Friday, March 4, 2011

Dining Etiquette

Section 1: Napkins & Utensils
How to use napkins:

As soon as you are seated, remove the napkin from your place setting, unfold it, and put it in your lap. Do not shake it open. At some very formal restaurants, the waiter may do this for the diners, but it is not inappropriate to place your own napkin in your lap, even when this is the case.

The napkin rests on the lap till the end of the meal. Don't clean the cutlery or wipe your face with the napkin. NEVER use it to wipe your nose!
If you excuse yourself from the table, loosely fold the napkin and place it to the left or right of your plate. Do not refold your napkin or wad it up on the table either. Never place your napkin on your chair.

At the end of the meal, leave the napkin loosely folded at the left side of the place setting. It should not be crumpled or twisted; nor should it be folded. The napkin must also not be left on the plate and never on the chair.

How to use your silverware and dinnerware:


Use the silverware farthest from your plate first.

Here's the Silverware and dinnerware rule:
Eat to your left, drink to your right. Any food dish to the left is yours, and any glass to the right is yours.

Starting with the knife, fork, or spoon that is farthest from your plate, work your way in, using one utensil for each course. The salad fork is on your outermost left, followed by your dinner fork. Your soup spoon is on your outermost right, followed by your beverage spoon, salad knife and dinner knife. Your dessert spoon and fork are above your plate or brought out with dessert. If you remember the rule to work from the outside in, you'll be fine.

Use one of two methods when using the fork and knife:
American Style: Knife in right hand, fork in left hand holding food. After a few bite-sized pieces of food are cut, place knife on edge of plate with blades facing in. Eat food by switching fork to right hand (unless you are left handed). A left hand, arm or elbow on the table is bad manners.

Continental/European Style: Knife in right hand, fork in left hand. Eat food with fork still in left hand. The difference is that you don't switch hands-you eat with your fork in your left hand, with the prongs curving downward. Both utensils are kept in your hands with the tines pointed down throughout the entire eating process. If you take a drink, you do not just put your knife down, you put both utensils down into the resting position: cross the fork over the knife.

Once used, your utensils, including the handles, must not touch the table again. Always rest forks, knives, and spoons on the side of your plate.

For more formal dinners, from course to course, your tableware will be taken away and replaced as needed.

To signal that your are done with the course, rest your fork, tines up, and knife blade in, with the handles resting at five o'clock an tips pointing to ten o'clock on your plate.

Any unused silverware is simply left on the table.


Section 2: General social and dining etiquette rules
Passing dishes or food:
Pass food from the left to the right. Do not stretch across the table, crossing other guests, to reach food or condiments.

If asked for the salt or pepper, pass both together, even if a table mate asks for only one of them. This is so dinner guests won't have to search for orphaned shakers.

Never intercept a pass. Snagging a roll out of the breadbasket or taking a shake of salt when it is en route to someone else is a no-no.

Always use serving utensils to serve yourself, not your personal silverware.

Eating:
Wait until all are served at your table before beginning to eat.

Do NOT talk with food in your mouth! This is very rude and distasteful to watch! Wait until you have swallowed the food in your mouth. Chew with mouth closed.

Don't blow on your food/soup to cool it off. If it is too hot to eat, take the hint and wait until it cools. If hot food is burning your mouth, discretely drink something cool to counteract the food.

Always scoop food, using the proper utensil, away from you.

Cut only enough food for the next mouthful (cut no more than two bites of food at a time). Eat in small bites and slowly.

Never lick of put the knife in your mouth

Do eat a little of everything on your plate. If you do not like the food and feel unable to give a compliment, just keep silent. It is acceptable to leave some food on your plate if you are full and have eaten enough.

Do not "play with" your food or utensils. Never wave or point silverware. Do not hold food on the fork or spoon while talking, nor wave your silverware in the air or point with it.

Try to pace your eating so that you don’t finish before others are halfway through. If you are a slow eater, try to speed up a bit on this occasion so you don’t hold everyone up.

Once used, your utensils, including the handles, must not touch the table again. Always rest forks, knives, and spoons on the side of your plate or in the bowl.

If the food served is not to your liking, it is polite to at least attempt to eat a small amount of it.

Or at the very least, cut it up a little and move it around the plate. It is never acceptable to ask a person why they have not eaten all the food. Don't make an issue if you don't like something or can't eat it - keep silence.

