Sun, Sand and Sea

Living in the hustle and bustle of KL for so long has taken it’s toll on me, I think… Lately I’ve found myself missing the beach for no real reason other than I just miss it.


Beach!

Maybe it’s a sign of subconscious homesickness. Hahaha…

I know a lot of my tastes are more “uptown girl” than anything else, but then there’s a part of me that just loves the sight of the beach, the hills, the sea. Islander, I am. :)

How else do you explain the stuff I bought recently?

 

The clothes, necklace, shoes… They all look like they’re meant to be worn to or could be worn to the beach. In trying to get away from the pinks and reds (I think I’ve had enough of those colours in my wardrobe at the moment), I somehow ended up with yellows, greens and blues.
I think I could have a whole beach outfit just from those – the beige blouse, the green/yellow/blue print skirt, plus the necklace and shoes. Add my white hat (hat, not cap – I don’t like caps; ahah) on top of that… Oh! It just occurred to me that my hat goes perfectly with those shoes… White, with that red flower on it! … Sorry. Too delighted with the imagination of the combination there. :P

Disneymania

Iiiiish. Just lost my entire post because the connection decided to die on me when I tried to submit the post. X(

In brief, I’m in something of a “Disney” phase right now. Probably due to two reasons:

  1. Solo car rides to and from work. Been listening to a lot of Disney music, amongst other things. I admit, I sing along to the music too. It’s fun. So there. :P
  2. FYP. Since I’m considering doing 2D animation, I’ve been actively researching Disney art and animation. There’s no better example, I feel. :) Even if I don’t do 2D in the end, a lot of the principles can apply to 3D animation as well.

All that has, in turn, influenced my art of late. For whatever reason, I haven’t been feeling very “original” or anime-ish recently. But Disney is in, yo. Hahaha!


Sweeeeeeet.

Remember the news in the papers lately about the leatherback turtles in Malaysia verging on extinction? I thought it’s so sad. :( Made me wanna draw Squirt from Finding Nemo. But Squirt alone didn’t look interesting. So I added Ariel. I’m also in something of a “traditional” art mood these days, hence the watercolour. Rather like how it turned out. =)

Go the Distance from “Hercules” is one of the songs that I love to hear and sing. (Some others include Out There, God Help the Outcasts, Reflection, One Jump Ahead, He Mele No Lilo, Cruella De Vil, Just Around the Riverbend, Out of Thin Air…) Anyway, Go the Distance inspired today’s effort at art. Don’t laugh:

It’s the first time in maybe a year that I’ve touched my poster paints. O_o (The scanner didn’t pick up the colours that well – the sky and mountains shouldn’t look so faded… Maybe I’ll fix it another day. Kinda late now.) Generally I prefer watercolour, but every now and then I feel like getting bolder, brighter colours. Poster paints also result in simpler pictures from me. Hahah… But I handle details better in watercolour. With poster colours it becomes very much more a colour- and shape-based piece. It doesn’t look quite as nice as I wanted it to, but it’ll do. I’m no Michaelangelo.

Whirlwind Weekend

My entire weekend was eaten up by the event every uni student knows as “convocation;” more commonly called “convo.” And it wasn’t even my own convocation!

But… It was convocation for a bunch of people I cherish a great deal, and since it was in Cyber (instead of in Malacca), I went. :)

Saturday was for the IT and Management students. Silver and yellow were the order of the day for the grads. It turned out to be not-so-good for me because I hadn’t eaten before I went to see them after the ceremony. Then there was the hot, hot sun. And everyone else seemed content to just stand around in the heat… Heat + Hunger. Bad combination.
At the end of the day, I was sick-ish, with watery eyes, a runny nose and constant sneezing. I managed to somehow survive long enough to entertain Joanne, who stayed overnight at my place. She had to endure my constant nose-blowing and sneezing though. (Sorry, Jo!)
Lest it be thought that I’m blaming anyone for making me go and therefore be ill, let me say that I did enjoy seeing the grads. What, y’all think I’d miss your graduation when I could very easily make it? It was worth it, k. ;)

Sunday saw the grounds ablaze in orange, with a smattering of green and other colours – Engineering, Creative Multimedia and the FBL (business and law faculty I think) as well as the Diploma grads. I had more sense on Sunday, and ate something before heading to campus with the others. The weather was much better, too.
One thing all FCMers had to say about the graduation robes was this: Why is the FCM colour green? Really… Why couldn’t it have been yellow or silver? Or even purple, maybe. Sigh. But I suppose it’s better than orange. (I just don’t like the colour orange much. Hahahah)
Overall, it was just great fun to see all the seniors again and talk to them and take pics. :D

I can’t count the times people said to me: “Yours is next year, right?” or “Your turn’s coming soon!” or some variation of either of those phrases. Made me wonder… What’s it gonna be like to don the robes of graduation?

