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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Karl and I held a wedding dinner in Singapore.

So far, I only have one picture... and it's of me, even though you can see Karl's shoulder to my right. It's quite funny, really if you think about it. You can see how tall he really is, and I was in HEELS! It was taken with a cameraphone so not much resolution there.


. // prawninator | 13:38 + ~

Monday, May 28, 2007

Turns out that I've got a lot to get used to in this "semi-arid desert in the middle of a valley" city. It's really warm during the day and can reach temperatures of 35°C (95°F), but it gets so bloody cold during the night, to temperatures of 4°C (40°F).

At least we're going to float the river next weekend. Or that's what Karl and Leeland have been talking about. Which means that I need to get a swimsuit because I:

#1. Do not have one here
#2. Did not pack one there

I'm such a genius, aren't I? Speaking of not packing things, I realized that there are so many other things I haven't packed. Such as my lip balm which is still sitting calmly atop my piano (and will do so for the next three months) and my phone charger. I bought one (or rather KARL bought one) and it doesn't work. I see the little LED light flickering, but no life on my phone. Maybe I should just buy another battery.

Yeah, I'm totally unprepared this time.

But I did bring about 20kg worth of clothing. I don't even know how I managed that. And that's just on my main suitcase! I have another one that's stuffed full with SHOES! Those I intend to leave here and not bring back any time soon... Gosh..

I think I'll just go play some Kingdom of Loathing. What, World of Warcraft? Fuck that. KoL is FREE OF CHARGE (spoken like a true Singaporean, Perlin!). Yeah I know, I can say that about World of Warcraft now, but heavens know I'll be back like a little puppy.

It's Sunday. Karl's at work, and has been working the entire weekend, which means I get the entire Wiikend to myself! Woo hoo! I'm now "Pro" at WiiSports Tennis and getting there at WiiSports Bowling. I've also completed Warioware: Smooth Moves! I'm on a roll.

Update later. Wii now.

. // prawninator | 02:44 + ~

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Yeah, we got ourselves a Wii! So far we have WiiPlay, WiiSports and WarioWare: Smooth Moves for it. WarioWare Smooth Moves remains my favorite thus far. I intend to get Cooking Mama and trauma center for it, but Karl wasn't too keen. Buh. Maybe I can try to find a used copy of Cooking Mama. :P

The thing about us getting a Wii was kinda funny in itself. We were in Best Buy looking for a charger for my phone, when I started playing Guitar Hero on the display. Then we both browsed the Wii game selection, and on a whim, asked one of the attendants if they had any. They didn't, but told us that Target has theirs in Sunday. So since it was Sunday, we drove to Target. But they never got the shipment of the day, instead telling us that MAYBE Fred Meyers may have one or two.

Next, we went to a small store called Game Crazy, and they didn't have it either, but hinted that Fred Meyers may have it. So off we drove to Fred Meyers. It was a quest to find a Wii now, and so far all we got were NPC's telling us that MAYBE Fred Meyers could have a set. On the way to Fred Meyers, we decided to stop across the road at Hastings just to try our luck, and lo and behold; we found ourselves not just ONE Wii, but FIVE. In the ENTIRE CITY, Hastings has FIVE of those m*****f***ers.

Needless to say we didn't even make it to Fred Meyers. We bought the Wii, WarioWare (used, but still good!), WiiSports and WiiPlay, along with another Wiimote. Then we headed back to GameCrazy where we bought another nunchuck, also telling them where we got the Wii. Fun times, fun times.

Quest Completed.

Now I occupy myself with swinging my arms about wildly and having a ball of a time. And you'd think that years of Para Para Paradise "training" would have helped... nooooooo.

I suck at tennis.

. // prawninator | 03:48 + ~

Monday, May 21, 2007

Just wanted to let you know that I'm safe and sound in Boise, Idaho!

And truly, nothing really escapes God's power.

You see, when Karl and I bought our plane tickets to Idaho from Singapore, we were not-so-pleasantly surprised to find out that we were going to have a TEN HOUR layover in San Francisco. So we thought, hey. Maybe we could just take a speed tour of the city. I mean, neither of us have been to San Francisco before, so we thought this might be a good chance. Little did we know that the ten hour layover would work in our favour later in the day.

