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It was hard watching T4YP earlier today. A lot of unexpected feelings surfaced, especially when you consider some of the subject matter. The first play, about a guy asking the girl for a long distance relationship and the girl saying no, that hurt. Because I know how it feels to pull yourself away because you can’t handle the hurt. And that letting the other person down is just one of the most horrible things you can do.

I loved Kimmy’s performance in this, though I thought she should have smacked the guy a few times for being an idiot.

The second play was about anxiety. Specifically that debilitating fear some people have in public. Ellen’s a girl who forces herself to go to the nearby McDonald’s for lunch, and finds it horribly hard to silence the voice in her head. It’s the same voice that tells her she shouldn’t be out, that she has no business being in public, and finally, the stress gets too much and she tries to run away.

As she’s about to leave without ordering, she sees her acquaintance Olivia walk in. Ellen thinks about saying hi to her, but the inner voice points out that she’s a horrible conversationalist. Ellen finally agrees and is about to leave when Olivia sees her and invites her to sit. Then Olivia plays with her hair, and there’s an awkward silence, during which the voice claims victory. Olivia then leaves Ellen, unable to withstand the awkwardness, but not without inviting Ellen to an audition they’re having soon. Ellen decides to attend, and finally stands up to the voice.

I liked how this ended, but at the same time, I thought it was rather naive and optimistic. I know of people who have this, and well… coming out and facing your fears isn’t always this easy.

Nana’s skit was highly disturbing. Nana makes an offer to her childhood friend, who says no. She jokes about him not liking her, and he says he never said he didn’t. Then he attempts to have sex with her, and Nana runs away. What’s interesting in this play is that there’s an unintended followup. I say unintended because the actor who should have been playing the role in this act and the one in the last act were the same guy, standing in for another actor who could not make it.

The guy was nicknamed “Sexual Harrasment Guy” by the way, by our group. Because between this and the last, he played the guy who tried to assault two girls.

The next play, I think, was a monologue by a guy who was gay. His was a heartbreaking story. However, the actor who played the character was a stand-in and not the original. His performance was good, but it wasn’t great. I spoke to the actor who wrote it, and he had a hairline fracture. Get well soon, Brendan!

I can’t remember if there was another skit between this, but the last skit was about Samson and a prostitute. I mentioned before that the actor from Nana was the same as Samson, and so it wasn’t hard to think the two of them were the one and the same, just that it took place several months apart.

Samson apparently hired a prostitute, but when he lets her into the house and starts talking, it’s obvious that he’s substituting her for something or someone else. What follows is the prostitute (whose name I need to find out) trying all sorts of things to get Samson into the mood. He resists, and insists she start from the shoulders. So she massages him and then tries to educate him about BDSM.

Samson cannot quite get the idea of consent, and she then chokes him in an example of it. He loses his temper, stuffs money in her mouth, and attempts to overpower her. She pulls a knife from her pants and he backs off, terrified. The skit ends with her handcuffing him to the bed, and then she leaves him, with the key JUSTTTTT out of reach.

This was a much darker and more mature material than I expected from such a group, which was rather refreshing. I was a little concerned though, because there were young kids in the audience. However, we didn’t hear any inappropriate questions, so all good.

Overall, T4YP’s Main-Main is a pretty good show, with minimal props and great stage acting. They also prove the point that you don’t need costumes to put on a show. Sometimes all you need is great performances.

Oh, I forgot to mention: To differentiate the different skits, there were these little “commercials” in between. One of my favourite was when a guy who couldn’t pronounce “Apple” went into this 2 minute melodrama dance set to a Chinese ballad, which ended with him saying “Apple” properly. Then there was the one where the guy kept disturbing the girl by poking her, and she responded by slapping him after 3 warnings. I have never quite heard a slap so loud.

There was also a Disney tribute and a Lady Gaga Op and Ed sequence. I enjoyed myself tremendously.

And now, sleep!

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There is only one way to describe Himeji Castle; if a building could troll, none could do it better than Himeji.

