Books I have completed reading since January 2017:
1. Angelopolis - Danielle Trussoni
2. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
3. The Magic Circle - Jenny Davidson
4. Memories - Lang Leav
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
Thursday, February 2, 2012
On 13 November 2011 ...
It's our last day in the Philippines. The PYs was given a lovely surprise during our farewell reception.
Can you guess what kind of surprise we had?
There was a Filipino superstar to send us off!!!
What more can we ask for?! He is Christian Bautista. He sang 2 songs after a shout out for encore. I was very impressed that they was a star to sing for us. I think we really felt like a VVIP.
And ... there were helicopters releasing graffiti!!
Ah!! None of the graffiti fall on me. I wanted to touch those colourful papers!!!
The PYs were also given roses when we climbed to the ship. I wanted to give the rose to my host mum who was standing in front of me, but I thought it was not a good gesture for forwarding a gift too fast. So I brought it up to my room.
I placed the rose by my room window so it will also have a view of the sea ...
Tidbits: Actually, I was not feeling well during the farewell reception due to stomach indigestion. (Let just say I overate during my stay in the Philippines). I almost decided to stay back in the ship because I fear my gastric will worsen. Luckily, I had taken some medicine from the nurse to relieve the pain. So I decided to tolerate the pain throughout the whole event. Of course, I have informed the nurses that I might request to return to the room should my condition worsen. I was glad the whole performance distracted me from thinking of the pain. And ... hehe ... I get to see Christian Bautista at a very close range!! This is the advantage of sitting right in front of the row. =)
To be frank ... the Malaysian contingent doesn't know who Christian Bautista is, for we have never heard of him before. Can't blame us when we don't watch any Filipino dramas nor listen to Filipino songs. The only Filipino singer I know is Jesse Zaragoza, who sang the English version of First Love.
When the emcee announced the guest performer the PYs and local people were cheering in disbelief. My contingent was looking at each other with a question mark on our face. Even the Bruneians knew who he is! Nevertheless, we enjoyed the performance. We were extremely thrilled.
And ... my pants almost drop from my waist! No thanks to my team member who was trying to straighten my blazer and scarf before I went to the stage to collect some souvenirs. She saw the pants were folded three times on my waistline, and she was about to unfold it!! AHHH!!! Luckily I caught her fingers! I know she was just being kindhearted, and not supposed to be blamed...
My pants is really really loose ... and I think I forgot to ask the tailor to alter my waist area. HAHAHA. My bad.
Monday, January 30, 2012
On 28 November 2011 ...
It was scheduled that all contingents have to perform during our welcoming dinner in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
In the morning, the Philippines contingent were practising their performance on the veranda. They sang three songs, but I only knew Anak.
I love their choral. I was sitting by the sofa on the right side of the cameraman, doing my paperwork while listening to them singing. If only I could rewind and play at my own whim. =)
Tidbits: Wah lau eh. If my memory serves me right, the background voices belong to the Malaysian contingent. HAHA. We were also there for our contingent meeting. We were quite inconsiderate... right?
Family, r we?
Monday, January 30, 2012
I'm impressed with my mum.
She read me well.
She nailed that I won't bother having reunion dinner with her siblings.
I asked her how did she deduce that answer.
Simple. She replied that I have labeled them as trash.
I believe in the goodness of people, but there are times I am harsh. I have sharp tongue, but I'm no longer afraid to speak out.
My uncle and auntie invited my family for a reunion dinner on the last day of Chinese New Year. I don't look forward, but for the sake of kinship, I will bite the bullet and sail through the morbid atmosphere dinner like every other year.
The news came to a shock this evening, because they demanded my family to pay for the reunion dinner given they have been paying for the past two years.
My response was "FCUK THEM."
I was surprised with my slippery tongue. I have never used such words in front of my mum. I don't even use them to begin with except in scrabble.
I never expected my uncle to be that low. The Chinese always say we have to be magnanimous. And this is a scary sign of decay in family relationship.
My mum is the most disappointed one. She spent her youth to support her two siblings and this is how her younger brother and sister treat her. I have no words to console her. I have no such medicine to stop the bleeding from a knife wound. My uncle is now a successful man in his career. What is wrong with paying back the kindness you were once given?
My sister replied she can't afford to pay the reunion dinner. My auntie was lucky to not have me answering the call, for my reply will be the four letter word. Uncle and auntie can spread the news how ill-mannered I am, but God knows me better. Have you not heard of the golden thumb rule?
I sometimes ponder why people change for the worse. I don't remember my uncle being such a bitter person. I used to admire him. He used to be my favourite relative. He and my auntie used to shower my sister and I with gifts. When did the distance between us began to sprout?
