Monday, September 29, 2008

Spaced out

Mel: I was so spaced out today that I used my apartment key card at the Touch & Go toll booth.
AE: I was so spaced out today, I used toothpaste instead of a facial cleanser.
Mel: .... ok you win.

Friday, September 26, 2008

it's very lykke li

me likey lykke li. Swedish bands are just uber cool.

(check out her quirky videos on myspace as well! awesome stuff!)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I spent the day visiting art galleries and talking to the curators and gallery owners (yes its part of my job) and we got to talking about artist.
Some artists paint beautifully i don't doubt that, while some fill a canvas with two shades of red and a streak of black and call that art. Some even require their 'art piece' to hang 38" off the floor, tilted at a 45 degree angle and highlighted with one 50w bulb from above and claim the shadows the canvas make is art.
I don't know bout that. People seem to be trying too hard to be artists these days. But art is indeed subjective and what's nice to me may mean squat to you.
But hey... don't be such a square. You don't have to look at everything with your head held high while squinting your eyes. :)

looking down. from hrrrthrrr on Vimeo.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.

- The Sun Never Says, Hafiz.


Friday, September 19, 2008

I'll be seeing YOU soon!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Malaysia Day

This gave me goosebumps (in a good, I-love-my-country sorta way)

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

situation in BM

As one who is born and raised in Bukit Mertajam, I feel I should put this up and hope and pray that the situation in BM is not as dire as it sounds. After Sin Chew Daily News reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was arrested, people are just understandably really upset. I know I was.

As read is Haris Ibrahims blog:

Viveg commented at 12.59am : Situation in Bukit Mertajam is quite tense. Just came back from BM police station. Received call from friend that people in Raja Uda, Butterworth (Chinese area) are extremely angry. Went to the Berapit Kampung Baru to see a friend and he informed me that the mood is the same. They know where to push the people to make them angry. Please help put up a post to calm down the people as Malaysia Today, People’s Parliament and Malaysiakini has the widest coverage. I just don’t want the people to walk into the trap they have set.

abu sayap commented at 1.18am : I would like to call upon all Malaysians to do these:

1. Remain calm
2. Do not do anything rash
3. Do not take to the street
4. Do not be instigated by people to demonstrate
5. Just voice it out in your blog, your comments to the blogs, and inform your friends and relatives about the situation
6. Call your Aduns or MPs and voice out your objection about these arrests and urge your representatives to voice out
7. Members of political parties, sms your leaders to pressure them to voice out

We shall object to these draconian acts by using civility and do not fall into the traps of giving the big brother a chance to declare emergency rule……

so, if you're in BM....stay cool aight! Owh... and pray. We sure do need a lot of that in the air for the next few days especially.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Weekly picks:

I'm back again with this weeks favs!

- Im not a big fan of poached eggs, but i've realised that in Malaysia, most people LOVE poached eggs. Some can even describe the feeling of extacy as they slurp the oozing yolk and describe the texture of the egg as it fills their palatte. Yes Malaysian men and women love their eggs. It's disgusting. The only way I like my eggs are well-done of scrambled. But for the rest of you, you're gonna love this(found via Hygge House)

- My absolute favourite Joshua Radin, Ingrid Michaelson and Schuyler Fisk! (which i've blogged about before. :)

- Who says stick figures projects a lack of creativity? (found via MightyGirl)

- A poloroid site suggested by Michelle. In it, you'll realise that the top 3 things people want to do before they die are 1) Have a baby, 2) Travel and 3) Make a dfference

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

scribble, scratch and scrawl

When I hear a catchy phrase or a quote worth remembering i write them down.

I have an obsession with quirky, creative websites and blogs and i write those down too. Well sometimes i blink them or have a notepad titled "stuff" on my desktop to paste random flickr/youtube/myspace pages i come across.

I always feel the need to compartmentalize things although I am known to be a bit hodgepodge when it comes to organizing. 

Well... to try and keep my thoughts and ideas in tact, I have an assortment of journals/notebooks. While some are inactive, some dates back to my early teens and some even way before that.

My mom claims to still find little notes and paper with scribbles tucked into various corners of the house.

You see, I talk far less than I write. Letters of apology, encouragement, explanations, to do lists, sermons, etc.

I'd deal with words than numbers any day!

I think its hereditory. My grandfather had stacks of notebooks too, filled with thoughts and bible passages and various highlighted quotes. His were a stack of old exercise books - the ones you used at school, with the brown paper cover and the words "Nama | Darjah/Tingkatan | Subjek" 

While mine are... just pretty!

