Thursday, 31 December 2009
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So 2009 has come to an end. This has definitely been a momentous year, what with the many occurrences that has affected us. But what does it mean to you? What happened in 2009 that you remember?

For me,the first is of course entering college. I had finally left the confines of school, and took a leap forward. I had decided to take a different path from my friends, and took mass communication. But I didn't realize what it meant to me. I was finally doing something I like, but at the same time I realized that I did not like it as much as I thought I would. I also came to the conclusion that I didn't hate studying science; in fact, I had enjoyed it. But alas, it was not my path to walk. The perfect closure to school was receiving my SPM results. I was thrilled to learn that I had performed well, much better than myself or anyone else had expected.

Adjusting to college wasn't easy, and many times I had wondered why on earth did I want to leave school. That was another thing I learned about myself- I take time to adjust to different environments. I was in school for 5 years, and the last one was no doubt the best. Now, with my friends and I separated I found myself wishing that we could still be together. But we had also been able to stay close, for which I'm enormously grateful.

But college wasn't all bad; I still met wonderful people. And my classmates were just wonderful compared to the other intakes. I just couldn't imagine myself being with any other intake. Studying humanities had opened my eyes about the world in so many ways. I saw the world in a different light, and also learned about myself in the process.

So much has happened in this year, which proves for real how fast time passes. In just one short year I have completed college, and am well on the way to university. Just 365 days ago I was still considering which course to take and taking career advice. Now I'm waiting for my university application process to be completed. If all goes well, I will be leaving this country temporarily in February. If there's one thing I'm grateful for, it is the fact that if the world ends in 2012, at least I die with a bachelor's degree.

What do I hope to achieve in 2010? The usual- health, wealth and success. Of course, I shan't write the specifics down for there is a superstition that it won't come true if you tell someone. So my goals for the coming year will have to remain private. Next year would be a monumental year for me as well, even more life changing than this year. New year resolutions are good, for they help people set a goal in life, but at the same time we need to have the discipline to act on them.

So 2009, to me, has been the year of awakenings, learning and understanding. How about you?

Unfortunately, I have to stop here, as my Internet in Penang is awfully limited. Happy New Year!

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Monday, 28 December 2009
The Shades Just Clicked With Langkawi

The trip to Langkawi was awesome. We did just about everything that we wanted to do, and also much more.


 We rented an Innova, which only seated 8 but since we were not big sized people we could fit into it. Our 3 full days there were unbelievable. Although I've been to Langkawi before, I still did some other things I've not done while I was there, or anywhere else.

First was island hopping. Somehow with my family we never went for that, although we've been to Langkawi several times. This time, with my friends, island hopping was one of our top priorities. I think it was really worth it, and the view was breathtaking.

We also went for the banana boat ride. It was my first time on one, so I didn't know what to expect. When it started I thought it was child's play staying on the boat. At the end of the ride he just made a u-turn then (according to my friends) let go of the rope holding our banana boat. And lo and behold, the next time I know I was submerged in seawater, even managing to inhale some through my nose. We came up and started cheering although no one listened.

There's also the cable car. At its steepest it goes up 42 degrees. Being afraid of heights, I was really scared throughout the ride but who cares. An opportunity like this doesn't come so often. I won't say that I conquered my fear, for I am still afraid of heights, but I can safely say that I know I can overcome it when it matters.

That picture was taken in the car, at night. Somehow Yi Xian, Yuet Yin and I were sitting at the back, and we decided to camwhore for old times' sake. At one point Yi Xian said "Now strike a lala pose!" and all 3 of us did the same thing, without coordinating anything whatsoever. Yes, we're that good at mental communication.

Then there's water polo at the pool and also sea talk (modified after pillow talk) in the sea, and lots of laughter. There was this moment one night when we said something, and one by one our laughter triggered each other, and we spent the next few minutes laughing non stop for no apparent reason. It was like we were drunk or something; we were laughing every few seconds. I think the whole session lasted for about an hour.
 
That's what made the trip so unforgettable: the people I was with. We knew each other very well, and we could make fun of each other and laugh about it. And not to mention, we are camwhorers. Yi Xian says this is the very first time he used up his entire camera's memory, and we had another 4 cameras apart from his!
 
And then there are the close shaves. One happened in Underwater World, and another involved a police road block, but I shall keep it for our memories alone and not elaborate.
 
Those were just some of the more memorable moments of the trip. Others are just not suitable to be said here, or perhaps less important but still as unforgettable. I would say that this is definitely my best Langkawi trip ever, perhaps even one of the best trips I've been on.

Here are some of the pictures we took:

 Telling the direction of the wind

Yup, you guessed right, this is us pointing the finger. 


Trolley train!

At the Seven Wells Waterfall
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Sunday, 20 December 2009
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I'm back!

Being at Ipoh was like being in rehab. I had no internet, no TV (actually there was, but nothing that I watch), and only a few books I brought along with me. So what could I do? Laze around doing nothing, or read a book.

But the reason I was there was for a relative's wedding. An aunt, to be exact. And I'm reminded of huge weddings whereby the bride and groom are in the same room as their parents' friends, etc who they don't know, and also of how big my dad's family is. Actually, that's a pretty normal-sized family, I mean most of my friends have perhaps 6-7 aunts and uncles, maybe 12 grand aunts and uncles, countless cousins and distant relatives. But the hardest thing about it all is that there's a different name you call everyone, and I just can't remember all of them. And you have to double everything, for you have to take into consideration your paternal and maternal side.

Large families are weird indeed. You can be in a room full of strangers, yet you're related by blood or marriage. It's just so funny that I know more about my friends than I do about several cousins I see during Chinese New Year. In fact, I don't even know their names, just that they're my paternal grandmother's sister's grandchildren. Or perhaps my uncle (my grandaunt's son) who is actually still in primary school, or at the most Form 1 or 2. Imagine calling someone younger than you 'uncle'. Fortunately, due to the age gap, we've never interacted and I've never been forced to call him that. He mostly play with my younger cousin who's about the same age, and I just couldn't resist telling him one day that his 'friend' is actually his uncle.

And then there's the gossip. It's like real life Brothers & Sisters. Everything scandalous is known to all family members, but at least we don't talk about it, but just keep our mouths shut.

Although I can't adapt well to all of a family's customs, I find big families intriguing. That's just me. Big families are just more lively and more fun, at least that's what I think.
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Thursday, 17 December 2009
City of Shared Stories

After a few weeks of not seeing my friends I finally did yesterday. We managed to watch a movie, Couples Retreat which turned out to be really funny!

I can't believe how funny it actually turned out to be, there were so many instances where I just laughed uncontrollably. But the main character/ couple just seemed too perfect... It was as if they could sort out all of their problems without any help, while the other couples were more flawed and hence, normal.

