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2015-01-20 04:53 pm
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I have no idea when was the last time I updated my Livejournal and Dreamwidth accounts. Sometimes I make the posts either LJ only, or DW only, and so lose track pretty much most of the time.

And so in an effort to make both accounts somewhat active, here is the somewhat belated attempt, which hopefully will not simply end due to my laziness.

So to you who wandered here by some strange coincidence, hello!

And to you who have been around in my Friends List for some time, hey there!

I will try to be more active this year. I do admit that I have never been much of a blogger to begin with. And I pretty much do not use most of the social networking sites that pop up in abundance in recent years. I am aware it's there, I just can't be bothered to actually create an account to use them.

So as my baby step for being active here again, I am currently trying out new journal themes. Most of the LJ comms that I used to frequent for themes/style are now no longer updated (sadly), so if there are some good places where I can get customised CSS themes, do let me know. I am not a big fan of the ones LJ have. And if they can be applied to DW, that is a bonus. I still need to experiment a bit with DW's layout settings.

All the previous posts in this LJ will be kept under LOCK. I have no intention of making them public.

The upcoming posts may consist of Public posts mostly, though any personal ones will be Friends Locked.

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2014-03-12 11:19 am
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mierin: (Default)
2013-08-20 11:28 am
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a year older

Aug 20th, 2013.

I turned 27 today :)

Starting to feel old. Guess it's a given, eh? ^^'
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2013-04-05 08:22 pm

of times past, and those to come

Time flies by very fast. Sometimes too fast for me to play catch up with it.

And today, I found out that both my Livejournal and Dreamwidth accounts have not been updated for more than a year. To be honest, I had wanted to update many times in the past. But all the hustle and bustle of working life (and me being lazy), resulted in my inability to post anything lately, even though I still lurk about my favourite fandoms.

So let's change that, and be more active at blogging from now on, I thought on a whim. How motivated am I to keep going at this, well... let's find out, eh?

So for a start, here's something I recently purchased:

My CD Purchases

Sakamoto Maaya's new album Singer-SongWriter and Kalafina's fourth album Consolation.

I found out about Maaya's album first before news of Kalafina's new album came out. And since they are both released only a week apart, I went ahead and pre-ordered them both from CDJapan, and have them shipped together to save shipping costs. Limited Edition with DVD version for Maaya, and the regular version for Kalafina. Since I made my purchase from CDJapan, Maaya's CD came with a special booklet with interview about the album as well.

My second CD purchase for both artists. I had already bought Kalafina's third album After Eden back in 2011, and Maaya's Single Collection + Mitsubachi last year (together with a book called Tsuki no Sango that comes with Maaya's roudoku CD). Apparently Maaya wrote and composed all the songs in this latest album, which I must say is quite a feat. I'm quite used to her lyric writing by now since she has done that for some time now, but acting as the composer and producer at the same time.... I'm very happy with the results. The songs have a very "Maaya" feel to them, honest and kind, and I'm really glad I bought this album.

When I decided to buy the LE version with DVD for Singer-SongWriter, it was quite a gamble. Because the DVD is Region 2, and I live in a Region 3 country. But I've heard that the Kalafina DVDs seem to be Region-less (or something like that), and I've never bought an LE version of any CD before, so I went ahead with it, hoping it might be the same. I definitely can't play it on the regular DVD player, and my computer will prompt me to change my Region to watch the documentary video (which is a no-go for me). Luckily, it turns out that I can in fact play a Region 2 DVD just fine using VLC Player. Now I just need to figure out how to rip the DVD :P

This turned out longer than I thought. I'll stop here for now, and update again when I feel like it. Soon, hopefully.

mierin: (Lollies)
2011-09-21 08:41 pm

after the rain

Yikes. It's been two months since my last update. How y'all been doing? Work's been kinda hectic for me. I don't even pop by LJ / DW much lately. So I humbly apologize for not very up-to-date with all of you *hugs*

Although that might change once I get over these two weeks. I'm currently taking a two-week intensive course on radiation protection at Nuklear Malaysia. So after the class is done, I'll get myself registered for the exam and hopefully (fingers crossed), I'll be able to obtain the certification to become a Radiation Protection Officer (RPO). I have a mixture of in awe + happy + freaking out that I'm taking such a qualification. I think it's a good career move, though. Especially since it's a professional qualification, and I think Malaysia is well on her way to have more nuclear based applications in the future, especially in medicine.

