Sunday, May 30, 2010

Prince of Persia 2010


Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley


Synopsis:
Adopted from the streets of Nasaf by King Sharaman of Persia, young Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) grows up amongst royalty and quickly earns his place as a mighty warrior and prince. As his brothers Garsiv and Tus plan battle strategies, a spy sends word that the Holy City of Alamut has been supplying weapons to enemies of Persia. Taking matters into his own hands, Tus orders an attack on the sacred city and upon its fall Dastan encounters the beautiful Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton).
When King Sharaman dies under mysterious circumstances (which is a poisoned robe) shortly after, and Dastan is accused of his murder, he flees with the princess on a harrowing mission to clear his name. Learning from Tamina the true motives behind Alamut's invasion, Dastan must embark on a perilous quest to stop an evil mastermind's plot for ultimate power with a mystical weapon (a dagger which has been safely protected by Tamina) that can control and turn back time. Dastan then learnt about Nizam's (Ben Kingsley) evil motives and tries to stop the bad from happening.

reference taken from here


the movie lasted for 2 hours and it's quite interesting. i would give a total rating of 3.5/5.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Another Tao visit

My last visit to Tao, Auto City was this Labor Day. few days ago, we made another trip there, this time is to celebrate a colleague's farewell. we hit the highway right after work and managed to reach there on time and were entitled 10% discount! :D

some of the food we ordered...
my all time favourite is still the Miso Yaki, i'm such a loyal fan right? :P


Yew and his gf, Yu Ching. Yew is leaving the company starting June T_T he'll be helping in his father's business at Bagan Serai, i'm sure he will be dearly missed! here i wish him all the best and hope to receive his red bomb soon! ^^


Angeline and i

us!


Yvonne, me, Angeline


yours truly, with her new spec


Yan and her 2 princesses


Avery, Yvonne's daughter



last but not least, a group photo for the ladies


it was near to 8pm when we were done with the food, we took a walk at the nearby flea market but i dint get myself anything... then we hit the highway again heading to our homes after the satisfying meal....

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Wesak Day

Today is Wesak and so coincidentally, Vinnie's birthday! i would like wish her Happy Birthday!

Wesak, aka Vesākha is an annual holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in most of the Asian countries. It's informally called Buddha's birthday, it actually encompasses the birth, englightenment and passing away of Gautama Buddha.

(source from here)


supposely Wesak Day is treated as a public holiday(PH) in our country but unfortunately, it's not a PH for Silverstone T_T anyway, i am off today since EK is off as well, we are planning to hit the cinema for Prince of Persia later on (provided if we're able to get the tickets :S). we shall visit the Siamese temple tonight and join the rest of the crowd for some prayers. i love this day because it's very happening lol...

last but not least, i wish you a happy Wesak Day and have a great weekend! :*

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Interesting facts

1. Can love really last a lifetime?
Absolutely -- but only if you chuck the fairy tale of living happily ever after. A team of scientists recently found that romantic love involves chemical changes in the brain that last 12 to 18 months. After that, you and your partner are on your own. Relationships require maintenance. Pay a visit to a nursing home if you want to see proof of lasting love.
(i believe yes...)

2. Can a man and a woman ever just be friends?
For a short time perhaps. Making the friendship last requires that you find each other at least vaguely repulsive. Good luck!
(well, this is hard to say... but judging from the society these days, i guess man and woman can be more than just friend!)

3. Why is it so hard to say you're wrong?
Because it often involves saying, "I'm sorry," which is even harder. Throughout history people have found it easier to stop speaking to one another, punch, slander, shoot and bomb rather than apologize. Tip: Next time just say, "Whoops," and see what happens.
(but if it's ourselves who is wrong, we have to apologize also)

4. Do you have to love your job?
No. Love your children, your spouse and your country. Love your parents, your neighbor and your dog. Loving is too important an emotion to attach to the way you make a living. But it's OK to strive for satisfaction.
(muahaha, interesting! now i dont have to feel guilty for not loving my job! :P)

5. Can a marriage survive betrayal?
Yes. It takes time and work, but experts are pretty unanimous on this one. Reseachers estimate about 60 percent of husbands and 40 percent of wives will have an affair at some point in their marriages. That's no advertisement for straying -- but the news is good for couples hoping to recover from devastating breaches of trust. The offended partner needs to make the choice to forgive -- and learn to live with a memory that can't simply be erased. Infidelity is never forgotten, but it can gradually fade into the murky background of a strong, mature marriage.
(it's up to you to judge and pretty much depends on whats the betrayal situation... )

