Friday, August 29, 2008

Quote of the week

I think I'd like to remember this when I hit my forties:
“Somewhere in your forties, guess what, everyone starts to look the same! Middle-aged. Now when I look in the mirror I see the old lady underneath. And that's OK.” - Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and The City and Lipstick Jungle

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Friends and Flowers

I recently did two things I've been meaning to do.
I bought myself flowers which made my house look pretty for a week


and i bought this
=D


I wouldn't have had to buy the set if someone hadn't stolen the one I originally had.
To you who stole my collection of the entire ten seasons of Friends ...

May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your crotch and may your arms be too short to scratch it!

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Friday, August 22, 2008

RWP

I have this thing about books.... you see.. I LOVE em.
I'd go hungry and spend my lunch money on ONE book cause I haven't reached that stage in my life where i can just buy books without a second thought.
One day... hopefully...

I read before I sleep, I read at meal times, I read in the loo and I tend to read while driving too. Well only at the red lights of course.

Imagine my delight when I found out about this project that's happening tomorrow!
Its called the Read while Waiting Project and its happening on the 23rd August at KL Sentral. Click here to find out more and be part of the revolution!

PS: We're havin lunch at KFC at 2pm if you wanna join us!

~ au revoir

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

purple puke


I sat down to breakfast this morning and had a slice of toast with Ribena.
After I was done and about to head out the door to work, I felt that regurgitating rush brewing somewhere within my belly and my throat. I made a mad dash into the toilet just in time to throw up and whatd'ya know..... my puke was purple!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Are we safe anymore?

The story I heard this morning caught me really struggling with various emotions which ranged from anger to angst back to anger and then utter bewilderment at the state of our society today.

Someone whom I love very much was attacked as she and four of her friends stood at a bus stop in Seksyen 17 at approximately 1am this morning.

Well first of all, they were indeed silly to be at a bus stop that late at night. But they figured 'safety in numbers' and thought nothing of it.

There were three silly girls and two boys who were at the bus stop that morning. One of the girls saw 6 guys on 3 bikes approaching the bus stop and instinct told her to "get the hell outta there!" She yelled at her friends to run and dashed to safety while the other 4 were caught, beaten up and robbed of their belongings.

You hear bout stuff like this happening every single day but you never imagine the magnitude of it unless it happens to someone you actually know.

What makes our streets in KL any different from the roaring crime neighborhoods in New York?

We have guns, knives, gangs, robbers, rapists and the likes in our streets. Our little third-world-country has first-world-crimes too.

If you're living in Petaling Jaya, or anywhere in Kuala Lumpur... be safe alright. Maybe all Malaysians in general should be weary!

Don't carry more cash or belongings than you need to. Be alert at all times. And for heaven's sake don't be out on the streets so late at night!

Exercise wisdom and caution. If people can get robbed on a crowded street in broad daylight.... what more at night?

What do you do when something like this happens? Do I blame the five 18-year-olds for being out on the street so late at night?

One can't help but wonder...What's wrong with the society we live in? What would cause 6 guys to attack random strangers? What would cause a young man to lose his moral or spiritual values and behave in an inhumane manner?

A group initiation? For money? Or for the pure joy of seeing the helplessness in the faces of their victims? What drives people to commit such crimes?

It's sick really.

But we close one eye and give a shrug.

Some would say, "Mat Rempit, what do you expect?"

While most others retort saying, "Its not like we can do anything."

But I wonder.... what can a Malaysian like me, or you do to make a difference in this city with an increasing deludge of crime...

Sometimes I wish crime busting heroes like Batman and Spiderman were real....
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graphic design nerd

I got this from Melissa's Facebook notes and its hilarious!

You Know You're a Graphic Designer When...

  • You have bags under your eyes so big you'd have to check them in at Heathrow Airport

  • You watch the superbowl just for the commercials

  • You can spot bad typography from 100 yds away

  • You are pro-facebook because 95% of the myspace accounts burn your retinas

  • You can name more than 200 fonts in under five minutes

  • You are completely immune to subliminal advertising

  • You look upon a well-designed project with either:
    sympathy OR extreme jealousy

  • Your hand is permanently stuck in the shape of a mouse

  • You tell stories of exacto-knife inflicted wounds with grizzled sort of pride

  • You practically take caffeine intravenously

  • You have an appreciation for everything unique

  • You've been spending three days non-stop on a project and it still looks like shit. You find yourself overcome by Deathlust.

  • "You find your pulse increase at the sight of a lovely ligature, glasses steam up when an unusually elegant arm, leg, or tail comes in view, and a well-kerned paragraph is apt to make you break into a sweat with excitement."

  • "You know you're a Graphic Designer when... you buy a CD or DVD for the artwork, even if you have no idea what the actual music or film is like".
    (even worse, you don't actually watch or listen to it, just stare at it for hours and hug it in adoration)

  • "You know you're a Graphic Designer when... you look at the clock and see it's about midnight and think 'I'll go to bed now'... and you actually go to bed about 2-3am".

  • "You know you're a Graphic Designer when... you need someone else to point out that you're sitting in a room in front of the computer with all the lights off, and haven't noticed"

  • "...when you know what "kerning" is and you really, really like it."

  • "... when you wear two [ke] [rn] pins on your bag, and only you know what the mean. To others its probably a band of sorts.."

  • Forget the boy-wonder and the man of steel; your heroes have names like 'Tibor Kalman', 'Stefan Sagmeister', 'Paul Rand', and 'Paula Scher'.

  • You don't wear black to look cool, you wear it to hide the gauche.

  • You have a thing for chairs. You don't know why.

  • You giggle whenever you use the colors F0CCED, EFF0FF and 44DDDD

  • You’re in the sun and you look around for a Drop Shadow to sit under.

  • You give your relatives a lecture about color spaces and profiles when you email them your vacation photos.

  • Seeing someone use Lens Flare or Comic Sans adversely affects your blood-pressure

  • You maintain a grid system for your refrigerator magnets.

  • You organize your CD collection according to the Pantone chart.

  • You sit at work for eight hours straight just looking at your monitor, waiting for a spark of inspiration that doesn't come.

  • You're up 'til 5am because you came up with the best idea ever while brushing your teeth.

  • The hottest dream you ever had was "Trace contour... Find Edges... Pinch... Extrude... Smudge Stick... Motion Blur.... Sprayed Strokes..."

  • You know Lorem Ipsum by heart.

  • Your kid knows Lorem Ipsum by heart.

  • The preschool teacher complains your child won't color inside or outside the lines – only indicate colors on a separate sheet.

  • Activating your entire font collection makes your computer crash

  • You deliberately butcher your perfectly cross browser compatible site in IE by placing a “Too Cool for IE” banner on it.

  • You prefer a Layer Style of 50% Opacity (or less) on your wife’s Satin.

  • You spend $200 on a font for your personal website because "it's the only one where the lower-case g is just right..."

  • Looking at a menu make you go "hmmm, ITC Baskerville italic" rather than "mmmm, lunch!"

  • And when you finally order, you go for Layer Based Slices with Grain Texture...

  • You use words about fonts you dislike that other normal people reserve for fascist dictators and serial killers.

  • Apple+Z is the first thing that goes through your mind if you drop and break something.

  • You refer to colleagues as Strict, Transitional, Loose and the Future Unemployed.

  • You refer to your privates as "the Magic Wand".

  • You know that rivers are more than just water.

  • Your best friends are all employees at the local print shop

  • The only people who seem to know what you do for a living are other Graphic Designers (ex: Graphic Design? What's that? You'll never be able to make a living being an artist!)

  • Kerning and leading on your shopping list actually matters to you, and you don't see a problem with that.

  • Several South American economies suffer noticeably any time you try to give up coffee, or even cut your consumption of it by half.

  • You know that "bleeding" doesn't hurt.

  • when your significant other/ friends have threatened to never speak to you again if you point out one more font to them.

  • when you know the difference between fuchsia, magenta, and maroon.

  • If you could go back in time you wouldn't go back to see the rise and fall of civilizations, you'd go back in time to destroy comic sans and papyrus.

  • You Know You're a Graphic Designer When deciding on the right crop doesn't involve a choice between corn or wheat.

  • You've considered naming your children things like 'Kern', 'Pica', 'Bézier', and 'Serif'.

  • You can understand everything on this list.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Came across this post via Wayne's blog.
Pretty good read me thinks

A Real Man

A Real Woman

Kinda keeps you in check in case you've forgotten the basics of what your foundations are built on.
I know I frequently need reminding. :)

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

House Hunt

We're house hunting. And we need a place FAST!
Anyone with contacts in Bandar Utama area or Kota Damansara please email me at melisa[dot]ann[at]gmail[dot]com

My mom wrote this beautiful birthday post and dedicated it to us =)
I'm glad I got her to start blogging. This way, her advice and lamentations, dreams and aspirations live on for a long long time.
I'm indeed blessed.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

hot momma

linda: I'm going to the chiropractor near our house.
melisa: owhhh that dude
melisa: does he have a proper office?
linda: no at home
linda: but he is quite famous
melisa: at home???
melisa: errr
melisa: u going alone?
linda: yea i am. Josephine his sister in law will be there. Why? You think he will have the hots for me once he sees my gorgeous body??
melisa: ......

that's my mom for ya! Really hilarious lady. But be warned, she's got quite a sting when she's angry. My mom's generally a pleasant woman but recently we saw a side of her that rarely makes an appearance.

Some guy from our town started a rumour about my sister and went round telling everyone about it. My mom found out and went berserk! She called a lawyer and threatened to sue his sorry ass!

She let fly a string of words that would make a gangster cry and said
"You can say stuff about me, you can say stuff about my husband BUT never EVER talk about my children!!"


whoa!

way to go mom!

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