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!