Wednesday, February 25, 2009

You and i Both




I have been listening this song over and over again! Makes me feel all happy and lovey dovey!
Enjoy it!

Looking forward to a short get-a-way next weekend! It's gonna be oh so fun coz it's gonna be me and eunice's first holiday together!! wEeEeeEeeeE!!! The sea, the sun and the cheap booze here we come!!

ekekek.. Don't envy me!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You know that times are bad when….

There ain’t no toilet paper in the toilet cubes at work.

There ain’t got not paper in the printer.


But ironically, my paper work is that high!


Many MNC’s have been affected by the current global economic crisis. What have you done on your part to cope with the current situation? Many are still ignorant towards what is happening and some are starting to feel the pinch. I have been having days off due to comp shutting down for cost reduction purposes. So far it has not affected my personal wealth significantly but if the situation does not improve, it will slowly eat into my savings. There’s only 2 ways to ride out this wave. Either earn more or spend less.


Here are a few tips on reducing your expenses. I am not talking about making major sacrifices. Just lil things that we could do to reduce our expenditure. These are the things that I pledge to do for the next few months just to save some bucks for the rainy season.


#1. Spending less on phone calls.

- My monthly phone bill comes up to about 200 plus a month. I am a phone addict and my yapping habit has got to reduce a lil.


#2. Planning ahead for holidays.

- We all deserve a get-a-way every once in a while. Making careful planning ahead always helps reduce cost and it’s also less stressful. You get cheaper rates when booking ahead. And when everything goes according to plan, all you have to do is chill and enjoy the vacation.


#3. Buy only what’s necessary.

- To be honest, I haven't been shopping for a while now (except occasionally on beauty care products which are essential anyway!).


#4. Eating in more frequently.

- Home cooked food is healthier and yummier anyway!


#5. Look at price tags before heading to the cashier.

- It pays to be a lil more observant. Seriously!


It’s these lil things that we could cut down to keep our finances in check!



Sunday, February 22, 2009

Avoid Weatherproofing

Here's another article from Richard Carlson which i could relate to in real life.

Just as we can weatherproof a home for the winter by looking for cracks, leaks and imperfections, we can also weatherproof our relationships, even our lives, by doing the very same thing. Essentially, weatherproofing means that you are on the careful lookout for whats needs to be fixed and repaired. It's finding the cracks and the flaws of life, and either to fix them, or at least point them out to others. Not only does this tendency alienate you from other people, it makes you feel bad, too. It encourages you to think about what's wrong with everything and everyone- what you dont like. So, rather than appreciating our relationships and our lives, weatherproofing encourages us to end up thinking that life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Nothing is ever good enough the way it is.

In our relationships, weatherproofing typically plays itself out like this: You meet someone and all is well. You are attracted to his or her appearance, personality, intellect, sense of humor , or some combination of these traits. Initially, you not only approve of your difference with this person, you actually appreciate them. You might even be attracted to the person, in part because of how different you are. You have different opinions, preferences, tastes and priorities.

After a while, however, you begin to notice little quirks about your new partner, that you feel could be improved upon. You bring it to their attention. You might say, "You know, you sure have a tendency to be late" or "I've noticed you don't read very much". The point is, you've begun what inevitably turns into a way of life- looking for and thinking about what you dont like about someone, or something isnt quite right.

Obviously, an occasional comment, constructive criticism or helpful guidance isn't cause for alarm. Occasional harmless comments have an insidious tendency to become a way of looking at life.

When you are weartherproofing another human being, it says nothing about them-but it does define you as someone who needs to be critical.

Whatever you have a tendency to wearther proof you relationship , certain aspects of your life, or both, what you need to do is write off weartherproofing as a bad idea. As the habit creeps into your thinking, catch yourself and seal your lips. The less often you weatherproof your partner or your friends, the more you'll notice how super your life really is!

I have been weartherproof-ing all my life and i guess it's about time to stop and really live life! My life has really been super ever since! We really dont have to be so critical and hard on ourselves all the time. It's perfectly fine to be imperfect. =)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

25 Random Things About Autumn

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

Got tagged on facebook but decided to post it up on here instead. :)

So here goes... 25 Random Things about me.

1.I have been biting my nails since i was young. Found it so hard to quit till recently. I chew my nails when i am all stressed up. Guess i am not as stressed anymore! =)

2.I have always hated accounting as a subject but i ended up working in an accounting dept. Talk about irony.

3.I suck at all games. Be it in the field or on the virtual reality. I cant even win a testris game.

4.I am an online addict. I just have to log on to the internet everyday even when i know there's nth much to do.

5. My fav breakfast is Nasi Lemak and Keng Cheh Bee Hoon (Economy Rice Noodles).

6.I have a memory of Nemo. I cannot remember things long enough. But i guess thats a good things coz i dont hold grudges.

7.I am shy when i am with a big group of people that i am not familiar with.

8.Love hanging on the phone. I cannot live without my cell.

9.Am afraid of the dark.

