aaarrrghhh...Listening to: The Corrs - Love in The Milky Way
I finally figured out why the heck my Pitas worked according to GMT + 07, a.k.a Jakarta time. It was because my laptop was set in that time zone! LOL. I didn't realize that until a couple days ago while online at The Commons, my new entry turned up accordingly with the current time. Thus I figured it must have been the computer time...
I have my first exam TOMORROW and I thought I was well-prepared...but no. Here's the my English 103 exam study checklist.
Re-read Frank Sargeson's That Summer
Memorise poetic and literary terms
Re-read Ka Shue (my chosen drama)
Read brief bio on Frank Sargeson
Read brief bio on Lynda Chanwai Earle (playwright of Ka Shue)
Read brief bio on Blanche Baughan (my chosen poet).
AAAAARRRGGHHH! Lots to do, so little time...And no, I don't believe in cramming. Oh by the way...did you know that Richard Gere is actually A QUARTER JAPANESE?
EDIT: What is it with me and Jean? As if we haven't got enough coincidences, now we share our sixth sense: premonition. Last night in an MSN session, she told me that she had predicted the recent Nias earthquake and that one of her mates would turn up at school wearing a skirt (she really did show up in a skirt anyway). I forgot to tell her that yesterday I got a papercut by my Stagecoach 267 bus ticket, and I had predicted that either a few hours or a day before. Plus during the chat, we also happened to check out Emma's blog almost at the same time! LOL. Now that one shouldn't be something new...A long time ago we used to design or whip out new layouts at the same time coincidentally!
On the sixth sense, I've seen two certified psychologists about it, and they couldn't give me any idea...One said it was because sixth senses were still a "grey area" and the other said it was because basically everyone had a sixth sense. However, looong before I saw them both, I told a mate of mine - a psychology undergrad at that time - about my sixth sense and she suggested I develop it. At that time I didn't understand what she meant by that, but now I got it. I've heard stories about people who could see spirits when they were young, but not anymore after they've got older, and that's because they refused to develop their sixth sense. I mean, seeing dead people's spirits is a pretty freaky form of sixth sense...probably the freakiest. Come to think of my premonitions, I first had it when I was 10, and it didn't return until I was 13 and 16, when I correctly predicted which groups of grades eight and eleven I would be placed in. However they didn't become instense and constant until I was 20. Well, I WILL develop my sixth sense...so that I can charge you bucketloads of dosh if you want to see me about your future, in the next 10 years. LOL. Nah...I won't do that.
Friday, October 28, 2005, 12:32 a.m.
more on natasha anyaListening to: Precious - Rewind
Yasmina, yea yea I've heard of the controversy surrounding Natasha Anya, whether she exists (or existed) or not and whether she faked her death or not...Detik keeps us updated with the news, and I think their last report is about how her Friendster account was still active well after her alleged death on August 16 (they of course give out the account's URL). I checked the URL myself yesterday, only to find that all the info has been removed, but the page said that the owner last logged in WITHIN 24 HOURS. Plus, one of their previous reports say that even her closest mates Elzan and Dan never met her in person. They just communicated online, on the phone, and via text. Well...honestly I don't really care about this brouhaha...If Natasha really did exist and is now dead, may she rest in peace. If she's still alive and killed her infamous character (Detik gives the speculation that Natasha Anya is most likely to be a mere screen name. Their reporters made inquiries to her church only to find that there was no parish member by that name) and it caused such a stir, hats off to her. Seriously, I think we shouldn't give this thing much thought, although you may disagree with me. It's not like Indo is swept once again by a tsunami or another bomb explodes somewhere in the country...It's just an outbreak involving stupid people such die-hard Muslims ready to preach and airheads with silly jokes and thoughts meant to mislead. I read the comments on a blog's Natasha Anya entry and some people there were convinced that Natasha Anya really was Lana Indrawan, a Solo teen who passed away in the morning of August 16 of a heart attack, and that Alexandro - Lana's boyfriend - was the mastermind behind this hoolabaloo. Their reason? The "striking resemblence" they saw in Lana's pictures and Natasha's "corpse" shot. Gee...I don't see any resemblence between the two girls. Lana was very onviously of Chinese descent, and Natasha was very onbiously Javanese by heritage. Oh well, enough about the talk.
Oh, and my take on her posthomously active Friendster account? It's very likely that someone to whom she gave her password is behind it. We all give a password or two to at least one person in our lives. Orchid and I exchanged Friendster passwords. A girl who I'm not really close with even gave me the password of her old blog. If Natasha really did plan the whole drama, she must have thought that once the news broke people would inevitably want to check out her Friendster account...But if that's the case, why didn't that person mention in the "about me" field that s/he now operated the account on Natasha's behalf? I figured that one out because it wasn't mentioned on Detik. Oh well...strange things happen.
Thursday, October 27, 2005, 08:55 a.m.
on blogs and deathsListening to: Marsha - Untuk Terakhir Kali
You really should thank me and my patience (due to Ramadan), otherwise I would've circumsised you right then and there.
Just because I fast half day doesn't mean it's a piece of cake practicing my patience. It's so sad that many of you still think that Ramadan fasting is ONLY about standing the hunger and thirst, no matter how much of Islam teachings you've received.
Alright, alright...no more angst. I'm still fasting.
Maybe I'm sooo behind, but the news of Natasha Anya's demise has recently taken me by surprise. For those not in the know, Natasha was a Indonesian blogger from Solo who posted her last entry ONLY TWO HOURS BEFORE HER DEATH (of bledding brain blood clot) on August 16. The entry is about her dream, in which she was about to undergo a surgery but the nurse led to her a mortuary instead of a surgery room, and there she saw her "other self" who later chased her out of the room. Scawwy aye! The entry and the news of her death (I figure it must have been first published in her real life bestie Dan's blog) took the Indonesian blogging realm by storm, so much that Detik did a research on her (they even bothered to come to Solo and made inquiries to her church). Well another proof that God is there and people should take blogs more seriously...I can foresee that in the near future blogs will be studied at universities! LOL. Hah. What a cliche thing to say. Anyway Nat, rest in peace and I hope I'm the last person to make a fuss about your decease.
BTW I'm blogging at The Commons. Any hot dude please hit on me! Hahaha...
Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 11:12 a.m.
damnListening to: Kim-Lian - Kids in America
Seriously people, even though you do know the Bible or the Koran by heart, if you're not nice to others and don't respect their points of view Jesus or Allah or Shiva or whoever it is you worship will NOT give you the heaven nod.
People: I. AM. NOT. GOING. HOME. FOR. EID MEBARAK. Eid isn't like Christmas...December 25 always being the fixed date, and the world celebrates this holiday so Christians are very certainly able to make it home for it. But not Eid. Not only does the holiday goes about 11 days ahead each year, but I'm also in a country that's totally oblivious to Islam despite the hijabed women you're bound to run into anywhere you are. Plus I have my last exam on November 10. Enough said.
So. School is off for a week until my first exam starts on Saturday, October 29. I have plenty of time to study and most importantly, plan my studies. Plus the AV library is open during the hols so free movies day in + studying at Gloria Jean's or Starbucks day out = life can't be better.
I've decided to do Frank Sargeson's That Summer in the novella section of my English 103 exam. The novella was written in 1938 and it has lots of 1930s Kiwi slang words that are no longer widely used in the present. However, it's easy to get their meanings from the context. Dee, clink, joker, yarn, cobber...to name a few. Would be cool if I use them in the blog, just so you wouldn't easily understand what I'm talking about and perhaps put you off from bashing me if you ever intend to.
I sooo heart Caleb! Dude is defintely a keeper. I texted him in the afternoon saying I needed someone to talk to. I was in a bad mood because some self-righteous Indo fresh high school grad got under my skin. He texted me back asking me to wait until he'd finished working. Night fell, and just as I had almost forgotten the irksome dude, there came a text from Caleb asking if I was ok and saying he'd call my home. Sweet as! I can't recall the last time a guy went this sweet to me! Anyway, I was at Borders' Gloria Jean's reading my English 103 textbook so I told Caleb I was alright and he needed not ring my home because I was out.
EDIT: You, actually reading the holy book? No, I'm not buying that. Why, you look like someone who wouldn't touch a textbook even if there would be an exam based on it. Plus I've lived LONGER than you have, so I know your kind. Admit it, you got someone pointing it out to you, didn't you? Don't be ashamed...it's not that embarassing being one of us. Oh, and congrats on having things sorted out by 18. I hope that feeling lasts long.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 12:40 a.m.