Visualising Word Relations

When I got a smart phone, one of the first apps I installed – after the all important games and chat programmes – is the dictionary app. Years of being an ESL student, I can’t shake the habit of having it close by. Even now I still have 4 dictionaries and 1 thesaurus on the shelve above my desk. So of course I just have to install it on my phone. It won’t be my phone otherwise 😉

It’s very handy having a dictionary on your phone. Anytime I came across a new word I could just type it up and there you have it.  I used to also install thesaurus, synonym game, etc but since my newest phone has less storage space than the old one I had to streamline and just have the one dictionary since it also has the synonym and antonym feature on it.

Now that I am venturing back towards blogging, I started looking words up on a new tab instead of on my phone and I noticed a new feature, particularly when looking up synonyms; word visualisation!

It started pretty normal, you type the word you’re looking, press enter and it’ll spew the answers. But, as a scroll down, it now gives a visual description how closely those other words are related to the one I’m looking at. Like this:

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This is so COOL!!!








It’s very geeky I know. but hey, I’m a student of words. I used to live and breathe words throughout my student years. I get excited to see these things 😀

Now, it is not the most fascinating thing you see? I wish they had this feature back then as it would definitely make these words easier to understand. But you know, you never stop learning even if you’re out of school and have been for a looong time like me. Better now than never eh?

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The Synonym dance notation


The Exes Parade

I don’t get it when people talk about being friends with their ex-boyfriend, ex-husband maybe, particularly when there’s kids involved. But mere boyfriend?

I don’t have a lot, and while I no longer feel like harming them, nor do I feel any particular needs to be friends with them, even with those who parted amicably. It just seems to me that once you moved on, which I have, they then belong firmly in the past. Unless you have to work with them or has the luck of being their neighbor then I don’t see the need to be chummy.

Having said all that, I do think about them every now and then. I would be lying if I said I’m not at all curious about how they are now. Of course I do. They once occupy a big space in my life! And once they’re in my heart, they stay there even in diminishing real estate. I don’t want them to be miserable either, I’d want them to be happy.

Back then, the only way to find out was through the grapevine. These days you can snoop around to check their online trace. Mind you, if they’re Luddites or are not socmed freaks it could get a bit difficult 😉

So yeah, I confess, I’ve googled them. Some I find, some seems to vanished. Oh well. Those that I dead able to track seems to be doing ok. They seem to be where they want to be so that can’t be bad. Am I envious? No. Do I want their life? No. Is my life better? I dunno, I certainly have a good life, I’ve been blessed. Theirs? Just different.

I do believe it works out for the best in the end. I could probably do without the heartache but hey, that’s life right?

So my dear exes, have a good life. Take care 😘

Imaginary Lover

And I masked sadness with smile,
for I am not ready to lose you.
Not yet, not yet.

And I know that time is coming,
you were never mine,
and I, the fool that dare to adore you

I am I am playing with borrowed time,
toying with razor sharp blades,
at the ready at any given time

Scold me, mock me,
but tell me,
would you let this go if you could?

And I bet you that you wouldn’t,
fight me but you wouldn’t.
You’d stand with me and hang on precariously

Don’t hold me,
don’t kiss me if you can’t fix me,
and you won’t

Alas, alas,
such is my fate, my dearest,
I pick the short straw
with your name etched in the end

What can I do, what can I do,
but yearn for you?

Sleep well, sleep well,
let me dream for you,
mi amor

I know not how long this ledge will last,
so let me be,
let me be


Gym Babe or Gym Rats? The 9 Type of Gymgoers. Find out yours!

After going somewhat regularly to the gym, based on my power of observation, totally without scientific base I believe most gym goers fall into these categories:

1. Gym Rats
Mostly male over 30’s, mr. Universe wannabes or has been. Goes in packs. Likes to huddle in the weights area, egging each other to lift weights heavier than they actually can. Often this means 2 people are lifting at the same time since he can’t lift it on his own. Sometimes venture into the weights machines.

2. Cardio Lover
These are usually efficient people. They go in, put their stuff in the locker, go out, pick the cardio machine of choice -usually the treadmill- turn on their iPods, then off they go between 30 minutes- 1 hour. Afterwards they do some stretching exercises, may be tempted to go on a weight machine or two, but generally just go straight back to the locker, shower, get dressed, get out. Mostly exercise in the morning.

3. IFC – Instructor Fan Club
Usually female, they are loyal to a certain instructor but not the actual gym itself. Travelling in packs, they follow and catch his (it is almost always a male instructor) classes wherever they might be. Though good looking, his preference remains a mystery. Before and after class the IFC members flock to him and hang on to his every word. He usually teach yoga though he can also be found teaching cardio or dance classes.

4. Exercise Mania
In contrast to the IFCs, the EMs are loyal to the club taking classes after classes nearly everyday. They take at least 2 classes, know the schedules by heart and are not afraid to demand certain instructor for certain class. They are on first name basis with all gym workers and employees. Has their own ‘areas’ in the locker room.

5. Athletes
Almost like the Cardio Lovers except they do routines with the weights as well. They usually have the best bodies as the emphasis is on health and toning the muscle. Subtle definition not vulgar testosterones. Sometimes in twos but mostly on their own.

6. Wannabes
Perhaps too cheap to use a personal trainer, but too intimidated to hang out with the Gym Rats, the Wannabes are skinny, scrawny males trying to bulk up without really knowing how. They can be found staring at the Gym Rats or the Athletes when they’re doing their sets, then immediately copying whatever it is they did. Without proper training and supervision the wannabes could hurt themselves as they don’t know how to do the movements correctly. They can be quite amusing to watch though.

7. Gym Babes
Usually consisted of former M/A/Ws (Model, Actor, Whatever) but not limited to. Their uniform is to wear super tight fitness clothes they can find. They leave little to the imagination even when covered up. Like to cruise around near the Gym Rats. The male version don’t always wear skin tight clothes but they do their fair share of prancing around with an expression that says,”Look at me, I’m so cute!”

8. Equipment Hoarder
How to spot one? They’ll be the ones with their hands attached to the smartphones. They’d go on a machine, put the minimal weight, do half a set, stop, then get on the phone. Forever. They don’t sweat. Have no clue about gym etiquette.

9. PT Posse
They’re usually a variation of these; the super dedicated who’ll only exchange brief hellos with their trainer, concentrating solely on their reps and sets. Those who spent more time attached to the cellular rather than doing what the trainer told them to. Those who looks like they rather be working something out with the trainer. Then finally, there are those who yakked with the trainer whining about their weight the whole time. Their similarities? They always look like they’re in pain with the PT as the whip master whipping their butts into shape. Rarely seen without their trainers.

Thus conclude my highly unscientific classification.

Which group do you belong to?

Kudu yang lebih muda yaks?

Cowok itu emang kadang aneh. Menyangkut masalah perkawinan, giliran kawin lagi mau, tapi coba ditawarkan yang lebih tua, meski masih canti pasti langsung ogah. Pegimane seeh?

Contohnya ya seperti yang dibawah ini:

T (teman) : Mba, cariin dong. yg cantik, soleh, dan lain-lain

S : yang lain-lainnya itu apa?

T : terserah Mbak, yg penting setia

S : kalau usianya lebih tua gimana?

T : waw jangan dong

S : kamu umurnya berapa sih?

T : 22 tahun, mau nyari selisih 3 tahunan gitu

S : Padahal teman-teman saya ada lho yang menurut saya sih masuk kriteria kamu, gak jauh banget kok, 30an.

T : waw. kalo 30, waduh jauh amat

S : Khadijah lebih tua dari Rasulullah

T : itu jaman dulu

S : yeee… alasannya basi amat! kalo niru beristri banyak mau giliran menikah ama yang lebih tua nggak mau

T : bukan nggak mau ini soal masa depan juga dan kelanggengan berkeluarga

S : lho perempuan kan usianya relatif lebih panjang dari cowok

T : siapa bilang

S : secara statistic perempuan umurnya lebih panjang dari laki2, lebih banyak nenek2 janda daripada kakek2 duda.

T : ooooo tapi itu kan bukan alasan yg kuat

S: Lah itu kan yang kamu bilang kenapa kamu suatu saat ingin beristri lebih dari 1? Karena lebih banyak perempuan daripada laki-laki di dunia?

