Tuesday, September 30, 2003
I'm gonna try to make this longer for you guys...
I finished reading Bram Stoker's Dracula
in a day...heh...it wasn't so thick lah
. It was one of those simplified versions, about 5000 words. I got a headache after reading it not because of the story, but because of the words alone. I guess I'm not so used to looking at nothing but words for hours on end. Still suffering from post-reading trauma
...if there's such a thing. It's kinda like a hangover after reading stuff for prolonged periods. My eyes are tired...
Anyway, the story was kinda interesting. It was like in diary form, and the story was presented in like daily entries. There was Mina Harker in the story and this same character was used in LXG. She became a vampire? Kinda weird. At the ending, after Dracula died in a pathetic
way, they just said that "her forehead was as clean as snow". There was something there when she was slowly turning into a vampire. Heh. I don't get it really. Nevermind hor
...won't die one...
Let's get to the real world now. I'm worrying about my solo violin performance at Merdeka Palace on Sunday. I'm playing this jazz song...one of my exam pieces. My teacher asked...no, demanded that I play it..."got the highest score above the other two pieces". Oh well. It's got a lot of "position moving" -- you gotta move your fingers higher along the fingerboard. It's not so bad if the violing has frets, cuz if you "land" on the wrong spot, the sound produced will be different. You gotta be exact. Can't be embarrased in front of the hell lot of people!!!!
That's all lah. Nothing happened today.
Appetite comes with eating.
Heh. No wonder I've no appetite.
?dael had a question at 7:38 PM
Monday, September 29, 2003
Monday blues is/are here again...is blues a singular or plural? Hmmm....anyways...
I'm having serious trouble with my add. maths homework. Okay, not that serious. It's just so damn difficult to do! I've lost all interest in that subject already...wahhhhhhhh
...As Raelene had said in her blog a few weeks ago, see you in scholastic purgatory
I have nothing much to write, and I think my posts are getting shorter. How do people write a lot? Let's see...I think they expand their ideas in creative ways which results in the numerous words written...or typed, rather. Heh. Let me try to exxxxppppppppaaaaaaaannnnnnnddddddd my ideas...next time. I've got to go offline in but a few minutes and this post is halfway incomplete. Ah...what to do? I guess I'll just have to put up your daily proverb...I know you've all been waiting for this!!! <--sarcasm intented. Heh.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Heh. Is that true? Then I've been expecting too many things...
?dael had a question at 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 28, 2003
Went to watch LXG (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) last night. I have to say that it was good. Now the movie I wanna watch is Underworld. It's not out here yet (I think). I have to watch that movie. There's one thing I'd like to say about LXG: Nautilus is HUGE
!!! Initially, I thought it to be a small submarine, but it was like BIG, man. Damn big. Nice storyline too. The vampire (I had my eyes on her) was like cool. Something was awfully strange about her though...she could stay in direct sunlight. Weird? I dunno. Maybe she's a different kinda vampire. Overall, I'd rate LXG 8/10. Very nice.
After the movie, we (my friends and I) went to makan
. I had a gastric attack. I've been getting them so often now. That's if I don't eat or eat much. It's just that sometimes I don't have the mood or appetite to eat at all. So anyways, I went to order food. I thought I heard dah habis dah
(finished already) because all the other stalls were closing. So I just went away. Minutes later, the stall owner came to me saying that my food was ready. I was like what the heck?
What to do? I paid for it, and was short of 50 sen. So I ate fast because the others were waiting for me to finish. After that, we split because some of us didn't eat yet. So we went to eat, and came back at like 11++. Gosh. I've been having late nights that more pimples are coming out.
Anyways, I'm feeling so hungry now. I'll just have to wait for my parents to come back. My mom went for some meeting the whole day today. Dad went to pick her up. I hope they buy food. And what the heck are they playing on the radio, man?
A whistling woman and a crowning hen are neither fit for God nor men.
?dael had a question at 5:13 PM
Friday, September 26, 2003
Instead of having your daily proverb, let's have a question today. I got this off Radio 4 this evening, and it's pretty interesting (to me lah
). The answer is at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
76% of people do this alone eventhough they prefer to do it with a partner.
Anyways, what can I say about today? I have one confession: I love Fig fruits! They're so nice, although a little hard to chew. They're naturally sweetened, though. I have just finished tidying up my house and my room (finally). Took away the shells along the stairs. Took away most of the things. Less is more
. There's definitely less dust too.
