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Friday, July 30, 2010

restart Matrix

I was thinking about the title I should put for this blog entry and as it came to me, it really made a lot of sense.

It just dawned on me that a little like the Matrix, that the restart of the 'world' that you see in the last movie of the trilogy really is like every new semester that I begin in UTP. Its as if everything that you do is the same. If I follow the story correctly, the many 'Neos' did the same thing, maybe a bit differently each time. Its just like the way we do things are different every semester, but we still end up doing the same things. Not only that, the ending of it always feels the same, regardless of how good your results are that you only find out before the eventual restart.

I don't know why, but that little 'revelation' just made me realise why some people on campus are somewhat jaded, indifferent about beginning the new semester. Admittedly, as much as I do appreciate being in UTP, it isn't the most dynamic place to be in. Somehow, the student social culture is such that assignments are more like burdens than they are learning curves and tests are viewed more as chores than practical evaluations of students knowledge although I guess the latter may be true for many other students from different schools.

Still, even if the process laid out for us is the same, there's a lot that can be experienced in such a  big world. That applies wherever you are, whether at school, at work, anywhere. There are different things to learn each time you go through something. Random things can happen that are never expected and can turn out to be some pleasant surprises.

One thing I know is that as far as I'm concerned, this is my final restart in this place. It reminds me of something a pastor mentioned during one of his sermons in church. He put emphasis on the importance of starting well, and to finish strong. That's what I hope to do come the end of the semester. I think I've started well in this place and plenty of unexpected things have happened in between but more importantly, I want to finish strong. Let's end this Matrix already, haha.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

the Leavers

I'm sitting in my hostel room in UTP typing this. Finally, I'm back in university to complete my degree. I left KL behind two days ago for my final stint here. The word 'leave' has been floating around my circles a lot lately, and its hardly ever used in a positive connotation.

I realised that the past six months has seen me lose several of my friends to the enemies called time and distance. Of course, the internet allows you and me to still hold on to a string that enables us to connect with them, but the connection is never the same as when you were with them. Up until now, I'm still a person that prefers a chat over drinks or a meal someplace rather than internet messaging programs. Sometimes, I can't keep in touch well enough and just like that the connection is severed. That's what makes the people who used to be your closest friend turn into a distant acquaintance.

Timing hasn't really favoured me in some instances, for example there're people who are interning right now during my final semester that I wished I could say goodbye too at the end of my final semester instead of my last. Another one was me having to leave for UTP just a few days after Andrew came back, a close friend of mine during my high school days from church.

Then again, I guess I'm grateful that I got to meet some people before I left. At least I got to meet up with Andrew on Friday, just one day before I left for UTP. It was fun, catching up with each other with interests that we've never lost since we were high school kids. Its nice to see your old time friends after a long time who are now different but still the same. Then there was Beatrice as well, just before she leaves for the UK indefinitely, one of the few girls I know who enjoys being lame. Simply precious, lol. Samphors, also a very good friend of mine from Cambodia, a course mate of mine from UTP that's doing his internship now before he probably returns to his home country. He's very intelligent, yet rather kind at the same time, hard to find such people really. Of course, there's Felix as well, who I've been hanging out with every now and then, a good friend certainly. If you're interested in good food and a friendly chat, he's the one to call. He definitely knows where's a nice place to eat, haha!

Still, there're people I missed out on, Chee Hong who I wanted to meet last week but I just couldn't make it. I was pretty caught up in everything I was doing that week, particularly my final year project. Then, on Friday night, Philip told us he'll be leaving to Canada for work next month. That'll mean that once I return from UTP, even during the mid-semester holidays, he won't be around already. We weren't close, but still it is sad to see certain people leave and he's one of them.

Well, talking about everyone leaving me, I'll also be leaving UTP soon enough. Come the end of this year, I won't be seeing that place again until my graduation ceremony, which is just a day anyways. There are friends that I feel I've begun to have better relationships with over the past year and I guess its a shame that it won't really progress further once I've finished studying.

Tomorrow'll be my first day of lectures, and that'll mark the beginning of an end that'll mark a new beginning too. The world of corporate industry is just round my corner.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

face Booked

Well, what can I say. I'm back to social networking again. I guess I decided to make sure that I won't be too left out of my friends lives, particularly the ones that are far away somewhere, hahah. Let's see if I get as hooked as everyone else, probably.

