Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December Quickie

Before I procrastinate about updating my blog yet again, I thought I'd share a bit of what's left of December in another quickie. I'm going to do this point-style like taking notes in lectures. Ignore my lameness. :-P

- I think I totally missed Min Terk's premiere of the environmental-themed movie, Age of Stupid at the library. Oh well.

- FYP is being a chore again. I swear, I've done the same ammonium analysis at least 5 times. My current problem is related with the lab chemicals. Patience, Vanessa. You WILL persevere. (Inside: Turn blue, dammit!) Someday, this will all pay off. Deep breath.

- Business class makes my head go round. @_@ Very different from the usual fishies that greet me every semester. God forbid. It looks a challenge.

- Christmas in Penang came and went (Shu's family is wonderful), though I'm still in the festive season mood. ^^ It ain't over till the New Year! Some people think the festivities end right after Christmas. (I'm looking at you, red nose) And that's where you're wrong my dearies! It goes onnn until the fat lady sings. (Or whenever you think it's time to put away the Christmas tree...) :-P

- Recently, I've been busy watching Brit costume dramas! I'm trying to watch as much of them as I possibly can. My sudden interest having been ignited from watching Emma, I've already watched Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South, Wives and Daughters, Hardy's Under the Greenwood Tree and currently watching Jane Austen's Persuasion, all in the space of 2 weeks. &hearts (From kdrama otaku to costume drama otaku. This probably won't last very long..)

- New year's a-coming, and that means NEW RESOLUTIONS! (Ah, why do I insist on making them even though I hardly ever follow through most of them) Not sharing it now though.

- I trimmed my hair in Penang!!! Back to Plain Jane hair. Thank you everybody for all the Christmas wishes, cards and presents (more prezzies back home)!!! Wheeeee~ *unleashes inner child*

Till we meet again, cheers to all our new dreams, friends, and resolutions in 2010!!! *toasts everyone* (",)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Most Infuriating Search Engine Ever

Mystery Google.

Based on someone's recommendation, I tried out Mystery Google. Apparently it's in no way affiliated with Google and no matter what you search, you will always get the Google results of the search before you. And you can get some pretty strange answers. Like porn. Or Twilight. Or marriage proposals. Typing in Hello or gibberish gets hilarious answers. Oh and I tried typing 'This site is weird' and it led me to a Youtube MadTV video entitled Stop It. You get the gist.

Sometimes it gives a few lucky people 'missions' if you type in 'What is my mission?' and it'll be something like e-mail this person to do her homework or prank call/text this number. Lol! (I'll never do things like that) But a lot of people like the site in the spirit of pure fun.

Ah, the things bored people do.

On other matters, I'm going to Penang tomorrow! Wheee~ But I'll miss spending Christmas at home... Christmas is supposed to be a time to spend with your loved ones (I heard that on the radio this morning :-P).


Update: Google musta made some noise... It's now Mystery Seeker.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Miniseries: North and South (2004)

Miniseries: North and South
Year: 2004
Cast: Richard Armitage, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Sinéad Cusack, Rupert Evans
Episodes: 4

I've never enjoyed a costume drama as much as this! It should be waaay up there with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility! It's a rare find, this miniseries wasn't widely advertised because it wasn't expected to be popular but BBC's message board crashed an hour after the first episode due to overwhelming public response. It was such a success that BBC released it on DVD. I don't think I'll be able to find it here in Malaysia though. Unless I order it. Heh.

It's based on Elizabeth Gaskell's classic, I'll try hunting for the book (reading online is just not the same!) Nothing I say will be able to do this series justice because British people are tonnes better at conveying their appreciation and adoration of this miniseries (I can find lots of information online about it, mostly from gushing fans). Not to be confused with the Patrick Swayze war epic of the same name, I'd much rather be watching this than the latter (no offense Patrick Swayze, RIP).

