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YOU

November 16, 2007

YOU offered to help and when we ask for help YOU give excuses.
YOU say YOU treasure friendships but YOU take YOUR friends for granted.
YOU consider YOURself a friend, yet YOU keep complicating things for YOUR friends.

It’s all YOU, YOUR words, YOUR actions, or rather lack off.

Yes, this post is about YOU. The YOUs that are just plain selfish and don’t give a crap about other people. One day, you will get yours. Karma.

P/S: PMSing lah. :P

P/P/S: No updates for the rest of the week. Busy helping Fiona with wedding stuff.

Birthday 2007: Part II

November 13, 2007

I was at work on my birthday and little did I know I would be surprised once again…with a beautiful bouquet of PINK roses!

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The culprits…

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Jasmine and Carolyn.

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I really like this picture of them. It’s very candid and cute.

The funny about that morning was that I was busy decorating the Christmas tree and heard someone at the door. So without turning back, I said in general to the both of them, “There’s someone at the door!” I was told later that their initial plan was for me to get the door and see the bouquet. Attempt FAILED.

So I was still busy fussing over my artwork decorations until I heard a guy’s voice say my name. I then turned around and saw a beautiful bouquet of roses that could just melt your heart. I was quite speechless! All I could do was excitedly saying “What did you two do?!” over and over again while they both had silly grins on their face.

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Nature’s beauty

Soon enough I was busy preparing confetti for Fiona’s wedding…

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It was kinda fun. I got to put those biceps at work. HEH

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Anyway I had dinner with my family and friends later that night at Joyous Shanghai.

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Shark fin’s soup with crab meat and scallops

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Drunken chicken

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Breaded shrimp

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Huang Ti Mien (Emperor’s Noodles)

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Marinated mango Thai style

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MmmmmmmmmmMMMMmmmmm succulent ribs

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Just look at the glistenning juices…MMmmmmMMmm

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MMMMMMMMMMMMango Duck

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Thai style fish

Then came dessert…

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DURIAN PUFF!

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The pastry was OH-SO fluffy and crunchy. Absolutely mouth-watering thinking about it rght now.

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Another dessert…

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Water chestnut with coconut cream

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With wife-to-be Fiona

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Husband and wife to be, Moi, Carolyn

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With Mom and Dad and Aunt

It was a nice birthday dinner, with family and close friends. It would’ve been kinda nice to have some celebration with my other friends but I’ve concluded that it’s not neccessary to make a big-hoo-haa outta my birthday. I prefer quality time with quality people during my special day.

Overall, a very very nice birthday this year. Looking to a wonderful one again next year. :D

Birthday 2007: Part I

November 10, 2007

November 4th 2007

My birthday celebration this year started as early as Sunday (4/11) at Merdeka Palace’s Ristorante Beccari. The reason why we celebrated early was to go have dinner at the Great Sunday Buffet, which consists mostly of Italian food and some Japanese and TONS of desserts.

Carolyn organized such a nice time for both Fiona and I. Everything was so well thought out and went smoothly. She even surprised us with gifts, flowers and cakes, one cake for each of us. It was very nice of her to go through all the trouble in making sure the night went on perfectly. She even decorated my cake herself! Am so touched!

I think this is the first time Fiona and I celebrated our birthday together. Being just 9 days apart, we figured we might as well go for a nice dinner and indulge ourselves with sinful food.

Enjoy the GIGANTIC amount of pictures!
(Maybe you should go get a drink of water or something and come back to view the pictures?)

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Gifts awaiting us at the table

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Bodyshop products! Shower gel and body lotion

I had this plan of going for the dessert table first in case they ran out.

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Something funny happened as I was busy getting tiramisu, one each for each of us. That means 3 pieces of tiramisu, as shown below. So I plopped the three pieces onto a plate while the other two girls were looking at me with wide-eyes and giggling. I was like “What?? One each lah!” and Carolyn proceeded to giggle.

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Little did I know, it was actually SIX pieces together. There were 6 square pieces of tiramisu, as oppose to the 3 rectagular pieces I initially thought. In the end, the girls had one piece each while I finished it off…yes I ate the remaining 4 pieces.

