Itchy backside…

I was just laughing to myself thinking that I am such a genius! If you read my last post, you would know what I mean. Did you get it? Itchy backside? Did you? Did you? ๐Ÿ˜€

I haven’t been blogging for a while and while back here, I thought I should change my theme. I like to change it every now and then which is why I never buy any themes cause I know I will tire of it and want to change it again a few months or a year. Then all the money spent will be down the drain.

I don’t know how to write any CSS codes so making my own themes is out of the question so I went theme hunting. Is it just me or is most of the themes’ backgrounds are white. I know that it is a neutral preferred colour but really? White on white on white is so bland and so glaring! Even with the brightness on my screen adjusted to almost the last button, it was still blinding me. Ok, I may be biased. I love colour!! Bright colours! Not bright blinding white though.

I took me close to 2 hours to find this new theme. Do you like it? I LOVE it!! โค โค Trying out emoticons here. It is a trial and error thing with these for me. I never know the codes behind them.

The search for this theme was long and arduous! ๐Ÿ˜› Like I ran a marathon or something. If you don’t already know, I do have a flair for the dramatics. It was so painfully long (slow loading time didn’t help) that I wished I that I had just sucked it up and endured the old theme a little longer and do the search another time when I am in a better mood. It is doubly arduous cause I am hungry. A hungry Ann is a grumpy Ann. A saying my friend uses to describe me whenever I am grumpy. LOL!! how accurate!

Now that I found a new theme, I hope to keep it for while and that you like it as much as I do. I like the colours, their playfulness and the animals on the top. I have a baby now and I know she will love it! Though I think she would not be reading my blog any time soon. By the time she does, knowing me, I would have changed it and she will not get to see the animals. Oh well…

The itchy backside has been scratched. ๐Ÿ˜›

Goose night world!

Dropped off the face of the earth…..

Okay…just being all dramatic and shit.. but it does feel like it. ๐Ÿ˜›

It has been a while since I blogged and if anyone is still sticking around and stalking, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

A few things have happened and I have been busy juggling personal and professional life. Though I have to admit, I could just post updates on Life in Photos as I do on Instagram. I just never do.

All these things that are happening, some I want to talk about and some I don’t. “Don’t” filling up an entire page while “do” is still…you get the picture. Some are not even my story to share.

While I figure out what I want to write about, I thought I should just day hello here before you all leave my blog and move on to greener pastures. ๐Ÿ™‚

Should I say ” I will be back!”?

oh, so corny!

I will gather my wits about me and be back soon. I am presently very tired and in need of a good long rest period of doing absolutely nothing! Which is not happening.

Till then…toodeloos!!

Snow!

Supposedly the worst snow we have had in the last 30 years. It was announced just yesterday that it will snow really hard today. It is predicted to be so bad, schools are actually closed today. It was just mild throughout the night and this morning but now at around 4pm earlier it started to come down hard. Everyone is now trying to make their way home now. Genoa is a hilly and curvy city. We are part of the Riviera so technically we enjoy temperate weather. It snows maybe max 1 week altogether in any given year. Sometimes even less. This winter I think we saw about by now 4 days? or is it 3? If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my horrible attempt at a mini snow angel for my sis which ended up looking more like a bell than an angel. ๐Ÿ˜›

Please excuse the shaky video and not so good commentary. I heard from the cousin as she was leaving the office that it is sowing heavily and that she is leaving now to get home. I jumped up, got my camera and started filming. Didn’t know what I was going to do about it. I just thought that this might be a good post. See, how hardworking…. >_< Can’t blame the cousin for getting off early. She lives a little further away and to get to her place, the roads are curvier and a lot more steep and narrower than mine. Those who have been to my place will know, that is quite bad. At any one time, only a car can be going either up or down. The other has to find a hole to squeeze in and let the other pass. Worst when there is a bus.

M just went to get the quad bike for tonight. Guess what is our mode of transport today? The little big kid is having fun whenever it snows. ๐Ÿ˜€ Can’t use our vespas as they are a tad unstable in all this snow and steep curvy roads. Especially with slush and ice. On flat roads, it is fine if we go slow but here in Genoa…..well, dangerous. Where my inlaws stay it is worse. Snow is fine but when it melts and becomes ice there is no way you can get home. My BIL innovative way of getting home is a cardboard box sliding down the road and then on all fours crawl his way back a few metres up to the door. Welcome to Genoa!

