Archive for December, 2008

The One With The End Of Year 2008

Posted in Emo Moments, My experiences, Rants&Crap, Ridiculous things, Wonderful Things on December 29, 2008 by steve maestro

Not quite. 2 more days left. I wonder what would year 2009 be? Well, this is the time where most bloggers who actually takes the effort to update their blogs to rant about their year and count their blessings. Same goes to this blogger here.

Year 2008 started out to be an indifferent start to year 2007. Dull, boring and hoping that the year would end soon. Little did I know, the changes started then. But to make this post seem more entertaining and less hurtful to the eye, lets break it down to months shall we?

January of ’08:
Entered UCSI University (then known as University College Sedaya International). Education seemed distant from me, as a result of taking a break from my studies to work. Didn’t like business courses, so I took a guided leap of faith (yes, guided by Him) to change to mass comm. Things seemed to improve.

Was given the shock of my life when the CF fellas told me that I’ll be playing guitar for their Easter Rally. Prakash and Terry’s big ‘gift’ for me for entering UCSI. Great ‘gift’ indeed cuz I met her.

That was January.

February of ’08:
Still adjusting to the life of a mass comm student. Went for Switchfoot concert and as he put it, it was a blast. Shame on those who did not attend it. Also went for Backstreet Boys concert. What happened in the concert STAYS in the concert. Practices for worship team for the Easter Rally was moved from the ‘sauna’ room to FGA KL. Much much better.

That was February.

March of ‘o8:
Hectic schedule kicked in. Readjusting life from the working world to being studying is quite a hassle. Juggling between studies and… studies. Somehow it seems so hard to balance it off. Had a great time playing for the Easter Rally. Went for Sunburst Festival, and Incubus was awesome!

Unofficially started something beautiful early of the month.

That was March.

April of ’08:
Exams. Last minute studying. More exams. Datelines. After the semester finals, got a two week break. Hung out with a few friends on a so-called ‘Food Indulgence Rendezvous’. Got the shock of my life when her parents started calling her to go home when we were on our way to Look Out Point. But it made me realized how much I was into her. And she knows it as well.

That was April.

May of ’08:
Second semester starts. Pretty happy with last semester’s results. Got 2 same classes with her. Everything seems so… dull then. Life was boring, and I was constantly looking for more stuff to do around uni. The Hive started, was roped in to help. Was bothered by church conspiracies. Was kinda resolved but not resolved at the same time.

That was May.

June of ’08:
Went for a stage play with her and her classmates, for their class assignment. Something great happened. So psyched I took the wrong turn home (yes if you are reading this now darling I went to Sungai Buloh instead of going back to my house on that night.). Played for Influence Conference, but was still bothered by the conspiracies in church. Kinda left church for awhile then. No regrets as it taught me something in the end.

That was June.

July of ’08:
Played for KLBC’s musical production in uni. Saw her parents upclose for the first time. Wasn’t a good experience. Studies are starting to tear me inside out then. Seemed impossible to finish off the semester, but persevered I did. For a moment, it seemed my life was to do video clips with the iMovie.

Went for Daughtry concert with her, again. Kinda miss the spot where you were sitting on the barricade plastic thingy and I was covering your head from the rain with the concert flyer. Glo officially ‘died’. It was a good run. It lived good.

That was July.

August of ‘o8:
Exams. More last minute studies. After that was CF camp in Broga. Was great, had a lot of fun and body aches. Was supposed to spend the rare two weeks holiday resting, but was given the opportunity to emcee for the orientation for the next semester. A rare experience, and it was great.

That was August.

September of ’08:
Short semester started. Felt so sluggish as it was quite a hectic schedule as well. Was hoping and praying hard to not FAIL the semester. Conspiracies still went on, but at least I was out of the picture. Made some people happy, some did not.

Was given another shock of my life when her parents asked me to join their dinner, in conjunction with the mum’s birthday. Was awkward at first, but who’s first meeting with the parents doesn’t?

