Archive | April 2008

Raisin Tay

My mum wanted to rhyme my Chinese name to my English name and so I was named Si Lin and hence Serene while my sister’s name is Yi Lin and hence Yirene.

So a friend was saying, luckily your mum is not mine …his Chinese name is called Tay Ruixian and he would have called… Raisin Tay?

Hilarious

KFC Theory

Time: 1.34 am
Location: Biz canteen
Activities: Studying for sociology and now blogging
Topic: KFC Theory

KFC sells 2 kinds of chicken, Crispy and Original. And in this world, there are 2 kinds of people too. Crispy and Original.

Original refers to the true and authentic taste of the original recipe created by Colonel Sanders while Crispy is the new flavour that was created in a later period of time. When one is referred to as being original, he/she is genuine and sincere just like the authenticity of the original recipe. On the other hand, if you are not original, that means that you are crispy. SO, that means you are insincere, fake and hypocritical. Now, this is only the first half of the theory that Jeremiah came out.

Erwin enhanced it by introducing mashed potato. People who are referred to as mashed potato are simply the in betweens, you can’t really tell if he/she is genuine or not.

Jeremiah insisted that he is original drumstick when he is a mashed potato while Erwin seems to play the role of Colonel Sanders.

Internship Status.

I’ve never faced so many rejections in my life and I think I should justify them and do myself some justices.

1. JCDecaux: I wonder why they rejected me? But I got Apple offer before they rejected me! Blah.
2. aAdvantage: They are way too slow! And because I’ve accepted Apple, the status says “No Longer Available” !
3. Apple: Yeah~~
4. DBS: Don’t ask. Blah
5. P&G: Hey hey, I didn’t get rejected by them ok! I applied too late and the position was filled before I even submitted!
6. Euromonitor: Eh eh I rejected them not otherwise! They offered but I realized that the working environment doesn’t really suit me.

So only 2 firms rejected me, not 4!

 

Superficial…

I am sure most guys agree with the above statement. Superficial…

 

Sexier…

I have no idea why this reminds me of Erwin. I think it’s because I can so imagine him saying this in his little squeaky voice.

Note: Cat passed me this Dilbert comic book from HSSML which is supposed to be on “leadership”.

Sexy little Mints

Colin bought the girls this! Sexy Little Mints! Sexy. It’s from Victoria’s Secret. Haha. How strange.

At the back of it, it says

“Mints you’ll be passionate about.
Directions: For best results, take 1 or 2 before kissing.”

Hahaha. Sexy.

I want to go clubbing!

Went Timbre yesterday and the music was good. But I realized that I missed clubbing! Can’t wait for the post exam celebration party to come!

 

 Note: I’m not an avid clubber! I club less than twice a year?

Review on Marie-Jo Et Ses Deux Amours (Marie-Jo and Her Two Lovers)

I hereby declare; “I love French movies!”

This show was rather intense. You can really feel how torn Marie-Jo was when she had to make a choice between 2 loves of her life.

Her husband, Daniel, is one who shared her past and life with. They created a stable family and a beautiful and smart daughter. He is the man who is deeply in loved with her and was not angry with her when he found out about her affair with another man. He was depressed, devastated and confused. He even tried to share his wife because he wanted her to stay.

Marco, a very charismatic guy and Marie-Jo was very happy when she was with him. Marco made her feels young again. Rejuvenated, happy and in loved.

Both men loved Marie-Jo a lot and so did Marie-Jo. You can feel how sad she was to make that decision. I can feel her pain.

To cut the story short, I’m going to reveal the ending here.

Marie-Jo went out on a boat trip with Daniel. Daniel accidentally slipped and hit himself on the head. He then fell into the sea in a semiconscious state. Marie-Jo tried saving him but to no avail. She then decided to die with Daniel, hugging and holding his hand and drown herself too. Both of them died.

Sigh, I hate sad ending.

Overall, the music was good, the acting was intense and the scene was beautiful. Just that the ending is way too tragic and I hate sad endings. Otherwise, it’s still a good show to watch.

Ratings: 3.75/5

Note: It is strange that it is rated as PG in Singapore! There were numerous sex and nudity scene involved! It should have been M18 or something! I’m glad I’ve watched it with one of my girl-friend to save me from feeling awkward and all.

The “Carrot and Radish” Theory

I was so bored studying service marketing in HSSML. So my studying buddies (Erwin and Jane) for the day started an interesting conversation about a theory. Erwin came out with a theory, the chicken and duck theory which was later renamed as the carrot and radish theory for aesthetic purposes.

