Archive for July, 2007

Of donuts and muffins

July 31, 2007

I couldn’t get online with DSL most of yesterday until around 5pm or so. I did manage to get a dial tone on my phone line yesterday morning, only it wasn’t my phone line. You see, the technicians screwed up and plugged my line onto someone else’s line. Some guy called and insisted that it was his house that he called. After talking a few minutes we both came to the conclusion that the technician “misplaced” some wires; his phone line to mine and mine to his (I don’t know what they call it ok? Hubs or something perhaps?). I called my number and it rang, the problem was my phone did NOT ring. I bet it was ringing at that guy’s house.

I called the local helpline so many times and the lady told me a few times she would check and call me back, only she NEVER called me back. She did call to check if the phone lines were finally correct or not. One thing though, I feel it’s much more efficient to talk to the local operators than the main call center somewhere in KL (I’m guessing) who really don’t care.

Ok I do not want to talk about it lah, pisses me off when I think about it, amongst other things which I will not go into detail in this post. Maybe my next post.

Anyway I was in KL-Genting on Sunday with the parents who had the itch to “gamble”. By gamble I mean we sit around and play the slot machines. We won some money. I lost at first and started getting a little grumpy but eventually I won my money back and then some more. It was a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Monkeys hanging around First World Hotel

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LOVE this picture. Such a beautiful view

Before heading to the airport to come back, we made a pit stop at Petaling Street for some food. We ate Wantan Mee, Gu Bak Beehoon and Tofu Fa. I was too busy eating to take pictures lah. It was so crowded there being Sunday and all. Had to squeeze our way out.

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See all those people?

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Bought donuts and muffins at KL Central before taking KLIA Express to the airport. Dunkin Donuts’ Bavarian and Famous Amos’ Rocky Road and Banana Nut muffin.

Bavarian donut and Rocky Road muffin

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Yummy Banana Nut muffin

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Mmmmmm look at the sugar icing

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Crunchy almond topping

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Oh-so-heavenly Bavarian creme filling…

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Want a bite?

Gonna start working on Chapter 4 this week and hopefully hand it in before the end of August. Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜€


July 29, 2007

Just came back from a VERY short trip in KL-Genting Highlands. I’m super tired because I had shit for sleep last night. Had a hard time falling asleep and had to wake up at 3.30am this morning. I think I got like 3 hours of sleep, more or less.

I had wanted to blog about my short yet fun trip to KL-Genting Highlands with my parents but came back to NO DSL. Surprise surprise right? The thing is YESTERDAY morning up until 3 or so both phone lines in the house were DEAD. No dialling tone, NOTHING. No dialling tone= no internet access = no Robbie time = VERY grumpy Shin.

(Un)Fortunately the lines came back on by 3 or so when I got home from lunch. Now, the phone line for DSL is DEAD. I wouldn’t have thought the line would be dead today seeing as it was fine THIS MORNING when I woke up. So WTF are these people doing?

So AGAIN I called to report the faulty line. Went through the whole process of giving my contact number AGAIN. Seriously, I gave them the phone number and my name. Shouldn’t they already have my contact number stored in there??? I mean I’m such a loyal customer. I CALL ALMOST EVERY MONTH! HELL I CALLED LIKE FOUR TIMES THIS MONTH!!!

The worst part is when I told Mr-WTF-his-name-is my contact number, he repeated my number for confirmation to which I said was correct, he says “And this number is registered under Nurul?” I’m like “WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT????” WHO THE HELL IS NURUL??? Idiot! I repeated my number AGAIN and Mr-WTF FINALLY got his head out of his ASS and got the number correct. So I vented out my frustration to Mr-WTF-his name-is by saying “I have no idea what the hell is going on”, Mr-WTF sarcastically replied “Oh nothing the hell is going on Madam.” At that point I just wanted to hang up on him but resisted because I really need that report made. I did not get his name and I’m glad I didn’t because if I did get his name I’d be writing up a storm of a complaint to you-know-which-company which will make me more pissy which means people around me will have to put up with me more. (As if I’m not pissy enough right? HAH!)

GRRRR I’m so grumpy and annoyed and irritated and agitated and frustrated!

GRRRR I’m so tired!


