Thursday, December 30, 2010

She suggested an Arabian Nights theme. Isn't it a little soon?

Congrats to our Harimau Malaya team for bringing home the AFF-Suzuki Cup. For that, we get a day off on Friday. Tapi macam ala-ala wet blanket la to me because my office will be closed that day anyway for New Year's break ;p

Such luck.

Speaking of which, or you could call it fate sticking its tongue at me, this person from my and Merry's past... the one I've avoided adding as a friend in FB when the request came in... well, it appeared that his daughter goes to the same school as Mira. On top of that, they may be classmates.

What are the odds of that? Although, I shouldn't be surprised seeing that he was an ex-SJI and if I remembered correctly his sister was an old-girl there Wrong info daaa. I didn't count on him having a same age daughter as me lah kan.

So yes, Mira's new school orientation went rather well Wednesday morning. She's very pleased with herself and the school. Very excitedly told me how much she really like that school. I hope her enthusiasm lasts for a looooooooong time. Hehe. 

Once we're at the hall for registration, we picked up her personal dossier (with loads of stuffs to be filled) and took our seats. After everyone has settled, they started to call out the girls' names according to their class. They've already pre-pick a class but I'm not sure if it's confirmed because they still had to sit in for a test. So, probably the test will determined to which class you'll be sorted into... Gryffindor? Hufflepuff? Ravenclaw?

Sorry, no Slytherin. They've only 3 classes for each year in that school. I hope she'll be sorted into Gryffindor. Of course, this is no Hogwarts. As an all-girls school, their classes are named after flowers -- Orkid, Teratai, Mawar.

While the girls took the test, the parents were given some briefings about the school, their achievements, short introduction from the PIBG, basic school rules & regulations, etc. I've decided I prefer their strict old-fashioned school rules. Probably because it's something I have experienced in, something I know well of. I didn't appreciate it then, but later in life I see how it helped builds character and discipline.  

After all the talks, we were asked to adjourned to the class rooms to pay the fees, collect the text books as well as to purchase the other books from their tiny bookshop. This is the stack of Mira's text books:



Do you know there's a new school syllabus this year? Neither do I. Lol.

I'm glad I stuck with my decision not to appeal to get her into school 1. This one has a more balanced approach in terms of ajaran dunia dan akhirat gitu. Ada mengaji every Thursday, so she'll be released from school an hour later than usual. And once every few months the school will organise something like 'Qiamullail' session on a weekend.

Still, there're the duniawi part... they're rather active in other co-curriculum. For primary one, we can choose to let the kids to take up taekwondo, art class or rhythmic gymnastics. I haven't decided what to do with this bit of information yet. If I let her take up any one of those, she'll have to stay back until 3pm-ish on some days.

All these are new to us, we'll see how the year unfolds. The first three weeks will be just purely integration session. Real school work will start on the last week of January and by March, they'll sit for their first assessment. 

Before this week ends, I need to go look for her new school bag, a couple of white ribbons and black pins for her hair, plastic book covers and other tidbits for school. I also need to stick her badge and name tags. Iron her uniforms. Ugh. And wash her school shoes because harus la dah kotor kan baru semalam pakai.

Come Monday, we'll have a new routine which will last for the next six years, insyaallah.

Good luck to me ;-)

xoxo

Monday, December 27, 2010

Time to say Goodbye.... to 2010

It's time to bid adieu to 2010.



Come, sing-along with them...
Quando sono solo
sogno all’orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
Si lo so che non c’è luce
in una stanza quando manca il sole,
se non ci sei tu con me, con me.
Su le finestre
mostra a tutti il mio cuore
che hai acceso,
chiudi dentro me
la luce che
hai incontrato per strada.

Time to say goodbye.
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso si li vivrò,
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più.
It’s time to say goodbye…

Quando sei lontana
sogno all’orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
e io sì lo so
che sei con me,
tu mia luna tu sei qui con me,
mio sole tu sei qui con me,
con me, con me, con me.

Time to say goodbye.
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso si li vivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,
con te io li rivivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,
con te io li rivivrò.
Con te partirò.
Io con te.

Le sigh. I love this song by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. For the translation, go here.

2010 has been very good to me. Albeit the gray clouds now and then; even thunder storms and such, but overall it has been mostly warm beautiful sun. No complaints :-)

And here's to a better 2011!

Happy new year folks.

xoxo

Sunday, December 5, 2010

When life gives you scraps, make something with them.

Rosa invited a few of us to her pre-birthday party. She decided to host a scrapbook party yesterday at Papier @ The Curve instead of our usual shopping outing, before adjourning for lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

She's been urging me to try scrapbooking, but my usual excuse to her was that I'm so inartistic I don't think I can make anything out of it. Haha! This scrapbook party was like an introduction class for noobs. Rosa's now part of Papier Design team, so she holds classes on scrapbooking. Cool, huh?

The birthday girl and us. L-R: Nong, Lah, Rosa, MC, Me & Nora.

She showed us how to do a photo frame... or something. This is mine:

Front / Cover. Love that chandelier with pearly thingies.
The inside bit
It's cool to see, eventhough we all were given the same set of kit, our end products still looks different from one another.

T'was fun. I suddenly have a dozen ideas! LOL. Thinking of taking a few classes to learn more techniques. Also thinking? To join Papier's Crop Market Day next weekend ^_^

We'll see. Got gang, I'll go. But... frankly, I've finals this month. I'm SO not prepared for it ;-p

xoxo

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Movie Night: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1

Yowzaaa... it's been five months since I last watch a movie! Can that be right? Eclipse was the last movie I watched? Anyway, Harry Potter 7 - must. watch. with. friend/s. So, I made a date with IggySingh to watch it together last Thursday.

I find it disturbing that I can't remember if I've seen Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince now. But I think this new movie is the best movie in the series yet. I love everything about it -- the pace is just right, the plot is well presented, etc. The performance of the three stars of the series have improved so much. Well done!

It's quite ironic seeing how much I dislike the book :-p

Should I give you a spoiler warning now? But it's redundant kan, as we already know how it ends? Anyhow...

Run, Harry! Run! (Oh, salah movie)

If my memory serves me, the movie started by showing the three kids at their home preparing for what's to come. We see Hermione at her home, packing. Her mother called her downstairs for tea. We see Harry looked upon the Dursley moving away to some place safe, leaving him alone at Privet Drive. It's sad that they didn't show when Dudley hugged Harry goodbye or Aunt Petunia spoke to Harry about her sister/his mother before they left.

And then we're shown Ron standing outside his lawn, looking ahead at the gloomy skies. His mother called out for him to get his dad, dinner is ready.

We went back to Hermione, who's now downstairs standing behind her parents. They were talking about travelling to Australia for a holiday. She pointed her wands at them and quietly wiped her parent's memory of her. And you can see it also wipes out all photos of her in the house, just like as if she never existed.

And then she walked out of her home.

OMG, I was about to bawl my eyes out! I knew about how she erased her parents memory to keep them safe from the book but it was only mentioned in the background. But to see it acted out like that? Major sadness uols! :-(

Then we see Snape attending the Death Eater Townhall meeting. Heh heh. Voldy killed the lady and let Nagini the snake have her for dinner. Charming.

I rather like was the Seven Potters scene. Mad Eye Moody, Hagrid and the gang went to Privet Drive to pick Harry up. He suspect the Voldy's camp are on a look out for Harry, hence the plan to polyjuiced six other people to look like Harry to confuse them. So you'll see Ron, Hermione, the twins, Mundungus and Fleur turning into Harry. Lol.

And then, the first kill.

In the book, it came as a shock. Who would have thought JK Rowling would off Hedwig? Burung tu tak bersalah uols. But Hedwig ala-ala mati katak je in the book. Whereas in the movie, she died a hero trying to save Harry from a curse. They were ambushed by the Death Eaters mid-air enroute to their destination -- The Burrow. Still, it was sad to see her die :-(

Oh, Mad Eye Moody died, too...

