Friday, December 30, 2005
Today, after lazing a while in my bed, I woke at 8am and hurriedly brushed teeth, bathed and got dressed, then walked out to catch the bus to Midvalley, coz Dad asked me to go redeem the Elba DVD player for 7,900 Bonuslink points at the Midvalley Exhibition Centre. Okok I know, what's a DVD player to you? But excuse me, my house don't have one yet.
At 9.38am, I reached MV and found to my surprise, a long line of kiasu-ppl standing in line at the entrance, waiting to pounce in and get their gifts. (I'm not kiasu, but my Dad is, cos he asked me to "go early early, before ppl snatch all the stuff, u know?") Haha, bad daughter :P To my surprise, I was among the first 100 to be in line.
When it reached 10am, the big gate opened and I made a bee-line straight for the Elba counter, and was the second to get the DVD player. Wow, now THAT was easy :P And I thought there was gonna be a huge brawl for the 800 units there. Especially when Hannah Tan (so pretty!) said that EVERYONE was asking about the DVD player. Wakakaka. #Blessing No. 1
#Blessing No. 2 - Got to see Hannah Tan in person, u know, always hear ppl say Hannah Tan Hannah Tan but never really saw her before...
I was also looking to buy some NH DetoxSlim products, cos I'd been feeling a little bloated lately... and wanted to, well, expell some of the toxins in my body... wahahah. Then I passed the Lou Hong Ka store in the Bonuslink ring, and they gave me 2 packets of HappyGo, free!!! And also a free Lipid Profile, worth RM40 at PathLab! So, #Blessings No. 3 and 4.
Wahahaha... like si lai, get so excited after so many free gifts... kakakakaka
Then the other important agenda in the day was to meet Ling Siew, who's back in Msia for 3 weeks, whom I haven't met for 3-4 years, since we ate KFC in Jusco, Ipoh when I was in my Alpha year... (I think)
But my handphone went dead, and she couldn't contact me, and I didn't memorize her number, but I saw her arriving at the North Court just when I stepped out from Jusco! Now is that a coincidence or what?! #Blessing No. 5!
And we had a long long chat at Kim Gary's, which was kinda uplifting and enlightening, because of the fact that she has had so much more experience in that other side of the world (UK), like comparing the different job market/requirements in London and Malaysia, London being a financial hub and thus needing more finance workers and Malaysia, not being one, thus resulting in less vacancies for finance/banking graduates and lower salaries~ Plus I found out that a fresh-grad business analyst over in UK is bound to get 2,500 POUNDS per month (*GASP imagine converting that into RM!!!), but as she said, don't convert, as food there costs 4 pounds average per meal (similar to Msia standards) and rental there costs a minimum of 150 pounds PER WEEK (equals to 600 pounds per month!!!) WOW! Luckily I didn't burden my dad by going to study in UK...
We also compared job-hunting and interviews, and while I thought my Intel interview was tedious, she told me she had to get through 3 rounds of interviews just for INTERNSHIP placement, and 2 rounds of interviews to get her contract next year (including a phone interview, 2 more group interviews, 2 business presentations and 1 round of SCRABBLE!). *Phew~ congrats to her that she scooped the job anyway~ Go girl!
After that I was at a loss at where to find that heck of a card holder for Nic's birthday... (Walao I thought when I asked him "What do you want for your birthday?", I thought he would reply me sweetly with an "Anything also I like!"... no, instead he had to give me a challenge of finding a nice card holder in NOT-TRENDY Msia. You think Taiwan meh??) But Ling Siew's sister just bought one the other day from Jusco, so I knew in a jiffy where to get the best present! Wakakakaka... such a breeze, and it's really nice! ;) #Blessing No.6
At 3.30pm we decided to call it a day and go home... she took a cab while I waited for a bus. One Metro 99 came and went, another one so, while the sky was getting darker and darker as rain clouds were approaching. I got up and asked a girl, and the young cool Malay dude behind me said, "You better go to North Court if you want to catch a bus." I was... "@!$#@!^%$#!!! This isn't North Court!?!?!??!" and I ran and ran for my dear life from South back to North, carrying all my shopping + DVD player, while praying "God, please don't rain yet, bus please don't come yet!!!"
And Thank The Lord! The bus was waiting for me at the North Court entrance! And it was just starting to drizzle! Got on the bus in time! Clap hands~ #Blessing No. 7.
And like I said before, I was carrying all those things and like the clumsy person I am, bumped into a old Malay guy who was seated on the bus. And halfway through the ride, the OLD Malay guy stood up and offered me a seat! SO SO SO SO KIND! Old man offer me seat! Must've been because I always offer seats to old ppl on LRT+bus... wahahhaa... a good deed in return! #Blessing No.8
Lastly, my aunt boiled too much dong sum soup, and I drank 3 bowls of it!!! *Slurppppp #Blessing No.9
Wakakakaka... well this day is just full of #Blessings... you may think that this sounds like a "flow water entry", but really, Blessings do come in little little surprises, and when you least know it, it comes as a Blessing In Disguise. Thank You Lord! #Blessing No.10!
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
我 ：“吓？？@%^#&%*%@$#&！！” （冒汗）
想替它取个好听的名字很难，Normandie 好诗情画意的名字被孙燕姿为她的狗取了，Summer 又嫌太阳光了，Wellington 又死了... 到现在都想不到适合它的名字，就干脆叫它“小狗”或 “Wow Wow”，听起来又可爱又亲切，又带有一丝没有名字的忧伤感觉。
起初的时候，它总是跟着我的弟弟跟上跟下，弟弟放学回来，它会跳起来帮我弟弟脱袜子... 妈妈叫弟弟从楼上下来喝果汁，它也会循着楼梯口往上叫我弟弟下来... 妈妈说，它可能是弟弟投胎转世来的老婆~
Torture in progress.
Back to live under the banana tree.
(Not really a banana tree lah.)
Me and my dog.
*Pictures are a bit blurry because I took them with my AXIA A108 camera phone~
What's Your True Color?
You're blue — the most soothing shade of the spectrum. The color of a clear summer sky or a deep, reflective ocean, blue has traditionally symbolized trust, solitude, and loyalty. Most likely a thoughtful person who values spending some time on your own, you'd rather connect deeply with a few people than have a bunch of slight acquaintances. Luckily, making close friends isn't that hard, since people are naturally attracted to you — they're soothed by your calming presence. Cool and collected, you rarely overreact. Instead, you think things through before coming to a decision. That level-headed, thoughtful approach to life is patently blue — and patently you!
Hehehe... so me! But of course it's accurate... the questions in the test were all pretty straightforward to determining my color ;)
Friday, December 23, 2005
Oh God do I wish for some good conversation... just for someone to tell me that they care, that they would like to brighten up my day, bring a smile to my face, whatever. I really, really would fall for a guy like that! But I guess everyone's just plain busy, unlike me.
I can't seem to relate to people nowadays. Whether it's the lame-joke guy at work, my best gal frens or guy frens, I always seem to cut them off halfway through our conversations... because I do hope that everything we say could be compressed... cut to the chase. I do hope to get to the next topic quickly, to chat about lots and lots and lots of stuff on various topics... but I guess not everyone does this kind of frequency-hopping, my style. Exactly why I get shot by some of my friends, saying that I change topics too fast. It's inborn okay, I really can't help it. Cos I think there's this big spinning mirror inside my head, twisting and looking at stuff from many different perspectives altogether at one go.
I really dislike going out with only one other friend, cos I'm scared that we'll run out of things to say and there'll be a gap between us... with only silence to fill. But I did like going out with Eric last night (in case he sees this.. haha) because it's been ages since I've caught up with him.
But that aside, I also hate going out with two or more friends, when I have to again reprise the role of wonderful court jester, talking and talking and what do you call it, building the atmosphere. Hate it hate it hate it, yadda yadda yadda.
I wish I could be back with my best friend on the swing, swinging and swinging without speaking a single word, it's like zillions of signals from my head just transmitted silently in frequencies higher than our normal hearing range towards hers. I wish I could find a boy like that, to sit with me and just say nothing but feel comfortable with each other just like that. I guess that only happens after sex when everybody's tired out and flat out on the sheets.
