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Date:2004-04-09 18:45
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Which overcommercialised drink are you? Find out @ incandescence.cjb.net

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Date:2004-04-09 15:17
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Hi everyone! I have a new blog - it isn't ready yet, but you can check it out:

http://randomrubbish.blogspot.com

Tell me if the image comes out alright, okay? I will be posting there from now on, but I might post occasionally on this one as well, whenever I need to write a friends-only post. I'll be using this Livejournal to read all your entries, so don't worry.

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Date:2004-04-05 16:11
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Which overcommercialised drink are you? Find out @ incandescence.cjb.net






The colour of my mind is blue. What is yours?
Find out at incandescence.cjb.net ...


O.o...I like your quizzes, Lillian, they make more sense than the stuff on Quizilla... ;)

My printer died on me...arrghh

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Date:2004-04-04 12:57
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Have you heard 'Love is Only a Feeling' by The Darkness? I can't believe I like this song. The band members look like they're trapped in the 1970s. Just look at their hair...it looks like it hasn't been washed in six months! But it's a great song...just close your eyes when the music video plays!

I watched the first few minutes of American Idol on Friday - couldn't watch the whole programme because my eyes simply refused to stay open. I don't know what's wrong with me these days - I keep nodding off in the afternoon...something forces my eyelids down and I just slump over the table. Anyway, I managed to catch Jon Peter Lewis' performance...it sucked. Really. He was really off-key...but I don't think it's his fault. All the contestants I watched were awful - because of the live band. The background music is so loud that you can't hear the singers at all. John Stevens bombed out as well - his rendition of My Girl was totally off-key (but I think it was the band's fault, not his. I was furious when Simon started firing sarcasms at him - come on, his grandparents were in the audience! Couldn't you have been a little more diplomatic?

Amy Adams got voted off the show - I think it's a pity, because she's really talented. I'd say she can sing even better than Jon Peter Lewis (I know I'm supposed to have a crush on him, but I have to be honest). Next week's theme is Elton John...I hope someone sings You can Make History (Young Again) - that's my favourite Elton John song of all time. :)

Nishanti mentioned a career talk on her blog...what's the MCSA? I wish we could have a talk too - I've been thinking about my future a lot lately. I want to be an accountant - but I'm not sure whether my personality is suitable for the job. I'm the most disorganized person on earth - my room looks like a tornado just swept through it (with a hurricane hot on its heels). A lot of people think that accountants are boring...but I'm sure there's more to accounting than just numbers. It can't be that boring, right?

It's not confirmed yet, though...I change ambitions practically everyday. Let's see...

Standard One: Detective (too many Nancy Drew books!)
Standard Two: Scientist (I can't BELIEVE I wanted to be a scientist. I have practically zero interest in science - yes, that's true! I don't know WHY I went to science stream...completely mystifying)
Standard Three: Movie director (crazy, I know...I think this was the year that Spielberg won an Oscar - I wanted an Oscar too! DON'T LAUGH!!!)
Standard Four: Computer programmer (now that I think about it, it's not me at all. It's too complex for me - I can't imagine myself staring at pages of cryptic code every single day)
Standard Five: Can't remember...I think I wanted to be a writer..
Standard Six: Businesswomen. Wait, I hate that word. Entrepeneur sounds better. Actually this has been my ambition for the past four years...I still remember what happened in Form 2, when Encik Rajahan asked us to introduce ourselves and tell him our ambitions...

"Nama saya Jacklyn Oh. Saya tinggal di Bangsar. Cita-cita saya adalah untuk menjadi seorang usahawan."

He gave me a strange look. "Nak jadi usahawan?" Everyone else wanted to be doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers (i.e. professionals) but I wanted to be a businesswomen. I bet he was thinking, "hey, you don't need any qualifications to be a businesswomen - why don't you set up a nasi lemak stall right now?"

Heh... :)

So, what made me change my mind? As I sit here typing this, I have to wonder myself. I don't know, actually. I just like accounting. But I might change my mind, because I don't want a boring job.

