Saturday, May 28, 2005

Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan

Hurrraahhh, it's a long holiday weekend. And I've got the rest of the week off too! Yippeee....What ever will I do? Hmm..easy..sleep, eat, watch tv...go shopping..and read my new book, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. :)

Friday, May 27, 2005

All Heart

I loved that both Sergio Mora and Alfonso Gomez won their respective fights in The Contender finale. What I can say most about both of them is that they're all heart. Their sheer determination is admirable. Must be in the Mehican blood. Both seemed to be underdogs in their fights, Sergio fighting world ranked Peter and Alfonso fighting the more beefy Jesse.

I think I started to like Sergio early on, after his fight with Najai. He talked about not saying 'I Love You' enough to his mother. And how his girlfriend is a law student, which makes him slightly embarassed by the fact that he's 'just' a boxer. And how he wants to improve and make something of himself. You gotta admire him for having such awareness and motivation to better himself. He's a reader and a writer. Ah, we have something in common.

I really enjoyed watching The Contender but I don't think I'll be subscribing to any of the boxing season passes on Astro anytime soon though..

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Revenge of the Coffee Drinkers

In San Francisco.. Posted by Hello

So there's us enjoying a cuppa at the new San Francisco Coffee outlet that just opened in Tanjung Aru. Actually, the girls are enjoying the coffee..I have to be content with drinking milk at the moment. :)

This was after we watched Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Well, for some people it was their second time watching it!

For all the hype that this movie has generated, I guess it is justified. It is after all, the big one. The conclusion to the prequels. How Anakin turned into baddie Darth Vader. Though I knew it was coming, I must say..there was great anticipation to see it actually happening. That first breath of Darth Vader's, the birth of Luke and Leia, Yoda's gymnastic moves!

We read that the hologram image of Anakin in the last scene in Return of the Jedi has been replaced with Hayden Christensen. I wish George Lucas had just kept with the original..but oh's his vision, who are we to argue.

Thanks for reading..may the force be with you.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

The snoozing monkey Posted by Hello


Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts. For out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.

I love the above remarks. It comes from the book As A Man Thinketh by James Allen. It reminds me that life is wonderful and everything that is wonderful starts from the wonderful thoughts that we create in our minds.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Can't Get No Satisfaction

What an electrifying performance by Bo Bice in last night's Idol! That second acapella song was so eerily captivating that you couldn't hear a single person in the audience move. On a night that could possibly be life altering, Bo delivered. It would be the biggest upset ever if he were not in the finals. I love his performances!


Bo Bice, "Within A Dream" (acappella)

Clive - "It was real risky, it was indeed bold and very courageous of you, but you pulled it off. Bo, you’re getting stronger every single week, and I am making a prediction: we are going to have a great time making a very special album together." (Whoa!)

Randy - "You know what I loved about that? It’s the way you auditioned for the show: the public probably forgets, you sing a cappella, there’s no band, there’s no stage, there’s no this – you come in a room and you face us. I love that you returned to this... it was the bomb and it was unbelievable. It was great!"

Paula - "You are a gift... on the inside too, you’re a wonderful soul and the rest of the world is going to experience that."

Simon - "You may have put 34 musicians out of work."

Sting7 - Okay, a lot just happened here. First, Clive has anointed a winner! We’re not even halfway through the show! Guess what? I picked my winner last week. Bo. Yeah, plenty of outraged emails that I dare make such a prediction. How you like me now? Jeez, I got a chill! That was one of the most amazing performances I’ve ever seen on Idol. It is still resonating in my head. That was just spectacular!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Viva Alfonso

“Behind all the punches there are humble people with heart who love each other.” - Alfonso Gomez

I love this remark by Alfonso Gomez of The Contender

It really sums up what the show it all about. Kudos to Mark Burnett for his wonderful portrayal of these boxers, who we have now learned to love and respect. It really tugs on my heart whenever one of them talks about hopes of a better tomorrow for their families. And to see them getting beaten up over it..there's something poetically unsettling about that.

