Monday, November 28, 2005


I am busy. No other reasons/excuses as to why my blog has come to a standstill lately. I promise to provide more ramblings in the next few days. Until then, watch this space.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

God and His Infinite Wisdom

An email fwd I received today:

A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed home. He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed: "Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please allow her body to switch with mine for a day. Amen.

God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man's wish. The next morning, sure enough, the man awoke as a woman. He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, Set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, Drove them to school, and stopped at the bank to make a deposit, went grocery shopping, then drove home to put away the groceries, paid the bills and balanced the checkbook. Then it was already 1 P.M. and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home. Set out milk and cookies and got the kids organized to do their homework. Then set up the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing.

At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and washing vegetables for salad, breaded the chops and snapped fresh beans for dinner. After dinner, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed. At 9 P.M. he was exhausted and, though his daily chores weren't finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to get through without complaint. The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said, "Lord, I don't know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife's being able to stay home all day. Please, oh please, let us trade back."

The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied, "My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. You'll just have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last night."

tulah, that's why...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Mel's Moment of Manic Panic

Hello kawan kawan. Ok, I'm slacking and losing my blogging credibility but hey, I'm here now right? There are days when there's lots to blog about and days where some things are better left unsaid. Oh, and days when you actually have to do that thing called 'work'.

Today all my e-mails disappeared again. For a good six hours mind you. Long story short, I'm still having problems with my office e-mail (what else is new) which means I have to check my emails via the webmail server. It's slow, temperamental and not user friendly to say the least. However, they've 'upgraded' the webmail system...which of course means...they wipe out my existing e-mails.

Deeeeeeeep breath.

I refuse to panic. Or curse. Or cause bodily harm to anyone in the so-called IT department. I make a few phonecalls, wipe off the cold sweat on my forehead and cross my fingers. The resident IT dude tells me to calm down and to open up my Microsoft Outlook.

About-to-panic Me: "But it DIED months ago..."
Him: "No no... your Microsoft Outlook."
About-to-panic Me: "Ya ya i know, cannot. I'm using Mozilla but that died on me too..."
Him: "'No, Missy, Microsoft Outlook. The brown icon on the scr..."
Panicking Me: "Tiada! Really! Cannot use oredi!!!"
Him: "You're talking about Outlook Express. I mean Microsoft Outlook."
Calming-down Me: *scans the screen for Microsoft Outl...* "Ooohhhhhhhhhh. Found it. here la?"

Nyeh nyeh malu malu.

So after a few clicks here and there, I finally retrieved my almost-lost e-mails. Phew. Problem solved. Almost la...Now most of my e-mails aren't going/coming through. To sum up my sentiments in a nutshell:

It's raining outside. It's almost five pm. I'm going for a drink with my colleague to drown this annoying day. The upside? I had a yummy lunch. Grilled chicken with baked potato, coleslaw and a side serving of Minestrone soup. A bit much, you say? I totally agree and am darn proud of it!

On my speakers right now:
"I'll be loving you forever forever...All this love's for you and me."
-I'll Be Loving You, New Kids On The Block. Omg.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

44 days.

So it's Thursday. Enter cliche: How time flies. 44 days to go before the new year rolls around. In light of trying to be optimistic, I await the new year with bated breath with hopes of a brighter tomorrow.

Basically, I hope next year will be less shitty than this one.

Let's see, here are a few things I'm hoping for (and working on) in 2006:

1. Travel: At one point next year, I must must must travel. Even just once. And no, not to KL. I have my sights set on Melbourne, just to get a feel of the place in case I plan to head there for further studies. Other alternatives include Bali, Bangkok (yes again), Sydney, Cambodia or Manila.

2. Get my writing career further up and going, so i can eventually ditch any form of 9-5 jobs and work from my beach house overlooking the South China Sea and make gazillions of dollars.

3.Fall hopelessly in love with a foreigner who will sweep me off my feet and take me far far away....Ok, wishful thinking but I do hope to have matters of the heart settled and if not, I'll just swear off men for another 365 days.

4. Drink more milk. I read that as women reach their 30s, chances of osteoperosis is higher and even when you start to take more calcium then, your bones won't absorb it as good as they would in your 20s. Brittle bones: Not very fun.

On another note, this just in:

Guess who's watching the premier of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire tonight? I never saw the rationale of braving the crowds of excited, noisy and sometimes smelly people on the opening night of any show. However, tonight is different. It's not because I'm a die-hard Potterhead rather I've been invited to attend the grand opening KK's newest cinema, Mega Pavilion followed thereafter with the first screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The City Mayor is the guest of honour so there'll be a bit of 'la di da' social niceties to perform before the show begins. No matter, it'll be worth the free tickets and smell of new carpet. And fresh popcorn...mmm.

