Saturday, June 30, 2007

i-google vs my-yahoo

Lately, My Yahoo! has been playing up a bit on me. It wouldn't show my mail properly, which has kinda defeated its main purpose to me. I love that I can see my emails and my RSS feeds together. What's a girl to do but to start looking and comparing with other available facility? :)

So... Since I've been considering to switch to iGoogle for a while anyway, I thought I'll give it a go.

The look:

My Yahoo!

They have different kind of look. I like iGoogle's theme's title bar... The city colour changes according to your time zone which is simply smart to me :) But I like My Yahoo! smaller fonts and flexibility in the width of the contents. Maybe iGoogle just hasn't evolved as much. Though, come to think about it, no new My Yahoo! theme has been added as of last year or maybe two years ago?

Talking about flexibility, I really like how I can add my Yahoo! mail on my iGoogle page. It really saves a lot of hassle. And as with any other Google tools, a lot of people have customised things and made them available for use. Which is extremely cool.

I have to say.. I could definitely use a better RSS feed preview function in iGoogle. I think My Yahoo definitely score a point there.
But.... the Google Map Search is such a cool tool!!! Double points there :P
Love the integration of Google Bookmarks with Firefox. I don't have to add bookmarks to my browser as well as my yahoo again. Another double points!

All in all, iGoogle has done really well in terms of the usability and the customise-ability... Hopefully they'll either modify the font size or let me do it soon!!!
The fact that most of the services that I use are provided by google nowadays (blogger, gmail, google talk, google???), makes me lean towards sticking with iGoogle.. At least for a little while. Change the font size!!! :P

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By the way, if you like adding gadgets to your personalized homepages, do visit Lab Pixies!!! They have the coolest (read: cutest) gadgets on the web!!! I love their Mini Clock!

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The End of Veronica Mars (the series)???

I just finished watching episode 20 of the third season of the Veronica Mars series. @#!#!$!@#!%!#!@

Chai, a friend at work, told me couple months ago that it looks like the series is going to be axed, which is not a good news at all to me; but to stop it in the middle??? THAT IS JUST PLAIN CRUEL!!!
Have confirmed it through Wikipedia and couple other sites...

Booooooooooo... Wushaaaa... Breath.... :P

Now, who's going to tell me what happened to Piz and Veronica? I want to see Veronica back with Logan!!! What's going to happen with Navarro??? What about the stupid and annoying castle that's led by Jack Kane??? What bout the voting? What about Sheriff Mars? When will I get to see such a lovely relationship between a father and a daughter ever again?


Booooooo booooo!!!
Anyway - I better take my rant somewhere else.


Daily Motivator - 29th Jun 2007

The Easy Way Out

Avoiding effort is more difficult than just going ahead and getting it done. Because not only do you spend time and energy avoiding the effort, you also must suffer the consequences of failing to do the work.

Take the time to do what must be done. Don't get caught up in making judgments about whether it is easy or difficult, pleasant or unpleasant, for that will just hold you back.

If you're interested in finding the easiest way out, consider this. The easiest way is to just go ahead and get it done.

Is there something you've been avoiding because it will require too much effort? Is there really anything at all that you've gained by putting it off?

Imagine the sense of satisfaction and release that you'll enjoy when the task is completed. Think of how great it will be when you're no longer constantly dreading it.

Then get busy and get it done. Make the effort, finish the work, and you'll find that you've truly taken the easy way out.

-- Ralph Marston

A great reminder for myself...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Marseille, France vs Melbourne, Australia

Current local time in Melbourne, Australia is ...

Current local time in Marseille, France is ...

-- from

P.S. I miss you...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Visit to Scienceworks

The weekend that just went by, I visited the Scienceworks. It's been a while since my last visit.

Of course, a visit to Scienceworks is incomplete without visiting the planetarium. This time I get the best planetarium session I've been to so far. It's called "The Search for Life: Are We Alone?"
There was storyline. The shots were amazing. There were enough shots of stars. Really enjoyed it.
Scienceworks itself was full of interesting things. It helps that I was explained on what the things are trying to explain.

Along the same line, Shanon told me about this movie made of excellent photo shots called Baraka. It sounds extremely interesting. Would really like to watch it.

Then there is also this other documentary made by David Adams, "Journeys to the Ends of the Earths" which also sounds rather interesting...

Added them on my list..

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Greys Anatomy Season 3 Episode 25


It was an excellent episode, full of both beautiful and heartbreaking conversations (definitely a very touching episode!)...

