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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chinese New Year Dinner

One of the biggest things I am missing out during Chinese New Year is obviously the Ang Paus.
It's not like I get a lot every year, I use to compare the amount I get with my friends and I would be so jealous because my parents would only give me ten ringgit until I was like sixteen.
Dad would give more, but he'll write it in a cheque so that we can't spend it.
That was how I learned to be stingy and careful with money, because I never had enough.
Anyway, usually Chinese New Year would still be the time I get the most in the entire year, and I'll just save and use it slowly until the next Chinese New Year comes.
I got ONE ang pau this year from a Vietnamese union worker from work , and I am pretty happy about it.
My angpau this year contains two chocolate coins and a half dollar.
The half dollar is a collector's item and it can only be ordered from banks.
Cool eh?

I got NONE last year, so it is definitely an improvement!
*grins happily*

Well, I spent Chinese New Year's eve at Jon's.

Unlike cooking together with them last year, Jon and some of the others prepared an expensive Chinese New Year dinner and all we had to do was just pay 20bucks.

Homemade Yee Sang prepared by Jo Jo.
It was made out of fruits, vegetables, and cereal for the crunchy texture, much more healthier compared to last year's recipe.

Low ah low.........

After that, we had a mini karaoke session while the others played poker.

Pretty ladies, all in a row.

Jeong and I selecting songs for karaoke.
I just realized that I can never find the perfect song for me in karaoke sessions because I suck at reading mandarin characters.
I guess, I returned all my Chinese school lessons back to SJK (c) Lick Hung.
Six years of Mandarin, all down at Lake Michigan.

Stay tuned for another Chinese New Year celebration update at Chicago Chinatown!

*Every year got fish
Direct Translation... go figure.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Second Chinese New Year in Kalamazoo

I guess I have been waiting in vain for my long on and off viral sickness to wear off.
It is so darn annoying to have to plough through the freezing weather with nothing but a freaking bad nasal and lung congestion and the fact that I could imagine my frozen and (literally) bloody lungs exploding into the white snowy sky as I walk to and fro from class.

I hate, despise, LOATHE being sick!!!!!!!!!!

It's been a week and a half already and I still sleep almost 18 hours a day and my voice still sounds like a old man.

Owh well, I guess I should be at least a tad bit grateful that I was well for two days before I fell sick again.


Two days before Chinese New Year, pot luck at Ji Wey and Choon Yee's place
I loved the idea that each and everyone of us got to write a greeting on the wall of the entrance.

Those who was there earlier helped decorated the place with Chinese Calligraphy.

Me and my usual wardrobe malfunction.
Lynn and June just couldn't help but to make fun of my ugly pink and brown striped socks.

The girls in the house

Lynn and the very tipsy Soon Thing.

From left: Lindsey, Soon Thing, Penny, me, June, Irene, Lynn, and Sir Ling

The pretty drunk Soon Thing (after more drinks)

Since I just got well at that time, all I had was H20 while everyone else indulged themselves in 'happy juices'.

The very tall Ngai Hou and the very short me.

I guess I kinda took the opportunity to bully the drunk girl while she was half conscious of her surroundings :)

End of day one of not being sick.

Till I get better,

Have a Prosperous Ox Year ahead!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Enough Already

I am currently sitting at the corner of my Jazz Technique class doing nothing but observing (and of course blogging). Our class is divided into four sections as we have four different instructors for the semester as part of our adaptability training.

The sad thing is that it is the last day today for our first instructor (which means that they'll have more fun)!
Man... even their warm ups are more interesting!
Imagine doing all the classical ballet technique stuff in Beyonce's "Single Ladies"

Okay I apologize for all the weird terms that I am talking about.
I should just get back to observing and leave you guys alone on how sick I am.

I've been sleeping almost every minute for the past three days ad I am still not getting better.
A minute ago I was freezing till I had to bury myself in my thick blankets, and now I am sweating like I just worked out. And it goes on and on.
I hate it.

Anyway, I just thought that I should share what my dad emailed me couple of months ago.
I think its cute and probably true

Till then.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I hate being sick.
I hate not being able to do anything.
I hate missing classes. Especially dance classes.
I hate not being able to work because I'll make less money.
I hate staying home, not being able to do anything but feel the chills.
I hate not being to taste food.

But then again, its just fever.
I'll get better.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I think I am officially a shopaholic.
Online shopping is so bad.
Owh Ehm Freakin' Ghee lah...


stupid websites making big money out of me.

But then again, the sales is so good. How to resist?

How can you NOT buy a 6 dollar product that is originally 60bucks?