You know I really want to be? A writer. I love to write - but I'm not good enough to be a professional writer. I've probably broken every single rule in The Elements of Style. I have a few plot bunnies running around in my head - but it's nothing special. I know it's nothing special because it doesn't get me all fired up and ready to write - a really good idea seizes your imagination immediately and won't let go until you haul your ass to the computer and start writing. Besides, there's no real support for Malaysian writers - except Silverfish Books' New Writing. (Have you read it? It's weird! I think that Malaysian writers shouldn't try to be different on purpose...some of their stories are so weird that they alienate the reader completely. Also, they should stop writing about little Chinese girls growing up in the 1940s. There are too many books like this in the market. They need to be original, but they shouldn't force originality. Do I make sense? I know it's easier said than done, because I'm guilty of writing stories about little Chinese girls myself...) :P

So, do you think I have what it takes to be an accountant? Tell me, because time is running out. We've only got two years left...and I need to have at least some idea of what I want to do so that I know what subjects to do for my A-levels (or SAM, or whatever).

P.S. OMG OMG Saif Ali Khan is SO HOT in Kal Ho Naa Ho!!! OMG OMG OMG!!! He looks great in a suit!!!

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Have you heard 'Love is Only a Feeling' by The Darkness? I can't <i>believe</i> I like this song. The band members look like they're trapped in the 1970s. Just look at their <i>hair...</i>it looks like it hasn't been washed in six months! But it's a great song...just close your eyes when the music video plays!

I watched the first few minutes of American Idol on Friday - couldn't watch the whole programme because my eyes simply refused to stay open. I don't know what's wrong with me these days - I keep nodding off in the afternoon...something forces my eyelids down and I just slump over the table. Anyway, I managed to catch Jon Peter Lewis' performance...it sucked. Really. He was really off-key...but I don't think it's his fault. All the contestants I watched were awful - because of the live band. The background music is so loud that you can't hear the singers at all. John Stevens bombed out as well - his rendition of <i>My Girl</i> was totally off-key (but I think it was the band's fault, not his. I was furious when Simon started firing sarcasms at him - come on, his <i>grandparents</i> were in the audience! Couldn't you have been a little more <i>diplomatic</i>?

Amy Adams got voted off the show - I think it's a pity, because she's really talented. I'd say she can sing even better than Jon Peter Lewis (I know I'm supposed to have a crush on him, but I have to be honest). Next week's theme is Elton John...I hope someone sings <i>You can Make History (Young Again)</i> - that's my favourite Elton John song of all time. :)

Nishanti mentioned a career talk on her blog...what's the MCSA? I wish we could have a talk too - I've been thinking about my future a lot lately. I want to be an accountant - but I'm not sure whether my personality is suitable for the job. I'm the most disorganized person on earth - my room looks like a tornado just swept through it (with a hurricane hot on its heels). A lot of people think that accountants are boring...but I'm sure there's more to accounting than just numbers. It can't be <i>that</i> boring, right?

It's not confirmed yet, though...I change ambitions practically everyday. Let's see...

Standard One: Detective (too many Nancy Drew books!)
Standard Two: Scientist (I can't BELIEVE I wanted to be a scientist. I have practically zero interest in science - yes, that's true! I don't know WHY I went to science stream...completely mystifying)
Standard Three: Movie director (crazy, I know...I think this was the year that Spielberg won an Oscar - I wanted an Oscar too! DON'T LAUGH!!!)
Standard Four: Computer programmer (now that I think about it, it's not me at all. It's too complex for me - I can't imagine myself staring at pages of cryptic code every single day)
Standard Five: Can't remember...I think I wanted to be a writer..
Standard Six: Businesswomen. Wait, I hate that word. <i>Entrepeneur</i> sounds better. Actually this has been my ambition for the past four years...I still remember what happened in Form 2, when Encik Rajahan asked us to introduce ourselves and tell him our ambitions...

"<i>Nama saya Jacklyn Oh. Saya tinggal di Bangsar. Cita-cita saya adalah untuk menjadi seorang usahawan</i>."

He gave me a strange look. "<i>Nak jadi usahawan?</i>" Everyone else wanted to be doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers (i.e. <i>professionals</i>) but I wanted to be a businesswomen. I bet he was thinking, "hey, you don't need any qualifications to be a businesswomen - why don't you set up a <i>nasi lemak</i> stall right now?"

Heh... :)

So, what made me change my mind? As I sit here typing this, I have to wonder myself. I don't know, actually. I just like accounting. But I might change my mind, because I don't want a boring job.

