Thursday, March 22, 2007

A rose has emerged

A new rose has flourished in the realm. One that I have never realised to exist. one that has been blooming for all its worth, oblivious to me. I have noticed its intriguing scent lingering. A scent that is hardly impossible to ignore. So irresistable the scent, this single stalk has been constantly showered lovingly by rain, as well as from the birds and the bees, that fall prey to its attractive scent. All around it, to many it is an occassion to rejoice, a time for celebration. There has been overwhelming attention paid to nourish the rose, which is now blooming more vibrantly day by day. Alas, a rose will always be a rose. Its beauty shall be the ultimate challenge for everything else. Its charm shall be the reason for its survival. The art of deception, beautifully mastered. It chooses for you, what you are to see. Playing everything that it has to its advantage, one often forgets what it will still carry on its stalk and support. A worthy competitor, a deserving survivor, amongst the garden bed, where other petal bearers seem to pale in comparison, at least, to eyes that choose to believe so, instead of taking a closer look. Challenges lie in waking up from a dream, to rise above its charm. Pretty to the eye as it is, a rose will not always please. The time will come when one is no longer capable of serving up to the rose's demand. And by the time it has wilted in your care, it will be too late to realise that a rare orchid which seedling happened to stumbled across this lovely garden by chance, has been striving for survival for as long as its memory extends. Along came an admirer who truly admires it for what it is, and finally offered the care and attention that it rightfully deserves. All is lost, simply in a presence of a temporary attraction that has blinded the loyal and defied the trustworthy. An innocent garden guardian, relieved of what was his pride and glory, in the middle of an empty garden.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Clarins Instant Light Contest, Vote for Me!

Just last weekend, I popped by to MidValley, and participated in the Clarins competition. Normally I would just wave my hands and go: bah, not interested. I guess the main thing that sparked my interest was that, if Fluffy can join Talent Quest, then why not me? It's probably about time that I climb out of my comfort zone and start attempting stuff out there. So there.

A big ass photo of myself. This is something you don't see everyday, for sure. For starters, I'm not keen on having makeup ALL the time. I don't have Laici-like complexion, and eventhough it's not exactly porcelain either, I'm proud of it. Proud of being au-naturale, from top to bottom. No dyed hair (original colour, mind you), no slimming whatevers, no implants, no plastic surgery, and rarely with makeup (when the occassion calls for it, minimal).

For this shot, Clarin's cleansed my face with their products, and even threw in a dollop of moisturiser, aww... so considerate XD. They had professional who did my hair, and my makeup, and a photographer who choreographed the shot. Caitlyn, the girl who did my hair was sooo pretty, and she's patient too. I thought she did a good job on my hair. The makeup artist was uber patient too, I couldn't help blinking while she was applying stuff on my eyes. Oh sure, it doesn't look too heavy in the photo, but man, there was ALOT of makeup that went into it. For the face, she mixed about 4 different types of substances before smearing it all over my face, then followed by powder, and lastly blusher. The first layer was so thick, I couldn't see my natural flush on my cheeks anymore. Then came the eyes, I don't know how many colours she used, but there were pencils, and several pallettes of shadow. Lipstick and gloss came on last of all. As you may noticed, she did do a good job. Wow, she had to, maybe expensive (very expensive!) makeup helped make her job easier. Woo~ I'm wearing branded stuff on my face okay? Lol, I definitely can't afford those on a regular basis, hence I deserve a few seconds worth of bragging rights. The photographer (a male) was well, gay-ish. A patient man too, with a stiff and giggly subject (whoelse but me?) whose waist, shoulders, and neck were twisted and turned in odd directions for him to make the perfect shot. I smiled, without my teeth, and he went like, SHOW YOUR TEETH. Immediately, I gave him the grin he wanted. Seriously, you had to be there to see it, I was hilariously the joke of the day. Oh and that furry thing I had on me, it was his selection, and preference. I wouldn't have settled for it, if given a choice. It was, well, aunty-ish, ya know? My lime green tube was not pretty enough for the camera I guess =(

So yeah, VOTE FOR ME. Cliche, but its the most efficient phrase. In return for your kind support, Clarins is offering free trial products, and makeovers too! If you don't want it, I'm sure your girlfriend/girl-but-just-a-friend/mom/sister would want it. Expensive, branded stuff okay? Lol...

