Sunday, November 27, 2011

Unexpected twist

Sorry for the lack of update this past week.

The past weeks has been a mixture of tragedy, miracles, joy and holiday spirit.

Tragedy because family and I were involved in a highway accident on the way to KL, with me as the driver. I won't elaborate on this.

Miracles because looking at the extent of damage done to the car, everyone was safe. Much, much worst could have happened. I thank whoever's been protecting and watching over us :)

After the whole thing settled down, I stayed over at popo's house for 5 days with Merlin to take care of grampa who was just recently discharged from the hospital.

Boy, was the week ahead busy. Out of the 5 days, 4 days was spent at Times Square, Lowyat, Sungei Wang either on shopping sprees with papa, skinny and Merlin or dates with boyfriend.

Papa bought a new phone - Samsung Galaxy W - for mama. It's... sexy. Lol. No, seriously. And it's affordable and 100x better than my Sony Ericsson X8 phone.

I want one!

Merlin and I bought this hair iron set from Watsons by Philips. We also bought one bottle of Liese hair protectant. After we bought it, I think we were constantly frying our hair for like 3 days straight. And we finished nearly half the hair protectant bottle.

Experiment ma.

Which reminds me, I need to buy some wax or foam or spray or whatever it's called to "hold" the hair.

Other than that, I bought some facial masks, a really pretty night dress, ate and ate and burned a hole in everyone's pockets, watched movies, walked until my feet were sore, visited more relatives and ate some more - all in good spirit.

There goes my savings.

Anyway, after returning to Kampar, I've been constantly reminding myself that I have to stay focused and stop being an airhead. The accident was way too close for comfort. And I don't want worse things to happen just so that I can learn my lesson.

My exam is in 15 days time and I haven't been studying much. I have to buck up. So I won't be blogging much, or none at all until I'm done with my paper.

Bye!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Papaya for dinner

Wonders what eating fruits only for dinner can do.

"Eat like a King during breakfast, like the average man during lunch and like a saint during dinner."

Sooo true!

But nowadays, I (and mostly everyone else) has it the other way round. My lightest meal is breakfast and heaviest, dinner.

Anyway, I baked cookies yesterday and you know how when you bake cookies, you tend to eat them as they come out of the oven? So I ate and ate and ate a cookie from every batch that came out until I felt like puking. That was around 4-5pm.

And dinner came all too fast. And I couldn't take another morsel of food either made from wheat flour or sugar. I was sneezing the whole night (I don't have a high tolerance to flour) so I took some papaya since mama says fruits have medicinal properties.

Then the next morning, this morning, I weighed myself on the scale and woohoohoo~ Can't tell you how much I weight, but my weight was the lowest out of all the times I weighed myself throughout this month.

Maybe it's not due to papaya dinner last night ONLY but also other factors like moving my butt around more often. But still!

I always theoretically knew that eating less during dinner would worked and I did prove to myself many times that eating a small dinner would make one lose weight but those were the times where I didn't care so much about weight and stuff.

The body's digestive speed and metabolism slows down a lot (at least in my case) during the night.

That's why supper is soooo dangerous for the waistline.

Anyway I predict I will gain back the weight but oh well, it was good seeing those numbers on the scale today. LOL.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nuffnang Blog Awards, Here I Come

I can't help but feel like I'm back in primary school.

Back to the days when I was 10 years and naive...

So...

Teacher has just given me an essay writing homework.

Write an essay about "why you want to attend the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011."

Pass it up by the 19th of November. If not, I tell your mother.

And so, 10 year old me attempts a story that goes like this.

"Once upon a time, there was this *ahem* beautiful girl who loved gowns and balls (not the balls on men but the Cinderella-go-to-the-ball-and-dance kinda ball) and everything nice. Her name was Cindermiyen.

One day, there was an invitation to one of the most prestigious events in town. TheNuffnang Blog Awards! People from all over the blogosphere would flock together dressed to the nines and drink in the limelight.

