Thursday, July 31, 2008
The money will be going straight to my savings account with a portion going towards buying my DSLR (yes I have chosen DSLRs). This way I don't have to transfer money out of my savings account. Heehee!
For the Aussies- don't forget to complete your tax return by October 31st 2008!
Monday, July 28, 2008
It all started with a blog post by Xiaxue about Dawn (since has been deleted from her site). Then Dawn gets her lawyer and pretty much bans Xiaxue talking about Dawn on her blog otherwise lawsuit! I thought blogs were personal opinionated places??
So the posts were deleted but she still got a lawyer's letter.
Which leads here.
This was Dawn's reply to the initial post Xiaxue made. Guess it's only fair I include that.
What do you think about Dawn now???
If it is really her- she is a very shallow selfish female basher! Note to self- don't be friends with her. As if I'd get to meet her in the first place anyway.
I think this is unnecessary with her filing a lawsuit. It's the internet- welcome to the future! Things get said and forgotten.
Are Asians/Singaporeans that self centered that they only think they are THE ONE?? Dawn actually reminds me of Tom Cruise- blowing her own horn by using different account names . Like one of my workmates said (not to me) when I was at Fremantle- you think you're hot shit but you're actually a cold turd. It's meant as a joke but I think it's serious when said here.
Hah! You know who's side I'm on now :-) She does more interesting blog posts. The other one is a bit wishy washy.
I did the friendster search and the email did lead to a Dawn Yang's friendster page. Hrrmm....
**Photos taken from respective blogs. Xiaxue's photo you can obviously tell it's photoshopped but at least she doesn't hide it. The one of Dawn I chose because her head wasn't in some sort of funny twisted position but she happened to have an eye infection as she mentioned.
Also a good read- Xiaxue's entry on plagiarism.
There is one post Dawn said about 'Doing the Karen Cheng' - Dawn did it before it got big- Whatever! Karen did it for charity and she didn't intend on it to be a big hit. What did you do apart from advertise yourself?
Now I will wait for the lawyer's email.... HAHAHA!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I recommend people do this task. That's coming from me who doesn't like to perform simple MATHS tasks let alone complicated ones. It took me 15 or so minutes but it's definitely worth your time.
So my hourly disposable income? Only comes down to a measly $15 per hour!
My GROSS salary is $49 431 (standard starting salary for a graduate in a government job) minus say $9 431 for tax (I think it's more). So my NET salary is $40 000.
Divide by 52 weeks (in a year) and 38 hours (I work 7.6 hours a day- woo! getting very technical!) to get my hourly rate of about $20.
My essential expenses I have at $800/month although this is usually painfully more because of shopping and my greed :-(
So multiply that by 12 to get a yearly expense and then divide by 52 and 38 again to get your hourly expense rate. That ends up to be about $5! Geez, just to live on basics costs me $5 every working hour! This is getting depressing but it really makes you think about your "real" income.
Finally my hourly disposable income is $20-5 = $15. Woopee. Doesn't sound as glamourous as saying I earn $25/hr (gross) ey?
Then if you want to buy something, get that amount and divide it by your hourly income.
I should mention my expense is very very reduced compared to those who have mortgages, rates etc. All I am paying is rent (with my parents), fuel, public transport costs, dining out, and a few other bits and pieces. The hourly disposable income also does not factor in money that I am/should be saving. If I have to account for all the other stuff, I will be no doubt be earning cents per hour.
In saying that, I reckon when you have a part time job while in school or uni- if you really want that branded thing everyone else is having, go for it. But there comes a time where you realise you *must* start a savings account and not spend money so frivolously.
I certainly don't regret my shopping urges when I was younger- it's all part of growing up. But now I realise I have to stop and think about MY future. It's all about choices.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
what I used:
L'oreal cashmere rose for eyes and cheeks
Di Kennedy secret eyeshadow (matte black)
MAC magnetic fields
Monday, July 21, 2008
We walked from the city to Harbourtown and I ended up with blisters at the back of my heel area and had to seriously hobble to the surf shop and buy myself a pair of thongs.