T: Iya sih tapi…

S: Nah ini sekarang mba mau mengenalkan kamu sama perempuan cantik, shalatnya rajin, baca Quran lancar, pribadinya juga keren. Tapi langsung kamu tolak karena umurnya 30?

T: yah kan aku juga punya kriteria ideal mba…

S: emang kayak apa?

T: ya itu tadi, cantik, sholihah, lebih muda, kalau bisa lebih pendek….

S: Jyaaaaaah….

T: emang cantik gak perlu mba?

S: ya perlulah. Cantik kan subyektif, yang penting nyambung dan agamanya bener. Klo dua itu dapet, insya Allah dimata kita dia akan selalu cantik.

T: Berarti suami mba ganteng dong…

S: Pasti!

T: Cinta pada pandangan pertama ya?

S: Enggak

T: Lho? kok enggak sih mba? Katanya ganteng?

S: Hehehe….

T: trus kok jadinya sama dia?

S: Karena ngobrol sama dia menyenangkan.

T: Lebih muda ya?

S: Enggak…

T: Nah tuh mba sendiri milihnya yang lebih tua!

S: girang kamu ya? Lho klo perempuan itu hanya bisa memilih dari yang menawarkan dirinya. Masa mba ngejar2 brondong?

T: Ya tapi kan..

S: tapi2 apa?

T: Hehehe…

S: eh udah adzan tuh, udahan dulu ya.

T: baik mba.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Found this list which I did way back in 2009. Dayeem… still has lots to read…

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen- X
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien –
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling -X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – X
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott -X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – cuma baca dikit
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – mulai baca blum selesai
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – nonton ajah, baca kayaknya malah blum samsek
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – X
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulkner
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – X
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma-Jane Austen – X
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen -X
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini- X thanks to bc girls 😉
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin –
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden – X
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne – X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell – started reading
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery-X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – X
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert-
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons-oh ini buku ya?
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen -X
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon-
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck – X sad sad book
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold – X
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens- X
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – X
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson – X
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray-
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens –
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell –
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker – X
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert –
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry –
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White- X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – read some short stories
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton ini yang mana ya?
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad –
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery -X
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks –
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl – X
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo – haven’t actually read it, but have acted in the musical 😉

26 books. Not bad. Maybe should finish those I started eh?

6 Cara Mudah Memilih Presiden

Ingin memilih? Punya hak suara? Masih bingung siapa yang dipilih? Ikuti langkah2 berikut ini:

1. Kalau kamu suka dengan Pemerintahan saat ini, maka pilihlah incumbent, ato presiden yang sekarang. Rasanya nggak bakalan berubah drastis.


2. Pilih capres yang manifesto/perkataan/tindakannya kamu paling cocok. Mungkin nggak semua perkataannya kamu suka atau setuju tapi dari ketiga calon tersebut biasanya sih ada satu yang lebih menonjol untuk kamu dibanding yang lainnya.


3. Tanya seseorang yang opini politiknya kamu percaya trus pikirkan kembali setuju nggak ama dia.

Saya biasanya suka diskusi dengan Ibu dan suami saya. Ibu saya suka milih berdasarkan perasaan sementara suami saya suka memikirkan hal-hal seperti ini. Entah kenapa seringkali pilihan mereka suka sama!


4. Proses eliminasi. Coret kandidat yang kamu tidak ingin jadi presiden sampai ada sisa satu, nah pilihlah dia. Kecuali kamu mencoret semuanya…


5. Pilih tidak memilih. Pilih Golput.


6. Ketika berada di bilik pemilihan, buka kertas suaranya, tutup mata, gerakan tangan kanan diatas foto para kandidat bulak balik kiri kanan dan nyanyikanlah lagu berikut ini;
“Hom pim pah alaihum gambreng. Pok Ijah pakai baju rombeng!” untuk kemudian dilanjutkan dengan lagu ini,
“Cap cip cup pisang rebus, duit seratus bintang kejeblus!”

Diatas foto siapa tangan kamu berhenti maka dialah yang kamu pilih.

Kalau kamu nggak percaya sama Tuhan, bisa juga tanya Jelangkung. Tapi kayaknya sama KPU nggak boleh deh main Jelangkung di bilik pemilihan. Jadi tanya aja sebelumnya ya.

Selamat memilih!