Tuesday, November 30

Ventinueve de Noviembre dos mil diez

Pretty stupid, but I'd just titled today's date in Spanish - that'd be 29 of November 2010! Just practicing a li'l of what I learnt in class today... which is really just numbers from 20-100! I swear, it's all getting easier. Too bad there's a graded assessment next week though... Damn. 

Anyway, we had a presentation for IS today. My group was on Power and Status and we met pretty early to go over the powerpoint slides and two of the (only) guys in our group were totally nowhere to be seen. Well, one had overslept and another turned up nearly an hour later than the proposed time. Gah. 

My group was the final one to present! I was so nervous (I was the first speaker) that my hands shook along with the notebook I'd written extra notes in! I'd also mispronounced 'archipelago' thanks to my poor nerves. Dang it. When it was time for Q & A by the audience (and the teacher since no one wanted to ask any), the teacher immediately singled the two guys out from our group and asked them about what they'd presented previous to test them, in a way. Actually felt kinda sad for them. Oh well. 
Hersheys, my fave chocolate ever!!
Cutest vintage poker cards ever!!

“Habit is stronger than reason”
- George Santayana
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Monday, November 29

LEAVE!

Pretty non-productive day, unless you count going for music lesson in the afternoon (I'd nearly forgotten the lesson was pushed a half hour earlier just as I was getting ready. Thank God I managed to get there in time!) I was still on my 'Misty' piece, and I was dying playing the right and left hand chords together. Dayuuum. I was pausing as bad as I had in my sales pitch for Speech Comm last Friday. Goshers.

Anyway, I went home right after, and stayed there the entire afternoon. Boring, pathetic life I lead, I'm aware. I managed to get started on some assignments though. I had nearly TEN Word documents open at one time. Multi-tasking FTW!!!

Something random: another Harry Potter GIF (mixed with a li'l Eclipse...)
Best EPIC GIF ever!
...And a tiny door at the bottom of a tree trunk to show you out! I'm betting gnomes and beavers live in here.

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
- Albus Dumbledore
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Sunday, November 28

Social Networking, Manga Style!

Another stay-home Saturday for me today... So here's a GIF of popcorn popping in slow motion! Totally EPIC. Plus, I woke at only 1 in the afternoon. I'm such a bum.
Some cool stuff about social networking sites below!! 
This is so true... Except for Facebook. I rarely use it. I'm more attached to Twitter and Tumblr!
Fanart by Jacket on Tumblr! The descriptions of each social networking student are so true!
Twitter looks like a sweet little girl but once you get her to talk, she won’t stop. 
DeviantART is a loud, colorful, and artsy girl. She’s just a green version of Tumblr if you want the short version of it, just more of a weeaboo. 
Livejournal is a classy kind of girl who likes writing. She’s also a part of the newspaper club. 
Facebook is the class rep. Popular guy who’s handy at almost everything. 
MySpace was once the king of the campus. But after awhile, he got boring so everybody ditched him for Facebook. He misses the attention so he’s always trying to one up Facebook. He even got a makeover recently too. He has permanent eye bags because he tries too hard. 
Youtube is a charismatic guy who’s a born entertainer. 
And last but not least, Blogger. He’s a little nerdy but an easygoing fellow. Nobody really notices him though.
Another fanart by who-I-dunno. Really accurate portrayals though! I love the 4chan and Google ones especially.

"It's all about people. It's about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges."
- Mike Davidson
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Saturday, November 27

Cheating MovieBuff

All right, so I haven't exactly gone to a proper theatre to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, but I'd gone ahead and "cheated", and watched the first half hour of the movie online. I'd have gone on to watch if the video went all jacked on me.

Anyway, I had a pretty hectic morning today, rushing from St. Regis to radio production class at noon. At least I got up early (at 7, thanks to my alarm on the iPad - if not everyone who'd have slept till who knows what time!) and managed to get to the restaurant for a buffet breakfast! Plus, the kids were already fighting for my iPad early in the morning, even though they're really just toddlers. The buffet was pretty good - all the breakfast that the wealthy would usually have - turkey ham (yummers!), chicken ham, beef ham (I didn't eat this, of course), bacon, sausages, bread of all shapes & sizes and types (I especially loved one that was long and thin). they served different flavored yoghurt too, in tiny glass cups. Pretty suh-weet! 

