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The Fish - Tiger Oscar

When I was in Primary 6, a classmate gave me a baby Tiger Oscar for my birthday present. This dark gray-with-bright orangey-"splashes"-all-over-its-body-fish was such a cutie! It stayed with me for... err... I forgot how long. From the size of my thumb, it grew up to the size of the palm of my hand. Sadly, it died one day because the oxygen supply was cut off accidentally while I was away for a one-week holiday with my family members.

T_T

Since then, whenever I got chance to visit fish shops, I'll look for baby Tiger Oscars. I still like the darker colored ones, not the albino type.

Look at this gorgeous fish! It's also known as the water-dog.


Picture taken from Oscarfishlover.com

Great site with lotsa helpful info!
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Early Happy 01 May

Funny little conversation:

一只小壁虎在一施工工地上游荡,这时正有一条大鳄鱼远远地爬了过来,准备要一口吃掉它,情急之 ,小壁虎上前一把抱住了鳄鱼的腿,大声喊:"妈妈!"

大鳄鱼一愣,立即老泪纵横:"儿啊,别再上班了,半个月就瘦成这样了,五一休息吧!

提前祝五一快乐

Let me translate:

A little lizard was wandering around a building site. Suddenly, a large alligator crawled towards the lizard and was about to devour it. Alarmed, the little lizard ran forward and clutched the alligator's feet, crying, "Mama!"

The alligator was shocked and with tears streaming down her cheeks, "Son, don't work anymore. It's only half a month and you are as thin as this. Take a rest on 01 May laa..."

Tips: Visualize a tiny lizard and a large alligator! Hahaha...

Happy 01 May - Workers' Day :)

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Christ Jesus is the Lord!

Enjoy this portion of the Word: Phil. 2:9-11, "...and God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."

God made the man Jesus as Lord to head up and own all things... Only Christ Jesus is the Lord. As Christians, we have the deep realization that Jesus is our Lord. Especially during times of trouble or even at times when something good happens to us, the first thing we often say is, "O Lord!" How good it is to have Jesus as Lord! Jesus was made the Lord, as the Lord of all (Acts 10:36), to possess all. If one does not have Jesus, he does not have an owner.

Wow! Jesus Christ is Lord!

Amen!

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I can do better!

Rant... rant... rant...

I guess, the biggest mistake I've ever made in my whole life is to feel sorry for myself! I don't want others to wrong me for whatever reason. So, I brace myself with a strong and defensive mask before everybody - my sister, brother, mother, colleagues, and church members. You'll never know what's really within me. Never. But then, this is the factor that makes me feel sorry for myself because people tend to MISUNDERSTAND me. Sigh...


I received a comment, telling me that the missing link is "trust." Trust? I've been honest with people all these while but what do I get? I got "trampled" under their feet. In this age, honesty and sincerity are meaningless. Why should I trust others when what I received is nothing but false treatment? It's better to stay as guileless as a dove and at the same time as crafty as a serpent. I was also told that the stronger one looks, the weaker they are within. Well... it takes time to mend whatever is broken inside. Understand?

Fine, I'm scary! People are automatically turned off by my unfriendliness and un-sporting-ness. Why? Because I'm ultra-sensitive and I pay too much attention to care about other people's feelings! So, who care about mine? Har?


Sometimes, discovery of some "groundbreaking" news could be destructive, at least to me. It really does. Especially if it involves betrayal! When I recollect what have transpired and when everything dawned upon me, I could only muse upon my stupidity. Next time, I promise, I won't put my heart upon anyone, anymore. Lest it be hurt again. It doesn't matter anymore if anybody is avoiding me or any such things. Fine! Avoid me as much as you like. I don't care! No more care! I don't mind! It doesn't matter! Arrrggghhhh! Get off my mind!

Quoting Avril Lavigne's "I Can Do Better": ...go away from me, you're gone, so long, I can do better, I CAN DO BETTER!

Current mood: Defensive. Disgusted.

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Cool K-Horror: Shadow in the Palace

Watched: Shadow in the Palace

Quoting Asian Cinema - While on the Road: "Shadows in the Palace" is a terrific fast paced conspiratorial page turner that refuses to take a breath. Occurring in the period of the Joseon Dynasty, this palace potboiler is full of enough twists, turns and red herrings to keep most viewers off balance and perplexed. What makes it especially fascinating is the feminist milieu in which the plot unfolds – a secret world behind the gates of the royal palace in which ambitious women grasp desperately for power and for survival and murder is only one of many options available to them. More...

Movie Cafe: Chasing A Shadow In The Palace has a positive review on this film as well.

Personally, what I like about this movie is the idea of women as the victim and perpetrator at the same time. Women can be strong and vengeful but when it comes to love, they succumb almost at the speed of lightning. They will do whatever they could to prove their love for their husband or children. Amazing!
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I work, I listen, I no stress

I work, I listen, I no stress. Hahaha...

