Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top 15 Most Beautiful Bank Buildings in Malaysia

Most bank buildings in Malaysia are your average shophouse. However, they are a few around the country that really stand out with their unique architecture. Here are a few, in no particular order:

1) Standard Chartered Penang

2) Standard Chartered Ipoh

3) HSBC Sungai Petani 

4) HSBC Penang

5) HSBC Ipoh

6) Bank Muamalat Souq Al-Bukhary

7) Bank Muamalat, Kuala Lumpur

8) CIMB Penang

9) CIMB Bank Bendahara Street

10) OCBC Bank Ipoh

11) OCBC Bank Melaka

12) Hong Leong Bank Penang

13) UOB Bank, Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur

14) Public Bank, Bishop Street, Penang

15) Royal Bank of Scotland, Penang

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Top 5 Most Beautiful Post Offices in Malaysia

In no particular order, here are the five most beautiful post office buildings in Malaysia:

1) Alor Setar Post Office

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2) Kuching Post Office

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3) Fraser Hill Post Office

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4) Kuala Lumpur Old Post Office

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5) Melaka Post Office

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Friday, April 14, 2017

13 Reasons Why: Top 10 Most Plausible Fan Theories

At first, I assumed the show would just be a one season miniseries since writer Jay Asher only wrote one book with these characters. However, it just hit me that Netflix never pitched the show as such. For all we know, there could be a Season 2, given there are so many things left hanging after the finale. Will it carry on with the same characters but the focus will be now on another issue apart from teen suicide? Could it be an anthology series like American Crime where every season deals with a different story but with a similar cast? Who knows. Let's wait and watch. For now, let's check out these ten fan theories that have been making their rounds throughout the net. Spoiler Alert! If you have not watched the show, I suggest you go watch it first and then come back here once you are emotionally screwed up. Okay? Ready? Here we go:

1) Tyler is planning a mass shooting 

This could be the main story line for the next season. After all, we do see Tyler purchasing something illegally in Episode 12. In the finale, we see him hiding away some guns in his room. Later, we see Tyler browsing a string of hung-up photos of Bryce, Courtney, Montgomery, Sheri, Alex, Marcus, and Clay. Is this is hit list? He pauses at of a photo of Alex, and recalls the time when Alex stood up for him when Montgomery was bullying him. Tyler then pulls the photo down, indicating he is probably not going to harm Alex since he was one of the few at school who was a bit kind to him.

2) Tyler shot Alex and made it to look like a suicide.

Or maybe Tyler has not singled out Alex of his list. Perhaps he might actually be planning to shoot all those who constantly tormented him and Hannah. By taking down Alex's photo, this could probably indicate he has taken one down. So, that would mean Alex did not try to commit suicide but was shot by Tyler. After all, Tyler was constantly left out of his classmates' plans as if he was some kind of outcast while everyone was just as guilty as he is. This could have scared him even more.

3) Alex did try to kill himself

Apart from that, earlier in the series, when a student says, "Whatever happens to us, happens to you!" To this, Alex responds, "So if I kill myself, you die too?" Could this be a foreshadowing of his suicide? It does seem plausible that Alex did try to take his own life. Unlike most of the people on Hannah's tapes, he was one of the few who actually felt guilty for what he did. We did see him spiral out of control throughout the series. Also, while he was at Bryce's house, he threw himself into the pool. Although, he did get out, it did seem like he was trying to take his own life.

4) Alex is planning something big, and Zach is helping him

In the finale, Zach is shown trying to contact Alex over and over again and he eventually replies with a short "Please call." Zach does call but we don't get to listen to their actual conversation. Of all the horrid people on Hannah's tapes, these two make up the few who show some form of remorse for what they have done. In fact, some might argue that Zach, like Clay, is hardly guilty at all. Earlier, the manipulative Marcus decide that they could throw Bryce under the bus and escape with their reputations untouched. Unlike the spineless Courtney, Zach and Alex do not show much interest in this. Could it be they are hatching up a plan to get justice for Hannah the right way? Could it be that Alex's merely faked his suicide attempt as part of this plan?