The only pairs they had were:
Had no choice but to buy them. I guess because it's winter?! Jason said at least he won't loose me in the dark.
At the beginning of the week I couldn't be more excited to leave. When Friday came, I saw how much I've helped them (except I didn't gain that much back). They did buy me some cakes - mini meringue pies and a rich chocolate cake- and I had an extended tea break and got to go home early! I will miss the excitement and business of transfusion. Can't say much for the rest. That Friday morning when I arrived at work, it was already busy busy. Apparently there was a bleeder and people kept wanting bags of this and that. The morning went fast. Before I knew it, it was time to go.
Glad to be starting something new tho.
Today I started at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) in biochemistry. The best thing the guy said to me- we are expecting you here. *phew* Unlike QEII where it was a bit disorganised. The best thing about working at RPH (so far) is that it only takes me 20-25 mins to get there!! I have an extra half an hour to sleep in!! When I finish work- I CAN STILL SEE THE SUNLIGHT UNTIL I GET HOME! That's unlike QEII where it's pitch black and cold by the time I get home :-( Also it takes me ONE HOUR to get from work and back. 2 hours of my day wasted by travelling.
I've also got a lot of exploring around the hospital. Plus I can make frequent trips to the city on my lunch break. Anyone up for lunch with me? Let me know! :-) Anything to get me away from the confinements of the tea room.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Scoop a bowl of yoghurt (I used vanilla) and empty the passionfruit pulp on top.
Easy peasy flavoured yoghurt. The passionfruit was too sour to eat on it's own which is why I added it to yoghurt. Otherwise I would've finished it off like there's no tomorrow :-)
just imagine a shoe clip bow and you've got a pretty darn good knock off!
Does anyone want to take a guess???
$46!! Bargain shopping! The lady that ran the store said they only had a size 7 and a 9 left! Oh it must be fate!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Otherwise there are SHOE CLIPS! I had a sudden brainwave that I could buy a peeptoe shoe and then add the bow. Finding the shoe is already turning out to be very difficult already!
I first read about shoe clips on Allie's blog long time ago and thought it was a lame idea. Now... googling shoe clips, there are Aliza Darik and Emmerson who do shoe clips and they have a great selection of bows (Aliza Darik was featured on Allie's blog).
One problem down, another to solve!
Anyway, at David Jones there was this asian (chinese) lady and her friend. She was browsing thru shoes as well. She must've found a shoe she liked so she went up to the counter to ask the lady for the other pair. Or so I thought....
AL (asian lady)
SL (sales lady)
AL: Do you have another size of this?
SL: Whatever are on the sale table are the sizes left.
AL: You have other pairs on the table so you must have other sizes.
SL: If you can find it I can get you the other pair.
AL (very loudly): Isn't that your job?!?
Telling someone how to do their job?!?!?
The sales lady went on to answer a phone call and after that phone call she asked in a very curt tone- what size did you want?
I would've been pissed off too. Hello asian lady- go look for the stupid shoe yourself. The sale table does not span 10 meters. Use your eyes.
I heard her talking to her friend in chinese and I picked up: "I told her what the hell she was standing there for when it's her job to look for the shoe."
If I was the sales lady I would've wanted to slap her. I left after that because I couldn't bear it. It made me feel embarrassed. Here was this lady telling someone how to do their job and acting like such a diva! And she's talking in such a fobby (meaning #7) accent.
I am always polite to other sales assistant. I know what it's like to be doing customer service. It sucks.
Well I hope she didn't get her shoe size (she was a size 6) and it was such an ugly shoe- some creamy not even high heel shoe. Geez!
