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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I have officially gained SEVEN pounds in three weeks!
I just need to stop eating. Damn it.


One week before Jeph leaves for the Navy, and I am dreading it so much.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Click click click

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Water Ski

Friday Evening

Yenn: "Man, Joe we never hang out anymore... We have to soon!"

Joe: "Yeah, I know. You Malaysians are always so busy. Anyway, do you guys want to come over to the lake house tomorrow for the weekend?"

Yenn: *really did't feel like going anywhere during the weekend. Just wanna chill at home.*
"Erm, I have tonnes of homework to catch up with from last week because I went to NYC for the weekend."
*which was 100% true*

Lynn: "Yeah, we'll see how the weather goes."



Saturday Morning 10.30am, awaken by an annoying ring-tone

Joe: It's not going to rain this weekend!! I'm picking you guys up at 11.30am.

Yenn: "NOOO!!! I wanna sleep in. Can't we say that we're sick?"

Lynn: "That would be so mean right..."

Yenn: "!@#$%^&^%$#@"




Well, thank goodness we went. Since winter would be coming earlier this year, who knows? Maybe last weekend was the last of the warm days? Maybe if we didn't go, we would not ever step foot on water skis because Lynn and Joe would be graduating in December, and probably this is the last summer we'll ever spend together?

Anyway, pictures!

Joe convincing me that I can do it.

Hah!!! I think I acted too much as Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I look exactly like my character in the show! zOmg, not a good thing.
I was wearing a wetsuit because the weather was a little chilly for me, and I just got over a cold.
Totally worth it looking like a dumbo jumbo.

Whee!!!


Here's my first try. From where I was, I could not hear Joe's instructions at all.
Look so retarded in it. I think I look more pro in pictures... lolx.


Concentration Face.

Lynn with Constipation face, trying to keep the skis straight. Not easy.


Haha... we were trying to teach Lynn how to stabilize herself in the water.
She looked like a wobbly penguin. XD

Joe water boarding


So cool right! I wanted to water board too, but my fingers, arms, and lower back were aching already.


Joe and Lynn with Rob water-skiing behind.

Here's Rob.

Sho Fun!


We practically spent the entire day outdoors.
After water sports, we had lunch, and drove out to the middle of the lake to finish our readings for classes, and fell asleep under the sun.
:)


I like.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Same old Rambling Rama Lama

Just returned from Joe's lake house and I had the best time ever. Will blog about when I get my camera back. I left it at the lake house and he will be only going there next weekend. Boo.

So much to do, so little time.
So much to do, body to sore.
How?

Thinking of choreographing a dance for Halloween this year.



Miss the old days when I was back home and whenever we want to dance, Chee Wei would Choreograph this awesome routine and all we had to do was just follow and learn.
Bah...... I have no creativity.


I need inspiration.


And... the week begins... and... I'm dreading it...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I Hate Missing Classes

Call me nerd, but I really do!

I had the best time being in New York, meeting my mum and hanging out together, watching the best musical in the planet, and now I suffer the consequences.

I only missed one class for all of my subjects. Only one! And I felt like I missed a week of lessons because most of my classes are physical and interactive.
I had to work extra hard in my dance classes because I have so much catching up to do and I feel like a headless hippo dancing around, clueless.
And I have so much reading to catch up on my acting class.
Boo......



Random Thought:

The cafeteria has two soft served "Mc Donald style" ice-cream machines and since we serve buffet style, everything is self service. So when you want ice-cream, you make your own.

It's so funny seeing most of the students comparing the shapes that they created on their ice-cream cone, whose is taller, and whose is falling over, and etc.
I guess I just like the way people smile themselves happy with the look of the ice-cream on their hand.
Or maybe it's just me being over with the cafeteria, and the only thing keeping me going is the little details that make my day..... and of course the money :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Caught my Heart and Soul

Remember I was talking about watching the musical Next to Normal?

