Call me Tuna
Date : Friday, April 27, 2007
Time : 6:33 PM
I wonder if this is wat we called 'Karma'.I m a huge sandwich lover. i love bread more than rice or noodle. If u know me in person, u can probably see me munching sandwiches for meals, in between meals, right after meals. It muz be Karma-came-to-fruition-day. Hv u ever seen how the tuna paste being sandwiched between the baguette? That's exactly my situation now. I m the tuna paste in between two slices of fat & spongy breads, which was being squueeeezed until oozing out.Why cant the managers communicate among themselves. If they dun want to talk face-to-face, they can always use phone, sms, msn, emails and hey even post it up in their blogs (provided they hv one) . Why must I be the messenger????!!!!!!!!This is the email i rec from Manager C--Dear Zeon,
please print out hard copy of attached form and get Manager K to access Section C(i) and sections D & F. He should then sign off and e-mail back to me. also please remind him to confirm that he will do the same for xxxx by next week 3 rd May07, Ask him to get all forms signed and e-mail back to me.
Doesnt he know that an email can send to multiple receivers???? Doesnt he know there is such thing called 'cc' ?????? And who am I to direct Manager K to do all these???????And yet I thot 'Communication' is the 1st Chapter we learn in Management Lesson?
Now you know why we need all these delivered to Brazil??--
A parcel I received in the office today, thru UPS: Jimmy too got a bag of goodies hand-carried from Singapore to Rio:Lets take a peep at wat's inside>> Salonpas pain reliever-patch, panadol and herbal tea... AND ... RED LABEL!!! Mmm.. i think Black Label will be betta?
Reason being: We're vomitting blood and bleeding internally constantly under the 'HARSH' environment of the poor management!!
Labels: Nutshell Inc., Rumbling.. Mulling.. Howling..
THE proj is coming yet again!
Date : Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Time : 8:24 AM
Date of my departure hasnt been fixed till today. For reasons being that i have this plummy project to coordinate. Now this project is gonna be out of my way, things are more or less finalised and i can finally book my return ticket.
However, i got the news that THE mega project has made its way to the drawing board AGAIN!!! THE project is nonetheless the project dat almost drove me nuts few months ago. Wasting my time in preparing the bid, fighting wif the Hungarian Ah Lau for almost a yr which then the customer decided to shelf THE project- make me boil still when i think of it. Betta reschedule my return tix to an earlier date, juz dun feel like to put my hand into that mess again! before i continue grumbling, thank GOD for creating omelette. Gimme a nice one for breakfast, and i'm now as happy as a lil' gal again =)
Labels: Nutshell Inc., Rumbling.. Mulling.. Howling..
Titan & I
Date : Monday, April 23, 2007
Time : 7:12 AM
Just realized i m a good multi-tasker. Or betta to say, my 'nose' is the one excel at it! How can a nose do sneezing, blocking.. and running.. at the same time???!!!!! My voice sounds so nasal and i think i frightened the neighbour's kids this morning. =PToday is public holiday in Rio. No need to work on monday hence no Monday blue for me. Went out for an early morning jog along the beach.. that was cool.. with the 6am breeze blowing against ur face and skin. Exercise does help, doesnt't it?? But still holiday sucks when u r down with all the flu symptons. (>_<) I think i m becoming overtly-attached to Titan, isnt a very good sign huh.. The thing that I touch and breathe and smell most on a daily basis - alright, no smell maybe - is this IBM company provided thinkpad which i brot to Rio. I still got my own Fujitsu-Lucia lying @ home back in SG. I m suffering' from that tied-to-the-apron-strings syndrome with my lappie. Arrg.. beyond hopes! And no.. i m not gonna get rid of it till i finish this entry. =PHaha.. now u guys know how boring i m when there isnt trip planned for a long weekend like this.
Labels: Days of My Life, Out of the Box
My First Brazilian Wedding Party
Date : Saturday, April 21, 2007
Time : 2:24 PM
Attended Bruno and his wife Viviane's wedding party yesterday nite after work. Boss got stuck in the meeting hence we set off rather late. Took us a good two hours effort to find the party location-Garden Party II as the traffic was bad and we were not familiar with the route. I was badly sick with nose running like tap water but it was real fun looking for the road sign as if we were participating in the amazing race.
Wedding was scheduled at 8:30pm but we reached ard 9pm. Most of the invited guests had arrived in their best suite and gown. The ceremony was held at an outdoor pavillion under the starry sky. Decorated by my favourite white Cala Lilies-simple but stylish.. well. simple put.. the setting was just LOVELY.
