the eve of new year’s eve

Entah kenapa aku malas betul nak update blog I. Mungkin sebab tekak aku rasa macam nak letup dah. Ataupun aku memang memiliki nilai-nilai murni seperti kemalasan yang tidak terhingga. Kisah seorang pemalas yang melampau.

Ketuk-ketuk. Siapa tu? Pe. Pe yang mana? Pemalas.

Marilah kita menikmati gambar Ryan bersama ibu saudaranya yang disayangi.

Suanie and Ryan by the Christmas tree

xmas eve party’08 @ ky’s pad

Here are some photographs
from the party on Wednesday
we had fun and plenty of laughs
we drank, we were merry and gay

Xmas eve '08 @ KY's - 01

Lots more pix uploaded to Facebook
which you can’t see if you aren’t a friend
but wild snapshots of certain noobs
will remain safely in my hands

Xmas eve '08 @ KY's - 02

At first I received white socks and panties in lace
then house slippers adorned with Mickey
unfortunately they were taken by those with taste
and I ended up with a pair of undies

Xmas eve '08 @ KY's - 03

Three crates of free Tuborg consumed
plus plenty of hard liquor to go around
left some people dead like possums
and the rest tragically down

Xmas eve '08 @ KY's - 04

To those who gave the party a miss
such as Spongefox who’s in recovery
your absence did not go unnoticed
we reminisced oh so fondly

Xmas eve '08 @ KY's - 05

Finally you can be rid of my poems
as I reach the end of my blog post
so I suppose it doesn’t matter if this verse doesn’t rhyme
because I’m too lazy to make anything else up
thanks to those who were there, I had a blast
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
and see you crazy people soon!

Lots of love,
Suanie

singapore dec ’08: the vpost-nuffnang xmas bash

A few photos of the party… I didn’t take many because I was… uh, too busy enjoying it ;)

It was a costume thing. We were supposed to go as any letters from ‘vpost’, e.g. V= vampire, vainpot; p= potato, prude etc. For some reason Ah Yat assigned me to the letter ‘T’. I went, “Great! I will go as myself then!” (My surname starts with ‘T’).

I told my sister about it, and she went, “Gee.. why you so not sporting one…” Well that got to me and I moped about it a little. Then I saw Dr. Buckaroo on-line and remembered that he used to wear a lot of gaudy Hawaiian shirts. I asked him if he could lend me one so I could then go as a ‘tourist’ (Bob’s idea, thanks!). We have a big ass gardening hat at home, so I thought I’d bring that.

The day before we left for Singapore, I told my sister about my costume idea. She brought out a smaller hat (which turned out to be slightly too small for MY head) which I took with me to Singapore. She also thought that I should check out my brother-in-law’s closet. I did, and found a Replay button shirt thingy. Something like Steve Irwin used to wear. So I borrowed that too. Good thing, because Dr. Buckaroo told me that he has only one touristy shirt left in his closet and it was not as bad as I would have liked it.

That was how I ended up going to the party as a trekker.

vPost-Nuffnang Xmas party - 01 Malaysian bloggers
The Malaysian Nuffnangers! KY as ‘Potong Stim Pirate’, HB as ‘Osama’, FA as ‘Shopaholic’, EiLing as ‘Vampire’ and me as ‘Trekker’

Ninie, The Yoga Instructor went as ‘The Yoga Instructor Yang Haram’. I thought it was a great costume!

vPost-Nuffnang Xmas party - 02 Suanie with Ninie, the yoga instructor
Mana tu fatwa?

My favourite costume that evening has to be Timothy a.k.a Mr. Paranoid. Not only was his outfit ridiculous, he also played the part rather well!

vPost-Nuffnang Xmas party - 03 Nath, Tim and Suanie
Me with Tim, Nath looking on

The party itself was… uh, different from what Malaysian Nuffnangers are used to. I suppose that’s because we have had so many parties/ gatherings here since Nuffnang’s inception, and everyone almost knows everyone so we are not that afraid/ embarrassed to make fools of ourselves. Since this party was Nuffnang SG’s first major bloggers’ party, well I’m sure the crowd and atmosphere will improve later on.

The door gifts were pretty awesome, though. I especially liked the moisturising gel that I already used for my elbows. I also won a prize from the lucky draw — an OSIM step counter/ FM radio. I await the day I will use it :P

vPost-Nuffnang Xmas party - 04 Ming on stage
Ming the school boy addresses the crowd

The party ended at 10 pm. Then I had to leave because club rules dictated that shorts weren’t allowed. Oh well. We woke HB up (the dude passed out from the beginning till the end of the party), hailed a cab and went back to the hotel. Decided that I was too old to go to Zouk, much to FA’s dismay :P We ended up going to Ken’s at Orchard Plaza for cold ramen.

vPost-Nuffnang Xmas party - 05 Sheryl, Suanie, Fireangel
Sheryl the ‘Teacher’, me looking at her cane warily, FA oblivious to the tension in the air

Of course we’d changed into normal, everyday outfits by then lah.

in singapore for the nuffnang-vpost xmas bash

Ohai! I am currently in Singapore for the Nuffnang-vPost Christmas party. We left KL at around 10.30 a.m. … stopped at Pagoh for lunch where the following photo was taken…

Suanie with Audrey
Audrey is 4’9″ and I am 5’5″!

