Saturday, January 24, 2009

Underworld 2009 Review

Sorry for the slow update once again, folks. I'm really out of time to update my blog these 2 weeks, as I busy to 'spend money' around with my family for the coming of Chinese New Year. Well, I believe this is the only chance that I can spend that much, otherwise I should have broke long time ago.

Actually I've an update 2 days ago, but it really got me frustrated. After I almost completed my post, the browser crashed and the Internet line was disconnected without my awareness, and my post wasn't save to the cache at all. What a unfortunate for me. ;(

Anyway, I watched Underworld 2009, The Rise of the Lycans on last night and I would like to share my review to you. If you yet to watch part I and II, I believe you still can enjoy it nicely for the action part as you don't have to know much about the previous parts.

I've tonnes of reasons that I don't like her.

The part III talks about the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, so-called the Lycans (in fact Lycans are werewolves?). One of Lycan emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. And there is a 'not' romantic story behind the scene.

I personally don't really like the starring. Perhaps I don't know anyone of them, or perhaps the female starring is not hot/sexy to me. But I would say the vampire king did a good job, I like his acting. Overall is encourage enough to watch, if you like action movie, or you've already watched part I and II. I assure you that this movie won't make you fall asleep easily.

This old folk really knows how to act hah!

Okay, here's my final ratings for Underworld - The Rise of the Lycans for your reference.
Cast: 5/10
Plot: 7.5/10
Effect: 8
Cinematography: 7/10
Action: 3/10
Story line: 7.5/10 (I'm a martial art lover)
Overall: 7/10

All right, folks, I hope you will enjoy your weekend and holidays. eKimkee wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year! I will see what can I post again on next week. See ya.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Top Saving Tips at Grocery Store

Hi folks. Sorry for my late post, as I'm extremely busy to prepare for Chinese New Year (CNY) this week. I believe next week will be totally no post for me, as CNY goes by.

I think I've no posted money saving tips for long. So I would like to take this opportunity to contribute what i know to you. Today, I will discuss about top 7 tips on saving at supermarket. It's not a cool topic as it has been discussed many times else where. Anyway, perhaps you can use them as a reference.

When it comes to shopping, we are bound to temptations most of the time.

Top 7 - Make a list
The list will be your grocery needs. Be discipline and stick to the list you made. We don't want to spend extra or unnecessary on grocery. If a grocery item like eggs costs $3, but if you spend more than that every time, you are wasting your money.

Top 6 - Compare unit price
Purchase in-bulk doesn't mean cost effective, but bulk item is cheaper sometimes. It depends. So make sure you bring a calculator along to make the comparison easier.

Top 5 - Discard brand loyalties
Does it really matter for brand loyalties? Well, I would say experiment tells the truth. You may go with those item on sale with lowest unit price. If it is disappointed, you may return to your regular brand, it's not a big deal.

Top 4 - Choose generic
Perhaps you also can try the generic or store brand, they are generally cheaper than other brand. If they are more or less the same quality as the branded one, why don't we make a wiser deicision?

Expert advises us not to use trolley, as it will tempts as to buy more, for convenient purpose.

Top 3 - Make one large trip instead of several small ones
This is almost the same as refill your fuel. Every time you visit the grocery store, it is another chance to increase your spending. By reducing the frequency of your trips, you'll also saving money on overhead such as fuel and time.

Top 2 - Apply a grocery price book
A grocery price book is an ongoing list of the items you most commonly purchase. This list allows you to keep track of price cycles, and plan your shopping trips for maximum savings.

Top 1 - Apply membership card
Most of the hypermarkets offer membership cards, which allow you to redeem points or cash rebates. Make use of them wisely if you visit the same hypermarket most of the time, it'll definitely benefits us. Some hypermarket also works with credit card to offer 1-2% cash rebates for the customers, which is worth to apply as well.

Citibank is now working with Giant by offering 2% rebate to the Giant customers.

That's all about the top 7 saving tips at grocery store I concluded. Enjoy savings and have a nice weekend ahead. ;)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Idiotic Paid the Price

Hi folks, I hope you enjoy my previous post of 10 idiotic inventions. Today I would like to share with you on a real story about a person enjoying himself by doing stupid action.