Today, I managed to play badminton and also eat the Chicken Prosperity Burger. It was so funny, when I saw that it was out today I went and bought it. Then during badminton PH said "Chicken Prosperity is out" and we both said "I ate it already!" at the same time. Turns out we both went to the same McD outlet, bought it through the drive through during the McValue Lunch period, just 10-20 minutes apart.

Surprisingly, the next few weeks will be rather hectic as tomorrow I'm leaving to Ipoh for a relative's wedding, then next week to Langkawi, and the following week Kedah.

I just read from Bibliobibuli about this site, City of Shared Stories.
 
As you can see, it is a map of the city, dotted with little red tags. Each tag is a very short story told in under 1600 characters. And ... if you think you can do better, go right ahead. Locate your story at a specific spot on the map and write or paste it into the space provided, and then it will be there for everyone else to visit.

Picture I took when I went to Pavilion recently. I think the pic's pretty cool huh? Although I admit, I don't know how I did that!

Pretty cool huh? 

Oh and have you guys heard of Chelsea Lately? It's a talk show on E!, which is really funny, but it's not aired on Astro so to watch it go to YouTube. Chelsea's a stand up comedian, and she's uses it well in her show. I've watched some interviews and spoofs, and I laughed most of the time! She does celebrity interviews, spoofs and others. Here's a video of her interviewing Aaron Carter:

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Saturday, 12 December 2009
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One of my favourite Christmas movies is Home Alone.

I don't remember how I stumbled upon it, but I loved the movie the moment I saw it. It just really charmed me from the beginning, the thought of a child defending his home from burglars. It must've appealed to a lot of kids, too, the thought of being able to do something this big without the adults' knowledge. Kind of like Aliens in the Attic.

I remember I had the first Home Alone movie in the VCR tape, and I kept watching it. Even when I grew up I still felt it was a good movie, although I rarely watched it. And a result of a kid watching this much of Hollywood would be imitation and learning. Until now, I pronounce cops as 'cups' like the Americans do, because in the movie the boy kept taunting the thieves, saying "I'm calling the cops!" and it stuck, although I was corrected almost every time I say it.

Home Alone 2 was entertaining as well, but not as entertaining as the first as it wasn't his home. I never bought the third one in any copy so I resorted to watching it on TV every time it's being shown. The fourth one wasn't even nice. I can't even remember the storyline, but it was definitely nothing to do with defending your home against burglars.

Here's a video of the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince behind the scenes footage:



I found it really interesting, seeing how they film the movie. And I can see how hard acting is, the surroundings are really normal yet they have to channel the sense of being in a magical world during dark times. The house scene especially, I remember in the movie the surroundings were pretty dark but it looked like it was filmed in broad daylight. The actors didn't have the lighting, music or sound effects to help them.

I'm also thinking that it'll be pretty fun to work on a movie set. Maybe one day I'll apply to be an intern in some movie and get to experience the whole movie making experience.

It'll be pretty cool, without a doubt!
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Tuesday, 8 December 2009
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I don't know whether it is because I've been getting sufficient sleep lately, but I've been having trouble falling asleep. It seems like I need to take a long time before being able to fall asleep. I think if this continues I'll have to start setting my alarm clock to wake me up earlier.

I'm surprised that it's the second week of December already, time is really flying.

I'm finding that my holidays have been... eventful at the very least. Although most of my time is still spent at home, there's at least things like birthday parties, short trips to the mall and badminton to amuse myself. Not to forget the drama that unfolds every now and then.

Today I finished reading Voice of the Gods, the final book in Trudi Canavan's Age of the Five trilogy.

I also resumed writing a fan fiction that I had abandoned 2 years ago. I'm finding it much easier to write fiction, and it's also by writing it that I remember how much I like writing.

But yet, life has been uneventful enough that I seemingly have nothing to update on.

And since there is nothing else that I can write about, here is a skit on SNL featuring Blake Lively on the whole Tiger Woods issue:



To tell you the truth, I have not watched it yet. At the moment of writing, the video is still loading on my browser. The internet's slow today.
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Saturday, 5 December 2009
Trilogies and Revelations

I mentioned in a post sometime ago about a series of books that I enjoy reading.

Somehow, I have yet to pick up a book from A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think I've outgrown those books. Or maybe it's because I can't bring myself to read an astounding 13 books.

But recently, another series from my past has me enjoying the joys of reading again.

It is the Age of the Five trilogy by Trudi Canavan. It's a wonderful fantasy trilogy.


The author's an Australian, and I actually didn't pick up that series the moment I saw it. That was because I had already read her previous work, the Black Magician Trilogy, which turned out to be so good that I doubted the new series would be better. But somehow I decided to give it a try, and I wasn't disappointed.


Now I have taken to rereading the Age of the Five trilogy. It tells of the story of an imaginary world where gods (not an all knowing God, but something like Greek gods- Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, etc) lived. Auraya, a village girl, grew up to be a priestess and is eventually selected as one of the most powerful followers of the gods. 

It has been refreshing, although I have to admit that the similarities between the two series are very obvious. And there is a surprise at the end of the series which I didn't expect, although from what I read online many people had seen that coming from the first book.

As for the author, I saw from her website her visualizations of the two worlds she had created, and I am amazed with what she had come up with. She had created a different world altogether, with different plants and animals, even.

I have been told MANY TIMES that all I read are fantasy books. Yes, I do admit that magic has an effect on me, and I like reading books that contain stories about magic or something that does not exist in reality. And I do get comments like "Magic again?" or "Magical powers? That's not unexpected" or something like that when I buy a book or recommend one, and it does get on my nerves. True, it definitely shows that I lack maturity.


But it never occurred to anyone of them that perhaps those books carry a special meaning to me, or that some element in that book was something I could relate to. Or perhaps it's pure entertainment. Forgive me if I find the notion of being able to communicate mentally or transform into animals more interesting than a story of a tragic childhood. Even a story about a blackmailed lawyer is more interesting than that to me.

Or maybe it is something I craved in reality, that I do not have.

It is a false perception, yet one that I cannot blame anyone for thinking of me that way.
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Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Not So Gaga After All!

Today is the first of December. This is a very important day for me because:

One year ago, on this very same day, a swelteringly hot December the first, I took a huge step towards adulthood-

I got my driver's license.

Yeah yeah, many will say no big deal, but hey, it's an achievement! Plus, my birthday was in September, which was during the trail exams, which was followed by SPM. And I still managed to get my license a mere 4 days after my SPM. And I had liked cars and driving since I was a kid, so I was really happy to finally call myself a driver!

Anyway, Lady Gaga is famous for her outfits. Wherever she goes, people stare at her outfit. She doesn't conform to norms and I think that's why her performances are always refreshing and creative. A few days ago while browsing through a few blogs, I discovered something about Lady Gaga that I didn't know.

