Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pos Malaysia Trolls!

Aaaaaand the second comic of the week! =D

Those few wondering what I was ranting about 2 days ago about the Malaysian post... you'll know what happened now.

The situation is, I've been waiting for my NDS Pokemon Soul Silver game to arrive in mail (due this week). I've been camping my postbox around the time the postman delivers everyday since the past week.

I forgot the Pokemon game wasn't the only item due to arrive this week.

I don't know why they send two different guys (both slips have different signatures and postman number) at two different times for two packages that are very similar in size (too big la konon! The one I had to pick up was the lighter of the two!). If you noticed the first slip tells me I can collect the package on the same day he issued the notice, that means he didn't have the package on him. The second slip says I can only collect the package the day after, that means the second postman has my package on hand with him. RRRRAAAAAAAAAGGGGEEEEE!!!!!11111

The second package really was my Pokemon game. Went there early the next day to collect.

Outer box on top right, contents on bottom row. Chibi Lugia plush not part of the package. =D

Now excuse me while I turn into a 10 year old girl again.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fabric Paint Fail

Hey peeps, sorry for the lack of updates and comic entries last week, been busy until last weekend which was Games, Anime and Comic Convention (GACC) in MMU, Melaka. Might do a GACC entry later but first, to make it up for the lack of updates I'll be doing 2 comic entries this week! YAY! =D Let's start with the first:

This is when I was rushing my costume for GACC:

*table flipping is just an expression, the above table does not exist in my room in real life*

I took a photo of one of the red triangles instead. There were blue and red ones, all pretty much screwed up. I totally didn't factor in the cloth's ability to absorb liquid (even under masking tape).

What's worse, is the cloth looked the same front and back because the paint seeped through, so I sewed the piece inside out (not that it would matter,but it adds to my frustration).

Monday, March 15, 2010

JLPT Level 3 : PASS!

日本語能力試験3級: 合格!

I know, Level 3 is like primary school level, but hey it's still a step forward! =D Will be taking on Level 2/N2 this year! Just collected this cert 3 days ago!

Also yesterday went for the screening of Evangelion 2.0 : You Can (Not) Advance at Cathay Cinemas e-Curve, Damansara!

This is the 2nd movie of the new retelling of the Evangelion series, and the first time I went to a screening with a huge group of fans. It was a different experience, as usually we are expected to shut up and watch movies, but with a group of people with the same wavelength, there were unanimous "oohs" "aahs" "oois" and "NOOOOOOEEEEESSSS!!!" at parts of the movie. It was really enjoyable. Thanks to Linkinstreet for helping us with the tickets!

If you're a fan of the series, or just want to watch for the heck of it, the movie is still on at Cathay Cineplex in e-Curve. Do support and go watch! It may be hard to grasp if you don't know much about the series, but it was a great movie experience. I'm in love with the soundtrack and visuals, though it's disturbing at parts.

Now if only Summer Wars would air in Malaysian cinemas...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Escort Quest : Japanese High School Students Pt. 2

Sorry I couldn't update earlier, internet was on/off the last few days.

Day Two (kids from Osaka high school)

Quest giver : Evian (acquaintance from Japanese language class)
Quest details : To escort 4 Japanese high school kids around KL.
Quest conditions :
Japanese kids must not take any damage.
End the quest with no less than 4 kids.
All 4 kids must survive.
Time limit : 2.30pm - 5.30pm (seriously wtf why so rush one?!)
Party members : Evian, Aaron, Shana (me)
Quest route : KLCC > Sungei Wang > Pasar Seni (Central Market) > Dataran Merdeka canceled due to rain LOL> KLCC

Woot all boys this time! XD

If there's one thing I can guarantee, it's that we cannot leave KLCC at 3pm, go to the three mentioned places and return before 5.30pm. NO. EFFIN. WAY.

You should've seen the disappointed faces when we first arrived at Sg. Wang and told them all they had was 45 mins to shop. We were secretly hoping it would rain, and it did! You have no idea how happy we were that we can skip Dataran Merdeka because of the rain (the 4 boys included, they were happily shopping in Sg. Wang).

We returned to KLCC foodcourt for dinner, and thank goodness these guys have no fear of our water. They were willing to try local food (except durian, seems they were warned beforehand XD). We recommended them the chicken rice, 2 of the 4 guys bought to try and they liked it. The other 2, I saw them go to McDonalds (I was puzzled because they said they wanted to try food not found back in Japan? =/ ) so I thought they'd be fine ordering food by themselves, so I went to order my own food and went back to the table. They returned with...

...double patty Prosperity Burgers. These buggers are SPICY, HOT SPICY not the fragrant kind of spicy. Even I cant handle them. Black pepper + onions + meat + bread, that's all you get. No veggies to help neutralize the spicyness. The rest of us non-Japanese at the table can just imagine their faces when they take that first bite. Most Japanese can't handle even a little bit of spicyness. Later when they saw the other groups queued up at McD, one of our boys ran over with sweat on his brow and tears streaming (after eating about half of the burger) to warn the rest of his friends to never ever buy that burger before it's too late for them as well.

If my guy friends were this guy they'd probably let their other pals buy the burger and watch them suffer along. "Suffer together-gether" konon.

I felt bad not stopping them earlier when I saw them at McD's so I bought them Ais Kacang, Mango + Longan Snow, and a Lin Chee Kang. KLCC's food courts Ais Kacang tastes really artificial, the Japanese boys commented it tastes like medicine. The Mango + Longan Snow dessert, they loved it. The Lin Chee Kang however... they despised it LOL.