This theory says that when one is looking for a relationship it is like when one is in a barter trade. Assuming that all women own carrots and men own radish, one needs to look for the “right” carrot/radish before the transaction takes place.

To illustrate:

Ms A owns a carrot and she is looking for someone who owns a radish of certain criteria, say the size, weight, taste, freshness etc. On the other hand, Mr B owns a radish and he is looking for a carrot of certain qualities.

So if the radish that Mr B owns fulfilled the criteria that Ms A is looking for and vice versa for her carrot than a transaction can take place. So in a relationship it takes a while to locate the right person because (1) the person needs to possess the carrot/radish that you are looking for and (2) the person wants your radish/carrot that you have.

When the owner’s carrot/radish is very popular in the market, there will be many other bidders and the process will take an even longer time before the transaction is finalized.

We also discussed topics ranging from; Should Mr B bid for Ms A’s carrot if she is also holding on to other radish? Should Ms A accept the exchange with Mr B if she is holding on to Mr C’s radish? This is assuming that she will eventually drop Mr C’s radish if she chose to hold Mr B’s radish. Things got complicated when we discussed further. When should Ms A dropped Mr C’s radish if she found out that his radish is not what she is looking for? Before she found a new radish or after? Jane said it depends on how bad or rotten Mr C’s radish was. Hahaha…

I can sense that this theory may have a lot of loopholes and would definitely need some fine-tuning in the future. Till then, go figure what this carrot and radish theory is all about.

“Interesting” Questions…

I have an “interesting” sis who has got some “interesting” friends asking some “interesting” questions. Here’s the questions she asked me this morning…

(1) If you have to marry one of these men which one will you choose to marry? Here are some of their qualities.

Mr Ah Beng
o An Ah Beng
o Extermely fat and ugly
o Comes from a rich family
o Poorly educated but now had turned over a new leaf and started studying in a private school

Mr Ah Seng
o An Ah Seng
o Slim and good looking
o Comes from a poor family
o Poorly educated and continues to live his life in a rotten way

Which one will you choose?

(2) If you must eat one of the followings which one will you pick?

Set A: 1 cup of human waste, regardless if it is in a solid, semi or liquid state

Set B: 100 alive and kicking cockroaches

OMG! I am seriously worried about the kind of people my sis is hanging out with. haha…To ask such questions! Which one will you pick? Sick…

Why Beautiful Women Marry Less Attractive Men

By Jeanna Bryner
LiveScience Staff Writer
LiveScience.comThu Apr 10, 11:25 AM ET

Women seeking a lifelong mate might do well to choose the guy a notch below them in the looks category. New research reveals couples in which the wife is better looking than her husband are more positive and supportive than other match-ups.The reason, researchers suspect, is that men place great value on beauty, whereas women are more interested in having a supportive husband.

Researchers admit that looks are subjective, but studies show there are some universal standards, including large eyes, “baby face” features, symmetric faces, so-called average faces, and specific waist-hip ratios in men versus women.

Past research has shown that individuals with comparable stunning looks are attracted to each other and once they hook up they report greater relationship satisfaction. These studies, however, are mainly based on new couples, showing that absolute beauty is important in the earliest stages of couple-hood, said lead researcher James McNulty of the University of Tennessee. But the role of physical attractiveness in well-established partnerships, such as marriage, is somewhat of a mystery.

The new study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, reveals looks continue to matter beyond that initial attraction, though in a different way.

Supportive spouses
McNulty’s team assessed 82 couples who had married within the previous six months and had been together for nearly three years prior to tying the knot. Participants were on average in their early to mid-20s. Researchers videotaped as each spouse discussed with their partner a personal problem for 10 minutes. The tapes were analyzed for whether partners were supportive of spouses’ issues, which included goals to eat healthier, to land a new job and to exercise more often. “A negative husband would’ve said, ‘This is your problem, you deal with it,'” McNulty said, “versus ‘Hey, I’m here for you; what do you want me to do?; how can I help you?'”

A group of trained “coders” rated the facial attractiveness of each spouse on a scale from 1 to 10, with the perfect 10 representing the ultimate babe. About a third of the couples had a more attractive wife, a third a more attractive husband and the remaining partners showed matching looks.

Trophy wives
Overall, wives and husbands behaved more positively when the woman was better looking. The finding “seems very reasonable,” said Dan Ariely, a professor of behavioral economics at MIT’s Program in Media Arts and Sciences and Sloan School of Management. “Men are very sensitive to women’s attractiveness. Women seem to be sensitive to men’s height and salary,” said Ariely, who was not involved in the recent study.