So Close: Jon McLaughlin

Over You: Chris Daughtry
Given Up: Linkin Park
Girlfriend: Avril Lavigne
Here I Am: Leona Lewis
Home: Chris Daughtry
Better In Time: Leona Lewis
Bleeding Love: Leona Lewis
Breathless: Shayne Ward
A Thousand Miles: Vanessa Carlton
Keep Holding On: Avril Lavigne
Until You: Shayne Ward
Leave Out All the Rest: Linkin Park
What I've Done: Linkin Park
Taking Chances: Celine Dion
If That's OK with You: Shayne Ward
Stop & Stare: OneRepublic
Hot: Avril Lavigne
A Moment Like This: Leona Lewis
Won't Go Home Without You: Maroon 5
Apologize: Timbaland
Wake Up Call: Maroon 5
I Told You So: Keith Urban
Inconsolable: Backstreet Boys
Home: Westlife
Nobody's Home: Avril Lavigne
Complicated: Avril Lavigne
Bleed It Out: Linkin Park
Big Girls Don't Cry: Fergie
Ever Ever After: Carrie Underwood
When You're Gone: Avril Lavigne

Will add on more...

Add-ons:
Say It Again: Marie Digby
Traffic: Marie Digby
Umbrella: Marie Digby
Stupid For You: Marie Digby
Teardrops On My Guitar: Taylor Swift

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Blekk...

Tuzki has a great way to describe what is love at first sight and what one shouldn't do if you are disappointed with it.

Oh, ya. It's in Chinese :D


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Chew upon these...

Something to chew upon nowadays...

- Take things seriously but DON'T make a big fuss out of it [Means, don't fret laa...]

- "Stress" people out, NOT the other way round [Means, stress management]

- Pick a fight ONLY when necessary, better not though [Means, if wanna fight, make sure you know how to patch things up later]

- Conversations via MSN are misleading. ASK if unsure [Means, you say GOD, people think DOG; the other way round applies as well]

- When your inner (as in mental) temperature is reaching boiling point, COOL down immediately. Don't confront others, even it's via MSN/YM/email [Means, self-control is at stake]

- When you are intimidated or in a sense you feel threatened by somebody, tell yourself you are actually MOTIVATED [Means, look at the bright side]

- Pride and self-conscious are killers [Means, humble yourself to learn from others and don't immerse in self-(fill in the blank) syndromes]

- Take GOOD lunch break [Means, no matter how busy, take time to eat]

- BOND with others [Means, you can't be a lone ranger all the time. Be a self-starter and at the same time, a team player as well]

- Long-winded is OK occasionally [Means, have to do so unless you are 100% sure that the others know what you want]

- SWEAT [Means, join badminton sessions to sweat and workout, etc. You'll feel good]

- Customers are always RIGHT [Means, clients are always right]

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Yellowman RULES!!

Read this.

03-04-2008: DiGi's yellow coverage fellow collectibles proving a hit


Tagline:
THE YELLOW COVERAGE FELLOW
FAITHFUL. LOVABLE. CHARMING. FUNNY. NOW YOURS TO HAVE AND HOLD!
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Today is Earth Day

Today is Earth Day!

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lol.com

Not bad: LOL.com

I like these:

Radio Conversation

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a Collision.
Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY’S ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT’S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

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What A Wonderful Husband
Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cell phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker-function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

MAN: Hello!
WOMAN: Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?
MAN: Yes.
WOMAN: I'm at the mall now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $1,000. Is it OK if I buy it?
MAN: Sure, go ahead if you like it that much.
WOMAN: I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new 2006 models. I saw one I really liked.
MAN: How much?
WOMAN: $68,000.
MAN: OK, but for that price I want it with all the options.
WOMAN: Great! Oh, and one more thing….The house we wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $950,000.
MAN: Well, then go ahead and give them an offer, but just offer $900,000.
WOMAN: OK. I’ll see you later! I love you!
MAN: Bye, I love you, too.

The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are looking at him in astonishment. Then he smiles and asks: Does anyone know whose phone this is?

*****

The Difference Between Marketing And Sales
People have asked for the differences between marketing and sales. Perhaps these analogies will help:

*You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and say, "I’m fantastic in bed." That's direct marketing.

*You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome guy. One of your friends goes up to him and pointing at you, says, "She's fantastic in bed." That's advertising.

*You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and get his telephone number. The next day you call and say, "Hi, I'm fantastic in bed." That's telemarketing.

*You're at a party and see a handsome guy. You get up and straighten your dress. You walk up to him and pour him a drink. You say, "May I?" and reach up to straighten his tie, brushing your breast lightly against his arm, and then say, "By the way, I'm fantastic in bed." That's public relations.

*You're at a party and see a handsome guy. He walks up to you and says, "I hear you're great in bed." That's brand recognition.

*You're at a party and see a handsome guy. You talk him into going home with your friend. That's a sales rep.

*Your friend can't satisfy him so he calls you. That's tech support.

*You're on your way to a party when you realize that there could be handsome men in all these houses you're passing. So you climb onto the roof of one situated towards the center and shout at the top of your lungs, "I'm fantastic in bed!" That's spam.

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Bitten by the writing bug

Ouch!

I think I'm bitten by the writing bug. I'm "compelled" to write and write and write... anytime and about anything. Screaming online, quoting Mikey. This post gonna be another channel for me to express my thoughts and nothing but my thoughts. Am I high on caffeine or something? So much nonsensical ramblings...