Click HERE, this should take you to the page where you can vote for me. Just in case, you don't remember, the name's Suet Ling. If you can't find me, try navigating to pages 5 or 7. Thank you in advance! Oh and if you have multiple accounts, you can get multiple Freebies with multiple votes *winkz*

Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Year of the Fire Boar

I keep telling myself that I can blame no one, for I brought this onto myself. I chose this Uni, who's extremely EXTREMELY stingy with their holidays, even for CNY. I'll say, about a good 40-50% of the student population is made up of chinese, why can't they be a wee bit more generous?

CNY pretty much sucked. It shouldn't be this way. Joey Yap said so.

Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000)

While 2006 proved to be rough for Dragons, the Year of the Fire Boar won’t bring the best luck to Dragons, but there will be a marked improvement in all areas of your life. Good things await Dragons this year. Employment by or of Dragons will witness good relations, with ideas and plans supported at work and home. Married Dragons will enjoy stable relationships, while single Dragons should take the initiative to meet the right person. There will be strong support from those around you, and opportunities for promotion or salary increment. Contain your spending urge, however, and maintain fiscal discipline this year.

Check out yours here!!!'

Marked improvement?
Okay lar, at least I'm still getting something from gambling.

Good relations, ideas, and plans supported at work and home.
Hmm, so far so good. I did realised that I managed to meet some decent souls like Cyril, and also that I've fantastic friends around me! Ideas and plans, not much at the moment, but yeah, everyone has been pretty supportive of my intentions.

Stable relationships
I can't tell for sure. By right, we're supposed to be going steady. Encountering a rough path every now and then, but overcoming each and everyone as they come. Then there's the going to UK part that we're working very hard on. Hopefully we'll be able to survive the usually rocky first year.

Opportunities for promotion or salary increment
Oooh! Does this mean I'll get that during my summer internship? Yippee!

Contain spending urge, maintain fiscal discipline
Aww, less spending. That's sooo sad. I'm spending very little already. But shopping therapy has such good effects on me... *whines* Fiscal discipline. Right, that I can't do. Not especially when I'm all stressed up with reports and assignments, and bad Semenyih food. Born naturally rebellious, I despise control. Even Fluffy's having a hard time making me eat before going for my group discussion *shrugs*

A short post before I head off back to uni... Sigh, bye bye lovely wonderful KL, again.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Tracking Thieves

This is a story of how I tracked down the thief who stole my handphone.

It basically starts something like this. Throughout the one week period that the thief had possesion of my mobile number. She (yes, it's a she) happily drained my prepaid credit, obviously to call/sms some people. After I had reverted control of my own number, those people that she contacted weren't aware that the number had just changed hands. Just a few days ago, one guy contacted my number, asking for LEVI's coupons. Instinctively, I lied to that poor guy, to bring him out. I had to, it was the only way to find out who was the culprit. All those nightmares I've been having about my phone, I had to face it. At Asia Cafe Subang Jaya, I met up with this person, Cyril. Guess what? He turned out to be a A Levels Taylorian junior! Not long after I spilled out my plight, he decided to help me, just like that? Wow, I didn't know people like this still exist! He didn't even mind me lying to him for the past few days and understood why I had to do it. In addition, he volunteered to help us find the culprit. The person he was expecting to see was Anne Kong, the assistant supervisor of the Playboy/Add-On/ Izzue boutique. I was like : WTF! That's where I lost the phone. This is good evidence to support my previous suspicion that a staff stole it! Apparently, she called him up several times with my number. To make this even more suspicious, she told him that gray Sony Ericsson was a new phone that she got. What a liar, that bitch! The extra information that Cyril provided was that, they used to live together in the same rented house in SS15, until she moved out due to attitude problems with the tenants and issues with the landlord. Oh yeah, the more juicier bit is that her resume was FAKED to get this Asst. Supervisor job. Never expected anyone to go this low.

Soon after, Bernard got us to 1U. While on our way to the boutique, we passed by Jusco Supermarket, where he caught Hannah Tan checking out at the cashier. Lol, I was excited at first. Even pushed them both, Bernard and Cyril forward to ask for a photo or autograph when they took a few steps backward for a second look. Sure enough it was her. She was about my height, and I won't deny it, super uber hot! Gorgeous really. The boys just couldn't tear their eyes away, well it paid off anyway, Hannah noticed and flashed them a smile. I think they both STIM-ed on the spot. I can't help but also feel that spotting Hannah in the flesh was one of the redeemign factors that justified wasting their time and effort to help me worthwhile. For that several minutes, all I could get out of them was "Hannah Tan is damn hot". I know that, and I couldn't help but felt my heart being scrunched up more each time. They are men after all, driven very much by that lil piece of "brain" down there, more than the brain up there. Who could blame them, I understand. But no one can blame me for emo-ing about it too. There's only so much that a girl can take on emotionally in a day. I AM having that time of the month after all, it hurts so much I can barely stand throughout the day, I didn't say anything about it. I had to be strong, I started this mission, and I had to keep going. Supressing emo-ness is so hard, expecially with period being the EMO-AMP, as Ken puts it. Even the most emo person said I was being especially emo. Sigh... I'm a girl, how can I not get emo? I allowed it to chip away at my emotions bit by bit.

