Saturday, February 28, 2009

Would you PAY to watch the UNKNOWN??


Ok let me explain this topic. Recently, in UK, they have this mysterious or rather surprise screening of movies. Which just means, pple Q-up and buy tickets to the cinema to watch a movie which they have absolutely NO IDEA what it will be. So which means when u buy the ticket, u'r actually buying to watch an unknown movie!! It could be a movie from 20years ago, or a movie so obscure you had no idea such a movie existed in the 1st place or it could just be anything! Apparently, in UK, the movies were chosen from a list on the website and results only revealed when the curtains are drawn, lights are darkened and film starts to roll!!

Apparently, such a SURPRISE screening is also into SIngapore! Recently i was browsing GV website to search for another movie obviously. And chanced upon this 'Surprise Movie'. At 1st i thot it was the title of a movie. But turned out, it was literally a surprise movie. Nothing is known about what movie it is. You just have to pay for the ticket & turn up to find out! And it's a movie NEVER shown b4 ever! So u can rest assure that u will not be paying to watch sth u watched b4.

However, here comes the question. Y pay to watch the unknown? I mean u totally have no idea what u will be watching!! What if it's a damn boring, full of dialogue movie? Or a draggy love story too hard to digest? Or a slasher film so gross that u would walk out immediately?? Y pay to make urself suffer in the event tt the above come true? It would be a waste of $$. Watching movie shld be enjoyable. Y pay for sth u hv no idea & what if it turns out to be sth u would NEVER pay to watch, not even DVD at home.

I know some pple will say life is full of surprises!! Come on, take the challenge MAYBE it'll be good. But I would rather stay safe than be sorry. IMAGINE they showing B&W movie (kill me 1st). Not even Titanic can lure me in! Hahhaa. LOTR is in a different league but i already have the complete DVD.

Well pple out there, go ahead and try GV's surprise movie screening & let me know the results! I'm too SCARED to try & waste my $$ hahahahahah... Shall go watch 'Watchmen' Next sat!! Yippie! My 1st movie in 2009!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Weirdest Outfit worn to the Gym

It’s bloody interesting to see & witness what pple actually wear to the gym for workout. What the weirdest outfit u’ve seen? My list can go on and on and on to fill 1 chapter of a book! Sometimes I wonder: Do they know that they’re attracting unwanted attention to their unique dress sense? Or they just think it’s perfectly find to dress this way? Just countdown, or rather list down, the weirdest outfit worn to the gym, as witnessed by me both abroad & locally.

1. I’m always amazed by the dress sense of the Indians. Sorry don’t mean to sound racist but the way they dress for the gym, really worth a mention. One fine afternoon (this was at cali), I was happily doing my crunches in the bid to achieve perfect toned abs, when I heard a ‘shhssing’ sound repeatedly coming from an Indian beside me, who was doing crunches as well. Irritated by the distraction, I spied on him to try to discover the origin of the sound but was still puzzled. T-shirt & shorts do not make such sound. After he moved away to another abs machine, I heard the same sound coming from him again as he was scratching himself in the body. That’s when I saw it. PLASTIC!!! That man was wearing PLASTIC underneath his shirt!! Plastic!!! I mean WHAT THE HELL?? Why do u wear plastic underneath? He’s wrapped himself in plastic!!! Is he trying the home-made wrap? Argh PLASTIC!!!!

2. Back to Indians again (once again sorry). I have seen Indians going to the hotel gym, in their PJs. Yes, PJs, no mistake abt it. R they trying to sleepwalk through the workout? They even come in Jeans & sandals/slippers/worn out shoes… How amazing is that!!

3. Ok I think u really see A LOT of amazing outfits when u’r overseas in the hotel gym. These pple, I seriously think they have no idea what is a gym! I think they just go to the gym for the sake of gg & exploring or to appear healthy. Especially so for the china pple. Men & women all the same. I’ve seen a lady who wore jeans (with long john underneath) & 2 layers of top (long john & sweater) all long-sleeved. Yes sweater to the gym & 2 layers of outfit!! I mean, do u noe u’r gg to workout in the gym? What the heck r u doing with 2 layers of super thick clothing? & she’s not alone! I’ve seen several wearing sweater & long thick pants. I know it’s sorta cold outside now (Feb in Shanghai is abit chilly) but u’r indoors, in a gym!! Seriously, they’re not serious abt working out in gym. Cos they juz walk ard the gym, walk on the treadmill (for show) for like 10min or cycle for show.