Just bought a Mother's Day card. It's purplish and pinkish and has three artsy flowers on the creamy white cover. When you open up the card, a nice lullaby-like melody flows out. Sigh... That's all I can do? A card to mail home to my mother before Mother's Day? I feel so lame. You know something? Next month is Father's Day and I can't mail home Father's Day card anymore... Not anymore...

I don't think I'm high on caffeine. I think PMS is taking its toll over my endocrine system. Urggh! I feel nasty and bitchy! Sometimes I need to remind myself not to be defeated by the sudden hormonal change when I sense its slightest onset. Duh...

Thank God there's another session of badminton tomorrow. I guess I'll make myself sweat like hell. Wanna flush out all sort of grief and misery and whatever damned feelings from my inner being! May be physical workout might be effective. Hope so...

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

Oh yeah, pink and white is a lovely combination! A pastel pink top over a white bottom, whether skirt or slacks is the passport to youthfulness! I feel young and lively and hopeful. So, color does make a difference :P

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Too beautiful not to share...

THOUGHTS...

Too beautiful not to share...












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Can You Sleep While The Wind Blows?

Got this link from an email.

Can You Sleep While The Wind Blows

We don't need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the middle of storms.

Amen

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The Zest of Knowing Oneself

Checklist:
- two distinct sides to a changeable personality: Now you see it, now you don't [True to the core]

- changes of expression are as fascinating to watch as the psychedelic lights in a discotheque (Hate? Ecstasy? Intelligence? Idealism? Sorrow? Joy?) [Interesting!]

- skip back and forth in a book, a pattern of action preferred when it comes to things other than reading [This is so true]


- talk fast, listen fast [Aha... a virtue]


- impatient with people who can't make up their minds where they stand on particular issues [Absolutely agree! Want it? Just do/say it laaa... what the wait?]

- an eagerness, immediate, sympathetic friendliness; unusually quick but graceful [Errr...]

- talk themselves in and out of situations with the greatest ease [Why not... if that situation embarasses me]

- like an inquisitive bird, survey the scene with excited curiosity, then dart off in a different direction [Hmmm...]

- can do two things at once with less effort [Multi-tasking is a skill of survival maa...]

- disguise true motives and feel a compulsion to behave in a way exactly opposite to real desires [Oh yeah, this is a must, so that I'm not betrayed by my own feelings]

- has a knack for writing - speeches, commercials, documentaries, plays and books, able to turn a clever phrase and string words together intelligently [No wonder I'm a copywriter]

- born with defense mechanism [YES! Don't you ever wrong me!]

- speaks, understands or reads more than one language, triumph with words [Haha... I LOVE languages!]

- should try hard to achieve rest, rest and more rest, to heal those jangled nerves and renew the over-active brain cells, because nervous exhaustion is a constant threat [Ok... noted]

- can suffer an emotional breakdown more easily from boredom and confinement than from over-activity [Whoa... scary!]


- a mental explorer; deep inside its searching and impatient nature lies the seeking of an ideal but the chief problem is in recognizing what it is. It could be anything, since imagination knows no boundaries. Money, fame, wealth, love and career are never quite enough [I'm still searching...]


- sharp eyes, multi-talented, has a brilliant humor, tact, diplomacy and adroitness, yet he persistence and patience; throws away the precious old too quickly for the untried new, then lives to regret the instant disposal [Oh, so sad...]

The lady in her:
- a romantic one, capable of intense passion [Oh, is it?]

- age is an important clue to what one can expect, because until she matures, romance is only a game; can be fickle and unpredictable to an incredible degree. First she'll be ecstatically carried away by your smile and your voice, even the way you walk. Then she'll reverse her ecstasy and criticize everything from your socks to your haircut, and she usually does it with such clever, sharp sarcasm, you may need iodine for your wounds [I can be quite sarcastic at times :P]

- aren't as heartless as they seem to be at times. Their active imaginations create many fantasies. Romance is the easiest way they can express them [Huh?]


- needs your pity, not your anger [True. Don't scream at me]


- While she's being impressed with a man's mental abilities and his intelligent wit, another side of her is noticing his antipathy toward the arts or his lack of response to music and poetry. When she finds someone who's appropriately creative, who's at home at the ballet or in the literary world, the duality pops up again [Ooohhh... if the one is musically- or creatively-inclined, my knees will wobble....]

- when the mood is on the up-swing, she'll sparkle with a vivacious personality, amuse you with her clever, witty remarks, and converse intelligently about almost any subject under the sun [Haha... Nyek... nyek... nyek...]


- enjoys all the sentimental gestures of romance and has no trouble making conquests. No woman you've ever met will delight you with more imaginative ways of loving you and such appealing charm. She can flutter her lashes with delicate femininity, but she's not at all helpless when it comes to earning her own living [Wow...]


- can play the giddy party girl to perfection, but can smoothly change into a demure and adoring housewife, from which she can quickly switch into a serious intellectual who studies the great philosophers and talks about politics or poetry brilliantly, then suddenly turn into a bundle of raw emotion, full of nerves, tears and fears. She's certainly not stuffy or monotonous [I wonder is this good or bad]


- longs to be "really, truly in love," but it keeps eluding her. She yearns for motherhood, but often that eludes her, too. She finds a different perfection in each man she meets, as she restlessly searches for the one man who has all the qualities she needs for happiness [Where are you, Mr. Right?]


