5/29/2005 10:13:00 AM|W|P|Mabel|W|P|If you haven't seen me in a while, I look different...well, at least my hair looks different. :p It has been about two weeks since I last did a touch-up colour for my hair and this is the result:
Am still figuring out how to finalize my impending approach with the boss. Have had some help from parents and Nil...but lets just say that I'm not looking forward to Monday AT ALL.
Oh...and I watched Star Wars III - the love scenes are just so cheesy. ~_~
Will put up more pictures on the Beijing trip later. Tata!|W|P|111733307816012655|W|P|Loreal Feria Ruby Red Power!|W|Pemail@example.com/29/2005 11:25:00 AM|W|P|thquah|W|P|Mmmm...hair looks great.camera looks great. face? Good luck on Monday.Cheers.5/30/2005 10:43:00 PM|W|P|hsin|W|P|yOh. looking forward to see the hair tomorrow in class... ^^
and erm, good luck with The Boss btw. hope things work out well. :) *waves lucky charm about*5/30/2005 11:20:00 PM|W|P|meiteoh|W|P|Tomorrow? I just might tie it up...besides I did this a while back. LOL.5/31/2005 07:07:00 AM|W|P|5/31/2005 09:51:00 AM|W|P|meiteoh|W|P|Rom: I wish I could do just that but it's not my style. T_T I'm just wayyyyy too nice for that.5/16/2005 10:34:00 PM|W|P|Mabel|W|P|
To the 59 million plus teachers around the world (as of 1997 - according to UNESCO's report here, thank you for making our world a better more civilised place to live in and being an inspiration to many of us.
HAPPY TEACHERS DAY!
ps: Did you know that the World Teacher's Day according to UNESCO is 5th October but of course, there are some variations. :p
|W|P|111625557212528222|W|P|HAPPY TEACHER's DAY!|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/17/2005 12:01:00 AM|W|P|8dee|W|P|Happy Teachers Day !!!
Thank you!5/17/2005 09:54:00 AM|W|P|rational thinker|W|P|Happy Teachers day. :) Keep faith in teaching the future minds!5/19/2005 07:18:00 AM|W|P|meiteoh|W|P|Thanks guys!!! *huggles*5/16/2005 09:08:00 PM|W|P|Mabel|W|P|Nil loaned me his camera for this weekend - just for me to go snap-crazy - although I must say that he made it quite clear that I'd better remember to bring it with me to China or else....*hmmm*
Anyway, I went trigger happy but alas, only the following pictures are suitable for viewing! ^_^
Voila! My workstation - all in its rather chaotic glory. Yes, if you are thinking that this is neat - do bear in mind that I can't work in a messy environment. Just never liked the idea. Plus it makes things super hard to find. :p Note where the fish tank in - very suitable location for it allows me opportunity to watch it swim around without too much hassle.
Half of my treasure trove of Body Shop goodies. Not in the picture are some Cocoa Butter sticks (the old one is wayyy much better), some Aloe Vera night cream, a bottle of Seaweed Freshner, an Intensive Moisture Mask, two bottles of Mango & Peach AND Strawberry Shower Gel (from Australia), one combo of Honey Shampoo and Condition PLUS an Africa Spa Hair & Body Mud Mask. OH, add some perfume oil to it, plenty of lip balms, bags and make-up goodies. You can see the Papaya Lip Butter on my desktop body in the picture above this one - I have a Blueberry Body Butter, Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray and Vit E Hand Cream at the office.
I recently bought these two assortment plus a whole lot of other things from The Body Shop in Singapore for SG9.90 each. Half of the goodies I bought went to a very stressed out student of mine and the other half was a present for my colleague who is expecting her second baby. This two - Raspberry Bath Bubbles and Papaya Body Butter - is for Nil's sister. I'm hoping to meet her in June, although I'll need to check my schedule because she's dropping by Asia sometime around the June Diploma intake. ~_~
A picture of my quite old SLR camera which costs me RM2000. I have taken it around the country and even to Australia with me. Even took some of my best pictures with it. It's an Olympus 2000 OM with spot metering. Why I like it? Honestly, because of the crank and the very fact that it is fully manual! Betcha you'd learn something if you use it often!
