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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas down the Via Dolorosa

Soulful Scribbles:

My draft for this entry was swallowed by Blogger this early morning when I wanna save it! Blame it on the crappy WiFi connection I get here which drops every now and then! Now I have to do it all over again... *bawls*

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It's this season of the year again. I can see some of you gleefully unwrapping presents under the Christmas tree, followed by cries of excitement like a 7-year-old kid. LOL! What a pity that I couldn't participate in this Christmas tradition since there's no Christmas tree nor pressies for me here. *sobs*

Oh ya, I just watched 2 movies that were based on Biblical tales in one go yesterday ~ Evan Almighty and The Passion of the Christ. Old movie (the latter), I know. One gave me a very good laugh while the other was just the exact opposite ~ it moved me to tears! The scenes where Mary ran frantically to Jesus who fell under the weight of the cross He was carrying for His crucifixion, along with a flashback to His childhood where little Jesus fell and Mary ran to Him were so stunningly composed!




Behold the greatness of motherly love! I was gushing with emotions the moment I saw this beautiful depiction of a mother's affection for her child. It reminded me so much of my parents' unconditional love for me. Without them, I don't think I could walk such a distance to where I am today. :)

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Maybe I don't have Christmas gifts this year, but I do have a meme to be done on this great day! Again I was tagged by Chen as well as Doreen for the Christmas tag.


1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
~ Though I haven't tried egg nog before, but I would say hot chocolate! By the way, is egg nog available locally?
2. Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them under the tree?
~ Wait till I meet a real Santa before I can get this question answered. I know there's one in Finland with his elves!
3. Colored or white lights?
~ Depends. But can I choose candlelights too?
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
~ Nope...
5. When do you put your decorations up?
~ Never. Well... Perhaps in the near future? *winks*
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
~ Any dish that's got chillies in it. Got ah?
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
~ No favourite one since we don't celebrate Christmas.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
~ Santa not real one meh? :(
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
~ I wish I could! I'd only received cards before, but not pressies. *sobs*
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
~ My tree doesn't even exist! You teach me how then...
11. Snow: Love it or hate it?
~ You're askin' someone who's never seen nor touched real snow before. Of course I would say LOVE IT! *prays for a white Christmas here*
12. Can you ice skate?
~ Nope, though I would love to try.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
~ It's not a Christmas gift though.
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
~ Get to sleep till way past noon! :P
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
~ Ice cream, cheesecake, chocolate fudge etc. And I'd love to try gelato someday!
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
~ Christmas carolling. *Garfields Chen*
17. What is on top of your tree?
~ See #10.
18. Which do you like best, giving or receiving?
~ Receiving. LOL! Always a headache to think of what gifts to buy.
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
~ Lots! Silent Night, Joy to the World etc.
20. Do you like candy canes?
~ I prefer milk chocolates to candy canes. ;)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Your Credit Network

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And since blogs play a pivotal role in disseminating news and events across the cyberspace, yourcreditnetwork.com has even set up their very own blog with some comprehensive reviews on major credit card providers and their offers. How cool is that!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Morning mum mum, Evening yum yum






Santa gave me an early gift this year ~ 2 extra non-schooling days to add on to my weekend. That explains why I'm at my home now, safe and sound. Although we've been complaining much about Malaysia, but hey, apart from the abundance of yummylicious Malaysian hawker food, we're blessed with a lot of public holidays all year round! To all my Muslim friends, Happy Eid al-Adha! :)

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Rinnah tagged me exactly 1 month ago along with some other tags. 3 tags in total from this girl! *faint* Initially, I planned to do these tags in one go just like the one I did months ago. But being the typical me, I'm just so lazy! :P Okie, let's do a 2 then. How about that? *winks*

This señorita wants to know what I eat for breakfast daily. Normally, I'd have 2 pieces of buns before attending my morning lectures. But if it's a weekend or holiday, I'd only wake up to my lunch brunch. No reasons for me to get up from my bed before noon since I tend to sleep not earlier than 5 am the previous night in the morning. :P

But yesterday was an exception. I took my breakfast because I was going home in the morning!


Mamak (Indian Muslim) vegetarian fried noodles

... with extra chillies (a must!). This mamak restaurant is situated at the foot of the small hill where our dorms are located. I normally have this particular dish in the late nights when I'm hanging out with my friends. But since all stalls at the cafeteria were closed for the Muslim holidays, this 24-hour restaurant was thus the place for me to satisfy my morning hunger before I headed home.

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A tag on healthy tips!

Geez... My life is completely topsy-turvy. Am I still eligible to provide a tip on this? *confused*

Well, my precious tip is don't ever try to skip breakfast! Wait a minute... Who am I to offer this piece of advice when I don't even follow this healthy tip myself? LOL! *no eye see*

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This is the tamarind soup that I've been telling you guys about all these while. My granny knew that I was coming back, and thus she went to prepare this favourite dish of mine for our dinner. How sweet and thoughtful of her! It was definitely a spicylicious surprise! :D

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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Need no words, but your ears


  • Britney Spears ~ My Only Wish (This Year)



  • Céline Dion ~ Ave Maria



  • Clay Aiken ~ Mary, Did You Know?



  • Mariah Carey ~ All I Want for Christmas Is You



H A P P Y W O R D L E S S W E D N E S D A Y

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Back to school!