Consider the history as told to us by our guide, Ms Shoko:

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I have always had a fondness for Inari, the God of Foxes. This stems partially from the fact that I am a huge fan of Kurama and thus of foxes by default. I didn’t really connect Fushimi Inari Shrine with Inari till I heard the name though, as the images of the torii were associated with Memoirs of a Geisha, the movie, not so much the actual shrine.

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Well, technically 3, since 2 of them were sister temples.

Day 4 dawned early. So early, that when we went out, the door was still closed. Then again, it was rather cold, and I suppose that’s a good thing. Have I mentioned that I love our Kyoto hostel, aka Hostel Mundo?

Image of what would look like a typical Japanese door. Yes I just wrote the above so I could put this pic in

Our first stop of the day was this place: Nishi Honganji. Being the older of the two temples, Nishi Hongaji had a very tranquil atmosphere, even with the hustle and bustle of the street outside. Once you stepped into the courtyard, it seemed like the street noise just faded away, and you walk into this serene yet stern compound.

Opposite Nishi Honganji

Interestingly enough, just outside the temple was this old looking gate that seemed to beckon me to enter, to explore the streets beyond. As it turned out, my instinct was right, but more on that later.

Old-looking gate beckoning towards small streets

The temple was huge though. Even with panoramic view I missed out on one of the smaller (compared to the large building you see here hidden by that white wall in front of us) building nearby. The cordoned-off area was marked with a “in process of restoration” sign, I think. Click on the image to see a larger picture, if you want. :)

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There were two really humongous cherry blossom trees in Nishi Honganji. I have a feeling that when they bloom they will be beautiful, but as you can see from here:

Huge and bald like anything

And here, they were as bald as anything.

This looks like it was lightning rising up

Water came out of a dragon’s spout, should you wish to enter the main shrine and meditate before leaving. It was kinda interesting; the dragon looks as though he was rather annoyed. :P

Water from a dragon

Nishi Honganji had huge hallways that would be perfect for wheelchairs. In fact when I first took the picture I thought of Peter Tan and how he could have just zoomed along the hallways here. They were wide and gently sloped, moving from one lower building to a higher one.

Wide walkways

And right after I took that picture a guy in a wheel chair did exactly that. Which made me laugh a bit. You see, while we were there, it seemed that there was a morning service happening. I think a bunch of people were there at Nishi Honganji for a retreat, and it was perhaps their last day there. While walking the grounds quietly, there was this sort of mini procession of people in robes coming out of this building:

Home to monks?

There was a stern old guy who looked as though he was counting the people leaving the building. After a few minutes, and when there seemed to be no more robes coming out, he went into the building shown above. 10 seconds later, I saw a group of younger men (perhaps around my age?) more or less dash out of the building into the main temple for service. Right after that service, there was a group photo. I didn’t take any pics of that out of respect, but because I had left my shoes near that spot where they were taking photos and I didn’t want to photobomb, I ended up taking this shot instead:

Hello place with warm drinks!

This was a holding room of some sort. There were plenty of vending machines, and I decided to take a drink from a vending machine that mixed your drinks for you instead of dispensing in a can (I was curious to know if it was anything like those 3-in-1 dispenser machines back home and it WAS 20 yen cheaper). Verdict? I’ll stick to cans, thanks. At least while in Japan.

We left Nishi Honganji to make our way to Hisashi Honganji. This turned out to be rather epic, because we got lost twice. It was the first time all our map reading skills failed us. We began by walking down the street and turning into a side street. Which we were then told by some helpful salary people we were going the wrong way. Going back the right way, we continued ahead…

Only to realise as we passed Kyoto Tokyu Hotel that we were still going completely the wrong way. It took us about 10 minutes plus to realise that we had to cross the road to get to where we wanted…

Which meant I got to walk down my mysterious side street anyway! It felt like we were going on a pilgrimage, what with the sun rising high as we walked. And then we reached the end of the road, which told us that we were at the back end of Higashi Honganji. Which meant another 400 meter walk to the entrance.

