Monday, June 23, 2008

PUPS! (among other things)

Nanny has gotten two Yorkshire Terrier puppies about two-three weeks ago. These are the videos that I took whenever they first came. There are so many so I'm just going to slowly post a few at a time for your enjoyment. Here are some photos of the puppies first.I actually wanted to post on the 10th of June. Which will be the 1st anniversary where I stepped on this place. But due to time constraints and unexpected situations, (eg. looking at the pups :P) I wasn't able to do a complete post about it. That's ok though, I can still do a few sentences about this one. Here goes:

The first time I stepped off the plane onto Northern Ireland, the 1st thing that hit me was the cold. I eventually got used to that though. What has changed from then and now? Perhaps I have gotten more mature over the year *snicker*. And also due to the unexpected generousity from the family here, I have become the proud owner of a considerable amount of material possessions and soft toys.

I think that is it. By the way, remember whenever I was telling you about making a card for Father's Day? I made one for my dad and this is the result (idea is taken from moonpig.com) :Here are the puppy videos:
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No matter how cute the puppies are, I'm pretty sure of one thing.The cats are not amused.

"Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top."- Robert Browning (English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets)

More pups

Here are a few puppy videos for you to enjoy.

By the way, I have started my swimming lessons already and I had my second swimming lesson last Thursday. It was quite fun and I felt more comfortable. And guess what? I managed to float while holding on to the sides. Sort of like, I hold on to the side of the pool with my hands, and stretch my body out and move my legs to keep my legs afloat. Jordan says it's not really floating but still, it's a start. :)
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Here is one of the poems by Maya Angelou, I think it's pretty good:

Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.


Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you bese
t with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.


Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.


Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.


Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.


You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.


Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a su
rprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?


Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise


Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise


I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise

Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and t
he hope of the slave.
I rise

I rise
I rise.

© Maya Angelou

"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean."-Maya Angelou (American poet, memoirist, actress, and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Coors light UK ad 2

This is really funny. And the first time I saw it on tv I was laughing really hard.

"Coor's Light! The light tasting beer!"

Another One Of Zhi Yu's Quiz

A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.
Ok..

B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz & those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.
I was tagged by Zhi Yu.

#1 If your lover betrayed you, what will your reaction be?
Depends on what mood I'm in. If I'm already in a bad mood, the result may ultimately be quite violent. (Ya I know I'm a wee bit crazy)

#2 If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?
I just want to live happily and healthily. Sounds easy, but really difficult to do.

#3 What will your dream wedding be like?
It'll be..themed a my favourite colour at that time. Currently it's green. And lots of fresh flowers, etc.
#4 Will you rather have a loving girl/boyfriend and little friends, or no girl/guy to love you yet many friends?
Considering I've already got a loving boyfriend and few REAL good friends, I'll choose the 1st one.

#5 What if one day you realised that the person you love turns out to be different from whom you think he/she is?
It depends again, if it's for the good or for the bad.
#6 Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
Being loved by someone. It's far far better.

#7 Subway cookies or Famous Amos?
Subway cookies! They're big, and chewy, and..nice!

#8 Longest relationship
17 years, 10 months, and 18 days with my blood related family.

#9 Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
I can't think of anything now, but I'm pretty sure there is something.

#10 What do you want 1st most in life?
To be happy.

#11 Do you like being tagged?
Yepz yepz. It lets me know if there is anyone reading.

#12 How do you see yourself in ten years' time?
If all goes according to my life plan, I'll be back in Singapore with a place of my own, have a stable job, have a mixed breed dog, maybe even a family.

#13 Who is currently the 3RD most important person to you?
Can't tell..plus I might get into trouble for saying.

#14 What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Well, ZhiYu's really funny, and she basically made my life in CCHY symphonic band more friendly, of course there is the rest of the saxophone and bass section too. But you know, this is only about her. And she's really hardworking. (try to relax about your schoolwork k? slack a little bit la)
#15 Would you rather be single and rich or married but poor?
Married but poor, so long as i still have running water, electricity, and food. And still can work hard and become a little bit richer.

#16 What's the first thing you do every morning?
Open my eyes.

#17 Would you give all in a relationship?
That is if my other half gives his all too.

#18 Who would you consider your best friend in your current occupation?
My current occupation? Haha. I'm an Asian in a British society and I don't have very many friends who are Asian over here.

