the horrors.

It’s PMS season. And everyone knows I am not exactly the friendliest during this period. Okay, I can be if necessary. But yeah.

I was still pretty okay for the entire day until….I got reminded that I am turning 26 in about 2 weeks. Oh the horrors. I’ve always thought I will be something by the time I hit 26. But well…I’m unemployed right now. BUT! I am happy with what I’ve done since graduation though (:

Either way, the horror of turning 26 and PMS is a deadly cocktail. I am just going to snuggle up and re-read Harry Potter. Oh and…snack alot. Kekeke.

right. I need to call Big Mama tomorrow to make a reservation too.

I have phlegm stuck somewhere between my ears, nose and throat. It started out as a flu and I finished an entire tablet of flu med! Now it’s just the phlegm. Sometimes it makes me sniffle, sometimes it makes me cough. No amount of medicine is fixing it! BAH!

Anyways….ending with randomness (:

Edit: SNSD’s Gee came up on seoul.fm. Feeling much cheerful now!

from snoopy’s facebook (:

[Music Monday] Taylor Swift – Mean

Because we all need a earworm to kickstart the week! Plus, Monday is the only day in the week that starts with M. I’ll try to post non-Kpop songs occasionally :P

The day I heard this song was the day I realised how back-dated my knowledge of English pop songs are. After that, I did try to catch up a little but I just gave up after awhile. One Direction who? I go by the rule that…If the song is popular enough, it will catch my attention. eventually. somehow. HAHAHA! Even for K-Pop, I am listening to selective songs from my favorites though listening to seoul.fm helps to increase the awareness.

ANYWAYS! Taylor Swift’s Mean! (:

I’ve always loved how her songs seem to strike a cord in me. From White Horse to Back to December. Her songs help to express things (like angst and pain) that I can’t express or put in words. I’m sure many people out there feels the same too (:

“Mean” is about….Karma ;p It’s a song to soothe those who have been bullied or have been told that, “You are useless!”. Oh! Just listen to the song. You’ll know what I mean (:

Favorite part of the song!

Someday, I’ll be living in a big old city,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean.
Someday, I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean.
Why you gotta be so mean?

And…

I bet you got pushed around,
Somebody made you cold,
But the cycle ends right now,
You can’t lead me down that road…

I blasted this song over and over again whenever Ms Big Bird nips on me or throw knives into my back. It helped me stay saint and cope with things. Not only that, this song just makes me feel slightly better whenever I am down (:

So yup! Enjoy the song! Hopefully it can cheer you up and out of the Monday Blues!

more to schools than results.

I have said this on my Facebook and my Twitter. I’ll say it again here –

PSLE scores don’t really matter that much. It’s what the kids and their parents do during the bumpy teenage years that does.

That’s what I believe in.

And I honestly believe in that. While most kids and parents are probably frowning over which schools to choose, I thought I will write this post to share my experience and thoughts since I’ve gone through the entire education system. If you know what I mean.

What I got for PSLE

I didn’t do very well for my PSLE scores. I scored 229 and got a B for my Mathematics. My mum wanted me to go to Anderson Secondary School but it was apparent that I can never make it. But, instead of scolding me, my mum told the neighbours how proud she was of me. In the end, I went to a notorious neighbourhood school well-known for their ah-bengs and ah-lians (back then) – Deyi Secondary School.

Oh yes. One of my ‘best friend’ back then told another classmate that (and I quote), “…her future is doom.” And we were only 12. ANYWAYS!

Studying at Deyi

Deyi turned out to be the best thing that happened to me. Instead of being a small-fish in a big pond, I was a big-fish in a small pond. I am finally in an education landscape that fit my pace of studying. I started excelling in my studies.

On top of that, I learned alot of things. Things that are not related to academic. I learned about discipline, teamwork, perseverance, determination and integrity. 

This values stuck with me. Even till now. There are loads of examples that I can provide but at the same time, there are also those not-so-obvious instances where these values are taught to me without me knowing. The 4 core values of Deyi – Determination, Diligence, Discipline and Dedication – are very ingrain in the way the school functions.

