SuGaR & sPiCe

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Back From My Long Hiatus

Whoa, it's been ages since I wrote my first (and only) post. Some of you guys (who had nothing better to do than read my crappy blog) might think, 'Gosh, is this girl lazy or what?', but I assure you my laziness has got nothing to do with why I stopped writing. OK, so that's not entirely true, I admit I am a lazybone, but the thing is I forgot what's my Google account and I just can't be arsed to try to remember it. That is, until today. Hehe. So here I am, forcing myself to write something decent and err, productive, maybe? Duh, I've only just written a few sentences and yet I think I'm getting a writer's block!

So for those of you who guys who's been anticipating to know about the updates of my life (as if!), here goes the list:

1) I've been in the UK, Nottingham to be exact, since last September to study Chemistry

2) Sometimes I still think I think I'm not used to the gloominess and coldness of England's weather even though I've stayed here for 6 months (technically just 5 months, see point 3)

3) Both of my brothers had gotten married in December last year. After a few tense, crazy days of my life I managed to find some last minute plane ticket to go back home, and in the end it's all worthwhile (hence the one month absence from the UK)

4) I am currently addicted to e-bay. Seriously, I can't stop bidding (and winning!) things that I don't really need and probably never gonna use. I kept checking my e-bay account every 5 mins and I even dream about e-bay when I sleep! I know should stop, but somehow the force of the dark side is stronger! (You know what I mean)

5) Apparently, my impulsive-buying habit has gotten a bit out of control. Like the other day, I bought this purple expensive tennis outfit (a really cute one albeit!) after seeing Maria Sharapova wore it on tv. I mean, what are the odds I'm going to play tennis? Sure, I could hit a ball or two, but then I need lots and lots of very patient ball-picker as the tennis balls are bound to be very likely to spend more time outside of the tennis court than inside it!

6) You guys will probably think I am a heartless, ungrateful person, but I think I miss my cats more than I miss my parents and family. Well, it's probably because I could always speak to my family through the phone whenever I feel like I'm missing them, but the cats, try as they might, they can't really speak, can they? So it figures!

7) Lately my social life is practically nonexistent! I think that's why I kept checking my e-bay account every 5 mins (refer point 4). Well, come to think of it, I've been checking my Friendster and Myspace account quite a lot too! Seriously, I need to get a life!

8) My new year resolution this year was (note the use of past tense) to drink at least 2 litres plain water every single day, but it only lasted until 4th January. LOL! I know, who am I kidding?! What makes me think I can drink plain water when I've been living off sodas my whole life? Besides, 2 litres water will make me pee like every 20 mins!

9) I think I might consider working, besides sleeping of course, as a way of killing time during my Easter vacation. That is, after my trip to Paris!

10) I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK TO MALAYSIA DURING THE SUMMER! WOOHOO!!! Looking forward to hanging out with my loud and lovely cousins and friends! Home sweet home, here I come! (Well, not for another 4 months. Duh!)

I think I've written quite a lot for a girl who prefers to speak rather than write. So as for now, asta la vista baby! (Gosh, that is so totally Arnold Schwarzenwhatever!)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Take That : Are They Back For Good?

Well, I just finished watching Take That For The Record. God, I totally forgot how famous they were and how much I used to adore them! C'mon, dont tell me u've never heard of Take That. Even my mom knows a thing or two about them. All teens who grew up during the 90's must know them. Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald. Ring any bells? Anyway, just in case some of u have never had the privilege to sing along to their tunes, here's the 411: They were like totally the biggest and most successful British band ever since The Beatles, even bigger than Spice Girls and Boyzone! HA! They were so famous that hundreds of girls were chasing them anywhere they went, climbing their hotel's windows just to take a peek at the guys, and some even pretended to be the hotel's staffs so that they could meet them up close! Pretty wild, huh?

Anyway, Take That phenomenon started way back in 1991. They had a total of eight consecutive number one hits in the UK singles chart. But I didnt know them until 1994. I know, I was only 8 but I happen to have an older sister who played their records endlessly (and bless her for that) that even I, the whole 8 years of me, fall in love with their songs. And the fact that the boys happen to be easy on the eyes doesnt hurt either. Hehe. I used to have the biggest crush on Jason, but somewhere along the line I decided to make Gary as the object of my affection. And my sis fancied the pants off Mark (not literally, mind u!)

I still remember the two of us would sit in front of the tv for hours watching their concert, Live in Wembley, over and over again. Well, I guess sitting wouldn't be the appropriate word since we were actually dancing and singing along with the boys like there's no tomorrow. Lol! It's really funny now that I think of it. But funny or not, back on those days, I totally loved their songs, especially Relight My Fire, How Deep Is Your Love and Back For Good.

But unfortunately, all good things must come to and end. Robbie left the band in 1995 but Take That continued as a four piece for yet another year. Then, they finally announced the bad news that they were splitting and this broke the hearts of millions of fans worldwide (including my sis and I), to an extent that 24 hours suicide hotlines were actually being set up around the UK to cope with fans' grief (told ya they were a huge success!). I think the girls couldn't cry their eyes out more than they did that time, or unless those 'Fab 5' died in a plane crash.

But somehow until this day, even though the band had broken up for 10 years, I still know all their songs by heart and couldn't help singing along to it if I happen to hear them. I'd say without a doubt that they have changed the UK music industry (even the world, perhaps?) and inspired a cycle of manufactured Pop acts that came to dominate the music industry of the next decade such as Westlife, Blue, and blah blah blah.

P.S: Good for them to start touring again, even though it's quite a shame that Robbie won't be joining them.