12 Things I Did/Achieved in 2012

1) I met with Phil and Wes from Wong Fu Productions courtesy of an invitation from Nuffnang :D and took a picture wit Wes :DDDD 


2) I appeared on The Star newspaper in conjunction of International Women's Day.


3) Attended cousins' weddings. Two in the same year!




4) Finished my foundation and hopped into degree, plus got scholarship for first year :)



5) Got a Nokia Lumia 800 for 2 weeks, shipped all the way from UK to review it




7) Went to Genting with my friends and bid my good friend goodbye not too long after that x(



8) Be part of the Retro-themed Mother's Night and Hawaii-themed Father's Night for the mothers and fathers in church :)




9) Bought new equipments - Nikon D7000 (sold off my D5100), SB600, 35mm 1.8G

10) Went to Bangkok for the second time in my life


11) Went for my first photoshoot and accepted an offer that's gonna be exciting for the next year

12) Win, win, win! :P (camera, watch, perfume, tickets etc etc etc!)


#FF - Beverley Craven


Overheard this song on the radio and I decided to search it up again. Found out 'Promise Me' was sung by Beverley Craven. I've never heard of her before but she's a British talent. I like. She's no superstar nor best selling artist whatsoever but I love this song to bits. Lol! Enough to make me google her up, replay this song over and over again till my sisters get bored :3

This kinda tune and emotions in a song would make me cry easily if I'm listening to it at night and in a super bad mood or something. T_______T Beverley Craven's Memories is even worst seriously will cry one lor.



Ah, I love early 90s and late 80s songs.


Christmas Party 2012


Okay la, 2 days late, but Merry Christmas!

I'm still in the Christmas mood :1 


Food!


Stuffed!



Durian Jelly, mama made this :)



Durian Puff, mama made this too :D





Homemade sumptuous chocolate cake you cannot resist!






Needless to say, I was very happy that night. Good company, awesome food siapa tak suka, kan? Not sure if I've mentioned before I don't have a favourite color and that it all depends on mood but now, I think for the past few weeks I've been digging red. :1 


So here's a picture (of myself) that I rarely post up on this blog :1

BELATED MERRY CHRISTMAS :D


Bangkok Transportation: Taxi and Tuk-Tuk



Tuk-Tuk(s) can be found easily in Bangkok. Tuk-Tuk is usually more expensive to ride as compared to taxis. If you want to try Tuk-Tuk for the experience, try riding with a maximum of 2 passengers for comfort. Also, if you cannot stand dust or smoke, riding Tuk-Tuk once would be enough.


Some Tuk-Tuk drivers would simply give you a price to ride, quickly decline if it's too expensive - they're trying to take advantage of you. Usually they would charge about RM15 - RM 30 per Tuk-Tuk doesn't matter how many people are gonna ride on it. Depending on whether you are desperate or willing to wait, you can go for it :)


Colourful taxis in Bangkok, this, you cannot miss. Most of their taxis are in good condition, unlike the ones in Malaysia. However, get prepared to get ripped off because you're a tourist. Back in 2008, we had no difficulties getting a cab and the ride only cost us about RM3-5. But since back then, we stayed in Baiyoke Sky Hotel, it was easier for us to walk around and we only took taxi once of twice.

This time, we stayed in Holiday Inn Express (nearest to MBK, about 5-10 minutes walk) and the others are much further so we took taxi wherever we want to go. Taxi drivers refused to use the meter and charge us 150baht (RM15) for a 5-10 minutes distance when travelled by car. If they were to use meter, it could probably cost us about RM5-RM8. Some try to mengada-ngada and offered us 250baht (RM20). Decline. During rush hour, the chances of getting a metered taxi is difficult as most likely the drivers had ganged up already. :( So we had to become the victims of these taxi drivers. Urgh. But since there's like 4-6 of us in a taxi, I guess it's still ok? :1


Maybe we should just take a bus. :3

Back!


Quick update! Just got back from Bangkok yesterday night. I miss home, it's good to be back. Let's see if I can update about my trip there and also catch up with the contests I missed :1

Went to Bangkok since Wednesday morning, flew with Air Asia. Am enjoying the holidays so far ever since finals finished! :)

Siyah soon!


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Review


Fun Fact: The Hobbit is the first feature film shot in 48fps (instead of the usual 24fps).


When the trailer came out a year ago, The Hobbit became the hot topic especially among fans of Lord of the Rings (LotR). Everyone's excited to see what Peter Jackson has got to offer us again. To be honest, I can't remember a lot of details of what was in the LotR trilogy because I was too young to understand but I remember being a fan of Elijah Wood and Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Haha, and I remember I couldn't stand how ugly Orcs were. :1 And also was afraid of Gollum

Now after the long wait - that torturing one year! - The Hobbit is now showing in cinemas. Watched it in GSC Mid Valley on Thursday with friends, the cinema was fully booked. I felt that the sound wasn't very good, not sure is it because of the sound distribution between the speakers. Some of the dialogues were a little soft.


