Monday, January 31, 2011 | By: BlackGargie

Speaking of Haunting...

Speaking of haunting, I'm suddenly thought about a few supernatural encounters I had back then when I was a kid, which I thought of sharing:

My first story goes all the way back when I was still in primary school. My parents had to go overseas on a business trip, so they sent me to one of my relatives' place to stay. During the weekend, my relatives planned to go on a holiday at one of Sabah's most popular resort hotels called the Rasa Ria Hotel. Pretty good, if you ask me, with the usual facilities and special services, and I have to admit I did have a good time despite the fact that I was a little homesick back then.

Later that night, when the adults decided to have their nightly happy hour at the karaoke lounge, we kids were left in the room to have our own fun. We challenged each other to a coffee fest, seeing who could drink the most coffee at one sitting. Needless to say, my caffeine-induced brain refused to fall asleep, even when the adults have returned and were snoring quietly on their King-sized bed. I'm not really that immune to coffee and it came as a package deal: insomnia and a nasty headache.

I got up to see if I could get any ice to ease my headache but we ran out of it. Seeing that no one stirred from their sleep, I stole the card key from my aunt's wallet, took the thermos bucket and crept silently out of the room. There was an ice-vending machine just two floors below ours and I was thinking maybe I could get some ice there and maybe even try to dunk my head into the machine to see if that'll cure my headache, which is, of course, an absurd thing to do. As I reached that floor, I was glad to see the machine just right down the corridor and still on and working. I put the thermos bucket there and waited for it to fill up. I even grabbed a handful and rubbed the cooling ice onto my throbbing head. Ah, bliss.

That was when something really eerie happened. From the right side of the corridor, I heard a distant sound. At first I thought it was probably one of the workers pushing their trolley or something, but it didn't sound like that. It was more of a dragging of something heavy, like the sound of someone moving on the floor with only his arms, dragging along his immobile lower half of the body. The sound was getting closer and closer until I could almost feel it coming towards me. The machine was still filling my thermos bucket and I was panicking. I urged inwardly for the machine to hurry up before I grabbed the bucket and made a dash towards the lift. I pressed frantically as the dragging sound came nearer and nearer. I tentatively looked towards the direction of the sound but there was no one there, yet the sound continued to grow louder and closer to me. I could almost feel it next to me and closing in even nearer.

I practically jumped into the lift when the door slid open. I pressed my floor and slammed the close button as hard as I could. The door started to close for a while, then stopped abruptly in the middle and opened wide again. It stayed open for about a full 5 minutes (which felt like an eternity to me) before closing back again. That really freaked me out because even though I still couldn't see anything, I knew something was in there with me. There was something unsettling in that lift as it sent me up to my floor, as if it was trying to suffocate me with its presence. I went into a verge of hyperventilating when I heard slightly audible sounds of dripping water and heavy breathing surrounded me inside the lift. What's worse, the heavy breathing was just right by both of my ears!

It felt like forever when the lift finally reached my floor. I dashed out of it as fast as I could and ran straight to my room without looking back. Needless to say, I woke everyone up when I slammed the door shut behind me and my headache was gone almost in an instant. My relatives saw my ashened face and asked in concern what just happened, but no matter how I try, I just couldn't get whatever I saw into words. I guess the shock took over my speech capacity and I was at loss of words. My relatives thought I must've been harassed by some crazy pervert for the next day, they lodged a complaint to the manager. It was later that I found out when my friend experienced the same thing that there had been a fatal accident or some kind in the past at that particular floor when someone fell and broke both his legs and died due to loss of blood when he was trying to get help.

I guess he didn't know he had already died and continued to ask for our help in vain.

My second story was back when I was an exchange student in Taiwan when I was in Primary Four. Well, not exactly an exchange student. More like studying in Taiwan while my parents tried to settle down in Sabah getting their bearings and life back together. My father was met with a tough time in his job and he couldn't make all ends meet, not with me around, so to lighten the burden a little, my mother decided to drop me off at Taiwan at my grandparents' place and study there until our life gets back into order again. My grandparents were worried that I would cry when I suddenly find my mother leaving without me when it's already near the end of school holidays, but what they didn't know was that I heard their conversation at the wee hours of the morning when my mother was about to leave and that I knew that I was going to be stuck with my grandparents for a while, so they were rather surprised with my nonchalant reaction at my mother's absence.

Life in Taiwan was fine. I was the tallest among all my peers (Taiwanese tend to have shorter stature than Malaysians, and I'm only half of their breed) and they spoke nothing but Chinese. I was glad I had a couple of English storybooks I brought from home, or I would've forgotten the universal language altogether. They may be smaller in size than me, but they definitely are more mature than me. Study system in Taiwan was totally different than in Malaysia. We never had science class till the year I reached high school and already they were learning about chemical names! Anyway, 5 months into my life in Taiwan, a real exchange student came to our class. She was a Japanese and her name was Kyoko, if I'm not mistakened. She could only speak simple English and not a single word of Chinese, so I guess I clicked with her really well. I had to be her translator whenever others wanted to talk to her, so that made me quite popular as well. Her impression on me was a nice, quiet girl with a sort of dark, mysterious aura about her, like there's something going on in her mind that you really want to find out yet couldn't reach, no matter how you try.

One day before her exchange student program ended, she decided to have a camp party at school to thank us who had been nice to her and show us how school tradition was in her country. She came up with a theme called '100th Ghost Story Camp Party' and invited the entire class to join in. She even encourage us to bring relatives and friends along to the party so that our numbers add up to 100. We were required to bring a candle each and have our camp party in the school hall where it can accommodate everyone in it and warned us not to let the teachers know about it. Rebellious as we were, we promised to do everything she requested. That night, we were all there with our candles, sleeping bags and tidbits, anxious to start off the camp party. After having a tidbit feast and toasting to Kyoko's safe journey back to Japan, we started with our theme.

Kyoko told us that in Japan, this was a taboo camp party where 100 people gather around in a dark room with only a candle each and tell each other their personal ghostly experience, and every time a person finishes his or her story, he or she must blow out their candle and this goes on until the last candle is blown. When we asked why was it taboo, Kyoko only gave us that mysterious smile and replied, "You'll see."

So we went along the game. I told about the story of my Rasa Ria experience and some told the tallest yet scariest tales I've ever heard. Some weren't even credible and some were just outrageously impossible and some weren't even sure that it was a real personal experience or not, but we didn't care. We had fun scaring each other silly and that counts for everything. The hall grew darker and darker as the candles continued to decrease. Finally, only one candle was left and we couldn't see each other's faces. The last person with the lit candle told a tale so scary and so horrifying that it would be better if I'm not reminded of it by telling you about it. Something to do about dismemberment and stuff.

After the person finished the tale and blew out the candle, one of us went to search for the hall lights. We were relieved when the hall was bright and less eerie again. We tried to find out who was the last person telling that horrifying tale but no one admitted telling it. That was when I realized Kyoko was gone. She wasn't around except her blown candle. I tried to look for her in vain, until something told me to go look out the window. I did just that, and soon saw Kyoko walking towards the school gate, but not before looking up towards me and waved goodbye. When she turned around, I thought I saw puncture wounds all over her back and blood all over her clothes! As I watched her step out of the school gate, one of my friends approached me and asked, "Hey, Judith. What are you looking at?"

"Kyoko," I replied. "She's right there, walking out of the school gate. She's leaving us."

"I don't see anyone."

I can tell you, the hairs at the back of my neck shot up like it was ten degrees below zero in that hall. The next day, our teacher came in the room and announced that the exchange student would not make it to our class because her car was being hijacked by a runaway robber and she was shot to death when she tried to escape and call for help on the day she was supposed to fly down to Taiwan and report to our school. When my class monitor exclaimed that she was already here a month ago and had just left today, our teacher said that it was impossible because the day she was supposed to start her exchange student program was today.

"But, miss, did you not see her hanging with Judith? Did you not see us talking to Kyoko? She was sitting at the seat just right beside Judith. You must've seen her!"