I'm back in Penang. Our 1st lesson for this new semester commences today. Sipeh sien (damn boring)! I'm still very much unprepared for this. Thinking of all those heavy assignments and tasks coming my way is making me puke! Having lazed at home for the past month, how am I supposed to get myself out of my holiday mood all of a sudden? *sigh* Christmas is fast approachin', and I only have 1 simple wish this year:

I want my holidays back!

Simple yet unattainable. Time to move on, I suppose. :(

I came back on Friday for the registration works as well as getting back my room keys. Oh yes, I'm so satisfied to be able to obtain some pretty good results for my finals (a couple of A-'s!), very much beyond my expectation considering my averagely 1-2 days of revision for each subject. After registering my courses for this semester, I then went back to my dorm to collect my keys from the authorities. The old ladies on duty were about to go out for lunch upon my arrival, and they insisted me to come back 3 hours later. Bummer! Couldn't they just tolerate for 5 more minutes? #%$@&! I was so freakin' pissed! And due to this, I was forced to spend the whole afternoon with my parents at a nearby hypermarket. Sien!

After settling down all my things, I started cleaning up my room which has been left unoccupied for more than 1 month. I was quite surprised that it was still pretty neat after having abandoned for so long, only to find a very thin layer of dust and a few spider webs dangling in those inconspicuous dark corners. I even dragged along my parents to help me with the cleaning! :P



When all was done, we went to Penang's largest shopping destination ~ Queensbay Mall to check out its Christmas sales and décor before heading back home. No, I didn't stay overnight at my dorm because the food here sucks! Even instant noodles taste miles better than those craps here. Moreover, I still haven't had enough of warm home-cooked meals which I happened to miss a lot when I was studying here. Come to think of it, I didn't seem to appreciate my home's comfort before I came to USM. I was actually looking forward to a life of freedom where I could spread my wings and fly without my mum's usual naggings. But now, I finally realize that I take things for granted all these while. Home is still the best place in this world.

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Say hello to Der Der and the adorable Pekingese, Py Py (taken from the word puppy)!




I've shown pics of both pups before on my blog, but this was the very 1st time they both met each other. And guess what, they actually turned aggressively defensive and barked at each other madly like seeing an old enemy! We were thus forced to separate them in order to avoid a nasty pets war. =.="




Have a moody Monday! :/

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Draw dis . Paint dat






My university's 2nd semester is about to commence (other varsities have their holidays prolonged till either the end of this month or next year! Grrr... *sipeh beh syok*), yet I haven't blogged anything about my 1st semester, except some rants about the Orientation Week, my extremely busy life there, as well as the painful finals. I bet you guys are interested to know about the things I've learnt or done all these months in school, huh?

*** For the uninitiated, I'm currently a 1st-year undergraduate student pursuing architecture at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang.


One of our earliest studio projects. We were required to use pencils of various grades for this.

Our faculty ~ Housing, Building and Planning, simply abbreviated as HBP, is unique from other schools in that all 1st-year undergraduate students from the 6 major disciplines (architecture, interior design, urban and regional planning, quantity surveying, building technology, construction management) attend lectures together besides being given the same assignments to complete. Furthermore, a direct senior is arranged for each of us so that we'll be able to obtain lecture notes and those much-needed guidances from our respective seniors more easily. As a result, we juniors get to know our seniors better than those from other faculties.


Procrastination had me sacrificed my sleep for these 2 coloured-pencil drawings. The 2nd picture shows a heavily modified drawing of the magnificent Masjid Al-Bukhary of my hometown, Alor Star.

Actually there wasn't much to learn in the 1st semester. Apart from the boring construction economics which I abhorred so much, we were taught some construction basics such as foundations, building elements, as well as construction methods. We also had environmental science and the study on built environment and human settlements as part of our syllabus.


Some drawings on nature and biodiversity; a cubic model with the theme 'independence'; and a vertical sundial (teamwork)

By the way, have I told you guys before that we even have our own studios for work and play? Cool huh!


to be continued...

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My Christmas-themed header is finally up for this festive month! I hope you guys like it... :)

Hungry and damn sleepy. Time for this zombie to Zzzz...

Monday, December 10, 2007

iCame . iSaw . iTouched






iPod touch

Impeccable design. Exquisite coating. Luxurious touch. Smoother than the smoothest silk. What an art. What a masterpiece. What an iPod! I'm lovin' it... :)

BUT...

It's not mineeeeeeeeee! *bawls*

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Despite my last-minute revision and 2 nights of total sleep deprivation, I managed to pass all 6 subjects for my finals! Whee... *pops a champagne to celebrate*


Addendum @ 6:32PM: Today is my dad's big day! H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y daddy! *piaks self for being so forgetful*

Sunday, December 09, 2007

A French kind of romance

There are definitely reasons why France is the world's most visited country. Receiving well over 79 million international tourists annually, you don't really need to ask why.

Everyone knows France is world renowned for her culture, cheese and wine. An excuse for a romantic getaway to France is not always about Paris, the City of Light. Look beyond. You can get yourself a great suntan on the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Côte d'Azur in Southern France, or a ski adventure in the majestic French Alps. If you're a passionate cultural enthusiast like me, you can travel to the Loire Valley for its splendid Renaissance châteaux which were built by the French kings and noblemen, or Britanny in the northwest for a unique cultural experience with the indigenous Celtic tribe known as Breton.

