Some Random Filler For November

Can’t believe I neglected this blog over the weekend. My streak fizzled out just like that, and now I’m back to 0 again. Sheesh…

Working in a non-aircond environment is starting to take its toll on me physically. I’m getting my allergies again because of the sweat from wearing long pants in a hot and humid environment. They tell me I can choose to wear shorts if I want to, but I guess it just feels a bit weird going to work in shorts. Plus I still have to wear shoes, and I don’t have the best dress sense so I have a feeling I’m going to end up with a very salah mismatch attire of some kind of top with my very few shorts, socks and one of my 3 shoes.

And speaking of socks, a lot of my socks have gone missing now that I remember. I bought quite a lot of socks during my first 2 HK trips some 2-3 years ago, and I just realised I have no idea where they are now. I’ve been wearing my Melb-bought socks all this while, which although serves its purpose, are all in the same black colour and thus would further contribute to the salah-ness of my overall outfit.

And oddly enough, I was thinking of HK on my way back from work today. I’ve been visiting HK each year for the past 3 years already, and this year it seems quite likely with the little time left that I won’t be able to fulfill my “religious” obligations. Sob sob… my hui lau san. And of course, wu yuen san oso la. God knows the wrath that would fall upon me if I forgot about her. ๐Ÿ˜›

I wonder how my holidays are going to be like now that I’m working. The typical long holidays such as Christmas or CNY will change for me now that I don’t have the luxury of being away for too long. Well, if I were to have stayed in my current company they’d probably be flexible about it, but as I’m switching to a big one that has more procedures and approval processes it might get tricky. Who knows the people might already be pre-booking their CNY leaves and I’m pretty sure they’re not gonna let EVERYBODY take leave so I might get left behind along with the non-CNY-balik-kampung people. Sob sob again.

Dunno what’s wrong with my life now. Like some sad drama story. Hopefully got happy ending. Then again, whatever the outcome whether good or bad, if I’m happy, then I guess it constitutes as a happy ending regardless. So it’s all about how you view things people! If you see shit as shit, then it’s shit. If you see it as an opportunity, then you might need to get your head examined. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 82nd Birthday Grandpa

Well I think that’s his age. I just got back from Teluk Intan on Sunday after spending about 3 days there for grandpa and grandma’s joint birthday celebration, which was purposely coincided with Singapore’s National Day so that my Singapore relatives had a long weekend for them to come up. It was the usual food fare with pisang goreng, chee cheong fun, cendol/ice kacang/yo-yo ice, mee rebus, and of course the big family dinner at the same restaurant we went to for CNY dinner. Apart from mahjong/cards and watching “home cinema” (ahem ahem), food is all there is to do.

This time around my other near-same-age cousins didn’t return so I didn’t have much to do. Played some games on my iPhone, and then my aunts took pity on me and decided to let me play mahjong with them for the first time. I usually play mahjong with my cousins, so it was a change to play with the “grown ups” for once. The rules are slightly tougher than what I’m used to but I caught on quickly and was faring well. It was just a bit disorienting cos they tended to call the tiles and scoring systems in Hokkien instead of Canto which is what I’m used to, but other than that I managed to score a net loss of about RM2. So yup, yay for me! ๐Ÿ˜€

My relatives all love to come back to Teluk Intan for the foods, especially my Singapore uncle who can’t wait to get his hands on the pisang goreng and chee cheong fun. I never really “realised” this, but both stalls are located within meters of a huge garbage dump. My uncle attributes the “additional flavours” as what makes these foods taste so much better than what you can usually find elsewhere. Plus things here are so dirt cheap. RM1 buys you like 3 pieces of pisang goreng. We went to a tong sui shop, 5 of us each ordered a tong sui and also we shared some kuihs, and the total barely touched RM10. In KL, RM10 can probably only cover one person. I bought a large panfried raddish cake to eat, and that big piece cost 50sen! FIFTY SEN! You can’t find anything for 50sen in the city anymore, unless it’s for one pathetic bite-sized candy sweet. So ya, the wonders of small town.

But Teluk Intan as it seems is getting bigger. Not only did McDonalds open up late last year to give old-timer KFC much needed competition, Giant hypermarket and also Old Town White Coffee both opened shop here already. Finally some real competition to the kampung-ubiquitous Billion and Fajar shopping centre chains, though I’m not sure how Old Town can compete with the many local kopitiams littered all over the town, especially price-wise. I guess only time will tell.