Monkey pajamas

July 26, 2007

I’ve had one of the best night’s sleep last night. I slept about 8 hours or so and woke up totally energized. The weather has been cooler here in Kuching lately. Such a nice weather to sleep in. Speaking on sleeping in, I was very comfortable sleeping in my Monkey PJs. Somehow I’m feeling very proud right now to show you pictures of my monkey jamas. Heh

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My monkey made it do it!

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Monkeys swinging on vines (Don’t mind the mess)

Rob bought me the monkey pants when he came here in late 2005. It’s from OldNavy. The t-shirt, he gave to me during my last trip to the States. I was looking for something to wear to sleep last night and saw the shirt and I had an epiphany. It was like DING!! I thought it would look funny wearing those two pieces together and VOILA! I think it’s a cute combination. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, I was hyperly twitching for a while because I didn’t know what to do. I started bugging Rob and a couple people online. Then I left for Uni to pay fees. No news yet on the scholarship but I honestly believe I won’t hear from them either.

About 2 weeks ago I went to the Banquet for dinner with my parents. The food there isn’t bad. I love the baked lamb. It’s SO good! A word of advice, don’t order desert k? It’s really not worth the money lah. My watermelon juice cost like RM7 or something. I expected it to be a big glass when I ordered because of the price but I was SO wrong. Then again, I guess when you go to places like that that’s pretty much a norm. Ok ok I’ll stop talking and make you guys drool with a few food pictures.

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Most expensive watermelon juice EVER

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Mix stir fry vegetables

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Steamed cod-fish

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Baked lamb

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Chicken in some kinda Thai sauce of sorts

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I think it’s one of their signature dishes

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Desert – Chinese pancake and ice-cream

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Pretty waterfall that changes lights..from blue…

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to pink…

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to green

Hmmm when I started this post I felt like I had a lot of things to say. Now I can’t remember what I wanted to say. BLEH!

Oh yeah Rob and I are (actually me in particular) getting hooked on Sudoku again. Yesterday I dared him to a two-hour Sudoku marathon today. I wonder if he’s going to come online early so we can have the match. He usually wins though but the kiasu-ness in me wants to keep playing until I win and when I eventually win, I wanna go again and see if I can kick his ass for a second time to which I usually don’t and we repeat the cycle again and again until we both get brain damage.

Ok, I’m gonna sign off now and prepare myself mentally for the sudoku tournament. HEH

Please don’t shoot me!

July 25, 2007

I know I’m late in posting but as always I have my reasons for procrastinating. I just emailed Chapter 3 to the supervisor earlier before dinner time. I feel a thousand pounds lighter. Yes FEEL not actually a thousand pounds lighter ok? (Like that’s EVER going to happen) ๐Ÿ˜›

Rob helped a lot with Chapter 3. I guess he couldn’t stand my constant whining about how hard/impossible it was to finish it. ๐Ÿ˜› I can be quite dramatic when I want to sometimes.

But it was fun working with Rob on Chapter 3. We had some hilarious random conversations.

Example 1: A part of the chapter talks about SOEs which is short for state-owned enterprises and it was hard for me to grasp its concept, let along discuss it.

S: SOEs are a bitch to understand! (meaning SOEs are hard to understand)
R: *ever so enthusiastically* YEAH! Those SOEs are the SOBs (SOB = Son offa bitch)

Example 2: I asked Rob to wake me up this morning so I could continue my work on the chapter. So when he woke me up, the first thing I did was jump online and started working.

S: I think I just finished on SOEs
R: Cool! You’re the bomb baby!
S: HEH not right now i’m not…my face all oily and crap cos i forgot to wash my face. but I did brush my teeth see?
R: LOL Ok that was good

Example 3

S: My face is so oily you can stir fry vegetables with it
R: !!! *bursts out in laughter* That is SO bad!
S: Well, it’s true!
R: *laugh*
S: Ya know how they have bacon fat?
R: ….yeah…?
S: Well I’m shnnie fat, LITERALLY!
R: LOL Like shinnie grease?
S: *snicker* Yeah something like that. I’m definitely going to blog about all our conversations today.

Okay I’m going to relax and get some sleep. Yes I know it’s still early but I have a lot to catch up on. Been getting less than 6 hours or less for sleep in the last week.

Proper updates on Friday, if not tomorrow.

