Friday, November 30, 2012

'Should of' & Could of'


First of all, let me tell you, I am from a country that has a language of it's own. But even if English is not my native tongue, I know for a fact this is WRONG. And it bugs me.

Even this makes more sense
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I don't know how many people has noticed this but recently I have been seeing these phrases? 'should of' and 'could of', like everywhere. They mostly seem to appear in the comment sections of different websites. 

When I first started reading it, I didn't know how to make sense of it. I mean I couldn't even guess what they were trying say. I just thought it was a new thing that I hadn't heard of yet. So, in an attempt to educate myself, if you will, I looked it up. And laughed out loud.

Turns out, it's not a new thing. They are trying to write "should have" and "could have". Apparently, they write like that because that's how it sounds like when spoken. Further reading showed that they also use "must of" and "would of". Seriously?! Why not just write should've or could've instead?

I love the English language. I started reading at a very young age and I preferred the English books. I still do - I have a huge collection

Now, I know it's not a big deal to most people, and I don't write or speak perfect English (I'm allowed, cos it's not my language, right?), but it really bugs me when people make gigantic grammatical errors. I don't mind the little ones, but when you make errors like said above, I just want to ask why? Did they not go to school? Have they never read a newspaper? Or they just don't care. 

I have this one twitter follower, she must be about 13 or 14 so I'm assuming she's in high school, and she doesn't seem to know the difference between you're and your or than and then. It's just sad.

I am no one to judge but English is the one universal language we have. I'm afraid that these deliberate errors may become so popular that they may eventually be accepted into the language. Wouldn't that be awful?




Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Wednesday

Years ago, I used to wish I'd finish with school just so I don't have to look forward to weekends anymore. Because clearly I hadn't thought about jobs and stuff. But really, nobody liked going to morning classes. When it's a job you like, it's not that bad.

Anyway, here I am still, thinking 'Hmm, so today is Wednesday, two more days and it's the weekend again!' Everyday, I wake up and count the days left. Because that's what happens when you take a four year break after high school before going to college (I had a job!). My bad.

Well, it's not all bad. Because now that I'm married, living so far from home doesn't make much of a difference to me. I have my husband here with me and I'm happy. 

So maybe I should quit complaining and just be thankful that it doesn't matter which day of the week it is. Because it doesn't matter. What maters is I have the chance to get an education and I'm with the person I love most. 

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Rainy Days Are The Best

Don't you just love rain? I do. That is when I am at home and have nowhere important to go. I absolutely loathe it when I have to go out, but that's not important. Point is, I love rain. I love listening to it (minus the thunder) and I love watching it. No matter how bad I'm feeling, the musical rhythm of rain drops is guaranteed to help me forget about it. Even if it's just for fleeting moment. And the smell of the grass right after...oh, my!

The other night, I was at home alone at around 3 am, it started raining heavily. So, I decided to get myself a nice cup of tea. And by cup I mean giant mug. While I sat in my room enjoying the tea and the sound of the rain, reading a novel, it occurred to me that this was pretty much a perfect night. The tea tasted divine and given the time of the night, all was quite except for the rain. My idea of bliss.


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I used to do this all the time when I was in high school. Not the average teenager thing, I know. Watching the rain fall, illuminated by the tall yellow street lamps, was my favorite thing then. Maybe even now. We had giant windows in the living room and I just sat there, usually with the lights out, watching the rain holding a steaming mug of tea. Ahh...memories :) Nothing more peaceful than that.

Wrapping my palms around the hot mug lets the heat run up my arms and into my body. That's such a nice feeling. Now, I'm not a tea fanatic and I do not know about the various types and flavors of tea. The only flavors I have tasted are lemon and strawberry. I loved them both. I always take my tea with sugar. A lot of it. Or honey...not so much of it. Or both. Did this post just turn into one about tea?

But on a cold day, when I am at home and I have nothing to do, there's nothing else I'd rather have. Unless it's when I just wake up - then I'd want coffee. Strong and black. Because I don't really function without it. I'm not very friendly before my morning coffee. Whoa! Going off topic again.

