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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

You're Beautiful


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.
You're beautiful.
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,
Flying high
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.
You're beautiful.
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.
You're beautiful.
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.

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But I have a terrible feeling that this is not gonna be a so-beautiful week.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Dilbert's Salary Theorem

Dilbert's "Salary Theorem" states that "Engineers and scientists can never earn as much as business executives, sales people, accountants and especially liberal arts majors." This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two well known postulates:

- 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

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I know I'm late, but I couldn't resist writing a review about this one:


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.

Links:

http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com

http://www.hogwartsheir.com

Friday, November 25, 2005

Of Abortion & Premarital Sex- Part I

I got an unexpected message from a friend who is studying Down Under the other day. Seems that she and her boyfriend got "down under" without protection(!!), and now she's afraid that she might be PREGNANT.

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

越帮越忙! (Lagi bantu lagi teruk!)

Hahaha! Ohmigod, can't stop laughing~

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...!!!"

Muahahahahahha!~

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

遗憾

遗憾遗憾遗憾遗憾遗憾得要命!!!

我竟然错过周杰伦!!!

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...

他来了!!!



先是尖叫!然后是一边暗捶自己,一边大声叹息!

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!!!"

:(

*发愁... 只好抱着深深的遗憾,在周杰伦出现的一分钟之前(!!)坐上车子离开了...

# 后视镜里的世界 越来越远的道别
你转身向北 侧脸还是很美
我用眼光去追 竟听见你的泪

在车窗外面徘徊 是我错失的机会
你站的方位 跟我中间隔着泪
街景一直在后退 你的崩溃在窗外零碎

唉!!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Some People Just Get So Lucky...


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

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time







by Mark Haddon

Book Synopsis:

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.

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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

Why is everybody looking at me?

Why is everybody looking at me?
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

黑色毛衣

词/曲:周杰伦

一件黑色毛衣 两个人的记忆
雨过之后 更难忘记
忘记我还爱你

你不用在意 流泪也只是刚好而已
我早已经待在谷底

我知道不能再留住你 也知道不能没有骨气
感激你 让我拥有秋天的美丽

看着那白色的蜻蜓 在空中忘了前进
还能不能 重新编织 脑海中起毛球的记忆

再说我爱你 可能雨也不会停
黑色毛衣 藏在哪里 就让回忆永远停在那里
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不知曾几何时,不见了妈妈的黑色毛衣。
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。
不敢告诉她,黑色毛衣可能是我弄丢的...

是在宿舍给人偷去呢?
还是被妈妈塞到衣橱后的某一个角落...

周董的歌声,缓缓唱出我脑海中的这片记忆,
在靡靡细雨的 KL 下午。

#一件黑色毛衣 两个人的记忆
雨过之后 更难忘记
忘记我还爱你

再说我爱你 可能雨也不会停
黑色毛衣 藏在哪里 就让回忆永远停在那里#

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Disaster in the Toilet!

WARNING: 18PL - Not for the faint-hearted

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.

Eeu...!!!

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

悠长假期

趁着一个星期的 DeepaRaya 假期,赶紧带了芥茜表妹回怡保享受天伦之乐。

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...”

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现在我才明白!(Nicholas 讪讪在笑)

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。

原来做工这么累呀!>_<

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。

所以非常珍惜那一个星期的假期时间,与家人相聚。

Anyway, would you rather have tons of work to do, or have nothing to do? 你说说看吧 ;)