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If I Were a Dog


My family used to have 24 dogs. Twenty-four. No, we were not a breeder.

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My family used to have 24 dogs. Twenty-four. No, we were not a breeder.

My old man and my had ma started with 2 dogs and they, you know, bred. None of the family members had any heart to sterilize the gods nor to sell the puppies, we did give some puppies to people who had a good track recorder with dogs though.

"My family used to have 24 dogs"

It was a great line and had become a great ice-breaker telling people that we used to have twenty-four dogs. They were mixed-breed and they were all playful. We kept them since we love them not because we were proud showing them off around.

My mom now has a pure-bred shih-tzu named Thomas Phillip. I'm sure (after living with the dog for the last 3 years) that I'm nothing like Thomas, personality traits and resemblance wise. For starter, I'm not that spoiled a girl and I don't follow people around like that nosy dog. I'm sure I'm nothing like a pomeranian (which will come to the house next week as my mom's next dog). I'm not that yappy.

I may be a German shepherd, I'm nervous being around noisy kids (and crying babies). I may be a Jack Russel Terrier because : I'm good at hunting, I'm loyal to my loved ones, and one shouldn't forget the one blue eye (one bruised eye to be exact) that I had once.

So there you go, a mixed of German Shepherd and Jack Russel terrier.

ps : I'm cute also, so I guess it's a mixed between German Shepherd, Jack Russel terrier and a maltese.

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Casablanca (1942) : As Time Goes By


When you're watching a movie produced by Warner Bros, do you notice the melody plays as Warner Bros logo appears on the screen? Yes, those 13 notes belong to As Time Goes By. The main soundtrack from the film Casablanca.

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As time goes by, when I'm asked what's my favorite old movie I always reply -not The Sound of Music given how musical I am -, "Casablanca". It was made in 1942 with great stars like Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.

Basically it is a normal romantic film. What makes it so extra-ordinary is the ending. It doesn't have a usual happy ending a la current Hollywood films. It makes the film is even more 'real'.

Setting in Casablanca in 1941 with NAZIS, Italian and Vichy French soldiers, we get a war-film impression. But with the bar and the people who are at the bar (may it be the singers, the bartender, Sam the pianist) and the jokes makes the military people less frightening. Come Ilsa Lund as Rick's old lover in Paris onto the screen, and I'm in love with the film. And alas that beautiful woman is married to the Hungarian activist.

The lines in this film, some of them are touching ("I wish I didn't love you so much"), some of them are darn funny ("Ten watch"), but most of them are smart – you have to watch it, really.

Anyways, I am so impressed that a man can fly to a safer place than Casablanca with the woman he was once in love, but then he'd rather stay in Casablanca and let the woman's husband fly with her. The line in this scene is one of my favorite lines ever, "If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life." I personally think this scene makes this film great.

Note : Just in case you're renting this film, beside popcorn please prepare a box of tissue.

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Dailies, Uncategorized

 

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List of Q&A – ways to beat boredom


Warm Up Questions
1. Are you single – no, very much engaged.
2. Are you happy – Yeah, not always but most of the time I am
3. Are you bored – Why do you think I’m doing this list?
4. Are you naked – I wish I was
5. Are you a blonde – A natural brunette. Proud of it.
6. Are you moody – Only when having my PMS
7. Are you a lover/hater – part time lover, part time hater
8. Are you hot/cold – HOT

Ten Facts

1. Name – sekar dewi
2. Nicknames – SD
3. Any birth marks – on my ass
4. Hair color – Brunette
5. Natural hair color – A natural brunette
6. Eye color – dark brown
7. Height – almost 5′
8. Mood – like a jazzy tunes
9. Favorite color – yellow, black, green, red, blue (please ask me another question before I mention all the colors)
10. One Place to Visit – London

Nine things about your love life:
1. Do you believe in love at first sight – Not impossible but it doesn’t happen to me
2. Do you believe in soul mates – Kinda
3. Have you ever been hurt emotionally – Have you?
4. Have you ever broken someone’s heart? – God, I hope so. No guy has ever said “you broke my heart” though
5. Ever had your heart broken? – Duh, of course. 
6. Have you ever liked someone but never told them? Yes and not proud of it, FYI
7. Are you afraid of commitment? – I’m committing now, sugar. Nothing to be afraid of
8. Who was the last person you hugged? – my dermatologist friend (#1)
9. Who was the last person you said I love you to? – fiancé – over the phone

Nine this or that
1. Love or lust – lust. Wait I should’ve said ‘love’, aaah, wtf.
2. Cats or dogs – Dogs.
3. A few best friends or many regular friends – a few best friends
4. Television or internet – Internet
5. Chinese Or Indian – The people? Indian. The culture? Indian. The food? Both!
6. Wild night out or romantic night in – Romantic night in.
7. Money or Happiness – Happiness. Contentment.
8. Night or Day – Night
9. MSN or Phone – Egad, I prefer BBM. But if you insist : phone.