I miss having someone that I really can connect to, to feel that warm guzzy feeling of being UNDERSTOOD. I guess I haven't really felt that for such a long time. Even though it's out with friends, the things we say are just jokes, plain worthless jokes sometimes that are easy to remember 10 years later, but are just plain meaningless. And I feel neglected. Maybe they really just think I'm dumb, maybe we're just too close that they can't help but to overlook my feelings, or in the after years they'll just remember me as the Joker, that I feel.
I need someone to have an overwhelming brainstorming discussion with. But of what topic? I'm really not sure. Sometimes too I wish someone could criticize me with an in-depth conversation on my creative writing/blogging style. Damn I wish I could join a creative writing class at times. Or at least a book club. I need some intellectual, literary input. Any books? Anyone?
I tried to look for Crimson Tide again last night, but failed miserably. Damn! Where's my tide? I guess I really can't just have lust without love. Or kisses without communication. It's unhealthy. In the long run. Especially for an emotionally insecure person like me.
Shall be going back in another hour's time. This ends my BORING day, but only at Work. Cos I'll have to spend another few more boring hours taking different modes of transportation to Pudu, then have dinner alone, and then sleep on the dreary dirty bus all the way back to Ipoh... where there at least I'll find the warmth of home. But still no COMMUNICATION.
Guess in a few years later, I'll be another working adult still devoid of communication. But perhaps then they'll already have invented an Aibo which can reply me like the Encarta Instant Messenger, albeit with MORE passion and LESS smarty-pants...
It makes me so happy when I write like this. Very flighty, very spontaneous, and it doesn't look "tried". Or whats that word, contrived. :)
I'm being Christmas-tagged!
This is actually the first time I've been tagged in my blog... luckily its a short one and not those stupid tags like "Who's sitting next to you?" or "What color panties do you wear based on your day?"
I know, @_@ ain't it... hahah
How you play it: First say who you want your Santa to be, then what you want as your Christmas gift, then your friends who have been tagged, and go to their blog to inform them that they've been tagged. Hehe.
So here goes:
Your Santa Claus: Hongie!
Christmas Gift #1: A real, White Christmas in the snow...
Christmas Gift #2: A beautifully decorated IKEA home for me and my family... (I'm greedy so I want 2 Christmas Gifts :P)
Tagged friends: Zhiwei! Libelly! Lichard!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
So how was the movie? Not bad, not bad I say! At times, even
better than Harry Potter, just lacking in suspense... but making up for everything in terms of cinematography, splendid colours in full bloom and set, cute talking LION (as compared to stupid dragons) and a splendid performance by Tilda Swinton as the White Witch.
To give it full credit, it was totally MORE than what I expected inside the Wardrobe.
Full of Christian symbology, I was especially touched by the resurrection of Aslan (Christ has risen??) and before that, where the White Witch cut off Aslan's mane (Samson?) before killing him.
Other creatures of the forest, like the talking beavers, badger, unicorn, gryphons etc. were wonderful as well... I guess kids nowadays are nowhere familiar with these not-kept-in-your-usual-zoo animals... My youngest cousin brother was like... "Hey the Tiger..." And I was like, "LION!!! It's a L-I-O-N!!!" In case anyone thought that this nanny failed to teach the kid to differentiate between a cat with a mane and a cat with stripes :P
The Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, I thought, were horrible, with the brilliant exception of dear little Lucy (played by Georgie Henley). What a stellar kid! Her bravery alone and innocent portrayal of tears really drew the line between a boring act and a lively cast. As for Edmund, I thought he was quite okay too (sullen face, a real little devil at times) while Peter Pevensie seemed to me like he would be better off cast as one of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. Susan (played by Anna Popplewell), on the other hand, was the worst of the 4. I thought she was supposed to be good-natured(??), instead of bad-tempered, always pouting, blaming other people, easily infuriated and always trying to catch the attention of the camera at all costs. Replace her with Emily Browning (Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events), and the movie should be perfect!
But one scene I found quite disturbing was the fawn Mr. Tummus, who perfectly looked like a child paedophile/ pervert. I wouldn't let my children anywhere near him, let alone into the Wardrobe itself. :)
I was gonna call it a day, with Blogster ruining my previous post and all~ (possibly an indication of telling me not to blog about this), but I guess I shall be true to my feelings and just so you know, I'm not always sugar and spice and everything nice. So here goes:
I Hate Friendster!
I know most of you out there possibly can't thank Friendster enough... for rekindling old flames, casting new nets and such~
But I really, really hate Friendster...!
I hate receiving Friendster updates, and I hate to see other people's exciting lifestyles and compare them to my boring life. But most of all,
I hate having to log on and click on you despite myself.
I hate seeing you with your new-found gal, I hate seeing you smile.
I hate the way you so lovingly call her name like there was no one else before her, I hate the way you make me frown.
I hate the way how your arms seem to cling so naturally around her, just like the way you held me close.
I hate how your eyes seem to sparkle and shine, I hate the way you used to call aloud my name.
I hate you for leaving me by myself, I hate you because its been so long but I can't seem to control myself.
I hate you because I promised myself never to think, but I still blog about you...
In the end, do I hate Friendster, or do I hate you?
I guess, I really still do love you... Or is it what they say, "love never known is hard to recall?"
*Note: 1. I shall be okay after a day or two :)
2. Yes it REALLY does sound like an adaptation from 10 Things I Hate About You.
Monday, December 19, 2005
This is a Flash movie I get to see every year. Nice music, cute cartoons, kinda touches a little wiggly feeling down in my heart. Do I really cry at every movie I see? Regardless... **flips eyes~
Thursday, December 15, 2005
外面的世界很精彩 /我出去会不会失败 /外面的世界特别慷慨 / 闯出去我就可以活过来 /外面的世界很精彩 /我出去会不会失败 /外面的世界特别慷慨 /闯出去我就可以活过来 /留在这里我看不到现在 /我要出去寻找我的未来 /下定了决心改变日子真难捱 /吹熄了蜡烛愿望就是离开 /外面的世界很精彩 /我出去会变得可爱 /外面的机会来得很快 /我一定找到自己的存在 /一离开头也不转不回来
故 事围绕一场戏中戏的三角恋爱；女主人翁孙纳（周迅饰演）出身贫苦但志存高远，爱上在北京念电影的香港人林见东（金城武饰演）之后，却为了生存和成名，选择 抛下爱情，终于成为人人艳羡的大明星。然而命运弄人，十年之后孙纳，林见东（现已成为大明星）和孙纳男友 --顶级大导演聂文（张学友饰演）却必须合演一部以马戏团为主体的歌舞剧，剧情和命运却惊人的相似，戏里戏外，已难分真假。
导演用心良苦，在中文电影创造了突破，但效仿不出西方音乐剧的无限创意和细腻。我不知道导演是要来个中西合璧呢还是怎样的，即要把北京雪地的浪漫公诸于世， 又要把西方的马戏团融入戏中。马戏团情景不禁让我想起那绚丽撩人的《红磨坊》...在这里，是意味电影主题戏中戏吧？但是反映不出来，却把电影给拉沉下 去。
Well, neither have I.
But a friend sent me this:
and said it looks like ME.
Well, neither do I.
*I HATE BOXFISH...!!! While poking furiously on my friend's Zorpia pic*
Monday, December 12, 2005
Why do you always say I'm stupid
Before I even have a chance to answer
Why do you never say you're sorry
Is this some kind of foolish grown-up attitude
Why do you have to imply your sudden outrage of temper on me
Like I'm nothing but your blow-up punch bag
Why do you have to slap me because of others' wrongdoings
When those trivial mistakes can just be carried away by the wind
Why do you burden your tears on me
Whenever anything is wrong, by heaven or by crime
Why do you point your finger at the people closest to you
Is it your fault or mine
Why do you wrongly accuse me of things I'd haven't had time to contemplate
But never had the sanity to cleanse your own soul
Why do you strip me of all the freedom in the world
When all I want is just to face you fair and square
Friday, December 09, 2005
I always get myself into embarassing situations in front of my friends... or even in front of people I know least!