Just checked into the Marriott along Orchard Road. Damn on-going construction work outside the hotel. Need to iron my last minute costume, and uh… look dressed up, I guess. Waiting for FA to get her arse here.

Huai Bin with his love
HB downing his tonic

Guess I should go get ready now. Have a great weekend!

youthmalaysia – spammer of the year

It is unfortunate that my first post in a week has to be a rant. I had grand ideas for blog posts with positive vibes… self-serving photos and maybe even witty lines to make you smile. All that will have to wait, because I really cannot take it any more. So here goes…

I am SICK and TIRED of YouthMalaysia spamming my mail inbox. This has been on-going for some time – way earlier this year in fact, and I believe that almost one year is more than enough time for me to re-think if I want to blog about this. Every single time I receive one of their spam e-mails, I get SERIOUSLY pissed off and worked up to write a ranty blog post about them. But every single time I decided not to, thinking that maybe they deserve another chance because… well everyone’s entitled to a few fuck-ups in life. Until now, that is… Youth ’09 is coming up, which means I am receiving mail from them again.

I wouldn’t mind so much if I’d asked for their site updates and subscribed to their mailing list. Look, here’s the story – last year I signed up as a member at YouthMalaysia because.. well it was new and I wanted to check out what it was about. This was only after someone from Y.M. e-mailed me informing about the new site, and what they hope to do for Malaysian youths, bla bla bla. Then there was the expo thing that they had at PWTC which I went for with KY. Believe you me, I sincerely like to see Malaysian companies and people doing what they believe in, and hopefully they will be great at it.

Then the e-mails start to trickle in. I ignored them for a while, even deleted a few of them. I’ve not been active on-line for a decade not to understand how the ‘x’ and ‘delete’ button work. But after a while, it got to be really irritating and annoying, so I went back to the Y.M. to find out how I could be taken off their mailing list, or even better, delete my membership. Turns out, there were no buttons for either options. So I wrote them back, CC-ed my request to the few e-mail addresses that I found on their website. I was rather polite about it too.

Well, if they’d heeded my request, I wouldn’t be blogging about it now. Finally in April ’08, I got pissed off enough to create a folder for any incoming mail from Y.M. so I could have a record of their spam. Since April, I’ve received 12 e-mails from them. I didn’t count the ones sent before. It doesn’t sound like a lot, right? WELL IT BLOODY WELL IS! Especially after I’ve replied to them ALMOST EVERY TIME REQUESTING THAT THEY STOP E-MAILING ME. REMOVE MY E-MAIL ADDRESS FROM THEIR DATABASE. DELETE MY MEMBERSHIP. LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE. WHICH PART OF ‘I DO NOT WANT TO RECEIVE ANY MORE E-MAILS FROM YOU’ DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?!

Congratulations YouthMalaysia, for you people are ‘Spammer of The Year’.

i can never figure these things out

Small bruise on my leg
I wonder where you came from?
Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch.

text 100 won ‘technology campaign of the year’ for nokia insider! well done you!

Many months ago, I received an e-mail from one David Lian. He introduced himself as a rep from a PR company about to launch a campaign for a major client involving bloggers. To this day, I am very happy that he thought enough of me and my blog to contact me, because he and the programme has definitely made my life more interesting.

The PR company turned out to be Text 100, the client turned out to be Nokia (M), the campaign turned out to be ‘Nokia Insider’ and David Lian turned out to be an enthusiastic and seemingly capable young man who knew what he was talking about. I was intrigued, I listened to what he had to say, then I said yes.

Further discussions led to more eye-opening ideas and actions. It was the first time I’d encountered a PR company with a client easy-going and open-minded enough about the state of blogging and the blogosphere. Anyone who has dealt with PR and corporate people should be well aware of the traditional rules — if it’s good tell everyone; if it’s bad, tell only us. The one thing that impressed me the most was Text 100 and Nokia’s attitudes — in a nutshell, if you want to blog about it, go ahead. If you don’t, no drama. If you want to write good stuff about it, yay. If you want to write bad stuff about it, please feel very free to do so. Maybe the rules have changed a little since last year, but they are definitely the first in the country (that I’ve personally encountered) to embrace this free-will idea ;)

So I was sincerely happy and excited for David and the entire Text 100 team when they won the ‘Technology Campaign of the Year’ for the Nokia Insider programme at the Malaysia PR Awards 2008 last night. They came out tops against an Edelman campaign for Windows Live, and another Text 100 campaign for Norton Antivirus. Major props to Hazel, Joanne and the rest of the Nokia team for taking such a risk with the campaign and the PR team. Thanks also for the good will, laughter, knowledge, opportunities and free booze friendships. Much appreciated :)

A couple of months ago, David off-handedly mentioned the award, and asked if I could help write a testimonial for their campaign submission. I agreed, forgot about it, remembered at the very last minute and wrote a long ass testimonial detailing my experience as a Nokia Insider. I hope it’d helped, and here’s what I wrote (because it took a while for me to put everything together almost coherently and I don’t want to waste it!).

