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Its been 2 years already that I have endured in  this jungle of mine. I still remember when I first received news about my acceptance in a local university, The thrill buzzing in my head and I didn’t care about anything else until I got here. I have always dreamed about the university experience; the friend, the parties, the life (lol..partially blame tv for this).

That was until I came here.

During my adjustment period the  reality of this place did not hit me as I was still excited. But then, I slowly realized that even the nearest form of entertainment or fast food was about 2 hours away by public transport. The horror! Well I have manage to survive with a year remaining and I can proudly say that my eyes have opened to natures beauty. 🙂

In my opinion, a nature lover would really enjoy living here. As a city girl, I would have not imagined seeing  monkeys roaming freely nor species of  bugs and birds up this close! Even the beautiful colors of the skies are amazing as the sun goes down and not to mention the amount of stars at night.  It almost appears as if a child accidentally dropped a whole bottle of sparkles on a black canvas.  As I enjoy natures beauty,  I can say that  this place has taught me many things.

However I honestly can’t wait to get home, as they say you can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl.

Photo: Laveen’s phone camera

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The world is in dire straits. Its cruising to the brink of extinction in terms of resources. Many slogans and propaganda have been invented but to no avail.  Green meetings and green weeks performed in countries all around the world. Its hardly a suprise to see how mankind is just tearing the planet apart. This planet needs a hero, someone like captain planet! gosh, I know it sounds crazy, but back when i was school, he was hero kicking poullution’s butt, still its not like your going to see a super-strong spandex wearing man is flying around and saving earth! The whole world is like some environmentally-themed impending doom theory. hmm, if that did not make sense, lets say we’re not in a movie and there’s no simple solution to this problem. In movies,there always there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for such disasters. Indeed, there’s really no simple solution at all since we both need to protect the environment and simultaneously can’t just quit driving fossil fuels automobile contraptions.

Well, I will not be harsh on ourselves. We are trying different stuff, newer methods to curb pollution levels have been done or proposed, still even the kids can do something! right? I mean captain planet did wonders for me and I bet that every 90’s born kid would agree that there is no modern day equivalent to an entertaining and educational cartoon in saving the world like the captain did. He gave hope to the child-based audience. Whether its false hope of having magical rings to summon him, that does not matter! the point here to take into consideration is that, he was a environmental angel. Bring back the good old fun-filled half-hour cartoon that taught kids valuable lessons that was popular. Believe that the power is yours!, you can make a difference in saving earth, besides I can’t forget those magical words:

“EARTH!” “FIRE!” “WIND!” “WATER!” “HEART!”

“Go Planet!”

“By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!”

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Reading about Perth, the most isolated city with a tiny population of 1.7 million, gave me butterflies in my stomach. The big city lifestyle has always appealed to me, and the thought of moving to an “ulu-ulu” (I think this literally translates to “up the river”, but refers to really isolated booney places in malay) place was absolutely terrifying. I sought solace in the fact that I would be too caught up in postgrad studies to even realize where I was. It’s an amazing 3 year program (I kid you not), after which the world would be yet again my stage.

But having been here a good chunk of time, I feel so comfortable. Friend of mine even goes as far as saying it’s simply “perfect” here. You might say, well, nothing in this world is perfect. But wait till you come to Perth – it sure builds at least the illusion of perfection. I think what stops me in my tracks every time is just how beautiful Western Australia is. Ever been on those vacations at very chilled out resort places and thought to yourself: “Gee, I could definitely live here”. Well, that’s exactly how I feel in Perth. The warm sun, the crashing surf, the vast wilderness and bush, and of course enough of a metropolitan city feel so you don’t feel like you’re perpetually stuck in the bush. I feel like there’s just so much to do. The possibilities are endless. Whether it’s a wholesome cycle to Fremantle, a long run along the Swan River, trying out breakfast at a beachside café and then lazing on the beach, or road tripping down to the Margaret River wine region with a bunch of good friends – there’s so much to enjoy and indulge in. I love being on the move and just enjoying life – doing, seeing, feeling, tasting, listening, the list goes on… It doesn’t take a bustling NYC that doesn’t sleep to entertain me – no, actually that would probably just tire me out.

I think there’s a huge difference in being entertained and actively enjoying or engaging in entertainment. There’s a very passive quality to being entertainment and I think it’s a bit like succumbing to something. I find it happens in big city cultures, where you’re constantly surrounded by a sea of people, and groupthink comes into play. It sort of feels like you’ve disjointed from yourself, and you sort of let it happen to you. I love when I get to engage and participate in my entertainment. It’s just nice when you don’t feel like you’re just drifting with the crowd and getting caught up in a massive hype that you don’t even understand. There’s so much more room for creativity and individuality when you get to create your own fun. It feels like you own it, and that makes you savour it all the more. Perth sort of gives me that space to create my own entertainment. I still haven’t pinpointed exactly what about it allows me to do that, but I sure do love it!

But really, it’s been 3 months that I’ve been here. Who’s to say I will still enjoy it as much here 3 years down the road. I wonder where the wind will blow me next, or will it? I’ve always had a bit of an itch keeping my feet moving. My mum says it’s like she’s still chasing after a toddler. But that’s the way to keep meeting people of all different shapes, sizes and perspectives. When my world collides with others’ and my eyes are opened up to their viewpoints – that’s what makes me happy.

