Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Exhausted!

That's all the words I can muster for now. *sobs*

Sunday, November 25, 2007

So very random...

It's been two weeks since I last posted any pics of yummies... so here's one just cause randomness flourishes right here at my blog. XD

Ed: I know la... your pics will (in the near future perhaps?) beat mine hands down.. but if you're not going to post them.. they don't count. lolx~

And Christmas is here at Myers.. Not since The Grinch has anything so unpretty been set up on their window display. Though I have to admit.. the background colours are very striking~

Doesn't the above thingamabob remind you of Arab Malaysia Bank's camel mascot?

I think it's supposed to be a wild boar? But you're welcome to your own guesses.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Bruised Knees

I didn't choose the how
Didn't realise the when
Yet somehow along the way
I fell

And now...

Now it's too late
to turn the clock back

My knees are bruised
My hands bloodied
My mind's a mess
My heart hurts

I don't know if I have
the courage to let go
the will to move on
the strength to forget

My knees are bruised
I've fallen hard

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Breaking News From KC

Thanks Nats for highlighting this to me~

High Court Rejects Old Girls' Appeal; Kuen Cheng Girls' High Can Now Accept Boys

Looks like the *pink* walls will need to be repainted. Lolx~

For the whole story, click here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Proper Thesis-Related Update

I should clarify the comment I made on the last post - I don't like the current blogskin when I'm viewing it on my laptop cause my screen's only 13" wide... hence the layout looks really squeezed and messy (by now it should become clear to you why gin|gin's layout is always so tiny. lolx~).

However, when I'm reading/updating this blog in Ballieu Library's 19" screen.. the layout doesn't appear so bad. So to eermm.. not waste any more precious time with Adobe, I shall do my utter most to update The Malaysian Diaspora from Uni. Sounds like a good and effective plan, no?

So here goes. And mind you it's a pretty lengthy post so I hope you're ready to be bored entertained. XD

After months of reading and (some) writing and trashing out my ideas back and forth with my supervisor (hereafter to be referred to by the enigma 'S'. lolx~), my thesis is finally starting to come together - to the point where I've finally got the all-important research questions pinned down.

There are many reasons why a thesis can't proceed without research questions, the most obvious being the Qs are core to justifying my three-year holiday PhD candidature. XD And once I've got the Qs clearly defined, I can then proceed to the other important elements of a thesis - formulating methodology, finalising research subjects and of course, more writing.

Since I'm on a roll here I'll just quickly list a few Qs. But first, a word of warning: Do not, and I repeat, do not attempt to answer them in the comment section. The Qs are here so you can understand my thesis better - if you gave me a good answer I might end up *cough* ripping off *cough* your comments. In other words, I would be guilty of plagiarism.. and that is veeery not good.

Instead, you are (strongly) encouraged to whisper your thoughts into my ear - so long as there's no B&W paper-trail.. we're both safe. XD

So here goes:

▪ If ethnic newspapers are almost always exclusively dependent on their respective ethnic group for financial survival, is the Malaysian press therefore, inherently "racist"?

▪ How are other racial groups represented in the mainstream?

▪ Has the Internet transformed traditional forms of journalistic practices, particular that of mainstream newspapers?

▪ Do new media contribute to multiculturalism or does it further alienate the relationship among Malaysia's different ethnic groups?

As mentioned, now that my Qs are finally defined, the next step is to sort out methodology, particularly my research subjects. Right now, the plan is to execute a discourse analysis of the media coverage surrounding Na**wee's provocative YouTube clip, and also, to interview 4-6 groups of High School students and maybe, a handful of media professionals like newspaper editors and (hopefully!) Yasmin Ahmad and (very hopefully!!) Dr. M. I'm thinking to also interview a politician or two - but that's not definite since I really don't want things to get political. I still want to interview Dr. M though - I mean, like duh, who wouldn't given the opportunity? =D

Anyways, while I don't think I'll have problems with my analysis, I wish I could say the same about the people part. I'm pretty sure there will be lots and lots of administrative tape to get around to interview sec. school students - but I'm hoping to clarify exactly how much during my "preliminary" field trip in Jan08. As for the adults.. well... there's going to be letters to write for permissions.. organising a date and time - which incidentally, won't be taking place till Dec08 cause I can't do my interviews til after I'm confirmed (in July08) and after I've applied for Ethnics Approval (maybe in March08?).

Yes, everything is like ages away.. but it's always better to plan early - particularly the sec. students part... cause if it doesn't work out, I'll need to rethink my research subjects. And it is difficult when you're not physically in Msia.

Okay~~ I think I've said plenty and plenty, and hopefully you're still with me. Lolx~ If you have any suggestions, ideas etc, do throw them at me. In the meantime, it's more lit review writing for me.

Oooh.. and as an afterthought, now that I've learned Brush.. do you suppose it'd be ok to have a nice (coloured) background? Any picture preference?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Eer.. Update?

I've been busy... doing many other things that aren't quite related to my thesis. Chiefly among them updating my other sites. Hence the lack of updates for this one. Lolx.