You know I really want to be? A writer. I love to write - but I'm not good enough to be a professional writer. I've probably broken every single rule in <i>The Elements of Style</i>. I have a few plot bunnies running around in my head - but it's nothing special. I know it's nothing special because it doesn't get me all fired up and ready to write - a really good idea seizes your imagination immediately and won't let go until you haul your ass to the computer and start writing. Besides, there's no real support for Malaysian writers - except Silverfish Books' <i>New Writing</i>. (Have you read it? It's <i>weird!</i> I think that Malaysian writers shouldn't try to be different on purpose...some of their stories are so weird that they alienate the reader completely. Also, they should stop writing about little Chinese girls growing up in the 1940s. There are too many books like this in the market. They need to be original, but they shouldn't <i>force</i> originality. Do I make sense? I know it's easier said than done, because I'm guilty of writing stories about little Chinese girls myself...) :P

So, do you think I have what it takes to be an accountant? Tell me, because time is running out. We've only got two years left...and I need to have at least some idea of what I want to do so that I know what subjects to do for my A-levels (or SAM, or whatever).

P.S. OMG OMG Saif Ali Khan is SO HOT in Kal Ho Naa Ho!!! OMG OMG OMG!!! He looks great in a suit!!!

<img src="http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/films/bollywood/2003/11/images/kal_ho_naa_ho_main.jpg"</a>

He's the one on the left - OMG OMG OMG!!!

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I know he's got small eyes - is he Pakistani? With a name like Saif Ali Khan...(I love his name, it looks so good on paper!)

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Date:2004-03-27 23:41
Subject:Of Stone Age Relics, Bottled Water and Mindless Ramblings
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http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/3/27/latest/16642NewCabine&sec=latest

The new Cabinet line-up is here - big changes are coming our way...I'm glad that there are two Education Ministries now (or maybe that's a bad thing...now the Education Ministry in charge of secondary schools will have so much time on their hands that they'll think of more zany things to add to our syllabus - as if we're not suffering enough already!). There's a Federal Territories Ministry now - thank goodness...perhaps they'll do some spring-cleaning around Bangsar soon. What else...hmm...there's an Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry (will we get more concerts now? Will they bring Kiyoshi to Malaysia? Okay, he's not exactly heritage - I know he's getting on in years, but he isn't a relic from the Stone Age...)

By the way, has anyone read the latest Reader's Digest? There's an article about bottled water - the new wine. I don't believe this - people are paying astronomical prices for rainwater from Tasmania and melted snow from Italy. Oh, and let's not forget icebergs - Iceberg Water is all the rage in the US now, apparently. There's also a brand called Chatledon that became famous because its water has no taste.

...

...Wow. No taste. That's extraordinary. Like, how often do you find water that has no taste? A rare occurrence worthy of intensive scientific investigation.

Apparently tasteless water was desirable even in the 17th century - a court doctor once presented a bottle of Chatledon to King Louis XIV, promising that it would "cure His Majesty sometimes, often alleviate his distress and comfort him always".

Water? An antidepressant? Oh-kay...

Seriously though, I think all this is just clever marketing. Come on - water is water. H20. It doesn't matter if it's from a virgin aquifer in Norway or the local JBA resevoir. Oh, I know all about those wonderful minerals in bottled water...but seriously, do we really need them? Our ancestors got along just fine without them - and I'm pretty sure we don't need them either. But a lot of people don't think so - hey, you know the situation is getting out of hand when fancy restaurants with four Michelin stars start stocking bottled water the way others stock wines.

Crazy, I tell you. Maybe I should jump on the bandwagon too - all I have to do is boil some water, put some vitamins in it, slap a fancy label with a classy French name on the bottle and start an aggressive marketing campaign. People will fall for it - they always do...

Okay, next topic - sorry for not breaking up the post, too lazy... ;)

I can't believe Temenggung won!!! YES!!! *pumps fist in the air* Yeah, I'm still loyal to Temenggung - it's a pity that they only started winning when I left the school...;) I remember marching for them in Form 1 - I was scared stiff of those big Form 5 guys - they looked so gigantic and menacing...and to think that I'll be in Form 5 next year!

OMG...it just hit me. I've only got two more years left in school.

The thought inspires both joy and terror. Joy, because I'll never have to study for pressurising government exams again - and fear, because I still don't know what I want to be.

If only I could see the future - just a glimpse would be enough, a fleeting peek into my life twenty years from now. The burning question on my mind is...will I be happy? I think that the worst thing that could ever happen to me would be to live an unfulfilled life. I have so many plans...but will I have time to accomplish them all? Even if I have the time - will I be able to accomplish all that I want to do?

I don't want to grow up. When I was younger, I used to wish desperately that the years would fly by faster, so that I could be a teenager. I thought being sixteen was the epitome of cool. Now I'm sixteen, and - and I've got nothing to show for myself. I haven't done much, have I? Heh...