90% of Brazilian are Roman Catholic. Most of their wedding ceremonies had been patterned after the modern religious ceremonies, so was this one. Guests seated at 9:15pm sharp, waiting for the Groom. Led by the Preacher, the groom and his mum walked down the aisle first. Then each pair of 'Padrinho' aka witness walked in one by one. This is what the Brazilians do in their weddings. Instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen, they invited couples or match their 'Padrinhos' into couple. These couples are normally the bride or groom's relatives and best friends, they can be husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, brothers and sisters, cousins, or friends, etc who will be sitting in front together with the bride & groom during the ceremony. In this wedding there are 10 pair of 'Padrinhos' altogether. Sucha a grand way of entrance. =)
Then came the flower boy and flower girl holding the bridal bouquet. The cute lil' boy was very nervous thru-out the whole way, his expression is too cute to be described by words. =P
The bride arrived 10 minutes late escorted by her father. Can you imagine if that happened in Singapore? Everyone would be worrying and feeling sorry for the groom. But here, it's expected. A Brazilian wedding ceremony will consist of the Brazilian bride being late at least 10 minutes after the groom has arrived. But the Brazilian brides are not allowed to be more then 30 minutes late for the ceremony. The wedding dress is not meant to be seen by the groom before the wedding as it is considered to be very unlucky which is also common in most other countries
The preacher started his blessing. The blessing was in Portuguese, it sounded so nice and touching even thou i dun understand a single word.
Its then time to exchange the wedding band. Another pretty lil' flower girl brought the wedding rings in a nicely-decorated basket. It is important not to drop the wedding rings, this is considered to show that your wedding won't last if this happens when the Brazilian brides and grooms are at the altar. Rings are used differently in Brazil, they are still on the fingers of course but when you are engaged you shall wear it on your right hand. Only when the the Brazilian brides and grooms finally get married, then you shall tranfer the ring to your left hand's finger.
After exchanging wedding rings, the bride and groom then exchanged vows and signed the wedding certicate. Ceremony was short and simple, but it was really special and beautifully done. I love the bride's gown especially the long veil. It was Sooo lovely dat it made me feel like to get married immediately for the sake of the gown. Ha!
Guests then proceeded to the buffet area where the party was held. Brazilians party bound to have food and drinks. So as a wedding party! There was a crew of waiters serving fingerfoods and beverages. Most of the Brazilian Wedding parties serve only finger food but some do serve full course dinner. We chinese normally give Red Packet to the newly wed, but in Brazil the couple would generate a wishlist online with furniture shop or household item provider. Guest would then purchase online the items chosen by the couple before atttending the wedding party. In case you are curious, generally people are willing to fork out R$100-R$200 to purchase a single or a few items, OR chip in to purchase a big ticket item.
Guest will mingle around, chit-chat, taking pictures while enjoying the foods and drinks. A cute traditional custom on the Brazilian wedding: The bestman cut the groom’s tie and sold pieces of it to the guests to help alleviate some of the wedding/honeymoon cost. =)
The party started about an hours later. There is a dancefloor with DJ's spinning some Samba and techno mix. The dance is different as is the music. The bride and groom dance the pagode, which is a form of samba. This dance is often played at Brazilian wedding ceremonies. Aftermaths, guest joined in, letting their hair down, dancing till drop.
Brazil has some of the most vibrant customs of any country in the world, and the Brazilian wedding ceremony is no exception. Brazilians love to party, and look upon weddings as an opportunity for a personalized Carnival. With its soulful mix of Indian, African, Japanese and European roots and traditions, this multi-faceted melting pot has always represented an exotic, passionate, tropical paradise, between the passion of Carnaval and the Amazon. A Brazilian wedding . . . rich in treasures, tropical outdoor pleasures, and so much more. It was sucha a rollin' good time, i sure enjoyed myself! Best wishes for a life filled with love and happiness for Bruno and Viviane. Felicidades, Amor e Paz!
Labels: Brazil, Days of My Life, Shake Ur BomBom
Date : Friday, April 20, 2007
Time : 12:27 PM
For obvious reasons the news of the last couple of days has been dominated by the bloody rampage at Virginia Tech. The bit about there being no restrictions on the purchase of assault rifles eg the AK-47 is highly baffling. It's one thing to sit a thousand miles away and scratch our heads at the happenings yet the fears are real for friends who stay in US. I can understand the feeling perfectly after a year in Rio. Luckily, gun is still not so accessible to the citizens. You might be able to get one, but its most likely not thru a legitimate way. Aint it scary if you were to wake up one day finding ur neighbour holding a gun at ur head while you pick up the morning milk delivery? Isnt it irony when u make out to the world that u would kick up a storm defense against terrorist yet allowing the potential massacre from happening in ur own land?? Wat a terrible world out there!
Labels: Rumbling.. Mulling.. Howling..
How often do u complain?
Time : 7:24 AM
How often do you complain about your life, your work, your social status and your wealth? Do you rant about your monotonous routine and swear on your wearying job? Do you vent on how boring your relationships are and how wicked your superior is? How frequent or do we ever love the fact that we are alive, have a shelter over our head, have food to keep us warm and energetic, have work to keep us occupied and paid?