Which was fine, cause then it meant I saw these fishes swimming in the mini moat (?) outside of Higashi!

I feel hungry suddenly

Walking by the back also meant we passed by the staff entrance, where this taunted us:

Sakura in bloom?

But we couldn’t enter, so we continued walking. When we came across this guy:

Large fish is large

While the picture doesn’t quite show it, the fish, I estimate, was about the length of my arm. Which is still quite large. But once we turned the corner, we were greeted by the sight of the temple entrance, and so it was time to take out the cameras!

Neon grabbing some photos while Wind set up

We took some photos in the front of the temple and then this cutie came up. How could I say no to taking a picture of such a beautiful creature?

Yes? Can I help you?

Yes, you may squee. I know I did. :D Once we went in, we discovered that there were plenty of pigeons. Pigeons who weren’t just FAT, but pigeons who knew how to make use of the bath, aka the place where you wash hands in preparation for prayer:

Hmm... dinner?

Thing is, when they went in… the water was covered with a white film that originated from the pigeons. Which unfortunately my camera could not catch.

Pigeons looking innocent

Yup, his “blergh” face sums it all:

Dragon's blergh face

So after that we started walking around the temple, and it led to a side building where they had many interesting dharma sayings on the wall. However, I had to take a photo of this instead:

Hello Engrish. The sign says 'The Person Concerned Only'

As we walked back, we came across this place where they had an exhibition about the dangers of nuclear power and spoke about how the Japanese had been blinded, insisting there had to be an alternative. While it was surprisingly and brutally honest, Wind pointed out that the Japanese still had their blinkers on. They do not recognise the Japanese sex slaves, even after all these years. Here have some fish:

More fishies

We decided to walk (I’m not sure why but I think it had to do with catching a bus) and came across some interesting sights. Fuel in Japan was expensive. 153 yen translates to about RM5.77 which is much higher than Malaysia’s RM1.90 for RON95.

Random fuel sign

That said, I really like the idea of having the pumps come from up above. It means that you can more space for cars to come into your store.

Floating pumps

As we walked, we crossed another bridge. This one had some oranges, and some of the clearest waters I’ve ever seen. Here, have a tree.

Hello there orange!

And some water:


Someone told me there was a shrine on almost every corner in Kyoto. They weren’t really kidding.

Random shrine is random

After 3 days of craving and passing by a McDonalds’ so Wind could use their toilet, we came across a curry house! And so we had curry! Which was quite an interesting experience for me, though I shouldn’t have been so greedy and instead should have ordered the half set. As you can see, the full set is quite large compared to the half:

Corokke rice!

It turned out to be a franchise. With a stall down the road from where our bus drops us off on the way back to the Hostel. =w=

That jacket is awesome!

So we continued walking and down the road pass Sanjūsangen-dō temple. While it was large and inviting, it was not our main aim.

Large shrine is large

Rather, it was Yōgen-in Temple. This temple keeps some of the bloodied floorboards from the siege of Fushimi, where the defenders of the castle committed suicide when the battle was lost. According to Wind (from a Chinese blog), 300 warriors sacrificed themselves. They had been betrayed by a member of the Iga ninja clan, who in turn, had had his family taken hostage.

Yogen-in from just inside the gate

Without knowing this though, the temple gave me an eerie feeling. While it may have looked calm, it was a very serene place. A place where you would come to rest and breathe. At least from afar. The picture below tells a slightly different story:

Entrance to Yogen-in Temple itself

We then went into a tour where it was completely in Japanese. The two old ladies inside who took care of the place were a bit worried when we mentioned that we didn’t really speak Japanese, but as we still wanted to go in and explore, allowed us to follow the cassette tour (basically they played a tape at most places and pointed out various interesting points).

No pictures here because it wasn’t allowed, but there were a few interesting pieces we picked up (thank you, Neon and Priest for dealing with my questions!). The front of Yogen-in had a pair of animals coloured in pastel colours to soothe the spirits of those who had died. There’s a large altar dedicated to Buddha on the inside. Again, this was to soothe the spirits of the dead.

