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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Weekend stuff

She's Elektric?
Friday night me and Trish went to catch the new Marvel comic based movie Elektra, starring Jenniffer Garner of ALIAS fame. A spin-off of the DareDevil movie, there were two things I was NOT expecting going into the movie: 1) Bob Sapp has a role as Stone, one of the enemies, and 2) After showing some bad-ass Beast moves like his real-life personality, he gets killed by an act of stupidity XP
I wasn't expecting much of the movie, which was lucky, cause EVERYTIME I looked at "Elektra", all I saw was ALIAS! Trish was even wondering how many layers of padding they used to make her boobs look remotely big compared to her real self. The only thing I found interesting in the movie was definately the heel gang. I never saw Catwoman, but it's a safe bet this is probably better.
I might have missed it, but I also didn't see Stan Lee make his trademark appearance like he does in all the modern day Marvel based movies.
The overall story is also what you'd expect: bad-ass loner hero who suddenly softens up due to meeting somebody mixed in with heavy special effects laden fight scenes. Worth a watch, but don't expect too much. Hopefully the one-shot Wolverine movie won't be this generic.

Big Screen Gaming
I was surprised yesterday to find my parents had bought a new big-ass, wide-screen TV for the living room! SO, the old big screen TV (smaller than the new one) was moved to my gaming room and I now play PS2 in big screen goodness! There's nothing like watching games like KOC on the big screen where everything is crisp and clear. Problem is, I'm likely to go blind since the screen is so big and there's not enough room to sit a safe distance away from the screen XPXPXP
Gonna have to get one of those screen filters to protect myself from joining the four-eyes club (no offense to anyone out there).

Thursday, January 27, 2005

TV Talk

While surfing the net out of boredom the past few days, I stumbled on to two interesting sites that discuss and review the latest reality TV shows going on as each episode progress. You know, "reality" shows started by MTV's The Real World a long ways back, and recently began a boom with the hit Survivor series. And now we get all kinds of shows like The Appreantice, The Amazing Race, etc.
Anyways, the two sites had an interesting thing going for them as they criticize what goes on in these shows. With that, I thought I might chime in on what I've been watching recently, not nescessarily reality shows since I don't give much a crap for most of them.

Did I miss something? Cause last week Becker was delayed due to the Golden Globe Awards, but this week's show seemed to skip an episode as they didn't seem to give a closure to the law-suit that was filed against him. Unless the episode from 2 weeks ago that ended with him in jail was the closure to mouthing off at the court and he lost the case, but they decided not to follow up properly? I was really interested to see how it was gonna end too.

And does anyone else watch that "reality" show, The Casino? I wonder if this show is legit, cause at times it seems real with the situations they have to handle in the hotel & casino, but other times I wonder about the authenticity of the show's "realism", like this week when the high-rollers (heavy gamblers) were invited to the casino and suddenly the cameras are on them all the way from the airport to the casino. Even the first episode when the player almost knocked up a cross-dresser, as soon as the guy touched down at the airport, there were camera's on him following him around all over the place. Some of this has to be staged I guess.
But I like this show though. Reminds me of the perils I went through when I was working for a five-star hotel a few years back.

How cool is Zoe Buseck? Loved the show since the debut season and it's still fun to watch. It's kinda like Ally McBeal, only this woman has some meat on her and her life isn't so insecure and delusional. The new boss "M" is also a nice fun addition to cast, and I guess Boston Public is over already if she's here.

It was an old episode, but I love those Drew Carrey Shows where they bring in the cast of Who's Line Is It Anyway?" and mix things up as the show goes along. Really fun watching everyone get caught off-guard and having to pull-off improb on the spot.

Last night was also a very interesting episode of Third Watch, featuring two special guests in Roy Scheider (of Jaws I & II fame) and Method Man! Scheider played a Russian mob leader and Method Man (with a killer goatee!) was a gang-leader of his own looking for revenge on rivals who killed two of his drug runners. The whole story throughout the episode was really good, and I'm seriously wondering whether or not they just killed off one of the main characters towards the end of the show? Have to tune in next week to find out.

