12.31.2008

Blessed 2009

The last few days have been a little bit of a whirlwind. A number of things -be it good or bad- have happened to a number of people lately, inclusive of me. And the new year stands for a new beginning. Praise God for a blessed 2008. The year has gone by so fast and I am thankful for the new people that I've come to know; the same people that have pulled me through adversities; the wonderful achievements that have come my way; the failures that I've surmounted (successfully or not); the strength from God; and the perennial love of God and loved ones around me.

Looking forward to tomorrow -a new year.

God bless and take care! Happy 2009.

P/S: My new year's resolution is exactly the same as my brother's new year's eve resolution. I have yet to fulfill half of this year's (2008) resolutions so I am a bit apprehensive of conceiving a new list just yet.

PP/S: I hope to be a better person and emulate God in every way. This would be a constant resolution every year.

PPP/S: Thank you for putting up with my melodramatic ramblings here. I appreciate it. Very much so.

12.29.2008

Little Reunion

Today, I caught up with two high school friends at the mall after nearly a month. After catching a movie, we walked around the mall and bumped into two ex-schoolmates. It felt really good to have their missed company. Whilst eating lunch, a friend whipped out her camera and began snapping candid photos like nuts. I have never experienced this mad camera action before today. And I couldn't help but feel a little aged now since we treated each other for lunch and movie tickets. Times a' changin'.

In other news, my cousin sisters finally came back from the land down under today. It felt great to see them again after a long time. And I will be seeing them soon enough.

Three more days until college lockdown. Awesome. (I hope.)

12.28.2008

Best Birthday

Today is the birthday of someone phenomenal -literally. The chances of the birthday person reading this is not close to nil, it is exactly nil. Nonetheless, I'd still want to post it here as this is the birthday of someone I had the privilege and honour of knowing just this year (though not personally). There are many more great things to be achieved even after the myriad of accomplishments that have already come his way. I will be there witnessing it all and that is something I am fervently looking forward to. Blessed 18th Birthday!

12.27.2008

Drive of Doom

Today, I was behind the wheel for the first time. It was very thrilling but petrifying. I didn't do so bad except for the fact that:-

a) I was driving (illegally) without a learner's permit and this was because my driving instructor ordered me to drive out of the driving school compound for 'experience'. "Surprising, isn't it?" he asked me when I discovered that we were the only ones leaving the premises. I was too frantic to answer.
b) The car died 3 consecutive times because I wasn't used to the clutch. Then it died another time after five minutes.
c) Cars and lorries honked when I was on the road inundated with trucks and other humongous life-threatening vehicles.
d) Once I get my 'L' license, I will be hitting the highway...on the first official (and legal) day of my driving lesson.

Did I say I didn't do so bad? Forgive me; I wasn't finished. I meant: I didn't do so bad...I did unbelievably and inexplicably horrendous.

On a random and lighter note, my driving instructor was in search of papayas as I drove but the fruit store was closed. Then he led me to another store which was also closed. My driving instructor also treated me for lunch. I can't help feeling blessed to be under the tutelage of my driving instructor because he is one patient and thoughtful man. He is also very gutsy for allowing a completely inexperienced driver -if you could call me that- to take control of the wheel on a bustling road.

I am admitting this: I fear my next driving lesson.

12.26.2008

Sad Prospects

On Christmas morning, my family received tragic news of a loved one. The whole thing happened so fast it is still a little unbelievable to grasp. It is all in God's will and there is nothing to question. It is still a sad prospect.

Today was my maternal grandmother's 80th birthday. Today was also the day my 3-year-old cousin sister left the country and returned to the land down under. It will probably be long before I would be able to see her again. She would have forgotten me by then. This is a sad prospect.

To the friends who are heading off to their respective National Service locations, stay strong and come back home with bionic muscles. If it's any consolation, I do not possess even half the courage you possess. I am a true chicken. And I will have to bear this two-tonne burden until I hit 35. Again, sad prospect.

I may be approaching mid-adolescence crisis. What a sad prospect.

12.24.2008

Eve Wish

My family and I will be making a 3-day trip to the city soon for two Christmas shows: the Elvis show -and this is all I'm saying about it- and the Mamma Mia! musical. Both shows are going to be held at posh places so the dress code is formal and semi-formal for both the respective events. Oy.

I am going to bring my laptop along but there might not be Internet access at the place or I might not have the time. Or both.

So...Merry Christmas! Hope you are spending it with the people who matter most to you: family, because I sure am. Have a blessed time.