#19 What type of friends do you like?
Funny, easy-going, caring, honest, understanding, that sounds like alot but I have a few friends who exceed that. :) Aren't I lucky?

#20 How many questions have you changed?
1. It was question 4.
#21 If you were stuck in a room with your enemy, what would you do?
If my enemy is about to eat me or something, I'll try to get out. But if there is not mortal danger, I'll try to see why we are enemies in the first place. And make friends??


TAGGED PEOPLE:
(I have to copy Zhi Yu on this..)PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST READ THIS!

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life."-Albert Camus (an Algerian-born French author, philosopher and journalist who won the Nobel Prize in 1957)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Quiz From ZhiYu

Rules:

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people and posts their names,
then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they got tagged and to ask them to play and read your blog.


Starting time:20.01 (NI time)
Name:Yam Shu Hao
Sisters: 2
Brothers:0
Shoe size: 4 and a half UK size
Height: 163cm (the last time I checked)
Where do you live? Newcastle

Favourite drinks? Water, Gatorade (purple one), Coke
Favourite breakfast? Ulster Fry with everything and extra mushrooms
Have you ever been on a plane? Yepz yepz. Unfortunately I get airsick
Swam in the ocean? Nopez Nopez
Fallen asleep at school? Definitely
Sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to call? I don't really know.
Saved e-mails? Only ones from my family and important ones.
What is your room like? A whole jumble of mess and Ryan would say, "disorganized".
What’s right beside you? A blue chair with two Men's Health magazines.
What is the last thing you ate? Two grapes.
Ever had ...Chicken pox? Yepz yepz, when I was 6. I remember having two cheese sandwiches in a day. Haha.
Sore throat? Yepz yepz. I couldn't talk. It wasn't fun.
Stitches? Nopez nopez, I've got a few scars though.
Broken nose? Nopez nopez, I've got a scar on my nose..
Do you believe in love at first sight? Sometimes.
Like picnics? Yepz yepz.
Who was/were the last person/people you danced with? With Ryan, and if I'm not wrong, it was in his kitchen.
Last made you smile? Jude. I'm talking to her on msn now.
You last yelled at? Can't remember.
Today you did? Went to church, made Uncle Paul his Father's Day card and present, talked to Ryan, had my shower, etc.
Have you ever ... ..Kissed anyone? Yepz yepz. (Is this going to get anymore personal?)
Get sick? As in vomit, yes. Just last Friday on the 13th, was sick in Ryan's friend's BMW on the way home 'cos I was so bloated and he was driving over the bumps so fast.
Miss someone? Yepz yepz.
Eat? Yepz yepz. I think it's less than an hour ago. (Two grapes remember?)
Do you sleep with stuffed animals? Yepz yepz. I sleep in a double bed and they take up the whole of one side.
What’s under your bed? The stand that holds up the bed with real handy drawers at the foot of the bed.
Who do you really hate? Don't really hate anyone. I have learnt to forgive..(sorta)
What time is it now? 20.13 (NI time)

Random.
Is there a person who is on your mind now? Yepz yepz.
Do you have any siblings? 2 younger sisters.
Do you want children? Yepz yepz. Though it's a bit early to say isn't it?
Do you smile often? Yepz yepz, unless I'm really serious or really sad.
Do you like your hand-writing? Yepz yepz.
Are your toe nails painted? Nopez nopez. I couldn't be bothered to be honest.
Whose bed other than yours would you rather sleep in? Hmm..tough one.
What color shirt are you wearing? Yellow and white with a little bit of red. (I'm wearing Chung Cheng Yishun's PE t-shirt)
What were you doing at 7:00 p.m. yesterday? I was probably trying to sleep.
When did you cry last? I think it's last Wednesday night a few hours after I found out that one of the old ladies in Riverhouse died.
Are you a friendly person? I like to think so. And apparently people think I am.
Do you have any pets? One Dalmatian called Benjamin, Two cats called Sonny and Missy and numerous fish who are not named.
Where is the person you have feelings for right now? Ryan, he's at work now.
Did the last person you held hands with mean anything to you now? Yepz yepz.
Do you sleep with the TV on? Sometimes whenever I feel tired. Mostly I sleep during movies at very late nights.
What are you doing right now? Doing this quiz and trying to chat to Jude and text Ryan.
Have you ever crawled through a window? Yepz yepz, I climbed through the music room window. The view is great from there. :)
Can you handle the truth? I hope so. I would like to know the truth though.
Are you too forgiving? Sometimes.
Are you closer to your mother or father? My Mommy.
Who was the last person you cried in front of? Auntie Carol.
How many people can you say you’ve really loved? Many people. Friends, family, etc. Without whom I wouldn't be here now.
Do you eat healthy? Yepz yepz. I have the occasional fizzy drink and chocolate though.
Have you ever cried because of something someone said to you? Yepz yepz.
If you're having a bad day, who are you most likely go to? Ryan or Jude or Claire or Louise or Auntie Carol.
Are you loud or quiet most of the time? I think I'm sorta in the middle.
Are you confident? Not really. I'm actually quite self conscious.

