Wednesday, January 31, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 9:06 am

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Calling out to all hockey addicts!

I would hereby like to introduce to the lovely bunch of hockey addicts out there to a
NHL Forum known as HFBoard.com. It is essentially a NHL forum and message board for the National Hockey League and has been around for the past 5 years.

If you have yet to discover it, welcome and happy discovering. They have forums such as trade rumours and free agent talk, the business of hockey, national hockey league talk, the history of hockey, prospects board, hockey’s future media, etc. There are heaps of threads following the said forums.

Do check it out if you are a fan of the NHL, who knows, you may even meet some top notch hockey star (sorry, can’t give any names because I am not too well versed with hockey) there!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 8:48 am

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It was a demanding day all right but I must say that registering my marriage with Ivan is a truly beautiful experience for me. I suppose today marks one of the happiest days of my life, if not the happiest! *smiles from head to toe*

That is why I have decided to post some of my photographs here – I normally do not due to privacy purposes. For those of you who would like to see more, please feel free to let me know.

Enjoy!!!


Our very first photograph for the day.




Ivan: Finally, the moment I have been waiting for!
Amie: Signing my life away... *sobs*




You may now kiss the bride.




Ivan's family.




My family.




Ivan's subordinates who paid a surprise visit.




*peck peck*




Hey... Hands off the bouquet, it's mine!




Together as one.




Stealing a kiss...




In our own world.




The princess and the frog.




Caught in the act of stealing some holy water.




By the tortoise infested pond.




Chooi Peng and I.




The two 7 year olds I met on the day I married a 27 year old.




Chatting about the good old times.




*hugs* =)

 
Monday, January 29, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 11:26 am

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For those of you who do not know what a podcast is, shame on you!

Being a very nice person, I shall enlighten you. A podcast is basically a radio show delivered over the Internet to the user’s personal computer. Unlike streaming audio, which requires listening in real time, podcasting allows the user control how and when to listen to their favorite shows.

There is a site known as MyPodcast.com that offers
free podcast hosting thus users may record and host their own podcast for free. Users have unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth and best of all, membership if free. Check it out!

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Saturday, January 27, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 10:08 pm

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It has all been said and done. I am now legally and officially a married woman. A layman’s understanding of extremely exhausted is an understatement of how I feel right now. Not because I am married, mind you, but because of the happenings of the day.

Please allow me to share one of the most important days of my life with you.

I could hardly sleep the entire night and I suppose that was a major cause to the exhaustion that I had been enduring all day. At 6.50 a.m., I could no longer lie in bed forcing myself to fall asleep. Hence I got out of bed to freshen up and shortly after which, I called Ivan to see if he had already woken up.

Never in my entire 25 years of life had I taken as much time as I did today to prepare for an event – a whopping1 hour 25 minutes. I seriously have no idea what took me so long to do. Ivan arrived at my house at 8.15 a.m. to pick me so we could go to Thean Hou temple (the marriage registration venue) together – as he had insisted.

He came in to my house and I helped him pick a tie to match his shirt. Normally, he will require my judgment for important days like today as he is colour blind (for real, people). When I could not decide on the brown or red tie, I asked for my father’s opinion and he said to go with the red. My father is one superstitious man but at least he is decisive.

Hence Ivan put on the red tie while I applied some foundation on his face. He has this strange tendency to stop everything he is doing, close his eyes and grin like a lizard every time I do something to his face. I tried very hard to disguise the humongous zit on his chin but eventually I gave up as it is beyond my expertise.

I then trimmed his nostril hair (yes it is long enough to look messy) as he had left that out from his things to do list. We finally left for the temple at 8.23 a.m. and arrived there approximately some 15 minutes later. Upon arriving, we headed towards the Commissioner of Oath’s office to obtain the relevant documents.

We then took a stroll around the temple while waiting for our parents to arrive. My parents arrived first and shortly after, Ivan’s parents arrived too. We hung around the entrance of the temple and took some photographs. Looking around, I found that we were only one out of the one trillion couples registering their marriage today.

