the successful failed surprise.

I’m not one to be surprised by surprises. Birthday surprises never did worked :pI

But this year…I got surprised thrice (: not a FWAH surprise. But more of a “oh. i didn’t expect that” surprise. the small ones.

ahh..signs of getting old perhaps.

It started with the Famous Amos gift and the book from the colleagues.

all my favorites - book, cookies + chocolates!

I was not expecting any presents cos I already received a huge one from them waaayyy before this!

Anyways, the surprise of this lot is the Famous Amos cookies! I was rather grouchy in the morning and randomly whatsapp-ed in our group’s chat that I was craving for chocolate chips cookies. So, ย I didn’t expect them to buy for me! โค โค

Second surprise came from the family.

Decided to cancel lunch with the family caused the brother had to go for NS thing in the morning and I didn’t want him to rush. Dinner was a no go cos I had to go for SNSD concert.

So, I told the mum to just get a cake and we will celebrate after I am back home.

After the concert, I texted the sister that I was coming home. She sounded kind of weird, asking if I was buying food. Feeling irritated, I called her and she said she already ate. So I was like, “huh?”

Then she asked me to get her a bread from Breadtalk. At which point, I was feeling darn irritated cos of her conflicting messages and my headache. I told her I am not getting them for her.

But when I got to AMK, I felt guilty and called back to ask what bread she wanted. The dad picked up the phone and said, “No ah. Your sister ate. No need to buy.” And the sister suddenly grabbed the phone and asked me to get her the pork floss bun. Finding it strange (cos she dont really take pork) but too tired to argue, I bought the bun and walked home.

I saw the door of my house slammed shut when I stepped out of the lift. Not suspecting anything, I proceeded to walk towards it. I even said hello to the neighbour’s cat who was hiding underneath some plants (so cute!).

After unlocking the padlock, I was kinda pissed to find the inner door locked! So I knocked real loudly and yelled, “OEI!” Usually, the sister will rush out to open the door for me cos I will get really angry if I’m locked out for a long period of time. But this time, no one came!

So, I knocked again! And my dad came to open the door!

The first thing I noticed was that the living room lights were off. I was about to ask why when the mother started running forward with a cake + half-lit candles and the sister was behind. Apparently, they locked me out on purpose and the dad was so blur to open the door for me!

Anger gone and surprised, I told my mum that I will go out again. So, I gave them awhile before going in again and this is it –

the dad laughing behind.

(:

When we were eating the cake, the mum asked the dad why he went to opened the door and his reply was –

She knocked! So I open lor!

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!

And then, the sister went to spoil the surprise that the brother bought me a gift ๐Ÿ˜› To which, the brother went –

WAH LAO! You and lao pa the same one lor! why you tell her I got her perfume!

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!

with the siblings (:

Third little surprise came from the girls (:

It’s been a while since we spent actual birthdays with each other. So I was really glad when the girls agreed to meet me on Sunday! (:

Again, not expecting anything from them but….

favorite flower (:

Hee! Thank you, girls! I just read the card too! Mabel, you’re the one who is obsessed with boobs not Sivan! >.<

And, the girls were very nice to “entertained” my silly suggestion of finishing a tub of Ben & Jerry before we head home!

we also bought one home each!

So yes, this was how after 24 years, I am finally getting surprised by surprises (:

some feelings

ย I dont know why but my heart is pretty heavy when I wrote the letter to my future self (read the letter from 23 year-old meย ). I don’t know why the same heavy feeling is back as I write this post.

Whatever it is, thank you everyone for spending a wonderful 24th birthday with me (: Thank you for your wishes and/or for making the effort to make it such a happy one for me.

Dear superstition, please don’t come true. I deserve to celebrate my birthday, ok? (:

Rest of the photos of how I got older can be found here.

Letter from 23 year old me (:

via futureme.org

( Hee. I wrote this a year ago!)

Dear FutureMe,

It’s funny.ย Suddenly, you feel like writing this letter @ 1.54am with HIMYM in the background.

How has Year 23? Did you get a new laptop? How about a new iPod touch? Is Galaxy S still surviving?

Are you still at Maybank? How was your first bonus?

Did the April trip to Taiwan happen for the family? (: Is Ah Yong liking life in the army?

Are you finally going to Korea soon? If so, with who?
Are you still learning Korean?
Are you still blogging?

Do you have a boyfriend?

How’s the family? (:

So many questions. So many unknown. I dont know what to tell you.

If Year 23 sucked, BUCK UP, SOLDIER! Year 24 will rock! You survived 21 and you can survive this too!