So, I guess I'll see you on the big 'f'. By the way, don't get too offended if I don't add you as a friend, hahaha.

Monday, July 19, 2010

simplified Definition

Language can be so complicating at times. Whenever you start to learn a language, it doesn't seem hard to understand the basic words that serve basic functions. You know that 'eat' means eat and that 'breathe' means breathe. They're all functional words. These words serve a specific purpose that we as individuals can easily understand.

However, there are words or phrases in every language that don't quite make logical sense and you have to think a bit before figuring them out. Sometimes, you can't really describe them accurately at all. A simple example would be the word love. How do you define it? I don't think there's one answer that the whole world has agreed upon as a definition for that word. Somehow, people just 'feel' it and use it.

Sometimes, we use analogies or examples when we try to explain a word that is new to someone else and we have no idea what the actual dictionary definition is. For example, you could explain the word 'diplomacy' by simply saying, "Its what people do so that we don't fight each other." That's not really the definition of the word, but it gives the listener a feel to the meaning to understand the context of its usage.

Now, this brings me to something I watched on television a couple of days ago. I turned on the set and took to what was screening on the Hallmark Channel. It was the show, 'American Dreams', which is about the life of a white American family going through the daily adversities of life during the period around the Vietnam war. In that particular episode, the timeline of the story was such that Kennedy had already been shot dead during his parade. On the show, there was a young boy who was probably no older than 10 years asked his father, "Dad, what's politics?"

What a question to ask. In some ways you could say its just as difficult or even more difficult than answering a child's question of "How did I get here, how was I born?"

During the show, the father was in a rush to get breakfast prepared. He heard the question, but he couldn't spend all day explaining to his son how governments and elections worked. The simplest answer was needed. This is what the father said, "Politics... mm politics. Welll uh... it's when one person wants something and then another person wants something else. That's politics."

The show continued with other scenes unrelated to what I just mentioned until the very last one of the show. The whole family was sitting down at the dinner table with all the family disputes being discussed. Everybody stops when the young boy suddenly asks, "Do they know why they shot him?"

His sister replies, "No, I don't know"

The little boy says assuredly, "Politics."

"What, what do you mean?"

"Politics, its when someone wants something and somebody wants something else. That's why they shot him."

You know, before watching that episode of American Dreams, I honestly would not have known what to say if a young ten year old child asked me, "Christon, what's politics?" That young boy's understanding of politics really does sum it all up. Essentially, that is what it is, conflicts that occur among people in power or of authority.

Its just so true when you think about it. That simple description really forms what is at the heart of politics.There wouldn't be any if there wasn't a conflict of interests. I'm not just talking about government politics, it could be school politics, workplace politics and the like. I guess that's why all of us aren't such big fans of politics. After all, who genuinely likes a conflict?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

events Aplenty

I know I haven't blogged for a while now, which is a little surprising, knowing that I am on holiday. Its funny, there are so many things I could blog about right now, but I'm either not in the right frame of mind to write or I'm just too tired from all that's been happening. Nonetheless though, right now, I do feel like a happy person, thank God, haha! The last few days especially have been just nice I suppose. Maybe I'll blog about something more specific in the next few days.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

brazilian Lesson

The South African edition of the FIFA World Cup has gotten well under way and as I’m typing this, the tournament has already reached the semi-final stages. As it is, the stage is set for another European winner of the competition.

Well before the tournament began, I’d set my mind on supporting two teams, South Korea and Brazil. Of course, one of the reasons I supported South Korea was because they’re an Asian country, not to mention Park Ji Sung’s my favourite football player. That’s why the number 13 is on the back of my Manchester United jersey instead of the number 7 or 10. More than that, I like the Korean national team’s style of football, its fast, and I always somehow get the feel they’re a very hardworking team. I was very proud of their success in 2002.

Brazil on the other hand, is a country that I remember supporting since 1994. In that edition of the FIFA World Cup, they defeated the Italians on penalties with back then Italian hero, Roberto Baggio missing an important penalty. Ever since then, I’ve been supporting the Brazilian team that dons the bright yellow jerseys and blue shorts.

