Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Hi all. I have created TWO subfolders in the public folder for easier segregation of documents.
The woman was announcing it like she separated two conjoined twins.
Hi all. I sent out the email with the attachments for your easy reference. OH THANKS, it would have been SO difficult for us otherwise.
You know how to attach files? Wait till you learn about forwarding. I do not know whether the appreciative person was being sarcastic, or just plain helpless.
I must start applying these skills to my resume. To make the mundane seem magical. Everyone can be a miracle worker with the right wording. Cheers.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
SK and I took the service lift up to the 3rd floor, but she had left her phone in the car, so I volunteered to get it for her. By the time I got up and manoeuvered out of the labyrinth of passageways, I couldn't find her any where. I kept calling her office phone having forgotten that she was no longer using it. I went back to look for her fearing that she might have lost her way in there. No sign of her. I resorted to walking around. I then received a call from her. Found out that she was at the concierge at the ground floor. I flamed her through the phone for walking off where I couldn't have possibly searched. People stared.
Turns out that The Gardens does not have a single public phone. She found the only accessible one at the concierge counter. That's high class shopping for ya. Their target group of customers won't be caught dead using a pay phone. Killed time at Yoyo Cafe before the movie started. Do not order their iced honey lemon juice. Yuck. The only consolation was that I got to oogle at a cute couple sitting nearby. About the movie: original Evy gone, replaced by someone who looks more like the hero's aunt. No chemistry. Uncool mummy. Alex grows up to be an annoying brat. Sub-engaging story. Neither here nor there. Oh, how they screwed up the scene set up by the previous movies. There shouldn't be a "The Mummy IV".
Monday, August 18, 2008
On a more cheerful note, I got confirmation that my good pal Mel is having her engagement cum housewarning do this coming Saturday and I am the guest of honour, perasan, and the designated photographer. Congratulations!
Things at work are going quite slow. I hate starting a project. All the unknowns and the new resources and requirements. The project has two failed vendors behind it, so I am hoping that three times a charm. Wish me luck, people.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Madre, sfilata antichi mestieri e modi di vita, festival delle sagre, Asti 9 settembre 2007
Swiped from Zaffiro&Acciaio.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Speak up. Ask if you are unsure. Peace.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
"...Saxton and Craker are concerned with identifying the threads of commonality that link their Malaysian experiences with their Australian lives - from the mutually-sustaining human traditions of ritual, food and decorative arts to the global stresses on a fragile, shared environment."
Saxton predominantly used the bridal veil and embroidory as her medium. I especially liked "Re-collection: arachnida bellis perennis - daisy spider" and a recreation of a 7th-century Cambodian Buddha head with lace. The former was a marriage of entomology with the arts, as Saxton made detailed sillhouttes of Malaysian arachnids with her large collection of hand-embroidered table linen and lace. The former was a fantastic recreation of a Buddha head. She suspended it in mid-air giving an illusion that Buddha was watching from above.
Craker on the other hand preferred to use mass-produced, everyday items. "Thought Pattern" was my favourite piece as he used moulded plastic spoons (tapao chicken rice) to create a mesh of hexagons that represents the sharing of food. The shadow that the piece cast on the wall added depth to it. In his "Botanical Data Files" series, orange safety netting was used to good effect juxtapose nature against our environmentally-destructive ways.
The second exhibition I saw was Simon Keogh's Please Touch. Normally one sees "Please Do Not Touch", but this is not the case with Keogh's art. Visitors are supposed to touch his art and interact with it. Interesting jigsaw woodwork, fused with wires, masking tape make for an interesting sensory experience. Other concepts include slabs of dried acrylic paint with cracks and ripples frozen in time. But I enjoyed "dot-net-dot-au" more.
That filled my art-fartsy quota for July.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
- Theme Park
On my trip there with my colleagues, I did neither. The journey there was not smooth. Met up with the gang at 9:00am, but some stragglers only arrived at KL Sentral at 9:30am. Any by the time they had settled breakfast, it was already 10:00am. Turns out no bus was leaving until 3:00pm and the Genting Skyway was closed for maintenance for 10 days. The only quick solution was a taxi. MYR80 per car and our driver just left us at the Awana Skyway. It was my first time using it. Much bigger, but much older. Only one gondola per trip. Another MYR5 and 1 hour later we arrived at Genting Highlands. The first order of business was lunch. Ended up at Hainan Kitchen. Horrible chicken rice. The meat was tasteless and I suspect it was frozen for far too long. Expensive, yet unpalatable. Even white rice costs MYR3.90. Bad service to boot. Better spend your money at KFC.
