I'm out to get her 'Testimony' soon.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I'm out to get her 'Testimony' soon.
Christian Bale still looked just as good as he had always, but well, I think he fares better in roles like The Machinist and American Psycho.
Anyway, the only reason why I wanted to watch this movie was because I'm quite a fan of Heath Ledger and Christian Bale ;) (dear, please don't kill me hahahaha =P)
But overall, this is a great movie. Go watch it!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Banning abortion basically aims to achieve one thing: limiting the parents' lives in favour of the embryo's. If you admit that forcing a woman to abort against her wishes is wrong, then by the same token you cannot force her NOT to abort.
This is not only about choice, but about life as well. Giving birth to a child comes with consequences and responsibilities. Forcing a woman to give birth when she and her family are not prepared, willing, equipped or able to raise the child often brings more harm than good to the lives of both the child and the parents.
What about the embryo's rights, some people will inevitably ask. I think it has as much right as a chicken's liver. The fact that it could grow into the next Einstein if allowed to live is irrelevant. As Leonard Peikoff, a philosopher, puts it:
'If we are to accept the equation of the potential with the actual and call the embryo an "unborn child," we could, with equal logic, call any adult an "undead corpse" and bury him alive or vivisect him for the instruction of medical students.'
From a practical perspective, a ban will not prevent people desperate to abort from doing so. It would only drive the practice underground where untrained practitioners could endanger the life of the mother.
I'm not saying that everyone should decide to abort without thinking, nor that people should be encouraged to abort. It should be a decision made with serious thought - and I'm sure it is in the majority of cases - but it is the decision for the parents to make, and not the government.
Letting the parents decide is not only the right approach practically, but morally as well.
And here's a good link: http://www.abortionisprolife.com/faq.htm
It's easy for some people to say 'abort'. They aren't the one 'carrying' the baby. They aren't aware the emotional turmoil that this person is facing. Feeling another 'life' in you does change your perception in many ways. Making a decision and to face whatever the consequences after, is never easy.
If my partner doesn't want the baby....I don't think I want the baby....because...if I were to keep the baby, it will remind me of the irresponsible partner I had. And I wouldn't want this baby to be fatherless either. I will choose to abort the baby...and also will break up with my partner...
If it's a rape case, the decision is obvious. Abort. You wouldn't wanna be reminded of a bad experience.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – It was well written, but in a way I also hated it because it was the only book that ever made me bawl my eyes out!
From Publishers Weekly. The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion.
French Silk by Sandra Brown. It was ok.
Part of a review: Set in atmospheric New Orleans, Brown's ( Breath of Scandal ; Mirror Image ) latest highly entertaining novel again demonstrates her mastery of the romantic suspense genre. When evangelist Jackson Wilde is murdered in his hotel room, handsome, driven district attorney Robert Cassidy has a long list of suspects. At the top of it are Wilde's young wife, Ariel, and his son, Josh, who have been having an affair. But soon the main suspect is Claire Laurent, the owner of the lingerie company French Silk, whose sexy catalogue Wilde targeted in his campaign against pornography. Claire had a motive; she had collected and then hidden an extensive file of clippings on Wilde and she had attended his service the night he died. Cassidy has one problem with fingering her as the villain: he is falling in love with her.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I never thought that I'd enjoy SATC so much. It was entertaining, touching, interesting and inspiring (I don't mean the clothes. I don't like most of what Carrie wore. The bird on her head? What on earth was she or the stylist thinking? There were many others too. Another one was the one she walked into a store with Charlotte to shop for her work desk. I thought that outfit looked ghastly man. It made her look fat and pregnant! The opening dress? Hated it. But I liked what they wore when they were having their dinner at Mexico. All of them looked stunningly beautiful.)
I loved how SATC approached the 'LOVE' subject, and how each individual in the movie defined it differently.
Carrie: Love is sharing. She wanted to share her happiness with the rest of the world. I think the idea of 'marriage' got too big in her head. It all started from a 'little' announcement in the papers, which led to a beaaautiful designer gown, then a party of 75 which grew to 200 and not to mention, her pictures splashed all over on, none other but the famous, Vogue. While Big, on the other hand, wanted it small and cosy, because to him, marriage is about 2 individuals. (I totally agree).
Miranda (My favourite character): Love is being faithful and loyal. She loved the man in her life until one day, when he betrayed her trust. She then began to wonder, if all that she has done and sacrificed was worth the while at all, if she could let go of the bad past, forgive and forget, and move forward with their marriage, all in the name of love? But her husband, Steve, loved her dearly and kept begging her to forgive him and reminded her on their marriage vow, that their partnership is 'for better or for worse'. And that he deserved a second chance.