I just might consider doing more TV talk posts like these since I won't really have much to blog about lately. Oh yeah, you can visit the two sites I mentioned HERE and HERE.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Long Week

Yeah, it's been almost a week since I last posted something here. But I've been busy for awhile. By day I'm at the office, and by night I've been ripping Puroresu shows leaving me not much chance to go online except when I'm free at the office.

On Friday I also came down with a bad case of the hiccups. How bad? It only stopped TODAY! It's not the first time it's happened either. Has something to do with the gas buildup in me cause I drink too much cola. But what can I say? I LIKE COLA!!! XP
Trish also became terribly sick on Thursday and to today she still hasn't recovered. Needless to say we didn't have much of a good weekend because of it.

On Friday was suppose to be a national holiday because of Hari Raya Haji, but me, my HAGE boss and the Director and GM of my office dragged us all down to Brunei for what I thought was the opening of our Brunei office. Turned out it was only to put up the signage for the office! And it was already up when we got there! So we wasted like three hours of the morning and I had to wake up at 6.30AM for nothing! Nice going, brainiacs!
At least we got back early enough for me to pick up Trish from work. I just sent her home since she wasn't feeling well, but she was feeling well enough to go out that eveening. We just had dinner then came home to my place to watch whatever was on TV, which wasn't much. We managed to catch Princess Diaries on Star Movies, which was a good way to kill time since Trish had never seen it before and I never caught the beginning.

Saturday wasn't much better. We followed the usual routine of getting dinner and coming home for TV, but this week there was no more Japanese ghost investigation shows. So it was pretty boring. Trish also had a relapse of her sickness, so I had to send her back early.
Today we were originally scheduled to go get a haircut together, but she wasn't up to it due to her poor health. Her mom kept her at home to undergo somekinda aroma treatment. Hope it works.

For those of you who don't know, over the past few days I managed to post a new PS2 game review for Outlaw Golf 2 and a puroresu tape review for the NOAH 2003 Great Voyage show. Check 'em out and enjoy.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Hidden Treasure and Unveiled Ghosts

On Friday night, Me and Trish went to watch the Nicholas Cage movie, National Treasure. This was really good, and Cage's character, Ben Gates was probably one of the most intelligent characters I've ever seen since Gil Grissom in CSI! This was a great movie, and highly recommend you check it out if you haven't yet.
Here's a bit of movie trivia for ya, former UFC fighter Oleg Tektarov had a role in the movie as one of the heel henchmen! And he didn't die in the movie either!

On Saturday night, Me and Trish got us a takeaway pizza from Pizza Heaven and came home to watch TV together again. We caught Vol.2 of When Good Pets Go Bad on ASTRO, followed by a new ghost investigation show on the Jap Sat TV channel. The ghost investigation show was really good compared to last week's since many of the investigations used ACTUAL TAPED FOOTAGE of ghost sightings! In some places, the investigation team even caught on the spot polaroids of ghosts, like a face in the water at a waterfall where this guy drowned trying to save his daughter, and they even recorded voices when they spent the night at a haunted lake.
But the high point was definately the video taped footage by civilians who were at the right place at the right time. The most memorable being this guy filming his family at a bridge, when suddenly a woman calls his name. He turns, but no one is there! When the investigation team examines the tape, they zoomed in on a patch of forrest where he turned to, and found the face of a women in the bushes! Legend is that a crazy woman comitted suicide in those woods a long time back, but how she would know the guy's name (the voice was caught on the tape!) is something no one can figure out! This one ranks as one of the freakiest things I've seen in awhile.
Some other stories: Guy filming a house on fire from his apartment in 1989, when suddenly for a split second a face in agony appears on the screen.
Video of a wedding reception and suddenly a transparent hand floats accross the back of a party guest.
A security camera at a railway crossing catches a pair of legs, JUST THE LEGS, walking up to the crossing before a train passes by.
A recording of a medical operation sees the silhouette of a girl behind the surgeon on a wall as he turns away.
And there was even some live stuff recorded by the crew themselves as they were investigation some haunted places around Japan. Like live recordings of voices at a haunted lake, and one of the mediums they brought along was possesed by a spirit and couldn't speak until one of the other more powerful mediums literally yanked the spirit out of her!
They even trecked all the way into a dense forrest to find a TWO-HUNDRED YEAR OLD HOUSE in the middle of NOWHERE, and recorded loads of spirit orb activity! They even heard noises in the forrest and took a random polaroid, only to reveal what looked like a floating lantern in the picture!
Great stuff, and I hope next week's episode will be as good if the channel hasn't been scrambled by then.