Would you marry someone who shot you in the groin? I didn't think so but apparently someone did: Woman to wed man who held her hostage. To quote the bride-to-be:

“I love Christian today as deeply as I loved him before this awful thing happened to us,” Stebbins wrote in a victim impact statement. “We are soul mates.”

Riiiight. Anyway, enough about crazy people for now.

"When I'm done with thinking then I'm done with you.
When I'm done with crying then I'm done with you.
When I feel so tired then I'm done with you.
Everybody feels this way sometimes everybody feels this way
And I do."

-Lisa Loeb on my speakers, 'I Do'.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

What's your sign, baby?

2006 prediction for Taurus - Growth

As the world continues to change radically, Taurus, you feel that you can no longer afford the luxury preferred by that archetypal Bull, Ferdinand, who just wanted to sit and smell the flowers. Instead, you’ll take a long look at past and present goals. One cherished goal involves romantic happiness. A trip overseas with a love partner beckons, and possibly a wedding. Another involves making your money grow – but investments can be tricky. Avoid anything even marginally risky. Career prospects involve opportunities in the arts and in the healing professions, or anything involving modern technology. You’ll have a lot on your plate, and may be confused as to exactly what you should pursue. But remember, there’s no rush. Let it sit for a while. You’ve got time.

Go here to gaze into the crystal ball...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I am happy.

I am happy because my cats love me.
I am tired because I would have liked to sleep another hour this morning.
I am upset because of her little white lie.
I am disappointed because I trusted them and didn't expect them to disappoint me like the rest.
I am angry because I don't have the guts to speak my mind.
I am weary because all this is making me tired.
I am confused because I don't know who else to trust.
I am resentful because I find it hard to forgive.
I am frustrated because I want to be happy 99 percent of the time.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Quiz Overload

You Belong in New York City
You're an energetic, ambitious woman.And only NYC is fast enough for you.Maybe you'll set yourself up with a killer career.Or simply take in all the city has to offer.
What City Do You Belong In?

Your Ideal Marriage Proposal Is
Spontaneous, on a tropical vacation, when he realizes he can't be without you.

Your 80s Heartthrob Is
Jason Bateman

haha omg...

Your Celebrity Sisters Are Jessica and Ashlee
Beautiful, feminine, and stylish.Who care's if you're a bit of a daddy's girl?
Who Are Your Celebrity Sisters?

Ok they got the daddy's girl bit quiz:

You Are Dark Wash Jeans
You prefer to try out new looks, especially ones that are all your own.You like wearing jeans, as long as you make them part of your style.

What Style Of Jeans Are You?

Your Scent is Rose
Delicate, feminine, and softYour personality is fresh and understated
What Scent Are You?

I'd rather smell like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies though.

Ok enough quizzes. I'm just procrastinating at work as you can tell...

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Wednesday's Wisdom

The first e-mail for the day and I thought I'd start my morning by sharing this mantra:

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

True dat.

Monday, November 07, 2005


I'm too lazy to blog. Lazy lazy lazy. Almost one week away from the office can do that to you. Engines...stalling...Can't...start.... *sputter. wheeze. kaput*

Ok quick updates on my past week:

1. Spent last weekend at Lankayan island. Photos below.

2. Went to Pulau Sapi with friends. Had fun and lots of sandfly bites to prove it.

3. Watched Exorcism of Emily Rose. On Halloween. Not as bad as The Exorcist but still giving me horrid visions at night. And i don't think Haw has regained blood flow in his right arm - sorry dude.

4. Watched Corpse Bride. Entertaining and MUCH better than Doom.

5. Spent time with my nieces who never fail to entertain me.

It's quiet in the office and honestly, I've caught several people playing online games, heh heh. I'm not one to talk considering here I am ,blogging and uploading photos. I'm attending Double Take's (Sabahan jazz duo) press conference and album launch at 6pm today. My day has proved light and easy. More thoughts when I snap out of my state of sloth.

I went snorkelling in Lankayan. This was the best shot i could share considering i don't have an underwater camera.  Posted by Picasa

The turtle hatchery in Lankayan. If you're lucky, you get to see them released into sea. Posted by Picasa

It's hard work, all this relaxing and doing nothing... Posted by Picasa

No really...I'm hard at work here. Please go away. Posted by Picasa

Just when you thought the waters were safe... Posted by Picasa Posted by Picasa

Ain't it pretty? And right at my doorstep too. Posted by Picasa