I'm sixteen. Every now and then I repeat that to myself. I don't know why - it's like a magical number to me (or maybe I've been watching too many movies). I can't believe I'm sixteen. I don't feel sixteen. Sixteen-year-olds should be full of life. I'm just lifeless.

I'm sixteen...

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Date:2004-03-27 00:16
Subject:Of Shrunken Potatoes and Hot Hunks
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Mood: giddy

*drumroll*

I have a new crush...

...Jon Peter Lewis!!!

I don't care what the judges say...I love his voice - I know it doesn't sound very professional, and he does go off-key sometimes...but to me it just makes him sound more sincere and 'genuine'. My heart just melted when he sang 'She Believes in Me'! He looked a little nervous, and he was very stiff...but hey, Kiyoshi doesn't jump around on stage like a wild monkey either. I don't really like it when singers dance too much (JPL has danced before, but we can excuse him, can't we? :P) - it reminds me too much of a typical teenybopper singer. I am so sick of Britney-wannabes - thank goodness there aren't any of them in AI3...

On to the next topic - my exam results.

They are awful.

In fact, they're so awful I think they're funny. Really.

Add. Maths was hilarious. I lost 4 marks on one measly little question that asked for the nilai maksimum of one miserable little persamaan. Being my usual careless self, I happily neglected to change the equation to bentuk penyempurnaan kuasa dua and just dumped a random number on the answer paper. (Well, that isn't exactly true. The random number was chosen with great care after lengthy discussions with my favourite tarot card reader and astrologer - they were kind enough to accompany me to the exam hall). Unfortunately, the planets were not aligned in my favour that day - I got it wrong. And I lost 4 marks just for ONE miserable little question. Oh well...at least I passed - I'm very thankful for that. Nowadays I'm just happy to see blue ink on my report card - red is my favourite colour, but I'd rather keep it out of the Buku Laporan...

Bio was a certified disaster. There was a question about a potato being dumped in a bowl of water - something to do with osmosis, but unfortunately the whole concept didn't really sink in at that time (it still hasn't, by the way). We were asked to draw the shape of the potato - I honestly don't know what happened to me, but my poor little potato resembled something like a shrivelled up cigarette. It wasn't supposed to look like that...oh well... ;)

Okay, enough about exams. There are other things to celebrate - like BN's victory (they didn't get Kelantan, but I think it's a blessing in disguise...they won't become so complacent that way), Jon Peter Lewis being so handsome, Kiyoshi's appearance on NHK next week - don't think that I've forgotten Kiyoshi everyone...some people have accused me of two-timing him, but it'll never happen. Never. I promise.

*sighs dreamily*

Jon Peter Lewis is very handsome though...

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Date:2004-03-21 14:33
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What is Your Destiny? by Valcion
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DestinySavior of the human race
Date when you fufill your destinyAugust 8, 2021
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Hahahaha!!! Vote for me people! I'll save you! :P

Elections are TODAY! Yes! Can't wait for the results...I'm gonna grab a bucket of popcorn and plop myself on the beanbag all night - at least until the results for Lembah Pantai, PJ Utara, Bukit Bintang, Bukit Gelugor and Ipoh Utara have been announced...those are the constituencies I'm watching...LP because that's where I live, PJ Utara because my school is there, Bukit Bintang because I want to see how many votes that poor Billi Lim can get (what's up with him? Doesn't he realize that people don't want an MP who dares to FAIL? Who wants someone who wants to fail?) and as for Bukit Gelugor and Ipoh Utara...I want to know if Karpal Singh and Lim Kit Siang get elected. That should be interesting...

By the way, Badawi is my favourite prime minister of all time (even better than Tony Blair and Lee Kuan Yew). Why? Because Badawi's wife is half Japanese. Yeah, I'm shallow, but so what? OMG...what if she likes Enka music? What if she's a fan of Kiyoshi? OMG OMG OMG!!! :P

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Date:2004-03-20 15:03
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I don't believe this...but I'm absolutely addicted to American Idol. The singers are just oozing with talent - but I wish they wouldn't sing so many 'diva' songs...it gets really irritating. Like Simon said - there's just too much 'oversinging'. You know, I think Simon is a really good judge. I cringe every time he opens his mouth, but I can't help agreeing with most of his opinions...albeit grudgingly. My fave Idol is Jon Peter Lewis...just because he's fun, has a great voice and is the best-looking of them all. Yeah, I'm shallow... ;)

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Date:2004-03-18 23:48
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http://www.nobodyhere.com/justme/me.here

I think this is supposed to be a funny site, but I find it...poignant. Kinda sad. I don't know why.

