UTOPIA: June 2008

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Faking a Ju-On look

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Ju-On was a quite famous movie some few years back...despite being a horror movie, it doesn't send chills up my spine. Instead, i found that their graphic indeed artistic, with that kind of blue effect...And that kid looks cool on it...Thus, my itchy hand got me to create one. Well, the outcome is so-so, except that the smile shouldn't be there coz the motive is to scare people!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Properties, anyone?

Sleepy. Been on another leg-aching experience. Spent almost a day at Tesco and IOI. Finally, i got to taste Wendy's. Not special though. Spent some $$$ lately. Can't estimate how much but it's over my monthly budget range.
I m here writing craps whilst there is a report awaiting me to complete...Gonna expect a huge pile of handover on next month...i mean next week! phew!
Mum noticed a few red spots surfaced on my cheek. It is so terribly ugly. I guess it was due to the drastic weather change these days. It was either too hot/sunny or cold rainy days. Good news is that she's gonna boil some herbal soup for me...in hope to minimize the ugly complexion.
Nowadays, some of my colleagues seem to be xtremely hardworking. Instead of dedicating 100% in their current full time job, they did some 'external jobs' during office hours. It can varies to almost anyting, but the most common thing i observed would be sales, either online or direct-sales. Such a clever idea to generate second income! I always dislike people with such attitude. I think it's rather unfair to the other colleagues (especially their teammate) who did all the job while that person happily socialising with other people in the office (to fish potential customers!)
I can't tolerate this kind of work ethic - People who misuse company properties and office hours to do their personal business!
And, again, i hav been approached by another colleague who's trying to sell some health products. She even have a website to advertise them. It's sort of annoying...coz she keeps giving me some reading materials/media as to influence my opinion on those products. I totally have no idea on how to reject her. I really need to come up with a good excusereason!
At such hard times (when inflation is high), all i could think of is to invest on some other things rather than buying some health products...Perhaps properties?
Not that i want to buy-sell houses, but i do dreamt of having my own house one day. And my ideal house is some sort of suburban small apartment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

UTOPIA is worth $5,114?



Potential: $66,378

Important Note: It seems that this website has a lot of traffic, but not alot of web recognition. This probably means that it get a lot of direct traffic (bookmarks). This can be good. It may also indicate that all traffic is paid for. In such a case, we would estimate this website real worth to be no more than $5,114.

Nux's note: Glad to hear that! UTOPIA has a potential to reach till a 5-figure value...*starts dreaming on trying to auction out this blog if i go bankrupt...

*TING!!!

aikss! too early to dream yet!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dormant

This blog has been getting into a semi-dormant mode, particulary becoz:

1. Comments are left unanswered: 1000 apologies! but it's really my personality, for being so passive...i m more interested in leaving comments on other people's blog rather than mine. But sometimes when i'm bored with the rest, i'l get back to mine. It has become my trait (in real world), that i seldom interact with people, and i guess i have brought over this habit into my blog too! Geezz...how could i change that???!

2. Unreplied messages and request at CBox: I do check those messages and links...but somehow i dun often sign-in to my layout page (at bloggers account) to add requests...sorry folks, u gotta wait a lil' longer before i compile a list to upload into my blogroll ;-)

3. Dropping in number of visitors: hmnn, i guess it might be also my inactive participation in the blogosphere...I seldom browse on other blogs, or post my entries at Diggs (or whatsoever sites), hence resulting in the sharp drop in number of visitors. All thanks to my (current, gonna be ex) company policy for blocking all blogs-related sites!

4. Inactive participation in blogosphere activities: I really wanted to take part in those contest or gatherings....but somehow, i found that the pre-requisites are just hard to follow...with my current hectic life, i could hardly find time to do all those 'craps(?)' in order to secure a place...oppsie! i shouldn't say 'craps'...those were actually fun activities!

5. Sien: Nux is getting bored with this blog ardi! Nux is sienz with the people around, sienz with her life, sienz with her work, sienz with nothing to blog, sienz with inflation, sienz with price increase of so-and-so items, sienz with...

how on earth could i mention this thing? darn! i really need to go for a motivation class....

and perhaps buy myself a happy meal!

till i rebuild back my self-motivation, this site will ever (if not forever) be a boring blog.