Recently, the police received a disturbing call from a man who was in trouble in Hong Kong. His name is Xing, a 41 year-old man, was calling from a park in the middle of the night. The lonely and disturbed man had apparently thought it would be fun to have sex with one of the steel sit-up benches around the park. By the way, have you try it before?

The bench has numerous small holes in it, which Xing used to attempt to satisfy himself. However, once he became aroused he found that he was stuck and could not get his penis out of the small hole. He panicked and called the police to help him.

When police arrive they found Xian stuck face down where he had been stuck for some time.

When doctors arrived on the scene they tried to release some of the pressure by removing some of his blood, but the penis was so swollen that they ended up having to cut the entire bench free and take it, with Xian attached, to the hospital.

Four painful hours later, doctors finally separated Xian from the 'holes' bench.
Doctors stated that if he had been stuck for even an hour longer, they would have had to remove his penis.

This man almost loses his penis by humping the steel bench. What do you think?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Idiotic Inventions

There are just too many invention in this world, some of them are very useful, some of them are just idiotic. I believe you have seen a lot of them. Well, some times the invention is there just because there is a problem or need. As simple as that.

So what invention can you think of? I have came across some idiotic one and would like to share them with you.

#1 - Slipper with Hanger
The extra purpose is to hit cockroach? Why don't we directly step on the cockroach with the slipper?

#2 - Head Massage Device
Do we really need to massage our head? I doubt it increases our burden.

#3 - Solar bra
What? If the female put her shirt on, will it still functions? Anyway, if my girl friend only wear this at home, I really need to stick with her around the house in order to charge my notebook battery. -.-

#4 - Slipper with Sweeper
Hmmm, if we are to expert on this, do we have to train on leg's kungfu first?

#5 - To Do Note Tattoo
Might as well we just write it on a piece of paper or type it into our PDA?

#6 - Hand phone "Leg" Pouch
Are you kidding me? Will it brings more convenient? How would I know if the hand phone is ringing? Well, I did see some people put the hand phone on his "arm" pouch.

#7 - Eye Care Spec
Why don't we just drop the liquid into our eyes without the spec?

#8 - Protection Mask
Is it to prevent the sauce or soup fall on other place? I can't catch it totally.

#9 - Tissue Head Hanger
Wow, this is fantastic. Are you dare to bring it out? I would say you are, bravo!

#10 - Man's Dick Locker
This is my favorite one. Man's dick locker! With this, man unable to go out 'naughty' with other female anymore. Is this a good news? But wait, seems like this size hardly can fit mine huh?

Congratulations the 10 invention products above, as they are elected by Ekimkee as most idiotic invention of the century! Well, I believe there are a lot more out there.

Anyway, I've no offend and just to have some fun here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Can We Survive with RM3,000 Monthly Income?

Do you think monthly income of RM3,000 nowadays sufficient to survive for a family of 4 members?

Before you think about it further, I got a forwarding email from a friend some time ago, with the theme "Can a family man with salary RM3,000 can survive in Malaysia?". It sounds interested and the content of the Email is shown as below:

Malaysia indeed is a very nice and peace country


Let's do some simple calculations here.

In Malaysia, the average family income is RM3,000/month(where father works,mother doesn't) I understand there are many families whose monthly income does not reach RM3,000 but to make things simple, let's take RM3,000 as the figure.

Okay, let ' s start rolling with a family which has Papa, Mama, 1 daughter and 1 son.

Calculation starts...

1)Electricity and water bills (RM100)
-no air-cond,no home theater,no water heater

2)Phone bill (RM100)

3)Meals for a happy family (RM 775)
-3 meals on RM25/day, RM25 for 4?

4)Papa mkn/teh tarik during workin hour (RM155)
- RM5/day. RM5..can eat what?

5)Car repayment (RM400)
-proton wira, 7 yrs repayment

6)Petrol( in the city,traffic jam) (RM300)
-go to work, bring son to school, only can afford one car running

7)Insurance (RM650)
-kids, wife and papa

8)House repayment (RM750)
-low cost housing repayment for 30 yrs,
retired still have to work to pay!

9)Tuition (RM80)
- got that cheap? i dont think so!

10)Older children pocket money @ school (RM20)
-RM1/day, eat bread?