Got to be emcee for Awards Day. Was a scary experience, but it taught me formal, well-presented ways of emcee-ing. First time working with a script for emcee. Plannings for UniFest began then.

That was September.

October of ’08:
Exams. Looking forward to the two month break, upon realizing that I will not have any other breaks from then on. Was pestered to work for November, with a heavy heart, I agreed, for her, for her…

Spent time resting and going places like Malacca, getting my long overdue diploma cert. Planning for UniFest was ongoing… meetings lined up. Was chosen to be the chairperson for next year’s CF Easter Rally.

That was October.

November of ’08:
Spent whole month working at Nielsen with her. Was fun, did not regret it a single bit. Meetings for both easter rally and UniFest piles up.

Officially started something beautiful on the 7th of November.

Was given the best birthday bash ever at Chilli’s by my darling. Will not forget it for the rest of my life. Officially turned 22.

Was asked by David to play for him for the Malaysian Revival Songwriting Competition (MRSC). Went through the heats stages, and was selected as 1 of the 9 finalists. Pretty psyched by it. Church conspiracies took a fall, and I found myself going back again. Not for long.

That was November

December of ’08:
More meetings for UniFest. More trips to uni on my holiday period. Played for the finals of MRSC. Did not win any physical award, though I personally felt like I won more than the winners on that night. Kinda realized the absence from the conspiracy-infested place did me good. Taught me well. And when I was just about to commit to the place again, a huge blockade came by. And it was a clear enough sign to steer clear from that place. This is the first time I ever made this public, so yeah it meant the world of hurt to me when I was blamed and framed. I had enough.

Went to Malacca again, and went to Kuching with Leslie ‘Chicken King’ on a working trip. Had a great Christmas at her church, followed by the whole day of hanging out together.

That was December… minus 2 days from it.

… yes so there you have it. The year 2008. Ups and downs and whatnots. To a better 2009 year?

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The One With The Malacca Escapade

Posted in Food&Travels, Friends, Wonderful Things on December 29, 2008 by steve maestro

Short but sweet Malacca Escapade.

Still not enough of that place… missing the cheap food.

Companions for the trip: Marcus, JoJo darlin’, Nally, Samantha and Leslie (Sin Lan too!).

How I wish my holidays were longer… and I wish my future trips will not be limited to Malacca only…

Now for the pictures that paints a thousand words…

Leslie the Chicken King. Click HERE for his latest music video.

Darlin’ and Darlin’. Will the real slim Darlin’ please stand up? Oh, definitely not me…

Marcus with his awesome shapeshifting superpower. He’s turning into a walrus now I think…

Jason Mraz crossover?

Who can jump the highest??

Lucky tree… to have four person caressing your private… erm… nevermind…

Sounds like the Destiny’s Child song.

Will thy seek thee truthness in thy glorieth moments…?

The Adulteress’ Cafe.

The One With The Kuching Trip

Posted in Food&Travels, Friends, My experiences, Ridiculous things, Wonderful Things on December 26, 2008 by steve maestro

I believe I can fly~~~ Second time on the Airbus, and not bad this time around. At least no more bumpy landing.

Went to the land of cats with Leslie on a working/torture trip from the 22nd to the 24th of this month. Ironically, not so many cats in sight from my observation on my 3 days 2 nights stay there. Went there to do some telco. survey thing, and it was a mix of work, leisure, gay moments as well as some awesome Monopoly on iPod Touch moments.

Kuching, the place where cats could be so small, they could fit on the palm of your hand.

Stayed at the Grand Continental Hotel, a nice and cosy 3 star hotel. There are a few things that amazes me during my stay there, of which some discourages and encourages me at the same time to go visit that place again:

1) The people:
The people of Kuching are awesome and superbly friendly! So much difference from the so called more ‘civilized’ people staying in the Lumpur of the Kuala. You can immediately feel their warmth and humility as they try to befriend you, even for that one short moment of asking for directions and stuff.