Table Manners:
Practice good posture & keep elbows off the table. Keep your left hand in your lap or rest your wrists on the edge of the table unless you are using it.

Taste your food before seasoning it.

Guests should do their best to mingle and make light conversation with everyone. Do not talk excessively loudly. Give others equal opportunities for conversation. Talk about cheerful, pleasant things at the table.

Don't clean up spills with your own napkin and don't touch items that have dropped on the floor. You can use your napkin to protect yourself from spills. Then, simply and politely ask your server to clean up and to bring you a replacement for the soiled napkin or dirty utensil.

Loud eating noises (slurping and burping) are very impolite. The number one sin of dinner table etiquette!

Do not blow your nose at the dinner table. Excuse yourself to visit the restroom. Wash your hands before returning to the dining room. If you cough, cover your mouth with your napkin to stop the spread of germs and muffle the noise. If your cough becomes unmanageable, excuse yourself to visit the restroom. Wash your hands before returning to the dining room.

Turn off your cell phone or switch it to silent or vibrate mode before sitting down to eat, and leave it in your pocket or purse. It is impolite to answer a phone during dinner. If you must make or take a call, excuse yourself from the table and step outside of the restaurant.

Do not use a toothpick or apply makeup at the table.

Say "Excuse me," or "I'll be right back," before leaving the table. Do not say that you are going to the restroom.

Whenever a woman leaves the table or returns to sit, all men seated with her should stand up.

Do not push your dishes away from you or stack them for the waiter when you are finished. Leave plates and glasses where they are.

Do not ask for a doggy bag unless it is an informal dining situation. 


Section 3: Specific food type etiquette guide:
Bacon:
Bacon can be consider finger food if it is dry, crisp and served whole.
If bacon is broken into pieces, served in thick slices, or cooked but still limp, it should be eaten with a knife and fork. The rule is simply that bacon with any fat on it should be eaten with a knife and fork.

Berries: Generally, eat berries with a spoon, whether they have cream on them or not.

Bread:
Use your fingers to remove bread from the serving plate. When a bread and butter plate is on the table to your left, you should use your butter knife to transfer a small portion of butter onto the side of this plate. This step can be skipped altogether and the bread buttered directly.

Return your knife to its correct position on the bread and butter plate (the right hand side of the plate, lying along the 1 to 5 o'clock position (i.e. slightly off-center), the tip facing 1 o'clock).

Next, break off a small, SINGLE bite-size portion of the bread (never larger than one bite), and butter this portion with the butter transferred to your plate in the earlier step. Buttering should be done on the plate or just above it, and never butter the whole piece of bread.

If there is an oil condiment for the bread (olive oil for example), the same principles apply - always tearing off small bite-size portions of the bread and applying (can dip) your oil to that bite size piece of bread.

Break slices of bread in small pieces never larger than one bite & never eat bread that has not been broken off first. Butter each bite at a time.

Use your own butter knife and the butter on your plate; buttering should be done on the plate or just above it. Never butter the whole piece of bread. The butter knife remains on the bread and butter plate at the end of the meal.

Chicken:
It once was acceptable to pick up food on a bone, such as chicken, if it could be held with two fingers. I don't recommend that you do this in a public setting.

When dining at the restaurant or in a public place, chicken should always be eaten with a fork and knife.

If you are at an informal barbecue, in the fast food restaurant where you bought the chicken, and/or at your own home, it is perfectly acceptable to eat chicken with your fingers.

Clams and oysters in the half shell: Hold the shell with the left hand and lift the clam out using your oyster fork.

Desserts:
Soft desserts: In general, eat custards and other very soft desserts with a spoon, using the fork for berries or any other garnishes. Cake, pie, or crepes being served ala mode - i.e., with ice cream - may be eaten with either or both of the utensils.

Firm desserts: For firmer desserts such as dense cakes or poached pears, switch the utensils - the fork for eating, the spoon for pushing and cutting.

French Fries:
In a fine dining restaurant, use your knife and forks.

Pasta or Spaghetti:
The perfect method for eating spaghetti or other long stringy pasta is to twirl it around your fork. Use a spoon to help if needed.