Also, I had really awesome teachers. Teachers who believed in me. For example, back in Secondary 2, I went through a rebellious phase. I will make up all sort of reasons to skip my CCA. The teacher in-charge came and lectured me. She couldn’t figure out well I was behaving like that (till now, I have no idea too-.-) I thought that with this “truant” episode, there’s no chance that I will be promoted to Patrol Leader (kind of like committee member). But I did. I got promoted to Patrol Leader in Sec 3 (: My teacher didn’t use that episode against me!

Oh yeah! Another incident is during Sec 2 streaming. Because I got a B3 for my science (As for the rest of the subjects), I was allocated a Home Economics class. Now, I am not saying the Home Economics class is not good. It’s just that…I have no interest in Home Economics. It was my last choice! So, I appealed to be changed to either an Accounting Class or a 2 Pure-Science class. My appeal was rejected in the beginning. But I don’t know what happened but…a few days later, I received a call to tell me that my appeal was successful (: Maybe my teachers spoke up for me? I don’t know. But yeah! (:

At Deyi, I got to develop my leadership skills. I was selected to be a Peer Support Leader and a Councillor (and went on to become a committee member in both groups). I don’t think that would have been possible in a more “renowned” school where the look for those who have innate ability and not really those who have potential. I went for camps, organised camps and even went to Taman Negara for leadership camp!

Other things I gained in Deyi, a lot of friends, a lot of memories and I think most important of all…I gained confidence.  

I saw this banner hanging outside Deyi, “Today, I’m proud to be a Deyian. Tomorrow, Deyi will be proud of me!” That made me smile (:

History trip to Beijing in Secondary 2.

I guess what I am trying to say is that…

It doesn’t matter whether if your kid goes to a branded school or not. It’s really about the culture of the school. Look at the culture of a school. Is it suitable for your kid? Look at the motto, the values and the principal messages etc

And also, look at your kid’s ability. Do you want him to be a big-fish in a small pond or a small-fish in a big pond where he/she might have to struggle to keep up? And maybe develop a sense of learned helplessness?Not good.

Yes, you may reason that going to be a branded school will help him/her greatly when it reaches O’levels cos they teach stuff that are slightly more than required. Well…NOT TRUE! Schools exchange test papers, so your kid will still be able to do those papers. And for the record, when I was doing papers from branded school, I scored. So this issue is really not an issue. Plus, plenty of my classmates made it into universities too!

And school asides…Wherever your kid end up in, PARENTS are the one who really make a difference. Don’t scold them just because they didn’t go to a school that you want them to go to. Or scold them when they score badly now or in the future. ENCOURAGE THEM. My parents were so proud that I went to Deyi and encouraged me whenever I meet a road block at school.

So yeah. That’s about it.

i get stage fright :(

So today was the recording for Galaxy Supernova. And of all days….

I GOT A COLD! 

I was half dead and super stoned. Keep forcing myself to drink coke and eat sweet to wake myself up 😦

It worked! I was rather on the dot during the practice. My moves are sharper and more accurate. Not perfect but good enough for me. I thought, “Okay! Let’s do this!”

Then…..

A BUNCH OF PEOPLE CAME IN FOR THE RECORDING -.-

about 6 people recording.

about 6 people recording.

And then I got nervous. So in the end, I messed up my moves and didn’t go all out. The moves are not sharp at all 😦 And  I forgot the steps!

I thought about it and realised that…the more people recording the dance, the more nervous I get. Looking back at Mr Simple…I didn’t make much mistakes and my moves were not too bad. The number of person recording? ONE.

it's Jojo!

it’s Jojo!

And it’s Jojo! One of my previous instructors.

I think the maximum no. of video recorders is THREE. Cos Genie there was 3 guys recording and I was fine. Anything beyond that, I am a goner 😦

So yes. I am rather disappointed with today’s recording. And we only recorded once. I miss the days when we can record two times.