- sharp mentality will show clearly when her curiosity is excited by any new subject; see all the intricacies of your creative ideas and will probably throw in a few promotional schemes of her own. As long as you don't demand consistency from her, she'll be completely fascinating [Hohoho...]


- once you've proposed to her and she's accepted, you can pity all those men who are doomed to a life of monogamy with just one woman. You'll have several wives when you marry your Gemini [This is very interesting]


Wife Number One
- adjust to anything you require of her. If you require faithfulness, she can manage that, too, providing you're interesting enough to have won her real love
- never sulk if you take a new job out of town. With her ingenuity, taste and sense of color, she can make a new home look lovely with a light touch of her dainty, clever hand
- count on her to go to work if you need extra income, and she'll be pretty practical about how to spend it
- a thinker and a very clever one, underneath all the bright small talk

Wife Number Two
- moody and will have her satirical moments when she can be cynical and flippant, by turns
- challenge you mentally. But a man needs to be stimu-lated, doesn't he? Go ahead, top her in an intellectual argument. (It's what she secretly wants anyway)
- won't be easily shocked by life or have any preconceived prejudices. She may decide to march in a protest parade or join a sit-in and forget to come home until midnight
- a highly independent individualist

Wife Number Three
- bored and depressed with housekeeping routines. The beds will be unmade and the dishes will stand in the sink while she daydreams, reads or writes the outline for a play. She may serve you a can of beans for dinner without even bothering to open the can. But you can have the most soul-satisfying conversations with her into the wee, small hours
- will sympathize with your frustrations at the way life has treated you and satisfy both your emotional and your intellectual cravings - pretty good company, very affectionate too

Wife Number Four
- a gay and laughing mother; won't let the children restrict herbecause she'll probably have too many projects going constantly to smother them with over-protectiveness
- if anyone asks her how much time she spends with them, she'll probably answer, "In our family, it's not a matter of how much time. It's a matter of how much love"
- the children may not always obey her because she's inclined to be emphatic one day, then melt and give in the next, but the youngsters will love their long talks with her. Her imagination will match theirs, and they'll amuse each other
- probably be a permissive mother but she'll worry about scholastic averages, and she'll probably insist on good grades. They won't get by without doing their homework if she can help it, although they may get by without hanging up their clothes

Wife Number Five
- a beautiful hostess, an expert at the whole candlelight, flowers and sterling silver routine. You can bring anyone, from your boss to the Governor home to dinner and she'll be so gracious and charming, they'll never want to leave
- will organize her life efficiently and effortlessly, dress like a fashion model and love the theater. You can take her to art galleries and concerts - she'll be right at home in any kind of society. Everyone will stare at you enviously and wonder who the glamorous woman is who hangs on your arm so sweetly
- romantic and ultra-feminine, maybe even write you a poem for your birthday
[Whoa...]

- never be silent when she can speak


- never turn away when she can help; never walk when she can run

- her mind is full of so many thoughts and her heart is full of so many hopes, she may seem to need a computer to sort it all out. Or does she just need someone who can run beside her and toss dreams with her-from here to tomorrow?

- If you're that man, she doesn't dare look over her shoulder to see if you're near. Some deep, unexplained fear within her keeps her from ever looking back. When you finally match her speed, get her to slow down to your pace. You can do it, if you hold her hand tightly and never let it go. Though Mercurial north winds drive her on, secretly she may long to rest awhile more than you know. Do hurry and try to reach her. She needs you. [Speechless]


Check here for more info.

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Keeping in touch

It's good to keep in touch with ex-classmates. I'm very happy for them. These are what I gathered from a fellow classmate. She's in Bintulu at the moment, just came back from New Zealand.

- Ruhi, an architect, married to Jimmy, also ex-classmate. Now in Singapore.
- Mary, married, now in Singapore.
- Elaine, in Brisbane, married to a Taiwanese guy, has a son named Ethan, turning 2 this June.
- Yih Heng, Bintulu, just became a daddy last week (mid-April).
- Christopher, married, in Bintulu at the moment.
- Chih Chien, a soon-to-be father this June.
- Kah Yeou, in Indonesia, father of two (a boy & a girl).
- Pang Hui, getting married this June.
- Jason, married, now in Perth. Both he and his wife are dentists.
- Stephen, father of a girl, now in Sydney (I think).

Walao... You look at the list again. So many things happen in June
geh... I feel so blessed. My birthday is in June as well.

I'm dreaming again: When will I join the "family club"? Duh...
This is spoiling my mood again :(

Current mood: Tsk... Tsk...

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I wanna be blind

Yeah, my suspicion was confirmed by what I saw with my very OWN eyes. I scored 100% for this "quiz." So, it's true that they are a couple. Walaoooo... %&^%*^#$#%$%

Let's view it from the bright side. So, my sixth sense is still as accurate as ever. Sometimes, I wonder if I'm the ultra-sensitive type. I gotta admit I am. If you don't like me, I can sense. If you like me, I can sense it either. (Like, in the sense of being comfortable with.)

