Sausage Party, Filled With Hidden Agenda?

 Recently, I just watched Sausage Party, a 3D animation movie that, if you’re unaware, you might think that this is a kid movie. But seeing who voiced the character (Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Edward Norton! Etc) also the cover mentioned “from the guy who brought you “This The End” and “Pineapple Express”, I guess this is going to be one hell of a ride ^_^. Oh, forgot to mention that I watch it on bootleg DVD since this type of movie will probably never officially released in Indonesia. Oh, spoiler alert, some of the story or even ending will be told, so in advance I urged you to watch this movie he he.

All the movies that were mentioned on the cover of that DVD never really hits cinema in Indonesia, or made a big splash in the box office. But if you lucky enough to see it, you’ll understand why it was considered as cult movie or something he he. Those movies tells a theme that rather sensitive, especially in Indonesia, drugs, sex and religion. Seeing the pattern of this, you’ll probably somehow guessed where this movie will led to.

The plot of the movie is rather innocent, about the life of unanimated object in Supermarket such as fruits, jams, or even non-biological object like, and dust bin or liquid container. This objects believe that their goal is to serve God(s) which is us, human that walk in the supermarket hallway and pick the lucky object to (purchased) sent them to a better place (they thought we take them to heaven or something). Everyday they sang and praise us human so that they can be chose to be taken to the “better place” until some item realized the horror or cruel reality that God(s) isn’t take them to a better place, but rather to “kill” them, consume them and throw them away. That’s the main plot idea of this wacky, rather genius movie.

Either this movie had hidden agenda to promote atheism / humanitarian or probably just a joke about religions, God(s) or any sort of believes that meant to create a conversation or debate or something, but this movie will trigger a question that most people try to hide or deny, what if what we “believes” or dogmatic teaching is wrong? This movie hits major religion such as Abraham religions (Islam, Christianity) as the main area of jokes he he. So, if you’re type of people that offended easily, this movie isn’t for you.

Those supermarket products actually worship the same God(s) but they worshipped it differently, according to their culture and background (in this movie, according to the type of product they are, ready to eat, packaged, liquor, produced from, etc). The difference between them makes them hates each other, such as Germany Bratwurst hates juice (this is an analogy of NAZI hates Jews, clever ^_^) or Kebab bread hates hotdog/bacon (an analogy of Middle East country hates western culture). Even the Kebab bread believes that after they died, God will grant them 77 virgin oils (jabs of Islamic believe that if a person who died in Allah’s way/jihad will be granted with 77 angles/virgins in the afterlife). Or how men & women shouldn’t get “physical” before marriage (in the movie, the bun and hotdog shouldn’t get together before God(s) take them and put them together.

Besides religion, they also take a jab on social value, such as cannibalism (the product gain more strength after they consume other product) or social class (the product that don’t have expired date such as liquor or honey get the top class, even held the responsible to create the teaching to worship human). This movie is really something.

The movie is one hell of a ride, but if you watch it you knew that this won’t end well. And it is ended abruptly insane. The supermarket product, In This Case a sausage, guided by the immortal chewing gum that stuck on Stephen Hawking’s desk thus makes him super intelligent, found a way to communicate with God (human). The sausage was bought by a junkie & when the junkie gets, high, he somehow accessing the ability to see through 4th dimension and see that the sausage and other object is an intelligent sentient being (just like the scene in “Interstellar” where the dad can see the daughter but can’ contact or interact with her). The junkie freaked out and submits to the will of the sausage & gave them the upper hand, until the junkie sober and thought that it’s all just a dream and thinking to eat the sausage. The sausage is freaked out and somehow by chance or the grace of God (the real god probably ^_^) the junkie is fell by accident and get beheaded by sharp object and dead. Thus they know that the God can be killed, they aren’t immortal, and they are just like “us”.

With this knowledge and the disappointment that what they worship and doing all this time is wrong, the products is rebelling against human by making them high (inject a needles consist of the drugs the junkie used) so they can move freely and kills God. Suffice to say the mission was a success, they manage to make the supermarket as their own, and then came the WTF part.

What would you do if you realized that what you worship is false, your believe is a lie and etc? In this movie the products did the most cliché things, they “rebel” against what they once believed with the act of orgy, homosexual, interspecies sex (if there are such things in supermarket product) and everything that once condemn or forbid. A Hollywood cliché or something. Either this is a hidden agenda to promote free sex or something, but there other things to rebel if you disappointed, you could kill, steal, or do any other 7 deadly sins but it’s always sex.


