The Bridge on the Perak River.

The long National Day weekend has prompted yet another road trip back to Ipoh, Perak for us, despite having vacationed here some time back in May this year. There is something about Ipoh that resonates with us. And that the lifestyle and the cost of living are both laidback and affordable. Even more so than…

Put Your ROI on the Social Scale.

Is it just me or does anyone find the topic on social media measurement and metrics rather confusing and difficult to understand and comprehend? I’m sure there are many Social Media Administrators, Managers and Consultants out there who have to go through the hassle of Social Media reporting and analytics at every month-end. The numbers…

An Explosive Weekend.

This weekend marks the next National Day (Hari Merdeka in Malay) for Malaysia as we go into another period of celebrations and festivities. Coming in second this weekend also marks the fourth Bersih 4.0 rally for the locals as we fight for the rights to have clean and unbiased elections. Obviously that’s not going to…

Petr Cech-s in for Arsenal.

Every tabloid, every newspaper, every form of media is singing the praises for Petr Cech, former Chelsea-turned-Arsenal goalkeeper. The 33 years old Czech Republic shot-stopper agreed to a long-term move to the Emirates Stadium from Stamford Bridge for an undisclosed fee. Rumour has it that the move was so he could be closer to his…

It’s a Hazy Situation.

Dear foreign tourists and international holidaymakers, If you can’t see the outline of the buildings in the distance and you thought you smelled fire and smoke, don’t be alarmed. It is just the haze that has returned to blanket the nation in gray. If you have planned your trips anytime in the second half of…

Hello, How May I Help You?

Today’s post is a short take on customer service and how good it feels to leave the past behind… until the past caught up with me. And then I’m back to answering phone calls on my manager’s behalf when she’s not at her desk. Upon signing the contract as a Social Media Administrator for a…

Swapping Mix Tapes for Fanfiction.

It was a bookish weekend for me two days ago, beginning with a one-night sleepover with my sister at my condo and ending with the last page of ‘Eleanor & Park‘. I have my comments about the book, which I will share in awhile. Before I went to bed, I placed my Paris bookmark into…

Cat Cuddle Sessions.

It has always been a trend I noticed with my cat. Once he’s out of his room, he would dash from one end of the condo to the other end as if being chased. He enjoys sneaking up to our washing machine to investigate the strange noises coming from it. Or he would try to…

Operator, My Phone’s Not with Me.

My Friday morning kicked off pretty well after my alarm woke me up. I was early, I was excited about getting in to work (because, hello, it’s Friday! TGIF, people!). I got dressed, gulped down some fresh milk from the fridge, and happily skipped out the door in my sports shoes. I waltzed down the…

Does This Make Me Look Fat?

You never have to worry about what to wear ever again for the event that you’re attending (whether it’s for prom night, wedding or company annual dinners, or perhaps just an ordinary double date at your nearest pizza parlour!), when you’ve seen this infographics by Mannix Marketing! No blog post is necessary to introduce this…

Corrupted: Man and Machine.

The word ‘corruption‘ does not just refer to a person’s personality or habit. For an individual to be corrupted, it can lead to a domino effect of causing others to be just as corrupted and the rest to be affected by the corrupted individual and his or her gang of corrupted members. It’s an inception…

When I Read…

When I read, I find my surrounding falling away and fading, leaving me in a perfect world of fantasy. When I read, I find myself shrinking and disappearing, before slowly reappearing in the world of my book. Because when I read, the world is just better. Does that happen to you? I find myself pulling…

Road Hogs.

Manners aside, that is the term I’d use on inconsiderate drivers who hog the fast lane. Why does one bother cutting into the fast lane if the rest of the cars are far away ahead of you and the remaining cars behind you are trying to get past you? Patrick Stewart’s expression and gesture has…

Unconventional Love.

I’ve only recently begun reading this young adult fiction titled ‘Eleanor & Park‘ by Rainbow Rowell (who is also behind books such as ‘Landline‘, ‘Fangirl‘, and ‘Attachments‘. From what I can tell just by reading the first few chapters, this book is all about the love between two sweet sixteen-year-old teenagers. Both are nerds whose…

EPL 2015: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace.

Arsenal’s full-time match results of 2-1 over Crystal Palace imitates a similar situation back in February 2015, when the same 2-1 results catapulted them to third place in last season’s Premier League match. The goalscorer was the same, one and only, Olivier Giroud. In February 2015, Santi Cazorla was the second goalscorer. This time around,…

Imprisoned at Home.

Answer me honestly. How often do you get locked in or out of your own home? And how do you feel about it? How does it feel to be a prisoner in your own home? Not because you’re parked under house arrest, but because of something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Because…

Good Cop, Bad Cop.

Think of your manager as a figure of authority whose responsibility is to maintain harmony within the department or team, ensure that tasks are undertaken and completed, and provide a certain amount of protection for the employees. If you were a manager, you’d want your employees to work well with one another and do their…

Plush Booty and No Cootie. (DOOF Malaysia, 2012)

It was a bed of brightly coloured plush and poofy beanbags that covered the dull brown wooden flooring in the training room of The Edge Malaysia. The temptation to sink into a beanbag, sigh and close your eyes for just a few minutes was very strong. Just imagine disappearing from your work station for the…

Shattered Dreams. (Johnny Hates Jazz, 1988)

Although the song has nothing to do with my topic for today, it does carry a personal meaning for me. To quote his song, I literally had “shattered dreams” last night. All because I allowed myself to continue brainstorming deep into the night for a piece for work the next day. Dreams so lucid, it…

EPL 2015: First Match Flop.

I am honestly displeased and disappointed when the full-time whistle was blown and the score remained at 2-0 in the favour of West Ham United. I don’t hate West Ham for defeating Arsenal. They played well, and they played with such fervour and ferociousness that they had every right and reason to win. Arsenal, on…

Time for a Catnap.

A cat’s cozy corner can come in many forms, and usually depends on where it will want to be if it decides to sleep too. It can be under a wooden stool that is partially in the sun. Or it can be found wedged between a door and the wall. Or it can be between…

Cat, Adopted.

Little Loki, as we’ve called our newly adopted cat, is catching forty winks after frantically chasing a clothes peg and exploring room after room of our condominium unit. He was born outside a cafe and had been taken in by a friend who fed, bathed and cared for him until we came into the picture….

Permission: Yes or No?

In those days, when I wanted something, or to go somewhere, or see someone, I always had to ask my parents for permission. If I wanted to go out with some friends, I’d have to ask my mum. If I needed a new pair of jeans, I’d have to ask mum. If I was seeing…

Books on Impulse.

I don’t often buy my books from MPH, Border’s or Times Bookstore because their prices per book can be quite expensive. RM35.90 for a book is considered expensive, especially since they have warehouse book sales nowadays where books go for prices as low as RM8.00. I’d fall for those prices hook, line and sinker! But…

The Boy Behind ‘Budapest’.

When I first heard the song ‘Budapest‘ aired on public radio, I thought, wow, this must be a black singer or a jazz specialist. Not wanting to rouse the racial police but I’ve heard my share of blues or jazz singers with this kind of deep, soulful voice. And it was sung with what seemed…

Of War and Suffering.

I don’t normally read books that would give me vivid dreams and sleepless nights. This is proof of how I watch my movies too. I don’t normally watch movies that give me nightmares and cause me to frantically rush to and from the bathroom, and pray that when I use the sink, I won’t catch…