Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Late Bloomer

I have a blister on my thumb from scooping steaming rice non-stop for an hour. It's quite addictive actually.... the pure joy of a perfect half-sphere of rice plopped into a polystrene container! It was for the Soka Gakkai participants of Citawarna of something. We had to 'tapao' apparently 1200 of food, but it felt like abt 400? Everyone was speaking chinese and I was blur. I think it's 400 packets. The lauk looked so scrumptious. It's fortunate that my conscience is equipped with self-control and dignity. Or else I would had leap and gobble it all up. *smack self on head* Ohmmm... mustn't think of fatty food... fats need no more company... On the way home I was feeling a bit miffed at the little girl I was playing with there. While waiting for the food to be ready, I was chatting with this girl and playing some stuff. I also drew, surprisingly, a very nice female face. Then they announced the food is ready and I stuffed that paper in my bag, zipped it and went for my 'volunteer' work. Once done with packing, washing and all, it was missing, and I found out that the girl took it to try out the 'ring of dancing ladies' I just taught her, which involves cutting the paper to bits. I was speechless. For a conclusion, I'd say it's safe to say it's in the bin, 'RIP' as in 'Rest In Pieces'.

So for the rest of the ride, I was silent. But that's also because I was slightly pooped, because other than scooping rice/lauk, I cellotaped boxes together, washed a lot of metal containers and carried the boxed packets into a truck. And I like sleeping in the car =P. Somehow today I remembered my thoughts, even though I fell asleep just after thinking about it.

It's funny how the older I become, the humbler I am. How do I explain it? As a young kid I used to be damn arrogant about everything. I used to discriminate as well, from food to culture to people. I used to feel superior just because I had two English names, and pooh-poohed at Chinese culture and language even though I'm Chinese. I was judgemental when I haven't even tried getting to know what it is all about. But like said, I've grown humbler, no longer do I feel like I tower all of these. In reality I was just a kid and everything else is small and insignificant. But as I grew physically, I became 'smaller'. A speck of grey dust against the rainbow across the sky. Sometimes I curse myself for being so close-minded, and closing my eyes off to the wonderful world just at my feet. Appreciation is a beautiful thing to give, feel. There is just an infinite of things to try.

Now, I'm just trying to catch up on what I've been missing. The foods I used to avoid just because 'I didn't like the look of it' are now my favourite. Like fried ginger/onion, raw salmon, and salmon eggs. I regret not following through my Mandarin lessons, for at times I feel so out. I regret not having enough determination to finish what I started. My passion for things last time is like a matchstick. It sparks, it flares then it progresses towards the other end, but I always blow it out before it's done. There's still a bit of wood left. Haha, see, out of topic again.

Anyway, I bow to thee, Life. For I am thy humble student.

Other updates, went out with Mun Ling two weeks back, watched Mr & Mrs Smith and took lovely sticker pics. Will post it up once I scan it. Watched Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with Lean Chiew. Quite a humorous show... I even grew a liking for the opening song =P. Feel like borrowing the book from someone. Check the show out! I'm starting to like TGV and its Tuesday's Ladies' Day. RM8 ticket. Nyek.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Guess what?

You know those annoying little creatures that buzz around you when you are trying to sleep? You do? Good. Then do you know those promoters who just won't leave you in peace when all you want to do is shopping? Sounds about the same doesn't it? Guess what happened.

I became them since Monday *grin*. Erm, the promoter that is, not the mozzies...

Currently working in Digi Roadshow in LowYat Plaza, will be there until the end of this week. The whole process of metamorphosis into a buggering salesperson is quite gratifying. Other than the thickening of the skin, I also got to learn the art of walking alongside my 'victims' and almost running into a wall, another person or similiar. Hopefully the level on my persuasive speech is rising... or fall... I know not!

*Ahem* People come from all walks of life, therefore I get to meet a lot of unique customers... some of them are plain polite, weird, rude, cheeky etc. And some just want to drink a free coffee or ice tea courtesy of Starbucks/Digi. There was one whom I greeted "Excuse me..." went "Mr Lobba Lobba! x3" *fade into distance*. One example of plain polite is when this guy patiently listened to me, then a thought suddenly hit me, "Hey did I talk to you before?" and thankfully he says "No. but two of your other colleagues did." But it happened... when i greeted some people twice or more. i mean come on, how many variety of people actually go to LY? Usually it's familiar faces etc. But some faces don't stay in my mind... only when I get nearer, I recognise their smile, or the mole on the chin or their ears, etc.