It is also acceptable to cut pasta with a knife and fork. You can get some leverage by turning the pasta while holding the tines of your fork against the edge of your plate. It's even correct to neatly cut the pasta if twirling is too hard.

What is undeniably bad manners is slurping in a mouthful of trailing pasta without benefit of twirl or knife. It's often loud, and it's never pretty.

If possible, serve warm pasta in warm, shallow bowls instead of on dinner plates. The sides of the bowl aids in turning pasta noodles on the fork.

Salad:
If you are served large pieces or a whole wedge of lettuce, cut one bite at a time, using the knife provided.

If the salad is served before or after the main course, use the smaller fork. If the salad is considered the main course, use the entrée fork (large fork).

Soup:
Dip the spoon into the soup, moving it away from the body, until it is about two-thirds full, then sip the liquid (without slurping) from the side of the spoon (without inserting the whole bowl of the spoon into the mouth).

It is perfectly fine to tilt the bowl slightly (again away from the body) to get the last spoonful or two of soup.

To eat bread while eating your soup, don't hold the bread in one hand and your soup spoon in the other. When ready to eat a bite of your bread, place the spoon on the under plate, then use the same hand to take the bread to your mouth.

Wine:
Never turn the glass upside down to decline wine. It is more polite to let the wine be poured and not draw attention to yourself. If you are asked about wine and will not be drinking, quietly decline.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

LoL!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

On the roads in Malaysia...

On the roads in Malaysia...

...when it comes to traffic lights, green means go, yellow means go faster.

...car A's signals when cutting into car B's lane is an indication to car B to go faster so that car A can't cut.

...all motorcyclists are snatch thieves.

...zebra crossings are really just decorations on the road.

...when car A successfully cuts into car B's lane, a machete may be involved.

...when a motorcyclist rams into your stationary car, it's your fault.

...hazard lights are for rainy days.

...motorcyclists are invincible.

...policemen in police cars do not wear seat belts.

...all bad drivers are apparently female drivers.

...you may be fined if you or your passengers do not wear seat belts, but so long as all seat belts are used, you may stuff a gazillion people into your car.

...you're dead if you wander into Mat Rempit territory.

...I hate ants.

...particularly in KL, if you leave work at 5pm, you reach home at 5.30pm. If you leave at 6pm, you reach home at 9pm.

...pedestrians need 2 umbrellas on a rainy day. One above the head, and one at the side.

...traffic lights don't exist to motorcyclists.

...yellow boxes with the big X in them are also just decorations.

...a laptop left in the car is as good as gone.

...when an accident occurs and you're bleeding by your car, people stop and get down from their cars to stare at you.

...one finger 'salutes' are normal.

...spoiled traffic lights ease up traffic jams.

...the white arrows on the roads indicating road directions for motorists to follow do not apply to motorcyclists.


...thieves steal your nice nice cars to tear them up into pieces.

...motorcyclists are really invincible.

...when a car bangs into your car, you speed off, because they're really just gonna rob you.

...speed limits are really speed minimums.


Only on Malaysian roads... only on Malaysian roads...

And it's another win in the bag!!

It's been ages since I last posted something up, partly due to assignments and commitments at various departments of my life, but anywhoo, here's an update!

WE'VE WON THE CNCJETSET COMPETITION!!! (for details of the competition, please read the post before this :)

Thanks Shalom and Please Lah for letting me in on this competition with you two! If it weren't for the both of you, i wouldn't have even heard about this. And I know that i didn't really and couldn't really contribute much (because practically everything was already done!), but I thank you for letting me in on your plans (and prizes) as well :) BIG HUGGIES FOR THE EXTRA SISTERS!!!!

And to everyone who voted, THANKS A MILLION B MILLION C MILLION!!!
And to those who helped to get votes, THANKS A 3llion 4llion and 5llion!!

You guys are to awesome!!! XD

Friday, February 26, 2010

Yet Another One.

The contest fever is back again!!!


This time, it's a Johnson & Johnson - Clean & Clear contest, where the grand prize winner gets to win a free holiday (flight tickets for 4 and accommodation) to any destination in the ASEAN region, and a whole bunch of other stuff!! ^.^ We just had to submit a video of me and my BFF (can you believe it, i'm actually using the 'BFF' term) on our dream holiday, make believe of course.