Maybe it's an inborn quality since the day I accidentally kicked my mommy's tummy and broke her water... hence, I've been clumsy ever since.
The first day of ITP in my new company, my heel got stuck in the cracks at the parking space where we were headed to for lunch. In front of my new colleagues!!!
Then a fortnight ago, when I walked into my boss's office to return the QC-ed phones, my heels caught on the loose carpet strings and I almost FELL in front of my Handsome Boss!!! Then 2 days after, my pen fell to the floor under my chair and when I bent down to pick it up, I BUMPED my head on the table again in front of my boss who was coincidentally seated beside me!!! *Owww...!!! And he laughed at me so heartily too... :((
And I almost tripped and fell down the staircase when going to lunch the same day. That would have been quite a spectacle.
I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHY I AM SO CLUMSY!!!
And I had been so CAREFUL to jaga my steps throughout my ITP in order to avoid being the laughing stock of the company.
And friends close to me would probably would not forget the longkang incident, the jellyfish incident... and I guess my English teacher would not have forgotten the time I forgot (really, I did!!) to insert the "L" in "public"...
Eg. Kids like to play in pubic gardens. Or,
Hamid used a pubic telephone to call his gf. Or,
The man brought his dog for a stroll in the pubic park. (!!!!!)
Friends have often used this scenario when they see a rich guy passing by in his expensive car. "Xiao Wei, Xiao Wei faster pretend to fall down in front of his car-lah! Then he will pick you up and both of you will live happily ever after..."
If I were Cinderella, I probably would have tumbled down the staircase in my glass slippers... If I were Snow White, I probably would have coughed the apple into Prince Charming's eye... If I were Princess Jasmine, I probably would have fell off the flying carpet... And if I were Rapunzel, I probably would have fallen down the tower!
So let's hope I really do not end up this way... BUT
Nothing beats the Joke of Today!
Nicholas: What I want to say is....I still remember the scene that the King Kong "CRASH" the aeroplane while it is climbing the tall tower.....but then.....I realize that i spoke something wrong right after i saw the aeroplane thing
Nicholas: Then Ah Ken said "Walao...king kong da fei kei.....(repeated my words but laughed with his hands attaching with his BIG mouth)"
Nicholas: So damn embarassing
Xiao Wei: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
Xiao Wei: That must have been QUITE a load!
Thursday, December 08, 2005
*Taxes and fees not counted
Was incredibly ecstatic when I saw the PAYMENT CONFIRMED appear on the screen this morning. You know, with all the congested servers and people keep logging on during office hours... this was really a hard/ lucky get (esp. first time since I've never gotten anything online for FREE before...)
Albeit... feeling a bit worried that spending 4 days and 3 nights there might not be enough for us (parents, me and brother) to travel around HK island in a relaxed mode.
Plus, mom did not do anything to lighten my mood when she exclaimed "So EXPENSIVE!!" about the airport tax and fees, amounting to RM772. Guess I should have told her I'm paying for this trip :P
Really, AIR ASIA -- Now Everyone Can Fly!
Plus, I ate a SUBWAY sandwich for lunch just now at the newly-opened outlet at Wisma UOA, Damansara Heights.
That's the Turkey Breast and Ham sandwich.
Plus its under 6 grams of fat! And VERY FRESH too! I can still remember the first time I ate a Subway sandwich in MMU three years back... until now, I could still feel the fresh smell of lettuce and tomatoes, and delicious lean and tender sliced turkey breast and smokey sliced ham all captured in one terrific sandwich.
Really, SUBWAY -- Eat Fresh!
On another note, today would really have been flyin' high if not for a dumbass who's so terribly inconsiderate and ungentlemanly;
and if I had been focused enough on my work to not have left that stupid SIM card inside the phone...
Up, up and away!~
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
A Warner Bros. Picture, starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving. Directed by James McTeigue, produced by Joel Silver from a screenplay by The Wachowski Brothers.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
Monday, December 05, 2005
Of the "many" food outlets around Wisma E&C, the lunch place I hate most to go to is none other than the Vegetarian Stall, located in one of the many HELP college buildings situated around here.
I DON'T like Vegetarian Food!
No don't get me wrong, I do like to eat vegetables and beans and tofu and stuff... AS LONG AS THERE IS A PIECE OF MEAT in my plate to go with!
Fine. Call me a carnivore for all I care. But ever since the first vegetarian meal that my dad da-paoed for me when I was 8 (I guess..) I've hated it ever since.
The EXACT opposite of my younger brother, who LOVES vegetarian food. Euu...
In my 22 years of memory, I guess my mom didn't quite fancy vegetarian food too... (we coming from a Nyonya lifestyle)... except for the time that my mom got acquainted with this Taoist friend who bought us various kinds of stocked up vegetarian food to last us for a whole month.
And the time that I almost developed a dry cough after eating heaty vegetarian fried dough for 3 days and 2 nights at a Buddhist monastery in Banting. Not to say I'm not counting blessings for the hospitality they showed us.
Thus, religion comes in...
"Thou shalt not kill."
But I guess God didn't mean Kill for Killing Animals and Birds~ so continue I shall with my REAL KFC, REAL steamed codfish, REAL steak, REAL satay, REAL sotong sambal etc etc etc.
I mean, what's the purpose of these vegetarian ppl to make dough into FAKE fish, FAKE chicken, FAKE char siu and all? Kinda defeats the purpose doesn't it... when people eating the food are seeing/ imagining it to be REAL... while thinking "Evil" thoughts of tearing up similar pieces of chicken breasts at KFC.
Back to THE Vegetarian Stall.
I really don't understand why my colleagues love to come here to eat. For one, the food is tasteless, while the watery mushrooms smell of some weird odour, plus there's always not enough place for the throngs of working people and students to eat there. Maybe for girls, its understandable since most of us think that cutting off protein from our daily diet will make us look slim and beautiful. But GUYS?!?!?!?! Come on! Where's the BARBARIC man inside of you??
I'd really rather eat the nasi lemak.
So... that's all until I hear the next cheery "Let's go to eat Vegetarian Food"... *cringe!!!
Saturday, December 03, 2005
It's a long time since I've been stoned since that outing with the MESCORPians, but after red wine, French white wine and a full glass of Black Label at the Tenant's Party... whoop Pardon Me(!!) but I do feel a little bit dizzy walking unbalanced...
As for you guys who didn't know, Wisma E&C had this really great Tenant's Party where they had 10 roasted lambs (mutton is great!!!), lots-and-lots of satays, great sambal sotong, scrumptious chocolate mousse cake etc etc... not mentioning free flow of booze! Wow the rental must be really really expensive for them to throw such a bash! Photos of the Christmas Tree later...
Like Fei Ching mentioned, it was kind of a waste that we forgot to bring down our camera phones to capture the moment, but nvm, I guess I'll see more of this in the grown-up world next time...
Anyway I managed to get home safely (the taxi driver almost fetched me to PJ), tried to call Crimson Tide, but it seems the Tide got lost somewhere out of range... lonely lonely lonely!
Had another great outing with Nic (without his pet Mimi), Xuan, Kellygan, and bumped into TVC after the PC Fair! Well seems like everyone made up for the disappointment with Aeon Flux, since all of us got something at the Fair... Nic some DVD-Rs, Xuan a DVD writer, Kelly a 512MB flash drive, and me a FAN :P
Here's some photos of the ABSOLUTELY HOT Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux!
Wowee...! Uncut and TOO COOL sleepwear! No need to wear better lahh.. go naked straight to bed. Waste of fabric.
*Plop on the fields of Eden. Except, I'd stay off the grass ;)
No, it's not taken in MMU...
and HOT HOT Marton Csokas as Trevor Goodchild. Oh God... I'm starting to fall for guys in THAT age-range.
Well how was the movie? Quite good, I must say... except for the very monotonous way in which they, especially Charlize Theron, talk "We1 must1 get1 out1 of1 this1 place..." A bit too boring if you speak like that throughout the whole show, if you get what I mean ;)
It's really a genre of its own, those cult sci-fi anime shown on MTV... not everyone likes the same storyline of a PERFECT CIVILISATION which so happens ALSO to be the last one on earth, clones and governments controlling the mass. And a woman who uses hands as feet.
