Thursday, December 30, 2010

the year that was

Around this time of the year, you start to see a lot of blog posts everywhere recapping the year that was. And reading this entry of mine which I wrote about the same time last year, it really doesn't feel like a year has passed at all.

2010 was - for a lack of a more descriptive, all-encompassing word - interesting. Learned what it was like to be an Employed Person (TM) and pay my own bills. Got a bunch of crazy colleagues turned awesome friends in the Nuffies. Met lots of new people. Got a few new shiny gadgets. Lost my soul to Angry Birds. Tasted lots of good food (?!) and went new places. Saw stuff that I wrote get published (yeah I damn jakun but it's a big deal to me!). Learned a few life lessons (not the Angeline type though). And some other stuff... some of which I am proud of, some not so much.

But whatever happened, I'm glad I can say that I regret none of it, for I'm not the same person I was a year ago anymore. For the first time in god knows how long, I'm actually nervously optimistic about 2011 and I hope this feeling lasts; too many years have gone by which I've been feeling meh or just utterly, depressingly convinced that the year ahead would be the same shit as before.

So it's also around this time that people start to make resolutions for the new year, right. And I've never really been one to make resolutions, just because I kinda figure I'll probably run out of steam somewhere around mid-January :S Anyway, I can only think of one thing at the moment that I wanna work on, but promise you won't laugh at me. Seriously. And that one thing is...


... to learn how to stick on false eyelashes by myself. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Oi why you laughing I said DON'T LAUGH!

But seriously I need to learn this shit because have you SEEN my Facebook photos? T_T The photos of me at the LG Cookie Monster party and Hennessy Artistry (like the one above) are the only ones I can look at for more than 2 seconds and not flinch in horror, because Michelle was kind enough to be my makeup artist both times and she sticks on the falsies like most people breathe. Airuviu Mijel T_T The only other alternative which makes me look like I have eyes in photos would be...


... to wear those Audrey Hepburn sunnies like it's Halloween all year long -.- Sigh. I suspect I'm actually a dude inside because girls are supposed to be born with the innate ability to handle falsies, eyelid tape stuff and all thingamajiggies like that.

Anyway. Happy new year everyone! May you make better new year resolutions than me, and may your 2011 be filled with lots of beer (or equally awesome non-alcoholic drinks for those who don't drink) and double rainbows. woohooOOooOOO

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

merry guinness

Okay blogging about food/drinks has never been my thing but what the heck, good things have to be shared right :P

Last week Uncle Eu mentioned that we hadn't met up since I got myself a straight head of hair (jeng jeng jeng!) so we decided to get some dinner at Modesto's, Capsquare.


Hello Uncle Eu! Oi why your expression like that wan.


I went for the minestrone (I have never learned how to pronounce this word but I love it anyway) soup and lasagna...


... while Sin Eu went all out for the zuppa di branzino and trancia al cartoccio. Tsktsktsk all the atas food with fancy names this fler. Actually it was just soup and codfish, which turned out to be really quite nice!


I know I really shouldn't have because I had a horribly painful cough at that time, but I just couldn't resist finishing off with some ice cream. My official excuse is that I couldn't help it, I was in a Christmassy mood. Yeah.


Aaaaaand my favourite part of the night has got to be the drinks :D Guess who had the full pint of Guinness? Heeheehee. There's this Happy Hour promotion at Modesto's now where you can get a full pint of Guinness at RM 17 and a half pint at RM 12 only before 10pm. Not bad right? Moar Guinness pleeeeeees *hic* come come let's go drink. Now, if only I could save enough to go back to Dublin where I once had the best Guinness in the world...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

focus on this

What's better than designer sunnies?


A lot of designer sunnies?


Well... close enough. How 'bout a lot of designer sunnies on a whole lotta pretty models ;)


Yeah, that pretty much sums up the Ms Focus Point event I went for last Friday, where Ms Tourism International contestants (all 51 of them O.O) descended on the Focus Point outlet in Fahrenheit 88 for a mini-pageant.


It was the first time I really had the chance to see what beauty-pageant-entering people looked like up close, and goddamn do they ever dwarf me :S And they have the power to make designer sunnies look really good too :P Or is it the other way round. I can't decide.


Say hi to the winner of Miss Focus Point - Miss Lithuania :)


When you're at an event with bloggers right, you can't escape getting photographed yourself ok. So here I am with (L-R) Shannon, Michelle, Yuen, Li Kee and Tian Chad. All pictures here except the 1st two are stolen from courtesy of Shannon's post, where you can also go for more pictures of the event BTW :D

Sunday, November 28, 2010

disjointed

I think I may have something to blog about but I'm not sure what. So here's a bunch of random, totally unrelated photos and equally random captions, which will hopefully keep you entertained for 2.5 seconds while I try to figure out what is it I wanna say.


