Saturday, December 20, 2008

Easy Knitting Instructions for Beginners

by LindaLS


Posted here are some easy knitting instructions for beginners. I think when people try to learn to knit they choose the wrong pattern and the wrong supplies.

A beginner is naturally clumsy because they are not comfortable with using two needles. So why make it more difficult for yourself by choosing small size needles and tiny yarn to learn with?

It is also best to use the basic knitting stitches, just knit and purl until you are use to knitting. Once you learn these two stitches you will find everything else is just a variation of the knit and purl stitches.

First find a pattern with the some basic knitting instructions; a small flat item really is best. Try a dishcloth, potholder or a square for an afghan. These are all good choices for that very first project. The needles size 8 or larger is easiest to handle. Do keep them about 14 inches long or shorter. I love the new kids needles that are about 7 inches long.

To help you there are many videos and graphics online. If you don’t understand the written instructions do check out some of these videos. It also helps to read the written instructions and than watch the videos.

(1) Slip Knot: Wrap yarn over needle from front to back, over the working yarn, and through loop, pull taut but not tight.

(2) Cast On:
  • With needle in right hand, wrap tail over left thumb and working yarn over index finger
  • Insert needle up through thumb loop, then draw a loop from working yarn through loop
  • Release thumb loop, tighten loop on needle by pulling tail forward

(3) Knit stitch: Hold needle with loops in left hand
  • Insert right needle
  • Wrap yarn around it, draw yarn through to form new stitch
  • Transfer stitch to right needle

(4) Purl: With yarn in front of work
  • Insert right needle into front of stitch, yarn over and
  • Draw new loop through

(5) Cast off or Bind off: Begin by knitting two stitches loosely
  • With left needle pass first stitch over second stitch and tip of right needles which leaves one stitch on right needle.
  • Knit next stitch and repeat process.
  • Continue until all stitches but one are bound off.
  • Break or cut yarn and draw end through stitch

With these few knitting basics to get you started, you will be well on your way to becoming a knitter. These few basic knitting instructions are the foundation of any project you will ever knit. Take your time; understand these few items and you will be able to knit anything you want.



Linda Spangenburg draws on 35+ years from her knitting and crochet business experience, both as a teacher and craft business owner. She is the author behind "Looney for Looms" where you will find patterns for loom knitting. We hope you found the information here inspiring enough to try a craft home based business? You can find more free information about knitting and crochet for profit at http://www.knitting-n-crochet.com

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xoxo

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tiada Lagi...

You guys.... Manja's gone! She collapsed and passed on at about 1:11 AM.

Just as she breathe her last breath, we heard this song playing in the background. DH and I couldn't help but burst out crying together.
Tiada lagi kata cintamu
Takkan lagi ku bersama mu
Biar ku simpan semua
Kenangan ku bersamamu


RIP My Dearest Friend


Goodbye Manja. I love you!

xoxo

p/s I'm too distraught to write more, sorry...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Why Handmade? 3 Reasons Why Handmade is the "Hot Gift"

by Kim Christopherson


That's it. I had to have it. If I had to go to 10 different stores, line up at 4 AM on "Black Friday" or go online and bid far more than my pocketbook would allow, the hot toy of the season was going to be mine. I pictured my daughter's face opening it up. It would be the picture-perfect moment when at last she would tear open the toy she had begged for all season. A year has now passed. Now what was that toy? I honestly can't remember… and I'm sure she can't either.

Now rewind to that same Christmas. I also made her a pillow with her own name on it. I do remember carefully selecting the fabrics. I remember feeling so "gitty" when I found just the right color choices that would coordinate with her bedroom so perfectly. Everything that made her room hers, I found! I remember the night I put her to bed and ran to my sewing room so excited to get started on my project. I would hope she'd love it as much as I loved making it for her. Watching her elation as she opened that gift was 10 times more enchanting than seeing her set aside the "had-to-have" toy a few short hours later. She was captivated by the pillow, and happy to ask, "Mommy! Mommy! Did you make this for ME?"

The "D-I-Y" phenomenon is here and more and more people are choosing to give handmade gifts to those on their gift-giving lists! So why give handmade this holiday season?

1.Because It's Cost-Effective

More often than not, you can make something for less. Of course there are exceptions, but this works well when you have a holiday budget to stick to. I recently made some chalk-board mats for my nieces and nephews. Can you believe I was able to make 9 of them out of 1 yard of fabric? Talk about a bargain! Another friend of mine made purses for all of her girlfriends for their gift exchange. I also like to write down my gift-giving list early, and then think of how I can make several of the same gifts for a group of people- such as favorite teachers. In assembly-line fashion, I can purchase all I need at once, lay out my materials, and thrust into the project at hand. Before you know it, I'm finished with something that was not only enjoyable for me to do, but cost very little in relation to purchasing something at a store.


2.Because It Can Be Personalized

When I make a gift for someone, I always keep in mind what is important to them or about them. Whether it's a name on the gift, remembering their favorite colors, or making something of a sentimental nature, a handmade gift is one way of showing you care. Handmade gifts can be very unique and different. Countless times I've been so impressed with those who can create the same project, yet individualize each one to make them special to the one they are giving it to. Whether it's something that has been knit, sewn, painted, or glued, you can make the right gift for just the right person.


3.Because It Can Become a Treasure

I still have a crocheted blanket my grandmother made for me when I was a child. Seeing this reminds me of her love and dedication to our family. I can imagine the excitement she must have felt while making it. In retrospect, I don't know if I ever showed my full extent of gratitude when that gift was given. Oftentimes, that may be the case. But looking back, my heart is filled with thanksgiving as I recognize the hours that must have gone into something so extraordinary.

Do I still purchase gifts for family and friends from the stores? Of course I do. But while acknowledging that making handmade gifts does take more time, for me giving a gift that is handmade is very fulfilling to both the giver and receiver.


Kim Christopherson is the owner and creator of YouCanMakeThis. Find hundreds of downloadable patterns and "how-to" eBooks for your home and family. Sign up for the YCMT newsletter and receive a $75 ebook bundle package for FREE!

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xoxo

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Barely Breathing

OH. MY. GOD!

It felt just like a car has ran over me and I'm left on the road, still breathing in a pool of blood.

It all started since 1 December and there's no signs of it stopping.

I'm fed up. Tired. Frustrated. Annoyed. Angry!

I feel like giving the middle finger to everybody.

Kill me already!

xoxo

p/s Edward Cullen, where are you?!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

My Last Entry for NaBloPoMo

I can't believe I did it! 30 posts in 30 days. What a feat it was for me. My life is so uninteresting y'all to warrant a daily post. Lol.

However, as I was reading through what I've written this month, I'm rather glad I took the challenge up. At least, my life was documented daily and I can reflect back in the near future. It's something a kin to Project 365 -- of which I plan to take up this coming January. You can find their Flickr group page here.

I also noticed that my posts are not as long. Except for the last few days because they were all about Edward Cullen. Teehee. What's new, eh?

Will I continue to post daily from now on? I'll try. Looking at my past records for this year, I do post as often as time permits. I may missed a few days and a few weekends I cheat by using featured articles, but still, they're quite consistent.

I'm game to join NaBloPoMo again next year. And maybe I'll even find the guts to join NaNoWriMo, too ;)

xoxo

Saturday, November 29, 2008

What A Day!

Went to meet the ladies for hi-tea at Darby Park at noon today. By the time I reached the place, Merry with Hn, MC with Myra, Lah with Farizal and Nora was there already. I was late because my car gave me some problem on the way. Had to SOS my husband to come exchange his car with me. Huhu.

Later he told me the problem was with it's Allspark eh, Mr Spock eh, the spark plug. He has changed it for me but I dunno if my car is all well now. I haven't said 'hello' to it since I got back :p

The food at the cafe was not bad, their selection aplenty. Unfortunately, Nora found a small cockroach in her lamb cutlet just as I was about to have a go at it. Langsung terbantut plan dan selera ku uols.

But besides that, the spread is worth your twenty bucks.

After lunch, we drove to KLCC nearby. Nora wanted to get a new pair of sunnies. There weren't a lot of choices there however, so no sunnies for her on this trip. She and Merry ended up buying tudungs from Arzu instead.

We left for home just after six, I think.

Oh btw, I went to watch Twilight again last night. Alone. It rained and the traffic looked bad. So while waiting for it to ease up, I just decided to go see it again. (Alasan je kan?)

In my second viewing, I note that there was a built up before Bella made her conclusion that Edward is a vampire. And I think Charlie's funny. And I still likes all the Cullen casts, they're prefect! I hope they were given more lines, but of course, the movie will become Midnight Sun instead of Twilight. Lol.

Dear Ms Meyer, please continue to write Midnight Sun. Pwetty pleaaasseeeeee.

And I'm liking the movie more.

I read some where that said they produced the movie just for the fans of the book. So I guess, it made sense to skip some things because you should already know about it.

On a different note, I've said this before and I'll say it again -- the screen in Signature is wayyyyyyy better then the 'normal' theater. It's more sharper, clearer and brighter (and nicer seats, too). It's true.