Cindermiyen had never thought of going to the event. She had so much work to do. And because the event was only open through special invitation, who would want to choose her? Cindermiyen was just a new girl in bloggie town. She was just a girl by the cinder.

So sad. Lemme get a tissue first.

But one day, as Cindermiyen was browsing through the numerous blogs that mentioned about the NAPBAS, she suddenly had a sparkle of desire to go. It was a spontaneous inspiration.

But who would help her? After all, she was... again... just a girl by the cinder. *sniff*

And then one day, she stumbled upon a lovely lady dressed in maroon and shimmering black. It was Fairy Godnuffnang!

Fairy Godnuffnang then told Cindermiyen that she would give her a special invite if only Cindermiyen could convince magical grannie over there that she wasn't just a girl by the cinder.
You see... this particular Fairy Godnuffnang isn't your typical fairy godmother. She's the NEW version. She likes fun and games and riddles. Feisty and young.

The real fairy godmother you read about 10 years ago is nearly reaching her 80s. So Fairy Godnuffnang is in training to take the place of Fairy Godmother.

And the 3 magical answers Cindermiyen finally gave was (have to be serious here ah):

1. I work so hard write this post. So gimme me a break and get me the goddamn invite la.

2. According to the fairytale, Cinderella got to go to the ball. Very big hint.

3. I love blogging and I love Nuffnang! Need I say more? (only valid one)

The end."

Teacher, can give me 5 stars ah?

Normal mode now:

For those who don't hae anything else to do other than stare in the computer (like me) and wanna join in the fun and stand a chance to win invites to NAPBAS, just write a blogpost titled "My Nuffnang Story" or "Nuffnang Blog Awards, Here I Come."




Further details here.

I didn't choose "My Nuffnang Story" because I haven't been with Nuffnang for very long. So no heart touching story yet.

"Come 16 December 2011, 500 bloggers from around the Asia-Pacific region will flock to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 in Putrajaya Marriott. The Awards aims to not only honour the region's best bloggers, but also to bring together blogger communities from across Asia-Pacific. The Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards is brought to you by Volkswagen Malaysia and Putrajaya Marriott."

My neck very pain ady. BAI!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Forever 16

I've always like Disney starlets.

First it was Vanessa Hudgens from High School Muscial. But then she got too... uh... wild. Now it's Selena Gomez! I like Taylor Swift. And I like Justin Bieber. Ya, I know, I'm 20. Who bl**dy cares?

I still don't know how an adult thinks. I stil think I'm immature and childish. Sometimes, I don't know how a 20-year old behaves. I still feel 16.

But I don't mind. It's better to think like a child rather than an adult. Life is simpler like that.

I guess it's true that age is just a number.

Why the hell am I preaching?

So anyway, here are some of my favorite outfits worn by Selena.












If I ever go to a prom or some big, glamorous event, I'd wear one of those outfits :)

FYI, I've never been to a prom!!! Noobie noob noob.

I went to 2 high schools. My school in KL did hold proms for 5th formers but I moved to Kampar at the end of form 4. F**k.

And ACS did not hold any prom. Not surprising. And it goes on like that. SO... yada, yada, yada.

Do you know that I need to study? Shiat. Exams in about 4-5 weeks time.

KBAI.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Of regrets and the road not taken...

Parents are outstation today.

Yay! No nagging for today!

You know, the past week, I've been thinking of working in Genting as a temporary croupier after my F4. Cuz no money, no fun. I also get to meet new people and learn how to conduct different types games.

But then I may have to give up other priorities. Grr... I predict that if I go for this croupier job, I probably will resign with the same reason as when I resigned from my GSA job in March this year.

Reason: A flaming, bl**dy chess tournament. Sigh. Chess matters just keeps clashing with things in life.

I really wanted to continue my GSA job especially after I got the admin position which is much more relaxed than all other positions. But chess got in the way. It's complicated.