-click to know more-

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Protect your eyes

Computer is one of our best friend these days especially for office workers like us. to me, i spend about 9 hours per day dealing with the monitor (which is very boring). sometimes i experience eyes distraction such as blurred vision and even eye sore.

i went for a eye check up last week and the power for right eye has reduced, though not much, and my left eye's power remains the same :) it's indeed very important to protect our eyes as it's one of the most important organ for human beings.

below i found a few tips about eye care:

1. Exercise your eyes

Regular work hours should be infused with short breaks. During such breaks, blink your eyes several times. While you keep your eyes closed, roll your eyeballs both clockwise and anticlockwise and take a deep breath. Gradually open your eyes while releasing your breath. This exercise lasts for a minute and you can repeat it three times before getting back to work. It serves as a good workout for the eyes.

2. Look away

While working for long hours, look at distant objects either in your office or outside. Looking at a distant object and then returning to your task helps your eyes focus better. Try taking such visual breaks for about five to 10 minutes every hour.

3. Palming

Sit straight at your workstation and rub your palms against each other till you feel them warm. The warmth of your palms helps soothe and relax tired eyes. Then, lightly cup your eyes with your palms and relax for 60 seconds. Count the seconds in your mind. Repeat this exercise two to three times whenever your eyes feel tired, or as often as you want. While palming, you can either rest your elbows on your desk or keep away from the desk and cup your eyes. Both ways are fine.

4. Splash water on your face

During breaks, splash water on your face while closing your eyes. This has an overall relaxing effect and helps you feel refreshed.

5. Take a walk

After you're done with lunch, take a stroll outside your office for a few minutes. This will give your eyes a much-needed break and get them some fresh air.

6. Drink water

Drink plenty of water. It helps reduce puffiness. When a person is dehydrated, especially in an air-conditioned office, the body starts storing water as a defence mechanism. This adds to puffiness around the eyes.

7. Eat healthy

Incorporate Vitamins A, C, and E on a daily basis; eat citrus fruits, green leafy veggies, tomatoes, spinach, poultry and dairy products. Pack a box of chopped carrots, cucumber and fresh fruits and munch in-between meals at the office.

*reference here*

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wedding dinner at Ipoh

Hubby's ex classmate, Albert, invited us to his wedding reception which was held last Friday at Hee Lai Ton (喜来登) restaurant, Ipoh. dinner was supposed to start at 7.30pm but it was late (expected la, Chinese culture :P) anyway, we were late too as needed to wait for the rest of the friends.

ok, let me start with foodie photos:

1st dish, 四式冷热军 which is similar to 五福临门 (pardon the shaky photo)




2. Sharkfin soup


3. steamed chicken


4. steamed seabass fish


5. fried prawns


6. mixed vege


7. fried rice with char siew


8. cookies as dessert


9. hot longan tong sui with white fungus (no doubt the food were presentable but they tasted so so only, i still prefer Taiping food)


the menu

the stage for Albert and Connie

the hall is grand and big, haha damn suaku la me.. i think they had about 70 tables that night


cute clown to entertain the little kids as well as big kids like us :P


i got a flower and EK got a, erm, penis wtf

the guys

the girls. meet Jess (in blue cheongsam) and Grace (in black dress). Grace is my ex school mate and we've not seen each other in years!


us

new pretty friends we made! Yin in black dress and Kuan in white tube. can you tell they are actually sisters?? at 1st glance, i thought they are quite lcly, but actually they're friendly and nice! we exchanged contacts and FB and they even asked us to go Ipoh for clubbing session. now guess which one of us is the eldest? :P


all of us at the table


last but not least, a photo with the newly wed. congrats to them and thanks for the invitation! ^^

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bigger eyes

I have been a contact lens user for at least 7 years. throughout the years, i have tried several brands such as Bausch & Lomb and FreshKon. of late, i started to invest in colored contact lens from Geo. i must say contact lens have given me alot of convenience!

last few weeks, i found out a contest from FreshLook Illuminate where they are giving out free trial daily disposable lenses. all you have to do is just register online and answer a few simple questions and 3 pairs of daily contact lens are on your way!

the freebies

got discount voucher somemore, dont you just love free thing? :P


the new FreshLook Illuminate lenses are uniquely designed to match the natural brown and black shade of Asian eyes


before

after. i hope my photos are able to give you a clear before-after result. anyway, my eyes are obviously bigger and bolder after wearing the lenses, in the natural way! the effect is promising.however, i find that the lenses are abit hard to remove. but as a hard core contact lens user, it doesnt really frighten me.... lol..


visit here to get your free trial lens while stocks last! so what are you waiting for?!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Top reasons why you're overspending

1. Paying With Plastic

Takeout or dine in? Paper or plastic? Cash or credit? Of all the choices you make at the checkout counter, the decision to pay with a credit card has the biggest impact on your bottom line. studies shown that consumers are willing to spend more when they pay with a credit card instead of cash, because it allows consumers to focus more on what they're getting, or buying, than what they're losing, or spending.
Credit cards "buffer the reality of spending because they leave more cash in our pockets and purses and provide a delay before payment is required."