I looked at Ivan’s watch and it said 9.10 a.m. hence I got a little worried as one of my childhood friends, Chooi Peng, had not arrived. Just when I looked around for her, I saw her walking towards us. When we met up, she congratulated me and presented me with a gift. I thanked and hugged her for being so sweet.

Although we were scheduled for 9.30 a.m., we headed towards the registration office at around 9.20 a.m. just to be safe. It was like a marketplace at the registration office, just that everyone was very well dressed and no one was purchasing any meat or vegetable. Aside from that, it is no different from a marketplace.

After waiting for about 5 minutes, one of the officials in the registration office called out to me. He asked if all family members were present (his voice was barely audible) and I nodded my head. We were then asked to go into the registration office and he punched some information into a computer while we sat around and waited.

That was when Wai Kit (Ivan’s childhood friend and our photographer of the day) arrived. He turned up just on time! We were then told to enter room 2 after the couple in there had finished. Just as we stood up, the couple and their families exited the room. I then asked everyone to enter the room and made sure no one was left outside.

It seems that the couple, the witnesses and the Commissioner of Oath sat around the table at their predetermined seats while the others had to stand around the small room. My witness is my sister while Ivan’s is his mother. After closing the room door, cameras were snapping all the way: Ivan’s father, my father and Wai Kit.

The Commissioner of Oath asked for our preferred language and then asked us to sign some documents, including our marriage certificate. We were then asked to stand up to take our marriage oath (which I personally found pretty touching). After which, we exchanged rings and kissed as the cameras snapped away.

Once we had exited the registration office, Ivan saw a few of subordinates who came to surprise him. Boy are they a sweet bunch or what? Unfortunately, Ivan and I did not have much time to entertain them as we had our own agenda. We did manage to have a few quick words and a couple of photographs together before they left, though.

As for the next 2 hours, I need not go into detail because we spent the whole time photographing around the temple. There were heaps of beautiful spots at the temple as it is an internationally known tourist attraction. Hence my sister, Chooi Peng, Wai Kit, Ivan and I went on the photography venture together.

Both the mothers were sitting together gossiping about life and such, Ivan’s sister and father hung out together while my father went missing. Wai Kit was surprisingly good with the camera, although it was actually his first time handling one. With that, our photography venture came out rather successful.

Ivan’s father then suggested for us to adjourn for lunch together. My father suggested for us to go to a seafood restaurant nearby which his friends brought him to recently. Hence he led all 4 cars to the said restaurant but did not manage to find it. Instead, we ended up at the seafood restaurant at the foot of Robson Hill.

I had no idea how the food tasted because I was so exhausted that I felt like I was sleeping all the way through lunch. After lunch, Ivan and I sent Chooi Peng to KL Sentral before heading home. The journey home was another extensive torture as it was so congested hence it took us close to an hour to get home.

Today was truly exhausting but very memorable day for me… It will forever be known as the day I became Mrs Ivan Chan.
 
Thursday, January 25, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 8:50 am

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On the way to work this morning, Ivan and I held a conversation on the means of transportation to Thean Hou Temple this coming Saturday. Yes, it will be the day that we are registering our marriage.


Ivan:
How many cars are we going in this Saturday? 2 or 3?


2 would mean I go with my family and he go with his. 3 would mean our families would go in 2 cars while Ivan and I will go together.


Me: Does it make a difference?
Ivan:
Go in 3 cars lah… I come and pick you up.


Looks like he already decided on the outcome before he had asked me. He was just asking for courtesy sake.


Me: Alright. Are you doing that to make sure I turn up?
Ivan: Yes. I will tie you to me.


He is one insecure lizard, isn’t he?
 
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 9:33 am

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I learnt something new something new today: student loan consolidation.

It is actually the when student borrowers consolidate their outstanding student loans. student loan consolidation not only helps students lock in to a lower interest rate, it also has many incentive features.

For further details, you may refer to the website of Next Student which makes college funding simple and cheap. They offer finance solutions for college graduates, graduate students, college students, parents and high school students.

 
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 1:58 pm

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Over the past 6 months, I had been keeping myself busy with the various soap operas and television series out there. It is almost as if I am addicted to it lately – I cannot live a day without watching at least one episode.

