Posted by: bellebelle | September 29, 2008

Exabytes Contest

i cross my fingers that i do not miss the URL submission for this competition.

what i’m s’posed to do with is to preview the beta version of the new website & write my thoughts about it. although i do not think i stand a high chance in winning… since i am fresh in web design (be it critique or designing). but it was a pleasant surprise for me to receive the email notification even though i tried registering right before the deadline.

but after the recent PC & emotions crash… more importantly is for me to get a grip of myself, be disciplined & reassemble my PC. hence, the email from Exabytes has been flagged & starred in my mailbox, the submission page is bookmarked & the writing is tucked in my to-do list, but i have never get it right & got it done.

the preview beta version

the current version

however, i am really really relieved that i am not too late to sign up. even without having a chance to win, i will be contented that i cross this task in my to-do list & that my writing would benefit my personal readers :)

i will divide my comments of the new website into 2 distinct parts which i think will be more effective…

(A) Visual & Main Navigation

undeniably, the 1st look usually dictates everything.

users usually do not read, they scan. if the overall layout of the new website is interesting, very likely the visitor will appreciate the content.

the new website is changing along by adopting a clean theme (white & the logo identity colours). it is now centralized, and easier for the eyes. i have checked with different browsers, and it runs well. so far, with… I.Explorer, M.Firefox & Google Chrome ;)

PLUS

1. compared to the current layout, the new navigation bar caught my eyes, looking much brilliant. forsaking the traditional way of pale background (negative) with strong coloured text (positive), the good use of blue background (positive) and white text (negative) appeared to be much catchy.

2. navigation is less complicated by having the drop down menu.
again, the highlighted link appeared to be interesting & click-able… as it matches the consistency of the mentioned navigation bar.

MINUS

1. even though there are options to be chosen from the drop down menu, it seems to me that the navigation bar is click-able. perhaps the designer have to look into this… my suggestion to it would be, having to create a sub page to navigate each general option.
such as…
http://www.exabytes.com.my/webhosting/
it is not necessary, but it will be cool to have a brief info (overview) for the visitors to have a glance of what services you have to offer. it serves sort of like a catalog, and as they click the branches, they are able to discover the specific details.

PLUS

3. with just one look, i can identify the services offered & also look into things that will most probably interests me. (for e.g. services, promotions & offers)

4. overall, i like the way it is arranged in rounded corner boxes, neat & simple. the grids & gaps are neatly arranged, & the round corners of each navigation serves a consistency to the thorough website. too much of shapes will only distract the visitors.

(B) Usability

after all, is the usability which determine the success or failure of a website.

as i have mentioned, the navigation is neat & it makes me easy to find my way around it, so very likely i will interact & use the website.

1. i personally enjoyed exploring the website & discovering Exabyte’s services. it provides an overview of services & and clear features for each query.

2. not like many webhosting companies, Exabytes provide a deeper explainations to the features, it allows young hosts to have deeper understanding regarding features like… MYSQL, email protocols.
as for the interface, the new explanation engine runs in a much tidy form, featured in nice neat tables & aligned mouse-over icons.

this is the current version with the same approach but a slightly different colour scheme & mouse-over icons that is all over the place.

Simplified Web Forms

it seems to me the web forms is maintained the same as the current version, other than concerning about the consistency & overall look for the website, i think the user experience is tolerable.

since my navigation is limited to certain pages. i would like to drop a little comment on the new About Us page. congratulations on the new write-up! it is much shorter & not that burdensome to read.

but seriosuly speaking, it is not until i get really interested of the company, or really needed the services… most probably i will skip reading these pages. with a bulk amount of text, it is hard for visitors to focus their attention.

Impression

after browsing through the website, yes it does have a professional look; but even with the .my extension, it appeal to me to be more “international” than a “local” web hosting company. other than top right corner that mentioned about “We’re No. 1 In Malaysia!“, the Malaysia profile doesn’t stands out as much.

my primary suggestion would be adding in some fresh local faces among the pages. apart from having clean interface, i think it is alright to add-on some interesting element. compared to the current version, the new layout has lesser dynamic content. interfaces such as images, motions, animations, flash…

secondly, it is possible to be adding certain elements that vividly represents Malaysia, perhaps… add-on a wavery national flag. well, i’m kinda traditional & patriotic :P

after all, i look forward for the launching of the new website & fresh user experience.

