Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Japanese Man

I usually hear a lot of creepy stories from my friends, from ghosts in Genting to that camping trip with extra visitors. But I usually treat all of these stories as exactly what they are; stories meant to entertain, and maybe try to give the girls nightmares. I've never experienced anything close to what my friends would swear they experienced, so I would just nod and laugh it away as a figment of their imaginations. I kept on telling myself that the supernatural wasn't real...

...until I met the Japanese Man.

I know this sounds like the start to the worst cliched horror story ever, but it's true. Let me back up a bit. A few weeks back, a group of us were out celebrating the Unitato's birthday. Nothing untoward happened during the birthday dinner itself; it was all relatively normal. After dinner, as we were accustomed to do, we went to this place near a new mall in Mont Kiara for drinks. It was a fairly cool looking pub, mixing the best of the traditional pubs and nifty, sleek designs. The pub was new, opened 6 days ago, according to the friendly owner.

Our drinks came and with every swig of the amber gold, the laughter began to echo around the small pub. We were probably the loudest group out of everyone there. I was taking a particularly large swig out of my glass when, from the corner of my eye, I saw this man standing behind our table right outside the pub. Our table was right beside one of those nifty foldable window doors, with one of the window panels open. I paid no attention to the man because I thought he was one of the staff. I took another swig of my beer and the merrymaking continued on. You know how they say alcohol dulls the senses? Well, it happened for that brief moment. The man standing outside the window was forgotten.

Half a pint in, I was deep in discussion about something that I cannot even remember clearly now when I saw some slight movement from outside the window. I looked up and saw the man clearly for the first time. He was standing right in front of the open window-door. The man had a fuzzy mane of unkempt hair, which went past his eyes. His hair looked like something Tarzan's barber would come up with while having a stroke. He was wearing a faded Guess T-shirt and baggy shorts that extended almost to his feet. I say his feet because he wasn't wearing any shoes. My immediate thought was "this must be a hobo." But then I saw his smile.

Holy crap his smile...It was unnerving. It was just he was using pegs on the corners of his mouth to keep it from dropping. His teeth shone with some yellowish glow, the colour of disease, jaundiced and infected, upping the creepiness factor further. But that damn smile. He stared directly at me, the corners of his mouth twitching uncontrollably. I was transfixed at the sight of this man and his damned smile. No human mouth could do that.

And the worst part was when he began to gesture; "Come here." His hand stretched forward as he continued beckoning me; "Come here." I wouldn't say I'm a cowardly person, but when that man gestured at me, with that wide, wide smile, I became legit scared. Terrified even. I nudged Fresh sitting beside me and she looked up.

"He's gesturing at us." I whispered.

"What? Stop disturbing the adults when we're talking, budak." she replied and returned to talking about birds. The man had stopped gesturing but continued staring into the pub like someone possessed. I looked around but no one else seemed to pay him any notice. I continued sipping my beer, trying to block out the image of the man and his smile.

The second time he began his beckoning, I freaked and interrupted the entire table. They probably saw the fear on my face and some turned to look at the man. My friends were now on alert. They could see him (so he wasn't a spirit or whatever trying to haunt me) but like me, they thought he was some kind of hobo. He was now standing directly right behind Anne and Colleen. Both of them had these terrified looks on their faces, but were unable to make even a peep because they didn't want to agitate the man-thing further.

At our behest. the owner of the pub went out to talk to the man. After a minute of flurried hand movements, the owner came back to report that the man was nothing more than a drunk person looking for more alcohol. He didn't speak a word, the owner told us, but just kept smiling away and pointing at the alcohol in the store.

The mood of the party had noticeably dampened, especially after we saw the man still wandering around outside the pub. He kept a distance, but continued staring into the pub. It was bone-chilling stuff. I've never really been afraid of confronting people, but something about his smile made me think twice about even going near him. His damned smile.

After a while, the man came back again. He pressed his palms against the windows, leaving oily marks on the smooth surface. He looked for all the world like the creepiest kid looking into a candy store. He steadily got nearer and nearer to our table (and the open panel which couldn't be closed for some weird reason. And all this while, our table just pretended not to notice him or his damn smile.

