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The sweetest couple ever: Ellen and Portia

My favourite gay couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on 16 August! And I was scrolling through their lovey dovey photos on the Internet and going ‘Awwww’ at every one. They look so happy together and I have to admit that I’m more than envious of them!

Ellen and Portia started dating in 2004 and got married in an intimate ceremony at their LA home in 2008. Ellen was so proud of her girlfriend that she announced her engagement on her TV show and showed the audience a clip of their wedding preparations. I also showed someone a YouTube video of their wedding few months ago and both of us thought it was really sweet.

Here’s a look at some of my favourite photos of the sweet couple doing adorable things together, including kissing, partying and celebrating their joys (and even wearing some questionable outfits on dates) over the course of their relationship. And they definitely share their clothes if you look closely!

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[Images via PopSugar]

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Sunday secrets I relate to

One of the things I enjoy doing on Sunday (or early Monday morning like 1am) is visiting the PostSecret website and looking through the secrets chosen for the week.

This has been my weekly routine ever since I met her and realise that she loves PostSecret too. Maybe it’s because I tried sending a secret in for her too (via a very expensive express post) and it didn’t get picked. Bummer. So I’m secretly hoping it will appear one day?

Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I get a little sad, and sometimes I can relate to them… Like the secrets posted on 26 August 2012… There were two that immediately stood out for me tonight.

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Hahaha, I remember the times when we Skyped and all we could keep looking at was ourselves on screen and admiring how we looked. I miss those times when we Skyped all the time, have our meals together, go to bed together, share our day together, watch TV together, check out each other’s outfit for the day. I miss how you’d Skype me the minute you reach your hotel room. I’d be at work in the mornings and you’d be disturbing me, trying to make me laugh out loud. And I’d spend my lunch hour talking to you until you got changed and ready to nap after your long flight. Or I’d rush home after work so I could talk to you when you come back from shopping, have your dinner and go to bed. All those late nights and long conversations. Good times.

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Hahaha! This pic made me chuckle because I know how sensitive you are about your follicles. And how you’d always tell me I’m so lucky for being relatively hairless. And how I’d always tell you I’d accept you for who you are, even if you’re hairy (which you kinda are. LOL!) because…

The truth is I could spend all day looking at you and I’d be content.

Images via PostSecret.com

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Today I thought of you and not much else

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Not just today. I thought of you the day before. And the day before yesterday. And the day, day before yesterday.

Every thing I do, I wish you were there to have fun with me. Every time I laugh, I wish you were there to share my joy. Every interesting sight I see, I wish you were there to experience the marvel I felt. Every tasty meal I eat, I wish you were there to savour the dish with me.

* “Do you feel tired?”
“Why would I?”
“Because you’ve been running through my mind the whole day.”

*One of the first jokes/lame/romantic pickup line you told me that was kinda sweet. Even though my first response was ‘Huh?’, followed by a long laugh at how adorable/awkward you sounded, then ‘Awwww’ because I finally realised you were trying to tell me you missed me. Ha!

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Chinese Valentine’s Day and I want you

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There are loads of grammatical errors in this message, but yeah, I really want to do all the things written in there (except ‘pointless bickering’ and change ‘makeup’ to ‘make love’ :D) with you. Sounds fab, isn’t it? So, reply me maybe?

And how apt is it that I saw this message on the same day as the Qixi Festival (七夕节 or ‘The Night of Sevens’ in Chinese), also known as the Magpie Festival.

Here’s some background on the festival: it falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month in the Chinese calendar, hence its name. It has sometimes been referred to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, but is apparently an inaccurate term.

Qixi is based on a Chinese love story where a young cowherd named Niu lang (‘cowherd’ in Chinese), met a beautiful fairy Zhi Nü (‘weave girl’ in Chinese), the seventh daughter of a goddess, who escaped from heaven in search of fun. Both soon fell in love and lived happily together.

But the Goddess of Heaven found out that Zhi Nü was with a mere mortal and ordered her return to heaven.

Upset that Zhi Nü disappeared, Niu Lang killed his beloved ox to use its hide to go to heaven (let’s ignore how creepy this is) to find her.

Having discovered his mortal presence in heaven, the angry Goddess created a wide river, known as the Milky Way, in the sky to separate the two lovers (the stars Altair and Vega) forever.

But once a year, all the magpies in the world, touched by their love and devotion, would fly to heaven to form a bridge over the Deneb in the Cygnus constellation so the lovers can reunite for one day, which is the Qixi Festival. Maybe the shadows cast by the bridge of magpies made the skies look dark and gloomy today.

According to the myth, on this day it will rain because of the crying in heaven. Guess what? It did rain the whole of today. Perhaps the love story might be true after all.

And it was said that if you stand under grapevines on this night, you can hear the lovers talking. Kinda makes you curious to try it… Doesn’t it?

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Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you, my love.

有些事情…… 是我每天都挂念的,但每一年… 只能说一次:生日快乐。

A long long time ago, we were chatting and you told me about a romantic Chinese movie that you loved a few years back. You said you watched it with your sister and you cried during the film because you thought it was very touching, while your sister thought the film was lame.

I was intrigued, because you loved the storyline and you told me a quote from the movie that made you emotional. I told myself that I would google about it and remember it forever, so one day I can maybe do the things the lead characters did in the movie for you IRL.

