Monday, June 30, 2008

Movie Night and Food in One Borneo.


Well well well, I went to One Borneo for the second time since I've got back. But this time I was there to watch a movie. Apparently Ness was invited by her cousin Stephanie to go and watch this Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway movie called "Get Smart". I didn't want to go at the first place because I had a long day at work and I might be tired. But Ness was smart enough to use the "I always kawan you with your GAY friends excuse."

The movie was at 9.20pm but Ness came at 8.50. One Borneo was like 30 minutes away which caused Ness to drive her unstable Nissan Terrano like a Formula One car which was by far one of the scariest rides I have ever been on. The movie was great, the cinema, Even better. We headed off to upper star though after that to have some light supper. Thanks to Cassie's sister and her boyfriend whom I forgotten but I will remember soon for the movie passes and the iced lemon tea, honestly, I wanna pay!


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Bayau.

Okay, I started my job today and was helping my colleague to count and arrange some of our products on the display rack. So since being in a hotel there were many guests from all over the world walking in and out looking at everything.

I was chit chatting with some Taiwanese tourist while I was arranging my collection of Sunglasses and was also saying high to tourist who caught my eye.

So as I was arranging the swim wear according to colour and type, a young girl and her mother were behind me looking at some of the stuffed animal dolls. The mother was looking at the flip flops and the little girl obviously looking at the dolls.

Being Sabah we had all kind of monkey and turtle dolls. The girl picked up this monkey doll.

"What a big nose..." She said.

For a moment there, I stopped counting. I wonder why. :)

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Greetings.

Home never felt like home. Initially after my flight I planned on getting myself out of the Vegan diet and going back to meat. But when I was in the restaurant, ordering some food to eat, I went ahead to order the forest of mushroom pasta and french fries.

I wonder why can't I pick up the courage to go back to meat again?

And well, I went out clubbing yesterday to this random club, apparently my friend said that the lead male singer is hot, so my best friend and I went to check him out, well, he is kinda cute, looks like a more chubbier version of me, he even has a goatie!

And it made my day today when many people kept saying that I lost weight! I was so happy!

I'm sorry to make this brief but I will be back with pictures soon!

cheers!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reality Check. (A Jeffrey James Honest Conversation)

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
you know what ness

Inessa says:
what?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I feel like not continuing next Semester

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and work for my mom

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
haha

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
cause I got a feeling that I can do a wayyyyy better job running the business than
she does


Inessa says:
wy dont u teransfer first

Inessa says:
then figure whether ur unhappy because of ur place or because of studying

Inessa says:
but working for her is not the same as taking over

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I'm unhappy because Im not making any money

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I would work for her first

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
get trained to know about the company

Inessa says:
takes a while to make money jay

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and then I take over

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
trust me, you dont know my mom

Inessa says:
i guess u can

Inessa says:
i dont know of course

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
She is the dumbest woman in terms of business ever

Inessa says:
but this is a big decision

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and im saying this from the bottom of my heart

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
my sisters say that too

Inessa says:
n i know it wont just affect ur mom.. but everyone else in the fami8ly

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
yea i know

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
But I am willing to make a deal

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I got until March next year

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
so I will make a deal to pull the sales up by March or Feb la

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
if I fail, then I continue studying

Inessa says:
jay

Inessa says:
i say u finish ur studies

Inessa says:
n then do that

Inessa says:
u have a habit of starting and not completing

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
you know the company is being run to the ground now?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and my mom refuses to let my dad run

Inessa says:
complete ur studies.. evne if its just foundation or watever

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
my foundation finishes when I leave

Inessa says:
doesnt matter

Inessa says:
its her responsibility

Inessa says:
she sucks

Inessa says:
but

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I finish my foundation already

Inessa says:
it gives better time for u only after

Inessa says:
to pull it up

Inessa says:
then i think go to lim kok wing

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
i don't think the company can last four years

Inessa says:
university is a life that u will always reminsce about

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
i don't think the company can even last three

Inessa says:
work for it during the holidays

Inessa says:
for now

Inessa says:
ur only proving u wont make a good leader

Inessa says:
ur proving it to me

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
well, I can't sleep at night thinking about it

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but I will discuss with my sisters la

Inessa says:
doesnt make mean its a rational decision

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
hopefully im getting a dean's list this semester!

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
im so excited about that!

Inessa says:
jsut because ur uinhappy in uni, doesnt mean its more excusable to go back n take
over


Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
hahaha

Inessa says:
wats that?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
Dean's list?

Inessa says:
yeah

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
as in if that particular subject you scored the highest you will get it

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
haha

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
so im hoping that My ecs gets it, cause I got a HD for my Ecs

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
hahaha

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
anyways, back to the discussion

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I will talk about that when Im back in kk la, cause I am worried about the company etc

Inessa says:
from the bottom of my heart, i think it is very irresponsible. and irrational to discontinue ur
studies

Inessa says:
its fully understandable u want to take over.. but at this time.. its nto adviasable

Inessa says:
advisable

Inessa says:
sure right now, u know more than ur mother, but i rather u know 3 yrs worth of uni education.. to apply it to ur mother's busimness

Inessa says:
and fluorish it from scratch

Inessa says:
not only will u see how much u influence and progress u have input in it, the rest will.

Inessa says:
when u discontinue ur studies, what does that mean of u? u may discontinue ur mother's
business.

Inessa says:
of course u wont.. but what signals nad messages are u gonna send without meaning to?

Inessa says:
uve written articles, uve gone on diets, how many have u completed when u said u would and how many have u left aside?

Inessa says:
merely 18, uve got to grow up, slowly.

Inessa says:
dont start something u cant and are not capable of finishing

Inessa says:
im being honest. and i know u agree.

Inessa says:
i am in full support of ur taking over, i jsut dont think this is the right time.

Inessa says:
discuss with ur sisters

Inessa says:
i am quite sure? they may also say similar things

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I just sent her an email

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
let me explain to you my idea

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I will have eight months

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
eight months to make sure that the company don't depend on just one staff

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
ONE ness

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
who is a newly wed

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
who can leave at any time

Inessa says:
who is this?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
my mom doesn't at all know how to do the staff's job

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
i told her to get a few more in case

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
she enver listened

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
she is focusing on the house

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
so, my idea was that

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
go back

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
get trained by this staff, know how to do the job in every sense

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
company standings etc

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
hire another two or three staff

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
set up a small concept

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and make sure the business can run without much help from my mom or me

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I dont initially plan on taking over till i die, just to make sure it can run without much help later

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
just like what my dad did before he left

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but my mom wont let my dad touch the business

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
even though when he takes over, it will make HUGE amounts of money

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
though I dont plan on making as much as him, I just want to be able to be secured in UNi,
knowing that if we run out of money, and I have to stop half way

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
it would be much worse then rite?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
The company was making almost a million a year when my dad was running it

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
half a million a year when he left it for billy to run

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and then now, it's making about a quarter of a million with my mom running it and it's going down, and down and down

Inessa says:
i see where ur coming from

Inessa says:
i know ur passion for ur family's business

Inessa says:
i am only saying.. udont have the experience to just quit ur studies now

Inessa says:
sure u can tag along the staff and learnt from toe to brain

Inessa says:
but what makes u so confident they r capable of teaching?

Inessa says:
wouldnt u rather use wat u have learnt in the modern world.. among modern potential businessmen to ur mother's input?

