Archive for November, 2006

There are a number of newly formed countries, that have recently gained independence:

One being Timor Leste aka East Timor aka Timor Timor. What about the rest? Do you think you can name another three? (Does not have to be in chronological order.)

It’s the time to test your knowledge about Physical Geography. Not Human Geography which encompasses Politics, Social, Economics etc.

The youngest country in Europe (maybe the world) and is still growing? Hmmm no matter the weather, a popular outdoor activity is swimming in natural formed lakes.

So, can you guess?

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The answer: from WorldAtlas.com

YOUNGEST COUNTRIES (politically newly formed)
East Timor (2002)
Palau (1994)
Czech Republic (1993)
Eritrea (1993)
Slovakia (1993)
Bosnia/Hertzegovina (1992)

In the end

Posted: November 23, 2006 in mi familia, mi vida loca

No, I won’t be getting a new phone…

INSTEAD,

I may get a new ride 🙂

Yup, I’ve ditched the idea of getting a new phone as I really need new wheels to move about town. No, my new wheels won’t be one of those European ones but highly likely those from the land of the rising sun. The former are either too expensive or have no resale value compared to the latter.

So night after night I’d either be dreaming of sturdy vios, jazz or Ravs, instead of hunky men!

Plus, in order to own my dream car it means work & more work & less splurging on unnecessary items! Ahh sacrifices one has to make!

On a sad note, a distant relative of mine passed away in the wee hours of morning, he was 42 and left behind a wife, a son aged 16 and a very young daughter. I could not attend his funeral, however mom and dad did pay their respects. Mom’s late cousin was very much missed and loved. His passings was unexpected however he died an easy & peaceful death after claiming suffering from slight chest pains. Not long after that he drew his last breath while his wife & children were at his side.

Moments like this will jolt you back to reality as you would at times float into dreamland. A land of material wealth. This is God’s way of waking us up, reminding us of the days ahead. Life can be taken away all of a sudden, what will happen to those left behind? Will they be able to cope with such lost? It’s not cruel, it’s a test, God’s test! Will we be able to survive? It’s all in our own hands.

The moment the news reaches my ear, my immediate thoughts were for his young family. It never occured to me if his parents would feel such a lost. All I could think of were his children. How do they feel waking up the next day knowing that their dad has left them for a better place? I would be devastated, it would be hard to swallow especially for a young child, growing up, wanting a dad’s support, sharing the joy and achievement together. He is their rock, there to support them through thick and thin, their shoulder to cry on! But, I pray that they will be stronger with all the support they get from their family, and friends.

Al-Fatihah

الفاتحة

What a Girl Wants

Posted: November 18, 2006 in in style, mi vida loca, passion, shoe addict

“What a girl wants
What a girl needs
Whatever makes me happy sets you free”

crooned Xtina @ Cristina Aguilerra

 

What I want and what I need are new pair of shoes and I didn’t expect to buy two of them! 🙂

 

So, I got myself two pairs of stilettos. I don’t go for any other type of shoes as I physically do not have the height. So, flats are a No No as I would feel like a dwarf amongst giants.

 

Not all will feel comfortable in them, the feeling of instability will arise for those who are in uncharted waters. Surprisingly it is, (comfy that is) plus it’s elegent & sexy and looks good on you if you dream of long & sexy legs!

 

Stiletto uno

Stiletto uno II

Stiletto dos

Stiletto dos II

Illustrator

Posted: November 16, 2006 in mi vida loca

With nothing to do, that’s an understatement, I decided to play around with Illustrator. I am no artist nor am I creative, I can sketch but I can’t paint. So you could see the uncreative, maybe edgy banner above. Well, at least I tried.

What’s Up?

Posted: November 14, 2006 in mi vida loca

Nothing much really. I have not been away the last one week, I was still hanging around – surfing the net, occasionally. However, I was very busy as I’ve had too many catching ups to do. Thankfully, my exams are over and I’ve got another semester to go. My parents are counting the days till I finally graduate with a Master’s degree. Mom, it’s not a piece of cake! Plus, this year, I’m really thinking of getting a new job, a new environment. So, maybe I’ll be filling up the forms any time soon.

I was bored so, I took the picture below. You see, I lead a boring life!

izuan

Some of you may know me quite well, as a die heart Liverpool Fc, McLaren Mercedes, Tennis esp Rafael Nadal fan. All three have gone through a bit of a rough patch lately. Liverpool lost to Arsenal (my 2nd favorite English team) 3-0 at the newly built Emirates Stadium, McLaren didn’t break the duck (the season’s over so we’ll have to wait till next year) and Rafael Nadal lost his 1st match to what’s his name, some American, oh yeah the 8th seeded James Blake in the final Master’s Championship which is currently held in Shanghai, China. So, my sights will be on that match as well as any Liverpool FC live matches on tv besides my all time favorite The Amazing Race. Anything you’d like to recommend? Besides Grey’s Anatomy (nice), ANTM and Travel & Living Channel!