Well, I just did and even though I bought the cheapest tickets (yeah, I am kiam siap like that) available and sat at the last row of the theatre, I was AMAZED, AWED, and MESMERIZED by the extremely well written musical and its extremely talented performers.
I was literally bawling out of my skull in sadness and happiness all at the same time just because the music and story was so touching and really, if you want me to explain how it feels, it would be like someone reaching into your heart and grabbing it.
Okay, maybe not like that. But you know what I mean.

Next to Normal is a Tony Award winning rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
wikipedia.com

Sounds boring? HELL NO!
I mean, if I didn't know anything about this musical and read that paragraph which I just copied and paste from wikipedia.com, I wouldn't be interested.
But, it was amazing.

I can't express myself right now.
It was breath taking and I am still struck by awe.
Not only the musical was great, it reminded me of why I am doing what I am doing.
I am inspired and this is the reason why I am pursuing this.
Yes, I love performing... blah blah blah.... its getting boring now.
BUT, it would be an honor to make people feel how I am feeling right now.
I want to touch people's lives through doing what I love doing the most.



I don't wanna go back to Kalamazoo :(
*sobs*

Saturday, September 12, 2009

New York and a Craving

I am in New York Citay.. WHeeee!!!
I had a short 4 hour journey from Kalamazoo and arrived in Newark International Airport at 11.15pm.
And guess what?

I paid freaking 81bucks for a cab ride to my friend's cozy apartment at Brooklyn.

Dang it. $81 multiply by Rm3.52123456?
You do the calculation, but its about Rm285.

As for now, I have spent more than $100 just on transportation getting in and out of New Jersey, the airport, and the New York transits.
!@#$%^

But it's so damn worth it!


Thanks to my friend, Sarah who accommodated me on a uber cool and comfy air mattress and telling me which trains to take, and places to eat, I feel better being in the city alone.






I'll be watching Next to Normal tomorrow night with my mum tomorrow.


At the Tony Awards
Can't wait!



On the other hand,
I stole this from Sara Lau's blog.
SuperSara all the way from Malaysia, I want this!!!

sorry about the lighting. it was really dark out and this is the best i could manage. if i used flash, it would have been overexposed.
anyway - if you're keen on trying your hand in mooncakes, start with jelly first. it will still be incredibly satisfying and great to to eat too.


recipe:


Mango Yoghurt Mooncake

Aunty Yochanna
Filling:
150g yoghurt
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp lemon juice
100ml whipping cream
100gm mango puree
200ml water
3 tsp agar-agar powder
100g mango cubes
75g castor sugar


Outer layer:
300ml fresh milk
900ml water
120g sugar
6 tsp agar-agar powder
2 tbsp custard powder
230gm yoghurt
230g mango puree
food colouring, optional


1. Filling: Bring water, agar-agar powder and sugar to a full boil. Meanwhile, mix the egg yolks with the yoghurt. (in her blog, my mum stated milk instead of yoghurt)
2. When the mixture has come to a full boil, off the fire and stir in the yoghurt-yolks and whisk thoroughly.
3. Add in lemon juice, mango puree and cream and stir till well mixed. Add in mango cubes
4. Pour into cupcake pans and chill till fully set. (Jelly patties)
5. Outer layer: Cook water, sugar and agar-agar powder till boiling. Meanwhile, mix custard powder with milk. When the mixture is boiling, turn the heat down and add in the milk. stir till smooth.
6. Add in yoghurt, mango puree and food colouring.
7. To assemble: scoop some outer layer mixture into the mooncake jelly moulds just until it covers the surface. Let set in freezer for about five minutes. the mixture should only be half set.
8. Take out the moulds and place one jelly patty on top of the set outer layer jelly. spoon more outer layer jelly over until it fills the moulds. continue process for the rest (You should get about 12 full normal sized mooncake jelly)
9. Chill till fully set.

I love yogurt. I love mango. I love mooncake.

What could be better?

Who want to make this for me???!?

