this year…

I want to be more positive about a lot of things. I mean, sometimes I think the worst about nothing at all, but if I project this outward, I’ll only get it back in return. And the cycle will continue. So no, this is not me. I want my fun-loving, ever-confident, don’t-give-a-shit girl back. *nods* I love the people around me, so I should definitely let them know in ways that I know how. And learn new ways of doing it too if I can.

Also, I think it’s time to restart my running. The end year adventures really made me gain a whopping 3kg in 2 months. _$)^(#+$&)*@#+^_! Great part is that when Evelyn comes back in April I’ll get my TomTom Runner which I won off eBay. Whopping $70. HELL YEAH! =D No more lugging around 20 items with me (keys, ID, money, phone… damnit so mafan) and the heaviest is definitely my phone. The rest, I can deal with. I want to run another 21km. I think I can do it with better timing. My first run in Penang (granted, it was a mostly straight, uninteresting trek) took me around 3 hours. I wanna slice that to 2.5 hours if I can.. I don’t believe I cannot do it!

Work has been crawling, I think I’ve been focusing more on coordinating efforts and communicating between teams and team members, which is something I seem to excel in. A Human BabelFish, if you will. Hahahah! But I really think it’s not that tricky – just a matter of understanding what makes each side tick, and translating the core message between the two parties (or multiple, depending on how things go). Also still playing a super advisory role – what *should* we do, planning stuff, looking forward and from a bird’s eye view. This is tricky. But I do miss times where I can just sit and fully focus on my coding task(s) instead of throwing them aside – I’m sure they feel unloved! DON’T WORRY I’LL BE BACK FOR YOUUUUU <3 I also want to learn to cook better. I seem to be flopping magnificently in most kitchen adventures, something which I wanna improve on. I can grasp things theoretically, and pretty quickly too.. but when it comes to the actual action I feel like I'm going to make everything explode. I CAN DO EETS. AND I WILL. Somewhat related to all of the above - I also want to be a better girlfriend. Yes, that's right. However that may be. Trust, communication, taking care of myself, and finding pockets of time with the ever-busy boyfriend and making those moments count. Pictures? Words? Gifts? Laughs? Kisses? I'm all in. I need to be brave - this is just as good as every other adventure that I will go through in my life. *hmph* Here's to a great 2015! And Happy Chinese New Year! =D

Day One, Istanbul

Let me say this now – I HATE FLIGHT DELAYS!! Especially when its been delayed by 4 hours and no one informed us beforehand.. having to spend few hours in an airport is really boring. We were lucky though that mom and dad managed to get us all into the airport lounge.. INTERNET I RABURABU YOUUUU~

Flying with a handicapped person has its benefits I suppose, mostly getting to skip the queues. 😛 but most people were quite accommodating, so we are quite thankful for that.
———————————————-
Haha we got abit lost looking for the Topkapi Sarayi, but we found Sultanahmet and Aya Sofya cause they’re really quite hard to miss 🙂

The palace itself is really huge and amazing, the architecture is quite something else. They had quite a few displays on armor, the sacred treasury which had a lot of items from the Kaabah.. even an English translation of the Quran which was being read out while we were in that section. And the small section which was the council hall where they held meetings.. and a display of clocks and assorted watches given by people from different parts of the world!

In the evening it was also quite a different vibe to the place. Lots of neon lights, restaurants still packed to the brim… just window shopping for baklava and Turkish delights was fun 🙂

Unfortunately some of the people we met wee pretty dodgy or rude… Lawl kamon la, we’re (potential) paying customers and we weren’t being rude, there’s no reason to think were being unreasonable or demanding. Sheesh.

However, not all is bleak here… we did come across some people who were genuinely nice and welcoming, so that was nice 🙂 like the hotel manager who explained the interesting points and sights for first timers and all.

before I go.