If Year 23 was good, remember to thank god. For He has taken care of you and your family again (:

Whatever it is, TAKE CARE! (: I HOPE YOU ARE DOING GOOD!

2011 Girls’ Generation Tour with Canon Powershot S100 (:

After the madness of clicking, I managed to snag 2 tickets for the show *sayang mouse and fingers*ย ์ž˜ํ–ˆ์–ด์š”!

Could have gotten better seats but silly me keyed in the wrong expiry date for my credit card and missed the time. Yes. I keyed in the wrong date MANY TIMES and for the ENTIRE holding period (think it was 5 minutes) *stabs self and dies*

Just like my post about SS3 + S95, this post is split into the concert and the camera.

The concert!

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If you look at the way I shouted and screamed at the concert, you might think that I’m more of a SONE than an ELF >.< Hahaha! Yes, I was screaming my lungs out and dancing and trying to keep up with the fanchant!

fan project.

I was a tad surprised when I saw this and a Yahoo! postcard at my seat. Yes, they are the fan project! While the Yahoo! fan project didn’t really happen, this simple project was rather successful!

Tiffany actually noticed and commented about it during their “pretend” fianl stage.

the “pretend” final stage.

Yes, the “pretend” final stage.

Tiffany was rather funny! She knew that the fans are aware that there’s still 3 encore stages so she asked, “You guys know that this is not our final song, don’t you?”

When the fans screamed yes, she went, “Well, then. This is our “pretend” final song.”

Hahahah! Aww. Like. I love their english too. So polite. Ah, hard to explain!

Genie~

WOOHOO! This has to be one of my favorite stage (: The Genie remix. If you have not seen it, you should! They did the same stage in their Japan concert and at Dream Concert!

Other than that, I rather like Sooyoung’s solo! HOT! She did Salsa (Tango?) to the song, “Sway” (I think). And omona! Her legs! Like!!!

I also like the encore stages (: Oh! too! ๐Ÿ˜€

Seohyun was the friendliest! Yoona was disappointing cos she was quite standard ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I did get a little bored somewhere in the middle (short attention span, yo!) though >.<

Anyways! Overall, I will give it a 5.5/10. On the ranking scale, it rates 2nd (after SS3 and before SHINee). Will I go again if they are back? Well, it will depend on their song list since this concert are mainly old songs.

The camera

Okay. While SS3 don’t allow DSLR, this concert don’t allow photography AT ALL. BAH! But I managed to sneak some shots ๐Ÿ˜›

I am compliant ok! I followed the old rule – “All media are only allowed to take photos for the 1st three songs.” Heheh.

Anyway, I was sitting at T08 (slightly off center), Row 27 (last row). So I was quite far back. But! I HAD CANON POWERSHOT S100!

Canon Powershot S100

Thanks to Renhao, Ogilvy and Canon, I managed to get my hands on the S100 for the weekend! (:

And the camera didn’t disappoint! It performed rather well! Less pixelation and better sensitivity. HS system rocks! (:

Lookey!

some compression by FB. color adjustment made.

The picture was cropped too! I couldn’t “activate” the digital zoom so I had to crop to make the photo “bigger”. Quite cool that it’s not as pixelated as I thought it would be.

Okay, at this point, I don’t have much to say about the camera. But if you are looking for a camera to bring to concerts/wedding dinners or the like, I think the S100 is a good investment!

If you like to have manual control on your compact (like me), S100 has it! If you are lazy, the Auto mode is pretty trust-able! (: Proof? My mum (who don’t know how to use a compact and is not tech-savvy) took this photo in auto mode –

with siblings for my birthday (:

I was laughing cause every time my mum press the Shutter, her hand will go down too. So, this photo was taken in rather shakey circumstances ๐Ÿ˜› But it turned out awesome! And the color is not too bad too (:

Other features include, high speed burst (great for baby photos!) ย + Movie Digestย (hopefully I can try this out soon!) and ย it shoots in *wait for it* RAW! Okay, I have still not reach the high level of shooting in RAW but RAW is good! It allows you to have more control of the control for post-processing! (: And S100 is the first compact to be able to do that! Hoots.

My only qualm with the S100 is that it takes quite a while to process photos after each shot. So there I was, anxious to continue to take the next “sneak” shot at the concert but the camera was still “busy” -.-ย ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ!ย ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ!

And I dont like that the shutter button is made of stainless steel. BOO!

Anyways, Renhao has very kindly helped me got a set for the camera! Yes, I am buying the camera!! So, stay tune as I discover and explore the camera.

Canon Powershot S100 is now out in store at a SRP of $699.ย 

More pictures of the concert by S100 can be found here. <working to fix the link>