Emo-ism aside. I did find Anne Kong, and asked to speak in private. She refused, or maybe she didn't understand what "private" means. She stood there and I told her about my phone. Then out of the blue, she was running all around the boutique, I could tell from her body language that she was freaking out. After trailing her for awhile, she hid in the stock room. We grew impatient after a long while, and knocked on it. Her army of staff went all protective. However, "job at stake" and "police report" seemed to have broken down their defense very well. We did manage to get Anne out. Here are some of the stuff she said. Pardon the bad English, she actually invented a plural form for money called "moneyS" somehwere in our conversation.

"Who you think you are?!"
Duh, I'm here to ask you something! And I came with proof. Obviously I'm someone you need to be careful with, because I can make you lose your job and put you in jail.

"I don't know your phone!"
Oh puh-leez, you were the person who told me to leave down my number and contacts in case you guys found it, on the day I lost it.

"Later my boss thinks I bring friends come, I will get trouble."
You're already in trouble miss. Your boss already knows, you're making a commotion, and a fool out of yourself. You spoke loudly in uneven tones, you drew the attention not me. I was the one who offered privacy, which you failed to take advantage of.

"Do you know I'm working?"
Why else would we find you here? Obviously we can't find you anymore other than at your workplace aka Crime Scene. It's not like you sleep here at night or something. Stupid question.

"The IC we find is not yours."
WTF??!!! Who are you to judge that? You don't know my IC number, you don't know how I looked like when I was younger, and you don't know my name, nor my address. That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

"That number is not your number, it's Jessica Tan's number!"
Who else memorises number nowadays? Unless she's your bestie, or even a close family member. You said she wasn't even your friend. How can you tell it's Jessica's number just by looking at it? Plus, I've been using the same number since Form 3. You gave me so much bullshit. You're probably making this up too. How did Jessica Tan come into this picture anyway?

"...she owes me money... I use her phone... Can't contact Jessica..."
She's implying that Jessica's the one with my phone and number. Jessica's not even a staff? She couldn't bring out Jessica even. According to her, Jessica Tan is a student at Help Institute, from Klang. I was wondering if anyone can find her? Her innocence is at stake, and I do want to clarify this once and for all.

The manager was there, but he was no help at all. Anne kept denying and pushing the blame onto someone else. How much of this is true, I do not know. Publicly, I would like to thank Cyril, Fluffy, Zhao, my roomies, my family and so many others who has given me support to go through this. You guys are the greatest! You have no idea how eternally grateful I was to know that you guys were there for me when I was helpless. Couldn't have done it without y'all! Bernard said I was stubborn and brave. It scares me after the entire ordeal, to think that I actually had the strength to go through all these. To be able to face the incident that has been haunting me, going through period and being sick at the same time. You know what? I actually slept well last night. No nightmares about my phone, and I'm no longer sick. As fit as fiddles now! Somehow, I had a feeling that the incident had some kind of mental impact on me, that I couldnt sleep well, and fell sick. Either way, I'm glad that I tried, at least, although I didn't manage to get it back. I bet I scared Anne enough, if she were the thief. Most probably she will never lay her hands on another phone that did not belong to her again. It's the least I could do to help everyone hang on to their phones. Now that the management is aware of it, I bet they will keep a closer eye on monitoring their staff. Now that I've got it off my chest, I've decided to let it go. No police reports. Plus, I've wasted enough of Cyril's time. Through our previous correspondence, in which I lied to bring him out, I "promised" him Levi's coupons. In return for his good heart, I gave him some McDonalds vouchers instead. After all, he did spend the entire afternoon helping me, a stranger. Fate brought me to know this guy, and I intend to keep him as a friend.

To this moment, it sickens me to know such evil people are lurking around us. And yet, Cyril gave that shimmer of hope that goodness still thrives! Please help others, as Cyril helped me. For starters, you can contribute to UNIM's Charity Concert and After Party this upcoming Wednesday! It's organized by the Dance, Youth and Ace Society. Fluffy's performing, lol, and so is K'Town Clan! Only RM 25/ ticket, see you there!

What an adventure huh?