Friday, July 8, 2011

High Definition.

I got glasses.
I look like a nerd but it is just my personal opinion, thats all. I thought everyone would mock me for life but they said I look better in glasses, I don't know. Anyway, my eyesight's not that bad, but it isn't that great either. I thought I'd hate wearing them, but it wouldn't be much of a problem for me since I don't have to wear them all the time. So I put them on and yelled "Woah!" everything looked so clear. I saw the signboards, I saw the dirt on the signboards (long time since I was able to see those) it was like I got to see the world when I was little again. It was the coolest feeling. I actually didn't think my eyesight was that bad. I sort of got used to seeing things a little blury. But I can now see the menu in Subway too! That, I think is pretty cool but I had to wear it longer today to 'get used to it' as my dad told me. I have to admit, it wasn't very comfortable. Now I'm sitting on my bed, glassesless, telling you that wearing glasses is like watching a high definition television after years of watching an ordinary tele.
Today, I spent my time in my room (as usual) playing my guitar and singing (as usual) and recording (as usual) until my cable for my guitar finally gave in and had enough of my amateur-youtube-guitar-class guitar skills and just, stopped working. Every time I put my guitar down it works, and then when I pick it up it just stops working. I was planning to record Enchanted by Taylor Swift today because someone requested me to do it on YouTube (how awesome os that? someone actually requested it!) so I got to work and memorized the chords and everything. So we went out to get a new one. I also needed a black pen for drawing and lunch. Everyone was in a lazy mood and didn't want to get out of the house until it started to thunder. I could hear it come closer and closer, so we rushed out of the house in hopes of making it back before the storm. Turns out, it didn't even rain at all. Not a drop. But we got all the things we needed to get (my sister got her filling at the dentist, I got my pen and guitar cable, we all had lunch) done by about three and I went back to my room. I think my neighbors might be really annoyed that singing's basically all I do in the day time. I feel so sorry that they have to put up with that, but I have to put up with them chopping a dead animal into tiny pieces and hearing their bones crack as my wake-up call in the morning seems like a fair enough deal. I got the camera all set up and my microphone and my computer all ready. I was all ready to record a nice cover of the song Enchanted. Then, the camera died for no apparent reason, the computer had no sound, also for no apparent reason and half a day later, I decided to try again tomorrow. Thats the end of my recording session. I also have not checked my youtube video views. I decided that I didn't want to be obsessed with who's watching m video and who isn't so I made it a habit to only check on Tuesdays. I find that when I get bored and have the internet at my fingertips that's what I do.
I didn't do that today, so I read. Reading more makes my eyesight worse, so I've heard. My sister doesn't read and she has perfect vision. So as hard as this might be to comprehend, but not reading is actually healthy, in a way. I can't not read so I borrowed a new book from the library at the tuition centre called 'Jacky Dreamer'. At least, I think that's the title. I just started reading it and I already learnt that 'pottering' and 'puttering' mean the same thing except one is British and one is American. I realized that I putter a lot (doing a few things at once without concentrating on anything in particular), especially in the mornings when I get up early and not know what time it is but I know it is early enough that my mom isn't awake yet. I also learnt that I spell 'favourite' when I write and 'favorite' when I type.
After English class/tuition, I walked over to my favorite restaurant with my brother and mom: Subway! We had our usual veggie delight, one of the cheapest on the menu and a chocolate chip cookie. I really missed eating there. Penang and my grandmother's place doesn't have a single Subway. Maybe there is one or two, but I didn't see any.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


We went to Bukit Mertajam (is that how to spell it?... anyway...) for a talk and workshop my parent's will be speaking at called "Education is unlimited" But before that, we stopped by my grandmother's house... Here are some pictures:
 Dandelion days. Make a wish blow away. 

I find it fascinating the way the dandelion seeds float so gracefully with the wind... 

I had some free time so I went out to the garden and captured all the weeds that were growing in my grandmother's garden. They are just so beautiful aren't they?
This fly and butterfly even let me photograph them...

 Our favorite 'Chee Cheong Fun' store, it's a must-eat every time we visit :)

I love staring out the window on our way to my grandma's house because of all the mountains surrounding it. Lately the mountains are getting chopped up for their marble and it's just a very sad thing to see. All those beautiful, large mountains are now getting hard to find. So I'll take some pictures in my mind as well as on my camera so I won't forget it. 

 This was the talk on the first night we arrived... Needless to say, it is in chinese. So here we are all 'banana' chinese and my mom giving a talk in Mandrin. She did really well I think, I wouldn't know. I have the vocabulary of a kindergardener. 

The hosts of this event were so nice to book us hotel rooms for the night. The hotel is called My Hotel. Say it in a sentence; "I'm going to My Hotel now!" when they said it, I honestly believed they owned the place. 

 This is one of the activities on the second day workshop my sister and I participated in. Make sense out of no sense. Make sense? Basically I think it means when something doesn't seem to make sense, look at it in a way that will actually make sense instead of running around like a headless chicken. So we were supposed to write a story with a group of people and each of us writes one line each and folds the paper so the other person doesn't see it. It goes on and on until we reach the end and finally, we open the paper and read what it says. Most of the time it will end up hilarious! But in this case, we played with a bunch of adults still trying to find their inner child in them, they weren't quite there yet at the beginning. I think everyone has to inevitably grow up, there's no stopping it. But we don't have to only focus on work and no play and leave behind all our childhood. I think some people forget their childhood, the good and the bad but those experiences make us who we are now. And I think it's okay to still be a kid sometimes. We don't have to grow up and become completely different people. Innocence is precious. 
Back to the story... This is the sample story my sister and I did for the group. It's not even in English but it's still fun and even funnier!

Obviously it being a whole day workshop, I'm bound to get bored. So I got out the camera and just snapped pictures no end. These are a few that seemed blog-worthy enough. 

After a long day, we went to a café called May Way. If I'm not mistaken, it means beautiful taste when directly translated to English from Mandrin. It was a vegetarian café. I really loved the pictures they had on the walls and they're signboard telling you wether the shop is open or closed is made out of beans!

I had a fruit salad there. And I always find an unexpected funny face in the picture with me. Well, it used to be unexpected, but now it's getting pretty predictable. 

Immediately after that, (I'm getting tired just typing what we did this weekend!) we went off to Penang for a holiday. Finally, a more relaxing day. 

Once we got there, it started raining. There was lightning everywhere and it was freezing in the hotel room! The next morning, we went to the beach. It was still drizzling when we got out and each drop felt like ice cold water dripping on me, but we have to keep going if we want to build... Sand castles!!

 The lifeguard told us it had been sunny and hot until yesterday. Ironically the day we arrived. So swimming was also a freezing cold activity. I made a bubble bath for my brother and I since he has not had one before. My dad used to make it for my sister and I when we were really small and could still fit in a bucket. The bathtub was filled with nice warm water and it was like our own swimming pool, minus the freezing weather.

This was the beautiful view from our hotel room. I missed the sunset though...

We visited the toy museum which was conveniently outside the hotel.. Yup, some of the toys were HUGE!!

 Monster's Inc. I grew up watching this movie. I can't believe I used to be scared of some of the monsters in the film.

 Arian's favorite exhibit; Transformers. Everything Transformers, even the chess. To him nothing could be better than his two favorite things put together: Transformers and chess.

 And my favorite part.. All the pretty dolls with sparkly dresses and ballet slippers. I used do dream of having one of those when I was little.
It was a great holiday and we had a lot of fun. I had soooo so much more to write but the blog didn't save it and my dad turned off the internet.....