Sunday, November 30, 2003

What? It's been a week already?

This week sure went by really quickly.. it only seemed like yesterday when Evelyn surprised me at the airport. Today I'm back at the same airport, but this time sending her off back to school. I guess time flies by when I don't notice it.

I really need to slow down on life - sometimes I think I need to shut everything off for two days just to catch up on my spiritual being..

Friday, November 28, 2003

Lion King

I finally saw Lion King.. this is my second Disney musical I have seen thus far, after Beauty and the Beast (that was almost 8 years ago!). Took Evelyn to Il Fornello for a rushed dinner - got there at 6:00pm, didn't get seated until 7:05pm, left the restaurant at 7:45pm. That spoiled my plan for a "leisurely enjoyable romantic" dinner. In any case, the show was fantastic. I was especially amazed at how much theatrical technology has advanced since I saw Beauty and the Beast at the same Princess of Wales Theatre. They even had a halogram! Way cool. The costumes and props were very well done too. Of course, the singing was astounding, as usual. Overall it was a very well-done production!

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

More Music

Another night of classical music - Boston Pops, to be exact. A lighter, less conservative side of orchestra music. Ranging from the theme of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to a more traditional piece from Tchaikovsky, they played a wide range of music to entertain us.

It's been wonderful since Evelyn came back, because now I get to do a lot of things that I was not able to do alone. (get your mind outta the gutter!) We had dinner in a fancy restaurant downtown, we went to a concert, and we are going to see Lion King on Thursday! Tr�s cool. Too bad the happy times always seem too short, as she's leaving on Saturday already. :(

What Irrational Number Are You?

Hahaha.. differentiate me!
What Irrational Number Are You?
You are e

Of all the irrational numbers, you are the most intense. By nature you are powerful, although sometimes you can spiral out of control. You are good with money; the interest seems to just compound whenever you are near. When someone uses the word "exponential" they are probably talking about you.

In some ways you and φ are a nearly perfect match. Not to mention how attractive φ is. But then, there is the remarkable π...

Your lucky number is approximately 2.71828183

Shiny Lemur
Straif's Blog

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

I claim 42!

Numbers to be patentable

I am going to file a patent application for the number 42, as it is the answer to the ultimate question. While I'm at it, I should also patent the number 69. ;)

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Oh and there's a twist..

Thanks for proving to me that the world *is* scheming something towards me! It was a nice evening on Friday night - dinner with some friends over great food, chatting away about everything under the sun. When suddenly 'a friend' called Lisa, asking her for a lift from the airport. Coincidentally she didn't drive! Guess who was asked for a 'favour'? Me. Knowing the fact that I wouldn't refuse to help somebody in need (not in a million years!), I was 'deceived' into going to the airport with Lisa to pick up her 'friend'.

Well, to make a long story short, Evelyn came back and surprised me. It was a classic moment at the airport when I saw her walking out when I was expected Lisa's 'friend'. Now looking back, they dropped so many hints and made many blunders which I should have caught. Hey, they say hindsight is 20/20!

These friends know me so well.. to the point where they can predict my reactions to everything. Sorta scary if you think about it. So now Evelyn is back for a week! So happy that she decided to come back even though she's busy with her studies and research.. hehehe.

Friday, November 21, 2003


I really enjoy music - in all forms of it. Whether it be singing (I have a terrible voice), or enjoying a musical piece. Unfortunately, I still cannot play any musical instrument. My parents never made me learn piano or violin when I was little, and it never occurred to me to learn. To say I'm regretting this decision is an understatement. I wish I had at least learned the piano or something.

Went to see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Lisa tonight, and enjoyed a night of Beethoven and Mozart. We got cheap tickets (similar to LiveRush in Ottawa) and sat right behind the orchestra, at the choir loft. It is certainly interesting to be watching a performance from this angle! I especially liked the Concerto between the violin, cello, and the piano. I never would have thought that these instruments that sound distinctively different individually would should so good together!

Looking forward to see another show next Tuesday. So glad to have found Lisa who also enjoys this type of stuff. Now I have a "Classical Music" buddy to attend these concerts with!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

High Society

So today was an interesting day, since I was invited to a pre-launch event for a new line of luxury car. Seeing that I'm not a big car enthusiast, I invited my brother along since he loves this kind of stuff. I told him to dress nice - after all, it's a luxury car they are showcasing. Boy was I ever glad.