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1)I was trying to fit into a new primary school
2)trying to grow up
3)trying to look like an actress
4) dreaming about becoming a 'drawer'
5)finding a best friend

5 things on my to-do list today:
1)Sleep earlier
2)Changing my bedsheet during the week
3)Try to wake up earlier tomorrow
4)Looking forward to tomorrow and Thursday
5)Talk to Ryan

5 snacks I enjoy:
1)Chocolates
2)Crisps
3)Ice-cream
4)Fruit salad things
5)Milkshake

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1)Donate large amount of money to help the poor and make sure they get it.
2)Then get me and all my loved ones into the lap of luxury.
3)Travel around the world.
4)Write a will! (in case someone assassinates me)
5)Try not to be a softie and waste money on those out to cheat me.

5 of my bad habits:
1)Putting things off.
2)Biting my nails.
3)I sometimes talk too much without knowing.
4)I could lose my cool if I'm stressed out.
5)Get distracted by the tv easily. (I get totally absorbed in it)

5 places I have lived in:
1)My home in Singapore.
2)Here in Northern Ireland.
3)Some hotel in Malaysia.
4)Some place in North Korea.
5)Some posh hotel in GuangZhou.

5 jobs I’ve had:

1)Working in my Dad's shop.
2)Being a secretary for two days under my uncle.
Nothing more.

people I tag:
SeowPeng
Zoe
Ryan
Thilaiga
HuiZhi

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

PUPS! (among other things)

Nanny has gotten two Yorkshire Terrier puppies about two-three weeks ago. These are the videos that I took whenever they first came. There are so many so I'm just going to slowly post a few at a time for your enjoyment. Here are some photos of the puppies first.I actually wanted to post on the 10th of June. Which will be the 1st anniversary where I stepped on this place. But due to time constraints and unexpected situations, (eg. looking at the pups :P) I wasn't able to do a complete post about it. That's ok though, I can still do a few sentences about this one. Here goes:

The first time I stepped off the plane onto Northern Ireland, the 1st thing that hit me was the cold. I eventually got used to that though. What has changed from then and now? Perhaps I have gotten more mature over the year *snicker*. And also due to the unexpected generousity from the family here, I have become the proud owner of a considerable amount of material possessions and soft toys.

I think that is it. By the way, remember whenever I was telling you about making a card for Father's Day? I made one for my dad and this is the result (idea is taken from moonpig.com) :Here are the puppy videos:
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No matter how cute the puppies are, I'm pretty sure of one thing.The cats are not amused.

"Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top."- Robert Browning (English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets)

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Various Things

Guess what everyone?! I got my swimsuit on Thursday! This is so exciting. I am now all ready to start learning to swim :) I'm going to start next Friday. That is, the 13th (yes yes, I know it's Friday the 13th but still).

I can tell you going into a shop that sells just women's lingerie and swimsuits was REAL intimidating. BUT! That shop lady was nice. And even though I can't see anything that would actually fit over my great bum, she gave me lots and lots of tankinis (something like sleeveless top with pants) and one pieces. So, I went in and tried on every single one, eying myself up and down critically after every piece I try on. That was no easy feat, considering a few of the one pieces WERE too small for me *embarrassed*. And the tankinis weren't going too well either, but on the second round, the heavens opened up and light came shining down. For I have found The Suit. The only one which I think I could actually wear and then walk about with. It helps that it's a more fashionable tankini and that it's in a yellow color with nice detail on it. 'Cos there was another less appealing one which was an all black one piece. So I took both out, present my two chosen choices and made Auntie Carol choose for me (I have to learn how to make choices for myself). I was hoping she'll choose the yellow tankini, 'cos whenever I presented my choices, it hit me that I have seen grannies walking about the beach in those in good weather.