4. I’m sorry guys but I seriously am disgusted & opposed to the notion of men wearing tights! Or spandex. Or just about anything that clings & sticks to the body, which magnifies the shape of ur body (& the organs within). It is abit distracting & unsightly (I’m sure a lot of guys out there agree with me) to parade your assets to the whole world while u’r working out. Unless u’r in a cycling class & u have NO CHOICE but to wear those cycling pants, please refrain from wearing tights or spandex!!! I’ve seen this guy who wears tights & spandex & the headband & totally looks like he’s from the 70s, when dancing fever swept across the world thanks to the movie & made leggings, tights the “IT” wear for gym. Please grow up!

5. For ladies, well let’s just say A LOT of them treat the gym as a fashion house. I think some if not a lot of ladies come to the gym to parade their outfit more than to seriously work out. I’ve seen one particular lady who LOVES to wear rather provocative & revealing ‘gym’ wear that exposes almost all of her body part. Ok, she’s those SKINNY type so no unsightly flabs (that would be even more disgusting). But she had on a skimpy bra top & skimpy hot pants, just covering the essential parts. & She has her long flowing hair let down (I bet she’s not doing serious work out) & make up on. Ok maybe she only has that outfit for exercise. Ok I’m not opposed to looking good in gym but come on!! U’r in the gym, u’r meant to work up a sweat. Make up?? Yes, I understand that it may be water proof make up, but still… Hallo?? Let's just say i've seen LOTS of such examples in Cali gym. Skimpy tight tight top with skimpy tight tight hot pants.... Call me old fashion but i do not want to subject myself to such fashion statement

6. Panda outfit, gongfu outfit, clown outfit. These r just some of the outfits worn by THIS PARTICULAR weird crazy guy who goes to combat at specified time & day. Yes, it’s like the clown of the class. Always has weird outfit to ‘compliment’ his workout. I wonder what’s his aim in this regard.

I think we should learn to respect the gym as a public place for work out. Throw your funny outfits at home or leave for costume parties. If u’r not serious about working out, don't come & deprive another person of that cardio machine or weight station. Don't get me started on pool etiquette.....

Monday, February 09, 2009

Spill the Secrets Now - Extended, Writer's Cut

Spill the Secrets Now – Extended, Writer’s Cut

Dear blog readers ( I know u are out there), as u MAY have known, there’s this ’25 things about me’ thingy/ thread invading the facebook community now. A lot of FB-ers have jumped onto the bandwagon and started rambling about 25 things of themselves that maybe not everyone knows & would like to share. So as part of the KPO culture, I’ve decided to give this bandwagon a go & started a thread abt myself! Contrary to popular belief, I am a private person (not an open book), so it takes courage for me to divulge 25 things abt myself that I am willing to share!

So why this so called ‘extended, writer’s cut’ edition? As u know, all movies out there, be it blockbuster or not, always have this Director’s cut DvD edition where they put the whole film back together, with all those censored parts, or parts that DID not make the final movie (due to time constraints or whatever). So now, I am doing the exact same thing on this ‘Spill the Secrets Now’. I realised after I’ve written, that 25 things seem insufficient to fully express myself. Maybe I could have written abit more but u noe, they only limit to 25 things! So why not come up with the extended writer’s cut! Where I get to spill more secrets and benefit you readers out there! So before I go on, here’s a recap of what was previously written in FB, word for word (uncut):

Dear readers, FB-ers, friends, colleagues, this is the moment, the one and only time, the most crucial information you all have been waiting for!! After 26 years of existence in this planet earth, I, hereby, declare 25 things/ events/ habits/ traits/ personality/ happenings/ thoughts (u can add on) about ME ME ME!! So, what are you waiting for? Don't read, u lugi (Lose out)!!
1) I'm a Singaporean born in Malaysia, mistaken for a Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malay, Hongkie, etc.. too many times that I start to question myself

2) I've had my 1st puppy crush in Sec 2, and lasted for 2 years (till sec 3) cos he graduated by then. N it was the only crush through my sec sch years. I advocate monogamy hahaha! His name/codename is '魔教‘

3) I hated (or rather disliked) swimming before 19 years old. Now i must swim at least 1hr non-stop whenever I hit the pool.

4) I cannot sit still & be doing nothing at home on weekends or holidays. I must be active & occupied by anything or somethings to keep me moving. Which brings me to the next point...

5) I MAY be an exercise/activity freak! I go to the gym or swim during weekends or holidays when I have no dates, outings or anything to do, just to keep myself active & occupied.

