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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

It's 2am and it's late at night...

I'm having insomnia. It's actually been quite a while since I've had it.

Perhaps it's because I've been LAPtop-less this past few months, perhaps I have less reason to be unable to sleep, perhaps work's been so exhausting I need all the sleep I can.

But tonight, I think it's mostly due to the mocha latte I had at Coffee Bean 4 hours plus ago with LAD. I knew I shouldn't have had it! I knew it to the very core of my being.

He told me I wouldn't be able to sleep, and he was right.

But I wanted it so much, I was feeling out of sorts, with a slight headache, and the warm, smooth, not-too-sweet liquid caffein goodness felt oh-so-rejuvenating at that time. A balm for my battered soul. Haha.

So here I am, not being able to sleep, yet not alert enough to edit. Instead, here I am blogging.

Mocha latte nonwithstanding, I'm feeling rather contemplative tonight. All sorts of questions are floating around in my brain.

Where am I gonna be in 5 years time?

What do I actually want out of life?

What food to snarfle during this 4-day long weekend in Ipoh?

What sort of parent do I want to be to my future kids (if any)?

Why do I feel I'm OK-normal sometimes and just plain weird other times?

How to get my passport renewed in time for trip to Cambodia?

What's the one thing that I would change, if I could change my life?

What should I get the brother for his birthday?

What to buy home for the parents?

Should I get an SLR camera?

What model to get?

How to get enough money to get that?

Does coffee give you gas?

Ponder ponder. I dunno-la, 'cept for the last! Brain is dead. Not functioning anymore.

Going to curl up in bed with Wind-up Bird Chronicle till blessed sleep decends.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tears of joy and bitter laughs

Stuck in a jam on Federal Highway, I took this pix with my phone...

Ever cried because you were happy and laughed because you were sad? Or laughed and cried for no apparent reason?

It’s funny how these expressions are commonly associated with one emotion per se ie, tears= sadness, laughter= happiness. While most of the time, the correlation is true, it’s dawned on me that there are occasions when you’re so touched, you can’t help crying in happiness. And in extreme moments of stress, disappointment (and PMS), a bitter laugh just escapes your lips. And sometimes you laugh and cry for no particular reason you're concious of.

It may sound quite crazed, but actually if you really think about it, isn’t. What’s a laugh and what are tears, anyway, but a way of getting release. An expression of high-strung emotions all bottled up because there wasn’t time, wasn’t energy and wasn’t the correct person around to release it to.

Humans constantly experience fluctuations of human feelings, a see-sawing of emotional highs and lows. It’s just innate in us, some more than the rest.

But I believe, everyone is just waiting for someone to ask them, “What’s wrong, my dear? Just tell me.”

And the barriers will fall, and the wave of cascading emotions overflows. Laughter or tears, take your pick, if you can control it.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Wi-fi rocks through and through!

I had a pleasant surprise today!

My laptop back in action!

My locum place has wireless! WAHHHHHHHHH! No, it's not the shop itself. I think it's probably a cyber cafe or office nearby. So happy! It was a serendipitous discovery. Brought along my laptop today to work on something for work and was surprised to see a wireless network detected, funnily, named BLUETOOTH. Much thanks to whoever is unwittingly sharing this connection with me.

Me and the internet, I think we've got FATE!!

Sunday, August 13, 2006



I'm so happy! I missed being connected to the Net and MSN almost all of my waking hours. I'd be doing something at home after work and during the weekends, and came across something I wanted to look up info on eg, regular stuff like song titles, movie reviews, restaurant telephone numer...but no WWW to Google it or look it up on Wikipedia or friend to MSN for! The agony! It's like I lost an arm or leg. Haha. Okay, I'm exaggerating. Oh, also missed my laptop cause I couldn't work from home during weekends or at night. Yeah, sure...anyway...

Much thanks to the friend who recommended me to try out Pineapple Computers, an IT chain store with branches in Section 14, Sri Hartamas, Bangsar and One Utama. The new 40G hard disk and service charge cost me about RM 450. Quite steep, eh? But have to admit, their service, at least in the Section 14 branch, was excellent. The staff were professional, helpful, prompt and knowlegable. Also spoke excellent English. What a contrast from the shop at the IT Zone in MidValley. With Pineapple Computer's many branches, It's a convenient place to get your IT solutions. Prices might be cheaper in Low Yatt and KL, I'm not sure. But being the lazy person that I am, I'd rather pay a bit more for convenience and good service. Also noticed that the old Metrojaya in Section 14 is now a Digital Mall. I didn't go in but the name of the place sounds promising, like a place where you can get a vast seletion of cheap IT stuff, best of all, right in the heart of PJ

So what have I been up to? Nothing earth-shattering. I read some books. The Ender quartet by Orson Scott Card, Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, some Agatha Christie plays. Watched some movies, Lake House (so-so,even with drop dead gorgeous Keanu Reeves), Click (EXCELLENT, IMHO. Reasons: Funny, poignant, touching, set in NY city, Adam Sandler) Hehe. Must watch-la! I thought it was going to be a light-hearted bordering on slapstick comedy, but it turned out to be so much more. Any movie that can make me teary has got to be good! The last such one was Tim Burton's
Big Fish. Click is one of those wonderfully realistic takes on family and moral values. An overall feel-good movie with substance, which is, among my favourite genre of movies to watch. I give it a 10 out of 10!

Uh-oh, better stop raving about it. Want you all to enjoy the movie. I've realized that having too high expectations of a movie rather spoils it for you. Watch it with an open mind and I hope you'll like it as much as I did.

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