10. Loves the beach! I can never get enough of beach vacations! *am thinking of Fiji, Maldives, Hawaii, Vanuatu*

11.Loves falling in love and being in love.

12.Secretly googles names of people just for the fun of it. HAHA.

13.Cannot finish watching a 2 hour DVD coz i will be asleep even before the movie ends.

14.Can speak fluent mandarin. = ) haha!

15.I cry pretty much every episode of Grey's Anatomy. Yes.. i am a cry baby.

16.Am having difficulty completing this list of random things.

17.Do not fancy chocolates unless i am super hungry!

18.Feels incomplete if i dont eat rice for a day.

19.Does not like wearing earings but dont mind accesorizing once a while.

20.Love the mamak stall.

21.Have always hated kids till i met the Kopiko's.. Am so in love with em! Can't wait to have my own. LOL.


22. I think i can crack up really good jokes. =)

23.Am a great impersonator. I am the kid who impersonate each and every teacher in class.

24.Cannot get enough of Hokkien Mee.. Abosolutely love em!!!

25. Finallyyyy!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Life Would Suck Without You



Like this song! So much emotions and feelings being spelled out in the song. Would have meant a lot more to me a few months back. But it's just a good song now. I can no longer live in the past. I am ready to move on and live my life.

My Life Does Not Have to Suck Without You.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Wishing Everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

A world filled with love!



Have a great Valentine's day!

okay, gotta get going now..I am preparing for the big night! Shall provide an update soon!

Hugs and kisses,
Autumn

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Movies to catch on Valentine’s day


Okay.. Vday is getting really really close as the days goes by. To make date planning a lil easier here’s a list of movies which you could catch for Valentine ’s Day!


New in Town

It’s starred by Renee Zellweger. So it should be a good movie!


Synopsis: Lucy Hill (Renee Zellweger) is an ambitious, up and coming executive living in Miami. She loves her shoes, she loves her cars and she loves climbing the corporate ladder. When she is offered a temporary assignment - in the middle of nowhere - to restructure a manufacturing plant, she jumps at the opportunity, knowing that a big promotion is close at hand. What begins as a straightforward job assignment becomes a life changing experience as Lucy discovers greater meaning in her life and most unexpectedly, the man of her dreams (Harry Connick Jr.).


Look for a Star

If you’re looking for a romantic movie, this is it! Boy meets gal, fell deeply in love at first sight. Lotsa lovey dovey acts in it. It feels like high school all over again. Andy lau is so handsome and manly. Shu Qi is really pretty and adorable in this show I’m not a big fan of shu qi but she really did a good job in this movie. Go watch it with your special someone and I guarantee sparks will start flying all over. =)


Pink Panther 2

A movie that is just for laughs

Synopsis: When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen - including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond! - Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese) is forced to assign the bumbling French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) to a team of international detectives and experts charged with catching the thief and retrieving the stolen artifacts.


Slumdog Millionaire

An award winning hindi movie that is a big hit.

Synopsis: Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from slums of Mumbai, is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Arrested on suspicion of cheating, he tells the police the incredible story of his life on streets, and of the girl he loved and lost. But what is a kid with no interest in money doing on the show? And how is it he knows all the answers?


Changeling

Changeling is a thriller which is based on a true story starring Angelina Jolie and John Malovich.

Synopsis: The film begins in 1928 LA and tells the true story of a woman who recognizes that the boy returned after her son's disappearance is an impostor. After confronting the city authorities, she is vilified as an unfit mother and branded delusional. The events were related to the Wineville Chicken coop murders, a kidnapping and murder case that was uncovered in 1928. Changeling explores themes such as disempowerment of women and corruption in political hierarchies.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I don’t know how this movie is gonna turn out. Just the fact that the main character is getting younger instead of aging is just plain weird. But since brad pitt is in it. I sure hope it’s gonna be good.


Synopsis: "I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," adapted from the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: A man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story set in New Orleans from the end of World War I, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. Director by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Benjamin Button," is a grand tale of a not so ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the keys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.


Enjoy it!

Love,

-Autumn-

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Celebrating Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s day is just a week away!! I know.. I know.. many will think that Valentine ’s Day is just a money making day where everything is way overpriced and commercialized. Everyday can be valentine’s day.. and it doesn’t have to be feb 14th. But what’s wrong with celebrating love on this very special occasion? It’s just once a year. Why not make it extra special?? *grin* It’s like xmas. You can give gifts and celebrate the birth of Christ everday.. why does it have to be Dec 25th? Just because it’s a special occasion, a special date.

I have always love valentines day and this year it falls on a Saturday! That means there’s no excuse for you guys to make it extra special for your girlfriends! Planning for a great Valentines Day doesn’t have to cost a bomb. Be creative and sensitive towards her wants and needs and make it a Valentine ’s Day to remember. But please don’t get your gfs/wives home appliances she always wanted. Coz it sure aint romantic and it kindda conveys the message that she’s only a home maker.

Here are some dos and don’ts for Valentines Day! So guys, take note!!