It was held at The Distillery District in downtown Toronto, in a small building called "The Fermenting Room". As we stepped in, we were greeted with the car sitting on the right of the stairs. I must comment on the fact that the car looked amazing - very luxurious, leather interior, and all the bells-and-whistles to go with it. With its 12-cylinder engine, capable of outputting 420hp.. okay, I'll stop here. The price tag, you ask? $126,000. I can almost buy a condo for that amount.

We were served martinis (eat your hearts out people, open bar!) and small h'or derves - peking duck wraps, small cucumbers with some exotic spices and spreads on top? I admit I don't have much experience with these 'upper class' h'or derves. As my brother said last night, "If it were me, it'd be pineapple and sausages!"

Then they brought on more food. Tandori Chicken Skewers and Lamb Chop with Sweet Potatos?! Whoa. Still unlimited drinks (unfortunately I had to drive home so I only had a few drinks), and now they even have dessert and coffee! My brother kept lamenting how this is such a 'rich person' event, as they all know each other or something. I felt like I was finally accepted into the high society (AS IF). Looked around the car some more, and watched a video about their factory in Germany, then the main entertainment began...

They invited - Chantal Kreviazuk - to perform for us. I was ecstatic. Not only is she one of my favourite female artists, but I was standing not fewer than 2 feet away from her while she sat at the piano and sang. She first sang the song "In This Life" from her new (not so, it's been a year) album. Then she talked about her pregnancy (8 months already!), and then she dedicated her next song to her soon-to-be-born baby boy. Quite funny how she changed the lyrics of "Before You" to "Baby, before you, I was a size 2.. " Afterwards she sang "Feels Like Home" and her famed "Leaving on a Jet Plane" with a soul/jazz touch. At least she ended her set with "What If It All Means Something".

She had such an incredible voice! Makes me even more ashamed of my own singing, and the fact she can play an instrument and sing is already astounding. As we were about to leave after her set was over, the servers were walking around with her latest CDs for each person there. I quickly (*keyword*) snatched one, and waited for Chantal to come and sign it for me. Remembering that it was Evelyn's birthday, I decided to forego my opportunity to have my VERY OWN PERSONAL AUTOGRAPHED CD of Chantal Kreviazuk and said, "Could you write it to Evelyn? It's her birthday today." So now Evelyn has an autographed CD from her, for her birthday present! (as a side note, Evelyn really likes her songs too)

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Evie! Hope this year will bring you even more happiness and bliss.. and no more worries. :)

Monday, November 17, 2003

Thanks for all the fish

It has been nothing but a turbulent ride these past two weeks - disappointment in myself, mixed with an embodiment of jealousy and hatred, a sense of loss and found; Inspired, put down, inspired again. I suppose without experiencing the multitude of emotional challenges in life, I wouldn't have lived at all.

Thanks to those who stuck by me, and showed me many kind words of encouragement. Thanks for the 'tough love' - although it's not something I needed to hear at the time, it truly provided an alternative outlook to living.

Although, I cannot say that I have fully recovered, knowing that there are people who will sit there and listen to me rant is more than enough for me to continue ranting. In time, my friends, the ranting will end - eventually.

Sunday, November 16, 2003


I feel like I'm drowning, and instead of fighting for my life, I'm just letting myself sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Perhaps it is a good time to give up.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Remebering.. or not

Something else I'll Remember

It bothered me to read that some companies are even banning the sale of poppies on their premises. In a pure business perspective, I don't even see how the sale of poppies will reduce sales or diminish their corporate image. Now that the story is out, I wonder if their well-guarded corporate image is tainted?

Tuesday, November 11, 2003


To those whom I worried, I apologize. I did not intend to alarm anybody.. I think I'm in the state of mind where everything bothers me. Come to think of it, I barely understand myself. Heck I don't even know what makes me happy, or makes me sad. Seems like I have a lot more to learn about myself before I start complaining.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Wavering.. back and forth..

Sometimes I just know that history likes to repeat itself - and it's happening once again. Perhaps it's just me, I am the type to induce trouble in my life. Seems like nobody understands me, or even tries to..

Perhaps I am better off dead.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Monday, November 03, 2003

Weekend Festivities

It's the usual weekend with a bit of a twist.. had a birthday celebration (a week late) with my classmates. It was fun seeing everybody again, talking about how the final work term is treating them, and catching up on life in general. Had dinner, played some games, and cut the cake. Got a really nice present from them - a bottle of Armani aftershave! Whoohoo! Time to try out something new. :P

I also got a book that was on my wish list - thank you so very much. I didn't know people actually looked at my wish list!

I went shopping for a pair of trousers on Sunday, but didn't find anything suitable. Saw Kill Bill with Chris and Tania at night - it was cool. Blood splattering everywhere. Mmm. Martial art goodness.