Another shot of the body, regular lens and telephoto lens - which by the way, all came together in a nifty little bag.
That's all...for now anyway!|W|P|111625063814682226|W|P|Just a bunch of pictures!|W|Pemail@example.com/11/2005 09:25:00 PM|W|P|Mabel|W|P|I got a shocker today when I came home.
"Did you forget to pay a summons?" parents asked.
"WHAT?!??? What summons?" It was then they showed it to me - the green piece of reminder of a paper. Apparently, I got a summons for not putting a parking ticket at SS14 (parking lot 029) on 12th March at around 5:15pm and thus owe MPPJ a good RM100.
Personally, I only saw red.
How can you get a reminder to pay a fine when you didn't even get a summons (stating that you were fined) in the first place?
Why am I getting a reminder TWO BLOODY months after the alleged incident - when I don't even remember if I went to that place you said I was or not?
Do the inspectors even have proof that they printed out the summons and left it on my car? MPPJ better not say that "I threw away the summons" because I will blow my top if they do say that.
So yes....while I'm still in a rage, is this how MPPJ goes around doing its business? I see them leaving a summons on people's cars but what about mine? How come I didn't get any?
-.-|W|P|111581844434856464|W|P|*rage*|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/12/2005 06:08:00 PM|W|P|sashi|W|P|It may not be the Police's fault.
A common tactic by unethical motorists is to grab a ticket from another car and place it under the windshield of theirs, so that if the traffic police pass by, they might the think the car's been ticketed and move on.
I don't know if it actually works, but I've seen it happen many times.5/13/2005 08:02:00 AM|W|P|meiteoh|W|P|Sashi: *sighs* So annoying...5/10/2005 11:12:00 PM|W|P|Mabel|W|P|Upon recommendation from my professeur Marina, a whole bunch of us promptly made a trip to The Actors Studio at Bangsar Shopping Centre to watch a French satire entitled 'Tartuffe' [official website here] (aka The Imposter) [pronounced as ta.teuf] written by Moliere, adapted by Tim Mooney into wonderful rhyming English.
Btw, feel free to check out what NST has to say about this rather hilarious and 'real' play.
Just for starters, Tartuffe is a play about a hypocrite who has somewhat made his position in a rather rich man's home stable. While the rich man, Orgon and his mother is oblivious to his scheming, lustful, and frankly disgusting manner, the same could not be said for Orgon's other family members - daughter, son, brother, and wife - PLUS the maid. The last straw for them comes when Orgon announces that Tartuff was to wed his daughter, Marrianne instead of as promised earlier to her intended, Valere. BUT instead of persuading Orgon to see through the hypocrite, Tartuffe, they pushed him to the extremes - declaring Tartuffe as the sole heir and lord of Orgon's estate.
And yes, the plot thickens. No, I won't tell you the ending.
BUT I will tell you that it was good show despite some minor flaws with pronounciation from the younger thespians. The acting from the more senior thespians, on the other hand, was superb.
Terence Swampillai (Tartuffe) made me want to strangle him at some point...and at others, just walk away with this feeling of disgust in me. His facial expressions brought out the true nature of Tartuffe well - hypocritical, toady, and loathsome. Kay Chin (Orgon's mum), Jodie Mae Larivirie (Elmire - the wife) and Lim Soon Heng (Orgon) shone in their respective roles. In the beginning, you wouldn't mind just shoving Chin out of the theatre hall - if you had any bad experiences with disapproving grannies and motherly figures. I must say she takes the cake for the best fainting 'stunt' that I have see on stage so far.
BUT the best of them all was Anne James who played Dorine, the maid of the house but not quite the maid as she stands up to Orgon and the rest of the family member. She has wit, humour and wisdom in her as she attempts (in the beginning) to point out Tartuffe's faults to Orgon, comfort Marianne after her father's announcement and of course, throughout the entire play. Oh...she also makes superb tea - hint: watch out for the intermission. It's a killer but a pleasant one!