In couples with more attractive husbands, both partners were less supportive of one another. McNulty suggests wives mirror, in some ways, the level of support they get from husbands. “The husband who’s less physically attractive than his wife is getting something more than maybe he can expect to get,” McNulty told LiveScience. “He’s getting something better than he’s providing at that level. So he’s going to work hard to maintain that relationship.” Men who are more attractive than their partners would theoretically have access to partners who are more attractive than their current spouses, McNulty said. The “grass could be greener” mentality could make these men less satisfied and less committed to maintain the marriage. Physical attractiveness of husbands is not as important to women, the researchers suggest. Rather, wives are looking for supportive husbands, they say.

So it seems the mismatch in looks is actually a perfect match. “Equitable is unlikely to mean the same on every dimension,” Ariely said during a telephone interview. “It just means that overall two people make sense together.”

My responses:Sigh, all women’s hopes in looking for a hot boyfriend/husband to ensure that their children will have good genes seem to mean that they will have to sacrifice a happy marriage for that?

This article is trying to say that; women should look for a partner who is one notch lower than them in terms of physical attractiveness.

It is infuriating to know that men who are more attractive than their partners would theoretically have access to partners who are more attractive than their current spouses and will therefore make them less satisfied! Men are truly superficial! Hey, looks are only skin deep! It is maddening to know that as a matter of fact. This is an irritating but interesting piece of news.

www.allanbakes.com

Just had the second most delicious cheesecake ever in my life! http://www.allanbakes.com

All specially lovingly baked by Allan who specializes in cheesecakes among many other delicious pastries! His cheesecake is light and smooth and just gives you the OMmmmm sensation in your mouth. I am a cheesecake lover! So after tasting my very own extremely-gorgeous-and-scrumptious-self-baked-Oreo-Cheesecake that I’ve made, this is the second best that I’ve come across so far. (Or so I claimed.)

This is the best cheesecake I’ve tasted in my life. hehe

For a mere $4.80, you can experience the best cheesecake commercially (but still home baked, the best cheesecake is of course the one I’ve made!) available in town!

The best thing is? It’s only a 10 minutes bus ride from NUS Business School, Heng Miu Keng Bus Stop!

How?

How do you know?

______(What) right here is the one?

How do you know?

______(What) you found is the one you want?

How does he know? Or how does she know?

How do I know?

How?

definitely, maybe (2008)

Synopsis:
Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will’s story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as a idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. On the campaign, Will’s best buddy is Russell McCormack. They not only have similar political aspirations, they share the same type of girl problems, too. Will hopelessly attempts a “PG” version of his story for his daughter ad changes the names so Maya has to guess who he finally married. Is her mother Will’s college sweetheart, the dependable girl next-door Emily? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, he apolitical April? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad’s romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it’s definitely never too late to go back…and maybe even possible to find a happy ending.

Comment: This movie is supposed to be a romantic comedy. Please take note that I used the word, SUPPOSED.

I love chick flick generally. I love watching a brainless movie and not having to use any of my precious and limited brain cells that are left up there after a whole day of mugging.

But this movie was not THAT romantic and the funny parts probably lasted a total of 27 seconds. (Ok, I am being mean here. Yikes.) It is not at all brainy but instead of watching the movie in a peaceful affect state. I was highly irritated. The movie progresses very slowly and it is definitely not for people like me who is always looking forward to how things end.

The saving grace in this movie was the adorable girl who is incredibly lovable. The happy ending left me feeling slightly pleased too. Will plucked up his courage after Maya’s encouragement to pursuit the love of his life that he once missed. This is how the ending should be like for a romantic movie.

Ratings: 2.5 / 5

To side track, I saw a show that said one shouldn’t say that his/her relationship is having a “happy ending” as this is sort of an oxymoron. Like alone together, pretty ugly etc. So one should say, our relationship is off to a “happy start”.

No one wants to watch that French movie with me. Blah.

I am confused with what I want in life. Hmm, I know this sounds random, but being in a confused state makes people random too?

Marie-Jo Et Ses Deux Amours (Marie-Jo and Her Two Lovers)

I saw this on 8 days, a French film (with English Subtitles) playing this Tuesday at 8pm. But I can’t find anyone to go with me! It’s at Sarkies Road, which is very near Newton MRT station. I read its synopsis and I am curious about the choice that Marie-Jo made.

Hey babes and guys (people that I know), anyone interested to go? Do sms/call me by Sunday and I’ll try to book it at Sistic if it is still available.

