Books I have completed reading since January 201:
1. Angelopolis - Danielle Trussoni
2. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
Friends and Enemies
Akatsuki: Nightmares & Dreamscapes
-beats in my head-
Chika-Chin's Anime Mania!
empty white space
In My World
My Blah blah Bulogu
My Little World
Sdovelly~ c'est la vie
Serene's Silent Secrets
Shuffle and Repear
Tolanic's Travel Blog
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Do you know that you can't simply pick and buy a deck of tarot cards? To get the suitable deck, you must feel the deck calling out for you. If not, none amongst on the shelf is meant for you. No destiny, in short.
I already have two decks and I was thinking of getting a third. No reason. It's just part of my collection. But every time I go to the bookshop, I could not find any suitable deck. Instead, I felt some negative forces. Whenever, I picked one and told myself to buy this, I have a feeling of saying NOOOOOOOO. Always. So ended up, I didn't buy any.
I never thought this as true especially when my religion disallowed the disciples to practice Feng Shui, or tarot cards, or even allowing palmist to read our palms, and lots of yada. But when I bought my first deck, I was drawn to it. It was in a small and cute blue box. I just felt happy to look at it. But I only bought after Christmas because of the 20% sales. Hehe. Buying that deck brougt a smile to my face.
And the next deck was bought in a small sleepy dead boring town in New Zealand. I was in this art shop and I saw some beautiful decks at the cashier. I was so mesmerised by the graphic that I had a hard time to pick. I think I stood there for like 30 minutes to choose. I had both decks in my hands, and I was so drawn to them and I could feel something inside me screaming to buy both. But as I was tight on money. I could only buy one. And I continued to stand there to hear which one gave me the most feel. And I ended up choosing the Unicorn tarot deck.
So now thinking back, I think my third deck is not coming to me any sooner 'coz I felt rejected by one of the decks I saw in the bookstore today. None of them spoke to me today. I just heard silence when I was in front of the shelf. And I don't think I will buy online because I can't hear the decks speaking to me.
Oh well wish me luck.
Happy Birthday, renaye!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Woohoo!! Yes... I'm backdating entries. HAHAHA.
I started to celebrate my birthday on 11 September in TGIF with worm worm so I could get a free brownie. But TGIF didn't serve brownie, they served some kind of very.. very dried chocolate cake in the name of birthday cake. The food that night was pretty bad. The fries were not fresh since the staff refried the fries and it was so salty... If I were a snail, I would definitely meet my untimely death, but amazingly worm worm finished his share. I just could not. So the staff replaced with steamed brocolli. And luckily ... the staff sang me the birthday song at 10 pm where there was no customer at all. I actually requested for no singing service!!
Before that, I had my birthday makeover from Estee Lauder. =)
Then on my birthday ... a bunch of students have been singing the birthday song like three times in my room! HAHA.... it was kinda cool except how should I respond other than saying thank you?
Then the night later... I had Korean food with lenglui in Taipan. I never knew my friend's staff would be so generous in giving us extra food. It seems they have given us extra soup, which made our dinner value for money and made us full to the brim! We ended up packing some food for next day's meal. I bought Kimchi for my friend as a thank you gift, and some for my family. The Kimchi is goooooood.
Jolenesiah came over to KL to celebrate my birthday too on 21 September. I think I went crazy over boredomness while having lunch together in Chilies. Here are the photos!
Our lunch. Jolenesiah and I shared the food. Thank god, we did! Because the portion is really huge for the two of us!
Our table is pretty small so we decided to help Chilies to redesign their interior with our drinks. How creative we are.
Our brownie arrived. Thank god, no singing service.
I accidental 'ate' the candle light before I made my wish just to get the ideal photo.
Our second birthday cake is a mooncake made of chocolate and whiskey. =)
Cincang is the best medicine .. best medicine... best medicine. Cinca...ng is the best medicine if my boss don't give me dinner...
Sharpening the knife.
Yay! Thank you everyone for celebrating my birthday!
smiling at me -
Free, Freed, Freer, FREEEEEE
Monday, September 21, 2009
I sincerely apologize for not updating my blog and not returning your comments. I seriously needed time for myself to recuperate after my major event on 17 September. It was extremely exhausting to run this one man show. Exhausting in terms of physical and mental. Though I have been screaming for help with the committee members, only a few came up to me and offered help. Even so, they did a sloppy job, which needed me to do the final touch up.
Less than 24 hours prior to the event, I had not printed out the programme booklet or wrapped the presents for the VIPs, or confirming the attendance of some of the attendees. I was in a state of stress since my bus driver was waiting for me outside. Anyway, I managed to finish the booklet and confirmed the attendance and delegated the printing job to my colleague who said the most stupidest thing to me 72 hours in prior to the event. Guess what she said? She said "The previous person in my position never asked for help. So why are you asking?" I walked off after explaining to the airhead about the difference of this year's and last year's event. I don't think she even understood the difference. Does 60 guests and 200 guests make a difference for an event?
Somehow on the event day, my rising body temperature made the airhead and her colleague to work. Oh yea, I was yelling while poking the girls with the edge of my fangs. This is not something I'm very proud of but it was just funny to see how my boss reacted. The event started at 9 am, and the registration booth, the presents and the emcees update were not even completed by 8.30 am. A colleague from another department took pity on me and came to assist with the presents wrapping, while the girl who was in charged of this section was busy advertising the yau char kway or Chinese fried cruller bread from her office to the room beside mine. I shook my head looking at how this Ms Yau Tiu could be munching the same stick for over 30 mins, I decided to snatch the lion share of the bread from my door.
"Ms Yau Tiu! COME HERE. I need you here NOW! I need you to kau tim (get ready in Cantonese) the presents NOW. The presents must be ready by NOW. The presents must go into the hall NOW. .... NOW.... NOW...."
I didn't know my boss was actually standing next to me. I actually don't remember what I said to Ms Yau Tiu other than "NOW... bla bla.... NOW... bla bla NOW" but my boss's jaw dropped to the ground. He commented "Wow.. I haven't even say that myself". Actually I only recalled myself repeating 'NOW' the whole morning.
Luckily everything went smoothly, and certain things were covered up neatly. And thankfully, I managed to delegate jobs like ushering to the students and some of the committee members just in time of the event. Knowing the guests were well taken care of by these people, I managed to breathe in the office.
I certainly have the experience to organise an event but having team mates that are not willing to go extra mile and use common sense made my job pretty hard. I really felt like scolding one of my seniors for not using common sense when she showed her confused face throughout my briefing with her. What's so difficult to differentiate the booklet with and without folder? Booklet with folder is for VIPs and the VIP list is in the booklet. What else do I need to explain? And if the team mates are more responsible with their roles, I would be a happier person.
But overall, it was a successful event though it was chaotic at the backscene and heaps of leftovers. Oh well, thank god I whacked my boss left, right and centre about his leadership and demanded for dinner which is still pending.
HIMEKA - Asu e no Kizuna
Sunday. 9.20.09 6:09 am
HIMEKA is a French Canadian who won grand prize in the second annual Animax Anison Grand Prix singing competition and debuted with this single “Asu e no Kizuna” in June 2009 which is also an OP for Valkyria Chronicles anime. I have been reading her blog once in a while even before she debuted. I really salute her because I find her courageous in achieving her dreams which is to be an anime singer in Japan. So she flew to Japan and worked part time for two years while looking for opportunities. She practiced singing in karaoke lounges. I admire her determination. And thankfully, she achieved it, finally!
This single show off her light and high pitch singing voice which thoroughly made this single catchy and enjoyable. This lass really can sing and hit high notes. But one thing I find lacking in this song is … it’s not dramatic enough! Asu e no Kizuna is about instilling hope but I don’t get the feel of ‘don’t lose hope’.
The second single is Sayonara Solitaire, an ED to Chrno Crusade anime. It is one of my favourite anime soundtracks. This song is sad, you will know what I meant if you have seen this anime. Anyway, HIMEKA’s version is nice too. The only thing I dislike is she inserts too much of vibrato. I just feel certain sentences should not have vibrato to make them feel short and sweet.
With her sweet voice, I’m sure she is going to have lots of improvement in the future. I am looking forward to her next single.
Worthy Tracks: Asu e no Kizuna & Sayonara Solitaire
Koike Teppei - Jack in the Box
Sunday. 9.20.09 5:39 am
Koike Teppei is back with an album. Never been a fan of Teppei, I bet this album has not much difference from his previous single “Kimi ni Okuru Uta” or “Brand New Way”. His style never runs, so simply I wasn’t expecting any new from him.
The title of the album amuses me: Jack in the Box. It reminded me a lot of a bozo springing out of a box when you open it. So is this album supposed to make me scream in horror or in delight when I start playing the songs?
The album opens with Aishitemo. Surprisingly, it’s refreshing new because the song background has other string instruments other than his boring acoustic guitar. His singing on the hand is lively, thus making the song overall listenable but forgettable. But this marks some huge improvement in his songs. Another song that marked this is AIR STYLE; it has backup singers. Oooh…
Scrolling down the list, the songs pace are getting slower with Teppei strumming his acoustic guitar returning to his old and original style.
I cannot help agreeing to myself that the song list somehow retains the listeners’ interest by placing an upbeat song at the beginning and then followed by slower pace songs, and before listeners got bored we get to hear another upbeat tune and then back to slower pace.
Overall, I would say this album is an innovation effort put up by Teppei. But, there’s still so much more Teppei could have done to improve on his music pieces. The team behind him should help him to create more songs like Asihitemo and Smile to suit his age of 23. They should also do something to plain unattractive cover.
Worthy tracks: Aishitemo & Smile
Monday, September 14, 2009
Oh. I'm still not ok. I just had another of crying last night.
My bus driver asked me yesterday why a young girl like me has been sighing for the past few weeks. Then I just blurted out my unhappiness at work. My closing sentence was "You see! Everyone wants a piece of me! My boss, the lecturers, 102 students, the 6 committee members of the program I'm in and 30 bodies of organisations. My boss and the committee members want me to do all their work share... they keep on pushing their workload on me. They also complain to me. Then who the hell listen to my problems?!" We both became quiet and laughed a little. "Yea, you dengar ho" (Yea, you are listening right? << a mixture of Malay and Cantonese). "Yealo, saya dengar lo!" (Yea, I'm listening!) replied the bus driver. We laughed.
Yes, my boss is crazy. He is very ambitious. He wants to do everything but he doesn't know how to do so he pushes all the job to me to do. So I'm running a one man show for the event. I practically do everything. You name it.
I'm so stress.
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