Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Weekend of Food Food Food

Early on Saturday morning, I was ready to leave the house with Jason for morning prayer. I locked up and threw the keys back inside. Then I realised the gate was still padlocked. #@%*! Jason laughed as I attempted to climb over the gate. Fortunately, Mom woke up and gave me the keys while laughing. Ah... Then, the two of us and Adelyn walked all the way to church. :) All these things are possible with me. Haha.

It was a day of love and celebration as Gavin (who happens to be my cousin) got married to Evelyn. The wedding service was held in church and was pretty informal. Both the bride and groom shed tears. Gavin even serenaded Evelyn with a meaningful song.



The Serenade


Then, there was the wedding dinner at night in Casuarina. There was praise and worship. It was the funniest and longest wedding dinner I've ever attended. There were games, speeches, Gavin singing again etc. Fortunately, I had company over the phone. XD It lasted till 11:30 or so. Congrats to the newlyweds!

We celebrated Karjie, Kaufoo and Aunty Lee Wah's birthdays together.





I've been eating through the weekend and last night was no exception. Uncle Benjamin's maid of 10 years was leaving for Indonesia so he threw a small party for her. She preaches and serves in the Kebaktian Bahasa Malaysia in church. Pastor Ashok actually prayed for her in BM and he was good.


I'll be going for my Undang soon. Hopefully, I'll have someone to accompany me. :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Step to Liberation

After 2 years of kindergarten, 6 years of primary schooling and 5 years of secondary schooling,
SAYA SUDAH MERDEKA.

After everything, instead of going out, I went with Mom to Tesco, errands.

I finally got contact lenses. After 11 years being spectacled, it feels odd and empty. My nosebridge also merdeka. I took a whole wonderful 45 minutes or so running eye tests and trying to fuse a bowl-like lens with my eyeballs. I also discovered that I have astigmatism and my power shot up to 650!

Next, is to get my hair cut. As Adelyn said, "Now with contact lens, you look even more like Korean actor." And my classmates, "Bae Young Jun."


Do we look alike??? Err..

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Drum Talk

Since only EST is left, I've begun watching drum vids on YouTube. I'm not really updated in the drumming scene (drum fests etc), but I decided to check out Tony Royster Jr., a pretty reknown drummer in drumming circles. He endorsed my Vic Firths.



That's how I got to know of him. As Qi Vin said, "This fella, young drummer, very good." And I have to agree.

Royster is only 24 years old and began drumming since he was 3. He's often referred to as a "prodigy" by his fans. He won the 1995 Guitar Center National Drum-Off competition in Hollywood at only 11 years of age! He has played for big events like the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards and PASIC (Percussive Art Society International Convention), and big people like Jay-Z and Hikaru Utada. He was also voted as the #1 Up and Coming Drummer in the Modern Drummer magazine.

He plays for the American R&B band Imajin and LazyEye.

Just a short vid, but it's awesome.




happy drumming!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Power Jog!


Finally, after ages, I've gone for a jog. So unfit already.

As Chin Hui always disturbs me, "Fei zhor lor.." (translation for fellow bananas: fat already lor..)

Adelyn initiated the idea. So, together with Andrew, we jogged and speed-walked all the way to the depths of Tambun. We dragged *cough* lazy *cough* Jason out of his house to go with us. He thought we were pranking him or something like that. So suspicious. Haha. It was so fun and tiring.

My goal: GET TONED AND FIT BEFORE NEXT YEAR.

Today's Bio was suicide. Not much confidence there. I have a little more confidence in Physics, so it should be okay. Well, I consider tomorrow the last day of SPM. Haha. Over-excited me. I've got so many things in mind to do.

But most importantly, cut my hair. I'm like a shaggy dog now. *woof*

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kisses & Chemistry

I waited for a half hour and when she came, I found out that Karjie's car got 'kissed' by Dijie's car two days back. There was nothing wrong with her physically, but mentally.. OP! Some laughing disease.

Today, I walked from school to the library. Wow. I didn't expect it to take 20 minutes as the drive is probably less than 5 minutes minus the jam. Thank God for cars. :)

Chemistry was pretty good considering the fact that I didn't study much. I kept hearing LCTan's booming voice and CCL's shrill cries while revising and during the paper. Funny thinking about it.