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My first round consists of potato salad, COLD beef lasagna, baked potato, lamb stew, roasted chicken and some brocolli. That was just my one plate.

The second round, we had pizza, pasta, more desserts, sushi etc. We had other plates of food we shared.The amount was almost endless come to think of it.

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MMmmmm thin crust pizza – crunchy and cheesey!

Eventually we slowed down a bit and started camwhoring…

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Birthday girl

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Enjoying tiramisu to the fullest

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Birthday girls

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Birthday girls with the sneaky culprit (will explain further down)

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I have no idea what she’s trying to do. I’m just glad she wasn’t aiming for me

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Inspecting Fiona’s cardigan

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That particular sushi looks yummy…

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When we finally decided we couldn’t eat anymore, we asked the waiter to clear the table. Little did we know, Carolyn had other plans.

Out of nowhere two waiters came out with cakes…yes one cake each. One cake in particular seemed GIGANTIC…it was one of my favourite from Secret Recipe. WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADEMIA CAKE!!!!

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Fiona’s chocolate cake

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Making a wish so that Rob wins millions of dollars and I don’t ever need to do a thesis again.

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Blowing out the candles

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Posing for the camera

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Such a pretty looking cake right? Carolyn decorated it with fresh powers cause she thought it looked too plain being all white. I thought it was so sweet of her to do that. :D

We were so full that we decided not to eat the cakes and took it home with us.

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Just to show you how big the cake was, look at the difference of the size of the box.

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Upon reaching home I had to partially empty the fridge so I could fit the cake in there. HEH

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This is how tall the cake is.

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I love the flower decorations.

Anyway, the next morning I woke up, brushed my teeth and wash up like any other day. I went downstairs into the kitchen. I open the fridge, took my cake out, opened the box and this is what greeted me good morning…

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Who ate my cake?!?!?!

%$#!!%~&%#*(%#$!!!

And..

November 8, 2007

It’s midnight..

Happy Birthday to me.

Strange enough, I don’t feel any different hitting 25. Perhaps a decade ago I was expecting to be working and have everything perfect in my life.

Instead, I’m in school almost struggling to get the thesis done and just last week had my supervisor tell me to redo a certain chapter. Also, I’m somewhat saddened and disappointed by a few friendships. *sigh*

At the same time, I’m alive and well. I get to be 25. I get to pursue a Masters Degree. I have eyes to see the world and ears to hear the music of life. I can read, I can write, I am fortunate. Most importantly, I am loved.

Maybe in another 10 years time I’ll be what I dreamt of when I was 15.

Makeover pictures

November 6, 2007

Got the pictures back got the pictures back! *jumps in joy*

It only took like *counts* 2 months. :P

Here are some samples.

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The wonders of makeup and Photoshop eh? In some pics I look kinda plastic.

Part of the package was 6 5R prints, touched up and all that stuff. The thing is I didn’t expect to get ALL the pictures in a CD, including the ones I didn’t choose. Now I can go print crazy.

I’m turning 25 in a day…I don’t know what to think of it…yet.

Early birthday gifts for myself

November 4, 2007

I splurged a little this week and am really happy with my purchases. Since my birthday is coming up next week, I figured I’d get something nice for myself. Haven’t done that in a while. Then again, I suppose it’s just an excuse to splurge. Heh

My purchases:

1) Kate eyeshadow

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Kate is a sub-brand of Kanebo, the skincare and cosmetics brand that my mom uses as well as the one who did my makeup for the photoshoot thingy back in August. (Speaking of that I GOT MY PICTURES BACK LAST NIGHT!!!! VERY SATISFIED!!!)

I had wanted to get this eyeshadow since the first time I saw it but it was not on sale. When I was looking around at Everrise the other night, it was on sale for 10% off so it costed me about RM43. They come in gold, blue, purple and silver. I opted for blue to go with my blue dress that I’ll be wearing soon.

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The eyeshadow comes with powdered eyeliner that really enhances the eye. Since I have sepet (smaller) eyes, it was a good thing to have. I mean, look at the results!

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My eyes are HUGE compared to my natural look, LOVE IT!