THE PLOT: North and South follows the story of Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe), a young woman from southern England who has to move to the bleak North after her father decides to leave the clergy (He's a Dissenter). The family struggles to adjust itself to the industrial town's customs, especially after meeting the Thorntons, a proud family of cotton mill owners who seem to despise their social inferiors. The story explores the issues of class and gender, as Margaret's sympathy for the town mill workers conflicts with her growing attraction to John Thornton (Richard Armitage).

I like the different settings in this historical drama, from the grey-skies of the industrial North to gay, exciting London to the simplicity of the South. It's rather different from P&P, Emma and other costume dramas in this respect. They actually make cotton mills sound fascinating! Thumbs up to the director, Brian Percival, for the brilliant camera angles and for making this drama such an enjoyable watch.

The 'Look back at me' scene...

The accents might be difficult to understand at first. A sort of Borders English accent. Like when Thornton says, 'Look back at me', there's a mass fan discussion debating whether it's 'You're back in me' or 'Look back at me'. Hilarious!!! Not the mention the fan mob Richard Armitage gained through his first leading role. He's not the pretty boy type (kind of villainous-looking if you ask me) but girls always go for the bad boy so there you go. And he totally resembles Hugh Jackman (my high school crush, lol).

Who knew a man dressed like an undertaker could be so attractive?

I'd recommend this to anyone who likes 'Victorian era' costume dramas. It's on top of my list next to Pride and Prejudice (the movie, not the series. Colin Firth is just meh to me). It's seriously that good!!! I watched it on Youtube (thank you, kind soul) based on the rabid recommendations after I watched Emma.

Fan trailer:
(Warning! Incredibly mushy!)

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

In Need of Some Starlight

When I fall asleep:
I like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly,
it's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep
Because everything is never as it seems...

-Owl City (Fireflies)-

Just felt like it since it's always raining in Terengganu... =) I wouldn't mind having a pocketful of starlight in this season of joy and forgiveness. You never know when you'll need a bit of starlight in your life!&hearts Will there be a Christmas miracle this year? I sure hope so.

I just watched Emma (1996) in the holidays... This was my favourite line!

"Vanity working on a weak mind produces every kind of mischief." -Mr Knightley-

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

KK Hobbycon 2009 at Citymall

...where Sabahan anime and manga lovers unite. &hearts

Not that I'm an otaku or anything but I was once upon a time, therefore I could not resist this!!!

I missed the one in Asiacity Mall last year and apparently it was awesome. I feel like subjecting one of my little sisters to cosplay as something next year! *evil laugh* This year it was held at Citymall, Kota Kinabalu which is a really good choice (less pilaks) on the 11th and 12th of December. Anyway, there were a lot of those lolita girls when I was there because there was a lolita competition going on (the horror). The little stores there sold oddball things like paper crafts, magic and illusion items, full army gear (wtf), gundams and other figurines (very expensive) among other things.

There's a little Jedi in there, somewhere...

Even the kind of people visited this place were strange. I saw a lot of mature women who dressed like teenagers (rather trashy), disturbing uncles in cosplay with big cameras as well as your average bunch of otakus... Sabah Institute of Art was involved with this event too. (Figures. I'm starting to think that they're involved in all the coolest things). Tourists were also mighty interested in this event. They get really excited over Japanese things.

The only cosplayers I recognized was L from Death Note, Naruto, Kakashi, a really odd looking Sakura and Gaara (also Naruto), the FF7 crew (I swear, there were at least 2 Cloud Strifes brandishing gigantic swords there), Li Syaoran (Cardcaptor Sakura), a Star Wars cosplayer (Obi Wan Kenobi, is that you?) and the rest I couldn't make a head or tail of who they were. At least they tried, right? Gotta admire their bravery.

Anyway, on to the important stuff! Here are pictures of some of my favourite cosplayers:

Kakashi has the hots for my sister... XD

Whoever-she-is: I AM AWESOME. BOW TO ME.

This totally takes attitude to pull off... Intense!

