Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Time for another switch
With the release of WordPress 2.0, I can import my old Blogger posts to my new blog at www.wongkeenhing.com. Hence, this blog will no longer be in use. All of you who link to me and bookmark me, please make the appropriate amendments. At the moment, it is only half complete but you can have a sneak peek if you like. It should be done by January 1st. This indicates that Enlighten lasted for exactly six months i.e. half a year. Life is Just
should last longer than that. Enjoy.
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/28/2005 01:23:00 AM
Monday, December 26, 2005
Boxing day boxing
I'm bored!!!!! Gaaaahhh!!!! This is no way to spend the day after Christmas. I should be erm... well... yeah you know. Whatever. >.<
Spent the day playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This is one game that makes me drive slower in real life. Ironic, the fact that a game that lets you go wild and violent causes me to be more careful on the road. So, on boxing day, I boxed people. Badabump-bish.
I bought Furniture's album today; the same one in my Christmas wish list
. I'd probably write a proper review later but for now, let me just say that this is something that local indie artistes must match in terms of quality and effort.
Coming back to my boredom *insert word which I forgot*, I watched Big Fish and played Dota again after about a month of *insert another word which I forgot*. Big Fish was unique, in my opinion. Thing is, Ewan McGregor looks too old to play an eighteen year old boy. Heck, I'M 18. Nice movie anyways. Dota was... well... Dota.
If you're all wondering what I'm gonna do with my hair after all that voting, I have decided to just use extra conditioner and moisturizer for the time being. If that fails to make my hair look better, I will seek professional advice. To save some cash, I'd go to BU and find a not so exhorbitant place. Thanks Yee Teng!
Oh, I forgot. A joke-off took place between me and Jia Liang. The person who manage to make the other laugh through some lame joke or other, gets a point. In the span of three days, the score is 8-8. He's running dry, I have a few more up my sleeve. Jia, if you're reading this, BRING IT.
Here's an example:
What's white and cannot climb trees? A fridge.
I'm planning to change my blog background but the thing is I'm afraid that it will look too ego. Here's a sneak peek.
As my readers, it is YOU who would mind if it looks too self-centered and stuff. I'm at a loss here. Any opinions?
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/26/2005 08:54:00 PM
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Christmas Christmas Christmas
Sorry for the absence, I was busy with this year's Bangsar Christmas production: the portrait of Christmas. It was a blast! We had Actor's Studio Bangsar filled to the brim on both nights. This year, I get to play the guitar, sing in the choir and play the role of a wise man. Tiring but what fun! I get to do a British accent and make people laugh; I've always wanted to do a comedy. Got my wish. :D
Myself, Christine, Angie, Winston, Ju Ean and Lin Yi
It's not everyday that I get to dress like Il Divo. And it was the first time I used hair gel in eons. Khong Su Ann said that I looked too smart. Guess people ain't used to a tidy me. But me having combed hair has a price: it reveals my huge forehead.
Gosh my head is big. I'm hating it.
But all in all these productions are always good experience. I look forward to it every year, next to the annual youth camp. Still, none were as big as the X-Child 2003. The tickets were cheaper, the story deeper, the choir pieces longer, the nights longer, everything. Oh well, this year's has a good effect anyway, thanks to prayer.
A bunch of people and a rastafarian wannabe
Today, for Christmas eve, Li San, Choi Lin and myself went to Delicious for lunch! Mmmmm delicious....
Then I went Christmas shopping for the first time, at least I think its the first time. I rarely get gifts for friends so.... if you didn't get anything from me, blame it on my youth. We then bumped into Winston and Wan. What a delightful surprise! Then we bumped into Pat Woo and Colin Ng! Christmas is magical after all. Also due to the fact that we found parking at Bangsar as easy as 124.
Well I'm off to continue my Christmas eve by taking an undeserved nap. Merry Christmas!
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/24/2005 03:52:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Short Story: Songfest part 3
This is part three of a short story I've written as a college assignment. I had a pretty good score so I thought you guys might enjoy it.
