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g'bye 2005!

How we are celebrating the end of 2005 & ushering in 2006:

Staying at home,
pigging out on chips & dip,
watching tv,
reading SK's It (me) and playing with shreddage (Kosh).

Huh? Shreddage?

here's the story: We ordered Magic: The Gathering Betrayers of Kamigawa Rat's Nest Theme Deck from a place called less than a week ago. It arrived today.

And what was the packaging material used to stuff the box it came in? Their own shredded paper! And it wasn't even cross-cut either!And what has Kosh been doing since the package arrived? Piecing the long pieces of paper together.Ah, I am unworthy! I thought *i* was the master of procrastination and time-wastage, but boy was I wrong... :p

Jokingly, he said he was going to mail the put-together pieces back to the company with a suggestion that they not use their own shreddage for packaging; or at least make sure there's no risk of identity theft... I'd do it. After all, it looks like there may …

Smile! it's the end of 2005!!

Here's a fantastic photo that captures the spirit of my family:


But talking about smiles...

Ever heard of a brand of toothpaste called DARKIE?

It got changed to DARLIE in 1989 or so, and only then did I think about what an offensive brand it actually was!

Take a look:

For some reason I was thinking about it the other day, and did a bit of research about it... I had always thought this brand was one of the many products "inherited" form the British, but it turns out this was a local Asian brand originating from Hong Kong. Apparently its founder had come to the US in the 1920s and seen Al Jolson in his blackface show, and had been impressed with how white Jolson's teeth looked.

Then Colgate-Palmolive bought it over, but didn't change the name until P&G threw some bad publicity their way..

They finally changed it to a less offensive name, and made the man on the package "an abstraction of indeterminent race."

The amusing thing, though, is that it…

Miracles of the season!

First, to put a smile on your face:An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding. The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, "Sir, have you been drinking?"

"Just water," says the priest.

The trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?"

The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good Lord! He's done it again!"

Second: today (well, technically YESTERDAY since it's past midnight) was a culinary experiment... once I woke up this morning, I started chopping veggies (broccoli, carrots, celery, onions), and dumped them into a crock-pot along with pre-washed & sliced mushrooms, 3 chicken breasts and half a bottle of barbeque sauce, and let it cook for 8 hours. It's my first crock-pot experiment! Turned out okay... the broccoli florets were pretty much disintegrated, and the chicken was slightly dry I think because it was cooked a …

Measuring up to TIME...

Even though I am a voracious reader, there's something in me that just rebels against the norm... I don't like reading books "expected" of me; neither have I ever felt the need to read "critically acclaimed classics"...

I remember a friend of mine being totally shocked that I had yet to read Pride & Prejudice: this was in high school; 15 years later, I still haven't had the urge to, and probably won't ever.

It didn't help, I guess, that "English Literature" as taught during my high school days involved reading abridged versions of things like Little Women, Silas Marner and Shakespeare's works, which probably didn't bring out the true richness of the literature in question. And I doubt that the teachers I had any true appreciation of what they were "teaching" either, and therefore did a crummy job at passing on any appreciation for these works....

But if I stumbled upon a book, or series of books, on my own, I would p…

A World of Whines...

Caught the movie Sideways many moons ago, and was quite disappointed... it was so painful to watch, I wonder why it was such a "runaway hit" when it came out... the only good thing about it was getting a mini education in the world of whine wine...

I know of someone who has taken wine appreciation classes, and has gone a few times to California for a wine-tasting holiday. While watching the movie, I couldn't help but wonder how they behaved compared to the folks in Sideways, teehee!

I've always been reluctant to get involved in the world of wine, because there is such an aura of pretentiousness around it... people who want to show off what they know about the type of grapes used, the ground in which the vines grow, the weather conditions for that particular year of harvest, the mixture of tastes that only a well-trained palate could discern, etc etc etc...

If it tastes good, drink it lah! No need to show off, eh?

Anyways, the reason I'm mentioning this is article…

Food for thought?!

Christmas Eve was spent relaxing, watching tv:

Pleasantville: getting sucked into your favourite tv program and stuck in tv-land isn't really a novel idea - but if you're stuck in a black/white/grey tv-land, and your helping people discover themselves makes their world turn into color? Now THAT's different.

Forrest Gump: I can't help it, every time this is on I start talking like Forrest too! I totally just *have* to talk in that southern alabama drawwwwwwl... drove Kosh crazy, LOL!

