Thursday, December 31, 2009

That is a Carrie Underwood song, not a life choice!

Gossip Girl on Tuesday means love! But isn't it sad that we're stuck in Season 2? I think Blair has got the most awesome lines this season. Like the title of this entry.

And a few others, lets have a snicker...

The part where S called B for help after she realised she got scammed by Gabriel. N was having a talk with B at that time, something about asking her to move in with him? I missed last episode. So, B went off to see S.

Serena: You brought Nate?
Blair: I'm just as flummoxed as you are. I got out at 53rd and made a run for it but he is faster than he looks.

Lol. Nate's facial expression was priceless! Ok, and then S started to tell B her woes and she concluded by saying...

Serena: It doesn't make sense!
Blair: Feelings never do. They get you all confused. Then they drive you around for hours before they drop you right back where you started.

Let me repeat... Nate's facial expression here was priceless, too! Hahaha!

OMG, last day of 2009! I tried to think of some resolutions, but it's becoming more and more like a shopping list. Fml.

Anyhow. It seems that I have never blogged about this bit of info before, thought I'd link it up for reference but apparently, there's no such post. Lol.

Sometime middle of this year, possibly before second term break, I took Mira out from her kindy. I feel there was no improvement in her at all. I don't like to think we get no benefits from paying a hefty sum. I don't mean to say because I paid so much, therefore my daughter needs to be a genius.

She's been attending the same school since she's 3, so taking that into consideration her progress this year was dismal. The thing is, when we have a parent-teacher meeting the last progress report session, she'll tell me how Mira can write her As, Hs and what not. However, when I do homework with her, she just can't do it.

The teacher, on her failure to get my daughter to be as bright as her other peers, likes to put the blame on me for not monitoring and pushing her enough. Wtf.

See y'all, this is not a free school here. I pay for them to teach because I'm not good (and no patience) at it. If I have to work much as hard, then I might as well send her to a smaller kindy. Her past teachers cares and were attentive enough to make sure she learn something at the end of the day.

Dah la class teacher dia tu selalu on leave, apakes?

So, Mira has not been going to school for the past six months. It was a blessing in disguise because a month later... AH1N1 broke out.

Next, my plan was to enroll her into a non-brand kindy next year. But late last month, I decided to just send her to the national school's pre-school class. The same school she'll be attending standard one the year after.

When we went to register her for 2011 session, I noticed they've pre-school classes as well. Probably this will be a good transition for her, too.

We were rather late in submitting her application forms, but she managed to get a place anyway. We received the acceptance letter and a notice re: school fees earlier this month. I was shocked to see the amount -- RM135 sajork uols! I'm not sure if this is a year's worth or termly, but still.

Compared to what I had to fork out before, it gave me a funny feeling in my tummy. Could be glee ^_^

We are to attend her registration and introduction day this Saturday morning to pay the fees, collect books, uniforms, et al.

As for her ballet class, before they went off for a 2-weeks holiday, her ballet teacher came to see me after class. You remembered how the school recommended I enrolled Mira for an additional class on top of her double classes? So she came to see me to report on Mira's progress.

Said Mira has improved a lot, but she still needs to work and practise on her point. Apparently, it is not sharp enough. Thus, she needs to do her 'point-and-flat' exercises diligently over the holidays.

I sometime try to get a peek into her class through the fancy laced curtains doors, I can see she has learnt a lot more steps compared to when she first started. And this coming February will mark her 1st anniversary in dance school.

She loves ballet, I can tell you that now. Eventhough sometime when she get the other teacher who's PMS-ing and started to be tough on the kids, she still comes out from the class all smiley.

As they're on term break now, the last class she attended was on the 19th. I think she's been wondering how come we never go there anymore so she asked me about it over the weekend. Last Sunday night she was so upset that she cried; said she missed dancing very much.

Well my girl, starting this Sunday we shall resume our weekend madness, no worries :-p


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Striding Cloud and Whispering Wind

Note: I have updated the Roast Chicken recipe in this entry.