So enough with the hometown travel diary. Life back in KL is still the same. Still waiting for a job to fall from the sky. I haven’t sent rรฉsumรฉs since two weeks ago, and I’m still waiting for my one and only interview which got postponed from yesterday to this coming Friday. Hopefully it stays in the slot and even more hopeful would be that I get the job and perform remarkably well! Hehehe… wishful thinking, I hope not. ๐Ÿ˜›

Till then, I’ve got to motivate myself to do up a proper portfolio and also get it printed. I had thought of printing it at home to save money, but my printer’s being a bit weird as well with the whole borderless printing configuration. It’s been ages since I’ve used this printer, but thankfully after replacing the ink cartridges it’s printing properly again unlike my stupid printer back in Melbourne. Yes, the one I wanted to throw out the window. Retarded Epson. Sayang my trusty Canon i550 printer, which has lasted me for yearsssssssss. I’m still so old-school in that I have a printer AND a separate scanner instead of the common all-in-one that most people have nowadays. Trying to be thrifty since I’m going to become a struggling creative for a while. And I’m going to try my best to resist relying on mummy’s money as best as I possibly can.

Need to be independent just cos it’s part of growing up. No other logical reason. ๐Ÿ˜›

Need to change the header

Well if you hadn’t guessed it, I’m back in Malaysia. Have been for the past like 2 weeks plus, running around being a tour guide to my RMIT friends who came back to Malaysia. The first week tho was pretty much ruined thanks to this uncle (dad’s church friend) who was on the same flight as Pinky (RMIT classmate from HK) and me, who later turned out to be positive for H1N1 and ended up having Pinky, me, AND my driver mum home quarantined for a whole week. Sucks, especially for Pinky who thankfully had another 1 week plus left before going back to Melb with the rest of them.

Many things have happened over the past week plus, and I guess a lot more should be happening in the coming weeks. Most daunting of all would be the job hunt, a task which I am starting to feel lazy about and also a bit blah. But I think if I don’t find one soon, I’m just going to be rotting away at home doing nothing and living off mum, which I guess I have been doing long enough and hope to stop as soon as possible.

Haven’t gone to the extent of hitting people up for string-pulling and name-dropping yet, as I’m currently sort of taking it slow and easy. It’s not that I’m waiting for the perfect job to fall from the sky, but I guess I want to make sure that I find something that I won’t regret doing later on. That has been one of my biggest fears for the longest of time. I don’t want to regret.

K la, that’s all for now. Hopefully the next post I update will be positively good news. ๐Ÿ˜€

Merry Christmas

Alloo… finally figured out how to add the snow effect to the blog, half-thanks to Chen who was too busy preparing her coffee + tausar peah to respond to me quick enough when I asked her how she added falling snow for her blog.

Anyhoo, will be off to Singapore tomorrow by car, and I’m driving. Leaving at an ungodly hour of 7am, detouring to Taman Desa to pickup my aunt before heading down south for the next 6 days. Won’t be updating much probably, since I don’t plan to bring my laptop down and using my phone to update isn’t very easy either. I am officially swearing off touchscreen keypad phones from now on… and I think you should too. They’re useless for sms-ing while driving. Utterly useless! ๐Ÿ˜›

K la, enough of my pointless rants. Hope everyone has a merry christmas, safe flights/travels, holidays, and I’ll see ya all when I get back!

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Almost 3 weeks since I came back, and I’ve been in and out of sicknesses and other allergy stuffs that it’s quite annoying. The one thing I don’t miss about Malaysia – the pollution.

I have been quite lazy seeing as I’m on full holiday mode. Haven’t been doing much. At least I haven’t gone back to sleeping so much and waking up late afternoon, as I have been obediently getting out of bed by around 11am. Yes, even during holiday mode! Hold your gasps.

I think I’m starting to get accustomed to Melbourne life, and I guess there are things that I do feel used to doing that I don’t get to do now that I’m back. Dunnola. I guess everything has its pros and cons.

Another thing that shocked me coming back was how much more expensive things have gotten. A large McDonalds Double Cheeseburger Value Meal has surpassed the RM10 mark (tax included). I remember the good old days when it was just RM7.45 (or thereabouts) for a large meal. Years later, and it’s now inflated by RM3. Gosh.