Right now, my CD-Writer is giving me problems again. My CD-RW disc that came with it no longer works cause I dropped it and a bit got chipped off. Trying to look for a new one now, but every CD-RW I've tried so far keeps getting a "Unrecognised format" message, whether I used a fast or slow speed CD-RW. Gonna have to try re-install my NERO program later to see if that's the problem.

Anyways, check the rest of the blog for updates in the puroresu & KOC2 blog. Hope to have a new tape & music video review up soon also.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Miami done, next stop: NEW YORK!

Caught the season finale of CSI:Miami last night and it was a very good closer to a season that was mostly lacking. I really liked the ending where Horatio Kane actually helped the guy who was a total ass to him throughout the season score points with his brother's widow, even though he has feelings for her himself and can't bring himself to admit it. One of those little things where the hero can't always win at. Nice touch also where Speed has the opportunity to go out with a pornstar in Season 3 should they choose to follow that storyline to develop his character.
If I'm not mistaken, they should be startig CSI:New York next week, and I can't wait for it! The main difference I've noticed between Grissom and H is that Grissom doesn't give up and pays incredible attention to detail, whereas H always seems to get emotionally involved with the victims, promising not to give up till he catches the people responsible (like last weeks episode). I can't wait to see what kind of mentality they give Gary Sinease's character in New York to set him apart from Grissom and H!

Monday, January 10, 2005

Weekend Fun

Saturday night was a bit dull. Me and Trish got a takeaway from Sugar Bun, then came home to see what was on TV. A new Japanese ghost investigation show was scheduled to debut on the Jap Sat TV channel. So to kill time before that, we watched a bit of South Park. Dunno why, but I had a hell of a laugh when Ned said, "Bring it on, Bi-yatch!" during a boxing training session. We also watched the reality show "When Good Pets Go Bad" on Star World. Good show, though I'd seen most of the clips before on other reality attack shows.
The new ghost show started at 11PM, and it was BORING. Sure it was actual ghost investigation, with actual recorded footage of ghost orbs and polaroids taken right on the spot, but it just didn't hold my interest for long and I almost dozed off a couple of times. Even Trish seemed to agree with my sentiments.

On Sunday, I spent the afternoon watching the NOAH Great Voyage 2003 show. I'll post a review soon. The two tag team main events on the show were awesome!
And that evening, I watched Osaka Wrestling Restaurant on NTV7. Fun movie about these two brothers who take over their father's restaurant after his passing, but one of them has been staying in Osaka for the pass few years, and when his brother goes to bring him back to Hong Kong, he brings him to an Osaka Pro Wrestling show, and proposes to create a wrestling gimmicked restaurant. Super Delfin, Ebessan, Kuishinbo Kamen, Tigers Mask, Miracle Man, Perro and his sidekick all made cameos on the show, and Delfin was the only one given a speaking part. Fun movie overall.
I also finaly finished playing Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant last night, and the ending was really interesting. Now I can get on to playing other games, like Price of Persia2 and Metal Gear Solid 3.

Today was a BORING day at the office, and I almost dozed off a few times too! The only highlight was picking up the PuroresuDVDSource order I helped my friend made a few months ago from the post office, and when I play tested them, the video quality was PERFECT! I'd never seen pic quality so clear before!
Speaking of puroresu, the Z-CHANNEL was finally scrambled again this morning. The last match I saw last night was an excellent Triple Crown defence by the legendary Jumbo Tsuruta against Toshiaki Kawada. I really love watching All Japan classics!

This is all I got for now. Check out the puroresu blog for the recently concluded NOAH Great Voyage show, and a few new music video reviews in the heavy metal blog. Check back soon for more stuff.

Friday, January 07, 2005

From CSI to Werewolves to Osaka Pro!