Tempting right?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Too Surreal

Back home in Malaysia, we hardly talk about war, military, army or whatever governmental force. The only closest thing to the army would be the National Service for selected high school seniors after they graduate. All kids around my age would either be studying and planning for their future (which is good), clubbing and smoking like there is nothing important in the world to care about, or damn darn materialistic and spoiled- thinking which LV bag should they buy next.

Now that I am over here at this side of the globe, war, guns, death, atomic and nuclear bombs are so damn real that I feel so afraid. Never a day I don't see any military involved college student fully clothed in their camouflage army attire, or the smart navy blue uniformed Marine walking along the pathways in between campus buildings.

I admire them for their dedication for their country.

Their patriotism of dying for their land, government, family and friends, especially at this time of the decade when Bush's silly ideas of 'getting rid of terrorists' are not just ideas but a reality.
I do understand that many kids dedicated their lives to the military because of the benefits of the government paying for school and extra allowances. It made me so thankful that my parents saved up for me ever since I was a kid just so that I can go through university life without any burden or a need to take a loan, or to give my life... to the government.

Couple of months ago, a person whom I am very close with named xyz told me that he was going to join the Marines because he wanted to do something with his life and of course he needed money because his parents could not afford his education fees. Just for your information, xyz is probably one of the few people with the biggest hearts I have ever met in my entire life. I guess I was pretty much moved, but I wasn't much affected as he still has not signed any agreements yet. His dream was to be in the Marine.

There are so many different kinds of military forces here. Marine for the overall flight, sea, and land, Air Force for the Air, Navy for Sea, and the Army for land. The Marines are known to be the most respected of all the Military forces and somehow in my opinion...... the ones treated the worst. First of all, they have the lowest pay compared to all the others, they would have to go for war first if anything happened, and their training is the most difficult among them all.
Doesn't make sense.

XYZ is the youngest and the baby of his family. His got into a fight with his dad after telling telling his parents that he was going to give his life to the Marines; which is totally understandable. No parent would want to see their child hurt. I work with a German lady whose daughter is in Iran/Iraq, somewhere I don't remember, and she was telling me about how she got a phone call and her daughter's vehicle was blown up while she was just driving. Thank god that she was okay, but her mom was worried to death for the next couple of sleepless nights thanking God that her her daughter was not dead. I can never imagine being her.
Somehow, xyz changed his mind and decided to join the Navy instead.
He called me yesterday night and told me that he might be going active, which means that he would have to move to another state and work as a Navy while he continues his studies.
All these while, I was okay about the fact that he was going to be a Navy and he was going to boot-camp during the summer. All he wanted was to be in the reserve. And I was okay with that. Everything still felt as if it was still so far away.
He just signed his contract yesterday and he will be leaving when Autumn comes.
It suddenly struck me that I might lose him. I don't know why but I just can't help but to cry to not being able to see him again.
Maybe I am just being negative about the military forces, but how can I be calm and collected with the current stupid situation. America is still technically in a war! What if xyz gets called to wherever they want to send him?
His still has a 50/50 chance of losing his life.

I guess the only hope now for the Americans and families with their loved ones out there in war is Obama. Everyone is hoping for a change. Everyone is desperate for change.
Let's just hope he doesn't let the Americans down.
On the other hand, how the heck is he going to clean Bush's shit up?
I wouldn't be surprise if it will take years.

It is just too surreal.

Friday, January 09, 2009

A Random Post

I have been posting the most random things ever lately because I am just too busy and tired to think of anything else to write about besides by hawt dance teacher and how freaking sore my body is right now.

Nice o not?
I just like the sky.
I miss Florida already.

The weather now is just disgusting.
I mean, yes it's pretty with the fluffy snow falling and covering the trees and all. But its is HORRIBLE when you walk in it.
It is like working out even though its just a walk from one end of the campus to the other end.

On the other hand,
I am happy.
I just got promoted at work and will be having my first supervisor shift tomorrow.
I know la, nothing big but I am just excited that I have a dollar increase in my paycheque.

And I miss home
I miss Chinese New Year.
I miss Sharkfin Soup.
I miss grandma's cooking .
I miss AngPaus.


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Oh Ehm Freaking Gee
I am so darn freaking sore!!!!
My Jazz Technique teacher is so hot.
I think I am about to turn bi because of her.
No, I'm just kidding but that is how hot she is.
And when she dance, I swear all the guys around her will jizz in their pants

I am so sore.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Second day of school

Sleepy largh
I don't want to work.
I wish I was rich so I don't have to think about money.
Then I don't need to work.
But if I don't work, I will feel useless.
If I feel useless, I'll get all annoyed with myself.
Thus resulting in violence.
What am I talking about.
Seriously, I should get a life.


I just wanna sleep now.


