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Thursday, 31 May 2007
Attending the conference has finally taken its toll on me. It has been a lot more exhausting than I realised. I am tired and aching all over now. Not used to all the "exercising"! Hahaha. LOL. I guess once in a while, it is good to get a "work-out" like that. Hahaha. LOL.
I had a long nap in the late afternoon after meeting with a good friend. Really needed it! Feeling slightly rested now. I shall continue to read my Hamilton. It has been neglected during the conference. Hahaha.
Wednesday, 30 May 2007
Attended a very, very interesting keynote address. I will never see language as dead again, really enjoyed learning about the postmodernist theory, ...
Had to skip the next keynote address as I had to prepare for my presentation. I am always nervous, right before the presentation. But the second I start talking, I am alright as I have forgotten about my nervousness and fear. I think my presentation was quite clear so no questions were asked. Hahaha. After the whole presentation, former colleagues waited outside the seminar room to applaud me again . So embarrassing. *Blush* Hahaha.
After the conference closing ceremony, we decided to go celebrate. For some of us, the conference had been downright hard work. So it is time to celebrate! Hahaha.
A lot of bonding have occurred among us throughout the 3 days of conference. And when we celebrated, lots of FUN we did have on this last day of conference! :P
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Attended 2 keynote speeches. Really interesting. Could use some of the notes for my PhD dissertation.
Went to a panel discussion on Asian Pedagogies. I found the second discussant really good. I was really engrossed in what he was saying that I didn't hear my friend when she called me. Hehehe.
Spoke further at lunch with the professor who agreed to be my reader. He is really, really nice. He asked that I send him whatever I have and he would give me comments. Now I must really write my dissertation more QUICKLY. Hahaha.
Had encounter with an extremely obnoxious lady professor. Really disliked her. Later found out that she is actually PUBLIC ENEMY No. 1.
Now, trying to look through my slides and maybe do some notes because presentation is tomorrow. A little anxious because my former colleagues, from school and MOE HQ, are coming to see me present. Should be okay. Hahaha.
I am feeling very tired but at the same time, very relaxed. Paradox huh. Hahaha.
Monday, 28 May 2007
Met a lot of people, including former colleagues from MOE HQ, and former teachers whom I worked with when I was still teaching as well as when I was in MOE HQ. It was good catching up with all of them. I also met a professor who is the consultant for a project I used to work on. I haven't seen him since the beginning of the year. He is a very nice person and came up to me to chat. He also happens to be one of the big names in my PhD area of research. He has kindly agreed to be my reader! Happy! Now I have to finish my writing quickly. Hahaha.
At the keynote address, a funny thing happened. My friends and I were seated 3 rows away from the stage. All of the sudden, in the middle of the keynote speech, we heard a noise. We couldn't believe our ears and looked to each other for confirmation. Then it happened again. I laughed out loud. A man in the 4th row was sleeping and actually SNORING away. And he was LOUD. My friend said I was laughing so loudly at the man. But I just couldn't help it. I just had to laugh! How could anyone sleep and snored when he was so near to the stage?! It was definitely funny!
For some reason, I feel really HAPPY today. Had time off work, and spent quality time with good friends.
Sunday, 27 May 2007
Saturday 26 May
I spent most part of the day curled up in bed reading Hamilton and Spiderman: The Other-Evolve or Die. A good friend lent me the books and graphic novel. Thanks, Good Friend. They are interesting, especially Hamilton! Hahaha.
In the evening, I met up with a good friend for a quick dinner and went to watch the movie: "Next". It was really crowded in the city. Forgot how crowded it is on a weekend night.
Anyway, the movie "Next" is about a man who has premonitions and could see two minutes into his future. Some parts of the movie were quite funny, although they were unintentional, I think. Somehow, I felt the movie was lacking in some ways. It was not as exciting as I had hoped it to be. But I thought the idea is pretty interesting, you know, being able to look into the future, even if it is only for two minutes. But then again, where is the fun and excitement in life if you already know what is going to happen.
I also had a wonderful time chatting and catching up with Good Friend. Let's do it again soon, Good Friend.
Sunday 27 May
Brought the girls and my mother out for lunch. Hubby suggested going to Hyatt's StraitsKitchen. It is buffet style, featuring local cusine - Chinese, Malay, Indian. The food is just okay, nothing fantastic, a tad salty for some dishes. I thought for the quality of the food, it is highly overpriced. Not worth it. That's why no pictures for this food adventure. Hahaha.
I also went to return library books at Queenstown Community Library. Don't want to be fined. Hahaha. No time to borrow new ones, maybe after the conference.
Also went to Breadtalk, Great World to get bread for tomorrow's breakfast. Going to be leaving the flat very early in the morning. Yawn. Hahaha.
On the way home, the girls ...
Friday, 25 May 2007
Decided to do a Blogthing on blogging personality. Here is the results.
|Your Blogging Type is Cutting Edge and Amusing|
You're a legendary storyteller, and you amuse many with your anecdotes.
In fact, you can turn the dullest part of your day into a colorful event.
You're also up on what's new and cool - from fashions, to links, to gadgets.
You're the perfect combo: down to earth, funny, and a little mischievous.
Hmm... What do you all think? Hahaha. I don't quite agree with the "up on what's new and cool - from fashions, to links, to gadgets". Friends who know me well will know I am NOT IT savvy at all. Hahaha. As for the rest, ... Hahaha.
But no matter what it is, I am glad that I can amuse my friends. There is no greater joy than bringing joy to others.