Inessa says:
u r simply underestimating the situation just because.. i feel.. u dont want to study anymore

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I want to study

Inessa says:
and i think.. al ot of this.. is because of being in miri

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I just dont like studying without having money

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
no

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I dont mind studying in Miri

Inessa says:
then jay

Inessa says:
wat the fuck r u doing

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
If i had my car

Inessa says:
do an apprenticeship

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
If i had money

Inessa says:
get paid

Inessa says:
while being in pratice

Inessa says:
i dont mind if u dont go to uni

Inessa says:
but fuck me.. learn something becfore u take over

Inessa says:
that is all my concern is

Inessa says:
go to kl

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
yea, which is why, I'm going to train

Inessa says:
be an apprentice

Inessa says:
and go ahead

Inessa says:
dont train in ur mother;'s business

Inessa says:
they suck in the first place.. wat makes u think they're training u would help u run the business better?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
you can put it this way, my dad has been constantly lecturing me about how to run or do business since I was 10

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
because their Job is an Easy job, as in the staff's job

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
they don't have any educaton at all except Spm

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
it's like a routine

Inessa says:
yeah

Inessa says:
so why botyher?!

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I can master it in two weeks, or a month tops

Inessa says:
bother*

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
well, because my mom isnt doing anything about it

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
she is a born mother, a born housewife

Inessa says:
dont bother ;earning wat they have to do

Inessa says:
learn to be a leader of a business thats wat u should

Inessa says:
u know the foundation iof it all

Inessa says:
ur wasting time

Inessa says:
and money

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I get where you're coming from

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and I totally understand

Inessa says:
just watching them fora while all to be disappinted in the end cuz it wouldnt make a difference

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
because this is what I would advice another person to do

Inessa says:
but u know more than me right?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
as in when Ian told me he was gonna drop out of college half way

Inessa says:
about ur mother and about the business?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but, I'm not dropping off half way at all

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I got my foundation cert, which is like A levels

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
it isnt enough

Inessa says:
u are.

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but thats all what I'm paying for

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
to complete that course

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I am not doing a first or second year degree and stopping

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
if i stop like that half way

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I dont get any cert

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but now, I am getting something

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and could always continue into first year degree

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I know education is important, very important, I need that piece of paper

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but like you said, we need to learn how to be leaders

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but even if you did graduate with a degree

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
you won't be a leader immeadiately

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
etc

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
you still have to learn

Inessa says:
jay

Inessa says:
ur missing the point of having thart piece of paper

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
maybe i can look at this as an 8 month internship

Inessa says:
u r simple looking at the after math of graduating..

Inessa says:
what i mean is

Inessa says:
ALL of that u learn in the 3 yrs... is gonna shape u who u are

Inessa says:
all of that u need to know about surviving SMARTLY in the world.. and efficicuiebntly..

Inessa says:
ur learning in those 3 yrs

Inessa says:
u wont be leaders immediately

Inessa says:
but going out with a degree.. is the time for u to show everyone else... wat uve learnt.. how uve
learnt... and convince bosses... wat a boss u are

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
yea, i understand where you're coming from

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but you are forgetting the other side

Inessa says:
the mnoney?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I totally understand the benefits of getting the degree

Inessa says:
u dont want to stop half way?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
no

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
not the money

Inessa says:
wat is this other side?

Inessa says:
because to me... ur trying to find excuses to support u discontinuign

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
the sense that whereby you assume that by going into business without any form of education, the chances of failing would be high

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I can continue

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but I want to be able to be secure

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I want to not worry about money

Inessa says:
u want to make money

Inessa says:
and be secure

Inessa says:
i kow

Inessa says:
know

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I want to have money in my pocket

Inessa says:
ur gonnaget that next yr by taking over?

Inessa says:
u have money in ur pocket... who r u kidding jay

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I dont

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
you know ness

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I havent eaten in four days

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I have no money in my account

Inessa says:
ur mother sent u to miri.. in the first place.. was for u to get teriar education.... meaning she is
prepared to send u

Inessa says:
thats because ur mone forgot to send u mone

Inessa says:
money*

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
my mom isnt covering for me

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
my sister is paying for my education

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
she only covered last semester

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
until the company didnt make enough to support me

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
i dont want to tell any of you these things

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I am here not because my mom is paying

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I am here because my sister is

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
my mom cant afford to send me to study anymore

Inessa says:
see. there r alays people to back u up

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
so? she sold of three cars

Inessa says:
but of course not right now when ur not eating

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
three cars

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and i don't want to depend on my sister

Inessa says:
jay

Inessa says:
jay

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
Ness, I'm not in your financial standing

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and what if Kimmy has to go study next year?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
you think my sister can afford to send two people

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
no way man

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
no way man

Inessa says:
jay

Inessa says:
knowing all these

Inessa says:
wat r u doing traveling around and going for holidays?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
well, you can put it this way

Inessa says:
if u want to start... why nt start by not spending so much on luxurious trips

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I actually planned on not going to kl anymore

Inessa says:
and?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but since we made this promise, I have to abide by it

Inessa says:
singapore?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I wanna actually just buy my ticket and go back straight from here

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
and not go to kl at all

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
I actually wanna do that now

Inessa says:
does jen know about ur dilemma?

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
no she doesnt

Jeffrey James' Phone Got Stolen and is happy with exams! says:
but she has her own dilemmas too

NIRVANA – IN UTERO (DGC)