Argh.

Don’t you just hate it when it feels as though part of your own mind is laughing at you?

I do.

*hates feeling like a fool*

Interesting predicament. I can’t decide if I’m more angry or annoyed at myself. Bah.

The New Blog.

Yup. This is it. The new home of Ind Elwen Tinúviel. Nice? Nice? :D
Heheh.

It’s actually been around a short while. I’ve been beta testing it with a few select people for a couple of months and I’m finally ready to open it to the rest of you! My Tabulas blog remains, but on “Friends Only” mode. So change your links!
Why the change? Because since I have my own server and domain now, I figured I shouldn’t waste them. :)
I shall open this blog with a flurry of different topics.

I. The Working Life.
Haven’t been blogging about work over at Tabulas, but have been doing so here. So you can check out my previous posts here:

II. Look at all the Pretty Lights…
The Bukit Jalil stadium was full of colourful lights every night for almost two months, with the Asia Cultural Lantern Carnival 2006 being held there. Syaz and I went there last Wednesday after work, cameras in hand. It’s been so long since either of us went on an all-out photography trip. I took over 130 photos (not including the 20+ that I deleted at the carnival and after it).
 

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Of Undead Monkeys and a Datin-to-be.

An Undead Monkey and a Heartless Squid

When I first saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, I didn’t expect to like it. But as it happened, I came out of the cinema highly entertained, convinced that Johnny Depp was a good actor, and with a bunch of lines stuck in my head. So naturally, I wanted to see the sequel (whose titles were translated into BM as Lanun-lanun Pulau Caribbean: Harta Lelaki Mati – I couldn’t help laughing and wondering, “Where’d they get the ‘pulau’ from?”).
Despite what critics said about Dead Man’s Chest, I still wanted to see the show for myself. After some failed planning and last-minute decisions, I eventually managed to go on Sunday evening and form my own opinion of it.

[ Spoiler Warning ]
It isn’t quite as good as the first movie, but it still has its moments. Chest, although full of twists, somehow comes off as less interesting than Black Pearl. Maybe it’s due to the somewhat darker, more serious nature of this second film. All Captain Jack Sparrow had to worry about in the first show was whether or not he got his revenge on Barbossa; but now he has to worry about staying alive and escaping the monstrous Kraken sent by the walking squid called Davy Jones.

The dialogue is about as cleverly written as the first one, with only a shortage of Jack’s sarcastic wit and favourite phrase (“Savvy?”) marring it for me. He only said “Savvy?” once in the whole show. :( He was still funny sometimes, but not as funny as last time.

Effects-wise, splendid work by ILM, as always. Wouldn’t be surprised if Dead Man’s Chest picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. Davy Jones and Co. were a great blend of prosthetics, make-up and CGI. (Might get a nomination for that too.)

One of the parts I found funniest in the movie was when one of Jones’ men lost his head (literally) and the head started speaking a mixture of Cantonese and English, directing the body to where it was. It was just hilarious to suddenly hear Cantonese out of nowhere.
There was also the part where Will, Gibbs and some of the crew run away from the cannibals – still stuck in their ball cage. Gibbs’ instruction to “Lift it like a woman’s skirt!” and run was too hilarious to not laugh at; as was his later order to the crew aboard the ship to “Pull like yer paid to do it!” ROFL.
Remember the guy from Barbossa’s crew whose false eye kept falling out? He’s baaack. Along with his short, pudgy friend, they provide quite a lot of laughs in the show; such as their linguistic debate on the pronounciation of “Kraken.”
“It’s krah-ken.”
“No, it’s kraay-ken.
“What – with a long A?… In the original Scandinavian, it’s krah-ken.”
“Well, we ain’t Scandinavian!”

The three-way sword fight between Jack, Will and Norrington was interesting and also quite funny in how they kept turning on one another. Norrington’s joining in did surprise me, though. Still, it brought another dimension to the whole fight. And Elizabeth’s futile efforts to try and get them to stop was an amusing sideshow. The part of the fight on the giant wheel – that made them look like hamsters to me – was well-choreographed, I thought. (Jia Wern tells me that it’s adapted from the old movie, King Solomon’s Mines.)
I somehow think that the monkey – yes, Barbossa’s pet monkey – stole the show nearly every time it showed up. The monkey and Jack make for a hilarious combination, and they played up the monkey’s “undead” attribute with Jack’s temper (and his lack of a vent for frustrations) quite well, I thought. Hence a scene where Jack storms aboard the Black Pearl, demanding, “Where’s that monkey? I need to shoot something!”
(Also found it funny when Jack brought the monkey to Dalma as a gift and deadpanned happily: “Look what I brought you – an undead monkey!” *whips out gun and shoots it* )

That, in turn, brings me to one of the most mysterious aspects of the show. If Barbossa and his crew are now free of the Aztec gold curse, and are therefore no longer immortal, why is the monkey still like that? Did the terms of the curse not apply to the monkey or what? In any case, I haven’t been able to come up with any sensible answer.

