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Five best nights of my life

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I have been tagged by Luty! Thanks Luty. Actually I didnt really know about the game until I saw Luty’s tag. No wonder everyone seemed to be talking about the best nights of their lives! I was already wondering if something was wrong with my nights. I think I am just a bit S..L..O..W…

I believe that there are many, many positively memorable nights in my life and they can all be considered as my best nights but I cant really recall those that happened long, long ago unless something triggers my thoughts and brings back those memories. I know I sound like 80, but actually, I look like only 40.

So here we go, in chronological order, five best nights of my life:

  1. (2007) The night we had dinner at Touzan, one of the classic Japanese restaurants in Kyoto, Japan. It was at the hotel restaurant and actually we only went there for dinner because all other shops near to the hotel were closed for the night at ~7PM, or at least we didnt seem to find anything that was not closed. The ambience at the Hyatt’s restaurant was great and the food was very Japanese. I think I am going to have Japanese lunch today!
  2. (2007) The night we had my birthday dinner at Au Jardin, one of the expensive restaurants here. It was really lovely. I love to experience that night again!
  3. (2006) The night we had dinner on a boat cruise in Bangkok, Thailand. It was truly romantic and probably my first time on a dinner cruise. The food was great and very Thai. I never really liked Thai food until then. I think I am going to have Thai dinner tonight!
  4. (2004) The night I passed my thesis. My project was to try to find a better convergence result for a particular type of scenerio. Someone, who was a year my senior and a student of my supervisor showed that two methods in particular, let’s call them Method A and Method B, gave some kind of acceptable results only when used under normal circumstances. Under extreme circumstances, both Methods are just as worse as each other. Hence no superior method was identified. My supervisor made it clear that he didnt want to see such work again. I was very stressed by his comment and then one night, after many tries, I found out from the numerical experiments which I had done, that one of the two Methods, when ’smoothed’, gave a better convergence rate as compared to other Method, be it whether it is ’smoothed’ or not. Even my supervisor was surprised. He couldnt explain it so I just reversed engineered the outcome of the results and cooked up some theories to lala the evaluators. I dont want to experience that night again! Please, no!
  5. (2001) The night I celebrated my birthday by the beach. It was simply romantic. I didnt know about the hidden champagne and the finger food. We just walked there and tada- surprise. No, I dont want to experience that night again. He is no longer the person I love.

Four people I would like to tag are:

  1. Chryssy
  2. Choco117
  3. Yingdong
  4. Rukia

Beautiful People

Monday, August 27th, 2007

zac_efron.jpg Zac Efron

ashley_tisdale.JPG Ashley Tisdale

vanessa_anne_hudgens.JPG Vanessa Hudgens

These are three of the main casts from the 2007 film, High School Musical 2, which is the sequel to the 2006 film, High School Musical. Like, whatelse? HeHe.

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From the left, showing the main casts are Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel. I have a secret to tell you…

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…I like Zac and Ashley. Arent they cute? Oops…

Chihuahua, with Love

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

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In Japan, a chihuahua was born with a large heart-shaped mark in his coat. I still find it very unreal because the heart-shaped mark is really, very heart-shaped. But I know it is real and the puppy has been named as Heart-kun.

Heart-kun was born to a breeder, Emiko Sakurada. She said that it was the first time a puppy like this had been born out of the thousands of puppies she had bred. She had no plans to sell Heart-kun.

You will love this:

Friday, August 24th, 2007

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Beef Bourguignon is a French dish. It means beef stewed in red wine with bacon, garlic, onions, carrots, lardons, and garni, garnished with pearl onions and mushrooms. I had it last Saturday and it was really nice. You should try it.

Aptenodytes forsteri…

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

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…is the binomial nomenclature for the Emperor Penguin which is the largest living penguin species, weighing between 20 kg to 45 kg and standing at approximately 1.3 m tall.

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The head and wings of the Emperor Penguin are black, its abdomen is white and its back is bluish-gray. There are two golden circular stripes on the sides of its neck and the male Emperor Penguin has a brood pouch between its legs and lower abdomen for his baby, also known the Emperor Penguin chick.

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Aww, this is the Emperor Penguin chick. Isnt it cute? The Emperor Penguin chick is covered with a thick layer of light gray fur which helps to keep it warm.

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Aww, baby with daddy…

Cheap Parrot

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

A woman went to a pet shop and immediately spotted a large, beautiful parrot. There was a sign on the cage that said $50.00.

“Why so little,” she asked the pet store owner.

The owner looked at her and said, “Look, I have to tell you first that this bird has lived in a House of Prostitution for the past twenty years and sometimes it says some pretty tough stuff.”

The woman thought about this, but decided at that price she had to have the bird anyway. She took it home, hung the bird’s cage up in her living room and waited for it to say something. The bird looked around the room, then at her, turned his head to one side and said, “New house, new Madam.” The woman was a bit offended at the implication, but then thought, “Well, that’s really not so bad.”