Photo by: Furiousxr

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my viking princess

Hi everyone! I am a first time blogger and was invited here out of sheer trust from Promethius! Thank you and I hope to deliver good stories of my life to help anyone who is in need for a “pick-me-up”! 😉

Since it is my 1st time, I thought I would dedicate this to my dog, Olga. She was a giant breed St.Bernard that weighed a massive 45kgs. She passed away peacefully on the 19th of February 2010 at 4.30 pm.

I still remember the 1st time I fell in love with her. It was just before I joined UCSI in 2004. I think mum and I had a fight, and she was feeling really bad. So, she took me to a pet store in some remote area of Puchong (till this very day, I don’t really know how we managed to get there!). I had mixed feelings when I saw that pet shop because, 1) most of the puppies were long coat dogs and in malaysian weather, that is just downright cruel!  2) it was in such a remote area, that animal cruelty would go unnoticed!

But there I was, standing in front of the shop; in front of a play pen of st.bernard puppies to be exact and OH MY GOD, I saw big-butted, small creatures hopping and galloping in there! I had my eye on this particular puppy that was bullying everyone in the play pen-practically stomping on them! None of the others could compete in it’s vigour and voice!!  I just couldn’t help myself from picking it up and just as I was hugging her,  a warm  liquid dripped down my shirt….IT peed on me!!!!   LOL!  But there and then I told my mother that she was the one for me! Crazy, I know….but i saw her true colours that day;  fiesty, bigger-than-life, loud girl but also a scared emotional wreck–just like her owner! ;P

When you finally figure out the true personality of the person you like, it just makes them so much more attractive than the 1st time you laid eyes on him/her/it!  Isn’t that the true joy of life?

Happy weekend! 🙂

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According to my mum, whenever my father had to put me to sleep as a baby, he would sing a sweet lullaby in Hindi which went like this “….mein gao tum so jau..” . This basically means as I sing you will sleep. LOL, even though the effects were questionable as my mom said sometimes my father used to sleep and me wide awake when she came to check, i guess its safe to say that was my first introduction to music

7 years later as embarrassing as this may sound, when spice girls and boy bands were hit makers. I actually had no idea who they were. this is because i used to listen to music that my father listened to. I can still remember singing along with him to songs like , Ladies Night, Celebration, Get Down On It, Joanna, Right Here Waiting For You, Hotel California, Lies and many more.

Well those were certainly memories that will never be forgotten 🙂

Fast forward 14 years later. Now my dad listens to music I listen too and its so cute to see him sing along to the likes of Pitbull, Akon, beyonce,  and many more. Talk about role reversal 🙂

Anyways, time spent will be remembered always and never forgotten…

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I completed a 6.3 km run today and was dead tired. Even though it was so hot, I am glad I finished it. Could have sworn at one point I was gonna give up cause I felt as if I was on the verge of an asthma attack but managed to complete the entire thing without ending up being carted away in an ambulance :P….

I shall pat myself on the back  for that.

Anyways after resting, I felt bored and remembered one of my facebook notes and decided to play this game again:-

RULES:

1. Place Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Have Fun!

1. IF SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY?
Switch-Will Smith

2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Everyday People- Joan Jett

3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
One night- Jay Sean

4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Summertime- Herby Hancock

5. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Sugar-Florider

6. WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
Pokerface-Lady Gaga

7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Crank that Soulja Boy- Soulja Boy

8. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Smack That- Akon

9. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Fire Burning – Sean Kingston

10. WHAT IS 2 + 2?
Obsession- Frankie J

11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Ready or not-Fugees
12. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
I know u want me -Pitbull

13. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Sexy Lady-Shaggy

14. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Sexy Boy- Hard Kaur

15. WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Dangerous- Akon

16. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
True to your heart-Stevie wonder & 98 degrees

17. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Right round-Flo-Rider

18. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
It wasn’t me- Shaggy

19. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Get down on it- Kool & The Gang

20. WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW
Its my life- Bon Jovi

21. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
We are the world-Various Artist

I always have fun doing this, cause it never fails to crack me up how much some of the answers fit the questions. So if you are bored and want to have some fun… Go ahead. You may be surprised by your own playlist 😛

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So the mad debacle between my landlady and I has exacerbated to a cliff hanging point, which I feel can either roll nicely into a peaceful ending OR a raging war. All the more reason I should distract myself with a few happy silly thoughts and my favorite boppity music (I’m convinced I’m Yours by Mraz can cure just about any mood ailment in the book).
It’s quite curious how there are a few special things in life that can suddenly spring on you a burst of big smiles and laughter. They don’t even have to be extravagant like bungee jumping off a bridge or travelling the world in 80 days. Just something as simple as eating a bar of scrumptious dark chocolate, or listening to some boppity Mraz, maybe running through sprinklers in the middle of the night, or heaven forbid, picturing hairy men in nothing but bright pink speedo nut huggers!! Everyone’s got that little special thing that just gets them going. I’m not sure how it works, and it’s even tough to put in words the funk that creeps up on you when you do that special thing. Suddenly, it’s almost impossible to crease that forehead into a frown. Unwillingly, reluctantly, a smile creeps its way across your face… and before you know it you’ve burst out laughing and doing the happy dance… okay, maybe the happy dance is just a personal quirk of mine, but you know what I’m getting at!

I’m gonna snitch off Colbie Caillet’s lyrics simply because she’s got the feeling down in her song:
“It starts in my toes
and I crinkle my nose
where ever it goes I always know
that you make me smile
please stay for a while now
just take your time
where ever you go”

I hope you’re all out there enjoying YOUR special thing, whatever it might be! No room for embarrassment here, who’s going to know?! … besides, your happiness and sanity are at stake here!

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