While browsing through some reviews and updates on the shows I have been following (trust me when I say that you do not want me to start naming them), I stumbled upon a website dedicated to
soap operas.

Personally, I thought that the website is not too bad – in terms of its content. What’s more, the website is updated daily. However I do feel that it looks rather cluttered on the whole thus it will definitely look better more spaced out.

Soap opera fans should check the website out.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 11:16 am

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I have been meaning to write the entry for the longest time I can remember but due to my hefty workload at the office and all the energy that that drained from me, I just never got to it. Yeah, I know people do not like excuses… But somehow I still feel that I have to justify my missing in action act.

It dates all the way back to 6 January 2007 (my birthday!).

As I was brushing my teeth on the night of 5 January 2007 at 11.57pm, I heard a vehicle approaching my house. I am very familiar with the sound of this vehicle (a junk that will fall apart anytime) because I listen to it almost everyday for the past… Goodness knows how long. Hence I instantly knew who came over for a surprise visit.

I walked downstairs and opened the gate. The visitor was grinning like a lizard (I know, bad proverb… But trust me, he looks like a lizard) and held something in his hand. It was hard to hide that something because it was just too big, although I must say, he did try very hard to put it out of my sight.

This was what the something looked like:




So the lizard like visitor gave me a kiss on the forehead and said, “Happy birthday, Bee.” I smiled, thanked him, and invited him in. You see, I was afraid that if I did not invite him in then I would not be able to feast (yes, it is obvious what that something was) on the thing that the lizard visitor was holding.

Once in the house, I uncovered the box to discover this:




My heart melted like it has never melted before… It looks awesomely delicious. I thanked the lizard visitor once again and he sang me a birthday song as I drooled over my surprise. Once he was done screeching, I instantly dug into my surprise (which meant that lazy me have to brush my teeth again later on).

Naturally, I offered some to the lizard visitor and together we ate as much as we could for the next hour. The next day, I had to camp in the toilet for more than 30 minutes due to the excessive fresh cream and milk.
 
Friday, January 19, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 9:55 am

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For those of you who are not aware (I doubt there are any but just in case…), binoculars are actually two identical or mirror-symmetrical telescopes which are mounted side by side and aligned to point accurately in the same direction, thus allowing the viewer to use both eyes when viewing distant objects.

Unlike a monocular telescope, binoculars give viewers a three-dimensional image: the two views, presented from slightly different viewpoints to each of the viewer's eyes, merge to produce a single perceived view with a sensation of depth, allowing distances to be estimated.

Alright, enough of that. I sound more like an encyclopedia than anything.

Before I proceed, I should add that this post is dedicated to those who are looking for a good pair of binoculars. Sorry to have led those who are not interested this far into the post… But I am sure you have all heard of the saying “better late than never”.

One of the best places to look for a new pair of binoculars is at Eagle Optics, where you may find
Steiner binoculars (though I personally feel that this range is more for expert users). They offer great low prices, excellent customer service and they even offer financing for purchases above $200.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 10:52 pm

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While suffering from my 15 minute insomnia last night, I suddenly recalled one incident that occurred during my secondary school years.

I was taking an afternoon nap (something I do everyday upon returning from school) when the house phone rang. As I received heaps of phone calls during those years, I placed the phone right beside me on the bed. Anyway, the ringing startled me as always, but I soon recovered and answered the phone.

Hoping it was one of the cute guys from La Salle (an all boys school opposite mine), I answered the phone with the sweetest voice. It was a guy alright but the guy was looking to speak to my father. I told him that my father was at work and offered to give him my father’s office number.

He did not want my father’s office number and instead, he started to ask me general questions about myself. I tried to be polite although I really wanted to continue my journey in dreamland. Hence I tried to fan him off, saying that I will get my father to call him back if he leaves his name and number.

I began to notice that something was wrong when the guy started panting. He could not have been somewhere outside walking (to cause that sort of panting) because his background was dead quiet. That was when I began to suspect that he was doing something unpleasant on the other side of the phone.

Immediately, I demanded for his name and threatened to hang up if he did not give it to me. I gave him 2 chances to tell me his name and when he failed to do so, I hung up the phone. If he were really my father’s friend, I am sure my father would understand if I explained the situation to him.

