Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

And no, I'm not a teddy bear.

My December so far

First of all, a big happy winter solstice to everyone! Today marks the shortest day of the year, and according to Chinese traditions, we’ll be making glutinous rice balls today. We were busy rolling bits of the mix when mom realised that my aunt passed us the wrong type of flour, so we’ll have to delay our rice ball making till tomorrow :razz: I couldn’t stop giggling when mom and I desperately tried to make the rice balls float – if we were using the right type of flour, the balls will float after being placed in boiling hot water in a matter of minutes. We waited for 10 minutes, lol!

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I’ve been spending some time reading blog posts and here are five posts that I think is interesting and you might love it ;) in no particular order:

  1. Sue shows us the 10 best photos she’ve taken in 2008 the past three months. Nice photos, Sue!
  2. Destiny shares her view with giving gift cards to family and friends during this festive season, which I couldn’t help but nod in agreement.
  3. Benghan posts some photos from his recent trip to Gold Coast – simply mind-blowing! *pooof!*
  4. Jeff and his amazing code snippets for WordPress, Windows (hi, Bill Gates!) and Firefox. And there are so much more good stuffs on his blog – a perfect place for web developers and code lovers alike.
  5. NoktahHitam gives everyone a good laugh on that funny advertisement on his news aggregator site, Negaraku.net.

If you are the impatient kind, you can always skip to the photos instead, heheh.

December wrap-up

teddY-risatioNâ„¢ Eta

teddY-risatioNâ„¢ Eta

So back to something that is finally relevant to the post title…

#1 – Presenting teddY-risatioNâ„¢: My December started off with extreme joy and excitement immediately after the end of my November exams, and the satisfaction of releasing my seventh theme, teddY-risatioNâ„¢ Eta. Not to mention recovering from a horribly long hiatus, all thanks to the nightmarish scenario of my first semester exams.

teddY-risatioNâ„¢ Eta marks the complete revamp of the typography and layout that I used to inherit from previous theme, making it one of the craziest experience I’ve ever had in making things work. In case you’re wondering why Eta, I’m currently numbering my WP themes alphabetically using Greek alphabets – by drawing inspiration from Yahoo!’s idea that there is no final version for their web services like Flickr. They’ll move on from Beta to Gamma, so on and so forth.

The Christmas Arch - Green Light

The Christmas Arch

#2 – Orchard Road, ready for Christmas: For the rest of the week I cooped in my room playing Spore, and before I left for home in Malaysia, I made a trip to downtown Orchard to capture the glamour the beauty of the famous annual Christmas decoration. I rarely travel to Orchard Road after I started my university because the campus is simply too far away from town, and it’s located at the fringes of a forest reserve (and an army live firing area, so I hear bombs and gunshots all the time).

I was lucky enough to stumble upon a temporary traffic island which made it possible for me to capture the photo on the left, with traffic flowing around me, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road.

Flying carousel, Spinner.

Flying carousel, Spinner.

#3 – Three days in cloud nine: Then my grandparents came from their Penang home, stayed over for a week and we went to Genting Highlands during their stay with us. The trip was fantastic! I took a total of 805 photos (excluding the ones I’ve deleted before I returned home), but only used a meagre 26 of them in my update.

I’ve been to Genting Highlands for gazillion times in my life but I never got bored of it. For some reason, I find that it is a good place to explore – be it using your feet, your eyes or your camera. The theme park gives you plenty of photo opportunities for roller coasters, rides and riders (sometimes you’ll need to ignore that no entry sign). The parks readily embraces you with their cold, crisp air and throws millions of macro photography chances in your face.

A good thing about going to a holiday destination is that nobody looks at you like a freak when you unleash your inner devil – the shutter bug. For some reason, I feel that Genting Highlands is way safer than downtown Kuala Lumpur, that’s why I dared to roam around freely.

Things that I have not updated you about

I have so many things to update but I do not want to clutter you, and your poor RSS reader if you’re using any, with updates. I know how it sucks to log in to Google Reader the next morning and discover that you have 20+ updates to catch up with – that’s what I’m experiencing every morning since mid-December. With the festive season closing in, the blogosphere is naturally buzzing (and overflowing) with Christmas, shopping, gift posts.

Photos will be in cute little thumbnails so that I don’t make this blog a scrolling hell for both you and your mouse.

#1 -Christmas at The Gardens, Midvalley: Before my grandparents returned to Penang, we brought them on a day-trip tp The Gardens, Midvalley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. Grandpa didn’t quite like the rather bland (but healthy) food we had for lunch, so he was a little grumpy. He even protested by pouring a whole lot of soy sauce into his rice. I find that the older grandpa gets, he acts a little more like a kid – like the way how he argued with grandma and the way he chooses to display his displeasure. Nonetheless, I still love him, of course!

Christmas at The Gardens, Midvalley. My grandparents and parents. My grandparents, brother and I. Interior of the Curve, complete with Christmas decorations. Another view of the interior, in portrait mode.

I also fell in love with the reflections off the balls they hang on Christmas trees. They become instant fish eyes – in an interesting sense! No prize for finding where am I in the ornaments. Oh, and I took photos of people taking photos.

Christmas tree ornamment #1 Christmas tree ornamment #2 Christmas tree ornamment #3 Photographing the photographer #1 Photographing the photographer #2

#2 – With Tysern at Lookout Point: Tysern was really nice to bring me to Lookout Point for supper on Monday night. We followed the directions Tysern printed out from a blog, which was misleading but still helpful, and managed to reach the mountain top in an hour’s time from my home. Not to mention making a wrong turn to Kampung Pandan instead of the Pandan Interchange as written in the directions, but it gave us more time to talk about Tysern’s Who Wants To Be a Millionaire fetish.

The view up there was magnificent, but the food wasn’t – as expected, after reading a few blog entries regarding the food. The lighting was dark, to give diners a clear view of downtown KL but then it was a wee bit too dark for me to differentiate between all the whatnots they’ve dumped into my seafood spaghetti, which costs a hefty $11.50 and is not really nice. Tysern was right about his comment on my rose tea, which tasted more like rose syrup plus tea than anything else.

View of downtown Kuala Lumpur from Lookout Point.

View of downtown Kuala Lumpur from Lookout Point.

Lookout Point Restaurant.

Lookout Point Restaurant.

There are plenty of better photos of downtown KL at night, like the ones over at Adrian Lee Photography blog. Mine isn’t that nice afterall, hah!

You’ve survived till the end!

I guess that’s all for this update! Thanks for reading ;) and an early Merry Christmas to everyone, just in case I couldn’t throw in an update before the big day. Have fun folks!

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