Pardon me for the 'Carrie-esque' questions above. The after-effect of too many dosage of Sex and the City. These questions struck me when i saw two homeless ladies on my way to office this morning. Our car couldnt move an inch, together with the many cars in the middle of the road due to traffic jam. Despite the amount of cars and people looking, there were two black ladies changing their clothes by the roadside sooo naturally as if there wasnt any pair of eyes watching. I bet they are mother and daughter. Mother first got herself into an old, rugged T-shirt, she wasnt wearing any bra underneath. Then she helped her daughter to get change. Daughter is at her teenage years, but acted like a dim-witted child. I assured you, a nude ebony teenager's full-blossom torso exposed in front of your eyes under this situation wasnt sexy nor arousing at all. In fact, i felt an indescribable uneasiness and sadness. After putting up an similarly torn T-shirt on the daughter, mother took out a small comb,started to brush her daughter black, curly locs just like any other mother do. Soft and gentle, with love and tender.. I believed she wanted to give her daughter the best that she could, but all she could do is to be with her. She couldnt even give her proper place to sleep nor a decent place to wash up. Heart-wrenching, and all i can feel is a twinge in my heart. Wat an irony... to think I was worrying over the issue of how to doll myself up for the wedding dinner tonite when some people dun even hv a proper clothing to wear. Shame on myself for being sucha vainpot.There are plenty of homeless in Brazil. I ask myself wat can i do to help 'em but i dun hv an answer to my question. Give 'em food and money, that isnt a way to cure the root. All of a sudden, i feel endowed and glad for being where i am and for wat i have. Life has been good to me and i shall stop myself from ranting any further. My frens, be gladful and be contented. Wish all of u a good day ahead. Till then , xoxo.
Labels: Brazil, Days of My Life, two cents thot
Date : Thursday, April 19, 2007
Time : 7:56 AM
..of being sick. My voice is still as sexy.. my persistent cough and stuffy nose still plagueing me, luckily i m not burned with fever anymore - in another words, i m ill and haggard AND not HOT animore. =(
when ur folks told u not to talk to strangers - they're prolly right. talk too much and u might end up losing your voice. juz like me. Yet i m still chasing all the vendors like there isnt tmr, making tons of call daily.. arrgg, i hope i hv not scare 'em away by my 'telible holible' voice. Wat needs to be done got to be done. i juz wish to quickly finish this fast n go back to my wee home.
Fortunately.. all these blowing nose, sneezing and coughing do not really can dampen my excitement! Keke.. there is a wedding part-eee to attend tomorrow, hoolaalaa.. my first Brazilian Wedding Dinner!! Cant wait to see how its gonna be!!
Now the onli prob is wat to wear??!! According to PP and the rest, dresscode for Brazilian Wedding Dinner is super formal: guys gotta wear tuxedo or at least suits & tie, where ladies gotta put on their best nite gown. A paradoxical nightmare come true - a full wardrobe yet absolutely nothing to wear. Dun u scoff, i'm serious. My wardrobe in the apartment is full of summer wear n casual oufits and some working suits, not even a piece close to. I cant even remember if i brought any dress with me this trip back to BZ. Stupid me, shud hv at leat brought one of the lil' black dresss over. Hmm... now my wardrobe is in dire need of a grownup chic crossover, seeking classic timeless additions. But how?? time is running out, Oh God, pls gimme a cinderella's fairy!!
Labels: Brazil, Days of My Life, Rumbling.. Mulling.. Howling..
Date : Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Time : 6:04 PM
oh i m in need... in need of some real ping pong piang stuff. Why did i study so much to do sucha freakin' dumb dumb job?? I seriously need some stimulants.. well.. juz for my BRAIN.
Labels: Nutshell Inc., Rumbling.. Mulling.. Howling..
My Man In Black
Time : 8:57 AM
This is what I call the REAL bodyguard!!
Keke.. my favourite security guard in the office has been promoted. He is the one who save me from the mad women (-_-)
He looks so suave in his brand new uniform!! PP u muz see this, our baldie is sucha head-turner today!! Somehow i feel the photos did not do justice to him, he looks much cooler in person.
Now u noe y i hv a fetish for baldie and macho guy. they r juz CUTE *grin*
The rest of the security & reception team --
Labels: Brazil, Nutshell Inc., Out of the Box
An arc of concentric colorbands
Date : Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Time : 9:33 AM
I saw RAINBOW this morning!!!Kid u not, its a special rainbow. Not those half broken rainbow can... Its a full bow rainbow i saw this mornin' =) It was complete and vividly bright at both legs.Mm.. I m those who fall asleep the moment i get into the car's backseat. However this morning, i was wide-awake somehow. And here it appeared, right in front of us. My heart leaped when we stumbled upon the seemingly perfect colour bridge. It was drizzling and the sky was cloudy, but this did not affect the astounding beauty of the full bow. Rainbows are one of the most beautiful spectacles nature has to offer -- so beautiful, in fact, that they've inspired countless fairy tales, songs and legends. The science behind the rainbow is so simple, the phenomena is yet so wonderful and breathtaking that it makes all your trouble melts like lemondrop.. A flock of bird flew past the colorband in a straight line, making a picture perfect morning for 4 of us stuck in the 4-wheel box. Beautiful things always come at the least expected moments..Sorry readers for not being able to take any picture. I was stunned by the natural beauty and when i regain my consciousness, we already drove past the arch. However, i shall share this piece of entry with all of you, wishing you a beautiful day ahead with your pot of gold waiting at the end of the day.
