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26 February 2010 @ 03:01 am
Backdated entry cos I just realised I have yet to post up Bali pics from my dive trip back in Sept!
So here's 6 days of glorious diving in pics! 
While the Maldives is heaven to me, Bali is a little slice of heaven at a fraction of the price.

Current Mood: calmcalm
26 February 2010 @ 02:09 am
Wow, oh how I've neglected my poor ol' blog.

I guess reading and catching up on my pals' entries on their respective blogs made me wanna type something here.

2010 has been a crazy year thus far and even though barely 2 months have passed, so much has happened.
  • Went for my first surgery --> some scary shit. went under GA, got cut and sliced open on an operating theatre table and came out alive. however, met  ZERO hot doctors, unlike on Grey's. Maybe I went to the wrong hospital. shites

  • 3 of my friends quit their jobs, and I'm sooooo on the verge of throwing in the towel. Soon soon.

  • Babies are appearing everywhere! My cousin Mich just gave birth for the third time and Mel's gonna give birth (for the second time) in a couple of weeks.

  • Another close friend of mine got proposed to in Dec, so hurrayyyyyyyyy!!!
And it's all been a whirlwind few months, lotsa craziness and life-changing decisions. I'm about to take another huge life-altering leap of faith and well, when all is well and settled, I shall update again.

For now, fingers crossed!!!
Current Mood: chipperchipper
07 January 2010 @ 07:51 pm

I am...
Restless in my own skin,
Craving to run away,
Dying to discover,
Needing that exploratory joy,
Wanting to be drawn in,
Waiting to be embraced

New cultures, fresh ideas, original sceneries, authentic food.

A clean slate.

I can't wait.

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Current Location: 1.3040,103.7654
28 June 2009 @ 03:36 am

I love sports movies. Not the psuedo-commercial ones like GOAL, but the ones with heart like Remember the Titans, A League of Their Own, Any Given Sunday and other random ones, even Jerry Maguire.

There's just something about team sports that is so inspirational that by the end of the show, you're rooting for the players like they're your best friends. And an even stranger phenom, once you get started, you'll keep watching even though you don't know any of the names of the Z-list actors in the show, you're just rooting for the team to win! 

So imagine my horror when despite my weird TV show addiction, it took me so long to discover this gem of a show - Friday Night Lights.

(sidenote: Dalton Ross and Michael Ausiello of EW, I am deeply humbled)

I'm sorry pals if I've been going on and on about the show that I just finished all 3 seasons in one sitting (which means every single day, ep by ep and burning the "midnight oil" just so that i can catch up to the current season) but it truly is one helluva show.

And I must admit that I will now need to revise my top 5 fave shows to include this. Let me ponder on which one I should give up before making it formal.

OK I digress. Back to the topic.

I "tried out" one episode of FNL thanks to Taylor Kitsch (my latest crush). I wanted something to fill the emptiness that the summer hiatus for all my TV shows have brought about, and since I love Taylor, I thought, why not check out his show?

(Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins 33, in all his glory. Yums.)

And I got hooked. Promptly.

How much do I love the show? Let me count thy ways:

1. The quintessential small town charm
Set in the fictional town of Dillon (but filmed in Austin, Texas), it focuses on a small football-crazy community, the kind where everyone knows everyone, and people just go to the same places to hangout, eat and chillax. It's almost like Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls but more realistic. The sets on GG were just too pretty.

2. The football
OK firstly I know nuts about American football. Soccer is what we follow in this part of the world. But watching the show is like learning a new sport altogether. Now I know abit about what the quarterback does, I know that there are positions like the running back, the tailback. They train in terms of defense and offense. And can I just say the games are just pretty darn exciting. I find myself wanting a "Dillon Panther" sweatshirt and ring just for the sake of it.

