August 16th, 2009

Charah coffee

TENNIS.

Montreal Masters

Roger apparently lost. I say 'apparently' because I slept the match away, and the first thing I heard in the morning was my mom telling me, "Do you know the score?"

(I must say I don't understand the logic in her trying to have a conversation with me when she comes into my room in the morning to turn off the air-con or whatever, in a bid to wake me up. Like, for crying out loud, I'm barely even awake yet. My eyes have not opened. What in the world makes her think I'd be able to even hear the words that are coming out of her mouth, let alone understand them? Let alone respond?)

10 minutes later my dad told me Roger lost to Tsonga, got broken while serving for the match at 5-3 third set, then lost in a tie-break. I thought he was joking at first, but nope, he wasn't.

Okay, now I don't feel like watching the match I recorded anymore. I have zero interest in watching matches that he lost, though I am quite curious as to how the second set managed to end 6-1. And how Roger got the 3-0 lead in the third; according to my dad, it was quite brilliant.

Nevertheless, ex post facto, totally glad I didn't stay up. The match would've dragged, and it would've ended unfavourably for me. Oh well, at least I like Tsonga. Now I hope he beats Murray to meet Andy in the final, where he loses to Andy. That's my favoured outcome.

Andy TOTALLY defeated Djokovic. YESSSS. That's the match I should've recorded; I really wanna watch it but I'm too lazy to download and 22 isn't repeating, dammit. I like Djoke, but I love Andy, so my allegiance is obvious. And Djoke's stupid chest-thumping REALLY puts me off him, so whatever.

Nadal also lost. To Del Pot. I expected this, so no surprises there. This means he's in grave danger of losing #2 to fucking Andy Murray which is all kinds of "omg gross please gag me NOW", not to mention ten million variations of "OMG THE DEMISE OF TENNIS IS NEAR". I hate ballpushers and I'm not a fan of a style that's overwhelmingly defensive, like Murray's, Nadal's, Simon's. Gilles Simon, at least, is cute; I can't say the same for Murray. At all.

I feel sorry for Nadal. I'm quite over the Nadal hate, so I derive little pleasure from his losses now (though I'd still root for his opponent. Unless his opponent is Murray. That's the only time in which I'd root for Nadal), and it must suck to see all your efforts go to waste because of some physical, which you can no longer control. Of course, the busted knees are completely because of the way he plays tennis, but that's still the way he plays tennis, and it got him to the top of the game. And for someone who loves winning, this losing streak must really suck.

Not to mention he's going to lose a ton of points for failing to defend the title. Oh my god, I'd DIE if Murray becomes #2. That's just gross. That's partly why I was hoping Nadal would win, just to keep his ranking and keeping Murray in check, but no. It's a sad day for tennis indeed.

I hope Tsonga does what he's supposed to do, but I'm sure he's going to lose. Unless he comes out with his game completely clicking, which is not going to happen because he's as erratic as he's brilliant and talented, he's going to die by the same sword that sometimes wins him titles: his attacking style of play. A near-perfect attacking game will always defeat a perfect defensive one, but sadly, Tsonga doesn't have it. Whenever I see him play he's always making errors left right centre, such that sometimes it's a miracle he's able to win matches.

That said, he's PHENOMENAL when he's on. Like, oh my god, his all-court game is actually intelligent, and the way he plays the game, the way he moves, it's so natural and swift, almost tribal (though not in a racist way at all), and he's such a natural talent. He's really a joy to watch when his game is clicking.

When it's not...well. It's pretty painful. I hope he disposes of Murray, but I'm not counting on it.

If Murray wins this, he should be happy with another Masters series title. Because that's the best he's gonna do. He's not going to win the US Open, or any Grand Slam anytime soon. He can try again after Roger retires. Which is likely to be after 2012. Murray doesn't perform in Grand Slams; it's a fact. Last final he reached was the US Open last year. And he was slated to win the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and he lost in the QF and SF respectively.

Sorry, he's all hype, little substance. I can push a fucking tennis ball around the court too if I trained as hard as him. Doesn't take any talent for that, and sure as hell doesn't require any brain cells. He has flashes of brilliance (the backhand defensive, on-the-run pass is pretty brilliant I must admit), but god, I cannot stand the way he just waits for the fucking error. It makes tennis so boring. This stupid baseline game is just...I wish the players would mix it up a bit.

Anyway, I don't really care that Roger lost. I'm sure he doesn't care THAT much too. Of course, it's retarded that he lost while serving for the damn match, but whatever. I want the US Open. These little Masters Series can be left to the other players to lap up; these Masters Series are Roger Federer's scraps. Bwahaha.

