Tuesday, September 23, 2008


A friend of mine got me to sign up with "Twitter" today, and it's a pretty neat tool to keep up with your friends. Just like on MySpace and Facebook, where you have status updates, you can "Twitter" your status now. I think it's pretty neat! Twitter me! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Just Call Me Ms. Yin

I was trying to check in for my upcoming cruise vacation to Cabo on Carnival, but the system couldn't find my booking (the booking was all done through a travel agent). I kept trying Kenniston and Au for my last names, but it kept giving me an error. So I finally tried to use my roommate's last name since we both had the same booking number, and lo and behold, I see that they have my last name down as "Yin".

In Malaysia, our passports don't have a spot for "Family Name", just a spot for your full name. Since we are a multiracial country, and most races have different ways of naming their kids and family names/last names come in many different places in your name depending on your race. My name is laid out in the traditional Chinese way with the family name first (Au Su Yin), with my English name before my last name. So the name on my passport, which follows my birth certificate, is Yvonne Au Su Yin. Even if I didn't have an English first name, my name would still start with my family name.

I guess Carnival is going with literal "last names", not family names, which I personally find a little annoying. I even tried showing them how my name is laid out on my social security card (maybe I should have scanned in my marriage certificate too!). They wouldn't acknowledge my "real" last name. The only piece of documentation I will have on me with the name "Yin" at the end will be my passport. Just call me Ms. Yin. I hope I remember that in an emergency. They're not going to know who the heck Ms. Au is.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Speech & Debate, the play

This was the first play I've ever went to see, and what a fantastic experience it was. First of all, it was at the Blank Theatre's 2nd Stage, so it was a very small intimate theatre that only had 49 seats. My friends and I had front-row seats, and we were literally on the stage, with the actors only 3-4 feet away from us. To get to the restrooms (which we were thankful we used before the play), you had to walk across the stage!

It was an extremely hilarious play dealing with pretty controversial subjects like abortion and gay rights, though done in an extremely harmless and hilarious way, totally non-offensive. My friends an I were laughing so much with tears streaming down our faces! It was THAT good. The actors and actresses were fantastic too... it was amazing.

After the show, we hung around to see if we could meet with the actors, and Michael Welch (who played one of the lead roles) was extremely gracious and came out and talked to us, and even signed the postcards we got for the play! We found out that this was only their second live performance, and most of the audience was friends and family. He thanked us for being amazing... I guess he liked the fact that we laughed our heads off! He even rounded up the two other actors for us so we could get autographs and pictures with them. Totally awesome.

From Speech + Debate

From Speech + Debate