Tuesday, 31 August 2010

My Name is NOT Sliver Ang.

On countless occasions I have received FB messages, SMSes, emails, and written letters addressing me by the name of "Sliver". I will understand if it's a one-off typo error. But repeated SMSes going "Hi Sliver....." is just plain annoying. It's not like, a very cheem Ang Mor mia you know? Not "Knox" or "Marcheline" or "Brochovich" or "L'vr" (I never knew how to say that shop's name). Just another normal English word, one which is not only existent in English, but which people spent time in Chemistry lessons on as well. S-I-L-V-E-R. Very hard meh? Must make me sound like "saliva" or something. Or like some sliver of hope crap. Call me "Ag" or "925" I also won't be so du lan.

P/s. Oh by the way, call me Hi Ho Silver and I'll slap your face. I kept hearing crew calling me "Hi Ho" when I was in the airline. Almost EVERY. OTHER. FLIGHT. NEVER heard before prior to flying. Turned out it was the name of this horse who starred in this show back in the 70s or 80s or something. One tactless IFS (think his name was Kenny or K-something la, see I didn't even bother remembering his name after that) even joked that I should speak to my parents about naming me after a horse. Then laughed to himself. By now the whole briefing room can sense that I buay song already, only his antennae spoilt. (Too used to being tactless, it seemed.) Horse your backside la! I tell you my friend's bulldog called Kenny you song bo??? (Nothing against all other Kennys. Just that one.)

Anyway, back to my topic.

No shad, I'm not pissed at you. I'm sure it was a genuine error. I'm just using this picture to illustrate an example.

Look at the reference I got from Nuffnang~
In the past month, I have 98 searches for "sliver ang" and 33 for "sliver ang blog".

Got PLENTY more examples, but I'm too lazy to bother digging the pictures out and taking pictures then uploading them here.

Was complaining to some people, and this friend by the name of Adrian told me that like me, people would pronounce his name right, but decide to spell his name as "Adrain". Come to think of it, "Sliver "sounds better than some long kang. I'm sure all the Brians get it as well.

Then another girl, Elise, told me people kept calling her "Elsie". Wah lagi worse. Mine is spell wrong nia, hers people just anyhow put the letters together to remember her name, so got it wrong altogether, spelling AND pronounciation.

One more one more. EVEN more champion than Elise's case. A friend by the name of Azmi. Great cabin crew friend of mine. He would introduce himself in the briefing room, clearly telling people how to pronounce his name. I mean, not in a rude way la. When he introduces yourself, he would go "Hi I'm Ahz mee. Nice to meet you." (Almost all crew I know prints out the crew name list of that particular flight.) He was telling me once, right after introducing himself and sitting down, the inflight supervisor went "Okay Ahmizz, you can play the safety video now". Then onboard, like Elise's case, people would call him Amiz, Azim, Izam, Aziz etc. Most of the time anything but Azmi. What, Scrabble ah? And some of them can still call him by the wrong name AFTER he corrected them. Listen, people, then digest it. Not hear and anyhow acknowledge "Orh paiseh paiseh" then go "By the way Aziz, can you help me fix a Gin and Tonic for the passenger at 56K?"

Honestly, typo errors are fine, and we, being nice and understanding people, will of course forgive that. But repeatedly spelling it wrong just doesn't cut it. Pronouncing it wrong AFTER you've been corrected just makes us NOT want to talk to you anymore. And I'm sure it's not just a matter of being petty or not. Being annoyed once or twice about something is fine, people will get over it after some time, but being annoyed the same issue, and having it constantly repeatedly reminded, just makes us that, DAMN GAM PUA ANNOYED. And yes, because we already sian ji bngua, don't expect us to pay full attention to what you had wanted to tell us.

That Silver Girl

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Of Family, Facebook & Twitter

Super long post but I really need to get this off my chest.

 Huge saga going on this morning in the family. Was being called to get a very angry mother on the other end of the line, telling me that she must sound exactly like how Ah Yi sounded when Ah Yi called her.

If you guys have been following my tweets, you'd know that I had been ranting about the fact that I missed being at home to collect my own laundry before Grandpa did and how he did the ironing and how some of my clothes got destroyed because of that. I didn't want him to iron those delicate clothing, that's why I kept my own dirty laundry in my own room for 2 weeks before having enough load to wash them without wasting water. What I wanted to kick myself in the ass for wasn't the fact that he ironed the clothing, but that I had not been home to collect the dry laundry myself. He would come over to my house every other day to iron all our clothes, and other than underwear, he literally irons EVERYTHING. Even T-shirts, sleepwear, shorts, tights, leggings. These things don't need ironing. I have told him many times these things don't need ironing, because it's really extra work for nothing. He would just ignore what I said and iron them anyway.