Thursday, 24 May 2007
Sexuality is much more than that! Sexuality is not only about taking part in sexual behaviours, and the physical aspects of our bodies. It is also about who we are, our sense of identity, how we see our places in the world, what we believe about our potentials and capabilities, our attitudes and values, our relationships, ... We are all sexual beings. Our sexuality is a natural and healthy part of who we are! Sexuality is not just about what we do, it is about who we are and how we live.
I gave a Sexuality Talk to the Upper Primary students this morning. I have never seen a more attentive audience. Serious. Of course, there were moments of squeamishness, and nervous giggles initially. But that soon died down when they realised sexuality is nothing to be bashful about. I am glad to know that these students would now have some knowledge about sexuality after the talk.
Sexuality is a gift, so handle it wisely.
Updated 25 May 2007, 11:12 pm
I was told by some friends, mostly guys, actually all of them were guys, that they were shocked when they first saw the post title. Hahaha. Sorry, Guys, didn't mean to shock you. Hahaha.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Why can't some people see past the monetary gain??!! I am really upset about this whole enbloc thing. I have all sort of NASTY thoughts going through my head, mainly on how to deal with such people with no heart for the home... craving it out with a spoon, a VERY BLUNT spoon might just be able to appease my anger... for a little while. There are worse, FAR WORSE thoughts but I shan't say them here... I must be mindful of my readers' feelings...
I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HATE ENBLOC!!!
Updated 24 May 2007, 9:11pm
Sorry about my emotional outburst. It is just too much after coming home from a hard day of work to see a letter regarding the enbloc of your home, your safe haven. How would you feel?? Well, no one messes with this Scorpio...
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Today was the panel discussion on School Programmes for Discipline. I was one of four panel discussants. There was a HOD (Discipline), a Vice Principal, a Guidance Officer from MOE HQ and myself, a School Counsellor. Guess what, the guidance officer happened to be my friend too. We used to work together when I was at MOE HQ as an Educational Psychologist. It was a friends' gathering again. Hahaha.
The audience turn-out was huge, about 300 people and there weren't enough seats. Thus, people had to sit on the steps as well in the lecture theatre. Each of us, the discussants, took turns to speak about our role in the school and how we help to support the discipline in the school. After which, we answered quite a few questions from the audience.
Overall, it was a great session. I felt really good that I could use my expertise to help these beginning teachers. If Nic ever needs my help again in a similar capacity, no problem! Oh yes, the session was also video-taped to be used as future reference material. Yeah, I am famous!? Hahaha. Yes, yes, I know, cheap thrill. =)
PS. Slept only at 5am this morning. Was up almost the whole night, working on my writing and chatting with a good friend. I think I ended up chatting more than writing! Hahaha. I told myself I would not take a nap no matter how tired or sleepy I am. Alas, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I fell asleep while reading L. Hamilton. Thought it would have kept me awake! Looks like another long night ahead. LOL.
Monday, 21 May 2007
How many of you have actually been in a cemetery? Not including those visits you have to make because you have to pay your respects, you are there because you just want to visit the cemetery, the place itself. Anyone? None. Hmm... Why? What is so scary about going to the cemetery?
I have always found the cemetery an intriguing place. I mean you can actually learn a lot of things just from looking at the tombstones - history, architecture, sculpture, philosophy. When I was studying in Brisbane, Australia, I visited The Toowong Cemetery a few times. It is nice to walk among the tombstones and reading the inscriptions on them as you go. You learn to value life. Closer to home, for starters, so that you won't feel scared, would be the Fort Canning History Park where the old tombstones from the old Christian Cemetery have been repositioned along the old walls. But it doesn't really count as a cemetery, right? Hahaha.
Anyway, I hope I can get to visit the other cemeteries in Singapore before they are gone forever, taking away a piece of our history with them.
Updated 22 May 2007, 9:22pm
Someone asked me how did this post come about? Well, sometimes I have to use Sime Road to get home and there is an cemetery. There you go. :)
Sunday, 20 May 2007
PS. Watched Underworld: Revolution on HBO. I like this one better than the first one. I enjoy this type of movie - horror, supernatural like Underworld, Van Helsing, Dracula, Event Horizon (sci-fi too), ... =)
For so long, we have only been reading about the "success" of enblocs and the "millions of dollars" to be gained, everyone is "happy", blah, blah, blah. Oh, you are feeling contempt pouring out of me?? GOOD! I don't intend to be polite about this.
The papers have been pretty lopsided in their reports. What BALANCE?! Maybe I still have a naive view about the world but what happened to the newspapers which are supposed to be impartial, objective, balanced and to bring the truth to people? Now what "truth" and whose "truth"? I am sure we are all aware whose truth it is, we shan't go into it. No point really. The biased articles have, in part, been instrumental to the fuelling of the enbloc craze that we see all over our island while bending the truth to a dangerous level. Has it been as rosy a picture as the articles painted? NO! Definitely NOT everyone gained, NOT everyone is happy, even our society stands to LOSE as social values are quickly being ERODED (community, neighbourliness, tolerance, respect for others, valuing values, ...)
A home is so much more than just financial gain. What happens to the memories, to the heart and soul of a home, of a family? Whatever happened to the social stakes that were encouraged by our then-PM Mr Goh (1995), "There is no better stake in the country than a flat or a house"? The government encourages us to be stayers, not quitters. But frankly, it is kind of difficult to be a stayer when you are evicted from your own home due to some people who can't see beyond the short-term monetary gain. Is this how the government encourages ownership?? This enbloc craze is fast becoming a "runaway train" gaining momentum and possibly out of control!
