Thursday, February 26, 2004

so they think they won the fight...

Methinks the IT dept in my company lives to ban me from fully utilising the internet. It's bad enough that only certain executives get to have internet access during office hours (some others get to go online after 6pm). Now they're cutting me off from my only means of being accessible to the world - the yahoo messenger! :(


I've always been connected for as long as I can remember, or when I discovered the joys of communicating thru IM (instand messaging). In campus, I had the ICQ, Y! and MSN Mesg on the whole day. Everyone else who had a PC was too. Without the convenience of a phone in the room, our only means was through the campus network.

Not that I will die if I can't chat for a day, it's just that feeling of being connected. At any time I can just buzz my friend to get some help on debugging web codings. Or hold a conference with my CG (cell group)members to discuss about our next trip. Or put up my custom message to announce the birth of Leonard's new baby boy*!

After trying out all sorts of configurations, I think they finally figured out how to block me :P

ps: By the way, his wife gave birth to a healthy boy named Ian Lim Jet Ren last night.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004


When the air-conditioning gradually becomes unbearable, the brain freezes. Short-term migraine replaces mild headache. Fingernails turn from pink to purplish. Fingers become slower at typing. Mind cannot think properly. Inner self struggles to keep body from trembling uncontrollably.

Resulting in strange blog post.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

of sham and her phone

KUALA LUMPUR : An employee in a local financial services company dropped her phone her today in the toilet cubicle. Sham, an executive with the company, was about to "do her business" when her 5-month old Nokia 2100 accidently slipped out of her grip into the toilet hole.

Maintenance staff was soon summoned to the 15th floor lavatory to assist in retrieving her phone. Their supervisor, an Indian man named Guna saved the day. Using a high-powered vaccum cleaner, he managed to suck the phone out. Unfortunately the phone was not working when it came out.

Sham has since vowed not to bring her handphone into the toilet with her. Apparently it has been her practice to do so, as her job required her to always be on call.

Monday, February 16, 2004

of sangria and soft-shell crab

It was almost spontaneous and roughly planned. But it was one of the best Valentine's Day I ever had.

We had bought some pizzas, cheesesticks and bbq chicken wings. Laying down the mat, we felt a bit awkward because this was the first time we were going to have a picnic in the Putrajaya park. Brought along a player and let the deep soothing vocals of Josh Groban fill the air. We felt like we were dancing on clouds. With cups of sparkling juice in our hands, we toasted to our friendship and for more good times to come.

Under the starlit skies, we chatted until the park lights started to dim. It was time to pack up and move on.

So moved on, we did, to the Shangri-La hotel to check the place out. It was simple yet elegant. They had a magnificent view of the administrative city from the lobby. We took walks to their indoor garden and must've scared the lovebirds away with our boisterousness.

You know how some restaurants display their food outside to attract patrons? Well, we saw 2 dessert-like servings outside their Mediterranean restaurant. Wondering whether it was real or not, my friend poked at the green ice-cream like thingy.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, a waiter appeared and took the food into the restaurant. Looking at each other with aghast, we fled to the nearest lift before he realised something was amiss. We couldn't withhold our laughter wondering whether he took the poked food to serve a love-struck couple or just to get our pesky hands away from the food!

Now, that was something to remember!

ps : In case you're wondering what the title means, it was what I had for lunch :D

Friday, February 13, 2004

I finally decided... NOT accept his invitation.

After thinking about what he might think, and also through some kind advice by concerned friends, it wasn't meant to be. One friend said, better for him to have this minor disappointment than to have a whole big heartache when he finds out later there was to be nothing between the both of us. You just know how some guys are not "the one"!

So I sent him an sms telling him explaining that "to preserve our friendship" I had to decline his invitation.

