January 30, 2009
I bought a painting by numbers about a year ago. I went on it for about a week, then I discarded it at the bottom of my piles of work (by piles of work, I meant piles of unsorted papers that filled my desk).
I fished the painting out yesterday and finished it.
I guessed you all can imagine what type of procrastinator I am.
See, this is how the painting is supposed to look like:
And this is my baby:
Well, it’s not perfect. It’s not even good, but it’s mine. =)
January 29, 2009
Twas a girls’ day out!
First we had brunch @ Ini Teh Kopi, then shopping!!!
Of course, I only went shopping because Astri here asked me to accompany her. As a good friend, I simply must comply, right? 😛
Well, first we went to Kuyagaya and checked some cute but questionable bags. Cute, because it is cute, and questionable, because the fabric is canvass (I think) that will broke after a week of two if it is either Astri or me who use the bag. Since, you know, we tend to overstuff our bags, as my friend here agree herself by her saying, and I quote, “Kalo gw bisa bawa rumah ke kampus, gw bawa rumah ke kampus”. LOL
Anyway, then we went to Stamp. It’s not really my cup of tea, but it’s not bad. I went around, and found Ms. Obadja and Ms. Lugito sitting on a bench in the (so-I-called-it) luxe area. It’s the area where the bags, the shoes, the clothes, the accesories are more expensive than those at other areas of the outlet. Even the air would be pricier, I imagine. =)
I searched through one of the racks and laughed. See, I found this:
Then I went through other racks again, and found something that made me laughed even harder:
The look on Ms. Pradiptaningtyas’ face is priceless. =p
My question: Which sane person is gonna want to buy one of those two?
After that, I just couldn’t looked through another rack of clothes, for who knows what horror awaits there. 😄
January 28, 2009
Oh. My. God.
Sure it’s only a drawing, but I want one of these. =p
January 25, 2009
I’m such a sucker for chick flicks.
Even though I’m all in for the feminism, equalization between man and woman, etc etc…, I can’t help it but (heart) romantic movies a.k.a chick flicks.
So here I am, on Chinese New Year’s Eve, re-watching “10 Things I Hate About You”. I (heart) (the late) Heath Ledger. Even though the hair is a bit too messy. 10 Things I Hate About You is actually based on Shakespeare’s story, “The Taming of The Shrew”.
The Taming of The Shrew is a sexist story about a woman named Katharina, who is tempestous, angry all the time, and so had no suitors. Her sister, Bianca, behaves angelic, the way a woman should (notice that I say all this with sarcasm). So Bianca’s suitor (I forgot his name), wanting to marry Bianca, dared Petruchio to marry Kat, because Bianca and Kat’s father had lain down the rule where Bianca may marry only when Kat is married.
So Petruchio married Kat and do things like starving her, to ‘tame the shrew’.
But that’s another story. This is about my feel-good hobby.
So…here’s top ten list just off the top of my head; ten of my feel-good movie that I watched when I don’t fell like using my brain to think.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You
The title is based on the poem that Kat (Julia Stiles) wrote about Patrick (Heath Ledger), stating the things she hate about him:
I hate the way you talk to me and the way you cut your hair;
I hate the way you drive my car, I hate it when you stare;
I hate you big dumb combat boots and the way you read my mind;
I hate you so much it makes me sick, it even makes me rhyme;
I hate it– I hate the way you’re always right, I hate it when you lie;
I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry;
I hate it when you’re not around and the fact that you didn’t call;
But mostly, I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all
2. Ever After
This one’s based on Cinderella.
The leading character (Drew Barrymore) -Danielle de Barbarac- lived with her stepmother, Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, and two stepsisters, Marguerite and Jacqueline, in rural France. Her father died just shortly after he married the Baroness, leaving Danielle in the mercy of the Baroness, blablabla… I think you’ve all read Cinderella.
Then, the twist is, the Baroness wanted to sell one of the slaves, Maurice, to pay off her growing debt. Danielle set off to buy Maurice back, using the money that the Crown Prince, Henry, had given her earlier as a bribe when Danielle caught him stealing her father’s horse.
At the court, Danielle dressed as a courtier as opposed to her normal servant-like attire, and met Henry. And the two fall in love, etc etc. 😄
3. How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days
It’s about a journalist, Andie Anderson, best known as the “How To…” girl since she’s writing the “How To…” column. She is getting bored and wished that she could write pieces about the things she considers important, like politics, economics, religion, poverty, etc.
She accidentally throwed the idea of writing about how to lose a guy in 10 days to her cruel boss, to stop her from picking on her friend who just broken up.
Andie tells her boss that she will date a man and do all the things that women tend to do wrong, when they are in relationships, in order to be granted more freedom in her writing.
