates a black ops "ghost protocol" and disavows the entire Impossible Mission Force. Ethan Hunt and his team are to be blamed for the attack, but are allowed to escape as part of a plan to enable them to operate in the dark, outside of their agency. However, Hunt is warned that if any member of his team is captured during their mission, they will be charged as terrorists planning to incite global nuclear war. Ethan (Tom Cruise) is then forced to work with ex-IMF agent Brandt (Jeremy Renner), who knows more about Hunt and his past than even Hunt himself.

Here's Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol official trailer:

Showtime in Malaysia cinemas of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is on December 15, 2011

Hailstorm in Subang Jaya, Malaysia

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Amid the storm, sometimes, there are surprises.

We came back from church, had lunch, and we talked of watching a Hindi movie. But it started raining... like really heavy rain - cats and dogs you may call it.

The kids asked if they could play in the rain. I said yes.

I let kids play in the rain from time to time. I want them to experience what I had experienced before. My parents would let us play/bathe in the rain. Those were fun and very memorable experience.

But the wind started changing directions. Thunder became louder and louder. Power tripped. And so I asked the kids to come in the house. While they were putting on clothes, I closed the door and watched the rain from the closed glass window. I was going to start feeling melancholic.

Then I started seeing pebble-sized white stuff bouncing off the ground. The first thing that came to my mind was jasmine flowers. Our neighbour has them. But they couldn't be bouncing off the ground.

I slowly opened the door, stepped outside and took a closer look. There, I saw some small ice balls!

Hails! Hails! It's hailing! I screamed at the top of my lungs. My husband panicked at the loud scream. He thought something happened with me. There's a hailstorm in Subang Jaya!

Kids came out. And I showed them this:

hailstorm in USJ, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

It's a rare thing to happen in a country that's tropical. But hails do happen in Malaysia. Last year, in May 2010, I read that there was hailstorm in Damansara which caused panic and anxiety to the people.

How does hailstorm happen actually?

According to Malaysia Metheological Department forecasting director, Saw Bun Liong, hailstorms do happen in Malaysia:

“Some clouds can build until they are very high in the atmosphere. At certain altitudes, the cold will cause the water droplets to freeze and form ice.

“When it rains, the pellets fall down too fast to melt, causing hailstones,” Saw said.

I guess it's a bonus for us as a family to see hailstorm. I mean if it's snow in a country where there's winter, it's not a surprise at all.

But to see ice drops in a tropical country, it's a rare thing.

My family is happy to experience the miracle.

Indeed, sometimes, there are surprises amidst the storm.

Image below: That's our lamp post that broke off during the massive thunderstorm in Subang Jaya that struck at about 3pm today.

It was exciting to see hailstorm but the scene caused by the massive thunderstorm in Subang Jaya was scary.

Also, it so happened that the message in church today was on the Storms of Life we face sometimes. They happen so we can be prepared on some things to come. The preacher talked about Daniel and how God prepared him to face "the lions" in his life.

And the reason why I was happy to see the hails was because I asked God something. He did answer me and thought it was enough. But showing me rare things like this just spelled: With.God.Nothing.Is.Impossible.

Here are more images I took after the thunderstorm in USJ. The USJ 13 park is facing our house or our house is facing USJ 13 park.

The Hobbit in 3D

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The first book I read (courtesy of my friend Joe Williams) after watching The Fellowship of the Rings, the first in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was The Hobbit. So when I heard that Peter Jackson was going to do the movie, I was ecstatic.

What's more amazing is that they're filming The Hobbit in 3D. I am quite excited for it to come out... which will be in December 2012. That is quite a long way to go but still...

Also, since The Hobbit is shot in 3D, they're using 48 Red Epic Digital Cameras. I dunn o what it means but it just spells high technology making of the movie The Hobbit.

Here's the scene behing the Making of The Hobbit in 3D:

And so what have I been doing to prepare myself for The Hobbit? I watched The Lord of the Rings Trilogy which I finished watching last night. I bought myself one set of LOTR Trilogy that -of course- includes The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers and The Return of the King... all original and all extended versions. Yeah, I know I spent quite a bit on this trilogy but I am sure it's worth investing and keeping this set. One day, I'm going to watch the trilogy with my kids, when they're ready.

I hope next year, in December 2012, when The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey comes out, they will be ready to watch it with me.


First of Peter Jackson's two-part epic fantasy film, adapted from the 1937 J. R. R. Tolkien novel of the same name. "Lord of the Rings" director Jackson returns and also serves as producer and co-writer. "The Hobbit" follows the journey of titular character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever - Gollum.

Are you ready to watch The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey?

Clever Innovations that Make Life Easier

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Back in the days, paying employee’s salary was done manually and piles and piles of paper fill up office cabinets and tables, human resource personnel doing overtime computing number of hours and subtracting minutes of tardiness and the like. It was a very tedious task and the danger of putting wrong inputs can mean company expense and can also mean employee incompetence. So when the computer was invented, jobs became easier and faster to achieve.

Every day, more and more software and applications are being developed to provide solutions to home, office and business systems. One of these clever innovations is the payroll program which has turned payroll systems into a whiz. Genius minds have created ways and explaining payroll set-ups to hundreds of companies to make payroll trouble-free and effortless.

These applications are cost-effective and have made companies save thousands of bucks. With these computer programs and software present in the home and office systems, jobs have become simpler and margins of error are reduced significantly. They can also save time and allow employees to work on other stuff rather than concentrating on one task alone. These innovations have completely transformed our world and in a way have made our lives so much easier.

Coupon Codes as Marketing Strategy

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The Internet abounds with a whole lot of online stores and business all enticing users and consumers to purchase their products or avail of their services. Most online stores offer sales and deals where the buying public can save money. This is actually the trend now, many online stores give out coupon codes like Personal Creations coupon codes where a user can exchange for an item at a lesser price.

More and more businesses are doing this kind of marketing strategy to stay afloat in the cutthroat competition, and with thousands of competitors and rivals around, one must learn to take a step further ahead to survive.

Creme Brulee Cheesecake | Not for the Faint-Hearted

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We celebrated m y sister's 21st birthday last night. I made sure she's going to have fun. Invited my Brazilian friends to come earlier so they could help me with the preparation. I am so blessed to have them here. Really appreciate their help.

And so, since she's turning 21, I thought of baking 21 cupcakes that would have one candle on each top for her to blow. And since I wasn't really confident with my cupcakes, I am not into baking yet, I ordered Creme Brulee cheesecake from Secret Recipe.

I am telling you, that Creme Brulee cheesecake from Secret Recipe is to die for. Truly, not for the faint-hearted.

It was a night to remember as well. Have to post about it later.

Zumba Fitness, I Love

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After that sinful episode with Praline Mocha Frap from Starbucks with a very rich chocolate cake, I felt that I needed to take that much craved exercise. Been wanting to do Zumba for a long long time now but never got a chance to do it.

But today, I made up my mind. I googled some Zumba Fitness dance moves on youtube and here's what I found that I liked best:

Zumba is a latin-inspired dance fitness program that has spread throughout the world like wildfire since they first introduced it in 2006. I blogged about it in my fitness blog last year but like I said, never got around to do it.

The best thing about it is that when I posted on my FB that I started doing it, some of my friends suggested we do it together, no matter which part of the world we are all at. We just set a time of the day to do and we'll do it at the same time.

Isn't that exciting?