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Just half dead =P I promise to resume blogging once this craziness has stopped, which I know wont, so at least PAUSED. In the meantime…

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So I’ve vanished from the blog-o-sphere for about 2 months. Sort of my fault, sort of not. The not bit being my laptop getting taken away from me (long story =P) and the yes bit being that I just haven’t really seen anything that inspires me, coupled with plain laziness and my increasingly lack of time in the time when I thought I’d have endless amounts of time to do nothing. Ah well. Well, I’m pleased to say “I’MMMM BBACCCCKK!!” with a new job too! Eek!! I’m so so sooo excited! It’s for Myer working at the Benefit beauty counter in Chadstone and Bourke st stores as a “beauty advisor” (love the title). I can’t wait! Woopie!

fireworks

Moving on, it’s 2008!! And borrowing Lite ‘n’ Easy’s catch phrase, “new year, new you!” I can’t wait! I’ve finally finished high school *tear*, turned 18 and hopefully, starting uni this year! However, instead of making the usual new years resolution that I will have forgotten what it was even about by mid-January, I’ve decided to come up with 5 goals that I would like to achieve by the end of this year. In no particular order…

1) Save up $3000.
2) Achieve a credit or distinction average in uni.
3) Get my driver’s liscene by June! (P’s)
4) Be more consistent with my blog posts and improve my writing.
5) Lose 5 kilos, tone up and preferably have some sort of work-out/training/getting fit program thing in place.

I know, most of them do sound a little outrageous, but hey? I won’t know if I can do it if I don’t try right? Hmm, wish me luck!

One last thing, happy new year everyone! I hope you all have an awesome year filled with everything that you could ever wish for and want!

Hello Kitty condoms

So tell me, what do you think these Hello Kitty things are? Lollies? Nope. Lollipops? Nope. Blow up balloons? You could say so. THEY ARE FREAKING CONDOMS!! LOLOLOLLL!!!

Who the hell? What the hell? Never mind my own innate hate for Hello Kitty and all things Hello Kitty related-which doesn’t really make sense because I’m Asian, but let’s not get sidetracked, but whhhhattt??

I mean come on guys, I know all Hello Kitty fanatics are all a bit “in the head” anyway, and when it comes to thinking rationally and logically, they aren’t particularly well known for it, but HELLO KITTY CONDOMS?! ROFL

These are obviously quite disturbing. Imagine coming home with these, “Hooonneyy! I’m hoooommmee!! And look what the kitty dragged in? ;)” err…not cool. Imagine that, in the heat of the moment, your partner -female or male- pulls out a Hello Kitty  condom and enthusiastically puts it on. Um..the last place I would like to see Hello Kitty staring up at me is down there.

Another thing, just how unmanly would it be to have Hello Kitty down there, with your female counterpart giving you compliments on just how “cute that is!!” Then having to stop in the middle of doing it multiple times because the Hello Kitty fanatic wants to see “how cute it is” again and again would pretty much take the joy and pleasure out of the evening. Not to mention the “feel of the moment”.

And last but not least, when a guy puts a condom on, he pretty much has a single thought on his mind. This does not include putting on different Hello Kitty condoms as if it were a fashion show.

*shudders*

TO HELL WITH HELLO KITTY!!! …I never liked the damn freaky-ass-kitten-looking-thing anyway…

It seems like every celebrity these days are getting into the fashion business. Though it makes sense, do we really want to buy something that the likes of Paris Hilton and co. have designed or endorsed? Judging by their fashion choices alone, I’d say no.
However, one American designer handbag and small leathergoods company in particular who seems to really have taken on the concept of celebrity endorsements and has now developed it as far as to have current “It” girl Hayden Panettiere design her own “it” bag is Donney & Bourke. Having already had celebrity spokespeople such as Mischa Barton and Lindsay Lohan to front their advertising campaigns and Emma Roberts (Julia Roberts’ niece) co-design a bag, they’ve now decided to up the anty with Miss Panettiere designing her very own ‘dream bag’ in collaboration with Peter Dooney.

Hayden and Dooney & Bourke

“I wanted to do something people haven’t seen from Dooney & Burke before, so my bag is red patent leather,” Hayden said.