The parts when the trio were on the run was good as well. In the book, some scenes were boring. Although, the build up to a fight that broke between Harry and Ron was lacking imho. Maybe one more scene to show his resentment and suspicions about Hermione's relationship with Harry would have helped.

Harry and Hermione's dance in the tent? It wasn't in the book, but aw... so sweet. Can you imagine what'll happen if JK allowed it to go that way? Le sigh. But all the Ron and Hermione interaction in this movie were sweet, too. It showed how he cared about her and vice versa.

After that, Harry wanted to go to Godric Hollow. They found his parents grave. More sadness, but I feel this scene in the book was so much more powerful. Probably because it's in my head and I was the director. LOL.

The Nagini-Bathilda scene were scary and when the snake launched itself out of Bathilda's body? Gross!

When Harry saw the silver doe patronus and discovered the Sword of Gryffindor in the frozen lake, he nearly died if Ron hasn't saved him. Now with the sword they can kill the horcrux in the locket. Harry gave Ron the honour to kill it, and opens the locket with parseltongue.

Suddenly, a huge black cloud sprang out of the locket, throwing them back. It taunted Ron, and two figures appeared -- Harry and Hermione, basically telling him how badly he suck. And then they kissed!

Tapi kena potong. Hahahahaha. I've seen the uncut version and it was oh-so-raunchy!

After that, they went to visit the Lovegoods. Luna was nowhere in sight (because the DE kidnapped her). Luna's dad explained to them about the Deathly Hallows. Hermione read to us the tale of the Three Brothers while we see a black-and-white animation acting the scenes out. That was really good!

Luna's dad had secretly send a sign to the DE about the trio. As they were about to leave, the DE attacked the house. The trio managed to escape by apparating out from there but was caught by the snatchers that were roaming the forest. They were brought to the Malfoy Manor where the boys got locked in the dungeon with the others, whilst Bellatrix tortured Hermione and Dobby came to the rescue!

While he tried to apparate the rest, Bellatrix threw her knife at Dobby. Again, I knew this was coming but still... I gasped 'Dobby noooooo!'. More sadness :-( I shed a tear when they buried him.

Through Harry's vision we saw Voldermort who found Grindelwald, asked him where's the Elder wand. He said the last owner was Dumbledore and the wand lies with him in his tomb. Then he opens Dumbledore's tomb to take the Elder wand.

Fin. For now. To be continued on 15 July 2011.

xoxo

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Everything goes my way. You know why? Because it will.

Jom gossip, jom?

There were some dramatic suggestions on how we should have a something-something because it's an essential thing to have by some quarters. The reality is that we don't really need it and it was rather costly to procure for just us. It's not easy to maintain, too. Who knew better than me, right? I was entrusted to take care of it all by myself once upon a time!

Besides, there are other ways to overcome such 'shortcomings'.

I suggested the simplest of ways, but that seemed to flew right over everyone's head. They seek to find the answers from the 'guru' and guess what? His suggestion was exactly what I put forth in the first place. His reasoning was exactly what I said, too, word for word.

Next time, don't discount my voice too soon, yeah? It'd saved you a lot of time going back and forth. Hmph!

Today MrDJ and I managed to play catch-up online. We haven't chatted for a while. He told me an amusing story...

A friend of ours had decided to agree with his mother's wish to live with him. He'll fly back home next month for Christmas as well as to sort out the permanent move. I'm happy with his decision -- she's been wanting to come live here for ages! She lived in that faraway land, alone, while her son makes his living here (macam tak nak balik je?).

The amusing part?

You see, he had purchased a very expensive condo and the building is about to be ready. There are 2 towers, very upscale, in the middle of the city. His unit has 3 bedrooms, so immediately I thought that could be the reason why he changed his mind after all these years. But turns out, he'll be renting another unit just for her... IN THE OTHER TOWER!

WTF?

The love of his life do not want to sacrifices their privacy I'm told. How could you let 'that person' treat your mother like that? How could you let 'that person' dictate how to care for your own mother? Bila nak capital pandai lak mintak dia tolong!

It just doesn't make sense lah. If said rented unit either a floor above or below or just down the corridor, boleh dimaafkan lagi la kan. Another tower? Fo' real? Might as well get her to stay in a serviced apartment then. There's one just across the road from where he'll be. She's so old, how can they let her live alone?

She's probably better off staying where she is now. At least, she's surrounded with friends and in-house care taker.

Tak masuk akal betul!

xoxo

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ignore her, she can’t focus on two things at once.

Hello, Blog-people! It's been awhile, huh? The usual suspects are home-life, work and traffic jam.

I've been thinking (uh-oh!) about something these past weeks, and have talked to the boss about it. He's given me an okay for it, but now I'm not too sure if I'm giving the right signal. You see, I asked if I can opt for a notebook instead of a desktop. The reason I gave was so I can leave office earlier and then continue my work at home.

By earlier I mean 6pm on the dot. I've been hanging out until seven or eight-ish to clear some work (and to let the traffic ease a bit) -- those unimportant stuff that I cannot finish between work hours due to other tasks that needs my attention more. The tasks are really petty, like profiling, writing minutes, completing weekly reports or replying to emails. So I thought wouldn't it be easier if I can bring it home to work on but because a lot of if are in my desktop...

And once the email has been downloaded into Outlook, I've no way of seeing it anymore, hence the reason why I wanted to get a Berry. By having a notebook, I suppose I don't have to get the Berry anymore, huh? Can straight go for N8. Heee!

I am in no way a workaholic. Just thought having a notebook would be handy is all. And the traffic on Fridays are a killer. Since we are allowed to leave earlier on that day, I can skip the traffic all together.

Hence, I hope by saying 'so I can work at home' does not mean I'll be working 24/7 and expected to be doing so. Maybe, I'm just over thinking this.

Oh well...

xoxo

Friday, November 5, 2010

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

It is the time of the year again to list down your 'Wishlist'! ^_^ Belum apa-apa dah ada wishlist.

First on my list would be a Blackberry. It has always been in the peripheral of my mind but I don't have a need for it, until now. With work getting really crazy (and I'm loving it!), I think this device can help me a bit. A toss between Bold and Curve 3G, I'm choosing the latter because...
Blackberry Curve 9300

I wanna keep the extra moolah saved to get this!!!
Nokia N8
Nokia N8! This would be a perfect upgrade to my N82. With 12MP Carl Zeiss camera and Xenon flash... what's not to love? IggySingh has jumped into it first last week and she's loving the new phone. Can't wait to get my hands on mine. Tapi kena invest in a Berry dulu la ye. Uhuks.

One phone for work and one phone for play :-)

xoxo

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.

If Cinderella said (sang) that a dream is a wish your heart make... what do you make out of these two?

I dreamt Mr Gadget left the Hotness after he had sucked out all his wealth. TH came to see me and suddenly, I am now living together with him, as in, I am renting a room or something. I know we didn't sleep in the same room, or with each other. Even subconsciously I remembered his orientation. Hiks!

But through time, as it seemed in the warp speed that is your dream timeline, I was his shoulder to cry on, we became a very close friend. Like, I am his new BFF. His problem came to its climax when MG (and his new boyfriend who is also a lawyer, I might add) was at the last bid to clear out everything TH owns... unless he is married.

It's like if TH is married, MG cannot continue to ruin his life rule or something. Strange.

He discussed his predicament with me and we agreed to get married (yes, to one another, my real self was just as shocked as you are) in order to stop the menace in wrecking more havoc in his life. He proposed, on bended knee and all that, and as I was about to say yes... when I woke up. Lolz.

I got a glimpse of the engagement ring. Emerald cut with tapered baguettes, you. Lovingly cushioned in a significant blue box ;-)

The next dream happened a few days after.

I don't remember how it came to this but I dreamt Mira and I wanted to commit suicide. This scenario should be morbid, but the whole scene was rather jovial and bright and, I even dare say, comical.

