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When I hang out with friends, the soccer fanatics will always choose to hang out at some stupid place with a stupid TV screen showing some stupid live football match and, like, we’d be stuck there all night!

Last Saturday, I was out with my friends. We were just hanging around, shopping, eating, the usual stuff. While we were having dinner, the perennial question came: What shall we do after dinner?

This guy friend, whose name shall forever remain a secret because I don’t want him to kill me, said, “I want to go home and watch soccer.”

What a wet blanket.

So we all yelled at him until he finally yielded. “Okay, fine, fine, I will sacrifice my soccer tonight.”

HOW NICE OF HIM.

But then, he looked pretty sad all night.

I tell you, soccer fans are so troublesome. But I have a solution! Don’t say I only know how to complain!

The solution is: Choose Freedom!

Aww, what a cute doggy!

But what does it mean?

Well, let’s hear what our cute doggy has to say.

Wah! A talking dog!

No, seriously. Do you know what this means?

This means that soccer fanatics can now hang out with their pals any time they want, without having to miss any soccer matches, ever!

With StarHub TV on Mobile, you can now watch “live” TV on your mobile phone.

That means my silly friend will be able to watch “live” Barclay Premier League matches when he is out!

That’s right. He can bring his football matches with him wherever he goes! How cool is that?!

ARE YOU READING THIS, friend who shall not be named?

This also means that you don’t have to make your friends sit in a noisy pub to watch matches with you, anymore. Hah!

There’s also the news, as well as crazy Taiwanese variety shows, when you’re bored with soccer.

Here’s a list of available channels on StarHub TV on Mobile.

Football: Goal TV 1, Goal TV 2, Football Channel

News: CNN, CNBC, ChannelNewsAsia

Asian: CTI TV

Entertainment: Animax

The service is easy to use. And I know all you smart football fans will have no trouble with it.

(I’m not saying this just to avoid being murdered in my sleep. All the football fans I know are really smart people.)

The user interface is friendly and you can channel surf easily. It even comes with a TV guide so you won’t miss any important programmes.

The TV guide is really cool. The show times for all the shows in all the channels are listed clearly AND you can set your phone alarm to remind yourself to watch a particular show.

But I think my friend doesn’t need an alarm to remind him to watch football. He has an inbuilt sensor that automatically goes off when he’s needed at the screen.

I think maybe I should get it, too. It’ll be nice to watch the news while I’m outside since I always have time to kill between meetings and auditions and events and shoots.

At the very least, it would be something to motivate me to pay more attention to world affairs, a subject which instantly bimbolises me when I’m put to the test.

And I know what the Goonfather will watch if I pass him the phone. He will be tuning in to the Taiwanese entertainment channel. (And he’ll have a lot of chance to do that because he always has to wait for me when my auditions or meetings take longer than expected.)

I used to be irritated to death when he wouldn’t stop watching Taiwanese variety shows at one time. He loves them because they’re slapsticky and he enjoys laughing at people. I hate them because they’re slapsticky and I don’t like laughing at people (except at him). *lol*

ANYWAY.

I hope StarHub will bring in more channels. Like, maybe AXN or Star World or HBO or, uh, Disney Channel? Haha.

I never have time to watch TV at home, so I would love to be able to bring TV out with me!

Well, give the service a try. Maybe if more people subscribe and request, StarHub will have a reason to bring in all the extra channels!

How about paying our cute doggy a visit to find out more and to subscribe?

StarHub TV on Mobile is FREE for StarHub TV Sports Group customers, but only till May 31, 2009, so do hurry and get your service now!

(Otherwise, it’s $26.75 a month or $3.75 a day for 24-hour access.)

Misquoted in The Star (for Nuffnang party)

This is a bit old news by now since it happened three days ago.

But that’s the beauty of being a blogger. You can publish any old rubbish that the cat dragged in and no one can complain, because you’re not obliged to publish only fresh news like a newspaper is!

And reading blogs is free, so readers don’t really have a case for complaint, in the first place.

And you don’t have editors maniacally waving their editing scissors at you, threatening to cut away all your self-indulgent digressions.

But I digress.

The Nuffnang Pajama Party was covered by a reporter from The Star, which I’m told is Malaysia’s biggest English-language newspaper.

[The Star's report on Nuffnang Pajama Party]
Link to report.

The reporter (who shall remain nameless here, but whose name is prominently bylined in the article, anyway) interviewed me at the party and included my quote into her news report. That was really sweet of her, but I wish she’d been more conscientious about compiling her quotes.

Because I totally do not talk like this:

[Sheylara's quote in The Star]

Humour me now, please. Read that quote aloud to yourself.

Does anyone even talk like that?! I don’t think I speak long, convoluted sentences and I don’t recall ever using the phrase “as well as” in speech.

I never said I was there to “share the joy of meeting fellow bloggers”.

What I said was, “I’m honoured to be invited to this party! Nuffnang has been through a lot this past year and they’ve come so far. So, I’m really happy to be here to share the joy of celebrating its first anniversary!”

And then she asked me how I felt about the party so far, and I said, “Actually, I’m very pleasantly surprised because I never expected there would be so many games and activities and prizes. It’s great!”

I saw her furiously writing in her notebook while I was talking, so I tried to talk slower. (I was a journalist before so I know the woes of not being able to tape record an interview.)

When she was done furiously writing, I saw that she had only written keywords and not whole sentences.

Then she asked me a few more questions and I guess she didn’t like my answers because she stopped writing furiously.

And, in the end, she just took my bunch of keywords and created a bimbotic, totally unnatural, statement, out of them.

How can lah!

Okay, it’s not really that big a deal, which is why I’m talking about it only three days later. Celebrities and other famous people get misquoted all the time and to worse effect. Haha.

I guess I should just be glad that my reputation hasn’t been harmed.

I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I should thank the reporter for choosing to use my quote despite there being 300 other people for her to interview. I just wanted to highlight the fact that I don’t talk like she made me out to.

That’s all!

For the record, I actually prefer e-mail or MSN interviews because the reporter can cut and paste and is less likely to make up rubbish sentences for me.

What do you think?