Pick a god.


Look your enemy in the eye and don't back down. wtf.


Bright colours in a mess make me irrationally happy.


The street is our canvas.


All sunsets should be like this.

Last two photos taken with my BB... but edited with good ol' Photoshop-on-a-laptop. If only there were some apps, ANY apps at all which allowed photo editing on BlackBerries, I could die a happy pretentious amateur photo snob. And there would be more vaguely artsy lomo-esque photos for you to look at on my blog while you (hopefully) mourn my death WTF. Sometimes I should just stop spewing every random thought that pops into my head.

Friday, November 26, 2010

everyone connects turns 1

So if you read my previous post, you'll know that I went for the Everyone Connects Birthday Bash at The Curve on Sunday with a whole bunch of other people.

Upon arriving at the venue, I bumped into Shah who immediately declared, "I'm starting to like this event already!"

"Err what? Why? It hasn't even started yet."

"Ada banyak United logo ni."

"-___________-"



Okay. Moving on... as I was saying earlier, the Everyone Connects Campaign is already one year old, and there's a new portal to boot.


It's based on the concept of an "Everyone Connects World", and you can choose between a Fella and a Felli (haha) to navigate the different sections of the site - Open House, Sini Maa, Jamming Garage, the EC Hall of Fame, and the Stadium. And those little avatar things don't just move around, they can connect and communicate with other people's avatar running around the site at the same time too! Check out the site for yourself here, it's meant to bring together all of TM's services, i.e. Unifi, HyppTV etc under one world. Pretty cool.

Anyway back to the event. The layout of the place was arranged so that they corresponded to the different sections of the site, so if you walked around you could see stuff like this cute 'Open House' model...


... and this Jamming Garage booth, among others.


Oh and you know you've made it in life when you're made into Celebriducks wtf. That's Bunkface by the way, one of the TM ambassadors.

Emcees of the day: Ben and Hunnymadu. Hunnymadu had cool shoes but I didn't manage to get a shot of that :(


(photo stolen from Jackieloi teehee)

After Ben and Hunnymadu had gone through a bunch of games with the crowd there, the TM ambassadors Bunkface and Summer Ash came by and sang Happy Birthday to EC, and there was cake too. Awww.


Bunkface performed after that, of course - I think half the crowd there was there just for Bunkface's performance. For good reason too; lead singer Sam is cuuuuuute :P Their accoustic set wasn't too shabby too. *cough*


And you know Summer Ash? I gotta admit I had no idea who that was before, but HELLO. This is Summer Ash.


Hot chick/pro gamer. She played a game of...... something..... (aiya sue me I'm terrible at this games stuff) live on the spot to demonstrate the speedily speedy speeds of TM's Unifi. Made us lust after Unifi, but also made the rest of us feel spectacularly uncoordinated at the same time :S

So yeah. That was EC's first birthday bash. Oh hang on, I forgot the balloons.


Now I'm done :P Do log on to http://everyoneconnects.net to check out the revamped portal!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

everyone connects

Okay so I'm not sure if any of you remember, but there was this Everyone Connects campaign by TM some time ago, with this commercial:



There was quite a bit of hype about the campaign, and I remember seeing a coupla blog posts about it around, like this one by Niki. If you're all like "huh whazzat?" now, lemme break it down for ya. Everyone Connects is basically TM's initiative, a movement for the youth to demonstrate the power of connecting, communicating and collaborating, with the belief that connections make anything possible.

So with that whole "connections make anything possible" idea, there were a few events held for the youth like Buka Puasa sessions and some street parties with football challenges, but the most epic one was the biggest karaoke event held last year at Bukit Bintang with many people attending.


Many people.


Many MANY people.

Okay this is not working. Many people as in, I think a few thousand people were there, the whole Bukit Bintang junction was closed off for it, and even Tokio Hotel was there at the event.


Please look at Tokio Hotel wtf.

This video has a better view of the massive crowd:



So one year later (damn, it's been that long already?!) the campaign is celebrating their 1st birthday with the Everyone Connects Birthday Bash, and you is all invited. w00t!


It's happening on;

Date: 21 November 2010 (Sunday)
Time: 3 pm - 7 pm
Venue: Centre Court @ Curve

Bunkface and Summer Ash will be there, and there'll also be tons of games and excitement and contests, which of course come with many much prizes as well. I'm gonna be there, come lah and join too (especially if whoever is reading this hasn't seen me in a long time WTF), it'll be fun :D Ons like crayons OK?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

wisteria lane is life

Marc Cherry was watching a news report with his mom about a woman who drowned all her kids due to postpartum depression. And then he came up with an idea for a TV show about a bunch of good friends - housewives, who live picture-perfect lives with white picket fences on a street called Wisteria Lane, all the while hiding deep dark secrets from each other. Which just get progressively more WTF as the seasons go along, by the way.

So there, the story of how Desperate Housewives came about, if you didn't already know. Interesting premise; I kinda loved the first season too. But when you think about it, really, isn't real life like a great big neverending season of life on Wisteria Lane anyway?



All of us have secrets we keep, things we hide behind a mask of "I'm good!" to a "How are you?", even from our closest friends sometimes. Because people don't really care anyway; everybody's already got enough problems of their own, thanks. Because the truth would let people see beyond the face you put on for polite company, and it wouldn't be a pretty sight. Because it's just easier to live life pretending that everything is gonna turn out just fine.

It's not hard to catch the signs of the emo secrets around; it's the emo tweets late in the night, or sometimes blog posts like this one. But I swear I'm not like this all the time, really. Most of the time I'm still the one you equate with laughing too hysterically, WTF jokes and inappropriate poking of boobs... okay the last one's applicable for Pinky and Kadazan only. Midnights just have a way of bringing out the emo in everybody.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

till death do us part

There are only two emotions so powerful, we have them carved in stone so we never forget.



Love



and grief.

Because when we're looking down the tunnel at the bright light and it's time to go, all the hatred, spite, jealousy, anger, vengeance, contempt and bitterness will dissolve into nothing. And what's left behind, are the ones whom you loved most, and those who loved you back. At the end of the day, what are we but the sum of the people who'd mourn their loss if we were gone?


*****

you know why humans are not asexual beings? what the hell is heartache for? for poem. for music. to swim and be drowned in beautiful things.

A tweet by #drunktaliban some time ago - so heart-wrenching, so apt. Patrick has a soft side :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

on all hallow's eve


23 bobby pins, 9 weird-shaped pins in varying sizes, and 2 rubber bands.


That's what it takes to be Audrey Hepburn for Halloween :P

Yep, the hair was the hardest part for me. Because I suck at being a girl, I paid someone else to do it... so the most expensive part of my costume ended up being the hairdo. Side note: if you sleep on a hairdo because it appears to be a voluminous cushion, but actually has 23 bobby pins in it, your head WILL hurt in the morning.


That sexy pantless pilot right there, that's Linda. Remember her? She calls me Basi, and I call her Chubbs. She is evil. And I have no idea why she's sticking a gun in my butt.

So yeah. That was Halloween 2010, or what goes in the few photos on this blog anyway. Facebook albums document most of the madness, as usual. Many much thanks to Jacqkie the mighty Wonder Woman for being an awesome host :D

If anything could sum up that night though, it would be this:


Everyone, say hi to the Nuffies ;)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

we are paramore


Last night, I drifted off to sleep with The Only Exception looping on my iPod. Looped it too, on my way back from work just now. And it's still stuck in my mind as I write this, because Paramore was just THAT awesome :)


Dunno if it was just me, but it felt distinctly different from the other concerts I've been to this year; there was just something about the crowd there, which was absolutely buzzing. Hayley and Co. put up a great show, and Michelle and I were just bopping along to whatever even though we didn't know all of the songs :P The usual hits were in the lineup though - Decode, CrushCrushCrush, That's What You Get, Misery Business, those. And I didn't bring any canggihfieds camera along so again, so I'm stealing all photos in this post (except the first) from Joshua just because. Hi Joshua! Check out his post for more photos BTW.


The best part of the night was without a doubt, when they performed The Only Exception. Hayley got everybody to hold up shiny illuminated things and the entire freaking stadium was singing along. Every single word. Like wow.


It was one show I definitely don't regret going to, and I'd go again if they'd come back. After I've properly memorised some lyrics, that is :P Props to Tune Talk for bringing them in, and of course many yays to working in Nuffnang and the perks that come with it, like this. teehee.

Yeah. I'm off to loop The Only Exception more... even though it's making me progressively more emo with every play :/

*****

I've got a tight grip on reality
But I can't let go of what's in front of me here
I know you're leaving in the morning when you wake up
Leave me with some kind of proof it's not a dream

Sunday, October 17, 2010

overheard in nuffnangMY

Sometimes, when you're around a bunch of crazy people 5 days a week, you gotta take some time to remember some of the stupid stuff that goes on around here. Most of the time that stuff goes on Twitter, but it all also gets lost in the wilderness of Twitterville all too soon. So I've been doing a little compilation of funny things Nuffies say either in person, through email or MSN that sometimes don't make sense then, and make even less sense when totally taken out of context Overheard in New York style. Or are just plain WTF however you look at it. Please refer.

