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Home Sweet Home

It was with much relieve that I unpacked the last box of my belonging in my new house. The whole journey started early this month, and after much packing, moving, clearning, unpacking, I am officially moved in!

Yes! I am the proud occupant of a lovely, little flat in Toa Payoh, a bustling town of young and old mix, a 2nd grade Orchard, if you want to say so. Here is how my current bachelor pad* looks like

*I typed that with much glee. Yay**!

**I have finally grown up!

Okay enough gloating, already! First stop, my bedroom!


Entrance to my bedroom

The entrance to my bedroom. The bow-like wooden carving (complete with a string) was bough from Chatucak Market in Bangkok, for 100 bath! I forgot how much the cloth cost, but I got a grand total of 8 metres of such cloth, so they make perfect “gateways” into my rooms. Very zen-like, hor?


My Bedroom

This is my bedroom. I moved out the previous wooden bed, and put in my Ikea bed. To make up for the lack of aircond, I bought a $120 air cooler from Courts. Actually, it is very, uh, primitive. You have to freeze some special cubes of ice and add water to the machine for it to be cooling! Far from being an air-cond, but I’ll make do.

Without my usual wardrobe and cupboards and TV, my room looks very bare. Nevermind, I will get more stuff from Ikea when my next paycheck is in! Gotta get a nice, cosy rug for the floor, plus some beanbags maybe. Maybe some nice posters for the wall. I got lots of movie posters! Very cheap from Bangkok and they are still languishing in tubes! Haha…

And yes, that an Orlando Bloom calendar that you see. I adore him, don’t you know?


Wardrobe Room

One of my pride of the house – I have my own “walk-in” wardrobe! It is only after I finish unpacking that I realized my clothes are enough to fill two wardrobe cupboards! And that is after throwing away about half of my old clothes! Now I have one wardrobe of work clothes + pants, and another wardrobe of home clothes + cheong-ing clothes.

I also have my body-length vanity mirror in the room, complete with an iron board, and a steam iron. Oh, I must mention that the steam iron is a house-warming gift from Taufik. Yes, the man himself. The Singapore Idol. So nice of him!


My kitchen!

My kitchentop!

The kitchen! Okay, nothing much changed, except for some new utensils and my own kitchenware all unpacked. Gotta tell you – it is a very satisfying experience cooking in the kitchen, without the usual clutter that occupies my old house!

(Last night I tried to cook green curry chicken, but somehow the paste catches fire, and I have to throw the whole frying pan into the sink to douse out the disaster. Somehow anything I cook always catches fire in this new kitchen. But that’s another story)

(I shouldn’t have said that. I am still a great cook!)


Living room

Living room

This is the living room. Gotta say it looks great at night – with my special lighting on. I bought the L-shaped sofa for only $200 – a great bargain. So nice to relax in the living room. Hmm… not in the afternoon though, it is simply too hot. But in any case still better than my old place, since it is quite impossible to actually hang out in the living room then.

I decorated the wall with some of my best posters. Yup, you guessed it right. Those are the official posters from Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers – I got them from Warner Brothers! Then there are two posters of Orlando – one from Return of the King, the other from Pirates of Carribean. Actually, there is another life-size-length poster of Legolas on the other wall, but cannot see la.

Then I got a new hifi set from another friend as a housewarming gift… actually more like I extort the money from him, and I got it myself. But still, a gift is a gift, mah!

(I sounded like a bitch. Sheesh…)


Library

This is my very own library corner! Okay, let’s do a little inventory check here:

Right at the top are my favorite “toys” – the official figurine set from FOTR, and (of course) Legolas from ROTK. (The Harry Potter was added after a second thought – I don’t know where else I can put him!). The “Web Idol” sash was a gift from Taufik’s fan to me. So sweet, right?

The first two shelves are full of my favorite novels – the Harry Potter series, the Marian Keyes series, the Shopaholic series, the Neil Humphrey series… man, I sure have accumulated quite some books over the years. (Special Note: To those of you who have borrowed my books but yet to return them, you better do so soon, or else….)