Remember the VMAs (yes the one where Kanye West stole Taylor Swift's moment)? Lady Gaga wore a total of 6 outfits that night, and I found out that they were all actually inspired by Alice in Wonderland!


 That was something I really didn't know. And she also admitted to not fitting in when she was in high school, and that she felt like a freak. Here's the interview where she talks about it:



And here's a song that she wrote specially for her father, to persuade him to get surgery. I don't think you see this very often, a Hollywood personality who is very close to his/her family.



She can be a role model to a lot of people- Do not be ashamed of who you are, and always be good to your parents.
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Sunday, 29 November 2009
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Dear Leong Yi Xian,

I don't know how to tell you this, I'm joining the convent. I think I realized it last year when you peed in your pants in your car and I saw you sit on the Catholic Priest. I'm sure you're frostbitten enough to understand that your driving sucks. I'm returning your toe ring to you, but I'll keep your left ear as a memory. You should also know that I told in my confession today about the moose poaching and your cucumber fetishism is weird.

Greetings to your frog Leonard,

Jerrenn.

That was a tag from Suiying. Anyone who found it funny should do it! Here's how:

Dear (someone you recently talked to),

I don't really know how to tell you this,(1). I think I realized it (2)(3) and

I saw you (4)(5). I'm sure you're (6) enough to understand (7).
I'm returning your (8) to you, but I'll keep (9) as a memory.
You should also know that I (10) and (11).

(12),

Name

1) What's the color of your shirt?
Blue - I'm in love with your cat
Red - Our affair is over
White - I’m joining the Convent
Black -Our romance is over
Green- Our socks don't match
Grey - You're a leprechaun
Yellow - I'm selling myself for candy
Pink - Your nostrils are insulting
Brown - The mafia wants you
No shirt - Purple hedgehogs want to destroy you
Other -I dislike your eyelashes

2) Which is your birth month?
January - That night you picked your nose
February -When I quoted Forrest Gump
March - When your dwarf bit me
April - When I tripped on peanut butter
May - When I threw up in your sock drawer
June - When you put cuffs on me
July – When I saw the purple monkey
August - When you smacked my ass
September - Last year when you peed your pants
October - When we skinny dipped in the bathtub
November - When your dog humped my leg
December - When I finally changed my underwear

3) Which food do you prefer?
Tacos - When we skinny dipped in the bathtub
Chicken- In your car
Pasta - Outside of your office
Hamburgers - Under the bus
Salad – As you were eating Kraft Dinner
Lasagna - In your closet
Kebab - With Jean Chrétien
Fish - In a clown suit
Sandwiches - At the Elton John concert
Pizza - At the mental hospital
Hot dog - Under a street light
Annat- With George Bush and Stephen Harper

4) What's the color of your socks?
Yellow - Ignore
Red - Put whipped cream on
Black - Hit on
Blue - Knock out
Purple - Pour syrup on
White - Carve your initials into
Grey - Pull the clothes off
Brown - bit of
Orange - Castrate
Pink - Pull the pants off of
Barefoot - Sit on
Other - Drive over

5) What's the color of your underwear?
Black - My boyfriend
White - My father
Grey – The Catholic Priest
Brown – The Montreal Canadian’s goalie
Purple - My corned beef hash
Red – My knee caps
Blue - My salt-beef bucket
Yellow - My illegitimate child in Ghana
Orange - My Blink 182 cd
Pink – My ‘My Little Pony’ collection
Other --The elephant in the corner

6) What do you prefer to watch on TV?
One Tree Hill - Senile
Heroes- Frostbitten
Lost - High
Simpsons- Cowardly
The news - Scarred
American Idol - Masochistic
Family Guy - Open
Top Model - Bitchy
Annat -shamed

7) Your mood right now?
Happy - How awful you are
Sad - How boring you are
Bored - That I get turned on only by garbage men
Angry - That your smell makes me vomit
Depressed – That we’re related
Excited - That I may pee my pants
Nervous - The middle-east is planning their revenge on you
Worried - That your Ford sucks
Apathetic - That you need a sex-change
Silly - That I'm allergic to your earlobes
Cuddly - That Santa doesn't exist
Ashamed - That there is no solution to you being a dumb kid
Other - That your driving sucks

8) What's the color of your walls in your bedroom?
White - Your toe ring
Yellow - Your love letters to me
Red - The pictures from Vegas
Black - Your pet rock
Blue - The couch cushions
Green - Your car
Orange - Your false teeth
Brown - Your nose hair clippers
Grey - Our matching snoopy underwear
Purple - Your old New Kids on the Block blanket
Pink - The cut toenails
Other - Your Hannah Montana underwear

9) The first letter of your first name?
A/B - My virginity
C/D - Your photo with the moustache drawn on it
E/F - Your neighbors dog
G/H - The oil tank from your car
I/J - Your left ear
K/L - The results of that blood-sample
M/N - Your glass eye
O/P - My common sense
Q/R - Your mom
S/T - Your collection of butterflies
U/V - Your criminal record
W/X – Your suicide note
Y/Z - Your credit cards

10) The last letter in your last name?
A/B - Love your sweet, sweet ass
C/D - Always will remember the pep talks
E/F -Never will forget that night
G/H – Will not tell the authorities that you stole the whale from the backyard.
I/J – Mocked you behind your back constantly
K/L - Hate your cooking
M/N - Told in my confession today about the moose poaching
O/P - Told my psychiatrist about the bruises
Q/R - Always wanted to break your legs
S/T - Get sick when I think of your feet
U/V - Will try to forget that you broke my heart
W/X - Haven’t showered in a month
Y/Z – am better off without you

11) What do you prefer to drink?
Wine- Our friendship is ruined
Soft drink – I’m off to lead a new life as a lemon
Soda – I will haunt you when I’m reincarnated as an Eskimo
Milk - The apartment building is on fire
Water – I'm scratching my butt as you read this
Cider– I have a passionate interest for mice
Juice – You ruined my attempts at another world war
Mineral/Vitamin water – You should get that embarrassing rash checked
Hot chocolate – Your Cucumber-fetishism is weird
Whiskey - I love Oprah Winfrey
Beer – Thanks for the Cocaine
Other – you should stop picking your nose

12) To which country would you prefer to go on a vacation?
Thailand – Warm tingly sensations
Australia - Best of luck on the sex change
France - Love always
Spain - With tears of sadness
China – You make me sick
Germany – Please don’t hurt me
Japan - Go milk a cow
Greece - Your everlasting enemy
USA - Greetings to your frog Leonard
Egypt – Kiss my butt
England - Go drown yourself. 

Finally, this is the trailer for Toy Story 3:


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Saturday, 28 November 2009
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Everybody would know that New Moon is out in Malaysia, and Twilight fever is at its highest right now.

