drama, Negative thoughts, pissed, rant, stupid people, teens, US

Are you threatened by her?

When I first read about Abby Sunderland, I immediately felt a great sense of admiration for the Californian girl.

What’s not to admire about Abby? She’s 16 and her dream is to sail solo around the world. She was so close to achieving her goal but it was dashed by massive waves that smashed her mast. She was rescued about a week ago. Read Abby’s blog here.

She could have died but it was not her ajal (time to die) so she survived and was found by the international rescue team. During an interview after she was rescued, Abby said that she still loves sailing and hopes one day to circumnavigate the globe.

I have no doubt in my mind that she can pull off another solo trip. The next time, she will be successful.

What saddens me is the controversy and negativity that surrounds her family since she was rescued.

People had accused her parents of — being irresponsible for allowing her to go on the voyage at such a young age; of being publicity-crazy; of not caring if their daughter died in the process because, hey, they have six other children and other stupid and crazy things like that. (Click here for an article which criticised the family. Don’t forget to read the equally strong comments from some readers.)

It amazes me how easily people judge a family that they don’t even know.

They are judging her parents as if Abby had sneaked out of her home, driven her older sister’s car and got into an “accident”. (Sounds familiar? I just couldn’t resist myself.)

Abby was not being reckless. She had been sailing all her life and she was not doing anything illegal. Her parents gave her the permission to go on the solo journey. They were all aware of the risks involved. But Mother Nature had other plans for her. A giant and strong wave wrecked her ship, people; she didn’t drive a car into a ditch.

I wonder if they would have anything to say about the Sunderland’s parenting skills had the voyage been successful? Had her failure to complete her mission caused this uproar? If so, boy, people really love to gloat when others fail, don’t they?

As far as I’m concerned, Abby did not fail. I won’t call her a hero but a role model? Definitely.

Sailing around the globe is her dream and she didn’t let fear or age get in the way of it. Many people stop themselves from achieving great things because they let other people talk them into thinking that they are too _____ to achieve their lifelong dream.

I think people are threatened by Abby’s bravery and her parents’ trust in their teenage daughter.That is because while the Sunderlands have a mature daughter who is focused and driven, others are at their wits’ end trying to stop their 16-year-olds from getting pregnant or getting someone else’s daughter pregnant.

That’s the only way I can explain the hate and negativity that they have towards the Sunderlands.

blogs, me, US

Of curling irons and tolerance

I’m beginning to discover major flaws about my straightener. It’s not only too thick but also doesn’t clamp well. It’s grip is so loose, I had to put pressure with my own hands. Not impressed!

This makes me want to go out and buy a thinner flat iron. Maybe when my husband is not looking 😛

Anyway, yes, I’m still obsessed with youtube video tutorials. I just realised something though — most of the tutorial givers on the subject of curling hair are Asian girls. I’m sure there are girls of other ethnicity too but the ones I happen to click on are by Asians.

It’s amazing to read some of the comments youtubers leave for these girls. I’m talkng about the hateful ones. OMG, you wouldn’t believe the racist things they can write. Sometimes you wonder what the girls did to even deserve those comments. They were just teaching people to make their hair look better!

One of comments read something like this:

This (insert some derogative word to describe Asians) doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She might as well go back to Japan and plant rice.

And she/he was talking about a girl who gets thousands of hits and heaps of praises for her videos. Some people are just too much!

He or she doesn’t even know for sure if the girl is Japanese or not. Even I can’t tell! It’s not like she had a Japanese accent. She spoke perfect American!!

I bet the one who wrote that is a fellow American.

Speaking of Asian-haters, a girl (whose blog) I read regularly has also been the target of racist comments.

I have a lot to say about this in Asian people’s defense but I’m not going to write them here, lest I be seen as racist too.

Anyho, who would’ve thought that youtube videos on how to curl your hair can spark a discussion on tolerance huh?

lucky, me, music, pissed, songs, US

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I received a parcel yesterday morning. It contained a small box with a 4gb pen drive inside of it storing some pictures for my articles. The best thing is, I get to keep the pen drive. AND it comes with a warranty. Cool!

When I saw the envelope on my desk, it reminded me of a “little something” that the good people at Jamsbio.com said they would mail me. I had a feeling that I would be getting the parcel yesterday.

Guess what? It did arrive… yesterday!

My large parcel
My large parcel

A huge Ready Post cushion mailer (padded huge envelope) with my name on it and a return address to Houston, Texas, USA.

When I saw it, my husband immediately snatched it from me. I didn’t get a chance to see what it was. It felt like a t-shirt, so I thought, “yeah, they gave me a t-shirt. That’s nice”.

And then when I finally got my hands on the parcel, I saw a green note which said “1 t-shirt, 1 dvd and 1 cd”. Dvd and CD?

I would never have guessed in a million years…. that they would be NKOTB merchandise!!!!!!

In the parcel was NKOTB Greatest Hits: The Videos (DVD) and NKOTB Greatest Hits (CD). Here’s the not-so-cool part. There was no t-shirt.

