Archive for September, 2006

Going on a mini vacation

September 30, 2006

I’m heading to Bangkok over the Raya holidays. I’m quite excited as I have never been to Bangkok before. It would be nice to get a mini vacation after all that has happened here in the last six months or so.

I need to de-stress.

I’ll be away from the 25th until the 28th October. I know the beaches there are simply beautiful but I am not sure if I will get a chance to hit the beach as it’s only a 4 day trip. If I do I’ll have a field day taking pictures! :D I hear shopping in Bangkok is a riot! hahaha Nontheless, I also need to save up for the US trip….

Oh, about the trip to the States. I got reservations in to leave December 14th and coming back on January 4th. Technically, it’ll be the 6th when I touchdown in Kuching. Anyway, I will be spending Christmas there. I know it’ll be winter when I get there and it will be cold BUT if it’s going to be COLD it’d BETTER snow or I’ll throw a fit. Yeah! Ermmm, something like that lah. It would be so much fun, not to mention FREEZING. I’m even more excited about this trip! I don’t have anything to wear though. The clothes I have surely are not sufficient enough to keep me warm when it’s like -10C or lower outside. Did you hear that Rob? *hint*nudge*hint*nudge*

Dang, I wished I had bought that pair of boots when I was in Australia earlier this year.

Oooooo, that gives me an idea. I’ll go hunt for boots in Bangkok! :D

MWAHAHAHAHAHA

My blog is now Firefox friendly

September 28, 2006

I just found out last night that FireFox users see a different layout on my blog than those who browse with IE.

I got a complaint that it was hard to read and I was really trying to figure out why purple text on pinkish white background is so hard to read? Turns out something in the template didn’t go too well with Firefox. On Firefox it’s purple font on black background.

How it lookED on Firefox

This is how my blog looks like to me all this while. Purple text on pinkish white background. I don’t bother using Firefox regardless how some people tell me it’s better than IE blah blah blah. I don’t bother with these things. I’m used to IE and I have no problems with it. Hence, I’ll continue using it until it really gives me trouble. So, I apologize to Firefox users on the hard-to-read-text. It wasn’t really my fault, just something on the template that Firefox couldn’t read or something like that lah.

Anyway, I consulted my PC technician AKA Rob and he helped me figure out some html codes (which I am SUCH a beginner at). Robbie fixed it! Isn’t he wonderful? :D Thanks honey! Wuv you.

So now my blog is IE AND Firefox friendly. Enjoy!

A fifteen minute spa

September 27, 2006

I had a good day today. :D

I had brunch at Coffee Bean with my cousin. My cousin wanted to try the lasagna and I ordered my favorite roast beef sandwich with panini bread. Yum!

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My roast beef sandwich. Tomatoes, cheese, roast beef and lettuce. How can you NOT drool?

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Cousin’s lasagna. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

After Coffee Bean, we walked around a bit in Sarawak Plaze and Tun Jugah before my aunt (her mom) called and invited me for a hydrotherapy/spa session. It’s some craze to hit Kuching as of late and to be honest, I always find such “craze” ridiculous and eventually will pass. So, my aunt invited me and seeing as I didn’t have to pay for it I agreed.

The hydrotherapy place is at Jalan Song, next to a hardware store. It’s the row of shops opposite the Church. This hydrotherapy thingy is basically a very powerful bubble bath/jacuzzi. The jet air bubbles claim to energize one’s body, giving it exercise and slim fitness.

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The reception area

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I like the pillows! They’re cool

Since it was my first time there, the Guy at the reception area took the time to explain to me the benefits on hydrotherapy. I paid attention to what he was saying. *cough*

Guy turns on the machine that makes water in a tub bubble up like a jacuzzi and he starts explaining…

Guy: So this is how the machine works. You see, when the bubbles start, it forms so-and-so and it’s good for so-and-so. When those so-and-so are released, the body absorbs those so-and-so and releases so-and-so from the body. It really is good for health.

Me: Ermmmm…I don’t think I can fit in that tub. :/
(You can tell I was paying attention to the information he was conveying to me :P)

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The model tub at the reception area. I seriously can’t fit in it. I’m too damn fat!

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We were served tea while Guy was babbling. Heh

Before I was about to head into the room where the tub is, Guy explains the different positions you can sit in the tub which helps different parts of the body. He points at a diagram and starts to explain….