Actually, I could have stayed on, but if only I did not open my big mouth and say that I wanted to participate in that tournament, everything would have been all fine and dandy. By the time I realized that I wanted to stay on, I couldn't. Technically I could, but I'd hurt "somebody's" feelings if I pulled out from something as big as this.

DAMN! So annoyed. I know, I know, things happen for a reason. But I can't help thinking of the amount of money I missed out making if I were to continue just for a couple more months :(



Genting pays good money. Like in my case as a GSA, I get to pocket nearly RM1700 every month after deducting SOCSO and EPF and all that nonsense. And that doesn't include incentives yet.

I could have gotten a good, RM2400++, i5 processor laptop by now AND still have lots of money left in the bank. ALthough Starbucks could severely lower the digits lah.

Karma, karma, karma...

If I ever decide to go for the croupier job after my F4, I will say "NO" to every freaking chess tournament I tell ya.

Friday, November 11, 2011

My final decision about getting braces

It’s been a few days to a week now and…

I have decided to not go for braces after all. LOL!

I wouldn’t say I chickened out. But the long wait to my dental appointment on the 29th (which has been more than one month) made me really think through my decision properly.

Funny that when you really, really want something and when it really comes to you, you change your mind. Doesn’t happen to everything thing, but it does happen la.
When I’m faced with the prospect of having my teeth tied with metal for the next 2 years of my prime life (21 and 22 years old), I suddenly start thinking of all the good sides of my teeth.

You know, a few weeks ago when I told some of my friends that I’d be going for braces soon, most of them were quizzed as to why I needed braces because they did not really notice anything that needed to be fixed. But I was still unfazed by my decision although something in me (my perspective) started changing.

And then I think of the cost of the treatment, the time and cost expended for going to and fro Taiping every month, the pain I have to endure, the teeth I have to extract and the inability to smile properly. I’d terribly miss my smile.

I also thought of all the missed opportunities (whatever they are) in the coming years due to the fact that I had braces on. I don’t want to go back looking like a nerd again :(



I like my smile. I like how my smile lights up my face. And after everything I’ve said about my teeth, I think my teeth structure is actually quite good. And come to think of it, I’m the only one who thinks I should get braces.

My upper row is nice and straight. It’s just that 2 of my bottom row teeth are crooked. But when I think about it, it’s not that bad. I remember my good friend Loges saying that it makes me unique :)

Aaahh... the time where my hair only reached my shoulder blade.

If my teeth were really bad, then ya, I’d go ahead. But it’s not the case here.
And with the money my dad can save now, who knows, I might get double allowance for next month. Nyehehehe.

I can’t believe I’m saying all these good things about my teeth now, when all I did a year or 2 ago is complain how bad my teeth are. It’s all in my mind. The mind is a cunning thing.

You see? Just by changing my perspective on something, I see my teeth in a much more different and positive way than I did last time. Best thing is I genuinely really feel good about my teeth now :) Like I’ve just gone through the treatment and I’m out with a new set of teeth.

I guess it was necessary for me to go through this period of contemplation to actually appreciate how my teeth are.

Ta!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What I did today

Soooo... today... I...

...had a great, great, greaaatttttt morning :D

Then later in the afternoon I met up with friends at KFC for lunch. Second time in a row. My last meal was KFC for dinner the night before. No surprise why my weight is remaining stagnant.

Why am I talking about food and weight? I'm supposed to be talking about my friends. So ya, we gossiped A LOT and caught up on each other on so many things. Had a really good time with them. Funny la :P Will miss them once they go back to university :(

Later in the evening, I went for a well deserved and very overdue jog at Rakan Muda. Feels good to be running again! Which reminds me, I need to update the songs on my playlist.

It's been some time since I actually made the effort to get out of the house and go for a jog. I much prefer skipping in the room, no trainers, no socks, no tight sports bra (oops...). Less things to prepare. But jogging burns up fat much faster. So... yaa...

Anyway, I just came back from dinner and my tummy is burning from the vegetable curry I had just now.

And then... ok, I'm getting bored of writing what I did today.

Ok, the end. Buh-bye.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Life update

Tired...