It all started at 4:45am when Karl and I reached the airport, ready to check-in for our flight to Hong Kong. Milling around a little bit, we saw that our flight had been CANCELLED! Apparently, lightning had struck the plane and it had to make an emergency landing in Macau on the way to Hong Kong from Chicago for repairs. The two of us panicked. Well, I panicked but I just started praying silently and we walked up to the counter to ask for help in re-routing. After standing in line (and playing Uno at the counter, imagine that.. haha gamers) for about an hour or so, we were told that we would be re-routed to the same places. Hong Kong, and San Francisco, and were given a paper itinerary. We were so relieved.

We were also told that we got to take Singapore Airlines, and then Cathay Pacific to HK and San Fran respectively! Truly a blessing in disguise :) However, we were also told that the first flight would be at 11am. We looked at my watch, and it said 6am. We had to wait three hours before we can attempt to check in AGAIN. Remember our ten hour layover in San Francisco? Yeah, that worked out pretty well, so we chopped off four hours, so we had six left.

Armed with our paper itinerary, we walked from T1 to T2 where the SQ counter was to check-in. They asked us for our paper TICKETS, but since the itinerary were all we got from them, we just shrugged and said we didn't have it. Then we were told to go to the SIA office on the other side of the terminal. There, we were told to go BACK to T1 to obtain the paper tickets and then RETURN to T2 again to check-in. Now, we have about 50kg worth of luggage to lug around, and I hadn't had any sleep the night before in order to wake him up on time.. so I got frustrated. The lady at the SIA office counter compromised and had United (the airline we were flying with) to give them clearance for our tickets. Yay!

We got them, boarded, and flew to Hong Kong.

When we arrived at Hong Kong, the first thing we noticed was the horrible weather. It was stormy, rainy, windy, foggy; I didn't even see the runway until we actually touched down on it. Then we remembered why our flight was cancelled in the first place. Lightning storm near HK / Macau. I prayed that we would be kept safe from the weather, and after that boarding the plane, we had a pretty uneventful flight to San Francisco. Not even a single baby cried on the 12hr flight!

In San Francisco, we ran into a bit of trouble at customs. Well actually, I did. I didn't have a return ticket as I wanted to purchase one when I got here, and they wouldn't let me into the country on the Visa Waiver Program. I understood and had to spend some time explaining to them why I only had a one-way ticket. They told me I had to purchase a return ticket, and I agreed. But Karl didn't know I was in the Secondary Customs unit, and as my handphone was with him, I couldn't call him.. so one of the officers informed him of my situation. The whole thing turned out to be an ordeal I never want to go through again. The two of us were asked questions separately; he in the baggage claim area where I asked him to wait for me, me in the Secondary Customs unit. I was afraid that I'd be sent home immediately, so I started praying (and crying; I just really wanted to see him). We both told our story which mostly coincided.

They searched all our luggage, my laptop bag, everything. They even made me turn my laptop on and he checked through my files, I guess to see if I had any malicious intent. I also pulled up the MSN log that I keep of Karl and my conversations, so maybe that helped. Or that huge wallpaper of us when the computer starts up :P They also took my camera and slim planner for further scrutinization, together with the supervisor. I asked if I could make a phonecall to Karl, and was allowed to, so I did. My voice started cracking as I was tired and stressed, and he worried, but I told him that I'd be out in a bit.

After three and a half long hours, I was asked a few more questions and I could buy my ticket (USD1500! I'm broke now) back to Singapore. I gladly did so, was handed my passport and necessary documentation and I left the secondary office. Karl and I just both started crying in each other's arms before we headed out of baggage claim to our check-in.

Again! Remember the ten hour layover? Just sitting in the Secondary office alone took three something hours. Since I had six hours from the flight delay, I chopped off another four, leaving us two hours to check-in, eat, and get to our flight which was at 7pm. We checked in, grabbed a bite, and got to our flight just in time.

The ten hour layover was a blessing in disguise, truly!

So yeah, that's the story. :)

We got here safely, we're okay now! A little cold here compared to Singapore (8°C!!) but we're just relieved to be out of San Francisco. :)

Oh, and we just bought a Wii.