Charlotte: (loved her too!): Love is a complete family. She had always wanted to have her own baby. Well, finally she succeeded.
Samantha: Love is self. She loved herself too much that she couldn't sacrifice her selfish needs for another person. So, she left her boy toy, Smith, for her. And she's happy.
Yes yes, it was a happy ending. I don't think you can end SATC without a happy ending. And yes, everything in the movie seemed to fall in in the right place at the right time. (Hey, it's a romantic comedy lah. What you expect.)
How would I rate this movie? 3 out of 5. My bf, who has never seen SATC series at all, thought the movie was pretty entertaining too :P
Oh two of our top favourite lines were:
'I love to colour.' LOL that part was hilarious!
And Charlotte's 'I curse you from the day you were born' HAHAHA
The humour elements earned them extra brownie points ;)
If you were Lily, would you have helped? Answer is quite obvious isn't it? A definite and a big No No! Well, people usually say, things are easier said than done.
Would you blame her? Would you have done the same? If you think what she did was right and reasonable, then ask yourself this:
* Do you think an innocent baby should be killed for your wrongdoings?
* Do you think you can look yourself in the mirror knowing you have killed an innocent, unborn child?
* Do you think you can live with that conscience?
This video's quite touching. Listen to the words...
There's always another way out. If your mind is messed up, please seek help. Consult your best friend or get proper consultation.
These numbers may be useful:
1 Stop Crisis Ctr 03 2615 3333
Befrienders 03 7956 8144
Buddies of Ipoh 05 546 7633
HAWA 03 2693 0095
WAO (Women’s Aid Organisation) 03 7956 3488
AWAM All-Women’s Action Society 03 7877 4221
Women Crisis Centre Penang - Pusat Krisis Wanita 04 228 0342
One of my friends, had this to comment: (Sun)
My secondary school used to be famous for teenage abortion. It's always common to hear people talking about who in what class went for abortion. Not that I'm supporting abortion, but it might be alot worst when the baby is born...and the suffering may be much worse for the mother and the child.
One needs to have a strong will to go thru abortion ... and a stronger mind and commitment to give birth to the baby. I'm sure it will scar the person that went thru abortion...But like you said also..there are the pro and cons of it ...
I think the main point is... "it's easier said than done". We always know which or what is the right thing to do. But when it comes down to us making that choice, than it may be a totally different thing altogether.
Oh ya.. it shouldn't be say no to abortion. It should be, say no to unprotected sex first. Save all the trouble before it starts!
Another friend's comment: (Chris)
I'd very much go with the view that the price of killing an innocent life is very high for one's own wrongdoings. Maybe some can live with it, but I don't think I can. It's just like a mother who loses a newborn child. Can we say that it's ok because the child is so young and knows nothing? I don't think we can, because we would just never know what the human life could have become.
Partly speaking from my mom's experience, as she was supposed to have twins after me, but sadly they didn't make it. So I tend to link this abortion thingy to that. No, she didn't go on an abortion, just that they didn't survive birth.
So I tend to view abortion as terminating the lives of a child who should have been alive. Meaning, those who have gone thru the pain of a miscarriage or loss of a child's life would know best. But to a teen, it might be...'so, what...?'
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Oh yeah, to those who have been asking, my bf and I will be checking out our wedding pictures tomorrow.
Till then, have a great weekend!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Now, all I need is a good, nice pair of Artline pens ;)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
For you writers and reporters and journalists and poets, etc. it's your lucky day today! If you're reading this post now, before 10pm on the 20th July, 2008, quickly turn to page 17 of StarMag! Cut out the coupon and if you're still the first 10 people who present this coupon to them (Kinokuniya KLCC), you'll receive a Moleskine diary worth RM80 FOR FREE!!!
But if you're not that lucky, (like me. sob sob. I'M NOWHERE NEAR THE VICINITY!!!) keep that coupon, and redeem it with a 25% discount :) I've not used a Moleskine before, but from the pictures, it sure looks darn seductive! And it sure makes me feel like writing on it forever!
Arrgggh....should I get that 25% discount???? Even with the discount, it's not quite within my 'affordable range'. I mean, RM60 for a notebook? Hmm....
Or maybe because I've not checked it out myself. You know lah,...sometimes one would need to touch and feel, THEN decide ;)
For more info, go to: moleskineasia.com
Friday, July 18, 2008
The 15th MPH Breakfast Club on Saturday, July 26, 2008, at 11.00a.m. to 12.30p.m., will be featuring short-story writer Robert Raymer, the author of Lovers and Strangers Revisited (MPH Publishing, 2008).
In this collection of 17 stories, Kuching-based Raymer, portrays the traditional in modernity, the unexpected in relationships both familiar and strange, and the recurring theme of race even as contemporary Malaysia finds ways to understand its multicultural milieu.