France blog proves you why you need to include France in your next trip to Europe. You just can't go wrong with all the information provided there, including photos and reviews of famous sites as well as hidden treasures in France. It's entirely your choice whether you would wanna discover more of the hidden France secrets.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Infinite eights

The sampat doctor tagged me on...



... eights. So many 8 here! So prosperous! So auspicious! So 发! *buys 4D*


8 things I'm passionate about
  • Zzzzz......
  • Paris
  • photography
  • songs and music
  • islands and beaches
  • history and architecture
  • Internet ~ on-line, blogging, PPP
  • spicy food ~ chillies, sambal, tamarind soup, Thai tom yum, asam & lemak laksa

8 things I want to do before I die
  • sponsor a child or two
  • get married and have some lovely children
  • travel around the world
  • finish reading all the books and novels I've bought but never have the chance to read them
  • master French and Spanish, and hopefully some Italian and Latin
  • learn oil painting and strengthen my watercolour painting skills
  • dedicate myself to charity and humanitarian works
  • build my dreams and leave a proud legacy behind

8 things I say often
  • wait lah!
  • what's the time now?
  • what's today's date?
  • si meh? (is it?)
  • siao! (crazy!)
  • dunno lah!
  • so syok!
  • OMG!

8 books I've recently read
  • The Historian (still struggling)
  • The Middle East in Bible Prophecy (interesting...)
  • The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy (still struggling)
  • 1000 Years of World Architecture: An Illustrated Guide (brilliant book with stunning photos!)
  • mags ~ TIME, Newsweek, National Geographic, Asian Geographic, Asia Weekly, Fortune
  • erm... let me think... *scratches head*

8 songs that I could listen to over and over
  • Jacky Chueng 张学友 ~ 祝福



  • Jay Chou 周杰伦 ~ 七里香



  • Jennifer Lopez ~ Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)



  • Britney Spears ~ Oops!... I Did It Again



  • Christina Aguilera ~ Beautiful



  • Céline Dion ~ My Heart Will Go On



  • Céline Dion & Andrea Bocelli ~ The Prayer



  • Il Divo featuring Céline Dion ~ I Believe in You (Je Crois en Toi)



8 things that attract me to my best friends
  • common interests
  • sense of humour
  • trustworthy
  • sampat
  • the 'click' factor
  • able to take jokes without feeling hurt
  • simple
  • nice

8 things I've learned this past year
  • independence
  • have faith in everything I do
  • procrastination is bad
  • time leaves no trace behind
  • home sweet home
  • laziness can kill
  • exams should be abolished!
  • PPP can indeed help me earn extra $$$! :P

8 people 1 person I think should do this crazy 8 meme
  • angel (Merry Christmas! :P)
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Youtube does me wonder again! This short clip features Whitney Houston performing her worldwide hit, I Will Always Love You, during her recent hour-long live performance at Live & Loud KL 07, Malaysia on December 1st.



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H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y to my cuzzie sis, Annson!

H A P P Y W E D D I N G A N N I V E R S A R Y to my dearest parents!

~ H U G S & K I S S E S ~

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A budget holiday-maker's dream come true


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Don't hesitate any longer. Start clicking away for a truly unforgettable vacation ahead! ;)

Monday, December 03, 2007

All the love in the world...






It's time for me to revive my T H E H U G H U G C L U B™ franchise after having hibernation for so long, since the month of July! *pengsan*

For the very 1st time ever, may I present you a special end-of-the-year edition which accumulates the chuppers points all the way from July to November. So here it goes...

Oh, we have new spooners here: Jemima, Zhu, angele, Ehon and Ah Boy! Well done! Let's fill this joyous month with all the love you can give! :)

For more information on what this chuppers thing is all about, click here.

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Introducing a new furry member here, Der Der!




It's a boy pup, 4 months old, and very, very naughty! At this kinda age, he tends to nibble things very often. From plastic bottles to shoes, none will escape his bite. And no, he's not mine, but belongs to my cousin instead. Despite his mischief, he's such an adorable creature! :P

Ah Boy & Liucas! Both of you must take good care of him ya... Don't ever bully him! ;)

Bed & Breakfast Paris

Planning for an intimate affair in the City of Light this holiday? When I say intimate, it means getting up close and personal with the locals where you'll be able to practise your French, get some valuable insider tips for your Parisian trip, as well as getting away from the madding crowds who throng to the Parisian landmarks each day.

Look no further, as Paris bed and breakfast is here to help you prepare an extraordinary stay in Paris that you'll never ever forget for many years to come. Different from those highly commercialized hotel accommodations, with B&B Paris, you'll get to immerse yourself in the authentic French way of life. You can also get suggestions on the best place to dine and wine in the French capital. Like they say, only the locals know best.

What's more, you'll be greeted with a typical set of French breakfast in the morning to well prepare you for a fascinating Parisian journey ahead!


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Saturday, December 01, 2007

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Friday, November 30, 2007

My diva on Youtube!

And no, this is NOT a sponsored post...

Everyone loves Youtube. I seldom watch video clips there, and even my university bans this website, citing the reason that clips buffering will increase the load of its wireless Internet bandwidth. But I find myself falling in love with this awesome site these days. I've found clips which I've been longing to watch or are unable to find back in the old days.

