Saturday, 29 March 2008
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I finally did it.

I sent in my entry for the Dublin Literary Award.

Actually, I had completed the story before school had even reopened, but just couldn't send it.

Then today, as I was surfing the Net, I suddenly realised that today's 29th of March, 2 days away from the deadline. So I sent it in a hurry. Good thing I had everything well prepared already.

How will I do?

I think it's a good story. I certainly hope to be shortlisted. I doubt that I'll win the contest, since there are many good writers out there, as I've discovered in Tunku Halim's writing workshop. Then, I was overwhelmed with the speed at which those people could write. So with such stiff competition I don't think I'll be able to go to Dublin. Oh well.

In the meantime, all I can do is to pray and hope for the best.

But this being the first time I'm entering a writing contest, I wonder how it'll be like?

Will they notify the shortlisted ones? Or will they only announce the winner?

I hope they'll announce those who got shortlisted, and I do very much hope that I'm in it.

At the very least, I'll know that I'm a competent writer, not just an average aspiring one.

Although, I still have the slightest hope that I'll emerge winner, and will be able to visit Dublin. I've always wanted to go to Europe.

Will my dream come true?

Bear with me to find out!
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Sunday, 23 March 2008
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5 things found in my bag:

1. Textbook
2. Workbook
3. Pencil box
4. Stationery
5. Spectacles

5 things in my wallet:

1. Notes
2. Student card
3. IC
4. Name cards
5. 2007 calendar (why do I still keep it?)

5 favourite things in my room:

1. Bed
2. Clothes
3. Fan
4. AC
5. LIGHT!!!

5 things I always wanted to do:

1. Become an extremely famous Hollywood actor
2. Become an exceptionally good author
3. Watch TV
4. Look a year or two older
5. Not be long-winded!

5 things I'm currently into:

1. Writing
2. Enjoying my fantasies of 1 and 2 of above question
3. Watching TV
4. Going online
5. ENJOY LIFE

List out the top 4 presents you wish for:

1. Unlimited money
2. Uncommmonly good health
3. Good results for SPM
4. To get to wish for unlimited amount of presents

The person who tagged you is:

May Zhen

Your 5 impressions of him/her:

1. Smart
2. Good at writing (YOU ARE!)
3. Motivating
4. Responsible
5. Always cheerful

Most memorable thing she has done for you:

Letting me know that I'm not the only person not that keen to show others my writing!

If he/she becomes your lover, you will still:

Continue with life

If he/she becomes your enemy, the reason will be:

Don't think it's possible, she's always so cheerful!

Pass the quiz to 5 people:

1. Sabriel
2. Athena
CAN'T THINK OF ANYONE ELSE!!!
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Saturday, 22 March 2008
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I had a Moral lesson few days ago, and my teacher once again conveyed her convictions with confidence. After that, as usual, what she said made me think "hey, it's true!"

So, she said she despised the word HELL. She said that nobody has been through hell, so why do we use that despicable word? She said that often, we would say:

"What the hell!"

"Where the hell did you go?!?!"

"What the hell are you doing?!?!"

She said that since we live on Earth, shouldn't we use EARTH instead?

For example,

"What on earth!"

"Where on earth did you go?!?!"

"What on earth are you doing?!?!"

She said that hell is a place where nobody has come out of. So, we can NEVER say "I've been through hell". Instead, we should simply say "I had a bad day".

Later when I had the time to reflect on what she said, I realised that, she had a really good point.

Then we moved on to another topic. She said that a few years back there was this student who lamented not being able to get a distinction for Moral because his teacher's not her. His reason?

His sister was under my current moral teacher, and she got a distinction. And, her message to her brother was "Do everything she says".

My teacher continued by saying that one of the things she says is to sit at the place she allocated. She said she remembers us by where we sit, so when we or our parents ask why we failed Moral, etc. etc, she can recall what is the problem.

I was slightly amused by that statement. I might be wrong, but it seems that she's implying that she marks our papers according to WHERE WE SIT, not the quality. Otherwise, if we just gave her a test paper, she'll be able to explain what the mistakes are. I mean, why do you need to know where we sit?

Having said that,

I'm glad she knows where I sit... or maybe it's a bad thing...

Who knows?

Only time will tell.
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Saturday, 15 March 2008
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This is what I found on the Galaxie blog:

Paris Hilton is hard at work again. The former Simple Life star has teamed up with MTV in coming out with a new reality show with the working title, Paris Hilton's My New BFF. In a press statement, MTV announces that the 10-episode buddy search will feature Paris choosing from 20 potential girl pals and guy pals who will compete (sources say viciously) to be the next "Nicole Richie".

