All new Wishbone in KK!

Had a quick dinner with buddies George, Jofanna and Anna-Rina and Sam at the all new Wishbone. Its been ages since Wishbone closed and was no longer at Jesselton Hotel. I used to go there way back when I was much younger just to enjoy the chicken rice. Still at Gaya Street, it has now reopened as a new outlet with a modern kopitiam look. The good news is the chicken rice is still very delicious and the outlet has a whole new menu now. I tried the much raved Milo Volcano that some of my friends recommended. Love it and very filling! Definitely gonna come back for a 2nd round to try out the other stuff in the menu.

movie review: Warrior

I am SO GLAD I watched this movie last night. Warrior is one of those underrated movies most people won't be that excited to watch because it has a hardly known cast and wasn't that fully marketed. The main reason I went to watch it was because I thought the trailer was good and I love mma(mixed martial arts) action. Comes the best part after somebody watches the movie... Warrior turns out to be above expectations and one of the best movies of the year.

This is not your simple cliche martial arts action movie, it is truly a movie that portrays the will and determination towards winning a goal. It also has the drama part of the movie showcasing how important family values are and how important those ties remain strong. The mma action was also great and nicely choreographed. Highly recommend my peeps at BJJ Borneo and Kinabalu Fighters to watch it! Makes me wanna go back learning BJJ again... Anyway, the start of the movie was a little slow but it contributes to the excellent buildup of the characters and mma action. All this leads to a heartwarming inspiring movie with a good dosage of mma action. I'm not gonna talk about the story and characters of the movie because if a movie is simply that good, I try not to spoil anything at all. Just go watch it. By the way, for you Batman fans out there, actor Tom Hardy who acts as Tommy Riordan is Bane in the next Dark Knight movie! - My Rating: 5/5

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Writer: Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Action, Drama
Official Site:

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime – and the wreckage of their broken family – within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, Warrior. 

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. 

But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.

Sundays with Hannah & best buddies

I had a more relaxed Saturday night last weekend and decided to go sleep early. The next Sunday I woke up in the morning to join my best buddies Aaron and Mei to check out Property Exhibition (PropEX) 2011 at Sabah Trade Centre. Pretty cool exhibition showcasing some really interesting commercial/resident properties for sale here in Sabah and even in KL.

top left: Jofanna(George's wife) and Eva, top right: the birthday cake, bottom left: Hannah with Eva at the back, bottom right: Eva, jofanna, me and George

Later in the evening, my daughter Hannah and I went for a road trip to Tuaran to attend George's daughter Eva's 2nd birthday dinner celebration. During the road trip, Hannah and I just simply talk about the scenery and about any topic under the sun. Some major quality time there. When I arrived at the dinner celebration, Hannah was already making her own way around mingling with the kids there. That is Hannah for you. :) I'm glad I attended Eva's birthday because I missed her previous birthday and one month celebration. George is another best buddy of mine and it means a lot for me to finally attend. The celebration went really well and I'm really happy for her daughter. Kid's birthdays are important to be celebrated with family and close ones. Hannah's 10th birthday is coming up in 2 months!

A nice simple Sunday well spent with Hannah & my best buddies.

p/s: Do check out George's wedding photography/bridal business at

Finally I got the PS3!


I talked about it for ages but I never got myself the PS3 gaming console until 2 months ago. One of the things that happened during the period when I stopped blogging for a while. Getting the PS3 is an interesting process. I was reluctant mainly because I wasn't sure about paying for something I hardly gonna spend time with. I mean if I get the PS3, I know I'll most likely only spend a mere hour with it at most before going to sleep. I'm not in that era anymore where I got so much time to spend on playing video games. But then it triggered me one day when I realized Hannah wants one too. She requested me to buy one so she can spend time at my home more and perhaps play some games with me.

Hannah is currently so in love with the game Little Big Planet 2.

With my buddy Rafi offering me a deal with a price tag I cannot resist, I finally bought one. So yeah, of course I'm happy I got one. I get to play games that I always just dream of and Hannah spends more time with me at home. Can''t go wrong with that.

Would be awesome to watch this again with the Blu-ray edition!

Heck, the PS3 is also a blu-ray disc player, which means movie buff me get to watch movies in high definition too. Simply bliss. It took a while for me to get the PS3 but never too late to own one. Hmm... What game should I play tonight...

The Sendai Project

"As the tsunami hits, 100 kids managed to run into a tsunami shelter. Although they are considered safe in a shelter designed to protect them from the tsunami, nothing prepared them for what came after. A ship carried by the tsunami simply rammed into the shelter that caused their deaths."