So anyway, here are all the other updates:
  • Kalafina's third album. I HAS IT. Haha... yeah, I think I recall posting that I'd be pre-ordering this CD. And that I certainly did. It just arrived today, so I'm still in the process of listening to the songs. Unfortunately, I'm still in training period (every day 8.30am - 5pm) so I don't have time to scan all the lovely pics from the booklet. If say.... by this weekend (?) or next week, I find nobody sharing the album over at jpop_uploads, I'll rip mine and post it there. I plan to scan the booklet anyway for my own keeping, so if I upload it, it will most definitely include the booklet scans.
  • Oh yeah, I got the First Press Bonus, so I got this mousepad. It's pretty, but it's kinda small  ><
  • Decided one day to randomly watch an episode of Natsume Yuujinchou San. And got hooked instantly XD And began a Natsume Yuujinchou marathon of the first 2 seasons. And bought Natsume Yuujinchou manga Vol 8 at Kinokuniya (haha... yes, I'm extreme). I have a penchant for this type of slice of life anime... even if it does involve youkai :P
  • Talking about extremes... I got hooked reading this manga called Black Bird. Finished reading whatever is scanlated, and I got hooked, bewitched, enchanted, mesmerized, and all the other similar meaning words you care to list from a thesaurus ----- to go download all the raw scans I could find of this manga. Found out I could only get until Vol 12 of the Japanese scans, so I went and bought Vol 13 and 14 (the latest) from Kinokuniya so that I can read the story. And yes, it's in Japanese. The Viz releases are only up to Vol 10. I can't wait so long for the official English version, so I bought the Japanese ones. I'm amazed at myself sometimes ><
  • Went to KLCC a few weeks ago, and managed to spend up to a few hundred ringgit on just books --- at Kinokuniya and Bookfest Malaysia (they were holding it at the Convention Centre there). Cheap books on sale. I just went @_@  oooh, what to choose, what to choose? And bought like, a bunch of stuff + manga. No idea when I'll finish this bunch XD

Uh, so sorry. Felt like in my absence of posts, I'm making it up with these incoherent updates. Anyway, I'll try to catch up with what everyone's up to :)
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2011-07-05 12:46 pm
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Of the joys of weddings and merrymaking

It's official. Year 2011 is about to become (for me) the year for attending friends' weddings.

should i be freaking out about my singleton status already? nah.. still too early for me XD

But really, last year there were lots of friends getting engaged, so this year the wedding invitations starts coming in. I've got a wedding to attend this weekend too. A dear friend from secondary school is getting married. I practically spent the whole Sunday at her house helping out with the wedding preparations. And got a shock at realizing how utterly clueless I am at trying to decorate all the hantaran and other stuff. Guess I'm just not creative enough for these sort of things.

I would really love to get her a lovely wedding gift, but so far I haven't been able to look around the shops much lately, and I have absolutely no idea what kind of gift I should get. Any thoughts? I'm not that stingy when giving presents, but I'd really like to get something the newlyweds could use.

And as it so happens, the wedding also coincided with the Bersih 2.0 rally -- demanding a free and fair election process, and they just have to choose the July 9 date for it :(

My friends and I are concerned that the rally might cause some roads to be closed, or roadblocks mounted at certain parts of the city by the police, or roads reduced to one lanes leading to the rally, or.... lots of other not very entertaining thoughts come to mind, really.  Some of my friends promised to be there early in the morning to help out. And I'll be there during the reception itself because I couldn't make it in the morning. But it's a huge concern for us in case we are left with limited choices of routes to get to the wedding. And I live quite far from the wedding venue.

Really, can't even get married and enjoy the merrymaking in peace >.<
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2011-06-20 11:38 pm

Update post! June 2011

It's been a long time since the previous update. I blame work and lack of motivation for the lack of updates u_u

So on to some news, both on the exciting and not so exciting part.