Eight have you ever
1. Been caught sneaking out – almost. Quell night!
2. Been skinny dipping – yes. What? You haven’t? You should try!
3. Bungee jumped – Not yet
4. Lied to someone you liked – All the time (tsk tsk tsk)
5. Finished an entire jaw breaker – No way
6. Wanted an ex bf/gf back – Why? No.
7. Cried because you lost a pet – Oh, I have. Several times. I miss you Asun..
8. Wanted to disappear – every night.

 

Ten preferences in a partner
1. Smile or eyes – Smile
2. Light or dark hair – Light’s fine.
3. Hugs or kisses – Kiss kiss kiss
4. Shorter or taller – One tall guy please.
5. Intelligence or attraction – Intelligence
6. Romantic or spontaneous – Spontaneous (as in spontaneously take me to London or buy me roses or say romantic things)
7. Funny or serious – funny
8. Older or Younger – older
9. Outgoing or quiet – quiet(er) than me.
10. Sweet or Bad Ass – Sweet

 

Eight have you’s
1. Ever performed in front of a large crowd – Yes
2. Ever done drugs – No, sorry. Not try to be miss goody-goody. But no thanks, really. I’m not into it.
3. Ever been on a cheerleading team – Yes
4. Ever been on a dance team – Yes!
5. Ever been on a sports team – No.
6. Ever been in a drama play/production – Yes, baby.
7. Ever owned a BMW, Mercedes Benz, Escalade, Hummer or Bentley? – I own those? No. But if you asked if I’d been in one owned by my family member, you’ll get different answer.
8. Ever been in a rap video?  So far I haven’t. Ask me again next year?

Last person to
1. Sleep in bed beside you? – BW
2. Saw you cry? – the whole family saw me cried during the sungkeman.
3. You went out to dinner with? – my mama
4. You talked on the phone to? – my cousin
5. Made you laugh? – my dermatologist friend

 

Would you rather
1. Pierce your nose or tongue? – nose. I have cute nose.
2. Be serious or be funny? –funny, so when Barbra sings “funny girl”, I can feel like she’s singing a song about me
3. Drink whole or skim milk? – whole milk. Skim milk tastes funny
4. Spend time with your parents or enemies? – Parents

 

Are you
1. Simple or complicated? –  jazzy. Sometimes it’s very complicated, most of the times it’s very simple
2. Retarded? – only when I’m with my 7 other best friends

 

Do you prefer
1. Flowers or candy? – flower
2. Gray or black? – black
3. Color or Black and white photos? – colored
4. Sunrise or sunset?- sunset
5. Staying up late or waking up early? – stay up late
6. Sun or moon? – moon
7. Winter or Summer? – winter
8. Left or right? – right
9. acquaintances or having two best friends? – two best friends.
10. Sun or rain? – rain (please note I’m talking about weather not the Korean artist)
11. Vanilla or chocolate ice cream? – vanilla with chocolate sauce.
12. Vodka or Jack Daniels? – Vodka please.

Answer truthfully,
1. Do you like anyone? – Yes. I won’t lie about that
2. Do they know it? – They? I thought the question was “anyone”?

Unique
1. Nervous Habits? – I’m trying hard to think if I still bite my nails, but I don’t do that anymore. I guess I have no more nervous habits.
2. Are you double jointed? – No
3. Can you twist your tongue around and roll it? – No. Can you? Can you teach me how?
4. Can you raise one eyebrow? – Yes, piece o cake
5. Can you cross your eyes? – No
6. Do you make your bed daily? – not daily, only on weekdays

 

In the last month, have you
1. Had a relationship? – 4 years and counting
2. Bought something? – Yes. Wedding shoes, wedding dress, wedding hairpiece, fake eyelashes.
3. Sang – Yes. Just 12 hour ago
4. Been hugged – Yes. 2 hours ago
5. Felt stupid – Yes. Aug 4.
6. Missed someone –Yes. Fiance.