Cheyenne told this story that was told to him by one of the victims from the tsunami that hit Japan earlier this year. It broke my heart and I can't help automatically praying for the souls of those kids. It just exposed me more to the degree of pain and trauma of what the victims have experienced. At the same time it made me even more proud of my buddies Cheyenne and Sam who journeyed to Sendai, Japan to help with relief efforts. Their journey was part of a project called The Sendai Project. A one month project with the support of Japan International Food for the Hungry (JIFH) through a link with Food for the Hungry International Malaysia (FHIM) to help with the relief efforts in Sendai, Japan.

from left: Jackie (image courtesy of her), Jasmine, Datin Dr. Lynn Tan, Sam, me, Ronnie, Cheyenne

Cheyenne and Sam returned from Sendai last week and I attended their homecoming bbq dinner with other friends and supporters to their project. They briefed us with photos and videos of the experience they went through. There were some funny interesting moments of them trying to get use to the Japanese culture.

Sam standing on a massive debris of wreckage from the Tsunami attack.

But more importantly was how everyone's eyes were open bigger to the ongoing progress in helping out the victims to continue & better their current lives and rebuild buildings to bring back towns back to life. It is still A LONG WAY TO GO.

Please view the following videos to better understand Cheyenne and Sam's experience at Sendai. Simply open the links in a new tab and view them. Sorry, couldn't seem to embed the videos in this post.

The Sendai Project - Video Log #1 [HD] -

The Sendai Project - Smashing & Eating. [HD] -

I wish I was with them during their trip and experience what they did. How about you? The Sendai Project is actually a baby project with hopes to spawn other relief effort projects in the future. If you're interested to be part of them or learn more, email Sam at

More on the Sendai Project at

KK early morning storm

the storm finally stopped around 6am...

Two days ago, I told myself I'll start blogging again. I thought I'll be blogging about something else first but I guess whatever happened earlier this morning had to be posted first. So what happened? Crazy ass storm all over KK. I woke up almost 5am this morning due to the heavy rain and wind knocking on my window. Lightning was going on non-stop. I took a peek outside my window but the weather was so crazy I can't see anything other than lightning. Didn't get to take a proper photo or video.

Talking about not seeing anything, there was a massive black out all over KK. How do I know that? The news about the storm was posted all over at facebook and twitter from the many people in KK who were awake at that time including me. It was the worst weather KK had for this year. Guess I'll have to check out the news later and hope nothing bad happened. Wishing everyone else in KK a good and safe day. Fingers crossed the storm won't come back.

Hennessy Artistry is back again in Kota Kinabalu!


Malaysia’s most talked about party is set to make only its second appearance in the East Coast. Promising a colourful blend of music, delectable Hennessy V.S.O.P long drinks and a party atmosphere that is second to none, Hennessy Artistry ‘The Global Art of Mixing’ will be storming through WhiteRoom, KK Times Square on September 24.

This time around, with an expected crowd of 800 sophisticated clubbers, the upcoming Hennessy Artistry party promises to enthral party-goers to an explosive partying experience where sights, sounds, and tastes will collide.

With collaborative performances, visual stimulations and new digital interactions, Hennessy Artistry promises to surprise folks with a contemporary clubbing platform that is bold, daring and fresh, culminating in the ultimate blend of urban sounds and cultures that come together through the ‘Art of Mixing’ electrifying performances that will leave guests awestruck and craving for more.

To top it off, party goers can look forward to savouring some fresh delectable flavours of four Hennessy V.S.O.P signature long drinks – Hennessy Apple, Hennessy Ginger, Hennessy Berry and Hennessy Citrus.

Its famed interactive platform, the Hennessy Mixing Zone will also mark its return and will feature three fun, engaging and experiential zones:

1. Hennessy Mixing Bar – a bar where fans will be taught how to mix any of the four signature Hennessy V.S.O.P long drinks (Hennessy Citrus, Hennessy Berry, Hennessy Ginger, and Hennessy Apple)

2. Hennessy Music Mix Synth — where revellers will be given the chance to create their own tunes by selectively choosing to place 15 circular cubes on a react table (each cube represents a different music element, i.e: guitar, drums, etc) to allow them to experience the true meaning of “The Global Art of Mixing” through the blending of their very own tunes.

3. Hennessy iMix Challenge – an area where party-goers can try their hands at Hennessy’s newly developed iPad game which requires guests to slice up ingredients which are found in Hennessy V.S.O.P’s signature long drinks. The top 5 high scores screened on an LCD leaderboard will each take home a bottle of limited edition Hennessy V.S.O.P Helios.