So far I am enjoying the snow from the comfort of my office, in front of my desk at work. Ok, technically not working now as I am sneaking in a blog post. This is how I am braving the snow. Now back to work.

Was going to post about CNY but maybe the next post.

Seriously, thank you!

Seriously, Thank you to all my followers and lurking readers! Even when I am such a crappy blogger and often times, I go on long stretches of MIA-ness (if there is ever such a word) you still come back to read my blog. I am touched!

After being away for while, I just checked in on my notifications and found out that I have not only survived one year, posts more than a 100 posts (a feat in itself when you think how lazy I am), I have more than 50 followers! Hey, for me it is a big number! Considering I never thought I would get even 10. Okay, okay, I know it is no big deal but for me…I would like to celebrate every little milestone in my blogging adventure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once again a big THANK YOU! I will try to blog more often, write incoherent ramblings, sound more interesting than I actually am, post more interesting photos and bring you along on this adventure called MY LIFE!

Have a great day!

By the way, Chinese New Year is round the corner. Would be ushering the snake in on my own this year….

Toodeloos!!

It has been a year!!

Whoot!!! Tomorrow is the anniversary of my blog!! So today is the last day of the “year” for my blog. Just a tid bit of useless information.

I have been “writing” blogposts in my head for the past week or so, which can only mean that it is time to get back to blogging. ๐Ÿ˜› Though the blog post I have in mind is a little sombre. I am still undecided if i want to pen that down and have if read by the world. I am ok with the people I don’t know reading about it. it is the people I know who might read it is the thing that is stopping me. I know that I can out in a password protected post but that defeats the purpose of a blog doesn’t it? I am still debating. Who knows what will happen in the future. I might just write it down some day.

At the rate that I am going with my blogging, I doubt that I will have a following on my blog. I am such an uninspired, lazy ass blogger.@_@ I don;t even know why I bother. But, I have discovered the joys of instagram. LOL!! If you follow me there, I have more updates there.*Shamelessly promoting myself*. Look for @mouseytong. Lately, I only have myself on the Instagram updates as I am bogged down by work and it is office, meeting, office, meeting, travel, planes, taxis. Nothing interesting. I am not even a fashion blogger but dressing up makes me feel better. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, for lack of better updates, I take photos of myself in things that make me happy.

I should definitely say my goodbye for now. This post is not making sense. It is just my ramblings on things that have just popped up. Like the realisation that tomorrow is the anniversary of my blog. Random sh*t!

Better sign off for now.

Toodeloos people. I promise I will write something for tomorrow. *pinky promise*

Unforseen circumstances

Mousey is taking a long forced break not because she wanted to but she had to.

Even now, she is blogging on the go and from her new Samsung Note 2!! Yes, she traded in her HTC and got something that meets her needs better.ย  She will try to blog again soon. Hopefully nothing unexpected crops up.

She will try to fill in the gaps of her boringly adventurous shenanigans. Check back soon.

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Feels weird and fun at the same time, talking about myself in the 3rd person. ๐Ÿ™‚

Am absolutely pooped. So goose night people!ย 

Toodeloos.

I am so wired!

photo taken in Saigon, Vietnam in 2009

This is how I feel like. All those wires criss-crossing at a junction. I receive notifications on my Blackberry from time to time on various sites that I am signed up to. Just today I decide to check up on another site that I have not visited for some time and realised that I am so wired. Imagine this, just a mere 6 years ago, the only time I am ever on the computer was to type up my homework (while in Uni) and to do research online. I was hardly ever online. Fast forward a few years, I started a blog on Multiply, joined a needlecraft group on Yahoo, NEEDLESnCRAFT, where I got back my love for crochet, signed up for ebay and amazon. Then I started blog surfing. Before you know it, I follow quite a long list of blogs that I can’t even finish reading in a day! Also because I get carried away. Then I added, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, ChurpChurp, Linkedin and the list goes on…..oh! and the latest, Instagram! I am so wired it isn’t even funny!

So many! I can’t even keep track of it all anymore! Well, I can. I just need to dedicate more time to or be more vigilant with my time. Try not to wander off so much. Evidence of this “wandering” is right here. Just for this post, it took me close to 3 hours and I am only here. I have googled at least 8 actors and some movies as they are playing on tv. ๐Ÿ˜› From there, I got carried away by the movies they were in. Some looked interesting enough for me to click on it and then the adventure starts again.