*hint the big sis since she is so free this semester*

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I am exhausted.
I have a stuffed nose.
I am wheezing.
I have an irritated throat.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Hari Satu

First day of waking up at 7.30am after pigging around for the past 4 months of Summer.
First day of meeting people that I have not seen for the past gazillion years, and everyone just can't stop talking.
First day of work was extremely hectic.
First day of walking from one side of campus to the other over and over again gave me shin splints, cramps on my calves, and a pain on the arch of my foot.
First day of classes, and I am getting sick.
First day of classes started from 9am till 11pm.
First day of classes ended when I knocked out, the minute my head landed on my feather stuffed pillow.
First day of classes went by r-e-a-l quick.


New York in 3 days! Oh ehm ghee!! :)
xoxo*

Thursday, September 03, 2009

End of a Chapter

*edited
Gah
... sorry to annoying you all about how great Saugatuck, and Spelling Bee was. I can't help it.
It left a huge impact on my and I promise that this is my LAST POST on Saugatuck.

Us three Western Michigan Theatre kids amongst the professional Equity Actors from New York and Chicago.
Chelsea, Emily, and I

15 minutes before show, goofing around with Adam.

In costume as Marcy Park, the competitive, no life, stereotypical kiasu miss know it all Asian kid.

Adam likes his pictures with his eyes closed.
Adam, Jeffrey, Paul and I.
Gosh I miss them.

Talk about being goofy.

:)

We were watching a video of a girl farting on a chocolate cake. Yeah. Literally.
Look at our expressions.

Chelsea drew this for me, that artsy girl.
I will never forget the last performance.
I was smiling and crying at the same time during our goodbye song after curtain call, and as we all ran back stage, I broke into tears and started hugging everyone. So emo lo.
The best thing that has every happened to me.

Us spellers.
Till we work together again, I love you alll!!!!!!!
Can't wait to meet up with you guys in NYC in 2 weeks!

Performance Photos

The Full Cast of The 25th Annual County Spelling Bee
From Top Left: James Earl Jones II, Sarah Dacey-Charles, Douglas Trapp
From Bottom Left: Adam Enright, Chelsea Morgan, Paul Luoma, Emily Iaquinta, Sue-Yenn, Jeffrey Binney

All because we love to spell... we spell.

Go team with the audiences

I achieve my goals, so unfazed am I.

Marcy Park: "And does it say that I only sleep three hours at night, and I hide in the bathroom cabinet, and I am not allowed to cry?"

Twirling the baton as one of Marcy's talents.

And of course she is flexible :)

And has a black belt in karate.

Spelling montage

Barfee and his magical foot that spells letters for him on the floor.

Marcy Park meeting Jesus and discovers a revelation.

Hindu Gods

Olive's Chimerical.

Class photo

Cast and crew picture.
Nothing would be done without someone to direct, someone to handle costumes, another to design lighting and sound, a music director, a handyman to build props, and of course a director (Kurt, first from the top left).

photo credits to Louis Schakel

theatre credits to Mason Street Warehouse


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Dirty Word of the Day
Badunkadunk (pronounced as buh-donk-uh-donk)

Definition: a dick bouncin', dynamic booty not to exceed 50 inches in circumstance but not less that 40, that defies the laws of physics and reminds men why they wanna be dogs. Equally as important, the owner of the budunkadunk must possess a waistline no larger than 2/3 of the diameter of the badunkadunk itself.

Sentence: Chaquifa's mother always told her: "Girl, your face may not be all thatm but the boys will take one look at you and say: "Oooh, gimmie some of that badunkadunk!""





Till then, five more days till school starts!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Dunes and Dirty word

My job at Saugatuck has finally come to a halt.
As much as I am excited get back to school, and prepare for my Senior Showcase in New York and perform with one of Broadway's Stars, Julia Murney in December who performed and originated in many Broadway roles, I miss Saugatuck already.

Julia Murney.

