Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap and Bounce

Owh. As if I'm letting this day go without an entry? Afraid not :p

Just got home from meeting Su. No movies tonight as we couldn't find anything interesting to watch. We went shopping instead. She's in a quest to find for the perfect pair of trousers whilst I had a few things to get on my shopping list.

But I have to prioritize. There's the Bali trip coming up next month, need to save some spending money. So it was either a pair of shoes, a new wallet or a handbag.

I can still live with my current wallet and I think my current handbag can still hold itself together for another month or two. Lol. But shoes I need. I like wearing flats and the only pair I have that is suitable to be worn to work was my gold ballet shoe.

I checked out Vincci but didn't see anything I like. We went into Crocs, tried a few shoes and I came out with my first pair of Crocs. I bought this, in cotton candy. It's pretty comfortable and doesn't look too casual to be worn to the office.

We went to Braun Buffel next as I wanted to check out if I can afford their new Avril long wallet I really liked. Well, I left the boutique empty handed because even after discounts the wallet is a little too pricey to be purchased today. I'm KIV-ing it for after I came back from my trip.

After leaving M&S we went into Gap Kids where I bought a few shirts for Mira and my nephew Wafi. Unfortunately, Wafi was not home when I brought back his loot. He's staying overnight at his paternal grandparents'. So we can't see him try the shirts on.

Before we head home we stopped by Jusco Supermarket for some groceries. There was another cashier counter debacle -- not by us but by the person in front of us. The nuisance! Two weeks ago, we had to wait for this silly woman to go renew her member card because she wanted to collect her points. Su and I gave the cashier grief because she allowed it in the first place.

And tonight, the problem was with this pregnant lady, by her getting on the Express lane when she had a trolley full of stuff and by insisting the cashier recheck the price on one of her items (RM1 difference for godsake!) and then flashing her credit card when she was at a 'Cash Only' counter.


Su have decided, the next time we're only going to wait for 2 minutes before moving on to the next available cashier.

Now I'm off to bed to enjoy the rainy cool weather :)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Weekend Snapshot # 7

Our weekend this week was spent at home, chillin'. I am trying to prepare mentally for the traffic condition on Monday, when most people may have come back to work after taking their long Chinese New Year break.

I helped Mira with her homework, too. It was her math homework -- introduction to colours. So far they were introduced to the colour red, blue, green and yellow.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Feel the Lurve and Festivities

Mr DJ warned me earlier today, to expect lots of firecrackers and fireworks tonight around my area as tomorrow is the New Year for the Hokkien's. Correct me if I'm wrong, because I wasn't paying attention that time. Lol. But it's a special day tomorrow anyway.

And true enough, we've seen many fireworks being displayed around my area since 10 PM. I can even see hints of them as far as the area behind the small hill infront of my unit.

These are not your usual sparklers or those one-shot colourful fireworks-in-the-tube thingy. These are the elaborate 10 minutes ones. They're very pretty and loud. I don't remember how loud it was until one of the neighbour in the housing area below put one out. Lol.

I tell you, this year's Chinese New Year appeared to be the most enthusiastically celebrated after such a long time. Compared to last year and even a year or two before that, I've seen and heard more firecrackers being popped and more of those extensive fireworks being displayed this year.

On the third day of Chinese New Year, one of my neighbours even hosted a lion dance troupe to come over to bless not his apartment unit, but our entire building! I've lived here for years now, and majority of my neighbours are Chinese, but this is the first time ever anyone has done that. I took Mira to the lobby to watch it. Unfortunately, I didn't bring along my camera with me. Such a waste, really.

After the dance, the troupe sang a known Chinese New Year song while we the onlooker clapped along (those who know the word, sang along). And then we all wished each other happy and a blessed new year.

May the year of the Earth Rat brings better health and wealth luck to all of us. My Feng Shui idol said this year is exceptionally good for those born in the year of the Rabbit, so you guys better seize the opportunity. However, this year is not so good for those born in the year of the Horse (wear amulets lah for protection, what else. Lol!). So, you guys better be prepared ;)

And Happy Valentine's Day to all. As usual, my husband and I didn't do anything special today. We never really do, actually. Flowers are expensive and everything else is overly commercialized. The most we do was to share a kiss and wish each other happy and love this morning.

Will be hanging out with Su tomorrow. She needs to shop for walking shoes. I just need some unwind time for myself :p

Update on Friday @ 12:45pm

MSN conversation between me and Mr DJ this morning...

