Monday, March 30, 2009

I Heart Shelves

Some weekend ago, I hijacked a car from my sister and made a trip to Ikea to buy some long-awaited-and-much-needed stuff.

Shelves!


Yes, the one that you drill to your walls. Shelves come in handy when you run out of storage space by making full of those under-utilized walls.

So, we went to this Sweedish home-haven and made some wise purchases. Not to be forgotten, the delish meatballs and currypuffs that we bought there. Totally worth braving the crowd.

Another reason to love Ikea - great, great food at affordable prices


The shelves that we bought came in with a plank of wood and two supporting metal holder in each package which each one cost about RM15.90.
In contrary, if you purchase both separately, the relatively same plank (only a little thicker) cost about RM25 while the supporters were about RM16 per pair.

Purchases

So we bought the cheap one, of course! Economics principles put into practice!

I had borrowed a power Bosch drill from my dad for this purpose, however to our dismay, it didn't work.


Bummer.


So, the next day, Abg Ayi had to borrow his friend's (thank God) and spent the whole Sunday drilling holes into the walls of our room while I off to work, due to my former boss' request to fill in (mind you) the labor-shortage. No worries, I gained extra RM50 that Sunday.

So, this is the result of the re-arrangements and shelves installation. I like it so much since I can now put my printer and Altec Lansing speakers on top, rather than under the table as before.

Taa-dah!

Small but enough for me. Somehow, a bigger closet is always welcomed :)
Thanks, Mr Ayi! I owe you big time!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Trip to Genting Highlands

Among the early ones, Faris and Fifi in McDonald's, KL Sentral
... and Mr Ayi and I

My friends always have a way of ushering the final exams in each semester.

Last semester they went for clubbing in The Loft, Heritage Row which I didn't have the opportunity to join. The previous semester they went for karaoke.

This semester around, it was a trip to Genting Highlands which was nothing less than FUN, FUN and more FUN! Things could have been even more fun if those we wanted to tag along were able to do so (no, not you, Bola).

Hana and Nadrah in the LRT en route to Gombak. The sleeping Chinese guy in red was not with us
Arrived in Gombak station. Waiting for the bus scheduled at 10.30am
Another half of the group: Fird, Faris, Akma and her beau, Shahid
Sakina's face says it all - obviously we have arrived in Genting!
Fooling around while waiting for the ladies from the ladies' room
Boarding the cable car. Woo-hoo!
Pre-cable car again
Faris trying his hands on Anuar's one-day-old DSLR camera in the cable car
The magnificient view. Praise the Lord


There were 11 of us. Congregated in KL Sentral by 8.30am and took the train to Gombak station, from which we boarded our bus to Genting at 10.30am.

Shortly past 11am, we reached the cable car station and from there on, the fun never stopped!

I wonder what's in store for next semester. An island trip perhaps?

Winks

Group shot shortly after reaching the top. Hana took this one
Queuing for the Space Shot!

While we took on Space Shot, Fifi and Hana rode this adolescent ride. No offense. Hehe

Go-karting!

Waiting for the Sungai Rejang ride. Wetness ahead.
Lunch-break in KFC. Their snack plate had extra potato wedges
The fun continued! Cyclone time, the first rollercoaster in Malaysia (it was written there)
Well, they don't really need a reason to pose for the camera
Cute bubble face from Nadrah while waiting for the 4-D ride (which we later abandoned due to long waiting time)
We ran out of things to try. So we opted for this easy-breezy Gondola ride
Back to the cable car, returning back 6000 feet under (no pun intended)
In the LRT, back to KL Sentral where it all started
Hehe. Aby Ayi was there as well. Duh?
This is the video of Sakina, Faris and I on the Space Shot with Faris on his first time (and perhaps the last one!). Check it out!



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Retards in Malaysian Economics Assignment

I haven't posted anything recently because I was busy catching up with the due dates and plenty of assignments to go. Yes, some were group assignments and supposedly made things easier but *surprise!* nope, they didn't.

To all of you retards out there, you know I'm talking about you. Don't you feel honored getting a special post all to yourself? Well, you need to know why I'm writing this.

I am pissed. Boy, I am. Eversince our first presentation, it seemed like I was the only one interested in doing all the work. Nobody even bothered to bring a laptop, except me, though you all know that we were going to have a discussion that day and do the presentation slides directly.

Even when we were so-called 'discussing', I was the only one pushing all of you to do this and that. I typed in the words, did the slides, did the tables while all of you were just being there like waiting for your bus to come or something and waited for my instructions of what to do.

Was I the only one taking a degree course here?

Never mind. For the second presentation, the same thing happened. Thank God for giving me this wonderful brain which I doubted none of you have. Again, I did the whole work while all of you were just being there physically, waiting for the slides to be completed.

