Friday, December 28, 2007

2007 in Retrospect … Closure.

I was looking back at all my posts from January until today and I am quite impressed with the amount of articles I've posted and pictures I've shot. I have to take this opportunity to thank you all for keep coming back. I can't promise much if I could keep up next year but as for now, I know I will not be stopping blogging so soon. Perhaps, there will be a big change coming your way sometime mid-year or earlier.

Few posts before this (part I), I was reminiscing all that had taken place on Jan and Feb of 2007. I have another 10 more months to reminisce and all that has to be done within the next 3 days before the year 2008 embraces us with an Earthy Rat – ok, technically, that's not true until CNY and yes, there are actually another 5 more days to 2008 but I won't have the time to blog when after the 29th… So. No monthly reminiscing.

On the hindsight, I have always wanted and salivated for a Nikon DSLR (I'm not going over the "Why Nikon not Canon" and the whole literature on which is better) way back in 2006 and most recently, in April 07. I didn't have to wait too long (thankfully) and acquired it in June 07. The secret is, "You have to believe" was what I have been told. Believe I did and worked hard I did, too. And I must say that was one of the happiest moments of 2007. The other is having to complete the ID for a cafe from ID work to consultation to graphic designs and even assisting them in teaching the staff on customer service (with ad assistance of cos :) ). Also recently did up a salon.... Not bad for a year, really.

Turning 30 this year was another turning point for me. First, there was the denial, then anger then depression … Ok, ok, nothing that serious. It was really more psychological than it is an age thing. I supposed I've learned to accept it and embrace it. I've to say, I am proud to be 30 and yes, the next couple of years will be a kick-ass-year for me. I am super excited.

New Year resolutions, I haven't exactly thought much of it. Maybe, instead of terming it as Resolutions, I'll call it Goals. Before setting my goals, I have a few closures for the year of 2007: -

  1. I am not switching gym – I still enjoy working out at Fitness First. Seriously.
  2. I am not buying Viewty because I still fancy the "Minority Report" inspired iPhone. Yes, I eat my own words.
  3. I am not giving up Lomography. Watch out.
  4. I am not giving up my dreams
  5. I am not changing my car contrary to popular "beliefs"
  6. I am not changing my religion
  7. I am not going to tolerate lies
  8. I am not going to tolerate superficial divas
  9. I am not slacking
  10. I am not obese :)


Here is a presentation in pictures (some pics are missing from here) …




Meantime, wishing everyone a Fantastic 2008! Keep rocking...



Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Joyous Christmas

Yearly Christmas party that almost didn't get to go. The girls kept the spirit going and had organized the party well much thanks to Janice and family. Great food, great host and most of all, she made it work.

Some pictures from last night.


Gift exchanged put a lot of smiles on everyone faces.


Group photo shot by Missy V


Jasmine, Janice (host) & missy V


"Hello, gorgeous! Woof" Elvis & missy V



That STUPID NINJA GAME. Me, Eve & Serina doing her version of the "Crane"


Janice, Jamie & Nick



We're pretty pleased with our gifts. Esp moi


Mini sausages. Dont ask.



Jump attempt #108!



"It's me and Elvis again!"


Juwene, me and Jasmine more ...



Xmas Eve's eve also Mom's Bday


My nieces & nephews who drove all of us nuts that night. The pics tell a thousand words.


















Wishin' all my readers and friends a joyous Christmast!


xoxo


Sunday, December 23, 2007

its getting itchy...

i think i may switch my blog to another webblog. i'm bored using blogspot although i still fancy much my blog address. how? its an itch. me and my fickle mind and itchy bum.

maybe it is cos im attracted to the other webblog's themes. blogger's themes are oh-so-borring. how? does anyone know if i parked my blog at the new webblog, can i still retain my blogspot address?

or, or i have an alternative photoblog? hmm...

damn itchy.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Chi-Wa-Wa

So I was playing catching up with my niece and nephews some one week back. We were discussing the boys trip to Hokaido – yes, HOKAIDO as in JAPAN! Jealous much but yeah *shrugs* - and what gifts they have to get me upon returning. If you remember correctly, they are 10yo and 7yo respectively.

Me: "Boys, I heard you guys are going to Hokaido, huh? Do you know where it is?"