2) Kate nail polish

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I had not planned on getting nail polish but the salesgirl had this killer nail polish that I thought was absolutely pretty, even though it was black. Yes, BLACK. I have never used black nail polish before. I’m more of the blue-pink-purple shade kinda girl. Anyway the nail polish was on sale too for RM9.80 each.

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See, not very me right?

The thing that made the nail polish nice was the glittery coat over it. The pink glitter one is kinda see-through, so it didn’t effect the color of the black. It turned out absolutely stunning! :D I personally think that going darker shades on the nails actually makes your hand look fairer. What do you think?

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The glitter makes a huge difference

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I’m so so SO satisfied with my purchases. :D

Yes, just two items (technically 3)

For some reason, I’m starting to get into Kate’s cosmetics. I think I wanna go back to look around for some other stuff, like lip gloss and eyeliner. Heh sometimes I wish my job was shopping.

Okay I’m gonna run, Westwing is back on NTV7 at 1.30pm Sundays!

Cold feet

October 30, 2007

Currently sick with a cold. At least it feels like a cold for the moment. Colds I can handle, infections = argh. I got rained on yesterday and since then my feet have been cold. I have no idea why.

This morning I was awoken from deep slumber by a knock on my door…at 6am! Had to send dear ol’ dad to the airport. Came back and slept, well at least I tried to and I think I got another 20-30 minutes of shut-eye before I had to wake up and get ready for work.

I’m still busy with the thesis. The meeting with the professor was ok I guess. Lots of comments and feedback. He told me to redo certain parts of the chapter and to break it up into sub-chapters yadda yadda yadda stuff that I rather not bore you with. At the end of the meeting, he patted me on the shoulder and said “Shin Yi, if you’re mad at me for asking you to redo this chapter, it’s ok…” and he went on about how harder it was when he was doing his PHD. Something about spending 3 months working on a chapter and his supervisor told him to redo the whole thing cause it was just not usable. To that I told him “That’s why I won’t go further on for a PHD. I would go insane!”

Anyway I’m going to finish up the whole draft thesis before I look back on chapters and make changes/edits. Must keep my focus on current progress (like the constant sneezing is helping!). So with that said, the last thing I need is to be down with some kinda infection that would take weeks to recover. I must load myself with vitamin C and healthy stuff like that.

Most likely I won’t update much this week, so check back next week k?

Pinky and the Brain

October 26, 2007

Sorry for the lack of updates this week. Been busy with the thesis and whatnot.

Anyway, something funny happened today.

If you have never watched Pinky and the Brain before, please watch the video first so that you’ll get the joke I was going for with Rob today.

Okay, so here goes the conversation between Rob and I this afternoon. Now bear in mind we did not watch the video or talk about the cartoon prior.

R: So what do you wanna do today baby?
S: The same thing we do everyday honey, TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!
R: …..
S: …..

*Cue us both laughing like crazy*

Lame? Well I thought it was hysterical. It’s been years since I last watch this cartoon. I used to watch it during my teenage years and just totally like the song. I used to sing along the introductory song “Pinky and the brain, Pinky and the Brain, one is a genius, the other’s insane, they’re labaratory mice…”

So after laughing for a good 10 minutes, I went on YouTube and found the introductory song video. Then, I stumbled across another video. I showed it to Rob and we’re hooked on saying “BRAINSTEM! BRAINSTEM!”. Increase the volume and watch!

I think it’s utterly hysterical when Brain was playing the tambourine, with that very serious look on his face. This video would’ve helped me a lot during high school days in science class. I think this video would be helpful for those studying medicine as well, especially when it comes to remembering brain parts like BRAINSTEM BRAINSTEM!!!

Heh

Okay, back to the thesis.

NARF!

Road Trip: Serikin

October 22, 2007

Yesterday, being a Sunday and all, my parents and I, along with Fiona went on a roadtrip to Serikin. Serikin is basically located a little over an hour’s drive from Kuching and borders Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Serikin market traders sell are from Indonesia.

I was quite sceptical about this trip in the first place, thinking what possibly could a pasar/market on a border offer me. Boy was I wrong. After looking at pictures and reading about people’s experiences on blogs, I thought it would be quite an interesting place to shop see. I woke up around 6.30am, went to breakfast and arrived at Serikin around 8.30am or so.