"Cristina, I could promise to hold you, and to cherish you. I could promise to be there, in sickness and in health. I could say till death do us part. But I won't. Those vows are for optimistic couples, the ones full of hope. I do not stand here on my wedding day optimistic or full of hope. I am not optimistic. I am not hopeful. I am sure. I am steady. I'm a heart man. Take 'em apart, put 'em back together, hold them in my hands. I am a heart man. So this, I am sure. You are my partner. My lover. My very best friend. My heart. My heart beats for you. And on this day, the day of our wedding, I promise you this. I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands, I promise you... me."

ADDISON said [after hearing Preston's vows]: "I think I speak for ever woman here when I say... Dump her. Dump Yang and marry me."

I relate completely to Addison's comment on Preston's vows. When I see someone with THAT kind of ability to love, I wish that it is me that they love.. It makes me think that if someone loves me THAT much, I will be the happiest girl in the world.

A few years back, when I first received a box of dozen long-stemmed roses, I said to my friend, "I'm going to marry this guy (the sender)!!!". Those were my words. Looking back, it was very naive of me to say that. I didn't understand what I meant by marrying. I didn't even understand the concept of marrying someone. In fact, I shouldn't talk about marrying him, I should say I'm going to marry the feeling that I get when I received the flower.

Marriage is not simple. It's not up to one person. It's up to the two people involved in it and a little bit more. You can love someone whole-heartedly, and it still doesn't guarantee that you'll marry that person. Someone can love you with ALL of their heart and that also doesn't guarantee anything. In fact, both parties can love each other completely and still there is no guarantee that they'll get married. Timing, Life, Other people, they all affect the possibility. I guess that's why, when two people decided to get married, it's a big thing. It's a big celebration. Of their commitment. Of their decision to continue their life journey together. Of love.

I didn't understand this... Hell, I didn't even think I fully understand the commitment I make when I tell someone I'm going out with them.

Ever since I was a child, like many others, I think of wedding as a joint of two adults. Getting married is something fun that people do when they grew up and finished university. Just like the adult version of dating I guess. When I started going to university, this no longer have the "fun" aspect anymore. It was more this scary thing that I try to avoid, cause it meant responsibility (to me that is). Then when I started working, I realised that marriage doesn't really mean responsibility. Because I've got all the responsibilities anyway now that I'm working.

So I began to wonder, what is marriage? Not the word, not the wedding ceremony, but more the meaning of it. What is this fascination that people have towards wedding and marriage? I wonder for quite a while and then I stopped wondering because It didn't get me anywhere. I couldn't understand it. Sometimes I thought I understand and then something came up and makes me doubt my understanding again. Then I kinda gave up. More recently, my friends are all getting married. Some are having babies. At work, quite a few friends are already married. My parents are asking when is my turn (well they have been for quite a while actually). It makes me wonder too.. when is my turn? I'm not desperate to get married or anything. It's just that to me, marriage is a big mystery that can only be understood once you're in it. I'm waiting for life's BIG signal for me to get married. Just like when I completed high school, my life signaled me to do a Computer course. Just like when I get the life signal to come to Australia to study. I like having my life story to just unfold. I don't like forcing it to go one way or another. I prefer not to take responsibility for when life goes sour. Geez - that makes me sound very silly (even to me). So, when I say I wonder, when is my turn? I was waiting for life's signal to get married. I was waiting for the wrong thing.

I should be waiting for my life's signal to me that I'm mature enough to get married. I knew it was wrong to want to marry someone for honeymoon, I knew it was wrong to want to marry someone to get my own life, what I didn't knew is, what is the real reason for people to get married? What make them so sure? What make them so brave to take that big a step?

Luckily, I haven't given up to find the reason. Luckily, I didn't fool myself into getting married without knowing what it is. Cause I would have been married with the wrong idea and for the wrong reason if I had. (Not that I was ever close to :))

I learnt from someone that if I have to think if I want something, most likely I don't want it enough... These conversations from Grey's Anatomy remind me of that...
CRISTINA: "I am wearing the dress. I'm ready. And, and maybe I didn't want to before. But I want to now. I really think I want this."
PRESTON: "I really wish you didn’t think. I wish that you knew."
-= ... =-
PRESTON: "I'm up there waiting for you to come down the aisle and... I know you don't want to come. If I loved you, I wouldn't be up there waiting for you. I would be letting you go."

The thing is, sometimes we're a bit slow in knowing what we want... Just look at this example conversation below...
CRISTINA: "He's gone."
MEREDITH: "I... I don't think he's gone. Uh... his stuff is still here."
CRISTINA: "No. No. His trumpet isn't here. His entire Eugene Foote collection, vinyls and CD's. His grandmother's picture was by the bed. His lucky scrub cap was hanging on the door. He's gone. I'm.. I'm free. Damn it. Damn it, damn it! Oh God, get this off me! Take this off, take this off! I can't... Help me, help me, help me!"