I was standing by a tall bay windows. It looks like I was at my dad's house. Mira was playing nearby and was having conversations with him. At that time, I was feeling a little troubled -- about what, I don't know. Then, happily Mira came to the window and we both started to climb out of it. We started to cry and profusely apologizing to my dad. We were now standing on the ledge, ready to let go.

Now, the strange thing was, my dad's house in real life is on the ground. Even in the dream, the house was just one level at first, but later morphed into a pretty little bungalow by the beach. Heh.

And then it started to rain. I kept wondering, if my dad accepts my apology, should I go back inside? I was about to let go; can actually feel the blood rush, the rain and the wind on my face, when suddenly Mira laughs and said 'Ok' and she climbed back in. I looked inside and saw my dad talking to her, as if none of this ever happened.

I started to climb back in and woke up from the dream... wondering what was that all about?

Nak kata tak cuci kaki before tido, dah cuci dah ;-p

xoxo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

You laugh because I’m different… I laugh cause I just farted!

And I am not 'different'. I'm just probably more lenient. It does not mean I'm better than the others. It is just me being naughty... or maybe because I believe in simpler stuff. So please don't assume the other person would be as lenient as I am, even if she looks to be like one.

Orang kata 'rambut sama hitam, tapi hati lain-lain'.

Alright, enough with that little insight. I'm happy that the FUP restriction for the month has been lifted. My internet is back to lightning speed and thus, I can live life-in-the-fast-lane again! Meaning, I can multi task, and not have to wait hours (maybe days ~exaggeration) for the Blogger New Post page to properly load. Heh heh.

I did contemplate on upgrading my account, but was put out by the small increase given for the monthly quota. Sangat tak berbaloi.

Previously on the Vampire Diaries as mentioned... about the workshop thing that I had to organize and looking for a new office location that is... the workshop went well, all things considered. It all came together nicely -- boss thought out the training materials by himself, I just helped putting the slides together. I managed to find tables and chairs suitable for training as well as organize food that everybody likes (thanks to MC for recommending the caterer). We brainstormed, we got to know each others SWOTs, we had fun, we even painted... like, in art.

I love the BBQ dinner we had at the end. We all lepak at the boss' place and he and his wife cooked for us. We set all the food on the table and all of us sat around it -- eating, talking, sharing stories. Just like a family. Very nice.

I hope this tight-knit relationship we have will last for a very long time.

As for finding new office space to let. That is still up in the air. We have seen a few places. Boss actually like one but the other two leaders kinda veto-ed it out. They went to look for another one close by, but one don't think it is feasible even though the place was nice.

At the same time, another round of negotiation is currently taking place. What I find disturbing is them discussing about it with the agent that we are in contact with. It's like being conspired against. The only way to avoid it is to deal directly with the owners, I guess. Moving forward, this is what I'll do especially now I have a better idea what the management wants.

On the other hand, boss and I had seen this other place nearby, and we both think it has potential. I am glad I insisted the other two to go view the space as well recently (we nearly didn't because they thought the other deal has some-what confirmed... but apparently not). Hence, if current negotiation fell through we have another option to consider.

So, after a busy two-weeks, this week can relax a bit. And next week, we'll be welcoming November and then before we know it, we will say goodbye to 2010 and hello 2011-OMG! Do you remember all the hullabaloo that was the Y2K? We sailed through without incident and look where we are at now -- DOUBLE DIGITS YO'. Lol.

I am rather excited for the new year to come because Mira will be starting primary one. All the new uniform shopping, new stationery shopping, new school shoes shopping, etc. to look forward to!

Not looking forward to? Tutoring Mira on her homework -_-'

xoxo

Saturday, October 16, 2010

You have 937 messages... all of which are marked "urgent".

In September, we were told to expect some changes to happen to our business come October. It can either be viewed as a good move forward or, if you are a pessimist, horrible things can happen after this. Now that October is finally here, a couple of things transpired:

One, boss has decided perhaps we should move into our own office. We're currently renting a place in a serviced office, which can be expensive in comparison to the office space. The space we have now will not accommodate any growth in the next 12 months unless we get a bigger and more expensive unit.

Thus, yours truly have been busy visiting sites and getting quotes for 1,001 kind of things. I think we have narrowed down to two possible buildings -- one new, one kinda old but the space is ginormous as well as cheap. I am hopeful the final decision can be made next week. Other than fitout issues, there is pesky timing thing to think about.

I have to say though, it is very difficult to work with invisible budget :p

Two, the leadership team has decided to organize a communication session cum workshop to announce this change. We ended up making the announcement earlier because it involves certain issues which the staffs need to know earlier. So now there is the workshop portion je lah yang kena buat which was planned to be held next week.

Initially, we thought of doing it away from KL. After a few rounds of discussion, the plan changes... and now I think it won't even happen, at least, not this year.

Three, when I came on board, I observed that some tasks are handled by an external entity. I was informed it was because the person who did admin before me wasn't familiar with it. I thought that service comes together in a package. So, I had been doing purely secretarial and admin for the past 7 months.

Recently, I saw their first invoice to us and was surprised that said tasks are charged on adhoc basis. I made a quick calculations and after discussing it through with my BFF-merangkap-life coach IggySingh, brought it up to the boss for discussion. My intention was to handle the tasks myself and for the company to pay me instead whilst saving some money in the process.

What I got was a promotion and a bigger pay cheque! ^_^

In terms of job scope, they're the same as when I was with the Hotness, so no biggie. I did a lot of things back then, wasn't even properly acknowledged in fact. To make this 'victory' sweeter was when I got to know the saiko-chick who replaced me either forgotten or didn't bother to do something that has now put them in a mess. How I got to know about this? Her replacement had to call me a few days ago because they needed some information. Hah!

I received my promotion letter on Friday. What a good way to end the work week, huh?

Bersyukur sangat!

xoxo

Monday, October 4, 2010

Writes injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.

Statement-statement yang tak masuk akal:

  • Sebab you punya perangai yang suka memalukan orang dan hati busuk la hidup you jadi macam ni! You tak fikir ke?
  • Kenapa pulak I kena beritahu you semua? Suka hati I la nak bagi you atau tak. 
  • Kenapa I tak boleh tahu pulak? Mana adil kalau semua I yang kena! Kan dah kata tahun ni giliran you settle kan benda tu.
  • Oh, time I tolong you dulu, you tak kira? Kenapa suka ungkit pasal I pulak sekarang.


I rest my case. You are unrepentant and delusional. You don't even understand. If people (meaning: from your camp) think I'm the bitch, well... frankly, I don't give a damn. I am the one who had to go through it, not them. I'm the one who live in it, not them.

It's not like I never tried. I've tried so many times; to the point where threats and promises become worthless.

No point arguing and trying to save things now, because it can't be saved anymore. I don't want this. I think I've repeatedly say it for the past 3 years. I remembered at the eve of the year I turn 35, I said I want to move forward. I want things to change for the better. It is frightening to see how time just flies and nothing changes. Nothing!

Well, there were glimpses of sun, but just as soon the clouds will turn gray and rain started to fall. Again. I'm always given false hope.

I admit, I was scared before. Going it by myself, knowing I'm not that stable to stand on my own yet. So I relented. I gave in. Once. Twice. And so on. But you know what? I'm done. Now, I have a plan and I plan to see it through.

I also realized I cannot even depend on you to help me. I will always have to look for outside help. But I am expected to help you all the time, all the way. Even though I have no means of helping you myself, it'll still be something I have to deal with. It's like as if it is my responsibility to clean up the mess no matter what, no matter how.

But when it comes to me, you'll just shrug your shoulders and be on your merry way. You don't even bother to ask if I'm ok or how am I coping. WTF.

In retrospect, I shouldn't be surprise. Deep down I know you're capable of not caring. The one incident I can never forget until now was that year when we fell ill and you're hardly there for us. I want to say how bizarre it was, and then I remembered it has always been the case. You just never care enough.