The feared Lin Chee Kang, dark waters of the unknown...

Lin Chee Kang is a drink made from sugar with a bit of sugar cane, snow fungus, dried longans, barley and gingko nuts (toppings vary depending on places). It tastes kind of bittersweet, like most Asian "tong sui". Each of them only took one spoonful, and I had to drink the rest. (>_>)

You know how normal Japanese are known to be the absolute honest-to-goodness people? Here is where I found out they can be just as Malaysian as us. Apparently in Japan (or maybe just the part they came from?) McD's don't have unlimited Coke refills. They were pretty ecstatic when we told them about it. They told me they only get one refill, and it's usually half a large. So, they decided to refill their 2 large cups, return to our seat, empty their bottles and fill them with Coke, send their other 2 friend to ask for another refill, and fill more of their bottles with Coke. I think they went for about 3 refills before I stopped them afraid that the waiter would be on to it. I heard their Senseis emptied their hotel room fridges to avoid them spending on alcohol (they could've just asked the hotel staff to remove just the alcohol, but for some reason they removed ALL), so they're stocking up for the night. I don't know what they're gonna do with all that coke though.

All in all we had a lot of fun with this group despite having less time to spend with them. They were much more talkative and dared to experiment compared to the girls from the day before. So in summary, when we ask these Japanese what they learnt about Malaysia, we were told :

2) Malaysia is full of pirated goods.
3) Malaysian food is not clean/interesting. (too bad we couldn't feed them Bakkutteh)
4) Malaysian stuff is very cheap. (our currency low compared to yen =( )

If the opportunity arises, it would be nice to do this again =). Hope their stomach didn't get upset over the prosperity burgers.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Escort Quest : Japanese High School Students Pt. 1

Last week, Aaron and I were invited to partake a special quest for 2 days. I'll be splitting the whole story into 2 parts : Day 1 and Day 2.

Day One (kids from Hiroshima high school)

Quest giver : Evian (acquaintance from Japanese language class)
Quest details : To escort 4 Japanese high school kids around KL.
Quest conditions :
We must bring them to 4 key areas and take pictures as proof.
We must contact HQ at various checkpoints.
Japanese kids must not take any damage.
End the quest with no less than 4 kids (wouldn't hurt to pick up extras though nyuhuhu)
All 4 kids must survive.
Time limit : 8.30am - 5pm
Party members : Evian, Aaron, Shana (me)
Quest route : Berjaya Times Square > KLCC > Pasar Seni (Central Market) > Jalan India > Lot 10 Isetan > Sungei Wang > Berjaya Times Square.

One particular guy so happy to be surrounded by girls... especially 4 Japanese lolis.

I actually wasn't going to go for this one because I wasn't feeling well the night before, but after my sleep I was feeling fine so I rushed and caught up with them at Central Market. They just finished visiting the Indian Temple near Central Market, which unfortunately was under repair or renovation (the temple). The kids had to take picture of the temple covered with scaffolding instead.

My party members told me they went through Petaling Street earlier, and as they went through all the stall/shop staff on the side were throwing lots of "kawaii!!" at the group. The 4 girls were shy and a little scared by all the attention, while us guides were baffled at how the vendors knew they were Japanese just by looking.

All through the trip, the biggest complaint was the heat. The girls would all say "Atsui!" (hot) each time we set foot out from somewhere with air-con and "Suzushii!!" (cool) each time we entered an air-con area.

One of their key photo areas for some reason is the Isetan inside Lot 10 (I thought Isetan was in abundance in Japan? =/ ) and because they couldn't stand the heat, we thought we'd eat in the food court in Lot 10 instead of the intended Jalan Alor. If you haven't been to Lot 10 lately, they renovated the LG foodcourt and Isetan supermarket, it's got a huge selection of good food now. We were showing the girls around the food court but it was then that we learnt this group of girls were told something from their teachers.

Me : Is there anything you cannot eat? Spicy stuff, seafood, anything?

Japanese Girl (JG) : Almost everything we don't think we should eat... spicy food, fried food... preferably no meat... and tomatoes.

Me : ...tomatoes? You can't eat them?

JG : Yea, tomatoes.

Me : about shaved ice (ais kacang)? I'll buy you guys one to share? It's famous here.

JG : No thanks.

Me : So you don't want to eat anything here?

JG : ...because it's dangerous.

Me : ...dangerous? How so? O_O

JG : We heard the water is not clean like Japan's water... so we're advised not to eat in food courts...

Me : ...I see.

In the end, they bought sushi and bento from the Isetan supermarket (which probably was made with the water they're afraid of).

I wonder what kind of horror stories their sensei told them about our water, but it's true though that if you didn't grow up here, your body may have effects from our water (my kid Canadian nephew and his family was hospitalized for food poisoning after staying here for 2 days, the doc said it's because they're not used to our local water, since their mom who is my sister in law wasn't poisoned even though they all ate/drank the same things). I guess it's better safe than sorry for them, but we told them that tourist heavy areas and good hotels should be fine because they have reputations to maintain, so don't worry too much.

The tomato thing was still a mystery to us, but we guess they must have been told horror stories about pesticides too.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Problem solving fail

I broke the nose pad thing on my glasses sometime earlier this year...

Sometimes I doubt my IQ of 120+... the tissue damn uncomfortable and it blocks a small part of my vision.

I put up with it for like a day before realising how stupid i was.