The designing process began with Hayden describing to Dooney just what she envisioned: a large leather shoulder bag with puffy pleats, a buckle closure and great style. Sketches were drawn by the design team, then Dooney transformed her ideas into prototypes at Dooney & Bourke’s design studio in Florence, Italy. After a few changes from Hayden, we have the “HP” bag.

The “dream bag” will go on sale December and retail for $500. No, you wont be paying $500 for patent leather, you’ll be paying $500 for the 18k gold accents. Also it is available in black, brown, red and white.

Seems like the “Emma” from Donney & Bourke weren’t enough. Neither are the ever exclusive and forever loved classic “Kelly” and “Birkin” bags that Vicky B seems to have an endless supply of.

I want a bag to be named after me. The “Daniella” …has a nice ring to it 😀

So I stole this off Dilan, who stole it off Open Source. There, now that I’ve acknowledged my sources like any other “good internet citizen/blogger”, I’m going to get on with it and plagiarise the whole post off Open Source =P

  1. You do not make moronic “first post lol” posts. Anywhere.
  2. You have a logical email address which has something in common with your handle/name
  3. Your handle does not include numbers.
  4. You do not have a Myspace
  5. You do not blog about your pets.
  6. You do not blog about your ex-girlfriends.
  7. You do not visit, mention, hint about, dream or think about /b/.
  8. You know what HTTP, HTML, PHP, SQL RoR and Perl stand for.
  9. You know that there is no cabal.
  10. You do not use “lol”
  11. You do not post idiotic videos of yourself talking into a webcam on Youtube. Podcasts are around for a reason: we can listen to what you’re saying without having to stare at your ugly mug.
  12. Your website is XHTML 1.0 compatible.
  13. You understand CSS and why it is important
  14. You understand that “accessibility” doesn’t just mean wheelchair ramps
  15. You make useful edits to Wikipedia.
  16. You mod down tired memes on slashdot.
  17. You digg responsibly.
  18. You make sure your computer is safe from malware, lest you spill it on to the greater internet.
  19. You are skeptical.
  20. You delete spam.
  21. You do not forward chain email.
  22. You keep your preference of emacs or vi to yourself.
  23. You are not a Mac Zealot.
  24. You campaign for Net Neutrality.
  25. You resist the uncontrollable urge to vandalize the Bratz: The Movie page on Wikipedia.

Um, EXCUSE ME?! HELLO, BUT WTF?! LOL

I do not have the foggiest clue what number 3, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23 and 24 are on about O_o As for the rest of the points, HA!

1. I made a moronic “first post”right here on this very blog. Hell, I even titled it “First Post”. Wow. Read it if you wish to waste time and die of boredom.
2. Silver_fairy is NOT my name.
4. I have a Myspace but alas, no Facebook, I’m afraid I’m too…how do they say it? Oh yes, “noob” to get one.
5+6.I don’t have pets or girlfriends (oh wait, I had goldfish once but they died -I’ll save that story for another post).
10. I “lol” like crazy, though I try to restrict myself on here because I know people will get annoyed after a while.
11. I don’t even post pictures of my whole body, why would I post a video of myself?
15. Same principal applies to Wikipedia. I don’t even use that site, why would I waste time editing it when I could be watching the latest fashion runway show or reading blogs?
19. Skeptical? About what? Why?
20. I don’t delete spam, WordPress deletes it for me.
21. I don’t even read the chain mail. Oh wait, I lie, I do sometimes.
25. Bratz? Are you retarded?

Oh, and I apologise, yet another non-fashion/beauty related post.

Audrey Hepburn

I love Audrey Hepburn.

Another reason to add to my list of “Why I love Audrey Hepburn” is this quote I found:

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ~Audrey Hepburn

I swear to God, I live by this quote…

*sighs* I love Audrey Hepburn 😛

[I like this one too: A day without laughter is a day not worth living.] -so true 🙂

sleep

So I’m sleep deprived. Very sleep deprived, insanely sleep deprived. So imagine my feeling of recognition when reading this article from the New York News & Features section which I stumbled upon while clicking on random links. And thank God I found it too. Here’s a snapshot with my little running commentary of the article. Click link to see full article.

