Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Merdeka Day!

My new puppy back home, Coco!

This is probably going to be my last post for a while since I have my Final Year Project proposal presentation this Saturday (that was a mouthful). Anyway, I'm knee deep in assignments and lab reports (I've dug my own grave...) and I just celebrated my birthday yesterday which was awesome even if I didn't really do much! :-)

My housemate, Dexter and my coursemate, Jack combined their homo-esque forces and gave me this bloated doggie plushie for my birthday (with some guitar twanging thrown in)... My roomie, Eva, gave me this lovely head-poker thing and phone strap... I got my prezzie from my parents a month ago, which was a Canon Ixus camera (which I am eternally grateful for. &hearts) AND SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE WISHES!! (I got some really hilarious ones, some involving Samoan rugby players, sexy underpants and me being a full fledged woman. *rolls eyes*)

On Friday, my church buddies - Melissa and Nat brought me out with Naja, Sat and Wati for sushi at Mingstar... But I went there a few days ago with Shu (kinda feels like overkill). Then we walked around the overly packed Mydin (creepy guys in every corner) and later scoured the streets for shoe shops! (Lol.) Yes, all in the pouring rain.

I love these guys. XD

Currently lovin':
Baek Ji Young - Like Being Hit With a Bullet
Humming Urban Stereo - Hawaiian Couple
J-Walk - Suddenly
2PM - I Hate You

PS: I already said so in the title but Happy Merdeka Day again! It makes me proud to say I'm Malaysian and those bloggin' haters can say what they want but I believe our country is better off than some and can only continue to improve... Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAAVANYA!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Just Shoot Me

This post is just for fun - to not bore the handful of people who frequent my blog. (Especially what with my last post...) XD I've just figured out how to make expandable posts! Took me ages... Still working on static pages but I haven't the time tonight so I'll save that for another day.

In case you missed it:

A bit racy but interesting nonetheless since the Brown Eyed Girls had a girly, ballad-belting, cutesy image before.

New websites I found really interesting! (I'll probably add this to my linkies soon...):

Both have entertaining human interest articles (mostly targeted to ladies, ahem). I especially liked Lemondrop's article about 80's crushes!

I'll just scurry on now with my business now before my lecturer has me for breakfast tomorrow.

Till better days!

Looks like my birthday came early this year! I've been waiting for this parody of the above posted video for weeks! >_<

Performed by some of the members from 2AM and 2PM, as remarkably gay as the MV is, the boys are are hilarious!!! XDDD (I can't stand the guy who ate the sweet at the beginning. He's got really ew expressions!) My faves are Jo Kwon (2AM)- in pink and Taecyeon (2PM) - dude washing his underwear (lol!).

Review: Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy

While the drama is still fresh in my mind, I thought I'd make a short tribute to it here. I've never been as stuck on any drama lately as I have been with Shining Inheritance (2009) and the last one I was really crazy about would have to be My Lovely Samsoon (2006). ^^

Here's the lowdown of the plot: A rich girl, Eun Sung (Han Hyo Joo) comes back from the States to her family: her dad's going bankrupt but keeps it from her and her stepmum (Kim Mi Sook)is a wicked thing, but dotes on her real daughter, Seung Mi (Moon Chae Won). When the father suddenly turns up dead, evil stepmom turns out Eun Sung and her autistic brother out to the streets to fend for themselves and keeps the insurance money for herself and her daughter. Too cliché? Read on.

Eun Sung & Hwan

While trying to pick herself up again, she finds her true friends: Hye Ri and Jun Se (Bae Soo Bin), who both encourage and support her. One day, she loses her brother, and takes in an old granny with memory loss, hoping somewhere out there, someone would do the same for her brother. Granny turns out to be the president of Jin Sung Foods and her bratty grandson, Hwan (Lee Seung Gi), has crossed paths with Eun Sung before (it involves bag switching and an unfortunate looking spy costume). Things turn out to be even more convoluted when oh no, Eun Sung's dad is alive! Seung Mi adores Hwan! And granny wants to change her will?!

Left to right: Seung Mi, Hwan, Eun Sung, Jun Se

Overall, this show has a whole lotta melodrama but still manages to be funny, sweet, inspirational and chock-full of family values. It achieved an over 40% rating in Korea which is monumentally high for a trendy drama. It looks ordinary on the outside but is a hidden gem for drama-lovers, it has everything! The cast was awesome, no one can do b****y like Kim Mi Sook (drama queen) and the Eun Sung/Hwan pairing was cute, Moon Chae Won's outfits were all cute and Bae Soo Bin was wonderful with his soulful looking eyes. The Jin Sung employees were well casted too! (Gotta love that manager dude.) Hwan's mum and Butler Pyo were great together and Jung (Hwan's sister) was as ditzy as ever with her chipmunk voice.