So now, we come to this point again, where I decide to move on and never look back. I don't know how other people can do this so easily -- it can never be the case for me no matter how many times I tried. Jangan harap la dia nak bagi. I guess, why let go of your lifesaver when you can depend on it so much, eh? And I'm not even talking about me.

Please self, you need to be resolute about it this time! We need to get out from under. Leave the baggage outside the door, move on and be happy. It shouldn't be too hard, right? RIGHT??

xoxo

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Oh, I guess silver is like your kryptonite?

Oy! It has been a busy week at the office and I reckon I'll be tied up for the next 5-6 weeks, too. We're expecting some news to be announced soon (not about B, unfortunately) and I am to organize an all-hands for that. What started as a day meeting outside may now become a full blown retreat.

Also, the new semester has begun with the first tutorial started this morning. Stuff to read, notes to take, things to understand and remember. I am making full use of my current state of enthusiasm. It will some what dwindle in a month. I'm very familiar with this cycle already. Lol.

And then, there was Gossip Girl. 'I'm Chuck Bass' is back. I wonder if Blair will hook up with him back sometime in the future and when. Soon or it'll be dragged out until the end of this season?

The Vampire Diaries... a new vamp and werewolves, oh my! But first, someone needs to give Bonnie some chill pills, really. She's freaking annoying with being judgmental and stuff. I know Damon tried to kill you once, but to blame EVERYTHING on him is a bit much, no? As it is, you blamed the brothers for your gran's death, but if you and your granny hadn't been all sneaky to them... well, at least tell the truth to Elena, then maybe the whole incident can be avoided.

And then, you want to blame Damon for what happened to Caroline, when it was you who insisted in the first place, probably because you felt guilty she got hurt. Now, you don't like her because of what she has become. She's you friend ffs!

Strangely though, Bonnie is civil with Stefan. Why?

Of course, without these drama, there'll be no TVD. Lol.

Glee kicked off its new season this week. Oh, how I missed the show. Mr Shue wants to build a bigger group to out-perform Vocal Adrenaline in the next regionals which is going to be held in NYC. In order to entice new kids to join the club, the group performed Empire State of Mind.

They were fantastic! No one bothered (tsk tsk) but I would have joined. Haha. I've heard the original before, but I think the Glee casts performed it better. I managed to find a clip for this song, albeit a mirrored one, but check it out yourself.





Can't wait for the next episode... a Britney Spears themed episode. Woot!

xoxo

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I love it how it has never occurred to you that someone might not want to see you every single day.

Gossip Girl here. Your one and only source.... Owh, back to reality. But it has definitely been one of the best longest weekend ever! I did a lot of things... mostly a lot of nothings. Hehe.

On Friday when we celebrated the first day of Eid, we went to do our usual rounds. However, it was the first time we didn't go to my dad's. Kim went back to her husband's hometown this year, so dad decided to go off to meet some of his old friends.

Raya dishes at my Mak Ngah's house


We were supposed to go to DH's aunt's house the next day, but when he heard that his brother won't be able to join, he decided not to as well. Kosser taw. We ended up going to the supermarket to buy some provisions and stayed home.

Mira was exceptionally excited to celebrate Eid this year. The week following the special day, she kept on asking me 'tomorrow Hari Raya ke?'. If not, she wanted to know when she 'can wear Hari Raya baju, bibu?'. On Sunday, she kept pestering me to go out for 'Hari Raya' that I have to tell her that 'Hari Raya habis dah'. The look upon her face was like a kid who discovered Santa Claus wasn't real. Lol!

I have been staying at home since then, didn't even go out a peep. I took leave from Monday onwards for three days, but I had to work on Friday to submit payroll stuff for the office. Nanti ada yang tak bergaji karang. The only time I went out from the house was on Thursday. Tu pun to top up petrol for next day's journey to work. Sigh.

So, what have I been doing?

I picked up the first two books from Kerrelyn Sparks 'Love At Stake' series. I can only stomach the two, not bothered to follow up on the others as soon as I discovered her vampires can be cured back to his human form. LAME.

Of course, in Vampire Academy the same thing happened to Dimitri when he was cured from becoming a Strigoi by Lissa. But he's already a dhampir, that doesn't count in my book :p

I also watched the entire 3rd season of Gossip Girl... because when I saw the new season's episode, I didn't realized how much I've miss out. So much drama! I can't believe I've neglected GG for the whole season. Where have I been to miss it totally? Strange.

Now I'm up to speed. Loving the Paris setting and all the French words in it. Hehe.

I might want to add: I've never liked V from the get-go. She act like she's the most noble of them all, but to me she's so judgey and a hypocrite. Like if it comes from her, she's entitled to behave that way but if, let say, Dan do the same thing she'll make a bitch out of it. And then I met her mother... now we know where she got that from ;p

I am beginning not to like J as much, and S too for that matter. Especially in the 3rd season.

Anyway, by reading the books and watching the episodes back-to-back (all 22 of them!), I managed to disrupt my sleep time. I'll stay up all night, only going to bed at 4 in the morning and will only be up at noon. It was a pain in the ass to wake up for work last Friday. The weather didn't help much either.

Have to go prepare for next week and try to attain some normalcy back. Heh heh. I shall end this not with my usual ex-oh-ex-oh, but with...

Bisou bisou

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose.

I've decided to rise above it and not to let you ruin this for me. Like always.

xoxo

Monday, September 6, 2010

You three are boring me now. I'm gonna go do something else.

Four more days to Eid. I have mixed feelings -- happy, sad and annoyed. Don't ask.

I'm at a weird place right now. I am generally feeling happy and free but I also feel lurking behind it something akin to impending doom. I don't know what it is... yet. I hope it is nothing and it will pass.

Such is life. Sigh.

I am sleepy. Didn't sleep well last night. My muse came to visit at about 1 this morning and I couldn't stop writing until 4. Where these ideas come from?? If it is not because I've got to work today, I'd continue until it stops. Hence, my brain refused to shut off even when I am half asleep.

My neck hurts. Dammit, my whole body is stiff! All three cats were in bed with me. I love them, I really do, especially when they want to cuddle with me. But it can be a pain when I can hardly move about because they'll sit at 'strategic' points of my body -- one will lay his head on my ankle like it is a pillow, one will be sleeping at the crook of my bum and one will sleep right behind my back. How to turn over like that?

Why am I so whiny today? Meh.

xoxo

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My cigarettes and I are going outside. At least they show me respect.

Oh my god! If this is even possible... I've just been whammed by a major cliffhanger ever in this lifetime. At least, all the other serial books I've read before had some kind of satisfying sort-of ending to it. But this one? You should have seen me -- mouth hanging, eyes bulging, shocked, exasperated.

I've finished reading book five in the Vampire Academy series. Lets recap the story so far (and I'm going to spoil it for you because I am evil, muahaha!)...



Rose fell in love with her dhampir instructor, Dimitri, while she was in the academy. Then, one day the academy was attacked by Strigoi (bad vampires) and Dimitri was abducted and turned into one. She later found out he had fled to his home town in Siberia. She dropped out of the academy and left to look for him... in order to kill him to put him out of his 'misery'.

This girl practically wanted to stake him lah. Out of love. Because these dhampir Guardians (who guards the Moroi vampires i.e. good vampires) had a very high code of ethics or something. Have I mentioned that Rose is a dhampir and in training to become one of the Guardians?

She found him eventually, but hesitated. That mistake got her locked in some room by Dimitri and he now persuades her to change side i.e. become a Strigoi like him. She managed to escape after a while (Lissa, her Moroi bff whom she is bonded to - long story, was in trouble. That kinda awaken her a bit. She was in some trance), fought Dimitri and staked him.

Or so she thought. Turned out the stake didn't go through his heart. So, he came back and now (in book 5) he's hunting her. This time he really wanted to kill her.

While she was in Siberia, she met a couple who told her about a rumour that someone had tried to 'cure' a Strigoi into becoming normal. Knowing that and how Dimitri is still 'alive', she and Lissa went out to search for the person who had done the curing before. It involves a spirit user and whatnot. Lissa's magic is the spirit, see. Naturally, she vowed to help Rose do what she wants.

