Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What July Brings...

It was disappointing that the Italians managed to net in a goal in the final minute of the match. Nonetheless the Australians put up a great performance and I’m damn proud of them. Many were skeptical that they would actually survive in the hardest group of all. What’s more, soccer is not a huge thing in a cricket & rugby crazy country. However with this World Cup phenomenal, the Aussies have found a new sport to worship :)
Tonight matches are interesting as well. It would be awesome if Ghana could spoil it for Brazil. And then there is France vs. Spain – 2 Europe archrivals. Will the aging Les Bleus manage to claw their way out. Or the Spanish empire can outsmart them.

Last night I had durians feast at Seth’s place. Even though Trix and Damien couldn’t get the D24, the D11 durians remain just as finger-linking-good as well. The golden aroma, the yellow flesh – they were yum. It is a treat, a real treat :) for me and Miss Klein.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Real Thing

THEY are a CLOSURE for me now. Period. It's time to move on.

Another turning point
A fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist
Directs you where to go
So make the best of this test
And don't ask why
It's not a question
But a lesson learned in time
It's something unpredictable
But in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life
So take the photographs
And still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf of good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while
It's something unpredictable but in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life

- Green Day: Time Of Your Life -

PS: Australia drew 2-2 with Croatia, the boys are through ;) Bring on the Italians!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Happiness In A Box

It is expected that when Australia play against Brazil, they will lose. But there is always hope and going down 2-0 is not that bad after all. I just hope that they will play better and get the much needed 3 points when they meet Croatia early tomorrow morning. Owen is out :( definitely not his year. Now he needs a good rest and start delivering the goals for the new EPL season with Newcastle. I find that this year World Cup is a little bit disappointing though – all the best players who perform so well with their club failed to lived up to their reputation when they play for their country. Ronaldo wasn’t that great, worst still; he hasn’t scored yet. Zidane, Raul, Figo, Viera, Ballack, McBride, Nakata – haven’t seen their signature kicks yet. Maybe their country-mates have yet to understand how these players movement are around the field when delivering the ball to them. There were so many uncountable missed chances.

Farewell Week – we said our goodbyes to Cili Padi and Kurt with a very heavy heart. They were good people who did great stuff. Lucius still hangs around but yet to receive any official title and confirmation from Boss.
Wyatt and Celtic continue to have their catfights :) Celtic has been very sour-ish – Wyatt has been very keen in overpowering Celtic, nonetheless…I’m still defeated.
Juan is away for 2 weeks and Tommy has chicken pox :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

If The Streets Were Not That Crowded

It was the most brilliant match so far – seeing Australia coming from behind Japan to nail a 3-1 was just so beautiful. Their 1st goal was their motivation. All of a sudden, all the tired legs began to run energetically and their fighting spirit just soars with determination. I am so damn proud of them! :)

Callum and Trix reminded me that I’m not an Aussie – of course I’m not but you can’t stop me from having such a strong attachment to that continent. I was there for 2 years and when I leave, I was leaving my extended families, friends and…him. I fell in love with the place. At times, I devise ways on how I can get my ass back there :)

Work is horrible – Juan was backstab by someone, lots of bitching going around, finger-pointing occasionally, people creating problems…it was just so annoying talking to these humans. A friendly reminder has already been emailed to them since last week, yet they actually ignored my email, key in the data wrongly, don’t even apologize and have no sense of responsibility at all. They actually say “You tell Boss Lor”. Wrong data key in only what. What’s the big deal”? What’s the big deal? – they are all department heads, yet behaving like school children. Wrong data key in means that the management will not get the accurate figures. How are we going to convince the management to allocate us with a bigger budget when we even can’t get the statistics right. I could be very irresponsible if I wanted to but it’s not my work ethics to tolerate shitty work!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Bottled & Packaged

The world’s beautiful game is on. I thought the Germans were pretty impressive, beating Costa Rica 4-2. Definitely have shown why they are good enough to lift the cup this year. Their midfields were robust, good tactical strategies, now all they need to do is to patch up their loose defense and put Oliver Kahn back between the goal poles. Get rid of that Arsenal keeper – I felt that Jens Lehmann is no where as good as Kahn. If Kahn had played the opening match, I’m sure he could save those 2 goals. England wasn’t that impressive when they played against Paraguay. With Gerrard, Lampard, Joe Cole & Owen – I tend to expect something more than that. More aggressive, more ball possession, more corners and more running around. Of course, we have been spared off by Peter Crouch robotic dance :) Another good game was between Sweden and Trinidad & Tobago. It’s unbelievable that the Swedes didn’t manage to get all the 3 points. I have to say that the West Ham goalkeeper make 6 brilliant saves. It could have been Sweden 6, Trinidad & Tobago 0.

Watched 'X-Men: The Last Stand' – great special effects, only disappointed that the character development was pretty limited. Well, there are so many characters, can’t give all of them sufficient air time. Besides, it’s has always been Wolverine anyway :)
And I’m happy that Rogue decides to become normal. It’s indeed soul-torturing when you can’t touch, hold or even hug someone. It’s like the affection consciousness in you is being cut off. But who is right in the end? I think everyone is; only different beliefs on how to live. Mutants need to integrate into the society, should not be discriminated, should not be pressured to give up their identity – it just needs rules to govern behaviors and actions. A certain protocol – when not to read someone else’s mind, when not to throw fire, when to use the doors and not through the walls. It needs very tight control and a bit of flexibility. Of course, it has always been easier to say than done.

Lately the newspapers have been a very interesting read. The ex-PM trashing the current PM. I’m all for a more transparent administration, a freer media, youths speaking up…and I think there is nothing wrong if the ex-PM raises a few questions but to the extend that stating the current PM was not his first choice…that hurts. It might have a hidden agenda though – splitting the current PM and deputy PM perhaps :)
If the current PM is dismantling projects and changing policies of his predecessor, he is free to do so. He has the right because he is the man in charge of running the country right now. What is wrong in correcting a wrong policy?

Work politics is at fever pitch level as well – just play dumb :)

Friday, June 02, 2006


Juan, Nikolai and Tommy were so sweet – they organized my birthday party at work today. I was so touched. And they have to put the exact number of candles on the cake to reflect my age! Lucius drop by; not a surprised. Boss did some magic, it’s not official yet but Lucius is already back to work. That magnitude of power is so enviable.

A year older – wow! In certain areas, I felt that I have learned and accomplish so much yet there are still areas of concern :) that still needs a lot of hard work…will work on it :)