I turned 31, still the luckiest girl in the world :)

… or woman. But that’s just semantics ๐Ÿ˜‰

Not sure if I should apologise for all these ‘feel good’, ‘the sun is shining, birds are chirping’ stuff. But I’m feeling real good about life (at the moment, have been for a while now). Definitely comes with growing older. Plus it’s hard to be miserable when you’re surrounded by super awesome people!

So, deal with happiness ๐Ÿ˜€ As well as a long blog post with 12 photos.

All in all, I had an amazing 25th 31st birthday celebration. A few days before the actual date, I was at a get-together with old YBF friends. Hui Hui made a mille crepe for Richard and I as our birthdays are close together.

Birthday Presents - Cake by Hui Hui
We had a fun time ‘decorating’ the cake ๐Ÿ˜›

Shirley came to KL for my birthday weekend, she got me…

Birthday Presents - feet peeling liquid
Peel feet, peel!

I’d used them before and oddly enough, enjoyed the peeling sensation. The downside to it is, you can’t control when it peels. I probably deposited my DNA in half of Klang Valley..

She also bought me dinner at Jogoya where I mostly ate..

Birthday Presents - Dessert at Jogoya
Best dessert in the world!

New Zealand macadamia ice cream with honeycomb cake! Best combination ever! I ate way too much of this, I don’t want to remember how much.

Then we went to hang out with Jaime and Timm, and Jaime got me…

Birthday Presents - Cake by Jaime
Delicious chocolate banana cake from Ben’s

The next day, I had to stand around at a job fair for work for a bit. My colleagues got me…

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Thanks girls ๐Ÿ™‚

Then it was off to the Cheangs for a lovely evening of BBQ, fun and laughter.

Birthday Presents - BBQ dinner from Lance
Part of dinner! BBQ wagyu beef! Noms!

Mel got me a happy cake…

Birthday Presents - cake by BBQAddicts

I was excited about this cake as it gives out such a happy vibe, don’t you think? Mike and Lance’s dad (who was fed with lots of alcohol by AhFa) was caught up in my enthusiasm and decided to put a smile on the cake…

“LET ME PUT A SMILE TO THAT CAKE!”

So he took the plastic cake knife and drew a smiley face on the side. I didn’t manage to get a good photo as I was doubled up with laughter.

Also got leftover from the BBQ from Mike

Birthday Presents - Kronenbourg Blanc
Mmmmm I seem to be the only one who enjoy this though…

One of my sisters gave me…

Birthday Presents - rims
New rims for Gladys!

The other one gave me…

Birthday Presents - Airfryer
Airfryer for new cooking adventures!

It’s a couple hundreds cheaper to buy in Singapore, so Shirley helped me get it and hand carried it into Malaysia <3 AhFa got me this! Birthday Presents - Absolut Vodka

Then yesterday in the office (way after my birthday), my colleagues got me this!

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Life’s awesome or what???

Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts, gestures, songs and wishes. I am truly touched, humbled and I appreciate everything! Thank you for making me feel like I’m the luckiest girl in the world, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Growing older means paying attention to food labels

Ingredients in dried sunflower seeds

All these things for sunflower seeds. Read the label, people!

What my Mom said… (2)

After a period of deliberation, I decided to go on the pill.

Entering the 30s, it’s embarrassing that my face still breaks out like a rebellious teenager! Bloody hormones and genetics! Not sure if genetics was to be blamed, but might as well..

Also there’s the issue of irregular menstruation since the day I started bleeding. I’m not fussed about the reproductive part, more worried on the elaborated PMS part. It really does not feel good to be on the edge most of the time.

The pill is supposed to stop all these. Or at least make things better. And it did. Another post on this another time, maybe…

Asked my sister and doctor for advice. Finally decided to start off with Yasmin, a 21-day cycle pill. There are loads of information on the Net about it that would make you feel like burning all pharmacies that sell contraceptive pills. But if you feel so angry about everything, maybe it IS time to get started on the pill, you know what I mean?

It so happened that my sister and I were talking about Yasmin in front of our Mom. She asked what we were talking about? My sister replied that I was going to start on contraceptive pills. We were conversing in Mandarin so the Mandarin term for it is bi4 yun4 yao4, directly translated as ‘prevent pregnancy pill’.

And so in my Mom’s liberal albeit clouded desire for more grandchildren, she exclaimed, “Har, no need to bi4 yun4 la…”

Creative tipping request @ Whisk Outpost, 1Utama

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Think it’s working. Took a peek, Apple’s winning… so far.

FOR SALE: Frosty the One-Door Fridge

Meet Frosty.

Frosty the One-Door Fridge

For years, Frosty has served my refridgeration needs and served it well. She is from the Samsung family who make rather excellent devices, such as in the case of my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Indeed, there are not enough accolades for the Koreans. After all, the nation that produced gamers who cleared Diablo 3 in just 5 hours of its release deserve nothing but the highest praise.

Jalhanda!

As a one-door fridge, Frosty is designed for space maximisation best suited for the single person or a happy couple. Or anyone really, who can’t have a lot of things in their homes. Frosty comes with the usual egg compartment and a couple side pockets that no one really knows what they are for. As you might see, I keep a packet of Japanese curry in one small pocket, and a tube of tomato puree in the other. I’ll probably never use them again but that’s the beauty of owning a fridge – the ability to change your mind should you have sudden cravings for Japanese curry or a tomato-based dish later on. Pre-expiry dates, of course.

