Friday, November 27, 2009

2nd Big Bad Wolf Books Haul

Since my husband needs to attend a meeting this morning I followed him to work and went back to JB around lunch hour after he had finished his meeting and me, my shopping. The awesome Big Bad Wolf Sales.

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The sale start at 10 am, and I reached Amcorp Mall (naik LRT to station Taman Jaya) dalam 10 mins before 10. I was surprised to find lots of people waiting around the entrance. But its a warehouse sale. Cheap books! Of course loads of people gonna show up early. When it times to come in, it was utter madness. People scrambling everywhere to get books or reached the tables they want.

The goods
  • Loads of titles to choose from. Depends on your interest. But chic lit books got lots of nice authors.

  • Which bring me to another good point here: got Georgetthe Heyer!

  • Real cheap! Most of the books I seen there is RM8, even the big one.

  • The organizers had kindly organized which section is which so I can just ignore the section I never really care about (Self help books. Gah!)

  • Really friendly staffs. You couldn't find a more jovial warehouse sales staff at another place.    


    The gripes

  • The venue is small and the tables are pushed together closely to one another. No space to REALLY browse the books. But because the organizers had nicely arranged the books, all I have to do is look in between people shoulder and take the books I want.

  • The queue was terrible. It was haphazard, long winded, snaking all around the front shop lot and people have no idea where it start. People snappish behavior does not help when some people are asking where is the queue. Geez people, be nicer to people who wants to queue can you?


  • The inconsiderate trolley carriers who place their trolley haphazardly. At least the considerate one, manage to roll their trolley out of people path. There was one woman who is carrying a big trolley with a box on top of the trolley blocking a whole path of people wanting to come through. Ugh!


  • The really annoying boxes carrier who put their box on top of the rows of books that people are perusing. People needs to stop doing that at warehouse book sales unless there is no people around you.

  • Being not nice. Just because it is crowded, it does not excuse you of not saying 'excuse me' when you bumped into another people painfully. Yes, my back does hurt from your bucu kotak. A vague apology would be appreciated at the very least.

Yeah, my gripes are mostly on inconsiderate people. I guess the organizers had underestimated the number of people coming to the sales but credit is due to their arranging the books which saved me a lot of time in finding what I want to buy.


My haul?
 
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By the way, Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Birthday and Anniversary weekend

It was my birthday last Saturday and our first anniversary last Sunday. We vaguely planned a mini-break getaway but canceled it because it seems a bit costly and I macam malas.

Thanks for all the wishes. Thanks also for husband for treating me to various eateries that I felt like having on Saturday.

Went to IKEA for the baked salmon (I like the usual salmon better), bought strawberries at the Street, went to KLCC for books.

My birthday gifts! Books! Fables tu tak kira sebab my husband yang sibuk sangat nak beli. At long last I got my copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!

Then Bakin Boys cookies, various windows shopping and salivating on things I can't afford, and then to Wangsa Walk for Secret Recipe because I am in love with their Japanese Soba and Vienna Brownies. Though my husband ordered the Vienna Brownies and I chose Lemon Cheese to try it out (not that great).

Japanese Soba and Grilled Black Pepper Chicken. Setiap kali tengok black pepper chicken ni, teringat kesah Lan dahulu

Vienna Brownies yang heavenly and Lemon Cheese yang kureng sikit.


For anniversary, husband made pancakes for breakfast! Which I ate while watching the latest episode of Greys also while positioning the plate and fork away from Fasha sniffing because she likes breakfast food. Did nothing extraordinary for anniversary at all, except made pizza from a ready made dough bought from Cold Storage and some roti bun pizza I improvised because there is a lot of mushroom left. That roti bun pizza is the AWESOME and I will continue to make it now.


Dinner went to the newly opened Sri Ayuthayya at Wangsa Maju because I had been dyingggg to go there since forever tapi sebab jauh so malas. And it was subpar. I hate the tomyam, too oily for my taste and the kerabu is nothing to shout about. The sizzling prawns are kinda nice and the asparagus, is asparagus without anything you can add to it.



Not that keen to try it again but maybe will come back to try out other dishes, because maybe we just ordered the so-so ones. I will be staying away from the tomyam though.

