Archive for July, 2008

Time Will Tell

July 31, 2008

How do you answer if someone asks you, “Is he/she the one for you?”

Maybe I’ve been getting a lot of this lately and I’ve been doing some thinking. Hehe. Well, people who care go through lengths to determine whether the guys/girls in front of them are the one for them. Some would set requirements in their “checklist”, some pray for signs, while others would ask people closest to them, friends and family alike. So how do we exactly know? We all fall in love, sometimes with the wrong people, sometimes with the right people. And, the right people will remain right until we find something wrong with them. That’s when we will all say, “why didn’t I see that coming? I should have!”.

So I guess, the one for you is not only determined by what he/she has got inside, – character, thinking and midset, interests, hobbies and passions – , but also how much of yourself you can be in front of that person, how much he/she inspires you to be all that you can be, how much of things both of you can go through together and still remain very much in love. We all grow up, and as we grow, our priorities and thinking may be different from the time we met our boyfriends/girlfriends. The one for you should also be able to accept these changes throughout the phases of your life. Sometimes, we may be unfortunate to find gaps between us and our second halfs as we develop and that’s when we need to decide whether those differences are acceptable or not. Those are crucial times, I should say. Hehe.

Screening the guy/girl in front of you is just preliminary, it doesn’t decide the one for you but it does improve the chances of you meeting THE ONE. Hehe. Beyond that, we all need that person who can be with us though everything, who is able to grow up with us, through all the different stages of our lives.

Back to the question, I think the best answer is, “Time will tell. Hopefully, he/she is.” =)

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That’s so you, UTP!

July 24, 2008

This is my first post from UTP. I am back in this ulu, deserted, desert-like place.

Before I came back to UTP, I kept wondering to myself, how will life back in UTP be like? See, I have been away for such a long time, eight months to be precise, doing my internship in Penang and having all the fun I had as if to compensate for 4 years of quite-mundane life in a lonely town called Tronoh. So, I was afraid that I will not be able to like UTP (not that I really liked the life here before), let alone live here for the coming year.

All wasn’t that bad actually, in fact, everything seemed very familiar. The moment that cat greeted me on the walkway when I wanted to see my new room for the first time, I knew I am back. Cats are abundant here. Cat lovers, you will love it here in UTP. Haha. Apart from cats, insects are also making their presence felt. Students studying Biology can easily all get specimens they need here. Yesterday, Melissa literally cut off the head of an innocent cockroach! The buildings look the same too, I mean, how much can they change anyway? Haha. The best thing is, the orientation of my new room is the same as my old room; we still face the cafe, I still sleep on the left, Melissa still sleeps on the right. Cars still outnumber the available parking lots, the Mak Guards and Pak Guards still check for your matric cards and the food here still sucks. Don’t blame me for not liking the food, I was spoilt in Penang!

Not much have changed since I left UTP eight months ago except that there are so many so many new faces, a couple of new roads and the fact that I can’t remember all the shortcuts to my destinations anymore.

Welcome back (to myself and my batchmates and everyone else)!

Sleeping keeps me happy!

July 18, 2008

I just woke up and I’m happy! Sleeping keeps me happy! But it also has something to do with the dreams that came to me. =)

I dreamt that I was on vacation! In some place like India; the place was just full of Indians. And I was running around, enjoying the breeze! People were merry and happy! And I felt love! And someone actually asked me to swim with him! Wahaha. And I decided to blog about it, just to take advantage of the nice Internet connection before I go back to UTP. Haha.

The reason I actually went to sleep was to escape from doing my final internship report. I was sulky for being careless. I just realised, the latest soft copy of my report is in my computer in Intel. I couldn’t find it in my lappie or in my thumbie. I guess I must have forgotten to save it. =( Now, I have to retype missing pages in the copy I have. Luckily, my manager returned me the hard copy of my draft, along with some corrections and remarks. So kind of him to do so. Hehe. And now, I can do my report more happily, after a nice nice sleep. Hihi.

Anyway, I have read about the goodness of sleep in a few articles in Reader’s Digest. In short, sleeping makes you happy, maintains your slim figure and keeps you smart. Sleeping helps your brain consolidate data, so you can remember things more orderly and think more clearly and make better decisions, and reduces your stress level which keeps you slim and happy. Stress hormone makes you want to eat more and sad. So, get some sleep today! And be happy!

PDC Cup 2008

July 17, 2008

Okay, my first story after such a longggg time. Haha. It’s gonna be a long post. So PDC Cup is where I had my first badminton competition. My, it was such an experience! My conclusion: playing in a competition is soooo different from playing in casual games. Haha. It was quite difficult for me the first few days of the competition when my teammates were discussing strategies and plans. I found all the discussions to be very confusing. It was like, my teammates knew the strengths and weaknesses of each player in the opponent’s team, and me, being a newbie in PDC, knew no one. It was pretty hard to keep up with them when they were discussing. Haha. And afterwards, in the real game, I had to learn how to play with a plan and not just return the shuttle to the other side of the court. Sometimes, too many plannings in mind hampered my ability to think on the spot. Haha. Well, all these sure trained my mind to think faster and be more analytical. Hehe.