"I assumed that you were humouring Judith and her imaginary friend. No offence, Judith, but you are a bit of a weird child among your peers. Honestly, that seat beside Judith had been empty even before Judith came. And how did you know her name was Kyoko?"

Needless to say, the entire class started to burst in tears out of fear. I didn't cry though. I somehow knew what was going on and was prepared for the worst. It still bugs me till today as to how Kyoko's spirit managed to travel ahead of time to a month before her supposed program date to be with us, and to leave us such a parting gift nonetheless.

Goes to show that despite Chinese belief saying that my high forehead would ensure that I would never see "those things", when it comes to frequency, if it clicks, you'll still end up seeing those suckers!
Sunday, January 30, 2011 | By: BlackGargie

Happy Haunting

I went to the RTB Media Carnival on Saturday after our lunch date (which I will blog with pictures maybe after a couple of posts later). Everything was standard procedure and all that, with the exception of something different: a haunted house.

Don't wanna spoil it so soon for you, since I'll be discussing about it in another post, but after going into the haunted house, though there had been a pretty good scare here and there, I suppose it cannot compare with the one that we've done for our own haunted house during our bazaar.

I was Form 5 back then and we were having 1st school bazaar in, like, ever. I come from a very conservative girls' school (80% of our population are Muslims, including teachers) and full-scale gatherings like bazaars are not allowed.

They wouldn't even allow us to have dance competitions or even anything that revealed a little skin. Jeans are banned because they reveal too much body figure and entering dikir barat (a musical poem recital backed up by choirs, drums and tambourines) competitions was banned when I was Form 2 because most competitors from other schools were males and may lead to 'indecent behaviour' among them.

The long and short of it, I was an ex-student of a friggin' Malay version of a convent school!

Thank God I graduated and was outta there before you can say "There's a ghost behind your back".

Anyway, we were thrilled that our school was finally opening its doors wider to a larger public and we were really hyped about the plans of how to create the greatest bazaar ever.

Our class decided to create a haunted house, but was met with utmost objection by our headmistress, along with other classes who had plans on creating game booths. Like I said, very conservative. She said something about game booths promoting gambling and haunted houses bad for karma or something, like inviting 'unwanted guests'.

Needless to say, we were furious. We thought that her assumptions were crazy. What would a bazaar be without games and attractions? It's not all about selling food and drinks, you know. We were all out protesting, well, maybe not literally going out in front of the Headmistress's office and holding protest banners and all, but we did have our own teachers to complain to.

I guess our teachers were so impressed by our passion to build our game booths and haunted house that they managed to persuade and convince their superiors that a little fun and game wouldn't hurt. All in all, our protest was a success and our plans were on the way.

We spent days to prepare for this. Everyone was assigned to a job in either being a ghost or a tour guide. Even friends from other classes who had nothing to do offered their help on creating our haunted house. We selected the classrooms that were situated at the back of the school as our haunted house destination.

We were a little apprehensive about choosing that place because there were banana trees nearby, and according to Malay beliefs, banana trees are where the djinn usually hang around, but we were too enthusiastic about the bazaar to consider such petty nonsense.

We got the dry grass and coconut leaves for the musty cemetery smell, the cardboard and dark curtains from the science lab to darken the rooms and the tables and chairs propped up to make a maze out of it. We even designed posters and banners to be stuck all over school, drawn by yours truly, and made costumes for those playing the role of the ghosts.

We were lucky to find a dead baby rat, in which we added into our collection of spooky jars of formalin, along with chicken feet, intestines and bull's eye (real ones, I kid you not). We also picked some pretty cool sound effects to make our haunted house sound creepy as hell, which one of them, ironically, was sound effects for rest and relaxation and meditation. Who the hell uses the sound of forests that is infested with creepy creature sounds as a method for meditation??

I had my own attire; I played the mad killer from 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' and all I need to wear was a windbreaker with a hood and fashion a hook out of a clothes hanger, coz there was no friggin way that I would ever smudge make-up on my face. I hate make-up with a passion.

Finally the day arrived. During the bazaar, our haunted house was a blast. There was a long line from the science lab all the way to our booth even before we 'open shop'.

My first shift was being the tour guide and as I led the petrified guests through the dark, eerie haunted house, I had to admit that I was rather scared myself, let alone the guests I was with, because they bloody pull and tug at my shirt and made me lose my balance more times than I could count as they scream bloody murder at my friends who scare the hell outta them, and I literally hit the wall when we finally got to the exit and them tearing their way towards it.

I kept warning that the tour guide is in front and not to scare the wrong person coz I was just a terrified, even though I know that those are my friends. I came across someone who was dressed in green with her wet-dog look and green slime all over her body and was rather impressed at how good the make-up she did on herself. She must've put a lot of effort to make it so realistic. I greeted her and continued my shift.

When my shift came to be the ghost, I had my share of being yelled at, being slapped, bonked on the head, kicked, stepped on and goodness knows what sort of pain people can inflict on you when they're scared. Some even posed kung fu and karate moves at me just to scare me off out of reflex, and once I scared the hell of a woman whom I thought was my friend because I came too close to see her face in the dark, though of course, the boyfriend that came with her put up a macho act. ^^;;

I remember meeting this group of jerk boys who think they're all that by trying to scare us instead to show that they're not afraid, but the moment they turned their backs at me, I pressed my cold hook against the back of the last person's neck and almost immediately he jumped and screamed like a girl. XD Reaching under the table that serve as our "maze" to grab at the terrified guests were also the best part of the scare.

Of course, I do play the good guy sometimes and help the guests to go through shortcuts, especially those who strayed away from the "pack" or families who brought kids who are too scared to go through the whole maze, but of course, I still have to be in character, so I showed them the shortcut the way a ghost knows how: standing and looming at the area, pointing to the direction cryptically.

At one point, wearing a wind blazer, playing as a murderer who supposed to be going around killing people under the fucking rain, inside a really hot room where you seem to dehydrate easily and no amount of drinking actually gave you the urge to pee coz you sweat it all off was really giving me the pits, so instead of playing the killer, I decided to just play a dead body who fell outta the wardrobe like a bloody skeleton in the closet kinda thing. It was awesome to just topple out with a bang and lie in their path, scaring the fuck outta them, but then again, revenge was sweet for them as, since my "ghostly compadre" are chasing them from the back and there is no way but forward, the next best thing was step on the poor corpse, i.e. me. I remember perfectly after the aftermath of being stampeded was this:

Friends: Oi, you alright there?
Me: Do I LOOK like I'm OK to you??

Again, I saw the green girl occasionally appearing at the first and second room scaring the wits out of everyone. I waved and greeted her anytime I see her and wondered which class was she from, because she definitely wasn't one of my classmates or any other friend I know from other classes.

We had a great 2-day bazaar weekend. Our haunted house was a big hit. We were the best selling booth throughout the entire school and we really didn't want it to end. But all good things must come to an end somehow.

On Monday, we started discussing excitedly about our best bazaar ever when one of my customers, who's also my friend, approached me and said, "Man, your haunted house was the bomb! Too bad your class is going to graduate this year or we would've asked for an encore next year."

"Thanks," I replied. "So, was I scary or what? You were screaming your head off when I approached you."

"Oh, I wasn't frightened by you. Your character was old school. I was scared by someone else behind you. You know, very tall and all black until I can't see the face. Oh, and who's the girl in green? Man, she's the hit of your haunted house! I must congratulate her in person!"

My skin crawled at the mention of something tall and dark behind my back. Everyone swore no one played the role of the girl in green. No one from other classes either played that role. They claimed to have seen her but no one knew who she really was.

That's when we all realized how true our Headmistress said about inviting 'unwanted guests'. Turned out that by creating such a life-like haunted house, we actually created an atmosphere for the 'unwanted guests' to live in and wander around being seen. The reason we weren't harmed was because 'they' thought we were one of 'them'.