Sad news: Voice Actress Kawakami Tomoko passed away at the relatively young age of 41 after losing her battle against ovarian cancer. She was famous for her role as Utena in Revolutionary Girl Utena, which sadly, I have never watched before, but now I plan to. But I have always adored her as the voice of Misuzu (AIR), and as Rosette in Chrono Crusade. She has a recurring role in Bleach (as Soi Fon) too, so I guess they will have to find a replacement soon. Edit: Oops, wrong info. She only voiced Soi Fon until Ep 206, and after that it was voiced by Kuwashima Houko.

RIP Kawakami-san, you will be remembered of fondly :(

Good news 1: To take our minds off the depressing news above....

Kalafina 3rd album confirmed! :D
Nothing yet so far apart from it will be released sometime this autumn, but still... I'm seriously excited about this! There has only been only 2 singles so far -- Kagayaku Sora no Shijima ni wa and Magia, but since it's been confirmed that Kajiura Yuki will be in charge of the music for Fate/Zero, is it too much to hope Kalafina will sing one of the theme songs? 

Still, I'm stoked by this news. And you can bet I'll be pre-ordering it this time round XD

Good news 2: I'm going to Japan tomorrow! :D

Well, it's actually a (super duper) short vacation in Tokyo, really. I'll be going with my dad and sister. Mom and my brother will have to stay home cause they can't get any leave with their current schedule. We'll depart tomorrow (Tuesday) and we'll be back home on Friday. Short, right?

But then again, none of us could really be away from work for too long. But we still want to have our vacation, so we decided to just get on with it or we'll never get the chance to go there :P

I have no idea how much I'll be able to spend... I think I could pretty much guess how much are the stuff I want to buy -- like CDs and such. But seriously, converted some ringgit to yen here, and RM 1,500 = ~40,000 yen only? o_O

I wonder how much money I'll have left once I buy souvenirs for family and colleagues... *sigh* I'm going to be broke T-T

I'll most likely post some pics of the trip when I get back ^^
mierin: (stfu)
2011-05-03 04:48 pm
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If I were to write a letter to myself, it will sound like this:

Dear Mierin,

Reading fanfics while there are more urgent things to do is not cool. Seriously girl, get your ass moving.

Yours sincerely,
Your concerned Self

. . . Is what I'd like to tell myself at the moment, but these fanfics are just NGGGHH so much ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I wanna read more XD

Okay, I don't read that much anyway, but somebody MAKE ME STOP!

*sigh* Can I have another extra day off, please?
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2011-04-24 05:06 pm
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Bah! 'tis a shocking news indeed!

Ugh.. I wanted to go to the KL International Book Fair, but decided not to. My parents were having a spring cleaning of our front porch--basically cleaning up the floors that's gotten dirty with soil and moss using a high pressure water gun. Which is pretty awesome XD but it hurts if you accidentally sprayed yourself D:

But in a way, I'm kinda glad I didn't go, because it was raining heavily just now, which would suck because I would've gone by train, and not car. Do not like being soaked by rain.

My sister is finishing up her Master's degree thesis, and I'm helping her to proofread the draft, which I will get down to once I finish procrastinating on the web (lol). I'm not sure whether I want to continue my own studies. I definitely have an interest to do so, but I'm not sure which field of study I should go to. Apparently you need at least 2 years of working experience before you can apply for an MBA. And since I just graduated last year, it's a no go---for now.

And off to some not very pleasant fandom related news.

Tokyopop is shutting down their North American division


Read more... )
mierin: (something beautiful)
2011-02-14 12:49 pm

Flowers, chocolates, and Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to those celebrating it! :)

I'm not sure what's the current price of flowers and chocolates currently, but I suppose the price for flowers especially, would probably be at least double the normal price range? I'm always surprised at how much flowers cost nowadays. Of course, it also depends on what other accessories/decorations you put in the bouquet, as well as shipping them off to the recipient if one requests to have it delivered instead of handing it yourself.

But still, I wish it were not simply a tactic by the proprieters to get us to spend more than we should.

