Saturday, November 29, 2008

Observations, 2

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Finally got out of the house yesterday, since my sister wanted to go see the exhibition at Central market about Palestine. It wasn't much, but still worth checking out.

Things I saw that caught my fleeting attention:

Waiting (forever) for public transport in front of my house, a guy in a Manchester United shirt walks by. I started thumb wrestling with Muhsin, as I alsways do when I'm bored. The guy suddenly starts reading surah Al-Ikhlas in a really loud and deep voice, and then goes on saying how its not permissible to shake hands with someone who is not your mahram. Thanks dude, but he's my little brother! Good that he had the courage to say that though. Later on we saw him smoking and were contemplating whether or not to go up to him and tell him smoking is Haram. We didn't though.

A group of schoolgirls on the LRT acting as is they were high. seriously. Laughing wildly, singing out loud, etc. I wondered why. Later on my sister told me that SPM was over, so I assume thats what they were so giddy about.

Group of 3 people seated at a closed mamak stall at Central Market Annexe, and a 4th person joined them they all started signing! such animated conversations.So cool..!

A crow's nest in the space frame structure at the KL KTMB station. Then the owner of the nest flew in and made itself comfortable...

Super long Cargo train with over 20 train cars attached, all labeled Lafarge Malaysian Cement.

Sugar glider at Pets Wonderland in Midvalley. so small and cute!

International Contemporary Art Exhibition at Midvalley. Very cool. International Artists were also present, some painting, some playing the harmonica, some being bored. definitely worth checking out. Ends 30th November though, so rush on over!!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Demashita! PPGZ

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I burned my tongue today, rushing upstairs because my sister was shouting at me to come and see something. What I saw horrified me, it was just so sad.

The TV was on, set at cartoon network. (yes I do still watch cartoons. a select few only)

But instead of the PPG I loved and expected, it was an atrocity, a new series called Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z, you can read about it came about here.

I was really horrified. Just to show you how bad it is, these are the girls, for you to compare.

Before
&
After

No sugar, spice, or anything nice here...
*puke*

for more pictures of this blegh cartoon, check out this post

and also Craig McCracken has a dA account w00t!
and here is the Foster's blog, though its not been updated since 2006. interesting look at character development


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sometimes, this is how I feel

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lenka - Anything I'm Not (click to listen)

I will never be, I will never be tall, no
And I will never be, never ever be sure of it all
Oh, why is the world so cruel to me
When all, all I ever want to be is anything I'm not

Gimme a break, a little escape
I am so tired of being me
I wanna be free, I wanna be new and different
Anything I'm not
I'm not

I will never be, I will never be you, no
I will always be, I will always be me, that I know
But oh, even though I'm happy being me
I want to get away from all this harsh reality, oh

Gimme a break, a little escape
I am so tired of being me
I wanna be free, I wanna be new and different
Anything I'm not

Yeah, gimme a break, a little escape
I am so tired of being me
I wanna be free, I wanna be new and different
Anything I'm not
Anything I'm not
Oh, anything I'm not

Gimme a break, a little escape
I am so tired of being me
I wanna be free, I wanna be new and different
Anything I'm not

Yeah, gimme a break, a little escape
I am so tired of being me
I wanna be free, I wanna be new and different
Anything I'm not
Anything I'm not
Anything I'm not
Anything I'm not
Anything I'm not


Sunday, November 23, 2008

"Quotes"

Sunday, November 23, 2008

"Apparently, the more success you have, the better looking you get" Roger Federer, blushingly commenting on him being featured in People Magazine's List last year.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Follow up to tennis post...

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Omg my mom told me the most horrifying story! One of the teachers in the school, tr Zainab, went to the Mandarin Oriental for the Blake workshop, and while she was there she hung around with the kids who were waiting for roger to appear. They waited and waited and waited for him to appear so they could get autographs/pictures, but when he did come, it was the VIPs and family of VIPs who were allowed to get autographs and pictures. So as he was leaving, Tr. Zainab yelled out to him, to Roger, that these children have been waiting forever to meet you and yet the VIP's who didn't wait at all were the ones who got to!? And she yelled this across the room! Roger then slowly turned around to see who the heck was yelling at him, then beckoned her to come. She did and then took a picture with him. I find this too funny but at the same time, horrifying! But for those who know Tr. Zainab, you know that that's just her way!