Larawannabe: MrDJ? Yesterday you said today is Hokkien New Year ke? I can't remember la
Larawannabe: There was a lot of fireworks happening in my area last night, like you said
Larawannabe: Then I told my husband it's Chap Goh Mei
MrDJ: Hokkien New Year
MrDJ: Tiang Gong Festival
Larawannabe: Which when I count the dates it's totally wrong and doesn't make sense
MrDJ: Yeah laa
MrDJ: You hor, so blur like sotong
Larawannabe: Hehe. Normal lah :p
MrDJ: Chap goh mei is the last day
MrDJ: Which is this coming Thursday

There you have it. From the horse's mouth directly. Or in this case, from his keyboard?


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My Notebook: Once & Always

Once & Always is my second favourite book written by Judith McNaught. I like both the hero and heroin in this book, Jason Fielding and Victoria Seaton; and I can go so far as to say that Victoria is my favourite character as well.

Of all the heroes in McNaught's regency novels, Jason has the darkest past. I mean really, you will feeeeeeel for him. No one could have survived what he's been through without going mental!

When we first met Jason, we saw that he had an unfaithful wife who despises him. They had a son whom Jason loved very much. One night, she ran away with her lover on a ship bound for Barbados and took their young son along. She intended to use him as a pawn to ransom more money from Jason. But alas, the ship sank and all of them were killed.

Jason was away on business and he only found out about it a few days later when he came back home. He was crushed but he couldn't cry.

As a child, he was brutally tortured by his adopted parents. They were missionaries to India and used him as an example of evil by calling him 'the product of evil' because he was a bastard son to some one and such. He's then forced to kiss the helm of those gatherers dirty robes to ask for forgiveness. Poor boy.

Because of these experiences, Jason was afraid or possibly has an inability to love and be loved. However, according to the sailor man who rescued him as a child and was more like a father to him, once Jason love, it will be for always. Le sigh.

As for Victoria, she is my favourite because she doesn't make me want to shout obscenities at her while reading through this story. Many romance heroins do; plainly for their cluelessness, inability to see the whole picture and disloyalty. In essence, one without brain or logic :p

Tory on the other hand, is smart, willful, independent and loyal. I like my heroin this way, but most often than not, the heroins in romance novels are airheads. Tsk tsk!

Head over to Rip My Bodice for a brilliant review on this book here.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Weekend Snapshot # 6

We took a ride on the Eye On Malaysia yesterday night. It was pretty cool. There wasn't much crowd, perhaps it's because of the long festive holiday. Or probably because you all thought it was over?

No lah. The thing will be in operation until end of August. Operating hours are from 10am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday; until 12 midnight Fridays, Saturdays and before public holidays. Tickets are priced at RM15 for adults and RM8 for children between the age of 3 and 12.

If you go at night, you'll be able to watch their Dance of Lasers show.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Totally Random

I want to learn how to ride a bicycle. Really. Even though is about 30 years too late. Better late than never. I guess the first thing we need to do is purchase one to train on, yeah? :p

I want to start collecting orchids. I think they're beautiful and I love them! The only challenge is to keep them alive. Heh.

I want to take up scuba diving.


Monday, February 4, 2008

Weekend Snapshot # 5

I can't remember much what happened on Friday. How odd. And it rained the whole day on Saturday; it was so nice to stay in and watch movies, read, take a long nap. We've all become such lazy bums that day.

Sunday brought a new promise -- clear blue sky. After reading rave reviews from Nong and Nora on their visits to Bagan Lalang (now known as Sepang Gold Coast y'all), I dragged DH and Mira for a drive.

As we have no idea where exactly is the place, I googled for a map and found this. Believe me people, the last stretch is not that short. Lol. I was the one driving and even I have to asked 'are we there yet?' to myself. It just goes on and on and on!

Anyway, we should have taken the route to KLIA directly from Kajang SILK highway, but instead I went through Putrajaya and wasted some time there. It suddenly rained when we were in Putrajaya and I was a little bit pensive it'll rain over at the beach too. However, the weather was clear and sunny, thank God.

Half way through Sepang Town, we had to turn back towards KLIA for petrol as we couldn't see any petrol station along the way (not even a signboard of it!). Better be safe than stranded in nowhere. Thus all-in-all, we spend more than 1½ hours just to get there. It was closed to 7 PM. But we managed to catch the sunset :)

We also played by the water's edge for a while. I enjoyed the slow breeze and watching Mira observing the tiny crabs on the beach.

We'll come back again soon. The next time we'll be more 'equipped' and to spend more time there than the measely 20 minutes we had today. And perhaps, we'll have seafood for dinner, too. This time however, DH opted to have Satay Kajang instead :p

I had a lovely Sunday this week. Le sigh. More photos from this set can be found here.

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