Labels: Brazil, Days of My Life
Romantic vs tacky?
Time : 9:32 AM
While hunting for dinner yesterday nite, we parked the car rite in front the restaurant where a pair of couple was creating quite a scene on the passenger path.
A 40++ uncle was trying to blindfold his 30++ gf/wife. Apparently, uncle had some romantic hanky panky thot on his mind, probably got the idea from the evening soap opera. Gf/wife was kinda irritated by clumsy uncle who tried so hard to tie a white towel (who the hell in this world will use a rough towel to blindfold his gf??!! Pls lar.. use sth more delicate can..) over her eyes. One can sense her impatience and unhappiness clearly from her tone and expression esp when she almost sprained her leg trying to figure her way out..
Ha... if you only you can imagine the scenario. All of us were laughing real hard and it certainly made our day. Our bad.. our bad.. but its real hilarious man.. Successful romantics are idealists,the sentimental dreamers,the imaginative and the fanciful artist that love look like an art form with all the romantic things they do for their special someone; and the lousy one.. arggh.. tahts when rosecolored dreams turned tacky when came to glorious reality. And only in Brazil you can see this.. Brazilians are so straightforward in expressing their passion of love, no shame or shy when come to showcasing their act of love in public. You can easily spotted a couple from far because they are either hugging like a unseparable Siamese twins or french-kissing lovingly on the street like there isnt tomorrow. This happens in anywhere, anytime: while waiting for the redlight turning green, while queueing up for the cashier, while waiting for the bus or even while driving on the streets. However, this is the first time i saw people transorming the movie tricks into real romantic stunts-blindfolding his partner for a evening surprise - on a street. Being an incurable romantic, some sympathy pts is given to uncle's courage and adventurous attitude, but i do pity his gf who was the guinea pig of his primitive try. Need some fine-tune on the settings and plottings, i muz say.
I bet u will say: All this showy stunts could only happens smoothly in the movies where the actors and actresses remain handsome and pretty 25 hrs a day. While cooking up further romantic ideas, probably we shall juz start wif sth simpler. Yes, love is an emotion but it's also an action. I guess many of us including myself have never really put love into action. Regularly ask yourself, "What am I doing to keep love alive?" Then, commit to doing something every day that will make your partner feel good. Say "thank you" a lot, send a loving e-mail, buy flowers, light some candles at dinner, plan a surprise weekend and so on.. Romantic is sth very personal, everybody has his/her own definition. Some might prefer a surprise now-n-then, some might be into adventurous outting, or some might do fine with just lazing under the star.. No matter what kind of romantics your are.. put ur feeling into the real dough. Action is a way of keeping us conscious of how blessed we are to have our partners in our lives. So y not get some spice for ur lovelife, go turn urself into a lil’ puddle of romantic comedy-loving mush today!! (^_*)
Labels: Days of My Life, two cents thot
Happy Birthday to Zynamic Gala
Date : Monday, April 16, 2007
Time : 6:28 PM
I juz noticed that this blog has hit its one yr anniversary. A year old... Ivy, my dear, I break the '9-mths-curse'!!
Look what i found on 'The Daily Watsoever'. Zynamic Gala is featured on the paper!
Hurray, 16th of April 2007, marked the official one year anniversary of this lil' devil. Thanks all for sharing and reading.. Lets put our hands together and pray for a betta yr ahead!!
Time : 9:15 AM
Drizzling Monday morning but thing certainly looks brighter than ever!
Labels: Days of My Life
A parcel of surprise
Date : Saturday, April 14, 2007
Time : 2:07 PM
Was juz ranting on my bad health recently and deng deng deng deng i receive this speedpost parcel from SG this morning.
A box of Panadol Extra and some vitamin C supplement. No name, no addressee nor any sort of notes. Its a surprice parcel and I hv no clue of who the sender is. Regardless of which kind soul out there, if u r looking at this post, i m expressing my deepest gratitude to you. I m fine now with no more fever. I lost my voice but worry not, i m gonna find it back real soon! Thanks for the concern. Gals are funny animals. We tend to touched by all these lil' acts which u guys might find it too dramatic or showy. For me, I m glad there is someone who care but it would be juz pure gratitude, if only the kind acts were shown by the people I love or care abt, then that is where happiness steps in.Prob age is catching up.. or prob thats becoz of peer pressure. Everybdy ard seems getting married within the next few years, and i ve been asked when is my turn coming. Beside giving evrybody a bitter smile, i cant find other words to say.. When i was a lil' gal, i believed tat the happiest day of my life would be my wedding day, and now.. its not tat i cease believing, it just dawn upon me that to find a soulmate that i can spend the rest of my life with seems the biggest challenge i hv ever met.Fren A: Its abt time.. just get urself out from the shelf and married off ur butt.Fren B: Dun u tell me u hv no woo-ers or BFs. Forget abt ur criteria lists and get realistic!!Fren C: Treasure the man in front of u! U'll nvr know, give it a shot.Fren D: Dun think too much, just go sign the paper and u will know hows married life is.Arrgg.. as if i m going to become an old spinster soon. I m still in my twenties.. aint it my time to focus on my career and embark on my next big thing in life? but somehow.. i can hear that lil' voice in the deepest corner of my heart, yearning for a stable and looking-bright relationship leading to a blissful marriage. But how do i tell if he is the right man for me? if I were at one time in love, what has changed that precipitated my falling out of love with that person? how do i find the spark back or izzit natural for the spark to go away and i might feel not in love anymore but Im just in a different stage of love? The main point is, if i cant sort all this out, wat right do i hv to jump into the marriage cruise and how far u think the ship can sail off?
