Saturday, 11 October 2014

Siniawan


Siniawan is an old town which lately has become an attraction among the locals, especially Kuchingites. It is only a 30-minutes drive from Kuching city. The old town has rich history and is made a heritage site. The night market is opened to public during weekends and serving all sorts of Chinese food along the street. The price of food is quite reasonable. We paid RM5 for a bowl of Kolok Mee, but it felt like I just ate three bowls. During our trip to Siniawan, the whole place was so packed that we almost could not find ourselves unoccupied table and chairs. I guess it is best going early in the evening. Besides, you may bring take-away food or 'tapau' from other stalls to eat at any shop. Apart from that, this place could easily excite photography enthusiasts. Photos and a video in this blog post were entirely shot with iPhone 4S. 

To read more about Siniawan, click HERE

 

 








Sunday, 5 October 2014

Speak Eazy The Alternative Bar Visited by GAOK


Photo credit to Garner

With all the hype about a new bar in town, I decided to check it out with the GAOK gang from Sarawak Bloggers Society. Nope, I was not there to cause any trouble but to hang out with my fellow blogger friends. They were Garner, Aliey and Khairool. Hence, the acronym GAOK was formed! "Gaok" in Sarawak Malay language literally means bad, sometimes used in a joking manner. Well, fret not, we are bunch of good people with the intention of putting Speak Eazy The Alternative Bar under the spotlight. 

We chose 13th of September for our night out, after Aliey and I covered an event nearby - Afgan L1VETOLOVE Showcase. It was drizzling outside when we arrived at the bar that evening and apparently we were among the earliest guests to check in, but it never dampened our spirits to have a great time. The bar offered all sorts of drinks and food on its menu. According to one of the owners, Mac, they would love to be known for their food. We had a lot to choose from which were mainly pizzas, sandwiches and snacks. Apart from that, you can ask for their special Tuak (rice wine) for tasting. Just for your information, Mac is a band member of Ethnic Transmissions.

While chit-chatting with my blogger friends, we ordered some food. We had the Buffalo Chicken pizza, Chachos Pie and Chicken Sausage pizza. My personal favourite on our first visit was definitely the Chachos Pie, I swear I can eat the whole thing on my own! I did not go for any alcoholic drink as I was still on an assignment, covering the same event the next day. 

What really appealed to me about Speak Eazy was the non-smoking policy inside the bar. For those who wish to have your puff, you can always opt for seats outside the bar. Besides, Speak Eazy played band music, not the usual loud electronic or hip hop music you heard in other pubs and bars. It was nice chilling out at this place as we did not have to shout while having our conversation. For working adults, they would prefer bar that makes less noise but cozy enough for them to catch up on the latest buzz. If you find the talk is getting awkward or too serious, there is a quick fix to that - playing board games. You can choose to play Monopoly, Scrabble and so on. By offering alternative to what people could normally do as a group such as board games, it somehow helped to differentiate Speak Eazy from other typical bars in town. 

The GAOK gang chatted the night away with topics ranging from personal life to blogging experience. It was not something we could do every time we met as most of the time we were on assignment at an event. We were so focused that we barely had the opportunity to get to know each other better, other times our conversation mostly took place in social medias. Thus, Speak Eazy was the right choice for our little gathering that night. 

Speak Eazy sometimes plays a role as visitors' information centre to tourists in Kuching. As you can see on their Facebook page photos or TripAdvisor reviews, the bar does get a lot of visitors from foreign countries. Situated at Carpenter Street which is surrounded by many affordable lodging and hip night spots, Speak Eazy clearly has the edge to disseminate useful information about the city. Overall, I would rate Speak Eazy as excellent due to the fact that it offers delicious food, cozy environment to hang out with friends, no smoking in the bar, very friendly staff, safe and strategic. I highly recommend this bar to those who prefer a calm atmosphere to chill out with friends and family.

Garner also did his own review on Speak Eazy, you may want to read about it here:
http://preciousmadphoto.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/having-a-crush-on-speak-eazy-alternative-bar/

For more information on Speak Eazy The Alternative Bar, do visit their Facebook page: 





Photo credit to Garner



Monday, 29 September 2014

Q&A with WWE Superstar – Seth Rollins



WWE Live is finally back in Malaysia after 12 long years, what can fans expect from the show?
They can expect the absolute best in sports entertainment and WWE brings a product unlike any other in the world.

