Sunday, August 31, 2008

Life isn't fair...

Of recent, I picked up Richard Carlson's "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all Small Stuff" from my bookshelf and one of the topics he wrote in this book, caught my attention, "Surrender to the fact that Life Isn't Fair".

Quoting directly from one of the passages,

"One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others, thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It's not and it won't."

How many of you have felt that you have been unfairly treated before? Me? A thousand times and more. I am a pro at that haha =P I'd always be the one saying, 'Shit, why they treat that ang moh better than us! Just coz they ang moh lah isit. Call that waiter here. I wanna tell him something.' or 'Why am I stuck in this stupid job?!' or 'Blardy hell. Just coz he knows how to polish the boss' shoes, the boss treats him better, while I work like a dog here, the boss never knew I existed.'

Familiar?

My husband gets an earful of that from me everyday. I mean, about how life is always so unfair (not the boss part. that part was fiction haha :P)

Life isn't fair. Never fair. Just look at how Malaysia is. Read the news. Eavesdrop what other people are saying about our current affairs. Sometimes you wish you were deaf! We could be happier that way. But then, deaf people would wish they could hear, so that they could feel part of the normal society.

Well, life isn't fair. If life is fair, it's not life. It's paradise.

It's so cool that life isn't fair. Coz at least you get to complain, bitch and gossip about it. Life's boring without the bitching and the gossipping part. Admit it, you know you can't live without it, no matter how saintly you are! :P

So, the next time when you think life's a hell hole coz it isn't treating you fair, call up a friend, invite him or her go yumcha, pour all your sad stories to them, then catch up with their stories too! heh If you don't feel like meeting anyone, MSN works fine too :P You see, you can't help the fact that life IS meant to be unfair. So embrace it, try make it slightly better, meanwhile share it with a fren ;)

But if you think your story's not meant to be shared, and you don't wanna blog about it, and you wanna keep it to yourself....here's something for you.

'STOP WALLOWING AND ABSORBING SELF-PITY. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM. BECOZ, GET TIS STRAIGHT. YOU AREN'T THE ONLY ONE THINKING LIFE IS UNFAIR. EVERYONE FEELS D SAME WAY. IT'S JUST THAT, THE REST OF US BOTHER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. And since God has given you this life, why not live to the full till He decides to take it back??'

Sorry if I sounded blunt, but some of us need that kind of urmm...'motivation'(?) once in awhile, to shake us up!

Till then, adios. I need to go make up for lost time. While I lost some valuable time last week due to an uncalled-for situation, my other friends lost theirs to retail therapy in Bangkok. Well, ISN'T LIFE FAIR??! *$&#(*$&(!

Pictures Speak A Thousand Words...

I HATE BEING PHOTOGRAPHED. (Not sure if it's the same when I was younger. But this is one of the many pics you see me actually SMILING :P)

But ask anyone now, they can vouch for that statement. My ex boss, had had to ask me a million times before I agreed to have a picture of me taken for the magazine's Editor's Note. Look into any of my recent family albums, and you'd most probably find me behind the camera. (Yes, I'm usually the one taking the pics.) So, to be honest, I never really looked forward to my photo session for my wedding album haha =P

Anyways, that aside. Today, I'm a changed person. Just awhile ago, I asked my dear friends to come a day early before my wedding so that I could have more personal pictures taken with them before the actual day. So, what changed me?

Just today, I was working on an article, which required me to attach some pictures with it. So I had to leaf through some of the pics I've taken recently...somehow, it led me to my storeroom, where all our family's old photo albums were kept. I brought them all out to the hall and together we my parents, we walked down memory lane :)

I felt so thankful for my dad, my uncles, and cousins who took many pics of our childhood. They helped evoke beautiful memories of us when we were younger - the parties we had had, the places we went to, the people we met along the way, the new friends we made...and how ridiculous I looked in pigtails, ponytails, mismatched clothes, and striped knee length socks *faint*!

There were also some pictures of me with my childhood friends whom I've regrettably, lost touch with :( But thanks to Facebook, I've found some of them back! haha

Anyway, when I reached adulthood, I started to hate being photographed, because I thought I looked hideous in pictures, with my protruding ears, shapeless cheekbones and all the other un-photogenic features haha :P (Ya lah abit vain in that sense :P) So I came up with a good reason: 'I love being the cameraperson instead. So let me have the honour.' (Moreover, most of the people I know love being photographed. read: camwhores :P so they welcome such generous gestures)

So, when I was looking for some recent pictures of me in my picture folders...I realised, there weren't many. I didn't think any with Adryan when he was here, nor with my grandma whose birthday just passed, nor with my ageing Queenie, not even with my dad during his birthday, and many more.... :(

Not having these pictures taken made me realise the importance of capturing the kodak moment, no matter when or where you are. These are the things you can't buy back even if you're one the of richest person on earth.

