Saturday, February 27, 2010

Parent-sitting in the city

Today's smile-inducer : They say role reversal comes at a certain point. Bringing the parents around KL in MY mode of transportation i.e KTM Komuter was educational for them, head-shaking, tongue-biting, funny-in-a-cute-way experience for me ... :P

So we went to KL today on a day's trip. I wanted to get more books, mum had a meet-up with a friend, and dad had a business discussion. Being typically Asian, and kiam-siap I suggested that we commute by KTM instead of taking a taxi and paying cut-throat prices.

Digressing, I've fallen in love with the Fab Four all over again. By that I mean the one and only timeless classic that is The Beatles!!! Was doing some reorganizing and stumbled upon my collection of their songs dating back from those hazy, lazy after-school afternoons where Hey Jude would play along with my headaches with algebra and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band provided many a muse for essays ... Ooh, I remember Ms Diyana asking us to write an essay titled My Dream Guy for our first essay in Form 4 ... oh, if only I could dig up those long lost adolescent wants and dreams ...

Will be travelling again tomorrow, this time just to hang out with mum and some of her friends. Having taken 3 hour train rides on an almost weekly basis for the past 4 years, the thought of another train ride makes me shudder ... :( At least I'll have some time to catch up with my reading... currently oscillating between visits to war-torn Afghanistan through the haunting words of Anne Seierstad's The Bookseller of Kabul and the lucky lives we take for granted here in Malaysia. If anything, at least we don't have bombs dropping on our roofs ...

Anyhow, here's Lilly Scott from American Idol singing Fixing a Hole. I ADORE the tone of her voice! At last some original talent !

Monday, February 22, 2010

Equality you say?

When you think of babies born everyday to grow up with only fragments and memories of missing family members, it just breaks your heart does it not?

Hi all,

I know I should be blogging about the festivities surrounding the recent Chinese New Year, trust me, mine was both happening and tiring. Unfortunately, amidst all the joy and revelry, recent news about the caning of women just makes you stop and wonder.

As a respecter of the law, I have no choice but to just bite my tongue at the presumed sternness of punishments imposed. The question I have though, is what happened to the men?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's is Coming

Are you hitting a blank wall for thinking of a great Valentine’s Day gift idea? Well, if you have a lot of money to spend for it, it may not be that hard. But if you’re a bit short on the budget, that’s where it gets harder to come up with something that is still special and memorable. If you’re still searching for a unique gift without having to slash your wallet, maybe giving your special someone their own website might do the trick.

I know, some people do spend a lot of cash just building a website, but if you know how to go around the cheap way, wouldn’t that be great and impressive at the same time?

Doteasy is one of the best web hosting providers that offers a lot of great stuff. They have a great promo where you can register your own domain name for just $4.95. You can already register any domain name like .com, .net, .org for a very cheap price. And what’s even more enticing about this offer is that this comes with a one year free hosting package where you can host your site. And with this, you don’t need to worry about anything, even how to build the site. This is because with the free web hosting you get just by registering a domain name with them, they already provide you with great web tools such as for creating blog, forum and other things you might want to add for the site. They make it easy even for beginners with their easy to navigate website builder. And that is all for free. You can also get to have your own email with your domain name on it which is really cool especially thinking that you only have to spend less than $5 for all of that. Plus, unlike with some other free hosting provider, they guarantee 99.9% uptime and no ads. This is a really good deal since some free web hosts tend to put annoying ads or even pop-ups on your site in exchange for the free service they provide. And even worst, some just aren’t reliable enough which causes the website hosted with them a lot of downtimes. I’m sure you won’t be very happy to see your site unavailable for a lot of times. They still offer a lot of other great features included with this free hosting.

To join this great promo, just use the coupon code 0910FWH or simply click the link below.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hi all,

With head bowed low I guiltily apologize for the absence the past few weeks. Since stepping through the doorway to home, I've been having a jolly good time reacquainting myself with old flames, and a few new ones.

Anyway, here's part of what's been occupying my time the past two weeks...

It's the start of another year in the Chinese calender and as such I thought it only appropriate if I let it be known that I've decided to start another blog in addition to this one. I've christened it Wordy Candy. Like the name suggests, this one's gonna be all about books, things to do with books, words and print. I'll provide further details as refurbishments to this new slice of cyberspace gets done. I'll be doing more in depth 'reviews' of the books in my other blog some time in the near future.

Ooh last but certainly not least ....

Happy Chinese New Year to all of you!

P.s : Is it only me but does anyone else out there think that CNY songs are nothing but gongs, cymbals, horrid off key singing, lyrics too centred on wealth and a bunch of NOISE ?!