Some layout changes

July 20, 2007

I’m sure you guys have noticed some changes on the blog layout. Now, in my defence Rob’s the one who’s been busy playing with the template. So don’t say I’ve time to play with HTML codes rather than blog. I’ve been wanting to have three columns on this blog for a long long time. He also signed me up for Google Adsense to get some moolah and moved some links around. He’s been really patient with trial and error on the HTML codes. If it were me I’d throw my hands up in the air then proceed to pulling my hair out. So thanks honey for sparing my hair (which you love). ๐Ÿ˜€

I really hope to finish up the chapter by the end of the week. I slept around 3am and woke up at 9am today. So far I’m still surviving with no coffee. I predict I may need some tonight if I want to stay up late again. The problem with me is that my brain tends to work a lot better when it’s dark outside. I have no idea why!

Anyway, Rob didn’t sleep so good last night.

Shin: I think you should take a nap
Rob: Why?
Shin: Cos you’re tired?
Rob: Yeah…
Shin: Right, so go take a nap.
Rob: Why can’t I just have tea?
Shin: ……
Rob: ……
Shin: *snicker*
Rob: ……
Shin: *laughs* That is SO bad
Rob: Whaaaaaaaaaat????
Shin: *laughs* Seriously, that is SO bad. You rather drink tea than nap…
Rob: It’s like my rocket fuel…
Shin: You’re a tea junkie, that’s all I can say. That is SO bad.

(Tea has caffeine too, like coffee. People drink coffee to stay awake, he drinks tea.)

Okay so the conversation was funnier for me when it happened…I don’t know why when I type it out it seems so lame. lol Oh well.

Oh yes, something interesting that my reader, mentioned to me which I failed to realize. Today’s date is 20.07.2007.

20072007? Get it?

I’m dull and boring today ok? All that’s in my head is China’s industrialization. Other than dead that, there’s just dark silence with the occasional cricket sounds. I’ll be more exciting next week k? ๐Ÿ˜€

Ok, back to the thesis.

This and that

July 18, 2007

Chapter 3 is about half done and I’m hoping to email it in by the end of the week.

I’m suddenly reminded of the time I was in Chinatown with Rob during my visit to Chicago. I was craving for dim sum and we decided on a restaurant by researching online. There I was trying to order with my limited Cantonese vocabulary as I tried to get the waitresses’ attention by calling out “leng lui” (pretty girl). Sentences like “Ni you har kau mo? No no, har kau. Har kau har kau. Shrimp dumpling! HAR KAU” or “Siew mai” or “Lo mei kai” etc as Rob stared on as if he was watching tv.

Speaking of Chinese, here’s a partial conversation I had with Rob months ago that I just recalled.
In a bratty weird somewhat vain mood…

Shin: I am Princess Shinnie *in all my brat glory*
Rob: *like he’s not paying attention* So like a Chinese princess?
Shin: *decided to change my mind* More like a Chinese empress *evil laugh*

And suddenly he was paying attention..

Rob: Ok
Shin: What???
Rob: Ummm the plunger is your scepter with the ruby colored Swarovski crystal on top, making it the royal ruby scepter plunger and the toilet is your throne.
Shin: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rob: *laughs maniacally*

After some few minutes of me saying “YOU SUCK!” to him and him laughing oh-so loud at my expense…

Rob: I am emperor monkey.
Shin: Yeah, and your white throne is full of shit. LITERALLY. *ROFL*
Rob: !!!!!
Shin: Your name is King Potty and you’re the ruler of DooDoo Land.
Rob: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you guys get it.

If you didn’t, just think about how weird we are and laugh about it. =D

Okay, enough weirdness. Back to the thesis.



July 16, 2007

Super stressed and busy this week so expect very short and simple posts (if any).

I’ll be busy trying to finish up a chapter by this week so please bear with me guys.

Come back next week if short (or no) posts bug the crap outta ya. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Til then, take care people! =))))

I miss…

July 15, 2007

Here I go all mushy and stuff.

Miss by Shin Yi

I miss…
looking into your eyes
stealing food from your plate
holding your hand
touching your face

I miss…
seeing you smile
hearing you laugh
hugging you tight
smooching you on the lips

I miss…
eating meals with you
playing footsy with you
being goofy with you
grocery shopping with you

It’s so late in the night
and I should sleep
But all I do is…

I miss…
I miss…
I miss…you.

