Tuesday, September 29, 2009

If only this is our school’s history text book

Eugene Yu featured in Going Places Magazine - Malaysia Airlines in flight magazine
Last month when my hubby got me a Sudoku puzzle book, he bought a comic book about our country’s first prime minister – the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj's road to Independence by a local author, Eugene Yu. I know my husband is a fan of comic books (especially Japanese Manga) BUT as far as I know he doesn’t like history very much. In fact the both of us never quite liked our school history text books because it was EXTREMELY boring and there wasn’t much input. Soon we even came to find out that the facts were very much distorted just to suit the powers that be (or so it seemed…).

E Yu’s comic on the late Tunku was fascinating – there’s even an article featuring him in the September issue of Malaysia Airlines in-flight magazine. It is history in cartoon format so the words were simple and short - it is the picture that tells the tale. To make the entire comic interesting, the author blended current day hypes. For instance a scene on Tunku in London’s train station was drawn to look like a comic version of Harry Potter in search of platform 9¾.

Simply said, we were laughing from beginning till the end. However, the story ended with the late Tunku’s proclamation of being an independent state on the morning of August 31st 1957 in Dataran Merdeka. Honestly, I was rather disappointed that the story ended there. I mean the least the author could do is simplified that happened after Merdeka (Independence) right up to his final days on Earth. But I think if he were to do that, the book would end up double it's current size and so will the price (^^,) - do note that his first book on Tun Dr. Mahathir (Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister) is half the size (and half the price) compared to this book on Tunku.

Unfortunately, this comic isn’t the reference book to our history exam paper. But only if our school’s text book were this interesting, it would be surely be more fun to learn AND easy to remember!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A week off to Phuket

The Raya holidays are finally here. Dan and I will be in Phuket for the entire week and will be back by Saturday. We are currently at Penang airport (making use of their free WiFi) while awaiting for our boarding call. Hopefully I'll have plenty things to blog when I get back.

To all Muslim friends, "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri" and Happy Holiday Everybody!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Double Happiness Cross Stitch

Double Happiness Cross Stitch

In my previous post (Stitching up Happiness), I have posted about stitching a double happiness cross stitch. And here finally I have completed the task~! The Aida cloth that I've used is 14counts measured 10 inches by 10 inches and only used 4 skeins of 349 DMC thread. Of course based on the photo above, it's obvious that the end results is not exactly as the cross stitch pattern that I've uploaded. It's because I didn't want my pattern to look like "Hello Kitty" (the famous cat without a mouth) so I've decided to add mouths for both the guy and girl. Anyway, below is a little animated image I've created showing various "expressions". The entire body measurements remain the same. The only changes done is to the face.

Double Happiness Cross Stitch Variations

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pre-wedding photos - Adding a personal touch

I have one very honest question to those who are married and have a pre-wedding photo album - "where is it NOW?" The most common answers I get is "kept up in some drawer" and "collecting dusk on the self". And when I asked if they still love the album as much as they first got it, there are some who's answer was an unfortunate - no. But who can blame them? Being a bride, is once in a life time thing - we only have one chance (unless of course our husbands are so rich they don't mind us spending a fortune on the best bridal studio and take as many times as you want).

If you've been surfing around some of the bridal studio's wedding sites / blogs (especially Malaysian sites), you might notice a certain pattern in the photographer. One particular site that I've noticed is how the photographer takes outdoor shoots. All his/her outdoor shot focuses on the background leaving the bridal couple either too small or too blur. It looks beautiful for commercials but to me, I don't think I would want that because I can't see if the bride in the picture is really me or not me. At the end of the day, I felt like "what's the point in taking wedding albums?" They all looked similarly the same!

But who are you to blame when your album looks the same as the other couple's album which looks the same as another couple's album? A bridal studio has only X number of photographers. Over a period of time, the photographers will too run out of ideas. So in short, don't expect the photographer to give you "new" ideas when in fact it's actually recycled. And now with the Internet, you can compare various sites and see that the poses and outdoor background are of the same location - the botanical gardens, the capital city - Putrajaya, the train station in Kuala Lumpur, Taman Tun Dr Ismail Park.

Here's the bottom line - it's YOUR album. So try to put your hands and feet in it. What I mean is, add a personal touch into your album - bring your own props. Every bridal studio has their own props. But those props only match their clothings and most likely other brides before you have already used it. If you want something special, put an effort. If you leave the work to the bridal company's crew, then don't complain if it doesn't satisfy you. One good example is using soft toys - one to represent you and the other your partner. For the two of us, it's Piggie and Doggie. I'll let you guess who's the pig and who's the dog.

If you are not a fan of soft toys, perhaps other things that represents your common interest. If stamps are your things, then bring along your stamp album. How you pose with your stamp album will be entirely up to you. Or if you have good photo editing skills, you might want to put your face onto a stamp instead?

In short, adding something that is yours makes a big difference.