Thank you and have a nice day!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Paranoid

I have some very random thought these days, the moment when I read on or noticed something, it will cross my mind to think over it for awhile…weird brain!
I guess I m comparing myself too much on how far I perform with my peers. Few days back, I saw Keith at Carrefour while passing by to buy stuffs. He looked smart (which made me think dat he is sort of doing sales), but in fact, he isn’t doing sales but some editorial job. That fella is always good in languages! Overall, he's charming by appearance. And while thinking that, I felt sympathy to myself for being in the wrong team at the wrong time…No matter how much effort and enthusiasm I put in doing my work, I will still being unappreciated. Time to move on. Enough said.
But again, starting all over again at another new place is scary...Sort of gambling my future into a totally different thing, someting i have never done before.
Will i suffer more at the new place?
Do i have to work till midnite?
Will i get uncooperative colleagues? or terrible boss?
Darn sket lar....i noe i will b doing something different there...i have very low confidence on whether i can cope with it. I'm desperately in need of some guardian angel to guide me...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Colonial Buildings

The buildings are just so magnificent! Looks even better when painted in colors.
Below are some pictures I took during my previous visits to the former ‘Straits Settlements’.

I wanted to stay in this gothic hotel...
Nice tiles!
These tiles were seen at Peranakan House in Georgetown
Pre-war building
Chinatown, Singapore
Blue effect, minutes before sunsets
Chinatown, Singapore
Green effect. I love this building!
Chinatown, Singapore
A shop selling Bao's (buns)
My house.
You believe???
Georgetown, Penang
My next destination would be Malacca!

I got no LIFE (Part 2)

Forget about work, m thinking of having a vacation somewhere…in July.

And food? Well, I like food…perhaps I should go for another food hunt! Reading Canny’s blog made me salivate. I wanted to go Wendy’s, Dragon-I, and have K-session at Red Box. I was brought up in a way to live life moderately, even in food consumption. I dun think I’m able to have all these ‘luxurious’ eating habit and excessive entertainment in within 2 days…It’s very draining…pocket drain too!
Besides travelling, i'd like to attend parties, like those birthday parties that I read in Kirsten’s blog… i miss my childhood parties, it gets me to forget all the miseries and worries that I had now. Life seems to be great for this lil’ girl, she got her parents to bring her around and show her things. During my time, my parents never do that. Life’s pathetic! And I guess I’m far more restricted (in terms of livelihood) compared to my parents. Despite living in a different eras, I m sort of abit left out when it comes to life. At least my mum has the freedom to roam around when she was my age now. Fashion sense? I guess I lose out to her too.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Have they gone nuts?

Do they eat dog's meat?

Do they catch rat to boil soup?

Or fry some insects for snacks?

Yes and No.
But anyway, those edible stuffs that my sis took during her week-long stay in southwest China were very much the similar to our local chinese food. Some are pretty tantalising too!
A typical take-away meal box
A neat display of meal served in a more cleaner, established restaurant.
Utensils came in packaging in certain established restaurants. This has been a hygienic-approach since the outbreak (flu? SARS?)
Here's a more interesting ones, more 'local' dishes...
Noodles...dunno wut isit called...
Dishes, with their "extremly clear" soup
Veggies...dunno wut sort of veggie
Pork?
And yummy....chicken dish...
Do you notice that they mostly use nuts in their dish?

I guess they will like our nasi lemak...(with lotsa peanuts!)

Building in the Park

Well, it isn't the company (or my colleagues) that i will miss, but instead the state-of-art building architecture and the beautiful landscape of my current workplace. Seeing the picture itself (inset), some of you might have already know where the place is. I took this picture when i first joined, being so amazed with the structure, especially the glass ceiling and building-in-the-park concept. It was quite new during then and the surroundings were fresher. Some nature elements that are being integrated in this building are fish ponds and multi-level waterponds - this comes with lively fishes (a few species!) and some plants, all of which to create a tranquil environment for the tenants. I guess the maintenance should be quite high for the tenants too! Among other infrastructures in this smart building are LAN facilities, backbone fibre optic services, high speed internet connection running on Asynchronous Transfer Mode and Gigabit Ethernet, uninterupted power supply....etc...
I'm gonna miss this place.