This is how the game will be played: all Paris' wannabe buddies will be roomed together in a house wired to perfection by MTV camera crew. After weeks of elimination process, one person will be declared the winner and get to accompany Paris to her Hollywood parties, business events and other glam functions.

Aside from being the ring master, Paris will double as the executive producer of the show. Production is scheduled to begin in May and the target release date is sometime in autumn. Check out the contestants at http://parisbff.com/

This is the first time I've heard of a reality TV show whose winner will be the next BFF of a heiress.

And in my opinion, it's lame.

Yeah, you're this huge celebrity and of all things, you start a reality show to find a best friend???
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Tuesday, 11 March 2008
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A writing competition!

And just when I need my ideas to flow, it abandons me.

The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Young Malaysians 2008, with the title " Tomorrow's World".

I have to hand it in next week, which means I'm really really short of time.

I seriously want to participate. Winning it will be a dream come true, because of the prize: attending the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world's richest book prize. I've checked too, it's on the 12th day of June.

I can write something factual or fictional. I think my best bet's fiction, but so far, I'm still hopelessly uninspired.

Oh what am I supposed to write about???

I know that I'll have to complete it by the end of this week. I plan to just sit down in front of the computer tomorrow, and hopefully I can complete my first draft by the end of the day. That way, I'll have a few more days to edit and reedit it.

I know that I can do it. On some days my mind will be thinking about some story, albeit in pieces and never really connected. Sometimes just a really fansy sentence, but these few days nothing seems to be coming in at all.

Stress? Maybe.

Lack of interest? Impossible.

For now, I'd rather focus on getting a story done. The best story I've ever written, no less. And hopefully, good enough to earn me and a parent a trip to Dublin.

I need to compose my thoughts now, and hopefully the literary side of me'll emerge!!
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Sunday, 9 March 2008
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The voters have spoken out, I think.

It seems that they're not happy with BN.

Actually, I didn't plan to post something about the elections, but the overwhelming result made it an instant headline. I mean, this is the worst performance by BN!

I stayed up till late last night, checking updates online and also going to the living room to watch the news on TV. Apparently, the Malaysiakini main website crashed due to the enormous amount of people surfing it and refreshing. Thank God they had mirror sites functioning. Project Petaling Street also constantly had pings from bloggers announcing the lastest news.

So BN lost five states. Selangor is one of them. I wonder how that will change our lives?

And how could that have happened? Perhaps it's because the young voters are against the BN. As had been said so many times, the youths dominate the cyberworld. And in the Internet, there's tons of information here. None of them follow blindly anymore. And the PM had thought that he'll win big!

I was also quite happy to learn that Jeff Ooi, a blogger, won. This shows that we bloggers are not what the Government thinks we are. And the voters have certainly showed their power! Perhaps now, politicians will try to engage the youths more and try to meet us in cyberspace, instead of the plain old mainstream media.

Yet I felt a tinge of pity for a few politicians in BN who lost. They were really committed, working hard for the benefit of the people. But why did they have to lose? I heard that in an interview, a loser said that she had asked her former constituents about it. Apparently, they still respected her, and would've voted for her still. But it's just that they weren't satisfied with BN, and they had no choice but to vote against her. Although it's unfair, but I agree that she and those few others had to lose. Otherwise, how can there be a better future for us?

A friend of mine is worried. He says what if they change the schooling days? What if they don't bring about development?

We'll just have to wait and see.

Too bad I didn't take photos of the atmosphere at home. A few of Dad's friends from temple came. The house became noisy. Good thing there weren't many kids around.

Now, all there is to see is whether the Opposition fulfils their promises, or whether they'll eat their words.
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Saturday, 8 March 2008
Flawless

I watched a movie recently, Flawless, which stars Demi Moore and Michael Caine.





Demi Moore stars as an American executive working in London Diamond Corporation in the 1960s At that time, working and successful women were rare. She was one of them. However, she was always passed over when it came to a promotion.
Michael Caine portrays the character of a janitor who wants to steal from LonDi (as it is called) as revenge. The ever smart Mr Hobbs recruited Ms. Quinn, and they managed to empty the entire vault.
The movie's not a bad one, in my opinion. However, I wished it was longer as it only lasted for slightly more than an hour and a half!
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Friday, 7 March 2008
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And that's the end of my transfer of posts from my Wordpress blog of the same name to here
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Harry: The Warrior Prince

In the time of ancient gods, warlords, and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero.

He is Harry, a mighty prince, forged in the heat of battle.

The power, the passion, the danger.

His courage could change the world…

That was modified from Xena: Warrior Princess.

The person I’m talking about is Prince Harry. He is the first member of the British Royal Family in 25 years to serve on the front line after it was disclosed last thursday that he has been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.