Approximately 5 weeks left until my F4 law paper. That bugging feeling is effing there again.

Since July, I've been squeezing in exams non-stop. It gets worse when you're self studying at home and forcing the whole syllabus into your brain is... torture.

OMGWTFBBQ...

But after all these months, self studying has taught me a few valuable lessons:

1. Responsibility

I guess I learn to take responsibility 100% for my studies and I know that everything is wholly my effort. Everything becomes more personal. I sign up for the exams myself; there's no formal class, just me and the study material... and my brains.

Every step of the way, every cent that needs to be paid, I do it myself. So in that sense, there's a sense of ownership about my ACCA course.

So I can't blame anyone(actually I still do) so I just have to suck it all in and get that information into my brain before the deadline.


2. Time

One good thing about studying by yourself is you set the studying pace by yourself. And almost always for me, I complete the whole syllabus as fast as possible *ahem*. That's because I have the mentality that since I'm not attending classes, I have to work a little harder lo.

So to make up for that "disadvantage", I speed up everything to the point that I get restless. Who cares whether I'm sprouting grey hair lah. When I'm self studying, there's no such thing as "weekend break, weekdays study". It's a "study whenever I can" thing.

Which basically means I can take a break whenever I want for however long I want. But usually I don't squander my time because I'd be digging my own grave then. Shiat...


In a way, it really makes me appreciate my time more (or not). But no, I still don't manage my time. I just do however much I can, and thank goodness I'm usually in the mood.

So my paper is on the 12th of December and once I'm done with that, I'll have my well deserved break. Slightly more than 2 weeks break for me :) But knowing me, I'd be mugging the F5 paper the very next day. Awww... yeah...


Anyway, enough about ACCA or I'll go crazy.

I shall now digress... by a lot.

So this week is a short semester break for all those studying in Uni. And lots of people are coming back.

Going to meet one of my close friends in a few days time. I don't have many friends here, I think due to the "strange" fact that I'm a banana in a chinese town? I dunno. Me outcast. Me sad. Boohoohoo. But those who I call friends here are those who really close and dear to me.

Anyway, prince charming is back... again. Actually, there's no real LDR lah. Haha. We meet as often as we did last time. So yeah... Say NO! to cursing!

That was random...

But I do enjoy our time together and try not to expect too much.

I think that's what's important in a relationship, where you just let it flow and not force things and just have fun.

I sound like a f***ing relationship guru la wei.


Digressing again... approximately 3 weeks to my first dental appointment. *squeals* Now why am I so thrilled about that?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Got my Glitterati status!

Woohoo!!!

Finally got my Glitterati status from Nuffnang!

I thought something went wrong when I didn't get my status after a week, cuz I was expecting to get it in 4 days.

Anyway, today I checked my Nuffnang account in the afternoon and was so excited to see Glitterati on the screen. I'm officiall a Glitterati member! Wee~




Yay! So all's well and doodle :)

Now I can use Innit, create polls, use the Evangelist (whatever that is) and god knows what else. Imma excited to start experimenting.

But the thing I'm most excited to use is posting articles to Innit. I think it's a really good idea to have this sort of ultra specific Malaysian blogging community cum forum.

At least it's a place for like minded bloggers to come together (virtually) and exchange posts and links and ideas and... stuff. And I think if optimized effectively, it can really boost blog traffic. The best thing is that people coming to your blog will be Malaysians. So there a relevant and reliable element to it.

Definitely a win-win situation me thinks.

Can't wait to see the effect. KBAI.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

About Me section revamped!

Phew! Finally finished writing the "about me" sction. Never knew writing about myself could take up so much time and effort. Check it out!

About Me

It's 3 something in the afternoon and it's cold and I haven't eaten yet. Me hungry.

Ciao!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Baking chocolate chip cookies

I'm sooo, so, so tired. Woke up to pee at 6 something in the morning, but never went back to sleep. Studied for a bit before going down to bake chocolate chip cookies =)

Mowgli has been pestering me for the cookies for several days already. So I decided to bake'em today for her to take to kindergarten.

