Aravind and I share the same love of Star Trek, Star Wars and Clint Eastwood movies, so when I heard that Star Trek: The Exhibition was coming to Kuala Lumpur, I decided that we would go there on Christmas Day.
If you are a Trekkie, attending the Exhibition would be like meeting good friends that you haven't had the privilege to have met in real life yet.
My main grievance with the Exhibition is that they have implemented strict rules against photography, which seems to me to defy logic and good economic sense. Fans want to have photos to remember the Exhibition by, and sharing these photos with fellow fans will only make others see what they are missing out on, and persuade those who haven't been to the Exhibition to make the time to go.
I don't see what the event company has to be so defensive about. Intellectual property infringement? Come on, there are replica toys, model kits and costumes out there in the market, and good quality images galore available in books and the internet. We can find posters and videos of every episode and Star Trek movie ever made.
Prohibition of photography in this situation is like not letting you have a photo taken of you on an amusement park ride in the belief that after your friends see the photos, they won't feel the need to go to the amusement park anymore. I can't foresee a situation in which an actual Trekkie might not want to personally go for the Exhibition simply because he has seen all the photos.
I think it is time the company behind the Exhibition reviews this ridiculous policy. Apart from that, though, I found the experience thoroughly enjoyable and would encourage all fellow Trekkies to go while it is still in town. Waves of memories will come flooding back, I assure you.
The event banners and pennants at the National Science Centre.
Aravind doing the Vulcan salute in front of Spock's Starfleet uniform.
"I have been and always shall be your friend."
I look creepy in this photo because I actually didn't want to have my photo taken with the Borg Sphere (cos the Borgs are the bad guys) but Aravind insisted. I was about to step out of this picture when he took this photo. We took these photos in stealth mode, so we could have something to remember the Exhibition by.
Star Trek: The Exhibition will be in Malaysia from 13 Dec 2012 until 31 March 2013.
Ticket prices are RM20.00 for adults, and RM10.00 for schoolchildren and senior citizens upon furnishing one's ID or other proof of age.
Level 2, Pusat Sains Negara, Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Bukit Kiara, 50662 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2092 1150
Fax: 03-2092 1250
9.00 am – 5.00 pm, open daily except Fridays.
Christmas Week Cellphone Photodump:
I went back to my Taishanese roots this Winter Solstice and made a savoury variation of tang yuen.
This is a vegan version, and here's the recipe:
1. 2 cloves of garlic, chopped.
2. 1 carrot, grated or julienned.
3. 1 jicama (sengkuang), grated or julienned.
4. A handful (about 50 grammes?) of orange peel, either dried or fresh, julienned.
5. Shiitake mushrooms, soaked and julienned.
6. Fried shallots
7. Soy sauce
8. Pepper and crushed peppercorns, if desired.
9. Glutinous rice balls (tang yuen), pre-cooked in water until they float to the surface.
1. Heat oil in a wok. Fry garlic until the garlic is brown around the edges.
2. Add carrots and jicama. Stir-fry. Add soy sauce.
3. Add mushrooms, orange peel and pepper. Stir. Add water and seasoning if desired. The dish should not be dry. There should be enough gravy to soak the rice balls in.
4. Turn off heat. Transfer contents to serving bowl. Add fried shallots.
5. Add rice balls into the gravy. Consume while hot.
I used to be an active theatregoer and a volunteer at the theatre library in my undergraduate days. Over time, my passion for Malaysian theatre waned when the quality of productions started slipping. There weren't many producers, directors or thespians with the calibre and visionary spark of Faridah, Joe, Krishen or Huzir. If I were to purchase a ticket for a Shakespeare or Pinter play, I would expect the performances to reach certain standards and to adhere to the spirit of the play. Nothing could be worse than a Malaysianised remake of a classic play. Rendering a classic play in Malaysian English doesn't make it accessible. It just bastardizes the play, and makes it cheap and awful. You can't blame theatregoers for turning their backs on theatre and sticking to books under such circumstances. But I am and will always be a strong supporter of the performing arts. The performing arts keeps society vibrant, creative, alive and, well... human.
Young singer Charity presented two Broadway-style numbers, accompanied by Llew Marsh on the piano.
Aravind and I only had to work for half a day on Christmas Eve, so off we went to Ampang Jaya in the afternoon. I managed to bathe and tickwash 12 of the kennel dogs at the SPCA before it started raining again, and after that I cleaned the Catteries and cleaned out eye infections and ear mites in the cats. We spent the later part of Christmas Eve at the shopping mall and at the pub.