But real news will come soon. Though you might want to bet on seeing a new layout first.

I warned you once, didn't I? That I can't update unless I like the blogskin I'm using. And the one I'm using now... I really don't like. >.<

Saturday, November 17, 2007

My Kaede Chan

You were pre-warned --> My Kaede Chan

And yes, I should have spent the time writing my thesis. Now I'm behind schedule and there's no one to blame but myself.

>.<

I promise to hit the books right after I post this update.

And uh... by the way, the next site scheduled for a revamp... hopefully before the end of 2007... is The Malaysian Diaspora.

Yeah, I really ought to have learnt my lessons by now. XD

Friday, November 16, 2007

Brushes

Woohoo~ Happy hearts~! ♥

Despite having used Adobe Photoshop for years and years~~ I've only just recently discovered the wonders of BRUSH. Which is kinda pathetic, not that I'm going to let that get to me.. in fact, I'm going to exploit this little tool~

Yeah.. you guessed right: I'm in the midst of designing a new layout.. ^o^

Watch this space for news~

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Disparities

To survive Melbourne's weather, one must always be prepared for the unexpected. Not only is the change of seasons inconsistent - but the day-to-day weather can also be utterly unpredictable.

Monday. 12 November 2007. 7.34pm

Wednesday. 14 November 2007. 10.03am

Huh.. no need to go Genting for misty cloudy skies~ If this was an ad, you can forget your American Express - you won't want to leave home without your coat and sunnies~!

And here's a blahness to end the post: isn't the following the happiest picture you've ever seen? XD

Sunday, November 11, 2007

More Pie~!

Hooray! An unburnt apple crumble pie~!

Even though I promised to show you the whole pie if my second baking attempt was successful, the crust-only photo looked really plain and unappetising. So in the end, it's another cropped shot for your (drooling) pleasure~ Careful not to fire your keyboard! ^o^

On another matter, I recently discovered this quaint little Korean convenience shop that sells lots of Asian foodies, especially Korean/Japanese instant noodles and snacks. On a whim, I bought myself four deliciously looking candy-on-a-stick.

It took me a loooong while to finally settle on the above four choices.. there were heaps more designs to choose from, such as 'red lips', 'blue feet', another flower design, love hearts etc... each looking more kawaii than the next.

All the fruity candy were also coloured and/or shaped like the original fruit. I really liked the watermelon flavoured one cause it looked exactly like a mini watermelon on the stick!

Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to buy one of each - that would mean buying a lot of candy.. and I am kinda recovering from a toothache.. so I regret leaving my camera at home, otherwise I'd steal a shot to show you exactly what I mean... Most likely will try taking a photo at my next visit.. but no promises - the shopkeeper might chase me out once he notices my camera since the buckets of candies are placed right in front of him!

Oh, and just a close-up pic of the purple teddy bear...

Cute right? The only problem about animal-shaped candies is that somehow or another you'll end up 'sucking' his head off while the rest of the body remained intact! And yes, the headless bear did look pretty gross!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Life Is Like...

In July 1994, Forrest Gump (or more specifically, the writers of FG!) immortalised the line "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get."

Though it's been 13 years (and counting!) since the film was released, there is little doubt the catchphrase is firmly embedded in our highly mediated and extremely pop.cultured lives.

While not disputing the soundness of the phrase, I thought it'd be fun to come up with some other 'life is like...' observations. After all, life can't always be like a box of chocolates... that would make dieting a pain in the butt.. if it isn't already! >.<

So here's my share of blahness; feel free to agree/disagree/come up with your own!

♥ Life is like doing the tango; it takes two for the dance to look pretty

♪ Life is like eating ice-cream on the hottest summer day; sweet and sticky, yet melts away faster than you can finish

♥ Life is like a buffet; too many choices, not enough tummy space to try every dish

♪ Life is like learning a foreign language; practice makes perfect

♥ Life is like a game of Monopoly; some times you get free parking, other times you go straight to jail

Of course, not every Life Is Like phrase needs to sound philosophical. They can even be fun or sheer insanity, as demonstrated by the following:

♪ Life is like a sexually transmitted disease; there is a 100% mortality rate ~ R.D. Laing
♥ Life is like an onion; you peel off layer after layer only to find there is nothing in it ~ James Gibbons Huneker
♪ Life is like a s*** sandwich. But if you've got enough bread, you don't taste the s*** ~ Jonathan Winters
♥ Life is like a beautiful melody; only the lyrics are messed up ~ Author Unknown
♪ Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use ~ Charles Schulz
♥ Life is like a novel with the end ripped out ~ Danny Orton and Blair Daly, "Stand"

And my personal fave:

Life... is like a box of chocolates - a cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that no one ever asks for, nonreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So, you're stuck with mostly undefinable whipped mint crap, mindlessly wolfed down when there's nothing else to eat while you're watching the game. Sure, once is a while you get a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but it's gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. In the end, you are left with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts, which, if you are desperate enough to eat, leaves nothing but an empty box of useless brown paper. ~ The X-Files