Wednesday, 28th February '07

Attack of the Facebook Groups

I am probably the most prolific group-joiner there is. The following represent a breakdown of the FB groups that I waste my time on. Some groups fall in more than one category, of course, but if I went to plot a Venn diagram of it all, it would be way too complicated.

The Funny Slogan Groups

The single most important group of groups. Can't help it, there's a sort of compulsion to have groups on my personal profile with the funniest slogans I can find. These form the unfortunate majority that I tend to add myself to and then laugh myself silly at my own cleverness (oxymoron much?) and then get annoyed about because I can't bring myself to leave.

I am almost invariably a comfortable believer in (but perhaps not rabid champion of, depending on whether the group in question re-appears in the True-Believer Groups list below) the main gist of what the slogan says, or at least in the content on its profile page.

Examples
- "If Wikipedia Says It, It Must Be True."
- "Petition to revoke the independence of the United States of America"
- "When I was your age, Pluto was a planet."
- "Fuck This...I'm Going To Hogwarts"
- "白人看不懂 - Yes, we're Chinese. Envy us."
- "Singaporeans Are Just Cooler."
- "It's OK for a straight guy to fancy a man if it's Steven Gerrard"
- "Fuck you facebook, I'm trying to do my homework."
- "A brief summary of 99% of the people you will ever meet in college"
- "If I were an enzyme i would be DNA helicase so i could unzip your genes"
- "You know you're from Singapore when..."
- "YOU KNOW YOU'VE BEEN IN UNIVERSITY TOO LONG WHEN..."
- "I Remember a Time When I Was Happy, Before Law School"
- "Singapore IS a developed country and it is NOT part of China"
- "Debbie Ha is a Ninja Fanclub"
- "Jack Johnson Is So Laid Back He's Practically Horizontal"
- "Real Men Sing Acoustic John Mayer Below Their Girlfriends' Windows"
- "Lord Denning (M.R.) Appreciation Society"
- "If you remember this you grew up in the 90's"
- "I give you best price - $34.50!"



The True-Believer Groups

The rare groups that I join that I actually truly, enthusiastically, actively and sincerely BELIEVE in.

Examples
- "Real Men Sing Acoustic John Mayer Below Their Girlfriends' Windows"
- "HRM Needs to Stop Hassling Tha Dawgfather!"
- "If you remember this you grew up in the 90's"



The Convenience / News Groups

And then there are some groups the you need a quick link too, because they have funny-ass comments, good links, new geeky jokes, and very very pretty pictures. Examples given in that order. wink

Examples
- "IT'S CROUCH TIME!"
- "I've got more funny Internet Links than I rightly should"
- "If I were an enzyme i would be DNA helicase so i could unzip your genes"
- "It's OK for a straight guy to fancy a man if it's Steven Gerrard"



The "I Got Invited" / "This is about my Friend" Groups

Groups that I maybe do or do not want to continue to be on, but that really doesn't matter because how can anyone, in good conscience, turn down a friends' request to join a group? It doesn't cost more than a bit of space on the profile page.

Examples
- "A Style......"
- "The Largest Facebook Group Ever"
- "Debbie Ha is a Ninja Fanclub"



The Serious Groups that I Actually Belong To, OR
The Groups that I Need to Stay On Because They Provide Links to the Outside World


Clubs and societies and alumni pages, basically.

Examples
- "SMUB"
- "NUS Law"
- "Class of 2000. RGS"
- "Raffles Junior College"
- "Rafflesians Abroad"
- "許"



en ying snapped a shot of life @ 11:11 pm
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Thursday, 22nd February '07

Crashing Back Down to Earth After the Chinese New Year High

Okok, I need to get my ass into gear. I've been saying that for the past two weeks. Here's what's coming up shortly:

- 7th March, APAIE Show. Zaini finished with the Rumi blocking, so the cleanup begins on Saturday. Die lah. I hate cleanup.

- 9th-12th March, EU Law 100% Final. 8 credits is a lot.

- 15th March, Insurance Research Assignment. Still haven't picked a proper topic, bleugh.


So it would seem that once CNY ended, I should have been a little more focused. But non non non, mes amies. I have been playing / partying non-stop since Valentine's Day:

- 14th February, Valentine's Day drinks with the Bimz.
Fashion Bar at the Cannery. Where we bemoan our lack of male company. And I get totally weirded out by J-Ong.







- 15th February, meeting Jussi (Ave's new Swedish boyfriend) with the TFYE girls at Coffee Club (that 24 hr late night one at Somerset).

- 16th February, dinner with Bert at California Pizza Kitchen + shopping for "Tigu" for Babs.

