Thursday, May 29, 2008

I miss you.

I don't really know what to say, except that June is a pretty dark time for me.

I've lost family and a dear friend in June of 2005 and 2006. I'm not sure if it'll get easier with time but it is really upsetting. I don't feel like doing anything at all.

I miss them and I really wish they were here.

I still don't quite understand why they were taken. Both were so sudden. She was, and will always be a big part of my life and she's like a mother to me. He was a very dear friend and we had so much planned.

I have no words to describe how I feel right now.

I really wish they didn't have to go.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

David Cook and always be my baby.

I don't watch reality tv because I don't believe there are lots of undiscovered talent to be found. Especially on an island with 4 million people.

Anyhoo.... David Cook's version rocks!



But it still doesn't mean I'm gonna put myself through weeks of American Idol anytime soon.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Things that piss me off - Part 1.

Sometimes I remember why I continue to drive even though it’s so goddamn expensive.


  • Every week there’s a new high in oil prices. (Honestly wtf, people?!)

    The price of oil should be ``somewhere between $35 and $65 a barrel,'' John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., the Houston-based subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, said at the hearing yesterday. Other executives said prices should be as much as $90 a barrel.
    -- http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=a_GLOk1M9aws&refer=canada
  • Everyday I read about inflation fears and people selling things to pay bills.
  • Everyday there are articles about how things like orange juice goes up by another $1 or some companies announcing cutting hundreds of jobs.

That’s on top of the natural disaster news.

Gawd, life is getting depressing.

J thinks that the world is close to exploding in its own face, and I must say I have to agree.

[I know I've effed up the beginning of the post but bear with me.]

Putting aside monetary woes that plague everyday people like you and me, we have to deal with inconsiderate jackasses on a daily basis. Which of course brings us to the focus of this post - which I'm proud to present - Things that Piss Me Off: Part 1.

  1. Inconsiderate drivers who won’t stop for pedestrians to finish crossing the road even though said pedestrians are elderly and they can’t help it if they walk slow.

  2. Inconsiderate passengers on trains and buses who pretend to sleep, read newspapers with their arms stretched across your face or not hear you when you’re trying to make them give up the seats for people who need them. Like the poor maid who carries a toddler with special needs on her arm every morning as they make their way to her school. Or the prego lady who looks miserable in the packed train because her belly looks awfully heavy and uncomfortable and it is really stuffy in the carriage.

  3. Inconsiderate people who ‘book’ tables at food courts with packets of tissue papers. Why can’t 1 person sit and wait while the rest order for him/her? What’s the deal?



  4. Inconsiderate people who press ‘close’ in a perfectly empty lift even though they see the other poor souls running towards the lift.

  5. Inconsiderate people who do not give way to people in wheelchairs or parents pushing prams.

  6. Inconsiderate asswipes who jump queue while you’ve been patiently stuck in traffic for the past 40 minutes. They go on the road shoulder and effin’ expect you to let them in the lane. Queue up, jackasses. Everyone has been queuing and I may or may not have been dying of hunger or the urgent need to pee. What makes you think I’ll let you in my lane?




  7. And of course, inconsiderate jerk-offs who do not indicate when changing lanes. They don’t give a flying f*ck if your car is next to theirs because they expect you to know they are changing lanes in the next 0.5 seconds. Absolute f*ckers.

The list goes on and on. I get irritated by little things like these, and J sees it. We call it my “immense hatred for mankind” moment and I need a flamethrower for situations like these.



Do I have a rage issue? Maybe. Do they deserve it? Abso-f*cking-lutely.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

My family versus my boyfriend - Round 287.

I am actually planning a mini vacation (1 week!) with J.

Things that could go wrong pre-vacation
  1. I haven't booked our flights.
  2. Our hotel.
  3. Confirm a date. This is mostly me.

See, we're planning to go away for a little in oh I don't know, 2 weeks' time. And it is smack right in between my dear Aunt's anniversary. I go by the normal calendar while the older folks want to go by the Chinese calendar. It turns out that the dates are a week apart.