I hate being so ultra-sensitive. Why must I have feelings? The more feelings I have, the deeper the hurt is gonna be. That's why I always act cool. I know, when people first see me, they have this kinda opinion in their mind: This girl is very unapproachable. So damn cold the look on her face.

Hey, it's not my fault, ok?

I wanna look strong because the fact is that I'm too vulnerable within.

T_T

Anyway, I've discovered that people tend to take roughly a month or slightly lesser to bother to know me better. Whatever...

I will just be who I am.

I don't wanna care to know what people think of me.

I wanna be blind!

Whatever will be, will be... The future's not ours to see...

La-la-la-la-la....

Current mood: Inexplicably foul :(

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Kaki Wayang

I'm a hopeless movie addict :P

I dare say that I'd be visiting the cinema, especially GSC at Midvalley/1 Utama New Wing or TGV at 1 Utama once a week, as long as there are movies that worth the time and money spent. Basically, I adore J-Horror, K-Horror, T-Horror, action, thriller, and occasionally romantic comedies. I don't really like fantasies. So, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is off my list. Watching The Golden Compass last year was a big mistake. Bla... bla... bla...

Let me keep a checklist of what's coming up and gonna watch when they are released.

April
1. Iron Man – 2008's Iron Man movie tells the story of Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

2. Shadow In The Palace – Set during the times of King Jeong-jo (1752-1800), a maid-in-waiting is found dead hanging in the palace. The palace nurse, Chun-ryung, who is in charge of her autopsy is forced to conclude suicide and not murder by other more influential court ladies. However, she begins her own private investigations and is led to Hee-bin, the mother of the king's only son and heir. She is hated and envied by the whole harem. Everything becomes more complicated when Chun-ryung begins to unmask a shocking conspiracy.

May
1. Slit Mouthed Woman – Legend has it that 30 years ago in Japan, the spirit of a woman whose beautiful face was grotesquely disfigured by a jealous husband terrorized a suburban town. Roaming the streets wearing a long coat and surgical mask, the spirit would approach her young victims and, removing the mask, ask if she was pretty. The victim's response would almost always lead to their violent death. Now, children are disappearing again, one by one. As teachers and officials desperately investigate, a panic builds as the woman's spirit returns for some unfinished business and the town's dark secrets are exposed. Based on an actual story from Japanese mythology.

2. Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull – Indiana Jones is enjoying a quiet life teaching before being thrust back into his old adventuring. He races against agents of the Soviet Union for the crystal skull. His journey will take him across New Mexico, Connecticut, Mexico City and the jungles of Peru, as well as the warehouse from the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark", where numerous treasures including the Ark of the Covenant are kept safe by the US government.

June
1. Kung Fu Panda – Enthusiastic, big and a little clumsy, Po is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around… which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five –Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey – under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart – and his girth – into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths.

2. Made of Honor – For Tom (Patrick Dempsey), life is good: he's sexy, successful, has great luck with the ladies, and knows he can always rely on Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), his delightful best friend and the one constant in his life. It's the perfect setup until Hannah goes overseas to Scotland on a six-week business trip...and Tom is stunned to realize how empty his life is without her. He resolves that when she gets back, he’ll ask Hannah to marry him – but is floored when he learns that she has become engaged to a handsome and wealthy Scotsman and plans to move overseas. When Hannah asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees to fill the role...but only so he can attempt to woo Hannah and stop the wedding before it's too late.

Let's just list till June first. Hehe...

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Happy Tree Friends Tune!

It's the Happy Tree Friends tune!

Yippee! I absolutely LOVE it!

La.la.la.la.la
La.la.la.la.la.la
La.la.la.la.la......

\(^0^)/

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It's good to wake up...

Thank the Lord for the short prayer session last Friday morning. It's a good wake-up call. I'm shameful to admit that I haven't been praying to the Lord for quite some time. So, it was kinda awkward as I struggle to put what I want to pray into words. I can't believe it. I've attended Christian training for two full years and I ended up in such a wretched condition after joining the working community. I was, sad to say, am still trapped willingly in the rat-race...

However, to tell the truth, the prayer session moved me to reconsider the need to get back on the right track regarding my spiritual life as I go on with the working life.

My priority in life at the moment is C-A-R-E-E-R. I love my current job more than the Lord. Oh no! I don't know what kind of mentality I have. I told myself, I don't wanna do anything halfway or "hangat-hangat tahi ayam." When I was a full-time church worker, I served the church whole-heartedly. I treasured the time I spent with the youths while I was involved in the youth ministry. I love music and I've always been having fun with either the guitar or piano while singing hymns with the youths. Those are the days... I miss them. Them? The days or the youths? I'm not sure... May be both. So, since I'm working in the world now, I gotta pay full attention to the job on-hand. I can't concentrate on both sides in a very balanced way. Or, can I? Help me Lord!

As I grow older, the second matter that I begin to consider is F-A-M-I-L-Y. This is a very tricky matter. The Lord should be the Sovereign One but somehow, due to my impatience and lack of faith in Him in this matter, the Lord, by His wisdom allows me to experience heartaches and unnecessary grudges, hatred, and pain. Forgiving and forgetting seem to be part of the lesson. It ain't easy, believe me. I'm still as stubborn as a donkey.

