Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jon & Kate plus Hate?

Oh no! After my 'Oh no' a few days ago, regarding TR Knight and Grey's Anatomy..today there's a new and bigger one. And a real one as well. Jon & Kate Gosselin of Jon& Kate Plus Eight have announced that they are divorcing. They have been going at things for a while now so I guess it is fitting that they announce this. No surprise, really. But it's just oh so bad for the kids!! Those sweet sweet kids. It's bad enough they've been using their kids for all the publicity, all this while. And now those kids have to deal with this family problem in front of the camera and the eyes of television viewers. Yeah, apparently they decided that even though they will separate and eventually divorce, their show will still go on. How gila publisiti is that??! Oh man..when I first started watching this show (I don't follow it..just watch when I happen to see it), I thought they were really so charming! And that appearance in Oprah? That was so adorable....Hmmphh! Shame on you Jon & Kate!

I Need a Holiday

Oh wow! Accor Hotels are having a Super City Sale. Hotel rates in 27 cities across 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region are being reduced in their sale. The cities include among others; Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Sydney, Auckland and more.

If it were me, I would love to go to New Zealand. It is such a beautiful place.I'd go to Auckland and check into the Mercure Auckland Windsor, right in the heart of the city centre. I would go shopping (but of course!) at Queen Street, try out the local restaurants and cuisine and try to catch one of the theatre shows. I would go to the nearby rose gardens and visit Lake Orakei Basin to relax and reflect. Then there's also the Underwater World and Rainbows End theme park to go to for a fun filled family day outing. And whilst I'm there, I'm sure I would be able to explore other cities in New Zealand as well. Wow, it would be an amazing holiday indeed! And who knows, I might catch Phil Keoghan somewhere there! And also put some truth to the myth 'do Hobbits exist?'

What about you? Where would you go?

Well, if you're already thinking of your own getaway, you must check out this Accor Hotels City Super Sale . This sale is for a limited time only! You need to book online between 23rd - 29th June, for stays between July 10 and September 30, 2009. Savings up to 60% with rates starting as low as US$25 per night. That's a bargain! You must check this out.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Oh no O'Malley

Just read that TR Knight will not be returning to Grey's Anatomy in the coming new season. Oh no!! This only means one thing - his character did not survive that crazy oh-my-god trauma, being hit by a bus whilst trying to save a stranger cliffhanger of an ending in last season's finale. Or maybe..maybe he did survive but too severely disabled or traumatized to be able to return to work? OH MAN! Why'd they have to release this news now? I'd rather wait and be surprised in September. George O'Malley did some crazy, stupid things (that affair with Izzie was oh so wrong!) but he was also one of the best when it came to talking to patients, he was kindhearted and cool under pressure. He was a part of the gang all this while. I'll need to keep my tissue box handy for the season premiere in Sept. Katherine Heigl is returning, by the way. Again, would have preferred to find out in Sept. Oh dear...guess it's bye bye double O'Malley!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Brilliant Ideas

I told my hubby that we should do one of the following:

1. Write a book or better still, an e-book - no need to worry about finding a publisher, having to cough up money for printing. No need to worry about storage and inventory and shipping. People can just click, pay and download. (Still..I do so love actual books!)

2. Come up with a concept for a cartoon show - I mean, have you seen some of the cartoon shows they have nowadays? They're weird and sometimes outright illogical (Higglytown Heroes? - the heroes concept is actually good but why have to use those russian doll shapes?). Yet, they still sell and are a hit with the kiddies. So... we come up and design the concept, sell it and have it translated into other languages and then come up with all sorts of products from the show - toys & games, books, cds, etc.

3. Write a hit song - Just look at Taylor Swift! She's what...12?? And there she is churning out hit after hit. So yeah..we write a hit song, just writing the lyrics should be enough. And doesn't matter if it's a one hit wonder because by that time, it will be such a massive hit that the earnings will already be phenomenal and the royalties will be a rolling in!

What do you think?? Hehe...the gist of all these ideas is...MONEY of course. ROYALTIES. PASSIVE INCOME! I used to think money couldn't buy happiness. I was a fool!

Well, looking at my above brilliant ideas, I think the first one will probably be the most feasible. I wish I was more musical and artistic to do number 2 and 3. But I've always, always loved writing and books. I think I have quite a good knack of telling stories. I walk into a bookstore and have the same recurring thought each time - my book should be on those bookshelves! And of course I want those royalty payments. Hehe...you've heard this all before ya? Yep, my hubby keeps nudging me 'What happened to that book idea you had?' They're here. Still in my head. Of late, they have been making more appearances in the screen of my mind and new ideas have come a popping too. I need to do put it out in writing. I had a thought earlier today...Write book or do Phd? Yikes..where did that Phd thing come from? I surprised myself. (Probably cause I spent the afternoon with Rachel but hmmm....)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Are you the Rule or the Exception?


