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Watching Alice In Wonderland: An Afterthought

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I had the privilege to attend the Premiere Gala of Alice in Wonderland at Shaw Lido last evening.

When I arrived, I was intimidated by the sheer number of people there.

I think I was late because there was no queue when I collected my tickets from the Nuffnang booth. However, another queue of people waiting to enter the theater has already formed, and snaking around the place.

The turnout was greater than I had expected and silly me had initially thought that this Premiere was exclusive to Nuffnangers. Then, it dawn upon me that there could be people who got tickets through other sources.


Because it was the Premiere, we had to surrender our mobile phones, cameras and even MP3s to security. As long you have a device that could record, it has to be turned in.

Security was tight and no bags were left unturned.

But it did not stop there.

Even while watching the show, there were security personnel patrolling along the aisle, making sure no one is filming secretly so that pirated copies could not reach the makeshift stalls before the movie officially hit the theaters on the Fourth of March.

After
the show ended, there was a mad rush to collect our gadgets from the security. Due to the number of people, I’m mentally prepared for some confusions to arise and the waiting time would be long but on the
contrary, they were quite efficient and I got mine back in less than five
minutes after joining the queue.

I have to mention that Anne Hathaway’s portrayal as the White Queen was hilarious.

Unlike the graceful Queen that all good Queens should be, there’s something awkward about her “graceful ways”. The way she carries herself and the little gestures she display (turning nauseous at the sight of the
severed Jabberwocky head) was funny and reminds us that she’s only human just like the rest of
us.
(A Queen’s still gonna eat and shit like us, no?)

All in all, Tim Burton didn’t disappoint but the only letdown was that we didn’t get to enjoy the show in 3D.
I would be thrilled to fall through the rabbit hole together with Alice or
to have a teacup flung into my face by the paranoid March Hare.

Nevertheless, thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation!

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Alice In Wonderland

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Being a fan of Tim Burton, there is no reason for me to skip his latest collaboration with Disney.

Google-ing results reveal that this movie will not be a straight adaptation of the original novel written by Lewis Carroll.

Instead, this will be Alice’s second visit to the Wonderland, who, as the years gone by, has completely forgotten about her previous encounter down the rabbit hole 10 years ago.

And Alice’s return raises some hope for the inhabitants of Wonderland because this time, she have to free her friends from the evil reign of The Red Queen!

Which character do I like best?

Do I still have to spell it out?

It has got to be the Cheshire Cat!

When I read the book years ago, I was intrigued by that strange cat with the big eyes. Grinning from ear-to-ear, this cat has the ability to appear and disappear at whim. Sometimes, the body would disappear, leaving the head visible while at times, the whole cat would disappear, leaving only a grin behind in mid-air.

Whenever people mention “Alice in Wonderland”, the character that first comes to mind is not Alice, but the Cheshire Cat. This is how deep the impression the Cheshire Cat has on me.





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Malacca Trip Day One Part 3

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(a continuation from Day One Part 2…) RIP JOHNNY DEPP DIED IN CAR CRASH BORDEAUX, France?

My apologies for the delay of this installment but the Qishan Abused Dogs are more important!


Magical healing in process…

Here’s a recap from Day One Part 2.

We were brought to this old shophouse not far from the hotel for a miracle ear-pricking session which is said to improve our eyesight.

I was sceptical over its’ claims. How does pricking ones’ ears aid in improving the eyesight?

I was getting restless waiting for them and it seems like forever when it finally ended.

“Surely we can go visit somewhere now?” I thought.


But I was dead wrong…

I was aghast to learn that the next activity won’t be till two hours later and the only thing we can do in the meantime was to take a rest in our room due to the long journey we had earlier. I could have ventured out myself for that two precious hours but my Mum wouldn’t hear of it and is worried that I might get mugged lose my way and can’t get back in time.

So, after much grumbling and two hours later, we gathered at the hotel lobby and were brought to Dataran Pahlawan for an hour’s shopping.

Shopping doesn’t arouse much interest in me as the stores are more or less the same everywhere. The only thing that managed to trigger my interest was seeing A&W but regrettably, dinner was next on the itinerary so I must leave my stomach alone.

Painful decision.

After leaving the shopping mall, dinner was at the following restaurant.

Seroni Nyonya Cuisine Restaurant
No 60 & 62 Taman Melaka Raya I,
Jalan Melaka Raya 25, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia


The interior


Nyonya Chicken Curry


Nyonya Chap Chye

Pardon the blurriness because my hands were shaky someone was turning the lazy susan.


Sambal Fish or something


Sambal Okra


Udang Nenas


Cendol for eight in a large bowl


The aftermath

I’m fine with Peranakan food but having a similar menu for both lunch and dinner all on the same day seems abit too much.

After dinner, we crossed the street and turned the corner to this shop…


Little Nyonya Gift Shop


It sells a variety of local produce


A cuttlefish’s worst nightmare

There’s nothing Nyonya about this shop.

No salesgirls dressed in Kebaya, no Nyonya Kuehs, and no one singing Pantun.

It’s just one of the many shops selling local produce.

I’m getting pretty fed up because we’ve been taken nowhere the whole day except to places where the tour guide can earn his commission.

Where will we go next?

Malacca Trip Day One Part Four coming up!

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