Monday, September 7, 2009

Lie to me :: Of crepes and champagne :: Girly weekend @ Pump Room ::

It has been an eventful weekend, essentially a girly weekend but peppered with lotsa amusing anecdotes and spontaneity! One thing I realised since linking my FB to my blog, More people read from my Notes on FB and more respond via FB as well. For instance, I did not expect the responses for my last post, with support and affirmation from friends. Was and still am at a loss for words and I can only come up with a humble "thank you". :)

My Fri started on a positive note, with back to back NM2201 tutorials from 4-6pm. Am glad I managed to carry out the activity with my classes and kept within the time limit, as well as provided them with instructions on their project. E was right, my classes do seem responsive and animated and did not need too much warming up. Love them! I overran but the tutor/lecturer after me was so nice about it, I think that being around the nasty ones make me appreciate the nice ones more! :)

The rest of my weekend was as follows:

Fri evening :: C's birthday! :: Battling peak hour traffic :: Sea salt caramel cake at Cedele, Raffles City :: Raffles Hotel mooncakes, wasn't impressed by their new offerings :: Arrived at French crepe place, which name and exact location shall remain undisclosed :: One hour wait :: A arrives! :: Talk with A :: Relationship revelations, one of my most mild mannered friends had a profound dislike for most recent ex's disposition. :: C n S arrives, finally! :: Food food food! :: Four seasons crepe ala us! :: French apple cider, French apple cider with blackcurrant liquor :: Gal talk over dinner :: Debate over Blackberry and iPhone, no question about winner, ha :: Snaps in time :: Desserts, love salted caramel butter! :: Pressies, very lovely pressies :: Cake and fun! :: Walk over to collect A's car from the scary carpark :: Drove over to get C's bday tipple :: Moet for the gals :: Beyond the sea, Rainbow connection, Goodbye :: Laughs over bubbly, love all around :: Time passes faster with great company and Moet :: Can't believe it's past 2! :: Reached home at 3, reverted to emails, turned in at 6 ::

Sat evening :: Dinner before heading to Pump Room :: Brief conversation with B who's home on a Sat, nice catching up with him! :: Found Pump Room, nearly walked into cute-ish guy while trying to get A, turns out cute-ish guy was one of the "bouncers" :: Joined A and the hen night entourage! :: Familiar faces, new faces :: Catching up and tidbits :: Interesting pressies for the bride... and groom :: The reason why there wasn't a male stripper for A :: Hilarious company :: Red devil's horns with a black veil ::

Live music -ZuQ & Jive talkin' :: Dancing Queen A :: "One of the easiest dedications for a bride to be!" :: First to get dragged by A, successfully, to the dance floor :: Fantastic music :: Mr Attention grabber with shades on the podium for Don't stop till you get enough, unimpressed though he did get a lot of attention from the floor. :: Great finish of first set :: Nice music mix during the break, more dancing :: Hydrate, chat, S came! ::

Set 2 from Jive talkin' :: More dancing! :: Guy who kept bumping into all of us, left, right and behind him. :: Kinda cute guy in black w glasses who kept moving nearer to us, A claimed he kept looking at us, ha. :: More singing back/together with Jive talkin :: Lotsa familiar songs! :: I'm yours, Beautiful girl/Stand by me ::

Break after second set :: Sudden grab of my hand by Mr Podium in shades, matched him move for move, made my break when he tried to get too close, he dropped his shades, not that cool after all. :: Persistent second try by Mr Podium who thinks he's God's gift to women :: Broke away and literally palmed a trio of his female groupies to him. :: Approving nods from peeps around my friends and me who were all watching Mr Podium n me, seriously?! :: Just dance ::

Picked up by a trio of guys :: Cheesy pick up lines, friends think they were lying about their age, way too young to be 29, ha. :: I know a Canadian accent when I hear one :: Got extricated by friends from the dance floor :: A n T said that there was a fellow female dancer who was stalking me?? who looked a lil like Maria Sharapova??, seriously?! :: Felt a guy from the trio was kinda ok, but T said I could do better, ha. ::