Here’s a chronology of the competition:

Day 1: I did not play and was put as a reserve player. There were 5 girls in my team and we only needed two pairs of ladies doubles. So I happily watched the games from the side. =) Okay, let me introduce the girls.

Lan Sin, whose backhand tap is her trademark move.

Woon Sin, the most keng girl player in our team.

 

Lee Yee, who decided to deploy this stop-sign strategy whenever she needs time to think. She’s so cute, who wouldn’t pause a while for her?? =p

Suk Han, who serves with style.

And ME! (who tried to serve with style)

Day 2: Lan Sin got injured while warming up and so, I was to play. She was injured for the rest of the competition and I played throughout the competition. SanNien-WoonSin played against YuenNah-partner and SanNien-WoonSin lost. Yuen Nah is a former state player I heard. Not too bad la, lost to a former state player. Haha.

Day 3: Captain decided to put me with Suk Han. SanNien-SukHan played like they never trained together before. There were lots of confusion and a lot of misses and mistakes. SanNien-SukHan lost. They went back home sad and disappointed. =( (Haha, so dramatic)

Day 4: Team decided that San Nien should be paired up with Woon Sin. San Nien was afraid to repeat her mistakes again and went earlier to warm up properly. SanNien-WoonSin won. They (or maybe just San Nien) were (was) elated. LD Team made it to the finals! Yeah! First time in the history of PDC Cup.

I look so tanned beside her.

Day 5: SanNien-WoonSin trashed opponent 21-2. Wahahaha. We all played very well but PP was a stronger team. We were already happy with the fact that we made it to the finals. Try again next year!

Haha, why is the event chronology all about San Nien? It’s because I kinda forgot who won and who lost specifically, for each day. But, I do remember this – Chee Yang lost in all the games that he played.

And he gained most popularity out of all the guys in my team because of his face. Is he really the most handsome one in my team? Haha. (Please win at least one game next year okay? =p)

 There are some other guys that deserve mentions here.

Firstly, my captain, J-Wing.

Captain J in action.

Chun Jern, who does not need to look where he’ll be placing his shuttle.

 There’s a reason why Thiam Ern (left) needs to share the limelight with Yuen Nah (right). Thank you Thiam Ern for willing to emulate Yuen Nah in our trainings! (Do you see any resemblance between Thiam Ern and Yuen Nah? He’s the closest we can get to Yuen Nah. Haha.)

Yuet Sheng, who is always there (thanks!) and whose height is very funny to Debbie.

To other guys, you were all great as well! I’m sorry I don’t have everyone’s picture with me. =)

Some action shots of me below. I know you would love to see how I look when I’m playing. Haha. =p

So happy to see the shuttle in my parther’s hand.

Sempat lagi pose while playing. Haha.

Then we all had a farewell lunch for me, Yuet Sheng and Chin Chong, as we are going back to our own universities. We, interns, were treated to seafood platters in Manhattan Fish Market. Haha. Thank you my dear teammates, for paying my lunch! Haha. I ate a lot, Woon Sin too. Both of us kept eating and eating and had everyone staring at us in disbelief. Great job Woon Sin! =p

Apart from eating, I had stomach cramps from laughing too much as well, thanks to most memorably, Su and Thiam Ern! It was really nice, everybody just chilling out and having lunch together. Hehe.

The GIRLS: (from left) me, Lee Yee, Woon Sin, Lan Sin and Suk Han.

The GUYS: (standing, from left) Chee Yang, Yuet Sheng, Thiam Erm, (seated, from left) Chin Chong, Captain J, Chun Jern, Su.

Wow, this is a pretty long post! As I bade farewell to all of them, I wonder if I’ll go back to Intel and play for LD team again. Chee Yang just sent me a msg on MSN, asking me to go back to PDC next year. He said they are short of players. Captain J said, look for him if I want a job in Intel. Haha. Thanks thanks! We shall see what happens in the coming year! All the best to all of you! And, don’t miss me too much, okay? =)

I can go out of Malaysia!

July 17, 2008

Hahaha, I know I may sound very jakun but I just got my passport! Haha. I haven’t been to any other country except for Thailand and coming from Kedah, I only a border pass to go to Thailand. So, kinda understandable that I just got my passport, right? Haha.

Ah Fai Tai Kor, Pei Chie, we can start planning our Bali-or-Phuket trip! I purposely get a passport ready so that I can go anytime you know? Muahaha. I’m sure you guys are now enjoying yourselves in Italy and please come back with stuffs for me! =p I’ll wait for my turn to go to Europe. Hehe. =)

I haven’t been posting here for a very long time. I have lots of stories to tell and pictures to post, so hang on there! More stories and pictures coming! =)