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Well folks, I thought I’d put up a notice of some sort.

I’ll be away from today onwards till 15th August – going to Hanoi this Saturday and well, I doubt I’ll have anything to update before that (in Singapore now). Have a good weekend/week ahead and come visit again after the 15th August for pictures and recap of the holiday.



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Just before the trip…

I’m all set for my trip to Hanoi with the boyfriend with a stop-over in Singapore. Everything has been packed in whilst ensuring that I don’t go overboard. You know that age old saying about how women pack their entire homes into a suitcase? It’s true…for some at least.

Nil understands – just as how he tolerates my PMS mood swings (which I get plagued with prior to a period), just as how he is open-minded enough to accept that I come from a very different culture and well, different family. He has his own faults which I lovingly accept to a certain degree. It is not a picture perfect relationship and it should never be in the first place. It is hardly easy to maintain either but at least we are both trying. The one thing I know we have going for us is that we love each other.

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Malaysian Idols?

I never was quite an Idol follower – at least after I returned from Australia anyway. I was there throughout Guy Sebastian’s journey to become the first Australian Idol (there were two other serious contenders for the title towards the last leg of the race – one of them pulled out due to a vocal/throat problem – I suspect she would have won if she’d carried on) and the show was a great watch. There were remarkable voices and talent displayed on stage and there were hardly any complaints about the entire show. You could say that each singer in the final 12/11 was a favourite and the reasons were good.

Last Friday’s episode and the follow-up results show reminded me about something; about why I stopped watching Malaysian Idol altogether. I was stumped at first and then I just shrugged it off to one of those crazy Malaysian things. The show, the sound, the voting system…all of it is just…crazy.

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Of yeast…yeah…just yeast.

NOTE: Potential female anatomy and sexual health details up ahead!

Most of us are probably familiar with the use of yeast (or at least what yeast is) – in beers, and breads – but how many of us know that we have yeast cells in our bodies? Ohyes, we have them in our mouths and for the women, in our vaginas too; they live side by side with some very good bacteria and well, some not so good ones. Yeast is part of the whole system of living organisms in our bodies and when one small bit of the ‘system’ is disrupted, some bacteria explode in terms of population, leading to infections.

Commonly known as ‘vaginal yeast infection‘ or just ‘yeast infection’, Candidiasis is just that – an organism population explosion. It usually occurs because of stress, changes in the hormones, frequent douching, too much sugar (diabetic women get this alot) and even changes in the Ph level of the vagina itself.

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Change can be good for you sometimes.

It has been a crazy nearly one week for me – with its ups and downs – downs being the fact that I am jobless and suffering from a slight ear infection (BLECK!)…ups being Harry Potter coming out and me going for second round interviews.

I spent the entire week keeping as busy as I can and now, it looks like I can enjoy whatever free time I have left.

Yes, you read it right.

I’ll have to enjoy whatever free time I have left because people, I’ll be starting work on 16th of August in Cyberjaya as a sub-editor.


Never mind that it is in another land by itself – pretty far but I plan to go by public transport. Never mind that I’ll probably have to bring my own lunch and change my gym membership to “Passport” instead of “Home. Never mind that I’ll be starting work immediately after my Vietnam trip.

It’s alright. New opportunities demand new changes. I’ll adapt. I’ll adjust.

It’s okay. Thanks to all for their support.



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The days are slow…

Well, things have been slightly different now that I’m no longer working. People assume that I’m having a jolly good time taking a break but I somehow feel different about the whole thing. I wake up around the same time as well, and I still do housechores and stuff – like run errands, for my parents and boyfriend – not to mention go around hunting for jobs. In a way, it is work; in a way, it isn’t.

I now have more time to spend doing things like baking, gym-ing, travelling meeting friends and blogging – but somehow I just haven’t done all of those things except for the “meeting friends” and “travelling” bit. I spent most of my afternoon yesterday out. First to run errands and drop off some of my former colleague’s stuff and then lunch with my former students. I bumped into a couple of them at the local mall and well, we just hung around, talked, window shopped and that was it.

Note: I’m the type who just can’t stay at home and rot. Besides, my parents just gave me several assignments – design a website and business card for them over the next two weeks. I reckon I’ll have to start on it tomorrow – have a few ideas in mine, so we’ll see how it goes.

Anyway, by the time I got back, it was time to shower, read some newspaper, chat with my parents, cook my dinner and then off to French class. Somehow in between all that, I got a call to attend an interview with a local education institute today around noon – which brings me to consider about a few things. What my options are should I get offers from both the industry and the education sector – bearing in mind that I might have to work overseas in the near future? I know it is too soon to tell but in my case, I reckon it never hurt to consider things like that.

Well, I best get started on breakfast now, if I want to get ready for my interview later. After that, it’s a visit to the gym and sauna there. ^_^

And because I was tagged by thesam117:

5 songs that I currently love (in no particular order):

  • We’ve Got Tonight by Kenny Rogers and Shena Easton
  • Cut Both Ways by Gloria Estefan
  • What Matters Most by Rankin Kenny
  • Belaian Jiwa by Innuendo
  • Imagine by Beatles

By the way, did I mention that Dad is thinking of installing a CD player in my car??? WHOPPPIEEE!!!!

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The weekend has been quite good; have not felt this sudden surge in excitement over the prospects of a second interview (and of finding a job). Neither did I feel this rush in me about the simplest things in life – things that amuse me even though I have other things to worry about.

Job interview
I’m keeping my fingers crossed about this job interview – I went for it on Saturday morning. It was not a big interview, since it was conducted by a recruitment agency. There was a test for me to go through – proof-reading/editing test – and I spent the rest of the time just chatting with the consultant.