As this is your first visit to Malaysia, are you excited about it? What are your looking forward to the most?
I’m stoked about it. Never been to Malaysia and I look forward to experiencing the culture. I really enjoy trying local food whenever I’m outside the US.

You will be going head-to-head with former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena, at the live show here in Malaysia, how are you preparing for that?
John Cena is widely recognized as the top star in the company and preparing for him is like preparing to fight a lion; he’s strong, fast and clever. But I have all the confidence in the world that I am on the same level as Cena and the WWE Universe in Malaysia will soon experience that in person.

How did you rivalry with Cena begin?
Well it all started a few days at Night of Champions when I interfered in Cena’s championship match with Brock Lesnar. I saw an opportunity with the champion (Lesnar) down and I tried to cash in my briefcase for a shot at the title. John Cena took is personally that I interfered in the match and now we have a problem.

Your fans from Malaysia can’t wait to see you in action this October; do you have any special message for them?
Don’t sell out, buy in…

What inspired you to be a WWE Superstar?
I guess my main inspiration has to do with the way it felt when I was a kid and saw a WWE live event. It was so exciting and I never experienced something like that before and I wanted to be in that ring and give that same feeling back.

How did your family and friends react to your decision of being a professional wrestler?
Most of them thought I was crazy. My family was very cautious about it and thought it was something I would try for a little bit but then get back to the real world. My friends were very supportive as we all loved WWE, but I was the only one with the drive. But whether family or friends didn’t agree with my career path, everyone was very supportive of me.

Who were your favourite wrestlers growing up, how did they influence you to be a WWE Superstar?
Some of my favorites were Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect, Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam.


Hogan was the pinnacle of entertainment when I was young. He was the closest thing to a real life superhero. The other guys made me think that I could be a wrestler; they weren’t the biggest guys but they had charisma, they moved well around in the ring and were great technical wrestlers.


What was your ‘plan B’ if you were not a professional wrestler?
What “Plan B”….there was never a “Plan B” in my mind.

Your WWE debut came at Survivor Series 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, talk us through that experience.
It was very nerve racking but also a major relief to finally make our big debut and have an immediate impact. This was the opportunity I was waiting for after years of training.

Why did you ‘turn your back’ on The Shield to join The Authority? What was going through your mind moments before you attacked Reigns and Ambrose?
I knew that I wanted to be “the” top guy in WWE, not “one of the” top guys. I didn’t want to share the spotlight with Reigns & Ambrose either. The Shield was a great starting point but I was the only one with the guts to branch out. It’s time to sink or swim and see who really has it as a singles competitor.

There has been a lot of negative feedback from the fans since you left The Shield, how do you deal with that?
You just let that stuff go in one ear and out the other. That’s my motivation to get better, move forward and prove that I’m a top guy in the WWE.

What is your routine before a match?
No specific routine. I just try to get as loose and as warmed up as possible.

What is your favourite type of match and why?
I like the chaos of a TLC (Tables, Ladders & Chairs) match. Anything can happen and there’s a lot of creatively goes into a match like that.

Your signature move is the Curb Stomp, what is the story behind that?
Not much of a story really. I saw it first by a Japanese wrestler and I really liked it so I adapted it as my own. 


How do you find the balance between your WWE and you free time?
For me, I try to separate those two worlds as much as possible. When I’m on the road with WWE nothing else matters and when I’m home I try to relax and keep my mind clear.

What is your best and worst moment so far in WWE?
Best: First WrestleMania (WM 29 in Miami) because you only get one first WrestleMania and that’s something no one can ever take away from you.

Worst: Losing to Heather Slater a few weeks ago; that was embarrassing.

You are the current ‘Money in the Bank’ winner, when do you plan to cash-in for a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?
Well, I tried at Night of Champions but that didn’t work out too well. But whenever I see an opportunity, I won’t hesitate to take advantage; and that could be any place, any time.

What are the perks of being ‘Mr. Money in the Bank’?
Most obvious one is that I can cash in for a title shot any time I want. I’ll keep that briefcase in my back pocket and I have until July to take advantage of it.