At least, I take heart that the government is now trying to do something with its recent Ministry of Law Public Consultation on the proposed amendments to the en bloc sale legislation (which ended on 12 May). I earnestly pray it will not become just a paper exercise.
And I am also heartened with the fact that the flip side of enbloc sales, of people who are against enblocs are slowing surfacing in the newspapers, which is long overdue! Let's hope the newspapers continue to give more balance to their reports.
I must apologise to my friends who are used to reading my lighthearted posts. This post, I agree, is a somber one for enbloc is an issue that weighs heavily on my heart. Thanks for bearing with me and for listening to my personal (erratic) thoughts. I shall not speak of this again on my blog,... unless circumstances indicate otherwise...
Saturday, 19 May 2007
The plot is really INTRIGUING: brother against brother, good against evil. Again, the intellectual prowess, not just one, but now of TWO Pendergasts (bonus!); the astute deductions, the fascinating personalities are just mind-blowing! An interesting feature in this book is the use of Tarot cards. Now that is a big interest of mine. I am into tarot and have been giving readings to friends who are interested. So far, I have been told I am quite accurate. =) Anyway, with the use of tarot cards, it has upped the story one notch in its mystic.
I really can't say much of the story without giving away something. Now, that won't be fair and fun to the rest of you who have yet to read the book, right?! Hahaha. Go for it! It is worth your time, absolutely.
PS. Now, I can't wait for the next book: "The Book of the Dead".
Oh, there was something out there, alright. But it was not a boy, it was a broom. Juliane had mispronounced "broom" as "boy"! HAHAHA. My hubby is really quite a scaredy cat! LOL. If it had happened to me, my reaction would have been, "Where? Where? I want to see!". Hahaha. That is how different we are with regards to the supernatural. Hahaha.
My mother and I took the girls to the Botanic Gardens. It seemed very crowded this morning. The girls were by the swan pond feeding the fishes while I went round snapping pictures. I am trying to pick up a hobby. Hehehe.
We had lunch at Shashlik Restaurant, Far East Shopping Centre. Never mind the decor, the food is not too bad, especially the desserts. Hahaha. I had wanted the Baked Alaska but was deterred by the 15-20 minutes wait for it. I went for the next best, Banana Flambee. The dessert is cooked by our table: the banana was cooked in butter, grated peanut and a spoonful of liqueur, after which it was poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Hmm... really aromatic and yummy. =)
Friday, 18 May 2007
Decided enough was enough. I couldn't possibly make it back to office and survive another 3 meetings. I informed the office and went to see a doctor. It's a viral fever. Ok. Just as long as I am given something to relieve the pounding and the pain in my head, bearing in mind I am allergic to paracetamol, panadol, aspirin. Sometimes, I think to myself, of all things, why am I allergic to the most common types of painkillers? Why?? I really don't know. Sigh :(
Came home, took lunch, took medication, checked emails, replied emails and went to sleep. After having slept for the whole afternoon. I am feeling so much better now. Hmm...come to think of it, during my nap, I had another interesting dream about something which I recently chatted with a good friend about. Hahaha.
Maybe I can do something light and enjoyable tonight, like reading my Pendergast. He has been neglected for the past few days due to work. Wait, Dear. I am coming. Hahaha.
PS. Thanks, Friends, for your concerns. I am definitely on the mend. :)
Updated 19 May 2007, 12:14am
Slept a little just now. Now I am wide awake. Almost finishing "Dance of Death". Will be able to write about it later. =)
Oh, and whoever is awake, you know the routine. Hahaha.
Thursday, 17 May 2007
By evening, the storm had passed. I ventured outdoors to the Isetan Private Sale. I bought my Clarins skincare products and a Kipling backpack. Yes, another Kipling bag. Hahaha. I just love the little monkey hanging from the bag. I guess only a fellow Kipling fanatic can understand my love for Kipling. Hahaha. Yar, D? =)
I walked over to Borders to browse at the books, CDs, and DVDs. But nothing caught my fancy. Decided to go for a Moroccan Mint Tea latte from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It's nice to have a hot drink in this cool weather. Hahaha.
Updated 17 May 2007, 11:28pm
Hmm... I think I am coming down with something. My nose is feeling kinda funny and I am having one of those tension headaches. And I can't take painkillers, allergic to them, remember. I think it could be the weather... See how it goes tomorrow... I think I will turn in early tonight...
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
Some of you might say, "Aiyo, it is just an earring. Why so upset?". But I am upset because it is a gift from my mother. It's the sentimental value that made it so valuable. I am sentimental about things, whether big or small, expensive or inexpensive, gift or not, blingbling or not! Like I still have my first fairytale book, my first library card from NLB, my first note from a secret admirer, .... sigh.
Friends helped me to look around, one even cleared out his car (almost) because I took a lift from him. Thank you, Friends for all your help and effort! At least, I can take comfort in that I have such good friends when I face the music from my mother later. :)
Updated 16 May 2007, 6:56pm
Got home and looked into my treasure box. Nope, nothing. I had to tell my mother. Well, what do you think happened? Got blasted lah. Sigh.
Updated 16 May 2007, 7:38pm
I looked into my treasure box again. Lo and behold! The missing earring in a corner! HAPPINESS!!! I told my mother and yup, got blasted again a second time. Sigh. My fault really. Hahaha. I must have put on one earring, got distracted and then forgot all about the other one. Hahaha.