LCTan: Isopreeeeene... Heating by refluXXX

Bio next. Fu-wah.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

SPM-er on Coffee Break

HMM. My add math.. fried. My brain just short-circuit and all the formulae were gone. All the trig steps disappeared. All the linear law disappeared. The A also disappeared. I think I'll get a C. But I'm pretty confident for BK now. Hah. I'll prove to you, mister. It's CCL and LCTan's subject on Thursday. They're splendid teachers, I'm the poor student. But I don't want to disappoint them. :) I'm off.

Sayonara.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Blue

I'm doing it so hard because I didn't get marks like yours in trials!
What did you get? 60-something?
No. I got a 40-something, okay?


The argument ended.

I tolerated your cutting remarks before, never minded them actually. But, today, you just burst it. I'm not one for arguments.

It was an accentuation of intellectual inadequacy. Thanks for making it known to the rest of the world as well. That, and also my physical inadequacy. What a morale booster.

I just pray that you'll know how to bite your tongue at the right times - for the sake of the people around you and for your sake, most importantly.


BK.. A1? Doubt it. I'm not as bright as you remember?

I miss Mel and her big bear hugs.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Deathbed

These are one of the most meaningful lyrics I've ever come across.
My recommendation: Read them. Don't just scroll to the bottom.

I can smell the death on the sheets
Covering me
I can't believe this is the end

But this is my deathbed
I lie here alone
If I close my eyes tonight
I know I'll be home

The year was nineteen forty one
I was eight years old and
Far far too young
To know that the stories
Of battles and glory
Was a tale a kind mother
Made up for her son
You see
Dad was a traveling preacher
Teaching the words of the Teacher
But mother had sworn
Went off to the war
And died there with honor
Somewhere on a beach there
But he left once to never return
Which taught me that I should unlearn
Whatever I thought a father should be
I abandoned that thought
Like he abandoned me

By forty seven I was fourteen
I'd acquired a taste for liquor and nicotine
I smoked until I threw up
Yet I still lit 'em up for thirty more years
Like a machine

So right there you have it
That one filthy habit
Is what got me where I am today

I can smell the death on the sheets
Covering me
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear those sad memories
Still haunting me
So many things
I'd do again

But this is my deathbed
I lie here alone
If I close my eyes tonight
I know I'll be home

I got married on my twenty first
Eight months before my wife would give birth
It's easier to be sure you love someone
When her father inquires with the barrel of a gun
The union was far from harmonious
No two people could have been more alone than us
The years would go by and she'd love someone else
And I realized I hadn't been loved yet myself

From there it's your typical spiel
Yeah if life was a highway
I was drunk at the wheel
I was helping the loose ends
All fall apart
Yeah I swear I was destined to fail
And fail from the start

I bowled about six times a week
The bottle of Beam kept the memories from me
Our marriage had taken a seven-ten split
Along with my pride the ex-wife took the kids

I can smell the death on the sheets
Covering me
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear those sad memories
Still haunting me
So many things
I'd do again

But this is my deathbed
I lie here alone
If I close my eyes tonight
I know I'll be home

I was so scared of Jesus
But He sought me out
Like the cancer in my lungs
That's killing me now
And I've given up hope
On the days I have left
But I cling to the hope
Of my life in the next
Then Jesus showed up
Said "Before we go"
"I thought that we might reminisce"
"See one night in your life"
"When you turned out the light"
"You asked for and prayed for my forgiveness"

You cried, wolf
The tears they soaked your fur
The blood dripped from your fangs
You said, "What have I done?"
You loved that lamb
With every sinful bone
And there you wept alone
Your heart was so contrite

You said, "Jesus, please forgive me of my crimes
Sanctify this withered heart of mine
Stay with me until my life is through
And on that day please take me home with you"

I can smell the death on the sheets
Covering me
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear You whisper to me,
"It's time to leave
You'll never be lonely again"

But this was my deathbed
I died there alone
When I closed my eyes tonight
You carried me home

[Jon Foreman of Switchfoot sings, as the voice of Jesus:]
I am the Way
Follow Me
And take My hand
And I am the Truth
Embrace Me and you'll understand
And I am the Light
And for Me you'll live again
For I am Love
I am Love
I, I am Love

I'm intoxicated with this song. Credits goes to Sam for the CD and to Matthew Thiessen of Relient K.

