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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Sunday, 20 September 2009
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After such a long time, I finally got to play badminton on Friday.

I now realize that my stamina has been decreasing ever since I played less badminton than before. I get tired pretty quickly now. I shall hope that although my stamina is not what it used to be, hopefully my skill remains intact. After all, I do harbour hopes of playing badminton in Australia. Not just playing, but representing something. My uni, course, anything. Perhaps I'll be pretty good there. I heard that in colder climate you don't tire as fast, and you don't see the Aussies winning any titles or challenging even our Datuk Lee. It may not turn into reality but I'm entitled to my dreams and hopes.

I hate it that I'm having classes on Wednesday. This week was supposed to be the mid semester break but because of the H1N1 outbreak they moved it forward. Now I only have holidays till Tuesday.

So now, I'm enjoying my holidays. Hopefully you're all enjoying yours too.
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Friday, 18 September 2009
Mid Term, Over

My mid term exam ended today. And while it is a pleasure to walk the final few steps to finishing this course, it is not easy.

From now on I will have to work on my assignments till the end of October. Then it's time to pick the books up again to study for my finals. I shall be optimistic and say that I will be able to complete it.

On Thursday after Moral exam we went to Pyramid, and in the end I came home with a ticket to watch the All American Rejects! I'm pretty excited, especially since I managed to convince some friends to go along. Not that it was particularly tough. Who wouldn't want to watch them for 8.50? Too bad I'm not a celebrity blogger, or I could've gotten commission from DiGi.


That's the ticket. Of course I covered the ticket number. Wouldn't want anyone using my ticket would I.

I'm actually getting more excited by the minute, as this is the first performance I'm going to that actually features an artist I enjoy. I've only watched Lee Hom previously, and that was accompanying my sister. While he's not bad, I'm not a fan.

Gotta go now, I'm watching a documentary about Henry VIII on History. I'm actually surprised at how much I know about Tudor England.
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Sunday, 13 September 2009
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Is anyone following the US Open? I just watched the women's semi final, and the last point was really, really, dramatic and hilarious at the same time.

Serena Williams lost her temper after a foot fault was called, and after being really rude to the linesman, she was given a point penalty. Unfortunately that gave her opponent a victory.

Take a look at the whole event unfolding:



The first time I saw it on TV, I was really shocked to see that. Isn't Serena a very experience player who has been around for more than a decade? Why did she just lose her temper like that when she's losing?

Here's the post match interview, where she elaborates a little on what really happened. Can you actually believe that she said she can't really remember what she said?



Here's the article from the New York Times.
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Friday, 11 September 2009
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Today's the anniversary of 9/11!

But although to many Americans it would bring memories of that horrific day, to me, it is HAPPY BIRTHDAY EELYN!

I remember that when it happened, I didn't know about it until I was told. At that time I don't read the newspaper, see.

And I learned that Ellen Degeneres is the new permanent judge on American Idol. It should be more fun to watch now, I wonder how she's like as a judge.

I love being mistaken for a banana. People will speak in Chinese thinking I don't understand a word. It's not even eavesdropping if they're talking like normal right in front of me, and I can just have no reaction while actually listening to their every word.

I'm having my mid term exams next week and I've barely studied. I want to do well, but yet here I am, online and blogging.

Tomorrow's a Saturday, which I'm determined to spend studying. I seem to have lost my ability to study; in form 5 I think I was better at absorbing facts and memorizing them.

Yesterday a few of us stayed back after class at the mamak. Somehow the topic turned to stories of the supernatural. Some were really freaky, and to make it worse, out of a sudden strong winds started blowing in the college, it was so strong that several temporary billboards placed by some people having an event fell to the ground. Later pamphlets they were holding were blown by the wind too, scattered all around the floor. And the sky wasn't even dark.

Coincidence?
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Tuesday, 8 September 2009
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Yes, today's my 18th.

I remember few years back when a friend of mine turned 18, she said she can finally watch any movies.

At that time, my thought was "I can't wait for that day too"! But now that I'm 18, I feel kinda... old. Yes, OLD. I'm no longer a child, although I still feel very much like one.

My college mates brought me for Final Destination, which is my first 18 & above film as an 18 year old.