There are so many doubts in my bombing head, and i juz cant seem to get 'em cleared. How i envious those who can be so sure of what they want/need in life and then fight hard for what they think they deserve.
Labels: Rumbling.. Mulling.. Howling.., Sacred Dungeon, two cents thot
The infamous Layers Meme
Date : Friday, April 13, 2007
Time : 8:10 AM
This has been spreading like fire in blogosphere and I finally kena it.
And.. i m not goin' to curse you, Munak-san.. on the condition that u shall find a way to ship/freight/smuggle/squeeze me into ur luggage during ur trip back to Kenya in September. (^_*)
Layer One:On The Outside
Name : Zee the little Devil aka Zeon Chong
Birth Date : 7th August (Prezziee.. Prezzie.. big or small .. i sweep all)
Current status : As free as a birdie (chirp. chhirp.chirp.)
Eye Colour : Hmm.... Let me take a look in the mirror... Izzit Black or Dark brown?? (Hhmm.. its in pretty Mocha)
Hair Colour : Black (in nature.. wif traces of copper brown highlight)
Righty or Lefty : Natural Leftyy forced-to-be Rightyy and dying-to-be Leftyy
Layer Two :On The Inside
Your Heritage :Hakka Cina. I'm a chinese, a chinese, a true-blue chinese! I m proud to be a CHINESE!
Your Fears : Losing the ability to laf, to lurve, to give and to appreciateYour Weakness : I have a prob at saying 'NO' and rejecting others. And I'm tellin' u its BEYOND critical.
Your Perfect Pizza : Not really into pizza, but a crispy, thin Spizza Pepperoni will be great once in a while. *DROOL*
Layer Three :Yesterday, Today , Tomorrow Your Thoughts First Waking Up : its either 'OMG....do i really hv to wake up?' OR 'Wat a beautiful day!!' then 'WATS BREAKFAST FOR TODAY??'
Your Bedtime : *Ahem* i can drift into slumberland anytime & i m super duper mega proud of it. Can i consider this as a super power?! *ponder in depth*
Your Most Missed Memory : A starry x'mas nite THAT yr. Those late nites strolling and chatting heartily under the stars in NTU campus. U think we'll go walk the campus trail again one of these days?
Layer Four : Your Pick Pepsi or Coke : None, i hate carbonated drinks. My type of drinks-water, the source of beauty!
McDonald's or Burger King : I m big BK's fan!
Single or Group Dates : Ei.. well.. it deps. A grp date will be fun!!
Adidas or Nike : My take on PUMA!!!
Tea or Nestea : Tea. Tea. Tea. I m a tea lover.
Chocolate or Vanilla : Irrks.... put away the vanilla thingy - I'm a die hard chocoholic. =P
Cappucino or Coffee : Excuse me, sir? Can i hv my tea served instead? I dun drink COFFEE. but i admire its fragrance and all coffee's arts.
Layer Five : Do You.. Smoke : *FROWN* of cozz..............NOT!
Curse: KNS. does dis count?
Take a shower : Huh???!!! Anyone doesnt? At least once a day.
Have a crush : on SEAFOOD!! Oh.. i can hear my stomack grumbling now.
Think you've been in love: YES!! wif my family n my Zico.
Go to school : Not anymore. Thank GOD!!
Want to get married : Ei... maybe.. if i found my Mr Right.
Believe in yourself : Most of the time, YES
Think you're a health freak : NAH...Not even close
Layer Six : In The Past Month
Drank alcohol : Yeppie
Gone to the mall : Yeppie. of coz man, i m a mall sucker. Speaking of dat, i need to hv another shopping dose soon.
Been on stage : ??!! Not dat i remember.. Does singing in my bathroom count?
Eaten sushi : Tons of 'em!!Dyed your hair : Nope. i want my shiny black hair back!
Layer Seven : Have You Ever..
Played A Stripping Game : Nope. Not yet thou... tsk tsk tsk
Changed Who You Were To Fit In : Well.. I do adjust myself to fit in, but not losing myself.
Layer Eight : Age
You're Hoping To Be Married : before 30? Oh.. i dunnoe. Lets nature take its course.
Layer Nine : In a Girl/Guy
Best Eye Colour : anything, black or dark brown is prefered.
Best Hair Colour : No preference, as long as its natural color. I dun like guy who dye his hair.
Short Hair or Long Hair : I dun really admire guy who keeps his hair long. Dun u think BALDIE is sooooo sexy, keke!