12.23.2008

Christmas Spirit

In lieu of the Christmas spirit, I give thanks to God for the greatest gift of all: salvation. Year 2008 is going to draw to a close next week. This year, much like previous years, has gone by unbelievably fast. And this year, unlike previous years, has been immensely life-changing. I am thankful for both weal and woe that have betide me throughout the year. I am not the most profound person around but I'd like to say this: I wouldn't be able to count the number of lessons I've learned throughout year 2008 but I pray that they will always be etched in both my head and my heart.

Deviating, I am going to have to conceive my new year's resolutions soon. Hopefully, I'll be able to stick to at least half of them this time around.

In other news, I stumbled upon this little post about the world's most unusual Christmas trees. I think I may attempt the Shelf Tree since I have the materials. Just kidding. My brain hasn't rebooted yet to perform such a complex task.

12.22.2008

Braindead

Yesterday, my family and relatives returned from a fruitful 3-day trip to Malacca. Even though it was my family's 327916th time visiting the place, I had a great time because of the presence of two awesome things: good company and good food. Besides, it was my cousin brother and cousin sister's first time there so I had no reason to be sour.

Today was my cousin sister's 3rd birthday. My brother and two cousin brothers took somewhere over 200 pictures of the simple birthday celebration today because my cousin sister somehow manages to look adorable every waking moment. I think I can speak for all the cousins who were present when I say that we are completely spent now from entertaining the hyperactive kid.

And it just dawned on me a moment ago that I begin college...next Friday. This is sooner than I had imagined. I am ready for the classes. I am just not sure if my brain can say the same since it has been idle for almost a month now. Oy.

P/S: This is my second post from the laptop. The bliss is still existent.

12.18.2008

Inaugural Post from the Laptop

Part 1: The online video of the video shoot my ex-classmates and I had participated in back in October is now released here. The video is immensely long (32 minutes) and in a language that is slowly beginning to escape me and features me somewhere...for about one-fifth of a second. Thankfully. I couldn't help but feel nostalgic when I was watching it. My classmates were indeed a great bunch of people.

Part 2: I spent more time figuring out my laptop than using it yesterday. It feels very liberating to be able to use iTunes, Windows Media Player and Microsoft Word instead of alternatives like Songbird, VLC Media Player and Open Office which are quite unheard of and taxing.

Part 3: I had a much-needed dinner with my family last night. I can't even remember the last time we had a dinner with just the four of us. The highlight of the dinner was when my brother kept wincing after one measly drop of the hot gravy scalded an unbelievably tiny part of his finger. My father then commented, "What is this, son? You are worse than a girl!" while my brother retorted, "I have a soft spot." Ha-ha. What a riot.

Part 4: Two out of the five albums I had won recently arrived in the mail yesterday. One of the two albums are listed in my playlist on the right panel of this blog. Awesome.

Part 5: I sat for the driver's theory test this morning even though my brain isn't capable of functioning well this month. I told my mother, father and brother that I had failed. They all fell for it before I added, "Just kidding." I passed. Praise God. It was my first time sitting for a computerised exam. Once I was done, I clicked 'Done' and the results appeared on the screen a microsecond later. My heartbeat didn't even have the time to speed up a little bit when I saw it.

Part 6: I am now physically unwell. This is solely due to the convoluted emotions I have been experiencing lately: excitement, lethargy, anxiety, disbelief, gaiety, relief and chagrin. And maybe it has to the with the heaty food I have been consuming lately.

P/S: This is my first post from the laptop so I am a little bit delirious. I still haven't found the right spot for it yet though.

12.16.2008

Laptop Love

My new fiery red laptop arrived via courier today. I have a few (or a lot of) new things to learn about the new program the laptop is running on since I am computer daft. Besides that, I also have to find the perfect spot for it in my room now. Saying that somehow sends me into a bit of a frenzy. But it is temporary (I hope) so don't worry.

P/S: I wasn't the one who captured the above picture because I wouldn't endanger my laptop in such a precarious way. I found it while scouring the World Wide Web.

12.13.2008

Driving Dread

Today, I attended the mandatory but grueling 5-hour oration on driving, traffic rules, roadsigns and the like. After having only 4 hours of sleep last night, it was beyond arduous to keep awake during the incredibly somniferous oration. Moreover, my right shoe decided to burst at the seams 20 minutes before it began so I had to drag and glide my right foot (with zero grace and poise) across the floor whenever I had to walk, which, thankfully, wasn't that much.

I had also worn my college t-shirt to promote my soon-to-be college. Just kidding. I just agreed to the notion when someone mentioned it because I didn't have the guts to concede that I threw the t-shirt on when I was in a rush this morning.

