Friday, 28 October 2011


Hi everyone!

The past couple of weeks were a mad one as I was finishing my final fortnight at Lessons for Life and getting on top of uni assignments. Yes now I've officially resigned from LFL (after 1,8 years which did feel like forever!) and am now a part-time English trainer for teachers at Nurul Fikri Boarding School. However, even though my new job is a part-time one, it pays nearly twice the payment of my last full-time gig plus benefits. And oh yeah so far I work only on Saturday (might extend to Sunday in the near future), so my weekend stretches from Monday to Friday!

I do recall in September (if my memory doesn't fail me) I wrote about hoping that the last third of 2011 would turn the year into an annus mirabilis. It did. Alhamdulillah.

Now, if you speak Indonesian, I guess you've realized by now that the words "pertanyaan" (question) and "pernyataan" (statement) are anagrams of each other, which also complement one another! The only English equivalence I can think of is "desserts" and "stressed"!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

The first quiz in eons.

Vampire Test

Vampire Test from Quiz Rocket!

Aaah I haven't done any quizzes in a long time! Can't believe some people still make quizzes, although I think its popularity isn't as big as it used to be in the early 2000s. I was advised by a very talented blogger (actually she was more of a talented graphic/web designer than a talented writer) to whip out quizzes to boost the hits of my blog, back in 2002. At that time, I was already on Diaryland, which allowed me to create my own layout using manual HTML, but I was a total newbie in web and graphic designs. My designing skills did improve, but it never reached the level of the chick who suggested I make quizzes. She did make a few quizzes with really awesome result images which made her all the more popular in the world wide web, before retiring from blogging in 2004.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Dishing out tips...

A little tip for wannabe celebrities out there...

Please appreciate your fans. No matter how annoying they might be, at least thank them for showing any interest at all in your work. You just sound and look like hypocrites when you put yourself and your work in the public eye, then act like you don't want the attention you get.

And take heed, you guys - you know who you are. Perhaps not being allowed to eat has taken its toll on you?

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Brandon Lee....

No you're not gonna find a Brandon Lee and Heath Ledger comparison here. That's been done too often.

On The Crow remake, set to release in 2013, I hear that Bradley Cooper (who was slated to play Eric Draven, Brandon's character in the original Crow) has dropped out and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has considered Mark Wahlberg to fill in Brandon's shoes. Mark Wahlberg is at least someone the late Brandon Lee would have been familiar with (he most likely knew him better as Marky Mark.) Honestly I don't care whether The Crow remake should see the light of day or not.

I wonder if this movie is made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Brandon's passing? For those of you who don't know, Brandon Lee, son of Bruce, passed away on March 31 1993 due to an accident on the set of The Crow, which was to be his only hit movie (his previous ones are B-grade action movies.) He was only 28.

Now check out this video, released by his sister Shannon to celebrate his 45th birthday.

What a perfect song to suit the video's mood. The background music is Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley, a musician who left the world in 1997 at the age of 30. Another talented life taken way too soon.