On Wednesday I caught the CSI: New York preview episode when Horation Kane of CSI: Miami took a trip to New York to catch a killer. Gary Seniece (Loo-tenant Da-yan in Forrest Gump) did a good job portraying his character, though he did seem a little inferior to Horatio Kane. The whole feel of CSI: New York is also darker then the other series and I can't wait for it to start in a few weeks! Hopefully it'll be as good as the original CSI, which the Miami series losing my interest every now and then.

Tonight, me and Trish caught Ginger Snaps 2 at the cineplex. The sequel to the original that came out a few years back. I never saw the original, but I did figure this is a direct sequel since the main character is the sister of the girl in the original and she too is now infected with the werewolf blood, and is desperately trying to find a cure. The movie moved a little slow at times, but the ending was interestingly twisted. I don't think there will be a third movie based on how it ended here, but you never know.

And wouldn't you know, as soon as I get back, I switch on the TV and there playing is an advertisement for the Osaka Wrestling Restaurant movie which will air on NTV7 this Sunday! For those of you who don't know, it's a Hong Kong movie about a restaurant that takes on a pro-wrestling gimmick to try to drum up business, with the characters taking on the gimmicks of Osaka Pro Wrestling characters! But it also should be noted that THE ACTUAL OSAKA PRO WRESTLERS will make an appearance in the film, and I can't wait to catch it this Sunday! All you wrestling fans should check this out too! SO set your clocks!

Still on the subject of Osaka Pro, I've posted up my review of Day 2 of the BAPE STA!! Pro Wrestling event that was cross-promoted by All Japan Pro Wrestling and Osaka Pro, in collaboration with BAPE.
I also posted a music video review by Gene Simmons of KISS fame which I think you should all check out. So here's wishing everyone a safe and fun first weekend of the year!

Thursday, January 06, 2005

1 Year of Blog

Today is officially the one year anniversary of when I started blogging. It was of course introduced to me by my good buddy, TenzanTeam2K who started ahead of me and then let me on to it. It's been a real fun year of typing up stuff that goes on in my life for your reading pleasure. Whether it's the fun stuff like the goings on in the pro-wrestling world, or as an outlet to vent my furstrations with. It's been an interesting ride and I hope to keep going as long as I can. So thanks to everyone who visits and reads what I have to say whether you like it or not.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Year that was...

2004 was a interesting year for me to say the least. All kinds of sh*t went down all throughout the world, some memorable and some I'm sure many would like to forget. Looking back, I thought I'd list down 10 things from 2004 that I probably won't be forgetting for a long while. In no particular order:

1. Tsunami obliterates Aceh
- You just had to know this would be in here somewhere, right? God sure has a funny way of clearing out overpopulation, doesn't he? Seriously, this came to me as one of those things that sound small at first, but then turns into a HUGE thing. Other examples being 9/11 and when that apartment building in KL collapsed a few years back. This is probably the most devastating thing I've seen or heard of since 9/11, and all the images and videos available all over the internet and my satellite TV really hits home how vengeful Mother Nature can be at times.

2. RIP - Spike Dudley Dawg
- My biggest personal lost of the year. Nothing much more I can add here that I haven't already mentioned in his obituary back in December, other than the last happy memory we shared was on the night he started acting sick, and I came back at about 1AM from sending Trish home, he was laying by the car all miserable and stuff. So I decided to play with him a bit to raise his spirits, and he really did respond to my scratching him behind the ears and patting his head like I always do. So much so that he even stood up! It was kinda like he didn't want me to leave, and thinking back, maybe I should have played with him a little longer if I had known how little time he had left in this world.

3. Trish Ng - Best Girlfriend in the World!
- From something sad to something happy :) We've had our ups and downs, but we stuck through it all for another year. Trish, I love you and hope to be with you forever as I can't see myself with anyone else by my side. GAMBATEH!

4. RIP - Dimebag Darrell
- I guy taken from the music scene WAY too early. Like Spike, nothing much I can add that hasn't already been mentioned before other than I regret not getting the Damageplan album sooner. Hope he's rocking the heavens as I type this.