In today's Star Weekender, Hari Azizan wrote a review for the latest Twilight movie, and I have to say that his review is really amusing.

When comparing Jacob and Edward, he has this to say:

Unlike the virtuously tortured Edward, frisky Jacob is constantly trying to steal kisses from her. Unlike Edward, the sight of her blood only makes Jacob whip off his shirt like a seasoned Chippendale, not go into a constipated spasm.

But the funniest part about the review is this:

At this point, it doesn't matter what anyone writes about New Moon and the Twilight saga. Twihards had made up their minds to see the movies long before Robert Pattinson single-handedly boosted the hair product industry and sent their hearts a flutter. What I don't understand is how someone like Bella can inspire such devotion. She is insipid and spineless; her whole existence is defined by her love for Edward.

Sophisticated viewers may moan about the lack of horror in the franchise, but to me the Twilight saga is the scariest of all vampire franchises, with Bella the real monster threatening to destroy all our young girls with misguided and perverse masochistic idea of love.

Okay, maybe it wasn't that funny. But I thought that it was a refreshing view on Twilight (you'll have to read the whole review to see more of his insight) apart from the "Awesome! Splendid!" and the "Boring! Lame!" that keeps circulating around.

And I do agree with what he said about Bella; she is spineless. Just look how she turns from one guy to another. I mean, one 'monster' to another. And yesterday I saw an FML that goes something like this:

Today I realized that our generation will be remembered as the generation who went crazy over sparkly vampires. FML.

It's not 100% accurate as I'm only writing what I remembered as I'm too lazy to search for it, but you get what the person's saying.
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Friday, 27 November 2009
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Guess what? I managed to watch New Moon yesterday.

I was actually hoping it to be much better since there were more action scenes in the trailer, but apparently the trailer itself had contained 90% of the action. The rest is just about how Bella becomes a playgirl, and soft porn. Not to mention, there were at least 2 scenes when the camera just turned in circles. I think they were trying to make the audience get a headache. Oh and the constant "Dear Alice," gets really annoying after awhile.

But there was at least more humour in this movie.

Then I had to rush home to make it to Zanardy's birthday party. I was late, but not the latest.

I can't believe it's almost December! There are still so many things I want to do.

This is The Call by Regina Spektor. The song was used in Prince Caspian. Nice, eh? The lyrics are pretty meaningful, too!

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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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I wonder if anyone's read Devil's Place by Brian Gomez? I'm actually surprised it's a local book, most local books' covers have this look that when you see it you will immediately know that it's a Malaysian book. But Devil's Place did not, surprisingly.

The synopsis was interesting enough.

Brian Gomez is a pretty good writer, too. I must say that for a first novel, so far ( I haven't finished reading it yet) it's pretty good. A well planned story, written with a unique style of writing I cannot describe; you need to read the book to actually understand it. 

Yesterday was a surprisingly busy day for me. In the afternoon I headed to Michelle's home for lunch to celebrate WW's birthday. She cooked everything, which was really good. But I admit that I'm not a food lover who watches AFC or finds recipes to try out, so I am really clueless about the do's and dont's about cooking, but it was tasty nonetheless.

Then at night it was another yam cha session at Hassan's, our favourite mamak. It was chit chatting, gossiping, talking bad about North Korea and realizing that Malaysia's actually not that bad a place to be in.

It's amazing how fast time flew. This time last year, we were nearly completing our SPM. It really seemed not too long ago when we were sitting for SPM and thinking about college. This year, we're all doing different things, walking different paths.

Life has definitely changed a lot.
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Saturday, 21 November 2009
The Day I Got My Results

Yup, you read correctly. Today my results for the final semester was published in the portal.

I actually didn't expect it to be out today, although according to the calendar it would, because just a few days back I received an email from a lecturer posting our tentative assignment marks. I was thinking, considering our assignment marks hasn't been approved by some authority, then the exam results shouldn't be either. But, obviously I was wrong.

All American Rejects concert. 

I played badminton today, and I realized I actually improved a little compared to Wednesday! I can actually reach for more shots, especially dropshots, and my legs aren't sore (they were sore yesterday and today- imagine that!). But this tells me one thing: I need to exercise. I have not played badminton in weeks, and this week I've played twice. Maybe I should start jogging or running or something, just to maintain my stamina. Even now I'm feeling tired.

But as we were heading home from badminton, I checked my phone to see that I had received a text from a friend with 3 simple words: results are out. And I got really nervous. But it turned out okay. I didn't have to be nervous after all. In fact, I'm actually very happy with my results.


I also read on Galaxie's blog that Will Ferrell is this year's most overpaid Hollywood star. And if Land of the Lost is one of his better movies I agree. I remember nearly falling asleep while watching it in a friend's house and in the end we stopped it and went to bed. Sometimes he is just not funny at all even though he tries to be.

My mum also told me something interesting one day. She said that she read that in a study conducted, it was found that people with longer ring fingers are better at maths and science subjects, and whereas people with longer ring fingers are better at arts, humanities, social sciences, etc. It sounded really interesting to me, but I can't tell for sure whether it's true or not, although I have longer index fingers and am studying communication. 

Here's something I suddenly thought of that's unrelated to everything I've written so far. I know that Heath Ledger is dead and his last role as the Joker was really good and he received a prestigious award (Oscar, if I remember correctly). I also know that The Dark Knight is a movie that almost everyone will say is good. Yet the awful truth that will shock people is:

I have not watched it yet. 
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Thursday, 19 November 2009
Another Surprise!

A member of our gang, Yixian, turned 18 on November 16.

So when we remembered that it was only a week away, we hurried into preparations for yet another surprise.

Peng Han asked his college mates when they're celebrating for him, and when we found out it was on his actual birthday, what did we do? We made adjustments to celebrate it on Tuesday, a day later, instead. How generous of us. But anyway most of us are only free on Tuesday.

Our plan? Prepare items for a BBQ, go to his house when he's out, hide in his room and when he returns, "SURPRISE!". His mum was also so kind, allowing us to have the BBQ and even providing drinks and spaghetti.


Birthday boy with the birthday cake. 
 

Wrinkled sausages
 
But due to unforeseen circumstances, we made do with surprising him while he's in his room using the computer, doing who knows what. But we made too much noise and he heard us. The good news is that he didn't know we were celebrating with him (I think!).


Birthday boy, posing this time.
 
So it was back to the good old times when we just fooled around making fun of ourselves and laughing at each others' antics, which included dancing, an imitation of peeing and teasing each other with friendly insults. I think we all just basked in each others' company because we only go crazy when we're together. Really, we do! Normally most of us are more reserved, but that changes when we see each other. Add a meal, some drinks and privacy, and the roof is blown away. 

