Friday, August 31, 2007

My Daily Horoscope (Virgo) for the day

You're spoiling for a fight, so make sure you pick a good one! If there's nothing happening in your personal life, you may want to choose a political cause and get involved. You can do a lot of good!

-- from

Sigh... Virgos are a little twisted in the head? :P

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dear Pipi...

"With You in Your Dreams" by Hanson

If I'm gone when you wake up
Please don't cry
And if I'm gone when you wake up
It's not goodbye
Don't look back at this time as a time
Of heartbreak and distress
Remember me, remember me
'Cause I'll be with you in your dreams
Oh I'll be with you, oh oh

But If I'm gone when you wake up
Please don't cry
And if I'm gone when you wake up
Don't ask why
Don't look back at this time
As a time of heartbreak and distress
Remember me, remember me
'Cause I'll be with you in your dreams

Oh oh

Don't cry, I'm with you
Don't cry, I'm by your side
Don't cry, I'm with you
Don't cry, I'm by your side

And though my flesh is gone, whoa
I'll still be with you at all times
And although my body's gone, oh
I'll be there to comfort you at all times

Oh oh

But If I'm gone when you wake up
Please don't cry
And if I'm gone when you wake up
Don't ask why
Don't look back at this time
As a time of heartbreak and distress
Remember me, remember me
'Cause I'll be with you
I'll be with you in your dreams

Oh, I'll be with you
I'll be with you in your dreams
I'll be with you
I'll be with you

I don't want you to cry and weep, oh
I want you to go on living your life
I'm not sleeping an endless sleep, oh
'Cause in your heart
You have all of our good times
Oh, all of our good times
Oh oh you have

And if I'm gone when you wake up
Don't ask why
Don't look back at this time
As a time of heartbreak and distress
Remember me, remember me
'Cause I'll be with you in your dreams

I'll be with you in your dreams
I'll be with you
I'll be with you
I'll be with you in your dreams
I'll be with you in your dreams...

P.S.: I'm very very very sorry for your loss... Love you my friend.

Searching …

I am a 24-year-old female who live with a younger sister and two younger brothers in a two-level two-bedroom one-bathroom tiny apartment. Lately, I spend most of my spare time doing joyful nothing or joyful something with a special guy. I work as a Software Consultant in Melbourne. I don’t study anymore but would love to if I find something that can hook me in long enough.

Like many others, I try to be good – try to work hard – try to go to the gym – sometimes (when I remember) – I try to eat healthily – try very hard not to spend more than I earn – try to keep in touch with the people that mean a lot to me – try to keep my mortgage payment going. Along with all these efforts, I also try to have fun – live my life in joy – do the things I want to do or try to do.

I always have lots in mind (not sure if it’s only me or it’s the same across the nations). Random things keep popping up. That’s where my PDA comes in. I have all sorts of calendars; reminders; tasks to do in there. It has my entire life written on it; I think.

Today it strikes me – why do I; a 24-year-old ‘single’ female software-developer (i.e. neither a manager nor in the business area!!!); need a PDA so much? It’s not even for work!!! Is it the low memory capacity of my brain? Is it my lack of organizing skill? Why is it with my massive desperate attempts to be organized I feel that I am still so far from it? Why do I feel the need to keep track of everything – when really; I rarely have the need to look back?

PDA is just one little proof of my desperate attempt to be organized. The amount of paper works that I have will tell you how crazy I am about these things. I have receipt of a grocery shopping from the year 2005 at Coles Supermarket! Receipt from Ikea shopping in 2004. The number of links I have on my various bookmarks. Gosh – I’m such a crazy junk collector.

So – what is it am I yapping about?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about going on a-year-long holiday in New York. Or move somewhere for a while. Do something different at work. I thought I’m bored with my life. Now I think it’s not so much the boredom; it’s more the desire to run away from my life. I want to reset my life. Just like when I play Tetris-like games; when I do something wrong early-ish in the game; I like to press reset – so I can start again – properly. Unfortunately, there is no reset button in life.

