Yes, ma'am. I turn another year old as of 7.18pm just now. Nothing
out of the ordinary happened and not that I'm expecting any in fact.
Still got up, got to work, with the rest of the day pretty much went by
like any other. I did get some birthday greetings anyhow, so many
thanks, y'all! Appreciate your remembering! What I wished still applies.
To be true to oneself is to seek the truth of what it is
to live an authentic life as a human person. This is more than being
polite and tolerating others. This is trying to accept others and be
concerned with the good, dignity and justice of others.
I wish for peace, happiness, goodwill and good health to everyone.
My ex-classmate in MRSM Jasin back in 1991/1992 held his wedding reception today. The ceremony also doubled up as a reunion for members of Class P of the said junior college during those years. It was certainly great seeing some of your friends whom you haven't seen in a decade! Too much water under the bridge to catch up in one afternoon. Nevertheless, contact has been re-established and hopefully we'll be much better off in keeping up with each other as compared to the last 10 years!
My respect to Aril for choosing the most unorthodox wedding gift for the couple on our behalf! You can pretty much figure out from the pictures! ;)
You gotta love today's race! Formula 1 came to the most glamorous,
twistiest and tightest circuit on the calendar, i.e. Monaco. David
Coulthard finally ended the Schumacher brothers' winning streak for
this year's grand prix. He was very much in the lead in his McLaren
throughout the race right from the beginning after a superb start from
2nd place despite having a couple of scares during the race itself with
some slight smoke coming out of his engine and the Michelin tires
behaving rather peculiarly. Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams BMW) posed
some challenge behind Coulthard for about 30-something laps before
retiring due to engine failure. Michael Schumacher (Ferarri) was then
pretty much in Coulthard's rear view mirror all the way to the chequered
flag but wasn't able to do much due to the tight nature of the track.
The younger Schumacher had a relatively easy race towards the end.
The position for 4th and 5th was fought tooth and nail all the way to
the end between Jarno Trulli (Renault) and Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan
Honda) with the former triumphing. Barichello (Ferarri) did put up a
fight for the last point of the race with Frentzen (Orange Arrows) but
the latter held on to the end for the deserved point leaving Barichello
walking away empty handed from the race.
Race standings: 1 - David Coulthard (McLaren Mercedes), 2 - Michael
Schumacher (Ferarri), 3 - Ralf Schumacher (Williams BMW), 4 - Jarno
Trulli (Renault), 5 - Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan Honda), 6 - Heinz-Harald
Frentzen (Orange Arrows)
Ever had one of those instances where art imitates YOUR very own life?
Some movies or TV shows (the good ones at least) actually do have
substance and over the past week, I came across just about a few that
I can somewhat relate to. I shan't reveal what TV show or movie (for
the sake of not adding on to that corniness factor that I are already
present in me :P) but suffice to say, it was enough to actually make
me stop, reflect and think about the whole situation. I should watch
TV/movies more often then...
Crud! I thought I got another nasty mouth ulcer but a quick look with
the flashlight showed that I got a growing wisdom tooth that's biting into
the wall of my cheek. As much as I hate to, I think it's gonna be a trip
to the dentist soon. Actually, it'll be my first trip to the dentist ever
since, uhmmm lemmesee... I was 11 years old? I was lucky enough
that all my baby teeth fell off on their own and that my teeth turned
out rather well arranged too without much manual intervention.
Anyways, think with the holiday weekend going on, it's gotta wait a bit.
Can't grit my teeth as much though for the next couple of days...
Having trouble deciding between two silverscreen hotties this summer?
might help you decide! Heheh!
I finally got to watch Spiderman
this evening with my colleagues after repeated aborted attempts to
watch it ever since it came out. While I may be quite the Star Wars
fan, after watching both, I reckon Spidey rates better as far as
entertainment value is concerned. The movie has quite a good balance
of action, drama and heart in it. It almost faithfully retells the story of
Spiderman's origin from the comic book. Note that I said "almost" there.
Some adaptations had to be made in the transference to the silver
screen. Most notable differences were Peter Parker being bitten by a
genetically engineered spider in the movie (as opposed to a
radioactive spider in the comic book) and also the web fluid which
seemingly comes out of the veins of his wrists (as opposed to a
specially created wristband that shoots out web fluid in the comic book).
However, it was tastefully done and it was no doubt due to Stan Lee's
(creator of Spiderman) involvement in the creation of the movie itself.
Peter Parker/Spidey was played out appropriately by Tobey Maguire,
being the witty superhero and still maintain that boyish charm. Willem
Dafoe was superb in his role as the neurotic Norman Osborn/Green
Goblin as he lived up to that character really well. Kirsten Dunst
was also great in her role as MJ Watson (Actually, I don't really care!
She can act bad and I'll still like her! Hahaa!). The role of J. Jonah
Jameson was also played out well by an actor whose name I don't know
at this time of writing. Anyways, certainly a great movie and I can't wait
for the DVD to come out. I give it a personal rating of 8.5/10. The jury
is still out however as far as the best movie of the summer is
concerned and I'm anxiously waiting for the third Austin Powers
movie to be out in about a month or two before I can make some sort
I was prompted to get this album after watching her perform onLate Show With David Letterman
the other night. Certainly good to know that not all young female artists
out there fall into the usual mould of bubblegum pop (e.g. Britney
Spears) or angst rock (e.g. Alanis Morissette during her Jagged Little Pill
phase). Norah's voice is surprisingly mature for her age of 22 and her
songs mostly are of mellow and easy listening type that would be ideal
for a lazy afternoon or late evening listening as well as those long
drives on the highway. None of the stuff really sticks into your head (at
least I reckon it to be after listening to it for a couple of days) but
rather, it's the soothing nature of her songs that makes me wanna
listen to it again. Overall, a good album from a promising artist! I'd
give it a 8/10 rating.
As mentioned in my entry last weekend, one of the things I like to do
whenever time permits is to hang around with some people who are
younger than I am (I'm beginning to sound like as if I'm really old
now! : \). A lot of times, they amaze me with their creativity and
mindset. I find conversing with them can be exhilarating at times,
especially when they come up with ideas that you just simply overlook
yourself or even don't even think of. Other than that, hanging around
with them is just plain fun! So, in a break from my usual Saturday
evening of nothing, I decided to hang around a bit with those people
when they held a gathering at Mid-Valley. Finally managed to tie some
names to faces (Hi Ed, Joanne, Alyaa, Maman, Diyana, Vince!). Heh!
Funny that most people had the impression that I was 19 or something.
Perhaps one day I oughtta try out putting on a school uniform and take
off whatever facial hair I have and walk into a school and classroom.
Listening to: DMX - I Can Feel It
Finally! After two years, Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones is
finally launched worldwide! I was lucky enough to obtain free tickets to
the 9:00pm show on opening night (courtesy of the company I work for).
I can tell you that it's definitely much, much better than Episode I: The
Phantom Menace as far as the actions and storyline goes. We finally
get to see how some things seen in the later episodes actually form
e.g. how Luke's Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru came into the picture, the
origin of the Death Star's design and of course, Anakin's intimate
relationship with Amidala which eventually led him to the Dark Side and
subsequently the birth of Luke and Leia. However, the movie has its
shortcomings too. Firstly, the dialog came on as too corny, and what's
up with the Anakin and Amidala rolling down the meadows of Naboo ala
Hindustan movie as well as that scene where Amidala was running up
the hill ala Sound of Music? Was Lucas short of ideas for the romancing
scenes? Still, the best part of the movie I reckon was the light sabre
battle between Count Dooku and Yoda! It was worth waiting to see why
Yoda is THE Jedi master! Also, Sam L. Jackson gets to strut some
badassed Jedi attitude ala Shaft this time around (I want a purple light
sabre too!). All in all, I'd give it an 8/10 rating.
I've really gotta watch Spiderman
after this. I'm sure the ticket demand would be much less with people
flocking to see Episode II now.
Whoever thought lightning wouldn't strike twice at the same spot would
have to think again as Michael Schumacher won the Austrian Grand Prix
in a fashion not too different a year ago at the same circuit. Reubens
Barichello was ordered to move over at the very last few meters of the
race to make way for Schumacher, the current leader in the Formula
One championship standings. While it may be forgivable last year since
the race for the championship was closer, this time around it was
totally unfair to the person who was clearly dominating the race throughout.
Schumacher was gracious enough to hand the trophy to Barichello and
even shove the latter to stand on the winner's podium place but still, it
just leaves a bitter taste in the mouth to many people, Ferarri fans
included. Barichello did try to play it down somewhat and understandably so as
he just signed a new contract with Ferarri a couple of days ago that
ensures him of his position with the team for another two years.
Race standings: 1 - Michael Schumacher (Ferrari), 2 - Reubens
Barichello (Ferarri), 3 - Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams BMW), 4 - Ralf
Schumacher (Williams BMW), 5 - Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan Honda),
6 - David Coulthard (McLaren Mercedes)