Also they try to promote the idea that man can do anything if they acknowledged there is/are no God(s). Like in this movie, after manage to “conquer” God(s), they try to conquer another dimension on which their alter ego exists (the protagonist sausage try to meet or kill his voice actor Seth Rogen, etc). Well it depends on how we see it honestly.

IMHO, this is a weird movie that somehow triggers me to over-thinking it. Maybe they just do this movie for fun (like “This is The End” or their other movies) or just for the novelty of it. But I wonder what kind of studio willing to funding this crazy story without an agenda ha ha. But I guess if you manage to just not over-thinking things, this is a fun, crazy, wacky and silly movie that worth to watch if you looking for an unconventional theme movie. Hey, even if you over-thinking this movie, it could grow an interesting debate or thoughts.

Trying Fake @$$ Rolex

Following my previous blog about how I really enjoy my built your own Vostok amphibian zissou. I always wonder if Vostok its cheap price tag can stand toe to toe with giants like Rolex, Omega, SEIKO, etc. What if cheap automatic watch from China is actually good and could also held their ground compares to the giants?
Sure people already try to compare it and the verdict is always the same; don’t wasting your time and money for fake watch, save some money buy the real one. It’s cheaper on long term and it is an investment, unless you probably just need the fake watch for parts or something.
But the itch to taste those cheap watches is so tempting because of the prize. I mean, my Vostok is only 289 K (approximately $24) but it was made in the 90’s. The cost to face lift it into Zissou amphibian cost me (plus the price of the watch) 459 K (approximately $43). The most famous Chinese watch is Parnis, and their dive style (5 bar water resistant, 50m) it cost just like my face lift Vostok. And there are other Chinese watches that even way cheaper like SOKI, Winner or Sewor with $15-$20 price tag.
I manage to make my friend buy a fake Rolex for 169 K ($14), that’s even cheaper than SOKI, Sewor, etc! Could you believe it? Well, the watch came and we unbox it (yes it came with a box, Rolex box, cheap though) and IMHO, this watch has the same quality as cheap SOKI, Sewor, etc. How did they manage to sell it cheaper than those brands? Because it is actually slapped Rolex on it? That’s actually makes people more interested though.

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Well, the watch feels cheap, has water resistant though (probably 3 ATM or something), has functioned bezel (unidirectional), has awful steel strap (even Seiko SKX stainless steel strap is cheap though). 

The transparent back case reveals the cheapness 😅
Compared to my old Seiko, the shining chrome on the fake only makes it worse

All in all, I think you should spend more time with affordable but original stuff rather than this cheap fake one. Honestly, it might be better if you even buy SOKI, Sewor, etc rather than this one. At least it has the dignity to be themselves rather than claiming as other brands he he.

As cool as it may looks. I won’t wearing it ha ha

If It’s Makes You Happy, It Can’t Be That Bad? The Vostok love story

I already wrote my love for Vostok on my previous blog, but somehow I just can’t get enough of it ha ha. So, I sell my old Komanderskie for Rp. 300.000,- (approximately $25) and bought another Vostok, this time the well-known amphibian for Rp. 321.000,- (approximately $25), but somehow some Komanderskie also look just like this, the Vostok Men’s Komandirskie Automatic Wristwatch Russia Watch Submarine # 921163. But yeah, the back case on this watch showing amphibia logo though, and it’s a Vostok anyway. So I guess this is a win-win bargain.

The watch is “good condition” with minor defect such as dirty spot on the glass, scratch here & there, also the water resistant is “weird” or inconsistent sometimes it seal tight but the other time leaked. But compared to my previous watch, this watch is waaaaay better.

 

Amphibia writing on the back case
Amphibia writing on the back case

I decided to fix the watch, clean the glass & tighten the seal. But somehow I stumble on the net about “legendary” amphibian that wore by Steve Zissou in the movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”. The movie is weird & not for everyone, but it’s a cult classic, also the watch wore by him is very nice.

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The sighting of the famous watch he he

So I bought a new dial that exactly looks like Zissou’s, and I can’t be more happy he he. I buy it on a great seller on ebay that you can find here.

 

Just like my previous blog, Vostok basically is “just” a watch, a mediocre or budget friendly watch to be blunt. But it’s a good watch, a great beater watch with a distinctive style of its own. Many people love this watch for what it is. A watch that tells time, reliable, tough, quirky and cheap.And you can modified it any way you want it, because its cheap. I already saw custom bezel, custom dial, or even put the machine into other watch body. Go crazy, surprise yourself.