NIRVANA – IN UTERO (DGC)
I really can’t remember if I bought this CD myself or whether mum bought it for me. It was probably the latter and would probably have been from Woolworths in Clacton. It arrived during the hardest year of my life and the most difficult period as the summer of 1993 proved something of challenge as I exited school, spewed out into the real world with no real education, hopes or prospects. For a long time all it felt like I had was the music around me which helped take my mind of being stuck in a Podunk village in Essex terrified of what the world had for me (or rather what it hadn’t).
In Utero is probably the best of the three Nirvana studio albums. With Steve Albini at the helm managed to better harness and capture the real sound of the band while in comparison Butch Vig (then Andy Wallace) only appeared to gloss it, at times potentially declawing and defanging it. Bear in mind that this was the big record that highlighted how Albini’s credit would regard him as “recorder” rather than “producer”. Whether these were the best songs in their catalogue is open to debate but certainly these were the best sounding.
There was so much rumour regarding their album ahead of time. Again as with Nevermind and Andy Wallace, as reports filtered out that DGC were not necessarily completely happy with the sound of the record Scott Litt was eventually brought in to “soothe” some more of the friendlier tracks. This event however came after stories/tales/rumours that people at the record label had described the album as “unlistenable” and it was looking like their was going to be two versions of the album in the record label friendly CD and the band approved vinyl version. In the end it never quite came to this and (almost) everyone were just about happy with the outcome.
The first thing that is noticeable is the sound of the drums. These are the Albini analogue drums, the part of any band’s sound that has become his trademark. For whatever music crimes Dave Grohl has since committed in the name of crowd pleasing cheesiness on this record his playing sounds immense.
Listened to at the time of being a spluttering teenager the opening words of “teenage angst has paid off well, now I’m bored and old” were such tangible poetry. “Serve The Servants” is a great album opener, probably a better opener than “Smells Like Teen Spirit” because it doesn’t see the album shoot its load immediately. With a huge crash the jarring procession begins in a powerful exertion. By the time the song reaches the chorus the listener is sold.
The intensity continues with “Scentless Apprentice” which provides one of the heaviest moments in the Nirvana songbook and career. Noted for being the first Nirvana track to contain equal song writing shares it begins with a drumbeat lifted straight from “Immigrant Song” and it never relents. Again the guitars sound very different to both Nevermind and Bleach as the song is soon chewing up the scenery with a riff to wreck any occasion before the sound descends into the mania of the chorus as Cobain’s vocals are as insane as anywhere else in their arsenal. As the song nears conclusion it begins bending strange shapes in a freshest manner. This is easily one of the best Nirvana songs for ageing without wrinkles.
In Utero is not quite the singles album that Nevermind managed to ultimately be. Only one song had a video attached to it (“Heart-Shaped Box”) while two tracks were squeezed together for a double A-side affair (“All Apologies” and “Rape Me”) and sadly a final single (“Pennyroyal Tea”) just didn’t make it out in time before Cobain killed himself. Of the quartet “Heart-Shaped Box” proves the most angular but remained faithful to the quiet loud quiet formula that was in a way their trademark.
“Rape Me” is not a good song. In some supermarkets in America the sleeve of In Utero was actually changed to rename this song “Waif Me” apparently but even away from such nanny state inclinations the language of the song is a bit silly in its self loathing. Sure the words sat comfortably against the bleak worldview of Cobain both before and after his death but as an individual grows over the years the passion and impact of this song just does not, indeed it actually becomes quite difficult to listen to and take seriously which is a shame as the song structure itself is another decent slab of the new Nirvana sound at the time. Were the supermarkets right to be so offended in the first place? Then there was the controversy with the song at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. Moving on.
Thankfully the album soon picks up steam with “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle”, a song quite similar sounding to “Serve The Servants” in its motion and delivery. Here it would appear that Cobain be comparing the treatment and apparent madness of his wife Courtney to that of hounded thirties/forties actress Frances Farmer. How little did he know. With a chorus of “I miss the comfort of being sad” this was seemingly a declaration of despising popularity in addition to being dismissive of being happy. It works on so many levels, whether intentional or not this was a person that appeared to know his audience.
As with the bookends “Polly” and “Something In The Way” on Nevermind here came “Dumb”. This song never really resonated with me, it was too light and soppy. I would happily quote “my heart is broke but I have some glue” when really I just still wanted to destroy. And then with that the first side comes to a close.
In the grand tradition of beginning side two with a blast (“Negative Creep” and “Territorial Pissings”) the breezy “Very Ape” plunders into proceedings with a guitar sound that first rattles and then begins to whine like a wind instrument as the momentum of the song cheerily builds to rousing declaration of “I’m very ape, I’m very nice”. With great lines such as “if you ever need anything please don’t, hesitate to ask someone else first” really sums up for me the slacker mentality and true inclinations of Generation X. I always wondered if “Very Ape” came from the comic book Eightball which had its own branding of Value Ape.
With this comes “Milk It” the second heaviest blast on the record and the possessor of the most menacing basslines that Novoselic would ever deliver in a Nirvana shirt. The eventual explosion of guitars is far from subtle as it cuts through proceedings and endangers species (“I own my own pet virus, I get to pet and name her”). The line “look on the bright side of suicide” would prove somewhat troubling six months later.
“Pennyroyal Tea” was another song that seemed so meaningful to Cobain but as with a few other selections on this album it fails to age well. I think it is in the gestures of self loathing that ultimately prove difficult to maintain in any walk of life. To choose this song as a single would seem a belligerent decision even though the “Leonard Cohen after world” reference might appeal to a new crowd of people (our parents).
To this day “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” remains one of my favourite Nirvana songs. I fear that in the mind of Kurt this makes me something of a mark as for him (as per the song title) this song was an obvious no-brainer as the name suggests it may have been written on autopilot. Then again a song as good as this is not going to be an easy composition. I think the synch for me was the live version from the MTV concert that opened with the band emerging to squeals of white noise and feedback before Dave did a click track and suddenly the band tore into the number at the drop of a hat creating one of the most exciting and explosive openings to any live set anywhere in the history of music.
From here the albums ends with the pairing of “Pennyroyal Tea” and “All Apologies”, two singles (albeit one eventually not released) and two of the older songs from the collection. “Pennyroyal Tea” never really did it for me, it was too dry and too down. As I say the Leonard Cohen reference is nice but it aches too much in self-loathing, casting feminist imagery that in this case you can’t help but picture written with regards to Courtney. Similarly “All Apologies” hasn’t aged well. Again most people’s first experience of the song was one year earlier at Reading 92 and by the time it reached this recording the lyrics had been changed and it just didn’t feel as special as it initially did. It remains one of the sweetest and most earnest songs by Kurt but through its existence the song only appeared to get lighter with each variation/version (culminating with being a highlight of the MTV Unplugged set). I just like the noise is all.
Tacked onto the end once more the band drops a hidden track, although this time around it is less of a surprise being included in the tracklisting. “Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip” arrives with the disclaimer “devalued American dollar purchase incentive track” and sarcastic suggestion that it wasn’t necessarily supposed to make the final cut. Unlike “Endless Nameless” their famous hidden track this is something of a more cohesive jam along the lines of Velvet Underground that sees Cobain mumbling out some “lyrics” that equally sound made up on the spot. It’s a hazy affair but ultimately it rocks and isn’t an act of diminish or devaluation at all. Silly fucker.
With that it all ends on a noisy high. In Utero is without a good record. I think it has a better sound than the other two studio records and some of the heaviest material in the Nirvana cannon but it probably doesn’t have the song writing hooks of Nevermind. Dare I say that I feel a few of the songs here have not aged handsomely (I’m looking at you “Rape Me”, “Dumb” and “Pennyroyal Tea”). That said were my record collection on fire this would be the Nirvana record I would reach for.
Thesaurus moment: zenith.
Nirvana
DGC

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pretty nails = Sure sign of a slut

I'm sure some of you have seen THIS article.

It sort of picked up on my iPhone review and the issue of how people with long nails can't use the iphone, and and... it was featured on the front page of Yahoo.com today!

I was even quoted! Madness. Now I HAVE to buy the t-shirt with my awesome quote on it.

I didn't know I am such a genius at creating quotable quotes!

When I die, I'd be like Woody Allen with tons of websites just there for the sole purpose of passing on my nuggets of wisdom.

I'm trying to think up one good quote right now but I can't think of any!

Hmmm... How about, "People who die doing dangerous activities (such as attempting to climb Mount Everest as a double amputee/motorbike through 5 fire hoops) totally deserve it." Nope... Too long, too obvious. Maybe next time!

I know! How about, "Females with long fingernails are whores"?

That's like catchy, and totally true, isn't it?

It has got to be, because I read through like 400 of the 3,000 comments (and counting! I'm startled) and I NEVER HAD ANY IDEA SO MANY PEOPLE HATED LONG FINGERNAILS!

You would think girls who spend up to $250 doing up their long acrylic nails have been going around scratching people on their eyeballs and murdering little puppies all the time, just by reading how intense these people are in their united hatred for long nails.

Almost all of the comments were stating the same, retarded points, stated by mostly angry men:


1) CHOP OFF YOUR DAMN NAILS IF YOU WANNA USE THE IPHONE! NODODY IS FORCING YOU TO USE OUR LOVELY HOLY PHONE!


Well, it just so happens that maybe, for some unfathomable reason, girls who have longer nails also want to use the iphone?

They made laptops smaller and lighter for us, and they made pink ipods for us. I don't see why it's not a legitimate complain, or a legitimate expectation for Apple to come up with a product to suit this market, no?

The logic of "If you don't like it you either change to suit the product, or don't buy the product" is completely and utterly RETARDED, not to mention flawed.

Going by that logic, no product would ever have been invented.

Don't like walking long distances? Well, either get healthier or don't walk! Please!! DO NOT INVENT CARS!

It is APPLE that has to improve to fit its consumers, not the other way round.

How many nail palours are there and how many Apple shops are there? You do the math and let me know if this is a good enough market for them.

Just so you know, people who spend money on doing nails also have quite a bit of disposable income. Surely this is a better crowd to target than filthy self-righteous hippies?


2) Girls with long fingernails are high maintenance filthy (and don't forget stupid) whores.


Really?



3) Yes. And nobody likes whores.


You know, it amazes me everytime people hate sluts. I call these girls, including myself, a slut, for the lack of a better word.


WHY THE FUCK WOULD ANYONE HATE SLUTS? I have a good theory about this, but it involves a long explanation.