Judging criteria is 50% the Organiser and 50% public vote (yes, i know you're tired of voting for contests, but pretty pretty please?~*). The way to vote is to rate the video which has been uploaded on Youtube under the 'cncjetset' channel. You'd need to have a youtube account to do this. If you have gmail, signing up for one is a whole lot easier - just requires you to choose a username and set your date of birth, and you're good to go!

Do vote for us (Anna and Priscilla)!! We'd thoroughly appreciate it =D
Vote here!

And I've to give full credit to Priscilla and Sharon Lim and their manz for actually doing EVERYTHING. I didn't do anything at all. Well, at least not much. Like, really not much. They thought of the idea, made the props and puppets and stuff, did the editing, etc etc etc. I'm just here to lend them my age :P

Huh?

The max age to join this contest is 21. Initially the Lim sistaz were doing it together, but after reading the terms and conditions again they realised that one of them wasn't eligible! Since i'm still technically 21, and since the trip entitles the winners to 4 flight tickets (2 for the participants, 2 for their guardians 21 years old and above) which means that the ineligible sister can still go as a guardian if we win, they roped me in :)

So thank you extra sisters!! All credit goes to you two and your hard work!! Sorry i couldn't/didn't do much :(

Anyways.

Remember. Vote here!


Muchos Gracias!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Random Story

In the attic where the medals and plaques lay, 'displayed' obscurely in a place where no one can admire, speaking of past glories and of days of old in which they stood for someone who was in their proudest moments, which have all come to nothing but a mere memory or a mention on the lips, she lays down the box.

She pans the room, taking in all that's in it, realising that she's now at that stage - a stage where she never thought she'd ever be at. Fury. Disgruntled. Discouraged. A sense of loss. Thoughts and emotions that engulfed her at that very moment. She shakes her head, trying to convince herself that she's doing the right thing while denying any sense of desire in her to continue the dream that began in her since she was a little girl. Refusing to admit that this is a mere moment of weakness, she storms her way down to retrieve what's left of it.

The one who had blown the fuse in her head was out of sight, probably in an equal state of emotion, but perhaps, more than anything else, feeling unappreciated and angry for the thankless-ness. After all that's been given to fuel the passion in the girl and the dream that has stayed with her all this while, this is how repayment is made - with shouts of angry, heartless words accompanying the stern refusing of her little request. Well, little in her opinion. She knew that the dream was being lived out in the girl who was aware of it, and eventually shared it. But the thing that she didn't realise was that what she really wanted was her dream to be the one that came to life, with the girl's taking the back seat.

As the girl haphazardly packs what remains into the box, she wipes off the sweat and the tears that were forming. You see, she really thought she could find pleasure, and perhaps a future, in the tinkling of the black and white keys. She devoted the past 17 years of her life to this, and had plans to bring it to a whole new playing field. But having been denied the pleasure, inspiration and the encouragement that's been horribly needed for several months now, with the 'little requests' taking precedence everytime she had just started, she couldn't take it any longer. She probably felt like she was taken for a ride - tricked into thinking that all this was really for her; tricked into imagining that she could get better, go further, reach higher - when in fact all this seemed like they were just to fulfill someone else's unfulfilled dreams.

Remembering how, at one point of her journey, the dream almost fell out, and what kept her in was one moment that she had to herself - one moment of badly needed encouragement which she could give to herself with just that uninterrupted space and time - she breaks into tears. All that high.... probably just illusions, she tells herself.

Like a ballet dancer who hangs up her ballet shoes after an injury, perhaps putting them on again every once in a while just to bring herself back to that season in which she was in her element, but yet knowing that she'll no longer pursue it professionally, the girl inserts the last of the files - the hanging of her 'piano fingers', if you may.

No more. No longer. That's the end of it, she says.

She commits musical suicide.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nothing short of amazing.

Taken from here (dailychilli.com) dated Dec 30, 2009.

Women 'dies' for four minutes during childbirth
Mike Hermanstorfer was clutching his pregnant wife's hand in a Colorado hospital on Christmas Eve when she stopped breathing, her life apparently slipping away.

Then he cradled his newborn son's limp body seconds after a medical team delivered the baby by Cesarean section.

Minutes later he saw his son show signs of life in his arms under the feverish attention of doctors, and soon he learned his wife had inexplicably started breathing again.