Eugene, our church's Music Director (I think...heh), is going to play special music in church tomorrow. He's from Berklee's. Jazz musician, he is. I'll be involved in it, but I'm not sure what I'm playing. I could be playing the piano or the violin. He says that we gotta check how the piano sounds with the sequence (a programed thingy). If the piano doesn't sound nice with the sequence, then I'll have to play the violin. I'm kinda excited.
Well, I think I've written enough. Here's the answer you thought you'd never get: Driving to work. Heh. Were you thinking something else?
?dael had a question at 4:50 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Ahhh...I'm so full. I was like hungry before. But I was more thirsty than hungry. The Milo tastes so good...mmmm.
Nothing much to write because nothing worth mentioning happened today. I touched GTA Vice City for the first time. It was more exciting than expected. You can like beat people up whenever you want, but with the risk of being chased by the police. You can also run people down with cars and motorcycles. It's fun!
One thing happened at Aikido lesson today. I had to "overpower" this strong guy. I had to use all my strength to push him down. Eventually I did...and I came to realize that the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
Heh. Just ask anyone practising Aikido...they won't deny it.
Here's your daily proverb:
Fools build houses and wise men live in them.
Oh dear. We live in shoddy houses?
?dael had a question at 8:40 PM
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Heh...school today was slightly more eventful in a way. In a bad way actually. My classmates were on the verge of melee
fighting...they were already throwing, erm, angry words at each other. Boy, it was tense. The whole class was looking at the both of them. The only reason the fight did not initiate was because the guy didn't want to fight a girl. The whole extreme event began when he sweared at her for not lending him the stapler. Can't blame her though...the stapler was like out of staples. So, whose fault is it? I can't tell really.
Ah...there was this drama with a student and my English teacher today. He, Tom (not his real name to protect identity), did not have a specific english book. Teacher *commanded* to buy it. He was giving an excuse that his uncle was outstation and that he had no transport to the bookstore.
It's kinda logical, but, apparently, he had *lied*. The teacher requested for his uncle's phone number and called him. I think the teacher got through and found out the truth. She was damn pissed after the call and had a one-to-one talk with Tom outside the class. Tense, man.
But the best thing today was the "no afternoon class" thingy. I was looking forward to scanning my tear-and-sweat-drops art. Guess what. Scanner had a problem. Wahhhhhhhhh
. Disappointing. What to do?
You cannot put an old head on a young shoulder.
?dael had a question at 8:38 PM
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Hmmm...let's see what happened in school today. Firstly, school was such such
a drag, man. I wonder why. Secondly, I feel like whatever the teacher's teaching is going in through one ear and going out through the other. Thirdly, I hate HOMEWORK. Arghhhhhhhhhh.
There was something funny that happened during Add Maths class. My teacher was doing some questions for us and he came across this question he referred to as "terribly thing that is deceitfully/deceptively (forgot which) easy". He kinda muttered it under his breath, but we heard it loud and clear. Laughed we did. The question was indeed deceiving. It was one of those short-worded but immensely and discouragingly tedious. *sigh* We were fighting to keep awake. He, my teacher, did get it done eventually, albeit the answer he got was 1% (as he had calculated it) more than the book's answer. The reason: The values were rounded off many times. Heh. Gotta admire his perseverence though. He's one of the hardworking teachers in Sunny Hill.
Ah...and as usual, our Bahasa teacher makes our already down student life so...down. I'm not sure whether she knows what she's doing, but I'm sure that we don't know what we're doing. Except a few people lah
, they know. I am overcome by the inevitably inevitable laziness. I declare that I'm an Melancholic/Phlegmatic. It means I'm quite a laidback moody guy (am apt to suffer from hypochondria) . Got the phlegmatic side from my father. There. At least you know a little bit more about me. Saspek
to all the melancholics out there reading this. Heh. As for the other types, you gotta learn to live with us, okay?
Heh. Enough for now.
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
What does it mean? You tell me.
