Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ocean Eyes

Golf and alcohol don't mix
And that's why I don't drink and drive
Because good grief, I'd knock out my teeth
And have to kiss my smile goodbye
-Adam Young/Owl City, Dental Care
On the cover Owl City's Ocean Eyes album isn't a yacht as I thought instead it's a building on the sea. I can hit the replay button on this album few times in a day and yet never get bored of the songs. The songs always feel fresh every time I listen to it again. The lyrics are really meaningful, deep and witty. "Meteor Shower" is the shortest song in the album but it has really deep lyrics. Another song, "Vanilla Twilight" seems to tug at my heartstrings. I can relate to "The Saltwater Room" too, beautiful song.

"The Bird and The Worm" and "Dental Care" can make you laugh while listening to it. There are other upbeat/positive songs in this album like "Fireflies", "The Tip of the Iceberg" and "Cave In" that makes you look at the bright side and smile :)

A lot of people said that it takes time to warm up to Owl City's music but somehow I feel that his music draws me in and I feel so at home. The man behind Owl City has great musical talent and I look forward to listening to more of Owl City in the future.

Be his fan on Facebook, you'll like his witty wordplay on his status updates which is oh-so humorous at times.

By the way, I finished Mr. Siao Mandarin Class Season 1 and also watched Blood Diamonds yesterday. After watching Blood Diamond, you'll never look at diamonds the same way again. Ever. You won't want to call them your best friend.

"In America, it's bling bling. But out here it's bling blang." Danny Archer, Blood Diamond

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Walking tour around KL

Went out with Ai Vee yesterday. This is the first time we went out together since we graduated from secondary school. Can you believe it?

We took the LRT to Petaling Street. The only thing we did there was to eat and eat some more. I had Tong Kee egg tart, Longan drink which is a must try on Petaling Street, Yong Tau Foo and Chee Cheong Fun which is in a market, you must walk in from some dark alley next to 7 Eleven. After that we went to buy some cookies for Chinese New Year. I bought a jar of Seaweed Biscuit at a discount. I always doubted my negotiation skills but at least I managed to negotiate a discount. However, there's always room for improvement. Need to negotiate more. Then I went to buy a piece of this pulut thing that is sold at Yau Char Kwai stalls at another stall. I always buy the same thing from the same stall everytime I go to Petaling Street and I won't get bored of it or try another stall because the one sold here is good. After that, Ai Vee bought Tau Foo Fa because we saw a lot of students buying from that stall. Then we walk to a skin clinic at Jalan Pudu because Ai Vee wants to buy cleanser. We thought it would be very far from Petaling Street but it wasn't, in my opinion. Since I was already full, I didn't get to try all the food I wanted to try.

From the skin clinic, we walked to Bukit Bintang area because we can see Berjaya Times Square from where we were standing so it looks quite near. As we were walking there, I remember the Turkish ice cream I wanted to try at BB Plaza. We took the long way to BB Plaza. Long story. Anyway, I got to try the ice cream, double scoop at RM5. The single scoop cost RM3. Not hard to find, it's located outside BB Plaza near some traffic lights. The man did a performance while serving me. Go check it out. I wish all ice cream stalls did that.

From there we walked to Pavillion which is near KLCC because Ai Vee will be meeting her friend at KLCC. From Pavillion, there's an overhead bridge with a sign that says to KLCC Convention Center. After you get down the bridge, you'll pass some building and eventually get to the Convention Center which is next to KLCC.

Wanted to go to Galeri Petronas but it was closed. So we went chatted at the foodcourt. It's a small world. Ai Vee's friend is coursemates with some of the cell group members which my cell group joined 2 weeks ago. After that we walked around KLCC and since the rain has stopped. (God is good! It only started to rain where we were already inside the convention center.) We went walk around the park and took some photos. Then went back in KLCC, but since it was rush hour and the LRT will definitely be packed like sardines, we decided to stay back and have our dinner at KFC. We went home after that.

That's the end of my self-guided walking tour in KL.

Monday, January 25, 2010

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Taking a short break from watching Mr Siao's Mandarin Class Season 1 on Youtube. Now I'm at episode 6 already. Plan to finish the whole of season 1 by this week.

I watched a few episodes of season 1 on NTV7 before but due to time constraints I did not get to finish the whole series. I find it very funny, like LOL kind of funny. It's a made in Malaysia mandarin comedy.

Catch Mr Siao's Mandarin Class Season 1 reruns on NTV7, every Thursday at 11PM.

Season 2 will be released in April.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

1st day after finals

Went to 1 Utama yesterday after my last paper yesterday. Was there for a short while, around an hour. Initially, I didn't plan to go 1 Utama at all but this was what made me decide to go there.

One Sunday, I was alone at home, my family went to visit my aunt. So, I was at home reading newspaper while eating my breakfast which is just bread with butter and strawberry jam when I came across an album review on Owl City's Ocean Eyes. If you read my earlier post, you'll know that I like listening to Owl City recently. After reading the review, whether good or bad I had decided to buy Ocean Eyes since now I know that it's available in Malaysia. Nothing is going to make me change my mind.

One good thing about The Star is that they usually offer 15% discount off albums they review. You can get the discount as long as you're cut out the coupon and present it to the cashier when you purchase the album.

I'm listening to the album now, I'll write a review after playing the album for a couple of days.

Anyway, when I was paying for the album, I saw right in front of the counter X Japan Live in Hong Kong DVDs. I can't believe my eyes, Adrian and Andrew should see the look on my face, they'll never see the same expression another time. I never thought I can find a X Japan album here in Malaysia, let alone a recent concert DVD placed in front of the counter. I couldn't even find their album in HMV near City Hall MRT station when I was in Singapore.

I guess when you're not searching too hard for something, that thing you're looking for will appear just in front of your eyes.

Oh, I didn't buy the DVD in the end, shall wait for my friend who's a big fan of X Japan to buy it, then I'll borrow it.

Happy semester break AMA1 friends!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fingertips story

I read in an article in StarTwo, Monday 18 January 2010 ("Unveiling Uniqueness") that our fingertips patterns can reveal our personality, inborn talents and what not.

Here's what my fingertips reveal about me according to the article:
  • I have high levels of initiative, enthusaism and determination.
  • I may also be independent, competitive and bossy.
  • I have the ability to think out of the box and can easily adapt to different environments. (The thinking out of the box thing seems true. My finance lecturer said that I tend to think over the box sometimes. So if she sees and out of the world answer when marking Finance paper, she can bet that it's mine.)
2 more papers to go. Exams end this Friday. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers.