All sorts of catching up to do
I realize it's six in the morning but seeing as my arms don't hurt anymore (muscle relaxants finally kicked in, woohoo!) and for some peculiar reason I'm WIDE awake... I thought it'd be a shameful waste to not blog the past two weeks of debauchery for the world to see.
Okay. Fine. I'm lying. I'm actually being mercilessly hounded for the pictures from the Google Maps Malaysia launch last week... and then some.
Nothing like motivation than the evil eye en masse.
As for why my arms make it feel like I'm listening to a banshee shriek every time I try to straighten them... here's a pro tip: don't invert for a full hour if you haven't actually been seriously pole-ing for two months or so. You will hate yourself bitterly come the next morning all the way through the next few days.
We worked really, really hard during the weekend of Labor's Day. No rest for the wicked!
Lola is not drunk--yet, hehe.
Terrorizing the podium with style--Ophelia, Lita and Lola
Credits to Lola and her cam for the pictures.
I obviously don't remember what happened on Friday seeing as I probably slept through. But anyhow...
Playing dress up
Vee came back home to check on her bridesmaids--only to find out they've yet to get their dresses (I'm so sorry lol)! She cracked the whip and soon Chris, Mei (another blushing bride-to-be) and I found our way to Vee's seamstress.
Chris is not posing.
The brides discuss about how demure cream looks better than sickly, cheap white. Vee looking absolutely serious.
After much fuss and gushing, Chris and I finally decided on our dresses (with Vee's blessing) and we should be in for fittings sometime mid June. So begins the losing war of a month long diet to look nothing less than spectacular in our bridesmaids dresses come July/August.
Happy Birthday Mei!
Dinner was supposed to be at a Thai place called "My Elephant." Between Chris and Cina, the name of the restaurant got lost in translation some time during the morning and we all thought we were going to eat at "My Pink Elephant" at the Mansion of Happiness.
There were so many things that went wrong in my imagination.
Drinks and dessert at Leonardo's:
Birthday girl with her cake before we greedily dug into (and ruined) it as a collective.
Not sure what the finance kiddies are doing here. Market analysis? :p
Malaysian Dance Carnival 2009
On that same weekend, the Malaysian Dance Carnival 2009 as hosted at MidValley. Naturally, Viva Vertical had a short demo and KL Swing! had their first public performance!
Watch the pole performance here on YouTube.
I believe there was one picture of the KL Swing! team that is unfortunately on some unknown camera that has yet to show up on Facebook. Mama Ming has banned any of the videos from going up (our shim sham was that uncoordinated, yes it was lol). In defense of the boys and girls, it was our first time and dancing on carpet did not help matters the least bit.
Google Maps Malaysia launch
Let's just say, the launch epitomized Murphy's law of perversion where anything that can go wrong, will bloody indeed go wrong. There was no internet connectivity throughout the event, so much of the demos were seen with our imaginations. Hopefully, none of us were too far off.
Cerventus and I checking out the life sized map marker smack in front of No Black Tie. I so want one for the office!
I am here!
Google Maps Malaysia at No Black Tie, KL
I also have to point out that it's such a small world as I bumped into Ivan:
... whom I assaulted right off the bat <3 Pardon the shakiness, there was no standing still for this one.
The boys: Arzumy, guy I didn't manage to get name (apologies!), Ditesh, Colin and Yoon Kit.
Some of the presenters:
I like how Andrew is casually not posing for the camera :)
If you were expecting Cliff notes of the launch... tough! :p The full video is with Surianee (I think, or Aizat). Feel free to hound them for it :D
And of course, no Google event would be complete without a glorifying tee:
The Hello Kitty office edition
One fine, unsuspecting Friday afternoon...
Back from a meeting only to see--Gilbert and S&M Hello Kitty!
... Hanim clawed her way through a crowd of giggly girls and that one random guy who stood there pretending to be all cool with a balloon tied to his fanny pack to get our own office S&M Hello Kitty.
S&M Hello Kitty had a great time getting to know people in the office :D
Oh, SEAJam 2009 was great (I know right, you'd think I could be a little more flashy with the adjectives). And I'm really looking forward to pole out at the chocolate fondue place in Solaris this Saturday ;)
I also now owe Hanim a pint of cherry garcia.
Leap of faith
In swinging motion
I will pole more, I promise. But for now:
Chengos, Ed and the Kl Swing! kids.
KL Swing! hearts Chengos and Ed. Much love for coming out to teach us some moves this past Saturday! :)
Also, work at Motionworks has officially started. I have a massive fort smack in the middle of the room... how's that for space! Rest assured I will bring Gilbert tomorrow to help crowd up my work space :D
So much for finishing the second half of the other post on time! Before you talk to me about procrastination, I'll have you know it's one of those resolutions that I've made obscene amount of times over and over again and failed just as much to keep. Mind you, I've also been plagued with this ridiculous flu for the past week or so. Although, visiting the karaoke booth two days in a row with a sore throat wasn't the greatest idea ever. Hey, at least I got to be Barry White for a day after that, how cool was that?
