Thursday, April 28, 2005


Here's a forward I received from Winnie... the following is supposedly what the Dalai Lama had to say for the new year:


1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R's:
Respect for self
Respect for others and
Responsibility for all your actions
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Which Animal Personality are You?

go to http://www.animalinyou.com/survey.asp and find out~!

I am an: Otter Personality

Herbal Essence... for animals :)

Here's a little bit about the Otters:

Otters are petite, engaging creatures overflowing with positive energy. Intelligent and bright, they are also popular and eminently lovable and displaying the highly developed social skills that typify the small carnivores. So, otters mix easily with a wide range of animal personalities.

Lazy? Let's just say easily distracted. For life has so many diversions for the otter, that whether it's playing a computer game, reading a book, or doing a crossword puzzle, it's impossible to predict how it will fill it's day. But when an otter gets focused on a problem, it's keen intelligence rises to the challenge and it will not give up until the nut is cracked. Otters feel entitled to the good things in life and a general sense of well being gives them the confidence to not have to save for the future.

Although intelligent and witty, otters have a tendency to suffer from self-doubt, and fear of failure can prevent them from living up to their true potential. Still, they are a great problem solvers, with the ability to spend endless hours on abstract or practical challenges. As workers, they are dedicated and capable and always eager for a chance to prove themselves. Their dexterous hands are useful in a wide range of careers, and they're ideally suited for work in engineering, advertising, and design.

There is no question that the otter is going to have children. Lots of them. And this otherwise carefree individual will surprise you with its strict and disciplined approach to child raising.
Otters are certainly not shy. Their highly advanced communication skills explain why friends flock to it for advice and why ex-lovers find it so hard to let it go. But sometimes it seems that relating to an otter is a one-way street; for otters hate criticism. It's not that they don't believe there's room for improvement -- it's just that they tend to confuse criticism with rejection. Friends must step lightly lest they wound the otter's self-image, for this is the surest way to dissuade the otter from further communication.

Monday, April 18, 2005

As if oNe MoOkie WaSn't EnOuGh...

*This image was expertly done by Araz Brifcani*

Here i present the terrifying prospect of having 3 Mookies instead of just ONE:

(1) There wouldn't be enough closet space in any residential apartment
(2) There would be 3 individuals claiming to be the "Beloved Son"
(3) There would be 3 times more nicknames for me, some of which include: Beruk (babboon), Baby Whale, Baby Walrus, and Sharingan User (copycat...as it pertains to homework)
(4) There would be 3 people fawning over their OWN baby pictures
(5) There would be 3 people parading their "Asian Temptation" moves all over the apartment

This entry was on behalf of the tWo IntAn's in the family (my sister and me).

You know we love you bro ;) but oNe is plenty to LoVe...

Friday, April 15, 2005

I LoVe my Fall 2005 ScHeDuLe~! :)

Why i tHiNk it's aWeSoMe:
(1) I have no class before 9:30am
(2) Only one class starts at 9:30am
(3) It's 9 credit hours worth of classes
(4) It looks like a turtle with one limb missing :D

The other 3 credit hours of class is CHE 411, which is ReSeArCh.
Yup~! Next sem, I will be studying the stock market and modeling its trend...something about Risk Minimization. I don't really understand much else since I didn't really understand what the professor was talking about :p. I was just smiling and nodding (my sister & I are very good at this) and looked as if I were paying attention.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

This was sent to me from Mama Sam a.k.a Sameera:
Here's a good way to learn/remember your ABCs ~!
It might be a little small, but read it... it's worth your while... and hey, the fact that you're at this blog means you have nothing better to do :)

I think the hardest letter for me is S..... <(^-^<) <-- Eric's Kirby
ABCs Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

PiCtuRe Of tHe dAy:

Cute puppy~! Posted by Hello

NOTE: It has been brought to my attention REPEATEDLY that it seems I'm talking to myself. Here is the clarification: my sister and I both have the same first name INTAN... since she is the elder one, she gets the privilege of getting called "Intan" at home, and I am called Niera. Below is a portion of our Yahoo Messenger conversation. (Intan = my sister, Niera = me)

Intan : you get to see the panda LIVE!
Niera: hehehehhe
Intan : I've been looking at it once in a while
Intan : and the panda is always eating
Niera: heheehehhe
Intan : nice pic of the butt
Intan : looks like it's wearing diapers
Niera: hahaha
Intan : hey, the other one is eating
Intan : if you look on CAM II
Niera: what it means to be a true panda...
Intan : so cute
Intan : just wanna go there
Intan : and hug it!
Intan : and join the other one while it's lazing on the rocks

To see the pandas live, go to: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/

Sunday, April 10, 2005

My Bday Gifts Finally Arrived

Yep yep! For those of you who don't know or don't remember, my birthday was way back in February. So why, you ask, did the gifts arrive two months later? Simply put, my sister bought such great gifts for me that she couldn't bear to part with them. In her note, she said that I should thank Bruno AND my lucky stars. So THANKS TO BRUNO & THE STARS! On a more serious note, thanks sis, I loved them all, so it looks like I won't be handing back any of the articles to you :p The gifts included a very stylish handbag, a "Wild2 West" button up shirt, a cute purple&pink top, and an ultra-chic scarf~
Other items in the gift box included a birthday card, of which i would like to share some excerpts:

Bruno: ..."Never forget your younger years, so keep on being clumsy & funny" (bruno, i'll have you know that April thinks i am LESS clumsy now! :D)

Intan: "I'd really like to see if you're more sophisticated (that means less of dropping food onto blouses and quit walking into poles and stuff)..." (i can't quite say i haven't done these things.... coz i have -_-;; )

To add salt to the wound, my sister actually sent me instructions on how to use the scarf... with drawings and all... she knows me too well~~

NOTE: one of these days, i will include a post on some of my more infamous clumsy moments... but that will have to be when i'm a lot less busy!

INTERESTING STUFF... for the ladies ;)

Your Crush is ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Win-Him Strategy: Aries boys are romantic, courageous and love excitement, so a challenge or obstacle will make him fall in love faster. Play hard-to-get and lead him on a chase! Don't make it easy for him to win you. These guys love to be flirted with and teased. They are very attracted to girls with a confident, adventurous approach to life. Doing sports together or teaming up on a challenging school project can help you bond with the Aries boy. Once this boy falls in love, he falls head over heels. Keep-Him Strategy: Aries guys get bored quickly, so keep the relationship active and sporty. Stay current with the world to keep your conversations interesting. Make sure to have other friends and interests too.

Your Crush is TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Win-Him Strategy: Taurus boys are drawn to girls with classic, understated elegance. They are especially attracted to girls with a sweet, trusting personality. Taurus boys have a wonderful sense of drama and romance, so a dramatic environment - such as acting together in a school play - will help you make meaningful sparks with the Taurus guy. They also love being the knight in shining armour, so asking for a Taurus boy's help (with schoolwork, fixing your bicycle, etc) is another great catch-him move. Remember, Taurus is a sucker for a sensitive-type girl, so mind your manners and don't indulge in gossip around him. Keep-Him Strategy: Taurus guys are passionate boyfriends. They are deeply loyal, and they need a lot of loyalty and security in return. Show him you're always on his side by supporting his dreams and goals, and be a good listener. Give him lots of hugs too!

Your Crush is GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Win-Him Strategy: Gemini boys are captivated by intellectual curiosity and he loves to dig out secrets. Share stories about interesting people and dazzle him with your wildest ideas and most adventurous fantasies for your future. Forget being sweet and predictable - the Gemini boy wants a girl who can go with the moment and be ultra-spontaneous! He loves to try new things, so unusual dates will strike his interest. He's also a sucker for smart girls who can talk confidently about world events and literature. Keep-Him Strategy: Gemini boys see themselves as dashing heroes, so the more you suggest how brave he is, the more he'll think that you are his soulmate. Gemini guys have a serious need for independence in a relationship, so give him his freedom and be a good friend as well as a girlfriend.

Your Crush is CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Win-Him Strategy: Cancer guys are sweet, caring souls who are very open to being in a love relationship. What a Cancer boy looks for is a girl who appreciates his sensitivity and understands his depth. He is most attracted to a trusting girl who lets him be the big, protective man. To win his heart, be ultra-romantic. Make each date or conversation with him special. Talk about deep things like feelings and what's important in life - avoid anything superficial. Writing love notes and gazing deep into his eyes when he tells you his philosophy of life will win this sentimental sweetie. Keep-Him Strategy: Cancer boys make great long-term love partners. They don't like aggressive girls, so if you stay soft and sweet you'll do just fine. Cancers boys also fall hard for homey little touches, so fresh-baked cookies or a hand-knit scarf is the best gift for him - especially if it's "just because."

Your Crush is LEO (July 24 - August 23) Win-Him Strategy: Leo boys are vibrant and dynamic. The Leo fellow is drawn to a happy, confident girl who loves new experiences. He will find you hard to resist if you are generous with your time, give him little gifts and most of all, flatter him silly. Tell your Leo crush that he has amazing eyes, or his outfit rocks, and just watch his face light up! He'll think you understand him like no one else does. If you laugh a lot, seem carefree and follow your heart, he will fall in love. Keep-Him Strategy: Leos stay in love with girls who genuinely approve of the person they are inside. Get to know what's important to him (his guitar playing, his driving skills, etc) and let him know you admire it. Leo boys are generous, so if you let him take good care of you, and keep praising him for it, he'll stay happy.

Your Crush is VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Win-Him Strategy: Virgo boys are captivated by understated elegance. A girl with an attitude of good taste and a classic fashion sense will be the one to capture his heart. Virgo guys sseek a great deal of mental and physical stimulation, and they also crave permanence. Show him you're stable and centred, and he'll start dreaming of how great life would be with you at his side. Virgo boys also need to respect the girl they fall in love with, so demonstrate your integrity by never gossiping or acting petty. The "ladylike" girl will always win the Virgo boy's heart. Keep-Him Strategy: Virgo boys will stay if you show them that you need them. Ask for their advice, and let them know when their tips have helped you find the right path in a situation. Be loyal, be wise and be sweet and you'll keep his affections.