Later on roger was leaving the hotel and was in the car but the driver didn't appear yet, and there were security guards blocking people from approaching the car. Somehow, tr Zainab managed to get through the blockade and marched up to the car, knocked on the window, pointed at a poster of roger and motioned for him to sign it! He rolled down the window and did just that, but I'm thinking he's probably terrified of this fierce lady lol!

 

Just watched the Macau matches, missed the one between Borg and McEnroe, but then caught the rest. Found myself a bit jealous of the Macau people. The players were more in the mood, I guess KL warmed them up. Federer interacted with the crowd more, as did Blake. One funny moment in the doubles match was when McEnroe slammed down his racquet, then Blake copied him, and Federer pretended to as well! And then another time Federer imitated McEnroe wiping off his forehead with his arms…ahhh I love tennis….

 

Roger was a real champion with the crowds. While McEnroe couldn't wait to get back to the locker room, Federer stayed back and signed tons of autographs for the hordes of fans, Blake did his bit too, but lets face it, its roger they really want. Unlike in KL, this time sweatbands (all players) and even shirts (McEnroe's and Blake's) were thrown into the stands…


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Showdown of Champions, KL 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

As Shirley Bassey so aptly sang, “Where do I begin?”

My birthday was on the 17th, but the 18th was what i was really excited about and looking forward to, so ignoring the big 21, here goes!

Meet and Greet/Autograph session, KLCC foyer

Yesterday went beyond all my expectations, which were, to begin with, already great. So in the morning Zah, Nadiah and I stood for about 2 hours in line waiting for Roger Federer to arrive, and even though the encounter was brief, and by brief I mean really brief, it was great. Even standing in line we were entertained by the presence of a Federer lookalike, which we learned later on was an Iranian who lived in the USA, he was there with his mother. His name was Zaher Khan, also found that out later.

It must be weird, for famous people. Many people they meet tend not to look them in the eye, instead, they point a camera straight in their face. That was one mistake I did in the meet and greet. Couldn’t really savor the moment because I was flustered and didn’t know what to do. Missed a lot by seeing through the camera display rather than using my eyes. Didn’t really repeat the mistake in the match.

this picture appeared on gettyimages, with the hilarious caption of "Roger Federer (C) of Switzerland signs autographs for a Malaysian Muslim fan..."

After the meet-and-greet (aptly named, as that’s all you did. Meet, say hi, and then you get shooed away) we were standing outside KLCC towers all giddy and beaming like overexcited children, and for some reason Bernama decided to interview us. God knows what nonsense we were jabbering on about because we didn’t get to see ourselves, not that we’d want to anyway. They also interviewed lookalike and his mom before us (that’s where we found out his name).

After all that excitement, it was a case of “now what..?”

So we wandered back inside and into the mall, where we were walking around when suddenly, I turn to say something to Nadiah and who else do I see but Mirka? Funny, because we were just speaking about maybe bumping into her in KLCC. She was taller and prettier and more down-to-earth than we imagined, but she declined any pictures taken. Respect that. What I found most odd was how she seemed to be wandering aimlessly around the mall, all alone. Well, except for the freaky couple that was silently stalking her.

Showdown of Champions, Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil

Left the mall at 4 to beat the rush hour, even if that meant we’d get to Bukit Jalil ridiculously early. Hung around the Putra stadium observing the weird people around, pointing out people we recognized from the autograph signing, like South Africa hat dude +family, lady who needed to “meet someone,” guy with stripey blue shirt, Jason Mraz hat guy, cowbell lady, dude with plaid hat, lookalike and mom, etc. oh we also saw Hans Isaac, weird again because we were, for some reason, talking about him that day also. Saw a really lost looking dude who was walking aimlessly around the complex alone. Weird.

Waited for Ilham and Ayesha to arrive, since they were stuck in traffic. Meanwhile, we walked around the stadium looking for where the players would arrive/exit from, so that we could stalk them when they left. Found it with no trouble at all. They finally arrived at 7, so we entered the arena, prayed marghrib, and went into the seating area where our ears were blasted to smithereens from screechy Ella singing. Jacklyn Victor was a bit more tolerable, as was Ning Baizura. But who cares about them, its tennis we came to see! Other people we spotted inside were mostly some other political people. I chatted with this family from Alberta, Canada. I told her I used to live in Canada too, in Waterloo, and apparently she went to university there! Also some weird guy started chatting me up when I went down to take some pictures after the match. Freaky.