And speaking of chocolates, I suddenly have a HUGE craving for some good quality chocolate. I wonder if there are any patisserie here in Kuala Lumpur that specializes in chocolates. Or a chocolatier, really. In Japan, I believe the ladies are the ones who give chocolates to the person they like. Or just simply giving out chocolates to acquaintances they are friendly with [the difference between honmei chocolates and giri chocolates, but let's not get too in depth about that... and yes, I have been watching too many animes and reading too much manga, couldn't you tell? :P  but it's a good learning material for my Japanese language studies! *is shot* XD]

Thanks to a certain series, I now have the crazy idea of going out to buy some good quality chocolate couverture, and make something special with it. Yeah, I wonder how much it would cost, and then I would have check what kind of ingredients are in it, in case there are some things that I can't eat. It's not like I care so much about celebrating Valentine's Day anyway. I just want to eat chocolates.


But it would be nice if I could get some really good and delicious cooking chocolate, so I can make chocolate pear pudding. Tomorrow is a public holiday here, afterall. Buy some canned pears and choco powder, get home and start making the pudding, melt the cooking chocolate and drizzle a really generous amount over the just baked pudding.....


Is getting delusional. Time to go out for lunch.

mierin: (piano)
2011-01-26 10:29 am
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a perfect guide to building your career

I am being very, very naughty indeed. Reading a PH fanfic and updating my journals while I'm supposed to work on the company website :P

A happy news, I passed my Trinity Grade 4 piano exam! *throws confetti*

I would have become a soulless lump of gloom and despair if I actually failed the exam. To be honest, I seriously had a lingering thought that I *might* (le gasp!) have failed it. But for some reason which will probably remain unknown to me, the lady examiner gave me unbelievably high marks for my exam pieces. So the breakdown for the exam:
  • Pieces: Unbelievably high marks for all of them, some of which I feel quite undeserved >.<
  • Exercises: Not bad, I guess? Although the first exercise was pretty much.... horrible, in my opinion. The rest are fine.
  • Sight Reading: My terrible, terrible weakness. Need I say more? Probably the only deserving score I got XD 
  • Aural: Would have aced it - but answered wrongly for the interval. Perfect 4th became perfect 5th ._.
Did I miss anything? Pretty sure that's it. The last time I took a piano exam about... 3 years ago, I think? It was ABRSM Grade 2 exam. The examiner was pretty thorough and gave some really good comments about the whole exam in my marking sheet. Which I really appreciate - because you can tell which parts need more work. [Okay, I have some issues with this particular examiner because she said I answered wrongly for aural - which left me and my teacher feeling incredulous when we looked at the marking sheet. But I'll skip that whining.]

This time around though, there is hardly any comments. Whilst I am really glad I passed the exam, some constructive comments would be very much appreciated. But anyway, I passed. Maybe I should leave it at that, yes? :P
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2011-01-18 11:19 am
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Save me from this torture

I'm supposed to be updating my dad's company website right now. Oh yeah, forgot to mention. I'm working with my dad or the time being until I get a new job.

But for some reason, the site seems to be down, and I can't do anything to it at the moment. So I'm compiling the infos and putting them in my LJ instead. Set to Private, of course, because I need to use the HTML function to see how the basic design is gonna look like so I can't just paste it on to the site when it's back up and running.

Of course, I also have to contend with this headache and flu I'm having all of a sudden. As if being woken up every few hours last night isn't enough to add to my misery.

I'm going back home to lie down and probably sleep this off for a bit during lunch.
mierin: (something beautiful)
2011-01-01 10:01 pm
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I basically celebrated the new year by...... being snug in bed XD

Haha.. yeah, I'm not really the type to party around anyway. I absolutely abhor being in crowded and noisy places. And besides, I'd rather stay home and do my own stuff anyway. Why yes, I am a hermit indeed :P

Spent the first day of 2011 being reacquainted with my beloved piano. Now that I'll have more free time, I plan to play more. I've been going through my old printed music sheets and books trying them out again. I have so many things that I actually wanted to try out, so either I saved the music sheets in my computer, or I printed them out but never really tried to play them properly.

What I realized is that when you start working, time spent on your hobbies and passion just gets lesser and lesser... even though you DO want to spend time on it, other stuff takes precedence instead. Ah well, that's life for you.