Anyway, we cleared the hotel room pretty fast after we'd eaten and gone back up. My gran and I got a lift home, so I got home with some time to spare before I headed out for school again! Did news slug writing for radio this time. Argh. I hate writing anything on current events the most, save for blogging of course... 

And for Speech Comm, Elaine and I did a dialogue together for the short presentation, which kinda tested how we make SFXs and say our dialogues. Pitch, expression, diction, and all that stuff.
Cutest GIF ever!! I'm thinking it's a pug going headfirst into the snow.
Another peepin' revenge-seeking kitty! Too cute. I made this my new Twitter DP.
I'm still a ten year-old... since I just swear out of all these, but just barely. I haven't even fulfilled the 9 year-old criteria yet.
Harry Potter GIF from the final part of the final movie! Yummy.

"Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas."
 - J.K. Rowling
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Friday, November 26

St. Regis

Got to attend a wedding at St. Regis! First time staying in a hotel here, albeit a five or six star one! I actually am starting to miss the place now... It was totally grandeur in there. From the lobby to the ballroom to the guest rooms! I had to wait a few hours after I went home from less than 2 hours of WritComm (thankfully, it's really supposed to be 3 hours, but it never exceeds 2 hours of class time) - my mother had left to get a hairdo at the hairdresser's and by the time she got back it was around 5! Plus, we had a hard time calling for a taxi. It was raining pretty heavily to boot.


By the time we reached the hotel (my mother kept beating the bellboy to everything - opening the door of the taxi, getting her bags from the boot... It was hilarious!), the wedding solemnization was nearly over! Just in time I suppose. The people who were getting married were my cousin Violet (I don't talk to her or most of 'em much - not exactly in my age range if you get what I mean) and some guy (obvs. a guy) called Chris.


Anyways, after the solemnization was over, we got to return to the hotel room since the dinner wasn't due to start anytime soon! Pity, Bec coulda have come to St. Regis to the hotel room right then. Took as many photos of the room as the camera could possibly snap (mostly flash, it was a lousy cam!). It was a pretty room.
All their couches and armchairs all over the hotel (even in the rooms) were hell comfy. You could just sink in it (in a good way) and just fall asleep! And how cute is that tiny glass table?!
Night view. FYI, the curtains and drapes were totally awesome. There were three sets, 2 translucent and another the red drapes! The button remotes at the bedside table could control each one to draw open and close!
ABOVE & BELOW: Really, they're just the same chandelier (although it doesn't look like the kinds you'd usually see - it looks cheaper). 
I didn't get to sleep on the bed that night. Two li'l toddlers named Isaiah and Kaira (somehow, I'm their aunt) and two grandmas (one which is theirs and one which is mine) slept on it instead. I got the couch. Lucky me. It wasn't too bad sleeping on it though. 
I slept in one of these bathrobes. I didn't get a blanket, poor moi. They felt kinda stiff though, but are really long! 
The door has a chain lock that works INSIDE some device instead of having to hook it outside. Okay, that was a crappy and bad explanation. I'll try again.
This is how door chain guards usually work. They're placed on the door. The one at St. Regis works inside the hinges, rather. Cool technology. Okay, I bet you probably still wouldn't get it. Whatever. I don't know why I bother anyways.

Now, photos of the bathroom!
There is a mini TV (similar channels to the one outside in front of the bed) right above the bathtub! Didn't manage to get a shot of that, unfortch. There was even an accompanying tiny remote! Too cute.  I wish I had TV to watch while I soak in chocolate bubbles in the tub...
This shower jet is seriously fascinating. There are three modes you can shower with here. The top - which would just blast down on you like a waterfall (I didn't bother trying that), the middle portion, which has three tiny jets which would just shoot the water horizontally out at you and of course, the shower head you can just detach and use.
The view at night. I know there really isn't much to see...
Anyways, we were all feelin' pretty hungry, so we took a look at the menus for room service (there were 2 for different restaurants that were in the hotel!). We didn't get anything in the end... They were all too pricey and although there were lots of options, we couldn't exactly find anything that was light and cost reasonably, well, acceptable. I'd wanted to get the escargots (that's snails in Francais!) though... I kid!
My brother reading the menu.
Since the wedding dinner was due to start around 8, and we were starving, my brother, cousin and I followed our father to the shopping mall nearby to get something to eat. We loaned the umbrellas outside the hotel (without telling any staff around) and walked in the drizzle. Found there was a cool Scandinavian shop in the mall! The scent from the candles in there were positively alluring me in. I'll go back there in the future, for sure! 