One more day to end Nablopomo. Phew!

xoxo

Friday, November 28, 2008

Hey Edward, Wanna Know How Much Do I Love Thee?

Well, let me count the ways. But first... Total crap! The scene below?



They cut just as their lips met. Damnation (I am SO gonna look for the DVD now). It's the first kiss scene y'all. How could they cut it? How would non-readers know how careful Edward was or how lost Bella was in this kiss? How would they understand the depth of control Edward has because Bella's blood is so irresistible to him? She's his brand of heroine after all, but alas, you non-readers (might I add 'in Malaysia'?) wouldn't be able to witness the sweetness of this scene.

Thus, the connection Bella and Edward has, their relationship -- felt flat.

Other than that, the movie was as good as I expected it to be. It's very truthful to the book. One of the closest adaptation of a book I've seen so far. Most of the major scenes and lines are in it.

However, if you haven't read the book, some things won't make sense to you because it wasn't explained much. If you're a fan of the book and haven't decided whether to go watch it or not -- just go already!

Enjoy the movie as it is. Nothing can beat the book, of course.

After the jump, the things I'm going to write contains SPOILERS. Stop if you haven't read the book, or watched the movie. Unless you don't mind. Or, you have no plans to do either and just wanna read through this entry, then forge ahead.




Robert Pattinson as Edward? *swoons / fans self / swoon again* He is rather versatile, I think because I can not see any trace of Cedric Diggory or Toby Jugg in his acting. He becomes Edward. Or Edward becomes him? Hmm...

Kristen Stewart gave Bella a little bit more toughness. And less whiny. Less whiny is good. Bella in the books was way too whiny to a point you wanted to slap her silly.

I wasn't convinced when Billy Burke got casts as Charlie (Bella's dad). In my mind, Charlie is someone like John Mahoney. But I suppose he's too old to be Bella's dad. We know that Bella's parents married young.

The rest of the Cullens were awesome. My other favourite Cullen in the book would be Alice and Ashley Greene was perfect! I looooove her! Although, I feel it's a bit corny to see her twirl in the school's cafeteria. Lol.

I'm some what bummed that, apart from Rosalie, the other Cullens were given limited lines to recite. Where's the 'She's not one of us' from Emmett that I saw in one of the earlier trailers? I want to see more of them, too. But I guess, that'll make this movie Midnight Sun la pulak. Haha.

We were only introduced to Billy and Jacob Black of The Quileutes. We weren't introduced to the two blokes that accompanied Jacob in La Push. If you haven't read the book, you wouldn't know that the one who spoke about the Cullens was Sam Uley.

I haven't a clue who was the other guy with them, though.

For the nomadic vampires; James was super sexy, in a 'vampire evil' way. If the Cullens are all pretty, James was totally hot. Victoria was cool, too. Fierce but cool. Laurent was... ummm... not bad. Not bad at all. I can't wait to see how he is in New Moon :)

The humans... ahhh... Mike Newton was cute. Jessica was a tad too friendly and happy. Not as spiteful, unlike in the book. Case in point, the time when she saw Edward was with Bella when they went into town together. She's supposed to be incredulous about it. Not 'OMG Edward likes you I'm happy for you!' with fan girl squee to boot.

Angela was quite close to her character in the book too, although, she didn't appear to be as shy. Eric was totally off. Too cheesy lah. He can be your best gay friend, though. I didn't see much of Tyler as a character, just that he's there visually in the movie.

Scenes in the movie that I like:
  • The movie started with a voice narrative by Bella, reciting the preface from the book.
  • When the Cullens entered the cafeteria. Oh my word! I want to be a part of that clan, can?
  • The part where Edward came to rescue Bella in his Volvo - phwoar!
  • The first time Edward brought Bella home to meet his family.
  • The vampire baseball -- it's like seeing Quidditch for the first time y'all!
  • The tension felt between Edward and Rosalie during James/Bella crisis. You can feel the bitchy-ness oozing from Rosalie. I like!
  • Scenes from the ballet studio (James is one sexy beast -- pun intended).

Scenes that I find lacking in some ways:
  • I felt the relationship between Bella and Edward was a bit too fast. And flat. No sparks, no depth, no tension.
  • The way Bella discovered Edward's a vampire was too jumbled. I don't understand how she came to the conclusion that he's a vampire, if I haven't already know about it. Not enough clues to point that way. Maybe it's because certain events that lead to her discovery (in the book) have been omitted.
  • I thought the vampires speed are faster?
  • Not much highlight on Edward's special power as well as the other Cullens.
  • I don't like Edward's Volvo in this movie :p
  • The after Edward rescue Bella scene, when they're in his Volvo, was too short and too fast. It gave me a 'Eh, that's it?' moment, because there was more in the book. Sigh.
Yeah.

That's my take on the first viewing of the Twilight movie. I'm planning to watch it again because I cannot get enough of the Cullens. Maybe for another 2-3 times more. Hehe.

xoxo

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'll Be Seeing You Tonight, Hunny!


*le sigh*

I collected my tickets on Tuesday itself. They surprised me by giving me FOUR tickets instead. Maybe they have more allocated compared to entries received? Who knew.

So, I text-ed Nong immediately to extend an invite. Unfortunately, she couldn't go because her grandma's here. I asked Lah too but alas, she's not sure if she can make it either. I also asked M and Hermione. M don't think she can make it in time, whilst Hermione is bizzzzzy.

Pening la jugak nak fikir who to call next. Lol.

Then I remembered Kakakdegil, who's also a fan of Twilight. I tried to track her down (because when you need info like phone number, et al, you'll not get it right away, as usual); nearly gave up. She's not online these couple of days and her number's not listed in her Facebook.

I got her number from Hermione this morning, send her a text message. She's just replied to my sms an hour ago. We plan to meet at GSC before the movie starts so I can handover the tickets to her. Woot!

I can't wait for 6 PM to come already weii!

Oh, and Zouk Club's Grand Launch party is tonight. I've received an invite to go, but because of YOU Edward Cullen, I'm passing that up :p

xoxo

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I Feel Like Singing Today...




I don't wanna talk
About the things we've gone through
Though it's hurting me
Now it's history
I've played all my cards
And that's what you've done too
Nothing more to say
No more ace to play

The winner takes it all
The loser standing small
Beside the victory
That's her destiny

I was in your arms
Thinking I belonged there
I figured it made sense
Building me a fence
Building me a home
Thinking I'd be strong there
But I was a fool
Playing by the rules

The gods may throw a dice
Their minds as cold as ice
And someone way down here
Loses someone dear
The winner takes it all
The loser has to fall
It's simple and it's plain
Why should I complain.

But tell me does she kiss
Like I used to kiss you?
Does it feel the same
When she calls your name?
Somewhere deep inside
You must know I miss you
But what can I say
Rules must be obeyed

The judges will decide
The likes of me abide
Spectators of the show
Always staying low
The game is on again
A lover or a friend
A big thing or a small
The winner takes it all

I don't wanna talk
If it makes you feel sad
And I understand
You've come to shake my hand
I apologize
If it makes you feel bad
Seeing me so tense
No self-confidence
But you see
The winner takes it all
The winner takes it all...


Sang by Meryl Streep from the movie Mamma Mia!... where Colin Firth (he'll always be my Mr Darcy, btw) can sing better than Pierce Brosnan. Haha!

xoxo

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

OME!!

What did I find in my inbox this morning when I check my email? A letter from Nokia Malaysia. And what does it say?

That I WON TWO TICKETS TO WATCH TWILIGHT!! --Woohoo!!

I've totally forgotten about this contest, to tell you the truth. I saw it last month (I think) on their website when I was helping MC choose a new phone. I can't even remember what I submitted as my slogan. I think it must have something to do with me professing my love for Edward :p

But I won! Yeay! The movie will be held on Thursday, 27th for its 7pm show and it'll be held at GSC 1 Utama. I can't wait! I've to go collect the tickets either today or tomorrow.

I first asked DH if he wanted to go (two tickets, remember), but of course, he asked me to go with Iggy Singh. I should have known. Remember that time when he won two tickets to watch The Golden Compass's premiere? But I thought I'd be a good wife and ask him first (yeah, right.)

However, Iggy is unavailable due to work commitment (meeting lah, apa lagik). We haven't hang out for the longest time.

So, I invited someone whom, coincidently, has become a Twilight convert yesterday over the weekend (am I right?) -- MummyChomel aka MC, uols. Hehe. Exciting-ness!

Btw, OME = Oh my Edward, as appose to OMG.

xoxo

Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm Getting Used To It

The hair that is. I managed to do something to the fringe. I think the hair looks better now. Maybe because I'm getting used to how I look, too :p

But I looooooooove the colour. Le sigh.

I like playing with my hair. It's really soft and... straight. No matter how I mess the hair up, it still stays the same. Mira likes to play with it, too.

My antique car gave me some trouble last night.

We went out to KFC to buy dinner back. While waiting for me, DH tried to switch off the car's headlight but it refused to be turned off. He tried a few times and had to turn off the engine too because suddenly, the car's temperature went up. I thought maybe there's no water in the radiator.