And it’s a little funny to see the Heinz canned soups that I usually buy from Safeway cos it’s cheap… to be so overpriced here. Then again, the good thing about Safeway/Coles/etc is that they regularly have promotions for various products throughout the month, unlike here where it’s not as many.

Eating out has also gotten a bit expensive, mostly in restaurants. Even Nando’s feels expensive now, with a half-chicken meal at RM20. I’m quite sure it was like RM16-18 before I left for Aus. ๐Ÿ˜›

But yes, it’s nice to be back and having soooo much food at my disposal. And a car too. Plus with some minor road improvements here and there, it’s not THAT bad, although our roads are still faaaaaaar from perfect. And the attitude of road users are plenty to be ashamed of. Guess some things just never change.

I have yet to cut my hair, but I shall need to do so soon before I go off to HK. Yup, I’m going HK again. This time with my mum and sis for a week. This time, staying in a PROPER hotel. One of the benefits of traveling with mum – certain luxuries are her necessities. And it’s the first time (not that I’ve been to HK many many times) I’ll be staying in HK Island itself instead of Kowloon where my usual hostel is, so my immediate surroundings should be a bit more upmarket, though I hope not at the sacrifice of the more “authentic” Hong Kong-ish experiences like the char chan tengs and the corner hawkers selling fishballs, smelly toufu, and my favourite ้ธก่›‹ไป” waffle-ish thing.

I am a bit worried though of how I will enjoy myself, since I’m not much of a shopper, in great polar-opposite contrast to my mum and sis combined. It’s scary! The last time I travelled with them was over 3 when we went to Sydney. They shopped so much to the point that we had to have a late checkout from the hotel cos they couldn’t make it back in time for checkout. What a waste of money.

K la, this post is getting a bit (ha ha ha) long-winded. I won’t be bringing laptop to HK, but I have my phone with WiFi in it so if there are free hotspots available then I *may* post updates. Or I *may* not.

Till then, see ya!

Ella ella ella

Such beautiful weather we’ve been having lately, although my definition of beautiful weather isn’t exactly what most people would conjure up, especially Australians. It’s been somewhat rainy and wet, which results in wonderfully cold temperatures and cooling winds. I hate heat. I love cold, though sometimes it can get too cold. But like I always say, I’d rather die from extreme cold than extreme heat, not that I have a death wish or anything.

Today sadly is my last day of my Easter break… and I have yet to start on any of my homework, especially those that are due tomorrow. I *heart* procrastination, although it sometimes can be a pain. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, my hosted site has been scheduled for expiration by my host, so it should be gone anytime after 4th April. I don’t intend to keep the domain name either, since if I want to use it with this free WordPress blog, I have to pay US$10 a year for WordPress to “connect” me with the service, on top of the price of my domain name. So ya, not gonna do it.

One of the uses of a hosted site that I never bothered utilising was to host my online portfolio, which is quite useful for getting jobs. I never really thought about it, and not that I have a lot of work to showcase either, but oh well, I guess paper and e-mailing will do, if and when I do actually need it. I’ve only compiled a portfolio once in my whole life, and that was for my RMIT application. I really should start coming up with more productive nonsense during my free time instead of watching so many TV shows.

Speaking of TV shows, am currently following two new series. The first is Eli Stone, which I quite like. It’s about this lawyer who starts having visions that somehow help him out with certain cases. It’s a medical problem, but his chinese doctor fella says he’s a modern day prophet instead. And it’s also light-hearted, and entertaining, and just a overall enjoyable show with a dash of drama here and there. It’s kinda like a more watchable Ally McBeal I’d say, with the exception that the visions/illusions are actually useful.

The next is Reaper. It’s not as interesting, but it’s oooookay only la. It’s about this boy whose soul has been sold to the devil by his parents way before he was born. The dad had some problem, and made a deal with the devil since they thought they could just not have children. However the devil conned them, as he also made a deal with their doctor (gambling problem) who bluffed the parents into thinking the dad’s infertile. So taa-daa, out comes the first born child, and on his 21st birthday he starts working for the devil. It’s not evil evil so much, but he’s just basically a bounty hunter out to retrieve souls that escaped from hell. It’s kinda like a more comedic Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the exception that, erm, it’s a guy instead of a girl? ๐Ÿ˜›

K la, that’s all for now. I wanna go do my homework!

Hopefully! ๐Ÿ˜€