X-mas? Also totally uneventful :D I think I spent most of my time reading (am currently re-reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley: will "review" it in another post)

But today, we went up to Chicagoland for the gift-giving season with Kosh's family. Lots of fun!
Now everyone is asleep recovering from the food and drinks - I'm being a night owl :D it's always fun to take advantage of hi-speed wireless internet access here :-)

Before I go exploring others…


One beautiful December evening Pedro and his girlfriend Rosita were sitting by the side of the ocean. It was a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, "Hey, mamacita, let's play Weeweechu."

"Oh no, not now, lets look at the moon" said Rosita.

"Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I play Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon."

"Please, corazoncito, just once, play Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll play Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."

Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas...
... and get your mind out my gutter!

Ah yes, we've passed the Winter Solstice, or Midwinter, recently. The days will start getting longer again. A long time ago in a galaxy far far …

"what is it? it's it!"

Yes, another e-mailed joke to share.

Subject: A beer before it starts

A man came home from work, sat down in his favorite chair, turned on the TV, and said to his wife, "Quick, bring me a beer before it starts"

She looked a little puzzled, but brought him a beer. When he finished it, he said, "Quick, bring me another beer. It's gonna start." This time she looked a little angry, but brought him a beer.

When it was gone, he said, "Quick, another beer before it starts."

"That's it!" She blows her top, "You bastard! You waltz in here, flop your fat ass down, don't even say hello to me and then expect me to run around like your slave. Don't you realize that I cook and clean and wash and iron all day long?"

The husband sighed. "Oh shit, it started."

A case of a self-fulfilling prophecy, eh?

And for those puzzling over the title of this post... well, perhaps you know of Faith No More? Their song Epic? No? Go hunt it down…

Getting it on!

We are working on the friggin paperwork that will eventually result in some tying of knots sometime next year. Yes, finally got Kosh to sit down and work through the requirements. I hate government bureaucratic red tape, but looks like he hates it too; go figure!

For a sanity break, I looked up something I haven't done in a while: Unconscious Mutterings' Word Association for Week 150
Replenish:: thirst
People:: power
Trend:: fad
Girlfriends:: (image of the recent Family Guy take on The View: the girls are pluck-pluck-pluuuccckk-ing like chickens (hens))
Spirit:: of freedom
Banshee:: scream
Oasis:: water, rest, scorching sun & heat
Thrills:: spills
Fountain:: of youth
Boxes:: of books
Nothing really exciting this time in my responses... maybe it's my braindeadness? There seemed to be a water & air theme this time: oasis / fountain... banshee, spirit... hmmmm...

Okay, my turn to compose my personal statement... whoohooo!

pie in the sky?

Got this from Samantha Burns:
You Are Mud Pie
You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulsesWhat Kind of Pie Are You?

The mud pie at TGIF *is* to totally die for, so I suppose this kinda fits me...

quickie update

12:15 last night/early this morning - finished the x-mas/new year/holiday/season greetings/whatever cards! Combined, me & Kosh are sending out - count it - twelve cards, LOL! But hey, they all have the breast cancer research funding stamps on them :-) And one of them is an attempt to re-establish contact with a friend who's been out of touch since 1998: found her parents snail mail address online, so am sending them a card in a card... we'll see if anything comes out of it... we'll also have to see when the cards actually arrive, seeing as it's already December 20th here :-D

After a few days of putting it off, Kosh and I are heading to the gym today! Whether it's gonna be another round of racquetball, or cardio, or both, will remain to be seen... but it should be about an hour of exercise... followed by food, LOL!

My "why a fire engine is red" post had lots of responses - pretty cool! But, just to clarify: i didn't *have* to memorise it! I *ch…

Why a fire engine is red...

I'd like to share a very convoluted reason as to why fire engines (fire trucks to you Americans) are red in colour.

But first, here are some cool links I came across today worth sharing (thanx to Linky & Dinky):Play 20 questions. Topic = TV Shows. I tried Star Trek: Enterprise, and it got it on the 2nd try. Very simple set-up, and mildly entertaining...

This I am afraid to check out too deeply:, a place where fans create their own episodes of their favourite shows.... As I type this, Babylon 5 has 616 entries... I tried to look for which had the most submissions: i saw a few at 2000+, one at 4000+, but guess who's way out in front? Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 28,082! Oh my....!
And now for the feature presentation: Why is a fire engine red?A fire engine has four firemen and eight wheels
Four and eight is twelve
Twelve inches make a foot
A foot is a ruler
A ruler was Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I knighted Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake sailed the …

New Definitions

Got this in the mail today...I really doubt it has anything really related to the Washington post OR Mensa, but what is DOES do is give you a good laugh.