On a much brighter note, my driving instructor is a church member. The owner of the driving school is a church member. My orator today is a church member. And one of the three people who are under the same tutelage as I am is also a church member. The world is huge.

12.11.2008

A Sad Kind of Happiness

Today, I met up with a friend for the first time. It was a bit surreal at first but the unease slowly shriveled up and died. I had a fantastic time and enjoyed gift-hunting in the company of someone awesome who I've known virtually for a while now.

In other news, I got my new phone today but there seems to be an "error in connection" and my happiness was short-lived after we -mother, brother and yours truly- tried in vain to crack the code and something in me shriveled up and died for the second time today -pure bliss. Aiyaya.

I am now semi-happy and semi-sad. Which kind of makes me devoid of emotion.

P/S: I now have exactly 200 books in my book shelves. Not that I was keeping track. Much.

12.10.2008

196...

...is the number of books I own thus far; excluding books that are currently being loaned to other people. Oy.

In other news, I feel really weirded out at the moment because I have just stumbled upon my ex-Physics teacher's profile at an online social network called Friendster. I had to blink several times because the sheer coolness of adults around me is beginning to sink in even though my parents have been cooler than me since the dawn of time. Double oy.

12.09.2008

Isabella

This was her reflex when I wielded the camera.

Dutifully fastening the seat belt. Or at least, attempting to do so.

Donning the Gloria (from Madagascar) hairband from McDonald's.

Busy munching French fries.

Flagrantly implying her age.

Ditto.

Admiring herself in the mirror. Really.

Trolley victim.

My brother and her leg.

Spoon-lickin' good.

In her own words, "Peter Rabbit! Peter Rabbit!"

Looking pretty in the dress she hates wearing.

The story behind this picture: When I whipped out the camera, she blurted, "Wait!" and then hastily climbed onto the sofa and posed. The result is what you are now seeing.

12.08.2008

Cinema Challenge

Two friends and I went for a movie today. Although the movie we had watched was an animated comedy for children, I genuinely felt terrified the moment the movie began because the three of us were the only ones in the whole cinema. My fear was that a cinema serial killer could have just entered the cinema we were in anytime and attacked us from behind and then proceed to incapacitate us weaponless and feeble high school-leavers. And no one would even know because there were no witnesses.

I kept glancing over my shoulder for about the first half an hour of the movie whenever I heard any creaks or sounds that weren't from the movie. And then my neck ached so I stopped and enjoyed the movie and relinquished my paranoia.

Nobody was harmed in the end.

12.07.2008

Celeb in College

This post is dedicated to the friend who couldn't make it for the talk because said friend lives in Japan.

Yesterday, my cousin sister and I attended the Open Day of the college I am studying at next year. My cousin sister only tagged along because I asked her to and I only went for it because I wanted to see Allan Wu in front of my eyes. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that his level of intelligence was exceedingly high -he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Major in Pre-Med- and that he is married with 2 kids. The sole reason for my misconception was because I only knew him from watching him host The Amazing Race Asia seasons on TV. The talk he gave on Mass Communication was unbelievably informative and full of substance. I admit: I was a bit smitten for a while there.

When his praiseworthy talk finally concluded, there was an autograph session. As my cousin and I stood in line, I caught up with two ex-classmates. Then we each got an autograph and our respective pictures with Allan.

Taking center stage.

Signing an autograph for my cousin sister.

When I was snapping the above photo, the head lecturer approached me and divulged something clandestine to me because she thought I was planning on pursuing Mass Communication but I don't think I heard a word. I only knew it was top secret because my mouth did the talking and something I asked unthinkingly in response spurred her to immediately drop her voice a notch or two. Oy.

Cousin sister (left). Awesome dude (right).

JUSTINE! HELLO :)

I asked for an extra one for the friend in Japan. He inadvertently added an extra 'e'. But that's forgivable because the one who bears the name will forgive him.

12.06.2008

Survey #32408

The following is a survey by the very awesome John Green, writer extraordinaire:

1. What's your name?
Justin. With an 'e'.

2. What is your favorite thing to wear?
Pajamas.

3. Last thing you ate?
Fish balls.

4. One place you will NEVER eat at?
Pizza Hut.

5. I say Shotgun, you say:
Gunshot.

6. Last person you hugged?
My mother.

7. Does anyone you know wanna date you?
No. No one real. (Ha-ha, kidding!)

8. Would you date anyone you met online?
Huh.

9. Name something you like physically about yourself:
My palms.

10. The last place you went out to dinner to?
The restaurant at the mall.

11. Who is your best friend?
Every one of my friends has become a best friend at one time or the other. But my omnipresent best friend would be my Father.

