Friday, April 27, 2007

17th June

There are few perks working where I am working. First is of course all the free hotel stays. Second, is to be able to look through the system for the lowest fare possible and buy it at net rate.

Not the most exciting perks of them all, but it's not bad at all is it!

So finally after thinking of all the different criteria I have, eg. No budget airline, no dodgy airline, 30kg baggage, no stopover (or minimum time), cheapest in the world etc, I settled to block a seat for Qatar, which isn't a direct flight, stopover is 1.5 hours only (at Doha! One more cheaterbug place to map-pin), allows 30kg of luggage and gives me 6 months to come back. And my boss, who is very picky when it comes to flying thinks Qatar is okay. So it should be okay.

So the boy (and everyone else who loves me!!!!!!!!) will be quite happy to know that I will be returning home no later than 17 Jan 08. And no matter how cham the situation is or will be, I got a return flight, so I am able to come home no matter what.

Good lah. Life has a little bit meaning again. As in, a little bit direction. Now I can do up a mental timeline and decide when to start looking for jobs online, what to buy to bring there and get prepared and hyped for my EU domination Round 2.

Money woes. But I cannot let it bring me down. That's just wrong.

Mood: A little odd

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hillman Wonders of the World

Pyramids of Egypt
Great Wall of China

Taj Mahal India
Serengeti Migration Kenya/Tanzania
Galapagos Islands Ecuador
Grand Canyon USA
Machu Picchu Peru
Iguazu Falls Argentina/Brazil
Bali Indonesia
Amazon Rain Forest Brazil/Peru
Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania
Great Barrier Reef Australia
Angkor Wat Cambodia
Victoria Falls Zambia & Zimbabwe
Forbidden City China
Bagan Myanmar
Karnak Temple Egypt
Teotihuacan Mexico
Banaue Rice Terraces Philippines
Bora Bora French Polynesia
Acropolis & its Parthenon Greece
Potala Palace at Lhasa China
Jerusalem Old City Israel
Qin Terra Cotta Warriors China
Chichen Itza Mexico
Petra Jordan
Nile River Cruise Egypt
Easter Island Chile
Cappadocia Turkey
Colosseum of Rome Italy
Fjords of Norway
St Peter's Basilica Vatican City
Egyptian Museum Egypt
Borobudur Indonesia
Valley of the Kings Egypt
Hong Kong Harborscape China
Sistine Chapel Vatican City
Alhambra Spain
Louvre Museum France
Canals of Venice Italy
Versailles France
Carlsbad Caverns USA
Mecca Saudi Arabia
Kathmandu Valley Nepal
Metropolitan Museum of Art USA
Mt. Everest China & Nepal
Antarctic Cruise Multinational
Temple Emerald Buddha Thailand
Hagia Sofia Turkey
Pompeii Italy
Kashmir Valley India
Prague Old Town Czech Republic
Golden Temple India
Amalfi Coast & Drive Italy
Meenakshi India
Chartres Cathedral France
Mezquita of Cordoba Spain
Damascus Old City / Umayyad Syria
Dubrovnik Croatia
Uffizi Gallery Italy
Rio Panoramic Views Brazil
Golden Pavilion Japan
Delphi Greece
St. Basil's Cathedral Russia
Abu Simbel Egypt
St. Mark's Basilica/Campanile Italy
Florence Cityscape Italy
Kremlin Russia
Varanasi & the Ganges India
Li River Cruise China
Shwedagon Stupa Myanmar
Sahara Desert Multinational
Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy
Baalbek Lebanon
Mont-St-Michel France
Topkapi Palace Turkey
Carnival in Rio Brazil
Stonehenge England
Angel Falls Venezuela
Yellowstone USA
Santorini Greece
Petronas Twin Towers Malaysia
Matterhorn Switzerland
New York Skyline USA
Marrakesh Morocco
Eiffel Tower France
Ladakh India
Niagara Falls Canada
British Museum England
Burj Al Arab Dubai, UAE
Yangtze River Cruise China
Yosemite USA <-- Almost been, but my trip got cancelled cos of snow IDIOT Ayers Rock Australia Hermitage Museum Russia Chambord Chateau France Lijiang / Shangri-La China Neuschwanstein Castle Germany
Banff National Park Canada
San Francisco USA
Portofino Italy

13 only! :(
Purple = got chance within this year. :)
Blue = really want to go (I stopped halfway because it became too tiring to decide if I really want to go or not. - To be updated)

Lighting up lives.....