So all in all, after lots and lots of shimmying into things too small, hoping that they wouldn't burst on me, 12 (TWELVE!) different swimsuits, and a real tough (not) decision later, I walked out of the shop, the proud owner of a new yellow swimsuit. I did take a photo (of just the swimsuit) but decided not to put it up.

AND! Guess what? Ryan's an uncle! Yes! Oliver Charles James Hughes was born at 8.49pm in a hospital in Dublin on the 5th June 2008, weighing at 8 pounds 1 ounces. He's a big baby. Ryan went over to visit his new nephew and his sister in Dublin yesterday and sent me a few picture messages of him. Oliver's so cute! ^_^ Shall post photos up once i get permission from Ryan and his sister.

So..I think that's all for today. Made quite a few cards lately. But because not all of them are sent to the recipients yet, I'll have to wait for quite a while before posting up photos of the cards as well as giving a few tips as to how to make them. One of the tips is to go to a card website. I go to moonpig.com for some inspiration whenever I run out of ideas. You don't have to buy them. Just go there and choose what you would like to draw or insert in the card you're making. There are a few Father's Day ones now that Father's Day is coming up. So surprise your dad with a hand-made yet witty card on Father's Day!


"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."-Oscar Wilde (Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Pleasures Of Being A Student

Myra is happy 'cos her exams are (coincidentally) over too.

YES!! Finally, I'm free. Free to do what I want, free from studying. All of the students out there reading this can only imagine how I'm feeling now. From today to the 1st of September, I am free to do (within reason) all that I want!

Yesterday was the day of my last paper for my ASs (halfway between 'O' Level and 'A' Level). First exam of the day was C2 Maths. Wasn't too bad. I knew how to do all of the questions and I even had time to do all of them out again. So I can be expecting really good results from that. Then I had about two hours to wait for my next exam which was Health and Social Care.

Was running about trying to look for teachers to return the books to, and I managed to do that for all except for my Maths textbooks 'cos my teacher wasn't even in. -.- By then, I was so annoyed and flustered ('cos it was a really warm day) I just went to the Staff Room to look for all of my teachers at once. That worked really well I must say. And I have to give Ryan credit for that, 'cos it was his idea.

Then finally, I went down to the trees for my much needed break. Sat there for a few minutes and read through my Health and Social Care notes in the sun. (Note to self: Studying in the sun with friends is so fun it shouldn't be called studying)

People eventually felt hungry and so me, Ryan and Claire headed down to Subway for our lunch. Some other people just went to the bakery and sat in "cos it's cold!" :p

Yepz, so lunch was pretty good. I got my Subway with teriyaki chicken, peppered cheese and pepperoni, with pickles, olives and lettuce, topped with barbecue sauce. It wasn't too bad, just the chicken tasted a wee bit off. And that didn't exactly help my gassy stomach. Oh well.

Then after eating our lunch, Claire and Parky headed off to the Down Center to look around. And me and Ryan just sat there under the tree. Then this rough looking guy (tattoos and all) came shouting on the phone and his dog (a Boxer) was running behind him, nose on the ground. The Boxer was sniffing around us and then it spotted something Great And Interesting to it's doggy nose-Parky's lunch. It was Parky's sandwich wrapped up in aluminum foil just sitting on his file. We just ignored the dog until the dog started to nudge the package. Then I stood up over the dog just waiting for it to jump on me. But the dog cowered down, looked up at me and ran away. Looking back, I wouldn't be surprised if his owner stood over him and beat him. 'Cos the dog was actually scared of me. Poor thing.

For those who don't know what Boxers look like, here's a picture (the dog actually looked exactly like that):Now you know why I was waiting for it to pounce at my throat in a fit of mad rage. So, not long after Boxer ran away, Parky and Claire walked back and me and Ryan decided not to let Parky know that his lunch was nudged by a dog. But apparently, Parky saw it all, and after seeing that the aluminum foil was actually untouched, he ate his lunch. It was funny though :P

Took pictures (the other couple in the picture is Claire and Parky):Then we went over to the small hill where there is more sun. took pictures again, just sat about in the sun trying not to sleep (for me anyway).