Sms-ed friends who helped me to look for it. You guessed it. Got major suan-ing (Hokkien for ridicule or "insult") from them, such as getting old ... At least, I will be a young-looking Ah Ma than any of them would be as Ah Gongs. Hahaha. But seriously, thank you again, my friends. You are a great bunch.
Tuesday, 15 May 2007
I remembered waking up around 6-ish am to switch on my mobile phone and closing the windows because it was raining. I must have gone back to bed on autopilot. The next thing I knew was my girls talking really loudly. I got up to ask them to tone down when Juliane asked, "Mama, you no work today?". I was like, "Yes, I am going to work". She then pointed to the clock and said, "So late". I was thinking to myself, "What is so late?". When I saw the clock, I went "OH MY GOSH!". It was late. The girls started laughing when they saw my reaction. It didn't help with my mother coming out of her room just at that moment and saying to me, "I thought you are working today".
Thank my lucky stars. My good friend and colleague was going in to office. And he lives nearby. Yeah, I am saved! Hahaha. Thanks for getting me to work on time. =)
Monday, 14 May 2007
I was still awake pretty late last night or pretty early this morning. Was kind of getting hungry because I only had tea in the afternoon. A good friend happened to be online and was hungry as well. We decided to go grab a midnight snack. Asked my husband if he wanted to go. All he managed to say were, "Sleep. No. Go", and went back to sleep. Hahaha. Good friend came to pick me up and we went to Holland V. We did a bit of midnight shopping at Cold Storage before settling for egg prata and roti john. I never expected to see people still out so late in the night. Nightowls, my kind. Hahaha. It has been a long time, at least 6 years, since I have been out at this time of the night. I do miss watching the midnight shows, especially the horror shows. Hahaha. So anyone interested in going for midnight snacks or midnight shows, I am game. LOL.
Zero hour 2 - 13:20pm
I was at Library @ Orchard to return Wolverine comics as well as to sign up library membership for my girls. Done in a jiffy! Now, together with my girls' library cards, I can borrow a total of 12 books. Now, friends who are comic fans, I can help you to borrow your comics and graphic novels. But be nice, be very, VERY NICE to me. HAHAHA.
PS. I think I prefer going to downtown NLB for the comics and graphic novels cos the collection there is the largest as compared to those at Queesntown Library and Library @ Orchard.
Zero hour 3 - 14:00pm
I met my mother in town to attend to some banking matters at two banks. The last bank was at The Centrepoint. I have only been to The Centrepoint thrice since they renovated it. I used to go there much, MUCH MORE OFTEN because my alma mater, SCGS used to be on Emerald Hill Road. Hahaha. After graduation, the visits became less often. Being at Centrepoint today, sure brings back fond memories of my schooldays. =)
Updated 14 May 2007, 11:15pm
I have decided to put reading The Sandman comics on hold. I have moved on to reading "Dance of Death" first as I realised that I have to return it sooner than The Sandman. Besides, I have been wondering what happened to Pendergast. I just can't resist mysteries. Need to find out what happened .... Hahaha.
Sunday, 13 May 2007
As my mother came home last night from Xiamen, my girls made cards for their grandmother and also bought her flowers for Mother's Day. Good girls! I taught them well. Hahaha. They remembered their grandmother but er... they forgot about me, their mother. Hahaha.
We took my mother to Weekend Afternoon Tea buffet at Chihuly Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton to celebrate Mother's Day. It is a charming place to have tea - nice ambience, elegant Wedgwood china, live band playing classical music, delicious food and sweets. I liked the scones, the sandwiches, and of course, the sweets. Ah, a perfect English afternoon tea. This is life. Hahaha.
A little gift of chocolates from The Ritz-Carlton Here are photos of the gorgeous ones in the family - us, the girls! Hahaha.
Updated 13 May 2007, 11:29 pm.
I have finished reading Wolverine, TWICE. D complained that I read my comics too fast. Well, I usually read my comics twice - the first time for the story (so that is done fairly quickly) and the second time to relive the story and appreciate the artwork. Fair enough? Hahaha. See, I am a visual person so I am attracted by (and equally distracted by) visuals and colours. I will lose the plot if I have to read the story and look at the artwork at the same time. Makes sense now? Ok, I am going onto The Sandman now.
Saturday, 12 May 2007
Finally, sent out the letter to MinLaw, after checking through it umpteen times. Now, I could settle down to read my Wolverine! Hahaha. It was slow-going as I have to recall the various mutants and their powers. It has been a while since I read X-Men comics. Thanks to D, who gave me a crash course and brought me up to date with The Hand, Hydra, Shield, Nick Fury, Elektra. Otherwise, I would have been totally lost while reading Wolverine: Enemy of the State. Hahaha.
We went to Takashimaya after dinner. Well, not to shop. My main purpose was to visit the library. Hahaha. I had to return Ultimate Fantastic Four comics so that D can borrow his New X-Men. The girls enjoyed wandering in the library. Hmm... but I found they were gravitating towards the cafe. Don't worry, I shall bring them to downtown NLB, no cafe within the library. LOL =) Since we were already at Taka, might as well go for dessert at Aji Tei Dessert House. Yar, I just can't resist sweets! Hahaha.
After dessert, the girls wanted to buy some flowers. My husband was like, "Buy flowers for what?!". Huh? What's wrong with buying flowers? No wonder, in 8 years, (since the time we started dating to now, being married), he has only given me flowers 3 times. Ok, I am quite a practical person and would much prefer practical presents, like book vouchers. But, hey, I am still a girl. Of course, I don't expect him to give me flowers on every special occasion. Once in a long while though, it would be nice if he suddenly surprises me with flowers, right?! Hahaha. Get the hint?
