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Friday, January 30, 2009

the dawn of a new beginning...

so far 2009 has been a bit stressful for me in many aspects. nonetheless, i'm pretty optimistic that everything will eventually smoothen out as the year progresses. *smiles*

for one thing, i'm pretty frustrated at the fact that the light in my room is still out of order. for more than a month i might add. in other words, i've been fumbling around my room miserably for that span of time and i find it simply irritating. i have trouble dressing up because i can't see my clothes properly. i'll be running off to my mum's room to see how i look then rush back to my room to change if i don't like what i see. i can't find things i'm looking for because the room is sooo dim. my room is currently lit up by a nightlight in the corner which i bought so i could at least see my way around my room somewhat. i'd wanted to change the light fixture entirely and had even dropped by a few light outlets in search of the perfect replacement but all in vain. in a light shop in inanam (we were getting a pendant light for the porch), my mum and i decided that we should just get a new bulb for my light instead. the bulb for the existing light could only be found in light outlets (wth?!?!) cos it's those slim circular tube bulbs. so we bought one there which costs RM13 and guess what, it wasn't even the right size!! found time to check out another light shop in likas and got another bulb (2nd attempt) for RM6 (the inanam shop seemed a little overpriced at this point) and when i got home, i found out the tube was a tad slimmer than the original one that came with the fixture. went back to the store with the original bulb to double confirm (they said i could come back if it wasn't the right size) and they assured me that it was the "new" version of the bulb. connected it to the fixture and guess what?!?!? it didn't lit up!!!! we checked the wiring and everything and it was in order. out of frustration, i got down to seng hup in sadong today and got me a hanging lamp at RM61. it's much easier to change the light bulb if it goes kaput and i can use an energy saving bulb (i.e. 11w = 60w or more) as opposed to the stupid ~32w slim tube bulb that didn't even work. so there.

glad to get that off my chest. haha. on a lighter note, i was a friend's wedding reception last night at magellan. i must say, tis the season to get married. LOL!! due to my restricted visibility in my room, i practically trashed the entire room last night (as in clothes and stuff flying everywhere) in search of my stilettos i'd previously packed for kl but have yet to restore to my shoe cabinet. just when i was about to give up the hunt, i found it hidden in another corner of the room. my brother tried (tried being the operative word) to help by standing behind me flashing a flashlight and his phone everywhere my eyes weren't which added to my agitation. i'd prolly define helping as searching elsewhere where i'm not looking. not to mention my discomfort of have a 10ft ladder leaning against my wall. anyways, the reception was nice and i'm glad i didn't miss it. it was nice to meet up with old schoolmates/friends as well whom i haven't seen in ages!! unfortunately i couldn't find the camera charger and the camera's been dead since viv's reception 2 weekends ago. hehe. nonetheless, the bride and groom (and parents) looked stunning last night (credit: Makeup By Jeff). congrats to the happy couple!!! as do many events and ceremonies these days, the famous poco-poco dance was also a part of last night's reception. all in all, the environment was good, the music was good and the food was good. loads of invites too considering cars parked well towards the end of the road. since i was alone, i decided to park at the clubhouse. prolly much closer to the ballroom anyways and better lit (or at least i feel safer parking there).

my apologies for excessively ranting on petty matters. like i said, i've been pretty stressed out these past few weeks. prolly taking on more than i can chew. hehe. it's makes me that much more fussy and particular on certain things. it'll pass as do all things. *smiles*

anyways, i'm currently working on a side project at the moment called trove by elixelle that's gonna be sort of a closet clearance outlet for me. i'll be selling off clothes and other items that i've outgrown (see, i seriously need to shape up and lose weight) and at the same time i'll be modifying certain pieces to give it a fresher look and sell off those as well. the site isn't totally up yet and i'm still finalizing the layout and gearing up to upload photos as well as making an inventory of all the stuff that i'll be posting there. so that's something i've been putting off for a long time and i'm hoping to get it up and running soon.

i've finalized the beading design for my mum's baju kurung and will prolly drop by the bead shop tomorrow to gather supplies. so that's another challenge for me. i started listing out all my sewing projects and i think i managed to list out about 20 of them. so that's another daunting task. will have to prioritize on that as well. speaking of projects, i wonder when my mum is planning on baking them cupcakes. hehe. cupcakes are such the craze these days. yummy!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

sick for the holidays...

first off, gong xi fa chai everyone!!! ang pow na lai. hehehe.

i'm actually kinda bummed out during this festive season. i'm supposed to be with the rest of my family who are now on the east coast at my grandma's house for the holidays. was really looking forward to go until i fell sick on friday (the day before we were suppose to leave). i've recovered (i think) from the sore throat phase and am now into the flu and cough (maybe a lil fever) phase. my mum has been persuading me to join them there and had even suggested i catch a plane there. seeing that i seem to be going from one illness to the other this festive break (did i mention stomachache now?!?!?!), i just couldn't join them. how i wish i could. *sniff sniff* instead i spent the rm150 it would've cost me to fly there on some groceries and household stuff for the house. in a way i feel like i've disappointed my mum by not going. i know she would've really loved me to be there too.