Venue: Bangsar Shopping Village 2
I know it's kinda late to ask, but if anyone's interested, drop me a note ;)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
1. I am currently out of the office at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Please be prepared for my mood.
2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.
3. Sorry to have missed you, but I'm at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.
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9. I've run away to join a different circus.
10. I will be out of the office for the next two weeks for medical reasons.When I return, please refer to me as ' Susan ' instead of Margaret .
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Btw, this is one of Sam's tips on living forever:
'Make a Philosopher's Stone. (You not only get to live forever, you get unlimited gold as well)'
This is the very first book, which made me smile, page after page.
Nicholls is such a genius, because even at such a tender age, she is able to use a fictional character to talk about the serious side of life with a slice of humour and innocence, and yet maintain a level of honesty about it.
For only RM39.90, it's definitely worth it. It has a lovely cover. and the contents? as mentioned above...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
"Totto Chan is a simple read and it talks about the idea of education. It shows how education can change a person's life, just by looking at a different perspective. I'd say that it isn't an 'addictive' book that hooks you from the very first page, but because it's so charming and that it's written in short chapters, you'd finish it in no time without realising. I'd recommend it to everyone, especially to those who wants to read but can hardly find the time."
This is one of the reviews I got from googling:
Each story is only a page or two, each a delightful narrative of how Totto-chan views the world, and how Mr. Kuroyanagi inspires the children to explore, learn, feel and have joy. There are several charcoal drawings that capture the tenderness of the stories, making us feel a part of Totto-chan's world.
One of our favorite vignettes is the story of her losing her hat in the septic tank at the school, and proceeds to dig it out. The headmaster walks by, and after a few questions to satisfy his curiosity, and hearing her earnest explanations, he lets her continue with the simple instruction, "make sure you put it all back!"
We've enjoyed reading one or two stories for bedtime off-and-on for a couple of years, and almost don't want to finish the book because it will mean there are no more stories. Totto-chan seems so real and loveable, and her headmaster is a role model for parents and teachers.
It is probably one of the most important books I've ever read. Not for its heady philosophy, practical instructions, or memorable quotes; but for its simple message of how wonderful life can be when viewed through the eyes of an innocent child. - Reviewed by Robert Reiser
Any one of you have this book? Can I borrow it pleeeease??
I have read this book before when I was having problems with my ex. It was a fantastic book, lots of good teachings about what you should treasure more in life than being upset about small stuff. Many problems can be resolved by having different attitudes toward a 'problem'.
So much sorrow can be resolved by simple understanding and forgiveness.... they can be resolved by making someone smile and you smile with them... Life is short... We never know what is around the corner. Always treasure the people around us like it's our last day to live. Never regret or forget to tell someone we love them... put down your ego and pride, measure what is important other than just "ME"....
For that... I want to remind you.. you are always my best friend and I treasure you heaps!!! :)"
**blush** Thanks Shalline...that's very sweet of you :) and thanks for your friendship and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Jinx: RM54.90, Allie Finkle's Moving Day RM42.90
When I was given these books to read, I didn't think that I'd enjoy it till I read the first few pages of 'Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls - Moving Day'.
Allie wasn't too happy when her parents decided to move out because she has to leave her pink room behind, her best friend and start a new school at a new town. In this book, Allie sets her own rules for girls including 'You Can't Let Your Family Move into a Haunted House', 'Don't Put Your Cat in a Suitcase', 'If You Get A New Best Friend, It's Rude to Show Off About It', and 'Don't Be a Braggart'. There are 16 Rules altogether. I'm sure your niece or cousin will enjoy reading about Allie's experiences and adventures, and why she has such crazy rules ;)
Great for: girls above 8 years old. Hey, even moms can read this, to get into the minds of your teenage daughters ;) I thought it'd be a great gift to your teenage nieces or cousins too.
'Jinx' has a totally different touch altogether. This book is quite a fun read. The lead character, Jinx (real name Jean Honeychurch) is a very real persona. Misfortune has always followed her all her life, which is how she got her name. She is suffering from some very painful truths that she doesn't want brought to the light. Things like mixing witchcraft and a person's free will.
On top of that, she is dealing with a new living situation, a new crush, a new school, and the need to finally have some good luck. Anyone, teenagers especially, even adults, will be able to empathize with the fears she faces on a daily basis, the challenges of dealing with 'cruel' people, with rumors, and with a very confusing ancestry.
Luckily, Jinx has style and a panache all her own and she will win you over from the very first page. There are some really great messages in this book, which is put subtly. Jinx is truly an entertaining read, something you can indulge in when you want to get out of reality ;)
Combine these books together, don't you think it'd be a great birthday gift for a teenage girl? Correct me if I'm wrong, they still do like pink right?