Really, this is a very simple logic:

Girls who put effort in maintaining their looks are prettier, right? And therefore, since they are prettier and attract more attention, they get more suitors.

When they get more suitors, they fall for more boys (it's proportion and math) than say, AN UGLY GIRL WHO DOESN'T SHAVE HER ARMPITS.


In a typical situation,

Pretty girl - 100 suitors - likes 10% and sleeps with 10.

Ugly girl - 0 suitors - likes people who don't sleep with her.


Therefore, in contrast, who's the slut?

That's not to say that the ugly chick is definitely a Madonna - who's to say she won't have slept with the 100 suitors of the pretty chick if the men wanted to sleep with her?!

Why do people keep saying Paris Hilton is a slut? Besides the fact she wears slutty clothes, has a sex tape and flashes her vagina (I say this is attention-seeking and certainly unabashed, but it is not strictly "slutty" as it has nothing to do with her actually having sex), she only dates pretty ok-looking guys who are like shipping heirs (or singers, whatever). (Source from tabloids)

Would YOU have sex with a good-looking filthy rich shipping heir/rock god? I would (if I were single), and I am not ashamed to say it!

Women find power in men attractive, and if I have my pick of shipping heirs, I think I'd be certainly inclined to sleep with at least some of them!

Ok, maybe my example of Paris is not really appropriate, but what I'm saying is, Would Paris Hilton sleep with a different dirty trucker daily?

Most probably not.

She (I'm guessing) sleeps with eligible cute models often, because they want her! And who can resist cute model-types?


Honestly


My point is, it's much more easy for a pretty girl to be inclined to have sex than an ugly girl, because the pretty girl's choices are way more attractive!!!!!!

Logical what!

Therefore pretty girls can either be prudes or sluts! There's no in between!

And can or should pretty girls be blamed and crucified for fucking attractive men? I SAY NO! WE (yes, included myself) ARE MERELY ACTING ON OUR INSTINCT TO POPULATE THE WORLD WITH GOOD-LOOKING HUMANS!

Can ugly people even begin to UNDERSTAND how difficult it is to resist potential very good-looking sex partners?

Since it is irrefutable that most of them don't know how that feels like, then they have NO RIGHTS to call ANYONE a slut in a derogatory manner.

So now that we have defined what a slut is (ie all girls who put effort into their appearance and have an active sex life), we can further discuss why people hate sluts.

And by discuss I mean I tell you, because I am wise beyond my years.

This is of course with the exception of home-wrecking/boyfriend-stealing/cheating sluts, who are a different breed altogether.


Everyone should love a slut, because sluts are supposed to be easy to get to bed with.


Men are most certainly more than happy to do that, and I don't hear them complaining about the nails especially if they happen to grow on a gorgeous girl's hands and are scratching his back in a toe-curling orgasm.

So the slutty girls don't hate sluts, and the men don't hate sluts. Then who hates sluts?

1) Ineligible men.
The rest of the men whom even the sluts don't wanna sleep with. Bitter, and utterly jealous, they learn to relate things this way:

Chick with elaborate nails -> probably outgoing, gonna have suitors -> Not going to sleep with me -> Remembers past humiliation of being rejected by such girls -> HATE HER! -> I don't want her anyway, she's a dirty whore (lie).



2) Lazy women. I say lazy women because at this time and age, being ugly for females is no longer a birthright. You wanna have babies, you better pluck your hairs and squeeze your blackheads!

With a little bit of determination, money and plastic surgery, ugliness can surely be eliminated!

I'm talking about physical beauty btw. People who refer to inner beauty are retarded because that's truly subjective.

I, for one, find people who do charity and keep asking others to do the same (ie Angelina Jolie. Self-righteous HOMEWRECKING SLUT! But I digress) to not have inner beauty, although most people would say she's saintly. Hilter approves of jew-hating people... Bin Laden approves of self-sacrificing bombers... etc!

God I'd love to see Jolie get leposy. Since she is so goddamn unselfish she can suffer together with poor people... Haha! OMG did I say that out loud? I don't mean it.

So yup, lazy women hate sluts, because these vain girls "spoil the market" for them. They are suddenly made to look even more unattractive than they already are!

PARDON ME FOR LIKING TO LOOK MY BEST!

Not to mention they aren't getting any so it makes them practically hate everyone.


3) The slut's parents.



Yup, so that's the end of my slut rant. I guess it can be summarized into one awesome quote:

"People call us sluts because, being ugly, they have no idea how difficult it is to resist fucking good-looking people."


(Btw I know I am not ultra gorgeous or anything, but for controversy's sake let's pretend I do think I am.)


Pictures to further drive the point home:





Without flash


Close-up.
A glittery pink base with purple and pink crystals!


Chio? These are my own nails - not acrylic! I know it doesn't look very nice on pictures but in real life they are ultra bling!

For the first time I did my own bling nail art! All these years of having crystals lying around and not doing it!

I never bothered because I thought without acrylic, the crystals will fall off very easily, but Shuyin taught me a secret!

I'm passing it on to you: The secret is to diligently put a new coat of clear polish on EVERYDAY.

So far, after 5 days, only 3 large purple ones dropped out. I promptly replaced them!

In total I spent about 1 hour doing this set. Obviously took a little longer for the right hand...

In case most of you don't know, a set of nails like this would cost about $200 at a nail parlour!

Nail salons mostly charge $1 for 1 crystal. That is, obviously, LUDICROUS.

I'd NEVER spend $200 on nails. NEVER! The most I spent was $135 and that's because the woman refused to tell me the charge from the start and I was duped into it. Never again!

Guess what? I calculated, and this is how much it cost to DIY:


150 crystals on nails: Roughly $12

Bus + MRT ride to Arab street to buy the crystals: $3?

Bottle of OPI nail polish: $10 (if you buy from Transdesign.com, including shipping)

Your willingness to give $250 to manicurists: Priceless



Girl with long (assumed fake) nails: High maintenance whore


Since some of you asked to see my hair and piercing, I shall oblige!



Bling on my chio hair!



New extensions!
Blonde mixed with my own colour, and tinsel strands




About 100 gold and pink (Yes, I am damn hardcore. Most people put like 5 glitter strands.

How pretty are they?! They remind me of My Little Pony's tail. :D

These strands are crazily amazing ok!! Not only do they never fall off (mixed into the extensions), they can withstand washing, blow-drying, and best of all, TONGING!! They do not melt!



The awesome girls at City Plaza added crystals on my hair for me! I think Swarovski endorse me lor, I got so many of their products on myself daily...

It's really simple... They just use the clip they use for clipping extensions, and they stick a gem on it! Clever hor? It's been around 3 weeks and none dropped (anyway I got all these colours so I can stick them back on if they did, HAHAHA!! Hardcore!)



Girls with tongue piercings = Sluts who will give a blowjob to random people at the drop of a hat

Gotta love stereotypes


Totally swollen

Just pierced my helix!

It is PAINFUL LIKE HELL.

I've got a high tolerance of pain, and I have got to say that piercing the Helix is the worst of all!

I've pierced it before, but I couldn't stand sleeping on one side anymore so I let it close.

Anyway, as I was saying... Painful!

I had it pierced at 77 Street for $5 bucks... The piercing itself is not painful, but the healing process is agony!

Later on, sick of having the sharp end of the earring tangling my hair and poking me, I decided to put a standard ring on it instead.

Needless to say this CANNOT be done at home and you need a professional to help you do it.

So I chose my ring from Primitive Art at Queensway ($35! Gold with pink gem) and the nice girl there helped me put it through.

