Thursday, December 28, 2006

Post Christmas...

Christmas Day : I spent a good 12 hours dead to the world post-ski trip. I ushered the whole Christmas in, in my sleep... i fell asleep about 3 minutes before Christmas Day. That long sleep did wonders to my aching body. Of cos, it still hurt, the muscle strains, but i think me working out in Singapore has helped. My sis had it worse, she felt like the world's going to end. It's Christmas Day ... and we decided to head downtown Nashville for Christmas lunch. While on I-65, the jam was bad, really bad. A section got closed due to a bad accident. It was a 4 car pile up. A SUV got totalled, a woman died, and a man was seriously injured. I couldn't bring myself to take pictures of the accident, so i took a pic of the long traffic. We got held up for a good two hours. So lunch started at 4pm. But it's Christmas. I like Christmas... i spent the evening watching CSIs. It's nice for a change, than nursing a hangover. Too bad, it didn't snow this year here at home.

26th is boxing day to the aussies, but not for America. It's Post Christmas sale to Americans.. most stores start early like 6am on 26th. The family packed off to Atlanta, Georgia for some shopping (they have lower taxes) and to catch up with family friends. Once again, on the road for like forever. We went to Discover Mills, an outlet mall. I managed to get some sports stuff for my runs, and workouts. Still haven't managed to buy running shoes, golf shoes, my swim shoes. There's really nothing much that i buy these days. Hahaha, can you imagine i just said that? But maybe in LA, where the clothes suit my style more, i might just go wild on my credit card again. We ended early at the mall and went off to Ikea, to grab some stuff for the house. I still vividly recall the opening of the Ikea store at Atlanta, when i was there a year ago. This time round i saw a picture that caught my eye. It's a poster of Audrey Hepburn. It's printed a huge piece of canvas, too huge for me to carry to Singapore. Sigh... but very nice print. I like Atlanta, the whole look of the city is just so cosy. It's arty, the apartment blocks are so arty. I like places like these. I guess every major city in US has a part that is arty, from LA to Chicago, to Boston.

I heard Singapore's raining really badly these days. Hmmm... i like the fact i don't have to drive in the rain. And i like the cold weather out here. A pity it didn't snow this Christmas. I wonder if i'll see snow this time round.

Think i'll head back to my couch to watch 24, CSI & Scrubs... all day, everyday, while i wrap my freezing butt up in a blankie. Been spending a lot of my time, reading, chilling out at home. It feels good... but there are people out in Singapore i miss hanging around with, laughing over a beer or my fave dessert.

Laters dudes,

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas One & All..

It's Christmas... i'm having a uber cold Christmas. I know a few of you envy me. I wouldn't want a rainy Christmas season too, if you ask me. This is in ref to the amount of rain water Singapore has been accumulating. The weather in Midwest is extremely forgiving this year, and wonderful as it is. There are pros & cons. The pros being that i could get away with a sweater, instead of a bubble jacket or a thick wool coat, as i always do. For the cons... sigh....

My search for a white Christmas is extremely futile this year. The family left for a ski trip on Christmas Eve up at Perfect North Snow Resort in Indiana. For the first time, Indy has no snow during Dec, which is weird. So when the family got there, we had to be contented with artificial snow. Of cos, the whole feeling of that cold air hitting your face, while you glide down the slopes makes you forget the whole artificial snow, and the feeling is uber exhilerating, very addictive, and you just wish you can be out there the whole day. I skipped lunch, only had some coke and just went to hit the slopes the entire day, swapping between ski and snowboard. Of cos snap on boards sucks, i prefer the whole sneaker boot slip on. I hate ski lifts still, due to my phobia of heights. But the feeling of that adrenaline rush down the slopes is enough to make me suck it all up and just do it. I got by listening to my ipod shuffley, loaded with tons of Linkin Park, Prodigy, BEPs, Ludacris, mostly rap, rock & beats. By the time the park closes at 4pm (early, due to Christmas Eve), the artificial snow is almost done, you could see patches of ground all over the slopes. Sigh... and you thought Midwest has a lot of snow.

Whatever the case is, the 5 hours car ride up North is worth it. The 9am-4pm on the slopes is definitely worth it, despite i only had hotcakes for breakfast and coke & root beer in between runs. And another 5 hours back down to home.... It's all worth it.

Merry Christmas to you guys...

Friday, December 22, 2006

Back @ Home...

It's barely 48 hours after i have finally arrived back home.
The ride here was long... by which i meant 32 hrs, including layover after layover, and the drive home... at frigging 1am (Nashville Timing).
So it's Singapore-Tokyo-LA-Vegas-Nashville. Not a pretty ride at all.

We went to do some Christmas shopping. I didn't buy anything. I will shop when i wanna shop. We did get bored, and got into one empty closet, and started our picture-taking. Heh heh... The joy of just being in sneakers & jeans everyday, though i am all wrapped up and it's cold out here. And the bliss of feasting on Krispy Kreme donuts. Screw the diet, i'll work out when i get back to Singapore. And to watch tv in the middle of the night. I just started on 24 Season One 12am to 4am, yelp... i need to watch the entire day at one go. But that's too crazy.

I will update u guys again soon...
oh yea, i got new geeky glasses done when in Singapore. It looks retro... blame the Oakley frames, but i love them. it's very me. I love being the retro lookin chick.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Holiday--- Merry Christmas...

Alert: Spoiler ahead.