And speaking of divas, think My Heart Will Go On. Yes, it's none other than Céline Dion. Having sold over 200 million albums worldwide to date, she's one of the world's best-selling female artists of all time. Though Mariah Carey has been crowned for having the greatest voice in contemporary music, to me, Dion (who was placed in the top 10) has the most angelic voice of all artists I've ever known. She really knows how to move people's souls and emotions with her amazing voice!

R&B, hip hop, rock and rap seem to be the norm of Western music these years, where most songs from these genres continuously top the music charts across the globe. Long gone is the forgotten era of love ballads and sentimental songs which help to define much of the 90's music scene.

But nevermind, as I'm gonna share with you now some of my favourite clips of Céline Dion that I've managed to find on Youtube. Do enjoy! :)


Live performances:

Il Divo featuring Céline Dion - I Believe in You (Je Crois en Toi)
{Super nice! Just love it...}

Céline Dion & Josh Groban - The Prayer
{Listen to how angels sing! What a perfect match!}

Céline Dion & Andrea Bocelli - The Prayer
{The orignal version; Live at the 1999 Grammy Awards; Equally stunning...}


Music videos:


Céline Dion - My Heart Will Go On
{D'ya know that this song was recorded in only 1 take without instrumental accompaniment? Truly unbelievable!}

Céline Dion & Peobo Bryson - Beauty and the Beast
{Lovely song and movie...}

Do these clips bring back those sweet old memories? Hou lum ah...

By the way, is anyone going to the Live & Loud KL 07 music festival on December 1st? Oh my, Whitney Houston is gonna have a stage performance that night!

"And I...... will always love you......"

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Earning bucks online with Smorty!

It's a whole new phenomenon on the Internet. It's a revolutionary way to churn out fast cash on-line. What's more, if you're a blogger, you get paid for what you blog! Sounds too impossible? Nothing's impossible when you have Smorty, a marvellous service that connects you bloggers with advertisers all around the world! All you guys need to do is to snatch the suitable opportunities which are issued to you and just blog it! Voice out your opinion on the product you've chosen and advertise it on your blog. Remember, you blog for money! Do the best and let the advertisers do the rest! You'll be smiling your way to the bank if you've done a great job! :)

What attracts me to Smorty is its simple procedures which enable me to start blogging for paid advertisements in no time. Everything is clean and neat, just my style! And what's more, it's the best way to earn revenues for students like me who have such a tight schedule to seek for a part-time job just to cover my daily expenses. As a blogger, I can now earn some bucks on my own blog, without the need to leave my dorm. Ain't this just wonderful?

Signing up for Smorty is as easy as ABC. Just a few clicks away and you're done! If you're a blogger like me, or you're motivated to blog for some extra bucks, what are you guys still waiting for? Don't wait any longer and start your own Smorty today! :)

Searchin' for laptops? Here's Savebuckets!

Have you been searching high and low for an affordable yet capable lappie but are totally clueless on where to get the best bargain? Have you been opening a stack of browser pages and having a hard time switching from one page to another to-and-fro just to make a price comparison on what you're looking for, which in this case, a laptop?

I understand how dizzy, tedious and eye-soring while doing this because I've had this uncomfortable experience before. Yet look no further! Savebuckets is here to save you from all your usual hassles in making price comparisons on-line. It's a website which collects and updates all the lowest prices available from your favourite stores on a variety of products that suit your daily needs from time to time.

With Savebuckets, you can now browse through a vast collection of laptops which comes complete with a price tag and a brief description of the model's features and package. What's more, you can make your task easier by sorting the models by name or by best price. After you've an ideal model in mind, you can then compare the price offerings of each store for that model side by side, in which you take the lowest offer and move on to make your purchase from your selected store.

If there's a case where the price listed still lies above your initial budget, you can leave your e-mail address and your desired price for the product. The crew will then inform you immediately when the price eventually falls within your budget range. Isn't that just wonderful?

Savebuckets has definitely revolutionized on-line shopping like never before!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

In cinemas

Enchanted ~ This seems fun!

The Golden Compass ~ Indeed magical...

One Missed Call ~ J-horror remake. Quite thrilling it seems.

Beowulf ~ Starring my angie (added after being reminded by her :P)

I wanna watch all these movies! Some are already showing, some are still pending. My town's sole (if I'm not mistaken) cinema sucks big time. It only gets to show the movies which other parts in the country have been showing for several weeks. Poor me! I think I'll only get to watch after returning to Penang. *sigh*

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Australia has a new Prime Minister (although notchet sworn in)! This guy (Kevin Rudd) majored in Chinese language and Chinese history while doing his undergraduate studies at the Australian National University. He also gave himself a Chinese name 陆克文 (Lù Kèwén) when he was still studying there. And man, you guys should listen to him addressing the Chinese President in Mandarin. I'm impressed!



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H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y D O R E E N

Stay healthy and pretty, girl! :)

What I wish for this Christmas...