[Chinese customs and young less traditional Asians like me collide have our differences. In many parts of the world, locals observe 2 calendars. One that's the same as the rest of the world and the other based on lunar/Aztec/extraterrestial cycles.]

I miss my Aunt so very much and I wouldn't want to miss this. So right now I'm juggling both filial piety and love. Just like some cheesy overproduced Hong Kong drama script.

An Asian girl who is 'too modern' by her traditional family's standards, returns nearer to home after finishing Uni against her wishes. She falls in love with a Caucasian man whom the family thought highly of when he (sort of) worked for them. They are (almost) living together in secret. Her family objects violently and she is torn between her family and love.

Will they convince them? Will the family accept them?


I'm pretty sure my life story would sell like hotcakes.

Oh I haven't informed mom I'm going on a vacation (which I have yet book). Mom is so going to flip again.

[I know most of you are going, "why do you have to tell her anyway?"

Because she's my mom and I'd rather she know I'm overseas than find out from someone else. Like that time when I went to Spain behind her back and she went through my passport, questioning me about why there was a immigration stamp in Frankfurt. Obviously, we haven't really been on chummy terms since.

We're at best, polite.

Which I think, sucks for a parent-child relationship.]


Family versus love. Indeed.


I'm inconsistent and Jabba's last day.

I know I suck at being consistent when I've made up my mind and actually posted stuff almost daily for almost a week, and suddenly disappear like a irresponsible teenage boy when he finds out his 16 year old girlfriend is pregnant with his spawn.

I apologise.

Work suck more than usual. A few initiatives, though well-meaning, were poorly planned and landed in my lap. So in the end, I am cleaning up someone's mess. I have 2 weeks to make sure 1600 people have brand new spanking email accounts come June 1 when they report for work. And 1 month till some engineer attempts to test the limit of my new machine till it breaks down.

Awesome-ness in a box.

-- from nataliedee.com

I know most people are lost, but I'm just trying to put it as non-technical as possible. In my organization, we test the living daylights out of every frigging thing before we go 'live', i.e. available for mass consumption. We have a new machine and the plan is to test if it will explode when 50,000 people login all at once.

I work 12 hour days and it's beginning to wear me down. I can't sleep, and I cough uncontrollably in public.

It was Jabba's last day today.
Jabba came to work at 11am even though office hours were from 9.30am onwards. I guess he didn't give a crap anymore, since it was his last day. The team leader didn't offer to take him and the team for a farewell lunch. I didn't know whether to be relieved or appalled.

-- They should put this in all cholesterol patients' kitchen.

Jabba went to the cubicle behind mine, gloating about his new job and how busy and important he would be. Apparently his new job is paying better than this one, and he thought his skill set would be put to much better use. Oh, not to mention he would most probably be promoted to a senior consultant position within the year should things go well since the management there would not 'let talent go undiscovered'.

Brag much? Bragging while putting down current management in the office on his last day. Classy.

-- Sprinkles!

He left at 3pm, leaving behind a half-eaten pastry on his desk while his desktop proudly displayed a Nazi flag. I don't know whether to be relieved or disgusted.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Movies 2008.

Every year, I write about movies that are worth watching. This year is no different, except that the list is late and some of the movies have already come and gone, and won awards along the way.

1. Juno -- 14 February 2008



For memorable quotes like:
Vanessa Loring: Your parents are probably wondering where you are.
Juno MacGuff: Nah... I mean, I'm already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into?

Vanessa Loring: You think you're really going to do this?
Juno MacGuff: Yea, if I could just have the thing and give it to you now, I totally would. But I'm guessing it looks probably like a sea monkey right now and we should let it get a little cuter.
Vanessa Loring: That's great.
Mark Loring: Keep it in the oven.