It was during the final foray by the man towards our table that Bob snapped. He stood up suddenly, to the squeals of Anne and the rest of the girls, and marched out. He angrily gestured at the man for a few moments, his voice loud but his words inaudible. The man continued smiling despite the barrage of words raining on him, nodding his head ever so slightly. After Bob's quick tirade, the man shuffled off to the side, looking back at all of us with that smile. That smile. If I wasn't so scared, I wouldn't have beat his smile shut.

Our resident doodlers, Anneh and Chingy doodled what they thought the man looked like from their brief glances at him. This is the result.

The Japanese Man, according to Anneh.

The man didn't appear in the window-door for the rest of the night, but I could feel his presence still lingering around that bar. My fears were confirmed when I saw his reflection on the window, sitting there on the ground with that sick smile still plastered on his face. His hair was pushed up, revealing a pair of eyes so widely opened that it seemed as though he had chopsticks propped on his eyelids. The bottom of my glass couldn't come any sooner. I think all of us there just wanted to be done with our drinks and just go home.

The Japanese Man, according to Chingy.

Bob told us that the man didn't say a word during their face-off, but "looked a bit Japanese". He also said that the man only smiled back at him, and looked "definitely high". He also noted that the man reeked of booze, and that he was only gesturing into the shop for more booze. At least, that's what Bob deduced. But he was the only one who was up close and personal with the Japanese Man, so we all accepted his word as the truth.

When we were all walking back to the parking lot, we saw the Japanese Man crouched on one of the public benches, rocking back and forth. He seemed to be humming a version of Pop Goes the Weasel, but I couldn't really be sure. The weird thing was, even while he was humming, his smile was still there. I don't know if anyone can do this, but I've tried doing it and it's freaking impossible to hum and smile at the same time.

I swear that I could feel his eyes boring holes into our backs, but when I turned around to look, his back was facing us. So unless he had eyes at the back of his head or he could somehow twist his head a full circle like Sadako, I was...yeah, pretty much imagining everything because of this encounter.

End of the story? Not quite.

I later found out from Shisha that Bob had driven home like normal, but as soon as he reached her house, he offered to take the dog out for a walk. At midnight. Shisha also said that Bob was smiling widely when he took the dog out for a walk. "But that's cos he loves her so much." she reasoned with us.

Take that and make of it what you will.


I've never really been a horror buff. The fact that I scream like a little girl at the littlest of sounds really hits home this point. But somehow, I love shooting horror. I'm not particularly good at it, but there's something about shooting a horror short which makes me tingle all over in delight.

In 2012, on a lonely winter’s night in Melbourne, armed with nothing but a camera and a lot of free time, I shot the really, really low budget “Slender Man”, which, on hindsight, could also have been a biopic of me. I followed that up with 2013’s “The Scariest Two Sentence Stories”, which was inspired by the Reddit thread of the same name.

This year’s Halloween video, “Hand: An Anthology” is exactly like the name suggests; it’s an anthology of short videos inspired by one of the best creepypastas I've read “Normal Porn for Normal People”. The video itself is made up of some of the most random thoughts I had. Disjointed ideas, fragmented realities. Things that creep me out. Things taken out of context. Yup.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The 2nd #RunningMondays Anniversary Giveaway

Time flies when you’re having fun. I know this is true because I've been living the dream. 2 years ago today, in a small rented room in Melbourne, I sat down to write about a South Korean variety show that I had recently started watching. At the time, I didn't know much about Running Man but my housemate had given me the entire 100 episodes and I didn't want to spend all my time studying.

That was how I began watching Running Man.

Over the past 2 years. I grew to love the members even more, their interactions with each other and the hilarious games and missions they were all put through. And by writing about it in the Running Mondays column, I got to share my love for Running Man with so many like-minded fans, some of whom would come back week after week to leave their comments and their views about the show.

Because of your overwhelming support for Running Mondays for the second year running (pardon the pun), I would like to give a little something back to all the people who have read, commented and shared Running Mondays. You are the reason this column has made it this far, and you’ll be the reason this column will continue on for more years to come. Thank you so much for your support.

So this is it. This is the Running Mondays 2nd Anniversary Giveaway!

The Mission

It’s simple, just come up with the most creative comment that answers the above question. And the best part, it’s not limited to only words. You can include screen captures, pictures, gif images, anything which you think will explain why Running Man is awesome. Leave your most creative answers in the comments below!