They sell TONS of stuff. I was quite surprised to see how long the stretch of road was with stalls selling various kinds of souvenir items such as rottan mat, wood carvings, batik fabrics, handbags, ready-made baju kebaya (Malay traditional costume) and many more.

The first stall I encountered sold….

Handbags….

Lots of handbags…

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Some blogs even say the prices are cheaper than KL’s Petaling Street. Personally I think it’s easier to bargain with these Indonesian sellers than Petaling Street’s notorious sellers. The Indonesians were really really polite and friendly.

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Clothes and fabrics

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Toys

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More clothes and fabrics

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Handcrafts

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Rotan produce

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PERFUME HEAVEN!

The stretch of stalls by the roadside could reach more than 600-700m if I had to guess. Most of these stalls sell imitation perfume and handbags. The craftmenship of the handbags are really good that even I couldn’t tell the difference. Then again I may not know at all that much seeing as I don’t use branded items that often. The LV bags look real to me. Who knows some of those people on the streets of Kuching who are parading around with their LV/Coach bags and Prada/Gucci sunglasses bought their “branded goods” at Serikin.

The perfume was a good steal for me, seeing as I love different kinds of fragances. The perfumes are packaged exactly the same and they smell the same too. Don’t take my word for it though, sellers let you test the perfume. In the end, I bought two bottles! Sellers will give you more discounts when you buy more from them.

And because there’re many stalls selling almost the same items, we, the buyers have a lot of bargaining power. Wuahahahahaha.

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This is a toilet – I am not kidding

I think further up after passing that green sign would be Kalimantan. I didn’t dare venture that far up.

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I had stuff to buy still but it was scorching hot by 11am so we left. I definitely wanna go back again for more bargains.

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VERY VERY satisfied

On the way back we turned into the junction to the Wind Cave so I could capture these pictures.

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Pretty eh? I think so. Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend. I know I did. :D

Been shopping…

October 20, 2007

I bought a few things over the past week, with it being the holiday season and lots of sales are going on.

My first purchase was a purse. My existing purse which I had bought during my Bangkok trip last year is already showing some signs of wear and tear around the edges. When I saw this new purse I immediately fell in love with it. I was flipping it around, checking out the compartments and whatnot at the store.

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The purse comes in black and purple. I liked both but ended up getting the black one instead. I love the embroidery pattern on it. I’ve always been a sucker for embroidered products.

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I also love those little details when it comes to clothes and accessories. Look at the signature Anna Sui butterfly as a button for the purse. Release the button and you get…

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Lots and lots of pockets for cards

Again, I love the floral motif detail inside. Same thing with the other side of the purse; the compartment for coins. Absolutely gorgeous in my opinion. I am also a sucker for small sweet floral motifs. I blame my mom, because as a child she would dress (no pun intended) me in tiny pink floral patterned dresses. Worst part is, she agrees with my theory. Oh, by the way, my mom liked the purse too so she ended up taking the purple one. ^_^”

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My next purchase was a mouse. Not just any ordinary mouse…a PINK mouse! No, I don’t know what’s up with me and pink these days It just sorta happened. I never really liked pink that much during my teenage years. Perhaps I’m only just catching up now? *shrugs*

Anyway back to the pink mouse which I now dubbed it “Mousie”. It’s a Logitech Mini Optical Mouse Plus+. Bought it at one of the computer stores at Saberkas. It was priced for RM42 but the owner sold it to me for RM38. I thought it was pretty cheap considering Logitech products really last long and other China generic brands cost between RM19-RM30.

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Isn’t it pretty?

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The thing I like most about this mouse (other than it being pink) is the convenience of packing it up. Being a laptop user and having to tote it around sometimes, the cord wraps around the mouse for easy storage which mean no tangles.

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You can even button the USB port on the bottom of the mouse itself.

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Cool eh? I’m pretty sure this mouse has been in the market for some time nown so I’m probably out of date with this so-called review.

Oh look at the time. I gotta run. Meeting SIAW friend Fiona for lunch.

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