(so the next time you decide to pay with card, think again!)

2. Listening to Music

Listening to music is perfect for increasing motivation during a workout. It also increases the motivation to spend. You're more apt to give in to impulse purchases in shops where instrumental or classical music is playing, according to one study.
Experts believe that loud music also impacts spending.
Louder music in restaurants pushes people to eat faster, order more and consume more food because they can't talk to each other over the noise. Being overwhelmed by music also interferes with our ability to think clearly, which can lead to spending more money.

(wow interesting! this is one the business tactics huh?)

3. Buying in Bulk

Before you stock up on a 280-ounce bag of chocolate chips, consider this: You're more likely to overspend when you buy in bulk.
A case of paper towels might cost less per unit than a single roll, but it'll add a bigger lump sum to the total bill, which could lead to blowing the weekly grocery budget. There is another reason that buying in bulk adds up at the checkout counter.
The more you consume, the more you'll spend.

(well this is complicated, we always think that buying in bulk is more worth and saves up our money, right?)

4. Buying Clearance Merchandise

There is nothing wrong with getting an item on sale. The problem with the clearance rack is the items are limited.
It leads to the idea that "if I don't get it now, it won't be there later." The fear of missing out tends to make us much less rational about evaluating our purchases, so we end up spending money on things we didn't want or need.
To avoid overspending on unnecessary sale items, try applying the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.
Tell yourself that you're going in to buy a specific item and you won't get caught up in the frenzy of the crowd.

5. Shopping Without a List

It's one of the most oft-repeated mantras of maintaining a budget: Make a list and stick to it. You're more likely to buy only the things you need if they're written down in black and white.
If you struggle with self-control, bring cash instead of a credit card. You can't overspend if you're limited to the cash in your pocket.

(it definetely sounds like a good way! but it wont work if we're on the rush, right?)

*reference*

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Review: The Face Shop BB Cream

BB cream has hit the market some times ago and it's becoming more and more popular. BB cream is known as a light foundation and moisturizer at the same time.

i've just invest on The Face Shop The Skin Extra BB Cream SPF 20PA++. i like it's scent and the smooth texture.

the tube

the texture is smooth and blend easily


before


after (sorry if you cant see clearly, i'm learning to do a better close up shooting ^^) it looks natural and covers most of my pigmentation.

overall review:

unlike many liquid foundation, this BB cream is very moisturizing as well, it's good in controlling oil too. in long term, it's believed to improve skin's condition and skin tone and even out the complexion. value added for the SPF ingredient where it can act as a sun protector too. and i especially like the floral scent! however, it's available in only one shade so it could be a problem for those who has tanned skin. but it definetely works for me!

how to use:

Dot the BB cream all over your face and gently pat them outwards and blend well. it's recommended to do this way rather than dragging them like how we apply foundation. continue with your make up regime for a flawless finish!

price:

RM 79.90

weight:

45g

Made in Korea
rating: 4.5/5

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wedding dinner in May

This is another wedding reception i attended this year, Mr Khor from Purchasing department invited most of us to her daughter's wedding last Saturday, at SSL Traders restaurant. it feels good to attend such functions as we get to dress up nicely, take pretty photos, see other people, and the ultimate reason, eat. haha :P
paparazzi shot on the newly wed, the bride is a very sweet lady

beautiful voices from Penang

l-r: Lorita, me, Yvonne, Yan


with Celine, my ex school mate and colleague


us again

the whole MIS department minus the boss :P

with Ms Wan from Warehouse department, she looks so pretty that night

ladies in black


with Mr Nice guy, Yew, who's going to resign end of this month, i'm sure he'll be missed...

and now, i shall present to you, the food for the night to end the post!
wu fu lin men

sharkfin soup


steamed chicken


sweet and sour fish

deep fried nestum prawns

mixed vege

chicken and mushroom noodles

cooling sea coconut dessert

red bean crepe