In the Malay version of the comic, they are called Penjejak Awan and Penjejak Badai. And the comic's name was Pedang Setiawan (Storm Rider). I was introduced to it by DH a long time ago, he was an avid collector (I was a collector too... of Doreamon comics. Lol)

My favourite character harus la si Cloud ittew. Coz in the comics, he's a bit notty uols. Hehe. You know how we love our bad boys ;)

There was this other comic, Pendekar Laut, with two major characters in it too -- Zonan and Xinan. I can't remember which is which, but my favourite was the one with three stripe on his forehead. Hehe.

We first saw the Storm Riders ten years ago in Sg. Wang, just the two of us.Those days, tak kosser la your usual movie theaters will show Chinese movies in theirs.

On Monday night, he took me to GSC Alamanda to see the Storm Warriors with Mira in tow. Mira was bored, but she didn't sleep, watched it through the end.

The movie was... ok lah. They try to make it look just like the comics, so there was so much of CGI and slow motion involved. Come to think of it, there weren't much dialogue. Lots of fighting, pouting and stationary poses.

I just like to see Cloud (Aaron Kwok omg), and all was ok in my world.

Dunno... could be spoilers ahead.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Weekly Twitter Update - 27 Dec 2009

  • 'Why should I listen to you anyway? You're a virgin who can't drive.' - RIP Brittany Murphy. #
  • The blog's updated: Weekly Twitter Update - 20 Dec 2009 -- just so you know. #
  • Guess where boss will be going for his YE family holiday? ... Sunway. Lol. #
  • Pleaseeee. Stop forcing your music on me when I visit your website. Give me an option to switch it off at least. Haih! So 1990 la. #
  • Got open letter pulak. Maybe she wants to fashion herself ala Candy Spelling? But I thot it is already a police case, no? #
  • - My very own black panther-wannabe, Mort. Looking nonchalant and bored. #
  • The blog's updated: A kiss is still a kiss -- just so you know. #
  • Creating an event to-do list. #
  • To go or not to go... uih, dilemma ni. #
  • わたし は たいくつ しています #
  • Oh. Wrong translation. Lol! #
  • Watashi wa sangat boring desu #
  • My SG friend invited me to stay with her if I want to next week. Ooooh, so tempted! #
  • Imma be lame playing trending word game! ^-^ Here goes... #
  • Merry Christmas Santa #youknowyourfat #ifthesexisgood #nowplaying Avatar #factsaboutme #

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sometimes, you just have to get away with the girls.

OMG!!! First poster.

First teaser trailer.

Or go here for the HD version.

Can't wait for May 2010. Woohoo! :)


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Long Weekend Cooking Marathon Part 3

After the roast chicken do the night before, I thought I'd just make something simple next. I love Margherita (fond of spelling it as Margarita, though. Lol!) Pizza, so I went to look for the recipe.

It is, like the most simplest form of pizza, yea. It's just basically tomatoes and a dash of basil with cheese.

You can make your own pizza dough. For me, I just use ready made naan bread. I suppose you can use pita or even Arab bread (think Nong used it for her pizza base before).

So, the how to:
  • Cover you pizza base with tomato sauce. I used the canned tomato puree.
  • Arrange your sliced tomatoes on top however you want it.
  • Cover generously with mozzarella cheese.
  • Sprinkle dried basil and drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil on top of that.
  • Toast at 250C for 10 minutes.

That's it. Easy innit?

LWB via N82

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Long Weekend Cooking Marathon Part 2

Lets try submit an entry by email today. Yesterday's was sent via MMS and a lot of nonsense was added to the message by the network operator. Perlu ke?

This one is sent using my phone's email client. Hope it'll work.

For dinner last night, pot roast was next on the list. However, I couldn't find any nice chunk of beef in the supermarkets. As an alternative, I prepared roast chicken instead.

