Sunday, 28 June 2009
Standard Chartered KL Marathon

I had never been a big fan of jogging or marathons. But throughout my life I've participated in several runs, for the fun of it.

However, I only realized that the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is in fact more of a professional one when I examined the contents of the goodie bag. Apparently, the piece of paper with our number on it (called a bib, I think) had this electronic timing solution, which "has a passive radio transponder sticker". Yea I didn't get that either. But I understand it as a device to time us. The second clue struck me upon us arriving there. There were hordes of people standing around the area although it was barely past 5 in the morning, and they didn't look like people who joined just to have a fun time, though. A lot of them looked really professional, some even came in team costumes. And everyone seemed very well prepared. The emcee even said something about training since last year which shocked me as I had not done any preparations.

I had no idea what time the race started, but I know it was jam packed! As 10km was the shortest route for adults it was the most popular.

By the time we arrived I would've happily slept right there. We (Yixian, Jiawei, Yuetyin and I) were so tired as we didn't get much sleep.

And not just that! Several celebrities attended too! I saw the national swimmer Daniel Bego walking around. Looks like he ran too. And Ning Baizura performed on stage, although I don't think she received much attention as everyone was too worn out to even cheer.

And the race itself? I think I'm fortunate to have completed it relatively unscathed. Last year when I participated in my school's cross country run I ended up feeling exhausted by the time I reached the finish line that I sat down and just gulped down continous Revive drinks provided. This time I decided not to push myself since I had not trained at all. And I also brought along my iPod which really helped while the time away.

In the end, I completed 10 km to loud cheers from lots of unknown people (yes I was pretty late) and guess what I ended up with?

A finisher's medal, hopefully a certificate, blisters and sore muscles (though I can only blame myself for that!) and fatigue.

I don't have any pictures as I didn't want to bring along a camera which is rather inconvenient for a marathon, but Yixian did and I'm hoping to get the pics soon. Then I'll post again. For now, my bed's fascinatingly inviting.
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Sunday, 21 June 2009
Frustration

I always frustrate myself when I stand at crossroads.

Decision making was never one of my fine points, and it probably won't be for a very long time. I had always found it hard to decide on something, no matter what it is. As long as a decision from me is required, most of the time I would struggle to choose.

Perhaps it's because I always act on my whims. When I feel the urge to do something I would go ahead and do it. When the time comes for me to decide to continue down that road or to pick my new whim, I would not be able to choose.

But a decision needs to be made. What do I do then? I do not weigh all pros and cons, but rather just a few. When the cons of one side is heavily pulling it down then I immediately choose the other.

And after sometime, I find myself doubting whether I made the right decision. Perhaps I should've stuck to the first one. After all I did not consider some of the bad sides of my current choice.

Then the whole process begins once again.

The worst things I've decided on are courses. I would see a course, be interested in it and sign up. Then as I become less interested I would dread going.

Initially I thought that perhaps I had outgrown this, that perhaps now I can consider carefully before making a choice and live with whatever decisions I make. Perhaps I didn't choose based on what I'm currently into. Sadly, that's not the case.

For the past few months I had been contemplating the many decisions I've made this year. Now I am beginning to look back and think that perhaps I should've chosen the other. Some, after some further thinking, I thought that I did make the right decision after all.

Yet for some choices I've made, I'm doubting myself. Did I do the right thing? Will I regret making that decision?
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Monday, 15 June 2009
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If you had read Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator, you'll realize just how crazy some people will get over 'in' things.

Social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook to the current storm taking over the country- Twitter. I'm definitely one of those people. I used to have more than 5 accounts on different social networking sites.

But I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about a new craze taking over the youth scene- FMyLife.

A friend introduced it to me and I have been checking it once every few days since. If you don't already know what it is, let me tell you. It's basically a global website for people who have had a bad day. I mean, a really really bad day. The tagline for the site is "My life sucks but I don't give a f***".

I don't know what attracts me to the site, but I just find it hilarious to read some of the things.

Like today for example.

"Today, my grandpa died. I decided to call my grandma to make sure she was going to be fine. After talking over the phone for 30 minutes or so, I told her goodbye and said 'Say hi to grandpa for me'. "


Reading those just makes me laugh. It's not that I enjoy having other people suffer. It's just that the things that happen to them are funny! Just that day I read about a woman whose daughter put shit in her MOUTH. Who wouldn't laugh at that! Or this:

Today, I was peeing in the shower when my girlfriend suddenly pulled open the shower curtain in an attempt to scare me. Startled, I quickly spun around and peed all over her dress.


You gotta agree, it is mighty funny!

The site may sound vulgar, but so far I have not seen anyone putting up any swear words. It's mostly very straighforward statements, like Tweeting, except it's about what a horrible day they've had.

Enjoy!
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Friday, 12 June 2009
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In college now having video editing skills would be extremely advantageous. I've tried my hand at several videos but mostly they required putting pictures together and the simple act of adding a song to it.

Lately I've tried putting videos inside too since I bought a new software that would allow me to trim the video (Windows Movie Maker, if I'm not mistaken, doesn't have that function).

And when I was watching Survivor: Tocantins, a thought occurred to me. I should make a survivor video! Fan made intros are pretty popular since fans can choose contestants of their choice, number of contestants and even trim the music.

So I downloaded some clips from YouTube, converted some of it to audio and started the video making process. And the result is...



So, what do you think of it? It took me a rather long time to complete this, so I would really like to hear some feedback on how I fared. You can leave a comment here or on the YouTube page.

I definitely will be editing more videos in time to come, I just need something to edit and the extra time. I have had to go to college every day except weekends and today for the past 2 weeks that I did not have a long enough time to edit a video. And I wasn't in the mood to do any editing as I came home tired.

I'm so happy and excited about my work that I'm watching the video over and over again. Hopefully it has the same effect on you!

And once again, don't, don't forget to comment!
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Wednesday, 10 June 2009
My Life So Far

The second semester of college just got tougher.

Now, assignments are being given very often. Tomorrow I have 2 assignments due. Thank goodness they are group assignments and I needn't do all the work myself. I really don't know why some of the lecturers are giving out the assignments now rather than spreading it out throughout the semester.

An interesting incident happened this week, which left me slightly shocked. Of course, there's a chance that I'm wrong, but as they say, always trust your instincts.

Otherwise, this week has been pretty much uneventful.

On another note, did anybody watch Survivor: Tocantins?

I had always found the Survivor series really interesting. The last episode of that season just aired a few weeks ago. I like the way the game's played, with all the strategy involved and all that. Watching losing players about to be voted off fight to stay on is nice too.

But I did notice that the later seasons' challenges were much more brutal than the earlier ones. Contestants are basically wrestling to win challenges. I wonder how come nobody was sent to the medical team so far.

I suppose they had to do something to keep the show interesting.
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Wednesday, 3 June 2009
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The last two weeks was my mid term exams.

I was rather surprised that I did pretty well. Better than what I expected anyway.

Out of 80+ students in Mass Comm I was probably the first to finish the exam, so getting a 'GOOD' and a rather high score is not bad at all.

English... I was just relieved that I improved on my essay, given that I was graded pretty poorly in the practice essay. And... yes, it's a score to be proud of too.

Now Malaysian Media History is the one I was most nervous about. Because I woke up late for the exam!

YES I WOKE UP LATE.

I woke up at the time the exam's supposed to start. So to do well on that exam, was really a good feeling.

Luckily I live just 10 minutes away from college!
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