'Repent then, and turn to God, so that He will forgive your sins. If you do, times of spiritual strength will come from the Lord, and He will send Jesus...'
Acts 3:19-20

repent /rI'pent/ v ~ (of sth) (fml) to feel regret or sorrow about sth that one has done or failed to do

Or rather, to realise and turn away from one's sins.

Isn't it great that God offers us this chance for our sins to be forgiven despite how terrible our sins may be?
Good to hear that after all I've done.

p/s: This song was an 'inspiration' for my English essay. Saved my brain for cracking up an idea.
winner :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quotable Quotes and Valuable Notes

A little update from the prisoner of books.

Our chief invigilator is a Mr. Lim whom some people call 'Pembaca Buku'. He reads from the script for all the instructions, but he's a nice fellow. We all can predict what's he about to say.
"Sekarang, karung keselamatan akan dibuka untuk kali pertama..."
"Peperiksaan hanya tinggal 10 minit lagi. Pelajar tidak dibenarkan keluar dari dewan."

But he also has odd lines like when we were so impatient to get out of the hall after English II:
"Baik, anda boleh keluar dari dewan peperiksaan. Kalau nak keluar dari tingkap pun boleh ya?"
Or after History:
"Anda boleh keluar dan pastikan anda keluar dengan senyuman manis pada muka dan senyap."
But we were too noisy and excited so:
"Pelajar MGS tahu apa maksud 'senyum' tapi tak tahu maksud 'senyap'. Balik, check kamus."

There are two other male invigilators - a Mr Chin and a Malay guy. The Malay fella's perfume is WHOOSH! *coughcough* The female invigilators are all Malay women but their English is really good. There's one super tall and skinny who is aptly dubbed 'Tiang'. SWT.

I'm pretty certain that I've got an A1 in my pocket for Math. Yippee. The day ended pretty early, so, I headed to the library for revision for the holy paper. I managed to cover Acts 1-5 by doing the notes guide. It was crowded, so, the noise level was above normal, especially from the 4 Makciks beside me.

BK, BK, BK. I did so badly for trials. I realy do hope that the saying, if you can pass Mrs. Ting's marking, you can get A1 for SPM, is true. Monday is coming...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Episod Kegilaan Bahasa Melayu akibat Belajar terlalu Banyak

Hello, rakan-rakan seperjuanganku!

Aku tidak sepatutnya berada di sini tetapi ini merupakan satu cara untuk menyalurkan segala tekanan peperiksaan SPM. SPM diisytiharkan bermula pada hari ini dan aku sedang mengira hari ke arah kemerdekaan. Dengan sukacitanya aku mengumumkan bahawa hanya 16 hari yang tinggal.

Semalam merupakan malam yang mendebarkan kerana tidak habis mengulangkaji matapelajaran Sejarah. Walau bagaimanapun, dengan pertolongan kakakku dan Tuhan Yang Maha Esa, aku telah menyemak kertas soalan objektif Sejarahku dan memperoleh 33/40. Maklumlah bahawa aku merupakan pelajar D Sejarah. Harapanku untuk memperoleh gred A1 dalam Bahasa Melayu nampaknya tidak akan termakbul. Sementara aku mengejar A1 dalam Sejarah, aku telah mengabaikan BM. Yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong berciciran. Aku hanya mampu melihat A1 itu berterbangan jauh dari genggamanku.

Esok merupakan kertas Bahasa Inggeris dan juga Sejarah II. Jikalau aku tidak meraih A1 dalan BI, maka terpenggallah kepalaku dengan sendirinya. Begitu juga dengan Matematik.

Sekian sahaja untuk kali ini. Semoga kalian berjaya menjawab!
Fellow comrades, let's fight with all the weapons and ammunition we've got!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Wasabi Nuts..

It was...


on Wednesday.

There was A LOT of yummy food.
Pizza, Kentucky, Cheezy Wedges, fries, seafood platter, sparkling juice and the best of all...


SUSHI!

The evil form 4 Rangers spread WASABI generously on our sushi and force fed us. Jamie was the first to feel the heat, followed by me. POOFFFTT. The taste was terrible, as though I had swallowed a bucket of paint. Then, the spice crept into my airways. Dragon breath... Jamie was in tears and all the other Form 5s were spiced. We decided to gain revenge by spiking their chocolate cake with WASABI. *evil grin* We really squirted a lot in. Hehe.