12. What time of the day is it?
4:47AM

13. Who/What made you angry today?
The petty 2-question interrogation by my mother. I may need anger management.

14. Baseball or Football?
Neither.

15. Ever gone skinny dipping?
Nay!

16. Favorite type of Food?
Unhealthy ones.

17. Favorite holiday:
Christmas!

18. Do you download music?
Yes.

19. Do you care if your socks are dirty?
Never crossed my mind. No, I suppose.

20. Opinion of Chinese symbol tattoos?
No opinions about it.

21. Would you date the person who posted this?
No. Because he is married. And old(er).

22. Has anyone ever sang or played for you personally?
Yes.

23. Do you love anyone?
Yes.

24. Are colored contact lenses sexy?
No.

25. Have you ever bungee jumped?
Not. Yet.

26. Have you ever gone white-water rafting?
Nope.

27. Has anyone ten years older than you ever hit on you?
Nope.

28. How many pets do you have?
Nada, at the moment.

29. Have you met a real redneck?
I live in Malaysia. Nope.

30. How is the weather right now?
Erratic.

31. What are you listening to right now?
The voice in my head.

32. What is your current favorite song?
You Can

33. What was the last movie you watched?
In the cinema: Bolt. At home: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

34. Do you wear contacts?
Nope.

35. Where was the last place you went besides your house?
The mall, yesterday.

36. What are you afraid of?
Hydrostatic skeletons.

37. How many piercings have you had?
One on the right ear and one on the left ear.

38. What piercings do you want?
None anymore.

39. What's one thing you've learned this year?
God is Awesome and Almighty.

40. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
The complex name of the drink escapes me.

41. What Magazines are you reading?
Study in the U.S.A., at the moment.

42. Have you ever fired a gun?
Nope.

43. Are you missing someone?
Nope.

44. Favorite TV show?
The Nanny

45. Do you have an obession with WoW?
My first reaction was, "What's WoW?" My second reaction was, "I don't have an obsession with having the last 'w' of 'wow' in upper case." After Google research, my reaction still remains, "No, I don't have an obsession with WoW." with the addendum, "Boy am I living under a rock."

46. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celeb?
Nope.

47. What celeb do you look like?
My parents. (Ha-ha.)

48. Who would you like to see right now?
The superstar that's rising gloriously high day by day. Name undisclosed.

49. Favorite movie of all time?
Too many.

50. Do you find yourself loved?
Yes.

51. Have you ever been caught doing something you weren't suppose to?
Yes.

52. Favorite smell?
The smell of curry. Ha-ha.

53. Butter, plain, or salted popcorn?
No preference. I just love popcorn.

54. What's something that really bugs you?
Mosquitoes. Really.

55. Do you like Michael Jackson?
In a mediocre way, yes.

56. Taco Bell or Burger King?
There is no Taco Bell in Malaysia. So Burger King it is.

57. What's your favorite perfume?
None.

58. Favorite baseball team?
None.

59. Ever call a 1-900 phone number?
Huh? No.

60. What's the longest time you've gone without sleep?
Approximately 21 hours. Sleep is importante.

61. Last time you went bowling?
Never.

62. Where is the weirdest place you have slept?
The sofa in the TV room. Not that creative but...yeah.

63. Who was your last phone call?
A friend.

64. Last time you were at work?
Haven't had a paid job yet.

65. What's the closest orange object to you?
After glancing everywhere around me, I realised that it is the pajamas I'm wearing now.

12.01.2008

Over and Out

Part One: School's out...forever. And freedom tastes sweet.

Part Two: Last Saturday, my 17-year-old cousin sister and I went to the mall with our adorable 2-year-old cousin sister and our mothers. We were only there to get diapers (for the 2-year-old) and the next thing you know, my 17-year-old cousin sister and I were buying jeans for college. Because I had never owned a single pair of jeans in two lifetimes, it honestly felt as if I were buying college uniform. Sometimes my level of incredulity amazes me.

Part Three: A radio station called me up about 15 minutes ago to deliver the great news that I had just won 5 albums because the song I voted for won and I was the 'lucky voter'. I texted in my vote four times and besides having the song I wanted to win, win, I also won five albums. What a deal. I was caught by surprise when they called me but I knew immediately that I was on air thanks to the experience I had last time. My mind was reeling and I was a little bit tongue-tied. They called me a second time to get my personal details and when the call was over, I heard myself on air. And what's worse is that I sounded very lame, really. And I have it recorded. But no time to fret. Five CDs! I only bought my first one earlier this month. Yippie!