I like plays on words, what can I say...The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are 2005's winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of a successful hit.

5. Cashtration: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painte…

The big three-oh!

No, not my age.... I just realised I have *t*h*i*r*t*y* draft articles in this blog's dashboard!

some funny, some serious.

some currently exist as just a link to an interesting article, sans write-up; some are just in need of a bit more tweaking before publishing.

Many fall in between.

Maybe I'll get through one or two today...

For the rest - well, I suppose you'll just have to drop by to see if I got them out yet or not, eh? *grin!*

An Italian Boy's Confession

Just sharing another email I thought was pretty funny...
Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose woman.

The priest asked, "Is that you, little Johnny Parisi?

Yes, Father it is.

And who was the woman you were with?

I can't tell you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation.

Well, Johnny, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later, so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?

I cannot say.

Was it Teresa Volpe?

I'll never tell.

Was it Nina Capeli?

I'm sorry but I cannot name her.

Was it Cathy Piri?

My lips are sealed.

Was it Rosa Di Angelo, then?

Please, Father, I cannot tell you.

The priest sighs in frustration.

You're very tight lipped, Johnny Parisi and I admire that. But you've sinned and have to atone. You cannot attend church services for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself.

Johnny walks back to his pew, and his friend Gino slides over and whispers, What'd you get?

Four months vacation and five good leads..

Have a good laugh!

A feast indeed!

From GRRM News page, 27 November 2005: The American hardcover of A FEAST FOR CROWS was released on November 8, and immediately shot to the top of all the lists, making its debut at #1 on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list for hardcover fiction. ... also hit #1 on the WALL STREET JOURNAL and PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY bestseller lists, and #2 on the USA LIST (which combines fiction and non-fiction). Amazon, Border's, and Barnes & Noble also had FEAST ranked as #1 in hardcover fiction.

Hey, if you haven't already picked up this series, please do!

Yes, it's fantasy, but don't let that cloud your judgement if you're a non-fantasy-reading person... it's an excellent tale so far, and doesn't follow the usual "black vs white good vs evil" structure. Sometimes you don't know who you should be cheering for! Then there are lots of people to remember, but somehow keeping them all straight is MUCH easier than the characters in Robert Jordan's Wheel…

My house, in the middle of my street...

'tis madness,I tell ya!

YOU try drawing a house while using not a mouse but a touchpad type thingy!!

Here's what I got:

But wait, I get a personality analysis based on my drawing!! Based on your drawing and the 10 answers you gave this is a summary of your personality:

You are sensitive and indecisive at times. You are a freedom lover and a strong person. You are shy and reserved. If you've drawn a cross on each of windows, you always want to live alone. You are very tidy person. There's nothing wrong with that because you're pretty popular among friends. Your life is always full of changes.

You will avoid being alone and seek the company of others whenever possible. You love excitement and create it wherever you go. You see the world as it is, not as you believe it should be.

You added a flower into your drawing. The flower signifies that you long for love. It also safe to say that others don't see you as a flirt. You don't think much about yourself.

Hmmph, not v…

super size ESTO!

Saw this snippet of trivia in a local paper a while ago: Did you know that you can work off the calories ingested with one Big Mac by sleeping?

Of course, you would have to sleep 9 hrs 25 mins to do it lah :D Hmmm, if I had nothing else to do, I suppose that would be a cool weight management plan: Eat one Big Mac, sleep 9.5 hrs, wake up, eat another Big Mac, sleep another 9.5 hrs, wake up, eat another Big Mac, well, you get the picture…

And for a weight LOSS plan: eat something of fewer calories than a Big Mac, sleep 9.5 hrs, wake up, eat something of fewer calories than a Big Mac, sleep 9.5 hrs, wake up, eat something of fewer calories than a Big Mac, sleep,,,, you get the picture… LMAO!

Where am I going with this? A review of sorts of Super Size Me, that pseudo documentary about this guy Morgan Spurlock who eats nothing but McDonald’s for a month. Within that month, his weight shot up, his cholesterol numbers went totally haywire… but what grossed most people out was that specia…

sunday sundayyyyyy

I lied.