Yes, it's 7:30am...

. // prawninator | 07:32 + ~

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I'm just really, really sorry.

That's all I can really say. I understand that I made several mistakes and that nothing I can do or say can make things better. But please, just know that I didn't want to do anything to intentionally jeopardize your relationship with your clients, let alone your relationship with me.

I'm just really sorry. I wish I could say that I won't do it again, but since I'm no longer under your employ, I can't. I'm just really, really sorry. Please try to understand that I was trying to re-organise myself, and my time, with all the wedding planning and the cases you kept coming in, and the handing over... I misunderstood several of your instructions in the confusion and I realize that it's my mistake and no one else's. It was wrong of me to place the blame on everyone else except myself, but I was confused and stressed and I didn't mean to have it spill over to you. Now when my head is slightly cleared I understand.

They say that words can't really hurt a person, but what you said and what you wanted me to do really hurt me deeply. It made me cry when we hung up the line, but I never told you. I couldn't tell you. You may think that they are crocodile tears and I understand fully if you do think that way, but believe me, they are not. I don't even know how to face you anymore.

I wanted to drop by the office earlier today, but I lacked the courage. I didn't know what to say or do if I should have went down. I didn't know how I could show my face to you, honestly. I'm just really sorry.

I really am.

I just hope you can forgive me.

I'm sorry..

. // prawninator | 03:00 + ~

Saturday, May 12, 2007

It's funny... how the past catches up with you sometimes.

Early last year, I bumped into Nathaniel Ho, a primary school (and sorta secondary school) friend at Suntec while going to meet a friend, I gave him my number and he never called, but I spotted him on Friendster and decided to add him. We had been talking about World of Warcraft ever since, which is pretty damn cool, because Weiyi, try as I might, would not start playing, the sucker.

I sent Lin-Wei a "Where the heck are you now" SMS in July, and got a response! Yay! I didn't know she was back in Singapore from Australia, let alone still holding on to my number. We met up for dinner and just started talking as though we had done so throughout the entire time we were out of contact.

Back in August, after working in AIA for a few months, I bumped in to Geargina (you know, the tall, tanned girl in Alto). We exchanged numbers and ended up hanging a fair bit since then, though during the earlier part of being re-acquainted, neither one of us actually had the time until Christmas.

In October, on his birthday, I bumped into Jason just after sending him the first birthday SMS I had in years. I didn't think he'd still remember me, but he did. We've talked on the phone and via SMS for a bit, and he doesn't seem to have changed, with this friendly demeanour and everything. Though he's a lot skinnier and I've put on a lot more weight.

My brother joined DanceSport with Singapore Polytechnic, and through there, got to know some people from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic DanceSport people as well, one of whom is Kevin Boon's brother, Daren Boon. Another contact there, though a little hesitant. Daren's not as harsh though, but still doesn't know when to stop poking fun. Ouch.

Then suddenly Natalie Chen sends me a message a few days ago asking me to go to Walter's surprise birthday party, which so happens to fall on the same day as my wedding dinner. I mean, I haven't seen nor spoken to Natalie in almost seven years, and I was surprised she still had my number.

And then Mister Nat Ho decides to spill the beans on his blog that *I* was his geek friend who was getting married soon. Not that I minded at all. I shouldn't hide that fact, should I? :) Little did I know that other primary and secondary school friends of his (and mine) whom I had lost contact with read his blog as well. So I managed to find a way to contact Marianne, whom I had been trying to locate for a while too.

LiveJournal is a wonderful tool sometimes.

I guess maybe I'm leaving my past behind that I want so much to try and hang on to whatever shreds of memory of it I still have at this point. I understand that I was an eccentric kid then, and may still be eccentric now, but one thing is for sure; I want to thank everyone I've known; the people I love and the people I don't, all made me who I am today, so thank you.

Thank you ALL.

. // prawninator | 02:01 + ~

To whoever you are, wherever you are, I love you. I probably don't know you yet, but when I do, I'll know, and so will you. And you'll love me for who I am, as will I.

You might be living in my neighbourhood, or some other town or country far away. I don't know. And neither do you, at this point.

Wherever you are, I know I'll find you... if you don't find me first.

It's just a matter of time.

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