The author of these books is Meg Cabot, who also wrote Princess Dairies series.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
"This book is about the husband wrote a letter to his wife...for their 18th anniversary. The husband passed away few years later (I didn't know he had passed away...I was kinda sad when Joe told me about it. Not that I know the author personally but because of the what he has written in his other book, and how it has created an impact on me)...and now his wife replied the letter.
The husband's letter wasn't sad...but full of love and wisdom. I basically cried reading the letters. It'll make you think what is important...or reassure you what you think is important is true which is love...friends, family...It'll make you question, if you had one hour to live and could make just one phone call, who would you call? What would you say? Why are you waiting?
Couples, husband and wife, or anyone in a relationship should read this book."
Have you read this book before? Care to share your thoughts with us?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Winnie Loo doesn't need much introduction. If you haven't heard of her, you must've been living in Mars :P The Founder of A Cut Above is one of the most down-to-earth and humble person I've ever met. With so many awards and recognition in her hands, she still holds true to herself and her loved ones.
Anyway, I got to know Winnie via email and we have been keeping in touch via emails and meetings at her launches. I often approach her for interviews, opinion or even just casually drop her an email to say hi. And she has never failed to respond, despite her busy schedle. After dropping her an email on my book blog, she delightfully replies with a list of her all-time favourite reads.
If you're here reading this post, Winnie, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You've been such an inspiration to me. You've made me realise that one can still be their true self as long as they know their roots and have God in their lives.
To those of you who are curious what Winnie loves reading, these are some of her favourite books, and why she loves them.
"Try not to view this book from a religious point of view, but instead, focus on using it to help us be a better, stronger, more reasonable person in life. I think more people should read this book and share God's wishes and intentions.
Apart from this I prefer business and success stories like Richard Branson's Losing My Virginity. It teaches people to be resilient and to never give up so easily when we're faced with challenges.."
Thanks again for sharing, Winnie! See you soon :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
A jobless man applied for the position of 'office boy' at Microsoft. The HR manager interviewed him then watched him cleaning the floor as a test.
'You are employed' he said. Give me your e-mail address and I'll send you the application to fill in, as well as date when you may start.
The man replied 'But I don't have a computer, neither an email'.
'I'm sorry', said the HR manager. If you don't have an email, that means you do not exist. And who doesn't exist, cannot have the job.'
The man left with no hope at all. He didn't know what to do, with only $10 in his pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket and buy a 10Kg tomato crate. He then sold the tomatoes in a door to door round. In less than two hours, he succeeded to double his capital. He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $60.
The man realized that he can survive by this way, and started to go everyday earlier, and return late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled everyday.
Shortly, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.
5 years later, the man is one of the biggest food retailers in the US. He started to plan his family's future, and decided to have a life insurance.
He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan. When the conversation was concluded the broker asked him his email. The man replied,'I don't have an email.' The broker answered curiously, 'You don't have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an e mail?!!' The man thought for a while and replied, 'Yes, I'd be an office boy at Microsoft!'
I don't agree with any one of the below. My moral of the story is, NEVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN'T SUCCEED. WITH DETERMINATION AND HARD WORK, EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE :)
Moral of the story
Internet is not the solution to your life.
If you don't have Internet, and work hard, you can be a millionaire.
If you received this message by email, you are closer to being a office boy/girl,than a millionaire..........
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Truth to be told. We aren't what you think we are, which was why I was greatly touched by my bf's gesture. He has been saving for months to buy me this gift. And not only that. On my birthday, he took a day off, cleaned the entire house (I promised to do the cleaning with him but never got to do it...coz I'm always either tired, or have no time :( Oh gosh,...my excuses!!! this is so embarrassing....) and arranged the little surprise dinner for me.
My bf has been my pillar of strength till today. And he always believes in giving me the best of everything. Sometimes I wonder, what did I do, or have I done to deserve him? Take a look at some of my weaknesses...
1) I rarely do housework.
2) I've never cooked, except maggi mee. (with no extra ingredients. too much work =P)
3) I'm very careless, clumsy and forgetful.
4) I can't fix anything.
5) I'm stubborn.
6) I'm temperamental. My mood swings are very scary :P (I know many people will second this)
[I think I should stop at no. 6. Would you still want to be my friend? I can see nobody's gonna ever drop by this blog ever again...sob sob...]
Yet...he still loves me as I am. I feel so lucky. and happy. and blessed. Thanks dear for always being there for me and for always giving me the best of everything....
