i find humour in mundanity

Suanie: Am watching The Tudors now
Someone: That’s supposed to be a funny show about a rice family, no?
Suanie: Erm…
Suanie: King Henry…

singapore dec ’08 – brewerkz

So when I said I was going to park my arse at Brewerkz all night long, I meant that I was going to park my arse at Brewerkz all night long. Am very happy that my friends like me enough to accommodate my request :D

Just some quick photos though, because they say a thousand words ;) Also because I am thinking of how and what to write on ‘Muallaf’, seeing that it is likely to be more important than frivolous blogging about alcohol.

Singapore Dec '08 - Winnie at Brewerkz
Winnie with our golden ale tower

Singapore Dec '08 - Dr Buckaroo and Suanie
Me with Dr. Buckaroo. Won’t see him for a while, as he’s leaving the continent…

Ah Seng came by and brought me a bottle of his home brew. Seriously, the dude should open his own brewery. It was a lot better than golden ale!

Singapore Dec '08 - Suanie with Edwin's home brew
Me with Ah Seng’s precious home brew

As mentioned earlier, I saw Yoon Kit on the same flight to Singapore. He and a couple of friends managed to drop by that night.

Singapore Dec '08 - Edwin, Suanie and YK at Brewerkz
Ah Seng, me and Yoon Kit

Maybe the reason I didn’t suck so much on the Brand’s Blogger Challenge was thanks to the golden ale and Ah Seng’s home brew. Heheh.. what? Some people’s version of nourishment is different, you know ;)

BTW I would like to plug Data Domain. They are like, so awesome that you should go and check it out right now. They are so great, it’s ridiculous how great they are!

They also paid for booze Kthxbai!

brand’s blogger challenge: 1st runner-up, second place, number 2

… also known as “WE LOST!” Well, it was not totally unexpected. Ya lah, sure you think that I’m only saying that because we lost. Well, check with my other team members if you don’t believe me :P

BRAND'S Blogger Challenge - 01 Team Malaysia at breakfast
Me, KY, Red Mummy, Sultan Muzaffar and Babe in the City‘s other half, KK

The organisers put us up at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel, and we met for breakfast on Wednesday morning. Had a short briefing, then off we went to Geek Terminal. Apparently it’s a popular cafe for events, and they serve awesome coffee. Turns out to be Illy.

There we met with members of Team Singapore – EastCoastLife, Sheylara, Aaron, Mr. Endoh and Wilfrid. EastCoastLife is the marketing director for MENSA Singapore. If that doesn’t scare the shit out of you when it comes to mental challenges like these and you are on the opposing team, I don’t know what will.

After a short presentation – an overview of the Asia Mental Performance Survey that was conducted by BRAND’S in 2007, the host introduced all 10 members from the two teams. There’d be 7 rounds of games to test our… uh, mental alertness :P And off we went!

BRAND'S Blogger Challenge - 02 Team Malaysia
Team Malaysia. Photo shamelessly nicked from Wilfred

Round 1: Unscrambling alphabets to form words. At this point, I was like, whaa… Where was the logic puzzle that I’d tried to brace myself for? So this is going to be like flash games or certain Facebook apps lah? Hah! Not that it would make things easier, but it’d definitely be less embarrassing. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather be embarrassed from not knowing how to unscramble words than not knowing the square root of 50. Punca kuasa dua I know lah.

Round 2: Math questions, a.k.a. my 2nd worst nightmare .The first would be a horrifying ghost with a tragically disfigured face chasing me down an empty road at night. Then I’d keep running and screaming and crying because most ghosts can fly and I can’t, so I’d automatically be at the losing end. But I don’t remember the ghosts wanting to kill or eat me or anything; they seemed happy by just scaring my wits out.

BRAND'S Blogger Challenge - 03 Team Singapore
Team Singapore. Photo shamelessly nicked from Wilfred

Round 3: Watch a BRAND’S commercial, then re-arrange 5 screen shots in sequence. Tembak only lah.

Round 4: Guess the words. E.g. 18 H on a G C = 18 HOLES on a GOLF COURSE. Funniest part was 12 S of the Z, and KK answered, “12 STRIPES OF THE ZEBRA”. Stunned, then laughter all around :P

Round 5: Boggle! Or at least a variation of. We didn’t do so well on this one, heh.

BRAND'S Blogger Challenge - 04 Team Malaysia pretending to be thoughtful
Team Malaysia, me pretending to be thoughtful. Photo shamelessly nicked from Wilfred

Round 6: Three bottles of BRAND’S, one contains a chicken, bottles of brands being moved around, guess which bottle contains the chicken. It’s a blink and miss thing. Nearly took my eyes out on this one.

Round 7: Watch a BRAND’S commercial, answer some questions such as, “how many friends were at the table?” If we hadn’t had known that we didn’t possess photographic memories, well… guess we found it out :P

The final score for Team Malaysia vs Team Singapore was 47:54. Not that bad lah, kan? Hahaha we did try lah… seriously… so, like that lor. Congrats to Team Singapore! Was very nice to meet you guys and girls. We had fun, yah? Can hang out if and when you come to KL :)

BRAND'S Blogger Challenge - 05 Suanie with BRANDS products
Me with part of my prize! Brand’s chicken essence and bird’s nest

For our efforts, we received a nice hamper filled with BRAND’S essence of chicken and bird’s nest. I gave it to my Pinky, because she really loves their essence of chicken. Plus it was her birthday not too long ago :P Also received S$120 each. Yayness!

Well, thanks to BRAND’S, Cerebos and Burson-Marsteller for having us. We had lots of fun! Thanks to Winnie for coming over to laugh at me provide moral support. Thanks to those from the media who turned up; some of you were funny :P. Was lovely meeting you, Rinaz and congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Thanks to assorted friends for messaging me in various forms ordering me to do well or else. Thanks to the Scots for inventing kilts; really helpful to those who are in possession of wonderful imaginations. Well, I’m just saying, hah.

And thanks to KY, Red Mummy, KK and Sultan Muzaffar for being awesome team mates!

BRAND'S Blogger Challenge - 06 Group photo
Group photo, shamelessly nicked from EastCoastLife

And that’s that :)

singapore dec ’08 – arrived!

Now we are chilling out at the hotel cafe while waiting for our rooms to be ready. Having way too much fun with the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music.

On the plane - KY and Suanie
KY and I with our trusty companions ;)

Saw Yoon Kit on the same plane. Hah, so coincidence one…

look at what i got in the mail!

Well, to be precise, someone hand-delivered it to my office.

Nokia 5800 Xpress Music

Don’t overwhelm yourself with intense jealousy, ya? :D