Archive for August, 2005

National Day tomorrow

Posted: August 30, 2005 in mi vida loca

You won’t find me attending the National Day parade. The only thing I look forward to during the National Day is to catch my former school’s band playing. Yup, the ever famous ASSUNTA MILITARY BAND, dressed in short brown pleated skirt & biege top. Besides Assunta, I do love to watch CHS, St John’s and another former school of mine, the ever famous Science Selangor Marching Band. However, they don’t play as well as the rest.


Posted: August 30, 2005 in culture, Globe Trekker, mi familia, Snaps

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Interesting facts from Reader’s Digest

How do we help fight the congestion, pollution etc in places we live in? RD has chosen 4 modern cities: Paris, Barcelona, Bangkok & London.

Paris Plage

Paris has been turned into the Urban Beach. Yes, you heard me right. Where? By the banks of Seine. A great idea of Monsieur Bertrand Delanoe, 2000 tonnes of sand were brought in to create a beach beside the Seine (2002). Can’t do it here at the moment, the rivers are filthy & sometimes there will be an unexpected rise of water level. However, we have our creative minds to think of innovative ways.

Want to know more? Grab Reader’s Digest from your favourite book store or subscribe online.

Are you a flag waver?

Posted: August 28, 2005 in mi vida loca

With Independence Day coming up next Wednesday, one would think that yours truly would display her patriotism by waving her country’s flag. No. That’s my straight forward answer. I do not need to show my love & affection by waving miniature flags or whatever size they come in.

Why not? Is it just another day, a holiday? Maybe. According to the Cambridge Advance Learner’s Dict, Patriotism is when you love your country and are proud of it. I do love my country but I think there is room for change, a lot of room for change. We the citizen of the country need to work hand in hand to turn it into a prosperous country. However, those at the top have an important role to play as well.

Tagged by *Gemini Blues*

Posted: August 27, 2005 in meme

10 years a go: I was 19. In pre-university & enjoying it. That’s when everything starts to change in my life. Lost the braces, built more self confidence through our drama performance. Never thought I could @ would act on stage at the Experimental Theatre in front of a few hundred of ppl which consist of our lecturers & fellow University students.

5 years ago: I was 26. 2002…what happen here? Applied for my 1st Masters Degree, which was Masters of Publishing…you know, doing editing & stuff. If I were in the Uk then I could make loads of money, unfortunately not. so after 1 sem, I quit. Much to the disappointment of my Lecturer. The reason? Most of the lesson was conducted in my mother tongue. I do not have confidence to continue plus I do not know where I’ll be heading after I have received my degree! So, made up my mind & quit & I have no regrets!

1 year ago: A year ago from today? Hummm, lived in a small town which is about 1 1/2 hrs drive from where I am now! Miss the quiet life but what I don’t miss is the neighbours, busy bodies! They actually watch your every move. Every single move!

Tomorrow: at 2.30 am which is in a few hours important match between LFC & CSKA Moscow. Hope Liverpool will win!

5 snacks I enjoy: Bounty chocolate, Gelato, Aunty Annie’s pretzels, Daim and honey roasted cashew nuts.

5 bands/artists that I know the lyrics to most of their songs: I don’t sorry. Ok maybe Avril- her first album…Madonna during her La Isla Bonita days!

5 things I’d do with $100,000,000: That’s a lot. I hope it’s in US$. (a)If so, buy a summer house in Europe, so all my relatives can drop by when ever they feel like it! (b) Travel & drag my parents along. Pay back time after all they’ve done for me! (c) make poverty history (d) shopping (e) get a new car for myself & my dad

5 locations I’d like to run away to: Scandinavia, Turkey, Italy, Argentina, former CIS countries. Some may not find these places interesting but I’m very much attracted to the culture, architecture & history of these countries.

5 bad habits I have: I love to sleep. I procrastinate. I squeeze my pimples. I eat too much chocolate. I drink too much coffee & Coke.

5 things I will never wear: Versace, fur, track pants with high heels, bow tie, checked pants.

5 TV. shows I like: Amazing Race, Travel & Living, Real World/Road Rules, Sports channel (Liverpool & F1),

5 movies I like: That Thing You Do, Lord of the Rings, X-Men, POTC, Little Women

5 people I’d like to meet: Xabi Alonso, Condaleza Rice & kick her ass (hate her), Picasso (but he is no longer with us), MOHAMED EL BARADEI. DIRECTOR GENERAL, INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY ( I salute & support you, Bush is wrong), Orlando Bloome (sexy!!)

5 biggest joys at the moment: LFC, close knit cousins, studies, uni friends (past & present), blogging

5 favorite toys: my camera, cell phone, pc, my car?

I tag KhadijaTeri, Farooha, Tareq


Posted: August 26, 2005 in mi vida loca

I haven’t been well since Tuesday. Had stuffy & runny nose, sore throat & fever. But, I still had to attend my lectures on Wed & Thurs nights. On Wednesday was the worst, it was freezing, I didn’t bring my sweater & my brain was practically frozen! Anyway, I’m feeling much better today, but, I’ve started to lose my voice, due to the soreness of my throat, coughing & flu. I don’t feel like talking, Balqis came over today & teased about my voice!

Owen has plead to his former club, Liverpool FC to make him a red again. He is no longer happy warming the bench at Real Madrid. But, why did he move to Real in the first place? Of course Real is the team but he should have given Benitez the chance to manage Liverpool. So when Liverpool won the Champions’ League title last season, Owen then decided to return to Liverpool. Ok maybe because he needs the games in order to be in the national squad. So will Liverpool @ Rafael Benitez actually signs Owen? Maybe he will. But I have the feeling that he’ll make Owen suffer till just before the transfer window closes. We will see where Owen will be heading to this season! YOU ASKED FOR IT, OWEN. Sometimes I do pity you but, serves you good!

By A Correspondent

THE Cockney accent is dying out in parts of its spiritual home, according to research. A study of speech in the East End found that the accent of London’s working classes is being replaced with a new dialect.

A similar phenomenon is also taking place with other British accents, such as Scouse, English-language specialists told the BBC’s Voices project.

Sue Fox, a research fellow in sociolinguistic variation at Queen Mary College, University of London, said that a new mix of Cockney and Bangladeshi had developed. She studied youngsters in Tower Hamlets and said: “The majority of young people of school age are of Bangladeshi origin and this has had tremendous impact on dialect in the area. They are using a variety of English not traditionally associated with Cockney English. It ’s a variety that we might say is Bangladeshi-accented; and in turn what I’ve found is that some adolescents of white British origin are also using these features in their speech.”

The study discovered that young, white men have begun using words from their Bangladeshi friends such as “nang” for “good” and “skets” for slippers.

Dr Laura Wright, senior lecturer in English language at the University of Cambridge, said that the Cockney accent has shifted to towns around the capital.

She said: “East End communities were disrupted after the Second World War, and many inhabitants were transferred to the New Towns, such as Basildon and Harlow. When they resettled, they took their speech with them.

The English language has evolved & influenced by its surrounding even in England. But it is still considered English. Why? In my opinion, some would use the borrowed word @ a particular phrase to fit in, to belong to that particular group @ communitiy @ they are a minority in that town therefore, they unintentionally begin to use the borrowed words, whatever you call them.