11)School fees (RM30)

12)School books and etc (RM100)
-always got extra to pay in school

13)Younger children milk powder (RM 50)
-cannot have the DHA, BHA, PHA one, expensive

14)Miscellaneous (RM100)
-shampoo, rice, sauce, toilet paper

Oh wait!!! I have to stop here, so...

No Astro, no movie @ cinema, no DVD, no CD, no online, no KFC, no McD,
cannot go Park walk during weekend (petrol expensive),
no chit chat on phone with grandparents, and etc...

Let ' s use a calculator to total up... !its RM3610 aldy!!!
It hasn't include EPF deduction, and income's already RM 3610.

How to survive?
Deputy Prime Minister asked us to change our lifestyle? How to change? Don't eat? Don't work? Don't send children to school and study?

Besides that, I believe in Malaysia population, there are millions of citizens who still don't earn RM3,000/month!!!!

What is this? Inilah Malaysia Boleh... Sorry... it should be Malaysians Boleh , because we ' re still alive and kicking!!
Our politicians must be mad!!!!

No wonder so many Ah Loong around...


In summary, the content described a family man unable to survive with RM3,000, or even facing difficulty if he is earning RM3,600. It might be true according to the calculation above.

Sometimes limited income drives us crazy, as we have too many dreams to achieve.

In my opinion, the cost living in Malaysia is indeed quite high, and the inflation and stuffs price are overshoot. If we continue to spend in that way, getting RM5,000 income a month also insufficient for that family. It also depends on how the family spend and where they living, as well as their existing financial background and investment. In short, if you only have such a mere income, it's very difficult to spend the items listed above, such as paying a house and car at the same time, unless both parents are working.

So it seems useless if we keep complaint especially to the government. Perhaps we really have to think harder, strive harder and find our way out. Perhaps there is a baseline that we should have a hard saving plan and monthly budget workout. I'm sure our neighbor countries citizens are facing more difficulties than us, as they are getting much more lower income than us, while facing serious inflation. How they survive then? Perhaps you can ask them.

We suffer and complain, where they suffer and died.

In conclusion, I guess we are a lot luckier and better to Africa countries and Iraq residents.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My Ten's 1st Time in 2008

Do you still remember your first time to do a thing/task in 2008?

I believe everyone has his/her own first time to do a thing/task that he/she never did it before. Great. Since we contributed our first time, it's good if we can remember it and share with others.

I have ten's first time contribution in 2008, and I would like to share with you here. Sorry to let you get bore here, as you won't find any pictures in this post, because most of them have been posted and discussed in my previous posts in details. You may just click the blue link to access the full details of the event. Anyway, please enjoy your reading.

1. I encountered failure in my 1st business setup.
Yes, indeed this business only last me about less than a year and it went down terribly. In fact the business doing quite okay, but just I've been cheated by the dishonest supplier and it's a big sum of amount. With the difficulty of cash flow and other major dissatisfaction factors, I forced to terminate my 1st business setup and went back to work for people.

2. 1st time invested in FOREX and I loss all my money
Yes, I paid a big price for this greedy lesson, due to the inability of my friend to manage the broker and the money, as well as the scam from the broker. Well, in fact we can start it small, but just the broker set his minimum condition to make us loss more. The whole story is explained in detail in my previous post. Anyway, I believe I will get my money back from FOREX within a year.

3. My car being 'hit and run' for the 1st time
I have no idea why I was so bad luck and my car being 'hit and run' by other car while I was having a casual drink with my friends in the town. The whole story was posted here. Although it's just wasted a small sum of money, I hope this 1st time is sufficient for the rest of my life.

4. Bought my 1st lottery
For those who know me, I don't like to gamble, especially lottery. Because the probability to win is just too small, unless I'm a banker. Gambling is heavily rely on luck, which I don't have 'yet'. However, the jackpot reward from Mega 6/52 from TOTO Sports is really huge and I couldn't resist myself to have some investment into it. It's RM20 millions, and now the jackpot has promoted to RM30millions! What a thrill! I've made a posts related to this thingy. Anyway, so far I invested about less than RM30, no reward so far, but only with few small pieces of paper printed with some numbers. I must be dreaming too much.

