Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Everyday Minerals review


Recently I got some Everyday Minerals foundation samples - Golden Light, Golden Winged Butter and Olive Golden Medium, all in semi-matte. I've never tried minerals before so I wanted to see what all the hype was (and I didn't want to fork out $42.90 on a 5g tub of the Body Shop's Nature's Minerals).

Anyway I quite like them, they don't really sit on your skin but tint it instead. I think semi-matte's supposed to be the best formulation, but it makes me a frickin oil slick in no time, I know a lot of people who experienced that as well. Plus the coverage is super sheer, like what you get from a tinted moisturiser. (But I like it!) It definitely emphasises dryness but I'm still young so I don't care. As for the shades, I'm MAC NC25 and golden light is a little light, winged butter is a bit too yellow while golden medium is not yellow enough. So I'm trying to mix them up. I like the mixing part, it's kind of fun. XD
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I'm so sad that the holidays are ending soon! School starts next week! Omg! On Saturday I went to a friend's 21st. On Sunday I had a family dinner at International Seafood, it was like $40 a head but the food was so good, we had black pepper crabs, drunken prawns, beef (kind of stupid to order beef in a seafood place but hey), dou miao and fishmaw scallop soup. It made my tummy so blissful. :D You know, that dinner was supposed to be our post-exams celebration, except it kept being postponed. :P And that very night was the night our results were supposed to be out. Smart huh. If they'd postponed the dinner any longer, I wouldn't have had any dinner at all after the release of the results, if you get my drift. Haha!

And yesterday I went out for dinner at Suntec with some friends and shoot, it has changed quite a bit, so there's a higher tendency for me to get lost in that place. :(

I don't want the holidays to end. (And what's a holiday without a class outing?!)

Friday, December 26, 2008

メリクリ Meri Kuri!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The 2nd photo was my Christmas card this year, asofterworld-inspired. :P We didn't really celebrate Christmas, just a nice seafood dinner on Christmas Eve (buttered prawns!) and a Japanese lunch on Christmas day (cha-soba, breadcrumb-coated chicken steak, and a fusion miso soup with tonnes of stuff in it), and a log-cake for dessert. And fruitcake for breakfast. And since my dad was away till recently and my sisters hate cinnamon, I got to finish most of the cinnamon cookies. XD
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I went out with my old old friend Ming Li a couple of days ago and she gave me a bracelet, I love it! (:

Anyway, I've since finished reading the entire Stephanie Meyer series and I don't really feel like watching Twilight anymore since everyone tells me it's not very nice. (And Tracy has been secretly not wanting to watch it as well I'm sure!) The Twilight series is way too much of a romance for me, the 3rd and 4th books had me cringing and I totally pity that guy who's playing Edward Cullen. If he's still acting for the 3rd and 4th movies, I really pity him. Poor dude. I mean, the romance scenes are PG, but that kind of contributes to the cringe-worthiness as well.

Ok I'd better stop before I get beaten up by Edward Cullen fans. Bisou!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Quick Update

Sensei's early birthday celebration.
Prof Chua's birthday outing at Island Creamery. We got her a microphone-radio so she can pretend to sing karaoke while the music's playing. XD I like the teh-tarik ice-cream, and the apple pie ice-cream is the bestest!!! It's so far away though.Recently my violin started to sound funny and I was so worried that I'd damaged the sound post or something cos I'd forgotten to remove my shoulder rest and accidentally closed my case on it. Then I googled it and realised it's normal for buzzing sounds to occur in colder months cos of the contraction of the wood. Thank God! Replacing a sound post would cost hundreds of dollars, which I really can't afford right now.

Christmas is coming!!! :D And school will soon be starting ;_;

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Don't Mess My Holiday!