Thankfully, my husband loves taking pictures. He makes sure he brings along his camera whenever we're out on special occasions. And luckily though, I'm in some of those pics haha =P

The point I'm trying to make is, whenever you can, use your blardy camera and SNAP AWAY. Pictures kept in an album or an e-album for that matter, is like a treasure trove, that stores both tangible and intangible memories.

So to all my friends and family, the next time you see me, please, please don't freak out if I were to ask you to take a pic with me for no apparent reason haha This time, I make sure I'm in the picture too. It makes a whole lotta difference. I know it too well now!

shiet which reminds me, I've gotta go charge my camera soon....!

(Oh in case you were wondering who those pretty little ladies are....the one with a huge pimple on the chin is yours truly, the other one's my sis :P)

Friday, August 29, 2008

You know you're a bookaholic when....

I've compiled a few interesting answers from my bookaholic friends hehe

1) you race against midget of a kid to get the first edition of the last harry potter installment with J.K. Rowlings' signature at 5am on a Saturday! (*LOL!*)

2) when you choose a handbag based on whether it's big enough to fit a book.

3) when you can shower without getting the book wet. --> i kowtow!

4) when "one more chapter" is the last thing you say to yourself before bed every night.

5) even when you're so blardy exhausted, you still continue with your 'one more chapter' with one eye open....

6) you freak out seeing someone mishandling ANY books, even if it isn't yours.

7) you go in with none, you come out with tonnes. (you knw what i'm refering to if you're a bookaholic)

8) you can't fall asleep at nite without reading first... sigh..

9) you spend quarter or half your salary on books, almost every month!

10) you could no longer control yourself from having to read all the 3 new titles you just bought, only ending up confused with all the 3 stories.

11) your other half highlights your addiction.

12) you're always on the look out for more new materials haha

13) all you could think of while at work, is to go home to read the next page!

14) when you end up working at a book distribution company all because you want to be near books and get a good read everytime!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Asiabeat Project presents ‘The Groove Sessions’

The Asiabeat Project is the brainchild of Lewis Pragasam, one of Asia’s leading drum/percussion exponents and innovator in World Music.

With six albums released worldwide, the Asiabeat Project's recordings and performances are now legendary for merging Asian and contemporary music styles.

Besides his Asiabeat Project, Lewis has also performed/recorded with international renowned artistes such as Randy Crawford, Ernie Watts, Billy Coblum, Jeff Berlin, Bob James, Nathan East and Ottmar Liebert, to name a few.

Asiabeat will be playing to the musical styles of funk, rhythm & blues and world beats. If creative groove based music is your passion, you won't want to miss this.

Date/Time: Fri 12 - Sat 13 Sep 2008/10.30pm
Venue: Alexis Bistro, Great Eastern Mall, Jln. Ampang, KL.

Admission? IT IS FOC!!! I'M GOING! Anyone else???

For more info, call: 03-4260 2288 or go to: http://www.alexis.com.my

Monday, August 25, 2008

MORE BOOK SALES!!!!

Sorry...I'm a sucker for book sales :( Plus, I'm a member...and members get additional perks for this one!!! *Sigh*...HOW TO RESIST SUCH TEMPTATIONS?! And I just bought two titles from the Borders' Book Sales....*Double sigh*...and just two weeks ago, I bought another of murakami's title.....*Triple longgggg sigh* I tell you, my books are more than my clothes you know!!! damnit

Any cure, anyone? (FYI, my hubby doesn't help much...coz he'll go 'Ah, if you don't buy now, don't regret later, then say "aiyah,...shd hv bought the book. now i can't help thinking about it."' Few books and a few pages later, I would end up at the cashier!!!)

I think whenever I go to a bookstore or a book sales, my body gets possessed...shiet...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Learn How to Be Lucky!

I received this very interesting email from my bro. I know it's long, but trust me, IT'S WORTH YOUR TIME AND DIME! ;) (CL, NO WONDER YOU ARE ALWAYS SO LUCKY!!! :P)

Why Some People Have All The Luck! by Prof Richard Wiseman, University of Hertfordshire (http://www.richardwiseman.com/)

Why do some people get all the luck while others never get the breaks they deserve? A psychologist says he has discovered the answer.

Ten years ago, I set out to examine luck. I wanted to know why some people are always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune. I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me.

Hundreds of extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research and over the years, I have interviewed them, monitored their lives and had them take part in experiments.

The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the causes of their luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their good and bad fortune. Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not.

I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspaper saying: 'Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $50.'

This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than two inches high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected.

As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties' intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and miss other types of jobs.

Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

Towards the end of the work, I wondered whether these principles could be used to create good luck. I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person.

Dramatic results! These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck. One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were dramatic: 80% of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier.

The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky.

Finally, I had found the elusive 'luck factor'.

Here are Professor Wiseman's four top tips for becoming lucky:

1) Listen to your gut instincts - they are normally right

2) Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine

3) Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well

4) Visualize yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call.

Have a Lucky day and work for it.

The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Presto!