There was even a moment when a couple of us danced to the infamous chicken dance of our school, made popular by some senior prefects. Other priceless moments will only stay in our heads.


 Group picture! Yi Xian, Peng Han, Shaung, Yong Bin, Steven, Arif, Iman, Yi Lin, Yuet Yin, Jia Wei and myself.

At the end with all of us stuffed with food, we had to take a walk around the neighbourhood, waving at cars passing by (one even stopped, good thing it wasn't a bunch of gangsters!), looking at the homes of some of our high school teachers.

And then we packed up and called it a night.
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Monday, 16 November 2009
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Back in high school, I remember how many teachers encouraged their students to participate in all sorts of things and get a certificate. Especially in Form 5, many students join different clubs and societies in order to get enough points to get an A for co-curricular activities.

But now that I look back, what was the point of all those things?

I had joined a multimedia class in the school holidays one year, and we were taught video editing, photo editing, web design, etc. Of course at the end of it all we were given a cert, but I realized that I have lost those skills I learnt. So while I have a certificate to show me knowing how to do those stuff, it is fake, for I don't know how to.

Last year I also joined a host of competitions. Chemistry, Maths, English, Bible Knowledge (although I'm not a Christian). Just to get a certificate. Thinking back, I was really brainwashed.

But then again, achieving isn't a bad thing either. It helps a person set goals in life. Achieving something, no matter how insignificant, still makes a person feel better. It is a nice feeling, after all, to achieve something.

Tomorrow will be the start of another week, and I hope to achieve something- making full use of my spare time.
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Friday, 13 November 2009
Friday the 13th

This time last week, I had completed my finals. It has been, officially, one week.

Today is Friday the 13th. I don't know why is it supposed to be bad luck day. Nothing unwanted happened to me today as of now, except that the plan to watch 2012 today didn't work out.

My typical day now includes me going online for quite a few hours, watching the TV, especially if there's a nice movie, and also ripping DVDs into my computer.

That class picture was taken after our last paper. Wasn't the whole class, but was most of us anyway. We went to this Bali-ish garden located between 2 blocks. It was funny because I had never been there before. I just never went exploring. It was always really hot when we are out, anyway.

Ahh. That picture shows more of the garden. That's a picture of the Shamalamadingdongs. Yeah, it's a mouthful. Shama Lama Ding Dong's the group name. Somehow over the course of making videos we named ourselves. All the groups did, and ours was, well, Shamalamadingdong. But it wasn't the 6 of us all the time, it's just that every time a video is produced in the name of Shamalamadingdong, it would constitute some of the 6 of us.

But that's not all the pictures we took that day. A LOT of pictures were taken in the 4 hour break in between exams. We were so bored, and it so happened that some classmates brought MacBooks with very fascinating webcam effects. Hence, we couldn't resist experimenting. Here's one example.

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Thursday, 12 November 2009
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College holidays have just started and I'm already making myself busy. This week alone I've watched two movies already- The Time Traveller's Wife and Jennifer's Body.



Time Traveller's Wife was better than I expected; it was a romance film but was well written I suppose.

As for Jennifer's Body, I'm a little confused. It doesn't seem like a horror flick, neither does it look like a comedy. And until now one part is still keeping me wondering. How exactly does Amanda Seyfried's character know when Jennifer is on an eating spree?I think that at the end of the day, it's just a movie in which some people are trying to make money by using Megan Fox's current popularity.



That's another thing I've realized- This year I'm really looking at movies from a different point of view. I'm beginning to be more "media literate", although most of the time I'm still watching them for pure entertainment.

I also went back to my high school this week. It was nice seeing the teachers again and not being scolded for missing classes or listening to them talking about how important our SPM is, or what route we should take in college. It was really, really nice as those teachers are now so nice, asking us how we are. As for those that were nice to us, they just became nicer. Unfortunately, one teacher I was hoping to see couldn't be seen.

But this week was 'productive', at least, for me. 
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Tuesday, 10 November 2009
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Last week I found my scout jamboree's activity book and card. The book was what you'd expect- speeches, camp information, schedule, etc. The card however, was a different thing. It was a list of activities that we can perform, and upon completion they will stamp the card. Get 20 stamps and you qualify for a badge.

I was never active in scouts. I had only joined for the points, and had even quit at one point. But having been brainwashed by the administration that having co-curriculum marks would be important in the future I gave it another try.

Obviously at the beginning I was hopeless. And then the opportunity to join the jamboree came up (that was in 2006), so I took it.

It wasn't easy for me, living in a jungle for 8 days. I craved city life, city food, and my own bed. But what can I do? Nothing. So I had to suck it up and wait hopefully for the day I leave.

But thinking back, it wasn't that bad. It was really hilarious even, at times. And it gave me a lot of experience, too.

One particular incident that I remember clearly was when I injured my ankle. I was running to complete an activity, and somehow I slipped. When I got back, I realized that my ankle was swollen a little, so I asked to be allowed to stay back at camp. While the others continued their 'quest', I went to the army tent to seek medication. By nighttime I can even feel how swollen it was. I was really down, because it was the second last day in which we can get the activity stamped, and with that swell I doubted I could.

Surprisingly though, the next day it wasn't that bad. I could walk pretty normally, and so I decided to take a risk. I decided to go for the badge. And how lucky I was! The last day was like... the day of opportunities. Most of the people in charge of the activities gave us a stamp for free. I remember one who gave me 2 if I could sing and dance. I did it, although realizing how stupid I looked because I was desperate for the badge.

And... I completed 20! I was so happy. It was the happiest moment in the duration of the camp for me. I wanted to prove to myself that I can achieve something in scouts, and to the others that I'm tougher than they think. And to be successful was just unimaginable. I was happy happy happy happy.

The second happiest moment was, of course, surviving the whole thing. I think it was 9 days in total. When I came home I smelled (as a result of not bathing, though I did clean my face and brush my teeth daily) and I was really tired.

But it was all well worth it.
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Saturday, 7 November 2009
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Today at 315 pm, I completed my last paper for Foundation in Communication.

After class most of us headed to a nice spot in college to take another group picture. The funny thing's that I've not been to that place, until my last day in college.

As for the exam, originally I had wanted to write what I know was right in the question about abortion instead of writing what he put in his notes. I know that his notes aren't entirely correct because I did a research on abortion for english. But in the end I chickened out. While it pleases me to stand by my principles, the marks matter more to me. And since the lecturer's the only one who will read it, I figured that getting the marks for the question is more important.

But what a year it's been. I realized that I've grown a lot this year. After experiencing so many different things I've truly "opened" my eyes.

It's really a nice feeling, having nothing to commit to. I have no assignments, no exams, no classes.  