E for

Posted: November 8, 2006 in mi vida loca, Our World

Election – the 6th year election

It has been an interest of my to follow the US election 2006 although I do not live in the states nor am I a citizen of theirs. The last time I checked the (D) were on par with the (R) for the Senate seats. So it is a very tight match & I hope the ones in blue will steal the seats. While it has been an excruciating wait for many, the politicians, the voters, the armchair critics as vote are being recounted in Virginia.

Why (D) ? Well I support their anti-war rally. It’s a waste of money plus I’ll hope to see less of “W” on tv, which is unlikely until let’s say the next general election. I’ll be rallying for Hillary Rodham Clinton then, women power!

Have you got a sweet tooth? I have. I’m addicted to these yummy, creamy, substance no matter the shape or form. Yup, I can even have it for breakfast. Yikes, that reminds me, I need to step on the weighing machine (that’s what most women do, weigh themselves & see if they’ve actually gained a kilo or lose more kilos!)

Lately,I had an uncontrollable desire to savor the bitter sweet taste of dark chocolate. Must be all the reading I’d been doing. I’m not saying I haven’t been doing any reading before, more of light reading then! Since exams is just around the corner & papers to be returned, I’ve been using more of my cognitive skills than before! So the past few days I have been eating a bite or two (3 bites of my kek batik) daily as I believe chocolate empowers brain power. It’s funny while enjoying & lusting for more chocolate, my brain keeps telling me to stop, enough sugar already! Would you want to die of diabetes? That’s unfair, can’t I enjoy the moment peacefully.

Kids under pressure?

Posted: November 4, 2006 in memory lane, mi vida loca, Our World

A difficult situation to be in at present, the life of a mere 7 year old or maybe a 17 year old or let’s just say at any age between that range.

Do these kids know the meaning of the words “play” @ “fun”? Literally yes, but do they experience it the way we once did when we were at their age? Can you recall all the fun things you did when you were a kid? I’m sure if you were to walk down memory lane you could recall all the fun things we once did vividly. Ahh, hanging around the monkey bars, playing tag @ police & thief, Poison Ball, soccer, baseball, chasing boys @ girls, dressing up etc.

I can’t recall spending so much time at tuition centers (I did go for extra classes when I was 13 & 15 as I had just return from abroad, incapable of communicating in my mother tongue) or with tutors after school or during weekends. Kids these days do. I can’t imagine myself being in their shoes.

I pity my 6 year old cousin, she is in Standard 1 (equivalent to Grade 1), and already being pressured to score all A’s in her exams. She’ll be spending her time attending extra classes in preparation for the forthcoming year. Imagine that. All I did at that age was reading storybooks & attending art classes. How time has changed!

What’s the reason for all this? I’ll list it down.

  • entering the best schools
  • scholarships
  • best courses / programs
  • ivy league
  • paper chase
  • best job

Can you think of any other reasons?

What the Brits think?

Posted: November 4, 2006 in mi vida loca

Don’t take this seriously, it’s just a poll! Between the Great American Leader vs The Unpopular North Korean Leader. Both are unpopular in my view of mind, one for the involvement in the war in Iraq (can you find it in the world map?) and the other for it’s nuclear testing & treatment towards her citizen. This is just a view from the border not inside so it may not be relevant at all! No matter where you live you have to face the harsh reality that is, nothing is fair in this world!

Yahoo! UK & Ireland   
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News Poll Results

Q. Who is more of a threat to world peace?

George Bush
%3D72%
Kim Jong-il
%3D29%
Total Votes
1,466

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clipped from: www.guardian.co.uk

British believe Bush is more dangerous than Kim Jong-il


 

· US allies think Washington threat to world peace
· Only Bin Laden feared more in United Kingdom


Guardian front page graphic from November 3 2006


 

Carried out as US voters prepare to go to the polls next week in an election dominated by the war, the research also shows that British voters see George Bush as a greater danger to world peace than either the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, or the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both countries were once cited by the US president as part of an “axis of evil”, but it is Mr Bush who now alarms voters in countries with traditionally strong links to the US.

Goodbye, for good

Posted: November 1, 2006 in mi vida loca

… to red_enclave: from behind the veil. The site no longer exist. I’ve finally pulled the plug (at 1645 local time) and have decided to make this my new home. I had a great time there, although for a short period. Through my little domain I’ve made new friends (Highlander, KhadijaTeri, PC, NB, Adam, Roba etc), expanded my wings & shared my thoughts. It’s my little secret place, a place of comfort. It’s one of the places I can be myself, unafraid to express my true self.

I hope to continue my ramblings : ) here. My new home. “Home is where the heart is.”