Verdict: I'd rate 4/5 for this film. Peter Jackson does not disappoint. Martin Freeman was indeed the 'perfect' Bilbo Baggins although I thought in some scenes he was a little missing from the picture. I'd probably give 4.5 if there was an epic battle in this film. Also deducted 0.5 points because some parts of the film looked like animation. As this film is based on the book itself, we can see how Peter Jackson tried to follow and include as many details as possible. I think The Hobbit or LotR book readers would enjoy this thoroughly while normal movie critiques would think that this film is too draggy.

#FF - Biology


I was in pure science class in form 4 and form 5. I was placed in the 'supposed' best class. But true, my class was the best. Simply because we're awesome and my friends are top students (till now, hebats!)

You know what, I still keep my Biology buku nota till now despite me forgetting everything related to Biology...well, close to everything.


Lol, I realized I put my heart and soul into drawing diagrams and writing notes. 





The chapter I hate the most. Chromosomes -_- Till today I'm still a blur. It's a miracle how I passed this subject AHAHA.



I really need this handwriting back. :(



Big Bad Wolf Books Sale 2012 at Mines MIECC


scanned this image from a flyer lol

Went to the Big Bad Wolf Books Sale at Mines Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) last Saturday with my mum and sister. The sale was massive since it started on 7th December and last weekend, the sale was on for 63 hours (yes, the sale was opened the whole time for 3 consecutive days!)

So we left our house about 7.15pm and only stepped into the MIECC hall at 8.45pm :( The traffic was horrible. Actually, not really. It was raining, so naturally all the cars slow down quite a fair bit but the queue to get into the Mines Resort City's car park took us about 30-45 minutes. *facepalm* I mean, we were literally outside Mines Shopping Mall. What's mind boggling was that there were plenty of parking space that time, so I'm not sure what's all the fuss about. Urgh. Thankfully it was opened for 63 hours straight otherwise if it was the normal operating hours - till 9pm - Imma go home and cry.

The parking area is a little dodgy so I suggest to go in groups, especially for women. Climbed a flight of stairs, took the escalator and then the hall was there infront of us. When we reached, the hall was occupied, but not crowded. Funny thing is, the hall became more and more crowded as time goes..I guess everyone thought the best time to come is during midnight but no, midnight is the worst time to go (super crowded).


There were just too many books around and the before and after reflects on the people who went for the sale. Those poor books.. simply dumped by ungrateful Malaysians -_-l You know, I realized those who contribute to the messy pile would probably those who are kiasu and took stacks and stacks of books but in the end, sat one corner and try to 'eliminate' which books they don't want and left it there. -_______-; PLEASE LA. ONLY TAKE WHAT YOU SURE YOU ARE TO BUY. :( 

Also pity those people working at the sale. Didn't spot any lalazai or lalamui working there though. *clears throat* Service was good. Especially those at the counter were helpful. :)



My loot! Thanks mama for sponsoring. All of them cost only RM8 each! (Plus another 5 percent discount because mama has OCBC credit card :D). That's cheaper than BookXcess (usually about RM10- RM20) and definitely cheaper than MPH Warehouse sale price (usually RM24 -.-). Okay, you may argue that I'm buying more than what I read but the fact is, I have the capability of skimming, so I'm able to read something very quickly. Yeah, so I bought 4 Jodi Picoult books and 6 James Patterson books :D I've been reading their works for a few years now. Read one of Jeffrey Eugenides' work before this too, so I got another of his book too.

It's difficult to find the books you want T_T In the first 1 hour, I was browsing through the whole fiction area (lane by lane) and was trying to find books by Jodi Picoult and James Patterson. James Patterson's books were in random places. I found one random copy of Mary, Mary in a random box left by someone else (simply throw books lah!).. and one last copy of Cat and Mouse in another random place -_-; So I didn't get to choose a better condition copy. Boohoo. So at 9 something, I thought I had enough, 7 books were enough, but then my sis was not done yet so I went back to the fiction section again and started skimming again. 

And then.. I found a stash of Jodi Picoult books lying on the Sci-Fi/Fantasy books table. I was like WHUT. Quickly grabbed the different titles and added into the pile I want to buy. :P It wasn't there before so I guess the people working must have just put them back on the table T_T.. so glad I found the books I want..

On the other hand, I wanted to get some photography magazines also but it seems that there were none, a tad disappointed ._____.;;


Bought this wacky pins for RM10. LOL

So, the book sale is still running till 23rd December, plenty of time for you to get part of the 3 million books on sale. They've restocked their books. I'm not sure if it means that new titles are placed out or they are just replenishing the titles that were already there. Either way, if you are not looking for overly new books (like titles released this year), you can try finding them at this book sale :)


Map to the venue. Scanned this from the flyer :P


Center of attraction outside the hall..



Of course lah, it's a lamborghini... :P 
And you should see the number of handprints on the car >_>..


GREAT NEWS!

BIG BAD WOLF BOOKS are opening for 60 hours straight this weekend AGAIN! 3 hours less than last weekend but yeah. 