Once we got home, we still couldn't switch off the headlights no matter how many times I tried. I even tried to manipulate it but to no avail. This problem happened to me once a few weeks back, actually. I somehow managed to switch it off after a couple of times playing with the switch.

I was getting frustrated.

I tried picking the relevant fuse out hoping that maybe it'll work. Still, no improvement whatsoever. In the end, DH disconnect one of the battery's cable to cut the power out. That 'kills' it but of course, this was all temporary until I can find a mechanic in the morning.

Apparently, there's something wrong with the wiring. So, that's fixed now. But I had to change the battery as well because it became weak after I reconnect it to start the car this morning. It worked fine at first, but I had to stop the engine when I discovered the tube that connects that round black thing in the middle (OVCP issit? but what is OVCP?), has disengaged itself.

Again, I thought maybe that's the reason why the temp shoot up last night (I'm just guessing lah. I know nuts about engine weii.). However, it isn't so. The main reason was because the fan's motor has stopped working properly.

Knowing how bad traffic to and from work can be, I wouldn't want to be stranded with a heated car. I had to change to a new unit.

The car is operating back to normal now. I'm told by the mechanic to go find a spare part for this particular pipe that's attached to that black round thing (haha! mrasa lah interpret sendiri) from the kedai potong. I need to replace it sooner or later because its rusty / rusting.

Well, that's what you get maintaining an antique car. But I love my dad's car. It still has a lot more life left, I feel. And luckily also, we have another antique car in our possession because without it, I would have to walk all the way to the mechanic.

Yup, it's DH's mom's car. He 'inherited' it after his sister bought a spanking new Myvi a couple of months back.

Two antique cars, eh? It's not like we're a collector or anything. Lol.

xoxo

p/s They're antiques because each car is more than 10 years old. My dad's for instance, is 13. Old kan?
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Name Of The Game

Lets do this quickly...

We didn't go to the A1 GP because DH said the weather will be hot. I know. So vain, isn't it. Hehe.

We went to the supermarket nearby (again) to get some snacks. We also stopped over this new salon to give Mira a haircut. I thought of getting myself a haircut, too. I saw their promotions and thought I'd better send DH back home first. I wanted to colour my hair as well as do a little treatment to it. It'll take ages to finish, so that's why I better get DH off my back. If not, he'll complain lah :p

In the end, I took up a rebonding + hair colour + hair treatment package. It's rather cheap, so why not.

Rebonding not only gives your hair a soft texture and a shiny sheen, it also straighten your hair. I HATED it! I like my natural curls -- I've always received compliments for it whenever I let my hair down. I like straight hair, too, but only for certain occasion, ya' know? Now, it's totally straight. Huhu.

On top of that, I intended to just trim my hair up to shoulder length (like I did in March). After the whole rebonding process, the hair dresser cut the hair as my initial request. She added bangs, too.

I now look like Anna Wintour!!! Not as glamorous, of course because the china doll hair does not suit my face. On second thought, I think I look more like Dawn French compared to Anna Wintour. *cries*

I love Dawn French, btw. I think she's great and funny. But you know what I mean when I'm comparing me to her. I suppose, I should have kept my hair longer like hers.

I HATE my hair. Sigh.

But Iggy Singh said if I rock the goth-chic look, I should be able to pull it off. The thing is... my hair colour is brownish blonde! :(

xoxo

Saturday, November 22, 2008

And Shopping, We Went...

I took Mira to her school's fun fair in the afternoon.


Qdees Children's Fun Fair


There were a few game stalls, food stalls and a toy stall. We ate ice creams, and Mira played some games. She managed to score some points and won herself a prize. A pen holder with globe.

We all took a nap after that because it rained. Bliss!

I woke up thinking of Ikea's Swedish meatballs. Thus, I dragged everyone there in the evening for dinner. There was a crowd at the cafeteria when we were there at 8 PM. Their meatballs look to be a popular item.

They're these family tray trolleys, which was heaven sent. What a genius invention! Lol. I wish all cafeteria we go to have those. It made life so easy.

There wasn't a plan to shop anything, but you know you'll never leave Ikea empty handed :p Those small small things you pick and stuff in the yellow bag can end up with a major bill.

Astro has a promotional space at Ikano and they had this huge picture of Bumblebee on stage. Mira wanted to take photo with it, so here it is...

Mira & Her Autobots

Cool huh? It looked so real in this photo. DH wants me to frame it so Mira can keep it in her room. Hehe. I wish Optimus Prime was there. DH said he's at The Curve.

xoxo

Friday, November 21, 2008

Take Me Shopping With You!

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am that the work week is ov-vah!! I have been leaving for home late these few days, trying to finish off a task with today's deadline. I am glad to report that the documents are ready by 7 PM just now, sealed and handed over to UPS to be shipped off tomorrow.

Huzzah!

I have also completed the Exchange migration plan for everyone yesterday. It includes upgrading theirs to the new Outlook as well as creating their email accounts over at the new provider. We can now send and receive emails via the new client. It looked to be working smoothly yesterday, but today the service kinda suck.

I'm not sure if it's because they're doing system maintenance or problems with our internet connection or something else. I thought I saw a notice yesterday on their website, but it's gone when I took a look at it today.

Meh. I'll mull over that on Monday.

A few things to look forward to this weekend...

Mira's school is organizing a fun fair for the kids and as their marketing tool, tomorrow morning. It'll be held at the school itself. I'm told there'll be lots of games for the kids to play and some sort of a food fair, too. I wish someone put up apple fudge booth. I'm so dying for one. Le sigh.

There was this one year in my school's fun fair, a group of girls were selling those apple fudge. I remembered how heavenly those apples were. I bought a few myself because it was oh-so-yummy.

Well, I supposed I can prepare it on my own. Unfortunately though, I am too lazy :p

And then, there's the A1 GP in Sepang.

I received tickets for Sunday's race. I'm really tempted to take it up. I've never been to Sepang Circuit, have never seen a race either. But... 1) I still have not buy the ear plugs; 2) it's in SEPANG, thus it is FAR?; 3) what to wear?? and 4) we're also thinking of going to watch the movie Storm Rider.

Oh, I just noticed that it's rated PG13. How now?

xoxo

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just A Little Unwell

This morning, I woke up feeling ill. I have a slight headache and felt feverish. Could be because:

  1. I ate a tub of durian all by myself on the way home from work last night. Can't blame me. It was on 50% discount at Jusco's supermarket :p

  2. Mira and I stopped by Econsave supermarket pulak before going home. I bought a tub of Nestle's Crunch ice cream (oh.the.yummies!). And I ate two (yes, two!) full bowl of ice cream before bed.

Serve me right, innit? :p

xoxo

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oh! Abang Grissom Ku!

Los Angeles (E! Online) – What if CSI wasn't CSI?

Last week, the CBS crime show was what it's been for most of this decade: TV's most-watched drama series.

But what if, suddenly, 21 million viewers, as top hit CSI is averaging for the season, became 13 million?

Then a new AOL Television poll will have been right on the money.

In the poll, 37 percent of respondents said they won't watch CSI after William Petersen exits at midseason.

About 41 percent effectively put the series on probation, saying "maybe" they'll keep tuning in, post-Grissom—it all "depends on how good [Petersen sub] Laurence Fishburne is."

[Source]


I can't say I've lost interest in watching CSI, but I do agree that Grissom was what pulls me to watch this series weekly without fail. Oh, don't get me wrong, the other characters are all good in my book compared to the other branches of CSI i.e. Miami and New York.

I don't know why they need to replace Grissom. Why can't they promote Willows to take Grissom's place instead. And if they need to cast another character untuk cukupkan korum sekalipun, go and get a new guy in as a team member of that unit lah. Let us learn to love him/her first :p

I think Willows is prime for a promotion. Isn't she senior enough to be promoted? She's second-in-command, right? Therefore, why hire a new guy in a form of Laurence Fishburn to become the 'head' replacement for Grissom?

See, there's still office politics in a fictional setting, too. Lol.

Morpheus is coming to CSI y'all!! Maybe, the Oracle sent him to look for 'The One'. Muahahaha.

xoxo

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Now Bodies Are Falling From The Sky?

Holy Blog Of Doom, Batman! I just had a cup of tea and realised I have not updated this since you last visited... You would not believe how much more of a drama I could make that. I'm a blogger so I will though!

I am lost in a sea of pseudo-olde-english with only your readership as life preserver, being distracted by the shiny, just generally being Snow White to every Lost Boy that crosses my path, my day seems to be a litany of stuff and giggles from the light through yonder window breaks to sun down and beyond. I am totally loving it, dudes. I wish you could be here to share it.

I go, my lords and ladies; just I will write something that makes sense soon. Go with God, good friends. Unless of course the pool with the cocktail bar is heated!

HA! Nothing make sense today, I know. Picked the link from Firda a couple of days ago, thought I'd keep it when the time comes. And the time is today!