Cute manager dude. ;-)

I'm bummed now that it's over, it means looking for a new one through all the duds. Oddly enough, I wasn't biased against any of the characters prior to watching this because I wasn't really familiar with their work until this drama... Now I love them all! :-)

Rating: 9.5 (Watch! Watch! Watch!)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

August Quickie. For reals.

At this very moment, I have finally finished my kdrama Shining Inheritance at 5.15 am! *total psycho* Just wanted to mark this 'epic' moment in my blogistory. :-P

Lights out.

Current playlist: Blast from the past - My 90's music stash (MJ, BSB, 5ive, LFO etc.)!

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Poor Ol' Creaking Bones

Korean music video of the day:

I just had one of the best holidays ever! I've never felt so pampered in my life! Lol, haha... Exaggeration, but I really did enjoy myself. In the space of 5 days, (4 if you will, minus the 8 hour bus rides), I covered Sungei Wang, Times Square, Midvalley, KLCC and Sunway. I'm still suffering from the after-effects of ice-skating, my muscles have been aching away since two days ago. Auntie and uncle were really interesting people and the kids are so precocious. And I got to see Sara! (who always worries me with all the shenanigans she gets up to...) Not to mention, I met up with LAVEE after a YEAR! :)

(Sara's awful at taking pictures...)

My 2 roomies, Eva and Shu, still aren't back yet so I'm alone but it's cool coz I get to roll around their bed and play my odd music! It's rather quiet in the house though. But I will persevere! Dex and Jack are having a barbecue at my Taman Sejati house tomorrow night so there'll be lots of people underfoot and I will probably vanish away into my room due to my slight aversion to crowds. (*chomping on mooncake* Yum! Can't help it, I love mooncake season!)

Anyway, with one literature review and a lab report to finish up, I better get my butt moving and then work on my proposal...if I want to have any chance of going back in the Nov-Dec holidays... *sigh* On another note, the archbishop is coming next week! Awesome possum.

&hearts, Vanessa

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thoughts of Home

Sometimes my silly little sisters say things that really make me miss home... Oh well. I still have my final year project to get over with. I'm doing something about nitrogen in coral reef sediments. Hope all goes well so I can go back in the semester break! A silly poem dedicated to my family:

Silly Poem

I miss her smile
I miss her flamboyance
I miss the way she goes on and on when she talks
I miss her sincerity
I miss his horrible jokes
I miss his nose
I miss her hugs
You people are my world~

It's up to my family to figure out which ones they are! &hearts


P.S. I was seriously thinking of making a post about all the dramas I've watched but I thought that would probably be overkill after my last post and torturous to my readers. Another day then! *drama-otaku* ^^

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Say it with me...HOLIDAYS!!! Woohoo!

A cute pic of Lee Seung Gi and Han Hyo Joo to brighten my day :)

Just a small note to say that I'll be in KL from the 15th to a still-undetermined as-of-yet date. I'll be staying with relatives and I can't wait to see my sis Sara (brat), Lavee (who's back from France!) and beat up some guy's sorry ass.

I thought I would be spending my holidays here quietly in Kuala Terengganu but I have this niggling urge to shop. KL here I come! (If I survive the bus ride, that is. Meh.) I'm going to put all my assignments on the back-burner for a while... Which reminds me, I have a Science Communication assignment to e-mail to my lecturer! Doing. It. Later.

Okay, back to finishing my drama. Episode 20 and still going strong! (Evil stepmom has finally pulled out her biggest guns. Somebody stab her!) BWAHAHAHA.... Then I'll figure out what to wear to church tomorrow... Decisions. Decisions. (The way my thoughts flit from one thing to another, I don't blame you if you think I'm batty.) XD


EDIT (12.35 am): *squeals* I just finished Episode 21! This drama never disappoints! I can go to sleep happy tonight... &hearts Best drama I've watched this year after the horror that was Boys Before Flowers. (which I couldn't stomach after 12 episodes.)

Sunday, August 09, 2009

When I Grow Up...

When we're young, people start drilling you with this question every year:
"Young lady/man, what do you want to be when you grow up?"

I used to answer:
A) Scientist
B) Doctor (Gah, blood!)
C) Lawyer (I'm too meek for this.)

This question puzzled me no end because I had not even contemplated then that I would actually have to work for a living. I'm still the same even now, where I have no clear idea where I'm going. Regrets? I have them. But I thank the heavens everyday for all the small blessings I have received when there are people who have so little.