Followed Jamie Oliver's Fantastic Roast Chicken recipe I found on someone's blog. I'll include the link here when I get to use the computer later. Here's the link to the recipe. Good luck!

The roast was oh-so-yummy! The skin nice and crispy; the meat tender. There was no leftovers that I can reheat for lunch today. Lol.

I made the brown sauce using the recipe given by the blog owner. It complemented the roast nicely.

Just that next time, I'll only use the juice from half the lemon. I used two halves last night. It tasted too tangy at first; I had to modify it a bit.

And to also include broccoli with the potatoes and carrots. Maybe throw in broccoli with carrots into the dish, and make mash potato instead :)

LWB via N82

Friday, December 25, 2009

Long Weekend Cooking Marathon Part 1

I made a list (and checking it twice), although I'm not sure if I'll be able to make all of them. We're not really big eaters.

The long weekend cooking marathon started with last night's dinner. I made macaroni & cheese. I used's recipe found in YouTube.

It's pretty simple.

First, cook and drain some elbow macaroni. I used 250gm of a packet only. Put it in a deep dish suitable for baking, set aside.

For the sauce, you melt 4 tablespoon of butter and then add 4 tablespoon of flour. Whisk until lumps are removed. Then pour in 2.5 cups of milk, whisk for a few minutes until thickened.

I added a cup of chopped button mushrooms right about now. Just because I like it. Lol.

Then you add some spices, i.e. 1 teaspoon of mustard (the recipe calls for dry, but you can use wet ones too), 1 teaspoon of Worchestershire sauce as well as salt and pepper to taste. Whisk for a bit and then add 2.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese to the mix, whisk some more until it all melted.

Now you can pour it into your macaroni dish; smother every inch of it. Sprinkle about half cup of shredded cheddar cheese and about a tablespoon of bread crumbs on top.

Bake in 375F / 190C for 35 minutes and ... Voilá!

DH likes it, Mira not quite. She prefers tomato base pasta. I like it fine, but next time I'm going to use more spices to give it more taste. Probably should have used Cukup Rasa kot.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

Haven't I use that quote before?

I can accept the getting older part. Really, I've learned to embrace it. In fact, I am looking forward to becoming 40 (insyallah, semoga di panjangkan umur, amin). It's a milestone, no? I *should* be graduating that year, too.

I think I wanna plan a birthday party to celebrate it. I haven't a birthday party for ages, so shall plan for one. We'll have a kenduri kesyukuran in the AM and party in the PM. Schweet!

Let's revisit that thought in about 4 years from now :-)

What I worry more is the process of aging. I would like to look a little bit younger. Or at least to age gracefully, please. I DO NOT want to look older than my age, thank you very much!

I hope I don't look too shabby now, though *emememe*

How this thought came about? I've been reunited with some of my high school friends recently, and saw photos of them posted in their FB. A few of them looks hot (ok, all 3 of them) or better compared to when they were in their teens. Some of them looks like they haven't change their style much (ok, just that one, haha!), like as if they've been stuck in the 1980s.

But most of them look OLDER than their six and thirty (oh I so write like Jane Austen, haha!).

They look tired, worn out and mostly dress up like aunties --ok, no offence to aunties everywhere but you know what I mean. WTF? And most of them in that category are married, with kids of course. But kids shouldn't be an excuse for you not to look good. Even if they want to look like aunties, can't they at least glam it up a bit?

Ni tak. Dah la tudung selebet, pastu tak match with their clothes. And then, tak nak pakai makeup can see how tired their eyes look like, with black rings and all. Or those yang pakai makeup macam tak reti pakai pulak. Haih!

Now, eventhough you wear a hijab doesn't mean you have to look so unattractive, right? I mean, one of my used-to-be-hotter friends wears a hijab now, but she still look hot and younger to boot compared to these group of people.

So yeah, that scares me. I need to reassess myself to avoid looking like them. Sometime you forget these things because you are too comfortable in your own skin. Not that it is wrong (to be comfortable) but you don't have to look like shit IMO.