Thanks to 'The Lazy Bloggers Post Generator'. Lol.

xoxo

Monday, November 17, 2008

Horripilation

\haw-rip-uh-LAY-shuhn; ho-\, noun:
the act or process of the hair bristling on the skin, as from cold or fear; goose flesh

In other words, goose bumps or goose pimples as they say it in 1889. I have used this word (goose bumps, not horripilation) a lot once I picked it up by reading. That was way back when I was in my early teens. I was a bit perplexed when a friend who just came back from the States said she never knew 'people' here use that word, too.

I seem to encounter this 'problem', eh? -- or whatever you may want to call it. I think this incident would be my first whilst the second would be the 'cathartic' one (as I blogged about it a long time ago).

It's either because I'm the exception or they're the ignorant ones. Lol.

While I'm typing this, Mr G is currently decorating the office with Christmas-sy stuff. They brought in the tree (live one no less) this morning and I see he bought more decorating lights for the ceiling and baubles for said tree. I'll take a picture of it once it's all done.

Our Christmas dinner this year should fall on the 19th next month. I'm supposed to start organizing it. We're not going to use the previous caterers this year. I need to make it a point to check out the other restaurants around this area to see if they've a special menu for it.

On the other hand, San Francisco Coffee and Bread Story at North Court Megamall has closed down its stores. These two lots will soon be replaced by an upmarket Mamak restaurant.

Steven's (and I'm assuming it's the same popular one?) will be opening their branch here. They're renovating the two spaces as we speak! It'll be called Steven's Tea Garden.

Posh or what?

xoxo

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Not So Easy

One of my Sims graduated today. Phew! Never thought this day would come.

He has moved to the home neighbourhood. Now I need to get him settle down and work towards his life time goal -- to have 51 1st dates O_o

The other Sims should be graduating soon, too. I'm not sure whether to let her marry her current boyfriend or get her to meet someone else. More drama if I take the latter course, I'm sure.

xoxo

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Breaking Out Into A Song

It has been a rather tiring day. After we got back from Mira's follow up appointment with Dr Marge, we were asked to go visit my aunt at a hospital. I had a date to meet the Selamba team for dinner this afternoon.

I quickly sent my apologies before I packed a few things and off we went down to my hometown. We got back after Maghrib and straight went to the supermarket to pick up a few things.

Just finished watching High School The Musical 3. It's a nice end to the other two movies. Although, I feel like in this movie, they break out into song more often here. Lol.

I can't wait to get my hands on its DVD box set :)

Anyhow, I left The Sims running (on pause) while I watch the movie and suddenly, I heard the PC shutdown itself after an auto system update. I don't think the last few Sims hours got saved, though. I hope I didn't lose any important events.

The two kids are a Junior now, going to become Seniors soon. It feels oh-so-long for them to go through this Uni cycle. Each term is worth 72 Sims hours with each year (Freshman, Sophomore, Jr, Sr) has two terms. You do the math.

xoxo

Friday, November 14, 2008

Brighter Outlook

The migration task wasn't as daunting as I first thought it would be. Once I have all the information needed -- front end and back end, all that's left was to put two-and-two together.

Albeit, this round was only for the four of us, if all goes well the next round would be to migrate everyone else.

I have upgraded my current Outlook version to 2007. So far, I like what I see. I like the fact that now I can see my calendar and upcoming events as well as my to-do list all within the same window as my inbox.

I also like that I can now colour code tasks, events as well as email. For example, I've tagged orange for all things that comes from the Hotness and red for Mr G. It's all very visual, but not in a bad way. It's actually quite fun.

However, I can send emails out at the moment, but incoming mails still goes to the old Exchange setting. I hope everything will be in place when we come back to work on Monday.

xoxo

Thursday, November 13, 2008

For The First Time Ever...

I am not looking forward to Friday. It won't be a 'TGIF' day for me, no sirree. I was given a deadline by Mr G to roll out the Exchange migration thingy, and it is tomorrow. Boohoo!

Anyway, the school is out. Mira has a 'last day of school' party this morning. I let her wore her princess dress and bought some donuts to share with her classmates. I just spoke to Dad, said she brought back lots of sweets.

There's no school tomorrow for Mira but there's a Parents-Teacher meet that I have to attend in the morning. I have to let my boss know I'll be in a little bit later.

There was a hold up at the entrance of The Garden's car park this morning. This eff-ing lady's season parking card couldn't or wouldn't work, I dunno. Normally, we'll just grab a ticket and sort it out later with the Car park Department.

But not her. I'm not sure what's her issue with it, but she refused to move and then later, wanted to back out from the gates. Hello, can you not see the long queue behind you?? Stupid bitch.

Luckily, this car in front of me managed to squeezed his car between this other car in front of him, thus giving me way to move forward. I used the other entrance to get into P3, but it took awhile to find my way anyhow. Sigh.

On the way to my office block, I saw the queue getting longer spilling over the main road up above. Lol. Such a nuisance.

That's it for today. I managed to play The Sims for 2 hours, I think, last night. It's a bit boring though because I'm playing the 'University' scenario. Nothing interesting happened other than this one Sims worked hard and managed to get herself on to the Dean's list.

However, this other slacking Sims I purposely created also got the same results. Eventhough, we hardly goes to class and completed his assignment. How lah?

xoxo

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sidereal

\sy-DEER-ee-uhl\, adjective:
measured or determined by the daily motion of the stars; of or having to do with the stars or constellations

Let's see what my horoscope say about me today...

The most powerful motivator for you isn't your ambition -- it's your emotions. Don't get too involved in anything that seems harsh or abrasive today -- you need to go easy on folks. It's a good time to show people how you really feel and maybe to take things a step further.

Meaning what? No being a bossy biatch today? But isn't that an oxymoron statement, too -- I'm not suppose to get myself in an abrasive situation, to go easy on people. And yet, I should show how I really feel to take things a step further?

Hahahahahahaha!

I'm posting early today because oftentimes, I take a long time to write and edit an entry. Blogging is hard work for me, ok! As I try not to blog too much on private stuff, not because I don't want to, but that will take a hell lot of work. Just to make it vague enough, but on the other hand, those who know me personally can decipher it clearly.

So I write other frivolous and mundane things instead. And I do a lot of research before I post anything. Sometimes, I get sidetracked by reading bits and pieces along the way. Those are time wasters, sad to say.

And then I'll find myself running out of time to play The Sims because it's already time for bed. Now that I've put this out of the way, later tonight I can play the game to my heart's content. Yeay!

xoxo

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

11.11.1111

Do you think people who lived in year 1111 would make it a big deal on the 11th of November? Like how we do it now in this century when we discovered a number of interesting sequences i.e. 08.08.08, and the likes.

Daisy and Cyn thought they would have. I'm not convinced myself.

If you try to search for 1111, 11/11 or 11:11, you'll find some intriguing stuff on the 'net. Some believed it to be an auspicious number, some beliefs are rather mystical, others think it's something religious.

I think I would just make a wish; that we will all survive unscathed the perceived hardships we're about to face in the near future.

However, the most important of all, I would think, is that today marked the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. An armistice was signed between Germany and the Allies on 11 November 1918 that the war should end at 11AM that day.

Also known as the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, this day is annually honoured with a two-minutes of silence.

I don't think we were involved in WW1. WW2, yes, thanks to Japan. The Battle of Malaya was fought between 8 December 1941 to 31 January 1942. It was short but disastrous. I have to say that I am really proud of our Royal Malay Regiment.

So there you have it. From a simple wandering of minds about 11-11, I have managed to dig up something historical. Lol. I like history, btw. It was never a favourite subject while in school, though. But some how I managed to do well in exams.

Enjoice!

xoxo

Monday, November 10, 2008

Oxymoron

I have a warped mind. For unexplainable reasons, every time I see the word oxymoron, a picture of a pimply moron with a goofy grin comes to mind. In actual fact, the meaning of the word is "a combination of contradictory or incongruous words".

I wonder if 'elegant silence' is an oxymoron. There was an entry for 'eloquent silence', though.

Oh, I have another example of an oxymoron.

Yesterday, while waiting for Mira's doctor to do her rounds, I was flipping through the small newspaper insert of Mingguan Malaysia (alah, Pancaindera tu). I came across an article on Norman-Abby's public debacle.

You know, the one where she went to hunt down her husband to give him the divorce forms.

Oh wait, speaking of those, why was there a need to have a copy of the husband's IC and the marriage certificate in order to submit a divorce claim? Women can't divorce their husbands like a man can, but we are allowed to request for one, right. So, why can't they accept her application? Can they not get it from the husband himself? They still have to get in touch with him to report that his wife has launch a 'complain' against him, anyway.

Does anyone of you keep a copy of your husband's IC in the first place? :p

Ok, back to my story. The journalist, Niezam Abdullah, said in that center piece sequence-of-events article I read (I'm quoting as well as paraphrasing here; emphasis is mine, too),

We chased after Norman to advise him to get away from there, lest the situation becomes more intense. We were rather embarrased to have witness the public marital spat between the two of them.