Am kinda excited for this trip cause I’ve never been before! First stop, Istanbuuuu (as aichan calls it XD)~

Did my packing at the 11th hour really, man that was pretty intense. But I managed to fit most of the things in, I hope I’ll still have some extra space for shopping! >_<

my saturday

was pretty awesome =D
___________________________

Sent chickenwing off to the airport, I missed the carpark entrance and had to circle around the main terminal 2x. bah! hahaha but we had a good time chatting and noming wedges & nuggets from KFC to pass the time. Prolly the only time I’ll see her this month! *emofied*
___________________________

haven’t had dinner out with just dad and me for awhile, we went to have some Viet food. It was yummy XD I’m really addicted to that sweet-sour sauce thing they pour on just about everything else apart from pho. XD Talked about dad’s retired life, education and migrating and stuff like that. And joked about our family quirks.

In the midst of it all, got a call from reeis. This has to be the 2nd time she’s asked me out to dinner, and the 2nd time I’ve rejected. Excellent comeback though – “You’re the first one I thought to call cause you seem to be the free-est.” Eh lah woman what are you implying! hahahah *however* you know I love you enough not to try and chokeslam you the next time we meet. =P
___________________________

karaoke night was good XD attendees were honorary guests mama ming and papa jor (lawllll! I am so amused by this – first time I heard the term had to be from Sam who’s happily in the States right nao), Grace, #4 & Chris. Originally it was supposed to be an orientation of sorts for #4.5 (a dude named Shawn, lawl therefore not #5 but just 4.5) but he couldn’t make it in the end. awh bummer!

We had a lot of jiwang songs going, then boybands, then girl bands, then the random mix of music including fengtau clubbing and Queen (which is almost a must everytime we go karaoke) XD And more duets than the usual, which is also good XD I should learn how to harmonize moar!

Later on #4, Grace & I headed out for mamak, but gawd damn the place was like infested with moskies, was almost eaten alive by the damn things. Proceeded to chat about:

  • drag queens
  • waxing/shaving
  • a barrage of lame jokes, #4 & Grace were on a roll! honorary mentions include blue elephants and receding harelines
  • how as kids both #4 and I never uttered a word till we were about 4-5 years old, after which we just could not seem to shut up (lawll amusing)

___________________________

watched some kdrama with mom about this girl who seriously kicks ass and is a bodyguard to the President’s son. I like the chick, but as all kdramas go, some love triangle will pop up and everyone sheds some tears. It’s amusing though =D

gallavanting with reeis…

… is one helluva experience, I tell you.

Started off the day with eating cheong fun that mom brought back from the Section 17 wet market, awesome stuff I tell you. After I washed the dishes, and was reading the paper, mom comes out with the lightsaber bubble blowing thingy and goes “hey what’s this I found in the bathroom?!” and the rest of my morning was spent entertaining my parents while blowing bubbles using the lightsaber bubble blowing thingy XD (well, until reeis showed up.)

We went to have nasi lemak @ Village Park (excellent nasi lemak! XD) and had a chat on how college changed our lives, and the way of thinking that there are many ways to get to the same answer, none being more correct than the other. And some things we really struggled through during school life – the rounding up of numbers (me) and the failure to grasp physics concepts till 2 weeks before SPM (her)~

Next stop was what I call the Neo-Nazi Building~ aka PJ Trade Center. Seriously, at first glance it looks like some building from the post-industrial times (quote reeis) and it looks like some unfinished construction site.. So I was quite *meh* about the whole thing at first. After taking a look around, though, there is more than meets the eye to this place. It’s really.. raw and organic, and I think if they decided to use flourescent lighting for this place it would look like some Nazi detention center or something – creepiness factor up by 10000! @_@ Unpainted cement walls, tile bricks for walls (lotsa natural light), halogen lighting… it was certainly *weird* at first sight.

