Monday, May 25, 2009

1st day of a new course

I'm currently doing Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting, also known as the CIMA programme in TAR College. First day today, and I also got selected as the Assistant Course Rep for my course.

Saw this video on Kris Allen, winner of American Idol season 8 facebook page. First heard this song at passion conference last year. Good to hear it from Kris. This song is going to get me going throughout my whole course.

God of this city - Kris Allen (he's not the original singer)

Greater things are yet to come,

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Monster vs. Aliens

Went to watch preview screening for Monster vs. Aliens in 3D at KLCC last night. It's not out yet, it's just a preview screening, it will be released in cinemas in Malaysia on 28 May. So be patient.

The hall was fully packed. For the first time, there was people seating at the 1st row.

It was really funny. I wonder why aliens like to land in US. Think: War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood Still...

Anyway, this movie is about Susan who got hit by a meteorite and it caused her to grow and turned her into a monster. So she was put into this prison for monster where she met other monsters. Then one day, an alien decided to attack the earth, so the government decides to release the monsters to fight the aliens. In the end, the monsters save the world.

My favorite character would be B.O.B. His character is the funniest and most interesting in this movie.

If you plan to watch this movie next week, I highly recommend you to watch it in 3D.

It's a happy day because Kris Allen won American Idol,

American Idol season 8

This is the results for the finale: Kris Allen vs. Adam Lambert.

Kris Allen won. Congratulations Kris! Looking forward to your album!

Kris Allen fan,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

David Beckham: My Side

I think David Beckham needs no introduction. You probably know who he is and how he looks like. I've been reading his autobiography which he collaborated with Tom Watt.

I'm not a fan of football, in fact I hardly watch football except for a few matches that were on TV at the Mamak. I watch World Cup too but it's usually the finals. Nope, and I don't know much about football.

You are probably wondering why I read this book. Well, I wanted something to read during my free time and I saw this book in the library so I just pick it up to read.

In this book, he writes about how he love football as a kid, started playing for Man U, his family, his ups and downs, some of the things he experience just because he's famous or because his wife is one of the Spice Girls, and him joining Real Madrid. He wrote it in an honest way. Something David Beckham fans might want to read.

Been spending my free time reading,

Saturday, May 16, 2009

On Kris Allen's side

I'll be supporting Kris Allen this week for the finale of American Idol season 8.

I think he's a talented singer, who dares to take risk, and he's creative and knows how to make a song his own, and his version of that song rocks too! Furthermore, I feel comfortable when I watch him perform, so I can buy his album, listen to all the songs in his album because it won't make me uncomfortable, or turn down the volume or go to the next song. I think I can watch him perform 1000 times and not feel bored. He can also play various musical instruments. I admire him for his passion and musical talent.He's also a humble person, down to earth and has a wholesome image.

I first notice him when he sang "Man in the mirror" during one of the group performance week. That performance made me sit up and continue to watch him for the rest of the competition until next week.

My favorites are (in no particular order): Man in the mirror, To make you feel my love, How Sweet It Is, She Works Hard for the Money, Heartless, Ain't No Sunshine, Come Together.

I would really want to vote for him but unfortunately, I can't because I'm not in America. So America, I'll be depending on you all to vote for him. Thanks in advance!

My vote for Kris Allen,

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Music Influence

I read this in Cleo, May 2009 issue.

It says that according to a US study that compared students' SAT results with their fave music, fans of Beyonce music came out second last. At the last spot are fans of Lil Wayne. Classical music fans scored higher than anyone else. Also credited with above-average intelligence are fans of bands like Radiohead and U2. Fans of Aerosmith and Nickleback, however, scored rather low.

It didn't say anything about fans of Wang Leehom, Carrie Underwood or Lifehouse. Hmm...wonder how smart are fans of their music.

Maybe I should listen to more classical music in order to pass my CIMA exams with flying colors.

Anyway, I like this version of How Do You Sleep by Jesse McCartney featuring Ludacris. I like guys who wear aviator sunglasses, it makes them look cool like Jesse McCartney and Wang Leehom.

Today is my lucky day because Kris Allen made it to the Top 2 on American Idol.

Love and music,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Extraodinary Pantene Commercial

My friend sent me this video few days ago. I really like it. First, the played my favorite classical song, Canon in D but when I listen to it in this video, the feeling was different, I get teary-eyed. Second, I like the message, especially her conversation with one of the violinist playing on the streets.

Girl: Why am I different from others?
Man: Why do you have to be like others? Music is a visible thing. Close your eyes. You'll see.

Hope you enjoy this commercial as much as I did.

On a lookout for more touching commercials like this one,

Monday, May 11, 2009

Why do we have to pay taxes?

