Wednesday, April 02, 2008


All good things have to come to an end. And this is no different.

I have decided to stop blogging altogether for various reasons. Amongst other things, someone gave me a very nice notebook and by no stroke of luck I came upon a community that encourages journaling the pen-and-paper way. Seeing how people turn their own journal into a piece of art makes me want to do the same thing with mine and I can't wait to write my-story into a book that records my past, for the good of my future. Also, I realised that drawing little stick figures doing magic sleights is kinda fun too. So, I'll be doing a lot of that too. Okay, fine. That someone is me. So, what? Ish...

Also, blogging becomes tedious and boring when you don't know how to really express yourself through tappings of little keys on the keyboard. I don't know how well I express myself here on this blog, but I hope it's well enough that you can actually understand all the drivel that I've been writing since 2004. Yeap, it's been THAT long ago and I'm very proud that you actually stuck around. I'm glad you did and I'm lubbing you for that. (You people know who you are :) )

With a little black book(or pink or whatever), I can make it look which ever way I want without having to learn ridiculous coding to implement them to make it look some-what close to what I want. I'm such a pretentious little runt. Heh.

Still, thanks for kicking around and from time to time, I may post scans of my little black book just for the heck of it. Who knows? I might blog with the scans of my little black book?

"Good luck, gentlemen."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

why so serious?

Everytime I watch this trailer and hear that laugh, I know I can't wait. Can you?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Holy Shoot!

This post has been removed and deleted by me for the unjust, unfair and definitely immature comments that I have made to the organisers of the event, which is the Magic Annexe, regarding the Shoot Ogawa lecture as well as the SOAR Magic Show, held on the 9th of March 2008 at the PanGlobal Building, Petaling Jaya.

My sincerest apologies to everyone involved.

- King Chai -

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

How to not kill yourself(and others) while driving

Welcome to the first installment of the possibly infinite number of installments of "How to not kill yourself(and others) while driving"-series. This series was inspired by the numerous times I nearly got my car shoved off the road by blithering idiots or cupcakes who change lanes or merge lanes without taking the necessary steps required to ensure the preservation of lives, be it the driver's or anyone else's, on the road.

For those of you who stay in Kluang, I'm pretty sure you're familiar with how difficult it is to change lanes on Jalan Batu Pahat, especially during peak hours, to get from the Mengkibol/Taman Intan side to my school, which is Sekolah Tinggi Kluang/Taman Lian Seng area or vice versa. Even if you're not familiar with that area, I'm sure those of you who stay in Kluang would've been through that place at least once in your life.

Usually, what would happen is that crazy drivers would change lanes without looking at their side view mirrors to see if there are any cars coming their way.

So, I can't think of any better examples than to use Jalan Batu Pahat as our first installment of "How to not kill yourself(and others) while driving)-series!

From the picture above, you can see that I've labeled all the roads accordingly and circled 3 areas where accidents are most likely to happen as well as outlined 2 routes which new drivers will usually face problems while navigating through them. This 'guide' is not for the experienced drivers because if you're experienced, you would already possess the common sense required to get through this area without trying to kill someone else.

Althought I made the mistake of not labelling the 4 lanes, we shall now label them as Lane A, Lane B, Lane C and Lane D from the left most lane to the one on the far right.

As you can see(if not, click on the picture to look at the bigger picture), the 2 routes that I have highlighted in red and green are for getting from STK/Taman Lian Seng to Mengkibol/Taman Intan and vice versa.

Let's look at the red route first, for example. 2 common areas where drivers are most likely to get biff-ed are labeled 1 and 2. In area no. 1, drivers always stop dead at the line while waiting for all the cars in Lane B to pass before coming off the bend and follow through Lane A. That is NOT a good idea, especially during rush hour because all the cars coming from Jalan Sekolah will be stuck from bumper to bumper waiting for one numb-nut to get off the line and merge from Lane A to Lane B. You should never stop dead on Lane A just to wait for the opportunity to cut into Lane B because if you do that, chances of you getting rammed from the cars behind you is pretty high because since you're already on Lane A, all the other drivers are going to assume that you will be going straight rather than to stop dead in your tracks in Lane A.