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2 new pairs of kitten heels.
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2 Bourjois blushes in Rose Ambre and Rose Frisson. Rose Ambre doesn't have shimmer but Rose Frisson does. The ones without shimmer are generally more pigmented. All of them have an old-fashioned powdery rose scent which lingers and might annoy some people but I like it. They don't cause any breakouts either so I love them. The brushes are absolute rubbish - I use my Bobbi Brown face blender brush instead. Apparently if you calculate the price by the gram, Bourjois blushes are more expensive than MAC's, but MAC's smell very cosmeticy and they have a tendency to cause breakouts, so it's Bourjois for me.
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Swatches - Rose Ambre, Rose Frisson.
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Stuff from The Face Shop I got at 5% off with my friend's card - Lavender Fine Foam facial cleanser and Green Tea massage gel. I really like the lavender scent, it's so relaxing. Haven't tried the green tea yet, it's supposed to be really good.

Tag - Once you’ve been tagged, you have to write a blog with sixteen random things, facts, habits or goals about you. at the end choose ten people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them. don’t forget to leave them a comment (“you’re it”) and to read your blog. you can’t tag the person who tagged you.

1. I really love avocado milkshake.
2. I can do a split.
3. I can't eat really spicy stuff, like chilli.
4. I have an addiction to caffeine.
5. Because I need 9 hours of sleep to feel truly rested and I get about 6 when there's school.
6. I have serious trouble swallowing pills or capsules so I hate taking vitamins though I know they're good for me.
7. I enjoy forcing myself to do things I don't like to do.
8. Like daring myself to squash a cockcroach.
9. But I can't smack mosquitoes with my bare hands, I always have to use a magazine to smack insects or bugs.
10. I don't like talkative people because they interrupt the voice inside my head. XD
11. I don't really like using the Internet.
12. I don't really like using Facebook.
13. I don't like going on IM either. XD
14. So I can't fathom why I actually have a blog.
15. A lot of people are curious as to what I do and why I'm so busy.
16. But there are so many things I don't quite know how to begin! I can only say I'm not one of those people who bum out in front of the TV and get fat on weekends.

I'm kind of tired, I've been going out and the shopping scene is getting quite boring, though there are many tempting things which I must resist!! My head is also getting quite tired with imagining the magnitude of aleph-umptyplexes and stuff. My tummy is also recovering from a birthday dinner I had the other day, a 4 course thing with extra birthday cake after dessert.

Gosh I can't take so much food really, and people keep asking me out to buffets for which I have to keep thinking of reasons to politely decline because they don't increase my utility in the least. If there's such a thing as a negative marginal utility, that's what I'd get from buffets.

The weather's been so delightfully cold recently that I keep wearing my white sweater with the funky double zippers around even though this is like, a tropical country. I'll take a photo of it soon. XD

Friday, December 12, 2008

Britney on How I Met Your Mother


I love Britney! I'm totally getting her new album.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I hate STARS

I hate this whole registration thing, I'm so depressed!!! Thanks to Huiyi for telling me about autoclick but sadly it's no use because nobody's dropping anything.

You know, I'm seriously thinking about offering $$ in exchange for the risk module cos there's a 25% project in it, but I'll think about it when I'm less depressed.

(And the 25% project is on some sort of IT thing I think, which you have to do on an actual company, which would be such a nightmare I think cos I'm so bad at that, and I don't want bitchy people to give me lousy group participation marks, like this group I was in in Sem 1 Yr 1 - they thought I didn't know but I totally know cos I compared my grades with my friend who was supposed to get totally the same as I did but we didn't cos I got pulled down by participation.)

My tax is off as well (I got my feelings cheated cos they told me they'd be choosing 87 but then they ended up in 84 with everyone else, but my friend tells me 87 has a great tutor so it was quite difficult to get 87, and I don't really care cos I don't think there's a project for tax).

Good Lord I hope a miracle happens during add-drop, like this semester when I switched classes into the other class with the extremely amusing prof-cum-author of 1029121090 textbooks.

Monday, December 8, 2008

JLPT's over!

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JLPT's over! Yay! I was quite stressed over it cos my Friday classmates are really good in Japanese but when I met my Thursday classmates they were as stressed out as I was and one of my friends had failed all her mock tests, lol!