This is super duper cute and farrrny. Pixar short video which appears before Wall-E ;)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

For the Arty Farty.... :)

(Click to enlarge :P)

I'd love to go for the opening...but I can't make it!!! *Sob sob* But I'd love to check out the gallery tho. Go visit the website! You'd be tempted to buy haha (if you're into paintings lah that is :P)

BOOKS ON SAAAAALE!!!

What a good reason to stock up!!! Sadly, I just bought some books and a few of them are still untouched **sob sob** You guys go ahead, have fun....buy some good reads so that we can exchange!! hehe ;)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Been Feeling Under the Weather

What lousy past 2 days I had....Haven't been feeling well. Guess must be due to the smokers who smoke in the office *koff koff* Anyway, am feeling slightly better today already. Hopefully can catch up with my reading and post something up here soon.

Oh yeah, going for some pretty interesting events later ;)

Till then, take care & God bless!

Monday, August 18, 2008

What Great Response!

Hi everyone,

Ever since the post on 'The Last Lecture', I've received numerous sms and msn messages about it. It's really encouraging to know so many of you are interested in reading this book.

To those who'd like to borrow it from me, I'm sorry, but you might have to wait. Today, someone just borrowed it from me and promised to return it on Sunday. Make sure you do! Coz there's another person waiting in line! :P

But if you can't wait to read it, go grab a copy! Then help me lend it out too hehe

Oh yeah, remember the Reading while Waiting Project (RWP)? (Kindly refer to my earlier post please :P) It's commencing soon. Make sure you be part of it! ;)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lessons from The Last Lecture

Dedicated to all my friends who want to live their dreams....

The Last Lecture is a slim book that can be read in just a few sittings. It is full of stories and aphorisms, many of which are familiar from its video progenitor. We revisit Randy Pausch's fulfillment of his childhood dreams and the principles he learned along the way.

I've learnt some good lessons on life from Pausch. (At the moment, I'm still waiting for the video to download) One of the many I learnt was about brick walls - that they are there for three reasons:
1) to see how much you want to achieve that goal
2) to keep other people who don't want it bad enough
3) to prove how badly you want something

So when faced with a brick wall (or walls), never ever give up! Breaking through or climbing over (whichever way you prefer) that brick wall would only make you a tougher, stronger person ;)

Also, learn to be an open book. By this, I didn't mean being easily 'read' by others. I meant, leave your book opened with pages to be filled with the input of others. You'd never know how much you could learn from other people's experiences...

Speaking of experience, in his book he said, 'Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.' I couldn't agree more. How many times have you ended up getting what you didn't want and often complained about it? Well, I have. One of which I could relate to, was my job as a telephone operator. You know, those 24hour hotline services telco companies provide? I was one of the telephone operators in one of the telco companies in Singapore. I just graduated then, and I didn't know what I really wanted to do, but I was pretty sure that a 'telephone operator' wasn't one of them. But because my mom thought I was wasting my time away doing nothing, she asked me to 'earn some good money and have some spending power.' So I thought, yeah, why not. I wanna buy those books without having to ask money from her!

And my job as a telephone operator is one of the jobs that I'm most proud of till today. Although the job could get pretty taxing at times, I had alot of fun. Most of all, this job taught me many skills. If not because of it, I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today. I think this is one of the best 'head fakes' (indirect learning) I had ever gotten.

Another lesson that I loved, was the quotation from the Roman philosopher Seneca who said that "luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Are you nodding to this? I'm sure you and I have experienced it one way or another. Moral of the story? Always put on Prepare, so whenever Luck knocks, you'd be ready to meet Opportunity! ;)

I know many of you would enjoy reading this book as much as I did (I got pretty emotional towards the end, knowing that we had lost this great man). Grab a copy of it if you can, borrow it from me if you want, or just download the video :) Till then, enjoy life and live it like there's no tomorrow!

In case you don't know who Randy Pausch is:
Randy Pausch, the computer science professor who rose to fame after giving a quirky last lecture about celebrating life in the face of his terminal cancer, died Friday, 25th July 2008. The 47-year-old died at his home in Chesapeake, Va., according to Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow, who helped launch Pausch to fame after writing about the speech.

A pioneer in the field of virtual reality who became a professor at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, Pausch also co-founded the school's Entertainment Technology Center and developed programs to make teaching computer science and animation more fun for high school and post-secondary students.

He also helped develop the Alice 3D-animation software and had stints at Walt Disney and Electronic Arts.

He was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September 2006.

A year later, Pausch took part in a lecture series at the university that saw professors give hypothetical final talks and speak about what mattered most to them.

The popular and flamboyant Pausch drew a packed crowd for his light-hearted session, dedicated to his children.

He joked about his realized and unrealized childhood dreams and urged people to have more fun and live life to the fullest.

Pausch is survived by his wife, three children, his mother and his sister.
(For more, go to: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/07/25/obit-pausch-randy.html?)ref=rss)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wine and Dine, the Asian Way

With Ed Soon's practical methods and tips he shared during the 'Wine & Dine with Ed Soon' evening, I found the perfect wine which went perfectly well with the fish sauce. According to Ed (the famous wine columnist from The Star. By the way, he's Singaporean :P), it is based on the push and pull theory, that balances the taste, making this combination so flawless.

