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You know when you begin to realize that you are all grown up?

When you babysit a 5 year-old and end up falling asleep–on his bed.

Or shake your head in distaste when you chance upon seeing 13 year-olds and 14 year-olds dressed like slutty 23 year-olds and 24 year-olds and you think “Man, if my daughter were to dress like them….,”

Or when you begin having thoughts of your unborn kids dressed like slutty 23 year-olds and 24 year-olds.

You also begin to realize you’re getting older when you start looking forward to going home instead of going out at night because going out at night means getting in the way of rest time cause then you wouldn’t have enough sleep which would then cause you to be in a groggy and pissy mood at work the next day.

You start feeling grown up when you get a kick at being in Starbucks instead of McDonald’s cause that’s when you realize you are starting to consume more coffee than sodas.

You start feeling grown up when you are counting how much money you have in your bank account (or lack there of) and checking to see if you have enough to pay for next month’s expenses.

You start to feel grown up when you start using words like “hence” or begin sentences with “My only concern is…,”

Or when you start having things to be concerned about.

Sigh. That’s growing up people.

I’m still struggling with it. Other people are struggling with it. We’re all struggling with it.

Even people who think that got it made are still struggling with it. Growing up I mean.

I guess it’s never something you can avoid. Cause we’re all growing.

I sure am.

Looking forward to it.

Yet feeling a bit intimidated. Not knowing what is to come.

Oh well.

I guess it’s all part of life’s elaborate plan hence I’ll just have to go along with it and see where it leads me. My only concern is if I have the mental capacity to take it all in knowing fully well that I struggle with….

Oh boy.

P.S: Pay no mind to the author as he is sufering from lack of proper rest hence making him prone to exhibiting strange random behaviour that could be of-putting.

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I feel like I just rediscovered home.

As I am writing this, I sitting in a not-so-fully-air-conditioned-ergo-a-tad-bit-stuffy McDonald’s after having just trekked a mini excursion around Petaling Street.

It’s been a while since I’ve done something like this. And now I realized that I love KL.

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The sound of the LRT whizzing by in its track make me so proud to be Malaysian.

The genuine smiling faces of tourists greeting me as I walk around Chow Kit envelopes me in a warm way, reminding me that there is the spirit of unity amongst us humans. We just need to really look for it.

It’s funny having this epiphany when I just blogged about how much I love New York and how I can’t wait to visit it and explore every nook and cranny of the city when there is one right here.

One that I have grown familiar with and have somehow taken for granted.

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Sure the vibe is somewhat different but I feel the tenacity of it too. The way everyone seem to be rushing off somewhere to either catch a bus or a train or make their way to work or to shopping malls or to a hotel.

They are all bustling and here I am, sitting here, watching people walk by while I remain completely still. You see a lot.

I certainly did.

There’s group of well seasoned tourists in front of me, talking about their plans for the day. Listening to them, I can help but feel excited for them. Excited for the sights and sounds they are going to take in.

I don’t know why I suddenly feel like this.

Maybe it takes leaving home and flying off to a different country to make me really appreciate what I have here.

Being a somewhat spoilt city kid, I’ve somehow managed to eclipse the wonder that is Malaysia and if it weren’t for the fact that I wouldn’t be in this country in the next three months, I probably wouldn’t be looking at KL in the same light. It would probably just be like any other ordinary city to me.

Which is why I’m glad to be leaving. So then I’d appreciate what home is.

PS: By the way, Hajok. I wish you were so you’d be able to help take shots of KL through my eyes= ) But hope you don’t mind me “stealing” some of your amazing shots of the city.

“If you could travel anywhere, which MAS Stimulus Package will you use and why?”

If you know me, you’d know the answer to this one.

It’s all I ever talk about when it comes to traveling.

And really, I don’t know how to explain what draws me to this place.

Maybe it’s the buildings.

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The unpretentious architecture that holds years of history. Some that are sadly forgotten.

Or maybe it’s the beauty of its urban tenacity: )

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Or the pace. The thrill in knowing that in very turn therein lies a mystery and an adventure just waiting to be experienced.

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Or the feeling of freedom in walking down to the park and feeling like you’re in someone’s backyard–when in reality you’re in the heart of everything that is bustling.

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The aged but fully maintained boathouse, one of the many prides of the city. A place of solace, a place of hope and the meeting point for a lot of great love stories.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am talking about New York City.