A small crowd gathered to see Dominic board a shuttle bus. His gazebo friends were dying to go with him, to see him onstage under the spotlight. Due to complications with lodging and a set of assignments which Dominic had already done his, they could not. His parents, supportive as they were, had much office work to worry about; they could not come along either. Alone, he would pursue an ambition he never thought he had.
Beyond the window, buildings became taller and the streets more crowded. As the bus entered Whistern City, the meaning of color had changed in Dominic's eyes. The hues were somehow darker, flashier, and mostly, artificial. Branded stores, offices named after wealthy entrepreneurs, clusters of road signs, all were somewhat new to him. This alien human habitat was where his dreams would come true.
Upon stepping from the shuttle bus, an instant uneasy feeling seeped into his skin. The air was different than that of his hometown; he had been living in sunshine for too long. With his precious guitar slung behind his back, and his mentor's pick safe in wallet, he strode to his destiny. After much referral to the wrinkly piece of paper on which he noted an address and directions, he had found the place. His feelings of great anticipation was then dotted with a pinch of dismay.
The sign read “Lenny's”, which was placed above a spiral staircase leading downward. Along the way, posters of Songfest were pasted on the wall, one he recognized and one he did not. Dominic had also noticed that the narrow staircase was nicely wide enough for the guitar on his back, or any guitar for that matter. It was almost as if the place was built that way for that very reason. As he descended, he wondered why he did not smell cigarette smoke.
As his foot stepped the black floor, the first thing he saw was the stage at the end of the room. Imagining all the music that flowed through it during its lifetime, it looked beautiful. Dominic found his way to Mr. Johnson, who oversaw the Songfest project. His eyes looked like they can automatically search for potential on a stranger's face. Dominic meekly told him his name upon being asked; Mr. Johnson held a name list of all round one participants.
His name checked, the time set, Dominic was to come back for the briefing held the following day. Clutching the keys to the room that was sponsored for him to spend the next few nights, he speculated. Already he thought about his friends back at Des Glaines, already his mind wanders to the contestants who awaited him. He hoped that the people he will meet will be nice to him.
A crowd of forty stood by the stage, most of them getting acquainted to each other. The so-called briefing was about to start, so said Mr. Johnson though it was already twenty minutes past the specified time. One of the young lads, who happened to be nearby, glanced at Dominic with a smirk. He stretched his hand.
To be continued...Start from part 1
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/21/2005 01:16:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2005
How to make a Justin Wong
I am seriously shocked and amazed by the accuracy of this little quiz thing. Those of you who really know me, I don't think you can agree any more.
|How to make a Justin Wong|
1 part competetiveness
5 parts silliness
1 part ego
Blend at a low speed for 30 seconds. Serve with a slice of wisdom and a pinch of salt. Yum!
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/18/2005 10:02:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2005
On Thursday, Smashp0p, a fellow blogger, was kind enough to pass me two free tickets for a Chronicles of Narnia screening. Since I met PQ earlier the day, I invited him to watch it with me. Here's photographical evidence:
It was the first time I met someone through a blog. Well, it we Smashp0p
(third from the left) who found me in his own blog-hopping session. He gets tons of free tickets and stuff so there I was.
The movie? Well, the direction was good, the cinematography was good, the story was a little predictable but it can't be helped. Sad to say, this movie scores low on entertainment value, though there were a few funny moments. It is not for those who seek to be entertained but to experience the telling of a enchanting story.
Lazy to write a full review lah.
Anyway, here are some cool videos.Sushi documentaryTom Cruise kills Oprah
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/17/2005 01:30:00 AM
Friday, December 16, 2005
My Christmas wishlist 2005
My very first Christmas wishlist! This is the list of things that I want to have but probably will never get. Unless of course, people are nicer than I think they are.
(In no particular order of importance)
1. The Art of the Matrix
Similar to those Star Wars concept art and graphical books, The Art of the Matrix showcases artwork from this trilogy. The front cover itself gives a glimpse of the depth of its contents, just as the movies portray the depth of the unique story. I like digital art, I love the Matrix. Hence, I shall very much appreciate this book.