Patrick the oldest one replied, "Of cos! It's JAPAN, dude!"

I rolled my eyes and said, "O-K, Mr. Smarty Pants. Are you looking forward to it, then?"

Pat: "No lah. I don't know what's there. Last time we went to Tokyo, it was bo-ring. So much walking to do." (Tour, that's why)

The youngest boy, Shawn chipped in, "YEAhh. So boring."

{Tokyo? Boring? I think adrienz will keel over and die now. Sorry adrienz J}

Me: "Right. But unlike you two, many of us do not get to travel as much they get to, you know. You should feel blessed."

Silent ensued. I guess they do not know what to say until I broke the silence, "Anyway, so what are you boys getting me from HO-KA-I-DO!"

Pat whimpered, "Urghh… I don't know. Fish?"

Me: "Ha, ha! Ok I want Hello Kitty."

Shawn laughed and said, "You like HELLO KITTY?" But it's for girls!"

Hahaha… we all laughed.

Me: "Ok, maybe a Chihuahua. "

"CHIHUAHUA?" Pat looked at me puzzled and wrinkled up his nose.

"Yeah, what is chi-wa-wa?" asked Shawn.

"Oh I know! It's some monkey flower. Monkey monster flower!" Pat said eagerly.

"No, no! It's chicken flower flower!" chipped in the unusually quiet niece, Janice.

I couldn't help but laughed out loud. Pat and Shawn were lost.

"I think she meant CHI being the chicken and HUA-HUA being the FLOWER in Mandarin."

The boys burst out laughing till tears came out. As for me, I was trying to imagine a Chicken with flowers all over.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Almost A Bad Day

It doesn't count, I know. But it was bad enough to stress me out for the 4 hours or so when my precious wallet of 4 years was missing.

It all started right after gym and lunch at a local fav. chinese restaurant in Bangsar - favorite because I like the pan mee stall which I patronised much back when I was still with my previous company. After finishing my delicious pan mee, I very quickly left the place to start my journey to Putrajaya to see a client. My missing wallet, of cos, went unnoticed until I was at the first toll plaza.

That was when I started to panic. It was embarassing enough that I took FOREVER to pay RM1.60. I searched for a good 5 minutes - alas, it was not in the car. What was perculiar was the cars behind me were pretty patient. Malaysian drivers, I tell you. Anyways, I had to parked up my car and continue to search - this time, for money! Thank God for loose change, it saved the embarassment and of cos, my life. I was so demotivated to proceed after discovering my missing wallet cos EVERYTHING was in my wallet it is like missing a part of me. Worst fear is that I had to go thru license and ID card applications when in less than two weeks I will be traveling. But, I told myself I had to get it done even though my gas was running low. All THAT had to happened when I lost my wallet with my credit cards and money in it.

After meeting the client, I asked if they could borrow some money to me.

Ok, ok, seriously, I was kidding. I took chances and continued my journey back to KL half of the time I prayed that my fuel would last me till when I see Ad. Seeing Ad was plan B. Had to scrap plan A when the noon traffic in KL was chock-a-block - that didn't help but further aggravated me, of cos.

Of cos, seeing Ad was a relieved and having him saving me was inexplicable - I will save the mushy stuff :) When I returned to the chinese shop, I walked right straight to the counter next to where the bar is. I asked if they've seen a wallet and the lady boss checked for authenticity and boy, I was so relieved to see it. You have no idea. I had to thank the other lady who've picked it up for me and when I did that, I felt like a boy who've done something bad and profusely apologising for my mistake. Daft.

This consequently will teach me a lesson or two - not to be so forgetful and believe to always do good cos it will come back to you.

Monday, December 17, 2007

AIDS : Still Positive?

I had just watched the latest episode of Project Runway S#4 - spoiler ahead. Jack, the HIV+ contestant for 17 years had to quit because he had a nasty infection on his upper lips. He was unwilling to quit cos he came a long way but doctor advised he needed a more serious treatment for the infection.

Left with not much option, he quit, completely devastated. The departure was very emotional especially to all the other designers. Inadvertently, it affected the morale of the designers at the set. Of cos, I was sad to see him leave because you could tell he really wants it, badly. Besides, he is also one of the better designers.