5) The scene with the gunshot victim in the ambulance is a flash forward

And the victim is none other than Justin. If you look closely at the ambulance scene, you can see the victim having dark hair, which means it cannot be the blonde Alex.  If it is indeed Justin, that should come as no surprise since the former high school star had lost everything within a short period of time; his home, his girlfriend, his friends. Besides, as he was packing up to leave his mother's place, we did see him having a gun. Also, he told Bryce he probably will not be seeing him again. At first, this seem to mean he is merely ending their friendship once and for all. But it could also mean that he will not be visiting Bryce once the rapist ends up in jail, or he plans to end his life like Hannah.

6) The victim in the flash forward ambulance scene is Bryce

Notice how in the finale, the principal informs Mr. Potter that Alex tried to kill himself. However, in the ambulance, the paramedic makes no mention of a suicide, just a victim of a gunshot wound to the head. At one point when Jessica had grown tired of Justin making excuses for Bryce, Justin, desperate to please Jessica, tells her he will kill Bryce if she wants him to. He might not have actually meant it, but what if he did? What if he walked away after Bryce bought him the beer and at some point later, went back and killed the serial rapist? After all, Bryce has brown hair too.

7) There is more to the librarian guy then meets the eye

Hannah experience at the career fair is disappointing to say the least. However, things seem a little optimistic when she meets a young librarian who is a member of a very low key, local poetry group. She eventually stops going there after what happened with Ryan Shaver. However, in the finale, she is shown bumping into the librarian as she visits the post office. It is almost hard to believe why Hannah would point this out in her tapes. After all, the librarian is just a minor character in her story. Perhaps he will have a much bigger role in the next season, if there is one.

8) Mr. Porter will cover things up

Throughout the series, Mr. Porter appears to be a caring school counselor who is putting together the pieces on why Hannah killed herself. Then in the finale, it turns out that Hannah actually came to him for help but he did not show much concern, even telling her to move on. He is the last person in her tapes since he was too preoccupied with someone who keeps calling his office that fateful day. While Mr. Porter is not exactly the worst school counselor, he failed to take Hannah's allegations seriously. Throughout the series, he could have spoken up about how Hannah came and met him before she took her own life, but he didn't. This does suggest he is the type who cares more about protecting himself than the truth. We do see him briefly with his wife and child, and they appear to be a struggling young family. There is no way Mr. Porter could survive without his job. He quickly hides the tapes when the Principal barges into his office, suggesting he might not be interesting in exposing the tapes, including the one with Bryce's confession.

9) For real, who is Tony?

Hannah hardly mentions Tony in her tapes. We only see them once in a flashback in the finale when she borrows his tape recorder. It does not seem like the two were close. So, why would Hannah trust him with something as big as her tapes? In the book, Tony is only revealed to be the one knowing about the tapes towards the end. But in the TV show, we quickly learn about this at the end of the very first episode. With this change, it was fair to presume that Tony might be another person on the tapes, but that never happened. Some fan theories have suggested that he is a ghost, or at least a part of Clay's imagination. Neither makes sense because Tony interacts with many other characters apart from Clay. Also, there is another theory that Tony follows Clay so closely almost in a stalker kind of way because he fears Clay might at end up like Hannah when he eventually listens to his own tape. So, for real, who is Tony and how is it that he knows so much about so many people?

9) Clay's scar is more than to differentiate present day from flashbacks

The show shift constantly between present day and flashbacks. To help viewers tell the two time settings apart, they used a warm sunny tone for the flashbacks when Hannah was alive, and a colder, grayish tone for the present day scenes. So, why the need for Clay to have that band-aid on his forehead? When we first meet present day Clay, his forehead. But soon after he starts listening to the first tape, he falls off his bike and hurts his forehead, symbolizing the sudden turn of events. Clay's recovery is slow, indicating he is scared for life now. These scars get worse when Clay confronts Bryce, where the rapist beats him up black and blue. Clay's entire face is now messed up, telling us things have just gotten worse for him. 