Back to customers, there was one guy who kept kutuking Digi (not that I give a damn, I use Maxis myself - shhhhhhh- but of course got feel a wee bit insulted la...) and then say/request all stupid kind of things until I knew it was pointless to 'convert' him. Then he actually had the cheek to say "Eh, got free drinks right? I want to sit there and just drink." So i tell him the drink are for interested customers and he was like *huff* then i don't want digi anymore. WTF, you are not interested in the first place. Stupid old beerbellied man. Baka Yarou! I wanted to throw my shoe at him. I actually do not mind if they do not want, but did he have to act that way? Don't want then just go la. Now that I think of it, if I were evil, I could had said sure have a drink and then *do* smthg to it. LOL. Now this paragraph is turning into some rant area isn't it? Then there's this two guys who are really friendly, when I told them about the extra line they're like, whoa! can give 'yee-lai' (mistress), LOL. Then one was joking, I give you French kiss! And with the most serious expression I could muster, I go, Sorry,against company policy. Keep in touch but not that way. Although they did not subcribe, I had a fun time chatting to them, but as it went on I felt a bit awkward 'cause I know they aren't gonna buy yet they are still sitting there. Scared boss marah weh.

Also, I tried several techniques... but in the end, I revert back to my original one. One of them that I tried is ,"Get one free one!" People are really terrible. If it ain't free they don't want it. Anyway, I tried that, it did stop them for a while but the moment I continue, "Just sign up for our Postpaid pla-... hey where did they go?". But for existing Postpaid customers there's a promotion... supplementary line FOC. Even there's no need to pay for monthly fee as it's free for life! Only pay what you call/sms/etc. That one they like a lot. Totema daisuki desu!!!

Ah, we promoters have the power of repeling. When someone spots us, it's like they try not to walk near us but trying to keep their path sraight. so if u see form abv, u'd see a person walking a straight line, then along a semi-circle as they are trying to avoid us then back to the original line again. 'Charmed' should include us. The power of threepromoters. =P

I did a mistake for two of my signed lines... because the management didn't inform us enough! But it's settled, thank god. And I'm so not gonna cover the escalator area because it's like a moving sushi food thingy... what goes up, will come down. so same ppl. Now smarter, stand in the area... that why I got more sign ups today than the rest of the past three days combined. Which is very little really.

In my opinion, I think that the offer is pretty good. Maybe if Digi covers more secluded area, it's will be hot buns on a cold day. Haih, three more days... hopefully I can do better.

Feeling fatigued, been on feet since morning. It's amazing I didnt topple over.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Conversation

Rolling over and landing on her belly, Sandra groaned when she saw her friend starting up Tony Hawk skateboarding game in his computer.

"Oh geez, that game again..."

"What's wrong with it? Hey, it's a good game," Thomas defended his favourite game.

"How about actually getting a skateboard and trying them? Sports are meant to be lived, and not be stuck in front of the computer and doing triple turns using the bloody keyboard. I think the idea is to exercise."

"Look, it's people like me who can't even balance themselves on ground but want to do real skateboarding? You nuts? I'll end up in the emergency room within seconds on a board..." said Thomas, remembering that he didn't exactly ended up in the emergency room but instead into the meter deep drain. The incident had made him suffer from an ankle sprain, deep cuts to his knees and a blow to his pride.

Sandra tutted. "Well don't even get me started on your FIFA. I don't get people like you. It's out there! Go get it. Why be stuck in your little fantasy world that you could actually do those stunts. It's a computer screen. You're like this creature squishing his face on the glass window to glimpse the fun on the other side."

"Oh well, it's my life ain't it? By the way, what happened between you and that fella?"

"Oooh, trying to change the topic aren't you? Nah, I broke up with him. He just isn't right." Sandra thought of the way he wouldn't be affectionate with her in public. Clumsy. He also have a hairy chest. Bleurgh.

"Really? But I thought you gushed about him, erm, just a month ago?"

"Yea, sure I did... I mean, he has a lot virtues but there's some things that is... just not right. Not really compatible with him. I want someone whom I can feel totally right with."