Brazil celebrates scoring against Ivory Coast during the 2010 FIFA World Cup

One thing about the Brazilian football team is that as much they’re a very good team, they don’t always succeed, as highly rated as they are. Some may even argue they are overrated, but no one has ever looked down on them. Somehow, they always carry the tag of favourites, and the people of Brazil always have high expectations of their national team to win the World Cup.

As I was a young boy, back in 1994, I had the same high expectations whenever I watched Brazil play a match. I always wanted, and always expected Brazil to win every game that they played.

That’s the same kind of mentality I had as a child, perhaps during my teenage years as well. I never wanted to lose, I always wanted to win and I always wanted things to go my way. I suppose everyone is that way, but something slightly different about me was that I expected it to turn out that way all the time. I never gave thought to the possibility of losing even though I knew it existed. I always thought that things should go my way, why should it be any different than that? I was being selfish and ignorant.

I remember watching the 1998 World Cup that France won, beating Brazil in the final. That was the first and probably the only time I’ve cried during a sporting event. I remember shouting, “Why so unfair!?”, expressing my sadness and anger of the moment. I said it as if France never deserved to win. Ten years down the road, and it wasn't so different as I watched the finals of my university’s band competition, that my band failed to reach. I watched a few of the bands performances and thought, “How did we not play better than them?”. I felt their music was poor and dull. As I told myself that, I never gave a single thought as to why my band couldn’t get into the finals.

One thing that losing or not having your way does, is that it lets you experience the reality of your circumstances. If you choose, it lets you open your eyes to your strengths and weaknesses, as well as that of others. Failing is probably one of the most educational experiences a person will have. You either choose to understand and learn from your failure or continue to argue that things should have gone in your favour.

As most of you who follow football will know, Brazil were knocked out in the quarter finals of this year’s FIFA World Cup by the Netherlands, who will be playing in the final match of the tournament. I remember watching the game with friends from church. It was a Friday night, we had cell together. Brazil dominated much of the game, but they let through a couple of goals and that was enough to put them out.

Kaka reacts during game against Netherlands
Kaka reacts during the game against the Netherlands

During the dying minutes of the game, I was still hoping for Brazil to bring the match into extra time, but it wasn’t to be. I realised though, for the first time, I didn’t feel as bad about it as I thought I might. Brazil’s World Cup losses for me during 1998 and 2006 were heavy on me as a sports fan, and dissatisfaction was my biggest emotion on both occasions.

However, this time was different. I still felt disappointed, but I took it a lot better than I did previously. I didn’t blame Brazil, or the Netherlands, or the referee. I just accepted that a loss was a loss and nothing would change that. Admittedly, the Dutch had taken the chances that counted and they were deserved winners. I still felt Brazil had a good campaign, but fell short on certain ends and I’m hoping they’ll do better come the next World Cup, where they’ll be playing on home soil.

A winner that keeps on winning fulfil expectations but hardly makes the world excited. A loser that wins is what gains the attention of the entire globe because it makes for a memorable story. Hopefully, that’ll encourage you to persevere and take things in their stride. Accept the reality that surrounds you, but be courageous to stand up and be counted. That’s what makes a champion.

diversify Familiar

I met up with my friend Samphors last Sunday to Section 17 in Petaling Jaya for lunch. Like me he's from UTP, and is working at Phileo Damansara as part of his industrial training program. As it is, he stays within the area too and he was familiar with the place we were going to.

Ever since I've been in KL, Section 17 has always been one of my favourite places to go for lunch. There're actually quite a number of coffee shops within the square area, so there's definitely enough cheap food to go around for everyone who visits the place. Still, there's one coffee shop in particular at one of the intermediate corners along Jalan 17/29 that remains my favourite spot. I remember my parents and I used to frequent the place after church for lunch during the early years in KL. Somehow as time passed, we didn't go there anymore, but I've always remembered the place.

This is the place that I'm talking about:

The Wah Cheong coffee shop is arguably among the most popular places within the area. The chicken rice stall here sells some nice roasted chicken, not to mention some roasted pork with crispy golden brown skin  as well. I remember enjoying it so much, and I still do.

Now, I really love the roasted pork from that stall, and for me its one of the best I've had in a place that's not too far away or at least somewhere I'm familiar with. Its usually my first choice when deciding what to buy from that coffee shop.