Happy New Year to everyone. May this year be much better year for all of us :)
mierin: (dreaming sakura)
2010-12-30 07:19 am
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Life goes on

Yesterday it was confirmed that the project I had been working on has officially concluded! Hurray! :D  *throws confetti*

And just a few days short of when I have to leave too. I'm glad this project is finally finished within the timeline I hoped. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment seeing it going along smoothly. There were some bumps on the road, of course... and could have been better managed had I been a bit more expressive with my opinions. And the next people to take over the processes from now on hopefully won't have too much trouble. End of year 2010 + start of year 2011 = tons of cargo moving from the ports, either by shippers striving to get their end of year shipments out, or those wanting to get the first shipment of 2011 out.

Plus, it's something I can mention in my resume! Leadership skills-wise.... probably not so outstanding, but at least now I have some management experience under my belt ^^

Although the sad things is, six months into my tenure at this company, and I'm none the wiser of what I want to do after this once my contract ends.

Which is... really pathetic, to be honest.

Do I want to continue being in the engineering field, or do I want to continue my studies? Which begs another question - What course do I want to take? Seriously, my life is so fucked up. I have no clear view of what I even want. Maybe I really should have taken my mom's advice at that time, but the thought of it made me refuse to go into that path. Even though I actually do enjoy it, I don't want to study language/literature 24/7, you know? :\

Thursday is my last day at Maersk. And strangely enough, I'm looking forward to it. I have plans to settle some outstanding matters in my very loooong to-do list (mostly banking, organizing, and job search related). My wallet's going to be tight though, so I'll have to be careful with my expenditure. I guess a new piano is going to be put on hold until my financial situation improves.

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2010-12-26 09:58 pm
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Seasonal Greetings

Merry Christmas to those celebrating it! :D

Almost 2 days late though XD (well, if you follow my timezone, anyway)

Had a wonderful day watching Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader today with my sister and cousins. It's been such a long time since we went out like this. I'm just so happy we could hang out together again. The movie was really awesome! I've read all of the Narnia novels, but it was so long ago, I don't exactly remember much of the plot anymore. But the visuals was stunning, and there wasn't a dull moment, and wasn't very lengthy either - which is perfect! Caspian is really good looking, and though I'm sad we only get two out of four Pevensie siblings in this movie, Eustace pretty much made up for the lack XD

Although by reading some blogs, I recently come across a pretty disturbing revelation (should I even call it that?) about the whole setup in Narnia. It will need me doing some more info digging on it though. It's the part where Aslan says "I am known by a different name in your world" line... okay, I can't remember how it was phrased exactly, but that's the scene I'm talking about. Like I mentioned, it will need some digging, because even I thought it was strange the first time I read it, but I let it pass.

Saving it for another entry? Maybe...


Oh by the way, Dreamwidth is giving me another invite code for some odd reason. So if anyone of you in my F-list wants the code (or have a friend who wants the code), please let me know, because I have no use for it.
mierin: (stfu)
2010-12-03 10:29 pm
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Just another day... at the office

Whoa, I left the office about 8pm today.

And I probably would've left much later, but I decided I need a break. All because I'm taking a day off on Monday, and my back-up goes on leave too. Seriously, what a frickin' tiring day. You just can't win against everyone, can you?

Time to step up to my decisions. And force some out of people.

*brain dead*
mierin: (dreaming sakura)
2010-12-01 09:16 pm
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An earthquake?!

I was at work this morning when I suddenly felt like the table shook slightly.


My colleague: Was it shaking just now?

Me: Yeah.

Colleague next to me: Really? I didn't feel anything.

Which is probably the answer most people in the office would have given. The shaking lasted very briefly, only about 3-4 seconds. But to those of us in my team who felt the shaking, it really felt like an earthquake. Thank God it was so brief. I'm actually surprised that we could feel the shaking though, considering the office building is only 7 stories high, located on a hill, and the ground seems pretty sturdy to me.