2) The taxi fare:
Kuching taxi drivers do not believe in taxi meters. Which means, a one way trip is normally fixed at its price, no matter how short the distance is. Can you imagine, just a mere 2km ride could cost you RM15 bucks? Yes it is that ridiculous. But the taxi drivers are awesome too, unlike the Lumpur cab drivers…

3) The hot sun:
Somehow I believe Kuching is of a different part of the world, or at least different from Malaysia. The sun is just a different sun there. The sun is just way hotter and brighter there, and I even got a tan in the process! Great place to get a tan without the beach of the course…

So to conclude this post, I will recommend Kuching to anyone of all age and races. It is a fantastic place.

Pictures time:

Leslie in ‘action’.

Kuching Waterfront. Literally. Smells ‘awesome’ too.

Some random people fishing by the bay.

Historical piece on the floor. Seems some officer dude fought for some rights at the very place where I was standing then.

What a name for a restaurant. The place where they sell ‘junk’ food.

The terminal at Kuching International Airport.

Leslie the mr. gay partner for the three days. Stop pretending to be Marcus will you!?

Kolo mee. Not bad.Taste like wan tan mee, but more refined in both the noodles and taste.

Teh C in a Coke glass.

And finally…

The reason why there are so few cats spotted on the streets in Kuching…

Enjoying the air cond inside the shop. Darn you clever felines…

The One With The New Mac and The New Petrol Price

Posted in Overdue Posts, Wonderful Things on December 26, 2008 by steve maestro

Just a brief updates to everything ‘new’ in my life, well, not everything, but significant ones I suppose:

The New Macbook!

Just before you drop your jaws and clutch your fists in anger, let me just clarify. I did NOT ask for this. Not that I am a big spender or anything along those lines, but it was a necessary purchase. Why, you may ask? Here’s why:

1) The old Mac’s fan malfunctioned. Therefore temperature will not drop upon long and heavy usage of the computer, and as a safety feature anything above 90 degrees celsius will shut the system down.

2) There was some problem with the sound port with the old Mac; it would not revert back to the computer speakers after you unplug your jack out.

So for those two damages, it would cost me RM2800 to repair it. The ironic part? The fan will only cost RM80 while the soundboard, which is attached to the motherboard, cost the balance of the repairing cost. And I have to fix it because if I continue to let it go by like this, it might damage other components as well. So the dealer and I worked out a trade and I could trade-in the old Mac for RM1000, making the purchase of the new Macbook to be RM3700. Dad and Mum said ok to it, and the rest is history.

The new Macbook.

The performance of this Macbook exceeded my expectations greatly, it has greater speed, smoother graphics, and not to mention, lighter and looks cooler than the old one. I’m sorry old Mac but this does the trick for me now. Fingers crossed to a longer lifespan of this current Mac.

Another new thing would be…:

The new petrol price!!! RM1.80/liter! Wee~~ hey, it matters to me okay?

Not the full tank price, but at least it is wayyyy lower than what I use to pay when pumping petrol just a few months before this.

Laters…

The One With The CF Dinner and The Workplace

Posted in Family, Food, My experiences, Overdue Posts, Wonderful Things on December 26, 2008 by steve maestro

Greetings to all humans! Yes this site is not dead, it IS still pretty much alive… but just that I’ve not been doing a very good job in keeping it ‘alive’… anyways… some overdue things to be mentioned here.

The uni’s CF Reunion Dinner at Bukit Jalil Resort. Was basically a overdressed dinner meeting with friends you couldn’t care less to dress up to meet. But it was good nonetheless, some CF old timers was there, and we were entertained with various performances and the not-so-good-not-so-bad food. And of course, I went with her:

The only nice picture of me and her without looking odd. You look great on that night, ya know?

ANYWAYS…

Yeah, so I worked at Nielsen for the whole of November month as a dumb and numb brainless zombie data entry worker… of course, working under my wacky mum and with her as well. Kinda miss the place somehow…

The awesome Chee Cheong Fun I ate almost every morning.

When not working she pouts her lips and does weird poses like this pose.

Wacky wacky mummy. She stole the hairband btw…

Alrighty, that’s the lil update for now… and oh yeah, last but not least…:

A MERRY BELATED CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! May the year 2009 be a fantabulously rockin’ year for you guys!