Now it's just waiting for the results to arrive and stay at home. I'm looking forward to having freedom. Now I shall not use the Internet so often and instead watch movies on Astro or the cinema. Already I have promised friends to watch 2 movies.

One movie I'm interested in is Salt. It stars Angelina Jolie, and the trailer's really interesting.



Yup, it's in Russian, though I think the actual movie's gonna be in English. Nonetheless it's grabbed my attention. I hope it's gonna be released soon.
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Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Exams, Exams

It has been said that this exam would be the last time I'm required to sit for an exam as when I enter the degree program everything's coursework.

It is also a very important exam, for it will determine whether or not I will be able to go abroad.


 Yet, despite all this, I am still being distracted by so many things. I find myself studying for a little while before something else catches my attention. I remember this was the case when I was a kid, too. I would be distracted by so many things while completing my homework.

At the same time, although I'm studying I find it really hard to absorb much information. Just one year ago while cramming for SPM I had a much easier time. I think I'm just not concentrating enough.

So what's been happening in my life these days? Nothing. Apart from the All American Rejects concert I have not gone anywhere else. I just stayed at home, and tried to study. When I couldn't it means that I've given in to temptation.

Sad, but what can I do. College has softened me in some ways although I was strengthened in other ways.



That's a really funny video! Really smart of that guy. Pays to know your students well, which is something I'm not known for, but I'll save it for another post.

As for the Arnold Schwarzenegger picture, I've Googled it, and he says it's just a coincidence. I have my doubts, though. If you would like to see the entire note without his picture, go here. There's also an article talking about it, and I'm sure that if you're curious you will Google it yourself.
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Sunday, 1 November 2009
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It really is amazing that it's November already. In a few more days I shall be sitting for my finals and thereby completing my course, although it does not seem as if a year has passed at all.

Yesterday was Halloween. Somehow this is one of the few Western festivities that did not wash over here, although it would be fun to dress up.



That was Ellen DeGeneres playing a Halloween prank on Taylor Swift.



And that's Ellen's 2009 Halloween pranks.

This week was the week when all my classmates got emotional about the course ending and us splitting. There has been posts on Facebook as well as on blogs, and it's a nice thing to know that the class is fond of each other although we've only met in January.

I'm actually looking forward to ending this year, for some reason. There are so many things I want to do, and not having any classes gives me time to do that.

But at the same time, I know that I must not think of next week just yet. For now, I shall have to work hard, study and hope that it pays off.
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009
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Now I've always wondered what it would be like to be in a TV production, working behind the scenes. It's just so fun knowing how your favourite TV show was made.

After watching an episode of the latest season of The Amazing Race, I decided to do a little research on this. Exactly how is TAR made?

Once the contestants are informed, they will be required to apply for visas to a number of countries. However, to keep things mysterious they will apply for visas to more countries than the ones they will visit. This way they won't know for sure which country will they visit, and which will they not.

At the beginning of the race, you see that they will depart 12 hours from their arrival time. So say if they arrive at a pit stop at 8pm they will depart at 8am. However, sometimes, due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be a 36 hour break, so on TV it still looks like 12.

Pit stop extensions happen for a variety of production-related reasons: extremely bad weather, problems setting up the next leg, Phil being sick, a team lagging several hours behind the rest of the production, and so forth.


Then, sometimes they would head into a designated car. I've always wondered wouldn't it be easier for them to communicate if they sat side by side instead of front and back? Well here's the reason:

Every team is accompanied by a two-man production crew composed of a cameraman and a sound techie. In vehicles, the cameraman always rides "shotgun," and the sound tech sits behind the cameraman. So if they're in a car, the second teammate sits behind the driving teammate. And in a taxi, both teammates are squashed together behind the taxi driver (the better to get both teammates in one shot!).

In addition to these two-man crews, there are also extra camera crews set up at the locations of the race tasks.

But you almost never see these crews on the show, thanks to their own skill, as well as the work of the Amazing Editors.

Oh and in the airports they would head to a counter and ask for 2 tickets. But in actual fact, that scene was reenacted. Teams actually have to buy FOUR tickets- 2 for themselves, and 2 for the production crew. Sometimes they get to fly together with Phil. And during flights if a team is delayed by the crew they will be given time credit.

As for the pit stops, I read that all the clues and pit stops are only placed when the production crew are told of a team's arrival. Once a team had to redo their checking in scene because when they had arrived at the pit stop the team had not.

Cool, eh? You should read this and this.
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Sunday, 25 October 2009
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Michael Jackson's This Is It is coming soon. Or is it here already? I'm not a Michael Jackson fan, so I don't really pay attention to news related to him.

Here's a tutorial by Corey Vidal on how to dance like MJ. His lesson includes the famous moonwalk.



He does point out that it is really hard to replicate the moonwalk exactly as it is as MJ's dance skills are superb.

Knock yourselves out.
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Saturday, 24 October 2009
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The second last week of classes just ended. Next week will be the final week, then it's exams.

But I feel relieved, for I have successfully completed ALL my assignments on time. Today after my presentation, not only did I breathe a sigh of relief that I've completed the presentation and came out fine, but also that I have officially no more deadlines. Now I can just focus on studying for my finals.

After class today a few of us went to Pyramid for a movie. Me, Dixie and Zanardy weren't in the mood so we gave it a skip. Instead we headed to Subway for lunch, and immediately followed it up with dessert at Krispy Kreme. We bought a dozen and shared. I think we had 6 doughnuts untouched.

But it was a nice outing. We managed to talk for a change instead of sitting in the cinema. We talked about our past and the future.

October is already coming to an end, and sadly I've not managed to even start on A Series of Unfortunate Events. Hopefully after the exams with so much time at my disposal I can turn to books and the TV and not use the Internet so often.

Last thing before I end: I find Wipeout a really funny show. Just seeing the contestants' antics on TV and how they fail in obstacles are awfully funny. And guess what? Wipeout Australia is now on AXN (Thursday nights with repeats on Friday evenings if you're wondering).
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Thursday, 22 October 2009
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I know I tried not to mention my assignments but I have to.

I have a presentation this Friday on my research. I'm actually nervous after seeing the guidelines. It doesn't look easy.

But it's Wednesday already, and I only have to last until the end of the week. Things are going out pretty okay.

After that I will have to study, study and study and pray that I do well enough in the finals.

This week has been rather relaxing for me. With most assignments done I don't really have much to do, so I got back to my routine of going to class and coming home after that.

Few days ago while reading a book, I came across one part where the character was said to be someone who is a planner. She has to have everything planned, everything organized. She found that out during a strengths quiz to find out which job is suitable for her. And it struck me that I too like to have things planned and organized, just take my recent organizer to complete my assignments. And it's worked out pretty well for me. I managed to complete my assignments, most of them ahead of the deadline so I don't have to do an all-nighter.

Anyway, that character was suitable for management. And she went into PR.

So maybe PR is the right job for me after all.
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Sunday, 18 October 2009
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It is so unbelievable that it is the second half of October already. It seemed like not too long ago that I started my 3rd semester, but that was in end July.

It is so unbelievable that I would complete my assignments on time. I thought I would not see the light of day.

It is so unbelievable that there is a high possibility I will be going overseas next year.

It is even more unbelievable that I'm already 18 years old.

My finals will be on the first week of November, which means I only have 2 more weeks left. But I am not dreading it. In fact, I'm very much looking forward to it. That's because this week will mean that all my assignments would be finished. I have 3 deadlines this week, the last one on Friday. After that, I will have no more assignments.

The finals will also mean that I have finished my foundation course. I am really, really looking forward to completing this course.

I am looking forward to relaxing at home, to spend the whole day at home doing nothing, to wake up whenever I want, to sleep 10 hours a day. I may not be as sleep deprived as some of my classmates but I still look forward to a break.

Have I mentioned that I love holidays? Ever since I was a kid I had enjoyed it. I know, everyone likes holidays but I think I like it too much for my own good. I would be excited one whole week, most of the time even earlier, when a long holiday's coming. And I would dread the end of holidays. Like now. I'm already looking forward to the holidays. Even more so since these past few weeks had been hectic.

And as I believe that we should all start the week on a good note, here's something to make you laugh.



Like it? Have a great week ahead of you!
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Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Looking Back

I realized that I have not updated for almost a week now.

What kept me so busy? Assignments. I seem to be filling my posts with mentions of assignments.

Today is the 14th day of October. In another 2 weeks or so I will be sitting for my finals, and thus ending my one year foundation course. Once again, time has showed that it is capable of moving so quickly.

This day one year ago, I had "retired" from prefects and was in the final stage of my school life - preparing for SPM. Classes were spent covering the last few sections of the textbook, tuition was dedicated to revisions and free time was spent either studying or something else at home. Everything slowed to a standstill.

How much life's changed for me.

The past 365 days had been pretty eye-opening. I had decided to enter a completely different field- communications. In school I was still studying about scientific facts, about the parts of a fish which I never could remember, about how to identify salts which was awfully tough to memorize and other stuff. But in college I was exposed to a whole new world- reality. I met all sorts of people in the past year, seen so many stuff that opened my eyes about the world.

No joke. My one year stint in the committee of prefects changed me, but this also did. Suddenly coming into college there were so many new things about the world I never knew.

I believe it is the same for all of us who left school, but we just don't realize it until we look back and reflect on it. I definitely am not the same person who entered primary school.



That song was Reflection by Christina Aguilera. A really deep and emotional song. It doesn't really fit into the post but I figured the title meant something.

That was last year when we were helping a teacher key in some details for some database. As we were not on duty anymore we felt the need to break the rules, hence we brought handphones. After years of conforming to the rules of the school it was definitely nice to be able to have the thrill to break them.

It was definitely a whole year of change.
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Friday, 9 October 2009
Lo and Behold!

I can't believe my lecturers are now telling us that the finals will be tough. I'm already under enough pressure, thank you. At least the textbook will be put to use again now.

Last Saturday I decided to give myself a break from assignments since I'm quite ahead of deadlines. On Sunday I again decided to give myself a break. And Monday as well.

The result? No I'm not in need to rush now. I'm still ahead of deadlines. The end result was, well, I was more relaxed. For the past few weeks I would even do my assignments on weekends, even if it was a sentence. It feels better when I know I've done something at least. But I just needed a break from it all. I spent my time watching the TV, using the Internet and reading. I have to say, it is definitely refreshing when you resume working after a break.

It even feels better when you're on track to finishing your assignments without having to rush. No late nights, no tension.

I even managed to watch Sorority Row with my friends. Everyone says it looks like this movie and that movie, and I've watched none of them. There were definitely moments which would make you go "what the...?", but there are also tense moments when you know a person's about to die, but you don't know when. Then, BOOM! The killer makes his move. And you scream.

But I didn't care much about whether the movie was good. It was just a break from assignments for me.

In college we can't copy each others' assignments as that would be plagiarizing, so we have work on our assignments alone, unless of course it's a group assignment. And I'm reminded of the time last year when I copied an assignment.

Okay I shall elaborate. Last year we were given Add Maths assignments to do. I wasn't in class when the teacher explained, so I didn't know what to do. Lame excuse, I know. But I was also busy with prefects, constantly missing class and procrastinating, and the deadline slipped from my mind. When the day arrived we begged for an extension. You know high school teachers. Beg and you'll get what you want... most of the time. Especially if the teacher likes you.

But I was still blur about the assignment, so I did the smart thing. I used the Internet. There were the full assignment for students to download, but somehow the teachers found out. So I resorted to copying my friend's. Really, I got the soft copy, and printed everything out. So for the assignment, I just printed it, and drew a few graphs on a graph paper.

3 of us handed in identical assignments, with identical mathematical values but with different graphs. And we got 3 different scores. Most would say it's due to the graphs, but I like to think that a) the teacher didn't notice or b) she was being kind.

But as I complete the first batch of assignments, the second batch has more or less arrived. We've received deadlines for the rest of our assignments. I would be extremely happy when I complete the course.

So all in all, last week was productive, and this week was refreshing. But now, I'm back to my assignments.
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Sunday, 4 October 2009
I'm On a Roll

Since EL asked me to put up the picture of the aforementioned creative letter to the editor by Lemony Snicket, I shall continue talking about ASOUE.

Lemony's real name is Daniel Handler. And apparently the series has won multiple awards.

Anyway, here's the scanned version of the letter to the editor:

Can you read what it says? I didn't wet the book, mind you. It was printed that way.

And speaking of Lemony's creativeness, here's part of the synopsis of the 10th book, The Slippery Slope:

Like handshakes, house pets, or raw carrots, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up- and down- a range of strange and distressing mountains.

Unfortunately, I have dedicated my life to researching and recording the sad tale of the Baudelaire Orphans. There is no reason for you to dedicate yourself to such things, and you might instead dedicate yourself to letting this slippery book slip from your hands into a nearby trash receptacle, or deep pit.

Isn't it just creative how he manages to put those mentioning of slipperiness in it, when the title is The Slippery Slope? Oh and except the last book, which is The End, all the other titles are always named in 3 words, the something and something. And the two words' initials are always the same. Bad Beginning (B,B), Slippery Slope (S,S)...

As for Lemony's profile in the books, here's an example:

Until recently, Lemony Snicket was presumed to be "presumed dead". Instead, this "presumed" presumption wasn't disproved to not be incorrect. As he continues with his investigation, interest in the Baudelaire case has increased. So has his horror.


