Sunday, 22 June 2008

My soundtrack to Life will scare you, your mom and your grandma. All at the same time.

I’m bored and tomorrow’s another day at work. Whoopee.

Things I Would Like to Have Happened On the Friends Television Series:

I would like to see them all get blown to smithereens. Seriously, I am not a fan of this show at all. I’d rather watch The Cosby Show.

Men Who Look Dashing in Facial Hair:
Me. Seriously, facial hair makes me look rugged.

Women Who Look Dashing in Facial Hair.
Do you even want me to answer this?

Fictional Women Who Have Facial Hair:
Now why would I want to read a book with women who had/have facial hair?

What I Have Been Doing for the Last Seven Days:
  • Contemplating Life. The usual shit.
  • Contemplating work. Now, where am I going with this?
  • Thinking of whether or not I should just give up and move on? Connected to life and the eternal conundrum of relationships.
  • Working out (in vain) to get a six-pack. So far I’ve managed to procure six packs of noodles. Damn.
  • Trying to catch up on my reading.
  • Trying to catch up on work. Seriously, there’s a lot stuff going on and I’m starting to feel the pinch of it all.
Songs Given the Tentative “Go” Signal for Said Soundtrack:
  • Def Leppard – Promises
  • Dream Theater – The Glass Prison
  • Fear Factory – Self Bias Resistor
  • Fuel – Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
  • Gamma Ray – Send Me a Sign
  • Guns & Roses – Paradise City
  • Metallica – Fight Fire With Fire
  • Slayer – War Ensemble
  • The Crown – Arise (Awesome, awesome Sepultura cover)
  • Whitesnake – Sailing Ships (My most favourite rock ballad ever.)
What Has Helped Me Stay Awake for the Last Seven Days:
  • Work. Thinking about it makes sleep faster for some inexplicable reason.
  • I don’t really stay up but when I do, it’s mostly because of House. Hugh Laurie’s the man!
What I Will Have Eleven Days From Now:
  • More work.
  • Better stamina on the treadmill.
  • A haircut, if I’m not too bogged down by work or thwarted by the rain gods.
  • Hopefully catch a movie or two. I’m so lazy to queue up these days, though.
  • A more or less emo state of affairs. I so hope not.
Thanks to you, id, for this wonderful meme.

This is Chris, signing off.

PS: Should I watch Get Smart even though I really don’t like Steve Carrell?

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

A good day gone bad ain’t fun at all.

Ever thought that, maybe, just maybe, today would be a good day? Nothing fancy, just plain ole good. But you know that’s not true…

Work seems to be going on fine with nary a complaint from an irate customer 8000km away. Your colleagues are relaxed and don’t seem to bother whether or not you’re on bloody Facebook, and in particular, checking out their friends’ friends. Heck, even the lady who serves you your food is actually smiling at you even though you told her last minute that you don’t want prawns with your noodles but would like a little bit more chicken.

Just when you thought nothing could go wrong, something happens. Something that makes you wish you had left earlier instead of hanging around in the office only to be swamped with last minute work and potentially a bad end to an otherwise great day.

That was my last Friday’s experience. Could it be that there was some cosmic conspiracy to make portents of Friday the 13th truly come true? If so, I must’ve been included in the list of Let’s Punk this Mere Mortal. Firstly, I committed what is considered a cardinal sin in my chosen profession: I forgot to turn on the fridge. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

The fridge was already turned on when I got in. Hee!

So the real story goes like this: I came in the first shift, did my normal system checks and tried to run the daily reports. Couldn’t perform the latter due to a technical glitch which resulted in the network having limited connectivity. Still following? Cool. So I thought, “What a nice day! I’m gonna home and make love to my woman, or at least, make her a nice low-carb dinner.” (Neither scenario happened. I don’t cook.) I get an instant message from my UK boss, asking me to check on something I worked on earlier in the morning. It was the dastardly fridge’s temperature setting that I forgot to turn back on! It turns out that I forgot to do this one very important thing and without going into much detail, I got screwed. Royally.