Many have seen other outworldly stuff from our haunted house before and after the bazaar. Even people living in hostels of our neighbouring school claimed to have seen something white floating around inside our haunted house during the two day bazaar and the last person who saw it caught an almost fatal fever a few hours later. We realized that the girl in green could probably be one of the djinn residing in one of those banana trees.

We were scared for a while and were glad we weren't harmed by any of those 'unwanted guests', and we learnt a valuable lesson on tampering with the spirit world. But that didn't deter the future residents of that school.

The last time I visited the school to check out the bazaar, the new generation also made a haunted house at the same place, although not as good as we did it. I never saw the girl in green that day, but I'm sure she was there somewhere hanging around among 'her kind'.
Friday, January 28, 2011 | By: BlackGargie

Yay, Me, The Birthday Girl~!

I know for those on a different timezone it would still be the 27th at your place, but for me, it's already the 28th, and you know what that means?

It's my birthday~! Yay~!

I got me a 500GB hard drive for my birthday, just bought a few minutes ago, and later on I will a good ol' Western birthday dinner at Charcoal, one of our local steakhouse, before going home to enjoy my lovely Oreo cheese birthday cake~! :p

Time sure passes by real quick...

Ahh...Can't believe I'm 27 now. It almost feels like yesterday that I was back in uni doing my studies and handling my clubs and just trying to survive the exams. Now I've entered into the world where my innocence has been stripped away and been bombarded by the blades of reality to the point where I no longer can afford to be 21 anymore.

But then again, that's the beauty of it, I suppose. You look back and you think about the life you led, the joy, the sadness, the triumphs, the regrets, all that has compounded into making you who you are.

Besides, you're never too old to be young at heart. Like Ace of Base used to sing:

C'est la vie, c'est la vie,
On my own tonight
Love will come to you
You are always 21
C'est la vie, c'est la vie,
On my own tonight
Life is good for you, always 21
You are always 21

I think I'm gonna believe that ^_^
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | By: BlackGargie

The Best Moments In Life

Some of the best moments in life I've learnt and agreed from a forwarded mail I received in the office

1. Falling in love.

2. Laughing till your stomach hurts.

3. Enjoying a ride down the country side.

4. Listening to your favorite song on the radio.

5. Going to sleep listening to the rain pouring outside.

6. Getting out of the shower and wrapping yourself with a warm, fuzzy towel.

7. Passing your final exams with good grades.

8.. Being a part of an interesting conversation.

9. Finding some money in some old pants.

10. Laughing at yourself.

11. Sharing a wonderful dinner with all your friends.

12.. Laughing without a reason.

13. "Accidentally" hearing someone say somthing good about you.

14. Watching the sunset.

15. Listening to a song that reminds you of an important person in your life.

16. Receiving or giving your first kiss.

17. Feeling this buzz in your body when seeing this "special" someone.

18. Having a great time with your friends.

19. Seeing the one you love happy.

20. Wearing the shirt of a person you love and smelling his/her perfume.

21. Visiting an old friend of yours and remembering great memories.

22.. Hearing someone telling you "I LOVE YOU"
Monday, January 24, 2011 | By: BlackGargie

Ridiculous Fatwa-s

I know this might get a little religious, but it's actually quite an interesting topic that was forwarded into my mail after the banning of Muslims to do yoga incident and I just have to share it, though you'll have to bear with it being in Malay though. Those who dunno how to read Malay, use Google Translate!

Makin hari umat Islam makin ditindas dan dikongkong. Bukan oleh orang Cina, atau orang India atau orang Yahudi atau orang Kristian. Tetapi dianiya dan dikongkong oleh orang Islam/Melayu sendiri. Please read on.

Selepas fatwa pengharaman yoga, fatwa-fatwa yang akan datang adalah seperti berikut :

Disember 2008
Orang Islam dilarang mandi di kolam renang awam. Di kolam renang awam, akan terdapat orang-orang yang bukan Islam yang memakai pakaian renang yang singkat dan mendedahkan aurat (terutamanya amoi-amoi china yang cun dan seksi). Ini boleh menjejaskan akidah orang Islam. Cara yang paling baik ialah kita haramkan orang Islam dari kolam renang awam.

Januari 2009
Orang Islam dilarang pergi ke Pulau Pinang. Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang adalah seorang yang bukan Islam and majoriti penduduk Pulau Pinang adalah orang yang bukan Islam. Apabila seorang Islam berada di Pulau Pinang, beliau mungkin terhidu bau char keoy tiaw yang dimasak oleh orang bukan Islam dan ini boleh merosakkan akidah kita. Cara yang paling baik ialah kita haramkan orang Islam dari pergi ke Pulau Pinang. Orang Islam yang kini tinggal di Pulau Pinang akan diberi elaun pindah sebanyak RM 3000 untuk membantu mereka berpindah ke negeri-negeri yang lain. Perpindahan ke negeri Kelantan dan Terengganu amat amat digalakkan.

Februari 2009
Orang Islam dilarang meminum root beer. Walaupun root beer tidak mengandungi alkohol, namun perkataan "beer" ini boleh menimbulkan keghairan dan kelakuan tidak senonoh di kalangan orang Islam. Dengan pengharaman root beer, orang Islam bolehlah meminum minuman ringan yang lain tanpa was-was. Ginger beer juga diharamkan.

March 2009
Orang Islam dilarang memakan di kedai Mamak. Walaupun mamak kebanyakkannya Islam, tetapi asal usul mereka adalah India dan ada kemungkinan terdapat unsur-unsur India di dalam perniagaan mereka seperti bercakap Tamil dan memakai seluar dalam buatan India . Untuk mengelakkan sebarang syak wasangka, mulai 1 Mac 2009, orang Islam dilarang dari memakan di kedai mamak (kecuali Tun Mahatir kerana dia sendiri mamak kelas I)

April 2009
Orang Islam dilarang bermain ping pong atau table tennis. Ping pong berasal dari negeri China dan oleh yang demikian, mungkin terdapat unsur-unsur agama Buddha atau Confuciusism di dalam permainan ping pong. Orang Islam yang terlalu banyak bermain ping pong akan terjejas akidah mereka. Sebagai permainan alternatif, orang Islam digalakkan bermain sepak raga (tetapi bola raga mesti buatan Malaysia , bukan dari Thailand ).

Mei 2009
Orang Islam yang berkerja dengan kerajaan dilarang mengambil gaji masing-masing. Ini kerana sebahagian besar pendapatan kerajaan adalah cukai pendapatan yang dibayar oleh syarikat-syarikat orang bukan Islam. Orang Islam digalakkan meminta sedekah dari orang Islam yang lain. Untuk memudahkan permintaan sedekah, bakal peminta sedekah digalakkan mencangkung di hadapan bangunan UMNO.

Jun 2009
Orang Islam dilarang keluar negara. Terdapat terlalu banyak godaan yang boleh meruntuhkan akhlak dan akidah orang Islam. Perkara ini telahpun dikaji dengan teliti hasil lawatan sambil belajar ke Bangkok oleh Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan baru-baru ini. Oleh yang demikian, orang orang Islam diminta menyerahkan balik paspot masing-masing ke jabatan immigresen secepat mungkin. Perjalanan keluar negara hanya dibenarkan untuk menteri-menteri dan orang kuat UMNO sahaja, itupun hanya jika diiringi oleh ahli Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan.

Julai 2009
Orang Islam dilarang berfikir di waktu siang. Kebanyakkan masalah jenayah dan maksiat wujud kerana orang-orang yang tak ada kerja berfikir yang bukan-bukan. Untuk membenteras maslah jeneyah dan maksiat, orang-orang Islam mulai 1 Julai 2009, dilarang dari menggunakan otak mereka diwaktu siang. Pemikiran mereka akan dipantau oleh Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan dengan menggunakan sekumpulan specially trained monkeys. Orang Islam boleh menggunakan otak mereka di waktu malam tetapi pemikiran dihadkan kepada perkara-perkara berkaitan dengan makan dan minum sahaja.