- 17th February, Part I: Tuan Yuan Fan with Dad's side of the family.
Thanks to yours truly, the whole family was forced to watch the 2007 US Figure Skating Nationals. Heehee. Had pretty good dialogue with Alvin about a number of skate related things - and it's quite pleasantly surprising to find a guy in my family who appreciates the stuff too. We agree that Michelle Kwan is ridiculously overrated and are both Sacha Cohen shippers. Nice. Spoke cursorily to Jeremy (cousin) about him going off to school at University of Western Australia, and that's gotta be more than a I've spoken to him in the last ten years! Now that I think on it, it's funny how I speak so little to him. He's only a year older than me, which is the smallest age gap between anyone in my family. *shrug*. Biggest drama of all errupted when Andrew's family arrived - Rooffles the pet Schnauzer picked New Year's Eve to wander out of the house and never came back. A pretty terrible way to start the year... Andrew was suitably depressed and Amanda and Andrea cried us a river. Poor kids. Alvin and I took up counselling duty with Amanda.

- 17th February, Part II: Flo @ One Fullerton with Limin, for 1-for-1 martinis, midnight CNY fireworks at the Esplanade and EIC.
Very good chill night. Caught up with Babs in person, and EIC sounded even better than they usually do at Wala's. Rai's voice is still the bomb, and they have a new repetoire, including both the John Mayer Trio's version of "I Got a Woman" and Mayer's new, Grammy-winning "Waiting on the World to Change". And much to our joy this was followed quickly with Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes" and Dave Matthew's "The Space Between". Given the combined effect of Rai and Jack and John and Jack (Johnson) and Jason and Dave and a Lychee Martini chased down with a Cosmopolitan, I was already a very smiley person. And then SURPRISE, fireworks errupted over the waterfront in a beautiful shower of sparkles which we could see in full glory from our bar window seats. EIC was on a break so we all focused our attention fully on the gorgeous display. Neither Babs nor I had cameras, which was a shame; I was on the verge of randomly just going up to Rai to ask him to mail me the ones he was enthusiastically snapping away, just that I decided that EIC-grouppie that I am, it might be a bit much. Ha. Anyway, I found a few pictures on Mag Kong's facebook, so here you go, thank Mag -






- 18th / 19th February, VISITING VISITING VISITING.
Ah Ma's, Waikong's, Ah Ma's again, Lao Ko's. Rooffles came home, picked up by a taxi driver outside Andrew's condo. All the worlds is full of smiles again, and my heart can stop breaking for the kiddies. *phew*. Watched silly Taiwanese variety shows with the other cousins on Mum's side... finally figured out who this Wang Shaowei (5566) is that Limin is so mad and girly about. Ok lah, he passes; unlike some of Limin's other crushes who fail miserably, *koffMingDaokoff*.

- 19th February, Night of Mayhem with Smub at Holiday Inn.
Yes it was perfectly innocent. My Dad was worried it would sound sleazy that the whole lot of us piled into a hotel room for a night. Seriously. *rolls eyes*. All we did was play poker with a ridiculously chi-chi looking Fcuk poker kit (clay chips and all), punish Bert and Ben with shooting Spice Honey Whiskey straight, eat wayyyy too much bakkwa, talk about everything from Swiss Banks and tax evasion to how Daniel Marc looks like Osama bin Laden in disguise (I know, observant friends I have), and bitch generously about... well, nevermind.







- 20th February, Day of Recovery.
Yeah, my ass. I ended up staying up till 5 am attempting to watch Lille vs Manchester United with Dad. Wah liao, waste my effort. It was a lousy scrappy mess. and Dad REFUSED to change channels to Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich. Which, by the way, had 3 goals in the first half.

- 21st February, Part I: lame attempts to mug at Changi + sending Limin back off to Darwin and eating Popeye's Chicken + Midnight hot chocolate and Kettle Chips with Luk and Bert.
Dad again over-reacts at me coming home late, and bellows something into the phone about me being a girl and therefore cannot come home late as I have been religiously doing for the past few days. He's got a point about it being too much - at 22 (still about 1.5 months!) I am and old lady feeling the strain. But the whole GIRL thing. I said he was being openly sexist, and he told me to speak to my mother. My mother takes the phone replies in a tone that betrays her inner, longsuffering, "my family is a bunch of clowns" feelings. I shift the burden of everything onto Lucas who has kindly offered to drive me home. See, Dad, it's safe!

- 21st February, Part II: Barcelona vs Liverpool.
Muauhahahah. WE WIN!!! I fell asleep intermittently - hey, it started at freaking 3:30am - but I am now convinced Craig Bellamy is my favourite player. Yeah, Tzo, I think I have decided to support Liverpool properly now. It may even have gone beyond "Gerrard-is-my-eye-candy" reasons.


And here're the plans for the next days:

- 22nd February, Reunion Dinner with the Bimz.
The amount of food Seetoh has managed to get the Bimz to cobble together sounds exciting.

- 23rd February, meeting Tzo and Ningz!
I'm really excited about this. It's been too long.

