Thursday, February 28, 2013

.: Someone Like You :.

Regrets and mistakes, they’re memories made
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

- Adele : Someone Like You -

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

.: Did You Know? #1 :.

A leap year is a year that holds an additional day i.e. Feb 29. According to the Gregorian Calender, the earth rotates 365 97/400 days i.e. 365.2425.

Hence, rule of thumb is that if the year can be divided by 4, it is a leap year. E.g. the year 2004.

Exception to the rule is that if it’s dividable by 100, and not by 400, it will not be a leap year. E.g. the year 2000 is a leap year, but 2100 is not a leap year. This is to adjust for the extra 0.0025 days we add on every leap year.

However, this is still not accurate as the earth, according to John Herschel, takes 365.24219 days to make a full rotation around the sun. Hence, to drop year 4000 to be a non-leap year. This rule, however, has not been official adopted.

Monday, February 25, 2013

.: Overcoming Stage Fright :.

I must admit, I’m pretty proud of myself of this personal achievement.

From someone who gets anxiety having to do a presentation or public speaking or speech in front of a crowd, I must say, I have come a long way since.

I was “compulsorily volunteered” to take part in a singing and dancing competition ala American Idol style early December last year. The theme was “Movie Night” and after a couple of brainstorming sessions with the rest of the colleagues, we came out with a medley of Double Trouble (soundtrack of Harry Potter) and I Put A Spell On You (soundtrack of Hocus Pocus).

We had a professional choreographer who helped us with the dance moves, and after countless of after-working hours practices and back to work after that for me (bad timing, tight deadlines), we were off to perform. To sing and dance! On stage! In front of all my colleagues of Kuala Lumpur office! Competing against others (more experienced)!

We won second place. I was especially overjoyed, but even more that it was over (finally). I must admit, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be. I was worried that I will be loomed with sleepless nights and butterflies in the stomach, but it wasn’t really that bad. So when it was over, I thought “phew, over and done with”.

Little did I know, just short of two months after, we had to do the same number again for the same competition but at Asean level. With last minute notice, our participant of 8 was cut to 4 people. We had 3 days to prepare and make necessary arrangements for costume and make-up. It was pretty stressful, so we decided to keep the same moves.

When it was all over and done with for the second time, we couldn’t believe it when they announced us as the 3rd place team, beating the 1st place contender.

The fun and the participating cash vouchers were great, but what’s even better for me was the fact that I have overcome my fear of performing on stage.

.: My Current Addiction :.

Am currently hooked to this. Currently in level 32.

Friday, February 22, 2013

.: Did You Know? :.

So, it was thought out by a fellow blogger, GoingKookies, to blog out interesting new facts and general knowledge, and I thought, that’s a good idea. So, I will be doing a DYK? blog series! This should be fun! :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

.: The General Malaysian Lacks General Knowledge :.

If you are one of those who listen’s to Mix.FM “Battle of the Sexes” while jamming (not the Bob Marley sort) in the car on the way to work, you would cringe at the lack-of general knowledge of the Malaysian population in general, regardless of sex.

I must admit that I myself too, lack much in this aspect, hence, I will be making it a point to learn something new every week – one new word & one new fact. And because I am taking a year hiatus from any serious reading (will relook into doing #12booksin12months, but we will see how that goes), this should be a good alternative to keep my mind jogging.
Speaking of which, #run365 is doing well, with me clocking in approximately a marathon’s distance length in the past month and a half. I have yet to start C25k, but will do so in due time. The runs are getting much easier, and tho my speed has slightly improved since day one, it's nowhere near a seasoned runner speed. Having said that, I am proud to say that I am still in track of my #run365 goal. I have also notice a considerable improvement of my health, evidenced by the fact that I do not fall sick as easy or as severely as I did in the past. Yes, there was the occasional sniffle here and there, but did not develop into something too serious. Now, if only I can start losing weight too! :)
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