What you should do is to follow through the bend and go unto Lane A. You don't have to drive fast on Lane A as long as you keep moving. While you're on Lane A, keep an eye on the cars moving along Lane B and when the opportunity comes, then only should you cut into Lane B.

In area no. 2, new drivers rarely look in front of them as they change their lanes from Lane C to Lane D to get to the Mengkibol/Taman Intan area. The drivers will then either a) crash into the car in front of them or b) drive right onto the road divider. I know it sounds ridiculous but trust me, I've seen that before.

If you look at the green route, which is to get from the Mengkibol/Taman Intan area to STK/Taman Lian Seng area, the only problematic area as I see is area no. 3. Certain drivers always think that Lane D belongs to them as they change lanes from Lane D to Lane C. What they will do is that they will stop DEAD on Lane D and then cause the rest of the cars behind them to stop as well and everyone will be stuck from bumper to bumper. So, it's always people like these that will cause jams/accidents.

What can we learn from this?


Sunday, March 02, 2008

Think you wanna learn magic?

Okay, so many of you on this blog have bugged me at least once in your life on how I do all my stuff and where can you learn them. Well, this is your chance! If you want to learn magic, you have to learn it from the best and the best is coming to Malaysia!

Shoot Ogawa, a fantastic magician from Japan will be strutting his stuff here by hosting a lecture and magic show for the very first time in Malaysia! By 'fantastic', I mean really really fantastic and awesome. More awesome than cherry pie topped with cream. Or the other way around. He also won the 2003 Close-Up Magician of the Year in Japan and to give you an idea of how good this guy is, watch the following videos:

As you can see, he isn't your regular "jack of all trades, master of none"-kind of magician like yours sincerely but rather he's a very well-rounded magician who performs magic with the sort of finesse and style like no other.

So, if you're really interested in learning magic, I would really suggest you to come with me to this magic lecture on the 8th of March 2008. It's going to cost you RM150, excluding transportation and food for the trip. It's going to be a one-day trip so, it's not going to be that expensive. The reason why it cost so much is because the lecture alone would cost RM100 and the magic show at the end would cost RM60 and if we get the combo package, we'll 'only' have to pay RM150. Compare to the other lectures hosted by this guy abroad in other countries, this is considered to be VERY VERY cheap already.

Here's the flier that I downloaded from the organiser's website:

So, if you think you can make it, leave a message here or email me so that we can come up with some sort of travel plan.

Think about it. :)

Friday, February 22, 2008

I have a cunning plan.

Well, it's that time of the year again, where students all over Malaysia who are waiting for their results, bust their heads and rack their brains to figure what are the steps that they should take for the sake of their futures.

Well, I have a cunning plan. A plan that's more cunning that a cunning fox, mated from 2 of the most cunning species of animals in a cunning animal kingdom, born and bred in Cunningham, the most cunning place in this cunning world. Yes, it's that cunning.

Some of you have heard of my cunning plan and just because you know about it, doesn't mean you have to tell the whole world about it. Just give it time and let things fall into place by itself. Don't ruin the fun for others or rather for me, because cunning plans are the funniest. Because they have the double 'n' in the middle, like a tiddle in the piddle.

Anyway, that means my role as the Project Manager of Thinking Bulb Productions (fancy name and title, eh?) is coming to and end and I'll be free to talk a little bit regarding my experiences as well as some of the things that has happened along the way(Eh... lai jiang xing shi leh...). And also, some pictures!

Stay tune and no, this blog is not dead, like Ted!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Go Team Hoyt!

I was going around the forums the other day and came across a thread about some of the most badass people in history. So, naturally The INTERNETS would post about people awarded with various medals and decorations throughout the two great wars as well as other wars. Then someone posted a short clip of Team Hoyt, which consists of a father (Dick Hoyt) and a son (Rick Hoyt), who takes part in 6 different Ironman Triathlon.