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Date:2004-03-17 22:20
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I got this off someone else's blog...

1. One hand on wheel, one hand on horn:

IPOH driver

2. One hand on wheel, one hand out the window with cigarette:

KEPONG driver

3. One hand on wheel, one finger out window, cutting across all lanes of traffic:

DOWNTOWN KUALA LUMPUR driver

4. One hand on wheel, one hand on parang, foot solidly on accelerator:

JOHOR driver

5. One hand on wheel, one hand on non-fat double decaf cappuccino, cradling cell phone, brick on accelerator, hands-free on the lap:

BANGSAR driver

6. Both hands on wheel, eyes shut, both feet on brake, quivering in terror:

FOREIGNER, driving in MALAYSIA

7. One hand on 12 oz. Double shot latte, one knee on wheel, talking on cellphone, foot on brake, mind on radio game, banging head on steering wheel while stuck in traffic:

SUBANG JAYA DRIVER... on the Federal Highway!!!

8. One hand on wheel, one hand on passengers head rest, alternating between both feet being on the accelerator and both feet on brake, throwing rambutans or durian shells out the window:

KUATAN driver... on the KARAK HIGHWAY!

9. Four-wheel drive pick-up truck, READY-TO-KILL attitude, rear window stickers read "Make my day", beer cans on floor, wedding ribbon still attached to antenna:

PUCHONG driver... CONSTRUCTION SITE!

10. One hand on the handphone, another hand picking nose, One leg on the dash board, another leg crossed on the seat with a beer can in the middle turning anywhere he likes, parking anywhere he likes, in fact, driving anywhere he likes:
Aaahhh... this is a heaven for drivers ...welcome to PENANG!

11. Two hands gripping tightly to the wheel, eyes glued on the windscreen, alternately stepping on the accelerator and brakes every 5 seconds:

MAN DRIVER SAYS IT'S WOMAN DRIVER!

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Date:2004-03-16 13:51
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I'm bored, so I decided to compile a list of interesting blogs...

http://akinderblog.blogspot.com/ - a blog by a kindergarten teacher. She uses it to keep in touch with her students' parents...hmm perhaps my teachers ought to do the same thing - or maybe not.

March 16, 2004 - Had a cup of coffee after my daily yoga exercise. It really works - I feel loads better already. Well, I'd better get going - have to visit the in-laws at three o'clock. Oh, and by the way - most of you guys failed your Penilaian Awal Tahun. Cheers!

http://radio.weblogs.com/0101365/ - I stumbled across this blog while doing research for my Chemistry project. The photos are jaw-dropping - check out the photo of Venus and the Moon. Beautiful, just beautiful...and the dogs are so cute! :P

http://chris.pirillo.com/ - the blog of Call For Help's ex-host. I find it a bit dull, because it's so easy to get lost in all the technology references...but the font he uses is his own handwriting. Cool huh? I want my own font too! :)

http://www.pekingduck.org - I've mentioned this blog before, but I like it so much that I'll mention it again. :) The writer is a white who lives in Asia. IMHO, he has the best blog design I've ever seen. :)

http://www.livejournal.com/community/bragging_rites/ - A community especially for people who love to brag? Ohh-kay...

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Date:2004-03-15 20:12
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Some fun facts about Niels Bohr...

He used to be a football player. A football player! And he was apparently quite good at it - his brother, Harald, even played for Denmark in the Olympics (they won the silver medal!).

Poor Niels could barely speak English when he first went to study under J.J. Thomson, that grumpy old grandfather at Cavendish. One of the first things Niels said to Thomson was, "This is wrong." He was referring to an error Thomson had made in one of his published papers...needless to say, his relationship with Thomson wasn't exactly hunky-dory. Soon after that Niels defected to Ernest Rutherford (thank God!) and of course, he came up with all sorts of wonderful things for us Form Four students to remember like orbits inside atoms. How thoughtful of him...

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Date:2004-03-14 15:50
Subject:Amitabh Bachchan
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You know, I'd love to see this guy in a Hollywood film...he could play a rajah in a colonial-era movie...don't you think he looks distinguished? He's handsome, no doubt about that - confident, sophisticated, senstive - I love his eyes, they look so intense and moody. No, I do NOT have a crush on him, because I'm loyal to Kiyoshi.