Speaking about this, I begin to recapture Jacob's experience of wrestling with God. He wouldn't let God win but when God touched his hips, Jacob limped for his whole life. When the Lord touches the strongest point of our being, we will limp. Only then we begin the journey of the Christian life.

I shudder as I thought if this. Would I let the Lord touch me in the matter of marriage? Would I be so at peace and rest and have 100% faith in Him in this matter? My spiritual mother said, the Lord can only do something when we STOP our natural strength of trying to do something. Our natural strength is an abomination in God's eyes. He is GOD! His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts! Who are we to interfere with His plans, even in something as personal as our marriage?

Lord, forgive me for my foolishness. Grant me grace that I may learn the lesson of faith and have full trust in You for preparing the one, if there is any, according to Your plan. Lord, grant me wisdom that I may learn to discern what is of You and what is of my filthy self. Thank you Lord.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10, "But as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not come up in man's heart; things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But to us God has revealed them through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God."


1 Corinthians 8:3, "But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him."


Mark 12:30, "And you shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart and from your whole soul and from your whole mind and from your whole strength."

Scriptures taken from Recovery Version.

Actually, when Jesus Christ becomes the center of our life, everything will fall into places. I guess, I have to make it a point to attend, at least the Friday home meetings and the Lord's table every Lord's Day (Sunday).

Thank you Lord! Do make sure that I don't "fall asleep" too often!

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Coincidence?

Found something.

This lady, Joyce Carol Oates, is born on 16 June 1938. She's a novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, literary critic, professor, editor.

Here's her homepage:
Celestial Timepiece: A Joyce Carol Oates Home Page.

Haha... I'm also Joyce and Joyce Carol was 41 years old when I was born. And I work as a copywriter. LOL.

She could be my new role model *.*

Gotta go to MPH or Borders to find her books.
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T.G.I.F

It was indeed a "helluva" day! Wuahaha!

To make the long story short, it went like this:

PP "won" T.G.I.F vouchers worth RM800. So, we all decided to utilize them in the most meaningful way... and that means celebrating MA's belated birthday at T.G.I.F! 16 of us "signed up" for a memorable journey of hilarious and "horrible" FUN at T.G.I.F, The Curve!

Aha! One just need to remember one thing. We are the CREATIVE team. Our destiny is to seize every available opportunity to make fun of others... decently. We will leave space for your dignity. Don't worry! And don't be traumatized by cherries laa... MA! :P

*Grinning evilly*

Kekekekeke....

Spoiler: Videos will be uploaded via Youtube by the cheeky ones, e.g. PP. Great photos will be uploaded via Facebook or Flickr or anything by the ever faithful photographers, e.g. MA and may be CL.

And yeah... our dear petite M gave us a "hard" time when we recited her version of "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." You know... the original version of "Baa, baa black sheep, have you any wool?" The somewhat "cacat" version that sent us into fits of laughter was this one: "Baa, baa black shit, heli heli wooo..." (Tips: Sing it!)

O.O

Muahahahaha.....

Then, 7 of us went to Cineleisure to watch The Forbidden Kingdom, starring Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Collin Chao, Liu Yifei, and Li Bingbing. Not bad. Recommended.

Next month, our 2007 Casanova of the Year title bearer will celebrate his birthday. Let us plan and may the plan be blessed. Heeheeheehee....

As for me, I'm thinking hard how to make them forget about my birthday :P Worse come to worse, let's just go for karaoke laaa... Agree?

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Say It Again (Marie Digby)

I love this song!

Say It Again
by Marie Digby



Thing about love, is I never saw it coming

You kinda crept up into me by surprise
And now there's a voice inside my heart that's got me wondering
Is this true? I wanna hear it one more time

Move in a little closer

Take it to a whisper

Get just a litter louder


Say it again for me

Cause I love the way it feels when you are telling me that I'm the only one who blows your mind
Say it again for me
It's like the whole world starts to listen when you tell me you're in love
Say it again

The thing about you is you know just how to get me
You talk about us like there's no end in sight
The thing about me is that I really wanna let you
Open the door and walk into my life


Move in a little closer
Take it to a whisper
Get just a litter louder

Say it again for me

Cause I love the way it feels when you are telling me that I'm the only one who blows your mind
Say it again for me
It's like the whole world starts to listen when you tell me you're in love

And it feels like it's the first time
That anybody's ever brought the sun without the rain
And never in my whole life
Have I heard words as beautiful as when you say my name

Say it again for me
Cause I love the way it feels when you are telling me that I'm the only one who blows your mind
Say it again for me
It's like the whole world starts to listen when you tell me you're in love

Say it again
Say it again
Say it again

Say it again
Say it again
Say it again

Say it again
Say it again
Say it again

When you tell me you're in love

Say it again

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Time to Tweak

A fellow colleague, project manager, MY smiled sheepishly.

Oh-uh, got work :S

True enough, he walked... Nope, I think he "jogged" and stood behind my chair, saying, "Don't blame me. Blame MA for this," before showing me a piece of paper with a few lines scribbled on it.

Oh... o_O

MA, a fellow copywriter has written this:

you came, you saw, you blogged,
and we have a winner,
all shall be revealed in May,
Stay tuned!