Anyway, Alex has finally realised his dreams of having an established band and an album. Check out their band, nuance, at www.fearstrikesmankind.com I love their 2nd track, fear strikes mankind. Although I don't know much about alternative music, but I do know which ones/bands I like. And Nuance is definitely in my list! :D (No, it's not because my friend is in that band :P I really like their stuff)
Here's the clip of the track I like :)
Just in case you were wondering why am I so happy for his success, well, just so you know, Alex is also a pilot, who also, has a love life :P I used to think to myself, with so much in his hands, how's he ever going to have time to jam, what more, have a band AND an album? I guess he has proven that if you're passionate enough in what you do, everything and anything is possible!
So if you're out there, wondering when your dreams will ever come true, dream no more. Put your heart, soul and ACTION into it. Your turn will come too ;)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
TO ALL THE WOMEN OUT THERE, have a NICE day!
Believe it or not.
Woman has Man in it;
Mrs. has Mr . in it;
Female has Male in it;
She has He in it;
Madam has Adam in it;
No wonder men always want to be inside women!
Men were born between the legs of a woman,
yet men spend all their life and time trying
to go back between the legs of a woman....
BECAUSE THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME ?!
Ever notice how all of women's problems start with MEN?
When we have REAL trouble,
it's a HISterectomy.
Monday, July 7, 2008
I told him I thought they should, at least clarify what's the core of the problem and this may improve the relationship. He was already thinking of giving up. Then I asked him to at least talk about it first, give both of them a chance. But he thought it was already too late to make amends.
Sun, I think I know what you mean and how you feel. You also asked me if being in a relationship means finding Ms./Mr. Right or just be contented with who you are. It's really tough for me to answer you this question on general terms, but if you asked me based on what I've gone through, I'd say, find your Ms. Right.
I have always thought that Mr. Right does not exist, and that I should just be contented with whoever I was with. But when I held on to the believe of the latter, I wasn't happy. I felt frustrated because we never got along. There were always arguments, miscommunication or misunderstandings between me and my then partner. We tried so hard to resolve the problems, but they kept recurring. My then relationship, although it lasted for about 5 years, was quite a rocky one. One day, we thought the running in and out of the relationship, and trying to put up with each other, has to come to a stop. We decided to call it off and head our own ways.
Ending it was tough, but we had to, because in the long run, we both suffered and will suffer if we were to continue the relationship. Although it was a deep pit that we had to learn to crawl out from, but we managed. I'm glad that he and I are happy with where we are right now.
There were many relationship mistakes I made after that, and it has taught me that hey, maybe being contented with whoever I am with, won't work. If I can't find Mr. Right, or if there wasn't one for me, then I'm best off being single. And single I was. Happy too :)
It is when I was happy with my singlehood that I met my Mr. Right. He came unexpectedly into my life. Then, I never knew that he was my Mr. Right, because, truth to be told, we didn't get along well at the beginning. Besides us being stubborn, he and I are very different. I really mean, VERY.
I had had wanted to call it off before, but he believed that we were meant for each other. And with his patience, somehow we worked things out. Our differences became the very factor that brought us together. His strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa. We managed to find a common ground and work from there.
Was it a torturous moment working out our differences? In the beginning yes, but it didn't take us long to accept each other for who we are.
I'm not sure how I finally knew that he is the one for me. But, I just...knew. Now, I'm just glad that we found each other.
Sun, to your question, if I'd say 'yes' again to his proposal? The answer is yes, even if he asked a thousand times or more :) Believe that you'll find your Ms. Right, and you will. Meanwhile, just go with the flow, and take wherever life may lead you ok :)
Till then, I wish everyone love and happiness....*huggz*
1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon in search of a sea route to India.
1709 Peter the Great, at the head of a 50,000 strong Russian Army, defeats Charles XII of Sweden's 20,000 troops at the Battle of Poltava. Less than 2,000 Swedish soldier escape.
1776 The first ringing of the Liberty Bell in America.
1884 In Britain, the founding of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
1889 In boxing, John L Sullivan defeats Jake Kilrain in Mississippi, USA after a total of 75 rounds. Its the last bare-knuckle heavyweight title contest.
1907 The first of the Ziegfeld Follies - spectacular music and dancing shows - is performed on Broadway at the Jardin de Paris, New York, produced by Florence Ziegfeld.
1943 World War II: French resistance leader Jean Moulin, known as 'Max', is executed by the Gestapo.
1961 The first women's singles final at Wimbledon between two English players - Angela Mortimer beating Christine Truman in three sets.
1965 Ronald Briggs, one of the Great Train Robbers, scales the wall of Wandsworth Prison in London using a rope ladder and escapes after serving just 15 months of his jail sentence. He is later found living in Brazil.