The first match was with the old timers, Bjorn Borg and Jon McEnroe. McEnroe being the feisty one, always playing up the crowds with his antics, as per usual! It was all in good fun. There was some racquet throwing, ref-slamming and ball-boy teasing which really cracked us up. Borg was more reserved. Watching them play, I thought, this is a lot different than what I’m used to seeing on the telly. Its much slower paced and not as aggressive. But then again they are old so I guess that’s why. McEnroe won that 1 set match in a tie break.


Three short minutes later, the real reason people came to the match started. It was James Blake vs Roger Federer, which was absolutely amazing to watch. It seemed so surreal watching a live tennis match, the movements so familiar and yet it was different, because it was right in front of our face, live. Everything was really just so surreal. And it was awesome seeing a master at work, you could tell he was a genius in his element, so exquisite and graceful, that one. Watching live, you get more of a feel and understanding of how different the players’ styles are, their temperament, personality, quirks. Federer was the elegant and graceful one, full of finesse and sweeping movements and nimble ballet-esque footwork. One thing I heard but never did on telly was his cute “aiya” when he’d mess up a shot. Blake was more aggressive and hard hitting, but both were absolutely brilliant. Federer won that match, also in a tie-break, much to the crowd delight, especially the cowbell lady et al, who (I gathered from their view-blocking banner) were Asian rogerfederer.commers. Which, come to think of it, so am I.

Another thing, I noticed that anything the players say on court can really be heard by almost everybody, at least up to where we were seated, midway up the stands. And its not even shouted, just things said normally. So imagine what it must be like if Nadal or Sharapova were in the house, grunting and shrieking all the way? By the way, next year instead of Federer et al, Miss Sharapova will be gracing our shores, opponent not yet confirmed. Big Whoop. Guys should be glad I suppose.

The final match of the night was a single set doubles, Europe vs. USA, with Roger pairing up with Bjorn and Blake with McEnroe. That match was super exciting. Fast paced, a lot of laughs from us and the players, and all in all a really exhilarating match. In the end USA came out on top 7-5, so the only person who didn’t win anything was poor old Borg.

We planned on stalking the players back to the hotel but then it was already late and some of us had work the next morning. Also, it wouldn’t be that easy this time, like it was during the CYC because these people had a whole convoy and police escort whereas at the CYC it was just a bus. Went to Ilham’s house feeling dazed and giddy and happy all at the same time.


So to Federer, Blake, Borg and McEnroe, a HUGE thank you for coming to Malaysia and giving us something to buzz about for a long time to come! You guys made my day! And last but definitely not least, Thank you to Nadiah and her dad for giving us all the opportunity to witness a genius at work!!

Pictures, videos, and links
hcfoo's tennis blog
NST article
The Star article



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Through my eyes and in my mind

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Went on an observing spree today, here are some things I saw. Most I couldn't take pictures of. In fact, I only have one interesting picture:

workers cleaning the exterior of Balai Seni Lukis Negara

other things I saw:

A guy breaking out into a trip-hoppy dance at the klcc lrt station.

A tough, mafia looking guy wearing a "MEDIA" tag (his name was Robert Charles O'Hare), stuffing a pink towel into his messenger bag.

Quartz precision thermo hygrograph. while others were looking at art in BSLN I was looking at this contraption on the floor.

Bus driver with funky curly mustache.

Awesome exhibition at Galeri Petronas by Mazen Kerbaj - Blog Drawings from Beirut. Seriously people, go check it out. very humorous and dark and wonderful. Its in the back though. I especially like the freedom flags series.

Cute drawings by Josip Generalic on level 3 of BSLN. story-book like.




Got home with a pounding headache.


Monday, November 10, 2008

The Chicken and the egg

Monday, November 10, 2008

Which came first? wait - don't answer that because thats not what my actual question is about. My version of the question is, which came first, dig or Digg? Dig, as in the term/slang used by people to denote that they like something. Digg being the social bookmarking site, which, actually, lets people pick what they are interested in or what they like. Almost the same, but which came first? Was the term "I dig so and so" coined first, and Digg based on that, or was Digg made first and thus people started using the phrase?

These are the questions that haunt me... :P

Btw, according to he founder of Digg, his idea was that there was so much good content out there that was kind of buried, so people had to dig out the stories that interest them so that the stories would be featured on the front pages.