10) Hannah Baker is not dead... yet

This is a big one. Notice the time stamps on the deposition tapes. The present day series are not actually present day, but the future. This could mean that the flashbacks are actually set in present day, meaning Hannah is still alive. What if all this is just going on in Clay and the other characters' minds as they recollect how badly they have treated Hannah. Is there still a chance she could be saved? Or could the time stamp have a more profound reason. Maybe it is the people behind the TV series reaching out to potential suicide victims out there; telling them to reach out for help and not do anything too extreme. 

So what do you think of these fan theories? Did we miss anything? Or did we stretch some of them a little too far? Let us know in the comment section below. =)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Split: What The Ending Actually Means

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We now have a Shyamalan Cinematic Universe alongside the Marvel and DC ones. So if you have watched the movie right to the end, you will know that it is set in the same cinematic universe as another Shyamalan film, 'Unbreakable.' 

The Shymalan Cinematic Universe

It is interesting to note how 'Unbreakable' came out back in 2000, which was 17 years ago, on the same year the first 'X-Men' movie came out. That was all before the whole superhero renaissance when superhero movies existed in their own worlds. Now, James McAvoy is part of both franchises. Just an interesting observation. 

While 'Split' is being marketed as a horror-thriller, it also serves an origin story for David Dunne’s next super villain, The Hoard. While many fans were genuinely surprised by the twist, one very observant Reddit user noticed how the poster for 'Split' actually spoils the movie ending. The poster is similar to the poster for 'Unbreakable', in which there is a glass crack that divides both Bruce Willis' and Samuel L. Jackson's characters. 

David Dunne and Kevin Wendell Crumb Have Interacted Before?

It is interesting to note how it is mentioned in 'Split' that the father of McAvoy's Kevin died in a train-related incident. Could it be possible that he died on the same train that Willis' David Dunne survived? That must have been the reason McAvoy's Kevin placed a flower bouquet at the train platform. However, David Dunne was on a cross country type passenger train while this train seemed more like an intercity subway. 

But still, if this theory is true, then it has some serious implications to Shyamalan's cinematic universe. This would mean Samuel L. Jackson's Mr. Glass or Elijah, who was obsessed in creating a superhero as his own personal counterpart, unknowingly created another super villain as well.

Why These Three Girls?

The reference to the train incident is not the only example of brilliant foreshadowing in the film. Kevin does mention to the girls he abducted that they are 'sacred food'. One of the girl assumes he is going to feed them to a dog. Turns out they are food for his 24th identity that is waiting to break out.

Now that we are thinking about it, why were these three particular girls taken? It is revealed that Kevin's violent Dennis identity have been watching Claire and Marcia for sometime. Could they have been the one involved in the incident where Kevin was sexually harassed by teenage girls at his workplace? And the innocent, distant Casey just happened to be in the car with the two other girls when they were taken?

What Type of Super Villain will The Hoard Be?

Although Claire and Marcia do not seem like mean girls, there must have been a reason why they were eaten by Kevin's monstrous identity, The Beast while Casey was left alive. After seeing the scars from her stomach due to her abusive uncle, The Beast understands that like Kevin, Casey was abused and is thus, pure.

So, what is the exact nature of this Beast? Is he like another fictional character with split personality from the 2005 Tamil film 'Anniyan'? In that film, the law-abiding Ambi becomes fed up of seeing criminals escaping the law and develops the identity called Anniyan. Anniyan violently murders those he deems evil according to the punishments stated in the Hindu holy scriptures.

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Another instance where the tie-in to 'Unbreakable' is foreshadowed happens towards the end of the film. Kevin is talking to his other identities through his mirror, and James Newton Howard's background score from 'Unbreakable' starts playing. Not many fans would have picked up on that, although the absolute die-hard Shyamalan fan boys might have. 

There is also an even more subtle hint. The young Hedwig personality enjoys listening to Kanye West. One of Kanye's songs is 'Through the Wire' which references 'Unbreakable.' The song goes, "Unbreakable, would you thought they called me Mr. Glass." 

