Monday, November 27, 2006

The soundtrack to your life

While reading Robot Johnny, I came across another iPod shuffle meme. I really can’t resist music memes, especially one that can construct a soundtrack to your life. So here’s how you play:

1. Open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod).
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing.
5. New question– press the next button.
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool.

Opening Credits
Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper

Waking Up
I Have Nothing, Whitney Houston

First Day at School
Too Funky, George Michael
So not true, I was a real nerd in school.

Falling in Love
Latin Simone, Gorillaz (featuring Ibrahim Ferrer)

Breaking Up
The Heart of Worship, Sonicflood

The Vibes Ain’t Nothin’ But The Vibes, Barry Adamson

Life’s Okay
I Want to be Buried In Your Backyard, Nightmare of You
Shouldn’t this be in Funeral Song or Death Scene? And I don’t want to be buried in anyone’s backyard, thank you very much.

Mental Breakdown
6th Avenue Heartache, The Wallflowers

Holiness, Sonicflood
I am anything but holy when I drive.

Breathe, Sixpence None The Richer

Getting Back Together
If I Ain’t Got You, Alicia Keys

Tenderly, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Hey, this song actually fits!

Birth of a Child
You’re in Love, Wilson Philips

Final Battle
Symphony No. 5, Op. 107 (Andante), Mendelssohn

Death Scene
Last Dance, Donna Summer
I have to admit, this is quite apt.

Funeral Song
Ironic, Alanis Morissette
Oh no, do I strike lottery the day I die??

End Credits
Dances of the Swans, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
I am a swanee swan swan!

With 1,075 songs in my iPod, I find it interesting that I can still get 2 songs from the same album in this mix. Looks the shuffle function needs to be more shuffley.

Go play it if you want and see what you come up with.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Laptop bags - anything but black!

Can you believe from the time I posted about getting a laptop bag for my laptop, I still have not bought a laptop bag yet? I think part of the problem is that most of the bags I see out there are just so darn obvious that they’re carrying a laptop inside them. But after a bit of hard work, I’ve found a few plum choices. The best part? None of them are a boring black.

These 2 are from Etsy: (L) it's amazing how a cleverly placed bow can transform an otherwise normal looking bag. Instant prettiness! US$160; (R) Custom made lappie bags in the print you desire. I like this chrysanthemum print shown above, US$70.

Clockwise from L: Fool people into thinking you’ve got groceries in your bag, US$385; Luxe-looking jade green brocade gives this messenger-style bag a more elegant look, $89.95; Although this is more of a traditional laptop bag shape, it is saved by the elegant black and white print, US$49.95-$59.95; Bold and bright colours transform this professional-looking tote to something a little more fun, $33.99

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Christmas presents: What (not) to give

My office is having a Christmas party and there is going to be a gift exchange, played very much the way my friends and I play it at our regular Christmas parties. Although I won’t be able to go for this party, I’ve started thinking about great presents I would buy to foist onto some lucky soul (all under S$30):

1. Mini penguin water dispenser: Great to put on your table in the office, and to make sure you'll drink your 8 cups of water a day!
2. Mr T in Your Pocket Keychain: I pity the fool who doesn't end up with this great keychain with 6 classic Mr T phrases.
3. Gnome & Garden: Gnomes are cool now, thanks to the movie Amelie. Now you can put one on your desk with a little mini garden!
4. Talking Lips Digital Radio: A radio with lips that would turn Angelina Jolie green with envy is the perfect perk me up for a slow afternoon in the office.
5. Magic Christmas Tree: Ah, what is Christmas without a Christmas tree? Grow your own Christmas tree right on your desk! All you need is magic water!

- All presents found from fredflare and eBay.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Threadless sale!

My orders (L-R): Nothing rhymes with orange, Milk and Cookies, Ah Munna Eat Choo

Hurrah, Threadless is having another of their US$10 T-shirt sales, so grab your favourites now before they're gone!

PS I just realised all my choices relate to food...hmm.

Friday, November 17, 2006

An etsy way to shop

While browsing the ever-stylish Fashion is Spinach, I came across Etsy, a prettily made shopping site very much in the model of eBay, but specialising in homemade items. I found so many pretty, pretty things which I wish I could buy immediately, but the bank balance is currently not in a state to be touched. So for now, I have to be content with just ogling.

I am however quite conflicted about getting the pink laptop bag shown above.

Friday, November 03, 2006

This November, I am into... new Siwy and Joe’s jeans, macarons, looking at vintage fabric on eBay, getting back into the gym groove, new anime like Kemonozume and Coyote Ragtime Show, Japanese plum wine, finding outfits to match my lookalike Marc Jacobs Stam bag, trying not to shop this month after last month's orgy of spending.