However, I wanted to try something a little different that day. I remember my mother having something before that I quite liked but didn't order so much since I was too in love with golden brown pork skin, so with just that one random thought, I walked up to another stall and ordered a bowl of minced pork noodles.

I was wondering how much my order might cost, then I saw something that's not always seen on hawker stalls. It was what I think all hawkers should display on their stalls.

Which customer doesn't like to see a price list? Its better than having to ask how much do you need to pay when your food arrives. Well anyway, like most hawker places, you can come away with a meal for no more than RM 5.00. That's unless if you order more food of course. Anyway, here's a photo of the bowl of noodles I had:

Doesn’t that look good to you? You can order three types of noodles, kuay teow, mee hoon or lo shi fan. I haven’t tried the other two, but the black sauce, minced meat and the Chinese sausages go along great. Something special about the Chinese sausage is that it’s a little larger than the common one you might know. Not only that, it’s softer than common Chinese sausages and a little more savoury instead of overly sweet, which really suits me.

I had Samphors try some since he ordered another dish, and he gave his approval too. That at least proves I’m not the only one who likes it, along side plenty of others. I guess I've given myself one extra reason to come back to Wah Cheong more often. Its nice to find something different in a place you're accustomed to. If you every happen to be around the area during breakfast or lunch, give these noodles I go, I’d doubt you’d be disappointed. You’ll probably think about seconds even.

Monday, July 05, 2010

dragon Food

During the previous Monday, my mother and I met up with a family friend of ours from Miri at One Utama. We hadn't seen each other in a while, and on of the sons of this family friend was a childhood acquantaince of mine. We met him and his wife and friend too. Its a little funny to think that someone I knew during my childhood days has already got married. Matthew's about 26 years old I think.

It was interesting to see how Matthew's voice doesn't have a hint of Australian intonation to it. I remember coming back from Vietnam with a very Australian accent since the international school I went too was largely dominated by them, students and teachers alike. At first his wife didn't show any of it, but once she started talking about Australia, her accent switched on just like that! It was a little shocking, funny even, hahah, but I guess that's how it is with Asians. I remember Felicia telling me about how she could control her accents, using only her westernised voice in Australia.

We all sat down for lunch in Dragon-i. It'd only been my second time in that place. I don't go there because it's a rather pricey place to go, but hey, if the parents were spending, why not? Hahaha! It sounds rather cheap of me, but since do you reject a restaurant suggestion that's been given by an elderly person in your party? Anyhow, the only other time I'd been to Dragon-i was with Yee San, and I don't remember eating much then either.

Dragon-i is located just one floor below the GSC cinema in One Utama and neighbours restaurants such as Vietnam Kitchen and Chilli's.

Looking at the menu, there wasn't much that was going to fill my empty stomach for less than RM 18. That's the kind of place it was. I opted for the noodles in sweet and sour soup that came with a side serving of a few slice of pork chop. That particular dish is listed at about RM 19 on the menu. Of course, once you pay, expect an extra 5% tax charge, not to mention an additional10% service charge. Going off point for a bit, I sincerely believe that restaurants implementing 10% service charge is the most blatant form of legal daylight robbery as far as the food industry is concerned. I'm not a fan of paying 10 percent of the meal's fee just for you to physically hand it to me.

Anyway, when my order did arrive, it looked pretty good, and is probably the main reason why this blog entry exists, haha! Here's what it looked like:

The soup spoon is actually like a mini-soup ladle, which makes it a little inconvenient to use.

I was a little worried about what sweet and sour soup would taste like since I hadn't had any before, but it turned out very well. It simply tastes like a savory soup that would really fit noodles served with minced meat, which it was. I found myself drinking the soup way after I'd finished with the noodles.

A big factor in choosing what I ordered.

Of course, there was the pork chop as well, and I was happy to see that they weren't too measely as far as portions were concerned. It was fried to a golden brown colour, being crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It was just nice. There was nothing overdone about it, something 'basic' that didn't need anything else, no special sauce or anything like that, it was good the way it was. Its the same type of comment I'd give the satay I love the most.