Anyways, we got food from the food court. My brother, cousin and I got three wild mushroom soup (yummers) and chicken and calamari at 8 bucks (my cousin and I shared this). I forgot what my brother ordered. We walked back to the hotel after that with some time to spare, and I whipped out the camera and started snapping stuff around me once more... including the corridors on the guest room floors! I didn't get to go to the pool area though, pity.
The carpet at the lift lobby and my brother's interfering shoe.
A bonbon wrapper statue outside the ballroom with the Singapore flag on it!
People at work on the huge Christmas tree in the middle of the hotel lobby! It was later lined with fake presents around the sides of the tree!
Magnifique boat-like chandelier!
Apparently, the description said 'Nude couple hugging'. Lol
Those are really reflections. They're just mirrors!
Another mirror on the ceiling!
They put lots of paintings as decor on the walls around the hotel.
Another statue. Nude, most likely.
I love staircases like these, especially when there's a carpet like that in between.
Another huge chandelier... They seem to have an awful lot around the hotel. Really beautiful though!
We got into the ballroom at 8 plus! I got a seat between my cousin and my brother. Anyways, they had ah-mazing door gifts lying on each table! A letter opener with a star charm attached to it and a heart-shaped trinket box in a velvet brown bag. Too lovely! 
 Dayuuuum I'm in love with the trinket box!
 Close-up! 
The letter opener! I didn't take it out of the packaging for a picture. 
 The tableware is absolutely exquisite!
 View of the rest of the grand ballroom.
 Several candles on each table! They went out halfway through the wedding dinner...
 My brother just had to burn something..! He ripped the card off the door gift and held it over the candle flame. It turned out quite nicely, and he didn't burn the entire place down, thank God.
 The finished product...

The bride and groom walked in through huge double doors close to my table. The two kids Isaiah and Kaira walked ahead of them and walked slowly. They didn't know exactly what to do and some of the staff and their parents waved them in the direction. Lol. The girl Kaira didn't exactly know what to do with the basket of flower petals in her hand too. She threw only 5 or 6 petals the entire walk. Lol. Then, they rolled a pretty lame slideshow of how the bride and groom met, though I'd admit it was rather sweet. And the figures in the cartoon looked like the real people it was portraying. 

...And dinner finally came! Been waiting all night for this!!
 First up! From left to right, roasted pork (even though I'd sworn off pork I couldn't resist and bit off the top brown parts. Gave the meat to my grandmother. My brother did the same.), wasabi prawn atop a watermelon slice and octopus atop spicy jelly fish! The wasabi prawn and jelly fish was gross, but I finished the rest! I was pretty happy they offered mini octopus.
I ate 2 octopuses - my brother's and mine!
 Broccoli, mushroom (I hate these dark brown kinds) and abalone! I finished this dish save for the mushroom, of course!
 This was the second last dish! Yummy noodles.
Finally! The dessert was last. There was chocolate truffle cake (the tiny one at the side) and ice cream in red glutinous rice. Scraped the ice cream off and didn't bother with the red stuff. Gross.

When the whole thing ended, my mother and father (who was slightly drunk) started urging me I shouldn't stay overnight at the hotel since the 2 kids and their grandma were staying in that room too. I was so exasperated. But in the end, they decided I could stay over with my grandma. My brother and 'rents went home in a taxi. 

Anyways, this blog post is coming to an end... I took nearly an hour and a half doing this up, so I'm getting exhausted... To make the long story short, I tried the shower (it rocked), stayed in bed watching a re-run of the AMAs and reading a Clique prequel, and waited for the two kids and their grandma to arrive in the room. They winded up playing Plants VS. Zombies on my iPad. Or at least, the boy kid did (he actually knew how to play - sorta! Even though it seems he's only 5 to 6 years old!). The girl was nearly in tears 'cos he wouldn't share the iPad with her. They're kinda growing on me. Never used to converse with much, if not at all. Ended up going to bed close to 2!

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction."  
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Footnote...!!
I'm actually posting this 2 days late, but I'll just put this as the actual date of the wedding! I couldn't actually blog since there was no WiFi available at St. Regis! Damn. We had to pay for Internet access! Ten an hour. Twenty a day. Goshers. Share
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