When i'm gone, i hope my loved ones would have a field of a day sorting through my thoughts and trying to discover what went on in this head of mine.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Kopi Luwak

With all the talk about bucket lists, there came out a book about 103 Things Not to Do Before You Die.
I found the article in The Independent and if you're a coffee lover, youve gotta try this. Just for kicks. 

"Kopi Luwak is allegedly the finest – and at £15 for 50g certainly the most expensive – coffee known to humanity. It's made from beans that have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian palm civet (a racoon-like mammal) and hand- collected from the rainforest floor on islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Connoisseurs claim it is unusually smooth with a unique musty flavour. There's also a certain James Bond appeal to its exclusivity that helps ensure it maintains a high place on lists of things to buy before you die."

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Weekly picks

Well since I spend SOOO much time on the web and I come across tons of cool stuff everyday, I might as well start a weekly links section to share all the lovely stuff the great wide web has dished out to us.

- This is my
brother's flickr site and he takes pictures from 20,000 ft up in the air. He has captured pretty cloud formations, sunsets, and little islands, which are just amazing!

- Since I'm currently house hunting, I'm keeping myself excited bout the whole prospect of moving with pictures of beautiful interiors like this set i stumbled upon.

- Another site which will take up hours to explore is one that is kinda old but never ceases to amaze me. We Feel Fine is a site by by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar which explores human emotions. Every time you enter a sentence on the web with the words "I feel..." this site captures it and basically monitors the moods and emotions of people around the world.

- Here's another I found quite inspiring. The site was introduced to me by a friendly sociopath and it kinda reminded me of "Purpose Driven Life". sort of.

- TED - Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers was clearly set up to get you motivated to get up and do something with your life. 

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Life list

I've finally finished half of my 'life list'. There's supposed to be a list of hundred things to do before I die. I've only listed 50 so far but i'll keep adding to it. I've been working on this list for a couple of months now and contrary to popular belief; it is indeed hard to dream sometimes.
1. Watch the aurora
2. Cruise the canals of Venice
3. Publish a webzine
4. Publish a collection of short stories
5. Watch all three Godfathers
6. Dye hair a crazy colour (fuschia)
7. Furnish and decorate my house
8. Go to a Switchfoot Concert
9. Go to a Foo Fighters concert
10. Visit Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
11. Start a craft project and churn out some cool pieces
12. Know basic sign language
13. Stand inside the Taj Mahal
14. Take a contemporary/jazz dance class
15. Make a difference
16. Go a day without speaking
17. Run in a marathon
18. Learn a foreign language (French/Spanish/Italian) and use it
19. Sing a great song in front of an audience.
20. Create my own web site.
21. Party at the Carnival in Rio/ any dance carnival
22. Learn how to make 'sambal udang'
23. Watch an orchestral performance/ballet
24. Dance in the street
25. Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies
26. Visit the Louvre
27. Get spotted by The Sartorialist
28. Dress up like Carrie for a girls' night out
29. Learn to play a musical instrument- fairly well
30. Save a life
31. My own gallery show
32. Go on a week/weekend long vacation - alone
32. Live in a house with french windows
33. Be healthy
34. Upgrade my camera
35. Never hesitate in buying a book
36. Make someone else's dream come true.
37. Have a day trip planned out for me.
38. Make my home as green and sustainable as possible.
39. See the pyramids.
40. Read every book I own (I have a habit of buying without reading)
41. Visit every country in South East Asian(Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam,Myanmar,Philippines)
42. Fall in love
43. Take part in a charity walk
44. Attend an event at Stadium Merdeka
45. Have a good night's sleep.... for at least a week...continuously.
46. Celebrate my parents 50th Anniversary.
47. Own my own apartment
48. Cook Indian food.
49. Visit all the best beaches in Malaysia.
50. Go hiking and actually enjoy it
51. Youtube myself
52. Open and manage a cafe/bookstore
53. Build a home with Habitat For Humanity
54. Perform Slam Poetry
55. Prepare and go for a picnic swinging 60's style
56. Watch a local Football match
57. Refurbish my furniture
58. Draw a mustache on someone while they're sleeping.
59. Finish a crossword puzzle (no cheating).
60. Get caught in a rainstorm with no umbrella.
61. Paint my own self-portrait.
62. Treat my mother and sister to a full day at the spa.
63. Get married
64. Watch the National Day Parade Live at Dataran Merdeka
65. Splash around in puddles wearing galoshes and a raincoat.
66. Choreograph and write a performance piece
67. Throw a party Hostess With the Mostess style
68. Be a part of a theatre production.