Friday, 11 May 2007
After lunch, D brought me to Queenstown Library for a quick look at the Comics there. Well, Queenstown library is the nearest community library to my home. But because I don't drive, it would actually be more convenient for me to go to downtown NLB or Taka Library. D kindly passed me one of the comics that he has borrowed: Wolverine - Enemy of the State. I could only borrow two more before I maxed out my library card: Justice League of America - New World Order and The Sandman - Vol 1. Pitying me, D borrowed on my behalf: Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol 1. He is such a good friend. Really. :) When he tried to borrow his reserved New X-Men, he found that he had maxed out his library quota of 8 books!! Can you imagine his horror?? Sorry, D!! :P Starbucks coffee on me. I will return Ultimate Fantastic Four as soon as possible. Hahaha.
At the moment, I am trying to write a letter to the government. Trying to finish it soon so that I can get back to my Fantastic Four and then Wolverine... to my comics! Hahaha.
PS. I have been told not many girls read comics or are comic fans. I ain't that odd, right, am I?! Hahaha.
Updated 12 May 2007, 3:56am.
I am still awake trying to write my letter to MinLaw. My friend is also struggling to write his letter. Forge on, Fellow Activist! Hahaha. Btw, I finished reading Ultimate Fantastic Four amidst my writing. Hahaha. So much for concentration on the writing of the letter. Hahaha.
Again, what can I say about it, except for exciting, exciting, EXCITING!! Agent Pendergast is like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: the cool, calm appearance; insightful observations and deductions; the intellectual prowess; ... The story started with the grisly discovery of 36 bodies at a NYC construction site - all were murdered and mutilated back in 1870. The race was on to catch the killer when murders using the same modus operandi started happening again. Now was it a copycat killer or was it the killer, back from the past to continue his mayhem?! That's for me to know and for you to find out. Hahaha. Go read it!
I like this one because it brings to mind Jack the Ripper, a murderer (he was never identified) in the late 19th century in London; and The French Ripper aka Joseph Vacher, another serial murderer in the late 19th century. Yes, as you can see, my interest can be quite morbid at times. Scared yet?? Muahahaha!
Thursday, 10 May 2007
A flurry of activities early in the morning at 6:30am. The younger girl was up and singing to me. NO!!! I had only just closed my eyes and I had to get up. Sigh. I was the walking unrested this morning.
Went to school for counselling this morning. Took a taxi down. The taxi uncle was in a talkative mood and started on the conspiracy theory of our gahmen. Huh?? Conspiracy theory? Our gahmen? My mind in a mush from severe lack of sleep... do I have to listen to this?!
Our gahmen, conspiracy theory, ?? Ok, to me: Abraham Lincoln, conspiracy theory, yes. JFK, conspiracy theory, yes. Martin Luther King, conspiracy theory, yes. Watergate, conspiracy theory, yes. October Surprise (1980), conspiracy theory, yes. Conspiracy Theory (movie), conspiracy theory, yes. ENBLOC craze, conspiracy theory, yes. Our gahmen, conspiracy theory, what do you think?? No comment! lol
Wanted to stay awake in the afternoon so that I can sleep early tonight. Darn! No such luck. Sleep came at the wrong time! Fell asleep and slept for 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5 hours! That's more than I had slept the whole of last night. My sleep cycle is now confirmed in a total wreck. It seems I am becoming one of those nocturnal creatures that I love reading about and watching - sleep by day and walk by night. Hahaha. LOL. It is going to be a long, LONG night again.
SO whoever is sleepless tonight, there's me. I will keep you company! That's what friends are for. =)
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Not enough sleep. Mood: Foul.
My paper has been re-written. Sent to PI and has been okay-ed. Mood: Foul but getting better.
My slides has been re-done. Sent to PI . PI changed mind and wanted something taken out which PI originally wanted in. Mood: Getting foul again.
I re-did the slides again for the third time! Sent to PI and has been okay-ed. Mood: Foul but getting better again.
Needed to get out of office! Asked a good friend if he was still interested, if he could see "28 Weeks Later" TODAY. Good friend said possible. Mood: Getting better.
Good friend called after his meeting and we left for GV Grand. Mood: Getting better and better.
Watched "28 Weeks Later", ate sweet popcorn. Mood: Never felt better!
Good friend showed me the comics he borrowed from the library! Mood: Pensive.
28 hours later: work done, had company of good friend, saw "28 Weeks Later". Mood: Happy!
"28 Weeks Later" is not too bad but I think I preferred the first one, "28 Days Later". I anticipated what would happen. It has kind of lost the element of surprise/ horror for me. Just wondering, will they come up with "28 Months Later"??
PS. Thanks for your company and friendship, D.
Updated 10 May 2007, 12:20am.
I am feeling really tired but I can't get to sleep. Have you ever felt this way before? Since I can't sleep, I did the next best thing, reading. Half way through "The Cabinet of Curiosities" now... really gripping... Looks like sleep is going to be evasive again tonight...
It is "The Lake House". "The Lake House" must have strike a chord in my heart a lot deeply than I realised! I can almost hear the song from the movie: "(I Can't Seem To) Make You Mine". It is a good story about love transcending time and space...
What's wrong with me? How come I am feeling melancholic all of a sudden??
Updated 9 May 2007, 1:14am.