The movie is sweet. And even touted as this year's Love Actually. Love Actually was a huge hit couple years ago, as the Christmas Love story kinda movie. I love that movie. So there's no question that i like The Holiday. The whole gist is love happens when you didn't expect it to. We all want to find love. The movie is heart-warming, when Cameron's character being an absolute flop at work... finds love in two weeks in Surrey UK. Can love happen in two weeks? A friend or two were telling me about how love takes times to grow. Perhaps i've been living in my lil corner and thinking Love can happen at first sight.. and perhaps in the span of two weeks, i can find love. The movie speaks of moving on... and you might find love in moving on. Moving on from a failed relationship is often a deterrent to a new one, and perhaps by allowing yourself to just let go may be the very first step to finding love again. As Shakespeare put it in The Merchant of Venice "Love is Blind", i truly believe in it. You do not need words / compatibility issues / reasons to love someone. You love someone because you love someone.

The time of Christmas also opens up another whole array of emotions, other than love. There are people around me who feels emo-messed up during this jolly season, as they're all alone in the world. It's painful to let go, but holding on is even more painful. Live & Let Live, as i always say. Work took a toll on my lithe body. I felt so exhausted, that i just feel spaced out even with friends.

I'm leaving Singapore for some time (in a matter of hours), so i actually feel sad to leave the ones i love, adore, worship the ground they walk on, especially during this Christmas season. However, I felt super loved today... when my closest gfs sms-ed me telling me how much they will miss me, and my boys telling me in their indirect way that they'll miss my presence. I love the whole Christmas kinda mood, the songs ( i danced in my ride to Mariah's All i want for Christmas is you ... while in traffic, the guy next to me just laughed out loud... glad i made someone laugh).... and of cos i dig the love around Christmas... and of cos embrace everyone's lil' emo-side.

So to everyone in Singapore, Merry Christmas... and i'll miss you guys.
And here's me to my boys, time to bring out the party poppers & champers (only moet everyday, dudes).

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A trackday weekend...

I had a good week... Work work then off to the track on friday. It felt good to be able to drive on the track. I need to let go of the speed load every now & then. It felt as though a burden's been lifted off my shoulders. I had a pretty good timing this time round. Man, it's awesome.

I didn't drive back immediately. I stayed on in KL to party along with Casey, Barry, & a few friends. Since i pretty much had very little sleep due to the early drive up to Sepang that morning, i am pretty zonked out. After a wee bit of alcohol, i am sloshed. Sloshed beyond words. I don't deny it. I just zonked out. Sleepy, but i know what went on. I could even chat with the guys after we got back to the apartment and a hot shower.

I came back on Saturday... yes the day of zoukout. But of cos, i didn't go. I fell asleep at 12mn. Honest! I didn't go. The next thing i knew... it's Sunday 12.30 in the afternoon when i saw the clock.

Unfortunately, i don't have many pictures... u gotta check flickr , when i find the time to upload them.

Monday, December 04, 2006

wild weekend...

Weekend of 1st week Dec (1st & 2nd)
Originally uploaded by daftbitch.

We kicked off the weekends with drinks at Bala. Really fun night... we decided to all go GTs and me... i chose vodka 7ups. I got sick of beers. At least with vodka 7ups, i can take much more with the same amount of buzz i get from beer. We drank till 11 as the crowds dwindled to a handful.I then trotted my ass down to Zouk to meet friends after the Female 50 Gorgeous Party. Chris didn't nab the prize, so oh well... life goes on. And it's always good to party with Wenxiong (the dude in the picture on the right). He's one of my closest friends, and we've been friends since 9. Time flies.

Funny thing did happen at zouk. The bala waiter that is known as grumpy to me (because of his grumpy face) stood next in line to me at the members' toilet. He said Hi and asked if i recalled. I thought about it and went "grumpy". Guess he must really hate me for saying so :)

We ended off things at close to 5am, finishing supper along River Valley. Bumped into Victor & Gerald that i knew from Purdue. It was so nice chatting about rides and lifestyles. Must make it a point to catch up with them over some drinks or coffee. hmmm...

I woke up at 12 noon on Saturday, feeling groggy. Had some lunch at home before i zipped out to wakeboard. I am getting quite used to the whole wakeboard. It's fun, sporty and really having the time of my life bitching with the dudes and having some time in the water. It wasn't a good ride on Saturday. Very suay... kept falling, so unlike my usual stance. I scooted off for dinner right after... and then getting out to Velvet for some drinks.

Next thing i knew... it's 5am when my head hits the pillow. Feeling really tired then. Woke up by 12noon and had lunch before i had to go for the Integra.Sg photoshoot. It felt good to catch up with the boys again and of cos, i got made the RSM (whatever that meant, only the boys who've gone through army knows). After which, I scooted off to get another set in ... for wakeboarding. Yes, i'm nuts, but i swear i need to learn faster and put in more time. .... cos if pigs can fly, so can i.

Had dinner with my family in town, i was issued the warning to return home ASAP after the wakeboarding, and took the shot of the Christmas tree @ taka as we always do as a family every year. By 10pm, i finally called it a day... and the end of my weekend.

The next weekend should be far more exciting. Trackday here i come... i so need to drive.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Fray- How To Save A Life

You all might have noticed my love for Grey's Anatomy. What i didn't realize is the song that has been in my head for days is on the soundtrack for Grey's Anatomy. Enjoy the video, the song. And also check out the other song by the Fray : Over My Head.

I mentioned Over My Head's lyrics sometime ago. And its lyrics always tell a story that seems to be singing a song about my life.