?dael had a question at 7:09 PM
Monday, September 22, 2003
I can't believe I completed my karangan
(a composition in Bahasa) with good feelings. Writing a karangan
is such a drag, man. I would usually feel so lazy finishing it, but this time it was different. I was like happy doing it. Heh...something's wrong with me. It could've been the "happy" music playing on the radio. I finished my karangan
Something happened during our Kimia
(Chemistry) class today. Our experiments usually fail. But that's not what happened...although it did (what the?). Were were doing titration of NaOH (Sodium Hydroxide) and HNO3 (Nitric Acid, I think) today. One thing that went wrong was when we added phenolphtalein into NaOH (some sort of an indicator -- turns red-pinkish in alkali) it automatically turned from pink to clear. It wasn't supposed to do that. It's supposed to turn clear after we added HNO3. The "clearness" indicated a neutral pH after a right amount of HNO3 was added to NaOH. So we added more phenolphtalein. Same thing happened.
We were originally using 2 dcm-1 of NaOH, but we changed it to 1 dcm-1. We thought maybe the pH was too strong or something. But we ran out of it. We were supposed to form crystals. But we just went with the experiment anyways. When we put NaOH + HNO3 together and boiled it, it was like BOILING madly. The solution was like "shot" out of the dish with pop
sounds. We the fire turned off. My teacher came with the conclusion that the solution was over acidic. Failure. *sigh*
Had my first glimpse of Potassium Manganate (I think that's how you spell it). It's like purple when you put it in water. So cool. Sakai
. Anyways, I think I'd better stop talking about chemicals and stuff cuz maybe you guys can't understand it...or if you do understand it, you won't bother trying to understand it. Wait. I've got myself confused. Heh.
?dael had a question at 5:25 PM
Sunday, September 21, 2003
This is Sunday's one.
Nothing much happened today. I was just lazying around the computer and the tv all day long. I did sleep for a while in the afternoon because I felt so so sleepy. Usually I don't sleep in the afternoons, but maybe it was because I slept late the night before. I slept at 12. Yes yes...I know, it's still early for some of you late sleepers. I'm an early sleeper, and my normal sleeping time is 10 pm. I'm not very used to sleeping "late".
I have this urge to watch Underworld. I think it's a great movie. Most of my friends don't think so though. I dunno lah
. And oh, I have to thank Mervyn so much for getting Adobe Streamline for me! I really appreciate this! (I know you're reading this Merv.)
This is Saturday's.
The Pathfinder program was a success. I played better than I had expected. It was far better than the rehearsals. I wonder why? Maybe it was the extra-long prayer I had that day. So...prayer works.
So anyway, my friends and I went out on Saturday night. We went to eat first...(most of them ate Gu Bak Mee
...not sure how to spell it). Then some of us went to have drinks while the rest went off somewhere else to buy chocolate??? After that, we went to my friend's uncle pub. I think it's a pub. Not sure what it's called. It's not as bad as you think it is. It was quite empty. Just us there. We had a few games of pool, and some drinks (again). We didn't drink alchoholic drinks, mind you. Then suddenly, this extremely drunk drunkard came in with three other people (two sober, one partially drunk). He was like screaming and stuff. I was freaked. Really freaked. I think ALL of us were freaked. We left. So did they. After that, we went for a late night stroll in Resevoir Park. And my friend Silas was freaking us out (again) with stories...aiyoh
! I reached home at about 11 ++pm.
I think that's it. Thanks for reading!
?dael had a question at 5:59 PM
Friday, September 19, 2003
TGIF! Yes! I love it when the week ends...that's why they call it a weekend (*lame...).
I've been working hard today (praise me!)...I've handwashed more than 100 plates, cups, and those plastic spoons. Under the rain some more. What are you thinking about me now? Did I wash it all
alone? Heh...I had help...but but I was under the rain...
Currently listening to Heritage Singers: A capella. Nice harmonization...*sigh*. It's an old album, but the songs never get old. I think the *older* people reading can testify to that. I mean, old songs don't get old. Yeah. I think. Heh.
I'm going to have to get ready for vesper tonight. My friend's going to come back today...or maybe she's here already. We're going to play the piano together for some Pathfinder program. I'm not in Pathfinders...heh...but they do need a pianist. And guess who they ask? Yes...you're right...me. I'm so..."honoured"...I'm feeling kinda nervous...cuz there's gonna be a hell lot of people there...I think. Other Pathfinders are coming too, I think. I'm afraid of screwing up in front of them.
Gah......hungry. I'm going to eat now. I'm gonna have to think about this...thanks to Heritage Singers' song (I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say):
"Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
I think all of us should think about that.