Was told that I stand a very good chance of being called in for the second round – since I did quite okay on the test and my profile is relevant and suitable for the job. Also, since the payroll for the position comes from Australia, it also looks like they can pay me what I ask for. Training is provided – and the office (in Cyberjaya, which is currently under expansion) is managed by the team from Australia and not here. I’m hoping to hear from the guy over the next few days – since he did mention that the Senior HR Consultant is very organized and efficient – apparently she normally contacts him within a few hours to a day at most.

I’m excited about this – well, I’m always excited about new opportunities, and new chances that allow me to showcase my potential, character and talent. Wish me luck!!! ^_^

Harry Potter Six
Was around KLCC during the launch – at Kinokuniya specially. There were plenty of copies lying around the two entrances and even during lunchtime, people were queuing up to pay RM99.90 for a copy of JK Rowling’s latest creation. And yes, I’m one of the few adults who follow the story – it’s not my fault if it is one of the more interesting fiction books around. To each their own, I suppose.

Anyway, I didn’t know if I really wanted to get the book since it is super expensive and I’m too tight on cash to afford an expense that I can do without at the moment. So I did the next best thing. I grabbed a copy – I was there early since my interview was in KL – found a quiet spot somewhere near the music section and read the first few chapters and the last two chapters. I pretty much know the ending but am confused over several things. It is something that I won’t discuss until I get a copy of the book and read it from cover to cover. Nil is going to help me check if the book is slightly cheaper in Singapore. He finds the craze of Harry Potter interesting.

I wonder if people went nuts over Enid Blyton back in the 80s.

Fantastic Four
The movie was…nothing big to shout about. I personally felt that the concentration on the drama between Reed Richards and Sue Storm plus Ben and Johnny actually overshadowed their fight with Dr Doom (Victor Von Doom). Sure, this is an intro but compared to the X-Men, this was a big disappointment. Was hoping to see more action, more insight into their abilities and etc…but all I had to go on was the soapy dialogue, brash stupid hero action from Johnny and Ben’s turmoil.

Although I must admit one thing: they managed to get the right people for the roles – reminded me a lot about the comic series – the only problem? Jessica Alba’s hair here looks pretty fake. The other saving grace? Call me a sucker for proposal scenes but the one in FF was kinda sweet with Mr Smart but Dumb proposing to Sue Storm with a piece of wreckage from the cosmic storm thingie.

Honestly…I’d rather stick to the comic series.

Cooking, actually baking!
High on my to-cook list is tiramisu, some cookies and perhaps a cheesecake as well – for my former colleagues and some of my students. They are starting ‘school’ tomorrow and I’ll be meeting up with them just to say goodbye and stuff like that. Not to mention that I need to drop off some things to one of my former colleagues.

But yeah, I’m thinking of shopping for the ingredients sometime on Thursday morning, make it that night – need to check with Mum on the availability of space in the fridge – and hopefully, if everything goes good, get it out to my colleagues on Friday afternoon as dessert. If I can’t find ingredients, I’ll probably settle on making some chocolate orange cheesecake since Mum bought some oranges from the pasar malam today.

I’m thinking of fine-tuning some of my cookie recipes, probably investing in a scrapbook of my own and write down the cookie recipes. Examples? My lemon/citrus/orange shortbreads, peanut cookies, butter cookies, etc…

My bookshelf is overflowing with books now – I have resorted to shoving about nearly fifty thin books into my cupboard simply because I have nowhere else to keep them. I also have two small boxes with reading material I used for work. First on my list will be to sort out one of my drawers (my bed had two big drawers under them) and place those books in them. Alternatively, I’d have to go through my entire collection, pull out books I don’t want and sell them to a second-hand store. Problem is I am not too sure where to go. Paylessbooks doesn’t want them. Any ideas?

Once that is done, I’ll be catalogue-ing my books and start reading some of the stuff which I have been meaning to but never ever had the time to go through. My huge Jane Austen book, Mists of Avalon, and other classics/contemporary fiction. I don’t think I’ll list them here – too lazy. :p

I think that should do it for now. What a weekend!!!

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The ever lovely faces of Beijing – Part II (Forbidden City)

One man’s home AND prison. How shocking it must have been for Pu Yi to have suddenly be forced out of his home – the only place he ever knew – into a world he had never seen of or experienced for himself. Such a pity – a man of his ‘noble’ blood to have died a simple gardener. It is the place where hopes are made, politics and alliances are forged and destinies determined.

Enjoy the several pictures that are coming up next…

The Forbidden City – once the home of one man, thousands of his wives/lovers/concubines, and workers. Today, hundreds, sometimes even thousands of tourists swarm the place, walking through its doors – free to wander in and out as they please. A luxury that the Emperor of China never officially had until the fall of the empire.

One of the regal ‘thrones’ in which the Emperor would place himself in. From it, he would rule the fate of millions of Chinese and dictate how China itself would journey into the future. Since I don’t read Chinese AND I know for a fact that this is not the golden throne, I have a faint idea as to where I took this picture (just that I forgot!) – anyone care to remind me?

One of the two golden lions busy safeguarding one of the Halls in the Forbidden City.

The gardens. Since the many ladies and the emperor himself could not partake of nature’s beauty outside the palace walls, he ordered them to be brought to him instead. Unfortunately it didn’t stop him from sneaking outside to partake in other forms of beauty.

The beauty of one of the many doors that held its occupants imprisoned for many a century. Nearly all of the doors in the Forbidden City have some sort of lock or barricade on it, testament to its ‘dark’ purpose.

A closer look at the door leading to one of the more private rooms in a quiet section in the Forbidden City.

A bird’s eye view of the city in all its splendour.

ps: If you want to get to the entire album, just head on here but beware – the captions are all in French (courtesy of Nil). ^_~

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