Why would the spirits need soothing? Because the ceilingboards that made up Yogen-in were the floorboards of Fushimi Castle, where 300 warriors and their families died. It took such a long time for Tokugawa Ieyasu to reach the castle that by the time he did, the blood of those who had died had soaked into the floorboards. They could not clean the stain, so the floorboards were sent to various temples, where they were incorporated into the ceiling. At Yogen-in, you can see the marks clearly on the ceiling. I saw someone’s foot and hands.

After that we walked to catch the train to Fushimi Inari. That will come a bit later. Need to sleep. :P Nite!

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So for Day 3, we more or less ran all over Kyoto. :D

The famed Japanese public transport system is as efficient as they say. In Kyoto, for 500 yen a day (about RM18.75), the city buses will take you anywhere you want to go. Depending on where you stay, this usually means that your stop is a bus ride away.

The thing about Japan’s bus ride though is that it likes to troll people. For 2 days in a row, we turned the corner to the bus stop only to see the bus leave the stop. Then when we didn’t need that particular bus (202 I am looking at you) the bus proceeds to pass us at the same bus stop in 10 minute intervals. WTF.

Day 3 meant visiting temples and cultural experience! So we went to Heian Jingū (protip: Anything ending with -ji usually means a temple, while anything ending with jingū/jinja is a shrine).

There was a bit of a walk once we got off the bus. Thankfully, the scenery was pleasant.

Bridge we passed as we walked towards the Shrine

No blooming cherry blossom trees yet. Apparently we were a few days early blergh.

Even more bald cherry blossom trees

While we walked towards the shrine, we stopped to check out the maps. Yes. Japan is more or less obsessed with maps, which is awesome for tourists like us cause then it’s harder to get lost!

Map to places around us!

So we walked and stopped to take pictures.

Priest grabbing pics!

So we finally reached Heian Shrine and took some photos! First, here’s something awesome about Japanese traffic. They’ll actually stop and wait patiently for you to cross before proceeding! Even with a green light! I AM SQUEE! (As you can tell, Malaysian drivers are less likely to be so courteous).

Taxi snapped!

This early in the morning, Heian was rather quiet. In fact, it was quite tranquil compared to the other places we were soon to visit.

Outside Heian Shrine

Inside, it was humongous, at least to me. I’ve never been in such a large place before. Click to see a slightly larger panoramic view.

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We walked inside, took some pictures, and then it was time to rush to Ginkakuji! The bus dropped us off at the base of Higashiyama and we passed a really delicious sounding tofu place… Only to discover that it was closed for the day. Next to it was a place that served curry and other foods; we decided to try it on the way back.

There is only one phrase to describe Ginkakuji; Tourist Trap. It’s gorgeous, it’s inspiring, but there are so many things you can buy! So I did. I got almost all of my yukata shopping done (for those who ordered, I hope you’re happy with the patterns! And yes will bill you all later too >D).

Inside Ginkakuji was a zen garden. It was gorgeous but the afternoon sun sucks for pictures.

View of the zen garden through the tree

Despite that, I did enjoy walking through the place. Wind and I tend to turn into paths that aren’t that crowded, so it led us to this shrine that apparently houses a God for artists and creative types.

Tiny shrine is adorable!

We climbed all the way to the top where we were greeted with this really lovely view of Kyoto. Well, you know what that means!

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Yes, photos! Well, only one here. If you want to see more click on the link. :P After we walked down and damaged my wallet at the souvenir shop, I snapped this pic of people coming up to Ginkakuji:

View of street coming up to Ginkakuji

Yes, there were a lot of people. So when we went back to the place we wanted to have lunch, we discovered that it was closed. They had taken the day off but didn’t put their sign when we first visited. This turned out to be a good thing, because we then found a hidden little nook that had absolutely yummy food.

Traditional place, delicious food!