Please do not laugh. Many of the above will become a reality if we do not do anything. The rational-thinking muslims in this country are simply not doing anything. We let a very small minority of narrow-minded idiots to control our lives. We, especially the Malay muslims, are fast becoming a laughing stock worldwide. We are obsessed with the little little things.

When there are so many important things remain to be done, why must the Fatwa folks spend their time on little things.. tomboys, yoga, etc, etc. Why don't we ever hear anything from the Fatwa folks for social justice, eradicating corruption and poverty, protecting single mothers, helping the poors, educating the ummah, protecting the environment or ensuring fairness in society.

If you are a rationale, forward thinking muslim, please speak up. If you choose to remain silent, it only means that you agree with whatever is happening. And do not blame the non-muslims for all our troubles. We are asking for it.


Just for fun XDDDD

If U were born on the 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th of any month U r number 1....

If U were born on the 2nd, 11th, 20th, 29th of any month then U r number 2...

If U were born on the 3rd, 12th, 21st, 30th of any month then U r number 3...

If U were born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd, 31st of any month then U r number 4...

If U were born on the 5th, 14th, 23rd of any month then U r number 5...

If U were born on the 6th,15th,24th of any month then U r number 6...

If U were born on the 7th,16th,25th of any month then U r number 7...

If U were born on the 8th,17th,26th of any month then U r number 8...

If U were born on the 9th,18th,27th of any month then U r number 9...

Number 1

You are smart, straight talking, funny, stubborn, hardworking, honest, jealous on competing basis, kind hearted, angry, friendly, authorities, famous person...always want to be and regarded as first on people. Position, they are often like to be independent, will never be under others, self confident people!

You are most likely to fall in love in the younger age, but will get marry when you mature! You are likely to have problems with people who have opposite views and you are most likely to take revenge over your enemies in a long time basis. You are a spender, but you will have a good profession in the future. If you are guy you will be very popular that everybody will have mental attraction and respect at you. You can go anywhere from the local shop to the heart of the parliament because you are positive and well talented in numerous issues!! But in your life you will always have some people who will work hard to bring you & your name down. This is undercover!! Coz of your smart behavior you will be hated by some people too...

Your family life is very cool, you will have a very nice partner & wonderful children... You are pioneer, independent & original...

Your best match is 4,6,8 good match is 3,5,7 !!!

Number 2

No matter what, you will be loved by every one coz your ruler is the Moon and every one loves the Moon. Well.. You are a person who day dream a lot, you have very low-self confidence, you need back up for every move in your life, you are very much unpredictable. Means you do change according to time and circumstances, kind a selfish, have a very strong sense of musical, artistic talent, verbal communication. Your attitudes are like the Moon, comes to gloom and fade away so everybody can expect changes in you. You can be a next Mahatma Gandhi who does peace love or you can be a Hitler who wants to destroy the man kind and peace (I mean in the community and your own home).

If you really have a deep thought about your own believe in God you can feel the difference which will make you stronger! Most of the time your words are a kind of would be happening true! So without any knowledge you can predict the situation. You will become poets, writers, any artistic business people!

You are not strong in love, so you will be there and here till you get marry.. If U r a girl you will be a responsible woman in the whole family. If U r a man you will involve in fights & arguments in the family or vice-versa. Means you will sacrifice your life for the goodness sake of your family...You are gentle , intuitive with a broad vision, a power behind the scenes, well balanced People!!!

Your best match is 2 ,5 ,9 no other people can put up with you !!!

Number 3

You are a person of hard hearted, selfish most of the times, religious, loves to climb up in your life. You always tend to have lots of problems within your family in the early stages but you will put up with everything..You have the strong word power, pretty happy face... So wherever you go always you have got what you wanted!!! And from the birth always wanted to work hard in order to achieve something.. You will not get anything without hard work! When you reach a man/woman age you want other younger once to listen to you because you want younger people to respect people older than them. You do set so many examples to others.

Generally you are not a cool person. It's not easy thing dealing with you. A tough player you are! But once you like someone's attitud! e then here you go, what can I say? It will be a lasting friendship. You always have respect from others. Your life seems to have lots of worries and problems but sure they won't be long.. You will always have brilliant kids!!! You love the money a bit too much so temptation will push you to endless trying and trying.. If you are a guy then it's over. Looking after your family and help friends, so you will spend a life time just being generous and kind (except 21st born men). And number 3s you will be such an example of how to be in the culture & life!!! If you are girl then you have good character and culture & hardworking attitude. You always follow.. You are a freedom lover, creative, ambition focused, a person who brings beauty , hope & joy to this world!!!

Your best match 6 ,9. Good match 1 ,3 ,5 !!!

Number 4

You are very stubborn too, very hard working but unlucky in important matters in life, very cool, helpful, you have rough word power.. Might put lots of people away from you, you may cause nuisance to others if you are a man, and you often understands others and their problems well. If you are a girl you are very good with studies and arts. If you are a guy you spend most of the time after girl friends (almost) at times, you will have sort of too much fun life with mates & girls. Your friends will spend your time & money and get away with their life and you will become empty handed and don't know what to do... So be careful!! You love to spend anyway!!! Your good will is you are always there to help family and friends. Tell you what you people are little gem! s, specially the girls..

You always fall in love in younger age as well. You often live with disappointments, for an example you have got a degree in some thing... but you will be unemployed.. or will do very ordinary jobs. But you will take care of your family very well...All you need to be careful of people who will take advantage of your kind heart. And beware of your relations too.. You are radical, patient, persistent, a bit old-fashioned, you live with foundation & order...

Your best Match 1, 8. Good match 5 ,6 , 7 !!!

Number 5

You are very popular within the community, you can get things done by just even enemies! You have a pretty good business mind, you are often have no-idea what is today is like, or tomorrow is like, you are a person who does anything when your head thinks 'lets do this'. You will be famous if you open up a business, get involve in share dealings, music etc.. Very popular with sense of humor ,you are the one your friends and families will always ask for help, and you are the one actually get money on credit and help your friends. You will have more than 1 relationship, but when u get settle down you will be a bit selfish anyway. Coz your other half will have a pretty good amount of control in you, be careful! You tend to go for other relationships!

Contacts even you are married at times 'coz your popularity.. You are someone who get along with anyone coz the number 5 is the middle number.. Changes & freedom lovers you are! You are an explorer with magic on your face. You learn your life through experience and it's your best teacher!!!

Your best match 1 ,2 ,9. Good match 6 ,8 !!!

Number 6 are born to enjoy.. You don't care about others. I mean you are always want to enjoy your life time, you are a person.. You will be very good in either education or work wise or business management! You are talented, kind (but with only people who you think are nice), very beautiful girls and guys, popular and more than lucky with anything in your lives. All the goodness does come with you. Your mind and body is just made perfect for love. You are lovable by any other numbers. But if you are a number 6 man, you will experience kind of looks from most girls and will involve in more than few relationships until you get married. If you are girl,
most of you will get marry/engaged early. You are a caring person towards your family & friends . If you miss the half-way mark then you are about to suffer physically and mentally. Generally you will lead a very good inner-home happiness with nothing short of. You are a person of compassion, comfort & fairness, domestic responsibility, good judgment, and after all you can heal this world wounds to make peace for every life coz you have the great power of caring talent to make this world of love one step further...

Your best match 1, 6, 9. Good match 4, 5!!!

Number 7

You have got the attraction to anyone out there, you are realistic, very confident, happy, such a talented individual with your education, music, arts, singing, and most importantly acting too. You have real problems with bad temper! If you are a girl, you are popular with the subjects listed above. You give up things for your parents. I mean you value your family status a lot, you will be in the top rank when you reach a certain age. If you are a guy you are popular with girls, you are a very talented too. Most of the number 7s face lots of problems with their marriage life.

