Monday, February 29, 2016

The Leap Year | Feb 29

oh well... so it's another once-every-four-years Feb 29. I dug out if I had written anything on last Feb 29, turned out I actually did on 2012. :X

Have a read of leap year and wow. I didn't know why and how until I read this article from The Telegraph. There are many topics covered from how slim the chance to be born on Feb 29 to successful/failure rate of leap year proposals. Interesting.

"Leap seconds are crucial to ensuring the time we use does not drift away from time based on the Earth's spin."

"The extra second can sometimes cause problems for some networks which rely on exact timings. When a last leap second was added in 2012 Mozilla, Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon all reported crashes and there were problems with the Linux operating system and programmes written in Java."

- source: HERE The Telegraph (you may want to have a look!)

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Hmm. To me, this Feb 29 is just the day to return back to work. It's Monday. It's the last day of Feb 2016. The end of the eventful month. 

I had a one-week long break on CNY this year. Visiting relatives and friends, non-stop eating, nua-ing at home. Best. I find myself took it long to adapt/resume back to working life. Blame the CNY snacks?

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Back in Jan. We had a considerably "big" celebration to our Jan babies. Teng's on 24th and jHui's on 26th. My god entering the quarter-century birthday wtf. 
Jan babies.
the beautiful ladies.
lai cheers ;)


act. XD
The highlight of the night would be hitting the lucky draw and getting a bottle of redwine. BUT. Soon when we were leaving, Qian couldn't start her car engine and found that her car battery was dead FHL. The kind waiters of the restaurant helped us jump starting the car TQ!

The scene was too precious/funny not to be taken down as record. Hahaha
The very next day? or next two days I forgot. Bunch of us back to Sg for work. That's the behind-the-scene of the seemingly glamorous life of ours and ofcourse our behind-the-makeup bare faces FOL! Feeling as if a betrayer now dont care wtf hahahaha.
Ohhhh and I cut my long hair short...er. Much shorter than I initially thought it would be. Now I miss my long hair. Ugh. Should have trusted Jason the hairdresser. He did warn me though. 

及腰长发 eh? LOL
hen short you mei you...... well.. hair will grow eventually.... :'( 

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Stepping into February. Big thing for Chinese is of course CNY.

Contributed my bears as one of the house CNY decos.
老妈子. You probably think "this 不孝女" right letting my mom climb up and down. NO. She didn't let me. Hence I was the inspector checking if the paper-cutting was correctly placed at the middle.
CNY eve lunch. The fish is humongous no kid.
CNY eve car wash. The task given to Leejin and I. Both my parents' settled and now the "small cars" turn.
CNY eve night. Chill at home and listening to the fireworks and firecrackers for a good one hour. What's CNY for without angpao? hehehe
CNY Chor 1. The family.
CNY Chor 1. The siblings.
CNY Chor 1. The "siblings".
CNY Chor 1. The cousins.
CNY Chor 1. The partial family.
CNY Chor 2.
CNY Chor 3. Old friend meetup. Mr Chan.
CNY Chor 3. Family gathering 之 妈 我得奖啦!! 抱得一座海底爷. 
CNY Chor 5. Old friends meetup. Mr Lim and Ms. Chew.
I never drank beer in a reallyyyy looooong while. XingJ see your face so big. HAHAHA.
CNY Chor 6. Short gambling session @ My house. Herng cosplayed dragon ball Goku?

CNY Chor 6. Qian's house. The gang.
CNY Chor 7. 人日 Mama's Pun Choy.
CNY Chor 11. Meetup with Cat.
aka my first time eating korean fried chicken.
CNY Chor (?). Visiting aunt's old school kopitiam + drinking milo-peng. 
CNY very-super-duper sinful brunch, bak gua toast. 
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CNY (?) Chor 16 (?). Unimates meetup.
Thanks for the llaollao Terry Teh :P

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and Feb I have another big day to celebrate. or maybe not so big XD.
Went to Gianni's trattoria. We love the appetizer maybe too much. and this pizza is nice. Everything is good especially my company? Steal a shot. Happy birthday my man.
just wanna be a little vain. 21st, ♥, :)

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A little book review....

Think in January I done reading this book Trust in Me/You Can Trust Me, a mystery crime story by Sophie McKenzie. 

Decided to purchase the book from this, "a long second passes before I let out my breath and the knowledge slams into my brain. Julia. My best friend. Is dead."
Very catching and fast-paced. Although I think the author can be more careful/detailed in building up the plot and some characters. I somehow find plothole like how did the murderer sneak in to Livy's property and what is the murderer's motive. The author never explained that until the end of the story or just lightly brushed through. However I do admire some characters like Will in the story, seems like a sophisticated person.

They said when you finish reading a good novel, you will find yourself slightly exhausted at the end of the story because you live several lives all at once. So true. 

Trust in Me: 3.5/5.


"But now I know the things I know, and do the things I do. And if you do not like me so, to hell, my love, with you." Not originally coming from the Author but this is so ME. This is how you find connections with the books.
I googled a little about Dorothy Parker. Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. - Wiki.

Here's the full poem of the quote in the novel.

“In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.” 

I fancy her poems and this is by far the best I resonate with. 

“By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Infinite, undying.
Lady make note of this --
One of you is lying.” 

Witty!

Ok turned out I became a fan of Dorothy Parker. Well..

in some editions are named You Can Trust Me.
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Oh Hi! 

My first book revolving repressive social circumstances of China's Cultural Revolution. Ha Jin, the author won the National Book Award for a reason. It doesn't have a fast-paced plot. I can say the book has no climax of its own, doesn't have raising or falling action even. I don't know why but the book is enchanting. Very reserved, but well-characterised. From now and then you would see Chairman Mao's theories or political views being inserted throughout the novel.

Here's what I grabbed from Wiki. 

“Waiting is set against the background of a changing Chinese society. It contrasts city and country life and shows the restrictions on individual freedoms that are a routine part of life under communism. But Waiting is primarily a novel of character. It presents a portrait of a decent but deeply flawed man, Lin Kong, whose life is spoiled by his inability to experience strong emotions and to love wholeheartedly.”

Waiting: 4/5.
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Shopping in Popular bookstore and found this is interesting. Guess I'm now grabbing the tix to the heaven. Should have hold it tied right?
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for all the sin I've had. Forgive me.

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aghhh few hours left for this Feb 29. 

Gotta prepare for work real soon. Damn night shift.

Reality is so harsh especially just flashing back to the past.

Gulp down and move on.

Is this called adulthood? 

I'm planning to write down the adulthood I'm having at this phase of my life.

25 is definitely a big deal.


love,
Ee

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