I may have gotten off the net just before midnight, but didn't head straight to bed... I switched on the tv just to kinda wind down: and stumbled upon Star Trek: Enterprise! And it was the first episode ever (Broken Bow Part 1) too! So I just *had* to watch it, and make a mental note to program the VCR to tape that hour between 12mn - 1am on channel 10 from now on *grin!*

In my previous life, when I was using iMesh and hanging out at my beloved Coffee Bean which at that time was eqipped with a high speed wireless internet connection, I had managed to download lots of ST:E Season 2 and some of Season 3. And when I got here last year, I was glad to know Kosh was following the series, so I managed to watch its final season too.

I'm a Star Trek fan, but not fan enough to just go out and buy the series DVD just to watch episodes I'd missed (unlike Babylon 5, for example). So now that Channel 10 is playing reruns from the very beginning, I have the chance to watch i…

2hr 53m 20s and counting

I glanced at the connection time and was quite surprised to see I've been online for almost three hours!

That's for this particular session only. Was online for another two hours or so earlier.

So long I didn't go to too many "heavy" sites, I didn't suffer too much from the dial-up connection. Kewl!

Most of my time has been spent visiting and exploring blogs (added quite a few to the sidebar - welcome, newbies!)

Finally remembered to do a bit of "research" for future posts about
- Narnia as Christian allegory?
- my issues with the supersize me "movie/documentary"
Stay tuned...

Didn't make it out of the apartment today - was still nursing a very snotty nose :-( Maybe tomorrow... the nose seems to have have dried out a lot through the day today, whoohooo! So my Darth Vader impression is pretty much shot, along with any potential I had to make prank heavy breathing calls, LOL

Yawwn... it's about quarter to midnight, I might as well sign o…

It may just be the world's longest!

Okay.. please bear with me... read this long disjointed story, and see if you can find anything of significance about it... ready? go! Star? Not I! Movie – it too has a star in or a cameo who wore mask – cast are livewires.

Soda-pop straws are sold, as part-encased a hot tin, I saw it in mad dog I met. Is dog rosy? Tie-dye booths in rocks.

All ewes lessen ill. I see sheep in Syria? He, not I, deep in Syria, has done. No one radio drew old one.

Many moths – I fondle his; no lemons are sold. Loot delis, yob, moths in a deli bundle his tin. Pins to net a ball I won – pins burst input. I loot to get a looter a spot paler. Arm a damsel – doom a dam. Not a base camera was in a frost, first on knees on top spot. Now a camera was a widened dam.

Ask: Cold, do we dye? No, hot – push tap, set on to hosepipe. Nuts in a pod liven.

A chasm regrets a motto of a fine veto of wars. Too bad – I all won. A sadist sent cadets – a war reign a hero derides. A bad loser, a seer, tossed a cradle – he begat to cos…

Mmmmmmmmmmm, ribs!

So I trekked thru the snow to get to my bbq beef ribs… and what a trek it was!

On the positive side, I didn’t feel it was as cold as I thought it was gonna be when the weathermen kept saying “And Friday will be COLD,” you could hear the capital letters and underline when they said it!

But… all effort so far has concentrated on getting the roads cleared & salted. To my dismay, the pedestrian walkways were untouched! I had to trudge through in about 4 inches of snow, such that often I’d have the snow up to my mid-shin. Which by itself wasn’t so bad, if only I had higher boots – mine are ankle high. So I was getting lots of snow in my boots despite my best efforts not to. My toes were quite frozen by the time I made it to the bbq place.

For the walk back, took a different route that thankfully was not as snowy.

Had the ribs while re-watching Season 1 Disc 1 of Babylon 5.

I immediately recognised (again) David McCallum, who was a guest on the last episode on Disc 1 (Ep 1.04). He wa…

My first REAL tag & meme! FOOOD!!

Whoohoo, bring out the booze! I actually got tagged with this meme about 5 childhood memories of foods... kinda challenging, I must not have had much association with foods when young (btw, till what age is “childhood”?), but I will try... so here goes...

1. Rarebits
Yes, rarebits (not rabbits): take a slice of bread, put a slice of fake cheese* on it, and put it in (under?) the grill, where you’ll get the cheese all bubbly and the bread toasted, both at the same time.

I remember my father going on an on about these rarebits, I think he musta really liked them back when he was in England or something. Or maybe he was Tom Sawyering us kids into preparing it? Well, it was a really easy-to-prepare snack, and we’d usually have it as part of a light dinner on some Sundays.

I can picture the kitchen at the Jalan Ampang house, and the electric stovetop-cum-grill-cum-oven in the corner, where we’d make this “delicacy”.

My age? My tweens and early teens, I guess…

Btw, later, I found out t…

Star Wars personality test

Luke Skywalker
You scored 75% airiness, 63% squishiness, and 31% edginess! According to our patented JawamaticTM technology, you are most like Luke Skywalker in personality.

