Friday, September 21, 2007


I have always loved looking forward to something. As bf said, I am very goal-oriented person. I love having a goal so that I have something to look forward to achieving. I love the anticipation part to a celebration, a vacation, a new purchase... etc. The thing or the event itself may not all that significant but the anticipation is always good. It's like practising for a performance... more than half the fun is in the preparation.

Anticipation builds your hopes up and warms up your emotions for the actual event itself. It prolongs the pleasure of the event by giving you the joy of event way before the event itself. Good deal right?

So, I am gonna maximize my enjoyment... I am gonna start building myself up for my Japan trip way before it even happens. But flights have been booked!!

I've even picked out a Japanese name for myself... one closest to my name, Kaori Tanako! :)

Can't wait to see this!

Monday, September 17, 2007


While driving to work the other day, I noticed something "targetting" my car!!

Laser aim?

Not just one but a few!!!

Mampus la aku... who in the world would wanna assasinate insignificant lil' ol' me??

Just trying to be perasan that my life is as exciting as a 007 movie...

It's just light reflected from my crystal cluster necklace!

It's handmade by my cousin in Hong Kong, cantik tak?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Kepak kerbau

A close friend of mine from high school just came back from the U.S. for a visit home before she goes off to Japan. Although she has flown off, she left me a souvenir from the states...

Hot sauce!!

And with it a recipe for kepak kerbau aka buffalo wings... my favourite food on the face of this earth!

Just got myself some raw wings from Jusco, tenyeh-tenyehkan sos dan mentega...

Bake it...

And voila!!

Sedap...mmmmmm. Don't you just love all American food? Even their regular food tastes like junkfood!! Yummy!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Diggin' on Marié Digby

When I first heard the acoustic version of Rihanna's Umbrella, I totally loved it at first note! ... even more than the original version.

Turns out it's this unknown singer-songwriter Marié Digby, who posted her version of it on Youtube and got noticed after that. I did a bit of digging on the net and found her myspace page and her blog. A few more acoustic version of other hits... all absolutely lovely! She's so talented.

Loved her own song "Stupid for you" as well.

Can't wait for her album to be out!! ...that is coincidentally scheduled to be released TODAY according to her fansite!!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Nite out @Putrajaya

Actually didn't wanna blog about d fireworks @Putrajaya coz it is redundant, bf dah blog... tapi mana tau he had 2 make reference 2 my blog about our camwhoring...

So... nah!

Da shades couple!

Ain't I yau yeng?




Thursday, September 06, 2007

Mixed emotions...

My HR Manager came back to me with another loan proposal this morning... and I am able to afford to start my MBA next month!!! Her call really made my day this morning, I was ecstatic!! All I need now is to submit my application form and if the university accepts me, Strathclyde here I come!

I felt so happy all day that not only can I have my cake and eat it too... I can eat it NOW! I don't even know why am I so happy about suffering for the next two years. A couple of friends who has done it said that it was not an easy task to study and work at the same time. Yeah, I have to admit I am pretty scared now.... it's a big commitment to make. Financial, time and effort-wise too.

What if I have no time to study?
What if I can't pass the exams?
What if I have no time to do the courseworks?
What if I burn out from lack of quality "me" time?
What if I can't finish the program?
What have I gotten myself into?

Lantak lah all these questions! I'm supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ly happy and excited right now! I must be crazy. Perhaps the feeling is like getting married? Happy and scary at the same time... like brides getting cold feet??

I can't wait to start!

***Er...actually my application haven't even been accepted yet... hehehe***

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Have my cake and eat it too!!

After confiding in my boss, have decided to postpone my MBA plans to the next intake in April 2008. Right now, I need to concentrate and focus all my energy into hitting my all my targets this year. Hit, hit and over-hit!!!!

Why can’t I afford the MBA this year?

When I started working, I’ve set the goal to go to at least 1 foreign place I have not been before every year. I have kept to or exceeded this goal every year without fail.

This year, I had already planned to go to Japan in November.
If I forgo Japan, I can go ahead with the MBA this year.
If I forgo my MBA, then I can go on all my exotic holidays.
But I don’t want either one to be in the way of achieving the other.

In other words, I want to have my cake and eat it too!!

Considering I do have some control over how much I can potentially earn, I think that I can work towards achieving both!! Consider it a desperation motivation to achieve all my targets!!

Beside, what good is it to have a cake if you can’t eat it eh??

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Back to school?

Been thinking of taking up an MBA for a long time now. Done a lot of research on all the MBA's offered locally and finally found one that caught my interest:

It is RM50,000!!! Plus, I wanted to take the option of the 3-week long electives module in UK... that's roughly around another RM15,000 for accomodation/flight/meals. Have always envied those people with rich parents who had the opportunity to study overseas with highly-regarded university names attached to their certs. After working for so long, I thought I can finally do this for myself.

How am I gonna come up with that kind of money?

Withdraw my EPF and top up the rest from my savings? And put off buying a house or starting a family anytime soon?
Cannot, Strathclyde did not apply for the local Lembaga Akreditasi Negara thingy... so EPF withdrawal not possible.

My company offers an interest free loan to fund studies!! No need to touch my EPF, can save it for buying a home. Good news eh? I was so happy!! I even started filling up my application form and writing the essays.

Suddenly, I found out that the maximum repayment period is only 3 years. I can't afford high monthly payments as I have other commitments... so I can only borrow RM18K max. There's still another RM32K + RM15K short. My excitement was shortlived.

Now, can I really afford to do it??? :( :( :( :( :(...