Dragon-i markets itself using quite a bit of eye appeal. Its obvious through the interior design of the place, and some of its pretty images on the menu. There was one item that caught our eye in particular. We didn't even plan on eating it, but since the ladies at the table found it so adorable, three orders of that one dish came to our table. Check it out:

As much as it resembles a pig, ironically this pao doesn't even have a single type of meat inside! Its actually a red bean steamed bun. Of course, food like that usually does attract some camera time. I think we took three full minutes just taking photos of those two buns! Apart from being suckered into food aesthetics in Dragon-i, we did order something else that the place is famous for, the meat dumplings that contain soup at the bottom.

The wonder of it is the fact that a substantial amount of liquid exists within the tiny dumpling itself. If you don't eat it right, it just bursts in your mouth, haha! Its happened to me before, and I got a real shock. The best way to eat it 'safely' is to suck the soup off the bottom of the dumpling and you can then stuff the rest into your mouth without fear of exploding dumpling.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

weekday Replay

I realised that I haven't blogged much about what I've been actually doing on holiday, so I thought I'd just do something about that. Like many students around the world, I look forward to going back home for a long break after a semester's worth of studies, projects and tests. The pressure valve's been released and a good time of rest begins.

Universiti Teknologi Petronas, the place I've been away from for the past 4 weeks or so.

The only thing that was different this time around, was that I've had to do work on my final year project during the break. It wasn't something I wanted to do. In fact, I'm still taking it easy, working on it slowly, perhaps I should pick up the pace a little. Other than that though, I'm rather free, and with the FIFA World Cup of 2010 beginning and ending within the duration of my holiday, it was certainly one to look forward to.

I remember watching the first game of the competition with Hearts United after cell. We missed quite a bit since cell ended later than we planned but that's how it was. Ever since the beginning, I think its fair to say that I watch at least one game on each match day. On average though, I think I've definitely watched more than a game per match day. I'm a football fan, but not that much to watch each and every game. I supported South Korea and Brazil, both of which have been knocked out of the tournament in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively.

South Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong after being defeated by Uruguay.

I'm very sad and upset Brazil lost, a lot more than people may think since I've been a supporter of them for such a long time (since 1994). Still, life goes on, but I'm still quite sad as I type this out. It doesn't help when you see all the Dutch victory messages on Google talk. My evil side just thought "Why didn't someone just break Robben's legs?" Still, Netherlands played a good game and congratulations to them.

Gilberto Melo walks down the tunnel after losing to the Netherlands.

Well, other than watching football everyday, mundane routines set in. As much as my family is doing well enough, I don't have money to go out and roam around shopping malls each and every day of my eight week break. Just spending on meals alone in a mall would be enough to leave me penniless before the end of the month. Due to that circumstance, most of my time is spent in the comfort of my home, and I'm usually in two places, which is either my bedroom or the kitchen and dining room. My house is designed with an open kitchen concept, so its in the same place as the dining room.

That place also happens to have the television. I'm surprised I don't spend as much time watching random shows and movies compared to football. It means that I'm not glued to the television during the break, but to something else that serves as an adequate replacement. Of course, its my computer, or my laptop computer to be more precise. Like any person who's a student, a laptop serves me more as an all in one entertainment machine, than it does as a productivity tool, even if its necessary for work.

There hasn't been a day gone by where I haven't switched on my laptop within an hour of waking up this holiday. That reminds me, another notable of my holiday routine involves waking up earliest at 10.30 a.m. If I watched a football match that started at 2.30 a.m, I wouldn't be up until half past twelve in the afternoon. There was one time when I woke up at 6.00 a.m because I had to send my father to KLCC. Even so, when I cam back, I just took loads of random naps and I only really woke up after twelve.

Getting back to my 'entertainment machine', surfing the web is the norm, although logging onto Facebook isn't one of my web surfing habits. Some people have asked because they weren't sure, but yes I no longer have a Facebook account. Why? I have a few reasons, but to summarise, I find social networking more of a lazy friend tool than a people connector, even though it is one. I hardly log on to Formspring these days either, which was my closest link to social networking other than my blog. So what do I usually visit on the web? You can view it here, on one of my previous blog entries last month. I've also been playing quite a lot of Red Alert 3: Uprising, but its starting to get a little too repetitive, especially since the campaigns were so short, so I'm thinking of reinstalling the original Red Alert 3 game and go through the long campaigns again.