Again, congratulations!

.::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::. .::.

Note: Mobile phones owned and used up till now:
1) Really old Nokia phone that was yellow in colour and could kill a dog if I flung it its way
2) Samsung flip phone
3) Nokia butterfly phone
4) Nokia 6610
5) SE K750i
6) Nokia N95
7) Nokia N82

To be honest, I’ve never really been interested in mobile phone development and news. In a way, I was very resistant to new things; for example, during the earlier part of this decade when the first mobile phone equipped with a built-in camera was commercially-available, I’d scoff and tell anyone who’d care to listen that if I wanted a camera, I’d get a digital camera. I was very insistent that mobile phones were meant for only text and calls.

Well, the technology kept improving, and the built-in cameras became better. So in the middle of the decade, I bought a Sony Ericsson K750i because I had a credit card with a very impressive credit limit. That was when I discovered that a mobile phone can be used for a lot more things other than calls and text. But it was still a phone to be used, nothing more.

A couple of years later, I was invited to participate in a blogger programme by Nokia. I have been blogging for a few years now, and at that time have appeared in various local media for my blogging efforts. I suppose that was one of the reasons why I was selected.

A rep from Nokia’s agency e-mailed me via my blog. He identified himself properly and sounded friendly enough, so I said yes to a casual meet-up. During that meeting, he briefly demonstrated what his Nokia N95 could do, and I was duly impressed. Unfortunately a lot of the cool things involved using a 3G service, and that service was out of my budget at that time. Still he roped me into the programme and I received a Nokia N95 in the process.

After a month of so of receiving the phone, I called up my mobile service provider to subscribe to their 3G service.

The first Nokia Insider-related event that I attended was a dinner at Bangsar, with Mr. Mahmood Kalantar. There I was introduced to Nokia-ians such as Hazel and Dinesh. That was also when I learned about the Symbian 60. Maybe I am a bit slow in some things, but during Mahmood’s presentation, I realised that mobile phones are built on assorted operation systems, not unlike the desktop! Once I made the connection, I realised that there are so many things that could be done on the S60 platform and it’s all very interesting and exciting to learn! It’s like being introduced to Reeses’ Pieces for the first time.

From then on, I started to read up on mobile phone operating systems and the works. Just generally though, but enough to give me an idea of things. From time to time, I’d have conversations with people from the Nokia agency — be it phone troubleshooting, mobile phone industry growth, decline and/or development and new offerings in the market. It is always fun to learn something new and I enjoyed soaking up every bit of knowledge. Something such as a firmware update could get me excited for days.

I was also invited to participate in the Nokia Wireless Adventure II – Soul of the Night race. It was a delightful experience where I paired up with a team mate; we stayed up rather late at night to fiddle and play with the Nokia N82 that we would be using during our race, and had long discussions on how to use this function, that feature etc for any extra advantages that we’d need to win. By the way, we won. First prize. ;)

These days, I rely a lot on my N82 to… uhm, get on with my daily life. Most of the time I use it to check and reply my e-mails, to get onto instant messengers, surf the web, etc. I also recently installed QIK, an application to stream live videos via mobile phones. When me and my friends go out, we’d invariably discuss certain things. I can’t begin to tell you how easy and effective it is to whip out your mobile phone, get on-line, go to certain websites or YouTube to prove your point. The number of applications made for the S60 also amazes me; one such application is BLOOVE to synchronise my contact list to the website. True that you can update your contact list and other stuff via the PC Suite, but you never know when your PC will fail you.

To talk about N-Gage will be another long paragraph, so let’s just leave it at ‘waiting for something or someone is not as painful as it once was’.

From the time I said yes to the programme until now, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed attending and participating in the activities and events held by Nokia and its agency. It has changed the way I see and use a mobile phone, and it also gained me more friends. Another plus is that I got to see how the agency approaches bloggers and how they planned/ made their mark in the blogosphere. Respectful, open-minded, non-intrusive, open conversations, accepting, appreciative and welcoming of both positive and negative feedback and comments.. I don’t want to seem being sycophant here (and I’m not!) but that’s truly my personal experience. It is very refreshing to see them take such a bold and unusual approach (at least here in Malaysia), and I’m very happy and proud that I gained so much from their initiative.

– Suanie