Leah: What? Honest to blog?
Juno MacGuff: Yeah. Yeah, it's Bleekers.
Leah: It's probably just a food baby. Did you have a big lunch?
Juno MacGuff: No, this is not a food baby all right? I've taken like three pregnancy tests, and I'm forshizz up the spout.
Leah: How did you even generate enough pee for three pregnancy tests? That's amazing...
Juno MacGuff: I don't know, I drank like, ten tons of Sunny D... Anyway dude, I'm telling you I'm pregnant and you're acting shockingly cavalier.
Leah: Is this for real? Like, for real for real?
Juno MacGuff: Unfortunately, yes.
Leah: Oh my GOD. Oh shit! Phuket, Thailand!
Juno MacGuff: There we go. That was kind of the emotion that I was searching for on the first take.


That's right. I'm one of those people who get food babies. And J and I have decided to call my condition "incubating sea monkeys". Nice.


2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
-- 31 July 2008


Something about a guy trying to get over being dumped by his hot actress girlfriend. Judd Apatow produced it, and I'll watch anything Apatow makes. Judd, we're friends now so send some freebie tickets my way and we'll be friends forever.


3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- 22 May 2008


Indie is back after a hiatus of 20 years. I grew up on a stable diet of Temple of Doom and Hot Shots movies, not to mention my very odd choice of Silence of the Lambs when I was 12.

I will definitely watch swashbuckling Indie on his great archaeological adventures. It's like watching Discovery Channel, but a whole lot more exciting with mummies, zombies and simulated sacrificial ceremonies.

J and I watched all 3 of Indiana Jones' movies. Because we simply couldn't wait till next week (22 May 2008) to watch the latest installment. Go Indie, GO!


4. WALL-E -- 28 August 2008

“What if mankind evacuated Earth and forgot to turn off the last remaining robot?”


I have read a couple of Isaac Asimov's books in my teens, and with all the robot movies (see: Terminator) I've watched, I can conclude that robots obey orders very well but will eventually turn against us (see also: The Matrix) and kill/enslave humanity.


[We are still safe because our development in AI at the minute is still at the "can we make the computer beat the chessmaster" stage. And that's if Windows Vista loads properly and stops f*cking asking you every 4 seconds whether to run a program in Administrator mode even if you're the bloody administrator.]

WALL-E is so disarmingly innocent, perhaps even more so because of its makes and purpose in life. If robots can feel, WALL-E is like a child who probably doesn't understand what bitterness is as he is left to wander the wasteland that is Earth for all eternity.


5. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army -- 10 July 2008

I know it's another one of those comic turned movie franchises but all the trailers I've seen so far do not disappoint. C'mon they've got Guillermo del Toro as the director. And he's that guy who made the best movie (in my honest opinion), Pan's Labyrinth, in 2007. It has to be good.



Tell me, doesn't that look awesome?


6. The Dark Knight -- 17 July 2008


I was hooked ever since I saw the poster for the movie. Unlike previous Batman crap, The Joker is dark and sinister, and not Krusty the Clown.


It is just a shame that Heath Ledger has died, but it will be great to watch his last movie on the big screen, knowing that he nailed the part good.

Batman Begins rocked, and so will this. I wonder if they took my advice to use the Batmobile.


7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
-- 20 November 2008

Snape!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that the last book has ended and there's no more Harry Potter books to look forward to in the near foreseeable future, I'll take whatever I can get.

8. Angels and Demons
-- December 2008 *Updated* 15 May 2009

Ron Howard screwed up the first and biggest Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code". Robert Langdon was supposed to be a symbologist from Harvard, so he's 30% Indiana Jones without the hat, whip and archaeological site digging. But in the movie "The Da Vinci Code", he struck me as that old lecturer from uni with a combover problem and a disturbing interest in signs.

"Oh that's not a "Do Not Enter" sign, that's an ancient symbol stemmed from ancient Aztec times about Quetzalcoatl swallowing a whole human at one go. Over time, it evolved into "Do Not Enter" unless you want to spend the rest of your days in the digestive tract of The Feathered Serpent."

I would watch this just to see Tom Hank's ridiculous haircut on the big screen.


I won't be going to the cinema to watch Adam Sandler movies. I'll watch them at the comfort of my own home, where I can eat KFC with my fingers without feeling embarassed and laughing hysterically at dumb jokes. I hope none of the chewed up Original Recipe flies out.


