The missing photo and the lonely iPad

Today, I will show you a picture of me pretending to use a Macbook.

Sheylara pretending to use a Macbook

I took this picture for Star Blog, actually. We were asked to photograph ourselves with our favourite gadgets.

But this photo didn’t appear in my entry. I think there’s something strange in the neighbourhood. See, the SOP is for us to write our entries on MS Word, then e-mail them to our editor, after which the team will publish them for us. (Our entries are unedited and published verbatim.)

I sometimes like to end my posts with a photo. For a while now, I’ve noticed that my last photos never make it to publication, although I never bothered to tell anyone because it’s, like, not really a big deal. It’s just one photo.

This week, I decided to end my blog with one sentence after the last photo just to experiment. And STILL the last photo didn’t appear, although my last sentence did. But you can see a space where the photo is supposed to be.

Click here to see what I mean.

See the space at the end?

That tells me that they’re not deliberately axing my last photos. It must be some kind of programming or data entry bug or something.

Any guesses?

Sheylara and her iPhone

On a side note, there was this incident once when I talked on two phones at once, looking rather idiotic as I did so. I was going to blog about it but then this week’s Star Blog topic was quite relevant, so I told my story there, instead.

I’m becoming quite the Apple fan. To think I used to get annoyed when Apple fanboys acted all crazy over Apple products. I can totally understand why now. It’s something you can appreciate only after being a user yourself.

So, I have ordered my iPhone 4 and iPad. The worldwide shortage irritates me much. Does Apple do this on purpose to increase the hype and fanaticism? I was going to wait till the stampede dies down and there are actually stocks in the stores before I buy them. But it seems my impulse got the better of me this week.

I am expecting to receive my iPhone 4 and iPad in the third week of August, when I will be away in China. BRILLIANT, YES? I didn’t in fact realise it until the Goonfather pointed it out to me.

“I’m getting my iPad on August 20!!”

“Aren’t you going to be in China then?”


We’re planning yet another China trip from August 17 till August 23. So, the 20th is smack in the middle of our trip.



It’s times like this when I feel like tearing my hair out and burying myself in the ground. Although that would technically be quite painful so I only do it in my imagination where it’s safer.

Okay, I’m done rambling about virtually nothing. I must bugger off and do some real work now.

I’ll leave you with this link again to my Star Blog entry. It’s also Star Blog chat day today (technically tonight) so see you there at 9 pm!

My Alienware shipment arrived!

I know the hardcore tech geeks are going to have a fit when they learn what I’m naming my new Alienware M11x.

Introducing… Fluffy Prime!

Alienware M11x

(I already did an unboxing of this gadget when the Goonfather got his, so I shan’t do it again.)

Fluffy Prime is the successor of Fluffy, my pink MSI Wind.

MSI Wind

I had planned to name the Alienware Fluffy, too, because I knew I was going to miss the original Fluffy very much. But there were many objections to the name, one of which came from Kerrondor, who said, “You should name it something more alienish, like Optimus Prime. Or Fluffy Prime.”

Of course, he was joking about Fluffy Prime, but I LOVED it and so decided to adopt it, to Kerr’s horror. He was, like, “I WAS JOKING.”

Too bad. Fluffy Prime it is!

Alienware M11x

I received more than just the laptop today. I has many boxes!

Alienware stuff

I also bought a set of Alienware TactX keyboard and mouse for home use, to replace my current set before my Microsoft Reclusa really becomes an ant nest.

Alienware TactX

I feel kinda sad cos I think the Reclusa is the prettiest keyboard ever made, techy enough to suit my gaming needs and girly enough to suit my bimbo needs!

Microsoft Reclusa

But I shall love my new arrivals.

The mouse comes in a pretty Alienware box, with the log faintly embossed on it.

Alienware TactX mouse

Alien sticker on the package!

Alienware TactX mouse

It’s a gaming mouse which buttons glow when it’s on. But I don’t have time to set it up now because I need to finish this blog quickly and go out for an event. So, pictures next time!

Alienware TactX mouse

The keyboard similarly comes in a sleek black box with a faint Alienware logo embossed on it but Dell had decided to paste big ugly stickers on my box. O_o

Alienware TactX keyboard

More alien stickers on the back.

Alienware TactX keyboard

Gaming keyboard! It also glows in the dark. Show you next time, okay?

Alienware TactX keyboard

Can’t wait to use them! But now, I need to go out.


Sheylara and the Nokia X6: A photo shoot


I have prepared a feast for your eyes. Behold, a ton of awesome photos of me!

Okay, actually, it’s not about me. It’s about the latest baby from Nokia. So, behold, the hip and happening Nokia X6!

Nokia X6

Of course, I’m not showing you just pictures of the camera. How boring would that be? I have put myself in the photos as well, just to be the ornament, you know.

A thing of beauty like the Nokia X6 requires some decoration around the edges, does it not?

So (once again), behold and feast your eyes on the ultra trendy Nokia X6 presented by ornamental Sheylara!

Sheylara and Nokia X6

I know you want to touch the X6, I know you do.

