Archive for May, 2006

Falling…

May 31, 2006

Sorry for the lack of updates the past week or so. My mind has been pretty occupied with a lot of things and at the same time trying to finish a book which I want to be done with by Friday/Saturday. THEN I can prepare for the presentation.

Speaking of falling (*points to the title*), I took a tumble this afternoon. I was walking down the stairs at home and the weirdest thing happened; I fell. That’s me: A CLUTZ. The last time I fell, I was going up stairs. That was more than 6 months ago. Funnily today’s fall was me going down the stairs. Have a few bruises here and there (other than my ego of course), and not to forget a not-too-serious-sprained ankle. At least I hope it’s not serious. Oh what fun.

I have been feeling a little under the weather as of late. Aches and congestion. I think the weather change does that, in addition to stress of some sort.

Anyway, here’s the song of the day for me. It’s got a nice melody to it:

Everything’s changing by Keane

You say you wander your own land
But when I think about it
I don’t see how you can
You’re aching, you’re breaking
And I can see the pain in your eyes
Says everybody’s changing
And I don’t know why

So little time
Try to understand that I’m
Trying to make a move just to stay in the game
I try to stay awake and remember my name
But everybody’s changing
And I don’t feel the same

You’re gone from here
And soon you will disappear
Fading into beautiful light
Cause everybody’s changing
And I don’t feel right

Oh yeah, tomorrow is Gawai. So, to those celebrating who reads this: Selamat Hari Gawai. Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai.

That’s about it from me. I have nothing exciting to report other than the fall so I’m going to watch tv now and relax. Toodles~

Tralalalala

May 24, 2006

I got a call from a professor’s personal assistant (PA) this morning. She asked me about those books I was SUPPOSE to be reading. So I told her a white lie that I was almost done with the Ted C. Fishman book (Well, I didn’t wanna come off as lazy…even though I am =P). Then PA tells me “Oh, that’s good because Prof-so-and-so asked me to call and tell you to prepare a 20 minute presentation on the books you read.” At this point I’m smacking myself on the head and politely say, “Okay, and when would he like me to do this presentation?” PA answers, “Oh I’m just calling to let you know you need to prepare. I will call again to tell you when he wants to meet with you”.

GREAT, now I will have no chance of procrastinating because I no freaking clue he wants the presentation which means I have to start working on it right away. Heh I make it sound like it’s a bad thing. Don’t mind me. I’m feeling lazy at the moment, as I have the past week or so. I keep telling myself to do this and that tomorrow but I end up not doing it when tomorrow comes. Okay, okay…I’ll turbo read the book I need do ASAP and do a review of some sort and yak my way through the presentation. =S

On a totally out-of-context note, today I found out that a friend has started reading my blog. So, welcome to my online MADNESS Josephine. *wink*

Ooohh it’s 11pm. “Charmed” is on ntv7. Toodles~~

May 20, 2006

I’ve come to a conclusion that today is PISS SHIN OFF Day. Hence, as a revelation, from this minute onwards I will be a bitch. :)

And in case, any of you idiots out there are wondering, no I’m not PMSing.

Four Weddings and a Funeral….I’m kidding on the wedding part..just one wedding.

May 12, 2006

With cousins back from Australia and the wedding, I’ve been pretty occupied this week. It’s kind of weird for me to attend a funeral and a wedding of the same family within 10 days.

The Funeral

The funeral was held in this cozy little chapel an hour away from the house. It looked like a mini castle. The cemetery was HUGE. I would say it’s about 5 times bigger than your normal cemetery here in Kuching. There was a mixture of different tombstones, from Christians to Muslims to Jewish to Independents to Taoism. The cemetery looked like it had been around since the 18th century or so because some tombstones looked very old and a few were almost falling apart.

Unlike cemeteries here, the one in Australia was clean and looked very peaceful, with trees and flowers planted all over the place. Here are some pictures (don’t worry, no icky eerie shots. Had I not mention it was a cemetery, you wouldn’t know):

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The chapel. Looks like a little castle doesn’t it?

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Side view

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Another side view. Angels on the roof.

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Outside the crematorium (which looks like a hacienda to me)

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Australian flag at half mast as a symbol of respect

The Wedding

In less than a week upon my return from Australia, I attended my cousin’s wedding. It was postponed for a few times already so it had to go on. I was so busy on the day of the wedding, from fixing her dress to her makeup to getting her food and drinks. Come to think of it, isn’t that the task of a maid of honour? I wasn’t the maid of honor OR the bridesmaid though. Figures..pfffttttt. BUT I did get a nice AngPow for that day (seeing as I’m running out of money). =D The church ceremony took place at St. Joseph’s Church followed by the wedding reception/dinner at 6.30pm in Dewan AsaJaya, Holiday Inn.

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The bouquet

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The Dress

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The Hair

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St. Joseph church

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Me before the wedding dinner. Makeup by yours truly heh =D

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Unfortunately my hairdo wasn’t by me. I don’t have that good of hands. I did give instructions as to how I wanted my hair to be done. Hehehe

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With the sister (also my cousin) of the bride and my “bouquet” (which I got from “collecting” roses and orchids from the decorations in the banquet hall AFTER dinner AFTER everyone [well almost everyone] left) and yes I know I look “big”.

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The arch that was in the banquet hall seen outside the entrance of church in the morning.

I didn’t get the chance to walk around during dinner to take pictures of the banquet hall. There was a pair of ice sculptured swans on the stage and a nice banner. The hall was filled with pink and off-white roses and orchids and a nicely decorated arch which I was REALLY tempted to steal but I didn’t think it would fit in my car. =( In the end, I “used” the flowers on the arch for my “bouquet”. Hehehe

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I finished writing up an overview of China’s political economic history a few weeks ago. I am tempted to add more information to the already 14 pages. But if I were to do that, it would require more effort on my part. Come to think of it, I think I’ll skip that for now. Heh I got the books I need to read from the library on Tuesday. I haven’t even finished one let alone 3 of them. *HELP*

I contemplated posting my writings on China here and decided that it would be boring, plus it’s not like the whole world wide web reads my blog anyway and even if they do I wouldn’t know as no one leaves comments. Heh I’ll reconsider AGAIN.

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On a another note, here’s a funny quote for the day: “Its rainy, cold, windy, and grey outside. So I get a fortune cookie to see my fortune for today as a joke. Its said: the weather is wonderful. *straight face*” — Rob

Such is life..

May 1, 2006

Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. I’ve been away from home for around 5 days.

I have just returned from Australia this morning at 1. It has been a tough week for the family. You see, an aunt passed away earlier last week. She has been fighting cancer for about 6 months. She was only 58. She was laid to rest on Thursday. Rest in peace Sa Mak Ee. You will be missed.

It wasn’t exactly a shock to hear the news but it doesn’t make it easy. The worst for me was that a couple nights before she died, I had a dream about her. She was talking to my mom and telling her that she’s fine, that she’s not sick anymore. I woke up, thinking it was a good sign that she will soon be healed and live longer.

I guess it was naive of me to think that and not the other side of the coin. True, she isn’t sick anymore, she’s not suffering, she is fine. She’s with God now.

To have 2 deaths in the family in under a year tends to rattle your chains. Thoughts of whether your own mother or even yourself might suffer the same fate flows through your head. It’s tough to attend two funerals of the people you love in the span of 9 months. It’s even tougher for my mom to attend 2 funerals of her elder sisters.

I end this post with one thought; Life is the most precious thing, don’t waste it meaninglessly with material and shallow things.

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