The Prizes

Of course, it won't be a giveaway without the prizes. Here's what the TOP 5 best and most creative comments can win.

5 X Exclusive Running Mondays T-Shirts (for each winner)

A huge shoutout to Pauline from @RMDoodle who so graciously provided the cute illustrated Running Man members that are featured on the front of the T-shirt. Check out her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see even more Running Man doodles. Believe me, you’d definitely love it.

Want to win this exclusive Running Mondays T-shirt for yourself? Well, it’s time to get commenting! The last day for comment submission is on 21 November 2014. That should be enough time for you guys to put on your creative thinking caps and start commenting.

Twitter #RunningMondays Contest

There's also a Twitter contest going on for this giveaway too. Share this blog post on your Twitter account (either through the Tweet button beside or below, or simply use the good ol' copy and paste) and hashtag #RunningMondays in your post. Remember to hashtag #RunningMondays because it helps me track your entries.

3 (THREE) lucky winners will be selected at random and walk away with a Running Mondays T-shirt each.

Twitter contest ends on 21 November 2014.

Instagram #RunningMondays Contest

Oh, and there's also a contest on Instagram as well. Share your favorite Running Man pictures below with the hashtag #RunningMondays and also tag me too @onenonlyJW. And that's it. Remember to hashtag #RunningMondays because it helps me track your entries.

3 (THREE) lucky winners will be selected at random and walk away with a Running Mondays T-shirt each. 

Instagram contest ends on 21 November 2014.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has continuously supported Running Mondays for the past 2 years. Let's keep running and supporting Running Man as they bring us more laughs and hilarity.


Terms and conditions

1. This contest is only open to people residing in Malaysia. Sorry, rest of the world. *sad face*
2. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments section. Winners will be notified by email.
3. For Instagram and Twitter posts, the hashtag #RunningMondays must be there in order for it to be a valid entry. Winners will be notified through tagging.
4. Make sure your Instagram and Twitter accounts is set to Public.
5. The judges' (only me, teehee) decision is final.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

5 Most Hilarious Running Man Dressups

Running Man isn't too picky about the clothes that they wear during an episode. There's no dress code, unless they're all being thrown into the water or forced to wander into the muddy rice fields. But sometimes, the PDs change things up a bit by having the members play dress up to suit the mission. This is where the epicness ensues.

Here are the 5 most hilarious Running Man dress up situations, because you know you need yourself a dose of laughter.

Note: You can watch the Running Man in their epic funny costumes and even more episodes at DramaFever. Check out this link to get started!

#5 Running Kangaroos

Running Man PDs: How difficult would it be to get a world star into this costume?
Writers: He might not go for it. He's got an image after all
Running Man PDs: Let's give it a shot anyways. And make them do a high jump.
Writers: ...okay.

And thus, one of the most hilarious/ridiculously cute costumes on Running Man was born. Even world star Rain and Kim Woo-bin were not exempted from this punishment bouncing yellow kangaroo costume.

#4 Toga-Dong-wan

The thing about the God of Disguises Dong-wan FD is that it's so difficult to pin down his most outrageous costume. But if I had to pick one, it has to be the toga-toting messenger in the landmark episode 100. He's wearing a toga and cycling against the Running Man members.

That's gotta net him some points.

#3 Kwangvatar

A fan favorite, Kwangvatar first appeared on our screens back in episode 51, during the morning wake up mission in Bangkok.

Since then, our tall blue friend has appeared an approximate 1 other time in episode 216, with even more visually scarring and hilarious results. Seriously, someone should just build the Avatar machine and put Kwang-soo into the program. Perfect fit.

#2 Kwang-ja

The female version of Kwang-soo is pretty much the same person, just with slightly longer hair. Kwang-ja can get pretty ajumma like, despite being one of the youngest among all the Running Man members.

She can be quite merciless towards other females, but gets her retribution from the fact that none of the guys give her any chances or even see her as a woman. Still, she soldiers on.

Her favorite pastime is to make sure Commander Jong-kook doesn't get a moment's rest.