When her two teenage daughters returned from school the bird saw them and said, “New house, new Madam, new girls”. The girls and the woman were a bit offended but then they began to laugh about the comments considering how and where the parrot had been living for the past twenty years.

Moments later, the woman’s husband Frank came home from work. The bird looked at him and said, “Hi, Frank.”

Sukiyaki

Monday, August 20th, 2007

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I was invited to a Sukiyaki dinner two Saturdays ago. I didnt take any pictures of our food so I just stole one from the internet for my post. The dinner was really nice. Before the dinner, I checked out on the word Sukiyaki and found out that it is something like beef in steamboat, and I thought it didnt sound any bit extraordinary although the word Sukiyaki did. I had expected it to be something more extraordinary than this, but hehe.

Anyway, Sukiyaki is a Japanese dish in steamboat style. The main ingredient is thinly sliced beef and it is slowly cooked in a steamboat along with vegetables and other ingredients. I remember I had a few types of the mushrooms, cabbage, some green vegetables and carrots. I guess the most interesting thing about Sukiyaki is most of the cooked ingredients are usually dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten eggs before being eaten. I really like the cooling effect of dipping the hot food in raw eggs.

28 Weeks Later

Friday, August 17th, 2007

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This movie picks up from the previous movie 28 Days Later. It is about an outbreak of the Rage Virus in Great Britain. The Rage Virus turned the infected into rage-filled zombies in a few seconds.

This is one of the most thrilling movies I have watched lately. I dont think I breathed properly throughout the time when I was watching it because it was really scary and I was just waiting in suspense for next shocking scene.

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This scene sees Robert Carlyle running away to save himself and leaving his wife behind to perish during a zombie ambush. He managed to escape from the zombies but his wife Catherine McCormack didnt and became a victim of the virus. She was, however, a rare case, for she could non-symptomatically carry the virus. She was infected but immuned to the virus.

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28 weeks after the Rage Virus infected everyone in Great Britain, the U.S. Army inspected the city of London and announced that the city is safe because the virus had burnt itself out. The army began to clean up London and bring in British refugees who were not infected. They were all quarantined on an island near the wharf in London, also known as District 1.

Robert Carlyle was reuited with his two children who were abroad on a camping trip during the outbreak. He told them that their mother was dead but he did not mention the details. The two smart children slipped out of the safety zone and returned to their old home to collect their personal belongings.

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In their home, they found their mother who was still alive. The three of them were immediately captured by some smart army and brought back to District 1. Yes, three of them including the infected mother.

Time Plot
15 Days Later: Mainland Britain was quarantined.
28 Days Later: Mainland Britain was destroyed by the Rage Virus.
5 Weeks Later: The infected had died of starvation.
11 Weeks Later: An American-led NATO force entered London.
18 Weeks Later: Mainland Britain was declared free of infection.
24 Weeks Later: Reconstruction began
28 Weeks Later: A second outbreak of the second Rage Virus

Since the mother was a non-symptomic carrier of the virus, she was not like any other zombie. So what caused the second outbreak? Some smart husband, for example, her husband, had to kiss her and became infected with the virus. Since he was not immuned to the virus, he started attacking soldiers and infecting the population, but not before killing his wife in FULL rage. It was not exactly lovely of him to dig the eyes out of his wife in the process of killing her. I believe I closed my eyes, but the squashing sound was still unbearable.

Her farewell party

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

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(from left: college friend A, new friend and a sister of college friend B who was at the party but not in the picture, me, college friend C and the one who is leaving us for British Columbia)

The theme of her farewell party was Angels, as insisted by her. It was funny, because we had to wear a pair of wings each and carry our own wand.

Eerie tale of a hotel

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

He entered the hotel room. Everything was neat and tidy. The colours used in the room seemed just right. The bedsheet was pale white with blue prints. The couch was leather beige. The walls were painted in several shades of yellow and highlighted in gold. He climbed onto the bed and lay down for a nap.

Something caught his eye. There was a partition door on the wall facing the bed, and on the door was a eyehole. “Weird”, he thought, “does it mean that I get to look into the other room?” Without any hesitation, he went to a peep at the eyehole.

What he saw stopped his breath in his throat. Everything in that room was red. The walls were red, the bedsheet was red, the couch was red. There was a woman dancing in the room and she was wearing all red. She was moving too fast and he could not see her face but that was not what shocked him. The shocking thing was there was no other colour in that room, except red. He took a step back, not really knowing what to think. He walked to the bed and sat down on its edge. He stared at the door, and he stared hard. He couldnt believe what he had just seen, so he decided to peep at the eyehole again.

What he saw this time was nothing he had expected. He saw red, but there was nothing else. The bedsheet was gone, the bed was gone, the couch was gone, the woman was gone.

Do you know why?