Back at the table with A and the rest! :: A n I had to hold hands to the ladies, got waylaid before n after by trio. :: Strictly girls affair ::

Set 3 begins :: It's raining men, I gotta feeling, Viva La Vida, It's my life, Living on a prayer :: Could not resist the allure of the dance floor :: One last dance with the gals :: Ended up beside the trio, seriously?! :: Kept avoiding Mr Alright from trio :: I wana dance with somebody, We will rock you, Forever young :: Beat it, ironic Mr Canadian tried to dance with me for this song, told him to beat it, politely of course. ha. :: Jive talkin really drew the mood out from the crowd ::

Hungry gals :: Spize :: Navigation at 3am :: Kay Poh Road, kid you not! :: Teh Halia :: More bride stories :: Raving about Jive Talkin with A on our way back :: Till the 19th babes! ::

Sun :: Reached home at 5am, had breakfast made by Dad, eggs and toast on a rainy morning :: Woke up to MacDonald's lunch by Dad too! :: Emails, checking forums, planning for tutorials next week :: Hanging up my dancing shoes :: Back to work mode, glad for the girly weekend! ::

It has been an eventful weekend, think I will go back to Pump Room at some point in time, for the music! It's different from club culture because of the live music, and there's no cover charge. Am impressed by the live band Jive Talkin', they have great rapport with the audience and they are also quite good! Nice mix of classics and current pop music. Overall generally nice atmosphere as well, persistent guys aside.

Frankly, there is a tiny element of an ego boost but am really just there for the music and to have a good time with my gals. Like what J says, I should give the guys kudos for trying in the first place. :) Turning down guys is also an art too, ask ten gals and you may have ten different ways of doing it. :) Too bad I din get to see the guy in black w glasses again during the third set, though he and his wing man did pass by our table a couple of times according to A during the break. Oh well, maybe too many gals, haha.

I've not danced in ages, seldom club, maybe once or twice max a year. Had great fun with the gals nonetheless, I think that it's really the company that counts when it comes to having a good time. Happy hen night to A! :)

YY has been recommending me this series, Lie to me; it so happened that this week, B and a couple of other friends also recommended it, finally got around to checking it, and I love it!! The main protagonist played by Tim Roth, reminds me of Gregory House in the medical series House. In Lie to me, Tim Roth plays a specialist in reading body language. The series revolves around situations in which he uses his skills to tell if people are lying to solve cases. Interesting stuff. I watched a documentary on micro expressions earlier this year and I think that this series touches a lot on that too. It's interesting to see footage from the Whitegate incident, the O.J Simpson case, etc. used as examples of certain emotions. Good stuff!

I managed to find footage of Jive Talkin' on Youtube, and included one of my fav songs of last night: Viva La Vida. This song really got the crowd going wild, me included. ;)



Viva La Vida - Coldplay

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word

Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice


Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes

Listen as the crowd would sing
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key

Next the walls were closed on me

And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand


I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing

Roman Cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror, my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain


Once you go there was never

Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind

Blew down the doors to let me in

Shattered windows and the sound of drums

People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?


I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain

I know Saint Peter won't call my name

Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world


I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror, my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain

I know Saint Peter won't call my name

Never an honest word

But that was when I ruled the worl
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© UNIVERSAL MUSIC - MGB SONGS

Thursday, September 3, 2009

我怀念的

If memory serves me right, a year ago today, I decided to leave him once and for all. No more chances, no more turning back. Ironic that one of my best friend's birthday falls on the same day, which is probably why I remember the day.

Not going to dwell on it today, or get emo about it. Remembered how I managed to get over it with the help and support of dear friends and family then. Have not talked about what happened with most and I don't intend to. Realised that I'm stronger than I give myself credit for, that I had to leave toxic relationships and that in the end, no matter how much people around you help you, you have to want to help yourself. Let this be a reminder to myself.