As I was reading Romans 13 today and came across verse 6 and 7 which says," This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (NIV)

Reading these verses reminds me about a client I had at my work place who asked why does he have to pay taxes. If I had read this verses earlier, I might have quoted this verse to him.

Anyway, the textbook answer is a part of our earnings contributed to the government to enable them to meet expenditures for the benefit of the people.

Just finish reading Talk to the Snail by Stephen Clarke. I find it funny. Don't go to France without reading this book! ( according to the back cover of the book.)

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Financial Goals

Been using my free time to read Money Sense which I downloaded the PDF version from AKPK website. Currently reading the chapter on financial goals and want to share some of my financial goals with you. I believe everyone have at least 1 financial goal. It may be something small like being able to donate RM100 to charity every year.

Here's mine:
Short-term goals (less than one year)
  • To save RM200 to buy that handbag that I spotted at UParkson.
  • To buy Lifehouse and Carrie Underwood latest albums which will hopefully be ready this year.
Medium-term goals (1-3 years)
  • To go for a vacation in Sarawak. I have never been to East Malaysia before and I'm a Malaysian.
  • Buy an electric guitar/an acoustic guitar.
Long-term goals (more than 3 years)
  • Buy myself a life insurance.
  • Invest in unit trust/mutual funds.
Now that I have list down some of my financial goals, it's time for you to write down yours. I hope that I can achieve all my financial goals.

A little update on Wang Leehom. He recently released a new MV - Screenplay. Check it out!

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. - Les Brown

Monday, May 4, 2009

Music-Man Live in KL

On May 2, 2009 I went to Music-man concert in Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The last time I was there, it was to watch the Commonwealth games which was a long time ago in 1998. I arrived there with my friend at 6.30pm and there was already a crowd. There was already a lot of people there and my friend and me lined up at the wrong place. However, after finding out that we were at the wrong line and after looking around for a sign that says RM198, we managed to find the right line. It was really hot out there, I was already sweating even before I got in.

I think there was more than 20,000 there that night. After the opening performance, I finally got to see what I had been waiting for - Wang Leehom. He performed songs from his older albums and also from his latest album "Hearbeat". He also introduced Bahamut to us and it was really cool. He played the grand piano (which looked dirty, no wonder he didn't mind standing on it to sing "What's wrong with rock" before the concert ended), violin, drums and of course the electric guitar. I like how he played a popular Disney song "When you wish upon the star" before performing "Luo Ye Gui Gen" on the violin. He' s really a maestro.

Some songs that I didn't expect him to sing is "Crying Palms" - one song which I still love until now and also "Can You Feel My World".

Other than singing and playing musical instruments, Leehom also danced and beat-boxed. Wow! He performs differently live and most of the time, it's better than the album version. So it's really worth it to go to his concert. The concert ended at around 11 something and fortunately, I managed to reach home after 12am. Normally, the LRT stations closes at 12am or 11.45pm.

Overall, the concert was brilliant!

Leehom fan,

Friday, May 1, 2009

Rest day

Happy Labour's Day!

Yesterday was my last day of work, and also one of my busiest, where my deadline is at 2PM, because that's when the office boy will submit all the BE forms to the IRB. Phew! Even e-filing isn't much better, because the website is so jammed up and slow. Sometimes I had to log in a few times. The worst part is when you're about to sign it, it got stuck and you had to log-in again. My colleague also treated me to lunch at Pizza Hut :). I will miss working there. When they get up to be at work at 8.30pm tomorrow, I'll be at home.

Went to 1 Utama today, watched Threads of Destiny. It's a Japanese movie. The funniest part was when Sara jumped down from the building and a guy at the back shouted,"Aiyo!". Before the movie, I was at U Parkson, checking at the cosmetics from Estee Lauder. I applaud the make-up artist or whatever you call the person at the counter. Good customer service! Bravo! I tried the new range of lipstick/gloss that I saw in a newspaper advertisement and because I had dry lips so he applied lip conditioner for me to. He helped me choose the colour too because I wanted something that suits my skin tone and gives me the natural look. After that he helped put on blusher to make my skin look healthier and less dull. I'm a fan of Estee Lauder perfumes especially the Pure White Linen collection.

Yeah, and if you bring along a Clinique coupon pasted on The Star or Sin Chew Jit Poh a few days ago, you would get a skin consultation and also a free gift worth RM30 or RM50.

Lunch was at Sushi Groove. I love the tempura there.

After lunch, I shopped a bit more before going home. The sales were tempting and it's better to shop on a full stomach, you will buy less. I bought a packet of Marks and Spencer chocolate chip cookies. Hey, it was a "hot item" and the price is right. Hehe. I usually don't shop in Marks and Spencer because the price tag hurts. However, after I bought some cookies from Marks and Spencer with Yein and Enya, I somehow got addicted to it. Now that I'm free, I hope that I can meet up with them again.

Enjoy your weekend!