6) Signs that point to me being un-Singaporean - I don't enjoy shopping (only do so when I absolutely need to buy something), i don't go to the cinemas often (refer to the next point for proof)

7) I've only been to the cinema 3 times in 2008 to watch movies, and none in 2009 so far.

8) I DO NOT wear make up to work (ever) or even out for gathering with friends or dinner. U'r fighting between the alarm clock & the bed every morning, where got time & energy to draw ur face! I only put on make up for wedding dinners or DnD.

9) I don't own or buy branded bags or clothes. By branded I mean LV, Loewe, Prada, YSL, Miu Miu & the list goes on. However, recently, I've had my 1st ever Coach wrist bag (birthday gift), which means my 1st ever branded item!!! Hooray!!

10) I've NEVER watched Titanic in full in my life!! I know the story & the 'You jump i jump' line, but I've only watched it bits & pieces on VCD (sub-quality) at home. Sorry i just cldnt force myself to sit there & watch the whole movie. But i've watched LOTR parts 1-3 at least 3 times each on extended DvD edition which translate to a total of at least 36hours.

11) I display my dislikes rather easily on my face. If i do not like you, it shows on my face. I know i should try to control it, but it just shows...

12) I LOVE adventure sports like mountaineering, wakeboarding, diving but I'm not expert. I want to try rock climbing. LIfe it short, LIVE IT!!

13) I LOVE tennis (Federer is the best player, & Verdasco is the HOTTEST PLayer ever!) but i don't know how to play. Who says u can't understand & enjoy tennis without knowing how to pick up the racket & play

14) I'm surprising good in directions, much to the dismay of many guys out there! I'm always in charge of map reading when travelling. I guess it's in my genes as a natural GPS

15) I'm a Youtube fanatic, watching every possible Next Top Model series on youtube whenever it is released! I can spend the whole day just watching the whole series!! Except for breaks to keep myself more active (refer to No. 4). Yes even though i enjoy Youtube, i CANNOT sit & watch whole day & do nth else!

16) I'm Japanese manga/anime fan, especially of Naruto & Bleach! I spent 3 whole days non-stop trying to catch up episodes of Naruto from 1st to 20+ or more. It was the one & only time i did that.

17) I DO NOT like to apply & take leave just to stay at home & do nothing (refer to No 4), which is why...

18) Travelling is the best policy to utilize my leave!! I enjoy the fun & excitement of travelling & have done solo trips twice!

19) I DO NOT experience home sick when i'm away from home on travels for extended period of time. I just soak myself into the outside environment & treat myself at home!

20) I enjoy travelling on budget and backpack. The experience u get is all the more rewarding then with a tour group & being pampered & chased like sheeps.

21) I MAY have an affinity to 'torturing' myself or making myself feel worked out. I DO NOT feel satisfied if i do not perspire or feel extremely worn out after work out at the gym or class or swim. That is why I must always push myself to the limits to make sure I feel the 'worked out' feeling. U must be thinking how crazy or psychotic I am now... Hahah

22) I enjoy taking photos of places I've been, but I DO NOT like to be in the spotlight often. That is why most of my photos (>80%) are of scenery, buildings, other pple, food but not with me in it. Let the place speak for itself!

23) My Feet are Broad, way too broad , which makes buying & wearing court shoes or working shoes a chore cos it is PAINFUL!!

24) I don't find anything wrong with wearing t-shirt & shorts with flip flops to Orchard Road or to University for classes. Why do we have to dress up like we're going party just to walk along Orchard Road or for class? I wear T-shirt & shorts with flip flops most of my time when I was studying in NTU, and I do that when i walk along Orchard Road. Like i'm going to be fined for that.. Human Rights OK!!

25) I reserve the rights to keep some of my inner most secrets to myself. That is why I'm stopping at No. 25 (ok, this post calls for 25 only). Still i had to wreak my brains damn hard to squeeze out 25 things I deem OK & not too scandalous to be shared to you out there.

Ok, so those were the 25 things I mentioned. And here to continue on..Let’s see how much I’m willing to spill:

26) I am a water tank. Yes, I drink A LOT of water in a single day to keep myself hydrated.

27) I am shy by nature. Period.

28) I have a shopping mentality like men. I go in with a mission & stick to the mission. If mission fails, abort, ignore all other distractions & walk out. Simple. No complications.

29) I’ve been a pescetarianism (defined as vegetarian with the inclusion of fish) for 6 years now, a result of devotion to yoga. However, I am still not an expert in yoga. But I wldnt be repulsed at eating with a carnivour. Yes, so it’s ok if u eat meat with me, I’ll just stick to my own food J & I’m ok with eating veges beside meat.