That relationship left an indelible imprint upon me. Have forgotten a lot of stuff since then. But sometimes, some memories come back. I no longer fight them but allow the moment to come and go.

Some parts of this song sums up what I feel. Enuff said, don't want my cousin to tell me, with all the love in her heart, to "go emo one corner", ha.

"我怀念的 是无话不说 我怀念的 是一起作梦
我怀念的 是争吵以后还是想要爱你的冲动
我记得那年生日 也记得那一首歌
记得那片星空 最紧的右手 最暖的胸口
(谁 记得)谁 忘了

我怀念的 是无言感动 我怀念的 是绝对炽热
我怀念的 是你很激动求我原谅 抱得我都痛
我记得你在背后 也记得我颤抖着
记得感觉汹涌 最美的烟火 最长的相拥"



我怀念的 -
孙燕姿
我问为什么 那女孩传简讯给我
而你为什么 不解释低着头沉默
我该相信你很爱我 不愿意敷衍我
还是明白你已不想挽回什么

想问为什么 我不再是你的快乐
可是为什么 却苦笑说我都懂了
自尊常常将人拖着 把爱都走曲折
假装了解是怕真相太赤裸裸 狼狈比失去难受

我怀念的 是无话不说 我怀念的 是一起作梦
我怀念的 是争吵以后还是想要爱你的冲动
我记得那年生日 也记得那一首歌
记得那片星空 最紧的右手 最暖的胸口
(谁 记得)谁 忘了

我怀念的 是无言感动 我怀念的 是绝对炽热
我怀念的 是你很激动求我原谅 抱得我都痛
我记得你在背后 也记得我颤抖着
记得感觉汹涌 最美的烟火 最长的相拥
 
谁爱得太自由 谁过头太远了
谁要走我的心 谁忘了那就是承诺
谁自顾自地走 谁忘了看着我
谁让爱变沉重 谁忘了要给你温柔
 
我还有想要爱你的冲动
我记得那年生日 也记得那一首歌
记得那片星空 最紧的右手 最暖的胸口
我放手 我让座 假洒脱 谁懂我多么不舍得
太爱了 所以我 没有哭 没有说

New sem :: H1N1 :: Hello September! ::

Can't believe how quickly August zipped past. Was busy adjusting to the new semester, am doing not one but two new modules, which in turn brings about two new sets of readings, lectures, etc., but am totally loving and relishing the experience so far! Hopefully my enthusiasm will rub off on the students. ha. Am working with great colleagues as well, for which I am grateful for. On and forward! :)

Was down with H1N1 last week, on the week when my tutorials began, was really bummed out as I was looking forward to the classes and meeting the students. Realised that quite a few of them are ex students from NM2219. Did not tell most people as I did not want them to freak out or get too worried, which I know they will, from the press reports thus far. Informed the school, colleagues and students in my class. Had to see the doc twice as the meds from the first time weren't working well. But I was kinda glad to have a very matter of fact and kinda blase doc who informed me that "9 out of 10 patients are down with H1N1 these days", which made me wonder about the dip in H1N1 cases that is reported in the papers these days. I think that most of us are opting out of the swabs because it is a tad costly and we would rather take our meds and recover.

H1N1 is like your worst flu experience, multiplied by at least 10 because of the temperature spikes, and I kept procastinating going to the doc's coz I hate going to the doc's and I was too weak to even get out of bed, much less go the doc's. Felt really faint from the fever and flu, could not feel my extremities at some point as well. Another friend came down with too,felt bad as I might have passed it to her when I just came down with it. :( But my colleagues came through, helped me take over my classes and my HoD was nothing but supportive and encouraging, which I appreciated. Hopefully the worst is over and I'm just left with a cough and an occassional sneeze.