Ok, feeling much better now. Was feeling gloomy over the extra work that I have to do (through no fault of mine!). I managed to re-write the paper. One down, another to go - the slides. Wonder if I can keep awake until I finish my slides? I can only dream. Wait, am I awake or asleep?! Hahaha.
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Well, my girls have been following the show. They are crazy about the show and the sassy dress sense of Geum-Soon. Whenever they are free, they would be playing hairdresser, trying to be like Geum-Soon and experimenting with each other's hair to make it as outrageous as possible. Here are the results of their hair experimentation during the weekend.
When they are tired of messing with each other's hair, they looked for the next victim, opps, I mean "client". Can't hurt their feelings, right?! Hahaha. Guess who?! Yup, ME!!! I have to make sure there are no scissors around because Juliane would really give you a hair-cut! Hahaha. Sorry, no photo to show how I looked because I really looked like a crazy fool with all the different hair pins sticking all over my hair!!! I still have an image to protect, ok?! Hahaha.
I submitted a paper yesterday that is due today. Finished it a day earlier. Happy! I started to do up some slides based on the paper I submitted yesterday, almost finishing. Happy! All seems to be going well. I am ahead of my work schedule…, am I, really?!
My principal investigator (PI) wanted something to be added into the slides. Ok, no problem, I just have to retrieve that data from another colleague. It was then I realised what my PI gave me to write for the paper didn’t correspond to what my colleague has. Apparently, my PI has two versions of the data and I might have been given the wrong version! ARGH! All my work for the paper and for the slides might have just gone down the drain. I am NOT happy. Still waiting for my PI to respond, I can’t do anything until then.
My PI just responded. I have to re-do everything! Looks like I have to stay up LATE tonight. And I was just laughing at someone who has to stay up last night to prepare some slides for presentation. Retribution or what?! Hahaha
Tonight, I will be working LATE!!! No rest for the "wicked". Hahaha. So feel free to drop in for a chat!
Updated 8 May 2007, 7:23pm
Friend said the moral of my story is: "Next time, don't finish your work ahead of time". Makes sense?! Hahaha.
I am currently experiencing some posting problems with my blog since Friday. I have not been able to upload images/ photos onto my posts, not able to change font colour/ size, not able to change alignment, etc, etc. Yes, it has been REALLY frustrating for me! And me not being very IT-savvy, makes it all the worse. For me, it is either all or nothing. I guess there is a perfectionist streak in me. Hahaha.
I really hope I can resolve the posting problem soon so that we can all have some photos to look at. =) Cross your fingers and toes too! Hahaha.
PS. Anyone out there who have resolved similar posting problems, please let me know the solution. Thanks.
Updated 8 May 2007, 8:00pm
Yippee!!!! Posting problem solved. I can start uploading photos and changing font colour again. Thanks for bearing with me.
Monday, 7 May 2007
"Spiderman 3" is definitely better than the first two in terms of character development, and much more action sequences. You now have two villains instead of the usual one villain - Sandman and Venom. I used to read Spiderman comics and I remembered reading about Venom. I was interested to see how they would portray it in the movie.
Overall, "Spiderman 3" is action-packed and exciting. There's action and there's a story line of secret, vengeance, love and forgiveness. What more can you ask for. Hahaha. The only downside, to me at least, was that the ending seemed to be a little too abrupt and too good to be true. Maybe they ran out of time to do a proper wrap-up, after all the movie went for 140 minutes. I shan't say anymore in case I give away more than I should of the story. The soundtrack is quite good too, especially the song "Signal Fire" by Snow Patrol. Yes, I sat there in the darkness until the end of the credits. I have too much time, some of you would say. Hahaha.
There are two scenes that are stuck in my mind from "Spiderman 3":
- the one where Spiderman (in black) was on the church spire like a gargoyle - it was a very powerful imagery that spoke louder than words and actions, there just so much emotion in that simple image, and
- the one (at the end) where Peter (Spiderman) and Harry spoke about being friends, best friends. I am touched by this scene because I am one person who treasures friendship very much.
After the movie, I went down to NLB. Yes, again. Hahaha. I went to return my books as well as to borrow more books. I took SA's suggestions and borrowed two books by Preston & Child: "The Cabinet of Curiosities" and "Dance of Death"
I also borrowed a third book, "Freakonomics" for my friend. (There's no way I would read such books. It's on a subject that I really dislike - economics. Hahaha.)
Just an aside: it is really amazing how the blog can actually connect people together. After my post last night, I have got a friend asking me to let him know when I am going to see "28 Weeks Later" and another who asked me to help get him the book from NLB.
Thank you, my friends for reading my blog. Greatly appreciated it. =)
PS. I have started reading "The Cabinet of Curiosities". :)
Sunday, 6 May 2007
As I have mentioned before, I am someone who needs to be "on move" mentally. I get very bored if I am concentrating on just one thing. I actually do better or focus better when I am doing two things at a time. A paradox, huh? So it is not unusual for me to be: writing and watching tv, writing and listening to music, writing and msn-ing, writing and emailing, writing and blogging, reading and watching tv, reading and listening to music, reading and msn-ing, reading and blogging, ... You get the picture. Hahaha.
Now that I have finished my books (which I only borrowed on Friday), I am bored again. I guess I will do some work later tonight. Since I don't have to go in for counselling tomorrow, I will be staying up late. So again, if anyone is still awake or bored as well, keep me company via my email, msn, or blog, ok? Will be waiting. Hahaha :)
PS. Since I don't have to work tomorrow, I think I shall go for a movie. I think I have an inkling what I may watch. But let's see if a friend can correctly guess what I would watch. Hahaha. So, SA, want to make a guess? LOL :)
Updated 7 May 2007, 12:50am
SA guessed correctly. I will be going to watch Spiderman 3. I would have gone for 2 movies if 28 Weeks Later is out. Too bad, they are only showing the sneak on Tuesday 8 May. Hahaha. Yippee, can eat popcorn. Hahaha.
