Cat delivers his verdict on Mac & Cheese: ‘Oh yum! Oh my God!’

I must have watched this short clip ten times, cackling away. I first saw it on tastefully offensive. It’s so funny. I have a black cat too and he is quite a character as well. Dog (the cat in the video is called dog) is so adorable.

I’m not crazy or anything (no, just kidding, I am crazy) but I swear I heard:

  1. Ohhh yum!
  2. Ohhh my god!
  3. Ohhhhhhh…….. YUMMM!!!
  4. Ohh my god
  5. Ohh my god
  6. Oh yeah!

And then he turned and gave a verbal hi-five to the kitchen cabinet before swaggering away. Probably ‘hell, yeah!‘, or ‘hell, yum!‘ or something.

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I’m reminded of one of the stray cats who we fed and who came and went as they pleased, a neurotic little thing we called Marco. We wanted to adopt him as he was such a sweet creature, and we felt sorry for him and protective of him as he was such a nervous wreck. One of those restless lone rangers who didn’t quite get along with the other strays (I can relate to that haha).

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Now who couldn’t love that sweet derpy face? Marco at his preferred point of entrance and exit: the kitchen window.

But he just refused to be homed and would wail to be released back outside. I guess the bond just wasn’t there because he was already a grown adult when he came to us, and not as a kitten. I think I read somewhere you have up to 10 weeks for a newborn kitten to know you and get used to you, otherwise they’ll never have a bond with you and be totally comfortable with you. Or something!

Anyway, Marco continued to come and go for a few more months, until he disappeared for good, and that’s when I really wished I had tried harder to keep him. I was worried sick. He seemed like such a fragile thing and I was sure something bad had happened to him, the poor guy.

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Like Dog, Marco was a very ‘appreciative’ eater (read: noisy) which always cracked us up. God I really miss him. It’s been probably close to ten years, but I still remember him well. He left quite the mark in my heart.

 

 

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He’s ready for his close-up

A few days ago, I was browsing through Stomp, a Singapore ‘online journalism web portal‘, and came across a hilarious Thai ad for Watsons, a health and beauty retail chain with many stores in some Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

This is not the first creative ad from Thailand I’ve enjoyed. I think I have come across quite a few so far.

This one promotes their beauty products, and it just cracked me up. I like it a lot. It’s funny thanks to the cute, impish actor who was perfectly cast for his role.

 

And the Teacher of the Year Award goes to

It’s always fun to be enlightened and titillated at the same time. Not an everyday occurence. I had to play the video a few times because it was hard to keep my eyes on the spelt-out pronunciation of the words. Not complaining, though.

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spaghetti alle capesante

And this is Spaghetti Alle Capesante. That’s ‘Spuh-get-tee Ahl-lay Kah-pay-sahn-tay’

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Some other amusing examples of teachers behaving badly:

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  • 79 Common Mispronunciations by Mental Floss

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Day 77

A book of love

What book would people normally buy for someone they love? Something romantic, I guess, like some poetry. A book of profound and lovely poems by a distinguished and admired poet. Or their favourite Shakespearean play. A classic romance by Jane Austen? Or Edith Wharton, for something a bit more brooding but hauntingly beautiful all the same. Maybe a modern romance. Nicholas Sparks! I have yet to read any of his books. I really should soon. From what I have heard and read about him, I would expect glorious epic romances. I’d love that.

My first choice of a book for a lover would be Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. To me that is the ultimate love story. Love and life, with all of its glory and splendour but also its devastating heartbreak and finally resignation to how it rules and owns you. And accepting and embracing that. Something sublime like that, you know? Something dazzlingly, beautifully romantic.

My man got me this:

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And I absolutely love him for it, all over again, 20 years later. Because it still cracks me up after all this time.

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I was tidying some shelves and drawers, sorting some books and other stuff, and at one point just felt like taking a break when I saw this. It’s been a long while since I last enjoyed it. I turned the cover and saw the date, and was really surprised. I didn’t realise the book has been with us this long.

I love the work of American cartoonist Gary Larson, his quirky and bizarre sense of humour. I have an appreciation for such cartoons since I was a kid after discovering Lat, a Malaysian cartoonist who drew satirical scenes of various themes like traditional village life, social and political issues, children at play, etc.