Switch strap. Makes it bad @$$

If you can find a new one with good quality, I urge you to buy it, you won’t be disappointed if you’re a watch aficionado, or just wondering what diver watch you should buy for the sake of curiosity. This ain’t Rolex, or even Seiko, but if its makes you happy (and its not a bad thing), it can’t be that bad he he.

Awesome little watch

Gundam Barbatos Lupus 1/144. Worth Every Penny of it!!!

So, I always have a soft spot for Gundam. But those figures are damn expensive and takes time to built. So all of my Gundam is their cheapest one, the 1/144 scale. And I lost interest in modern Gundam. I stopped watching Gundam after Gundam Wing (too many pretty boys with lame story). I tried Gundam SeeD but that series is kinda…not my cup of tea to be polite. And Turn A Gundam is…a blasphemy or insult IMHO.

My last Gundam figure that I bought is Gundam Astray Red frame, the first one with that big Samurai sword. I love it, even paid someone to painted it ha ha. After that, I have a long hiatus of buying Gundam figures (and also the favt that Zeta Gundam is nowhere to be seen, I don’t have any bucket list left).

 But, last week I stumbled a Gundam is bargain bin, this Gundam, Barbatos Lupus. For Rp 200k. Very cheap for a Gundam figure. And it has a big damn sword. So I just bought it ha ha

Damn cheap!!?

And it’s even got further reductions. So the price is actually Rp 150k. WOW!!! I honestly don’t have any expectations but even if the figure turned out disappointing, I won’t have any regrets ha ha.

So yesterday I just built it. And see how it goes.

Standard features so far

But as the figures reached it final form. I just realized how long I was  away from Gundam figures that I just shocked to see how detailed they’ve become. Even in 1/144 figures.

Wow, no paint or glued required but the details…

The finished figure is so awesome, it didn’t looked like an assembled figure if you don’t look at it closely. A damn good manufactured figure.

Look at this beauty!!!
And that humongous sword

Damn. Even if the foot is looked weak and wobbly. It managed to stay stable, even posing it with its humongous sword.

Don’t a need a posing stand

Wow. This figure makes me want to buy more Gundam figures ha ha. Just to see how far they’ve come in assembling plastic into such a great figures. And this Barbatos is also a great figure. Buy it just to taste how great and satisfying to build and play with Gundam figures he he.

Oh, sorry for the $hitty image. I just so excited that I posted this immediately he he

SKX007 vs. SNZF17, A Matter of Preference

So, most watch aficionado agree that Seiko SKX007 is one of the best, most affordable diver watch available. I wholeheartedly agree with that. SKX007 is a tool that built & designed for diving, and they even got certified for it. But there are reasons why I prefer to buy something else, like my Orient Mako Pepsi, besides the fact that it’s cheaper than SKX007^_^.

So, I once have the opportunity to buy new watch, which at first would like to be SKX007. But then all of a sudden I stumbled to another watch, also from Seiko, type SNZF17 with code name “Sea Urchin”. So, SKX007 priced at Rp. 2.700.000, – (approximately $200) while SNZF17 priced at Rp. 1.500.000, – (approximately $110). Of course I buy sea urchin without second thought. Don’t know why though.

But suddenly I realize why I bought SNZF17 rather than SKX007, I found the reasons when my friend bought SKX007 and I compared it with mine. So, the rest of this page will probably tell you why SKX007 isn’t my cup of tea. Not by all means it’s a bad watch (it’s one of the best I admit), it’s just a matter of preference I guess.

First, just like the reason I prefer Orient rather than Seiko, the elegance or luxury. Somehow SNZF17 shows more…formal or finesse than SKX007. Also the design of the body also shows that SNZF17 have more “streamlined” body (especially from the sides) and the dial also shows more elegance feel rather than SKX007. Let the pictures do the talking.

They both looked great from above

SKX007 side view kinda chubby
Crown position is depends on your preference
I love the glass back case on SNZF17
 

True, from technical standpoints, SKX007 beat the hell of SNZF17, the price tag doesn’t lie about that. SKX007 is a true diver with certified 200m water resistant while SNZF17 is only diver style watch with 100m water resistant (that mentions a lots). The rotating bezel also gives you the reason the price tag is a wide margins, SKX007 rotating bezel is silky smooth, sounds heavenly and almost effortless to rotate with 120 clicks (so damn satisfying) while SNZF17 rotating bezel is “hard” and the sound is “CLICKY” in a loud way.

