Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Yet another assignment crisis....

My semester might be ending in 2 weeks time, but on hand, I have 2 assignments left to be completed. Having thought that both are due this Friday, as in my mind, it's due on week 12, so a Friday deadline is quite a usual assumption. However, things turned out unexpected. After receiving a phone call from my classmate yesterday, I was told that one of them was actually due this afternoon. Oh my Buddha. Why do something pops up whenever I try to complete my assignment? Can't everything be smooth and easy? Well, it's the third/fourth time this semester that I'm just on the cliff of a emotional meltdown. Fortunately, I have a strong will of survival. Throw a really big stone at me, and I'll just take it down to my stomach. Nah, what I mean is that I will just try my best to defeat everything that's against me. And, I'm also assisted with really good teachers this semester. I was definitely overwhelmed when they grant me a 1-2 days extension, although this time around, it wasn't just for me, because it was for my classmates as well. At the end of the day, the date due has been postponed to Thursday. P.S. It was a Econometrics assignment, so I have to use the computers at campus to generate outputs for the report. That's such a drawback, lemme tell ya.

So, after this Friday, freedom clung with stressless days will begin for a while before examination takes over. Till then, I have quite a few things to look forward to. The performance for Monash Ball which I'm participating in still requires a lot of practices. This Sunday, I might be going down to Malacca with my teacher, Ms. Lily Chin and Uncle Peter with Aunt May for a line dancing parity. Hopefully that will diverse my concentration on studies for at least a day. Lastly, I have decided to go out for a movie after missing on so many blockbusters since January. Yes, January's the month when I last been to the cinemas! So, to those who is reading this, ask me out for a flick given that I'm free! There are so many movies that I want to watch pretty badly... Narnia, Slit-Mouthed, Iron Man, etc.

Friday, May 16, 2008

ANTM 10 Episode 13 [Finale] Quickie

The remaining three girls are put to the test when they have to shoot a commercial and have a photo shoot for CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara. It is revealed that the winner of the cycle will have her ad on a billboard in Times Square. During the commercial, all of the girls struggle with their lines, but still manage to look like real CoverGirls.

During judging, the judges commented that Whitney's commercial was average but deemed her photo stellar, while they were not impressed by Fatima's robotic performance in her commercial. Anya's commercial is described as a "trainwreck", but that is overlooked by her personality on film and her stellar look in the commercial. However, her beauty shot is deemed "stupid" by Paulina.

Anya is called first, leaving Fatima and Whitney in the bottom two, both for the fourth time. Tyra is still not clear who Whitney actually is and whether she is not as beautiful as she seems to be and act. They also criticize Fatima for not emulating her beauty into her pictures and modeling. So, the judges decide to send Fatima home.

Nigel shoots the final two's Seventeen magazine cover for the July edition, where they both do a good job.

Anya and Whitney compete against each other in Versace gowns, with their outfits handpicked by Donatella Versace. During the final deliberation, Whitney was told she did a very good job except that she forgot to pose at the end of the runway. Anya was told she didn't walk as strong as she could have but she still looked stunning.

In the end, Whitney is crowned America's Next Top Model, making her the first full-figured winner. She is also the second winner from Florida, with the other being Yoanna House from Cycle 2. [source]

Call-Out Order (prior to Runway)



Eliminated: Fatima.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Heavy weekend.

Haven't I been a little busy this semester? Analysing what I've done for this semester, time flew by too quickly. In just a glimpse, I'm already in the midst of the 11th week. In about 3 and a half weeks time, it marks the start of my exam. Damn. The truth is, I can barely remember what I've studied over the past 10 weeks. And I was actually thinking of getting an average of 80 marks for my exams. That seems to be unreachable, judging from that state of exam preparation I'm at right now. Effort, time and determination! Hard work does pay off, right?

Speaking of which, after working on my programming assignment for the past few days, and getting just 3 hours of sleep this morning, I was actually permitted to submit my assignment, which was originally due today, to be handed tomorrow or the day after. Reason? While working on my work file in the library today, some errors just came out from nowhere, resulting in a failure of access to the codes for alterations. I think that was one of the most nerve-wrecking moments I had while doing an assignment. One just wouldn't want such problems to arise at those critical times. I remember there was once, an electricity cut-off at my area made me carry my CPU to Caryn's house just to print my assignment stored in the hard disk. Well, anyway, back at home, the file was ridiculously fixed. At this point, I'm actually pretty fed up of assignments, but I have 2 more to go. And those also carries 20 marks each!

