Friday, May 27, 2005 | 21:49
in due time
Well, I'm back.

Doesn't that line remind you of an ending involving a certain short and paunchy hobbit from a certain Middle Earth movie slash book trilogy? Too cryptic? If you're still in the dark, go figure because it's not really that important actually.

Anyway, the second semester started on Wednesday and I'm taking four subjects this sem too. Accounting 2, Macroeconomics, Introduction to Law, and Business Statistics. Hope I don't screw up QBM, which is Business Statistics in code, as the results from last semester didn't look too good. Oh, I found out I got a Distinction for Microeconomics from my first sem so hopefully it's the beginning for good and better future results to come. Really hoping to get a HD (High Distinction) for Accounting 1 but it'd be a miracle if I can obtain even a Credit for MKT, which is Marketing Principles in code, so I'd be really happy with a D. I have the least confidence in getting a good grade for MKT because past semesters' results did not foresee good things for me. Sigh.

Accounting 2 lecturer is quite funny and interesting so I hope I don't fall asleep too many times in his lectures in the mornings. FLAW, which is Intro to Law in code, looks promisingly interesting but difficult at the same time. Hope I don't bomb that one too. Four subjects this semester is going to be pretty hectic for me I feel. Even with Fridays off it's still going to be four long days to endure every week for the next three months. This paragraph sounds so tedious and dreary.

The thrill of going to college died long ago and I'm itching to get out of the country as soon as possible. Not that I totally regretted not going to Aus this year because I'd feel homesick but just that this whole business of studying and going for lectures and tutorials and more studying is really getting me annoyed and frustrated. There's nothing new anymore. The process is a bloody vicious cycle. I need to do something out of the ordinary. Like go for a two months back packing retreat in Japan. (if I were able to afford it) Just me and the natives and nature and the sheer thrill of enjoying Japan in its wholesome rawness. Sigh. It's a dream, I know, but that's the only thing keeping me sane right now. Aside from getting that Bentley too.

Eesh, I'm getting melodramatic and too narcisstic for my own sake. Well, I'm allowed some complaining-about-life-time for myself once in a while. Everyone's doing it.

On more real news, Carrie won as I always knew from day 1 actually, believe me if you will. Though I really wanted Bo to win but we know who America really falls for. I still haven't watched Episode 3. Heckle me all you want for being sucked into the whole SW hype because I feel ashamed enough for wanting to watch it because of a certain main villain. I finished reading Cummingham's 'Flesh and Blood' yesterday, which was a good read. Am moving on to classics, namely 'Robin Hood'. Yes, I decided to rekindle that flame for really old classics after a long stint in indulging in lesser known novels. My hair is growing out of that short bob I had a few months ago but I like it this length now. It's like my hair is neither here nor there meaning I can pull it back into a stubby ponytail but it'd look funny so I can't. If only I could keep my hair at this length forever.
Jill |

Monday, May 23, 2005 | 00:40
I have just discovered my dream car. A gorgeous flaming red Bentley Continental GT which I saw for a very brief few seconds on CSI is the current crush of my life. (Not including Hayden.)

I know it's weird for me to be gushing and going crazy over a car like this but this is no ordinary car. Nope. Not for me. I don't need a VW Beetle or a Mini Cooper or even a BMW 3 or 5 series now that I've set my sights on getting that Bentley no matter what it takes. Even if it takes me twenty to thirty years to get it, I will get it.

I'm going to let the pictures do the talking from here on.

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The super sleek and smooth design was what captured my attention. Then the rest is history.

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The interior is equally stunning and captivating.

And because the other pictures are too big for my blog here's the other links for better and much bigger pictures.

A full frontal shot of the car.
Another full frontal shot.
Side profile of the luxuriously delectable car.
Another picture of the interior.