Guy: Okay, this is the squating position. You basically just squat in the tub and the bubble will take effect on areas below the waist. For instance, the buttocks. For men it’s really good for them because the jet air bubbles circulates the blood in his……his ummm…uhhhh…the uhhh…ummmm…

Me: His what? *innocently*cough* (I knew what he wanted to say when he stammered)

Guy: …..ermmmm well his umm…his uhh….his……his pee place…you know…?

Me: Oh, you mean his dick? *snicker* (I think he means it helps men with their prostate)

Guy: Ummm…uhhhh..yeah….okay so this next position…..

And he went on about other ways to sit in the tub and the bubbles will focus on those area blah blah blah.

He showed me into this lil room with a tub filled with water and a machine on the wall. He turned it on and bubbles were going BLOOP BLOOP BLOOP. I was excited to get in because I LOVE BUBBLE BATHS! Before I went in, Guy said “Enjoy and relax!”

Inside I was thinking *roll eyes* and closed the door and locked it, got naked (yes you go in naked) and climbed into the tub. I sat in the tub and bubbles were literally smacking the hell outta me. It felt good actually, like getting a massage. Not that I have anything to compare it too but I would assume that’s how a massage feels like. After 5 minutes in the tub, every part of my body was “smacked” by the strong jet air bubbles. And I mean EVERY part of my body. :>

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How the little room looks like…tub, candles and lights.

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A closer look at the tub

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I see the light…do you see the light?

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The candle. I was sniffing it a lot because I was trying to figure out if it was aromatherapy. :P

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“We must practice right mindfulness. The right state of mind strengtens us and happy mind attracts good fortune.” The sign says it all, don’t you think? *snicker*

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Check out the jet air bubbles! They really DO smack you around.

After this hydrotherapy I did feel energized and warm all over my body. My heart was beating faster than normal which (I think) proves the claim that it’s equivalent to jogging 3km so one session is limited only to 15 minutes. You can do another session but it has to be 4 hours after the initial session. Anyway, this therapy also claims to beautify (how I’m not sure), improve blood circulation, increase metabolism and strengthen immune system but of course those are effects that you “may” see in the long-run. Using it once, I can’t say if it’s really true or not.

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Me after hydrotherapy…don’t I look beautified? *sarcastically*

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I finally ate my Snickers candy bar this afternoon. It was SOOOOOO good! I’m sure you’ll feel the same. ;)

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CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP

On another note, I was at Choice Daily with the parents for grocery shopping earlier and I came across this dog.

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Damn ugly Pug but at least polite enough to smile for me….

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Celaka (Blardy) Pug jeling (glared at) me when I took another picture. He even wanted to charge at me. Apparently this Pug forgot how big *cough* he is.

Pigged out

September 25, 2006

Since I had such a pissy week, I decided to pig out today.

Fiona texted me this morning and wanted to use my printer. I was on my way to meet my professor and I was almost late! On the way to uni, traffic just STOPPED half way there. I was stuck in traffic for about 20 minutes. I know, I know, try living in KL and experience the traffic jams there right? Well, I guess I’ll be a moody piece of no-good-stuff if I live there then, won’t I?

Anyway, the “meeting” with the professor took 2 hours (GASP!) and I was so hungry while the discussion/presentation went on. My phone wouldn’t stop vibrating too as somehow in some weird twisted twilight zone moment, almost everyone I know decided to call me!

After I was done, I called Fiona up and we decided to do lunch first, before the printer “rape”. We had pizza! I was craving for it this morning so I was quite a happy camper to say the least. We ordered a pizza meal that comes with soup, breadsticks, a regular pizza and drinks. Add to that, we went crazy and ordered a serving of spaghetti bolonaigse meatballs AND deli wings. I LOVE THE WINGS! :D Oh, I didn’t have to pay a single cent too. :D She rapes my printer, I rape her wallet. MWAHAHAHAHAHA

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Spaghetti and meatballs

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Deli wings…

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….looks SO good doesn’t eat (it)? The mouth-watering chicken meat, skin glistening.
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MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
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Mushrooms, onions, pepperoni, pineapple, olives, minced beef, sausage and green peppers
For dinner I had terriyaki chicken and rice at Tun Jugah’s food court with my parents. After dinner, I walked into Wilson’s Deli next to the food court. I (well technically my dad) bought one blueberry muffin, one cheese muffin, one hazelnut cheesecake and a pack of tiny little cupcakes. I couldn’t ressist. THEY LOOK SO TEMPTING.
Since Popular Bookstore was just next to the deli, I went and looked at some books. I can’t believe how expensive books are considering the government is encouraging Malaysians to read. Pupuk amalan membaca MY ASS. How CAN we when books are so frigging expensive. Even books written by ex-PM Dr. M and current deputy PM-what’s-his-name cost over 30 bucks and they aren’t even THAT thick. I saw a couple of books I’d like to own and they cost between RM49.90 to RM69.90. Another book was like 250 pages long and cost RM159.90! What the toot! Anyone want to contribute to the “Shin Food, I mean Book Fund”?
So back to the food talk….
Right now, I’m staring at a candy bar. It’s on my right on the table. Snickers Almond. *gulp* Should I? Or should I not? But it looks SO tempting. I can almost taste it, the heavenly taste of almonds, milk chocolate, caramel and nougat….
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Are you hungry yet? *laughs maniacally*

