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 ;-)


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.


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


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.