Snooze or Lose

Overstimulated, overscheduled kids are getting at least an hour’s less sleep than they need, a deficiency that, new research reveals, has the power to set their cognitive abilities back years. By Po Bronson

“[H]as the power to set their cognitive abilities back years.”
I was wondering why I’ve been feeling like my brain cells have just been rotting away at the speed of light. I mean, it’s not like I’m not actually bashing myself on the head everyday, five times a day for the fun of it, I still go to school, so I’m forced to learn things, but WHERE OH WHERE has all that supposedly “learnt” information gone?! Apparently, my lack of sleep has caused me to have the mental and cognitive abilities of a seventh grader, or maybe even a fourth grader. Well, there goes my upcoming exams.

“Half of all adolescents get less than seven hours of sleep on weeknights. By the time they are seniors in high school, according to studies by the University of Kentucky, they average only slightly more than 6.5 hours of sleep a night. Only 5 percent of high-school seniors average eight hours.”
You want statistics? I’ll give you my statistics. I average about 6 hours sleep per weeknight, 6.5 hours max. And on weekends, it depends, but usually, it’s the same. So do the math. 6 times 7 equals 42 hours per week I’m sleeping, whereas I should be getting 56 hours per week. I’m missing out on 14 hours a week of sleep a night. 14 times 52(weeks in a year) equals 728 hours of sleep that I am missing out on per year. Whoa, that’s a hellava lot of sleep I’m missing out on. And my brains sure aren’t thanking me for it. Not to mention my racoon eyes and my baggy bags coupled with bloodshot eyes and a pasty complexion.

“With the benefit of functional MRI scans, researchers are now starting to understand exactly how sleep loss impairs a child’s brain. Tired children can’t remember what they just learned, for instance, because neurons lose their plasticity, becoming incapable of forming the synaptic connections necessary to encode a memory.”
I’m tired 24/7. I basically fall asleep in class and while I’m in the car to and from school, I try to catch up on the zzz’s. I get to school, nod through six hours worth of mumblings and then come home to the computer and straight onto the internet I go until about 1am or 1.30am every, single, night. I try to revise and concentrate, no really, I do. Sometimes in class, all I want to do is lie down and sleep, but I can’t, so I settle for the “head on hand, leaning forward so it looks like you’re reading but really, what you’re doing is sleeping but the teacher thinks you’re reading” because if I don’t, I end up doing the whole “I’m trying my hardest to stay awake, but my eyeballs and eyelids have mind of their own and are shutting down on me” thing which is really very embarrassing. What makes it even worse is that then, once I fall into a slumber, I hear nothing. Kapisch, nada. Therefore, I learn and remember nothing. No wonder I complain that my memory is like that of Dory’s. Furthermore, “a different mechanism causes children to be inattentive in class.” Wow, no shit Sherlock. You’d think that being asleep would cause you to be inattentive in class.

“A tired brain perseverates—it gets stuck on a wrong answer and can’t come up with a more creative solution, repeatedly returning to the same answer it already knows is erroneous.”
Shit, so that’s why I feel as though all my “creative juices” have run out and I can no longer come up with anything original or inventive. I thought I’d just simply ‘lost my spark’ and had the ‘creativity stamped out of me’ by all my classes.

“The more you learned during the day, the more you need to sleep that night. “
No comment. Abit late now, exams are in 2 weeks.

“Normally secreted as a big pulse at the beginning of sleep, growth hormone is essential for the breakdown of fat.”
I’ve been trying to not exactly lose weight, but to tone up and keep in shape. What have I done instead? Gained weight. Though I really can’t blame it all on my severe lack of sleep. I do binge eat alot and stuff my face at any given oppurtunity. =P What can I say? I love my food. However, this leads onto another thing, “on average, children who sleep less are fatter than children who sleep more.” So maybe I can blame alot of it on my sleeping habits after all.

“They all showed that kids who get less than eight hours of sleep have about a 300 percent higher rate of obesity than those who get a full ten hours of sleep.”
If you say so… But it’s impossible for me to get 10 hours of sleep! Even on weekends! *sighs* …*yawns*

“Sleep is a biological imperative for every species on Earth. But humans alone try to resist its pull. Instead, we see sleep not as a physical need but a statement of character. It’s considered a sign of weakness to admit fatigue, and it’s a sign of strength to refuse to succumb to slumber. Sleep is for wusses.”
Ah, no comment.