I'm totally biased, obviously. And if for some reason Roger doesn't get the US Open (okay, not even a possibility that I really wanna entertain. Because if that really happened, I'd be damn sad. DAMN. SAD. Because last year's US Open was the first tournament I ever followed, and the first trophy I ever watched him win, and it was A-MAZING), Andy should get it. RAndy. Roddick, Andy. DUH. I love them both.

I BLOODY WANT THE RODDICK/DJOKOVIC MATCH.

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Speaking of bloody, it's time for me to clean up a mess I left in the car. I swear, I fucking hate getting my period. HATE IT. HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE. I cannot believe how damn inconvenient it is, and I refuse to let it get in the way of my tennis. So I played in the morning despite it being the first day and therefore quite heavy flow-wise. And yeah, my forehand can just go to hell.

Oh wait, it's already IN hell. That's the only explanation for why it's made of utter shit. And the worst part is, I have actually developed a fear for it, such that I mentally start to freak out when the ball's coming to the forehand side. It's such a mental thing, this tennis, because if you don't believe you can do it, you're not committed to the shot. So what happens? Legs become lead. Legs become cement. You're almost rooted to the spot in fear, and your legs feel so heavy, you literally cannot get them to move to the optimal position in time. And tennis is a lot of timing - you mis-time a shot and it goes haywire. You don't get to the ball in time and you miss it, and even if you do get to the ball, if you're not in the optimal position (and there is one), you simply can't hit it properly.

It's so irritating. I don't wanna talk about it anymore.

Okay I have nothing else to say at the moment so that's all.

Charah coffee

Twitter sucks.

Fucking Twitter not letting me update, so this is what I wanna say:

And: WHEN DID ANDY MURRAY START GRUNTING WHEN HE SERVES. AND YESSSSSS TSONGA BROKE BACK. JWT FOR THE WIN!

Yup. Thought Tsonga was gone but he BROKE BACK. LOL at how he ate up Murray's second serve for lunch and dinner. Just like how Andy did likewise at Wimbledon.

YESSSS.

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Oh my god, Andy Murray hit an actual winner. The world has just ended.

Bleah, he won the first set. Going to sleep now; waking up for Original Andy/Del Pot later at like, 7-ish. Yay.

Commentator went, "[Tsonga]'s form has been streaky." Uh, yeah, that's basically Tsonga. Tell me something I don't know. Bleah.

Charah coffee

TENNIS IS ON A DOWNWARD SPIRAL.

OH MY GOD THE DEMISE OF TENNIS.

MONTREAL : Andy Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (10/8) Saturday in the semi-finals of the ATP Montreal Masters to rise to second in the world for the first time in his career.

The Scot will replace Rafael Nadal in the slot behind Roger Federer when the new rankings are released on Monday.

Murray had needed to go farther than Nadal this week in Canada, and his trip to the final insured his promotion after Nadal lost in the quarter-finals on Friday to Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro.

The change makes Murray the first player other than Nadal or Federer to rank number two since July 18, 2005, when Australia's Lleyton Hewitt stood second behind Federer.

Murray reinforced his status as the highest-ranked British player since the rankings began in 1973.

On Sunday, he'll play for the Montreal title against Del Potro or Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick, who were to meet later Saturday.

1. JUST BECAUSE THE BRITS SUCK AT TENNIS DOESN'T MEAN MURRAY IS THAT GREAT.

2. I'D TAKE NADAL AS #2 OVER MURRAY ANYTIME ANYDAY.

3. I'D TAKE FUCKING IVO KARLOVIC AS #2 OVER MURRAY ANYTIME ANYDAY.

4. I'D TAKE ANYONE OVER ANDY MURRAY.

5. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS SHIT.

6. WHY WHY WHY DID NADAL GET HIMSELF INJURED. WHY.

7. FOR ONCE I WISH NADAL WOULD GO BACK TO HIS WINNING WAYS 'CAUSE ANDY MURRAY IS THE SCOURGE OF ALL TENNIS.

8. YUCK. NEED TO CLEAN SELF THOROUGHLY WITH SANITISER. I AM SO GROSSED OUT.

9. NEVER THOUGHT I'D SAY THIS, BUT: NADAL PLEASE COME BACK. D:

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In more appetising tennis old news, WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME ROGER AND ANDY PRACTICED TOGETHER.


YAY!

And some pictures of Roger's hot body:


LOOK AT THOSE BROAD SHOULDERS. THAT BROAD CHEST. OH MY GOD. I am a sucker for rectangular, wide shoulders. I find them absolutely sexy to the max.