What does the future hold for Seth Rollins?
The future holds a championship title cash in and title reign. After that, the sky is the limit.


Twitter Profile: @WWERollins

WWE Seth Rollins



Height: 6'1"
Weight: 217 lbs.
From: Davenport, Iowa
Signature Move: Curb Stomp
Career Highlights: WWE Tag Team Champion, NXT Champion, 2014 Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner


Seth Rollins began his career as an independent wrestler who wasted no time making an impact in the world of sports-entertainment. After becoming the first NXT Champion in August 2012, Rollins quickly moved on to join forces with fellow NXT standouts Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns to wreak havoc on WWE.

The trio debuted in WWE at Survivor Series 2012, smashing Ryback through the announce table and costing him a title match against WWE Champion CM Punk. The group returned the following night on Raw during Punk’s 365-day championship celebration, sending Ryback through the announce table once more.

When Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns finally spoke a week later for the first time in WWE, the trio denied any involvement with Punk. Rollins said they “saw things heading in the wrong direction,” so the group “stepped in and righted those wrongs.” Rollins referred to himself and his cohorts as “a shield from injustice in WWE,” and Ambrose aptly named the group “The Shield.”

Although they occasionally stumbled in singles action, The Shield was unstoppable as a collective unit, besting any and all Superstars who dared to cross their path. At Extreme Rules, The Shield established themselves as WWE's most dominant trio with Ambrose capturing the United States Title, Rollins & Reigns defeating Team Hell No in a Tornado Tag Team Match to capture the WWE Tag Team Titles. Following SummerSlam, The Shield allied themselves with WWE COO Triple H to become the muscle of the corporate Authority; despite losing the WWE Tag Team Titles to Cody Rhodes & Goldust, they remained a force to be reckoned with for The King of Kings’ most persistent enemies, particularly Daniel Bryan.

The Shield’s first true test came in the form of CM Punk, who used mind games to drive a wedge between the three of them. The group’s frustrations continued to mount all the way into 2014, when Rollins entered the 2014 Royal Rumble Match at No. 2 and lasted deep into the contest. However, he and Ambrose were eliminated by Reigns, who came in second to Batista. The next night, The Shield were prevented from earning their way into the Elimination Chamber Match and challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Title when The Wyatt Family interfered in their qualifying bout, handing the DQ victory to Daniel Bryan, John Cena & Sheamus. As a result, The Shield demanded, and were granted, a showdown with The Wyatts at Elimination Chamber. After a couple weeks of circling each other, the two factions finally came to blows at the end of the Feb. 17 Raw.

But at Elimination Chamber, The Hounds of Justice fell in a hard-fought battle to The Wyatt Family, and fell again in a rematch eight days later when Rollins – fed up with his teammates’ infighting – abandoned them to make a statement. His point taken, The Shield rallied and eventually turned on The Authority altogether, decimating WWE Director of Operations Kane and The New Age Outlaws in one of the most dominant WrestleMania showings ever.

So persistent was The Shield’s resistance that The Game re-formed Evolution with Randy Orton & Batista to combat them, but at Extreme Rules, The Shield emerged victorious, thanks in no small part to a gravity-defying effort by Rollins. But The Hounds weren't done with Evoluton, as Rollins, Ambrose & Reigns shut out all three members of legendary faction in a brutal No Holds Barred Elimination Match at WWE Payback. Even though Batista quit WWE the next night, the evening still threw the future of The Shield into question, however, when Rollins attacked Reigns and Ambrose with a steel chair and seemingly allied himself with Evolution.

The next week, Rollins explained his actions as a business decision and dared his former allies to attack him; despite a timely escape by The Aerialist, Ambrose & Reigns allied with John Cena to defeat The Wyatt Family later in the evening. Rollins not only continued to antagonize Ambrose, but Triple H entered him into a traditional Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship contract ... without having to qualify first. The next week, he successfully convinced Triple H to allow Ambrose into the match along with The Game's other handpicked competitors so Rollins could better thwart his former teammate's plans against The Authority.