The piercing is straight and the ring is curved (and thick), so it took nearly 15 minutes to poke it through!! The process was almost intolerably painful and I took a glimpse at the mirror to see my ear bleeding like crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But it's chio! Anyway, helix piercings are really common, but now I have new-found respect for the people who didn't let it close. It's much easier to maintain with a ring (or barbell) though, so if you wanna do it I suggest using needle instead of gun!

I think my favourite piercing is still my tongue! Tongue piercings are really comfortable after maybe 4 days of annoying pain. After that it totally won't bother you anymore and you can change a stud everyday to match your clothes!

I just spent USD$80 at bodycandy.com on many, many multi-coloured tongue studs. Hahaha!

Change topic!



That day I sat on a most amazing cab!!

Got shitloads of stuff on it! See if you can spot them.


On the rearview:

- Goggles (Uncle: I use that to swim every morning)

- V strong flashlight

- Exercise hand muscle squeezing thing... I don't know what it's called (Uncle: I drive 16 hours so I squeeze that to keep me awake)

- Some sort of perfume?!

- A baton!? To hit non-paying customers with, I presume


On the steering:

- Calculator
- Phone
- Two balled up lumps of cloth which I notice he grasps to drive?!

On the top flaps:

- Back scratcher (I suppose even Cabbies get itchy sometimes)

- Paintbrush (???)

- About 300 talismans and clips

- Biggest signboard saying "Pasir Ris" and "City" I've ever seen



I had a lot of fun looking at his stuff. :D I wanna have a car so I put shitloads of gadgets on it too!

Ok, this blog post shall end abruptly here.

SCORPIO SCORPIO – ITH ZHA FITH ZHA (MINGE RECORDINGS)


SCORPIO SCORPIO – ITH ZHA FITH ZHA (MINGE RECORDINGS)
Straight away I have to come clean and admit that this mini album is a few years old now but only a recent discovery for me after experiencing several exhilarating live performance. Not owning this release until now ultimately is several years my loss as I genuinely love the release.

Spread over seven tracks Scorpio Scorpio is a mean motherfucker from Australia, very much in the Mark “Chopper” Read mold with no mould, a one man assault system with a twisted sense of humour and a vocabulary turns the air blue.

The life of a one band as described/explained by Leo Sayer many years ago is a tough and lonely road of existence. It is made even lonelier when you are selling drugs and performing bank jobs. To combine drum n bass with guitars in this manner truly is something of a criminal act, like an Australian Devo on crystal meth, packing to settle nerves.

Scorpio Scorpio is the king of the infectious blast of aggression, slamming/smashing electro music fires through in a lo-fi industrial style as jagged guitars like parchments of AC/DC feedback with hooks aplenty.

The real strength of the release is in the lyrical content that is spat out like bullets – this is pure poetry in its execution. Opening track “Utility (You And Me)” verges on pure pop perfection, following the announcement “fuckin’ turn it up”, Scorpio Scorpio calls out the listener “have a go” before using the basic genius principle of having a chorus including “na na na na na.” It just works!

With song titles as “Ayatollah Rock’N’Roller” and “Cobra (Knobya)” it would take a very stone faced person not to find humour in this record, the type of person that may have experienced a fatality at the hands of Mr Scorpio Scorpio himself. There are no innocent bystanders connected with this music, especially when “Cobra (Knobya)” is concerned.

The one sad flaw of this record are the high fidelity qualities, they are sadly lower than such a collection deserves. For some this could prove a spoiling point but for others this may even make the music.

Thesaurus moment: schismatic.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Letter to my sister.

Dear Jane,

I bet you don't know the address of my blog, www.jeffreytanggau.blogspot.com . Just go and pay a visit to that site sometime.

Anyways, I'm just letting you know about the current situation I'm in now here in Miri. My phone and Nike bag that Tane gave me was Stolen on Saturday. Anyways, I am unable to sms or call for the time being which explains why I'm emailing you instead, I do feel lucky that I left my laptop in the room during that period of time.

The feeling of disappointment however hasn't had any time to sink in yet because today (Monday), I had to sit for my Business Management Test and on Sunday only I started studying for the first time. The fact that I was stressed about failing the unit made me not think about losing the phone in the first place. I was indeed stressed about Business Management because during my mid term i got a 7 out of 20 and I didn't study at all, so I was quite worried about it yesterday and on Saturday as well as If i were to fail any unit the chances of me moving out of this dead town would be 0 to nothing.

So instead of crying myself to sleep over the loss of my phone, I spent part of my Sunday morning and afternoon just browsing through the Business Management textbook and lecture slides. The feeling of going through my slides only came at around 8.p.m when I realized that the partial studying I did was useless. So I got off my bed, placed my laptop on the table, and started going through the lecture slides, looking for information in the text book for the points in the slides at the same time.

I realized that one chapter took me two hours to complete and there were twelve chapters after actually finishing the first one. I was became more scared. So I decided to focus more on the important lectures and focused on the points which i didn't understand, the fact that I was explaining to my other friend online as well as she was inquiring about some points from the text book helped me a lot. I didn't actually finish studying the whole text book. But I did manage to read up all the important parts. I went to bed at 3.am but only end up sleeping at 4.

My eyes opened at 5.30 a.m automatically without the alarm actually ringing. I took my shower, had two glasses of coffee, and started just going through the points and lecture slides that I have highlighted. An hour before the exam, I turned on the music and started dancing to release tension as I felt prepared.

When I sat for the exam, I found it to be quite easy, I could actually do 80% of the questions although I won't guarantee all of them being a a 100% correct. I am however, confident that I am able to pass as it is already obvious as I got a 34/60 for my internal marks, and scoring a credit would actually be quite possible as well.

I know I should have studied harder and earlier, but I am actually quite happy with myself for studying for this even though I procrastinated. I even forgotten the fact that Mom forgotten to bank in money to replace the funds that I spent on booking my flight back to KK from KL as she was supposed to do it before she headed down to Singapore. I figured I might as well buy the ticket as she kept delaying everything and the prices of it was going up. My last packet of Instant noodle ran out on Saturday evening. And I haven't eaten anything since Sunday except for my supplements and Coffee. I would rather not borrow money from my friends and well, all of them are gone anyways as the degree students finish a week earlier than us foundation students.

Oh, by the way, I do really want to get out of this City badly and apply for another University elsewhere. I will try and get the loan problem settled as fast as I can so I can enroll myself into another University which isn't located in Miri. I feel that I am going no where. We can talk about that more. But I really, really, really don't want to stay here anymore. Anyways, hope to hear from you soon!

Love ya!

Your brother,

J.Jay.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Happy With The Results.

Jeffrey James is one happy fag.

Finally, during the whole semester I finally studied for the second time.

As usual I procrastinated until the day before my business management exams to hit the books but found out that It was all worth it!

I have never been fond of this subject and during this whole semester I have been constantly worried about whether or not I am able to pass this unit. I know that there isn't any conformation of me going to Murdoch University in Singapore or to Lim Kok Wing University in Kuala Lumpur, but if i did fail any unit in foundation the chances of me actually transferring to any of these Universities would already be gone. So now with this unit taken care of (guaranteed pass, hoping for a credit), I can practically start on my holiday!

Effective Communication Skills would get 80++ marks (High Distinction)
Malaysian Studies Internal Marks, 43/60
Visual Culture Internal Marks, 44/80
Media and Communications Internal Marks, 59/80
Business Management Internal Marks, 34/60
Research and Writing Skill Internal Marks, Unknown.

So, the chances of me passing would be higher now compared to the chances I assumed I had the night before! Yay! So Happy!

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Manila Love Story

"So what do you guys have planned for this trip?" He asked.

"You wait and see la! There will be so many places I will take you to! Oh my god Jay! The clubs here are really fun!" Replied another.