Met up with L for her church's anniversary on Sunday, heard a good message and was introduced to her friends. A really nice bunch or guys and gals, too bad I could not join them for lunch, nvm will meet her again at A's wedding later this month! Met C n S for brunch at our little enclave to discuss C's bday plans and to do our girly chat, felt good to be out after being sick and stuck at home most of the week! :)


Had my first tutorials for NM3224. Was looking forward to it though the day got off to a bad start when I had an encounter with this German language tutor/lecturer whose class was before mine and when I opened the door to remind her, flipped at me before I could get a word out. Think my students waiting outside the classroom were shocked. Honestly I was as well but I know I had to remain calm and composed. When the class ended and I went in to set up, she had the gall to ask me in a superior tone "Is this way you treat your colleagues?" That was when it was time for me to step up and tell her off. "Is this the way you treat your colleagues?" I replied, giving her the don't mess with me look. She backed off, made some reason about not erasing the whiteboard and I plainly ignored her as I was setting up and the rest of my students streamed in. It happened that one of the department's student was in her tutorial and we struck up a conversation as I prepared my slides. When she came in again to erase the board which she thought I might be using, I ignored her and was prepared to tell her off firmly if she disrupted my class with anymore of her antics. Was glad it did not have to come to that because I did not want to have to put her down in front of my class. Sigh. I hope this doesn't happen again next week.

Most colleagues and friends are shocked at what happened, one commented that I seem to meet such rude colleagues more frequently than others. Some remembered the incident from last sem as well. I see it as a bummer, definitely, but also a need to learn to assert myself. I am not a pushover and do not take kindly when people take my general niceness for granted. Maybe it's a way to train myself to handle such people in such situations. No point shouting or lowering myself to their level but to try to raise above it and show them in no uncertain terms that I am not a pushover. Grrrr. haha. But despite that, I enjoyed my two hours of back to back tutorials immensely, students were shy but promising! :) I overran but the Chinese language tutor/lecturer was so nice about it, I went up to her to thank her for being understanding before I left. See what happens when people are nice to each other?? haha.

September looks packed and I do hope to get some stuff done. Just arranged for a farewell meal with E before he leaves, will miss him! Nice guy and colleague. Had to re-schedule from last week, as well as meeting with B after work for drinks as I was down with H1N1.

And today's C's birthday!! Can't believe another year's passed, she wants to par-tay this weekend, we shall see how that goes. ;) Happy birthday babe, love ya lots!

In a tone befitting for the par-tay this weekend, my fav song from B.E.P so far. Love the song, less so the mtv because I believe in happening fun, not debaunchery. Getting wasted - not fun at all. ;)



I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night (x3)
Tonight’s the night night
Let’s spend it up
Go out and smash it
Like Oh My God
Jump off that sofa
Let’s get get OFF
I know that we’ll have a ball
If we get down
And go out
And just loose it all
I feel stressed out
I wanna let it go
Lets go way out spaced out
And loosing all control
Fill up my cup
Mozoltov
Look at her dancing
Just take it off
Lets paint the town
We’ll shut it down
Let’s burn the roof
And then we’ll do it again

Lets Do it (x3)
And live it up
I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night (x2)
Tonight’s the night
Let’s live it up
I got my money
Lets spend it up

Go out and smash it
Like Oh My God
Jump off that sofa
Lets get get OFF
Fill up my cup (Drink)
Mozolotov (Lahyme)
Look at her dancing (Move it Move it)
Just take it off
Lets paint the town
We’ll shut it down
Lets burn the roof
And then we’ll do it again
Lets do it (x3)
Let’s live it up
Here we come
Here we go
We gotta rock
Easy come
Easy go
Now we on top
Feel the shot
Body rock
Rock it don’t stop
Round and round
Up and down
Around the clock
Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday, Saturday,
Saturday and Sunday
Get get get get get
With us you know what we say
Party everyday p-p-p-party
Party everyday
I gotta feeling that tonight gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good night
That tonight's gonna be a good good night(x2)