It turns out that everyone thought this year's test was difficult so it's good cos even if it was easy I wouldn't fare that well either. :P
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After that we went to have a huge lunch and watched Bolt! It's a super cute movie and I really wanted a dog after that. I want a maltese so bad!

We went shopping and talked till most of the shops were closed. The Christmas decorations in town this year aren't that great, maybe because of the economy. There weren't enough lights so it wasn't very dazzling at all.
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Some stuff I got from the Gramercy sale. I really like the rosin, it's so pretty, like hard candy! It's like $16 a piece though, and that's after discount. The pouch is so pretty as well! (I forgot to remove the sticker.) I want to get a smaller phone so I can use it as a handphone pouch. ^^

Ok I gotta go meet my friend, ciao!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Yogurt Mask

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I really wanted to get the very cute Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel and Pack and the Skinfood Yogurt Wash Off Masks (they have it in banana, kiwi, and papaya), but they didn't get good reviews, so I bought a cup of plain yogurt to curb my spending!
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I bought low-fat, but apparently full-fat is the best. The lactic acid in yogurt helps to exfoliate, plus it's pretty moisturising! The consistency of this yogurt is pretty dense and not drippy at all, and I only need a flat tablespoon of it each time. After smearing it on, it dries in about 15 minutes and then you can wash it off. I tried mixing in crushed aspirin (like the aspirin mask), leaving it on, then wetting and scrubbing it off. Works better than honey I think, cos honey is really drippy. Plus you get both the benefits of salicylic acid and lactic acid. Best thing is, a cup of yogurt is only $2.15! :D
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I also noticed that this brand comes from Parmalat! We had a case study on Parmalat once. Cool!

Anyway I am back in hall. It's so peaceful when all the noisy people are gone. I'm not eating any of the disgusting food, so I'll be cooking! Yay! Well I'd better be off to study my 25+ chapters of Japanese now...

Friday, November 28, 2008

MAC Hello Kitty and K-palette eyeliner review!

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Recently I bought this!
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K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner "1 Day Tattoo". It was the limited edition pink version, so I really had to get it, despite the economic doom and gloom I'm living in now. There's only 1 colour - jet black. It apparently "helps draw incredibly delicate lines and effectively ensures long hold". And yeah it does! And I love the tiny micro-fibre brush cos it draws such fine lines - and as they say at the back of the box - "ease of drawing could get you addicted". Hmm. The most amazing thing is that it doesn't smear or smudge, but washes off easily with a bit of rubbng in warm water! (Even lukewarm. Yes, I've tried. The Japanese words claim it's waterproof but I don't think you can really call it that.) However the colour isn't that strong (that's fine with me), but it can be layered, so you could draw like twice on the same area. And something that mystifies me is that it doesn't have the twisty clicky thing at the back of the pen (for you to dispense more product) so I can't figure out how the ink comes out. I have only been using it for a couple of days so I really hope it doesn't just dry up or something.

Anyway, this morning I was reading Urban and in that FashHag column she was referring to the Hello Kitty collection for MAC! (Like, duh!) I'm so looking forward to it! I must really start saving for March.

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The colours look a bit too hot pink, but I was thinking of getting the brush set cos I really want to try out the duo-fibre stippling brush! (I know MAC brush sets are factory made but I literally can't afford to care because there's no way I could spend on the full-sized version.)

Anyway, my tablet is away at the repair centre but when it returns I'm taking it and going back to hall to hole up and study for JLPT on 7 Dec. I'm like 35 lessons behind, can you believe it?!

And my dear Tracy is away in Osaka. Call me when you return!!! There's a Shiseido sale next Tuesday and I need you to go with me! (There's Ettusais as well!)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Haircut!

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My new hair! (:
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Before.

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After!