Another best feature of SNZF17 is the fact that date and day dial is black with white numbers and letters. It’s a small feature that makes the display looks so much better and elegance. This realization also makes SNZF17 is even better than my Pepsi Mako he he (even the deep-oh-satisfying-blue dial can’t help) in terms of display somehow.

Black is awesome ^_^

But honestly, as a watch it self, I prefer SNZF17 somehow. Sure it’s “only” 100m water resistant, but it’s not like I’m a professional diver or something. It’s a great watch to swim in a pool or playing on the beach anyway. The elegance it shows makes SNZF17 the best bang for the buck, the beautiful body somehow certified this watch as “Bond in a budget” for regular Joe. You can brought this watch to a party. The price tag is even better than SKX007. A matter of preference anyway, but SNZ F17 makes it 2nd the best on my watch so far (the best is still my Vostok ha ha).

Best bang for the buck

Orient Mako XL, The Best Affordable Diver (For Me)

So, I decided to buy “diver” watch, the affordable one according to watch fan around the world, an Orient Mako. And to make it more obvious, I say it forward, I LOVE THIS WATCH!!!! And I will tell you why.

Pros :

  • Big, bulky, robust, luxurious
  • Beautiful display, even more beautiful than Seiko SKX
  • Better steel strap than Seiko
  • Reliable movement and power reserve

Cons :

  • Doesn’t have certification for 200m water resistant
  • Weak lume
  • Bezel doesn’t have pinpoint arrow and not as smooth as Seiko

When people asked what is the best affordable diver watch, majority will say, Seiko SKX007 (or SKX009). It’s a great watch, certified 200mm for diving, robust and reliable. BUT, the price tag is still not affordable for me. The cheapest one is 2,3 million Rupiah (approximately $ 220). Also, Seiko SKX series are known for its notorious wobbly, wonky, cheap steel strap. Thus I look for another alternative.

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That’s where I found Orient, another Japanese brand that also deemed affordable, especially the Mako line. Somehow I found that my Mako XL (bigger in diameter than another Mako or even Seiko SKX series) is the cheapest one available (available for 1,6 million Rupiah or approximately $ 150). So I bought it in a heartbeat, without reviewing the pros & cons. pure impulse action I might say.

Then it arrives, with stainless steel strap. Bulky, robust, heavy and luxurious, yeah Orient is more “formal” than Seiko somehow. Somehow this watch is manlier than SKX series and with a better steel strap than Seiko. But it looks too bulky for me, so I swapped the strap immediately. Sure Mako XL feels too big for some, but not for me. The 22mm strap looks proportional with this 45mm (approximately) beast. Even some people say that Orient own movement is more reliable than Seiko

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Bigger, more luxurious & IMHO, better than my friend’s SKX007
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No starting point, just big “60”

If there are things that I don’t like is the bezel. Not because it’s only 60 clicks (Seiko 120 clicks, hence smoother bezel rotation) or because the bezel is sturdier than Seiko (it’s a man watch, I’ll use my manly strength to turned it ^_^), but because Mako XL doesn’t have pinpoint arrow for the starting point in the bezel. I’m not a diver but I use the bezel for other stuffs like boiling egg, tell me how many minutes passed from a speech, etc.

Another one cons is the lume, which in my case is weak compared to Seiko, I don’t know is it because my watch is ex-display or something ha ha. But it’s kinda hard to see the display in the dark, the display is more beautiful and luxurious than Seiko SKX.

What about 200m non certified water resistant? Well, if you’re not a diver, it doesn’t matter. I use it for bath, swim, etc and it’s resist water just fine (if not fantastic).

Bottom line, this is the best affordable diver I ever bought (so far that is). This is for you who have big wrist, or man enough to wear such a bold statement watch. This watch is looks more expensive than the price tag it wear. This baby could be use as formal dress companion or as a beater watch. Highly recommended. If you think this watch is too big, buy Orient Mako (not the XL) or Orient Raven. Smaller but looks better than Seiko SKX IMHO.

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Highly versatile & adaptable for any situation
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Luxurious from bottom to the top
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My best watch so far

 

PK, Good Movie With Anti-Religion Idea?

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Kinda like gay movie ha ha

I always despise Indian movie due to the fact they always singing & dancing and the movie duration is way to long for my taste. That’s why I miss or didn’t watch PK back in 2014, even if the hype is so huge, critically acclaimed, etc. Boy, I glad I have the chance to see this movie. I say it forward, this is a very good movie, thought provoking and maybe considered as blasphemy for some people & religion, although it’s still consisting singing & dancing (which is tolerable) and long duration (3 hours more or less).