Only a very few are happy. You have everything in your life, but still always number 7s have some sort of unfullfilness, such worries all their lifetime. It's probably the Lord given you al! l sort of over the standard humans talents and you are about to suffer in family life. So you need to get ready looking for a partner rather than waiting. If you don't, then you might end-up single. So take care with this issue,ok? You are wonderful, friendly, artistic, happy person.. You are born to contribute lots to this world!!!

Your best match is 2. Good matches are 1,4 !!!

Number 8

You are a very strong personality, there's no one out there will understand you. You are very good at pointing your finger at some thing and say 'this is what'. You are more likely to suffer from the early ages. I mean poverty. If your times are not good
you might lose either of your parent and end up looking after your entire family. You often suffer all the way in life. The problems will not allow you to study further, but you will learn the life in a very practical way. You are the one who will fight for justice and may die in the war too. You are normally very reserved with handful of friends and most of the time live life lonely and always prepared to help others. Well. once you get married (which is often late) then your bad lucks will go away a bit and you! u become safe. You will face un-expected problems such as : the error, government, poisonous animals, accidents. You are some one with great discipline, persistence, courage, strength which will take you to success. You are a great part of a family team. You are a fighter!

Your Best match 1 ,4, 8. Good match 5 !!!

Number 9 guys are the incompatibles people in the world. You are so strong, physically and mentally... You are often have big-aims. You will work hard and hard to get there. Normally you suffer in the early age from family problems and generally you will have fighting life.. But when you achieve what you have done, it's always a big task you have done! You are so much respected in the community, you are a person who can make a challenge and successfully finish the matter off. You are very naughty in your younger age, often beaten up by your parents and involve in fights and you seemed to have lots of injuries in your life time. But when u grow you become calm and macho type.

Love is not an easy matter for you. You are good in engineering or banking jobs coz people always trust you. Your family life is very good, but will have worries over your children. Your such qualities are humanitarian, patient, very wise & compassionate. You are born to achieve targets and serve every one all equally without any prejudice. You are totally a role model to anybody in the world for a great inspiration.

Your Best match 3, 5, 6, 9. Good match 2

The Art of Kissing and Loving

I literally LOL-ed over this forward mail:

The Lovers of the Heart
In order to form a more perfect kiss, enable the mighty hug to promote to whom we please but one kiss.

Article 1:
Statement of Love: The Kiss

1. Kiss on the hand
I adore you

2. Kiss on the cheek
I just want to be friends

3. Kiss on the neck
I want you

4. Kiss on the lips
I love you

5. Kiss on the ears
I am just playing

6. Kiss anywhere else
lets not get carried away

7. Look in your eyes
kiss me

8. Playing with your hair
I can't live without you

9. Hand on your waist
I love you to much to let you go

Article 2: The Three Steps

1. Girls:
If any guys gets fresh with you, slap him.

2. Guys
If any girl slaps you, her intentions are still good.

3. Guys & Girls
Close your eyes when kissing, it is rude to stare.

Article 3: The Commandments

1. Thou shall not squeeze too hard.

2. Thou shall not ask for a kiss, but take one.

3. Thou shall kiss at every opportunity.

* Remember *
A peach is a peach
A plum is a plum,
A kiss isn't a kiss
Without some tongue.
So open up your mouth
close your eyes,
and give your tongue
some exercise!!!

Here are a few reasons why guys like girls:

1. They will always smell good even if its just shampoo

2. The way their heads always find the right spot on our shoulder

3. How cute they look when they sleep

4. The ease in which they fit into our arms

5. The way they kiss you and all of a sudden everything is right in the world

6. How cute they are when they eat

7. The way they take hours to get dressed but in the end it makes it all worth while

8. Because they are always warm even when its minus 30 outside

9. The way they look good no matter what they wear

10. The way they fish for compliments even though you both know that you think she's the most beautiful thing on this earth

11. How cute they are when they argue

12. The way her hand always finds yours

13. The way they smile

14. The way you feel when you see their name on the call ID after you just had a big fight

15. The way she says 'lets not fight anymore' even though you know that an hour later....

16. The way they kiss when you do something nice for them

17. The way they kiss you when you say 'I love you'

18. Actually ... just the way they kiss you...

19. The way they fall into your arms when they cry

20. Then the way they apologize for crying over something that silly

21. The way they hit you and expect it to hurt

22. Then the way they apologize when it does hurt. (even though we don't admit it)!

23. The way they say 'I miss you'

24. The way you miss them

25.The way their tears make you want to change the world so that it doesn't hurt her anymore..... Yet regardless if you love them, hate them, wish they would die or know that you would die without them ... it matters not.

Because once in your life, whatever they were to the world they become everything to you. When you look them in the eyes, traveling to the depths of their souls and you say a million things without trace of a sound, you know that your own life is inevitable consumed within the rhythmic beatings of her very heart.

We love them for a million reasons, no paper would do it justice. It is a thing not of the mind but of the heart. A feeling. Only felt.

God Left Clues

Interesting thing I see in forward mail:

Something interesting to know and practice in daily life.

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemica l cons tituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of S perm a S we ll to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries

Grapefruits, Oranges, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes

5 Minute Management Course

This is soooooooooo funny! Pass it around!


Lesson 1:
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor.

Before she! says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel, '

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'

'It was Bob the next door neighbor,' she replies.

'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

Moral of the story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2:
A priest offered a Nun a lift. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.

The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?' The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.

The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.'

Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129

It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.'

Moral of the story:
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Lesson 3:
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'

'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.'

Puff! She's gone.

'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.'

Puff! He's gone.

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch.'

Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 4
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'

The eagle answered: ' Sure , why not.'

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 5
A turkey was chatting with a bull. 'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'

'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. 'They're packed with nutrients.' !

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:
Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

Lesson 6
A little bird was flying south for the Winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is necessary your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's better to keep your voice low and watch - enemy or friend!


True Descriptions of Zodiacs

Another one of those just-for-fun articles through forward mail. Thought I'd share

VIRGO - The Perfectionist
Dominant in relationships. Conservative. Always wants the last word. Argumentative. Worries. Very smart. Dislikes noise and chaos. Eager. Hardworking. Loyal. Beautiful. Easy to talk to. Hard to please. Harsh. Practical and very fussy. Often shy. Pessimistic.

SCORPIO - The Intense One
Very energetic. Intelligent. Can be jealous and/or possessive. Hardworking. Great kisser. Can become obsessive or secretive. Holds grudges. Attractive. Determined. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Romantic . Can be self-centered at times. Passionate and Emotional.

LIBRA - The Harmonizer
Nice to everyone they meet. Can't make up their mind. Have own unique appeal. Creative, energetic, and very social. Hates to be alone. Peaceful, generous. Very loving and beautiful. Flirtatious. Give in too easily. Procrastinators. Very gullible.

ARIES - The Daredevil
Energetic. Adventurous and spontaneous. Confident and enthusiastic. Fun. Loves a challenge. EXTREMELY impatient. Sometimes selfish. Short fuse. (easily angered.) Lively, passionate, and sharp wit. Outgoing. Lose interest quickly - easily bored. Egotistical. Courageous and assertive. Tends to be physical and athletic.

AQUARIUS - The Sweetheart
Optimistic and honest. Sweet personality. Very independent. Inventive and intelligent. Friendly and loyal. Can seem unemotional. Can be a bit rebellious. Very stubborn, but original and unique. Attractive on the inside and out. Eccentric personality.

GEMINI - The Chatterbox
Smart and witty. Outgoing, very chatty. Lively, energetic. Adaptable but needs to express themselves. Argumentative and outspoken. Likes change. Versatile. Busy, sometimes nervous and tense. Gossips. May seem superficial or inconsistent, But is only changeable. Beautiful physically and mentally.

LEO - The Boss
Very organized. Need order in their lives - like being in control. Like boundaries. Tend to take over everything. Bossy. Like to help others. Social and outgoing. Extroverted. Generous, warm-hearted. Sensitive. Creative energy. Full of themselves. Loving. D oing the right thing is important to Leos. Attractive...