So, yeah I've just dedicated a post just to express my love and admiration for this car. I'm destined to drive it. And I will. One day. You'll see.
Jill |

Thursday, May 19, 2005 | 22:31
Feeling a little bit down today. Considering I watched a depressing movie and finished 'Eleven Minutes' which was rather depressing too actually, I'd be rather surprised if I find myself laughing or even smiling at anything after this post.

Rewatched 'Grave of the Fireflies' today and cried again. I think today was my third watching of it actually which would make it the only movie that has managed to make me cry with every watching of it. It's too depressing to explain the movie now but I just can't help but love it. Every moment of poignancy and sadness managed to lightly touch me and start the waterworks. Sigh. Do I even need to give this movie a rating? Alright, alright; a perfect score of 10.

I was rather surprised and taken aback by the next show which turned out to be a music video or short film of sorts. 'On Your Mark' was quite interesting actually and I would watch the full length movie if there is one. Pleasantly intrigued by the angel/winged girl and the two protagonists. Can't rate this one as it's technically not a movie but more of a music video.

Besides tiring my eyes out staring at the television all day, I did finish reading 'Eleven Minutes'. Personally, I still liked 'The Alchemist' better but it was still a very good read. Kind of follows along the lines of 'Alchemist' about finding yourself and discovering your soul and the meaning of happiness or life. And I really liked the ending of this book as much as I liked 'Alchemist' ending too. Coelho seems to have the skill of writing really good and satisfying endings which leave you feeling contented and happy instead of a weird emptiness ending that most books portray. During the course of the book it was really quite sad but the last page of the book just made me smile.

No more crying or sad movies and books for a long time now. I need something uplifting and fun to watch and read and just enjoy. I think I'm ready to watch 'Star Wars' now. Two main reasons being Hayden and Ewan. Hayden, because I think he's hot. (Fine, I admit it! Happy?) And Ewan because I just generally like him as he's a good actor and because of his faintly cute Scottish accent. Yes, I am going to fall into the dark side very soon as I follow others as well into this trapping made by Lucas. I hope this doesn't develop into a habit of watching more Hollywood-hyped-up movies in the near future. With the exception of HP & the Goblet of Fire which will be coming out later this year.

I felt empty this afternoon. Just empty. Like I don't even know what I'm supposed to do anymore in my life. I always get that feeling whenever I finish a book. And then I just get over it and move on with life. In about ten minutes. But within those ten minutes I'd be lying in my bed just feeling a sense of nothingness. But you can't feel nothing. As nothing is nothing. Just an empty void incapable of reeling itself away from the hollowness. But I always get over it. I just think that, what if I don't. One day I could be stuck in that rut for a long time and not get over it as easily as I did this afternoon. I hate feeling like an empty shell. But I just get over it as I always have to and will.

Gah. This spilling my feelings and soul thing and serving it up on a silver platter for the world to see is just not my thing. I'll be back to my ranty self soon. Promise.
Jill |

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 | 22:48
quirkiness is good
My stomach hurts. Really bad. Really, really, and most terribly painful. I don't think it's food poisoning since I didn't purge though I felt like it. It could just be period cramps which sucks since I've never gotten them until just now. My head's spinning and everything seems a blur. No, not really blur but just dizzy. Enough of my self-inflicted pain, and on to more movie reviews.

"Pom Poko" / "Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko"
The most outrageous and weirdest Ghibli production I've seen yet. The story was actually really good but I just love the 'tanuki'! They're something like a cross between a badger, raccoon and a small bear cub. They're hilarious and so cute. The story was about environmentalism again but I didn't really notice it that much. And somewhere in the middle of the movie, the scene eerily reminded me of 'Animal Farm'. Loved the movie through and through. A somewhat light hearted movie too. I give it a 9 out of 10. Go Pom Poko! The highest rating I've given a movie yet.

"Ocean Waves" or "I can Hear the Sea" / "Umi ga Kikoeru"
A typical love triangle story set in a Japanese high school. But I liked it because it felt very real to me. The characters were quite well done though I got annoyed with the main girl character. Very 'Boys Be' like too. There was something wrong with the DVD too as I watched the second half of the movie first and then the first half after the second half finished. It was weird watching that way but at least the storyline's simple enough for me to get it without confusing me about what's going on. A 6 out of 10.