"Area 7" is a sequel to "Ice Station", featuring (again) Shane Schofield, a US Marine whose callsign is Scarecrow. This time round, he is stuck in an American Air Force secret base, known as Area 7, hidden deep in the Utah desert. He has to protect the President of the United States who was visiting the base when all hell broke lose. Again, there are many detailed combat/ action scenes throughout the book involving various weapons, aircrafts (CH-53E Super Stallion, AH-77 Penetrator), speedboats, ... Air Force vs Secret Service, South African vs Air Force, US Marines vs Air Force ... Action, action, action, there is not a dull moment.
Again, guys would like this book better than gals for all the action! Although Schofield is the hero in the book, he didn't do it alone. He has a good team of Marines under his command. Two of them were from"Ice Station" too. So there are some character developments as well. But not to worry, "Area 7" can be a stand alone book too, without having read "Ice Station" as Reilly did a good job of describing briefly the various characters and events that took place in "Ice Station", without giving away too much.
I guess what I like about Reilly is that he doesn't make his characters (Schofield in Ice Station, Area 7; Jack West in Seven Ancient Wonders) into a one-man mission who takes on the whole world or something. No, he doesn't make them into macho freaks. Thank goodness, or I would have ditched his books in a second. Hahaha. His characters are down to earth and I really like the themes of friendship, loyalty, honour and courage that run through in his books. So, SA, you know now, why I like Reilly.
Enough said about the author. "Area 7" is a page turner too so don't read it before going to bed. :) If you want something full of action and adventure, "Area 7" it is.
Saturday, 5 May 2007
"Brimstone" started with a gruesome murder which seemed to be committed by something from another realm. From there, the action just kept snowballing, together with plenty of twists and turns, and surprises too. There is not a slow moment in "Brimstone". You won't be able to resist reading just one more page, and just one more chapter. You won't be able to put the book down until you have finished it. So be warned, if you want to read "Brimstone", make sure you don't read it just before bed or you will find yourself staring at sunrise when you are done with the book. =)
Now, I can't wait to go on to the second book!
PS. SA, I have got lots of questions for you. Get in touch!
First Month. Today is Johanna's first month celebration. My cousins invited us for lunch at their condo's function room. But in the end, only I went as husband was not well. It was also catching up time with my other cousins and relatives (most of my relatives are overseas, either in Malaysia (father's side) or Taiwan (mother's side)).
Headache. After lunch, I started having a bad headache. I realised it was the catered food. The food must have had tons of MSG in them. I am allergic to MSG. And worse, I am also allergic to painkillers such as Panadol and Aspirin so I can't take anything to relieve my headache. Sigh. I could only drink lots of water and try to have a little rest. I hate headaches.
Reading. After a little nap, I felt much better. On with my reading! Hahaha. Of course lah. A little headache is not going to stop me from reading. I am so close to the end now. Hahaha. My dear friend, I will let you know what I think of Brimstone really soon. So stay tuned!
Friday, 4 May 2007
I made an impromptu visit to the NLB after work! I thought why not?! It is not like I have something to do at home. My writing is on track. My work is more or less done. I have finished reading my "Ice Station". I am going to be sooooooo BORED. So off to the library to borrow some books!
Armed with the book list that SA passed me a week ago. I made my way down to the library via MRT. Being not very good with directions, I got a bit lost at Bugis cos I couldn't find the right entrance out to the library. Hahaha. Or maybe it was my subconscious who wanted me "lost" so that I would wonder among the shops a while longer. HAHAHA.
I found the books I wanted at the library. It took me quite a while to decide which ones to borrow. I didn't want to get too many books and end up not being able to finish them. By the way, SA, Reilly's "Seven Ancient Wonders" is out on loan. But you still have the option of borrowing from me. :D Hahaha. I thought I might also borrow a graphic novel or two. But I ended up really lost cos I didn't know the sequence of which ones to borrow first. SA, could use an advice or two on this. Feel kinda stupid. :P Hahaha.
I borrowed two books in the end:
Preston and Child's "Brimstone" of the Pendergast series (SA's recommendation) and Reilly's "Area 7" (which features the same hero, Schofield from "Ice Station").
I am so HAPPY to be reading again. =)
PS. Don't worry. I always have time to chat with friends. So feel free to contact me via my email, MSN or my blog. Will be up late as usual. Hahaha. Talk to you later.
Updated 5 May 2007, 1:37am
I started reading "Brimstone". And I haven't been able to put the book down since 11:30pm. Darn! Am I not going to get any sleep tonight?! Hahaha. Aiyo. I am going to have panda eyes! Hahaha.
Thursday, 3 May 2007
Yup, I have finished reading the book "Ice Station". Hahaha. As the title suggested, it is a story about an ice station, Wilkes Station in Antarctica. Strange things (yes again, if not there won't be a story to tell, hahaha) are happening under the ice station, beneath the ice shelf. It has US Marines, elite military teams from France and Britain, and US SEAL fighting for a secret buried under the ice. There are some pretty good and engaging accounts of combat scenes, and weaponry used. There were also a few fighter aircrafts mentioned such as F-22, F-117A, B-2A and E-2000.