In this book, Ed Soon and his partner, Patricia Guy (author of books on wine) share simple but great tips on how you too can find the perfect wine for your Asian dishes (and the wine doesn't necessarily have to be an expensive one!). They have organised the varied flavours that are typical of Eastern cuisines into five categories. This forms the basis of their method (It is so darn simple when you get the hang of it!) They have also examined the fundamental characteristics of a large number of wines and categorised these by style (crisp wines and dry, juicy white wines, woody white wines, etc)

This book also contains recipes for 50 classic Asian dishes that are widely enjoyed in restaurants, yet easily prepared at home. By understanding the ingredients of these dishes and why the authors recommend certain wines with it, you will begin to learn how to use the matching mechanism and be able to enjoy the pleasures of wine and dine, the Asian way!

So....da jia chi! dai ka sek! Selamat menjamu selera! Happy dining!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wine & Dine with Ed Soon

Ok, I'm just gonna make this veryshort. I'm so exhausted. Just celebrated my husband's birthday at Chilli's today and I know I'd have to blog about this or else, one day, I might just forget that it happened.

So yesterday, I attended this wine & dine session (cost RM295. FOC for media haha) and had loads of fun. It was my first time going for this type of wine-tasting event. Anyway, it was really an eye-opener, coz I got to learn how to pair wines with Asian food ;) What's better, the whole evening, I was seated right next to the famous Ed Soon, The Star's wine columnist. He is one humble, handsome man (looks nothing like his profile picture in The Star). Really enjoyed his company. My colleague and I learnt so much! :) Hey, finding the perfect match, isn't that difficult, after all! We found ours in, like, what, 2 minutes? haha all you need is your tastebuds :P

If you wanna know more, you can get a copy of his book, titled 'Wine with Asian Food'. It's an easy read, even for those who know nuts about wines, like yours truly :P

Oh yeah, have I mentioned that the food at Tasting Room is really, very tasty??? :) Go check it out (it's just above Wine Cellar in Bangsar), or visit their web at tastingroom.com.my (The picture here, doesn't do justice to the restaurant. It's a very nice, comfy and cosy place. Great for meetings with friends and family, with a slight touch of class ;))

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I feel so ashamed...

Just when I thought China did a fantastic job on its Olympics Opening, I read this in the papers today and googled for the online version. I mean, come on, not letting a kid perform in front of a grand audience all because of her looks??! You gotta be kidding me man....Firstly, it's HER BLARDY VOICE! Secondly, she's just a kid! Thirdly, what would this make her think of herself?? I'm sure whatever she said below, was 'taught' by the 'people above'.


Olympic Lip-Synching Singer Outed Following Opening-Ceremonies Switch

Producers subbed in new girl after deciding that original singer wasn't 'flawless in image.' By Gil Kaufman

If you were one of the estimated 1 billion people around the world who tuned in to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on Friday night, there were several moments where you probably said, "Wow! No way!" As it turns out, you had reason to be skeptical about some of the amazing visual and vocal feats of wonder that took place.

In fact, two of the ceremonies' most indelible moments — the image of adorably pigtailed 9-year-old schoolgirl Lin Miaoke singing "Ode to the Motherland" and an impossible-looking volley of fireworks in the shape of feet stomping toward the stadium — were actually faked.

According to The New York Times, Miaoke's father was told 15 minutes before the ceremonies began that his daughter would be performing one of the signature roles in the pageant, but once he watched her on television he noticed that "the voice was a little different from hers." He told the paper on Tuesday (August 12) that he assumed the difference "might be caused by the acoustics."

As it turns out, the ceremony's production team was put under intense pressure by the ruling Communist Party to find what the paper called the "perfect face and voice" for the performance, and they ended up using two girls instead of one. Apparently, third-grader Miaoke was judged to be cute enough but "not suitable" as a singer, while another girl, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi had a good voice but was not considered as attractive due to her crooked teeth.

What viewers heard and saw was Miaoke lip-synching to Peiyi's vocals, and, according to the Times, it's unclear if Miaoke even knew her voice was being overdubbed. It's not unusual for even major recording artists to sing along to a pre-recorded track or lip-synch all together at events like the Super Bowl, where acoustics and conditions might sometimes make live performance difficult, but singing along to another person's vocals is highly unusual.

The general music designer of the opening ceremonies, Chen Qigang, who owned up to the bait and switch during a radio interview on Sunday, said it was done "for the national interest. ... The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression." The song coincided with the pivotal arrival of the Chinese national flag in the stadium, which is why Qigang said a member of the Communist Party's powerful Politburo committee demanded a change during rehearsals.

On Monday, Peiyi appeared on China Central Television and said, "I'm OK with it. ... My voice was used in the performance. I think that's enough."