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You know, I'd love to see this guy in a Hollywood film...he could play a <i>rajah</i> in a colonial-era movie...don't you think he looks distinguished? He's handsome, no doubt about that - confident, sophisticated, senstive - I love his eyes, they look so intense and moody. No, I do NOT have a crush on him, because I'm loyal to Kiyoshi.

<img src="http://server1.msn.co.in/features/AmitabhBachchan/images/bigb.jpg"</a>

<img src="http://khatarnakchokra.tripod.com/Celebrity/ab7a.jpg"</a>
He looks like that guy from The Princess Diaries here...

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I think he looks better without the beard - I've never liked beards...

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Dashing, isn't he?

<img src="http://www.bollywood501.com/classic_m/amitabh/pic/amitabh.jpg"</a>
He had killer looks when he was young...

:)

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Date:2004-03-14 08:23
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I saw Mohabbatein yesterday...and I love it! I just LOVE it! It's the best Hindi film I've ever seen - yeah, I think it's even better than Koi Mil Gaya...the story is great (albeit very corny), the actors are fantastic (Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and those super-cute new actors...) and the music is wonderful (Chalte Chalte is so addictive!)

Right now I'm downloading all the Mohabbatein songs I can get my grubby hands on - everyone reading this journal PLEASE download Chalte Chalte...it's one of the best Hindi songs I've heard in a long time (and I do listen to a lot of them - I watch Music Mantra on Astro channel 8). Most of them sound exactly the same, but the songs in this movie are completely different - whoever composed them must be a genius!

P.S.: Check this out - an Amitabh Bachchan fan site in Japanese. :) Cool huh? Behold the powers of globalisation - and by the way, I think Amitabh Bachchan is so distinguished-looking. :)

http://loveloveamitabh.tripod.com/

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Date:2004-03-13 13:54
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Object of Desire.</div>

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Date:2004-03-12 13:58
Subject:Fried Potato in Hell
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My exams finished just about an hour ago. Man it was hell! I got fried in every single exam - yes, even the so-called 'reliable' subjects like English and Modern Maths. This is the worst exam I ever sat for, hands down.

We had our exams in the hall. Now you can imagine how stressful it is to sit for an exam in a HALL, with those big fans whirring over you and the sound of cars zooming by echoing in your head (we're next to the main road, and they left the doors open). But after a while you start to get used to it. In fact, I think it's a blessing in disguise - if we had sat for the test in the classroom I would've got a massive headache every day around 12 p.m., because that's when the class becomes stifling hot. I mean REALLY, REALLY hot - the heat in the air is unbearable.

English was our first paper. I messed up the comprehension part - I suck at comprehension, because I'm lousy at finding information. The essay was about giving advice to your friend - what IS it with agony aunt letters? Remember the stupid 'Miserable' from last year's PMR trials? That was a hoot! :P Next was Modern Maths - guess what, some of us couldn't even finish the paper. I suspect that the teachers enjoy giving more questions than necessary so that we will all turn into little number-crunching machines. Well it's not working, so they'd better give it up. :P

The killer subjects were Bio, Chemistry, Physics and Add. Maths. They were insanely hard. In fact I count myself lucky that I was able to complete the paper - a lot of people couldn't, as there was no time. For Physics today, we had to answer objective questions, stucture questions AND an essay question in just one and a half hours! Crazy, I tell you. I was completely clueless about most of the things they asked - my fault I guess, because I didn't really study that hard. So, how did I finish the papers? I tembaked. I just wrote crap. I refused to give the teachers the pleasure of seeing a blank paper, so I just filled in every single empty space with words. If I didn't know anything, I just invented it. Need an isotope? Just make one up and put it in. Need a hypothesis for an experiment that you've never seen before? No problem - just throw some words together and hope that they form a coherent sentence. Heck, they ought to award me the Nobel Prize in Mathematics (if there's such a thing) for my ingenious method of solving a quadratic equation without knowing the quadratic formula. (I forgot the formula, you see. Completely forgot it - I think I was too nervous or something. So I just made it up - and when I realized my mistake ten minutes before time, I just scribbled it in, slashed my pencil across my old working and prayed to God. Needless to say, I lost at least 10 marks for that question alone - because I still got it wrong anyway).

The science subjects were insanely difficult. You know, there is something exhilarating about making up answers. I get a real kick out of writing crap in exams. Like for Physics today, I wrote out an experiment that was completely illogical, unbelievable and meaningless. Hopefully I'll get marks for verbosity, because that's all I'm good for. :P Chem? I doubt I'll pass it, because the teachers made sure that the structure questions were of the kind that requires intense memory work - and I suck at memorizing.