Dimitri managed to kidnapped Lissa and her bf one day, as a bait for Rose. And nak dijadikan cerita, Lissa managed to cure him when the guardians and Rose came to rescue them. However, once cured, he doesn't want anything to do with Rose anymore. He said he felt a guilt and remorse for all the things he had done, especially to her while in captive. Of course, Rose being Rose, wouldn't take that easily.

I like Rose. She's got spunk.

Anyway, the Moroi has their own royalty with a reigning queen. Rose and her have not really seen eye to eye -- the queen great nephew is infatuated with Rose and they're going out together. I think Adrian really loves her. Hence, when the queen was found murdered, all evidence pointed to Rose.

At the council meeting, it has been voted that she'll stand for trial. If found guilty, she'll be executed for treason.

And that is where the story ends... for now.

Apakah?

The sixth and last book, Last Sacrifice, will be coming out in December. Four more months to go uols! x_x


p/s: I want Rose to choose Adrian, instead of Dimitri. Although a vampire (royal to boot)/dhampir relationship will never get its happy ending in this world. But who knows. Maybe it'll be changed if Lissa becomes queen ;)

xoxo

Sunday, August 29, 2010

He laughed, and I was pretty sure it was AT me and not WITH me.

Let's talk about more vampires shall we!

While I was lurking around the forums lately, there were some discussions and recommendations made on other vampire books and series. One that was highly recommended was the Vampire Academy series written by Richelle Mead. There were five books in the series at the moment, with one last book coming out in December.

Another Young Adult book. Dunno why I'm reading those. Living out my misspent teen years maybe? Ha!

I've started reading them a week ago and I'm hooked. I'm about three quarters in reading book no. 4. I've done practically nothing these two days but reading them. That wasn't my plans for these long weekends. But I can't put the book down. I like the characters and the stories -- a bit action/adventure with romance mixed in.

Here's the excerpt from the official website:
Two races of vampires walk our world. The Moroi are alive and wield elemental magical, while the Strigoi are undead and evil--feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway--a half-vampire with poor impulse control--is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose's real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors...

I'm not sure when will I ever start reading Anne Rice... always getting distracted.

Anyhow, I'm off tomorrow. The plan was to just lay low but it appears that I have a few things to do. Like dropping by Mira's ex-school to officially cancel her placement there, going to the bank, buying groceries, etc.

I'm also thinking of dropping by P1 for them to check on my Wiggy. Something's not right with it. It has gone wonky and pretty unstable at times. Just the thought of driving all the way there... ugh! But maybe if I do it in the morning it wouldn't be that bad. Hmmm...

Oh, news! Last month, EW had this contest to find the Ultimate Sexy Beast. Towards the end, the two left standing was Edward Cullen and Damon Salvatore. The winner was announced a few days ago. And guess who win?

Damon Salvatore! Woot! It would ten kinds of wrong if Edward won that title, really. Haha!

xoxo

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I'm worse than shallow. I'm a kiddie pool.

After I posted the previous entry, I was ready to announce my break up with Edward Cullen (haha!). I posted a status in my FB, like so...



Immediately after that, I received an SMS from Mr DJ with a couple of other exchanges as shown below:

Mr DJ: Who is Salvatore???
Me: Vampire diaries la.
Mr DJ: Aiyo, why you so cepat dropped Edward Cullen already???
Me: Ok what. I've 'dated' him for 2 years already. Besides, the Salvatore brothers are hotter. Lol.
Mr DJ: Good for you :p

Aw, he cares -- although, I dunno if it's about me or his namesake.

See, this is why I love my friends. They're always more than willing to entertain my silliness. Lol.

xoxo

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We got a crazeeee ex on the loose.

You know how I'm currently obsessed with The Vampire Diaries, right? Like, totally obsess gila. I've re-watched all the episodes in season one numerous times, I've forgotten how many. I've mostly all the songs that were featured in the episodes. I've started lurking in fan forums.

I think this obsession is far greater then it was for Twilight (gasp!).

Edward who? (gasp!)

Damon and Stefan Salvatore made Edward looks like a kitty. Why hung up on one vampire when you can have two hotter ones. Muahaha! Besides, they're bad-asses, they do this scary-but-kinda-sexy eye-thing when they vamp up, they burn in the sun (unless you are the owner of this nifty witchy ring), they're more believable in the 'making out' department and they've fangs!

Damon and Stefan Salvatore
And leather jackets. Sexy beast!

I mean, really, the one thing that I cannot wrap my head around it until now is: Edward's hard marble ice-cold body... wouldn't his p33n be, like, shoving iced cylinder into your vajayjay, Bella?

Anyway, a couple of days ago the season two new trailer was unleashed to the public. It looked awesome!







Gosh, all these teaser trailers are going to be the death of me! I can't wait for September to come.

And even though I've p33n written in this entry, I can't stomach True Blood. Too raunchy for my taste :-p

xoxo

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Riddle me this...

Something I came across in my current read. See if you can answer this:
Bobby and his father are in a horrible car accident, which instantly kills Bobby's father. Bobby is seriously injured and rushed to the hospital. The surgeon takes one look at Bobby on the operating table and says: "Oh my God! I can't operate on this boy... he's my son!"

How can this be?

What you think?

xoxo

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I made it through the day. I must have said "I'm fine" 37 times.

I love playing quotes :-)

And I love Zip. There were times when I thought perhaps I should have gotten myself a proper laptop but the ease of bringing it every where I go wouldn't be as simple as Zip. I think I'm practically attached to it 24/7, especially over the weekend.

I play songs on it, watch movies, do my work, check out what's happening in the net-verse, read e-books on it... it has become my entertainment everything. Especially now that my desktop has officially breathe its last breath... Alright, a bit melodramatic there. The HDD kaputted. Macam tau-tau je nak bikin baru.

Speaking of e-books, I've discovered some interesting read on Books24x7 (an online library privilege extended to the students by the uni). I'm in the process of changing my mindset. After speaking to boss for my probation review, he encourages me to set myself up a step above what I'm doing now. It was the same conversation I had with Mr Gadget (remember him?) but the wordings used was different and it does gives me a different effect.

Mr Gadget wanted to groom me, whereas current boss wants me to take on that role because he knew I can do it. I said 'yeah, sure thing', but on self reflect my hurdle is how I see myself. Thus, this changing mindset exercise.

Sometime you do need to read those cheesy self-help books, eh? ;-)

Anyways, enjoy OneRepublic's Say (All I Need) music video. I love this song.





Do you know what your fate is?
And are you trying to shake it
You're doing your best and
You're best look
You're praying that you'll make it



Yes, all about 'love' tonight...

xoxo

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I'm not in the mood. Today has been a no-good, very-bad day.

When you think you have it all well-planned and figured out, and then shit happens sending you off kilter. It suck. And I'm tired. Of dealing with this. Why can't I be given a chance to sort it out before it hits the fan?

I couldn't sit for my finals today because of it. I just can't, there wasn't enough time to get from one end of the world to the other within the tight time limit given. Besides after all the drama, I don't even have the energy left in me.

That's another thing. I've dealt with this before. With numerous parties and they're all willing to accommodate and work with you to sort out the problem. As long as you're willing to work with them. As long as they get what they want.

But not this one. OMG, pain in the ass just couldn't cut it. Can't even give me a day to sort it out. It has to be sorted out in 5 hours or I'm doomed.

Thinking about it, it was pure coercion. I was being bullied into submission. But when you're thrown jargons without knowing the circumstances, I wasn't one to risk it. The situation could take a terrible turn.

Sigh.

Times like these is when I just felt like it's not worth it. All of these... troubles... are just not worth it. It's temporary. Meaningless. Why do I have to go through it? All the time. Without even a chance to make it right.

True, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

But I. am. tired.

Worn out. Exhausted. Sapped. Sucked out.