The next shelf is full of DIY books, and non-fictions. Like books on PHP-Nuke, Movable Type, (uh) body building, yoga, massage… also have some books on the best Internet sites (I think it’s damn outdated – waste money only), my course text books etc.

The next shelf contains collectible notebooks, mostly from movies. But I also got a set of special note books, pretty girly ones. Haha… you can see them here.

The last two shelves are full of magazines. I collected every single issues of 8-Days since 2003, and also some issues of FIRST and Men’s Health. Actually, my magazine collection gotta be the heaviest box to move from one place to another. I doubt I will ever re-read them, thus defeating the purpose of keeping them… but, you know, sometimes you just love something so much, you have a hard time throwing them away. And how much space can they occupy?

So there you are – a complete run down of my new place. There is a certain liberation in having your own place. But that is for another post. But I will tell you one thing I have done that give the greatest sense of freedom…

…. I can now use the toilet without closing the door! HAHA!

Why would you?

Why would you want to wait for someone who doesn’t tell you if he is interested in you, even after heavy hinting?

Why would you want to wait for someone who makes you fit his schedule, and not the other round?

Why would you want to wait for someone whom you did rock-climbing, jungle trekking and mountian hiking and thought that is “different”?

Why would you want to wait for someone who doesn’t have the time to commit to a relationship?

Perhaps you would, because love is blind. I am stupid to have harboured hope that the sparkle we felt after 6 years meant something. Anything.

And what we have will remain as what it had always been.

Memories.

Quirks of Project Management

Some funny shit for you to prepare for the weekend!

Quirks of Project Management

About American Idol & I

Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood

Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood

There is just something about American idol that makes me go all ga-ga over it.

So the finale is over. An unprecentended fight between a make and female (not since Season 1), but most importantly, between the rock and country genres.

What makes AMI (as well as Singapore Idol) such a huge obsession to me?

It is the emotion. The commitment the audiences made to make sure they are home on time to catch the show. The fanaticsm of the fans in showing their undying support for their favorite contestants.

Even in Singapore, where we can’t vote, can’t do a damn thing to change how AMI will turn out to be, there will always people like yours truly who stayed glued to the television and immerse overselves in the magic.

What is the craziest thing you have done for AMI?
It got to be my attempt to set up an American Idol 4 portal. A forum was up, and I updated the news blog on a daily basis. Too bad I didn’t have the time to promote the site, and in the end I cancelled the hosting account. I still own the domain, though.

Who did you support right from the beginning?
Call it fated, but I supported Anthony Fedorov right from the final-24 round. I was doing up the profiles for the site, and did it in alphabetical order – so Anthony was among the first few. I was really impressed by his exceptional vocals, his unassuming personality, and the seemingly pure charisma. The fact that he beat 20 others and be the one of the final four gotta speak volumes on his talent and popularity.

What? Another guy? What’s up with you and Taufik + Anthony?
So what? Bite me :P

But who do you think is the REAL talent here?
Stage presence aside, I would think Vonzell Solomon is the real deal. Her performance is always entertaining, and she is the ONLY diva in the final 12. Though her talent was not as big as Bo’s and Carrie’s, I think she deserved to be the final three.

Anthony Fedorov and Vonzell Solomon

Anthony Fedorov and Vonzell Solomon

Alright, between Bo and Carrie, who are you supporting?
I had never liked Carrie right from the beginning. Being branded as the likely winner was really overrated, in my opinion. Yeah true, this country girl can sing, but she is so… normal. A pretty face does not make an idol. Charisma and stage presence does.

So you support Bo? Because of his charisma?
Aboslutely. As Taufik himself said, Bo has got charisma. He is special, and effortlessly create a bond with the audience. The way he worked his performance around his strong vocal and those sexy hair locks was simply magical.

But who do you really think will champion this season?
That is a tough call. Like what Ryan has said, only 2% separates Bo and Carrie in the last round, though he left no indication who was in the lead. But whatever the case is, unlike Singapore Idol, I do think that the best deserving two has reached the finals. Fair and square.