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Posted by: bellebelle | September 22, 2008

天青色等烟雨

终于提起劲执笔这篇《久未完成》部落格。搁在一旁待蜘蛛织网该有两星期之久吧?

很多字
很多混乱的文字
很多混乱没有主题的文字

欢迎(我)回来!

懊恼~

好不容易给宝贝(指车子)换了部唱机,却又被卡带缠起了。呜呜……(欲哭无泪)

那卡带是我第一张杰伦的专辑,《简单爱》是中学时期迷上的曲子。除了爱上轻巧的曲,想必这歌是那时的心情写照吧?傻劲、牵手、日落、单车、暗恋,单纯的我…真的可以很天真简单。杰伦多首贴切的词曲,巧妙诉说许多生命故事里的回忆、伤痕、甜蜜、温馨;所以…偶然会被他的歌曲牵动情绪,化身悲剧女主角,演绎诗的每一页。

果然,我该遵守“斋戒”…把杰伦的歌,都给戒了。呵呵…是诅咒吗?没想到毒瘾一发不可收拾啊…现在怎么办?该把唱机解体,或是把带子剪断?希望不会赔了夫人又折兵…坏了卡带,也坏了唱机。

想说…在周杰伦《我很忙》里头,我鲜少播放的,就数《青花瓷》。

偶然重看了方文山的部落格,重复又重复听了这首歌。我爱上了;我真的,真的,爱上了。喜欢那 string 背景的曲、那情绪浓厚却感觉温和的词,也些许羡慕方文山的非凡文采。还有,谁说杰伦唱歌咬字不清?我都听出耳油了,简直余音绕梁呐~

好懊悔,听了整个专辑那么多遍,却没有早些认识这首歌。

顿时间泛起了复古风;唱卡拉ok时,趁人少少毫不犹豫点了青花瓷。不知是心理作用还是啥,自我陶醉搞得听众们有点目瞪口呆…小女子是有练过的,倘若表现“差水”,见笑了。

接着《青花瓷》,也重听了杰伦歌库里,韵味着中国风的歌曲…《东风破》、《发如雪》、《千里之外》、《七里香》…

轻轻诉说着爱的誓言,可听着听着…主题仿佛是离别、守望、等待、深情;还爱着,带点恨。

有股冲动想把杰伦的专辑都扫回家。

有股冲动想放弃现代设计,改行专研古诗。

我也终于了解为什么春天那么想学水墨画,而且郭老师不怕闷、不嫌学生钝,老是喜欢解说且探讨中国文学…因为,那真是一门兼具美貌与浪漫的艺术;那种脱俗的感觉,真美。

《情绪二部曲》

便秘 -VS- 大战

不想说话、心情不好,趁赴约前半小时,无意间呆看超级引人注目,全身滚圆的松狮犬 + 闲逛了一、二,…五间面包店。

最美观蓝莓起司挞:麦可思饼家
最便宜起司蛋糕:Berry’s Bakery
最诱人巧克力馅面包:Bread Story
最引人垂涎绿茶蛋糕:Bread Story 

附录:想到新加坡看菁菁的旺财,所以盗用了照片…

故事说到这儿

曾经说放弃 可那不可能

Posted by: bellebelle | August 26, 2008

Announcement

to those who look for my existence from the cyber world,

yes, my PC died on me again.

apparently Windows crashed after a virus scan, and… it is affected by malware or virus or whatever registry problem that i am certainly not familiar with. please don’t ask me what happened to it, if i knew, it wouldn’t have happened again. all i know is that i have to rescue all my important data from my hard disk else i will die if i looses them.

okay, perhaps it doesn’t seem that bad to you, perhaps i exaggerated. what matters now, is that… i will be idle from the internet, until i get the PC fixed.

perhaps i should consider having a MacBook afterall, Windows is wearing me out.

i miss my IT guy who fixes uBuntu for me, where’d you go?

p/s: Loh S., i will not take the job, please don’t bother to call.