After Friday's extravaganza, filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who oversaw the production, had high praise for Miaoke's singing and said her section of the program was among the most satisfying. With the opening ceremony viewed as a sort of coming-out party for China, intense pressure was put on Yimou to make the evening stand out as one of the most iconic in Olympic history. That might explain why another stunning image from the event was also doctored.

The Miaoke scandal came on the heels of the revelation that dazzling shots seemingly showing fireworks in the shape of 29 footsteps — to signify the 29th Olympiad — advancing toward the National Stadium during Friday night's event were actually computer-generated graphics.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hurray to Ugly!

Now, who says ugly isn't beautiful? Check out what I found! (This post is pretty long, but please read, especially if you think you're 'ugly'. It's really enlightening :))

By Bob Considine
TODAYShow.com contributor
updated 12:46 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2008

Confucius once said, “Everyone has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Leave it to the owner of a company called Ugly New York to have the eye of the beholder. “I think people are really ready to start seeing a whole different kind of person out there,” Simon Rogers, the agency’s head, told TODAY’s Al Roker Friday.

The Ugly Talent Agency opened in London 39 years ago, but only opened up a New York office last summer. And business is ... beautiful.

Ugly New York’s mission: To find the look of someone who is anything but outright pretty. There are safe words to describe the look; it could be “real” or “eccentric.” But certainly, “tall,” “short,” “fat,” “thin” and, well, “ugly” also fit.

Anyone who evokes a certain character or charm that breaks the mold, who could potentially be used in a movie, television show or print ad, is what Rogers is looking for.

“We’re in New York,” added Rogers, himself a rather dapper Brit. “So it’s very easy for us just to walk out of a front door, and quite often we street-cast.”

An ‘ugly’ trend
Of course, casting people who may be heavily tattooed, no longer young, or overweight isn’t exactly a new idea. The Ugly Agency began in England in 1969 simply because two British fashion photographers noticed a lack of “unusual looks.” Today the agency represents more than 1,000 models of all shapes, sizes, cheekbone structures, tooth tallies and piercings.


Other pictures of these unique individuals!
http://www.nypost.com/seven/12022007/news/regionalnews/ugly_people_are_models_too_148122.htm

And even in an American popular culture consumed with youth and beauty, there is recognition of the need for something different — something that incorporates the real-life charm of characters in more spontaneous media like YouTube and MySpace. So much so, in fact, that Ugly New York is quickly gaining on its home office: Its core representation in the Big Apple is now 500 models.

“It’s an incredible melting pot,” Rogers said. “So we now represent a really candid cross section of what America is.”

On average, an Ugly model can pull down anywhere from $200 to $600 per booking for a print ad, with castings in television shows and movies a much wider-ranging compensation. But in addition to the monetary benefits, the atypical models seem to enjoy the wealth of prestige they get in telling disbelievers that they are, yes, models.

“For me, being a little person, I never thought that I could be a model because you think of a model being 6 feet tall, skinny and beautiful,” actress/model Jordanna James told Roker. “And I’m only 3-11. So once I found out that I could say, ‘Yeah, I’m a model,’ I’m like, ‘Yeah! That’s really cool.’

“For me, they just look at me and say, ‘Yeah, right, yeah sure,’ ” put in the jowly Asher Suss when asked about the reaction he gets when he identifies himself as an actor and model.

Perhaps just as surprising is the manner in which Rogers approaches a potential Ugly face.

The pitch
Roker and Rogers did a little on-camera scouting for talent in a New York park and happened upon a portly, mustachioed gentleman on a bench who might have passed for Wilford Brimley’s brother.

Rogers demonstrated his approach: “My name is Simon,” he said simply, putting out his hand. “I own a talent agency right around the corner, and we represent a lot of interesting people — all shapes and sizes. And honestly, I think you’d be great for us. So let me give you a card, here.”

Rogers’ prospect, whose name was Noel Poddell, seemed happy for the interest. Asked Roker: “So it wouldn’t offend you to be represented by an agency called Ugly in New York?”

After just a moment’s hesitation, the husky Poddell responded: “I’ve been called worse.”

Brian Thomas, an extra-heavy-set Ugly model, joked that he already knew he was model material before the agency took him on. “Well, I’m hot,” Thomas said. “Let’s just get that right out in the open. I’m drop-dead sexy.“

But seriously?
“My sister actually sent my pictures in to Simon and when Simon called, I thought it was a prank call,” Thomas explained. “I thought it was my buddies at work fooling around. But it’s been a great ride. I’ve been having a blast ever since.”

Rogers actually goes on model searches quite often, particularly on subway trains, and doesn’t find too many offended parties. But describing what he’s looking for doesn’t come quite as easily.
“The truth is, it’s just a gut feeling,” Rogers told Roker. “Some people just have that something special. For me, the basic thing is they’ve got to be happy with themselves.

“They have to be content with who they are because after all, they’re going to be out there in front of the camera.”

Warts and all.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Joys of Meeting an Old Friend, and SHOPPING!