I was supposed to watch "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Porco Rosso" today but there was no English subtitles so I think I will have to get the VCD myself. "Laputa: The Castle in the Sky" also had no English subtitles but I don't think I'm planning to watch it as I'm not interested in it and also it sounds a bit like Nausicaa and Mononoke. I think I've had enough of action/environmentalism anime movies to satisfy me for a while.

So that means tomorrow will be the last day of my Studio Ghibli movie marathon with two more to watch. Phew. Nothing else going on in my life. Been pretty much cooped up in the house and stoning in my room. Until my next last two reviews.
Jill |

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 | 22:04
japanese fever
Didn't post my review of the movie I watched yesterday because I was too lazy to update. The laziness in me just crept out thus rendering me powerless to do pretty much anything. But I'm back today to tell about my reviews of three Studio Ghibli movies of which I watched two of them today.

"Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" / "Kaze no Tani no Naushika"
Hmm, yes, if you liked "Mononoke Hime" then you'll probably like this one too as the story and characters are very similar to each other. Since this movie was actually made first before Mononoke I suppose the producers basically just changed the template of this movie slightly and then Mononoke was created. It seems like a ripoff but I actually like Mononoke more because Ashitaka is just so much better than Nausicaa. Except this one had giant insects instead of animals and there're more machinery stuff and action too, I think. Not the best Ghibli production but good nonetheless. Despite it being a really old anime movie the animation was surprisingly good. A 7 out of 10.

"Only Yesterday" / "Omohide Poro Poro"
This was just okay for me. I didn't like the ending suffice to say because it reminded me too much of 'Garden State' ending too. Which both sucked. However, the story was only just fairly interesting as it involved something like crushes when you were ten and going through puberty and things like that. The movie reminded me of 'Boys Be' too much though. Quite slow paced but I liked it that way. A 6.5 out of 10.

"Whisper of the Heart or If You Listen Closely" / "Mimi wo Sumaseba"
I really enjoyed this one for some reason. It was something akin to the movie stated above but more attuned to that whole 'finding your true self' vibe. Also very much reminiscent of 'Boys Be' because there was a mini love triangle thing going on in the movie. But I just love the little details in the story that really made the movie become something special instead of being just another love story cum destiny thing movie. If the same story was made by Hollywood, it'll probably turn out into another crappy teen movie love story which would truly be horrible and sick to the stomach. Only Miyazaki and the Ghibli team could turn it into something different and unique. The character developments are one of the best I've witnessed in any movie for a long time. The ending had me slightly surprised but a satisfying watch throughout the sitting. The song 'Take me Home, Country Roads' is now stuck in replay mode my head because it was played almost non-stop throughout the movie except that it was in Japanese excluding the beginning of the movie which was the original English one. I just have this to say; I love the fat lazy tabby cat! I want one now too. A 8.5 out of 10.

Not much information about the movie is revealed because I can't stand to spoil the story too much for people who might be interested in watching it. I want to discuss the movies! I've come to mid-conclusions about Ghibli/Miyazaki directed and produced movies.
  • They all have a protagonist short haired girl who is between the ages of 10 to 16, sometimes with elder sisters and always with a stoic father but caring mother or is a warrior princess whom everyone looks up to and doesn't want to cause some sort of trouble if possible.
  • The Ghibli movies can basically be split up into two worldly different genres; one being an extremely fantasy like setting and the other being very grounded and down-to-earth which everyone can relate to easily.
  • The protagonist girls all look the same in every movie.
  • There's always an old lady or grandmother figure in every movie.
  • Animals play an important role in all the movies.