Eh? You're the one who followed Abby in her pursuit; it was said a group of journalist followed her in two cars (amazing!). You can't wager a guess that there WILL be some sort of confrontation between those two? Come on, really, you can't? It's like a train wreck waiting to happen!

And yet you felt rather embarrassed to have witness it? Oh puhleese! You LIVE for moments like these! To be in the thick of things, get first hand information. Imagine that! It sells your papers, no?

Same thing happened when I saw that Terjah fella and his team in Melodi. They recorded every moment of it. And I spy not two but many folks around those two flashing their mobile phone to video the ordeal. And next thing you know, it's all over YouTube.

And then got the cheek to criticize based on moral grounds. Wtf.

Please lah! We get pulled towards these things. If not, people won't slow down their cars to check out an accident scene, just to see if someone's hurt. Not because they'd want to help the poor soul, but to see how gory the battered body looks like.

The more gory, the better. Then can take pictures using their mobile phones (everybody has one now, don't they?) to share it with friends or post it in forums, blogs and what not.

Those are some form of oxymorons for you -- based on the word's true meaning, or mine, take your pick.

xoxo

Sunday, November 9, 2008

End of Week One

  1. I passed the first week's hurdle. Couldn't believe I actually managed to post something seven days straight! Lol.

  2. I felt really down about my Ipoh trip. Not that I'm blaming Mira, you understand. I was just a lil' bit disappointed because I was really looking forward to it.

  3. And there's the cake -- the not being able to eat it. Do you know how difficult it was to track down the bakery's phone number? Ahhh.... so near, and yet so far. Huhu.

  4. I managed to catch a cold btw, but what do I expect when I was held up in a hospital? With my weaken state of defense because I was down + unhappy + worried, it was just too easy to catch anything.

  5. Is tomorrow Monday already? :(


Good night y'all!

xoxo

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Every Click, A Surprise

The best laid plan was thwarted by the Missy's sudden asthma attack. So here we are, in a hospital ward, yet again. We've been here since three this morning.

We're nowhere near Ipoh. And I don't think we'll be able to attend tomorrow's party either. Mira's Dr Marge wants to keep her at least until tomorrow evening.

She has also prescribed the use of inhaler for Mira, seeing that her attack is usually rather sudden and it escalates quickly. At least with the inhaler, we'll be able to help ease her condition whenever she has an episode.

As for the cake, MC and I had to cancel our orders. Fortunately, demand for the cake are good enough that the baker didn't give me any grief over our cancellation. We ordered two each ok. Lol.

And Nasi Ganja? Next time too, then.

xoxo

Friday, November 7, 2008

At First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified

Kept thinkin' I could never live without you by my side
Then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along

Don't you just love that song? I'll include the video at the end of this entry so we both can sing to it! :)

I got the 'oh-so-important' letter out, signed, sealed and delivering next Monday by lunch time today. Phew! I'm rather pleased with the content. I'm so glad to be able to put my nose that behind me.

I shall dedicate the whole day next Monday to prepare for Tuesday's meeting. I hope Mr G won't disturb me with that Exchange matter until after Tuesday.

My weekend looking pretty tight this week. First off, tomorrow, MC and I with our girls tagging along, will be driving up the 2 hours journey to Ipoh (you heard me right!) for a day trip. We're going there to get our hands on that infamous Ipoh butter cake (yup, you heard me right there again!) as well as to have Nasi Ganja for lunch.

Jauh perjalanan, luas pengetahuan. Haha!

It'll be fun, I'm sure and I can't wait for tomorrow morning to come. Woohoo! And then Sunday, there's a birthday party to attend in the afternoon.

Now, in between that, I have to figure out ways to also include completing my laundry, sorting out the unwanted stuff to be thrown away and playing The Sims to my heart's content.

Ok, karaoke time!



xoxo

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sua Sue Kemuning

What does it mean, really? If there is any meaning to the phrase in the first place. You can listen to (and watch) the song here.

I woke up this morning with a list of tasks to complete at work. There was a niggling feeling at the back of my mind that I am missing something. However at that time, I couldn't pinpoint what it was (obviously).

As soon as I came in, I saw my assistant hovering at my workstation, seemed to be looking for something. A particular piece of agreement of which was the caused of concern to a particular team. I don't keep those agreement with me, though.

We found it eventually. I hope the matter has been cleared and closed. This unplanned debacle took away more or less an hour of my time.

I have to skip the first two tasks in order to leave for the bank before half past eleven. I left as soon as I've prepared the stuff needed for my visit. Came back just before one, and Mr Gadget asked me about this service that he wanted me to check out.

He has decided to outsource our Exchange and has found a company that provides it. I am supposed to register and purchase the service as well as figuring out how to migrate our current settings to theirs.

I told y'all I'm an IT expert extraordinaire in my office. NOT!

A whole day gone with me doing things I didn't plan to do. Still, that feeling of dread that I've forgotten something important lingers. As soon as I saw Charlene's face before I left for the day, I remembered what it was.

I'm supposed to draft out an official letter for her client in order for her to close their projects. It's rather important. It's something that I have to throw in a couple of legal jargon in it to make it look lofty and posh. I surely need time and consideration with the creative juices flowing freely to work on my pi├Ęce de' resistence. Macam bagus jek :p

I promised her I'll have it done by tomorrow. And I haven't even started a single sentence. I'm doooooomed.

Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!

Looks like I have to dive into it first thing tomorrow, come hell or high water. I shall prevail!

Ok, now I go play Sims.

xoxo

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It Was The Best of Times

It was the best of times
It was the worst of times

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


Text message between me and my boss at noon today...

The Hotness: Please get me something from Carl's and coffee for lunch, and btw, Obama won, yeah!
Me: I knoowwwwww. Have been receiving lots of sms about it. Like, this is the most watched US election evvah! Congrats! :)
The Hotness: Thanks, very happy!


I have written 3 paragraphs on my views, feelings and hopes on this historical win. But it's a moot point, really. I'm just happy to be able to observe a history being made. So I've deleted it and left this as it is.

Congratulations, America! :)


xoxo

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cutting It Too Close

Yikes, nearly missed today's post there, didn't I? I thought I'd include a video at the end of this, but I've been trying to upload said video onto YouTube to no avail. Keep getting the 'Page Load Error'. Dunno what's so difficult about it!

Anyway, yesterday Dad have asked me to look for a basic and easy-to-use mobile phone for him. His other retired friends are making a joke at how he's the only one without a phone. Peer pressureeeee... Lol!

I brought home some brochures today and recommended two types of phone for him to choose. He opted for the LG KF310. It was either that or Nokia 3120 Classic.

I have been thinking of giving him a sub-line number under the Family plan but I'm not sure if he has any use of it. My dad hardly goes out, see. But now that he has a need for it, kinda help firmed the idea for me. He was just thinking of buying a prepaid pack.

So off I went to Maxis at The Gardens after dinner just now (sebab mak kiasu and tak menyempat-yempat), to register for another phone line to my account. I also purchased the LG phone and am now setting it up for him. He should be able to use it tomorrow.

Hope he's happy with the phone. One fun thing about it is that Mira will be able to make video calls to her Atuk now. Teehee. Thank goodness all charges between my number and his are free. Woot!

xoxo

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bite Me!

This morning I was stopped by Mira's class teacher. She wanted to see me to hand over two (ONLY) photos of Mira from their recent concert. She took the liberty to order it for us when Mira was out of school last two weeks ago.

Incidentally, I also wanted to see her to submit our orders for the video and the studio shots.

To conclude our business, we had to go down to the Headmistress office. Just as we reached the ground floor, we heard a girl's scream. It sounded like as if it came from her class. We went ahead to the office anyway which was just a few step away from the staircase.

Then we heard the girl crying. Mrs Singam (the Mistress) wondered what has happened and who was crying up there.

Just as we're about to quickly wrap thing up, we saw a congregation of school kids (all of them are Mira's classmates) came down the staircase, including the crying girl. Two of them reported to Teacher Uma what transpired; another was with the crying girl.

It turned out, one of their classmates had bitten the girl's arm. Lol. The girl's rather chubby, and I think her friend must have find her too irresistible.

I find it rather amusing because it reminded me of an incident that involved me and Merry. She had bitten my arm for no reason, during BM subject class one day. I can't remember what she was 'geram'-ing about, because I assured you, I wasn't as fat then as I am now :p But bit my arm she did.

We both were punished by the teacher (because I screamed in shock... as well as pain :p) -- we had to stand on the table for the whole period. Lol!

And mind you, we're seventeen at that time! Ha!

xoxo

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Why Not Make It Three And Get Us There Alive?

It rained today, quite heavily I might add. What a relief!

We ended up not going anywhere yesterday, as predicted. I was just too engrossed with reading a book and playing The Sims. At least, laundry got done ;-)

We just got home from our usual Sunday night errands outing. This includes going to the supermarket for Mira's snacks supply for the week, send those things as well as a bag of Mira's fresh clothes to my Dad's and a trip to the petrol station for the week's fuel. Sometime we'll send the car for a wash, too.