Took even more pictures:And then went off for the exam. It wasn't too bad, but the time passed really fast which is a good thing I guess. But then it was a most painful process 'cos my hand was cramping up and it was so painful to write. Our invigilator was Parky's dad. And he was telling us the time again and again and telling us to at least roughly answer all the questions. I think Parky had a part in it. So I asked him, and he did tell his dad that the Health and Social Care exam has a really tight timing. That explains the unusual helpfulness from the invigilator. Still, it was nice to have a friendly invigilator.

That was just about my day. After I came home I basically had dinner, and then slept for four hours because I slept badly the night before.

I'm just so happy to be free. Now all I have to do is wait for the fruits of my labor.

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."-Aristotle(lived from 384BC-322BC, a Greek philosopher, student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great, wrote on many subjects including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethnics, biology and zoology)








P.S. There is another post below.

Dragon Boating (on Sunday)

On Sunday, I was awakened at 8.30am to go to a dragon boating race in Belfast with Uncle Paul and Jordan. Wasn't too bad. Just really tired and a wee bit cranky with the early morning. Jordan was considerably more cranky than I was. But he eventually loosened up.

SO! While we were driving, Jordan sat at the back 'cos he wanted to sleep. And This was what he had sitting beside him on the drive.Yes. It's Crazy Frog back in town! Uncle Paul won it at the claw machines. You know the ones where you put in like say..a dollar/pound and then move the claw to pick it up? Ya. We've now got three Crazy Frogs at home including the big one. At least this big one is silent, unlike the other two little ones. For the two little ones you press their tummy and they'll play a few second clip from different Crazy Frog songs. Those which you get tired of and annoyed at after about 10 presses of the tummy.

Got a wee bit bored while waiting in the car. And took this picture.Then we reached there and took these while doing a little more waiting..Finally went in after having a sticker to prove that I'm a spectator. (the sticker is that little red thing on the top right hand side of my shirt)This was what greeted my eyes.People, your eyes are not deceiving you. It is truly guys wearing shell and coconut bras. Of course, there are girls who are wearing shell and coconut bras too but there is nothing like a little cross dressing early in the morning to make you laugh and make your day. Here is a closer look at them.Then comes the lion dance troops and even more people. Pictures, the close ups of the lions are really pixelly 'cos I had zoomed in on them, and then zoomed in even more on the camera and trimmed it.Took a video of the lions as well :)
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Then after that, me and a few other people went to the bridge to wait for Uncle Paul and Jordan to come up in the boat. The place was really nice, nice scenery and such. And we saw a person sunbathing on her balcony with her foot sticking out. Gave us quite a shock. We thought she might be dead until we saw the arms moving :P

Here are the pictures of the surroundingsPicture of The FootThen finally the dragon boats made an appearance. I don't know about you, but to my eyes, the dragon boats look a bit sparse. How come the dragon heads so small?Video of the opposition team overtaking Uncle Paul and Jordan's boat. "Noooo!" video
Their opposition team was called 'Chinese Women's Group' but there were only two women on the boat. The rest were men. Go figure.

Then went to the railway station, (I didn't know there was a railway station in Belfast) and because I didn't want to take a photo of the whole outside of the railway station (or I'll look like a tourist), I took a photo of the inside of the toilet instead:See? So clean. ^_^ (the green bag is the Uncle Paul's shoes)

Then waited for a moment, and went to Castlecourt. Went there to meet up with a few other people from the youth group. And then took a picture while waiting.And then, we got Candy!! :DAnd into a restaurant we go. They still use the glass Coke bottles. Teehee. Glass Coke bottles are quite inconvenient 'cos you have to drink it all at one go but still, they look nice.More pictures of the restaurant.Then this came:That was dessert and bearing in mind that most of the people there are Asian, I can't actually understand why their tastes are so Westernized. And none of the younger people ate it. Only about four people ate it (including me).

After our lunch (or tea), headed home, and this time I sat in the back seat. Guess who was my companion?Yepz yepz. You're just right.

"Live out of your imagination, not your history."-Stephen Covey(writer and co-founder of FranklinCovey, a global professional-services firm and specialty-retailer selling both training and productivity-tools to individuals and to organizations.)