When we exited the lift we were really surprised by a few things~

  • For some reason they have this idea to have the ‘floor’ made out of metal grilles so you can see the floor below, and the one below it.. you get the point. So if you look down, and you’re afraid of heights, this might be a real challenge for you. Otherwise, I thought it was pretty cool.
  • There are hanging gardens wth! Cool but totally out of place imo!
  • There is a hanging chair thingy that is made out of iron/steel mesh thingy and it was SO FUN to sit on it! XD
  • Not to mention lawn furniture made out of real wire meshies that remind me of the ones @ KLPAC. Totally unexpected!
  • The wind that blows through this ‘rest area’ is reaaaaaallly 気持ち! Caught us both by surprise~ Plus, there are proper bean bags here too!
  • The restaurants downstairs have equally nice decor that fit in with the rest of the building structure. woot!
  • IMO the place has a very raw, unfinished feeling to it but throwing in all these super-modern touches gives it a unique identity. Very naisu!

To which I was commenting to her how we’ve forgotten the actual reason we came here – there was some Bata warehouse sale that she wanted to check out, haha so finally after snapping enough pics like tourists, we went to sniff around the sales area.

PS: Photos up on Facebook here =3

I considered it as a pretty good find as I found this adorable pair of yellow sneaks! XD This pic was after I got home, and decided to try out new ways of lacing the shoes – settled with lattice lacing on one side, and over-under lacing on the other.

Went to Ikea and browsed Daiso and Yamaha as well! XD Wasted alot of time in Ikea simply because it is Ikea XD Daiso had some real fun stuff too (usual lah!)

And we saw this MTV video at FOS (totally wtf XD)~~ the song’s called “15 Minutes” by The Yeah You’s. Catchy!

Had a nice dinner of nasi briyani with mom and dad XD yummo! Followed by durian and cherries XD

Also helped ti out (hopefully) with tackling his exam questions on initializing arrays in Alice. =P

*considerably long pause talking to aichan about petticoats*

#off topic no.1: petticoats

We trawled eBay and some other sites, but I found this site which I thought was really.. wow! House of Olivier – the photos are incredibly good, and apparently you can wear these as regular skirts as well! Double win XD Faves so far are Sofia and Juliette~

#off topic no.2: youtube video

This is simply hilarious! XD First of all, loving the Brit accent, and secondly, the remarks are snarky XD Will continue to watch the rest of it once I find time for it.

the regular mixup post for the day~

Today was pretty fun, headed down to Taylor’s College Lakeside campus after lunch with ti.

Mainly to visit reeis though.. but when I arrived she was busy with another prospective student, so I just waited and read the college newsletter-magazine from cover to cover while waiting. Reminds me of my SAM days, every other week there was something on, and we were a great bunch that could never keep still – always wanting to do something fun. Glad to see that hasn’t changed~

Reeis then took me around the campus, around her ‘hood and showing me her students’ works (of which she’s very proud of) and also wandered around the entire campus.. One thing I have to say, it’s really breezy and nice! Especially where the MPH is and where the lake is.. if only the weather were cooler, people would be sitting out on the lawns and basking in the sun!

There’s this little amphitheater space where reeis says would be great to perform open plays (kinda like busking but theater-style, I suppose) and speeches and stuff like that. Can see why she says that. Also, there are COWS! Well, the area next to the campus is a cow farm so she says almost every day at noon the campus folk get a whiff of their wonderful aroma as they head off to lunch (or the next class)~

The library is a work of art, and it really reminds me of the Gipps library! Windows on every floor (great natural lighting) and ample space for sitting, discussion rooms and shelves and shelves of books, it’s a really nice place! The orange just disagrees with my insides though.

This is the kind of place that makes me wanna be a student again. lesigh!
_______________________

Bought some duck, hokkien mee and kungfu chau maifun for dinner! YUM XD My dad wanted something simple and appetizing for dinner so this was an excellent idea XDDXDXDXD Happy Father’s Day dad! XD You know we love you XD
_______________________

Tonight’s lineup on the History Channel was really interesting!