The last we met and laughed, and had a great time, I think, was about 6 years ago. Anyway, we had loads of fun yesterday, doing the stuff we used to do. Met up with other ex colleagues too. Adryan was my ex-colleague when I was working in M1, Singapore. (Refer to the previous post) Bernard was there too and Valent, who is now working in M1. Bernard hasn't left yet, because of the money and comfort I guess haha

Anyway, we met up at Mid Valley yesterday and caught up with good ol' times. Laughing at how we used to bitch about our bosses and customers and the walks at night, the annual dinner, etc. I can imagine, if our whole gang was there, I bet one day wouldn't be enough for all our stories! :D

And today too, I had to privilege of shopping with an Image Consultant who helped me create an 'image' I've never tried before haha Let me give you a quick brief on what I've tried:

1) The feminine girl with long, straight hair.

2) Then I chopped off my long mane, and to the shock of many of my colleagues, went for a really short crop. I was hardly recognisable at the office the next day haha (that was during my M1 days...so, it was 6 yrs back lah)

3) I grew it back long again, not because I didn't like it, but was too lazy to go for a hair cut haha Moreover, getting a haircut in Australia was really expensive!

4) Chopped it off again when I came back. So my friends got to c me in my pixie cut haha Let's see, that was urm...3 years back I think?

5) Again, long hair. Think this time, I managed to keep it shoulder length haha

6) Can't stand the length, then chopped it off again haha This time, I tried Victoria Beckham's style. Loved it!

7) Then bf not quite happy I went and chop of my long mane, and asked me to keep it long again for our wedding. So, I went and trim it, gave it a little fringe and now...I have this really 'innocent' girly look....which I found it hard to adapt to in the beginning haha I mean, girly? Is that even me??? You tell me lah :P

So before Adryan came back, I told him I wanted to change my look a little. As in the way I dress bla bla. I'm not really the kind who is into what's hot and what's not in the fashion, but more of what's comfy and what's not. Ya, the practical sort.

When I go to work, and if there are no functions or events to attend, I'm usually in my baby-t and jeans - the best way to feel comfortable! Then Adryan went, 'Wah lau...no lah, you editor must dress up abit lah. Even to work. Even if you like jeans oso, you can 'smart it up' a little what...' And his friend, a personal image consultant, Roger, said the same thing. So anyway, that is the jeans story. Back to my 'change' of look story.

So we went around, hunting for some good stuff lah. Somehow, Roger could tell I liked the 'bohemian' sorta look, and he was right. I used to dress up that way when I was working in M1. Ah...missed those days haha But now, due to some changes in 'lifestyle' I changed to the boring plain colours - black, white, grey, and no prints :( Which is very very NOT ME.

And, we found a really really nice dress in MNG, great prints, great handkerchief cut, but...NO NEW PIECE! and it wasn't even on sale! I was quite disappointed lah. But well, if it's not yours, then it's not yours.

So, we went looking for other stuff. Then I told them, I love Topshop but never could afford it ever since I came back to Malaysia (I used to buy their stuff when I was in SG!). We went in, looked around, and Adryan saw this dress, very 70's like. The moment I saw it, I thought it was really pretty, but not very me (well because I've never tried on a piece like that before!), and....it looked kinda...short haha I've always hated my thunder-thighs!

But knowing Adryan, who wouldn't easily let me off with my, 'Aiyoh! No la! So short! I have thunder thighs leh!' and with the help of the also persistent, Roger, I gave in. When I came out of the dressing room (at first, I peeked out from the wall and only showed them the top half of the outfit haha) and saw the look on their faces, I somehow could tell, I looked different and they thought it really went along well with the rest of my features, yep, including my thunder thighs :P

After seeing that, Adryan picked me another dress, a cut similar to what I tried, but different design. I loved it when I first saw it (in fact, both Adryan and I spotted it even before I put on the 70s dress), but I told him it was too short for me. However, after seeing how I looked in that 70s dress, he insisted that I tried this one too (it's white with black polkadots). And so, I did. And....we all loved it too!

so now, decisions decisions. I couldn't afford both. I could only buy one :( So...I decided on the 70's dress. 24 hours later, today, I am still thinking of that polkadot dress. I must find ways to rid it off my mind SOON! Oh but there's this one thing, that I wouldn't want to ever forget, for the rest of my life is....Roger said I reminded him of Uma Thurman! (Puke and laugh your lungs out for all I care, but I'm taking it as a compliment, because I DO LOVE UMA! haha)

<<-- see how hot she is?? lol

Anyway, thx guys for shopping with me. Adryan thanks for introducing me to Roger :) Oh and Adryan, just so you know, you'll forever be the Queen of Bitches! LOL :P

Friday, August 8, 2008

My Fav Read of All Times

One of the many books which I've loved reading when I was younger...was 'The Water Babies'. The story's beautiful and the illustrations...unforgettable...I wonder if it's still available....I'm gonna try to get my hands on it. I'd go to the moon and back to get it.

