Archive for August, 2007

Milestone

 

My brother said the reason why he’s going with me was simply because he doesnt have a girl friend to go with…
 

Aug 21st marked another milestone, for attending the first concert in my life (was it too late? )!!!  I found it difficult to contain my excitement since the day my brother told me that he managed to bid the tickets at a super low price.

 

The entrance. 

 

The lesson learned after the concert: must really survey the layout of the stage beforehand! People who bought the most expensive tickets were not guaranteed of best view.

 

Those at lower tier had the chance to get really up-close with Gwen.

 

Arriana Teoh and Alex Yoong (blocked by the gentleman) were spotted.

 

Huge cheer and ovation went up as Gwen emerged from the back stage and sent everyone seating at Arena A to stand up ON our chairs (on the CHAIR, not floor) and to wave our hands up in the air. The situation went a bit out of control that the staffs had to shine their torchlight row by row, serving as a signal for us to get down from the chairs.

 

Gwen further winded everyone up when she ran off the stage impromptu and headed towards the back of the indoor stadium. I watched with envy as she shook hands with those sitting adjacent to where she stood.

 

Everyone was thrilled!

 

Gwen sang in the midst of the crowd.

 

The concert ended around 11 p.m. My brother and I went home contentedly.

 

I’m the kind of person who need at least 8 hours of slumber per day and yet will still feel persistently sleepy during waking hours. I went to work the next day like a zombie, but for Gwen, it’s worthwhile!  

So much love!

I am too ignorant (but ignorance is bliss!) to once think that a garden wedding is special enough. I was all wrong!

Yen and Lamy. This good friend of mine just married an Australian-born Chinese. I couldnt make it to attend her wedding in Melbourne as this’d really burn a hole in my pocket. Her wedding was so romantic and special!

 

The invitation card’s special!

The venue’s special: it’s at a winery!

Lamy came with this carriage. This’s super special!!

Even the dish served’s special! (Most probably ang moh will find our shark’s fin soup, lotus fried rice and etc special too! )  

Oh! Just so much love!

The Royal London Circus

 
 

 

I wish so hard I can go and watch the circus, albeit I’m a grown-up.

 

 

I was told that Gamudians can enjoy 15% off for the tickets by virtue of Gamuda Land being 1 of the sponsors.

 

So, boys and girls, shall we go together? Let’s make this a get-together!

 

Yet another typical weekend

Besides implementing newly learned vocab, another reason why I blog is to kill boredom!

 

The boredom of being single is a little bit more than I can stand, especially during weekends.  Where are my friends? Well, it’s a pity to be in a clique when you are the only one left being Single and Available, weekends are always reserved for their very special someone.

 

 

My encounter with a “hou miah” cat

 

On last Saturday, my family “wuat” me to treat them dinner at the all-you-can-eat steamboat restaurant in Kelana Jaya.

 

My mom being too kiasu, she couldn’t finish the food that she took, and she’s afraid of the fine.

 

 

This Felis catus was meowing around my table. So, my sister and I decided to do this….

 

 

Not every cat likes fish!

 

 

Beau geste

 

 I wanted to do this long time ago!  

New office

So, I’ve been transferred back to design and technical department in HQ.

My “Atria View” cubicle

The vicinity: The advantage of sitting near to the door=I can cabut real fast and without having to alert anyone;

The disadvantage: Just imagine I’m dozing off, then my boss enters from the door…

 

Working in HQ is just hell and it’s something out of my comfort zone. I really need to learn liking it.

 

I’ve already lost touch about theories and designing for 1 solid year and now that I really have to catch up. I don’t quite like the working atmosphere here. People here are less friendly… Even overly friendly people like me also appear to be aloof here, because there is so much work! Once I reach the office, I’ll just bury myself in work. Working OT is of norm.

 

When I was based at site office, I had bosses and subcons to treat me to lunch. I miss longer lunch hours at SMART very much too. Not to mention, my site allowance has been revoked. This made my miserable paycheck became even more miserable.