The food was prepared by this old guy and the waitress was his wife. They were a very cute couple and their place was quiet and homey. :D

The front of the store

By the time we were done, it was time to visit the infamous Kiyomizudera. On the bus I started to have a migraine, which I suspected was caused by dehydration. This tends to happen if I substitute green tea for water. We fixed this easily by me buying a bottle of isotonic-looking drink from the next vending machine that had it. :P We got distracted by this pagoda.

Yasaka Pagoda

And then we found the first blooming cherry blossom! It was at Kiyomizudera and of course I had to get a pic!

Bwuh making a tourist pointing at a tree

Then we went in. There were numerous cherry blossoms lining up the entire place, but because we were too early, they hadn’t bloomed yet. So here, have a neon!

Neon posing, staring off into space

Later that evening, we caught the bus to Gion Corner and viewed a cultural performance that spoke about the different heritages of Japan; the tea ceremony, the geisha, flower arrangements, court music, traditional comedy and puppet play. It was quite awesome, only I was so exhausted I could barely keep my eyes open. :S

Maiko performing the butterfly

As the show ended, Wind lost her camera’s lens cover. It dropped right as the curtain fell and the audience stood up. We spent nearly half an hour searching for it (helped by the lovely people of Gion corner) but in the end we gave it up. We suspect that someone must have swiped it, cause we searched the entire floor and didn’t find it.

Or in Wind’s words: The lens cover monster got it.

After this, we bought some food and headed back to the Hostel. Have I mentioned I love the Japanese kombini?

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Japan, days 1 to 2

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 10:11 pm
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That’s the only thing I can say about being in Japan. We left most of the planning to Neon to do, so she’s been taking us on a whirlwind tour of all the different shrines and temples in Kyoto.

BUTTTT I am getting ahead of myself. Let me start on the day we flew. There were four of us on this trip: Me, Wind, Neon and Priest. I like AirAsia’s timing. They’re notorious for leaving late, but they arrive much earlier than expected. We left about 20 minutes later than mentioned but we arrived in Japan around 20 minutes earlier.

At the end of the day it didn’t really mattered because when we left the plane was about the same time we had expected to land in Japan anyway. :P There were also quite a few flights coming into Japan that night through Haneda, so we ended up leaving only at 10.30pm, which means we rushed to grab the last train.

Which led us to discover Deru, luggage bags and airports don’t really mix. She grabbed my bag and left hers in the airport. Lucky grabbing it was a rather quick process. :P

We made our way to Anne Hostel in Asakusabashi, where Deru revealed that the combini (convenience stores) goodness was true; we bought our dinners there and headed off to find Anne Hostel.

Summary of Anne Hostel cause I am going to be posting a longer review on TripAdvisor later: It’s cheap, but strict. Facilities are awesome though.

That night, deru bunked over. It was also the same night we discovered the Sock Monster. Three of us lost our socks at one point or other during the night. We found the missing parts… eventually.

The next day, after playing around with the vending machines (Wind found a machine which sold corn soup with potato in a can. It was delicious!) we headed off for Kyoto. The Shinkansen was awesome, and eerily accurate. They were also very efficient.

Once we checked into Hostel Mundo (cheap, warm and friendly, though facilities are a bit limited), we set off to exploring Kyoto. Neon suggested we visit a temple first and we ended up at Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park. They were closing and the winds were chilly but I managed to pay my respects to Inari. :D

We managed to hit Gion and found Gion Corner. However, the cultural show we wanted to see had performances only at 6pm and 7pm, so we decided to come by the next day. Instead, we headed back to the place where we had taken the first bus to have some ramen.

I feel compelled to mention that the ramen served was FLAMING RAMEN. And I ate my veggies. More on that tomorrow. I am exhausted and I want to sleep. Nite nite all!

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Everything will be under the cut because there are spoilers ahead. If you’re familiar with the story then read on ahead. If you’re not and you would rather not be surprised, then stop and wait another 48 hours till the movie is released. Otherwise, head on! Note: I haven’t read the book but I have spoiled myself, so I know some plot points.