1. Don’t Forget that it’s valentine’s day! The least you could do is give her a peck on a cheek and say “I love you”. Now that’s not too much to ask for right?

2. Don’t Get Something Generic. Don’t just simply get something for the sake of getting a gift. Your gift does not have to be pricey but get something that is dear to the heart. Something that she has secretly wanted and never told any one and you’re the only special someone who knows about it. =) awwww..

3. Don’t be late for the date. Out of all dates just don’t be late on Valentine’s Day. You wouldn’t want to spoil the date after all the effort that you’ve put into right?

4. Do consider spreading gifts throughout the day. Rather than one big gift, you should try giving her a number of smaller gifts during the day. Maybe one gift at breakfast, leave one on the front seat of her car or in her medicine chest in the bathroom, one at work, and then another one on the front seat of her car before she leaves work. I guarantee she’ll remember this day for many years to come.

5. Just relax. While I know these ideas sound like a lot of work, it is important to not overdo it. Don't try to cram too much into the day or into the evening. A leisurely pace is an important component of making Valentine's Day great for your girl.


I wonder what’s in store for me on Valentine’s day?

Oh oh… just in case anyone wants a hint of what I would wanna have for vday.. Here’s my wish list. I don’t mind anonymous people sending gifts to me. LOL

I wouldn’t mind getting anything from this store even if its just a gift card.

Or anything that comes in a blue box =)


Or something cute like a pin Barbie beetle. =)
*Autumn is in all smiles and grinning are mad*


Or a bigggiee hand bouquet!

Hahaha.. Don’t mind me. It’s all just imaginary. I don’t even have a date to begin with. LOL. So girls, a girls nite out perhaps? =)

Happy Valentine’s day!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bak Kua Recipe

I should have posted up this post before cny but I haven’t got the time to do so. So perhaps during the next Chinese new year you could make your own bak kua. It was really good and not too hard to make. Seriously!

Ingredients

Minced Pork thigh

sugar

light soy sauce

light soy sauce

Hua Tiew Wine

Fyi I stole this recipe from a renowned bak kua maker.

So hush.. hush alright

And the result….

*Tada*

Raw Bak Kua


ROAST it!


Autumn BBQ-ing Pork


Leng Lui Bak Kua… Anyone?

The finished product!

Yummy-licious

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Homage to the Jade Emperor

The 9th day of Chinese New Year is a big night to the Chinese community especially the Hokkiens. Sugarcane is an essential item as offerings to the Jade Emperor. According to the ancient tradition, hundreds of years ago, people of the Hokkien province in China were under bondage to some demonic forces and didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate the Chinese New Year for years until one year, on the eighth night of the lunar new year, when the Jade Emperor of Heaven came and liberated them.

During the cosmic battle between the Jade Emperor and the demonic forces, the Hokkien hid in the sugarcane plantations. Following the victory over the demons and their liberation, the Hokkien people came out to celebrate the Chinese New Year for the first time in years. They wanted to give thanks to the Jade Emperor and also honour him on his birthday on the ninth day of the lunar new year but didn’t have anything to worship with. So, they used sugarcanes as their offering to the Jade Emperor. From that first worship ceremony, they continued with the tradition of using sugarcanes to thank the Jade Emperor on the eighth night of the lunar New Year

Joss sticks


Gold Nuggets


Ang Pows


Autumn Loves Yee Sang!


Huat Ah!! Huat Ah!


Autumn prays for:-

“Dear God, I wish for happiness for everyone! Give everyone around me the happiness that they deserve. Everyone around me be it acquaintance, great friends or people that I will bumped Io.. Give them love and happiness. Bless my entire family and everyone with health and happiness.Popi Popi”


-Roast suckling pig offered-


~Gold papers burned for the jade emperor~


In flames


I enjoyed every single day of CNY in 2009.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Georgians Dinner Party!

I love Chinese New Year coz it’s the bestest time to meet up and catch up with friends who are based overseas. And it’s even greater when it’s with friends that you haven’t met for ages!

On the 3rd day of CNY the ex Georgians glammed up for a dinner partey!

There were about 30 of us who attended the event!


The Food Menu of Little Cottage


Baked Scallop

*Slurp*


Clam Chowder!

This was really yumm yummm


My Salmon Steak


Just so glad to be able to meet up!


The IT students geeks


Hot mama and hoi lee

Andrine is a mother of two and she is looking hotter than ever!


White and Blue


The hotties of SGGS.


One…Two..Three..Four.. Fiveee..


Act Cute.


=)


The ex Seri Permai girls!


The Head Prefect, Prefect and Class Monitor


Ann Ling and I


Georgians Rawk!


Once a Red Skirt, Always a Red Skirt


Thank you Boey for organizing such a fantastic nite out!



It felt like high school all over again!

I absolutely heart girl’s night out!

I seriously think that this gathering of ours should be carried out annually. That’s when we can see one by one of the girls getting hitched and having babies!! AwWwwW..

Wouldn’t that be awesome?!?!!?