A thing of beauty, sleek and pretty, the X6 wants you too!

Sheylara and Nokia X6

More space, more space, we always need more space!

“Yes!” says the X6, “I GIVE YOU PLENTY!”

Sheylara and Nokia X6

Nokia X6 Comes With Music! Really! You can download them all free!


Listen to music anywhere, everywhere!

Just remember to pay attention to your surroundings too. In case a handsome hunk or gorgeous babe winks at you from a distance.

Sheylara and Nokia X6

“Gaaaaaaaaaames! Yessssssss, gaaaaaaaaaaames,” says Sheylara.

Last we heard, Sheylara has been gaming too much so she’s gone a bit off her rocker.

Just a bit, though.

Sheylara and Nokia X6

We think we could persuade Sheylara to get off her games for a bit by enticing her with videos.

She’s quite impressionable and excitable so it might work.

You won’t know if you don’t try.

Sheylara and Nokia X6

You like photos, yes?

We like photos, too!

The X6 says, “I take nice photos of you!”

Sheylara and Nokia X6




Sheylara and Nokia X6

You know what’s the meaning of life?

The answer is games and applications. Lots and lots of them!

Because the answer “42” is quite passé already, you know.

Sheylara and Nokia X6

While we’re on the subject of questions and answers, this little baby is the answer to all our entertainment and social needs.

Because we like to stay connected to everything fun and friendly. And trendy. And happening. And cool. And hip. And awesome. And fabulous.

You get the picture.

Sheylara and Nokia X6

Music videos are quite fun to make.

Of course, they are also very hard work.

I think the X6 can help me make it fast and fun.

Sheylara and Nokia X6

What’s your favourite blog?

“!!!” roars the crowd with love and enthusiasm.

Awwww, so sweet lah you all.

Gib you a kiss! Mwaks!

Sheylara and Nokia X6

Thank you very much, Nokia X6.

You have been a joy to work with.

Also, thank you, Mr Justyn Olby, for taking these awesome photos. The Nokia X6 loves you! Sheylara also.

Say cheese!

Let’s lead vibrant and exciting lives now, shall we?


A winner is you!!

I think all my friends are going to kill me now because they didn’t win the slinky Samsung netbook thanks to me.

I was invited to the Singapore Sports Council office today to do the drawing for the lucky voter prize for the Star Sports Blogger contest.


I think it’s very nice of them to let me do this!

Of course, now I have to face the wrath of people who didn’t win.

Preparing for the drawing with Daniel, who’s the person in charge of the Star Sports Blogger campaign:

Star Sports Blogger voter drawing

Posing for the drawing:

Star Sports Blogger voter drawing

In the container are all the names of people who voted for me! =)

Virtual kisses for every one of you!

I was quite content to leave my hand in there forever because I didn’t want to draw a winner. Cos, like, one person will be happy but so many others will be disappointed!

I actually jumbled the names around for a long time before finally fishing a piece out. It was quite exciting, though.

Star Sports Blogger voter drawing

Congratulations to Germaine Hoe!!! I don’t know who you are but you rock! THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR ME!!! You will be contacted by Singapore Sports Council for your prize!

Star Sports Blogger voter drawing

The rest of you please don’t kill me. I am very grateful for your vote and you did a good deed so you earn karma points, therefore don’t waste your karma on something so useless as murder!

I also collected my Favourite Blogger prize today: A slinky MacBook! Always wanted to have one but could never justify the cost of getting one. So, yay!


I think the Goonfather is going to steal it. He’s always stealing the gadgets and peripherals that I win or receive from sponsors.

He says he needs the MacBook for when he goes on a course to learn how to make iPhone games.


I’m going to tax 50% of all his profits when he starts selling games!!

Here’s what a MacBook looks like when you try taking a photo of it using a lousy camera in a dim room and then try to compensate with Photoshop:


An unrecognisable patch of dazzling white!


Now I can go sit in cafes with my MacBook and pretend to be some arty farty designer or some other. Hur hur!

Anyway, thank you again to Singapore Sports Council for the contest, thank you voters, and thank you to the Goonfather in advance for 50% of your profits!


Visit Sheylara for regular updates (LOL)


So so so… did any of you win an Xbox 360 yet? I’m still waiting for someone to report on their big win here! =D

There are four weeks remaining in the contest, you know? Don’t let the chance slip you by! Got friends in the market for a new phone? Tell them!

If you missed my previous post about this contest, here’s a refresher:

So nice, right? Someone made a Flash thingy for me to embed on my blog! Whee! (It’s a bit hard to read cos it had to be resized to fit my blog but still readable lah.)

See, it says: Visit Sheylara for regular updates.

Indeed, yes. I update you on many, many things. For instance:

Contests and promotions! (Yes!!)

Microsoft promotion

My travels! (Which I hope to do more of.)


My gaming addiction! (Which I hope not to do more of.)


Now, I shall attempt a bit of subliminal manipulation: Visit for your daily dose of delicious abuse entertainment!

Did it work?

Okay, fine. It’s not subliminal at all.

Well, I don’t care.