Monday, June 20, 2016

The Best of Running Man GIFS (and Other Announcements)

If you have been a frequent follower of Running Mondays, and come to this blog every Monday expecting to see a brand new Running Mondays article, you may have been sorely disappointed for the past month or so. See, I took a mini-hiatus from Running Mondays because of an incredibly packed month of work, and general adulthood.

When I started writing Running Mondays back in 2012, I was a student with nothing but time and a heady idea of writing a Running Man column. That idea flourished for the next 2 years or so, mostly because I hadn't yet found myself a proper job. But when adulthood kicked in, and the workload became too much, I found that I was lacking in time, and the time for writing and researching on new Running Mondays posts were getting shorter and shorter.

But I won't let Running Mondays just wither and fade away. Running Mondays has enabled me to meet some of the most vocal and enthusiastic fans of Running Man, and exchange ideas and opinions of the show throughout the almost 4 years of writing. Their ideas and thoughts have given more depth to Running Man and proven that the show is not just another average variety show.

TL;DR: This is basically an announcement post to let you all know that a) Running Mondays has not ended and b) Running Mondays will return in July with even more Running Man posts.

So to make up for a month's worth of Running Mondays posts, here is a ton of Running Man gifs and general hilarity for everyone to sit back, laugh and enjoy.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Papa Wong Burns: The Burning Man Part V

Recently, I took to the Hollywood approach for ideas and writing; when you've been doing it for long enough, you either reboot it, or make a sequel. I've embraced this approach in my writing because I no longer have the time to lounge around and This is my FIFTH entry to the Papa Wong Burns series of blog posts, and I'm not afraid to say that I'm shamelessly milking my father's claim to fame. 

But then again, my psychologist has advised me to let it all out to help me cope with the emotional trauma these burns are causing me.You can actually read all four of the past epic burn compilations by my dad: here, herehere and here

Happy Father's Day Dad. Please burn me less.

And here's a bonus of him NOT burning me, but someone else.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Beat the Weekday Blues at Blue Elephant @ Plaza Damansara

Being a proper, functioning grown up, Saturday nights are now spent in a very adult manner. In fact, it's quite a private thing that I am about to reveal here on my blog. Yes, the truth is, I will prop up my feet, lean back into the soft pillows, pull the blankets around me close and drift off into a dreamless wonderland.

Kids, this is why you shouldn't want to grow up so quickly. It sucks being old(er).

But last weekend, I was forced out of this comfort zone by the allure of a hidden bar, or a speakeasy bar for those of you who want to be politically correct in everything. The invite was brief; come to Blue Elephant, enjoy some cocktails and take a side between Magneto and Apocalypse in a series of fun games that would make even Wolverine jealous.

There are two things which give me great pleasure; elephants, (I mean, who doesn't like Dumbo with his big flappy ears?) and cocktails. I feel that adulting requires a great deal of cocktails to go through most of the time. So with the idea of a weekend spent inside dashed into a dozen little bitty pieces, I eagerly took up that invite. I also invited Bugger Seah and Ah Sou Celine, as well as my girlfriend along for the ride.

Because I'm not about to head to a bar alone. What do you think I am? Desperate?

My quest for the fabled Blue Elephant, located somewhere in Plaza Damansara, was quite futile. Note, if you're ever going to visit a speakeasy bar in the future, don't just Waze and waltz up to the place expecting to find it. Speakeasy bars are notorious for being hidden, with some of the best ones hidden so deep that it would be nigh impossible to find.

Pro tip: GOOGLE the place and look for at least the entrance before leaving your house. Like on most Malaysian roads, you can't expect to depend on the signboard for any directions.

But since I'm not a sadist who enjoys seeing people wander around aimlessly, I'll provide directions. You just have to look for Sam's restaurant at Plaza Damansara. Walk along the same shoplot until you find a staircase with a few movie posters lined alongside it.

This is the point where you waltz up the stairs... find yourself at an absolutely empty studio. Seems like I got you good.

That is, until you decide to snoop around that same room. If you've watched enough Scooby Doo, you'll know what I mean. I won't spoil it for you because most of the fun is finding the entrance to Blue Elephant. Oh, I guess there is a sadistic streak inside me somehow.

Once inside, you'll be transported into a world of glitz and glamour. Imagine an Oscar after party, without the celebrities. There are tons of movie posters adorning the walls of Blue Elephant, along with a gigantic picture of sex symbol Marilyn Monroe staring seductively at you as you sip your cocktail.

Somewhere, a giant Oscar statuette looms intimidatingly, ironically, without a gianter Leonardo behind it. The setup is very comfortable, very cosy, which is probably what the owners were going for in the first place.

Mr DiCaprio may agree as well.

But the cocktails is what you should be aiming for. Each cocktail is crafted lovingly by the bartenders, who work with a smile on their face. It is the smile of a person who knows his craft well, and who knows exactly what he's doing.

Shake it.

It's a look that inspires confidence in the hearts (and tastebuds) of all those watching and waiting for a sip of the sweet nectar.

Pour it.

There are a list of cocktails you can actually go for. Because I am a responsible person and I had to drive (wink wink law enforcement people, high five!), I only had a few sips of the various cocktails that were freely flowing (coincidentally two of my favorite words together). Because I am not an expert in all things alcohol (see my point on responsible person above), I will attempt to describe each of the cocktails I managed to taste that night.

You must of course try the titular Blue Elephant, a sweet blend of Smirnoff vodka, apple and grapefruit juices with just a hint of wine, and beautifully garnished with apple and grape. This was my absolute favorite drink because of the sweet and tangy flavor, and also because it gave me enough courage to hit the dance floor and channel my inner Michael Jackson.

Blue Elephant. Picture credit to Blue Elephant Facebook page
Goosebumps, so named for its green color which reminds people of the storybooks, may not be my favorite drink among all of the cocktails, but Bugger Seah gulped down that bad boy like the bad boy that he is.

Goosebumps. Picture credit to Blue Elephant Facebook page.
Another specialty that we got to try was Showtime. In following the theme of Hollywood, Showtime is a drink infused with lots and lots of caramel, and paired with the taste of a strong vodka, it's definitely not a drink for everyone.

Showtime. Picture credit to Blue Elephant Facebook page

A notable selection that many have tried was the Firewall, which promises to spice up your night in more ways than one. Being spicy intolerant, and caring for my tongue, I decided against ordering it. Based on the expressions from the other people's faces, I think I made the right decision.

If you're looking for a good place to chill for the weekend, you might consider going on the mystical quest to find the Blue Elephant. I assure you that you'll have a night full of glitz, glam and a lot of cocktails.

More deets:

Blue Elephant Lounge and Bar @ Plaza Damansara
Address: Somewhere along Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening Hours: 5pm till late
Tel: 03-2011 7715
Facebook: Blue Elephant