Hmm...I think guys would enjoy reading this book more than gals. Hey, don't get me wrong. I didn't say it is a book for the guys because I didn't like the book. In fact, I ENJOYED reading the book because I am no stranger to fighter aircrafts, combat scenes as those described in the book. I think all these are interesting! Yes, I have been told I am a strange one, for a girl to have such boyish likings. Hahaha. So yes, I think guys would like this book for the above mentioned elements and I know there aren't that many girls who like stuff like that. For example, I haven't found anyone I can talk fighter aircrafts with, other than my guy friends. Sorry, I side tracked easily. Hahaha.
Yes, "Ice Station" has been non-stop action almost since the first few pages right up to the end. There are many chapters (but each one is only of a few pages long) and each one is a cliff hanger. You won't be able to put the book down once you have started on it! Good luck.
Have fun reading this one. Hwei Ming out.
PS. Now that I have finished my book, it's back to writing. So if anyone is out there with nothing better to do, feel free to drop in. I will welcome the distraction to chat ANYTIME. Hahaha.
But actually, I am also thinking of "Ice Station" - how will the story end?! Can only do that tonight. How many more hours to go before knock-off time? Counting down the hours now. 5 hours ... ... zzZ zZZ. No, I am awake. Hahaha.
Almost forgot, got a Team-building High Tea Buffet session at Royal Plaza Hotel, Scotts Road from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Hmm... it's opposite Far East Plaza, where Sunny is. Can take a walk over to see what Sunny has. HAHAHA. Only joking. I will only be there to return "The Swarm".
PS. Should be able to finish "Ice Station" by tonight, before or past midnight, depending on what time I get home after the high tea. Will let you know how the story is. =)
Updated 3 May 2007, 7:30pm
The international high tea buffet was actually quite good. A stroke of luck for us too because they are having a promotion this month but from Mondays to Thursdays only - when there are three guests, you pay for two only. Not bad, huh. =)
Ok, I am going back to my book now. Be good, let me finish it and I will let know you what it is all about. Talk to you later. ;)
Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Now I am stuck. I have to write but I can't put the book down. So how? Work or read? Eenie meeni minie moe... Ok, READ it is! No, I didn't cheat. Hahaha. For those of you who are avid readers, I am sure you know how I feel. Hahaha.
"Ice Station" is really engaging. The action started on page 12. Now, I'm on page 99 and the action is still on-going. How to put the book down, you tell me?! Hahaha.
Don't worry, I will do my work later tonight. It's too hard to put the book down now, let me just read a little more, just a little more and no more, I promise. I will be burning the midnight oil tonight. So if anyone is still awake during the unearthly hours of the morning, feel free to drop in (a comment or two) to keep me company. Hahaha.
Ok, back to my book. Talk to you later. =)
Updated 3 May 2007, 2:16am
Happiness! I have finished one paper. Another paper to go. Since I have another day to do it, I will ... go back to my reading of "Ice Station". Hahaha. Besides, my mind is too wound up by the writing to go to sleep now, reading before bed will help me to wind down, never mind that it is a thriller. Hahaha. =)
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
"The Swarm" is a book translated from German and it is segmented into five parts. It is quite slow going at first (or it could be me with reading such tiny lines, hahaha) but it slowly built up its momentum from the 2nd part onwards. It is difficult to put the book down once the action starts to set in. It is an ecological thriller about strange things that are going on in the oceans and scientists are rushing to solve the mystery and save the world. I shan't say anymore about the plot. :)
Oh yes, I find this book really different from the usual thriller is that it actually provokes you to think as well, with its epilogue. It makes you question about some beliefs which most of us take for granted, in a philosophical kind of way. I think it is good that all of us are made to think like this once in a while. Hahaha.
So for those of you who are interested in ecology and into thriller, this book is for you. But word of caution, it is best to read the book in one shot if you can or you would find yourself re-reading portions of the book because you have lapsed too long in between the readings and forgotten bits of the story (which was what happened to me!). So make sure you have lots of time on your hand before you embark on reading this book. You have been warned. :)
Ok, next book on my list: "Ice Station" by Matthew Reilly.
PS. I will probably be visiting the NL after this Reilly book, especially now that I know NL has comics and graphic novels there. That would make someone happy. Hahaha.
* Labour Day, which we are all familiar with, is a result of the efforts of the labour union movement. A day of REST for all of us. =)
* May Day is also the first day of summer. Too bad, we can't appreciate it as much as it is almost summer the whole year round in Singapore.
* For those familiar with Wicca, Beltane is also celebrated on May Day. Plus, a full moon today, the moon's energy is at its most intense, any magical effort can benefit greatly from the potency of this phrase. Not a very frequent occasion, that's for sure.
We met up with our friend, Hoon again for lunch at nydc, Wheelock Place. We had vegetarian food today because it is 15th of the lunar month. But the the main course for us were, yup, you guessed it, the DESSERTS! Hahaha. We shared among us:
Jedi Mudster - double chocolate chip ice cream, macadamia nut ice cream with oreo cookie crust, and cookie chunks.
Irish Cream Mudpie - French vanilla ice cream, double chocolate chip ice cream with bailey, and oreo cookie crust.
Cookie Monster Mudpie - double chocolate chip ice cream, mocha almond fudge ice cream, and oreo cookie crust.
Pineapple Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting.
We were all SMILES at the end of the meal!
PS. We browsed at Borders for a while. Lots of people, guessed it could be because of the May Day holidays and also the "30% off a book" promotion which ends today.