Christmas is comin', or to be exact, a month away. Although Christmas in Malaysia doesn't appear to be like those fairy-tale winter scenes, but why let this bother our festive mood? And when it's Christmas, we all know we have to get ourselves a very long wishlist. It's a must! And to help me sort this matter out, CouponChief is here to save my day! :D

Since I've already owned a mobile phone and a spanking new laptop, what should I put into my wishlist this year? Being the usual tech-savvy geek, I'm gonna get myself, you guess it right --- gadgets. This afternoon, I so happened to spot a brand new digital camera somewhere in the newspapers. It's just so tastefully designed and I thought to myself, man, I must get this! Since I rely on CouponChief, a Sony coupon will definitely do the job for me this Christmas.

I've always wanted an iPod, but my wish is always crushed due to its price. But now the moment seems right as these Apple deals can provide me unbelievable discounts and offers. With these coupons, I feel like I'm just 1 inch away from that delectable iPod touch!

And oh, how could I possibly forget my dearest mum? She loves music CDs. This thus makes my job easy. I'm thinking of getting her some Time-Life coupons which she'll thank me for this. Who knows she may give me a kiss in return! ;)

If you guys wanna make your Christmas wishes come true, do check out these online coupons. :)


Thursday, November 22, 2007

About moi!






The talented Amy tagged me for the 5 random things about me. I remember I've done this tag some months ago. But nevermind, I shall do it once more since I'm so free now. And oh, it's gonna be different from what you've read about me previously. :)


  1. I heart chillies. Love it raw. The spicier the merrier. They have to be served with every meal, otherwise I would have no appetite at all. I love cili padi the most but definitely not those pickled ones. Add a pinch of lime juice, they taste heavenly. In fact, Malaysians should learn to eat chillies and appreciate this valuable spice as this piece of land is blessed with an abundance of 'em.
  2. I'm part of the big global community who suffers from modern hi-tech diseases. Mine is Internet addiction. I can surf the net from dawn to dusk, and from dusk to dawn. At least 12 hours of my day are spent in front of my lappie every single day (this applies during holidays). I've even sacrificed my sleep just to surf the net!
  3. I eat a lot. One whole loaf of bread can be reduced to just a few pieces in one go. And that normally happens in the late nights.
  4. Yet no matter how much I eat, I can't seem to get fat! Should I be glad or sad? But I so wanna put on some dreaded pounds! At least 10 kg will do for me.
  5. My room is such a big mess. So lazy to tidy up. And too much unnecessary stuff. My cabinets and wardrobes are full to the max. No space at all to keep those extras. Sigh.
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I was having a very bad running nose yesterday. My nose was like a tap dripping water non-stop for the whole day! I'd been busy wrapping wontons due to this. Almost half a roll of toilet paper was used up. And how could I forget those dreaded ah-choos? So damn irritating. But since I'm turning slightly better today, anyone wants a plate of wonton mee? :P

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Guess what's for my dinner tonight?


Oyster mushrooms

..., home-cooked by my granny. :) This is the vegetarian substitute for Chinese style steamed fish, using almost the same ingredients (carrot, celery, chilli, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce) but fish. Tastes absolutely yummy!


Addendum @ 8:36PM: My 1st ever PPP has been approved! :D *sexcited*

PPP, I'm comin' to U!

Yes, I'm gonna start writing my 1st ever PPP right now. Seeing so many bloggers have already started this burgeoning hot thing, how could I be left out? I can't really be considered a newbie since my PPP badges have been dangling on my sidebar for so many months. But technically, I can rightfully claim that I'm still one. The reason is simple: I haven't started writing any sponsored posts by PPP, yet! But not anymore. Now, let me declare the official grand opening of my PPP journey on this blog! *thunderous applause*

I'm sure each and everyone of you have definitely heard of PPP, be it bloggers or blogders (the so-called blog readers). I don't quite remember how I came to know this hot stuff. Through blogs that I visit daily (more so), I guess. You see, everyone's doing it. Everyone's spreading it. Do I need to say more?

PPP came at the perfect moment when I was about to begin my university life. For the 2 decades of my life, I was moving out from my home's comfort for the very 1st time. Life as a student is not easy nowadays. Take a look at this world. Everything undergoes a price hike. Everything needs money to deal with. Without money, you're not gonna survive anywhere. In fact, there's no free lunch on this planet!

Food and accommodation aside, my current undergraduate course (architecture) requires me to purchase a lot of equipments which do not come cheap, mind you. Each piece of the so-called architectural tool can range from tens of ringgit (the Malaysian currency) to just over a hundred. I've already spent nearly half a thousand ringgit on these to date. I dare not think of what's going to cost me when my next semester commences.

Since I'm not taking any job (which is impossible for an architecture student like me as the immense workload can make you hardly breathe), PPP seems to be a very, very good alternative for me. One benefit about PPP is that I can now earn extra income to cover my daily expenses during the whole duration of my study without being physically demanding nor sacrificing much of my precious time. All I need to do is to get the featured opportunities that I like on its website and blog about it. It's just that simple! Thank goodness I found this wonderful thing. And I have to thank myself too for this blogging habit. It's much easier for me to start investing in PPP compared to those who have just begun to join the ever-expanding bloggers community.

And of course, I would love to help the poor and to sponsor a child or two (which is one of my greatest ambitions) with some of the dollars I'm gonna earn from PPP. Though my effort might seem negligible compared to the ridiculous sums donated by wealthy moguls and philanthropists, I strongly believe that it's the sincerity that counts. I'm more than satisfied to be able to contribute my part to the world community. Hey, that should be our common responsibility as a constituent of this world! We live and we breathe what's given to us by this planet, and it's time for us to reciprocate.