Yes, he can bring you around in circles that way. He is simply very good that way.

Okay enough about ASOUE. I have two videos to share.

The first is a banned MasterCard commercial. It's funny and really creative, no wonder it was banned.



Can you imagine a father who's so cool about it? And MasterCard's tagline's really good, "there are some things money can't buy. For everything else there's MasterCard.

Now the next video, is a banned New Moon trailer. I don't know why it was banned, so you'll just have to take a look for yourself.



I know I know, at the beginning you went "what the..?" before you either stopped watching or you continued because you were curious.

I'm supposed to be "busy with assignments" but because some deadlines were postponed and I realized I did quite a lot already so I'm giving myself a break.
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Friday, 2 October 2009
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Last year when I was studying for SPM, I was forcing myself to read book after book after book. So to de-stress I turned to the Internet.

This year is the other way round. Now with all the assignments piling up I seem to be using the computer a lot. And I'm reading to de-stress.

There was a period in my life when I read a lot. Losing myself in another place seemed like a very nice thing to do. But then life became more complicated and I read less books.

But now after hours of doing an assignment, all I want to do is to release all the tension and stress. Reading makes me forget about the day's stress, it calms my mind down and that makes it easier for me to fall asleep. It is truly a nice thing to do when you're stressed up. Reading makes everything slow down, and in our fast paced lives that's just what I need to calm down.

And the book? I chose Diana Wynne Jones's The Worlds of Chrestomanci. Truth be told my sister was the one who read the books but I think I ended up liking them more. It's basically about this world where magic is common, and there's this enchanter with nine lives by the title of Chrestomanci who is in charge of making sure magic is not misused.

To read them now is a different experience. I lose myself in the same world, but I also think back about my younger days, and all the nice memories then. It's really a wonderful experience, to think about how I was as a kid, and how much joy I had being in my own world. I think it also has to do with my possibly leaving next year. It would truly mean that I've grown up, but I don't want to.

Another series which I hope to be able to re-read is A Series of Unfortunate Events (ASOUE). That's another series that I enjoyed reading. It tells the story of 3 siblings whose parents were killed in a fire, who were then left in the care of a distant relative, who actually only wants their fortune. But they thwarted him, and as they changed guardians, he followed them.

The story is rather repetitive as their enemy always catches up to them, but there are a few reasons I enjoy reading this series. First, the way it's written. Lemony Snicket (pen name of the author) wrote it in a really interesting way- the omniscient point of view. But his prose, is just unique.

Then there's the mysteries. The whole tale is actually much darker than a series of books for children. There's secret societies, a schism, secret codes, etc. And everything has been very well planned. The whole story's been laid out when the first book (The Bad Beginning) was out.

But the most unique thing about the series was the creativity. Lemony Snicket is only a pen name, but it was never revealed in the books to be so. In fact, several characters in the book has the last name of Snicket. If I remember correctly Lemony Snicket was a brother to the siblings' friend, so it seemed as if the author is telling a real story.

And you know how at the back of the books there's a short synopsis? "A tale of epic adventure" and that sort of statement was the ones that are most often used. But ASOUE's synopsis goes something like this: "Dear reader, I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy". That's the first and last sentence of the first book's synopsis. The middle gives a slight appetizer of what's about to happen, in the same manner of writing ("In this short book alone the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast"). All the synopses encourage you to put the book down, but with that sort of catchy synopsis, I can't imagine who would.

Then at the end of each book, the author gives hints as to what happens in the next book. "To my kind editor, I am writing to you from the London branch of the Herpetological Society, ...". Basically the second book has something to do with it. But it always seems real, as, for example, when the next book had something to do with submarines, the letter would seem wet and torn. Really good marketing and creativity.

And his writing style is just as unique, let me assure you that.
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Monday, 28 September 2009
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Nah I'm only joking.

I took a piece of paper just now and divided the paper into several sections, which I used to write down all my deadlines for the next couple of days and my plans to have them completed.

I'm an organized person that way. I find it much easier to do something if I had planned everything. This way I can fully concentrate on what I'm doing without having to worry about missing a deadline.

Similarly, by planning what I'll have to do to complete my assignments, I don't have to worry about missing out on one assignment. This way I can do work in a more organized and in my opinion, efficient manner. I mean, when you have so much on your mind you can't possibly focus 100% on the task at hand. Planning everything would allow me to.

And did anyone watch The Human Family Tree on National Geographic? It's a documentary on a theory about the origin of humans. In that documentary it was shown that everyone in the world is actually related! We can actually trace our lineage down to only one man and one woman who lived long time ago. They lived in different times, but somehow only their genes survived till today. And they were Africans. So the theory is, we all began as Africans! But as we migrated out of Africa, we had to adapt to different climates and living conditions, hence the vast difference in humans today.

But the documentary highlighted one important point: On the outside, we humans look so different, but genetically, we're all in the same family.
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Wednesday, 23 September 2009
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So this week was the Raya break. All schools had a week's break, and they only resume lessons next Monday. And since I have classes and didn't go anywhere, I stayed home. And it's really quiet. Streets are near empty. There's no traffic, even at peak times like 7.30 (like this morning when I was driving to college).

It's so nice to see empty streets around Subang. The constant jams and hectic lives just disappeared this week. I guess everyone just wanted to head somewhere to unwind. And meet their families and celebrate Raya.

As for me, I just enjoyed the holidays. Besides a surprise belated birthday celebration, nothing special happened. I just lazed at home, although I fully well know that I have assignments to complete.

Anyhow, here's another topic that EL, YX and I are into. We call it a sort of series, because every now and then we have topics on our blogs on different opinions on a topic. Previously, our opinions can be backed by facts, but not this time. It's purely opinion. Anyway, one day I thought about this: Would you want to be good at something, or average in many things?

I think I am average in most things I do. Studies, badminton, anything at all, I'm never the best, I'm just the one who's not the best and not the worst either. Sometimes I'm even below average. And if I were to think of something I'm talented in, nothing comes to mind. Absolutely nothing. I can only think about things where I'm average, below average and dreadful in.

So my personal stand is: given the chance, I would of course prefer to be good at SOMETHING, and be average at everything else.

It's funny that they say everyone's born to be good at something, yet I can think of nothing that I have a talent in. In 18 years of my life I have not found an innate talent. What do they say about people like me, then?

Are we cursed with being good at nothing, or just blessed with the ability to not suck in almost anything we do?

Or are we created this way to prevent the world from becoming the same? You know what they say: If everyone's the same, the world would be a boring place. So preventing it from happening comes at our expense.

Well what can I do? I've accepted that I'm mostly average in many things, and am not talented in anything. And while I would prefer if I were, it's not something I think about all the time. Nor do I regrets about it. After all it contributed in making me who I am today.
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