Monday, February 21, 2005

I Dreamt Of Paris

I had a lovely dream a few nights ago. I dreamt that I was in Paris. It was... spring, I think. I was dreaming in Technicolour. :P The colours were bright and vivid, and the Eiffel Tower looked gorgeous. I was wearing this trendy outfit, with the prettiest coat, something I know I could never afford (well, not now anyway).

It was weird 'cos the premise of the dream was that I was there on a... school trip. My A-Level mates were there. There was this cute French dude who was flirting with Nadia (I won't be surprised if it happens in real life ;P).

But the most important part of the dream (so important that I just HAD to blog about it) was I felt very happy. I spent my time walking around Paris with a special person... and that's it. Just walking. But it felt so good.

I haven't experienced such intense happiness for quite a while already. Too bad I was just dreaming.

No wonder depressed people sleep a lot.

"It doesn't do to dwell in dreams and to forget to live." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Pain Management

First, it was Vioxx by Merck. Now, it's also the wonderdrug which has allowed me to play in IMU Cup 2004's Futsal matches... Celebrex by Pfizer. Sigh. Apparently these painkillers increase the risk of stroke and heart disease and have been banned (sort of). Heart disease or not, at least they help take away the pain...

Valentine's Day came and went. It was good with a twist at the end of the day which could rival M Night Shyamalan's Sixth Sense.

Love hurts. But love heals too. Pain exists for a reason. Because it is proof that we are able to feel. Unlike those unfortunate people suffering from leprosy. And it is from pain that we are able to learn to not touch hot kettles and avoid other painful stuff. But the pain must first be experienced.

It has been an educational week. But not without any fun!

Anybody wanna have a ride on a 'tramp'? It's pretty cheap. Only RM2, and anyone can ride on 'her'. Males, females, young and old, all can have a go and simultaneously too! Just go to Bukit Melawati in Kuala Selangor... and look out for the red 'tramp'. What a 'whore'! :P

That's what happens when a tram is written as a 'tramp.' You get cheesy jokes from bloggers like myself. Sigh. I wonder what those ang moh tourists think when they read the sign.

"Life is a rollercoaster, you just gotta ride it." - Ronan Keating, Life Is A Rollercoaster

You know, those dips in a rollercoaster ride? If you are terrified and you grip your seat very tightly, those dips are complete hell. But if you let go and allow yourself to feel the thrill, the rush is incredible.

It's time for me to let go.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

I Just Wanna Fly

Put your arms around me, baby
Put your arms around me, baby *

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of flying.

There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying.

The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

Pick a nice day, it suggests, and try it.

The first part is easy.

All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and the willingness not to mind that it's going to hurt.

That is, it's going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground.

Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard.

Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties."

- Douglas Adams, Life, The Universe and Everything

My favourite ride in Genting Theme Park is that spinning top thingy. It goes round and round with swings attached to its edge at high speed. At the initial lift off, it was a bit dizzying, but that gave way to a rush of endorphins. It feels great to be high up in the air at high speed. There was a feeling of weightlessness and for that 2 minutes, my so-called worries were left behind with gravity. With the cold air streaming through my face (which had a goofy grin plastered on it), I wished the ride would last longer.

I also went parasailing once and the experience was awesome. Getting the bird's eye view on the sea and the islands was breathtaking. This one felt more like flying as I was truly high up in the sky. Would love to do it again.

There isn't much opportunity to go 'flying' in any way in a housing area, though.

Maybe I should procure some weed. Heheh. Heheheh. Shi Ching!!! Some help here, please!


But getting high is never a solution.