I watched He's Just Not That Into You on Monday and I loved it. It's the simple easy going type of movie to get lost in. It's also the kind of movie I like these days..the type where there are many characters who aren't actually sharing the same storyline but are interconnected in some way.

Am particularly loving Alex, the character played by Justin Long (the Mac guy). He's sooo like the cool and caring bestfriend every girl would want, the one you'd have a secret crush on. According to Alex, you are either the Rule or the Exception. Example: The rule says..if a guy doesn't call you after your date, he's never going to call you and he's not interested. The exception sometimes occurs..whereby, the guy doesn't call ... but he does eventually at a later later time. It's rare but it does happen. And there are many other rules of this sort when it comes to the men-women-relationship thingy.

Also particularly hot in this movie are Bradley Cooper (remember him as Will in Alias? Sydney Bristow's bestfriend) and Scarlett Johansson. He is lovely with his dimples and all..and she...no wonder men swoon after her! And she's married in real life to another cutie, Ryan Reynolds. *Sigh*

I think the actual book is a non-fiction self help kind of book but I loved the way they made it into the movie. A must watch for any of you hopeless romantic singletons still trying to figure things out..and for us marriedbies to just sigh and swoon and ponder about.

* I want to write a book/movie just like this! and makes lotsa lotsa money from it!*

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a toxic substance that has long been used for insulation, cement and even some common household products. Statistics show that most people who contract mesothelioma have worked with or around asbestos for many years - in the construction field, as contractors, mechanics, etc. This was before its dangers were fully realised. As a result thousands of people were needlessly exposed to this dangerous substance. Because of its dangers, many asbestos manufacturers have rightly gone out of business over the years which means it may be difficult for those diagnosed with mesothelioma to receive compensation.

Like any other form of cancer, mesothelioma is dangerous by the fact that it is difficult to detect in its early stages and may only be discovered once in its latter stages. Those who are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease have the highest rate of survival due to the availability and assistance of medical treatments for the disease these days. This of course requires a lot of money and may inflict more unnecessary stress for those diagnosed.

There are many resources available for those who have been diagnosed with this disease. One may consult a Mesothelioma Lawyer who specializes in dealing with and helping those with such cases to find out their legal rights and to receive their rightful compensation.

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

He Did It!

Alas..Federer has won the French Open title! After 4 years losing in the finals. I'm sure he is thanking Soderling for putting away that feisty little Spaniard that has eluded him all this while. Tennis remains the only sport that I can actually sit and watch from start to finish. Though tonight, the little girl called me up to the bedroom early because she didn't have her usual afternoon nap. Thankfully, there were live updates online and some eager souls kept updating their facebook status so I was well in the know. Next...it's off to beautifulz Wimbledon and my lovely Henman Hill. Weeeee!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Kesamaan

Hubby and I went to check out a pre-school for Yasmin about two weeks ago. The centre is a reputable franchise, with a good learning (and playing) system and I had long considered it to be the one I'd want to send Yasmin to. We went there during lunchtime and as we arrived, there were still kids there, waiting to be picked up by their parents. The young lady that assisted us was very helpful and gave good responses to the questions we asked. Trivial as they may have seemed.

Looking at the registration list and pricing, hubby asked whether the kids needed to bring their own stationery. Something that didn't occur to me. And the lady answered, no they didn't need to. All the stationery would be provided. This way, they also taught and encouraged the children to share. And the kids would not have the tendency to just keep their own stuff to themselves. I liked this answer.

It immediately got me thinking about the concept of equality (kesamaan) - everyone is just the same, no one is superior by having more or having more flashy items. It is the reason why as students, we wore uniforms to school and why all haj pilgrims wear the ihram. Something I probably did not appreciate in my younger years. Back then, I thought that we should be able to wear normal clothes to school - the way I saw it on tv, all those kids being able to wear whatever they liked. School uniforms just seemed as another unneccessary thing ordered upon us as part of a national brainwashing scheme. Heh..me and my wild imagination (or was it?)

Hubby and I were happy with the pre-school but later found out that they had another centre that was even nearer to our home and to hubby's workplace. So we decided to check it out too. Equality, right. They were of the same franchise, it should be just the same and much more convenient, based on its location. Turns out...not all franchises are created equal. Though the location was better, the place was a tad more run down (it was older) and the deciding factor was that that second centre was interconnected with a music school next to it. Security wise, kids might wander to that side (without being noticed), adults from the music school might be wondering to the pre-school, etc. Even though the lady there was charming, we decided that the first centre was better. Never mind that it was further. So although systems are in place and things should be the same, it still all boils down to the how and who and the settings of it.

So Insyaallah, Yasmin will be starting there in July. Macam mana la budak tu.. I know she would be super excited and would enjoy it. But of course, there would be a lot of other stuff to consider. We'll cross that road when we get there, I guess. *Sigh* Mommy's little girl will be going to school soon...before I know it, she'll be off to uni!