Posted by: bellebelle | August 16, 2008

A Little Pain

a little pain
by: OLIVIA inspi' REIRA (TRAPNEST)
作詞: OLIVIA ・ Masumi Kawamura
作曲: Hiroo Yamaguchi
Romaji & English translation



Travel to the moon
kimi wa nemuri  yume wo toku
dare mo inai  hoshi no hikari  ayatsurinagara
。・☆。・☆・。。・☆。・☆・。
  Travel to the moon
  You're sleeping, solving a dream
  while the light of the deserted star pulls the [puppet strings]

tsuyoku naru tame  wasureta egao
kitto futari nara  torimodosu
。・☆。・☆・。。・☆。・☆・。
  I forgot to smile in order to be strong
  I'm sure that if we're together, I can get it back

* kidzuite
I'm here waiting for you
ima to wa chigau mirai ga attemo
I'm here waiting for you
sakebitsudzukete
kitto kokoro wa  tsunagu ito wo tagutteru
ano koro no watashi  me wo samasu you ni
no need to cry
。・☆。・☆・。。・☆。・☆・。
  Realize that
  I'm here waiting for you
  Even if the future is different from now
  I'm here waiting for you
  continuing to shout
  Surely my heart is reeling in the string that connects us
  No need to cry
  in order to wake me up that time

Travel in silence
te wo nobaseba  fureru noni
kimi wa tooi
sore wa  omoide no naka no koto
。・☆。・☆・。。・☆。・☆・。
  Travel in silence
  When I stretch my hand out, I feel you, but
  You're far away
  It's within my memories

koe ga kikoeru  me wo tojireba
chiisana itami sae  itoshikute
。・☆。・☆・。。・☆。・☆・。
  When I close my eyes, I can hear your voice
  Even the small ache is dear to me

mitsumete
I'm here waiting for you
kaze ni fukare  hitori mayottemo
I'm here waiting for you
sora wo miagete
zutto kokoro wa  te wo hirogete mamotteru
ano koro no kimi ga  furikaeru made
no need to cry
。・☆。・☆・。。・☆。・☆・。
  Look at me
  I'm here waiting for you
  Even if I'm lost all alone with the wind blowing on me
  I'm here waiting for you
  My heart is protecting you all the time, my hands spread out
  no need to cry
  until you former self turns back

(Feel something Feel nothing
Listen closely Listen closely)
Wide open ears
Disarm the dream tickler
In the constant moment
(You will find me Where it's quiet
Listen closely Listen closely)
Let the blood flow
Through all the spaces
Of the universe
Posted by: bellebelle | August 4, 2008

Never Too Late

i drafted this post a few days ago, just to share with you this MTV & a song that’s close to my heart.

for those who are into Leo Ku’s “爱得太迟”, or… Timbaland & One Republic’s “Apologise”. i am sorry to say… i don’t liked the songs. no offense to the singer or any fans. i personally didn’t liked the song because it’s filled with negative emotions, and anger, and hurt, and unforgiving. but… i liked Leo Ku, if you have listened from here.

now… choose a better song to handle emotions, alright?

of course i’d understand that… when you are down in the pit, you don’t usually rejoice over up-to-beat cheerful songs. the matter of fact is, we LOVE to mourn over emo songs. for example, when i wave good-bye to a relationship… it hurts but i wasn’t too in touch with my emotions, i didn’t know if i’m okay or whatnot. and so i went for a karaoke session so i could “let it out”. the list on the screen are the songs that fits exactly to how i felt. and well, they are basically… THE emo songs & reminiscence tracks.

why is it when we knew it hurts us even more, but we still enjoy digging into sorrows? is like pouring salt on the wound. because… over the years, we get ourselves to get used to live with broken lives, broken relationships, broken… everything.

first off, watch the MTV & listen closely to the lyrics, see if you could relate to the way i’ve felt.

this video shows a scene of hope, Adam (Three Days Grace’s frontman) and his wife wrote this, it is about Adam’s drug habit. showing that it’s not too late; it’s never too late to give up. He said, “this song is about being in a very dark place, but being able to see a way out.”

there’s a number of illustrations laid in this MTV, could you figure out some?

