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Thursday, January 31, 2008

LABRADORS ARE CHEW-AHOLICS

Labradors love chewing, and Cleo is no exception!

She can chew for hours and hours without getting bored or tired. As a puppy she used to chew her nylabones or rawhide bones till her gums bled!

And now that she's all grown, she's a certified chew-aholic!!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

EATING OUT WITH NATASHA & DOUGLAS LIM

Two weeks ago I was on the receiving end of a very scathing comment from a not so friendly colleague who was just being plain spiteful...


"She's too high classed to eat here, cause it's very dirty here. She's from the high society and is not like us normal people".

I won't even bother to argue with that statement, but


ONE THING THAT WE DO NOT DO IS SCRIMP ON FOOD...
We may not spend much on other things, but we do spend almost all our money on good food for us and for the fur-kids...

So anyway, in light of that comment, we thought we'd just put some pictures up on some of the stuff that we eat on a regular day...


BREAKFAST:
Crackers, cheese and caviar

LUNCH:
Fajita Nachos, Garlic Bread, Mushroom & Chicken Soup, Mash Potatoes & Juice

DINNER:
Seafood Steamboat with Fresh Fish, Tiger Prawns, Crabs, Scallops, Clams, Mussels etc...



JESSE & JOEY

As most of you know, we adopted Jesse & Joey, 2 abandoned labrador retrievers a few months ago...

They're living with their Granny just 2 minutes down the road from us. They're doing really well and I thought we should put some new pictures up... Not very good ones though cause they won't keep still when I'm around...

Jesse has gained weight and is now almost 30kgs, compared to the miserably 20+kgs when she first arrived at ours. Her fur has almost grown back completely.

Joey is much stronger now and can prance and play too. He used to have to lie down after standing for merely 5 minutes.

Interestingly, now that they're looking so much nicer we have had many offers for adoption.

We're not giving them up cause obviously these people only want them cause they look nice now. No one was willing to give either of them a chance earlier cause thw two of them really looked terrible!



Friday, January 25, 2008

IN MEMORY OF ADLAN BENAN OMAR...

I just heard that Adlan Benan Omar, or Ben as he was fondly known, has passed away... I am in shock. Ben's only 35...

I never really knew Ben, but had the privilege of meeting him numerous times during my years in Cambridge.

I still remember the first time I met him. It was during a CUMAS event, I was 18 then... and I was in complete awe of him. He was, I believe an inspiration to all of us...

Ben's passing will be a great loss to many...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

MalaysianTalents.Com



Hello hello everyone

Here's the 3rd episode of MalaysianTalents.Com...

It's not quite your regular Malaysian humour so some may not appreciate it...

And for the non-Malaysians, all the ppl "signing up" at MalaysianTalents.Com in the series are actually BIG stars in the country... so that's what makes it funny, cause you have this guy with a huge ego thinking he's above all of them when in reality they're celebrities already... :)

Hope you like it...

And here are the links to Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Douglas was also featured on MHI recently - watch the video here.

Monday, January 21, 2008

CLEO THE NAUGHTY GIRL

Being away for the whole of last week was terrible. I missed Cleo and the rest sooooooo much...

And I think they missed me too... cause the welcome I received when I got home was quite phenomenal... I don't think Douglas missed me as much as all of them...

Anyway I was also told that they were quite "NAUGHTY" while I was away and I'll be posting a video of what Cleo made her poor old Grandma do soon... :) It's hilarious.


Here's the Video... enjoy...

cleo-the-naughty-girl.wmv

The You Tube version is here

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I MISS CLEO AND THE KIDS

I am really missing Cleo and the rest of the fur-kids... have only been away for 2 days and am already wanting to be home with them...

I guess I should be used to this by now... but somehow I still hate being away from them. My mom tells me that Lucky has refused to eat for the past 2 days... Cleo has also been moping.. My poor babies...

Oh well I shall be back by the weekend - and I can hardly wait!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

ACTORLYMPICS IN THE NEWS

Catch DOUGLAS LIM on

MalaysianTalents.Com from 15 January 2008 on http://www.gua.com.my/
Watch the unofficial PROMO of malaysiantalents.com here...

Actorlympics from 16 January 2008 on ntv7 at 9pm
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Extracted from The New Straits Times
9 Jan 2008 by Sharmila Billot

Free-wheeling, zany and whacky stunts ensue when actors are freed of scripts and prepared lines to say. SHARMILA BILLOT previews Actorlympics TV on ntv7.

MOST actors depend on scripts and rehearsals before the real action takes place.

But the appeal of Actorlympics TV is that everything is done on the spur of the moment — the jokes, fictitious scenarios, zany characters, wacky story lines and songs.

Referred to as “theatresports” in the theatre scene, they are usually undertaken by acting groups like Instant Cafe Theatre and Dramalab.