Nothing to say much about both event, except I am older and still feels like going nowhere. Hurrah for early onset depression! As for first year anniversary, it feels like we had been together for a very long time and at the same time, it feels like eh sudah 1 year?

And I think birthday girl picture should be featured for this post eh. So ini dia.


Memberi arch look (when expression 'arch' is being used, doesn't it remind you of Elizabeth Bennett) kepada camera.


Also today, I had just received my new laptop carryall/totes from alicewonders.com. Yeay! Also considered as birthday present from my husband. Erni mentioned about AliceWonders.com in her blog post . In the post she mentioned about a coupon being given away if we did a survey at their blog. So I did, and got 30% discount. Much browsing afterwards, I chose to buy the laptop carryall because my current handbag is currently breaking apart, and I need something to store my laptop bile aku malas bawak laptop backpack itu. So even if I opt to not put my laptop in, it would be/look totally fine for my work bag

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some things


Oh yeah. I changed the layout again. I got a little sick of the blog template that I had for the few months, and suddenly really wanted to change. I quite like it. Clean and simple. So will add the usual widgets later on.



The thing with working in the middle of a huge sprawling shopping complex is the temptation to shop. Never really cave in to the whim before but this week I am sorely, sorely tempted to buy 2 pair of shoes. One is Andre Comfort, a gray, very cute shoes that have little crisscross on top. The other is Zang Toi red heels that just looks so sexy and incredible that I feel if wearing it I would walk sambil flip, flip hair and imagine windfan blowing hair (sebab itu kena flip) and fabrics all around like Gisele Bundchen on a photoshoot. Yes, walaupon, pendek, agak pear shape and have short stubby legs, sekali sekala perasan supermodel tak salah okeeehhhh.

Both cost a few ratus, and I don't spend that much on shoes. But walking past those shoes everyday does not make the heart grow less fonder ok.




My bladders are working against me. I mean I don't know how, but recently I can't hold my pee for long. Its like I had a forgotten gastric bypass and my bladders suddenly shrunk. I mean last week, I felt the need for the no. 1 just before boarding a plane. Nothing to it, as airports got loads of toilets.

Then after boarding the plane and right before takeoff, I feel like I really need to pee. Like right now and then. I wasss dying for the plane to get the fuck off the runway and glide up and leveled so the damn seatbelt sign can turn off, signalling me that it is A-OK to dash into the miniscule toilet. All that process took an agonizing 15 - 20 minutes. Mouthed off to my husband "Realllyyy need to peeeee" and he showed me the barf bag while making a show of peeing in it. That does not help okeh.

This also a problem in the office. The cleaner always opt to clean the bathroom during the time I needed it most. Gah! If that happened I dash off downstairs to the Gardens premiere RM5 toilet and showed my ISETAN card (at least if no shopping is done, the card is useful) since it is complimentary for ISETAN and ROBINSON's card members. Hah! Lagi clean, wangi and got perfume some more.

Ok. Enough toilet talk.


It is for me because esok aku cuti! Yeay!




Mention:
1st image: from www.blogger.com
2nd image: from graphicfactory.com
3rd image : from bbc.co.uk
4th image : from bluebuddies.com

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Shopgirl : A movie I watched 3 years ago and tetiba teringin nak blog about it

For as long as I can remember, if I start watching a movie. I mean really start watching a movie, (not sambil tengok sambil meandering buat mende lain) I would finish it. But I can't finish Shopgirl.

If you had never heard of it, well, good for you. Starring Claire Danes, Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman. I bought it on an impulse because it got Claire Danes. I like Claire Danes ever since My So Called Life. Her work is pretty diverse, she's pretty and can act. Some people said she is a bit cold and offish. And the funny thing is, she alwayysss seems to hook up with her co-stars. So she might be interesting at the very least, if her co-stars find her that interesting and fall for her. She even manage to steal Billy Crudup away from his pregnant gf (the likable Mary-Louise Parker) and not cause a major scandal like Team Angelina/Team Jolie or LeAnn Rimes proportions. Hoh. Then she dumped Billy Crudup for the dishy Hugh Dancy. Hah! (Sheesh, I know a lot of Hollywood gossip)

Now, so my problem lies not with Claire Danes, even when she played the really unlikable character of Ann in Evening, I still enjoyed Evening. The problem is with the 2 heroes of the movie. In the movie Roy (Steve Martin) is the rich suave playboy 'mengayat' Mirabelle (Claire Danes). If you grew up with The Father of the Bride where now if you think about it, Claire Danes can basically be his grandchild, I am a little sick to the stomach. In here he obviously treated Mirabelle a little higher than a hooker and a bit lower than a mistress. Urgh. And Mirabelle is crazy in love with him.