This is like a new year's resolution pulak, eh? Lol.

Wahhh.. daily entries. For real? Just goes to show how slow it is in the office this week. And I bet next week too seeing the boss will be away Tuesday onwards.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Memories, like the corners of my mind

Someone on Twitter recently (can't remember who now) lamented on how long he/she has kept a blog. I think I've written since the birth of blogs, those long long ago. Before it became a popular venue for Malaysians to bitch about things and it started to feel crowded ;-p

I remembered I first started with Geocities (more like an online diary come to think of it), and then Blogger, and then Xanga (because you can post pictures there) before I went back to Blogger again. I even paid for a Blogspot account. It was darn expensive yo'.

Also, back then Blogger features were very basic compared to now. After about a year with them, I ventured out on my own; got my own server space, bought my own domain and use Movable Type as my publishing tool.

The fun was all in teaching myself how to code in HTML. The pain was all in paying for its upkeep.

After awhile, like 3 years ago looking at my first entry in this blog here, managing the blog felt rather tedius. The constant server space upgrading and MT modul upgrading -- I ain't have all the time y'all. And with each upgrade there'll be new things to learn.

Now I've decided to leave it to the experts to worry about it. Besides, I felt my writing has stop being as interesting and carefree as when I first started.

Except for GeoCities because it's gone now and the time when I hosted my own blog (archiving WIP -- for the past 3 years! Lol!), the blogs are all still there. I thought maybe I'll pick a few of them old entries for y'all to read here sometime so we can reminisce it together. Coz you know, I'm getting old. Lol.

Well, maybe lah. If I'm bored enough, I'll cut-and-paste it here.

So how long it has been for me? Well, if my memory serves me right, I joined M-net in mid-2000, so since then la more or less. At that time, a vendor gave us a free domain name each. I pointed it to GeoCities and voilà!, my first website was born :)

Lama tak? Lol.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A kiss is still a kiss

... in Casablanca.

Just testing to see if this work. I realise I haven't used my desktop for a while now. It needs to be upgraded a little and also, I need to exchange the CRT with an LCD.

The 'home office upgrade' project which I started earlier this year, has still a long way to go. I hope it'll be finished before March.

If only money grows on trees, I can just commission some one else to do it :-p Alas, I don't even own a garden to grow any tree to start with.

LWB via N82

Monday, December 21, 2009

Weekly Twitter Update - 20 Dec 2009

  • Snickers now or keropok lekor later? #
  • Well, I bought chips instead. Hehe. Fickle! #
  • The blog's updated: Weekly Twitter Update - 13 Dec 2009 -- just so you know. #
  • Is it raining or snowing outside? So tiny the rain. #
  • At the station today I saw this jerk cleaning his dirty nails with ... HIS TRAIN TICKET. Ew! Thk goodness I dont use those tickets anymore. #
  • I wanted to curse him w swine flu but on 2nd thot, maybe not. We'll get infected instead because of him. FML. Tak skolah punya orang! #
  • I am stalling. Just staring at the text but not comprehending anything. #
  • Im reading Reader, emails, check FB, tweeting, etc. If I fail this paper I've no one else to blame but myself ;-p #
  • OMG but how to study MATH? Boring gila. #
  • Yikes #
  • I think I'm going to throw up #
  • Major signs I'm going to fail math... #
  • THE PAPER IS ON TUESDAY NOT WEDNESDAY! OMGFML! How did I get the date mixed up? T_T #

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

Oh hai!

Exams are ovah! But before that, there was drama.

. . . .

I nearly missed the last paper. For some reason, I managed to convinced myself that it is today when in reality it was due yesterday. On Monday, there I was thinking I have two days to do revisions. And still procrastinated -- I checked FB, I read blogs, I tweet-ed, anything but.

And when I looked at my phone to check the time...

I wondered why the date for schedule I set for the exam was missing. I suspect there's something wrong with my phone, like, I think I need to reinstall the OS.