Just how many of us are aware that 1st of December is World AIDS Day? How many articles or events were organised on 1st December 2007? A writer from The Star pointed out that our country had completely missed the date, hence, the lack of articles, events, were contributed to that day.

Today, an article on The Star newspaper caught my attention. Two very young youths who in addition to participating in the fun of the Starwalk over the weekend in Penang, they walked the walk carrying placards around their neck that say, "I am HIV positive. Walk with us” and “My kawan (friend) with HIV/AIDS is still my kawan”, to grab the other walkers’ attention."

It was a very clever move to raise HIV/AIDS awareness at a much publicised event and more so that it is carried out by two very healthy teenagers who do not have any agenda but to hope that the public and the government will pay more attention AIDS/HIV+ infected people including kids.

Walk for AIDS awareness

PENANG: Starwalk means different things to different people. To a couple of teenagers, it is a platform to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.

Youth Advisory Centre (YAC) president Oh Chin Eng, 19, and his Starwalk partner Nur Faizah J. Jayakumar, 17, were just like any other fun-loving teenagers, except they were wearing placards bearing HIV/AIDS messages throughout the walk.

Although they do not have the virus, they were willing to carry messages like “I am HIV positive. Walk with us” and “My kawan (friend) with HIV/AIDS is still my kawan”, to grab the other walkers’ attention.

Oh said the purpose of their walk was to stop discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and to raise public awareness on the disease.

“It is a very common illness but many are still ignorant about it and respond negatively towards people living with the disease.

“We came across a man who said that as long as people did not come into contact with those with HIV/AIDS, they would be fine.

“But there were some young people supportive of us and offered us advice. They thought we had HIV/AIDS, which we do not,” he said.

He said they had been hoping that people would be drawn to their cause and join them in the walk, but were disappointed that the older generation did not respond positively.

.........

I truly applaud the two youth for their courage and selfless attitude.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Ending (Part 3)

8. Macy Gray's Finally Made Me Happy. This song deserves more spinning on the radio.




9. One Republic's Apologize feat. Timbaland. Great collabo. Great Song. Deserves a Grammy nom.




10. Mary J Blige's Just Fine. No more drama, that's just fine :)




11. Amy Winehouse's Tears Dry On Their Own. I like this a lot more than Rehab to' Rehab is still a great song that I hope she wins at least a Grammy next year.




12. Mark Ronson's Valerie. feat. Amy Winehouse. I love this song. I love, I love, I love.




13. Feist's 1,2,3,4. Nice. Very nice.



14. Lily Allen's Littlest Things. Did not appreciate her song much intially but I've grown to like her better.





15. & 16. Robyn's Konichiwa's Bitches & Handle Me. She returned looking slightly more matured and made pop darker and sometimes disturbing. Love all them videos. Just look at Konichiwa Bitches.






17. & 18. Robin Thicke's Lost Without You & Can You Believe. Smoooooooth operator.






2 more to go...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

2007 In Retrospect (I)

The year is coming to an end. Hurray? Ad asked me what have I achieved the past 11 months or so few nights before and I turned to him and said, "I think I want to sleep now than thinking of what I have achieved in 2007". So, I slept it off. But not for long, of course, which in turn, made me blog this.

I read with much admiration the interviewed NST did with Dato' Tony Fernandez of Air Asia fame yesterday. Who is Dato' Tony Fernandez? You have got to be kidding me. Anyways, I admire him for having dreams and I admire him for his tenacity and his strong will to fight. The year ended with a big bang with Air Asia winning the coveted "Airline of The Year Award" by CAPA. The other person that I've recently idolized is Tan Sri Gnanalingam who was not born with a Silver Spoon but worked very hard to be where he is today. Since the winning he received from Malay Mail crossword puzzle, there was no turning back for him.

To really sum it all, I think 2007 has been a very busy year for me. Looking back 2007 in retrospect…


JANUARY



We celebrated the new year at the Curve cos we were opened for business at the weekend market. We, then, headed back home and feasted on a lot of FOOD! Glorious food, I still remember. It was pretty fun. The following day, we drove to Kuala Selangor for more food! This time, it was seafood. This year, well, we will be celebrating 2008 with a big bang *grin*


Yes, EAT ME!


"We are FABULOUS!"



Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actress for her singing role in Dreamgirls at the Oscar and Golden Globe. We've gotten an aquarium and started "PROJECT AQUARIUM". Of cos, ALL the fish had RIP, and have recently acquired a few new ones – don't ask me how they die they just did. Business at the ABC weekend bazaar was flourishing and made a few friends. To reminisce, I still like the "old" ABC market much cos I guess that was where we started it all.

A girl in Kelantan (or is it Terrengganu?) claimed that gem stones grew from her toe! I wonder what happened to her now. Probably wearing them gemstones on her ears or something. Eew.



FEBRUARY

Bangkok, here we come! With a few friends, we shopped till we dropped. It was a very fun trip but I'm sure the upcoming one will be a blast J



The month where TV shows from US of A took off, especially the sensational "Heroes" and the uproariously funny, "Ugly Betty". Well, we started loving them much then.


Muse bags new range took off and we had some CNY d├ęcor on our display. The sales was the best ever. Hmm that got me thinking. Japan discovered two species of pre-historic sharks, known as Goblin shark and Frill shark. Damn scary looking.



America Idol fever… my predictions didn't come through but I am truly happy for Ms. Jordin Sparks and her "Tattoo".








We went to Malacca for a day trip during CNY holiday and took some pretty funky pictures.



To be continued…

Friday, December 7, 2007

Viewtilicious

I'd said that I will wait for Sony Ericsson's W960i some weeks back and guess what? The wait is apparently over. I have just received an email from SE that the phone has arrived. When I called up the nearest SE shop in town, the girl replied:

"Notchet come out".

"When will it be released then?"

"I also dunno. But Mister, waitaminute."

Some 1 minute later, she came back to the phone and said, "Next year maybe."

NEXT YEAR? But I've got an email from Sony Ericsson telling me it has been released? Ah, forget it. I am not arguing with her. It's pointless. I will find out soon, I suppose.

I've sidetracked my attention to other phones, as usual. That is just typically me, the kiasu consumer who likes to check out other options. The brand spanking new LG's U990 Viewty phone. VIEWTY, as in QWERTY? Duh. Its kinda like the Prada phone predecessor.







This baby is packed with 5MP camera, Xenon camera flash - those used on Canon digicam - and it shoots 120fps for video recording. These are some really obscene features that I dig besides the touch screen function and the supercool image browsing and video recording feature. Sure, iPhone is cool and all that but it hasn't reached out shore just yet and it has got the coveted BEST GADGET of the year on Times magazine recently. But, seriously, when is it arriving and if it does, will it be the same as the US version? By then, it has become obsolete ... 2MP? No Wifi or 3G?

The other telco honchos are quick in cashing in the cows, of course. Afterall, Asia is the biggest market for mobile phones. So, I guess LG released this black beauty and totally pique my curiosity - honestly, when someone mentioned an LG phone before Prada phone, I'd cringe. Now there is one problem. How much exactly is it retailing at? I must go to the nearest LG phone reseller, urm...



To be continued...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Happy Ending (Part 2)

Favourite 2007 Songs continued. Let the music play...

4. Rihanna's Please Don't Stop the Music. EXACTLY. Hot. She's definitely the reigning music diva of 2007.




5. Maroon 5's Won't Go Home without You ... Mmm. Me too, Adam Levine. Hehehe.




6. Maroon 5's Makes me Wonder, sorta cos I still haven't got sick of this song. Another gem.




7. Daughtry's Over You ... the-supposed-American-Idol. Whatever it is, he rocks.




To be continued ...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Art imitates Life

I had a bad day.

No, the day didn't start off having me breaking my bones in the morning. Nor, did I quarrel with Ad. In fact, the morning kicked off pretty fine with us having our breakfast at our regular place near home. It was nice cos we both appreciate moments like this.

In retrospect, it started with me having a strange pain in my abdomen. In the wee hours of the night causing me getting up to poop pop some gastric pills. That did help but not much cos the uncomfortable feeling carried on till morning. I shall spare you guys the erm, loo details :) I managed to make it to the office in one piece, nonetheless. The morning went off with me checking on emails, catching up with my staff and looking at what is coming up in the next couple of days. It was, in fact, a pretty peaceful day at work except...