Here's a video of her performing in Broadway's uber popular musical WICKED and THE WILD PARTY.






Magnificent no?


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Alright, back to Saugatuck.
I really can't express how much I missed the environment, and the new found friends that I've made throughout the short one month of my Summer.

Here are some pictures of the boat trip we took to Lake Michigan and the Dunes.

The selfless guys that we so kind to bring us on their boat for the trip.

Admiring nature's beauty, Lake Michigan.

One thing about Saugatuck, it is suck a rich community that almost everyone owns a Bungalow with their own private beach and their own private boat.
How can one not enjoy?

We had cocktails on the boat and rode down Kalamazoo River to Lake Michigan.

The calm waters.

That was when we were told to down our cocktails and we were at maximum speed on the lake.

The boat was going so fast that my sunnies were flying off.
To feel the warm breeze on my face, and the feeling of flying in the air was no doubt, priceless.

We finally found the highest dune and anchored the boat.
There were people sailing that day too. Check out the yacht!

That was when we leaped off the boat into the cold water and swam our way to shore.

Here's a weird picture of me screaming and jumping in the water at the same time.


Jeffrey, Sarah, Chelsea

Chelsea and I cam-whoring.

I guess I never appreciated and enjoyed the sun when I am not in the States, just because Malaysia, Macau, Bangladesh, Nepal, and all the other hot countries that I've been to were extremely humid.
I crave the sun now. Why is it so cold. It's not even autumn yet!

Okay, if you don't know what dunes are, here's a picture of it.

In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by aeolian processes. Dunes are subject to different forms and sizes based on their interaction with the wind. Most kinds of dune are longer on the windward side where the sand is pushed up the dune, and a shorter "slip face" in the lee of the wind. The "valley" or trough between dunes is called a slack. A "dune field" is an area covered by extensive sand dunes. Large dune fields are known as ergs.

Some coastal areas have one or more sets of dunes running parallel to the shoreline directly inland from the beach. In most cases the dunes are important in protecting the land against potential ravages by storm waves from the sea. Although the most widely distributed dunes are those associated with coastal regions, the largest complexes of dunes are found inland in dry regions and associated with ancient lake or sea beds.

Dunes also form under the action of water flow (alluvial processes), on sand or gravel beds of rivers, estuaries and the sea-bed.

wikipedia.com

Just so you know, we climbed that dune and it was extremely high as you can see, I've circled the size of a person compared to the dune.

Also, it looked so much easier than it actually is to climb that darn thing.
Since the entire thing was made of sand, just imagine running up a 25 degree hill on the same spot. I had to get on all fours to climb that thing, and my calves were hurting so bad and it was not like I am not used to running since I've been hitting the gym almost everyday.
It was physically challenging but so damn worth it.
We got to see the most awesome view, and the forest view behind the dunes.

After a whole long day at the lake, we had a grilled Salmon feast at a cast member's house.

This is Doug, he played the Vice Principal in Spelling Bee.
Apparently, he went fishing with his parents earlier that day and they caught 13 pieces of extremely large Salmon. And that was what we had for dinner that night.
That pot of marinated Salmon was less than a quarter of what he caught.
Was so darn good......

Summer Lovin'

Awesome company, magnificent environment, lovely community, great food, the best job ever in history. Literally, a life of a Rock Star.


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Disclaimer:
I have a bunch of words from the Dirty Bee that we performed for a fund raiser which I thought would be cool to share.
However if it might come to offend some people in some way, just click on the X button on the top right of the window (or if you are using a MAC, the button will be on your top left), and you will be free of what you might think is nonsense.
:)


Dirty word of the day:
Sadomascochist

Definition: Relating to sexual activity, in which one person enjoys inflicting physical or mental suffering on another person, who derives pleasure from experiencing pain.

Sentence: after reading Billy Ray Bob's failing report card, his mother said, "If you weren't suck a Sadomasochist, I'd slap your ass right into next week!"



Till then.