Layer Ten : What Were You Doing
1 Min Ago : Sipping water.
1 Hour Ago : MSN-ing.
4.5 Hours Ago : Working.
1 Month Ago : Hv fun in SG!!
1 Year Ago: In preparation to come to Brazil.
Layer Eleven : Finish The Sentence
I Love : everything dat is beautiful.
I Feel : happy when my effort is being recognised.
I Hate : headache.
I Hide : my grief.
I Need : YOU!!!
Layer Twelve : Tag five people..Oooh....wat to do.. i gotta 'pay it fwd'.1. PP - hehe.. i found sth for u to blog.2. Roger - where r u???? Still ALIVE??3. Christina_YY- my new fellow blogger fren.4. Wendy - yo gal!! write us sth funny!5. Gracie - Sweetie, get the tag rolls. =)
Ladyluck is shining..
Date : Thursday, April 12, 2007
Time : 10:07 PM
.. on ME!!
Hurray, its really my day man!
1. Got my long overdue March oversea allowance which i totally dun think i'll be getting it since i had been spending the past mth in SG. Haha.. - its a pretty hefty sum.. shh. Probably i shud go get one of 'em Chloe handbag huh.. On a 2nd thot.. well.. i shouldnt hv splurge on branded stuff.prob i shall save it for better use instead.
2. Lunch @ Severyna - dished some real tasty Northern brazilian cuisine. Thanks to ECL for the food meme. now i got some pretty decent excuse hunting for good food together wif my Brazilian frens. Guys n gals.. be patient, i m going to feature it as soon as i make up my mind on which 5 restaurants dat i fancied most. 3. This is the BIGGEST thing today! Imagine the at first super duper mega angry (not at me) Brazilian Manager P.E who worked with me for the 1st time, came to my desk - gave me a good handshake and a firm pat on the shoulder, with a pleasing praise after our meeting. Ahh.. i can tell he was impressed. Felt so great that my effort wasn't wasted and being recognized.
Ohh.. by the way.. i think i m losing my voice.. i sounded so sexy with the rough coarse voice that mum cant even recognise when she phoned up juz now.
Labels: Days of My Life, Nutshell Inc.
I found the elixir!
Date : Monday, April 09, 2007
Time : 3:28 PM
Hohoohoo.. i m as fit as a bull again =)Heng i still managed to dig this lil' flu remedy out from Mum's Doraemon Bag. MuakZZ!!Nvr tried this thing b4, just 2 satchet of this powdery thing can really do wonder, and surpriseingly it tastes so nice *yum yum*No more fever, no more body ache, i can start thinking of wat to eat for dinner now!
Labels: Days of My Life
The next stop??
Time : 12:25 PM
Yea. got tagged by hot mama again.
A bit overdue but i shall post sth still - "Where do you wanna go next?"
There is a country on this earth where i have been wanting to go!! If somebody would be kind 'nuff to sponsor me, haha.. I would love to set my foot on the wild Safari land - South Africa.
Covering a huge swathe of land, washed by the Atlantic and Indian oceans, South Africa has enormous wealth above and below ground, making it one of the richest natural storehouses on the planet and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful country in the world. Its such a big country and one would really have to spend months to travel and savor the whole baeuty of this unique land.
Being the Home to the famous big 5 - Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo, what atrracts me most is definitely their wildlife.. An overland trip or a guided safari in Kruger National Park will be great! Kruger is one of the premier game-watching destinations in the world. Approximately 145 mammal species occur in the park. It is possible to see all the classical African big game, including elephant, black and white rhino, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog and many antelope species. Large carnivores include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena. There are also many smaller mammals species which are equally as enticing. I m getting excited thinking of the big lions sniffing at the tip of my nose!!!
The other not-to-be-missed tourist attraction is its capital, Cape Town. In this beautiful city even transient visitors can't help but devote a few million brain cells to storing images of its grandeur: its striking Table Mountain backdrop, its glorious beaches and enchanting vineyards, its rugged landscapes, its strange and wonderful plants and animals. Among all, the famous Cape Point which is an 8000-hectare (19,770-acre) narrow promontory of land jutting into a stretch of open sea popularly believed to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The peninsula, situated 60km (37 miles) southwest of Cape Town, is characterised by towering sea cliffs, the highest in South Africa, which reach a height of 249m (817ft). Criss-crossed by spectacular walks and trails, the area also features whale and penguin watching, tidal pools, over a thousand species of indigenous plants and a variety of mammals, such as baboon and buck. Popular activities around Cape Point also include abseiling, parasailing, horseriding and surfing.For those who love food and wine, SA is juz the right place to go. South African wines are among the best in the world, and with the top estates located in the scenic Cape, one should nvr miss a visit to 'em vineyards. Foodwise, For teh daring diner, SA offers culinary challenges from crocodile sirloins to fried caterpillars to sheep heads. However, those who prefer to play it altogether safe will find that most eateries offer a familiar global menu - anything from hamburgers to sushi to pad thai to spaghetti bolognaise.