CANCER - The Protector
Moody, emotional. May be shy. Very loving and caring. Pretty/handsome. Excellent partners for life. Protective. Inventive and imaginative. Cautious. Touchy-feely kind of person... Needs love from others. Easily hurt, but sympathetic.

PISCES - The Dreamer
Generous, kind, and thoughtful. Very creative and imaginative. May become secretive and vague. Sensitive. Don't like details. Dreamy and unrealistic. Sympathetic and loving. Kind. Unselfish. Good kisser. Beautiful.

CAPRICORN - The Go-Getter
Patient and wise. Practical and rigid. Ambitious. Tends to be good-looking. Humorous and funny. Can be a bit shy and reserved. Often pessimists. Capricorns tend to act before they think and can be unfriendl y at times. Hold grudges. Like competition. Get what they want.

TAURUS - The Enduring One
Charming but aggressive. Can come off as boring, but they are not. Hard workers. Warm-hearted. Strong, has endurance. Solid beings who are stable and secure in their ways. Not looking for shortcuts. Take pride in their beauty. Patient and reliable. Make great friends and give good advice. Loving and kind. Loves hard - passionate. Express themselves emotionally. Prone to ferocious temper-tantrums. Determined. Indulge themselves often. Very generous.

SAGITTARIUS - The Happy-Go-Lucky One
Good-natured optimist. Doesn't want to grow up (Peter Pan Syndrome). Indulges self. Boastful. Likes luxuries and gambling. Social and outgoing. Doesn't like responsibilities. Often fantasizes. Impatient. Fun to be around. Having lots of friends. Flirtatious. Doesn't like rules. Sometimes hypocritical. Dislikes being confined - tight spaces or even tight clothes. Doesn't like being doubted. Beautiful inside and out.

Why Geeks Can Be Good Lovers

Got this from a forwarded mail of my friend way back when. Decided to share it with you guys

One of the Universal Truths that lie just beyond the fabric of modern society is the axiom that geeks, along with nerds and other peoples who overinvest in intelligence but boast underdeveloped social skills, make the best lovers. Once people realize this, the sexual revolution that will sweep through western culture will make the seventies look like the fifties, and I'm not talking about wider pants. The reasons why geeks are unparalleled as lovers are simple and many:

Geeks don't sleep around. Geeks, through their higher IQ and therefore greater understanding of the tragedy of human condition, know that the dice only seem to have more sides on the other side of the table. Hence, they instinctively stay loyal to their lovers through thick and thin. Their social skills are also not well developed enough to support an affair, and frankly, geeks generally aren't quite sure how they ended up with the lover they have attracted. When you date a geek, you know the geek will be yours until you are done.

Geeks are good at the things they try. When's the last time you met a geek who didn't have some secret skill just simmering below the surface of a simple-seeming life, honed in the wee hours of the night? It could be hacking, playing video games, or the ability to insert and remove those stupid computer power plug things from drives without cursing or breaking a finger. Let sex become their new favorite late-night hobby, and you know that a geek won't quit until he or she has learned how to hack into your brainstem through specific genitalia interfacing in parallel with general dermal and oral bonding.

Geeks are not interested in status. Geeks became geeks because they chose to spend their time doing things that would not necessarily make them popular with everyone else in school, like sports and fashion. The ability to resist peer pressure is important to a geek. This means that a geek is more interested in their or your happiness than looking good to others, which will come in handy when either (a) you need attention, in any sort ranging from the nurturing to the lascivious, and also, because both of those things are not necessarily unorthagonal dimensions, any combination of the two, or (b) you need to be rescued because it is the climax of a teen 80's movie. Or both.

Geeks haven't formed bad habits. After years of serially dating lots of other women, many socially successful guys have become too confident to be intimate, think of women only for sex, and don't have any intention of letting what in their minds is "just another girlfriend" enjoy the last spring roll. Let us not even pry into the diabolical, dark, twisted, and depraved mind of the girl who has serially dated many men. None of this is true of the geek, however. The lack of past romantic partners allows the geek to approach lovers with the zest of the neophyte. Geeks are not full of romantic confidence; however, once coaxed from their emotional holes like tame bunnies, they are eager to please and enjoy their newfound relationship.

Geeks can concentrate. Geeks can focus their energy on one task with the intensity of a hunting cheetah. Granted, the task they are focusing on may have more to do with hunting orcs with a +1 Sword of Piercing rather than hunting gazelles with claws, but the fact remains that a geek, once set upon a task and given Mountain Dew, becomes a tireless slave to their goal. Put a six-pack of Dew on the bedside table and a geek between the sheets, and you have found yourself one relentless lover. When's the last time all night actually meant all night? When's the last time you were with someone who, if they needed more of the night, knew how to get it?

Geeks have excellent finger dexterity. Geeks roll dice. Geeks play video games. Geeks flip pages in books. Geeks type a lot, and use characters like ~ and ^ and | that no one else has any use for. Geeks use calculators in postfix notation. As a result, a geek knows how to use his or her fingers to greatest possible effect. Whether you have a button that needs pushing or a joystick that needs joy, a geek is the person for the job.

Geeks have imagination. Once you have found your amazing lover, you wouldn't want things to become boring. That is where geeks prove their real worth. Replayability is important to the value-conscious video-game playing geek, and this translates to relationships as well. Wouldn't you want to date someone who has created a Quake 3 mod? Wouldn't you want to date someone who has written steamy Everquest fan fiction involving elven incest? Wouldn't you want to date someone who wished they were Morpheus rather than someone who wished they were Barry Bonds?

There are plenty of other reasons why geeks are the best lovers around, but don't just take my word for it. Find the nearest sexy geek and coax that person into asking you out, even if you have to do so using instant messanger. Remember: the only non-sexy geek is a single geek.

I guess it's a blessing in disguise that I have a geek for a hubby XD
Saturday, January 22, 2011 | By: BlackGargie

I'm Only Popular...Online

Just received another troop of fans this morning. Well, technically more like one yesterday and one today. One was called Abe from Michigan and one called Kitty from Scotland.

They all were fans of my fanfics and/or fanarts that I post everywhere online and had viewed me as either their hero, their idol or their inspiration, whichever fits. Even Abe said, since he's a quilt-maker, wants to make a wall-hanging for me. I feel absolutely honoured to be even graced with this sort of offer, let alone receiving it. Most of the time people would draw fanarts for me or entertain my requests, but to have an actual physical gift, now that's phenomenal.

So by far, I have friends from almost all over the America and Europe countries, more or less, as listed here:

Michigan, USA
Colorado, USA
Maryland, USA
Alaska, USA
California, USA
Lancashire, UK

I seem to be popular online, but if you see me in public, I'd probably would not exist ^_^;;

World Habitat Day

Last week (or was it the week before?) after our lunch date, my friend and I went to check out this fair/expo that was happening in The Mall in conjunction with World Habitat Day in which they have a project called Homes for the Future or something of the sort.

Apparently they're gonna build some sort of apartment and/or condominium that is affordable for all to live as no one will get left out to have the luxurious part of the comforts of home, so yeah, that's the gist of what I get from the fair anyways.

Here are some of the pictures I've taken just for the fun of it. Since I was inside, I decided to take it backwards from inside to out:

Kid's wardrobe and dresser

Overall layout of the children's room

Children's bed and bedside table, which this mom has gotten in the way of the shot, dammit

Master bedroom's toilet

Master bedroom's bed

Master bedroom wardrobe, which is like mine with a separator but unlike my sliding door, this one is a normal opening outward door

Master bedroom wardrobe

Overall layout of the master bedroom

Guest room bed

Guest room wardrobe, which had quite an oriental motif on it

Overall layout of the guest room, though people tend to get in my shot -_-*

Guest room dresser

Laundry room, which is the first time I actually see exist in Brunei or anywhere that is in front of my eyes, LOL

Dining area

Kitchen area, and again people are in my shot, but I really love the kitchen area the most, almost feels like one of those nice open kitchens USA homes usually have. While I was trying to get a good shot from an angle to capture most of the area, I accidentally bumped into someone from behind and when I turned to apologize, I noticed he was carrying a video camera. Apparently he had the same idea too to capture shots of the place. Now that is footage!