But I do quite like Charlize Theron, so that's why I went for the movie. Enough said.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
My life is brilliant.
My life is brilliant.
My love is pure.
I saw an angel.
Of that I'm sure.
She smiled at me on the subway.
She was with another man.
But I won't lose no sleep on that,
'Cause I've got a plan.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.
Yeah, she caught my eye,
As we walked on by.
She could see from my face that I was,
And I don't think that I'll see her again,
But we shared a moment that will last till the end.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.
You're beautiful, it's true.
There must be an angel with a smile on her face,
When she thought up that I should be with you.
But it's time to face the truth,
I will never be with you.
But I have a terrible feeling that this is not gonna be a so-beautiful week.
Monday, November 28, 2005
- Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
- Postulate 2: Time is Money.
As every engineer knows:
Power = Work / Time.
since: Knowledge = Power,
then, Knowledge = Work / Time,
and Time = Money,
then, Knowledge = Work / Money.
Solving for Money, we get:
Money = Work / Knowledge.
Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.
Maybe brainless people get rich the fastest after all. LOL
I thought Harry Potter was fantastic! Unlike the reviews I read in some other blogs (I saw a D+ once!) but perhaps its because I'm not quite a true-blood HP fan, so forgive me if my reviews are wrong.
Brit director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and A Funeral) really did put a darker edge to the story, just like the main poster itself. For most of the time, the film was shrouded with a gloomy feel to it, and everything did seem darker in contrast to the previous HP installments, really hammering in the "Everything Is About To Change" tagline.
However, one thing I didn't quite like about the movie was the cuts by the director, which happened too often and too "coarse", where you see the film being suddenly SNIPPED off, and at times, without being given a smooth transition from one scene to the other.
Altogether, the movie was different from the start, with Harry wakening up from a nightmare (Matrix Reloaded, anyone?), minus the Dursleys and the trip to King's Cross.
I simply loved the stadium for the Quidditch World Cup and its atmosphere (brooms flying around and the screams and the paint on the fans' faces and Irish leprechaun and the flipping screens across the stadium to show Viktor Krum's face..) Well I thought it was the BEST part of the movie. But all of a sudden it was cut to show people running and screaming from their tents to escape from the Death-Eaters. Personally, I felt that the movie didn't do the World Cup much credit, as some other scenes SHOULD be cut short to show more of the World Cup, which in a sense, is one of the climaxes of the story itself.
The arrival of the Beauxbatons on winged horses and the Viking/pirate-like ship of the Durmstrangs was breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL, thanks to special computer effects. Another scene that I particularly liked was the entrance of the Beauxbatons's girls into the hall, with the over-show of polite girly behaviour "Ahhhh~", their blue uniforms and the flittering butterflies, which reminded me of the days in my convent school. Hehe.
Up next, the Triwizard Tournament, to which, I feel, was given generous credit by the director. I jumped with a start at the dragon Horntail (good!) and the castle was wondrously ominous in its setting, where Horntail was perched on in its furious flight after Harry. The filming of the Black Lake scene was equally good for a watch, especially the scene where the 4 captives floated eerily beneath the waters while waiting for their rescue.. it was more than what I imagined while reading the book.
The Yule Ball was also spectacularly filmed, with all the splendour of a posh English boarding school promenade night. Hermoine never looked more beautiful and was quite a bit not at all like her usual self with all that glittery make-up on. However, the sudden blowout between Hermoine and Ron directly after the Yule Ball didn't seem at all to fit in smoothly between the sequences. I mean, people who don't read the book, especially guys, wouldn't at all fathom what's going on between the two; a burst of female hormones, maybe?
So although the ball scenes were fantastic, I, for one, felt that some of them and the bubble bath sequence with Moaning Myrtle should be cut short to accomodate for more of the World Cup and the Maze (where's the Sphinx and the Spider?!!!). Especially the Maze part, it wasn't really much of a challenge seeing that all you had to get past was just a bunch of crazy weeds and moving bushes. It kinda led to an anti-climax to the Maze sequence, which was supposed to be the TOUGHEST task of all the three inside the book, having to face your own fears...
Some other good contents from the book were also cut out, like the part where Rita Skeeter was found out to be an Animagus, and also the funny Save Our House-elves campaign (although it was good that they left out the irritating Dobby elf.) But by God the worst part of the movie was really the Maze.
As for the last part, where Cedric Diggory was killed and Harry meeting Lord Voldemort face-to-face was commendable, but could have been so much better. I would also rather Voldemort not talk so much crap, but maybe he was too excited after being a baby in Wormtail's arms for so long.
As for the characters:
Daniel Radcliffe did a marvellous performance in GOF and has thoroughly claimed the role as Harry Potter. No doubts about his acting now, he portrays the young, frightened at times but brave and determined orphaned hero with full perfection and a sparkling glint in his eyes. As for his compatriots, Rupert Grint gave his usual thumbs-up performance as Ron Weasley while Hermoine seemed a little bit too overacting on her part this time.
Robert Pattinson as the handsome Hufflepuff Champion Cedric Diggory was the eye candy of the show, while Katie Leung was only so-so in her role as a demure Chinese girl. (International appeal??) Poor Draco Malfoy was only given a few cameo appearances, while on the other hand Neville Longbottom was given far too many, given his creepy appearance and dancing feet.
The Durmstrang champion Viktor Krum was the one whom I think did not suit the casting; should have starred someone more moodier and sulky, and less bulky, though he suits the role of Quidditch player well, he didn't seem mysterious and appealing in the work-out scene, and quite a bit fat in his Yule Ball attire. Plus his brief romance with Hermoine had no on-screen chemistry at all, seemed hard to believe what Hermoine saw in him. Clemence Poesy however played the part of the haughty Fleur Delacour extremely well, and does exude some foreign appeal in the show.
As for the new Dumbledore, somehow he seemed a little too thin and far too agile for the previous Dumbledore... and a bit too infuriated and overreating at times, making his performance a little bit unbelievable. The same goes to Ralph Fiennes, although perfectly conniving in his role as The-One-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named, he did seem a little bit too talkative and too eager in his role at times. The wonderful Alan Rickman as Professor Snape also only appeared less than what I wished for, while newcomer Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody brought the character wondrously to life.
Needless to say, I personally felt that the GOF book was the best and most illustrated in the whole Harry Potter series, but as I mentioned at the top, the movie was fantastic but yet has plenty of room for improvement.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Silly, silly! Why didn't you do birth control in the first place?
Why have sex in the first place? (But that's a later issue...)
I, for one, who has had *ZERO experience in this abortion/pregnancy area... was at a loss on how to advise my very good friend.
"So what are you gonna do about it... that is, IF you are really pregnant?"
"I don't want a child now. I'll abort."
What was I to say, "Good choice?"
For my case, I guess I would have chosen to do the same. Not to say that it is a choice to be proud of. After all it does mean killing your own flesh n blood, and no matter what the pro-abortion rights people think, I do believe that life does begin at the time of pregnancy (I think it's called a blastocyst, whatever).
Throughout my adolescence, because of heavy influence from HK dramas and daily reportings in the newspapers, I have, sometimes, thought about what I would do in case of accidental pregnancy. Would I abort? Or would I bravely face the wrath of my parents and insist to carry the child whilst still attending school at the same time to get my SPM cert? At those times, I guess, it would be a utter disgrace for anyone to have a child while still in secondary school!
But what about now? Barely half a year more before graduation. What if I had a child now? Would it hamper my chance to be a successful career woman in the future? I guess I totally would have to get married with the guy who was so-eager-but-too-stupid-not-to-wear-a-condom who did this to me in the first place. Then what? Neither of us would have been prepared for this: no house, no career, no MONEY!!! (Unless it's a rich kid who would be more than happy to take responsibility for it) And I guess, no support from my relatives and parents too... at least not just yet. I guess it would still be a disgrace for me to get knocked up in my last year at university, not to say casual/ premarital sex with a guy, without my parents' knowledge!