Apparently I changed the most. Shumin and Su Hui ended up having the same kind of hair! And my hair took 1 hour while theirs was like half an hour only? But hairdressers always take a long time on my hair so it's normal. :P

We went to Chapter 2 at Bugis. The guy who did my hair was nice and chatty, and he really cut my hair in detail. (Cos my hair is so thick!) I didn't get his name though. The only thing that bothered me was when he asked me if I was going on holiday, and I was like, "Not in this kind of economy" and he was like, "Oh, but you can go to places nearby, like Thailand or Indonesia" and I was thinking inwardly, WHAT?! Good Lord, he has obviously not been reading the papers. I don't even dare to go to Malaysia now, no matter how cheap SkinFood and Majolica Majorca and Rimmel are over the causeway! Plus the economy is so bad, my mom almost got mugged by a desperate Malay dude.

I am also getting poorer and poorer. I'm going private for my violin lessons so they're more expensive now. ;_; And my dad has cut my "leisure allowance". My dear mother is still kind enough to pay for my Japanese and violin lessons but I think by the time I turn 21 I should become financially independent so I'd better start saving now. ;_; No more spending sprees!!! Especially when I intend to take piano dip lessons in Year 3 Sem 1 and they cost more than I earn in a month.

Omg I'm stressed.

So anyway we bought a very nice present for my dear Prof Chua and I wrapped it like this!
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Whee!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Zahada Hints and Tips

I realised a lot of people have been coming here looking for Zahada hints, so here you go! (Hints are in white so you have to highlight underneath the bulleted level)

  • Level 1
    You know how it works, right? The answer is a URL.

  • Level 2
    It's a palindrome.
    "I can be black, blue, grey, green and brown as well."

  • Level 3
    Look at the title of the page.

  • Level 4
    Rhymes with duck.

  • Level 5
    Look at the title for an additional clue.
    The most important phrase is "Get in line!"

  • Level 6
    Highlight the hidden text.

  • Level 7
    Save the picture, and zoom in on it closely.

  • Level 8
    "Stationary".
  • Level 9
    Hover your mouse over the last image. (Or view source.)
  • Level 10
    View source. Look at the title. You should get enough clues to do some arithmetic.
  • Level 11
    View source. You need binary knowledge for this. Go google binary addition or something. I had a hard time too. The answer is in numbers.
  • Level 12
    View source. Scrutinize it!
  • Level 13
    Look at the title. Use Google! It's not the obvious answer - there's another name for it! ^^
  • Level 14
    View source for the clue, and unscramble it. The title gives a hint.
  • Level 15
    The Os are familiar huh. Check out the phrase.
  • Level 16
    Hint 1: Look at the bold alphabets. And the title - why 51? (:

    Hint 2: Think chemistry.
  • Level 17
    Look at the title and say it real fast. Then the picture will be an obvious clue. (:
  • Level 18
    Look at the image in the title!
  • Level 19
    Hint 1: It's a frickin' pattern. It might help to read out each line verbally.

    Hint 2: Look at the number of Zs in each number. Then the number of ones. Count them.
  • Level 20
    Look at the picture! It's not arithmetic, but rather in a graphic sense. (: Which language/country does the picture imply?
  • Level 21
    Google ditloid if you don't know what it means. Solve the ditloid.
    The title is a clue, as well as the highlighted Y and italicised "searching".

  • Level 22
    Add this one up - each cube has 3 sides that you can't see.
  • Level 23
    This is really tedious. You need a letter from the answers of each level. To check if your answer is correct, it's got something to do with the picture.
  • Level 24
    Hint 1:This is annoying for people who didn't learn it in school. If you did, you'll realise the letters are a mnemonic.

    Hint 2: The mnemonic is ROYGBIV. Google it if you didn't learn it in school.
  • Level 25
    It's a pattern. Type it out.
  • Level 26
    If you have no idea what those words are, google them to find out. You should get a graphic representation of alphabets.
  • Level 27
    There are 9 logos. Something used to be 9 but is now 8. Which is the one that no longer counts? (Sciency!)
  • Level 28
    Hint 1: Each picture represents a letter. Each line is hence a word, and each word spells out a number. So you'll get 4 numbers.