But upon closer inspection (when I clicked on the said event) it appeared without a date because the event has changed to show current day.

! ! !

Panic okeh. Mengelupur pun ada. Haha. Mrasa lah!

I quickly do a condensed and quick revision and then went off to bed. The exam was in the morning at 9 and there's really nothing much I can do. I don't believe in reading my notes right until the time I have to enter the exam hall. I doubt I can remember much.

Unless you have some super power / computer chip for a brain that can absorb information AND keep it in tact within a short span of time. Like Vicki in Small Wonder. Remember that show? I've always wanted to be Vicki! ;-p

Anyhow, I survived. I think. Haha. As long as I pass ok lah, coz the paper doesn't really do much to my overall GPA. The subject was to help us refresh our memory about mathematic before we have to sit for the real deal -- Management Math.

I'm on leave tomorrow for some appointments that I have to keep. Have a good one uols!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekly Twitter Update - 13 Dec 2009

  • Wow! The smell's so appetizing. Making me HUNGRY. Oh noooeesss. #
  • Train announcer-thingy got confused, gave us wrong info. I thot I took the Sri Petaling train but it says we're heading to Ampang pulak. #
  • We all looked at each other, puzzled. Should have seen it. Lol. Later the train handler made an announcement to correct the mistake. #
  • There's this young woman talking rather childishly. She may think she's being cute, but oy she squeek! NOT sexy. #
  • Twitter is a buzz! Congrats on your engagement @Xiaxue. Many happiness to you & Mike :) #
  • The blog's updated: Les goûts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas. -- just so you know. #
  • Spotted: New WTH car reg plate. Twice! And both on a Vios - a black and a silver car. I only saw WTF once so far. So unlucky -_- #
  • Ugh. Have to wake up early tomorrow. On a Saturday :( Just for 1 paper. Woe! #
  • Just finished a paper. Waiting for the others now. Sigh. #
  • The paper's for 3 hrs, but I completed it within 2. Is that good or bad? But I've answered all questions. What else is there to write? #
  • I'm hungry... My train buddy just ditched me, her hubs picked her up. Should I just head on or still wait for the others? Hmm... #
  • Hungry and bored, not a good combination, yes? #
  • Lovely sunny day. A bit hot but lovely warmth nonetheless. Good day for laundry too. #
  • Im pretty contend to just stay home today. Think I'll reschedule Mira's class this PM to next week. Yup. Will do just that. #
  • Had lunch, will now read 2-3 chapters of New Moon, then will give some love & attention to Booboo :) #
  • Mira got the latest Toys R Us promo catalog. She's been picking and choosing, making a list of what she like. 8 items on last count. Masak! #
  • Would Superman let anything harm Lois? 'course not. #
  • Heading out to Lot 10 in a few. #
  • Aw. A friendly neighbour dropped us off at the bus hub. I expect we'll be so early, there'll be no need to stress to be on time. Lol. #
  • There's this girl in FB who befriended me recently. Most of the time her status are about her love life. Written in bad English ;) #
  • So drama -_- #
  • Heavy traffic going in and out of the Golden Triangle. #
  • Nuggets and a cup of tea. Shiok! #
  • Watching Star Trek. #
  • Weekend, why you end so fast? #


Friday, December 11, 2009

Les goûts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas.

Although I am fond of the previous blog's template, I thought of changing it as I'm not quite happy with how it blew up the photos I posted. I know, I know, it's all in the CSS. Just too lazy to sift through it, you know? The codes are really long.

Also, I don't like how I'm not able to insert 'jump break' when the feature is already there. So, I went back to btemplate and whad'ya know, there was a new version for the same one. 

I am pretty happy with it now. I can now insert 'lompat istirehat' in an entry like so...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Only a masochist could ever love such a narcissist.

Oh well, tried to insert 'jump break' in the last two entries but I think the current blog template does not support said feature. Bummer.

Also tried looking for ways to post a digest of my tweets as a blog post. But so far, they're all for Wordpress. Blogger takde ke?