5. I started my 1st personal blog
With the trend of having a blog, I also joined the family of blogger in the end of May 2008. I've no idea why my blog address is named as Ekimkee, it sounds ugly though. Well, it doesn't matter for me and most importantly, blogging is having fun and I enjoy it a lot. I can gradually see the growing of what am I writing and sharing. This should be the postive '1st time', after few negatives one. -.-

6. Got my 1st set of creative birthday cards for free
I'm looking around at KcLau's blog (a personal financial blog) and found out that he is promoting and offering 3D creative birthday card with just a simple condition, which is to write a post about the card and his blog! Even though it was an old post, but Kclau is so generous and he sent me whole set of the cards instead of one. The whole story can be found here. This was my 1st time to get such lovely creative greeting cards for free! And yet KcLau is still supporting my blog by leaving comments to my post. Thanks again, KcLau.

7. The most expensive dinner I had on my birthday
My boss spent me the most expensive dinner I ever had on my birthday. That's the coolest one and it's very delicious. Thanks to my boss and colleagues who organized the twin birthday celebration events for me. I've posted this memorable event in my blog. Hey boss, can I have a much more expensive one on my birthday this year?

8. Opened my 1st stock market account
I opened my 1st stock market account, Bursa Malaysia on August 2008. It's excited and interesting to earn extra income by playing Malaysia stocks. It's an easy money by just looking at the price chart and fundamental news. However, before I able to buy any stock, the whole world is hitting economy recession and my all unit trusts lots are slumping like shit. I forced to freeze all my investment for temporary. Based on my technical analysis, the bottom is still yet to be reveal, and I still need to wait for some time and confirmation before I able to begin this exciting investment.

9. Writing 1st post about celebrity news
After 7 months of blogging, I written a post about celebrity news for the 1st time which involved Vivian Chow and Miffty Zhang on last month. To my surprise, this post was overwhelmed by Singaporeans, and up to 700 hits a day! Does it means I should approach more on celebrity post in order to boost up my blog traffic? Well, it's just not my cup of tea.

10. To be updated soon for the 1st time
I'm not sure whether I should post about this, as it's more to privacy. So I just leave it blank first and I'll update it once I found other alternative or I think it's suitable to be posted here. This is also my 1st time to do this on my post. I just don't think I can post everything I like here, after this inccident.

Okay folks, that's about my ten's 1st time for 2008. My goal this year is to make it fifteen, and I hope I can make it. I hope you can review yours and set your goals, and share them with me too.

Have fun and all the best in year 2009.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ip Man Review

Happy new year to you, folks!

I went for delicious dinner and followed by watching a movie named "Ip Man" to pass a new year of 2009, as simple as that. How about you?

This movie is based on real story of the "wing chun" martial arts master life, Yip Man, as known as master of Bruce Lee in Foshan China, before and during Japanese occupation of China. The story talks about how this martial arts master respect by the people around the district, how he defense himself and other Chinese with Japanese troop, as well how he united the Chinese. More or less, we can see Donny Yen plays a lot of kungfu in the movie, which brought the highlight of the movie.

This movie is showing for quite some time, am I a bit late of enjoyed it?

This is really a unique and exciting martial art movie, more or less the same as "Fearless" acted by Jet Li on 2 years back. I enjoyed a lot in the fighting scenes, especially when he fights with 10 Japanese. Fyi, There is a huge difference of fighting scenes between Transport 3 (T3) and Ip Man. T3's one was totally sucks, the scenes made me dizzy, as you already know they couldn't really fight well. For Ip Man, you'll feel comfortable with the fighting scenes, excellent. The castings are also not bad, as some of the experienced actors are on play, except the wife, which I think she is just acting, so-so.

Anyway, here's my ratings for Ip Man for your reference.
Cast: 7/10
Plot: 9/10
Effect: 6.5
Cinematography: 8/10
Action: 9/10
Humor: 0.5/10 (Very little funny scene found)

Story line: 8.5/10 (I'm a martial art lover)
Overall: 8/10

This thing looks very cool in the movie, should I buy one & practice at home? Give me a break!

If you like Chinese martial arts or similar movie like "Fearless", this is a 'must watch' movie.
Once again, enjoy your new year, folks!

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