Would I still think of abortion?
Sadly, my answer is still yes. Call me selfish, call me unkind, call me a cruel, cold-blooded murderer, whatever. I think I couldn't resist living with all the humiliation and anger sure to be channelled to me from all directions. This is life.
But perhaps, just perhaps, you would never know I just might change my mind when I'm really in the picture.
And on a good note : My friend did THE test, and found out it was a fake alarm after all.
* By this I mean ZERO experience, because none of my surrounding friends have had children yet OR wanna take out a living child from her womb.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Just now Alex, the phone-repair guy in my industrial training site, asked me to repair a colleague's phone keypad.
And so I gladly (nothing to do-mah!) screwed open the phone's case, soldered off the connecting wires, and scraped off the dirt and rust on the keypad's buttons.
Ta-da! Done. So I gleefully gave back the phone to my colleague and continued my business. Albeit I melted a bit of the plastic on the camera while soldering back on the wires.
"Ahem. On-off button," said colleague.
"Who me? Oh okay, what's wrong, I'll replace it," said I.
5 minutes later.
"Ah-ahem. Camera button can't function."
"OH NO! I think I spoiled the camera button!"
So from one small keypad "button No.3" problem --> melted camera plastic --> ON-OFF button can't function --> broken camera button.
Well, like what Alex said, anything is replaceable, as long as it isn't on the main motherboard of the phone and doesn't have more than 5 legs... we still have backup components for the others.
But hey! Wasn't my fault! Blame it on the cold air-con, blame it on my shaking hands! But be thankful I ain't a surgeon!
Muahahahaha! *Evil laughter
Imagine if I were to be an eye surgeon (whatever the term) handling a laser gun for cornea replacement surgery... I, with my shaking hands under the cold air-con of the surgery room, would have cut through the cornea, cut through the surrounding blood vessels, and melt the eyeball!
I wonder whether they have replaceable eyeballs?
Maybe you can find it in St. Nicholas's Hospital for The Replaceable...
"We still have backup EYES....LEGS....EARS...as long as not the jantung...then everything is POSSIBLE...!!!"
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
今晚同事放我在 One Utama 时，已感到奇怪为什么停车场这么多车子。也感到奇怪为什么一直在各店听到他的歌曲和 MV。到 TGV 戏院买了哈利波特戏票，再到楼下 shopping之后，就到 New Wing 外面的停车场去等姨丈来接我。这一看，不得了，外面人山人海，挤得道路水泄不通，原来...
竟然给我遇上了，从未出席任何歌星影星签唱会的我，这一次天时地利人和幸运地让我碰上我从小到大唯一的偶像！但是，姨丈即将来载我了...and I couldn't possibly say "OH MAN! I don't wanna go back NOW!!!"
# 后视镜里的世界 越来越远的道别
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Like Michelle Leslie (pic-left).
She is 24, blessed with a pretty face, looks good in anything including bodypaint/burqa, has a millionaire boyfriend Scott Sutton, works as a catwalk/underwear model, AND was recently released from 3 months of prison for possesion of 2 Ecstasy pills in her Gucci handbag at a Bali nightclub.
These people get so lucky!
Not to mention she even got frontpage pics on a newspaper that isn't even in the country that imprisoned her, nor her birthplace, nor her residential country, nor has anything to do with the underwear label that she is currently modelling.
Come to think of it, Antz Pantz hasn't ditched their contract with her not just yet, unlike what Chanel did to Kate Moss after she pulled her cocaine stunt. And there are dozens of magazines and tabloids out there offering millions for her story.
Now that's what's called Downright Celebrity.
Monday, November 21, 2005
by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
At very first sight, I thought that this was gonna be another funny novel written for kids and adults alike, about a talking dog and his curious (Curiosity only kills cats) adventures in the night, with a twist to the mystery towards the end.
But unexpectedly, it turned out to be a realistically simple, yet touching story about a autistic teenager named Christopher Boone (seemingly the author of the book) and his quest to solve the mystery of Who Killed Wellington (The-Neighbour's-Dog)?, his parents, and of how he resolved his problems and troubles along pursuing his quest for the truth. (No spoilers here...)
Now I know why the book won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the South Bank Show Book Award and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Like what Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season reviewed: The book "brims with imagination, empathy and vision--and is a lot of fun to read".
For someone who loves descriptive books, I find it astounding that the author has managed to portray the thinking of an autistic mind in the most detailed manner, how he observes things, people, colours and occurances around him through an autistic child's eyes, all the ongoing thoughts inside his head, and the way he communicates with people. His portrayal of Christopher's father and mother's anxiety and love towards him was also heart-wrenchingly real, and made me feel sad and funny all at the same time.
Throughout the book, readers are also "sprinkled" with little bits of facts, illustrations and wisdom like short excerpts from Sherlock Holmes, A level maths questions, The Case of The Cottingley Fairies (which was in the book Jean Adnan gave me) and even a description of a Malaysia- Truly Asia tourist poster!
What can I say... For a whole week, I brought the book to read in the morning at 7.30am-8.30am while waiting for my colleague to fetch me to work, and the simplistic writing of the book did not even make me fall asleep, but made me want to hold it and read it every minute of my time.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
From the counters
To the passersby
To the doormen to the stray cat
Why is everybody looking at me?
I know I'm not a pretty sight
I know my shoes may not seem right
But all I want to do is just to sneak through the night
Why is everybody looking at me?
I know my skin may seem dull and dry
I know my limbs do not reach up to the sky
But all I need now is to try hard not to cry
Why is everybody looking at me?
I know I'm no Gwen Stefani
Hell I do not even have a man to call my pride
But all I want to do is just to have you by my side
Why is everybody looking at me?
I know I'm a little self-conscious
I know I might be too self-aware
But all I wish now is just to have a little bit more care
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
还能不能 重新编织 脑海中起毛球的记忆
黑色毛衣 藏在哪里 就让回忆永远停在那里
黑色毛衣还挺时髦的，二十年前买的吧，可是还在 U2 看见类似的款式出现。
在靡靡细雨的 KL 下午。
黑色毛衣 藏在哪里 就让回忆永远停在那里#
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Just as I thought today was going to be another uneventful day... something out of the BLUE happened at the watery hole.
As I walked into the first cubicle, I saw the toilet paper roll empty. So, like any normal person, I proceeded on to the second cubicle next to it where it was equipped with a nice chunky roll of toilet paper. WRONG CHOICE.
I was just completing my business (where else, in the TOILET-lah), when I turned on the water hose and was cleaning up after, while suddenly WHOOSH!!! an enormous gush of water started shooting out at 250km/hour speed at me! OUCH!
So I tried to turn the hose off but however I tried with all my might, the hose would NOT-TURN-OFF!!! It was like the water pipe had suddenly decided to take on a life of its own and started spraying around like a giant water snake... into the water hole where I could already see yellow stuff spiralling round-and-round into the whirlpool which the water hole was becoming.
Blissfully, the toilet flush too started to take on a life of its own and flushed the yellow poopoo down by itself. Thank the Lord!
After a while... I was still standing there in my, uh, you-don't-wanna-imagine stance, whilst holding the water hose. I HAD to get it to stop! But NO! I was still fighting the demon steel water snake while it was still getting the upper hand of me.
Think!! Faster think!!
Since the yellow poo was gone, I decided to leave the water hose as it was and quietly tiptoe away as if nothing had ever happend in Cubicle No. 2. So I snuck it in the water hole... but the evil metal fought back, refusing to go down! So I pushed it deeper into the hole (eeu, sounds wrong), deeper, deeper, when AT LAST! I managed to coax it to lie there, still gushing water at 250km/hour... while I pulled up my skirt and rushed out the door.
I burst into the office and told my colleagues... cos I didn't know how to close the main pipe. But it was like no one was partially interested in my story. So I guess the water is still gushing and gushing now.
Don't blame me for causing water crisis in KL, why isn't there any plumber around! Hopefully the cleaning lady will come earlier today and discover the running hose. Or hopefully it will go back to normal and die off by itself (I did turn the hose to full OFF).