How to know your other half thinks about you TOO much

July 13, 2007

I recently discovered that some of the cutesy-talk stuff Rob says to me, he also uses on his cat?! In fact, I busted him during a live chat the other day. I guess you could say we learn new things about each other everyday. So, we started talking about how much we influence each other, in terms of attitude, speaking etc.

This is what he told me:

“I almost don’t want to admit this, but I slipped up while talking to my mom. While you and I were talking one night, I went to get a glass of water. Mom wanted to ask me a question… so she went ‘Hey Robbie?’ [Yes, his mom calls him that too sometimes] and I answered ‘yes dear… uhhh… yeah mom’… then blushed badly as my mom smirked at me.”

“This other time I left my room to use the bathroom, my mom was in the hallway and just started talking to me about something and I didn’t understand, so without thinking I went ‘Hun, [short for honey] what the heck are you talking about?’, then got a blank look on my face. I tried to dash for the bathroom but before I could, mom grinned, smugged and said ‘thinking about someone Rob?’. I felt like such a dork!”

My reaction upon hearing that was

I laughed so hard so long I just couldn’t stop and as dangerous as it is to admit this, I snorted a few times too.

Needless to say Rob thinks about me “too” much (not that I’m gloating though :P) which I think is kinda funny and sweet at the same time. He is probably blushing red by now as he is reading this. I’m so gonna get it from him when we talk tomorrow. HEH

Girls’ night (pigging) out

July 11, 2007

Starbucks opened (of all places) at the Kuching Airport last Friday which is kinda odd considering the location. I would think they’ll have better business somewhere around town. Oh well…here’s a picture if you don’t believe me. ๐Ÿ˜›

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It rained like madness yesterday. Even more drastic was the wind. I swear the coconut trees outside my house was close to getting blown away (literally).

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Anyway the point of this post was the girls’ night out on Monday. Went out with Fiona and Linda and I have to say we were NUTS NUTS NUTS. The amount of giggling involved was plethoric (practising my vocabulary). We hung out at Jalan Song for a couple of hours. I turned my head 3 times to the next table and it was a different set of people every time, meaning we were there THAT long.

We ate SO MUCH that night because we were so hungry. So hungry that I didn’t take pictures of the food but allow me to list out what we gobbled:

1. Chicken wings x 12
2. Satay x 15
3. Big ketupat x 1
4. Grilled fish (stingray) x 1

The damage on the table when we were done….

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With our stomachs’ full, Operation Camwhore commenced. It’s funny how we can just camwhore ANYWHERE, even in a kopitiam. HEHEHEHE

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So nice meh your drink??? So syiok the face (In translation its
“Is your drink THAT good? The facial expression is so contented”)

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Linda! Hadn’t seen her in months!

Linda brought chocolates, more precisely Guylian chocolates. It was oh-so-sinful but I didn’t feel guilty at all. I almost had to wipe the drool that was flowing out of the corner of my mouth. I love Guylian chocolates, then again I love all chocolates. Just look at my size!

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See? Drooling….

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Coincidently I was wearing the shirt that said it all. LOL

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See how happy I am?

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Double MMMmmmMMMMmmMMmmm

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See how much happier I am to be biting into it?

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I heard “Hallelujah” on the background when she took that first bite

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Linda, why do you look like you’re feeling guilty? HAHAHAHA

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No words to describe the contentment. No guilt here.

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No comment HEH

We did something bad after the camwhoring. Actually it was me. I looked up and there was Pizza Hut’s sign in all its glory, glistenning and calling out for me, like “Shin come to the light, come and get your cheesy pizza that has the cheese dip thingy” and I said to the girls “I feel like pizza”. We looked at each other and started shrugging our eyebrows and went “LET’S GO GET PIZZA!”

So we did…

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And again…we camwhored, not as much though cause there was a table of annoying kids who kept staring. Man I feel old when I have to called teenagers “kids”. =P

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So let’s recap:

1. Chicken wings x 12 = RM20
2. Satay x 15 = RM4.50
3. Big ketupat x 1 = RM2 (guessing)
4. Grilled fish (stingray) x 1 = RM11
5. Regular pizza x 1 = RM34 something

Total pocket damage = RM71.50

Total yakking = (To) Infinity and beyond! (This would be funny if you watched Toy Story)

Total giggling = Unaccountable

Total fun= Beyond this world

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