For those who are not in the know, the Ironman Triathlon is one of the most difficult and physically demanding competition due to the gruelling length and race conditions. Participants have to compete by kicking off in the US city of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and the race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hawi and back), and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island (from Keauhou to Keahole Point to Kailua-Kona); finishing on Ali'i Drive.

You're probably wondering what's so special about a father-son team taking part in a triathlon, which is an individual event?

Rick Hoyt, the son, was disabled at birth by a loss of oxygen to his brain because his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, and he also suffers from cerebral palsy. Doctors advised that Rick would spend his whole life in a persistent vegetative state. However, his parents never heeded their advice and went on to have a special chair built for Rick and the brilliant minds of Tufts University discovered that Rick, at the age of 12, have a sense of humour, which indicated intelligence. So, now Rick could communicate through the special computer by moving his head.

So, what does that have anything to do with the Ironman Triathlon? Well, the father, Dick, love his son so much that together they have participated in 942 events, including 216 Triathlons (6 of which were Ironman competitions), 20 Duathlons, and 65 Marathons, including 25 consecutive Boston Marathons. They also biked and ran across the USA in 1992 — a 3,735 mile journey that took them 45 days. I would like to also point out that in all of these races, the father was either pushing the son, who's in a special chair when he's running or putting him on a boat and swam across the water tugging the boat along.

They know that they are probably hours behind everyone else but to have a father carry his son through marathons upon marathons and triathlons is simply amazing and inspirational.

I don't think I've written well enough to justify what this man has done for his son; so, I'll leave you with this video of Team Hoyt in the Ironman Triathlon:

Also, one thing that's really touching is when Rich was asked what is the one thing he wished he could give his father, his reply was "The thing I'd most like is that my dad would sit in the chair and I would push him once."

Simply amazing.

And to think that God's love could be so much more.

Go Team Hoyt!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Eh... kawan... berapa?

Part of our usual travel plans on Thursdays when we have to go to Ipoh by bus is to take a taxi from KL Sentral to Puduraya in morning before catching a bus to Ipoh. I know... RM7.00 isn't exactly the cheapest way to travel around KL but when you're lugging equipments along with you while you're feeling all groggy from the shakey train ride, I think the price sorta justifies itself.

Anyway, the same way when we come back from Ipoh at night, we would take a taxi from Puduraya back to KL Sentral. So, this is how the conversation went:

"Taxi... taxi.... taxi..."
"Sini ke KL Sentral berapa?"
"20, dik..."

*turns over to Cheng Yee*


I guess both of us look way too tourist-y. Maybe I should start toting a cigarette and a shaved bald head with full sleeves of tattoos. Then I'll probably be offered free rides around KL. By the cops.

Umm... yeah.


(x are the kisses and o's are the hugs)

Friday, January 25, 2008

tales of horror from ipoh...

...and some other things in KL.

Like I've said before, traveling around all the time isn't exactly the best thing in the world because it is tiring and you're killing the environment along the way. Anyway, I'm really glad that I had the chance to go up to Ipoh to meet some of the nicest people that I've ever met and have the awesome and deservedly famous 'Taugeh Chicken'.

Anyway, you're probably wondering why did I title this as 'Tales of horror from Ipoh...' It's not so much because of the people or anything but rather the horror is from the public toilet at Medan Gopeng. I will spare you the gory and rather unsettling details but all I have to say is that one should be wary of all public toilets; especially the toilet bowls in the cubicles. Not all of them flush the way it should; ie downwards into the hole. What happened to me in Ipoh is that instead of the toilet bowl flushing the gunk down, EVERYTHING SHOOTS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BLIMEY COW-RIPPING BOWL!