 

Lasts
1. Last Alcoholic Drink – Last night. Bailey’s Irish Cream over vanilla ice cream.
2. Last Car ride – An hour ago
3. Last Movie Seen – Harry Potter and Deathly Hallow 2.
4. Last Song Played – James Ingram’s whatever we imagine

 

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in Dailies, Uncategorized

 

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Closets I’d love to raid


I can’t think of one person’s closet I would most love to raid.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Evening Gown

But I can think of 3! They will be : Jackie O’s; Jennifer Lopez’s and Reese Witherspoon’s.

I always love Jackie O’s style. May it be her gowns, her shift dress, her pill box hat (which I can never sport), or her jodhpurs (another thing I can never pull off). Elegance and stylish is what I have in mind when looking at her. She’s just perfect and it’s no wonder why she’s one of the most photographed woman in the world.

Now, J-Lo. She just knows how to accentuate her body. Not every body know how to do this. She knows what’s work for her, she wears it and be a trend-setter, while others just become the followers.

Last but not least, Reese Witherspoon’s red-carpet dresses. She has a petite body (and surprise surprise, I’m also a petite, i’m actually tiny) yet she can look tall (no, I’m not talking about the high heels). She has all the right dresses and I love to steal them

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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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I’m posting every week in 2011!


I’ve decided I want to write more in my blog. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011. This is good for my spare time, since singing hurts my throat lately and my new camera is yet nowhere in sight.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Sk dewi


 
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Posted by on April 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Sorry, I keep my clothes and shoes till forever!


I wore a cute sleeveless pink tee with the Simpson scattered all over it the other day. I was with 2 of my old friends and they were asking me if that’s the same tee I wore in 1992 and again in 1999. They shook their heads in disbelief when I nodded vigorously.

Tee purchased in 1991

I can’t seem to throw away my clothes and shoes, especially the ones I like.
I don’t care if they’re expensive or cheap, beautiful or quirky, and whether I bought it in a boutique or thrift store, I keep them till forever. This fuschia The Simpson tee is one of my treasure, my mom bought me this shirt in 1991 (and yes I can still wear it).

Do you think I’m sick?
Well, in my defense, it’s hereditary sickness.
My mom still has yellow polka dot dress she bought in Hongkong in 1971 (among other things) and she still keeps at least 100 pair of high heels at the shoe rack in the garage. (O, speaking of that huge shoe rack, we still keep my dad’s yellow Bally loafer there as well).
Does she still wear those things? Nah.. She’s gained at least 25 kgs over these 40 years. I get to ‘borrow’ her dresses (and thank God, they’re all designer clothes) and my sisters and niece her shoes (why can’t I have bigger feet, God? Why God, Why?)

Someone asks my mom why didn’t she get rid of all her fashion items. She doesn’t know how to answer that, she only gave that person her look (she has this look that kills).
I know that sometimes one will ask me why i can’t get rid of my fashion treasure (like ehm, plinky now), and I have prepared several answers:
a. “Because I don’t get any bigger than I was when purchasing these stuffs”
b. “Because it’s classic.. in other words, vintage”
c. “It’ll look good on my future daughter or my niece”
d. “C’mon honey, I had to literally go around (put a city here) to find this piece”

Now, which of those answers do you like?

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Shoes and socks: Foot fetish or Arrogant?


My mom doesn’t like men in white pants.
What she hates worse than men in white pants are men in white pants wearing white shoes.
You want to know the worst? A man in white pants and white shoes with black socks. That sight would cause sore-eye for her.

My dad once shot me a look after seeing a guy I dated came to pick me up wearing a blue shirt with khaki pants and black shoes.
He glanced at him, shook his head slowly and eye-ing me in disbelief silently asking “How on earth can you date a color-blind guy?”
The following day he really asked me, “Did you see what your boyfriend was wearing last night? Blue shirt, khaki pants, black shoes? Khaki pants with black shoes” I shrugged and mumbled something about not really into details. He then said his cynical remark in his signature tone “Lho kok bisa begitu?”

Who are these people, you might wonder?
My mom’s shoes collection is twice as many as Imelda Marcos’ and my dad (despite his laid-back appearance) had every possible color of shoes and sandals (he used to have a mustard-colored Bally shoes which he wore with a khaki Bermuda for outdoor activity).
They make sure that our feet are clean; the school shoes are polished (to the maximum shine possible) and your party shoes should be dressy and match the color of your dress or suit or purse.