Sunday, January 04, 2009

The New Year

I know that I am too late for this.

Everyone has been talking about their plans and bloggers at the same time posted their New Year Resolutions and their journey through the year 2008 even before the New Year started. I, on the other hand, am still thinking, doubting, and hoping for the best for this year and am very thankful for everything I have gone through and learned last year.

What’s up with the New Year?

Before even posting my New Year resolutions online, I have already broken one of them.

So I guess I should not be too ambitious and not fulfill my resolutions, and just stick to the simplest things I can do to change my life.

Celebrations of the New Year are over rated.

Like, seriously.

It is like Saint Patrick’s Day and Christmas, where the true meaning of the holidays have been ripped off to the very last bit. Christmas for instance is all about the birth of Christ and giving thanks to God for sending his son… and the story goes on.

But what has it become right now?

Besides shopping, presents, and more presents, it is probably the season of people spending till they become broke, and malls getting all the profit as the materialistic crowd increases year after year.

Prove. Ain’t it obvious?

Young girls, barely the age of fifteen blogging about how many Guess bags they got for their Christmas presents and how many more Gucci purses they hope that they will get for the coming New Year.

Heck. Life is getting more and more shallow and sooner or later, EVERYTHING will be about being seen and popular.

Well, then again not everyone in the world has that mentality about life. So why am I complaining.

Let’s cut the crap shall we? Back to resolutions.

I am out of shape. Very out of shape for a person who is in the entertainment industry. I admit that I have not been taking care of myself and I have been taking my health and sleep for granted.

This year will be all about my well-being.

RESOLUTION ONE: To workout at least three times every studying week.

RESOLUTION TWO: No more snacks after dinner except fruits.

Simple and practical.

I must do it

I can do it.

I will do it.

Till then, I am so darn excited for what this year has for me.

Bring it on babeh!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Gone are the Holidays
and back to reality...

Like I've said before, I have been lazing around for the past three weeks and now I have to get my Big Fat Butt up and ready for school in a couple of days.

Boy, I can't wait.

Jazz Technique Classes, Voice Lessons, Stage Reading, my Second Show which is also my Musical Debut in WMU, Workout, and of course work to pay of my voice lesson accompaniment.
How exciting huh!

Holidays have been relaxing and awesome.
Mostly spent on enjoying the Asian culture here as much as possible since there are practically almost NO good Asian restaurants and Asian Markets around in Kalamazoo.

So here is a little snippet of what I've done these past two weeks.

Dinner was literally like this almost everyday for the past two weeks.
It is like a luxury for Lynn and I to have home-cooked food already. What more home made Siew Mai, Spring Rolls, Corn Beef, Beef Steak, Bitter Melon Salad, Soup, Noodles...
Gosh, I cant even remember what did I eat.

It was probably one of the most times I watched Jeph and his friends play poker.
Sorry to say that I still don't know how to play poker because I suck at card games.
At least I learned how to shuffle cards like a pro :)

We visited downtown and checked out chocolate shops, cupcake stores, shoe boutiques and more shoe boutiques.

Went clubbing at Eden again

Got sneaked in to a above 21 club for the second time and this time the music was 10 times better than the last time I was there.
I did my first and only workout for the whole two weeks, dancing the night away till I could not dance no more.

All sweaty and smokey at the end of the night.

If course we celebrated Christmas

Took a stroll down housing areas to admire the decoration and lights everyone put up.

We exchanged gifts under the Christmas tree

Loved my banger and sexy lingerie that Lynn bought me.

We attended a UGLY SWEATER themed Pot Luck White Elephant Party with Jeph's friends
One thing for sure, I know that Malaysians will definitely NOT go to an ugly sweater party because we are so use to looking good and pretty for events and it is quite impossible for people to be sporting enough to look ugly for a change.
Unless times changed?

The boys in the ugly sweaters

The girls in Grandma Sweaters

Everyone brought all sorts of food and of course we ate like people who have not eaten in 10 days.

Let me explain what a White Elephant Party is.
Everyone comes to a party and is required to bring a gift that is below or above a certain amount of money. Presents will be kept under the tree, and then everyone will have to pick a number and the person who gets the first number can pick the present that he wants first, followed by everyone else according to their numbers.

Everyone bought all sorts of crazy presents like sausages, a coconut scraper (like the picture above), etc.

Jeph bought Sex Dice

And I bought the Kama Sutra

jealous? :)

Jeph and my ugly sweater

We went for one dollar bowling

Jeph, Lynn and Jeremmy wrapped my fragile thumb just in case the nail would fall out.

Owh well, that wraps it all.
I am leaving back to the Zoo tomorrow and ready to see my Malaysian People.

Happy New Years till next year!!