(I'm not against ALL asians. I know there are ones out there who think they are hot shots and act like they are royalty. Get over yourselves! And there are also ones who are very nice and polite. It's not just asians but other races. Just this lady happened to be asian and she was such a total ass!)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Got it from the library and I thought it was more like a style/fashion/makeup tips book. It's more like Victoria Beckham's an extra inch or whatever it is titled. More about her life and how she came to stardom with a bit of where her inspiration comes from. Her makeup and hair tips are meagre. I skimmed thru those bits.
What I liked were her pictures. Ok.. some were bedroom pictures with lingere. There were several black and white pictures which I scanned either because of their fashion or eye make up. I'm not some horny person... strictly art. :-D
Who is Kelly Brook? I didn't know either. All I know now is she has been in some episodes of Smallville and a handful of movies. And she's English. Her partner maybe/may not be Billy Zane depending on the celebrity gossip.
eyemake up picture
Kelly Brook is for any girl who is looking for a good size role model. She's the polar opposite of Victoria Beckham. She also seems to like her vintage as well as her designers. Or just have a flick thru of the pictures. There are also info on people who inspire her.
I think she's a great person for me to look up because she's not skinny, she's got boobs, thick hair. Like me except 1000x more photogenic.
*Borrowed it from the Thornlie library and will be returning it on Saturday morning so go snatch it!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I found a pair of peeptoes by Christian Louboutin on eBay. They are sort of what I am looking for... except I fear the heel is too pointy and sharp that I won't be able to walk in them :-( And it doesn't have a bow.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
That's when I finish up my 3 months at haem at Charlies. It has been nothing but disappointment. First time I started, it was already unorganised and I was stuck doing dead end tasks. Nothing to do with scientisty things.
Then I moved into Transfusion which was a bit better until this guy left and I ended up doing his job. Which by the way- was nothing scientisty. It was mainly answering phonecalls and dealing with blood orders. It got to me yesterday which I ended up answering phonecalls for the whole day. Usually they roster you on for half a day but since the machined died, I sort of got stuck doing that. At the end I was tired and irritated and one of the lady asked me about a particular order I didn't do. She said: do you think they just scribbled in that box? I was seriously about to say: look, I DON'T CARE. Anyways, I missed my bus and got home cranky.
Last week when the machine died (it does that a lot) one of the scientists asked another more senior scientist if I could do simple bench work with patient samples. It was just a simple blood group check- you can't stuff that one up. The senior scientist said: Oh I don't think she [me] has been doing much bench work.
Well lady! I haven't been doing any bench work because no one is ever FREE to teach me and I don't even have the CHANCE to do it. So OF COURSE I don't do any bench work. Geez!!!
I told her I did do some branch training bench work but she still said no.
Thank god for branch training. It allowed me to do bench work. I mean if other scientists are allowed to do one week of transfusion bench work then go work out in the country, why can't I??? I won't be working by myself because there will be at least 3 other scientists to ask for help.
Bah! I don't feel like bringing cake on Friday. They don't deserve it. They've put me on the roster for next week and the week after. Hah! Guess what? I'm not going to be there losers!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Currently I have 2 cameras: a Sony DSC-P200 and a Canon IXUS i7. Both of them your garden variety point and shoot digi cams. I find the Canon one is better for night time people pictures and the Sony one is good for more landscape shots and macro shots. Most of my eye make up shots are taken with the Sony camera. I just cannot make the Canon one focus on really close up things.
Now... the camera I was planning to get next was the one with a super zoom. First it was the Sony H9 but now I can't find it anymore so it's the Panasonic DMC-FZ18. It's got 18x optical zoom.
$700-$800 with accessories
Or I could go with an entry level digital SLR like the Nikon D40. It's one of the cheapest and it's quite user friendly with beginners who are switching to those type of cameras. I believe the other ones will be just wasted on me.
This costs about $650 and you get a 18-55mm lens with it.. whatever that means
But each lens you get thereafter you have to buy separately and they are pretty much $1000 each...