Having filled our bellies, we headed to Casino Monte Carlo. Ages since I've set foot into that horrible place of cigarette smoke and compulsive gamblers. People with too much money too burn. It's scary. I hate it. And Genting is getting better and better at it. Lotsa advancements. One computerised table can take at least 5 times more gamblers than the manual kind. But they still have that for the gamblers who prefer the "old ways". Reduces calculation mistakes and newbie gamblers don't feel too pressured. Even the slot machines have gone kiddy (strange since no kids are allowed in) and digitized. And there's the whole cashless and rewards points system using the Worldcard too. Kudos. Although my colleagues didn't lose any money, they didn't win enough to treat me to Ah Yat Abalone either. Dang.
A middle-eastern tourist stopped us:
Tourist: Ice! Ice! (pointing out the window)
Me: Ice? Snow? It's snowing!?
Tourist: Ice! Hail! Hail!
Colleague: I think she wants to go to the Snow House. -_-||
Was supposed to have dinner at Coffee Terrace, but my colleagues pulled out. Had it at My Thai, First World Plaza instead. Surprisingly cheap (even for non-Genting prices) and good Thai food. Hidden upstairs, it has relatively less customers. Ordered a lovely set of Thai Green Curry, Shrimp Curry, and Fish in Spicy and Sour Sauce. Came with a starter of mango salad, seafood Tom Yam and dessert of mango pudding with just less than MYR20 per person! Do give it a try. We took teksi sapu back down to KL Sentral as the bus tickets were sold out. All hotels were also fully-booked, but I didn't quite see such a crowd. That's Genting for you. Anyway, the highlight of the trip was me seeing Jessie Chung, the famous married transexual extrepeneur and singer. She looks better in pics.... oh well.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Me: Ooooooooooooh. The promoter at the Burberry fragrance counter is cute!
SK: Where? Where? Ah, you're right.
Me: The nametag reads "Vincent". Hehe. Not bad wor. Cuter than KH.
SK: Cuter than KH?! Of course la. How can you even use him as a benchmark?!
Me: Like that also cannot ah?
But KH does have VERY smooth skin. Tak caya? Can ask SK also. :P
Friday, August 01, 2008
Had a late lunch at BKT Station at Citrus Park. The BKT soup was very herbal-y. I wouldn't recommend the Pepper Stomach Soup and the Shanghai Spare Rib Noodles ended up looking like Chicken Chop Noodles, but the gravy was good though. Dessert was coffee and cake at Secret Recipe. Oh how the standard has dropped. Do not order their high-fibre cake unless you like eating sawdust and woodchips. Later, SK and I sent KH home and we met his mother. It's been more than a year since I met her, and I felt a bit uncomfortable being alone with her. At first, I felt that she avoided me, but later she did talk to me. Quite stressful! I was glad that SK was there to reduce the focus on me.
We then headed over to his neighbour's place to buy cute, home-made felt dolls. SK bought MYR50 worth or 'em. :S.
Auntie: You don't like these things are? (referring to the felt dolls)
Me: Err, no.
Auntie: Stay over for dinner (I really wonder if she was only referring to SK).
Me: Err, next time first.
Not that I was avoiding her, but I was invited to mum's friend's son's 14th birthday party. Crazy amount of food and alcohol. I had to help out wrapping the springrolls and was given the job of teaching mum's friends how to do it. Popiah skin, sweet sauce, chilli sauce, lettuce, stir-fried mengkuang, diced beancurd, beansprouts, sliced scrambled eggs, chopped dried shrimp, chopped mushroom stumps and chinese sausage slices.
Auntie 1: Wah, mine is fat and short. (while pouring herself another glass of red wine)
Auntie 2: Haha, mine is long and thin.
Auntie 3: It comes in all shapes and sizes one mah. (cackles)
Me: (rolls eyes)
At the end of the party, mum packed home pulut kuning, curry chicken, springrolls, yam dumplings, glutinous rice dumplings, fried bihun, layered jelly and cocktail sausages. So sad that as I left, 3 YCTs arrived. Sigh. Anyway, the party ended way late and I was too tired to see KH before he left the next morning. Sorry baby. Until our next rendezvous...