Tuesday, December 25, 2012

We're Going On a Trip...Maybe

We may be taking a trip to Bangkok next week...and I am already so excited. I'm saying maybe because we're super broke - my uncle gave us the tickets  - and anything could happen in a week. We have already purchased the tickets and booked the hotel. We're going to get our Visas tomorrow but I am trying not to get my hopes up. Because every time  I get too excited, something goes wrong and it doesn't happen. Bad luck seem to stalk me.

If we do go, I may not be able to update my blog everyday, but I am planning to keep a journal - sort of a timeline - and record everything so that when I come back, I can put it all up here :) Whether you like it or not...ha!

I am very nervous to go on such a long trip. We are taking the train and the whole journey, including transit time is over twenty four hours...whaaat?. I have been silently panicking for the last few days because in my mind I can see all kinds of things going wrong. I don't think I am fit to travel because I am FTFO (freaking the fahk out!).

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On the bright side, we went out on Sunday. It's been a while.  We had lunch at Nando's, went to see friends, and played pool and poker. I guess we had a pretty good night because when we finally reached home it was six thirty in the morning. 

My new book, and lunch - A Portuguese salad with chicken and a  fizzy pomegranate drink.

With Nafew ♥

Ooh..oooh...and I bought a new story book!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This One's for Izu, My dearest Little Sister

Happy Birthday, little sis!

You're seven today. I can't believe how fast you're growing up :) Every time we Skype, I am in awe of how much you have grown since the last time we spoke.

I was eighteen years old when you came into my world and I wasn't really sure how I was supposed to feel about a new addition to our family. But then I saw you for the first time and you were all red and wrinkly and adorable. Who couldn't love you?

I remember the when we used to play together. You were always laughing; always a happy child - except when it came to brushing your teeth for bed time...heheh. Although it caused a headache then, I now cherish the memories of your blood curdling screams at bedtime every night.

One day I came home from school and you were crying because you had fallen off the bed. I picked you up and you took one look at my face and grinned. Everything forgotten. I remember teaching you how to say 'kokko' and when your mother came into the room you called her that :D I loved all the times we played together. 

You were only five when I came here and I have missed two of your birthdays. I even missed the first day at your new school. Your first day at first grade. I'm sorry I'm missing these important milestones. I promise I'll make it up to you when I go back. I miss you so very much. You are the best sister anyone can ask for. Even at such a young age you are capable of so much love, it's amazing.

I have the cards you sent me since I came here. They are beautiful and they all mean so much to me. You are so creative. Never give it up. 

Such a diva already...heheh...look at the pose!

I hope you have a wonderful time with your brother, mother and father, and I hope you get all the love and happiness you deserve on this special day. We all love you dearly. 

With all my love,

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's That Time Again

NO! Not that one!

The other one. Semester finals are in five days. I'm scared as usual but I'm not doing anything about it. Also usual. 

I like studying last minute. It works for me. I usually pull an all nighter the day before the exam. It's one long studying marathon. I also take a nap for an hour or so just before I go to the exam, because I don't want to fall asleep on the paper. 

But then the down side of marathon studying is that you're in too deep. So when I take said nap, that's when my brain decides to review everything I learned. I dream of calculations and theories and rules. I dream books and words. I dream of screwing up. So when I get up, it's like I never took the nap at all. Actually I would have been better off without it. But it's routine and I'm used to it. 

At the beginning of every semester, I tell myself I'm going to study weeks ahead of the exams.
I'm sorry, there's laughing in my head.

Oh well, this semester, it's already too late. 

Then again, the next two semesters won't be any different. 

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Monday, December 10, 2012

The One Where I Might Need A Dextervention

I have a confession to make. I think I watch way too much Dexter, or I'm too into it, because my mind is totally messed up. I had the weirdest dream the other night - not your ordinary nightmare, or one of those dreams where you sit on clouds and dive into a pool of rocks and surface in a bowl of soup. This one is borderline mental. Now, I know it doesn't mean anything but it sure freaked me out. It was seriously disturbing. 

I woke up and lay there numb for a while trying to process what just went down in my head. It was one of those WTF brain? moments. Surely you've all had one. 

I don't remember whole dream, I've decided to be thankful for that, and I don't know what exactly happened but let me just tell you the bits and pieces I remember. 

1. I was a serial killer.

2. My mom found a box full of dead people's hearts in my room.

3. There was a dead lizard thingy on a low wall. Only, it wasn't dead.

4. Somebody put a bottle of eye drops next to the lizard. 

5. The lizard picked up the bottle, put a few drops in its eye, got up and walked right off.

Wait! Now that I have a list, I think it's a mix of Dexter and Once Upon A Time. You know, the hearts in the box thing. 

Anyway, I woke up right after the lizard walked off on its hind legs, so I'm gonna lave it to you to judge me and my series watching habit or my psychopath mind. Feel free to discuss whether its because I watched an episode of Dexter right before I slept or if it's time for an intervention.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Look What I Got!

So my blogger friend Tara - I pretend we're friends but she doesn't know  - at Always Overthinking It nominated me for  a Liebster Blogging award. Basically it's for bloggers who are new or have less than 200 followers and deserves the recognition. So, I am honored that she thought of me. Liebster is a German word which means a whole bunch of positive stuff so this is like the best award ever! Thank you so much Tara.

There are certain stuff I'm supposed to do upon receiving this nomination. First, I have to state 11 randoms facts about me. Then I have to answer 11 question Tara sent my way. And then I have to come up with 11 questions of my own that my nominees would have to answer when I notify them of course. 

Let's begin with 11 random facts about me, shall we.

1. I've been wearing colored contact lenses for over 6 years and people think they're real and compliment me all the time. I don't always tell them that they're not real. 