These clothes don't need ironing:
  • Sleepwear. Er...they get crumpled when I climb into bed....and I wear these to sleep.
  • T-shirts. I mean wear at home T-shirts. You know, those shirts which get destroyed (baggy, lost the shape etc) after washing so you don't wear them out anymore? Or old school or army T-shirts.
  • Shorts. The wear at home shorts. Really don't have to. I'm not being anal here, but just don't want you to do all these extra work which you don't have to do~!
  • Leggings. If you wear leggings, you would know that some of these leggings are stocking material, and you CANNOT iron them. Once ironed (or not done properly), the material becomes shiny (and the iron imprint will end up on the legging).
  • Tank tops. Stretchable material kind. Erm, after washing, they DON'T get crumpled anyway~!!! So why iron them?
  • Jeans and denim shorts. I don't know how many of you see the need, but I really think jeans shouldn't need to be ironed.
  • Clothes which are meant to be crumpled/ruffled. You bought them this way, and honestly, they look nice only when crumpled, so if someone irons them, there goes the folds, and you may even find yourself with a shirt so straight it immediately becomes office wear 1 size larger.
  • Some fitted clothes. You know when most people iron, they stick the whole ironing board through the inside of the clothing right? In some clothing this causes it to stretch and become baggy. Thus ending up as home clothes.
I'm not being unappreciative. I am grateful for the fact that most of my clothes are straight and nicely ironed when I need to wear them, but whenever I actually see my granddad ironing clothes which really don't call for ironing, I get really disturbed. I tell him, and he will just say " 不要緊啦,这些烫很快的". He just keeps thinking that I don't want to trouble him. But it's not, I just don't want him to iron those clothes! So if I happen to be home I will go and pick out from the whole stash he collected from the bamboo sticks and bring them into the room to stow away.

Now all you buggers will come and tell me to be grateful that I have a grandfather who does the ironing for me, that's because you don't have to go through that~ If he just irons what we put aside for him to iron, okay, fine, gives him some stuff to be occupied with, everyone's happy. And must I repeat myself? Or do you have attention-deficit disorder? I said I AM grateful. But you see your 70-year-old granny (or even your mother) cleaning up your room for you when you don't want it to be touched, you can tell me you're not pek chek? So old already of course we don't want you to do more work than necessary! For most of us organized-messy people, we have rooms far from being showroom-neat, but ask us where's what, we know. Just don't try to pack our rooms for us. It's the same logic. I don't know how to make it link la, but it's just the same logic la okay?

Back to my tweets. I was ranting on about the clothes and stuff. Note: NOT blaming my grandfather for spoiling the clothes. I have a pink top that lost its elasticity at the back (this top's material does not crumple), 2 tops and a dress with bumps on the shoulders due to improper hanging on the hanger (hanger bumps), a tank top which became longer, and a windbreaker-type trench coat which is now so straight it looks strange.

And who am I blaming? My grandfather? No! Of course not! He's just doing what he has been doing all these while! And he's really good at ironing! Except that how would he know that suddenly 2 bamboos worth of MY clothing was because I don't want them to spoil so I decided to wash them myself? I'm blaming MYSELF for neglecting the collection part. The why-the-fuck-wasn't-I-home that day part. The frustrated-because-I-know-he-meant-well-and-I'm-not-supposed-to-take-it-out-on-him-yet-still-I-need-to-be-grateful-but-upset-anyway part.

Then I got a phone call from my mum in the morning telling me to "Go and delete all the things you posted on Facebook now". Facebook and Twitter is for people to express themselves, correct me if I'm wrong. If you cannot handle emotional expression, don't sign up for these. She was telling me I'm telling people I have a crazy Ah gong. Wah lao, since when??? If she read all the comments generated, they were about them having similar experiences at home. Empathising and understanding the frustration, that they have clothes spoilt by mother-in-laws, mothers, people who helped do their laundry. Did they think I have a crazy Ah gong? Of course not! I'm sure Ah Yi (sorry if I'm assuming) called her and said stuff like "Go and read what your daughter posted. Why she must say father until like that" or the like, creating negative vibes and negative impression so my mum will, after reading, think "Why my daughter like that?". Better still, people who seem to have an interest minding other people's business called her to tell her too! So she later sent me an sms saying "Auntie so-and-so just called me. Delete everything on your Facebook and Twitter before things get worse". What thing gets worse??? Wah lao really making a mountain out of a molehill man~ Incidentally, these people who "reported" to her were not people from my generation and younger. They were people from my mum's generation. In her circle.