2. Final Fantasy XII (Original please)
It has been forever since the previous instalments, namely FFX-2 and FFXI, were released and now the next one will only avail itself 2006. The Japanese version will only hit Japenese shores on March so the English version will likely to take longer. Anywho, the FF series has long been accredited as some of the greatest RPGs ever created on the PS1 and PS2. FFX was indeed worthy of awesome points, and FFXII, being newer, will definitely be ten times better as Square-Enix had always managed to do so with every new instalment. The real question is how these Japanese guys do it.
3. A digital camcorder
Okay I know it costs a bomb, an arm, and two legs, but it would be totally awesome to have one. Videotaping events is not the same as taking photos of it, as it gives you better memories and all. Plus, I have always wanted to enter the independent movie industry. With a DV camera and some software knowledge, I have total control over the movies I make! But this is not a must have for me, just a luxury I need to make time for. So you can cancel it off your things to buy list.
4. Furniture - Twilight Chases The Sun
No, I'm not decorating my room with new furniture. It's a Malaysian band called Furniture, and this is their benchmark album, Twilight Chases The Sun. Having heard solo works live from the frontman Ronnie himself, I feel that I will totally get the theme of their music. Emotional, enchanting, and almost spiritual. Of course I can only guess until I have heard them myself. See more info here
. Maybe I will buy this one myself.
5. A pair of headphones
Yup. Mine's busted. Anyone can spare fifty bucks?
6. Michio Kaku - Parallel Worlds
Written by one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the present day, Parallel Worlds is a one way trip through cosmology and the fate of the universe. This book is perfect for the theoretical science enthusiasts such as myself, though I am only a beginner. It's really interesting to know what mankind thinks of this universe and beyond, based on logical speculation. Another reason to praise God for his infinite ingenuity in the creation of this world.
7. Creative Labs Zen Micro
An mp3 player would certainly help me as a singer-songwriter to get inspired and constantly fed by music. The Zen Micro looks slick, can store 6GB and glows nicely. Everyone is carrying an mp3 player these days. I'm stuck currently with my mono-speaker Series 60 phone.
That's all I can think of right now. If there's more, I will update and put a link on the sidebar later.
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/16/2005 06:42:00 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
The 100th Post Bonanza!
Launch the fireworks! Sound the trumpets! This is officially my one hundreth post since the creation of this blog! I have a whole set of stuff lined up just for you! Hope you enjoy the show.
I have just returned from a trip to Penang; this year's church camp was pretty good. I got to Jetski for the first time, rode on a motorbike for the first time, and ate cendol for the first time (I HATE CENDOL).
Overall it was a pretty good experience, even though I was still sick on the first day. Thank God I recovered soon enough, for His grace is sufficient for me. Got to explore Penang through Francis Dunn's fourth instalment of the Amazing Race. My team was unfortunate enough to be driven by an Indian fellow who drives people around for a fare, with a meter-less Proton. Illegal public transport? Got to meet many people, learned many new lame jokes. I feel like compiling a whole library of it right here in this blog.
It was good for a whole bunch of us retreating together to experience God. Indeed, he proved himself to be real to many, and it was pretty encouraging. My renewal of awareness of God and the fact that I was grinded by all the running the Amazing Race, I vowed to change my ways. I must take care of my body, my mind and my spirit. With God's strength I can make it happen.
Next is the preview of X-Men 3! You can see the teaser here
I want to add in my Christmas wish list here but since I want to link to it, I shall make a separate post for that. And since I'm dead tired already, I shall do it tomorrow.
Lastly, I need you to help me make THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION OF MY LIFE. Here it goes:
Should I get a haircut?
This is how I currently look like, once properly combed with effort.
You can vote by dropping a comment OR dropping a message via MSN if you have my contact. Your vote can make a difference.
That's all for today, good night!
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/14/2005 09:33:00 PM
Friday, December 09, 2005
So ends the semester
I had my last two papers today: Italian at 8am and Moral at 12pm. I had a real bad running nose throughout the entire duration, goodness it was horrible. The Italian paper was tough enough, even if I came healthy and all. Moral? I HATE MORAL. Hated it ever since form 2. There's absolutely no point and its making me MISERABLE. GAAHHH...