I seek to compare the level of happiness of children receiving these to me receiving a PSP. :P

I'm truly excited about the trip. So happy!

Presents part one.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

An unneccessary rant

We are nobody to judge, so well we do what we can.

I have already told the people I sent the email to, that there is no pressure. I will not think any less of you.

But I am disappointed. And I am disappointed at myself for judging people.

Like Ping said, we are nobody to judge. But I thought we could do better.

First of all, thank you. You know who you are. Thanks for supporting me. Thanks for supporting my cause.

I am disappointed because I did not do this to get acknowledgement. To make people think, wow she's way cool. Wah, look at what she is doing. There is nothing to brag, there is nothing to be proud of. I'm just doing what I feel, is right to do. I am just disappointed. Because I thought there would be words of encouragement, or even just simple replies like, hey have a good trip. Like how some of you will probably not be meeting up with me even till June when I head back, but replied my I'M COMING HOME email and greeted me Happy New Year and that we should try to meet up. That made me happy enough. So why couldn't you have acknowledge this email the same way you did?

No. You didn't. Cold hard no replies. The way you reject the people who gives out flyers without looking at them in the eye. The way I know you are online on MSN and I say hi, not because I want your bloody money, but I want to say hi, but because of my email to you, you do not reply me.

I know it's hard for people to share my passion. The same way how I cannot bear to give my life up and join some missionary. I guess, I should think like them and feel content that whatever happened to me has changed me and helped me in my own way. That if others don't get it, then too bad.

Fine. But don't avoid me like plague.

It is utterly disgusting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Blessed are the forgetful: for they shall have done with their stupidities too.

Joel: [In the house on the beach] I really should go! I've gotta catch my ride.
Clementine: So go.
Joel: I did. I thought maybe you were a nut... but you were exciting.
Clementine: I wish you had stayed.
Joel: I wish I had stayed to. NOW I wish I had stayed. I wish I had done a lot of things. I wish I had... I wish I had stayed. I do.
Clementine: Well I came back downstairs and you were gone!
Joel: I walked out, I walked out the door!
Clementine: Why?
Joel: I don't know. I felt like I was a scared little kid, I was like... it was above my head, I don't know.
Clementine: You were scared?
Joel: Yeah. I thought you knew that about me. I ran back to the bonfire, trying to outrun my humiliation.
Clementine: Was it something I said?
Joel: Yeah, you said "so go." With such disdain, you know?
Clementine: Oh, I'm sorry.
Joel: It's okay.
[Walking Out]
Clementine: Joely? What if you stayed this time?
Joel: I walked out the door. There's no memory left.
Clementine: Come back and make up a good-bye at least. Let's pretend we had one.
[Joel comes back]
Clementine: Bye Joel.
Joel: I love you...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

English people drink 2.2kg of tea a year. EACH. Hehe.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of countries ordered by annual per capita consumption of tea, as of 2002.
Turkey 2.3 kg
United Kingdom 2.2 kg
Ireland 1.5 kg
New Zealand 1 kg
Japan 0.9 kg
Netherlands 0.8 kg
Australia 0.8 kg
Germany 0.7 kg
Switzerland 0.4 kg
Sweden 0.4 kg
Norway 0.4 kg
Finland 0.3 kg
Austria 0.3 kg
Denmark 0.2 kg
Canada 0.2 kg
France 0.2 kg
United States 0.2 kg
Belgium 0.1 kg
Italy 0.1 kg

Monday, April 09, 2007

tech support help.

Caller: Hi, our printer is not working.

Customer Service: What is wrong with it?

Caller: Mouse is jammed.

Customer Service: Mouse? And how it is related to printer?

Caller: Mmmm.. Wait, I will send that picture.