Geez, just realised how much cheaper the Nikon camera is. That's not including buying a 2nd battery and all those other stuff that adds up. Plus extra lens will be pricey pricey.
Anyways, here is are some reasons for choosing the Panasonic camera:
- zoom! 18x optical
- pretty much automatic (coz I'm lazy!)
- easy (as in automatic)
Reasons for the Nikon:
- a wider choice of lens- hello macro and fisheye! (Bye bye $$!)
- quality pics (?)
- something different to play with- those shutter speeds and aperture thingos. Hey I only took one photography class in school k?
- a learning curve- I'm still young so you can teach me new tricks ;-)
- great DSLR starter camera
- it is SMART- apparently has prompts on screen if the camera believes you aren't allowing enough light in etc.
- got some automatic settings too
Actually sounds like I'm choosing the DSLR now. If anyone has any comments to sway me in a particular direction or tell me I'm wasting my money or any other suggestions I would love to hear it! Put it in the comment section or email me.
I am saving $100 each fortnight. It was meant to be for 12 weeks so then I can get the camera in time for my country placement (which hopefully is Bunbury) then I can snap away at our beautiful rural areas.
I've also borrowed a how-to DSLR book so I can read up more on it. After all, I need to have the money first and that's going to take probably 3-5 months so might as well get myself educated!
Been buying heaps of photography magazines and one said:
It's an overlooked fact that in the rush to buy ever higher megapixal camers, people plump for cheap optics. Often the lens is the most important factor in a kit. Consider a cheaper body and a more expensive lens.
Then it went to recommend the Nikon D40. That's why I am buying a cheap camera body and investing in lens.
Ok! Now I am excited to get it!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
When: Saturday July 12th 2008
This is my loot:
gingerbread man mobile charm by jane
deery (haha!) calico bag by fatty demonsey
while we are on the subject of badges, other badges on my board that aren't in the main collection: a lara cameron badge with my fabric order
and one by alister yiap which happens to be a friend of mines from school!
I must say this market is the best one I've been to this year. For some reason it was different and you didn't feel pressured to buy anything. Also the prices were very reasonable. The venue was an interesting choice. The sellers present were different- some I've heard of and others I haven't. I love the discovery of new crafty peeps.
I also met Miss Minnie (which is the name of her dog). She came up and said hi to me. I was very surprised and was trying franticly to recognise a person who recognised me. I thought I was losing my memory. But it all clicked when she mentioned she was Miss Minnie (she had a name tag with her real name) and she had a blog. Ahhhhh!
I felt starstuck after that. I think after that I was gushing to my sister how we 'know' each other.
Also at the markets were Ali J and Feli. I wanted to say hi to Feli but I got shy... Yes I am painfully shy.
The background fabric the loot is photographed on is by Lara Cameron.
It's my library card!
I can only make it to the Thornlie libaray on Saturday mornings just before my Pilates class. I've been reading so much since... A good book never goes out of fashion! Haha!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This is the bestest bestest perfume I have. I still love my Swiss Army for women but this has a sense of maturity to it. It's got a light musky scent as well as a soft sweet scent. Does that make any sense? I find this the scent that makes up who I am and what I want to be/achieve- between edgy modernity and Valentino's elegance and tradition.
Since I purchased the bottle last year, it was the last bottle at Myer in Fremantle and when I looked online, it was sold out even in some online stores in the USA. Until now...
I bought a 200ml shower gel from Strawberry.net. I'm a super slow user on body lotions coz sometimes it's just SO COLD to stand around NAKED while you rub some in. Although you do warm up after...
Normal Rock n Rose next to the newby Rock n Rose Couture! The couture one is shaped exactly like the old one but it's wrapped in lacey fabric with a flower attached. The scent is similar to the original but it has a 'something' to it. Haven't got my brain to identify what it is yet.
Just found out there's a NEWER Rock n Rose- Pret-A-Porter for daytime wear!