So for the rest of my office life, I shall never leave the comfort of Cubicle No.1 anymore, where the hose there lies quietly and peacefully like a young horse grazing in the field.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
带表弟表妹们去了 Bukit Merah Laketown Resort，也顺便去了槟城吃 Asam Laksa！
自从开始“做工”之后，才体会到一个星期对做工人士来说是多么的宝贵。以前总是说：“Nicholas啊，你怎么酱 no life，放了工不会到酒吧泡吗，趁 happy hour 认识多点女生，或去做一些慈善事业，上上教堂，诳诳百货公司...”
五点，就想着放工做什么；一到六点，就想飞向 One Utama；七点塞车塞到一半，却只想回家；八点吃饱饭洗完澡，就只想 “哒”在床上直睡觉。
虽然 ，training 期间在公司里没有什么做，每天打扮美美坐在 office 里除了偶尔 QC 一下公司的掌上型电脑/电话，接受上司的 order；就是玩 Yahoo game，再不然就是看 The Star， 上网找朋友聊天，写写 blog，再看看其他人的 blog... 呼！真是累！
就像有一次我说的：It is a challenge to act busy when in fact you are wasting time. 照实 acting busy 也是挺累人的。
Anyway, would you rather have tons of work to do, or have nothing to do? 你说说看吧 ;)
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
by Dan Brown
When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol scared onto the dead man's chest. His conclusion; it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years-now reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church.
In Rome the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair-a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican.
Tried to write my first ever book review on this one... but failed miserably :P
I guess this means that the book itself is DEFINATELY worth reading and that you do not have to take my word for it. So next time I shall just post a synopsis of book reviews on my blog for anyone who wants to know what books I've read recently.
What else can I say? Good steal at a cheap price for endless pages of mystery and fun down in the depths of the Vatican. If only I had read this before the death of Pope John Paul II, I think I would have read the newspapers even more.
And I didn't know that the Apostle Peter was the first Pope... nor that his body is still (I presume) lying under the Vatican!
One more thing, about the magnetic trap used to trap the anti-matter... it is actually feasible! I first heard of this technique during the Carl E. Wieman (Nobel Laureate) talk in MMU where Mr. Wieman used an optical trap to trap atoms in his Bose-Einstein Condensate experiment. How fascinating is that? Go figure!
Monday, October 24, 2005
No, I haven't got the Monday blues just yet... but one week of industrial training has really opened my eyes to the working world.
On Saturday, I woke up at 8am AUTOMATICALLY in Cyberjaya. I rubbed my eyes, looked at my Swatch, and grumpily decided to treat myself to a good sleep until 10am.
Afterall, I had a heck of a GREAT scrumptious dinner with my CUTE AND FUNNY A2-7-7 housemates the night before! Crabs, crabs and more crabs!!! We had salty egg yolk crab, baked cheese crab, XO pork, and I forgot what else~ I just remember the taste of the crabs... so NICE!!! Yummy~ After that we headed to 1 Utama to watch Transporter 2 (if you're reading this please don't go watch that stupid 1 1/2 hour movie)
I love my housemates!!! They're such a warm and funny bunch... WS, Berry, Meng Hui, Fei Leng and WS's date for the night, Julie~ Felt so warm and fuzzy inside just hanging out with them... and I almost rolled around with tears in my eyes after seeing Meng Hui's new COOL Cyber-shades! Wahahahahaha~
And on Saturday, I took a bus out to Midvalley to meet up with Nic, Hau, Jiakai and KwangChoo! After a round of Sushi King and laughing and shopping... I ended up buying nothing. Nil. Zero. Nada. Which was surprising, especially to the guys, and myself. But I have too many clothes and I guess I won't be needing any at the moment... teeheehee~
Well, I just feel now that a WORKING MONDAY is nothing compared to having the company of good friends to look forward to during the weekend.
And this post is specially dedicated to each of my WONDERFUL friends who make each week easier to get through... and YES that means you too :-X
Thursday, October 20, 2005
PUTRAJAYA: The Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Endon Mahmood died at 7.55 am today at the Prime Minister's official residence here after fighting a long battle with cancer.
Goodbye Endon, we will miss you... even though your stay was short as First Lady.
Hope that Pak Lah will get through this bravely, and may God bless our beloved PM and family.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Page 3 of The Star (Nation) reported "RM100 Fine for Dog Abuse" by a 46-year old engineer, Douglas Lien San Chong, for purportedly neglecting his German Shephard and letting its health deteriorate while its body was infested with ticks.
Sheena, the dog, was suffering from malnutrition and severe tick fever. Vets tried saving the dog but to no avail. So it was put to sleep. The dog's post-mortem showed that the dog had an empty stomach, shrunken kidneys, a brittle ribcage, and haemorrhage in its lungs.
And Lien had the guts to say "the dog was old and sickly anyway".
I mean, what the hell is this?! Only a RM100 fine? The engineer should be slapped with a RM1000 fine for treating an animal like this!!! According to The Star, the highest fine for cruelty to animals is RM200.
This is too outrageous and I simply cannot come to the terms with the fact that this man is being grossly underfined for his cruel and unkind act towards his dog.
If you didn't even want it in the first place, why rear it and keep it as your pet?! I think the dog would be better off on the streets than rotting in your nice little apartment/house anyway! And it has now been put to sleep!!! I mean, do you even have a heart?!
I cannot imagine why people have the conscience to do things like this. Maybe the reason was because he was too busy and overlooked the poor dog, or maybe he simply did not care. As a reminder, pets are YOUR responsibility to look after and love and take care for the rest of your life! Yeah, and the same goes to your spouse. I can see the guy treating the dog bad or bashing up the wife, but I simply cannot see the guy mistreating or banging up his own CAR!
Please remember, we are NOT God and do NOT have the power to rule over other beings. Sure I eat chicken and ducks and fish and pork and all that... but I am speaking in terms of PETS. They are your pets for God's sake. Don't you even have an emotional connection with them?
Geez, the article I just read just makes me wanna rush back home to Ipoh and hug my dog dearly. I hope that it will never ever runaway again and be captured by an evil man such as Douglas Lien San Chong.
To kick off yesterday, I battled a total flurry of transportation madness to reach my company, ENT Quest (View the company site at http://www.fifthmedia.biz ). Here's a brief note of how MAD KL traffic can get:
1. Uncle dropped me off at around 7.00am in front of shoplots before The Curve, waited for Metro 99 to come.
2. Took Metro 99 (squeezed like a can of sardines) to Asia Jaya LRT.
3. Took LRT to Bangsar.
4. Took 908B feeder bus at Bangsar and landed straight *plop* on the entrance of Wisma E&C, Lorong Dungun Kiri at Damansara Heights at 9.00am sharp.
Man!!! Did you realize it took me almost 2 hours to get here? Not mentioning I had to get up one hour earlier to prepare myself.
But today, everything's changed! My boss (KY Lam, handsome Manager) asked colleague (Swee Swee, QSA leader, nice lady) to fetch me on her way to and from home! I'm so grateful to both of them!
The manager also gave me the server computer to use (since the other computer I was supposed to use was out of order), and I got to take the AXIA (World's SMALLEST PDAphone) back home!
Xwei : Where to keep the phone?
SS : After work, you get to treat this as your own phone-lorr!
Xwei : Wahhh!!!
Hehe. So this is just an example how GOOD some workplaces can get.
Despite my cold and fever last night. Heheh. So here's hoping I get better and get to blog more on my job. For now, I get to play around and test out the phone and its applications.
P/S: Just saw the MOST zha-dao thing in front of The Curve just now. While I was waiting for SS, I saw two security guards conversing in Mandarin. Nevermind this, one was an Indian male guard, and the other a Malay lady! Wow... and the Indian guy knew how to spew bad words too. Hahaha!
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Snuggle on the couch with a good book;
or pray that the rain goes away?
When I was little;
I used to float tiny paper boats down the drain;
amidst laughter in the pouring rain
Now when I'm all grown up;
I look forward to bouts of kissing;
all behind a rainy window pane
So hug me now and hug me sure;
For with you;
every touch spells a wonderful rainy day
Saturday, October 15, 2005
I'm Intel Inside!!!
