Monday, April 18, 2011

i heart...

once again, we headed to Kuantan. when my mom asked if I wanted to tag along, of course the very first thing that came out of my mouth was Sara Thai Kitchen. Oh, this would definitely make up for the last time they went there without me during the school holidays. But sadly, after this it would not be easy to stop in Kuantan to satisfy my food cravings anymore - my brother has finished his study. yes, he's on his way to become a pharmacist. nevermind, maybe we can spend more time in Terengganu and eat colek after this :p

on Sunday, before loading my brother's stuff (all his treasures collected during his four years there) in the car, we headed to Kemaman. it was for my mom's favorite Sata. it's in Kampung Geliga, Kemaman.

Before reaching Kemaman town, look for the mosque on the right hand side (if you're from Kuantan) and take a right turn. There were several stalls selling Sata and otak-otak. The otak-otak is different from the ones they sell here in the West Coast. They put a piece of fish and cover it with spices (similar to rendang's in my opinion). Delicious, nevertheless.

Images from Google
I think it has been quite a tradition that whenever I'm gonna sit for the final exams, we would surely go on a trip to somewhere. I'm lovin everything ;)

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm not a machine

I was quite addicted to the telly when I was a kid, I had no passion to play any sports (still does :p) and on evenings, I'd rather be cooped up in the house watching whichever program that was airing at that time. More often than not, it would be those Cantonese drama series from Hong Kong. That was during their heyday. I could still recognize the actors' faces now, but believe me I haven't watch anything Cantonese for a gazillion years already.

They shared the era with Hindi movies a.k.a Bollywood, or maybe Bollywood's staying power was much stronger. I tried to have a fling with the Hindi movies, but mom was strict and didn't let me watch them. I guess it was because of their length - a solid three hours of staring at those colorful sarees and them having fun dancing at each opportunity they got.

So I did not like to watch Hindi movies even after I've finished school.

But yesterday I joined my friends when they watched the movie 3 Idiots - because I had nothing better to do. It turned out to be a remarkable and creative piece. I heart the main lead's character (played by Aamir Khan) especially the part when he explained about machines and when he tried to tell Virus how to teach the right way.

Each and every one of the teachers out there should watch this brilliant movie. What's the use of cramming definitions and every single line from the books, just to be poured out during exams?

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I've mentioned about our assignments for this semester, we have a couple of them that requires us to brush up our acting skills. Thank God I already took the theatre class in my second semester - I don't think it was of much help though ;p

one of the lecturers wanted us to record it, and all of us will watch our work this one night.

we did not take part in the making of the night, the paperwork part, the shopping part, etc. so, as the others had other work to do, we were assigned as the kitchen helpers - our lecturer insisted to cook for everyone.

when we arrived at her house, she already finished cooking..all that was left to do was to make the spring rolls and fry them. there were vermicelli soup, spring rolls with jicama and carrots, Choc Indulgence cake, and tidbits. the spring rolls were so yummy that we stuffed ourselves with them, until we were about to explode :p

my team's video was the first one aired that night. I kept laughing throughout the video, even though I've watched it beforehand - it was embarrassing to see myself on screen. I knew I wasn't born to be an actress all along :p. after we were done with each of the video, it was time to vote for the best actor and the best actress. none of the ones I chose got the prizes though..haha.

then came the part when the lecturer announced the winners. actually each team will get something, so there was nothing to loose. but it'd be so embarrassing if we got the last place. me and my friend were praying quietly at the back, hoping we wouldn't get the last place.

it turned out we won the 1st prize - we were dumbfounded when we heard the results. the lecturer asked if we wanted to hear the 1st place winner first or the 2nd place..they were shouting and made all sorts of noise that I thought I heard wrong. it really was a delightful surprise.

this last picture was taken during another event - this time we had to act in front of audiences, and it was not as smooth as the recorded one. of course :p. this semester really made both of the classes real tight, with everyone doing everything together. I can't wait for next semester to come..

high achievers

i have no idea what happened to the administration that made them super generous this semester - they celebrated us who made it into the Dean's list for last semester's exam at Renaissance Melaka (this was around two weeks ago). usually we would only go to each course/club's dinner and that was it. then, out of nowhere they sprang this one on us. we were flattered, of course.

the schedule left us less than happy though - we had to board the bus by 4.30 pm when the event was for the night and the dinner is scheduled at 11 pm. so we had to go there and wait amongst the strangers. we know practically no one before the rest of our friends arrived.

we were at loss of what to do, and my friend was busy doing her favorite pastime - camwhoring, when we were told to wait inside the 'changing room'. it was just a room full of people and we were bored waiting for the registration counter to be open.

our tables were coordinated to make it easier when the time for us to be on stage, but that was another problem. we were separated according to our names in alphabetical order and we had to sit with strangers. I felt like changing tables after the ceremony, but haven't got enough nerve to do that in front of the others ;p.
we were served sup soto ayam for the appetiser, and the main course was rice with ayam masak cili api, beef with dried chillies, fried seabass with sweet and sour sauce, and mixed veggies. i think the soup and the beef are the best among all. the others are just regular stuff. and the caramel pudding they served for dessert was too sweet for my liking. I was appaled when I realized that there are people who don't know the etiquette.  sigh. I know we had the dinner long past the dinner time, but the actions that the 'kids' showed that night were out of question - grabbing the utensils and thumping them on the table? eyeing the soup bowls being distributed with obviously hungry eyes, while grasping the utensils tightly?

I'm putting in a huge vote to have all the school children take another extra subject on etiquette - so they won't embarrassed themselves when they grow up.

the event was not as smooth as it was supposed to, but it was okay. the only thing that left us grumbling (together with our stomachs) is the time dinner was served. we ate when it was close to 11.30pm if I'm not mistaken. they should consider that part thoroughly, even though they want us to watch everyone go on stage they shouldn't hold the food..else, everyone of them would turn into the wolf in the Red Riding Hood.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

all the pictures

I just watched Killers, Letters to Juliet, and Knight and no correct order. I think all three movies were great, not all the 1 hour plus of each movie of course..but they were still delightful.

In Killers, Ashton Kutcher was oh-so-handsome as the retired assassin. I love when he wore the white safety helmet  and the white shirt at the construction site, he had this cheeky look on his face..despite putting on the pair of shades. But I think he needs to work on his moves - he seemed 'old' and couldn't move fast enough after he got married for three years. Luckily all the people trying to kill him were sloppy too :p

definitely adding Nice, France to my wishlist after the movie
love Heigl's green dress

 And everyone would know what kind of effects the Letters to Juliet had on me - I was close to hijacking a plane and directing them to Italy right then and there while watching the movie. Everything was so beautiful.

The words in the letter written by Sophie for Claire was only read at the end of the movie, during Lorenzo and Claire's wedding..
"Dear Claire, "What" and "If" are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if? I don't know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it's never too late. If it was true then, why wouldn't it be true now? You need only the courage to follow your heart. I don't know what a love like Juliet's feels like - love to leave loved ones for, love to cross oceans for but I'd like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I will have the courage to seize it. And, Claire, if you didn't, I hope one day that you will. All my love, Juliet"
they should do this scene naturally though

Knight and Day was funny and I'm impressed that Tom cruise and Cameron Diaz did a majority of the stunts on their own.

the cute yellow dress
images from Google