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Well I was home yesterday but just woke up an hour ago. BBL, going to catch some last minute naps

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Disclaimer: I attended the Gala Premier of Magical Musicals sponsored by on June 10, 2011.

Now that that’s out of the way, we can start this report. :D

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Magical Musicals, on at Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre from now till 17 July, was a blast to attend. I’ll post a more coherent review in the morning, but there is a single, most compelling reason to watch the show.

Stevie Tate Baur, also known as Nessarose in Wicked, sings As Long as You’re Mine and Defying Gravity in it. I cried. Tenta was in fangirl shambles. That alone, is worth the ticket price.

And now to sleep.

PS: Acoustics are pretty good for a semi-open stage.

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Quick note cause I’m too lazy to write more:

Long queue is very long. Over 11,000 visitors? That’s insane! This is quite a huge jump from over 9k the previous years. No wonder BTS couldn’t handle us. XD

Best Troll in Hall. XD Damn good contestants.

Missed Cosplay Comp. Didn’t really regret that. Missed the Industry seminar. AAAAAAAAA WHY DIDN’T I GO? Missed Phil Ortiz’s and Phil Yeh’s Industry Seminar. *headdesks*

Breakfast in the Hotel. Yummy!

Time with friends? ALWAYS AWESOME! Even if I did fall sick on the second day.

Meeting new people and having random people say that Ticketing was very helpful: <3

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

PS: DRR! IZAYA IS <3, Celty is OMGHAWTNESS, SQUEE WINDOWS 7 Nanami Madobe! Also WTF I respect this Facebook Cosplay, KYAAA TRUNKS! Oooo RO, Random Maid for the Win (thanks Silvy!) Darling Family esp Danzai no Maria and Pet, Oooo Hot Girls in Gantz, And so many more! Thank you my friends, you know who you are, for making this year’s Comic Fiesta one of the best I’ve ever had!

Also especial thanks goes to the committee. :D Get some sleep la!

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Ok, everyone knows that Air Asia is flying to Haneda Airport in Tokyo. I did a random check for a flight in June 2011, near the weekend of my birthday just to get an idea of the prices:

RM 1,530 for a two way air ticket, including airport tax and charges. Surprisingly the fees for the latter are not as expensive as I thought they would be. It’s RM 25 from LCCT to Haneda and RM 117 from Haneda back to KL. I completely expect the fees to go up during Golden Week and the Spring period but all that aside, it’s quite cheap! Not to mention being at Haneda means that getting into Tokyo will be perhaps only 30 minutes instead of the usual 2 hours (or so Deru tells me).

Hmm… This is certainly much cheaper than I thought, but still within the original budget of RM5k to visit Japan for one week. :P We shall see. Eh, Neon, are we still on for the Japan tour? XD Who else was supposed to come with me?

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Sunday, June 13th, 2010 07:22 pm
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You are led by imagination into the realm of heart and soul. 

The card in the Self position reveals aspects of how you perceive yourself right now. 

The Page of Cups (in some decks, a Princess) portrays a devoted servant and student of the heart. The energy has a trusting nature that doesn’t doubt or question and generally doesn’t research to verify assumptions. Imagination and faith are your guides. This character fills his or her mystical cup and drinks deep from the transforming waters of the higher mind. You would like to join in that exploration of inner space.

Don’t let this distract you from the necessary responsibilities of day-to-day survival, however. This page sometimes allows herself to be swept away. In a slight trance, she may grant too much power and credibility to gurus, teachers or leaders when it’s really in her best interest to keep her own counsel. With a dreamy heart on her sleeve – utterly sincere and transparent in her motives – she assumes everyone else is a seeker, too. Beware of forgetting to look out for yourself lest you be played for a fool. Remember to take a close look at assumptions.



I went up to Penang on Thursday to attend an interview on Friday. Stayed at Tune Hotel, which is deserving of its clean reputation. I love the amenities, and for the price I paid I think it was worth every single penny. If you’re looking for something cheap and a place to just crash and bath without worrying about hygiene, Tune Hotels is the best place to book. Needs a debit/credit card though to book.