Received THE phone call from HR at 11 am something on Friday~
Position : Graduate Trainee Engineer
Starting on : 12 June 2006 (which means I won't be a jobless graduate!!!)
Thanks goes out to all who have supported and have faith in me! And Thank the Lord for his grace!
Well, guess soon enough I'll be another one of those people slinging mud on Hate-Intel websites... or NOT? Heh.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Felt a bit sorry to see that KK's putting up every night on the sofa while I sleep on her mattress.. so I guess I'd be better going home soon.
Before I came to Penang, I had thought of so many places that I wanted to chill out... Gurney Plaza, eating laksa at Ayer Itam, driving around Batu Feringghi Beach... and watching Flight Plan at the new GSC.
But it's okay. If I manage to get into Intel, I can go to those places anytime until I vomit. But that's another story. Hehe.
So I went shopping alone yesterday at Prangin Mall~ it was nice actually, kinda like Sungei Wang Plaza... albeit not quite as fashionable. But I still got to buy a white long sleeve pullover which I could tie a knot in front (like what Song Hee Kyo wore in Full House~), a purple skirt which could double as a tube top, and lastly a nice, cheap tee from Body Glove at only RM15~! (Body Glove had a warehouse sale~) Wow... finalized my shopping spree... Hehehe
Then I sat down and had some laksa, quite nice, actually, better than some that I had last time at Gurney Drive.
And last but not least I took a cab to Burma Road where I bought 4 boxes of Dragonball Biscuits and 3 boxes of nutmeg. Heh.
Felt quite tired but happy... especially after the storming interview that I had earlier in the day. Hahaha.. for you guys out there, this is what girls do with their purses after experiencing a bad day. Angin tak baik, pergi Prangin! Hahaha... and I didn't use my credit card at all this time (Independent Women~)
So Penang, I'll cya next time! ;)
P/S: And thanks very very veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy much to KK for putting up with me during my stay~ Miss you very very much :)
Monday, October 03, 2005
And with two interviews in Intel... I can easily feel the pressure of a mature person all grown up and attending job interviews and worrying the whole night before. (Grow UP! Grow UP!)
It did NOT go well today.
Sigh. I now think I have only a 40/60 chance of getting in Intel... 60% being the possibility that I might have to try harder next time/ apply for another company/ forget about getting into Intel.
Does INTEL INSIDE mean that everyone inside is intelligent like hell? Possibly yes! Cos the answers they asked me were tough like hell~~~ Or maybe I just wasn't prepared enough... no matter how much I studied the day before. It was like... they asked me on Digital Logic Design stuff, at first I did okay, but when they asked me to design using NAND gates, I was suddenly too anxious that I forgot! And when I came home and tried it again, I got the answer! Man!!! :(( And I totally knew how to write a simple C program, but when he asked me next how was the algorithm to retrieve the name of a person from a database of students, I was like... UHHH... but at last I did mutter something but I didn't know whether it registered on the fellow.
Then it suddenly hit me. I wasn't going for a general interview, I was attending a JOB/POST interview!
God... I am so so so screwed this time around. I really don't think my chances are high compared to others with good technical knowledge and good results... it is at THIS time I start to doubt my choice during first year... between society/studies~ but regrets should not come now.
Like what I told the interviewers, I will only try now to improve my techincal knowledge and prepare myself for whatever training they will put me through. :)
One good part of today was, I saw Mr. Stripe again! Infatuation, infatuation!!! "Am I too late?" If I get into Intel, it will be fate. If not, I will be truly late.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Reached here yesterday at 7.30pm by tagging along with Wee Ni who drove all the way back to Penang from Cyberjaya. What a heck of a good driver! *Thanks Wee Ni~
I shall be putting up a few nights at Kah Khee's place during my stayover at Penang... boy, am I gonna have a good time here...!
Today, I went to the USM library to study for my job interview tomorrow while KK went to her Communications Lab to work on her USM campus magazine, Berita Kampus. Not unlike the Tun Razak and other state-owned libraries, the outlook and interior of the USM library building was almost the same, with yellowish walls and floors, brownish shelves, and a waft of medicine (book?) smell in the air... kinda looked like a hospital, that explains the medicine smell.
But what the USM library boasts of, is having an AUDIO room! And no ordinary Audio room it was, kinda like a music lounge with blue sofas and racks of CDs on the wall, with a male singer (forgot who it was, think it was Michael Jackson with one of his slow songs) crooning in the air. According to KK, it was a place that students could study while playing their favourite CD. Now, how COOL can that get?!
Imagine listening to Michael Buble surround-sound live while poring over your books with a boiling pot of coffee on the study desk. What an afternoon!
And Khoon Hau said USM library was 'baliah'. Well, to an extent, but USM library has got 3 stories and more books as compared to our MMU library! Now how 'baliah' can that get?! It's even got a 'penasihat pembaca' and many staff walking around the library... while MMU has them all sitting comfy at the helpdesk while playing games on the computer.
Okie, gotta go for dinner now~ it's gonna be at TIGER's... maybe they serve tiger meat there or even might be a tiger stripclub featuring hot USM chicks. Haha...
Friday, September 30, 2005
Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when September ends
Like my fathers come to pass
Seven years has gone so fast
Wake me up when September ends
Here comes the rain again
Falling from the stars
Drenched in my pain again
Becoming who we are
As my memory rests
But never forgets what I lost
Wake me up when September ends
Thursday, September 29, 2005
It's damn frustrating to even listen to two people argue, with one of them trying to shout and shout and shout their words into the other's ear... and it's 10 times more disheartening to learn that you don't even get to speak what you are entitled to say... just because him/her has had that tad more of "different" experience than you do or that he/she thinks that he/she has a higher IQ than you do.
Well you know what? I don't care. Some people just do NOT have the diplomacy to let a girl speak her thoughts. Sucks... it leaves a distaste in my mouth even it was a few days ago~
Hey man! Not everybody is born to think the same way as you do. You might be Superman, Einstein or Linda Evangelista for all I care, but there are millions and zillions of others who might not think the same as you... and please respect the opinions of others, however great you think you might be.
The company itself stands alone at a nice part of Cyberjaya, overlooking the barren spots where no other buildings yet stand. With its background against the blue afternoon skies, and where yellow grass (weeds) beside it topple and bow to the passing winds, it kind of projects a futuristic yet distant image (e.g. Mansion on The Hill) to us students. The roads circling the building make it further look like a castle encircled by a moat, where passerbys wonder how it functions but yet have no reason to wander yonder.
But because of my job, I have had the opportunity to wander there twice.
Starting from the first year of MESCORP where FSBM was one of the main sponsors, I have always wondered what actually the company does. But what I have wondered most, is how the interior of such a modern-looking building would turn out like, and how the people working inside it would be like.
The interior turned out somehow to be like what I pictured, cool and minimalist like its exterior design, with glass windows looking out to a man-made garden with fake hills and waterfall, a big blue aquarium with menacing-looking fish swimming inside, and a few rattan chairs and tables sprinkled across the waiting lounge for visitors.
And not to mention, a bored-looking receptionist at the front desk.
I mean, what is it with companies hiring bored/ sour/ unfriendly-looking receptionists to sit (while reading a novel) at the front desk? And especially a big company which caters to many global clients too? It kind of defeats the purpose of "reception", where these girls/ladies sitting at the front desk ought to bear the responsibility of extending a warm welcome to its visitors and to project a warm first impression for those who are new to the company.
It's like, okay, I know we look like students, but shouldn't there be a warm greeting "Hello, Miss, how may I help you?" or at least a smile to cheer up the mood? During my previous visit the lady receptionist even snapped at me and sized me down with a boring look! What is that?! I can't help but remember my experience in one of the telcos in South Korea, where receptionists had to stand on shifts rather than sit at the front desk. And strategically placed, their receptionists were always smiling and keen to accomodate any enquiry of the visitors, and not to mention, they were eye candies too! (Yep, a guy receptionist!)