To cut it short, I truly hope that I can achieve part of my dreams, if not all, by involving myself in PPP.

Have I made you thinking about this now? Great! To start signing up for the fabulous PPP, please click here: payperpost. :)


Monday, November 19, 2007

I wish to go back to...






... nowhere? may may gave me some homework to do. Wah... It's been such a long time since I was last tagged by someone. Should I be glad for this or otherwise? To be frank, I still have piles of tags yet to be done. But since those tags are so outdated, let's pretend to forget about 'em. :P

may may 姐 wants to know the age I wish to go back to. I'm not the kind of person who loves to relive history twice, nor do I really have an unforgettable moment that makes me wanna go back. So can I choose not to do so? Furthermore, I'm now enjoying my month-long semester break, for sure I don't want to torture myself with all those assignments and exams! And if I really have to pick one, I wish I can return to a fortnight ago when I just finished the last paper of my finals, and to welcome my holidays! That kind of joy was ineffable, Itellu!

Since this tag has been passed to so many bloggers, I bet most of you have received yours. That means I'm not tagging any this time!

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It's almost dinner time here. But before that, do let me serve you this...




Have a nice day! :)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Facebook . Traveler IQ . Ah Kuas






1 week has past! That means there's only 1 month (4 weeks) left. Why do happy moments go by so damn quick? How potong stim! :(

I'm busy exploring Facebook these few days: adding friends, installing cute applications, as well as poking some unfortunate ones with my virtual finger here and there. :P Thank you my dearest angie for this great introduction. It's so much better and interesting than the ever-so-boring Friendster. And not to forget, many thanks to those of you who sent me warm welcoming gifts, especially Chen. Keep 'em coming! :D

YH Khoh is addicted to the Traveler IQ Challenge!

I bet some of you have noticed my current status in Facebook as depicted above. Oh yes, I'm truly addicted to this wonderful trivia game! I heart geography so much that I've been hunting for these sort of quizzes on the Internet for quite a few years. I get so addicted that I can sit in front of my lappie playing this for the whole day (and whole night). After dozens of challenges, today I managed to break into the top 100 in one of the games, The Amazing Race (based on the hit reality series).



Go try it guys! It's highly recommended. So... Anyone up for a challenge? ;)

And now, introducing my university's most famous clan --- the 人见人闪 Ah Kuas (transsexuals)! There are so many of them here and they come in all sizes --- tall, short, slim, fat! O.O


The one standing is the slimmest and most bodylicious of the clan, who also possesses the ability to make real girls green with envy. That's not all, the one sitting beside 'her' is also a you-know-what.

And no, I don't go gaga over her or any of her clan members. Goddamnit! *goosebumps*

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Scribbles

I've been home since last Friday night and will continue to stay in my hometown till mid-December. That's right, a whopping 5-week long semester break for me. I know some of you are getting jealous of me right now. Please don't! :P

I'm quite lazy to get myself into proper blogging today. Just saja have the urge to scribble some nonsense here. Oh yes, the best thing about being at home --- heartwarming home-cooked meals! hot.sour.spicy, especially the must-have tamarind soup (we call it as asam th'ng 亚三汤), with a soup base made from tamarind, lemongrass, dried and green chilli, torch ginger flower and some aromatic herbs which I'm not sure of. Mackerel fish are generally used to cook the soup base (in whole, not shredded as in asam laksa). But since I'm a vegetarian, this ingredient is naturally omitted from the list. Besides, we also add in some cabbages, cauliflowers and cucumbers. 1 word for this dish --- YUM!

I'm getting increasingly philosophical these days (not that I've never been so), and thinking I might wanna put this piece of essence up here which I happened to stumble upon on a local site committed to interfaith understanding and religious tolerance. So please bear with me! :P


We might adhere to different religions and spiritual beliefs. But don't ever let these primarily theological differences blind us from seeing what our faiths have in common. I believe the quintessence of every great religion in this world is universal --- leading mankind to the righteous path and a peaceful world. If only everyone understands this...

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Finally, a taste of true F.R.E.E.D.O.M

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A R G H H H . . .

Just a quick update here...

To all those on a look-out for me these days, I'm so NOT fine. Thank you. Currently I'm struggling hard to endure through my finals which just started yesterday.

So horrid.

So sleepy.

So painful.

So tortured.

So exhausted.

So... so...

So speechless.

Pardon me for abandoning this lil' space for the past few weeks as well as this coming week. All things will return to normal after November 7th.

A R R R G G G G G H H H H H H H H H H . . . . . . . . . . !

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Makin' a come back... With a babe!




Take a look at my last entry. OMG... It's been 2 months! Finally I can settle down properly as my 1st semester in USM is coming to an end. Assignments and all related stuff are now history for the time being. I'm currently back in Alor Star for the Eid ul-Fitr (our so-called Hari Raya Aidil Fitri) holidays as well as the ongoing 3-week long study weeks before ushering in the 1st and final exam of this semester. And then it'll be followed by a month-long semester break. Can't wait for it to come!

What have I done and learnt in school all these months? You'll know about it in the upcoming entry. So please be patient ya! ;) As for now, let's move on to the main gist of this entry.

Introducing my wonderful babe! No, it's not a new-found girlfriend in school (don't worry angie... I won't betray you! :P), but rather...