    Hint 2: Use the numbers in alphabet code to get a 4 letter-word answer.
  • Level 29
    The riddle is a homophone. The answer is the spelling of the red highlighted phrase.
  • Level 30
    The main clue is the title. Solve the bunch of homophones. Each line is a homophone.
  • Level 31
    Superimpose the 2 triangles together. The italicised word is a clue to the superimposed image you get. You'll need Google.
  • Level 32
    Notice the little arrows in each alphabet, but they go in opposite directions (i.e. for the D in Down, the arrow points up.) So reverse all the clues you get. You'll get a funny word, so Google it! (:
  • Level 33
    Use your calculator to add it up! It spells a word.
  • Level 34
    Enlarge the picture, print it out, do some cutting and pasting to make a 3D figure. It's a pain and I haven't done it. I refuse to get the answer online so I think I'll be permanently stuck here. So here's the end!!!

Feel free to leave a comment for help if you need more elaboration, I'll reply asap. (: I doubt I'll continue though, it was fun during my exam period when I was bored but now I've got plenty more fun things to occupy my time!! Whee!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

L'exams est fini! Review: Bourjois Apricot Complexion Enhancer

My exams are finally over! We (Prof Chua, Su Hui and Jol) went out yesterday for karaoke. Me and Jol's 2nd time only. Haha! And I am like the owner of a Kbox membership card? That's so amazing!

Anyway I got 2 things recently. During the exam period I tend to spend more; it de-stresses me.
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Bourjois Apricot Complexion Enhancer and Dr Jart Silver Rejuvenating BB cream sample tube. (Will do the Dr Jart next time!)

Embelliseur de Teint Abricot is a beauty gel and it's listed under MUA as a tinted moisturiser. I decided to get it after reading all the great reviews (MUA is what I'm on all the time when I'm supposed to be studying)!

It gives a luminous and natural colour - "Un teint lumineux et naturel" which warms up yellow undertones in Asian skin. It smells really great, something rosey and a little fruity at the same time. The tube is kinda small though, only 20 ml, and it's not a moisturiser really, but rather a color corrector-ish thing. It's not as easy to blend as I'd like, but it's manageable and I love how it doesn't leave a nasty sheen and looks totally natural and controls oil well! It looks a scary orange (almost neon! It's way brighter than the swatch) coming out of the tube, but it blends in. It's just a corrector so it doesn't give coverage but rather warms up the skintone and makes you look healthier and glowy!
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There are 3 other colors as well, including a green color corrector (not shown). It's only shown on the Bourjois France website, not the UK or US ones, so I think we're so lucky that it's available in Singapore! The Bourjois collection in Singapore is really very complete! (Some drugstores only carry certain stuff, but the big department stores stock everything.)
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There's the Rose Fraiche, the secret to a luminous visage - "Le secret d'un visage lumineux", and the Petit Dessert Du Teint, a caramel colour for the natural bronzer look I suppose. I want the rose one!

I like the flat, compact tube - reminds me of my BB cream tubes! Anyway I think I'll be doing another review on BB creams cos my previous review was a little unqualified - I've grown fairer by 2 tones I think (by sunscreen alone!) and I'll be trying them again. Bought new ones too. ^^

I've got a busy week of leisure ahead! Go me!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Things to look forward to...

... after my exams end on Friday!!!
  1. Beethoven 9 Concert
  2. Cutting hair with SM and SH
  3. Hit 47kg (if you don't know, I'm far away from that...)
  4. Practise violin!!!
  5. Practise piano!!!!!
  6. Study for JLPT!!!!!!
  7. Go shopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Class outing (???)

Ok I'm so psyched... for the holidays! Totally un-psyched for tomorrow. GRRRRR.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Howling Fantods

After 6 weeks, I've finally finished this: Infinite Jest, a 4-inch thick ALL-TIME 100 novel. It's super funny and hilarious. GO READ IT YO.