Then the other hero is (Jeremy) Jason Schwartzman. He maybe kinda cute, but not in this movie. Not at all. There was a scene where Mirabelle went a date with Jeremy, and after she paid for their date and came the make out session, Jeremy stop for a while mentioning that he don't have a condom and would a plastic bag would be ok. Urgh. Yeuch. And unhygienic. And Mirabelle reaction to Jeremy is also understandable.

After a few more scenes that is equally depressing I just shut off the DVD player altogether. It just make me feel loya and pening. And I never want to see even a hint of sex scene involving Steve Martin ever again. Thank you very much.

Some critics called it thought provoking. And whatever. I think the critics may well be just depressed themselves.

Though I did read a wiki entry on the movie after 3 years of not opting to watch it, and read that at last Jeremy cleaned up, win Mirabelle heart after all and Roy turned out regretting his choice of not treating Mirabelle right after all because he actually love her.

Yeah. I just told you the whole plot of the movie as you would better spend your time pruning your bonsai plant than watch this.


p/s: Eh. I am on a blog roll this week! Woot woot!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

An Interview Review: The Book of a Thousand Days

I curi this image from wiki. Please don't sue. And its not the same as my book cover.


I read it and I like it. And can I end it with that?

If I got time, I would curi Effi graphical review idea and do it, but I am much too lazy and I rather type. And wtf would I do on a graphical review. Got no cleavage rating to emphasize the need of an image.

What's the book about?
A maid is trap with a princess in a tower because the king is enrage that her daughter do not want to marry the man he chose. So he throw them in a tower, bricked up the door and the story unravels.

Do I like it?
Like I mention. Yes, yes, yes.

Why?
The story is simple. It stated on the back of the book that you would not guess the ending, and it is wrong as I can totally see the ending a mile away. But still that does not make the journey to the ending any less enjoyable. The language is simple. It got illustrations, not so much, but a bit and enough to make your imagination flares up.

But its not exactly targeted to your demographic age righttt?
Right. I like children book and if I am not wrong, this book is for tweens and if you got kids and would like for them to read something good, this would be it. (Psst, not Twilight hokey!) And of course I got tired of chic lit from time to time.

If a rating were to be given say.... 5 gold stars as the max what would I rate?
Gold stars are redundant don't you think? Maybe 5 yummy salmon sandwiches. This would constitutes a 4 and a half bite of yummy salmon sandwiches. A bit lacking somewhere, and also 5 yummy complete sandwiches should only be given to the best!

Want to read another Shannon Hale then?
Prolly. Prolly her Newberry award winning book "Princess Academy" though the synopsis does not look too promising for my taste. But who knows maybe I would like it.


Ok. Enough interviewing myself, I got some blog hopping plus error checking to do.



Monday, November 16, 2009

Short Update

Got back from Sibu yesterday visiting my husband's grandfather. We went there on Friday and reached Sibu around 9pm after a mad dash to KLIA to make it to our 7.30 pm flight. We manage to visit him even late at night and it was heartbreaking to see him in so much pain. Sad to say he passed away on Saturday around Maghrib time. Anyway was glad that my husband sempat to make it to visit arwah last time before he passed away.

Innalillah.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Used and forgotten

I am a pack rat. Asked my husband. We sometimes have silly fight on whose stuffs is the most stuffs that stuffed the room, and he always accused my stuffs. I of course deny this because I would deny everything and am a rampant liar. But of course this is true. Ask me tomorrow and I will say otherwise though.

