Tuesday, November 29, 2005

emily rose

Last Saturday, my friend and I felt the need to scare the s**t out of ourselves. So, we booked ourselves for the evening "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" show.

For, those who hasn't seen me watch horror flicks at home, you're dead lucky.

I may have this "macho" outlook, don't mess with me attitude, but faced with a scary movie, fuiyoh! chicken like hell. At home, I'd be circling the room, walking to the kitchen and back, occasionally sitting behind the sofa waiting for the horror to end, I'd pretend to be reading the newspaper or play with the cat when in actual fact I was dead nervous. And my friend, she wasn't any better. People alike flock together?

Anyways, the cinema....

To cut the story short, the row behind us spent most of the time gigling at us (the both of us were watching the movie from behind my friend's shawl) and the row in front was dead annoyed (I think I did some karate moves).

By the way, some subliminal advertising ey, the movie.

malaysian press, yet again

I'm very the critical when it comes to Malaysian press, aren't I? :op

I was reading Afdlin Shauki's post YOU CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE!, when bubbles of clouds formed next to me head. Ain't that familiar.

My conclusion of the Malaysian press:

Scene 1

Caller: Hi, I'm Wegra calling on behalf of NGO 007, we are having a press conference announcing our event. Can I fax the details over ....

News Desk: What is it about arrr???

Caller: We are holding a business networking sessions abroad under the Jalan2 Cari Makan branding. The event is aimed at creating new markets for Malaysian entrepreneurs. We realised that the year 2020 is only 15 years away and that we are no where near ....

News Desk: Got Minister or not???

Caller: No

News Desk: Sorry arr, we cannot cover.

Scene 2

Caller: There's a robbery next door and two people were murdered.

News Desk: What's the address? We'd be there in a heartbeat! It is our duty to the nation to report such cases!!!

kasa rubia

sometime just before raya, i went to embun to pick my baju kurung. i bought the baju kurung during embun's tsunami charity sale. that's like almost a year ago! :op

anyways, when i was there i saw a new bundle of kain kasa rubia. my "creative" head went imagining possible kebaya pendek bersulam i'd wanna make. i still refuse to follow the masses and call OUR kebaya pendek bersulam, kebaya nyonya. just because the nyonya adopted malay ways and infuse it with chinese heritage, what they adopt became theirs?! it pained me that all kebaya pendek bersulam today are generalised as kebaya nyonya. kesian moyang2 kita yang menyulam the kebaya pendek dulu, stripped off their IP Rights.

back to kasa rubia. i was holding the material and asked if they were in actual fact kasa rubia. natrah said they are and she said she had to wait over a year to get the shipment. told natrah, that i wanted to buy the kain. she replied, they are to be made into baju, if i want them i have to tailor them with her. there goes my kebaya pendek dream, and so i agreed to have them made into kurung pesak. she charged me RM 300 ++ for the kain and total cost inclusive of tailoring was RM 900. Gulp! all for a kasa rubia of my own.

last weekend, at the curve flea market, i saw a lady selling kasa rubia, real kasa rubia, there were a cheaper alternative which she called the-cheap-kasa-rubia (who are you kidding, customers are not dumb you know) but i don't like them. i was shocked to see the kasa rubia. when i asked how much were they, she replied RM 180. that's the only other place selling kasa rubia and it's half the price!

demmit! i just got punk'd by embun!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

future star in the making

Make way for Malaysia's next Idol! Even Mawi can't deliver a song with her "feel". Oops! Don't get angry ya Mawi FC.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

bahasa kebangsaan kita

Quoting an elderly whom I respect - he's a lawyer by training, was once the man at the helm of our national airline during its glory and was once one of the few professionals in the early days who were instrumental in drafting the NEP and Constitution of Malaysia during Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak's days - well he confirmed Article I-can't-remember-which of the Constitution of Malaysia stated that Government officers must use Malay in their communications, but there is no compulsion on the Private sector to use Malay.

I was just sent back by a government officer to re-write my letter in Malay!!!


Not that I lupa daratan, but my written Malay is like a Sekolah Menengah Malay, in fact during secondary school I used to write better Malay. But 'tis better now, only that I write slow.

Oits! Of course I speak Malay but my spoken Malay is the colloquial Malay, very not the polished. Macam tak ada class Malay. But I like to speak Malay. :op

New year resolution: polish my written Malay.

Monday, November 21, 2005

too short?

After my last relationship of 5 years, I yearned for a 'break'. I decided to enjoy my new found singleton. I haven't been doing any dating since.

My friends have now started arranging for blind dates and match making. Probably, being single for 8 months is far too long for them. I know they have the best intentions but I'm not interested to date. I had to make stupid excuses.

