Friday, October 30, 2009

Getting our Playstation 3 and Show a bit of love by supporting the RSPCA

I haven't got much to blog about since life has been pretty mundane lately. A week in the life of Mel just revolves around work, tennis/gym, sleep, work and tennis/gym. :S Not to say that I have lost much weight what with the exercise and stuff; the constant temptations of sweet desserts and fast food have been too overpowering. Anyway I hope everyone likes this new change of blog template. I just had the sudden urge to change the template today and went Google-ing for one. Found this one by a lady called Candy who designs blog templates for free. Her link is right at the bottom of the page. I used to create my own templates, but now with the XML versions and stuff, it has become too time-consuming and I'm too lazy. :p

Sony Playstation 3Anyway on to some shopping done lately. Now I was getting pretty bored with my PSP (PlayStation Portable) for awhile since there weren't many new good games coming out. And in terms of hand-held, the DSi wins for me because of the touch screen features, new camera and of course (sssshhhh!) the free games I can download and play on the R4 revolution. :p

And also, although we just bought the xbox 360 in January this year, we (or at least I) haven't been playing much on it as well because there weren't many games of interest and as you'd know one of my favourite pass times is to sing ktv and they only have the LIPS game so far and that didn't satisfy my singing sensation. :D

And so we bundled up our xbox 360 with the controllers, games, wireless mics, Scene-It game and 4 controllers, external hard disc, my PSP, games and a couple of the DS games I had, and brought them all to EB Games for a trade-in a couple of weeks ago . For 13 games, 2 consoles, 2 controllers and all the other bits and pieces, they gave trade-value of $442 in store credit. That's pretty alright I guess for a trade-in although I know those would have sold more on ebay - but it wasn't really worth the hassle. And so we (or Tubbs actually) happily paid extra the $54 for our new PS3 which came with the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Game. The package deal was $496 for the 120Gb one.

I've got to say we've been enjoying our new toy. :D Blu-Ray movies are just awesome! They are so precise and clear and now I'm wishing we've got a bigger full HD TV. We haven't bought many games yet as Tubbs is hooked on his FIFA 10 and other times we're flying dragons with Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon. And as usual even that we can scream at each other! LOL. Surfing Internet on the TV with the PS3 is also a different experience! Boy I can't wait to get a proper web cam and I can probably chat to my mum via the TV as well! How cool is that!

RSPCA Car ShadesWell on to the next thing, as you know Christmas is coming and during this period, lots of people like to buy dogs / cats and give to give them off as presents. Pets are for life and should not be given as gifts as all unless the it's really appropriate and the person receiving it will take care and love them for the rest of their lives.
You can help the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) by donating or buying stuff from their online shop in which the proceeds go towards helping the shelter and catering for the animals awaiting adoption.
RSPCA Million Paws Work ladies topI recently bought a pair of RSPCA Car Shades and the Million Paws Walk ladies top from them as they were on sale! Was contemplating whether or not to buy Jasper another toy but didn't in the end because he already has too many! There have lots of stuff not only for pets, but also household items, books, calendars, stationary and more!
So show your support to help out the animals, visit the RSPCA web shop and start shopping! You can even get christmas presents there.

Monday, October 19, 2009

APISC Futsal Indoor Soccer Premiership finals

This post is all about Tubby with his amazing and proud moments at the APISC Futsal Indoor Soccer Premiership finals last Wednesday. He plays with Wangwei's co-workers in a team called FLUOR and I was there to watch their exciting semi-finals and finals match. Here are some shots of the boys in action during the finals on Wed 14 Oct.

Tubby getting all ready in case the ball comes!
Yes I'm gonna try and get the ball past you!
Watch it Defenders!!! Incoming!!!
Wangwei and his penalty shot - I'm not telling u if he got it in. :P
Tubby and wangwei with their winning trophy. Tubby also won "Player of the Match" for saving 3 penalty shots! :)
Family photo with our proud "daddy" at home.
Close-up of the trophies
More additions to Tubby's Soccer and our badminton Awards / Trophies. Now we really need some from Tennis.

Here are some videos from the night and the saving of 2/3 penalty shots from Tubby:

Some game play during the match

Saving Penalty 1/3

Saving Penalty 2/3

Friday, October 02, 2009

Relationship update and trip to Melbourne Musuem: Pompeii Exhibition and Royal Melbourne Show

My relationship status on face book recently changed from "In a relationship" to "It's complicated" and close friends know why that happened. Let's just say I believe that in every relationship, things need to keep moving forward and on to the next step as years go by and maybe I'm a bit impatient for that to happen. But hey, 5 years isn't a short time and I guess there's quite a bit of the peer pressure in it as well.

Apart from that, our relationship has been going on pretty well. I doubt I can find anyone else who can put up with my "shit" :p and also share so many same interests as me at the same time. It just that sometimes, waiting for something to happen can really strain the mood. Not only that, we haven't really got pass the controlling parents. But I guess if two people really love each other, they've got to try and make it work somehow.

Anyway, on to some happier stuff...

Tubbs and I went to Melbourne Museum for the Pompeii Exhibition. And with that we also got free entry into the other Museum Exhibits:
The Pompeii Exhibition was very informational and we really learn the in-depth story of how people lived and entertained themselves at that time, the cooking utensils, houses, jewellery, Gods that they worshipped, Gladiator fights and stuff, up until the time when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and cover the whole town and also current excavation updates.

The only down side was that day was extremely crowded and we kinda chose the late session (by mistake) which pretty much left us with hardly any other time to finish viewing the other exhibits. There was "A walk with Dinosaurs", "Marine Life", "Mind and Body" and "The Melbourne Story". The next time we go for another event, I certainly want to make it a whole day thing and not go at 2'o clock in the afternoon. :p

Here's the full photo album: A Day in Pompeii & Other Exhibits

Just over the weekend, we went to the Royal Melbourne Show with my cousins Kayla and Yu Ping and her friends. My emergency memberlink card got me some discount on tickets, so it kinda compensate a little for the huge amount spent there. :S
The forecast for the day was really terrible weather with showers and hail. We had to duck in and out of shelter every now and then but we tried not to let that spoil out moods. Entry was about $21 for Adult and $14 for Concession. Games and rides were extra and the games especially were pretty expensive, kinda like $5 and $10 each! The cousins and friends weren't interested in any rides, so we just sat the Ferris Wheel to get a nice view of the whole show.

I think we spent the most on games because those huge soft toys were all so tempting and seemed to be "calling" out to you! Arggh! :p. We played the usual lie ball toss, the shooting water at target game, some silly pull the string game and a make 21 game. The lucky Yu Ping won a big white bear while we got Kayla Scooby-Doo and Tigger. Haha, and Tubby bought Stewie and Baby Tazzy Devil for me from one of the stalls. Nothing much interesting about the showbags as they were mostly for kids and either that or it was chocolates and sweets.

Here's the full photo album: Royal Melbourne Show 2009