Jay was in a plane, heading to Manila with four of his friends, Gideon, Terry, Isaac and his cousin Walter. Of course, he was the youngest one in the group, only a mere 17 years old. It wasn't his first time visiting Manila of course, his father used to have an condo in Makati City, but since his dad doesn't do Business in the Philippines anymore, the condo was sold off and Jay had to stay in a hotel just like every other tourist who visits the Philippines. His friends and him were all happy to go to Manila, each of them being in their own worlds wondering what to expect there, he on the other hand, was not expecting sex in any way, so as his friends were busy chit chatting amongst one another, he just stared out the window, and went into a world of his own.

"Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, kita akan mendarat sebentar lagi, sila kembali ke tempat duduk anda dan memasangkan tali keledar." The flight attendant stated. The announcement woke him up from his sleep, it only felt like five minutes, he was very tired for not sleeping the night before. He was always like that before flights to other places.

"Little Kid! Sleeping like a baby just now!" His friend Terry said to him. Terry was in his thirties and he loved bullying Jay. Terry showed Jay a picture he took of Jay sleeping. It wasn't a nice picture.

"Bitch! At least I'm not old and wrinkly like you!" Jay replied. He also loved arguing with Terry, it's what makes their relationship fun.

*****

The plane then landed and they made their way to the airport. The airport was two hours away from Manila in a place called Clarke. Walter already had a driver waiting for them in the airport, and even booked a hotel for them. Jay looked around the airport and looked at the people, everything was new to him, he felt like a kid in a candy store. And he also noticed that they drive on the left hand side instead of the right. The cars were different, the people were different, the place was different. He loved every single part of it.

He then made his way to the immigration, already seeing a cute guy there. The cute guy was white of course, long messy looking dirty blonde hair, a bit of facial hair as well, with a huge backpack, and a guitar. Must be a musician. A damn hot one he thought to himself. His friends were behind him chatting endlessly, he also joined in the conversation. He got his passport stamped and made his way to the baggage claim. Already he felt lucky upon getting his luggage because it was the first one out. He checked and noticed that the lock was still in tact and waited with his friends for their luggage to arrive.

After getting all their luggages, they made their way out of the airport, the driver was already waiting for them there and immediately he helped them to load their baggage into the van. He just got into the van and kept quiet. He was feeling tired. He of course noticed that some people were looking at him. He thought that maybe those people think that he's some sort of a celebrity or something as he was dressed in his Burberry Polo Tee, Versace Sunnies, and Antik Denim Jeans, he felt like he overdressed, but then he snapped out of his fantasy and just thought maybe he looked different from many people, which he usually does.

"Oh my god! I can't believe we're actually here!" Jay said to everyone.

"Yeah! I'm gonna take you guys to The Library tonight!" Walter replied.

"What is that place?"

"Well, obviously it's a bar, but it's a gay friendly place which has performances by different comedians every night! I was there the last time i came here and It was fun! I bet you would love it too!"

"Damn! I woul...." He was disrupted by Terry who tickled him.

"Eh, come lets play some cards!" Terry said as he took out a deck of cards from his backpack.

"Haiya! Okay la!" Jay replied.

Terry, Issac and him were playing the cards together while Gideon and Walter were in their own world. They started betting on who will win the most and Jay ended up winning, Isaac was being a sore loser and kept on complaining about loosing. But it was such a time killer playing that game. The game however stopped when the driver made a stopover in a R&R at some random petrol station.

All of them then got out and made their way to the kiosk there. It was so different compared to the ones he would find back home. The kiosk had some random cafe in it and it was stocked with so much snacks and food! Again, Jay felt like a little boy in a candy shop. He then decided to order a pork Hot Dog, he's never really tried one before as there aren't much hot dogs available in Malaysia. Isaac however stocked himself with tons of this cake, apparently it has some nice filling inside it, it's like Crispy Creme? Or a cupcake with chocolate filling inside. Apparently Isaac claimed that only in Manila there is a snack like that. He offered Jay some but Jay refused.

They got back into the van and continued their Journey down to Manila. This time, Jay turned down the card came and decided to get some shut eye. It was close to evening already and he wanted to conserve his energy for the bar he was gonna go to later that night. He looked out the window, lay against it, his eyes began to get smaller, smaller, and then off he went to dreamland.

******

"Wake up! We're in Manila already!" Gideon said as he gave Jay a slight Nudge.

Jay opened his eyes, looked out the window, it was already dark, they were stuck in a jam. He saw buildings, many building, many people, many cars, many honkings. He saw Manila.

The van then started moving again. And he saw that the city was so busy, it was filled with so many people. Unlike Kuala Lumpur, Manila was such a mess, but he sort of liked it because it was different from all the cities that he's been to. What did scare him the most that the roads had no lines! As in usually there are lines on the road that indicates which lane you're in, but in the city, there were no line, the cars were everywhere, going in, out, swooping in, pass, through everywhere! He wondered how can a person keep their car in perfect condition if they were driving in Manila. It was scary.

Everything seemed different in Manila, he came across a market, a market selling flowers. Though it was dark, but the colors of the flowers itself was still striking, he saw that there were many people walking there, stopping by each stall buying flowers, he also noticed that there were particularly many indians in that market, the driver claimed that that area was an indian area and that people there buy flowers for religious purposes. He also saw many food stalls and food places found there, "Lechon Kawali, Pork Skewers, Adobo." Were some of the words that he saw there.

"Oi Little Kids! You have to try the Lechon Kawali! It is fantastic! We will go and eat that later kay?" Terry said.

"What is Lechon Kawali?" Jay asked. He saw many signs with that word on it but he wasn't sure what it is.

"It's deep fried pork! Everywhere here has pork! It's like Sao Nyuk (roast pork belly)! But they deep fried it! It is devine! There's this place near our hotel called Harbour View or something, it's kind of similar to Water Front in K.K la! But there are tons of food there! Eh, Puki, Kami pergi makan tu Lechon Kawali ah Nanti!" Terry explained and then turned towards Walter and asked him to go and eat Lechon Kawali for dinner.

"Yala tu! Kau ni, tak sabar-sabar saja nak makan Babi Kau tu!" Walter replied.

"Pukimu buruk!" Terry scolded Walter jokingly.

*****

The van stopped outside their hotel, it took about 2 and a half hours to get to their hotel from the airport, there was a jam of course, the hotel couldn't get any more gay-er, Jay thought to himself. It was called the Rainbow Pacific Hotel. It was gay friendly, Walter claimed, Jay thought it was practically a Gay hotel. Rainbow made it so obvious! It was a sort of nice setting though, a one star hotel, he felt it was okay, at least it was situated in the clubbing district of Manila.

"What is this place?" Jay asked Walter.

"Oh, this is Malate." Walter replied.

Malate apparently is one of the clubbing districts in Manila. He could tell by the busy streets outside and there were already at least ten clubs and bars right in front, beside, behind the hotel itself. There was even a Starbucks in front of the Hotel. He loved it. But the street was crowded with cars, people, tramps etc. It was messy, he loved it.

Jay was making his way to the elevator after registration and he noticed that Terry was already "eye-fucking" with one of the staff at the hotel. The staff was outside, Terry was in the elevator "eye fucking" with the staff. As soon as the elevator door closed;

"Yeee, just arrived the hotel already horny! You this ah!" Jay said as he gave Terry a slap on his arms.

"B.Y (hot in gay language)! I want I want!" Terry replied. There was another staff in the elevator as well, he was showing them to their room. "So how are you?" Terry asked the staff who was in the elevator.

"Fine sir." The staff said smiling.

"You're very cute you know." Terry replied.

"Thank you sir." The staff said, he looked down, smiled and started blushing. Jay gave a nudge to Terry.