Living room area

A guest book outside for visitors who dropped in to check it out to sign in, and of course, I jumped into the bandwagon

The front door entrance

The verandah

Shots of the windows from the outside

Another verandah on the other side

Let's take it from the top...

I had to take two pics to fit the entire layout of the apartment from the top

It was an interesting experience, and I wouldn't mind living in a home like this, though it would probably be hard if I want my PC and my hubby wants the TV and PS3 and electronic whatnot in the master bedroom for easy access since it's kinda small even for a master bedroom, but anywho, it is actually quite livable, if it's true about the reasonable price and all.

Whether or not they will pull through with it and go forth is another thing altogether, if we know all too well about the culture of Bruneian strategists...But that's another story >.>
Saturday, January 8, 2011 | By: BlackGargie

Consumer Fair 2011

Went on a Consumer Fair this year in ICC, since this was actually quite my first time going, and since my friend is actually on leave on that day, so yeah, lucky me.

This be the International Convention Centre (ICC), located in Berakas area on the hill opposite the sports complex and within the confines of the government areas and about a few minutes drive away from Orchid Garden Hotel. They often have a lot of conventions and expos and whatnot (had that tech convention last year that I had fun with the SmartBoard and rivaled with a fellow artist), but this is actually kinda sorta my first time being in a consumer fair even though it's on 3 times a year. Yes, I know, it's sad. Sue me '''-_-;;

It was raining cats and dogs, so we took the shuttle that is rented by ICC for this event just to pick people up from the stadium carpark up to this building. From the entrance itself, it's already clear that it is bloody jam-packed like crazy. Men and women, young and old, all here to check out what's hot and what's new, and being that this is the 2nd last day of the fair, all the more so to go there to get bargain prices

Making our way to the Japanese market, which is quite a highlight to me

Hardworking men trying to sell household products, though we've got enough mops at home to go around. Sorry, guys

Plowing through the mass of people around the area, passing by stalls who are cashing in on the fair to make a quick buck

Trigger-happy moments

"Swordsmen" selling their ware, claiming their knives are the best, though I gotta say, if it can cut through paper like scissors so easily, it's gotta be something good!

Nice colourful sewing gadgets

Ladies standing out there holding out try-out foods for the customers.

Free food galore~! Though in small little bits of candy and stuff. Who says there's no such thing as free lunch?

Cute fairy food try-out lady willing to be photographed for me ^_^

More trigger-happy shots

Aha, Spades is also cashing in on the fair! That should be worth dropping by a little

Autograph bears shipped in from UK where you can carry it around to ask for autographs or just have autograph memoirs with your friends. Good for graduation

Cute little girlies willing to be photographed, though I especially love the neko girl. So kawaii~!

Moar trigger-happy shots of stalls

Ah, the area where I'm most interested in: The Japanese Product Street. Kinda reminds me of the scene in Haruhi Suzumiya during the summer hols where there's stands everywhere and people wearing kimono-s and yukata-s during the fair. The signboard looks rather cool though, meshing old school drawings with modern gags in it. If you're wondering, the Japanese words there reads "Yakitori", though what it means, I have no idea ^_^;;

Awesome yukata on one of the workers who is more than willing to be photographed. He was outside the entrance of the emporium shouting "3 Dollars! 3 Dollars! Everything must go! 3 Dollars!" meaning that they were now having their clearance sale and everything in there, and I mean everything is $3! What a bargain!

Stands available with Japanese products in abundance. Apparently they sell things that seemed to be not much different than ours, just that the packaging was fancier, though they do sell certain items that we don't have it here. It's so sad that I'm not rich, or I would've bought one of each to try and see how it differs with food here in Brunei. $3 is quite the bargain, but money is a problem for my rather thin wallet right now

Just a few nice kimono-clad workers there looking oh-so-sweet to be willing to be photographed. Apparently the manager was there too and was scouring around to see how business was doing. I wanted to approach him after knowing he is a genuine Japanese man, but it wouldn't be wise to do so when it's someone you don't know, so I did what I did best: Do something silly that just might work to catch his attention.

I pretended to walk past one of the stands, randomly pick up a product and read the Japanese words out loud and pretending it was just casual reading but actually I wanted to read it to catch the manager's attention. It worked alright, as he struck a conversation with me, impressed at how I knew hirakana (which was the words I was reading), and I told him of how I was self-learning Japanese through anime and stuff, and how it sorta helped me get through my day as a tour guide when I had a Japanese tourist who didn't frickin understand a single word of English I was saying, and he was even impressed at my ability to learn languages quite easily. I finally managed to ask him why is it that he did not sell yukata-s and kimono-s and he said he would've had but couldn't make it. He opened one of the wafer cases for me to try, and, despite it tasting like any other wafer rolls, I complimented the taste out of courtesy saying "O-ishi" for good measure, and he was happy to hear that

Gotta love Japan and the Japanese :D

Some weird Flintstone clown just suddenly show up sending flyers around, so I decided to snap shot him, though that is not how Fred Flintstone is supposed to look like though

Some of the items in display, including jawbreakers and cookies and biscuits and even Doraemon treats! So cute~! X3

More trigger-happy moments as we entered the emporium that was behind the Japanese stalls. Looks like even furniture stores and the like are cashing in on this event as well, though I doubt they're willing to sell their furniture for $3! XD

Apparently on stage, Ranoadidas was doing his own thing by hosting Cyber Games Competition for people. There was football, driving (I think), Call of Duty (or was it something else? These first person shooter games are really almost alike) and DJ games, which was pretty awesome. Too bad I'm not good at playing any games except The Sims XDDDD

OMG! It's Ranoadidas with the guy he collaborated with to create Love Food, Hate Waste! A definite photo moment right there with our own Brunei celebs! And of course, his friend had to go photo-bombing at the back there XD

More trigger-happy moments. And the shoes~! I've never seen so many shoes~!!

Some sort of new-age vacuum device that goes around the room to vacuum the area by itself. It's cute, great for bachelor pods and lazy people, but definitely costing a bundle

More trigger-happy moments

Some sort of odd health device or something, like an electronic version of the health gadget where you stand on it for long periods of time so that it'll promote blood circulation and whatnot. Either that or it's a rather elaborate piece of weighing scale

Even food stores are cashing in on the action, with the same old, same old food from the same old, same old company

Another round of stalls with more promoters and stuff, and even a bridal stand. Sorry, folks, you're a little late to promote for me for my wedding

My friend stopping at one stall to ask questions about diving while I go trigger-happy on the gears, and even joked around with one of the promoters there, threatening to take away his turtle doll

A home-design company promoting their wares outside the emporium

Managed to plow our way through the crowd to get to another emporium where more stuff are, passing through more side stalls, one of them being the so-called slimming pants where you wear them underneath your actual clothes or something and it will probably squeeze the hell out of you to shrink down your cellulite or something. Yeah, right, judging by the people selling them who looked twice my size, I doubt it actually works

The moment you enter here, aside from the cars in display, you will be hit with the aroma of food, so it looks like this place is mainly concerned with selling food items and drinks, judging by the smoothie stand on my left and the Maggi noodles stand on my right the minute I set foot into this part of the emporium

Le smoothie stand I speak off. The promoter there is quite photogenic

Ice-cream from the Kingston stand (where I applied and failed to get an employment from). My friend's cousin (whose brother is married to my hubby's cousin, which makes me and my friend related through marriage) was there working and treated us to a cup of free softdrinks

More trigger-happy moments of the stalls, in which I am right where they are actually focusing a lot on food stuff, and going around letting people have food try-outs. Maybe we should've settled our lunch here rather than coming over here after lunch, coz there are absolutely amazing nice food here that I would love to try but am too full to

Looks like engineering companies are cashing in on the fair. Too bad their ice-cream maker was the industrial type, or I would love to purchase one for our convenience to make our own ice-cream :d

They're even cashing in on the cat food. Might work well for our stray pet Bushy

Indian products for sale~

More food try-outs. Like I said, should've settled our lunch here

Was going trigger-happy everywhere and saw a huge commotion over this stand, shouting that they're selling things at a dollar, and I was wondering what was it that they're selling in such a bargain price, and apparently they're trying to clear out their drinks by selling 3 cans of their Heaven & Earth Jasmine Tea for $1. Too bad I'm not really a fan of Jasmine tea, so yeah, didn't bother buying

More photo-frenzies, and another food tryout girl willing to be photographed

Wow, Go-kart games here trying to cash in as well! Too bad I suck at playing these games. I'll die at the very first turnabout XP

More promotion going around, one with their iron especially, but have no need for that at the moment, since I don't do the laundry (the perks of having a maid XD)

Our smoothies guy being photogenic

Maggi noodles in da house~!

