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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tagged with a Bag

FeR tagged me with this Bag meme.

So, ta-dah! Pictured above is my bag with its contents revealed.

From bottom left anti-clockwise:
Biege River Island tote which I got on Sale in Sg- I love the colour and the fact that it's so roomy!
Frozz Barley mints
Lillian Too fengshui token my mom got me in my Chinese Horoscope, which is Rooster- quasi-jade thingy with braided red string
Brown Liz Clairbone leather wallet which I got in NY which was majorly, majorly discounted! I *heart* Century 21 department store in NY!
Foldable umbrella which only cost me RM 9.90 from a wholesale store in Ipoh, peng, leng, cheng! (cheap, beautiful and good) Hahaha.
Panadol and Synflex tablets for those crappy crampy moments
Green packet with marijuana-like leaves illustrated- pocket tissues, because every girl has to carry tissues, right?

In the middle:
Pocket mirror my mom got me from Vietnam- dark-oak circular thingy with carvings
Name card holder from Jim Thompson in Bangkok- fushia rectangle
Car keys- no need to describe la
Office keys- with the Me-to-You keychain
House keys- with the leather Heart-shaped leather keychain
VPN security token- oblong-like thingy with 2G thumbdrive in white attached
Bank security token- oval-like thingy
Lip balm- Banana Boat with SPF 15
Mobile phone- my one year and 5 month old Samsung D600


Friday, July 27, 2007

Have you Blackle-d?

"…If Google had a black screen, taking into account the huge number of page views, according to calculations, 750 mega watts/hour per year would be saved," was a theory posted on a blog in January 2007, according to Wiki.

Hence, Google presents Blackle- a black version of Google, with the exact same functions as the white version, but supposedly has lower energy consumption.

I don't really like the dark interface much and the name leaves much to be desired. I think I will retain Google as my IE startup page, but then again, I've never really been much of an environmentalist...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Potty about Potter

Spotted this in a bookshop at Changi Airport. Funny they actually put "Embargoed- Do not open till 21 July 7.01 am" stickers on boxes which I think actually contained the books. Very effective and eye-catching advertisement though, not that the book needs any more publicizing.

Pottermania has hit us again!

What with Movie No. 5- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix released on 11 July and the Book No. 7- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows released on 21 July, it's not hard to see why.

I think I've not been a very good fan of the series at all, since I have not pre-booked the book and neither did I wake up at 5 am on the 21st of July to queue up for a "cheaper" book at Tesco or Carrefour. I heard that the bookstores- MPH, Times have finally conceeded to sell their books at a 20% discount from RM 109.90, which is still over-priced considering the books are selling for only 5 pounds in the UK at Asda!

At least, I've watched the movie, which I thought was quite good with memorable lines like Hermione telling Ron, "You've got the emotional range of a teaspoon!" Haha. Ron's facial expression at that point and many times in the movie was simply hilarious. He's my favourite character both in the book and movie!

I've also been offered pirated PDF versions of the book. Haha. The things you can find on the Internet if you Google hard enough! However, previous experience has told me that reading the actual book is a lot kinder on the eyes so I'm wiser this time around!

Anyway, my brother told me he's already gotten a copy which I can only get next week when he has finished it. So those of you who have read the book, please don't spoil it for me, if you haven't already! =D

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Taxi blues

I've always had a high opinion of the public transport system in Singapore. Efficient and clean, reliable and accessible. It has never dissappointed me...up till yesterday!

Evidently, either something has changed in the taxi system since the last time I was here in April or I have changed- become more impatient or too reliant on my baby.

I spent the last hour futilely waiting for a cab at Wisma Atria. And the same thing happened yesterday night at Vivo City. OMG! What's happening in the Lion City?!! It isn't like there aren't any taxis around, but most that pulled in to the Taxi Waiting Stand had the annoyingly red "On Call" sign on. The booking lines were either busy or put me on hold for ages or refused to accept my Malaysian telephone number. ARGHHHHHHHHHHH...!!!!! The Spore taxis were still as spotless as ever and the drivers amicable though, something Malaysian taxi drivers really need to emulate!

Given a choice, I would have taken MRT but my hotel is not located near any MRT station. I hope their services are still as efficient!

I seriously miss my car and my room in KL! No place like home, huh?

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Fridays and Inspiration

I'm so relieved that it's Friday and the weekend is here!!

Feeling rather unmotivated and lacking inspiration in all aspects and feel sorely in need of a Muse. But today, despite it ironically being Friday the 13th, I chanced upon this blogpost from Marina Mahathir. It contain's Bill Gate's speech to the Harvard Graduating Class of 2007. He's someone I admired a lot and I found it quite inspirational!

Do read it, it's something to uplift you in trying times. :)

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

The beautiful game

I've never really understood why football legend extraordinare, Pele, called football "the beautiful game." A beautiful game, maybe, but The beautiful game?

Before footie fans out there start thinking of creative ways of skinning me alive, consider this: football players are usually male, sweaty and often, as the match progresses, end up with grass-stained and/or muddy socks, shorts and jerseys.

Football matches are exciting certainly, adrenaline-charged that's for sure. Penalty shootouts are nail-bitting, suspenseful affairs. But beautiful? Hmmm, I guess I'm just not a die-hard enough footie fan and will never understand. *shrugs*

To me, this is beautiful! Don't you agree?

Tennis is a beautiful game! Some of the players could pass off for drop-dead gorgeous pin-up models, like Maria Sharapova here. And they wear the most fantastic, sponsored sporting clothes, usually in white that somehow always remains as spotlessly pristine at the end of the game as when they first started.

I love the Nike tennis dress Maria is wearing here. It's unique as it has frills at the back of it that flutters in the breeze when she runs and a short, flouncy skirt! And if you look closely enough, you can see that the V-neck top of the dress also has some frilly details. Not too much for my taste, as well. Simply gorgeous!

Btw, what sparked off this post was the Wimbledon 4th round match between Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova that I just finished watching. Venus won 6-1, 6-3. Yeah, Maria lost, but she's still beautiful! Tennis is a beautiful game!

Pics by AP from Yahoo! Sport.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Faerytale Endings

My mom presented me with these two pots of plants over the weekend in Ipoh. My mother is passionate about gardening and I'm quite used to her giving me this and that plant, which somehow always ends up shrivelled and dried in my care...

But an-nee-way, this week's plants were extra-special.

"Here, for your new place in KL. One for you and one for your housemate."

Then she grinned mischeviously- an expression that I rare see on her face and asked me,"Guess what the lady who sold me the plant said it's called?"

I was stumped. "Dunno-la." Then, I ventured lamely, "Err...some kinda Yam plant?"


She gleefuly proceeded to inform me that the plant was called cheng-wa-wong-ji in Cantonese, ie The Frog Prince. Then she arched her eyebrows meaningfully and added, "Yeah, A Frog Prince each for both of you girls. Hope you'll find a real one soon."

On close-up, you can see the leaves have a smattering of spots and with some stretch of the imagination, does resemble a toad's skin, doncha think?

Yeah Ma, I want to kiss a Frog and watch it turn into a Prince too. Which girl dosen't?

But the cynical and realistic mood I'm in tells me that: Faerytale Endings belong in FairyLand, not BolehLand.

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