You get the gist of what constitues a pack rat.
  • The 8 year old jeans that had seen better day (fabricwise and figurewise both) that you do not wear but you still hoard because you hope you can get your 20 year old figure back one day and smile that satisfied smile when you pull the jeans up past your thigh and butts.
  • The countless perfume bottles and its BOXES that you saved and you hate to throw away because it cost a chunk of your money and damn it, if I paid RM200 for it, I will save em all!
  • The old eye shadows and lipsticks that you spent in a compulsive buy during a warehouse sale and you only applied once or twice and should have thrown away because who the hell put on a bright orange eyeshadow in the middle of the day.
  • The old magazines of Cleo and Women Weekly under your bed that you didn't throw out yet because you want to recycle but never do because you keep on forgetting to load to your car or called that uncle "Suratkhabar Lama" to a halt.

Maybe the stuffs would be a tad bit different for a guy.

The other thing that I hoard constantly is quite ok. Why OK? Because it's tiny and doesn't take much space. That stuffs; are the label price or tag of clothes and stuffs that are kinda nicely printed or cardboard made tag. Those make great bookmarks y'all. As I am always losing my bookmarks everywhere, those tag labels come in handy when I read book at other spot than my room so I don't get depressed when I lose my really expensive bookmarks I bought far from home.

Currently the book that I am reading and touting around, I used a label I took from the dresser. Never really notice it before but it was pink and cute and labeled 'Espire' in white font so what the heck. I briefly tried to remember then but failed on what stuffs this label came from. Nvm then .

Now this morning, while waiting for the computer to boot and load, I read the book awhile and closed it back again. Instead of putting the label in between the pages, I put it at the top of the book. After a while, I got a little bored, and casually looked at the back label to see the product tagline and read the word " Congratulations! You have chosen a product that is designed to give more pleasure to ....." And my mind goes... "whatttt.. when did I bought a lingerie...eh read further la Dils" and the next few line have "condom" on it. Oh. And I had brazenly left the tag lying around OR flaunting it (as I like to hold the label in my hand as I read) in God's know where for the past few days.

This comes to mind to another stuff that I used to use. Back in high school, everybody have big pencil boxes to fill the many, many colored pens to put in (to better write love letters with) and so does I. But where my pencil box differs was that I used the zipper bag that many department stores put panties they want to sell. You know the one, the clear case of zipper bag that have 3 or 4 panties rolled up nicely. I used that as my pencil case. And never really notice that it used to be a 'panties' case because I am daft like that and also cheapskate to buy pencil case. Why buy when you have a perfectly workable free zipper case aight?

So half a year goes still using the case and still not having a clue and only after walking in the store past the lingerie and underwear section I noticed the similarities. Hoh! But I shrugged it off and just continue using it, because no one ever mentioned or teased it to me. so what the hell yar. Unless I am known as the 'underwear case girl' behind my back, I really couldn't give a damn.

Hmmmm in this post alone, you all now know I am a pack rat, I recycle stuffs no matter how embarassing the thing is and I used pleasure enhancing product for family planning stuffs. Eh, we are all grown up here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

From the home front

I am WFH today. Working from home for you ignorant of the abbreviation.

There are many, many times I questioned myself why I jumped into the technical line of IT (specifically programming!), because I am just plain crappy at it. But today I am glad at least for this job, I can WFH when I am down with flu because my MC is finish already.

The cats are also doubly glad that there are someone at home and is being INCREDIBLY active by darting in and out of everywhere excitedly pausing now and then in front of me kinda like conveying... OH! You are HOMEEEE~ There is someone at homeeeee~!!!!! We can run around at the front yard!!!!

Yeps the cats can be idiotic.

Monday, November 09, 2009

I feel

tired.

disillusioned.

very much not care about anything at all.

at a loss on what I really want out of life.

that everyone seems to be at a continent and I am stranded on desert, inhospitable island.

hopeless at my inability.

Maybe its Monday?

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Jennifer's Body

I went into the cinema not expecting much. After all its a horror movie. About a possessed cheerleader. And got Megan Fox in it.


But then it was surprisingly good. Good is kinda lukewarm description, yes? Then cross that. It was kinda great and almost awesome.