Anyway, although Dead Man’s Chest wasn’t as great as Curse of the Black Pearl, I would still go to see At World’s End (or whatever the last movie’s title is) next year. :D

Datin Siti Nurhaliza
(Edit, July 29: I found out from my friend that she can’t take the title of “datin.” Apparently only the first wife can have the title. And she’ll be his second wife. Hahah)
That’s what she’ll soon be anyway. August 21, to be exact. Malaysia’s darling caused quite a stir in my office today when someone found out that she was giving a live press conference at noon to announce her engagement. The seniors started it first, okay. :P I had no idea what was going on when two or three of them suddenly ran into the boss’ room and crowded around the TV, talking animatedly. Before long, whoever was in the office had dropped work and was glued to the TV screen. Not that all of us were fans of Siti’s, but we were curious nonetheless. With the whole lot of speculation flying around lately as to whether she’s engaged or not, this was very interesting. Who’s her fiancé? Is it the said “Datuk K” who’s been associated with her all this time? Or is he – as some claim – the ‘decoy’ for the real guy?

After waiting – impatiently – for quite some time, Siti finally graced the red carpet with her fiancé and some family members of both sides. Yup. Datuk K it was, much to the chagrin of most. The guys, in particular, seemed quite appalled by her taste. (He’s 20 years older than she is, divorced his wife to marry her, and is by no means at all good-looking.)

He is either not used to, or cannot speak that well in public, though he’s supposedly a prominent businessman. When asked by one reporter what he liked about Siti, his answer went something like this:

“Uh… Siti seorang yang…”
Pause.
Someone gave him a new microphone to hold.
“Dia seorang yang…”
Pause again.
Changed mic again.
“… Istimewa.”

We just stared. The guy was going to marry Siti Nurhaliza and that’s all he could say about her?

It Endeth.

It’s over. :(
No more World Cup until 2010. Sigh.

Every morning now while driving to work, I still half-expect the newsreader to announce the results of the night’s matches. I feel like something’s missing when The Sun‘s noon World Cup update doesn’t turn up outside Astro’s cafeteria at lunch. I still imagine ESPN’s Soccernet to be plastered all over with World Cup stuff. And I still expect to hear news of the footballers, coaches and teams over the radio at the hourly news update. (Wait a minute. I still do get that.)

It really feels a bit strange. Thirty days of global footballitis have come to a screeching, dead halt.

But it was fun while it lasted.

Granted, more than half the fun vanished for me when all my favourite teams got knocked out – two by France, and one by Germany. Thus, Italy was the obvious choice for my support in the final match, having put Germany out of the running and then being France’s final opponent. Hahah!

My personal highlights of this year’s tournament were Argentina vs Serbia Montenegro (an Argentine win of such skill and some very delightful passing and teamwork), Spain vs Ukraine (go Spain!), Argentina vs Germany (although I was teary-eyed at the end and couldn’t bring myself to watch the whole shootout), and Italy vs France.

The Albicelestes went home too early in the tournament – yes, I consider the quarterfinals too early for them – but most think that they’ll be back en force in 2010, what with all the young geniuses they have, like Tevez and Messi. If I’m lucky, Aimar will still be playing too. :P Although I think Jose Pekerman did a good job with Argentina – they weren’t the black sheep people make them out to be; I saw distinctly less diving and play-acting from the Argentines than from certain other teams – I kinda think it was partially Pekerman’s fault they lost. He couldn’t have helped Abbondanzieri’s injury, but what possessed him to put on Cambiasso and the other guy (forgot his name) for Riquelme and Crespo? If you must sub out Riquelme, put on Aimar! I daresay he’s a more attacking player than Cambiasso. There were still Saviola and Messi on the bench too! *shakes head*

Spain’s Red Fury underachieved again in a way, their young talent failing to get past the experience of Les Bleus in the Round of 16. Joanne mourned the loss of her “Spanish hunks” and I was inclined to agree. We think that the Spanish had the overall best-looking team. Nyek. (You think the Italians are good-looking? Look at the Spaniards! LOL.)

I like Brazil, but they were one of the underachievers this time round. Worse than Spain. The expectations of Spain weren’t half as high as for Brazil, who sported a team of glittering names, including World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho. Somehow, the Brazil that played weren’t the Samba Kings that football fans the world over knew. Who’s to blame, no one can really say. Perhaps coach Parreira, perhaps the players themselves.