This afternoon when I looked through Mira's homework, I saw the school's communication book was included in her bag. There were a few notices attached to it. One was to let us know the concert's video is now on sale as well as a set of portrait shots that they did before the concert.

Both will costs us RM81. -_-

Then, another notice was an introduction to a new program that will start next year. It's a special program for mastering English or Mandarin language called Beamind. Due to this additional class, Mira's school will be extended for an extra hour.

Of course, it'll also costs us an additional fee on top of what we're paying now. Also, they've decided to spread December's fee into the eleven months in a year. Previously, we are to pay that fee in advance in January. I expect we'll have to fork out about RM1,000 per term now for next year. x_x

So looking at Mira's new school hours for next year, I suppose I will have to start preparing a lunch box for her lah, Wawa. We just discussed about it recently, eh? Lol. I don't think she can survive on school's tea until noon.

I'll start practicing for this new routine in December. Huhu.

xoxo

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My First Entry for NaBloPoMo

Hey, it's November already! In 60 days, we'll be celebrating a new year. Yikes!

Anyway, I think I'll take out featured postings for November. If I'm participating for NaBloPoMo, then the least I could do is to create my own entry instead of a cut-and-paste ones, eh?

DH woke me up early today, said something about sending his car for service. That was at 7 A.M. and he's still here. He also said something about us going for an outing later in the day. Maybe go out for lunch or dinner. Maybe even a movie (HSM3 please!!).

But I'm not feeling it at the moment because my throat feels rather dry. It's weird, I don't remember drinking a lot of cold drinks these past two of days. Before bed last night, I had a cup of hot tea, even.

We'll see how it goes.

I discovered a new widget in my N82 Download Catalog called WeatherBug. It says today's weather would be mostly cloudy with a drop of rain. Because the picture showed a single drop of rain from the sky. Lol.

Speaking of mobile phones, after I helped him find his ways in a few incidents recently via my phone's GPS, DH said he's thinking of getting the Nokia 6210 Navigator to replace his current phone (he's using Nokia 5300). I think that phone is good enough for him.

I'm excited and waiting for the day when he'll bring back the phone in anticipation! Because OF COURSE I want to try out the phone first... for maybe a couple of months. Muahahaha.

Oh, the Seasons patch download is now complete. I've been trying to get this done since last night, but the connection always seemed to freeze after downloading 45% of the patch. Gotta go fix my game.

I can say this to you now -- nothing will get done this weekend once I've started to play The Sims! ;-)

xoxo

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bring Along Two Friends

  1. The title has nothing to do with this entry. Saja suka-suka.
  2. It rained everyday last week. But this week, I haven't seen even a drop of water from the sky :p
  3. I've been guzzling iced water every few minutes. I woke up yesterday morning thinking of preparing Milo ice for breakfast from the office pantry.
  4. After I've finished a mug of Milo ice, I make myself a glass of iced coffee.
  5. If I'm not careful, I may get sick from taking too much cold drinks.

That is all.

xoxo

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mis-SIMS-g

There's this newly renovated house down the road near where I live. Every time I passed by the house, it made me think of The Sims. I kinda miss playing the game.

I wanted to play it recently, but I couldn't find the CD for Bon Voyage. It's not in the box where I dumped most of my stuff when I moved my computer table into the smaller room aka The Den. It's not in its box case, either.

I have no clue where it has gone :(

I supposed, I could just reinstall everything upto Seasons. I'm not missing much without Bon Voyage, just the vacation bits and some new items from that pack. That's a workable plan...

I have also decided not to get the last two expansion packs -- Free Time & Apartment Life. Why? Because The Sims 3 will be released next year February 20th. Woot! I'd rather spend some moolah to prepare my computer for that instead.

xoxo

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

National Blog Posting Month

NaBloPoMo for short.

Two years ago, I discovered NaNoWriMo. I remembered whining about how I should have found it sooner so I could also participate. And then, last year... I have totally forgotten about it. Lol.

November is coming and I've been reminded about this event. But suddenly, writing 50,000 words novel in a month seems daunting. That's like writing more than 1,600 words a day!

What am I supposed to write? What's my story?

And then I remembered a blogger who joined NaBloPoMo last year. Writing a blog entry a day for the whole month should be easier compared, right? So I thought, I'd join this event for starters. Maybe next year, I'll be more confident to write my own novel :p

So, who's game to join me in this? You have three more days to decide. I think there's prizes to be won, too. Check out my member's page here.

xoxo

Monday, October 27, 2008

La Vida Cotidiana

Spanish for 'everyday life'.

Mira was discharged Thursday afternoon. I took the opportunity to drop by at this school behind my dad's place on the way home. Mira's now registered to attend school there. I have to remind myself that I need to reconfirm the registration in August of 2010.

After much contemplation, we made the decision to send her to that school. Like I mentioned earlier, it's just behind my dad's house and just 5 minutes drive away from mine. Less hassle and worry about transportation and what not for us; more time and less stress for Mira's.

At first, I thought I'd send her to a school in either Taman Segar or Taman Connaught. It's still nearby, but then we have to source for a school bus to transport Mira to-and-fro. Then, there's this thing about wasting more time in transit (with the infamous traffic jam and all).

Why go through that when we have a school just a few minutes away?

Of course, if I have a money tree growing in my backyard, of which both I have none to speak of, I'd send her to the school behind OUR house :p

We had an appointment with her Paed on Saturday morning as a follow up from her recent episode. Dr Marge said her lungs are all cleared, as well as her tonsil. There's no need to see an ENT specialist for now. However, we're told to monitor it closely.

Then she checked Mira's growth chart. Apparently, Mira's rather tall but underweight (for her height). She's only 14kg now. She thought it may be due to her being ill recently. Her appetite has been increasing these past few days, though.

It's back to work tomorrow, yeah? I just realize I've no more leave balance after the 2 days off I took last week. Sigh. I have utilised a chunk of my annual leave to sort out emergency matters this year; not for going for holidays, I'm afraid.

But what to do... family comes first.

xoxo

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Past Three Days... Part III

Who would have thought this would go on as a three-parter? The first part is here and the second here. Please be reminded that these events happened last week, not this week ;-)

Saturday, we woke up early again. I am adamant to complete the tasks I have planned for Friday. Mira and I, sans DH coz he wanted to stay home, went to the Maxis centre in Cheras to pay our bills. I also wanted to check out their broadband service.

As well as to visit the mall next door to get the shop where I bought my phone to check my battery problem. After the last episode, I'm convinced there's something wrong with the battery. Nothing to do with N82's power consumption at all.

I paid the bills at the cash machine and took a number to be serviced by their consultant. This was where the 'adventure' begins.

We waited for quite a bit and when we were called, the girl called up three numbers at once. Fair enough it was an innocent mistake (she accidentaly clicked her mouse without knowing) but the way she handled the other customers was not very good.

I was very close to telling her what she should do, but I bit my tongue. It's not my job to tell her how to do hers :p

But really, I dunno why she should be so flustered about it. It was her mistake in the first place, she don't have to pretend it's not and try to blame it on the customers'. She should calmly apologise to the customers, jot down their numbers and ask them to take a seat while she attend to the first case (which was me).

If she wanted to request back up from her other colleagues, whom are pretty busy themselves, she may do so AFTER she has taken those steps. And do it discreetly, s'il vous plait. Instead, she grumbled aloud to her other colleagues while these customers were standing infront of her! That's not very professional, IMHO.

Anyhow, she managed to get the other two off her back. In restropect, it was an unlucky move for me to be her first customer because my goodness, she's not very capable.

I decided to try out the broadband service after being briefed by her about the product, so requested to sign up for it. She asked for my details and I assumed, called up my records from her system. Then she started fretting. Fret, fret, fret and made me wait, wait, wait.

She didn't tell me what was wrong, but seemed to be calling someone numerous time. Then she went to speak to her superior, I assumed, but I'm not sure what happened there. Later I was told I have an overdue account and she can't proceed with my broadband registration because she couldn't speak to anyone in the credit department.

That particular account was actually my staff account way back when I was an employee. When I registered for a new postpaid account back in May, I was told it'll be written off. I guess it wasn't updated in their system. I tried to explain this to her.

To my amazement, she insistently said she can't help me because she couldn't get anyone from the credit side to clarify my account. That was when I get pissed off with her. I was denied the service for a mere ten ringgit?? That's right! Ten!

In order to register for the broadband service, I've to pay RM100 upfront as handling fee. And I've been denied because I owe them RM10??

WTF!

I don't understand why she couldn't just let me pay off the RM10 in the first place, why insisted on speaking to the credit department first. As it is, I am an existing customer, and I've only registered for this postpaid line recently. I shouldn't be able to register for my line back then if there was anything wrong with my credit rating, for fuck sake.

I just told her off (and eloquently tell her how incapable she was) and left. Walked back to the mall while trying to call their Customer Service to complain. They checked their system and really, there's nothing wrong with my records. If I paid the ten, I shouldn't have any problem registering for the broadband.