Now the popular theatre sport is coming to television.
If you are familiar with Drew Carey’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?, then be prepared to get a local dose on ntv7 this month.

For over a decade, a group of actors has been playing and performing games designed to test and stimulate creativity, imagination and play.

Actorlympics then became a live theatre show at The Actor’s Studio in Bangsar.

The skills of the actors in recognising where the sketch is going and working together in building it up to a credible “punchline” of sorts is what gets the audience coming back for more.

Now in its TV version, comedic stalwarts Afdlin Shauki, Douglas Lim, Nell Ng and Reza Zainal Abidin line up the star-studded regulars every week with their creative improvisation, precise comedic timing and off-the-cuff one-liners.

Guest comedians include Patrick Teoh, Din Beramboi, Joanna Bessey, Khir Rahman and Riezman — young, creative, wacky and brimming with incredible characters.

The cast come together and meet with one goal in mind: to dazzle the audience with their skills, and entertain them at the same time.

“I was in two minds about making Actorlympics into a television show at first because with TV, everything is organised, scripted and comes with limitations as to what you can say,” said Afdlin.

“Actorlympics is designed with a theatrical approach in mind. And that basically means there are no rehearsals or scripts. Situations are created on the spot with the spontaneity of the actors’ creativity and expertise.

“As you know in theatre, we are more liberal with what we can say. And most of the time, we talk about the latest gossip in the country with lots of sexual innuendoes to get the audience laughing their guts out.

“But now we have to follow the rules and regulations of the station. So there are some minor changes.

“Surprisingly it worked out for the best with the live audience taking part in the show. Now we have to come up with jokes pretty fast keeping the do’s and dont’s in our minds. It’s even more whackier now because we come up with the craziest ideas due to our limitations,” added Afdlin.

Conducted in mostly Bahasa Malaysia and English, Actorlympics TV was shot in a theatre setup with a live audience whom the actors depend on to feed them scenarios, ideas and characters with which to play the games.

This enabled the live atmosphere to be captured, displaying the creative processes as it is manifested onstage by the actors, and enjoyed by the audiences in the studio and at home.

The basic setup is a stage with four actors and one mediator. The mediator’s role is to elicit ideas and responses from the crowd and to make sure the performances onstage are timed and are good.

For more information on Actorlympics TV, visit www.ntv7.com.my

Monday, January 07, 2008

MALAYSIANTALENTS.COM

Hello everyone,

In my previous post, I mentioned that Douglas was doing something quite big for www.gua.com.my/ .

Hope you guys can find some time to watch some of the episodes... and here's the link unofficial promo...

malaysiantalents.com

The link to the promo is of better quality esp in terms of the sound, but in case the link doesn't work, I have also uploaded it onto YouTube... :)




Hugs
Natasha

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Watch "malaysiantalents.com" - Malaysia's first Mockumentary (mock documentary) available exclusively at http://www.gua.com.my/ from January 15th 2008.

Those familiar with with "The Office - British Version" and "Extras" will immediately notice the similarities.

Douglas Lim (creator of malaysiantalents.com) makes no secret of his admiration for Ricky Gervais.

"Personally, I think he is genius for literally inventing a completely new "style" of comedy", says Douglas.

He continues, "malaysiantalents.com basically uses the mock documentary style of comedy but is set in Malaysia, featuring local actors and celebrities, speaking the Malaysian way."

Each episode (20 in total) will be approximately 4 minutes long and available only via the internet at http://www.gua.com.my/ - Malaysia's first "entertainment and lifestyle-based portal". Local celebrities will also be making cameo appearances in each episode.

Confirmed celebrities include Elaine Daly, Gavin Yap, Vick Teo, Baki Zainal, Nell Ng, Alvin Wong, Chelsia Ng, Chew Kin Wah, Chermaine Poo, Joanna Bessey, Razif Hashim and Tony Eusoff.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

IS A LABRADOR FOR YOU?

Is a Labrador for you? If any of you out there are considering getting a Labrador, or any dog for that matter, I hope that you have considered your decision carefully. Getting a dog, especially a Labrador will mean that life as you know it will never be the same...

So what or who prompted me to write this post? The numerous people that I meet on my daily walks with Cleo...

Everyone is in awe of Cleo... they are amazed when they see her riding quietly in the front passenger seat of my little car. They are amazed when she sits and stays on command. They are amazed when she leaves the countless monkeys that we see everyday alone.

They are amazed when she walks in step with me; and that she doesn't take ME for the walk especially because I am quite a tiny person. For those who don't know me I am only 4'10" and weigh a mere 35kg... not much more than Cleo (she's 28kg).

And because Cleo is so well behaved, many people have asked me what breed she is and told me that they too would like to get a Labrador.