Sigh! Don't talk about CERIA public sector servants... even the private sector doesn't know when to offer politeness and respect for its own staff these days... *rolls eyes~
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Hehe... this goes out to my friends who read my three pitiful blog entries! I never did think that you people would leave me comments, furthermore read my blog! So touched... hehe... Well, let's hope there's more to come and hope I don't get bored out by my own writing or some other unfortunate event to cause me to stop! *Finally I get to leave comments on MY blog to My readers! Hehe... feels so cool :P
I actually got asked by a friend yesterday night, where did my previous blog vanish to? Oh yes, for those of you who think I'm new-oh-so-new to blogging... you're WRONG! Ha! I actually started blogging in 2002... thanks to a senior Peck Li, who introduced to me this new way of keeping an online diary.
But like how all my handwritten diaries end up... I stopped blogging.
Why did I stop? I guess it always boils down to one reason... I just could not see the need for myself to blog anymore:
In all my previous diaries... I had always to chronicle a breathtaking event to "mark" the fresh new start of my diary/blog... such as my... 16th birthday (i think??) or the New Year (resolution 1: to start a diary??). I also wrote for one cause, and one cause only, which was to jot down everything I thought and felt about my love life... my love interest... and the most times I was eager to sit down and write were the times which i either felt OVERJOYED or COMPLETELY SADDENED... which made my blog seem somehow like an emotional rollercoaster to me. Its like, everytime I'm sad, the first thing I think of is to WRITE! Thus, filling my journal with sad(happy?) tears, and many tears at a time sometimes...
For those of you who like to record the romantic ongoings of your life: how do you cope when you lose the one you love? Especially when you've wrote down every special moment you've spent together with him/her, every rainbow in the sky you've seen together, every ice-cream shared together, and at last, every tear shed... dropped to the ground?
It gives me a heartbreaking wrench everytime I opened my blog, to only remember vividly the images of us together captured in every word, every sentence... to the extent that I decided to dump my journals/blog.
Oh well, I shan't do that again.
From now, I will only chronicle what I want to... NOT giving myself pressure by starting my blog on a specific SPECIAL day (negaraku?) and NOT giving myself emotional pressure and heartache by ONLY writing about love events. I shall write about general events and whatever and whenever I like... and that, I believe, makes a fine blog :)
So to all my friends... once again, I hope you stay tuned, and you may leave me any comments for me to further improve my writing (gone a bit rusty and dry~)
And to that friend who messaged me last night, I'm really touched cos I didn't know that there was someone who actually followed every entry of my previous blog... I believe that with every reading of my blog, there might have a heart touched? But the one that I hoped with all my heart to read the blog... would never know...
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Really feeling the need to de-stress, I went out for a "de-stress gathering" with my bunch of friends yesterday, to a dinner at Feeling Cafe (sucked), and followed by a Jackie Chan movie "The Myth". And also because Pei Chee was in town, and we wanted to meet up with her. During our initial discussion the night before, we hadn't decided on actually watching a movie. Like what I told them half-heartedly, "Nevermind-lah, having the company of good friends is good enough..."(which was NOT enough with my need to de-stress badly... i really, really WANTED to watch a movie, nevermind what. Hehee...)
So we went to THE MYTH. Wow... I truly think that this is the BEST movie Jackie Chan has produced since he went off to Hollywood (not counting New Police Story)... nice storyline (pls dun use your brain to watch an action flick), BEAUTIFUL, HOT CHICKS Kim Hee Seon and Malika Sherawat, and quite a laugh seeing Jackie Chan's nose bobbing on-and-off during his action scenes... :P
I found it funny at first glance of the opening scene where Jackie Chan put on a straight face acting as a serious general and all... damn all I could see was his BIG NOSE riding on the horse. He is so not cut out for serious acting/love scenes with Kim (hehe.. I agree with Nicholas)... look like father/daughter. Hahaha... and he didn't seem charming enough to have charmed the sexy Malika Sherawat ("Will I ever see you again?"... wahahaha... you think he is Indiana Jones meh...)
But I especially loved the scene where Kim Hee Seon flew in wearing long flowing robes to look at Jackie Chan fainted on the ground. She totally reminded me of those days of Joey 王祖贤 in those same long, white costumes... those 玉女派掌门人 who always acted as fairies or even pale fair ghosts... it's bad enough that we can't find beautiful actresses with the same aura in HK anymore, we can't even see the same romanticsm in movies that lay in the days gone by~
I guess we can only turn to Bollywood for the likes of Malika Sherawat... damn I love her body, really gotta slim down this time :P
Another part which I remembered to closely resemble another scene of the past was the part where Kim opened up her robe to hug Jackie Chan in the cold snow... isn't in an exact replica of the scene where Faye Wong did the same hugging Leon Lai in 原振侠? I still remember Faye Wong's character was named 海棠 back then... what a lovely name...
What I didn't like about the movie was Tony Leung acting beside Jacky Chan. Tony Leung can command a whole show with his own humour and comedic face, but somehow did not shine through in this movie (Do not put two monkeys in one show??) Hehe...
All in all, I felt that The Star was too harsh in rating The Myth as C+... maybe they have the same brains as Wei Xuan? Hehehee... Anyhow, again I stress, do NOT use your brain to watch an action flick. And you'll love The Myth as I did too. :)
P/S : The next movie I wanna watch is MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA... read the book by Arthur Golden... for someone who loves prose reading as I do... its descriptions are as vivid and intricate as the threads on a geisha's kimono itself... VERY good read :)
And sometimes, i take a break doing what is healthy.... (not exercise)... but sweetness to the state of mind... by listening to music!!!
And what was better than watching the Malaysian Idol finale on TV last night... by listening to rendition of songs by Nita (Berhenti Berharap, Hey Big Spender, Mimpi) and by Daniel (Heaven Knows; p/s: it's the only song I appreciated from him last night)
I wish Nita will win!!! She's fantastic... and like what Kak Jee said... she COMMANDS the stage at her will... and if she doesn't win... I guess its to the power of those yelling crazy girl fans (and an occasional guy fan or two) of Daniel... (deaf, SO deaf... all they have is just the power of sight :P). Saw a really funny clip of Nita's guy fan who said... "Vote for Nita. Vote for TALENT". Which was so humourously blunt...! Hahahahaha!!!
Like what I told Zul, Malaysian Idol is indeed a good show... at least it presents to people who seldom listen to Malay songs to appreciate them, as well as giving old P. Ramlee songs a refreshing makeover by new, young talents of ALL races. If Nita wins tonight, I truly believe it will not be a result of race, but indeed, like what Nita's fan said, a result of voting for TALENT. And THAT breaks the barrier of race in common Malaysia. :)
Here's a list of Malay songs that I oh-so-tremendously like:
1. Keliru - Ruth Sahanaya
2. Keabadian Cinta - Anuar Zain
3. Di Persimpangan Dilemna - Nora
4. Kau Ilhamku - Man Bai
5. Pernah - Vince
And the list goes on! Thanks to Khoon Hau and Zul for introducing to me nice Malay songs! Anybody have more suggestions?
Sunday, July 24, 2005
During the sharing session for camp counsellors yesterday night, Ms. Choo gave us a lesson on how to motivate ourselves, using our subconscious mind, and by speaking to ourselves with a gentle pat on the heart.
Pat yourselves on the left chest where your heart is and speak gently, as to a child:
"Good job. Good job done."
Then tell youself, "I am a good learner. I CAN do it. I CAN do it."
Repeat if necessary.
At first, I thought it was kinda weird, cos I didn't think my subconscious state of mind totally responded to this weird attention and "care" suddenly directed to it by its owner. Hehee. Maybe I should start to love myself more and speak more encouraging words to my heart on a more frequent basis.
One most important thing that Ms. Choo mentioned was, "Don't always tell youself that you are fatigued, that you have the worst luck in the world... get rid of those negative remarks! If you speak positively to youself, you WILL become more positive!!"
"Find time, not I'm busy!!... and believe it or not, you WILL find time!"
And this is what happened to me this Saturday morning, i woke up at 10, cheery and productive, even though I slept at 4am last night. Great!!!
I'm going to do one more positive thing to myself. Keep recording all the POSITIVE things that happened to me in this new blog of mine... and try to learn each positive feeling one day at a time. :)