#1 Yoo Song-yi

In the Running Man adaptation of the popular drama You Who Came From The Stars, Jun Ji-hyun didn't make an appearance as her famous on-screen actress Cheon Song-yi. Instead, that task fell to Yoo Jae-suk who proceeded to make the most out of it. He was perfectly adept at it, down to the hair and the eyes. He even kissed Suk-jin for the sake of realism. That's dedication to one's craft.

Which one of these do you find the funniest? Or maybe you have your own favorite Running Man dressups? Is it the Avengers? Or Ji-hyo's uber cute Snow White? Leave a comment below!


Running Mondays News

1. Something is coming this Wednesday. Are you ready for it?

2. Running Man will be in Malaysia for their fanmeeting this 1st Nov 2014!

Get your tickets now to watch Ji Suk-jin, HaHa, Kim Jong-kook, Song Ji-hyo and Lee Kwang-soo dole out their slapstick brand of humor on stage. More information is available here or on ONE TV ASIA's page. You can also buy your tickets at TicketCharge.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Announcement: Halloween Short and Other Going Ons

I haven't written an announcement post in forever. In fact, I don't think I've written anything personal in a while. It's all been Running Man this, Running Man that and even more Running Man in between. But I have a perfectly good reason for this.

See, work has been keeping me pretty busy. When I say work, I mean office work. As in a real actual job that requires me to get out of bed early in the morning and put on my adult pants. I haven't had much time at all to write all the posts that I wanted to write because I get back home a tired wreck every day, and weekends have never been more precious for catching up on those extra winks. 

But I have been trying to do go back to doing something I really enjoy; making short videos that feature a lot of me in it. I've sorta, kinda shot something for Halloween this year, as I've done in the previous 2 years. It's nothing really elaborate; it's more like a collection of really, really short videos that I've compiled into one. 

Hey, if Hollywood can sell me a "The Dark Knight" trilogy bundle for a ton of money, I don't see why I can't bundle a couple of short videos into one disjointed video. 

But as I've mentioned, time is always not on my side. When I wear my big boy pants, I'm pretty much expected to do big boy things, and this whole video making thing isn't included in the list. Still, I will persevere. You can just...HAND it to me.

Man, that was one terrible pun to market this short. So here's the "teaser poster" instead. 

Again, I'm sorry if you came to my blog expecting to read about my life instead of being bombarded everywhere by Running Man. I'll try my very bestest to write put up some of the classic humor posts whenever I can. I don't think I'll be able to unless inspiration hits me like a truck. And by that, I mean slowly and painfully.

If you are still reading this, please know that I appreciate you very much for putting up with my nonsense up to now.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

The 6 Best Running Man Team Victories

The concept of Running Man has always been mostly about winning. It began with a sort of Amazing Race vibe; finish all the given missions and win the final race. But as I've mentioned before, Running Man isn't so much about winning. It's about the relationships that are built between the members, how the betray each other, laugh at each other and bond just like a family. So at the gist of it, the members are essentially not all about winning, but more of the camaraderie between each of them.

As such, Running Man team victories are my favorite kind to watch. Whenever the entire Running Man team is pitted against another side, I just enjoy watching them stop their backstabbing and betrayal and just team up for the victory.

So here are the 6 best Running Man team victories, in no particular order. I didn't include any of the One Chance Missions in this list because I've written about that before in this post here.

Note: You can watch full Running Man English subbed episodes on DramaFever! Click here to start.

#6 Ep 190: Running Man vs Angel Eyes

When the cast of Angel Eyes paid the Running Man team a visit, it was another chance for the Running Man team to show their teamwork abilities. After losing the first mission because of communication problems and the second because they aren't all that hot on quizzes, Running Man finally kept up the momentum to knock Team Angel Eyes out, literally.

The final mission was the fireman relay, which Team Running Man won with a comfortable margin because of their excellent team work.

#5 Ep 95: Find the Strikers

When it comes to team missions, Running Man members don't always see eye to eye on certain matters. But when the going gets tough, they usually are able to work together for the bulk of the episode to solve missions.

Just like in episode 95 when they had to go up against idol groups SISTAR and MBLAQ, easily defeating them. In the case of MBLAQ (and poor Lee Joon especially), where they were all outed by being water-gunned down.

It's refreshing to see the members click so well.