Been waiting for its arrival for 1 month due to stock shortage nationwide


Tadaa! Exquisite leather texture cover with an engraved mirror-finish logo designed by top-notch Japanese designers

In full glory...


Probably the most eye-catching feature of all, with just a double tap on it, a soothing chrome blue light will illuminate the multimedia TnG (Touch-and-Go) touchpad that comes embedded with dedicated shortcut keys and a volume control

Why NEC, you ask? Actually, I've never considered this brand before, but this particular model catches my attention when it's announced a few months back. I'm especially drawn by its innovative 1st-of-its-kind TnG touchpad which I find it to be real cool. At an attractive price of just RM5k, it's loaded with features and specifications that you can only find in models worth nearly RM7k or more.

Its hefty specs include:
  • the latest Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 @ 2.20GHz (4MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) processor
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM with 1GB Intel Turbo Memory feature
  • 200GB HDD (a boost from 160GB of the initial batch)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS graphics card with dedicated 256MB GDDR3 VRAM and DirectX 10 plus HD support
  • integrated 2.0 megapixel webcam
  • dual digital microphone array with noise cancellation feature
  • nifty ECO button to toggle between high performance mode, power balance mode and power saving mode with different LED lights to differentiate each mode
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • etc
Another reason that justifies my purchase of a NEC lappie is its rarity and exclusivity in my varsity. Every time you turn around, you'll most probably spot either Acer, Dell or HP Compaq, the 3 most ubiquitous notebook brands among Malaysian students. Moreover, everything is crammed nicely into this 14.1" baby. Not too big and not too small. Just perfect. I'm certainly not the type of person who's willing to haul an elephant notebook here and there, wherever I go.

And why not Apple (I'm sure someone is gonna question me this :P)? It (MacBook Pro) is too pricey lah, bradder! Next time... Next time...

By the way, do you guys know that I'm actually using somebody's (which I do not know who) Wi-Fi service to blog from my home now? Currently I don't subscribe to any Internet services, but I so happen to discover not 1, but 2 Wi-Fi networks in my house yesterday night that do work! I feel like Columbus who just found routes to the New World! How fortunate can I be? Illegal or not, it's still a big temptation that's too hard to resist! I think I really need to thank those guys for this great free gift! :P

Now it seems like I finally have a valid reason to blog from my varsity dorm, yeah? :)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Busy, bz like a bumblebee

Hey hey hey... I'm back on track (for 1 day only, duh)! Did any of you miss me? Do say yes, please! :P

I take a look at my last entry. Oh dear, it's been more than a month since I last blogged! I feel like I'm getting distanced away from all the happenings here. Sigh... What to do? No laptop (not gonna buy 1 now, maybe sooner). No Internet (actually there is, but it's so inconvenient everytime I feel like using it). And yes, I'm super duper busy! Loads of assignments are waiting ahead for me to complete. Really FKK! I'm very sorry that all your comments on my previous entries haven't been replied yet. So, so paiseh! And not to forget, thanks guys for all those heartwarming birthday wishes! :)

Time slips away pretty fast, ya? How merciless! I'm quite surprised to find that I've already been studying here for 1 month. Everyone here knows that my faculty is the busiest in this campus. I'd already sacrificed 2 nights' sleep just to complete my assignments. But it was all my fault because I procrastinated! Always the last-minute kinda guy... :P

I went to the PIKOM PC fair held in PISA, Penang last week. 1st time visiting such a grand PC event. Haha! I managed to get myself 1 4GB pen drive after some price surveying. Oh yeah, I'll be going back to my hometown next week as there'll be another PC fair, though it's no where comparable to the one held in PISA or KL.

As for the monthly chuppers chart, I think I'll only tally the points next month as there's no point for me to do it now since there's only 1 entry for the month of July. So... Please be patient! :wink:

Ah... I gotta go now. No pics whatsoever for this entry. Next time, okie? And please take good care of yourselves. Tata!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

La Tortura









I love this song so much that I can actually sing it without lookin' at the lyrics, even though I don't understand a word of it, except tiny bits here and there. By the way, did you guys know that this song has become one of the most important Latin tracks to move into the mainstream English-speaking culture in the U.S. and abroad? It's also the most famous Spanish-language track for both singers world-wide. And the music video is just steamily hot! Lotsa io ka ch'ng scenes like our pro here, ben ben! :P

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Oh yes, I'm finally back at my home sweet home, and this can only be done by skipping the final lecture of the week which was held in this morning together with several friends. We arrived home last night, and I slept for a full 13 hours in my comfy bed! Just to show you guys how much deprivation of sleep I'd suffered when I was there. And not forgetting to bring back one whole bag of my dirty laundry for angie mummy to wash! :P

The Orientation Week in USM has certainly lived up to the title of this entry, La Tortura (The Torture). Even though there were no rags being played on us freshmen unlike other local varsities, but there were more than enough lectures and walks to overwhelm us! We attended lectures each single day, no matter day or night. And because of that, we were forced to walk, walk and walk tens of miles to the hall from our dorms under the blazing sun! It was so freakin' hot as all of us were required to clad in formal dress without exception. Beads of sweat started building up and rolling down our cheeks and bodies the moment we were exposed to the scorching heat. And the result? Our shirts and pants were thoroughly drenched with sweat. Very torturing lah... Itellu!