9. You Don't Mess With The Zohan
-- 19 June 2008



HAHAHA!!!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

10 Things Men Don't Know About Women - Part 3

  1. Not all women want to lojack you with your cellphone and track your every move. We don't really want to know what you're doing every minute of every day. We are not THAT insecure.

  2. We are almost always covered in scales, which explains why we need a very very long time to get ready before we meet you. Scale-free. So quit complaining.

  3. When you ask about us moving in together, getting a pet or buying something substantial, we naturally think we're getting hitched.

  4. If you have zero intentions of marrying us, please do not say things such as the following "Our children will be so cute/So where are we settling down/Where would you like to go for your honeymoon/I think I'm going to have a simple wedding". Because all those just screams "we're getting hitched". Don't f*cking lead us on.

  5. All the beautiful women in your men magazines have been photoshopped, probably even the ILM guys from Star Wars were called in to make them look lean and beautiful. Read our tabloid mags. They show you real pictures of how they look like without war paint. Read them and weep.

  6. All women are little girls and all we want from you are just love and attention.

  7. We need to feel loved by you all the time. We can tell if you say "I love you" but don't mean it. Then we'll hound you by sulking and going all forlorn looking till you cave in and show us genuine concern. The score is not even yet.

  8. Well if you keep up the saying-"I love you"-but-don't-mean-it crap, we will convince ourselves you have never loved us, and we will leave you because we all know we deserve better. We are very good at convincing ourselves. Just look at the number of shoes we've convinced ourselves we need.

  9. We don't really need you to open the car door for us. We can do that. Chivalry in the forms of protecting us from traffic/crazy trolleys/pesky leering old men? Brownie points.

  10. Shopping is an innate, God-given talent to women all over the world. It's only respectful to God Almighty we practise and be good at it.




Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Insurance companies just want my money.

I renewed my car insurance policy over the phone today and it has been a horrible experience.



Insurance premium is supposed to go down every year should you not wrap your car around a pole.

Guess what? The good insurance people said there has been an overall increase in premiums across the industry. And since GST (goods & services tax) went up by another 2%, the rise in insurance premium is justified.

That just means whatever difference we're supposed to be saving everytime we renew with the company, it is going to be taken back. And there's nothing a consumer like us can do about it.


The Man giveth, and taketh away.

Who has ever heard of premiums going up every time you renew it? It's all a bloody gimmick and I hate you, AIG.

I left a message with the insurance company (AIG) because all their "service operators" were "currently busy and unavailable". Some guy called me, offered to renew my insurance, and tried to con more of my hard-earned money to buy another "homeowner policy" that will even protect me as a renter. (Total bollocks!) I gave him my credit card details and was told the company will send me a copy of my policy shortly.

2 hours later, a lady from the same insurance company called, trying to "help" me renew my policy with them. I was bamboozled. I mean, didn't I just leave credit card details 2 hours earlier? Had I been conned? If I hadn't, does it mean that AIG is a crappy company who doesn't keep track of who's calling policyholders and transactions?

In my serious (and probably sternest) voice, I told her to check with her colleague and call me back because I want to know if it was just a simple mistake. Or a conman trying to swipe $2100 dollars out of my account.

It has been 5 hours and no one called.

This blows. Thank you, cruel world, for letting me know my place as a consumer.


I miss Sydney.

I miss my life in Sydney.

This blog was started during my uni days. I used to update this space fervently. School, friends, interesting sights, weird things and of course love and life. I remember the first time I had to do laundry, and it was absolutely mind boggling because I didn't know what each dial and button did.

This space witnessed my various 'culinary' triumphs.

My sweet corn and cherry tomato salad found the one and only audience in me.



My lamb, barley and swede soup.



And a whole lot on my shopping victories.

I miss the little cafes along Neutral Bay, especially Uniside Cafe in Kensington where the nice lady always saved me a croissant. I miss having drinks at Opera Bar with a few friends under the illuminated Opera House.



And of course my mini birthday party at Lowenbrau, a German restaurant with dancing and mango beer. Complete with lederhosen.

We had a blast.