My "expertise" is needed is to squeeze a BM version out for it.

Ah...

The first proposal was crap. Don't wanna put it here. Client sort of said, "Redo." That's what I gathered from the project manager lor... So, I gotta tweak here and there but no matter how, all drafts sounded so off. T_T

Then, dunno what gotten into me, I began to hum the tune of Rasa Sayang. Softly laaa... of course.


Rasa sayang, eh, rasa sayang, sayang eh,
Eh, lihat nona jauh, rasa sayang, sayang, eh!

Buah cempedak di luar pagar,
Ambil galah tolong jolokkan,
Saya budak baru belajar,
Kalau salah, tolong tunjukkan.

Ya horr! Pantun! Pantun! Pantunnnnn!

berdebar-debar rasanya hati,
tertunggu-tunggu, ternanti-nanti,
setialah bersama kami di Happy :)
segalanya jelas bulan Mei nanti!

Ta-da ^_^V

From client: Please proceed.

*Bear-hug MY*

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I dreamt of...

...API, staging links, UAT, migration... Urgghh!

Aiyo... I wonder what does it mean when work details start to appear in dreams?

*Shudder*

The fact is that I hate being jolted from sound sleep in such a way! It was only 2:38am. I will need another hour or so to get back to sleep.

Yeah... that's true. The last time I checked the time, it was 3:20am.

Now: 6:50am.

Haha... Couldn't sleep anymore, so let's start blogging!

Let me tag this post under Work as well. First post for Work. Wiii....
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The Rope

From an email.

Thought-provoking.

I begin to think: How's my faith?

Click to read: The Rope
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The Peacemaker

Peacemaker

The 4 aspects that make up this personality type are:
1. Spontaneous: Flexible and take life as it comes.
2. Facts: A practical person who remembers details from your surroundings.
3. Hearts: When making a decision, you are driven by your personal values and the feelings of others.
4. Introvert: Tend to focus on and get your motivation from your own inner thoughts and ideas.

Summary of Peacemakers:
1. Value personal freedom. [Of course!]

2. Particularly sensitive to the feelings of others.
[Yeah... have to lerrr...]

3. Think of themselves as steady, gentle and sympathetic.
[Is it?]

4. Others may mistake their quiet nature for weakness.
[Oh...]

5. Focus on the present and enjoy helping others in practical ways.
[Not really.]

6. Take quiet joy from people and nature, particularly animals.
[Definitely!]

7. Value close relationships, but it may take time for others to get to know them.
[It's true but not many people have time for that though...]

8. Live by a set of personal values, which they work hard to reflect in their everyday life.
[Correct, I call them principles.]

9. Would rather support an activity than organize it. When they do find themselves in leadership positions, they observe quietly and lead by example.
[Think so.]

10. In situations where they can't use their talents or are unappreciated, they may withdraw and become self-critical.
[Oh well...]

11. Under extreme stress, they may become even more critical of themselves and others and make harsh judgments about minor issues.
[So, no stress please :P]

12. Tend to show someone how much they care about them by helping them in a practical way rather than putting their feelings into words.
[Not really arr...]

Wanna know more? Check out BBC - Science & Nature: Human Body & Mind

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Treat... treat... treat

I got TONNES of things to say! I mean it! Gotta arrange my thoughts nicely first. Oh yeah, gonna write this post as if I'm talking to you, if you are reading it.

I played badminton! Hahaha... What's so funny about this? Generally speaking, I DON'T do sports. I can't let others witness how terribly terrible I am in sports-related activities. Anyway, after "rotting" at the badminton court for an hour and spent the whole time envying all my adrenaline-pumping colleagues, I decided to give in and... ah well.... I took a racket and played for 45 minutes! Yay! Hey, that was fun and sort of boost a bit of my oh-so-low confidence. So, gotta go for the next sessions... ^.^V

Next.

*MSN*
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Suddenly I felt a storm rising within me. Confused. Blurred. Overwhelmed. My heart sank to the very bottom of my being as if the end of times has come.

*MSN*
J: can i ask a question?
E: can i say no? :P
J: haha...
J: how do u control emotion
J: i mean not to mix emotion with work
J: this is not related to working environment
J: e.g. when u meet something sad, how do u forget abt it and continue working?
J: it's damn hard
E: if we got inner peace, we can handle emotions better i guess
E: be in communion with God ..to me it helps
J: i'm at the verge of bursting into tears
J: now
E: if u need to take time off, go out and have a walk
J: ok, thanks
E: k
J: give me 10 min

That's how I knew that there are 78 steps from ground floor to 4th floor and vice versa (office). Counting them calmed me down. I told myself, it was not my fault. IT WAS NOT MY FAULT. I got nothing to hide. The Lord knows.

Next.

Then, this sentence is really good: 自恋纵比失恋好!(Meaning, loving yourself is far better than putus cinta... what's that in English?) Errr... In case you wonder, this is NOT RELATED to why I went to count the steps.

But it's really true! What's so big deal about love? Duh! I rather spend more time to pamper myself with nice stuff (e.g. facial treatment appointment, manicure, nail art, a pair of Scholl).