An in game screenshot of a campaign level in Red Alert 3: Uprising

There's more to it though, I don't just surf the web and play games every day. It's also become a very good alternative to television style entertainment for me. Ever since Farhan introduced me to a Korean comedy variety show, I got so hooked and became a fan of Infinity Challenge, and that led me to find out about another show called Family Outing, which I have also become such a huge fan of.

The Infinity Challenge cast, which comprises of Korea comedians that say and do the funniest things. Their varied personalities make for a very entertaining show Western media couldn't even begin to imagine doing.

With over 50 episodes of Family Outing in my external hard drive, and each lasting longer than the time of an average movie at the cinema, it does take up a whole lot of my time. The great thing is, I can watch it over and over again, which I've always done in the past with sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond, which remains a classic and an evergreen favourite of mine.

My new found favourite, Family Outing.

Then of course, there's the anime that I've been following for a while, not to mention some new ones that just released yesterday. I started watching anime not too long ago and I constantly keep up with the series I enjoy, not missing an episode. Some of the one's I've really enjoyed watching include Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Working!, Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Senkou no Night Raid, Giant Killing and Angel Beats.

Senkou no Night Raid

Senkou no Night Raid has caught my attention the most. I for one think it has more depth to the whole story compared to the live action Heroes series. Espionage and spy movies seem to be my cup of tea, as are live action shows such as 24. This anime fits somewhat in that genre too, and gives off a more oriental feel to the whole idea of the world of espionage, spies and secret agents.

If you've read this far, you've probably gathered there's a lot of content for me to watch on my laptop screen so I've hardly ever left it this holiday, as with any other holiday I've had. Its the reason I hardly ever leave my room, unless I'm hungry or thirsty.

Quite simply, much of my days on holiday are on replay mode, constantly looping this process:

1. Wake up >= 10.30 a.m. (usually past 12.00 noon).

2. Turn on laptop and launch either Google Chrome / Red Alert 3: Uprising.

3. Eat lunch (mostly at home).

4. Go back to laptop and watch family outing or surf the web.

5. Dinner.

6. Watch football match / play Red Alert 3: Uprising.

7. Watch anime/Family Outing.

8. Sleep.

9. Repeat steps one through eight.

Its a very simplistic process, without much that's really exciting or productive. So, what about my final year project? Didn't I say I was working on it? Well, for the first three weeks I wasn't really doing much about it with very minimal progress. However, that has changed a little in the past week or so, meeting Desmond gave a kick start to my holiday work and thankfully certain things have been done up, but I'll need his help again very soon. Working with various VB.net interface types and Microsoft Sql Server isn't the easiest thing to do, at least for me it isn't. Still, the project's slowly becoming a part of my daily routine which is a good thing.

Programming a VB.net application using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Express.

Then, there's my guitar, which for some reason I haven't played as much even though I have a lot more time on my hands now. I guess I've been on my computer a little too much. Again, like my project, I've only recently started to pay more attention to it. I'm currently practicing a cover of the song 'Go' by Boys Like Girls, a pretty sweet acoustic song to play. It's not easy to sing though, I'm envious of the lead singer's ability to switch between low and high pitched voices so well. I've been trying to get a new tune to write a new song as well, but somehow, I've been rather uninspired and its hard like that.
In spite of my mundane weekday replays, I do go out every now and then although not as often as I wish I could. I've been able to catch all the movies I've wanted to watch, Prince of Persia, Toy Story 3 and A-Team. I've even watched Toy Story twice, once in 3D too, which has left me unconvinced of the need of a 3D movie experience. I think I had the most fun was when after lunch, Yvonne, Beatrice, Andrew and I made a spontaneous decision to got watch Toy Story 3 on Sunday, which was rather ridiculous knowing how One Utama has as many people as there are sand on the beach during weekends. We didn't get to watch Toy Story 3, but ended up with A-Team, which was brilliant. Even the seats we got have a story to it, which I'll tell you if you ask me.

Of course, watching movies isn't the only thing I do when I'm out at the mall. The bookstore's always a frequent stop because that's where I can kill the most time. I can tell you I've enjoyed reading Spiderman comics at MPH One Utama a lot lately. Jialin's been telling me she's frequenting the Curve daily to go to Borders too hahaha! One thing I do need to do more during the remainder of the holiday is to read, my bible and a few books that I've bought but haven't finished or haven't even begun reading. That needs to come into my holiday weekday replay too.