Went home and continued playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
At this point, I have almost finished packing. Now all I need is a torchlight, my goggles, and my toothbrush. I'm going to Penang for five days! Woohooooo!! I hope I will get well enough in time tho, *sniff*. With God's grace, I will! :D
This is my 99th post since the creation of -ENLIGHTEN-. As soon as I return, I will write a special 100th post bonanza! Featuring everything I can ever think of to make the post big. So stay tuned! I'll come back on the 14th so my big post will arrive 15th or 16th. In the meantime, you can still browse through my categories on the left. I added two new ones so enjoy!
Don't miss me too much..
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/09/2005 11:00:00 PM
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
3 funny ad
Malaysia should come up with ads this strange.http://www.wcrs.com/vids/Tuperzik.mov
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/07/2005 10:30:00 PM
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Today's Tech Tip - Performance and Visual Effects
You might find your computer becoming a little slower since you last defragmented or formatted. With Windows XP, you can adjust the usage of visual effects on your basic desktop in order to cut your computer some slack. Here's how:
1. Right click My Computer>>Advanced Tab
2. Under Performance, click on Settings
3. In the Visual Effects tab, have 'Adjust for best performance' checked
This will cancel all the little effects on your desktop, such as showing window contents while dragging. Without all these animations, fades, shadoes, etc., your performance will be slightly better.
Going to the Advanced Tab under Performance Options can lead you to Virtual memory. You can adjust that as well but it is a different story altogether. Enjoy.
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/06/2005 04:58:00 PM
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Short Story: Songfest part 2
This is part two of a short story I've written as a college assignment. I had a pretty good score so I thought you guys might enjoy it.
Dominic had been trying to picture himself onstage, standing in front of a crowd that was waiting to be impressed. Even if he had it, was confidence the only thing he needed? Just confidence in himself and confidence in his own work to get by? He could not even remember the last time he did something and was sure with it. Sunrise after sunrise, he weighed the consequences.
A yellow Sunday came by. Dominic went to meet Vince at the park, where it was always green and joyful. Dogs of various breeds can be seen being walked by their masters of all shapes and sizes. Little children ran from all corners to the next, happy as can be. The community owed its warmth and fellowship to this place; people of all ages were regulars.
"Songfest, eh? I'd say go for it." said Vince, who had always been his best friend, easy-going and moderate.
"I knew you'd say that..."
"What? Don't you wanna try out?"
"I don't know, Vince. Stage performances have always been beyond me."
"That's crazy talk. You're the music kind of guy, the whole gang knows that."
The gang: a bunch of long-time buddies his age who had a tradition of gathering under a gazebo by the lake at the park. Somehow, Dominic foresaw all of them giving him every reason to take a shot at Songfest. No point in asking them, then.
Just that moment, Elaine passed them by. She was one of them; them who faithfully show up at the very same gazebo every time. Dominic stood helplessly, gazing at her movements. She was an embodiment of charm.
"Hey guys, see you at the usual place," she said as they acknowledged her. Vince watched as Dominic trailed her steps with his eyes. He let out a sigh.
"For the last time, man, ask her out." Vince nudged him.
"I've said it before, I just couldn't do it."
"I can't stand seeing you moonstruck anymore! You've been putting this off for weeks now. This iron isn't going to be hot any longer..."
"Give me some time, just… time."
The truth is that Dominic had never planned or intended to approach her for that matter. Though he formulated the exact words of confessions, there just were too many things in his way. Most of them were in his head. Such was the dilemma a timid boy had to face.
The boys found themselves in the company of five other youngsters, among them Elaine. They would talk about anything under the sun, from Middle Eastern politics to chaos theory. But not all of them would appreciate every kind of intellectual conversation. Dominic finds much comfort with this routine: sitting by the lake with the people he cared about most.
Almost a month later, Dominic finds himself packing. It was like sleeping and gradually easing in to a dream. He received a phone call from the people of Songfest just the night before, a phone call that changed it all. The next round was to be held at Whistern City, a bustling metropolis, over the weekend.
To be continued...
Start from Part 1
View Part 3
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/04/2005 12:39:00 AM
Thursday, December 01, 2005
To live in South Park
If I were to live in South Park, I'd probably look something like this.
Another piece of Justin Wong's mind at 12/01/2005 09:35:00 PM