At the same time, advertising executive Benjamin Barry (McConaughey) tells his boss that he can make any woman fall in love with him in just ten days and can bring her as a date to the company’s ball. If he succeeds, he will get to be in charge of the advertising for the new diamond company account headed by his boss.
Through conspiring on the part of Ben’s rival coworkers, Judy and Judy, who were present at Composure Magazine earlier in the day and are aware of Andie’s new assignment, Andie and Ben meet that night and start their quests. Neither reveals their true intentions, which leads to strange goings-on in their relationship. Andie puts Ben through many various experiences in order to make him break up with her very quickly, but Ben sticks around in order to fulfill his deed in making her fall in love with him. Examples of what Andie does include being very clingy, interfering on guys night with Ben and his friends, and taking him to a Celine Dion concert instead of a basketball game. Ben stays with her despite everything and both people reveal their true motives at the end, but their initial desires have changed.
4. Made of Honor
Seriously, who could resist Patrick Dempsey? 😛
It’s about Tom and Hannah, who’d been friends forever. Tom was a ladies’ man, and didn’t realise that he was in love and want to be with Hannah until Hannah went away to Scotland for six weeks.
Surprise for Tom, Hannah came back with a fiance, a Scottish duke whose name I forgot. Hannah made Tom her “maid of honor” (hence the title), while Tom struggled with his feelings for Hannah and tried to tell her.
5. The Bachelor
Jimmie Shannon (Chris O’Donnell) wasn’t really the type to marry. He eventually proposes to his girlfriend of three years, Anne (Renée Zellweger) in the most romantic restaurant in town, only that he spoils it with a crude approach.
Anne is going to travel to Greece for an assignment when Jimmie’s discovers that his late grandfather has left him his entire assets (worth about $100 million), only if Jimmie’s married on his 30th birthday, which is 6.05 pm the next day.
He, his friend Marco, a priest waiting in the wings, and his grandfather’s two friends and colleagues must find a bride in the next few hours. When he proposes to Anne again, she’s able to see right through his facade, and leaves for Greece on a helicopter.
Jimmie then selects many ex-girlfriends to ask. There’s Stacey, a loud stockmarket player who’s engaged herself. Then Zoe, a clingy window dresser. When Jimmie goes to see her, he runs off after “Anne” but it isn’t her. He returns to see that she’s set a mannequin on fire in effigy of him. Soon, the list is depleted until one accepts – the money grubbing socialite Buckley (Brooke Shields) who wants the money for her family’s business. However, she turns it down after finding out they have to have children in 5 years, spend only one night apart a month and they need to be married for ten years. Desperate, Marco places an ad in the newspaper with disastrous consequences. Anne didn’t go to Greece, she returned home and went to her parents’ house with Natalie, her sister. She misses Jimmie and goes back to the city.
The movie ended in a happy ending (of course), with Jimmie realizing that he truly loves Anne and is ready to make the next step, and the couple getting married on the fire exit ladder.
(Which, by the sound of it, wasn’t really romantic at all. You have to watch the movie :P)
7. Alex and Emma
8. 27 Dresses
9. Ella Enchanted (yet another Cinderella story)
10. License To Wed
OOOH…I almost forgot this one! My favorite scene is the one at the ending, at the beach, where Ben wrote his wedding vows on the sand. =)
Of course I have way more than these 10 movies that I like. I guess deep down inside me there’s a hopeless romantic. I just gotta find a way to bury her, reeeeeal deep. =p
January 15, 2009
Don’t get me wrong.
It’s not like I want to get married anytime soon. At least not in the next ten years. Right now, marriage to me is like food to the Cullens. 😄
I’m simply drawn to shiny things. LOL
I was wondering about where engagement rings were supposed to be worn; the fourth finger of the left hand or the fourth finger of the right hand (although how I come to wonder about this, I have absolutely NO IDEA).
It’s could be either, by the way. In UK, for example, it’s worn on the left hand, whereas in Poland and Ukraine, on the right hand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engagement_ring).
The fourth finger of the left hand supposedly contained the ‘vein of love’ (vena amoris); the vein that led directly to the heart.
In most countries, the ring is considered a conditional gift, and must be returned to the ‘donor’ should the engagement broke. There was a queer case in NSW, Australia when a man sued his former fianceé because she threw the ring in a trash can after their engagement broke. He ended up winning the case and the woman is ordered to pay her ex the cost of the ring (AUD$15,250).
Oooh…moving on to my favorite part, the shiny shiny things:
1) First there’s the solitaire rings; the ones with a single diamond
2) The rings with side stones:
The three-stone ring usually consists of a larger stone in the middle and two smaller ones, each on its left and right side.
The stones represent the past, present and future of the couple’s love and time together.
They’re all darlings, of course, but this one’s my favorite: