Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blogger's remorse

I feel so bad in that I have idea after idea that I want to write about, but I usually don't get around to doing it.  Or possibly even worse, I'll start a post I'm very enthusiastic about but in my earnestness, I never get around to finishing it.  Case in point, I have a post that I started two years ago and it's still in the draft stage. Sigh.

Anyways, as this year winds down, I'd like to take this time to announce that I will be tweeting on my Twitter account regularly.  However, it's nothing to get excited about.  I've had Twitter for a few years now (and I have followers, though I've never tweeted anything or told anyone about my account...strange), but it was more for just reserving my name.  But as long as there's useless crap on the internet, I'm going to add my fill to it and that's what my Twitter is going to be about. Uselessness.

And just to end on something random, these are my favourite socks at the moment:

I bought them in a pack of six.  Initially, I was just really keen on wearing the blue and green ones, which I did, and they are actually very, very worn out now (thin material along the business areas and holes developing), but lately, I absolutely LOVE the pink, orange, and yellow coloured socks.  I try to dress as plain as possibly, in neutral to dark colours most of the time, and I think deep down it's a thrill to me when I'm wearing a shocking bright colour on a part of my body that is for the most part hidden.  And then, if I'm sitting down or squatting or something and my pant leg rides up a bit, then BAM!  Multi-coloured ankle surprise!  Man, I am so weird.

Gas has been in the 132.9¢/litre range.  Bugger.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Pointless Post #91 - Pop Culture with Grandparents Edition

Back in June 2009 when I was visiting family in Malaysia with my sister, we were at my great-aunt's home and she semi-randomly suggested, "Hey, let's call your grandmother in Australia! We're from the same village you know. I haven't talked to her in ages."  My sister and I agreed. We hadn't talked to our grandmother in a long time too.  And for the record, I'm doing this from memory so most of this is paraphrased and translated from hokkien, the regional Chinese dialect.

[dialing phone and ringing on the other end]


"Hello? ...um, hey, hi Ah Ma! How are you? This is your grandson, Timothy.  I think Dad already told you, but Older Sister and I are in Penang right now.  We're at Great-Aunt's house. I didn't know you two were from the same village!"

"...ehhh? Aaah, Timothy? Did you hear? Michael Jackson just died today!"

I was completely caught off guard.  And then, I burst out laughing, not at the fact that a great musician died, but at the fact that this was the first thing my grandmother decided to say to me after not having talked to her for a few months.

[covering the phone]  "Ah Ma just informed me that Michael Jackson died!"

[family also laughs at the absurdity of the way the conversation just turned]

"Hahaha...um, I'm doing fine, thanks Ah Ma!"

[turning to my sister]  "Here, she wants to talk to you now."

I doubled over laughing.  I did end up speaking to her a bit more after that, but man oh man, for some reason I never ever thought that my at the time 81(?) year old grandmother would ever give me current news like that.

Gas has gone down to 125ish and I even saw it for 123.9¢/litre tonight.