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Oh happy happy day!

May 28, 2009

I am now blogging on WordPress. Somehow it’s very exciting. Yes, I know. I’m sounding more like a geek day by day.

Am UBER happy today. Got some great news, of which I will share soon enough. In the mean time I’m just really ecstatic to be on WordPress FINALLY. It only took me like 4 years. Sheesh, I sure do procrastinate good.

I can’t wait to use the password protected post feature. That means I can write more personal stuff and control who reads it and who doesn’t. Not that I am saying I have some bitching to do at the moment (hmm or do I? Shall ponder on that for a bit). Or maybe I’ll do a “roast” in the near future. In due time my little minions…in due time.

I still have a few things to sort through. Have to categorize all my previous posts which will take AGES but needs to be done. Then I’m thinking of moving all my pictures over, instead of hosting on Photobucket which has been slow lately. That will also take EONS. Slow and steady steps Shin…slow and steady…

I haven’t given much thought on what to write in the “About” page so it’s just a meaningless sentence for the moment. I will let you guys know once I get to writing it. I also intend to add a couple more pages about other things, so do come back and check often.

The header picture was taken during my winter trip to the States. It’s a cropped version of one of my most favourite pictures taken there. Thinking of changing it but I still haven’t found a picture that I like as much. I’m also wondering if I can find a widget out there that will load different pictures with each page refresh/load. Have to research on that more and discuss with Rob. Anyone reading this have any idea? Please share!

Oh and none of this would’ve been possible if Rob didn’t set me up so THANKS HONEY! I love you lots. You THE man baby!

Okay, I’m going to sign off now.

Shifting soon

May 25, 2009

I’m moving to WordPress soon. This has been long overdue since the blog was started.

I really want to use the features. I’m also excited because I get to have a new template. I like my existing one but it’s hard to move it to WordPress with HTML and keep it exactly same. So what better reason do I need for a new template. I can’t wait to reveal!

Rob is setting me up and I’ve been playing with the colour scheme and header picture is next.

I will write again when the blog is ready to be moved. Stay tuned!

Meet the pack

May 20, 2009

Note: I’m slowly trying to get my blogging mojo back, so please excuse the lack of words.

One of the things I miss about my trip are the NISA dogs.

Rob’s mom is the founder of NISA (Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance). What NISA basically does is rescue Samoyeds that are either abandoned, from abusive homes, or puppy mills etc. You get the point. Most of the NISA dogs are temporarily fostered at various homes by members and volunteers until they are adopted to a permanent home.

Princess Naomi, her royal huffness
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Taking pictures of Naomi is easy because she’s a camwhore and it does help that she is always following me around. Rob’s mom calls me Naomi’s “human”, as opposed to Naomi being my “dog”. Naomi apparently took a liking to me the first time she saw me in 2006. When I went back last year it took her a few minutes to kinda recall who I was. There was that sparkle in her eyes when she realized who I was, at least that’s what Rob said.

Anyway during this last trip I started calling Naomi “Princess”. She likes to huff, hence I came up with the name Princess Naomi, her royal huffness. I was very tempted to get her a plastic tiara and take a picture of her but Rob said the dogs may end up chewing on it, which would be bad for them.

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I find Naomi a very sweet dog. She’s very particular about getting my attention. If I start petting Nikki (another female dog) she gets jealous and starts barking at me, as if to say “HEY!!! YOU’RE MY HUMAN!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH HER??!!!” Then I would move my other hand to pet her and she’s satisfied. However, when I give attention to Pete she doesn’t seem to care at all.

Occasionally her and I would go into huff mode. I would say “huff” and she would huff back. Repeat the process for about 5 minutes or so. I have gotten her to huff so much now that she constantly does it to Rob. The reason why she does it so much now is because when I was there, every time we go into huff mode, she gets a really good treat from me.

Naomi was rescued from a puppy mill. She has been living it good ever since.

Pete the singer
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Pete is Naomi’s brother, also rescued from the same puppy mill. Unfortunately when Pete was adopted years ago, he was abused by the family. He gets nervous around new people. During my first trip over, he wasn’t as clingy to me. He would usually just watch Naomi getting my attention.

This time around he really let loose and followed me around a bit more. Pete knows how to sing, thanks to Rob. Not the conventional “singing” but in doggy terms, he sings. Every time he sang, he got a “Good boy Pete!” from me and then a treat, which explains why he goes around the house “singing” all the time now. He loves being praised.

Spirit the English gentleman
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When I give out treats, Spirit is always sitting behind the rest of the dogs waiting patiently for his turn. He doesn’t push and shove to get to the front for his treats. He just waits quietly. Hence why he is called the perfect English gentleman.

Spirit is also always playing with his sister Nikki and it is hilarious watching the both of them go at it in the backyard. They chase and pounce of each other like there is no tomorrow.

Spirit is young and active but at the same loves snuggling up to whoever is on the couch. I love that he rests his head on my thigh when I’m on the couch and I can pet him while he wags his tail.