*Fly by Sugar Ray feat. Supercat

Friday, February 11, 2005

Same Old Brand New Blog

And here is the new look unveiled... Fliegender Zirkus version 3.0!! Finally done, after many headaches and naps later. Actually it wasn't too difficult. It turns out that it wasn't really much of a problem of not understanding HTML per se, but rather I didn't really understand the CSS nonsense. So I decided to search for an online tutorial, and voila!, this brand new look was achieved in 2 just hours. If only I had thought of that earlier. Hmmph. Oh well. At least this new look coincides with Chinese New Year. ;)

It's very pink, isn't it? The reason I decided to change the template was because I wanted it to be personalised, not generic. I realised that even though I write crap on this blog, well, they're personal crap. The new look does not completely represent me, though. I mean, it's so PINK, and sweet, and girly... and I have been told that I could be quite a ganas chick sometimes. :P But I like it.

Anyway, many, many thanks to Stylus for lending me the indispensable book, HTML for Dummies. Without it, I wouldn't have understood ANYTHING about html. Thanks! :D And also to 'Dave', the creator of this easy to comprehend online html tutorial website .


CNY was... quiet. Didn't balik kampung this year, so it's just a celebration with the nuclear family. I always complain about Kelantan to my parents, about how hot, dusty and boring it is there. But I guess I don't really dislike that place. 'Cos I actually miss it now. Especially the people there ie my relatives. And the food, of course. First day would always be spent at big aunt's house. Menu of the day: Nasi dagang. Yummy. 2nd day would be at small aunt's house. Menu of the day: Nasi minyak. Yummy. And oh, the desserts of Kelantan and Golok! So cheap yet so delicious!

I miss the good ol' days when my maternal grandfather was still alive. CNY was one heck of a party! Things have changed since then. That's life, I guess. Time ticks on, kids like myself 'age', and one day (in the far, far future) I'll have new traditions to create and share with my own family. But til then... life just goes on.

Shit, why the heck do I sound so bloody melancholic? It's CNY, for goodness sake! Sigh. An emo chick, I am. It HAS been good, although atypical. Definitely gonna make next year's one to remember. It'll be the last one before I leave the country (if God is willing).

Well, enjoy all 15 days of CNY celebration! Eat lots of mandarin oranges... no constipation guaranteed! :P

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Hols So Far... A Review

Well, because I felt like blogging, but I have no idea of what to blog about, I thought maybe I'd write a summary of highlights of the holidays so far... beginning from the day OSCE ended on that Thursday afternoon til today. After all, this week will be the last of complete nothingness and lazing about (sort of). Electives are starting next week and I'm quite excited about my internship at Cleo Magazine! I just hope it doesn't involve making coffee. Or any drinks, for that matter. I'm pretty bad at that.

- The Phantom of The Opera. Loved it.
- a play called Hannah and Hanna. Enjoyed it immensely.
- Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason... twice. Still loving it. Wouldn't mind a 3rd viewing, actually. The lead actors are so British and yummy. Mmmm. :)
- Vanity Fair. Brilliant acting by Reese Witherspoon. Lovely costumes. Just loved the way they spoke English back then. A good movie.
- Saw. A different, cheapo and less thrilling version of the movie Se7en, but still entertaining, nevertheless.
- Racing Stripes. With this movie, anyone could become a psychic... because everything about it was so bloody predictable! The fact that I thought it was an animated movie when it wasn't (well, it looks animated from its promo posters!) made me feel more cheated. The zebra was so moody and annoying that you'd wanna pack him up and send him to poachers just to get rid of him. The only funny, entertaining feature of the movie was 2 talking flies. The flies were animated, by the way.
- National Treasure. The riddles and clues and trivia about the history of the United States of America were interesting. The rest, to put it succinctly, was POYO.
- and loadsa other nice movies on Astro and vcd. Oh how I missed movie-watching!