And, oh my god, ROGER'S BELLY IS GONE:



I read in the New York Times that he lost ten pounds, but I didn't think it translated to him losing his belly. OH MY GOD I ALSO WANT. I WANT TO LOSE MY TUMMY TOO. AND IT NEVER EVER GOES AWAY. INSTEAD I ENDED UP LOSING MY BOOBS. I AM SO SAD.

What's also sad? MY DARLING ANDY LOST TO DEL POT. IN THREE SETS. 7-5 IN THE THIRD.

OH MY GOD.

DEL POT NOW HAS TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT. ANYONE BUT ANDY MURRAY. AND I DON'T MIND POTTY TOO MUCH.

BUT TRUTH BE TOLD I DON'T CARE ANYMORE. ALL MY FAVOURITES ARE OUT, AND ONE OF THE TWO FINALISTS IS A PLAYER I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT STAND.

FOR FUCK'S SAKE, MURRAY ISN'T EVEN ENGLISH. BLEAH.

(pictures from here)

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Fuck, I have to do the stupid client letter for Conveyancing today. FUCK MY LIFE.

Nothing interesting to say.

Oh I didn't manage to watch the Andy/Del Pot match. Ended up sleeping 4 'cause I was trying to remove something from my face, and when my alarm rang at 7.29 a.m. I turned it off, and the next time I checked my phone it was 8.40. I decided I didn't feel like getting up, and I ended up waking up at 1. Yay.

Time to go check up on my cities. Yay.

Charah coffee

Bored and don't wanna write letter to fake clients, so: A SHINY SURVEY.

I used to do these things all the time in secondary school, but not so much anymore. Because, you know, people grow up and stuff.

That said, WHO WANTS TO WATCH BACKSTREET BOYS WITH ME. I WANNA FULFILL MY CHILDHOOD DREAM OF SEEING THEM LIVE AND THEY'RE PERFORMING IN SINGAPORE. I'M TOTALLY SERIOUS. I WANT TO WATCH THE FUCKING BACKSTREET BOYS (-Kevin Richardson D:). I USED TO CALL MYSELF MRS NICK CARTER AND YOU CAN ASK RUI ABOUT ALL THE RETARDED THINGS I DID IN PRIMARY SCHOOL IN RELATION TO THE ALMIGHTY BSB SO YES I MUST SEE THEM. I MUST!

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Do you lead people on?
Not consciously. I used to make a concerted effort not to send mixed signals, or if I did, to clear things up; but nowadays, not so much. Being too direct is weird for some people, or so I've learnt.

Does anyone have feelings for you?
Um, duh, considering I have a boyfriend.

What's the best thing right now?
In general: Probably Tong.
In this very moment: ...still Tong.

What's something you really want right now, be honest?
I really want to see the Backstreet Boys in concert. And I really want Juan Martin Del Potro to win in Montreal. And I really want Roger Federer to win the US Open.

And I really, REALLY want a place in Cambridge's LLM programme (but I don't deserve it 'cause I don't know where the full stops go in "LLM". G@ry Be|l educated us on this in Year 2 but I forgot). But that's not gonna happen.

Do you have any plans for the weekend?
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME, I HAD NO PLANS. IT WAS VERY DEPRESSING. Thankfully Mag called me up Saturday evening and we went out. That was great.

Dark hair or light hair in the preferred sex?
Don't give a shit as long as 1) it's not dyed; 2) he has hair; 3) his hair is nice; and 4) he has enough hair for me to play with when we make out.

Short hair or longer hair on preferred sex?
Depends on what the guy looks like but generally I prefer short hair.

Have you ever told anyone you loved them and meant it?
Yes.

In school, how was/is your attendance record?
Near-perfect. I skipped less than 10 lectures in my four years of law school. And nope, I never took Nation-Building.

Do you want someone dead?
I don't care enough to want people dead. As for the malevolent dictators of the world, I don't believe in the death penalty, so I just want them locked up.

Where were you at 11:47 pm last night?
Downstairs at Tong's place. Just parked my car, probably.

Why are you single?
I AM NOT. BOOYAH. (Not that the fact of a relationship as a thing in and of itself is much to celebrate; it's not. It's the person whom you're with that matters. And in that regard, I hereby further reinforce my BOOYAH.)

If you were paid 1 million dollars to spend the night in a supposed haunted house, would you?
Definitely not.

What were you doing at 7:00 AM?
Sleeping. Two days ago I would've said I was watching tennis. Stupid Roger just had to lose. Boo.

Okay Roger is not stupid. I'm sorry. I take it back.

Have you ever liked someone you didn't expect to?
See: Tong, Wei Chuen.

Is it possible to be single and happy?
No, I was crying and slitting my wrists every day of the two years I was single. What a fucking retarded question.