I should tell you, I'm a lazy person. Big surprise!? No? Okay, well, my favorite thing to do at home is lazing around. So, it gets better when it rains. It's just so calming. I mean, really - picture yourself wrapped in a warm blanket, sitting at the window in a comfy chair, sipping the wonderful tea - not a single thing to worry about. You gotta admit - that sounds pretty good.

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My favorite place in my University is the library. Located on the fifth floor, the endless rows of windows gives the best view of the area. And when it rains, I never wanna leave. By the way, I'm in the library right now and it's raining while I am writing this post. How awesome is that?

So tell me, what do you do on rainy days?

Do you like tea? What flavor would you recommend?






Friday, November 16, 2012

Hmm...What Could This Mean?

Back home we have a superstition that when your eye is twitching, something's gonna happen. The nature of the event is  determined by the eye.

Like if it's the right eye, it's a good thing and if it's the left eye, it's a bad thing. Or the other way around. I really don't know because I don't believe in superstitions. Because for these kinds of things, I believe there is a medical or scientific explanation.

My left eye has been twitching for two days now, so I just looked it up. That's code for Googling, because I do it too much and I don't want you to think I go there for everything.

Psst...I actually do ;)

Anyway, while reading the top two search results, I found that it's a condition called Myokymia and it's nothing. I mean it might mean something when it's more violent or if it involves both eyes. Neither in my case. It's probably gonna go away soon.



Meanwhile, to get rid of the discomfort, these steps were recommended.

1) Get more sleep this week - I'm just gonna pretend I didn't see this cos if I slept any more, I'll just need to not get out of bed at all.
2) Use a warm compresses ( warm water on washcloth) a few times a day - This I will try.
3) Try to de-stress - Um...okay. Not that I am stressed. Or am I?
4) Drink less caffeine - I might be drinking a black coffee right now, but it's just once a day, so I'm gonna ignore this one too.

Has this ever happened to you?

Do you have superstitions?



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What Do You Think...Be Honest

I love drawing. I used to draw all the time. And then I stopped. But even when I did draw, I never drew people. I always though I couldn't so I never even tried. I just draw cartoons and comics and other random objects.

But now that I have decided to start drawing again, I'm thinking of learning to draw people too. So, I found this website and and it's awesome.

For a first lesson in shading and hatching I tried this one last night. I think it's okay. But I still have a long way to go.




I'll keep you posted with my progress if I decide to keep going.

IF.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Facepalm Moment

I recently switched to the intense debate notification system, simply because the blogger system is ugly. And this new one also has commentluv, which means I can see the most recent posts by people who leave comments here.


But I did something stupid. Because that's what I am. I completely forgot about the mobile view of this blog. So what's been happening is, when someone views my blog on a mobile device, the commenting system remains the old one. And when that system is used, the comments from the new system disappears. I did not know this happened until today. 

I Googled the problem and found out that it was my fault. 

So, nearly an hour and two lost comments that I couldn't recover later, I have now updated the mobile view template and it should be fine now. 

If anybody else is using the same system, make sure you don't make the same mistake. Because losing comments is just sad :(





Skyfall

Okay, so we went to see Skyfall last night. I saw that the IMDB rating was 8.1 and there was a lot of build-up prior to the release of the movie, so I went in ready to be impressed. I guess you can see where this is going. 

That's right. It wasn't as great as I had expected. I mean when you go into a 007 movie, I'm sure you all expect a lot of gadgets and a fantastic plot. Well, there were no such gadgets - but there was one awesome car - and the plot was extremely weak. I don't want to go into the details and spoil it for those who haven't watched it yet, but I must say I was disappointed.

Update: The plot was really really predictable.

It wasn't boring, but there were some scenes that stretched on a few minutes too long. And as far as I am concerned, Bond did not have real mission.



The actors did quite well though. Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem did a fair job portraying characters that were, for the lack of a better word, stupid. 

Now, I have only watched just a few James Bond movies, but I'm sure they could have done better.

Although we went out to see a 007 movie, that was not the highlight of the day. Nope. 