Wait. I did walk quite a fair bit to the friggin' car park management office which is located in the basement - pretty scary considering I was carrying quite a bit of moolah with me to pay for the season car park. And, of cos, me wanting to save on alteration cost after having shopped at Zara. Hehe...

Still not too bad, right?

Yeah, so there was nothing seem out of the ordinary stood out until when I got to the Curve to gym. I fucking forgot my gym shoes and to make matter worse, I fucking could not withdraw any money from the ATM! WHY? I had exceeded the amount for the fucking day! (It was a new bank account and I havent got the time to amend the "configuration"). So with only a few bucks with me and no gym shoes, I went home rather distraught and angry with myself for being so foolish.

Fine. I thought I should order in McDonald's since that was easy and I called before I got home. The trip back home took longer than the delivery and the guy was a little peeved with me having waited for more than 10 minutes outside my house. He left and told me to call him once I am home again. I felt like shit.

I got home and saw a note on the floor. A red A4 size note with the content facing down.

"Damn! They produced red card now? Blacklisting me from ordering?" I thought. I was wrong when I found out it was from TNB - yes, my electricity got cut off. For how much?

RM167.50.

You have no idea how angry I was but I was more humiliated for having the McD delivery person waited for me. He arrived shortly after and I apologised profusely and tipped him, too; well, whatever I could dig from the house. Thank God for coins and loose RM1 notes.

Oh in case you're wondering how I get to blog, well, I drove out to the nearest Starbucks and started to go online. I got bored looking into the darkness in the entire house. I pity my little fishes in the aquarium. And, believe you me, I fucking hate TNB.

Well I guess the old adage, "Everything happens for a reason" is quite right. At the cafe, I'd discovered Marina Musa (http://mrana.typepad.com/bitbybit) and her art. There is something about her art that makes it so ... special. It speaks directly to me, the emotional depth of each piece is really mind bogging.







At least I'm quite happy now ...

Friday, November 30, 2007

memememememememememememememee...

8 Things I'm passionate about:


  1. Working out/Sports ... yes, yes, I do not do sports, yet. But I will one day pick up tennis, golf or kickboxing.

  2. Interior Design magazines

  3. Fashion magazines

  4. PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!!

  5. Hot & talented people :)

  6. Money

  7. Travelling


8 Things I want to do before I die:


  1. To travel ALL over the world! Cuba, Moscow, Ukraine, Mongolia, Samoa...

  2. To dance naked in Ibiza

  3. To dance naked in Rio de Janeiro

  4. To dance naked in Eiffel Tower

  5. To look super hot when I'm 40

  6. To sponsored a few kids in UN

  7. To dance naked in Cuba

  8. To be known for what I do

8 Things I say often:


  1. Fuck

  2. Fucker

  3. Fucking hell

  4. Fuck off

  5. Fuck you

  6. Fuck fuck fuck!

  7. Fuck your mother!

  8. Go fuck yourself!

You asked.


8 Songs I can listen to over and over:



  1. Nina Simone

  2. Ella Fitzgerald

  3. Grey's Anatomy unofficial OST

  4. Alanis Morissette's first EP

  5. Mika's first EP

  6. Classical Music esp Baroque

  7. Buddha Bar (all collections) or Hotel Costes 9

  8. Faye Wong


8 Books I've read recently:


Fuck. How recent is recent? I'm sorry I think the last I read a book was a couple of months ago and I think it is called "Rules of Management" by some author and some Photography book. Yes, I intend to pick up reading again starting with 'The Gift of Rain" or "The Kite Runner" tho' I could watch the movie version for the latter.


8 Things that attracts me to my best friends:


  1. Funny

  2. Stylish

  3. Creative

  4. Ambitious

  5. Unpretentious

  6. Good manners

  7. Unassuming

  8. Adventurous

8 Persons who should totally do this meme:


I'd like to skip this and add one of my own instead.


1 Thing every Malaysians should not do:



  1. Throw fucking rubbish out of the window while driving (or not driving but still in a car!)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Truly, madly, Fitness

I have been a very loyal gym member with a local gym club for, 4 years now? Never had I thought of switching club when all the other new gym clubs opened its doors all over Klang Valley like mushrooms after the rain. There are the Yoga fitness centre, the Gold Club, the California club, the Disco club ... oops, I mean, celebrity club and yeah, you get the drift.