Luke is a dreamer and a romantic. He's excited by possibilities and has strong core values that affect all his decisions. Luke is loyal and idealistic, always coming through for those he loves.

Luke is, in a word, heroic.

(The polar opposite of Luke Skywalker is Yoda.)
Link: The Star Wars Personality Test written by MiguelSanchez on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Tip o the hat to : A Cuban in Ohio for this quiz! He got Chewie, and while I was taking the quiz I found myself convinced I'd end up a Jedi, and so I did! Kinda. I was hoping for Ben Kenobi, but I suppose I'll be fine with Luke too :-)

Cheer up and enjoy the Joke of the day: Senior Dealings

Feeling down in the dumps? Think people just don't appreciate you? Well, be blue no longer! Click HERE to get cheered up! Type in your name when prompted, and sit back and smile! (Tip o' the hat to 45-Caliber Justice)

And here's the Joke of the Day, from an e-mail I received relatively recently:
Senior Dealings
Two elderly residents, a man and a woman, were sitting alone in the lobby of their nursing home one evening.

The old man looked over and said to the old lady, I know just what you're wanting. For $5 I'll have sex with you right over there in that rocking chair.

The old lady looked surprised but didn't say a word.

The old man continued, For $10 I'll do it with you on that nice soft sofa over there, but for $20 I'll take you back to my room, light some candles, and give you the most romantic evening you've ever had in your life.

The old lady still says nothing but after a couple of minutes, starts digging down in her purse. She pulls out a wrinkle…

I can breathe again!

Wow, I was knocked out of commission for quite a few days... hence the total blog/sms silence for the past few days....

It had actually already started last week, that thanksgiving weekend, where Kosh’s parents were nursing some sort of cold. Maybe we caught it from them? Once we got back to Urbana, I was feeling slightly under the weather, but Kosh was actually really sneezing, sniffing and having a high temperature. It got better, but still dragged on; in fact, he was still feeling like crap that day he went for that interview at Northwestern.

Me, on the other hand, felt like my immune system was putting up a relatively good fight, and not allowing the cold much foothold in my body. A slight fever (99.4F) was my only symptom. Then came the day after Kosh’s interview: woke up feeling like crap – as if my defenses had given up some ground to the cold. Ugh.

So THAT dragged on for a few days. We got back to Urbana on Sunday. Monday I woke up with a temperature of 100.6F. And fel…

Weirdos in my Life #1

14th Feb 1991: a total stranger walks up to me at the bus stop and wishes me a Happy Valentine's Day.

It was my first year in the U.S., taking a semester of general classes at the University of Oklahoma, and enjoying how different life was...

So, this total stranger - he was from Nigeria, I think.

I thank him, and wish him the same. We talked a bit, and would bump into each other at the South Oval bus stop every once in a while.

One day, I was hurrying to catch my bus, saw that it was filled to overflowing with people, and decided to just walk back to my apartment instead. Not a big deal, wasn't that far off anyway.

Then who hops off the bus but Mr Nigeria.

Who walks towards me, and asks in a loud voice "How come when you saw me on the bus you decided not to get on the bus?"

I was like "Huh? You were on the bus? I didn't even see you."

"No, don't lie, you saw me, then you decided not to get on the bus! Why? Are you avoiding me?"

I say to myse…

Engineers' Conversion Tables

No, I am NOT an engineer! I graduated in Chemistry, and p.l.e.a.s.e. don't say "same difference"!!

But I freely admit I *am* kinda geeky/nerdy in some ways, AND I like puns, which is why this really made me laugh. Got it in an email recently, and thought I'd share with y'all:Engineers' Conversion Tables

This is pretty heavy scientific stuff......converting units:

Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi
2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope
Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1bananosecond
Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong
16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Sterling
Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon
1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower
Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line
453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
1 million-million micropho…


Kosh left at 850am to catch the 900am train to chicago, for an 11am interview.

Ugh, I'm all tense, he had better have made it to the train!

Nevermind that the train station is less than 5 minutes from his sister's place: road conditions are kinda crappy right now - light snow greeted us this morning, so the roads are slippery. Yay.

If he misses this train, we're gonna have to do some sort of rushed drive up to Chicago in order for him to arrive on time.

Yep: this is another residency interview thingy. This time at Northwestern.

All the best, Kosh!

Update: 9:05am: he's on *a* train, hopefully the *correct* train! :p