"....you mean someone who would bend and serve at your will? You can't expect people to be perfect." He clicked an option, cursing his slow computer. It was loading at a turtle speed.

"Why not?" huffed Sandra.

"Ah, 80% is good enough," Thomas said, pleased that his computer was faster this time.

"What?"

"Oh nothing, I'm referring to the game."

"Why did I even come here? I rather watch you skate or play the footie in reality. Sod it, I'm going home to play The Sims."

Monday, June 13, 2005

Konnichiwa, Yasumi-san...

Semester ended with a bad taste swirling in my stomach. Haven't exactly been an angel lately. Even if I spoke to my friends about it, they are unable to taste this feeling. It's like how some people deem a certain delicacy too sweet while other find it fine. Anyway, the taste has since dispersed into a mere memory.

By the way, holiday started a week ago... Within a 24 hour span of 'Merdeka!' (Freedom!), the thought of 2 months dwiddling away precious free moments made me feel dreadfully bored. I miss my hectic schedule, my assignments. I miss waking up late and rushing to the LRT station with a bread in my mouth. I miss my friends especially. I always hate it when the moment you get close to someone, holiday comes, so contact is on hiatus, until the new sem starts. Maybe some occasional SMS messages but that's about it.

SO yea... what have I been up to so far? Went out with Charlene on Wednesday to MidValley to watch a French film, Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flower of Quran. Initially I wanted to watch Les Choriste, tried to book that but it's full. So bonjour, Monsieur Ibrahim! Before entering the theatre there's a sign at the door which went smthg like: Dear viewers, whilst the film is running you may see some scenes in black, in accordance to the Malaysian Censorship board. So alright, fine, the MCB again. Haven't they died out of old age or at least drown in their narrowminded/egoistical views? About 5 minutes into the movie, where the main character was going to lose his virginity (haha, I love the French), suddenly a black silhoutte of a cardboard covered the screen. Nothing but sounds. They had the guy manning the film up there to block it! I found that damn hilarious. Anyway, it's a good show. Besides that, Char and me went to the Indian Festival Fair... Bangles, Punjabi Suits and everything related to Indian galore! There was a Chinese Muslim too, from China, selling uh, chinese stuff. I think he read something wrong somewhere. Then we saw a lady drawing gorgeous designs with henna on someone's arm. And it's cheap. Nyek. I had mine done on the arm while Charlene had hers done on her forehead. She looked like some exotic princess =).

Then on Friday, went to MidValley again. This time with Lean Chiew, Pui Yee and her friend Jun Hoe. Usually it's only LC, PY and me, so JH was a 'new member' XD. Had a really enjoyable time, there are a few moments where I laughed till my sides hurt. Never bored when we all hang out. Oh yea, we watched Les Choristes. My verdict: A simple story, but the way it's filmed made it extraordinary. At first the summary of the film made me think it's gonna be a slow one. But it's not. Throughout the film, scattered a lot of endearing moments and humour. The boys' voices were extremely good as well. No wonder I couldn't book the film twice in a row.

I'm dead bored of MV already.

Been eating a lot lately... three cakes in a week. Erm, Father's Day, Dad's bday and I forgot the third (see, too much cakes!). And you know Chinese people, they somehow enjoy stuffing you with scrumptious food until you can't take it anymore.

Peeled some sweet potatoes for my Ma's BuBuChaCha soup and my hands itched like hell. Kept scrubbing and scratching my hands and arms, but it's only a temporary relieve. I think I scrapped some skin off as well. Aiks.

Recently got addicted to a very popular Korean series, Jewel In The Palace, it's showing on Astro's Wah Lai Toi and they dubbed it in Cantonese... not that it matters to me, I understand neither Korean or Cantonese (mine ain't so good =P) and I rely on the good ol' Malay subtitles. It's on weekends and shows 3 episodes at one shot, so I've already watched up to 6 episodes. Anyway, it's already a rage in Asia, but I, of course, am always oblivious to what's new until the fuss died down a little THEN I watch 'em. Gahhhh, I'm so out-of-date sometimes. But it's really good. Thank god it's the hols so I can transform into my old role, which is beached-whale-in-front-of-telly. Hmmm, gotta somehow change it into 'dolphin' or 'ikan-bilis' (haha, fat chance) or similiar.

Btw, as said, will post up my painting. Had. http://deviltonight.deviantart.com . At least I did something right for this sem. Grr.