?dael had a question at 5:10 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Ahh...got the long-awaited break I needed today...Yes, yes, I know that I've done nothing but complain this week. But, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?
I'm not as exhausted and thirsty as I would be after Aikido lessons. Not sure why...maybe it's because I had my weekly dose of Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness today!!! Yeah...I'm like gaa-gaa over that game. I like that game for Lara Croft eventhough the gameplay is a bit...slow. She walks first before she runs even when an enemy's shooting at her. But I've been playing TR 1, 2, 3, not 4, Chronicles, and now AoD. TR Fan I am!!!
Wanna know what I'm eating now? Salad Chicken Rice
. It's not my personal favourite, but hey, I gotta eat. And then I'm going to choke it all down with cold Milo. My daily routine for Thursday. *sigh*
It's kinda nice to see you guys (namely Faith, Raelene, Merv, and Joel) visiting my blog and tagging
. Thanks a lot! And erm, you guys like kolo mee
?dael had a question at 8:30 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Today's quite the cheer-up I needed very much. Thank you.
I've had my first taste of Streamyx. It's broadband. It's not mine, I mean. It's the school's. My classmates and I were watching movie trailers (you can ask Elvina for verification). Of course, we did not curi-curi
use it...we had the teacher's permission. WE LOVE HIM SO MUCH. He's so...sporting. He was like watching the trailers with us. We managed to watch Underworld (ohhh...I love it!) and American Wedding only...time ran out...besides, the loading of the trailers like stopped...liked it lagged or something.
I have a lot of homework to finish. If I don't complete my Bahasa Malaysia
homework, my punishment will be paying RM5
and washing the toilets.
That's absurd! The punishment isn't just for me, no, it's for the whole class. My teacher is crazy. No. She's not. What am I thinking??? She's out of her mind. Kebabian
(which literally translates into "Pigness" in English. It's not a real word, just something my friends made up).
I'm going to have to prepare for midweek worship. I hope I won't forget to play again! *Wednesday, September 10, 2003. You can read all about it there. I am apt to forget my responsibilities when I'm eating. I've noticed that I've slacked a little in everything I'm doing. Church work and school work. Must be something wrong with me.
Anyways, I must stop here and do some other things before I spill my brains out over the monitor screen. It's messy I tell you.
?dael had a question at 3:10 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Tell me something someone. How can you have hair like everybody else's? How can you make it look like hair, and not some other things? How can you walk around with your head upright and not worry what people think about it? How? Someone please tell me...
I'm too depressed to continue...
?dael had a question at 5:50 PM
Monday, September 15, 2003
. Today is the first day of school since the one-week school break. Double argh
. I didn't want to wake up this morning...it was so nice and cool...and the bed seemed more comfortable than usual. Sigh
. My eyelids were heavy...and the bath water was warm...sigh.
It was so hard to get my legs to walk me to school! I could literally hear my inner voice, at top volume, screaming: Don't go to school! You could get hurt!
Such is the life of a reluctant school student.
On the bright side, I got to watch Lizzie Maguire the Movie. Wasn't as bad as I had expected it to be though. It kinda left me with that "I-wish-my-life-had-a-happy-ending" feeling. Sigh.
I hate that feeling...really hate that feeling. How can it get rid of this feeling...? Ah! It's 9 o'clock! I must go and watch Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye.
It's a good show really. Changes your view on deaf people. You should really watch it.
?dael had a question at 8:09 PM
Sunday, September 14, 2003
This is Sunday's one.
What a boring
day...I actually have things to do but when you get that wave of laziness come over you...ah, you know what I mean. I feel lazy to type this too...gotta fight it...arghhh...
But when I was on the verge of entering a "zombie" state, I had this rare surge of inspiration. You see, I have quite an active imagination...you have no idea. There's no way for me to turn it off. It does go into "standby" state though. Many "genres" in there...you never want to enter my mind. It's quite messy and stuff. Sometimes there are too many ideas that they get stuck, very much like when a drain gets blocked by a hell lot of litter.
By the way, I'm not telling what "inspiration" I got. It's not allowed to be out of my head until further notice. I was thinking of making my own website...but it seems that it won't work out. I'm so damn easily discouraged. What to do? I'm like still slow with Macromedia Dreamweaver...wahhhhhhhhhh
Should I get my blog a tagboard? Maybe I should....but who's gonna "tag" it?