"My legs went out from underneath me," Hermanstorfer said Tuesday. "I had everything in the world taken from me, and in an hour and a half I had everything given to me."

Hermanstorfer's wife, Tracy, went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during labor on Thursday, said Dr. Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the Hermanstorfers had gone for the birth of their son.

"She had no signs of life. No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn't breathing," said Martin, who had rushed to Hermanstorfer's room to help. "The baby was, it was basically limp, with a very slow heart rate."

After their miraculous recovery, both mother and the baby, named Coltyn, appear healthy with no signs of problems, Martin said.
She said she cannot explain the mother's cardiac arrest or the recovery.

"We did a thorough evaluation and can't find anything that explains why this happened," she said.

Mike Hermanstorfer credits "the hand of God."

"We are both believers ... but this right here, even a nonbeliever - you explain to me how this happened. There is no other explanation," he said.

Asked about divine intervention, Martin said, "Wherever I can get the help, I'll take it."

Tracy Hermanstorfer, 33, was getting prepped for childbirth at the hospital Thursday morning and her 37-year-old husband was by her side when she began to feel sleepy and laid back in her bed.

"She literally stopped breathing and her heart stopped," her husband said. Pandemonium erupted as doctors and nurses tried to revive her with chest compressions and a breathing tube, but nothing worked.

"I was holding her hand when we realized she was gone," Hermanstorfer said. "My entire life just rolled out."

Doctors told him, "We're going to take your son out now. We have been unable to revive her and we're going to take your son out," he recalled.

After the Cesarean section, some of the team rushed his wife to the operating room while the others attended to Coltyn.

"They hand him to me, he's absolutely lifeless," Hermanstorfer said. The doctors went to work on Coltyn as Hermanstorfer held him, and soon he began to breath.

"His life began in my hands," Hermanstorfer said. "That's a feeling like none other. Life actually began in the palm of my hands."

Martin said Tracy Hermanstorfer's pulse returned even before she was wheeled out of the room and into surgery. She estimates Hermanstorfer had no heartbeat for about four minutes.

Hermanstorfer remembers getting sleepy and closing her eyes in her hospital bed, then awakening in the intensive care unit.

Friends have asked if she saw a light or had other experiences described by others who have survived near-death experiences, but she didn't.

"I just felt like I was asleep," she said.

When doctors told her what happened, "I'm like, 'Holy cow, was it that bad? Wow."'

The Hermanstorfers returned Monday to their home in Security, just outside Colorado Springs, south of Denver.

Both Mike and Tracy Hermanstorfer worry that she might have a recurrence. Martin said she can't offer the Hermanstorfers much advice because she doesn't know what caused the original problem.

On Tuesday, the couple celebrated a delayed Christmas with their 3-year-old son Kanyen and Tracy Hermanstorfer's 11-year-old son, Austin, from her previous marriage.

She plans to tell Coltyn about his birth when he's old enough to understand.

"I'll tell him everything ... that he's my miracle baby. That he had a tough time coming into this world, that he's my miracle baby and he's still here with us," she said.

She said Austin is worried and confused but the experience is improving his already-close relationship with Mike Hermanstorfer, his stepfather.

Kanyen doesn't understand much except that doctors had to work on his mom in the hospital, she said. His reaction was, "OK, we got the baby, let's go home now." - AP


Awesome. I almost cried reading this article :P

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Shopaholic Star Search Contest

I won. Hee :)

When the contest details first came out, i couldn't sleep that night. Was too caught up thinking about what to do, how to do it, how to give what they're asking for, and how to be different - that was my strategy. I kept telling myself that "your imagination is your limit".

When it came to shooting the pictures, it wasn't so smooth sailing either. One thing i had to consider was the natural lighting. I only had about 2 weeks to snap the pictures, but i had to work on weekdays (which means I can't get the afternoon lighting then), which left me with the weekends. I figured that I had to get all 15 shots (that I was planning to edit into a single picture) done in one sitting to avoid getting different lighting. Besides that, I had to plan what outfit-hair-accessory combination to wear in accordance with the characteristic each photo was going to portray. Then I thought it wise to determine the order of the 'photoshoot' to be able to get it done in optimum time (eg: do same hair-styled photos in a row). I even typed out a table/checklist of sorts to organize my thoughts! And for the other picture, I took about an hour and a half to create the 'set'. Tiring, I tell you, more so since I was having a bad case of the flu and a slight fever.

