Movie Review #1 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Please note that there may be some spoilers.

I went to watch Kingsman: The Golden Circle with my friends on Sept 23, 2017 at Shaw Lido. It came out in Singapore on the Sept 21. This is my quick review of the show.

Some background first. I watched the first movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, when it came out in 2014. I loved the first show due to its over-the-top action sequence with the occasional comedic scenes. The funniest scenes were always when Samuel L. Jackson is on. In that movie, we saw Eggsy, portrayed by Taron Egerton, grew from an anti-social youth to become a respected young man capable of dishing out heavy punishment on the bad guys.

In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we saw Eggsy as a mature agent, able to fight off his enemies with relative ease. And when he’s not fighting or on the job, he was able to maintain a cover of a young adult who has a girlfriend, hanging out with his friends in his house.

About quarter way of the show, we get to see the Kingsman wiped out except for a few survivors — Eggsy and Merlin were the only those survivors.

From then on, the movie was about the remaining Kingsmen working with Statesman, the American counterpart to stop the villain, Poppy Adams, portrayed by Julianne Moore. She’s pretty good at portraying her character’s eccentricities.

Elton John stars in the movie too as a captive and generally serve to replace Samuel L. Jackson in the sense that his scenes were rather funny.

The action scenes were like the first, over-the-top yet maintaining some sense of believability. It’s generally a fun movie. During certain parts of the show, the CGI was pretty obvious. I’m not sure if it was intentional or what. Generally CGI in most Hollywood shows have a certain polish till the point where you almost couldn’t tell the difference between real and fake.

I give the movie 4/5 stars.


Daily Journal – Jun 30, 2017

This is my 90th journal.

I don’t really want to talk about work today. So I will skip that. Instead, I will focus on reviewing ramen.

My friend opened a ramen stall at Yue Hua Foodcourt at 108 Depot Road. The stall is called Tsubame Ramen. You can check out the Facebook page here.

As this is a store in a food court where the highest costing ramen is around SG$6, I’m not expecting restaurant standard.

For a start, the broth is especially important in a bowl of ramen and then follow by the noodles.

I ordered the King Shoyu Ramen, which is one of the signature dish. Here it is.

Being a Shoyu Ramen, I’m expecting the broth to carry a salty taste. It delivered but not to the point where you need to gulp down tons of water. But it’s still pretty salty (I mean if I can taste it, it’s pretty salty), therefore it is not for everyone.

As explained by my friend, it cost money to make a thick broth that’s rich in flavour. So she tried to find a decent balance between cost and quality. I applaud her effort. 4/5 for the broth.

Next is the noodle. At the start, the noodle is rather tough to chew. Considering that I have some issue with my jaw caused by previous d wisdom tooth extraction, I had some rather difficult time. However, after a while soaking in the broth, the noodle softened. Only then, I find it enjoyable. My friend explained to me that because the noodle can become extremely soft when left in the broth for too long and if she cook it any longer. Therefore, she only cooked it for a few seconds. It is to ensure the quality for people ordering ramen to go and don’t eat it immediately. 4/5 for the noodle.

For SG$6, there are four pieces of braised pork belly that is well cooked. However, as I’m someone who prefer a stronger tasting braised pork belly, I didn’t find it exceptional. I personally prefer the braised pork belly from Menya Sanji Ramen located at Orchid Hotel along 1 Trans Link. But then, Menya Sanji Ramen cost up to $15 including GST. So 3.5/5 for the pork bellies. The lava egg was a good attempt but for that kind of price, you can’t really complain. 3.5/5 for the lava egg.

If you do live around Depot Road or if you are in the area, do pay Tsubame Ramen a visit.

Here I conclude my journal for today.

Ogon Designs’s Stockholm V2 Smart Wallet Review

My original leather-based wallet was falling apart after one year.

So last Sunday, which is the 4th of June 2017, I decided that it was time for me to get a new one. This time, I wanted a more minimalistic, hard wallet. In a leather wallet, my cards tend to end up bent, which I dislike. In addition, with the increased use of contactless cards, preventing RFID scanning is important. I don’t want the possibility of having money deducted from my card without me knowing, although in Singapore, it is pretty safe.

But it does pay to be safe than sorry.

I went looking around online and found a company, Ogon Designs, which makes aluminium wallets. After browsing their catalogue, I found what I want and took an immediate liking to the Stockholm V2 Smart Wallet.

According to the company, the wallet itself is designed and made in France, which I thought is interesting, especially the latter. Most products these days are made in China and tend to be of a lower quality. Generally, I would prefer products that are made in their country of origin or in countries where the culture is such that the people is attentive to details and perfection. So without considering further, I ordered it from the website. It cost me about SG$137 and that included the DHL Express shipping fee.

The wallet arrived in Singapore on Friday, 9 June 2017, in a small brown box. Opening up the box revealed the wallet itself sitting in the middle of bubble wrap and white foam.

Here you can see the wallet itself encased in a clear case wrapped in plastic. I supposed the plastic case is to protect the aluminium body from scratches and dents.

Once you take the wallet out, it felt solid and compact in your hands. I love the black finish with the grooves along the front and back. The wallet is small enough that it actually fit in the palm of my hand. For an aluminium wallet, it felt light too, comparable to the leather wallet that I used.

Opening up the wallet revealed a small booklet with the OGON title in one of the slot. The interior was well-made and didn’t felt cheap in any sense.

Once you take the booklet out, you can see the wallet allows you to put up to six cards, which is fine by me as I don’t really have that many cards.

Although the wallet allows you to put cash in it, it wasn’t very feasible, especially in Singapore due to the use of polymer banknotes. It’s hard to fold those notes and if you have a lot of those, you will have a hard time closing the wallet. However, with Singapore moving towards being a cashless society, I supposed it is fine for me. Besides, I also rely more on my cards to make payment. Cash are only used at food stores in Singapore which still rely heavily on cash. Side Note: I’m personally not very happy with that.

But if you do need a bigger wallet to hold your cash and cards, then I suggest you get the Big Stockholm Wallet.