The last Indian movie that I saw and recommended is 3 idiots, which is also starred by Aamir Khan and created by the same director, this movie is also very good because it gives another point of view about education system, specifically in India and in general through out the world. Where education institute is testing our memory rather than understanding the topic, heavily emphasis on grade rather than knowledge, etc. A bit naïve but gives us second thought about education. PK also gives us second thought about another, rather sensitive subject, religion. This blog may contain spoilers, so let me just say, watch this movie, then read this unimportant blog if you want ha ha.

PK is an alien that “stranded” in India (just watch the movie, it’s a good movie & I won’t spoil it because it’s not a review per se) and learned about humanity. His remote control (shaped as an amulet) to contact his ship was stolen by stranger, so he searches here & there for it. On his quest he found out that many people said he against all odds and only God can help him. So he asks God(s) for help while learning the religions in India. Oh, people called him PK because people say that he is peekay or drunk in Indian, due to the way he questioned god(s), weird attitude (he never blink and have weird posture), etc.

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This is his default mimic ha ha

This is where the interesting part is, he learned that human worship many gods, human are divided by religions, believes, etc. He tried many religions, doing the prayers, deeds, etc. He concluded that God is missing because his prayer aren’t answered, he even give fliers to everyone asking if they’ve seen God(s) he he.

He is exposed by a journalist (which have bad experience regarding inter-faith love relationship that makes her concluded that Pakistani and Moslem in general are jerk) into mainstream media. He shared his thought on TV and created pros and cons among people in India.

He concluded that people themselves that dividing themselves from others by “creating” god, religion, etc. The only way we can tell if a person is a specific religion worshiper is only by the way they dress or accessories they wear, which we can replaced easily, we just pretending to be different he concluded.  We just loves if we are (ourselves and people that shares the same idea) different, superior or just better than others.

God(s) has many managers (religious clerk, Ulama, reverend, monk, bishop, etc) and many corporations (religion) that each of them has their own rules, procedures that trying to separates human from another human being by making us feel more superior, special, etc. This is also our way to makes us different or better than others.

He even concluded that religion is marketing fear as the most effective product. People are afraid to go to hell if they don’t do religious teachings or what they were commanded to do. People even do “bribery” to God(s) in order to get what they want (passed the test, be successful, won a match, etc) by doing religious teaching. We do good deeds not because it’s the right thing to do, but because we try to please God(s) or even bribe him in order to get what we want or to go to heaven.

What I found very interesting is the part that he also concluded that God(s) manager is calling the wrong number. Their call (prayer, etc) didn’t connect to God(s) because their methods are wrong, such as if God(s) loves his, or, her or whatever, why he makes it hard for his children to contact him? Many methods that make it hard to become a good worshiper, in the movie the example is when a person asked religious clerk what he should do in order to make his ill wife healed. The clerk said that he should pray at specific temple located 500 km from where he lives and then sacrificed something. PK said that this is wrong number, thus the person shouldn’t do it. God(s) as the most merciful won’t make his worshiper to do things beyond their limit or ability.

His action sparks the same movement all over India. People reporting and mentioned this “wrong number” act. Some people report that some Christian priest claimed that he can go to heaven if he embraced the teaching and faith of Christ, but the man thinking and said if God loves him, he would’ve been born in Christian family not Hindu, he concluded that this is “wrong number”. Other said that some temple claimed that in order for their prays to be answered, they should “sacrificed” specific amount of money, thus this is “wrong number”, etc.

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PK then asked to do debate with a temple priest live on TV, in this movie the priest a very respectful that holds his amulet. The priest said if he can prove him wrong, PK can have his amulet. This debate is interesting, especially when the priest ask if PK didn’t believe in God because his action somehow creates a movement to bust or shaming some religion. PK answers the question beautifully and, also if you’re sensitive or something, sharp to the point of offensive; he believes in God that creates us all, but not the one the priest or other man created, which is in someway…most of modern day religion ha ha.

Wow, this is a very good movie with a very open to interpretation by our very own understanding message, or a hidden agenda if you’re too sensitive or something. I highly recommended this movie for everyone, so we can give more thoughts about religion. Not because I despise religion, but for us to give second thought before justifying our act in the name of religion or something. Please do watch this movie just to give you idea about religion. Yes they are different from one another, or even similar in some way but that’s the point, why can’t we all get along he he.