clucky much...

Elton John

Hey you
You're a child in my head
You haven't walked yet
Your first words have yet to be said
But I swear you'll be blessed

I know
You're still just a dream
Your eyes might be green
Or the bluest that I've ever seen
Anyway you'll be blessed

And you, you'll be blessed
You'll have the best
I promise you that
I'll pick a star from the sky
Pull your name from a hat
I promise you that
Promise you that
Promise you that
You'll be blessed

I need you
Before I'm too old
To have and to hold
To walk with you and watch you grow
And know that you're blessed...

I've been a fan of the song (as well as its mother album, Made in England) since 1997 and has sung it to my unborn child also ever since. Hahahaha...
The song reminds me of my niece Allysa right now. People talk about how she won't pull her head out of the clouds and that she's just like young Auntie Ish in that respect. How pleased I am to hear that someone has already continued a distinctive trait of mine...and this kid didn't even slide down my uterus! It definitely goes to prove that Al and I are related!
One day Alli, you can tell Auntie about flying elephants, snakes that knot themselves into beautiful bows, and bitchy girls at kindy who knock themselves dead with gigantic Lego pieces. And Auntie won't tell you to shut up and practice your piano instead.

Listening to: Elton John - Lies
Monday, September 29, 2008, 12:08 a.m.

end of the battle...for now

One way ticket to Auckland, New Zealand...approximately NZ$1,250.
First year at Auckland Uni...approximately NZ$17,000
Each semester after the first year...approximately NZ$10,000
Each summer school...approximately NZ$5,000
Monthly living cost (rent inclusive)...approximately NZ$2,000
The likes of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Dickens' Hard Times, McEwan's Atonement (read it before Keira Knightley even heard of it), and Klein's No Logo...honestly I never kept tabs on it but must have cost me the earth
Starbucks/Gloria Jean's/Esquires/any cafe kahve to keep me awake while cramming...bleh (approximately NZ$200/month?)
Annual student visa renewal...$130
Return ticket to Indo every November...approximately NZ$1,400
Regalia hire...NZ$75
Gorgeous graduation dress...NZ$100 (originally NZ$119 but Katie, the boutique's owner, gave me a special 'jobless graduate' price!)
Make-up professionally done by that cute Eurasian seemingly gay guy from Bobbi Brown that I'd really like to shag...NZ$90
Parading in graduation regalia, holding an alumni Teddy, the arms of sobbing parents, and most importantly a gloriously shining certificate from one of Times Higher Education's 50 best universities in the world...priceless.
Fucking priceless.

Listening to: nothing (brain searching for a graduation song other than that graduation song)
Friday, September 26, 2008, 10:15 p.m.

love me love say that you love me...fool me fool me go on and fool me...
A guy has declared his love for me. And he loves me for all the wrong reasons.
I love him back. For all the wrong reasons too.
Not even two years ago, when I was 23, another guy proclaimed his love. It was for all the wrong reasons.
Likewise, I loved him in return. For reasons that shouldn't have been.
I'm officially a nutcase.

Listening to: Angel Faith - Love Song With A Twist
Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 12:32 a.m.

pa and ma are here
I love the smell of 8th floor corridor at Quest. Reminds me of Jennifer Lopez's Glow perfume!
I think each floor has its own unique smell, which is awesome. Last night when my parents and I were on the elevator the door opened on level 5 (I think), we were greeted by the smell of incense and the sight of two girls dressed like hos entering the elevator.
My parents are here now if you can't already tell, and this is gonna be an action-packed week as tomorrow we're gonna be so busy with my graduation and guess what we still haven't decided on a tour. There are lots of people to see yet my olds are only here for six days and when they arrived yesterday they had quite a day as they were battling tiredness and I insisted we go on a quick city orientation. Hahahaha :)

Listening to: nothing
Monday, September 22, 2008, 02:44 p.m.

to hell with being unemployed...
Hey everyone!
I'm still jobless.
But on a much happier note, my mama and papa are coming over this weekend! So I've been a bit busy running errands for them. Just booked them a hotel last week, a studio apartment at Quest on Mount. Then tomorrow I'll send in inquiries about a city tour with Great Sights. And plenty other errands yet to be touched...
I saw an odd couple today in Newmarket. The guy is obviously a kid, having on an Auckland Grammar School uniform and well, even without the uniform you'd been able to tell he's a wee boy. And this kid had in his arms a girl, shorter than him, that he lip-locked with every - what? - two seconds? While I'm used to the sight of wee boys and girls practicing the first steps of their creation (hell, when I was their age I used to have a classroomful of kids doing exactly the same during recess), now that I'm only about 10 years away from middle-age-dom I can't help but think that this is all so wrong. I mean, kids who were born what seems like a week ago shouldn't already plan on having Mini Me's springing off their loins the next week, whether or not they realize it. And you know what I find particularly wrong in the case of the boy from Auckland Grammar? The girl in his arms could be a woman. That's right. She may be shorter than him, but she wasn't wearing a uniform and - get this - I can swear she could be my age, judging from her face.
Oh yeah, and before I forget, this is a call for all my friends in our beloved Auckland! My graduation is next week, Tuesday the 23rd at 03:45 PM. Do gather at (where else?) Albert Park at around 05:00 PM, where you can behold the once-in-a-lifetime sight of me making an ass of myself in my black gown and salmon pink hood. Hahahaha. Let's celebrate my hard-earned success by taking outrageous pictures!
I personally think the Malaysian government's move of limiting the distribution of Indonesian music in Malaysia is spot-on. Malaysia needs to grow the love for its own music. I mean, this is the country that gives us the greatness that is Sheila Majid! And with this policy, it's so likely that in the near future Malaysian student associations overseas will stop playing the likes of Peter Pan and Sheila On 7 at their gatherings, and play Amy Mastura and Ning Baizura instead. I'm still hoping that the UMSA people never pass the bloody Indon music they play at their events as Malaysian.
Oh, and whatever happened to that boyband, KRU? See, I'm not too ashamed to admit I like them (or liked, if they're no longer around or still around but making crap music now.)
Last but not least, have yourself a little Malaysian music treat in the form of a Sheila Majid video, Shine.