It was a quiet thing. There was an agreement with the press not to disclose it. So Harry went in. The conditions over there can be said to be unfit for a prince. But Prince Harry did not mind. He endured it all, never complaining. In fact, he enjoyed it.

Then the story of his service broke out and he was pulled out. It is expected that he won’t be returned to service anytime soon.

I never admired Prince Harry. Before this there were so many negative reports on him. And when he was finally going in, news that he’ll be kidnapped or assasinated there made it impossible for him to go. So I was really surprised to find that he lived through it!

I think that it’s good that he’s finally shedding off his ‘bad boy’ tag and embracing life as a royal role model.

I wonder whether William will do the same.


Comments:



leafless Says: March 7, 2008 at 4:55 am

Actually, I believe that Prince Harry has done a disservice for his country. He knew that his presence there would make his comrades a prime target for the Talibans, but he went anyway. He should be ashamed.


mayz Says: March 7, 2008 at 5:19 am

hmmm


jarrlemenn Says: March 7, 2008 at 5:52 am

leafless: Hmm, we all have different views I guess. You do have a point here, but nobody knew he was there, right?
mayz: Enjoying?
Ce Says: March 7, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Heyyy …
Yeah i agree that it was very brave of him but at the same time he is condoning war and in his position as a prince , i just don’t think that’s right . War is glorified and yes , just by being there , he made himself and his comrades a very valuable target la … Nice post though , i like how you thought things out !
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Monday, 3 March 2008
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I snapped out of sleep… again.

Feeling too dazed to think about anything I dozed off again.

Then something happened. Something I always dread to hear on weekday mornings. The sound of it at such an unearthly hour.

The alarm clock.

I raised one arm and shut it immediately. Every single nerve in my body is saying ‘go back to sleep!’. I would LOVE to do it. But the conscious part of me knew better. If I slept again I’ll be late for school.

So every morning, I have to wake up to prepare for school. How I wish I can rise from my bed later. But seeing as I need to be in school earlier than normal students I have no choice but to get up. I would grab my clothes from my bedside, then walk grogily to the bathroom, where I’ll brush my teeth with my eyes closed. Then I’ll take a shower, with my eyes closed most of the time as well. I’ll only stop when my eyes can stay open.

Throughout the day if I’m listening in class or doing my homework, sometimes I will start to doze off, unless what I’m doing is something I like.

I constantly wonder, how can some people I know get their ‘batteries warmed up’ so quickly. I mean, they could just open the room door and step out with eyes wide open already.

So now everyday when I’m in the shower and am thinking of sleeping, I keep telling myself,

If others can, so can you!


Comments:


Ce Says: March 4, 2008 at 9:17 am

Gaaahh I know what you mean .. but haha i didn’t really have any problems waking up last time ! Gahahaah :pAnyway there’s this series that I’m watching now , Prison Break and it’s quite nice ! Haih nothing else to say la …



jarrlemenn Says: March 5, 2008 at 7:20 am

Heh I remember you used to grumble all the time!!!
Somehow though, Prison Break’s storyline doesn’t capture me…
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Saturday, 1 March 2008
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The first day of March brought about rain and wind.

I woke up in the darkness, unable to see clearly yet hearing the sound of the rain splattering against the roof of the house. I struggled to clear my head, but before I could my eyes closed again.

I reopened them when it was brighter. Feeling disorganized I kept my eyes closed. The sound of rain was still distinct. I felt weak, unable to move, yet I gathered my strength, opened my eyes and got up to take a look at the clock beside me bed.

8.30

Not that late, I thought, as my consciousness increased.

Feeling lazy, I did not get up just yet. I tried to get back to sleep, trying to make myself sleepy again. There weren’t noises outside. Perfect to close my eyes and wake up later.

This lasted for another five minutes. Finally I acknowledged that I just can’t fall asleep again. I got up, and an instant wave of cheerfulness greeted me as I turned the table fan off. I tried to remember why is it I felt that way. Then it struck me.

It’s a Saturday, and I don’t have to attend the scout meeting today.


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Ce Says: March 1, 2008 at 9:18 am

Hey i thought rainy days were the best excuse to sleep in ? Anyway read your post on the other side and I’m glad that things are turning out well for you . I’m still struggling with the exams here !Heehee I loooove saturdays too ! It’s the beginning of the weekend ! Remember how we used to enjoy being together ? Miss that la …Anyway , post more ok ?


JR Says: March 1, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Ma!! Don’t write as ce lah…



mayz Says: March 3, 2008 at 11:08 am

bwahahahhahahaa……….
ahhh, yes…not needing to wake up earlier than everyone else on a Saturday morning is such bliss. =)



jarrlemenn Says: March 3, 2008 at 1:33 pm
mayz: it certainly is! Especially if you don’t like to attend scout meetings…
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