While I was on the line with them for not more than 10 minutes, the battery died on me. It was full before that. I quickly went to the phone shop, took a deep breath because I was fuming mad and I do not want to implicate others, and explained my problem about the phone to them.

True enough, the battery has a defect. Sadly, the warranty for it has passed (I overlooked the 'one-month warranty for batteries' part), so I had to purchase a new one. And you know what? Since then, I have no problem with the phone running low quickly on me anymore. The battery lasts for one whole day, even with my normal heavy usage. Amazing, isn't it?

Back to my Maxis debacle; I was not to be thrawted. I'm not really sure why I'm that adamant to take up this service either. Lol.

I was advised to try another centre and so I drove to The Gardens. Unfortunately, they ran out of the USB device and have forwarded me to an authorized dealer in Megamall.

Unfortunately too, I encountered the same problem with them. However, it wasn't for the ten ringgit account, but a whole different ball game altogether. It involved a fixed line account which I had a few years back when we lived in Rawang.

Yes, I am a loyal Maxis customer. Haha!

The bitch claimed it's still outstanding in her system and because of that, she can't allow her staff to proceed with my application. That was a ridiculous accusation because I HAVE paid and cleared that account a long time ago. But still, she insisted and told me to go back to the Gardens centre to get their approval first.

I went over there and true enough, the only outstanding was the staff line which I paid off then and there to just close the matter. So I got the validation, right? There shouldn't be any more problem, right? But lo and behold, the bitch still wouldn't take it. WTF, right?

Bitches are out to get me!!

She asked me to wait until someone calls me to validate my account. I waited for 15 minutes and walked back to The Gardens. The consultant there was very apologetic about the whole ordeal. She wished she can help, but she couldn't. Some was born with impeccable customer service, some just aren't.

While walking towards my car, I made up my mind to go down to i-Centre at KLCC. On the way there, a thought occurred to me. After being thwarted twice, maybe God was trying to tell me something. Perhaps, I shouldn't register for the service at all? Maybe it was an omen.

I told myself, if I still encounter problems with registration at KLCC, then that's it. I am not going to do anything about it anymore. I take that as a sign.

And you know what? There weren't the slightest of problems or hiccups with my registration. No nothing! She explained the service to me a bit, gave me a form to fill in, took my IC to copy and RM100. And a few moments later, I was given my USB modem pack.


Unfortunately, they ran out of those limited edition 'Wild' modems. I got the plain one instead. Huhu. But the 'Bolt-On Programme' for postpaid customers is still on, until end of this month.

While we wait, we even got time to take posed shots with Mira playing dressed up, assisted by one of their staff there.



So far, I am happy with their broadband service. I often get upto 3.6 Mbps from where I live. That's the highest speed using HSDPA, I'm told. The 7-day trial has passed, so looks like I'm keeping this :)

And I'm done! Nothing interesting happened that Sunday because I was just too worn out from these 2 days events. So that, was that.

Back to the normal quiet regular updates, y'all.

xoxo

The Past Three Days... Part II

Right. Further to my posting here, this is its continuation (macam tulis surat rasmi pulak). I better put this out of the way first because it's way past due.

The Friday and Saturday before last was rather hectic, I must say. I had a really good plan laid for Friday but it was all screwed up due to an unforseen circumstance. I had to scrap the others just to make way for one major event that happened that day, hence it spilt over the day after.

Friday morning, Mira and I woke up early as usual to make our way to the Registration department all the way in Kajang. I have no clue where exactly is their office, but I'll just go have a drive and ask around. Kajang is such a small town, anyway. I'm sure I won't get lost.

Why were we there? To settle Mira's adoption matter, which I must admit, has been pending since she turned 2. Procrastination at it's best, yes? Lol.

We have been trying to get this done since, but there was a confusion as to which office we're supposed to go register for it. Even after searching for the proper procedure from their website, we still got it wrong. Maybe because it wasn't written clearly and in detailed?

After she turned three, both DH and I took a day off to take her to the office in Maju Junction. We were told to fill up the form and just submit it first. They'll process it and will call us for an interview at a later date, before deciding on whether they'll grant us the adoption certificate or not.

We took the form and went home with it because we do not have the complete set of documents required.

And then, we sat on it for a year. Lol.

A few months ago, I sent DH to submit the form to the same office. This time, they told him to submit it to their Kajang office instead. Inasmuch as we live in Selangor, Kajang from my place is rather far compared to downtown KL. In order to do this, someone had to take a day off from work.

The Kajang office is located at the new central bus station, just before UKM Bangi. Jauh ke tidak tu? The Income Tax office branch is also there. I also saw soon-to-be Immigration department's new office there, too. It's good to see everything will be centralized here.

What I didn't expact was to have this matter all settled in one day. They took our form and wanted to see us that afternoon as well, as there was an available slot for an interview with the head of department. If not, we've to wait a couple more weeks later.

I called DH to asked for his opinion. He thought it's best to have it done once and for all, so he applied for leave. However, I had to pick him up first from his office and drive him back to his boss' house in Sierramas to get his car.

From Kajang (more like from Bangi, actually), I drove all the way to Bangsar and then Sg. Buloh and back home so that DH can park his car; and then back to Kajang. Letih ok!

We had to wait for the HOD for a bit because we were late and he has gone to some departmental jamuan Hari Raya at another office nearby. When we met, he asked a few questions about us and such. And not long after, he grant his approval on our application.

A few minutes later, we received Mira's spanking new adoption certificate and she's officially OURS. Yeay! Syukur alhamdullilah it went smoothly. Now I can register her for primary school (the main reason for this mad rush).

To celebrate this momentus occassion, we had dinner at Satay Hj Samuri. It was a grand feast; we ordered a combination of 40 sticks of satay and five plates of nasi impit. Satay Hj Samuri's kuah kacang is to die for!!

To be continued....

xoxo

Whoooaaaa... Hold It Right There!

Looking at my last post before this one, I just realize that I haven't written since *gasp!* Thursday??? This is akin to a 'WTF lunch, where did you go' moment. Where have the past three days gone?

I have things to write. Granted, I was really busy at work on Friday. But I was home on Thursday and I could have typed something Friday night, no?

So expect multiple entries from moi today to make up for it :)

xoxo

What's Your Key Signature?

I haven't been doing these silly quizzes in a long while. Got this via one of my LJ Friends-List :)

Your result for What's your key signature?...

E Major

You're a sharp one, ain't ya?


Congratulations, you’re E Major, now start pumping out those root notes on the bass. Yes, the quintessential key of rock suits anything that requires loud and low on the bass, high and screechy on guitar, and open fifths on electric keyboard. With 4 sharps it’s not the best key for winds or piano, but with the tuning on guitars, it’s like the two were made for each other. That’s probably why metal, punk and all sorts of hard rock throw down to this key. E is for energy after all, it seems.

So are you, of course. Energy and noise are what you’re all about! Go for the gusto all you want, friend. Overdoing your bubbling over amount of adrenaline can be bad. And don’t run over old people. That’s bad.

SONG EXAMPLE: Pretty much anything in the genres I listed up there.

INTERESTING TIDBIT:

* As if to drive the point home that this is a key to be played on loud amped up instruments, E is incredibly hard to play on the ukulele.

Take What's your key signature? at HelloQuizzy



Go on, give it a try. I know you wanna ;-)

xoxo

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

One More Day

We've moved to a room at the 'normal' ward. At least, there's TV here and I can take Mira for walks.

Fortunately, she'll be discharged tomorrow afternoon. And life can go back as normal.

Since we last stayed here, the hospital has made some upgrades. They now use cloth bedsheets compared to a disposable ones before. And everytime you asked for a fresh set, they'll charge you for it. Perhaps many people complained of their stingy-ness. Hehe.

They've revamp their food menu, too. Paediatric patients have their own set of menus, within a preset age group, too.

And free Wifi are no longer limited to the hospital's lobby at the ground floor. They've made it available to the common waiting areas in the wards as well as the rooms.

Good thing my N82 has wireless LAN. Hehe.

xoxo via N82

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pantai Without A View

Because our room has a tiny window. It's more like a pothole, actually.

Mira and I are in the hospital now. She had to be admitted into the ICU ward at midnight today. Her breathing was very shallow and she was wheezing rather badly.

After the many nebulizer treatment she had to go through for the past 6 to 8 hours, she seemed to be breathing better. Her O2 level has stabilize, so that's ok.

I'm waiting for her Paed to check on her now, as well as DH to come in. It's his turn to be here.

I need to go into the office to sort something out. It's payroll week, so it's rather crucial for me to finish it off. Nanti ada yang tak bergaji pulak, termasuk la mak! Lol.

xoxo

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Past Three Days...

I took Thursday and Friday off last week. Mira has no school on those days in lieu of her school concert that Thursday night. I had to get her ready and send her to school by 4pm as the bus leaves for PJ Civic Hall half an hour later.

I took Friday off to give my dad some time off from minding Mira. Even though he still has another grand kid to care for at home anyway. Lol. But at least, Kim is there.

