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October 24, 2005


help! im graduating this january, but i don't wann lose my blog :'( please don't make me part from this blog… i know i haven't written in a long time, but i pwomise i'l lbe good now.. just don't take my blog away from me…....................... nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

ps: that's a plea for the question, how can I keep my blog after I leave Warwick?

August 20, 2005

Who said it's a small world after all?? (9% has been Asti–fied :p )

Writing about web page http://douweosinga.com/projects/visitedcountries

just found this link from another post in the Warwick blog.. I can't believe I've only been to 9% of the world! and I've actually visited 21 countries (yes i keep count... and one of them was actually Hong Kong pre hand-over, so I decided that I have visited today's China! is that cheating as I haven't actually been anywhere on "mainland" China) sigh still a looong way to go to travel 50% of the world then

not that I'm complaining! I absolutely love travelling, except for the "getting-there" part. It takes me 18 hours of pure flying time just to get home from here. If you add the transit, packing and transfer to and from the airport, then it's about 24 hours.. add a 7 or 8 hours difference (depending on the time of the year) and you've got a very cranky me! small tho I mite be, I've been told the jet-lagged version of me is a force not to be reckoned with!

anyways, here's the map of the countries I've been to..

create your own visited countries map

or vertaling Duits Nederlands

not very much I've realized.. a few years ago, my goal was to have travelled 20 countries by the time I turn 20. Alas, I couldn't reach that goal so I extended my deadline to 20 countries when I'm 20, i.e. before I turn 21. and yay! I had been to 21 countries by the time I turned 21!

Next goal: 30 countries by my 3oth birthday. Watch out world, here I come! Jet-lag and all…

August 16, 2005

A Tribute to the Learning Grid (just in case…) — Bomb in LG?

Hah! I hope not! As wrong as this may seem, I actually loooove the Learning Grid. I belive it is something every university in the world needs!

It provides the perfect combination between socialising and studying, complete with the wireless Internet, printers, scanners, PC clusters, book clusters and the freedom to talk, walk around, drink and eat!! Perfect! What more could a social and hard-working Warwick student want?

And the terrorists are just vying to destroy our way of life.. hence the attempted "bombing" of our beloved LG!

There I was, lil innocent me, minding my own business, trying to get into work when security people started rushing people out of the building as they have found an unattended bag on the second (or first floor as it is called here in UK) floor that is padlocked onto the chair. They have been unsuccessful in identifyin the owner. Hence, please evacuate the Learning Grid.

What I found funny was the fact that when leaving the LG, people just stood there right outside LG, in the lobby (i.e. the space between LG and the University House canteen). Simply because, what, if the bomb was to explode, the LG will contain it? With no debris/shattered glass/desks/chairs/computers/books thrown outside its window into the rest of the University House building? If that doesn't indicate the real power of the LG, then I don't know what does!

Anyways, here I am in the computer room next to the library as it is the only place in Uni left open at this time of the night. I was hoping that I could do some work before returning to the Grid, but I guess the motivation to do work is the sole property of LG. We will surely miss you, LG

PS: I'm just kidding about the bomb. It actually belongs to a friend of a friend.. Honest!! But apparently the security office has already triggered the standard bomb threat procedure (which I wasn't even aware of) and it cannot be recalled even after we told them we know the owner of the suspected bag! A bit inefficient I must say… but that's for next time, folks!

What kind of People…

Writing about web page http://newsbox.msn.co.uk/article.aspx?as=adimarticle&ae=windows-1252&f=uk_-_olgbtopnews&t=4023&id=1151574&d=20050816&do=http://newsbox.msn.co.uk&i=http://newsbox.msn.co.uk/mediaexportlive&ks=0&mc=5&ml=ma&lc=en

What kind of People can even think about doing something of this magnitude in the Revolting scale? (excuse the silly attempt on the phrase "Richter scale")

"The family of one of the victims of last year's tsunami disaster received a hoax e-mail claiming their relative had been found alive in a Thai hospital."

Just one simple question in my head: I don't even want to know why some people want to perform such "despicable" actions, but merely how they even came up with such an idea? Just how do their brains work, how their nerves are connected in their brain to create such an output??

I give up… I just give up. I guess somethings are not meant to be understood. Or if it is, maybe I'd rather not. I refuse to acknowledge that people, human beings, can inflict such pain to others. I just refuse.

August 15, 2005

Ligers — Check The Size of These Animals!!

Writing about web page http://www.tigers-animal-actors.com/about/liger/liger.html#liger

I just found out about these Ligers - they’re freaking huuuuge!! Apparently, they can grow up to 12 feet high (standing on their hind legs) and weigh 1000 pounds (about 450 kilograms). Now that’s one cat I don’t wanna mess with!

Where Ligers are the product between a male Lion and a female Tiger, their counterparts are called Tigons, i.e. male Tiger with female Lion. These Tigons however are nowhere near as big as Ligers. In fact, Tigons are usually smaller than either parents.

