In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Family values

Different families have different values and cultures. Pretty obvious if you think about it, but being young myself I've not actually had the opportunity of observing different family values clashing badly. Maybe it's because of my lack of a significant other up until this point?

The opportunity to spend a lot of time in Shane's house is definitely a blessing, and I'm very thankful about it. It isn't easy to get along with the parents of your boyfriend, especially if you're a guy yourself! But somehow it's worked out that way - although methinks Shane's parents are more comfortable seeing me as a godson rather than their son's lover.

Staying over in another family's house though takes some getting used to - I'm so used to a n exchange of greetings as soon as I appear in my mum's house and sometimes reminded by her to greet my step-father. Not all families have that culture, apparently. Also, different people have different ways to make their point heard. Me and my mum are used to talking slowly and exchanging points. My brother tries to do the same, but somehow falls short of the calm manner. My biological father's patented method of course was to undermine your self confidence and ridicule you into submission. It was really ugly watching him do it to my mum. But I digress.

Different families also have their different share of problems. Living at Shane's place puts me in a different perspective and partially experience different types of problems. It's like an education by hardship without having to go through it yourself.

My mum really isn't too happy that I spend so much time there. To her, parents shouldn't allow boyfriends to live in with them so often. But that's the values that she holds - not the values held by their family. Besides that, they've gotten so used to me being around. But really, my mum admits she's getting jealous. Possessive? With good reason - me, my mum and my bro have been sticking together for quite a while now.

These things take time. Time to understand, emphatize, adjust.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Oil Aversion

You know how some people always have trouble finding food they like? These same people that try to avoid Chinese dinners and stop eating very quickly into the meal? I noticed that these same people usually also complain about oily foods. Hence my running theory - the oil aversion gene.

My cousin from Australia who I just met in fact mentioned it. Food is too oily, or something to that effect. Over the dinner table the family was talking about picky eaters and gourmets, so I asked my aunt if that same cousin likes Dim Sum. He didn't apparently. Neither do I. It makes me jelak very quickly, and makes my stomach uncomfortable.

In fact, after eating, the smell of oil usually repulses me. Seriously, I can't tand the smell of cooking oil after eating. If I pass by someone frying food after a meal the smell sends me reeling.

The running hypothesis is that I have an aversion to oily food. The body doesn't process it properly, or subtlely suggests that I avoid eating too much of it. The cause for the gene would be for health reasons - taking too much oily and fatty foods is bad for the health. So the body sets an instinct to avoid such foods after a certain amount has been consumed.

Of course, there are technical issues with the hypothesis (Evolution of a new gene? Caused by need only? Through what theoretical evolutionary mechanism?). But anyway, from a practical point of view, people like me can be kept perfectly happy at meal times by providing food that is less oily and fatty. Once the need is recognised, it can be accomadated for.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Exams over! Job hunting begins

The title says it all. I just finished my last paper for my masters, so my next priority is finding work. Hopefully a uni will accept me as a tutor so I can sneak my way into the academic sector somehow. It looks pretty tough - but I'll start on it as soooon as I get some form of dependable internet.

Which I do not have. Right now I'm using dial-up on insane my lap top which rejects wireless at some places and accepts it at other places. (So I accidentally deleted something important in my lap top. I tried to fix it, really I did) , and am chocked full with social stuff and chores that need my immediate attention. Still, job hunt soon.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Another meme

Oh yes, it's a meme. Not that nothing's been happening - but I'm too busy to blog about it all. :(

Choose One

1. Tissue or handkerchief? Tissue.
2. Shoes or sneakers? Sneakers
3. Collar-short or T-shirt? T-shirt
4. Brief or boxer? Briefs
5. Pants or khakis? Khakis
6. Fast food or restaurant/kopitiam? Economy rice
7. Horror or fantasy movie? Fantasy
8. Starbucks or Coffee Bean? Neither. Expensive coffee? Please.
9. Genki Sushi or Sushi King? Sushi King
10. Pavilion or The Gardens? Gardens - it has this coooooool LEGO specialised shop!

Nathan Sawaya making art from Lego! More of this from

Gossip Queen

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? Shane
2. What were you doing at 0800? Sleeeping.
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Surfing the net.
4. What happened to you in 2006? I met someone special. :)
5. What was the last thing you said out loud? "Love you very much."
6. How many beverages did you have today? Just water
7. What color is your hairbrush? Just a comb - a blue one.
8. What was the last thing you paid for? Toll.
9. Where were you last night? Dinner with brother, his date and his date's friends.
10. What color is your front door? Brown.
11. Where do you keep your change? Left pants pocket
12. What’s the weather like today? Looks cool, not too sunny
13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? CHOCOLATE. Duuuh.
14. What excites you?
15. Do you want to cut your hair? Not really.
16. Are you over the age of 25? Yes.
17. Do you talk a lot? Nope.
18. Do you watch the O.C.? Hardly watch tv.
19. Do you know anyone named Steven? I used to... I think.
20. Do you make up your own words? Myah.... lemme think about this one.
21. Are you a jealous person? Seems like I'm not.
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Alex
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. ...
24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? Shane
25. What does the last text message you received say? Erm, I deleted the last ones. Currently it's "Sorry to hear about your father"
26. Do you chew on your straw? Nope.
27. Do you have curly hair? No
28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Melaka or Shane's house
29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Father and brother
30. What was the last thing you ate? Dinner with brother and gang
31. Will you get married in the future? Not unless it gets legalised
32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? ...can't remember
33. Is there anyone you like right now? Absolutely
34. When was the last time you did the dishes? I just washed some cups
35. Are you currently depressed? No
36. Did you cry today? No
37. Why did you answer and post this? Cos I got tagggged
38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey… Super Boing Boing, Woggles, Mc Duff, Muffin, and Little Sammy Stripes.