1978 Mountaineers Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler become the first to climb Mount Everest entirely without additional oxygen.
1978 I was born! haha (this everyone must remember :P) So, happy birthday to me! Yes, I have turned 30 and proud of it! [beam]
Sunday, July 6, 2008
"It was 10 pm,...and I was cycling home (for whatever reason he was cycling home at that hour, I do not know, nor do I wanna know). Then all of a sudden, I felt like I hit into something, a white 'thing' but went past it. When I looked behind, there weren't anything. Although I felt a slight chill, I still decided to continue to cycle home.
(The white 'thing' wasn't the scary part. But it was scary enough for me. Anyway...he continued...)
"At night, when I was asleep, I kept seeing this white lady figure, with blood dripping from her eyes. And I kept waking up almost every hour, 2am, 3am and 4am. This continued for days. I was mortified, petrified, and scared shit (urm...not his exact words, but he did look that way when he was telling it to me haha =P)"
'Why didn't you tell someone about it?' I interrupted. Thinking he was nuts to have let it continue for days.
"At first I thought it would go away. But it didn't. So I decided to tell my mom about it. She decided to bring me to this famous Chinese temple, which was believed that its Gods were able to get rid of these 'things'."
I was thinking to myself, Wah...Chinese tokongs, sure can work or not...Anyways...he said...
"So, we went to this lady and she prayed for me lah."
(Get prepared for this part!)
"As she prayed...all of a sudden....I heard tigers roaring!"
'What the...??? Tigers??? Must be speakers lah...' I told him. Half believing, half doubting. I mean, come on lah, tigers roaring? In a temple??
"Yeah. Tigers. At first I thought TV or something. Or maybe the tigers roaring nearby the temple. Coz the temple there, quite well known for tigers one..."
'Oh, ya lah! Maybe!' I happily agreed.
"But then....Later I asked my mom, if she heard the tigers or not...Then she asked me 'what tigers?' That was when I got shocked lah. Then she later explained to me, maybe it's the guardian angels of the temple. Coz that temple is 'guarded' by white tiger 'gods'"
I was thinking to myself, maybe this Victor imagine too much lah. I mean, he does have quite a strong imagination...But then, he continued,
"And I didn't know at all, that those were the 'gods' which 'guarded' the temple."
Wah lau...that means, can't be his imagination!
'So after that, you were cured?'
"Yeah, after that I was able to sleep well."
Then we continued with his other friends' ghost stories, which I thought, weren't as interesting as his tiger god story. I'm now still quite freaked out by it, which is why I'm posting this up. Hoping that it would freak the rest of you too haha :P
Have a freaky Monday!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
I just managed to check my email today and this is one of the many emails which I thought I should share with you.
From: Ju Lin Ong <email@example.com>To: firstname.lastname@example.orgSent: Friday, 4 July, 2008 11:57:24 AMSubject: [WomensCandidacyInitiative2] Everywoman taken off air
As you know I am part of the team producing the first International women's program out of the Middle East with Al-Jazeera English.
From July onwards, Everywoman has been taken off air because of a directive from above. Many of our viewers have written in support of Everywoman, - a show that gives voice to women all over the world especially women in the Middle East and Asia.
I have done a few Malaysian stories, one of which held the highest youtube hits of all Al-Jazeera programs - namely on the Apostasy case - Revathi who was denied access to her child and Hindu husband because she converted from Islam to Hindu, and others - coverage for Mak Bedah and the Women's Candidacy Initiative, Dr Jemilah Mahmood, president of Mercy, writer Dina Zaman, child sexual abuse in Malaysia, and the crime of rape and sogit punishment in Sabah.
Please find some time to write in to support a program that gives a platform for women's voices. You may email to me and I will collate and forward your concerns to the top bosses in Doha.
Here are some of the feedback from others:
Thank you very much,
Everywoman programmes on youtube:
If you have the time, click on that link and view some of the episodes. And you'll begin to realise how important they are in educating many of us, especially women in the Middle East and Asia. In response, this is my email in support of this program.
Dear Everywoman team,
I think you guys did a great job on Everywoman. Many of us, Asians especially, need to learn the importance of standing up for our rights and knowing how to fight for them. Everywoman is one of the many ways which us can be educated on issues pertaining to women rights.
I'm glad that Everywoman covers a wide range of issues pertaining to women - from health to elections. We should not be shut out from knowing the rights that we deserve to have - the rights to knowledge, education and awareness.
We shouldn't be told what's good for us or what's not. Let us decide for ourselves. As for me personally, I think Everywoman should not be stopped. Please continue with this program. It empowers us.