 

Coming from a family who really has a strong opinion (read : strong value) about colors and especially the color of foot-wear, we find ourselves as annoying as them when it comes to foot-wear.
One of my sisters kept wiping a wet tissue in her baby’s feet.
The other never wears the same shoes in 2 days in a row.
Another one likes to wear shoes with her name on the sole.
One of the brothers (like dad) has a collection of bold color sneakers (I love the Ferrari red he bought during an F1 grand prix!)

Me? Not as crazy as them, but of course you should be the judge.
There’s a reason why I don’t like watching Michael Jackson’s video clips and I’m called socks police.
Michael Jackson. What’s wrong with that guy? He had all the money in the world and he couldn’t buy a pair of black socks for his black suits? And the legendary white socks are like a loose socks. Eeewww.
Socks police? I remember the first couple of months I work in this company. I remember vividly about my boss’s socks. Everything about his socks was wrong. A pair of white Adidas socks might suit Nike running shoes, but for the love of good shoes, he wears that socks also for shoes for work (which is NOT a running shoes). I remember opening his light suitcase before he went out travelling and find lots of white socks without any running shoes. I shook my head in disbelief. I don’t remember if I bought him socks (in various colors) afterward, but lately I find him wearing socks that match his pants (olive, khaki, grey, charcoal, black). Maybe it’s his way of saying that he agrees on my opinion. Or he just doesn’t want to start an endless argument with the socks police.

Not like my sister, I don’t really bring my own shoes design to the shoemakers. That’s too much of hassles.
I just buy shoes in a country where small people with small size shoes are common. Unfortunately it’s not in my own country. If it is, my collection would be as many as Imelda Marcos.
My small foot size is the reason why I can’t wear different shoes everyday according to the dress I’m wearing. I’m upset thinking about that and it happens lots of times. When I can’t help it, I buy the shoes (2 size bigger) with silly excuses like “People won’t notice” or “If it doesn’t fit, I’ll just give it to my niece”
Silly really, because I would just end up wearing that shoes to some function, got tripped, and get more upset.

But what upsets me more than just got tripped was this morning in Starbucks.
I was waiting for my hazelnut latte when I saw a guy sitting alone having breakfast. It was early. Hardly 8 AM. He stretched on his seat and I found it an interesting view to look at. He caught me looking at him while he stretched so he smiled. Nice smile. He was wearing a white on white striped shirt and a dark pants. Nice ensemble. I felt my smile left my face when I saw the light brown pointed shoes. And the socks? A black and white striped cotton socks. That guy (and whoever prepared the socks) should be thrown in jail. I stared at them disgustedly, turned my back on him, and speed dialed my boyfriend.

You see, foot-wear wise, my boyfriend is perfect!
I was packing for our 3 days vacation to an island a few months back. I asked him if I should bring 3 or 4 pair of footwear. 1 high heel for the casual look, 1 Crocs flat for the stroll, 1 nice flip-flop and a pair of party shoes (just in case he’s taking me to a nice bar). I was thinking of leaving the last pair when he said that I should take them all. He had no complains whatsoever and started to pack his own things.
I was unpacking our things in the hotel room when I found that he ALSO brought 4 pair of shoes for the holiday : his everyday boots, his sandals, his running shoes, and his party shoes (“you know baby, just in case we’re going to a nice bar”).
This guy would fit in perfectly in to our family! I’m pretty sure my dad had checked his shoes collection before he asked the cupid to set us up.

I was once in a party and found that all the guests are my friends, someone I knew for quite some times, and we all dressed up nicely.
By “dressed up nicely”, I mean the shoes match to the suits and dress (or for the ladies to their purses).
I couldn’t help but wonder if I had been choosing people to be my friends by looking at their feet, how they treat their feet and their shoes.
Can I miss being friends with someone wonderful because he/she happens to wear a wrong foot wear when I first meet them?

You know what? I think tomorrow I should come to Starbucks as early as I did today.
Who knows that guy would be there, sitting on the same chair having breakfast alone.
Who knows that he can be my new friend and we can share great stories.
Who knows that he can sing and join my choir group. We definitely need a new tenor or bass.
Who knows once we get close enough I can tell him where to buy classic colored socks?

 

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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