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New York City.

NYC.

The Big Apple.

A perimeter of fast-paced humans all running and gunning to finish the rat race.

A melting pot of people from different ethnicity, culture and background.

An ethereal city that has become the dream and ambition of many spirited individuals such as myself.

The capital of commerce, fashion and music.

New York City.

Many may write me off as one of the many naive dreamers who think that city life is so glamorous and awesome when in reality it is only a facade.

I happen to love the city in spite of it.

I’m not there to chase the un-fulfilling dream of climbing the corporate ladder to become the CEO of some big shot company.

Or joining the redundant dog-eat-dog world of the soul sucking music industry.

Or jump at the chance of working at an all renowned fashion magazine, where I lose all brevity of human life in a pointless 9 to 9 job.

I want to just watch and observe and be amongst the chaos.

I want to just be able to look at the city for what it is rather than overlook it like the rest of its citizens.

I want to get lost in the city as opposed to losing my self to the city.

I want to just be there to take it all in.

I want to be there.

And just live.

So to answer the aforementioned question: New York – Newark International with the MH Flex 1+1  MAS Stimulus Package.

A chance to fulfill a dream with someone who is my dream and observe as the city whizzes past us, while we remain still.

“Cos I’ve found some kinda fairytale…”

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I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve written a post. Maybe cos it has been a while since I did write a post (and published it)

Not that I’m running out of things to say cos as most of you who know me, I hardly ever run out of things to say. Unless it’s about politics. Or football. Or any other topics I’m NOT interested in.

Now I’m just rambling.

The truth is: I have a LOT to say. And a LOT to blog about. It’s just that everytime I’m finished with what I think is blog worthy, I hesitate to click the “publish” button.

Why you ask? I don’t know.

Maybe it’s cause a lot of what I have to say involves some intimate details of my personal life and now I’m not sure how much of my intimate details of my personal life I want splashed across the webpage for all to see.

Which is why I’m so glad I have friends. Close, real, trusting friends whom I love and cherish more than anything else in the world. Friends whom I can pour my heart out to and say things that may otherwise be deemed inappropriate and face the risk of being judged by others who may deem my inappropriate-ness as inappropriate.

So folks, that will explain why my blog has been so barren lately. Because the platform I usually have to lay my problems onto are now my friends and the I have no use of parlaying every single detail of my life here. Until now.

I guess I’m ready to rejoin the rest of the blogging community again and seek pleasure in knowing that some random person out there can be affected by the things I post on my blog.

So watch out. Josh is back. And hopefully with better posts in future than this one.

It’s better to have some thing to say about anything and everything than to NOT have something to say about anything and everything.

So there. Until the next post. Bye.

Just a thought,

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I’m back.

I know it’s been a while and quite honestly, I’m thinking twice about hitting the “publish” button.

It’s not that there isn’t anything interesting going on in my life–in fact, there’s so much, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m just not sure if I’m comfortable “talking” about it on my blog hence the silent treatment.

That aside, there are some things I want to get off my chest and they’re basically little revelations I’ve had about myself that I didn’t know.

Now each discovery could have been a blog post on its own but due to my lack of brain cells to match witty and funny lines to deliver my points and articulate it in such a way that would be deemed interesting for you lot to read, you’re gonna have to settle for a quick, brief, list of my recent findings:

RECENT DISCOVERY #1: Girls

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In recent months I have discovered that sometimes girls are not quite as easy to figure out.

While some guys often scratch their heads and even resort to reading self help books to improve their understanding of the female species, I, who’s had the profound advantage of interacting with girls all my life, pride myself in having maintained good, healthy and platonic relationships with girls which often gives me the upper hand when it comes to figuring them out. I just find them easier to understand and easier to talk to compared to guys–which says an awful lot about me, innit?

But lately I’ve come to learn that when it comes to certain things, I can be just as baffled as the next guy.

RECENT DISCOVERY #2: I Don’t Quite Fancy Chocolates

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It took me a long time to realize but yes, I’m no big fan of the cocoa. I may eat it but I don’t salivate or go crazy over them like other people do.

Chocolate fondue. Chocolate muffins. Chocolate bars. Not a big fan.

However, a certain someone’s freshly baked brownies is an exception to this = )

RECENT DISCOVERY #3: I’m Ignorant

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Well not completely, but I’ve realized that for a 22 year-old I sure know squat about the world around me.