Germany. I don’t mind them, but after they beat Argentina… In that way… Let’s just say I didn’t take kindly to the Klose-inflicted injury of keeper Abbondanzieri. It wasn’t on purpose, yeah, but it was still the turning point in the tournament. Normally, you don’t expect to substitute your goalkeeper, so there was one sub wasted already. (I felt for the second-string keeper, Franco, though. It must’ve been an awful position for him.)

Yellow and red abounded in this tournament. There were twice the amount of cards awarded as compared to the last competition. But there are only two red cards that everyone talks about – Wayne Rooney’s against Portugal and Zidane’s against Italy. Talk about losing your mind… Both of them must have. Rooney really shouldn’t have reacted and shoved Cristiano Ronaldo. I think it might have been only a yellow had he not done that. As for Zidane… What was the man thinking?? Que pensiez-vous, Zidane? To do that in your last international game… In a World Cup final… Oy. So Materazzi insulted you. After playing for so many years, shouldn’t you know not to react?

Anyway, Italy won so I’m satisfied. (Would’ve been happier if Argentina won, though.) =P

Splat!

Yay! I made a 2D animation of a ball smacking into a wall. :D

It’s very, very, very basic. It’s rough. It’s not even 1 second long. (Seven frames, to be exact.)

But I’m quite happy.
After all, it’s my first real hand-drawn animation! It’s miserably basic, considering that I major in Film & Animation, but hey, it’s a start. :)

See? *grinz*
I looped it once because the original sequence consituted what – half a second? Can’t see anything like that. Hahah… I did think to make the ball slide down the wall to the floor, but I figured I should go sleep already. *sigh*

At least now I’m fairly satisfied. Because I achieved something today =)

Fun at the Office

It’s kinda relaxed, the Graphics department. The atmosphere’s pretty laidback on the whole, unless everyone’s rushing for the same deadline (which I haven’t yet experienced). Last week, KS brought the Scary Movie 4 DVD and played it on the widescreen television. For at least ten minutes straight, everyone in the office dropped work and watched the movie. After that the more conscience-stricken went into a loop, where they would return to their work for a bit, before coming back to watch the show. That includes me. Hahah!

MTV is often left playing on the smaller television, and provides distraction for us from time to time whenever something interesting/silly/stupid comes on.

Last Friday, every department got at least two dartboards in conjunction with their “Town Hall” event, which is a sort of forum held whenever a new CEO is appointed or something. No, they weren’t the ‘real’ dartboards. They did have the numbers around the rim, but the middle wasn’t the usual chequered blocks. And the darts were plastic balls with velcro around them. It’s turning out to be a real amusing activity for the guys, especially. But the girls enjoy it too. :D (see pic)

And today, seven out of the nine of us present in the morning spent the better part of 45 minutes laughing ourselves silly over the Russell Peters’ show. I laughed ’til my jaw ached…

Ahah, I almost forgot… We had a good laugh last Thursday or Friday. It’s like this: My current project is to design a screen for the Ria channel. It’s one of those in-between-shows screens that tells you what the next programme is. Mine happens to read “Selepas ini: Akademi Fantasia.” I was putting in substitute photographs where the picture of AF’s host (Aznil) would go, and at the suggestion of KS and fellow interns H and M, I used a picture of one of the other designers, S, in one of the drafts. H’s mischievous side surfaced and he promptly stuck the screen design draft on S’s desktop – centre, and stretched to fit. S’s monitor is a 21″ flatscreen. So you can imagine how gigantic the image looked on his screen. =P When S came back, his expression was hilarious! All of us who knew about it – interns, and non-interns alike – burst out laughing. But he’s a good sport. He still has it on his desktop – just centred, though. Not stretched. Heheh.

Hopefully my internship goes on being as it is now. :)

A glimpse of the office for you (different parts of it):

Random bits:

  • Life’s been quite a bit more fun and interesting ever since the grads came back from the mission trip last week. :) Not sure how long the “fun and interesting” will last though…
  • Superman Returns was kinda nice. I liked it better than X-Men or Batman. Not sure yet if I like it better than Spider-man. Maybe I do.
  • First, Spain. Then Argentina. And then Brazil??! Well, there goes. I’ve lost nearly all my interest in the World Cup. All my favourites are out. Brazil probably deserved it though. They weren’t really performing. But Argentina didn’t deserve it! I couldn’t bring myself to watch the penalty shootout after Ayala missed. And yes, I admit, I cried a bit when Argentina lost. The only bright spark is that England’s out too. At long last. Hahahahahah
  • FYP and thesis are ‘haunting’ me. I can’t seem to think of anything. *sob* Pray for me…

Hm. I’m getting the hang of this system. Shall announce the move “officially” on Tabulas sometime soon I think. That one will still be functional, of course. But “Friends Only.” ;)