- 24th February, Rumi Rehearsal

- 25th February, Triple-Whammy Birthday Party

And that will be the end of the Spring Break. I will be throughly exhausted and completely unready to start school again.

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 01:36 pm
[6 photographs developed.]


Monday, 12th February '07

The Dark of the Matinee

I'm officially obsessed. This song is so darkly seductive I just keep listening to it over and over and when I'm not, I'm singing it in my head.

FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

The Dark of the Matinee
-- Franz Ferdinand


You take your white finger
Slide the nail under
The top and bottom buttons of
My blazer relax the fraying wool
Slacken ties and I'm
Not to look at you in the shoe
But the eyes
Find the eyes

Find me and follow me
Through corridors, refectories
And files you must follow leave
This academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it's mine

I time every journey
To bump into you
Accidentally I charm you and tell you
Of the boys I hate
All the girls I hate
All the words I hate
All the clothes I hate
How I'll never be
Anything I hate
You smile mention something that you like
Or How you'd have a happy life
If you did the things you like

Find me and follow me
Through corridors, refectories
And files you must follow leave
This academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it's mine

So I'm on BBC2 now
Telling Terry Wogan how
I made it and
What I made is unclear now
But his deference is
And his laughter is
My words and smile are so easy now
Yes it's easy now
Yes it's easy now

Find me and follow me
Through corridors, refectories
And files you must follow leave
This academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it's mine


Perhaps an omen of a pending darkly seductive boy? Valentine's Day is two days away. *shrug* In any case I'm going to have an awesome Vday with the girls.

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 12:52 pm
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Monday, 5th February '07

I've Been Bimzed, My Gawd.

A couple of things.

First, the Year 4s' Christian Fellowship today was kinda nice. Sufficiently well-adjusted and not full of what Limin calls the "holy camoly". I guess for all my reservations and private anti-socialness when it comes to reglious affairs, I'm glad there are people like Ross, Mel, Char, Winston, Tim, Grace etc who are dedicated enough to do stuff like this. Goodness knows if the world (or even just the apostle Peter) were like me, there wouldn't be a Church or even a Vatican City right about now. That said, I still tend to feel that's their world and not mine. I know His place in my life and it's not really in the zone of cell groups and the like.

On a lighter note, I think I've been very bimzed of late. Which, in law school speak, means that I've been subjected to a lot of emotional trauma at the hands of the girls. Who are truly wonderfully funny people, but sometimes too much causes some physical pain. Case in point:

Koh En Ying v. Joanne Ong
The facts of the case are as follows:

joanne says:
frails!
wahrau.
enz frails.
koh en bim

en ying "we win. we asean champs. alam shah gets ball and boot. and d.thonglao can Kiss My Ass." says:
sigh. this is a very unproductive conversation

joanneongsy@hotmail.com is now known as joanne :: koh en bim.

en ying "we win. we asean champs. alam shah gets ball and boot. and d.thonglao can Kiss My Ass." says:
you must at least help me to pass right?
wtf

joanne :: koh en bim says:
frails
welcome to bim conversations
that go nowhere

en ying "joanne ong. what the *beep*. you then frails lah." says:
sigh. DIE lah

joanneongsy@hotmail.com is now known as joanne :: KOH EN BIM -SCREAMSSSSSSSSSS-.

joanne :: KOH EN BIM -SCREAMSSSSSSSSSS- says:
flails
u flails
u filial

en ying "joanne ong. what the *beep*. you then frails lah." says:
i think i will be wasting a lot more time this sem than ever before

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joanne :: KOH EN BIM -SCREAMSSSSSSSSSS- says:
me is no beeeeeembo
is is crever
me is crever

en ying "joanne ong. what the *beep*. you then frails lah." says:
"is is crever" --> now that is a really clever phrase.
*rolls eyes*

joanne :: KOH EN BIM -SCREAMSSSSSSSSSS- says:
hahahahahahahhaah
i go tell ctoe u say she is shopid
u be careful tmrs in ew law
eww law
me is go watch heroes!!!
u is watch heroes?

en ying "joanne ong. what the *beep*. you then frails lah." says:
she's not even coming tmrw

joanne :: KOH EN BIM -SCREAMSSSSSSSSSS- says:
wahraueh
i tell jose

en ying "joanne ong. what the *beep*. you then frails lah." says:
i no need to be careful liao
hahaha
i dare you

joanne :: KOH EN BIM -SCREAMSSSSSSSSSS- says:
espanol!
zara!
mango!
eh.
tapas! sangria!

en ying "joanne ong. what the *beep*. you then frails lah." says:
sigh
you could at least put ONE footballer's name in there
just to be a LITTLE less bimzy

joanne :: KOH EN BIM -SCREAMSSSSSSSSSS- says:
eh
kaka?

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You tell me who fails now?

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 10:24 pm
[4 photographs developed.]