#4 Ep 129: Running Man Idol Winter Olympics

Revenge was on the line. In the previous Running Man Summer Olympics, they were thoroughly beaten by the youthful Idol Team. And revenge it was, with the Running Man team working so efficiently as a team to annihilate the Idol Team.

The "ice" hockey game, especially, saw the rise of the Commander's takedown move and Running Man's secret weapon "AZ887" (poor Kwang-hee).

Overall, a Running Man team working hard together will never fail.

#3 Ep 171: Ryu Hyun-jin's Missions

Running Man and the giant crane game. Running Man and the Meat Tower. Running Man vs EXO. The Running Man members were all pushed to the limits in Ryu Hyun-jin's missions for them. From the epic relay with the giant crane, to the balancing of the meat tower (and the subsequent Meat Riots)

and the final mission against the hottest Korean idol group EXO, it was a non-stop, packed episode which really tested the members and their teamwork.

#2 Ep 126: Fool Choi Ji-Woo

One of the things which make Running Man so enjoyable to watch is when they go all out to trick one another for the victory. But when the whole Running Man team comes together to trick the guest, you know you've got a bargain. When the Queen of Melodramas Choi Ji-woo makes her appearance, and is told that she has to best the Running Man members in a 1:7 duel.

Little did she know that the tables were to be turned, and her "victory" ended up going to the Running Man members, who kept their composure throughout. That or they're just very good at trickery.

#1 Ep: 178: Running Man vs Producers

Okay. Let me just say that the final victory wasn't the Running Man members but the PDs. But, they didn't get splashed at the end, so that's sorta kinda like a victory. And the way they completed all the missions; from removing pieces of the Giant Jenga, and to relay gymnastics and crossing the freaking Han river on paper boats made by their own hands.

It was insane the kind of teamwork they put into the episode and to finish up all the missions. That's really what Running Man is all about. It's not about winning, it's about how they go about supporting each other.

Which Running Man team victories did you enjoy the most? Leave a comment below!


Running Mondays News

1. I know I've said this for the past 3 weeks, but there will be a surprise in next week's Running Mondays 2nd Anniversary post. So look out for it next week!

2. Running Man will be in Malaysia for their fanmeeting this 1st Nov 2014!

Get your tickets now to watch Ji Suk-jin, HaHa, Kim Jong-kook, Song Ji-hyo and Lee Kwang-soo dole out their slapstick brand of humor on stage. More information is available here or on ONE TV ASIA's page. You can also buy your tickets at TicketCharge.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Get Chilly at Genting's Ice Age Adventure

It's been almost a month since I was invited up by the good people at Resorts World Genting to catch the Ice Age Adventure. A month of not writing anything about the Ice Age Adventure because of excuses. But here it is, finally. 

And I'll let the pictures do the talking for the most part because like Scrat, I'm constantly on the move now looking for my acorn. And by acorn, I mean money so that I can feed myself. Adulthood sucks. 

 Precisely what I told myself when I hit adulthood. 

So what is the Ice Age Adventure all about? Well, you may well know that the Genting Theme Park will be remodeled into the fantastic sounding 20th Century Fox World in 2016. So Ice Age Adventure is sort of like a prequel to it. Your kids will get to see lovable characters from the hit animated movie Ice Age, like Scrat, Sid and Diego and even get to have a photo session and play games with them.

Note I said kids, because this is primarily a kids event. Oh the kids will be all over those lovable man sized, probable flesh eating animals but the adults know. Oh, they know. But because I'm not an adult, per se, I enjoyed most of my time at the Ice Age Adventure. In fact, I even infiltrated the kids during a game and NO ONE, I mean NO ONE noticed.

I must really start getting older.

Here's the video if you're interested.

There are other things to do at Ice Age Adventure, like these incredibly detailed 3D art walls which you can snap as many photos as possible. Be careful you don't get left to drift on some ice though. Some people are cruel like that.

Pictured: The face of an ice queen who doesn't care about her subjects. 

Ice Age Adventure does get tiring after a while, especially when your parents ask you to pose in a million different ways just to get the right angle and perfect picture. And, I'm sorry, but did I mention that the Ice Age shorts which you can watch in the special theatre are just one straw short of a Final Destination movie? I mean, kids LIKE this sort of violence?