1 t-shirt, 1 DVD, 1 CD
It says: 1 t-shirt, 1 DVD, 1 CD

Someone stole my NKOTB t-shirt man!!!!! Well, I assume it’s a NKOTB t-shirt because everything else was NKOTB-related. I almost cried okay! I mean, how can these people at the immigration or postal department do this to me?

Should I consult Sy3d Faisal (our former ceo who is now with the postal department) about this? I’m really upset because this is not the first time and I’m not the first victim.

I’m embarrassed to inform the good people at Jamsbio.com , but I think they ought to know that while I got the DVD and CD, the t-shirt is missing.

Anyway, I want to thank them so much for the gift. I know my Law of Attraction book says never turn down free gifts or offers to buy me lunch (or something similar) but you guys shouldn’t have! But thank you. It’s very sweet of you!

The DVD and CD
The DVD and CD

I watched the DVD — which has NKOTB’s music videos and live concert performances — from start to finish. I appreciate the fact that the DVD has a music video and live version of Tonight which is my husband’s favourite NKOTB song. I’m sure he enjoyed it because he stopped whatever he was doing to watch it and sing along. I haven’t seen many of those videos in a loooooong time, so they brought back good memories.

And that’s what Jamsbio.com is all about to me: revisiting long forgotten memories that seem to be triggered by the sound of an old favourite tune or the sight of an old favourite video. Meet like-minded people who also grew up listening to the same stuff that you did there and … I don’t know… network I guess. It’s really up to you… the possibility is endless 😛

The video and cd are just what I need to get myself psyched for the real concert. I know that NKOTB will come to Malaysia. I don’t know when but I know they will. At least I know I’m going* (wherever that concert may be) 🙂

*Practising the Law of Attraction here.

business trips, cool website, cosmetics, exercise, home, husband, makeup, me, office, pictures, US

Guess who’s back in the mack

After spending hours in the office staring at the computer screen and pages for this weekend’s issue, the last thing I need right now is spending another 30 minutes or so staring at the screen writing this blog entry.

I got a shock (a pleasant one) looking at my dashboard. I knew that the layout for the page where I post my entries has changed but I had ZERO idea that the new dashboard has been pimped as well. Now I can tell who had recently linked me from their blogs/websites, how many blogposts I have so far — fyi it’s 542 (incl. this one), how many people read my blog on certain dates and my most popular post, which happens to be my review of Everyday Minerals makeup.

So, mineral makeup fans out there are gonna love this entry because *drum roll* I just got my package all the way from Austin, TX a couple of days ago. Actually, I could have picked it up on the 8th if I had wanted to but I was away in Hanoi. So, as soon as I had some free time on Wednesday, I laced up my walking shoes and speed-walked all the way to the post office (about a 10-minute walk). I swear I was back at my desk in less 20 minutes – the day was threatening to rain, so I HAD to walk fast.

After thoroughly enjoying my free samples kit last year, I decided to make my first purchase from Everyday Minerals website. I chose the personal custom kit (mini) where I get to pick 6 items from the categories below:

* Foundations
* Blushes and Face Colours
* Concealers
* Eye Colors
* Finishing Powders
* Lip Colors

and pay only US$18 (plus US$9 shipping and handling charges). For those living in Malaysia, that translates to around RM88. Not bad, huh?

Anyway, this time around, the products come in purple-lided containers weighing 4 grams each. They are the size of your average lip pots (lipgloss in pots) (see picture below which I lifted off watercoloursky.blogspot.com. Thank you for the picture!)

Everyday Minerals

The colours I picked were:

  • Medium Beige Summer and Sandy Medium for foundation in intensive (intensive refers to the formula and it’s suppose to be the best for oily skin like mine. Other formulas include matte, semi-matte and original glo)
  • Intensive Medium for concealer
  • Weekend Getaway and Apple for blushers
  • Cherry Fizz for lip colour

The morning after I picked up the package, I mixed both foundation and chose Weekend Getaway to complete my makeup. But mixing the foundations — which I thought would produce the perfect match for my skintone. Nope, not exactly, as I found out later. I looked too done up. But I loved my blusher which looked quite natural.

So this morning, I just went with Sandy Medium and what do you know, it’s quite close to my skin. I’m sure Medium Beige Summer isn’t too dark for me. It’ll be suitable for certain days when I need a little tan. I’m sure I’ll have one of those days 😛

I haven’t tried Apple because, frankly, it looks a little dark. Maybe it’s more suitable for night.

If you want to know how EM looks on my skin, just check out my current Facebook profile picture. In that photo, you’ll also notice that I am sporting a new hairdo. So far, I’ve got positive comments from people. I suppose if they have nothing nice to say about my hair, they probably won’t say anything *lol*. But I like my hair. If I had it my way, I would prefer a bob better but this cut is suited for my curly/wavy hair type. At least I don’t have to tie my hair when I run/walk on the treadmill. When I wash my hair, I use less shampoo and it takes less time to dry as well. I don’t need to use pomade to flick the ends of my hair because my natural curl does it for me FOC in my sleep 😛 I wake up and voila… instant swingy, bouncy curls.

Speaking of curls, today a colleague asked me if I had permed my hair? Hahaha. It’s all natural, baby!

I think I look boyish with this cut. Someone in the office says it makes me look younger than I already do. And my husband swears it makes me look taller(?!). Whatever!

I actually love long hair but I think I needed a makeover. Seven years is too long to have the same haircut, don’t you think?

Anyway, I do mean to post pictures from Hanoi soon. I still had long hair then. Right now though, I am too exhausted to even finish this entry and go grab a glass of cold water to drink. I promise, promise to do it before the end of the weekend. The Internet has been really good here in the new house so that’s a motivation to get it out of the way.

Ok, I’m so tired that the speaking voice in my head (which is narrating this entry) is slurring 😛 Night night then!

exercise, US

Save the last dance for me

I bought Denise Austin’s Fat Burning Dance Mix last Chinese New Year on a whim. I was in Speedy in Ipoh Parade and I just felt like getting myself a new workout dvd. The dvd stayed in the tv cabinet drawer until I picked it up on Saturday.

Denise Austin

It was so much fun, it didn’t feel like I was doing much of a workout safe for the fact that I was drenched in sweat by the end of two 10-minute dance sequences. I managed to follow the dance moves well although my room is pretty cramped right now with boxes (I’m shifting house in a few weeks). The lack of free space in my room was the reason I put off trying out this dvd.

Anyway, I don’t need to worry about fitting in running on the treadmill at work anymore because on crazy-busy days, I can just wake up a little bit early, pop this dvd for 30 minutes and dance away. I fully intend to continue my 30-minute walk/run intervals at the office gym but dancing for 30 minutes on busy days sounds like a good alternative to me. If I’m sweating (i.e exerting myself) as hard from dancing as I do from walking/running, should it matter what I do to stay fit? I didn’t think so.

Anyway, I found another inspirational blog today. The site is called Running For Two and the blogger is Lisa Jhung, a pregnant runner who is in her third trimester. I suppose in the States, I shouldn’t be surprised if I happened to run into a runner with a really noticeable bump. I’m sure the idea of a pregnant runner is scandalous in good ol Malaysia but if these mothers were runners in the first place, why shouldn’t they continue doing it in their pregnancies (if they are fit enough)? If and when I am pregnant, I would like to stay active too. I don’t think I’ll be running but you can expect to see me on the treadmill doing my regular brisk walking on an incline.

Oh well… that is if and when I do conceive…. *sigh*

It’s late and I better get some rest. I wanna wake up bright and early tomorrow to fit in some dancing, Pilates and a little bit of work before I head out the door. Later!

concert, music, sing, US

A falling star:P

I just read in another wordpress blog about Beyonce falling of the stairs during a performance [For the video, click here]. Apparently, she fell right smack on her face. I haven’t seen the video meself but I assume it was just like how Jacklyn Victor (first Malaysian idol) did during (the taping of) a show on RTM. Haven’t seen that one? Check back with me and I’ll see if I can hook you up to the video. Husband has it.

Back to Bey. Well, according to this news report, she had appealed to the public NOT to Youtube her falling on her face. When her plea fell on deaf ears, Sony stepped in and did what they HAD to do. [Search for “Beyonce falls” on Youtube to see what Sony did.]

Other bloggers have expressed that this was a B-A-D move and I agree. It’s not your private home video Bey, so people are free to circulate it if they want to.

And I sincerely believe that MORE people want to see the video AFTER she made the appeal. You’re world-famous girl, so naturally everyone wants to see you “fall from grace”. If Australian prime minister’s John Howard’s fall was shown on the news, what makes you immune? *In Howard’s case, he didn’t notice the uneven pavement on the entrance of the radio station where he was to be interviewed and tripped*

But I think know why she made the appeal. She is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and she probably views her fall – although a perfectly human thing to do – as a blot on her CV.

Relax lah. You should be thankful it is not porn. I have fallen in public too – twice or more – tak kecoh pun! *lol*

So just chill girl! The novelty WILL wear off. Before you know it, no one would even remember it.

home, living abroad, US

Hujan batu

Around Christmas time when I was 9 or 10, I would go to sleep at night wishing that it would snow the next morning. When it didn’t happen, I never gave up and start making another wish for a snowy day before I go to sleep.

Of course, at that age, I didn’t realise how cold winter could be and that people have died in their sleep (of hypothermia) because of poor heating.

It was also something like a childhood ambition of mine to live abroad (the US) and make it good there. I think deep, deep down, I still have that desire in me. Never mind that my husband’s completely happy being in Malaysia and deeply rooted here.

That desire is somewhat challenged by this post written by a young Malaysian mother staying in Seattle. She wrote the entry close to a year ago before she was a mommy.

A friend who has worked and lived for 1.5 years in Brussels whom I met at a rumah terbuka on Saturday said that she can’t wait to be posted back home. She says she will take hujan batu di negara sendiri any day.

I know my home is here. But once in a while, I would have that urge to just abandon all responsibilities here and chase after that “better” life elsewhere.

To be honest, I’d trade places with that friend any day – if I were single, like her. But, I guess, there are always sacrifices to be made for a “better” life anywhere, especially when you’re away from home.