SCREW YOU pantang!

September 24, 2006

PISSED OFF! FURIOUS! ANGRY! MAD! FUMING! LIVID! TEED OFF! ENRAGED! INFURIATED!

My trip to the States got stiffed by a effing pantang AKA taboo AKA superstition. It’s a Malay word for those of you who do not know.

There is a pantang (rule) made by GOD-KNOWS-WHO that 100 days after the funeral of an immediate family, one should not attend a wedding or go near kids/baby for fear that something bad will happen to the other person(s). Allow me to elaborate with the little knowledge I know of this:

A funeral is considered something black and something as joyous as getting married is considered white. This means that something bad will happen to the couple getting married when the “black” and “white” clashes i.e they don’t get along, they can’t concieve, they get ill etc. This “blackness” will only go away AFTER 100 days, which is about 3 months and 10 days. My grandmother passed away on the 11th September. It has been about 2 weeks since her passing. That means 14 days ago. So the conclusion? CANNOT GO TO THE US LAH! CANNOT GO TO THE WEDDING LAH! CANNOT SEE MY COUSIN’S ADORABLE KIDS LAH! CANNOT SEE MY ROBBIE LAH! CANNOT HOLD HIS HANDS OR HUG OR KISS HIM! Celaka!

*curse*swear*curse*swear*toot*beep*toot*beep*toot*toot*beep*

Who the hell makes these rules anyway? And why the toot do people still believe in such superstitions? This is the 21st century for God’s sake! Okay, I understand that following a death, a family should mourn the loss but who made the rule that it HAS to be 100 days? Why not 10 days? What if one wants to mourn longer, say 1000 days? What if I don’t want to mourn and feel that it’s a blessing that she’s gone now instead of suffering? Then how?

I’m pissed off at the fact that this pantang crap popped up only NOW. Why the hell did I rush to KL for the visa interview if I known I wasn’t going to make it to the wedding? Why was I so worried of not making it to the interview in time that day? FOR NOTHING!

SIGH I’m so fed up at how silly things like these get in the way of one’s life. When will people realized that most of the time superstitions are ridiculous and not worth the trouble? I will never understand the need for such a taboo. As long as one’s heart is in the right place, there is nothing to worry about. SIGH I’m so very of not being able to hold my Robbie. It’s been way TOO long since we held each other. I miss him so much

I always feel better after I rant and vent.

That aside, I found out something very sweet Rob did today. A month or so ago, I was reading Kenny’s blog and there was this competition to win a pair of Crocs shoes. You know, the ugly shoes. I saw that post and thought “What the heck? It’s free. I might as well try for fun.” Needless to say I of course didn’t win anything. Rob, the sweetheart he is, went and bought me a pair of purple Crocs look-alike as a surprise. This kind of boyfriend where to find hoh??? I am so damn lucky to have him ALL to myself. He is just the sweetest nicest bestest everythingest in the whole wide world. :D

I love you Robbie. *mwah*

Moving along, I got a call from one of my professors’ personal assistant on Friday asking me to come in to see him with some work he assigned me to do ions ago which he failed to tell me WHEN he wanted it in the first place. So I told the personal assistant that I couldn’t make because “I have another appointment” which was a white lie. I haven’t done his assignment yet at that point. :S

So I spent most of yesterday and today working on this assignment, besides being teed off. It looks like it’s done. I mean there’s not much I can talk about other than the books I’m reviewing right? Now that I’m done with it, I can relax and watch some tv right?

NO. I CAN’T.

Why?

Because the asshole that my brother is, is hogging the tv AND the couch. I hear the tv running downstairs but I bet he is sleeping with the tv on. It’s times like these I wish I had a job and be able to afford to move out of this house, have my own place and do what I like when I like. How I wish I was rich…

What a wonderful life I have, yes?

Song of the day

September 21, 2006

This is a great song. I knew there was a reason why I like Pink from the very begining.

PINK (featuring Indigo Girls)
Dear Mr. President
Dear Mr. President
Come take a walk with me
Let’s pretend we’re just two people and
You’re not better than me
I’d like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly
What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep
What do you feel when you look in the mirror
Are you proud
How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you even look me in the eye
And tell me why
Dear Mr. President
Were you a lonely boy
Are you a lonely boy
Are you a lonely boy
How can you say
No child is left behind
We’re not dumb and we’re not blind
They’re all sitting in your cells
While you pay the road to hell
What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine
How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you even look me in the eye
Let me tell you bout hard work
Minimum wage with a baby on the way
Let me tell you bout hard work
Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
Let me tell you bout hard work
Building a bed out of a cardboard box
Let me tell you bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
You don’t know nothing bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
Oh
How do you sleep at night
How do you walk with your head held high
Dear Mr. President
You’d never take a walk with me
Would you

I’m back

September 21, 2006

I’m back from my visa interview and I got it!!!! YAY *does the Snoopy dance* Now it’s looking even better for me to go see my honey. =D

The interview wasn’t exactly what I expected though. I expected being interviewed in a room, away from everyone else. Turns out it’s just an officer over the counter asking you questions on your intentions of visiting the US and what you do blah blah blah. Just very trivial things to be honest.

I was almost late for the interview because the stupid plane to KL was delayed due to ignorance of the construction workers who were doing the rennovation at the airport. They left some junk on the runway!!! How stupid is that???

So by the time I got to KLIA, the earliest transit train to Bandar Tasik Selatan was in 30 minutes! I was SO nervous at that point. By the time I got to Bandar Tasik Selatan station where I was meeting my cousin who was going to drive me and my mom to the embassy, it was already 8.55am!! My interview was scheduled at 9.20am.

Surprise surprise, on the way to the embassy there was TRAFFIC JAM!!!!! Inside my head I was going “OMG OMG OMG OMG WE ARE GOIN TO BE LATE!!!!!”

Fortunately, we reached the front gate of the embassy at EXACTLY 9.20 and the security guard let us in. WHEW. That was SO close.

The visa is good til 2016. =D We haven’t decided exactly decided when to head to the US though but would love to attend cousin’s wedding ceremony in New York on October 1st. I’m looking at leaving on the 28th and coming back 20th October but nothing is written on paper yet as it depends on availability and flight schedules. I really wanna go see my Robbie!!!! It’s been WAY too long. We need to SNUGGLE!

Back to the visa story, we had to wait for an hour before it was our turn. When that was done, my mom and I walked to KLCC and did some turbo shopping before taking the LRT to KL Central to catch the KLIA Transit back to the airport to come back home. I didn’t bring my digital camera with me because it’s not allowed in the embassy but thank God for camera phones! =D Not too good of a quality but at least I caught a nice shot of the Twin Towers, don’t you think so?

September 19, 2006

I’m going to KL for the US visa interview.

I’ll update and explain once I get back.

The Aftermath

September 16, 2006

Sorry for the lack of updates this week. It has been really crazy, with the funeral arrangements and the actual funeral itself and getting some rest.

I didnt sleep for two nights on Monday and Tuesday. The funeral was on Wednesday at St Joseph Church and as soon as everything was done, I went home, got online and talked to Rob and fell asleep while voice chatting with him! Rob said I mumbled a few times in my sleep and of course my “loud” snorring. :/

I went to bed at 11.30 that night and woke up at 11am the next day with a pounding headache so I went back to sleep and was awaken by my dad for lunch at 1pm. I slept like a rock. I also had to cancel my tutoring class on Tuesday night and replaced it on Friday.

Anyway, during the funeral I played the role of photographer/joker/cashier. I ran around taking pictures of the wake, wreaths, the church service etc. It was bittersweet for me as I’m sure all of you know I enjoy taking pictures of flowers and at the same time the wreaths came as condolences for my grandmother’s passing.

The funeral went on smoothly, I would say. We’ve had prayers every night at my grandma’s house since her demise. Tomorrow morning the family will head up to the cemetery again for the 7th day and dinner together later.

Some pictures, both pretty and at the same time sentimental…

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Pretty aren’t they? Too bad my grandmother had to leave this world so I could get these pictures.

Lastly, thank you to all my friends for their generous donations and well wishes.

September 12, 2006

For those who want to pay your last respect to my grandmother, a funeral mass will be held at St Joseph’s Church at 9.30 am followed by the burial tomorrow.

Thank you all for your prayers.

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