  • The dialogue was smart, not cliche and the lines are good.
  • Good script. It turned a usual horror movie to a quirky movie that have its scare moments.
  • Some of the scenes are heartbreaking and almost, almost bring tears to my eyes. You know how death scene in a horror movie always make you roll your eyes. But this not it.
  • Good choice of actors and actresses especially Amanda Seyfried. I have always like her since Veronica Mars.
  • Clever witty jokes. Doesn't try too hard nor is it too silly.
  • Adam Brody is deliciously evil and hilarious as an indie band member trying to make it. God, I missed Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson.
  • Oh and Megan Fox is also pretty good, you know, aside from the 'sexy' obvious. She clearly enjoyed doing this movie and it shows.
  • Love the ending credits roll.
  • And I especially love the scene where Needy make a run through the woods in her 80s prom dress. It was beautifully shot. The shots of pink satin and legs in between trees is really lovely and reminiscing of a late 80s/early 90s music video. Really awesome.
  • And yeah, I would like to see it again.
  • Oh and the soundtrack are pretty good. I am gonna find it. Especially the main song of the movie Through the Trees.
That's about it. Oh and the bad? Well, I really like this movie. So I do not want to think of the bad just yet. And its kinda hard to think of the bad, because it just feel so good.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Short, short reviews for a quick read

Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham

Life of a receptionist in London after she took a new job as a reception. Reading her life unfurled in email correspondents.

Love this book. It is frothy fun. It is originally a website, (I think I mentioned it earlier but couldn't find the post to link it up) and the one who wrote this is a man. He originally wrote the story in the website for his company (excerpt of interview I freely took from Trashionista.com: It was initially just a way of getting more candidates to register for our recruitment agency. It’s a specialist agency for reception staff..)

Holly is paranoid and I think he just writes for laugh, but it is an entertaining, light chic lit fun of a read! And God! I missed reading Bridget Jones.


Holly's Inbox 2 by Holly Denham


Kinda fun too, though I did preferred Holly's Inbox 1. Am disappointed that some of the characters in Hollys Inbox 1, is not mentioned at all (James, Jennie, Shella) in this book.


The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease

A story about an English lady and the relationship she have with an illuminator. (A person who makes illustrations and decoration for books (long ago handwritten books))

Bit of a bore. More of a Christian lesson on the history of English written Bible for the mass and why is it so and about priests and the changing of feudal system in 1600s England. I think. Everything is depressing. The ending is blah.


Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


A story about a boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard.

Now, who doesn't love that? Awesome, awesome read. Makes you melancholy. Best read when drizzling or dark. Was sad when I came to the ending and would love to know what Bod makes of the world or how he fares in it. The only part that I do not like is the Macabre dance part. Guess I never really see the point in that story.


The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling


The book have 5 children short stories in it, and took me less than 2 hours to finish reading it all.

Quite captivating. Say what you will of J.K Rowling but she does make some pretty entertaining children stories and I enjoyed this book.

The book is written like e.g. short story first, then notes written by Dumbledore on what he thought of the stories. Now, the short stories is clearly a children book, some of the notes written about the story of whatever characters J.K Rowling thought of, seems hinting on a perverse sexual fetish. E.g. an extract taken from the book
... It was rumoured, however, that she actually discovered him in the act of fondling some Horklumps, which she found deeply shocking.
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Now, am I right in reading that what she meant is the act above is sexually perverse or am I just reading too much into it?



Monday, November 02, 2009

Monday Rambles

Because I feel like blogging and couldn't be arsed to think of a topic.

Bread Talk - Just finished eating Blueberry Puff? Whatever. It is pastry and got blueberry in it and I feel like puking it back out. Buying pastries is a bit of a hit and miss.. Some you loathe, loathe, loathe! (ciken floss). Some you can't get enough (Applewurm)

Hari ini for the first time in about a year or more, I came into office before 9 am. Sampai orang yang aku tak kenal kat office pon remarked awal gile aku datang hari ni. *Maluism*

And what amazed me is that, pukul 9.40 a.m pon, baru 5 orang je ade kat opis. Hahaha. So I am not THAT late normally (I usually saunter in around 10.15 every morning).

Was wanting to watch Papadom on Friday night, then got in a massive bitch of a bad mood when I came home that night that I decided to not go watch any movies for the weekend and sleep instead. The reason for my bad mood? There were an unreasonable amount of slow cars in traffic that night.

STFU Marrieds cracked me up. I am glad that Facebook was not available during my early boy crazy years. Heh. While STFU Parents make me exclaim "Oh, dear God" out loud.

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