Part of the students were required to move into the recently-built dorms on a hill just across a busy street opposite the university campus on the last day. I was involved in it, and that means I had to move and tidy up my new room again! Although trucks were provided to bring our luggages there, but it was still a torturing thing to do as we had to climb all the way up the hill in order to reach there, especially when we were all carrying our backpacks with us. What's more, my dorm is the uppermost one, really faint kaw-kaw! Imagine I were to walk all the way down the hill just to catch a shuttle bus to attend lectures during weekdays, and doing the same again up the hill upon returning. Can die! Oh yeah, did I mention that the distance between my dorm and my faculty takes 20-30 minutes to reach by foot? Faint again! I daren't imagine if I were to miss the shuttle bus service one particularly unlucky day, especially when I'm late for school! :touch wood:

All those walks, sweat, air-conditioned lecture halls; walks, sweat, air-conditioned lecture halls; walks, sweat, air-conditioned lecture halls... Being continuously exposed to hot weather and cool indoors at intervals, I was eventually down with fever during the final 2 days. Snot ran down my super allergic nose whole day long, just like running tap water! To rescue it, I'd used up half of my toilet roll. Shocking or not? I'm still having slight fever right now, although it's much better than yesterday. Despite having occasional headaches during that time, I was not able to rest as there were tonnes of things for me to do. Sigh... angie! How I wish you were here with me! I miss those heart-warming home-cooked meals! :(

Please pardon me for not able to snap any pictures. I'll share with you guys next time! :) And I think I'm gonna be left out of many THHC™ charts this month. :( Speaking of that, here are the top spooners for the month of June:



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I'll be going back to Penang tomorrow as my course is gonna start on Monday. And do you guys know that there'll be another orientation programme just for my faculty next week? ;) Hopefully it'll be filled with lotsa fun and enjoyment instead of pure torture. :fingers crossed:

Before I sign off, I hope you guys have a fantastic 070707! As for me, I'm still anticipating for the list of the New 7 Wonders to unravel today. :)

Saturday, June 30, 2007

A new beginning...

I'll be leaving for USM in 4 hours. My long holiday has finally come to an end! How time flies... I'm starting to miss those good old days! :( To be frank, I've never been away from home for more than a week. Yet I doubt I would develop homesickness as my hometown could be easily reached from Penang in less than 2 hours. Thank goodness! :)

Just to inform you guys that I won't be able to update my blog for the weeks to come. I'm not sure whether I would be able to have Internet access there. I would definitely pop by to greet you guys here if I could find it there! :) Anyway, I don't think I would have that much time as life's getting busier for me! So sad... :(

I'm gonna miss all you guys here! Don't miss me ya! And for the final time, adiós! :)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Lookin' down from high above...






Soulful Scribbles:

Do you guys know that I'm currently using the outdated, painfully-slow dial-up connection to blog this? I want my Streamyx back even though it's so crappy and stupid! I took it for granted, I admit it! :( All my dad's fault for hastily terminating the broadband service without even asking for my permission. How am I gonna survive without broadband these days? One thing you guys should know: I took hours just to post all these photos up! Make sure you appreciate every inch of my effort ya! Grrr...

Another thing: I'm so sorry if I haven't dropped by your blog of late. My Internet connection just can't handle pages with heavy loads! I'd make it for sure if only I have the time and patience. The volcano in me nearly erupts even while I surf my very own blog! You say like that teruk or not? :cry a river:

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After our fascinating tour at Underwater World Langkawi, we headed west along a tortuous road up the hills to the south-western part of the main island. The place we were going to was said to offer one of the best views in Langkawi. Of course we wouldn't wanna miss this golden chance since we'd come all the way here! Which idiot would do that anyway?


We were finally here!

The gallery's signboard said it was open but in fact, it was closed. Ti(p)u!

Part of this Hollywood movie which starred Chow Yun-Fat and Jodie Foster was actually filmed in Langkawi. The movie set (consisting of the Summer Palace) had never been dismantled after the filming and was developed into a tourist attraction instead by the local authorities. Its original location on the famous Pantai Kok beach was devastated during the 2004 Asian tsunami and that was why the palace contents were relocated here henceforth.


Up, up on the cable-car ride to the summit of the 713-metre high Gunung Mat Chincang

Waterfall!

Breathtakingly beautiful...

360° observation platform

Suspension bridge from afar

Getting closer...

... and closer! I walked on it, and it was shakin' in the wind!

Simply spectacular...

Which islet was that?

Can you spot the far-away island? ;)

Mountains shrouded in mistipurple mist

Sky, sea and mountain

I love this best! Just stunning... :)

Lush greenery

Ain't those views just heavenly awesome? I was truly speechless the moment I saw the uninhabited surrounding islands from the top. And the climate was so cool and fresh! Typical highland climate, with soothing breeze rubbing against your face at any given moment.

After descending from the peak, we headed north-east hoping to catch the gorgeous sunset at the secluded beach of Tanjung Rhu.


We were here at the wrong time! It looked like as if it was gonna rain any time soon. :(

The sun wouldn't wanna come out to meet us! :sob:

Exclusively for the rich and famous: a night's stay here is at least USD 495! :faint:

Ahhh... So relaxing!

Last but not least, my imprints here! :P

finale's coming up next...