Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Here are the photos of my weekend getaway with Alex to Prague two weeks ago. It was lovely, unfortunately the weather was much colder than the weathermen predicted (how surprising), so we did feel a bit cold walking around from 9 am till 9 pm everyday. Alex was all 'churched-out' after the fifth church, they are baroque style, which is very bling-bling and flashy, it does not seem very pious. I could not take photos of one church in the town hall, but it had a weird genre with cherubins cutting off children's fingers and dead people, eww it was just weird. St Vitus cathedral was gorgeous and well worth the trip

Enjoy the photos...

In front of the palace gate. The Cathedral St Vitus is eracted inside the palace compound (now converted to their 'white house', where their president office is.) View from the palace gardens over the city and more churches.

A detail of the gate outside the cathedral.

A gorgeous stained glass inside the cathedral.

We strolled by some nice gardens with an open air theater.

This clock attached to the town hall on the market place is one of the favorite attraction of Prague, It is beautifully built and has the twelve apostles waving at the window above the clock with it strikes the hour, the animation all includes Death (seen from profile here) pulling a cord to ring the bell. The inventor of this marvellous piece of work was rewarded by his King by being blinded so that he could never produce a more magnificiant work, sucks beyond words.

We ended the two-day exhaustive discovery with a Ghost Tour, it was funny more than scary, the guide would tell us some hard to believe ghost story and ten meters down the road a guy dressed up would run up at us in a lame attempt to scare us. What was funny though is that I freaked myself out and all the other people, when I was expecting so much that guy to jump at us that I shrieked turning a corner, but it turns out there was no one there!! lol, Alex still teases me about this. hihihi.

The gorgeous buildings of the market place basking in the late afternoon sun.

Ranting away

To balance the universe from the fact that i was happy lately and was making the best of small things. Obviously some jealous twisted evil balance decided to make me feel crap and miserable and make sure I have the worst day ever, because no one likes a happy camper.

To start with I could not wake up. I just struggled out of bed after a series of bad dreams (nothing new there), then I forgot my laptop, so I had to drive all the way back to get my computer, I later realised that I also forgot my mobile phone but can live without this one. Then I had a row with an unreasonable customer, followed by a row with a colleague who was upset to hear the cold hard truth about what people expect from him. I tried to make the best of my lunch time, which went okay, but just 5 minutes ago, I sprained my freaking right shoulder lifting some boxes which is now throbbing painfully, and of course tomorrow I'm off to Dublin.


There I feel slightly better. Maybe tonight I'll have a whicky and coke, it will inspire me to pack my suitcase and hopefully numb the pain.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

My favorite romantic films

Philadelphia Story
Katherine Hepburn is the most awesome lady, she knows what she wants and is not afraid of consequences or to follow her heart - An absolutely brilliant comedy.

True Romance
That's one hell of a romance on edge. The passion between Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater is just so intense and care-free and just... blows me away every time.

When Harry met Sally
Because of that movie, every New Year I believe that I must tell the one I love that I love him. "When you know you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want that day to start now."

Love Actually
I love all the different love stories happening in that movie, but I love most the unsaid, the crushes that seem so unreasonnable or the fear of being a one-sided feeling, all these things that stop people from admitting their feelings and taking a chance.

That's really the ones that come rushing to mind, other romantic films I enjoyed a lot include:

It's the funniest romantic film ever - a very unlikely romance that ends better than anyone could imagine. It reminds me of my romance with Alex. hihi!

A Life Less Ordinary
An obscure film by English director Danny Boyle, about a young lad (Ewan Mc Gregor) who kidnaps very high society and cool Cameron Diaz; again an unlikely relation sets in and ends well in the strangest twists.

err... I'm stalling, I 'm more into adventure/action films, that might explain it. Anyway, if you haven't seen one of these, go rent it out.