So many things have happened in twenty years. We almost broke up a few times haha, we almost walked away when things seemed hard and impossible. And twenty years ago both my parents were still alive, God, I miss them so much. His mum and aunt too. I miss them a lot too.

We make each other laugh. I think that’s it. Of course it’s not the only thing, but definitely an important factor why we’re still together even though we drive each other crazy sometimes. He’s the kindest person I know, not only to me but to the other people around him, and he’s got a crazy sense of humour I love.

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Day 32 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.

Happy meter: amused

Seth Rogen shows how sexy is done

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Image from The Gaily Grind. Click to go there.

Funny or steamy? Both. I was alternating tittering like a maniac and being quietly turned on as I bit my lower lip and sighed, because Seth Rogen is so damn hot, back hair and all. I hope he’ll never lose weight again, because he’s perfect the way he is in the video above.

With fellow actor James Franco, the 31-year-old Canadian did a hilarious parody of Kanye West’s video for Bound 2, calling theirs Bound 3. The duo was taking time off from the set of the movie they are working on together, The Interview.

The song itself is pretty terrible, which is a pity since I thought it started off rather sweetly. Consider watching it with the audio turned to mute. If you do decide to listen to the song, please be warned that it contains a few lines of explicit lyrics.

First seen via the fantastic Gaybros, where else.

Kanye did the original video for that with his girlfriend Kim Kardashian, causing some controversy because the video was deemed racy. I didn’t bother to catch that one as I’m not a fan. But animalnewyork has uploaded a side-by-side comparison video, which was fun to watch for added laughs.

Again, be warned of the explicit lyrics should you decide to watch it with the audio on.

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Buff Dudes

I came across their YouTube channel courtesy of Gaybros.

Brandon and Hudson make up the Buff Dudes and their fitness channel features intense workouts, healthy recipes and a whole lot of fun and humour.

The post on Gaybros led to the biceps workout below. I wasn’t really paying attention to the workout itself. When I exercise, it’s very lightly as I’m not interested in building a muscular bod. I also prefer videos that actually play the entire workout so I can exercise right there and then along to the video (like those found on HASfit), as opposed to videos that just feature demonstrations for me to watch and learn, and then spend more time to do on my own.

However, host Brandon is such an arresting and droolsome sight that I watched the entire video. Not only is he very goodlooking, but he’s charismatic and funny and the video is not the typical fitness video but entertaining. I checked out their channel and found other humorous videos. So this is a good find and I’m looking forward to seeing more. Maybe I’ll even be motivated to actually try some of their workouts, hah.

Twerk them balls, gentlemen

This advertisement for boxers by Kmart is just too damn cute.

I grew up wearing briefs. There  was a short period in my adult life, lasting only about a year or so, where I tried getting used to boxers. Supposed to be healthier or something. Not that I care about sperm count haha, but I thought it would be more comfortable with all that extra room. And boxers are more comfortable, except when I get one of my spontaneous erections and my dick gets outlined against my shorts/bermudas/pants.

Being embarrassed and self-conscious about the outline is one thing (even if in front of my partner, let alone in public), but sometimes I can’t even move much. It can be a bit too painful to move because the dick is slammed against the fabric in an awkward way. So it would be pointless to excuse myself to go somewhere private to adjust myself since I couldn’t even move in the first place. I would end up frozen while desperately visualising something really ugly or sad.

So reluctantly I finally gave up comfy cotton boxers after clinging to them for about a year, and got into boxer-briefs instead. They do nestle the goods snugly, though I found that I have to be careful to wear blends that lean more towards cotton, especially for days where I know I’m going to be all sweaty all day at the worksite. The more synthetic blends would chafe the skin of my inner (chunky) thighs after more than a few hours of sweating. It would hurt to walk by the time I went home after work and I would walk to the train station with my legs open a tad wide looking like I just got buggered, haha.

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Wrestling trunks, as fabulously modelled by Jack Black for Nacho Libre. Image from nachodelibre.tumblr.com. Click to go there.

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Kick-ass underboob

This is both funny and sad: a young woman in a revealing cosplay costume, got the police called on her allegedly by another, older, woman. I read the report on Yahoo! News Singapore, by Ms. Nurul Azliah who wrote:

The woman had reportedly been offended by the revealing costume worn by the cosplayer at the Anime Festival Asia, which was held at Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8-10 November. According to video game blog Kotaku.com, the woman had called the police after seeing the female cosplayer wearing an outfit that had exposed the bottom part of her breasts — it is an area known as the “underboob”.

