Monday, November 28, 2011


I was playing The Sims when Mama Carrie insisted that I follow her down to the shopping floor below to catch a couple of items since there was a clearance promotion for the perishable items. We were actually living in a duplex in a serviced condominium and two of the many bedrooms with attached bathrooms were rented to close friends of mine whom I regarded as my brothers.

I bumped into a Taiwanese celebrity duo who insisted that I return home straight away as there was a bad man lurking on the premise. And I thought I saw him loitering around the shopping area as I entered the residents lobby area.

I don't know what this is as I found it in one of Mama Carrie's folders.

I panicked for my housemates as they weren't home yet and from what I later heard, when the clock struck ten p.m., all the doors were locked and the elevators suspended to enhance their efforts of capturing the man. The unlucky ones trapped inside the building were led to an air-conditioned safe room (with an attached bathroom, obviously) where they had to wait until the coast was clear.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Whatever it may be, there's no turning back

On this day, there were buckets of tears shed and tons of sad faces.

On this day, it opened my eyes to another side of them.

On this day, it only strengthened my decision to have nothing with it.

Come to think of it, Papa Carrie, was it my bad luck or was it fate?

Argh, I want to throw in the towel!!

My patience is at an all-time low.

Not only do I have a non-branded computer, it restarts on its own and the screen freezes whenever I'm in the middle of something. Bah, if it's in the middle of a game, it's fine but not when I'm writing a document! There is unfortunately no restart button like all other CPUs and I've to resort to switching the plugs off and on if I want to continue where I have left off.

My parents aren't willing to buy a branded computer because of its price, which I don't blame them. But I do hope that they don't wait until I'm deprived of the access before they give my request a thought. I mean, I could send it down to the computer shop if I'm desperate, but what if it's fit for the trash instead?

I'm thankful that I managed to save a copy of most of my important files on the thumb drive as I'm not willing to lose it all without the backup copy, but I'm hoping that it won't die on me like the previous time. I had the bad experience of losing everything when my first thumb drive wanted to be reformatted.

Because the computer is so out of its mind, I have to use Mama Carrie's notebook to update and she's worried that I could contaminate hers with some virus from some website. Seriously, if my computer is really fit for the trash, I think I'll bring it outside and whack it into pieces in a fit of rage. I'll throw in the towel and pull myself away from the online world. This is an electrical item we're talking about, not some computer accessory like a keyboard.

I'm exasperated as my neighbor's young children is literally driving me insane with their over-the-top voices. That is not to say that I have a grudge against children, but I will turn tail at the sight of a young, playful child.

Don't ask me why, it's been embedded in my veins.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My 2011 Christmas Wishlist

Credits to The Star (Malaysia) for the image

It's high time that I change my handbag (or purse, whichever is more suitable in American English). I'm only waiting for a markdown or Mama Carrie to sponsor one for me.

Credits to Discover Hong Kong for the image

Credits to Travel Portfolio for the image

I'm not a fan of the beach, but I like to walk on the beach and admire the beauty of the ocean.

Credits to Fashion Times Line for the image

I'm silently hoping that I'll be one of the selected few bloggers.

There's more, but I'm open to any type of presents as long as they're of great use to the receiving parties. =)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nineteen Random Things

Credits to Crystal for the post.

1. My ex has never existed.

2. Maybe I should erase the past and start over.

Credits to BBC Good Food Recipes for the image.

3. I love it when I'm being treated to a slice of cheesecake.

4. People would say that I'm obedient, but don't judge a book by its cover.

5. I don't understand how I can remember 'them'.

6. When I wake up in the morning, breakfast is all I think about.

7. I trust no one with my secrets.

"Rule #4: If you have a secret, keep it to yourself. The second-best tell one other person if you must. There is no third-best." - Leroy Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)

8. Life is a battlefield.

9. My past taught me that some folks aren't worth remembering.

10. I get annoyed at those who want a piece of me.

11. Parties are never my type.

12. I wish to return to the land of the long white clouds for a vacation.

Credits to Great Dog Site for the image

13. Dogs understand my emotions.

Don't believe me? Ask Big Fat.

14. Cats love my place.

15. Tomorrow is the last Friday of the month.

16. I have a low tolerance towards those who pepper me with nonsensical questions.

17. I'm totally terrified of cockroaches, spiders and snakes.

18. When I look at the night sky I think of what tomorrow has in store for me.

19. If I could be anyone i would be someone who blends in with the crowd because your mistakes will not be blown out of proportion.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


What was I doing 10 years ago?

Keeping an eye out for someone in my elementary class.
I knew how to use a computer, but barely made it far from Barbie's home.
Had my second ear piercing, since the first one gave me an infected ear.
The S word was embedded in my head.
The usual trips to Subang Parade, which is totally different back then.

Things on my to-do list today:

Complete another scene in my story
Pull myself away from the computer
Toilet chores

Snacks I enjoy:

Waitrose Cream Crackers
Swedish Berry, Iced Blended Chocolate/Vanilla
Cheese Cake
Fruit Flo

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Donate to charity - in monetary efforts or in deed
Infrequent shopping trips to the high-end stores
Secure the future of the Carrie's.

Bad habits:

I think too much - terribly
I zone out when I'm left out of a conversation
I admit, I'm a screamer (you'll have to be my neighbor to understand the severity of it)

Places I have lived:

Two places - one of which I want to return to

Jobs I've had/still have:

Sales assistant
Unofficial psychiatrist

Taken with credits from Crystal.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Welcome back, Empire Gallery!

Serai, I thought you were opened, you know.

Since we were free, we swung by Empire Gallery the day it reopened after six weeks of upgrading and repair works. To refresh everyone's minds, there was an explosion in the wee hours of September 28th, shattering the windows and causing damage to the retail lots. It caused a traffic congestion the whole day as traffic policemen were dispatched to redirect the vehicles while firemen and arson investigators entered the building, searching for any evidence that will help to determine the cause of the explosion.

It was later determined to be a gas leak. More information right here.

I was about to take this picture when I stumbled upon a group of newspaper photographers and article writers on a guided tour with someone from the management. I retrieved, hid behind the Coach store and waited for them to walk past.

Mama Carrie had the nerve to ask me to ignore those camera flashes and take only one shot ... and bolt!

Cute, aye? The newspaper photographers were after it.

Since Tangs was having their Christmas sale, I slithered inside unnoticed and killed some time by hovering around the ladies department while Mama Carrie bought pillowcases. I swear, NAPBAS was not on my mind when a row of formal gowns caught my eye. Even though I'll need my parents to pay for the gown, it doesn't mean that I can't window-shop.

We might've stayed longer if we had planned on having our dinner there.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Nuffnang Blog Awards, Here I Come

Since Nuffnang has extended the closing date of the blog contest to this Saturday, I figured that I should probably give it a shot.

Here are the top three reasons why I want to be one of the selected bloggers to attend Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011:

1) The Glitz and The Glamor

Credits to Scrape TV for the image

The camera flashes. The red carpet. It will be my first time attending the ceremony. Lots of top and nominated bloggers will turn up in this exclusive event of the year.

2) A Chance to Mingle with Fellow Bloggers and the Stars

Credits to The New York Times for the image

It has always been a dream of mine to meet each and every blogger - nominees, winners and guests alike - in person. And I hope to savor every moment that I experience there.

3) Good Food with Good Company

Credits to Glam Adelaide for the image

Credits to ZAP Events Limited for the image

With that being said, I hope to enjoy the night in the company of fellow bloggers that I will meet at the ceremony with the glamorous ambiance that is created by the chandelier lights and the sight of everyone in their formal wear.

There will be 500 bloggers from around the Asia-Pacific region flocking to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the 2nd Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 in Putrajaya Marriott. The awards ceremony aims to reward and honor the region's top bloggers for their contribution and to encourage a bond between blogger communities from the region. The Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards is proudly brought to you by Volkswagen Malaysia and Putrajaya Mariott.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


She, the boyfriend and their best friend had finished having a coffee together and since the two guys want to have a private chat, she walked away and browsed a shop that was rented to both a boutique and make-up accessories before she exited the shopping mall to cool down the piping hot vehicle that was “sun tanning” itself.

She received an incriminating evidence via a text message and looked up to see them walking towards her with a smile. For the first time in her life, it infuriated her. She lost all her restraint and showed the MMS to them, demanding a reasonable explanation from her boyfriend. But before he could answer, she collapsed due to the anger that had taken over her body.

Credits to Temasya Glenmarie for the image

The boyfriend stayed by her side, keeping a close eye on her. He wanted to tell her that he will never have the heart to betray her as he had always loved her all these while. He wanted to tell her that he was being set-up by someone….. (I could have clearly remembered the dream if Mama Carrie hadn’t decided to shove me out of bed.)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Random Thoughts

I'm not like other folks.

I can't remember much from my childhood, only bits and pieces of it. Don't ask me why; I wouldn't know. It may have started from the short-term memory loss that I sustained in New Zealand. It's not like I sustained any concussion to the head. I just happen to wake up one morning and couldn't remember most of it.

I was lolling about in my living hall when my mind escaped me and went to that Penang trip. About how the trip may have been different if my friend had tagged along. How he'd have rolled his eyes at the amount of bread loaves and buns that Mama Carrie had bought from the Penang Adventist Hospital in Pulau Tikus. (Papa Carrie had stayed back to keep an eye on Big Fat).