Anyway, in this age and time is anyone to wired anymore? I have a love-hate relationship with technology. More love than hate, especially since I have started to live so far from my family. I wasn’t to wired before, so some technology was too much for me. But since moving here, I have embrace it more. I like the fact that we can have face to face chats now with relative ease and not fuzzy bad connections. I like that I can search and watch movies, series and more on live streaming especially when I get tired of dubbed stuff. I still feel funny watching in Italian in the cinema here and when I see it playing on cable back in Malaysia in English, I just stare and stare at the pictures and it feels so strange. Of course I watch other dubbed movies or series but they don’t sound strange because I can’t understand the original anyway! It is like watching a Cantonese movie dubbed in English and Italian! It is happening right here, right now! I was channel surfing when I saw Drunken Master 2. I thought, “Oooo..Jackie Chan’s movie. Should be nice!” They sometimes do show the movie in the original language (there is an option to change) and I thought this would be the same. I have watched a Mandarin movie in the original language before.

But no! The original language option is in English. Though Jackie Chan’s voice over was done by him the rest just sounded so strange. So, so strange. @_@ It is even stranger because I have seen the original a number of times and all of Jackie’s movies has all these funny puns and lines. They are all lost in translation. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I had to change the channel!

I am getting off tangent again. I should sign off soon before I get distracted again and it will take me another few hours just to finish this post. I already down 5 hours. Shit! Yeah, you can pretty much guess it that I got in at least 2 movies and a chapter or 2 of a crime series.

The conclusion, being so wired is both good and not so good. Is that even a conclusion? Anyone else feels like this sometimes?

Losing out on a technicality

Not sure if you, the readers, realised that I have been diligently posting a post EVERY single day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a little upset on the fact that I will be breaking my “a post a day” today. It is still the 18th here, but on my laptop is already the 19th, 4.21am. I thought it over, but I don’t quite like to type a post on my phone. That would really drive me crazy. So, I am losing out on a technicality. Yes, I could just change the time on my laptop but I keep it on Malaysian time for me to keep track of it when I call my family with skype. I do the same with my mobile when in Malaysia. I leave my Italian mobile on Italian time to keep track without having to subtract or add each time I want to make a call. Lest, I wake anyone up and scare the bejesus out of them.

It scares me silly when my phone rings in the middle of the night. Only in emergencies will my mobile ring at night. It happens occasionally that clients don’t realise or remember the time difference and really frightened me. I would wake up shocked, stare at the phone, compose myself when I realise that it is not from home or any other family member and answer. This is the unwritten rule at home. I think it is the same for everyone. If I can, I never turn off my mobile at night. My dad used to ask me why. At that time, I was staying away from home, at college and sharing an apartment with friends. There was no home phone line. Everyone had their own mobile and I was contactable ONLY via my mobile. That was why I kept it on.

One night, I heard my phone’s battery dying. Since I was already in bed, I decided to let it die off. Remembering my dad’s words. It was the old Motorola where we had to change the batteries while the other charges on the charging pods. The next morning, I changed the batteries and the first message I heard over the phone was, “Ann, dad here. I have some chest pains and I am driving to the hospital now.” I was shocked! Next message was, “Ann, your dad is in the hospital. He had some chest pains. Go and see him.” Imagine how I felt that morning. I rushed to class, handed in my assignments and asked a friend to drive me to the hospital. From that day on, when I can help it and I don’t have to ie. in flight, I never turn my phone off. Though my sis says that there is no point having a mobile if I never carry it with me. ๐Ÿ˜› She says, the phone and I are almost always miles apart.

In my defense, when I am home or in the office, the mobile is either on the table or the couch and I don’t carry it with me everywhere, like going to the toilet or to the kitchen to get a drink. Cause it is still near me just not attached to me. M says the same. hehehehe! but M does have the worst timing in the world. He calls when I am in the shower, in the toilet doing some business and the only moment I walk away from my mobile. Always! I could be next to it for 23 hrs and 59 mins but that 1 min I walk away he will call. Worst timing ever! >_<

Anyway, I don’t want to change the time just for this post. I shall have to bear with it. *sniff*

Just a photo to end this post. Totally unrelated, of course.

A French Shepard. First time for me seeing one. They are so beautiful!