Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Make Me Up!

I've been writing for quite a number of years now - with my current employer for almost 17 years  (please don't try to guess my age..just send me a private email :p) - and I've always written about technology.

Prior to that, I did Malay subtitles for RTM2 TV programmes but that's another story..also did translation for Fargoes.. also another story for another day.

But for once, other than technology, I was recently given something else to write about for a change. A colleague from the style and beauty desk  was short-handed and needed someone to review make-up products and there was no one available. So, she turned to me (of all people..) to get the review done!

Anyone who knows me, would know that I just slap on some powder and put on some lipstick and that's it. No smoky eyes, no accentuated cheekbones..

I truly didn't know where to start nor what to do when I was given two sticks of lip gloss from the Roses Ultimes de Chanel collection. Add on to that  liquid foundation from Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere product line.

It took me some time to gather the courage to open up the boxes and actually put on the products (which were just luscious, by the way..). And I did a lot of surfing to get the "feel" of writing on such products and getting the right terminologies. Finally, after consulting my colleague, I finally put thought to paper.

You can read the result of all that testing and researching here: Tried & tested: Pretty in pink - Style - New Straits Times

I actually enjoyed doing something different for a change. In fact, I welcome writing and reviewing other stuff other than technology. Just as long as it is not too physically taxing.. hahaha..

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

First Time Doing USS

For every parent with schoolgoing children, the school holidays  is something we often get nervous about. Do I take my children someplace special (other than the slew of kenduri in the city, kampung and everywhere in between)?

For us, we finally succumbed to taking the kids to Universal Studio Singapore (USS) after hearing them relay tales of this classmate has gone, and that cousin has gone already for the gazillionth time. So, being the event and vacation planner (like many other mothers, I know) of course I went online to check out which hotels would suit our budget. Tickets to USS were also bought online so that we needn't queue up.

After starting out on a Sunday morning and stopping by in Johor Bahru for lunch, we checked into a Premier (family) room at York Hotel near the Mount Elizabeth hospital, which was about five minutes walk to Far East Plaza and the Grand Hyatt on Orchard road. This is good coz we could then catch the free shuttle service to USS.
All you gotta do is show the white immigration stubs in your passport to get on board. I think the bus comes half-hourly..but I could be wrong. Check the USS site.

Anyway, we got on the 9.18am pick-up the next day and promptly arrived at USS at around 10.00am. The carpark lanes leading to the where the bus stops look similar to the one in Genting Highlands - the management is the same ain't it?

We were one of the early birds and as we already had  our tickets printed out from the online purchase, we strolled in without having to line up. Our strategy for the day was to just follow where the route took us and line up for whatever ride or show we stumbled upon.

Of course,  we were looking forward to the much-publicised Transformers Ride. The line was 40 min long and the visuals and sounds that blared out at those queuing for the ride was somewhat frightening especially for younger kids. We had to help those good giant robots (errr what do you call them again??) to save the world from the decepticons (now the bad guys i know hehe) and all. Though just a simulation ride, it was pretty realistic and I actually felt like Megan Fox for a while there being flung here and there. Hahahahaaaa..!!

After the exhilirating ride, we cooled down by watching the B-Boyz on 5th Avenue New York. With some sporting people from the audience taking part, it was good fun.

None of us wanted to go on the Battlesar Galactica roller coaster - both blue and red lines.

But MrA managed to persuade the reluctant teenager to have a go. Can't tell yer friends you DIDN'T go on it, can you?? Me and the primary schooler just chilled and waved.. and bonded.

By 6.30pm we were done. Being a Monday, there were no parades. So we concentrated on souvenir shopping instead. Then we got the shuttle and went back to Grand Hyatt. Had KFC at Far East Plaza and promptly hit the sack after walking back to our hotel. The next day, we headed home.

All in all it was a good trip. Very focused..just the way we like it :)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

30 Years of Friendship

a much delayed post..

On May 26, friends from my school batch met up to celebrate our 30 years of friendship. We've known each other since we were 12 ( can count and find out my age) It all started with an invitation and this poem I wrote for the occassion:


Bisa kita ketemu lagi...?

Circa 1982
Our eyes met and smiles formed. A litle forced, a little unsure.
Some of us may have known each other already. And some we knew of.
But others were strangers..
All thrown into a little adventure that we were about to embark on

Ties of friendship were built
Painstakingly sometimes, breezily for some
We held each others' hands as we discovered more about ourselves
And of each other - the good, the bad, the ugly
All in good faith, always something new

At the basketball court in Block A, we said goodbye
For again we were to embark on another adventure
But without each other
We had progressed from friends to being sisters
Not just ties of friendship but bonds of love and acceptance
And always discovering new things about each other
And urging each other to new experiences
And wishing each other well

It's been 30 years but memories of that first meeting and following years linger
Memories of the innocence and purity of long-formed friendships beckon
Who might you be today, my friend, and who am I to you
For in my mind and in my heart, you are that sister who walked with me
Whispered with me and laughed with me during years gone by
I yearn to see you again and relive those days with you
And be forever young

a lot of fun and shrieking..just like old times. missed the people who were not there. love you guys always :)