Should I enable Geo-tagging? But why would you wanna know where I'm at? Unless, I'm travelling and posting an entry from there, yeah. Then, that'll be an exciting bits to share.

A year ago today, Manja left us for Cat Heaven. I have had many cats in my life, only two left lasting impressions -- the other was the first ever cat I own named Kitty. It's funny to think we have 3 cats and a guinea pig living with us now in order to fill the hole that Manja left behind.

Imagine that.

I am lameting because I miss her, every day since she's gone. How not to when she's always been there for me. The countless time she lulled me to sleep with her soft coat and purr. I'd like to think we have a special bond between us.

You know how I adopted her from SPCA as a birthday gift to myself? And how I went back there again to adopt another cat hoping I'll find a replacement?

Well, Specky's gone. She got away the second time sometime end of October and refused to come home. I saw her around the neighbourhood one day, tried to get her back but she ran away. Domestic life doesn't suit her, huh?

DH found new homes for three out of the five kittens through his friends network. I chose the most sturdy, active and healthiest of them all to be given away. We kept the other two; one seemed to be too skinny and the other has a funny tail.

And of course, there's Mort; the stray kitten who followed Mira home. All grown up.

I am now convinced he was sent to us by Manja because he's a bit like her. Lol.

He's like my shadow, following me around everywhere I go in the house. Well, except the kitchen for some reason. But when I'm lounging at the sofa, he'll be sitting near me -- not quite beside me, but still within reach. Or if I'm in bed, he'll sleep next to me. Although, his favourite spot is right on my tummy.

He even followed me to the bathroom, sitting patiently on top of the WC waiting for me to finish whatever it it I'm doing.

The two kittens plays with Mira a lot. The one with the knotted tail is male and we named him Wiggy. The other is a female and because she's soooooooooooooo soft, we're calling her Sophie. They're quite big eaters, I must say.

Before the year ends we will have to bring all of them to the vet. I haven't got the chance to reschedule Mort for his neutering appointment yet, seeing how busy we've become these past weeks. Hopefully the vet will be opened the day after Christmas lah.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!

What team? WILDCAT! What team? WILDCAT! Am I a Wildcat? You betcha! Haha.

OMG, some time I feel as if I refuse to grow up. I dig all these 'tween things y'all. I mean, for goodness sake, I'm a fan of Twilight (well, mostly Edward Cullen, but hey...) and High School Musical. I don't know who'll be more thankful, Mira for having a mom like me, or me for Mira liking the same thing.


MC, whose Myra is also a fan of HSM, found out about this concert about a month ago. Naturally, we decided we should bring our daughters to go as a school holidays treat. When I told Mira about it, she was sooooooo excited.

I actually said to her if she wanted to go she'll have to diligently practise her ballet. And to my surprise, she took my challenge and did it every day.

The concert was just that, a concert. It's not really a play. And even though the characters aren't from the original casts, they're rather good nonetheless. They acted the characters nuances exactly. From where we sat, you wouldn't know it was not Zac Efron on stage. You see Troy Bolton.

Anyway, here are some photos.

It's my birthday, can I ask for something? Kiss me.

I need a holiday uols. How often have I said this? The problem is, I don't have the time to go. We've been spending our weekend berkampung in Lot 10. And then on alternate weeks, I've to attend tutorials for half a day on Saturdays.

We've been doing this for a month now and I am tired plus my house is a mess! Woeeeeee.

But, all is not lost. Mira's ballet school will be on its term break for two weeks from 20th until the new year. I shall not go out, we shall just stay home and enjoy the moment not having to wake up early. I shall give some loving to Booboo, who has been some what neglected (other than seeing me replenishing his food tray and water bottle).

Ok, moving on...

Busy, busy pun sempat pegi tengok movie with the moms :)

Loved it! Of course I do, I've seen it thrice.

Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything.

Ok, it is time for some update. It has been a crazy two weeks. Lol!

Coming right up:

Wait for it...