This is because a female Lion and a male Tiger contribute growth-inhibiting genes to their descendats, while male Lion and female Tiger contribute growth-promoting ones.

Under normal circumstances, a pure-breed Lion/Tiger are limited in growth. However, a Liger only gets the growth-promoting genes without the growth-inhibiting ones, and therefore will continue to grow forever (theoretically). On the opposite side, a Tigon inherits growth-inhibiting genes from both its parents without any growth-promoting ones, i.e. they become much smaller than their parents and their distant “cousins.”

Imagine having one of these in your homes.. forget guard dogs, get a guard Liger!

August 12, 2005

Dissertation III


it seems my life has completely stopped and instead been engulfed and replaced by a much larger (and nastier) force called the dissertation, and judging by the number of students around me in this so called land called the Learning Grid, at least I know I'm not alone

Notice how the word "dissert" in "dissertation" sounds like the word "desert" as in "to leave empty or alone; abandon" (courtesy of dictionary.com).. perhaps a hint that once you enter this state, your life will be "empty or alone," as you abandon E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G else in your life (including sleep and food.. and just forget about any form of entertainment)... and I think there goes my sense of humor sigh goodbye cruel cruel world…

click here to see the ultimate representation of dissertation stress

August 07, 2005

Most Expensive Homes in the World

Writing about web page http://www.forbes.com/2005/07/28/cx_sc_0729home_as_6.html?thisSpeed=6000

With pride, I present the most expensive home in Asia—it’s located in my beloved home country, Indonesia heehee the rest of the list contains properties in Hong Kong.

Price: $27.5 million
Location: Batam, Indonesia

This tropical private island has a house on it—which makes it a very pricey home, with a lot of land around it. Sultan’s Island is in Indonesia’s Riau archipelago, off the coast of the island of Batam and tantalizingly close to Singapore. Totaling 94 acres, the island is ringed with mangroves and small beaches. Listed with Cheyenne Morrison at Coldwell Banker Morrison’s Private Islands.

And below is the most expensive home in Europe... just took my breath away! Who has this kind of money?? I just hope whoever does, I hope he has a son my age—to fit into my future plan of “marry well” mwahahaha

Price: $122.2 million
Location: Windlesham, England

Your blood may not run blue, but with enough green you can still live near—and like—royalty. Updown Court is currently the most expensive residence in the world, costing about $50 million more than the priciest U.S. home. The brand-new property is totally over the top, with 103 rooms, five swimming pools and 24-carat-gold leafing on the study’s mosaic floor. There’s a squash court, bowling alley, tennis court, 50-seat screening room, heated marble driveway and helipad. All eight of your limousines will fit in the underground garage. Then there are the neighbors, who include the queen (at Windsor Castle) and Elton John. It is listed with Savills and Hamptons International.

August 03, 2005

Child Genius….check out what they say

Writing about web page http://www.ivillage.co.uk/newspol/fun/articles/0,,647927_667990,00.html?par=ukmsn|sp

This page has a compilation of what kids say in response to some questions about marriage.. my favorites include:

How would you make a marriage work?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
Ricky, age 10

How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
Derrick, age 8

When is it okay to kiss someone?
When they're rich.
Pam, age 7

Kids are definitely getting smarter younger!!
Click here to read more

July 30, 2005

A Quick and Dirty IQ Test

Your IQ Is 115

Your Logical Intelligence is Average
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Exceptional
Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

…just basically trying to do things other than writing up my dissertation :p

July 27, 2005

(more) sighs

Follow-up to Dissertation II from Asti's lil home on the world wide web

im giving up… my bed is calling me i'll be home soon my dear bed...wait up for meeeeee

g'nyt peeps!

Dissertation II

it is 00:53 exactly… on the 27/7/2005… my eyelids are dropping, ive eaten two packets of crisps and a handful of candies in the past half an hour (a definite no-no to my diet plan which I just started today sigh so much for self-discipline) and I'm freezing cold stuck in Learning Grid

Hmm maybe stuck isn't the right word as I do have the choice to leave this place if I wanted to — but right now, it's not about what I want, it's about what I need.. or a combination of both: I want my Masters, so I need to sit here in LG and work on my dissertation (another) sigh

I've found out the hardway that I've made my room sooooo comfortable that I can no longer be productive in there. I'll end up either sleeping, eating, watching some series or just end up surfing the Internet (finding and reading some interesting articles but none that I could show to my supervisor!).. so here I am, sitting in LG, hoping that by being surrounded by all these hard-working people (well, at least I think they are, only God and the CCTV people will know what they actually are doing on the computer) will somehow push me to be one of them… maybe by breathing the same air, or some electrical/mechanical/etc waves sent from their brains will jolt and awaken mine to start producing supervisor-approved materials!