Adios for now, for I have to prepare for my Latin Ballroom class which starts at 9.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Friday, May 9, 2008

ANTM 10 Episode 12 Quickie

In order to better understand their role in front of the camera, the girls are given a lesson in photography. This is followed by a challenge in which they must direct and shoot Paulina Porizkova, as Seventeen editor Ann Shoket looks on. Dominique's lack of focus and Anya's over-enthusiasm gets critiqued, while Fatima and Whitney's professionalism gets praised. Fatima is chosen as the winner, with a reward of 50 extra frames at the upcoming photo shoot.

At the photo shoot with Nigel Barker as the photographer, the girls portray Italian movie stars being pursued by the paparazzi. Mr. Jay and Nigel experience difficulty getting the girls into character, leaving all feeling vulnerable. At panel, Anya is commended for a stunning photo, though it is noted that it was essentially an accident and that she required continual coaching from Jay. Whitney is told by Paulina that she at last produced a photo that does her beauty justice. Dominique is once again criticized for her dress and appearance in person, and for looking too "drag" in her photo. The judges express disappointment in Fatima as she didn't listen, therefore she did not capture the correct theme, even with 50 extra frames.

Dominique and Fatima are left in the bottom two, with Dominique ultimately being eliminated. [source]

Call-Out Order
Anya. She has been called first for so many times. High chances are that she's the winner...

Fatima. She stands a chance too, since she has improved a lot.

In danger: Whitney. Still hanging on there after appearing in the bottom two for a couple of times now.

Eliminated: Dominique. Seriously, it's about time.

Monday, May 5, 2008


Working in front of my desktop has been my daily routine for the past few weeks and will continue for the next couple of weeks. With such a hectic schedule lately, I had not much time for relaxation and idling around. However, thinking that I did fairly well on the test I had this morning lifted up my mood and so, it dug out the camwhore habit in me.

As you can see, there's a pile of books and papers on my desk. But worry not, most of those are rough papers which I've kept for a few years now. Oh look, at the very top, it's the DVD for an animated series called X. Bought this years ago, but just started watching it.

Oh wait, that yellowish book is giving me a hell of a headache. It reminds me of the assignment which is due next Monday. Normally, any Statistics assignment requires a lot of interpretations and derivations of economic models, but this one is a bit different. Programming is such a tough work. Although what I'm doing is just using Visual Basic for Applications available in Excel, I'm already stuck here and there...

Completing this unit is compulsory in order to major in Econometrics. Assignment is worth 20 percent, and I expect to get a 15 or above, if possible. But at this state of progress, completion of program requires a lot of thinking, creativity, designation and refinement. Oh Lord, help me!

Friday, May 2, 2008

ANTM 10 Episode 11 Quickie

The girls are brought to a gladiator fighting school, where fighting instructor, Alex Mariotti, teaches them the basics of gladiator fighting. After donning gladiator costumes, Mr. Jay and Miss J. explain that the teach was supposed to help them bring out more versatility and power in their photos, before revealing the photo challenge, using the moves that they have just learned but still keep grace and composure. Whitney wins the challenge and is given a €1000 shopping spree, and chooses Anya to accompany her.

The girls are taken to a Roman castle for their photo shoot dressed in modern Renaissance fashion, where Tyra shoots them. All of the girls but Katarzyna and Whitney receive praise. At panel, Dominique and Fatima's poses and body language gets the thumbs up, though Dominique is criticized for looking too "gameshow-ish". Anya's photograph receives universal praise, though the judges voice concern over her generic personality. Katarzyna is criticized for having dead eyes in her photograph and for her seemingly flat personality, while Whitney is criticized for her overly-sexy poses.

Katarzyna and Whitney land in the bottom two. Whitney for her inability to live up to her full modeling potential, despite previous strong photos, and Katarzyna because the judges felt that she was rather coasting than really making an impression. Katarzyna is ultimately eliminated in her first bottom two appearance, also the fourth contestant to be eliminated when being the Covergirl of the week. [source]

Call-Out Order

Fatima. Wow, being called the first for two consecutive weeks.

Dominique. She redeemed herself this week.


In danger: Whitney.

Eliminated: Katarzyna.