Are you a jealous person?
Definitely can be jealous (duh), but not sure if I am by nature a jealous person.

Have you ever been told that you were going to Hell?
I think so, in secondary school. I hated St. Nicks.

How do you feel about your hair right now?
Totally losing the perm. But amazing that the perm lasted a year. Don't want to perm again; I miss my straight hair. Sorry Tong.

Do you think you can last in a relationship for six months?
I certainly hope so.

Do you think two people can last forever?
What the fuck is 'forever'. Next.

Would you like to put last night on repeat, and live it forever?
Um, not really. It wasn't fun staining the driver's seat of my car and then having to go down at 2 a.m. to clean up the mess. BUT coffee with Mag was great, and so was talking to Tong for an hour after that.

What was the most memorable thing that happened last summer?
Europe trip. Enough said.

What is your opinion on no sex before marriage?
My opinion is best illustrated by my laughter.

Do you think that you will be married within ten years?
That depends on a lot of things. I don't know. Who thinks about such retarded things?

Have you ever gone out of your way to do something meaningful for someone?
Yeah I think. I don't know.

If you could change your eye color, would you?
I wouldn't change a single damn thing about my face. Let's just leave it at that.

Are you missing someone right now?
Yes.

Were you mad about the way you woke up this morning?
No. I woke up at 1. What's there to be mad about?

Last person you slept with, non-sexually?
I cannot remember. I can't remember falling asleep with anyone. Like, on a bed. Together. At the same time.

Have you cried this week at all?
I almost cried when I was PMS-ing like crazy on Friday.

Are you afraid of falling in love?
There is nothing scary about falling in love. Falling out of love? Another matter altogether.

Are you drunk?
I don't drink.

Who was the last person you talked to before you went to bed last night?
Literally talked: My dad.
Texted: Take a wild guess.

Do you like anyone?
No, I hate my boyfriend. What the fuck.

Have you ever felt like you actually loved someone?
Yes.

What's the first thing you do when waking up in the morning?
Hope to hell I can sleep somemore.

Do you prefer a shower or bath?
Shower. Scared of dirty bathtubs. Lazy to run bath. (Having a bath with someone else, though...oh wait, what if the bathtub is dirty? Yucks. No.)

How many times a day do you brush your teeth?
Twice.

What would you do with a 10 bill you found on the ground?
I probably wouldn't even notice a 10-dollar note.

Have you said "I love you" today?
No.

Are you closer with your mom or dad?
Mom.

Do you prefer the tanning bed or the sun?
Haha tanning bed. That is sad. In any case, I don't like being tanned. Not a fan of my tan.

What are two of your favorite movies?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is my absolute favourite, followed by Chungking Express.

How many rumors have you heard about yourself?
Is it a rumour if it's true?

How do you calm down when you're extremely angry?
I don't. I indulge in my anger. And rant to my friends. With lots of swearing.

Do you prefer to work hard or hardly work?
Definitely hardly work.

A movie or a long walk in the park on the first date?
Oh my god, the first thing I thought of when I saw "long walk in the park": Walk in Singapore? Walk to the hospital lah. Just nice, in time for the emergency unit to attend to you.

I blame this on Tong. One time I mentioned walking from Sentosa (the beach station or whatever) to the Vivo cab stand, and he went, "By the time we reach Vivo no need to call cab; call an ambulance."

But no, no walk in parks please. In the first place this country doesn't have any parks. Bishan Park and Bukit Batok Nature Reserve are useless after Hyde Park. Sorry. Especially Hyde Park in SUMMER. Under the SUN. With brilliant clear blue skies overhead. Gorgeous.

Do long distance relationships actually work out?
Never tried and don't want to. I couldn't even handle Tong being out of the country for a freaking week.

Do you currently have a job?
Yep.

Which would you prefer, be rich and miserable, or poor and extremely happy?
If I were rich, I promise you I wouldn't be miserable. I wouldn't let all that money go to waste.

Do you believe the first kiss tells you everything you need to know about the relationship?
I've never heard this before. What rubbish. Whatever.

How many showers do you take in one day?
Two. Before I go out, and after I come home, before I sleep.

Would you want a house at the beach or in the mountains?
Beach lah. Mountains do what?

Do you look up or at your feet when you walk?
............

What's the most expensive thing you own?
My Tag Heuer watch.

Do you ever actually make your bed?
I don't make my bed. I just dump my quilt and my pillows and bolster at the top of the bed. Sometimes when she's free my mom makes my bed but I don't see the point in wasting the effort and expending the energy 'cause it's just gonna get messy at night.

Do you prefer to sleep alone or with someone?
Definitely depends on the person.