?dael had a question at 7:05 PM
This one was supposed to be posted up for Saturday's events, but I couldn't find the time to do it. So I'll do it now.
Had an eventful sabbath today. *Sigh
*. Apparently, I come across people only as a pianist. I'm needed for pretty much anything that requires a pianist. I'm just sick and tired of other pianists' attitude. When they are asked to do a job, they can come up with 101 excuses. And then, they'll be excused. When I am asked to do a job, I can't give any excuses, however reasonable, to not do it. I'm like the only hope of the church. All the other capable pianists have gone to further their studies. Gee...I can't wait until it's my turn to go too.
It's about time the younger pianists take up the responsibility to play for church. They can't expect other people to play for church forever. We're not here for long you know.
But how can we train them? The same way the senior pianists did to me: Just put your f*cking arse on the piano seat and play the f*cking piano. Hmm...maybe I need to start using vulgar words on them...it's so sicknening when they put on their "pitiful" faces, hoping that you'll say "Okay...I'll play lah". It's time I said "F*ck off, man! If you aren't gonna play, I'm still gonna drag your sorry little arse to the piano and make sure you play!"
Can say I feel better now. Hmm...maybe having a blog is
a good idea...that's enough for now I guess. I think I'll write Sunday's post tonight or something.
?dael had a question at 11:09 AM
Friday, September 12, 2003
I got my violin grades today. Violin is my second instrument. I passed my grade 4 with distinction! On top of that, I topped all of the grade 4's who sat for the practical exam too! Now they're asking me to play for some "Highest Scorers" orchestra along with other top scorers in IMH (International Music House, my music school). My piano grades came out a few weeks ago. I did well for my grade 6 piano too: honours. Equivalent to distinction. So now I'm grade 5 in violin and grade 7 in piano. Thank you Jesus!!! Looking forward to learning jazz
when I'm done with my grade 8 piano. I'm thinking of doing music seriously, then maybe be a solo performer or a band musician...
I'm writing this entry earlier than usual because I've got to clean the house later :( Besides that, I'm not allowed to use the PC during sabbath. Today's Friday, by the way. But I do use the PC on sabbath (to play games mostly)...and feel guilty afterwards. What to do...I'm a gamer (not a hardcore one though)...and the PC is part of my life.
That's all I can write for today. Nothing much happened...just the same old days, but with the weekly music lessons in the afternoon :( Oh well...that's life I guess...
?dael had a question at 3:38 PM
Thursday, September 11, 2003
One word to describe how I feel now: exhausted. (Almost) all of my stamina has been expended...why? Aikido lessons. It's like that all the time. Every Thursday night I feel exhausted. But on the plus side, I sleep sooner! Didn't get my weekly dose of Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness. I play it at my friend's house because I can't play it on my pc :( Didn't go to his house today. He, my friend, is such a great guy. So patient and all. Did I forget to mention that he's my classmate?
I'm not just exhausted, but hungry. But I'm more thirsty and hungry. I drank two cups of water (which us not enough) and a big, and I do mean big, cup of cold Milo. What a great way to end a day. I'm also eating right now. What am I eating? My favourite: Grilled Chicken Rice. Yum...
Started playing the Sims again. It's still fun, with all the expansions. I haven't installed Unleashed, and Superstar. Don't want to. And I don't intend to. It's fun...how you "manipulate" them...nyeh nyeh nyeh :)
I'll stop here and concentrate on my food. And my drink. Good night!!!
?dael had a question at 8:32 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Ah. My first entry. Hmmm...let's see. Today was an okay day. Not to say that other days aren't okay though. I'm on holiday for one week, which is not enough for me!!! I just wish that it could be longer. Anyways, I was like bored today. Yeah. An okay day is a boring day. I wonder what would a not-okay day be? I didn't have much to do today. I just let my musical inspiration pour out of my mind on the piano. Yes. I play the piano. So? Other people play the piano too! It wasn't much though. I've played better other days.
I was supposed to play the piano for mid-week worship at church tonight. I did, but only from the beginning. Then, I went home, at my dinner and lost track of time! How daft!!! So I ended up not playing for the ending part. Oh well. I guess stuff like this happens now and then. I did apologize, mind you. And they said that it was okay...not that I always do it. Ah. Feel much better now. I have to go and take a nice long shower now. Have you bathe yet?
?dael had a question at 8:12 PM