Yuenny: It's about the length of armpit hair...

Robb: Oh the great god of Papua New Guinea, I believe in thee. Please give me the pig along with two coconuts now.

Michelle: I just felt my boobs bounce when I did that.

David: Where do you think I can find balls ah, I need to buy balls.

Nick Davis: Don't worry, when you're with me, you only need one minute of heaven.

Nick Davis: What? Unretweeted love?

Sara: DO U KNOW WHERES UR CERVIX OMG

Michelle: Does Nicholas Chay moisturise his head? *waves hands around head*

Pinky: Eh pick me up again, pick me up again?

Tim 2: Yo' momma so stupid, she looked up the lyrics to 'Around the World'.

Robb: Dicks and vodka - having either one is fine, having both is superb.

Linda: Boobs are difficult to keep.

Robb: Why have one banana when you can have TWO yao char kuey?

Nic Chay: There's some powerful gigabyte shit goin' on here man.

Pinky: Can you help me light up my cigarette? Cuz you're burning hot, baby.

Okay so I cheated; I added one of Pinky's pickup lines as the last one just cuz OCDFresh inside me was going all, "Make it feefteeeeeen." Actually, a compilation of all Pinky's pickup lines could take up an entire post by themselves. Yeah. Maybe I should do that next. But I'm not sitting next to Pinky any more so that's gonna be so hard :'( Make sure you keep your promise and come give us some sex jokes/pickup lines whenever you wanna shit okay Pinky!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

all hail prince ludwig of bavaria

… because he is the good man that gave us Oktoberfest; it first started off as a celebration of his marriage 200 years ago. Clearly, people have always appreciated any reason at all for them to drink barrels of beer. :D

One of the things that I wished I could’ve done when I was in Europe last year was to extend our stay so that we could experience Oktoberfest in Germany but alas… if I’d stayed any longer I’d probably be so broke I’d have to hijack a gondola back here. :S Nemai. Since I couldn’t go to Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest has come to me!! WTF.


Last Friday, Yuenny, Jacqkie, Michelle and I went for the launch of this year’s Oktoberfest celebration at Souled Out. We endured spectacular traffic jams and a couple of massive wrong turns to get there, and we were already stressed out from work earlier so we really needed the beer when we finally arrived.


Upon registration, we each got one of these ginormous glasses (called steins, apparently)…


… which we were then told we could use to get free-flow beer during the event. I swear I heard an angel chorus in my brain at that moment, and our faces all lit up like a row of Times Square billboards. Those glasses have a 1 litre capacity by the way. Heehee. We wasted no time in filling the glasses up…


… and here I am being all HAPPYFRESH with my 1 litre of Kilkenny :D

There was quite the carnival atmosphere going on there, there were Oompah band performances, German folk dances and some cool games too. One of them was where you had to compete in pairs to roll a barrel up a slope thing, and another one was like this three-legged race that we used to play in primary school, except you’re both holding a full stein of beer while doing it. Hahaha. Oh, and there were plenty of Bavarian milkmaids around too *wiggles eyebrows*:


The other Nuffies were planning to join us later, so after an awesome dinner of sauerkraut and jumbo sausages (MMMM), we just chilled and messed around lots with Yuenny’s camera (all pictures are from her too, shame on me I know)…


… and by 10-ish, our table was crowded with Nuffies (and boyfriends) all eager to drink.



HAHAHAHA PINKY WTF

We got rebuked by a disgruntled Kadazan for not finishing our 1 litre of beer each before they came. :S Hey, give us a break, we’re not the designated alcoholics at Nuffnang okay? :P It was all good fun though; we spent the next hour or so talking about more nonsense and laughing at Linda, who primly announced that the beer was getting to her after all of two and a half sips.


Oh Chubbs. I love you, Chubbs. Don't you love me too, seeing as I didn't post the photo that Jacqkie posted? HAHAHA oops.

Anyway, Oktoberfest is happening all this month so there are awesome promotions at GAB outlets everywhere. There’s this RM 50 for a litre of Tiger beer promotion going on, and remember that huge beer stein of mine? If you buy your beer in one of those steins, you get to keep it!! Mine’s currently sitting on the kitchen table scaring my housemates. There are apparently different designs available at different outlets, so let’s go collect all the different designs and we can make a little beer stein family WTF. There are a couple more other promotions; check them out at http://oktoberfest.com.my. So many drinks, so little time. AIH.