I think that's about it for now but I could probably come up with more conclusions after watching the rest of the movies. My second semester will commence next week. It seemed like the break just wizzed by in a flash. It's ending already. Sigh. Anyone knows anyone who would want to buy second hand text books from a HELP Business student? I need to get rid of them now since I don't need them anymore. Well, maybe only the Marketing text that I have no use for anymore since I don't plan on majoring in it.
Jill |

Sunday, May 15, 2005 | 22:24
Today was a good day. Went out again. This time with Sharon and Pui Yen to the elusive Mont Kiara flea market which I have to say did not change much since the last time I've been there which was probably months ago but there was several new clothes that I saw. And I even managed to procure my floaty, flowy, and flowery skirt too. At a quite reasonable and affordable price too. I'm happy. It's pale pink and not too short nor too long and I really like it. It's comfy and that's what important. Also managed to get this scarf like thing which is probably used more appropriately for warming your neck at RM5. I feel proud of myself. Kinda. Yeaps.

After a round at the flea market we made our way to the Curve for a well deserved lunch at this pancake house place where they served quite elaborately prepared pancakes with a variety of dishes from ham, bacon, mushrooms, chicken and of course the traditional ice-cream with pancake as dessert. Camellia joined us halfway through our waiting for the food too. Never knew pancake could taste good with grilled mushrooms and eggplant with chili sauce and mustard dip before this. I'm still feeling stuffed from that filling lunch.

Well, nothing much else to report. I've got to memo myself not to shop anymore or I won't be able to survive for the rest of the month. Not that I'm planning anymore impromptu shopping trips but it could happen. Be prepared for day-by-day accounts of my watching of Studio Ghibli's anime movies starting tomorrow. I really want to watch 'Grave of the Fireflies' again. It's the first ever movie that had me blubbering and crying my eyes out. Not even 'Titanic' could do that. Hah! It's weird wanting to watch a sad film more than twice but it's just something I want to do. Just to cry. Because it's really difficult to get me to cry at movies unless they're really sad and sombre and depressing so much like 'Grave'. I don't cry easily if you've noticed that. It takes a really good and emotionally charged movie to get me to shed a tear or two. And when I do, I hate to look at myself in the mirror after the tearing session. I don't care what the movies or people say but people who cry always look ugly. They are never pretty. It's what they want you to believe.

It's just like last night's episode of 'Queer Eye'. The straight guy of the episode cries so easily. A little too easily for me. It made me feel embarrassed for the guy even. I mean, gay guys don't cry like how that straight guy did. It was just not right. I won't say gay because he's not as he's married and seems quite secure about himself, but just not right for a guy to cry as sobbingly and blubberingly as he did. Yes, I'm a sexist. But not an extremist one. I believe that there're some things that guys should do and can't do and vice versa for women. I really can't stand those 'girl power' feminist preaches, honestly. I may have indulged in a little of those 'girl power' thing long ago but now I just can't stand it. This is not a dig at females around the world but just my personal feelings at why guys shouldn't cry as excessively as that straight guy did in last night's 'Queer Eye' episode.
Jill |

Saturday, May 14, 2005 | 23:04
farmy business
Just finished 'Animal Farm' by Orwell yesterday and I feel ever more compelled to read '1984' now. Though I honestly have no idea about what it really is about but I just want to read more of Orwell's books. Started on 'Eleven Minutes' by the ever inspirational and spitirually inclined Paulo Coelho. Wow, I've never praised an author like that before. Not even Tolkien. But he is good. And Orwell too.

Oh, yes. What I thought about 'Animal Farm'. It was really good. Interesting, intriguing, beguiling, satirical, and thoroughly engrossing. The length of the book was perfect too. Not too short nor too long that I could finish it in two days. I think that's the perfect reading time span for me. Books that can be read in two days. I wonder if everyone else's reading time span is something like mine. It should be since it's long enough to get you in the mood to read but not too long that it drowns and bores you down with lengthy descriptions and overdrawn storylines. Not that I don't like books like that but some books can get too overly overblown and then I wouldn't like them anymore. I'm deviating from the topic of tonight again.

