Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ipoh 2016: Photo Diary

The last time I posted about Ipoh was about my short visit to Kellie's Castle. By the way, it's not actually in Ipoh, but most people end up going there anyway because it's on the way. 

Now, this post is about the Ipoh, finally. My friends and I ended up going up there because we've always wanted to go on a road trip, but always end up not going to for several reasons. This time, I made the invite in advance and planned our itinerary. I divided the task among the four of us, I was in charge of where we are staying and going, Subhash was in charge of driving, Ness for the food, and Chuk for drinks. So off we went...

It was actually our second time in Ipoh. The first one was last year, I think. It was a Sunday and it was a spur-of-a-moment trip. We did not go around that much and it was spent mostly eating and driving around. This time, we spent overnight, so we have enough time for the journey and to do stuff in Ipoh.

Usually, we would go on an out-of-town escapade if Subhash has a test car and we have enough money. This recent trip was extra special because it was Nessreen's birthday!

So after going to Kellie's Castle, we went to our hotel, Mornington. Nothing fancy. It was spacious and the bed was nice; the WiFi was not working that time, despite the several times I have asked the staff to fix it. No breakfast, but who would want to eat hotel food in a place known for its white coffee (and tons of places to eat!)?

We decided to explore the Ipoh around early evening—when there was no more sun, plus the rained just stopped so it would be nice to walk around.

Unfortunately, most of the shops were closed. I don't know, it was quite weird as it was a weekend. Aren't they supposed to be open for tourists? Anyway, we ended up going to the Kinta Riverfront and spent the evening maneuvering a bicycle—yep, four of us.

Anyway, here are some photos:

Next day, we woke up early and ate breakfast, before we headed to Gunung Lang.

I felt like Gunung Lang was another tourist trap, because seriously, there is nothing to do there, plus we had to pay—although it was only RM3 for the boat ride, I guess; aside maybe from the deer and ostriches in cages.

After lunch, we decided to head back to Kuala Lumpur. But not leaving Ipoh with a few more shots.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Evil Within: The Wailing

I've never watched a movie in a cinema alone before. But ever since I got my new job, I've been lucky enough to attend a few press previews. This is a review I did of the latest movie I saw. Short, because I don't think I know how to do movie reviews (I swear I am getting there!) and I tend to over share so I tried my best not to spoil anything. 
The supernatural thriller touches on the long-standing tradition of shamanism, as well as how evil takes various forms to deceit. You won't even realise its existence until you get into deep. 

The Wailing (Goksung), is the latest horror-thriller movie to tackle the supernatural. Think about shamans, rituals, and of course the evil among us.  
Directed and written by Hong-jin Na, the story takes place in the village called Goksung. Manic possessions and vicious murders began to happen when a mysterious stranger (Jun Kunimura) arrives in the quiet, rural area. His presence, as well as the recent events, have caused panic, suspicion, and fear among the villagers.

Professional and personal interests collide when police officer Jong-Goo (Do Won Kwak) takes the matter into his hands when his daughter, falls under the same fate. To cast off the spell, he asks help from a shaman (Jung-min Hwang), but not without a conflict with a mysterious woman (Woo-hee Chun) who appears when you least expect her. 

The movie starts off slowly, immersing the audience in the eerie environment. Gloominess looms over as the film's mood, save some humour injected once in a while, courtesy of Jong-Goo. Still, the suspense, gore, and violence will make you uncomfortable. Plus, the length of the film—lasting for almost two hours—are quite excruciating, especially if you want to end the suffering of a father who only wants the best for his family. 
All in all, the movie is a good pre-Halloween film; catch it if you can. I cannot assure you it will not give you goosebumps and terrifying vision of the creepy red peepers when you close your eyes. 


Starring Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Woo-hee Chun, Do Won Kwak, The Wailing opens in  cinemas nationwide on 13 October. 

Originally posted here
Photos from 20th Century Fox Malaysia