Anyway... boring pictures of the cookies:






They're the soft, chewy type of chocolate chip cookies, just in case you're wondering why they're so flat.

Baking cookies is no joke wei. Preparing the batter and the pans itself is like 1 hour already. Then you have to check the oven like every 10 minutes until ALL your batter is used up. And I had to do about 15-20 pans into and outta the oven.

And then you have to be constantly clean up the crumbs from the table in case your mum comes down, sees the mess, and jeopardizes the whole baking process. After all that is done, you have to clean up the pans and the baking equipment. So after about 3 hours of baking and cleaning up... I'm kind of tired. But glad I made'em ^^ (purposely put a positive note in front of all the negatives).

Anyway, I found this picture of Boo at Teluk Batik last weekend. I didn't go. Was at that time of the month.


Such a snuggly woggly..!

Tonight someone's coming back ;) Looking forward to the weekend... and week ahead :) Loges is coming back with Meitheng this weekend too :)

I need to wash my hair. I think got batter stuck in it. But it's raining, so it's cold and up here tarak air panas.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

24-hour fast

Beware:
This post takes an extremely detailed look at my weight and health outlook.

Aaagh... you know how frustrating it gets when you wake up in the morning, jump on the scale and found out that you gained a kg from yesterday??

I had a heavy dinner last night. Curry chee cheong fun with a generous amount of liu, a piece of dimsum and some char kuey tiao.

Anyway... today I am going on a 24-hour fast. Yeah, no biggie right. All I have to do is refrain myself from eating until 8.30pm since my last meal the night before was at 8.30pm.

And no, this fast is not because of last night. I've been meaning to go on a 24-hour fast for some time now, but always failed.

But I'm writing this on my blog, I have no choice but to go ahead without FAIL since its out in public.

But...



I know it's only 12.30am at the time I'm writing this, but I getting a weenie bit hungry already.

I'm not a heavy sleeper. That means to say, I can't like sleep the whole day until dinner time. I'd like to of think myself as being hyper active bordering on insanity.

I've undertaken numerous 24 hour fasts during the years. Mostly for health reasons especially when I'm sick (I don't go to the doctor. Fasting is my medicine), but I haven't had one in a long time.



The longest fast I went through was for a total of 6 days. That was after my Russia trip last year. I was feeling sluggish and "fat" because Russia's a cold country and I really loaded up on the carbs there. I weighed 53.5kg after Russia.

Fyi, I gained weight. I wasn't like 60kg to begin with, just in case you thought that I dropped to 53.5kg.

Then I read a book by Dr. Jack Goldstein abount fasting and natural diet and I was truly inspired to fast. Not the normal 24-hour fast, but the really long fasts.

I'll give you a very short synopsis of his book.

So this guy, Dr. Jack Goldstein had been diagnosed with a very, very severe case of ulcerative colitis. Yeah, I don't know what that is either but all I know was that Dr. Goldstein suffered for 6 years under modern medical care having to undergo multipe medical tests that required sticking up cold instruments up his sensitive parts, endless pills and examinations, serious bouts of depression and god knows what else.

And instead of improving, his health kept deteriorating until he met Dr. Gross, a natural food practitioner.

And from there Dr. Goldstein was put on a 6-week fast at a health institution away from home. Yes, 6 weeks. Nothing but water and after that 6-weeks of abstaining from food, his health for the first time improved by leaps and bounds. Not completely recovered yet, but compared to the 6 years of torture, it was a huge, huge improvement.

And no, during the 6 weeks, the body did not eat itself. Just in case you're wondering.

From there, Dr. Goldstein adopted the natural way of living - organic vegetarian diet and fasting of different lenghts every once in a while. And after a few years, he regained full health, better than before he was even diagnosed with the disease.
So after reading that, I immediately made up my mind to go for a week-long water fast. Here's a breakdown of how my fast went:

1st day: Water only.