Date: 7th to 23rd December 2012
Time: 9am to 9pm (and 9am 14 Dec to 9pm 16 Dec for the 60 hours straight sale!)
Venue: MINES Convention Centre (MIECC)


  Gonna get them books? ;)



Short Film - Amy (Stop Child Abuse)


Note: Remember to change the quality and watch in HD! 
 
One of the assignments this semester was to come out with a short film and it will be screened during film class. My group had a few ideas in the initial part (one including filming like pool party LOL!) but in the end, came out with this idea. I had no contributions to storyline but obviously the people (my awesome groupmates) had brilliant minds.

Comedy is one of the most difficult videos to make and we wanted to make a video that is more 'serious' and issues that is close at home.. something with more depth and meaningful. Between the final 2 ideas divorce and child abuse, we settled for the latter.

Honestly speaking, I think I gave the least contribution :( I'm so sorry guys. Friends spent quite a long time editing and editing. *Pat pat* Well done guys! Lecturer liked our video so..yay!

P/S: Video was not done professionally. We know the flaws - can improve on angles, composition, the sound, the lighting and camera quality difference. Hope there's a next time for us to improve :)


#FF - Chess as Hobby

I like playing chess. I used to love playing chess. I can go to uchess.com and play blitz chess all day long. But that was few years ago.


The only medal I got for playing chess. LOL! In all of my schooling life, the club I joined for sports is chess (if chess is considered sports in the first place :P). This was a team event back in Form 5. Grouped with a couple of my friends and play as a team. I was the only girl in the team :( It's sad to say that most of my friends (girls), do not know how to play chess, so most of the time I don't have teman.

I remember when I was in Mutiara, I was forced to go attend koko and I can't miss a single session (because the school locked the gate -_-l oppression, I tell you but that's another story). So in form 2, I was secretary for chess club. Ohhh. I don't usually get jawatans in clubs so I was pretty my teacher chose me (LOL suka jadi teacher's pet last time). I had to do report, take attendance and all that stuffs. I think I'm pretty good with admin stuff sometimes. Ohoho. 


Image from: MSSKL chess blog 

I was sent to represent Mutiara to participate in MSSKL and it was my first time participating in chess competitions out of school. Hah, little did I know, I got into top 10. LOL :D But I went back empty handed. Teacher promised me to give me a certificate but the certificate never came :(

So then when I went to Cochrane, I still attended chess club in form 3. After form 3... hahaha. No more. Don't attend any koko in fact. Ohoho. One of the reason is because I got bored, no one to play with. A lot of students join chess because this club is so laid back and sadly, most of these students don't know how to play chess either. Funny how the secretary and even vice president do not know how to move a chess piece. :1

Nowadays, I rarely play chess anymore because... it's very time consuming if I really wanted to play properly with another opponent LOL. Take time to think, take time to strategize. So it's a past hobby now. So do you have any hobby that you once love but don't find yourself playing or doing that anymore?


What is FongFeiKei... And Selling Tickets via Instyx!


FongFeiKei, FFK.
In Cantonese,'fongfeikei' means an act that betrays or break a promise/deal made with another party. (Paraphrased from urbandictionary.com)


 

Well, sometimes I have extra tickets or most of the time, I have tickets but I cannot make it to the events because of certain circumstances. Once, I've even won meet and greet with Simple Plan but in the end I couldn't go because I had something important to do and had to let go the chance. *cries non-stop*

So, how do I "get rid" of the tickets and not let it go to waste? Sometimes I give it out, sometimes I want to sell it. My friend introduced me to @fongfeikei earlier this year and boy, was it good. FongFeiKei is a service that basically helps users find or sell tickets using twitter (now with more than 5500 followers). 

I've sold most of my tickets with the help of @fongfeikei and their service is - FREE! Does this word entice you? Haha. Just recently, FongFeiKei launched a new site - FFK 2.0, now known as Insytx.

Taken from Insytx website

In 2011, there was a service called FFK.me, or @FongFeiKei on Twitter, that was responsible for bringing together thousands of people, who traded tens of thousands of bucks worth of tickets. Users eagerly threw their tickets around knowing that somehow, somewhere, someone was eagerly waiting for it. It's spontaneous, last-minute, fun, and super-engaging. And the tickets were usually cheaper than original price (or even free).


YAH! FFK/Instyx also lets know you about the latest upcoming events and giveaways as companies or users would also engage with them when they have extra tickets to let go for free!

So, if you have a ticket (any kind - movies, concerts, roadshows, showcase, musical - you name it) you can always use Insytx to sell it away, even at the very last minute. And if you're looking to buy cheap tickets, Instyx is also the best place for you to look at! :D

I, myself have been using FFK the whole year now and I must say, the people behind it are genius (for coming up with a service like this) and very helpful and kind :) LOL, and I even made friends because I met with my ticket buyers and such :P

We know Malaysians have this unhealthy culture of FFK and sometimes you just have to deal with it with Instyx :P