I really must be getting old.

So to take my mind off the violence, I decided to do one of the kiddiest things I could think of; coloring my very own mask. Sure, there was a sign which read "Just for Kids" and sure the chairs were a bit too small and the table too short. But it's coloring! No one says no to coloring. Well, maybe except the security guards who were eyeballing me, ready to tear into me the moment I did something stupid.

The parents were just pretty much standing around judging me. 

So what are my thoughts on Ice Age Adventure? Well, being a budak, I enjoyed it immensely. It has a lot of things that would keep the average 5 year old interested, especially with the lack of a proper theme park in Genting Highlands. In fact, I enjoyed it doubly more because I got to eat handmade sushi, which was awesome. Look at me, LOOK AT MY FACE. That is the face of an unadulterated joy of having sushi to eat.

If you're feeling bored of all the words and want some flashy pictures (Ed Note: It's called a video smartass), just watch the one by Resorts World Genting.

For more information on the Ice Age Adventure, check out this link:

Stay cool, people. Yes, that was a pun. Deal with it.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

4 MORE "What Ifs" on Running Man

A few months ago, I wrote an article about the "What Ifs" on Running Man. That post was met with a middling response, but if Hollywood has taught me anything, middling anything equals opportunity for a sequel. So today's Running Mondays article will be a sequel. Here are more unanswered questions about what the show would be like if these instances happened.

Note: You can watch full Running Man episodes on DramaFever. Just CLICK HERE

#4 What if Song Joong-ki was still on the show? (Comment by Jenny)

One of the best "what ifs" was asked on the previous post by a Jenny. What if Brain/Flower Boy Joong-ki didn't decide to leave and remained on the show? This brings up plenty of scenarios. What would his relationship with the rest of the members be? He left the show before Running Man hit their peak. How would the producers of the show continue his character? Would he and Kwang-soo be rivals?

Would he be another Ace or Sudden Commander? So many possibilities, so few answers.

#3 What if the Running Man team had failed their "Wildlife Mission" in Indonesia?

In their milestone 200th episode, the Running Man members were put into a wildlife safari and made to complete a mission within the time limit. Their punishment, should they fail, was skydiving. As in literally jumping from a plane. Fortunately (for them), they all passed the mission. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see what it was like for the members to leap out from a plane. It would have been a perfect fit to end the 200th episode with Kwang-soo's terrified face as he hurled earthwards.

Pretty much this. 

#2 What if Gary and Shin Min-ah had failed the pre-wedding nametag ripping game?

In episode 215, Gary and Shin Min-ah were playing the part of a couple separated by their feuding families. In order to eliminate the disagreeing parties, the couple had to literally eliminate their family members who didn't agree to the wedding. This was done in classic Running Man fashion, by nametag tearing. But there was also a time limit given. What if, Gary and Shin Min-ah didn't manage to complete the mission? The couple would have been split up. Can you imagine Shin Min-ah really put together as a couple with her fraternal twin brother Kwang-soo? The very thought of it makes me wanna...

#1 What if the roles for each Running Man member were switched? (Comment by RMFollower)

We've all grown to know and love the characters on the show. Kwang-soo's betraying self, Jong-kook's Commander Sparta cry, Jae-suk's talkative grasshopper, Ji-hyo's Ace, Gary's dark horse status, Suk-jin's Race Starter, HaHa's kiddy personality; these are all the characters that have made the show so memorable for the fans. But what if Jong-kook was a sniveling betrayer? Or Suk-jin was the one everyone feared? How about HaHa being the Ace and Ji-hyo being extremely childish?

Can you imagine a talkative Gary and a subdued peaceful Jae-suk? Try to imagine it in different ways; there can be so many mix and matches. I mean, imagine Jong-kook as the race starter. Boom, the universe has exploded.

What other what ifs have you noticed on the show? Leave a comment below and it could help be in the next sequel to this post.

Other Running Mondays News

1. The results of the Running Man Fan Survey 2014 are out! Find out what the you, Running Man fans of the world, love most about the show! Click this link ( to check it out!

2. Keep your nametags on, because there MIGHT just be something awesome for the 2nd Running Mondays Anniversary coming your way next week (or earlier, who knows?)

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