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Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan

Here's my 1st cousin, Dymphna Emma Yong, who joined the Unduk Ngadau this year!! *so proud* And her sister, Aimee (future Unduk Ngadau contestant)..
FYI for noobs: Unduk Ngadau is a yearly pageant for Kadazan beauties (it's a Sabahan thing). Each district is represented by one gal. The best sumandak wins!

Here I pay homage to my Kadazandusun roots and wish everyone a Happy Kaamatan with much joy, drinking, gambling, karaoke-ing and catching up with relatives! =) To me, Kaamatan means heading down to Tambunan to celebrate with my maternal relatives, the Yongs of Tambunan. Sino-kadazans (Chinese-Kadazan) to be exact, my mum says we're descended from some random Chinese tribe in mainland China, with whom we've only recently managed to regain contact with.

May everyone and their families be blessed with a bountiful rice harvest and never go hungry for generations to come. :-)

Being stuck in a state where they don't even understand what moginum or aramaitii means (to quote…

Scribbles From An Almost-hermit

Not that kind of hermit, fooool!!
To end the wonderful month of May, which has been rather uneventful compared to April (April was awesome), comes this last post here. I'm hoping June will be more interesting! Nothing seems blog-worthy these days or inspiring in any way. Maybe it's because I'm still new at this being independent thing and I'm rapidly turning into a reclusive hermit who grunts at people who call out of the blue.

Hopefully, that will all change next month. I must make the effort to change and for this I need to summon all my positive energy and channel it into job applications. Haha.

Sitting on a chair from 9-5 is making me flabby. I need to get some exercise, flab on a slim person looks unsightly. Time for some movin'! (Only my sisters will understand the hilarity of this statement.)

Anyway, Mika's We Are Golden has just replaced Lee Hyori's How Did We Get (ft. Dae Sung) as my fave ringtone! I like its early shock factor and perky sounding tun…

Cartoons from the 90s!!

I can't really remember everything I used to watch in primary school, I just knew I really liked reading Nancy Drew books, Harry Potter, the Narnia chronicles, etc. Books were my world back then, when real life felt like the pits and the places in books seemed like a hell of a better place. I was an extremely awkward and shy child. I may still suffer the after-effects of my tormented childhood, which explains A LOT.

Anyway, I watched loads of Scooby Doo, Johnny Bravo , Cow and Chicken (*_*), I Am Weasel (I R Baboon! and the Pantless Devil), Rocko's Modern Life, Rugrats, Mummies Alive, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Recess, Hey Arnold (Helga Pataki-that unforgettable unibrow), Sonic the Hedgehog and other random stuff back then. The 90s was a great decade to be a kid. :-)

Recognize any of these lines?
1) Move it, football head!!
2) "...blows his experiments, to smithereens..." (lyrics)
3) "...Dad was proud, he didn't know how." (lyrics)
4) Police! There's a han…

GLEE's Jesse St. James!!

As most Gleeks already know, Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) is Rachel Berry's (Lea Michele) latest man candy on the show in its second season. He ever so charmingly slipped in with Lionel Richie's Hello, which I thought was quite a smarmy entrance but little by little as the episodes wore on, I realized that daaaammnn, he's got a cute smile! Imma total sucker for smiles. Of course, one gets the feeling that Rachel's One True Love has to be Finn (Cory Monteith), right?

Groff, like many others on Glee, is a Broadway actor who previously starred in Spring Awakening (which looks a little R-rated to me, from 2006-2008) opposite Lea, and they became fast friends until now. In fact, Jonathan was the one who introduced Lea to the man behind Glee, Ryan Murphy, before production on the series began.

Added to that are reports of Jonathan Groff being slated for only 5-6 episodes and Jane Lynch has divulged that he will be performing in the rival team, Vocal Adrenaline in the fina…

Chuck Renewed for 4th Season!

Once more, Chuck has defied expectations as NBC has given the green light for a fourth season. Woot! I know I've posted this on Twitter already but another article doesn't hurt. In fact, this year, the network was even more optimistic in renewing Chuck for another season given its pretty solid fan base and the Save Chuck campaigns that roar into action every time a season comes to an end.

I'm only midway into the 3rd season, I've been distracted by Vampire Diaries, Flashforward and Glee as well as my other drama priorities. Chuck has always been rather consistent in the entertainment department, I would never ever drop it! :)

Joshua Gomez thinks that if you want to save Chuck, you gotta...

Review: Prosecutor Princess (K-drama)

Drama: Prosecutor Princess/검사 프린세스 [SBS]
Episodes: 16
Cast: Kim So Yeon, Park Shi Hoo, Han Jung Soo, Choi Song Hyun
Year: 2010

I really underestimated this drama before it even aired, because the lead actor was not familiar to me and I didn't particularly like Kim So Yeon OR the drama's premise which revolved around lawyers and prosecutors (most legal-related dramas are bleargh to me). But I gave it a shot because Personal Taste just wasn't cutting it for me. And I never looked back since!!

THE PLOT:Dramawiki tells me that Ma Hye Ri (Kim So Yeon) passed the bar exam with ease due to her high IQ but rather than honing her talents, she is more interested in the latest designer threads. Hard work just doesn't suit her so she is far from being an ideal prosecutor. Through her conflicts with senior colleagues and struggles with difficult cases, as well as a few nudges in the right direction from a certain mysterious lawyer, Seo In Woo (Park Shi Hoo)-with a penchant for making st…

Weekends Just Ain't the Same

As much as I dislike Audrina Patridge and anything to do with The Hills (don't get me started on Speidi and LC), I do envy Audrina Patridge's gorgeous dark tresses.