  • a little girl dancing with her parents
  • a woman struggling in a mental institution
  • the man in a sweater
  • bandages over the parents’ eyes
  • arms restrained by leather belt
  • the man flipping the bed
  • the black-winged man
  • butterfly
  • medical instruments
  • black hand prints

看这 MTV 时,有蛮多的感触。因为…生命里、家里曾有毒贩。从他的角度观看,世界很可能,也是这么样的吧?经过多少次的高潮、满足感、尝试解脱、挣扎、失望、信念…他是多么地渴望爱和援手,我们可了解?

影片里的小女孩起床与父母共舞。看那幸福的她转变成挣扎的女人。成熟时期也同时是最脆弱的,影片里,女孩和女人是同样的角色,而描述的差别,就是那份童真和成熟。忽然间,切入女人挣扎的画面。再续回她和父母共舞的镜头。

当父母放手离开时,穿着毛衣的男人以笑容接触她、抚摸她的肩膀。就好比,失去父母的重要出席(也可能是信任、关爱)同时,可以找到的寄托和快活…也只有依靠毒品了。

画面迅速切换。小女孩,女人,家人,病院。蹦蹦跳跳的瞬间,父母的眼睛被绷带封闭,“冇眼睇”。父母不再理解她,也很可能变得不体贴了。要在这样的情况之下,完全以无条件的爱接纳一个人…我可以理解,那样,真的,不是普通的说到办到。纵使有着坚强的意念和巩固的爱,以我们脆弱的人心,也是难免动摇。在挣扎的瞬间,我们看见,捆绑手腕的皮带,时而演变为那毛衣男人的手部。

他把女孩的温暖被窝给倒翻了。

当女孩远离那男人,逼近镜头时,黑色羽毛和黑翅膀男人现身了。他描述着挣扎、意志力和奋斗。她,正努力脱离苦海。在医疗器皿间展翅的蝴蝶,代表着希望、救赎和解脱。

乌黑的手印填满了小女孩的生命、安全的小窝、房间的墙壁。

当黑色羽毛渐渐掉落时,女孩渐渐从挣扎中解脱。

当女人接近镜头时,那羽毛好似形成翅膀的模样。

death isn’t the only option in our darkest hours; for as long as God have not (and will not) given up on you, it’s seriously… Never Too Late

to repent
to forgive
to accept
to love

again.

Posted by: bellebelle | July 28, 2008

周杰伦 – 双截棍

呵呵,还是喜欢原创的。

LIVE 的改版更棒。

Posted by: bellebelle | July 20, 2008

活在当下

年幼时,我曾下狂言,说:“我从来不会为我自己做的事情后悔。”

幼稚。

近来,我教懂你看不同的字眼。

我呢…后悔没有早点教你认华文字,好遗憾。
我后悔没有趁你还没离开时,把你硬拖来教会。

谢谢你为我测量那海拔的距离,一共是直径 6474.5公里…我会记得的,就好像我记着电话号码那样。

谢谢你回答我的蠢问题。

其实要是每天睡 8小时,我只需要开 8天的长途,我就到达海,的另一边了!

谢谢你听我的蠢计算;我今天敲坏脑袋了。

谢谢你还在读着我的胡言乱语。

可能你不会看明白,可是…

谢谢你还在看。

你好厉害。

面对我的胡言乱语,你拥有好厉害的耐心。

其实呢…我正在梦游。

我好想睡,可是身体时钟比我的置物柜还要乱,9点半睡不着,10点睡不着,10点半睡不着,11点睡不着,11点半睡不着。

我好想撒娇。

我好想吃东西。

我好想打电话向老豆撒娇,就说,“我要吃东西,谢谢。”

我好想告诉你说…

我今天关车门不小心夹到自己的头。

不准笑。

我真的是不小心的。

我…

好啦,是我少根经,神经线大条,粗细胞。

我是中暑了,头昏昏。就在自己关门时,头来不及闪,就被自己关门夹到了。

喂,我说了,不准笑!

谢谢,其实我知道你不会笑。我相信你会心痛吧?