Then came the final presentation. Since no one even bothered to meet to discuss again (though I know it would be as useless as the previous ones before), I took the courtesy of making the slides ALL BY MYSELF. Staying up until 4 in the morning, googling, charting, squeezing my brains out to complete the research presentation.

Come Monday, all of you were *no surprise* glad that I had finished doing it since all of you were so busy with your works and have absolutely no time for a quick discussion. Yes, I was the only one who were always FREE and AVAILABLE, taking the trouble of doing everything by my own.

But all of you didn't even bother to go through all of the slides, like all of you were geniuses when you couldn't even utter a proper sentence in English, what more to explain the charts and graphs. I took the trouble of gathering all three of you morons for a quick run-through before we presented the paper.

Then, for the written report of the whole presentation, I thought all of you would be generous enough to compensate what I have done before by preparing it all by yourselves and I would just edit it before submitting. But what you've given me was nothing but a half-bake, straight from the Power Point slides (which I did) and completely cut-and-paste from who-knows-what articles.

What kind of nonsense is this? Don't all of you feel ashamed of yourself? A friend said I could just submit the whole report under my name, with none of you included. Perhaps I would and I could and I know very well that I am entitled to do so.

Shame on yourself, people. And I am happy to be in the same group with all of you this semester so I will never be in another one next semesters.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sarah Brightman Symphony Tour Concert

Proud of it!



There I was in total awe and amazement watching her hitting note after note of multiple octaves.

On March 7, 2009 the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center was packed with the who’s who and glitterati, coming together for the same cause. And I feel so blessed and thankful (to Mr Khairi) for being able to squeeze in between these posh people and be a part of her Symphony Tour which kick-started last November in Monterrey, Mexico.

At 8.50pm, the lights were slowly dimmed and Plenary Hall turned pitched black with only purple holographic lights bathing the stage as the orchestra started playing the instrumental version of ‘Sanvean’ and later ‘Gothica’.


Attendees. Hehe

It was not until ‘Fleurs du Mal’ (Flowers of Evil) that she appeared on stage, wearing long-flowing red dress, welcomed by wild applause of the audience. She continued with ‘Let It Rain’ and ‘Symphony’, all taken from her latest gothic-meets-opera album ‘Symphony’ but she took time in between both songs to greet the audience and His Majesty the King.

She reckoned the concert as a celebration of her 25th year in the industry and true enough, we were entertained with the song which catapulted her name, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ with surprise guest artiste, the (very) sexy Allesandro Safina.

Though it wasn’t my most favorite song, I must say it was perhaps the best performance that night especially when she continuously hit the 4-octave notes and the final 5-octave towards the end of the song, which really pleased us.

My jaw was totally on the floor.

Then they performed a duet in ‘Sarai Qui’ or the Spanish rendition of ‘There You’ll Be’, previously recorded by Faith Hill for the movie Pearl Harbor. After Alessandro Safina left the stage, she sung ‘What a Wonderful World’ followed by ‘Dust in the Wind’, a song that she co-wrote for the album Harem.

Before singing the next number, ‘Hijo de la Luna’ (Son of the Moon), she proudly told the audience that it was her most favorite song to sing in any concert and although obviously singing live, she sounded nothing less than perfection as if it were the recorded version.

She changed into a white halter-top dress and then, came my most favorite part of the night when she sung my personal favorite, ‘La Luna’ (The Moon) – a song about two forbidden lovers getting away from everyone just to meet under the moon. And I must say, the final part when she sung the 3-octave verse and quickly jumped to 5-octave was not disappointing at all. It was marvelous and almost as if magical.

Then, we were entertained with the serene rendition of ‘Nella Fantasia’ (In My Fantasy) and the ‘pop-eratic’ ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ where she combined commercial pop and opera verses into one song.

Actually, it wasn't that far. Let's just say that I could see her smiling throughout the performance :)

She went for quick change again (the final one), slipping into an elaborated black dress singing ‘Attesa’ and an English song which until this moment I couldn’t figure out the name of it. Then, Alessandro Safina joined her on stage once more to sing a duet in ‘Canto Della Terra’ which she sings with Andrea Bocelli for the album version.

Boy, that tenor-met-soprano rendition was so powerful that I had goosebumps. The recorded version itself was already exquisite, what more the live version there in front of me.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to say goodbye.”

As she said that, the familiar sad intro of ‘Time to Say Goodbye/ Con Te Partiro’ played, which was probably the most anticipated song whenever she performed.

As she finished singing the last song of the night and took her bow, the crowd went crazy and applauded non-stop for encore. After 5 minutes, she appeared again on stage singing her encore, ‘Deliver Me’ and ended the night with her real final bow.

I must say, though her second time performance in KL this time around didn’t have the actual settings and props that she used in her Symphony tour, she still delivered the best and keep on giving them to the audience throughout the show. I’m not exaggerating but frankly, I didn’t even feel time went by until the show ended at 10.10pm when I finally looked at my watch. She was so mesmerizing and it was very, very worth attending because I didn’t have the chance to catch her in 2005 when she was here for her Harem Tour concert.