I can't tell too much for I might spoil the plot but it's a book that everyone should read at least once. I might read it again if I've nothing else to read and I need something literature-ey
(I know that's not a word) to stir my senses. It's essentially about a satirical take on humans and how humans behave. But this time the characters are talking animals. Which might seem strange but works really well for this story. The ending will leave you sort of thinking and just pondering a bit for a while because there's really no right or wrong lines drawn but just a blur border set up to let you decipher and settle for yourself what you really think about it. Yeah, I love thinking and pondering books.

I'm falling into the dark side again. The dark side of fangirlism that is. The last time was about a certain Harry and now it's Hayden. (Hey his alter ego; Anakin, and I are in almost the same position of falling into the dark side. Except his involves some massive galactic thing while mine is more down to earth.) I can't explain why I've suddenly developed this crush on him but I just did. It's possibly because of a certain picture I casually glanced at a free teen magazine, which I have stopped buying long ago but glaze over it and read it because my dad gets free copies of it monthly. But, yes, it's all because of that picture, I swear. Damn those strategically perfectly shot studio photos with high tech touch-ups and wind-blown hair effect. Not that his hair was wind-blown because that would seem too gay. And I have nothing personal against gay people too. I'm becoming diverted away again. My mind can't seem to focus on just one thought per paragraph but have to gloss over several thoughts at the same time. But, I digress. He just looked particularly very good looking without that whole Vader get-up which I dislike very much. He looks so much better without the slightly wavy and longish looking hair. Does anyone else besides me get these type of crushes which just lasts maybe a week at the most? I'm too "matured" to be getting these type of crushes anymore so I am slightly embarrassed to be admitting this openly. I just need some assurance that I'm not alone. Please say I'm not alone.
Jill |

Thursday, May 12, 2005 | 21:42
bordered up
My legs are tired. But it's just my legs or rather my feet.

Nevertheless, it was a good day out today at three and a half different shopping malls in KL. The first being Mid Valley where I got a skirt from Comma which was really an impulse buy since I liked it a lot even though it wasn't the exact type of skirt I was scouting around for. The second mall we stopped at was Times Square to visit Borders. I have to say that Borders book store does not look like a regular book store from the outside. I almost missed it if no one had pointed it out to me. But I liked it. I want to go visit it again actually. They have so much stuff, almost as much as Kino or maybe even better. Their movie and music collection are not the best but still good. We didn't exactly shop at the other two being Lot 10 and Sungei Wang since we just passed through them to get to other destinations. Oh well, but at least we sort of stepped inside them. In the end, after almost four hours of walking in the sun, snapping random shots with the purple lomocam, and eating in between, we only got three things in total actually. The cousin getting a Michael Buble CD and me with my Douglas Adams's 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and skirt mentioned earlier. And the cover is pretty cool too. I love the hardcover.

Anyway, for once I don't have anything planned out to do tomorrow. I always have something planned out like a movie or shopping odyssey. But I'm actually pretty free tomorrow. Strange. I want to do something. Anything. I actually want to go rock-climbing or scale a mountain or something wild and crazy. I wonder if the rock-climbing thing at 1U is open yet. Anyone interested in climbing rocks?

Again, this post has no specific reason to be posted except to tell of my shopping exploit of the day.
Jill |

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | 22:12
zombies are all around us
No, I don't really mean that. Or did I? Hmm.

First movie of the day; 'Fiddler on the Roof'. Lovely. Just lovely and sort of makes me want to dance now. There was this song called 'If I was rich man' and I think that this song was actually remade and revamped by Gwen Stefani in her song 'Rich Girl'. It sounded so good being played with the violin. The story was okay, alright only. There were several scenes that stood out in my mind too. Somehow the movie reminded me of 'The Sound of Music' for some reason. Well, overall an entertaining movie musical worthy of being a true classic. And I just love the fiddler! A 8.5 out of 10.