当门敲到头的那瞬间,我怎么觉得好像是有人故意关门,好像要把我的头给砸了。

在方向盘前挣扎,真的,真的,真的…

痛。

然后…右耳的伤口留了很多血。

表担心,我国中时期是专业的急救人员。我的职位就是那个皇冠,配上三条柴。我最擅长…人工呼吸,包扎,HIV 预防,欺负学弟学妹,还有…开车冲去医院吓老师。噢,不忘了,我急救时,是少言语的;我比谁都冷静果断。

大忌。

因为我的伤患,都会被我的冷漠吓着,可是最后都被我的专业和温柔的手法吸引。我还会附赠微笑,还会陪在身边。

嗯,我就是那种陪在身边就会快乐大半天的类型。这点,遗传老豆的。

对不起,兜了个大圈卖瓜…自赞自夸。

除了我的冷静,其他擅长的事情,其实…都派不上用场了。

我很厉害。

在最冷静的情况下,止血了。

没有人知道我用了大半包纸巾,好奢侈。

不,不,重点是…

我其实只是想让你知道,发生了这么一回事。

然后你或许会说,“sayang,还痛不痛?没关系的,妳还是很漂亮。”

噢k,可能你觉得那不是重点,我知道我很爱美。

可那样幽默的安慰会让我破涕而笑,难道就不好吗?

电话我拨了,不辣的汉堡和老豆正往回家的途中。

一定是加蛋加番茄。

老豆最疼我。

伤痛一定会度过 但爱会留下 期待未来 期待 幸福的未来

亲爱的,欢迎回家,谢谢想念,晚安!

Posted by: bellebelle | July 4, 2008

Stay With Me When It Rains

it’s 09:47pm, i’m taking a short break from work.

how many times have i repeatedly said… “I WANNA WATCH STEP UP” before, before, before it’s released?

i lost count.

stop telling me all these…

“is not really THAT good.”
“so-so lah…”

never mind the movies, i am contented with only the soundtrack.

Cassandra Ventura – Is It You

look at the grand piano, look at the grand piano.
listen closely to 00:00:33 can anybody tell me the beats transit from what sort of instruments?

okay, here’s another one with another grand piano… aww…

Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown – No Air

i like the shadow play, too. and oh, oh, the wind blowing thing is breathtaking.

of course, not forgetting the singing & lyrics. honestly i can’t catch up, haha.

okay, this is so, totally, very… random.

among the 100-things-to-do-before-i-die, i will pick up piano. and trying to, guitar.

i’d better trim my fingernails & pep talk my future teacher, motivate him gao gao before giving up on me. (i want free lessons, free lessons, free lessons)

here’s one of many reasons why.

Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah

okay, with my lack of perseverance on the 6-stringed instrument, i think nobody’s gonna do it free. or… maybe i should just get some people to play for me.

excuse my excited-ness, i have an overdose of chocolate & sweet talk; it’s the sugar rush.

back to work, tata. peanut butter & jam sandwich for dinner.

Posted by: bellebelle | July 2, 2008

It Aches

to the clue of the password protected post, it is the number for the house in OUG.

to all the questions unanswered, i’ll try my best to get ’em answered. i’ll delete the post once i courier the scrapbook to Brisbane.

to all my confused readers, sorry i got you confused. initially i wasn’t bothered to password protect the post, because i knew i have nothing to hide from you. to Mark & i, it is a simple & sweet farewell gift from me to a friend whom i have gone through ups & downs for 6 years.

i guess you would only understand how it feels to dedicate such a blog post, when you personally go through it, on your own; or that, you’d try to walk a mile in my shoes. when the person is gone, it is never about attending to a simple call anymore.

i password protected it, because i knew some who didn’t know what have happened in the past… are taking it (too) personally, and that… i don’t have the time to attend to all the emotional challenges. if you find it confusing but you did not dare to approach me for explanations, don’t bother to read again & again.

even if you got me hurt… still, i love you for who you are; i plea you’d do this to me too.

Posted by: bellebelle | June 10, 2008

握着手机的第八个步骤

我不换手机的理由很简单
老板拜托你不要再说它丑了
嫌它没用它会更快挂的

今天迟交货是我不好
可是在供应商那里发生的事情
我可真是害怕了

对不起

不要给我的表现扣分

对不起

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