Alfonso and Sergio were my favourites for the final. It was sad to see Alfonso go. He fought with heart and grace and it was good showmanship that he still went to congratutlate Peter before leaving. One more match to go..and I'm all for the Latin Snake to win.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Good Food and Good Telly..It Dont Get Better Than That..

Yesterday was spent with two of my favourite activities - eating and watching telly!

I first went to Hyatt for a hi tea buffet with my mom, my Aunt and her two kids and my cousin. Whewww..we were there from around 1220pm til after 2pm, when most of the other tables were already clear. The Gado-gado was definitely yummy. And the nasi ayam. And the crepe filled with peanut butter, eaten with vanilla ice cream! See now I'm gettting hungry again! And the eating didn't stop there. I then went out with my hubby, who couldn't join us for the hi tea cos he was playing wicket keeper in a cricket match. Shared a rojak buah with him and had a tea float (cold milky tea with whipped cream..yumster!). And then..there's more! Around 6 pm, the Aunty and cousins came round our house again with more food. Nasi lemak, meehun goreng, otak-otak and roti kahwin which were all nice and yummy too and we just HAD to eat it! My goodness..this gives new meaning to 'eating for two'. But I ain't complainin' man..the food was gooood...

Oh yeah, while we were at home eating..there was a show on Discovery & Living about these outrageous food you can get..things like chocolate scorpions, grasshoppers, rotten shark (ikan masin versi iceland), balut, rattlesnake and more...eeekk! I'm going back to thinking about that peanut butter crepe...ahhh yesss...anyways, this is not the good telly I was talking about..

Let's see, I watched The Amazing Race finale...again...(hurraaahhh Uchenna & Joyce!) and then I watched snippets of The Oprah Winfrey show..saw Renee Zelweger talking bout why she moved outta Hollywood. Something bout the paparazzi there and how it was not normal. I watched Parkinson which featured Jamie Oliver (my favourite naked chef), Billy Piper (geez..i didnt know she married Chris Evans when she was 18!..she came across sounding not really bright..) and Ewan McGregor (I seem to prefer him more from his Trainspotting and Shallow Grave days compared to Star Wars..) And then to finish the night off, The Apprentice. Tell you what, although it might've been unfairly portrayed..those StreetSmarts people can really swear! Dohh..but to swear in the boardroom, aiyaiyaiiiii...not really smart.

So there, I went to bed with my tummy full and my entire being happy. What can be better? Hmm..what should I have for lunch?

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Avada Kedavra

I have finally finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!! Hurrahh! I thought it would take me ages to finish. My mind is still a buzzing with all the characters, the storyline, the vivid imagery it evoked. The storyline this time round involves the introduction of many new characters. We learn that there are other wizarding schools around besides Hogwarts..namely Beauxbaton and Durmstrang. The storyline also brings us back to some characters we've met before..Dobby, Moaning Myrtle to name a few plus some spells which we learnt with Harry and the gang in the previous years. My favourites include Expelliarmus!, Ridikulus! and Expecto Patronum!!!

Though the plot seems rather complicated, I wonder how they will depict it in the movie. Can't wait til November...though as my hubby pointed out..I would probably have to wait for it to come out on dvd..

Monday, May 09, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I am currently engrossed in reading up the fourth installment in the Harry Potter series. I actually started reading it last year..some time before Azkaban was released. But since then, I have had to restart reading it a couple of times! You see, GOF is about 636 pages long..whereas all the HP before this were about 300 pages or so. The GOF book was actually a gift from a book supplier friend. Since GOF is one of the more harder to find HP books, I casually asked him one day if they had it in their store. A few days later, he came and gave me the book as a gift! Bless him and bless all those students who buy books from their store..

Anyway..once I restarted reading HPGOF, it seems that I can't put it down now! So much happening in the fourth year at Hogwarts - The Quidditch World Cup, The Triwizard Tournament, a new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, not to mention a love interest for Harry! I can't wait to see the movie - out this November.

Somehow Ralph Fiennes seems too good looking and good to play the evil Lord Voldemort... Still ample time to finish the book. Then, I'll start hinting about the Order of Phoenix...The 6th book, Half Blood Prince is coming out this June! My, my I have some catching up to do....