And did I mention my Ah Yi knows all the so-called first hand celebrity gossip that will put 黑玫瑰
to shame? Really, she would make a fantastic cabin crew (not work-wise). (Which explains why I left the company.) Honestly, if you want to mind other people's business, you should, like the top financial advisors around, look into your clients' files and see if there're any updates you can help your clients on. Like, how to make our money work even harder for us. If we need to switch equities or funds. Cos I feel my investments are losing money. Positively minding other people's business.

This is not personal, okay, if you think it is.

I've recently been reading a lot of books written by really successful people like Adam Khoo, Stuart Tan, Robert T. Kiyosaki, David J. Schwartz, just to name a few. The one thing common with these people is that they never focus on other people's negativity, but concentrate on positive thinking. They always strive to be better. And I find these thoughts a really fresh breath of air. I share their beliefs. I realised that all around me people were talking about other people behind their backs, sharing gossips with me, telling me the scandalous things people do, and not learning from them, or they complain about things. They hardly talk about how who is doing well and discuss why they are doing well, thus learning from these people. They hardly discuss issues or do problem-solving.

I remembered when I was flying and how I loved it when a team leader sets a target on making all passengers happy and creates a great positive work environment. Those are flights I felt truly motivated to give passengers my all. Give me a flight in which every chance they get, the crew starts gossping, and I feel like nothing is accomplished on the flight. Like what they say "Same shit, different day". I don't think the work is shit, I think the flight work culture can be, should it pan out that way.

I remembered hesitating before accepting my mum and aunt's Facebook requests. Because I always felt that they judge me more than my friends do. And their way of thinking may not approve of the many things we do these days, like sharing certain pictures online. I can't say they are old-fashioned, cos they aren't always so. I think with regards to their friends, they are as open-minded as any of us. BUT just because I am the daughter/niece, they may feel the need to "teach" me and guide my actions. Despite the fact that I am already an adult. They're not wrong, but it's a bit too intrusive on my life and that they shouldn't keep trying to sway my decisions (though they know I'm stubborn as hell).

So I accepted the requests, and look where that brought me. Major arguments telling me I'm ungrateful and that I should mind my words. That I am talking bad about their father. That if I'm not happy at him don't need to tell the whole world, tell her (my mum). Erm...simi daiji??? What did I do now??? Don't misread my messages can? If other people stupid don't understand come and tell you their point of view you stand on their side. Gee, how little that makes me. Guess that shows how biased you are towards me already. Give me a break. Just because I didn't choose the supposed "right guy" in your eyes, you don't have to think that everything else I do is also wrong. I'm tired of that. Anyone would be. You can look at my accomplishments as an artiste, as a blogger, my integrity, whatever else you can think of. Life's more than just relationships, you know?

Which makes me wonder if my initial hesitation in accepting the requests were intuitive. For many of you who know me, I don't like to just add anyone. In fact, I don't. Not even if I've talked to you once or twice. I'll only add you if you're a positive network, or a personal friend, and I have deleted naysayers and one major gossip-monger from my list before. Don't get me wrong, I love my mum. To the extent that I'm actually afraid of her. And when she gets angry, I have no idea how to handle it other than being defensive. Act bigger so you don't get made to feel smaller, I guess that's how I handle it. And in recent months, I've grown to not know how to communicate with my aunt freely as well. I used to be able to, until I feel that I'm being judged and talked behind my back to my mum. That killed it, I suppose. I hope the trust and openness can come back one day. Because these are the dearest people in my life, and it sucks to feel that they are the last person you want to turn to.

And oh, I have never held a grudge against 阿公 for the clothes, if you thought I did. 都讲了,是对事不对人。Don't say he is YOUR father. He is your father as much as mine. He was the only (and very great) father figure I had growing up, and I still think he is. If you thought I'm implying he is a crazy 阿公, I think you're jumping the gun too quickly.

They say birds of a feather flock together. I'm going to start focussing on growing myself, my career and (this is going to sound cliche) my wealth and to flock with the really successful people from now on. Like quality bloggers, for example.


Thursday, 26 August 2010

On Board the YOG Bus!!!

The videos took forever to load and I've been trying them for 4 hours. -.-" Unsucceessful. Only 1 up. Will try to fix that asap. Meanwhile, just bear with what I have first k? Or just read my Starblog post first, add a comment or 2 about what you think! Just click the Starblog post at the sidebar. =D

This is one post with a shitload of photos so be prepared for a visual treat as I (going to sound like some tour guide) take you on my Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame, onboard the YOG Coca-Cola bus!!!

P/s. Next time, I shall set my camera picture size to VGA instead of 3M or 5M. It's a pain to manually resize each and every picture I need to post on Paint...grrrrr~

Here goes~

Warning: This may look like a Picasa/Flickr album~ Too many pics!

 This is the bus I will be boarding! I have no idea what to expect. What the hell are we going to do on the bus ah? I know, I'm such a clueless blogger. 被 taken for a ride 都不懂要 ride 去哪里,做什么...

WAH!!!! Downstairs so chaotic ah!!!! Got fierce coordinators shouting at people somemore...betta run upstairs and stay there....

All that music on the Hippo bus was being generated by this! It runs on petrol leh! Halfway through the petrol emptied, and the music stopped~ Someone got it fixed of course~ By pumping petrol!

I later found out people would be running with the Youth Olympic Flame and passing them on, and the buses would be following them on the journey of the Youth Olympic Flame!!!! And we were going to cheer them on and spread the cheer around!!!

I love my red Coke shirt leh! Cos it's made from 100% recycled Coke bottles!!! Amazing right??? It feels EXACTLY like a cotton shirt lor! Eco-friendly, and innovative!!! I like!!!!

Students on the bus behind ours! Theirs is the Samsung bus~

The weather was humid that day, and I was thankful there were no sun. And Mint ACTUALLY brought a fan~~~~

Zouk on a bus~ These kids were DANCING man!!!!

"Open up, open up some happiness~~~Open up, open up some happy-ness~~"

We sure got some curious stares...

The people outside Tangs looked absolutely blur~ That girl in pink was like going "What's going on???"

Further down the road, people were more enthu~ There were people cheering and waving to us~
Check out the video to see the crowd!

If you're wondering what that annoying horn in the background was, it came from this. Shaped like a Coke bottle, it's actually a hornfor us to blow to, erm, apparently get more attention and MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!

Samsung. Proud sponsor of YOG! 
I'm a Samsung fan!!! Have always been since my very first Samsung phone 5 years ago. Have NEVER looked back since. And I'm still upset I lost my Samsung Jet.......................yet to replace one...sigh~

Until today, I never knew what OFS stood for. Overseas Family School. =)

And Singtel of course didn't lose out in giving their support~ If only their customer service staff were this friendly to their customers. Plenty of bad feedback from many different friends. =(

MORE Singtel support.

Waving and screaming "HI!!!!" to people was very tiring, but really fun and satisfying to do, especially when people wave back at you! 

Mint saw a couple of idiots giving us the middle finger when the YOG buses went past them. Like, THE MIDDLE FINGER!!! When we were being nice and spreading cheer and smiling and waving to them!!! Rude arses. I pray these people find meaning in their sad lives.

This was what the buses looked like as they went pass crowds! Theirs is the blue Samsung bus, ours the red Coca-Cola bus!

p/s. All these guys on the buses were students from NYP who VOLUNTEERED to come and help with this event! Nice work guys!!!

With 妹 Mint~

Some of the cool kids I met on the YOG bus!

AHAHAHAHAHHAA!!!!!! Nice try guys. Very f~u~n~n~y......
You do know you're going to get prank calls from boliao people once I took your picture right? No? NO??? Oops.

I just HAD to add on to the noise!!!! WAHAHAHAHAH~~~~ Makes me feel young leh!



Sunday, 22 August 2010

Kotex WOW Blogger Party!

This is going to be such a girly post, but guys, you don't have to go away okay, read on. You may even find this interesting. Got many pictures you know?

Was invited to the Kotex WOW Blogger Party at Heaven's Loft (Level 8, Orchard Central), and to be honest, I wouldn't have gone if Mint hadn't asked me to, since I'm a tampon user. Kotex has a new tampon line with colourful packaging which I already love, so I couldn't think of anything that might be more useful to me. =P

Here's the Kotex product I TOTALLY dig.

 Colourfully wrapped tampons!!!!

 I've only bought Kotex tampons since discovering them a few months ago... =D

But I was so glad Mint asked me to go!!! I was so in for a treat...

Like so exciting, they keep having these 'unveiling' pictures everywhere! Even in the email invite:

They gave me a personalized flower when I signed in!!! I chose the yellow flower, to match my dress~

Because there were great food~!!! Lol~ Nah I'm not really a foodie la, but as with all blogger events, or any other events for that matter, if there's food, it must be a grand enough event for the organisers . =D

With 干妹 Mint!