anyways, it really sucks being sick for the holidays. at least if it was on a work day i could get an mc and have extra rest days and all that. it's just such a waste of a good long weekend (which is rare when you start working).

i practically didn't leave the house for almost 3 days!! that's just insane if you ask me. even i couldn't stand feeling like such a slob becoming such a couch potato so to speak. too much lazing around. it's weird when you think about it. when i've got too much on my plate to deal with, i long for a break. now that i kinda have one, i'm itching to do something more productive. i guess you can't have everything huh? i managed to muster enough energy to get off my a** to do some grocery + household shopping at giant with my bro (yea, he didn't want to go with the rest of the family. prolly cos he just wanted to spend quiet time at home.) at giant. thanks to the festivities, there was practically no hassle in looking for a parking space and there were no lines at the cashiers!! well, i'd wanted to do this yesterday but ended up not getting out of the house (again!). forced myself today considering the tissue products in the house had been depleted - no toilet paper, kitchen roll, facial tissue, tissue packs.

my mum told me to go see a doctor to get some meds for my flu and all that. but personally i don't really like going to the doctors. especially if meds include antibiotics cos then you'll have to finish through the course of the antibiotics. i'm not very good with meds. i can't seem to keep to them. same goes for supplements. maybe i should add that to my resolution list - to be more disciplined. so i went to guardian to get something for my flu but can you believe it, they didn't have anything. i mean save for the inhalers that is. i managed to get some cough syrup (wood's has the best in my opinion) though. got back home and just remembered i used to get over flu with a lil vitamin c and water. haha!! after maybe 2 days of having flu i only remembered about the redoxen c stashed in the medicine shelf in the kitchen today. i can be such a spaz sometimes.

oo... i just remembered to look into sewing my grandma's skirts. i've been so busy with everything else and haven't had time to even start sewing it. same goes with all my other sewing projects too.

i'm a bit disappointed that burdastyle is now charging for most of their patterns. it doesn't quite bother me if they were gonna start charging for the new patterns but they've already put a price tag on their older patterns as well. feel like kicking myself for not seeing it coming and not downloading them while they were still free. guess you win some you lose some right? nonetheless i could still benefit from the website with their how tos. *smile*

Saturday, January 24, 2009

reflecting on 2008...

i know, i know. this was supposed to be a new year post but i've been pretty preoccupied to say the least. again, i know it's no excuse. well, for one thing i've got a little bit more time on my hands now that the maid is back from her 2 month sabbatical (everyone needs a break every once in a while).

now where do i begin (hehe. was gonna break into song for a second there)?! first things first, i've moved and merged both my blogs into one. didn't quite make sense to have 2 separate ones supposedly talking about separate stuff. the layout is simple and crisp just the way i like it.

every other new year i'd begin with a list of resolutions for the rest of the year. last year i'd even gone to lengths of making it somewhat contract-looking in hopes to keep to it better. needless to say that went bust. so this year i didn't come up with a list but rather just have general ideas of what i want and it's more of a continuous thing rather than a confined 1 year project. my goals this year is simply to lose weight, shape up, make healthier choices and revamp my 'school girl' image (there's a story behind that but i think i'll save it for another post).

anyways, at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009 i've had the chance to reflect on how i spent my year last year. besides the fact that i dedicated a huge chunk of my days to my family (i love spending time with them) i did manage to slip in some excitement and interesting moments here and there (haha!!).

it all started with the new year celebration at kgc:

then the kl house search in april:

the manila trip in may:

the palliative care charity dinner featuring abbaration in july:

there was also the shopping trip to bandung in august :

raya was as usual a blast! then we stayed over at shangri-la's rasa ria resort (i won a 1-night stay at the resort at my company's family day lucky draw) and we truly had fun just staying in the room the entire day - save the fact that it was raining cats and dogs outside. the following day we did manage to squeeze in some fresh air while we roamed the premises (the rain stopped.. wee!!). my last trip for the year was a shopping escapade in singapore which was awesome!!!!

i ended the year by attending my good friend's wedding (bersanding) at her house:

gosh.. i never knew uploading photos to this blog would be so tedious!! i just hate it when the pictures are uploaded in blogger and they're automatically placed at the top of the page and you have to manually drag it down (ok.. breathe in, breath out... save the rantings for another post).

anyway, where was i?!? okies.. this was also the year i took an extra interest in sewing and did a bit of baking. i sound so domesticated! LOL!!!

unfortunately, the only sour note that i can think off for 2008 is leaving it heavier weight-wise than when i started. anyways, i'm pretty optimistic that that's gonna change this year. wish me luck!!