I'm thinking of dying my hair brown this time, usually I dye it dark auburn, which usually goes orange after a few months. Anyway, I'm going to say to hell with the humid weather, I refuse to have short hair unless I have a gazillion kids yanking the ends of my hair or I live in a world where women decide to wear the pants and not men. (Actually I don't mind but it takes aaaages to grow back again...)

Which brings me to people's assumption that I'm an active girl who loves a challenge. In high school, you'd probably be laughing over your seat since back then I looked like this:

I'm the nerd at the bottom left. I'm not sure but I think we were supposed to do cool poses that time.
I've totally been trying to erase that image since but I fear I am still more on the dorky side. Some thi…

Korean Wave Contest Malaysia 2010

I wasn't there at KL Live last Saturday but I sure wish I was!!! (So I can be one of the girls screaming when Ruffneckz burst into the saucy Abracadabra hip-sway move.) I told my sister in KL to go but nooooo, she's busy with an eco-camp in the jungle somewhere... K-popped! has been promoting this event for some time now, since before the auditions and it's probably going to be a yearly thing due to favorable response (it's organized by the Korean Tourism Organization. Yes. Of the Sparkling Korea ads).

Anyway, I watched a few of the videos of the finals and these two are by far my favorite!!

RUFFNECKZ - My fave part is the short Abracadabra stint and I love their onstage energy!! Not to mention the G-dragon clone!! XD

PROGRESSION - performed 2PM's Heartbeat (flawlessly!) and DBSK's Rising Sun (I don't know the 1st song...)

Credit: chechoki

Progression took home first prize whereas Ruffneckz went home empty-handed even though they really knew how to stir up a c…

A Teensy Glance at Biodiesel

Might be heading down to Universiti Malaysia Pahang this week for a day for a biodiesel seminar!!! I am trying to be positive about this, it can't be as dreary as it sounds right?? More importantly, it gives me something to do and learning is never a bad thing! Plus, it gets really boring when all your buddies have gone back for the hols....

Now what do I know about biodiesel?

Briefly, biodiesel refers to a vegetable oil or animal fat-based diesel fuel consisting of long-chain alkyl (methyl, propyl or ethyl) esters. Biodiesel is typically made by chemically reacting lipids (e.g., vegetable oil, animal fat) with an alcohol.

Wikipedia (haha!) also tells me that biodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel.

Biodiesel can be categorized in this manner:

* 100% biodiesel is referred to as B100
* 20% biodiesel is labeled B2…

Of Dead Cows and Flourbombs

Was sifting through my old e-mails at work today when I came upon across a few forwarded cheesy jokes from cheesy friends. One of them certainly brought a smile to my face!! :D

The Dead Cow and Vet School
First-year students at the University of Saskatchewan Vet school were receiving their first anatomy class, with a real dead cow. They all gathered around the surgery table with the body covered with a white sheet. The professor started the class by telling them, 'In Veterinary Medicine it is necessary to have two important qualities as a doctor: The first is that you not be disgusted by anything involving the animal body.'

For an example, the Professor pulled back the sheet, stuck his finger in the butt of the dead cow, withdrew it and stuck his finger in his mouth. 'Go ahead and do the same thing,' he told his students. The students freaked out, hesitated for several minutes, but eventually took turns sticking a finger in the anal opening of the dead cow and …

Fawning over Prosecutor Princess!!!

Lately, the K-drama Prosecutor Princess has had me spazzing to distraction every week. The angst has started to kick in (finally!) midway into the series in Episode 9 and Ma Hye Ri only has her moment of epiphany in episode 12, where she finds out the whole truth (what we know of anyway) and that the whole world (metaphor for In Woo *squeal*) does not revolve around Ma Hye Ri anymore. I've been really enjoying this series, the quality has been amazing (I would expect no less from the director-writer team of Shining Inheritance.) In fact, I am vastly annoyed that it's not getting the ratings it deserves but I know the Wednesday-Thursday slot is tough.

I'm just going to pepper a slew of pretty pictures from the series in this post coz I'm lame like that. I might do another one of my drama reviews for this once I'm done with the series (haven't done of those in awhile). Only four more episodes to go! Secretly, I'm hoping they'll extend the series. Fat chanc…

May Quickie: FYP Presentations

A bit early in the month to be doing one of these, but here goes.
I just finished my Final Year Project presentation which kinda felt like cold water being doused on me. Whoever said presentations are fun have got to be kidding me. Not funny.
(Being the emcee was awesomeness though!)

Seeing my ex-colleagues (internship in PPPL) in UMT was a really pleasant surprise today!! Although it was kind of not a good time for me as I had to present today. (Argh. The timing!!! Travesty against humanity!!) Only got to see them for about half an hour before I scooted off back to take up emcee duties. Tomorrow they're going off to a different state... Would have liked to catch up more. So many familiar faces! :-)

Next up: thesis correction and binding!! *gulp*

(But I guess it's safe to say that the worst is over. Hurrah! :D)

P/S: If you're wondering why I like to post pictures up in every post, I'm one of the believers of the saying that pictures paint a thousand words. :)

Side note: Excu…