Pretty cupcakes! Wow~~~~

You can make your own and bring it home! Told you I'm not a foodie, so I didn't make one. =P

Can even take ambassador-like pictures~ I feel like The Kotex Girl!!! *dreaming*

It was a heaven's loft of babes man~ Mostly chio ones. Lol~  To be honest, the last time I saw so many women in one place was when I was at Play...and that was many months back...

There's Crystal giving the presentation. 
I got so excited when she said "For 120 years, pads have remained white despite fashion having evolved..." Like, ARE THEY GOING TO COME UP WITH PINK, BLUE, PURPLE, RED PADS??????

Nope. Even better!

You're going to love their new product man~ I'm sure it WILL change the history of pads from now on... Woohoo!!! I was like "WAH KAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WooooHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" *claps furiously* when they unveiled their product. Oh man, "WOW" is an understatement!!!!

Inside this Lookbook are the sample pads~

We can't wait to get our pretty fingers on it!!!
(Yah cheesy, I know~ WHAHAHA!!!)

Okay, you saw it here first okay~

Kotex Luxe Ultrathin Design Pads!!!!!
The girl-next-door collection. Comes in 3 designs!

The indie-chick collection. Also 3 designs. 
By 3 designs I mean when you buy this collection ALL 3 DESIGNS will be in the pack so you won't have to stand there and decide which design to get. You just need to decide which collection to get. And trust me, you WILL stand on the pharmacy/supermarket aisle for some time deciding anyway... ;)

SOOOO PRETTY RIGHT??????? Like, since you're going to have to wear it on your period anyway, might as well wear a pretty one~ At least it'll look pretty before it's soiled. Or MAYBE MAYBE!!! Your stains will add on to the design!!! MUAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

Price? It's the same! SO might as well get the prety one right? =DD

This is actually their new product. And I have to tell you, it feels really very very soft...

For those of you currently using the Kotex Luxe Ultrathins, this will be the permanent design soon~

I know, picture taken at a wrong angle, and I carelessly left my Lookbook on the sofa so I can't take another picture now. =( But it's real pretty too~

The girls from Kotex also made sure we bloggers have some fun whilst we're there~ After all, the theme is fun/flirty/girly~

Art and Craft session... The Yellow team (that's us!) was given buttons and crayons, along with a bottle of glue which leaks glue from everywhere (beside the cap, at the base of the nozzle, the screw cap area...) except from the nozzle tip. 

Other groups have like feathers and fur-extension-like things leh! One piece can take up a lotta space liao lor~ Buttons so small la, stick until we chiu sng (hand tired) also haven't finished...

Zoh gang la~ Complain also only got buttons nia~unless ppl start taking off their fake eyelashes to stick...
Recognise the girl in front of me not? I recognised her as one of the models for My Hair Queen! That makes 2 of us~ =D

Peggy suggested sticking the nametags! GREAT idea babe!!! One flower can save us 6-8-button-sticking-time!!!!!

Trying to improve the mess-terpiece.
Seriously, there is a huge worry that when we stick this part of the poster up, all the buttons will drop off cos the glue doesn't stick. Lol~ Okay la, we stuck like 200 buttons, so if most of them drop off, surely at least 20 will stay put hor~

Done! Actually it doesn't look too bad~ *proud*

My buddy for the day~ Yishi!!!!! Also my secondary school bestie. Also my unofficial-official photographer for the day!

The pretty LUXE packaging. Look out for this soon okay? ;)
Especially you guys who are reading, in case your girl gets cramps so bad she can't get out of bed and asks you to help her buy and u have no idea what it looks like~ What, it happens okay! And even if she didn't request for this particular pad you can get her this to cheer her up~ *thoughtful* 

(I'd make a great lesbian partner, I'm SURE of it.)

It's a drawstring pouch that comes in 6's. 
The Kotex Luxe Ultrathin Design Pads will either come in a Single pack of 14s or 20s (U.P $6.40) or 3 smaller packs of 6s (U.P $5.85). That's where my coupon code at the top of the blog comes in. More on that later. Show you the actual stuff first.

Individually packed in purple!

Another of the designs from the girl-next-door collection! You know, I'm so sure competitor brands will start copying this idea. And Kotex will just keep coming out with prettier designs and more innovative stuff~!!! 

Not trying to por okay, I seriously think so!

Can't wait to get your pretty hands on this product already right???
It'll be available in stores islandwide from 6th September 2010! Now just scroll to the top of the blog, click on the WOW banner, key in coupon code HBIM to claim a free sample pack of the pads! You can also get pretty wallpapers, screensavers and a pretty TWITTER background!!! 

Pssst guys~~~ You can get it for your girlfriends~ =)