Jay held the keys to their room and they opened the door, Gideon, Terry and Jay were sharing rooms, and Walter and Isaac shared rooms with each other. The three of them made their way into the room and placed their bags to the corner. There were two queen sized beds. The walls were Blue, the toilets were tidy, the room was quite good, clean, and Rainbowy.

"So, who is gonna share?" Jay asked.

"Let the old woman take the bed la, I share the other bed with you." Gideon said as he placed his backpack on the firt bed which was situated on the right side.

"Pukimu Buruk!" Terry replied. He then took the second bed. Jay jumped onto Terry's bed and lay there. "Eh! This is my BED!" Terry scolded Jay.

"Let me enjoy it first la! You're the one who is getting this bed all to yourself tonight!" Jay replied as he lay on the bed while Terry went to look for a socket to charge his phone. Jay then remembered that he kept his phone on silent and didn't get the chance to turn it on. He took it out from his pocket, and noticed that he had over ten Sms-es in his phone. He opened his inbox, and noticed that they were all messages from local Philippine telephone companies asking him to use their service. Apparently each Sms would cost him Rm2 and a call would cost him Rm2.50 a minute. He thought that it was a huge ripoff for such a high charge. But he dialed his mother's number anyways and called her.

"Hey mom, I'm here already!... Yeah! The hotel is great! I love the place!... Oh, Walter is staying in another room... Yea, Sure... I will not forget to take my vitamins... Bye mom... Love you..." He then ended the call. Only being away from home for a few hours made him miss his mom. He didn't however missed his hometown yet.

"... Ok lah! 20 minutes kami jumpa di bawah! Jangan lambat ah Puki!" Terry was also on the phone with Walter, he was using the hotel phone though. "Eh! Get ready, we're going to have dinner soon! 20 minutes we have to be downstairs! Faster get ready!" Terry said as he looked at Jay who was looking at him, and then looked at Gideon who apparently dozed of on the bed. Terry took a pillow and threw it towards Gideon, who woke up after.

*****

They made their way out of the hotel, to the busy street. Jay felt excited, he didn't know what to expect, he knew clubbing in Manila would be a totally different experience from Malaysia or Singapore because Manila of course was a more open-minded city compared to the two cities he frequently visits.

"This is The Library, we'll be going there later!" Walter said as he pointed towards this shop lot which had a sign that said, "The Library", it looked dodgy from the outside, but the whole area seemed dodgy. The buildings did look a little aged, but it was also nightfall so it was dark. The streets however were crowded with people and cars, there were noises of Horns everywhere.

Jay saw so many things while following his friends, he saw a lot of clubs, there were a few with television screens outside showing videos of the inside of the clubs with promoters standing at the entrance handing flyers to people walking pass. There were also lots of food stalls serving all kinds of food and beer of course with all kinds of people sitting down, there were lots of Caucasian tourists there. Apart from that, there were also tons of 24 Hour shops around that was practically like a fast food restaurant, it was so much more different from Malaysia, that area was practically run 24/7, no matter at which time of day, there will be food to find! No one would have trouble finding food in Manila.

They then made their way passed the city square, Malate was apparently near the sea, only fifteen minutes of walking they could see Harbour View, it was much more different compared to Water Front in K.K. There were many eating places or in other words restaurants found in that stretch of board walk. It was so long, there were stalls selling food, little toys, snacks and funny people walking around or playing music. There was one restaurant which has an old bus on it, the bus has two floors and instead of seats, it has tables in it where people can dine on, there was also a live band playing top 40 hits. Most of the restaurants on the board walk were like that, not in the sense that all of them have double deck busses, but they all have a specific theme towards it with bands performing in almost every one of them! And even thought there were many restaurants, there were also many people eating in those places.

Terry, Walter and Gideon were all Chatting with one another, Jay and Isaac were in their own world, looking at everything, trying to analyze everything, trying to take in everything, Jay was just so fascinated by the new things that he was experiencing, the culture, the people, the area was just so new to him. Terry then made a signal to Jay and Isaac indicating that they've reached their destination, it was a restaurant, with a live band, that has sort of a tropical beach theme towards it, it was obviously by the sea, and the waiters were all pretty hot, the guys were gorgeous, and so were the girls. Jay wondered why the Pinoys were so good looking.

A really hot waiter then lead the five of them to their table, Terry as usual was being his naughty self, trying to "eye-fuck" with the waiter, but sadly, the waiter ignored him, Jay however was again feeling uneasy because he felt that people kept staring at him, he then thought to himself maybe he looked different, he was wearing his Black Ralph Lauren Polo and the same pair of Jeans. He wondered again, and when they got to their table, he sat down right beside Terry and Gideon, the band was playing in front of them.

"You just order what is nice for me la!" Jay said to Terry who was looking through the menu.

"Okay ah! I order you my most favorite one!" Terry replied.

Jay picked up the menu and started browsing through it, he saw all kinds of Pork Dishes, Pork Adobo, Roast Pork, Roast Pork Skewers, etc. Apparently all the food in the menu seemed nice to him but he wondered what Terry was gonna order for him.

"Two Lechon Kawali ah!" Terry said to the waiter, "Eh! Budak! Minum apa?" Terry said to jay.

"Oh, Can I have sprite please?" Jay said as he looked at the waiter. The waiter then took orders from the others as Jay just paid attention to the band that were performing on stage. The rest of them then started chatting with one another, Jay joining in occasionally.

"So, are you hoping to screw anyone while you're here?" Jay asked Terry.

"You think I'm a slut kah? I'm not like you la!" Terry replied.

"Cheh! I'm not looking for sex here la! I just want to experience Manila since It's been quite awhile since I visited!"

"We'll see, I bet you'll be waiting for men to come and amput you tu!"

"You go die la you old woman!" Jay said to Terry.

Their argument was cut short by the arrival of their food, The Lechon Kawali Terry ordered for Jay looked devine. There was a piece of pork belly deep fried to perfection, the color was gold in color with three layers, the fat which was light gold, the middle which was darker and the end which was brown in colour. The deep fried pork belly was served with fragrant rice and a side of vegetable which was known as "Pucuk Ubi" back in K.K, but they served it differently in Manila, it was cooked in some random sauce, it tasted good though, every bite Jay had was like having a piece of heaven. He enjoyed every single part of it.

*****

"You guys need to pay 150 pesos each to get in." Walter said as the five of them stood outside the bar. Dinner was great, Jay wanted more, but he was also worried about his weight. He took out 150 pesos from his wallet and handed it to Walter who then paid the bouncer. Each of them were given a stamp on their palm and a receipt which entitles them for one drink. He made his way into the bar, it was quite cramp, Walter was joined by his friend in Manila, his name was Joe, Joe was kind enough to show them around though.

The bar had a Library design, it is sort of an Irish Bar/Classic Library kinda thing. The stage had shelves with tons of books in it and three girls were on the stage telling jokes. The whole bar had an english feel towards it, it was full of people but they managed to find a place to fit the six of them. They were however placed in the back.

"Your privates are not private parking! It's more to Public parking! Anyone can park there!" The comedian then said. Everybody started laughing, the six of them too. The performers were actually joking in Tagalog, but also using some English language. There were singing and stand up jokes from the performers. There were three women, one Big sized, Medium, and petite, all dressed in sexy black Lingerie looking dresses. They were all such wonderful performers and singers as well. They performed songs like Lady Marmalade, Unfaithful and Dancing Queen which was obviously a Gay favorite. Jay ordered himself a long island iced tea and enjoyed the show.

They were only there for an hour when Isaac started bugging them to go to this Gay club that was also in the area. Apparently it was called Bed, and he wanted to go there badly.