Taking the final bow with Alessandro Safina

And to make things even interesting, we, who bought the cheapest ticket (RM253) were asked to fill in the unoccupied second-priciest-front row seats (RM1503). Talk about blessing. What a total bliss.

I certainly look forward to having her again here for the third time in KL in the future. By the time, she would be in her 50s (considering she’s 49 this year) but still exquisite no-less I suppose.

Dear Miss Sarah Brightman, thank you for your presence here and you have no idea how delighted we were. Thank you and thank you.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Lunch With Bestie

Besties: Ann Jie and I

Actually, there is no reason for this post.

While back at home doing my stressful Research Methodology assignment-material searching (damn you, Azhar Harun), Ann Jie called and asked me out for lunch. And she picked me up. How could I say no to that?

Actually I turned her down.

Then I felt bad and texted her that I would accept the lunch invitation, but she turned me down this time (reason: too tired and lazy).

Then she called and changed her mind (again).

Thankfully my hommie was available that afternoon, so dragged him along.

Yes, I dragged him as well

We had our lunch in Old Town Kopitiam in Jaya One, PJ. The food was equally tasteful. The weather was fine. Smile smile.

Lunch with a good bunch never gets old.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Catching Up in Between

I have a lot of work to do, assignments to be completed, tests in numerous forms approaching. Totally bananas.

I’m thisclose to be kuku with all of these junks, aside from other issues back at home and with myself.

I’m really glad that more and more people are actually reading my blog nowadays though they never commented (…), when the real intention of this blog set up was just as a place where I can rant peacefully without bugging people. But having more people reading it somehow restricted me from going full throttle in blogging people whom I wasn’t please with because they might be reading and know (very well) that I’m talking about them.

That somehow takes away the fun of blogging. Talk about mixed blessing.

Anyway, don’t you feel like time is moving by so-oh-swiftly because it’s already March 2009?

On March 1, my good, good buddy Chong Jin asked me out for a drink and movie, just to catch up with each other. He has already begun his internship and now experiencing having to work way up to 8pm. Everyday.

I totally salute you, boy. Dealing with numbers and figures, up until 7-8pm. Everyday.

That’s something I definitely wouldn’t be able to deal.

Anyway, we watched ‘Doubt’ and had our late lunch in KLCC, with me having my most favourite dish there (after Chakri Palace’s Pandan Chicken), the Chicken Mushroom Hot Plate Yee Mee! Mouthful!

Chong Jin and I in Signatures, KLCC

In fast-pace times like this, I definitely need a moment when I can pause, unwind and be sane for a while. Yes, with a good company like this one even for a while where I can just be myself and do what I love to do with great friends like himself.

In this difficult, dog-eat-dog world, you definitely need some helping hand from these fabulous people known as your friends, to help you slow down and tell that everything is just as fine as it always has been. Even to be your manager and appointment-reminder because they know you’re bad at keeping up with it.

At least that was my case. Winks.

Now, if I could just find some time for an appointment with my dentist…

Doubt


Staying true to its name, Doubt brings you the consequences of having one towards others.

Meryl Streep plays a conservative, head-strong nun and a principal to a Catholics school in which she suspected an indecent behavior between a priest (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) and the only black student in the school. However, she has no physical or verbal evidence to convict the priest but all she has is her doubt and strong personal belief to accuse the priest.

Nothing stops her in justifying her assumptions, not even after knowing how much the black boy look highly to the priest since only the latter takes a great care of him whenever he is teased and bullied in the all-white school.

Though she knows all of these – how miserable the boy is tortured by his father at home and how he finds solace in the priest at school, how his mother begs her not to prolong this case for the sake of his son’s future admittance to a good high school , she still stands by her unreasonable doubt and does everything and anything to remove the priest from the school and church.

Even if it means she has to lie.

She makes up stories about the priest. She lies how she had called his old churches to investigate about his past. She lied about seeing the priest persuading the boy from the principal’s room. She destroyed the only source of happiness available for the black boy. She did everything to prove his alleged wrongdoing.

She has reasons why she does it. She's suspicious, doubtful but she finds the whole loose, unseen connections in the story are somewhat convincing enough to prove her doubt.

Furthermore, she believes there is an injustice between the priest and the nuns, men and women, how the men always dominate and they, the women, do not have any choice but to oblige and be hush.

Is she wrong? Is it a valid move to accuse someone based on personal belief (not evidence) though it feels so right? Is it always true that ‘in the pursuit of God’s teaching, one step backward is the sacrifice you have to make’, like she what she says?

This movie features another stellar performance by Meryl Streep, in which she garnered her 15th Academy Awards nomination for Best Actress at this year’s event as well as great acting by Philip Seymour Hoffman (won Best Actor in 2006 for Capote) who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor while Amy Adams and Viola Davis were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress.