Monday, July 18, 2005

Blog Surfing

I can't sleep. Well.. I slept for 4 hrs.. somehow woke up and now I can't sleep. I read the first chapter of the new Harry Potter book (hoping it would put me back to sleep) but it didn't work. So I started surfing around on the net. I went to and to see if they released any newly listed apartments for sale. But at 4am in the morning.. what was I thinking of ? Nothing.

Still couldn't sleep. So I checked my hotmail.. gmail.. and even my yahoo mail. Then somehow it lead to blog surfing.

I went from my usual reading blogs and from one blog linking to another, somehow managed to stumble onto a very old friend's blog. I didn't even know it existed. I went to his first blog entry and realised he started blogging from 2001. He was actually the first friend I had made online. Reading through his blog - it felt kind of weird. Especially since we had lost contact for about 7..8 yrs already.

I remember it was back in '96 when my best friend installed mIRC on my pc and brought me into the online-chatting world. (I was one of those late bloomers). But from that moment onwards, I spent the vast majority of my free time over the next year chatting to a bunch of people in singapore. This was because my best friend only logged on to the sg channels and I never thought about logging onto the Aussie ones. Actually its probably because I didn't know how to log onto the Aussie channels. In a sense, I felt safer knowing that the people I was chatting day-in day-out to would not be someone I would bump into on the streets in Perth.

So as I was reading through a couple of entries on his blog, I noticed that his last entry was about him meeting up with some old friends he happened to bump into during dinner. He wrote that he had been 'emptied by the experience' from meeting up with his old friends. Especially since everyone had grown up and how the feeling was all different.

This guy used to be the guy I would feel comfortable with telling everything and anything to...

I wonder if he still remembers me.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Friday Night - 8pm (still at work)

Friday night.. 8pm.. still at work ?! Depressing.. Not just depressing its sad.

Another one of my drinking buddies just called me again. sigh. I just realised its Day 14 without alcohol. Gosh .. I'm so proud of myself. But at the same time, I'm absolutely dieing for a shot of tequila.

I'm mentally fighting with myself on whether or not to take up the drinking offer. Sounds so good at the moment. I've just finished my Intranet Migration. So relieved. I can finally breathe again. As with any big company, there is so much politics involved. I knew that if I stuffed up this implementation, it would be my neck on the chopping block.

As I pressed the sent button on the email that replied with an one-liner: PCR Successful

I could only feel relieved. With a slight sense of satisfaction on a job well done.

Which should actually be the cause for celebration .. *wink

Ok..I promise not to binge drink ..I promise not to binge drink..I promise not to binge drink.

There.. that should be enough times to have it drilled into my brain!

Four days at Angel's

For the last four days I've been staying over at one of my gf's apartment. Her hubby is away on a business trip and since she is 4 1/2 months pregnant, we decided to keep her company.

She lives around the lower north shore area of Sydney. Which means that I can take a direct train to Wynyard. Whooppeee ~~!! There is a HUGE difference. From where my gf lives, it takes only 20 mins on the train. From where I live... sometimes I have to wait 15 mins in between platforms while changing trains. I told Pete about this (I actually arrived earlier to work than him) and he said maybe we should concentrate looking for apartments in the lower north shore area to buy. Currently we are looking for apartments around all four inner suburban areas of Sydney. Well, basically anything that falls within our price range and isn't in whoop-whoop land.

On the first night, I told Angel that I'll cook. (Hoping that she would eat more veggies this way). But my plan failed miserably. She probably had about 5 leafs of the chinese veggies. She had more of the steamed egg and satay pork with mushrooms (which was good). Atleast I know the food I cook wont have any MSG. On the second day she told me it would be easier just to go out and eat, as there was no food left to cook in the fridge. Sigh.. So for the next 3 nights we just went out to eat.

When you put three good friends together (and there were no guys around) there is bound to be some girl talk. So as expected every night at Angel's finished up with girl talk. During the first night I was bombarded with questions about Pete. The usual 'Are you guys officially going out' questions. I didn't know how to answer that. As I'm not even sure myself. Cause I know in my heart there has always been someone else. Even Pete knows that.

Last year back in Hong Kong my aunty dragged me to see a fortune teller (apparently this one was supposed to be very good.. and expensive too). He said during this year I will have three guys in my life.. out of the three I will have to choose one.. if I don't choose then I will have none (Does that mean I will never meet anyone else after this year ?!?). But..I can't even handle two at the moment. With two I'm already going crazy. Three ?!? I don't even want to find out.

I don't want three.. Just one. Just one is more than enough.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Gym Membership - Fitness First

News of the Month .... *drum roll...

I have finally joined the Fitness First gym membership ~!!

YES.. gym membership.. :)

Since nearly all of my friends have joined.. I've finally decided to jump on the boat as well.

Those of you who actually know me would probably be laughing right now. At about $80 a month, I calculated that I actually have to go to the gym more than 6 times a month to actually get my money's worth. (Single gym visits are at $15).

I know that I'm really quite unfit. I might not look like it.. but I am. While I was back in Perth, my granny managed to convince me to go with her on one of her morning walks. It was during this morning walk that I realised really how unfit I was. Sad to say this.. but my granny was the one who broke the news to me.

After about 30 mins of walking. I was slowing down.. (my granny was still power walking with her arms still swinging)...

"ah-mui (thats what she calls me) young and so useless .. do you want to rest ?"

I told her I was ok.. and we kept on walking (albeit at a slower pace than before). By the time we reach the riverside, she started doing her stretching exercises (I was sitting down resting) she had already gone through the part 1 of her 'healthy eating' (nagging lectures). This was then followed by the 'Party less \ Drink less \ Sleep early' modules and then followed by the summary conclusion of 'How will you ever get a proper bf' ?

After another 20 mins of lecturing.. I suddenly found an interesting new hobby with pulling out and studying the patch of grass in front of me.

Back during the high school days, I actually did cross country running and trained every week before and after school. I wonder what Stan (cross country trainer aka chemistry teacher) would say if he saw me now.

Sometimes I really wonder if my granny starts preparing her next set of lifestyle lectures when I tell her I will fly back home.

Maybe next time I will just fly back home without letting them know.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Silent Prayer

As I heard the news on tv last night about the explosions in London .. my heart went still. My mind raced through all the people I knew who were in London... friends..ex-colleagues... I can only pray and hope that they are all safe and well.

What happened in London is a tragedy. The War on Terror.. will there ever be an end ??

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Buffalo Theory

Quote from Cliff Clavin of Cheers...

One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here's how it went:

"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."

I guess that is true.. people always feels smarter after a few beers. Drinking beer is like taking medication to boost your self-confidence. I'm one of those people who just can't get onto the dance floor at a night club and 'just dance' without first having a couple of shooters.

Only problem with the Buffalo theory for me is that with my normal weekly alcohol consumption (throughout my life so far) it would of already killed off all my 'weaker' brain cells. Therefore, it would mean that all the alcohol I'm drinking now (and in the near future) would actually be killing off my good brain cells... :(

Day 4 without alcohol... *sigh..