I was also treated to a 'birthday crown' (from Burger King), a cake (BK too) and an airlift (Okay not an airlift, but the one where people throw you into the air and catch you. I can't think of the correct term for that now). So to any of you guys reading this, thanks for the wonderful day =). And thanks to those who wished me, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY as well to my 'twins', Ann Nee and Avinash.

Speaking of wishes, today I learned a few lessons in life. Friends whom I rarely talk to wished me happy birthday on facebook. And while replying them it dawned on me that I don't know their birthdays.

I feel horribly guilty, because when I go on facebook I somehow always miss the birthdays section. And I'm really not good with remembering dates. But it's really weird. Some people's birthdays I have no problem remembering, some I remember for some time and some I can't remember at all.

So today, from Final Destination I learnt that we should appreciate every day of our lives, and live it to our fullest, and I shall make an effort to check for birthdays.
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Sunday, 6 September 2009
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Michael Jackson was finally buried few days ago, nearly 2 months after he died. And I'm wondering, is there even a body left? Or did they mummify him?

Tomorrow's a public holiday, and I'm really, really glad that it is. I just love holidays. A lot.

I managed to reread Garth Nix's Sabriel this week. Reading it brings back good old memories. You see, there was a time when I read a lot. That was a time when in my spare time I would read instead of watching TV or going online. And it was definitely a time when I did not have so many things to worry about. Life was very much simpler then, and I do miss it sometimes.

Anyway, my sister who's able to enjoy extremely fast internet in Russia asked me to check these videos out. Don't you think the guy's really talented! Maybe not, but since I do not have a musical bone in me, the songs were really nice.





I was just reminded that my mid semester exams are coming soon, and so in the list of assignments, now I will have to add studying to the list as well. I'm really starting to worry because every time I turn the computer on to study I would end up going online and not studying, and I would feel so guilty later and the thought that I did not study scares me, but only for awhile.

Right, my notes await me. Live long, and prosper.

P.S. Is anyone having trouble posting on the cbox? Cos' I am.
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Friday, 4 September 2009
End of the Week

Although the week's ended, I realize that I really don't have much time to rest. I have tons of assignments over the next two months, including a research paper and a social documentary.

The research paper is pretty tough, mainly because my topic is more of an opinion rather than something I can prove with facts. But so far I've been lucky, my lecturer gave useful advice and I've been able to locate information, although it ain't a lot.

There's also a speaking task for the research; we have to present our written paper to an audience. I think I've found pretty good information, but I'm still unsure of whether I can answer questions from the floor. I tend to not be able to think properly when I'm nervous, and public speaking makes me nervous no matter how many times I've done it over the years.

This third semester of college is really different from the previous two, at least for me. For the past 8 months I was given at least 1 day off a week. Now I have to go to college every single day, and what's worse, the amount of assignments seem to have increased. Or perhaps it's because for the past few months we could use the extra day for assignments; now we don't. Yes although it's mostly half-day classes, I don't really have the mood to continue with college work after I just returned from college.

But here's something that brightened my day.

That, my friends, is my former Biology teacher! My friend told me that she's in the newspaper, and I quickly went to see. I never expected her to be "front page news", so when I saw her, I laughed out loud. Really, it wasn't a chuckle, it was laughter.

She was my only Biology teacher in form 4 and 5, and stories of her never fail to make me laugh. She is just such a funny character.

And that, is my 4 "pet brother and sisters" and I. We took that picture during graduation day. It was the only one of the 5 of us I can think of, besides a few others taken a few seconds after that, with us in our signature poses. But that's for another day. You see, we sat together in one row in form 5 (yes, 5 in a row, that's how my class tables were arranged) and one day we just started joking about each other and started calling each other siblings. Or something like that, I can't really remember.

Arrgh! I miss high school!
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Tuesday, 1 September 2009
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The Emmy Winning video "Yes We Can" is a collage style music video inspired by a speech delivered by Barack Obama following the 2008 New Hampshire primary, derived from similar union catch cries. The song was released on February 2, 2008 by the Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am on Dipdive.com and also on YouTube.

YES WE CAN was bestowed an Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches - Entertainment at the 35th Annual Daytime Creative Arts and Entertainment Emmy Awards Ceremony on June 13th 2008 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.


Really interesting video.
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