I’ve been trying to live an organized life. It’s very difficult. Everything in my life moves so fast. 24-hours-a-day is just not enough. The bins at home are filled up just right after I throw away the trash. The washing needs to be done when I just finished folding the last load of clothes. I’m tired of chores popping up before I even finish the current chores. I receive new bills just right after I paid last month’s bills. I keep buying new books (when I still got at least 10 books that I haven't read at home!) - Yes, I know this is my fault :P. But hey, even magazines that I subscribe to become a chore! The new issue always arrives before I finished the last issue. Everything keep piling up!!! 7-days-a-week is not enough (especially if you spend the 5 days at work). Nothing is ever enough!!!

***Deep Breathe***

… Balance

I need Balance.

I’m going to go on a little “soft reset my life” project. I’m going to make a big list that I’m going to finish in a month time. I’m going to start cleaning up things; throw away my junks; tidy up my precious things. I’m going to make new simple routines of tidying up. I'm going to stop collecting junks. I’m going to contain my ever growing to-do lists. Do the things I need to do and I want to do. I’m going to try to stop being so psycho about everything. Then, hopefully my mind will finally experience being at peace for once!!! :P

Wish me luck.

Total Lunar Eclipse in Melbourne

It happened last nite!!! The moon turn 'Red' for ~20 minutes.
Astronomical Society of Victoria held a viewing session (with telescope etc) on the Victoria Gardens' rooftop.

If you're like me - didn't go out of your way to check it out.. and not as lucky as Zen who get to see it from his bedroom's window; just make some time to browse these great pictures of the Eclipse...
Flickr - Melbourne Total Lunar Eclipse.

Apparently, the next one may be in June 2011.. Geez - that's a long wait! :P

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick - LifeHack

Wouldn’t it be nice to have everything run on autopilot? Chores, exercise, eating healthy and getting your work done just happening automatically. Unless they manage to invent robot servants, all your work isn’t going to disappear overnight. But if you program behaviors as new habits you can take out the struggle.

With a small amount of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain. Here are some tips for creating new habits and making them stick:


-- Taken from LifeHack

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains

Posted by Alvaro.
Taken from SharpBrains.

"The LA Times just completed a wonderful 4-part series on how learning and memory work. The NYT re-emphasized the importance of physical exercise for neurogenesis (the creation of new neurons). To put this news in better perspective, let's review some good lifestyle options we can follow to maintain, and improve, our vibrant brains. " [more]


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Scientists interpret physics behind invisibility cloaks...

Written by Lisa Zyga.
Taken from

"Is a perfect invisible cloak theoretically possible? Are there certain wavelengths—such as those in the visible spectrum—that can’t be made invisible? How will using imperfect materials affect the performance of a cloak? Scientists from Zhejiang University and MIT have recently analyzed the physics behind invisibility cloaks in an attempt to answer some of these questions." [more]


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Where's (Wally) Shelvia?

=^.^= Found me??? You think you're good???

Try the one below.. It's the advance level...

Snapshots of the Week

from the "Blind-folded Balloon Hunt"

the "mini-bike"
Mmm... How mini, did you say? Check out the picture below..

and... last but not least...

the lovely surprise from the 'ehem' - my first tulip :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

My New Template ...

... so pretty :)

It still needs a bit of work before it's complete and neat.. but it's so pretty... Don't you think? :)

With Special Thanks to!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Couple Conversation Starters

The Click&Drag page from Cosmopolitan magazine has an interesting entry this month, the "Web crawler" column. The author (Sarah Reid) grabbed my attention by mentioning that the most Googled word last month in Phillipines was "emo".
*LOL* definitely makes me happy - cause I felt left out when my brother talked about dressing up as "emo" and I went "what mo?" :) (... that's my contentment of not being the only one who doesn't know...) :P

Nowadays, things move extremely fast around the world. With the new words, current gossips about celebs, actual news about what's going on in the world, the trillions webpages available, new fictions being published everywhere, blogger posts popping every millisecond (I'm assuming here..) and a gazillion more information providers popping up here and there - it's becoming more and more difficult to be in the know of what everyone is talking about.