Hungry Fish!

It reminds me of Fillets (v1.0 - v7.0). All my 7 fillets are no longer around.

This is cool (and intelligent!)...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I got no LIFE (Part 1)

Thanks fella for your recent comments on my previous post 'Yawn'.
Unfortunately i m still yearning to live a 'colorful' life rather than sitting at home becoming a couch potato...or getting myself rot at home :-(
Am still in a dilemma over certain things that 'might' change my life (ok la, it dun sound tht serious!).
But one thing for sure is tht my decision will very much impact my livelihood (maybe?)
Hate this kind of feeling. Hopefully everything will end within this few weeks.
Suddenly i feel like wanting to go Chinatown. I miss those colorful buildings and my once 'colorful' life!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Yawn!

I always felt that my weekend has been spent on nothing. My typical weekend as below:


Yesterday: Woke up at 12:30pm. Had my lunch and started doing the normal chores, basically laundry, cleaning and housekeep some of my stuffs and preparing clothes for the coming week. After finishes those, it would be around evening. Evening was spent on clearing mails, updating facebook, Friendster and Twitter. Also checks if any pending requests at myBlogLog. Then, updated my blogs and kay-poh on some other blog sites. Night was spent on idiot box and reading online newspaper plus watching MTVs on You Tube.


Today: Woke up slightly earlier than yesterday. Lazying around, then went for a show house (not buying, just to look-see). Groceries shopping. Late lunch. Back home, again repeat the same chores, basically online for awhile to clear mails and withdrawn some of my unsuccessful job applications at jobstreet. Continue with kay-poh-ing on other blogsites. Fixed some buttons on my clothes, discarding dust (from my car), re-organizing the house (not a weekly chores, but it happened that yesterday dad bought something back that needs the furnitures to be re-located). Surveying on some interesting vacation sites. I got a voucher for a one-nite free stay in Seberang Jaya (Penang). Scratching head on what to do (and where to hang out) if i m goin.

Other minor 'chores' includes eat, shit, shower, online…

it sounded boring...sigh....sigh...

Countdown: 7 days more to be freed…


Apa maciam!???!

Congratulations Nux V, you are 43% not Malaysian.

That means you're as Malaysian as...


Michelle Yeoh!

How Un-Malaysian Are You?

Credit Card Alert

From a circulated email...

SCENE 1.
This is a new one. People sure stay busy trying to cheat us, don't they? A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, 'Funny, I thought I locked the locker.
Hmm, 'He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay - all cards were in place. A few weeks later his credit card bill came - a whooping bill of $14,000!
He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the transactions. Customer care personnel verified that there was no mistake in the system and asked if his card had been stolen. 'No,' he said, but then took out his wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep - you guessed it - a switch had been made.
An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet. The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them. How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy? $9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarely trigger a 'warning bell' with some credit card companies. It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to big one!

SCENE 2.
A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he signed it, and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along. Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and behold, it was the expired card of another person. He called the waitress and she looked perplexed. She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man. All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card. No exchange of words --- nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology.

Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours. Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time. Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, 'assuming' that it has to be theirs. FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, DEVELOP THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS RETURNED TO YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!

SCENE 3:
Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in. I paid by using my Visa Check Card. The young man behind the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure. While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialing. I noticed the phone because it is the same model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Then I heard a click that sounded like my phone sounds when I take a picture. He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons. Meanwhile, I'm thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on. It then dawned on me: the only thing there was my credit card, so now I'm paying close attention to what he is doing. He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open. About five seconds later, I heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved. Now I'm standing there struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card. Yes, he played it off well, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened. Needless to say, I immediately canceled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlor. All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whenever you are using your credit card take caution and don't be careless. Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card. Be aware of phones, because many have a camera phone these days. When you are in a restaurant and the waiter/waitress brings your card and receipt for you to sign, make sure you scratch the number off. Some restaurants are using only the last four digits, but a lot of them are still putting the whole thing on there. I have already been a victim of credit card fraud and, believe me, it is not fun. The truth is that they can get you even when you are careful, but don't make it easy for them.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Not in the mood for blogging