T.T

Anyways, here’s the recording from today! One last class for the year left – Henry’s Trap!

class photo with xiao jo (: some of the classmates are in my other classes too.

[Movie Review] The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Grabbed the movie buddies (which seems to be mainly Eddy and Kelvin recently) to watch Catching Fire with me today. I really liked the first movie caused it was rather close to the book! But the second movie? Not sure much.

Spoilers alert! Zoom right to the bottom if you just want to know if the show is worth catching (:

How big of a fan of the book am I? 

I think this question is always important when watching movies that originated from a book like Twilight and Harry Potter. I guess you can say I am a rather huge fan of the book! I was pestering my then-colleagues to read the book cos I was so impressed. I spent the last morning in Seoul reading the last book.

But I will never spend money to buy the merchandise or whatsoever.

Now that that’s established…

My gripes with this 2nd movie is that it spends too much on unimportant stuff and skip/fast forward some of the emotional and relationship stuff.

Like how they make Prim appear way too mature. Katniss only discovered that Prim has grown up and didn’t need her protection only in Book 3. In Book 2, Prim was still very much the little sister that you want to protect. You can tell that she’s growing up in the book. But in the movie, it’s just BOOM. THERE! She’s all grown up *facepalm*

Then there’s the relationship between Katniss and Gale. The movie didn’t even mention how Gale is now Katniss’ cousin as a cover up. In the movie, there’s no preamble as to why Gale is so mad with Katniss. Yes, he’s mad that Katniss and Peeta had to pull a lover’s act. But that didn’t warrant the degree of anger that Gale exuded in the movie. AND! The kiss between Gale and Katniss. The one where he said, “I just have to do this once.”? No atmosphere at all. It’s just a kiss *gags* Oh yeah. They keep making the both of them. To be really Singlish here…Got thing also kiss, no thing also kiss. Like what?

Now, the relationship between Katniss and Peeta. I tell you. Wah. Disappointed. You know all the turmoil that Katniss felt about Peeta? You don’t see any of that. So it’s almost as if Katniss purely felt like she owe it to Peeta to save him from the Quarter Quell. Not because she also love him. Just that little bit. And their interaction in the train and in the lift + how Peeta calms Katniss down? Not shown in the movie. BLEH.

The victory tour. It’s simple straight forward. District 11, Katniss said something then an old man raised the 3-fold salute before the crowd followed suit. Then Katniss and Peeta accidentally saw the old man being shot by the Peacemaker. Simple yes? No! They have to screw it up. Peacemaker immediately captured the old man and Katniss and Peeta saw everything. Plus, Peeta was shocked. HE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE! He should be solemn! He should be the one pushing the peacemakers aside and bringing Katniss into the safety of the building. DENG!

Haymitch. They make him too sober, too much like a normal human being. He is supposed to be a drunk, a jerk who was hurt. The audience is supposed to think of him as a useless bum and feel a little in awe when they realised that he has been planning the uprising all along.

Flogging of Gale. It’s just a mess. Gale was awake in the movie when Katniss arrived. Katniss was slapped by the new Head Peacemaker, not whipped. She even told the Head Peacemaker to shoot her (what?!). She was not even crying, no tears of anger. When Haymitch came to rescue her, he didn’t act like a jerk by saying, “Oh, fantastic. She’s got a photo shoot next week. What am I supposed to tell her stylist?”. Instead, he reasoned it out with the Head Peacemaker -.- And when Peeta appeared, he was calmed. The all important sentence for that scene in the book didn’t appear. HOW CAN! Peeta was supposed to say, “..if you want to get to him, expect to go through both of us.” That’s the moment when you realised that Peeta loves Katniss unconditionally. BAD!