Sounds like a perfect holiday isnt it?? I m seriously contemplating the next wa-wa-wuu getaway!
Some fast fact of South Africa
Full Name: The Republic of South Africa
Capital City: Pretoria (official); Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative).
Area: 1,233,404 sq km / 476,217 sq miles Population: 43,800,000 Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 ()
Languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Tswana, Sotho, Southern, Swati, South Ndebele
Religion: Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and traditional religions
Currency: Rand (R)
Electricity: 220/230V 50Hz
Okay.. according to the rules i shall tagged another 5 blogger- who shall then write abt their next dream vacation and continue the tag within 7 days, here i go:
1. Ivy - who is rather free these days, hehe
2. PP - who loves to travel
3. Coolinsider - who yearns to hv more travel opp [well bro, knowing u r kinda busy @ work recently, u can so this whenever u hv the spare time ;) ]
4. Mashi - who is another globetrotter
5. Czenfan - to encourage him to start blogging again!
Title : Where Next ?
Proposition : Where do you want to go Next, OUTSIDE OF YOUR COUNTRY, for tourism, work , study, whatever.
Requirements: Find some info about the place, itinerary etc, pics if possible so you get MORE Traffic coming in, and maybe some people can find somewhere to go to. Excludes your NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR, ie Singapore,Malaysia,Brunei, a country that borders yours.Another requirement is to insert the last 15 people on the list who had participated in this tag list: ( Add urs at the top of the list, keep only 15th link)Zeethedevil wanna go wild in South Africa
eastcoastlife of Singapore yearns to go SwitzerlandThis Singaporean Melayu in Europe aka Azrin going LANSING MICHIGAN. Shoppingmum to Europe
Angeleyes off to Bora-Bora
Giddy Tiger snorkelling in The Maldives
Jess to Europe
Mybabybay wants to go Round The World
Samm will go to Japan
Bernard dreams of New Zealand Mission completed! Whew~
Simple Pleasures that makes Home Sweet Home
Date : Saturday, April 07, 2007
Time : 7:15 AM
I can nvr be away from home for too long. The past 1 month back home have been really awesome.
There are soo many lil' pleasures i enjoyed dat makes home, off the top of my mind:
1. Homecooked meal and mum's special birdnest. OMG.. i miss dat!
2. Falling asleep in my own bed, nothing beats your own nest. 3. Dodging in warm safe arms. I miss those warm hands and cuddles.
3. Gossipping & exchanging fashion tips wif e gals. Hey, i love u all!
4. Rolling with zico- tats my expertise afterall. hiakz hiakz hiakz..
5. Shop till i drop in the familiar shops n stalls. Oh boy, i luv 'em colorful shoes dat i found @ Far East Plaza.
6. Wide choices of breakfast such as Dim Sum, Nasi Lemak, Roti Prata, Wanton Mee, Char Bihun... i can go on & on.. but i m left wif bread/ham & cheese here. =(
5. Chilling out @ Wala-wala, sipping Hoegarden n gulpping the vongoles.
7. Magazines and books, how i miss 'em english n chinese words.
8. Being able party till late nite and flag a cab home without worrying abt safety.
9. strains of YES 93.3FM and Class 95.0FM on the radio. These chinese & english pops keep me groovy all days long. ;)
10. the air of homeland. tha familiar language AND the familiar faces.
it's juz GREAT to be home!
Labels: Out of the Box, two cents thot
Summery Good Friday
Date : Friday, April 06, 2007
Time : 7:36 PM
Woke up as early as 4:30 am this morning. Arrhh.. Blame that jetlag.
Fed my hungry stomach and went on housekeeping my lappie. Too many junk stuff, i would betta do an overhaul b4 it starts failing on me.
Did lunch @ A mineira- a famous franchise buffet restaurant in Sao Francisco wif colleagues. Wide spread of buffet with various choice of Brazilian food, juz the rite place to indulge in some good food and beers.
Swang by Prainha aka 'Little beach'. I enjoyed the sea breeze n the beach view despite the summery hot sun. How good can life be? I found myself smiling contentedly.
Received a cute SMS from Big C. Wishing me a Gd Friday for i'm now 11 hrs younger than i were in SG i like dat!
Labels: Brazil, Days of My Life
Date : Thursday, April 05, 2007
Time : 4:06 PM
Finally touched down. Keke.. guess wat!! i got upgraded to business class during the Paris-Rio sector. Hohoho.... its definitely heaven n hell! Feeling good even after twelve hr flight - thanks to the genius who invented the lie-flat seat.
Saw this Lindt Gold Bunny at the Airport Duty Free Shop.
Bought two for the neighbour kids and one for myself... Its Easter coming again! My apartment was full of dust after a month vacant. Spend half an hr cleaning and tidying up before going to Sendas (supermarket downstair) for groceries shopping with Jimmy. Sendas was full of people doing last minute shopping for the holidays. Its fun n smile-inducing looking @ those beautiful packed easter eggs hanging on the overhead racks. There are so many of them: big and small, modern and traditional -- I felt like a kid once again- hopping in joy and amazement.