In that same column, Sarah Reid suggested two weblinks that might help...
  • Google International Zeitgeist: the search engine homing pigeon with "The List"; i.e. the most Google-d words from 40 countries

  • Buzzfeed: Web crawlies tracking the latest "buzz" from around the globe

Have a browse on the two sites... It's really quite interesting.. :))

Monday, August 13, 2007

Husbands by Adele Parks

Interesting quotes from the Husbands book by Adele Parks...
“You seem to think your husbands are there to provide answers or to complete you. It doesn’t work like that. You have to be a complete being and soul before you can love properly. Phil wasn’t put on this earth to make you feel secure nor was Stevie sent to make you feel wild and limitless. Why don’t you work out who you are first? Think about it.”

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Do Things Right

Lately this one thing has been on my mind a lot, both conciously and subconciously.

It seems like things/people around me reminds me about it all the time, directly or indirectly.

Cas a.k.a Jocasta Perry (from the book "Game Over" by Adele Park) said ...
"Second place is nowhere. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. That's always been my motto."

Zen (on his blog) said ...
"If it's worth doing - It's worth doing right."

I think it's a great principle in doing things with our life.
I'd like to try and live my life that way.

So now, I have a "sticky note" on my iGoogle page - which undoubtedly has become my IE's 'implicit-home-page' at work - that said...
"If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well."

Now, off you go people - go and do the things you have opt to do - do it right! :)

Finance Tip of the Day

Your career is your most valuable asset. Manage it with a higher priority than you would with any other investment. Remember that without this asset, you couldn't survive.
-- from iGoogle Gadget

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
-- Robert Jackson

*LOL* :D

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
-- Michelangelo

Is this true? :???

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Pixar: 20 Years of Animation - ACMI (Fed Sq)

ACMI (Australian Center for the Moving Image) is currently holding the Pixar: 20 Years of Animation international exhibition.

"Pixar: 20 Years of Animation is the international exhibition that takes you behind the scenes of the studio that created Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles."
"The world's largest exhibition dedicated to the art of animation comes from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and makes its only Australian appearance at ACMI."
-- ACMI Pixar page

The exhibition was arranged in an excellent way and definitely was more than able to do its job in showing the amount of work and dedication the Pixar team has put into creating their movies (IMDB: Pixar Filmography).

Did you know?
They actually draw the characters, the backgrounds, colour them, before scanning them into computer. There was this amazing short clip of how they create the dining room's lamp for Ratatouille (read: ra-ta-TOO-ee). It shows the whole transformation from sketches -> coloured -> 3D effects -> multiply them and put them in the room.
Also - there was this clip at the Interactive Kiosk on how they test Sulley's (from Monsters Inc) fur movement - which was extremely cool!!!

I can't help but researching them a bit further after visiting the exhibition..
Here's the resulting links...

Pixar Official Site: Pixar Animation Studio
Wiki definition: Pixar
Blogspot pages:
Also - have a look at this very informative page of Pixar How We Do It.

Last day of the Pixar: 20 Years of Animation exhibition is on the 14th October 2007. Do make an effort to check it out if you're in Melbourne. It's definitely worth the 15$ entry fee (Adult); even more so if you're students (10$)!!!

In the mean time, if you're free - have a look at these cute and interesting Pixar Shorts or find out more details about the exhibition here.

Some glossary to look up includes "storyboard"; "colorscript".

Freddy's Recipe World

Have a look at Freddy's blog!!!
It's full of recipes and food pics...
Mmmm... yummm.... lunch time! :P

Quotes of the Day

"The most effective way to do it, is to do it."
-- Amelia Earhart