Plutarch. There’s absolutely no shock when he appears at the end of movie and the audience realised that he was part of the uprising. Throughout the movie, whenever Snow suggested killing Katniss (much more than in the books and really unnecessary), Pultarch will come up with ways to deter him. Honestly? And Pultarch didn’t show Katniss the watch to give her the hint about the arena. But, they did have the scene with them dancing. No idea what the point of that is really. Since the entire point of the dance was to show her the watch. Really, directors? REALLY?! Oh and…the movie said that the idea for Quarter Quell came from him. Like what?!

Saving point. It was a good thing they left the Game itself largely unaltered. It was the only part of the movie that is the closest to the book *phew*

I thought they will skip the victory tour and start with Katniss in the forest after she was back. Have a flashback of the unrest in District 11 and District 8. Then continue the story from there. Have Katniss have another flashback of Plutarch showing her the watch when she figured out what Nuts was saying. But guess not.

*end of spoilers*

If you’ve read the book, go in with an open mind. With the mindset you used when you go watch a Harry Potter movie.

If you plan to re-read/read the book before the movie, DON’T! Watch the show first THEN read the book. Trust me. It’s going to be a win-win situation.

If you have not read the book, it’s going to be an awesome movie for you. Eddy said it was quite nice and he didn’t read the book. So yups!

In summary, I think the script-writers and the directors did a poor job in grasping the gist of the book, especially the development of the characters and their relationships with each other. However, they did a good job with the arena.

Rating: 3 popcorns out of 5

[Throwback] I miss my Maybank family (:

While going through my Facebook albums looking for some pictures, I found this –

24th birthday (:

24th birthday (:

Hahaha! I can still remember that SNSD was staying at Fullerton Hotel that day. The colleagues went down with me to “chase” them! And before this photo was taken, Iris stepped on CP’s foot. And that tiny photo on the right? The team went down to help Amy (our ex-boss) to clean up her cafe (:

Call it what you will. Say what you want. Maybe time add fluff to memories. But these days, I find myself missing my colleagues (: The infectious laughter and endless teasing!

I think it’s important that we remember the happy memories we have at any workplace (: Regardless of what happened that made you decide to leave.

Some people might think that being so ‘loyal’ or missing your ex-company so much might be bad for your future job hunt. But honestly, I don’t think so. Would you rather hire someone who has nothing good to say about their ex-company or someone who, despite everything, still have positive things to say about their ex-company?

Frankly, I’ll choose the latter (: Because if someday, should that person leave my company, he/she will have only good things to say about it. And, it’s always better to have one more supporter than a skeptic right? (:

I did a quick recap of things I remember about some of my ex-companies and all I can remember are the happy stuff (: Watching DVDs during lunch @ MOE, sharing a Krispy Kreme @ NTUC, sales period @ Perlini’s!

ANYWAYS! here’s a ‘list’ of a few things that I miss about the Maybank ‘family’.

1. Remembering the extension numbers of almost everyone

I think this takes practice. But after awhile, I started memorising the extension numbers of most of the people I regularly work with. Sometimes, I will even pick up the phone and go, “Hello! AMY!” Hahaha!

2. Seeing the word “BOSS” appearing on my phone

It’s quite funny. The word, “BOSS” appears when the CEO calls! When I first saw the word appearing, I had a shock and really nervous. But after awhile, seeing the word, “BOSS” appearing on my phone became something I look forward to. Kinda. Cos it means there’s a creative challenge to be conquered, an inspiring message to be sent out etc

3. The branches. Oh my, branches (:

I didn’t know that I will miss them. I didn’t know that I miss them until the brother started working part-time and had to visit the branches. I realised I have funny stories and nice things to say about almost every branch.

For example, how the folks at Clementi calls me, “Shan shan!” whenever I call them (: Or how Kovan always print out the EDMs I sent out and paste it in their backroom. Heee.

4. Ah-Kee Pte Ltd!

I miss Ah-Kee and my morning/afternoon drink. I love their fruit juices, longan + red date drinks, chee cheong fun and milk tea! (: His wife remembers when to give me packet drink in the afternoon and when to give me their afternoon special!