I'm the 'relax' type haha :P I don't force myself to go to church. I go, well, only when my bf is around. Yeah...not a very good example. So, when dreams of Jesus appear, I dun think it's coz I think of Him alot :P
So. anyway. back to my story. I had had some dreams before...Most of them, the ones about Jesus, I can remember. Don't ask how I know it was him. I just know. Anw, the latest dream was this. He came in my dream and sorta told me that He's the Only God and no others. That was the message...but I'm not too sure if those were the exact words, but I'm certain of the message.
When I woke up, I thought, hey the dream is kinda weird. I never doubted His existence, so why that message? So I kinda, put it aside....until today...
When I saw Zeitgeist, only then I realised why that message came to me...My faith would've been 'shaken' if not coz of that message. That fact that He appeared in my dream, with that message, in such a timely manner, reconfirms my believe of His existence. I mean, how else could you explain the reason for that dream? And no, I didn't think of Him, or talked about Him, or read about Him prior to my sleep. There's no other rationale to this, except, He exists. FYI, I never ever, in my entire life, had had such dreams before.
I'm thankful for that message.
Zeitgeist (pronounced as: saItgaIst) is a German word for 'spirit of the age', literally translated as time (zeit), spirit (geist). This documentary centred on three parts, and pretty much sums up how the human population is enslaved in these 3 parts - Christianity, 911 and the Central Bank.
Watching this, I began to question myself, if all these are true, then aren't we all living in a world of lies? Or is there no such thing as the truth? And they say, the truth will set you free. So if there's no truth, there's no freedom. Hmmm...Friends,....this means, we're all prisoners! Prisoners to who...? Watch it....watch it and you'll know what I mean....
Well...I don't know about you, but I still believe that Jesus Christ exists, that the whole 911 thing may be a conspiracy, a staged-war, and that the central bank owners are the richest, greediest, meanest, blood-sucking, b******s on earth. And all the 'leaders' can think of is power, greed and world domination. Their goal is to 'unite' us as 'one' so that they can take away our liberties and control our lives.
So. What am I going to do about it? Hmmm pray and hope that we'll all learn to love. It's an easy word to say, but to nurture it in our hearts and show it without discrimination,...that's tough, don't you think? God teaches us to love our enemies. But can we? Imagine this world filled with love....(Not that it's really possible now, especially with what the media is doing to our minds and implementing 'fear' in us...but imagine...what love can do)
Eve, I hope you get to read this, it's for you ;)
I had had one of the most tiring day ever yesterday. If you're getting married and you're about to go for your photoshoot...please take note of certain things:
1) you MUST do your pedicure and manicure one day before your shoot, no matter how much you dislike it. (Please apply one day or half day leave to allocate enough time for this session. I didn't. So I ended up reaching home at about 11pm, when I'm supposed to be sleeping already, as we had to be at the bridal studio at 6.30am the next day!) FYI, after doing your pedi-mani, pls DO NOT do anything that requires your hands...and feet.
2) if possible, leave your hair long. OK, I have to admit this. I was so frustrated with my shoulder length hair, I had it cut a week before the shoot. Smart right? But nevermind, they can use wigs right? Yes...correct. But...what happens is, when they use wigs on you, your hair will be clipped, tied, twisted, and what not, and will be sprayed with all types of hair spray you can think of. and....just so your hair 'blends' with the wigs, it will be sprayed with colour too! And what frustrated me was, the stylist didnt tell me that i'd be charged for that colour! Geram, rite? Anw,...I didn't wanna cause any chaos (cuz I think she did a great job with my face haha) so I just let it go....
3) make sure your other half has enough of shirts that go along with your gowns. I totally forgot about this, but luckily my bf smart. he brought a few extras. the only problem we had was when he didnt have any shirts to match with my purple gown. haha anw, the bridal studio had some reli good options to put on too...so, we were considered quite lucky lah.
4) shoes. well, if you're like me, loathe heels and rarely buy them, fret not. If you're not really particular about the need to have a variety of 'looks of shoes' in your photos, then just buy one pair of heels. I bought one, and that was it. The make up artist was kinda shocked too lah. She was like 'Urm...you have only one pair of heels?' I just said, 'yeah'. I so wanted to ask her, 'why? u got a problem with that?' Come on lah, why should I waste money on another pair of shoes which I won't be using much of? Not practical! If you agree with me, u just need to buy one. To be safe, buy a white one. I bought a grey one, cuz I loved the grey one! :P (Urm...I'll put up the pic lah if i can. I hate to make this blog like a bimbo blog lah :P)
5) poses. This is specially for those who don't really like being infront of the camera. I'm one of them. when the photographer asked me to pose (solo) infront of the cam, I didn't know what to do! Ok lah, I didnt heed my designer's advise to look through some mags before going for the shoot. Was too lazy! So yep, you should, if you don't wanna look and feel awkward :P
6) pray.. pray for good weather. This is my rationale. Agree with me on this: weather is getting more and more unpredictable these days, right? good. I mean, with global warming happening and all. So, I let you decide - btwn very hot, sunny day or a nice, cool, but with a slight drizzle kinda day. me? I chose the latter. Reason? simple. if it's hot and sunny, my darn make up will MELT! and I hate hot weather! If it's nice and cool, photos can still turn out nice. and my make up won't melt! and your bf won't keep perspiring too when he's asked to do 'stunts' like jumping and giving you a piggy back :P but if the weather is perfect, congratulations to you lor :P
7) eat well. yes. have a good, really good breakfast. cuz you won't even have time to eat the entire day.