Then when the results were com-ing out, I couldn't sleep again. Anxiety got the best of me. When the screen was in front of me, I kept clicking the refresh button to see if there were any latest updates.

Finally, when the results came out...

:)
It was all worth it.

Just wanna say a big thanks to:

- Sha-Lene for organising this contest and having to go through the troublesome process of getting the sponsors, blogging about the contest details, accepting the entries, posting them up, counting the votes and announcing the winners. It must have been a handful for you! But thanks so so so very much for this =)
- The Sponsors: The Kooky Thing, Agape Boutique, Arabian Nites, Kawaii Store, Mia and Mika, Itsy Beadsy, PattyBelle, Pebbles, Chaz Boutique and I Love Wonderland for voting for my pictures and sponsoring the wonderful prizes! (hee... free publicity for you guys here :P)
- The Readers/Voters (the bf, the bf's sister, the sister and the mom, amongst others-whom-I-don't-know-but-really-appreciate) for seeing something in my pictures and casting your votes for it :)
- The Photographers, Daniel and Esther, for taking the time off to help me with this contest :)

Thanks so much, you guys, for everything!

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Passage of Love

"1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

- 1 Corinthians 13

Of all people, I think I've the most to learn when it comes to love.

Teach me, Lord, to love like you do.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Contests! Contests! Contests!

I llllooooovvveeeee contests!!! Well, who doesn't? ^-^

Anyway, this blog post about contests serves two purposes:

1. Thank You YourShoppingKaki!!!
No, i didn't win (bummer! :(), but apparently my entry (check out my first post) was shortlisted! Yay! :D Sure, I still don't get anything, but hey... shows I was that close. Makes me even more determined. And makes me feel that the ability to win contests is really not that far out of my reach after all :) Thank you YSK, or (on a more personal note) Sha-Lene, for having given me this opportunity to join your contests and shortlisting me for one of it. It really helped me not feel so useless and incapable :P

Click here to see the contest results


2. Watsons "Share A Smile" Contest


I've been shortlisted for another contest - the Watsons "Share A Smile" Contest! The instruction was merely to send in a photo which will make people smile of laugh. What are the prizes? Just imagine: walking into Watsons. 60 seconds on the clock. To grab anything and everything. Yeah, that's the prize :)

1st Place - 1 minute FREE shopping at Watsons
2nd Place - 45 seconds FREE shopping at Watsons
3rd Place - 30 seconds FREE shopping at Watsons

It's simply i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e!! I would REALLY REALLY RREEEEAAALLLYYYY appreciate it if you could spend just a *couple* of seconds to put in your vote for my submitted photo. A couple of details:

- my entry is the one under "Anna Chieng Lin Wen" called "constipation" where it has 3 people in green
- you'll need to register once, then you can just login from there onwards to vote
- you can vote daily from 25/12/2009 - 7/1/2010

- you can vote 3 times a day
- if you vote, you stand to win RM50 vouchers to shop at Watsons! (and they have 10 to give away!! *oh, joy*)

So if you have some time to spare, do spare a vote for my shortlisted photo :)
vote here!

*Special thanks to Khoo Hsien Yew for taking the photo and giving me permission to use it for this contest, Jeh Loh and Peter Yu for being in the photo, and Danny Wang for organising the trip to Penang during which we took the photo!*

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My Poor Sandy

To all who showed concern and asked what happened when you saw my Gmail status (which read "my poor Sandy! *sobs*"), thanks. Really appreciate it :)

No, my beloved Sandy's not dead. She was just limping on the night i put up that gmail status. Could be arthritis, partly contributed by her weight. As much as she could, she avoided walking around, and she didn't jump and paw our laps like how she customarily would. And when she was laying on the floor, it'd be extremely difficult for her to get up. She'd take a very long time, starting with the front legs, then slowly (and perhaps, painfully), with the hind legs. Then she'd walk real slow with a slight limp. It was really a sight to cry at.

It's something like in this Youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbohrwy2AAc&feature=related), at the last part when the dog was walking slowly.

But surprisingly, she was completely fine the next day! Runnning and jumping about as usual. But a few days later, mom said she limped a bit again. Then she was fine again. I guess it's just arthritis gradually happening.