But hey, some things would've still happened.

I've made up my mind; I'm leaving the story as it is until I can face it with an open mind again. I can't think of the next scene as well. Will I have to resort to writing each scene individually and "pasting" it together eventually? We'll see.

I know it's only six weeks away, but have you guys started planning for Christmas? Not for me. I'm not planning to bring out the tree (it can never be the real one) until the end of the month. It's just too early and I'm toying with the idea of sending greeting cards instead. You see, shopping for suitable and useful Christmas presents is really tough. I like to make sure that the folks on my list receive wrapped items that they can pass it on if it's something that they don't need.

I'm thinking of skipping the meal as a lot has to go into the preparation and execution. Did I mention that we rushed to the grocery store, bought the last-minute ingredients and kept it in the fridge before rushing to Church for Mass last Christmas? Not to mention, desserts are out as I'm gluten-intolerant and "sugar destroys the blood" - June.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Star Cruise Holiday

Credits to Star Cruises for the image of SuperStar Aquarius

Since our mutual friend was hosting some kind of party on her father's cruise ship, she extended the invitation to the twelve of us. I had a private and guided tour of the ship since I was the earliest. When I had returned to the "lobby", I bumped into the other eleven of us.

Two of whom are friends in reality, but I won't drop their names.

I'll spare them the privacy this time round.

It was at sunset that he remembered that he wanted to buy some gifts from the souvenir shop and pleaded with me to come along. I wasn't sure why he had wanted me to come along but since I was heading in the same direction, why not?

He laid an arm across my shoulder as we walked away from the group. I was stunned, but I think I hid my feelings well. And I thought I heard whispers in the background.

Call me sensitive, but I didn't want any misunderstandings to occur. It stunned me to my core because I was fully aware that he was happily committed to someone in the dream - and in real life.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A God-given Gift

I woke up frightened from my sleep to someone sitting at the foot of my bed. It didn’t matter how the person slithered inside my room without disturbing me; I was already frightened. He poured out to me that he needed my help to mediate between his mother and his wife, who were having issues with the execution of his will.

I was thinking that their family matters were none of my business, but I unwillingly agreed since the person in front of me was a ghost, not a human being. How can one think straight when they’re petrified?

Temporarily putting it behind my head, I swung by a friend’s small restaurant for a meal and to strike a conversation with him about that case. He said that he had heard about it, but was very vague about it and led to me to the case handler. I nodded my thanks and swung by her workplace to have a word with her on this. I told her that I had dreamt that the man in the afterlife came to me for help as he couldn’t take the animosity between his mother and his wife any longer. She was kind enough to guide me to another office, where I ended up walking into an argument match between two colleagues.

Credits to the Supreme Court of Japan for the image

I caught them walking out of the High Court and told them about it but both of them shot a sneer at me and walked off. They obviously don’t believe in the afterlife or the paranormal and it complicated things even further.

This was the best I could remember from the dream.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's more than I can handle

Here I am sitting here in front of the computer screen, writing today's post and battling a cold. It's really easy for me to fall ill without actually falling ill, but my eyes feel like they're on fire right now.

Now that the year is coming up, I'm really keeping my fingers crossed. I'm not expecting much but I'm certainly hoping for the best. I've so much laid out in front of me for the next year and I'm not looking forward to being a year older or any of the responsibilities that come with it.

You see, I don't want to make the wrong choices that I'll regret.

I miss this place. Will this place be my honeymoon? We'll see.

I'll be honest. Brutally honest, if I can.

The Carries and I are having the slightest regret of not expanding our horizons earlier back in the day. If we had went to New Zealand when I was a little child of two - three, two things are for sure; we'll be permanent residents or even citizens and the group of friends that I have won't be the same group that I have today.

Not that I'm complaining. Life is never perfect and we just have to move on, no matter what.

Which brings me to something that happened yesterday.

It was the third time that I had to unwillingly witnessed someone showing off his moves on his bicycle while I was cycling with Big Fat around the neighborhood park. I seriously would haven't cared if this fellow wasn't doing it right in front of my face.

There was a cynical smile on my face after we passed each other. I would rather be left at peace when I cycle and gather my thoughts about life and other matters without being distracted (unless it's as important and serious as an accident).

I received an offline instant message from Bya yesterday and was instantly reminded of my promise to him that I'd have the document completed "hopefully before Thanksgiving", but I'm afraid it'll have to be postponed indefinitely.

Amigo, if you're reading this, I'm so sorry that I've hit yet another dead end that will end up pushing back the completion date.
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