First one was about the reign of Qin Shihuang Ti and his accomplishments~ however the ending kinda insinuated he went totally bonkers and ironically poisoned himself by drinking mercury-infused immortality potions while trying to live forever. Watched this one before but still I loved watching it again.

Second one was about really final rites around the world.. Like burying oneself alive to attain enlightenment and peace (in Tultec culture i.e. Mexico), living with the dead to have a grand funeral (somewhere in Indonesia), plastification (by some dude living in Germany), mummification (no prizes for guessing), offering bodies to the Ganges river (in India).. very very insightful one that was really entertaining.

Wanted to watch the other one about Mao Tzedong but had other chores to do (like cleanup the table and fold the laundry I’ve left aside for days, I know I’m a lazy ass)

catching up

Last night I went out with chickenwing to dinner and to help her buy stuff for her folks at home – also taking this time to bersampat with her, which was absolutely fun! Hahah it is so funny to see how she thinks it’s easy to buy stuff for guys but difficult to buy stuff for girls. I think most people would have the exact opposite sentiments. She’s a very cute person to go shopping with, I’ll say =) She also got me something! It’s a really pretty handmade bracelet from one of the blogshops (yea haha I have poisoned her to the world of online blog shopping =P)Also took the time to go kacau the people at Fish & Co. and I’m amazed to say they still remember me! And Vince was there too! XDXDXD I haven’t seen him in quite awhile, at least I’ve seen the makcik and Keat (studying electronic engineering @ UNIMAS, woot neatness!) Glad to see everyone’s doing great XD aaahhhhh I miss the good ol’ days (damn I sound really old when I do that, but then again at first glance people can’t tell whether I’m still schooling or in uni anyway =P)

crazy chickenwing! pack earlier k next time! talk about a real close shave <_<less than a minute ago via TwitterGadget


Today I got woken up at 8:30AM by a call from some random 016 number, and it didn’t strike me then who this might be. I was considering ignoring the call, but I picked it up anyway to find.. It was the taxi dude who was supposed to drive chickenwing to the airport as she was flying back to Brunei at 1:30PM.

At first I thought she was in the toilet, so I thought you know, just ignore it and go back to sleep. Which was exactly what I did.

about 10 mins to 9AM, the same number calls again. He went “ok so this is confirm cancel ar?” to which I mumbled, “Maybe she’s getting ready, I’ll try calling her.” Which I did, and to no avail since she didn’t pick up. So I thought, oh damn she really is oversleeping! But try as I might I know that phone rings don’t awake people who’re sleeping logs. So I rushed off to work.

11AM beckons, and now I get a call from the chickenwing. She goes frantically “zomg… do you know what just happened >___< ” and this time I reply “Yes I know what happened..” haha! I cannot believe I was being so.. blunt. Told her to calm down and just take the first taxi from her apartment to LCCT.

Thankfully, thankfullythankfullythankfully she got there just in the nick of time to check in before the check-in counter closed.. And she texted me to say “zomg thank God!” (with the capital G) for which I was pretty glad for her. =)

______________________

Later on in the evening, went out to dinner with some of the S9 gang. Attendees of the night were:

  • me
  • rowena
  • mishan
  • bobby
  • vincent
  • ken
  • guan
  • hh
  • jiun

A pity hou couldn’t join us cause he’s got exams the following day.. but still we remembered you! XD everyone was asking why you couldn’t attend~~ hh was pretty funny going “hey you know I met up with the moomoo guy when I was attending an interview with xxx company” – to which ken and I went “huh? who is this moomoo dude?!” Turns out he was referring to Andrew Chew. Hahaha! Some nicknames really do stick.