Yes, the moment he politely said I was too stupid to get a scholarship. The moment she said I should listen to my father to decline the scholarship, perhaps it was a scam. Why would a college offer a scholarship to a stupid person like me?
I often ponder deeply. What is family for when you have such type of people?
My family is indeed a small unit to begin with. And with many more relatives dropping like flies. It makes me feel more of a stranger in my family tree.
This year, my mum and I decided to totally close doors to all relatives for Chinese New Year. It is a disheartening decision for it's a time to reunite and exchange stories with family members from far away. It is a time to be happy and forget all the worrisome bottling in us. Yet, for my family, we do not have the luxury to have such joyful moments.
I would not have the chance to experience the cheerful atmosphere like my Chinese friends always do ...
We learn to forgive, but we won't forget what they had done to us.
We will try to give way to store new happy memories ... because they are not worth even a miniscule storage space in our mind.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I just got back from my Penang trip today, and am totally drained.
I spent 3 days 2 nights on the island. My team members took me around Penang just to eat! I think it's more of a fattening camp rather than catching up with them. We had been eating almost after every 30 minutes. However, I managed to suggest places where we get to do exercise too - walking I mean. If not, I won't be able to wolf down my food.
One of the places I revisit is the Penang Hill. Penang looks so magnificent from the peak. The last time I went there was more than 15 years ago. The landscape of Penang has changed so much since then. So is the peak. There were so much changes. I don't recognise it all now.
The first craziest thing I had done during my trip is to seek fortune-telling. It's actually discourage in my religion, but I have sought for fortune-telling mid last year due to an interest of a close friend and recent events. I think I'm addicted to get my readings done. I went to one of the oldest Chinese temples and pray via the fortune-telling sticks. I had to shake it 5 times to get the right reading. Ha. The funniest thing is how fate worked. There was no one to explain about the reading within the temple. I walked out of the temple to meet up with my friends, and somehow one of the shopkeepers saw me walking around with my lost expression. He offered to read for me. I found the reading interesting and consistent with a few fortune teller's reading.
The second craziest thing is my friends took me to clubbing with some other friends until 3.30 am. During our supper, there was a celebrity sitting in front of me. My friend was encouraging me to get his autograph, but I wasn't keen at all. Coz I don't like him. HAHA. Anyways, that night I met some very important people who kept low profiles. They are very friendly and one heck sporting. So why need the celebrity's autograph?
It's a pity Jolenesiah and I could not hang out due to her busy schedule. I only managed to drop by to say hi.
I managed to achieve something in this trip. That is to eat banana fritters ala Chinese style. I have been wanting to eat that for 10 years! No joke! The last time I ate was 16. And the times I went back to Penang, I didn't have the chance to hunt for it. Let just say these operators don't have second generation to take over their business.
Although I lose a lot sleep during the trip, the most important thing is I managed to have fun with friends. That is the mission of my Penang trip.
Here's a picture of us.
I am proud to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
On 24 November 2011 ...
I slept like a baby! Regardless of how exhausted I were I was still on alert mode in waking up to my designated time at 5 am.
In the afternoon, my host parents took us to Taman Mini for a view of the traditional houses of Indonesia. One of my homestay buddies suggested the Bali theme since it's architecture designs are different from the rest.
We met a lot of PYs there with their host family! Happy we were!
Tidbits: Eh? How come I don't look impress? Most probably I was closing my eyes while taking this photo. HAHA.
Waiting for you
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
On 23 November 2011 ...
We reached home almost midnight. We were truly exhausted, and can't wait to retire for the night...
I on the other hand were wondering what kind of house we are going to stay for the next few days for the address reveals it's located in some kind of village.
A village indeed. The route to the house was sooooo in that I could just lose my way if I were to drive on my own.
And then O.M.G. was all the girls expression... because it looks like we just entered some WONDERLAND!! The house is decorated with lots of butterflies and lighting, thus making us feel like we are in some shopping mall gearing up for Christmas!
We entered the house excitedly. It's an old renovated wooden house with a theme antiquity meets modernisation. I felt like I was in some kind of eco-nature chalet.
When we enter one of the rooms, we saw four teddy bears sitting on the chair awaiting us! There was another round O.M.G from the girls. I could not resist its cuteness so I immediately hug one closely to my chest with a broad smile. It's a gift from our host father!
One of the girls placed her scarf around the teddy, and we all followed suit.
Guess which one is mine.
Spinoff: My host mum later also gave us pyjamas and slippers. I was so thrilled! Thank you god for giving me such wonderful host family!
Yes, we all brought scarf along because it's part of our uniform.
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