I wasn't expecting a reply until a few minutes later, his message came in :"OK, no problem. I'll try again nx year hehe"

He doesn't sound very disappointed, does he? And to think that while I was talking on the phone earlier with him, he gave me sob stories about how rejected he felt. :/

Thursday, February 12, 2004

love is in the air

The big V-day is approaching. You can feel it in gift stores like "Lorong Kenangan" (translate fr BM and u'll get wat i mean) selling pink soft toys, jewellery shops promoting their heart-shaped pendants, songs from such albums as Eternal Love and even the looks in people's eyes.

I've never really celebrated valentine's like how some couples do. Candle-lit dinner at a posh restaurant with rose petals strewn on the table. A dozen red roses wrapped in matching textured paper and tied with a big bow. Dim lights, sensual scents wafting in the air, romantic music being played.

But of course, that's just one scenario lah. I think I'm the die-hard romantic type. I just realised this not too long ago. I mean, I've never really celebrated V-day (even when I was wif my darling(s)). After all, it's so grossly commercialised. But this year was slightly different.

I got an invitation for this Saturday from a friend of mine. We've known each other for some years now, and recently I got a call from him asking me out for a date. I gently hinted that i had other invitations to consider, which prompted him to persuade me even further. He tried to woo me with his plans.

Seems that he has booked, no not booked, but "chartered a boat" for a romantic evening on the Putrajaya lake. To ensure we were not disturbed he booked the whole boat. We were to adjourn to the magnificent buildings in the administrative city for a stroll while we walked and talked under the star-lit sky.

Sounds romantic, huh?

See what I mean, I almost got suckered into the V-day hype. But I don't want to mislead him into thinking we would have anything more than our friendship now. I enjoy our relationship as it is, and it would be unfair to give him a wrong impression if I were to take up his invitation.

Or am I being too cruel...

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

the grammy's

Here are the major winners of the 46th Annual Grammy Awards:

·Record of the Year – Clocks (Coldplay)

·Album of the Year – Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Outkast)

·Song of the Year (awarded to the songwriter) – Dance With My Father (Richard Marx and Luther Vandross)

·Best New Artiste – Evanescence

·Best Female Pop Vocal Performance – Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)

·Best Male Pop Vocal Performance – Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake)

·Best Pop Vocal Album – Justified (Justin Timberlake)

·Best Female Rock Vocal Performance – Trouble (Pink)

·Best Male Rock Vocal Performance – Gravedigger (Dave Matthews)

·Best Rock Album – One By One (Foo Fighters)

·Best Female Rhythm and Blues Performance – Dangerously In Love (Beyonce)

·Best Male Rhythm and Blues Performance – Dance With My Father (Luther Vandross)

·Best Rhythm and Blues Album – Dance With My Father (Luther Vandross)

·Best Rap Album – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Outkast)

·Best Female Country Vocal Performance – Keep On The Sunny Side (June Carter Cash)

·Best Male Country Vocal Performance – Next Big Thing (Vince Gill)

·Best Latin Pop Album – No Es Lo Mismo (Alejandro Sanz)

Thursday, February 05, 2004

happy chinese valentine's day!

come come, gimme ur oranges. don't throw them to the rivers, lakes and drains. but if you still wanna throw, write down my telephone number also yea. just gimme the good juicy ones :D

happy chap goh mei, people!

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

i finally did it!

I finally managed to set up the stuff and downloaded the images from my dad's digicam to my PC.

For any techie or IT-savvy person who graduated from MMU (i have this love-hate relationship with my alma mater), they should have no problems installing the software and relevant driver, configuring the features, plugging the cable from the digicam to the USB port, transferring the images to the PC and finally allocating them into their respective albums. And that's exactly what I did one sunny afternoon last weekend.

Early last year, I had bought my dad a digicam as a belated birthday present. I had been saving for over a year and wanted to surprise him with something that he could use. It would come in handy when he went on his site visits (he's a civil engineer). Indeed it was, and when he went on a job-related visit to the UK, he brought it along and was happily snapping away!

I had procrastinated the installing and transferring because I thought it would take me the whole day. But surprisingly, it only took about an hour or so, minus the minor glitches involving my other ports. I suddenly feel very satisfied that my RM1k++ was money well-invested! :D