Moar photo-frenzies

Some guy promoting a butterfly massager, which is basically some sort of massage stone to pinpoint areas to give you the best spots

Food stalls again...

Some guy selling the world's thinnest wallet courtesy from Korea leather or something. Sorry, man, it's interesting, but I'm not interested (I prefer my wallet with dozens of pockets, it's a fetish thing)

More food stuff, with people buying something to munch on and sit and relax after a long day scouring around for things to buy and bargain

Kudos to the promoters and sales boys

Interesting honey all the way from Yemen. I was interested to try this one but sadly it's only for married couple and too bad my hubby is not here with me, so out of respect for the customs, I'll just settle for taking pictures

Promoters hard at work. Ganbatte, people~

Even bags get to cash in on the event

The glare was really strong on this one when I tried to take picture of the crowd, so...experience the power of holy light, all ye unfaithful~! *insert holy choir sound here* XDDD

Moving on to the main emporium

Up front in the entrance were kids performing yo-yo tricks, and I couldn't resist taking a photo and videoing them. I can only do the basic up and down style, but actual stuff like what they're doing? Uh-uh

Electronics and beauty products galore

We were looking forward to the section where they feature Taiwanese inventions, gives me a sense of home being with people like these, though technically some of those people, despite their stand being under the Taiwan Invention community, are actual based in their company, mostly Malaysian

Here are some "inventions" that they have:

Water-oxidizing machine

Taiwan Ah Li San (Mountain Ah Li) Tea

Mutli-purpose magnifying glass

Head massager (but given a test, feels more like a head scratcher XDDD)

Card and trinket holder

More tea and health products

World's smallest clothes iron ever~! XD

Toy blocks for kids, which is one of those really old, long-standing toys that I used to play when I was a kid. Didn't think they would still manufacture these. Brings back memories there

Two-minute noodles

Knives of all kinds, sharp enough to create food of art

Cream and beauty products, guaranteed to even cure eczema

Paper planes that behave like boomerangs, a modernized version of an old 60's toy

More promotions abound

Been seeing this product around even at The Mall and certain other expos. About some sort of multipurpose dress that can be expanded from just one furry cloth/towel or something like that. Looks interesting, but I don't really see the occasion for it

Blender promotion

Even Brunei Press is cashing in

Photo-frenzy galore

Taiwan books, mostly educational, for sale, some of them providing tutorials for certain art software. Pretty cool stuff, and written in traditional Chinese, which really is my kind of Chinese that I read better than simplified ones

This stand here sell 3-D posters, which is basically one of those 3D arts that we used to like when we were kids that are on our stationeries and pencil cases and whatnot, but on posters and not one of those that are made in such a way that if you shift in one angle the picture would change position as if it were a moving picture. Yeah, that kind, though unfortunately they were just a tad too expensive

More trinkets

A really cute clock that I wouldn't mind getting, but unfortunately my hubby wouldn't share my sense of kawaii taste

Tour groups cashing in as well

Demo of a multi-purpose hair-tying device to make our life easier

Moar items for sale

Here is the billboard of the Brunei National Yoyo Championship. Not sure whether it was supposed to be a contest or whatever, but I guess that what the fanciful yoyo playing was about. The DJ even made announcement that there would be a ice-cream eating contest, would love to join if we weren't pressing for time

Few more promotional stalls cashing in

An interior designing company also setting up stall here, I particularly like the butterfly designs

Lorenzo, known for their bed products

Even Brunei Shell Gas company also set up stall here to cash in

Another yoyo demonstration before us

Really wish I could get one of these exercise equipment, but we don't have the room for it...or do we? Gotta check first

That is the blackest healthcare product I've ever seen

A really uber cute dinosaur toy that apparently wags its tail and purrs and reacts to your strokes at certain areas of his body. According to the promoter, it has about 100++ sensors in its body to detect the touches and strokes, thus the reaction. Couldn't help videoing it while give the stroking a shot. Would be great for a substitute pet. Need no maintenance, just a battery change, and if we don't need it, can just turn it off. But the price is quite dear, which is not surprising really

Some cool entertainment stuff for kids

More items here and there, been there, done that

Even banks are cashing in on this, though I don't see its significance with consumer fair though

Mineral water try-outs, anyone?

Roof tiles and interior design stuff here

Trigger-happy on a smart phone product with its decors at the side. The red is very catching

Random picture of an uber slim dress for those with aneroxia

Realtor and property business cashing in as well

There's Fred Flintstone again, with his clowny cohort. I guess they're doing some sort of clown business or something, though I doubt it would be Jester Novelties, since my best friend who started that business with his friend said that company is dead

Wading through the outdoors after making it out alive once again

Apparently they hung the "Yakitori" sign upside-down for some reason -_-;;

More trigger-happy on the outdoor Japanese Market

Blackberry cashing in on the hype

For fun, I decided to see how their Ocean World look like. Back then during the tech expo, we were bombarded with crappy styrofoam robots and aliens and spaceships (though gotta give a bit of credit on the effort and artwork, especially the robots), with the only thing interesting there being the little sentient AI robot that has anime eyes programmed into it, so I just felt like going in there to see how good/crappy it is. It's only a dollar. No biggie, though my friend wasn't really too willing and wanted to hide his face from being embarrassed of people looking at him going into a kid's area XD C'mon! You're only young once! Indulge a little!

Since the rain stopped, we decided to walk down the hill back to the stadium carpark where we parked our car, and apparently hawker stalls were also trying to cash in on this event as well outdoors

Some sort of international sale for charity was also taking place at the same time with consumer fair, but down at the stadium area, so it wouldn't hurt to go and check it out

Wow, goat's milk for sale! LOL!

Same old, same old items

Awesome remote control helicopter that, though hard to control, can handle a lot of crash and burn XD

DJ on site to promote items and play songs, in which there have been an awkward sounding singer that we missed on the mini stage

More odds and ends

Stopped by this amazing stall where they sell these amazing Death-themed shirts, some of them that glow in the dark. The design and drawing style was bloody dark and awesome, and I couldn't resist checking out the clothes. I have always wanted to get one of these babies, but was afraid my hubby wouldn't approve. But I decided to go with my heart and purchased one after mulling over indecisively on the shirt designs. All the Deaths on the shirts looked fucking-A and I couldn't decide! But of course I didn't get glow in the dark shirts or I'll scare the fuck outta people wearing this at night. My hubby wasn't too happy, but didn't say anything more, although I could tell that he'd rather if I don't wear it if I'm with him, so no big

It was an amazing experience by far and quite rewarding, since I get to talk to a Japanese guy and purchase something I always wanted, and gone photo-frenzy over everything, fully utilizing my birthday gift (i.e my camera). I wouldn't mind going again, but maybe I won't take that much pictures as I have now, since the next Consumer Fair (which will be on June/July) might showcase the same stuff with a little extra

Those who are interested in watching the videos that I took while I was in the fair (since it's a bloody hassle to upload here while I'm uploading piccies at the same time), you guys can go here.