Mmm... Life in Brazil is starting again. This time rd, the song of life sings at the right cue and it feels right too =) Wish me gd luck!
Labels: Brazil, Days of My Life, Lets Tuck In, Out of the Box
Date : Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Time : 12:21 PM
French man are too addicted to wine and hence came out with these carry-wherever-u-can tetra-box wine?? Saw this box-package Merlot and Chardonnay in my hotel room barfridge. Wow.. now wine-sucker can enjoy their sip more than they can imagine: picnicking, backpacking, skiing, fishing, even the airline might consider this. Got rather curious and decided to checkout its website on the internet.
Apparently this is more than convenient packing and marketing strategy. Claimed to be the state-of-art design, it is highly eco-friendly. French Rabbit -packaged French Wine was launched end of 2005. These are wine from the Languedoc region of France, produced by Boisset family, one of the larger wine export and distribution companies in France. Boisset got its start from rather humble beginnings as a negociant in Burgundy in the early 1960s, and in the three decades since has become a powerful force in the French wine industry. Instead of using the traditional glass bottles, they've developed their own version of a drink box to sell their wine in, and the results are pretty interesting. The box weighs just about four percent of an ordinary glass wine bottle, meaning it would take 25 trucks filled with bottles to equal one truck filled with empty Rabbits. The package itself is made from polyethelene, aluminum foil and paperboard, so it's 100% recyclable, and its collapsible, which reduces waste volume by about 90 percent. The twist-on cap makes using cork a thing of the past. French Rabbit together with American Forest have came out with this 'Plant A Tree' project. For every four French rabbits sold, one tree will be planted by American Forests.
While it may seem strange to drink wine from what amounts to an oversized juice box (I myself din try it), but reviews have been rather positive since its launch. Interesting, isnt it? Available in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Family Reserve White and Red, you can now purchase online.
Labels: 'In' Store, Lets Tuck In, Out of the Box, Paris
Last fling in SG - Tea Bone Zen Mind
Date : Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Time : 6:48 PM
Been wanting to introduce this little Tea Cafe to my frens n readers. Get to know this place a years and a half ago when it just opened. Since then , it has become one of my favourite chill out place in the hustle bustle CBD area.
'Tea bone Zen Mind' Teahouse is located just a stone throw away from Raffles Hotel. For those taking MRT, its about ten minutes walk from cityhall station. Wat makes this cafe stand out from the others? heee.. follow me... and u shall be convinced.
Situated on the second floor accessed via a discreetly signposted stairway, here we are at this little hideaway space. Cozily cloistered in a corner away from the hustle and bustle below, yet conveniently close by. Owner's Carrie has a fine and refine taste which makes her customer fall in love with this teahouse almost immediately. Stylish, unconventional and yet traditional, a place worth coo-ing all over. The whole concepts of the restaurant is so consistent that even the little details such as the W/C is taken care of.
More than 50 types of tea available at your choice. Old-fashioned and properly made home brews like ginger tea, red date tea and their well-known Eight Tresures Tea aka Ba Bao Cha. Japanese style Green Tea and MoCha... U name it, they hv it. Let alone their unusual snacks like Taiwanese dried fish and wagashi.
Signature Tea: Ba Bao Cha, White Tea, and Mocha. Signature Dish: Tea Wings ( Chicken Wings cooked in Tea - healthy and delicious, tanalising ur tastebuds in a unique and refreshing way), Tea Egg (Diff from normal tea egg, the tea fragrance penetrates into the half-cooked egg-yolk, qith the jelly-like egg white and the warm gooey egg yolk-heavenly done!), grilled cuttlefish (smell pungent but taste otherwise), green mango (my fav: sourly sweet snacks with low cal.) & etc.. too many to form a list here. Price wise, its a tad up-market if u juz wanna pop in for a quick drink. However, its definitely worth the money if u intend to spend a long lazy noon sipping away the hot weather.. Tea is refillable and you can take ur own sweet time enjoy a quiet afternoon wif least interruption. Cant find a spot with enuff panache for a afternoon tea? Be it apreciating fine tea, chilling out with frens or recharge yourself, this is the place not to be missed. Why i like this place? Beside its discreet location and its whimsical decoration, i have to salute to their impeccable yet unobtrusive service. One will first served a wet-towel just for freshening-up, follow by a small cup of warm water with lemon. This is extremely appreciated especially in a hot-humid afternoon. I also love the efforts they placed while preparing the tea. Each tea is served with matching serving vessels, pots and cups, matching delicate snacks are served in accordance to the tea, aiming to bring out the best taste for the tea-lovers. Only gripe: their operation hr which seems only cater for bum and tai-tai. ( from 11am to 7pm) I m glad I get a chance to pay it a visit b4 i leave for brazil tonite. I m soo gonna miss this place!Click here for more pix.
Address: 38A Seah Street (S) 188379
Operation Hr: 1100 - 1900 daily
Evening and Sunday - for advance booking & reservation only
Tel: 6333 5400
Labels: 'In' Store, Days of My Life, Lets Tuck In, Singapore