Tomorrow I am going off all newspapers, emails, messengers and newsgroup. I am not going to let myself know the results at all until the show at 8.30 p.m.

So, don’t you dare email/sms/message/tell me the winner, or make it hell for you until the next season! Never underestimate an angry AMI fan.

*snigger*

Dumbledore – Snuffed?


Dumbledore - Snuffed?

In a news article, it was speculated that Dumbledore might be the character that will die in Harry Potter: The Half Blood Prince, the latest installments in Rowling’s hugely popular wizardry novel.

A betting website has been inundated with bets on the death of Hogwarts’ head teacher Dumbledore – all from the town where the book is being printed. The bets were refused by one chain of bookmakers which claimed it was “obvious” the manuscript had been read.

I am a huge Harry Potter fan (the books), and I am not exactly that sorry to see Dumbledore goes, actually. I would rather Sirius Black be the one who have stayed. Too bad he was gone in The Order of Phoenix. A great pity, I must say.

Less than 2 months to go! I booked mine sometime back at Borders :)

The Great Midnight Meltdown

The Great Midnight Meltdown

Another sale. Why is it that there is never enough sales when your bank account is healthy, and yet they put sales after sales in front of your face when you hardly have two coins to rub together with?

Ok la, my situation is not that bad. But I can really make do with a new pair of shoes. Or a new haircut. Or a massage.

Mmmm….. Never mind. Next month then!

I am in Digital Life!

I am in Digital Life!

I am in Digital Life!

About two weeks after I have received the email from Jennani, I was interviewed over the phone one night. Lucky for me (and for Xiaxue and Mr. Brown too, I guess), I was not misquoted.

Here’s an excerpt on the part where I got mentioned:

“Mr Razlan Manjaji, 26, whose blog www.razlan.name gets around 200 unique visitors a day. said that bloggers are usually trendsetters. “Bloggers can get everyone talking about something,” he said.

All it takes is one or two of the more popular bloggers to start talking about a certain issue and it will spread to many blogs – whether it’s a serious issue or even just something silly.”

He called the blog run by Mr Lee Kin Mun (www.mrbrown.com) “the grandfather of all local blogs” and said that when he expresses an opinion, it is quickly replicated on many other blogs.

And then more on my work on Taufik’s website was highlighted:

Some local bloggers are regarded as celebrities in their own right, no doubt helped by the fact that these bloggers do get special treatment. Mr. Manjaji, whose original blog grew to become Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah’s official fan site, said he does get perks when it comes to Taufik-related events.

“I was given a VIP pass at the Taufik’s recent album showcase, and I really did feellike a minor celebrity that night,” he said with a chuckle.

I didn’t know that I was featured in Digital Life until I got browned:

And thank you Razlan. You are too kind. Grandfather of all local blogs, Limpeh Ah Kong, hahaha.

Razlan Manjaji (www.razlan.name) tells the ST Digital Life reporter (emphasis mine)

I am Brown-ed!

Ah… I wish I was forewarned! I should done something more to the blog, like change the layout or something.

(Or put nice, colour pictures of slim me. Hahah)

Much ado about Star Wars


Hayden

It was after seeing/reading so much hype about the new sequel to Star Wars that I went to the cinema at Toa Payoh just (a mere 10 minutes away, hah!)

Few things I realized:

– Star Wars started as a movie, not a story book
– The first few movies were actually Part 4, 5 and 6
– Padme is not as pretty as I thought…
– Since I think Anankin Skywalker is very dashing
– And he made me think of Orlando as Legolas
– And I hate to think Anankin is much better an actor than Legolas

All in all, not a bad movie. At least I didn’t fall asleep half way! But to watch again, I must not! To save money, I must!

The force is indeed strong in me. Hummmmmm…..

Bumped Out

As I officially call Toa Payoh my new home, my Internet connection is not up yet. Worse still, I fried my computer power supply unit when I tried to power it up from connection to connection.

So I am effectively offline for a few days. Bumped out of the information highway. Sigh.

Turkish March Ringtone

Cute tone in Chinese!