Two words: RAMON FADLI! Wheeee!

Listening to: P. Ramlee - Getaran Jiwa (ok let's forget the fact that his dad was actually from Aceh...)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 09:28 p.m.

most likely to always get away with throwing tantrums
You Would Be Voted Most Likely to Be Remembered
When you were in school, you were one of a kind.
You did whatever you wanted, and you never tried to fit in.
And while some people found you strange, they still liked you.
You're very unique, and no one could forget you!

I've got people I can't recall going to school with adding me on Friendster and Facebook. And nowadays I have people I don't remember being in lecture and tutorial rooms with adding me on Facebook. I guess it's got something to do with being 'one of a kind.'

Listening to: nothing
Sunday, September 14, 2008, 09:17 a.m.

this better not vanish...
Ok, this is actually my third attempt at updating. The first one was several days ago, and Pitas ate the new entry. The second was just moments ago, and bam - it disappeared. Ich hasse dich Pitas. There's not a single doubt Diaryland will be nowhere as popular as Wordpress or even Blogger.
Good news. Dad's said he'll send me to Singapore to do postgrad studies (still deciding in what field...History? Art History? Sociology? It won't be English Literature for sure) at NUS next year. So even if the worst scenario (a.k.a going back to the torturing hands of the abusive mother, Indonesia) happens I won't suffer for so long.
I've been haunted by an idea for a new layout of late. Too lazy to execute it now but will do it before I start a new job. And I'm kind of looking forward to when I want to start on a new layout so bad but am too busy with work. I'm looking forward to the day when I'll look back on my uncertainty-filled unemployed days and wish I had patted my own back and said don't worry.
On a different note, I'm soo happy that NKOTB's major comeback album, The Block, has peaked at nummer eins in USA! Yay! Go white boys! Hahahahha...

Listening to: NKOTB feat Lady Gaga - Big Girl Now
Saturday, September 13, 2008, 10:18 a.m.

My dream job...
Blogging for a living!
Becoming a travel writer!
Making a name as a writer and then having a bookstore-cum-coffee shop! LOL.
I was told by my Careers Hub consultant that employers do browse through the likes of Facebook for potential employees. I hope it's true. I do hope it's true. I'd really love it if someone notices how unique I am and offers me a job I might be interested in...Like one that involves a lot of brainstorming.
Sigh. Again.

Listening to: Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
Saturday, September 6, 2008, 10:41 a.m.

what would fit better in an email...and more
Hello Kent!
Oh yeah expect a lot less anonymity on the net from now on...
August entries went to my archives. I don't put a link to my archive because I'm still traumatized by what happened in early 2007, when a guy stalked me by actually reading some entries in the archives and made fun of me about it. He doesn't stalk me anymore thank God. Hahahaha. Preoccupied with a hot girlfriend nowadays. How do I know? My tracker...That's how I could harass you hahahaha. And the girlfriend? Well I'm a far better stalker than he ever was.
Don't worry about strangely noisy Maraes. I could fall asleep soundly to the noise for God's sake! LOL.
Off topic, I dropped a whopping six kilos in about three weeks, since the last time I checked my weight on Hanum's scale! Hahahha. I guess it's got more to do with stress on finding a job than Ramadan since this is only the fourth day, but in all honesty I'm not so amused. First of all I hate it that my fave skinny jeans are getting loose (seriously if you can't distinguish 'lose' from 'loose' you deserve to die...same as 'you're' and 'your'). Secondly I, um, lied to my mum that I spent most of last month's allowance on food. Told her I now weighted 67 kilos. In truth I spent the money on bags and clothes. Hey I'm a girl...LOL. So yeah I need to beef myself up before mutter und pater arrive here on the 19th. If there's any fat suit for hire let me know.

Listening to: nothing
Friday, September 5, 2008, 05:22 a.m.

hello there...
Kent I know you were here! LOL. You're on Woosh aren't you? Why didn't you leave me a comment as promised?
Did you buy that girl a birthday present?
Remember the tranny from the doco I told you about, Paris Is Burning - the one who was found dead underneath a bed at a cheap hotel before the doco was released in 1989? Well here he is...Tranny name was Venus Extravaganza, since she belonged to the drag house of Extravaganza (for those not in the know: look up 'drag ball culture' on Google.) Real name was reportedly Thomas Pellagatti, which confuses me a little because Venus was said to be Hispanic but isn't Pellagatti an Italian last name...Anyway, enjoy the clips!

Listening to: Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real
Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 05:20 p.m.

Educated at Universitas Indonesia and The University of Auckland, Isyana has a vast interest in the academic side of popular culture, which is exactly what her degree is all about. She takes pictures, sips latte, reads, and memorizes details like she's going to give Hercule Poirot a run for his money as pastimes. Born in Indonesia on May 14 1983, she is a Taurean, which means she would rather carry a Rip Curl bag than a very good fake Burberry one. Her employment in the past five years includes The Auckland War Memorial Museum, The New Zealand Fire Service, Trade Aid, and Auckland International. Wanna drop a line?

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