Not just physically and emotionally. My soul is tired.

I wish I could just ...

xoxo

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Things We Should Know About

Ok, I found this in one of those 'Yahoo! Today's Headlines' thingy and I thought I'd keep a copy here for.. you know... future reference. Hehe.

6 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

1. SALMON
    Keeping your skin from looking dry and helping it battle the dangers of excessive sunlight.


2. CARROTS
    Help prevent premature aging from sun damage.


3. AVOCADO
    Help to keep your skin looking vibrant and smooth.
 

4. BEANS (Legumes, to be more precise, that includes black beans, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, and  peanuts.)
    Smoothing out wrinkles.
    Other isoflavone-rich foods: alfalfa, tempeh, tofu.


5. GRAPES
    Improve skin’s elasticity by strengthening collagen.
    Other polyphenol-rich foods: grape juice, blueberries.
 

6. WATER (huh)
    Other water-rich foods: watermelon, peaches, celery.
 
 
xoxo

Friday, August 13, 2010

There are over one hundred and fifty channels. It's called a remote control.

Greetings earthlings.

An incident happened last Tuesday morning involving my cat, Sofy. We can all laugh at it now, but the day when it happened, we were all shocked and worried.

She got herself locked out at the balcony Monday night. I don't know what made her do it, but she jumped over the railings and fell from the seven floor to the ground. I know, right!

Our cleaning lady approached me that morning whilst I was about to leave for work, asking if I've a black cat.  She said sometime after sahur, she heard a loud noise -- like something hard hit the car park roof. She came out to check and saw Sofy on the ground. She wanted to help but the cat just walked away, looking groggy.

Sofy sat at a corner near one of the maintenance door. That's where I found her later when we came back from work, seemed like she didn't move an inch. But nothing's broken. Once she's back into our apartment, it was business as usual. However, she's stopped going outside the balcony :p

From this incident she's earn the title Super Girl from DH.

It has been a busy couple of days. I've just finished two papers -- Islamic Studies on Monday and Written English on Thursday, and thank God it's Friday already! We're sent to Shah Alam (bordering Klang, fml) to take the exams, both half day mornings. I took the liberty to work from home after that on both days. 'Twas fun.

I've another paper to sit next Thursday. For that I'm taking the whole day off because it starts at 2 PM. And then it is the end of my semester. I can start to play. (Not that I've stopped playing before this anyway ;p)

Fasting was a-ok so far. Well, it's only been two days. I've bought food from PaRam but I think I'll start cooking for iftar myself soon. I went to the one in BTR on the first day, wasn't impressed with the offerings. Apparently, most of them have moved to the stadium?

Then the one near where I live failed to impress me, too. There were your usual ayam percik, ikan panggang, nasi berlauk and variety of flavoured drinks and desserts. I'll have to stock up the fridge for the weeks ahead.

Hmm.. what else...

Oh yeah, something landed on my lap last week -- related to work. It started as a pet project of my boss. He wanted us to get involved in it, too. He asked some one to volunteer in getting the ball rolling, thus, I nominated myself :)

It's something to do with Corporate Social Responsibility. I've to come up with a lot of things (suddenly) and for the life of me, I can't seem to come up with any creative idea. Perhaps, I was distracted with finals. Anyhow, I've to create some mission statement or something to be submitted before EBD. Sigh.

xoxo

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The crab that walks too far falls into the pot.

Do you remember reading this entry where I rambled about eating lala with Edward and Jacob? Well, the dinner date happened last Friday -- note: not with the two Twilight hotties (I wish!) but with a couple of my office colleagues.

Chewie suggested we make a trip to this place in Kayu Ara called La La Chong. It's a seafood restaurant. Only four of us went out of nine for this outing. Boss has gone off for his holiday (aka balik kampung) whilst the other two gentlemen are not into seafood.

P came with her hubs whilst E brought her two sons along. I took Mira with me, of course. DH wanted to come but he has to work, so he's kinda bummed about it. Maybe we'll go some other weekend for buka... or after Raya lah. Hehe.

We ordered lots of food. There was lala, tofu soup, steamed catfish, salted eggs crabs, satay, fried calamari and two types of vegetables. It was super scrumptious. I've always wanted to learn how to enjoy crabs properly. Got my fix that night.



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Loved this dish - crab fried with salted eggs. Also, the pucuk paku fried with garlic and tuna flakes *salivating!*

Our next food rendezvous would be to break fast in Lemon Gardens. That'll happen when my boss gets back from his holidays :)

Oh, and Mira was introduced to the wonders of Nintendo DS by E's son. Whenever she remembered about it, she'll ask if she can get one in pink. Sigh.

xoxo

Thursday, August 5, 2010

When the student is ready, the master appears.

At this juncture, a lot of things happened for a reason, I feel.

I started thinking about Mira's education a long time ago. I like to plan. Planning is fun. Hehe. So I thought out 1,001 kind of 'strategies'. This without knowing her strength, weakness and her aspirations. Looking back, our basis aren't that far different, thank God.

At first, I thought I'd like to send her to a chinese school. For no reason other then so she can learn mandarin. I don't particularly like their system, so yes, you can say that's a feeble excuse. Then I worry about who'll be able to tutor her at home because neither of us (the parents) knows chinese.

But that idea was on top of my list for a long time. I also toyed with the idea of sending her to Bintang Utara, but thinking about driving her to school at dawn quickly kills it. I gave in to my laziness with a decision to just register her to the school behind my dad's house.

That was why I enrolled Mira in their pre-school class, thinking it'll be a good transition period for her. But she doesn't like it there, finds it hard to assimilate. I was very worried.

At about the same time, I was offered a new job and suddenly I can see so much clearer!

When I made my decision, the registration window was so narrow. And the registration queue was long. I wasn't sure we'll get in seeing others have started to register their kids a year or two prior. I waited in tenterhooks for the letter to arrive.

The school placement confirmation letter from the Ministry arrived last week.

Next year, Mira will be going here for primary 1:

Convent Bukit Nanas | Source: wikimedia.org

I would have sent her to my old school if it weren't torn down to make way for Pavilion -_- That's where my late mom went to school, and then me and Kim as well. We're the only BBGSians in our families (maternal side). Majority of them went to CBN. Three of her cousins (kalau betul-betul pangkat nieces lah) are still there, too.

An all girls school uols! I don't have to worry about her secondary schooling 6 years down the road either.

She's placed in school 2, eventhough I requested for school 1. At first I thought of submitting an appeal to change it, but decided to just let it be je lah. Nasib baik tak dapat SK Kg Baru ke kan.

Besides, I don't really have a strong case to make an appeal. They're the same school, in the same building, just different Admin office. I can't even use 'I prefer morning school' any more as they're both in the same session.

School 2 it is. I went to confirm our acceptance today over lunch.

So... can I go buy her school uniform now? Hehe!

xoxo

Monday, August 2, 2010

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

I didn't know I was holding my breath, but I actually sighed with relief. I had just met the boss for my probationary assessment. I am happy to say, I am now a confirmed staff. Woot! With flying colours summore. LOL.

Can't believe it's been three months since I joined this new company. Time just flew by. I'm glad, though, that here we're allowed to stop to enjoy the smell of roses. Not that there's no job related stress, but the people here strive to have a good work/life balance with the boss' full support.

Syukur sangat that I was given this opportunity. It came through when I least expected it.

Moving on... I had such a lazy weekend. Really, I shouldn't make this a habit. I stayed mostly in bed for two days! I watched the whole season of Vampire Diaries (I calculated... 18 solid hours wei!) and read all the four books in the original series, too.

I only moved to go pee, eat and... well, that's about it. DH was home so he did every thing else -- like do the laundry, get us meals, entertained Mira, etc. Whilst I had a date with the Salvatore brothers.

Total bliss! ^_^

By Sunday evening, I was in a drunken-like stupor and this morning I woke up with a heavy head. Classic case of over indulgance, huh? Haha!