The One With The Tag and Updates

Posted in Other Things, Tagged on December 6, 2008 by steve maestro

It seems like I’ve abandoned this blog… even I myself would find myself asking the same question, “do I really care about this blog anymore?”

No I’m not making a move to another site, or going to host my own site like my friend here , I’ve just been really, really busy. Although I’m currently in my 2 month break from my studies, I still found myself catching up with meetings and so on.

Anyways, I’m done with my part time job in Nielsen, and just when I want to catch a moment for a breather, suddenly I just got more stuff to handle than ever before.

Anyways, some quick updates:

1) Been busy with meetings for our UCSI’s UniFest event. What is it? Well all I could say for now is that it is gonna be AWESOME. Coming next year January. Watch this space… or Facebook.

2) Been busy with meetings for UCSI’s CF’s Easter Rally. What is it? It’s a rally. And yes it’s gonna be AWESOME too. Coming next year March. Watch this space… or Facebook.

3) Been busy with this songwriting competition, as mentioned earlier HERE. Never thought that our team would be chosen for the finals (from now on I can use this for my ‘music’ resume: Finalists for MRSC competition 2008, sounds so cool right?). So if you’re watching this, you have about a few more hours to help us with your kind sms votes before it closes tomorrow (Sunday) night. So for a quickie (this would cost you RM0.50 though, no biggie right? Right?), type ‘H’ and send it to 33225. Honestly, not expecting to win, but gonna go there and play my heart out with the other awesome band members David, Ian, Aaron and Marcus.

4) Missing you. You know who you are.

5) And I’ve been tagged. By Jessica. Not been doing a tag for long. Doing a tag makes me satisfy my LOA needs (read: Lack Of Attention).
1. At what age do you wish to marry?
I’ve always thought the perfect age to get married will be around 27 or 28.

2. What is your most favourite thing to do?
Sit around and do nothing. And oh, currently I’m so hooked on Hells Kitchen.

3. What is your 1 regret in life?
I have many regrets in my life, but educational wise, it would have been the Form 6. Wasted my two years. Learnt nothing and indeed a waste of my time.

4. Who inspires you?
Unsung heroes and people who are taken for granted all the time. Also, those who are brave enough to stand for what they believe in.

5. Tell us something I don’t know about you
I can sleep for 24 hours straight. I could. Tried it.

6. Do you believe you can survive without money?
Money is the root to all evil. But without money you can’t do anything. But ultimately I would not become a slave for money.

7. What are you afraid to lose the most?
People’s trust in me. My confidence. Loved ones.

8. What do you feel like doing, right now?
Sleep. It’s 3am right now. And I’m still doing this ridiculous tag.

9. If you can get out of your current life circumstance, would you?
Who wouldn’t? But that would go against God’s plans. So no.

10. List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you.
3 good points would not be enough to describe Jess. But if I have to do it, she’s intelligent, she’s responsible and she’s a nice person. See, so undermining. But she’s a great person.

11. What are the requirements that you wish from your other half?
Someone who could take me as I am. And love me for who I am.

12. What is the thing that will make you think he/she is bad?
Foul mouthed, heavy party/club goer. I’m sorry but I really hate clubs. Pointless and ridiculous.

13. What is your ambition?
To be a better person everyday of my life.

14. Is anyone really perfect?
Nope. God is not a person, He’s an entity. So nope, no one is perfect.

15. If you had a choice to be rich or happy, which one would you pick ?
Happy.

16. If you have a chance, which part of your character you would like to change?.
Lack of self confidence. The world hates fat people right? …see?! I’m at it again!

17. Who is the person (people) that you can share all your problems with?
Mum and my other half.

18. How do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Hopefully married with a career, a house, two cars for myself and my missus, still playing music for church and gigs.

19. What is the one thing you love about yourself?
I dunno… I make people laugh?

20. What is your dream job?
Staying at home doing nothing and getting paid for doing nothing.

The end. Good night folks.