 

Besides, I’m too LOUD to be placed here! (Haha! ) Hopefully I’ll pick up the feminineness by osmosis here in HQ….

Gwen, here I come!!

Tada!!!

 

Can’t wait for Aug 21st to come!

 

I’ll be seating at Arena A!

 

But this article’s cooling me off….

 

The excerpts:-

 

Gwen Stefani has confirmed that her concert will not feature any revealing costumes. She will abide by the Malaysian authorities’ guidelines to ensure that her show will not be offensive to local sensitivities
 
Under the official guide to performing in Malaysia, a female artist must be covered from the top of her chest to her knees. No jumping, shouting or throwing of objects onstage or at the audience is allowed. Performers cannot hug or kiss, and their clothes cannot have obscene or drug-related images or messages.

The thieves will be cursed-to-death – Part 2

 

It’s been quite some time that I did not monitor the share price of Gamuda. I thought it was still going up and down between RM8.00 and RM9.00.

 

A: What’s the price for Gamuda share now?

B: RM7.30 only.

Me: Huh? That low?

B: Yeah. Something bad has happened to Gamuda, and this affected the price.

Me: What is it?

B: You got robbed right in front of Gamuda’s main entrance! Remember?

 

 

I’ve just calculated my losses… to have everything back, I need to fork out around my 1-month salary *sobbing* anyone out there to sponsor/donate/subsidize a bit?

 

Hand phone = 600

Portable hard disk = 300

Specs = 200

Pen drives (2GB+1GB+128MB) = 100

Purse = 80

Replacement fee for all the bank cards = 150

New license = 60

Miscellaneous (the hand bag, cosmetics, all the membership card, stationery) = 200

My newly bought English novel = 20

Cash in the purse: 200

 

Total: RM 1,910!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Please help to curse the thieves, would appreciate it so much.

 

Most importantly: the data saved in the portable hard disk, which I did not back-up = PRICELESS!!!!! 

The thieves will be cursed-to-death

So, I got robbed for the 2nd time in my life 

Thanks to me, the 2 buggers got to upgrade themselves from snatch thieves to robbers…  

When: July 28 (Saturday), around 6.30-6.45 am  

Where: at the doorstep of my company  

The indirect culprit: my boss! Who made me went to work that early. He needed me to prepare something for him to be presented to the bigger boss at 9am that morning.  

How: it’s a Saturday, it’s too early, I did not have the electronic access card (was just being transferred back to HQ, the card was not ready yet) and the guard was no where to be seen. I knocked on the glass panel, creating quite some noise but the guard’s still missing.  

Then, a motorbike came approaching my direction at high speed. Before I could think of anything, 1 out of the 2 fellas dismounted from the bike, walked towards me, armed with knife and instructed me to hand over my handbag and went off.  

Aftermath:  

I took 1 and a half day off on Saturday itself and on Monday. When I went back to work on Tuesday, I was like a celebrity, having so much fame in the HQ. Almost everyone greeted me this way:  

“Samantha, I heard about your story!”  

Trying to be a good sport, whenever someone asked, “Why didn’t you fight back?” I’d do this:-  

I gestured as if someone had just pierced my abdomen with a knife, I was in deep pain and bleeding, “I did…. I really did….”  

But deep down my heart, I was murmuring: as if you would fight back under the same circumstance… If I DID fight back, not for certain, but in all likelihood that instead of my blog, you’ll be reading my obituary. Choy! Touch wood!  

Because the incident took place right in front of my company’s main entrance, I was interrogated by Gamuda’s security company. The funniest question they asked about was:  

“Why did you act so calm after the incident? Why didn’t you scream?”  

Well, I wished I could do that, BUT what’s the point of me screaming when there’s not even 1 ghost around me that time?

The CCTVs are installed inside the building only, not on the outside…

Maybe the admin should consider putting up sign like this to hoax the thieves a bit?


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