I am glad I did what I did but somehow, I feel rather used and cheated!
 
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 9:46 am

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Technology has really gotten far ahead of me. It has gotten far ahead of you too, if you have not heard of SpoofCard calling cards. Believe it or not (I personally found it hard to believe), it offers users the ability to change what the person on the other end of the line sees on their caller ID display.

This calling card ensures the privacy of calls (especially for people who have got a lot to hide), plus it has the ability to record calls and change your voice, it is fun and inexpensive and best of all, it is easy to use and fast to set up. You may visit
www.SpoofCard.com for more information on the calling card.

Check it out, people! I definitely would if I live in the States.
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Monday, January 08, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 9:29 am

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Ivan brought me to Genting Highlands to celebrate my birthday. We had a great time there although I still believe that Genting is one of the most cut throat places to visit. It seems like a whole other world up there, especially where pricing is concerned.

We had lunch at Sushi King, dinner at Coffee Terrace and some snacks in between. The dinner was a buffet style that consists of various cuisines which I believe is the most edible in the whole of Genting. I had a ball of a time exercising my greediness for the 120 minutes we spent at the restaurant.

As with every other buffet, my favourite section would be where the desserts are displayed. I was trying to decide on one of the 3 coloured puddings (white, purple and orange) when the chef appeared next to me. Actually, not that it mattered which one I was going to choose since I was going to try them all – it was just a matter of sequence.

Seeing the chef, I thought that he was the right person to recommend my first selection.


Me: (Points at the white pudding) What flavour is this?
Chef: This is coconut.
Me:
(Silently pukes) Oh I see.
Chef:
(Points at the orange pudding) This is mango. (Points at the purple pudding) This is blackcurrent.
Me:
Alright. (Trying to decide)
Chef:
(Points at the purple pudding) Take this. It is a favourite among children.
Me: (Walked away with the blackcurrent pudding, shocked)


Just when I had fussed (for the past month or so) over how I was getting all wrinkly turning a quarter of a century old, someone had mistaken me for a child. Hmmm... Just to think, all that fuss for nothing.
 
Saturday, January 06, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 12:34 am

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I am born risk averse. Hence I normally do not like to take risks of any kinds, types and forms unless I really have to – like probably a life or death situation. Thus a life is certainty is what binds me and holds me together.

My best friend (I shall not mention names but you know and I know), however is the exact opposite. Now that she is idle so often pins and needles are a norm, she found herself a new interest to indulge in: Sports betting.

For those of you who are not familiar, sports betting is about predicting sports results by making a wager on the outcome of a sporting event. Bettors usually make their sports wagers with bookies (this is a colloquail term) and on the Internet.

Since ice hockey is a common sport in Canada (where she is), all I ever read from her instant messages these days are I-C-E H-O-C-K-E-Y. I am glad that she has found a new form of entertainment but I sure do hope she does not lose her lifetime savings on sports betting.

Poor me... I lost my best friend to her latest interest.
 
Friday, January 05, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 9:57 am

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Yes, it is that time of the year again. My birthday.

It falls just 2 weeks after Christmas and 1 week after New Year. I am turning a quarter of a century old tomorrow – if you do not know how to do the math, go hit your head against the wall as hard as you can. Three more of my current lifespan and I qualify as a century human (think century egg).

So here is to me…

Happy birthday to me
I am the best thing alive
I am turning twenty five
Happy birthday to me!

Yes, I know, I am so full of myself. What can I say besides, "That's just me and that's what makes me so LOVABLE!"
 
Thursday, January 04, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 8:59 pm

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For those of you who are still wondering (you will know what I am talking about if you are an ardent fan of my blog), no, I have not participated in online dating.

On a similar note, I would like to recommend a free dating site to those who do participate in online dating. The features available are as good as any paid dating site yes it is 100% free.

Yes, this surely is something that will work for me… IF I AM SINGLE.

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Monday, January 01, 2007
posted by Amie Lee at 12:01 am

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As 2006 draws to a close, it has experiences we now call history, which will definitely shape our future.

Here is to wishing that 2007 will bring you and your families prosperity, good health and most importantly, happiness.

Happy New Year!!!