On a sadder note, I just realised that the author had actually committed suicide about a couple of weeks before I borrowed the book. That's really scary but not really unexpected because from the book, you can tell that though it's funny, it's a kind of depressing humour. "Dark wit", as they say. And scary squeaky wheel-chaired assasins. (Haha). And a PGOAT (prettiest girl of all time). And the Union for the Hideously and Improbably Deformed who wear veils around all the time. (HAHA!)

Oh man. It's seriously a great book.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pokie

I fell asleep on my desk today and was like re-arranging my arms trying to find a nice position to rest my big head for a long time and now I realise I have 2 humongous bruises on both my elbows. I put my elbows on the desk to write and it really really hurts. ;_; Are my elbows really that sharp?! Having big bones sucks. Sometimes when I do splits I get bruises on my knees as well.

OUCHHHH. I have 2 papers tomorrow, a combination of 5.5 hours of pressure on my ouchy elbows. Help. ;_;

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Bath Day!

I wish I could go for this but I have exams on 20th and 21st. ;_; I never ever get the chance to go for sales cos they're either on weekends (when I'm super busy with piano and violin) or around the exam period, or before quizzes/presentations. Anyway, I realised Happy Bath Day's in here! NEWS has a new single called "Happy Birthday" and it's the theme song for the Kose Happy Bath Day commercial. ^^

On a brighter note, I am going to enjoy myself at M Hotel's crab buffet after the exams. Hurray!!! :D

[insert rant]I would just like to complain to whoever's reading this now that I am perspiring like crazy and being baked in my very own room in hall because my room-mate (who is perfectly healthy and not suffering from a cold which would thus render her cold and impervious to heat) insists on having the fan at level 1, which is freaking slow, it barely skims the solidity of 91% humid air in here. And even now (2.35pm, supremely hot) she wears a jacket to cover herself from God knows what. Perhaps she came from even hotter climes, thus 31 degrees Celcius is considerably cool for her. -faints-

Do you know, when I'm not in, she doesn't even switch the bloody fan on? And usually I switch it on full blast at level 3 so I suppose it's a reasonable compromise. O_o Then again, heat aside, it's so bloody stuffy when there's limited airflow in the room!!! I feel like fainting and I'm so warm and sleepy I can't study at all. It reminds me of how my old discipline master insists we lower the fan-speed down to level 2 from level 6 whenever we had Civics back in high school. ;_; Good old Kiw. ARGHHHHHHHHHH.

Seriously I'm a little worried for her. Is there something wrong with her body temperature or what?!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Zahada

Omg today's excel test was a killer (for me at least). ;_; But I just realised that Obama won the election! Haha. Kind of cut off from the news in this rural place.

Anyway Zahada is so much fun!!!!! It's a super geeky and cool and addictive game!!!!! I don't know why, but somehow during IT class we'll just be playing stuff like that. :P I'm at level 23 34 now!!!!! But I think I'm gonna take a rest, I really should like study or something since I totally flopped today's test. ;_; It's so fun, I think I might write my own clues or something after the exams are over cos the clues out there are quite... ahem. Anyway I know some people have like amazing willpower and they won't touch stuff like that during exam time, unlike poor little me here. Bleahh. So I can like pave the way and give the hints. -_-U

Ok off to a 1-hour-long shower, ta!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rainy daze

Yay, my presentations are over, my listening test is over, all I have left is the excel test tomorrow and an oral test on Friday.

And I'm trying desperately to master Excel without any hands-on at all cos they're testing in 2007 while mine's in 2003 and all the examples they give, I can't open. ;_; Blah it's only 7.5% anyway. (I think).
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Thanks PS for the present! :D

My mom just asked me if my exams were over by Nov 16 cos we're going out for dinner and I'm like, no they're still on but I can go for the food!!! :D Yay!

So in case you haven't noticed, I haven't got much of a life these days. :P

Thursday, October 30, 2008

xkcd

Exams are in 2 weeks' time, there are 2 presentations next week and I have just rediscovered xkcd.com! XD












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