Vocaloid characters... From Palmeria or something. Nice pose.


Hani from Ouran High School Host Club!!!I saw her from a distance and I was like, is that..? She was skipping around with Usa-chan and was so cute, I wanted to give her a hug. Then when she met Haruhi (another Ouran cosplayer), they were beside themselves in joy and kept dancing around in circles! *dies from cuteness*


There's a lot more photos but I picked the cream of the crop, I don't have that many pics, I was there for all of two hours then I had to dash to meet some friends at Yoyo. And I apologize for my rather lacking photography skills.

After all that, I feel that, hell yeah, I'll definitely go next year! On the pretense of accompanying my sisters... Real Reason: Some of these cosplayers don't look half bad. In a weird, hair-gelly, bad wiggie kind of way. Lol!!!

Toodles! &hearts

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Spouting Nonsense

Something about December gets me in slo-mo mode... I loved my three weeks at home despite my puppy, Coco's deplorable toilet habits. Toilet-training has never been so hair-wrenching! Drives everyone nuts. She takes her sweet time doing her business outside and my other dogs hate her guts. Poor Coco. She's bald in some patches, so we tried switching her shampoo, anti-tick shampoo to medicated shampoo... It better work! I wanna see a cute poofball when I get back home. =D

Final semester!&hearts

Anyway, I'm back in uni! Yay! Before Christmas. Oh yay. Let me take a second to curse my always-delightful Terengganu uni for arranging our crappy holidays. @*&$#@#%! There, I had my moment. Let it be known that UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA TERENGGANU HAS NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER FOR CHRISTIAN HOLIDAYS. On top of that, Water Recreation Club is having a white water rafting event on Christmas Day. I don't care if I'm the secretary, I don't want to be known as the girl who died on Christmas Day white water rafting. Sacrilege!!!

On other things:

I might sound a little crabby in this post but I can't help it!!! Blame it on the hormones. I agree with my sister. Parents who are overly active on Facebook are so controlling over their children's Internet social life. I don't care if you're reading this, Mummy! Hah, take that. My dad's still a lovable caveman when it comes to computers. Ah, don't cha love balance in life.

Gotta go find my center of peace now and meditate on future course electives.

NEXT POST: KK HOBBYCON 2009! It's a promise! I'd post it now but it's getting rather late... Nitey nite!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Whacked Version of 2NE1's Fire!

This crazy Korean dance crew singing to 2NE1's Fire in their car, totally crack me up every time! That guy in white in front is such a funny retard. Don't watch if you don't like really bad singing and overly silly antics! XD

I wish I had more to post but the holidays kind of put the brakes on blogging for me... It's a bummer that I have to fly back to Terengganu on the 14th... I had dim sum for breakfast at Foo Phing today... SO GOOD. HOW I HAVE MISSED YOU. Then played pool and darts with my wacky sisters. I am equally bad in both.

Hope everyone's enjoying their December! =D

Monday, December 07, 2009

Back to the Future: Neopets!!!

I don't how, I don't know why, but out of sheer boredom, I've been playing Neopets (it's much easier to get freebies and Neopoints now, lol) plus it's the Advent Calendar month. Key Quest is my new favourite game! Real cute game...

This my 2nd Neopets account. My very first account, vrosemarie, got suspended a few years ago. Neopets can be a b**** sometimes...

On to other things...

I watched Judge Dredd (1995) the other day on TV which was wickedly awesome! Gotta luv those old sci-fi flicks! This one had Sylvester Stallone as the Classic Brute Hero and Diane Lane (she was a pretty young thing) as a Pair of Breasts and a much younger Rob Schneider as the Comic Relief Guy!!! And of course, Armand Assante as the Classic Psycho-villain. Seriously this movie rocked my sox! :-P


Gotta go back to frittering away my holidays doing mindless things...

Toodles! &hearts

P/S: My Neopets ID is vrosemaries if anyone with a Neopets account wants to be neofriends! XD