30) I drink a cup of saltwater & fresh lemon juice every morning as part of my routine. It has a cleansing effect

31) I spend 15mins every morning, without fail, doing stretching exercises, sit-ups, yoga poses & headstand. Gets me going every morning!

32) I’m also known as Miss Banana. Those in EY who’ve worked with me b4 should be clear on this. I LOVE bananas and have 1 every morning for breakfast and another in the afternoon or at night. Unless circumstances forbid, my choice is always banana!

33) I do dream of striking ToTo but I’ve only bought ToTo once in my entire life. Not to mention 4D, only bought once & I have no knowledge of exactly how to buy 4D.

34) I love to bake, & I bake fantastic chocolate chip cookies (certified, approved by many).

35) I LOVE yogurt! I mean REAL yogurt! Thick yogurt with certain amt of consistency. Not those watered down, tasteless (case in point – China) ones. Favourite brand: Marigold & Yoplait. Proven to taste good. Meiji or Nestle sucks!

36) I prefer dark chocolate to any types of other chocolates, cos it’s abit bitter and not too sweet. However, I do not like chocolate flavoured food products like chocolate cakes, chocolate sweets, chocolate biscuits, tiramisu etc. Chocolate milk I can accept.

37) I DO NOT drink/like plain milk. By plain milk I mean all sorts of milk type (be it fresh, pasturized, goat’s, cow’s etc), as long as it is not flavoured, I don’t take. Hate the taste of it. I only take chocolate flavoured milk if I must. Strawberry or banana flavoured don’t even come close!

38) I LOVE preservered dried fruits, especially those sour ones! I’m not pregnant. I just like sour things J Plus, I don’t find them that sour either!

39) I LOVE chilli! I can’t imagine eating without chilli! I especially love chilli padi cos they’r small but fiery! I Always ask for chilli when eating. 无辣不欢

40) I prefer heat to coldness. I’m a sun, beach n sand kinda person! I Hate being cold!! But I have a surprisingly high (or relatively high) tolerance for cold weather despite my hatred for it.

41) Due to my dislike of cold weather, I always choose to go places during seasons of warmth. Means I wouldn't want to choose to go china, US or Europe during winter time. U’ll be too cold/worried abt the cold to fully enjoy the place.

42) I ADORE dangling earrings! I have a full rack (big rack) of dangling earrings all bought cheaply from Bangkok or Singapore. All cheap, none of those costing >$3 each. Even though I love earrings, I still wldnt spend $$ to buy them, so I only buy those cheap ones! But though they’re cheap, they look beautiful! & I don’t wear studs cos I always (n I mean ALWAYS) lose the stud.

43) I hardly (or even nvr really) wear any other accessories (except for earrings). No bangles, no necklaces etc. Too troublesome to wear them then take off. Earrings are enuff to accessorize myself J

44) I don’t drink coffee, or English tea. I only take Chinese tea (except the red ones) and green tea!

45) I LOVE mushrooms!! All sorts of mushrooms!! Especially enoki mushrooms! Steamed enoki mushroom yum yum!

46) I’m surprisingly bad in games involving big balls like bowling (always into the drain), basketball, soccer etc. Netball I’m ok but not especially good. Come to think of it, other than badminton, I don’t really know how to play games involving balls!

47) I find cutting hair a very exciting & interesting process! I love getting my hair cut & will get really excited abt it prior to the appointment! & I love to get it cut short short short so that I can live with it for 4-5mths b4 the next haircut!

48) I like to talk philosophy & life & giving my own (maybe cynical) views. Not an expert, just like to talk.

49) I’m a nuts person, especially love cashew nuts. If I’m anywhere near nuts, I can actually eat non-stop till I’m full! Dangerous, so I have to always control myself

50) I once devoured >1/4 of a big cheesecake (baked by myself). Oreo cheesecake. & later flushed it all out into the toilet bowl! Damn sinful man but I cldnt stop myself! Sucker for cheesecake, luckily my natural cleansing system was alert & flushed it out.

51) I don’t eat fastfood (BK, KFC, Mac). & I haven really had fast food meals for maybe 4-5years. Yes, occasionally I’ll get whipped potato or coleslaw but not a fast food meal. Once had BK (burger with onion rings) 1yr ago & resulted in indigestion followed by diarrhea.

52) Kids nowadays are too damn spoilt!! Cannot be scolded by teachers or punished by teachers. Parents play a BIG part in this area cos they complain if their kids are touched even if the kids were in the wrong! I believe in canes. I feel that kids need to be 'educated' and 'taught' how to behave! Sometimes, physical contact is a necessary evil when it comes to teaching kids. I mean what i say. If i have kids, I'm going to be strict in that manner. Have to teach them how to behave.

