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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

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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


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... :)


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

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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

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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

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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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