I'm washed out. I spent the whole day at the Tun Razak library with Karjie and Preeya. We had lunch at Mixed Cuisine. I had spaghetti and they gave me chopsticks to eat. Well, it's called mixed cuisine for a reason. :) Then, a 2-hour dosage of Add Math tuition. Chin Hui disturbed me and I nudged her back. She gave out a loud shriek (?) which caught the attention of Steven. She malu-fied. Haha. Study till sor today. Can't wait for it to begin so that it can end.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

take 5

FOR SALE

Secondhand Girl Guide/Rangers essentials at a marked down price.
- uniforms - the blouse and pants
primary schoolboys can buy the pants also :)
- equipment (whistle and multipurpose knife)
- black shoes

All relatively new and in good condition.
Place your orders immediately, pleeaase.
Or help find people who want them, pleeaase.

-:-


The most talked of news - Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America.
Let us hope that he will bring the 'change we can believe in'.

-:-

It was Hari Penghargaan two days back. Usually, it's an emo time for the fifth formers (as viewed in the past years) but our batch is pretty un-emo. It could be considered fun for us cert-recipients, but pity those bored fellas who had to watch more than 100 people go on stage. I've finally received my 5 certs, but through the years, the quality of school certs have been dropping. Is the school trying to save on red ink and also the trees?


PR promoters

Jess and May Jet's 'I Don't Wanna Be'

The Form 5 Last-minute Medley(can you see yourself?)

Rakanku Lydiapangkaitsan :)

As we were walking past the counselling room, we saw this... and burst out laughing. Check out Glenna's name.



The Indian librarian gang

What is Vic Qi doing??


Lunch at Scotch


SPM is just days away. Only about 20 left in MGS. Will I miss it?


Honestly, I don't think so.

tagged by wenghong

Dear Karjie. I don't really know how to tell you this, but our affair is over. I think I realized it when we skinny dipped with George Bush and his wife and I saw you sit on my avocado plant. I'm sure you're scared enough to understand that your Honda sucks. I'm returning your ring to you, but I'll keep your left ear as a memory. You should also know that I told in my confession today about Oprah Winfrey imitations. Best regards. -YiWen-

Dear (the last person who left a comment on your Journal).I don't really know how to tell you this, but ___1___. I think I realized it when ___2______3___ and I saw you ___4___ ___5___. I'm sure you're ___6___ enough to understand ___7___. I'm returning ___8___ to you, but I'll keep ___9___ as a memory. You should also know that I ___10___ ___11___.___12___,-Your name-

1.What's the color of your shirt?
Blue - Our romance is over
Red - Our affair is over
White - I'll join the monastery
Black - I dislike
- Our horoscope doesn't match
Grey - You're a pervert
Yellow - I'm selling myself
Pink - Your nostrils are insulting
Brown - The mafia wants you
No shirt - You're a loser
Other - I'm in love with your sister

2. Which is your birth month?
January - That night
February - Last year
March - When your dwarf bit me
April - When I tripped on sesame seeds
May - First of May
June - When you put cuffs on me
July - When I threw up
August - When I saw the shrunken head
September - When we skinny dipped
October - When I quoted Santa
November - When your dog ran amok
December - When I changed tennis shoes

3. Which food do you prefer?
Tacos - In your apartment
Pizza - In your camping car
Pasta - Outside of Chicago
Hamburgers - Under the bus
Salad - As you ate enchilada
Chicken - In your closet
Kebab - With Paris Hilton
Fish - In women's clothing
Sandwiches - At the Hare Krishna graduation
Lasagna - At the mental hospital
Hot dog - Under a state of trance
None of the above - With George Bush and his wife

4. What's the color of your socks?
Yellow - Hit on
Red - Insult
Black - Ignore
Blue - Knock out
Purple - Pour syrup on
White - Carve your initials into
Grey - Pull the clothes off
Brown - Put leeches on
Orange - Castrate
Pink - Pull the toupee off
Barefoot - Sit on
Other - Drive