Yes, I’ve learned to read the headlines and other solid write ups on world issues and not JUST the entertainment sections in newspapers but I still don’t know enough.

Having Steve Aufrecht and his wife Joan over the past Sunday was a perfect display of me not being able to carry  a decent adult conversation.

Having said that, meeting the Aufrechts are awesome. They are rich in knowledge and inspire me to want better things for myself in life.

RECENT DISCOVERY #4: I Obsess About Having A “HOT BOD”

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I have become something I never thought or dream I’d be: an excercise junkie.

I’m not pumping steroids or downing protein shakes (yet) or anything but I am starting to overexert myself.

I jog almost everyday. I’ve been going to the gym for more than twice a week. I’m doing sit ups in my room for hours at night. I can’t even sit down normally without doing lifts with my legs.

All this to attain an enviable physique: six packs, solid pecs bulging muscles and all its glory.

I think I’m sick.

RECENT DISCOVERY #5: I’m Beginning to Lose Confidence in Myself

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I think the title says it all. I don’t even know how to go on about it.

Hey peeps!

Pardon the lack of updates–I have been so busy with stuff I have been procrastinating on my studying and revision. And exams are NEXT WEEK!!!

Argh! The horror.

I planned on leaving my blog barren for a couple of days, at least til after my two papers but SOMEONE… = ) = ) = ) insists on an update so here’s one.

As I was browsing through Facebook, minding other people’s business I came across a comment written on a certain rockstar‘s wall.

Out of curiosity, I clicked. I saw. I read. I laughed. HARD.

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Haha.

Guess the secret’s out huh, Sam?

Lol.

P.S: Ok la. In retrospect, it doesn’t seem that funny but I woke up today feeling groggy and cranky so this really made my morning.

Plus, it doesn’t help that I am writing this post in college waiting for SOMEONE who is late for our gym appointment. = ) = ) = )

I kid. I kid.

P.P.S : Oh and it’s Hajok’s birthday today!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! The child has finally grown wiser. Or has he…?? Haha.

Sorry.

Really random.

Blame the pre-exam stress.

Haha.

Okay.

I’m off now.

Bye.

Peace.

Be with you all.

With love and kindness.

To all of mankind.

Generosity of spirit.

To all…

Oh someone stick me a tranquilizer before I annoy all my readers.

*jabs a stick of sedative*

Thud.

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Taken from Crystal’s Facebook message thread:

Here’s some reasons why we think YOU should be at the Life College Year End Bash 2008, hosted at TGIF, Section 14:

#1 – Exams are over… and it’s a great excuse to party, pig out, and go crazy with friends! With the whole 3rd floor of TGIF to ourselves, it’s license to go WILD!

#2 – It’s one of the most affordable events in town for the entertainment you get as well – most other college/university proms/dinner events will cost you no less than RM 100, but for RM 55, you get great food, great entertainment, and more lined up for you as well, such as:

– Our very own Life College Awards ceremony
– Performances by our own Life College musicians, including members of popular local band, Bus Company – Samuel Oh and Shaun Xavier
– The Hailer magazine Special Edition Issue 2009 OFFICIAL LAUNCH
– Top-secret MYSTERY performance
– Flashy video presentations
– Open floor
– and MORE!!!

#3 – Most of us will only be in college for 2-3 years. Time flies past, and so much can change in only a year. Make the most of the time you have, and cherish the memories you have with your friends, while you are still together!

#4 – Finally, we believe we should come because we put a LOT of EFFORT and WORK into this event not to make money for the Council or the College, but so that YOU can HAVE FUN. We want YOU to ENJOY yourself, and unless you do, our job is not done. 🙂

We sincerely hope that our reasons have convinced you (if only a teeny bit more) to come for our bash. Please call the ticketing department to book your ticket ASAP!

016-701 2635 (Liew En Ai)
016-862 4692 (Joshua Anthony)
016-904 0780 (Gerard)

Ticket price: RM 55

But don’t forget to book those tickets because they are LIMITED, and after the 1st of Dec, the price will be raised to RM 60. Get your tickets now!

See you there!

-The Life College Student Council

In response to this, I am posting this:

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Ahhhh….

Leighton Meester a.k.a Blair Waldorf

MY porn.

Bitches never looked so good.