Still, I did some digging and here's what I found.

omg it really was an earthquake! O.O

The time matched perfectly with the time we felt the shaking. It was a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in Northern Sumatera, about 300 km from Kuala Lumpur. If we could feel a magnitude 5.4 earthquake from somewhere 300 km away from us (and we're separated by the ocean too!), then we'd probably be panicking if a bigger tremor were to come. Which I hope doesn't come anytime soon, God willing.

Scary thoughts...

mierin: (something beautiful)
2010-10-02 05:54 pm

and the list goes on...

I decided to make a list of reading backlog that I have currently. And a wishlist :P

I actually have quite a lot of stuff lying around the house that I actually wanted to read, but somehow didn't get round to doing it. Hence the list. Because I find that nowadays if I don't have some kind of list, I can't for the life of me get a hold of the things I really wanted to have done.

Terrible, I know. I feel very old already ._.

The list isn't complete yet. There are a couple of my sister's books that I have my sights on. I can't seem to find them now though. And I find that since I started working, I've been even more diligent at buying and buying and buying books. Actually I wanted to buy more books, and I probably would have, if not for the fact that I'm so stingy with my money. And it's one of the main reasons that I like it when there are second hand books up for sale.

I bought a Torey Hayden book at the MPH bookstore at Subang Parade yesterday. And went for piano lesson today and found out there is a book sale nearby. And grabbed another second hand book  ^_^

Although I have to admit, the prices seemed to be much pricier than the last time they had it. Which is why I only bought one. Since I had a dentist appointment later in the afternoon, and wasn't sure how much it would cost me. But seriously, make it a bit cheaper, will you?
mierin: (dreaming sakura)
2010-09-25 03:54 pm
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Procrastination galore...

I barely even log in to Dreamwidth anymore nowadays. Terrible, I know. Haven't been on LJ much either.

Less than a week left and September will come to a close, and I find myself with a growing list of to-do things, with a sinking feeling that it's going to take a hell of a long time to complete >.<

And come October, I will also start freaking out about my upcoming piano exam. Wonderful, self. When are you going to start practising more regularly instead of just the weekends? I even paid for the exam fees myself (about RM300+), since I've already started working and thought if I paid for it with my own hard earned money, I might be more motivated to actually work towards practising the exam pieces more.

Tough luck. Barely touched my piano during the weekdays. I don't have willpower for this kind of stuff.

On the fandom front, finally watched the end of UraBoku, K-On!!, and Kuroshitsuji S2. Was very happy with UraBoku and K-On!!'s endings, although I am secretly wishing UraBoku will have another season. I need more Reiga/Kanata, please :3

Kuro 2's ending surprised me. And for a while it gave me a WTF?! feeling. Will there be some kind of OVA airing anytime soon? Of course, I don't think it will warrant another season, given how things ended. But still... it left me feeling unsatisfied.

Thank goodness the manga seems to have been done with the Sebastian Holmes arc (lol :P). Hope we'll get a much more interesting arc after this. Not that it wasn't interesting, just that it doesn't seem to pique my interest all that much.

On work, my contract should end this September, but I've extended it to another 3 months. A colleague will be undergoing surgery on her spine soon (she has a slight scoliosis, making her spine curve like a C shape, although you can't really tell under clothes), so I'll be helping them out, since she'll have to go for rehabilitation after the surgery, and won't be coming in to work until January 2011.

Even though I'm happy I won't be jobless anytime soon, I'm kinda sad cause I probably won't see her much until my contract ends. Still haven't done any serious job hunting, and it's one of the things in my untouched to-do list right now. Really, I'm pretty hopeless at keeping deadlines >.<
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2010-03-15 10:39 pm
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Life is like a boat

Trying not to make my LJ and DW inactive by posting after such a long period of just logging in occasionally to read my Friends Page.

Sorry for dropping out for such a long time. So many things happened lately that I just lost interest to write much.

In summary, this is pretty much what happened:
  • Piano exam schedule and registration mishap. Totally ruined my Saturday by making me in a bad mood.
  • Mid-sem tests - which was a disaster, sadly, despite studying :(
  • Career fair at uni last week - was on the lookout for potential companies I could send resumes to.
Basically, I can't believe I'm going to start working soon. Need to send out my resume more now. If only my CGPA was higher... >.<

More updates when I feel like writing.