Love is complicated, staying together with someone requires effort, just read the conversation between Meredith and Derek (my favorite couple) below...
MEREDITH: "If you want to break up with me, so that you can see other women, just do it. Don't tell me you met another woman. Just end it, if that's what you want."
DEREK: "I can't."
MEREDITH: "Sure you can, here's how it goes. Meredith, I don't want to see you anymore. Meredith, I don't love you anymore."
DEREK: "Meredith, I do love you. Don't you see? Don't you understand? You're the love of my life. I can't leave you. But you're constantly leaving me. You walk away when you want, you come back when you want. Not everyone, not your friends, but you leave me. So, I'm asking you, if you don't see a future with us. Please... please just end it because I'm in it. Put me out of my misery."
MEREDITH: "I... I can't. Christina's getting married. I have to go... to make sure she's getting married."
DEREK: "Meredith?
MEREDITH: "I really need to make sure she gets down that aisle."
DEREK: "Let's go, we're running late."
-= ... =-
PRESTON: "You really don't look so good."
DEREK: "Meredith and I, we may not make it. I think I want it more than she does. But today's your day, it's all about you today."
PRESTON: "You really are a good best man."
DEREK: "I try."
-= ... =-
MEREDITH: [to guests] "It's over. You can all go home. It's over... so over..."

What I still don't understand is that why is the producer of the series so cruel!!! BOOOOO!!!

Why does George has to fail the internship? Why is it so difficult for Meredith to commit? Why did Alex have to be so stubborn about hiding his feeling for Rebecca (or Ava)? Why didn't Cristina come out from the door before Preston enter the bride-getting-ready-room?

But, that does resemble what life can be like..

I used to get annoyed at how cliche and dramatized things in movies/TV series can be with the "missed opportunities" and "timings".. but lately, I realise that it is life..

Be quick. Take your chances. Make up your mind. Do the things you want to do. Don't give up. And then just do what the soundtrack keep telling us "All we can do is keep breathing..."

Just another brilliant episode of Grey's Anatomy. ^.^
Love is the best gift of all.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Songs from the past...

I went through my mp3 list just now.. Found some song that I used to listen to quite a lot back when I was in high school... Thought I'd played them just for fun... Turned out to be very meditative.. :) Well, I guess it helps that these are songs for my exams time or for prior to my bed time thing... Then I remembered that I brought cassette over from Indo - the prob is that I don't have the "proper" cassette player :) So, just going through the list and trying to find some songs that I haven't got and try to find them so I can properly listen to the whole album... :)

"My Slow Best Favorite Songs All Time" (Pardon my grammar... I was young!!! :P)
Side A

  • One & One - Robert M

  • We are the Champion - Queen

  • Only Reminds Me of You - St Paul

  • Over and Over Again - Robby Valentine

  • I Will Be Here For You - Michael W Smith

  • Return To Pooh Corner - Kenny Loggins

  • I'll Always Be Right There - Bryan Adams

  • For the First Time - Rod Stewart

  • For the First Time - Kenny Loggins

  • True Love - Fujii Fumiya

  • Isn't It a Wonder? - Boyzone

  • Ben - Wonder

Side B

  • Bizarre Love Triangle - Frente

  • Right Next to You - Whistle

  • Now That I Found You - Tommy Page

  • Truly - Kulcha

  • Tenterfield Saddler - Rick Price

  • Heal the World - Michael Jackson

  • Little Star - Stina Nordenstam

  • Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx

  • Forever Love - Gary Barlow

  • Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You - George Benson

  • Is It Over - Bobby C

  • First Love - Nikka Costa

It's really funny - it reminds me of those time when life seems so simple... girl likes boy... girl treat boy nicely... boy teases girl all the time.. etc :) hahaha for me it was more time where i keep recording cassettes for people i guess :) it was lovely time... miss it sometimes... it's time where every little thing feels so massive.. when the world to me simply floats around the guy i like and my friends... if my friends don't talk to me then it's the end of the world.. :) good old memory :) i hope i'll never forget those times...

Oasis - Don't Go Away

A Cold and frosty morning there's not a lot to say
About the things caught in my mind
As the day was dawning my plane flew away
With all the things caught in my mind
And I wanna be there when you're...
Coming down
And I wanna be there when you hit the ground
So don't go away say what you say
But say that you'll stay
Forever and a the time of my life
Cos I need more time yes I need more time
Just to make things right
Damn my situation and the games I have to play
With all the things caught in my mind
Damn my education I can't find the words to say
About all the things caught in my mind
Me and you what's going on?
All we seem to know is how to show
The feelings that are wrong

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Daily Motivator - 9th Jun 2007

Life's treasures
The good things in your life are infinitely more enjoyable when you avoid becoming dependent on them. If you see yourself as desperately needing something, the fear of losing it prevents you from getting full benefit from it.