The rhyming in the dialogue very engaging and to a certain extent, laced with humourous satire and wonderful expressions. If only my students could write as well a script as this was written. Tim Mooney definitely did a good job with the adaptation. Here is an excerpt taken from Bibliomania (refer to the link on Moliere's name):
Orgon: Ha! good morrow, brother.
Cléante: I was just going, and am glad to see you returned. The country is not very cheering at present.
Orgon: Dorine … (to Cléante). Pray, one moment, brother-in-law. Allow me to inquire the news here to ease my mind. (To Dorine). Has everything gone on well these two days? What are they doing, and how are they all?
Dorine: The day before yesterday my mistress had an attack of fever until evening, accompanied by an extraordinary headache.
Orgon: And Tartuffe?
Dorine: Tartuffe! He is wonderfully well, stout and fat, with a fresh complexion, and a ruddy mouth.
Orgon: Poor fellow!
Dorine: In the evening she felt very sick, and could not touch a morsel of supper, so violent was still the pain in her head.
Orgon: And Tartuffe?
Dorine: He supped by himself in her presence; and very devoutly ate two partridges, and half a leg of mutton hashed.
Orgon: Poor fellow!
Dorine: The whole night she did not close her eyes for a moment. She was so feverish that she could not sleep, and we were obliged to sit up with her until morning.
Orgon: And Tartuffe?
Dorine: Pleasantly overcome with sleep, he went to his room when he left the table; and jumped into his cozy bed, where he slept undisturbed until morning.
Orgon: Poor fellow!
Dorine: We at length prevailed upon the mistress to be bled; and she was almost immediately relieved.I felt like smacking Orgon at that time for ignoring his wife and going on and on about Tartuffe's welfare. -.-
Anyway, I won't go on and on for now - because it is simply just too late and I'm still reeling from the wonder of it all. It has been ages since I last entertained myself with a play/musical on stage...and I think I'll do this more often. It wasn't too expensive. I paid about RM23 to get a middle seat on the sixth row from the stage - and well, today wasn't full, so I could move to other seats without hesistation. :p
If humour, sarcasm and wit is your cup of tea...Moliere's Tartuffe you will enjoy!|W|P|111574019280698980|W|P|Moliere's Tartuffe|W|Pemail@example.com/03/2005 05:03:00 PM|W|P|Mabel|W|P|I came back home over the weekend to find out that my modem died on me. ~_~ So it looks like no Streamyx for the next few days or until the technican comes to fix it. Hopefully Dad will be more anxious about it than I am.
Looking forward - frankly - to this period of quiet and solace - since I rarely do much preparation at work these days. ~_~
So here's to a 'forced' hiatus!!!!|W|P|111511117654938084|W|P|No Streamyx.|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/03/2005 09:05:00 PM|W|P|
Just to sadly note to you that i am 'forced' to close down my website already.
TomatoInc's Obscure Thoughts of TOmato is now officially dead.
Condolence is accepted. Thanks.
tomatoinc5/03/2005 10:21:00 PM|W|P|meiteoh|W|P|O_O! WHY?5/01/2005 01:32:00 PM|W|P|Mabel|W|P|It has been nearly four months since I last visited our fair neighbour down south. Nevertheless, I managed to a good trip down on Friday night (and subsequently Saturday morning) - even though Nil got a hangover and overslept, thus forgetting to pick me up from the MRT.
My love affair started with two simple issues: buying a gift for some friends and a phone charger - my trusty Samsung kaputed on me on Saturday afternoon.
I have never failed to admire the wonderful reliable public transportation in Singapore. It vows me till this very day - timely train schedules and bus rides...and everywhere I looked, there was in fact plenty of busses and taxis. Very unlike Malaysia where I could drive around for hours and not catch a glimpse of one bus. Of course, there was the issue of Singapore looking like SimCity or even the hours you have to incur from travelling from one end of the country to the other. But when you're very much a city person like myself, I suppose that sacrifice is quite okay to make.