3. Coach + Mrs T

Who is this dude called Kyle Chandler? I imdb-ed him and I still have no clue who the freaking hell he is, but can I just say that he is one fucking hell of an actor. He's like the Sandy Cohen of the show but 10,000 times better and I find him just amazing to watch. His wonderfully woeful, wounded eyes deserve acknowledgement in the credits. They convey a whole lot more than his lines and I feel for this man. His scenes with his wife Connie Britton (also friggin' amazing) are just brilliant. The chemistry these two have, makes me want to grow up and find my own Kyle Chandler.

4. Non-stereotypical characters
You know how when you watch any show, there's bound to be stereotypes within the given genre. The black kid who loses his temper in the first scene is definitely the trouble-maker, the one who's from a crap family and who doesn't give a damn about consequences. The trailer-park white trash girl with the stripper sister and drunk mother is the definitely the slut of the high school. The perfect head cheerleader with the star quarterback boyfriend, the perfect loving-family and straight A results will be the poster-girl of the school.

But the weird thing about this show is that it really does start out like that, making you think, OH, WHAT'S NEW. And then really quickly, within the first few epsidoes of the season, dispels every single stereotype you can ever have in your mind. Nothing is predictable and set in stone. (can't reveal spoilers, just in case any one actually wants to watch) It goes against norms and somehow it works wonders.

5. Amazing writing
I don't really know if you can attribute it to the writers but i think this is one of the very few dramas out there where the actors get to improv on the job. They get a whole lot of freedom to actually include stuff that they think is suitable for their characters. I've also read in interviews that the producers love keeping it real, in all senses of the word, that means no rehearsals before they start shooting and very often using the first take to keep the rawness, the reality and the feelings of the characters intact.  (barring bloopers of course)

OK i could go on and on, but i just wanted to share about this really good show that tugs at your heartstrings. There's so little of that Hollywood commercial crap and so much of the smalltown-heart that makes this show so awfully awesome. So, if you do get a chance to see it on StarWorld, try sitting through one ep, and maybe you'll fall in love with Dillon too.

p/s pals, here's Minka Kelly, whom I call poor man's Leighton Meester. She doesn't really look like Blair completely but certain angles, she's a deadringer.


Current Mood: bouncybouncy
06 June 2009 @ 11:27 pm
EDIT: OK confirm plus chop watched it before, cos i know what happens to the man in the subway.

I think i may have seen the film PARIS JE T'AIME before, cos it's all so familiar, but then the impression that the film left on me was so fleeting that I don't seem to remember it.

OK but I admit that I do not have the best memory in the world when it comes to film. Je ne sais pas?!?

It made me wish I had worked harder on my french back in the day cos it was atrocious.

I can still recognise some words here and there, and i can still scold "salope" to any french bitch, but, i can barely remember how to conjugate my verbs anymore. The only french words that i'm still really familiar with now are "quinze", "trente", "quarante" and "egalite" all of which are used in tennis. hahah.

I should type out my french essay one day, i'm sure it'll still be hilarious.  

Here's something that should strike a chord with people who understand, to those who have love and lost.

"Je pense que je ne vous connais pas.

Je ne vous identifie pas.

Votre chemise est nouvelle, votre chaussure est nouvelle, votre sourire est différent.

Je ne vous connais pas.

Mon ami, vous n'êtes pas.

Je suis un peu triste, mais je sais, je sais c'est la vie.

J'ai rien, mais j'ai mon mémoires. "
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
28 May 2009 @ 12:55 am

I can't believe my fave tennis player, aside from Federer, has retired from tennis.

Why Coria why?

He was once the player to look out for especially when it came to the clay court season.

Found this excerpt: "One of Coria’s most celebrated matches (and losses) took place at the 2005 Rome Masters, where he extended Rafael Nadal to 5 sets and over 5 hours on court."


"Former French Open finalist Guillermo Coria retired from tennis at age 27 on Tuesday.

Coria, a finalist for Roland Garros in 2004 and formerly ranked third in the world, said he had been considering stepping down from the sport for months.

"I didn't feel like competing anymore," Coria said in statements published on the Argentine Tennis Association's Web site. "I've made the decision I will not play again."

Coria won nine titles during his career, reaching his peak in 2004, when he lost in the final of the Roland Garros to Gaston Gaudio, catapulting him to third in the world rankings.

