Please do not get all upset with me or cry foul since I am not affluent in worldly affairs nor i am a keen experimenter of all things intriguing. However so, i will self conceitedly base my judgments on every wonderful things i have encountered this year and to make things fair and just , i shall welcome everyone to share their own opinion of best and worst ( thats self -conceited as well you know)
Main course: Tortilla Soup and Vegetarian Burger at one of the restaurant in Cincinnati ,Ohio. Lamb Shawg at Maharaja North Indian Buffet , Montreal.
Dessert : Apple Caramel Cheesecake , The Cheesecake Factory, San Francisco, CA . Rice Pudding, McConnell Cafe, McGill.
Drink : Drip Coffee, Blue Bottle Company & C0, Fisherman’s Warf, SF. Strawberry Banana Pina Colada ( Sans Alcool), 3 Amigos, Montreal.
Best Ice-Cream Flavour: Espresso-Frostbite , Ice Cream that i ate at Fong Yi’s and Chin Yen’s house which i could not remember the full name of the flavour, Chapmans
Best Snack: Laici in heavy syrup, Chocolate Chip cookies
Best Free Food: Midnight Kitchen-McGill. Iftar Ramadhan-McGill.
Best Food Function: Agongs Picnic-Ottawa, Auntie Sabriyya house invites
Best Album: Lenka, Lenka. Pretty.Odd, Panic at the Disco
Best Song: Trouble is a Friend- Lenka
Best Malaysian : Yuna and her new EP
Best Cute Song : You and I– Ingrid Michaelson
Best Straightforward Lyrics : Deeper Conversation– Yuna
Best Independent: For Emma, Forever Ago-Bon Iver; The Script-The Script 2008
Best Sound: Orange Range ( Japanese )
Best Rock : Viva La Vida-Coldplay
Best Alternative: Only By The Night-Kings Of Leon
Best Country: Taylor Swift- Taylor Swift
Best Vocal in an album : Songs for You, Truth For Me-James Morrison
Best Harmony: “White Winter Hymn”, Fleet Foxes
Best Film Soundtrack: Slumdog Millionaire-A. R Rahman
Entertainment and Publishing Category:
Best Movie: Slumdog Millionaire closely followed by Batman the Dark Night
Best Magazine : WIRED
Best Book : The Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius-Dave Eggers. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy-Douglas Adams.
Best TV Show: House MD, Hana Kimi ( Japanese)
Best Video : Shoe throwing at Bush. And him dodging it twice.
Experience and Special Mentions:
Best Display of Suspense : 4 x 100m swimming finals , Beijing Olympics.
Best Humour : Any Flight of the Concords live performances.
Best Quote : ” Pergi Venice Beach macam pergi Neraka“-Priya ( background: we were trying to locate Venice Beach in Santa Monica and had to endure torrentous rain and wind only to found a beach filled with homeless and old surfer dudes in wet suits )
Best Good things that happened: Parents performing Hajj.
Best Conversation : All conversation involving my roommates
Best Scenery: Rocky Mountains aerial view from plane to Vancouver. Virginia Beach , Virginia.
Best Witness of man-made Structure: Times Square at night, New York City, NY. Washington DC buildings, Washington.
Best Transport: SeaBus, Vancouver City. Amtrak California Thruway Bus.
Best Exam Experiences: Advanced Calculus finals FALL 2008. Materials Engineering Midterm II FALL 2008. Religious Studies finals WINTER 2008.
Best Academic Exposition: FEE Tutorials FALL 2008, ECON 225 Conferences FALL 2008,
Best Prof: Sidney Trudeau-Advanced Calculus; Patricia Kirkpatrick- Judaism; Shahab Shahabi-Calculus 2
Best Sports Experience: Badminton with Zhao and Lu every Saturday, Currie Gym.
Best Hostel : Hostelling International, Vancouver City.
Best Retail : Century 21, NYC, NY.
Best Purchase : Puma Slip-In shoes, 20 CD , Winners.
Best Makan-makan: Encik Tarmizi’s house, Ottawa, winter break 2008. Lumama Sushi with friends , various times.
Best Friends Blogpost : Atiqah Mokhtar’s blogpost entitled “Buang masa , aku memang terer”
Half Akmal’s tag( modified)-half Atiqah Mokhtar’s request:
Best Pizza: Stuffed spinach, cheese and mushroom pizza ,with tomato sauce and cheese topping eaten at a lunch in Santa Monica ,LA.
Best self- picture of 2008: In the interest of narcisissme;
Hershey’s World, NYC, NY. Summer Northeast US Tour.
Best travelling experience:
Very hard decision. The latest California excursion was a blast , however it loses some points on time range ( too short ,really had wished it was much longer and thus would have covered the Grand Canyon, Stanford, Silicon Valley, Google Headquarters, Yosemite , watch a live taping of a TV show as an audience and visit the wineries in Napa Valley. I would suggest people to allocate at least 2 weeks for a complete Californian experience). My merits will be based on which traveling excursion had reached its objectives the most and therefore i would have to give it to the Summer Northeast US tour. For this particular one, only 2 objectives were not reached; 1. Broadway 2. Finish the American Museum of Natural History. Might not be one of the most luxurious, but it was definitely an adventure.
Best waste of time: Blogging-lah :p
P/S readers are welcome to suggest any new categories. This post is only partly completed.