That would be when I walked into a dustbin.



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Today

Remember my earlier post about thunder?

Well, this is the reason.

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And then the rain got heavier and the thunder became louder and more frequent. Then water started coming into the living room so I had to come in and close the door.

Also, the thunder was scaring me too much.

I am now all cozy in my bed. Perfect weekend.

It's beautiful and scary all at the same time :)




Friday, November 9, 2012

I Consider This A Win

Felt like having pizza a couple of hours ago, so I decided to make one myself. Shocker! I know. And then I remembered I don't have yeast. Five minutes on Google and found this

And I did it!! Look!



I made a few changes of course.

For the dough, I added an extra 1/2 cup flour . I used one egg instead of two and added a tbsp of vegetable oil. I didn't have any dried oregano, so I used Italian herb mix instead, and I used only 1/3 cup of milk. I also added a tsp of chopped garlic for extra taste.

For the toppings I sautéed some chicken breasts that I sliced thinly and a cut up sausage with some garlic and chili. I didn't have pizza sauce so I just used spaghetti sauce. What? I'm lazy, and Google said it's okay.

First I baked the crust alone for 10 minutes in a 400 degree f (204 degree c) oven. Then I took it out, brushed on some olive oil, added the toppings and cheese and baked for another 8-10 minutes.

Try it out. It's really good and easy. Mine came out a little salty - I always do that. I put the right amount in...feel like it needs more (it never does) so I put in a bit more. I gotta stop doing that. Nafew says it's because I don't trust myself. Well, that's because I always screw it up. 

But this one is a win...I think.




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FLC Update

So I was at the FLC 2012 camp  from the 3rd to 5th November. Let me tell you how much fun it was.

I woke up at 6 on Saturday morning and was at Nilai Springs Resort & Hotel at seven thirty. Had breakfast and ran to the first session upstairs. Fought to stay awake while listening to a speech so early in the morning and proceeded downstairs for the next session. So, waking up before dawn and running from room to room to make it in time all day long, all the while being responsible for the punctuality and presence of 17 other participants was the main thing I did there. All three days.

I was in a suit for the first time in my life so I don't think I need to tell you how uncomfortable I was. Also, I was wearing 3 inch heels which doesn't sound that bad (I know...I've worn higher), but when you're practically running in them for three days except when you're sleeping, it's uncomfortable as fahk. I have blisters for proof. Because one pair was new and I did the 'gangnam style' in the other.

The room was so cold, and I was sharing so I couldn't do much about it, I thought I'd never sleep. But I did. I was that tired. The two nights.

There was this one speech by a lady, I swear I don't remember a word she spoke. It was so incredibly boring. Not the content, but how she delivered. Awful.

Wait! I was gonna tell you how much fun it was!

The Dale Carnegie training session and the Grooming & Etiquette session by Chapter One were so much fun! We all had a blast. Who knew we've been shaking our hands, or standing, or sitting wrong all this time. As it turns we were. These two sessions basically told us we've been doing everything wrong our whole lives, and taught us how to do them right. It was awesome. And I received certificates from those sessions to stick in to the CV I might never use. But I would know how to hold a conversation with someone I just met without awkward silences in between sentences now. Score!

The food was great. I loved it! The accommodation was really good too...except it was really cold. The room was beautiful with a giant picture window on one whole wall; the view was fantastic!. There was a big comfortable bed and a giant bathroom too. I shared the room with two other girls. They were the best.

I'm in the grey suit 7th from the right.
I met people from not only all over Malaysia, but from all over the world. That was a nice experience. I made so many friends, most won't last, but some will definitely last a long long time.

Best of all, I got to freak people out by telling them I'm married. I think I was the only married student there. There were people I suspect are married but I have no confirmation. I didn't just go around telling them so, but during some conversations, mostly about staying out of campus when I'm from abroad, brought it up and most of there reactions were priceless.



So, at the end of the day, it was a great experience I'm gonna get to use for a very long time, and I loved it! Blisters and suits and the barely enough sleep included.

PS: Robin, it was raining cats and dogs so no pool time :(