Basically, when a new club opened its door to the public, they’d screamed ‘bigger space’, ‘better facilities’ and ‘much more studios to accommodate the "usually crowded small gym" all across Klang Valley.’

I didn't buy it. Tho' I must admit I was a little curious. Still, I did not attempt to get a free pass to check out other gyms cos I simply like my fitness first in my regular gym. Besides, I like that I get to visit all the clubs all over Klang Valley whenever and whichever I like – but, seriously, I only patronize the PJ outlets J

So, I switched job 2 months ago and yes, near where I work, they are opening another larger than life gym. Of course, I am tempted by the convenience which prompted me to take the free pass and checked out the PJ outlet 2 days back. A young, fresh face “Fitness Consultant” came quickly and attended to me.

FC: Hi! I am Vince. How are you ah today? (in Cantonese)

Me: I am good. Thank you.

FC: So you want to try out our gym. You do fitness?

Me: Yes, of course. In fact, I am a member of * club* for 4 years now.

FC: Wow! Really ah? *He nodded profoundly* So, what is your fitness goal ah?

FITNESS GOALS? Gee, that totally caught me off guard. I tried to think of something intelligent and said,

I simply want to work out to stay sane. (It’s true!)

Not at all intelligent cos Mr. Fresh face gave me a puzzle look.

Me: Yes, I am very stressed out at work and I need to work out to have a fresh mind. You know, the whole Body, Mind and Soul thing?

FC: So you want to lose weight?

Fuck.

Me: Yes, I feel like John Travolta in Hair Spray, you know.

FC: Err…. Ok. He totally missed the punchline.

Mr. Fresh face proceeds to ask the usual questions i.e. how often do I go to the gym (3 times at least). Do I want to look fit, tone up etc? (No, I wanna continue to look like John Travolta from Hair Spray).

And he proceeded to show me around the gym where I was mostly checking out the interior design of the place more than I checked out the fitness machines or how massive the place is – FYI, they did not stinge in doing up the place. Good quality stuff ; I was quite impressed.

After the tour, we got to the best part of the club. The “infinity pool” and spa on level 4.

Could I dive into the pool now and swim a few laps. And after that, could you get me a glass of martini. Dry?

Of course, that was just my imagination. I didn’t want to scare Mr. Fresh face off. Besides, he obviously doesn’t have a funny bone in him. So, I just smiled with approval. Later back in level 1, he went to seek for a Personal Instructor to measure my total fat in my body, blood pressure and heart rate.

Total Fat: 24.1%.
Percentage more than 24% is considered, gulp, OBESE! And, I’m fucking OBESE! By 0.1%!!!! NOW, I do feel like John Travolta in Hair Spray :(

Blood Pressure: Normal

Resting Heart Rate: 55

“Wow, you are … very fit! Do you do sports?” asked the PT.

“Nope. Just gym.” I replied smugly.

“Very good lah. Now we can start with our first PT session.

The one hour PT session was OK followed up by another 30 mins chilling out at the “infinity pool” at the “roof top”.

Ah. Now, that was pure joy. I could sit there entire day reading a book, trust me.

I must say at the end of the day, I was very pleased with the service and especially the facilities. I might just switch.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Strange Sunday

It is a strange Sunday.

I got into the city, and I thought I was in Mumbai. No offence, really. I got a bit exciting, my adrenaline was rushing and the first thought that came into my head was....

I don't have to work! Cos the road is closed!

No. Ok, not that but...

Damn, where is my camera when I needed it!

Every photog would love to be there esp. if there are the hardcore ones. I would do it if I've got my telephoto (some day).
......

Friday, November 23, 2007

TVLAND

Of cos I was not in The Amazing Race Asia season 2 (TARA2). Hmmph... a little peeved cos we were not called up for audition; but, we will apply again for season 3. Anyways, we did not stop ourselves from watching season 2 simply because there are a few good looking teams from the Philipines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia - yeah, we love the Chong's sisters! ( Vince Chong's biological sisters, I heard - correct me if I'm wrong). How not to love when they chowed down all 8 of the disgusting embryo duck eggs within minutes in Philipines that I heard it is pretty darn nasty. Urgh...