And the next thing I know, BAM! I get a holler from the Helpdesk team notifying me of something I and my team should’ve been notified of first! But, no, we were literally the last to know because our counterpart from the land of dour tea and crumpets forgot to include us in the email list. Whoop de doo de friggin’ do. Because of the delay, there I was with my colleague, the two of us rushing to get the reports sent out by 12 p.m. UK time. It was already 10 a.m. So it was a mad dash to manually generate the reports (the automatic generation failed in the morning), check them for any issues and then send out our own reports. We managed to get it done, though, there were a couple of reports missing but we did what we had to do and did it in good time.

The dust has settled and I now have a little yellow Post-it note reminding me to always turn on the temperature setting of a fridge.

So much for Friday the 13th being a good day, huh?

This is Chris, signing off.

PS: I like treasure hunts. I just wish I was smarter in solving them, though!

Monday, 9 June 2008

235 hours 44 minutes 38 seconds. And my randomiser had to pick these songs? Sheesh.

Instructions: Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud and press play. Use the song title as the answer to the question.

Syar the Lovely posted this not long ago and I immediately I was piqued. So I thought I’d give it a go and see where it’ll take me. I ended up cheating so much I thought I might as well just write out what the heck I’m feeling at the moment while listening to one of the 3000+ songs in my playlist. (All information herewith is correct at time of posting. Tomorrow will be a different story.)

How does the world see you? Testament – The Formation of Damnation

I absolutely love this song. It’s fast, brutal and it just screams metal. Song of 2008, no doubts at all. Anyway, I would like to think that the world sees me as this nice, kind of bumbling, nerdy guy.

Will I have a happy life? Fear Factory – Self Bias Resistor

I’d love to have a very happy life but at the moment I’m taking everything with a pinch of salt. And lots of protein as well, you know, to build muscle and all. That didn’t make much sense, eh?

What do my friends really think of me? Metallica – Fight Fire With Fire

Can an apocalyptic song be used to gauge me as a friend? I hope not. Yet again I’m doing a bit of speculating, I’d like to think that my friends view me as this nice, kind of bumbling, nerdy guy.

What do people secretly think of me? Morbid Angel – Summoning Redemption

This is the song to play if you’re going on a march. Yeah, a march with daemons! But seriously speaking, if people are secretly thinking that I’m a Roman God in human form, who am I to tell them otherwise? Right? Hmm? Shucks…Actually, maybe, just maybe, they secretly think that I’m this nice, kind of bumbling, nerdy guy.

What should I do with my life? Dream Theater – The Glass Prison

Live it the way I see fit, make my family and friends happy and my enemies dear to my heart. On second thought, nah, my enemies can buzz off!

What is some good advice for me? Godsmack – Sick of Life

Okay. No, thanks. I’d rather be sick of wife. Get it? Huh? Shucks.

How will I be remembered? Slayer – War Ensemble

I’d like to be remembered as the nice, kin..wait a minute, didn’t I use that line, like, a bajillions times already? Time for a new one. Okay, here goes: I’d like to be remembered as the guy who brought lots of merriment but could be serious when serious matters needed it. But most of all, I’d like to be remembered as Chris, the rather nice, bumbling, nerdy guy.

What is my signature dancing song? Cryptopsy – Born Headless


What do I think my current theme song is? Rammstein – Mein Herz Brennt

Literally translated as, My Heart Burns, I play this song when I have the blues. You know, caused-by-female blues. Sigh.

What does everyone else think my current theme song is? Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing

I really like this song a lot and if I had some effeminate qualities this would be my favourite song of all-time.

What song will play at my funeral? Suffocation – Funeral Inception

Tee hee!

What type of men/women do you like? Bloodbath – Eaten

I think the song’s title says it all. LOL!

Have a great week ahead, people!

This is Chris, signing off.

PS: The new Indiana Jones sucked tremendously.

Monday, 2 June 2008

I went into the jungle to find George...

Chilling Water Waterfall (It's the name, I promise), Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor, Malaysia

..but I found Georgina instead.

Cryptic message? Nope, I actually went jungle trekking the other day and as such, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and blog a proper post. But then again, it’s been trying to come up with a new post every week without repeating myself. Ideas are drying up as we speak and frankly, I don’t like it at all.

There’s no rest for the wicked and I now I must get back to work. Hope everyone had a great weekend last week; I had a blast and now I don’t mind getting into a jungle and falling on my bum again. Well, I could do without the falling bit. And the pain bit, too.

Have a nice first week of June, everyone.

This is Chris, signing off.

PS: Prince Caspian was actually not bad.