Ok, back to work. I want to leave six o'clock sharp today.

xoxo


p/s Oh yes, didn't do any exam revision whatsoever. However, if there's any questions about vampires in Malaysian Studies, I definitely can ace it!

Friday, July 30, 2010

One of the things covert operatives have to give up is the idea of a fair fight.

Thank God it's Friday! I'm all pissed with the co sec today. Well, maybe not pissed-angry, but am effing annoyed with them.

They sat on, what seemed like an eternity, a task that they were supposed to have completed sooner -- like before I joined, probably? But now that the shareholders have started hounding, they're all suddenly a-buzzed with actions.

And the best part, they'll send something to me today, want it by tomorrow and then make it like as if I'm sitting on it now with all the emails flurring asking 'oh, have you send it out' or 'we need it soon because you know it's urgent'. Of course, all these correspondences needs to be copied to every one la kan, coz you know, you need to show you've done your part and it is now not your fault it has been delayed.

Fuck la wei.

Example, today just not ten minutes to one, I received an email from one of them with two documents attached, and two people have to sign. I've to prepare a banker's draft for them and with that, they leave a note saying to 'send it to us by Monday'. Ko ingat ko sapa nak mengarah orang macam tu??

Annoying giler!

I can't wait to go home. I am going to complete all the remaining episodes of the Vampire Diaries tonight. If only I'm that dedicated to my exam revisions ;)

xoxo

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

We met and we talked and it was epic.

The Vampire Diaries

Hawt-ness much? Introducing, my newest favourite TV series -- The Vampire Diaries.

While looking for something else to watch other after Glee, I found The Vampire Diaries. At first, I wasn't that keen to get into another vampire stories. I saw the pilot and frankly speaking, it gave me nothing.

Yeah, Damon is cute. Yeah, Stefan is broody. Meh.

But DH saw it (the whole 4 episodes that I have) after watching New Moon and said 'ni baru lah cerita vampire' -- he's comparing it with Twilight ;p

Naturally, that got me intrigued. I watched it over the weekend and now I'm hooked. I need to get to the rest of the episodes, pronto! They've just completed the first season, thankfully, so I can still catch up.

I wonder if I should also sink my teeth into True Blood, too? Hmmm....

xoxo

Monday, July 26, 2010

It helps a little if you think of them as people.

Alice Cullen said that. In Midnight Sun. Not me ;p

But, I've found these hilarious parody videos on YouTube, was first pointed that way by LetterstoTwilight.com.

Good for some laugh. Enjoice! ^_^

The Twilight/True Blood Parody






The one when Batman and Iron Man discuss sequels... the musical. OMG ROTFL!





The one about Harry Potter... Marvel/DC Parody.





Check out "ItsJustSomeRandomGuy" YouTube channel for more Marvel/DC parodies here.

xoxo

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.

This is how I relax at home after a stressing day on the road (traffic jam!), or a long day at work, or after I tutor Mira (keeping cool is very strenuous, ok).

Play Farm Mania 2....

Source: game.softpedia.com

It is really addictive. I've used to have Farm Mania 1, but this is the latest installment.

This is how my farm looks like currently.



I've purchased the game a few months back, actually. I've basically played all the levels in the game. I'm into my second round now.

See those gold stars? When you managed to do all your farming chores and goals within a certain time limit, you'll get an 'expert' gold star. If not, you'll only get the blue ones.



My goal now is to convert all the blues into gold. But it can be such a pain in the arse, that.

Sometimes you've only left with a few seconds to spare before the time's up but still miss perhaps by one second,  because the delivery boy came back later with the money... even after many tries and you've done everything humanly possible. It is very stressful, ok!

The game I'm playing to destress is stressing me out. Ironic, much? Lol!


xoxo

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Math is like love -- a simple idea but it can get complicated.

Yeah. Changed my template. Blogger has more cooler ones now that you can easily change it. Hence... the new template. Hehe. Plus, you don't have to tinker much to add widgets.

Anyway... since Mira went back to her old kindy, she's been really working hard catching up. There's no complain or making faces from her when I ask about homework and she'd willingly take up reading practise.

I am glad to report that she's very happy there and is more confident in herself (as in, banyak songeh dan cakap banyak pulak sekarang ni).

However, she's a problem with math. What's new, it must run in the family. LOL!

They're tackling subtraction now. I think it has been two week since, but to my consternation, Mira still has not grasp the concept. Either that, or she's not trying make sense of it and gave up easily.

My patience is onion skin deep, really. Hence last night while running through her math homework, I snapped and went beserk -_-'

Hopefully, I have not killed her enthusiasm.

I had Google-d for some tips and found a few, plus this YouTube video. Thankfully, there're a lot out there. What would I do without the internets?





Right, need to remember to get a big packet of M&Ms for math revisions tonight ;p

xoxo

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The clouds I can handle. But I can’t fight with an eclipse.

Eclipse was my favourite book in the series, next to Twilight. I don’t quite fancy New Moon much because there isn’t enough Edward it in. Hehe.

So. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie… I actually have seen it twice before this. The first time, I must say I was indignant. Second time, was tolerable. Third time, I was more willing to accept its flaws albeit begrudgingly.

The movie on its own, without looking at specifics, was cool. The problem with me was that I reread the book just before watching it. That’s a major mistake right there. Haven’t I learn anything with my experience from the Harry Potter saga?

Apparently not.

Movies adapted from a book will never be as good. How many times must this be repeated, yes? But I think some things that made a character and story line as a whole, shouldn’t be left out. It is all well and good that they included the major points in the movie, but some of it left me wanting.

There were three parts of the movie that thrown me out of loop, because it wasn’t like that in the book and so out of character. Let’s break it down, shall we.


SPOILERS ALERT. Click after the jump.



Saturday, July 17, 2010

My Stick Family

Found this stick family generator from Wawa's. Showed it to Mira, she 'ooh'-ed and 'ahh'-ed about it. Let her try and voilà!

Our own stick family...




My Stick Family from WiddlyTinks.com



Thanks for putting me in a suit, although I've never worn one in front of her. I wonder if that's how she sees me...

Lol!

xoxo

Friday, July 16, 2010

I’m a pro at weird.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse with the momsies tonight. We're all ready!

Something we planned for the 'premiere' (we're supposed to go the day after it opens...), handmade by our very own crafty Merry, is to wear a 'team'-ed shirt. Here is mine:



I love it! It is so shiny and it... wait for it...



SPARKLES!



Hahahahahaha.

Nong, MC and Lah are all in Jacob's team. Merry & I are in Edward. Mean while, Hn... wants both ;)

Ok, lets get back to work. See y'all laters.

xoxo

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!

Some silly stuff for your entertainment... a chat-convo I had with Chewie, my colleague.

Me: I cannot wait for ur lala dinner thingy!
Me: I dreamt abt it last nite :p
Me: I even dreamt of going on a date with jacob and edward
Me: to ur lala shop
Me: wtf
Chewie: alo, wake up :p
Chewie: jacob and edward you greedy girl!!
Chewie: choose one :p
Me: cannot. for i am bella...
Chewie: hahahahahaha


Yup... it's been a slow day.

Btw, I SO wanna go watch Despicable Me. For Agnes alone. She's so comel, I'm gonna die! Lol.

xoxo

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sunnyside is a place of ruin and despair, ruled by an evil bear who smells of strawberries!

In the office, I am the chairman of fun activities -- which basically means I've to wreck my brain every week with planning something fun for the office. It was ok the first few times, but after the 5th week you kinda lost as to what else is there to do.

Unless of course, when budget is not an issue and you've the sky as the limit on spending. Tee hee.

Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to take the guys out for a movie. There were a few options but as I really wanna see Toy Story 3 the staffs were given a choice between TS3 and Knight & Day -- and the majority chose TS3.

On Thursday all of us went to she the half-past four show.


You guys... if it's not because I was in a public place (and watching the movies with my colleagues, to boot), I would have bawled! But I maintained cool by just sniffling and teared a bit. But my throat was sore for trying to hold back.