I also like the Thai girls as well and no, erase all the visuals you'd just have of the Thai masseurs in Thailand or the go-go girls dancing on the polls. These two speaks well, fun and quite hot. So this season will be pretty exciting to say the least esp. when we have a ahem, a "gym buddy" couple from Singapore.

The Fall season over in the US of A introduced to us a lot of new tv series some of which took off pretty well especially The Gossip Girls - hot casts, too, I tell ya. I have picked up the show, Pushing Daisies, instead. The pilot, Pie Hole, is so ... quirky. I'm liking it a lot. Cute casts (hehehe), I like Ned's (Lee Pace) "super-cute-power" and how the whole show is kinda like Edward Scissorhands meet The Adam's Family. Very addictive and it leaves a quirky warm feelings.



Want some Strawberries pie?



Of course, there is your regular Grey's Anatomy (so-so), Ugly Betty (sooo darn funny after the aw-so-darn-cheesy episode one), ANTM 9 (they're going to Shanghai yo!), and of cos, Project Runway 4! Finally!

Plenty of gay guys, lots of dramas I foresee and the competition will be very stiff especially since most of the contestants have very strong background in fashion. This is going to be one damn good season, I'd say. Haven't got a fav just yet; maybe, the kooky yoga-loving Elisa (I'm not sure how long she can stay but she is pretty good at what she does just that she has to not try so hard).

Stay tune.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Ending (Part I)

It is closing to the year end. The retailiers are busy prepping their store with Xmas ornaments, like, yours truly (which I truly enjoy doing; seriously). In retrospect, 2007 (up till today) has been a hell of a busy year.

I am closing the year by counting down "My Favourite 2007 Year-End Songs".

1. Colbie Caillat's Bubbly .... So. Ahhhhhhhhh........ I need a holiday. LOL. I hope she doesnt become too popular. Sincerely.



2. Mika's Happy Ending .... Love him for being so eccentric, so creative - both in music and everything he does; and he rocked Munich recently at the EMA performing another fav "Grace Kelly". And if he is gay or not, oh who cares. Focus on what he does best, people.



3. Nicole Scherzinger's "Whatever You Like"...Yeah hot number.



To be continued...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pose, pose, poser

Everytime I'm given a new project or assignment, I will get all excited and nervous. New project means new challenges which means more stress - that, rather strangely, I'd usually get a kick out of it (to a certain extent).


So when a friend approached me to do a photo shoot for him, I was like, "YAY! Finally a volunteer but on the other hand I went like..."



The thing is I’m not even good at portrait, yet; But since it is an experimental, I think I will go ahead and do something whacky. Or, something like what Hedi Slimane did.

















Ironically, I did a photo shoot of myself just yesterday; involuntarily. The photograhers were very professional complete with honey-combs and "umbrellas" and of course, his ever so reliable cameras and Mac Book Pro. For that 15 minutes, I felt like a "star" but it wasn't easy. I wish I was behind the camera giving instructions, instead. Hehehe... We'll see if I get to keep some of the pics.

Meantime, I will have to pay a visit at my fav. 2nd hand or rather out-dated magazine stores in Amcorp Mall pretty soon.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

11th & Us

The story began all the way back to three years ago at Pizza Uno,


A young fresh OZ undergrad had mistakenly walked to a lady's car,
(instead of mine)
I gawked inside my car smirking at your foolishness.
And, believe you me it was a classic moment :)
That seems just like yesterday.

Your relentless optimism,
Imbued me with a sense of hope and a drive to do more;
Your selfless personality,
And caring nature never failed to disappoint me;
(in more times than I could imagine)

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of November,
I'm wishing that our lives will continue to grow;
Continue to have more "classic moments",
Continue to have more laughters
And to continue a journey
That you and I could one day be very well proud of.

Happy Birthday, B.


ps: Sorry its slightly way past 12am now. But tomorrow we can start baking! Yay! Oh my lousy attempt to be erm, poetic :P

Friday, November 9, 2007

Who wants to be a "Millionaire"?

When was the last time you've played Monopoly? Yesterday? Last week? A decade ago? Ok I am not surprised at all if it was a decade ago.