It was a hilarious affair as we were watching the first game of the day… South Korea vs Argentina. Messi and Higuain were amazingly good, and yes Ken Seong was pretty much right – every time the camera focuses on Maradona he’s doing some funny expression. We also got to discussing other funny sportsmen’s habits like Nadal having to pull his shorts like he’s got a wedgie, rub his nose then serve the ball. Stuff like that.

watching #kor vs #arg with the s9 gang, hilarity ensues #worldcupless than a minute ago via mobile web


Anyway, it was unfortunate that Korea played pretty badly, and that the ominous sign was scoring an own goal. Ken Seong was saying “Hey Korea got pretty good defenses okay~” to which Vincent retorted, “haha yeah, but they still scored their own goal! oops” – to this, I gotta say “oh snap!”

The girls got down to talking about the lengzhai Korean players and Jiun was saying “wow, these girls are really keng! We’re not wearing glasses, but they can see more clearly than we can!” hahaha! and also “aiseh Rowena! You support Korea then say they lengzhai, now they’re losing you say they look like pekerja buruh!” ahhaha sorry but it was too funny to not remember XD

someone’s gonna drink 3 glasses of drinks at chili’s tonight XDless than a minute ago via mobile web


vince and ken made a bet, whoever lost had to drink 3 full glasses of whatever they were drinking (we were in Chili’s, so that’s a substantial amount of fluid to be drinking in one shot) and ken was like “yeah I can do it!” XDXD towards the end, vince went “hey you better empty your bladder as much as you can!” – no prizes for guessing who sided who. =P

We’re thinking of going clubbing next week Friday, and staying overnight in the city~ I haven’t done that since uni.. damn it’s been awhile =P

days that pass by too quickly

Very true fact, and loving it (and while I’m at it I might as well try my hand at fiddling with Twitter’s Blackbird Pie:

i like the fact that guama and i can greet each other with “meow meow!”less than a minute ago via Chromed Bird


On a totally unrelated note, I heard my door open and without thinking I said “meow meow!” not knowing that it was my dad instead of guama. XD
______________

On to other ramblings…

Sometimes I wish the days would slow down abit. After I get home from work, have dinner and watch tv, it’s time for bed – and the cycle continues.

Today I had to pick up ti from his friend’s place around 930-ish cause he was group studying for the exams coming in a few weeks… hope he tries his best! Arrogant kid but he has what it takes if he channels his energy & efforts in the ‘right’ direction.

I feel like doing something mind-blowing. But what?

tiger balm

When I was little the fatties and I really was afraid of the Tiger Balm smell, cause guama reeked of it! She’d use it as a cure-all for just about anything –

Colds: Generous amounts of it would be rubbed onto our nose*, chest and back.

Coughs: Generous amounts of it would be rubbed onto our nose*, chest, back and neck.

Mosquito bites: Generous amounts of it would be rubbed onto the bite area.

*When it was rubbed onto our noses, or more specifically the nostril area (not actually in the nostril, but you get the idea) it was almost like sniffing wasabi, I swear! It was so minty/spicy/whatever you called it that we felt it was kinda difficult to breathe because of it. The thing was, it usually worked cause the blockage would disappear!

___________________________

“Ku za uu no kuang kai, ji kai ang kai, ji kai pek kai.. I like the white one cause that was what my parents always used on us. My dad would do the same for me, and I remembered I hated it so much! But the funny thing was that it actually worked, so as much as we hated it, we just had to bear it. ”

“Le toi uu ane joi kuang kai, tapi ji kai kuang si Singapore kai…”

Then she’d go on to describe the history but I don’t really remember it apart from there being 2 brothers in the business, the original one being the red one and then later on one of the brothers decided to make the white one. Or something to that effect, anyway.

___________________________

There were times (usually after the Sydney trip when guama visits ah yee) that she’d tell us how the kiddos commented on the smell~

“Wa ke si hao ngk ah soi ti/Rhys kai pang keng…Wa ngk jik meh, ka teng ma meng ki ah ti ta ‘wah guama! your room uu hi kai Tiger Balm kai bi ho strong wor’ (laughs!) si ho chao bi meh? Wa yong ka joi liao si bo? Wa jai wa uu ji kai bi, tapi mm zai si mi si, bo yong jik meh bo song wo..”