The next movie was a weird zombie "horror" movie; 'Shaun of the Dead'. This was just a weirded out movie. It's supposed to be a horror movie which I think it actually is but I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the course of this 90 minutes movie. I don't know really if it's supposed to be funny or witty or just scary. Somehow the movie didn't scare me that much but there were several scenes that were just so hilarious despite the movie trying not to be funny. Or maybe they were trying to be funny. I don't know for sure. I suppose it could be called a horror satire cum romantic comedy type movie but that's just too much of a mouthful to put this movie in a genre of its own. Because really, I've never watched any other movie like this one before and I really want to watch another one like it where I get confused over what I'm supposed to feel. A 8 out of 10.

And that ends my movie watching marathon this week. Overall, my favourite pick out of the movies I lounged through was surprisingly 'Shaun of the Dead' followed by 'Garden State' and 'Fiddler on the Roof'. Yeah, I just love weird movies now, don't I? Anyways, I feel satisfied after having had my fill of movie indulging to last me till next week since there's really nothing interesting enough to lure me back into the cinema.

I've also just finished 'The Vampire Armand' and am moving on to George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'. 'Armand' wasn't as good as 'Interview with the Vampire' and I still maintain my stand on 'Interview' being the best book in the vampire chronicles by Anne Rice. Yeps. I've heard good things about 'Animal Farm' so it should be a good read.

Should I get that flowery print sneakers or high-top from MNG that I've been sort of aching for since the last time I saw it which was last Friday? It just looked too pretty except that it cost RM129 so I'm hoping there'll be some discount then I can afford it better. Sigh. So, yes, I'm going to Mid Valley tomorrow to do some shopping, if possible, and then on to Borders Bookshop at Times Square to check out what's so great about it and if it's really as big or bigger as Kinokuniya at KLCC. Oh, and the cousin will be accompanying me of course to snap random shots with her lomocam in broad daylight. So, basically people will be staring at us taking shots up close of anything using a purple colour camera that frankly looks too much like a toy. A toy, yes but nevertheless pretty.
Jill |

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | 21:12
music makes the world go round
Another day, another movie filled musical extravaganza. Heh, well I'm feeling musically inclined today after watching two movie musicals.

'De-Lovely' was nice. Really. That's basically how I would sum up the movie if you asked me how it was. This time I watched it without much expectations so I wouldn't be disappointed in case it didn't turn out as well as I expected it to. The music by Cole Porter is actually really nice and has a old-time feel to it. The story was actually a little boring for me considering it's sort of a biographical movie cum musical on the guy. Add to the fact that I'm not a Kevin Kline fan doesn't make it any better. The only thing I was looking forward to was Robbie William's singing cameo role in it. And that was quite short too. Sigh. Anyways, I just really enjoyed the music overall which is actually the movie's main saving grace. I'm torn between saying it's a bad movie and not a bad movie so this movie is a 5 out of 10 for me.

Next was 'Cabaret', a 1970-something movie musical. The very first type of movie musical created for the big screen if I'm not mistaken. The music wasn't exactly the type of movie I enjoyed very much but the dancing and choreography was really good. There wasn't a lot of singing and dancing going on as like in Chicago and Moulin Rouge where the characters will burst out into song one moment and then back to normal speaking roles the next. It was just different. But good. This one I give a 8 out of 10.

Tomorrow is going to be the last day of my movie marathon. For this week only though. On the movie agenda tomorrow are 'Shaun of the Dead', a zombie flick, and 'Fiddler on the Roof', another musical set in some woe-be-gone era. Then, I'll be taking a few days off to rest a bit before resuming on yet another movie marathon but this time they being anime movies by the acclaimed Studio Ghibli. Yeps. Hayao Miyazaki and all.

Nothing seems to tickle my fancy yet to rant about stuff so this ends the post of the day. The rantiness in me seems to have taken time off a while. Wonder why. I feel strange not having anything to blah about for the moment. Hope it doesn't last.
Jill |

Monday, May 09, 2005 | 21:26
priscilla's garden state
Hmm. Today was a filled with mixed emotions. On one hand, I feel slightly headily happy and the other I feel empty where there's supposed to be a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Well, I watched two movies today being "Garden State" and "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert".