I do feel rather depressed and demoralized because of my abysmal performance in the exams - but thankfully, there's no pressure. Judging from the people in my class, I guess I'll be somewhere in the 20s or 30s for class rankings. It doesn't matter anymore though - thank God for that! I have learnt a lot since I changed school - and one of them is that marks aren't that important after all. You all know my opinion on that, so I won't repeat myself. I just hope that the teachers won't berate me for my horrible marks - I know that I'm going to get red marks for almost everything...

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Date:2004-03-05 13:56
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Elections are on the 21st of March! Woohoo!!! :P

Karpal Singh might contest in PJ Utara for the DAP - I wonder if PJ Utara includes Damansara Jaya? Uh-oh...I think he stands a good chance of winning there - PJ Utara is 76% Chinese, urban, upper-middle-class folks - all prime targets for the DAP. During the last election, BN won - but by a very slim majority. This time people might vote for BN though - Badawi's anti-corruption campaign is great - that minister's arrest was a stroke of genius! Great timing too - just in time for the elections! ;)

On another topic...

Exams are next week - but strangely enough, I'm not worried. I know I'm going to fail Bio. Today the teacher made me stand up for about half an hour because I couldn't answer her question. The only consolation was I wasn't the only one who had to stand up. The one thing that's preventing me from having a massive heart attack triggered by excessive fear of exams right now is the fact that I have no pressure at all. No one expects anything from me. Isn't that a wonderful feeling? To be a complete unknown, an Anonymous in a sea of prolific authors. Everyone here is so smart that I know that I don't even stand a chance of being in the top 20. But I don't care, because there is no pressure, unlike last year. Last year was awful. That's the one thing I don't miss about SMBB - the pressure from the teachers. Without pressure, I find that I enjoy school more because I don't have to get good marks all the time - I can just do my best and let the teacher decorate my book in red ink. :P It's a good thing that my favourite colour is red...so far my collection of red graffiti includes a slash across my working in Add. Maths, many question marks and upside-down V's for Bio, a smiley face for English (after a comment about my old school, haha!) and many more. :P My new hobby - collecting red graffiti. :P

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Date:2004-02-29 13:56
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Look at the date above carefully. It says February 29th, 2004.

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

After four years, I finally get to celebrate my birthday on its proper day. Unfortunately I didn't really do much...I jogged on the treadmill, read the Reader's Digest, watched Konsert Akhir Akademi Fantasia...and now I'm eating California rolls and drinking Ice Blended Chocolate from Coffee Bean (birthday present from my mum).

I'm kinda lifeless, yeah...but who cares?

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

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http://www3.icered.com/icered/home/forum/threadList.jspa?locationID=3&whereAmI=33&threadID=18280&tstart=0

This has got to be one of the most disgusting threads I have ever read in my entire life.

It all started when some guy posted a message complaining about a girl from Raffles Girls School (a so-called 'elite' school) who was dating a boy from a neighbourhood school (read: sub-standard). The response to the post has been - well - shocking, to say the least. I can't believe that there are people in this world who are so arrogant, so self-centred, so bloody bitchy. Just read this post from a student from a so-called 'elite' school (but whom I personally think has an EQ that is somewhere in the region of absolute zero).

Yeah man.... There are plenty of girls in the neighbourhood heartland. Quite trying desperately to climb the social ladder. The higher you go, the more you will feel your inferiority. Not a nice feeling, I can ensure you. So? Stick to your own kind and stop pissing us off. And those people who are defending 'true love', 'meritocracy', bet you are one of those mediocre neighbourhood school students.


Don't you think this is disgusting? That's not even the worst of them. There are other shocking posts about how super-intelligent people are going to rule Singapore one day (because of the PAP's policy), how all the geniuses from Raffles Institution and RJC and goodness knows what venerable-and-oh-so-distinguished-institution-that-produced-ever-so-many-high-achievers-and-Nobel-Laureates are going to queen it over the rest of the lowly mortals languishing in the neighbourhood schools.

I cannot imagine a situation like this happening in Malaysia. I certainly hope that our people are not so myopic in their view of the world. These 'elite' Singaporean school students have no concept of the real world at all. Fine, they may be capable of bagging every single academic prize on offer - but do these people make good workers? Good bosses? Good leaders?

How would you like it if your boss (who happens to be a Ph.D from the National University of Singapore) throws cynical remarks at you every day without giving so much as a morsel of constructive criticism? Wouldn't you hate your boss? Wouldn't your productivity go down? Heck, wouldn't you just pack up and change jobs if you could? This is what I mean. What's the point of being oh-so-smart if you're just a noisy tin kosong when it comes to real work?