Sigh... My poor Sandy...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Solution to swine flu...



source: http://imgrr.com/x/10zutkg.jpg


Something i got off my friend's blog. Couldn't resist it. *shrieks!!*

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'M ON BLOGSPOT!!!!

Check this out. I've FINALLY got a blog. Yea. Pigs are flying.

And what prompted the pigs to fly? This -> The Big Bang contest: http://yourshoppingkaki.blogspot.com/search/label/Big%20Bang

Instructions:
1. Blog about your 3 Wishes [for products from How2Shop: http://how2shop.blogspot.com]
2. Facebook it!
3. Tweet!
4. Tell us [yourshoppingkaki and how2shop]!

Blogspot and Twitter all in one day. Yea. The pigs are really flying.


Call me a cheapskate or an opportunist if you like, but times are hard and my parents have worked hard enough to give me more than just a comfortable life. I've grabbed (or at least attempted to grab) any and every contest opportunity that has come my way, ever since i realized that they're not impossible to win. I want not only to be able to do something for myself and, in a sense, support myself (or rather my shopping needs :P), but I also love to see the look on my parent's faces when i tell them that I've won something, or better still, if i've won something for them. It saves them their hard-earned money (think 'sikit-sikit lama-lama menjadi bukit').

I'm not a very smart or capable person you see, so to be able to win something makes me feel a *lil* bit more able to give something back to my parents, in return for all they've done for me. So Ma and Pa (particularly Ma, since the products are all for females :P), this goes out to you :)

Presenting...

- Anna's Wishlist -
I don't believe in Santa, so...

Dear yourshoppingkaki/how2shop,

Wish #1 - A Coach Signature Denim Tote (Style # 12877)

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Mummy's such a thrifty person that she avoids buying new bags so long as hers is still usable. It's so old, torn and tattered, but yet she refuses to spend on a new one, though i think she should. Even when the zipper could no longer work, she rationalized that it could still hold necessities inside. When the straps broke, she argued that she could still clip them under her armpits. When there's a hole, she'd merely patch up and sew up the hole.

She even took in my old bag which i no longer use. The outer layer of the material is already tearing off, and the inner material has a big hole at the base (things get lost in there!). She says that it's still
perfectly functional and plans to use it once her current 4-year-old bag spoils.

Please grant her this beautiful bag, because i not only want her to have a new, in-good-condition bag, but a
nice one at that. Mummy deserves something nice every once in a while :)

Wish #2 - Christmas Special Sale - Coach Ali Leather Small Wallet (Style # 2644)

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My AUD$9 wallet is becoming like my old bag. It's starting to have holes on the outer layer material and it's also looking torn. It's turning dirty too.

I guess because it's a rather cheap wallet, it might not have been designed properly. Some of the card-holding compartments are so tight that it's extremely difficult to take out the cards. Whereas some of the other card compartments can't even hold any card at all because it's just sewn a tad bit too small!

I've never gotten anything branded before, because i always thought they were too expensive
(I am my mother's daughter after all! :). No Coach, no Liz Claiborne, no Gucci... not even MNG and Topshop! It'd be nice to have my very first branded item. It'd be like a little treasure that i'd take extremely good care of :)


Wish #3 - Victoria's Secret (Ultimate Make-up Kit)

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This is something that mummy and I will be able to share, together with che che 1 and che che 2. It'd be a product that would be put to good use :D

Mummy sometimes has low self-esteem because she doesn't think she's pretty. When she was younger, she hung out with a (then-not-yet) Miss Malaysia, and thus always lived under her shadows
(thank God for Papa who saw more than just skin deep and into her beautiful soul :). Also, before she began working, she always only got hand-me down clothes which didn't even fit properly, and she never knew how to put on make-up, always sticking only with the basic eyeliner and lipstick (even for special functions).

I, too, walk my mother's path. I've been called
ugly and was told before that I look like a witch! It crashed my self-esteem, which took a good few years to heal (though still not completely). Like every other girl, I do want to look beautiful, if not decent.

This gift would thus be very valuable to the both of us, in terms of helping us to enhance our self-image, and we would also be able to practice putting on make-up together with che che 1 and 2. So all of us can look and feel beautiful. Yes, this would be a very nice gift.

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*holds the wishlist close to chest and closes eyes extremely tightly*... please, Please, PLEEEEAAASE...