The school concert was quite an entertainment. All the kids involved are super cute, courages, performed really well and some of their antics are quite funny. This year the EDP class of 3-year-olds participated in the concert, too. Mira's EDP class last year was left out from the repertoire.

I can attest that the EDP class has the best teacher ever! Teacher Yafi is the most caring and nurturing teacher I've ever known. It suits her nature very well to teach the 3-year-olds. She's very encouraging as well. I sorely missed her for Mira. But she still teaches the other kids in school Ugama anyway.

The kids mostly performed dances, though. It was just the antics of their parents that irked me to no end (as usual).

The school send in a circular about the concert to us parents a few days before. We were asked for our cooperation to not be at the front of the stage to take photos as it may distrupt the kids concentration. They have already arranged for a professional to film the event anyway.

But of course, there are parents who must have not gone to school before, see, because for some reason, some of them ignored this plea. Even after the MC announced it a couple of times throughout the event, you still see them hording the stage!

True enough, some of the kids upon seeing their parents there, froze up. It was either because they felt self-concious or their shyness overwhelms them or they are suddenly not confident with themself. Who knew?

And then there are those you just let their grown kids play in front of the stage (with other kids) while the school children are still performing. I felt that was a great disrespect from the parents part to the organizer as well as to other audience in the hall.

I don't understand those parents who can't seem to control their own kids to behave in public. Their kids antics not only disturbing others, but you allow the risk of your kids getting into accidents. I always have to reprimand (yes I do!) unsupervised children, say in the supermarket, who think it's ok to run across the isle like they are at the playground.

What if they got knocked down by another patron's pushcart and hurt themselves badly? Are you going to blame it on that person or blame it on the store's management, when you are the one who failed to mind your own children?

You cannot expect your kids to be obedient and behave well if you, as a parent, fail to carry yourself in the same manner. Lead by example, they say. And yet?

But I've some what digressed as usual (more like ranting, yeah?) :p

Mira's class performed a Hawaiian dance called He Mele No Lilo. I didn't get it at first, but the song was from the movie Lilo & Stitch. She performed brilliantly and wasn't afraid to do her stuff on the stage with her classmates. At one point, she even helped her other friend who forgotten his steps. Lol.

Her Ayah was very proud of her. We felt sorry her dance ended too soon, though.

This entry has suddenly became too long, thanks to the 'rant' up there. Har har. I'll update more tomorrow. Check out some photos I took of the concert here. It's not very clear because I used our old not-so-power camera, not my N82. I was saving it to record Mira's performance, but alas... the battery died on me anyway. Damnation, ok!

xoxo

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Make Your Own Sandwich

by Anita DeFrank


When lunch or snack time rolls around sometimes it can be difficult to keep children occupied and make the meal at the same time. Letting the children help prepare the food is an easy solution to a difficult situation. The following are some ideas of sandwiches that most children can help make themselves.


- > Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Put out some bread, peanut butter, grated carrots or cheese, raisins, sliced bananas, dried fruits, crushed pineapples. Let your child make his/her own sandwich. For a little more fun, have each child make-a-face sandwich. Cut bread into a circle, spread with peanut butter, and make "hair" and "eyes" with raisins, carrots, apple slices or coconut.


- > Broiler Sandwiches

- Peanut Butter & Honey
- Cheese in cookie cutter shapes
- Cheese, olive and crisp bacon
- Cold cuts, cheese and tomato

Have children choose their ingredients for their sandwiches placing them on top of the bread. Then you bake or broil the sandwiches.


- > Mini Pizzas

Let each child make their own pizza. Let them choose from English muffin halves, pita bread, bagel halves or bread. Let your child spread sauce on top of their choice and have them choose their favorite toppings such as mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, green peppers, olives, or mushrooms. Then bake the pizzas for about 10 - 15 minutes at 450 degrees.


- > Cookie Cutter Sandwiches

Cut bread, cold cuts, and cheeses into shapes with cookie cutters.

After the sandwiches are all eaten you'll have the perfect opportunity to teach the children the importance of cleaning up the work space and how much quicker and easier things get done when they co-operate.



Anita DeFrank is a busy work at home mom who specializes in helping others become successful home business owners. Visit her site http://www.MommysHelperOnline.com for additional help to become a successful work at home mom.

Article Source: WAHM Articles

xoxo

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Knowledge Is Key

Oh man! I have little patience with people who likes to be spoon fed all the time. One who'd rather wait for you to show them how or to do it for them, instead of trying to learn it by trial and error on their own. How would they learn??

You like to wonder in awe at how I seem to be able to do everything. Well woman, it's because I took it upon myself to learn it up on my own.

I don't go to some special school, you know. Neither do I wait for people to tell me how its done. We have internet, don't we. It's there not just for Facebook and gossips. Try Google it for answers sometime.

Of course you can ask people for advice. But you can't expect them to lay it down for you and not expect to learn from it. Just because you've tried it once and failed.

One don't just sit there and wait, and then fret about how to do it without even trying to figure it out.

Sometimes, you have to take your own initiative to learn it for yourself, use a little bit of your own imagination and think outside the box.

xoxo

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Boiling Point

  • I had to make myself unavailable to attend my cousin's openhouse on Sunday, of which by all accounts from Kim, the buffet table was laden with sumptuous food.
  • Why? Because I have this effing boil on my upper right thigh, growing in great red and big proportion.
  • Hence, I was in pain and can't really walk much.
  • It has kinda subsided, though. Not so red and not so swollen.
  • The maid came into the office today after a three weeks holiday. Praise thee God for sending her back to us safe and sound.
  • I can't believe Garuda changed that flight to an earlier time. I wonder if people who bought tickets much earlier was made known of the time change. I wondered if they missed their flight yesterday morning.
  • I (and I think my bosses too) really miss the maid's presence. She's very able, capable, thoughtful and kind.
  • She handed me over her FD cert for safekeeping. Heh. If all things being equal, she's much more richer than I am right now. Sigh.
  • She also brought me and my assistant a packet of raw keropok from her hometown as gifts. How sweet! :)
  • I wonder what will happen to the beached whale found in Pekan. Will it survive? Will our Fisheries-people let it die, like how they just gave up on a baby dugong's life all those years ago? Or they'll be smart enough to ask for help or advise from those in the know. We've never experience this before, have we?

xoxo

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Womanizer's Official Video

Following up on it's debut single, here's the video. Watch it!



This is much better than her most recent work i.e. Piece of Me (dunno how that won a Video of the Year award, really). The beginning part reminded me of 'Stronger'. The part where she's the waitress, when they're all dancing at the bar? That's so 'Slave For You' y'all.

And when she threw the guy on the kitchen table and straddle him, that one is just like at the end of 'Toxic'. Even the nekkid bits reminded me of 'Toxic'; like this is an upgrade from wearing a see through diamante-d jump suit to total nekkidness, ya' know.

Ooohh... fun, this is like playing 'Find the Hidden Mickey'. Lol.

Actually, the whole vid has 'Toxic' feel all over it. Which is good because that's her best video IMO.

I like it :)

xoxo

Friday, October 10, 2008

I'm Thanking God Today Is Friday

And, I need to hyperventilate now....



OMG! Awesomenesssssss.

And it's getting better. I checked GSC's website to see our local release date for the movie and guess what?

NOVEMBER 27th y'all!!

A week later no doubt, but 'Woohoo!' nonetheless. So Ms Iggy Singh, do we have a date?

That is all :)

xoxo

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Circumlocution

\sir-kuhm-loh-KYOO-shuhn\, noun:
The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language.

Isn't that word a mouthful?

You know, I chose to get the N82 mainly for it's camera. The other features that came with it (It has a built-in GPS? Cool! It's Wifi enabled? Great!) are more like an added bonus for me.

Because of it's GPS capability, I have Nokia Maps already installed in the phone. I have played around with it awhile back, found it to be quite amusing.

On the recommendations from others, I have also installed Google Maps. It's just like it's desktop version, I think. So you can view the satellite imagery as well. Your mobile phone don't have to be a GPS-enabled to use Google Maps, though.

That's why my data charges went up so high that first month. I like to show the GPS-thing off to those who'd see it in action. Hehe. Nowadays, I use the internet connection mostly in order to use these two applications. It's been awhile since I last use it.

However, I don't see how this feature can be of use for me. Until a few days ago...

DH had to go to Sungai Buloh one morning and he has no idea where exactly was this place called Valencia (very Spanish uols!). I tried to look it up using Nokia Maps, but the application couldn't seem to locate the place. I managed to find it using Google Maps, which was fine and dandy.

Google Maps


However, DH only gave the map a glance and didn't study it in detail the night before (could also be because he just woke up from his nap lah). As expected, he got lost and couldn't find his way to that place that morning!

He called me asking for directions, can? I'm at home, whilst he's in the car in Sg. Buloh. Besides, I have never been there before. Lucky I have this thing with me, so I quickly search for the map again and guided him through. Cool, or what? Lol.

Anyway, Nokia Maps? I think you need to update your database :p

Nokia Maps

That area is either Sierramas or Valencia. As you can see above, it's not marked as such. No wonder the application couldn't find it when I ask.

xoxo