53) I'm NOT an advocate of big lavish wedding dinners when >70% of invited guests are strangers to u. Why waste the $, resources, time, effort for such event just for the sake of showing to pple u'r getting married? If it were up to me, i would rather have it simple. Just a garden party inviting all close friends & close relatives to celebrate the joyous event! Afterall, marriage is between the 2 families and the couple. Of cos, sometimes wedding dinners are inevitable cos of the 'face' matter..

Phew! I managed to more than double the original 25 things! Dear pple, I have really wreaked/cracked/dug deep into my brains to come up with these secrets (or maybe not so secret secrets). Hope u enjoy! Leave comments if u like (I welcome all sorts of comments).

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Many (HANDSOME) Faces of Fernando Verdasco!!

Name: Fernando Verdasco Carmona
Country: Spain
Birthdate: November 15 1983
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Residence: Madrid, Spain
Height: 1.87 m (6'2")
Weight: 81 kg (179 lbs)
Plays: left-handed
Turned pro: 2001

God he's HOT HOT HOT!!! Yes, the newest discovery of Australian Open 2009 - Fernando Verdasco! Well, he's not exactly new, just that he exploded during the AO 09, shining ever so brightly alongside the great ones (Federer is still THE BEST). Yes, of all the disappointments & major upsets experienced in the AO 2009 (I do not want to delve on it, cos i'm totally disappointed & devastated by then end result), we have introduced to the world of tennis the 'New' kid on the block! At least, I have sth else to fall in love & be happy about given the stupid result of the Finals...
Fret not, i still love & admire Fed for his tennis prowess, but this guy here is just so HOT that u can't possibly ignore him rite! A slight sparkle to ease (only slightly) the pain of the loss of AO.. Makes u wonder why the hell are all the spanish players so HOT (must be the city haha) Look at Feliciano Lopez (his eyes are to die for), or Tommy Robredo (he's hot but still not quite there I feel), David Ferrer is a failure but maybe he was HOT in his younger years, and Nadal is NOT in the list of HOTNESS!
Bio all written ever so clearly above. Tall, dark, handsome, charismatic, chiselled good looks, taut, tanned bod (look at his 8 pecs). What's there NOT to like! Not to mention he plays a mean tennis!! That incredible powerful forehand that got Nadal forced into the corner & baseline, just aiming to defend rather than attack. That precise, angle pointed serve that rendered Nadal almost helpless in trying to break! Man, it was a marathon 5hr 14mins semi-finals that Verdasco should & deserved to win!! But alas, the man machine won the war yet again!
Could not find a bigger picture so just settle for this

Look at the man in action! Great for photo! His expressions are priceless!! Ok, I understand why some of u (u know who u r) say he looks ugly when he plays. That's cos of the scowl he has, the lines along his dimples, that makes him look like he scowls alot when he CONCENTRATEs in his game! But still, wonderful to watch when he plays....
The scowl! Shout for victory!!
So Yummy when he smiles!!
The ferocious forehand!!!
Such a yummy manly pose hahaha
Ok, there has been speculation on how the hell he gets his hair to stay the way it stayed after 5hr14mins of playing hard tennis. Yes, I watched the match & it did remain as spikey as the beginning & as neat as ever throughout the match! WHile on the other hand, Nadal's hair was in a mess & his bandana was sengaik (slanted & out of place). Amazing hair product! And also, there are pple who say he looks like Christiano Ronaldo (or rather it should be the other way round since Ronaldo is younger). But anyway both are HOT!

Of cos, off the court, he is still a YUMMY to watch & enjoy!!!

Casual & Smart!

Promotion photo!

A man in deep concentration exudes the most charisma

Who's this??

That's Fernando in his earlier years! Yes, he had long hair (like all other spanish players) Still looked cute, but he looks so much bter with his current haircut! No wonder alot of pple DO NOT notice him now cos he looks so different in the past & of cos too boyish in the past. Now, alot better!! & he will become a much better player! Current standing at No 9 in the world! Continue as he was playing in AO 2009 and he can easily climb up to Top 5!! Someone to watch out for!!! Not as arrogant as Murray/Djoko, doesnt give up like Djoko, hotter (by a mile) than Nadal, fantastic forehand (losing to Fed of cos), what's there NOT to like =)

Haha, sounds like i'm abit overly ga-ga over this guy, but at least it takes away the pain slightly.. Damn if i were in Melbourne during the week.....