8) don't have too high expectations. Don't keep thinking about how it will turn out like etc. Just relax, and go with the flow. Cuz these people are professionals. they know wht they're doing (make sure you sign up with a reputable one lah, that is :P) The crew we had was great. My bf and I weren't forced into doing uncomfortable poses. We did have fun, despite the heavy make up on me! :P Oh and the hours sitting on d chair getting myself made up...and the number of times I had to change my gown....you see, i'm not the 'princess-y' type. So, I never really liked all the preparation part. I did get kinda restless. If you're like me too, sad to say, i've got no solutions for this, because it's impossible for you to read during these hours too. The only way you can keep yourself occupied is maybe...create conversations with your stylist. Mine went on to talking about her and her boyfried :P
9) sleep well. this you MUST! I was so pissed tired, i slept in the car on our way to our location shoot.
10) relax & have fun. this is done once in a life time. most importantly, have fun! rain or shine, just, GO WITH THE FLOW :) I took our pics even when it was drizzling...and we had to walk quite a distance to go from one location to another....and i was in my heels **sob sob** (thank goodness the heels weren't that high! if you don't want this to happen, bring a pair of sandals (thx sis, for reminding me AFTER the shoot haha). I brought mine, but left it at the studio :P)
Guess...that's about it. So if you're next, be prepared...and have fun! ;)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Feuchtgebiete, which translates as 'wetlands' or 'humid zones', is the first book by 30-year-old High Wycombe-born Charlotte Roche. It is narrated by eighteen-year-old Helen Memel, an outspoken teenager whose childlike stubbornness is paired with a premature sense of sexual confidence. After a failed attempt to shave her intimate parts, Helen ends up in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Maria Hilf Hospital. She doesn’t leave the ward for the rest of the novel. Surrounded by surgical instruments and humming X-ray machines, she reflects in ever more uncomfortable detail on the eccentric wonders of the female body. It’s an explicit novel, often shockingly so, but also a surprisingly accomplished literary work, which evokes the voice of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the perversion of J.G. Ballard’s Crash and the feminist agenda of Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch.
What's baffling about this book is that, I feel, (after reading a couple of reviews about it), it discusses about feminism somewhat differently, as compared to what many feminists would have many years ago, (or still are?) - that feminism is about joyless man haters who feel that they have been treated unjustly. That being a woman isn't about 'satisfying' our other half, but about being able to embrace who we are, as we are. And pornography is a big No-No.
Now. Be prepared for this. In Roche's book, expect 'porn'. Expect the explicit language. Expect detailed, inventive passages of scatological or genital descriptions.
In an interview, she said, "I’m convinced that in contemporary society a lot of women have a very messed-up attitude to their own bodies. We’re obsessed with cleanliness, with getting rid of our natural excretions and our body hair. So I wanted to write about the ugly parts of the human body. The smelly bits. The juices of the female body. Smegma. In order to tell that story, I created a heroine that has a totally creative attitude towards her body – someone who has never even heard that women are supposedly smelly between their legs. A real free spirit."
What do you think? Are we, women, bold enough to say, 'Yeah, so here we are. These are our parts, and they do stink, at times maybe smelling like fart, or poo, or hmm...fishy? But yeah, these are some harsh realities of the flesh. Take it or leave it.'
Whatever it is, it's your call. your prerogative. Just be who you are and be comfortable in your own skin. I just happen to prefer looking and smelling good. And so what, if my man is the one earning the bucks and wanting to pay for my meals? I'm good with that too :P
Anyways, I'm looking forward to reading this book haha But is Malaysia going to ban it? Sigh...I hope not. But what are the chances....
Charlotte Roche, born in High Wycombe but raised in Germany, has been a recognizable face in her adopted home country since she started working as a presenter on Viva, the German equivalent of MTV, in the mid-1990s. She went on to write and present programmes and late-night talk shows for Arte and ZDF, and won the highly respected Grimme Prize for television in 2004.