Books I have completed reading since January 2016:
1. The magician's land - Lev Grossman
2. The Rest Falls Away - Colleen Gleason
3. Wither - Lauren Destefano
4. Fever - Lauren Destefano
5. Sever - Lauren Destefano
6. High Stakes - Dick Francis
7. Kau kata dadaku adalah sebuah sajak - Finn Anuar
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
In the name of love!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
On 31 October 2011 ...
This is the second event within the program the Malaysian contingent looked forward to. It's the exhibition.
Dum Dum Dum ... We were pretty excited cum scared with the exhibition because we do not know what to expect from the audience (if you have read this you will know why). Will they love or hate our booth?
I was pretty freaked out myself for seniors have mentioned that food can run out within an hour the exhibition is open to public. The food we brought from Malaysia should be adequate to cover around 1000 passer-by to our booth.
I was given the duty to distribute food. It was indeed a lovely job, because I get to eat too! However, I spent most of the time at the booth for my team mates need assistance in explaining the indigenous music instruments and puzzles.
I love introducing and inviting the visitors to try out the games. Do you know why? Because if you can't solve the game, you can't marry the girl you proposed to. HA! This is the indigenous custom. So the groom is always given this IQ puzzle (depending on the location in Malaysia):
Many visitors could not solve them and they were quite puzzled with this game. And I often teased them that they won't be able to marry an indigenous girl if they can't solve them. HA.
Here's a picture of me demonstrating how to solve the puzzle.
I can solve them. Aren't I a genius? =)
Tidbits: I love playing the pintar buluh though it's quite difficult to solve it and the jah re-noi at the beginning. The seller refused to sell them to me if I can't solve them, so she tutored me for over 30 minutes. I even recorded her playing and I dutifully watched it for over 20 minutes again and again just to solve them. Jah re-noi is the simplest of all, but I prefer the pintar buluh maybe due to its intricate Bidayuh craft design.
Visitors, to be frank, were quite freak out when I offered them to play. The right word to describe them is overwhelm. Right. They were overwhelmed with the difficulty in solving them.
The other function of the jah re-noi is to entertain the spirits that made the indigenous people getting lost in their own forest territory. There is actually an advance jah re-noi, but I don't know how to play it. Amazingly my senior solved it with ease, and he didn't get the chance to teach me.
On a surprising note, I have to teach my indigenous team member to solve these puzzles!
By the way, our booth received so many visitors that there were not enough of us to entertain them. In the end, we were so spent because we didn't even have time for break like we had planned. Also, I was happy that we even had leftover food from the exhibition. I was glad that my idea of giving sweets worked; I brought 1000 pepper and coconut candies. =)
Friday, March 2, 2012
On 25 November 2011 ...
My host father owns a decoration business. He is commissioned to decorate shopping malls during festive seasons. And ... to our lovely surprise ... my host father happens to have tonnes of extra teddy bears from his decoration leftovers!!!
That explained why the four of us had teddy bears on our first day. *Smile*
Because my host father has heaps of teddy bears and wanting to get rid of them, he asked the girls to take as many as we want. Gullible we were we all took at least 3 each for our cabin mates. I took the least: only 3.
Two were for my cabin mates and the other is for my team member. Thinking he might want to give it to his fiance in Japan.
I wanted to give a surprise to my cabin mates, and luck was on my side when I found out I was the first one to reach back to our cabin.
I quickly tugged in the teddy bears in between the dovey and left the room for a farewell reception.
When we returned to the room my cabin mates were delighted to see something furry and cute sleeping on their bed. The first one to come back was from Cambodia. A broad smile carved on her face. She instantly caressed the teddy bear and looked at the teddy bears sleeping on my and other mate's bed. She looked at me with a sly grin. She queried where did the teddy bear come from. I replied that the teddy bears were already snuggling on our beds when I came in.
HAHA. Although my Cambodian cabin mate is as quiet as a mouse, she can't be fooled. She knew where it came from. Instead, my Thailand cabin mate was the easily one to fool! When she came in, she thrilled to see it. Cambodian and I acted casually we didn't know where it came from. You know what she said? "OH the teddy bears must be from the room service crew."
WHAT?! Cambodian and I just cannot believe our ears ... so we just continue acting we didn't know. It took her a many minutes for Thai to deduce the furry bears were a gift from me!
Tidbits: Actually the teddy bears were not for my cabin mates but for some team members. I was curious why my homestay mates took more than 5 bears each. They just simply look at me and said the bears were for their cabin mates and some friends on board. I was ashamed for not remembering my lovely boisterous cabin mates. HA!
I would love to take more than 3, but I have limited space in my luggage. I should have taken a luggage bag filled with the bears for they are irresistible cute! By the way, the picture shows my teddy sleeping on my bed on board. I got no idea why I placed my name tag there.
My cabin mates and I hugged the bears to sleep every night. I still do today. =) I give it goodnight kisses too.
Don't be jealous ya!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I would love to travel, but I need to stay put because my sister's boss is trying to oust her. So I have to stay put and think of how to increase my household income if she's really gonna be fired. Luckily my mum is now working. So we would be able to survive for the next couple of months.
I need to solve my credit card debts first. HA. Luckily it's just three figures. Not 5.
And concentrate on developing myself.
Put it down!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Mum is demanding sister to put away her iPhone so she could have her dinner. I think my sister is somewhat addicted to her smartphone. Her eyes were on the phone screen when she is doing her prayers and also during her meals time.
Observing my sister at such close range, I'm afraid I will be addicted to the internet like her. Having a smartphone is really convenient, but it is also giving myself 24-hours internet access. There is no excuse for not going on the internet because it's purely convenient. It's not like I need some time to turn on my laptop. Phones are usually turn on 24 hours a day. And then not mentioning those free apps like whatsapp and viber to communicate with friends from all around the world.
It's pure convenient and distracting. I have wanted to own a smartphone since last year. The reason I didn't get because I do not want to give myself the license to work outside working hours, and not wanting to give an excuse to my boss to demand me to attend to urgent matters via phone.
And they are damaging the environment. It's now a question of needs vs wants.
I'm trying to resist the peer pressure of getting a smartphone as long as I can. I don't know how long I can hynoptise myself that I do not NEED a smartphone.
Wish me luck.
We called the rain?!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
On 22 October 2011 ...
We were told to set up a mock exhibition corner to display the cultural items we are bringing to SSEAYP exhibition session.
We set up the table within 30 minutes and awaited judgment to be given by our seniors. The long rectangular tables were decorated with array of items. We were somewhat satisfied with the selected items. In fact, we were so afraid that the items we had were not enough to introduce our culture to other participants. Because of this, I introduced a few local aborigine items since I happened to know the director of a NGO that helps to sell indigenous crafts. Items that I bought were 3 music instruments, 300 handwoven bookmarks and 3 IQ games.
I'm not entirely sure if my contingent mates were thrill to see the indigenous crafts, but I were especially the music instruments. I somewhat have a knack in collecting music instruments. One of the music instruments that caught the attention of my members is the rainmaker. It is made off shells. They love playing it.
My seniors can't stop playing with it during the exhibition corner. And do you know what happen? Yes, it's predictable. It rain. HEAVILY. After 10 minutes of playing.
Since then, we dare not play it anymore... So how does this rainmaker look like?
Spinoff: It could be a total coincidence that it rained, but we knew it was bright and sunny the 10 minutes before my senior played it vigorously. I thought it was convenient to call for rain when I'm on the ship.
This instrument is called Kiromboi made by the Bidayuh. It comes with a long stick (a longer toothpick version; it's not in the picture) , and you just push the stick in between of the shells. It sounds exactly like a frog croaking. Amazing tool.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
My colleagues are now a little cranky because our office is gonna be swamped with students next week onwards. I don't think they are looking forward to the new semester, because they seemed rather down when we were talking about the students for this year.
So what did they do to de-stress?
Right. One of my colleagues mimed a sad heartbroken song whenever her favourite radio station plays it. And then pass the air microphone to the colleague sitting beside her. And me ... sitting in front of them got no freaking idea what song they are singing or what the hell they are doing. They wanted to pass the air mike to me, but I wasn't up for it - because I don't mime I sing - so I gobbled it. (Yes ... just imagine renaye opens her mouth to eat the microphone, ok?)
They said they are gonna sing that song for our company dinner in 2013. I commented that is a rather sad song and our director is gonna raise his eyebrow. They have already danced to the Wonder Girls 'Nobody' for 2012, and that has raised question marks on colleague's faces. (Oh well, let just say my colleagues do not really enjoy such entertainment. One colleague listens to classical music everyday ... so what do you think?). I personally thought the performance was pretty cool since we do really need to do something outside of our comfort zone. Surprisingly I had my emotions in check. Usually, I will be very upset when I am not notified to join such performance because all administration staff were involved except me. Anyways, who cares?
So ... I suggested my colleague to change song for 2013. Recently, I'm very into Tiffany Alvord's cover, and I got to know Selena Gomez's song: Love You Like a Love Song. Coincidentally, my colleague commented that that song is nice to sing along in karaoke. I added why not sing it for 2013? Since you guys have brazenly danced to Wonder Girls, so why not another bubblegum song?
She agreed! Ha!
Anyways, here is Tiffany's cover for the mentioned song.
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