Nikki Wigglesworth
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Rob came up with the last name Wigglesworth because Nikki is a hyper dog. She wags her tail like crazy and it just wiggles her butt like crazy. She and Spirit are always poking people with their cold noses and every time it happens, I just can’t help going “Oooh. Cold wet nose!”

Nikki has a favourite red ball that’s constantly in her mouth. The funny thing is she can go “Wooo wooo wooo” with the ball in her mouth. I know it’s hard to believe but it is true. I just don’t have a video to prove it.

Schizo Radar
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Radar is somewhat anti-social with humans because he was from an abusive household. I guess he doesn’t trust humans much. He’s skittish most of the time and its ironic because he is the biggest dog in the house.

I did get a chance to pet him but I thought it was kinda cruel (but funny) how it was staged. Radar is always sitting and laying down next to Rob’s mom at the dining table in the corner of the room. One day Rob’s mom got up from the chair and I sat on it. The look of horror on Radar’s face was funny but at the same time it made me feel kinda bad. I petted him and he still looked terrified.

He has followed me around once or twice and most of the time I didn’t know he was. One time a wet nose poked me from behind, I turned around thinking it was Nikki but it was Radar. He was curious! Anyway, when I turned around and he saw me looking at him, he sprinted to his corner and hid.

Glutton Lexy
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Lexy is always craving for attention which at times drive some of us nuts. But I think she is a sweet dog too. It’s just that she doesn’t understand when to “stop”. I heard she is bad influence for the other dogs. I didn’t get to bond with her much though so I don’t really have much to write about her.

Last but certainly not least, the apple of Rob’s eyes, his cat Baby Kitty.
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Yes, I know. She’s fat pleasantly plump. I like calling her the tuxedo cat because of the white fur down her chest. I told Rob that his cat would scare all the scrawny stray cats in Kuching away and claim Kuching her territory. The thing is, according to Rob, there are cats there BIGGER than Baby kitty.

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Short and stumpy (Heh)

Rob rescued Baby as a kitten, abandoned near an apartment complex. One day he took her home and she’s been a brat ever since. She’s spoilt rotten, that’s why. Her dish bowl is almost NEVER empty. She sometimes drinks from Rob’s cup because she prefers the FRESHEST water available. Oh she also loves boxes.

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I cannot deny that Baby kitty is a friendly cat. She’s a happy cat, purrrrrrrrrrs like crazy when given attention, especially from Rob. She is afterall living a great life.

I have more pictures of Naomi and Pete because they tend to follow me around the house when I go over. Rob calls them the “two seniors” so they are allowed to go in his room. That’s where all the treats are. Pete and Naomi know that too.

Some pictures of the dogs playing in the backyard.

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Radar

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Spirit and Nikki

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Nikki with her favourite red ball

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Nikki and Naomi

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Pete sunbathing on the deck

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Radar and Spirit

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Naomi and Radar

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Pete eating whipped cream straight from the can

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Happen to catch Princess Naomi during her royal squat

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Pete, Naomi, Spirit and Nikki hovering… waiting for treats

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Pete and Naomi waiting for a treat from Rob

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Pete and Naomi still waiting for a treat from Rob

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They’re still STILL waiting

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This is probably my favourite picture of Naomi

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Similar picture of Pete

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Spirit, again the gentleman look

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Nikki saying “HI!!!”

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Pete and Naomi posing

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Pete and Naomi again

Le sigh~~ I miss the pack.

Millenium Park & Buckingham Fountain

May 17, 2009

The last time I was at Millenium Park was 3 years ago during winter and it was dark at like 5pm. This time I got to see a different light (pun intended) of the park. At this point I suggest you go pee if you need to because the pictures will take time to load. :P

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People sitting on the lawn while listening to an orchestra playing.

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I for one am not that interested in that kinda music so we continued walking across the park to Buckingham Fountain. It’s a few blocks away from Millenium Park. I had wanted to see it during my last visit but since it was winter, they shut it down. I wasn’t going to miss it this time because the pictures from the website I saw it at was so pretty!

It wasn’t just pretty, it was HUGE!

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HUGE right? Right? Right?

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We decided to stay until dark to watch the light show. We parked out butts on a very strategic bench right in front of the fountain. We needed the rest cause our feet were aching like hell. It was nice to sit and watch people through sunset.

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After trekking the whole day from the station to Lincoln Park Zoo to Millenium Park to Buckingham Fountain, I got myself a leg massage in front of the fountain.

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Ahhhh bliss!

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Rob got us matching shoes

Some pictures as it was getting dark…

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It was so windy out that night that water was spraying at us and water got on the camera lense. %#!%!!

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One last picture of the skyline before leaving

After that, we stopped by TGIF for dinner.

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Rob and his “Freshly Baked” shirt. He’s so my stud!

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Always my favourite – thirst quenching Pink Lemonade

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Rob’s typical cheeseburger and fries

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Mmmm look at that melted cheese

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My sizzling chicken and shrimp

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Geez all this food talk is making me hungry. Think I’ll go eat an apple or something. :P

Kinda sorta

May 16, 2009

So I’m kinda sorta back to blogging.

I will update more frequently now that I have more free time on my hands.

Come back soon!

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