Party-goers who register themselves for the upcoming Hennessy Artistry party at WhiteRoom on will also receive a Hennessy ID Tag, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristband which allows them to log on to their respective Facebook accounts and post their activities at the Hennessy Mixing Zone as status updates or ‘check-in’ into the party whenever they scan their Hennessy ID Tags onto a reader located at each zone. For example, guests will be able to instantaneously tag photos of them on their Facebook profile simply by scanning their tags on a reader whenever they had their pictures taken at the Hennessy Interactive Photowall.

Revellers can also keep a look out for the Hennessy Mobile Photo Tagging team who will be making their way around the venue to snap pictures of party-goers. Photos that are taken can then be edited to resemble a magazine cover whereby guests will also be able to instantaneously tag their pictures on their respective Facebook profiles.

On the music front, the Hennessy Artistry party in KK promises to provide East Malaysians with a never before seen revolutionary clubbing experience through its colourful mish-mash of music artistry and the blending of different musical genres from both KL and Bangkok.

Headlining the night is DJ Roxy June from Bangkok, a self taught DJ with an enormous talent. Roxy’s rise to fame started out on the club circuit in Thailand and for seven years, pushed her unique sounds through the Thai underground scene. Over the years, she has risen up the ranks to become one of Thailand’s best female DJ icons, having also toured Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong with her music. Armed with her sexy looks and an incredible Progressive Electro-House set, DJ Roxy promises to blow the roof off WhiteRoom come September 24.

Staying true to Hennessy Artistry’s innovative approach of blending different musical genres together, the upcoming party will also see Malaysia’s very own acclaimed singer-composer Reshmonu take on the famed Hennessy Artistry stage. Multi-talented and award-winning Reshmonu forged a career in the Malaysian English music scene virtually single-handedly, going from humble beginnings as a sound engineer to becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the Malaysian English music industry over the past five years. Known for his talents in singing, writing, producing, arranging and engineering his own music, he has since established himself as the premier English Language market entertainer in Malaysia. Among some of his standout credentials include performances for Alicia Keys, Prodigy, Pussycat Dolls and Ryan Star of RockstarSupernova. Together with his R&B prowess, Reshmonu will be looking to heat up the H-Artistry stage in WhiteRoom.

Joining him on the Hennessy Artistry stage is the Astro Spinmaster 2010 Champion, DJ Reeve whose passion in the world of turntabalism started at the tender age of just 19. In just over four years, Reeve has brought his performances on to new heights by combining his unique sounds of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Club Classix. He has also shared the decks with superstar DJs such as DJ Stanley (Aus), DJ Tydi (Aus), DJ Ono (of the Bangkok Invaders) and Thomas Schumacher (Germany) and currently spins with his mentor, DJ Goldfish at Zouk’s 4Play 2.0. Making his debut on the Hennessy Artistry stage, DJ Reeve is looking to conquer the dancefloor at Hennessy Artistry through some of the most infectious and addictive tunes the country has ever heard.

Bringing to life its trademark repertoire, ‘The Global Art of Mixing’, revellers can also expect to be blown away by Hennessy Artistry’s trademark special collaboration performances by all three acts. Truly one-of-a-kind, party-goers can look forward to experiencing the blending of music at its best.

With more than just music reverberating through the clubs’ walls, Hennessy Artistry ‘The Global Art of Mixing’ is where music and drinks find the perfect match. The blending of different musical genres provides the core essence, while the versatility of Hennessy V.S.O.P
mixed in the form of its signature long drinks provides the inimitable spirit to complete the distinct ultimate clubbing experience.

A global musical phenomenon, Hennessy Artistry ‘The Global Art of Mixing’ parties also takes place in some of the largest cities around the world which includes New York, Shanghai, Taipei, and Los Angeles. Among some of the big names who have performed at these international parties includes Ciara, The Roots, Mike Posner, Alexandra Burke, Harlem Yu, Jay Chou, Jacky Cheung, and Sammi Cheng. The parties in Malaysia have also been nothing short of impressive. Locally, the event has in the past, featured a host of star-studded performers such as Flo-Rida, Kardinal Offishall, Shayne Ward, Boys Like Girls, The Ying Yang Twins, Da Mouth, and many others.

Passes to the Hennessy Artistry ‘The Global Art of Mixing’ parties are by-invitation only. To stand a chance to be invited to the upcoming party in WhiteRoom, visit Hennessy Artistry’s official Facebook fan page at to register. Registrations close 1 week before the actual date of the event.

Alternatively to receive updates about the upcoming parties follow Hennessy Artistry on Twitter: The Hennessy Artistry party in WhiteRoom, Kota Kinabalu is strictly open to non-Muslim guests aged 21 years and above only. ID verifications will be carried out at the door.