Friday, April 20, 2007

All the things that made me smile TODAY

  • I chatted for 10 minutes with Yen Ping from Malaysia before hitting the road.
  • I had to drive through the countryside borded by fields of yellow flowers and green hills in the distance.
  • A man said I looked pretty and that I'd make a more interesting photo than the display stand I was photographying for work.
  • I chatted with Martin many times and had fun conversations, which suggests that he was not angry at me but was probably just having a bad week.
  • I heard again that nice & groovy rap song that I like so much but still could not get the name of the band.
  • I saw an old man struggling to climb up many stairs and felt shy to go and help him for a split second and told myself don't be silly, so I bounced up the few steps and helped him all the way, he was very pleased and we chatted for a while about the weather and the holidays and that he was born on Christmas day.
  • Alex traded the tickets for James from Thursday to Friday next week, so I won't miss the gig when I'm in Dublin.
  • When I stopped for lunch, I was surrounded by young families with toddlers and I watched as one kid started crying and 7 others started crying in harmony.

  • I saw a pretty tree in bloom and the wind blow away the fine pink petals.

  • I found a great pair of much needed black shoes for work and they were half price.

  • I heard my latest favorite song 'dreaming of you' by the Corals
  • I saw a yummy mommy with ginger hair goo-goo-gaga-ing her baby in his stroller
  • I saw a good looking man check me out; and he blushed when he noticed I saw him
  • I saw a grandpa seating on a bench across the river with 4 grand children playing around him.
  • The car mechanic next street agreed to fix my car for half the price that I was originally quoted by a recommended garage.
  • I am home early, kicked off my shoes, made a cup of tea and will now lounge in my pillows and resume playing Final Fantasy XII.

New Look

Well everyone has had a make over so I opted for more cheerful colours that reflect my happy chirpy mood. Hope you like it.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

stupid thing to say

I apologise to my American readers who might be very fond of their president... but honestly the man isn't very sharp is he? Come'on did you hear his speech at the Virginia Tech University public mourning?

He said, in his second sentence... "they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time"; well, NO! They were just where they were meant to be, in school, in class studying because they were good kids who had hopes and aspirations. There are hundreds things he could have said to show his empathy and sincere condolences, this was not one of them. His speech was pathetic attempt at showing he cares.

Pregnancy Q&A

Trying for a baby or not yet is one of our weekly conversation if not daily, if not every 5 minutes that we witness a child-parent conversation, cute or obnoxious...

Anyway, these were some of the questions I had, and got some interesting answers...

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes university.

Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
A: Childbirth.

Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?

Q: My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labour, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.

Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.

Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labour?
A: Not unless the word "divorce" means anything to you.

Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.

Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's nappy very quickly.

Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in university.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Things I love

I love the sound of the train going past when I drive under the bridge at the end of the road
I love the feeling of the grains of rice through my fingers
I love the sound of water running
I love to hear I miss you
I love to say I love you and mean it
I love to give kisses, I love to feel through my lips
I love to look through the leaves of a tree to catch the sun
I love to stare at planes flying by and leaving tracks in a blue sky
I love to smell food, it's half the pleasure of eating
I love the feeling of water running down my throat when I'm thirsty

... and lastly I love Spring, it reminds me of all the things I love... It fulfills me.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Quick Update

What a week, with beautiful weather and trees in bloom with bright pink and white flowers everywhere.

Nicolas, Emilie and Antoine have come home from the clinic and they are happily settling in together; they were very happy with the hamper and allowed me to be Antoine's Tata (Auntie) although I am technically only a cousin. Which made me very happy

I had a very social week, with on Wednesday Nadine's birthday. I met her bride's maid Bridget and heard all about the wedding that I missed, it seemed hectic the planning with lots of last minute things going wrong but everything went well on the big day, and that's all that matters. They also had a dream honey moon in an exclusive island off the coast of Zanzibar, they had their love bungalow with own private beach and private swimming pool - woohoo!

Yesterday, I also caught up with Sudesh, which was great, I do miss chatting with him, we always had brilliant conversations, never got bored. Now it is too scarce.

I exchanged some lovely emails with Kitem and spoke to my cousin Chloe for her birthday, I had not chatted with her since Christmas, I miss her loads, and Alison, Dani and Clive from South Africa as they celebrated Alison's birthday. Very cool bunch.

For the occasion of Easter holiday and great results in Q1, Nick bought our team lunch, so we had a fun long lunch in the sunshine. It was brilliant.

And now we're off to Prague for the next four days!