Went to...
- Paya Indah Wetlands. Located somewhere on the way to KLIA. Quite isolated but that's the way eco-touristy places are. I didn't expect to enjoy myself very much as I would be subjecting myself to direct sunlight for prolonged time, considering my 'allergy' to heat. But funnily enough, I did. I haven't cycled for a while, so I enjoyed that. And the scenery was gorgeous! The sky was so blue, the clouds were white and puffy, the foliage was beautifully green... somehow all colours were at their best hues. I almost spanked myself for not having bought a digicam already to capture those panoramic views. So many would-be beautiful shots... and one digicam with dying batteries belonging to Ad. Sayang. Saw many birds which names we do not know. I may hate jungle-trekking but this sort of nature thing ain't too bad, actually. Even though I came home with lobster arms after that. Had a close encounter with a herd of cows and got almost gored by a raging bull. Except that the bull wasn't in rage. In fact, it stood quite still. I think they were more afraid of us, than us them. They were in the defensive formation. I think our loud voices scared them. Probably not just them, but any animal within one mile radius as we were talking and laughing quite loudly. Still, with animals, you never know. The bull might have rabies and suddenly go cuckoo and charge at us. I wasn't going to take chances with his huge, incredibly sharp-looking horns. But we decided to cycle past them anyway after reassurances from my half-blind friend who didn't notice the malevolent horns until it was too late. Thank goodness nothing happened 'cos as I said earlier... you never know. But I'd love to go cycling there again! ;) This time, with a digicam (with fully charged batteries).

- Genting Theme Park on a spontaneous (well, almost) day trip and having fun and actually remembering it. The last time I went to Genting was when I was 3 or 4 years old and I know this for a fact because of photographic evidence. Thanks for suggesting the trip, Naddy! :)

- the park near the school to fly my kite for the first time since it was bought. (It's not really MY kite completely. There's a joint ownership going on here, actually.) A word of caution to amateur kite-fliers like myself: Do not attempt to fly the kite alone on your first attempt as you will only succeed in raising your blood pressure and not the kite. Unless you are at the beach. The wind was a bitch, appearing then suddenly disappearing, then appearing again for a short while to give us false hopes. Apparently a kite could also become a health hazard. Soundbite of the evening: "Aaaaaaarrrggghh!" which was let out by a group of health-conscious girls when the pink, mini pterodactyl lookalike with a big, genial smile suddenly swooped down on them, one of its various dives of that evening. Oh well. I shall try again when school restarts. A word of thanks to Raj for accompanying me to "go fly kite!" ;)

- Found out that...
~ having lunch is one great way to get to know a person better.
~ a car is a good place to have conversations. Or the LRT, for that matter.
~ brown eyeshadow makes me look like a victim of domestic violence.
~ lying on the bed ala sotong and chatting the night away is one the most fun and least energy consuming activities to do.
~ friends who could accept myself, quirks and all, and put up with them are true gems indeed.
~ it's great to reconnect with an old friend from the past, even if for only a short while.
~ to truly let go of something and wait to see if it would really come back one day is easier said than done.

- Slept in a shopping complex for 40 mins, completely oblivious to the loud, blaring music accompanying Chinese acrobats on stage as well as applause from the spectators. (Some 'light sleeper' I am, huh, Naddy? ;P) I still can't believe I did that. I must have been really pooped then.

- Had someone implied that I might be a hermaphrodite. (!?!?!?!?!?) Let me assure you, that I am a full-fledged WOMAN, thankyouverymuch.

- Fought off a dumbass on motorcycle who was harassing me on the street. If you see a skinny dude on a motosikal kapchai with the license plate BEE 452, run him down for me, will ya? I would if I could but I can't 'cos I don't drive.

- Lost 1.5 kg of body weight. Amazing or what? I guess the eat-sleep lifestyle suits me well... :P

Things I want to do during the hols but didn't get to yet:
- Play more futsal. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of WO-manpower.
- Karaoke session. I still wanna sing Everlasting Love with cheesy disco music accompaniment!
- Go on a trip away from home. To anywhere. A few days would do. I don't mind.
- Finish my cross-stitch project... which started during LAST YEAR'S semester break.

Conclusion of the hols so far: Pretty satisfying. :)

Hope yours are, too, peeps! Gong Xi Fa Cai! :D