Thank God as I was fastening the zip on my pants, something or rather someone urged me to not stand in front of the bowl when I flush the bowl. And somehow my usually stubborn head decided to heed the advice and I stood a bit to the side when I pull the lever. The moment I pulled the lever, EVERYTHING SHOOTS OUT OF THE DAMN BOWL INTO THE DOOR IN FRONT OF IT. Good Lord, that was close.

If you want to know about the unsettling details, feel free to ask me about it.

Anyway, at the end of the day, the eyelids on our eyes are as heavy as a couple of 2-tonne trucks and naturally Cheng Yee and I crashed out at my auntie's place in KL. So, after a long and peaceful sleep, I woke up and I remembered that I have to iron my clothes before going to Brickfields to do some recording. So, I went to the back and saw Cheng Yee ironing his clothes and I thought, "Oh well... I'll wait for him to finish."

So, after Cheng Yee's turn, I had mine and I started to iron my shirt and pants. After struggling with it for HALF AN HOUR wondering why wouldn't the iron press out the creases then it hit me. I DID NOT TURN THE IRON ON.


Yes, I do know how to iron my own clothes.

I guess it's just one of those things that happen during one of those days. I have a feeling that this trip will be a lot more interesting than I thought.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

some updates

I can't believe I'm making one of 'these' posts now because frankly, these don't contain much information other than to let you readers know that I'm still alive and kicking around.

Currently I'm 'working' in KL with some of the nicest people I've ever met in my life and life's been a roller coaster ride. Just a little bit different because every trip is like getting on a different roller coaster ride without knowing which turn is coming on next or when the seatbelt is going to untie itself and drop you 200ft into the ground below. Hmm... that's morbid. Let's do it again.

Uhm... I'll be 'working' in KL every weekend for the next 3 months, on this awesome project with some of the nicest people I've ever met in my life and this has been a wonderful learning experience for me. Aside from learning the difference between a bread and 'mexican bun', I think the trip's been really wild and crazy for Cheng Yee and I. You'll never know what's going to happen tomorrow and we should always take things one step at a time.

Of course, that is not to say that you shouldn't plan into the future but rather keep in mind that however good your plan is, it will still boil down to that very day when you're going to have to take that drastic step of action. Some say believe in yourself and take it like a man in faith but I say, having people close to you to listen to you and get you through day by day really helps.

Maybe this will prepare me for other things in life or even life in big cities when I have to go off for my tertiary studies. Well, it's pretty much inevitable and it's time to learn to live away from home. Ahh... now I know how awesome my bed and pillow is back at home. Minus the blanket. Yeah, I hate the blanket cause it's tickles me at night.

Hmm... I'm rambling again.


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

no. 1 on my birthday wish list

I know my birthday is still a long time away (23rd March, woo) but I think I have found the 'holy grail' of magic apparatus, in my opinion that is.

As a magician, I always have this problem where my pockets, on my jacket and pants, bulge very obviously due to the number of decks that I carry on me as well as all the props(like coins, wands, elephants and rabbits) that I need to perform magic. So, to solve this 'common' problem that's faced by thousands of working magicians out there, a company called 'High Caliber Magic' built a HOLSTER based on a real-life shoulder holster for guns that are used by law enforcement officers around the world.

Maybe the .gif below will give you a basic idea of what I'm talking about:

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As you can see, it looks mighty awesome and best part is, it's not going to affect how the jacket and pants look, eventhough the magician is packed with enough materials to start a cult. It can basically fit 2 decks of cards, a roll of coins, marker pen, extra props, elephants and rabbits.

I'm not selling this product very well but if you want more information, you can go to the website here:

However, these things cost a bomb. The Original High Caliber Holster, which is the full rig that you see above costs USD$300. :o

For those of us, who can't afford the full rig, they also sell smaller holsters called the Ricochet(USD$175) and Derringer(USD$80). It's still very expensive but it still looks pretty darn kickass to carry around. To give you an idea of how they look:

Incredibly expensive, it is. Ah well, a boy can dream, can't he?