Ah... one more thing! I got a job with Ernst & Young - freelance translator (Eng to BM & Chi). Hehe... The money from this job could cover my "beauty spree" expenses.

Oh yeah! This Friday is T.G.I.F day with colleagues! Woohoo! Eh... since already at The Curve, why not go for a movie at Cineleisure? I vote for The Forbidden Kingdom! ^.^V
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Heartless post

I got this post from an email.

My mom only had one eye. I hated her... She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family. There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one of my classmates said, "Eeee, your mom only has one eye!"

I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, "If you're only gonna make me a laughing stock, why don't you just die?"

My mom did not respond... I didn't even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings. I wanted out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids, and the comforts.

Then one day, my mother came to visit me. She hadn't seen me in years and she didn't even meet her grandchildren. When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited.

I screamed at her, "How dare you come to my house and scare my children! GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!"

And to this, my mother quietly answered, "Oh, I'm so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address."

And she disappeared out of sight.

One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity. My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a single tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.

"My dearest son, I think of you all the time. I'm sorry that I came to your house and scared your children. I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I'm sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up. You see........when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn't stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. So I gave you mine. I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.

With all my love to you,
Your mother."

Always tell someone that you love them because you never know what day will be their last, or your own.

Always seek to resolve your problems or disagreements with loved ones because if either of you should pass on before, the one who is left alive will have the rest of their life to ponder those unresolved feelings but will never find closure. And closure usually brings peace.

I asked God, "How do I get the best out of life?"

God said, "Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. And prepare your future without fear."
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Life's like that...

It has been more than a year.

I procrastinated.


Avoiding head-on “collision” has always been my approach. I’ll snake my way through ANY situation that does not conform to my likes and convenience.


I was told that this is the “ostrich” syndrome. An ostrich will bury its head in sand when it senses upcoming danger. I’ve no idea how true this is but it does sound familiar. Whenever a situation occurs, which in nature is against my will, my likes, and my way, I’ll avoid it as much as I can. I’ll make myself believe that the situation will go away on its own. Time will tell, isn’t it?


This applies to the matter of taking leave and goes back to my hometown for a short break.

I have my reasons.

On one hand, I was excited and anticipated the days to be at home. On the other hand, I dreaded the days whereby I’ve to stay in the house because my father was no more there. Even worse, I’ve to deal with pangs of guilt for working so far away from home and my mother has to stay alone in this house. Argghh! I just can’t bring myself to agree to the idea of staying back to find a job in Bintulu! This town’s slow and steady pace will bore me to death. I’ve come out with plans to bring my mother over to PJ but just as I dislike the slow and steady lifestyle in Bintulu, she dislikes the fast and furious lifestyle in Klang Valley.

So?

Well… I don’t know. At the moment, the best solution that I could think of is to come home more often since she doesn’t like to travel.

*****

I took leave and boarded the flight bound to Bintulu with my sister.

*****

Wow… The house is as tidy as before. Just that more decorations could be seen hanging on the wall and they are handmade. My mother is good at keeping the house neat, tidy, homely, and inviting. I admire her for that. I believe my father would agree with me… if he’s still around.

The family kitty is still around. She meowed adoringly the moment I opened the door to the backyard. The guinea pigs are still there, only bigger in size, and older, I guess. Wow! The backyard is teeming with potted and hanging plants, and orchids. What an invigorating sight – a little forest with shades of green, white, red, and purple at the back of the house! Looking around the little backyard garden, I realize that my mother must have spent much time to take care of it. No wonder she doesn’t want to move out. She has her little garden to take care of.

Then, I went upstairs. The bedroom is as homely as ever. The bed sheets and pillow cases are fresh and clean. I put all my bags down and went downstairs because it’s dinner time!

After a year and a month, finally I could taste mum’s mouth-watering homecook food. The simple two-dish meal is incomparable! My mum does cook very well. So did my dad. He was a cook by profession. He served in one of the hotels in Bintulu for more than 20 years! Although I won’t be able to savor his dishes anymore, I’m glad that I’ve picked up cooking as one of my favorite pastime. Even more, cooking can be a very effective stress buster too!

*****

The main reason that I’m home is to pay a visit to my dad’s tomb. We spent the whole morning cleaning up the tiles and its surrounding area. It was indeed a new experience. More than a year ago, it never came across my mind that I’d have to do all these things… so fast!

Sometimes I still wonder and question the Lord although I know that His thought is higher than man’s thought and His ways are higher than man’s ways. In fact, on one hand, I still hold grudges against Him. The same old question is, “Why did You take my father away so sudden?” On the other hand, I still blamed myself for being away from home for so long a time that I didn’t aware of my father’s waning health condition. When I want to justify myself, I’d throw all blames on the Lord. One thing leads to another. Then, I began to blame Him for not letting my father live long enough to know who will be his son-in-law and to spend time with his grandchildren, if there are any. Then, I’ll blame Him even more. “Where is Mr. Right? I’ve been so obedient and listened to advises, so I didn’t get myself into relationships when I was studying in high school and even university. Now that I’m working, is this what I get – being alone and growing old alone? I just want a family. Is this too much?” LOL! I’m just being moody, I guess. The Lord MUST have His ways and timing.

I've faith in Him. Yes, I do.
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