5. What's the color of your underwear?
Black - My best friend
White - My father
Grey - Bill Clinton
Brown - My fart balloon
Purple - My mustard soufflé
Red - Donald Duck
Blue - My avocado plant
Yellow - My penpal in Ghana
Orange - My Kid Rock-collection
Pink - Manchester United's goalkeeper
None - My John F. Kennedy-statue
Other - The crazy monk

6. What do you prefer to watch on TV?Scrubs - Man
O.C. - Emotional
One Tree Hill - Open
Heroes - Frostbitten
Lost - High
House - Scared
Simpsons - Cowardly
The news - Mongolic
American Idol - Masochistic
Family Guy - Senile
Top Model - Middle-class
None of the above - Ashamed

7. Your mood right now?
Happy - How awful I've felt
Sad - How boring you are
Bored - That Santa doesn't exist
Angry - That your pimples are at the last stage
Depressed - That we're cousins
Excited - That there is no solution to this.
Nervous - The middle-east
Worried - That your Honda sucks
Apathetic - That I did a sex-change
Ashamed - That I'm allergic to your hamster
Cuddly - That I get turned on by garbage men
Overjoyous - That I'm open
Other - That Extreme Home Makeover sucks

8. What's the color of your walls in your bedroom?
White - Your ring
Yellow - Your love letters
Red - Your Darth Vader-poster
Black - Your tame stone
Blue - The couch cushions
Green - The pictures from
- Your false teeth
Brown - Your contact book
Grey - Our matching snoopy-bibs
Purple - Your old lottery coupons
Pink - The cut toenails
Other - Your memories from the military service

9. The first letter of your first name?
A/B - Your photo
C/D - The oil stocks
E/F - Your neighbour Martin
G/H - My virginity
I/J - The results of your blood-sample
K/L - Your left ear
M/N - Your suicide note
O/P - My common sense
Q/R - Your mom
S/T - Your collection of butterflies
U/V - Your criminal record
W/X - David's tricot outfits
Y/Z - Your grades from college

10. The last letter in your last name?
A/B - Always will remember
C/D - Never will forget
E/F - Always wanted to break
G/H - Never openly mocked
I/J - Always have felt dirty before
K/L - Will tell the authorities about
M/N - Told in my confession today about
O/P - Was interviewed by the Times about
Q/R - Told my psychiatrist about
S/T - Get sick when I think of
U/V - Always will try to forget
W/X - Am better off without
Y/Z - Never liked

11. What do you prefer to drink?
Water- Our friendship
Beer - Senility
Soft drink - A new life as a clone
Soda - The incarnation as an eskimo
Milk - The apartment building
Wine - Cocaine abuse
Cider - A passionate interest for mice
Juice - Oprah Winfrey imitations
Mineral water - Embarrassing rash
Hot chocolate - Eggplant-fetishism
Whisky - To ruin the second world war
Other - To hate the Boston Celtics

12. To which country would you prefer to go on a vacation?
Thailand - Warm regards
USA - Best regards
England - Good luck on your short-term leave from jail
Spain - Go and drown yourself
China - Disgusting regards
Germany - With ease
Japan - Go burn
Greece - Your everlasting
Austrialia- Greetings to your frog Leonard
Egypt - Fuck off now
France - In pain
Other - Greetings to your freaky family

I tag :
Chin Hui
Yukana
Phui Yan

Sunday, November 2, 2008

De-drugged day

Just one badminton-less week and my body is too full of excess adrenaline (or epinephrine, fellow bio students!). Abstinence from badminton and drumming is akin to cold turkey treatment for me. My hopes of drumming today were squashed when some kiddos conquered and divided the drums. I waited for the right moment to seize the prized possession, when, suddenly Kid #1 and Kid #2 left it unguarded. I jumped into action and Kid #3 surrendered and handed me the sticks. Triple kill... Now, the drums are miiine! But, in the end, it was Jon who played. Poing, poing, poing.

Odd things I'm writing. Hmm. I wanna play badminton. But as everyone is enveloped in the SPM/STPM fever, I guess I'll be playing badminton with the wall. Anyone game for a game or two this week after school? :D

Toink, toink. Wall - 1, Yi Wen - love.

I'm feeling uber hyper now, but at the same time, sien. Pooh. 8 days. Too close for comfort.

Anyway, for promotion's sake, my sis has this game called REAL MEN on her blog. So, check it out.
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