Here’s the synopsis.
Marie-Jo is a middle-aged woman living an ordinary life with her husband Daniel, and her daughter, Julie. Daniel runs a small construction business in which Marie-Jo helps. She also works at the local hospital. Outwardly their marriage is loving. But Marie-Ho has been in love with another man for more than a year. Marco works as a harbour pilot and is deeply in love with Marie-Jo Learning that loving two men is impossible, Marie-Jo is forced to make a choice.

“Critically evaluate the Industrial Society (IS) perspective.”

In my sociology mid term exam, I was given 4 questions to choose from to complete this 1 hour long essay exam. So I picked the question, “Critically evaluate the Industrial Society (IS) perspective.”

Here’s how I started…

The industrial society (IS) perspective is one of a non-marxist perspective, one which Dahrendorf believes in which is rather different from the capitalist society (CS) perspective which is of a neo-marxist perspective……

Under the IS perspective, it is believed that the use of science and technology resulted in an increasing affluence of the society, where equality of opportunity and social mobility is present. It is said to be where democratic and citizenship prevails, where there are harmony and little conflict in the society. Dahrendorf viewed the industrial society as a larger picture where capitalist society forms part of this industrial society…

Ok, then I went on talking about Liberal-Democratic government, Marxist CS perspective, alienation, alternative society, separation of ownership and control… ya da ya da… At this point in time, it was 20 minutes into the exam, writing and scribbling 1¾ pages… and I’ve got no freaking idea what I was writing… 59 minutes into the exam, I had written 3 ½ pages and the time is up…

I had no freaking idea what had happened in the 60 minutes! That was 5 weeks ago.

Now, fast forward to this morning, I’ve got back my mid term exam paper. The comment I’ve got from my tutor was …

Serene,
Well done. You’ve thoroughly engaged in critiquing the IS perspective.
Grade: A

O…K… Now, I took the paper, sat on the bench outside the sociology graduate room and started reading my script.

Now, what was this all about? Hmm… I don’t remember writing these… Wow, I said that? Hmmm… interesting… Wow, I can write pretty decently… Interesting…O…K…

And so I concluded, I was definitely possessed in that 60 minutes…I’m amazed.

If only I can consciously choose to be possessed. It must be Ralf Dahrendorf… oh no, but I think Mr Dahrendorf is still alive…then it must be Karl Marx…

A talented marketing student found herself an internship position!

I’ve finally secured an internship!

I’ve never faced so much rejection before in my life! I was rejected by DBS yesterday because I flunk the online test. Sucks.

I’ve got an internship position at Apple Inc! Woot!

All in the name of school work!

We told our mama that we were in school doing school work but guess what? Here is what my studying buddies actually doing.

Tai Tong is playing online bridge!

Tabi is playing sushi game!

Val is mahjong-ing! By the time Val print screen her screen, Tai Tong started playing Mahjong too!

And me? Blog surfing…

All in the name of school work! Guess who introduce the game site to these people? It’s Valerie Lee Li Ling! Now Tabitong is hooked on it too!

Lucky Red!

I vividly remember my mum buying lots of red undies during Lunar New Year. She said it was supposed to bring people good luck when you wear them. So I guess it kinds of symbolizes luck too? Good luck to the case peeps at Seattle!

Definition of Blah

These days I’ve been using the word “Blah” way too often and so I’ve decided to check out the meaning of “Blah” in the urban dictionary. Yes, such dictionary exists. It is said to define slang with our definitions. It is used to define our world.

Here’s the list of meanings associated with the word “Blah”.

1. Its a word used in an after sentence, when no one is talking, or when a person has nothing else to say.
So then i told Jose that imma look for those midgets if its the last thing i do.. and blah..

2. A word commonly used to describe an emotional state in which the person feels a sense of having no hope; usually during a deep depression.
As I lay awake, alone in my bed, I cannot help but become overwhelmed by this feeling of blah.

3. Something that means nothing.
“hey joe, whats up?”
“blah,”
“what?”
“blah”
“ok…”
“blah”

4. Answers any question you don’t know the answer to
Dan: hey wats the answer to #1
Jon: blah

5. A word to use when you dont know what the persons talking about.
Blah Blah Blah is all the students were hearing

6. An abbreviation for “bored like all hell”
person1: What do you want to to today?
person2: I don’t know. I’m blah.

7. What a vampire says instead of blood
Man: What are you going to do to me?
Vampire: I’m going to suck your blah!

The list goes on…

Usually I’ll use “Blah” with a less intense meaning of definition 2. Definition 7 is way too ridiculous!