….it is now 1:09 am. C'mon Asti, one final push, just finish reading one more article then I'll treat myself to a new top (courtesy of my friend Hareesh, but that's another story)

here goes!

click here to see what I think captures most fully my dissertation angst

July 26, 2005

Eye Spy

Below are pictures of the eyes of four Warwick Students. Try to match the eyes to the following people based only on their ethnicity and gender:

1. Indian Guy
2. Indonesian Girl
3. Greek Guy
4. Greek Girl

*Answers to follow :) — oh if you can't narrow it to both nationality and gender, you can just mention either one (e.g. boy or girl, indian or greek)

**oops, jst realized how big these pix are… really sorry for the inconvenience, think about it as another challenge for the game heehee

***yes, one eye is closed, I guess the flash was to bright for the person… I guess now you have to match just three, and solve the closed-eye picture by elimination… unless you can use something else in the closed-eye picture to judge it by (not that I can see any tho!)

July 20, 2005


aaahhh nothing else expresses my feeling about my dissertation as well as dis lil clip

and click here pleeasse thanx :)

July 09, 2005

Friend's Link

heeey, my friend just started a few websites and he'll love it for you guys to come and give him feedback. Here is the links:

Bhavin's Personal Website


May 25, 2005

Words Women Use

Just found this email in d backlog of my hotmail account and just could not stop laughing!! Whoever wrote this is a genius! I'm a girl myself, and I gotta say, deff will give dis to my husband-to-be as a guideline :) C'mon girls, you gotta admit this stuff is true! Enjoy!



This is the word women use to end an argument when they feel they are right and you need to shut up.?Never use "fine" to describe how a woman looks – this will cause you to have one of those arguments.


This is half an hour.?It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the rubbish, so it's an even trade.


This means "something," and you should be on your toes.?"Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards.?"Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with "Fine"

GO AHEAD (With Raised Eyebrows! )

This is a dare.?One that will result in a woman getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine"

GO AHEAD (Normal Eyebrows)

This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care"?You will get a "Raised Eyebrow Go Ahead" in just a few minutes, followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off.


This is not actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men.?A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment, and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing"


Again, not a word, but a non-verbal statement.?"Soft Sighs" mean that she is content.?Your best bet is to not move or breathe, and she will stay content.


This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can make to a man.?"That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you back for whatever it is that you have done.?"That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and in conjunction with a "Raised Eyebrow."


At some point in the near future, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.


This is not a statement, it is an offer.?A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done.?You have a fair chance with the truth, so be careful and you shouldn't get a "That's Okay"


A woman is thanking you.?Do not faint.?Just say you're welcome.


This is much different from "Thanks."?A woman will say, "Thanks A Lot" when she is really ticked off at you.?It signifies that you have offended her in some callous way, and will be followed by the "Loud Sigh."?Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you "Nothing"

May 18, 2005

GeB assignment!


May 13, 2005

I miss my Blog :)

Heya world!!

I have awoken from a very very very long slumber sleep … or more commonly known as: CLASSES!! :D

I haven't blogged in a while… (I take "blog" is now a recognized proper verb/noun), and I never realize just how much I miss it till I saw it! And i just looove the new background! for most of my friends, its probly too loud and too colourful and cheerful, but as they well know, those are probably the three words most of them would use to describe me :)

Anyways, thought I'll just say hi to the world. tc!

ps: my friend's got a car for the next one month coz he's brother's gone away.. i.e. I have a car! weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

October 24, 2004


Just one question, before I go to sleep (promise!).. does anyone else see the padlock sign next to the title of my "6:49 am…" post? I hope I'm not just imagining it.. Does anyone know what it means? Thanx! nite nite..

6:49 am, why am i still awake?

its 6:49 am.. well, duh, i guess you would know that from reading the title

I have not slept at all…This is the second night in a row I've done this. Not good, I tell you. Waking up at 1 or 2 pm is not a good start to your day, or what's left of it. I just ended up feeling lethargic and hence will not do any work for the rest of the day.

I need to stop doing this. Starting now. Sleep, Asti, I tell you, sleep.

G'night people.

PS: Ramadhan Mubarak to you Moslems out there. This is one of the reasons why I stay up till weird hours. I don't feel sleepy till around 3 am, and so I just ended up staying up till the morning for sahor and fajr. Not good, not good at all ;)

September 30, 2004

First entry…

heeellooo peeps.. uhm.. my first entry evr in d world of blogs so nt quite sure of wat 2 write.. jst came bk from my first latin&ballrm class, ws rily packd, cud barely hear wat d teachers were sayin.. think sheffield's dancesport is btr, bt then again im biased :) think warwick dancesport nd 2 get a bigger dance hall, it ws a bit crampd so rily hard 2 move
ne ways.. me jst waitin 4 popcorn nw, gna go watch a movie, courtesy of my friend's flatmate, fast internet and writable cd's. hope every1 is gud owt der. lata