Could Pandas Be an Evolutionary Mistake—or Proof of an Intelligent Designer?

Read this from a link on my bf's blog (bennykhoo.com). Very interesting....

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by Lizzie Buchen (published online August 5, 2008)

The recent death of Ling-Ling, the only giant panda owned by Japan, sent the world into mourning. Everything about these giant teddy bears—their squat, furry bodies, their sad black eyes, their especially vulnerable babies (often compared to sticks of butter)—makes them ridiculously, scientifically cute. This, along with their dire status as a species, makes them a powerful symbol for the conservation movement as a whole.

But there’s another side of the panda’s tale. Pandas have been ridiculed for their decidedly non-bearlike vegetarian diets, their apparent lack of interest in—and aptitude for—sex, their tendency to spend the majority of their time sitting, eating, scratching (video), and defecating (about 40 times per day)—even for being, shall we say, plump. These rather "unfit" characteristics have made the giant panda a favorite animal of creationists, who argue that the panda’s survival proves the existence of God. How is it, they ask, that such a species could have "evolved" to be so poorly suited for survival and could have lasted these "alleged" tens of thousands of years without a little help from a higher power?

Vegetarians
One of the panda's curious adaptations is its remarkably inefficient diet. Like other bears, and like omnivores and carnivores, pandas have short digestive systems, making them ill suited for their preferred diet of fibrous, nutrient-poor bamboo. To obtain sufficient nutrients, pandas must eat almost a fourth of their weight in bamboo every day. Pandas also favor young bamboo sprouts, which have even less nutrition; if they eat only these, they must chomp down almost half of their weight daily.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Today, is the day, 080808! We'll be pronounced husband and wife! Documents will be signed, pictures will be taken and everyone will be happy, especially my parents. (They've always been worried that nobody would want to marry their rebelious daughter :P)

I'm not sure what will follow after the signing of documents, but I know I'll be dead tired, because it's 1.45am now and I'm still wide awake. I think I should catch some sleep. Don't want my eyebags to be too obvious tomorrow. Wish I could cover them up with some make up, but I forgot to bring the tools with me. Maybe, just go with natural beauty lah haha =P

So, good night everyone... Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.

A London Times Obituary

An obituary printed in the London Times ... interesting but true:

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility, his son, Reason

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Cheer for Charity!

Bangsa Ria, the centre for the severely disabled is having a jumble sale this Sunday, 10 August, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On sale are clothes, second-hand and new, brand new children's shoes - Land Rover brand (have never heard of the brand but these shoes are pretty sturdy walking shoes), home items (toys, puzzles, knick-knacks including a clock), books etc.

Prices are from 50 sen up, with the Land Rover shoes going for just RM10.00! They're keeping prices low because this is their way of giving back to the community as well. There are also some pretty good office chairs (swivel), exercise step machine etc plus some simple tidbits - I mean this is Malaysia - we've got to think food!

Bangsa Ria (Happy People - isn't that a lovely name for a centre!) is located at 35, 11/2, which is perpendicular to Jalan Universiti. The first building on this road is Universiti Towers and we are about 5 or 6 bungalows away. Green walls and blue gates - hard to miss!

So, be there!

Congratulations, my dear friend... :)

With perseverance and passion, comes great success.

Remember the story I told you about Alex, who now has his own album and band? (Click on the 'Stories' or 'Videos' tab to read about it) Guess what. I have another success story to share :) Remember Victor, my friend who told the White Tiger ghost story? He finally got what he wanted. And I am extremely proud of him and happy for him :)

You see, he had always wanted to be in the advertising industry. As a friend, I didn't know what to tell him. Coz firstly, I disliked it. No. Dislike isn't accurate enough. Hate is more like it. And you don't recommend something you hate to a friend, right? Secondly, I didn't want him to be brutally 'murdered' by them. To me, everyone in that industry is very selfish and heartless. But after knowing him for awhile, and seeing his passion, I thought, maybe he should just go ahead with it.

So, he went for a few interviews, but he didn't succeed at first. But you know, if you want something bad enough, you shouldn't, ever, give up. And he didn't.

One fine day, after I think, a few months later (Am I right ah, Vic?), this agency called him up. It's not just ANY agency ok. It's one of the 'It' agencies. And asked him if he'd like to go for a 2nd interview (yeah, the 1st time wasn't successful, coz they thought he wasn't experienced enough). So, he went. Then they said, they'll contact him in 2 wks time because there were also considering the other 2 applicants.

Not wanting to rest on his laurels, he went back, and came up with this really cool design (Refer above. It's his ISIS) and sent it off to THE agency, to prove he has some serious sh** to show and he is worth their ringgit and 'sense'. (You see, this fella can be quite 'cocky' oso one haha =P). And since he wanted to also 'flaunt' his blardy talent at me, he emailed me his Isis. When I saw it, I knew for certain he had nailed the job.

And sure enough he did. THE agency called him the very next day and told him they wanted him :) (FYI, this is all done in less than a week, when initially, they said they'd get in touch with him within the next 2 weeks.)