Personally, I really like the costume, it looks awesome. I have never been into all this manga or anime stuff or anything related to Japanese comics, or any comics, period. The closest I got to comics was reading one or two graphic novels.

I’ve seen many images of cosplay online, and they can be pretty risque. This particular one the girl is wearing in the photo looks amazing. She obviously spent a lot of effort (and money?!) to indulge in her passion for this, including for hair and makeup and stuff. I hope the boys in the background appreciated her effort too and asked to take some pics. Because the photo could read like they were thinking, “Meh…okaaayy, moving on now…“. Just kidding.

(Five seconds after publishing this post: I decided to withdraw said photo from this post just in case she’s still upset and pissed off over the whole incident. Besides her face is already featured in the Yahoo! article and anyone can look at it there.)

When it comes to women covering up or wearing revealing clothes, I think they should all be respected and left alone with the choices they have made for themselves. Whether it’s for an everyday outfit or a costume for a special occasion. It’s their body and their life. We look away if we don’t like it, and keep our judgements behind closed lips.

The Yahoo article also included a quote from someone who said that:

“…The police did not arrest anyone, and the cosplayer in question is not in trouble, although she was rather traumatised.”

Oh the poor girl! I hope her family and friends have rallied round her. If indeed traumatised, that’s something any one of us can understand. Even grown adults would feel apprehension and indignation at having the police called on them, and the girl looks like a young teenager. I hope she will recover from this and get back to her love for cosplay.

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Royals, covered by Puddles

When I first heard Royals by New Zealander singer-songwriter Lorde some weeks ago, it was, “Hmm, that’s nice.” I noted with surprise that she was only sixteen. She just turned seventeen a few days ago. The song has been atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six weeks now.

Then recently I heard it again, and this time I really heard it properly. And the man who finally made me fall for the song is Puddles, the sad Clown from Puddles Pity Party.

It just totally blew me away. That incredible voice, the all-out passion he unleashed and the breathtaking melancholia, his voice, the gravitas he exuded. I was a bit disconcerted at being a bit turned on by a clown. That has never happened before and I don’t mind it never happening again. I mean, when he clutches his buttons in his intensity at 2:36, my breath caught, and my fingers wandered away from the keyboard to tweak my… oh, never mind.

No, please, no rabbit holes. I’d never recover and crawl my way out in one piece.

I love the two poker-faced ladies who sang backup too. The one on the right is named Robyn Adele Anderson and she sang a kick-ass vintage bluegrass version of Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines. Link to that video here.

The first video above is from the channel of Scott Bradlee, who arranged the song and also played the piano in the incredible performance, hidden behind the ladies. Puddles’s own channel is here. I love Puddles’ voice and the way he carried the song so much that suddenly I loved the song enough to want to note and ponder its lyrics. And now I appreciate Lorde’s songwriting. Royals was co-written with producer Joel Little. Love her voice too.

Stereotypes are just stereotypes

This is a funny and thoughtful segment from American satirical TV program ‘The Daily Show‘ hosted by Jon Stewart. I came across it via Gaybros some time ago. I meant to note it here earlier but got busy and forgot all about it. Thanks to my blogger friend Cindy Knoke who mentioned stereotypes in a comment here, I’m reminded to do so.

In the U.S., the states of Mississippi and Alabama are projected by adorable and openly gay statistician Nate Silver to be the last two states to approve gay marriage. But Nate Silver did not visit those states to research his theory. So reporter Al Madrigal went there to see if he could be right. As the show narrated, “it was time to see which one of these backwoods, inbred, homophobic states will swim the longest against the tide of history.” And he had a hilarious method of gauging this.

After interviews with representatives of the two states who heartily upheld the view that their states are indeed largely anti-gay, two stuntmen were employed to pose as a gay couple and engage in public displays of affection.

It’s a nice reminder that sometimes we make generalizations about whole groups of people, including by country, race and religion. We know it’s stupid and unfair, but sometimes we still do it because it’s the easy and convenient thing to do. I like how the exercise makes the point that stereotypes are just that, stereotypes, in such a funny and entertaining way.

Thanks to steffpfunk who uploaded the above video to YouTube.

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