Oh yeah, had my driving class today. Was not as boring as I imagined, although towards the last hour of the lecture I was getting really sleepy. Getting an instructor felt weird, sort of like being sorted in Harry Potter. Anyways my instructor is nice I guess. Shockingly he asked e to drive all the way down to Batu 13/14 in Gombak, and back. Only stalled once:) Twisty kampung roads, I will conquer you! Insha'Allah.

Cleaned up my hostel room halfway today, after driving class. 2 months of dust everywhere:/ So tired.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

KL, raining

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Went to the orchid garden as planned today, on the way there also stopped by the hibiscus garden. Place was nice, though not all the flowers were in bloom. Even though we were right in the middle of KL it felt like we were far, far away. After that we had a spontaneous moment and decided to go to the planetarium, so walked all the way there, but on the way it started to rain buckets. Fortunately, my raggedy minuscule umbrella kept us from being totally drenched. We arrived at the planetarium only wet. It was a lot less than I imagined it to be. Kind of let down, after all these years wanting to go there, it didn't really offer much. Lots of screaming school kids too. Observation deck was empty so that was nice. We retreated back downstairs when the children discovered it. Then went to Masjid Negara for prayer. All in all, great day. We were thinking about going to the bird park as well, but didn't fancy being pooped on :/ Tomorrow doesn't look so promising. Have to submit my (scrappily done) CAD assignment and then off to driving class number 2 a.k.a engine class. Won't make me a world class mechanic but at least I won't be hoodwinked by the grease monkeys.

By the way, I don't know why but I write in fragments a lot of the time. Bits and shards of thought, as long as the main idea is out then i'm good. My sentences are usually abrupt, truncated in the beginning and end. Is it annoying? Word economy I tell you...

Here are most of the pictures from my camera, please ignore the craptastic photography. I am but a point-and-shooter...


By Muhsin


Muhsin took this picture, on the way back from Khair's Lab. We are blessed with many glorious sunsets here in batu caves (and muhsin's photography skills. he told me to say that)
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

The awesomest thing in the world...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Is what I have to do this holiday. Was watching an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends a while back and that line came on. Basically means make do of the free time you have.

Today started like any other day, woke up, and surfed the net for a while. Then got bored.
Sat down at my now clean desk and made a card, for no one in particular. Just felt like making one. Then after a while I rummaged through my drawers and came up with my stash of letters from friends, and it was such fun to read all the nonsense we sent each other. So I sat down and wrote two letters, one for myself (if you know me well you know what that one's for) and one for my friend. Then I decided that it would be kinda boring just giving a letter so I made her some stuff. Found my stash of unfantastic pictures so I used them to draw on. Here is an example. Its super fun to do.This was taken at some military air show thing in Richmond, but obviously the airplanes were in the sky and tiny. So I ended up with a load of sky pictures, perfect for drawing on.




I had some questions I was going to post but I totally forgot what they were.


I miss having TechTV on Astro. It’s amazing seeing the development of some people throughout, like Kevin Rose for example. Here is someone who was passionate about something, and worked at it not caring what others thought, and look where it got him now. From background tech support guy to Hosting that show to founder if one of the biggest social bookmarking sites, Digg. Reading about all these successful people kinda makes me sad. Wondering if I’ll ever be successful and happy with what I do. But I guess you can only be successful if you have goals, which I don't seem to have.

Sigh.

Wrong approach Maryam! You’re supposed to be inspired, not depressed!

Anyways, Insha'Allah, orchid garden with Sumeyra tomorrow for a photo shoot. Of the flowers, not of us!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Over are the exams...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Had my last one just now, and it went quite well besides the horrible fact that I totally didn't see one of the questions. A 10 mark question, which I knew the answer to. I don't know how come I didn't see it..! There goes my A, flying out the window. Also, got my studio marks today. not surprisingly, but still dissaopintingly, i got a B+. For some reason some people thought i might be one of the four who got an A-, so that got me slightly hopeful. but as always my studio marks remain firmly resolute not to move up. at least they don't move down, I know...

In the CAD lab now, trying to finish off my assignment. Holidays are here. weehoo. how come i don't feel excited?

also, prop8 passed in cali, as it should be. why are people then upset over it, those who by all means, shouldn't be? they say its bigotry. don't know much about it so i'm gonna keep my mouth shut. but all the same, i'm happy it was passed. at least some ppl in the world are still sane.

twitter is fun-ny. not haha funny, but FUN-ny. especially when no one cares lol

--
Maryam Hamzah




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