2nd day: Water only

3rd day: Water only

4th day: A cup of milk and a cup of sugar cane juice

5th day: Same as the above

6th day: Broke my fast in the early evening with fruits

So yes, not exactly 7 days and not exactly a full WATER fast, but it was a good experience. I experienced enhanced clarity of mind and positivity. There was a total weight loss of slightly more than 3kg. So 3-4kg loss in 6 days bringing my weight down to around 50.2kg. I think if I stayed on a water fast only, I could have lost more weight.

But fasting is not a means to an end. I still had to maintain that weight which I did not. I saw my weight fluctuating UP for a few months later until it stabilized at 50kg.

Now, it's gradually, very slowly, trickling, crawling, going down by careful eating. Oh, yay (?)... If you remember reading in my previous posts, my targeted weight is 48kg. Still not there yet. Shiat...

I mean, I'm studying at home in Kampar where all the good food are and my mum is always cooking yummy food. So, yeah, it gets a little tough if you're thrown in the middle of a food haven and asked to lose weight.



So yes, I do indulge every once in a while but it's less frequent than last time where I used to indulge everyday.

BUT! I know it's one thing to lose weight and another to starve yourself. I don't want to lose all my lady goods and come out looking like I just came out from a German concentration camp.

So that was that other dilemma. How to lose weight without losing my boobies? HAHA! But that's another topic for another day since I haven't lost to that weight yet and my boobies are still intact.

Anyway, back to the topic. Let's hope I can make it to 8.30pm. Yes, it's been a year since I fasted properly, so cheer me on! Al least until 8.30pm la.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Facebook Narcissism

Everytime I open my facebook page, I see statuses and updates that leave me laughing my butt off. I can't help but feel that facebook status updates nowadays are becoming more and more fake and attention-seeking.

What to do. Human nature what.

Here are some of the most common categories of facebook statuses that make me cringe in my seat.

1. Always posting mushy dushy, lovey dovey stuff
"I luv my lao gong zai sooo much. muacks muacks muackssssss!!"

"I miss you baby. I can't wait to see you again. I miss your eyes. I miss your smile. I miss your ass"

Feel da love.

"To the world you may be one person. But to one person you may be the world."
In other words: To the world you may be one person. But to one person you may be no one.

"You are my star, my sky, my sun. I cannot live without you. You are my soul, my breath. You are everything. Without you, my heart cannot beat. With you, it always...... puffs. Your love makes my heart puff. It will always puff so long as you puff with me. #forever puffing"
I definitely feel the... puff.

2. Emo statuses
"Broken-hearted"

"haizzz... No mood... Emo-ing..."

"You have broken my trust. How could you? I trusted you so. I can never trust anybody again. You have torn my heart to pieces. I hurt so much. My heart can never be mended. #forever dead heart"

.......

wow.

3. Updating like every half hour
"Just had cereal for breakfast. Sooo good. I love HL milk. I love nestle coco crunch. Lovesss. xoxo"
15 minutes later

"Need to poop. Shiat..."
30 minutes later

"Getting ready for class now. Shiat... my skirt doesn't fit anymore. I gained a pound! Have to diet for a week now. Thank you nestle coco crunch and HL milk"
30 minutes later

"In the car driving to college. Shiat... forgot to bring my brains."
30 seconds later

Car bangs into lamp post. #forever car-less

4. Kawaii statuses a.k.a. bad, cutesy english.

"My dear dear n I just go 4 breakfast. D sun shining so brighter n brighter n brighter. My dear dear n I eat chee cheong fun. So tasty oh... Then my dear and I went to the movie and see movie. Then my dear dear give me a sweet kiss. So sweet, sweet oh ^^"

"2day I wan go outing with my lovely friendzzz... but it rain and rain and rain so long and long... so 2day appointment have 2 cancel... so sad cannot see my lovely friendzzzz... i wish tml no rain.."

Uh... #forever raining and raining.

On a last note, it's November!!
Whaddaya know?

Happy November everybody! =)