For the wider, deeper pockets, I have dried goods (green beans, barley, scallops, oyster and other typical Cina-stuff). I also keep assorted sauces there because I have the most unfortunate habit of buying too many fancy dressings that would never be used more than thrice. If you don’t want to be like me, avoid the food section in M&S… or risk falling prey to gorgeous packaging.

Frosty has a vegetable box that I mostly use for storing beer. From this point onwards, you should know that Frosty has also been keeper of all things pork, both cooked and raw. Whoever is Frosty’s new owner would receive a clean (and cleaned out) fridge, but if things like imaginary lingering pig’s DNA offends you, you should probably consider looking for a less exciting fridge ad.

A ‘chilled room’ drawer lies just below the freezer. I am sad to say that I overestimated the weight of an item and thus it caused a couple cracks to the slide-out drawer. It is most certainly still usable; in fact currently it stores half a packet of tofu puffs, and some lower end newly-purchase Emmental cheese. If you buy Frosty, the Emmental cheese is yours too for FREE!

And now, Frosty’s Freezer. The most fought-for space inside Frosty. For an older fridge, the freezer works exceedingly well. Unfortunately as an older model, it builds ice BUT it’s easily de-frostable with just a push of a button. My housemate and I use it mostly to store ice cubes, though currently I have some Terengganu-bought lekor in there. Should you be moved to buy Frosty, I might be moved to fry you some of the utterly delicious, cannot-be-found-in-KL lekor. Might.

What else should you know about Frosty? Hmm I think she’s almost perfect except for the chilled room drawer cracks. My fault, entirely. Also sometimes the light doesn’t work but only once in a while. I’ve never figured out why, maybe it’s time for a new bulb? Perhaps you’ve noticed my foot at Frosty’s door .That’s because I was trying to take a photo of the inside, and I had to make sure that the door doesn’t swing back to close again. If you missed the not-so-subtle point I was trying to make, the door swinging part works.

So, how much do I want Frosty for? I scoured the Net (Lowyat.net, har har) and came to the conclusion that RM300 is a reasonable price to ask for Frosty, given her older age and good working condition.

But being Malaysians, I know how we’ve to ask for a cheaper price even though the price is already cheap. It’s okay, I do that sometimes then hide myself from society for a few days in disgust, ashamed of my cheapo-ness which is most likely a racial genetic trait.

Hence if you were in front of me and we were discussing Frosty’s selling price, I’d imagine the conversation to be as follow:

Me: Frosty’s yours for RM300!
You: Har? So expensive ar? Cheaper can or not?
Me: How much cheaper you want lehh…
You: Cheaper la, we fren fren mah.. can lah…
Me: Haiyah, you ah.. ok lah gua kasi fren punya harga.. RM250!
You: Aiyoh boss… kasi murah sikit lagi la…
Me: Wah gua kasi lu manyak murah, lu mau murah lagi kaaa??
You: Boleh laaaa kawan mah..
Me: Ok ok BEST AND LAST PRICE! RM200! Mali PJ angkat.

What an excellent bargain! Anyone? Let me know.

Note: Frosty has gone to a hopefully better home. As she’s a fridge and not a pet/child, I don’t expect her new owners to write. Thanks all ๐Ÿ™‚

When things don’t quite gel

Road near Belimbing, Pahang
Taken somewhere in Belimbing, Pahang

Sometimes things come together, sometimes they don’t
We do what we can, pray for a helping hand
Sometimes we are blessed, sometimes we are not
Keep on believing anyway.

I watched Prometheus so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Just so we’re clear, this is a very short profanity-laced post about the shit movie that is Prometheus.

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Am I getting old(er) or did Ridley Scott run out of ideas? Or humankind has plateaued in commercial movie making that I really have seen it all? Has the world become so hung-up on big names that x film by a famous director can’t possibly be that fucked up? Are the advertising people from an alien planet that when they gather to think of ways to market the product, they do not take into account what the movie actually is about?

Ohh look signs and symbolisms. Ohhh this is supposed to mean something. That dot back there in the most obscure of places has the deepest meaning that would change the face of the universe, if only they knew. Read behind the lines of the lines of the fucking lines. You know what?

FUCK.THIS.SHIT.

Yes it would be fucking revolutionary if you did this say, pre-JJ Abrams. Whoah then all that obvious hints about there’s more to the surface shit would be like, blowing my mind. BUT WAIT A MINUTE RIDLEY SCOTT. Along came JJ Abrams with Lost and Fringe and that means you’re toast. Can’t use the same shit anymore. Yes yes of course Alien was groundbreaking in 1979.. wait a minute, that was 33 FUCKING YEARS AGO!!! THE WORLD HAS MOVED ON TO BETTER BIG BUDGET MOVIES AND SO SHOULD YOU!!!

(Except for Wrath of the Titans. Boy, was that movie maximum shit or what.)

The only good thing in Prometheus was Michael Fassbender who probably researched his role by watching Brent Spiner as Data on repeat.

Let’s be clear: Prometheus didn’t start out too bad. Then it fucked up in the middle and at end, it was nothing but a big pile of stinking fly-infested maggot-ridden @#*(@#)@)($&@#$*

AND ME WATCHING IT ON IMAX 3D MEANS DOUBLE THE BIG PILE OF STINKING FLY-INFESTED MAGGOT-RIDDEN @#*(@#)@)($&@#$* !

Piece of shit. Fuck off Prometheus. I’ll never believe in the Ridley Scott hype again.

Nah, link to a blog post talking about the hidden meanings in Prometheus. Doesn’t excuse the piss poor crap that is the movie though. *link*