I think I have mentioned before that there is a trend in my posting frequency.

Peaks usually appear during exam periods (i.e. long hours at my desk and after getting a laptop, in front of my laptop)  due to me not wanting to read/digest the pile of information on my notes and when I am trapped at home and bored during the long term breaks. After I started working, these frenzies usually come at times when I am stressed out or when I have to read papers (escapism) or write manuscripts (purge all incoherent thoughts).

My digital footprint diminishes when I actually have things to do outside of the house or more often than not in recent years, having nothing to write about. Which was what happened in the last few months.

Alas, I am back from living under the rock (I did not even notice the haze until I started temp-ing. That was an amazing feat…), so be prepared for more incoherent ramblings of confusion (new job)/ frustration/ insecuritites/ elation (hopefully)/ mundanity/ sadness/ nostalgia/ happiness to come.

*goes back to reading microB papers*

*never say never*

When Life gives you lemons

Posted: August 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Make a tequila shot! This MV totally embraces this adage. It was (according to wikipedia) filming during the Hurricane Sandy power outage in Manhattan. I wonder who organised the flashlight rave…

Still a favourite of mine although this is probably the first time I’ve heard it in months. I once listened to it on loop for entire days to clobber together a draft for a manuscript 😀

What if I can’t be all that you need me to be
We’ve got a good thing going, we have some promises to keep
But my addiction it can be such a detriment
Please believe in this my dear, I am more than penitent

What if everything’s just the way that it will be
Could it be that I am meant to cause you all this grief
My war ships are lying off the coast of your delicate heart
And my aim is steady and true as it’s been right from the start

So when we leave it’ll be a quick midnight escape
We’ll disconnect ourselves from all of yesterday
I’ll dig for water and fashion our very own wishing well
Then we’ll throw our coins down hoping to rid of us of this little hell

There’s a degree of difficulty in dealing with me
From my haunted past comes a daunting task of living through memories.
If we could just hang a mirror on the bedroom wall, stare into the past and forget it all

Will we get out of this little hell

Will we get out of this little hell

Another angsty song

Posted: July 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

The List

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Siobhan Vivian

It happens every year before homecoming–the list is posted all over school. Two girls are picked from each grade. One is named the prettiest, one the ugliest. The girls who aren’t picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are picked become the center of attention. Each one has a different reaction to the experience.

Abby‘s joy at being named to the list is clouded by her sister’s resentment.

Danielle worries about how her boyfriend will take the news.

Lauren is a homeschooled girl blindsided by her instant popularity.

Candace isn’t ugly, not even close, so it must be a mistake.

Bridget knows her summer transformation is nothing to celebrate.

Sarah has always rebelled against traditional standards of beauty, and she decides to take her mutiny to the next level.

And Margo and Jennifer, ex-best friends who haven’t spoken in years, are forced to confront why their relationship ended.

The List deftly takes you into the lives of eight very different girls struggling with issues of identity, self-esteem, and the judgments of their peers. Prettiest or Ugliest, once you’re on the list, you’ll never be the same.

Interesting premise for a book. I was looking for a light read (because the unemployed just wanna have fun~) and ended up with one that explores several serious issues faced by teenage girls. We get to see how being on the list affects the girls individually and each of them addresses a different issue.

Abby: Is beauty the most important asset a girl could possess?

Danielle: Why should beauty (or the lack there of) eclipse other achievements? Are other people’s opinions that important?

Lauren: Beauty = popularity, but for how long?

Candace: Inner and outer beauty are very different creatures. How much can you get away with just by being beautiful?

Bridget: How far are you willing to go to become/remain beautiful?

Sarah: Whether you see the beauty in yourself is important; It is one thing for others to be cruel to you but another to be cruel to yourself.

Margo: Know when to cut out people who make you feel ugly, but do it proper

Jennifer: Is making lemons out of lemonades necessarily a good thing?

I would go so far to say that these issues covered will probably plague girls well into adult hood. Well, I am still struggling with some.

If I had to do an in depth book report (or assign a book report), this would be the one I choose. The writing is easy to read and the above mentioned points are ripe for discussion. I really like how the girls are paired up,their issues seem to mirror each other. My only complain is that not all loose ends were tied up at the end. Perhaps there will be a sequel?

Our watsapp chat is aptly named “The Happy Girls”. Although it may not describe us literally (no one can be happy all the time), I am always infused with positive energy around these girls 😀

I honestly cannot remember how I ended up with this group of girls.

So our dearest HY was in town and we had a much needed chat with non-stop face stuffing which culminated in the viewing of HY’s wedding video. I really don’t know how actors do it, but seeing one’s face onscreen is a pretty disconcerting affair. However, the video viewing session reminded me that I have not posted (*ahem* shown *ahem* off) the game props that I made for the gatecrashing.

We were looking for inspiration online for games of torture for the groom and groom’s men when JM remembered reading somewhere that the bridesmaids awarded the groom a badge after every round of games. Since the theme of the day was “getting inspired” we decided to adopt this practice.

I think the hardest part might have been coming up with the list of qualities we expect in a good husband that actually matches well with the games. Once that was done, it was only a matter of searching for free badge vectors, nice fonts and images then piecing them together on your preferred adobe software.

This was my favourite!

This was my favourite!

Being the cheap person that I am, I simply printed these out on the lab printer, rummaged around for some unused cardboard boxes, stuck the printed image to the card board, carefully trimmed the edges, then “laminated” the printed side with the widest clear tape that I could find. The final touch was to secure large safety pins to the back of the badge face with some duct tape. And of course I didn’t think to take a picture of the finished product.

Bridesmaids with more cash to burn can probably spring for real plastic pin badges but they might cost more because you are only ordering one per design.


And because I’m a strong believer milking every creation for all its worth, I assembled all the badge designs into a wedding anniversary reminder/home decor item. Which was a good thing because we didn’t manage to give out all the badges and frankly, who would keep the flimsy badges?

It was a good run

Posted: June 27, 2015 in Uncategorized