One of the worst things that can happen when you anticipate watching a movie too much for being good and fantastic and so original is when you actually watch it. Sad to say, but that is basically what happened to me when I finally got round to watching Garden State. It wasn't the best movie ever in my opinion nor was is the worst. It just wasn't as engaging and emotional driven as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" was. Maybe I should lower my expectations of future anticipated movies before I watch it. That way I wouldn't have to feel so sad and disappointed that it didn't turn out as well as I thought it would. It was not as emotionally charged as Eternal because sometimes I just felt slightly disconnected from the movie characters. I don't know. Maybe the storyline just wasn't the most interesting or the best one. It was bland. Plain and simply put. The best thing of the movie was probably its smooth, gorgeous and beautiful soundtrack. The music was just practically lulling to me. I'm in the midst of trying to download most of the songs from the movie as I can or else I might just be tempted enough to get the official soundtrack from the music store. Wow. Go me. I'm supporting originally produced soundtracks. Overall, I'd give the movie a 6 out of 10.

The second movie of the day was strongly recommended by the cousin. And so, I watched it despite its off and odd title and also a story surrounding a drag queen Hugo Weaving, more well known for his portrayals of Mr. Smith from the Matrix and Elrond from The Lord of the Rings. Suffice to say, it was not a bad watch after all. It was funny, quirky and really quite raw in its portrayal of men dressing up as women and what they had to go through in a conservative society where the norm means men dressing up as men and women dressing up as women. This movie deserves a 7 out of 10 for being refreshing and different.

Next up on my list is De-Lovely and Cabaret. Both being musicals except the former is the more recent while the latter is the original musical that started musicals like Moulin Rouge and Chicago.

That's it. News relating to my real life has me not cleaning up the books still sprawled on my desk and not tidying up my closet again.
Jill |

Sunday, May 08, 2005 | 19:28
Okay, fine I know the title is lame but that was all I could come up with. It's a play on the word 'escapade' if you don't get it.

After another long draught of non-shopping, it felt really good to get some new stuff today. I am absolutely loving my white linen/cotton pants and semi-linen black pants from ZARA. I didn't even intend to actually get that particular white linen pants from ZARA because I originaly had my eye on another white linen pants from TopShop but the shops at Mid Valley and KLCC didn't even have my size so I just gave up on looking for it. I'm just too lazy to go hunting for it at 1U okay so don't tell me to do that. And I've officially given up on getting that Levi's black jeans now. I've got a black pants already and I'm going to be happy with it. In your designer face, Levi! The pants cost less than RM 260 in total so it's not the cheapest buy but still less expensive than a costly jeans from Levi's or Guess.

Other half-impulse buys was a tank top from MNG, which was only RM30 after discount so of course I had to get it, and a three quarter sleeve top. I love that the MNG top was the right shade of green which I liked as well. In addition to that, it was sort of love at first sight when I saw the brown top at Soda. It's the kind of top with the collar and looks like it's worn with two layered tops. Except that this one is made out of the softest material and that it looks almost retro because of its flowery detail on the collar and the cuff. I don't care that my mom says it looks old. I like it and that's that. And it was 20% off as well.

Hence, ends my shopping rendevous today. I'm still looking for a flowy knee length skirt but haven't made up my mind whether to get one from TopShop or MNG or ZARA. They're all starting to look pretty much the same to me so I'm getting all razzled now. Maybe I should go look for those skirts from the Mont Kiara flea market instead. The downside of getting the ZARA pants though is that I have to alter the length of the legs since all of ZARA's pants are made for long-legged models and not for short people like me. Ah well, the price of comfort and style never comes cheap.