So what's the problem with getting a Labrador? Aren't Labradors sweet natured? Aren't Labradors great family dogs?

Yes Labs are GREAT but owning a Lab means a WHOLE LOT of responsibility - that means that you need to have TIME for your labrador.

Why? Because Labradors are very high energy dogs. In fact Labradors have endless amounts of energy. This is one of the reasons why they are the most popular breed for service dogs as they can work all day without getting tired.

Cleo is barely tired from her daily hour long walks. When we get home there'll be a 20 minute game of fast paced "fetch" with her tennis ball before she's content. And even then she's not tired...

So if your Labrador does not get the exercise that she needs, be prepared to have your home destroyed! And I mean DESTROYED!!!

When Cleo was a puppy she did not get regular walks because I had a regular 9-5 job. That meant that I could only take her out on weekends. And on top of that she suffered from separation anxiety because she could not understand why everybody abandoned her everyday.

As a result our home was DESTROYED!!! She ripped all our furniture to bits. She tore off cupboard doors! She killed all our plants! She broke and chewed everything whithin reach!!! We were at our wits end. But we could not punish her because it was our fault she behaved that way.

Obedience school was disastrous for Cleo. She would sit when she was supposed to heel, walk away from me when she was supposed to Down Stay etc. She only managed to get up to Pre-Novice.

The instructors insisted that we use a Choke Chain on her. We refused and that was when we decided enough was enough. Cause we knew that Cleo was "disobedient" in class cause she didn't see the point. And so we trained her ourselves... And she has come out tops in our books!

Labradors are not the best at Obedience because they are highly intelligent dogs. They question your every command. Again this is a very important trait that makes them great service dogs - they think for themselves before executing commands from their handlers.

Hence if you think that you'll be winning Obedience Trials with a Labrador, think again... if anything you'll be the laughing stock of your class... like I was.

So how come Cleo is so well behaved? Well it was a result of lots of love and TIME to play with her, TIME to exercise with her, TIME to train her and TIME to understand her.

So while I love Labradors and think that they are the best breed, I wouldn't recommend Labradors for an average person.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

DOUGLAS LIM - WHAT HAS HE BEEN UP TO?

Okay this post is not exactly doggie related, but alot of people have been asking me what my better half, i.e. Douglas Lim; has been up to. So I decided to give everyone a little update.

Well he was incredibly busy all of last year. He was in 4 musicals so far - Broadway Parodies Lah, Tunku the Musical, P Ramlee the Musical and Aladdin (which ends tomorrow).

And for all you Douglas Lim fans out there, you'll be able to catch him on tv for Actor Olympics soon.

Actorlympics TV screens on ntv7 at 9pm every Wednesday, beginning Jan 16.

He is also currently on What's for Breakfast on RTM 2 I think... don't ask me what time cause I don't know - yes I am quite bad at keeping track of all his shows... :(

He's also working a BIG project at the moment which will be showcasing on Gua.com soon... Watch this space for updates...

In the mean time here are some pictures of Douglas Lim - as I have had several requests by various people for some recent pictures of him... so here they are... enjoy.

Have also included an extract from the Star on Actor Olympics at the end of this post.


Extracted from The Star
By MICHAEL CHEANG

WHAT do you get when you have four comedians in one interview? Utter chaos, that’s what.
OK, so I’m exaggerating a little here. In hindsight, interviewing the stars of the upcoming TV show Actorlympics TV – Afdlin Shauki, Douglas Lim, Nell Ng and Reza Zainal Abidin – at the same time may not have been a very bright idea after all. But it sure made for a highly amusing interview, with them cracking jokes and playing off one another like the professional comedians that they are.

Actorlympics TV screens on ntv7 at 9pm every Wednesday, beginning Jan 16.

See The Star for full article

SNOOZING ON A SATURDAY...

It was chucking today... it rained really heavily all afternoon... and all the kids had a great snooze... They all looked so cute but unfortunately the batteries on my camera died so I only managed pictures of Mishka and Cleo... Don't you think they look so cute?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

NATASHA & DOUGLAS LIM'S NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER

This year we decided to have a QUIET celebration for New Year's Eve. This is mainly due to the fact that we currently have too many furkids in the house to be able to have a party.

So we invited 2 close friends, Iskandar and Sarah; and we went to dinner at this fabulous little French restaurant called Ma Maison. (We actually had our wedding day lunch reception there too...).

Here are some pictures of the evening... We had such a great time there that we may be going there for many of our future "celebrations!".










MY FURKIDS...

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Here's hoping that the coming year will bring everyone loads of happiness, health and wealth!!!

Haven't got much to say at the moment, so I figured I'd post some new pictures of the kids...

CLEO...





LUCKY...


RASCAL...


MISHKA...


JESSE & JOEY

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