Come on, read the article please? It’s for your own good =]

Now that it’s 10.50pm, and I haven’t even touched my homework, I know I wont, so I may as well go to sleep. Work tomorrow, great, going to be falling asleep there.

*super sized yawn* zZz time…

wtf

Are you serious?!

Actually, now that I think about it, I actually CAN imagine some girls wearing this type of…monstrosity. I don’t even want to call it a piece of clothing, garment. It’s just plain, slutty! Admit it,all of you out there reading this can actually think of a few girls who would relish this kind of thing. Because I sure can.

I wonder what was going on in the mind of the person who designed this. *shivers*

kids They sure start young these days. Just when you thought you’ve seen and heard enough about the sexploitation of young children in the media, and gotten sick of all the hoo-hah about young models, here comes another story that I found fascinating.

“Victorian education officials say no further action will be taken against a six-year-old boy accused of running a “sex club” at a Melbourne primary school.

The department said it had investigated the claims and admitted the student had exposed other grade one pupils to sexual conversations at the school in the city’s eastern suburbs.

The investigation follows claims by the mother of another six-year-old boy that her son was urged to perform a sex act, while the alleged ringleader had exposed himself in front of other students, reports said.

An education department spokeswoman said the accused perpetrator had received counselling but no further action would be taken.

“The department’s investigation found that the school acted appropriately after receiving these allegations. Counselling has been offered to the students,” the spokeswoman said.

“Parents can be assured that schools have clear guidelines on how to respond to allegations of this nature.” –AAP” [Source]

Okay, uh what? The first sentence, six-year-old boy accused of running a “sex club”, whattt?! The first thought that came to my head was some little boy with a bowl haircut, directing other little kids into a dark corridor into a darkened classroom with other little kids in there. That, is, so, WRONG!! Ew! No! Thanks for the visual guys at The Age! *shudders*

Another thing, how and where did this young buy learn about all these “sexual acts”? When I was six, I still thought that I’d come from the cabbage patch! And here’s this little guy who’s probably still in prep urging other innocent young kids to perform sexual acts. I wonder what his parents are like…You know what they say, monkey see, monkey do…

MOVING ON, “Parents can be assured that schools have clear guidelines on how to respond to allegations of this nature.” Yes, I’m sure primary schools have clear guidelines as to what to do with perverted little kids. Because you know, “it happens all the time”. Righty oh then. I’d expect this kind of behaviour at a high school with testosterone fueled year 9 boys, not teletubby watching grade prep’s. If this report were to say that it was at a high school, then I’m sure my, and everyone else’s reaction would be different, more of a “yeah, whatever, let it go, they’re going through puberty.” But since it’s a six-year old, well *coughs*.

AHHH!! I JUST GOT HOME FROM THE HAIRDRESSERS AND AHHH!! *runs around in circles* MY HAIIIRRRRR! MY LOOOONNNGG LOOONNNGG A-WHOLE-YEAR-WITHOUT-CUTTING-THEREFORE-DEAD-AT-THE-ENDS HAIR IS ALLLL GOONNNEEE!!!

Omg, so I bought in a picture and everything and told the guy that I wanted to keep my length, just a little trim to get rid of the dead ends, and to just re-layer my hair as it had grown out. But NOOOO! He went crazy! He was hacking away at my hair like there’s no tomorrow! I wanted to scream “STOP!! PUT DOWN THE SCISSORS!!” But the last time I did that, the hairdresses (a different one) got pissed off and I ended up looking like a mushroom with a fringe.

Anyway, so he hacked off half my hair, cut my fringe way wayyy too short, and now I’m thinking that he may as well have shaved all my hair off, a la Brit Brit. Now I’m stressing about what I’m going to do about my formal! How am I going to do my hair!? IT’S TOO SHORT!! I wanted to curl it and leave it down!!

before after

BEFORE                               AFTER

*sighs* Okay, so maybe in these really bad pictures you can’t tell, but seriously, in real life, my “after” fringe is really bad. This photo was taken after I’d come home and attacked it with a hair straightener. So it looks a bit better now.

Oh the drama of a haircut. LoL.

..too bad I couldn’t find the photo of the actual haircut I wanted..