Seth Rollins’ plan came to fruition at WWE Money in the Bank 2014 when, with the aid of the Demon Kane, took out his fellow Shield cohort and earned the right to be called “Mr. Money in the Bank.” Ambrose vowed to keep Rollins from cashing in at every turn and has kept his promise thus far. The two former teammates were scheduled to go head-to-head at WWE Battleground, but never had an actual match as Ambrose attacked Rollins backstage, again in the ring after being ejected from the building, and once more in the arena's parking lot by hiding in the trunk of Rollins' car.

In the midst of all-out bedlam in a Lumberjack Match at SummerSlam, Seth Rollins hit his former "business associate" Dean Ambrose with the Money in the Bank briefcase to overcome his unstable opponent. During their rematch the next night, Kane helped Rollins Curb Stomp Ambrose through a pile of cinder blocks in an attack that would have sent Ambrose to a local medical center, had he not thrown off his restraints, refused treatment and escaped from WWE officials altogether.

In the aftermath, it quickly became apparent that Roman Reigns would take up Ambrose's crusade on Rollins in his place, but Reigns suffered a severe hernia one day prior to his match with The Architect. Rollins arrived at Night of Champions 2014 smug as ever, claiming victory over Reigns and calling surgery "no excuse" to miss their contest. Continuing his arrogance that night, Rollins issued an open challenge, which was answered to his shock by a returning Dean Ambrose. The unstable Ambrose assaulted Rollins until Triple H had WWE Security restrain and eject Ambrose.

With both Ambrose and Reigns out of the picture, Rollins attempted to finally cash in his Money in the Bank contract by getting a seemingly beaten Brock Lesnar disqualified and trying to pick the bones of The Beast. Before the bell could ring, however, Cena got back to his feet and beat Rollins into a retreat. Mr. Money in the Bank will have to wait another day to get his title match.



Friday, 26 September 2014

Win ONE DIRECTION: WHERE WE ARE



The Concert Film Special Screening Passes through
hitz fm Sabah & Sarawak


Kuching & Kota Kinabalu, 24 September 2014One Incredible Night and One Unmissable Weekend! The biggest band in the world and global pop superstars, One Direction, bring their epic ‘Where We Are’ world tour to cinemas all around the world.

Grab your opportunity to win four passes through hitz fm Sabah & Sarawak from the 29 September – 3 October 2014. Be the ultimate fan to know it all of the One Direction tracks and be the first caller through when you hear the sonic trigger to name the song title play on the airwaves.

The Where We Are Tour is the third concert tour by an English-Irish boy band One Direction. The concert tour is set to visit arenas and stadiums from April through October 2014. It promotes the band's third studio album, Midnight Memories, also announced along with the tour. This is the ultimate musical cinematic experience for all One Direction fans, one-off opportunity for fans that missed the live ‘Where We Are’  tour, or those that simply want to re-live the moment, to see it all on the big screen! The concert film will only be in cinemas for one weekend throughout the globe.

Besides via the airwaves, fans can also scout for the hits fm cruiser around the city to win 2 passes to the special screening. Don’t miss this opportunity as the ONE DIRECTION: WHERE WE ARE – The Concert Film Special Passes from hitz fm are limited and GSC will be screening this EXCLUSIVE TWO DAY ONLY concert film at 15 selected cinemas throughout Malaysia.

Tune in to hitz fm Sabah & Sarawak or log on to fbsarawak.hitz.fm and fbsabah.hitz.fm to find more information on how to win the special screening passes.


Friday, 19 September 2014

MUSIC VIDEO AND BEHIND THE SCENE PREMIERING ON ASTRO RIA




MUSIC VIDEO AND BEHIND THE SCENE PREMIERING ON ASTRO RIA THIS
SUNDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER AT 11.30PM

12 September 2014 – Hafiz Suip, Sarawakian born multi-award singer has chosen to film his latest single “Matahari” back home in Kuching recently featuring Puteri Balqis Azizi as his little sister, Chopie as his best friend and Afick as a bully from ERA fm Sarawak. According to Hafiz in the recent interview, he hopes to bring the messages of love between family and friends through “Matahari” music video. 

Catch the premier of “Matahari” MV and the behind the scene this Sunday, 21 September at 11.30pm on Astro Ria.