Now that that’s done.

My interview was with a college located near Tune Hotel on Friday morning. It was for the position Student Affairs Executive, basically the person who does all the paperwork for students, organises orientation etc etc etc. When I went in though, I admitted that I was actually aiming for a teaching position instead. Being brutally honest has its rewards. I managed to convince the Principal that I would be of better use to her as a lecturer than I would as a student affairs executive. We’ve scheduled a second interview in about 2 weeks’ time, hopefully with the approval of UTAR and the English Department’s head. I’m to not only bring myself, but also a proper lesson plan to demonstrate. This is something that I making me flail, but in a good way. In case you’re wondering, the interview lasted for about two hours. Half was talking about qualifications, the other half was talking about the college’s aims and ambitions. They’re a mid-sized college with an eye to expanding in the next few years; just the kind of outfit I love working with.

The rest of my time in Penang was spent hanging out with great Penang friends (I’ll never forget the look on Sizer’s face when I told her what I applied and where I applied to), having tea and discussing life. I didn’t really have much time for Penang food, but I’m glad that I got the opportunity to spend time at all in Penang.

That said, I cannot kidnap Penny as requested by many because Penny is the Guardian of the Penang Otakus. To deprive them of their protector would be mean and unfair. :P

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VGL in a nutshell

Sunday, April 18th, 2010 12:50 am
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Time’s Scar. In orchestra.


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Sending off the deru

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 09:21 am
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Was so full of lulz and drama! But she’s safely on the plane now, and I’m glad that she’s living her dream. So here’s to Deru! Have fun in Japan, study hard, and we’ll see you soon! :D

See you soon! <3

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Hey guys, it’s Ezel’s birthday today! So am organising impromptu yamcha at Food Foundry tonight at 9pm. :D Anyone wanna join?

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Hi the Guzu gang and the Fujoshi sentai (not same gang ka? :P )

Neon and Juufan were asking for an outing. I suggested we watch Sherlock Holmes on 2nd Jan 2010. Was planning for an early morning show but Neon says she can’t make it. She’s free Sat evening. What say you ladies?


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Thanks for making it a success everyone! :D We’re glad you all enjoyed it. 8D

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Saturday, December 5th, 2009 04:14 am
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Will be out of town for the next few days. Anything ping my number or Twitter. See you all on Tuesday!

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Was case of much fun. Twelve out of 10. :D

Would have bidded at the auctions (damnit I wanted Alex to cook for me!) but I was out of money. Seriously, am so broke this month it’s actually carrying over to next month. And no, I did not spend on anything much.

… At least I think I didn’t.

In a nutshell, you can summarise Bratpack night thus:

Bad comedy meets great music needs moar Black Coffee while the Russian desperately needs Vodka.

Haha yes, in a nutshell, that was what we had. The stand-up comedy performances by Alfred (as “the Russian who’s actually from Communist China who followed parents to Communist Russia”) and Oliver Peters (I’ve giving bad comedy cause EMP’s not paying me anything) were nothing short of hilarious, and in some cases, seditious. Still they resonated, and that’s what matters.

The songs performances were a bit of hit and miss. Some were good, some were hmm… and one completely blew my socks off. Well, in terms of raw performance.

Davina Goh’s performance of Ella Fitzgerald’s Black Coffee was nothing short of kick-ass. Strong, smooth and definitely all woman, it was one that everyone loved. The attitude, the emotion… it was all there. Seriously, why is this girl NOT signed up yet? Or is she? Hmm…

Impromptus are great, and the hilarious mashup between Tony Leo of Lepaq Cafe where we hung out and Alfred was WTF to say the least. Let’s just put it this way, Roxanne, you ain’t got nothing on Natalia. XD Then of course, there was the I’m a Legal Russian in Malaysia, sung to the beat of I’m a legal alien. Really, you had to be there to laugh.

I’m not sure how successful their fund raising was, but I do know that I had lots of fun. Next time must remember to drag the Twitter crew along; their loss on missing this. Hee!

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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