Sorry JZ, I liked this post so much and think it's almost the funniest thing, so I am taking it right out from your blog without asking. But here is the credit to you!
I remember writing an entry about how people who are so absorbed in reporting their daily lives on their blog right down to who they met at Zouk, the ba kut teh they ate at Havelock after, and about twenty thousand photos with different people with that same 30 degree tilt down sideway cheeky glance because that is their best profile? These people are the people I do not know how to speak to anymore. Because I know so much about their lives, too much details, so much that when I meet you and ask you how's your weekend, it's a dumb question because I already knew you were at Sentosa and it rained and you were sitting at the third bed on the right side on the second row with Tom, Dick and Harry at Del Mar. So in the wise WoW lingo, I say to myself, GG social conversation.

Worse, some people will you try not to read their blog so that you can have a conversation with them will tell you

aiyah go read my blog you will know already.
me: erm, okay.

What else should I say then?

Thankfully, a lot of those bloggers have lost their initial bubble of energy and now updates about twice a year. Yay. At least we can talk.

But some blogs are truly interesting. Like you. You are so interesting I am going to read your archive from November 2003 just to understand how you have evolved. I appreciate your out of the world (okay, out of my world) style of writing. Some people wrote like you. No, some people try to write like you. But I can sense they were trying too hard. Trying to sound emo. Pretending to be cool. But you are writing in the I don't care if nobody understands. I don't. But I like it this way.

I'm reading you like a book. And trying to understand you as my friend. I probaby will never succeed. I never could handle people who are so artsy fartsy. Who are this artsy fartsy without trying.

This sounds hero-worship-ish. It's not man. You know it's not. Its not an infatuation nor a silly crush. It's just pure pure appreciation man. I appreciate your difference. I really like it. I'm glad we are friends. I'm glad you took me in at Nazi land even though I was a stranger and cooked for me. I'm glad you came to London and introduced Ninagawa to me at Shakespeare land. I'm glad we can still have our prata and teh in Singapore and allow you to wank the shit out and make me confuse. I'm really glad we are friends. I'm happy you don't know I know your blog. I'm happy I think you don't know about this blog.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

It's hard to be excited about this long weekend because

  1. you are so far away. and out of contact.
  2. i am bored of here.

The many-a-post day

Today I officially did N-O-T-H-I-N-G at work. Finally.

Anyway, I really miss you Cui.
Sorry guys...

Calling people up in the middle of the night is officially my favourite hobby when I'm drunk.


Thanks bro!

Monday, April 02, 2007

i have a map of the world on my wall

So here's the thing. One bored night in at Cui's I decided to shop on ebay for a map. Found one funky looking one for £0.50. Ultra dopey! With shipping, its still nothing (maps cost like $20 for the size of the one I got)

It may be just paper, not laminated - even better. I wanted to poke pins to show where I have been.

I ran the Find Singapore in 30 seconds test with the English - none of them succeeded.

Anyway, so if I want to tape it on my wall and poke pins, I need it to be on some surface right? Cos Singapore walls are bricks (don't give me that duh look, my wall in London was made of wood) and even if my mum don't scream at me, my pins will have to be hammered in.

So instead, I decided to go buy a styrofoam. This styrofoam has to be BIG, cos my map is big. In the end, I bought a styrofoam that is exactly the same height as my boyfriend (6ft) from Artfriend and carried it on the bus (cos it won't fit in a cab) ignoring all stares. Peak hour after work? Who cares! I sat at the last few adjacent seats of a double decker and the styrofoam was like about 5 seats long and people who were sitting beside me had to walk one tiny round around the styrofoam to alight but I pretended to not notice. I cut it to the exact size of the map, pinned the map on it, and mounted it on my wall. YAY!

Today, I bought 2 boxes of map-pins (yeah they are actually call map pins!). One red one, and a blue one.

Excitedly, I took the red ones and starting mapping out the places I've been. I took a step back and stared.

The world is so big and I have only been to so little places. I cannot take it.

I wanted to open the blue ones and map out the places you've been but I think you'd be happier doing it yourself. So I'm resisting the urge and await patiently for your return.