That's if the 'smart' guy can actually BECOME the boss. I seriously doubt that he ever could be, what with his arrogant attitude towards others. Does he think that the world owes him a living just because he got into an elite school?

Okay, end of rant. Now let's look at the situation objectively. What happened? How could Singaporean students, who are supposed to be paragons of virtue, turn into such monsters? It's all because of the way their education system works. The streaming. The selective schools. The social stigma that is associated with 'normal' stream students. It's crazy. And worst of all - it's true. In Singapore it is the intelligent people who end up calling the shots. It's not like America, or any of the other Western countries, where those who are not so proficient at regurgitating whatever the teachers orders them to memorize can still have another shot at success. Just look at their public sector. They only recruit the best - and they get the best because they pay their staff very high salaries. Now I'm not complaining about their salaries - it does stamp out corruption - but the government's policy helps create a stigma that permeates the whole society. Everyone thinks that =

Good results in PSLE (their version of UPSR) = Place in top secondary school = Place in top junior college = Place in NUS = Great job = the world is at their feet

Give me a break.

Do you see a pattern here? All they care about is marks. Rote learning. In the process of chasing those distinctions, something important gets left out - character. If I were a boss, and I had two potential employees to choose from, I would pick the one who is most dedicated, willing to learn, willing to accept constructive criticism and not so kiasu. Why not so kiasu? Well, I wouldn't want him to be indolent, but I wouldn't want a high-strung little dynamo running around the office.

I can understand why Lee Kuan Yew is worried about the young generation of Singapore. If these are the future leaders of the Lion City - well, they won't last long. Imagine the mess they'll make out of international diplomatic relations. They would just make Malaysian leaders angry and we'll have a war across the Causeway. The Government had better do something about their education system before the whole thing gets out of hand. Can't they see where this is going?

They are creating a rift between the two 'classes' - those who are good at rote learning and those who are not. You know the drill. Unity among Singaporeans will go up in smoke - and in such a tiny country, well - they won't last long. The not-so-good-at-rote-learning people will get angry (they already ARE) and will form their own opposition party. More people will vote for them because there are more people who are not-so-good-at-rote-learning. Come elections, the PAP will get trounced if they don't have the common touch - the ability to connect with the average Singaporean. Right now it's not so bad - the politicians in the PAP have enough sense...at least I hope so. But what will happen when arrogant idiots like the ones fighting over some RGS girl's love life join the party? These people are living high up in their ivory tower. They don't know what real life is like. They don't know how to connect with the average Singaporean.

They need to get a life.

Mr. Lee, you've got to do something. You created this system, and it worked - to a certain extent. Now you've got to do some tweaking.

Note: I am NOT critisizing intelligent people. I have immense respect for intelligent people. I know many intelligent people who are just as nice - or even nicer - than those who are not as smart as them. I am talking about arrogant intelligent people who think they own the world just because they got into a good school.

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Date:2004-02-14 12:51
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You're all going to think I'm crazy, but I like Utada Hikaru's 'Colours'. It's a great song. The music video is a little weird though - lots of models posing in weird contorted positions that obviously hold a deep, serious, symbolic meaning that no one except Utada Hikaru herself can fathom. The song is beautiful though - I love the melody. It's a mix of New Age and pop - a very Japanese song. Even though it's a pop song, it sounds unmistakably Japanese. I listened to it while reading the Song of Silver Frond by Catherine Lim. It's about a young girl falling in love with an old man. It is also a true story, set in 1950s Singapore. I love it! Some might find the story cliched, but I didn't think so, because it was the first time I read a soap-operatic story set in Southeast Asia. I'm quite sure that the old man (who was supposed to be very handsome) looked just like Maekawa Kiyoshi. I cannot imagine handsome old men looking like anyone else. The ONLY handsome old man in this world is Maekawa Kiyoshi. Even Fei Yu Qing is not that handsome, because my auntie revealed to me that he has a lot of wrinkles. But Kiyoshi's wrinkles only make him look distinguished. Even when the camera is at a bad angle, he looks good.

Let me get this straight. I do NOT have a preference for old men. I only happen to like respectable, distinguished-looking men with voices of melting chocolate. So far the only person who meets this criteria is Maekawa Kiyoshi.

Someone please find me a Kiyoshi clone who happens to be, oh, thirty years younger...

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