I scrolled through many videos and finally found a brief YouTube introduction of the Cantonese/Mandarin film:

Happy Birthday is about two soulmates who spend a decade doing everything but getting together as a couple. They seemed destined to be the perfect lovers, but the girl can’t commit to a relationship. Yet, they clearly love and adore each other, so they continue in this on-off quasi-relationship for many years. And no matter how far apart they may be, one would still call or text the other person on their special day and sing “Happy Birthday” every year.

I’m sure you know the storyline by heart… So really, here’s my message to you as this blog post goes online on 22 August at midnight sharp. It’s a song that amazingly has all the right words that I want to tell you, but can’t. Even the part where they spilled food on themselves and tried cleaning each other reminded me of us. Ha! Maybe this is why you like Chinese songs so much. *chios*

Happy birthday, my love. Hope you have a splendid celebration and Oh! The Places You’ll Go! because today is your day.

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Life will be all right

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I’ve wanted to watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when the British film was still showing in cinemas around late June/early July. I remember reading reviews of it and thought: “This sounds like a heart-warming feel-good movie that should make us laugh and enjoy our two hours in the cinema.” Plus, I had watched Salmon Fishing in the Yemen before that and absolutely loved it. The Brit irony and sarcastic wit was hilarious.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was nearly at the end of its run here though, which meant it had limited timings at certain cinemas only so finding the right person and the right day to watch it was critical. I remember asking someone if she wanted to watch it and the response I got was: “No, I don’t understand British accents.”

I was silent after that. It’s a movie. It has subtitles. Besides, you’re supposed to put your brain at the door and be entertained. How hard can it be to understand spoken English?

Anyway, we didn’t watch it together in the end. But I’m so glad I managed to finally watch the movie.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2012 British comedy-drama film that was based on the 2004 novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. The two-hour long film features an ensemble cast including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith among a group of British pensioners moving to a newly opened retirement resort in Jaipur, India. However, upon their arrival, the seven financially distressed and retired Brit men and women discover the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is far from the luxurious retreat “for the elderly and beautiful” that its advertising claims. Despite not meeting their expectations, most of them take it in stride and begin to flourish in their new-found adventure, letting the trip change their lives forever.

Each of them has a sad story that forces or influences them to head for India (read brief sketches of them here.) Most of them can’t afford the high living expenses needed to retire in England. They miss home and their children, but they can’t go back. It made me realise I should save more money and worry about building my retirement nest, instead of splurging on materialistic items that would probably not last long enough as heirlooms.

There are pleasant surprises. One of them was Graham Dashwood, a retired High Court judge, who grew up in Jaipur and is returning for the first time since his youth. Turns out he is a middle-aged gay man who’s “more in theory than in practice nowadays”. Graham hopes to reconnect with his Indian lover, whose family was disgraced when their affair was discovered. He has loved him his whole life, thinking that he had lost the love of his life forever and wanting to make up to him if he could ever find him again. And he does find a happy ending, but not what you’d expect.

This is a feel-good film whose optimism and sentimentality gives me hope that it’s never too late to leave my comfort zone and explore new horizons, as long as I’m willing to go with the flow.

Evelyn: Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected.

Muriel: Most things don’t. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.

Evelyn: The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with the disappointment, as we all must.

Because in the end no matter what happens, whether it’s good or bad, life will still go on and you will be fine. Really.

Sonny: Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not all right, then it is not yet the end.

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Buying an iPhone was the best decision ever

Hi there, gorgeous. How *you* doing?

My iPhone 3GS is definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best birthday gifts I’ve decided to buy for myself. Since 16 December 2009, my iPhone has become the equivalent of my lover/personal assistant/entertainer.

I sleep with the phone on my bed and I carry it to the toilet all the time. It’s my alarm clock, my GPS, the gateway to all my email inboxes, my language translator, my dictionary, my weather report, my social and business calendars, my eBook reader, the place to book a cab, my games centre, the door to my social networks, an outlet for text messaging (a lot of it), a mini tablet for all my web surfing, and sometimes, an actual device I use to pick up actual phone calls to actual human beings.

It’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. And I can’t wait to get the iPhone 5 next! It’s way overdue. So whether it’s out in September or only available in October, I really can’t wait and I will get one by hook or by crook. After which, I will restore the iPhone 3GS to its rightful place — in its original box and to be revered throughout the ages.

I’ve dropped my iPhone 3GS countless times and thankfully I have always used screen protectors and thick phone casings. Although I did drop it without the casing once, it was still functioning, albeit very slowly. So I’ve concluded that it’s one of the most sturdiest mobile devices ever. I have bought only three to four screen protectors and three or four phone casings for this iPhone, which means I have probably spent less than $300 on phone accessories. But I do think it’s on its last legs now. The phone casing has shattered on its last drop early this month. My phone looks like a war veteran now. That’s why I can’t wait to get my next iPhone. Meanwhile, I have been perusing the web for all the latest rumours I can get on iPhone 5.

Apple has been part of my life for nearly three years and it has become the technological equivalent of my best friend. It’s now a permanent part of my life that I can’t imagine not owning one ever again. Like what I’ve always told other mobile phone users and those Blackberry owners, once you go iPhone, you can never go back, because you wouldn’t want to. And so far, every phone user I’ve converted in the past three years agreed with me. I can’t help being such an persuasive influencer. Hahaha!

P/S: You know what, I wouldn’t mind getting the mini iPad if it was launched around the same time too. I think I’m due a birthday splurge.

Image via 9to5mac.com