Coria's decline began a year later after he won the Umag tournament -- his last title."

Apparently WIKI says it's due to a condition called service yips. sigh sigh sigh. Will miss ya CORIA!!!! :( :( 

Current Mood: indescribable
25 May 2009 @ 12:34 am

well, i don't really know where to start, but i just wanted to rant, to let this day be known as the day I averted a 'disaster'.

let's just say that while i felt slightly irritated, pissed, disappointed and most of all, duped, last night,  a change in perspective set me back on course and while it may have sucked finding out the truth in the wee hours of the morning, i realised it's way better than not realising it.

it may seem a little cryptic now, but there are so many things i can't pen down in words, mainly cos it's too personal.

but in a gist, i guess i have the knack of sieving out the assholes from the haystack.

i'm not feeling too bummed out cos i think a huge part of me is actually numb. i'm beginning to be able to compartmentalise so much better and feelings are just like on-off switches these days. i just turn them off and in about 12 hours, i'm back to full-functioning order.

i'm sure i will be laughing about it in the next week or so. for now, i'm just miffed at that momentary lapse of judgement where you let your guard down, you falter, you give in. i'm just angry with myself for actually letting up, for going soft, for being nice so that people can swoop in and take advantage of me once again.

but still, no regrets. it was fun while it lasted, and i'm sure the people around me had way more fun laughing about it.

who knew, that something that started out of nonchalence, actually made a slight dent in my life.

c'est la vie.


Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
13 May 2009 @ 02:51 am
i <3 this song.
disclaimer: does not reflect my current sitaution. 
just rewatched the bit in O.C where Anna was leaving and Seth raced to the airport to say bye.
poignant to a fault.

If you leave, don't leave now
Please don't take my heart away
Promise me just one more night
Then we'll go our separate ways
We've always had time on our sides
Now it's fading fast
Every second every moment
We've gotta make it last

I touch you once I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd still be friends, someday

If you leave I won't cry
I won't waste a single day
But if you leave don't look back
I'll be running the other way
Seven years went under the bridge
Like time was standing still
Heaven knows what happens now
You've got to say you will

I touch you once I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd meet again

I touch you once I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd still be friends

I touch you once I touch you twice
I won't let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we'd meet again someday

If you leave
If you leave
Don't look back
Don't look back

- If you leave by Nada Surf -
27 April 2009 @ 01:47 am
In the latest ep of GA, Owen had a breakthrough in therapy when he said he felt shameful for having knowingly drawn Cristina into a relationship when he knew he'd wreck her.

Seriously. Don't we all do that to each other repeatedly?

Don't we all dive right in, even when we know it's not going to be good for us?
Current Mood: cynicalcynical
23 April 2009 @ 12:00 am
it's calming, sitting in the dark, in the still of the night.

there's something poetic about looking at the raindrops pelting down on the window panes.

even when i'm not one to romanticise about the little details.

flashes of lightning jolt me out of my thoughts, in between my Gossip Girl and my Mad Men. whoever said alliteration was passe?

even the simple chime of the msn alert, seems louder than usual.

but yet it's so weird that i can still hear my heart beat.

the night is so oddly perfect, yet i wouldn't mind being disrupted with your imperfection.

but yet it's not you i hear. it's diving beckoning, it's gossip beckoning. at the same time. how coincidental.

maybe it's a sign. that there is more to life than waiting at bus stops.

i never wait for buses. i hate public transport. i hate sharing the same space with hoi pollois.

maybe that's why cabs are great. no matter what happens, it's yours, till the next passenger comes along.

so now is the time to refrain from looking indignant when others are complimented.

run towards your mum if you want praises sung to your face, and not whine blatantly about biasness.

aren't we old enough to stop reading books and watch dvds instead?

it's time to skip to the ending. so near yet so far, but yet it's not written in the stars.

blabbering nonsense, spouting crap. not so becoming of a girl in the still of the night.

shall leave this in cyberspace and head off to the land of dreams

au revoir.
Current Mood: apatheticapathetic