Now that it is official Shyamalan will be making a sequel to 'Unbreakable', could it be possible that Kevin, now dubbed The Hoard by the media, will be plotting to take revenge against Mr. Glass for killing his father in the train crash? Seems like an obvious premise. 

It is understandable why, although most people enjoyed this film, the so-called twist ending has audiences, for a lack of a better term, split. The film assumes you have watched 'Unbreakable' and will therefore understand the significance of Bruce Willis' cameo at the end of the film. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dhruva Natchathiram: A Teaser Breakdown

So the teaser came out on January 14th. Some are arguing it is more of a trailer on the basis of its length alone. It is over two minutes long. Any Gautham Menon fan will know that this project was originally intended for actor Surya, who backed out of the film. Now, a few years later, the project has been revived with actor Vikram. The teaser has Gautham Menon and Vikram fans all across the world excited for August 2017. 

So here is the one of the popular first look posters that was released a few days before the teaser. It has Vikram in a nicely tailored suit and a stylish salt-and-pepper look holding an American newspaper. So that was already a major hint that the film will be predominantly set in The States. Also, it had the hashtag #meetJOHN. 

Below is the original poster when Surya was attached to the project. It is a list of 11 names with a twelfth one simply stating "Looking for my 12th man." It had fans intrigued and it was such a downer when the project was infamously shelved. 

Another promotional poster of the revived film was released next. This one looked very similar to the Surya one, apart from a few names and the order changed. Also, this one does have a twelfth name, and it is Dhruv. There is also the phrase "My Basement" underlined below, just like in the Surya poster. Clearly, this basement is something important. What does it mean?

Over the next few days, before the release of the full-fledged teaser, a few promotional movie stills were revealed online. These three feature a seemingly younger Vikram with jet black hair. Could this be a younger version of the John character. Or could it be someone else. 

Then, there were some stills with a more mature-looking Vikram with the salt-and-pepper look playing John. Why two different looks?

Now let's go into the trailer.

We see Vikram getting some coffee at a New York cafe. In the background, there is an ongoing by two unknown characters. They are speaking about John who has gone off the radar for many years and have resurfaced after being spotted by the US immigration. He met with the US Secretary of State due to a drone strike on Pakistan and this somehow led to some problem with the CIA. 

We then cut to several montage scenes of John going about New York City in different looks. 

There is also mention of how this John is a threat to these unknown narrators. It is hinted that John is part of a covert Indian team of possibly eight to ten members. But we are not shown anyone else apart from John. Could it be just John operating as different personalities?

We then return to the scene of John with his laptop at the cafe. It is revealed that a mysterious Mr. K is the mastermind behind this covert team. This comes as a shock to one of the narrators, suggesting that this Mr. K is a character we should watch our for. 

Now one of the promotional posters had the word 'Basement' on it. Maybe it is not an actual basement but some kind of code name John is using, judging from this shot. 

As the Skype connection is made, John receives a message from another mystery person called Darkman, who claims to have Mr. K with him. This prompts John to make a Skype call to get to Darkman. Meanwhile, we are shown scenes of someone, possibly with evil intentions, secretly taking photos of John while he is out and about. 

We also see John talking to this girl, as well as going ice skating with her. Could she be an important character or just another extra?

One of the narrators state it is their agenda of the year to abduct Mr. K in order to eliminate John and his entire team. For that, they have a plan. It is possible that it is these guys who are shadowing John. 

And then, the audio and visual finally sync as John and Darkman finally speak via Skype. Darkman allows John to speak to Mr. K for awhile. Darkman demands John meet him at Cannought place in New Delhi if he wishes to see Mr. K alive. John accepts the challenge. 

The teaser ends with John walking through what seems to be the hanger of an airport where perhaps a plane is waiting to take him to New Delhi. 

Some questions that have me hooked:

- Who are the 8 - 10 members of this covert team? Could it be Vikram in a multiple roles?
- Only Vikram is shown in the teaser. Is this a hint he is working alone?
- Who is Mr. K? Is Gautham Menon playing him?
- Does the story line feature US, India and Pakistan? 
- Is Senthil Veerasamy, Gautham's long time associate playing Darkman?