"He just wants to look for some poor guy to fuck!" Gideon whispered to Jay's ears. Jay just smiled. They all had to leave the Library even though they were really enjoying themselves due to the fact that Isaac was so persuasive, they then made their way to Bed. Upon arriving, Jay noticed that the club was quite empty, he figured that it's like that because it was a Thursday night. At least it gave him the chance to look around that club. It was dark there, there were a few guys on the bar, all of them were disappointed at Isaac and really annoyed with him because he made them pay for cover charge to go into a club with so little people in it. But Jay could tell that if the lights were on, the club would be a very Chic looking lounge area. The walls and the cushions were white and red, a really nice retro feel towards it.

After spending like 15 minutes there, Jay had enough of getting attention from a couple of old men by the bar and decided to leave with Gideon, he told Walter that he was going back to the room to sleep and went back with Gideon.

Upon arriving the room, he washed up and just crashed on the bed. He never felt so comfortable. He was of course really tired. He lay down, stared at the Blue Colored wall and thought to himself.

"I wonder what will happen tomorrow..." His eyes got smaller, and he was transported into his own world of fantasy.

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10 things one should not do during Merdeka Day Parades.

I know, It's still quite early to be putting up this post. But I was reading Singapore's Female Magazine from two years ago about what not to do during their National Day Parade and found that It was quite funny! So since I'm a Malaysian (and proud to be one!), I've decided to make a list of things that WE, Malaysians, or other Nationalities as well, should not do during our Merdeka Day Parade in Dataran Merdeka or any parts of the cities in Malaysia.

1. Non Stop Talking on the Phone Throughout the parade.
Yes, I know that sometimes during the Prime Minister's Speech or other of the Invited Guest's speech times could get a little bit dull. But it doesn't mean one could jabber away on the phone throughout the whole parade! What if there was a film crew nearby and they caught you talking on your phone endlessly while the minister is giving his speech! Someone will be in trouble if that happens!

2. Set 500 Birds Free during the Flypast.
Doesn't mean when there are Malaysian Jets flying past the parade you have the rights to set 500 birds free! Yes, It is one of our Asian Customs which claims that if one sets a bird free, then good luck will come! But c'mon! It's Merdeka! Don't go setting those birds free charging it to your Mastercard screaming, "MORE BIRDS MORE LUCK MAAAA!"

3. Run across the field while the Prime Minister's car is passing by.
Well, if this does happen, be prepared to be shot by the armed forces! Don't be an idiot and streak across the street when our Prime Minister is being driven past us! Only an idiot would commit something like that! And don't ever use the excuse that you love him so much you want to get close to him!

4. Turn up in that Red Mini Louis Vuitton Dress and your Killer Gucci Platform Heels.
I know I would always advice you to look sexy and hot wherever you are but during the Merdeka day parade, turning up in your Killer Heels and your Little LV dress is just plain wrong! You can look good doing so but this is just desperate! And plus, it's super hot in Malaysia man! If you do think of doing it please do bring a deodorant along in case of B.O issues!

5. Get your maid to shade you with a Parasol and Fan you with a Banana Leaf.
You do pay your maid to help you make your life easier. But having her shade you and fan you with a Banana leaf is just too much! What are you? A queen?!

6. Arrive early in the afternoon, spread out a beach towel, and sun tan in your skimpy bikini.
If you were to do something like this I won't be surprised if you ended up on live television! First the crew will film you tanning yourself, next they will film a group of Muslim Conservatives running to you with their Knives trying to slice your throat for utter disrespect!

7. Wave the British flag and scream, "LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!"
We may have been under British rule like 52 years ago, but waving that British flag and screaming "Long Live the Queen!" is just wrong! Next thing you know you will be deported from Malaysia and thrown into England. Hey, that doesn't sound that bad right?

8. But a can of Snow Spray or a 2500 pressured water gun and start targeting the audience.
This isn't Christmas or New Years! It is already annoying enough that people around Kuala Lumpur start spraying those stupid cans of Snow to all the By Passers during these holidays, but doing it during Merdeka day would just put you at risk for being beaten to death by angry locals like me!

9. Harass those around you for their Goodie Bags.
During Merdeka day, many people will get goodie bags from Rtm or Tv3. It doesn't mean if you don't get one or if you want more of it gives you the right to start Harassing people for their goodie bags! Leave those little kids alone! The free gifts aren't that nice anyways!

10. Stalk the film crew and strike a slutty pose each time the camera is turned onto the audience.
Honestly I would do something like that! I also can imagine some of my friends doing it. But it is just wrong to actually commit something like that! Well, if you are really gorgeous or fabulous or crave attention, like i said before, just take than skimpy bikini and run across the street! The camera will be focused on you for sure!

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Friday, June 20, 2008

GSS - now funny as well as awesome!

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I love the Great Singapore Sale!

The words itself sparks a joy in me when I think of all the discounted pink stuff I can add to my collection! Haha! Sometimes I am even willing to buy stuff at their original price only to find out later it is on 50% off --- that's got to be the shioking feeling in the world man!

Digressing, I've just managed to buy my dream luggage at 20% off. It's $180 after discount I think!

How can people have a dream luggage, you ask.

WHY NOT?

As of all dream items with me, it's a shiny patent baby pink, and very, very sleek:



Outside. The wheels are super smooth and the locks are so well-made!





Inside... It's obviously a girl's luggage. No more numerous little pouches for make-up and toiletries! Now my luggage comes with many little convenient compartments!



Me, very tan, with dream luggage!!!!!



Chioness!!



What I DIDN'T manage to buy though, is this:



Fendi bangle in baby pink!!!!!!! You can go as far as calling it my dream bangle, hahaha!

I first saw it when I was in Isetan with Wong, and I saw the bangle, did a double take and took two steps towards the beacon of shiny pink bangle.

Then, I saw, distractedly, on my left... A purple Fendi spy bag!

"Chio..." I thought, "but not as chio as the one I'm carrying..."

AND THEN I REALISED!

I was carrying an "inspired" Fendi spy bag too!!

I've heard many stories about sales people in branded stores calling the cops on people with fake products lor! (Although my "fendi" bag is actually not fake per se coz it has no logos on it la, but still...)

So I hastily jumped out of the store and instructed Wong to check out the price for me.

Bloody $295!!!

Needless to say I didn't buy it on the spot coz it is bloody expensive! (And I am not rich, despite what you hear from newspapers and unreliable bloggers)

For the next few days I kept dwelling on it and finally decided to get it --- but to my dismay it is sold out!!!!!!! Oh god! You mean there are other people who find $295 a justified price for a bangle?!?!

And just in case you are wondering why the pic of the bangle looks a little weird, it is because the only pic I am able to find online is the blue one, and I had to photoshop it pink.



Gah!!

Anyway, where was I? Right, GSS is awesome!

You know what else is awesome besides shopping? Funny videos, and laughing out loud! AND... Getting free stuff!

THE GREAT SINGAPORE SALE NOW HAS A SENSE OF HUMOUR!!


You can get all three of those by logging on to www.laughoutloud.com.sg, and watch spoof of the NETS videos!

Go check it out, the site is full of videos of the adventures of an Ah Beng (complete with cringeworthy "kim" hair) and Ah Lian. It's slapstick but entertaining enough.

You can also download icons and wallpapers there of your favourite icon, under "Support LOL".

My favourite is of course the pink one la...



Seow Chio Bu
(Pronounced Xiao-Chio-Boo)

Meaning: Little Beauty

The flower amidst the thorns, she’s the pretty little
thing that’s oh-so-adorable. Makes the boys go gaga.


Haha so cute.

You can also try the 2D game and win prizes such as PSPs and Nintendo DS Lites! Or make a face, take a photo, and stand to win a year's supply of Heaven and Earth Green tea!!!

I'm so gonna take part in that man. A year's supply? How do they gauge how much is a year's supply? I'd drink Heaven and Earth broke lor, confirm. I LOVE THEIR GREEN TEA!!!!