5. Tenzan_Team2K
- I was fortunate to make two trips to KL last year, and on both occasions I managed to meet up with my good buddy, and partner in puroresu crime, Tenzan_Team2K. The first time I was there we merely chatted about the goings on in the scene at the time. My second trip was the best so far however, as we had the chance to go toe-to-toe with each other at King of Colosseum 2! It was probably my best visit to KL ever, and I didn't even spend tons of cash like I usually do. And of course, I can't forget him inducting me into his wrestling Hall of Fame just for being a puroresu fan. One other thing. If he didn't introduce me to blogging, you guys wouldn't be reading this crap in the first place XPXPXP
Thanks, Dude! You Rule!

6. ExtremePuroresu VCDs - Open for business!
- May 22nd, my birthday and the day I officially opened my site for selling Puroresu VCDs and spread the love of puroresu. Everything is now done independantly by myself and though sales haven't been through the roof, I make a good profit every now and then to keep me in stock with new and classic shows.

7. Z-Channel - On and Off
- It was the greatest thing in the world when I managed to finally get the puroresu satellite TV channel back, but the joy was short lived as the signal was soon scrambled! Then, awhile later it would thankfully come back, only to be scrambled AGAIN. This has happened on and off again several times in the past few months. Heck, the channel was scrambled again this morning, but is ok again now!

8. My car gets @$$-F***ed
- Some dumb bitch too small to drive rear ends my car and really spoiled my year end mood way before the Tsunami and Dimebaf shooting incidents. For almost 3 weeks I was forced to hitch a ride with my dad to work, and the guy departs for his office at 6AM and I start at 8AM! Needless to say I had to get up way earlier than I usually do, and had to sit in the office alone way before anyone else showed up!

9. The War in Iraq
- EVERYWHERE you look, something about the war pops up. In the news reporting about daily suicide bombings (sooner or later they are bound to run out of sucker to blow themselves up), on MTV where EVERYONE from Sum41 to Six Feet Under rally against the war (This isn't the 1960s!), Heck, I can't even watch WWE now without those dumbass Arab-Americans Hassan & Daivari wasting my viewing time.

10. November 25th, 2004...
- The day I beat Katamari Damacy, probably the most addictive game I've played in a long time, and Trish was with me to witness the spectacle! OK, so I couldn't think of a good No.10...

So there you have it. Off the top of my head, ten things I probably wont forget for awhile. Now, you can check out two special editions of Spoiling the Illusion in the puroresu blog while I check out CSI New York. Catch ya guys later and have a good year!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

And the Losers ARENT....

Well, it's that time of the year when everyone is posting their "best of" lists and what they either liked or hated during the year. OK, so normally it would be done at THE END of the year, but being the lazy-ass that I am, I only waited till now to post mine up. So check out all my other blogs to see what I thought were the best of the year in wrestling, music and video games.
I've also posted the results of my KOC Wrestling World 2005 show, and the actual show is taking place in Japan right now as I type this! So check it out.
And stay tuned cause I'll be posting my personal list for 2004 right here later today.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you out there. Hope everyone had a good time ringing in the new year like I did.

Luckilly I was OK by yesterday evening after having a bad stomach ache for most of the day and managed to go out with Trish to party. We actually kept it simple on a small budget since we aren't clubbers or anything and didn't like hanging out in crowded pubs.
Instead, we went for a nice (almost) quiet western dinner at Hot Spot, and after that we went to watch the highly anticipated new Stephen Chow movie, Kung Fu Hustle. This movie definately lived up to the hype! The comedy spots were simply HILARIOUS and the fight scene were just INCREDIBLE!!! The special effects for the fights were awesome to say the least, almost like watching an anime fight or a video fight even. You could tell some of the elements were borrowed from those genres. Heck, there was this one scene were Chow's character infiltrated an insane asylum, and it so reminded me of the PS2 survival horror game, The Suffering or even Manhunt.
I also found it interesting that the main character played by Stephen Chow didn't really have alot of air time till the end due to the main storyline of the movie, which I won't spoil for you here. I strongly recommend checking out this movie, and it's definately on my list of DVDs to get when it becomes available.
The movie finished just before midnight, so me and Trish just saw the fireworks while driving in my car and it was pretty good, though not on a big scale since all official celebrations were cancelled out of respect for all the poor souls who lost their lives in last weeks tsunami disaster.

So here's wishing everyone a happy and safe new year.