It was SO sad. And melancholic. But it's also funny giler -- you laugh just as hard. I love Spanish Buzz. Gosh, it was so good! --the movie I mean :p And we only watched it in 2D.

I think once I get hold of the movie's DVD to watch it at home, preferably alone, I'm going to have a good cathartic cry.

If you're a fan of TS 1 & TS 2, go watch TS 3 on the big screen while you can. There aren't many shows left and I think the days for it to be shown in the cinemas are numbered.

Contain SPOILERS, click after the jump for more.



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Ballerina Princess in action.

Here it is, the full dress rehearsal video I captured last Friday. I only took it using my N82, so pardon the horrible-ness. I didn't know Mira has moved to the other side of the stage, too. I only spotted her a while later.

They also made a small rearrangements to the whole thing on the concert day itself -- like splitting the girls to form 2 rows instead of all in one long one.

Enjoice!





xoxo

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Supercalifragilistic-expialidocious

Firstly...

Germany TRASHED the Argentines four-nil last night and qualified for the semi finals (will be against Spain)! Woooot! It was brilliant, even Klose did his back flip.

Miro back flipping with glee (I'm sure of it!)

My Argentina's fan colleague was so sure her team would win, she actually wrote "(winner)" next to Argentina's name on our World Cup board. After the game I immediately texted her 'Who's your daddy now??', which she replied with 'I'm drowning my sorrows drinking German beer and thinking of taking compassionate leave'. LOL!

'Twas fun. Saw Iggy Singh today -- she's another Argentina's fan, who couldn't understand why her team couldn't even scored a goal. Ah well... ;)

Anyway...

Today we (Iggy Singh and I) attended Mira's charity dance galore. All her hard work these 2-3 months to perform her 5 minutes on stage. But she had fun, we had fun, I'm very proud of her accomplishment, all is well.

Also, the event was fantastic. Nicely and grandly done, the team really went all out even if it was just a charity concert. It was also an opportunity for the kids to showcase their talent and utilise those techniques they've learnt in class.

Well, now my little ballerina can hang her tutu until the next time there's a dance concert. Although in retrospect, we will have to purchase a new costume if there's another concert. Heh.

What should I do with this thing?

Buat menyemak wardrobe je la kan.

xoxo

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Many people use their youth to make their old age miserable.

Merry did some spring cleaning today, and found 'treasures' of which she shared with us in FB.



That was me at sixteen... wtf so selim-melim.

*nanges*

xoxo

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.

Got home late, just about to settle for the night. Took half day leave today to drive Mira to her pre-rehearsal at the hall. We left just after 4pm, luckily because it rained on the way. We only got there at about 5pm!

She's supposed to report herself in at half past five. We had plenty of time to chill before that.

After I've handed her over to the chaperons, I went upstairs to wait. Took the chance to check out the seats that I bought for this Sunday. Not bad... not bad at all. I'm very happy with my choice.

I think, after numerous concert-going occasions, unless it is something that you really need to look up close, seating as high as you can is the best choice. Why? Because you want to be able to see the whole dance formation or routine. If you seat too close to the stage, you may see be able to see your kid but you wont be able to see her dance, right?

So yeah, I like my seats. Can see the whole stage from where I'm at.

After Mira's group has performed, I took her upstairs so we can change her out of her costume. That was about quarter to seven. She wanted to stay for a bit to see the others perform. We ended up staying until nine!



The first to practice was the Pre-primaries. If I remember correctly, they were dancing to Lilo & Stitch. After that there was another class from a different centre before it was Mira's turn.

You can see the higher the grade, the more polish the performance and the kids more organised. Lol.

There were the usual ballet performances, tap dance, modern, salsa and broad way styled. Not only the kids performed, but some of the teachers, too.

Oh, and if you have a son who likes to dance, get him to learn tap dance (if you think ballet is too sissy lah). There were two boys performing together in one of the tap dance routines and they looked so cool!

The show's coming along nicely, I feel. There'll be a full dress rehearsal this Friday evening before the first show on Saturday and then another on Sunday.

I am looking forward to it, actually ^_^

xoxo

Monday, June 28, 2010

Waka Waka Eh Eh!

Miroslav Klose, Merry's favourite German, scored the opening goal against England.

The final score:


Four-freaking goals! Germany's going to the Quarter Finals, bay-beh. My 2 bosses must be rightly pissed.

I wonder if I have a job to go to tomorrow ;-)

TV1's showing the delayed telecast now. I find it very amusing to see them commenting like as if England's gonna win this when *we all* already know what's the score like. And talking about the 'non-goal' by Lampard. Lol.

But. It's fun to watch the match again.

Anyway, I'll try to catch ARG vs MEX later... if I'm not too sleepy lah. Need to know who's Germany facing next and what's the competition like, ya' know. Hehe.

xoxo

Friday, June 25, 2010

In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team.

You can't find it in this blog, but when I admin my own a few years back I followed the 2006 World Cup. I had never bothered but that year I thought it would be fun to participate.

I don't even have a team to support. I did my review while watching the group games and fell in love with Germany ever since.

Ada Michael Ballack yang hensem was an added bonus. Hehe. (However, this year he's not in the team due to some injuries.)

To make it more interesting, my two bosses are fans of England. When my team made it to the Round of 16 and now will be facing England... mayhem ensues. Lol.

So....

GERMANY BETTER NOT LOSE AGAINST ENGLAND THIS SUNDAY!!!

xoxo

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bad day...

I managed to get sick. Boss sent me home to take a rest. I think I was only in the office for two hours today. Dunno if I can come in tomorrow because as I am writing this, I think the fever has made an appearance. Sigh.

I shall persevere (to get better before dawn)!

The weather was so hot and dry over the weekend, I know I shouldn't but I succumbed to the temptation of having very cold things to cool down.  Like iced cold Coke, a large root beer float, waffles with ice cream, etc.

Mira had double classes so early in the morning and then I had to drive out to Taman Segar for Booboo's food. There are two pet stores there but the traffic, OMG! was horrendous. Just over the few strips of road. Entah apa-apa!

I even managed to get my car scratched by another. Tak sempat-sempat nak jalan. I couldn't even stop by the road side or park my car. On Sunday (Booboo direly in need of his pallets; gave him apples, alfalfa, carrots -- makan tak kenyang je), I suddenly thought of the pet store in Connaught CMC where I bought him from.

And viola! they have it on sale. Booboo only take specific brands of pallets ok, that's why I had to scout for it. Small pet shops normally doesn't carry it. I usually bought it from Pets Wonderland.

So now I'm paying for my bad judgement. Have been sneezing numerous times since Sunday. It now has some what stopped because the cold has arrived. I hate getting sick :(

To make things worst, I am having the heaviest period of my life! Like, really heavy punya ni. I've to resort to the maxi ones and I have to use 2 at one time. Even with that I've to change every hour, if not it'll leak.

FML.

To the max!

Ok, I'm going to swallow a few pills and sleep.

xoxo

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Movie Night: Sex and the City 2

The much awaited movie finally arrived at our shores! We've been planning to watch this together for ages. As soon as we know the movie schedules for Friday, we quickly make all our decisions.

We went to KLCC because Pavilion hasn't any show that starts at 8-ish (unless you wanna fork out moolah for Gold Class). We had dinner before that and it was good catching up and sharing life stories over dim sum :)

By 'we' I meant Nong, MC, Lah and me. Merry bailed out on us to support her World Cup team smh.



The movie was fun and hilarious! We laughed all the way through. And we had a bunch of sporting folks in the same cinema that added to the fun experience we had. I mean, they get ALL the jokes. LOL.

Oh, and Liza Minnelli singing Single Ladies?



So full of WIN uols! I felt like clapping at the end of it. It also makes me wanna learn the steps seriously now. Hahaha.

I find the movie very enjoyable to watch, especially with your girlfriends. So really, what the bad reviewers and reviews were all about?

Next stop... ECLIPSE! ^_^

xoxo