I was so so happy when I heard the news from him.

Well my dear friend, you've finally got what you wanted. And this is the beginning of the journey you've always been waiting for. Whether or not you reach your next destination, it all depends on you.

I wish you all the best and good luck ;) Remember, never give up!

Ya lah ya lah,...I will continue to pray for you ok! :P

(Now, I'm patiently waiting for another person's success story. This lady's dream, is to become a great singer. I mean, she already is. She's like a flower waiting to bloom :) I hope you're reading this girl, cuz I know for sure, it'll be your story that I'll be posting up next ;))

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Very Tiring Day

Arrived early. Unfinished work on my desk. An event. Arrived. Changed of venue. Nobody informed us. Went to new venue. Got lost. Arrived. Ate. Nibbled. Did some really fake-hi-bye-beautiful-product PR. Smile. See you again. Thank you. Bye. Back to desk. More unfinished work. A must-edit-now-work. Can't go home. Held up till about almost 9pm. Tired. Hungry. blardy hungry. Rushed home. Dinner. TV. Blog. Bathe. ZZZ. ciao.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I am so...glad...


and thankful for Facebook. Because of Facebook, Adryan found me, and helped me find Vanessa and Sau Yee. (And Derrick! Check your blardy wall! :P) They are the friends who made my life a living paradise when I was working in M1, Singapore.

I remember those crazy times when we had to 'layan' horrigible customers who are too dumb to understand simple instructions, and once, when I almost lost my job for calling one of those dumbasses a d**khead haha Luckily Michelle was understanding. Wonder how and where is she now...

Those times when I thought the unforgiving shifts were a torture, you guys helped me turn it into an entertaining ride. Oh Adryan, remember our bitchy chats over the phone? haha I think we've chatted for like, an hour before rite? Hehe Get your ass here, think my bf wants speak with you LOL

I'm so glad we're all keeping in touch again. Adryan, like what you told me, 'true friends are like diamonds, very rare. Fake friends are like autumn leaves, they're everywhere...' I never said this before, but I'd like to say it now. Thank you, guys, for everything.

Nawrah and Clive, where the hell are the both of you? Haven't you guys heard of Facebook?! Come on in! We're looking for you!!!

Dark & Depressed...

Yes,....I went out and bought Miranda July's No one belongs here more than you. Do I like any of her stories so far...? Hmm...her characters in the story sound kinda sad, lonely and depressed. Don't read it if you think you fall in that category. It won't make you feel much better of yourself :P Anyways....It cost me RM45.90. Personally, I don't think it's worth the money.

Yeah, the little 'book' (if you can see it :P) on the chair is 'No one belongs here more than you'. The reason the book is captured in such a way is because that's exactly how I feel when I read her stories. isolated. lonely. dark. depressed. sad.

Anyway, if you have read the book, lemme know what you think ;)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Just when I thought I was getting bored of Picoult's works (the storylines get pretty similar after you've read some of her titles), Kavita gave me this book. In it, Kavita wrote, 'Each word was infused with lots of emotion.' And she's right.

'My Sister's Keeper' grips your heart from the very beginning and never lets it go. The plot turns and twists when you least expect. Just when you think that you know what's coming next, it turns the other way. It makes you cringe, cry, smile, laugh, love, hate, pity. Yes, it brings out every bit of emotion that is in you.

Most importantly, it makes you question the ethical issues of parents and their children, the moral dilemmas parents face when making choices for them and whether the freedom of choice is really a good thing.

This one's an unputdownable read. Reading it turns you into an addicted page turner. You just can't and won't want to stop.

Thanks for the book, Kavita....

Friday, August 1, 2008

Another Beginning...

Some of you may already know that I've just started my new job last Friday, 1st Aug, 2008 (Come to think of it, quite nice numbers 010808 or 188 haha) Joe, thank you for your messages :)

But, I'm not gonna say much about my new work place. If you noticed, I rarely bitch about work (even if I did, I've deleted it :P) or about stuff that I'm unhappy about, or about people that drive me up the wall.

My posts are mostly about my general interests in books, events, movies or stories which I find interesting/inspiring.

Reason's simple: Better be safe than sorry. I don't want any of my posts to be used against me. So to be safe, I 'blabber' such things in my ever reliable 'Moleskine'. Okay, maybe I should stop labelling it as my 'Moleskine'. (Denis may not be very happy about it :P) My little black and white 'diaries'.

So I'm just gonna tell you this much about my new place:
1) My boss and colleagues are generally friendly and warm.
2) I have my own room (yes! haha =P)
3) I have my own air-cond (tho, I try my best to keep it switched off when it gets cold enough. I'm trying to play my part in saving the world.)
4) My job scope is pretty much the same, except there are a few new things that I'd need to learn, which I obviously don't mind! :)

Yeah, that's about it. And no, I won't be updating any bitchy dramas here either. But if they're too 'delicious', I may just write about it 'subtly' haha =P

Till then, have a great weekend!

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