Your Crush is LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Win-Him Strategy: Libra boys are spellbound by a girl who knows how to put herself together, is intelligent, charming and makes him feel special. These guys are rarely drawn to the showy, flashy knockout types. Instead, they'll go for the girl with the simple but cute style who can talk about any subject with flair. If you flatter him and make him feel like you really get what's so amazing about him, he won't be able to stop thinking about you. Good activities to get him in the mood for love include long walks at twilight, seeing a dramatic play, and visiting art or architecture museums. Libra boys actually fall in love quite easily... it's keeping them that's the challenge! Keep-Him Strategy: To keep the Libra guy and deepen your bond with him, you need to be a true parter, not a tag-along. Be his friend, admire his deeper qualities and engage him in interesting conversations. Have your own opinions and share them with him.

Your Crush is SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Win-Him Strategy: Scorpio boys are drawn like magnets to a girl with mystery. If he can't quite figure you out, or you hint at depths of your personality that he doesn't know about, he wil be fascinated. Scorpio guys are like love archaeologists - they love to work hard at digging up treasures! They also like control, so compliment his mastery of a sport or hobby, and let him take the lead in planning dates. Scorpio guys are suspicious of anything that comes to easily, so definitely play hard-to-get to make him yours. Scorpios are also bewitched by girls who are good kissers! Keep-Him Strategy: Scorpio boys are all about trust and caution. They take longer than other boys to open up and fall in love, but once they do, they can be extremely loyal and true. Be trustworthy, don't tell lies and make him feel safe confiding in you.

Your Crush is Sagittarius (November 23 - December 21) Win-Him Strategy: Sagittarius boys have a major need for adventure and excitement. If you make getting to know you seem like a fun game, he'll be very attracted. That means, flirt like crazy! Give him the impression that you'd fly off anywhere on an adventure with him, and he'll think you're the greatest girl ever. Be enthusiastic, and be direct. Sagittarians like happy, confident girls with a strong sense of their own goals and ambitions. Be carefree and positive around him. Capture him by dancing - Sagittarius boys adore a girl who can hold her own and shake it on the dance floor! Keep-Him Strategy: Sagittarius guys need a lot of independence with their romance. If you can give him his freedom, but be there when he's ready to have fun and games, you can make him your true partner in excitement and love.

Your Crush is Capricorn (December 22 - January 20) Win-Him Strategy: Capricorn boys are most attracted to girls who are strong and confident. They don't go for the showy, glamorous type. Instead, the Capricorn boys looks for a girl who has good taste, a smart and inquiring mind, a sensitive heart and takes pride in her accomplishments and values. Capricorn guys will always go for the class president over the homecoming queen. If you are unique and show your strength in an unusual way, so much the better. If you are the girl for him, you will win his heart by being steadfast, understanding and dependable. Keep-Him Strategy: Capricorn fellows stay in love with a girl who is trustworthy and true. He also wants to know you think he can be a success, so encourage his goals and show him caring support and he will be true to you.

Your Crush is Aquarius (January 21 - February 19) Win-Him Strategy: Smart girls will snare the Aquarius boy by using their brain. Aquarius guys need to be stimulated mentally by a girl to start seeing her as a romantic possibility. The best way to start a romance with an Aquarius guy is to build from a basis of friendship. He'll fall for the girl who he feels an intense intellectual connection with. Deep, challenging conversations of the "what if" type are definitely the way to his heart. He's also looking for someone cute, of course, but he'll fall in love the fastest with a girl who has interesting opinions and a dazzling way with words. Keep-Him Strategy: Aquarius boys need a lot of personal space. Give it to him and he'll feel even closer to you. He will stay in love if you create intimacy and affection, without making him feel smothered.

Your Crush is Pisces (February 20 - March 20) Win-Him Strategy: Pisces boys are drawn to girls with a warm, sympathetic attitude. If you are bright and talkative, the Pisces boy will be charmed by you. Pisces guys are strongly tuned to chemical connections, so if there's a vibe between you he might be the first one to pick up on it. Pisces guys long for a perfect soulmate to share his spiritual side with, so show him your kindess and understanding. Dramatic activities, such as school plays or drama clubs, are wonderful for creating the magical environment that makes Pisces boys feel all dreamy and romantic. Be a sweet and dependable listener, and he will lose his heart. Keep-Him Strategy: Pisces boys are very sensitive, so avoid criticizing him and try to be kind when you have a different opinion from him. He has a deeply romantic side, and if you share it with him through simple activities he will stay entranced with you. Long walks in the park, holding hands at the movies, and making up stories together will create a lasting bond.

Friday, April 08, 2005

DID YOU KNOW? The Chinese word for Panda is "Xiongmao" or Giant Cat Bear

Other facts:

  • The average Giant Panda consumes between 20 and 40 lbs
  • Pandas do not hibernate during winter
  • People can't tell if a baby panda is a girl or a boy for four years
  • Pandas can't go without food for 5-6 hours
  • Giant Pandas sit or lie down when they eat