5. My team!

Yup! I miss their infectious laughter (: The sweet gestures of my colleagues. There was a time when I am obsessed with the Plum Sweet. And almost every other week, I will come in and find 2 bottles on my table on Monday. Or how my colleagues will buy my favorite food like Kaya Buns, Famous Amos and Cinnamon Melts when they know I am stress. Loves!

I remember on my first few weeks of work, they bought me eggs that were still un-cracked. Cos I didn’t know how to crack eggs and was too paiseh to ask so I just left the eggs in my drawer and….I FORGOT TO TAKE THEM OUT OVER THE WEEKEND! *facepalm*

The online shopping! Woots! And there was once Viv brought some of her stuff to office and we had a mini-yard ‘sale’. Everyone went home with something! I am still wearing some of the stuff from that time (: Too bad I didn’t manage to save that picture!

we all turned up in blue and in dresses from Dressabelle!

Oh! And I love how the team calls me, “Mei mei” (: Meeeeeeiiii!!!

6. The kiddos!

Yes, it’s weird. But yup! I miss the kiddos! I miss seeing them at events and having them visit the office. Nuff said. Pictures!

with gareth!

invasion of the CEO office!

7. The last minute creatives, the campaigns, the webmasters!

I used to grumble about it alot. Having to do last minute EDMs that was out of my job scope. But now, I kind of miss them.

I also miss the planning and execution of external service campaigns like Customer Delight and what I like to call…Ambush the Customer. Seeing the delight on the customers’ faces is priceless. I also miss the vendors I have worked with like First Food and Spectrum. Really nice people (:

I miss the webmasters too! People who I don’t really see very often but always there. Whenever I have some last minute updates or some technical problems, I know I can always email them. They are always so willing to help even if it’s beyond their job scope.

8. The CSR activities and this video sums up everything!

Helping out CSR activities is always something I look forward to. And seeing how the entire company come together to help out, it’s really motivating (:

I did a video sometime back when testing out the Movie Digest function on my camera. think it pretty much sums up everything.

Time add fluff to memories.

Bosses’ Day 2012 (:

[Music Monday] Henry – Trap

Because we all need a earworm to kickstart the week! Plus, Monday is the only day in the week that starts with M. I’ll try to post non-Kpop songs occasionally :P

Started the dance classes for Trap on Saturday. I’ll be taking 2 classes back-to-back for 2 Saturdays! 미쳤어! But on the (not-so) bright side, Galaxy Supernova is ending this coming Saturday. I can’t feel my legs. My legs are aching! But it’s a good kind of ache. Nothing like workout ache.

Anyways! Back to Trap! It’s the debut song for Super Junior M’s Henry (: Henry has a bit of Justin Bieber feel to be honest. Minus the rude attitude and self-entitlement. He’s really talented too! He plays several instruments, writes songs and dances well!

To lend some star power to his debut, Taemin from SHINee and Kyuhyun from Super Junior took part in the song too. It’s almost like a maknae collaboration ;p

Trap has a hippyty-hoppy-ish kind of feel and is about a guy wanting to forget about a girl. Yawn. Regular music fodder really. But hey! The piano intro at the beginning is awesome and Henry/Taemin/Kyuhyun’s vocals are amazing. Though I won’t recommend you watching the performances with just Henry alone. His voice gets a bit whiney by the time the 4-minute song ends. Honestly, his voice is more suited for acoustic songs. Love love the acoustic version of 1-4-3 (maybe I should introduce that next).

Alrighty! Here’s the debut performance-

When I signed up for the dance class, I thought it’s gonna be a breeze. Loads of posing, loads of walking around. WRONG. It’s actually my nemesis. Hip-hop-ish, contemporary-ish dance *gasp* The last time I took something like that, I gave up by the 4th lesson. HAHAHA! But I am determined not to give up this time cos….Well, I am unemployed so I need to make my course fee count! ;p

No particular favorite part of the lyrics. I like this song because of the performance and the 3 guys. Lyrics wise…Nah. Not so much.

So yups! That’s it this week (: Till next time!