= )

Instructions:
1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick one image for each question.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

About Me…meme

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1. Joshua Tree, 2. I’m Nacho Mama, 3. Anglo-Chinese School – Singapore – 1906, 4. Louet Gems – Neptune Sock Yarn, 5. LEIGHTON MEESTER, 6. Let the Margaritas FLOW! – Mission24, 7. south california beach, 8. Strawberry Cheesecake, 9. Street Musician/ Busking for a Living, 10. My friends in la Albufera, 11. I am enthusiastic, 12. Joshua Lim

Questions:

1. What is your first name? Joshua
2. What is your favorite food? Nachos. I can never say NO to that.
3. What high school did you go to? A.C.S. Anjing Curi Spander. Lol.
4. What is your favorite color? Neptune Blue. My room is painted in that colour.
5. Who is your celebrity crush? It’s seasonal. It varies from time to time. Right now it’s Leighton Meester. Bitches rule!
6. Favorite drink? Margarita. I don’t care if it’s girly.
7. Dream vacation? South Beach, CA.
8. Favorite dessert? Strawberry cheesecake. Hmmmmmmm.
9. What you want to be when you grow up? A musician.
10. What do you love most in life? Friends. = )
11. One word to describe you? Enthusiastic. Cause when I’m enthusiastic, I’m REALLY enthusiastic!
12. Your flickr name. joshualim87

If I Was A…meme

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1. Galapagos Tortoise, 2. Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset, 3. 24 hours of Flickr Party in Berlin, 4. a moment of closeness, 5. Red maple, 6. Watermelon “Pac Man” Hearth, 7. Maple Twins, 8. Not sure, but I think there’s Mexican food in there somewhere., 9. Hollywood Sign, 10. ipod, 11. living room sideboard, 12. SUV in meadow

What would you be if you were…

1. an animal? A tortoise. Cause to the outside world, I may (at times) appear to be calm and collected but there are days when all I want to do is hole up in my shell and turn away all the shit life brings.
2. a city? San Francisco. It’s a mix of the laid-back lifestyle, the artsy architecture, the facade of a seemingly conservative city but therein lies a melting pot of multi-fascinating mix of eccentric characters and colorful personalities.
3. a profession? A PR executive/event planner. I love meeting new people, seeking thrills in the unexpected and enjoying the spontaneity of a non-typical job.
4. a song? Closer by Joshua Radin.
5. a season? Something breezy and not too hot. Autumn.
6. a fruit? Watermelon. Hard on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside.
7. a tree? An acer platanoides or to the horticulture impaired, a Norwegian maple. Why? Cause I’m sharp = P
8. a cuisine? Mexican and Chinese, cause I’m a different mix of flavours.
9. a website? Perezhilton.com and PinkIsTheNewBlog. The ones who know me will know why = )
10. a tech device? Hmmm. An iPod, cause I’m always playing music in my head.
11. a room in a house? The living room.
12. a means of transportation? An SUV. Solidly build. Sturdy. Soft in the right areas. Air-conditioned. And comfortable to be in ; P

Food…meme

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1. NO RESERVATIONS PICTURE #6, 2. Pancake stack of glory, 3. North Indian Cuisine, 4. Turkey Provolone Meatball Sub ~ A hearty autumn welcome, 5. nutty coconut ice cream, 6. Jamie Oliver’s book, 7. Meat on a stick, 8. Spatula City!, 9. Godiva chocolate, 10. Seitan Tortilla Wraps, 11. Tuna Mayonnaise Sandwich, 12. you keep me sane

Food = )

1. Favourite food scene in a movie? The sexual tension between Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Nick (Aaron Eckhart) while making their signature pasta in No Reservations.
2. Favourite breakfast food? Pancakes made by a loved one. = )
3. Favourite ethnic cuisine? Northern Indian.
4. Guilty pleasure? A meatball Sub.
5. Favourite ice cream flavour? Baskin Robbin’s Papaya Pineapple. Yum.
6. Favourite cookbook? Jamie Oliver’s Return of the Naked Chef. To be honest, it’s the only cookbook I have actually flipped through.
7. Favourite snack? Meat on sticks.
8. Favourite kitchen gadget? Spatula. Just cause I can spank someone with it.
9. Chocolate: Godiva chocolates. I’m not a big chocolate person though.
10. If you were a dish, what would you be? Fajitas. It takes a lot of effort to know me. = )
11. What did you have for lunch today? A tuna sandwich.
12. Favourite beverage? Starbuck’s Caramel Macchiato.