So I'm not making sense. It's alright - under the circumstances. The weather here has been crazily warm - not a single raindrop in sight but plenty of clouds. And I just spend the afternoon in a heated foodcourt surrounded by church goers in their fine attires. For a moment there I thought it was a working day. In a way, it made me smile - young people decked in their best out to church...until of course I saw the church itself.
I remember my first impression of the place. "Is this some council building?" I had asked to which Nil's reply was a short but sweet "No, it's a church." We are talking about water facades (sp?), big huge shiny bits of grey-silver tiles, traffic guys waving around, CCTV cameras overlooking the streets and a plaque that read "Powered by CISCO". It made me wonder. At the back of my head, I had often thought that churches were a place of sanctuary, a welcoming home for the needy, tired and even hungry. But walking past it in the hot weather made me quite skeptical about even walking in to ask for a nice cup of cold water. Was the look to be all and all even when it comes to religion? Would God be happy to see His church represented in such manner?
Going back to the two issues: gift buying and of course, my dead Samsung phone.
I made my way to The Body Shop to find that they were having a 75% sale off selected items during certain bits of the day. Body butters, scrubs, bath gel, colognes and a whole variety of stuffs were now SGD9.90. O_O! I packed a few in for two gals whom I knew were desperately in need of some relaxation and made a vow to myself to check out The Body Shop for myself the next time I came down to Singapore which will be in a few weeks' time. They had weekend goodie bags going for SGD20-something (shampoo, conditioner, facial wash, cream, comb, cotton swabs, etc), a collection of their new perfume range (the one where you mix and match) for SGD25 and a whole variety of packs that were - honestly - worthwhile buying.
But enough about The Body Shop (never mind I used to work there for 9 months) but on with it. Ever heard of a USB mobile phone charger? If you haven't, you can purchase one in Singapore for SGD8 - you can even purchase one that had pull-out plugs for Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung phones at Harvey Normans here. Me not being very tech-savvy loved it totally. You just plug it into your notebook or PC and of course to your mobile phone and it'll start charging. Am trialling the one I just bought.
Maybe I will be able to write a bit more...but a shower is greatly needed...it's getting too warm. Geck.
ps: Did I mention that we went to watch The Interpreter? It's an excellent show - don't know if others will share my sentiment but I found the whole politics behind the UN quite real actually. But must say this, Golden Village in Singapore has the smallest cinema seats ever. For the first time in my cinema going life, I felt claustophobic (sp?).
pps: The heat has affected my spelling abilities. I am beginning to feel my brain swelling. Definitely must take that darn shower now.|W|P|111492645508102767|W|P|Just another one of those days?|W|Pemail@example.com/02/2005 07:38:00 PM|W|P|5/03/2005 08:12:00 AM|W|P|meiteoh|W|P|Bean: Through a mutual friend actually but who are the some who have been asking? :p5/03/2005 12:55:00 PM|W|P|
Maybe it differs from country to country, but did you find this to be the case?5/03/2005 05:12:00 PM|W|P|meiteoh|W|P|Actually no. I found that the one in Australia was really nice to staff - we went for trainings (fully paid for by company and we were also paid to go for them) - and we weren't bullied so to speak.5/06/2005 10:35:00 AM|W|P|Piggy|W|P|Hey...I need some Body Butter too...didn't see you buying me any...hmph! =( haha..nah...just joking..the next time you're going down, let me know ya. Then maybe can help me lookout for the price there.5/06/2005 05:25:00 PM|W|P|meiteoh|W|P|Piggy: Cannn...I'll check out for you k? What you want? Papaya, passionfruit or you want me to choose? Btw, you want my Blueberry Body Butter or at least half of it (I'll scope up some for you!)??? ^_~ |W|P|I bumped into someone over the weekend who was an assistant manager at The Body Shop for years. He said he hated his time there, feeling that it was one of those companies that appeared all politically-correct and environmentally-friendly on the outside but staff were actually very badly treated. |W|P|some have been wondering, how did you know your boyfriend? |W|P|Hi mei, |W|P|I suppose playing Johnny Paycheck's " Take this job and shove it..." on the PR system aint gonna work in Malaysia eh??? I did it but it wasnt in Malaysia hehehe