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 ;)


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.


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…
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.


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.


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.

Posted by: bellebelle | September 22, 2008










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~









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 



曾经说放弃 可那不可能

Posted by: bellebelle | August 26, 2008


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
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
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

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?









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


Posted by: bellebelle | July 28, 2008

周杰伦 – 双截棍


LIVE 的改版更棒。

Posted by: bellebelle | July 20, 2008






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。


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!

























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。

















伤痛一定会度过 但爱会留下 期待未来 期待 幸福的未来


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







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