Anyways, there's this bloke. My friends were throwing questions at me. I had to find an excuse. "He was too short". That was all I can come up with. Goh! The brain very the slow already. Yes! You can now call me shallow. I've become a convert.

Now, the story. Let's call this friend of mine, Ginger.

Ginger was having a chat with her Mom. I'm not sure how my name crop up but Ginger had to tell her Mom what I said about the bloke, that "he was too short". And came the reply from her Mom, "but your father, he's a good man..."


I shall never step into their house. Ever!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

a very much advanced new year gift

I got the sweetest surprise when mom's friend, Auntie Yen, returned from spending her hari raya with her two kids in the UK. (They are studying in the UK; her son in Oxford and daughter in UCL ... erk! too much brains there!!!)

My sister kirim-ed a new year's gift, very much in advance. I hope this has nothing to do with my birtday eh! The birthday gift is still pending. You can start buying now. ;op

It was the very latest in the cult best selling series from Benrik; "The Diary Will Change Your Life 2006". It's a weekly diary which supposedly offer extreme self-improvement tasks, they are bizzare and irreverent to-dos, many of which are boarderline-illegal activities!!!


Note to me sis: Thanks Bots! I love it, you think I've got the "balls" to execute the tasks?!
P.S. Would the mundane-ness cease with the existence of this to-do-list?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


7 Things I Plan To Do Before I Die:
  1. Travel the world
  2. Love someone who loves me back
  3. Be financially independent; no hutang and can hidup without menyusahkan orang til I die
  4. Find answers to all my questions & satisfy why I have to believe in what I was taught to believe
  5. Give back to society
  6. Contribute in creating wealth and a firm foundation for next generation bumiputera
  7. Own my own place where my adik2 and friends can drop by whenever they want for makan or just to lepak.
7 Things I Can Do:
  1. Multi-task
  2. Change car tyre
  3. Read maps and navigate
  4. Survive on my own
  5. Remember faces I’ve seen since zaman tadika
  6. Simple plumbing, bulb + fuse change
  7. Masak rendang dendeng without parental guidance :op

7 Things I Cannot Do:

  1. Fly a plane
  2. Design and build a high rise building
  3. Carry a car tyre out of the boot on my own (didn’t know it was that heavy!)
  4. Perform a surgery; bedah manusia or even haiwan for that matter
  5. Remember names
  6. Remember what I learnt from PMR & SPM Sejarah
  7. Hold a roach, not even for a second

7 Celebrity Crushes:

  1. John Legend
  2. Richard Ashcroft
  3. Damon Albarn
  4. Josh Hartnett
  5. Adam Sandler
  6. Ashton Kutcher
  7. Chad Micheal Murray

7 Often Repeated Words:

  1. "Thank you"
  2. "Terima kasih ye"
  3. "Tu la pasal"
  4. "Lapar la..."
  5. "Sh**"
  6. "Gedik"
  7. "Oh mak cik!" ... yes! believe it or not, guwe can melatah sometimes ... goh!

7 Things That Attract Me To The Opposite Sex:

  1. Intelligence
  2. Hilarity
  3. Confidence
  4. Industriousness/ Drive/Perseverance
  5. Gentlemanliness
  6. Thinker & deeply versed (through reading)
  7. Height ... am not asking for too much ya?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Kapirus: New Cat Mummy

Our chubby Kapirus has given birth to a litter of 4 kittens.

Adorable, them kittens!

They are yet unnamed.

Friday, November 11, 2005

CNNisation of Malaysian Press

I was met with a rude shock to unfold the two main English newspapers this morning and find photos of corpses splashed across the front page.

Perhaps, I should not be shocked. Perhaps, I should accept the fact that it has today become a norm for TV news and newspapers to show graphic images of dead bodies.

Such crassness we project.

What ever happened to treating the dead with dignity and respect? What ever happened to respecting the families in grieving? What does this say about the society we live in - our values, our believe system?

I just cannot imagine any purpose beyond mere sensationalism that a bunch of photos of dead bodies might serve. I have no doubt that “This would sell!!!” is screaming through the heads of news editors, but have these same news editors become so completely voyeuristic about the pain and suffering captured in their images that any notion of respect or dignity for the dead, and the families in grieving, is beyond their ability to comprehend?

It is plain puerile to explain away by saying that it is not possible to give the public a realistic idea of how horrible the situation is if the public do not see that there are bodies as well. Unless, like myself, the journalists are etymologically challenged therefore are not capable of effectively communicating the situation.

There are a lot of horrible things in the world that I can easily comprehend without having my nose rubbed in the salacious obsession with dead bodies.

This is a common decency issue and not a censorship issue; the pictures were not necessary.

I just pray that our local press’ infatuation with dead bodies would never reach that of their CNN counterpart. (CNN recently sued the US government for access to dead bodies, so that they can film them.)

Thursday, November 10, 2005