For me, it was at least 3 - 4 years ago. Then, I was playing the good old fashion Monopoly (boardgame) and if I remember it correctly, it was a Taiwan or Hong Kong version that comes with "monopoly monies". Fully laminated. No, they did not have a limited edition for that, it's just that my good friend, C, laminated all her monopoly monies simply because she is quite anal retentive. In a good way. Seriously cos at that time of our discovery, we were quite quite pleased with what she did cos the "monies" didn't stink nor crumpled up like salted vegetables. There were plenty of editions out there ie Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Hong Kong, Malaysia, to name just a few.

Yesterday, however, I've discovered a brand new (to my knowledge-lah) Monopoly known as the "The Here & Now Edition" (UK edition) that uses "Electronic Banking Machine and Bank Card".



Yes. You've read it. Each player will be given a "Bank Card that has a value of 15,000mil pound." 15,000 friggin' million a much higher stake and of cos, with that value given, the property prices is in the range of 1mil to 3mil pound. There is also an "Eletronic Banking Machine" that automatically reloads your money or um, unload them when you made a purchase.





How cool is that right? Or, am I err, so darn outdated with boardgames that this is nothing new? Sigh.



Anyways, if you're wondering if I actually made a purchase of the said boardgame, I did not. My 8 yo nephew owns it. The kids these days deal with more "eletronic gadgets" than their aunties and uncles. Including me. Oh and just so you know, he gets to chat on MSN, too.

The 9th day of November

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Franklin P. Jones

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Picture Perfect?



I just did a PICTURE PERSONALITY test over at Facebook and the result amuses me. It is grouped into four different categories: -

Temperament
Cosmopolitan
When you wake up in the morning, you set out to impress and to make a lasting impression on those who you encounter. Hmm quite true. You surround yourself with all the right people and right things - making you a real trendsetter. I'd like to believe that, yes. Others admire and want to be just like you. Yes. Second best will not do - it's the best (and only the best) for you. MAYbe. You are attentive to detail in yourself, your surroundings and your social circle. Err..

Interests
Thrill Seeker
You are interested in anything that is exciting and pleasurable. YES! YES! You're not afraid to indulge yourself sometimes, overindulged! - you live by your own set of rules and don't allow yourself to get hung on what others think. For the most part, you are independent and do whatever you please to do. Trying to stop you from doing something only makes you want it even more- This is DARN true! At the end of the day - you live for life's most thrilling moments.

Amusement
Adventurous
It's a good thing that you are filled with energy and ambitions (that others sometimes find exhausting) because you're continually looking for a new adventure and exciting experience. You struggle with a continual feeling of restlessness which constantly pushes you to the next level of excitement. Once you have accomplished one thing, you are eager to accomplish something more exciting, riskier and distinguishable. Quite (uncannily) true!

Passion
Physical
You are a cuddle bug - from a warm hug shared with your best friend to steamy sex with your partner, you enjoy every bit of human contact that you can get. You demonstrate your love for others most fluidly through physical one-on-one contact and you feel the most loved when you are being touched. You feel disconnected when you are physically isolated from others. You're a people person and a lover of all things human. Um, no comment. Hehehe.....


7th of November

Our DIFFERENCES :)

I had chicken rice at the uptown place just now. I think I might have gotten stomach upset. Luckily, I did not finish everything. Otherwise, I would've gotten diarrhea.

Are you listening?

Mmm hmmm. (Continue with my blogging)


I've been talking for the past 5 minutes.

Yeah, I heard you. But, you are OK, right?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Tea break, machas & an experiment







Whoi macha! Can take my picture?

These guys were so drawn by my camera than taking order from me when I sat down at this restaurant somewhere in PJ (must try the banana leaves rice if u like indian food).

"How much?" the older waiter asked.

"Erm, what how much?"

"That one," he pointed at my camera.

I didn't know how to answer to that question and IF I were to tell him the actual price will I be the next target of one of the murder cases on the newspaper? Then I thought, OK, I will say...

"Five hundred."

"FIVE HUNDRED?!"

They spoke amongst themselves in Tamil. One of them shook his head while another one was seen approaching me.

"Take picture." He demanded.

Sure. I love a model who likes to pose for me.







Whilst waiting for my pull tea, I shot some experimental shots. And then some at home. Need to practice - another excuse for cam-whoring :)






Shot using just my reliable tripod and of cos, D40x



5th day of November
Your favourite.