2. Movenpick's Passion fruit & Mango is the best ice-cream flavor ever. I'd choose it over chocolate or the other more popular flavors any day.

3. I hate it when things and places are dirty but I hate cleaning up more.

4. If I start something I have this need to go all the way (like if I start cleaning my desk, I'd wanna clean the whole room spotless), so I tend to not start at all.

5. Pregnant women scare me - I'm very sorry. It's not that they look scary, it's just the thought of a person growing inside them and then coming out of them that scares me. My first day at work in 2007, I had to sit in between two pregnant women for over an hour. I was traumatized. 

6. I have watched the F.R.I.E.N.D.S series four times. All 10 seasons. I still watch random episodes all the time. 

7. Growing up freaks me out - if it existed, I'd be in Neverland for sure.

8. I hate breakfast cereals - All kinds.

9. I shaved my head two months ago. Well, my husband did, but I let him. I looked like a child monk for two weeks.

10. Cats are adorable and I love them - but I'm scared of all living things except humans (well, some of those too) so I stay at least five feet away from them and look at them. I also talk to them. Nafew says I'm crazy but I think they like it.

11. Eleven is my favorite number. I got married on 11th February 2011. The date goes like this 11022011 -  I love it!

11th February 2011 - 11022011

Moving on to Tara's questions

1. What's the weirdest/grossest thing you have ever eaten-or at least what other people consider to be gross
That would be Kullhavah, I don't know the English name. It stinks like you wouldn't believe but I think it tastes pretty good. 

2. Have you ever stolen anything?
Nope. Not unless you count when my best friend and I tore out a picture of Hayden Christensen from a magazine in the school library and sneaked it out.

3. What is your favorite book (or the most recent one you liked)
My all time favorite is Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell. The most recent one I liked is 50 Shades of Grey? Whaaat? I liked it ;)

4. What is your favorite country you have visited (assuming you have visited another country). If not another country, what state?
So far I have been to only two countries outside of mine that is India and Malaysia. So Malaysia is my favorite for now, although my dream is to visit the U.S someday.

5. Is it called soda or pop?
Soda sounds right.

6. What do you buy when you go to a movie theater to eat (if anything)?

7. Have you ever peed your pants (or the bed) that you can remember?
Hahahaaa...not since I can remember.

8.  What's your favorite swear word?

9. What's kind of yogurt flavor do you like?
Mixed berries.

10. Do you ever wear socks to bed?
Only if it is really really cold, which is rare here.

11. How do you roast a marshmallow (do you prefer it burned, perfectly toasted, etc.)
Ummm...I've never roasted a marshmallow. I just eat them straight out of the bag :(

Now, here are eleven question for my nominees. 

1. Do you or would you wear crocs? Why?
2. Have you ever been in a physical fight? If yes, please do tell :)
3. What word(s) do you absolutely hate?
4. Have you ever bribed anyone? What for?
5. What was your most embarrassing moment?
6. Do you have a relative that you cannot stand? Why?
7. Given the choice, what movie would you star in and as which character?
8. What is the worst advice you have received and taken?
9. Did you get into trouble as a kid? What was the worst thing you did?
10. If you were a waiter and your customer was being rude, would you spit in their food?
11. How would you like to be remembered when you're gone?

Finally my nominees :D

I am fairly new to blogging so I don't know enough bloggers to list eleven. Also, I couldn't find how many followers some of these bloggers have so if they have more than 200, sorry.  I will list my absolute favorites, of whom Tara hadn't nominated because apparently I'm not supposed to do that. I also want to add Tara but I can't back-tag either :( 

So, here goes...

1. Barbara at Foot Prints in the Sand
2. Trina from Retro Fashion is My Passion
3. OneMommy from There's Just One Mommy

There you go, a Liebster Award to each of you, with much love from me.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

So Pretty...

I saw this picture today and had to share it with you guys. Aren't they beautiful?
They are mandarin ducks.

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And for some reason it also reminded me of the joke. 

Why do ducks fly South for the Winter?

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No prizes for the winning answer, mainly because the joke is older than my grandparents and also because I don't have anything to give you ;)

For those who have seriously never heard the joke before though, give it a try just for the heck of it :)

UPDATE: Because it's too far to walk :D

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holding On To My Childhood

Is it totally sad that my favorite movie is a Disney animated movie? I really hope not because my favorite movie is Tangled. Do you also find it strange that I watch cartoons, not because they just happen to be on, but because I like them and I really want to?

How could  anyone not love this ♥

People look at me weird when I tell them I like cartoons and animated movies. They look at me like 'Grow up!'. Well, you know what? I really don't want to. What could possibly be so wrong with me liking them?

I don't remember a time when I didn't like cartoons...especially the fairy tales. I'm sure everyone did when they were small. Difference with me is that I never gave it up. Because I never lost interest. They are funny and happy and there's nothing I don't love about them. I watch everything, from SpongeBob Squarepants to The Little Mermaid - the list goes on and I love them all. And I'm not ashamed to admit it. Not one bit.

I'm not a complete baby, I do love other movies - the more age appropriate ones, I guess. For instance, I think The Shawshank Redemption and Fight Club are the best. I also love A Walk to Remember, the Notebook and the Avengers.

The thing is, I don't watch a good movie just once. I watch them over and over again. But imagine watching Fight Club over and over again. You'd probably end up all depressed and messed up in the head. But if it is a happy Disney movie like Ice Age or Finding Nemo, it's just pure entertainment. 

Maybe something really is wrong with me, but I don't care. I should be allowed to like anything I want. I don't think just because I'm an adult, my likes should be frowned upon. If you don't like it, don't watch it. I do, so let me. 

I am a grown up. I am married. I am responsible. I choose to be all these and still hold on to this little piece of my childhood :)