I do realize that I am well on my way to achieving my first choice - A) Scientist which is really funny since I remember that being my first choice since primary school (mentang-mentang I got 97% once in a Science exam paper when I was 10!) Anyway it's really funny how these things turn out, now I just hope to be the best fish scientist EVAH. :-P

Most people would be surprised to know that I did play around with the idea of joining the sisterhood once, but then I am unable to sever my extreme attachment to material things. That phase in my life is now OVER. I can't picture myself as a nun (at least not in this life, as noble as it is).

Anyway, my point is that some kids dream, some kids wander around trying to find their calling, some kids become achievers, some kids need a sign, it all depends on YOU. Making plans isn't my thing, I just go where the wind blows me as long as I stick to the principles my mama taught me. My motto has always been to not take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive. (Not in a literal sense! No one likes a slacker...)

Enough with this philosophical crap. Next post is gonna be normal. :-)

&hearts Vanessa

Saturday, August 08, 2009

August Quickie? Slash that.

K-drama: Shining Inheritance (SBS)

Previously, I've blogged about trying to decide which K-drama to watch (it was between City Hall and Shining Inheritance) and I watched a bit of both.

THE RESULT: I'm totally hooked on Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy (Korean dramas and their multiple titles...)!!! I'm on episode 7 now and I'm bravely trying to ravage a couple more episodes before I finally admit that the weekend has finally ended and turn in for the night. It's not that City Hall is bad in any way, it's just that Shining Inheritance is more gripping (dang, those cliffhangers) and I love seeing their outfits, bags etc. Pretty~

At first glimpse, it seems to be your standard fare, evil stepmother, a vague hint of disease *shock* *horror*, convoluted family relationships, the ultra sweet guy who will never get the girl...but something about it just reeled me in. Apparently South Korea agreed with me because it had massive ratings when it aired from April to July this year. Just in case it isn't overly apparent to you, I am a HUGE fan of Korean entertainment... *loser*).

Onto my delicate health issues: I'm still feeling under the weather, but not feverish anymore but I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm about to lose my voice, which makes for happy miming. I cleaned my room top to bottom today just to break into sweat (it makes slight fever heal faster or so me thinks, I almost expired from the attempt) and I've never been prouder of myself. ^^

Owh and I'm very probably going to the Inter Campus Gathering 2009 in Johor for Catholic students. I wasn't really sure about going but a couple of people said I should, it's my last year anyway. I'll just have to suck it up and dust off my cobwebby social skills (did I ever mention I dislike crowds?). But it should be fun, will update on that! &hearts

Blogging stuff: I've decided to limit my really short posts (quickies) to say, once a month maybe? If I can hold my word to it. Edit: Guess I can't consider this post a quickie anymore.

There's always next time. :)

Monday, August 03, 2009

Because I Can

Random video of the day:

T-ara/Tiara's Lies MV (Ballad version)

This is a prettier version than their other dance version of Lies and I like!!! But the video is creepy, I'm not really into the horror genre... If anyone is interested, this MV featured clips of the upcoming 2009 horror K-drama 혼 (Soul). But I just fancy the song...

Dance version

Anyway, I have a lab practical test tomorrow with a scary lecturer! (You wouldn't think she's scary but she's that kind of sweetly evil people like Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter books or Black Maria from Diana Wynne Jones' book of the same name. Scary + sweet = Killer combination. Never underestimate.)

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Jungle Trekking to Chemerong Waterfall

Me against Chemerong Waterfall (I'm tiny!)

I had a great weekend, trekking all the way to Chemerong Waterfall which took approximately 1 hour (but very tiring what with all the steep hills, evil tree roots and slippery ground, I feel lucky that my limbs are intact...) It was an event organized by UMT's very own Water Recreation Club and we were there on the pretense of picking up rubbish but ended up splashing away instead. (Truth be told, the waterfall was pretty clean anyway so we mostly picked up after ourselves...)

Anyway, I met some people who were really nice and I don't regret going (at least that's what I tell myself) even though I have scratches and bruises from the trip. As a result of all the pain I've endured, emotionally and physically (I'm such a drama queen!), I've gathered a short list for dummies like me who are intending on partaking in something like this in the future:

Jungle Trekking Rule Number 1:
Do not wear slippers.
Especially your favorite Hush Puppies slippers. (They will not keep you ALIVE.) And flimsy shoes because I noticed a couple of people's shoes were breaking apart after the trip.

Jungle Trekking Rule Number 2:
Preferably bring a back pack. Those one-shoulder things are difficult to handle when you're hopping over fallen tree logs...

Jungle Trekking Rule Number 3:
Do not use anything white! Unless you have faith in your laundry detergent or don't mind it being see-through after sweating, then by all means... (You were warned.) There goes my white bag... :-(

Group Pic (pic courtesy of Min Terk)

That's all for today folks! Back to the 1001 things I have to get done this week...
[Current playlist fave: Tiara - Lies & Brown Eyed Girls - Abracadabra]