Tomorrow I'll be starting on my week-long movie watching marathon. Yay! That's all for today. I just felt happy and joyful enough from getting new things that the only reason for this post was to make everyone else jealous that I got new stuff. Hah. Shopping can make you mean and bitchful temporarily. I'll be back to my normal ranty self soon.
Jill |

Saturday, May 07, 2005 | 01:41
like heaven
Today's final accounting paper finished in style. I mean as in I and my friends finished the paper off with a long deserved shopping trip to Mid Valley accompanied by a Japanese lunch, an Orli movie, and Dome semi-dinner. Yum. Buttery chicken and mushroom gourmet pie never tasted so good. And the huge glass of mango smoothie was really good too. And I'm craving for cawan mushi again.

Well, I'm glad the week's over. Even though I don't think it was as taxing as SAM last year. At all. I've got a few things to do for the coming week such as visiting the new Borders book store at Times Square, watching at least five DVDs and a bunch of anime movies, and just lazing around the house. Oh, wait, I think I've been doing that at least once a week now even without holidays.

I feel slightly satisfied after watching a movie after a long draught of non-movie-watching. Just that I never thought I would end up watching Kingdom of Heaven today. It was actually not bad regarding that it has Orlando Bloom in it, formerly and more famously known as Legolas, and that the movie has that whole LOTR feel to it. There were a few scenes that were literally taken straight out of LOTR. Sigh. Everyone's scalping off PJ's visionary of a movie now. So, it's a 6 out of 10 for being a LOTR copycat, fairly interesting storyline, and having a good supporting cast. Oh, and there's also Orli for the fangirls.

Not only am I worn out, I'm feeling slightly satiated now. It's a good two weeks before I have to go back to studying full time. For now, I've just got to think up ways to amuse myself. Oh and if anyone has noticed that I've created yet another new list in the sidebar, I just realized that I've got quite a long list of to-watch movies. Woot! Suggestions are welcomed of course with the exception of cutesy, overly-stupid, cliche, teen, and over-the-top action films. Yeps.

I wonder if anyone's interested in Sin City like me. I highly doubt that it'll be released in Malaysia considering it's got a rating of R, as in restricted, in the States. Sigh. It's back to scrounging in pasar malams for the DVD now. That whole grainy and film-noir look just attracted me to it instantly. Just hope it won't dissappoint me too much. I seem to be getting into comic book adaptation movies a little too much these days.

Going out tomorrow and on Sunday as well. The Times Bookstore sale is calling for me and I'm eyeing a white linen pants from TopShop and another black jeans from Miss Selfridge so I've got to get it this Sunday. I'm such a pants whore, when I'm supposed to be getting more skirts and tops. Ah, well. Indulgence is alright once in a while.
Jill |

Monday, May 02, 2005 | 01:50
wedding and a lot of pounds
I'm getting pretty sick of my own lamentations of being and getting plump again what with me pigging out the whole today and not doing much at all, not even studying in between. I feel bad.

Anyways, the wedding dinner tonight was nice. Seriously. It wasn't over the top nor was it exceptionally boring like other wedding dinners. Of course it was boring at some times, especially the beginning, but what dinners aren't? I'm actually still slightly hungry now because I didn't really eat much due to the diluted array of dishes served. Not that it was bad or anything but I just found it too boring for my liking anymore and refused to eat it at all or not eat much of it in the end. In summary, it was nice and the emcee was funny for once. But not too funny in that cheesy and lame kind of way. Funny enough to keep the patrons entertained throughout the dinner.

Finals officially start on Tuesday but my first paper is actually on Wednesday, so that's kind of good news. It's just that I don't think I've prepared enough for it so I just pray for some miracle that the papers will be easy enough for me to get Distinctions for all three subjects I'm taking this semester. A HD for even one seem so far away now. But I heard that Melbourne Uni only require a minimum average Distinctions for six or seven subjects out of nine subjects. So, that's not too bad right?

Be thankful that I don't have any random thoughts in my mind now to ramble on about it tonight. I feel like having a steaming mug of coffee or hot chocoloate or Milo now. Night all.
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