Still, while 2008 wasn't the best, it certainly wasn't the worst either. I had good memorable moments with (in no particular order) Chicago, pole, Proximity, more pole, Korea, swing and last but not least Australia. 2008 was the year of dance! Hopefully it'll stay that way through 2009 :p
2009 kicked off with a blast--we had Leng drunk sky high into the land of scarred livers and embarrassing YouTube-able moments. We ab-salute you Leng! :) Also, bonus points to myself for not doing a merlion after a few shots of that smashing Ukrainian vodka Terry had brought. Nasty, nasty stuff. I can't imagine sitting in the distillery for it--I would've passed out from the fumes.
Here are the remaining pictures from 2008, namely shots from Hobart and the funky stuff up till New Year's Eve.
Happy 2009 everyone! :D
Given the weird circumstances I was in right before the trip to Australia, I thought living on-campus in Hobart with my sis in one of the residential apartments was quite the ironic trip back down university memory lane:
The day before sis' big day, we headed off to Fish 349 to grab dinner.
It was quite a wait for the food but no matter, sis and I scanned the room for possible means to entertain ourselves while the folks sat about patiently. Lo and behold... they had color pencils and blank sheets to well, color.
Our kiasu spirits kicked in, and this was our subject of the day:
The unsuspecting fish
Our objective? To join the ranks of artists, who were quite possibly in the age range of oh... 3 to 9, up onto Fish 349's coveted wall of fame:
After minutes of furious scribbling and minor trash talking (naturally, my fish is better) we have the sexy SEAN FISH...
and the IM FISH:
And the two fishies together, just so I don't seem bias and such for peddling my own (heh heh):
My fish is way hotter.
Sis was supposed to go back in a week to check if they posted any of our fishes and had gleefully proclaimed hers to be on top. That and she threatened to torch the place if none of the fishes (or just mine) had made it to the board.
The big day finally arrives! "Pre-event" shots with the sis before she dons her gown and cam whores the whole campus:
Someone is soooo working the camera.
What happens when we finally QC the pictures that we took.
And off to the campus we went! Here's a pic of sis with the folks in UTas' School of Pharmacy's tiny waiting hall:
Everyone looking as pleased as a punch!
Magic doors to the underground dungeon of a computer lab.
Sis with dad.
Sis with mom.
Sex0ring the Confucius statue by the courtyard, lol.
I don't remember taking that many pictures when I graduated, so I'll cut it short and show you my favorite pic of sis on campus--here she is literally going "Hyuk! Screw you dispensing lab!" in front of the lab :p
No graduation ceremony pictures... everyone was moving way too fast for my camera to catch :p On the plus side, we went and drowned ourselves in cherries the next day:
And the folks posing with the camera with the bounty of cherries that we nabbed off the trees:
The best cherries are in the trees with the most worms! We perfected the art of tilting those slightly-out-of-reach branches into grasp without disturbing any of the worms lest they start falling into my hair T_T
After that we headed drove around mindlessly sight-seeing (it's all mountains and the coast, I swear) and bumped into the Pancake Train:
Of course, it's not actually a train train!
Sis and I were piggies once again:
Sis with her scallop pancake dish. She ended up eating half of mine instead.
My super sexy combination of bacon, apple and a truckload of maple syrup. Needless to say, mine was much better, bwahaha.
The last day (for dad and I anyway) in Hobart: we drove over to Salamanca in the morning and meandered through the morning market. No pictures because I was too busy shopping, sorry! :p
Christmas cookies, swing
It's Christmas! We baked cookies at Aizat's till the wee morning (and yes, bad photography because all images were taken using his cellphone):
So it begins--the Christmas cookie saga!
We dressed up:
And danced the night away:
The Christmas swing--Aizat, Dania and Ummi
Post Christmas and we were still baking (only because we were trying to finish up leftover ingredients before Aizat took off for Chile!). We had a killer brownie (aptly tagged "Sin" in the Facebook albums) and a resurrected apple lemon crumble:
The two chefs; third "chef" playing photographer.
As for the NYE pictures... well, let's just say whatever happened in Darby Park, stays in Darby Park! <3 to the extended family :)
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Sean Sean Tan;
sarcastic wordsmith, dirty in oh-so-many ways, fun-loving IE-hating CSS worshiping markup "engineer", anime-styled arm flailing expressive communicator, proudly self-initiated member of the cult of milk and caffeine, snotty pink crayon lover, tree hugging hippy organic designer, pole dancer wannabe, swing-a-ling lindy hopper, rabid arcane mage/bitchin' disc priest/annoying resto druid--sometimes spazzy, often giggly, always loud.
20% sugar, 80% kink.