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Reasons to see The Great Wall

- Commander Lin Mae

- Matt Damon isn’t that important

- no romance

- subtitles

- the colours are stunning

- CAPES

- fantasy movie based on a Chinese legend

- the fight scenes were really cool

- COMMANDER LIN MAE

- Peng Yong needs a hug!

- supports Chinese cinema

- will encourage diversity in Hollywood movies (hopefully)

Go see this movie!

THE GREAT WALL WAS A FANTASTIC MOVIE

-yes matt damon was the lead in the movie
-yes he had more screen time than anyone else
-yes i would have liked to see a more dignified asian lead (although tian jing was fucking fantastic)

but srsly………the movie was REALLY good. it was a movie based on legend. it was from the point of view of english and spanish mercenaries, not the point of view of the chinese. it was explaining the change of character from a greedy soldier who only wanted to get the gunpowder and go back home to live in spoils to a humbled warrior who learned what it was to trust and fight for something important. THAT WAS THE STORY.

i would have loved to see a more chinese side of things rather than the ‘white hero’ but that was the way the story was written. the director was CHINESE. the cast was 99% CHINESE. matt damon didn’t do anything wrong by playing the role he was given, and he even played that role really well considering the amount of pressure he was put under. he has spoken out about the rest of the cast (tian jing, luhan, etc.) and given high regards to their talent. he wasn’t trying to diminish the impact of chinese culture on the film, nor was he trying to insert himself in chinese culture.

quit giving matt damon shit. he did really well. how about we focus on the careers that his name is effecting. so many chinese actors, directors, etc. are getting a foothold in hollywood now just because there was a popular white actor cast as a lead. this isn’t a bad thing.

ON A LIGHTER NOTE………we got some pretty damn amazing things out of this movie

-tian jing was badass
-she was the commander of a fleet of kickass chinese women
-the general chose HER to take his spot
-there were actually only a total of like 7 ppl in the cast who weren’t chinese and only 3 of them were important characters (1 WASN’T EVEN WHITE)
-luhan played such an amazing and progressive character who died bravely
-plus he looked so good
-the storyline was completely believable with the mercenaries and the hunt for gunpowder, like the writer made sure to carry it throughout the whole story
-TRUST
there wasn’t a single romantic plotline thrown into the movie
-THE CAPES AND OUTFITS WERE AMAZING
-i was honestly laughing throughout the entire film

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Man Showing Obscene Gesture to Sultan of Johor Arrested

Johor Bahru: A 40 year old male was arrested on suspicion of pointing an obscene gesture to the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar at the expressway near Yong Peng yesterday.

Senior Police Officer and Chief Safety Sultan of Johor, Sugumaran A/L Raman said that the incident occurred when a group with Sultan of Johor returns back to Johor Bahru from Muar at 11:20am.

“The suspect driving a white-coloured Perodua Viva has lowered the driver’s side window and showed an obscene gesture with his fist and right hand,” he said.

The suspect was then arrested and taken to the Air Hitam police station for further action.

Police investigations found that the suspect is heading from Puncak Alam, Selangor to his parents’ house in Parit Rajar, Johor due to having marital problems.

1-day Tangkak durian and Yong Peng tour - 17 July 2011

It was Aljunied constituency committee’s first durian tour organised under the newly elected Worker’s Party.  The tour’s highlight was the eat-all-you-can durian session at a durian plantation in Tangkak, somewhere near Malacca, Malaysia.

Despite setting out at dawn, we only reached our first stop for breakfast at 8 am.  The large eating house was already very crowded when our S2 bus arrived with another load of 33 passengers.  I supposed the bulk of customers there comprised people from the other 12 buses ferrying the Serangoon and Punggol residents. However, the wide selection of food was generally cheaper than in Singapore but somehow not as tasty and presentable.  Won Ton noodle was only S$0.60 per bowl and dough sticks at S$0.28 each, albeit in smaller portion and size respectively.

Our first destination was a snack shop in Yong Peng - Yoyo.  This was indeed catered for the tourist market with its well organised line-up of cashiers punching relentlessly at cash registers that rang incessantly as enthusiastic customers queued up with basketful of goodies.  The well packaged snacks which are locally produced made presentable giveaways.

The next two factory visits on the itinerary were rather below expectation.  The first, supposedly a noodle factory was actually a very small cottage industry - more like a backyard processing room with a commercial dough roller and cutter that churned out noodles.  Although the next factory was more modern, it was not spectacular.  A brown rice factory, it specialised in the making of brown rice products - rice vermicelli, beverages and snacks. Anyway, there were no introduction nor educational tours of the processing plant as we were quickly ushered into the showroom to make our purchase.

Most of us however, were more keen about durians and looked forward to the durian binge as we approached Tangkak.  Along the way, our very seasoned and elderly tour guide with more than 40 years’ experience enlightened us on durian facts and history, recounted some interesting durian experience and stories punctuated by hilarious jokes.  He also gave tips on choosing good durians.  There were apparently 126 different types of durians in Malaysia, the best and most authentic being the ‘Mao Shan Wang’ variety.  Others like D24, D2, Red Prawn, XO were propagated from stem grafting or derived from alcohol injection.  In fact 'Mao Shan Wang’ was discovered well before they were made known to the masses.  For many years, they were secretly relished and selfishly guarded by the forestry mafia until it leaked out one day and its seeds planted all over Malaysia.  The old guide went on to reveal that he had only twice in his whole lifetime tasted a very unique type of durian that can only be found in the deep jungles.  He bought them from a 'sakai’, (an aboriginal) who picked these rare finds in the deep forests some 20 years ago.  He gestured how its flesh was so heavenly aromatic, creamy and smooth that it slid down his throat.  The fruits were not big but must have hailed from trees that were perhaps a few hundred years old!  At satu ringgit (M$1) each, the illiterate 'Sakai’ could not even count beyond 10 and so left it to his buyer to pay him anything above M$10 for his basketful of 25 fruits!

Unfortunately, with aggressive deforestation and modernisation today, there are no more 'Sakais’ nor heavenly durian trees with their heavenly fruits.  However, durians are still perceived as having medicinal values.  The local Malays swore by them as tonics especially good for expectant mothers or women who have just given birth, just like what 'tang-gui’ is to the Chinese. 

The Siamese temple was our last stop before we moved on for a lavish 10-course Chinese dinner at Yong Peng and thereon to reach home just after midnight.

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Day 2 - Ending day 2 in Muar. We had trouble getting from Yong Peng to Muar as the road is not wide enough for us riders, plus we had to ride in the night for the means to reach our checkpoint in Muar. Lot’s of heavy trucks and trailers passing us but thanks to the support cars we managed to stay safe in the dark.

Next posts will be shots from the Final Day!