I'm greatly affected by the recent petrol hike. Nowadays, i hav to spend wisely in leisure and entertainment...No more shopping malls, costly dining and even cinemas.The only thing i could afford is going to parks...perhaps a nearby one.
Our parks is sort of a pathetic ones, as it doesn't have great landscape and some are not well-maintained. How I wish our parks can have such landscape (as shown above)...

Weird Toilet Signs

Got this from a circulated email...
I wonder which one is ladies and gents?
The "can't-hold-it-anymore!" look
this is elegant...quite common in many restrooms
again, i can't hold it anymore!
peeping Tom!
different ways of peeing
the indian style
farny!
and hmnn...sexy!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Crazy Sum @#$%!

SEDIKIT INFO PASAL HARGA MINYAK DI MALAYSIA

sebelum 1990 - RM 0.89

Tahun 1990 - RM 1.10 (kenaikan RM 0.21)

01/10/2000 - RM 1.20 (kenaikan RM 0.10)

20/10/2001 - RM 1.30 (kenaikan RM 0.10)

01/05/2002 - RM 1.32 (kenaikan RM 0.02)

31/10/2002 - RM 1.33 (kenaikan RM 0.01)

01/03/2003 - RM 1.35 (kenaikan RM 0.02)

01/05/2004 - RM 1.37 (kenaikan RM 0.02)

01/10/2004 - RM 1.42 (kenaikan RM 0.05)

05/05/2005 - RM 1.52 (kenaikan RM 0.10)

31/07/2005 - RM 1.62 (kenaikan RM 0.10)

28/02/2006 – RM 1.92 (kenaikan RM 0.30)

05/06/2008 - RM 2.70 (kenaikan RM 0.78) ????!!!@@@#$

I'm having a very unsound mind these days...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Potluck

It has been quite some time since i last attended a potluck...A potluck is a gathering of people where each person is expected to bring a dish of food to be shared among the group. During primary school years, I used to have year-end party where each of us in the class will need to contribute at least a dish. I have about 30-40 classmates, so you can imagine how much varieties we have for our class parties! The last potluck which I've attended was in last year. I brought satays. It was a barbeque party to celebrate a colleague's birthday.
Of all the potluck that I attended, I'd like those that have KFC's fried chicken and site dishes...It's my all time favorite for parties!
However, that doesn't mean I dun eat other stuffs...I'd still enjoys common local dishes.
The common local offers people can find in a typical M'sian potluck are fried rice, fried noodles, spaghetti, chicken curry, rendangs, cakes, salads, sandwiches, nuggets, and all sort of finger foods....all of which are yummylicious!


Just an ordinary roll with a great name!

Passing by a bread shop and thought of getting some light snacks for tea time. I stumbled upon a weird (or should i say rare?) roll...with a great name...

Out of curiousity, I bought the roll...

However, it turned out to be a dissapointed one. Despite having a 'super-exaggerated-name', this (sort-of) roll is just merely chicken floss rolled under a (leftover?) white loaf bread and wrapped with a tasteless yellowish skin (which doesn't taste like egg either!)

And guess how much is it?
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Overall, it doesn't taste good, at least not with such price...but their marketing strategy really works...at least a dumb person like me fell into their trap...(notice that great name?) Yeah, it is named as Golden Egg Roll!

Chopsticks

Another relative weds today...in another wedding season!
Just like any other typical wedding banquet, there will be a door gift/souvenir as a remembrance for those who attended.
The common ones are chocolates in fancy wrapping box, fortune cookies, and....lastly, the traditional chopsticks.
Chopstick is deemed to be a more significant wedding souvenir coz it symbolizes unity among the couples (as it comes in pairs). Chopstick doesn't function well if it only comes with just a stick, in which the same applies to a marriage, whereby togetherness is important to keep it lasting.

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