Many of life's frustrations come from being unable to fully enjoy the good things that are already right in front of you. The desire to hold on tightly to the things you have can make those things virtually worthless.

Security is not attained by hiding away from life. The most enduring form of security is found in knowing that you can deal successfully and positively with whatever may happen.

Life's treasures become useless when they remain locked inside a vault of your own making. What good is it to have anything of value if you must live in fear of losing it?

Instead, take the treasure that is your life out into the world and enjoy it. Focus on the possibilities and not on the fears.

The more you think you need, the more those needs will hold you back. The more you choose to give and to live, the more good things you'll find coming your way.

-- Ralph Marston

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Moving Forward...

I did the scary yet unavoidable thing today.
It was yet another unplanned step... as with my haircut :P
I told my team leader @ work that I'd like to do something different.
I told him that work have started to feel a bit draggy (is there such a word? :P)
He was extremely nice and understanding about it - not surprisingly cause he is a really nice person after all.
He'll talk to the relevant person and see if I can get Java / .Net work at another site.. :)
In the mean time, I'll have to brush up on my Java skills - it's been a while - though I do remember liking it a lot more than SQL :P
A bit nervous as to what might happens next but also excited at the same time... Hopefully will be able to still work in the city though..

The new financial year is coming soon. Another tax season. *Sigh* Need to find another accountant, an even better one than the one I see last year. :)

House transaction with Sugi is now settled.
Have to find the right agent to rent out the place by 1st July.
They all have different fees and different services.
Choices choices choices. :P

I feel that I'm moving forward.
I'm glad I made THAT big decision.
I'm glad I've told my team leader about work.
I'm happy with the prospect of Java work sometimes soon - I might be imagining as to how good it is but hey, how will I find out if I don't try it? :)
Also planning to start doing the correspondence Interior Design course sometimes soon - should be fun - and hopefully useful..

I'm happy with what I'm doing with my life lately.
I've done quite a few things on impulse and it feels great.
I've crossed off some things from my to-do lists :) Some of the things I've procrastinating for a while too!!!
I've also done things for myself just because I want to and not because I have to.. They might not be the most correct thing to do - but I enjoy doing it and that makes it worth doing :P
I guess it all comes down to achieving the balance between the mundane unavoidable tasks
(have-tos) and the feel good tasks (want-tos)... I'm learning to strive for that ^.^

I feel that I've finally come out on the other side of pool...
Ready for the new chapter...
Let the story unfold...

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Thoughts become real

- extracted from the Daily Motivator (Saturday, June 2, 2007)
The thoughts you hold most often and most intensely are the thoughts you will put into action. What you think about life determines what you do with your life.

If you worry enough about something you don't want, you will, unfortunately, find a way to make it happen. In the same way, when your most treasured dreams are clearly and meaningfully focused by your thinking, you'll find a way to make them real.

Thoughts can be volatile and easily changed. Yet despite the fact that they have no physical form, they still have enormous power.

For your thoughts create your map of reality. And that map serves as a reference for all that you do.

Taking control of your thoughts requires nothing more than the will to do so. And just as a small change in the rudder can alter the course of a massive ship, by changing your thinking you can change your whole world.

Think as though your thoughts will become real. For you do surely make them so.

-- Ralph Marston

Saturday, June 02, 2007

It is called Pomegranate!!!

I saw this image yesterday on Melbourne Desserts site and got EXTREMELY curious to find out the name of the fruit...

Finally found them...
It's Pomegranate!!!

Friday, June 01, 2007

The search for Chocolate Souffle recipe began...

As a result of watching the most recent chick flick, "Because I Said So", I am a bit curious with the making of chocolate souffle... :) (Mandy Moore's character was baking it a few times in the movie :P)

Here's several recipes that I'm thinking of trying ... :)

Once I finally made that, I'm thinking of baking bread... :P Yummy warm home-made bread... and scones... and blueberry muffin from scratch (instead of from instant box thing) :P
*LOL* my tasks-greedy-mind-in-full-force...

On a different topic altogether, the next couple movies that are on my to-watch-list are:

Which reminds me that the new Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" are soon to be released!!! Fun fun fun...

And, check out some of these events that are happening/going to happen soon in Melbourne...

Bleh! =^.^=