I went to the Blue Mountains and saw the Three Sisters.



I lazed on Coogee Beach with Jojo.



Original babyback ribs with friends at Hurricane. With bibs around our necks.


And the potluck + barbeque with Mingie and Jojo and friends. Friends, food on the barbie (kebabs!) and ice cold beer in Spring are one of the greatest combos Australia has taught me.

I also met J in Australia, who has become a integral part of my life.

It was the best times of my life.

What I wouldn't give to go back to Sydney with the gang. I wonder if everyone feels the same way.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Flooble is a piece of shite.

Sometimes it's not hard to understand why people suffer from rage blackouts.



Honestly I think flooble is a piece of shite that just dies on me. Why can't it remain an effin' tagboard just like it should? What does it think it is, deleting itself when no one tags it?

I don't see sites with no visitors being shut down by hosts because no one visits it.

What a self-assuming ass, playing God with my message board.

Can anyone recommend a tagboard thingie? Or should people just post comments from now on? Discuss.


Monday, May 12, 2008

The perfect proposal J has got to see.

The perfect proposal.






Awwwwww!!!

Go to http://dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=60134 to view the entire proposal. So swoonsomely beautiful.

Someone has to get J to see this. And he cannot know that I want him to see this.

Volunteers, anyone?


Links:
Photos by Shay Stephens - www.shaystephens.com
Digital grin photography forum - The proposal in the park in the rain


Saturday, May 03, 2008

I need to get away.

I need a holiday. Even if it's a short getaway.



A getaway from work, family, ridiculous people, terrible traffic and monotonous city life.

We were very fortunate to have a mini holiday in Palma in 2006. The yacht J was on was undergoing a refit there so I flew over for a mini break. One of the best holiday ever.

Now that I'm poor as hell (stupid rent and stupid car), I don't think jetting off to Europe is a great idea. I'm not unreasonable. Southeast Asia will do.

I feel like looking at the blue skies in Australia. Or skiing in Aussie since winter is coming in 2-3 months' time. Or an island getaway. Bali sounds nice.

I just need to go somewhere. Away from it all.


Friday, May 02, 2008

10 Things Men Don't Know About Women - Part 2

  1. Makeup on men NEVER works. Unless you're a Cirque Du Soleil performer or attending Halloween. You see what happened to that Disney dude in that High School god-knows-what-crap of a movie? People just wonder about his orientation because of his perfect makeup. It's just nature's way of telling you not to meddle with our war paint.

  2. We really really must love you if we sit through an entire B/C/D grade movie produced by WWE starring some wrestler.

  3. You really really must love us if you sit through an entire SERIES of chick flicks (i.e. Bridget Jones' series) with us. Hey, it just happens there are 2 Bridget Jones movies and we just want to find out what happens next.

  4. We turn to mush and speak to you in sweet girly voices in OUR (read: you and me) lovey dovey language when we have absolutely privacy. It doesn't come to us naturally as well. And we do get embarassed. Just like you.

  5. If you want to lie, make sure we don't find out. Because we won't tell you we know. And that little nagging doubt about why you had to lie will mean we will most probably never be able to trust you completely. Ever.

  6. Sometimes we just want you to order first at the restaurant. That way we can order something different and trade food.

  7. Unless you have been kidnapped by aliens, terrorists or some crazy madmen who lived in the wilderness with zero network coverage, you should be contactable. Because if we call/text/email you, we expect a reply within the day.

  8. We like having your stuff around our place, because it means you are in our Circle of Trust and has been elevated to "Family" status, which naturally warrants a little wardrobe space. Plus, you have to come back to us because your stuff is with us, including your brand new shiny Mac desktop. It's an emotional deposit at our bank.

  9. Be nice to our family members. They have been our family for all our lives despite being a total pain in the ass. We can gripe about them, but we'll get defensive when you join in the fray.

  10. When you tell us you wished you have better clothes when you go out with us, we just want to give you big swoonsome hugs because we love you for who you are. We don't really care about the Zegna shirt on your back. But we do draw the line at sports jerseys or any kind of sportswear.


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